Monthly Archives: March 2017

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If Amazon is releasing a new device that will be priced between the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Box the new Amazon Streaming Product has nothing to do with the Google Chromecast. It is about advancing a proven strategy that Amazon and Roku have used for years now. Flooding the market with multiple devices at multiple price points and creating customers for other services in the process.

New way forward

If a new device rolls out, it would be the first time Amazon would have three streaming products on the market. It would also mark the adoption of a strategy that Roku has employed for years. Roku has been flooding the market with multiple products at various price points since its early days. This has allowed the company to reach a large audience with five products starting at $29.99 for the Roku Express and reaching as much as $129.99 for the Roku Ultra. This means anybody can own a Roku. As the price range increases the performance increases as well. But in the case of Amazon this may not be the case. The hook as far as the new Amazon streaming product goes is that it may deliver 4k HDR video.

New Amazon Streaming Product
New Amazon Streaming Product would be the third Amazon Streamer on the market.

At the moment, the Fire TV stick is an immensely popular item (more popular than the Fire TV box). It offers 1080p video and a small form factor with an Alexa powered remote for $39.99. Is there a demand for something more expensive? I’m not so sure. Even more is this technology really going to be exclusive to the new model? Why put buyers in a position to purchase a less expensive model in that delivers superior video performance? I bet it won’t. I think there is a very strong possibility that the new product, if it is going to happen, will be announced with an HDR capable Fire TV box. Otherwise, the new product could affect sales of the Fire TV box on top of the sales of the Fire TV Stick.

Amazon is concerned with not just hardware sales but service sales 

If the goal is to encourage more spending with multiple price points the strategy will likely work for the company. It is a matter of putting a store onto a user’s TV. Amazon always offers users a chance to sign up for an Amazon Prime trial. Free trials can easily be forgotten before they are over. In Amazon’s case the free trial is a chance to cash in $100.00 on anyone who buys the item. Think about it. A customer buys a Fire TV Stick, gets the offer of a free month of Amazon Prime with free shipping, movies and tv shows across a variety of devices and access to books etc. All they have to do is not cancel within 30 days and they are charged. Well once they have already paid for a year of free shipping they may as well get that next item on the Christmas shopping list or home needs

Think about it. A customer buys a Fire TV Stick, gets the offer of a free month of Amazon Prime with free shipping, movies and tv shows across a variety of devices and access to books etc. All they have to do is not cancel within 30 days and they are charged. Well once they have already paid for a year of free shipping they may as well get that next item on the Christmas shopping list or home needs list from Amazon. Amazon knows that prime members purchase more from Amazon than non-prime members. There is nothing wrong with this business model, but to ignore the possibility that this is the aim of any new Fire TV product is not seeing the forest for the trees.

 

 

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Kodi VS Droid Buddy is becoming a debate in the Android streaming box community. But is there even a need for such a debate. The Streaming Advisor doesn’t think so. The two programs are obviously based on the same code and the people behind it are well known for building custom Kodi apks.  Take a look at our video where we have a short comparison about what you get from both programs.

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10 channels that add lots of content to your day

It is not likely that everyone who uses one pay streaming service is going to subscribe to multiple ones. That gets expensive. So whether you are addicted to Netflix originals or pay to see multiple network shows as quickly as possible on Hulu you may need to add to your streaming profile This story is an update to a popular theme. See the Top Ten Free Roku Channels For 2017.

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When Vudu started offering the program called Movies on Us we didn’t know what to expect. Being that Walmart owns Vudu I half expected the selection to mirror the old Walmart dollar bins of dvds. It turns out that Vudu is not pulling any punches with the offering. That while Vudu is not offering the most recent titles up for free the selection of add supported movies is very strong indeed and broken down into multiple genres. Now, are there some absolute tomatoes in the group. Yes. There is no doubt about that. But what you have to do when looking into any free movie selection in taking into account what else is available anywhere else legally for free. 

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Ok. Yeah there will be a lot of babies born in about 9 months. Why? The Blizard of 2017. What will be their names? There could be a lot of John’s (as though that would be rare), maybe Juliana. Why? Because Amazon released some information that shows what was streamed in the places where the storm affected the population centeres the most. And in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Connecticut the rusults are in.

Amazon’s origional series fared very well on the Amazon video service. his should not be a surprise. It might have been a lot of people chance to finally sit down and watch this stuff. The top series streamed where Sneaky Pete, Hand of God and The Man In The High Castle. Amazon Channels came to roost, as people likely took advantage of free previews. People caught up on HBO’s Game of Thrones and Showtime’s Shameless and Homeland.

 

Amazon’s The Dressmaker, ironically Paramount’s clostrophopic thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane found itseld in a top spot followed by EuropaCorp’s Nine Lives  

So when baby Edy Joe comes crawling across the floor or little Tilly starts starts crying at the movies you will have the Blizard of 17 and Amazon to thank.

Well, at the moment it looks like the big story in the Android Streaming world is a new APK called Droid Buddy. From the developers at http://kodicustombuilds.com/, the APK is being billed by some as “The New Kodi” or something that will replace it. What it is, is a cleverly developed Kodi build without any ability to use or add Kodi addons (aside from (Android Apps). It essentially acts as an alternative app store for Android devices. It is a standalone way to add multiple older versions of Kodi, SPMC and many other android apps, emulators and game roms. And there is where it could get into trouble. If Android box sellers embrace the APK it would be another strike against them when it comes to the negative attention surrounding distributing copyrighted content.  The program also allows users to download a number of mainstream APKS.

There has bot been an official playbook released as to what kind of things get the attention of the authorities, but I imagine numerous reviews that explain just how easy it is to download content and games for free will put a bulls eye on the APK and furthermore continue to build a case that Android boxes are sold in order to promote pirating. This is what happened with the creators of Popcorn Time, which withered under the pressure created when mainstream news sites began to report on the app that got coined ‘The Netflix of Pirating” While you may be able to find the app in some form now, its original creators dropped it under pressure from studios. Fully loaded Kodi Boxes have already become a target and the APKs ability to easily do the same things may raise unwanted attention for the developer.

In the end, the APK may thrive and turn out to be a big success, but the bigger you get the more people pay attention. And sometimes that ends badly.

 

Netflix will be home to a number of episodes of the innovative Mystery Science Theater 3000 this month. The Streaming network, which will be the home of an all new season of the show that encouraged a generation to talk back to the movie screen will be showcasing a list of films culled by fans should entertain the many people of the generation that originally embraced the show who have been a large part of the base that has flocked to Netflix as a substitute to pay TV or as an addition to their regular viewing because of the growing series binging habit of generation X.  See the upcoming titles bellow.

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The NCAA Tournament is about to shut down productivity across the country and there a going to be a lot of ways to see it. One of the easiest comes via the March Madness live App and Website. The app and website are the official NCAA tournament apps and are built around TV everywhere. That means that users will have to use a valid cable login in order to access the action.

What can you watch on?

The Fire TV will have an app for the Tourney.

Amazon Fire Tablets and Fire TV
Download for Fire Tablet here

Add on Fire TV via device or Here

Android Phones and Tablets
Via the app from Google Play Here 

Chromecast
With Compatible devices

 

Computer Mac And Windows

Apple TV is not left out of the fun.

Via the website Here
Via Windows 10 App Here

IOS Devices and Apple TV
Download for iPhone and iPad here 

Apple TV App Available via the Apple TV app store

Roku users can watch from their couch.

Roku
Via Roku Channel Here

 

 

How To Stream The NCAA Tournament With March Madness Live How Does It Work

In order to sign in and watch the action on devices or computers you must

1. Select your TV Provider

2. Provide Your TV Provider ID

3. Click Watch

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This is it. The first week of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.  And this is a big time for streaming. How do I know, because my wife came home from work saying her boss wants to know how to stream the NCAA tournament at work. If you are looking for a way to see the action there are multiple ways to do so. One important way for Americans living overseas to see the action  is via a feed from CBS through a website called USTV Now. This will not give you every game that will be played but it provides access to the games on CBS for free. Keep in mind though, it will not be your local CBS unless you happen to live in the specific part of the country that the feed originates from. US citizens can still access the feed though you will be asked to verify where you are from. Want to see How To Stream NCAA Tournament Games With USTV Now? All you have to do is go to the website listed bellow and create a profile and away you go. The service provides not just CBS but all of the major broadcast networks for free.

What is the Website?
https://www.ustvnow.com/

Is there a way to Watch USTV Now On Roku?
Yes. There is a private Roku channel for USTV Now. For instructions on installing the USTV Now Roku Channel Click Here