Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

Comcast Rep Refuses to Cancel Comcast Service for Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont

Episode 1101

Tech reporter Ryan Block tried to cancel his Comcast cable account on the phone, but the account rep wouldn't let him. He tried for over an hour to get Ryan to change his mind. Leo says that he's learned the rep loses money on his salary after a percentage of accounts get cancelled, to the point where he ends up making minimum wage. So the representative probably was trying to save his salary. This is a bad way to do business, and Comcast later issued an apology for the hardship that Ryan dealt with.

Does YouTube delete videos when I delete them from my phone?

Tom from Warren, OH

Episode 1099

Tom is about to go traveling and would like to clean off his videos and photos. He uploaded the videos to YouTube, but when he deleted the videos off his phone, they were deleted on his YouTube Channel as well. Leo says that's odd. YouTube isn't caching his video on the phone, but it may be that YouTube syncs to his iPhone through iOS and any changes he makes there affects his channel on YouTube.

How can I rip my DVDs to a hard drive?

Episode 1099

Joe from Van Nuys, CA
DVD

Joe wants to rip his DVD collection and put it on an external hard drive. How big of a hard drive will he need? Leo says that regular DVDs have 4.7 GB of space, if he wants to keep all of the data from the DVD. But if he just wants the movie itself, then it won't take up as much space.

Joe should get Handbrake and VLC Media Client. Then if he encodes the movie and strips out everything else, he'll have a movie at about 1 GB. He could store a lot more movies that way.

Aereo's Individual 'Dime Sized Antennas' Claim Might Not Be True

Episode 1096

Television

The Supreme Court ruled this week that Aereo is no different than a cable company, and should be required to pay retransmission fees. Aereo leases individual dime sized antennas to customers so they can watch local broadcast television for a low monthly fee. But this claim that all of these small antennas work independently from one another could be a lie. It may not technically be possible for such a small antenna to work by itself, and they may instead be working in concert as an array.

What streaming video box should I buy?

Fran from LaCrescenta, CA

Episode 1095

Fran is going to move to Hawaii for a short time and wants to stream all his content via a set top box like the Roku. Which should he go with? Leo says that each box has specialties that work better than others. AppleTV works great if he's in the Apple world. But Roku is better outside that, as is the FireTV.

If he buys a lot of content from Amazon, then FireTV is for Fran. They have a great games section as well. He won't be getting HBO, Showtime or ESPN with it, unless he keeps his cable subscription active. He should make sure to try it first.

How can I publish my podcast through Wordpress?

Audi from Great Britain

Episode 1091

Audi is into podcasting and he says it's very frustrating to get podcasts on all the available sites. He found a cool plugin called "PowerPress." He says it lets him control cover art and print tags in iTunes. It gives full control over a podcast feed. Leo says it's a great plugin, but it doesn't really work inside WordPress.com. He'll have to run his own, hosted version of Wordpress. But it works great. Another alternative is LibSyn.