Holiday 2022 Connections

STREAMING HAS FOREVER CHANGED AT-HOME ENTERTAINMENT JUST FOR FUN, CHECK OUT THESE HOLIDAY APPS These free apps, available for Android and iOS, are sure to generate smiles for the young (or young at heart) in your family. Christmas Sweeper 4 Attention Candy Crush fans! Christmas Sweeper 4 is like your favorite game, except with a Christmas twist. You’ll light candles, clear the snow to uncover gifts, catch jumping snowmen, fill up gift bags, drop Santa down the chimney, and more creative mischief. Elf Yourself You replace the Elf faces with the faces of up to five people or pets, select a dance theme, and this app will create a comical elf dance video. Once completed, you can share the video on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Message From Santa! With this app, your kids can call Santa, get video messages, record a wish list, and hear what Santa is doing. There’s also a Santa Chatbot that makes it seem like you’re talking with the man himself. You can also request a call from Santa, and your children can record a voice message for him. The way most of us enjoy TV today is fundamentally different than it was 10-15 years ago. Instead of watching network and cable programs on a TV only, we’re streaming a much broader range of entertainment on a variety of devices—laptops, tablets, and phones —in addition to TVs. Clearly, streaming is the new way to watch TV. The majority of U.S. households have at least one streaming subscription and over half of them have at least three. Streaming services have changed what we watch, where we watch, and how we watch. We now have much more freedom in terms of at-home entertainment, and this freedom has opened up a whole new world of both challenges and possibilities. For example, given the seemingly infinite amount of streaming content available, choosing what to watch next can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. How many of us have spent half an hour scrolling through titles, only to give up and just rewatch a favorite movie or TV show? TV series fans are taking advantage of streaming’s viewing flexibility to assume more control. While some watch episodes from start to finish, others rewatch scenes (to understand confusing dialogue) or skip unwanted content (such as violence or scenes with a character they dislike). There are also people who watch all or part of a TV series in fast forward (called “speed watching”) to consume as much content as possible in a short amount of time. We can’t forget another major option enjoyed by many—binging an entire season in a day or two. Your streaming experience is impacted by your internet speed. If you think you might need an upgrade, call Colo Telephone Company at 641-377-2202 or CIB at 888-377-0067.