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Here is Every Local DIRECTV NOW Currently Has (Updated August 2018)

This week DIRECTV NOW added over 30 live locals to their live TV streaming service. This brings the total number of live locals on DIRECTV NOW to over 350 markets. Here is an updated list of every live local affiliates on DIRECTV NOW: Market ABC CBS FOX NBC My TV TELEMUNDO Albany, NY X X […]

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6:50 AM 08/16/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

Call me an optimist, but I’ve never been convinced by the idea that cord cutting will leave consumers in worse shape than they were with cable TV.

We’ve heard a lot of arguments to that extent over the years. Cord cutting’s naysayers have told us that streaming TV gives people too many choices, won’t actually save money, will wipe out quality programming, and could even cripple the internet, all to imply that we should be careful about wishing for cable’s decline.

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5:00 AM 08/16/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

The best Blu-ray players of 2018

Streaming may be popular, but the disc isn't dead yet! To get the very best picture and sound quality from your system, you need to be watching Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Here are the best Blu-ray players you can buy right now.

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6:05 PM 08/15/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

The best true wireless earbuds of 2018

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best wireless earbuds around.

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6:05 PM 08/15/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

These are the best phono preamps that won’t break the bank

Whether you're looking for a quick fix to set up your first turntable or a long-term audio upgrade for higher-quality sound, here are the best phono preamps you can buy that won't empty out your wallet.

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4:41 PM 08/15/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Amazon Says Voice Dictation Will Be Returning To The Fire TV

This week with the new 5.2.6.6 update several Fire TV models lost the ability to use voice dictation. With voice dictation, you can type just by talking to your Fire TV with Alexa. This issue was first reported by AFTVnews who pointed out that all Fire TV models except for the Fire TV cube lost the […]

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4:17 PM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

ESPN+ Adds Exclusive Rights to The Emirates FA Cup

Today ESPN announced that they have struck a deal for exclusive rights to stream 79 FA Cup matches beginning with the First Round in November and running through the Final – exclusively to ESPN+. The FA Community Shield, the annual football match between FA Cup and Premier League titleholders to start the English football season, is also […]

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3:42 PM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Samsung’s Harman buyout could prove its worth in new Dolby Atmos soundbars

In 2017, Samsung bought out audio powerhouse brand Harman, which itself owns a ton of major audio brands. Now it seems that purchase may be paying off, as Samsung is launching two impressive-looking new Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars.

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3:18 PM 08/15/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

‘Stranger Things’ season 3 is coming! Here’s everything we know so far

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season.

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3:07 PM 08/15/18


Stephanie Topacio Long
Digital Trends

Netflix Renews Anne With An E For a Third Season

Today Netflix announced that they have renewed Anne with an E for a third season. The hit Netflix Original has is a joint partnership with the CBC and has received 13 Canadian Screen Award nomination in 2018 the most of any series nominated. “We are thrilled to be able to announce a third season of Anne with an […]

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2:46 PM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to fix a scratched DVD or CD

A scratched edition of your favorite DVD is no good, but our guide will show you how to fix a scratched DVD, whether you prefer to repair it using a smattering of peanut butter or Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser.

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1:13 PM 08/15/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

As Cord Cutting Grows Local News is Moving Online

Wish you could have even more live local news? Now with streaming you can do just that. Last week, CBS announced a special streaming-only local news program. Now WSB-TV in Atlanta has announced 2 hours of local news every morning only streaming online. “As more and more people adopt streaming technology, WSB-TV continues to offer […]

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12:58 PM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to clean your TV screen

Not sure how to clean the LCD, OLED, or plasma display that's the cornerstone of your living room? You don't need to buy expensive cleaning solutions to clean your TV -- we'll teach you how to do it with simple household items.

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12:40 PM 08/15/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Everything we know so far

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses the infamous 1969 Manson murders as a backdrop to tell a story set in bohemian Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far.

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12:38 PM 08/15/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Everything you need to know about Google’s Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.

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11:52 AM 08/15/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

How to calibrate your TV

You’ve got your new TV out of the box, but now what? Our TV picture adjustment guide takes you through the simple steps to get the best picture from your brand new TV so you can set it and forget it.

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11:18 AM 08/15/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

T-Mobile is Offering A Free Year of Pandora Plus One to All Current Customers

Today T-Mobile announced that they will be giving away a free year of Pandora Plus One to every T-Mobile customers. This deal will be made live on a T-Mobile Tuesday, August 28th and is something you will need to signup for. Here is everything that comes with Pandora Plus One: Unlimited personalized stations Up to […]

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11:02 AM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

T-Mobile Promises New Rock Star Customer Service For Everyone

Today T-Mobile announced that they plan to improve their customer service by launching a new Team of Experts. This new Rock Star customer service system will use a team of experts to help customers. According to T-Mobile, you will have 24-hour access to help with no robots, no phone menus, and customer service for everyone. According […]

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10:35 AM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Do you need an $8,000 gold-plated digital music player? Sony made one anyway

Sony's new DMP-Z1 digital music player features "audiophile-grade" sound quality and a gold-plated volume knob to let everyone around you know you take your music extremely seriously.

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10:22 AM 08/15/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’ — here’s everything we know so far

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

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10:19 AM 08/15/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Here Are The Top 10 FREE Fire TV Apps As of August 2018

The Fire TV library of apps has been quickly growing to offer a range of apps giving users access to a ton of 100 percent free content; however, many of the apps are not video apps, so it can be difficult to find good cord cutting apps. So here are the top 10 free video Fire TV apps as of […]

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9:03 AM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Beem United’s latest wireless earbuds track your heart rate during workouts

Beem United is launching the second product in its BeActiv line of fitness-focused earbuds, the BeActiv S100, which builds on the foundation laid by the previous earbuds but adds an integrated continuous heart rate monitor.

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9:00 AM 08/15/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

PlayStation Vue Adds The Ability to Change Default Profile Names

Every wish your default PlayStation Vue name didn’t have to be the one you used with when you set up your PlayStation Network account? Well, now you can do just that thanks to a new update that rolled out on iOS last night. With this update you on iOS you now can edit the profile […]

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8:01 AM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Facebook Bans the Promotion of Kodi

Earlier this week the news broke that Facebook updated their terms of service to ban the sale of devices with Kodi installed. We are not exactly sure when this happened, but the update seems fairly new. One thing that was missed in the focus on the sale of Kodi devices was the fact that now […]

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7:25 AM 08/15/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

BenQ TK800 Review

With gorgeous 4K picture, 3000 lumens of brightness, and effective HDR performance, the BenQ TK800 projector is an affordable home cinema monster that you don’t have to place in a completely darkened room.

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5:00 AM 08/15/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Dish Network vs. DirecTV: Battle of the satellite TV titans

So, you’ve chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what both Dish Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing, and why you might choose them over streaming services.

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3:48 PM 08/14/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

The best FLAC apps: Convert and play FLAC files on iPhone, iPad

The high-resolution revolution is upon us, and FLAC files are a popular way to store hi-res sound. But what if you’re an iOS user? Check out our article to find out more about FLAC files, and how to use them on Apple devices.

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2:39 PM 08/14/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

The best home theater projectors of 2018

Are you sick and tired of those cumbersome big screen TVs? Don’t want to spend big for a huge TV? These home theater projectors will bring you that big screen experience without breaking the bank.

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2:10 PM 08/14/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2: Everything we know so far

The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery will return for more adventures on CBS All Access in the near future. Here's everything we know about Star Trek: Discovery season 2, from the cast and themes to the season premiere.

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2:03 PM 08/14/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

What is HDMI 2.0b? Here’s everything you need to know

HDMI 2.0b is the backbone for many of the latest updates in 4K UHD technology. And while a new cable standard can often involve a bunch of changes for consumers, that is not the case this time around.

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1:56 PM 08/14/18


Caleb Denison
Digital Trends

‘Westworld’ season 3: Everything we know so far

HBO wrapped up the second season of Westworld with a finale that asked as many questions as it answered, leaving fans eager to know more about season 3. Here's everything we know so far about the show's next act.

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12:40 PM 08/14/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

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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6:14 PM 08/10/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Why a la carte TV still isn't happening

Every so often, I get an email or read a comment online asking why the TV industry won’t just give the people what they want.

As more people abandon cable and satellite TV—or grow up accustomed to life without either—one might think the industry would be open to selling channels individually, or letting customers build their own TV bundles. If such a service existed, surely customers would flock to it and make TV networks richer, right?

Not quite. Over the past few years, TV networks have only become more resistant to breaking up the channels they own, especially as major media companies like Disney and Discovery fatten their channel lineups by acquiring other programmers. They’re not being punished too harshly for it either; while cable and satellite TV subscriptions are spiraling downward, live TV streaming services such as DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV have been picking up the slack.

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5:00 AM 08/09/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best indoor TV antennas for cord cutters

Ditching your cable- or satellite-TV subscription and going to a setup combining a streaming device along with an antenna to pick up over-the-air digital broadcasts is a smart move that will save you some serious cash every month.

There’s plenty of free TV to be had—well, you’ll passively pay by being exposed to commercials—but you’ll need an antenna to pull those signals in. An outdoor model mounted to a tall mast (elevating the antenna at least 30 feet off the ground) will yield the best results, but that’s not the most attractive accessory for your home, and it’s a total no-go if you’re a renter or live in an apartment.

Indoor antennas can do the job if you don’t live too far from your area TV stations’ broadcast antennas, so now the question becomes, "which antenna is best?" Having ditched cable nearly five years ago myself, I struggled with getting consistent, quality reception on local TV channels. I recently put several indoor antennas to the test and discovered that spending more on an antenna doesn’t always deliver a better overall experience. In fact, the top performing antenna out of this bunch was also the least expensive.

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7:57 PM 08/07/18


Jason Cipriani
TechHive

Relief from cable-box rental fees is coming (but not from Comcast)

Cord-cutting has become so popular that some small cable companies are joining in, trading their own set-top boxes for streaming TV service.

This week, a video delivery company called MobiTV announced that it’s working with more than 50 small cable companies and telcos—covering one million U.S. subscribers—to offer streaming channel bundles in place of traditional TV. The cable companies still offer the actual service, handle the billing, and put their names on the finished product, but MobiTV builds the underlying software and negotiates the requisite streaming rights with TV networks.

The result for consumers is lower costs even if they don’t fully cut the cord. Instead of having to lease expensive cable boxes, they can brisng their own Roku players and Fire TV Sticks to watch and record live television. Dropping the cable box also means customers can set up their televisions anywhere, regardless of whether there’s a cable connection nearby.

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5:00 AM 08/02/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

How cord-cutters can deal with data caps


5:00 AM 07/26/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Streaming video DVR explained

One question I often get about cord cutting is whether it’s possible to record streaming video, like you can with cable or over-the-air television.

This might seem like a straightforward question, but the answer is complicated. Some streaming services do offer DVR, but with restrictions that don’t apply to cable. Others, such as Netflix, don’t allow you to record shows, but offer all their content on demand anyway. And while a workaround exists for streaming services that don’t offer DVR, this brings its own set of trade-offs.

In the interest of having an article to reference whenever someone asks me about streaming DVR in the future, here’s a rundown of all your options:

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5:00 AM 07/19/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Yes, HBO should be more like Netflix

When the New York Times reported earlier this week on a meeting between HBO employees and one of their new overlords at AT&T, the story had all the indicia of corporate greed run amok.

AT&T executive John Stankey, now the head of Warner Media following AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, reportedly told HBO employees to expect a "tough year" as the venerable network changed direction. Getting "more hours of engagement" would become a priority, Stankey said, because more engagement means "more data and information about a customer that then allows you to do things like monetize through alternate models of advertising as well as subscriptions." When Richard Plepler, HBO's chief executive, pointed out that the network already makes money, Stankey agreed, but added, "Just not enough."

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5:00 AM 07/12/18


Jared Newman
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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9:30 AM 07/10/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

If you've dropped cable or satellite TV in favor of a live TV streaming service, the past week might've brought some bad news.

First, Dish Network announced a $5 per month price hike for its Sling TV Orange service, which is currently the cheapest way to get ESPN without cable. The new price ($25 per month) will apply to new subscribers immediately, and to existing ones in August. (Sling TV Blue plans, which offer NBC- and Fox-owned channels but not ESPN or other Disney-owned channels, still cost $25 per month, and a combined Orange and Blue package still costs $40 per month.)

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5:00 AM 07/05/18


Jared Newman
TechHive