TV Broadcaster is looking for Music Videos

Movies Plus is a Connected TV Platform operated by Publisher/Influencer, Dean Lachiusa.

I’m looking for Bands, and also Partners who would like to take advantage of my Roku, Fire TV, and Android Channels. My Broadcast reach is nearly 1 Million viewers.

Here’s how to start…
1.) There’s never a fee to stream your content on the Movies Plus TV Android App.

Add it free from Google:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.usman.deanlach

2.) If you like what you see, then its free to add your Music Video to the Android APP. Just click on my youtube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3n2v7WouIwjvtRwnkG6PJF65IpliZB4w&disable_polymer=true

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I broadcast films and music-videos on several channels and Connected TV Platforms.
The subscriber base for Movies Plus on Amazon Fire TV is about 425,000 and growing daily. Check it via this website: http://www.MoviesPlus.org

And, if you’re a Roku user, it’s free to add these channels:
TMN (The Movie Network),
Film Fest Best,
AHM (Art House Movies,)
Movies Plus TV.

I hope you like this opportunity. If you’d like to add your content to my Roku and Fire TV channels, then please drop me a note by email (metrofilmfestival @ gmail.com) or PM me on http://www.Facebook.com/MetroFilmFestival or https://twitter.com/Movies_Plus_TV

I broadcast and stream only great looking videos, please no nudity or adult language.

Cheers, and good luck.
Dean Lachiusa,
Curator for Movies Plus and the Metro Film Festival.

PS, I’m in Metro Detroit, but my Channels broadcast Internationally.

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Cord Cutting 101

Cord Cutting 101, the how-to guide to free TV and alternatives to expensive Cable TV bills

Have you heard about “Cord Cutters” and how they are saving hundreds (yep 200 bucks or more?)

Two years ago I was paying Comcast over 300 dollars a month for my Cable TV, Internet, and digital (landline) Phone. Before Comcast I tried AT&T, and the cost was about the same. And both companies enjoy a monopoly of-sorts, so they were constantly charging more for their services. And I really hated the way that these big co’s treated me. I mean, I wanted to watch NBA, and in order to do so, I had to buy a freak’n “bundle.” And the bundles offer all kinds of extra programming that I paid for – but didn’t want. You’ve probably gone through the same torment, so I’ll end my complaint session here. Moving on…

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Last year, I switched to Dish and I save a ton of money. They didn’t push me to upgrade to bundles, and they allowed me to downgrade to an el-cheap service of 40 bucks a month. But still, I felt that I was paying for local-tv programming that is offered free through my antenna.

Recently, I downgraded my Dish to a “pause” plan. This cost me $5 month, and it allowed me to keep my Dish SAT while I tested the alternative – local TV channels delivered via OTA (over-the-air) antenna. So far, I’ve experienced mixed results. When it rains or the wind blows — so does the local TV.

When the reception is bad, meaning the picture on my TV is either totally black or displaying a bunch of square-pixels accompanied by the audio cutting out, that’s when I switch on my Roku or Fire TV. Set Top Boxes like Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV all function the same way — you must have an Internet connection, 4mbps or better to use these devices to watch movies and Shows on your Television. (My current company says my Internet speed is 25mbps or so – and although that is not a consistent speed, it is perfectly fast enough.)

Using your Set Top Box (or “stick”.) You need to plug in the unit into your HDMI port or your composite (RCA) jacks on your TV. Just look for the “in” ports, it’s pretty standard on most TV’s, “Input” RCA jacks are Yellow for Video, and Red for Right-Audio, White for Left-Audio. Then plug in the power on the unit, turn on the TV, select the “source” aka “input” for the signal you’d like to watch. (In other words, this set-top-box “source” is an alternative to just turning the TV on and watching via an antenna or cable/sat TV.)

Next you should see that your Roku/Fire/AppleTV is asking you to connect to an Internet Signal. I’m sure your Internet Provider set you up with a WiFi Router. You’ll need the name of it, and it’s password. Type that into the prompts on your TV, and it will eventually connect you. Now click on the “home” button for your Roku or whatever — and you see they’ve automatically loaded a few starter channels. Yay! Your ready to watch. As a side-note, I adjusted my Roku’s display settings to Standard Definition, 16×9 Wide-Screen. This saves data-use aka “Internet Bandwidth.”

My Fire TV doesn’t have the same settings, I have a Fire TV “stick” which plugs in via the HDMI port on my TV, and it’s limited to a HD display of 720 or better. I know this might not sound like a limitation to allot of you, but my Internet Provider allows me 1TB of data use per month. And, because I operate a Film Festival, and CTV channels, I often find myself downloading large movie files, editing them and re-uploading these files, which demands a large amount of Internet data. So for me, 1TB is nice, but it easy to use up in one month.

You might appreciate another reason why I watch TV in SD mode. For one, usually the picture clarity is just fine. When I watch programming on my channels, or Crackle, or any other than Netflix, I get a clean looking picture that you would not recognize as “SD” unless you placed a TV with an HD image right next to it.

Secondly, I prefer to watch TV in SD-wide display mode because when/if someone in my house watches a streaming-TV-program, they just might forget to turn it off. And that means that the Netflix or whatever they are watching will automatically play through the night…resulting in my bandwidth getting used up, and then I end up paying the Internet Company a penalty fee for overuse.

Ok, moving on. Let’s say you have a Roku or another box that you’ve paid 25 dollars or more for. (The only cost for a Roku/Fire is the one-time purchase fee.) Additional fees apply to Netflix, Hulu subscriptions, if you opt for their programming — but really, you don’t have to. Great channels (aka TV-Apps) include Pluto, Crackle, Movies Plus, ABC, Petticoat Junction, ArtHouse Movies, TMN (The Movie Network) and many others like CW Seed.

Netflix is an App. It also is considered a channel on Roku. I subscribe to it. And I love my Netflix at about 8 dollars a month for the non-UHD reception. I get some great shows like LOST IN SPACE and LILLYHAMMER and quality feature films. BUT – I do not get my local programming. No local news, no Nightly News unless I want to watch the previous days programming. My dilemma is “how to get LIVE broadcasts” that are reliable?

Reliable? Some services like Sling offer paid packages that deliver content to Roku and FireTV for about $40 monthly. This might be the way to get a few local LIVE channels, plus some other networks like Starz. But heck, I’m trying to save money — that’s why I “cut the cord.”

The answer? Maybe “locast.” I found this app on my Roku. It works in just a few towns like NYC. My bro uses it there and he is very happy because his digital antenna is about as reliable as mine is. From what I can see, the App is free, and it appears to be legal (appears!) After some research I found out that Locast just might be pushing the boundaries of what they are allowed to do. Both Aereo, and FilmOn lost their argument to rebroadcast local channels, and I think that although Locast is non-profit, they might be pushed to shut down operations.

A note about services that offer digital re-broadcast via Roku, Fire, etc. Most of these services are designed for our troops abroad. That is, like the AFN (American Forces Network.) Some rebroadcasters have agreements that allow them to re-broadcast HBO, USA and other networks to foreign countries. These re-broadcast services are not licensed (or intended) for use in the USA. Have people found a way to use these APPS in the USA? Yes, but I won’t say how because firstly it’s illegal, and secondly you cannot depend on the service when you use it outside of the way it is intended.

PS: Kodi is one of the biggest to offer rebroadcasting. When it functions as a digital rebroadcaster, it is what I consider to be the pirates haven – and being a filmmaker (and a righteous-dude) I absolutely hate this service — but that’s just me living in a world of thieves and catch-me-if-you-can thinkers. (Waaaaaa – cry baby!)

Moving on….Antennas! What a cluster-frak. You can shop all day long, but I have to say that I’ve used Amplified and non-amplified antennas (like the old rabbit ears.) And neither one really works great in my house in Metro Detroit. We have about 20 great channels too, ranging from NBC 4 to 4-2 and “4-dash-3.” Sounds confusing? It isn’t really. The channels are set up just like they were in the analog broadcasting days, accept that channels like Channel 4 now has “multicast” channels like Heroes and Icons (H&I) on their 4-2 channel. Don’t worry, you don’t have to find these manually, and you really don’t have to understand how multicasting or “subchannels” work in your town.

If you have a TV set with a Digital Tuner, then simply plug in an Antenna into the “Antenna In” coaxial port of your TV. Then go into your TV’s settings and use the Channel set up options to “auto tune” your OTA (Antenna.) It might take a few minutes, but your TV should find a few channels. And most new TV’s have a “skip” option that allows you to weed out the channels that you don’t want to watch.

Before you buy an antenna, you might consider a homemade solution. I know of two designs, and one that I currently use. Before we start on this – please take note: A coaxial port can be damaged – so don’t just jam any old metal thing into it…Okay, that being said, let’s examine a couple do it yourself indoor antennas:

1.) I read about a guy who says to use a PaperClip — I would guess that the (big) business grade clip could work. He took a clip, and straightened out one end, then he gently pushed it into his TV’s “antenna in” jack. Done, with limited channel reception of course. But hey, don’t quote me, and don’t blame me if you decide to test your TV with a PaperClip or a wire.

2.) A coaxial cable. After buying both a Amplified Antenna, and a Rabbit Ear antenna, I decided to use a DIY antenna made out of an old cable-tv-cable. One end screws into the port “it’s the coaxial jack” of your TV, and the other end needs to be prepared like in the following tutorial….

3 A-E.) Carefully, cut the end of the cable off. B.) Then carefully…carefully use a knife to skin the protective rubber housing off of the cable. You need to do this slowly so that you DO NOT cut into the copper wire on the inside. Now, cut anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of the housing off, but like to say – don’t cut the lining inside yet. You may throw this rubber piece away. C) Now you’ll see the lining, it’s a mesh — a wire mesh. This easily pulls back. It’s like putting on a condom (don’t get mad – this is the best analogy I can offer.) When I made my antenna, I didn’t have to cut the mesh. You should also be able to simply pull it back upon the cable, and then tape it up. Use a good tape like black electrical tape. Okay? Tape up that mesh that you pulled back. D) Now you’ll see a plastic piece that protects the inner copper wire. If you have a good wire cutter then carefully…carefully slice this housing (WITHOUT CUTTING THROUGH THE WIRE INSIDE.) Now pull off that plastic housing. E.) The copper wire is revealed. This is your antenna. Place it AWAY from a wall, as close to a window as you can get. And of course don’t place it near any open wires, metal, or a where a child can poke himself or a power-socket. Don’t use it outside – you don’t want this thing to become a lightning rod.

I get about 30 channels with my DIY antenna, but like I say it’s not a perfect solution because the weather conditions greatly affect the picture and audio quality.

That’s about it for my Cord-Cutter DIY. If you have comments or suggestions please do so. Cheers!

New Websites and Apps

The MetroFilmFestival.com website is now active for the upcoming Metro Film & TV Awards – it’s free to enter for a limited time…

And the MoviesPlus.org website is complete with links to MP Apps on Roku, Fire, and Android.

Note that the Android App is getting popular, but the partners (Metro/MoviesPlus) are still accepting video submissions. Go to the Youtube channel and add you video for free, and after your content gets enough exposure, then they’ll add it to the Droid app..and eventually they’ll talk to you about getting distributed on all their platforms. (The Movies Plus Fire TV channel has over 375,000 subscribers, so it’s a pretty darn good way to get exposure for your work.)

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Here’s a link to the Youtube Playlist, if you’re logged into Google/Youtube then it will give you the option to add videos to the playlist. If you’re not interested in doing that, then click the home button to see the Youtube channels lineup of films/playlists.

Beta, Beta, Beta Android

HI, this is just an update on the status of our Movies Plus Android TV App. It’s still in freak’n beta! I can’t believe it!

After putting all the content together on our Youtube channel, and then linking it to my Android App…I found that my Developer made some crucial mistakes. He did something wrong with the ADmob code and/or the Youtube player. It’s so frustrating that I’ve decided to write the App myself.

Yes, this will take a little time…but hopefully I’ll have it all together in the next few weeks. In which case, I’ll be posting a link here and some details about the content.

For the time being, if you’d like to check out my Youtube channel and watch and/or submit a film…then I hope you visit this link. You can use the discuss/comment section on Youtube or visit my FB page: Facebook.com/MetroFilmFestival.

Her we are on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIagMoZV1kp02nIJTQUdIAQ

FREE on ROKU

We’re now live on Roku. If you have a Roku box or stick then Movies Plus TV is a great destination for free content. Note: Roku’s new stick costs around $24 and it works with HDMI and RCA cables. I like it better than my old Roku1, although I admit that I use my Roku1 on my second TV, aka my Man-Cave TV.

You can add “Movies Plus TV” if you search for it via your device or scroll through the Movies and TV section (aka Film & TV.) Here’s a link to the Channel online. https://channelstore.roku.com/details/204413

Also please note that our Movies Plus channel on Amazon Fire TV has different content. 41tcyxv4ivl
And the Amazon version is a paid App, it’s only a one time charge of $2. If you’re a filmmaker the Amazon channel is a great place for exposure, because we reach over 340,000 subscribers. If you have a Fire device you can find it in the Movies and TV category, we’re ranked near Showtime and the CW. Or you may add it from the Amazon website: https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Pie-Films-Movies-Plus/dp/B013MBOC4S

Coming soon is our Android App – it will be a Youtube channel TV app, which means you’ll get yet another version of the Movies Plus catalog of content. This time it’s Youtube videos – features, shorts, and unique web-tv content. It’s in Beta, and the final App will be free, so please visit here for a link soon, or see our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/MetroFilmFestival

That’s about it for now. As always, you may find me on Facebook.com/DeanLach and you examine my CTV/OTT channels on www.MetroFilmFestival.com or www.MoviesPlus.org

Cheers,
Dean

The Top 12 things Sci-Fi fans may hate about Star Trek Discovery

1. It’s DARK. The show does not embrace the principles of Diversity and Enlightenment that many of us expect from Star Trek.

2. 3D Animaton. The outer space scenes are flat, dark, and the animated ships are not as beautiful as constructed-models. It still can be done, see The Orville.

3. Klingon Boobies. Brief, but aggressive sex scenes may just embarrass your kids and your mom too.

4. Fast subtitles. The Klingon translations run too fast, and the Klingon dialog sounds clunky, it reminds me of when they fed a horse named Mr. Ed peanut butter.

5. 12 actors, or less. Important characters get killed off, and there are very few supporting actors. I expect to see supportive crew that make it plausible to operate an enormous space ship like the Discovery.

6. The F word. Battlestar Galactica was smart enough to say FRAK, but apparently in this future, the Star Fleet crew finds the need to express themselves with foul language and mediocre attitudes. Not in front of my kid, please.

7. Rehashed storylines. After 2 to 3 seasons I expect to see a Parallel Universe or something like a Flashback episode, but not in the first season.

8. No Women. I miss the days when gorgeous women like “Seven of Nine” commanded attention on Star Trek Voyager. I think Discovery could use a little more eye candy. Discovery’s White-Dressed Klingon chick with the cud-chewing voice makes me woof my cookies.

9. Lazy Susans. I hate it when Evil Empress’s use Lazy Susans to spin around in order to impress people. Okay, so this is kind of a spoiler, but only if you take notice of the scene I’m referring to.

10. No Badguys. I have to admit that up until about the 6th episode I couldn’t really tell if StarFleet or the Klingons were the evil-doers.

11. It’s Muddy. Just when I thought Star Fleet was going to administer a little justice, judgement is cast in the opposite way that an old Star Trek episode would have played out.

12. Legacy Killer. After watching the first 12 episodes, I find Star Trek Discovery is not bold or ground breaking – but rather predictable and disappointing. I hope they change this, because I’d hate to see the Star Trek legacy marred.

– Dean Lachiusa, curator for Movies Plus