Scott Wilkinson went to see DUNE this week, a remake of the 80s David Lynch cult classic. It's actually based on Frank Herbert's novel that many said was unfilmable. Leo says he was prepared to hate it, but he loved it. He saw it at home on HBO Max, but Scott says you should really see it in theaters. Especially IMAX. It looked and sounded incredible. There is a change in aspect ratio, but it didn't bother him. It was visually brilliant, and the soundtrack was fantastic.
If you own an Apple TV or Roku for your living room entertainment, try pressing the Siri/voice control button on the remote to find a show. Mention the movie/show and it'll find the streaming service where that title is available. Apple users with a HomePod can even go hands-free with a "Hey Siri" command, while people with a Roku Voice Remote Pro can yell "Hey Roku" if the slider is pushed to 'green' on the nearby device.
Richard is getting a strange buzzing noise as he watches videos from his Roku 4K Ultra. It happens when watching YouTube. He'll turn down the volume on his home theater system and turns up the video on his Roku remote. It's tinny, but it's clear with no buzz. Leo suspects that there's a mismatch of codecs. There are so many different video codecs now that this can happen. So you could be watching a movie with DolbyVision HDR, and the encoding is confusing the AV Receiver. It could also be an analog problem. Check your speaker cables. Also look to be sure wires are crossing and touching.
Don is going on a family cruise to the Bahamas soon. Has the internet gotten better for watching Netflix? Leo says that Royal Caribbean has spent a lot of money to improve the speed of their internet access. Called Voom, the speed has gotten fast enough to stream video, for sure. But remember that during peak times, that speed will drop dramatically, as everyone uses the available bandwidth. Keep in mind though, you will be paying for it, and it's not cheap.
Jerry wants to get a 4K streaming box. Is Apple TV as good as Roku? Leo says yes. But it's also twice as expensive. But he can get a more powerful box, which is important for 4K video streaming. And if he has an iPhone, he will get better AirPlay from the Apple TV, rather than the Roku. But the Roku is a better device for streaming.
Scott got an email this week from a listener who wants to know what's the best way to get over the top streaming? Scott says the best is to use a third-party streaming box like the Roku, AppleTV, or the NVidia Shield. And if you're into gaming, the Shield is the best option for streaming your gameplay. If you're an Apple person, it's probably best to stay in that ecosystem and stick with the AppleTV. There's also FireTV, but it's very Amazon-centric and you get a lot of Amazon ads being promoted.
Tom wants to know what's up with Apple TV+, but it seems that they're having a "hissy fit" with the app on Roku. He's always having to sign in. So it keeps forgetting the password. Leo says Tom's Apple password is the password. But Tom says he gets a "password is invalid" error. Leo says that Tom may be putting in the wrong password. He could be logging in with his iCloud account, not his Apple account. He could have also created a new account when he first signed up for Apple TV+. So it can get very confusing.
Netflix reported this week that nearly 100 million viewers are tuning into their original programming, including The Witcher, and others. Leo says that streaming is apparently a thing!
Daniel wants to know if Apple still offers iTunes Match. Leo says they do, though it's been replaced by Apple Music. But you can still subscribe for $25 a year. It'll then upload all the songs on your devices and match them in complete AAC sound. It won't be available on the Apple streaming service, but in your iCloud Library. Will that prevent it from playing on my Amazon Alexa? Leo says that Amazon took that feature out, so you can't now. Annoying.
Jim has a Sony Bravia 4K TV. But he keeps having issues streaming his Apple TV. Leo says that Apple TV can stream up to 30MBps, and that's a lot to cover through WiFi. Leo recommends hardwiring it. That will avoid any congestion. Or pick up a WiFi 6 router. That could make the signal more prolific. If talking about the Apple TV+ software on his Sony Bravia, Leo recommends trying the Apple TV hardware instead. Apps on a Smart TV aren't all that great and are rarely updated. And talk is, that the Apple TV+ app isn't that well-written.