On June 12, 2009, all TV signals went digital. Your analog TV stopped working until you added a converter box to the TV. Today your expensive digital flat-screen TV cannot get internet streaming signals unless it is a newer "smart" TV. Your "dumb" TV needs a streaming device to get into the game. The good news is that you don't need to buy a "smart" TV because streaming devices will turn your "dumb" TV into a "smart" TV. You are good to go!


The Streaming Media Device connects the internet to your TV and allows you to choose a streaming service like Amazon Prime or Netflix. If you have decided to make your dumb TV smart with a streaming media device, read on, if not, then skip this section.

Streaming Media Devices

Router to Dumb TV

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Here's the dumb TV diagram from the last step. Our goal is to turn our dumb TV into a smart TV so we can get our streaming media on it. To do so we need to replace the 🚫 above with a streaming media device.

Streaming Media Device Placement

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The streaming media device is the missing "smart" from your dumb TV. These streaming media devices are available as a stick or HDMI cable which plugs into the HDMI port on the back of your dumb TV. It wirelessly (Wi-Fi) connects to your home network on one side and to your dumb TV on the other side. Some have their own remotes. They all require power, either A/C or USB.

They all have unique features. For example, A Roku stick will allow you to get Amazon or Netflix. But you need to check these details before you make a purchase.

These devices range in price from $45 to $180 for the device. These devices enable your dumb TV to now receive Streaming Media Services (movies, channels, TV shows, etc.).

Voilà, hello smart TV.


Although it seems like a lot of confusing features and choices, don't forget what you are doing here in this step. You just want to get a device that will make your dumb TV get streaming media. Don't get overwhelmed.



ACTION ITEM: Check out three streaming devices.

  1. Does it come with a remote? Compatible with your existing remote?
  2. How large is it?
  3. Good reviews?


Which one do you like? Maybe another that's not on the list?