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Youtube – The Most Underrated Streaming App for an Android TV Box

Apr 14, 2017 4 months ago No Comments
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We are sure you have heard of Youtube. Youtube is a video streaming platform where anyone can upload videos to and allow the world to view them. In this article  we will show you why Youtube is the most underrated streaming app around and why it is a great to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box. But first a few crazy Youtube statistics. 1.3 Billion use Youtube all over the world. That is almost 19% of the entire world’s population! over 300 hours of video is uploaded to Youtube every minute. That is 18,000 hours of video uploaded every hour and over 432,000 hours uploaded each day! Over 3.25 Billion hours of video are watched on Youtube each month. That is over 78 Billion hours viewed each year! So let’s get down to why Youtube is so underrated and why it is so awesome to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box. Hands down Youtube has the largest amount of streaming content in the world. With so much content there is something for everyone. While Youtube does not stream TV Shows and Movies, it has content on just about any subject. We will touch on just a few things you can find on Youtube. 4K Content on Youtube Youtube has a huge selection of 4K content. Maybe the largest in the world. Now this content is not the newest blockbuster as Youtube does not allow any copywritten content to be uploaded onto its site. But they have a ridiculous amount of beautiful 4K content from all over the world. From the beaches of Hawaii, to the skyscrapers in Dubai, Youtube has it in 4K. They also have lots of cook 4K drone footage. If you want to show of your brand new 4K TV to your friends, just type 4K into the search bar in Youtube and stream away.   Live News on Youtube Youtube recently rolled out a feature that allows users to live stream content onto Youtube. These streams are live when the user is live streaming them and then get turned into an on demand video after the live stream has ended. This has led many major news outlets to live stream large news events on Youtube as it reaches millions of people in real time. Simply type news,  live news or live into the search bar and start looking for news stories or live streams that interest you.   Hobby and Interest videos on Youtube This is one of our favorite types of streaming content on Youtube. Everyone has a hobby or something that they are interested in. Chances are if you are interested in it, other people are as well and there is a 99.9% chance that Youtube has tons of videos on whatever you are interested in. Don’t be scared, give it a try. We are pretty sure you will be blown away by how much cool content there is on whatever you are searching for. Cooking, Cars, Electronics, Golf, Interior Design, Photography,…

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How To Stream The Final Presidential Debate

Oct 18, 2016 10 months ago No Comments
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There are lots of questions going into the final debate before the Presidential Election next month. What kind of pant suit will Hilary wear? What kind of strange faces will Donald Trump make? Ok, so maybe there are some more pressing issues. One of the biggest questions is where can you stream the final debate? We’ve got you covered on that. The final presidential debate will take place tomorrow night at 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT and will be moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Every major broadcaster will air the debate. So if you have an HD Antenna, you’ll be golden. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have an Antenna, there are still plenty of places to stream the debate. YouTube will be airing the debate. You can choose any major network’s YouTube channel and watch there. We’ve included a link to the PBS stream below, because we’ve got your back. If you’re watching on a mobile device, the ABC News, NBC News, and CBS News apps for Android and iOS will have the debate streaming. For those of you who may not be able to stand the sight of the two candidates, but would still like to listen, www.npr.org has you covered on that front. If you don’t want to watch, that’s cool too. We hope this helps for those of you who will be tuning in. As always, Stream On!  

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What are Network Powerline Adapters?

May 10, 2016 5 months ago No Comments
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What are Network Powerline Adapters? Almost everyone has a Wi-Fi router in their house these days. Wi-Fi gives you the convenience of being able to connect many wireless devices to the internet by just connecting to the router and entering the password. Due to its convenience Wi-Fi is extremely common these days. Most cable company modems come with Wi-Fi capabilities, but they normally charge the customer a monthly fee for the privilege of using the Wi-Fi. Click below if you would like to know how to save money each month on your cable bill. While Wi-Fi is great and super convenient, but it does have some downfalls that we will discuss. The first downfall that Wi-Fi has is that it loses speed over distance and through obstacles. The farther you are from your Wi-Fi router, the slower speeds you will get. The more obstacles like walls, glass and furniture the Wi-Fi signal has to go through to get to the device you are using, the slower the speeds are going to be. In the GIF below you can see how a Wi-Fi signal travels through obstacles. You can see how the signal deteriorates over distance and through obstacles. Many customers that we speak to have routers that are on a second or third story, in a basement or are on one end of the house. Most cable company techs look for the easiest place to put the Wi-Fi modem, not taking into consideration where the Wi-Fi will be used in the house. When this happens customers are left with weak Wi-Fi speeds in certain areas of the house. While slow internet speeds and spotty Wi-Fi is not as noticeable or important when casually browning social media, It becomes much more noticeable when you are streaming or gaming which require constant strong internet speeds. If you are on your phone and a website takes twice as long to load it may be annoying, but the website will eventually load. When you are streaming or gaming you need a constant stream of quality bandwidth. This is why we always recommend connecting your Skystream Android TV Box directly to your modem with an Ethernet cord. This provides the fastest and most stable internet connection for your unit. But what do you do when your internet modem is in your basement, second or third floor and your TV is on the first floor? A few years ago you would have to run an Ethernet cord through your walls or attic to bring hardwired internet to another place in your house. If you have ever run wires through your walls or attic, you know that it is not fun and takes a long time. This is where Network Powerline Adapters come into play. Network Powerline Adapters come in pairs. One unit is plugged into a power plug close to your internet Modem. Then an Ethernet cable is plugged into the Network Powerline Adapter. The other end of the Ethernet cable is plugged into the back…

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How to speed up your Android TV Box

Apr 25, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
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How to speed up your Android TV Box We wanted to introduce you to a little known feature on the Skystream Android TV Boxes. This is a small feature that can help speed up your X4 or X5 if you open a lot of apps. This feature is very similar to a task killer or app closer that you see on many Android phones and tablets. What this “Task Killer” does is close any apps that are running in the background and hogging the devices RAM. Both the X4 & X5 are very fast Android Boxes and do not need this feature to run fast all of the time. But we thought that we would include it for people who open lots of different apps on a daily basis. Most users will not notice a speed increase due to the fact that both the X4 and X5 Android TV Boxes have very fast quad core processors and have 2 GB of RAM which is more than enough. But if you want to run this task killer we will list out the instructions below. To run the Task Killer you simply need to press and hold the menu button on your Skystream Remote Control. The menu button is the button with 3 horizontal lines on it. When you press and hold the menu button you will see a neat little space ship blasting off. Then you will see a small pop up at the bottom of the screen telling you how much RAM was freed by killing some of the background applications. This is definitely not a mandatory thing that you have to do. But if you use many different applications on a daily basis you may find it useful. IMPORTANT – This should not be done while Kodi is running. This is not a substitute for Closing Kodi Properly. If you do not close Kodi properly you will eventually run into problems. So please do not use this as a substitute for closing Kodi properly.

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What is HDMI CEC

Apr 20, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
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What is HDMI CEC Have you ever turned off your TV and your SkyStream Android TV Box turns off as well? If so, this is caused by something called HDMI CEC or HDMI Consumer Electronics Control. For the rest of the article we will simply call it CEC. So what exactly is CEC? CEC is a feature of HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 which allows different electronic devices to communicate and control other electronic devices through the HDMI cable. For instance CEC can turn off other devices such as a SkyStream Android TV Box when the TV is turned off. It can also be programmed so that when you turn on a device it changes the TV’s input source to the same source as the device that was just turned on. While HDMI CEC can be mildly convenient for home theater junkies with 15 devices connected to their TV; the normal TV owner is normally confused as to why certain devices are turning on and off when they press the power button on their TV. Most people have no idea what HDMI CEC is and have no real use for it. It’s not a very popular feature and most people do not even know that it exists. If you think HDMI CEC might be useful for you and your home entertainment center, Please feel free to do some research and set it up for what you would like it to do. But for the rest of 99.9% of people reading this who have no use for it and find it annoying, we will tell you how to turn off this setting. The best way to make sure that none of the devices connected to your TV do wacky things when you power off your TV is to turn off HDMI CEC in your TV’s settings. While this may sound super easy, it can get confusing depending on what brand or model TV you have in your house. Most of the big name TV manufacturers have come up with some kind of quirky name for HDMI CEC. Whatever clever name your TV manufacturer has come up with for it, rest assured it is simply HDMI CEC with a different name. Below is a list of some of the names that different TV brands have come up with for CEC.   Samsung – Anynet+ Sony – BRAVIA Link or BRAVIA Sync Sharp – Aquos Link Hitachi – HDMI-CEC Vizio – HMDI CEC Pioneer – Kuro Link Toshiba – Regza Link or CE-Link Onkyo – RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) LG – SimpLink Panasonic – VIERA Link or HDAVI Control or EZ-Sync Philips – EasyLink Mitsubishi – NetCommand for HDMI As you can see, it is would be nearly impossible for the average consumer to pick any of these names (besides Hitachi & Vizio) in a setting menu and figure out that it controls other devices through HDMI. Hence the confusion. So if you have any of these models of TVs, go into…

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