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Best Prime Day camping deals: What to expect from Amazon in 2019
Prime Day 2019 is set for July 15-16. Given that it's happening over two days, this year's event is likely to be bigger than ever before. Like previous Prime Day sales, we expect a whole lot of camping gear to be available at great prices.
8:16 PM 06/25/19
Amazon Prime Day 2019: Official start date, predictions, and the best deals now
Amazon Prime Day 2019 is going to be on July 15 and July 16. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what this massive 2-day event will entail.
7:30 PM 06/25/19
As Prime Day 2019 extends to 48 hours, other retailers are forced to compete
When the news dropped that Amazon's Prime Day 2019 sales extravaganza begins July 15 and lasts 48 hours through July 16, competitors had no choice but to respond. Online retailers will either compete or fall behind.
7:16 PM 06/25/19
Best Prime Day gaming deals: What discounts to expect on Switch, Xbox One, PS4
Amazon's annual Prime Day sale is almost here, and there will be plenty of gaming deals. Whether you want games, hardware, or accessories, these are the Prime Day gaming deals to expect.
7:00 PM 06/25/19
Binge while you can. The Office will officially be removed from Netflix in 2021
The Office will officially leave Netflix in 2021, NBC announced Tuesday. The popular sitcom will move exclusively to NBC’s new streaming service for at least five years, the company said.
6:09 PM 06/25/19
Stranger Things recap: Everything you need to know before season 3 premieres
With season 3 of Stranger Things premiering soon, well over a year since the second season arrived on Netflix, there's a chance you could use a refresher about the events that have unfolded in Hawkins, Indiana. We've got you covered.
5:53 PM 06/25/19
REI 4th of July sale slashes prices on tents, sleeping bags, and hammocks
Outdoor retailer REI is offering big savings on a wide variety of outdoor gear now through July 4, with savings of up to 50% on dozens, if not, hundreds of items. All kinds of gear is on sale, including clothing, tools, tents and more.
5:51 PM 06/25/19
Netflix Signs Overall Deal with Janet Mock
Last week, Variety shared the exclusive report that Netflix had signed a three year, multimillion dollar deal with Janet Mock. This deal is a historic one, with Mock being the first black transgender woman to sign an overall deal with a major studio. With exclusive rights to her TV series and first-look options for film […]
What size TV do you need? Here are a few tips for picking the right size, including where to find a TV’s measurements, ideal viewing distance, and picture quality versus size. Not sure what to look for? This guide is for you.
5:12 PM 06/25/19
Five questions about the MCU we want Spider-Man: Far From Home to answer
Now that the dust has settled and Infinity War is over, we have some questions about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- and Spider-Man: Far From Home might be just the place to find some answers.
5:06 PM 06/25/19
Here is Everything Leaving Netflix in July 2019
Here is everything leaving Netflix in July 2019. Hurry as these titles will soon be gone. July 1 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blood Diamond Body of Lies Bull Durham Chasing Amy Cool Hand Luke Definitely, Maybe Did You Hear About the Morgans? Doctor Zhivago Dolphin Tale […]
Did you know you can download up to 3,333 songs on your device with Spotify Premium? The process is incredibly straightforward, too, and literally takes seconds. Here's how to do it.
3:40 PM 06/25/19
Here’s how to download iOS 13 on your iPhone or iPod Touch
The iOS 13 public beta has been released, giving you a chance to try out iOS 13's new features. But how do you download Apple's latest software? Here's our guide on how to download the iOS 13 public beta.
3:19 PM 06/25/19
This incredible deal on a 50-inch Vizio 4K TV won’t be around for very long
You won't find a 4K TV with more smarts than a Vizio. Just look at the 50-inch D-Series, which is now on sale for $170 off. It has Chromecast baked in for instant access to the leading streaming services.
3:12 PM 06/25/19
Walmart cuts $90 off the Canon Imageclass laser printer for your DIY projects
For those who don’t need color, monochrome lasers printers are among the better choices on the market. If you're looking for one, check out the Canon Imageclass MF232W. Normally $189, Walmart has brought its price down to $99.
2:09 PM 06/25/19
Klipsch T5 True Wireless vs. Beats Powerbeats Pro
The Klipsch T5 True Wireless offer many of the same features as the Beats Powerbeats Pro, but at a significantly reduced price tag. Which pair of wireless earbuds is better for you? Let's find out.
2:02 PM 06/25/19
YouTube TV Family Managers Can Buy a Google Nest Hub For Just $49 (Typically Costs $129)
Do you use YouTube TVs family service? With YouTube TV, you can share your YouTube TV account with multiple family members inside your house. Each family account gets its own DVR and favorites, so you don’t have to see the programs they are DVRing. This makes YouTube TV perfect for large families who don’t all […]
The best gardening apps help you watch your garden grow
It takes work, commitment, and smarts to cultivate a beautiful garden or grow your own food, so you need all the help you can get. The best gardening apps can identify plants and pests and assist with garden care and planting schedules.
1:45 PM 06/25/19
Grab the best games in the Steam Summer Sale before the store goes down again
The 2019 edition of the Steam Summer Sale has officially kicked off. Running into July, the Steam Summer Sale offers huge discounts on some of the PC's biggest games, including recent titles.
1:35 PM 06/25/19
Why wait for Prime Day? Amazon slashes price on iRobot Roomba 614 robot vacuum
With its no-nonsense operation and solid cleaning power, you can’t go wrong with the iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum. Order yours today on Amazon for only $199 and enjoy clean floors year-round.
12:30 PM 06/25/19
How to use Netflix’s secret category codes to find what you want to watch
If you know exactly what category of film you're looking for on Netflix, you'll find this hack for the streaming service useful. It allows you to manually browse genres and subgenres of interest.
12:02 PM 06/25/19
Optimize your new Apple AirPods with these tips and tricks
Here are some tips, tricks, and lesser-known features from Apple's first pair of fully wireless earbuds, allowing you to get the most out of the company's world of cordless sound.
11:55 AM 06/25/19
Best Prime Day smart home deals: Expect Google Home and Amazon Echo sales
Amazon Prime Day 2019 starts July 15 and runs for 48 hours through July 16, so it's time to start working on planning your strategy. If you have electronics on your wish list, holding off till Prime Day could save you a bucket of cash.
11:28 AM 06/25/19
TCL’s New 2019 Roku TV 6-Series With 4K HDR Was Just Cleared By The FCC
We have known for some time now that TCL had new Roku TVs in the works. Back at CES TCL even announced new 8K Roku TVs. Recently though the FCC approved a new line of TCL Roku TVs with a new look and a voice remote. This new filing was first spotted by Janko Roettgers. […]
Amazon’s Audible Audiobook Service Now Offers a Cheaper Annual Membership
Audible is an Amazon-owned audiobook service that lets you buy digital audiobooks. You can also subscribe to be an Audible member to get discounts on audiobooks. In the past, your only option was a month to month membership for 1 or 2 books at a time. Now Audible offers a yearly membership that lets you […]
Amazon Cuts The Price of Its Fire TV Edition Smart TV As An Early Prime Day Sale
Today Amazon announced that Prime Day their yearly summer sale will start on July 15th and run through the 16th of July. This year to get started Amazon has cut the price of the Toshiba 43″ Fire TV Edition Smart TV to just $179. This is sale will run till the end of June so […]
6 Free Alternatives for Yahoo View After the Service Shuts Down
Yahoo View will be shutting down on June 30. The free streaming service was the home to free ad-supported content after Hulu’s free service shut down. Viewers could find free clips, news and entertainment stories, and some full episodes. Here are six replacements for Yahoo View. 1. YouTube If you’re looking for entertainment, lifestyle, and […]
How to Watch Amazon’s IMDb TV for Free on Roku & Apple TV
Amazon recently launched a new free ad-supported streaming service called IMDb TV. This service runs through the Amazon-owned IMDb website. At launch, Amazon promoted the service as being available on Fire TVs and online. Amazon is rebranding IMDb Freedive as IMDb TV and is expanding its lineup with new movies and TV shows from Warner […]
YouTube TV Is More Popular Than Philo, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, and Sling TV with Cord Cutters
One of the most common questions we get is what is the most popular live TV streaming service for cord cutters. That is a hard question to answer. The main issue is that just looking at subscriber numbers would indicate that Sling TV is the most popular followed by Hulu/YouTube TV. Yet studies have shown […]
Amazon Launches a Store for Students Going Back to College with Back to School Products for Cord Cutters
Amazon has launched a college store, putting products for students and parents in one convenient location. Customers will find curated lists for everything college students need for classes, dorm rooms, and extracurricular activities. The College Store also features deals on essentials and, with a Prime Student account, offers free shipping. You can find all of […]
Earlier this week, a Twitter post by Samsung became fodder for the internet outrage machine by suggesting that users should periodically run a virus scan on their smart TVs.
“Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks,” Samsung’s support account wrote, following up with a video tutorial on how to launch the McAfee virus scanner built into its latest smart TVs.
Samsung deleted the offending advice soon after, perhaps because it realized the absurdity of encouraging people to treat their TVs like Windows PCs from the 1990s. Still, the damage was done. The company was promptly mocked in articles, snarky tweets, and forum posts, many of which also sneered at smart TVs in general. Ahh, they said, if only our TVs were dumb, we wouldn’t have this problem.
TVision by T-Mobile review: This streaming TV service shows promise, but it’s not what cord-cutters want today
TVision by T-Mobile sprang from T-Mobile’s acquisition of streaming TV service provider Layer3 TV earlier this year—a move that left a lot of people scratching their heads over T-Mobile’s strategy. TVision, after all, depends not on wireless service but on wired broadband, and it’s currently available in just a few markets: Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Being a resident of a Philadelphia suburb, TechHive asked me to give TVision a shot to see if it was a superior alternative to traditional cable and satellite TV. The short answer for cord-cutters is “nope.” TVision costs $100 per month ($90 per month if you’re already a T-Mobile customer), plus $10 per month for each additional set-top box you decide to install in your home. You’ll find plenty of less-expensive alternatives in our roundup of streaming TV services, none of which involve equipment rentals.
A lowly over-the-air antenna is among the most cost-effective and longest-running ways to cut cable TV, letting you watch all the major broadcast networks and more with no monthly fees.
But before you start fretting over antenna types, installation locations, and over-the-air DVRs, take a moment to consider whether you even need an antenna in the first place. While an antenna can be nice to have, it isn’t essential to cutting the cord, and getting one set up can be more trouble than it’s worth.
To decide whether an antenna should be part of your cord-cutting setup, here are some questions you ought to ask yourself:
Are you getting a live TV streaming service?
5:00 AM 06/13/19
The scourge of auto-play preview videos on streaming TV services
A few years ago, Netflix decided that we should no longer browse in silence for things to watch, so the company introduced “video previews” that automatically play a trailer—with sound—if you linger on a title for more than a few seconds.
The approach has proven wildly unpopular, at least among folks with loud internet megaphones. A complaint on Twitter last year by the film director Rian Johnson went viral, and anguished articles by Thrillist, Kotaku, and TidBits followed. Reddit users routinely ask one another if they can disable Netflix’s auto-playing video previews (not possible, except though an extension for desktop web browsers), and there’s even a Twitter account dedicated to sharing peoples’ exasperation. Nonetheless, Netflix continues to make auto-play previews mandatory, with no option to turn them off,
Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA
The Golden State Warriors face off against the Toronto Raptors at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time tonight in the first game of the NBA finals. If you're a cord-cutter, you can watch the entire championship series on ABC, either with an over-the-air antenna or with one of the TV-streaming services that include ABC in their lineup.
If you don't live within range of your local ABC affiliate and can't use an over-the-air antenna, you can catch the entire series by signing up for one of the following streaming services (but you'll need to verify that the one you pick carries your local ABC broadcaster).
DirecTV Now (starting with the Plus bundle, $50 per month)
Figuring out the best way to cut the cord isn’t always easy, with dozens of streaming video services to choose from. Even if you’ve already done the deed, making sense of what you have can be tricky as well, with each app offering its own labyrinthine menus and features.
Unless you have encyclopedic knowledge of the world of cord-cutting, it helps to lean on some tools to figure things out. Here are some of the best apps and websites that will help you decide which streaming services you need, and how to make the most of them:
Whenever people ask me how to watch specific TV channels without cable, my first step is to check The Streamable’s matchmaker tool. This lets you enter all the cable channels, shows, and sports teams you want to watch, and it then spits out a list of compatible live TV streaming services. You can also enter a zip code to see local channels and regional sports coverage, and you can click on each service for menu screenshots, DVR details, device compatibility, and other information.
There are a lot of ways to deal with this problem, from maintaining and auditing a subscription list, to setting cancellation reminders. But here’s a better idea: Unless you’re certain about keeping a streaming video subscription for the long haul, just cancel it immediately after signing up.
Siri has always been one of the Apple TV’s best features. On a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, the voice assistant can quickly launch videos, tune to live TV channels, and provide search results for specific genres.
But until recently, Apple didn’t offer a hands-free way to use Siri on an Apple TV, like Amazon offers with Fire TV and Alexa, or like Google offers with Chromecast, Android TV, and Google Assistant. If you wanted to control the Apple TV, you had to reach for the remote.
Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV "Channels" are a well-intentioned mess
This week, Apple became the third streaming platform to launch its own marketplace for video subscriptions.
With Apple TV Channels, you can sign up for services like HBO and Showtime directly through the TV app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. You don’t have to download separate apps to start using those services, and you can manage all their subscriptions through iTunes billing. Apple TV Channels also supports offline viewing on iOS, so you can download Game of Thrones episodes before your next flight.
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.