Jeff has been having streaming issues, forcing him to reinstall the Samsung TV app in order to do it, and even then it stutters a lot. Leo says that he doesn't like smart TVs because the software on them is poorly written and doesn't get updated very often. Using a Roku device is a far better and more secure option.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how to watch the Tokyo Olympics. This year, you can watch the games in 8K in Tokyo (though it's upconverted from 1080p), or if you have Comcast, you can watch it in 4K HDR through Xfinity, as well as through the NBCSports app. But only if your cable provider is a part of their network. YouTubeTV is also offering live streaming the games in 4K HDR, but you have to pay an extra $20 a month for the privilege after a free 30-day trial. So you can do the trial, watch the games, and then cancel. Others, including NBC, are broadcasting in 1080p.
Mark has a smart TV and streaming with Amazon Prime is really dark. Leo says that the apps in smart TVs never get updated and are not very good. So using a third-party streaming box is always going to be best. But Mark is having issues with his new 4K Firestick as well.
Andrew wants to know why ads don't appear on audio streaming. Leo says that broadcast ads are usually aimed at the local area the radio broadcast caters to. So on a stream, that doesn't apply. So they are either replaced with other generic ads or simply left blank.
Andrew also has the DJI Mavic Zoom drone and he loves it.
Mike is a big music fan and he uses Spotify to manage it. But it's not very good for that. Leo says that Spotify Playlists is the chief way to do it. But you're "renting" the music with a subscription, and that means a third-party app that can do it would be a challenge. Spotify is probably the best out there though, and that's not really saying much. But it's not really their business model either. It's more like a jukebox.
There are plenty of apps for curating your personal mp3s out there, but that's not what Spotify is about.
Gary watches live sports on the Peacock app, casting to his TV from the Chromecast. But he wants to be able to do it on his boat. Leo says you need WiFi to do that, as both devices have to be on the same network. He also hears he can create his own wifi using a router and connecting to an antenna on the hill. Leo says it's probably a hotspot that will enable you to connect to it.
Jason is blind and wants to route the audio from his TIVO to his Sonos speakers, so he can hear all over the house. Leo says that electronics "age out," and Sonos deprecated a lot of gear in a recent update. So there has to be a third-party workaround. If your Sonos has a line in, you could hardwire it. That's the way to go. But the Roam Bluetooth speaker doesn't. There is a raspberry pi way to do it using a Pi-Sonos server. It's cheap too at $35 for the Pi.
Ed is having problems where the volume in his Vizio soundbar changes audio as he changes the channel. Leo says it sounds like the IR from the Verizon FIOS box is merging the two commands and passing a volume command to the soundbar. There are only so many IR codes, so it's possible the confusion is causing it.
David listens to the iHeartRadio App but he doesn't get the ads, which he enjoys. Leo says that ads are either different or disappear on the streaming app because advertisers don't want to pay for them on the streaming service. This can either be because they are cost-prohibitive, or that an international audience is of little benefit to particular advertisers. And the station doesn't want to give them a freebie. So they get edited out. It's just the nature of streaming radio. One way around this could be to use a VPN to mask location.
Tom recently picked up a new Apple TV. It's his third one. And since it supports Hi-res music, Tom wants to know how it will sound? Leo says that with good speakers or headphones, users with "golden ears" will definitely be able to tell the difference. The music also has to be mixed that way. And even then, those who listen to mp3s and don't really care may not. It all comes down to how he can listen to music. Hint - none of the AirPods will be able to.