Michael Deeds: Like YouTube videos? Cable One wins HD rating

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comJune 13, 2014 

Michael Deeds

Few things are more annoying than firing up a YouTube video and having it buffer forever or revert to lower video resolution because of a craptastic Internet connection.

Google knows this, which is one of the reasons it has started rating Internet service providers - or "shaming" them, as website TechCrunch puts it - with a video quality report.

It's no secret that Boise ain't exactly the top-wired metropolis in the universe. So it's no surprise that Google found only one "YouTube HD Verified" ISP here: Cable One.

HD verification from Google means that users "should expect smooth playback on YouTube most of the time, even when watching videos in high definition (720p)." The rest of the ISP choices around town - CenturyLink, Clearwire, etc. - are only "SD Verified."

So when you're firing up that new, big-budget "Hangover" video from Psy and Snoop Dogg in glorious HD, you might want to do it through Cable One - or be prepared to grind your teeth impatiently if it stalls.

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The landmark Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., a special events center that anchors the Linen District on the outskirts of Downtown Boise, was put on the real-estate market this week.

Owner David Hale hopes to find a buyer who will take advantage of the Linen Building's potential as a music venue, he says.

It's been a big part of the Treefort Music Fest each year and has featured other live-music events. The adjacent parking lot, which has a capacity of 1,000 people, even could be used for outdoor concerts.

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The entire "Jesus Christ Superstar" Arena Spectacular tour - slated to hit Taco Bell Arena in July - was abruptly canceled two weeks ago. Why? Because ticket sales were "horrific," the promoter explained in a recent Billboard article.

Horrific? Good word.

Too often, venues and promoters hide behind excuses when events get canceled. It was refreshing to see a little brutal honesty in this case.

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In other concert ticket news, Eagle promoter CTTouring is slashing the price of a dozen shows to $10 and $20 for an early, one-day Father's Day sale. The concerts range from Rascal Flatts to Boston, Cheech & Chong to Trace Adkins, Pat Metheny/Bruce Hornsby to the John Butler Trio.

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Husband-and-wife team Kevin and Brenda Mee, a Treasure Valley morning-radio staple since 1998, are ready to "Lite" things up.

The two were shown the door during a programming shakeup at Kissin' 92.3 FM in early February.

But last week, they were reborn on 107.9 Lite FM. Their show runs from 5:30 a.m.-10 a.m. weekdays.

Former morning host Lisa Adams has moved to the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. slot.

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The Idaho Statesman's Facebook page is giving away multiple pairs of tickets to the Rockstar Mayhem Festival July 9 at the Idaho Center's Ford Amphitheater. You'll also find ticket giveaways on my Words & Deeds blog in the next few weeks to shows such as The Hold Steady, Nickel Creek, David Gray and more.

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It won't be long before the freshly named Boise Brewing - which opens June 13 at 521 W. Broad St. - isn't the new kid in town.

Haff Brewing, located next to Cobby's at 4340 Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, is hoping to be open by late August or early September, head brewer Derek Anderson says.

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Treefort director Eric Gilbert is now running events at all-ages venue The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., and he's lining up a busy summer of acts ranging from Jonathan Richman to Xiu Xiu and Shelby Earl. Find The Crux on Facebook for the full list.

Recent improvements have transformed The Crux into what Gilbert calls "one of the best-sounding rooms in town now."

By the time you read this column, an update should be posted on my "Words & Deeds" blog regarding The Crux's recent disagreement with its building owner.

Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and every other Sunday in Life. He appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.

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