Readying Your Computer
You already know that you would need a fast Internet connection to watch online movies. What’s a fast Internet connection? A 1Mbps connection may be fast enough to browse through web pages but may not necessarily be good enough to view video online.
Since you’re interested in watching online movies on television, you do not want to compromise on the Internet connection speed part. On your computer, you can surf other websites or type an email message while waiting for video to buffer. But sitting in front of a TV set, you can do nothing much except wait and that’s the last thing you want.
So, before you even think of viewing online movies on your television, you need to upgrade your Internet connection speed if you haven’t done so already. You would want nothing less than a high-speed Internet connection. Depending on the type of video content you would be viewing, you would want to start with at least a 10Mbps connection to view standard definition video and 20Mbps to view high definition video.
When you’ve got your Internet connection right, you want to ensure that you have the necessary software programs and plug-ins that would enable you to play back video smoothly over your computer. Different sites need different software/plug-ins. You would be on the safe side if you have the latest Adobe Plash Player, Windows Media Player and VLC Media Player. These three software programs can pretty much take care of the playback of streaming video over the Internet.