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The best vacuums of 2019

Our expert reviewers took some vacuum cleaners for a spin to see which worked best. Whether you're looking for a traditional upright, stick, or robot vacuum, check out our picks for the best vacuums on the market.

2:07 PM 06/19/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

AT&T Confirms DIRECTV NOW’s Streaming Player is a Beta Test For the New DIRECTV Streaming Service

For months now DIRECTV NOW subscribers using the new AT&T streaming player said they felt like beta testers for the new DIRECTV NOW service. Now AT&T’s President of Mobility and Entertainment David Christopher confirmed that this is the case today in an interview with FierceVideo. Here is what David Christopher told FierceVideo: “Christopher said that […]

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2:05 PM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

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.

1:51 PM 06/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Apple TV Plus: Everything we know about Apple’s Netflix-style streaming service

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing, and now we know where we'll be able to see it. Apple confirmed its new subscription service, Apple TV Plus, and revealed some of the projects it will air.

1:45 PM 06/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

The best smart thermostats you can buy

The right thermostat can do more than just adjust the temperature of your home, it can also learn about you and help you save money. Check out our picks for the best smart thermostats on the market right now.

1:38 PM 06/19/19


Kim Wetzel
Digital Trends

Amazon cuts price on the Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch by a whopping 40%

In the market for a fashionable and powerful smartwatch that fits your active lifestyle? You're in luck, as Amazon is currently offering the Samsung Gear Sport at a massive 40% discount.

1:18 PM 06/19/19


Erica Katherina
Digital Trends

Armed with new footage, Avengers: Endgame returns to theaters with record in sight

Marvel Studios is bringing Avengers: Endgame back to theaters with some new footage and other elements in order to challenge James Cameron's Avatar and become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

1:00 PM 06/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

The Game of Thrones prequel: Everything we know so far

HBO's Game of Thrones prequel series has its director, a bunch of new cast members, and began filming in summer 2019. The show is set thousands of years before the events of the original series.

12:57 PM 06/19/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

The Canon PowerShot SX420 bundle gets a massive price cut from Walmart

Looking for a feature-packed and lightweight camera? You may want to check out the Canon PowerShot SX420. Right now, Walmart is offering this model at a huge discount. Normally $611, it is available for only $189.

12:50 PM 06/19/19


Erica Katherina
Digital Trends

The best sous vide machines for your home kitchen

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.

12:40 PM 06/19/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

fuboTV is Adding 13 Discovery Networks Joining HGTV & Food Network

Today Discovery & fuboTV announced a new deal to bring 13 Discovery owned TV networks. These networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and MotorTrend will be available on fuboTV’s base package, fubo Standard, joining HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel which are already available on the service. “Our […]

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12:00 PM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best washing machines of 2019

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.

11:37 AM 06/19/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

YouTube TV Is Rolling Out an Updated User Interface on Roku Players & Roku TVs

Back in May YouTube TV started to test an updated user interface with a larger preview screen and more channel suggestions.  Google’s YouTube TV team confirmed that this feature is being tested as part of a “phased launch experiment.” A few weeks later the tests stopped and the old preview screen and channel suggestions returned. […]

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11:19 AM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best coffee makers of 2019

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.

11:11 AM 06/19/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

Netflix Recommended TVs explained: What to know

Netflix Recommended TVs will have faster startup and playback. Our guide gives a quick breakdown of Netflix's criteria for recommending current TVs and explain what this means for you.

10:57 AM 06/19/19


Simon Cohen
Digital Trends

Here are Netflix’s picks for the best 2019 TVs for streaming its shows

This year, Netflix has added a new criterion for its Netflix Recommended list, known as Always Ready: A TV must keep the Netflix app open, even while asleep, so it's ready to go as soon as users fire up the app.

10:23 AM 06/19/19


Simon Cohen
Digital Trends

Pluto TV is Launching a 24/7 The Hills & Laguna Beach Channel (For a Limited Time)

Today Pluto TV announced that they are adding a 24/7 The Hills & Laguna Beach Channel for a limited time. This channel will let you enjoy the MTV hit shows for free. Laguna Beach first aired back in 2004 and run until 2006 with 43 episodes. The Hills first aired back in 2006 and run […]

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10:19 AM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best TVs under $1,000

Check out our picks for the best TVs under $1,000 to enjoy top-shelf features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range, and gorgeous image processing. Park yourself here to find the absolute best values in TV land.

9:22 AM 06/19/19


Josh Levenson
Digital Trends

There Are Now Over 100 FREE OTA TV Networks Targeting Cord Cutters

Over the last few years, over-the-air TV has seen a huge jump in the number of free TV stations. Many of these stations have launched with the goal of targeting the growing cord cutting trend that has exploded recently. Now there are over 100 free OTA TV networks including the newly launched Court TV network, […]

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9:05 AM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The 5G Home Internet Service Starry is Expanding Into 25 States

Starry is a startup from some of the team behind Aereo, which has slowly been rolling out 5G fixed wireless home Internet. Currently Starry offers 5G home Internet in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC for $50 a month with no data cap. Last week this $50 a month 5G home internet service launched […]

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8:12 AM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to Add Twitch to Your Roku Player & Roku TV

In 2017, Amazon removed the official Twitch app from the Roku Channel Store. If you already had it installed you could keep it, but new Roku owners would not be able to add it. Now the unofficial Twitch app has also been removed from the Roku Channel Store. The good news is there is still […]

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7:08 AM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

When Is Amazon’s Fire TV Adding YouTube, YouTube TV, & YouTube Kids? You Asked, We Answer

Almost every day someone asks us when will Amazon add YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Kids. In April, Google and Amazon announced that YouTube, YouTube Kids, & YouTube TV will be coming back to the Fire TV sometime this year. Ever since that announcement was made, we’ve had daily requests for a date. During our […]

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6:15 AM 06/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Amazon deal cuts prices on the latest 11-inch Apple iPad Pro tablets

The Apple iPad Pro has been among our favorite tablets since its initial release in 2018. While Amazon and Samsung offer powerful products, no tablet can touch the iPad Pro's power and productivity. Score yours now on Amazon for just $699.

6:13 AM 06/19/19


William Hank
Digital Trends

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for June 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for May 2019.

5:21 AM 06/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

We tested anti-snoring devices on our loudest friends. Here’s what worked

If your partner snores and it keeps you up at night, you may be interested in the latest anti-snoring technology. We tested out a few different gadgets to find out what they do and whether they work or not.

3:15 AM 06/19/19


Simon Hill
Digital Trends

Best Buy focuses on fitness with new range of high-tech gym equipment

Best Buy is focusing on fitness with the launch of new in-store spaces featuring a range of connected health-boosting equipment. The new sections, which will be staffed by experts, will open at 100 Best Buy stores this year.

12:35 AM 06/19/19


Trevor Mogg
Digital Trends

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker, however, then check out these great cheap Fitbit alternatives. With offerings from brands like Garmin, you don't need to pay full price.

12:20 AM 06/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Need a new tablet? Here are the best Apple iPad deals for June 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for June 2019.

12:18 AM 06/19/19


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

CBS is Reportedly Ready to Make an Offer to Buy/Merge With Viacom

CBS and Viacom have for over a year now been in on and off talks to once again merge. Now it has been reported by the Wall Street Journal that CBS board is ready to make Viacom an offer to merge or buy Viacom. The two companies use to be one but broke up into […]

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9:03 PM 06/18/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to Watch The 2019 NBA Draft on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android, & iOS

The NBA Draft is almost here and starting at June 20th at 7 PM Eastern the 2019 NBA Draft will get underway. This year once again ESPN will have full coverage with ESPN airing the draft live. The good news is you don’t need a two-year contract to watch the NBA Draft. Many streaming services […]

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4:32 PM 06/18/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

TVision by T-Mobile review: This streaming TV service shows promise, but it’s not what cord-cutters want today

TVision by T-Mobile sprang from T-Mobile’s acquisition of streaming TV service provider Layer3 TV earlier this year—a move that left a lot of people scratching their heads over T-Mobile’s strategy. TVision, after all, depends not on wireless service but on wired broadband, and it’s currently available in just a few markets: Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

Being a resident of a Philadelphia suburb, TechHive asked me to give TVision a shot to see if it was a superior alternative to traditional cable and satellite TV. The short answer for cord-cutters is “nope.” TVision costs $100 per month ($90 per month if you’re already a T-Mobile customer), plus $10 per month for each additional set-top box you decide to install in your home. You’ll find plenty of less-expensive alternatives in our roundup of streaming TV services, none of which involve equipment rentals.

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5:00 AM 06/17/19


Ed Oswald
TechHive

Do you need an antenna to cut the cord?

A lowly over-the-air antenna is among the most cost-effective and longest-running ways to cut cable TV, letting you watch all the major broadcast networks and more with no monthly fees.

But before you start fretting over antenna types, installation locations, and over-the-air DVRs, take a moment to consider whether you even need an antenna in the first place. While an antenna can be nice to have, it isn’t essential to cutting the cord, and getting one set up can be more trouble than it’s worth.

To decide whether an antenna should be part of your cord-cutting setup, here are some questions you ought to ask yourself:

Are you getting a live TV streaming service?

youtubetv2 Jared Newman / TechHive

Streaming bundles such as YouTube TV might have all the local channels you need.

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5:00 AM 06/13/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

The scourge of auto-play preview videos on streaming TV services

A few years ago, Netflix decided that we should no longer browse in silence for things to watch, so the company introduced “video previews” that automatically play a trailer—with sound—if you linger on a title for more than a few seconds.

The approach has proven wildly unpopular, at least among folks with loud internet megaphones. A complaint on Twitter last year by the film director Rian Johnson went viral, and anguished articles by Thrillist, Kotaku, and TidBits followed. Reddit users routinely ask one another if they can disable Netflix’s auto-playing video previews (not possible, except though an extension for desktop web browsers), and there’s even a Twitter account dedicated to sharing peoples’ exasperation. Nonetheless, Netflix continues to make auto-play previews mandatory, with no option to turn them off,

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5:00 AM 06/06/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

The Golden State Warriors face off against the Toronto Raptors at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time tonight in the first game of the NBA finals. If you're a cord-cutter, you can watch the entire championship series on ABC, either with an over-the-air antenna or with one of the TV-streaming services that include ABC in their lineup.

If you don't live within range of your local ABC affiliate and can't use an over-the-air antenna, you can catch the entire series by signing up for one of the following streaming services (but you'll need to verify that the one you pick carries your local ABC broadcaster).

Updated May 30, 2019 to add information about watching the NBA championship series without cable TV access.

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12:43 PM 05/30/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

7 tools to make sense of cord-cutting

Figuring out the best way to cut the cord isn’t always easy, with dozens of streaming video services to choose from. Even if you’ve already done the deed, making sense of what you have can be tricky as well, with each app offering its own labyrinthine menus and features.

Unless you have encyclopedic knowledge of the world of cord-cutting, it helps to lean on some tools to figure things out. Here are some of the best apps and websites that will help you decide which streaming services you need, and how to make the most of them:

The Streamable

thestreamable Jared Newman / IDG

Whenever people ask me how to watch specific TV channels without cable, my first step is to check The Streamable’s matchmaker tool. This lets you enter all the cable channels, shows, and sports teams you want to watch, and it then spits out a list of compatible live TV streaming services. You can also enter a zip code to see local channels and regional sports coverage, and you can click on each service for menu screenshots, DVR details, device compatibility, and other information.

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5:00 AM 05/30/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There are too many subscription services—so many, in fact, that you might even forget that they’re silently siphoning away your funds.

There are a lot of ways to deal with this problem, from maintaining and auditing a subscription list, to setting cancellation reminders. But here’s a better idea: Unless you’re certain about keeping a streaming video subscription for the long haul, just cancel it immediately after signing up.

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5:00 AM 05/23/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control

Siri has always been one of the Apple TV’s best features. On a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, the voice assistant can quickly launch videos, tune to live TV channels, and provide search results for specific genres.

But until recently, Apple didn’t offer a hands-free way to use Siri on an Apple TV, like Amazon offers with Fire TV and Alexa, or like Google offers with Chromecast, Android TV, and Google Assistant. If you wanted to control the Apple TV, you had to reach for the remote.

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5:00 AM 05/20/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV "Channels" are a well-intentioned mess

This week, Apple became the third streaming platform to launch its own marketplace for video subscriptions.

With Apple TV Channels, you can sign up for services like HBO and Showtime directly through the TV app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. You don’t have to download separate apps to start using those services, and you can manage all their subscriptions through iTunes billing. Apple TV Channels also supports offline viewing on iOS, so you can download Game of Thrones episodes before your next flight.

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5:00 AM 05/16/19


Jared Newman
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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5:01 AM 05/15/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

Tablo’s over-the-air DVR software has gotten a lot better over the last year, and now it has hardware to match with the Tablo Quad.

The $200 DVR box from Ottawa-based Nuvyyo can turn a single antenna into a whole-home DVR for cord-cutters. As the name suggests, the Tablo Quad can play or record up to four broadcast TV channels at a time, and it then streams the video to pretty much any connected TV device, phone, tablet, or PC. While the Tablo Quad isn’t any more powerful than the $140 Tablo Dual Lite, it can record twice as many simultaneous channels, and it has an internal hard drive bay for storing recordings without the clutter of an external drive.

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5:00 AM 05/15/19


Jared Newman
TechHive