Harold's father is tired of paying $200 a month to watch TV on cable. So he wants to cut the cord. He's looking at the FireTV with Sling. Leo says that the FireTV is fine, but they are engineered to encourage buying stuff from Amazon. Leo prefers the Roku player. There's also the Apple TV. Leo also recommends YouTubeTV for his local channels and other streaming options. Sling is another that's good; AT&T has one, but Leo's favorite is YouTube TV. It's $50. But that, on top of the internet, and you're already over $100.
Tom used the DISH App with the original Sling box and he loved it. But they don't use those services anymore. What is a good alternative for watching TV on the road? Leo says that times are changing. It's a great idea, but people aren't really doing that anymore. However, Chromecast is a good portable option. But most of your cable companies offer that kind of service. It's called OTT (Over the Top). These days, OTT services include YouTube TV, SLING, DirecTV Go. And you can always log into them online remotely and airplay.
Johnny streams his church's services. But he'd like to do it live. Leo says you can stream to YouTube and they will not only stream live, but it will then save it for viewing later. Automatically. Is Vimeo better though? Leo says that the quality is better, but it's not free to use. Vimeo Pro really isn't that expensive, though. Facebook Live is another option. Can he use Premiere Elements instead of Adobe Premiere Pro? Leo says yes. It does about 80% of what Creative Cloud does. And there's Adobe Rush. That's free and can work from a mobile device.
Mike wants to know how to stream workout videos from his iPhone to his TV. Leo says that using Airplay is great, but he will need an Apple TV to do it. He can connect a phone to the TV directly by using a lightning adapter. But Apple Airplay with Apple TV is the ideal method. Android can also do it if the TV is compatible with it. Samsung, though, tends to only work well with Samsung TVs.
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During this period of social distancing, everyone is streaming. As such, Netflix has had to lower the resolution quality of streaming down to SD in Europe in order to handle the load. That's a significant degradation if you have a 4K TV. Will it happen here? Scott wouldn't be surprised if it does. As more people shelter in place, they'll be watching more, and streaming more. Coupled with working at home, kids having virtual classes online, internet traffic is going way up. Leo says one way around this is to cache content.
With the Coronavirus outbreak prompting the government to encourage people to practice "social distancing," many companies are letting their employees work from home. Leo says we finally have the bandwidth speeds available to be able to do video conferencing and team applications that can work via telecommuting. Church's are encouraging parishioners to watch services online, and thanks to Google Hangouts, Apple's Facetime and other video chat apps, we can keep in touch with friends and family. So it couldn't be a better time to be facing this.
Dick is thinking about getting YouTube TV. Good buy? Leo says it's the best way to go for cutting the cable and streaming online. It comes with all the local channels. Is there a DVR that supports it? Leo says it has a DVR built into it for up to six people. The only thing it doesn't do is skip commercials. Dick is also a pastor who wants to stream his church services. The ATEM Mini from Blackmagic offers up to four HDMI inputs for streaming different cameras.
Jerry likes to watch YouTube on his TV, but his TV browser isn't going to be supported anymore. Leo says don't use that browser. It's terrible. Look for a YouTube app available for the smart TV and install it. Better yet, connect a Roku Box, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV or even Google Chromecast and use their interface. They will also be updated regularly. Will Samsung spy on users like they do on a TV? Leo says no. And most malware isn't targeting TV sets. Leo also advises getting a Chromebook for those "sketch sites" and a Chromecast. Then he can cast to the TV securely.
Father Neil wants to make his Catholic Masses available to his older partitioners at home, but he's been told it'll cost at least $2500-5000 a week to do. Leo says that's nonsense. All he really needs is a camera, a tripod and a microphone, and a computer. The Focusrite Scarlet will allow him to plug audio from the church mixing board to the computer. He can then stream it through YouTube Live or Facebook. But he can also use a smartphone. Get everyone to subscribe to the YouTube channel, and once he gets over 1000 subscribers, he can stream from a mobile phone.
Disney has announced that Frozen 2 will be available on Disney+ three months early so that fans who are "self-quarantining," can enjoy the film sooner. Leo says that's good, free publicity.