/ Computing and Information Technology

Streaming Media

Be sure to check this reference guide before you buy a new streaming device to bring to campus.

TVs

✔ SMART TV WITH WIFI

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Smart TV with WiFi

✔ “ULTRA-THIN” OVER THE AIR ANTENNA

Some students have had good luck pulling in local channels using an over-the-air HD antenna. Your results may vary depending on your residence hall or cottage location. Make sure you have a TV with a tuner, or an antenna digital converter box. Let us know if you have any issues!

OTA Antenna

✘ TVS WITHOUT A TUNER

Sometimes advertised as being a “Digital Display” or “Tuner-Free.” An over-the-air antenna for local channels would not be able to connect to a TV without a coax jack (pictured below). All content on these TVs would have to come from the internet via built-in Smart TV or an external streaming device.

Coaxial Jack

✘ CHROMECAST BUILT-IN

Smart TVs that advertise using “Chromecast Built-in” will not work because Chromecast is not enabled on our network. See the Chromecast section below for more information.

Chromecast Built-in

 Streaming Devices

✔ AMAZON FIRE STICK/FIRE TV

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Amazon Fire Stick

✔ APPLE TV

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Apple TV

✔ ROKU

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Roku

✘ CHROMECAST

Unfortunately, the Chromecast will not work at Hope and most other colleges.

Chromecasts are designed for home networks and do not work well on a large network like Hope College’s. They were not designed with the security measures necessary for use on large networks. They allow anyone with a connected device to take over your streaming at any time.

Chromecast

Speakers

✔ BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Bluetooth Speaker

✔ GOOGLE HOME

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Google Home

✔ AMAZON ECHO

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Amazon Echo Family

✘ SONOS

Sonos speakers are designed for home networks and do not work well on a large network like Hope College’s.

Sonos Family

Gaming Consoles

✔ XBOX ONE/ONE S/ONE X

Should work without a problem using WiFi. Ethernet ports in residence halls are not active at this time. Let us know if you have any issues!

Xbox One

✔ XBOX 360/360 E/360 X

Should work without a problem using WiFi. Ethernet ports in residence halls are not active at this time. The Xbox 360 E and 360 S have built-in WiFi and will work out of the box. The original Xbox 360 will need an Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Adapter to properly connect. Let us know if you have any issues!

Xbox 360

✔ PLAYSTATION 3/PLAYSTATION 4

Should work without a problem using WiFi. Ethernet ports in residence halls are not active at this time. The original 20GB PS3 does not have WiFi, and will need a USB WiFi dongle to properly connect. Later Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles should all work properly out of the box. Let us know if you have any issues!

Playstation 3 and Playstation 4

✔ NINTENDO SWITCH

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Nintendo Switch

✔ NINTENDO WII U

Should work without a problem. Let us know if you have any issues!

Nintendo Wii U

✘ NINTENDO WII

The Wii can play games from the disc, but Wiis are unable to connect to the internet on campus. The Wii uses older Wi-Fi technology, and if used on the wireless network would slow down all the other devices in the area. For the benefit of other devices, we have turned off the necessary service on the wireless network.

Nintendo Wii

Streaming Services

In addition to the Cable TV available in most residential common areas, the internet at Hope College is ready to handle streaming video. Here are some of the popular services that many students at Hope tend to like.

SPOTIFY AND HULU STUDENT – $5 per month

Spotify and Hulu now offer a severely discounted combined student subscription. All you have to do is verify that you currently attend Hope! Hulu was founded a couple of years ago by several of the big television networks coming together to offer an on-demand subscription service for their catalog of past shows. Most back-catalogs are available in their content library after a year of airing.

Learn more about Spotify and Hulu Student

NETFLIX – $8/$11/$14 per month

Netflix is the most popular video streaming service on our network. At peak traffic times, Netflix usage can be upwards of 70% of the entire internet usage at Hope! That's a lot of students avoiding homework. There are several monthly plans available that offer more concurrent users and higher quality content, and the first month is free.

View Netflix plans

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO – $49 per year

Amazon Prime has a surprisingly large video library included with every Prime membership. And because you're a student at Hope, you qualify for an Amazon Prime Student membership! This deal includes 50% off the standard $99/year cost, plus a six month free trial to see if you like it.

View the Amazon Prime Student plan

SLING TV – $20/$25 per month

Sling is an up-and-coming streaming replacement for traditional live cable TV. They have two plans, perfectly named the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans. Take a look at their channel listing page to see if Sling has what you're looking for.

View Sling TV plans

YOUTUBE TV – $35 per month

YouTube TV is a new service that's now available in West Michigan. Your home address may also be within the list of available locations. Maybe this plan would work for you! YouTube TV memberships come with six accounts to share with roommates or family members in your household, and allows up to three simultaneous people streaming at once. Most of the major TV network channels are included, as well as unlimited cloud-based DVR.

More information on YouTube TV

NETWORK WEBSITES

Most major networks (such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, TLC and even Adult Swim) let you watch shows directly on their website. These are often ad-supported, but some require you to log in with an account associated with a cable TV subscription. Many students on campus have friends and family with accounts that they share.