What if you are watching your favorite show, and suddenly the power goes out? What do you do?
Watching a show with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. But what happens when the power goes out? Suddenly, all of those hours spent waiting for new episodes are wasted. You might be able to find something else to watch on TV or Netflix, but that won’t give you the same experience as before. And even if it does seem like a good option at first glance, it may not be worth it in the long run because streaming can use up so much data! This blog post will help guide you through how to deal with this problem and get back into your groove without wasting any time or money.”
The first thing you should do is find out what the power outage’s cause was. If it was a grid-wide event, then chances are that your TV and Netflix will be down for quite some time. However, if only your local area lost power, then this might not be an issue! It also doesn’t matter if there are other ways to get on television or watch movies like DVDs – they probably won’t work either without electricity.”
In such cases when a show has just ended (or even worse: in the middle of an episode), one way to avoid feeling frustrated is by streaming from another device with internet access while using your laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot so that no data plan gets used up on mobile devices.
If you are without power and your laptop is the only device that has access to Wi-Fi, then it might be a good idea to stream on an iPhone or tablet instead. You will need the app Periscope (if it’s available) so that you can broadcast what you’re doing and not have to type out anything.”
In order for this method of streaming with internet accessibility through mobile devices to work best, make sure that there are plenty of high quality apps installed which allow broadcasting from anywhere at any time. “This way, if people want to watch Netflix they can do so by virtually being in your living room.”
“Apps such as Periscope also have built in chat features where viewers can comment alongside what’s happening while it happens live,” says Smithwick. “The comments may not show up immediately but often viewers will post the comments after it’s over.”
The power goes out and internet is down — for safety reasons I don’t recommend trying this at home! Not surprisingly there are a number of ways around this issue with many determined individuals finding creative solutions for various scenarios which we’ll summarize below.
If you are streaming on an iPhone or tablet, make sure to use apps such as Periscope so that people can see what is going on in your life without having to comment out loud. “This way, if people want to watch Netflix they can do so by virtually being in your living room,” says Smithwick. The broadcast may not show up right away but often viewers will post their comments after it has ended.
When the power goes down and internet connection becomes spotty a number of tools come into play including a smartphone with offline maps (iPhones have Maps App), satellite connections for live TV service providers like DirecTV Now – which provides local channels, sports programming and national cable networks through the internet – and an antenna for over-the-air channels.