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Does cutting cable save money?

Amazon Fire TV

Episode 1726

Tierney from Panama City, FL

Tierney cut the cord recently with the Amazon FireStick. She also uses a VPN. She says she'll never go back. Leo says that if you pit the streaming services against each other, you can also keep the prices down on streaming. But eventually, the ISP will raise your rates because you're not using their cable service. Tierney may want to check with another internet service provider in the area to see if you can get a better deal on internet access. Then take that to your current ISP and see if they'll match it. 

Should I keep FIOS for my internet?

Verizon FIOS

Episode 1718

Dan from New Jersey

Dan's phone contract and his FIOS contract have both expired. So he's thinking what's next. Leo says that if you get good fiber speed, there's nothing faster. It really comes down to how much they charge for the speed you want. And then how much they say it is, vs. how much you are actually getting. $49 for 200MB down is not bad. Gigabit would be even better because it's symmetric (same up/down) for about $60 a month.

Why Won't My Smart TV Connect to Stream?

Roku

Episode 1717

John from Fallbrook, CA

John has a 55" Samsung TV that's about eight years old. He also moved away from surround sound to a soundbar. But even though his TV is a smart TV, it won't accept the internet signal to stream. He talked to Samsung and after resetting several times, they decided his chip was defective. Leo says that doesn't mean he'll have to get a new TV. Those smart tv apps are terrible because they are never updated. He recommends getting a ROKU device and plugging that into the HDMI port. Let the Roku handle the stream. But don't get the stick, they tend to overheat.

How can I cut the cable and get over the air TV?

Silicondust HDHomeRun

Episode 1716

Jay from Temecula, CA

Jay was thinking of dropping his cable connection and getting a SilconDust HDHomeRun Premium. Leo is waiting for it, but it's been delayed. And cable is ridiculously expensive. How can he get channels with an antenna without a receiver? Leo says that the Home Run Duo or Quatro have multiple tuners to watch one show and record another. Midnight Commander is another good one. The Amazon FireTV ReCast is a new one. Tableau (they want a fee though). You can even use PLEX on your network.

How Do I Connect My HDHomeRun to My Mesh Router?

HDHomeRun

Episode 1715

Johnny from Atlanta, GA

Johnny has an Eero mesh router and is attaching his HD HomeRun DVR to his network through powerline networking. Will he have issues with configuring it? Leo says that the HDHomeRun software should do it automatically. But if he's doing it manually, he can go into Eero settings under devices and see the IP addresses of each device. But the HDHomeRun has automatic discovery. It should connect to the network on its own with no manual entering. 

How can YouTube know I'm using a VPN?

ExpressVPN (Sponsor of the TWiT Network)

Episode 1712

Al from New Mexico

Al says that YouTube TV won't let him use a VPN now. Leo says that's because they want to know your location. But how do they know he's using a VPN? Leo says that there's no perfect way to detect a VPN, but if it's being done by a known IP address, that tells the tale. So Google knows what IP address VPN servers are using and some VPNs aren't good at masking it. Try another server or service that rotates IP addresses. Leo uses ExpressVPN (a sponsor of the TWiT Network).

Why doesn't Hulu take my password?

Chrome Password Manager

Episode 1712

Char from Cambridge, Minnesota

Char has been a Hulu subscriber for nine years. But he recently logged in to watch a movie and Hulu says he isn't a member. That's odd because he recently tried to reset his password and they set him a reset link. He reset it, but the password doesn't work anymore. But they still charge him. Leo says it could be an issue with Char's password manager in Chrome. Try entering it manually. But when Char tried that, it still didn't work. Leo doesn't think it's Char's password manager or the Chrome browser. It's a glitch with Hulu.