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Streaming Media

Streaming MediaWhat The Cloud Can Do For You

Nielsen reported a 7% drop in cable TV subscriptions during Q4 2014 HUGE1

What Is The Cloud?Distributed remote storageAccessible from anywhere theres Internet access or cellular service (with exceptions)Alternative to traditional radio & televisionAlternative to local storagePros / ConsInexpensiveFrees up local storageEasy to switch between devices on the goEasy to access past media purchasesSecurity concernsAccessibility concerns

3G / 4G very slow but usually OK for audioUnlimited cellular data plan is a good idea!2

Hardware OptionsRoku ($90)AppleTVAmazon FireTV (*X-Ray!)Chromecast ($30)Sony PlayStation ($350)Microsoft XboxMany Blu Ray players ($50+)

Goodbye cable box, remote, & wires!HDMI and/or WiFiBlu Ray players support CD, DVD, Blu Ray, & streamingRecommend buying own modem ($40) & maybe router ($60)3

Streaming Services (apps)NetflixAmazon Instant VideoHulu PlusYouTube / TEDiTunes / VuduHBO Now ($15/mo) / Showtime ($11/mo)Major league sports packagesSling TV ($20/mo)Pandora, Spotify, & Amazon MusicGames

Services = ChannelsMany more: Crackle, HBO, PBS, etcSports packages run around $130/eaSling TV $20/mo = 14 stations: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney Channel, ABC Family, CNN, El Rey Network, Maker, Galavision, AMCAppleTV: 25 channels @ approx. $35/mo (NBC is problematic Comcast)4

Netflix$9.99/mo (streaming)Streaming mediaHDPhysical disksDVDs & Blu RaysThousands of movies & TV showsOriginal programming (House Of Cards)

Amazon Prime$99/yr ($8.25/mo.)Amazon Instant VideoThousands of HD movies & TV shows including original programming Free two-day shippingFree unlimited photo storage* (CloudDrive)Free eBooks for Kindle ownersAccess to many disk purchases via streamingMusic & video

Lots of overlap BUT some are in HD on one but not the other service6

Hulu Plus$7.99/moCurrent TV shows!HDSubscription fee & ads

HD AntennasAbout $35 (Mohu Leaf)HDCoaxLocal broadcast TV within 30 milesWTNHMileage may vary

Digital equivalent of rabbit ears.8

Internet RadioFREE streaming musicPandoraSpotifyAmazon Music

Screen Casting / MirroringCast audio and video from mobile to screenBluetoothBoth Android & AppleAllCastAirPlay / DLNA ReceiverPlexFrom Chrome browserFrom cloud storage servicesWith exceptionsDRMNetwork stability

Casting = Local streaming10

Cloud Storage ServicesBoxDropboxGoogle DriveOneDriveTresoritAmazon Cloud DriveiCloud

Many automatically upload photos as their taken (and provide more space if you allow)Considerations: File size limits, security (none = Amazon, Google Drive, OneDrive; 128-bit = iCloud; 256-bit = Box, Dropbox, Tresorit), WD MyCloud = Personal cloud server ($136/2TB)Mover = Backup, copy, migrate files and/or foldersGreat for synching files and/or folders between devices / IFTTT11

If This Then That (IFTTT)Internet of Things (IoT) exploitEnables macro commandsFree IF appAuto backupsTheater lightingAuto save lists of new releases

Free DO appAllows immediate execution of macros