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Cord Cutting’s Growth Is Slower than Expected According to New Study

For about a year now Cord Cutters News has talked about how cord cutting’s growth is slower than expected. Now a new study from Concentric suggests that this will once again be true, and it seems to be extremely pessimistic about cord cutting’s future. According to Concentric, cord cutting will only grow by 17% in […]

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8:06 AM 02/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

PlayStation Vue Adds The GINX Gaming Network

Today PlayStation Vue quietly added the GINX ESports TV network to their lineup. GINX covers the world of esports and is based out of London. The channel is free online through their website and is now available in the PlayStation Vue Elite and higher package now allowing you to DVR their programming with the PlayStation […]

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7:32 AM 02/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

This new all-in-one flashlight is a power bank, lighter, and screwdriver

The Pyyros modular flashlight can perform numerous field tasks, from hammering to starting fires. If you back it on Kickstarter now, you can score some savings on this innovative flashlight and multi-tool, but act fast: This early-bird pricing is only available for a short time.

7:00 AM 02/21/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

PlayStation Vue Adds More MyTV Locals

Yesterday, reports started to come in from our readers letting us know that PlayStation Vue added more locals. For now, these new locals seem limited to MyTV affiliates including MyTV38 in Boston. This was also confirmed by a post on Reddit yesterday. Update: PlayStation Vue also added GINX to their lineup today. You can learn more […]

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6:58 AM 02/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to find the IP address of your router

Changing the login information for your router isn't always easy, that's why so many have that little card on the back. But in order to use it, you need to know where to go. Here's how to find the IP address of your router.

5:15 AM 02/21/19


Jon Martindale
Digital Trends

No, you probably can't cut the cable cord using a mobile hotspot for internet access

When people reach out to me about cutting the cord, they’re often looking not only to drop TV service, but to sever all ties with their cable company. As such, one of the most frequent questions I get is whether it’s possible to drop home broadband service and use only a phone’s mobile hotspot to access the internet.

I hate to bear bad news, but this approach remains impractical if you plan to watch any significant amount of video on your laptop, tablet, or television. That’s because every major wireless carrier limits high-speed data while using your phone as a hotspot, so even with an unlimited data plan, you’ll run into problems streaming video.

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5:00 AM 02/21/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Why you shouldn’t mount your TV above your fireplace

Mounting a TV above your fireplace may be popular and it might even seem appealing, but we have some concerns. We've got a list of reasons why placing your digital picture machine over a fire should be avoided, if at all possible.

10:14 PM 02/20/19


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

The best Apple TV apps

If you're looking to turn your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K into an all-in-one entertainment powerhouse, we can help you get started with this list of the best Apple TV apps you can download.

9:58 PM 02/20/19


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

Ultra HD Blu-ray: Everything you need to know

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players are a killer way to beef up your home theater. Here's everything you need to know about one of the most significant advances to hit home entertainment in years.

9:48 PM 02/20/19


Caleb Denison
Digital Trends

The best Google Home tips, tricks, and Easter eggs to try

The Home functions in a similar fashion to its main competitor, the Amazon Echo, but has the added benefit of select Google services. Here are few tips to help you make the most of the newfangled device.

9:33 PM 02/20/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which smart speaker is better?

What happens when you compare the Google Home vs the Amazon Echo? Both smart speakers have good qualities, but what happens when you compare they're features side-by-side? We think one of these smart gadgets wins over the other.

9:12 PM 02/20/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

Samsung drops a solid $100 discount on the Chromebook Pro

If you're in the market for a new laptop, but can't afford to drop $1,000 on one of the best models out there, Chromebooks are an excellent option. Right now, Samsung is offering $100 off the Samsung Chromebook Pro.

7:20 PM 02/20/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

GE Appliances shows off wall oven with built-in air fryer, food dehydrator

GE Appliances is taking the air fryer trend to its logical conclusion and adding one to a wall oven. The company's new oven, on display at this year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, also includes a food dehydrator.

7:08 PM 02/20/19


AJ Dellinger
Digital Trends

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in March 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for March 2019 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.

6:47 PM 02/20/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Leviton’s Wi-Fi Load Center and Smart Circuit Breakers give your home a brain

Is your home ready for a brain transplant? Adding individual smart plugs is quick, easy, and inexpensive, but the benefits are limited to one plug at a time. Leviton's Load Center and Smart Circuit Breakers can give your home a brain.

6:34 PM 02/20/19


Bruce Brown
Digital Trends

Amazon takes $200 off Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air with retina display

Amazon is taking $200 off Apple's latest MacBook Air. This MacBook Air has 13-inch retina display, a built-in FaceTime HD camera, and that classic lightweight wedge shape the Air is loved and known for.

5:42 PM 02/20/19


Anita George
Digital Trends

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (March 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in February and March, from new original series to classic films.

4:51 PM 02/20/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Everything we know about the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie

After years of reports that Obi-Wan Kenobi would get his own Star Wars movie, rumors indicate that the fan-favorite Jedi Master might star in his own streaming television miniseries instead.

4:49 PM 02/20/19


Brendan Hesse
Digital Trends

The Live TV Streaming Service Vidgo Launches on The Apple TV

Late last year, the long-awaited Vidgo live TV streaming service launched with several international packages. Now Vidgo has officially launched on its third major streaming platform with support for Apple TV. This comes a few weeks after Vidgo launched on the Fire TV back in January and Android TV earlier this month. Right now Vidgo supports […]

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4:10 PM 02/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Everything we saw at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2019 on Feb. 20

Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event treated us to a real parade of technological excellence, from folding phones to new fitness wearables. Here's everything we saw at Galaxy Unpacked on February 20.

4:05 PM 02/20/19


Mark Jansen
Digital Trends

The Nest Secure included a microphone no one knew about — except Google

The Nest Secure home security system has had a microphone this entire time that no one knew about, except Google. The company claims the mic was never turned on, but customers are outraged.

3:32 PM 02/20/19


Patrick Hearn
Digital Trends

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.

3:30 PM 02/20/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Disney Plus: Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming streaming service

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.

2:14 PM 02/20/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Amazon’s wall clock is back on the market after Bluetooth snafus

Amazon's Alexa-enabled Wall Clock was a minor disaster when it was finally released in December because of widespread Bluetooth connectivity challenges. After some tweaks, it's now back on sale for $30.

2:09 PM 02/20/19


Clayton Moore
Digital Trends

Here are the best Chromebook deals available in February 2019

Whether you want a compact laptop to enjoy some entertainment on the go, or you need a no-nonsense machine for school or work, we've smoked out the best cheap Chromebook deals -- from full-sized laptops to 2-in-1 convertibles -- that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

1:57 PM 02/20/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Spectrum is Launching a $14.99 a Month Philo Like Live TV Streaming Service

Today Spectrum announced that they are launching a new live TV streaming services in late March 2019 for Spectrum internet customers called Spectrum TV Essentials. This new services will cost $14.99 plus tax and Spectrum says it will have no additional fees or installation charge. For that price, the service will offer 60 channels targeting customers who […]

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12:37 PM 02/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Sling TV Just Added More Sci-Fi Programming Thanks to Comet

Today Sling TV added Comet to their lineup. Comet is a 24/7 Sci-Fi channel that airs programs like Babylon 5, Stargate SG1, Space 1999, and more. They also air a long list of Sci-Fi movies. Here is how Comet describes their channel. “COMET is a new television channel dedicated to sci-fi entertainment offering popular favorites, […]

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10:30 AM 02/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

fuboTV Adds Viacom Channels Including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon & More

Today fuboTV added Viacom owned channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., BET, CMT, Comedy Central, VH1, Paramount Network, TeenNick and more. “fuboTV is quickly evolving as a major force in the streaming television space, and the addition of Viacom’s media networks as a cornerstone of fuboTV’s entertainment offering demonstrates the power and popularity of our global […]

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10:05 AM 02/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

NBC Sports & The Golf Channel Are Teaming Up With The Yahoo Sports Streaming Service

Today Verizon and NBC Sports announced that they have agreed to bring content from NBC Sports Group, including Golf Channel, the NBC Sports Regional Sports Networks and Rotoworld to the Yahoo Sports streaming services. Now with the Yahoo Sports app, you will now find a wide range of sports videos for free from NBC Sports Group. “By […]

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8:35 AM 02/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Hulu Is Now Reportedly the Second Largest Live TV Streaming Service Beating Out DIRECTV NOW & YouTube TV

Late last year news came out predicting that DIRECTV NOW would top Sling TV and become the largest live TV streaming service. Instead, DIRECTV NOW lost over 250,000 subscribers and is now, according to TDG Research, the third-largest live TV streaming service behind Hulu’s live TV streaming service. According to TDG Research, Hulu ended 2018 […]

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7:37 AM 02/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

New Roku Players? Fire TV? & Apple TV This Year? We Take a Look…

Every week we answer your cord cutting questions live on YouTube at 8 PM Eastern. Almost every week we are asked if there will be a new Roku, Apple TV, or Fire TV. With so many people asking, we thought it would be a good idea to answer this question on the site for everyone. […]

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7:09 AM 02/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

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. 

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11:53 AM 02/19/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Spectrum TV Choice review: A la carte TV for cord-cutters, but at a cost

Now that its cable TV business is in steady decline, Spectrum is giving the people what they want with a la carte TV service—sort of.

The service is called Spectrum TV Choice, and it provides live, local channels plus your pick of 10 cable channels for less than $30 per month. It doesn’t involve any long-term contracts, and it doesn’t even require a cable box. You can use a Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, or Xbox One to watch on any television in the house over Wi-Fi.

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6:00 AM 02/19/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

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!

Air Force One

★★★☆☆

On Crackle

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5:00 AM 02/15/19


Jeffrey M. Anderson
TechHive

How to choose a TV antenna

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).

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1:13 PM 02/12/19


Martyn Williams
TechHive

Best DVR for cord cutters

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.

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1:07 PM 02/12/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

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.

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5:00 AM 02/07/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Plex DVR and Channels: The case for using both


5:00 AM 01/31/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

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.

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5:20 PM 01/28/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Roku is ready to sell you more subscriptions

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.

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9:15 AM 01/28/19


Jared Newman
TechHive