G Scott wants to know if he can stream 4K with Dolby without any special devices. Leo says if you have a 4K streaming box, you can plug them into your AV receiver, and if it has audio return, it should do Dolby. But Leo says he bought an all-new AV system for it. But remember that live broadcast TV won't be shot in 4K; it'll be upscaled to it. Then you'll need a 4K capable smart box.
Janet wants to cut the cable. She's heard of the StreamSmart TV box. Does Leo know anything about it? Leo says that there's a lot of boxes for sale on the internet that pirate content online. The StreamSmart TV box is one of them. Leo recommends getting a Roku device and YouTubeTV. But if you think you'll save money cutting the cord, it's not really going to happen. Internet access. Over the top live TV. A premium channel here or there. Netflix. Next thing you know, you're paying $200 a month again. It all adds up.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the Super Bowl. It'll be the first one broadcast in 4K HDR. You'll be able to see it on DISH network and DirecTV, Comcast, Xfinity, and Obtise Optimum. Or you can stream it via the FOX App or FuboTV. Fox says you can stream it on Roku Premiere or above, or the Amazon FireTV 4K. Some 4K Smart TVs and the Xbox will also do it. The AppleTV will also stream in 4K, but not HDR because Fox is using HDR10, which Apple doesn't support. But the problem is, Fox is shooting it in 1080p and upconverting it into 4K.
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, he will have to buy a package that includes CNN. So that means he has to either do cable or use something like YouTubeTV to get it. But that will give everything he wants. SlingTV is another option. ScooterX says if he goes to go.cnn.com he can get CNN Go. But even if he could cut the cord, the internet prices will rise. So he's 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.