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Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 26, 2020  |  0 comments
The CBS All Access channel is about to offer a lot more content thanks to the ViacomCBS re-merger.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 19, 2012  |  16 comments
Physical DVD and Blu-ray collections may soon be a thing of the past—the trend is clearly toward streaming movies from online sources. Walmart and the Hollywood movie studios know this, and they've responded by announcing the Walmart "Disc-to-Digital" service. I've been focusing on streaming media for a number of years, and I'm extremely excited about this forward movement by retailers and Hollywood movie studios.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 22, 2019  |  1 comments
In the search for alternatives to cable and satellite, there are a number of streaming solutions. Most require subscribing to live TV packages along with Netflix and other TV and movie apps, which can cost as much or more than a monthly cable bill.  But there are free alternatives. IMDb TV is one of the newest ad-supported, on-demand movie and TV apps
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 20, 2020  |  0 comments
It has been months since we could go out to the movies with friends and family, but there still are ways to view movies with friends during this time of safe social distancing. At a basic level, you could coordinate a movie start time while having a FaceTime conversation on your phones. You could also start a movie and share your screen in Zoom, Discord, or Microsoft Teams. But a better option is to install a web browser extension that synchronizes the viewing experience alongside video-chat or text messaging.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 01, 2012  |  1 comments
A media controller is not a device or a physical remote control. You can’t go to the store and buy a media controller. "Media Controller" is a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certification. Part of a home network streaming media solution, the media controller finds photos, music and movies on connected media servers, and sends (pushes) the media file to an enabled media player, Smart TV or other streaming device. Typically you’ll find that a media controller is an app on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 11, 2012  |  0 comments
Media renderer is another Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certification that is part of the home network streaming experience. It can play videos, photos and music that are sent to it from a media controller. I know of no devices that are exclusively media renderers. Typically the ability to accept media files is a feature of media streaming device.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 24, 2017  |  0 comments
Net neutrality is being threatened again. What you can do to stop the repeal of the Title II Order that allows the FCC to protect our fair and free access to the internet.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 09, 2012  |  2 comments
In the world of digital media, there’s no doubt that you have downloaded movies and/or music, and saved digital photos to your computer. Now you want to watch them on your TV and home theater. Before you can stream the movies, music or photos from your computer, networked external hard drive, or network attached storage (NAS) drive, the media player must first find the sources—“see” the device where you have saved your media files. The computer or device where your files are saved is called a “media server.”
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 16, 2013  |  First Published: Aug 15, 2013  |  0 comments

Miracast can send photos, music and movies from a smartphone or tablet to your TV. Find out how it works and how it compares with Apple AirPlay and the Google Chromecast.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 16, 2013  |  First Published: Aug 15, 2013  |  0 comments
Miracast can send photos, music and movies from a smartphone or tablet to your TV. Find out how it works and how it compares with Apple AirPlay and the Google Chromecast.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 10, 2020  |  2 comments
In the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd, Hollywood studios and streaming services are offering movies, TV shows, and documentaries on African-American culture, lifestyle, and history for free during the month of June. Here's a rundown of what’s available.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  9 comments
How choice, community support, and nostalgia are keeping the last Blockbuster alive in Bend, Oregon. After spending an afternoon at my local blockbuster, I learned a lot about who still rents videos and why.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 20, 2014  |  1 comments
As the popularity of streaming short videos continues to grow, what will happen to feature film length movies, and TV shows? A panel at the Sun Valley Film Festival discusses the changing face of streaming content.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 29, 2013  |  20 comments
The forthcoming Xbox One has added a number of features that Microsoft hopes will make Xbox the only content device you'll want to connect to your home theater. See why you may want an Xbox One even if you don't play video games.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 19, 2012  |  0 comments
Xbox 360 launches new SmartGlass app for smartphones and tablets and updates Bing search. The combination make the video game console one of the best media streaming experiences available for home theater.

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