Does Medina Fiber Offer TV?

Does Medina Fiber Offer TV?

You already know that Medina Fiber offers fast, reliable fiber internet right to your home. But have you ever wondered If we provide television service, too, including access to live TV, news and sports? 

As part of our commitment to deliver the very best internet experience possible, we do not offer TV as a separate service—because we believe you deserve better. With modern streaming services, you can enjoy live television without the need for a separate cable connection or an expensive monthly cable bill.

Instead of charging you more for a service you don’t need, we’ve partnered with MyBundle.tv to make streaming easier and more cost-effective. With Medina Fiber’s fast fiber internet, you can “cut the cord” and get just about any television entertainment you could want, reliably and with excellent quality.

Plus, some streaming applications even replicate your cable TV experience with features like local TV and a channel menu of all your favorite programs. So streaming can provide a familiar TV experience but with a substantially reduced cost compared to bloated cable lineups.

Read on to find out how you can enjoy high-speed internet service, outstanding streaming entertainment, and the best television has to offer, all without a separate cable box, contract, or bill. 

1. Optimize Streaming with Ideal Router Placement

If you’re already a Medina Fiber customer, you have fast fiber internet to enable high-quality streaming in your home. But remember that proper router placement is critical to making the most of your high-speed fiber internet service. If the router’s signal is impeded, you could experience the frustrations of buffering, pixilation, service interruption, and fuzzy imagery can happen.

Below are several tips to help you get the most of your router’s signal before switching to stream-only television service. 

  1. Place Router Near the Center of Your Home – People often place their routers in a corner office or some other room off to one side of the house, sometimes because that is where the “computer room” was when the house was first built.  This is a modern-day mistake, however, as you are sending too much wireless signal outside of your home where no one can make use of it. Instead, choose a centrally located room that can better reach other areas of the house. 
  2. Minimize Walls and Proximity to Windows – Try to cut down the number of walls intervening between your router and your devices. This is especially true of walls made of materials denser than drywall (which is easier on router signals than harder woods). While glass windows won’t likely interfere with the router signal, you don’t want to send too much signal out into your backyard or the street, so also try to avoid placing them too close to a window. 
  3. Place Routers Up High – Because routers disperse their signal downward, try to mount the router as high as possible. Choose a shelf well off the ground to place the router, or even consider mounting the router high on a centrally located wall in the house. 
  4. Keep the Router Away From Other Electronics – Other electronic devices, especially metal-based electronics, can impede the flow of router signal. Try to place the router away from such interfering devices.  If you keep your router in or adjacent to the kitchen, be aware that microwave ovens can be especially problematic. Microwaves release a signal in the same 2.4GHz band that routers use, impacting the router’s ability to reach other streaming devices elsewhere in the home. 

2. Purchase a Smart TV or Streaming Device

With your router placement optimized and your high-speed fiber internet installed, now you need to decide which streaming technology you should use—or if it’s time for an upgrade. 

There are two main choices: a Smart TV, which has streaming capability already built-in, or an add-on streaming service, which can turn most TVs into a Smart TV.  There are pros and cons to each choice, so let’s consider them in turn.

The Smart TV is manufactured to stream just about any streaming service available. You do not need an add-on device. You just need to connect the Smart TV to the internet service in your home. Some Smart TV models can display phenomenal picture quality, like 4k technology.  Smart TVs also have features that connect to other devices in your home (i.e., Smart Home technology), which may be an added benefit. 

The downside, however, is that all these features come with a higher price tag. So keep that in mind if you’re trying to be budget-conscious when making decisions.  

Add-on streaming devices are a more cost-effective option. They can turn almost any television (with an HDMI or USB port) into a Smart TV. They are also portable, so if you travel a lot, it may be a better option for you.  

Add-on streaming devices can be very small (some “streaming sticks” are tiny enough to fit in your pocket) or a slightly larger “box.” Amazon Fire Stick, Chromestick, and Roku Sticks are popular models. 

Apple TV, on the other hand, is a small box that connects to your TV. If you already use Apple products and Apple’s services, Apple TV may make the most sense for you.  

3. Use MyBundle.tv for Free to Find the Best Platforms for You

So now it’s time to learn how you can truly cut the cord and stream TV without a cable connection. 

MyBundle.tv is a free application that helps you choose the channels and streaming services you want to watch. From network tv and cable stations to live sports and news channels, there are countless combinations of entertainment to bundle. 

MyBundle starts by asking about your viewing habits, including any existing apps and subscriptions you already have, such as Hulu and Netflix. Next, select from dozens of channels to add to your bundle. You can add or subtract as many channels as you’d like and help control your overall cost. Unlike pre-set cable packages, you don’t have to pay for what you don’t want to watch!

Take some time to explore MyBundle.tv and check out the wide range of possibilities and options. 

Start Streaming Today

With high-speed fiber internet, optimized router placement, cutting edge streaming device technology, and the guidance of MyBundle.tv, you really can enjoy television without needing a separate service. We’re proud to bring the internet service you need to get the entertainment you want without piling extra charges onto your bill.

Be sure to follow Medina Fiber for more tips on making the most of your high-speed fiber internet experience!

Smart TVs vs. Streaming Devices

Smart TVs vs. Streaming Devices

When you’re ready to cut the cable cord and switch to streaming, you’ll need to either get a Smart TV or purchase a streaming device that enables streaming on your current TV. But, is one option better than the other?

Read on to compare these two streaming options based on your budget, personal preferences and more.

Smart TV Pros and Cons

Smart TVs are popular for good reason. In addition to connecting you to your favorite streaming platforms, they can also provide a stunning high definition 4K picture and incredible sound. Apps for Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services are built right into the TV interface.

A smart TV will often have additional features that enable you to control other connected devices throughout your home network. When used as the central communication hub in connected homes, smart TVs can help you manage everything from lighting and thermostats to appliances and security cameras.

On the other hand, smart TVs can be expensive, especially if you want all the bells and whistles. And, if you go for a lower price tag or older model, you might find yourself with an outdated television within a few years. Many people cut the cable cord to save money, which is why some opt to get more affordable streaming devices that enable streaming on their older model televisions.

Streaming Devices Pros and Cons

Streaming devices are a smaller, portable and less expensive alternative to having an all-in-one smart TV.

The average price of a streaming device usually runs less than $100. If you are an Apple user, however, you might want to look at getting an Apple TV streaming device. Apple TV boxes are significantly more expensive, but you’ll be able to connect it to your iCloud account and all your other Apple or iOS devices to complete your ecosystem.

The best part about streaming devices is that you won’t have to purchase a new television – they can turn any TV with an HDMI or USB input into a smart TV! Of course, if you’re not happy with the image or sound quality on your current TV, a streaming device won’t fix that. If you’re looking to upgrade your overall entertainment experience, a new Smart TV may be the better choice for you.

Smart TV or Streaming Device? The Verdict

The decision between a Smart TV or streaming device depends on your budget and lifestyle. If you have a fast, reliable internet connection from Medina Fiber and plan to set up a smart home with multiple connected devices, a Smart TV is a sound choice. However, if you want to keep costs low or want to test out streaming before making the switch, a streaming device is an affordable way to give it a try.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll need fast, reliable internet to enjoy a buffer-free streaming experience. Contact us today to make sure you have the speed you need to stream all your favorite shows and movies – even on multiple devices at once!