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What's the best dashcam for Uber & Lyft drivers?

Episode 1374

Lee from Los Angeles, CA
Transcend Drive Pro 520

Lee is a broadcaster who drives Uber & Lyft in his spare time. He's interested in a dual lens dashcam for his car. He'd like to stream live from it in addition to recording. Leo says that dashboard cams are huge, but most only face out. There are many that have two lens juxtaposed, though. To stream live, he'd need a WiFi access point that it can connect to.

What's a good streaming option in a rural area?

Episode 1372

Chris from Aqua Dulce, CA
Roku Express

Chris wants to cut the cord, but because he lives in a rural area, he can't get a bundled alternative. So he's looking at relying solely on internet for his TV options. What's sufficient streaming? Leo says that for 1080p, he'll need 15-20 Mbps down. If he wants 4K, he'll need at least 50Mbps. Sling TV is a good live streaming option, but Leo's favorite is PlayStation Vue. Both will give him local live channels.

Why can't my Blu-ray player pick up my Wi-Fi signal?

Episode 1372

Susan from Yorba Linda, CA
TPLink 2-Port Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit

Susan is having trouble streaming with her Blu-ray player and her TV. Leo says it could be that the Blu-ray's Wi-Fi isn't working too well. She may need to move her hotspot closer to the TV itself. It may also be that there's congestion on the 2.4 Ghz band, and her TV won't pick up the 5.0 Ghz band. She should try using her mobile phone as a hotspot and see if it picks it up. If it does, then the Wi-Fi spot is either too far away or is congested and swamped by other signals.

How do I set up an internet TV studio like TWiT?

Episode 1366

Anne Marie from Orange, CA
TWiT Studio

Anne Marie and her husband have an internet TV channel called The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network. Leo says it's great that they're harnessing the distribution power of the internet to reach the world. That's the democratization of the internet: it makes content available to anyone and everyone. Anne Marie wants to know if she should have a Roku app made so that people can stream to their TV. Leo says she'll have to be careful with who she has write the app.

How can I use my Harmony remote to launch Netflix?

Episode 1366

Neil from Phoenix, AZ
Logitech Harmony Hub

Neil bought a Harmony Hub for his home theater. He streams with Apple TV and a FireTV stick and he's having trouble running Netflix through it. Leo says to make sure the Hub is set to input 4, the TV is set to input 1, and then pair the Harmony app with Apple TV. It could be a limitation of Apple TV that the Harmony can't hook into the audio interface. The only device that would allow him to launch channels through the Harmony Hub is Roku.

How can I listen to the radio with terrible reception?

Episode 1362

Ray from Playa Del Rey, CA
Amazon Echo Dot

Ray can't get a decent AM radio signal where he lives. What can he do? Leo says that streaming is a better option. He can stream using iHeartRadio, Tune In, or even just going to a station's website. Or he can get a better AM antenna that he can plug into his radio. CCrane is the best place to go.

Another idea is to get an Amazon Echo Dot, hook it up to the stereo, and then listen to radio that way.

Why doesn't my Roku have accessibility features?

Episode 1360

Larry from Sherman Oaks, CA
Roku Ultra

Larry is vision impaired. He got a Roku and installed it, but it has no accessibility option as advertised. He updated the firmware to get it, and then it downgraded itself. He's frustrated because Roku's tech support is terrible.

Leo says it's no excuse for Roku to not offer accessibility and support for their clients. Leo advises contacting Steven Kay at accessibility@roku.com or call 408-556-9391. He's the vice president in charge of accessibility.

FCC Backs Away From Allowing Personal Set Top Cable Boxes

Episode 1360

Ajit Pai being sworn in as FCC Chairman

With the new chairman and his anti net neutrality views, the FCC has changed direction on a rule that would require cable companies to allow users to use third party set top boxes. Leo said it was a great idea, but in reality, cable companies were starting to see the handwriting on the wall that cutting the cable is gathering speed. The FCC has also allowed for zero rating, where you can get free data if you watch streaming from partnered services.