Earlier I posted about the frustration of Living on the Edge (of broadcast coverage area). Since then I picked up a smaller TV set that fits the ‘window’ for a TV in the bedroom closet upstairs. Alas, the gain in altitude doesn’t seem to help and the antenna little that almost could, can’t.
But this set has all those lovely connectors. RF (75 Ohm cable, not 300 Ohm twin lead – the less lossy, but you need to Know What You’re Doing… so no longer fit for this Modern Age, it seems. Heavens help anyone even considering truly low-loss ladder line!). So, HDMI port? So.. streaming gadget perhaps? Chromecast was rejected as being too Google and Google has lurched to the left in a nasty way as revealed by Youtube (yes, that’s Google’s toy now) policies regarding free speech (“The lefter it is, the freer it is.” sums it up. Useful Idiots. And the Great User is gone! Or so we thought.)
Looked around, saw Roku. No particular ties. And on sale – even at a local store. *SHOCK* So got that. Set it up. Fiddly getting a right, proper, secure WiFi password entered but it could be and was done. And.. the gadget worked. Much wanted some sort of signup (didn’t bother – figured maybe later if at all) or outright paid subscription (really didn’t bother). Tried a couple of the freebies. Commercials, but… well, TV, so that’s expected. So far so good.
And then it pushed the Android (and likely iPhone) app for remote control, better experience, yada-yada. And the app came up, looked at the network, and whinged about the address range. I’m not going to tell you the WiFi address range, but it is NOT publicly routable. $HOUSEMATE deals with it. ESR calls $HOUSEMATE about network issues from time to time. Ponder that. I trust $HOUSEMATE (yes, with root, even) far more than some arseclods at Roku. There is NO workaround. Their answer is “Do it our way or G(et)TFO.”
The amusing thing? The Roku gadget itself doesn’t care. Only the phone app does. Now, I’ve been sans TV signal since circa 2009 and the antenna was a Grand Experiment. The Roku? It was returned. To Hell with the arseclods. I G(ot)TFO. They can go “pleasure” themselves with a rusty-bladed chainsaw – sideways. And twice on Sundays, aye.
I am still pondering some sort of streaming setup, but this rate it might have be a roll-my-own solution. Chromecast is Google is Youtube and they have doing a real bang-up job of convincing me the less I deal with them the better. Amazon/Fire is Bezos… and the Washington Post.. “Democracy Dies in Darkness (and We’re Here to Turn Off the Lights).” Plex looks good – aside from the recent “We know better than you about what to do with your data” debacle. They did backtrack on that, but it leaves me wondering if they will be like Facebook: Backtrack today, “accidentally” do it anyway tomorrow – until and unless caught at it.
So, what have I learned?
1. $HOOTERVILLE is still in a hole, even upstairs.
2. Streaming media might not need that ‘r’ to be properly described.
3. TV shows are still a powerful sedative. (Yes, fell asleep watching something.)
4. Groucho Marx’s quip about television being educational still applies.
5. I am really glad I did NOT going into Broadcasting. BS from one end is quite enough!
Perhaps the best thing would be to see if can repair that now-ancient VCR. I think I might have a couple episodes of Laugh-In on tape somewhere.