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Why Doesn't My 4K Smart TV Stream in 4K?

Roku

Episode 1817

Jose from Modesto, CA

Jorge has a 4K SmartTV, but when he streams YouTube on it, it's not in 4K. What gives? Leo says to make sure the YouTube app on the TV is capable of streaming in 4K. It's likely the app isn't 4K capable. What Leo recommends is to use the Roku 4K streaming device. Let it do the streaming. That way, the 4K processing will be handled by the Roku device. Also, YouTube TV charges $20 more a month for 4K streaming. So if he doesn't have that subscription, he won't be streaming in 4K. 

Why Can’t I Log Into YouTube Through Steam?

Steam

Episode 1816

Gabriel from Lake Elsinore, CA

Gabe is having trouble logging into YouTube using Steam's Overlay browser. He gets a browser not secure warning. But if he uses a different Gmail account, he can get in. Leo suspects that the Browser is using a format that YouTube no longer supports.  It turns out that YouTube has made a change that doesn't support the Overlay Browser. Here's a Steam note on it, and another here.

Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up hits a Billion Views on YouTube

 Never Gonna Give You Up

Episode 1815

Thanks to the so-called Rickroll phenomenon, Rick Astley's music video NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP has surpassed one billion plays, a rare achievement on the streaming site. Astley took to social media to thank fans, calling the achievement "amazing, and crazy." But Leo suspects that Astley isn't really getting that Rickrolling is a punk, not a compliment.

How Can I Childproof My iPad?

YouTube

Episode 1805

Ann Marie from Los Angeles, CA

Ann Marie wants to be able to childproof her iPad for her grandchildren. Especially on YouTube. Leo says that there's a lot of sketchy things on YouTube that are aimed at children, that parents wouldn't want them to see. Fortunately, iOS has parental controls to prevent access. It's under "screen time." Go into settings, then screen time. She can then create a parental passcode and set up restrictions. Also, there are YouTube Kids, which she can give them access to, instead.

Things to Accompany Your Camera For Creating Videos

If you're looking to create videos and short films/skits (for Youtube or just your school), don't shy away from buying a tripod with your dedicated camera. Keeping your camcorder stable makes a world of difference in the feel of your video. Plus, getting some lighting equipment can illuminate your subjects in dramatic ways that the sun, moon, or room light simply can't. A good microphone and audio equipment can make your dialogue sound more clear than the camera's built-in mic is capable of.

How Can I Keep My Kid From Watching Youtube During Distance Learning?

Episode 1774

Kevin from Porter Ranch, CA

Kevin wants to block YouTube so his first grader won't be distracted during distance learning at home. Leo says that there's a Supervised YouTube account, and he can determine what she can and cannot see. Check out YouTube.com/myfamilyThen he may create her own account and log her into that. It also has screen timers to limit the time.

When will the M1 iMac come out? Leo says no one knows, but he expects it to be the first half of 2021. Look for a presentation closer to summer.

Reducing Those Overwhelming Ads on Youtube

Youtube has been overwhelmed with plenty of advertisements during videos these days. They've increased it so badly, they're likely trying to annoy users into subscribing to Youtube Premium, a $12/mo subscription service that also comes with Youtube Music. It's up to you whether you want to bite their lure, but you can also block ads at the DNS level via NextDNS. If you have an Android phone, Firefox Focus works as an ad blocker and can possibly filter out Youtube commercials. Give it a try!

How Can I Block Ads on YouTube?

YouTube

Episode 1771

Yuri from San Diego, CA

Yuri is getting tired of ads on YouTube. They are now running ads all the time. It's very annoying. Leo says Google wants to push viewers towards their YouTube Premium service in order to get a monthly subscription rate. So that may be why all of a sudden, everyone is getting more and more ads during a stream. Leo says an ad blocker can help. But you can also block ads on the DNS level with NextDNS.

On Android, Firefox Focus is a good blocker for ads that can filter out things on your apps.