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How can I stream the big game with my iPad?

James from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1298

James has an 80" Vizio HDTV and he'd like to stream it. Can he stream it from his iPad Pro? When he plugs it into the Vizio it plays sound but not the picture. Leo thinks it's probably copy protection. If even one item in the chain isn't HDCP compliant, it'll downsample it or even refuse to connect.

The best way to do it is with Apple TV. Another option is using an antenna. In fact, having an antenna will get the best image since it isn't compressed. If he has a good signal, it'll be the best possible image.

Is there a streaming stick that will work with Apple's AirPlay?

Episode 1298

Chuck from Burbank, CA
1080P Wireless Wifi HDMI Airplay Mirror Display Dongle Adapter

Chuck has heard of a guy who's created an AirPlay device so that people can stream wirelessly to the TV from a computer. Leo says that is possible, but Apple licenses AirPlay and unless he's bought a license, that won't work for long.

Here's a streaming stick for sale on Amazon that works with AirPlay. Leo says it's likely a Chinese knockoff and it's probably not exactly legal.

Why does my internet radio buffer so much?

Jim from Gaithersburg, MD

Episode 1297

Jim is legally blind and uses an internet radio. He doesn't understand how to use it, though, and it buffers a lot. Leo says that Wi-Fi has a distance issue where the greater the distance, the weaker the system, and the slower the bandwidth. That's why Leo recommends plugging it directly into his router and he won't see nearly as much buffering. Leo recommends hardwire connections for any streaming device.

Is the Tiny Hardware Firewall a good idea for hotspotting?

Episode 1294

Chris from San Marcos, CA
Tiny Hardware Firewall

Chris is looking at the Tiny Hardware Firewall. He thinks it's a great idea, but what VPN client should he use? TOR? Leo says that TOR and VPN are different things. VPN or "virtual private networks" are tunnels bored through the internet, but TOR encrypts it. It is great and Leo uses it when he travels or is using a public Wi-Fi access point. It just fits in his pocket, too. He should be careful when he's joining a public hotspot. He'll get most of the benefits from a VPN, though, if he just surfs to sites using https.

Is there a streaming alternative to live TV on cable?

Episode 1294

Ralph from Huntington Beach, CA
Roku 4

Ralph has been victim of the transition from Verizon to Frontier and he's looking for live TV alternatives. What about cable TV over the internet like Vstream? Leo says it depends on the source of the channels they bring. Many are either illegal, or foreign language TV. He could end up with soccer from Ecuador. It's not going to be ABC, ESPN or his local news. It really comes down to content. He'd really be better off going with Roku and then add things like Netflix, HBO, etc.

How can I stream live video with my iPhone?

Episode 1294

Dan from Murietta, CA
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Microphone

Dan's daughter is graduating from high school on Friday and he wants to be able to broadcast the graduation ceremonies to family all over the world. How can he do it and have great audio? Leo says that everyone has gotten into live video streaming with Periscope, Meerkat, and Facebook Live. The benefit of Facebook is that they'll even save it to his account so that people can watch it any time.

How can I teach kids online?

Ken from Rochester, NY

Episode 1290

Ken is a teacher who uses Camtasia Studio to record all his class lessons online for his students. He's tried Blab.IM and YouTube Live. Leo says that Google Hangouts is also good. They use something called WebRT which allows him to share a link for a larger number of people to watch, while having up to 10 people participating. He can also have a chatroom. Afterwards, it gets saved automatically to YouTube. It can also be watched on mobile. Hangouts is the best way to go here.

How can I listen to Apple Music offline?

Episode 1289

Preston from Indianapolis, IN
Apple Music

Preston's music is in the cloud now, but he wants to know how he can listen to that when he's not on the internet. He's using Apple Music. Leo says there's a button in Apple Music for downloading music, and as long as he's a subscriber to Apple Music, he can download and play the music even when he's offline. He just needs to find a playlist or album he likes, and look for the download button. Sometimes music services will phrase it a little different, and say "Cache" or "Pin" instead of "Download."