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Spectrum Admits the Average Cable TV Customer Pays Over $180 a Month

For some time now the argument against cord cutting has been the idea that you can save money by getting a cable TV package for under $100 a month. Now Spectrum seems to have hurt that argument by admitting that the average Spectrum customer pays $180.42 for Internet and TV. Recently Spectrum struck a deal […]

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6:31 AM 09/22/19


Tmera Hepburn
Cord Cutters News

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. cameras and a self-charging smart suitcase

Here are all the best gadgets, gizmos, and gear that hit the crowdfunding scene this week!

3:15 AM 09/22/19


Drew Prindle
Digital Trends

Sony Sells Seinfeld’s Cable Rights to Viacom

Today Viacom has announced that it has purchased rights to air the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show Seinfeld on cable from Sony Pictures. This gives Viacom exclusive cable TV rights for all 180 episodes of the iconic series beginning in October 2021. With this deal, you will begining in late 2021 find Seinfeld airing on […]

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8:13 PM 09/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best shows on Hulu right now

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.

7:15 PM 09/21/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

The best movies on Hulu right now

From dramas to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.

6:15 PM 09/21/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

Sling TV Improves its Grid Guide on Roku But Ends Support For its Classic Guide

Yesterday Sling TV rolled out a significant update to its Roku Channel that dramatically improved its grid guide but also ended support for its classic guide. What you do get is an enhanced grid guide that lets you scroll through channels faster than you ever could have before.  This does address one of the main […]

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5:42 PM 09/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

What is the Soap Opera Effect and how can you get rid of it on your TV?

If the movie or TV show you're watching looks surreal, it's because of a TV setting known as video interpolation, or motion smoothing. The result is the dreaded Soap Opera Effect, and this is how to get rid of it forever.

5:22 PM 09/21/19


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Is Just $24.99 (With Promo Code) Plus You Get Half Off Philo For 2 Months

Right now you can get the Fire TV Stick 4K for just $24.99 if you use the promo code 4KFIRETV at checkout. (Hurry likely ends soon!) Plus you can get half off of Philo for 2 months. (Exclusions apply to the Fire TV Stick 4K and Philo promo. Not all will qualify for this discount how […]

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3:57 PM 09/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to watch UFC Fight Night 159: Rodríguez vs. Stephens on ESPN+

Mexico City is hosting the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the fifth time in MMA history. UFC Fight Night 159: Rodríguez vs. Stephens will air on ESPN+,

3:37 PM 09/21/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

How to fast charge your iPhone

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max finally come with fast chargers, but not every iPhone does. Here's how to fast charge your iPhone, from the 8 to the 11 Pro Max.

2:00 PM 09/21/19


Mark Jansen
Digital Trends

Keep your dogs entertained and stimulated at home with this high-tech experience

Dogs get bored when their master is away. Combat this with the Go Dogo entertainment system, a smart pet entertainment system that provides fun challenges to pets.

1:15 PM 09/21/19


Patrick Hearn
Digital Trends

How to Watch The Emmys on Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android, & Apple TV

On Sunday, September 22nd at 8 PM easter then 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Fox. The good news for Cord How to Stream the Emmys on Fox on Roku, Fire TV, & Apple TV. Live TV Streaming Services FOX streams on many live TV streaming services including fuboTV, Hulu, YouTube TV, and […]

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12:16 PM 09/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best new podcasts

Feel like you’re drowning in podcasts? In this weekly series, we’ll help you pick out the best of the new and returning shows. This week, cats, a Paralympian, Veronica Mars, and a happiness project.

12:15 PM 09/21/19


Jenny McGrath
Digital Trends

Buy the LG Z9 — an 88-inch 8K OLED TV — right now for just $30,000

The biggest, highest-resolution OLED TV you can buy -- LG's Signature Z9 88-inch Class 8K Smart OLED TV -- is now on sale in the U.S. for a whopping $30,000.

11:45 AM 09/21/19


Simon Cohen
Digital Trends

How to Set Up a Google Nest Hub Max

The Google Nest Hub Max is arguably the best smart display around. We break down how to set up your Google Nest Hub Max to ensure it is properly ready to serve you.

10:24 AM 09/21/19


John Velasco
Digital Trends

Here’s how you can watch UFC fights live online without cable

Cord cutting is a great way to save money, but watching sports online can be tricky due to restrictions. If you want to stream UFC, the world’s biggest MMA promoter has joined with ESPN to bring the action online. Here's how to watch.

9:57 AM 09/21/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

The WWE Network Plans to Add a Free Option & 2 New Paid Tiers

WWE Network has been making some big changes lately, and there are more coming, according to a report from The Verge. The changes started when Disney purchased BAMTech, the company that WWE worked with to develop the streaming app and grow it to 1.58 paying subscribers by April 2019. WWE saw the deal as a […]

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9:06 AM 09/21/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

FOX Will Stream Thursday Night NFL Football in 4K With AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, fuboTV, & Hulu

Want to watch Thursday Night NFL football games in 4K? Do you have a subscription to services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and AT&T TV NOW? Now through the new Fox Sports app, you can stream the games that air on FOX in 4K. For some time now fuboTV has offered select Fox events […]

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7:07 AM 09/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

PlayStation Vue Blocks DVR Recordigns on Over 500 ABC, CBS, FOX, & NBC Locals

This week PlayStation Vue added several new FOX affiliates that blocked your ability to DVR with them. This raised many questions among our readers about why that is happening and what other DVR limitations there are. The good news is most channels on Playstation Vue and even most locals can be recorded with your DVR. […]

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6:25 AM 09/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Cord Cutting Today #152 – AT&T Selling DIRECTV? Spectrum Forces You To Buy TV if You Want Internet, & More

Cord Cutting Today is our daily look at some of the biggest stories happening right now in the world of cord cutting. You can find these videos posted on YouTube every Monday through Saturday. Today we take a look at some of the biggest stories in the world of cord cutting. Including AT&T Selling DIRECTV? […]

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8:15 PM 09/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best shows on Netflix right now

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

7:15 PM 09/20/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

AT&T & Disney Have Reached an Agreement in Principle Keeping ESPN, The Disney Channel, & More on DirecTV, U-verse TV, & AT&T TV Now

Today Cord Cutters News has confirmed that AT&T and Disney have reached a deal in principle to keep ESPN and other Disney-owned channels on AT&T TV, AT&T TV NOW, U-verse TV, and DIRECTV. This means subscribers to AT&T’s services won’t lose Disney owned channels and Disney owned ABC affiliates including WABC Channel 7, KABC Channel […]

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5:50 PM 09/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

What is CBS All Access? What you need to know about the streaming service

Here's everything you need to know about CBS All Access, including how much it costs, what content is available, and how to cancel your subscription.

4:17 PM 09/20/19


Josh Levenson
Digital Trends

Reverie Connect lets you change the position of your bed with just your voice

Reverie Connect is technology that allows users to adjust Bluetooth-compatible Reverie frames with nothing but their voice. Users can set their bed in one of nine positions and create bedtime routines.

3:48 PM 09/20/19


Patrick Hearn
Digital Trends

The best headphones for 2019

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 favorites, with all the features you want.

3:33 PM 09/20/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Fox Sports’ Thursday Night Football goes 4K HDR for the first time

For the first time, NFL fans will be able to watch Thursday Night Football matchups in 4K and HDR on a wide variety of devices via Fox Sports.

1:51 PM 09/20/19


Simon Cohen
Digital Trends

10 popular series that surprisingly never won Primetime Emmy Awards

From compelling dramas to groundbreaking sci-fi sagas and hilarious comedies, these popular TV series have surprisingly never won a Primetime Emmy Award.

1:35 PM 09/20/19


Christine Persaud
Digital Trends

Apple AirPlay 2: Here’s everything you need to know

Apple's most recent update to its AirPlay protocol is called Airplay 2, and it's available on select devices now. We're here to explain what AirPlay 2 is, how it's different from the first AirPlay, and how you can take advantage of it.

1:34 PM 09/20/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

iOS 13’s audio sharing feature will arrive on more Beats headphones soon

Beats has announced that iOS 13's audio sharing feature will be available on all Beats-branded headphones with an Apple H1 or Apple W1 chip from September 23.

1:17 PM 09/20/19


Josh Levenson
Digital Trends

Walmart deal drops a whopping 40% off this 43-inch Sony Bravia 4K TV

Walmart dropped 40% off this 43-inch Sony Bravia Ultra HD Smart 4K TV. Get it now for only $475 instead of $798, and save $323.

1:13 PM 09/20/19


Jufer Cooper
Digital Trends

The $100 streaming box is back

A rule of thumb in the streaming device business is that most people are going to buy the cheapest possible option instead of the best.

That explains why, in recent years, most companies have raced to the bottom on streaming player prices. Streaming dongles like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku Express cost $40 or less and are pretty decent for the price, and you can get 4K HDR streamers for only about $10 more.

But while the push for ever-cheaper streaming players has been a boon for cost-conscious cord-cutters, it’s left a conspicuous hole in the $80 to $120 range, which was once the streaming box business’ bread and butter. If you wanted better performance than a budget streaming stick, you had to splurge on something much more expensive like the Apple TV 4K or the Nvidia Shield TV, both of which sell for $180.

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8:00 AM 09/19/19


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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8:00 AM 09/19/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Don't blame AT&T and DirecTV if ESPN gets blacked out

During Monday Night Football this week, Disney kicked off the all-too-familiar dance of a carriage dispute by weaponizing its viewers.

In the middle of ESPN’s telecast, Disney warned DirecTV customers that they might soon lose access to ESPN, Disney Channel, and Freeform. The full-screen ad included a phone number that reiterated the warning before offering to connect the caller with an AT&T representative to complain. (AT&T operates DirecTV, U-Verse, and its AT&T TV streaming services, all of which are at risk of losing Disney-owned channels in the dispute.)

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5:00 AM 09/12/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

AirTV Mini review: A streaming dongle for Sling TV diehards

If you subscribe to Sling TV—and plan to for a while—the AirTV Mini could be the best streaming device for you.

Unlike a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick, the $80 AirTV Mini is built around Sling’s live TV streaming service. The Sling TV app launches automatically when the device boots, and the remote has handy shortcut buttons for navigating Sling’s menus. While you can certainly access Sling through other devices, none of them make it quite as easy.

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5:00 AM 09/11/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Best DVR for cord cutters

Here’s the hard truth for cord-cutters right now: The ideal over-the-air DVR doesn’t exist.

While some products are better than others, all of them—from Tablo to TiVo to HDHomeRun with Plex—have at least one critical weakness. If you want to record broadcast TV channels from an antenna, you must decide which of those weaknesses you’ll tolerate.

The good news is that the lowly antenna is experiencing a rebirth, and we’re likely to see even more over-the-air DVR products. But if you want to start recording broadcast channels now, here’s a rundown of where the current products stand.

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4:03 PM 09/06/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Roku and Amazon have different ideas about over-the-air DVR

Antennas are making a big comeback as more people cut cable TV, but that doesn’t mean over-the-air DVR is going mainstream along with them.

Last week, I interviewed executives from both Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV group ahead of some hardware news they announced this week. (The short version: Roku and Amazon are both releasing soundbars later this year with their respective streaming software inside, plus Amazon has new smart TVs and a revamped Fire TV Cube on the way.) Out of my own curiosity, I also asked them how their respective companies feel about over-the-air DVR.

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5:00 AM 09/05/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2019 pro football season

The NFL wants to conquer the screens that dominate 21st-century culture: computers, tablets, and mobile phones. After years of fumbling its digital presentation, the league is finally embracing live streaming as part of a “tri-cast” distribution model of broadcast, cable, and internet.

Thanks to these developments, there are now more ways than ever to get your gridiron on when the season gets underway on Thursday, September 5, with a matchup between the oldest rivals in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Bears. Here’s our guide to all your options.

Over the air

Unlike the NBA, NHL, or MLB, the NFL plays a simple 16-game schedule with each team playing one game a week. That lends itself to fairly predictable TV programming. The league splits the Sunday afternoon telecasts by conference: AFC games air on CBS at 1:00 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. ET, and Fox runs the NFC games at 1:00 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. ET. NBC retains the popular Sunday Night Football broadcast, which kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET. All you’ll need is an over-the-air digital TV antenna and reasonable proximity to a broadcast tower. You’ll find our top antenna picks here.

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5:00 AM 09/04/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

Disney+ device streaming limits could be a big problem

UPDATE: Disney now says that it misspoke in response to questions earlier this week about device activation limits for Disney+. While the company previously said that users would only be able to use 10 devices total, it now says that limit only applies to downloads on mobile devices. "There is no limit on the number of devices that can be associated with your account," spokeswoman Jessica Casano said."

Keep in mind that limit of four devices streaming at the same time--a fairly generous number among streaming services--still applies. The original story continues below.

Late last week, Disney revealed lots of new details on Disney+, the $7-per-month streaming service that it’s launching on November 12.

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5:00 AM 08/29/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

JBL Link Bar review: A soundbar, Google Assistant, and Android TV rolled into one big compromise

One of the best—and worst—things about the Android TV platform is that it allows for weird, ambitious products like the JBL Link Bar.

While it looks like a typical soundbar, the $400 JBL Link Bar doubles as an Android TV player for streaming video from apps like Netflix. It also responds to “Hey Google” voice commands, and it has three HDMI passthrough inputs, so you can see Google Assistant’s responses on the big screen without switching away from your cable box or Blu-ray player.

This is the kind of wild idea that you won’t see from Roku, because Roku licenses its software only to smart TV and cable-box manufacturers. You will encounter a few soundbars with Amazon Alexa integrated, but not Amazon’s Fire TV media streamer, although at least one of them—Polk Audio’s Command Bar—has a USB port that you can plug an Amazon Fire TV stick into.

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5:00 AM 08/28/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Frndly TV: A cheap way get Hallmark Channel, Weather Channel and more without cable

Sometimes just one channel stands in the way of someone cutting the cable TV cord. And given what I’ve heard from readers, it can often be something niche like The Hallmark Channel.

For those prospective cord-cutters, a new streaming called service Frndly TV might be the answer. It starts at $6 per month and has a dozen cable channels, including The Hallmark Channel (plus its Movies & Mysteries and Drama offshoots), The Weather Channel, and Outdoor Channel.

Frndly TV is by far the cheapest and most focused live TV streaming package yet, and while it might not have everything cord-cutters want or need, it could supplement other streaming services and spare folks from getting much more expensive channel bundles. In a perfect world, we’d have a lot more options like it.

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5:00 AM 08/22/19


Jared Newman
TechHive