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Black Friday 2018: The best deals so far
Black Friday 2018 is the biggest shopping holiday of the year, and some of the best deals have already arrived. We've scoured the web to find discounts from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more. Don't miss out.
12:10 AM 11/21/18
The best Walmart Black Friday deals in 2018
Walmart has historically been the undisputed king of Black Friday deals. The mega-store is known for offering deals on products in almost every category, from smart TVs to children’s toys. We're combing through every deal as it is announced and filtering out the best offers right here.
7:25 PM 11/20/18
Best Black Friday camera deals
This year's Black Friday camera deals see impressive savings on high-end gear that can save you some real money. If you've been holding off on buying a new DSLR or mirrorless camera, your patience has just been rewarded.
7:08 PM 11/20/18
How to fix the most common Windows 10 installation problems
Upgrading to the newest version of Windows 10 is usually a breeze, but sometimes you run into issues. Never fear though, our guide will help you isolate the issue at hand and solve it in a timely manner.
6:20 PM 11/20/18
The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018
We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more, we've got the goods. Check back often for updates.
6:09 PM 11/20/18
How to pin a website to the taskbar
Would you like to know how to pin a website to the taskbar in Windows 10 in order to use browser links like apps? Whichever browser you're using, it's easier than you might think. Here's how to get it done.
5:54 PM 11/20/18
Viral tweets remind us not to ask our parents how to microwave a turkey
People on Twitter decided it would be funny to ask their moms if it's OK to cook the main course for Thanksgiving dinner in the microwave. They were right. The responses were hilarious.
5:53 PM 11/20/18
The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke
Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave you broke.
5:46 PM 11/20/18
Stream on, value shopper: Here are the best Black Friday Amazon Fire TV deals
Save yourself some dough and a trip to the store: If you're looking for a new streaming device this Black Friday, look no further than Amazon, which is offering some pretty steep discounts on its popular Fire TV line.
5:33 PM 11/20/18
How to edit a PDF
Editing PDF files can be a real pain, but there are a few tricks to make the process a bit easier. This guide will give you three easy methods for how to edit a PDF, two of which work without needing Adobe Acrobat.
4:49 PM 11/20/18
‘Aquaman’ movie: Everything we know about it so far
Jason Momoa will bring Aquaman back to the big screen for a solo feature in December 2018. Here's everything we know so far about the aquatic superhero's live-action adventure in the DC Extended Universe.
4:31 PM 11/20/18
How to cancel Amazon Prime
Don't be intimidated. Learning how to cancel Amazon Prime is easier than you might think. You might even get a partial or full refund on the cost, depending on how much you've used it. Check out our quick-hit guide for doing so.
4:24 PM 11/20/18
This all-in-one shaving system lets you use over 40 blades from different brands
Trazor shaving system gives you the ability to shave using most of your favorite blades from various brands like Gillette and Schick. It even squirts out water, shaving gel, and aftershave making it an ideal solution for traveling.
4:12 PM 11/20/18
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The best Instant Pots of 2018
Instant Pots are perfect for people who don't have the kitchen space to store all kinds of appliances, minimalists who want to keep their homes lean and mean, and home cooks who love versatility in the kitchen.
3:57 PM 11/20/18
What’s new on HBO and what’s leaving in December 2018
Whether you're a cable lifer or a staunch cord cutter, there's never been a better time to get down with premium TV. Follow us to find out what's new on HBO each month. December 2018 brings sci-fi hit Ready Player One and the drama Icebox.
3:53 PM 11/20/18
What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in December 2018
Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for December 2018 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.
3:47 PM 11/20/18
Upgrade your sleep with these Black Friday and Cyber Monday mattress deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring plenty of opportunities to invest in a great mattress because top brands are competing to earn your business. The race to offer the lowest price possible means you end up with discounts of up to $300.
3:34 PM 11/20/18
Smoke it, BBQ it, or try sous vide! 6 alternatives to roasting turkey
Tie on your apron – here are the best ways to cook a turkey without opening an oven. These alternative cooking methods can produce a delicious Thanksgiving turkey without the need for an oven.
3:15 PM 11/20/18
Amazon is Changing The Rules For Fire TV App Creators
Recently Amazon changed the rules for app creators on the Fire TV. Now if you want to show ads on the Fire TV you must give Amazon a 30% cut of ad revenue. In the past Amazon has let app creators keep 100% of their ad revenue according to AdAge. Amazon also announced that starting […]
Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals
Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the difference.
2:55 PM 11/20/18
How to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7
There's no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode in Windows 10. Instead, you can install third-party software, manually tweak settings, and edit the registry. We provide instructions for using these tweaks and tools.
2:46 PM 11/20/18
Philo is On Sale Just in Time For Black Friday
Right now if you buy 6 months of Philo Plus you can get the service for $16.50 a month instead of $20 a month. This works out to 6 months of Philo Plus for just $99. This all comes as Philo just added The Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries to their live TV […]
Roku’s Pre-Black Friday Sale Has Started Including Deals On The New Roku TV Wireless Speakers
Today Roku quietly kicked of their pre-Black Friday sale by cutting the price of their new Roku TV Wireless Speakers and Roku Streaming Stick. Right now you can get the Roku Streaming Stick for just $29.99 down from $49.99 and the 2018 Roku TV Wireless SPeakers for just $149.99 down from $199.99. Roku will also have […]
DIRECTV NOW Is Once Again No Longer Supporting ESPN3
For about two weeks now readers have been reaching out to Cord Cutters News letting us know that ESPN3 is no longer supporting DIRECTV NOW logins on the ESPN app. ESPN3 gives additional access to ESPN content like games airing on ABC and games not airing on any ESPN channel. Last night ESPN3 was working for […]
Amazon, Sinclair, & TEGNA Are All Trying to Buy FOX’s Regional Sports Networks
As part of the deal to get Department of Justice approval for the Disney and Fox merger there was a requirement that the Fox Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) would be sold off. According to the deal, when Disney closes on the sale of most of 21st Century Fox they would sell off the regional sports […]
Roku, Fire TV, & The Nvidia Shield Will All Be On Sale For Black Friday
Looking for a great deal on a streaming player? This Black Friday Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, and the Nvidia Sheild will all be on sale. Here are the Roku deals you will find on Black Friday: The Roku SE is a rebranded version of the Roku Express. (Not sure if it is the 2016 or […]
DIRECTV NOW’s Android TV Box’s User Interface is Revealed
Last week DIRECTV NOW started to email subscribers asking for beta testers for their new Android TV-powered streaming player. This new device is likely to be used for both DIRECTV NOW and a new DIRECTV streaming version AT&T announced last year. The device is an Android TV-powered streaming player called Osprey. (AT&T is very likely to […]
Recently at the Streaming Media West conference, Sling TV’s President, Warren Schlichting, opened up about their plans for the service. Schlichting repeatedly revealed why Sling TV wants to break the bundle. During the interview Sling TV’s president said, “Well, you know almost every programming negotiation this is an issue and it’s a little bit of, […]
For about two weeks now readers have been reaching out to Cord Cutters News letting us know that ESPN3 is no longer supporting DIRECTV NOW logins on the ESPN app. ESPN3 gives additional access to ESPN content like games airing on ABC and games not airing on any ESPN channel. Now Cord Cutters News can confirm […]
Good news for Pandora Premium subscribers. Starting today you can now use Pandora Premium through your Alexa-enabled devices. “Premium users can now play their favorite songs, albums and playlists with simple Alexa voice commands, providing for the ultimate hands-free music experience this holiday season. Whether you’re cleaning the house to impress your in-laws, carving a Thanksgiving turkey, […]
We were beginning to think it would never happen, but LG finally sent us one of its OLED TVs to review: We asked for a 55-inch model and the company sent us the 55E8PUA. As much as we’ve talked about LG’s OLED TVs, we’ve never had one in the test center (we reviewed a Sony OLED last year).
Enough history. It came, we saw, it blew us away.
Design and specs
The 55E8PUA is a 55-inch-class TV with 3840x2160 resolution. It’s based on an RGBW OLED panel, which means every pixel consists of a red, green, blue, and white subpixel. It also supports a variety of HDR formats: the common HDR10 and Dolby Vision, as well as Technicolor’s Advanced HDR and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), an HDR standard in play in other parts of the world (and in some Sony camcorders).
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.
On November 29, WarnerMedia will shut down FilmStruck, a streaming service for classic films. While Filmstruck had some devoted fans, ultimately WarnerMedia didn't think it was popular enough as the company streamlines operations under new corporate parent AT&T.
For the folks who did love FilmStruck, the news is indisputably a bummer. But as with so many other happenings in the world of cord-cutting, we're now seeing some observers turn this story into a broader--and mostly bogus--indictment of streaming video as a vessel for classic films. In fact, streaming video will make classic films more accessible than ever.
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.
Fire TV how-to tips: Make the most of Amazon's media streamers
Amazon recently launched the Fire TV Stick 4K, and it's by far Amazon's best streaming device in years. Still, there are lots of ways to make the experience better, not all of which are obvious when you're just getting started. If you have a Fire TV Stick or any other Fire TV streaming device, here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to make the most of them.
Rearrange your apps
Once you've installed some apps on Fire TV, take a minute to move your favorites to the front of the home screen's app row. Press the remote's menu button while highlighting any app, and then select "Move." You'll enter a separate menu where you can move the app around. The apps at the top of the list will appear first on the home screen.
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.
A little more than four years ago, I wrote my first of many weekly columns about cord-cutting for TechHive, proclaiming that this was the start of a golden age.
Things were different back then. Netflix and Amazon Prime were just getting big enough to become a real threat to cable companies and TV networks. Traditional TV subscriptions were still growing, but at a slower rate than in previous years. Networks like HBO and CBS were starting to think about their own streaming services, but Sling TV, the first bundle of live TV streaming channels, wouldn’t launch until the following year.
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.
TiVo Bolt OTA DVR review: More features, but many familiar drawbacks as well
Cord-cutters are no longer second-class citizens in TiVo’s world with the new $250 TiVo Bolt OTA DVR, which is based on the same hardware platform that TiVo offers cable-TV subscribers—less the CableCARD slot.
TiVo’s previous antenna-only DVR, the Roamio OTA, launched more than four years ago and is based on a cable box from 2013. The new Bolt OTA includes such features 4K UHD video support, voice control, and built-in streaming to smartphones. And while you can technically use the regular Bolt with an antenna, the Bolt OTA’s DVR service is less than half the price.
The live TV streaming issue no one's talking about
One thing I've learned from writing about cord-cutting is that people are particular about their DVRs. If a streaming service's DVR doesn't provide the same creature comforts as cable set-top box, it can be a dealbreaker.
Case in point: I recently heard from a reader who'd successfully cut cable in favor of DirecTV Now, only to become frustrated with how the service handles ad skipping. While DirecTV Now puts no restrictions on recording shows or jumping past commercials, it offers no visual preview of what you're skipping when you hit fast forward. Without this visual preview, skipping past commercial breaks requires a lot of trial and error.
I decided to dig into the matter, and I discovered that visual preview is a nuanced and occasionally vexing issue in the world of live TV streaming services. The ability to skip past commercials with ease can depend not only on which service you choose, but on the device you're using and even the button you press to fast forward on your remote. After a whole bunch of testing, here's what I've learned.