David has a son who is serving overseas and wants to watch Disney+ via VPN. But the VPN is really slow. Are there alternatives? And is it legal? Leo says that it is perfectly legal, but streaming services discourage the practice because a VPN can slow things down a lot. But Leo has tried VPN streaming all over the world and it works just fine. Leo recommends trying ExpressVPN. They are a sponsor and have been very consistent in their speeds. Tunnel Bear is another.
According to a recent report, 11 million streamers are mooching off of other streamers by using their passwords. One in three shares their login with someone else. The report also saw that Millenials are more likely to share, causing a billion in lost revenue.
Mike watches Netflix with a VPN. Why is it slower? Leo says that a good VPN shouldn't slow him down all that much. So if the VPN is slow, and making it harder to stream Netflix, then try a different VPN or ISP. Also, if you're using a VPN to watch Netflix from the home computer, the upload speed may be the issue. Leo also recommends using PLEX. It uses a dedicated port and will enable him to media serve that Netflix stream, as well as movies. But again, it depends on the home upload speeds.
Scott recently got into recordings of live concerts in 360 reality audio. Scott says it's like Dolby Atmos for audio. very object-oriented. And the sound elements/objects can be placed anywhere in 3D space. You can get those recordings from NUGS.Net.
The big tech story this week is that Netflix finally gives viewers the option to turn off the annoying Autoplay feature within its app. There are several ways including a profile setting or with a checkbox on the show, you're watching. FINALLY!
Jack is having a "fluttering" issue with his AppleTV, where it goes to black. Spectrum says it's a box problem, and it should be rebooted. Apple says it shouldn't. Leo says that Apple is wrong; he has to reboot his AppleTV all the time. It's easy by pressing the menu and home button at the same time for five seconds. Stuttering can also indicate a bandwidth issue. Samsung also says his TV is out of date as well. But Leo says that it's probably not the TV. He suspects that his carrier Spectrum and a bad app. Uninstall the app and reinstall it. Also, try using a wired ethernet connection.
Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about the Super Bowl and how he usually just watches the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. But this year, he's interested in the game because of the 4K HDR streaming options you can enjoy. Leo says it's through the Roku Ultra and the FoxSports app. It'll also be broadcast in 60p. So 4K 60p and HDR. But it almost didn't happen, as Fox Sports and Roku had to sign a last-minute deal to enable it to happen. But Roku isn't the only option. Amazon Fire enabled sticks and TVs will also be able to do it.
Tomorrow, Super Bowl 54 will be streamed in 4K HDR, and you can stream it (if on the AppleTV, it won't be in HDR). But Leo says it's being shot in 1080p and upscaled. What he thinks is more important is, that it'll be shot in 60p.
Micah was frustrated with his cable company and left it for DirecTV. But the over the top services are now the same as the cable in terms of price. Leo says that's not by accident. It's by design. You also notice your internet fees are higher as well. Most of us are paying more for data and have bandwidth caps. The irony is, if you go back to the cable company after 30 days, they treat you as a new customer and give you a great deal. But it'll start going up almost immediately. And since most cable companies have a virtual monopoly in a community, there's no competition.
Bob wants to know if it would be faster to use a dedicated Roku box instead of the Roku on his smartTV. Leo says, yes. Smart TV apps are never updated, while your Roku box will be. He recommends the Roku Ultra.