Steve wants to know how he can stream on-demand using a satellite receiver. Leo says that using a VPN through a router could work, his whole network would then appear to be in the US. Leo says he can also use a raspberry pi to run in between it and the streamer. He also wants to be sure his wifi network is protected. Leo recommends also getting the Tiny Hardware Firewall. It uses their VPN or TOR to route the signal. However, it may not be fast enough to stream video.
Jamie can't stand that Netflix streams previews while you're looking for something to watch. Leo says the good news is that you can turn that off on the website.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how the quality of TV series have started to drop of streaming services. Scott says he's noticed that some seasons of TV shows have just disappeared without notice. That's one of the problems with streaming. With physical media, you can watch something any time you want. But with streaming services, shows and movies can disappear at any time. At least with Netflix, they warn you what titles are leaving every month. But some services, they just vanish. Leo adds that convenience outweighs the risk, and Scott adds that it also outweighs quality.
Scott says that CBS will not be broadcasting the Super Bowl in 4K this year due to production issues related to Covid. They won't even be streaming in 4K. More people are expecting to watch the game via streaming this year than broadcast. Hulu has also lost distribution rights to CBS in some locations, so some subscribers may not be able to see it that way.
Ken is having issues casting from his mobile phone via Chromecast to his LG TV. He has a Google Pixel 4a. Leo says it's probably that his Chromecast is too old. So it sounds like Ken would need a new version. The good news is, they're pretty cheap.
Kent has upgraded his home theater system, and he's noticed that all the streaming services aren't streaming in 5.1 surround sound. Leo says that SLING will stream in 5.1 when available, but that's the real trick. If it's available. And even then, live TV is just in stereo. On-demand though, you can get 5.1. Netflix does it. The issue is just live TV, and that's only in stereo.
Dave is cutting the cable and wants to look into getting an indoor antenna. Leo says to first check out Locast.org. He can stream live local TV. It'll work on Roku, the computer, and the phone. And if he wants to avoid being nagged for donations, he can pay $5 a month for the service. A lot cheaper than DirecTV's $150 a month. He can also consider YouTubeTV. For $65 a month, he will get live and local channels, plus select cable stations. Roku also has a lot of free channels like PlutoTV. PeacockTV has a free tier.
Jim wants to know how Locast can rebroadcast live TV? Leo says the key may be that Locast is non-profit and only takes donations of $5 a month. It's also in limited areas. The local broadcasters tried to sue them off the air, but they haven't been successful yet. But for as long as it lasts, Locast may be a great option when cutting the cable. If you are living in one of the areas that Locast is available, you can stream live, local TV.
Scott joins Leo to talk about CES this year, and he says there's been a ton of news already. Leading the way is micro and mini LEDs, the latest version of LCD TV technology. Instead of hundreds or thousands of LEDs, there are now tens of thousands. And that translates to more accurate color and dynamic range. This year will be the year of mini LEDs with LG announcing the QNLED model of 4K TVs, and Samsung showcasing their NEO LED.