Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

How Can I Stream YouTube to TV?

YouTube

Episode 1677

Jerry from Pennsylvania

Jerry likes to watch YouTube on his TV, but his TV browser isn't going to be supported anymore. Leo says don't use that browser. It's terrible. Look for a YouTube app available for the smart TV and install it. Better yet, connect a Roku Box, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV or even Google Chromecast and use their interface. They will also be updated regularly. Will Samsung spy on users like they do on a TV? Leo says no. And most malware isn't targeting TV sets. Leo also advises getting a Chromebook for those "sketch sites" and a Chromecast. Then he can cast to the TV securely.

Johnny Jet ... To Travel or not

Johnny Jet

Episode 1677

New travel restrictions are now in place for the UK and Ireland, but they haven't gone into effect yet. Johnny Jet also says this outbreak is going to hit the travel industry hard, and some airlines or cruise lines may not make it out the other end.   Johnny says that right now is the best time to buy tickets for summer travel. Don't travel now, but by the summer, this will largely be over with. You can buy your tickets now for cheap, and even if you can't fly then, your purchase will be protected. Airlines will try really hard not to give your money back, but they may offer you credit.

Why Am I Getting Popups?

Chrome

Episode 1677

Dale from Los Angeles, CA

Dale is getting notifications from Google on his laptop. Leo says that those are ads triggered by some software that Dale is using. Leo says it could be a browser hijack that's causing it. He can go into browser settings and turn off notifications from sites he visits. In Chrome, it's turn off browser notifications. He may have to do a little digging in the menu settings.

Can I Stream My Church Services?

Episode 1677

Father Neil from Jordan, Minnesota

Father Neil wants to make his Catholic Masses available to his older partitioners at home, but he's been told it'll cost at least $2500-5000 a week to do. Leo says that's nonsense. All he really needs is a camera, a tripod and a microphone, and a computer. The Focusrite Scarlet will allow him to plug audio from the church mixing board to the computer. He can then stream it through YouTube Live or Facebook. But he can also use a smartphone.  Get everyone to subscribe to the YouTube channel, and once he gets over 1000 subscribers, he can stream from a mobile phone.

Is there a better alternative to Skype for podcasting?

Episode 1676

Joe from Toronto, Canada

Joe is a podcaster who is looking for a more reliable alternative to Skype for doing a podcast with multiple guests. Leo says he's tried just about everything, and Skype really is the best, mostly because of their audio codec, which minimizes latency and sounds really good. Having good bandwidth on both ends is key. Good mics also helps. And make sure that you do nothing else on that computer. Have a dedicated Skype computer for that purpose. Also, reboot your computer and turn everything off. Make sure no one in the house is using the Internet either. 

Johnny Jet ... Grounded

Johnny Jet

Episode 1675

This week, Johnny Jet is "grounded." Due to the Corona Virus outbreak, he's limited himself by avoiding unnecessary travel. Johnny Jet says he would not go on a cruise ship right now, simply because you could get quarantined and if you are, your chances of getting infected go up. But if you have to travel, Johnny Jet recommends bringing antibacterial wipes to wipe down your seat, tray table, window, anything you may come in contact with. And bring along hand sanitizer and wash your hands often. You can't really be too careful.

Why's My Streaming So Slow on the TV?

Verizon

Episode 1675

Gordon from Columbus, OH

Gordon cut the cord in favor of streaming through Verizon. After he did that, his streaming speeds plummetted. But it doesn't with his computer. Leo suspects that the issue is due to the WiFi connection to the TV. Most TVs have terrible WiFi radios in them. Leo recommends having a wired connection to television. Use a streaming box, like a ROKU to handle the WiFi and then connect wired to the TV. Another option is to get a MESH Router.