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My TV for Seniors, First Edition

Book Description

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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Table of Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. Dedication
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About AARP
  11. We Want to Hear from You!
  12. Reader Services
  13. Rights and Permissions
  14. Part I: Screens and Speakers
    1. 1. Choosing the Right TV
      1. Bigger, Better, and Sharper: High-Definition TV
      2. Different Types of Screens
      3. Screens of All Shapes and Sizes
      4. Getting Smart About Smart TVs
      5. Shopping for a New TV: A Checklist
      6. Adjusting Your Set for the Best Picture
    2. 2. Getting Better Sound
      1. Reading What You Hear with Closed Captions
      2. Getting Better Sound from Headphones
      3. Enhancing TV Audio with a Sound Bar
      4. Understanding Surround Sound
      5. Assembling a Surround Sound System
      6. Choosing the Right Options for You
  15. Part II: Tuning In
    1. 3. Getting Local and Broadcast Television Over the Air
      1. Why People Still Watch Broadcast TV
      2. Cutting the Cord for Over-the-Air Broadcasts
      3. Watching Local Digital Networks
      4. Recording Local Channels
      5. Other Ways to Watch Local Channels
      6. Checklist for Watching Local TV on a Budget
    2. 4. Getting Cable TV
      1. Watching Basic Cable
      2. Watching Premium Cable
      3. Watching On-Demand Programming
      4. Recording Cable Programming
      5. Reducing Your Cable Bill
    3. 5.Getting Satellite TV
      1. Beaming TV from Space!
      2. DirecTV Versus DISH: Comparing Satellite Providers
      3. Cable Versus Satellite: What’s Best for You
      4. Reducing Your Satellite Bill
    4. 6. Getting Streaming Media Devices
      1. Understanding Internet Streaming Video
      2. Watching Amazon Fire TV
      3. Watching Apple TV
      4. Watching Google Chromecast
      5. Watching Roku
      6. Comparing Streaming Media Players
      7. Optimizing Streaming Media Playback
  16. Part III: Watching Your Shows on Streaming Video
    1. 7. Watching the Big Three Streaming Services: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix
      1. Watching Amazon Prime Video
      2. Watching Hulu
      3. Watching Netflix
      4. Comparing the Big Three
    2. 8. Watching Premium Network Streaming Services
      1. Acorn TV
      2. BritBox
      3. CBS All Access
      4. DC Universe
      5. HBO Now
      6. Showtime
      7. Starz
      8. Comparing Premium Network Streaming Apps
      9. Watching Other Network Streaming Services
    3. 9. Watching Paid and Rented Programs
      1. Shopping at Amazon Instant Videos
      2. Shopping at FandangoNOW
      3. Shopping at Google Play
      4. Shopping at the iTunes Store
      5. Shopping at Vudu
      6. Comparing Online Video Retailers
    4. 10. Watching Live Broadcast and Cable TV with Live Streaming Services
      1. Understanding Live Streaming Services
      2. Watching AT&T Watch TV
      3. Watching DirecTV Now
      4. Watching fuboTV
      5. Watching Hulu with Live TV
      6. Watching Philo
      7. Watching PlayStation Vue
      8. Watching Sling TV
      9. Watching YouTube TV
      10. Comparing Live Streaming Services
    5. 11. Watching Streaming Sports—Live!
      1. Watching Sports on Live Streaming Services
      2. Watching Specific Sports Apps
  17. Part IV: Small-Screen TV
    1. 12. Watching Streaming TV on Your Phone, Tablet, or Computer
      1. Sharing Accounts Across Multiple Devices
      2. Watching Streaming Videos on Your Mobile Device
      3. Watching Streaming Videos in Your Computer’s Web Browser
      4. Mirroring and Casting to Your TV
      5. Improving Streaming Performance
  18. A. What’s Playing Where
  19. Glossary
  20. Index