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Streaming Movies

Streaming movies

Streaming movies is becoming easier as time goes on, taking into account how cheap streaming services are, why would want to rent a movie anymore? If you know how to turn your TV on and off and have some basic knowledge of navigating your TV or streaming box, you should have a streaming account.

The only problem with today’s technology is that there are so many ways to stream movies, so what is the best way? To answer that, where do you plan the play the content? In a home theatre room? A lounge room where only a soundbar is connected? A bedroom? Different situations will allow or even dictate different technologies to use.

Streaming sites like Netflix or Stan are available on many Streaming Standifferent devices in the form of an app. They are accessible on a smart TVs, Blu-ray players, Apple TV, Xbox, Sony Play Station, Google Chromecast, Telstra TV, Fetch TV, any many more devices. There are other streaming sites like Curiosity Stream that currently is only available on Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, and through Google PlayStore.

As 99% of movies are transmitted in surround sound and some even in 4K (on Netflix with the correct account), staying with the mainstream content providers like Stan and Netflix, what room are you play content in? If it is in a home theatre room, one of the best ways to stream is using a smart Blu-ray player. A Blu-ray player is the sole reason to play movies, in high-resolution and surround sound; this would be your best option, follow that would be a gaming console like PS4 or Xbox, using a TV will most of the time (check the TV specs) down convert surround sound to stereo. For the living room or lounge room where and sound quality is not as important, streaming directly from the TV is ok, the same can be said for the bedroom. The time you would mainly use an Apple TV or Google Chromecast is when the content being different or is directly related to the device you are using, for example streaming Curiosity Stream or casting a phone or tablet screen onto the TV to show photos. It is also possible to use these devices to stream Stan or Netflix but check the specs; not all devices will output 4K or surround sound, so user beware, there are some helpful links at the end of this blog.

Streaming free content is also possible, but Seebo Maxxdepending on how the material is used, this will dictate if it is legal or not. With current laws (early 2017), if content is downloaded and stored locally, that is illegal, but if the content is streamed and not saved, that is 100% legal. There are a few ways this can be archived, the easiest way we have found is using a device called Seebo, this is a plug and play solution like Apple TV, just connect it to the internet and away it goes. With Seebo there so no monthly fee, just purchase the box and that is it. The upside of Seebo is that the content is free, it can playback in surround sound, the downside is currently it does not support 4K and the content can vary in quality, overall worth looking at.

ACMA – http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/streaming-services—get-the-full-story

Seebo – www.seebo.com.au

Apple TV – https://support.apple.com/kb/SP724?locale=en_US

Google Chromecast – https://www.google.com.au/intl/en_ie/chromecast/tv/chromecast/tech-specs/

Samsung Blu-ray player – http://www.samsung.com/au/audio-video/uhd-blu-ray-player-k8500/

PS4 Q/A – http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/09/08/ps4-pro-the-ultimate-faq/

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this blog not all devices will output 4K, HDR or Dolby Vision picture. Not all TV’s will output surround sound audio and many devices will not output Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

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NAS systems for the home

NAS systems are becoming more and more popular forDLNA use in homes and are notDLNA limited to a business environment any longer. As the price of hard drives is coming down and storage space is going up, there are many benefits of incorporating a NAS system set up at home.

With the increase of several computers being used at home at any one time and not to forget things like TV’s, Blu-ray players, internet connection, home theatre systems as well as multi-room audio systems adding a NAS is just a natural progression. A NAS device is the perfect solution for data sharing and internet access within the home.

Gone are the days where you stored all your files, music, movies and even photos on a computer, thumb drive or disc. If the computer gets a dangerous virus, and all the data is on the computer, and you did not back up your files (as we all usually don’t), you can say goodbye to everything. With a NAS device that is setup correctly, each person with a computer connected to the network will have access to the NAS with their own folder setup that only they can see, and these files can be password protected as well.

It is also possible to play DVD’s and Blu-rays that are stored on a NAS directly to any TV that is connected to the network as well, so there is no need for a Blu-ray player anymore. Playing multiple movies to the different television’s at the same time is also possible from a NAS device.

If all the files are on a NAS it doesn’t matter about a new computer being added, just access all the files as normal as you won’t lose anything and nothing needs to be transferred over to the new computer only the software to run the files like MS-Word, Outlook etc.

from a network to all the devices on a networkNAS systems can start from a few hundred dollars and go up to a few thousand, so it all depends on how much storage is required – will dictate how many hard drives you need for the storage required.

If you are building a new house or renovating now is the best time to future proof your home. A NAS can be installed at any time in your home but if you are renovating or planning to build a new home it works out cheaper to do the work at this time as it is easier for the installer to run the cabling that is required.

Installing cables is best for overall speed to all devices and although wireless is an option, it is not recommended as there are limitations in regards to the amount of bandwidth that will be available to each device. A wireless connection can easily degrade over distance and especially if your router is an older model, so you should only run wireless if there are no other options. Realistically wireless should only be used for emails and general web browsing.

We’ve found this short video to illustrate the purpose of a NAS – the video is only 3.5 minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzAjpS1cFe0