Andy does live video streaming at the FocusTV Network and he's having issues with live audio through his Lav mics. Leo says that network TV audio is terrible, but people never seem to notice it because viewers are paying attention to the video as well. Leo doesn't use Lav mics at all if he can avoid it. He uses a good studio microphone for the best possible sound. If he considers his talk show a radio show with pictures, and mix with the right mics, it'll sound better.
Jeff's MacBook Pro has died, and he's shopping for a budget 15" laptop under $800. He wants to use it to broadcast live on the internet with it. Leo would suggest Dell. Jeff should get one with an i5 processor and 8GB of RAM.
Midnight Rider is having trouble streaming video on his phone, but he can watch the stream on his laptop. Leo says there are different ways to watch the TWiT stream. He could watch through Ustream, YouTube Live, Twitch, etc. For Mobile, Leo recommends the YouTube app.
George can't seem to watch streaming TV on his Samsung computer anymore. The icons have even disappeared. Leo says he thinks that George is no longer in mirror mode. He's in "extended" mode and that's why he can't see his icons. Set it for mirror mode, and it all should pop up. Netflix is also smaller. Leo says that may be a resolution issue via copy protection. The cable may also have gone bad.
Joe got an Amazon Fire TV, but when he plugs it into his Denon AV receiver it doesn't work. Leo says he likes the Denon AV receiver and can't imagine why it wouldn't work. Everything in the chain is "HDCP" complaint for copy protection. So it should work just fine.
Leo thinks it may be a bad port or bad cable. Make sure the settings from the Fire TV and the TV itself are matched. If one is 1080i and the other is 1080p, then the handshake could fail. Turn everything off and unplug it. Then plug each thing in one at a time, ending with the TV.
Leo says he'll want at least 5 MB downstream consistently. 5MB down and 1MB up is the minimum he should accept for watching video.
Chris wants to know if he really needs to deal with Flash for streaming video. Leo says no. Thanks to Apple taking a stand against it, Flash has started it's painful death. Not even Adobe is going to support it very much longer. If he's on YouTube, he can go to youtube.com/html5 and opt out of using Flash. As time goes on, more and more sites for video are adopting the HTML5 standard.
Scott says that we've reached the point in streaming online that the convenience of it far outweighs the quality of the image, which is improving over time. The quality looks as good as a DVD, but not as good as a Blu-ray. Leo says that for most people, that's good enough to "cut the cable." That's why video rental stores are closing by the droves. Sure, you can rent recent movies on RedBox, but older films live on streaming. What's really causing streaming to lag is the speed at which the video is delivered. The US is 25th in the world in high speed internet access.