Archive for September, 2014

WOW! A research firm conducted a survey of TV watchers for the second quarter of 2014 and discovered that there are 50,000 more internet TV subscribers than cable TV subscribers. No wonder the cable companies are charging double the cost for internet alone than anywhere else.

Click on this link to read the full article http://www.worldtvpc.com/blog/internet-tv-subscriber-numbers-surpass-cable.

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Roku has limited login capability when it comes to hotels, airports and other semi-public Wi-Fi access points. I had to travel for a week recently and decided to take my Roku with me to see how simple or complicated it can be to use my Roku with a hotel Wi-Fi system. The issue you run into is that many hotels do not require a user name to use their Wi-Fi, but change the password frequently, or they have a web login page.

I only brought a carryon (dinky) for my trip so I limited my technology list to bare minimums. Once I checked into the hotel and received the Wi-Fi password, I logged into the hotel WIFI system with my IPhone and Android tablet and no had problems. I then connected my Roku box with the HDMI cable I brought with me and an extension cord for the Roku power (hotels do not have very convenient outlet placements).

I then did something many smartphone users rarely had a need to do. I went to my IPhone settings and turned on the “Hotspot” feature. I also kept my phone plugged in case I wanted to watch a few hours of Roku content.

I turned on the Roku box and went to the wireless network settings and bingo. There was my IPhone at the top of the list of available Wi-Fi networks (all with password requirements). I connected to the hotspot using my simple hotspot password and IT WORKED!

All my channels came up, access to my Plex movies and videos were available, everything right there.

So if you are traveling, you might remember my experience. I hope it helps.

homemediaguy

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Cable companies are as smart and the guys on Wall Street. Using their lobbyists; they cajole, threaten or promise states they can offer competitive cable TV and internet so there should be a law preventing cities and counties from competing with private cable companies for your business.

Sounds great in theory, but as we have seen, the whole business is close to a monopoly. There are a litany of cities that have legally tried to set up their own internet and TV infrastructure and miserably failed. There are always reasons, such as corruption, mismanagement, inadequate planning and funding. The usual stuff you find everywhere today. But there are also some successes. There are over 16 cities performing studies to provide gigabyte internet services to their communities.

Chattanooga, Tennessee had had their own gigabyte network successfully up and running for about 4 years. So instead of the 25/25Mbps you get from cable, you would get a network 40 times faster and most likely at a lower cost. The results include new companies that are moving to cities that provide gigabyte networks thus helping economic development and saving people tons of money.

So why aren’t all cities examining or re-examining this concept? Simple. Big business and money talks. That’s right. Many of our 50 states were talked into passing laws prohibiting cities from competing with… your current internet provider.

The momentum is here. Net neutrality is on the front page. Getting ripped off every month is discussed at the dinner table. Do something. Send an email to your state representative and tell them what you think. Why? Why not? It’s your money.

homemediaguy

Things are changing in the world of cable TV. It involves companies like Dish and Verizon who are both looking at providing programing via the internet. The services may not require a cable box. But I bet you will need a Roku/Apple TV box from these providers that they would RENT (Greed) to you. Get it? Just like todays cable offering, outside of the crazy $50/month cable providers charge just for internet (Europe is around $20/month) they make a killing on cable boxes. You pay another $40-$50/month for those stupid boxes. Add the $30 or so a month for basic cable plus phone added to the $50/month for internet and you get to over $100/month (todays pricing model). BUT, then Dish’s view of the service is based on a per user/viewer basis. Sources say that it cost $30/month per person. My guess is that if you have 4 people in your family watching 4 TV’s with 4 different programs, you pay $120/month. Verizon has not developed their services concept far enough to offer target pricing. Whereas with a Roku box or Fire TV box you can get Hulu Plus and Netflix for around $8/month. These guys are really smart. Ha! Ha!

Some things never change. I wish we had some choices. Thanks FCC.

homemediaguy

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