Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

How can I get old programs off my cable DVR?

Joe from Austin, TX

Episode 1028

Joe is going to be getting Google's 1GBps Internet access in Austin soon, and he wants to know what DVR he can use. Leo says that third party DVRs are getting harder to find, but TIVO is probably the best option. He wants to get his old programs off the old cable DVR, though. Leo says that the DVR is likely encrypted digitally, so he wouldn't be able to. He could, however, exploit the analog hole by using component cables. It'll be HD, but not digital.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1025

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson chimes in on the Disney decision to pull its titles from iTunes and Amazon. Scott says that the user agreement for iTunes says that it is the responsibility of the user to keep and backup the titles they purchase, and not rely on streaming or leaving it up in the cloud. Leo says that just underscores the myth that people "own" a movie they buy. We really don't own them, we own a license to view them. If the content provider wants to pull the title, it can.

Disney Pulls Titles From iTunes and Amazon

Episode 1025

With their upcoming streaming deal with Netflix, Disney has taken steps to pull select titles of Disney and Pixar films off of iTunes and Amazon. Leo says that the worst part of this development is that those who purchased the films from iTunes and Amazon are unable to download them or stream them, even though they paid for them. Hopefully, Disney will come to its senses and give them some sort of accommodation.

Leo discusses this further with Scott Wilkinson a little later on in the show.

How can I troubleshoot a sound card issue?

Chuck from

Episode 1023

Chuck says that his Windows Media Center has lost all it's sound. Leo says it could be as easy as a bad or loose speaker wire, or most likely a corrupted sound driver. It could also be a poorly coded video which prevents the audio from being played. Leo recommends playing it with VideoLan's VLC Media Player. If you can hear the audio, then you know that Windows Media Center is causing the issue. If it doesn't, then Leo recommends playing back with headphones. If that works, then you know it has to be your sound cables.

Can I get a copy of an eBook I've bought in iTunes?

Jim from Orange County

Episode 1012

Jim needs to get an audio book to another device from his iPod, which has broken. Leo says that the only way to do it is to download it to another Apple "iDevice." He should be able to go into iTunes, look for the little "cloud" next to the title, tap it, and it should download again. He can also download through the iTunes desktop client.

Jim is also interested in Ting. Leo says that TING is an MVNO that resells Sprint service on a month to month contract. Ting is also a sponsor of the Tech Guy podcast.

How can I stream from my tablet using Chromecast?

Episode 1009

Steve from Malibu, CA

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.