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Ed wants to know if there are any music websites that are free. Leo says that streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora have free tiers, with ads. Apple has Beats One Radio. Spotify is the best. Radio.com. IHeartRadio.com, Tunein.com. All free.
Mike says a lot of apartment complexes are making deals with cable TV to provide deals on cable TV in bulk. He got free cable because it's included in his rent. Leo says that many apartment buildings are doing that with the internet as well! Leo says it may seem like he's getting it for free, but watch out though, the rent will likely go up next year. And all too often, he can't get out of it and go with another company.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about around the world trip he's been planning for a while. Part of his stops are in Singapore and Hong Kong and the Coronavirus outbreak is making it tough. Both Delta and American have canceled flights to China this week. Flight attendants also don't want to fly into China right now, making it harder for other airlines to go there.
Daniels' cable bill keeps rising. He uses TIVO. Is there a service where he can still use his TIVO and not pay for cable? Leo says he can get an over the air TIVO, and if he has that, he can put up an antenna and still record local channels. Check out tvfool.com and AntennaWeb.org to find out what he can get over the air in the area and what antenna is best.
Andy wants to know really, what are the pluses and minuses to being so connected to the internet. Leo says there is a trade-off. The bonus is, we have access to just about every piece of data we need. The downside is, we sacrifice privacy as online services know everything about us. But just how invasive is that? They don't know everything about us, just activity. So while the privacy angle is complex, it's also overrated. Targeted ads aren't bad if they're useful
Tomorrow, Super Bowl 54 will be streamed in 4K HDR, and you can stream it (if on the AppleTV, it won't be in HDR). But Leo says it's being shot in 1080p and upscaled. What he thinks is more important is, that it'll be shot in 60p.
Steve has upgraded an older Toshiba Satellite to Windows 10, but he lost his favorites when he updated. Leo suspects that the favorites are still in Windows Explorer, but EDGE is the dominant browser in Windows 10 and probably didn't bring them over. But you can open Explorer using the Windows key and if they are there, you can export them into EDGE.
Micah was frustrated with his cable company and left it for DirecTV. But the over the top services are now the same as the cable in terms of price. Leo says that's not by accident. It's by design. You also notice your internet fees are higher as well. Most of us are paying more for data and have bandwidth caps. The irony is, if you go back to the cable company after 30 days, they treat you as a new customer and give you a great deal. But it'll start going up almost immediately. And since most cable companies have a virtual monopoly in a community, there's no competition.
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.