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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

Oh, Zuck, no! Facebook rumored to be creating own voice assistant to rival Alexa

Facebook hasn't been a big player in the game of the smart speaker market, but that may be changing now that the social media giant is reportedly working on a digital assistant to compete against Alexa and others.

6:59 PM 04/17/19


Clayton Moore
Digital Trends

There will be 200 million smart speakers by year’s end, analysts say

A new report by the research and analysis firm Canalys predicts that more than 200 million smart speakers will be engaged by users by the end of 2019, which is a growth of over 82% from last year.

6:46 PM 04/17/19


Clayton Moore
Digital Trends

Philips Hue users can activate their favorite routines through Google Home

Philips Hue expanded its Google Home integration through the Gentle Sleep and Wake routine. Just give Google the proper instructions are your lights will brighten or dim over half an hour.

5:41 PM 04/17/19


Patrick Hearn
Digital Trends

Ring home security system now works as a hub for smart home devices

Ring is helping the issue of smart home fragmentation with its Works With Ring program. It lets thousands of smart home devices built on Z-Wave connect to Ring's Alarm Base Station.

5:31 PM 04/17/19


AJ Dellinger
Digital Trends

The Game of Thrones season premiere was pirated 54 million times in 24 hours

Winter is here, and so are the pirates. The debut episode of Game of Thrones' final season was pirated 54 million times in the 24 hours after it aired, almost tripling the show's official viewership totals.

5:11 PM 04/17/19


Chris Gates
Digital Trends

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.

4:37 PM 04/17/19


Brie Barbee
Digital Trends

How to turn off subtitles on Netflix on almost any device

Subtitles are great if you want or need them, but they can be a major headache if you’ve somehow turned them on by accident and can’t figure out how to get rid of them. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it seems.

3:30 PM 04/17/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

From comedies to biopics, these are the best movies about music and musicians

The best movies about music range from hilarious comedies to powerful and informative biopics that illuminate the world of sonic expression from all possible angles. Here are our current favorites.

2:42 PM 04/17/19


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

The best Black Mirror episodes

After watching all 19 episodes across four seasons and one movie, we selected and ranked the best Black Mirror episodes released so far. Read on to find out if your favorite episode from the award-winning Netflix series made the list.

2:33 PM 04/17/19


Christine Persaud
Digital Trends

Amazon strikes $100 off the price of Microsoft Surface Go tablets

If you've been eyeing Microsoft's Surface Go for its compact size and portability, now may be a great time to buy the tablet. Amazon has a $100 discount on the Surface Go, bringing the price of this slate down to just under $400.

1:59 PM 04/17/19


Chuong Nguyen
Digital Trends

Here’s how to uninstall Steam games and reinstall them later

Looking to learn how to uninstall Steam games? You've come to the right place. In this guide, we walk you through the process step by step, whether you want Steam to do it for you or handle the process manually.

1:58 PM 04/17/19


Jon Martindale
Digital Trends

YouTube TV Adds CNBC World & Cozi TV

Today YouTube TV quietly added two new channels with the addition of CNBC World and Cozi TV. CNBC World covers financial news from around the world. Very similar to CNBC but with more of an international focus. Cozi TV airs shows like The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Adam-12, The A-Team, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Emergency!, […]

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1:55 PM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Tablo’s New Automatic Commercial-Skipping Feature is Now Live

In January, Tablo announced that in March they will be starting an open beta for an automatic commercial-skipping feature. This new feature makes it possible for any subscription-enabled Tablo OTA DVR to play most recordings without any commercials. This new feature will use machine learning to skip past commercials on your recordings. Now that feature is […]

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1:32 PM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to use keyboard and mouse support in The Sims 4

The Sims 4 recently added keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One and PS4, giving players the chance to experience the game as it was designed. Here is how to use keyboard and mouse in The Sims 4.

1:31 PM 04/17/19


Gabe Gurwin
Digital Trends

Amazon and Best Buy halve the price of the Facebook Portal for Mother’s Day

Amazon and Best Buy both cut the price in half for the Facebook Portal smart display for Mother's Day. The Portal's smart camera will follow you as you move around the room during video calls. The Portal also has Amazon Alexa built in.

1:29 PM 04/17/19


Bruce Brown
Digital Trends

How to get the Regalia mount in Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV is currently running a crossover event with Final Fantasy XV, and the famous Regalia vehicle used by Noctis is part of the fun. Here is how to get the FFXIV Regalia mount.

12:48 PM 04/17/19


Gabe Gurwin
Digital Trends

Final X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer sends Marvel’s mutants into space

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which puts the spotlight on Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as the powerful, telepathic mutant Jean Grey.

12:16 PM 04/17/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

How to buy a washer and dryer in 2019

Washers and dryers are big, expensive appliances that you'll want to last for decades. Our buying guide will help you sift through all the options and find the best machines for you.

12:10 PM 04/17/19


Joni Blecher
Digital Trends

You can score an Xbox One X and three games for $339, but you have to act fast

Microsoft’s latest console is easily the most cost-effective way to get your game on in 4K, and this sweet limited-time deal – which brings the Xbox One X and three games down to just $339 through April 17 – makes it even cheaper.

11:29 AM 04/17/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Viacom Plans to Add 15 Channels to Pluto TV With Content From Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, MTV, & More

Last week Cord Cutters News broke the news that Viacom planned to add more content to Pluto TV from Viacom networks. Now it is being reported that Viacom will be adding 15 new channels to Pluto TV including content from MTV including shows like “The Hills” and content from Comedy Central, BET and Nickelodeon according […]

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10:55 AM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

What’s new on Hulu in May 2019, and what’s leaving soon

Our complete list of what's new on Hulu for May 2019, our personal favorites, and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on all the site has to offer -- and ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.

10:21 AM 04/17/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

AT&T is Testing a New Version of The DIRECTV NOW Streaming Player & They Are Looking For New Beta Testers

Last year AT&T announced that they had started beta testing for a new streaming video device they planned to offer with DIRECTV NOW. In December DIRECTV NOW mailed out their streaming player to a handful DIRECTV NOW subscribers to test out. Now AT&T is looking for a new set of DIRECTV NOW beta testers to […]

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9:52 AM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

DIRECTV NOW Adds Boomerang to Grandfathered Plans As a Permanent Addition

Last month AT&T quietly added Boomerang to grandfathered DIRECTV NOW plans for a limited time. Recently, AT&T has announced that Boomerang will now be a permanent addition to grandfathered DIRECTV NOW plans. AT&T is taking advantage of the new Warner Bros. Entertainment owned channels to expand the DIRECTV NOW lineup. Boomerang was already on some […]

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9:04 AM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The Roku Channel Adds 5 New Premium Subscription Options Including Cinemax & History Vault

Today Roku announced that they have added 5 new premium subscription options to the Roku Channel. Now there are over 30 streaming services that allow you to manage your subscription through your Roku account including HBO. Here are the services The Roku Channel added today: CINEMAX ($9.99/month): Home of Hollywood hits and action-packed original series. Instantly access […]

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8:27 AM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Amazon slashes Easter Week prices for Dyson vacuums and air purifiers

Amazon slashed the prices on many Dyson high-tech products, including vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, and more for Easter Week. Dyson's premium household tools attract millions of fans and Amazon took deep discounts on popular products.

8:22 AM 04/17/19


Bruce Brown
Digital Trends

T-Mobile & Comcast Are Cracking Down on Robocalls

Over the last few years, scams targeting cord cutters have grown. One of the newest scams is a fresh take on an old one. You get a call from someone claiming to be Netflix saying you need to update your credit card. From there they try to trick you into giving them your credit card so they […]

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8:20 AM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Philo is Expanding its Ad Sales Program

Update: Philo reached out to Cord Cutters News to say the B&C report that Philo had almost 8 million subscribers was in error. According to Philo their press released talked about all live TV streaming services having almost 8 million subscribers including Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, & More. Today Philo announced that they […]

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7:31 AM 04/17/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Sling TV Vs. PlayStation Vue: Which is the Better Deal?

With recent price increases and channel changeups, many cord cutters are taking time to look into the other options that are available. So, today we’re going to compare the two. For a fair comparison, we’re going to focus on the Sling Orange + Sling Blue combo and the PlayStation Vue Access plan, which are similar […]

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7:01 AM 04/17/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

Are flat pillows a pain in your neck? Here are the best pillows for side-sleepers

If you've tried doubling up on pillows or buying larger ones to no avail, then it might just be time for a new pillow – one made for sleeping on your side. We've rounded up the best pillows for side sleepers that give neck and head support.

9:24 PM 04/16/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Pluto TV is Adding CNN

It looks like Pluto TV is about to add a new channel with the addition of CNN. Today Pluto TV launched a page for CNN channel 111 on its website. Sadly when you try to play it nothing happens. Update: CNN’s page on Pluto TV is now gone. Channel 111 used to be the old […]

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7:49 PM 04/16/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

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