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Under Armour cuts prices on waterproof backpacks with this outlet sale

Under Armour built its name on athletic clothing, but this maker also offers great bags and backpacks for everyday use. If you're looking for a waterproof backpack to keep your stuff out of the rain, Under Armour’s ongoing sale might have just what you’re looking for.

7:33 PM 03/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

DIRECTV NOW May Soon Lose Viacom Channels

Today Viacom announced that they may pull their channels from AT&T owned TV services including DIRECTV NOW over a contract dispute. The two sides have until Friday to work out a deal before the channels would be removed. “Unfortunately, AT&T is abusing its new market position by favoring its own content – which significantly underperforms […]

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7:06 PM 03/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in several genres for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.

6:46 PM 03/19/19


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

The best Game of Thrones theories

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is still on the horizon, meaning there's still time to brush up on the best Game of Thrones theories. Whether you're one of the last adherents of the Cleganebowl, or a King Aerys truther, here are our top theories.

6:39 PM 03/19/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

How to watch March Madness online

Whether you want to watch the Big Dance on your phone or on your smart TV, we have the lowdown on all the ways to watch March Madness you can handle. Grab your foam finger and some nachos.

6:12 PM 03/19/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

TCL’s 75″ 4K HDR Roku TV is Now For Sale on Amazon

Back when TCL first announced their new line of 75″ 4K HDR Roku TVs you could only get them from Best Buy. Slowly that has been changing and now you can buy a 75″ 4K HDR Roku TV on Amazon for $1,899.99. This is the TCL 6-Series that represents the high end of the Roku […]

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6:05 PM 03/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to drive stick in a manual transmission car

Driving a manual transmission car might seem intimidating at first, but it's not as difficult as you might think. Knowing how to operate this type of gearbox will serve you well. Here's everything you need to know to learn how to drive stick.

5:15 PM 03/19/19


Ronan Glon
Digital Trends

The best coffee makers of 2019

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.

4:32 PM 03/19/19


Gia Liu
Digital Trends

Grab 1 terabyte of SSD storage for just $100 with this sale on Amazon

If you're looking for an excellent opportunity to pick up a 1TB SSD at a low price, Amazon has you covered with Samsung's 860 QVO 1TB 2.5-inch SATA III Internal SSD. It is an excellent offering for both multimedia enthusiasts and gamers.

4:31 PM 03/19/19


Michael Archambault
Digital Trends

Pandora now lets you mess with the secret sauce for its music playlists

Pandora introduced a new feature called Modes, allowing subscribers to pick between six different algorithms that determine what the popular music streaming service will decide to play.

4:21 PM 03/19/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Everything we know about the upcoming Hellboy movie

Hellboy is returning to the big screen in April 2019, with Stranger Things actor David Harbour taking on the title role. Here's everything we know so far about the reboot of the franchise.

4:16 PM 03/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

What’s new on Netflix and what movies and shows are leaving in April 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for April 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.

4:04 PM 03/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

HP spring sale: Save up to 58 percent on laptops, desktops, printers, and more

From now until March 23, the HP spring sale lets you take as much as 58 percent off of a huge range of laptops, desktop PCs, printers, and more, potentially saving you more than $1,000. We’ve rounded up a dozen of the best deals right here.

3:50 PM 03/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Here is Everything Coming to Netflix in April 2019

April 1st Ultraman — NETFLIX ANIME Across The Line All the President’s Men Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Deliverance Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Evolution Freddy vs. Jason Friday the 13th (2009) I Am Legend Lakeview Terrace Monster House Obsessed Penelope Pineapple Express Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S2 P.S. I Love You Snatch […]

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3:45 PM 03/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Disney’s Deadpool? Netflix worries? What Disney’s billion-dollar Fox deal means

Now that Walt Disney Company has closed its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's movie and television assets, what does this future hold for franchises like X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Simpsons, and the rest?

2:59 PM 03/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

‘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, premiering in July 2019.

2:58 PM 03/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

The best smart home fitness tech

Are you looking for smart fitness devices that will really help your workouts, no matter where you like to exercise? These smart home gadgets are designed to help you analyze your workouts and keep track of how you are doing.

2:56 PM 03/19/19


Tyler Lacoma
Digital Trends

We Won’t See Netflix on Apple’s New Streaming Service

According to Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings, Netflix will not be available through Apple’s soon to be launched streaming service, commenting that “We have chosen not to integrate with their service.” While we don’t have all the details of the new streaming service (we expect to know more after Apple’s event on March 25), we […]

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2:51 PM 03/19/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

How to delete your Uber account

If you thought that deleting the Uber app would also delete your account, think again. You'll have to deactivate your account, then wait 30 days in order to do so. Here, we outlined how to delete your Uber account once and for all.

2:01 PM 03/19/19


Brie Barbee
Digital Trends

Dish TV customers can access up to 13 NCAA March Madness games in 4K

If you're a basketball fan looking to get your fix of NCAA Championship action in 4K, Dish TV will be airing up to 13 of the tournament games in the ultra high-def format, starting on Tuesday.

1:20 PM 03/19/19


Simon Cohen
Digital Trends

What year is this? Apple might drop a new iPod tomorrow

After two days of surprise hardware releases that have brought us new iPads and iMacs, rumor has it that we may see an update of Apple's iPod as soon as tomorrow, sparking a mixture of nostalgia and curiosity.

1:03 PM 03/19/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Just In Time For March Madness You Can Get a Free Month of CBS All Access

Been thinking about trying CBS All Access? Right now CBS All-Access has over 10,000 episodes on demand including original programming like Star Trek Discovery. New episodes are added the next day and in a growing list of areas, you also get a live stream of your local CBS affiliate. Currently, CBS All-Access is available on smartphones, tablets, […]

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1:01 PM 03/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

ESPN+ is Now the Exclusive Provider of UFC Pay Per View Events in the US

ESPN+ and UFC have partnered to make the ESPN owned streaming service the exclusive provider of UFC Pay Per View events in the US through 2025. UFC fans will now find the biggest events and best coverage of mixed martial arts through ESPN+. UFC President Dana White says “Today’s announcement further establishes the strength of […]

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12:01 PM 03/19/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

Amazon slashes $77 off the iRobot Roomba 690 multisurface robot vacuum

This special offer comes just in time for you to get a head start on spring cleaning. The Roomba 690 robot vacuum sucks up dust, dirt and pet hair — all while you're away at the office.

11:12 AM 03/19/19


Ehab Zahriyeh
Digital Trends

Amazon’s Fire TV Edition Smart TV’s Are On Sale Starting At Just $89.99

Want a dirty cheap TV with a Fire TV built in? RIght now you can get a 24″ 720p Fire TV Edition Smart TV for just $89.99. Want something a little bit bigger with 4K HDR? Right now you can get a Fire TV Edition 50″ 4K HDR smart TV from Insignia for just $279.99. […]

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9:45 AM 03/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Under Armour HOVR is more than a running shoe, it’s a fitness tracker

Under Armour HOVR running shoes bring more to the table than just a comfortable fit. With UA's Record Sensor technology, you can track distance, duration, and even the path you take as you run.

9:33 AM 03/19/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

Everything We Know About Apple’s New Streaming Service

Next week, Apple will be hosting an event where the company is expected to launch their new streaming service.  We haven’t gotten many clues from Apple yet (invitations to the event simply said “It’s show time”) but here’s what we know so far. The New York Times reported that Apple has developed five original series […]

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8:59 AM 03/19/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

Right Now You Can Get a Month of Philo For FREE

Been thinking about trying Philo? Right now you can get a month-long trial of the live TV streaming service Philo for free from Groupon. This is a limited time deal and could end at any time so don’t wait! You can find this deal on Groupon’s website HERE. About Philo: With the basic package, you […]

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8:17 AM 03/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Our Rebuttal to Consumer Reports’ Anti-Cord Cutting Story

Last week, Consumer Reports ran a story promoting the idea that cable TV is a better deal than cord cutting now that DIRECTV NOW prices went up. The story promoted Dan Rayburn, the principal analyst at the media research firm Frost & Sullivan. According to Rayburn, “If you’re paying $140 a month for a triple-play […]

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7:34 AM 03/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Smart speakers are about to get an IQ bump thanks to new Qualcomm chips

Qualcomm announced a new chipset that is designed to make the next generation of smart speakers sound, listen, and connect better than ever before, and it could soon be in your living room.

6:45 AM 03/19/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

10 awesome (and not-so-awesome) things I learned while becoming a cord-cutter

After years of reading, research, and really close calls, I finally made the plunge. I canceled my Comcast Triple Play bundle, disconnected the coaxial cables running all over my house, and returned the boxes I’ve been renting for the last two years. That’s right, I’m officially a card-carrying cord-cutter.

I’m only in the first few days of my new cord-free world, but I can already tell the road ahead will be equal parts bright and bumpy. While I expected some separation anxiety after years of cable TV bills, I naively didn’t realize just how different it would be without Comcast or Cox or FiOS supplying the channels. I ended up choosing DirecTV Now for my streaming needs, but I researched and tested a couple of them before settling on it. Here are 10 things I’ve learned so far:

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5:00 AM 03/15/19


Michael Simon
TechHive

DirecTV Now price hikes: What cord-cutters need to know

AT&T is holding a red wedding for DirecTV Now this week, axing dozens of channels from its lineup for new subscribers and raising prices for everyone.

Gone are the old DirecTV Now plans that ranged from $40 to $75 per month. In their place are a $50-per-month “DirecTV Now Plus” plan without regional sports, and a $70-per-month “DirecTV Now Max” plan with regional sports. Both include HBO, but are missing many popular channels that came with the old plans, including HGTV, Nickelodeon, and AMC.

Existing customers will get to keep their current lineups, but will pay an extra $10 per month from April 12 on. The add-on price for HBO will also jump from $5 per month to $15 per month.

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5:00 AM 03/14/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Cord cutting: A beginner's guide

Now is a better time than ever to cut the cable or satellite TV cord. Instead of paying upwards of $100 per month for a bloated channel bundle, you can replace it with streaming TV services—and perhaps an TV antenna—at a fraction of the cost.

Sorting through these new options isn’t always easy, though, especially if you aren’t tech savvy. Whereas cable made everything simple, cutting the cord requires picking from a dozen different hardware options and many more online video services, not all of which are compatible with one another. Adding an over-the-air TV antenna to the mix creates even further headache potential.

I’ve been a cord-cutter for more than a decade, have written a weekly column on the topic since 2014, and I write a cord-cutting newsletter for more than 16,000 subscribers. With so many people being priced out of cable, now seems like the perfect time to create a definitive cord-cutting guide for folks who don’t know where to start.

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5:00 AM 03/08/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to catch March Madness without paying for cable TV

For millions of sports fans, brackets—not baseball—herald the arrival of spring. With its big upsets, Cinderella stories, and weird mascots, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship has transcended sports to become a cultural event.

But it’s a bittersweet time for cord cutters. If the logistics of following more than 60 teams through a month-long tournament aren’t arduous enough, nearly 70 percent of games are televised on cable channels. The good news is that this year the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, the Final Four, and the National Championship will air on CBS. The only thing you’ll need is an antenna to catch that action.

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9:44 PM 03/07/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

6 big questions cord-cutters should ask about AT&T's and HBO's next streaming service

Changes are afoot for HBO under its new corporate overlords at AT&T. But what those changes might be are still anyone’s guess.

After longtime HBO CEO Richard Plepler abruptly resigned last week, AT&T executives went on a media tour to talk about the channel’s future, take shots at Netflix, and hint at the streaming service AT&T plans to launch this year. Still, those interviews didn’t reveal much in the way of specifics. If anything, AT&T and HBO’s streaming plans seem even murkier than they did a week ago.

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5:00 AM 03/07/19


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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11:25 AM 02/22/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Channels DVR review: A powerful but pricey DVR for discerning cord-cutters

In some ways, Channels DVR is tough to recommend. The subscription cost is much greater than other over-the-air DVR options, the hardware requirements are more stringent, and even some basic features—such as conflict resolution—are absent.

Yet Channels DVR also has a few strengths to compensate for those weaknesses: Recording options are deeply customizable, video quality on Apple TV is superior to other cord-cutting DVRs, and you can easily skip through recorded commercial breaks with the press of a button. Channels also excels at some of the little things, including loading live channels quickly, stacking multiple tuners, and allowing series-based recordings for sports.

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10:27 PM 02/21/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

No, you probably can't cut the cable cord using a mobile hotspot for internet access

When people reach out to me about cutting the cord, they’re often looking not only to drop TV service, but to sever all ties with their cable company. As such, one of the most frequent questions I get is whether it’s possible to drop home broadband service and use only a phone’s mobile hotspot to access the internet.

I hate to bear bad news, but this approach remains impractical if you plan to watch any significant amount of video on your laptop, tablet, or television. That’s because every major wireless carrier limits high-speed data while using your phone as a hotspot, so even with an unlimited data plan, you’ll run into problems streaming video.

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5:00 AM 02/21/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

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. 

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11:53 AM 02/19/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Spectrum TV Choice review: A la carte TV for cord-cutters, but at a cost

Now that its cable TV business is in steady decline, Spectrum is giving the people what they want with a la carte TV service—sort of.

The service is called Spectrum TV Choice, and it provides live, local channels plus your pick of 10 cable channels for less than $30 per month. It doesn’t involve any long-term contracts, and it doesn’t even require a cable box. You can use a Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, or Xbox One to watch on any television in the house over Wi-Fi.

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6:00 AM 02/19/19


Jared Newman
TechHive