Blu-ray and Netflix Streaming Video – So Easy a Caveman Could Do it (Wait, Is That Copyrighted?)

I’ve come late to the Blu-ray party. Like most HD junkies I was waiting for the fight between HDDVD and Blu-ray to be won, which it was in convincing fashion in 2008. Now that I’ve arrived at the party with martini in hand, I’m happy to be here. What I’ve ended up with is an LG BD300 Blu-ray player with built in Netflix streaming capabilities. If you’ve dismissed Blu-ray or streaming video you owe it to yourself to investigate this. What’s sitting in my entertainment center now is proof positive that we’ve reached an age where even stupid people can be dangerous with technology.

First, Netflix has always seemed like an alien concept to me. I hate using snail mail. Now don’t get me wrong, I think that the US Postal service is the best bargain to be had on the planet. Paying someone a few dozen pennies to hand carry a piece of paper across the country is an incredible deal. However, it’s the main reason that I never signed up for a Netflix account. It seems like a tremendous hassle.

However, the built in Netflix streaming capabilities in the Blu-ray player had me intrigued. Since my XBOX is not on my main television, I didn’t go that route after it was implemented last month on XBOX live. The surprise was how easy of a set up this entire outfit turned out to be. It’s proof positive that even the world’s most tech-ignorant goon could be dangerous with technology.

First, the greatest invention in the history of humankind to this point is HDMI. Had I been the guiding hand in the evolution of man, I would have skipped the wheel and gone straight for HDMI. For every woeful man that has spent a substantial portion of his life moving entertainment centers and spending hours untangling wires, rerouting speakers, and basically contemplating suicide because of it, HDMI is wonderful. One cable. Video. Sound. Perfect. I’m not sure that there’s any real quality improvement in the picture over the old DVI format, but the hassle factor is beyond measure.

Lets walk through the steps of setting this monstrosity up.

I removed my progressive scan upconverting standard DVD player, leaving the HDMI cable in place. Replacing it with the Blu-ray was simple. The total time it took was a couple of minutes running the power cable and the LAN cable (to use the streaming Netflix features).

Providing network connectivity was the next step. No LAN interface in my living room and no wireless support on the Blu-ray player meant that I had to get a Netgear Powerline network extender into an outlet near my TV. The Netgear device was simple to install. There’s no software required for this, just simply plug the transmitter into a power outlet near the router, hardwiring it with a LAN cable to an open router port, then the receiver into a power outlet near the TV and run a LAN cable into the back of the Blu-ray player. The wireless extender required absolutely no soft set up. They automatically connected to my network and were up and ready to go. In fact, I use the term “transmitter” loosely. Both boxes are identical, whichever one you plug into the router becomes the “transmitter”. The initial investment was in the Netgear XE104 that functions using the power circuits in your home.

Once I booted the Blu Ray player it had some trouble finding the network when I went to the Netflix option in the root menu. This was resolved easily enough by going into the network set up and re-affirming it as a “dynamic IP.” I’m assuming this just forced the DVD player to renew it’s IP address. As soon as I had network connectivity, it instantly informed me that there was an update to the Netflix software and it took less than a minute to download tipandroid.
I took the plunge and went online and signed up for the Netflix 2-week trial on the $8.99 plan, the lowest unlimited plan they offer. Even though the first two weeks are free on the trial, it did require credit/debit card info. It also requires you put the Netflix device ID of the Blu-ray player in when you sign up online. Very simple, as soon as the Netflix update downloaded it gave me the ID on screen. Within seconds of entering the ID into the Netflix website the player informed me that it was authorized.

The $8.99 plan entitles you to put up to 9 films in your Netflix queue, 6 of which can be streaming picks. Only selected titles are available for streaming to your device, and almost none are new releases, however this plan allows you to do mail and/or streaming in any combination. There are still thousands of streaming titles. Once you complete the sign up, you can add any “instant titles” into your queue and they show up immediately in your DVD player Netflix menu. From the player’s menu you can also remove the films from your Netflix queue instantly or hope between multiple features on the same title. It’s really incredibly cool.

Overall, from not having the seals on the boxes broken to set up and ready to go was about 15 minutes. Another noteworthy plus on the LG BD300 is that it that my Toshiba LCD picks up the fact that the Blu-ray player has been turned on and automatically changes the input setting on my television over to it. I found this particularly interesting because the this was not the case with my LG upconverting standard def DVD player, hooked up to the same input and using the same HDMI cable.

The difference between the upconverting 1080P standard DVD and the Blu-ray is considerable. The Hi-Def picture is better than you get through your cable or satellite provider (most networks aren’t broadcasting 1080p yet anyway). The first disc we watched in Blu-ray on our 52inch Toshiba LCD was The Dark Knight, and it was stunning. The IMAX sequences, mainly the long cityscapes, were mind-bogglingly sharp. It’s really a perfect first choice film to start with.

Pixar’s Wall-E was another mindblowingly sharp presentation. It’s odd nowadays that when you sit down and watch a film like Wall-E, you’re watching a product that in spite of being called a “film” actually had absolutely no film involved. Straight digital transfer to a 1080P picture that is sharper than the 3rd blade of a brand new cartridge in my Gillette Fusion Razor.

With the lessons of XBox Live/Netflix issues expressed in the article referenced above, I did start to become somewhat concerned about the picture quality of the Netfix streaming. And sure enough, the first film into my queue, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, wasn’t giving us HD quality.

Here it came as described, the “cheesecloth” quality video, suddenly I was watching YOUTUBE on my big screen TV. It was quite disappointing. Then about 30 minutes into the start of the film, we lost connection completely. I was getting steamed about my stream. I went back the DVD player HOME menu and re-entered my Netflix queue and tried to resume Spotless Mind where we left off. Then, suddenly poof, the signal meter zipped all the way up informing me that I was getting full HD quality. We watched the rest of the film and the picture quality seemed ok.

Subsequently though, every title we picked looked like hell. After doing some research I found the several tech sites like Endgadget pretty much said the Netgear XE104 generally could not handle the bandwidth of an HD signal and in average operating conditions tested by the reviewers usually didn’t even manage the bandwidth for standard def quality.

Further investigation led me to the XDH111, Netgear’s latest and greatest powerline Ethernet adapter tested to and advertised to handle the bandwidth of an HD signal. The practical advantage of this was that not only did I get to upgrade to a better product, but it was $10.00 cheaper at Fry’s Electronics than the substandard XE104 was at Best Buy, where it was originally purchased. Fry’s in store had it for $119.99. The cheapest I could find online was $113.99. Good old Fry’s Electronics.

The XDH111 improved the situation immediately. The signal meter shot to it’s highest for the first HD title we streamed and to the top level of the standard def level on the non-HD titles. The Hi-Def titles look amazing over the Netflix streaming, but the standard def titles still seem just a tad soft even though the signal meter on the player is showing the best signal. I’m going to experiment by moving the location of the Netgear station to a different location in my house on the same electrical circuit as the player – fortunately, I have some options here because I have hardwired Ethernet jacks at several locations in my home.

Stupidly, when I built the house 5 years ago, I never considered needing an Ethernet jack behind my TV. I mean, after all, game consoles would never offer online play and there’s no reason to have a PC in my living room…Ugh, what an idiot I was.

As for Netflix, even though new releases are mostly not available for streaming, there is one huge piece of the Netflix instant queue that I immediately zeroed in on: TV Box Sets galore. I could get classic and new Doctor Who30 RockThe Office (both the UK and US versions), Charles in ChargeHeroesThe Tick (the live action series)….you name it, and there it was instantly watchable on my TV. In my eyes, this calls for installing a bedpan and refrigerator in my living room couch. For $8.99 per month this is potentially the bargain of the century (next to the US Postal service). In fact, I just enjoyed watching the pilot episode of The Tick, which I hadn’t seen since, well…since the damned thing first aired. I also noticed the they had Heroes Season 3 available for streaming even though it’s not available on DVD yet and the season’s not over. The most recent episode is just about a week or two behind.

I guess I’m still of the opinion that Netflix by mail is going to be a tremendous pain in the ass, but we’ll definitely be giving that a shot with newer releases.
I have to say that now’s the time. Blu-ray is a phenomenal thumbs up. Oddly enough though, I would have to say that this whole streaming Netflix feature may be more valuable than the disc player itself. It’s nice to have both. If you have FIOS or a Wideband Cable connection (Docsis 3.0) you should be set. I have neither right now, but I’m still able to get HD quality across, but I imagine we’re on the cusp of the bandwidth no longer being an issue for HD streaming. Time to sell your children off for scientific experimentation and finance yourself a Blu-ray Home entertainment system.

On a side note, there were some moments where the investment in a PS3 was considered rather than a standalone Blu-ray, but in all honesty, I’m not sure I would want to give up the Netflix option, especially with the small number of PS3 exclusive titles that intrigue right now. Also, it’s another check mark on the list of horrific mistakes that Sony continues to make with the marketing of the PS3. Netflix wanted deals with Sony and Microsoft. They didn’t give a flying flip how they got their content into the home. Sony’s John Koller basically told them to take a flying leap. “Our customers want to own the content,” he commented. What the hell?

Well, with the $10.00 I saved upgrading two products levels higher on the Network Adapter I was able to pick up Evil Dead 2 on Blu-ray on sale for $9.99. Thank you Fry’s Electronics! I’m dining with Bruce Campbell tonight.


Learn How To Play Online Judi

Joining a Judo club these days is not difficult; it seems that almost everyone has one. Judo is one of the most popular sports in Japan, and the people know how to play online judi. There are several types of Judo including: Jujutsu, Goju-Sai, and Judo Jujitsu. Judo Jujitsu is the most common form of Judo, and it is a sport that focus on submission holds. Joining a Judo club will provide you with an opportunity to learn all about this wonderful sport.

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Before you decide to join a club, there are a few things that you should understand about bandar judi slot. First of all, you have to become familiar with the Judo uniform. There are three main colors, black, brown, and white. The uniforms represent the level of training you have already achieved. This is important for any sport, but it is especially important for online audio.

One thing that is important to understand is the use of Judo Chokes. A choke is a technique that is designed to choke your opponent out of the match. These techniques can be used to turn a win into a defeat, and they are very brutal. You should only attempt these techniques on someone that is experienced. If you are a beginner, then please practice these techniques with a friend or on your own.

Judo points are what differentiate a win from a loss. Your opponent needs to be at one hundred percent ability to win for you to have a chance of winning. The point system has become a major part of the game, and you should pay attention to it. The more you learn about it, the more you will enjoy it. As you get better, you should spend more time practicing the game so that you can obtain higher scores.

Judo can be a challenging sport. It is meant to test your patience and your strength. However, once you master some of the basic techniques, you will find the game to be a relaxing and fun way to unwind. If you are ready to begin learning how to play online judi, then it would be wise to review some of the basic techniques first.

Judo is not merely a game of strength. It is also a game of skill. You will have to be both patient and strong in order to succeed in the game. The best part is that you do not need a partner to play the game as you do not physically need to wrestle with your opponent. It is also a very cheap game to play.


Win Soccer Betting – How to Win Soccer Online

Soccer betting is a game that has been loved by many who play and love the excitement and passion that this sport brings. It is one of the most popular sports and is played all over the world in different countries and is a very famous event. However, if you have never tried to win Soccer betting, it might sound quite intimidating at first. However, if you are aware of some basic rules, it can be quite simple to win and make money from your bets.

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The main rules for football betting are quite simple. You bet on one team that you believe will win the game. You need to do this while you are at home or when you have access to the Internet. While the odds may not be good for you at first, you need to stick with it because it is one of the best options you have in order to earn money. The money you make can easily pay for your bets, so don’t worry about it. In just a few hours, you should see your money add up and you will soon have enough to pay for your next bet https://smsbongda.com/nha-cai-bong-da-uy-tin.

Another important thing to remember when trying to win soccer betting is the game rules. Most people who really know the game tend to bet on the favorites. If you know how the game is played, you will have an advantage over the rest. This might mean choosing a player for your team who doesn’t normally get the credit he deserves. This is something you should look into if you want to earn more money in the future.

If you think you have a good strategy for how to win soccer betting, then you should spread your money evenly between the teams. It would help if you bet on more than one team, but even a single win would bring you so much money. Spread your money on as many teams as you feel comfortable with.

Also, if you know someone who is an expert at the game, find some common interests. For instance, if both of you love football, find out which team plays on the same field during the week. That way, you can make your wager accordingly. It might take some time to find out which team’s fan base you are most aligned with, but that will be worth the effort.

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you are trying to win soccer betting. You have to know the game, learn about statistics, and find out about the person who is betting on the game. This can all help you decide which one of you is going to win. However, you should never get too caught up in analyzing numbers. You have to remember to keep your wager fun.


Cosmetic Dentistry Orthodontics For a Confident Smile

Are you trying too hard to get back that bright and confident smile? If yes, then the solution to your problem is Cosmetic Dentistry Orthodontics. With this procedure you can have a flawless white set of teeth without much effort. Cosmetic dentistry helps to improve your teeth’s appearance by using various dental procedures. One such very new and effective process of teeth whitening is orthodontics dentistry. Orthodontics especially deals with prevention of teeth decay and the correction of the irregularities of our teeth. The process of orthodontics is used to straighten the teeth. Thus together with cosmetic dentistry it works miracles for your teeth and gives you healthy looking white teeth. Orthodontics dentistry is a part of cosmetic dental care that deals with the common dental problems. There are many people who have common dental problems like chewing, a deep overbite, protruding teeth, crooked teeth, teeth positioning, gaps between a set of teeth. All these problems can easily be taken care of with the help of orthodontics จัดฟัน.

You will normally find that the dental experts recommend you to get the teeth or the jaw aligned as soon as possible. Very often it is suggested that alignment should be done during the growing up period. But according to the dentists orthodontics, it can also be taken care of at the later stage of life. The Orthodontics dental care experts take care of your dental problems depending on the severity of the problem. Thus accordingly they resolve the problem either with a simple technique or by using a very sophisticated method.In case the teeth are not in a very healthy state then there are a lot of problems which may arise in cosmetic dental care. One such common problem is tooth decay. A lot of us also suffer from a set of overcrowded teeth, where ones teeth are positioned one over another. In this case bleaching becomes slightly challenging, since, if you want your teeth to be properly bleached, they have to be in the right shape. If the teeth are not in the right shape, then the teeth which are underneath will not be bleached properly. This will thus result in an unsatisfactory and an uneven outcome.

However, with the use of orthodontics dentistry both young and adults can acquire good dental health and also a confident and beautiful smile. In case the teeth are overcrowded then it creates problem in brushing and flossing of the teeth. This in turn results in a breeding ground for cavity which results in bacteria and plaque. Orthodontics dentistry makes extensive use of braces to reshape and reposition the jaw line.There are different types of braces which are in use. These are:

  • Ceramic fixed braces
  • Clear aligners which are used as removal braces
  • Fixed metal braces
  • Clear braces like invisalign, Inman aligners and clear steps.

According to cosmetic dentistry orthodontics, it is a recuperative process. It may lead to chewing and eating problems. With orthodontics you can protect the bite, functions and effectiveness of the teeth which will help you get a beautiful smile at any stage of your life.


Twenty First Century Slot Games

Slot machines were invented over a century ago, gradually featuring more intricate mechanisms, flashy looks, and compelling play options, but it was the internet that took online slots to a completely new level. How have slot games changed as they entered cyberspace, why were those innovations required, and what other changes can players and casino owners expect?

Online slot games made their debut nearly a hundred years after the original Liberty Bell slot that started it all. At first those web slots were the clones of Las Vegas slots. The creators of the first web slots were so resolved to maintain the original format and feel that they practically copy-pasted the boxy look to our computer screen. The pragmatic design limitations derived from mechanical necessity of non-virtual casino slots surpassingly impinged on the artistic freedom and flair that web design tools could have provided for those pioneering slots online pgslot.

Granted, perhaps too ingenious designs might have alienated the traditional players, however it is bold creative approach that sets internet casinos far apart from land based casinos when it comes to slot machines. After a somewhat dull start it seemed that casino designers were ready to march the new market of players to the twenty first century. The one-arm bandit lost its famous limb for stylized buttons and the traditional box frame made way for interesting 3D settings with unconventional inventions. Examples of exciting slots that demonstrate what it means to think outside the box are CasinoLux.com’s funny Eureka! designed as a mad scientist’s lab or the picturesque Faerie Tale slot themed as a magical forest where the symbols burst out of petals in charming animation. More good examples can be found at Money-Casino.com such as the nostalgic Drive In Slots where the symbols are projected on movie screens, or the horror film inspired Haunted Slots set in a grim cemetery and rising specters from the grave instead of spinning the old fruit reels.

A designer with a more traditional approach may wonder what’s so great about slot games that at a first glance don’t look like slots at all? Well, the human eye is hungry for surprise and novelty. That’s how it was back in 1895 when the first slot was the last scream, and it’s the same now. So how can we expect the twenty first century player – so accustomed to fast computer games and constantly bombarded with fascinating visual stimulation- to settle for the old routine? The internet had injected new blood to the industry – it created the largest market ever by reaching people who never had access to land based casinos before. On the other hand, there are so many online casinos out there. Table games can’t be visually modified too much, and therefore look quite similar in different casino softwares. Imaginative slots will keep a casino remembered. Fresh look and approach are worth a thousand banner ads.

The visuals must accompany lucrative rewards. Twenty first century slot games, or video slots as they are sometimes called to distinguish them from classic slots, sport a remarkable range of bonus features that leave the monotony of their ancestors light years behind: in addition to wild symbols and scatter pay, computer technology enables to create games within games, double-your-win bets, bonus rounds, and more. Variation options are practically infinite, and the visual effect combined with play experience is astonishing.

Other than superior visuals and engaging play features the thing that make online slot games better than land based casino slot machines is that they offer the ability to play for practice at the comfort of the player’s home – free slots allow players to study the slot machine of their choice and see for themselves if it’s loose or tight. A large selection of slots, or fruit machines as the British call them, guarantees longer play time as players are often eager to try out the different games and designs, always looking for innovative ideas.

A reliable indicator to the growing popularity of online slots among old-timers and novice gamers alike is that the computerization of slots has also spurred the development of niche literature. The players preoccupation with slots is evident from numerous Google searches for slots rules and basic online slots guides as can be found at the increasing number of best-selling gambling strategy books along with online ebooks and ezines exclusively dedicated to slot games. Of course we must not forget the liveliest features of the Internet – forums, message boards, and communities – featuring vivid discussions of the latest and greatest slots online, updates on new slot machines, slot recommendations and warnings.

What does the future hold for this engaging game? My guess is that slots will keep on sub-dividing to genres. Casino’s game suites will have to cater to the customer’s thirst for diversity. Traditional classic slots (usually refers to single-reel slots, or 3-reel 1-line slots) will always be here, but we will see new takes on the 1-liners in forms of bonus features. Multiline slots will keep on breeding new lines – they even make 100-line slots now with a huge 5,000 max bet. As skill games becoming quite a riot I believe that casino software developers will offer a new type of slots that will feature more intricate inner games and gambling options that leave room for decision making, aesthetically inspired by quest games, or even combat games. Whichever new face this game may take it will undoubtedly remain one the most popular gambling games in the world.