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Cutting the Cord Part 2…The Apps

 —  September 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

In a quick follow up to Monday’s Cutting the Cord post I want to key you in on the apps that I use to assist me with my streaming set-top boxes.

SET-TOP:
For the Apple TV I use their Remote app. This app has always been solid. Perfect for controlling iTunes and the Apple TV. This is a must-have app for anyone who uses iTunes and own an iOS device. There are several pay-for remote apps for Roku but I am using their home grown app simply called Roku. I like how you can call up specific “channels” (Roku’s version of apps) with shortcuts built right in the app. Both of these apps are super easy too setup and connect, just make sure you are on the same wifi network. Both of these apps also have a keyboard feature making them extremely useful. It is not fun when you are searching for a show and have to type one letter at a time using arrows to get to the next letter.

Both of these apps are FREE and work on iPad and iPhone.  There is an Android app for Roku by Roku but Apple has not created an Apple TV app for Android.  You could try this but I do not think it is the same.

TV:
I also use the L5 remote from time to time.  I do not use it at home as much as I do when I am on the road.  The TV station that is on in a hotel, McDonalds, or hospital lobby is usually set to something lame…I whip out my dongle, download the TV make (sometimes I have to try a few different variations), and BAM…I can change the channel from CNN to ESPN at the local McDonalds.

MUSIC:
I use my Spotify app a lot, mostly on my iPhone.  But when I listen to Spotify from my computer I like using Remoteless.  Remoteless is a Spotify remote for my iPhone or Android. The iPhone app is $3 and the Android version is $2. It took some time setting up at church because of the security and the large network but I found a way around it.  However, when I am at home using it, it just works…

Brandon Early

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I have been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years, am currently the Director of Student Ministries at Valley Church in Des Moines, IA, and am on a first name basis with several Best Buy and Apple employees. My wife Keri and I have been married over ten years and have three great boys. My four favorite things are Jesus, my wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off our boys with sweet ninja moves.

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