Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Steve lives 30 miles outside of LA and he's stuck using Dish. All he watches are movies and Network news. Leo says that he could cut the cord, but he doesn't have great Internet access. He has DSL that's fast enough to stream, so he wants to know if he needs anything else but the Chromecast to stream content. Leo says that Chromecast has an app. He can turn his TV to the Chromecast player and then enter the Wi-Fi access configuration information.
Steve says that DVD Decrypter was a great DVD ripping program. Leo says that Hollywood closed them down by suing them. He can still find it on the net if you look hard enough, but it's really out of date. The chatroom says that DVD Shrink is back.
Leo saw the new Jobs movie Thursday night with only 7 other people in the theater, and five were in his party. He said the acting wasn't so great, particularly Ashton Kutcher. Woz was nicer, and while the acting was fine, it was inaccurate in its portrayal of factual depictions. Leo also said he felt bad for how characters around Steve Jobs were portrayed. "I've never been in a movie that made me both angry and bored" says Leo.
Leo says the only thing that Kutcher has going for him is that he looks similar to Jobs with the beard, but that's about it.
Carole says whenever she downloads TWiT netcasts in HD it stalls a lot. Leo says it's probably due to the age of Carole's PC that it's having trouble keeping up with the stream. If Carole prefers HD video, then a new PC may be her best choice. Or go back to the standard definition options.
Tim agrees that eBooks are taking over, but he says that a lot of the new eBooks are filled with typos and are terrible PDF scans of real hard copy books. Leo says we saw the same thing in the early days of DVDs. That's why he suggests reading reviews of eBooks on Amazon before he buys. Leo also says that in today's wired and connected economy, customers talk to each other and it's really foolish to take the easy road when flirting with new technologies. If people see bad reviews that complain, people won't buy. That said, eBook sales were up 43% last year, with 457 million sold.
Time Warner Cable has dropped CBS in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas after CBS asked for a 600% increase in their licensing fees. They also took off CBS' other cable networks including Showtime.
CBS responded by blocking Time Warner Internet customers trying to stream CBS content. Leo says we've seen this kind of brinksmanship before as both sides angle. Leo says it's like dinosaur's fighting and there's no winners, especially the consumers.
Louis wants to know why Leo is in favor of streaming media over physical media. Leo says he isn't. He just says that the trend shows that physical media is dying as people are adopting streaming options. Louis says that the downside of streaming media is the lack of special features. Leo says that special features were only to prevent users from pirating the movie by giving users added value. Now streaming is far more efficient. Leo does think we're in a transitional period, though, and he suspects that special features may return, or as much as the studios are willing to offer them.
Andre wants to be sure that when he gets a new computer, he can get all his music on it via iTunes. First, he should make sure he puts all the music into one main folder and then moves that folder onto a USB Key. Then put that into the new computer and use the "Add to Library" feature to import from that folder to the new iTunes library.
Can he do it from the iPod? Sure. It's a bit harder, but Leo recommends Senuti to do that.