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My Digital Entertainment for Seniors (Covers movies, TV, music, books and more on your smartphone, tablet, or computer)

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 480
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5660-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5660-2

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Learn On-Demand TV, DVRs, Music, Games, Books, and More!

With My Digital Entertainment for Seniors, you’ll discover easy ways to access and experience entertainment using today’s technology, without getting confused or bogged down with techno-babble—and without spending a fortune. This easy-to-follow guide covers all aspects of entertainment—movies, TV shows, radio, music, newspapers and magazines, books, and more—whether you’re using a computer, mobile device, or other technology.

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  • Get acquainted with all forms of digital entertainment that are available in everyday life, including on-demand TV shows, movies, music and radio programming, podcasts, eBooks and audiobooks, digital editions of newspapers and magazines, YouTube videos, and interactive games.Discover the difference between streaming and downloading content from the Internet to your computer or mobile device.
  • Learn what equipment you’ll need and how to use this equipment, no matter how tech-savvy you are—or aren’t.
  • Find out how to watch, listen to, and read what you want, when you want it, on your TV, desktop computer, notebook computer, smartphone, tablet, eBook reader, or gaming console.
  • Learn what types of entertainment are available to use on eBook readers, digital video recorders, digital music players, high-definition television sets, cable/satellite TV service providers, what types of entertainment are readily available via the Internet, and how to use your computer, smartphone or tablet as an entertainment device.
  • Find ways to stay safe and protect yourself from identity theft or online crime when surfing the Internet, shopping online, playing games, doing online banking, and handling other Internet-related tasks.


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Table of Contents


1 The Changing World of Digital Entertainment 3
Defining Digital Entertainment ....................................4
Understanding the New Terminology ..................7
Types of Digital Entertainment ...........................9
    Audiobooks ..........................................9
    Computer and Video Games ..............10
    eBooks ............................11
    Movies ...........................12
    Music ...............................14
    Newspapers and Magazines ..........................15
    Radio Programming ...............................15
    Television Shows .................................16
    World Wide Web ..................................17
Considering Compatibility Issues ..........................17
Don’t Be Afraid! ..........................................22
What You’ll Need To Get Started ................22


2 Getting Started with Digital Entertainment 27
Saving Money When Shopping for Consumer Electronics................29
    Shop at Retail Stores ..................................30
    Shop Online .................................................................33
Overview of Required Equipment ...........................38
    HD Television Set ................................................................38
    Desktop and/or Notebook Computer ........................40
    Smartphones and Tablets ................................................44
    Overview of Optional Equipment ...............................51
Internet Access Is Required .....................................................59
Overview of Content Service Providers and Suppliers .......................60

3 Television in the 21st Century 63
Recording Your Favorite Shows...............................................64
Streaming Your Favorite Shows On-Demand ..................66
Connecting a Streaming Device to Your TV ..................67
    Apple TV .............................................................68
    Google Chromecast .............................80
    Amazon FireTV Stick .........................................82
    Roku Streaming Stick ............................84
Binge Watching TV Shows ...............................87


4 Watching TV on Your Devices 91
Streaming TV Shows on Your Computer’s Screen ............94
    Visiting a Network’s Website .........................94
Purchasing TV Shows to Watch on Your Computer ...........97
    Purchase Content from iTunes ..................................97
Streaming TV Shows on Your Smartphone or Tablet ...........102
    Using Network-Specific Mobile Apps ............................103
    Using a Mobile App from Your Cable or Satellite Service Provider ..............109
    Using a Streaming Service’s Mobile App...................................111
Mobile Apps That Make Watching TV More Interactive ................114


5 On-Demand Movies at Your Fingertips 117
Owning, Renting, and Streaming Movies: A Comparison ...............118
On-Demand Services from Your Cable or Satellite TV Service Provider ........120
    Use the On-Demand Service from Your Cable or Satellite Service Provider .................121
Accessing Movies from the iTunes Store .....................122
    Purchase Movies from the iTunes Store Using a Mac or PC ..................123
    Purchase Movies from the iTunes Store Using an iPhone or iPad ..................129
Other Digital Movie Stores ............................134
    Amazon.com .................................135
    Google Play Also Sells and Rents Digital Movies ....................136
    Vudu .........................................................138
Streaming Movie Services .................................138
    Use Netflix from Your Computer ......................................142
    Use Netflix from Your Tablet or Smartphone ...........................145
    Use Netflix from Your Streaming Device ..................................149


6 Streaming Video with YouTube and Other Services 153
Creating a Free Google Account.............................156
Accessing YouTube ...................................156
    Access YouTube from Your PC or Mac Computer ...................157
    Access YouTube from Your Smartphone or Tablet ........................159
    Access YouTube from a Streaming Device, Smart TV, or Video Game System ....................164
Finding Videos to Watch ............................................165
    Subscribe to YouTube Channels ........................................166
    Provide Feedback to YouTube Videos .......................166
Playing Videos and Creating Playlists .....................................168
    Watch Videos ................................................168
    Create a Playlist .................................................................171


7 The Evolution of Radio: Beyond AM and FM 175
Understanding Streaming Radio Options ..................................176
Introduction to Sirius/XM Satellite Radio .....................178
    Stream Sirius/XM Programming ................................180
Accessing Streaming Radio Stations ........................187
    iHeart Radio..................................................188
    Radio.com .............................................................................193
    NPR News and NPR One .......................................196
    Find Your Favorite Local Radio Stations Online ..........................201
Discovering Streaming Music Services ......................................202
    Amazon Prime Music .............................................202
    Apple Music ........................................................................210
    Pandora .....................................................................................217
Discovering Podcasts .........................................................................221
    Use the Podcasts App on an iOS Device ........................................222


8 Digital Music: No More Records, Tapes, or CDs 229
Acquiring Digital Music .........................................................230
Using iTunes on the Mac or PC ......................................232
    Purchase Music from the iTunes Store with a Mac or PC ..................233
    Select and Play Music ...........................................................237
    Create and Manage Playlists .............................................238
    Purchase Music from the iTunes Store with a Mobile Device ...............241
    Use the Music App ...................................................244
Using the Groove Music Player on a PC ...............................250
    Play Your Music with the Groove Music Player ..............250
Using the Music App on an Android Device ..................253


9 Having Fun with Games and Interactive Entertainment 261
Understanding Gaming Options .............262
    Understanding Game Ratings ...................263
    Benefits of Interactive Games Versus Traditional Types of Games .........265
    Ways to Experience Interactive Gaming Experiences ......................267
Finding Games for Your Smartphone or Tablet ..................270
    Games for iPhone and iPad ...........................................272
    Games for Android-Based Smartphones and Tablets....................277
15 Popular Games for Mobile Devices...........283
Playing Online Games.......292


10 Reading Digital Newspapers and Magazines 297
Using the iPhone and iPad with Digital Editions .........................298
    Downloading a Publication’s App ..............................299
    Read a Digital Publication ............................................301
    Manage or Cancel a Digital Subscription .....................305
    Discover Apple’s News App .................................................306
Reading Digital Editions with Your Android Device .............311
    Use Google’s Play Newsstand App ...........................312
Reading with eBook Readers or Apps ..................317
Subscribing to a Magazine Service ..............................319


11 Reading eBooks 323
Using eBook Reader Devices .................................324
    Selecting an eBook Reader ........................325
Shopping for eBooks............................................................327
Customize Your eBook Reading Experience...................328
Reading eBooks Using iBooks .......................................329
    Acquire eBooks from iBook Store .................................330
    Read and Manage eBooks ...................................................334
    Customize Your Reading Experience ................................337
Reading eBooks Using Android Mobile Devices.....................342
Reading eBooks Using the Kindle App or Device .....................349
    Find and Acquire eBooks .....................................351
    Read eBooks ...............................................................354
Reading eBooks with the Nook App .............................359
    Find and Acquire eBooks .....................................360
    Read eBooks ......................................362


12 Listening to Audiobooks 369
Using Audible.com.................................371
    Shop for Audiobooks via Audible.com ..........................372
    Listen to Audiobooks Using the Audible App ...............375
Using iBooks with Audiobooks ..................................381
    Shop for Audiobooks Using the iBooks App .......................381
    Listen to Audiobooks Using the iBooks App ...................384
    Playing Audiobooks Using the iBooks App .....................385
Using Your Android Device ...............................................387
Using a Kindle or Nook eBook Reader or Mobile App ...........388


13 Taking Digital Entertainment on the Road 391
Accessing TV Shows and Movies ..................392
    Use the Xfinity TV Go App ....................................394
Remotely Accessing Your TiVo DVR ........................398
    Use the TiVo Mobile App ............................................400
Experiencing Digital Entertainment in Your Vehicle ...............405


14 Using Parental Controls to Protect Your Kids and Grandkids 409
Setting Firm Limits and Expectations .....................410
Setting Parental Controls ..............................411
    Set Mac Controls ........................................412
    Set Controls for Windows 10 ...................................414
    Set iTunes Store Parental Controls .............................418
    Set Controls on an Android Device ...................429
    Set Controls on Other Devices .......................436


A 10 Web Surfing Tips That’ll Keep You Safe 439
Use Secure Passwords .......................................440
Change Your Passwords Regularly ..........................442
Don’t Follow Links to “Secure” Websites ........................442
Always Use a Credit Card When Shopping Online ..................444
Manually Enter the Website URL That You Want to Visit ....................444
Don’t Respond to Unusual Friend Requests on Social Media .................445
Avoid Sharing Your Social Security Number or Driver’s License Number Online..........446
Avoid Doing Online Banking from Public Networks ..................448
Don’t Respond to Emails from the Court or From an Airline You Did Not Book Travel With ...........448
Always Sign Off from Websites on Someone Else’s Computer ................450


Glossary 451


Index 455

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