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Amazon slices prices on Keurig K-Cup coffee makers for Labor Day
The convenience and economy of Keurig K-cup single-serve coffee makers contribute to their growing popularity, along with a massive selection of K-Cups. Heading into Labor Day, Amazon sliced the prices on a variety of Keurig coffee makers.
8:15 PM 08/20/19
Cord Cutting Today #125 – AT&T’s DIRECTV Price Hike, Apple TV+ Details, NFL on Pluto TV, & 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 DIRECTV Price […]
Amazon Echo vs. Echo Dot: Which smart speaker is best for you?
Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get, Amazon's Echo or Echo Dot? We break down the differences between the two Amazon smart speakers.
7:21 PM 08/20/19
Amazon cuts prices for Blink XT2 wireless indoor and outdoor security cameras
Security cameras are popular smart home devices because they provide convenience and protection. Amazon cut the prices on the latest Blink indoor/outdoor XT2 wireless security cameras with two-way talk and two-year battery life.
7:15 PM 08/20/19
Verizon Wireless Is Now Offering a Free Month of YouTube TV With New Unlimited Plans
Last month we learned that Verizon Fios was offering a free month of YouTube TV to new internet customers. Now Verizon Wireless has started to offer a free month of YouTube TV when you buy a new phone with an Unlimited plan. We first learned about this deal back in April, Verizon announced plans to […]
Here's how to descale a Keurig in your home or office. When scale builds up inside a Keurig, the coffeemaker might start more slowly and struggle to properly pour a cup of coffee. Use these tips to address the issue.
6:57 PM 08/20/19
How to watch NFL games online, with or without cable
The NFL's 2019 season is ramping up, and we know you don't want to miss a moment of the action. Our comprehensive streaming guide will show you all the best options to watch the games online so you can make the right choice.
6:48 PM 08/20/19
OnePlus TV: Everything we know about the upcoming 4K TV
It's no secret that OnePlus is working on a range of 4K TVs. Heck, we've known that since CEO Pete Lau announced the endeavor in 2018. But more details have emerged since then. Here's everything we know about the OnePlus TV.
6:31 PM 08/20/19
See the bad guys much more clearly with Defender’s 4K security system
The North American company Defender announced the launch of its new 4K resolution security system called the Defender 4K. Defender hopes to set itself apart from its competitors with ease of installation and lower price points.
6:19 PM 08/20/19
Keep active and get a refurbished Fitbit Charge 3 on Walmart for 25% less
The Fitbit Charge 2 has long been the company’s bestselling fitness tracker. Affordably priced and filled with health features, it has now been upgraded through the Fitbit Charge 3, made better with a more refined fit, functions, and accessories.
6:15 PM 08/20/19
These are the best deals this week on wireless charging pads for your phone
Everyone makes wireless chargers these days, making it challenging to find a quality one because there's so much junk out there. But we've taken a bit of time to search Amazon and found a few deals on quality wireless chargers.
6:15 PM 08/20/19
Spider-Man no more: Sony and Disney split might remove Spidey from the MCU
Spider-Man may no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony, which owns the big-screen rights to the webslinger, and Disney struggle to renegotiate the deal that let Peter Parker join the Avengers.
5:53 PM 08/20/19
From great deal to blazing 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.
5:41 PM 08/20/19
Beats Powerbeats Pro vs. Bose SoundSport Free: Which big buds are better?
Two of the world's biggest headphone manufacturers, Bose and Beats, have both taken aim at workout enthusiasts with their first true wireless in-ears. So who makes the better earbuds?
5:32 PM 08/20/19
Powerbeats Pro vs. Powerbeats3: Which Beats wireless earphones are right for you?
Apple is getting deeper into the wireless headphone business with the new Powerbeats Pro, which come with absolutely no wires attached. But are they better than the popular Powerbeats3? We put them both to the test to find out.
5:28 PM 08/20/19
PlayStation Vue is Rolling Out an Updated Roku Channel
Today PlayStation Vue started to roll out an updated Roku Channel with a slightly updated user interface. This update brings improvements to the Roku Channel and a new guide. If you have an older Roku or a Roku Express you may notice that the guide is simplified and the channel playing in the background has […]
Battle of the best workout buds: Beats Powerbeats Pro vs. Jabra Elite Active 65t
Jabra's Elite Active 65t have become some of the most universally acclaimed true wireless headphones on the market since their launch in 2018. Here's how the new Powerbeats Pro model compete with our favorite workout earbuds.
5:25 PM 08/20/19
Beats Powerbeats Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds: Which are better daily in-ears?
Samsung's Galaxy Buds quickly became our favorite wireless earbuds on the market when they came out. Now, there's a new player in the wireless in-ear game: Beats, whose Apple-backed Powerbeats Pro promise many of the same great features.
5:20 PM 08/20/19
AirPods vs. Beats Powerbeats Pro: An Apple earbuds showdown
With the unveiling of the new Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds, Apple now offers two choices for those who want to completely cut the cord on their listening time. We compare the new AirPods and Powerbeats Pro so you can decide which is right for you.
5:18 PM 08/20/19
Improve your golf game with the Garmin Approach S20 for 15% less on Amazon
Make golf more fun with a wearable that improves your form. Usually carrying a $170 price tag, you can get the Garmin Approach S20 to your next golf outing for 15% less, or $145, on Amazon.
5:15 PM 08/20/19
Amazon drops the price for the Fire HD 10 Tablet with hands-free Alexa
The Fire HD 10 Tablet has always been an astonishingly good buy in comparison to iPads. Amazon just sweetened the deal with a significant price drop for the versatile hands-free Alexa-compatible 1080p tablet in a pre-Labor Day sale.
5:15 PM 08/20/19
How to download songs from Spotify
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.
4:52 PM 08/20/19
Simplisafe adds to its security repertoire with much-anticipated smart home lock
Simplisafe has been killing it in the home security market for over a decade and now it's adding a new smart home lock to its repertoire that works in tandem with its popular video doorbell and security camera.
4:47 PM 08/20/19
PlayStation Vue Notifies Subscribers Of Upcoming Changes
Today you may have received an email from Sony notifying you of upcoming PlayStation Vue changes. Sadly the email was far from clear about what was changing leaving many confused but don’t worry if you read our site last week you already know about the changes. Last PlayStation Vue posted a warning on its website […]
Here is Everything Coming to HBO Now in September 2019
Here is everything coming to HBO NOW in September 2019. Theatrical Premieres: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, 2019 (9/1) Truth or Dare, 2018 (9/4) Mary Queen of Scots, 2018 (9/7) Welcome to Marwen, 2018 (9/14) They Shall Not Grow Old, 2018 (9/17) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, 2019 (9/21) Isn’t It Romantic, 2019 (9/28) Original Programming: The Shop: Uninterrupted (9/3) In the Shadow of the Towers: […]
ACE Wins $10 Million From The IPTV Service Vader Streams
Earlier this year Vader Streams shut down without warning and was rumored to be one of the largest IPTV services at the time. Now we learn that ACE the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment is suing Vadar Streams for $10 million and was the likely cause of Vader streams shutting down. Vader Streams was an […]
Last month, we reported that Hulu would be ending support for many LG devices. Today, Reddit users began sharing messages on their devices, like one from Reddit user who had this message (in a now deleted photo) on his two year old device: [Hulu Will No Longer Be Streaming on App Version 1.1 on LG […]
HDHomeRun is Adding DVR Support Roku to Streaming Players
Recently the long-awaited official HDHomeRun support for select Roku players finally arrived. Now you could watch your antenna through your HDHomeRun on your Roku. Now SiliconDust is updating the HDHomeRun Roku Channel to add DVR support. “We are excited to announce the next version of HDHomeRun for Roku, now with DVR playback support. This is […]
DIRECTV NOW is Re-Adding Sinclair Owned CBS Locals (Now Called AT&T TV NOW)
A few weeks ago AT&T announced a deal to bring CBS locals back to DIRECTV NOW. Sadly as part of this new deal with CBS AT&T must strike a deal with each CBS station’s owners before it can be added back to DIRECTV NOW and AT&T TV NOW. In the past, CBS negotiated on behalf […]
Sling TV is Updating Its Fire TV & Android TV Apps & Get a Free AirTV Mini if You Prepay
Today Sling TV announced that they are rolling out updates to the Sling TV Fire TV and Android TV apps to add a new “What’s Hot” section that will show you all the best sports happening right now. Sling TV is also offering a free AirTV Mini if you prepay for 2 months of Sling […]
The Nvidia Shield TV occupies a special place among streaming TV players. It’s by far the best Android TV box you can buy today, and it’s one of the only streaming devices that doesn’t sacrifice speed to hit a low price. (The other is the Apple TV 4K.)
Still, the current Nvidia Shield TV is more than two years old, and it has the same processor and performance as the original 2015 version. An upgrade is overdue, which may explain why new Shield TV hardware—including both a refreshed streaming box and a possible Shield dongle—recently appeared in FCC filings.
DirecTV Now review: The fall of a once-mighty bundle
DirecTV Now was never the best live TV streaming service, but it used to be a lot harder to resist.
In its early years, DirecTV Now offered a broad channel lineup, bundle discounts for AT&T wireless customers, and deals on streaming devices for new subscribers. That generosity made DirecTV Now's clunky interface and stingy DVR seem tolerable.
But times have changed for corporate parent AT&T, and so has DirecTV Now. In a push for more profitability, AT&T has slashed channels, raised prices, and discontinued all its deals and discounts. The result is a live TV service that has all the same problems as before, but almost none of the benefits. Unless DirecTV Now's remaining channels line up perfectly with your needs, it probably isn't the live TV streaming service for you.
Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle
For $45 per month, Hulu with Live TV creates a great value by combining lots of popular channels with Hulu’s existing on-demand service (normally $8 per month). It’s also customizable, with options to add more DVR storage, additional streams, and fewer commercials, and its user interface—while occasionally overwhelming—has a way of helping you find new things to watch.
Still, some caveats apply: The DVR doesn’t allow ad skipping unless you pay for more storage, out-of-home viewing isn’t allowed on streaming TV devices such as Roku and Fire TV players, and certain devices don’t yet support 60-frames-per-second video playback. Whether Hulu with Live TV works for you will depend in large part on whether you can tolerate those restrictions.
FuboTV review: This service streams lots of sports channels, but not ESPN
Of all the streaming TV bundles available today, FuboTV is the most peculiar. Ostensibly aimed at sports fans, Fubo’s $55-per-month package doesn’t include ESPN, which is the largest sports network of them all.
A lot of the coverage sports fans expect, such as Monday Night Football and a wide swath of college football games, will therefore be absent. No other streaming bundle that offers sports programming dares to live without the Worldwide Leader.
Still, omitting ESPN frees up FuboTV to pursue other sports programming, such as BeIN Sports and Fox Soccer Plus, at still-reasonable prices. Combine those channels with an increasingly-slick interface on phones, tablets, and TV devices, and FuboTV makes a strong case for sports fans who don’t have cable—or at least a subset of them.
Philo review: A valuable alternative to the average TV bundle
Philo is a live TV streaming service borne from desperate times. Its main network backers—Discovery, Viacom, and AMC—have to varying degrees found themselves cast out of other streaming bundles, in large part because they don’t carry any sports programming. Rather than sit idly by, they’ve banded together to launch their own bundle, with no sports but a low price tag.
At $20 per month, Philo is one of the cheapest bundles of cable channels you can get over the internet today. If you’re into the reality TV fare that many of Philo’s channels focus on, it could be the only streaming service you need, but it also pairs nicely with other streaming services or with over-the-air broadcasts from an antenna.
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.
Disney appeared to drop a bomb on Netflix this week by announcing a $13-per-month bundle for all its streaming services. When it launches on November 12, the package will include Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, all for the same price as Netflix’s most popular plan. (Disney+ will cost $7 per month on its own, while Hulu and ESPN+ will be priced at $6 per month and $5 per month respectively if purchased separately.)
Reporters and analysts quickly cast the Disney+ bundle as an assault on Netflix, which makes sense on some level. No two companies quite capture the clash between old and new media like Disney versus Netflix, and both companies will be competing for precious time and money in the age of cord-cutting.
This DVR records both over-the-air and streaming cable channels
For a certain kind of cord-cutter, combining over-the-air broadcasts and cable channels into a single DVR has always been the dream scenario. While we’ve seen several attempts in the past—including Dish Network’s AirTV, FitzyTV, and HDHomeRun’s ill-fated Premium TV service—none are quite as elegant as what Channels DVR is launching today.
The $8-per-month do-it-yourself DVR service now lets users record TV Everywhere streams, which networks offer at no extra charge to pay-TV subscribers. If you’re already paying for a bundle of live channels—or you know someone who is—Channels DVR can record them as part of its existing subscription service. By combining this capability with Channels’ support for HDHomeRun TV tuners, cord-cutters can build a powerful DVR for both broadcast and cable networks.
Cord-cutters beware: Amazon's TV antenna listings are rife with dubious claims
Early last week, during Amazon’s Prime Days, I decided to see if the e-tailer had any good deals on over-the-air TV antennas. I was appalled by what I found.
Searching for “antenna” on Amazon.com revealed listing upon listing for products with dubious performance claims. In Amazon’s most popular and sponsored results, antenna makers were advertising unrealistic reception ranges, nonexistent over-the-air channels, and picture quality that current U.S. broadcast standards don’t support.
These misleading claims aren’t just bad for cord-cutters. They also could harm respectable antenna makers that refuse to get in the muck with less scrupulous brands. Unless Amazon—or a government watchdog—intervene, this type of advertising is unlikely to stop anytime soon.
The Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals for cord-cutters
Amazon Prime Day is one of the best times of the year to stock up on streaming players, smart TVs, and other cord-cutting gear, as both Amazon and its competitors are offering deep discounts on some of the best products out there.
Not all deals are worth your time and attention, however, so we’re sorting though them all and highlighting only the best. Here are the most worthy Prime Day deals for cord-cutters we’ve found so far. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day as we uncover more.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 (reg. $50)
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 is the best Prime Day deal out there if you’re in the market for a new streaming player. The Fire TV Stick 4K is fast, supports the latest HDR formats (including Dolby Vision and HDR10+), offers powerful Alexa voice controls, and has TV volume/power/mute buttons built into its remote. Right now, it’s on sale for its lowest price yet.