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Showgoers Syncs Up Netflix So You Can Watch Movies with Remote Friends

logo: Showgoers.tv

logo: Showgoers.tv

Google Chrome: Sometimes you just want to watch a movie with a friend who lives in another state. Instead of trying a countdown to sync up your viewing, Showgoers syncs up Netflix for you. – Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

“I plan on creating a Safari version of Showgoers. However, because of technical reasons, it’d be a bit more difficult to create a Firefox version”. – Showgoers.tv

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The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Streaming Blocked Content Overseas

One of the big problems with streaming content overseas (or from an overzealous college campus that blocks everything) is that the landscape for doing so changes a lot. Just a few years ago you had to jump through a lot of hoops, but in most cases it’s now as simple as a using an extension or web service. – Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

The Best Lesser-Known Services for Legally Streaming Movies and TV

When you sit down to watch something, what you pick is largely dependent on your mood. Because of that, this guide is organized by what you might be looking to watch. Whether you feel like catching something light, like cartoons, or something dark, like an old horror movie, or something new, like a fresh TV show, there are plenty of services to choose from. – Patrick Allan, Lifehacker 

Build a Directional Wi-Fi Antenna from Kitchen Gear and a Baby Bottle

Stathack explains the whole project over at his blog, but essentially he managed to turn the mesh strainer and the baby bottle into a directional parabolic antenna so he could mooch Wi-Fi from the coffee shop down the street. Of course, if you’re planning to do the same thing, you may want to consider mooching off of your router that your computer is too weak to connect to, or another network you’re actually authorized to use (just for safety’s sake). – Alan Henry, Lifehacker
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How to See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (and How to Stop It)

To see if your VPN is affected:

  1. Visit a site like What Is My IP Address and jot down your actual ISP-provided IP address.
  2. Log in to your VPN, choose an exit server in another country (or use whichever exit server you prefer) and verify you’re connected.
  3. Go back to What Is My IP Address and check your IP address again. You should see a new address, one that corresponds with your VPN and the country you selected.
  4. Visit Roseler’s WebRTC test page and note the IP address displayed on the page.

– Alan Henry, Lifehacker  (Full Story: http://ift.tt/17gNkgy )

This Calculator Decides Whether Dropping Cable Will Save You Money

All you need to do is put in the cost of your cable plan, add in your internet access charge, then select the streaming services you’ll likely use. Slate’s calculator then adds everything up and lets you know how much you’ll spend a year. As you’d expect, it seems like cutting cable is always going to be cheaper unless you’re subscribing to any of the sports packages, but it’s still handy to see the actual breakdown of the numbers. – Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

The Best Hidden Features of VLC

We’ve discussed plenty of ways to download YouTube videos before. However, you have one option already installed on your computer. VLC lets you play and download YouTube videos right from its desktop interface. Here’s how:

  1. Find a video on YouTube—like this one—and copy the URL from the address bar.
  2. In VLC, head to Media > Open Network Stream.
  3. Paste the YouTube link in the box and click Play.
  4. Under Tools, click Codec Information.
  5. In the box that says Location, right-click the block of text and click Select All. Copy this text to your clipboard.
  6. Go back to your browser and paste the link in the address bar. This will open the source file directly on YouTube’s servers.
  7. Right-click the video as it plays and select Save Video As.

You can also record clips from YouTube videos as they’re streaming in VLC by pressing the red Record button in the player itself. This isn’t as direct of a rip, but it’s handy if you need to grab a particular clip out of a long video. – Eric Ravenscraft,Lifehacker

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How to Get the Best Possible Roku Experience On the Cheap

  • Choose a TV streaming provider. There are three big players here, and they all have their own key features. Netflix has the best selection of Movies and TV shows. Hulu gives you access during season instead of waiting for post-season. Amazon Prime has HBO, and since you pay for the year up front, no monthly bill to keep track of.
  • Find the free channels. Roku has over 1,000 channels, and a lot of them are free. Check out this huge list to see which ones are free to add. Some of the “free” channels have paid movies and shows within them, but if you’re worried, you can unlink your credit card after setting up your Roku.
  • Unlock private channels: StreamFREE.tv has a list of private channels, which you won’t find on your Roku, but can download manually.
  • Bookmark your resources. The Roku blog leaves it up to us to discover what’s worth trying out, but there are some good resources. In addition to streamfree.tv, bookmark RokuGuide, to help you see what’s new in Roku whenever you think it’s running a little dry. Rokuchannels is another good resource for both public and private channels.
  • Add other media channels, like Pandora, Facebook, and Picasa. You can do a lot more than just watch movies and TV shows on your Roku. You can play music while you clean, show vacation pictures to friends, and a lot more.

– Tori Reid,Lifehacker   (Full Story: http://lifehac.kr/5AEKiXn)

All Chromecast Owners Can Get Two Months of Free Hulu Plus

Turns out, anyone in the US can get the free two months, regardless of when you purchased your Chromecast. Open the Chromecast app and connect to your Chromecast on your network. Tap the drop down menu button in the upper right-hand corner and then select “check for offers.” You should then be sent to a web page to redeem the two free months of Hulu Plus. So what’s the catch, you ask? There’s a couple. You need to put in your credit card information to start the trial, and if you don’t cancel when it’s over, you’ll get charged for a third month of service. Also, if you’re already a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can’t take advantage of the offer and add it to your time bank. So you’ll need to make a new throwaway account if you have one already (don’t act like you haven’t done that before). – Patrick Allan,Lifehacker