Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

What should I look for in a DVD player?

Episode 1403

Jason from Chino, CA
Samsung Blu-ray player

Jason is looking for a good DVD player, but he's worried that his DVD player will be locked to the wrong region. Leo says that region coding was designed to prevent movies from being copied and shared around the world before the movies were released. The trend now is that movies get released worldwide now, so region coding is going to be gradually going away. He'll just have to be sure he doesn't get a used DVD player from another region. He won't want a PAL player in the US, for instance. He'll want NTSC. Or, he should make sure to get a multi region DVD player.

Can I rip Blu-rays legally?

Episode 1400

Bob from Pasadena, CA
Blu-ray

Bob has Apple TV and wonders if there's any reason to get Chromecast. Leo says if he already has one, he doesn't need the other. He can get just about everything on the Apple TV now that Amazon Prime is coming to it. The one downside, though, is that Apple TV is only 1080p, but Leo suspects an upgraded next gen Apple TV will have it.

How should I back up my data?

Episode 1400

Steve from Riverside, CA
Synology DS416 Slim

Steve is in the process of digitizing everything and backing it up. Now he needs to consider backup options. Leo says the first thing he should do is make sure his data is encrypted. Windows 10 Pro offers BitLocker, which uses full disk encryption that unencrypts when he logs into his Windows account. He should be careful not to lose his password or certificates. He should back those up and keep them in a safe place.

Will iTunes offer High Resolution Audio?

Episode 1397

Max from San Diego, CA
Headphones

Mike likes MQA high resolution audio, and he wants to know if Apple has any plans to make MQA music available on iTunes. Jason says that MQA is the latest in compression technology that seeks to improve the audio quality over mp3 or AAC, but still keep the file size manageable. Apple hasn't really talked about their plans for MQA, which is an outside standard. But he says that Apple's branding is all about improving quality and MQA is having trouble getting market share.

Why can't I stream TV from my computer anymore?

George from Weymouth, MA

Episode 1387

George can't seem to watch streaming TV on his Samsung computer anymore. The icons have even disappeared. Leo says he thinks that George is no longer in mirror mode. He's in "extended" mode and that's why he can't see his icons. Set it for mirror mode, and it all should pop up. Netflix is also smaller. Leo says that may be a resolution issue via copy protection. The cable may also have gone bad.