Category: Internet TV

Parental Controls on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Chromecast

Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast

A reader recently asked me what type of parental controls the major set-top boxes have. So I decided to do some research and write an article about it. The bottom line is that all of the major set-top streaming boxes have some degree of parental controls, but some are better than others. What do I mean by “parental controls”? I’m talking about limits that a parent can place on the usage of the set-top boxes by their children. These limits may take place within the set-top box operating system or → Read More

Google Chromecast: Stream Video from Your Computer Browser to Your TV


Google Chromecast allows you to wirelessly watch almost anything that you can bring up on your computer’s Chrome browser on your TV. It doesn’t work for showing Power Point presentations or watching video stored on your laptop’s hard drive on your TV though. With phones and tablets, Chromecast works with certain compatible apps like the YouTube player. Chromecast is significantly cheaper than Roku or Apple TV, at only $35!  That’s because it uses your existing laptop to do much of the work.  Chromecast is only concerned with mirroring what is in → Read More

Why I Don’t Use “Free” Illegal TV Streaming Services

Do you use Popcorn Time or other streaming service that allows you to get newly-released movies or TV shows for free? If you’re using a streaming service on your computer, Kodi-based set-top box, tablet, or other Internet-connected device that seems too good to be true, it’s probably illegal. I just read that a major studio is about to sue Popcorn Time and force them to disclose the IP addresses of everyone who uses their service. They could then sue folks who use the service. I thought, maybe this is a → Read More

How to Watch Live Sports Without Cable TV

Dodgers Game

If you love watching sports but don’t want to pay the exorbitant cost of cable TV, there are some great solutions now for watching ESPN, major league baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and other sports for much less than the cost of cable! Scaled-down TV subscription services like Sling TV give you a few channels for a fraction of the cost of full cable TV and with much less hassle! So, here’s the rundown of how to watch sports without spending an arm and a leg for full-blown cable TV! Watch Local → Read More

What to do When You Can’t Get Free Broadcast TV


There are still a lot of people who live too far from the TV transmitters to get free broadcast TV using an antenna. If you are one of them, here are some ideas. The Totally Free Options The options below are completely free.  Some require high-speed Internet access and a device (phone, tablet, or computer) to view them on. 1. The Network Websites I often watch “The Big Bang Theory” for free on the website the day after it airs on broadcast TV.  The major networks have lots of → Read More

How to Get Shows You’ll Enjoy on YouTube!


YouTube is probably best known for cheesy amateur content (videos of people’s cats, stupid human tricks, etc). If you’ve ever tried to search for the latest commercial movies and TV shows on YouTube, you were probably disappointed. However, you can actually find certain types of really good mainstream commercial content on YouTube if you know what to look for.  I’m talking professional, full-length, unedited, and free from commercial interruptions. As a bonus, there is a YouTube app for all of the major set-top boxes (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast), → Read More

Why I Love the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV

I recently purchased the Amazon Fire ($99) to see for myself if we need yet another set-top box to compete with Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast. After playing with it for a while, I’m impressed! What You Get The Amazon Fire TV comes in the now-standard Apple-esque elegant packaging, complete with plastic films that you peel off to reveal virgin surfaces untouched by human hands. The unit is slightly bigger than an Apple TV and has sharp corners, rather than rounded, reminding me of the monolith in “2001: A Space → Read More

Ten Apps for Getting Free TV and Movies on iPad

iPad screenshot with video apps

More and more people are finding movies and TV shows to watch on their iPads. Of course there are pay sites like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video, but I’m a cheapskate; I like the apps with totally FREE shows and movies.  So, I compiled a list of m favorite iPad apps for getting totally free TV and movies on the iPad (most of these work on iPhone as well).  Are you ready? PBS for iPad The PBS app is outstanding, with a good selection of quality full → Read More

Amazon Instant Video: Better than iTunes?

For those who are not entrenched with iTunes, Amazon Instant Video offers a way to rent or purchase movies and TV shows to watch on your computer, or on your TV using Roku.  Here are some of the issues I encountered while attempting to download and watch Amazon Instant Video shows on a variety of platforms. Buyer Beware: SD vs. HD Finding and purchasing the videos was the easy part.  I wanted to get season one of “The Big Bang Theory”, so I simply typed that into the search bar → Read More

How to Mirror Your iPad’s Display to Your TV Using Apple TV

iPad AirPlay mirroring

One of the coolest features of the Apple TV is the ability to “mirror” the display from your iPad or iPhone onto your TV screen.  This enables you to watch almost anything that you can watch on your iPad/iPhone on your TV. Why is this useful?  Well, the Apple TV doesn’t have as many “apps” as Roku has.  However, iOS devices DO have tons of apps.  You can use the iPad app to watch shows on your iPad, then use your Apple TV to “project” a show to your TV → Read More