Anyone that thinks monopolies are a good idea just needs to take a close look at our limited broadband Internet providers. We are a country that can send a satellite to Mars, put a man on the Moon, and are building quantum computers.
So why is high-speed Internet not yet available to a large segment of our rural population? In most cases even when it is available, there is only one broadband provider.
It’s sad that here we are almost 1/4 the way through this century and even though our broadband Internet in the USA is getting faster. Back in 2018, the FCC International Broadband Data Report shows we were rated “Worst” among developed countries for how much we are being charged for broadband Internet.
Now fast forward almost 4 years later and we still have pretty much the same speeds for those lucky enough to have a high-speed broadband provider. But we also get to pay much higher prices than we did for the same service we had in 2018.
2021 may end up being a really good year. SpaceX has been launching low altitude satellites all across the globe.
Currently, they are only beta testing specific areas, and early reports are very optimistic. Because until SpaceX, satellite Internet was nothing to write home about. They cap your data at around 100 GB then seriously throttle your connection speed. SpaceX has no data cap as of yet.
Existing satellite Internet is also much slower compared to 50 to 70 Mbps download speeds available on SpaceX. When it comes to latency, SpaceX is also much lower. Low latency is better because live videos streams and Zoom calls need this.
The only downside is SpaceX charges $100/month. But it comes with unlimited data. And the equipment required will cost another $300.
The latest Nvidia Shield Update 8.2.1 is rolling out and here is what it has in store for SHIELD owners.
Nvidia once again is offering all past and present models of the awesome Nvidia SHIELD media player another software update.
Update 8.2.1 brings with it some interesting new enhancements and bug fixes which are listed below.
Nvidia SHIELD Update 8.2.1 Enhancements
– Added notification to enable AI-upscaling when upscaling GeForce NOW – Added IR power control for projector displays – Added IR power/volume control for the following brands: Arris, Atyme, BC Acoustique, Dayton, Kora, Monoprice, ONN, Point Source Acoustics, Savant, Sennheiser, SMSL, Tascam – Improves system volume levels when audio is routed to USB DAC or Bluetooth headset – Added developer option to force HDCP 1.4 compatibility mode (4K protected content will not be available) – Allows IR power commands sent from SHIELD Remote 2019 when using Alexa skill – Includes a security patch to patch vulnerabilities of Android security bulletin (August 2020)
Software Bug Fixes
– AI Scaling: – Resolved issue where AI upscaling would incorrectly detect content as unsupported, requiring a reboot – Resolved issue where AI upscaling would randomly detect content as unsupported – [SHIELD TV Pro 2019] Resolves dropped frames when AI upscaling 60fps video when overscan is adjusted
Display: – Fixed issue where a line is visible when using AI upscaling on Prime Video – Resolved issue where Screen Saver timers were not set properly – Resolved black screen issue when playing Dolby Vision content and overscan adjusted
Network/Storage: – Allows special characters in username when accessing SHIELD over the network – Fixed issue when copying >2GB files from Mac to SHIELD 2019 – Fixed issue when connecting to SHIELD over local network when username has a space – Fixed rare crash bug when mounting network storage to SHIELD – Fixed bug where connected storage would become inaccessible, requiring reboot to recover
Accessories: – Fixed bug where IR volume control would stop working when Talkback is enabled – Fixed “Long Press Menu” functionality for customized menu button – Resolved issue where configuring IR control might fail when older SHIELD remotes and controllers are paired – Fixed bug where IR control was still active after factory reset – Fixed bug where IR control would not be available after changing language to traditional Chinese – [SHIELD TV 2019] Resolved issue where IR control would stop working, requiring reboot to recover – [BFGD] Resolved volume and play/pause button press issues on new SHIELD Remote 2019
Audio: – Improves system volume levels when using USB DAC or bluetooth speakers – Fixes bug where audio would randomly drop, requiring a reboot to recover – Resolves issue where manually enabling AC3 in “Available formats” was not working as advertised – Fixes NETFLIX issue where 5.1 audio would not be available after disconnecting bluetooth speaker – Fixes bug where volume control notification would show up incorrectly on KODI
Other: – Fixed bug where SHIELD Experience upgrade would be blocked if accessory battery is low – Resolved background display issue when exiting the settings menu – [BFGD] Fixed YouTube crash issue – Fixed alignment issues on “Ok Google” configuration page – Resolved issue where SHIELD would not show up available as a cast device
Update now by going to your Nvidia SHIELD and click on the update message or manually add it by checking for updates.
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While Netflix is still one of the best streaming TV services for the money. Eventually, for whatever reason you may decide to cancel Netflix.
Here’s a simple way to discontinue service. And it just takes a few minutes.
One great thing about streaming TV services, is there are no long term commitments. Stopping or starting a service can be done anytime with no early cancellation or startup fees.
How To Cancel or Downgrade Netflix in 3 Simple Steps
Step 1. Click the red Sign In button in the upper right corner to log into your Netflix account. You can’t cancel from a Roku and must use a Web browser on a PC or another device.
Step 2. After logging on, click on your primary main Netflix profile if you setup more than one. In the upper corner click the profile image or downward pointing arrow. And then choose and click on Account.
Step 3. Then click the Cancel Membership Button we highlighted in orange.
You’ll have one more chance to change your mind or downgrade to a less expensive plan. Otherwise, click the blue Finish Cancellation button a final time and your Netflix subscription will expire on the date shown.
To resubscribe, just visit https://www.netflix.com to sign-up again for another subscription. They may even offer another month trial free.
Want to watch popular channels like CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS and more for FREE? Then be sure to check out USTVGO TV.
USTVGO is a streaming website that offers some really great channels you can watch free. And they offer an amazing online guide, plus a channels list which you can click on any channel to see what’s playing next.
With all the expensive the paid streaming sites popping up everywhere. It’s nice to find such a full featured free streaming site that offers a ton of great content.
Urbanflix TV is an excting new Streaming Platform that offers unique and original content.
Tired of the run of the mill same old content on pretty much every major Streaming TV Service? This streaming service is completely different. And they carved out a niche among cord cutters by bringing their subscribers content that is different. And more unique than what is found on other platforms.
WeatherBug a top rated Weather app rocks on Android, the Nvidia SHIELD, and Fire TV.
Hurricane Season and Fire Season is here. And an app that alerts to any weather emergencies right on the TV screen can be invaluable.
Why WeatherBug Is Number One
“WeatherBug is an app that allows you to access all the weather information that you need. You can receive alerts about the temperature or precipitation directly in the notification bar of your Android device.
WeatherBug also allows you to access a photography section. This is where you can see the wonderful photos taken by other users. And you can even upload your own photos so that other users can see them too.
Other interesting features that WeatherBug offers includes a thunderstorm alert system. And it also features a permanent connection to the Hurricane Center. So a hurricane won’t catch you off guard.
Personalize the WeatherBug start up screen so that a photo of the current weather is shown.”
Best Weather App for Fire TV
While there are many weather apps available, WeatherBug works great on a Fire TV or Android media players. Give it a try by downloading it below. Also, try these nine awesome apps for Android and Fire TV
Download WeatherBug on Fire TV, Android and Nvidia SHIELD