I feel so 21st century. I’m streaming my first Amazon Prime movie on our home TV. Not a bad bit of tech work for a 60-something.
It’s amazing how many choices, purchases, technologies, services, and connections this effort required:
- research and buy a digital TV (years ago)
- research and buy a Blu-Ray player (many months later)
- research and contract with a high-speed Internet service provider
- upgrade Comcast service to faster Internet
- order upgraded cable modem from Comcast
- activate new cable modem and upgrade its software
- buy new Wi-Fi router with range and bandwidth to reach the TV
- ensure I have all necessary cables (whoops, another trip to the tech store)
- set up router
- wire modem to router and confirm connection
- set up home Wi-Fi network
- wire TV to Blu-Ray player and confirm connection
- connect Blu-Ray player to home Wi-Fi network
- update Blu-Ray player software (from version 2007 to 2021)
- use networked PC to subscribe to Amazon Prime
- install Amazon app on Blu-Ray
- find Amazon app amidst other apps on Blu-Ray player
- login to Amazon app
- use Blu-Ray player find and select a movie
- start streaming …
… and discover that so many neighbors are streaming movies at the same time on Comcast that your movie won’t play.
Who knew home entertainment could be so complicated?
Good thing fixing healthcare only takes some quick legislation.