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How can I stream Major League Baseball to my phone?

Dale from San Diego, CA

Episode 1180

Dale is buying a Slingbox 500 and he also has the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Can he plug the Fire Stick into the Slingbox and then watch Fire TV on his phone? He uses Codi (formerly XBMC) sideloaded on it. Leo says probably, but it's a lot easier to just use apps that can be installed onto his phone. Since he wants baseball, the MLB At Bat app may work, but he'd have to subscribe to it. Doing it via Codi would be pirated and as such, it wouldn't be wise to do it. Leo recommends the MLB app -- it works great.

What is a good DVR for over the air broadcast TV?

Episode 1178

Ruth from Roseberg, OR
TIVO Roamio

Ruth ditched satellite, has the cable and bought a few Leaf antennas for her TV. She also streams sometimes with cellular internet and sometimes it fails. Leo says that may be due to bandwidth caps. Ruth says Netflix buffers while Amazon Prime has no problem. Leo says that after 6pm, Netflix is being used by everyone. And maybe Netflix hasn't pad tribute to the cell provider for higher speed internet. That practice was started by Comcast.

Should I get a Slingbox or a TIVO Roamio?

Episode 1178

Jeff from Belgrade, Serbia
TiVO Roamio

Jeff wants to know if the TIVO Roamio is better than any of the Slingboxes out there. Leo says he's used TIVOs from way back. He's even written books on them. The key to using a TIVO with your cable company is to use a cable card, which turns your TIVO into a cable box. The Roamio has a Slingbox feature that would enable him to stream live TV to a tablet or computer.

Is HiFi streaming worth it?

Kevin from Ashville, NC

Episode 1175

Kevin would like to stream high resolution audio. Leo says there's two services that can do it, both for about $20 a month. There's Tidal and Deezer. Deezer hasn't started in the US yet, but will be soon. Leo says that unless he's listening on a very good stereo, he won't really tell the difference.

Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 play back 24bit audio? Leo says no. He'll need to convert it.

Why am I having problems streaming in 4K over Wi-Fi?

Mike from Bakersfield, CA

Episode 1175

Mike has a 4K TV streaming through Netflix. But when he connects his laptop to the network, the streams rarely will load at all. Leo says that sending data through the air via Wi-Fi is fast, but he's putting a ton of data through it. Leo says the more distance he has, the lesser the signal. Interference can cause issues, especially in congested areas. 2.4 Ghz is better for longer distances, but it's crowded. 5GHz likely uncrowded, but it may not travel as far through the walls.

How can I watch Netflix in Bolivia?

Fabio from Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Episode 1173

Fabio has moved out of the country and he still wants to watch Netflix, Hulu, etc. He can't watch directly because they block him, and VPNs are just too slow. What about SmartDNS? Leo says a Proxy Server fools Netflix and Hulu into thinking he's from the US. It's also a violation of the terms of service of Netflix, though. Both VPNs and Proxy Servers are illegal, unfortunately.

How good are cheap Bluetooth receivers?

Episode 1171

Laurie from Maui, HI
AmazonBasics Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Receiver

Laurie wants to stream music from her iPhone or iPad and she has a ton of music on a hard drive. How can she connect the two and create a streaming audio solution through surround sound? Can she add a Bluetooth receiver to her surround sound system? She uses a Panasonic Home Theater in a Box.

Leo says one option is a $25 Bluetooth Audio Receiver that she can get from Amazon. Leo wouldn't spend more than that. Make sure it uses A2DP, which is stereo Bluetooth.