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Last week was a roller coaster of a week for me. First, my grandson teaches me something new on Terrarium TV, then Terrarium goes away and then Terrarium is back again for a few months.

Wait, before I go into Terrarium TV and downloading movies, let me give a quick explanation as to why I haven’t been writing very much on Low Tech Grandma. You see, my son was in a major accident and no matter how old your children get, they become first priority in such instances. As such, writing about technology just wasn’t very important. As a matter of fact, technology wasn’t very important to me either, except for medical technology. I’ve got to say, medical technology is mind-blowing!

My son will forever be changed by this accident, but he’s on the mend. I can now start playing around with a few techno things again. It’s amazing how much technology has changed in a few short months! I’m behind the 8 ball yet again (not that I was ever in front of or even on par with the 8 ball before).

Terrarium TV Gone then Back Again!

On or about September 13, 2018, Terrarium TV users received an unwanted notification regarding the demise of Terrarium TV. The notification was as follows:

Terrarium TV Shutdown

MAJOR GASP!!!Terrarium Shutting Down - GASP!

This message explained why I was constantly receiving the “no data” message every time I tried to access my favorite TV program. I thought I received the no data message because my app was out of date, so my solution was to update it. That’s when I saw the upsetting message.

Terrarium — Say it Ain’t So!

I sat there staring at the message for a bit. I just couldn’t believe it. Terrarium TV…gone. Heavy Sigh!

After sitting there stunned and saddened, I realized I had to find an alternative. There are plenty of alternatives, but I just couldn’t find the right one for me. I didn’t want to return to Kodi so I kept searching until I happened upon the NewTechRevolution YouTube channel. His video solved my dilemma.

I didn’t have to seek an alternative to Terrarium, I just had to install the Terrarium patch version. Granted, it may only work for 6 months or so, but that gives me time to find a real alternative. In the meantime, I can finish the last few episodes of my favorite show.

Now For the Grandson to Grandmother Education

Just before the Terrarium TV shut down scare, I received an education from my sweet little grandson. My grandson didn’t say, “Ok grandma! This is how you download movies.” Actually. my grandson is a boy of few words. Instead, he got a hold of my tablet, and the next thing I knew his favorite movie was downloaded onto my tablet!

Being that I don’t use my tablet daily, I didn’t realize he downloaded a movie until a few days later. “How the heck did he do that?” I wondered. In the past, he would watch a streaming movie and hand the tablet to me when the ever so annoying “buffering” showed up. I’d pretend to work some magic, the buffering would disappear only to show up again a few minutes later.SMH

I guess he got tired of my “magic” and found a way to download the movie and bypass all the buffering. The palm-to-forehead moment occurred when I realized it was as simple as reading the on-screen options after selecting a streaming source. The options are:

Terrarium Message

Why I Never Downloaded Movies/Shows with Terrarium TV Before

Whenever I watched a movie using Terrarium TV, I’d watch it on the larger screen of the TV using the Amazon FireStick. On the FireTVStick, I never thought to select “Download” because first of all, I didn’t think the FireStick had the capacity to hold downloaded movies. And secondly, I’d have to search the firestick to find where the downloaded movie ended up. Too much hassle for a finicky Amazon FireStick.

I carried that same thought process to my tablet. Never even thought of downloading a movie to the tablet. It has plenty of space, but just never thought of it until my 3-year-old grandson downloaded (probably quite by accident) his movie to my tablet.

Downloading an Entire Season

Since the downloading discovery (or should I say lesson), I’ve downloaded an entire season of my favorite show to watch on a 10-hour long road trip. Personally, my preference is to stream rather than download, but there are times when downloading does come in handy. As I finish an episode, I delete it from the tablet. This way, there’s no confusion as to which episode to watch next.

I’ve got to say, however, that taking a road trip with technology is a far cry from when I was a kid. Back then we sang songs, played tic-tac-toe, dots, fought with siblings and were a general pain in the rear to our parents (quickly learned where the term back-hand came from). Now, with technology, kids are much quieter for longer periods of time. In the long run, I’m not so sure if that’s a good thing.

FeliciaFelicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.

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  • Myles September 23, 2018, 3:08 pm

    Hi, glad to hear your son is recovering. Two alternatives to Terrarium TV are Tea TV and TVZion. I got both working easily on the Fire Stick and tablet. A simple internet search will bring up links to both alternatives

    • Low Tech Grandma September 23, 2018, 3:34 pm

      Thanks for the heads up, Myles.

      I’ll definitely look them up and give them a try.