Steven has a wireless HDMI connection to stream from his computer to his TV. Some times it "hiccups" or even crashes. Leo says that wireless HDMI really isn't that good. What's happening is that the video packets are being dropped and the TV just moves forward if he doesn't get it all in order. So it may wait until it gets the latent packet, or just move on without it. That's why streaming tends to buffer up to 30 seconds in order to wait for a dropped packet. When the buffer drops to zero, it'll rebuffer to get back ahead.
Zack thinks that cable has gotten too expensive, especially since he only watches two news channels. He wants to cut the cord and go "over the top" to the internet. Leo says that with CNN, you have to buy a package that includes CNN. So that means you have to either do cable, or use something like YouTubeTV to get it. But that will give you everything you want. SlingTV is another option. ScooterX says if you go to go.cnn.com you can get CNN Go. But even if you could cut the cord, your internet prices will rise. So you're really not saving money doing that.
Alex wants to do Facebook live by connecting a GoPro to his iPad. Leo recommends considering buying the MEVO camera. It is designed to stream live directly to Facebook, YouTube, etc. in 4K. If he streams in 1080p, it's like having 4 cameras at once. If going with the GoPro, then he'll need to use GoPro's software to do it. The challenge will be inputting the audio. The chatroom says he can use a USB-C mic adapter into the GoPro. GoPro has a 3.5mm adapter here.
Alan wants to know more about YouTube TV. Leo says that YouTubeTV is an "over the top" streaming service which offers live streaming of TV programming, including local channels. But he advises that Cord Cutters are now paying almost as much, if not more than when they paid for cable service. But it's mostly ala carte.
Scott joins Leo to talk about home theater and how well Tuba Christmas went. Scott says they had an audience of over 1,000 this year, and it was a marvelous yuletide celebration. There was even one group that tailgated in the parking lot before the concert.
Risa wants to "go dark" and eliminate her cable access. She wants to know if a Chromebook will work to replace her computer. Leo says a Chromebook is great for a lot of online applications. Leo says she can cut the cord with her cable company, but if she's using the internet from that same company, she will likely have to pay more if she plans on streaming. But if she is planning on getting a landline, then she could get DSL internet access.
Alex wants to cut the cable. But he wants to avoid a contract. Can he stream from his phone? Leo says he could, but he will eat up bandwidth data caps in no time. He can eat a gig in an hour. Eventually, cell service will begin throttling. So that's not really the answer. Many cellular providers offer home internet plans. So call the cellular provider and find out.
Jim says he's a bit of a luddite, but he's discovered the Sonos Amp with Klipsh speakers, and it's just plain nice. Leo says the nice thing about the Sonos is that you can control it with your phone and stream from any music service. So you can listen to just about anything ever recorded.
Scott joins Leo to talk about content creator intent vs. consumer choice. Netflix is doing a trial run on playing back movies at up twice the normal speed. Leo says that Lisa listens to books at that speed. She gets more read that way.
But Scott says that directors are really up in arms over it, saying it alters the creative intent of the movie. It works in audio, because of pitch shifting. But for Video, well Leo says it makes the actors look like the Keystone cops.
Manny wants to know why he can't stream using his streaming device from a hotel when he's traveling. Rich says that if you're traveling internationally, many streaming services are region coded, preventing you from watching content that isn't local. As a result, people are using VPNs when traveling to get past that. So try a VPN.