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Do I need to upgrade my internet bandwidth to stream Netflix?

Mike from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1099

Mike has a pair of Samsung internet enabled TVs. His Internet speed is about 2 Mbps down. He has upgraded his router, but he's still getting a lot of buffering while streaming. Should he upgrade his internet speed? Leo says that may be the best option. The lowest cost internet is on the edge of using video. And as such, Netflix is probably downgrading the quality.

What streaming video box should I buy?

Fran from LaCrescenta, CA

Episode 1095

Fran is going to move to Hawaii for a short time and wants to stream all his content via a set top box like the Roku. Which should he go with? Leo says that each box has specialties that work better than others. AppleTV works great if he's in the Apple world. But Roku is better outside that, as is the FireTV.

If he buys a lot of content from Amazon, then FireTV is for Fran. They have a great games section as well. He won't be getting HBO, Showtime or ESPN with it, unless he keeps his cable subscription active. He should make sure to try it first.

Why do I have to upgrade Silverlight for Netflix?

Ernie from Mount Washington, KY

Episode 1092

Ernie's computers keep demanding Silverlight upgrades. Leo says that Silverlight is Microsoft's version of Flash and Netflix uses it. How can he use it for Chrome? Leo says that Netflix should work on Chrome with Silverlight. So that really shouldn't be an issue. But the good news is, Netflix is moving away from it. He won't have to deal with it much longer.

How can I improve my bandwidth for streaming?

George from San Jose, CA

Episode 1092

George wants to know if he can create his own bandwidth. Leo says that bandwidth is created by a network of devices that provide it's share of bandwidth.The more devices, the more bandwidth. Netflix, for instance, has more bandwidth because it has far more distribution to handle the streaming of video data. And there's other networks that interconnect with each other to create more bandwidth and switches. You can't really create bandwidth at home. The only way he could generate more bandwidth is to pay for it.

How can I start a review channel on YouTube?

Sean from Detroit, MI

Episode 1092

Sean is getting into reviews and wants Leo's recommendations on how he can do it. Leo says first and foremost, he should make sure he returns everything a company sends him for review. Leo prefers to buy everything so that way he can give a frank and honest review without being beholden. But that can be rather pricey. So borrow and request anything he can. Leo recommends starting the YouTube channel or blog first and building his quiver of reviews.