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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.
 |  Nov 28, 2013  |  1 comments
A first look at the features of the Xbox One and how it compares to the Xbox 360. Learn how to use the new voice and gesture controls, how to multi-task, watch TV and get other useful tips to get the most out of this powerful new video game console and self-proclaimed "all-in-one entertainment center."
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  4 comments
The new Xbox One X launched in early November so I have had a couple weeks to test it. With streaming 4K HDR capabilities, 4K HDR gaming, and a built-in 4K/Ultra HD player, this game console has all the 4K content you could want in one device. However, Microsoft is pushing gaming at the expense of simplified streaming and movie/TV/video playback.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 27, 2012  |  0 comments
2012 was a banner year for innovation in streaming media—innovations that are changing the home theater experience.

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