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The colorful weirdness of Marvel’s The Eternals is coming in November 2020
Marvel Studios is already lining up the start of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At SDCC today, more details were revealed about the next installment in the franchise, The Eternals.
8:27 PM 07/20/19
DIRECTV NOW is Offering $5 or $10 Credits to Customers Who Lost CBS
Today all DIRECTV NOW customers lost their CBS locals. If you have DIRECTV you only lost CBS if it is a CBS owned and operated CBS affiliate but all DIRECTV NOW customers lost CBS owned locals. To make up for this loss to DIRECTV NOW customers AT&T is offering $5 or $10 credits if you […]
‘The Orville’ is Now a Hulu Exclusive Show Starting With Season 3
Are you a fan of the hit Fox show The Orville? Now starting with season 3 in 2020 The Orville is now a Hulu exclusive. “The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a […]
Sling TV & Dish May Soon Drop The FX Network & National Geographic
Earlier today it was announced that Sling TV and Dish may soon drop Fox Regional Sports Networks as talks continue on a new contract. Now we have learned that FX and National Geographic may also soon be dropped as Disney and Dish negotiate for a new contract now that Disney owns the FX Network. Update: […]
The new trailer for Star Trek: Picard features a crew of familiar faces
If you're not excited for the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard yet, you will be once you watch the new trailer for Star Trek: Picard. It shows an older, more pensive Picard and the return of many familiar faces from Trek.
4:45 PM 07/20/19
Stirr Just Added Three New Channels to Its Lineup
Earlier this week we learned that Stirr planned to add 12 new networks in the months to come. Today three of these networks went live with the addition of American Classic, Hell’s Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmare to the Stirr lineup. With Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmare, you will find a 24/7 stream of classic Gordan […]
New Westworld trailer teases WWII scenes and the return of a favorite host
We all have a role to play: That's the theme for this season of Westworld, for humans and hosts alike, as shown in this new trailer. It features some familiar faces, new locations, and the return of an old friend.
4:29 PM 07/20/19
The Star Trek: Picard TV series: Everything we know
Star Trek: Picard will feature the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and will premiere near the end of 2019 on the CBS All Access streaming service. Here's everything we know about the series so far.
3:53 PM 07/20/19
HBO’s Watchmen trailer looks nothing like the comic. That’s a good thing
Police wearing masks? Terrorists dressed like Rorschach? The first trailer for HBO's Watchmen barely resembles Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' iconic graphic novel at all -- and it's all the better for it.
3:02 PM 07/20/19
Black Mirror’s David Ajala joins cast of Star Trek: Discovery for season 3
British actor David Ajala, known for his roles in Jupiter Ascending and Fast & Furious 6 will be joining the cast of Star Trek Discovery for season 3. And there's more information about what the season will contain, fresh from SDCC.
2:45 PM 07/20/19
How to convert your videos from MKV to MP4
MKV files have their place, but if you would rather convert your videos from MKV to MP4, there are two methods we consider the best and most efficient for getting it done. In this guide, we'll walk you through them step by step.
2:15 PM 07/20/19
How to take a screenshot on a Mac
Whether you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts or applications such as Grab and Preview, this guide will teach you how to take a screenshot on a Mac. Once you know how, you'll be able to capture images within seconds.
1:15 PM 07/20/19
The most (and least) reliable appliance brands in every category
New report from service provider Puls identifies which home appliances are least likely to get repaired. Plus, find out when the refrigerator is most likely to break down. Hint: It’s imminent.
12:44 PM 07/20/19
How to change your Gmail password
Regularly updating your passwords is a good way to stay secure online, but each site and service has their own way of doing it. Here's a quick guide on how to change your Gmail password in a few short steps.
12:15 PM 07/20/19
The best new podcasts
Feel like you’re drowning in podcasts? In this weekly series, we’ll help you pick out the best of the new and returning shows. This week’s picks include Bundyville's second season, romance novels, street racing, and the moon landing.
12:15 PM 07/20/19
How to recall an email in Gmail
Everyone has sent a message they wish they could take back. How great would it be if you could undo that impulsive email? If you're a Gmail user, you can. Here's how to recall an email in Gmail.
12:05 PM 07/20/19
The best smart light bulbs for 2019
Modern light bulbs are more eco-friendly and capable than ever, which makes them a great choice for those looking to add some convenience to their at-home lighting system. We've rounded up the best smart bulbs available.
11:59 AM 07/20/19
The best Amazon Echo tips and tricks to use around the house
Amazon's voice assistant Alexa has plenty of neat skills. So many, in fact, it seems like new ones appear every day. We've rounded up the top Echo tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your virtual assistant.
11:59 AM 07/20/19
How to convert a PDF to JPG
Converting file formats can be an absolute pain, but it doesn't have to be. We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to convert a PDF to JPG, no matter which operating system you're running.
11:15 AM 07/20/19
Sling TV & Dish May Soon Drop Regional Fox Sports Networks
Today it was announced that Sling TV and Dish may soon drop Fox Regional Sports Networks as talks continue on a new contract. Update: Dish has sent Cord Cutters News the following statement: “DISH and Sling’s goal is to keep the FOX Regional Sports Networks available to our customers at a reasonable cost. We are […]
Without Paying for Friends and The Office, Netflix Will Have More to Invest in Original Content
Recently, we learned that some of the most popular series on Netflix will be leaving the streaming service within in the next couple years. While that isn’t great news for fans of those specific shows, there is a silver lining for Netflix. When Netflix released their second quarter earnings report, the company noted that without […]
CBS Sports Network & The Smithsonian Channel Have Been Removed From DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, & U-verse TV
Earlier today CBS removed their 14 owned CBS locals from DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, and U-verse TV. Now CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel has also been removed from AT&T’s owned DIRECTV service. Here is the statement AT&T sent Cord Cutters News about the CBS blackout: CBS has put our customers into the middle of […]
Almost 70% of Americans Surveyed Would Pay for Disney+
In a market research study from Global Web Index, a survey showed that 69% of respondents were open to paying for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. Disney+ is set to launch in November, with a price point of $6.99 per month. The survey went on to show that some respondents were looking forward to the […]
Today we take a look at 10 brand new Roku Channels for July 2019. These are new or very updated Roku channels available on Roku TVs & Roku Players. Have one you want to suggest? Leave us a comment and let us know. Now it has been a few months since we did a post […]
AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW, DIRECTV, & U-verse TV Lose CBS Owned Locals
After a week of public statements from CBS and AT&T pointing fingers at each other earlier this morning CBS owned locals went dark on DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, and U-verse TV. This comes and Nexstar owned locals are also still dark on AT&T’s TV services. Update: CBS Sports & The Smithsonian Channel have also been dropped. […]
Protect your new Prime Day devices with IPVanish VPN, on sale until Sunday
If you scored a new device during Prime Day, then you'll want to protect your tech with a good VPN like IPVanish. IPVanish has extended its Prime Day week sale through the weekend, too, making now the best time to sign up and save 63%
8:45 PM 07/19/19
Nordstrom Anniversary sale: Best deals on hair tools, beauty gadgets, and more
Nordstrom's massive Anniversary Sale is finally here. We've picked out a few of our favorite hair styling tools and beauty gadgets.
6:57 PM 07/19/19
Forget Game of Thrones. The first trailer for Netflix’s The Witcher is here
If you're going through epic fantasy withdrawal following the end of Game of Thrones, look no further than Netflix, which has dropped the first teaser trailer for its upcoming adaptation of The Witcher.
6:19 PM 07/19/19
Here are our predictions for the 2019 Emmy Awards
With Game Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel leading the pack, the 2019 Emmy Awards is gearing up to be a great event. We've made our predictions of which actors and series might win in the biggest categories.
6:14 PM 07/19/19
Amazon hacks nearly $300 off the price of this 13-inch MacBook Air
Amazon is selling a 13-inch Retina display MacBook Air at nearly $300 off of its original price. In addition to a Retina display, this MacBook Air features 256GB of SSD storage and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
6:00 PM 07/19/19
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.
Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference
In a perfect world, cutting the cable cord and setting up a new streaming player would allow you to toss your TV remote in a drawer. One remote should be all you need to control both the streaming device and your television.
That hasn’t been the case with all streaming players, including those made by Roku. The company’s popular set-top boxes and sticks never included TV volume or power controls, so you typically had to keep another remote handy or buy a universal remote. (One exception: Some Roku models can control an A/V receiver via HDMI-CEC.)
The latest Roku Streaming Stick ($50) and Streaming Stick+ ($70) finally rectify that situation, with new remotes that can control TV volume and power via a built-in infrared emitter. They also have a microphone for voice recognition, and the Stick+ supports 4K HDR video at the lowest price ever for a Roku player.
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.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: This is the media streamer to beat
The Fire TV Stick 4K is the media streamer that Amazon should have released years ago.
Cooler than a Roku and much cheaper than an Apple TV, the new $50 streaming dongle offers 4K HDR video in every conceivable format while outperforming Amazon’s more expensive Fire TV Cube ($120) and third-generation Fire TV ($70, now discontinued). It also corrects the stupidest mistake of previous Fire TV models by including TV volume and power controls on its remote control. Factor in powerful Alexa voice commands and you have a compelling 4K HDR streamer at any price, let alone the lowest price on the market.
Of all the live TV streaming services that want to replace your cable bundle, Sling TV is the one I’d love to recommend most.
While other services have larded on more mandatory channels—and raised prices accordingly—Sling TV has tried to preserve some semblance of cost control with its lower base prices and add-on packages. Unlike its rivals, Sling TV has also embraced over-the-air antennas, selling hardware that integrates free broadcasts and streaming cable channels in a single menu. It’s the rare live TV service that seems to be fighting the homogenous, bloated bundles that cable subscribers are trying to escape.
Live TV streaming price hikes: Why the worst may be over
This week, Sony announced the second price hike for PlayStation Vue in a little less than a year, raising the cost of all live TV streaming packages by another $5 per month.
That brings PlayStation Vue’s starting price to $50 per month for the basic “Access” package, and $55 per month for the “Core” package that includes regional sports. While Vue is adding some new channels to the latter bundle—including the NHL Network, Bein Sports, and the Tennis Channel—higher prices were probably coming either way, as Sony had several major network contracts up for renewal.
FitzyTV review: A neat but shaky workaround for streaming TV annoyances
As liberating as cord-cutting can be, it can also introduce some frustrations.
The live TV streaming service you’re paying for might not let you record certain channels or skip through commercials, or its TV program guide might be less intuitive than what you had with cable. Meanwhile, subscribing to more than one live TV service means juggling separate apps with their own DVRs, and mooching a pay-TV login from a friend or family member means watching live TV through dozens of separate apps.
FitzyTV is a free app that deals with those annoyances by pulling all your live streaming channels into one viewing guide, while also offering its own cloud DVR for an additional fee. For cord-cutters in certain situations, it could be a useful tool, and at the very least it’s interesting as a proof of concept. But it also rests on shaky ground—if not legally, then at least technically—that results in several major limitations. Even as FitzyTV alleviates some streaming TV headaches, it introduces new ones.
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.
6 ways to find the perfect TV show or movie on Netflix
Netflix offers an embarrassment of video riches considering its modest monthly price tag, but picking just the right TV show or movie on a given night isn’t the chillaxing experience it should be.
Indeed, the busy Netflix interface frequently pushes the same recommendations over and over, leaving the false impression that instead of having thousands of videos to choose from, you have just a few dozen.
Once you know what you’re doing, though, you can take a deep dive into Netflix’s collection of movies and TV episodes, slicing and dicing its categories to pinpoint the perfect video for the moment. You can also help Netflix make better guesses at what you’ll like. Finally, you can easily save your picks for later, making it easy to fire up a favorite flick with a minimum of fuss.
The Fourth of July marks the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and hence the birth of America. That initially meant freedom from tyranny and the opportunity to govern ourselves, but it also came to mean everything from hot dogs and fireworks and summer days to the actual American Dream itself—the ability to better ourselves, become whatever we want, and perhaps make the world a better place for those that come after us. This selection of movies celebrates all aspects of America, from an appreciation of all that it is, to our freedom to criticize its flaws in the hopes of improving. Happy Fourth!
All the President’s Men
One could argue that this is a very un-patriotic movie, in that two journalists work to take down the President of the United States. Or, one could argue that it’s a very patriotic movie, wherein two journalists use powers given to them by the Founding Fathers to maintain justice and a sense of right. All the President’s Men (1976) begins when Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) are assigned to cover a break-in at the Watergate building, the headquarters for the Democratic National Committee, which led all the way up to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August of 1974.