Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Tablo and streaming

I've used Tablo for a while. It's how I watch over the air television at home.

Recently, Tablo rolled out a new generation of devices that offer a lot of new features, but omit one of my favorites: Tablo Connect, where you can watch your TV channels at another location. If you have the older devices, you still have the functionality. I have that. But, the new devices don't support that. I don't have a new device.

Having only older devices means I'm not getting the newer features. One of the features is streaming channels. Recently, Tablo posted an article outlining the streaming channels you get with Tablo.

No matter your preferences — be it cooking, current events, travel or outdoor adventure — Tablo provides over 70 free live-streaming channels for you, offering the added benefit of recording your favorite shows to watch at your convenience! Here is the full list (in alphabetical order) of all the FAST Channels you gain access to for free with a Tablo device.

That is followed by a list of the free ad supported television (FAST) services:

  • Alien Nation
  • Estrella Games
  • Gusto EspaƱol
  • iFood
  • ALL REALITY | WE
  • ALL WEDDINGS | WE
  • allblk
  • Almost Friday
  • AMC En Espanol
  • AMC Thrillers
  • Anime HIDIVE
  • BIKE Mag
  • Bloomberg Originals
  • Bloomberg TV+
  • Bounce XL
  • Bounce
  • Buzfeed Unsolved
  • Circle
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • COURTTV Legendary Trials
  • COURTTV
  • Craftsy
  • Dove Channel
  • DraftKings
  • Entrepreneur TV
  • Estrella News
  • EstrellaTV
  • Fawsome
  • Forbes
  • Free Movies+
  • FUBO Sports Network
  • Grit XTRA
  • Gusto TV
  • History Time
  • Homeful
  • HSN
  • iFC Film Picks
  • Insider
  • ion Mystery
  • ion Plus
  • ion Television
  • JUDGE nosey
  • LAFF more!
  • Love Nature
  • Maximum Effort Channel
  • MSG Sports Zone
  • MyTime Movie Network
  • Nosey
  • Outside
  • Overtime
  • Portlandia IFC
  • Powder
  • QVC
  • Retro Crush
  • Scripps News
  • Skateboarding
  • Slightly Off IFC
  • Snow Boarder
  • So…Real
  • Sportsnews Highlights
  • Stories By AMC
  • Surfer
  • Tastemade Home
  • Tastemade Travel
  • Tastemade
  • The big dish Channel
  • The Country Network
  • The Design Network
  • The Walking Dead Universe
  • The Washington Post
  • Time
  • Total Crime
  • World Poker Tour

All in all a good list. My Streaming Life still users the older Tablo devices, but I may get a new device in the next couple of months. This looks interesting.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Plex for the beginner

I saw an article on the Plex Website recently that was called "A Beginner’s Guide to Plex." When I got Plex it was for my media server. I never really thought about other features of Plex. One reason is that it didn't have a lot of other features when I got Plex. Now, it is more than a media server. You can use the app for more than that.

I still don't use the Plex app for much more than watching from my media server. But, if I wanted to know more, Plex has it covered:

Once you set up your free account with Plex, you’re ready to experience what is truly the go-to entertainment platform for fans (like yourself) to discover movies, shows, fellow fans, and the joy of streaming, daily.

First, like anyone arriving at a new destination for the first time, you’ll want to take a look around. Let us give you a tour.

Welcome Home

Home is where your next favorite thing to watch is (or could be). Here is where you’ll see what’s on Live TV now, what’s most popular now, plus a ton of free curated collections available on demand. And once you customize your Plex further, you’ll see even more—like what’s trending across your favorite services.

The article goes on and covers all the major features of the app. My Streaming Life uses mainly the media server, which I've been running for a while to play my local media. But it has a lot more.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Time to look seriously at Linux?

Over the years, Microsoft has been collecting and monetizing more and more of your data. With recent changes, such as Recall, more people are getting fed up with Microsoft. But what can you do about it?

One option is to switch to Linux. Britec looked at that possibility recently:

[YouTube]

My Streaming Life still uses Windows for my local Plex server, but I'll be moving to Linux soon. I'm so tired of Microsoft's nonsense.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Is Fubo still a thing?

Fubo has had its share of issues lately. Growth has been slower than expected, but in the last few weeks, some analysts are looking more favorably at Fubo.

Still, some are worried. For the average consumer who is a streamer that just wants to watch TV, that doesn't really enter into the day to day thinking. They're wanting to know if they can watch what they want as a reasonable price.

The answer is, of course, what is reasonable? Well, it's whatever you're willing to pay. My son, for instance, recently switched to Fubo. It's $7/month more than YouTube TV, but to him, it was worth it. Fubo has more content he wants.

Along that line, Cord Cutters News had an article this week comparing Fubo and YouTube TV. At the time I write this, the article has some errors. Maybe they're now fixed, but as I link to the article, the errors are there. However, the errors don't impact the conclusionimpact the conclusion:

No one but you can decide what is the right service for you. Fubo, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Philo, and DIRECTV STREAM are all great options. If you re still unsure, take advantage of their free trials to test them out and pick the one you like.

My Streaming Life doesn't often include a service such as Fubo. For my son, though, it does. We all have our different requirements from a streaming service. Find yours.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Google changing product names again?

Google is changing the name of something. Again.

Remember a few years back when Google Cast was renamed "Chromecast built-in?" If not, well they did. That's what's important in all this.

Now, Google is rebranding "Chromecast built-in" as ... wait for it ... "Google Cast." Ta dah!

Why the name change? Who knows. It's Google being Google, and that's reason enough I suppose.

Website 9to5Google noticed the change this week 9to5Google noticed the change this week:

The updated branding is referenced on Android.comon Android.com (with chromecast.com/built-in redirecting to that page) and this Google Support articlethis Google Support article

Google Cast (formerly Chromecast built-in) delivers multi-screen TV and audio experiences with speakers.

"Google Cast" inherently gets "Google" into the name, so that could be why this change is happening today.

I'm not picking on Google. Well, maybe. But they aren't alone. Remember when everything Apple was "i-this" and "i-that" and such? Now it's "Apple this" and "Apple that" and so on. Companies do that.

The Chromecast name appears to now belong exclusively to the streaming devices. I will look for other Chromecast compatible devices, such as the Walmart Onn Streaming Device line to see if the packaging changes to reflect Google Cast or if Chromecast remains. That depends, I suspect, on whether Chromecast refers to Google's device exclusively, or to any such streaming device apart from a TV with the functionality built in.

My Streaming Life uses Chromecast and Chromecast compatible devices. A simple name change won't impact me, or you. But I wonder what is actually behind it, and if it's more than simply branding. What lurks underneath?

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Philo increases price? Philo is free? Yes, and yes.

Follow me on this. Yesterday, Philo announced a free ad supported television (FAST) service. There are over 70 channels involved, and some even offer DVR service.

Yesterday, Philo announced a price increase to $28/month (up from $25) for its standard pay TV service (streaming cable, or vMVPD service).

So, yeah, both.

Philo's pay TV service is great. No local channels, and no news and sports (well, not the big boys anyway), but a lot of entertainment channels. A bargain at $25/month, and still a bargain when the price goes up in a couple of weeks (June 12, 2024).

The FAST service is smaller than, say, Pluto TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, and the like, but still pretty good:

  • 4UV
  • All Reality WE tv
  • All Weddings WE tv
  • AllBlk Gems
  • AMC Thrillers
  • Anger Management
  • ANIME x HIDIVE
  • Are We There Yet?
  • BBC News
  • beIN Sports XTRA
  • The Bob Ross Channel
  • Cheddar News
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • CINEVAULT
  • CINEVAULT Westerns
  • CINEVAULT: Classics
  • Cold Case Files
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • Confess by Nosey
  • Cowboy Way
  • Crackle
  • Crime 360
  • Crime Cults Killers by A&E
  • Crime ThrillHer
  • Dance Moms
  • Deal Zone
  • Drag Race Universe
  • Duck Dynasty
  • Ebony TV by Lionsgate
  • FailArmy
  • Game Show Central
  • GET Comedy
  • Growing Up Hip Hop WE tv
  • Gusto TV
  • HerSphere
  • Home.Made.Nation
  • Ice Road Truckers
  • IFC Films Picks
  • INFAST
  • INTROUBLE
  • INWONDER
  • Kin
  • Matched, Married, Meet
  • Modern Marvels
  • Movie Favorites by Lifetime
  • MovieSphere by Lionsgate
  • MSG SportsZone
  • Mythical 24/7
  • Nashville
  • OuterSphere by Lionsgate
  • Outside TV
  • Overtime
  • People Are Awesome
  • The Pet Collective
  • PlayersTV
  • pocket.watch
  • Portlandia
  • RetroCrush
  • Revry
  • Ryan and Friends
  • Scares by Shudder
  • Screambox TV
  • Slightly Off IFC
  • Stories by AMC
  • Tastemade Home
  • Tastemade Travel
  • Tiny House Nation
  • TV One Crime & Justice
  • UnXplained Zone
  • USA TODAY
  • Vevo '80s
  • Vevo '90s
  • Vevo Country
  • Vevo Features
  • Vevo Hip-Hop
  • Vevo Pop
  • The Walking Dead Universe

And many have DVR functionality, according to Cord Cutters News:

"Another way we have been working to bring more value to our subscribers is by expanding the catalog of free channels we offer as part of Philo. We currently have a curated selection of 70+ free channels — from reality to music, news to classic TV — with more to be added over time. What’s new is that users will now be able to sign up to watch and record a majority of free channels without being a Core subscriber or providing a credit card. Whether someone's not ready to make the jump to Core or is simply taking a break, we still want to provide them with a wide selection of great shows and movies." Philo said in a statement on its website.

My Streaming Life doesn't usually include pay TV services such as Philo, but that is a service that I would consider if a family member wanted more than what is currently available for free. Philo continues to be a favorite of mine, even with a price increase.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Another look at the Peacock discounts

Following up yesterday's article on Peacock's Military Appreciation sale, Michael Timmermann talks about Peacock offering a special low yearly price to lock in before an upcoming price hike:

[YouTube]

As I've said before, I don't watch Peacock a lot, but it is a good service at a good price. It's not necessarily Peacock that I don't watch, it's most pay streaming services. My Streaming Life uses a lot of free ad supported television (FAST). That will probably be the case for a while. But that is a good deal about Peacock.