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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Roku: A must have for cord cutters

A few months back, I purchased a Roku stick for my TV. I already have an Apple TV in one room, which I love for its airplay capabilities and its integration with iTunes and other Apple devices. I heard great things about both the Roku and Chromecast. After researching, I decided to go with the Roku stick because of its versatility with its streaming store. I am not a cord cutter as of yet. While I still enjoy traditional cable television, I absolutely love the world of digital over the top content.
If you are one who has ditched cable or satellite TV all together, the Roku stick is a handy tool for getting the most out of your TV without the cable wires. In the streaming store, you have the opportunity to choose from dozens of OTT channels featuring various genres of all media. If you are in fear of losing your some of your favorite cable channels, you can subscribe to Sling TV which gives you a bunch of channels normally found on your cable lineup. If all that is holding you back are basic broadcast channels like ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, you can still purchase a digital HDTV antenna to get free access to these networks.
As easy as it is to produce content today, it is equally as user friendly to customize the way you consume content. The options are endless and able to fit any needs. Traditional cable and satellite still has tremendous offerings with hundreds of channels now with companion digital on-demand offerings and packages. Pairing a Roku device with Netflix and a few other OTT subscriptions and an old fashioned HDTV antenna is also available to satisfy your TV needs.
The modern media world is all about user control. Discover all of the great new ways to access information and entertainment. Research and figure out what fits your lifestyle.
Enjoy the show!

Monday, July 13, 2015

N3twork: Customized mobile television in its purest form

In today's on the go society, we are always looking for quick and easy ways to access on-demand information and entertainment. Many have replaced their morning appointment with the newspaper with scrolling their smartphone for the latest news and videos. While social media and having access the internet at our fingertips every single second of the day, there is no need to sit down and consume a bunch of current events that happened during the previous day at once. Thanks to modern technology, even the most unsavvy user can keep up with current events live as they unfold directly on a smartphone. Another rapidly growing trend on mobile devices over the past few years is the consumption of videos.
When it comes to video, the internet has allowed the user to become the producer with complete content control. Several new stars in pop culture have reached new heights of success thanks to the exposure provided by websites such as YouTube, Daily Motion, Vimeo and others. Continuing the rise of the mobile revolution, users can now not only produce their own content, but can also create their own personal television network.
Enter the app simply called N3twork. The easy to use interface allows viewers to select content and genres of content that they want to watch and form it into a playlist to watch on their smartphone that plays continuously, similar to a linear television channel. If you have an iPhone, it integrates seamlessly with other Apple products such as the Apple TV so you can airplay your channel directly to your TV set.
If you are an avid user of YouTube and other video sites, this app is a must have. It is refreshing to constantly have an updated pipeline of videos, all catering to your interests, directly on your own customized channel.
I highly recommend trying this one out. Check it out today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The New World of Music

Technology is an amazing thing... Sometimes it can be challenging and complex as it can take time to adjust to utilizing new tools in both the work world and in leisure life. One way or another, technology creates waves in almost every type of industry in the world. While some advances in technology can be extremely helpful, it can be devastating to others. A prime example of this came in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s by way of the internet. The rise of the music industry through vinyl records and the evolution of radio paved the way for new artists from around the world directly to superstardom. Somewhere along the way when the internet became a main staple in the household, software capabilities, such as Napster, led to a rise in file sharing and a decline in record sales. This undoubtedly sent a shockwave throughout the music industry. Was this setback a serious issue that could lead to the decline of the music industry. The answer is absolutely not. While file sharing on the internet created a major issue in the music industry, the internet itself has been utilized by media giants to reinvent music delivery, not only for buying albums from major label artists, but for discovering up and coming artists that might be unknown to the general public. Apple has helped pioneer the new age of media through their iTunes platform and integrating it with the iPod and eventually with the modern day iPhone, bringing millions of tracks and albums directly to the palm of a listeners hand in a few seconds. In the past, a listener's new music discovery path would most likely begin at a concert or by listening to the radio and hoping to catch the name of the artist and track title to go to the local record store and search through bins hoping to find the album that housed their desired track. In the modern day, a listener can pull out their smartphone and use the Shazam app to uncover the artist's name and the track title instantly. The app will then display a link to the iTunes store with the ability to download the song directly. The way that our methods have changed it truly extraordinary. The changing trends do not stop with iTunes and the ability to buy music on a smartphone. The rise of music streaming services have taken off to new levels of success. Several of the services rely on advertising or a subscription based model to generate revenue. It is miraculous how in just a few short years, we have so many new choices through the likes of Pandora, Spotify and now the new Apple Music streaming service to access music and share genre interests with other fans from around the world. The global revolutionary trend continues. Grab a good pair of headphones and step into the new world of audio heaven.