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Facebook Bans the Promotion of Kodi

Earlier this week the news broke that Facebook updated their terms of service to ban the sale of devices with Kodi installed. We are not exactly sure when this happened, but the update seems fairly new. One thing that was missed in the focus on the sale of Kodi devices was the fact that now […]

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7:25 AM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

T-Mobile Is Hiring for Their New TV Service

Looking for a job? Want to work on T-Mobile’s new TV service? While details are still thin on exactly what T-Mobile plans to do with their new live TV service, these job listings give us some insight. Here are the jobs currently listed online for T-Mobile’s new TV service: Install Techs Right now, T-Mobile is […]

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6:57 AM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Verizon Plans to Offer Free YouTube TV Or a Apple TV With Their 5G Internet Service

Today we learned that Verizon plans to add Indianapolis to the list of cities to get 5G home internet by the end of 2018. More interesting Verizon also announced that plans to offer a free Apple TV or YouTube TV with their 5G home internet service. Indianapolis will join Houston, Sacramento, and Los Angeles as the 3rd […]

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6:17 PM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Here is Everything New on Sony Crackle in September 2018

Sony Crackle Original Premieres: Snatch Season 2 (September 13) *Exclusive sneak peek on Amazon devices via the Sony Crackle app starting August 31. New This Month: #Followfriday 6 Bullets 7 Seconds A Dark Truth Appleseed: Alpha Arlington Road Art Heist Ava’s Possessions Bad Country Beverly Hills Ninja Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Bill and Ted’s Bogus […]

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3:48 PM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Dish Network vs. DirecTV: Battle of the satellite TV titans

So, you’ve chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what both Dish Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing, and why you might choose them over streaming services.

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3:48 PM 08/14/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

The best FLAC apps: Convert and play FLAC files on iPhone, iPad

The high-resolution revolution is upon us, and FLAC files are a popular way to store hi-res sound. But what if you’re an iOS user? Check out our article to find out more about FLAC files, and how to use them on Apple devices.

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2:39 PM 08/14/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

Pluto TV Teams Up With Adam Carolla

Today Pluto TV announced that they have teamed up with Adam Carolla to launch Chassy TV. This new channel will be dedicated to offering premium entertainment diving into the passion, culture and history of automobiles, motorcycles, racing, vintage cars, and all things motor sports. “Chassy Media began as a digital, grassroots hub for the automotive documentaries that […]

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2:32 PM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best fully wireless earbuds of 2018

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best wireless earbuds around.

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2:19 PM 08/14/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

The best home theater projectors of 2018

Are you sick and tired of those cumbersome big screen TVs? Don’t want to spend big for a huge TV? These home theater projectors will bring you that big screen experience without breaking the bank.

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2:10 PM 08/14/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2: Everything we know so far

The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery will return for more adventures on CBS All Access in the near future. Here's everything we know about Star Trek: Discovery season 2, from the cast and themes to the season premiere.

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2:03 PM 08/14/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

What is HDMI 2.0b? Here’s everything you need to know

HDMI 2.0b is the backbone for many of the latest updates in 4K UHD technology. And while a new cable standard can often involve a bunch of changes for consumers, that is not the case this time around.

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1:56 PM 08/14/18


Caleb Denison
Digital Trends

YouTube TV Expands Into 3 New Markets

Today YouTube TV expanded into three new markets with the addition of Kingsport, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Bristol, TN/VA. This brings YouTube TV to 100 markets around the United States. Today we welcome our 100th service location: Kingsport, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Bristol, TN/VA! Welcome to the family! https://t.co/7RqBXvZhw0 pic.twitter.com/5flXPIzvDm — YouTube TV […]

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1:46 PM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Twitter & Adidas Team Up to Stream Friday Night High School Football Games

Today Twitter and Adidas announced a new partnership to stream Friday night high school football games. This new series is called ‘Friday Night Stripes’ and will feature a nationally ranked high school team every week. “From grassroots to the NFL, Adidas is ever-present in football culture and being digital first is everything when it comes […]

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1:00 PM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

‘Westworld’ season 3: Everything we know so far

HBO wrapped up the second season of Westworld with a finale that asked as many questions as it answered, leaving fans eager to know more about season 3. Here's everything we know so far about the show's next act.

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12:40 PM 08/14/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Crazybaby’s Air 1S true wireless earbuds won’t make you look like a dork

Audio technology company Crazybaby has launched the Air 1S true wireless earbuds, promising considerable connectivity improvements over previous models while retaining the sleek style and supreme comfort.

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12:00 PM 08/14/18


Andy Boxall
Digital Trends

Nvidia Releases a Smart Home Nvidia Shield Bundle

Today Nvidia announced a new Nvidia Shield bundle that adds support for your smart home. With this bundle, you can get a SmartThings Link that adds support for more SmartThings that can be managed through your Voice Assistant on the Nvidia Shield. Typically this Nvidia Shield bundle will cost $219.99 but right now on Best […]

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11:00 AM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Amazon update for older Fire TV devices helps keep you safe from malware

In June, some users of older models of Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices found themselves targeted by malware, but new security measures rolling out as part of the latest software update will help keep you safer.

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10:56 AM 08/14/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

DIRECTV NOW Added 34 New ABC, CBS, FOX, & NBC Affiliates Last Night

Last night DIRECTV NOW added a large number of Nextstar locals including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC local affiliates. This morning DIRECTV NOW sent Cord Cutters News an official list of all the locals they added. Here are all the locals added to DIRECTV NOW as of August 14th 2018: NETWORK DMA STATION CALL LETTERS ABC […]

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9:39 AM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, & More Saw a 58% Jump in Subscribers This Year

Today comScore released a new look at the growth of live TV streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu, Philo, YouTube TV, and more. This study looked at the growth of live TV streaming and how people used it. According to comScore, the number of Americans subscribing to a live TV streaming service jumped 58% in […]

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9:05 AM 08/14/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best TVs under $1,000

Check out our picks for the best TVs under $1,000 to enjoy top-shelf features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range, and gorgeous image processing. Park yourself here to find the absolute best values in TV land.

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5:13 PM 08/13/18


Caleb Denison
Digital Trends

‘Captain Marvel’: Everything we know about the movie so far

Academy Award winner Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie hitting theaters in March 2019. Here's everything we know about Marvel's first female-led superhero movie.

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4:30 PM 08/13/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Time to upgrade! Here are the best 4K TV deals for August 2018

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level so you can enjoy all of your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.

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3:36 PM 08/13/18


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Upgrade your home theater with a deeply discounted Vizio soundbar system

Looking to upgrade your personal home theater with a little extra bass and clearer sound? This Vizio Smartcast soundbar system is currently $218 off and you won't want to miss this deal.

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3:07 PM 08/13/18


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

The best Blu-ray movies to show off your home theater

What's the point of having all of that awesome home theater gear if you can't breed a little jealousy in your friends and family? We've put together this list of fantastic Blu-rays that have the goods to drop a few jaws.

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2:57 PM 08/13/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

The best headphones of 2018

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.

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1:50 PM 08/13/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Listen up! These are the best movie soundtracks of all time

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled background music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.

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1:30 PM 08/13/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Optoma NuForce BE Free5 review

Taking out all the wires and glossy paint, Optoma still gives its NuForce BE Free5 the goods to play audio better than Apple’s AirPods at a cheaper price. But are these the affordable true wireless earbuds for you?

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12:09 PM 08/13/18


Ted Kritsonis
Digital Trends

Shure KSE1200 Electrostatic Earphone System review

Shure’s astronomically priced KSE1500 electrostatic earbuds get a reboot of sorts in the KSE1200, which drop the digital-to-analog converter, but keep all the lovely sound for less cash.

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3:00 PM 08/12/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

The best new movie trailers: ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez,’ ‘The Nutcracker,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. To simplify things, we round up the best of the best each week. On tap this week: The trailers for Slaughterhouse Rulez and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

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10:00 AM 08/12/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robo sidekicks, AC for your bed, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

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5:00 AM 08/12/18


Drew Prindle
Digital Trends

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

It’s great what a little competition will do. Ever since cord cutting became a genuine trend, TV networks and pay TV providers have scrambled to bring their channel bundles to the internet.

But with more competition comes more confusion. Between Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Philo, prospective cord-cutters who still want a bundle of traditional TV channels have a lot to consider before making the leap. And while these services tend to be cheaper and more flexible than cable, each comes with its own quirks and caveats.

We created this guide to make your decision easier. It compares the features of all the current TV streaming bundles, lists which devices each one supports, provides a full side-by-side channel list, and provides our bottom-line recommendations. It also shares the latest TV streaming news, and links to our in-depth reviews, where you can learn more about how each bundle works. 

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6:14 PM 08/10/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Why a la carte TV still isn't happening

Every so often, I get an email or read a comment online asking why the TV industry won’t just give the people what they want.

As more people abandon cable and satellite TV—or grow up accustomed to life without either—one might think the industry would be open to selling channels individually, or letting customers build their own TV bundles. If such a service existed, surely customers would flock to it and make TV networks richer, right?

Not quite. Over the past few years, TV networks have only become more resistant to breaking up the channels they own, especially as major media companies like Disney and Discovery fatten their channel lineups by acquiring other programmers. They’re not being punished too harshly for it either; while cable and satellite TV subscriptions are spiraling downward, live TV streaming services such as DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV have been picking up the slack.

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5:00 AM 08/09/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best indoor TV antennas for cord cutters

Ditching your cable- or satellite-TV subscription and going to a setup combining a streaming device along with an antenna to pick up over-the-air digital broadcasts is a smart move that will save you some serious cash every month.

There’s plenty of free TV to be had—well, you’ll passively pay by being exposed to commercials—but you’ll need an antenna to pull those signals in. An outdoor model mounted to a tall mast (elevating the antenna at least 30 feet off the ground) will yield the best results, but that’s not the most attractive accessory for your home, and it’s a total no-go if you’re a renter or live in an apartment.

Indoor antennas can do the job if you don’t live too far from your area TV stations’ broadcast antennas, so now the question becomes, "which antenna is best?" Having ditched cable nearly five years ago myself, I struggled with getting consistent, quality reception on local TV channels. I recently put several indoor antennas to the test and discovered that spending more on an antenna doesn’t always deliver a better overall experience. In fact, the top performing antenna out of this bunch was also the least expensive.

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7:57 PM 08/07/18


Jason Cipriani
TechHive

Relief from cable-box rental fees is coming (but not from Comcast)

Cord-cutting has become so popular that some small cable companies are joining in, trading their own set-top boxes for streaming TV service.

This week, a video delivery company called MobiTV announced that it’s working with more than 50 small cable companies and telcos—covering one million U.S. subscribers—to offer streaming channel bundles in place of traditional TV. The cable companies still offer the actual service, handle the billing, and put their names on the finished product, but MobiTV builds the underlying software and negotiates the requisite streaming rights with TV networks.

The result for consumers is lower costs even if they don’t fully cut the cord. Instead of having to lease expensive cable boxes, they can brisng their own Roku players and Fire TV Sticks to watch and record live television. Dropping the cable box also means customers can set up their televisions anywhere, regardless of whether there’s a cable connection nearby.

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5:00 AM 08/02/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

How cord-cutters can deal with data caps


5:00 AM 07/26/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Streaming video DVR explained

One question I often get about cord cutting is whether it’s possible to record streaming video, like you can with cable or over-the-air television.

This might seem like a straightforward question, but the answer is complicated. Some streaming services do offer DVR, but with restrictions that don’t apply to cable. Others, such as Netflix, don’t allow you to record shows, but offer all their content on demand anyway. And while a workaround exists for streaming services that don’t offer DVR, this brings its own set of trade-offs.

In the interest of having an article to reference whenever someone asks me about streaming DVR in the future, here’s a rundown of all your options:

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5:00 AM 07/19/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Yes, HBO should be more like Netflix

When the New York Times reported earlier this week on a meeting between HBO employees and one of their new overlords at AT&T, the story had all the indicia of corporate greed run amok.

AT&T executive John Stankey, now the head of Warner Media following AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, reportedly told HBO employees to expect a "tough year" as the venerable network changed direction. Getting "more hours of engagement" would become a priority, Stankey said, because more engagement means "more data and information about a customer that then allows you to do things like monetize through alternate models of advertising as well as subscriptions." When Richard Plepler, HBO's chief executive, pointed out that the network already makes money, Stankey agreed, but added, "Just not enough."

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5:00 AM 07/12/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Best media streaming devices

Whether you’ve just gotten rid of cable or want to supplement your TV package with online video, now’s an excellent time to buy a media streaming device. Compared to the typical smart TV, standalone streamers such as the Roku Streaming Stick and Amazon Fire TV tend to have bigger app selections, faster performance, and more features. And with so much competition between device makers, the hardware is becoming faster, more capable, and more affordable.

We constantly test all the latest devices, including Roku players, Fire TV devices, Android TV devices, Apple TV, and Chromecast. We review each new generation of hardware and constantly revisit the software and app selection so we can help you determine which platform is right for you. Here are our picks for the best streaming boxes and sticks, along with all of our most current product reviews. Our recommendations will change over time as new products come to market.

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9:30 AM 07/10/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

If you've dropped cable or satellite TV in favor of a live TV streaming service, the past week might've brought some bad news.

First, Dish Network announced a $5 per month price hike for its Sling TV Orange service, which is currently the cheapest way to get ESPN without cable. The new price ($25 per month) will apply to new subscribers immediately, and to existing ones in August. (Sling TV Blue plans, which offer NBC- and Fox-owned channels but not ESPN or other Disney-owned channels, still cost $25 per month, and a combined Orange and Blue package still costs $40 per month.)

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5:00 AM 07/05/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

10 more great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

Live Free or Die Hard (Rental: iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Prime, etc., from $2.99)
11 Live Free or Diehard

Image by Twentieth Century Fox

★★★★☆

Improbably, the fourth movie in the Die Hard series, which came a full 12 years after its predecessor, turned out to be one of the better entries in the series and was a big success. Based on a 1997 Wired article by John Carlin, Live Free or Die Hard (2007) is updated for the computer age. Programming nerd Matt Farrell (Justin Long) reluctantly accompanies the tenacious, scrappy hero John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he uses his old-school, analog methods to stop a cyber-terrorist attack over the Fourth of July weekend.

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5:00 AM 07/02/18


Jeffrey M. Anderson
TechHive