Friday, August 2, 2013

IMS Review: Chromecast

Shown with included HDMI flexible extension
Yes, it’s awesome.  For a device that came in completely under the radar I’m shocked how nice and polished the experience is.  I’ve been using mine for a few days and I can absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to add (some) streaming online content to their TV experience.



Lawful Good
  • Setup can’t be easier.  As long as you have the password for your wifi you can set this up in under 2 minutes.  
  • Using is easier.  My wife says if she can use it, anyone can.
  • Inexpensive.  Google really hit the pricing sweet spot.  $35 is still impulse buy territory for most consumers.
  • Full HD* video.  Obviously this is based on your ISP but I’ve had the vast majority of content delivered in HD.



Chaotic Evil
  • Limited compatibility with apps. Currently only Netflix, Youtube, and Chrome browser are compatible.
  • Still just another streamer.  May be some people’s 3rd or 4th devices that streams this content.
  • No local file streaming. Without workarounds that are hit and miss.



Neutral
  • Browser mirroring is still very much in beta.
  • Strong wifi signal important.  Did not pick up full signal strength on wifi until I moved it from behind my mounted TV.
  • Needs external power.  If you TV has powered USB ports great, but Google includes a wall AC adapter just in case.
  • No power off? Just unplugging.



Errata
Idle screens are pretty.
I have not been able to test surround sound capabilities yet (sorry Jason) as I am only running a 2.1 setup right now.  Also my Touchpad died last week so I have not tested the apps with a tablet.  I want to make special note about wifi strength and your choice of placement for your Chromecast.  I initially had this connected directly to my TV which is wall mounted with the back of the TV being away from the wifi source, putting it in between my router and the Chromecast.  My Chromecast showed almost full strength signal but I still got a message about poor connection while using the Chrome browser streaming.  I have since moved it down to an HDMI switch and all is cherry now.  This is probably only an issue for older sets since most newer TVs have an HDMI indput on the side these days.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

IMS Recommends: Android Apps 2013 Edition

I recently upgraded my smartphone from ye olde Nexus S 4G to the new HTC One.  I absolutely love the hardware on the One, but software not so much.  I had grown accustomed to the stock flavor of Android and now I have been forced into the HTC Sense world.  So I embarked on a journey into the Play Store to get the experience I wanted out of my phone.  After all, that is what having an Android phone is all about.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

IMS Presents Film Squad Vol 32 - Voice of THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS

Film Squad Vol 32 - "Voice of THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS"

Act 1 - News
Box office numbers, GI JOE: RETALIATION gets pushed back for dubious reasons

Act 2 - What We've Been Watching
MEN IN BLACK III, CHRONICLE

Act 3 - Review
THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS

Act 4 - Coming Soon
Blu-Ray/DVD Releases -- CORIOLANUS, GONE, GOON, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
New Releases -- SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

We will be taking a hiatus for a while, thanks for listening. We will be back soon.
-Koellner

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

IMS Presents Film Squad Vol 31 - Don't want to ENTER THE DRAGON

Film Squad Vol 31 - "Don't want to ENTER THE DRAGON"

Act 1 - News
Box office numbers, Duncan Jones making an Ian Fleming biopic, James Bond 50, Ridley Scott making a BLADE RUNNER sequel with a female lead

Act 2 - What We've Been Watching
An Idiot Abroad, ALIEN, ALIENS

Act 3 - Review
ENTER THE DRAGON

Act 4 - Coming Soon
Blu-Ray/DVD Releases -- RED TAILS, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, Sherlock: Series 2, THIS MEANS WAR, THE WOMAN IN BLACK
New Releases -- CHERNOBYL DIARIES, MEN IN BLACK III

We will be back next week talking about THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS, available on Netflix Instant.
-Koellner

Closing Song: Yasunori Mitsuda - "Dragon Knight"

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

IMS Presents Film Squad Vol 30 - Spotting GRIFF THE INVISIBLE

Film Squad Vol 30 - "Spotting GRIFF THE INVISIBLE"

Act 1 - News
Box office numbers, WARRIOR's Gavin O'Connor is making a Yakuza movie, the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy's final movie starts shooting soon

Act 2 - What We've Been Watching
Community, The Office, and Once Upon A Time's finales, the Indiana Jones trilogy

Act 3 - Review
GRIFF THE INVISIBLE

Act 4 - Coming Soon
Blu-Ray/DVD Releases -- THE GREY, CHRONICLE, ONE FOR THE MONEY
New Releases -- BATTLESHIP, THE DICTATOR, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING

We will be back next week talking about ENTER THE DRAGON, available on Netflix Instant.
-Koellner

Closing Song: Lykke Li - "Melodies & Desires"

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