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Old 04-16-2016, 10:26 AM   #1
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Since we got our Smart TV, and then Chromecast, when I am in the mood for mindless entertainment (or sometime educational), I have brought up YouTube on the big TV and just seen where recommendations take me. There's almost always something interesting, and every time you watch one video, the recommendations may change as a result. There are lots of HD videos these days that are stunning to watch, and content/production has come a long way. Just a fun way to kill 30-60 minutes sometimes IMO.

I delete my search history everywhere periodically, but applicable recommendations come back soon enough.

Again, just to kill time occasionally...
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I use the YouTube app for Roku, when there is nothing good on cable. One drawback is that the Favorites and Subscriptions can only be accessed serially. One must scroll along from the beginning, instead of using a grid layout, as on the web. Also it (Roku?) keeps nagging me to use the computer or smartphone app and cast it to the TV when doing a search.
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:45 AM   #3
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YouTube is fantastic. It's easy to get lost and spend hours watching. As you say, the new suggestions can be a little different, before long, you're in a way different area then you started.
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Netflix is good value for money too, and it gives u a month free trial to see how u like it.
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One of the things I enjoy doing on YouTube is watching product reviews or how to do X, that kind of thing. It is amazing how much you can find out about stuff.
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When I just want to kill an hour or so, I check out "People are Awesome". Usually a compilation running 20 minutes or so of 30 second clips of some people doing the most amazing stunts.
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Not only to kill time but many of the "How To..." youtube videos can be quite educational.
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Not only to kill time but many of the "How To..." youtube videos can be quite educational.
Absolutely! I learned how to remove the injectors on diesel switch engine, remove the freezer racks from my new refrigerator, and lately how to clean lamb kidneys.
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I use YouTube a lot to learn songs that one of my bands is playing and often get caught up in the suggestions which sometimes leads to new song ideas. It's definitely an improvement over years past where if no one owned the recording that you would have to tape it off the radio.

There are now plenty of tutorials...I figure out most songs by ear, but it's nice on occasion to be able to save some time on complicated songs by taking an online lesson.
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Absolutely! I learned how to remove the injectors on diesel switch engine, remove the freezer racks from my new refrigerator, and lately how to clean lamb kidneys.
I learned the other day how to easily and safely remove the pit from an avocado just using a butter knife instead of the more common hope you don't miss and slit your wrist method.
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I learned the other day how to easily and safely remove the pit from an avocado just using a butter knife instead of the more common hope you don't miss and slit your wrist method.
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One of the things I enjoy doing on YouTube is watching product reviews or how to do X, that kind of thing. It is amazing how much you can find out about stuff.
Like wise. I have saved hundreds of dollars learning how to repair our dryer and water heater.
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I like to learn languages. Back in the bad old days there were tapes and classes and it was hard. It's still hard, but there is so much stuff available on the internet. Youtube is a fabulous resource for foreign language learning. It amazes me how many people post patient videos to help people learn their language. Lately I've been watching TV episodes from various countries.

I love to consult it for home repairs too.
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I wholeheartedly agree that YouTube is also educational. I've used it to repair all sorts of things, teach myself guitar, and for researching all sorts of things before purchase. Having it on a big screen has made it all the more appealing.
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Yep - easy to get sucked in. I have to ration my kids data on their smart phones because they watch a lot of random youtube stuff when they're on the bus to/from school.
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yep, YouTube can really suck you in... here's an example:



btw, he just passed away at age 61. Quite a guy... everyone has a story!
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yep, YouTube can really suck you in... here's an example:
What will you do all day indeed....

I like documentaries and watch a lot of those, and last night I got pulled into watching an old 1950's TV series that I can just barely remember being on the air:

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