Streaming 101

Randolph Communications Fiber Internet is your source for watching your favorite movies and TV shows, live or whenever you want, without cable or satellite service.

What is Streaming?

Streaming  is an easy way to save money while enjoying your favorite TV. "Streaming video" refers to watching movies and television shows across your internet connection, instead of the traditional TV subscription service. Through the use of an app such as HULU, YouTubeTV, or Sling TV, you can watch your favorite programming on your TV, tablet, laptop or other connected devices.

PRos

Cons

  • You can watch what you want, when  you want. You can watch live tv or choose to watch it later, pause, rewind, start from the beginning, or binge watch the entire show from the very first episode.

 

  • You won't need to purchase a DVR to record your favorite TV shows. You can record from app.

 

  • You still get local networks through some apps.

 

  • You can setup profiles for different family members to optimize their viewing experiences and set parental controls for kids.

 

  • It's a more affordable alternative to cable and satellite.

 

 

  • New technology leads to a learning curve.

 

  • Most streaming services are organized my network and not channel numbers.

 

  • You must have a high speed broadband internet connection. Randolph Communications offers speeds up to 1Gig (1000Mbps).

 

  • If you don't have a smart TV, it's okay. But you will need a device to make streaming possible.

 

  • An account setup, with credit card will be required to activate most services.

 

 

 

streaming services

 

There have never been so many television viewing possibilities, which is good news for consumers! With the right streaming service and streaming device you can enjoy a customized experience that's ideal for your viewing habits.  Go to www.suppose.tv to search and compare video services. It is based on your preferences. Suppose shows detailed information about your video service options so you can make the best choice for you and your family.

This chart compares popular streaming services. Please note, Randolph Communications has no affiliation with any of these service providers and does not recommend which provider you should choose. There is no substitute for conducting your own research to select a service and device that best meets the needs of you and your family.

Compare the channels of each streaming service by selecting the streaming service logo.

streaming devices

Once you choose your streaming service, you need a way to connect that service to your television over the internet. If you have a smart TV, you will want to choose a streaming platform that your TV supports. If you want to stream on a standard TV you will need to purchase a device.  Streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire stick make it possible. Smart TV's have built in capabilities without the need for an additional streaming device.

 

For best performance use ethernet or wired internet connection, with your device. WI-FI may work but a Ethernet will be more reliable. It isn't affected by walls, distance or other interference.

 

Devices like Roku Ultra, Apple TV and most smart TV's have an Ethernet port built in to it. While these devices cost more up front, they will give you the best streaming experience. inexpensive devices like the streaming sticks that plug directly into your TV typically don't come with Ethernet equipment and will use a WI-FI connection to stream.  When deciding on which streaming device to purchase look at the features and capabilities, some devices limit the resolution and quality of video.

 

 

How to use Your streaming devices

The following links will provide more information about streaming video.

 

How to setup your Roku® streaming player or  Streaming Stick®  Learn More >>

 

How to setup your Apple TV Learn More >>

 

How to setup your Amazon Fire TV Device Learn More >>

 

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FAQ's

All About Streaming Classes Calendar

Randolph Communications is committed to help you with the transition from linear TV to streaming. These Free classes will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at our Distribution Center, located at 6463 US HWY 220 S, Asheboro, NC.

Sept 15th

Sept 17th

Sept 24th

Sept 29th

Oct 8th

To register, call 336.879.7960 or click on the register link above your preferred date. Additional classes will be added if needed.

 

 

 

 

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    • No Data Caps.
    • No Shared Connections.
    • 24/7 Technical Support.
    • WIFI - Connect multiple computers to a single internet connection.
    • 5 FREE E-mail Accounts (10 GB each) Additional e-mail accounts are $2 each.
    •                       - FREE with your Internet subscription. Get unlimited access to ESPN3.com for extended coverage and online video of your favorite collegiate and professional sport match-ups.

     

     

    internet only PLans

    (Download/Upload)

    Price/Month

    • Express                                          50Mbps/10Mbps                 $107.95

      • Best for a medium office space with multiple users.
    • Ultimate                                        100Mbps/20Mbps              $137.95

      • Best for a business that need to download medium to large files will appreciate this option. Multiple users
    • Extreme                                         500Mbps/25Mbps              $167.95

      Large to Medium offices space with multiple users downloading information from the internet.

    • Supersonic                                     1GIG/50Mbps                    $217.95

      • This speed will give you more streaming & web surfing and less waiting. This is speed is best for multiple users/devices, streaming music, Netflix, multi-player gaming, Smart TV, streaming HD movies, and streaming music.

    Enhanced Services

      Price/Month

    Randolph Communications installation is to demarcation point. Installation does not include inside wiring or telephone jacks. Fiber does not keep your phone on when the power is out. A battery backup will supply power for a period of time. Additional battery back-ups are available for purchase. Additional base unit(8hr) is $110.94, Flex Battery(4hr) is $53.47/ea.  Speeds listed are maximum attainable download and upload speeds and are best effort delivered through a wired connection to the customer premise. Actual speeds may vary depending upon a variety of factors, many of which are related to the environment at the customer premise and the customer owned devices connecting to the broadband service such as wireless, device capabilities, number of devices and interferences all impact internet speed connections. For best performance use a hardwired connection.

  • Fiber To the Home

    Want Faster Internet Speeds? Then You Need FIBER!

    While many communications providers brag about utilizing "fiber" in their networks, unless they provide it all the way to the home, they do not compare. Randolph Communications is proving High Speed fiber optics all the way to your home with Fiber Connect. Fiber to the home (FTTH), or Randolph Fiber, is the delivery of a communications signal over fiber optics to a home or business. This fiber will replace the existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires and coax cable. Fiber to the home is a method of providing higher bandwidth to consumers and businesses, which enables more robust video, Internet and voice services.

     

    Connecting homes directly to fiber optic cable enables large improvements in the bandwidth that can be provided to consumers. Current fiber optic technology can provide two-way transmission speeds of up to 1000 megabits per second. Further, as cable modem and DSL providers are struggling to squeeze increments of higher bandwidth out of their technologies, ongoing improvements in fiber optic equipment are constantly increasing available bandwidth without having to change the fiber. That’s why fiber networks are said to be “future proof.”

     

    Benefits

    • Faster Internet Speeds
    • Ability to Stream TV With No Buffering
    • Enhanced Voice Services
    • Secure & Reliable Connection
    • Increased Property Value

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  • MyHOme WI-FI

    MyhOME WI-FI

    WI-FI is no longer an optional "EXTRA" for most homes. It has become a critical component of the connectivity. Outdated wireless routers can lower your signal to drop or even slow down your connection speed.  Just think about how many devices you are using in your home. Stop fighting with your wireless network and battling device connectivity.

     

    Our new MyHome WI-FI Router will support higher internet speeds. It will give you better performance while using your many internet connected devices. You will get the best possible online experience on every device no matter where you are in your home.

     

    Enjoy the Benefits of MYhome WI-FI

    Less WI-FI interferences:

    WI-FI interferences can cause slower performance from your WI-FI network. Our routers are multi band to eliminate WI-FI interferences. 2.4 GHz  offers coverage at further distances. it should be used for low bandwidth activities like browsing the internet.  5GHz provides less coverage but it transmits data at faster speeds. It is best suited for high-bandwidth devices or activities like gaming and streaming TV.

     

    Best for Gaming & Streaming:

    These routers are built to handle higher bandwidths which are great for gaming and streaming.

     

    Long Range Capability:

    Do you have an outbuilding or a shop that would like WI-FI or a hardwired connection (or both), then as long as the power to outbuilding is fed from the home meter base we can plug in a Powerline Adapter and you will get access to your WI-FI connection.

     

    Multiple Devices:

    Our MyHome WI-FI can support multiple WI-FI devices at the same time.

     

    *Required with all Internet packages. For best performance use a hardwired connection.

    Wireless Modems

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    MyHome WI-FI Plus

     

    Purchase Price MyHome WIFI

    Purchase Price MyHome WIFI Plus

    Purchase Price Gigacenter**

    Purchase Price Gigacenter Plus**

     

    $     4.99/mo*

    $     8.99/mo*

     

    $ 187.39/ea

    $ 333.47/ea

    $ 152.60/ea

    $ 277.20/ea

    *Based on structure of home MyHome WI-FI will cover up to 2000 sq ft.

    MyHome WI-FI Plus will cover 2000 sq. ft. and up. ** Gigacenters are for fiber only.

    Wireless Modem

    GigaCenter

    Powerline Adapter

    Powerline Adapter AP

  • Computer Protection

    Email Scams

    Email provides us a convenient and powerful communications tool. Unfortunately, it also provides scammers and other malicious individuals an easy means for luring potential victims. The scams they attempt run from bogus business opportunities to phishing schemes using a combination of email and bogus web sites to trick victims into divulging sensitive information. To protect yourself from these scams, you should understand what they are, what they look like, how they work, and what you can do to avoid them.

     

    Here are some recent scams:

     

    • If you have received an email that looks like it comes from us and states "Your email account has almost exceeded its limit and that they may not be able to send or receive messages at any time from now on. It is asking them to “click” on the link and renew their account." This is a SCAM.
    • Police Warn of New 'Line-Trapping Technology' Being Used to Scam People Over the Phone: A new piece of sophisticated technology is being used by fraudsters to scam unsuspecting people over the phone. Police said a woman in the York Region received a call earlier this month and was told by the scammers she had been a victim of identity theft. Police said the woman was directed to call police and confirm the information. The victim called authorities and believed she had spoken to an officer. Through the investigation it was revealed that the suspects used new line-trapping technology to remain connected to her phone line when she tried to call police.  The technology used by the scammers reconnected her phone line to them instead of the authorities. Police said the woman lost a quantity of cash and the suspects obtained her personal information. Police are reminding citizens to be cautious with any calls or e-mails seeking personal information. "If a situation feels suspicious, trust your instincts,"  police said in a news release on Thursday. "If you wish to confirm a call you receive do so on a delayed time line. Evidence suggests that the line-trapping technology being utilized has a time limit of several minutes." Police said to call on another line if you are suspicious of being hacked.

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    TechHome Protect combines the best security, backup and data management software available with 24|7 Support.

     

    Tech Home is Technology Made Easy for you and your home. Tech Home is a complete home technology solution that makes it easy to setup, use, protect, and enjoy your networked devices... anytime, anywhere. With Protect and Support packages, you will be back in charge of your digital life, with the level of support you need at the price you want.

     

    Protect your devices from virus or malware.
  • EsPn3.com

    All Randolph Communications internet customers get unlimited access to ESPN3 content on Watchespn.com.

     

    How to Get Access from an RC Internet Connection:

     

    If you have a Randolph Communications Internet connection, you will be able to click on these ESPN3 links and begin watching without signing in.  You will not use the Watch button.

     

    1. Go to ESPN3.com
    2. You can watch the content that says ESPN3 for free with your internet subscription the other content is available with TV Everywhere.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you want to watch content from another ESPN Network then you will need to use your TV Everywhere credentials.

  • Protect your devices from virus or malware.

Streaming 101