Internet TV: Lean Streaming Machines

I choose internet streaming for many TV shows and movies because it feels like a no-brainer. You will save on cords and space, watch on demand with minimal ads (saving you time) and enjoy variety at a lower price point. Also included for library cardholders: 10 free Hoopla movies each month.

Here are the steps to get started:

  1. Ensure you have a Wi-Fi Internet connection; it’s required for most modern devices. Talk to your local internet service provider.
  2. Setup an internet streaming device such as a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, AppleTV, or an iPad, Kindle, or Android tablet. Available online or at electronics retailers, they are often a small, one-time purchase. See our staff blog about the $35 Chromecast.
  3. Take your pick of paid streaming services: Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Prime Video, or Sling TV (for sports fans). For FREE with a Des Plaines library card, check out the selection at Hoopla works best on tablets, but is compatible with a few other TV-connected devices.

Still confused or just not sure which to pick? Keep an eye out for a free tech class in October that covers internet streaming options. If you can’t wait and want some one-on-one tech help, please get in touch. Just call 847-376-2841 to make an appointment.

Follow the recent explosion of superhero TV shows such as the acclaimed Netflix original series Daredevil? You may consider coming to the Pint & Click meetup at Tap House Grill on the evening of September 30th. We'll discuss all things superheroes on TV and movies including current favorites and all-time classics. This event is for ages 21+. or is a free, user-friendly site for finding movies and TV shows online. It displays all the services that currently stream a show or movie. Just make sure you specify TV or Movie before your search as it does not search both at once. provides thorough reviews and ratings to help you compare streaming devices and services. Sign in here with your DPPL library card then check out a couple articles or a buying guide. If you don't have a card, you can view Consumer Reports while in the library.

Des Plaines Pint & Click

Pint & Click is a group for book discussions, tech talks, and serious shenanigans in and around Des Plaines. We regularly meet at Tap House Grill! Come join the conversation at our next event: Superheroes on the Screen: Film and TV Discussion. Keep updated on Meetup or Facebook.


For an incredible and completely FREE cable-cutting option, check out the stupendous DVD and Blu-ray selection on the 3rd floor. Reserve your picks online to pickup later or come in and browse to see what gems you might find!

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