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DIRECTV NOW Is Offering $15 Off Plus & Max Packages for 2 Months

Since AT&T raised DIRECTV NOW’s price it has brought back several popular deals. Recently it was announced that you could get an Apple TV for free if you prepay for four months of DIRECTV NOW. Now AT&T is bringing back a popular discount for new customers: If you sign up for DIRECTV NOW’s Plus or […]

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6:58 AM 04/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Best cannabis cooking gadgets of 2019

Ready to step up your edibles game? Here are the best cannabis cooking gadgets for your kitchen, from an "Instant Pot" for your cannabutter to the best grinders and decarbing devices on the market. Check out the full list for more.

6:35 AM 04/20/19


Tyler Lacoma
Digital Trends

No cable? No problem: Here’s how you can watch UFC fights online

Cord-cutting is a great way to save money, but watching sports online can be tricky due to broadcasting restrictions. If you want to stream UFC, you’re in luck: The world’s biggest MMA promotion has joined with ESPN to bring the action online. Here's how you can watch.

1:15 AM 04/20/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Stream UFC Fight Night St. Petersburg: Overeem vs. Oleynik with ESPN+

This Saturday, UFC is making its debut in St. Peterburg, Russia. Veteran heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Alexey Oleynik are going toe to toe in the octagon for UFC Fight Night 149, and if you’re looking for a way to watch it online, then ESPN Plus is where you’ll find it.

12:36 AM 04/20/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Everything you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a few months off, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.

9:21 PM 04/19/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for April 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we have you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.

8:15 PM 04/19/19


Arif Bacchus
Digital Trends

Get some bud-green Master and Dynamic wireless headphones for $50 off this 420

Looking for the best possible audio experience to pair with your favorite herb? Master and Dynamic has announced a special 420 edition of its gorgeous on-ear and over-ear headphones, which will be available for $50 off this 4/20.

7:30 PM 04/19/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Netflix vs. Hulu: Which streaming service is right for you?

Netflix and Hulu are two of the biggest names in streaming entertainment. Our guide will help you decide which streaming service has the content you want and the best value for your limited budget.

7:26 PM 04/19/19


Chris Gates
Digital Trends

Amazon and Best Buy smash prices on August smart home security locks

Amazon and Best Buy have the lowest prices for two August smart home door locks during a limited time sale. August was one of the first smart door lock companies designed specifically for smart home convenience and security.

6:56 PM 04/19/19


Bruce Brown
Digital Trends

Ultra Wideband is here, and you can use it with the 5G Moto Mod (and save $150)

5G is rolling out in the U.S., and Motorola’s Moto Z3 is one of the few phones that can use it. Select people can take advantage of Verizon’s 5G service and enjoy a $150 discount with the purchase of a Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod bundle.

6:41 PM 04/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

PlayStation Vue & NESN Issue Separate Statements After Sony Drops NESN

Earlier today PlayStation Vue dropped the regional sports network NESN just before the next NHL playoff game was to start. Now NESN and PlayStation Vue have issued dueling statements about the decision to drop NESN. NESN Issued this statement after Sony dropped NESN from PlayStation Vue: “It’s unfortunate for fans of the Bruins and the […]

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6:37 PM 04/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Making hard-boiled eggs isn’t hard — here’s how to do it perfectly every time

With the help of science or some kitchen gadgets, making hard-boiled eggs can be a little easier. It may not be the hardest task in the world, but a few of these methods are foolproof.

6:01 PM 04/19/19


Jenny McGrath
Digital Trends

HDHomeRun DVRs Are on Sale For Easter!

Need a DVR for your antenna? Right now select HDHomerun’s OTA DVR are 20% off in the United States starting today and running through the 22nd of April 2019. Happy Easter weekend everyone! How many of you are visiting family this weekend? pic.twitter.com/zUQ2jfGcp8 — Silicondust USA, Inc (@HDHomeRun_US) April 19, 2019 This includes the brand […]

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5:18 PM 04/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Take a gander at the best deals on 4K TVs for April 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.

4:38 PM 04/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

What is YouTube’s subscription streaming service, YouTube Premium?

Thanks to Google, YouTube Red is now YouTube Premium. We explain what exactly a YouTube Premium subscription gets you, how much it costs, and break down if it's a good choice for you.

4:07 PM 04/19/19


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

Amazon sale knocks 20% off Nintendo Switch, Pro Controller, and games

A new wave of savings on gaming content is crashing down in celebration of Earth Day. Amazon is slashing prices up to 20% off for used Nintendo Switch consoles, games, and accessories like the Switch Pro Controller.

3:55 PM 04/19/19


Charles Singletary Jr.
Digital Trends

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Here’s everything we know so far

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.

3:31 PM 04/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Apple iPads and iPad Pros get price cuts up to $150 on Amazon

In the market for a new iPad? Now might be the time to buy -- Amazon has discounted a range of iPad models, including the 10.5-inch, 11-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, plus the standard iPad.

3:17 PM 04/19/19


Christian de Looper
Digital Trends

Between the Streams podcast

On this week's show, we'll take a deep dive into what's coming after Avengers: Endgame. Sure, it's probably going to be the biggest movie ever, but what about Marvel/Disney's Phase 4? We'll tell you why The Eternals may be a big part of it.

3:15 PM 04/19/19


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

Lenovo’s Yoga C930 sale drops a $650 discount on its 2TB SSD laptop

Lenovo is offering one of its 2-in-1 laptops at a $650 discount. This Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop comes with a 2TB solid-state drive, a digital pen, a fingerprint reader, and a Dolby Atmos sound bar.

3:00 PM 04/19/19


Anita George
Digital Trends

Olsen Twin Movies From The 90s Are Coming To Hulu

3 Olsen Twin movies from the 90s are coming to Hulu on May 1. The Olsen Twins retired from their acting careers in 2012, choosing to focus on their fashion empire. Fans of Full House hoped the twins would return to the screen to join the rest of the cast in the reboot of the […]

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2:25 PM 04/19/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

First-gen vs. second-gen Echo Plus: What’s the difference?

Which Echo Plus should you buy? This guide compares the first-generation Echo Plus its latest successor, allowing you to get a better idea regarding the ins and outs of each device.

2:15 PM 04/19/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

Dell slashes prices of XPS 13 and Alienware 17 laptops in latest promo

Dell's latest promotion will score you big savings on the XPS 13 or the Alienware 17. The stylish XPS 13's discount is for $430, and only the rose gold model is on sale, while gamers who choose the Alienware 17 will save $860.

1:52 PM 04/19/19


Chuong Nguyen
Digital Trends

Shark, Ecovacs, and Roomba robot vacuums get price cuts for spring

The weather's getting nice again, and we're all emerging from our winter-long hibernation. So it's time once again to also start on that spring cleaning you've been putting off. But who really wants to clean when you'd rather be outside? We have an answer: a robot vacuum.

1:26 PM 04/19/19


Ed Oswald
Digital Trends

The Fire TV Stick 4K is On Sale For Just $39.99 (Ends This Weekend)

Good News! There is still time to get on the Amazon Fire TV sale! Right now the Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for just $39.99. If you want something cheaper and don’t have a 4K TV the HD Fire TV Stick is on sale for just $29.99. Both of these options come with the […]

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12:08 PM 04/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Hulu Cuts The Price of It’s Live TV Add-Ons

Thanks to a reader tip, we just learned that Hulu has reduced the monthly cost of their subscription feature add-ons. Enhanced Cloud DVR was $14.99, now $9.99 Unlimited Screens was $14.99, now $9.99 Enhanced Cloud DVR + Unlimited Screens Bundle was $19.99, now $14.98 With Enhanced Cloud DVR, you can upgrade your DVR to 200 […]

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9:44 AM 04/19/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

PlayStation Vue is Dropping NESN Later Today

Bad news for PlayStation Vue subscribers. Later today PlayStation Vue will be dropping the NESN regional sports network from their lineup. This means tonight’s game 5 of the NHL playoffs will not be available with PlayStation Vue. Update: We can now confirm that NESN is now dark on PlayStation Vue. Sony has not reposted to […]

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8:13 AM 04/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Americans 49 & Younger Spend Most of Their TV Viewing Streaming vs Cable TV

For years we have heard how streaming was becoming more popular than cable TV even if you have cable TV. Now a new study from Viamedia says Americans 49 and younger spend more time streaming content from places like Netflix and Hulu even if they still have a cable TV subscription. According to the report […]

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8:05 AM 04/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, & Android TV

Streaming services have a lot of great family friendly content to offer. For parents, it’s important to be sure that kids are safe while enjoying that content. In this post, we’re taking a look at the parental controls on some of the most popular streaming devices. Roku Players Roku devices have several features that work […]

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7:38 AM 04/19/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

YouTube TV vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs FuboTV vs Philo vs Watch TV vs Hulu – Updated April 2019

Last week YouTube TV added new channels and raised its price. DIRECTV NOW also made a few changes this month. So today we take a look at Sling TV, Hulu’s live TV, YouTube TV, Watch TV, FuboTV, Philo, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue with the hopes that we will make picking the right live TV streaming service easier. Typically we wouldn’t […]

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7:20 AM 04/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The easier cord-cutting is, the less money it saves

When I dropped cable TV more than 10 years ago, there weren’t a lot of alternative viewing options beyond Netflix, Hulu, and an antenna. If you wanted a lower TV bill, you had to forgo most of what was on cable.

Since then, cord-cutting has gradually gotten easier, with more shows to watch on streaming services, and many more streaming services overall. You can even replace your cable or satellite TV bundle with a live streaming one, and get a similar experience with many of the same channels.

While this shift has been mostly positive for consumers, it’s also led to some false assumptions that ditching cable TV doesn’t require sacrifice. That’s why we constantly hear nowadays that cord-cutting is a failed experiment that was fun while it lasted, but has now become just as bad as cable. It’s easy to draw that conclusion if you’re unwilling to give anything up.

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5:00 AM 04/18/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to watch the NBA Playoffs without cable

Cord cutting brings particularly thorny challenges for sports fans, and they’re never more apparent than when the postseason rolls around. Case in point: the NBA playoffs that get underway Saturday, April 13. As in previous years, broadcasting of the postseason tournament will be divided between four networks: ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV.

Three of those are cable networks, but there are still ways for the enterprising cord-cutter to catch most of the action. Based on the TV schedule available at press time, we’ve outlined your options for watching the playoffs without a cable- or satellite-TV subscription. Follow our guide and you’ll be able to watch many—but not all—of the live broadcasts and see which team eventually lifts the Larry O’Brien Trophy this June.

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6:00 PM 04/11/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

6 steps to solving your streaming video problems

Although cutting the cable TV cord can save you money, it also involves more potential points of failure.

With cable or satellite TV, a technician hooks up one of their company’s set-top boxes, which in turn connects to your TV, and it generally just works. With streaming video, you must account for internet speed, Wi-Fi connectivity, the capabilities of your streaming device, and your individual streaming services, which have their own unique set of reliability issues.

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5:00 AM 04/11/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Hulu is the cure for your Netflix nostalgia

One of today’s trendier complaints about streaming video—and by extension, cord-cutting—is what I’ve taken to calling the “Netflix nostalgia argument.”

It goes something like this: Back in the day, all you needed to cut cable TV was a subscription to Netflix, and you could watch a virtually limitless number of shows from all your favorite channels. Now, all those shows are leaving Netflix as networks launch their own steaming services. Cord-cutting is doomed!

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5:00 AM 04/04/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Apple TV isn't dying, it's more vital then ever

Among the many announcements Apple made earlier this week, one of the more surprising was Apple’s plan to bring its streaming TV services to other platforms.

Starting in May, Apple’s TV app will offer subscriptions to video services such as HBO, Starz, and CBS All Access, so customers can easily sign up through a single interface and billing system. In the fall, the app will also play host to Apple TV+, a collection of original movies and shows. While the TV app is already available on iOS and Apple TV—and is coming to Macs this fall—it will also launch on Samsung TVs in the spring. Support will come later to Roku and Fire TV devices, along with smart TVs from Vizio, LG, and Sony.

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5:00 AM 03/28/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

The best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

Don’t limit your enjoyment to watching the grand old game in person or on your living-room big screen. These days, apps running on a second screen—a smartphone or tablet—are becoming as integral to watching the game as cold beer and peanuts.

A second screen enhances your experience in ways that just aren’t possible any other way, delivering everything from analysis, player stats, and interactive features, to tools for communicating with other fans watching the game.

We’ve rounded up the six best second-screen apps that belong on your smartphone or tablet this baseball season. Download and install one or more of them to make sure you’re game ready when the ump yells “play ball!”

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11:11 PM 03/27/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

How to watch Major League Baseball online

Major League Baseball has always presented the biggest hurdle for sports-loving cable-cutters. Unlike the NFL, which still airs the bulk of its games on broadcast TV channels, MLB is predominantly a cable league. Of the six networks hosting nationally aired games over the 2019 season, only Fox can be accessed over the air.

Watching locally televised games has been even tougher. Most teams have deals with a regional cable-only network, such as Fox Regional Sports Network or NBC Sports. Cord-cutting baseball fans have stood a better chance of connecting with an Aroldis Chapman fastball than catching their hometown team on broadcast  TV.

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7:03 PM 03/27/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

Best media streaming devices

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. 

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4:50 PM 03/25/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to make the most of Roku voice controls

If you want to control a Roku player or Roku smart TV by voice, you have lots of options. Many Roku devices include a remote control that supports voice commands, and you can also control Roku hands-free with an Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker.

But along with all those voice control options comes several limitations, especially when it comes to launching videos or TV channels directly. Knowing what Roku can and can’t do will spare you some headaches when you’re barking out orders.

We’ll talk through how to get set up with Roku voice controls, a list of supported voice commands, and some tips for making your experience smoother.

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5:00 AM 03/25/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

The best ways to watch March Madness without cable

Just a few short years ago, watching March Madness without cable was a second-rate affair. There wasn’t a single, easy way to get every game, and cord-cutters often had to deal with substandard frame rates and unreliable streams.

These days, we have plenty of options for viewing the NCAA Tournament. Still, you’ll need to choose wisely if you want to get a similar (or better) experience than what you had with cable. Read on for everything you need to know about streaming options, multi-channel viewing, frame rates, and more.

The quick rundown

If you just want to know how to watch March Madness without cable and don’t care about specific features, here’s what you need to know:

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5:00 AM 03/21/19


Jared Newman
TechHive