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How to Save Money Each Month on your Internet Bill!

Mar 14, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
How to save money each month on your internet bill

As you know, here at SkyStream we are all about saving people money. We thought we would share with you another way the Cable/Internet Company is making money from you each and every month and also how to save money each month. If you get Internet from a company, there is a very strong chance that you are also using one of the Modem/Routers that they gave to you when they had a technician come to your house and set up your service. Cable/Internet providers are not happy with just gouging you each and every month for cable alone, they also want to make money on the equipment that is used to deliver their service to you. Whether you know it or not, you are being charged each month for each cable box, DVR, and Modem/Router that is in your house. These fees are usually shown on your bill as equipment fees, DVR Rental, HD Cable Box, Modem Rental, Wi-Fi, and a lot of other names that are meant to not stand out on your bill. While you cannot get away from paying a rental fee each month for a proprietary cable box or DVR, you can purchase your own Modem/Router. I’ll admit that I was using the standard Modem/Router from my cable company for a year or so before I realized that I was getting the short end of the stick. I noticed that on my bill I had two separate fees each month for my Internet service. The first one was $5 rental fee for my Modem. The second fee was $4 for Wi-Fi. So, in essence I was paying $60 each month to use their modem, and another $48 each month for the Modem that I was already paying for to blast out Wi-Fi. I found it ridiculous that I was paying $108 each year to rent something and using one of its main features (Wi-Fi). So I began researching if I could purchase a Modem/Router that was compatible with my Internet service. I actually found that on my internet provider’s website they had a list of compatible routers that I could use for internet and Wi-Fi. I found that there were about 20 different models from which I could choose. I purchased one for $90 (I wanted the Mack Daddy), but there are many different models that can be bought for about $60. Please note – You will need to call your Internet provider once you have received your new modem so that they can provision it (Place it in their system as the modem that you have on your account and send it a signal so it will receive the internet from them.) Once you have the modem provisioned and it’s receiving Internet you may want to change the name and password for your new modem. This process is different for each modem, so please refer to your owner’s manual or quick start guide. IMPORTANT!!! – Make sure that you call your Internet provider and have…

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Cutting Cable with an Android TV Box

Mar 14, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
Skystream ONE Android TV Box

Cutting Cable with an Android TV Box So by now I’m sure you have read tons of articles about cutting your cable one way or the other. I’m sure you have read about buying a streaming device and paying $8-10 a month for Netflix or Hulu. While there is nothing wrong with going about it that way, you still have a cable bill of 8 or 10 dollars. Besides, who knows how long it will be until one or both of them decide to raise their prices or start charging extra for premium content. I can almost guarantee that this will happen in the near future. So if you decide to go this route, not only will you still be paying for content but you will be paying for limited content. Not the wisest choice if you ask us. But what other options are there out there you ask? We can definitely help with that! Cutting cable with an Android TV Box is definitely the best way to go about cutting your cable. But it is not a method that most people are familiar with because it’s fairly new and not publicized with millions of dollars of advertising. So how does one go about cutting cable with an Android TV Box? What benefits are there to cutting your cable using the Android TV platform? I will break down how to use an Android TV Box to cut your cable and what all of the benefits are. How to Cut your Cable with an Android TV Box? Cutting cable with an Android TV Box is much simpler than you might think. It’s actually extremely easy to do. If you have a smart phone and are familiar with how apps work then you are a step ahead of the game. Cutting cable with an Android TV Box is just as easy as using an Android Phone or Tablet. The only difference is that the Phone or Tablet screen that you are used to is now being shown in HD on your TV screen. Here are the step by step directions on how to cutting cable with an Android TV Box. Purchase a SkyStream Android TV Box. Plug the power supply into the wall. Connect the power supply into the back of the Android TV Box. Plug the provided HDMI cord into the back of your TV. Plug the HDMI cable into the back of your SkyStream Android TV Box. Turn your TV on and switch your video source until you find to which source the Android set top box is connected. Connect your SkyStream to the internet (10 MBPS or higher is recommended) with an Ethernet Cable (Hard Wired) or via WiFi (Wireless) Click on Kodi on your home screen and start searching for TV Shows, HD Movies, Live Sports and Live TV Streams. Click on what you want to watch and Enjoy! Call your cable company and tell them to take a hike!!! That was pretty easy right? Now that you are done…

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The Future of Ultra High Definition 4K Streaming

Mar 14, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
4K Streaming

4K Streaming As most of you have seen lately, more and more TV’s are now coming with 4K Ultra HD capabilities. Many of the newest high-end TVs can even play 4K content at 60 frames per second. While these new TVs are fantastic and have the ability to offer beautiful pictures at amazing resolutions, there is a lack of 4K content currently. To put this into perspective, TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, and Vizio are in a constant battle to put out new TVs with new features. This is great for the market and for people to buy brand new TVs with tons of features. The only problem with TV manufacturers pumping out TVs with 4K Ultra HD capabilities is that there is very little 4K content available to watch. So while the TV industry is pushing out TV’s with the latest 4K resolutions, many content providers are scrambling to film video content in this Ultra HD format. But even at this point in 2015, the majority of video content is still filmed in 1080P at 30-60 FPS. Streaming and 4K Ultra High Definition Video Content Video streaming and 4K HD content are both in their infancy. While streaming has taken off in the past few years and there is tons of video and music content, there is not very much content on any platform for streaming. Besides a few shows that are being recorded and broadcast on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video there is really no 4K content. Besides the fact that not many shows and movies are being created using 4K Ultra High Definition, there are a few other things that need to improve before streaming 4K content will be the norm. Server costs and server bandwidth are two of the major limitations for streaming 4K content. Without video compression a 4K movie file is about four times the size of a 1080P movie file. So to stream one 4K movie is roughly the same as streaming four 1080P movies at the same time. The sheer size of the video files and the bandwidth needed to stream 4K content are two of the biggest hurdles to overcome before streaming 4K content is an everyday thing. One of the ways developers are using to combat the sheer size of 4K files is called compression. Most file formats use some type of compression to make the files smaller without losing very much of the quality. The latest compression format which was developed specifically for 4K content is H.265. Other variations of the H.265 compression codec are called x265 and HEVC. With any of these video compression codecs you can expect it to cut the size of a 4K video file to about half of its original size, but still twice the size as a 1080P video file. While streaming a file twice as big as a 1080P file is no problem for a good server and someone with a good Internet connection, when you scale that up to thousands…

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Proprietary vs Open Source Streaming Media Players

Mar 14, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
Streaming Media Players

Proprietary vs Open Source Streaming Media Players As streaming video content from the Internet continues to grow all over the world, consumers have more and more options on what streaming media player to purchase. With so many options on streaming media players it’s important to look at the platform on which the player runs. While there are many different variations of operating systems out there, we will keep it simple and look at the two main categories. Proprietary operating systems and Open Source operating systems. Proprietary Streaming Media Player Software Roku is by far the most well known proprietary streaming media player in the streaming space. Roku units run on a Linux-based operating system. Linux is a highly customizable, fairly simple operating system. While it’s a great operating system it has one major flaw in that it’s a proprietary system. This means that it can only run programs and applications specifically designed for that exact Linux build. The reason this is such a large flaw is that with a proprietary streaming media player you do not have access to any third party applications or programs. There is no app store and no real third party developers creating programs for your streaming media player. Another subsection of proprietary streaming media players are hybrid based operating systems. Some of the popular models of these hybrid streaming players are the Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and the Google Chromecast. All three of these streaming media players use a proprietary version of the Android operating system. These streaming media players use a proprietary version of Android. Basically they use the Android operating system as a base for the firmware and then build their own proprietary system on top of it. For this example of a hybrid streaming media player we will focus on the Amazon units instead of the Google Chromecast because the Chromecast is basically just a mirroring device. While both of the Amazon Fire streaming media players run on a base of Android, they have basically locked down the Google Play store from their units in place of the Amazon App Store. Long story short; Amazon wants you to get all of your apps and programs from their app store instead of using Google’s. This means increased revenue for Amazon and less choices for the consumer. With this being said you can side load android apps onto an Amazon Streaming media player, but this requires using a computer and a less then secure unsupported third party app. At the end of the day do you really want to start hacking a brand new streaming media player? Open Source Streaming Media Players Open Source Streaming Media Players are exactly what they’re named after, Open Source. But what does open source mean? Open source means that you are basically able to get anything that you want with your streaming media player without any restrictions. In the current video content streaming world there is only really one truly open source streaming media platform. This would…

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Android Set Top Box

Mar 13, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
Skystream ONE Android TV Box

Android Set Top Box As I am sure you already know from seeing our website, we are in the business of manufacturing and programming Android Set Top Boxes and Android KODI Players. If you are reading this you may have been searching the internet for information about an Android Set Top Box and may be wondering what they can do. In this article we will cover both of these subjects. What is an Android Set Top Box? An Android Set Top Box is a small miniature computer that is powered by the Android operating system. An Android Set Top Box connects to your TV in one of two ways. They can connect to an older TV with an A/V (Audio / Video, Yellow Red and White RCA connections) and connects to newer televisions with an HDMI Cable. Android Set Top Boxes also have a range of other connections and ports that can be used for various things. USB ports – Android Set Top Boxes usually come with at least one USB port. This port can be used for a wide range of things. Some of the most common are connecting a wireless keyboard or mouse to the unit, Connecting a flash or jump drive to the unit, connecting an external hard drive to the unit and using a flash drive to add or save data files to. SPDIF & Optical Audio Outputs – Most Android Set Top Boxes have one of these additional audio outputs. These are mainly used by people who have a home audio system outside of their television. Most users use the audio that comes from the standard HDMI cable. These extra audio ports offer versatility when setting up an Android Set Top Box. HDMI – Every Android Set Top Box should come with an HDMI output. If you are unfamiliar with what an HDMI connection it is basically an all in one connection that connects an Android Set Top Box to a flat screen TV. An HDMI connection transfers the high quality video and sound from the Android Set Top Box to the TV in one easy connection. HDMI cables are able to transfer a huge amount of video and audio data seamlessly. It has become the gold standard in audio and video connections. So besides the standard ports and connections, what exactly can an Android Set Top Box do? Android Set Top Boxes are extremely versatile in what they can do. One of the main things that they do is turn your standard TV into an Android tablet. What this means is that you are able to do everything you can do on an Android tablet or phone, you can now do on your home television. Everything from reading emails, surfing the internet, playing games, checking and posting to social media sites and with the SkystreamX you can watch all of your favorite TV Shows, Movies and Live sporting events. Basically an Android Set Top Box turns your TV into a personal computer. It eliminates…

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