Binge Watching
June 9th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Today we want to consume as much as we can, we have grown to be an impatient society. I watch TV and I do not like waiting until next week, I want to watch it all. Online Streaming of Netflix is a thing, they drop an entire season of content in one day.

Binge Watching

We love it, it creates and feeds the addiction, the satisfaction we get is euphoric. How many times have you spent hours watching a series? Most recently I started watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix (don’t judge), I can not get enough of episode after episode. Knowing I do not have to wait until next week, or commercials, it is pure entertainment bliss.

That is the appeal to us, the society who loves binge watching tv, movies. Understand something, TV networks understand this love of binge watching. Have you ever came across a movie marathon where they play back to back movies? What about your favorite HGTV show? Ever wonder why they play the same series and repeat of those over and over again?

The answer is simple we as a society have created binge watching to be the norm today.

As I watch my current show I am anxiously awaiting TheDefenders to drop on Netflix. As this post is about binge watching you can bet I will do the same. I have binged on every other series in the Marvel collection. I wish that Agents of shield would drop the same way.

How do you break the addiction caused by binge watching? How does it impact us? I honestly do not know, what I do know is that my 14yr old daughter got me into a show I never would of thought I would like. So to me if binge watching series brings time with my family or something to discuss about with my friends, I am all for it. I will still have the desire and curse the TV when I watch it, as I have been accustomed to binge watching entertainment today.

How about you? What are you binge watching?

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January 5th, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

tl;dr version:  Save the $35, its not ready for everyday use or on large screen devices.

A few quick notes to consider before you get started. Consider how your audio is played.  For example I run all my video and audio through a receiver, so while I was able to get video after setting up my Chromecast directly on a TV input I couldn’t get audio. When I connected the Chromecast directly to the receiver it worked properly. However, that means I couldnt power via USB since I have no USB on the receiver, so I need to find an outlet for the power adapter.

The setup wizard was straight forward.

  • Connect your Chromcast to an available HDMI port and either USB port on the TV or power outlet
  • Turn on the TV and change to the input assoicated with the HDMI port you connected the Chromecast to
  • You should see a message similar to “Set me up”
  • Go to google.com/chromecast/setup
  • Download the Chromecast app, copy to the install folder and run the app
  • Accept the license agreement
  • The app will find your Chromecast, click continue
  • Verify the code in the Chromecast app matches what is displayed on your TV and click Thats my code
  • Select your wifi network and enter your wifi key/password and optionally, change the name of your Chromecast device and click continue
  • The message on your TV should be similar to to the Chromecast app – connecting to wifi, then downloading updates if necessary

chromecastsetup

  • Once the updates are complete, the Chromecast device will restart and apply the updates
  • Click continue on the Chromecast app
  • Click on Get Cast Extension which is a browser plugin to stream from Chrome to your Chromecast device
  • A new Chrome window will open, click on Add Extension, click Add
  • Click the Cast icon in your browser and select your device
  • You can now see your browser screen from your computer on your TV (less navigation bars)

Notes

via OSX Mavericks with Chrome

Cons

  • There is enough of a lag from the video playback to give you a headache. This could be either
    • A) 802.11G not being fast enough
    • B) TV refresh rate being to slow (60Hz)
    • C) Video quality from the web being to low for a 52″ TV (YouTube/AMC.com Walking Dead Webisode, the lag seemed consistent also on NBC.com)
  • If you are not using Chrome, you will have to, there seems to be no support for other browsers
  • Cannot watch Amazon prime videos in full screen mode

via an iPad (and assume iPhone)

Pros

  • Notifications do not seem to interfere with video/audio playback.

Cons

  • Can only seem to stream from Youtube or Netflix, the Chrome browser in iOS does not appear to be aware of the Cast app.

via Windows Phone 8
No support for WP8, this may end my WP8 experiment before it even really got started

Summary
Its a $35 device, and that is about on par with the quality I might expect from a $35 video device. Hopefully the Chromecast isn’t a one and done type of device as I think it could be useful with more device and website support.  I will look at testing this more with an Android device, maybe its a bit better working with the Google ecosystem or as a travel companion, however for now I’ll stick to streaming through my Blu-Ray player and internet enabled TV.  Take the $35 and put that towards a night out or towards a Roku.

 

Chromecast Setup on OSX with Chrome and initial thoughts

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