streaming

How can I stream to my TV from my phone?

Google Chromecast

Episode 1510

Dave from Hermosa Beach, CA

Dave has a mobile phone and he wants to know how he can stream to his TV from it. Leo says to get the Google Chromecast. This will allow him to pull up a video stream on his phone, and then hand it off to the Chromecast to put it on the TV. He'll need internet and Wi-Fi to make it work. If all his internet access is through his phone, then he could use a hotspot with his TV if it supports that, and then Chromecast that way. But he'll take a bandwidth hit on his phone.

Can I use the Harmony Hub Voice control with my Apple TV?

Episode 1510

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil misses the WIndows Phone. Leo says that unfortunately, Apple and Android are so dominant, that Windows being a distant third with no shot of gaining any marketshare was a reason that Microsoft left the mobile phone category altogether. The same is pretty much true with Blackberry, which is now just another model of the Android OS.

How can I download YouTube videos?

YouTube

Episode 1509

Tom from Riverside, CA

Tom wants to copy video off of YouTube. Leo says that YouTube is designed for streaming only, and they don't want him to be able to download the video. But he can do it with several YouTube download sites. TubeSock is one. YouTubeMP4.to will do it as well. But once he downloads it to the library computer, he'll need to get a USB drive on it to copy it to. And libraries may have disabled that option.

Is my streaming being blocked?

Sony PlayStation

Episode 1507

David from Escondido, CA

David is having issues streaming PlayStation Vue with Cox Cable. He got an email about suspicious activity and when he called Cox, they tried to sell him a protection service package. Leo says that could be anti competitive behavior, or it could be a spoofed email scam designed to get him to install something. But it doesn't make sense that his streaming website would be blocked by a spammer.

Why does my video stream stutter sometimes?

Ethernet Cable

Episode 1501

Louis from Santa Ana, CA

Louis is watching baseball games streaming online and sometimes the feed stalls. Leo says that's called buffering, and sometimes a packet drops and the feed will wait to see if it shows up out of order. Then it will insert it and move on. Sometimes, though, it just gives up and continues. There are some causes of this, including congestion from a wireless connection. But Louis can get a dual band router and use the 5Ghz band, or just connect to the router with an ethernet connection. The stream will be more reliable that way.