Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
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.
Tony has a ton of 8mm video tapes that he wants to digitize. Leo says that 8mm video was a great format back in the day, but it's important to get them digitized now. If he still has the camcorder that he used, and it still works, he can probably connect it to his computer. But if it's iffy, he shouldn't risk it. It may be better to get a Sony Hi-8 deck, and he could probably find one on eBay.
Rick s frustrated with iTunes. It seems to have a mind of its own. It wants to manage his own personal music and deletes some of it randomly. Is there a substitute that gives him more control over his music and podcasts? Unfortunately, iTunes has taken up all the air in the room in this category and most of the alternatives have dried up. But there are some third party programs to consider:
All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.
Clay is ripping old VHS tapes using a program by Roxio. But his file sizes are huge. Leo says he can change the settings to capture at a lower quality, but Leo doesn't recommend doing that. Clay should just transcode it to a smaller file size.
Leo recommends Handbrake.
Robin Thicke and Pharrel Williams lost a $7.3 million dollar copyright case this week to the estate of Marvin Gaye. They stated that the singers copied the 'feel' and 'vibe' of Gaye's hit "Got to Give it Up" with the Thicke hit "Blurred Lines." Critics state that the decision could be disastrous for the music industry.
Flo has a bunch of floppies from an old IBM Word Processor that her mother used for writing during the 90s. Her mom has passed away now, and Flo wants to know how she can get them off and onto something she can use. Leo says that it's going to be a challenge, especially since the age of the floppies could make it hard to harvest the data since it's non-standard. DataRecoveryMasters.com may be apple to help Flo. An expert who specializes in data recovery is likely Flo's best chance.
Phil bought and downloaded movies from iTunes, but now he can't watch them. Leo says that he'll have to authorize his iTunes account in order to play them back. That's copy protection, and the only people it frustrates are the legitimate owners.
Duke wants to be able to rip his LPs and burn them to CDs. His turntable is a good one, but he doesn't know how to get it into the computer. Leo says that turntables are unbalanced. He'd need a preamp with a turntable connection. He should turn the amp on the turntable setting and then connect the amp into the computer, which has a minijack in, which would require an adapter.
Rusty is interested in cutting cable, and wants to know how he can do that. Leo says that if he's in an area where he can get over the air local channels with an antenna, then he can get most of his live programming free. Check out AntennaWeb.org for suggestions on the best antennas for his area.