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Monday, November 30, 2015

Old OTA TV Antenna with New TV Set Works by AskUncleDave

The only reasons you would buy an Over the air antenna is because you don't already have one.

Today's antennas are small,light weight and vary in ranges. Usually, they come in 30 mile 40 mile and 50 mile ranges but in my opinion You get more range with an older antenna

If you already have the steel, heavy, old style antennas, your grandfather used to use, installed on your roof, you don't need anything else Providing your television set was made after 2007.

You don't even need a digital converter box because these newer TVs have a digital tuner and software inside

Over-the-Air Broadcast hasn't changed since the invention of TV. The only thing that has changed is the What television stations offer. Alone side analog Broadcast signal it is also Digital

Don't be confused between the meaning of digital and high definition(720p,1080p). You can still receive a digital Channel but it can be in standard definition (480P)

Most of the major networks like CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox are usually high definition widescreen broadcast

 "Digital Television (DTV) is an advanced broadcasting technology that has transformed the television viewing experience. DTV enables broadcasters to offer television with better picture and sound quality, and multiple channels of programming. Since June 13, 2009, full-power television stations nationwide have been required to broadcast exclusively in a digital format.
The switch from analog to digital broadcast television is known as the Digital Television Transition. In 1996, Congress authorized the distribution of an additional broadcast channel to every full-power TV station so that each station could launch a digital broadcast channel while simultaneously continuing analog broadcasting.  Later, Congress set June 12, 2009 as the deadline for full power television stations to stop broadcasting analog signals." by FCC.Gov

The other advantage of using an antenna mounted on your house, or in your attic, brings over the service your cable company delivers is that the signal is uncompressed. The cable companies are delivering multiple services Cable TV, Telephone, and Internet, so they are forced to compress these signals in order to deliver them fast through a coax cable at the same time.

Uncompressed signals gives you beautiful Picture quality. When people see it live and for the first time they describe it as almost 3 dimensional.

The best part when using an antenna is that it's totally, Totally free

Watch the video below from my YouTube channel AskUncleDave for more about these old style antennas

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Infuse 4 for Apple TV 4: first look (video)

Infuse 4 for Apple TV 4: first look (video)

Infuse, one of the most popular media players for iOS, is coming soon to the new Apple (it should be availabe on the Apple TV App Store by the end of the year). The first beta has been sent out to beta testers on Wednesday and some of them have already managed to record and share the videos showing the app in action on the Apple TV 4.

Here is my YouTube  AskUncleDave video showing off the setup process and some details on how Infuse 4 will actually work on the 4th generation Apple’s set-top box.

Infuse 4 will be a universal app (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) and will come as a free update for all current Infuse 3 Pro users.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Apple TV 4 App Saves Media to Your ATV Hard Drive !!!

When we shop for a new iOS device like an iPad, iPhone, and iPod we tend to keep in mind the amount of storage we could buy because we want to be able to bring our Media with us so we can watch Movies, TV shows, and Music.

Most People want to enjoy watching their media without worrying about Storage, internet connection speeds, and eating through our Data Plans

Apple sells iOS devices that come in 16gb, 32GB, 64gb, and 128gb but what about the Apple TV 4? why only 32GB and 64GB?

Apple figures most ATV customers will just stream content via DLNA/UPnP or use home sharing for content we purchased on iTunes. So the small hard drive is to just store Apps and data

I don't think apple would imagine that people may want to download Media to the ATV hard drive so that we can use the Apple TV in the car, like i did ( Apple TV 4 in The Car detailed ) or bring their ATV to a Friends House

There is an app that allows you to do just that. Save your collection right on the ATV hard drive itself

Watch the Youtube video on my channel "AskUncleDave"

In this video i give you an overview of all the media apps i use on ATV and if you skip to 12:20 you will see the app that allows you to download Media to ATV for offline use.

I don't want to mention the name of the App in the article. So Apple, you will just have to watch the video to find out!! Apple, Please don't Pull it from the App Store

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Apple TV 4 in The Car

Setting up an Apple TV in Your Home is easy. It's a matter of plugging the HDMI into the back of the ATV and the other end into the HDMI input on the back of the television set.

In the car, most Radio head units don't come with an HDMI inputs. You may see a composite RCA output so you can hook up rear screens for your passengers to view Media.

Some radios, have HDMI inputs but usually they are locked Down and give you a watered Down experience using the manufacturers Apps proxied buy your mobile Devices operating system. just like Apples Carplay or pioneer's AppRadio

If your car's Head unit has a DVD Player you may be able to watch a movie in the front seat as long is your car isn't the park position

All of the above mentioned are in place to Keep you safe so you're not distracted. Makes sense don't it

What if you want the full experience our mobile devices give us. What if you want the the experience you get in your home, like with the new Apple TV 4?

The Apple TV 4 is a great media streaming box to using your car for many reasons. It has a ever expanding app store, not only for media but for games.

The Siri Remote, unlike the previous ATV remotes is Bluetooth. You now don't have to worry about line of sight so you can install the Apple TV anywhere in the car. The glove box, the trunk under the seat etc.

Air play now works without the need to have a router in your car providing you have a fairly new device running IOS 8 or better. Apple calls it peer to peer

You can also save a large movie, TV and Music Collection on the Apple TVs hard drive using the
"One Video" ATV app seen in my video here: Apple TV 4 App Saves Media to Your ATV Hard Drive !!!. Storing the actual movie on the Apple TVs hard drive is great if you don't have an Internet connection in your car.

Restrictions, the lack of inputs, and the power supply are three of the hurdles stopping most from connecting any sort of secondary Device to your cars Radio display

In the video below you can see my setup and find out what works and what doesn't work

One last thing to mention is that I use this set up to entertain the passengers in the rear not so I can watch while I'm driving. You may want to also.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

New Apple TV 4 HDMI CEC Control Volume and Power

New Apple TV 4 HDMI CEC Control Volume and Power 
written by AskUncleDave

During Apple's 2015 September event, Eddy Cue, Apple's senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, talked about the Apple TV 4 having the Feature called HDMI CEC Control.

Photo courtesy of Apple

Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is an HDMI feature designed to allow the user to command and control CEC-enabled devices connected through HDMI by using just one of their remote controls (for example by controlling a television set, set-top box, PVR/DVR, and DVD player using only the Siri remote control). CEC also allows for individual CEC-enabled devices to command and control each other without user intervention.
In order for HDMI-CEC to work, in regards to the ATV, you need the correct Hdmi Cable and a Television set that has this capability. Don't fret, most of the TV sets sold in the last couple of years have this. most of the hdmi cables made today, aside really cheap ones that sell for couple of buck on ebay, will work. 
Hdmi version 1.2a or better have this 
Before you start poking around your TV settings you need to know that almost every TV manufacturer calls it something different

HDMI-CEC Trade Names

  • AOC: E-link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC (Thank you, Hitachi!)
  • LG: SimpLink
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
  • Vizio: CEC (Thank you, Vizio!)
The video in this article goes into detail about what you need to setup on both your Apple TV, and in this case, a Television to control Power and Volume with just a Siri Remote 

Source: How-to geek

Monday, November 2, 2015

Apple TV 4 Official Plex App with NAS Plex Server Explained

Running Plex on an Apple TV prior to tvOS isn’t something new – people have been running custom Apple TV apps like Plex for years by using custom markup languages and JavaScript combined with simple DNS trick.
Now, that Apple offers customers an Apple TV App Store and Xcode to developers, Plex has released official Plex app.
To run Plex (Player) on Apple TV 4 you need to have the latest Plex Media Server running on a Mac, PC, Linux, FreeBSD or a NAS that can transcode. More info can be found on Plex Support.
Here is my video showing the new Apple TV app with Plex Server running on a NAS.

You can find more videos on my YouTube channel AskUncleDave.
Note that DRM-protected content (such as video from the iTunes store), ISO disc images, and VIDEO_TS folders are not supported in Plex for Apple TV.
Plex app is free in the Apple TV App Store.i uploaded a video showing the new Apple TV App with Plex Server running on a NAS