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.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how to watch the Tokyo Olympics. This year, you can watch the games in 8K in Tokyo (though it's upconverted from 1080p), or if you have Comcast, you can watch it in 4K HDR through Xfinity, as well as through the NBCSports app. But only if your cable provider is a part of their network. YouTubeTV is also offering live streaming the games in 4K HDR, but you have to pay an extra $20 a month for the privilege after a free 30-day trial. So you can do the trial, watch the games, and then cancel. Others, including NBC, are broadcasting in 1080p.
Alan cut the cable and is watching TV with an antenna. But what about streaming? Leo says that's called "over the top," and he will need to still pay for internet service at least 100MB down to enjoy streaming in 1080p. Then he'll pay for Netflix and perhaps a second like Amazon Prime. But he can also get live streaming using a service like YouTube TV. Locast.org is a free streaming service, but they bug everyone for a donation of $5 a month. Even with using an antenna though, streaming can make it add up to the point where it starts to make cable look like a pretty good deal again.
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).
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.
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.
Yvonne wants to cut the cable and stream. Will the Roku work on her smart TV? Leo says that Roku works great for TVs that aren't smart TVs, but you can use it with a Smart TV. In fact, smart TVs generally aren't that smart, so get the Roku.
Tony is tired of paying so much for cable and wants to cut the cord. How can he do it and get the same amount of programming? Rich says that cord-cutting is the most popular question he gets, but it isn't' all that easy. Even when consumers succeed, they end up paying as much or more for programming with subscriptions that they add ala carte. Also, a lot of TV programming require a log in for a cable or satellite service, etc.
When Tony goes camping with his RV, he'd like to broadcast YouTube TV from his phone to his TV. Leo says that in theory, Chromecast will work because he's connected via WiFi. However, it requires being on the same WiFi network, so if the phone is using WiFi, it can't really do that because he will need internet for the Chromecast. Getting a "MyFi" router may be the solution, but it would have a separate cellular connection. But the good news is, it also has its own bandwidth data allotment. Get a MyFi from your carrier, then the phone can join that, and the Chromecast can be on it.
Ron is looking to cut the cable. Leo says you can do it by using your smart TV or a streaming box like Roku or AppleTV. But at the end of the day, after paying for Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Amazon Prime, and LiveTV from Sling, YouTube TV etc. It ends up costing you just as much as cable. But if you have access to over the air channels, then you can get an antenna for your local channels. That would save you a lot. Then anything you don't get, you can do piecemeal. Also figure out what you gotta have and add those prices up.