20% Off Coupon for a Veebeam HD Media Wireless Streaming Device

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If you’re looking to buy a nice wireless HD streaming device to stream from a computer to your TV or projector, Veebeam is currently offering 20% of their HD wireless streaming device, which you can purchase on their website,  with the following coupon code: 20Off

So you don’t have to search around, here’s the highlights of their HD media streamer:

Positives:

  • Ultra simple non-techie setup.  Just install the software on your computer; plug the receiver into your TV via HDMI or A/V composite cable; and take the antenna/usb dongle out of the receiver and plug it into a USB port on your computer.  That’s about it.  For those who get scared away from being able to stream online content or their digital media to their TV because of being overwhelmed by potential technical complications (such as setting up the networking side properly and the like), you should have no problem with setting up and using this device.
  • It can stream anything your computer can play.  So you can stream things like Hulu, Netflix, ESPN360, etc, as well as be able to play flash movies, divx, wmv, avi, and the like.  If you ever find a media format you can’t play, simply download the codec or a “catch all” type free codec pack like the K-Lite codec pack, and you should be able to stream just about anything.
  • Full 1080p HD output for all video via a secure, point to point Wireless USB (WUSB) connection. Wireless USB, for an application like this, tends to have a lot of advantages over a traditional 802.11 Wi-Fi connection, including less interference from other Wi-Fi networks, as well as higher bandwidth (up to 480 Mbits/sec) than most home wireless routers are capable of.
  • Capable of handling mirrored content (Screencasting mode) with your computer or having the video show up only on your TV (Play-to mode),  leaving you free to use your computer for other things while you watch.

Negative:

  • Nothing major here and easily worked around, but while the USB antenna is fairly small, when using a laptop with this, having the usb dongle itself stick straight out with little flexibility tends to result in the dongle USB connector breaking when you accidentally bend it while plugged in (seems to happen eventually when moving the laptop around with these types of dongles).  This is easily worked around by simply buying a couple dollar short flexible extender cable to go in between the computer and this antenna dongle.  In future models, Veebeam should consider switching it so the antenna dongle has a swivel usb connector that lets the whole stick rotate upwards at a 90 degree angle to the computer, so that the amount that sticks out horizontally ends up being not much at all.  I’ve had a few wireless dongles that do this and they are very durable due to the ability to swivel when they are jarred and even when accidentally putting a good amount of pressure on where it’s connected.  If you’re using a desktop or have never had this issue with USB flash drives or the like that stick out quite a bit, you probably will have no such problems with this.  Maybe I’m just clumsy… 😉
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For those of you who aren’t interested in this deal, here are some related interesting Bonus Factoids for your enjoyment: 😉

  • It is estimated that over 200 billion videos are watched online annually with that number rising fast.  Of those videos, the number one watched videos are user created videos; number two are news videos; and number three are movie trailers.
  • Comscore reports that today over 80% of Americans stream at least one online video per month and that figure is also still rising.
  • Nearly 42% of all online video content streamed is streamed through YouTube with an average of over 121 million unique viewers per month.
  • Wireless USB was first developed in 2004 by Microsoft, Intel, HP, NEC, Philips, Agere Systems, and Samsung.  WUSB specifications currently allow for up to 480 Mbits/sec bandwidth, 127 devices able to connect to one host, and the ability for devices themselves to act as a host.
  • In the early days of film trailers, a company called the National Screen Service began making crude film advertisements from transferred film stills without the permission of the film studios.  They’d then sell these film advertisements to be added on to the endings of films.  Rather than sue this company and have them shutdown for their innovation, as studios would most certainly do today, the film industry chose to embrace this novel format for trailers and began providing the National Screen Service with film footage they could use in these advertisements; this ended up giving the National Screen Service a virtual monopoly on movie trailers for a time.  It wasn’t until the late 1920s that studios began commonly making trailers of their own.
  • Theatrical trailers must be less than two minutes and 30 seconds, as mandated by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).  The MPAA gives each movie studio one exception to this a year where they are allowed to show a trailer that is longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  Trailers shown online can be any length.
  • The MPAA very controversially doesn’t release their specific guidelines as to what content will receive what rating.  They simply state that the content they consider in determining the final rating is sex, violence, nudity, language, adult topics, and drug use.
  • The rating system itself is entirely voluntary on the part of studios.  However, having a film rated tends to boost revenues significantly, so nearly all major studios submit all their films for rating.  There can also be a negative effect of ratings though.  Films that are rated G, but are not meant for kids necessarily, often see a significant drop in expected revenue, largely thought to be due to adults and teens thinking the movie is a kids movie and so don’t go to see it.  The same effect has been observed to a lesser extend with PG movies, particularly those targeted at teenagers, who don’t go see them because they feel PG means “kids movie”.
  • Looking up at the TV with your head tilted up, such as when kids lay on the floor watching TV, will cause more eyestrain than if you are looking straight on at the TV or it is below you so you are looking down at it.  The same applies for computer monitors.
  • Another cause of extra eyestrain is watching TV or looking at a computer screen where the light level of the screen is very different than the light level of the surrounding environment.
  • Today, most music shown on trailers does not appear anywhere in the movie or on the movie soundtrack.  This is because trailers are generally made long before the movie’s release date, often even a year in advance, and one of the last things typically done on any film is to give it to a composer to add the music.
  • The standard narrative introduction on movie trailers “in a world where…” was originally used by Don LaFontaine.  LaFontaine is arguably the most famous movie trailer narrator of all time.  By the time of his death in 2008, he had recorded over 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of television advertisements, video game trailers, and network promotions.  For a several year span, he had a near monopoly on movie trailer narratives done in Hollywood.  LaFontaine also often was a guest narrator on Jeopardy, narrating clues for contestants.

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