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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby knives of ice on Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:24 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:
knives of ice wrote:a vpn also covers you for torrents, anonymity, security, it can even get you around netflix throttling if your isp does that.


Can you explain how that works? I think of myself as being kind of computer savvy and I don't get it.

If you subscribe to a VPN I assume you're paying with a credit card. So how is anything you're doing anonymous? There has to be a trail of data back to your VPN account.


you're better off googling and reading articles yourself but here are a few somewhat simple ones from respected blogs

http://lifehacker.com/5940565/why-you-s ... your-needs

http://lifehacker.com/how-do-i-know-if- ... -508866499


now, if you are really doing illegal activity such as hacking or other weirdo things and the fbi is hot on your trial i'm not sure if there is anything you can do to truly keep you anonymous.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby dodint on Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:12 am

Spoof your online identity with a Chinese MAC address for starters, cycling a new MAC address at a regular interval. :pop:
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:34 pm

Need to see if I can use Hola to get around the blackout for the Braves/Pirates game. Or maybe I don't want to watch it anyway. :lol:

I do know that Hola won't work casting a VPN'ed tab off of a computer. It gives you an error message if the content isn't available on US Netflix, for instance.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:42 pm

Digitalgypsy66 wrote:I do know that Hola won't work casting a VPN'ed tab off of a computer. It gives you an error message if the content isn't available on US Netflix, for instance.


You're talking Chromecast? That would be because the data isn't going internet-->router-->chrome browser-->router-->chromecast

it goes internet-->router--chromecast. once your browser tab tells the chromecast where and what to play it fetches it on its on.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:43 pm

Yeah, I probably need a real VPN to do what I want to do.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby DelPen on Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:58 pm

Mexico Netflix also kick USA in the butt as far as great content.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:18 pm

DelPen wrote:Mexico Netflix also kick USA in the butt as far as great content.


do they have multiple language tracks? I don't think usa Netflix offers that
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby DelPen on Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:24 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:
DelPen wrote:Mexico Netflix also kick USA in the butt as far as great content.


do they have multiple language tracks? I don't think usa Netflix offers that


No clue. Did notice though Pacific Rim in Finland didn't have English subtitles when they spoke Japanese briefly.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby PensFanInDC on Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:07 pm

I never thought to look outside of Canada and the UK. I just checked out Mexico and Finland (no Netflix in Germany apparently...). I have a ton of stuff on my watchlist I can cross off soon.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby columbia on Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:30 am

With This Tiny Box, You Can Anonymize Everything You Do Online
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/tiny-box-c ... =social_fb
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:41 pm

http://deadline.com/2014/10/richard-ple ... on-851815/

HBO is going to sell internet subscriptions direct starting next year.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby mac5155 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:58 pm

They will have at least one customer. Me.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:13 pm

The entire run of Friends is coming to Netflix on New Year's Day, FWIW.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:48 pm

Image

Behold the Google Nexus Player. $99 and apparently doesn't have an ethernet port. No thanks.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy on Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:50 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:Behold the Google Nexus Player. $99 and apparently doesn't have an ethernet port. No thanks.


why do manufacturers think this is a good idea?
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby dodint on Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:54 pm

I made a similar mistake buying a 3TB NAS drive that has no USB access, so you have to fill it over the network. Derp.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:55 pm

A fully functional media player based off Android is a great idea. For some reason decisions keep being made to artificially limit them in every case.

This is Google trying to sell you tv shows and movies from the Play store. But it has an x86 processor, which most Android apps can't run on. Same stupid decision they made with the first Google TV boxes (which were basically DOA in 2010). Android Lollipop must have some kind of emulation ability built into it.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby dodint on Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:45 pm

I think I'm going to jump from CenturyLink to Charter with the move. What's the general feeling about Charter Internet? I know everyone hates their ISP for the most part but are there any glaring faults? In the past I've had CenturyLink (okay), TWC (awful), SuddenLink (decent).
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby eddysnake on Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Anyone use a Roku player? I have a roku 3 and have been reading about the "playon" private/hidden channel. Anyone know anything about this? From what I gather you can access different channels through it which are not available on their channel store. Example: I see CW on it. I have basic cable service, but it's almost impossible to sit down and watch a show when it actually starts. If I watch Arrow, it's online through the CW site and connected to my tv with an HDMI cable. It's not the best, but it works. I'm guessing I will be able to watch those on demand through this channel now? I had no idea their were hidden channels on Roku...
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby mac5155 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:40 pm

Interesting. I have a roku stick. ill have to check that out.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:59 pm

Playon is (or at least was) a subscription service that tried to convert web based video available on a PC to something DLNA streamable
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby eddysnake on Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:57 pm

yes, I see it's a one time $19.99 payment and you can record with it
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby Pitt87 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:28 pm

Anyone played with the FireTV, Fire Stick? Getting one for xmas, and initial research indicates that you can port almost anything to it... including XBMC/Kodi. That means that, in short, you can use the Fire Stick to replace your cable box for HD service, and with the right back-end configuration PVR/DVR are possible.

That said, you can load the Network apps to watch what you would have otherwise recorded on DVR, and some local networks (KDKA for example) allow you to watch live TV via the app. You can also load a Chrome browser to watch full episodes via web, where supported, so concievably you could watch everything from this one device, which costs $40 bucks.

Will post more once I get into it.
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:34 pm

I have a Fire TV stick wrapped and under the tree for my sister.

To get live tv/dvr on it:

1) it likely doesnt support MPEG2 (digital cable codec). so Kodi will need a software decoder (I think it has one) and the stick will need to be powerful enough to do it thru software.
2) you will need a permissive cable provider. Comcast and Verizon are considered the best. even so you will lose premium channels
3) a server machine running Windows Media Center and ServerWMC will need to be running in the house. this is where your recordings will be stored. also a CableCARD tuner.
4) you will need a very good 5ghz router and one that likely supports AC to get consistent bandwitdth
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Re: Seeking opinions on streaming services.

Postby pittsoccer33 on Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:29 pm

I'm curious what everyone uses to access Netflix (or Prime, Hulu, etc).

In my den I'm mostly using my Xbox One now, in the bedroom it's a Google TV
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