My TV for Seniors

My TV for Seniors

by Michael Miller


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Covers What, How, and Where to Watch TV for Less

Millions of people are cutting the cord on old-fashioned cable TV plans, and choosing more modern, efficient, and cost-effective ways to watch their favorite programming and movies. My TV for Seniors is an exceptionally easy and complete full-color guide to all the services and hardware you’ll need to do it. No ordinary “beginner’s book,” it approaches every topic from a senior’s point of view, using meaningful examples, step-by-step tasks, large text, close-up screen shots, and a full-color interior designed for comfortable reading.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through watching TV today on a variety of devices–and saving money doing so. Learn how to

  • Cut the cable and satellite cord
  • Save money on your cable or satellite TV bill
  • Watch local TV stations for free
  • Choose the best TV and streaming media player for you
  • Connect and use an Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, or Roku device
  • Watch Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and other streaming video services
  • Use live streaming services like DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV
  • Find where to best watch sporting events
  • Get a better picture with HD, Ultra HD, and HDR
  • Get better sound with a sound bar or surround sound system
  • Watch TV on your phone, tablet, or computer

An AARP TV for Grownups publication

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780135591550
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 05/02/2019
Series: My... Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 67,526
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Miller is a popular and prolific writer of more than 200 non-fiction books, known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. He writes about a variety of topics, including technology, business, and music. His best-selling books for Que include My Facebook for Seniors, My Social Media for Seniors, My Internet for Seniors, My Smart Home for Seniors, My iPad for Seniors, My Samsung Galaxy S7 for Seniors, My Windows 10 Computer for Seniors, Easy Computer Basics, and Computer Basics: Absolute Beginner’s Guide. Worldwide, his books have sold more than 1.5 million copies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Choosing the Right TV 3
Bigger, Better, and Sharper: High-Definition TV 4
Understanding HD 4
Beyond HD: Ultra HD 6
Better Contrast with HDR 8
Different Types of Screens 10
Understanding LCD and LED Displays 10
Beyond LCD: OLED Displays 12
Screens of All Shapes and Sizes 14
Determining the Right Size Display 14
Dealing with Different Aspect Ratios 15
Getting Smart About Smart TVs 18
Proprietary Smart TVs 19
Fire TVs and Roku TVs 20
Shopping for a New TV: A Checklist 22
Adjusting Your Set for the Best Picture26
Chapter 2 Getting Better Sound 33
Reading What You Hear with Closed Captions 33
Getting Better Sound from Headphones 34
Enhancing TV Audio with a Sound Bar 35
How Sound Bars Work 36
Connect a Sound Bar to Your TV 38
Turn Off Your TV’s Internal Speakers 39
Understanding Surround Sound 40
Counting Surround Channels 40
Choosing the Right Surround Format 43
Adding “Height” with Dolby Atmos 44
Assembling a Surround Sound System 46
Choosing the Best Surround Sound Speakers 46
Incorporating an Audio/Video Receiver 50
Choosing the Right Options for You 52
Chapter 3 Getting Local and Broadcast Television Over the Air 55
Why People Still Watch Broadcast TV 55
Cutting the Cord for Over-the-Air Broadcasts 56
Understanding OTA Reception 57
Choose the Right Type of Antenna 58
Use AntennaWeb to Find the Right Antenna 61
Connect an Antenna to Your TV 62
Program Your TV for Local Stations 62
Watch OTA Channels on Your TV 63
Troubleshooting Reception Problems 64
Watching Local Digital Networks 66
Understanding Digital Subchannels 66
Enter the Diginet 67
How to Receive Diginets on Your TV 71
Recording Local Channels 72
Amazon Fire TV Recast 73
Channel Master Stream+ 74
Nuvyyo Tablo 75
TiVo Bolt OTA 76
Comparing OTA DVRs 77
Other Ways to Watch Local Channels 79
Watch via Cable 79
Watch via Satellite 80
Watch on Hulu 81
Watch via Live Streaming Video Services 81
Checklist for Watching Local TV on a Budget 83
Chapter 4 Getting Cable TV 87
Watching Basic Cable 87
Examining Different Plans 88
Local Channels 89
News and Weather 90
Pay Cable Channels 91
Browse the Channel Guide 96
Sports Channels 98
Watching Premium Cable 99
Understanding Premium Channels 99
Discovering Premium Channels 99
Saving Money on Premium Channels 100
Watching On-Demand Programming 102
How On-Demand Technology Works 102
What’s on On-Demand 102
Recording Cable Programming 104
Types of Cable DVRs 105
Schedule a Recording 106
View a Recorded Program 107
Reducing Your Cable Bill 108
Choose a Skinnier Package 109
Choose a Bigger Bundle—If You Need It 109
Negotiate a Better Price 109
Supply Your Own Equipment 110
Cut the Cable Cord Completely 110
Chapter 5 Getting Satellite TV 115
Beaming TV from Space! 115
How Satellite Television Works 115
Watch Satellite Programming 117
Record Satellite Programming 118
View a Recorded Program 119
Watch On-Demand Programming 120
DirecTV Versus DISH: Comparing Satellite Providers 120
Comparing Equipment 120
Comparing Programming 122
Comparing Pricing 123
Making a Choice 124
Cable Versus Satellite: What’s Best for You 125
Comparing Programming 126
Comparing Installation 126
Comparing Technology 127
Comparing Reliability 127
Comparing Costs 128
Making a Choice 128
Reducing Your Satellite Bill 129
Switch to a Lower-Cost Plan 129
Downgrade Your Equipment 129
Negotiate a Lower Rate 129
Bundle Other Services 129
Disconnect the Dish 130
Chapter 6 Getting Streaming Media Devices 133
Understanding Internet Streaming Video 133
Welcome to the World of Streaming Video 134
Discovering Streaming Media Players 134
How Streaming Media Players Work 136
What’s Available on Streaming Video 137
Watching Amazon Fire TV 139
Comparing Models 139
Using Fire TV 141
Watching Apple TV 144
Comparing Apple TV Models 145
Using Apple TV 146
Watching Google Chromecast 150
Comparing Chromecast Models 150
Using Google Chromecast 151
Watching Roku 154
Comparing Roku Models 154
Using Roku 156
Comparing Streaming Media Players 159
Comparing Features 159
Making a Choice 161
Optimizing Streaming Media Playback 163
Get a Fast (and Reliable) Internet Connection 163
Get a Fast (and Powerful) Wi-Fi Router 165
Move Your Router—or Your Streaming Player 166
Connect via Ethernet for Best Playback 167
Choose the Right Streaming Player for Each TV 167
Buy a TV with Fire TV or Roku Built In 168
Pick the Right Streaming Services for You 168
Chapter 7 Watching the Big Three Streaming Services: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix 171
Watching Amazon Prime Video 172
Amazon Prime Video Basics 172
What’s Playing? 172
Where You Can Find Amazon Prime Video 174
Using Amazon Prime Video 175
Watching Hulu 176
Hulu Basics 177
What’s Playing? 177
Where You Can Find Hulu 178
Using Hulu 179
Watching Netflix 181
Netflix Basics 182
What’s Playing? 182
Where You Can Find Netflix 183
Using Netflix 184
Comparing the Big Three 187
Chapter 8 Watching Premium Network Streaming Services 191
Acorn TV 192
What’s Available 192
Where You Can Watch It 192
What It Costs 192
Watching Acorn TV 193
BritBox 194
What’s Available 194
Where You Can Watch It 194
What It Costs 194
Watching BritBox 195
CBS All Access 196
What’s Available 196
Where You Can Watch It 197
What It Costs 197
Watching CBS All Access 198
DC Universe 199
What’s Available 199
Where You Can Watch It 199
What It Costs 199
Watching DC Universe 200
HBO Now 201
What’s Available 201
Where You Can Watch It 202
What It Costs 202
Watching HBO Now 202
Showtime 203
What’s Available 203
Where You Can Watch It 203
What It Costs 203
Watching Showtime 204
Starz 204
What’s Available 204
Where You Can Watch It 205
What It Costs 205
Watching Starz 205
Comparing Premium Network Streaming Apps 206
Watching Other Network Streaming Services 209
Discovering Free Network Streaming Services 209
Discovering Other Free Streaming Services 212
Chapter 9 Watching Paid and Rented Programs 215
Shopping at Amazon Instant Videos 215
Device Availability 216
What’s Available 216
How to Order a Video 217
Watch a Purchased or Rented Video 219
Shopping at FandangoNOW 220
Device Availability 220
What’s Available 220
How to Order a Video 221
Watch a Purchased or Rented Video 222
Shopping at Google Play 224
Device Availability 224
What’s Available 224
How to Order a Video 225
Watch a Purchased or Rented Video 226
Shopping at the iTunes Store 227
Device Availability 227
What’s Available 227
How to Order a Video 228
Watch a Purchased or Rented Video 229
Shopping at Vudu 229
Device Availability 230
What’s Available 230
How to Order a Video 230
Watch a Purchased or Rented Video 232
Comparing Online Video Retailers 232
Chapter 10 Watching Live Broadcast and Cable TV with Live Streaming Services 235
Understanding Live Streaming Services 235
On-Demand Programming and Cloud Recording 236
Available Channels 236
Pricing 238
Watching AT&T Watch TV 238
Available Channels 238
Cloud DVR Recording 239
Pricing 239
Using Watch TV 239
Watching DirecTV Now 241
Available Channels 241
Cloud DVR Recording 241
Pricing 241
Using DirecTV Now 242
Watching fuboTV 244
Available Channels 244
Cloud DVR Recording 244
Pricing 244
Using fuboTV 245
Watching Hulu with Live TV 246
Available Channels 246
Cloud DVR Recording 246
Pricing 246
Using Hulu with Live TV 247
Watching Philo 248
Available Channels 248
Cloud DVR Recording 248
Pricing 248
Using Philo 249
Watching PlayStation Vue 250
Available Channels 250
Cloud DVR Recording 250
Pricing 250
Using PlayStation Vue 251
Watching Sling TV 253
Available Channels 253
Cloud DVR Recording 253
Pricing 254
Using Sling TV 256
Watching YouTube TV 257
Available Channels 257
Cloud DVR Recording 257
Pricing 258
Using YouTube TV 258
Comparing Live Streaming Services 260
Chapter 11 Watching Streaming Sports—Live! 265
Watching Sports on Live Streaming Services 266
Sports on DirecTV Now 266
Sports on fuboTV 267
Sports on Hulu with Live TV 269
Sports on PlayStation Vue 270
Sports on Sling TV 271
Sports on YouTube TV 272
Watching Specific Sports Apps 274
Big Ten Network 275
CBS Sports HQ 276
ESPN 276
Fox Sports 277
MLB 278
NASCAR DeskSite 278
NBA 279
NBC Sports 279
NFL 280
NHL 281
Chapter 12 Watching Streaming TV on Your Phone, Tablet, or Computer 285
Sharing Accounts Across Multiple Devices 285
Watching Streaming Videos on Your Mobile Device 287
Find Streaming Apps 287
Watch a Streaming App 288
Watching Streaming Videos in Your Computer’s Web Browser 292
Sign In 292
Start Watching 293
Mirroring and Casting to Your TV 294
Casting with Google Chromecast 294
Casting to a Roku Device 295
Mirroring to a Smart TV or Streaming Media Player 296
Casting to an Apple TV 298
Improving Streaming Performance 300
Connect via Wi-Fi, Not Cellular 300
Move to a Different Location 300
Reboot Your Router and/or Modem 300
Close Other Running Apps 301
Clear Your Browser’s Cache 301
Appendix A What’s Playing Where 303
Glossary 307
Index 313

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