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Pluto TV Has a Marathon of WWII Documentaries Playing This Weekend For Memorial Day

Looking for some free documentaries to celebrate Memorial Day with? Right now Pluto TV has a World War 2 marathon of documentaries right now playing on Pluto TV History channel 637. With tiles like Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail and Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy, Dates That Made History, World War Two: Total […]

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5:50 PM 05/26/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Garmin and Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches get hefty price cuts for Memorial Day

Smartwatches can get pretty expensive, but if you've been waiting for a decent discount to pick one up, Amazon is offering some great deals during its Memorial Day sale. Garmin and Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches are on sale now.

5:30 PM 05/26/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

How ZVOX soundbars use advanced tech to help the hard of hearing enjoy TV again

ZVOX audio has been credited as the maker of the first commercially successful soundbar, but the innovation didn’t stop there. CEO Tom Hannaher and his team are working to help bring high-quality TV audio to the hearing impaired.

3:15 PM 05/26/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Walmart Memorial Day sale: 4K TVs, Dell laptops, and Nintendo Switch deals

The Walmart Memorial Day sale is in full swing. With some pretty nice savings on Apple iPads, Samsung and Vizio 4K TVs, laptops, and Google Home devices, now is a great time to snag some electronics for cheap.

2:28 PM 05/26/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

Dell drops huge savings on XPS and Alienware gaming laptops for Memorial Day

We've seen a lot of different Memorial Day sales come down the pipeline this week, but some of the best so far have been from Dell. With big discounts on XPS and Alienware gaming laptops, now is a great time to pick up a new computer for less than the retail price. Dell is offering […]

1:23 PM 05/26/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

The Fire TV Stick 4K is On Sale For Memorial Day at Just $39.99

Good new Amazon has once again has its line of Fire TV players on sale. In what looks like Memorial day sale Amazon has the Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for just $39.99. If you want something cheaper and don’t have a 4K TV the HD Fire TV Stick is on sale for just […]

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12:19 PM 05/26/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

That’s it? 11 absolutely awful TV show finales that will annoy us forever

Despite long runs on television and legions of loyal viewers, these 11 TV shows, ranging from sitcoms to sci-fi dramas, arguably had the worst, most disappointing series finales of all time.

11:15 AM 05/26/19


Christine Persaud
Digital Trends

Cord Cutting This Week #78 – Does Cord Cutting Cost More Than Cable? SpaceX Home Internet, & More

Join Cord Cutters News every Saturday as we take a look back at some of the biggest Cord Cutting Stories from the past week. Now, remember these are my opinions on them not an in-depth look at each story. If you would like to learn more about each story check out the links below. (Also […]

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9:02 AM 05/26/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Learn how to boost your smartphone battery life with these tips

Our smartphones are an integral part of everyday life, but to keep them functioning at their best for the long haul, it's critical to preserve battery life. Here are some easy steps you can take every day to boost your phone's battery life.

8:30 AM 05/26/19


Jackie Dove
Digital Trends

Giveaway Alert! We Are Giving Away a Fire TV Stick 4K, $100 Netflix Gift Card, & Fire TV Recast DVR

As summer is unofficially getting started here in the United States why not get ready with a great cord cutting kit! Today we are giving away an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $100 Netflix Gift Card, and a 500GB Fire TV Recast DVR to one lucky reader. (You can expand the storage on the Fire […]

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7:46 AM 05/26/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to Watch Your Antenna on Your Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

Want to watch your antenna through your Fire TV? There are several devices that will let you stream your antenna to your Fire TV and many of them even allow you to DVR programs from your antenna. Now you could buy a Fire TV Edition Smart TV. That would allow you to connect your antenna […]

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7:03 AM 05/26/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Tricked-out e-scooters and bike lights that lock

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

3:15 AM 05/26/19


Drew Prindle
Digital Trends

Locast The Streaming Service That Streams Locals For Free is Down

Update: It looks like Locast is now back online. Do you use Locast to stream your locals for free? Right now it looks like Locast is down in many markets. Multiple readers have reported that when they try to load Locast it gets stuck on fetching location. For mow, it seems like there is no […]

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7:55 PM 05/25/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best shows on Hulu right now (May 2019)

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 05/25/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

These are the best movies streaming on Hulu right now (May 2019)

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 05/25/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

Best Memorial Day sales 2019: Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart deals

If you're looking to save big on some shiny new stuff for Memorial Day 2019, we've gathered everything you need to know into one place. Find out where to save the most money before the summer hits its stride.

5:37 PM 05/25/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

Sony soundbar systems get huge discounts for Memorial Day weekend

Without a decent soundbar to back up your smart TV, you could easily end up with pretty underwhelming television experience. With so many Memorial Day sales going on right now, it's a great time to pick up a Sony soundbar.

4:35 PM 05/25/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

Amazon Echo Spot vs. Lenovo Smart Clock

Smart alarm clocks help you tell the time -- but they can also play music, give you reports, answer questions, control other smart devices, and more. We're looking at the Amazon Echo Spot vs. Lenovo Smart Clock to find which is best!

3:57 PM 05/25/19


Tyler Lacoma
Digital Trends

UN finds voice assistants aren’t helping combat sexist gender stereotypes

The United Nations believes voice assistants are reinforcing negative gender stereotypes that place women in antiquated roles. It also argues that companies haven't done enough to have A.I. rebuff hostile language.

3:23 PM 05/25/19


AJ Dellinger
Digital Trends

Roomba and Shark Ion robot vacuum cleaners get big price cuts for Memorial Day

Your Memorial Day BBQ is all planned out, but what about the post-party cleanup? If you act quickly enough you might be able to get some robot help in time for the cleanup thanks to a few good sales on robot vacuums this weekend.

2:26 PM 05/25/19


Ed Oswald
Digital Trends

Walmart drops deals on Xbox One X games and accessories for Memorial Day

The most obvious deals are on console bundles, but there are also discounts on wireless controllers here and there. If you're just looking for new Xbox One games to play, Walmart is offering popular titles for cheap.

2:07 PM 05/25/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

Roku’s 55″ 4K HDR 6-Series TV From TCL’s is Now Just $529 (Our Pick For The Best TV Under $1,000)

Been looking for a really good 4K HDR TV? Right now our pick for the best TV under $1,000 is on sale! Right now you can get the 55″ TCL 6-Series Roku TV 4K HDR this time to just $529 down from $799.99. There are other versions of this TV for sale but this version […]

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1:44 PM 05/25/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Amazon slices the price on Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 for this Memorial Day sale

Amazon dropped the price on the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 6-quart, 9-in-1 multi-use cooker for this year's Memorial Day Sale. The right size for 4-to-6 people, the 6-quart DUO Plus 60 is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and more.

12:10 PM 05/25/19


Bruce Brown
Digital Trends

From Ted to John Wick, these are Keanu Reeves’ best roles

From assassins to computer hackers, football players, and metalhead teens, here's a ranking of Keanu Reeves' best film roles throughout his illustrious, decades-long career in Hollywood.

11:15 AM 05/25/19


Christine Persaud
Digital Trends

Amazon Has ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Available for Rent at Just $3.99 (Limited Time Sale)

Recently Amazon has been offering recent movies for rent at cheap prices. This weekend Amazon is offering How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World for rent in HD for just $3.99. The only catch is you need to be an Amazon Prime Member to get this deal. The best part is you can rent this […]

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10:50 AM 05/25/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Cord Cutting This Week Podcast #4 – Hulu New UI, PlayStation Vue’s Satisfaction, Sling TV, Roku, & More

Welcome to the relaunch of our weekly podcast. Today Luke and Jess talk about Hulu New UI, PlayStation Vue’s Satisfaction, Sling TV, Roku, & More. Don’t forget about our free iOS, Android, and Fire Tablet app: https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/ccn-now-has-a-free-app-on-ios-android-and-amazon-fire/ You can download the MP3 of the podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/cordcuttingconversations/Cord_Cutting_This_Week_Podcast_4.mp3 Or use our RSS to subscribe: http://cordcuttingconversations.libsyn.com/rss Story […]

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9:21 AM 05/25/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

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’s picks include an MIA mom, reasons why libraries are the best, and underground music moments.

9:15 AM 05/25/19


Jenny McGrath
Digital Trends

Netflix’s $2 Price Hike Is Getting Passed Along to T-Mobile Customers

Do you get free Netflix from T-Mobile? Starting in July you will see a $2 increase on your phone bill to cover the cost of Netflix’s recent price hike. “Beginning July 5, 2019, customers on qualifying T-Mobile ONE voice plans who have or redeem a Netflix Standard 2-screen subscription will see a $2 charge per month […]

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8:25 AM 05/25/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best stand mixers of 2019

Making dough is hard work, but the right stand mixer can make free up some time (and your hands). Here are our current favorites, from the likes of KitchenAid, Sunbeam, and several other manufacturers.

8:12 AM 05/25/19


Gia Liu
Digital Trends

GameStop Memorial Day sale: PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch deals

Some of the deals at the Gamestop Memorial Day sale include PS4 and Xbox bundles that come with essential games like God of War or Forza Horizon 3. If you're just looking to scoop up games, used titles are 50% off throughout the event.

7:00 AM 05/25/19


Charles Singletary Jr.
Digital Trends

The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There are too many subscription services—so many, in fact, that you might even forget that they’re silently siphoning away your funds.

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.

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5:00 AM 05/23/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

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.

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5:00 AM 05/16/19


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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5:01 AM 05/15/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

Tablo’s over-the-air DVR software has gotten a lot better over the last year, and now it has hardware to match with the Tablo Quad.

The $200 DVR box from Ottawa-based Nuvyyo can turn a single antenna into a whole-home DVR for cord-cutters. As the name suggests, the Tablo Quad can play or record up to four broadcast TV channels at a time, and it then streams the video to pretty much any connected TV device, phone, tablet, or PC. While the Tablo Quad isn’t any more powerful than the $140 Tablo Dual Lite, it can record twice as many simultaneous channels, and it has an internal hard drive bay for storing recordings without the clutter of an external drive.

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5:00 AM 05/15/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Disney+ and the a la carte TV effect

Allow me to recap a series of recent events in the world of streaming video:

  • In late February, Hulu dropped the price of its ad-supported service from $8 per month to $6 per month. It also started bundling subscriptions with Spotify Premium ($10 per month) for free in March as a limited-time offer.
  • Last month, Disney announced an aggressive price of $7 per month (or $70 per year) for its Disney+ streaming service, which will launch in November. Disney has also hinted at bundling Hulu and ESPN+ with Disney+ for further discounts.
  • Last week, YouTube announced that Cobra Kai and other original shows will become free (with ads) this fall, so they’ll no longer require a $12-per-month YouTube Premium subscription.
  • Also last week, Viacom started streaming classic shows from MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and more for free on Pluto TV. Viacom acquired Pluto TV in March, seeing a bigger opportunity in ad-supported streaming than in premium subscriptions.

While these events might seem unconnected, together they demonstrate how a new kind of a la carte TV is emerging, in which media companies must compete directly for your money. Outside the confines of bloated channel bundles (which, by the way, keep getting more expensive), many of these services will discover that they can’t get away with charging too much for TV. Some will have to charge less, while others will have to abandon mandatory paywalls in favor of free streaming with ads.

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5:00 AM 05/09/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Spectrum quietly adds cloud DVR, but it's limited

Spectrum is inching ever closer to competing in earnest with cord-cutting, although the company doesn’t seem eager to let people know about it.

With Spectrum’s TV Choice and TV Stream plans, which are available if you have internet service through the cable company, you can now add cloud DVR service for $5 per month. So far, though, the company hasn’t published any information about this service on its website. The only way to add it is to contact customer service and inquire about it on your own.

Still, cloud DVR is a big step forward for Spectrum, and it demonstrates how cable companies might try to fend off cord-cutting as they continue to bleed traditional TV subscribers. It also has some limitations, which serve as a reminder that you’re still dealing with the cable company after all.

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5:00 AM 05/02/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Android TV's ascent: 5,000 apps and counting

Back in January, I spoke with Google about its plans to get serious about Android TV as a consumer streaming platform. While Android TV has shown potential over the years, it’s always felt like an afterthought compared to Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, Apple TV, and Google’s own Chromecast devices.

Now, the company has some proof that this is starting to change. Shalini Govil-Pai, Google’s senior director of product management for Android TV, said in a new interview that Android TV has 5,000 apps and games, up from 3,000 around this time last year. That’s partly because of the platform’s momentum in smart TVs and cable boxes—Google said in December that it has “tens of millions of users” on Android TV—and partly because Google has been getting the word out about its newfound commitment.

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5:00 AM 04/30/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Over-the-air DVR prices compared

If you’re cutting cable TV and are blessed with solid antenna reception, you’ll have lots of options for recording those free ad-supported broadcast channels.

But with each of these options—from TiVo to Tablo to Fire TV Recast and beyond—the prices can vary widely once you factor in subscription fees, DVR storage, and additional hardware requirements. When calculating the cost benefits of cord-cutting, it’d be helpful to know what an over-the-air DVR really costs over time.

To that end, I’ve put together a price comparison for some of the best, most popular, and cheapest over-the-air DVR solutions. Check out the chart below for an overview, then read on for a deeper breakdown of each option. (Note that the chart doesn’t include the cost of an antenna, which you’ll need to supply regardless of which option you choose.) Click to enlarge the image:

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5:00 AM 04/25/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

The easier cord-cutting is, the less money it saves

When I dropped cable TV more than 10 years ago, there weren’t a lot of alternative viewing options beyond Netflix, Hulu, and an antenna. If you wanted a lower TV bill, you had to forgo most of what was on cable.

Since then, cord-cutting has gradually gotten easier, with more shows to watch on streaming services, and many more streaming services overall. You can even replace your cable or satellite TV bundle with a live streaming one, and get a similar experience with many of the same channels.

While this shift has been mostly positive for consumers, it’s also led to some false assumptions that ditching cable TV doesn’t require sacrifice. That’s why we constantly hear nowadays that cord-cutting is a failed experiment that was fun while it lasted, but has now become just as bad as cable. It’s easy to draw that conclusion if you’re unwilling to give anything up.

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5:00 AM 04/18/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to watch the NBA Playoffs without cable

Cord cutting brings particularly thorny challenges for sports fans, and they’re never more apparent than when the postseason rolls around. Case in point: the NBA playoffs that get underway Saturday, April 13. As in previous years, broadcasting of the postseason tournament will be divided between four networks: ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV.

Three of those are cable networks, but there are still ways for the enterprising cord-cutter to catch most of the action. Based on the TV schedule available at press time, we’ve outlined your options for watching the playoffs without a cable- or satellite-TV subscription. Follow our guide and you’ll be able to watch many—but not all—of the live broadcasts and see which team eventually lifts the Larry O’Brien Trophy this June.

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6:00 PM 04/11/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive