1/15/2019 3:00:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Note: We will update this information as new streaming services become available and as partnerships between streaming devices and services evolve. Thanks for reading!
 
It’s true! You can watch live TV without paying the high cost of cable or satellite, and there are plenty of ways to do it.

First you need a fast, reliable internet connection with the ability to handle streaming live TV. With BEC’s fiber internet, consider that box checked.

Then read on to learn about the streaming service options you have for cutting the cord, dropping the dish and watching what you want when you want it--affordably. While not an exhaustive list, this information is a great place to research common options.

A Variety of Streaming Services
Streaming services are subscription-based services that use the internet to transmit video to your TV. Here’s a quick guide to some popular streaming services.

 
  Sling TV DIRECTV NOW Hulu + Live TV YouTube TV PlayStation Vue
Price $25 - $40/month $40 - $75/month $40/month $40/month $45 - $80/month
Channels 32 - 51 65 - 125 65+ 74+ 49 - 98
Simultaneous
Users or Devices
1 - 3 2 - 3 Unlimited at Home
Up to 3 On-the-go
Up to 3 Up to 5
Other Features* Cloud DVR, Channel Add-Ons Cloud DVR, Live/On-Demand, Channel Add-Ons, 4K Streaming Cloud DVR, Live/On-Demand, Spotify Music, Limited Ads Cloud DVR, 50+ Live Channels, On-Demand, Channel Add-Ons, Up to 6 Accounts Cloud DVR, Live/On-Demand
Channels 32 - 51 65 - 125 65+ 74+ 49 - 98
Supported Devices Android, Apple TV, Google, Chromecast, iOS (Apple), Roku Devices, Smart TVs, XBOX ONE Amazon Fire TV, Android + Chrome 58+, Apple TV + iOS, Safari, Google, Chromecast, Online, Samsung Smart TVs Amazon Fire TV & Tablets, Android, Apple TV & iOS, Google, Chromecast, Nintendo Switch, Online, PlayStation 3 & 4, Roku Devices, Samsung & LG Smart TVs, XBOX ONE & 360 Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV & iOS, Google Chromecast, Nintendo Switch, Online, Roku Devices, Samsung & LG Smart TVs, XBOX ONE & 360 Amazon Fire TV, Amazon HD6 Tablets, Android, Android TV, Apple TV & iOS, Google, Chromecast, Online, PlayStation 3 & 4, Roku Devices

Stand-Alone Network Subscriptions
CBS All Access starts at $6 a month, offers access to both live TV and recorded programs, and is available to Amazon Prime members. HBO Now ($15 a month), Showtime ($11 a month) and Starz ($9 per month) offer live and recorded versions of their channels.

You’ll need a streaming device to stream these network subscriptions to your TV. Read more about devices in our upcoming article “How to Watch Live TV through BEC Fiber Internet: Part 2.”

Live News & Sports
Some broadcast networks offer free local news programs online. Check your local news station’s website, to determine if it offers a live stream.

Streaming sports services are available through sport leagues’ websites, and prices vary depending on how many games you want to watch.

Due to licensing agreements, the streaming services cannot show games covered by your local stations. To watch those games, use an HD antenna or an antenna combined with a streaming device.
 
Whew! We hope this helps. No matter what streaming services and devices you choose, BEC’s 100% fiber internet makes streaming live TV easy and more affordable.

In “How to Watch Live TV through BEC Fiber Internet: Part 2,” we’ll discuss the devices you can use to stream to your TV.
1/2/2019 9:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
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As a business owner, you work every day to realize your dream, and you decide what tools to use to help you reach your business goals.

Today, internet connectivity has become an increasingly necessary business tool, and now more than ever, the right kind of internet is one of the best tools you can have.

That internet is made possible by fiber connectivity, and it can help companies of all sizes, from mom-and-pops to corporations. Read on to learn more about the top 8 business benefits of fiber internet:

1. The Need for Speed
First things first. Good internet connectivity is all about speed. You need your file sharing, order tracking and sales transactions to happen in real time at the pace of business. Your internet should work for you not against you.

To do that, fiber internet is many times faster than copper cable internet connections like DSL or Ethernet. With fiber internet, you can continue doing business without slowing down during high-demand times.

Additionally, with fiber internet you benefit from equal upload and download times called "symmetric speed.” Symmetric speed allows you to upload and download video content and files, and make phone calls simultaneously without delays.

2. Bandwidth
If you use an internet-based phone system, video-conferencing, high definition video streaming, file sharing or cloud applications to run your business, you transmit large amounts of data. And if you’re doing that with cable internet, it can be easy to max out your bandwidth, causing delays and poor video quality.

However, fiber internet’s bandwidth is significantly higher, and speed does not decrease as demand increases.

3. Reliability
Unreliable internet connections are more than a headache. They can delay or halt your business altogether.
With fiber, you get a stronger cable than copper, and fiber internet is not susceptible to inclement weather conditions like copper cables.

Unlike copper cables that are susceptible to electromagnetic interference from heavy machinery, fiber internet is not affected by electromagnetic interference. When other businesses are using equipment that can interfere with your connection in the same space, fiber internet can protect your connectivity.

If your business requires the internet to conduct transactions, make phone calls or access applications, the reliability of fiber internet is a must.

4. Signal Strength
With copper cable internet connections like DSL or Ethernet, the signal weakens as you get farther from the switch. However, the signal strength of fiber internet stays stronger over distance. If your business occupies a large space, you could benefit from fiber internet’s more consistent signal strength throughout.

5. Access to the Cloud
The cloud is an important business tool for apps, hosting and data storage, and with fiber internet’s speed and bandwidth, you can access your cloud-based data and applications more quickly. With faster access, your team can communicate and make sales faster.

6. Security
Your business’s information is a valuable resource, and when that information is compromised, so is your relationship with your customers. Today, hackers can tap into cable internet easily, but they can’t penetrate fiber-optic cables without physically cutting the fibers, causing a loss of signal. In short, using fiber internet helps safeguard your business against cybercrime.

7. Support for HD Video
If you use teleconferencing or video conferencing to run your business, a fiber internet connection keeps those tools running smoothly without sacrificing bandwidth. Investing in video conferencing also increases collaboration and can save travel costs.

8. Cost Savings
There are no two ways about it: Without fast, reliable internet connectivity, your business is losing money.
With fiber internet, your business is more productive, flexible and scalable, both saving you money and making money. Fiber internet ensures that your business is sustainable today and in the future.
 
Let BEC take care of you so you can take care of business. Learn more here.