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Cord Cutting Today #124 – AT&T TV is Now Official at $59.99 a Month With 2-Year Contract, New Disney+ Details, The Roku Channel, & More
Cord Cutting Today is our daily look at some of the biggest stories happening right now in the world of cord cutting. You can find these videos posted on YouTube every Monday through Saturday. Today we take a look at some of the biggest stories in the world of cord cutting. Including AT&T TV is […]
The best 4K TV deals for August 2019: Samsung, LG, and Vizio
A good 4K smart TV is the only way to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. If you're looking to take your home entertainment to the next level, then we've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
8:21 PM 08/19/19
This Amazon-renewed 2012 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro is only $374 today
If you are in the hunt for MacBook deals, check out this Amazon-renewed 2012 Apple MacBook Pro. You can get this late-generation Apple notebook for only $374. That is a steep price cut even for an older MacBook Pro model.
8:00 PM 08/19/19
5 major Lord of the Rings characters who could land in Amazon’s TV series
Amazon's billion-dollar The Lord of the Rings TV show is set during Middle-earth's Second Age, thousands of years before The War of the Ring, but that doesn't mean a few familiar faces won't show up.
7:51 PM 08/19/19
Here is Everything Coming to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime the week of August 19th, 2019
Available August 20 Gangs of New York Simon Amstell: Set Free — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available August 21 American Factory — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Hyperdrive — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available August 22 Love Alarm — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Available August 23 El Pepe: Una vida suprema — NETFLIX ORIGINAL HERO MASK: Part II — NETFLIX ANIME Rust Valley Restorers […]
Best headphone deals for August 2019: Apple AirPods, Bose, and Sony
If you're looking to snag a fantastic pair of headphones — be it wired, wireless, or noise-canceling — on the cheap, you've come to the right place. We rounded up all of the best deals available right now.
6:59 PM 08/19/19
Sony’s best noise-canceling headphones get a sweet discount at Walmart
There are a lot of headphones that promise great sound performance and effective noise-canceling, but few choices can deliver like the Sony WH-1000XM3. These wireless cans blend killer sound with truly outstanding noise cancellation.
6:45 PM 08/19/19
The 2018 Apple iPad Pro Wi-Fi tablet gets a huge $124 discount on Amazon
If you have been holding off on buying the Apple iPad Pro because of its price, now is the time. The best tablet for 2019 gets a $124 discount on Amazon today. This deal is more affordable than the one we previously found.
6:45 PM 08/19/19
You won’t want to miss this incredible deal on a 75-inch Samsung 4K TV
There has never been a better time to buy a 4K TV — there's a barrel of 4K content, a near-endless selection of televisions to choose from, and oodles of incredible deals, like this 75-inch Samsung, which is now on sale for $500 off.
6:15 PM 08/19/19
The GoPro Hero 7 Silver is at its cheapest price ever on Amazon
If the price tag of the GoPro Hero 7 Black gives you a bit of heartburn, the Hero 7 Silver is a great alternative. You get many of the Black's features for a fraction of the price, and it's 24% off at Amazon right now.
6:07 PM 08/19/19
How Star Trek’s movie and TV worlds could become the next MCU
The high-profile merger of Viacom and CBS could mean big things for Star Trek, the sci-fi franchise that's been divided between its movie and television worlds since the companies separated in 2006. Here's why the merger is a good thing for Star Trek fans.
5:50 PM 08/19/19
The best Chromebook deals available in August 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.
5:50 PM 08/19/19
Amazon’s having a Fire TV sale on streaming media sticks, DVRs, and smart TVs
Amazon dropped prices on most Fire TV products in a combination back-to-school and Labor Day sale. After Prime Day 2019 retailers are prepping for a busy Fall, Amazon didn't hesitate to take deep price cuts on the Fire TV products.
5:40 PM 08/19/19
Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less
Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out some great vacuum cleaner deals available right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.
5:39 PM 08/19/19
Apple Reportedly Plans to Spend Over $6 Billion on New Content For Apple TV+
Earlier this year it was reported that Apple planned to spend $1 billion for content for its new Netflix like streaming service Apple TV+. Now it is being reported that Apple will now spend $6 billion as it tries to fight off Disney+ and HBO Max. This is all according to a report from FT. […]
Work out in style with the Powerbeats3 earphones, now 40% less on Amazon
The Beats brand offers sleekly designed products, and now that it is owned by Apple, you can count on improved hardware and software, too. One of its offerings, the Powerbeats3 wireless earphones, is available on Amazon for $119.
5:15 PM 08/19/19
Roku Channel adds a section just for kids, gives parents more control
The ever-expanding Roku Channel -- Roku's all-in-one free and paid online streaming service -- now has a section featuring kid-friendly programming from both ad-supported and subscription sources.
5:04 PM 08/19/19
Samsung’s quantum OLED plans could mean better, cheaper OLED TVs for all
If you love the way OLED TVs look but have always been put off by the price, Samsung mat be creating a turning point. Samsung is reportedly planning to make QD-OLED TVs, marrying QLED and OLED into a single, power-packed display.
4:47 PM 08/19/19
Walmart drops $150 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with S Pen included
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5-inch Tablet with S Pen is available in 64GB and 256GB models and Walmart is giving $150 off to both variants, selling it now for $498 and $598, respectively.
4:18 PM 08/19/19
Trim down and get big savings with Amazon’s 20% sale on the Fitbit Inspire HR
The Fitbit Inspire HR could just be the most affordable fitness tracker Fitbit has to offer priced at $100 but Amazon's 20% sale lets you trim down and get big on savings by making it available for only $80.
4:15 PM 08/19/19
AT&T TV vs. AT&T TV Now vs. HBO Max and more: AT&T streaming services explained
AT&T TV. AT&T TV Now. HBO Max. HBO Go. And that's just the beginning. AT&T has a whopping seven streaming solutions on the market. How are you supposed to keep them all straight? With a little help from Digital Trends, of course.
4:15 PM 08/19/19
From Stadia exclusives to Death Stranding, Here’s everything shown at Gamescom
Gamescom 2019 will be the site for four different presentations, including the next Google Stadia Connect event. Here you can find out where to rewatch the shows and catch up on all of the announcements that came from each of them.
4:13 PM 08/19/19
AT&T is Raising The Price of DIRECTV $10 a Month For New Subscribers Effective Today
Before today you could get DIRECTV for $49.99 (plus fees and taxes) for a 12-month introductory offer. Now AT&T has announced that starting today DIRECTV’s basic Select package will be going up to $59.99 a month as an introductory offer good for 12 months. This is the second DIRECTV price hike in less than a […]
It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for August 2019
The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
3:53 PM 08/19/19
How to Watch The ACC Network on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, & More
Last year it was announced that the ACC Conference planned to launch a new 24/7 sports network called the ACC Network now after a long wait ACCN is about to launch this week. The new channel won’t launch this Thursday, August 22 but we got you covered for how to watch the new ACC Network […]
Pluto TV is Adding 4 New Channels Tomorrow Including TV Land Drama, TV Land Sitcoms, & Comedy Central Roast
Today Pluto TV confirmed that they are launching 4 new channels tomorrow including CMT Cheer, Comedy Central Roast, TV Land Sitcoms, and TV Land Drama. Here are the channels Pluto TV will be adding tomorrow: CMT Cheer 24/7 (Ch. 329) Each season, hundreds auditioned but only the best-of-the-best had what it took to earn a […]
AT&T’s U-verse TV Is No Longer Being Offered in Markets With AT&T TV
Back in July Cord Cutters News broke the news that when AT&T TV launched in a market AT&T’s U-verse TV would no longer be offered. Today we have confirmed that AT&T’s U-verse TV is no longer for sale in markets that received AT&T TV today. Current U-verse customers can continue to use U-verse TV but […]
The NFL Network Officially Renews Their PlayStation Vue Distribution Deal
Today the NFL Network officially announced a renewal of their contract with PlayStation Vue. Cord Cutters News first reported this news back on August 12th but today the NFL Network made it official. “PlayStation Vue subscribers receiving NFL Network and NFL RedZone will also continue to have access to the services through NFL.com and the […]
Amazon’s 50″ Fire TV Edition Smart TV With 4K HDR is On Sale for Just $249.99 (Lowest Price Ever)
Looking for a cheap 4K HDR TV with a Fire TV built-in? Right now the Amazon 50″ 4K HDR Fire TV Edition Smart TV from Insignia is on sale for just $249.99. (Typically this TV costs $350.) This is a limited-time sale and is the lowest price this TV has ever been at. This sale […]
Update: AT&T TV NOW is Down For Many As DIRECTV NOW is Re-Branded to AT&T TV NOW
If you are no longer able to access your DIRECTV NOW subscription after the DIRECTV NOW app was updated to AT&T TV you are not alone. Right now we are getting widespread reports that the AT&T TV app is down for many DIRECTV NOW subscribers who are trying to access their AT&T TV NOW subscriptions. […]
The Nvidia Shield TV occupies a special place among streaming TV players. It’s by far the best Android TV box you can buy today, and it’s one of the only streaming devices that doesn’t sacrifice speed to hit a low price. (The other is the Apple TV 4K.)
Still, the current Nvidia Shield TV is more than two years old, and it has the same processor and performance as the original 2015 version. An upgrade is overdue, which may explain why new Shield TV hardware—including both a refreshed streaming box and a possible Shield dongle—recently appeared in FCC filings.
DirecTV Now review: The fall of a once-mighty bundle
DirecTV Now was never the best live TV streaming service, but it used to be a lot harder to resist.
In its early years, DirecTV Now offered a broad channel lineup, bundle discounts for AT&T wireless customers, and deals on streaming devices for new subscribers. That generosity made DirecTV Now's clunky interface and stingy DVR seem tolerable.
But times have changed for corporate parent AT&T, and so has DirecTV Now. In a push for more profitability, AT&T has slashed channels, raised prices, and discontinued all its deals and discounts. The result is a live TV service that has all the same problems as before, but almost none of the benefits. Unless DirecTV Now's remaining channels line up perfectly with your needs, it probably isn't the live TV streaming service for you.
Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle
For $45 per month, Hulu with Live TV creates a great value by combining lots of popular channels with Hulu’s existing on-demand service (normally $8 per month). It’s also customizable, with options to add more DVR storage, additional streams, and fewer commercials, and its user interface—while occasionally overwhelming—has a way of helping you find new things to watch.
Still, some caveats apply: The DVR doesn’t allow ad skipping unless you pay for more storage, out-of-home viewing isn’t allowed on streaming TV devices such as Roku and Fire TV players, and certain devices don’t yet support 60-frames-per-second video playback. Whether Hulu with Live TV works for you will depend in large part on whether you can tolerate those restrictions.
FuboTV review: This service streams lots of sports channels, but not ESPN
Of all the streaming TV bundles available today, FuboTV is the most peculiar. Ostensibly aimed at sports fans, Fubo’s $55-per-month package doesn’t include ESPN, which is the largest sports network of them all.
A lot of the coverage sports fans expect, such as Monday Night Football and a wide swath of college football games, will therefore be absent. No other streaming bundle that offers sports programming dares to live without the Worldwide Leader.
Still, omitting ESPN frees up FuboTV to pursue other sports programming, such as BeIN Sports and Fox Soccer Plus, at still-reasonable prices. Combine those channels with an increasingly-slick interface on phones, tablets, and TV devices, and FuboTV makes a strong case for sports fans who don’t have cable—or at least a subset of them.
Philo review: A valuable alternative to the average TV bundle
Philo is a live TV streaming service borne from desperate times. Its main network backers—Discovery, Viacom, and AMC—have to varying degrees found themselves cast out of other streaming bundles, in large part because they don’t carry any sports programming. Rather than sit idly by, they’ve banded together to launch their own bundle, with no sports but a low price tag.
At $20 per month, Philo is one of the cheapest bundles of cable channels you can get over the internet today. If you’re into the reality TV fare that many of Philo’s channels focus on, it could be the only streaming service you need, but it also pairs nicely with other streaming services or with over-the-air broadcasts from an antenna.
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.
Disney appeared to drop a bomb on Netflix this week by announcing a $13-per-month bundle for all its streaming services. When it launches on November 12, the package will include Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, all for the same price as Netflix’s most popular plan. (Disney+ will cost $7 per month on its own, while Hulu and ESPN+ will be priced at $6 per month and $5 per month respectively if purchased separately.)
Reporters and analysts quickly cast the Disney+ bundle as an assault on Netflix, which makes sense on some level. No two companies quite capture the clash between old and new media like Disney versus Netflix, and both companies will be competing for precious time and money in the age of cord-cutting.
This DVR records both over-the-air and streaming cable channels
For a certain kind of cord-cutter, combining over-the-air broadcasts and cable channels into a single DVR has always been the dream scenario. While we’ve seen several attempts in the past—including Dish Network’s AirTV, FitzyTV, and HDHomeRun’s ill-fated Premium TV service—none are quite as elegant as what Channels DVR is launching today.
The $8-per-month do-it-yourself DVR service now lets users record TV Everywhere streams, which networks offer at no extra charge to pay-TV subscribers. If you’re already paying for a bundle of live channels—or you know someone who is—Channels DVR can record them as part of its existing subscription service. By combining this capability with Channels’ support for HDHomeRun TV tuners, cord-cutters can build a powerful DVR for both broadcast and cable networks.
Cord-cutters beware: Amazon's TV antenna listings are rife with dubious claims
Early last week, during Amazon’s Prime Days, I decided to see if the e-tailer had any good deals on over-the-air TV antennas. I was appalled by what I found.
Searching for “antenna” on Amazon.com revealed listing upon listing for products with dubious performance claims. In Amazon’s most popular and sponsored results, antenna makers were advertising unrealistic reception ranges, nonexistent over-the-air channels, and picture quality that current U.S. broadcast standards don’t support.
These misleading claims aren’t just bad for cord-cutters. They also could harm respectable antenna makers that refuse to get in the muck with less scrupulous brands. Unless Amazon—or a government watchdog—intervene, this type of advertising is unlikely to stop anytime soon.
The Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals for cord-cutters
Amazon Prime Day is one of the best times of the year to stock up on streaming players, smart TVs, and other cord-cutting gear, as both Amazon and its competitors are offering deep discounts on some of the best products out there.
Not all deals are worth your time and attention, however, so we’re sorting though them all and highlighting only the best. Here are the most worthy Prime Day deals for cord-cutters we’ve found so far. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day as we uncover more.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 (reg. $50)
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 is the best Prime Day deal out there if you’re in the market for a new streaming player. The Fire TV Stick 4K is fast, supports the latest HDR formats (including Dolby Vision and HDR10+), offers powerful Alexa voice controls, and has TV volume/power/mute buttons built into its remote. Right now, it’s on sale for its lowest price yet.