Home Theater

Why is my streaming so unreliable?

Ray from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1326

Ray is having trouble streaming. It buffers a lot. Leo says that if his router is a few years old, it could slow down and become less reliable. Rebooting the router will bring it back, but then it'll happen again. So he should get a new one. His TV's Wi-Fi may also be getting "promiscuous," meaning it is jumping to a stronger signal every time it finds one. He can also go into his router and adjust the "lease time for DHCP" to make it longer before it acquires a new IP address. He can also get a dual band router, which will have 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz.

Why can't I cast to my PC using AllCast?

Damian from Spokane, WA

Episode 1320

Damian is trying to get an app called AllCast to work on his PC with AllCast Receiver, but it won't work for him. It works on his brother's PC, though. Leo says that AllCast is a great program that allows you to cast to it through Chromecast and it was designed to work with any streaming player. You can even turn your PC into a Chromecast like device. It's kind of a hack, though, so it may not work consistently.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1319

Scott Wilkinson

Scott says that some movies are very effective on the silver screen and there are some that just work better in the movie theater, especially when equipped with Dolby Vision with Atmos Immersive Sound. Though you can get Atmos at home now. You can go to a nearby draft house theater which will serve you dinner and drinks while you're watching the movie. That's a great night out. Scott says that exhibitors are trying to find any way to get people to come out to the theater and improved projection and audio systems, along with those dinner theaters are definitely a good way to get people out.

Is it worth buying a 4K TV?

Episode 1318

Trevor from Hawthorne, CA
Vizio E-Series TV

Trevor says that if you're having trouble with your router, look for a router firmware upgrade. That often fixes connectivity problems.

Trevor is thinking of getting a curved 4K OLED TV. Leo says that there's no benefit to a curved TV. In fact, the design flaw of the curve is that a reflection will spread across the entire screen. On top of that, it's awful for people watching on the sides. It's all just marketing. He should get a flat screen.

Is the Channel Master a good DVR for over-the-air broadcasts?

Episode 1318

Tim from Denver, CO
Channel Master DVR

Tim wants to know Leo's thoughts on Channel Master. Leo says it's a DVR for over-the-air antenna broadcasts. Leo doesn't get over-the-air broadcast TV because of where he lives, but he hears good things. Now he's learned that Channel Master will also stream video through Roku. That's pretty cool. If he's in the city and can get a good over-the-air signal, he will get the best broadcast quality because it's uncompressed. The key is to be close and within line of site of the main channels.