Don’t Travel without Google’s Chromecast

I looked at Google’s Chromecast device and thought about how I would use another TV interface. Then it hit me. With the Chromecast and my tablet (with 32GB SD card) I can take both with me in my coat pocket. Travel to hotels, dorm rooms, relatives or friends and bring my movies, TV shows, pictures and music with me! Wow!

Considering the device costs $35 (dinner) and you get three free months of Netflix, that’s two cups of coffee. What do you have to lose? Give it at try at https://tinyurl.com/mqekmdr. Also see my video about Chromecast at http://youtu.be/ooaPUlmiGd4.

Have fun the next time you travel.

Bill

Home media guy

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The perfect Internet TV combination so you can dump cable – Part 3

As I mentioned in my earlier posts and YouTube video, PlayonTV and Hulu Plus basically replaces your cable TV provider. What do you need to do to get on this bandwagon? Easy,

  1. Go to http://www.playon.tv and buy their ultimate package for less than $60, It comes with over 90 cable channels and DVR software. You pay only once, no monthly fees.
  2. Go to http://www.hulu.com/plus and sign up for Hulu Plus, yes it costs $7.99 a month but that is better than your cable bill, isn’t it?
  3. Take any PC you have, either a desktop or laptop;
  4. Make sure it has an HDMI output. If not buy one for your desktop for $50, sorry older laptops can’t be upgraded
  5. Connect the HDMI cable to the PC and TV
  6. Connect a Roku box up (takes 5 minutes)
  7. Go to the Roku website register and select two channels (which will automatically download the ROku device in your house
  8. Select the PlayonTV channel and watch over 90 cable channels with DVR capability (your media server and PlayonTV software)
  9. Select the Hulu Plus channel and watch all your regular TV shows (one day after they are broadcast.

You can do all this in a few hours. In the end, you pay $7.99 a month for Hulu Plus and get free programming for life from PlayonTV. That wasn’t too hard now was it?

Leave a comment and let me know.

Bill
home media guy

Get off cable TV in less than 4 hours – Part 2 (Dump Cable)

I failed to  mention in my previous post that before you purchase an over the air antenna, and go climbing around your roof, go to http://antennaweb.org and see what type of local channels are available in your area. If it looks like you can get the programming you want. You might go to your local store and purchase a small inexpensive (less than $20) indoor antenna. Connect it to one or more of your TV’s and hold the antenna by a window. If the reception is good, then you should invest in a good outdoor antenna like I mentioned in my previous post.

Bill

home media guy

Get off cable TV in less than 4 hours

It’s really pretty simple.

  1. Purchase an RCA 751 antenna ($40-$65) for 22 channels over the air
  2. Subscribe to Hulu Plus ($7.99/month) for watching shows after broadcast (like a DVR)
  3. Purchase Playon.tv (one time$60) for basic cable channels with unlimited cloud DVR.
  4. Purchase a Roku device to connect to each of your TV’s and connect the Roku up to your home wireless network. Then select the Hulu Plus and Playon channels from the Roku website to be loaded onto your Roku box.

Install the antenna in the attic of your home and connect it to the current main input point you currently have you cable TV service coming into.

That’s it. Get off cable.

The first step in deciding where to start

The first step in deciding where to start building your home media system and network is the user interface. Why here because the hardest thing to change is how you watch TV. That is, most people do not want to use a keyboard, mouse and computer as their interface. We all have gotten used to a remote in your hand, a TV guide, and of course, recording capability.

 

So how do you replace your cable box with something else that gives you the same capabilities? There are so many options that include apple TV and Roku. I chose the Roku because it offered the most flexibility compared to other interfaces. The ability to hook up to Plex and XBMC media servers offers you maximum capability to view TV shows and movies while its wireless capabilities give you the flexibility to watch TV in any room of your house.

 

The website offers a great guide to media servers which I will discuss next time.