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Court TV Plans To Relaunch As A FREE OTA TV Network
Today it was announced that Katz Networks plans to relaunch the crime network Court TV. First launched back in 1991 the network was relaunched as truTV in 2007. Now in May 2019 the channel will once again return this time as a free over the air TV network. “Court TV was a top-20 cable network […]
Roku Is Offering Free Access to Shows from Discovery, HGTV, NBC, Adult Swim, & More For Stream-A-Thon
Today Roku announced that they are offering a selection of free TV shows from more TV networks. These networks include Acorn TV, Adult Swim, Discovery Channel, EPIX, Food Network, HGTV, Hopster, NBC, TLC, and the Travel Channel. You will be able to find these free TV shows in the new Featured Free area on the Roku home […]
HDHomeRun’s Premium TV Service Drops Discovery & Hallmark Channels
Back in August, HDHomeRun launched a live TV streaming service that offered 45 channels for $35 a month. This service built these channels right into your HDHomeRun devices putting your locals right next to cable networks like ESPN. Now for over a week Discovery and Hallmark channels have not been working on HDHomeRun’s live TV […]
AT&T Is Planning to Sell Some Assets (Maybe Hulu) to Lower Its Debt
At AT&T’s recent annual analyst meeting AT&T announced plans to sell some non-core assets to help address their debt load. With the purchase of Turner and other debts AT&T now has debt of $175 billion, they need to pay off. What do they plan to sell off? One report is Hulu is on the list […]
Today’s best Amazon deals: Sony, Netgear, and Samsung
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but for retail giants like Amazon, the savings are only getting started. We've scoured the depths of Amazon to find you the very best deals going on right now.
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Amazon knocks $30 off its Paperwhite ebook reader in limited-time deal
Amazon is running a couple of limited-time deals for its Paperwhite ebook reader. One offers a $30 discount, while the other throws in a pair of headphones and a free, extended Audible trial.
2:45 AM 12/10/18
‘Stranger Things’ season 3 is coming! Here’s everything we know so far
With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season.
9:36 PM 12/09/18
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ wins one of the worst box-office weekends of 2018
Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet stayed on top of the weekend box office for the third week, winning what was one of the worst weekends for ticket sales in the US so far this year.
8:57 PM 12/09/18
The best shows on Amazon Prime right now (December 2018)
There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
7:15 PM 12/09/18
Pick up a pair of Apple AirPods alternatives for less than $50
Apple AirPods are some of the most sought-after wireless earbuds, but they certainly aren't cheap. Luckily, Walmart and Amazon both have some great Apple AirPod alternatives for sale, and you can still get them before Christmas.
6:38 PM 12/09/18
Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and more
Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2, Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, and more.
6:15 PM 12/09/18
The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (December 2018)
Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
6:15 PM 12/09/18
The Fire TV Cube is On Sale For $69.99
Looking for a great deal on the Fire TV Cube? Right now the Amazon the Fire TV Cube is on sale for just $69.99. Here is our review of the Fire TV Cube: More about the Fire TV Cube: Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa. From across the room, just […]
This freewheeling Army truck-turned-tiny home is a labor of love
Most tiny homes are models of efficiency but one British metal worker has redefined the idea, converting an old Army truck into a mobile tiny home that comes with a bed, a sofa, a shower, and a beer garden.
4:05 PM 12/09/18
Walmart is offering Google Home starter kits for under $50
If you're hoping to save big on Google Home devices before all the holiday deals come to an end, there's no better time than right now. Walmart is slashing prices on smart home starter kits for a limited time.
3:44 PM 12/09/18
How to stop package thieves
The holiday season is fast approaching and the packages are arriving on our doorsteps. Are you worried about porch pirates stealing your gifts this holiday season? Here are some tips to help protect your purchases.
3:15 PM 12/09/18
How to delete and reinstall games on your Xbox One
Removing and reinstalling games on the Xbox One's hard drive isn't difficult, but it's a process that not everyone is familiar with. Thankfully, our guide will run you through each step so you'll know precisely what to do.
1:15 PM 12/09/18
The Roku Ultra is On Sale For Just $79.99
Looking for a great deal on the Roku Ultra? Right now the Roku Ultra is on sale for just $79.99 down from $99.99. This is a very limited time deal so don’t wait if you want it. You can find this deal on Amazon HERE. You can find our full review of the 2018 Roku […]
Hulu is On Sale Right Now For Just $5.99 a Month (Ends Soon)
Looking for a great deal? Been thinking about trying Hulu but have yet to sign up? This may be the time to try it out as for a limited time, new Hulu subscribers will get the limited commercials plan for just $5.99 a month for 12 months for new and select returning customers. If you […]
The best new movie trailers: ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Bumblebee,’ ‘Alita,’ and more
Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame, as well as new trailers for Alita: Battle Angel and Bumblebee.
10:15 AM 12/09/18
Deal Alert: Get 2 Fire TV Sticks For $39.99 (Limited Time Offer)
Did you miss out on the buy 1 get 1 Fire TV Stick deal on Cyber Monday? We have good news for you! Amazon just brought back their buy 1 get 1 Fire TV Stick deal! Don’t wait though this is a very limited time deal! About the Fire TV Stick: Enjoy tens of thousands of […]
Cord Cutting This Week 55 – Roku vs Fire TV Sales, DIRECTV NOW Price Hike, & Fake Streaming Services
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 let […]
Liven up the holiday party with the 10 best white elephant gifts for $20 or less
We tracked down 10 awesome gifts with the perfect mixture of humor, practicality, and most importantly, affordability. Take a look at the best white elephant gifts under $20 and get ready to get your white elephant on.
7:15 AM 12/09/18
Comcast Just Made Cord Cutting Easier
Are you a Comcast customer with a lot of movies you purchased through their service? Worried about losing them when you cut the cord? Now Comcast has teamed up with Movies Anywhere to let move many of your movies and watch them on multiple devices. Now you can take your movies with you even if […]
Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters
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 sure is fun to gawk!
3:15 AM 12/09/18
Get some bang for your buck with these Nintendo Switch console deals at Walmart
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the past, but you can still get some bang for your buck on game consoles before the holiday season is done. Walmart has various Nintendo Switch bundles on sale right now.
2:16 AM 12/09/18
Google Store sale is on now through December 24!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 may be history, but fans of Google hardware including the popular Google Home Hub, Pixel 3 and 3XL mobile phones still have lots of deals in store -- the Google Store, that is.
2:16 AM 12/09/18
Best deals on home security cameras to save you from package thieves
Home security camera systems can help keep your home and your family safe. Amazon's deals on Blink security cameras and Ring Video Doorbells also help you save money on devices you can access regardless of your current location.
11:15 PM 12/08/18
Save up to $750 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018
Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $750.
7:44 PM 12/08/18
The best Christmas TV episodes and specials
To help get you in the spirit of the season, we've compiled a list of the best Christmas TV episodes and specials. Whether it's free episodes on your favorite streaming service, or stop-motion classics, look no further.
7:15 PM 12/08/18
Roku tips: How to make the most of your streamer
Roku’s streaming boxes, streaming sticks, and smart TVs have a reputation for being easy to use, but that doesn’t mean every useful feature is obvious from the start. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find plenty of tricks and hidden features that make the experience even better.
Read on for some of my favorite Roku tips:
Install apps remotely
Installing all your favorite music and video apps can be a pain when you’re setting up a Roku for the first time. Instead of thumbing around with the remote, use the Roku Channel Store website to install lots of apps quickly. Just log into your account, search for the apps you want, then choose “Add channel.” You can also install apps through the Roku app for iOS and Android.
Amazon's eye for sports could shatter TV as we know it
In light of last week’s news that Amazon is looking to buy 22 regional sports networks, let’s indulge in some rampant speculation.
As CNBC reported, Disney picked up the networks earlier this year through its acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie businesses, but is now selling them off to settle a government antitrust lawsuit. Other bidders include broadcast groups, equity firms, and even the New York Yankees (which are looking to buy full ownership of the YES Network). Fox itself—or what’s left of it—could also join the bidding to get its former sports networks back.
Putting up a TV antenna is one of the best steps you can take toward breaking your reliance on pay TV and saving hundreds of dollars a year. Most areas of the U.S. have access to between 50 and 100 TV stations broadcast over the air for free.
As a bonus, they’ll make your big-screen TV shine. Over-the-air TV signals are typically compressed less than cable or satellite broadcasts so pictures will appear either the same quality or better.
All of the major broadcast networks now transmit in high-definition and in some areas test broadcasts for the new ATSC 3.0 standard are also underway. Those transmissions could eventually mean 4K broadcasting.
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.
Chromecast (2018) review: Google's revamped media streamer is what you make of it
There are two ways to think about Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle in 2018.
You could consider it as your only streaming device, committing to Google’s vision of using a phone or tablet as your only TV remote. This unconventional approach has its upsides, but it’s less appealing than it used to be as low-cost streamers from Roku and Amazon have become faster and more versatile.
Alternatively, you might view Chromecast as a secondary streamer, living alongside the Roku, Fire TV, or Apple TV that you already own. You won’t have to give up a proper remote control, but can still use Chromecast to launch videos from your phone, screen-share from an Android phone or laptop, view Google Photos on the big screen, and control your TV with Google Assistant voice commands.
We were beginning to think it would never happen, but LG finally sent us one of its OLED TVs to review: We asked for a 55-inch model and the company sent us the 55E8PUA. As much as we’ve talked about LG’s OLED TVs, we’ve never had one in the test center (we reviewed a Sony OLED last year).
Enough history. It came, we saw, it blew us away.
Design and specs
The 55E8PUA is a 55-inch-class TV with 3840x2160 resolution. It’s based on an RGBW OLED panel, which means every pixel consists of a red, green, blue, and white subpixel. It also supports a variety of HDR formats: the common HDR10 and Dolby Vision, as well as Technicolor’s Advanced HDR and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), an HDR standard in play in other parts of the world (and in some Sony camcorders).
On November 29, WarnerMedia will shut down FilmStruck, a streaming service for classic films. While Filmstruck had some devoted fans, ultimately WarnerMedia didn't think it was popular enough as the company streamlines operations under new corporate parent AT&T.
For the folks who did love FilmStruck, the news is indisputably a bummer. But as with so many other happenings in the world of cord-cutting, we're now seeing some observers turn this story into a broader--and mostly bogus--indictment of streaming video as a vessel for classic films. In fact, streaming video will make classic films more accessible than ever.
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.
Fire TV how-to tips: Make the most of Amazon's media streamers
Amazon recently launched the Fire TV Stick 4K, and it's by far Amazon's best streaming device in years. Still, there are lots of ways to make the experience better, not all of which are obvious when you're just getting started. If you have a Fire TV Stick or any other Fire TV streaming device, here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to make the most of them.
Rearrange your apps
Once you've installed some apps on Fire TV, take a minute to move your favorites to the front of the home screen's app row. Press the remote's menu button while highlighting any app, and then select "Move." You'll enter a separate menu where you can move the app around. The apps at the top of the list will appear first on the home screen.