Apple TV

How can I stream the big game with my iPad?

Episode 1298

James from Huntington Beach, CA

James has an 80" Vizio HDTV and he'd like to stream it. Can he stream it from his iPad Pro? When he plugs it into the Vizio it plays sound but not the picture. Leo thinks it's probably copy protection. If even one item in the chain isn't HDCP compliant, it'll downsample it or even refuse to connect.

The best way to do it is with Apple TV. Another option is using an antenna. In fact, having an antenna will get the best image since it isn't compressed. If he has a good signal, it'll be the best possible image.

Should I buy a Red Rhino streaming box?

Episode 1231

Jacob from Cookville, TN

Jacob has heard of a Red Rhino streaming box for $400. Is it legit? Leo says that price is crazy. It's based on Android TV and it could be that expensive because it has access to pirated TV stations, which is illegal. Specs are not impressive either. They're overcharging for what he'd get, and it even uses CODI, a free media center player based on XBox Media Center. But make no mistake, it steals movies and TV shows and there's a good chance it'll be rendered useless when Hollywood shuts them down.

Does Apple TV offer accessibility features for the blind?

Apple TV

Episode 1193

Tom from Charlotte, NC

Tom is visually impaired and wants to know if the new Apple TV will have accessibility features. Leo says that nobody knows. It's not going to be announced this week at WWDC as hoped, casting doubt if it'll even be out this fall. But Netflix does have audio playback on titles and descriptions. And the AppleTV does support that feature.

What about the Apple Watch. Is it worth buying? Leo says no. It's very expensive, and the icons are tiny. It isn't really accessible or useful.

What streaming box should I buy?

Apple TV

Episode 1190

Mickie from Studio City, CA

Mickie recently bought a Samsung Galaxy TV for streaming, but she can't get the HBO Go or Showtime Go App on it. Leo says that's the problem with the Smart TV -- they won't have all the smart apps she wants. She'll be better off just buying a Roku. What about the Apple TV? Leo has both and the only reason to prefer the AppleTV is if she plans to buy stuff though the Apple ecosystem. Roku, by contrast, has a lot more options, thousands of channels, and it's updatable.

Do I need a router to use my Apple TV?

Apple TV

Episode 1124

Dennis from Arkansas

Dennis is looking to get broadband. He's got an AppleTV and wants to connect it to his router. Leo says that the best thing to do is request from the broadband company a modem only, and then use his own router. Then it's easy to connect the Apple TV to the router. The chatroom says that it may be necessary to port forward the Apple TV or DMZ it, but Leo doesn't think so.

Use Any Remote With Apple TV

Apple TV, like many other set top boxes and home theater components, comes with its own separate remote. This aluminum remote is much smaller than most other remotes, making it easier to lose. But there are other ways to control the Apple TV, including an option to use one of your existing remotes.

iOS Remote App

Why is my smart TV so slow when trying to stream videos with it?

Roku 3

Episode 1079

Alan from Honolulu, HI

Alan bought an 80" Sharp Aquos LCD TV, but he says it doesn't work very well. Every time he loads a movie, it takes forever to load. Leo says that while the TVs are so-called "smart TVs," the apps that they include aren't really that good. Leo advises buying a Roku box. Apps on a TV are really an after thought. Roku specializes in the apps they offer and they do a great job.

How can I share photos with someone remotely?

Episode 1020

Brad from Atlanta, GA

Brad would like to create a private YouTube channel that will give him the ability to put pictures on it so his elderly Aunt can see them online. Leo says that a better option is an internet enabled smart digital picture frame that he can update remotely. She does have internet access and an HD TV, so could he use the Chromecast to do this? Leo says he could, but Brad would have to travel to his Aunt's and set it up because it would have to see her Wi-Fi. She would have to learn how to access YouTube from the Chromecast, too.