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Facebook Bans the Promotion of Kodi
Earlier this week the news broke that Facebook updated their terms of service to ban the sale of devices with Kodi installed. We are not exactly sure when this happened, but the update seems fairly new. One thing that was missed in the focus on the sale of Kodi devices was the fact that now […]
Looking for a job? Want to work on T-Mobile’s new TV service? While details are still thin on exactly what T-Mobile plans to do with their new live TV service, these job listings give us some insight. Here are the jobs currently listed online for T-Mobile’s new TV service: Install Techs Right now, T-Mobile is […]
Verizon Plans to Offer Free YouTube TV Or a Apple TV With Their 5G Internet Service
Today we learned that Verizon plans to add Indianapolis to the list of cities to get 5G home internet by the end of 2018. More interesting Verizon also announced that plans to offer a free Apple TV or YouTube TV with their 5G home internet service. Indianapolis will join Houston, Sacramento, and Los Angeles as the 3rd […]
Here is Everything New on Sony Crackle in September 2018
Sony Crackle Original Premieres: Snatch Season 2 (September 13) *Exclusive sneak peek on Amazon devices via the Sony Crackle app starting August 31. New This Month: #Followfriday 6 Bullets 7 Seconds A Dark Truth Appleseed: Alpha Arlington Road Art Heist Ava’s Possessions Bad Country Beverly Hills Ninja Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Bill and Ted’s Bogus […]
Dish Network vs. DirecTV: Battle of the satellite TV titans
So, you’ve chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what both Dish Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing, and why you might choose them over streaming services.
The best FLAC apps: Convert and play FLAC files on iPhone, iPad
The high-resolution revolution is upon us, and FLAC files are a popular way to store hi-res sound. But what if you’re an iOS user? Check out our article to find out more about FLAC files, and how to use them on Apple devices.
Today Pluto TV announced that they have teamed up with Adam Carolla to launch Chassy TV. This new channel will be dedicated to offering premium entertainment diving into the passion, culture and history of automobiles, motorcycles, racing, vintage cars, and all things motor sports. “Chassy Media began as a digital, grassroots hub for the automotive documentaries that […]
If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best wireless earbuds around.
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2: Everything we know so far
The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery will return for more adventures on CBS All Access in the near future. Here's everything we know about Star Trek: Discovery season 2, from the cast and themes to the season premiere.
Today YouTube TV expanded into three new markets with the addition of Kingsport, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Bristol, TN/VA. This brings YouTube TV to 100 markets around the United States. Today we welcome our 100th service location: Kingsport, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Bristol, TN/VA! Welcome to the family! https://t.co/7RqBXvZhw0 pic.twitter.com/5flXPIzvDm — YouTube TV […]
Twitter & Adidas Team Up to Stream Friday Night High School Football Games
Today Twitter and Adidas announced a new partnership to stream Friday night high school football games. This new series is called ‘Friday Night Stripes’ and will feature a nationally ranked high school team every week. “From grassroots to the NFL, Adidas is ever-present in football culture and being digital first is everything when it comes […]
HBO wrapped up the second season of Westworld with a finale that asked as many questions as it answered, leaving fans eager to know more about season 3. Here's everything we know so far about the show's next act.
Crazybaby’s Air 1S true wireless earbuds won’t make you look like a dork
Audio technology company Crazybaby has launched the Air 1S true wireless earbuds, promising considerable connectivity improvements over previous models while retaining the sleek style and supreme comfort.
Today Nvidia announced a new Nvidia Shield bundle that adds support for your smart home. With this bundle, you can get a SmartThings Link that adds support for more SmartThings that can be managed through your Voice Assistant on the Nvidia Shield. Typically this Nvidia Shield bundle will cost $219.99 but right now on Best […]
Amazon update for older Fire TV devices helps keep you safe from malware
In June, some users of older models of Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices found themselves targeted by malware, but new security measures rolling out as part of the latest software update will help keep you safer.
DIRECTV NOW Added 34 New ABC, CBS, FOX, & NBC Affiliates Last Night
Last night DIRECTV NOW added a large number of Nextstar locals including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC local affiliates. This morning DIRECTV NOW sent Cord Cutters News an official list of all the locals they added. Here are all the locals added to DIRECTV NOW as of August 14th 2018: NETWORK DMA STATION CALL LETTERS ABC […]
DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, & More Saw a 58% Jump in Subscribers This Year
Today comScore released a new look at the growth of live TV streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu, Philo, YouTube TV, and more. This study looked at the growth of live TV streaming and how people used it. According to comScore, the number of Americans subscribing to a live TV streaming service jumped 58% in […]
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‘Captain Marvel’: Everything we know about the movie so far
Academy Award winner Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie hitting theaters in March 2019. Here's everything we know about Marvel's first female-led superhero movie.
Time to upgrade! Here are the best 4K TV deals for August 2018
There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level so you can enjoy all of your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
The best Blu-ray movies to show off your home theater
What's the point of having all of that awesome home theater gear if you can't breed a little jealousy in your friends and family? We've put together this list of fantastic Blu-rays that have the goods to drop a few jaws.
Taking out all the wires and glossy paint, Optoma still gives its NuForce BE Free5 the goods to play audio better than Apple’s AirPods at a cheaper price. But are these the affordable true wireless earbuds for you?
The best new movie trailers: ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez,’ ‘The Nutcracker,’ and more
Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. To simplify things, we round up the best of the best each week. On tap this week: The trailers for Slaughterhouse Rulez and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
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.
Every so often, I get an email or read a comment online asking why the TV industry won’t just give the people what they want.
As more people abandon cable and satellite TV—or grow up accustomed to life without either—one might think the industry would be open to selling channels individually, or letting customers build their own TV bundles. If such a service existed, surely customers would flock to it and make TV networks richer, right?
Not quite. Over the past few years, TV networks have only become more resistant to breaking up the channels they own, especially as major media companies like Disney and Discovery fatten their channel lineups by acquiring other programmers. They’re not being punished too harshly for it either; while cable and satellite TV subscriptions are spiraling downward, live TV streaming services such as DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV have been picking up the slack.
Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best indoor TV antennas for cord cutters
Ditching your cable- or satellite-TV subscription and going to a setup combining a streaming device along with an antenna to pick up over-the-air digital broadcasts is a smart move that will save you some serious cash every month.
There’s plenty of free TV to be had—well, you’ll passively pay by being exposed to commercials—but you’ll need an antenna to pull those signals in. An outdoor model mounted to a tall mast (elevating the antenna at least 30 feet off the ground) will yield the best results, but that’s not the most attractive accessory for your home, and it’s a total no-go if you’re a renter or live in an apartment.
Indoor antennas can do the job if you don’t live too far from your area TV stations’ broadcast antennas, so now the question becomes, "which antenna is best?" Having ditched cable nearly five years ago myself, I struggled with getting consistent, quality reception on local TV channels. I recently put several indoor antennas to the test and discovered that spending more on an antenna doesn’t always deliver a better overall experience. In fact, the top performing antenna out of this bunch was also the least expensive.
Relief from cable-box rental fees is coming (but not from Comcast)
Cord-cutting has become so popular that some small cable companies are joining in, trading their own set-top boxes for streaming TV service.
This week, a video delivery company called MobiTV announced that it’s working with more than 50 small cable companies and telcos—covering one million U.S. subscribers—to offer streaming channel bundles in place of traditional TV. The cable companies still offer the actual service, handle the billing, and put their names on the finished product, but MobiTV builds the underlying software and negotiates the requisite streaming rights with TV networks.
The result for consumers is lower costs even if they don’t fully cut the cord. Instead of having to lease expensive cable boxes, they can brisng their own Roku players and Fire TV Sticks to watch and record live television. Dropping the cable box also means customers can set up their televisions anywhere, regardless of whether there’s a cable connection nearby.
Let's get this out of the way: Home internet providers shouldn't be saddling their customers with data caps. Limiting broadband this way doesn't help with congestion, discourages new technologies such as 4K HDR video, and can ensnare innocent users with undeserved fees when their meters fail. If the home broadband market had more competition, we probably wouldn't have to worry about data caps.
One question I often get about cord cutting is whether it’s possible to record streaming video, like you can with cable or over-the-air television.
This might seem like a straightforward question, but the answer is complicated. Some streaming services do offer DVR, but with restrictions that don’t apply to cable. Others, such as Netflix, don’t allow you to record shows, but offer all their content on demand anyway. And while a workaround exists for streaming services that don’t offer DVR, this brings its own set of trade-offs.
In the interest of having an article to reference whenever someone asks me about streaming DVR in the future, here’s a rundown of all your options:
AT&T executive John Stankey, now the head of Warner Media following AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, reportedly told HBO employees to expect a "tough year" as the venerable network changed direction. Getting "more hours of engagement" would become a priority, Stankey said, because more engagement means "more data and information about a customer that then allows you to do things like monetize through alternate models of advertising as well as subscriptions." When Richard Plepler, HBO's chief executive, pointed out that the network already makes money, Stankey agreed, but added, "Just not enough."
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.
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles
If you've dropped cable or satellite TV in favor of a live TV streaming service, the past week might've brought some bad news.
First, Dish Network announced a $5 per month price hike for its Sling TV Orange service, which is currently the cheapest way to get ESPN without cable. The new price ($25 per month) will apply to new subscribers immediately, and to existing ones in August. (Sling TV Blue plans, which offer NBC- and Fox-owned channels but not ESPN or other Disney-owned channels, still cost $25 per month, and a combined Orange and Blue package still costs $40 per month.)