streaming

Why am I getting ads from another town in my internet stream?

Episode 1594

Patti from Los Angeles, CA

Patti listens to the Tech Guy with her Amazon Echo, and noticed that she gets commercials from San Diego, not LA. What gives? Leo says that when listening to the stream, the radio station sometimes uses specially sold ads for the internet stream, that are more regional, or national in design. So that's likely why you heard ads from San Diego. Your device may also not really know your location, so if you go into your app, you can add the location and get more accurate ads and weather forecasts.

Is it secure to listen to streaming live?

HTTP & HTTPS

Episode 1593

Michelle from Thousand Oaks, California

Michelle wants to know of a secure way to listen to podcasts and live audio streams. Leo says that if you're listening to TWiT, you can go to twit.tv/live. It's secure from every source. Leo says to check to be sure your browser is up to date. That could be the issue. But streaming should be very secure. In fact, Google is pushing for all sites to be https compliant. So if the site isn't https compliant, that could be an issue. Those certificates are based on dates, and if your computer's date is off, that could indicate a certificate is out of date when it really isn't.

Why do podcasts quit after 20 minutes?

Podcast

Episode 1593

Len from San Diego, CA

Len listens to his podcasts through Amazon Echo. Leo says that Echo and other home assistants are a boon for podcasters and streaming radio from all over the world. He says the problem though is that it'll completely play live, but if he listens to it pre-recorded, he only gets about 20 minutes. Leo says it all comes down to advertising. If you're listening to a podcast in Cleveland, but you're in San Diego, ads are no benefit to you or the advertiser. And they probably don't pay to have an ad on the download. It's all about economics. Podcasts are like magazines.

Do I Have to Pay TuneIn to Listen to Podcasts?

Episode 1590

Taylor from Cincinnati, OH

Taylor operates his own 100 watt FM radio station so they can stream via TuneIn. He's had complaints that TuneIn is charging them $100 for premium service in order to listen to him. Is that legit? Leo says NO! They do have free and paid levels for streaming, but he can listen to anything free on Tune-in. They do give a one-week free trial, but TuneIn is billing automatically via Apple Pay. Leo says to complain, and they will refund it. 

Scott Wilkinson .... left in the dark

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1588

The big news this week was the pivotal battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones, and the problem was it was so DARK and badly lit. Scott says that it's almost as if the filmmakers didn't take into consideration that those who are streaming would be dealing with a heavily compressed image, that would crush the details in dark areas. Add the fact that it was the most watched episode in HBO history, it had to deal with congestion as well. The episode will no doubt look better on Blu-ray and in UHD. But with the heavily compressed signal of a 4K stream, it simply didn't.

Should I Pay for Google Voice?

Google Voice

Episode 1585

Gary from Cheektowaga, NY

Gary wants to know if it's worth buying the G Suite from Google. Leo says it makes a lot of sense for companies, but for $10 a month, Gary won't get anything new. Google is replacing Google Hangouts with Meet and Chat, so he may have the opportunity to use that. It also offers Google Voice for new users. Look around. Check out Grasshopper, Mighty Call, or Line2. Leo uses Ring Central. 

Gary also found out that PlayOn, his DVR service online, is going up to $50 a month. Leo recommends YouTube TV as PlayOn requests a password apparently to access some services to record to the DVR.

Is the Fire TV Stick Great Alternative to Satellite Service?

FireTV Stick 4K

Episode 1583

Gloria from North Hollywood, California

Gloria wants to know if the Fire TV stick is a good deal for cutting the cord. Rich recommends the Fire TV Stick 4K because it's the best option and it's only $10 more. Then he recommends also picking up the Fire TV Recast for the local channels. However, Gloria will need an antenna or subscribe to DirecTV Now for those local channels, minus KTLA.