Ebitz, Mari-Elain mug 2018

Mari-Elain Ebitz

All Things Tech

Hulu Live TV will have more movies

If you have Hulu Live TV to stream TV and are a fan of movies produced by Lionsgate, then you are in luck. In June, Hulu announced a deal that gives them streaming rights to Lionsgate movies that will be released in 2020 and 2021. You won’t be able to see them immediately, but they will be available after the normal waiting period.

DIRECTV NOW and Warner Media to merge

With WarnerMedia launching a Netflix-like streaming service later this year at a cost of around $17 a month and AT&T reportedly planning to merge DIRECTV NOW into this service, where does that leave current DIRECTV NOW customers and pricing? It’s not clear, but probably will mean a price increase. Do prices ever go down?

PlayStation Vue negotiations

If you have PlayStation Vue for streaming TV, Sony’s deals with AMC Networks, Discovery Communications, NBCUniversal and Turner Networks must be renewed in June. In July, the NFL Network deal will also need to be renewed. The companies usually come to a mutual agreement, but there are times when they don’t and you will no longer be able to view a network, will have to pay more or both. Keep your fingers crossed.

Apple and privacy

In June, Apple announced myriad new hardware and software. Among the software advances is their continued protection of your privacy. With all the breaches and hacks occurring, there is good reason for this.

Gone will be having to use your personal information or Facebook info to log into or register at a website. Also gone will be tracking your behaviors and user data by Facebook, Google and others, which is then sold to marketing and research companies.

With Apple’s new iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS systems, Apple has developed a ground-breaking data protection feature called “Sign in with Apple.” You will log into websites without sharing your personal information. When you sign in, a random one-time ID is assigned to your name to prevent the services you sign into from tracking you. The same Face ID or Touch ID that you are familiar with now provides an added layer of separation and security. This is a real win for your privacy!

Goodbye, iTunes!

It’s farewell to iTunes, as we know it, on Mac computers. Apple announced the division of iTunes on Macs into three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV.

IPTV subscribers and DISH

In a previous column, I warned about “free or very low cost” TV; by streaming TV and getting tons of channels, plus the premiums, like HBO or Showtime. It’s called IPTV and it’s becoming more popular.

Folks, no matter how you slice it, there is no free lunch in the TV world. Now DISH is threatening lawsuits against IPTV subscribers. Previously, DISH focused on the “companies” that stream IPTV, but now they’re targeting DISH subscribers who stream IPTV.

And it’s big money that you might have to pay — $3,500 if you settle. Who knows what you’d pay, if it goes to court?

Lately, several IPTV services have shut down; Simply TV, Set IPTV, Vader and UK-based Bulky IPTV. Bulky went dark after a police raid and the owner sent out an email saying that he had been arrested. Vader, one of the larger ones, offered 1,000-plus channels for $15 per month.

Yes, you can pay for a VPN (virtual private network) to hide, but the best advice I can give you is, “caveat emptor.”

Mari-Elain Ebitz was the first editor of the Greenbelt Gazette, which serves Sugarmill Woods, and is a past member of the College of Central Florida College Board of Trustees. She also does web design, specializing in not-for-profit organizations. You can email her at chronicletech@yahoo.com.

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