$45 billion. That is the price tag that Comcast will pay to acquire Time Warner Cable. The announcement hit news outlets early this morning. This would make Comcast the largest TV service company in the US.
The way that we access media has been changing over the years. The ways of the DVD, and even the Blu-Ray, are starting to die as the preferred method of accessing media. With the invention of Netflix, CinemaNow, and even the older On Demand, the DVD and Blu-Ray have become less desirable. The DVR is now a home entertainment staple for keeping up to date with favorite shows.
What about accessing this media in different locations like on your smartphone or tablet? How about on another TV in your home? Some cable services offer whole home DVR which is a great way to watch your recorded media in different rooms instead of just one. What if your provider doesn’t offer it? How about if you are on the road? What if that episode is not available on Netflix or Hulu? What if a movie you want to watch while on the road is not synced to your smartphone or tablet? How about if it is not on Netflix or CinemaNow? Using a SlingBox to access your recorded programming but running out of space?
A Media Connected Home is the solution.
Ever since Apple released Mountain Lion, I have always wanted the capability to use the new Display Mirroring feature with my Apple TV. When the updates came down, my wife’s iMac and MacBook Pro both immediately were able to utilize this feature while my 2009 MacBook Pro and Hackintosh were unable to. I knew that I would never get this to work on my MacBook Pro, but I wondered about the Hackintosh. One day, a simple solution presented itself.
For many years, I have used routers that were DD-WRT compatible for the additional configuration options the 3rd party firmware provides. When I purchased a Linksys E3000 last year, I immediately installed DD-WRT in place of the stock Linksys firmware. I experienced some stability issues (later found out that it was due to high interference in the 2.4ghz spectrum) and had switched to the Tomato USB firmware. I immediately loved the interface which felt clean and organized. Since it was based off of the DD-WRT project, I knew that it would be just as customizable.
With the addition of iDevices and the constant demand to access home resources at home from the road, I decided that a VPN would be the best way to secure these resources as it is already supported on iDevices. PPTP was the best choice since these devices supported it out of the box. Here, I will run over the installation method to get a working VPN connection through the Tomato USB firmware.
The other day Abby and I where watching TV and she mentioned that she saw a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Having and Apple TV 2, I decided to stream the trailer from my iPhone.