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Team Skystream Spotlight – Meet Patrick

Sep 27, 2016 3 days ago No Comments
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We’re starting a series highlighting our awesome employees. We hope that next time you speak with one of them, you’ll know them a little bit better. You may even share some interests in the same movies and TV shows.

This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Patrick. He’s a huge part of our technical support and sales team, and handles the majority of Team Skystream chats on our site.

What’s your role at the company?

Technical support/Sales

 

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My 3 Skystream boxes.

 

What’s your favorite TV Show?

Check it out with Dr. Steve brule

 

Which app do you use most on your Skystream box?

Kodi for life!

 

Favorite movie quote?

“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

 

Favorite album of all time?

2 pac – All eyez on me

 

What three words would you use to describe Skystream?

Can’t live without.

 

What’s your best streaming tip for Skystream customers?

Learn how to use kodi.  It will become your best friend.

 

Stay tuned for another edition of the Team Skystream spotlight. Thank you for being the biggest part of Team Skystream!

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Team Skystream Spotlight – Meet Bobby

Sep 20, 2016 1 week ago No Comments
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We’re starting a series highlighting our awesome employees. We hope that next time you speak with one of them, you’ll know them a little bit better. You may even share some interests in the same movies and TV shows.

Our first employee in the spotlight is Bobby. He’s our shipping genius and a huge part of Team Skystream!

What’s your role at the company?

Shipping genius

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Music

What’s your favorite TV Show?

Entourage

Which app do you use most on your Skystream box?

Phoenix and Exodus

Favorite movie quote? 

“In any profession, it gets to be a grind” – Denzel Washington

Favorite album of all time?

Bullet for My Valentine -The Poison

What three words would you use to describe Skystream?

Best. Company. Ever.

What’s your best streaming tip for Skystream customers?

USE KODI, don’t use the cookie cutter apps. Take time and learn how the unit works, it’s a great investment!

 

Stay tuned for next week’s employee spotlight. Thank you for being the biggest part of Team Skystream!

 

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A Huge Thank You to all of our Awesome Customers!

Sep 16, 2016 2 weeks ago No Comments
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We wanted to write this article to show our deep appreciation to all of the awesome customers who have given us the privilege to help you Stream On!

Since Skystream Technologies was founded in late 2012 we have always been astounded at how loyal our customers are. It is always a pleasure to open up our email each morning and see so many complimentary messages. Emails that say “You guys are awesome, Thank you so much for the help!” or “This box is sweet, Keep up the good work!” really make our day!

Our awesome customers have written a combined 2,000 reviews on Amazon and helped keep all of our products above 4 stars!

Our great customers have turned thousands of friends and family members onto Skystream!

You have shared our posts thousands of times and helped grow the Skystream Family!

When we started this company in late 2012 we had no idea how fast and large the company would grow. When we first started we bought 10 boxes on our credit card with no idea of how we were going to pay it off. Luckily with help from friends and family we were able to sell those 10 boxes and order 20 more. Word quickly spread and we were now ordering 100 boxes at a time. The entire company was run out of a house. Orders were packaged and dropped off at the post office each day. Phone calls were taken on our cell phones and we answered emails on our home computers. Long story short, we were a very small company. But we decided a very long time ago that customer service was the number one priority!

We have always believed that if you treat people well, they will treat you well in return. That belief has been proven correct every single day by each and every one of our wonderful customers!

Sometimes we are just overwhelmed at how much of a family Skystream has become. What started out as a side business has turned into a community of great people that grows each and every day.

We just wanted to write this post to express how thankful everyone here at Skystream is. We are blessed with the worlds best customers!

So thank you for being so awesome! Thank you for sharing our company with your friends and family! Thank you for writing such great reviews on our website and on Amazon! Thank you for helping others on our Forum and the My Skystream Facebook page! Thank you for the kind messages you send us in our email! Thank you for sharing our Facebook posts with your friends!

Thank you for everything you have done to help grow the Skystream family! Without you we would not be here! We are forever indebted to you and eternally grateful!

So from everyone here at Team Skystream, THANK YOU FORM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!

As always, Stream On!

 

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Power Controls on the Skystream ONE Android TV Box

Sep 1, 2016 4 weeks ago No Comments

For the Skystream ONE Android TV Box we added in some convenient power settings. We have incorporated a Sleep Mode and a Power Off function.

 

Sleep Mode

To put your Skystream ONE into Sleep Mode, simply give the Power Button on the stock remote a quick press. This will put the Skystream ONE into Sleep Mode.

To exit out of sleep mode and use your ONE, simply give the power button a quick press, the unit will wake up and you can use it immediately.

Please Note – Putting the ONE into sleep mode will keep the small blue LED light on. If you wish to have the Blue LED light off, simply turn the unit completely off.

 

Power Off

To completely Power Off your Skystream ONE, Press and hold the Power Button.

You will see a pop up appear in the center of your screen. (Pictured Below)

Skystream ONE Power Settings

Simply click the power button once and the unit will Power Off.

This will completely shut off your Skystream ONE.

To turn your unit back on, simply press the power button and let the unit boot to the home screen.

Using the Power Off function will turn the bright blue LED into a dim red LED.

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What is a VPN and do you need one?

Aug 11, 2016 2 months ago No Comments
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What is a VPN and do you need one?

A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a service or program that does a few different things to make your internet usage more secure.  We could go into a long winded 20 page article on how exactly a VPN works. But we are not network engineers, nor do we think that our user would be interested in all of the nuts and bolts. So we will keep it as short as possible.

When you are on your computer at home and click on a website link, your internet connects to that websites server. That server can see your IP address (Think of an IP Address as your computers home address.) When a server sees your IP address it keeps a record of it. Pretty much each and every website that you visit keeps track of each and every connection / IP address that connects to it. This process happens billions of times a minute all across the world.

There are two negative things about how this works. The first is that your IP address / Computers home address are out there and can be viewed by a wide range of people. These people include Hackers, Government employees (NSA, FBI, CIA) and most people with a modest knowledge of computer networks.

Basically whatever you view or websites that you visit can be tracked. This means that while you may feel secure surfing the web in your office or bedroom, basically everything that you do on your computer can be tracked and monitored. Privacy is nonexistent on the internet. You can use Incognito Mode or Safe Browsing all that you want, but that just does not keep a browser history on your local device.

The second problem with this is hackers. Hackers used to be more of a mischievous group. Hacking into things to see if they could, or for bragging rights. But today hacking is big business. It is estimated that over 15 million people in the United States have their Identities stolen Each year. That is roughly 7% of the population. These staggering numbers grow each year and are only poised to get even worse.

While there are many various ways that hackers get credit card number and back account information, one of the main ways that this happens is when people make online purchases. Most of the larger online retailers such as Amazon use HTTPS & SSL Certificates to encrypt customers sensitive data (Skystream does both as well,) not all retailers do.

If the online merchant and you are not using an encryption system or connection, the data is vulnerable to be intercepted by hackers. They basically hack into the connection between you and the merchant and intercept the data. You will never notice, the transaction will be completed just like any other. But now someone in some part of the world has your name, address, email address and your credit card information. They have everything they need to begin making purchases on your behalf without you knowing it. Sometimes banks will notice this activity and notify you. But most of the time you will only notice once you get your credit card statement and notice some crazy charges.

How a VPN (Virtual Private Network) Works

Instead of directly connecting to a website, A VPN service first directs your IP Address to a server of theirs. From there it encrypts the connection and then connects to the website you are connecting to. By doing this it keeps your IP address from being displayed all over the internet and by encrypting the data it helps prevent hackers or anyone else from seeing what you are doing or getting your personal information.

More and more people are starting to use VPN services for a variety of reasons. Some people just don’t like the idea that their privacy online is nonexistent and want something that helps keep their privacy more secure. Some people like to download copy written content and do not want their internet service provider or government agencies to be able to see that and send them letters. Some people have used a VPN service to help protect their credit card information when making online purchases. Some people just use VPN for a better sense of security and privacy while using the internet on their mobile devices.

Another nice feature of most VPN services is that you can use them on a variety of devices all while only having one account. IPVanish and Express VPN both have programs / Apps for Android, IOS, Windows, Mac, Linux and for your Router.

This means that with one account you can ensure the utmost of privacy and security on all of the devices that you use to surf the web and make online transactions.

Kodi & VPN

At this time streaming is completely legal for end users. When you are streaming you are not in possession of the file in any way. You are just viewing a stream that is widely available on the internet. So you do not need a VPN service for strictly Kodi. However added security is never a bad thing.  No one has ever said that they were glad that they had too much security. So while we do not feel it is necessary to have a VPN service while using Kodi, we do feel that it cannot hurt and can only add more privacy.

Do you need a VPN Service?

We cannot answer that question for you. Each person uses the internet differently and has different level of privacy and security needs. But in this day and age of professional hackers and big brother keeping an eye on everyone, we feel that any level of extra security and privacy is worth its weight in gold. For a small monthly or annual fee we feel it is a great addition to your internet usage. And the fact that you can help secure every device in your house and that you use on a daily basis with one account is a great value.

There are so many VPN services. Which one do I choose?

Only the past few months we have tested about 15 different VPN services. We tested all of them on our Android TV Boxes, Android Phones, Android Tablets, IOS Phones and Windows Computers. Out of the 15 VPN services that we tested, two of them stood out as the best overall. IPVanish and Express VPN beat all of the other VPN’s in speeds, ease of use and overall performance.

If you would like to check out either of these highly recommended VPN services just click on the links below to learn more.

Please note that Skystream does not provide support for any VPN service. If you need technical or customer service for a VPN service you will need to contact the VPN service directly.

IPVanish VPN Service

Express VPN Service

Stay Safe, Secure and Stream On!!!

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