Streaming Movies From Computer To Tv Fios

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do you think tablet computers will replace TV sets?
    I read online that some people (mainly techies) think tablets will replace TV sets for viewing TV shows and the traditional TV will become obsolete (like laptops have pretty much replaced desktops), especially with younger people. I'm 20 and can't imagine an 8" screen replacing a 46". I like to watch my TV shows, stream movies, sports, etc. on a big screen instead of having to squint and hold something in my hand.

    Do you think the traditional HDTV sets/smart TVs/etc will become obsolete by new gadgets? I find it hard to believe but would love to know what others think.
    Just to add I think tablets are great for TV watching when I don't have any alternative but I can't imagine using one when I have access to my big set.

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably the other way around, and we're seeing that already: the Internet will become more integrated into our TV sets, instead of TV being more integrated into computers (including tablets).

      In a way, that's what we have now with AT&T U-verse and Verizon FIOS. Everything is sent via Internet Protocol.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is 150mbits/s fast enough wlan or should i buy a 300mbits/s card?
    My wlan router is an apple airport express

    • ANSWER:
      For regular Internet usage, 150mbit/s is plenty. Keep in mind that if you've got a DSL or cable connection, the maximum speed from your ISP is usually 10mbit/s or less. With FIOS it's still maybe 30-40 mbit/s max. That's still well below what a 150mbit card can handle.

      Having 300mbit/s only speeds up streaming large amounts of data on your local network inside the house (like Hi-Def movies going from a media sharing unit to your TV, or copying huge files between your own computers). And you only get that higher speed if the devices at both ends are 300mbit.

      Of course sometimes 300mbit hardware will have other features like longer range/better signal strength which might be useful in a larger house with multiple floors. But in general, the additional speed of 300mbit routers/cards makes no difference to 90% of people.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a site "Movie Universe 2010? They claim to have free movies--TV and computeri?
    this site claims to have current movies to download or stream to your computer--all for free. it also ofers a free DVR. has anyone tried this site? it even offers Avatar!! HD movies I received the email 2 days ago. you get a 4 digit "movie pass" number. I just had my computer fixed and don't want to screw it up!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I found it in my "Junk" folder (with all the other strange, unrequested mass mailings sent to harvested addresses), waiting to be auto-deleted after 10 days (along with the rest of the "Oh, you'll need this too, or you can't be happy" kind of hype.)

      I believe it's always dangerous to try theftware, crackware, hypeware, warez.

      I won't risk activating the link they sent. I cannot otherwise verify the existance of the offer.
      So I think it's never been seen before. No reports, reviews or anything can be found on it.

      The site homepage (below) existed as an unsuscribe page on a "hosting" site.
      Hosting sites generally have unverified and unsafe downloads of some kind of software they shouldn't have at all, hidden behind links that stop working right after that's determined as such. That way, when the authorities come, all they confiscate is a listing of who put it there and perhaps who downloaded it.

      In 1990, any decent hosting computer or BBS (Bullitin Board System) would provide for all uploads, a quarentine period during which the software was opened, scanned for all known virulii and kept unavailable until it could be further tested.

      The services I pay for are very limited in their ability to do anything like this. They stream instead. Nothing works disconnected from a stationary reciever suscribing to a service.

      The download service on FIOS may have been my first legal way to directly download a movie to a laptop in HD and watch it somewhere else. But I found out the customer service rep on the phone had signed me up for a more expensive service instead.

      I haven't had a machine I could really risk on this since DOS 6.22.
      Until I ever get another computer that can be completely and easily reloaded from protected archives, I can't aford to risk installing any undoccumented software. I get enough trouble with the stuff I pay for.

  4. QUESTION:
    Roku netflix instant access player?
    I was originally gonna get my family a blu-ray player but i realized that we dont have any blu-rays and i didnt think that it would be liked enough. Sp, i think i decided to get the roku neflix instant access player. I would also get a gift subscription from netflix (the 8.99 one)

    Is it a good player?

    • ANSWER:
      The Roku player still requires you have a subscription with Netflix, so you can continue getting movies through the Roku, as well on DVD as normal.

      The reviews I've read about the Roku sound fine, however, your individual experience will greatly depend on how fast your internet connection is and how large your TV is. The Roku requires a broadband connection, like DSL, FiOS, or Cable modem. Your download speed is the more important factor here, as you'll be downloading the movie as it plays.

      The video stream you will be receiving is HIGHLY compressed, so don't expect anything close to DVD quality, much less blu-ray or HDTV quality. My Xbox 360 can now stream from Netflix as well, and what I noticed is if I don't get a good speed while connecting to the Netflix server, the resulting movie will be so blurry on my HDTV that it's practically unwatchable. Other times, the picture is acceptable, but still considerably worse than what a non-HD channel looks like on our HDTV.

      I would highly recommend signing up for Netflix first, and trying their streaming service to your computer to get an idea of how it will look on your TV. If possible, try connecting your computer or laptop to your TV while streaming the movie. This will give you a really good idea of what the Roku player will be capable of with your equipment and internet connection.

      You can get a free trial month by going to Netflix right now.

      As a side not, Netflix offers blu-ray versions of movies alongside the DVD version, so another option would be to get a blu-ray player, and rent blu-rays from Netflix. As a bonus, the blu-ray player can also upscale your regular DVDs so they look better on a HDTV.

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of tv can watch netflix streaming movies?
    I want to buy my elderly mom a new tv (probably 32") that she can use to watch her regular tv shows and Netflix streaming movies. She has Verizon Fios for her internet and tv service. What kind of tv do I look for that I can simply hook up so that she can watch Netflix streaming movies? Or do I need some intermediary device. (In my home, I have my television hooked up by an HDMI cable to my computer. I'm hoping I don't need to do something like that for my mom.) Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You want a smart TV. You need to get one which specifically supports Netflix and other services you may want.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will I notice the diference going from 24 mbps (cable) to 15 mbps (fios)?
    I have comcast right now, but my trial period is almost up and the price on my combined tv and internet will soon go up to about 0/month. I'm considering switching to Verizon Fios service, since they recently finished running all the wires in my apartment building. The package I'm looking at is TV+net access at 15 mbps, comes to about /month after equipment. The price is right, and the TV has more HD than my current plan, but I'm concerned that the drop in net speed will get on my nerves. Unfortuantely, I have no experience to base the decision on.

    The heaviest thing I do online is streaming movies and my magic-jack phone. Will 15 mbps be enough for things like that to run smoothly?

    • ANSWER:
      You're not losing speed, you're losing bandwidth. The difference?

      Most downloads won't exceed 600-700kbps - even video streams. But with a 2mbps connection you can have 2 computers watching streams at once. Or you can download a file and watch a stream at the same time. 15mbps? That's about 25 simultaneous downloads at good speed (My wife plays WoW, where you can't take slowdowns. I'm here and I download files and stream videos. And run a VoIP phone line. On a connection that just measured 6.46mbps (the router must be a bit warm).

      You'll be fine.

  7. QUESTION:
    Comcast won't let me upgrade to data usage higher than 250GB a month.?
    So what are my other options?

    I use Netflix to stream HD movies to my TV. We have 3 computers that are usually on doing something. We are already over the limit for this month.

    Are there any internet companies that have plans for higher limits? Comcast told me there is nothing they can do for me. Even Business class has the 250GB limit. There are no options to pay more for a higher limit. So now I feel as though my service is at risk of being shut down. They won't let me pay more for more. That is screwed up.

    • ANSWER:
      What other companies are in your area? We switched from Comcast to Verizon FIOS for both TV and internet and are happy with it, but I believe FIOS is only available in certain areas. Check and see if you're in one.

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had any luck with their wireless Netflix Player?
    I've tried, 3 different Sony units, and a Vizio player, and All of them take forever to connect to the Internet, and then Netflix. When I turn off the player(s) and then turn them back on for watching Netflix, it can take as many as 10 minutes, to reconnect.
    The Sony units will disconnect a few times during the course of watching a movie, and it's frustrating so far.
    My computers all stream with NO problem.

    I have Verizon FiOS at 25/25, so I am sure it's Not my internet speeds.
    Also, I've replaced my router, and still the same problems of connectivity.

    The Vizio makes me Reconnect several times before finally connecting as well.

    So far, NONE of these players impress me. I find myself going back to streaming on the Computer where it works with almost no issues at all?

    Can others here share their experiences with Netflix and Wireless Streaming, AND if they've found a good player that actually works well?

    As a side-note: I have no trouble streaming from the likes of Amazon.com. I have an online library of movies there and I've been reasonable impressed with the quality of that service. Only complaint is that even with my internet speeds, to fast-forward or rewind is cumbersome.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a Vizio TV unit in front of my treadmill & a Samsung Blu Ray unit in my home theater. I remember having to reconfigure my wireless router's firewall at the beginning, but I don't remember specifics because it was so straightforward (and over a year ago). I solved my issue with the help of Netflix technical support. Contact netflix on their chat service & I'll bet they can come up with a solution for you as they did for me.

  9. QUESTION:
    Some Tips for Ditching PayTV?
    Hey All,
    My Mom currently has Verizon Fios as her tv provider, but wants to ditch it as she feels like she's paying too much and it's not worth it for as little as she watches TV. That said she wants to ditch pay tv, but figure out a way to watch shows or movies if necessary. She's going to get an HDTV soon, and would like to have the option to view movies or specific shows at a certain time. Give me some tips if you think I'm making it to complicated but I was thinking of having the setup like this:
    - A Wifi Enabled Bluray player that would give her the option of playing blurays or renting movies via services like Vudu or Netflix.
    - A VGA or HDMI to mac display for hooking her laptop up and using services like Sidereel, Hulu, HBOGo or other sites to view tv shows she wants (ex. DailyShow, HBO programs)

    Does this sound like it would be a feasible solution for making the switch from PayTV to streaming?

    • ANSWER:
      I recently made this switch as well.

      I connected the house TVs to a common antenna.
      I use media appliances (Roku and the like, and internet savy disk players) to get paid content, and media server content.
      I use a network attached storage drive that does uPNP, which turns it into a media server, which makes locally stored movies, music, and pictures available to the local network. (So you can view stored pictures and such on your TV.)

      I am working on the last step as you describe. If you have a dedicated computer that is on the network, there are programs that run in the background (so the machine can be used for other things), that will turn it into a media server for the free services: Hulu (TV) Youtube, and the like. This way you do not have to have a dedicated device by each TV. If you want to go this route, this seems to be a solid program:
      http://download.cnet.com/Wild-Media-Server-UPnP-DLNA-HTTP/3000-13632_4-75000043.html

      If you just have the one TV, then yes, she can slave her Mac, or there are several dedicated device choices that have HDMI outputs that will allow access to free Internet content... usually at-or-under 0USD with cute little remotes.

      Remember it is often dark in the room you watch the TV, and operating a laptop to "change channels" is obnoxious.

      Good luck! I think you have thought this out well. I hope you enjoy the journey...


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