@sammydog01 I did. Then I got to reading the tech specs and realized it’s nothing more than a bluetooth microphone which accesses the Alexa app on your phone, and uses your phone or car stereo speakers. Seems like a better option to get a Echo Dot and use it in the car. You would still have the option to plug it into your car stereo if you wanted better sound.
@ruouttaurmind It was my understanding you could connect your car stereo to the Echo Auto device via Bluetooth or Aux. (not through the phone) I was thinking the Echo would use your phone’s data to stream the content and not just use the app on your phone. I assumed it would also use your phone’s GPS for location-based stuff, but if it’s just relaying the phone app’s response to the Echo as a bluetooth speaker, I don’t want one. There are already devices that do that.
@sammydog01 Their love is not conditional. Oh, wait… ya, it probably is. But you don’t care, because you’re a confident, powerful woman, right?
@mikibell Thank you! But a bit premature. I’m not home yet. Just my first day of staying in. No travel, no socializing, just some much needed off-line time to get online. And freezing my bollocks off. I had forgotten just how cold it gets here in the fall.
@ruouttaurmind the 2nd piece isn’t bad, it’s just saying that’s how it sends sound to the radio. Connects TO the car and not the phone.
The first bit is obvious it’s using your cell data plan. (duh) It could just mean it uses the app as a means to sync and communicate things from your phone like GPS or other features. I don’t see it working like the song will be streaming in your phone’s app and simply relaying the audio to the device. If that IS how it works, then meh.
Maybe even $20. If they’re just hitting the market, maybe they want to create a buzz. A few years ago when the Fire TV stick was first released, that Black Friday they were $20, down from… hmm… seems like it was MSRP at about $60??
to add Bluetooth music and calling to a car which only has aux in (way back in the center console under your elbow no less). It’s a Bluetooth receiver, microphone and three buttons on a puck that I have yet to permanently mount. A Dot in the car was one of the avenues I looked at to try to solve this problem but decided it had some problems.
It looks like both of these might really do pretty much the same thing. I’ve not tried to use the alexa app with mine. But I do think Amazon puts a lot into their microphone arrays, so I signed up for a pre-order invite so if I get invited I can compare them.
Mine has a couple more features, but the mic is pretty bad. FM modulation is helpful in the truck which has no AUX input, and the audio quality is decent. But that mic though. I signed up for the Echo Auto because most of my use is with Audible app, so hopefully Echo Auto can stream from offline content on the phone rather than online streaming for all Audible content.
@sammydog01 I got the offer, but I can’t see as how this will bring anything to the table. My phone already auto connects to the AUX Bluetooth dongle in my car and plays music from my music files, no data cost. I can use it for phone calls, texts and maps. I can do all this hands free with Google Assistant. What does this device add to that arrangement?
@sammydog01 Appears to be an offer to buy one. Has a cart button. Unless I misread. I was mostly looking at the device and decided I didn’t offer anything. Maybe because I bought a 2 pack of Echo dots on Amazon day, and had bought another previously?
@jasneko@sammydog01 Out of the bag, very soft. I got the mink (instead of the sherpa) version, since it really doesn’t get cold here in SoCal. It’s dye-sublimated, so there’s no texture to the print at all, as the ink is vaporized into the polyester fibers themselves.
And yes, your cat is huge. I’ll post a comparison tonight versus the shirt.
@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 I’m still pouting about the coffee mugs. I have signed up for notifications on all the things but the deals have paled in comparison with that first deal I missed.
At participating locations, Waffle House offers a cup of coffee for free with this printable coupon. That’s a savings of about $2 and the lowest price we could find. Click here to find a store near you. Deal ends October 13.
It’s 3AM here, so forgive the less than elegant post.
I received a SD notification about Roku Ultra clearance at Target. BS showed one close to my house at $45. I talked the girl who’s watching the pups and house to go check for me. Surely enough, last one, but she picked it up for me. $45. Original price $90, MSRP $100.
4K, HDR, AC wifi, headphone jack on remote, includes “premium” JBL headphones, the works.
@mfladd If you do much streaming… read on. If streaming is a very occasional thing for you, stop here and save $45 plus tax. Get yourself a refurb Fire TV Stick for $20. Fire TV Stick is not great, but it will work reasonably for most casual streamers.
If most of your streaming is from the Apple iTunes Store, stop here and save $45 plus tax. Apple isn’t friendly towards any non-Apple streaming devices. Not to say there aren’t workarounds, but if you’re not a techie, it’s cumbersome and hit-or-miss, heavily dependent on the studio of origin of the content. Also, potentially not lawful.
If you have a dumb TV and want to stream, yes, you need this.
If you have a 4K TV, but a 1080p streaming device, yes, you need this.
If you have an Amazon streaming device… Roku doesn’t have a dog in the fight between Amazon and Google, so this may serve you better.
If you have a Google streaming device you may find the Roku more convenient since it has native apps and you won’t have to “cast” from another device to stream. Roku claims “1800+ available channels to choose from” so with the exception of Apple, chances are your faves are covered.
If you have intermittent wifi signal to your current streaming device, this device is for you. It’s equipped with Roku’s top of the line wifi radio and has AC support (for 5GHz network connections).
If you travel much and wish you could take your streaming device with you, this device supports access to “captive portal” networks (common in hotels). This device is for you.
If the idea of “personal listening” is something you can make use of (using headphones to listen in leu of speakers), this device supports that via a headphone jack on the remote.
If voice searches and voice controls are interesting to you (rather than the archaic process of using a remote control to select on-screen characters to type search criteria), this device is for you.
Additional benefits: many more native streaming apps than most smart TVs and streaming devices support. Much more frequent app updates. Super fast processor compared to most smart TVs and even most older streaming devices (my gen 2 Fire TV Stick is VERY slow and almost painful to use). The remote has power and volume buttons which can control your TV, soundbar, etc. Amazon AND Google Play AND YouTube support native within the same device. Native Plex and PlayOn support. DIAL support for casting from certain apps. Screen Mirroring from Android devices.
Roku is releasing 2 new 4K devices in a few days. The $40 Roku Premier and the $50 Premiere Plus. This device, for $45, is a far better value than either of those new options. Roku very recently released a newer version of this Ultra product, but I haven’t found any meaningful difference between the two.
@ruouttaurmind Thanks. Nice commentary. Most everything I am watching is streaming now, and I am just waiting till my contract is up to cut my cable portion of comcast out. I have a smart tv, but older. I have the fire stick, but the first version. I have chromecast, but I use that on;y when I want to cast something that I can’t get from one of the others.
Ok, ok, I am leaving the house right now!!! I have to get back quick for a 9:00 work call.
Oh, how you love to spend my money. And for some strange reason I still appreciate it
@ruouttaurmind I got one, and still got back in time for my call! They are probably still there because they are on the shelf marked at full price, but with only the small sticker indicating it is on clearance for $45. I almost missed it myself. Nice!
I will set up today and report back.
@mfladd@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01@narfcake Brickseek showed $63 in Tulsa, but in Owasso, a short trip 15 minutes up the interstate at the $45 price. I diddled around for a couple of days, then went to go look this morning when traffic was light. They had one left on the shelf, showing the full retail price. But it rang up correctly at the $45 price. Thanks!
If anyone has SiliconDust tuners, Roku is not for you. Not sure what the beef is on why, SD says its Roku and their APIs, Roku probably doesn’t care enough to add what SD needs.
You might have to go Plex DVR and the Plex app on the Roku to watch live/DVR TV from SD tuners.
If you’re a stream-only home, then this looks pretty sweet.
If you’re a cord cutter and want OTA, a Tivo Roamio OTA with lifetime is a better deal, with similar WAF to the Roku. Tivo has a new Bolt OTA (has 4k support over Roamio), but its pricey just for the 4K feature.
I use SD to DVR (ad-removed) binge shows watched via Plex, and the Roamio to timeshift stuff we’ll watch later that week or to delay so we can skip commercials as we watch.
@mike808 Good info on the SD & Roku compatibility. I have a full Plex server running on my Synology NAS and a SD tuner mixed in but I honestly rarely use live TV anymore. Fire TV Box 2 & a fire TV stick 2 with Plex app and MrMC as backup (Better transcoding engine for outta the house. Fire 10" tablets to watch elsewhere in the house like kitchen/office.
@reg036 The SD DVR forums have more on the technicals, but basically SD says the ball is in Roku’s court to watch liveTV on SD’s HDView app. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were DRM licensing conflicts at the bottom of it.
What’s McMC? I use the paid MCE Buddy (win10 x64) which has current (paid) comskip, handbrake, ffmpeg, etc transcoders and HW GPU support. I honestly don’t notice the ad removal and transcoding anymore with an i5 (from an Athlon X4).
@mike808@narfcake@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01@therealjrn I have been looking at the Tivo Bolt. I use to love tivo when I had it YEARS ago. I will look more seriously when I finally cut ties with comcast tv.
I am still playing with the roku and will report back - so far so good, mostly.
@mfladd The standard Bolt and older Roamio are made for cablecards and have no OTA ability. They replace renting a DVR from Comcast or Charter/Spectrum, and you still pay for cable.
The Bolt OTA has no cablecard ability. The OTA models are either “all-in” or monthly fee for guide and software updates. IMO, the all-in option is worth it. ROI is 2 years, I think. Savings from cord cutting, ROI is 3 months. I don’t think the Bolt OTA feature of 4K is worth the premium, so recommend the Roamio OTA. You’ll also want direct gbit or moca internet if you’re streaming, even more so with 4K content from Amazon or Netflix.
For “casting” Tivo, I transfer recordings to a PC with KMTTG and playback via Plex apps on phone or smart TVs. There are Tivo Minis that are extenders, but need wired connection to the main Tivo unit. There are also Tivo Stream units that let you playback recordings via a Tivo app.
Roku doesn’t seem interested in DVR and on consuming streaming content instead. Plex just dropped support for plugins, so doesn’t seem interested in being your streaming UI. SD just added a package of cable channels that stream to its tuners, a la Sling. Tivo might follow with its own app/access to similar bundles as cable channels offer decoupled streaming bundles, or push to Amazon for that (like HBO is now).
@mike808 In 2014 Amazon licensed a portion of the HBO library in an exclusive licensing agreement. Not all shows are available, and not all seasons of many of the shows that are represented. HBO GO and HBO NOW offer the full library. Also, HBO declined to renew their agreement with Amazon and Amazon looses the right to that content at the end of the year. I suspect HBO hopes to grow it’s HBO NOW subscription service, and this is a strategic move in that direction.
@ruouttaurmind I think the standalone channels will move to unbundled streaming, if not already. e.g. individual channel streaming, like CBS, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, etc. And bundles, like now with Sling, Disney, SiliconDust Premium, Hulu, etc.
Things are in flux, so there might be good deals for consumers until it consolidates again. 5G might even kill OTA.
@mike808 MrMC is a Kodi fork, plugins disabled, it’s available in the Google/Apple/Amazon ecosystem. Best for local media playback. It is developed and maintained by the developer who did all the original porting of Kodi (XBMC) to Android and now the guy who has been the Android maintainer of Kodi. Basically the 2 guys who know more about Android Audio/Video playback then most others combined. The Nvidia Shield box, Apple TV, and Amzon Fire are the main focus of the project. It’s a paid app but the Android code has the best transcoding engine out there and it’s updated frequently. mrmc.tv
@mike808 And I did not specify my need when mentioning tivo, but it was for a DVR system. OTA is very sketchy here, with only one station available, so it that doesn’t mean that much to me. I am looking into other options for locals.
@mfladd@mike808 I also stream on a 12mb connection (avg 10.5 down, 1.7 upstream). I also think it does fine, mostly.
When I had a roommate, and he would sit in his room streaming pretty much nonstop, there wasn’t much else I could do. Online gaming was pitiful, remote access to my video doorbell was intermittent, grabbing a fuk was nearly impossible, etc.
Even now, being the only one in my house, 4K streams take 4 or 5 minutes to ramp up, and often won’t ever make it to full 4K. FHD streams usually start at 480 and usually ramp to FHD after a minute or two. Netflix is better than Prime Video. HBO-GO is better still, usually reaching FHD in half a minute or less. AMC is up there with Amazon in the “no hurry to reach FHD” category.
These are my own experiences, obvs YMMV. MANY variables here. From ISP to local network hardware, local network overhead, configuration options, etc.
@Raider I just got home from my travels on Friday and was able to set mine up. So far I’m loving it! I originally intended to use it in the bedroom on a dumb TV, but it’s so much better than the integrated features of my Vizio smart TV in the living room, I think I’m going to leave it in there. Now I wish I had a second one for my bedroom.
My only complaint with it: it screws with the CEC function. I used to be able to turn on the satellite receiver and the TV would automatically power up and switch to the correct HDMI input. But with the Roku in the mix, CEC doesn’t work anymore. I’m guessing maybe it’s because the Roku is always on. But other than that, no complaints so far.
@ruouttaurmind This was to upgrade from a well used Roku 2, which at 7 or so years old began to run really slow on channels updated in the last year or so (meaning most of them). Load times are insanely quick on this thing and the image quality is even much improved (on a 1080p set).
I haven’t checked out the CEC features on the new model, however other Roku models never effected that on sets that I have seen them connected. All models have used the “always on” model. With that being said I have not used a Roku on a Vizio so maybe their interface works differently. No idea, wish I could shed some light onto that for you.
www.pinkyparadise.com has their Halloween contacts on sale for up to 60% off. You have to upload a copy of your contact prescription to their site. They did not verify my prescription with my office… I actually photoshopped the year because my prescription was expired.
I ordered from them last year. Shipping was around $5. Took a couple of weeks. If you want them before Halloween, now is the time to order. Sale ends on Halloween.
I used their white mesh contacts last year for this post:
They are on sale for $12.
I also picked up the vassen dolly red. They are super bright red and 15mm, so they make my eyes look huge.
The third pair I got was the corunus. All white with a black outside edge. When I wore it to a Halloween party, everyone was on edge looking at my face. They thought they looked super freaky, but cool.
If you try to read about buying contacts online, there’s a lot of people that will tell you not to because you’ll ruin your eyes. People hurt their eyes because they don’t learn how to properly care for their contacts or they will wear them to bed, sometimes for days on end. I was very happy with my purchase.
@JnKL I forgot to mention. The white/black ones do kind of have a white haze. I’ve been told my pupils are a little bigger than normal, so I’m not sure if everyone gets that affect. I can see fine, it’s just a little foggy on the outer edges.
I love how they make me look angry without doing anything.
@sammydog01 here’s to hoping that orange isn’t ridiculously small compared to other colors. Ordered a size up just in case. Anytime I get a light colored shirt, they feel small. Guessing that’s just cuz black looks better, lol
Get $799 in Fi credit when you buy two Pixel 3/3 XLs and add at least one group plan member. Plus, get Fi service credits or a refund to your credit card when you trade in an eligible phone! https://fi.google.com/about/phones/?#pixel-3
Whisper me if you want a $20 referral code for Project Fi service. Although I’m not sure if the code can be stacked with the above offer…
@RiotDemon I believe there is either 2 or 3 cards in the box. Inside the stores they just got the Theater pack & the Pride pack, both are $5 and first time in stores as of this week. I have the older bigger blacker box, just keep my white cards in it and I use the base set box for the blacks…I have a lot of cards. I might need help lol.
For my crafting buddies and anyone else who wants to get into vinyl, expressionsvinyl.com has a grab bag every Wednesday for $4 plus shipping. It is a scrap bag, but I have gotten some interesting patterns and scraps along the way. They also have a “trick or treat” bonus right now. I have gotten a plastic spider and a set of vampire teeth, but other people have gotten some cool vinyl…