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Verizon’s New Visible $40 Unlimited Talk, Text, & 4G Data With Hot Spot Service Is Now Offering a $50 Amazon Gift Card If You Switch
Recently the battle for affordable unlimited plans has been heating up as smaller prepaid services like Straight Talk have offered an unlimited data plan for $55 a month. If you want unlimited data from Verizon for just one phone plans, start at $75. (Verizon advertises $40, but you have to sign up for four lines […]
There are lots of good gift ideas with small kitchen appliance deals on Amazon
Small kitchen appliances are favorite holiday gifts to give and to receive and that doesn't only mean an Instant Pot. We found excellent deals on Amazon for blenders and espresso makers plus a highly rated sous vide machine.
3:31 PM 12/14/18
Between the Streams podcast
This week on Between the Streams, we'll talk about the wondrous, psychedelic adventure that is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We'll also discuss Dr. Strange 2, the freaky trailer for Brightburn (Superman goes evil?), and more.
3:15 PM 12/14/18
Deal Alert: Get 2 Fire TV Sticks For $39.99 (Likely Ends This Weekend)
Did you miss out on the buy 1 get 1 Fire TV Stick deal on Cyber Monday? We have good news for you! Amazon just brought back their buy 1 get 1 Fire TV Stick deal! Amazon typically ends deals like this on Saturdays so it is possible tomorrow is the last day to get this deal. […]
Walmart drops prices on Apple Watches and other fitness trackers
Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearable heart rate monitors from Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin are popular gifts. Wearables are smarter and more capable than in earlier years. We found the best wearables deals on Walmart.
2:35 PM 12/14/18
Digital Trends Staff
Apple Music is Now Live on Amazon Echo Devices
Today Apple Music launched on Amazon’s Alexa powered Echo devices. Apple Music offers access to 50 million songs currently through iTunes, iOS, and Android devices. The addition of Amazon Echo support will dramatically expand the lineup of supported devices. Apple has a competitor to the Amazon Echo starting at $349 a huge jump compared to the […]
Few of us want to deal with DVDs or Blu-ray discs anymore. Unfortunately, the Star Wars movies are few and far between when it comes to streaming. If you want to watch Star Wars online, check out our guide on where to find the films online.
2:05 PM 12/14/18
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes
The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.
1:43 PM 12/14/18
You can now get a Surface Laptop 2 for $800 at the Microsoft Store
Along with deals on other variants, starting configurations of Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 are now going for $800 online at its retail store, cutting $200 from its usual $1,000 starting price.
1:43 PM 12/14/18
The best last-minute Christmas gift ideas under $25 to $100
The countdown to Christmas has really ramped up, but there are plenty of fantastic gifts still available. We've found all of the last-minute gifts you need to have yourself a successful holiday on any budget.
1:26 PM 12/14/18
The best vacuums for pet hair
Got a pet hair problem? Fortunately, there's help for you and your furry friend. We tested out a bunch of vacuums that promise to remove pet hair. Here are a few of the best you can buy.
1:21 PM 12/14/18
Amazon Adds NBA League Pass to Prime Video Channels
After months of speculation, today Amazon added NBA League Pass to Amazon Channels. This was first reported back in August when an Amazon Employee tweeted about NBA League Pass on Amazon Channels, a tweet that was liked by the official Amazon Fire TV Twitter account. Now though for $28.99 a month you can get NBA League […]
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
12:19 PM 12/14/18
DIRECTV NOW Launches a Korean Package
Today DIRECTV NOW launched a Korean language package for $30 a month. With this package, you get 12 channels making DIRECTV NOW one of the first live TV streaming services to offer a live Korean TV option. “Starting today, you can stream your favorite Korean dramas, variety shows and more on DIRECTV NOW. As with […]
Keyboard shortcuts: How to use cut, copy, paste, and undo
Looking for useful Windows keyboard shortcuts? The most common are the cut, copy, paste and undo shortcuts compatible with all kinds of tasks. They can save you an awful lot of time if you learn how to use them.
12:15 PM 12/14/18
The best earbuds of 2018
Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
12:12 PM 12/14/18
The best streaming devices
There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
11:43 AM 12/14/18
Tech the halls with the best stocking stuffers under $25 to $100
If stuffed stockings is a tradition in your home it also means scrambling to find one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out this list of our favorites.
10:33 AM 12/14/18
You Can Now Get 5% Back on PlayStation Vue Every Month With Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card & A Fire TV
Are you a PlayStation Vue subscriber? Right now if you switch over to pay for PlayStation Vue through Amazon Pay and use the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card you can get 5% back every month. (This tip came to us from a few readers, and we found it posted on Reddit also.) To do this, […]
Amazon takes $300 off Intel Core i7 Surface Pro 6 in latest sale
If you're looking for savings on the Surface Pro 6, Amazon is the place to shop. It currently is discounting the Intel Core i7 variant of Microsoft's latest 2-in-1 by $300, though no Type Cover is included.
10:03 AM 12/14/18
Amazon Just Launched a New Prime Video Explorer Tool
Ever struggle to find something you want to watch? Now Amazon has a tool they hope will help called Prime Video Explorer. This tool asks you to pick movies you enjoy and Amazon will show you other movies with the same attributes. To find this tool when you are on Amazon.com you just need to look […]
One of Spider-Man's most memorable big-screen adventures, animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse simultaneously feels like nothing we've ever seen before and a tale that feels familiar in all the best ways.
8:55 AM 12/14/18
Facebook’s Portal video-calling smart display ramps up content, supports nicknames
Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
8:15 AM 12/14/18
Netflix Is Working on an Instant Replay Option
Ever wish you could quickly and easily replay a scene as you stream Netflix? Netflix is testing a new pop-up notification asking if a user wants to replay a scene that just concluded. For now, this only works for Netflix originals and a small test group of subscribers. If you are a lucky tester, you […]
Want a fun, affordable instant camera? The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S is just $49
Instant cameras have had a surprising resurgence of late, and no brand is better recognized in the instant photo space today than Fujifilm Instax. Walmart is currently offering the Instax Mini 7S for just $49.
7:58 AM 12/14/18
Hulu Announces the Most Popular Shows & Movies of 2018
This week Hulu announced their most popular movies and TV shows of 2018 giving us a rare look into the world of Hulu subscribers. According to Hulu, their most popular TV episode was the season 2 premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale. This probably shouldn’t be a surprise because The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the […]
Voice assistant-enabled Deebot N79S robot vacuum cleans up competition
The Ecovacs Deebot N79 is more powerful and quieter than its predecessor and adds Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. Ready to make cleaning easier than ever, this voice-enabled bot will vacuum your home on spoken command.
6:18 AM 12/14/18
Today’s best Amazon deals: Garmin, Sony, and Bose
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but for retail giants like Amazon, the savings are only getting started. We've scoured the depths of Amazon to find you the very best deals going on right now.
4:33 AM 12/14/18
Digital Trends Staff
With a simple command, Alexa can arm all your security devices
Alexa customers can query status plus arm or disarm home security systems several companies. New Alexa Guard skills set your home to away mode, send alerts when alarms or sensors go off, and contact home security monitoring services.
3:43 AM 12/14/18
Roku Once Again Cuts The Price of The Roku Ultra
Last week Roku had the Roku Ultra on sale for $79.99. Now Roku has extended the sale on the Roku Ultra and cut the price even farther to just $74.94 down from $99.99. This is a very limited time deal so don’t wait if you want it. You can find this deal on Amazon HERE. You […]
A little over six months ago, I thought that the story of PlayStation Vue was becoming a tragedy.
Despite excellent customer satisfaction scores, PlayStation Vue's customer base was stagnating, even as other live TV streaming services were rapidly acquiring subscribers. Vue had also just shed a large number of local channels amid a falling out with Sinclair Broadcast Group, and it seemed to be losing the faith of Sony's leadership, which told investors that the service's "market and future business model remains uncertain." (The company later backpedaled somewhat, saying it had no plans to shut Vue down.)
Roku’s streaming boxes, streaming sticks, and smart TVs have a reputation for being easy to use, but that doesn’t mean every useful feature is obvious from the start. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find plenty of tricks and hidden features that make the experience even better.
Read on for some of my favorite Roku tips:
Install apps remotely
Installing all your favorite music and video apps can be a pain when you’re setting up a Roku for the first time. Instead of thumbing around with the remote, use the Roku Channel Store website to install lots of apps quickly. Just log into your account, search for the apps you want, then choose “Add channel.” You can also install apps through the Roku app for iOS and Android.
Amazon's eye for sports could shatter TV as we know it
In light of last week’s news that Amazon is looking to buy 22 regional sports networks, let’s indulge in some rampant speculation.
As CNBC reported, Disney picked up the networks earlier this year through its acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie businesses, but is now selling them off to settle a government antitrust lawsuit. Other bidders include broadcast groups, equity firms, and even the New York Yankees (which are looking to buy full ownership of the YES Network). Fox itself—or what’s left of it—could also join the bidding to get its former sports networks back.
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.
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.
Chromecast (2018) review: Google's revamped media streamer is what you make of it
There are two ways to think about Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle in 2018.
You could consider it as your only streaming device, committing to Google’s vision of using a phone or tablet as your only TV remote. This unconventional approach has its upsides, but it’s less appealing than it used to be as low-cost streamers from Roku and Amazon have become faster and more versatile.
Alternatively, you might view Chromecast as a secondary streamer, living alongside the Roku, Fire TV, or Apple TV that you already own. You won’t have to give up a proper remote control, but can still use Chromecast to launch videos from your phone, screen-share from an Android phone or laptop, view Google Photos on the big screen, and control your TV with Google Assistant voice commands.
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).
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.