5 Steps to Staying Offline
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Whether you are a technology fanatic or someone living under a rock, you probably have heard of popular streaming devices such as Netflix, Hulu, and other options. These services allow for you to watch and stream instantly your favorite shows and movies at a monthly price. However, most of these options require an internet connection to be able to stream the content. As popularity increases, more of these services have adapted to include offline options as well, helping you consume your media when there’s no wifi and save your data.So before you choose which service you are interested in, here is a rundown on media subscriptions and their offline capabilities.
Step 1: Know Why You Need to Stay Offline
Perhaps you are at the store, a train or a bus, there is not always a wifi connection available which blocks you from being able to use these services. Most phone and device users have cellular plans that allow them to use data so that they can still surf the web while not being connected to internet. However, these plans cost money and have been increasing in price over the recent years as it becomes more popular. So before you can use these services, you have to know that there are the extra charges to get those plans that allow for you to use these services whenever you would like. That is why it is important to stay offline, so you do not have to pay anything extra.
Step 2: Know Your Options
As these services become more popular, more options are becoming available. The leader in streaming media is Netflix. Netflix allows you to access tons of TV shows, movies, and content exclusive to the service. Although Netflix is the most known, there are also other options such as Hulu, YouTube Red, Amazon Prime, and other less popular names. Each one of these comes with different advantages and disadvantages. For example, Netflix has a lot of shows and movies that are exclusive to their service meaning you have to go to them to see that content. However, this does not stop from other competitors rising up to the challenge. Hulu is known for having the most current content in its services with TV shows that are currently on TV rather than older TV shows. When choosing which service you would like to use, it all depends on what their monthly rate is, their popularity, and the content that they offer. Taking these into account will make sure that you make the correct purchase in which service you choose.
Step 3: Know Your Responsibilities
With great services being provided by these options, it is no surprise that they come with a price. Prices usually are monthly payments and are never a whole lot. The most popular site, Netflix, has a monthly rate of $8.99. However, each payment has different features such as how many users can be watching at the same time, the quality of the content, or the ability to download content to be viewed offline. The only tip that there is when choosing which price to go with is really what suits you. If you don’t make that much money and have other commitments, getting all of the features of a service for $20+ a month might not be the best option for you. Instead, you should choose the service that would be the most affordable to you and better suit you. Though these payments will be monthly and you will agree to pay for it, most, if not all of these services give you the option to cancel your subscription at any time so there is no need to worry!
Step 4: Know Your Requirements
When downloading and streaming content, there are certain capacities needed with the device being used. For example, if you would like to stream the highest quality of video, you are going to need a device that will be able to handle that amount of work. In our case, if you are downloading content to be viewed offline, you are going to need enough space to store all of that content. Not all devices have a huge storage capacity therefore you would have to possibly buy extra storage which would bring your bill up even higher. So before you choose to use one of these services, check their system requirements to use their service. You can find most of these requirements under the service’s website and it will allow you to pick the right service without having any issues or having to upgrade any of your equipment.
Step 5: Start Binging!
Now that you have all of the information you need on how to stay offline and choose the right service that will cost you the least amount and benefit you the most. You can begin to start streaming all of the content right at your fingertips. So what will you watch now with your service? Perhaps you will watch some sci-fi movies or watch an entire eight seasons of a show in a week, but either way, you will do it affordably and with the service that will benefit you the most! Now go start binge-watching!