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Tip of the week: How to watch movies on a smart TV

Check your speed; Weigh your options; Queue up

Check your speed. Streaming a movie is “bandwidth-intensive,” so consider upgrading your broadband connection if it delivers less than 5MB per second. Also, “ditch the Wi-Fi connection.” Though cables are an “eyesore in the living room,” they’ll help make streaming performance more consistent.

Weigh your options. Most smart TVs support the use of Netflix, Amazon VOD, and the other “usual suspects” among streaming services, but you should explore those services before buying. Paying for a mix often works best: While VuDu offers a good selection of new releases, Netflix has a “richer back-catalog of older films.”

Queue up. A smart TV isn’t a great tool to use when sifting through 10,000 films. Take a night to create a more manageable queue of movies, using your computer.

Source: Wired.com

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