Round up #211: Live Media Player, slow reading

Round up #211: Live Media Player, slow reading

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later. 

The origami’s in the mail

Well, not exactly, but my Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Standing Polyurethane Origami Case (will only fit Kindle Fire HDX 7″), Purple and my Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers have changed status to “Shipping Now”! I’m supposed to have them by 8:00 PM (Pacific time) tomorrow (Friday) night. I’m looking forward to experimenting with them and reporting back to you. Update (before posting): they’ve left Indianapolis on the way to California.

For your Halloween homework

Turns of the Screw: The Ultimate Collection of Classic Horror Including Dracula, Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Robert … Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Ann Radcliffe & More $2.99

There are a lot of horror collections available through the Kindle store, but they aren’t all the same.

Even when you are just looking for public domain material, they vary in what they include and the quality of the production (for example, whether or not they have an Active Table of Contents (ATOC), so you can click on a link to jump to a book).

The one I’ve linked above, for $2.99, seems like a good one to me. Yes, you could probably get them all for free one at a time (I haven’t checked all of them), but this is simpler. 🙂 You can also sample and gift books which aren’t free…sampling this one gets you most (but not all) of Dracula.

I checked it out some: the proofreading seemed pretty good, and it did have an ATOC.

Contents:

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar All Poe
  • The Abbot’s Ghost by that famous horror writer, Louisa May Alcott 😉
  • In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Vathek by William Beckford
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  • The  Mysteries  of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  • The Vampyre by John William Polidori
  • Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Might be a good gift for a mature enough teen who has read contemporary vampire stories, or watches those shows/movies.

My new way to watch live TV on my Kindle Fire

I did a whole post on watching live TV on your Kindle Fire, and of course, these things get outdated quickly.

I’m now using a new app

Live Media Player

Let’s get the caveats out of the way first.

The app is not intuitive…took me a bit of experimenting to figure it out.

It also has required starting it twice a couple of times, and has crashed once or twice (I haven’t been using it very long).

However, it generally works…and it lets you stream lots of TV channels through your Kindle Fire. I assume this is legal, because this company has been around for a while (I had another app from them), and I figure they would be shut down if it wasn’t.

You can create an account, and there is a pro version, but let’s start out without those two things.

You start up the app…do it in portrait mode (with the Fire taller than it is wide).

In your top right corner, there is a menu (three horizontal lines), with a magnifying glass: tap that.

Switch to “Live” (away from “Local”, which will show you what is on your device).

Tap into the “Search stream” box, and enter the channel you want to watch (I’ve tested the three major US 24 hour news networks, and several others).

When it finds a stream (it will likely find several), tap the name of the stream (not the play button).

That should start it playing.

At that point, you may want to flip it to landscape, so it is full screen.

The appearance of the stream is pretty good, and since I’m using the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (which is still available, but was released last year), I have the HDMI out…and can watch it on my TV with a cable.

Different streams seem to have different quality. I’ve watched one in particular (repeatedly) and my experience is pretty much what it was with Comcast (at no cost).

Another one was buffering so much, I wouldn’t keep watching it…but I didn’t try different sources.

I found a list of the ten most popular cable channels from February of this year, so I checked those:

  • USA: yes
  • History Channel: I found it available in Spanish, others were “offline”…those sometimes are available later
  • TNT: offline
  • TBS: got a channel in Japanese
  • Fox News: yes
  • ESPN: yes
  • AMC: yes
  • A&E: yes (actually, not positive)
  • Discovery: yes
  • FX: yes (at least FXHD)

Is it as easy as using your cable company? Nope, especially with no channel listings. Is it better than paying $100 a month? It will be for me. 😉

With the Pro version, you can record the shows. By registering (which I believe is free), you can have Favorite channels.

It’s also worth noting that this is a media player: it played the videos on my device without a problem. It says it plays these (and the listings are incomplete):

Supported streaming protocols: HTTP Progressive Streaming, Apple HTTP Live Streaming, RTMP – RTMPS – RTMPE with connection parameters, Real RTSP, Windows Media RTSP, MMS, MMSH, RTP…
– Supported media codecs: H264, MP3, AAC, WMV, WMA, FLV, VP6, MP4…..
– Supported media containers: MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, AAC,….

Oh, and the app is free…

I should tell you that the reviews were scary, but it looked to me like they might have fixed some problems after the initial reviews.

“There is a quiet movement afoot on behalf of slowness…”

I’ve just started the sample of

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age
by David Mikics

but it sounds like an interesting premise…and one that ties in a bit to what I wrote yesterday, I suspect.

If any of you have read it, I’m curious about your opinion.

We very often think that reading more books is better…and yes, that seems logical to me. We’ve all seen shirts and such that say, “So many books, so little time.” Does that mean, though, that we should finish a book quickly to get on to the next one?

Do we need to spend “quality time” with our books, to get the most out of them?

Not sure…but I’d be willing to listen to arguments.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite Halloween-related book? Will you pay for a bundle of books that you can get separately for free? Do you ever deliberately read more slowly, to savor what you are reading? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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One Response to “Round up #211: Live Media Player, slow reading”

  1. Round up #216: Miracast dongle, new NOOK | I Love My Kindle Says:

    […] Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB (well, the LTE model, but I never used the LTE) with the Live Media Player […]

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