Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

AT&T Expected to Announce Acquisition of DirecTV

Episode 1084

AT&T is expected to announce this week that they will be buying DirecTV. Leo says that with Time Warner being bought by Comcast after buying Universal, the landscape is getting smaller, and will leave little room for competition. This is not a good thing for consumers.

AT&T makes bet on video with $48.5 billion DirecTV bid (Reuters)…
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/19/us-directv-att-idUSBREA4B0W220140519

Why is it taking so long to rip a CD on my Mac?

John from Canyon, CA

Episode 1083

John rips his CDs and puts them on his iPad to listen to. But his new iMac takes a lot longer to rip his CDs in iTunes than his old one. He even tried a third party ripper and it takes the same amount of time.

Leo says that's an odd development because the machines are much faster. Leo suggests looking at the bitrate that John is ripping to. Another issue is error correction. If that's enabled, that will really slow things down. Turning that off would speed things up. Leo also thinks that iTunes could be contributing to the problem, because as it's progressed, it's gotten worse.

Why won't my burned CDs play on my CD player?

Bill from Louis, DE

Episode 1082

Bill does the sound at his church and when he uses burned CDs, they won't work with his players. Leo says that there's more than one way to burn a disc. He can burn a disc by dragging files onto a CD, and if he doesn't finalize them, they won't be usable. If it's a data disc, it may play on a computer, but not a CD player. It's not a perfect art. But the key is to be sure it's burned properly.

How can I build a podcast audience?

Dillon from Apple Dorn, Netherlands

Episode 1082

Dillon wants to start a podcast, but doesn't know how to build his audience. Leo says that's the wrong way to think about it. An "audience" expects to be amused and entertained. For podcasting, that's just not enough. He'll want to build a community who will stay engaged with him and his show. He'll want to have discussions, chats, etc. The realm of media has really changed.

Why is my smart TV so slow when trying to stream videos with it?

Episode 1079

Alan from Honolulu, HI
Roku 3

Alan bought an 80" Sharp Aquos LCD TV, but he says it doesn't work very well. Every time he loads a movie, it takes forever to load. Leo says that while the TVs are so-called "smart TVs," the apps that they include aren't really that good. Leo advises buying a Roku box. Apps on a TV are really an after thought. Roku specializes in the apps they offer and they do a great job.

Is streaming live TV with the G-Box legal?

Episode 1078

Sy from Long Beach, CA
Matricom G-Box

Sy wants to know about free services like Aereo. He's using something called MatriCom G-Box which allows users to stream television using XBMC. Leo says that it may not be legal to do, but we will find out as the Supreme Court is hearing the Aereo case right now. Either way, it's going to dramatically impact how we get our entertainment options. But this is an interesting product.