Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Cord Cutter will Have to Pay or Wait for New Option

Starting in February Dr Who fans will not be able to watch the series without purchasing the series. The show will no longer be available on Netflix or Hulu as of February. Keep in mind the availability of the show was only for previous seasons even on Hulu. Will the show be available as a package deal anywhere going forward? You can bet on it! Since the show will be pulled as of February it is only logical to assume that the BBC is finally ready to launch its long-rumored US-based app. How a BBC app would work is unknown. Whether it would be an add based free app along the lines of Crackle or a pay based app. A paid app may be too much to ask of the public at this point because despite the huge popularity of Dr Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey, there is not heavy popular demand for BBC programming overall.

For those who want to get in a Dr Who fix in between the show will still be available to purchase from companies like Amazon or Apple’s iTunes. While there has been a great deal of reporting that seasons 8-9 are available on the BBC America website it must be noted that in order to access the content users must be cable subscribers in order to access the programming.

Simple Launcher and preconfigured video settings complement Android 5.1.1

The Ki Plus Android box is a quad-core device running on Android 5.1.1. It has an attractive launcher and a good feel overall. international users will appreciate its pre-installed IP TV streams which feature channels in multiple languages and from multiple countries.

The KI Plus also comes with a pre-configured Kodi build featuring the Super Repo and what a number of add-ons in place.

 

Check out our KI Plus Quad Core Android Box Video Review

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Can you use PlayOn on Fire TV? Yes. Service expanding reach with new features and partner devices.

Many media server allow users to connect to web based media like this selection from PlayOn.

There is now a way to make PlayOn available on Fire TV. PlayOn, the DVR, “TV Everywhere” and cord cutting solution was already available to Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV users through a number of options but Fire TV was a big hole that has now been filled. While PlayOn parent company Media Mall is awaiting approval for a full native Fire TV app, users can already access the service via Amazon’s “Fling” capability. Fling is an Amazon solution that works very much like “Google Cast” which

Fire TV owners can now take advantage of PlayOn's capabilities.
Fire TV owners can now take advantage of PlayOn’s capabilities.

allows apps and websites to be cast to the Fire TV and Fire tv stick whether there is a companion app available on the device. Even in the absence of a full app PlayOn users who Fling the service to their Fire TV’s are able to control Playback from IOS and Android devices. This solves the problem that is caused be needing to utilize the device remote once the

PlayOn's recording options can now be access on Fire TV via mobile and desktop apps.
PlayOn’s recording options can now be accessed on Fire TV via mobile and desktop apps.

program s actively streaming. In another development, PlayOn has also added a new recording option that

allows users to record live streams for a set amount of time. This is a helpful feature for users who want to grab a specific program from services like Pluto TV which feature timed programming as opposed to on demand programming from services like Hulu which can be recorded for later viewing by a simple subscription.

According to PlayOn’s Skip Sullivan, the services upgraded interface has been very well received. The service recently launched a new viewing option for Xfinity customers to take advantage of online viewing capabilities and will be rolling out more new features and channels in the near future. For more on PlayOn take a look at our video on the PlayOn Interface for windows desktop computers.

New PlayOn Interface Video

 

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PlayOn Available on Fire TV Full App On The Way

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The Quantum Byte is a fanless Mini PC powered by a quad core processor and supported by a Windows 8.1 build. The size of the device lends itself to use as a media player because of its small footprint about the 4.5 inches wide and an inch thick, the device can be easily set out of the way. It requires a USB based air mouse or Keyboard which allows users to control the device from any angle. Decently agile and powerful for its size the machine allows users to run a number of  great media applications along with dedicated apps for stalwarts like Netflix, Hulu and Crackle along with major music streaming services. Enjoy our Quantum Byte Mini PC Overview And Video.

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As channels grow in scope the power makes a difference.

A Picture of You
Armageddon
Better Call Saul:
Charlie’s Angels
Collateral Damage
Cruel Intentions
A Faster Horse
Full Metal Jacket
Game Face
Jennifer 8
Johnny English
The Little Engine That Could
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1
Losing Isaiah
Masha’s Tales: Season 1
My Side of the Mountain
Para Elisa
Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Pokemon: XY: Season 1
Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Sin City
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Stardust
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Teen Witch
Tin Man: “Search for the Emerald”
The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom
Land Before Time: XIV: Journey of the Brave
February
I Love You Phillip Morris
Love
Care Bears & Cousins: Season 2
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado
Mad Men: Season 7: Part 2
Turbo: F.A.S.T.: Season 3
Lila & Eve
Dope
The Girl in the Book
The Face of Love
Open Season
XXY
February
Asthma
Atonement
The Returned: Season 2
Cooked: Season 1
Love: Season 1
3rd World Cops 2
Bare
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Fuller House: Season 1
Theo Von
Finding Vivian Maier
February 29th
Ashes and Embers

See what’s Leaving Netflix in February

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Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Asylum
Bad Santa
Benny and Joon
Big Fish
Blue Crush
Classic Doctor Who: Collections 1-18
Crocodile Dundee 2
The Dancer Upstairs
Daylight
Doctor Who: Season 1-8
The Firm
Fletch
Gifted Hands
Gothika
The Hurt Locker
The Naked Gun
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Rain Man
Ray
Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Sorority Row
The Terminator
Terms of Endearment
Pokémon the Movie: Black & White: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond
Pokémon the Movie: Black: Victini and Reshiram
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice
Pokémon the Movie: White: Victini and Zekrom
Pokémon: Black & White: Seasons 1-2
Pokémon: Indigo League: Season 2
Bottle Shock
Compliance
Jack & Diane
Bridezillas: Season 10
Stephen King’s Bag of Bones
United 93
Were the World Mine
The Fourth Kind
Kitten Party
The Pitch: Season 2
Violet & Daisy
North Sea Texas
Problem Child: Leslie Jones
Side by Side
Jesus Camp
Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas: Season 1
Nobody Walks
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Chicagoland: Season 1
Death Row Stories: Season 1
The Guild: 1 Season
Crooked Arrows
Halloween: Resurrection
Sabrina, The Animated Series: Season 1-2
The Sea Inside
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series

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The Super Bowl will be broadcast live on CBS. That works well for US citizens within the 50 states, but what if you live overseas? There is a simple solution. That solution is USTV Now. USTV Now is a web-based solution that allows US expatriates to watch US based network television for free via websites. If they choose to users can also access multiple cable Channels for a fee. USTV Now is available via it’s website as well as via apps for Plex and Kodi as well as a private Roku Channel. In order to use the service users must register an email adress and create a password. Once this is done follow instructions to log in and select the channel of your choice. In the case of the Super Bowl select CBS and stream on. For more information on USTV Now see the related articles bellow.

USTV Now Website

Plex Unsupported App Store Installer

USTV Now On Plex

Fire TV owners may as well make a full investment in the Amazon ecosystem.

We have discussed how the Amazon Fire TV is sort of a great Android media player in stealth mode. The Fire TV may well have a different look than Android media players and the Android TV interface but it is in fact capable of operating apps meant for Android phones and tablets. This is why Fire TV’s loaded with Kodi are popular via third party dealers. In order to load third party apps onto the Fire TV in the past users were required to download special programs to their laptops or understand DOS commands. But as the Amazon ecosystem has evolved it has begun to support a number of programs that help users load numerous programs. One of the most important is ES File Explorer.

What is ES File Explorer?
ES File Explorer has long been a favorite of Android device users because of its ability to access files on cloud based services all in one place. Users can access Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, Yandex, Mega Cloud, Baidu Disk, Amazon’s S3, Box and SugarSync. While most people use programs like that to transfer documents they can easily be use to transfer APK’s. The only problem is where do you find APK’s in the first place. How do you add ES File Explorer to Fire TV? Press the voice search and ask for it. Once ES File Explorer is loaded users can access their respective cloud services and add apps to their favorite cloud service as easily as they add an attachment to an email.

Aptoide
Users can’t download apps to their computers via the Google Play Store. But Aptoide’s mobile site is a perfect place to get them. In fact not only can you download apps to a computer from Aptoide you can download the Aptoide mobile app itself and load it on to the Fire TV via one of the cloud services utilized by ES File Explorer. Once Aptoide is installed onto your Fire TV adding other apps is as simple as asking for them. Once downloaded you can access them right from the apps section of the home page menu. That means that you will have a searchable app store waiting for you whenever you need it.

To download the Aptoid App Click Here
To be taken to Aptoide’s Mobile Store Click Here

How do you use ES File Explorer to access Cloud Services
Good question.
1. First add ES File Explorer via the Fire TV. (just ask for it by name)
2. Use the remote to navigate to the menu item labeled Network and click OK
3. Use the remote to navigate to the option for Cloud and press OK
4. Use the remote to navigate to the bottom of the screen to the horizontal menu. The first choice on the menu should say Exit. Navigate two spots over to the + New symbol
5. Choose your prefered cloud service and sign in to access your apk’s
6. Open your storage folder and select the app you want installed and press ok.
7. Once the app has downloaded you will be taken to a grey screen. Click the yellow Install button on the screen and you will be all set.

Amazon is making sideloaded apps easy to access
Amazon’s home menu allows users to access all of their downloaded apps as well as third party installed apps from the Apps section of its menu. Gone are the days when you had to trick the system into making icons for your favorite third party apps. By accessing the apps menu one can find any app that is on the machine whether you added it from Amazon’s app store or via a USB stick.

Special recommendation
Users may find that a number of Android apps do not perform well when using Amazon’s supplied remote, which of course is designed to navigate its official tv apps. Because of this we would recommend users who want to use the Fire TV in this way to invest in an air mouse, which is a remote control that allows users to use the remote like a mouse with a cursor. You will thank me for this suggestion. Some air mouses also feature full keyboards. A large selection can be found on Amazon’s Website here

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When I was in high school and college holidays like Labor Day, the 4th of July and such were always highlighted by great marathons of things like the Rocky Movies or all 6 Star Wars movies. The networks do this because it can be scheduled. Snow days on the other hand can not. Today there is ice on the ground here in Raleigh and the promise of quite a bit of winter weather up and down the East Coast and the advice is the same from North Carolina to New York. Stay inside! So what to do in the absence of a good ole SyFy marathon? Stream on of course. We have put together a list of things online that you can binge during the storm. This list features programs that have a beginning and ending as there is nothing worse than watching 30 episodes of a series that ends on a cliffhanger. Have yourself a “Streamathon”.

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Comics fans who missed out on DC Films Presents The Dawn of The Justice League are in luck. The CW may not have an official app on any major streaming platform at the moment but that does not mean that CW fans are left out in the cold when it comes to CW programming. Fans can easily stream the special presentation directly from the network’s home page. The special which serves as a pep rally for DC’s upcoming film projects is available in its full form and can be viewed via computer.

To stream The Dawn of The Justice League Click Here

For more information on how to watch it on TV continue.