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How to program an RCA universal remote

If you're tired of using a million different remotes in your home theater, office, or living room, you'll likely be interested in a single RCA universal remote. Here's how to program it for your system.

3:38 PM 10/18/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

Amazon Partners With PlayStation Vue on The Fire TV

This week Amazon announced that they have partnered with PlayStation Vue to better integrate into all current Fire TV models. “We’ve partnered with Sony’s PlayStation Vue to create a new seamlessly integrated experience — now Fire TV customers can easily discover and stream shows, live sports, and breaking news without frustration.” Amazon said in a statement on […]

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3:24 PM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Sinclair Is Planning to Launch a FREE News Network to Take on Fox News

For years it has been reported that Sinclair was working on a news network. Now it has been reported that they plan to launch a 24/7 news network called STIRR. Now we are learning more about the service thanks to Sinclair Broadcasting Group President and CEO Christopher Ripley at the NAB show in New York […]

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2:57 PM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Keep those albums sounding great by converting your vinyl to a digital format

There are all sorts of reasons for ripping records and storing them digitally, but what's the best way to do it? We cover the different types of equipment and software available for ripping records at any price in this guide.

2:55 PM 10/18/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Philo: Everything to know about the live TV streaming service

Philo is a super-affordable live TV streaming service, with an impressive channel list and feature set. With more hardware support and greatly improved TV Everywhere features, the service is now even easier to recommend.

2:34 PM 10/18/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

Handy Google Pixel 3 tips and tricks

If you’re hunting for some Pixel 3 tips to help you get more from your Google phone, then you’ll find them right here. We’ve got tips for shortcuts, camera controls, and more. All these tips will also work for the Pixel 3 XL.

2:15 PM 10/18/18


Simon Hill
Digital Trends

‘Orange is the New Black’ will end with season 7, Netflix says

Netflix has confirmed that its award-winning series Orange is the New Black will end its run with the upcoming season 7, bringing the show to an end with a final season premiering in 2019.

1:09 PM 10/18/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Redbox is Adding ‘Hocus Pocus’ to Their Kiosk Just in Time For Halloween

Recently Redbox announced that they are adding the classic Disney Halloween movie Hocus Pocus to their Kisosk across the United States. The best part is you can rent the DVD for just $1.75+ or the Blu-ray for $2+ per night. Summary: You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches — Bette Midler, […]

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1:01 PM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

From deal to dumpster fire: A MoviePass timeline

Troubled subscription-based movie service MoviePass is making headlines on a daily basis lately, and not in a good way. Here's a timeline of events for the company once described as Netflix for movie theaters.

11:22 AM 10/18/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Apple is Holding a Product Announcement Event

Today Apple announced that they will hold an event to announce new products on October 30th, 2018. Early reports are that new iPads and Macs will be apart of this announcement. So will we see any new cord cutting tech from Apple? Well, it is very unlikely we will see a new Apple TV yet […]

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11:18 AM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Sling TV Just Rolled Out an Update to Their Roku App

Today Sling TV started to update their Roku Channel with a fresh new look that shows you everything Sling TV has to offer. In the past, if you did not subscribe to add-ons you would never know what it was showing. Now Sling TV has added the ability for you to clearly see additional content you […]

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10:37 AM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Sonos & Roku Are in Talks to Team Up

Today it was reported by Cnet that Roku & Sonos are in talks to integrate Roku’s new entertainment software the Roku Connect and Roku Entertainment Assistant into Sonos’ audio devices. This all comes from what Cnet says are people familiar with the conversations. Now it is important to remember that these talks are in the […]

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10:03 AM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Spotify Premium cribs from Pandora with new Endless Artist Radio feature

As Pandora continues to catch up to Spotify in terms of the features it offers, Spotify is returning the favor, adding Endless Artist Radio for Premium subscribers as well as other features such as newly streamlined navigation.

9:38 AM 10/18/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

DIRECTV NOW is Having Issues With New Signups & Reactivated Accounts

Did you just sign up for DIRECTV NOW or try to reactivate your DIRECTV NOW account but can’t use the service? You are not alone we have confirmed that there is a widespread issue with new DIRECTV NOW accounts. Reports about this issue started to pop up a few days ago on Reddit and social […]

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9:05 AM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Cord Cutting Six Years Later: My Cord Cutting Story

This year will mark six years since my wife and I took the jump and became cord cutters. So I wanted to take a moment to dive into why I became a cord cutter and what I have learned over the last almost six years. First, Why I Became a Cord Cutter Almost six years […]

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8:07 AM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Pantry

The marvels of the Internet have made it possible to do all your shopping from the comfort of your living room. Amazon Prime Pantry allows you to buy groceries and household items online. Here's more info about the service.

7:30 AM 10/18/18


Gia Liu
Digital Trends

A Date Has Been Set for When 3.0 OTA TV Will Roll Out For Cord Cutters

This week at the 2018 NAB Show in New York, executives from FOX television stations; NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations Group; Univision; TEGNA, Inc. (for Pearl TV), and Nexstar Media Group (for SpectrumCo) announced their support for the new ATSC 3.0 OTA TV. This next generation standard will bring 4K HDR and better reception to […]

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7:22 AM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Amazon’s Fire TV Tops 25 Million Active Users

Amazon recently announced that they topped 25 million users over the summer. Now Amazon has announced that since Prime Day 2018 they have sold millions of additional Fire TV devices with the Fire TV Stick being the best-selling product across Amazon globally. Amazon has been in a tough battle with Roku, Apple, and Google for […]

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6:56 AM 10/18/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out 12 great vacuum cleaner deals available on Amazon right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.

6:21 AM 10/18/18


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Make better buds! 7 ways true wireless in-ear headphones need to improve

After years testing virtually every set of true wireless in-ears on the market, here are our most consistent gripes, and exactly what we hope to see from the next generation of wireless earbuds.

5:15 AM 10/18/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Apple TV to PlayStation Vue: You complete me

Apple TV just got a lot more interesting for cord-cutters now that its TV app supports PlayStation Vue.

The TV app, which aggregates video from different providers into a unified TV guide, previously didn’t integrate with any live TV streaming bundles. If you wanted to watch cable channel programming through that guide, you had to download and log into individual apps from networks like NBC and FX. Those apps don’t support DVR the way PlayStation Vue does, they don’t always offer live TV feeds, and in some cases require repeat logins because they don’t support Apple’s single sign-on feature. The whole thing was a hassle that made the TV app easy to ignore.

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5:00 AM 10/18/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Are flat pillows a pain in your neck? Here are the best pillows for side-sleepers

If you've tried doubling up on pillows or buying larger ones to no avail, then it might just be time for a new pillow – one made for sleeping on your side. We've rounded up the best pillows for side sleepers that give neck and head support.

7:43 PM 10/17/18


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

The best home security cameras of 2018

When it comes to the best home security cameras, the choice often comes down to the one that simply knows how to stay out of your way. Here are some of our favorites, both indoor and outdoor.

6:20 PM 10/17/18


Gia Liu
Digital Trends

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.

6:14 PM 10/17/18


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

How to clean your TV screen

Not sure how to clean the LCD, OLED, or plasma display that's the cornerstone of your living room? You don't need to buy expensive cleaning solutions to clean your TV -- we'll teach you how to do it with simple household items.

6:02 PM 10/17/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

Deepfake A.I. puts a young Harrison Ford into ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

A video created using the A.I.-driven Deepfake image-synthesis technique offers a look at what Solo: A Star Wars Story would have looked like with a young Harrison Ford in the lead role.

5:12 PM 10/17/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

The best coffee makers of 2018

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.

5:06 PM 10/17/18


Gia Liu
Digital Trends

The best Apple Watch deals for October 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.

4:44 PM 10/17/18


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

What is Hulu with Live TV? Here’s everything you need to know

Hulu with Live TV is a different take on a live TV streaming service, directly integrating live TV into the Hulu app you already know and perhaps love. We've put together a guide with everything you need to know about the service.

4:31 PM 10/17/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

How to delete your Instagram account

Despite its outstanding popularity and photo-sharing dominance, Instagram isn't for everyone. Thankfully, deleting your account is as easy as logging into the site and clicking a few buttons. Here's what you need to do.

4:08 PM 10/17/18


Brie Barbee
Digital Trends

These 30 Amazon Coupons can help you save on the things you need

Did you know there are thousands of Amazon Coupons and promo codes that you can take advantage of? We found coupons for everything from tech to everyday products. Find out what savings you've been missing out on.

4:01 PM 10/17/18


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ 2018 review: Good deal, bad deal

Going into this review of the 2018 Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, I had a hypothesis: These new budget 4K HDR streamers would be fine for people whose routers are close to their televisions, but most buyers should opt for the Roku Streaming Stick+, which is slightly pricier but offers better Wi-Fi connectivity.

Testing the hypothesis proved me wrong. For $50, the Roku Premiere+ is a fine value for streaming 4K HDR video from services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. And in practice, you might not notice or care that it's a single-band (2.4GHz only) Wi-Fi client that's restricted to using the aging 802.11n wireless standard. Spending $10 more on the Streaming Stick+ is only necessary if there are lots of people at home competing for your network's bandwidth, or if your neighbors' Wi-Fi networks are causing interference on yours (I'll get deeper into this a bit later).

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5:00 AM 10/17/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

The NBA season starts tonight and with it a bucket of new storylines to for hoopheads to follow. Can Lebron deliver the Lakers to their first playoff berth in five years? Will the Celtics or the Sixers be the new Beasts of the East? And can anyone stop the Warriors from a three-peat?

Despite sports media’s love for speculation, the answers can only be found by watching the games. And that can be tough to do if you’re a cord cutter. As with baseball, televised basketball has become a primarily cable-only affair. This season, the bulk of nationally televised games will be aired on the league’s own cable and satellite network, NBA TV, with the rest split among ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and ABC. If you’re a “big game” hunter, there are a few ways to catch these broadcasts without a cable-TV subscription.

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6:30 PM 10/16/18


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

Google's lost year in TV

Amid all the announcements Google made at a press event earlier this week, the company could barely spare a thought for TV.

Yes, Google did announce a new Chromecast—via a blog post, rather than actual stage time—but it’s just a minor upgrade over the second-generation model, with a 15-percent speed boost, 60-frames-per-second support for 1080p videos, and a more rounded design that you won’t even notice behind the TV. And while Xiaomi announced a new Android TV box at the same time as Google’s event, that device didn’t get any stage time either, probably because it’s two-year-old hardware in a slightly updated package.

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6:00 AM 10/11/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Logitech K600 TV review: A keyboard for the couch

While most TV watchers should be perfectly happy with a regular remote control, there's a certain nerdy pleasure in bringing a full-sized keyboard and trackpad into the living room. This combo is better for typing out search terms and passwords, of course, but it also helps with browsing the web on the big screen, it makes home-theater PCs considerably more usable, and it lets you use extensive shortcuts with media-center software such as Kodi.

The $70 Logitech K600 keyboard is aimed specifically at these kinds of uses, with thumb-friendly TV navigation buttons, a built-in trackpad, and preset key mappings for various smart TV platforms. But for all its clever couch-friendly ideas, it's also missing some features that would make living-room use even easier. And no matter how useful it might be, using a keyboard from the couch will always feel a little bit silly.

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5:00 AM 10/05/18


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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1:08 PM 10/04/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 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 6, with a matchup between the Super Bowl LII Champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. 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 per week. That lends itself to fairly predictable TV programming. The league splits the Sunday afternoon telecasts by conference: AFC games air on CBS  and Fox runs the NFC games. During the first 16 weeks of the season, each network airs eight doubleheaders but not necessarily on alternate weeks. Early games start at 1 p.m. ET; late games start at 4:05 p.m. ET for the network carrying the singleheader and 4:25 p.m. ET for the one airing the doubleheader. 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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8:36 AM 10/01/18


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

What's with all the new streaming TV services?

Even if you’re the most well-informed cord-cutter, you’ve probably never heard of Omniverse One World Television.

This Kansas City-based company appears to be behind a wave of little-known streaming TV services, including SkyStream, VivaLive TV, TikiLive TV, NKT.TV, ExchangeVue, Flixon TV, and Milo TV. These services all cost between $30 and $35 per month, they all stream similar lineups of live cable channels—among them ESPN, HGTV, FX, and CNN—onto a variety of devices, and in some cases, their sign-up sites are nearly identical.

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5:00 AM 09/27/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable

Major League Baseball has placed more hurdles in front of cord cutters than any of the four professional sports leagues. It has made baseball broadcasts the exclusive province of cable/satellite networks, even for your local teams. Add to that the league’s draconian blackout policies, and the prospect of watching the Grand Old Game without a pricey TV subscription seems as reachable as a Clayton Kershaw slider.

It doesn’t get much easier come October. This year’s postseason games will air nationally across five networks: Fox, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), ESPN, TBS, and Major League Baseball Network (MLBN); all but the first are cable/satellite channels you can’t tune into with a TV antenna. Fortunately, with some combination of over-the-air and over-the-top options, you can still watch virtually every at-bat from the Wild Card round to the World Series. Here’s how.

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6:30 AM 09/25/18


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

AirTV DVR doesn't quite pick up Sling TV's slack

The last month has been interesting for cord-cutters who want to combine free over-the-air broadcasts with live streaming cable channels.

First, SiliconDust launched a $35-per-month bundle of channels that integrate with its HDHomeRun tuner box and DVR service. And now, AirTV has added DVR support to its own $120 networked tuner box, which streams over-the-air channels into the existing Sling TV app on devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Because Sling TV has not aggressively pursued live local broadcasts in its Sling Orange or Sling Blue streaming packages (both $25 per month), using an antenna fills in the gaps while keeping costs down.

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5:00 AM 09/20/18


Jared Newman
TechHive