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AT&T SportsNet Southwest is Now Live on fuboTV
A few weeks ago it was announced that fuboTV would be the first live TV streaming services to offer AT&T Sportsnet with the addition of AT&T SportsNet Southwest. fuboTV will live stream over 250 live events on AT&T Sports Networks including games from the Rockets and Astros. Now AT&T SportsNet Southwest is now live on fuboTV. […]
FA Cup: Watch Chelsea vs. Manchester United with ESPN Plus 7-day free trial
Chelsea and Manchester United are facing off in an exciting FA Cup match, with the fifth round - a tie match - slated for Monday. Die-hard fans of English football can stream the game anywhere at any time with ESPN Plus, and here's how to start your free 7-day trial.
8:32 AM 02/18/19
Spectrum Is Offering 30 Mbps Internet Service for Just $14.99 If You Qualify
Part of the deal for Charter Communications to buy Time Warner Cable was that they would offer low income Internet plans. This was one of the reasons the FCC agreed to approve the merger. So, if you are on Supplemental Security Income, Community Eligibility Provision, or the National School Lunch Program you can get 30 […]
Roku is the number one streaming media player in the United States and is owned by over 70% of our readers according to a recent survey. New Rokus like Roku TVs are also becoming a runaway success. However, many owners are likely not taking full advantage of everything their Roku has to offer. A few […]
If you've accidentally shot a video in portrait orientation and you want to flip to landscape, then this is the guide for you. We'll explain how to use iMovie to rotate a video on your iPhone or iPad for free and suggest alternative apps.
7:15 AM 02/18/19
Amazon may be close to opening its first cashier-free store outside U.S.
Amazon could be on the verge of opening its first cashier-free store outside of the U.S. after a recent report claimed the company has secured retail space for a location in central London.
7:15 AM 02/18/19
KBIS 2019: LG adds Tovala’s meal platform to its array of smart oven add-ons
LG Electronics USA is launching new partnerships at KBIS 2019, including a new app integration into its smart ovens that will add Tovala's meal delivery and preparation platform. LG also features partnerships with SideChef, Innit, and Drop.
7:15 AM 02/18/19
How Avengers: Infinity War’s Oscar-nominated VFX team made Thanos a movie star
The purple-skinned Thanos proved to be a breakout character in Avengers: Infinity War, thanks to the work of actor Josh Brolin and visual effects studios Digital Domain and Weta. Here's how they brought him to life and earned the film an Oscar nomination.
5:15 AM 02/18/19
Here’s how Facebook taught its Portal A.I. to think like a Hollywood filmmaker
When Facebook introduced its Portal screen-enhanced smart speakers, it wanted to find a way to make video chat as intimate as sitting down for a conversation with a friend. Here's how it did it.
New box-office champion Alita: Battle Angel outperformed expectations with its big premiere and positive reviews from critics, but Presidents' Day weekend is still off to a slow start.
8:01 PM 02/17/19
Philo vs AT&T Watch TV Which Service is Right For You? (Updated: February 2019)
Affordable streaming services Philo and AT&T Watch have each been upgrading their platforms and adding content since our last update in November. Today, we’re taking another look at these two comparable services so you can choose which is the right option for you. Pricing and Packages Once again, Philo has added to its channel lineup […]
Best new shows and movies to stream: Deadpool 2, The Umbrella Academy, 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: Deadpool 2, The Umbrella Academy, Lorena, and more.
6:15 PM 02/17/19
The Fire TV Cube is On Sale For Just $79.99
Missed out on the Fire TV Cube Black Friday sale? Just in time for the big game next week the Amazon the Fire TV Cube is once again on sale for just $79.99. This is a limited time deal so don’t wait! Here is our review of the Fire TV Cube: More about the Fire TV […]
Are you a SiriusXM subscriber? Good news now you can access SiriusXM on your Fire TV. For some time now Amazon has supported SiriusXM through Alexa enabled smart speakers. Now with SiriusXM on your Fire TV you can also enjoy it with your sound system connected to your TV. You can find the SiriusXM app […]
How to Watch the Daytona 500 on Roku, Fire TV, & Apple TV
On Sunday, February 17, 2019, at 2:30 PM Eastern Daytona 500 gets underway. This year there are more options than ever for cord cutters to stream the big race. The Daytona 500 will air in on FOX, and there are many great options to stream the game on Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV. How […]
Windows Update not working after October 2018 patch? Here’s how to fix it
Windows update not working? It's a more common problem than you might think. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot it and in this guide we'll break them down for you step by step.
11:15 AM 02/17/19
The best new movie trailers: Yesterday, Tolkien, Triple Frontier, 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 trailers for Yesterday, Tolkien, Aladdin, Frozen 2, and Triple Frontier.
10:15 AM 02/17/19
CBS All Access & Showtime Have 8 Million Subscribers
CBS seems to have hit gold with their subscription streaming services CBS All Access and Showtime. According to CBS, they ended 2018 with a combined 8 million subscribers. This comes after it was reported that in August 2018 CBS All Access hit 2.5 million subscribers. “Our strategy of creating more of the premium content that […]
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is On Sale For Just $29.99 & The 4K Fire TV Stick is Just $39.99
Want a great deal on a Fire TV? Right now you can get the HD Fire TV Stick for just $29.99. Want 4K? Right now the Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for just $39.99. (If you can I would suggest the Fire TV Stick 4K as it not only offers 4K but is […]
Cord Cutting This Week 63 – Sling TV is Bigger Than PlayStation Vue & DIRECTV NOW, ATSC 3.0, & 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 let […]
They were robbed! From Crowe to Pacino, 10 times Oscar voters got it wrong
With the 91st Oscars rapidly approaching, now is a fine time to look back at several Oscar-worthy performances that were completely ignored by the Academy, as well as others that were nominated and astoundingly denied the little naked golden man.
4:15 AM 02/17/19
Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently
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 02/17/19
Amazon slashes prices on Fitbit Versa smartwatches for Presidents’ Day
Amazon is offering a solid $30 discount on this great fitness tracking smartwatch right now. So if you're looking for a wearable that can help you track steps, sleep, and activity, now is a great time to pick one up for less.
5:06 PM 02/16/19
Clean up with these Presidents’ Day sales on washers and dryers
Clean up with these Presidents' Day weekend sales on washers and dryers. We picked the top washers and dryers from six major online merchants, but there are many more choices. Altogether the six sites have 920 washers and dryers on sale.
1:32 PM 02/16/19
How to convert DVD to MP4
Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
11:15 AM 02/16/19
What is Alexa, and what can Amazon’s virtual assistant do for you?
While "Alexa" has become synonymous with products like the Amazon Echo, you can't actually go out and buy an "Alexa." So what is Alexa? How does she work? Here's everything you need to know about Amazon's virtual assistant.
9:40 AM 02/16/19
4 small appliances that have changed the way we cook food (for the better)
These are exciting times for home cooks seeking to advance or simplify their technique in the kitchen, thanks in part to four small appliances that have made a splash in the past few years. Here’s why you should consider buying them.
8:15 AM 02/16/19
How to turn off Live Photos on an iPhone
If you want to save storage space on your iPhone or reduce the size of your backup for iCloud, then you should think about turning off Live Photos in the camera app. Find out exactly how to do it with our easy guide.
7:45 AM 02/16/19
Tom Brady uses these high-tech sheets for muscle pain, and they’re on sale now
Under Armour Recovery Sheets feature unique technologies that can speed your body’s post-workout healing process, and they’re on sale right now at discounts of up to $87. Read on to find out how these innovative sheets work (and how you can save some cash).
7:42 AM 02/16/19
Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals
Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.
6:30 AM 02/16/19
Ever president: A cord-cutters guide to the best President's Day movies available for streaming
President’s Day honors the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, in the hopes that we will all continue to remember them and the values they instilled in our country.
To celebrate, we’ve chosen a few movies that focusing not just POTUS #1 and #16, but also a handful of other presidents, from John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama.
And to add to your streaming fun, we’ve included a few movies about fictitious presidents, both super-cool (Harrison Ford) and not-so-cool (Donald Pleasence). Happy streaming!
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.
Updated February 12, 2019 to add a video explaining how to determine which over-the-air TV channels you can tune in where you live (see above).
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.
Why live PBS streaming is taking so long (and how to deal with it)
These days, you can stream pretty much any TV channel without a cable or satellite subscription, assuming you’re paying for a live TV package. But there’s still one popular live channel you can’t get, and it’s one that technically shouldn’t cost you anything.
I’m talking, of course, about PBS, the non-profit home to programs such as Nature and Masterpiece, along with popular children’s shows like Wild Kratts and Sesame Street. While it’s possible to stream many PBS shows on demand (more on that shortly), you’ll most likely need an antenna to watch your local station live without a cable- or satellite-TV subscription.
Nvidia Shield TV (second generation) review: Still the best media streamer for geeks
The Nvidia Shield TV, a $180 Android-based streaming box with lots of processing power, appeals to a scattershot of audiences. It’s the ideal streamer for media hoarders who want to build a cheap a Plex server, for cord-cutters who want to roll their own over-the-air DVR, for Kodi enthusiasts (with that media center’s morally dubious third-party plug-ins), for a certain breed of living-room gamers, and for people who just want as much computing power as they can get.
At the same time, cheaper 4K streaming devices such as Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Roku’s Streaming Stick+ have gotten better at the basics, providing adequate performance while rivaling or surpassing the Shield TV’s HDR support at a fraction of its cost.
Earlier this month, Roku announced plans to sell streaming video subscriptions directly through its own Roku Channel app. Those "Premium Subscriptions" are rolling out now, so you can sign up for services like Showtime, Starz, and CuriosityStream through a single app and billing system on your Roku player.
The Roku Channel is also heading to iOS today, accessible through the existing Roku mobile companion app. The app will provide access to both the new subscription services and The Roku Channel's existing library of free, ad-supported videos. Android support is coming in mid-February, and The Roku Channel is already available on the web and on Samsung smart TVs.
Winegard FlatWave Amped indoor TV antenna review: This one pulls in the channels
The Winegard FlatWave Amped is one of a series of small, lightweight indoor antennas that Winegard offers. The company has been in the antenna business since the 1950s and knows what it’s doing—something I confirmed when I tested this antenna.
In addition to the Amped version, there’s an unamplified version and two even smaller versions called the Mini and the Micro.
2:40 PM 01/27/19
How to watch the 2019 Super Bowl without cable
The table has been set: The Los Angles Rams will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3. CBS will cover the game in Atlanta, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Here’s how you can watch the big game—and all those great commercials—without an expensive cable or satellite TV subscription.
Over the air
Of the four major North American sports leagues, the NFL remains the only one you can still enjoy without a pricey cable subscription. All you need is an antenna.
6:50 PM 01/21/19
In defense of smart TV snooping
Let’s award a medal of bravery to Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, who last week delivered a candid explanation for why modern smart TVs—even the really good ones—have become so cheap.
Speaking to The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Baxter acknowledged that Vizio can monitor everything users are watching, then anonymize that data and sell it to marketers or use it to show targeted ads. Those methods, along with the occasional movie rental or TV show purchase, help Vizio make money long after selling the television itself. A dumb TV without internet features, Baxter said, would probably cost more than a comparable smart TV due to the hardware’s slim profit margins and inability to pull in extra revenue down the road.