Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Apple TV was once the most popular streaming device. It could be again.

No new Apple TV will in 2014
Apple TV is getting some updates amid multiple reports that the hardware will be current through 2014. There have been near constant rumors that Apple was set to release a new model for Apple TV with speculation that the new device would contain everything from an app store, 3D video games and live TV capabilities. This has never come to fruition. Now reports are that an updated product will not be seen till 2015. The Streaming Advisor will continue to monitor this story.

Update for current system adds CNBC and Fox Now
Fox Now is a free streaming service from the FOX broadcasting network that allows users to watch episodes of Network programming via set top and mobile devices. The service operates very much like Hulu Plus except that it does not have a monthly fee and of course it only has Fox content. To fully unlock its features one must sign in using a participating pay TV provider by going to settings and following the prompts. There is a surprisingly scant group of participating providers. If your provider does participate you will find as many as the last 8 episodes of numerous seasons though some such as the already cancelled Almost Human only provide assorted clips. There are selected episodes of some current shows available without authentication including episodes of the new Cosmos.

Financial Network, CNBC, has also joined the Apple TV family of apps. The offering allows viewers to see recent episodes of CNBC television series such as

CNBC offers a number of viewing options especially to those with a pay TV provider.
CNBC offers a number of viewing options for business news

Restaurant Startup, The Profit and American Greed. There is a live feed option for those who can authenticate a pay TV subscription. Also available are fresh clips from the day’s financial news stories, select on-demand episodes of its original programs and multiple segments from its business reporting shows. Even those without cable can follow what is happening in the financial world via this app though the full experience can not be achieved without being able to sign in. With the addition of CNBC and Fox Now Apple TV offers 44 app/channels to US customers.

Apple TV adds Brazilian Sports Channel
Apple TV has released its first live sports channel for a Brazilian audience adding Esporte Interativo to its lineup. The move gives Apple an offering that will appeal to one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Esporte Interativo offers 24/7 sports for $5.00 a month in Brazil but is unavailable to US customers at the moment.


Watch The SEC Network On Roku should be a popular addition.

Want more options for watching Sports online? Check out the Streaming Advisor Sports Links here

Live sports is the most important quantity on TV. All of the players in broadcasting can see this which is why ESPN is locking conferences in with these exclusive broadcasting contracts disguised as networks. The conferences feel like they are getting a great deal from ESPN/Disney and they are making a bundle of money from the arrangements, but what the conferences do not realize is ESPN is only the powerhouse that it is because conferences are willing to bypass direct distribution to the fan base in favor of short term pay outs.

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The Real Hip-Hop Network, featured on the Streaming Advisor here is currently offering new customers a free viewing plan. Customers need only go to the network and register. RHN does not ask for any payment

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Todays Roku channel update comes a few days late. The Streaming Advisor owed wife and family some vacation time. We took a look at 7 new Roku channels for the week. If you enjoy animals we may have a winner in te Big Cat TV.

TEXFLIX is a small collection of country western videos along with movies based around Texas culture. The app does not have a great deal of fresh content but it is easy to navigate and broken up in easy to follow grids. Has potential

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Big Cat TVBig Cat Rescue TV
Big Cat TV has educational videos featuring exotic cats from lions and tigers and more. This is a great channel for nature enthusiast. The sort of thing one might find on Animal Planet

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SlideSlide (1.99)
Lovely high quality pictures phase through your Roku. Another what we call on line coffee table books. Stunning pictures always make you feel good about that big screen.

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Flight TV PlusFightTV  (4.99 per month)
Selection of videos categorized based on the form of fighting. Visitors will find the sweet science (boxing) MMA style fighting and even scripted fighting from European professional wrestling organizations. This is a channel that delivers what it advertises which is a lot more than we can say for a number of Roku Channels.

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UHC TV is a public outreach of United Health Care. Meant to be a resource for self help and education it operates on what I refer to as the classic Roku left to right scroll. Rather poorly organized and hard to find specific information quickly.

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Live with CeCe & CezerLive with CeCe & Cezar
Collection of videos chronicling the life and times of the family and friends of the people titled in the app. It kind of reminds me of watching somebody’s home movies. Videos are decidedly not in HD. Limited reach.

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Blind Cat Rescue and SanctuaryBlind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
Live feed of cat’s who live in a shelter for cats. Not much else to say. Do you love watching cats sleep, and hang out? This is what cat’s do best of course. If so then this is definitely the right channel.

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If you want to catch up on certain PBS summer shows you need to jump online soon. PBS streams majority of their programming for free through its website and apps but not forever. Endeavour, Vicious and Last Tango in Halifax all have current season shows set expire in the coming week. PBS online is available via computer browsers, IOS, Android, Windows, Roku, Kindle Fire and Apple TV.To see a list of soon to expire programming continue reading

EndevorEndeavour Season 2: Click here to be take to Masterpiece

Trove         Expires: 07/29/14

Neverland   Expires:08/03/14

Nocturne    Expires: 08/05/14

Sway          Expires: 08/12/14



ViciousVicious Click here to be take to be taken to videos

Season 1 Ep 1 Expires 7/28/14

Season 1 Ep 2 Expires 8/03/14

Season 1 Ep 3 Expires 8/10/14

Season 1 Ep 4 Expires 8/17/14

Last TangoLast Tango in Halifax
Click here to be take to be taken to videos 

Season 1 Ep 1 Expires 7/30/14

Season 1 Ep 2 Expires 8/06/14

Season 1 Ep 3 Expires 8/12/14

Season 1 Ep 4 Expires 8/19/14

My Wild Affair

My Wild Affair Click here to be take to be taken to videos 

The Ape Who Went to College
Expires: 04/30/2019

The Elephant Who Found a Mom
Expires: 04/30/2019

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Online Streaming of sports gives fans far more options

Watch The SEC Network On Roku should be a popular addition.

Want more options for watching Sports online? Check out the Streaming Advisor Sports Links here

This season Fans with access the right cable companies will be able to watch college football online with Watch ESPN and the SEC Network. The new venture with the SEC means fans will see more college football with streaming than ever before. With the season nearly upon us and the new streaming option is going to take it by storm. The SEC Network is picking up major cable partners almost daily right now. In the past 10 days both Comcast and Time Warner Cable agreed to carry the network. This opens up major

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The UT2 set top box from Ugoos is a quad core set-top box running Android 4.2. The box provides access to the Google Play store and all of the apps that come along with it and is pre-installed with a customized version of XBMC known as Beyond XBMC or XBMC 12.4 “FLUMP”, much more on that later. The box can offer users a full Android experience with both a tablet based and set top based UI along with the most complete custom build of XBMC we have run across. Click here for a FAQ based user guide for the UT2

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Streaming media is giving many people a voice who would otherwise would not have had one. One voice that is determined to be heard is that ofRHN Logo The Real Hip Hop Network (RHN). RHN, which recently launched a Roku channel see our update here, is one part entertainment vehicle one part mission. The company has been in operation since 2004 working to dispel negative stereotypes about black America and provide an authentic balanced message to both a US and world audience. It’s CEO Atonn Muhammad feels that Hip Hop has an important place in the cultural landscape not just as an entertainment vehicle but because of its potential to educate it audience about the world at large. “Hiphop was where I learned about Steven Biko, Nelson Mandela, and Marcus Garvey,” said Muhammad. “I didn’t learn about them in school I learned about them in the classroom of hip hop. It made me go back and study these gentlemen.” Muhammad and RHN aim to teach future generations more about their experience.