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Why Don't My Headphones Work When I Stream Netflix?

Netflix

Episode 1748

Terry from Valley Center, CA

Terry recently switched from Dish to DirecTV. But when he uses his wireless headphones, they won't work when he streams Netflix from the TV. He's got them connected to his TV audio out jack and a splitter/converter. The soundbar works via optical, and Leo thinks that the optical is now cutting off the TV output jack. Leo says that you need a splitter that will split optical (which is light). Terry's splitter is likely failing.

How can I turn on my Apple Cinema Display?

Apple's Cinema Display

Episode 1740

Paul from Delaware, OH

Paul was recently gifted an Apple Cinema Display. But it doesn't light up if he plugs it in. Leo says there's no on/off switch on that old ACD. You just have to plug it into a computer that has a display port to get it to turn on. You may need an adapter for Display Port to HDMI. 

Paul wants to also know what's the best streaming box. Leo says that Roku seems to be the most compatible, but some ISPs have deals with other boxes like Apple which can give it better programming or preferred traffic. So Apple TV may also be a good choice depending on your ISP. 

How Can I Livestream a Funeral?

Youtube app

Episode 1739

Kyle from New Mexico

Kyle's dad recently passed away and due to Covid restrictions, he wants to be able to set up a virtual memorial. Leo says that a lot of funeral houses do offer that, but if they don't, he can do it himself using a smartphone. If everyone in the family is on Facebook, then using Facebook Live would be the easiest option. YouTube Live is also an option. That would be the most universal and he won't need an account to watch it. Go out and get a tripod and special phone mount that would help to keep the image steady. Then open the app and go live. It'll stream.

Scott Wilkinson ... Upscaled

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1739

Scott joins Leo to talk about this year's World Series, and how it's being streamed in 4K HDR. But it isn't being shot in 4K. In fact, on Fox, it's still being broadcast in 720p. But it is being shot in 1080p HDR. The 1080p HDR raw video is being upscaled to 4K for the stream. You can get it on the Fox Sports App. But the 4K AppleTV may not give you HDR. So go with the Roku Ultra if you have it.

Also, previous games are not streamed in 4K HDR, only the live stream.

Can I use IKEA's wireless speakers for my PC?

SYMFONISK from IKEA

Episode 1738

Lott from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Lott came across a set of SYMFONISK WiFi Speakers at IKEA and wants to know if he can get sound from his computer to play on them. Leo says that IKEA has a partnership with SONOS and Amazon to create wireless speakers. You need to use SONOS software to add your music collection and play it. It uses a variant of DNLA and in theory, the SONOS software can scan your PC and play it.

How can I route audio from my Chromecast to my stereo?

JTech Digital Interface

Episode 1734

Michael from Torrance, CA

Michael uses a Chromebook in the garage for working out. But the video is rather janky. So he added a Chromecast and a video monitor. The Video is improved, but he doesn't want separate audio output.  Leo says the HDMI carries both audio and video, but you can split it into a stereo. Leo adds though, that it can be tricky because you'd need a powered speaker to do it. Michael is currently using a headphone jack connected to computer speakers. Not really optimal. 

What's a good alternative to Google home for controlling my TV?

Google Chromecast TV

Episode 1734

Taylor from Cincinnati, OH

Taylor has set up his mother with Google Home to control her TV. Now it won't recognize her voice commands. Leo says that the new Google TV Chromecast may be the solution. It works with a voice-controlled remote and it bypasses Google Home altogether. The price is $49 or it's free with YouTube TV. Another possible solution is the Amazon Fire TV Cube. Leo tested it and it does a good job with voice control. The price is $129. It can even work with Amazon Echo.

How Can I Adjust Audio Sync On TV While Streaming?

DisplayLag

Episode 1731

Bruce from Glendale, CA

Bruce is having issues with audio sync on his TV and home theater/DVD player. Leo says that sync is often built-in and should be in the settings for the device. Bruce gave up on his FireStick. Leo says that a lot of people have. There are some tricks like turning off encoding (or on). Look at the TV settings as well. Maybe a better HDMI cable would help. 

From the chatroom - check the manual for AV Sync. https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/articles/00012347