Movie Streaming Services Compared

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to stream movies on a ps3?
    I have Netflix but am thinking of getting rid of it and getting a different service with more selections or adding another service to watch TV shows. I know that netflix works but what some other good companies or sites that work on the PS3? Do Hulu and Amazon work? I don't have the PS3 yet and am not an experienced user so I need something relatively easy to figure out haha.

    • ANSWER:
      PS3 only supports Hulu Plus. I haven't yet found a set-top box that supports plain old Hulu unfortunately.

      However, I've been using TVersity Pro on my PC to send a stream to the PS3.

      TVersity basically takes any form of media and just streams it to your PS3, 360, or other set-top box. It will re-encode the data into a format that your device can understand. This is great since the PS3's video support is pretty small.

      To use TVersity, you will need a PC, a PS3, and a fast home network. I do not recommend using the PS3's wireless adapter. Its antenna is not very good, and has trouble getting a strong signal from the router compared to my (ancient) laptop that's in the same room. A weak signal will cause problems hiccups with streaming. I used to get problems with TVersity and the PS3 until I put the PS3 on a wired connection. Much better.

      You will install TVersity on your PC and use it as your media server. The PS3 will detect TVersity automatically and display any media TVersity knows about. For instance, I added some shows to my queue on Hulu. Then I added my Hulu account to TVersity. Bam. Now the PS3 can see my Hulu queue. I select play and after a few seconds, the show starts up.

      Not bad for . The free version of TVersity does everything but allow you to add internet sources, so you'll probably want to get the Pro version like I did.

  2. QUESTION:
    What's the best tablet to get at an affordable cost?
    I'm looking into some tablets to get, I'm 15, I want the similarities of an iPad but at a lower price, I really like the kindle fire, but I want to know what else is out there that compares or is better. I want to stay under or around 200 dollars (that's why an iPad/iPad mini is out of the question) one with a camera and the ability to use it would be fantastic, it can be a front facing camera, but I noticed on either the kindle fire hd or the nexus 7 there wasn't a camera app and it could only be accessed through video chat/Skype or other apps like those. So any recommendations on a nice affordable tablet with these specifications? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You can access Skype on both devices and yes you can find few apps where you can reach the Front facing camera directly.

      Review from an user of both devices, should be helpful:
      http://www.amazon.com/review/R3N2A47ZWCNCY0/?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B0083PWAPW&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeID=&tag=afkagrw-20

      Similar specs:
      - HD screen 1280*800
      - Storage: 16Gb
      - Same price
      - Cloud storage
      - Front facing HD camera

      Comments from an owner of both, should be helpful:
      http://www.amazon.com/review/R3N2A47ZWCNCY0/?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B0083PWAPW&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeID=&tag=afkagrw-20

      Both are great. It depends on your preference.

      Kindle Fire HD has pros like:
      - Dual wifi antenna which makes it good for faster downloads and streaming
      - HDMI out
      - Digital dolby audio
      - Xray for movies
      - Amazon content and services. You can get better prices for good amount of stuff.

      Kindle Fire HD, Best price:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083PWAPW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0083PWAPW&linkCode=as2&tag=afkagra-20

      Nexus 7 has pros like:
      - Quad core processor (Bit more power compared to 1.2Ghz dual core processor)
      - NFC support
      - GPS (Only Kindle 4G LTE version has it)
      - Android Jelly bean 4.1
      - Google play store (You can sideload apps on Kindle Fire from google play though )

      Tax included price for Nexus 7:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009X3UW2G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009X3UW2G&linkCode=as2&tag=afkagra-20

      Conclusion:
      Kindle Fire HD is better for Movies/Tv shows/youtube streaming while Nexus 7 is more of a powerful tablet with direct access to lots of google play apps.. As I said you can sideload apps on Kindle Fire from google play

  3. QUESTION:
    Can I give my Roku 2 HD Wireless a boost for a better connection through my cable box?
    I recently purchased Roku 2 (Wireless/HD) and my wireless connection is listed as "fair" but it takes forever to load/stream a movie or a show on HBO GO & Netflix. Once it does load, it constantly has to reload or buffer and I haven't been even watch a whole movie or series episode do to the interruptions.
    Even though I'm connected through a wireless signal on my home network, I plugged a ethernet cable into the Roku and plugged into the back of my working cable box (hoping to boost the wireless signal and to better the internet connection). Will this help my better my connectivity issues?

    • ANSWER:
      Good Cat-5 ethernet cables are still faster and better in every way to even the best wifi signal. However internet speeds vary depending on where you live and you may just have a slow connection from the cable company. Check your speeds and compare them with national averages at speedtest.net then compare the upload and download speeds you get with what your cable company service is selling you and see if it matches up. If it doesnt than contact your cable company and complain. Ive known people who have complained when they realised they were not getting internet speeds any where near what they were supposed to be paying for and the cable company sent out a tech to run new lines from the pole because the current lines had alot of interference and that helped with their speeds. Also there may be nothing wrong with your speeds but you have too many devices using up bandwidth at the same time and thats why its slow. If thats the case then inquire about purchasing a higher teir internet package. Long story short, find out what your speeds are, see if they improve with a wired ethernet connection, find out the claimed speeds of the internet package your paying for, and see if the speeds match up. If your getting the speeds your paying for and its still too slow then you just need higher teir of internet service from your provider

  4. QUESTION:
    On IPhone 5 is it better to have 500mb internet on 4G or unlimited 3G to skype, browse and stream movies?
    I want to be able to facetime, skype, use twitter and make use of my phone and so if I use it on 3G T-mobile how bad would it affect me compared to 4G (500mb) ?

    • ANSWER:
      4G will give you very fast data that will allow you to do things like stream video to your device. A 60minute TV programme streamed to your device over 4G will use around 225MB of data. That is very nearly half the 500MB monthly data allowance.

      Facetime & Skype video calling will use around 180MB every 60 minutes and will work on either 3G or 4G. Twitter does not require a fast data connection so will work on either 4G or 3G.

      The other thing to consider is that EE's 4G network in the UK only has limited coverage at the moment. If you live/work/travel in one of the cities covered then great but if not then you might not be able to get a 4G signal anyway.

      4G is great but only worth the additional cost if you are going to actually use 4G's speed. But a 500MB monthly allowance for 4G will only allow you to watch just over 2 hours of streamed video per month which in my view is unrealistically low.

      4G only makes sense if you use services such as video data streaming, have a 4G signal where you live/work/travel and can pay for one of the more expensive bundles with a much higher monthly data allowance eg the £56 per month with 8GB.

      Another thing to bear in mind is that once you start using 4G your usage profile will probably change and you start to use more data intensive services like video. So even though you dont plan to use more than 500MB ,,, you probably will use more than 500MB !

      Whatever way I look at it 500MB seems an unrealistically low data limit for 4G.

  5. QUESTION:
    What's up with Netfilix splitting up and losing customers?
    I was just about to join them but i hear customers are fleeing and they're splitting up.

    Is this a bad time to join?

    • ANSWER:
      The CEO is afraid of missing shifts in technology, which is fine, but many think he's gone way too far the other way.

      Netflix is splitting into two. Netflix will remain as the name of the streaming-only service. The DVD service will be split off under the name Kwikster.

      While the future may really be in streaming, here's the problems right now:

      1: The majority of Americans don't have a broadband connection capable of supporting a streamed TV show, let alone, a movie in HD. In fact, a good portion of Americans don't even have broadband at all.

      2: Netflix's streaming library is fairly small compared to their DVD library, and fairly unpredictable. They're in constant battles over rights for shows and movies. Most notably is their deal with Starz, which will expire in February of 2012. Unless this is renewed, which is looking very shaky right now, fans of Netflix's streaming service will lose access to several big studios' titles - including Disney.

      3: As a streaming-only service, Netflix was a tough sell when compared to things like Hulu (free on PCs), Hulu Plus (/mo), HBO-To-Go, and even up and coming services from Comcast/Xfinity, DirecTV, and DishNetwork.

      4: As a DVD-only service, Kwikster faces tough competition from Redbox, whose /disc/night price is awfully tough to beat.

      The old combined Netflix service made sense. It kept the old DVD customers around while the streaming library came up to speed. At some point, yes, this split makes sense, but honestly, this isn't the time - especially in light of the recent 60% price hike in the middle of a recession.

      Furthermore, the CEO's attitude about physical media in general is way off target. DVD is going to be around at least another decade, and while I doubt blu-ray will ever overtake DVD, I don't see it going away any time either.

      It remains to be seen how this 2-sites, 1-company thing is going to work. Right now it sounds like customers who want both Netflix(streaming) and Kwikster(DVDs) will now see 2 separate charges on their credit cards, and will need to manage 2 separate accounts...and 2 separate queues? So does that mean if I wanted to stream a show from Netflix, only to find out it's not available, I'll have to hop over to Kwikster and add it to my queue over there? Talk about inconvenient.

      At the same time, there was mention that Kwikster would be (FINALLY!) adding video games to its library. No information about pricing or what sorts of games are going to be available has been released yet. Honestly, the best move for Kwikster would be to just outright buy Gamefly.

      Realistically this isn't the time to join. There's way too much shakiness right now, and at least for the meantime, there are equally good, if not better, alternatives for DVD-only or Streaming-only services. I'd wait 6 months for this split to occur and for them to shake out the inevitable bugs that are going to arise when they try to split their customer database. Trust me, you don't need the extra headaches.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can 2 wireless devices be on seperate router channels?
    I have an xbox 360 with Wireless N network adapter. My router is a Model 7500 Westell. What I was wondering was,

    Can my xbox 360 be on a different router channel than the wireless ruku or laptop? As soon as a laptop goes on or a movie streams, I get horrible xbox live lag. My xbox and other devices are on channel 6 and I want my xbox on channel 11 keeping the other devices on channel 6. Is that possible. Or would all devices move to channel 11?

    Will doing this cause my ISP to contact me, or my internet connection to shut off?

    What I would like to do is make it so that xbox live and ruku both operate smoothly without interfering with each other, or hogging bandwidth.

    Any ideas, or suggestions would be great. I dont really want to spend anymore money...

    • ANSWER:
      No, and it would not help if they could.

      Your wireless router speed and bandwidth capacity is not the problem.

      Let me explain:

      A fast wireless router or WiFi connection does not make your Internet faster.

      A wireless router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps DSL Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Fast routers are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      Only way to get a faster Internet connection is to upgrade your plan or switch to a faster ISP.

      How fast is your Internet connection?

      You can test it here: http://speedtest.net

      Basic web browsing and simple online games can be done on practically any broadband connection, 1.5 Mbps is adequate.

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require at least 3 Mbps for smooth buffer free video. For HD Netflix you'll want 10 Mbps+.

      As you add devices that you want to operate simultaneously you need to increase the speed of the ISP plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

      Standard DSL in rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that's a whopping 1000 Mbps. http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare speed and prices of your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  7. QUESTION:
    Netflix movies still excluded from Xbox Live?
    I'd heard earlier this year that Sony pulled the permission for its movies to be streamed by Netflix on Xbox Live. Is this still true? How does the Netflix Xbox Live catalog of movies/shows compare to the physical catalog?

    • ANSWER:
      This was all fixed a year ago. No problems now.

      The Netflix Digital catalog is very limited compared to the physical mail based service. Companies must explicitly allow certain movies on the Digital platform. New release will definitely not arrive on the service for at least a week.

  8. QUESTION:
    What extra channels do you get with talktalk tv compared to ordinary freeview?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you forget talk talk TV.

      Get Talk Talk without TV just internet and line rental (not sure if they do half price internet anymore but get the best deal)

      Your money will be better spent like this -

      Get Netflix (to start one month free trail) then £6 a month after that no contract - movies, documentries, kids etc (also most of the content is HD)

      To watch on big screen - You can use your laptop and plug it directly into your TV to do this with an HDMI cable from the pound shop or a VGA cable (depending on how old your hardware is)

      A PS3 can also get Netflix or Lovefilm for instant streaming

      You can already get catch up TV on the internet now for free just search BBC i player if you want to watch it on a big sreen plug your PC or laptop into your TV as I have mentioned above or use a console such as PS3

      If your PC is upstairs and it is too much hassle to connect to your TV (If your TV is a smart TV you do not need one) you can buy a small box for around £50 you may get it cheaper and it is a one off charge for your TV here is an example

      http://www.advancetec.co.uk/netflix-and-bbc-iplayer-media-streamer-from-roku-lt-2400eu-internet-streamer.html

      I pay £26 per month for my movies internet and phone line and I can cancel netflix anytime to reduce that to £20

      Why pay more ive had Sky, Virgin and BT Vision and payed £30 - 50 a month for TV etc and still flicked through all the channels etc - get bored with netflix cancel it and move to lovefilm or another streaming service that is value for money as you arent locked into another contract with these services.

      Hope this helps

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the lowest hookup with Comcast internet?
    I'm trying to get the lowest hookup for Comcast Internet available. Does anyone have it? If so, how much are you paying? All I want is to get email and do research. I don't need game capabilities or anything else. Just email and an occasional "how to fix xyz at my house". Any suggestions?

    I am currently paying .00/month. It is probably high speed because my son plays video games on it, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Comcast prices vary by geographical area. All Comcast plans use DOCSIS high speed cable Internet.

      The slowest speed that Comcast currently offers is called Economy and has 3 Mbps download speeds. The next fastest plan is called Performance and provides 20 Mbps, which at your current rate is likely what you have.

      Although 3 Mbps is fine for surfing and email for 1 or possibly 2 users, it is not sufficient for heavy usage that includes streaming video such as Netflix or for multiple simultaneous users.

      Let me explain:

      In most home network applications your router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      If you have a 3 Mbps Internet plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Only way to get a faster Internet connection is to upgrade your plan or switch to a faster ISP.

      INTERNET SPEEDS:

      How fast is your Internet connection?

      You can test it here: http://speedtest.net

      Basic web browsing and simple online games can be done on practically any broadband connection, 1.5 Mbps is adequate.

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require at least 3 Mbps for smooth buffer free video. For HD Netflix you'll want 10 Mbps+.

      As you add devices that you want to operate simultaneously you need to increase the speed of the ISP plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

      Standard DSL in rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that's a whopping 1000 Mbps. http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare speed and prices of your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you listen to radio stations via the internet on the Blackberry Curve?
    I have alltel. Is the Curve better then the Samsung Delve? What else cool can you do on the Curve?

    • ANSWER:
      Full audio and Video streaming is available - over EDGE and Wifi i know for sure not too sure over generic GPS ... I would assume so though - try live365.com you might need to download the playlist as a temp file though.

      You mgiht be charged if you streem entire movies though dependent on your service provider.

      Te curve 8900 also has full and very fast GPRS Sat Nav! full range of IMS facebook, word pro, exel equivalents, PowerPoint equivalents, plus many many more, you can pretty much download any app you can think of for it - I must say I have looked at and used many smart phones and the best I have seen by far are the BB 8900 Curve and the Iphone - Althoguh the touch sreen I personally don't trust having used touch phones before, the Curve is also slightly smaller.
      Samsung phones can not compare in any respect to the lastest Black Berry ranges - although the storm! - noooooo Very bad reviews and a fair few returns from faulty touch screens as far as I am aware.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is the modem from comcast/time warner cable compatible for Optimum Online?
    I'm currently using Verizon DSL and the speed is utter crap 4 mbs compared to Optimum online which is 12-15 mbs.

    I've heard from people that having a good modem can increase your internet speed dramatically and many recommend the motorola SB6141 which I can get for , but I'm not sure if it works for Optimum online. Both of these company are for cable internet.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your tier of Optimum online service. The SB6141 is not compatible with Optimum Boost. Here is their list of Boost compatible cable modems. http://optimum.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1791/kw/compatable%20modems

      As far as speed goes a fast modem or router will usually not increase Internet speed with one exception.

      If you buy an older DOCSIS 2.0 model and you are paying for a speed tier over 20 Mbps. then you will probably not see the throughput that you should.

      Be sure to get a newer compatible DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem that supports bonded channels and will increase your cable Internet performance for high end speed tiers.

      That being said,

      A fast router or modem does not make your Internet faster.

      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      If you pay for a 3 Mbps Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router or modem will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      If you have a 3 Mbps Internet plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      If you have a wireless n laptop connected to a wireless n router at 150 Mbps and your Internet connection is 3 Mbps then the fastest Internet speed you can get is 3 Mbps, assuming no other users on your LAN are sharing the WAN connection at the time.

      Fast wireless routers and adapters are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      You can test your Internet (WAN) speed here: http://speedtest.net

      Only way to speed up Internet connection is to get a faster plan or ISP.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck..

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the good and bad points about the Ipad and Imac?
    Hey people. I was thinking what I want for my birthday and I was thinking of either an Ipad or an Imac. But now I cant make the decision. So what are the good and bad things about them?

    By the way, please dont leave comments saying that those things are too expensive to ask for birthday present. They dont help any.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't compare iMac to an iPad both are in deferent segments.

      iMac is spectacular desktop and iPad is amazing handheld gadget.

      I have iMac MacBook pro iPhone 3G S and iPad. I admit after getting iPad , use of MacBook Pro and iPhone has declined significantly. but iMac is unaffected.

      It's your birthday so go for more useful device and get iMac. And then wait for another occasion to demand iPad.

      iMac is a complete desktop so nothing is bad about it iPad is very close to a laptop but there are few things it can't do

      For example:

      You can't just visit a website and download software or plug ins.

      If you wanna fill some online forms, some online forms might not work properly on iPad.
      If you want watch online movies, you can easily watch on iPad but not every sites will play.
      Lack of camera means you can't do video chat.
      You can print the document through apps but it won't be as easy as you could do on a computer.
      You can connect camera and SD memory card directly to import photos and video but you can't import documents from SD cards.

      now things that iPad does better than computer

      Incredible battery life. It lasts forever even more than 10 hrs which was claimed by Steve jobs

      It's instant on. The time, computer takes to boot, is enough for an iPad to finish many works.

      You can create word document,spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation faster and upload to WebDAV in a flash. Computer will take long time.

      Even WiFi only model give you exact location service.

      It can access your home computer and do jobs. It can even print documents from your computer.

      Watch movies on netflix and tv shows using abc player. You can watch movies online also. Many websites are streaming movies and tv shows to an iPad for Free.

      You can save email attachment to any app. The screen can be devised into 2 parts and you can perform two jobs side by side with app radio playing at background.

      Watching movie on iPad gives some kind of pleasure that is not possible on tv or laptop at least for me I love watching super scary movie on iPad under blanket. It's a total treat.

      I am writing too much because I love typing on iPad.

      My advise :: iPad is great but get iMac for birthday.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to connect your computer?
    I know you typically connect with

    dsl
    phone company cable like sprint
    TV cable company like bright house
    wireless using g4
    wireless using router
    wireless using wifi

    what else? and how are they available?

    • ANSWER:
      WiFi or a wireless router won't connect you to the Internet without a ISP WAN connection.

      Here is how it works,

      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Without a ISP to provide the WAN connection, your home network devices can share files and resources via the router's LAN connections, but wont be able to access the Internet.

      You need a Internet plan from a ISP and a broadband modem or gateway to provide a connection to the ISP. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router. For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 1 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      You need a ISP plan and some type of interface to access the Internet service provided by the ISP. A wireless router lets you share that connection with multiple devices via Ethernet and/or WiFi.

      Depending on your location, you can get several types of broadband Internet access. They include DSL, cable, fiber, satellite, and wireless from a cellular provider.

      Note: All Internet service options are not available in all areas.

      DSL is generally the cheapest broadband option, however it is also usually the slowest. DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 12 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

      Cable - Cable Internet is a form of broadband Internet transmitted over coaxial television cables. Cable Internet speeds range from 1 Mbps to over 300 Mbps using newer DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The speed of the service depends on your exact area and service package that you order.

      Fiber - Newer ADSL2+ and VDSL services can be as fast as 1000 Mbps, usually transmitted on fiber optic cables and often combined with copper from the street to the house. Fiber connections can also provide on demand HD television and digital telephone service on the same line.

      There are also 3G and 4G wireless mobile broadband services and satellite Internet, but these are normally only used where Cable or DSL are unavailable due to the higher cost, slower speeds and low monthly bandwidth limits.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 10 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  14. QUESTION:
    How can i optimize my broadband speed, internet speed, download speed, whatever it may be called.?
    I really just want to be able to increase my download rate, i have a Powerline adapter, so i have 1Gbps speed, but my download rate on steam and such still max at 2 mbps on a good day. I also have many tabs open, but even if i don't have any chrome tab open i still dont go over ~2mbps.
    EDIT: all mbps are meant to be MBps, Gbps is meant to be as is.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing I would do is test the speed of your current Internet connection. Go to http://speedtest.net and test it. If your results are not what you are paying for from your Internet provider then call and complain.

      Internet speeds are measured in Mbps, which is millions of (bits) per second, not to be confused with MB/s which is millions of (bytes) per second.

      If you really have a 2 MBps download rate that would require a Internet connection of around 20 Mbps.

      There is really no way to accelerate an Internet connection, It is what it is.

      As far as Internet download speeds go,

      The 1 Gbps connection speeds are your LAN speed not your WAN speed from your broadband provider.

      You need to understand that you are connected to two networks when you connect to the Internet through a router.

      The first network is your LAN. This is the connection between your computer and your router. This is where the wireless G (54 Mbps) and wireless N (150 Mbps) speeds come into play.

      The LAN consists of all the computers and devices hooked to your router in your house. Connections will always default to the slowest device. For example if you have a wireless N router (150 Mbps) connected to a wireless G laptop (54 Mbps), then the laptop can communicate with the router at 54 Mbps. If you wanted to copy a file from your laptop to a desktop connected to your router via a Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) cable connection, then you could do that at the laptop's wireless G speed of 54 Mbps.

      Now for the WAN speed. The Internet is the other network connected to your router via your broadband modem.

      The Internet is a Wide Area Network or WAN. Your DSL or cable modem can communicate with your Internet provider at a maximum of (Your ISP Service Plan) Mbps. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router. For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 1 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      I provide a much more detailed explanation here: http://isp1.us/article/internet-speeds/

      Only real way to increase download speed is to get a faster ISP.

      Standard DSL is rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOCSIS has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      If you have DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Internet such as Comcast, Cox, TWC, etc. or fiber optic products such as At&t U-Verse or Verizon FiOS available in your area they would be faster options.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 10 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  15. QUESTION:
    Can i subscribe DSL without having a phone jack in the house?
    i don't have a phone jack in the house but I need to subscribe to internet. Is there any way to do that? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      A DSL installer will install a jack for your modem.

      If you mean, do you need an active phone line for DSL the answer is, it depends.

      There are two kinds of DSL.

      1. Dry Loop DSL - Some DSL providers offer what is known as naked or dry DSL.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_DSL

      Any DSL connection still requires copper phone lines between the DSL modem and the phone company. What DRY DSL does is eliminate the need for a active phone line, thus reducing your cost.

      2. Standard DSL - (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 12 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

      You should have a good connection (preferably direct) between your DSL modem and your incoming telephone lines (Demarc Box). This connection should have no filters installed on it. All other active telephones and devices that use phone lines such as FAX machines satellite boxes, etc. should have DSL filters installed on them.

      In many locations DSL providers are dropping support for dry loop and forcing you to also have a active phone line.

      Standard DSL is rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 50 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Here is the FCC's minimum speed guide for various applications. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/broadband-speed-guide

      Remember that multiple users will require more speed.

      If you have a 3 Mbps Internet plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Good Luck...

  16. QUESTION:
    How many gigs does Xbox live take up per month?
    I have verizon internet and have 5 Gs of internet every month. will i go over that if i get live? my family normally uses 2.5 a month. And How many gigs does live usually take up? like so longs is how much, or is it just so many for the profile and play as much as i want? or what? i don't really know how that works. Help me, and if i can get live i will play with you:D

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean 5 GB of Data on the Internet? If you say your family uses 2.5 GB a month, look at what they are doing. Just using Email, surfing the web won't take up alot as compared to live streams and movies. If they are getting 2.5 while streaming/Downloading movies odds are you could play Live easily. If your getting there just using Email and such odds are Live will take you over five. Consider switching to a service that doesn't have a cap!

      tl'dr Maybe, maybe not. Get Comcast.

  17. QUESTION:
    Using my TV's Ethernet port to play ripped Blu-Ray movies directly from my computer?
    I would eventually like to start my collection of Blu-Rays, but I had an idea that instead of buying a Blu-Ray player and hooking it up to my TV, I would just buy a Blu-Ray writer for my PC and rip the movies to play directly from my computer. Would this work? How does the quality and performance compare as to playing it from the disk on a BR player?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What you need is a way of streaming media to your tv. You need to find out wether your tv accepts media servers...eg. servio, xbmc, plex. and does it use services like samba and or upnp. If yes then use your pc to stream files via either upnp samba to your tv with a one of the above programs ( there are more like mediatomb for linux.)

      The quallity will stay the same so long as you ripped the blueray without compressing or lowering quality.

      Just make sure the connection can stream fast enough for the film to buffer. I recomend using a direct LAN connection or homeplugs with a gigabit connection.

      Hope this helped.

  18. QUESTION:
    I'am going to buy an Xbox 360 Elite console. What are the pros and cons?
    I already have a 40Gb PS3 and I am thinking of buying an Xbox 360 Elite. I want to know the pros and cons so I can compare it against my PS3.

    • ANSWER:
      The only differences between the Xbox360 elite and the pro is the Hard Drive size, and the colour. Oh and the price too. Over the next couple of weeks there should be a price drop on the Pro version in the US to make way for a pro version with a 60GB hard drive.

      The key differences between your PS3 and your Xbox are that your Xbox requires you to pay for online play, but the service is a little better. More exclusive games are released on the Xbox360, including Left 4 Dead, Gears of War2, and Fable2. Notable games that are coming out for your PS3 include Resistance2, and Little Big Plannet. Games that are coming out for both systems include Fallout3, Mirrors Edge, and Final Fantasy XIII.

      The Red Ring of Death "RRoD" is a constant problem with about 33% of Xbox Pro consoles. However the Xbox elites are less prone to the problem (about 10%).

      Both Microsoft and Sony announced that they would improve their consoles by offering more downloadable movies, if you have a Netflix account you will be able to stream High Definintion movies to your console at no extra cost.

      By the end of the year the Xbox will have the option to save games to the Hard Drive, saving on loading times. The PS3 already has this feature.

  19. QUESTION:
    I'm going to buy tablet or ipad with wifi, which internet is cheapest in LA?
    We don't want to intall any device at my mom's place for the internet, since she doesn't know any thing about internet, if any problem, she doesn't know how to handle or reset. I am thinking if any service she can use at her place without any cable, she can use skype with me. She doesn't use it too much, maybe half hour per day only. Which service is cheapest for ipad or tablet wifi? Thank u so much.

    • ANSWER:
      What I use is a wireless mobile hotspot app on my smartphone.

      I just turn it on on the phone and can connect up to 8 wireless devices.

      You have to pay for a mobile data plan from your cellular provider.

      Be forewarned that most have low monthly data limits and buying more is expensive, so you wouldn't want to use it to stream a lot of Netflix movies or try and replace your home DSL or cable Internet service.

      I have a 6 GB shared family data plan and find that more than adequate, you'll have to monitor your mobile usage for a few months and upgrade or downgrade your data plan to match your usage.

      If you don't have a smartphone with wireless mobile hotspot capabilities you can get a separate portable mobile hotspot device such as the MiFi from your cellular provider. This will cost a little more because the device needs it's own account and number.

      Cellular mobile broadband is not intended to replace broadband DSL and Cable Internet services which usually have fair usage limits of 150 GB per month or more. Mobile broadband is designed for travelers and business people to get on the Internet when they're away from home, it was not intended for heavy download usage unless you have a big budget.

      Mobile Broadband plans are great for business or frequent travelers, but I wouldn't recommend it for home use. It is usually slower and more expensive than DSL or cable and comes with restrictive monthly bandwidth limits. For home use I'd stick with DSL or cable Internet.

      I personally use both. I use mobile broadband from Verizon using a wireless mobile hotspot app on my smartphone when I'm away from my high speed Cox cable Internet at home. If you run a business or need Internet access anywhere, this is a good option.The mobile Internet is convenient, but sucks compared to a high speed cable or DSL Internet service.

      Your best bet for a fixed location is to get a low cost DSL or cable Internet plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest and also the slowest but still adequate for many users. Many DSL plans come with a gateway that is a combination DSL modem and wireless router in one enclosure.

      Many cable Internet systems use a separate cable modem and wireless router.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 3 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  20. QUESTION:
    What's a good router my family could get?
    People who use my house's wifi is my brother's laptop, my father's laptop, my PC, and my iPod, that makes four devices onto the wifi.

    When one person uses it, it's usually ok, but if me and my brother use it at the same time I can't stream movies or watch Youtube or anything like that. What would be the cheapest router to upgrade to without spending over ?

    Our current router is a D-Link n150 DIR 601

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      It won't matter, no router will fix your problems.

      Let me explain:

      A fast wireless router or WiFi connection does not make your Internet faster.

      A wireless router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps DSL Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Fast routers are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      Only way to get a faster Internet connection is to upgrade your plan or switch to a faster ISP.

      How fast is your Internet connection?

      You can test it here: http://speedtest.net

      Basic web browsing and simple online games can be done on practically any broadband connection, 1.5 Mbps is adequate.

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require at least 3 Mbps for smooth buffer free video. For HD Netflix you'll want 10 Mbps+.

      As you add devices that you want to operate simultaneously you need to increase the speed of the ISP plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

      Standard DSL in rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that's a whopping 1000 Mbps. http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare speed and prices of your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  21. QUESTION:
    Difference between Blu ray Disc vs Ripped from Blu ray?
    I have lots of ripped blu-ray movies, and i want to ask if its the same as the original when its ripped from blu-ray , i know the original blu-ray is going to be much more superior, but comparing it to the ripped blu-ray movies that you can find on the net (Avg of 12GB w/ DTS) how much quality is LOSS from the original ?

    When x264 codec is use.
    in terms of quality wise.

    • ANSWER:
      It's going to depend on the particular movie, your TV and your own eyeballs.

      However, in general, movies ripped from blu-ray are only in 720p, whereas the original blu-ray is 1080p. That can be quite a large difference if you have a larger HDTV (>38")

      Also, ripped movies tend to have problems with fast action sequences, causing fuzziness.

      If you've ever watched a movie via "video on demand" or similar streaming service, you've watched something that's used something similar to the x264 codec.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is Netflix better than The Movie Network?
    Well, my dad was thinking of buying Netflix because we heard great things about it, right now we already have TMN (the movie network) and we have a plan with Rogers. We just don't know how its different from TMN, how different is it? Is it cheaper? And importantly (as mentioned), is it better than TMN?

    • ANSWER:
      Netflix is better than any tv channel or cable on-demand service. With netflix you can get physical discs that play in any dvd or blu-ray player and the selection is better than other company on the planet, over 100,000 titles. The recent price change increased the price for people who want both discs and instant streaming over the internet. The selection of instant streaming movies is very small compared to the disc selection, and I don't recommend you get it unless you have kids or travel a lot. I don't know how much the movie network costs, but for .99 for netflix you get 1 disc out at a time and you can mail it back and get another as many times as you want. You can more discs at a time if you want for additional fees which is nice if you want more than 1 or 2 movies a week.

  23. QUESTION:
    is it illegal to watch a movie?
    that someone uploaded? I'm not downloading it or anything someone uploaded it to a streaming site thing... is it illegal for me to watch it?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, yes it is illegal, assuming that someone "uploaded" it without the necessary permission from the producers to freely distribute their copyrighted movie, even if they're not charging money for it.

      By accessing the illegally uploaded video, you would be infringing one or more rights of the copyright owners, as defined in 17 USC § 106 of the US copyright statutes.

      For one thing, the way your browser works, your computer is creating a "copy" of the digital data stream as a necessary step in display of the video. Making an unauthorized "copy" is illegal, although someone could certainly argue that your "copy" is only one tiny part of the whole thing at any given time. There is no requirement in copyright law that the entire work be simultaneously infringed, nor that the infringing copy be "in permanent memory".

      According to "Law and Daily Life" on FindLaw.com, "Some courts have held that even temporary copies may violate the law." (citing US Copyright Office, DMCA Section 104 Report, which in turn cites, e.g., Advanced Computer Services, 845 F. Supp. at 363. Id, p.110, n.335)

      Edit: Compare: an unauthorized public performance by singing a song in public, for money, even if nobody is listening to it; that is certainly a copyright infringement; yet if anyone *IS* listening, they certainly cannot be liable for any sort of copyright infringement, unless they make a recording of it (with or without permission of the performer, let alone the composer).

  24. QUESTION:
    where is the best place to stay with young children at Disney World?
    We have 2 children aged 3 and 5... I would like to book a vacation to disney (florida)
    Where would be the best place for children that age to stay?
    I'm not interested in cheap budget hotels, I'd like something nice and fun for the children.
    We have never been to disneyland or disney world so I would appreciate any input...

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I have been to WDW many times with my kids who are now 2 and 5. Just a few observations from my past trips.

      The value resorts (the All Stars and Pop Century) have some of the best food choices for kids. Although there are no table service restaurants in these resorts, there is a wider variety of counter service options to choose from. My kids aren't big on chicken fingers, which was pretty much the only kids meal option at Wilderness Lodge ( a Deluxe resort) when we were there a few years ago. We ended up buying my son adult meals just to give him some variety. The downside to the Value resorts is the size of the rooms. They are tiny and they have full size beds, not queen size. Another drawback is the pools. They are large and have plenty of room, but they are not as well themed as the moderate and deluxe resorts, and they do not have slides which is a must-have for my 5 year old.

      The moderate resorts have slightly larger rooms, but still no balcony. Food choices are usually okay with a table service restaurant as well as counter service. Our favorite moderate resort with kids is Coronado Springs. They have the best playground at any Disney resort, including the Deluxe resorts. The pool there also has great theming, a water slide, and a decent sized kiddie pool. Caribbean Beach is currently in the process of renovating some of their rooms to Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo themes. If your kids are into either of those, you could see when those rooms will be available.

      Cabins at Fort Wilderness are considered a moderate resort, but is pricier than the other moderates - with good reason. They sleep six comfortably, have a full sized kitchen (making life much easier with picky eaters, not to mention saving you major $$$!), and have the best entertainment options for kids. They offer nightly campfire sing-a-longs, seasonal outdoor movies, wagon & carraige rides, a marina, pony rides, a petting zoo, and several playgrounds. The pools are ho-hum, about what most people have in their own backyards, only larger. However, when we visited Cinderella's Ponies there in November, a Cast Member told us they are beginning a remodel of the pools to include slides and hot tubs.

      Since having children, my husband and I have found that the Deluxe resorts are the best choice for us. They are the only resorts that have balconies - great for sipping a glass of wine and having conversation after the babies are asleep. Also, they have the best pools and the best theming throughout. Our kids often don't want to go to the parks because they are having so much fun at the hotel. Animal Kingdom Lodge has a great pool, good food choices, and of course, kids love the animals. If swimming is going to be important to your vacation, then Beach Club or Beach Club Villas is a good choice. It's not just a pool - it's a water park! The pool is zero entry with a sand bottom and has a pirate ship slide. Kids can spend an entire day here with good reason. If you are interested in a real splurge, I really recommend The Contemporary. We stayed there on the concierge level at our last visit and my kids loved it. Nothing compares to being right next to the Magic Kingdom with the monorail running through your hotel. Many people don't feel they get their money's worth from the concierge service, but we really enjoyed it. It was nice to be able to quickly grab breakfast and snacks for the kids, and complimentary wine & cocktails for adults in the evenings. Even though it's going to be out of our price range for most trips, The Contemporary is our favorite hotel so far. Keep in mind, though, that the theming is not as kid-friendy as the other Deluxes. Despite a limited kids menu, my son loved Wilderness Lodge - a geyser erupts every hour and a stream runs through the lobby out to the pool. Without the monorail, The Contemporary couldn't compete with that!

      You may also want to check out some of the Vacation Club properties. They can be expensive, but they will give you more room to spread out. The only one I have personally experienced is Beach Club Villas. We were upgraded from a 1 bedroom to a 2 bedroom and had a great stay. They come with a full kitchen & a washer/dryer which is a great help when packing light & travelling with kids.

      Planning a Disney trip can be time-consuming as well as overwhelming. I hope I have helped you a little. You can get great info from www.allearsnet.com. They have pictures of all the resorts, as well as menus from all the restaurants. Good Luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    Looking into a Roku unit and need info?
    We are thinking about getting the Roku system and would like to know if anyone on here has it? Is this a good system? Any hidden costs? How hard is it to hook up? We would appreciate any feed back that you might have on this. Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I've been using Roku for several years now. Started with the old simple SD box and now have the XD|S box.

      One thing that confuses some people so let's clear it: Roku makes a box that gets streamed signals of other people's content. They don't provide any content at all. It's just like your TV - the people who make your TV (Sony, LG, etc) don't also send you movies - the place you bought it (Best Buy, WalMart, etc.) doesn't either. The Roku box is a device you pay for once and then use it to get other people's content.

      SOME of that content costs money. Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon, and some others are subscription services and you have to pay for them. You don't pay Roku though - you pay the channel provider. A whole lot of channels are completely free though - you don't pay anyone (Roku or anyone else) for those. What's cooler than cable - you only add the channels you want to add. Don't want Amazon movies - then don't get them.

      The other cool thing about the Roku box (compared to most others like it) is that it's an open source platform. That means that anyone who wants to can create a channel for the box. A lot of people do that and you can get them too. http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2549343 http://www.roku-channels.com/home etc... most are free and some are REALLY cool if you're into that sort of thing.

      Hookup is a breeze. No problems for most people at all. But, if you have to hire the Geek Squad to come plug in your new TV then this might be a challenge for you too. Most people can deal with the simple instructions.

      I don't run mine WiFi even though it can. You'll get a whole lot better signal if you hardwire it to your router. WiFi is really slow compared to an ethernet cable. If you do go wireless - go with wireless N which means you may need a new router.

      You also need a stable internet connection that runs with decent speed. If you can watch YouTube videos without rebuffering then you should be good to go.

      Some people find they don't watch cable anymore and just cut off their cable. If your Netflix is the multi DVD type then you can save money with a streaming only account. You don't have to get Netflix though if you don't want. You don't have to have any channels you don't want.

      The XD|S has a USB port that will let you connect a USB device and watch content (movie, music, photos) to the television. All of the boxes are capable of receiving a stream from your computer but you'll have to be tech enough to setup up a media server on your PC (I use Gabby - it's free)

      If all you want it for is to stream Netflix and don't plan any other use - there are plenty of other ways to do that and you may have the ability already.

  26. QUESTION:
    How does Netflix work?? Is it unlimited movies?? How does it connect to the Wii?

    • ANSWER:
      The wii connects to your internet service and downloads streaming movies. There is a variety of plans to choose from depending on how many dvds or blu-rays you want mailed to you. On most plans the instant watch streaming is unlimited, but the collection of content is small compared to amount of dvds they have. I wouldn't buy netflix just to watch movies on your wii, the quality adjusts to fit your internet speed and can get fairly poor if your connection slows down.

  27. QUESTION:
    What's the best Android smartphone in the market right now?

    Aubrey, I said the best ANDROID phone

    • ANSWER:
      Sony Xperia ..the most over looked smart phone.
      Stream movies to TV with NHL or an HDMI port
      Only Sony has exclusive Sony content

      Best customer service especially comparing to Samsung
      There's the ION the TL and the new Z.. check them out

  28. QUESTION:
    what is so good about the xbox 360? are the games better than Ps2 or PS3? what makes it so popular and good?
    Im thinking of gettin one.

    • ANSWER:
      so you are getting your first current generation game console
      as i mention before on my last answer to you other question, here you go

      time to do my job.
      ok, ps3 has this pro
      -free online mutiplayer (yearly fee to play online on 360)

      -built in web browser (able to go on the web, watch youtube videos (in app or computer form, 360 dont have a web browser but got a youtube app))

      -download FREE pictures, music, and videos, including movies and youtube videos (using ps3 browser ----- 360 dont have a web browser, so you cant get free media right away)

      -watch/stream tv shows from the browser, like animes, for free (no browser on 360). you can stream movies from netflex and hulu with a montly fee.

      -you choose the hard drive (upgradable hard drive (2.5 sata, the one laptops use) up to 2 TB, even solid state drive -----360 maximum space so far is 320 gig, and it uses custom hdd, so you cannot upgrade using laptop hdd)

      -organize, edit, rename playlist, pictures, music, and videos on your hdd (you have limited options on 360)

      -able to read cd, dvd, mini dvd, and blu ray (including 3d blu ray ---- no mini dvd and blu ray on 360)

      -able to edit your videos using a app on ps3 (not on 360)

      -have 3d enable even on the ps3 blu ray drive, just hook up to 3d tv (not on 360)

      -sixaxis motion control on ps3 controller (no motion control on 360)

      -xmb menu screen is easy to access (on 360, the new xbox experience/dashboard can be confussing as pressing buttons will lead to randomn page you dont want to go to)

      -you have friend list, so its easy to play with them, share trophies with them, and chat with them (text or video chat up 6 people at the same time [with video chat] -----360 only goes up to 1 video chat)

      -more exclusive games (theres more companies whos on playstation side now then back 2 years ago. even more exclusive companies then 360. games on ps3 version have more exclusive contents then 360 version)

      -ps3 games uses blu ray, so more size means only 1 disc (example: final fantasy 13 on ps3 use 1 disc, 360 needed 3 disc)

      -the ps3 joysticks are not stiff as 360, so it has more controls

      -able to hook up psp/psv console and remote play (play ps3 xmb menus and some ps3 games on psp/psv via internet as if you are playing on ps3)

      -social network area/game call HOME (similar to second life ----not on 360)

      -able to connect 7 controllers (360, only 4)

      -super low failure rate of under 3% (old 360 had 30 %, new s model 360 have less then 12%)

      cons

      -2 usb (4 usb on 1st and 2nd gen ps3. 360 have 3 usb on the original, but 5 on the s model)

      -touch buttons (touch sensitive buttons on fat ps3, 360 have touch sensitive on s model)

      -matte finish (fat ps3 have reflecting finish, 360 have reflecting finish on the s model but will go back to matte finish)

      so there you go, the ps3 by it self starts at 250 usd for 160 gig and 300 usd for 320 gig

      the 360 by it self starts at 200 usd for 4 gig flash memory and 300 usd for 250 gigs

      compare them, the ps3 wins by a landslide. because you are getting free media of the web, and free online play.
      yes, the both cost almost the same, but the ps3 has way more features for the same price.
      when it comes to games in single player mode, ps3 takes it, but their multiplayer is still great just like the 360 version.
      but multiplayer games, 360 takes the lead, because its a pay service.

      what makes the 360 more popular is their pay service and multiplayer games
      what makes the ps3 popular is blu ray and media center. what people dont know is that it offers more out of the money. so they think ps3 is expensive and get 360, which have less features.

  29. QUESTION:
    im looking for a new cell phone. How is the virgin mobile shuttle.?
    im looking at the virgin mobile shuttle and i want to know how good it is.

    • ANSWER:
      The Shuttle is one of the best phones Virgin Mobile has had. Actually, it is the best.

      Here is a list of things i have found on my Shuttle that make me like it the best:

      The camera takes Really good pictures, even better pictures of documents.

      The speaker when playing music is REALLY good, it has no base, but that's expected.

      It has stereo bluetooth, meaning it connects to a headset that has earpieces for both ears, making music more fun.

      You can put your own 176x144 or smaller videos on it, and they play quite well, i have a few movies and tv shows.

      IT IS ALWAYS CONNECTED TO THE NETWORK. I had previously, the super slice, which had one of the best network connections of all virgin mobile phones, yet it cut out in some areas, well the Shuttle is always connected where I live because it has 3G.

      The web browser, even though it is still WAP, is quite nice compared to other phones from virgin mobile.

      The sliding mechanism is nice, the phone feels solid, the screen is nice quality...

      With updates, you can watch live tv channels on it, and have a streaming music service called jukebox, which was available for other phones, but since this phone has 3G, the better network connection and better speed, it is apparently better.

      The phone only costs .99, and you know that with other companies, for all these features, you would at least be expecting to be paying double for a phone like this.

      And plus, the whole Black/ Fire-Orange color scheme is really nice looking. ; )

      I am glad I got the Shuttle, you will be glad when you get one.

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the charges for watching movie's etc online?
    hey i was just wondering what sort of legal trouble can you get in for watching movie's/tv shows online ? and what about downloading music and what are the chances of getting caught

    and before i get loads of criticisms for this i pay for most of my music i mostly download accapella versions of songs which i cant get on itunes and if a movie is good i will normally buy it on DVD after i watch it online

    • ANSWER:
      I would actually be more concerned with the trojans and viruses that can attack your computer via bad web sites and downloading and peer-to-peer file sharing.
      The UK has less enforcement of the copyright violations and my general guess is that in online watching and downloading, until the laws are changed, you are relatively safe from the legal side. You have to decide your own moral standards.
      Netflix just launched in the UK.
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/curtain-rises-on-netflix-in-the-uk-6287509.html
      The article talks about the competition also.
      Amazon-owned Lovefilm, which offers a similar service at a similar price point
      Review: http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/hands-on-netflix-uk-review-1054624
      http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/tv-accessories/netflix-uk-review-50006621/
      £6 a month
      As to music sites, they are all over the internet for streaming music, and individual song downloading sites and the illegal ones I won't mention here.
      http://www.codehot.co.uk/compare/music_downloads.htm
      http://arts.guardian.co.uk/netmusic/page/0,,1127237,00.html
      http://www.metro.co.uk/money/19911-the-best-music-download-sites
      Not sure if free movie site Hulu is valid in the UK or blocks, along with its competitors of free content sponsored by ads. Older movies at emol.org and a few others.

  31. QUESTION:
    What's the better phone iPhone or the htc evo?
    I'm getting a new phone but I don't know which one to get should I wait for the new iPhone or should I just get the evo?

    • ANSWER:
      The iPhone is not even in the same league as the EVO.

      iPhone 4 is mostly hype. It’s NOT 4G capable regardless of whether or not AT&T ever provides 4G.The only fairly significant improvement is the higher resolution, but it still is a small screen. Apple’s marketing like to hype certain things as if it were the only phone capable of doing them, but there are other devices than can do them better.

      I dislike the way Apple hypes the video-conferencing capabilities, when it really is sub-par because you can only do it with other iPhone users and only over WiFi, so how fun is that? With a capable Android you can video-chat not only over WiFi but also over the cellular network and with any other Android using Fring (FREE), and with Skype users. That’s true flexibility.

      As for the ‘quality’ hype, The iPhone 4 seems to have problems. Better to wait and see. For one, the phone's signal strength drops when a user grips the phone by the metal antenna band. There are also complains of screen discoloration and durability problems.

      Google “iPhone 4 problems” to find more details.

      The EVO is currently the best mobile device:

      4.3’ screen, 4G capable, HTC-Sense interface, HDMI port, 8MP camera plus another front-facing camera, dual LED flashes, High-Def video capabilities, limitless Video-Chatting over WiFi or over the CELLULAR network (With Fring, which is FREE, you can video chat with anyone that has Fring or Skype and you can do it over WiFi or over the cellular network), tethering, FULL multitasking, high quality FREE built-in GPS navigation, plays Flash content, accepts voice input system-wide, amazing customization, live wallpapers, 1GHZ processor, swappable battery, kickstand, digital compass, support for ALL Google Mobile Services (YouTube, Gmail, Gvoice, Gtalk, etc.), the ability to use it as an external drive and put videos, music and anything you want, no need to use proprietary cables, etc., etc., etc... On an Android you can install any application you want, not what Steve Jobs wants. NO iTunes hassle. Just drag your movies or music into the microSD card and you’re done.

      With the upcoming Android 2.2 the OS war will be over. There will be numerous innovations, for instance, cloud-to-device messaging, over-the-air music syncing and streaming, the ability to use the phone as a mobile hot-spot for up to 8 devices, ability to Install Android Apps to SD Card, etc. It will also extend battery life. The new JIT compiler will boost performance to all Android phones that are updated to Android 2.2. Estimates run from 2x-5x, more likely 4x-5x.

      By the way, I’m happily tethering my laptop to my EVO for FREE via USB using Easytether, a free app from the Android Market.

      Google’s Android is the future. It’s developing at a very fast pace and bringing an avalanche of new technologies. Android is open-source and royalty-free, and when you compare it with Apple’s close-mindedness you feel liberated. I love the Google mindset. Apple better watch out because this monster is going to gobble up their little toy thingy.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the pros and cons of a kindle fire?

    • ANSWER:
      Well it depends on what your comparing against.
      The kindle fire is very similar to an ipad - except that your getting android apps instead of apple ios apps, and your getting lower priced amazon content instead of over-priced apple content.
      The kindle fire web browser is also better than the ipad browser since it supports flash, so you can stream youtube.
      So if I was trying to choose between and ipad and a fire I would totally opt for the fire. You can get a fire for a good price here:
      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/kindle_fire

      If ereading is your primary goal (not a complete color media tablet like the fire) then you might want to consider one of the basic kindles instead.
      Either the wifi only kindle:
      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/basic_kindle

      Or the 3g keyboard kindle:
      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/kindle_3g_keyboard

      Both the the two basic kindles above have back-lit free screens, that are easier on the eyes for long term reading than the fire screen (since the fire screen has an always on back-light that can cause eyestrain for some people).
      .
      But the basic kindles do no run android apps like the fire, and no movie/music streaming service as offered on the fire, but the screen is superior for longer term reading.
      The most basic wifi kindle above is fine for ereading, but you might consider the 3g keyboard kindle if you love the web since it allows free web browsing over 3g service ANYWHERE.
      The web browser on the keyboard kindle is more basic then the fire, but fine for news/blogs/email and basic facebook access.

      Anyways happy shopping!

  33. QUESTION:
    Which Tablet do you think is the Best?
    I am getting a tablet, which one do you think I should get?
    -Nook Tablet
    -iPad Mini
    -Nexus (Google Tablet)
    -Kindle Fire
    You can name another one, but I do not want to bust my wallet.
    I am leaning toward the nexus because they have good apps, and Nook doesn't have any free apps.
    If you have a Kindle Fire, can you tell me if it has free apps?
    I want something with a camera. I know the ipad mini and the nexus do, the Kindle fire HD doesn't and neither does the Nook HD Tablet .
    If you have one of these can you tell me about that one?

    • ANSWER:
      - Kindle Fire HD has about 52k apps and about 26k are free.
      - Kindle Fire HD also has the front facing HD camera (same as Nexus 7) the only tablet with no camera at all is Nook HD.

      Comparison between Kindle Fire HD, iPad and Nexus 7, should help out to some extent:
      http://www.amazon.com/review/R9B4EN8EB3X0O/?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B0083PWAPW&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeID=&tag=adkisr-20

      iPad mini is the expensive one, has the dual camera and huge amount of apps but lacks in screen quality and RAM compared to other 3.

      Kindle Fire HD, nexus 7 and Nook HD almost have the same specs.

      Kindle Fire HD has advantages in places like:
      - Dual wifi antenna makes it the best option for movies and video streaming
      - Dolby audio
      - Amazon content and services like prime membership
      - Screen is bit better than Nexus but bit lower than Nook.

      Nexus 7 has pros like:
      - 4.1 Jelly bean
      - Excess of apps
      - Quadcore processor

      Nook HD has:
      - Best screen resolution
      - microSd slot

      But does not have camera at all.

      My preference would be Kindle Fire HD.

  34. QUESTION:
    Could I hook up a wireless router to a raspberry pi and get connection to my Xbox 360 so I can play online?

    • ANSWER:
      Your question doesn't make sense.

      A Raspberry Pi is just a low cost one board computer. http://www.raspberrypi.org/

      Connecting a Raspberry Pi or any computer for that matter to a wireless router will not give you a Internet connection.

      Here is how it works,

      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Without a ISP to provide the WAN connection, your home network devices can share files and resources via the router's LAN connections, but wont be able to access the Internet.

      You need a Internet plan from a ISP and a broadband modem or gateway to provide a connection to the ISP. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router. For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 1 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      You need a ISP plan and some type of interface to access the Internet service provided by the ISP. A wireless router lets you share that connection with multiple devices via Ethernet and/or WiFi.

      Depending on your location, you can get several types of broadband Internet access. They include DSL, cable, fiber, satellite, and wireless from a cellular provider.

      Note: All Internet service options are not available in all areas.

      DSL is generally the cheapest broadband option, however it is also usually the slowest. DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 12 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

      Cable - Cable Internet is a form of broadband Internet transmitted over coaxial television cables. Cable Internet speeds range from 1 Mbps to over 300 Mbps using newer DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The speed of the service depends on your exact area and service package that you order.

      Fiber - Newer ADSL2+ and VDSL services can be as fast as 1000 Mbps, usually transmitted on fiber optic cables and often combined with copper from the street to the house. Fiber connections can also provide on demand HD television and digital telephone service on the same line.

      There are also 3G and 4G wireless mobile broadband services and satellite Internet, but these are normally only used where Cable or DSL are unavailable due to the higher cost, slower speeds and low monthly bandwidth limits.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 10 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  35. QUESTION:
    hey im planning on buying a console right now and i dont know which one to buy ps3 or 360 i need your opinion?
    please list the advantages and disadvantages of both consoles, reasons to and not to buy ps3 or the 360, and your own opinion
    and thank you everyone for helping

    • ANSWER:
      5 Reasons to Buy an Xbox 360 (Not a PS3 or Wii)

      #1 - You Won't Find Better Games

      Games are the most important aspect when choosing a system, and the Xbox 360 has a wide range of great games representing every genre you can think of. Shooters, racing, RPGs, sports, family games, music, strategy, action, fighting – you name it, the Xbox 360 has you covered. If exclusive titles such as Halo 3, Halo Wars, Gears of War 2, Tales of Vesperia, Viva Piñata, Fable II, Lost Odyssey, or Left 4 Dead aren’t enough, multiplatform games (titles that appear on multiple systems) tend to play better on Xbox 360 and some, such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Tomb Raider Underworld, and Fallout 3, offer exclusive downloadable content to extend the game that you won’t find anywhere else. The Xbox 360 has the most games of the best quality in the most genres. Period.

      #2 - You Can Play Friends Online and Download Demos

      The heart and soul of the Xbox 360 experience is Xbox Live. Not only does it offer silky smooth online gaming and a universal friends list across all games, but you can also download demos for nearly every Xbox 360 game so you can try them before you decide to buy, download Xbox Live Arcade games (which include both classic games as well as brand new titles), chat with friends even if you aren’t playing the same game, and much more. You can even check your friends’ status or send them messages from your PC or cell phone. Online play does come with a a year MSRP while other services are free, but there are ways to get it for less. Xbox Live is an optional service that isn’t required, but it has so much to offer that it is highly recommended to really get the most out of your Xbox 360.

      #3 - Its 'Achievements' Will Keep You Motivated

      Our personal favorite feature of the Xbox 360 is Achievements. Achievements are goals programmed into each and every Xbox 360 game that reward you with points when you complete them. The points add up and form your total GamerScore. Does the score really mean anything? No, not really. But it is a fun way to be motivated to win another race or finish a level in a faster time or to seek out a hidden object that you might not normally try to find to earn a few more GS points. Simply put, Achievements help add replay value to games, and in this turbulent economy getting more out of the stuff you already have instead of buying new stuff is always a good idea. Since you can also check your friends’ profiles online or on Xbox Live, it is a nice way to keep track of what everyone is playing and how far along in a game they are. There are also many websites such as 360Voice and TrueAchievements that let you track your Achievements and compare them with people all around the world, which is fun. To get you started on your path to Achivement addiction, we have a list of the Best and Worst Games for Boosting Your Gamerscore.

      #4 - The Xbox Streams Videos and Music

      Another great feature is that the Xbox 360 is a multimedia entertainment powerhouse. You can stream videos from your PC or put them on a USB thumb drive to watch them on your TV through your Xbox 360. You can stream music from your PC or rip songs to your 360 hard drive so you can listen to any music you want while playing any game. The 360 can upconvert normal DVDs to high-def if you use HDMI cables to connect to your TV. You can also download high definition TV episodes and movies from the Xbox Live Marketplace, and you can even stream movies from Netflix. Not only is the Xbox 360 a great game system, it is a complete entertainment device.

      #5 - Parents Can Control What Their Kids Do

      This last feature isn’t quite as flashy, but for families it can be very important. The Xbox 360 has a full suite of parental control features that allow you to control pretty much everything your kids can do on the system. You can block games above a defined ESRB rating or movies above a defined MPAA rating. You can restrict who your kids can play with on Xbox Live as well as who can talk to/contact them. And the Xbox 360 also has a timer option so you can determine how long your kids can play in a day or even during an entire week. It is impossible to monitor everything your kids are doing, but these features, along with making sure you choose the right games for your kids, make it a little easier.

  36. QUESTION:
    Do you prefer the Droid or iPhone?
    Gogogo.

    And yes, I will give the 10 points to whoever matches my opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      The iPhone’s reign is over. Enter the age of Androids.

      iPhone 4 is mostly hype. The only fairly significant improvement is the higher resolution, but it still is a small screen. Apple’s marketing like to hype certain things as if it were the only phone capable of doing them, but there are other devices than can do them better.

      Plus with iPhones you are stuck with AT&T and Apple. What a duo!

      My son and I have EVOs. It’s currently the best mobile device and anyone who thinks the iPhone 4 is better has swallowed Apple’s hype hook, line and sinker.

      4.3’ screen, 4G capable, HTC-Sense interface, HDMI port, 8MP camera plus another front-facing camera, dual LED flashes, High-Def video capabilities, limitless Video-Chatting over WiFi or over the CELLULAR network, tethering, FULL multitasking, high quality FREE built-in GPS navigation, plays Flash content, accepts voice input system-wide, amazing customization, live wallpapers, 1GHZ processor, swappable battery, kickstand, digital compass, support for ALL Google Mobile Services (YouTube, Gmail, Gvoice, Gtalk, etc.), the ability to use it as an external drive and put videos, music and anything you want, no need to use proprietary cables, etc., etc., etc... On an Android you can install any application you want, not what Steve Jobs wants. NO iTunes hassle. Just drag your movies or music into the microSD card and you’re done.

      With the upcoming Android 2.2 the OS war will be over. There will be numerous innovations, for instance, cloud-to-device messaging, over-the-air music syncing and streaming, the ability to use the phone as a mobile hot-spot for up to 8 devices, ability to Install Android Apps to SD Card, etc. It will also extend battery life. The new JIT compiler will boost performance to all Android phones that are updated to Android 2.2. Estimates run from 2x-5x, more likely 4x-5x.

      By the way, I’m happily tethering my laptop to my EVO for free via USB using Easytether, a free app from the Android Market.

      Google’s Android is the future. It’s developing at a very fast pace and bringing an avalanche of new technologies. Android is open-source and royalty-free, and when you compare it with Apple’s close-mindedness you feel liberated. I love the Google mindset. Apple better watch out because this monster is going to gobble up their little toy thingy.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is more HD a PS3 or Xbox 360, what do they cost and what do you think i should buy?

    • ANSWER:
      The PS3 has Blu Ray which gives it a HUGE advantage in terms of High Definition movies and gaming. The PS3 also has better support for 1080p resolution TV's and games.
      And while you can stream Netflix movies with 1080p resolution on the 360. You actually have to have a 1080p resolution TV to get that kind of clarity. And you have to pay for those services, as well as have a damn good internet connection.
      The PS3, supports Blu Ray, which most of the time you will get resolution of 720p or higher even on standard definition televisions. PS3 also supports downloading/streaming of movies in HD as well in it's PSN store, which is free of charge compared to 360, which offers different charges for different services.

      But you do sound like a casual gamer, so my preference to you would be to buy a PS3. As it is suited more towards your needs I am sure. If you compare the PS3 and 360 with it's features, I am sure that the PS3 will not disappoint you.
      Not vouching for the system of course, though it sounds like I am (lol), I just want to make sure that you get a better deal for the money that you are spending as I do with all of the people that ask for my advice on certain aspects of gaming and their preferences....

  38. QUESTION:
    When is PS4 being released and what will be the price?

    • ANSWER:
      http://dualpixels.com/2012/11/29/rumor- ... -next-gen/

      Sony is near the middle end part of their Project Orbis, their next generation PS4. It will not be called Playstation 4, teams have started to call the final name as Omni. Omni will reflect their new hardware and content delivery philosophy. Omni will be "very capable" of doing modern day graphics compared to a Direct X 11 level of technology like Unreal Engine 4 and Frostbite 2. Compared to Wii U, it is better, but not the biggest leap in the world according to developer friends of mine. The key is the Omniviewer, a thin, lite and slick head mounted autostereoptic display that can track the users head and presents a 360 image view with semi transparent AMOLED screens. This can turn any TV into a 3D TV, as well as add extra augmented reality information outside of the TV screen. One application from an entertainment perspective seeing movies in 2k, 4k or IMAX resolutions as their original size where you have to move your head to look at the full picture being displayed. Can also synch with the Vita. The new controllers weather it's the Dual-Moves or the Classic DualShock will have pulse sensors in the grips for biofeedback gameplay. Plans are a Basic Unit with 160 gigs and just the system with controller at 0-9 and one with the Omniviewer and a pack-in game for 0-9. Aims are for a September 2013 launch.

      - Omni is also part of their philosophy with the new OmniCloud, the new version of Gaikai. This service will not only cloud stream PS1, PS2 and select PS3 games to Playstation Certified devices but will also allow every digital and retail purchase to have access to a copy on the cloud. Basically, you buy one game, you can use it on any Playstation device. Direct hardware Backwards Compatibility will be available by a - dongle that is plugged into the Omni that contains a PS3 on a chip with Cell to run games.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is this Jerry Lewis movie?
    It's a Jerry Lewis movie, I think one with Dean Martin, and there's a scene where it looks like Lewis is trying to seduce this one girl, but there's a radio playing, and at one point, the radio says "Run for the hills, and don't turn back!", so Lewis runs away. It's black and white, so...yeah.

    I know someone knows this one.

    • ANSWER:
      See if any of these ring a bell.

      1. "Sailor Beware" (1951)
      "Half of the classic comedy movies of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are collected in a DVD box set. "
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      The buddy formula gels nicely in their fifth feature. The gobs set sail in a submarine -- the one on which dingy Jerry is outside deck-swabbing when it dives. He's gonna need a bigger mop. The service comedy streams melodies, girls, and shtick, including an insane boxing sequence. James Dean and Betty Hutton appear briefly in this remake of "The Fleet's In" (1942), the movie that made her a star.
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      2. "Living It Up" (1954)
      Glossy reworking of classic screwball movie "Nothing Sacred" (1937) and Broadway musical-comedy, "Hazel Flagg" (1953). Dr. Dean and reporter Janet Leigh hustle snively, dying Jerry to New York on a big publicity tour, but there's a catch. He's not ill. Wacky mix-ups and fix-ups with Martin & Lewis performing "Every Street's a Boulevard," one of their signature pieces. Dig the hyper-Jitterbug, too.
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      3. "You're Never Too Young" (1955)
      Grown-up Jerry poses as an 11-year-old lad in Dean Dean's girl school for this energetic remake of Billy Wilder's "The Major and the Minor" (1942) -- an irony and a consolation of sorts because Lewis would pass on another Wilder cross-dressing comedy, "Some Like It Hot" (1959). A memorable, wild-stepping production number on the tennis court, plus some swift shenanigans with villain Raymond Burr.
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      4. "Hollywood or Bust" (1956)
      The last Martin and Lewis picture show. The comedians' feud was raging at full tilt during the production. So bitter, they would only speak to each other on camera. At one point, frustrated director Frank Tashlin fired Jerry off the film! Ironically, this cross-country road trip is one of their best packages, a pleasing, underappreciated musical -- which Lewis claims to never have seen.
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      5. "Artists and Models" (1955)
      Former Warner Bros. animator Frank Tashlin helms the first of eight couplings with Lewis and it shows. As co-writer and director of this splashy musical-comedy, his cartoon-like gags begin in the opening scene, extra appropriate since the boys are propelled into the world of comic book publishing. Warm and giggly, with strong support from Eddie Mayehoff and Shirley MacLaine in her second film.
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      6. "The Caddy" (1953)
      The pals play through a golf romp with divots on and off the green, eventually tossing the clubs to become club entertainers. That's Donna Reed as Dean's love and "That's Amore," the Oscar-nominated tune. The bookended song-and-dance scenes capture the live Martin and Lewis experience better than their other films. Shots of crowds overflowing into the street are from actual hysteria for the team.
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      7. "Scared Stiff" (1953)
      Clumsy cut-ups snoop through a weird haunted mansion with plenty o' laughs and laaaadies in hand. In a remake of Bob Hope's "The Ghost Breakers" (1940), Martin and Lewis meet Carmen Miranda and get eerie for Lizabeth Scott. Dean and Jerry reprise the crooner and bumbling busboy bit from their concert act, believed to have been hatched during their first professional performance together.
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      8. "At War With the Army" (1950)
      The remaining films on and off this list are roughly equivalent in comedic content. ("The Stooge" (1953) is a dramatic exception, laced with disturbing parallels to the real life Martin and Lewis.) "At War" contains the movies' first quintessential Jerry sketch: a battle with an ornery soda pop machine. The infectious rap "The Navy Gets the Gravy, but the Army Gets the Beans" originates here, too.
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      9. "Pardners" (1956)
      OK western hijinks, an update of Bing Crosby's "Rhythm on the Range" (1936), in the penultimate Martin and Lewis picture, produced at the height of their personal conflict and the public's fear of a divorce. Damage control for the franchise was important, because the stars interrupt the film's climatic moment to address the camera, promising fans they'll be partners for a long time to come.
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      10. "My Friend Irma" (1949)
      The popular network radio sitcom jumped to the screen, but along the way producer Hal Wallis devised a detour to introduce his newly-contracted comedy franchise to movie audiences. Martin and Lewis stole the film in their relatively short appearance. By the next year, a sequel and a better movie, "My Friend Irma Goes West," would reverse the equation. Irma and pals are barely along for the ride.

  40. QUESTION:
    Best movie/tv streaming service? Also gaming service?
    What is the best movie/tv streaming service? I have netflix but I was wondering if there was something better out there. I also have the same question for a game renting service, I have gamefly but is there something better? maybe cheaper?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends what you like to watch. There's others like Hulu and Amazon but in my case I find that Netflix has more movies and shows that I like. So the best thing to do is compare them to see which one has better programming for your taste.

  41. QUESTION:
    Wildblue or Nish Network Satelite Internet?
    My dad lives in an area where broadband isn't available and has decided he will either get Wildblue or Dish Network. I know the price is high and it can't compare to proper broadband but does anyone have any experience with either of these and give their feedback? Thank you
    Chris
    Good to know, what's a microwave system? This is the first I've ever heard of that for internet service

    • ANSWER:
      Dish network uses Hughes Satellite services and is the biggest ripoff around. You can't do any 500+ meg. downloads without being penalized and their prices are really high. That means no movie streaming, (Netflix) Wild Blue is slightly better.

      Microwave uses line of sight from tower to tower, not available in all areas of the US. Does 3MB upload and 3MB download, steady as a rock. Cost is less than .00/month.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is verizon 'high speed internet' any good?
    I just bought verizon dsl today and they told me that my speed will be between .5mbps to 1mbps. Is this a good dsl speed?

    I don't play video games on my computer, but I intend to watch netflix. Will I be able to watch netflix movies on my tv?

    • ANSWER:
      You may find you are not satisfied with your connection, especially if you want to watch online video such as YouTube or Netflix. If you check it out at the Netflix web site it says 1.5 Mbps minimum.

      0.5 to 1 Mbps is not even technically broadband speed.

      "Broadband" or "High Speed" Internet are loosely defined terms. Originally broadband Internet was defined as downstream speeds faster than 512Kbps. The definitions minimum speed has been steadily going up. Currently the FCC defines Broadband as a 4 Mbps or faster Internet connection. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband_Internet_access

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require fast broadband Internet connections. DSL is generally the cheapest and slowest mainstream high speed Internet type.

      For online video, naturally the faster the connection the better, however faster is usually directly proportional to more expensive. Something in the 5 to 20 Mbps. range is a good speed/price tradeoff.

      You can go to http://speedtest.net and test the speed of your Verizon DSL Internet connection Remember, Internet speeds are measured in Mbps, which is millions of (bits) per second, not to be confused with MB/s which is millions of (bytes) per second

      You might want to either upgrade your existing DSL plan or compare the prices of Cable or fiber Internet providers in your area. These services are generally faster than DSL. There are newer ADSL2+ services in some areas that are faster than traditional DSL.

      To compare your Verizon DSL broadband Internet plan with local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 100Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 3 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  43. QUESTION:
    Which is better Netflix OR Hulu plus?
    Im trying to get one but dont know which is better for online streaming.

    • ANSWER:
      Netflix is better for movies and has a lot of tv shows but they aren't the newest and updated every week.

      Hulu Plus is better for tv shows that are currently on like Glee, Pretty Little Liars, etc.

      You can go browse the movies and tv shows available on Hulu Plus here:
      http://www.hulu.com/plus/content

      Here is a chart comparing Hulu and Hulu Plus:
      http://www.hulu.com/plus#compare

      I believe you can browse Netflix's movies and tv shows without an account.

      "Netflix, with more than 20,000 titles available for streaming, kicks booty here. Hulu Plus has a mere 2,000-plus TV episodes. Both services will continue to stockpile titles, of course, so these numbers will continue to rise."
      http://www.pcworld.com/article/200246/hulu_plus_vs_netflix_which_is_better.html

      Hope this helps!

  44. QUESTION:
    Summary of this in one sentence. Please!?
    But both companies have been raising those limits. Telus, for example, increased its caps last November, around the time Netflix, the popular movie-streaming service, came to Canada. In the case of its most expensive plan, Telus raised the cap from 150 gigabytes to 250, according to spokesman Shawn Hall. Rogers recently introduced a high-end, "Ultimate" plan with a bandwidth cap of 175 gigabytes, compared to its previous best, a 125-gigabyte plan.

    • ANSWER:
      In reaction to recent increased bandwidth demands by customers using online streaming services such as Netflix Canada, the four major Canadian Internet service providers (Bell, Rogers, Telus and Shaw) have all introduced new plans with increased bandwidth limitations.

  45. QUESTION:
    What Sould I get a Ps3 or a XBOX 360?
    I heard Ps3 has very little games compared to the xbox ,but the xbox has a loud fan. I need help to chose one . what would u chose

    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      I just wrote this yesterday, so maybe this will give you some insight.
      There's plenty of online resources for finding out exactly which system is best for you. Usually asking questions like these here will result in an online fistfight between a bunch of nerds.

      **first off, both can produce the same types of graphics, neither is insanely more amazing in terms of graphic processing power.

      PS3 has blu ray, that's the big feature. The blu ray is at the moment gaining popularity, but only if you have a hdtv and an hdmi cable and such. Has some pretty good exclusive games, and has free online subscription. Also plays the standard dvd and cd, usb pictures and music/video, and has a built in web browser. It also has home, which is a online world where you create a character and walk around and play sports or watch movies and stuff. Not too sure about the specifics.

      Xbox 360 has dvd/cd playback, basically everything up there except the blu ray and free online. Xbox live is 7.99 for a month, 19.99 for 3 months, and 49.99 for a year, or roughly less than 4 dollars a month. Xbox live is leaps and bounds over the free ps3 online service, and you'll find that most people and their friends are playing games that are on both systems on the xbox live service as opposed to the ps3 one. Xbox can create avatar's like wii has Netflix exclusivity, and generally is more "fun". Has oldschool arcade games you can give a try for free, demos, videos, and a bunch of stuff to do.

      If the fan is the deterrent to choosing a system, than you should realize that yeah the xbox has a noisy fan but that's only gonna be annoying if you're going to be playing in a library, seriously, not that important of a factor because at regular room levels it's not distracting.

      Basically it boils down to whether you're into the entertainment of high definition blu ray movies, a couple of really great games and an ok online service, OR a bunch of gaming options, fun little avatars, subscription online services (which are really good), Netflix (which has HD movies and shows to stream) and many great games for cheap prices now that it's been out for nearly 4 years.

      ps-yeah the xbox has a pretty bad failure rate, but the thing is that you can get it repaired for free under the 3 year warranty from microsoft, and the rate is lessening due to new chips implemented in the construction.

      Good luck with your decision, and have fun.

  46. QUESTION:
    Should I get the Kindle Fire, or B&N Nook?
    I've been comparing them but still stumped. I don't want to pay a fortune but want quality. ( who doesn't! Lol) Any help welcomed.

    • ANSWER:
      Both you can get for around the same price, so that isn't a big deal. But when you look at what they offer you may change your mind.
      Kindle Fire
      1) Amazon App Store has 34,000 apps as of April and about 11,000 of them are free.
      2) The free paid app a day. Everyday Amazon offers one of their paid apps for free.
      3) Free, unlimited Amazon Cloud storage for all Amazon purchased content.
      4) Amazon Prime ( a year) more free books, better deals on books, 2 day free shipping on Amazon purchases, Kindle Lending Library, and free videos and movie streaming.
      5) Amazon Music Store
      6) Better media usage.
      Nook Tablet
      1) Micro SD slot.
      2) In store service.
      3) About an hour longer of battery use.
      4) Better reading experience.
      What I suggest that you do is go to somewhere like Best Buy or Wal-Mart and play with demo models of each one. (Barnes & Noble usually has demo models of the Nooks in their stores.) See which interface that you prefer. If you don't like either one, find a demo model of an iPod touch and see if you like the iOS better.

  47. QUESTION:
    Hulu and other services compare to each other...?
    What services that are similar to Hulu are good? Want to know which I should get. I'm looking for the most selection in tv shows,movies, best image quality, and which is the cheapest? Pretty much which one gives me more bang for my buck and also doesnt always cut on & off. Hate having to refresh the window. Thanks for helping. p.s. I have children so kids movies and shows are a definite plus to me.
    Also I'm a huge sports fan mostly soccer, boxing, football, and some basketball. So live streaming would be good too, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know of any that are cheaper than a month. But Netflix is definitely worth the money -- I have Hulu Plus too (same price as netflix), but that's only because Netflix doesn't have Season 8 of Grey's Anatomy. While Hulu Plus is good, it has commercials and I'm just not used to the commercials anymore since I don't have cable. If you have an Xbox, I have ESPN on there (I don't think it costs money as long as you have Xbox Live). You can stream a lot of sports on there.

      Netflix has such a variety too -- great for kids and adults. And you can always go online too to watch some stuff -- the networks usually have a lot of free full episodes of TV shows that are currently airing online too.

      And both Hulu Plus & Netflix offer free trials.

  48. QUESTION:
    i have a question about wireless broadband?
    i was wondering how well wireless broadband works. cos i cant get normal broadband in my street, and im still on dial up (i know, backward much?). so yeah, is wireless broadband worth it?

    thanks heaps

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what you are going to do with it to be fair:

      gaming = no good
      email = fine
      brwosing the internet = fine
      streaming bbciplayer = just,
      downloading movies = no good
      downloading few songs on itunes = fine
      remote support = ok

      as log as you have good covergae for your site, try the O2 one, I use one of these and find it very solid, and compared to dialup, it is a huge amount faster.

      your looking for a HSDPA connection, not GPRS

      So just try an O2 one, cost is £30, plus the internet service which is around £5 - £15 dependant on usage (you pay up front though, so no massive bills)

      Or there is contract ones of course that may work our cheaper

      more help?

      www.itreliance.co.uk

  49. QUESTION:
    which airline do you recomend to travel to Canada from Phoenix?? US Airlines or American Airlines?

    • ANSWER:
      The quality and level of service (or lack of) is about the same, I would go with the one that has the best price and flight times. You won't get meals or personal seat back in-flight entertainment with either airline and the legroom and comfort is about the same. AA does now have in-flight movie streaming through wifi on your own laptop for a fee on many flights.

      You might also consider frequent flyer programs if you plan on flying a lot in the future. AA and US Airways belong to two different alliances, each with different partner airlines.

      You can compare some amenities and servivce here:
      http://www.jaunted.com/story/2011/6/27/195335/453/travel/2011+US+Airline+In-Flight+Entertainment+Guide

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the pros and cons of the Nokia N75?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. Having recently bought this phone and used it extensively in all aspects, including unlocking and debranding it, it's a wonderful phone. But there are some strong negative points. From ATT still locked and branded it's a great phone but once you debrand it, you have 60 mbs free right up instead of the 40 Cingular/ATT allots you. Also, once debranded you have many more options and the option to change form UMTS only or GSM only or dual, selecting only GSM/Edge data will prolong your battery.

      Pros: Symbian Operating System 60 3rd edition, completely amazing phone OS, can edit so many things, there is literally an infinite selection of powerful apps and games you can put on this thing.
      Browser, you can download a slew of files from ANY website simultaneously, then hit "Hide" and continue browsing as you download. This is on branded and unbranded.
      Screen is big bright and is auto adjusted by a light sensor near the ear piece.
      Call quality, is the best it can get, I live in a area about a mile from Cingulars coverage map states there is service, but I have usually full bars, (around 2 bars with my previous samsung phone.)
      Camera takes good videos, and has high resolution 2MP.
      Integrated Media player is the norm, Realplayer. Works fine and goes in landscape mode and regular, and streams. But I recommend downloading a player called Core Player from Corecodec, you can download any mpg, mpeg, little movie from the net to your phone not even using a wap site, just regular HTTP and you can play it with core player. Amazing.
      Like I already said memory is a plus also, 60 mb free when unbranded.
      Stereo speakers on the side, for speakerphone, adn you can shut the phone while you're on a call, my previous samsung didn't let me do this. I love Nokias.
      Multitasking! The symbian v3 lets you multitask, and it's so great. As with other Nokia Smartphones, I can be chatting on Mig33 yahoo/aim, hold the menu button down to switch to a different running app or game or media player. So chat as you browse, literally, and play a game on the side if you want. Symbian is wonderful.
      Buttons, on the side you have dedicated camera button, and taking pictures is super easy and decently fast.
      Cover display, you can do alot on this without ever opening the phone. Read texts, take videos/pictures, listen to music, profiles, different things.
      Bluetooth of course, and IR.

      Cons: Battery life. Although I have my screen as dim as it can get and it's still PLENTY bright enough, I never notice it being too dim, in fact I wish It could go lower. This saves on battery, also, GSM mode saves tremendously, all in all I get about a day with playing some games, surfing the net for about two hours, and some calls. Using the web via Edge is not that big of a drain compared to calls, I've discovered, phone calls and games is what gets this phone. But you can find many ways to save power, like sleep mode, and dimming it down, and turning sounds down and vibrate off.

      Camera: Though a good video taker, a green tint seems to hint at all my photos, however turning on fluorescent mode helps this.


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