Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

What's the story behind your "Right On the Air" sign?

Fernando from Nuremberg, Germany

Episode 1200

Fernando had been watching Leo and Tech TV on the C-Band in Mexico. He's wondering what the Right On the Air sign that sits behind Leo is all about. It has a 70's hippie look to it. It comes from an old San Francisco radio station, KKSF, when Leo moved to the area. He was on a station called Clock FM that bought KKSF. The transfer of ownership happened at noon, and the DJ from the rock station played Blue Oyster Cult before walking out the door. Leo then came in to start playing some Neil Diamond song, and he asked the rock DJ if he could keep the On the Air sign. He said he could.

Is it illegal for me to modify my Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Joseph from Houston, TX

Episode 1199

Joseph got the Amazon Fire TV, and he modified it to put Kodi on it. Now he has access to a lot more content, but he's wondering if he's going to get in trouble for doing that. Leo says it's perfectly fine to modify hardware that he bought and owns, even if the manufacturers don't particularly like it. It may be technically illegal to do so, but Leo is of the opinion that he should be able to do what he wants with the hardware he buys.

Why can't I stream HBO Go on my PS3?

Cynthia from Malibu, CA

Episode 1200

Cynthia is having issues with streaming HBO Go on her PS3. Is this a bandwidth issue? Leo says it likely could be. But if she's streaming Netflix with no problem, then she'll have to look elsewhere. She should try using another streaming option like Roku. Cynthia should log into HBO.com and see if she can stream from her laptop. If she can, then it's an issue with the PS3. She should also connect her hardware via ethernet and see if it will stream from there. Another issue may be congestion when she's streaming wirelessly.

How can I listen to my music on any device without the Internet?

Jesse from Kentucky

Episode 1199

Jesse is an audiophile who loves high resolution music. He wants to be able to listen to his music on any device without having to rely on an internet connection to do it. He was thinking about using Plex, but isn't sure how it works. Leo says that Plex doesn't pull music from the internet. It relies on local storage and then can route it to any device on the network. He could then send it to Roku to play. He should be able to stream 192 kb audio just fine over Wi-Fi.

President Obama Visits Marc Maron's Garage for an Interview

Episode 1197

President Obama visited Marc Maron's garage to the the guest on the WTF podcast this past Thursday. Marc Maron has had a show on IFC, and has a background in political talk radio. His podcast 'WTF,' is a comedy show where he typically interviews comedians.

Listen to the full episode of WTF with Marc Maron and President Obama at potus.wtfpod.com

How can I use iTunes on two separate computers?

Episode 1197

Rob from Orange, CA
iTunes

Rob is a DJ and he would like to use iTunes on two separate laptops to mix between. Leo says there's two ways to do this. The first is to use the same Apple ID on both. He'll have up to 5 computers he can use at once. He could also use Family Sharing. That way he can manage all the music between multiple users. Home sharing is another option.

The fastest way would be to copy the library onto a disk, and then import the library into the other laptop.

How can I stop my video from buffering?

Jim from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1196

Jim is frustrated because he'll be watching a video on his phone and it'll buffer. Leo says that's a speed/bandwidth issue. Streaming will buffer about 30 seconds of video before starting to get ahead. Then if the packets come out of order or slow down, the buffer is there. If it happens a lot, the buffer will just run out and rebuffer. So it has to do with connection, bandwidth, and the ability of your system to keep up. Faster internet will solve the problem, as will a lower resolution stream.