Your 2016 Olympics – Breakout Year for Streaming TV

I’m not a full on Olympics nerd like some, but this year I am really excited to watch – its a breakout year for streaming tv.  NBC is turning the 2016 Olympics into a springboard for the masses to adopt the streaming tv.  Its a taste of what we all want – more action from all the sports.  Its streaming sports we want to see it – when we want to see it.  NBC is streaming most events – and allowing us to go back and watch them when we want or as many times as we want.  The onset of set top streaming boxes makes it happen.

History – 2012 Olympics Event Streaming

In 2012, it was hard to get this to work.  You had to get a TV connected to your laptop.  Do you have an HDMI cable on your TV?  Do you have an HDMI out on your laptop?  Oh wait – that’s not HDMI, its a display port.  What’s a display port?  Can I get a converter for that?  Do I have a long enough HDMI cable?  How much is a 25′ HDMI cable?  Grab a kitchen stool and set it up between you and the TV, set the laptop on that.  Now hope it doesn’t fall.

It really was painful – every time you wanted to change the sport, you had to go use the mouse or the track pad.  The sound was crap, if you could get any sound to work at all and then you’d sit back down in the chair to watch and the live stream would hangup.  It was magical…but at the time, it worked – and everyone thought you were the cool.

What did it look like in 2012?

urlThe interface looked good for time, we would laugh at it now – but it worked.  It was streaming TV – the sports we wanted to watch.

You could watch most all sports – anytime.  Most people gave up trying to really watch it on the TV and just went into the den and watched from there.  It worked.  It wasn’t perfect – but it seemed high tech at the time.

The interface allowed you to keep track of the metal count, you could see the events – kind of carnival style and it still looked like a website.

How bad is internet in Australia?

Side note: the Olympics video streaming technically started at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which is kind of funny really – Australia has been known for its slow internet speeds and in 2000 it was worse.

Other Side Note: There were some things rumbling back in 2008 for streaming “regular” TV.  But none has sports yet.

But it wasn’t what we all wanted.  We want all the bells and whistles of the NBC live Olympics show – but the ability to watch the sport we want, when we want to watch it.

2016 Olympics Event Streaming

Hello Roku.  (It works on many streaming players…but I am in love with my Roku 4.)

This is the breakout year for streaming TV - NBC Olympic coverage is the best it has ever been.

streaming_optionsNote:  You’ll need to download the NBC Sports app or go to the NBC website to view it there.

The coverage is amazing.  It could be the breakout year for streaming TV, I mean – you can see what has been on, what is on and what is coming up.  Its what TV can be when you break the mold and try some new things.  Its not perfect – but its really, really good.

I just got done watching women’s table tennis, recapped the 10m air rifle (which I had no idea was even an Olympic sport before now), women’s handball and a whole bunch of swimming events.

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Oh, and also – I can still catch-up on the NBC website too.  While researching this article – I found out the 112th ranked Zambian Judo dude beat the 6th ranked dude.

hakaI also learned what the “Haka” is and that I already knew what it was because of some silly rugby movie I watched 3 years ago, (It was Forever Strong or Invictus) but I didn’t realize the dance had a real name – hey, I’m ignorant.

bballI didn’t learn this, it was more of an expectation…the USA Basketball team was dunking all over china.  And I mean MONSTER dunks…not those other remedial dunks.

Breakout Year for Streaming TV – Thank you Olympics and NBC

The coverage is Amazong.  I have almost watched more Olympics this year than any year ever – and its day 3.  I have been exposed to more sports than ever and I am excited about some of the other, different sports I have an opportunity to see this year.  Its the Olympics my way, on my schedule.

It shows the future of streaming – its the way TV should be.  We don’t need to have Bob Costas tell us everything (but I will say – the informational piece he did with the CDC dude on why the zika virus is not a huge issue to you in Brazil unless your pregnant (if you are pregnant…stay the hell out of Brazil) – but if you are not and are in any water…it probably has poo in it.)

So if you give me what I want…what I really, really want

Compelling, streaming content.  I hope other providers, networks and media types are taking notes.  This is how I want my TV.  The sooner – the better!  I don’t want to mount a dish to my roof, I don’t want to put a TV antenna in my window, I don’t want to pay you $200 a month for the privilege of you spamming the crap out of me and giving me 130 channels I don’t want, so I can get the 7 I do.

Oh, and sports networks.  (Big 10, ACC, SEC, NBA, NFL, MLB (you’ve been trying) – and ahem, ESPN) – this live streaming of TV works great.  LIVE sports is the last mile – its what we all want people.

And, Monday Night Football – what if I could watch any camera feed I WANT.  How about that?  I can still hear the commentary, if I WANT.  Rewind the things I want…but I don’t want to see your repetitive shot.  Why does every football play have to be wide angle croud shot, cut to sideline coach calling in the play on the headset, cut to QB ISO, cut to rear view…make it stop.  Maybe all I want to see if the linemen.  I like watching the ground game – the trenches…let me see that please.

Let me know when this goes down…in the mean time, I’ll be watching the Olympics.  I hear that badminton and modern pentathlon are coming up.  And I need to watch that dude crash into the wall on the bike again.  What the heck…it didn’t even look like he tried to turn at all.  And why didn’t dude in the green shirt take a picture of that?

This Olympic bike crash gives new meaning to "breakout year for streaming TV"

Communication is hard.

Why is it so hard for us to communicate?  Seriously – communication is hard.  We seem to assume everyone has a google search box into our subconscious.  (Which may not be too far away.)

the-insties-emailI was looking at my phone yesterday – and Instagram (I like to call it “the insties“) had updated and the icon changed.  I was kind of surprised as it was a “drastic” change to the logo and I didn’t recognize it at first.  I kind of thought it was odd – but whatever…then, today I received an email from “the insties” and it told me to be on the lookout for the new app and logo.

Not that it really matters…but it I guess it surprised me.  As your “the insties” email probably told you, look for a updated app icon.  That is true – and it is very different…not sure I’m a fan of the gradient, but they didn’t ask me.  And they were making a big deal about how the “rainbow lives on” – I had never associated a rainbow with Instagram…but they did, wonder if they ever communicated that to people?

The email went on to explain how they had really simplified the app design.  I’m not going to lie, I didn’t notice anything except where it looked like they took the background out…if they wouldn’t have said anything, I would have figured Apple made a change…and moved on.

So – I guess what I am saying is this seems like a pretty big deal to “the insties”  – and I am sure a ton of time and energy when into this.  Taken from a guy who has spent no less than 300 hours in meetings about logos over the years…I can only imaging the discussions that happened when they started this process.  Seriously – the probably should have recorded it and broadcast it as reality TV…I would have binge watched that in a heart beat.  Nerds and designers fighting about what color rainbow gradient colors to put in the upper left corner versus the right lower…ha, Oscar stuff.  I am not joking – that would have been killer.  I mean to have a designer go on a tyrant about how that color yellow is too warm and people who use this app are cool yellow lovers and the warm makes it feel too much like San Diego and we are clearly going for a San Francisco yellow crowd vibe.  Stellar.

Everything I know about communication can be wrapped up in one statement – you really cannot communicate enough.  People desire communication and the more time which goes between communication opportunities – the more context is lost.

Good luck – don’t forget to communicate early and often and please call me if you will be discussing nay logo changes.  I’ll get on that conference call any day.

 

Hisense Chromebook C12

Overview:

  • 11.6 inch LED HD
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory
  • 32GB HDD
  • WiFi & Bluetooth
  • Webcam
  • SD Card Reader
  • 8 hour battery life

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You may not know the Hisense brand – but you will remember the quality and ease of use.  The nice, clean “chicklet” style keyboard makes for a very clean and tidy appearance.

The 1.8 GHz process couple with 2.0 GB DDR3 RAM and a 32 GB hard drive gives more storage than some other Chromebooks.  The compact 11.6″ screen is big enough to get work and fun done, but the overall size is small enough to pack away in a backpack or bag.  The screen is 1366X768 pixels LED HD and WiFi and bluetooth will keep you connected to whatever you need.  The battery is a Lithium ion and should keep this Chromebook going for 8 hours of work or play.  And weighing a light 2.4 pounds – you will hardly notice it is there.

Priced at under $180 – this Chromebook packs a lot of bang for the buck.

Chromebook Virus Protection

One thing unique to the Chromebook platform is that the tablet has built in antivirus software. Google builds virus protection into the ChromeOS software, which is what the Chromebook uses.  ChromeOS uses multiple layers of security including automatic  system updates – this ensures the anti-virus is always current.  Which means you are always running the newest and most secure version. The best part is ChromeOS manages your updates behind the scenes – so you don’t have to worry about it.

Hisense Chromebook C12 Review:

highsense-chromebook-c12-03“Easy to setup – Just Plug in your Chromebook and charge it”

“I love this little thing. Exactly what I needed for surfing and small tasks like google docs.”

“This boots up and shuts down in less than 10 seconds, which is absolutely wonderful for me, as I feel like I’m so often in a hurry or behind anyway.”

Read more reviews…

Dell Chromebook 11

Overview:

  • 11.6 inch HD LCD
  • Integrated 720p HD video webcam
  • Intel Celeron Processor
  • 4GB DDR3L Memory
  • 16GB 16GB eMMC SSD
  • WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1x USB 3.0 with BC1.2 charging
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1 HDMI 1.4
  • 180 degree LCD hinge

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This is a newer version of the Dell updated in 2015.

The Dell has 2 USB sockets and a full sized HDMI output. Dell upgraded the RAM to 4 GB and 16GB eMMC SSD drive.  The Dell can run for about 6 hours between charges.

The display may have been lacking in the old model – but was upgraded to 11.6 HD LCD and the video camera is also HD.

The keyboard is good – keys feel solid and responsive and the trackpad is broad enough for large hands. Not a huge fan of the integrated buttons though, it is a bit hard to get used to a single button which rocks for left and right clicks.

The Dell’s build quality is acceptable given its target audience. It’s great to type on because of the palm rest being rubberized.

Dell added a full “recline” position for the new model – which makes it very portable for any position or desk configuration you will be using it in.

Dell Chromebook 11 Review:

dell-11-chromebook-02“I love my Dell Chromebook. I have one at work and wanted one at home to carry with me since it so light and easy to use. It is fast and lightweight, as well as well-made. Chromebooks are awesome for a simple, easy to use computer.”

“It feels very well made and solidly built. It’s utilitarian and no-nonsense” chromebook.

“Not a bad Chromebook. It’s diminutive, not much larger than a netbook, but has good battery life and ample performance to support ChromeOS.”

Not sure – check out our Best Chromebooks post.

 

Chromebook Pixel 2015

Overview:

  • 12.85” high res display (2560×1700)
  • Multi-touch glass screen
  • 0.6” thin and 3.3 lbs
  • Machined, full metal enclosure
  • 2 USC Type-C, 2 USB 3, SD Card Reader

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The Chromebook Pixel has been update for 2015, and wow did they hook up up with the most powerful chromebook ever.  All the awesome the old chromebook had – and one of the models is LESS MONEY.  You can pick up a Intel i5 with 32 Gig of drive space for $999, with the i7 and 64 Gig drive – it goes up to $1299.  Same awesome screen, which is 2560×1700 at a brilliant 239 PPI.  That is serious.  Are you into HD video and a killer TV?  The chromebook pixel 2015 will pump out 4K via the HDMI cable – pretty cool.

This is not the “cheap” chromebook, it is high end and has wonderful build quality. Aesthetically, the Pixel is a boxy version of the Macbook Pro.  It’s has an aluminum, unibody chassis.

The ports are all new too:

  • 2x USB Type-C (can be used to move data at up to 5Gbps data, 4K display out with optional HDMI or DisplayPort™ adapter or even used for 60W charging)
  • 2x USB 3.0 Standard A
  • SD card reader
  • Headphone/mic combo

The keyboard is nicely laid out, and the keys feel good when presses.  Also – the keyboard is backlit – which is wonderful.  The trackpad is etched glass and also clickable.  The speakers are still high quality – the higher end Windows laptops do not compare. The bass is good – and high and lows are balanced…I think you watch a movie in a loud environment and hear everything clearly.

But, and this is no change, the best part of the Pixel is the screen.  The resolution 2560 x 1700 and that’s on a 12.85″ display. That equates to 239 pixels per inch. That’s the highest pixel density on any laptop. It’s also very bright compared to most other Chromebooks. Not to mention the fact is a touchscreen – and the Chrome OS is getting better and better with touch/gestures.

Out with the old – in with the new.  The Pixel doesn’t disappoint finding 7 more hours of battery life.  That is twice as much as Pixel 1.0.  The 2015 update boasts 12 hours…again, it may not be 12, but we’ll take10.  If you are looking for the best Chromebook, look no further than the Pixel.

Not sure – check out our Best Chromebooks post.