Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Jason thinks DirecTV is way too expensive now. So he’s thinking of cutting the cord. Problem is he loves live sports. Leo says that sports franchises are starting to get the message and are providing apps for watching games. Major League Baseball is available through the ROKU, AppleTV, etc. It’s a bit expensive, but you get every game. Sadly, they honor blackouts though. NFL Sunday Ticket is on the PS3 now. So we’re in a transition period where the pro sports franchises are starting to wake up to where the audience is heading.
Steven is 12 and he writes a blog and does a podcast via blip.tv. But most of his shows are over the 1GB limit. And he’s not getting very many views. How can he make it worth it? Leo says that it’s normal to start very small. Leo says the first problem is Steven’s podcast name. There’s a ton of shows with similar titles crowding the field. Perhaps something less generic will help you draw those looking for the content you create.
Steven’s show is called This Week in News.
Mark is having trouble getting iTunes Match to replace a lot of his music with higher quality AAC versions. Mark says that he's gotten 70% of his music matched. Leo says 70% isn't bad.
The first thing he should do is make sure those files are higher than 96kb. Then, the music needs to have the songs in it's library. CDs he rips may not be in the iTunes store, and if they aren't, iTunes can't match them. MacWorld has a great guide to using iTunes Match.
Disney will be releasing three new episodes of Star Wars, 7, 8 and 9, in 3D. The franchise could go on much longer than this, though. In fact, Lucas says Disney's Star Wars could go on for a hundred years…
Shot at 48 frames per second (known as high frame rate - HFR), Peter Jackson's Tolkein epic "The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey comes to theaters next week. Jackson shot at 48p in order to create the sharpest possible image to help the audience get immersed into the story. There's been some resistance because people say it doesn't look "film like," (or shot at 24 fps). But Scott says it'll look fabulous. Detailed. Crisp and clear. But the problem is, it starts looking less like film and more like video.
Chuck has a bunch of commercial VHS tapes that he bought and he'd like to "rip" them to DVD. Scott says that most commercial VHS tapes came with Macrovision copy protection that scrambles the signal when someone tries to copy it. It may be possible to bypass it by exploiting the analog hole and capturing it with a DVD recorder or PC.
Peter Ramsey, director of Dreamworks holiday animated epic Rise of the Guardians is Scott's guest this hour. Rise of the Guardians is based on an idea by William Joyce, who's daughter asked him Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Jack Frost know each other. Peter started as a story artist, and directed a TV special for Monsters vs. Aliens. So to be able to make his first animated fantasy epic is an exciting opportunity.
Leo says Josh would need to get a USB SuperDrive to read the DVD. Then, use a DVD ripping program called Handbrake and VLC Media Player. Both work together to rip and encode the DVD files to a format that will work on his Macbook Air. It works great for DVDs. Blu-rays though are much harder. Of course, Leo recommends doing this only for movies he already owns.