Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Odds & Ends: How to Watch Army at Buffalo

Happy Saturday, everybody!
There's no better way to start a weekend.  Granted, I missed last night's game because of my daughter Hannah's 13th birthday party, but I was still super-excited to see the result.  This game has gone to double-overtime twice in recent years, but Army won in regulation last night.  That's pretty amazing.

This tweet confused me until I realized that poor Drunk Old Grad must have been fielding questions nonstop about the game.  For the record, here are my official instructions concerning this particular game:

How to Watch Army at Buffalo

Step 1: Go to Walmart, Target, or BJs and buy a Google Chromecast.  They are $39.  That's an incredible value.

Step 2: Plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV.

Step 3: Download the Chromecast App to your phone or tablet.  Apple has one, too.

Step 4: Using the Chromecast app, sync your new Chromecast to your WiFi router.

Step 5: Download the Watch ESPN app, or just go to

Step 6: ESPN 3 is available via Watch ESPN.  Open the app at 7:00.

Step 7: Log in using information from your cable and/or digital data provider.  For example, if you have an Optonline email account, use your account login and password.  A complete list of providers is available here.

Step 8: Find the game in the "Live Now" tab.  Click to open it.

Click here to Chromecast.
Step 9: Use the "Chromecast" button to push the video feed from your phone to your Chromecast.

Step 10: Sit back and enjoy.

ESPN 3 is a "Chromecast Ready" app, which means that it streams straight from ESPN headquarters in Connecticut to your Chromecast, bypassing your phone and/or computer, which in turn means that the picture is crisp and the stream is steady.  Netflix, YouTube, Watch ABC, CBS Sports, and many others stream the same way.  By comparison, last week's stream on the American Sports Network was NOT "Chromecast Ready," so Chrome mirrored the feed from a specific tab that you had to have open on your computer, degrading playback.  ESPN 3 broadcasts are almost always high quality video.

It's been a lot of football on the blog lately, but I'm doing a review of Marvel Masterworks: Ms. Marvel (Vol. 1) early next week.  That's everything you ever wanted to know about Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, to get your ready for the movie will be on the blog on Monday morning.

Look for it.

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