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Posted - 07/11/2013 :  18:57:42  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My Notes and links for use Saturday. Feel free to read ahead, bring questions.

Before a recent purchase, I had a brief history of streaming/displaying internet PC stuff to TV.
All for free. For videos, mostly short, some very well done. Huge amount of junk I frequently went to Youtube.
My other faves, good geeky stuff http://twit.tv Check out "Frame Rate" for the news on streaming TV.
and https://www.ted.com/ for thoughtful presentations.
I have downloaded many Movies,watched a couple (free stuff worth every penny I paid for it, some gems)

You can get most of this on your PC. But now and then you want to watch with others, watch while otherwise surfing, or otherwise enjoy on the big TV.

I started playing with "Input Director" several years ago. Where I could hook an old laptop to the TV, and control it from the laptop in my chair. It worked pretty well, except it was not too great on resolution, and it did fail to connect now and then. But it did play Youtube etc, works just like a PC display, once you get through the fairly complex setup and menu. Works through your Wi-Fi router (if feeling geeky try here) Windows Only btw.

Now I have moved to a Roku 2XS (~$70 at Sam's with HDMI cable included). I could have gotten similar results with a game console, or one of the new connected DVD players.

Info tutorials:
Out of the box (mild vulgarity) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU2BOVeSsDg
Roku talk (little dated) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5byxmnGcZY
Roku menu changes for 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHCTwQCGg_Y
Leo Laporte on Roku 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMlYn08CrHs
Go to Youtube.com and search for Roku to find many other tutorials

Roku Forums- user/employee discussions, for answers to problems
Roku 101 Blog

Android Roku App for your phone (likely there is an iPhone app too)
1) makes an alternate clicker, much better for searching
2) allows streaming audio and slide shows from the phone music and camera (no video from the phone though)

Good Bandwidth is required! And if you think you may replace satellite/cable with a streaming device, be sure to check your your ISP agreement for possible bandwidth limits. Plus, I dont recommend spending a lot on any long term investments on this area without serious research--the traditional media sources and carriers are spending a ton on legal efforts to restrict this sort of competition.

I will try to get together a list of Roku "Channels" that I like, or think I may like, but this is a hard note to write. One of the very negative parts of this whole topic is the risk of becoming addicted to watching this stuff. Every time I turn this thing on, I get distracted watching something that I had intended to be taking notes about!



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Posted - 07/11/2013 :  19:44:19  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here are my favorite channels, so far. I have not tried Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, because they are pay, and I am still exploring, but they are so prevalent, they may be a consideration for reducing dependence on Cable TV. I get HBOGO because I have HBO on Mediacom.

There are from 300-600 other channels available, (numbers vary, and I have not counted.)

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