The Nvidia Shield may be the most powerful streaming box on the market but like any product, it has some drawbacks. Its greatest drawback is that its apps are all lined up from right to left on the home screen which is ok when you only have a few, but can be cumbersome when you have 40. Using an app right out of the Shield’s Google Play Store you can change this. The app, called TV Launcher 3 has been available for Android devices for some time and its port to the Android TV platform is polished and easy to use. Take a look at how it works.
Access Side Loaded Apps on The Nvidia Shield Home Screen
Profiles for Hulu allow users to set up profiles for kids.
Hulu profiles have arrived for IOS. Netflix is no longer alone in the streaming realm when it comes to providing personalized selections as the new profiles option will give users the ability to make their selections more their own. Like the profiles on Netflix users answer questions about what sort of TV shows and movies they enjoy. In just a few short steps you can set up your profile and no longer get suggestions that make no sense for you from Hulu.
Is Hulu Kid Friendly It Can Be make it a Kid Safe App
The profiles provide an option that never existed on Hulu before, Kids Lock. Kids lock is an option that you can turn on with a tap and unlock with your password which sets up a Kid safe environment.
How to set up Hulu profiles
1. Click Add Profile.
2. Name the profile. For Kid friendly content click the white switch that says Kids.
3. To Create your Hulu profile click the green button titled Create Profile.
4. Click PERSONALIZE MY PROFILE
5. Check out the types of shows and movies listed and choose the ones that appeal to you. This will help Hulu build your profile to your tastes.
Channel PEAR is an IPTV portal that is available as a private channel on Roku, as an official app in the Amazon Fire TV Store and as an addon for Kodi and Plex which means you can access it on almost anything else. Channel PEAR has been around for a few years now and has changed its website and requirements over that period. So after numerous questions and a friendly phone call from a reader in Texas I decided it was time to update info about how to get set up using this option.
In order to get channel PEAR set up you will need a computer or wireless device, Phone, Tablet or even an iPod touch. Just something that is wifi enabled and has a screen that you can type info with.
Getting Signed up with Channel PEAR Getting an account with Channel PEAR is no different than signing up for any service.
4. You must create a user name and provide an email address. If you do not provide a real email address you will not be able to access channel PEAR.
5. Check your email for the Channel PEAR activation email.
6. Click the activation URL link in the email.
Different devices require different steps, but by far I get the most questions about how to set up Channel PEAR on Roku than anything else. So in this article we will also show you how to set up Channel PEAR on the Roku.
How To Set Up Channel PEAR On A Roku
On your Computer or Wireless device
1. If you have a Roku you will first need to sign into your Roku account.
2. Next you will need to add the Roku Private Channel for channel PEAR it is not in the Streaming Channels. Get it Here
3. Unplug your Roku and plug it back in or go to Settings and do a System Update. Once the Roku Reboots Channel PEAR will be the last channel in your lineup.
4. Open Channel PEAR on your Roku
5. You Should See a Code at the top of the screen.
The Next steps require that you go back to your computer or wireless device
On Your Computer or Wireless Device
1. Go go to the Channel PEAR home page. Click here
2. At the top of the home page is are 6 headings. One is called Library. Select Library or click here
3 On the library page there is another list of headings beginning with Add Media. Choose the option called pair device and select your device from the dropdown menu.
4. Choose the Roku
5. Type in your Channel PEAR code from the TV screen in to the box and give it a minute to sign in.
6. You should now have your Channel PEAR Synced with your Roku.
Adding Video options When you launch Channel PEAR you will find it blank. In order to add video channel click on the heading at the top of the homepage called Media DB.
Once at the Media DB page Choose a channel to add and click add to library.
Do I need to sign up for a paid account? No. The paid accounts are there for those who wish to be able to add more than 5 Channels at a time. If you keep your channel listing to 5 channels you do not need an account. If you try to add a 6th channel you will be prompted to sign up for an account. You can add and drop channels when ever you want.
The CW channel for Roku is easy to use and best of all its totally free. Unlike a number of network based Roku channels users can access everything on the CW channel without the need to sign in to the channel with a cable password. This means that for cord-cutter CW fans the CW world is yours for the viewing. The entire lineup of CW shows will be available in season and will feature the last five episodes of any show in-season. That means you have at least a month to watch any of your favorites before the season moves on. You may remember that was the case with CW shows on Hulu also.
If you have not had your fill of politics after about two full years of ads, debates and constant news coverage then you are probably looking forward to the first presidential debate this Monday. If you would like to take in the debate online we would like to share a few ways we have found about how to stream the Trump Vs Clinton debate.
One way you will be able to stream the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is via Twitter. The feed which will be available through Bloomberg will carry the debate on the quick hitting social media platform. It may be a great place to watch and contribute to a national discussion.
Facebook will be another place to take in the debate. Emagine politics on Facebook right? All jokes aside though Facebook is a natural fit in today’s connected world. Many people will probably be on Facebook during the debate in the first place. Just try to be nice to the folks on your friend list. It will all be over soon, thank goodness. The debate can be found on Facebook via ABC’s Facebook page.
Watch the Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton debate on Facebook
YouTube Like the two major party national conventions YouTube will be a place to watch the debate. And if the conventions were any indication it may be a very good place to do so. The conventions were presented commercial and commentary free. Given YouTube’s apps on seemingly every platform it should serve streamers well.
YouTube Channels that have been announced as debate sources so far
How to Watch The Olympics on Roku? Its very easy with the NBC Sports channel. The channel taps into all of NBC’s Olympics related content and organizes all of the events into categories. It is easy to navigate and may be the best TV everywhere app to come along that we have ever taken a look at. With the sprawling amount of sports, contests and the myriad of channels that NBC is employing to offer comprehensive 2016 Olympics coverage the ability to access all of the events from one single place is just great.
Special note. NBC has a channel on Roku called NBC Gold. Despite the name, NBC Gold is not where you view Olympics events. What NBC has done is rebranded their NBC sports channel as the Olympics channel. In fact you can access the regular NBC sports channel by choosing the options using the * button. There is also a spanish version of the channel.
This Friday millions of people around the world will watch the parade of nations and the opening
ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Americans living overseas will not be able to see the NBC broadcast on local television or in many cases on the Internet because of restrictions placed on foreign-based IP addresses. Luckily that is an easy fix because of a streaming service called USTV Now.
What is US TV Now USTV Now, an Internet-based service that provides both a US based cable package for a nominal fee as well as a free feed of major network channels, will pipe NBC’s full coverage straight to anybody that signs up online at its website. Viewers can stream content via computers as well as tablets, cell phones, an app for Plex, and an app for Kodi. Even attaching a computer to a TV via an HDMI cable, if the option is available, will let families and friends gather around the television to take in the action together.
Got a Google Cast Device (Chromecast, NVIDIA Shield or many TV’s) learn how to stream the Olympic with USTV Now Here
For information on USTV Now click here to be taken to the official website.
Want learn how to stream the Republican National Convention? You will be able to do so with a new app made just for the event. The App, available for IOS and Android will stream every speaker in what the organizers are calling “gavel to gavel coverage” The app will be great for political junkies who want to see some of the quirkier moments of the convention that are typically ignored by the national media.
What is the difference between watching the convention on an app and on TV? First of all as noted above. The app gives users coverage of every speech VS what most network coverage does, which is show the prime-time slot speakers.
Can you use the App on TV?
Users who have an Android-based set-top box can do so. Users could also choose to mirror their IOS devices with an Apple TV. We have not had a chance to do so with AirPlay because there is not coverage to test it with. We will check into this and update as info becomes available.
Want to learn How To Add Plex Channels To The NVIDIA Shield Media Server? The new Plex Media Server on the NVIDIA Shield is wound right into the Plex app. This provides a lot of advantages for NVIDIA Shield users including local media storage and the ability to launch all of their media directly from the set top device without the need to run a separate computer.
One tricky issue though is adding channels. The interface has no channel listing section like some other apps and the plex website. Follow this guide to learn How To Add Plex Channels To The NVIDIA Shield Media Server. Also for more see our video at the bottom of the page.
Cancelling HBO Now is a subject that comes up often in our email inbox. Some people think I am somehow connected to the process which is actually almost as funny as it is annoying. People have threatened to sue me if “I” don’t stop charging them for “My” service. I have a feeling most of you reading this story are fully aware that I am not in any way connected with HBO Now.
We have put together a video about how to cancel HBO Now on and Android device. In the video we are using the Mach 10 64 Bit Android box from ARNU Box, but the process is the same regardless of the Android device one owns. Cancelling HBO Now is taken care of via the Google Play store. Check out the video to see the simple method on How to cancel HBO Now on Android.
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