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Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 15, 2018  |  0 comments
In line with Roku’s goal of keeping entertainment simple, the company is turning its sights on adding better quality audio to Roku TVs. This month, Roku is releasing wireless stereo speakers that work in conjunction with any Roku TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments
A number of streaming media players have recently been upgraded to include basic voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Home, so I tested both systems on several players to see how close we’ve come to true hands-free control.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Amazon’s updated Fire TV Stick 4K boasts an improved processor and a newly designed Alexa Voice remote.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 19, 2018  |  0 comments
Have you noticed Netflix has a new look? The leading movie streaming service has been rolling out new menus for its app over the past couple of months. While the change is not earth-shattering in terms of innovation, it’s a much-needed improvement that makes it faster and easier to scroll through titles.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 13, 2018  |  3 comments
Streaming media company, Plex has announced the end of its Plex Cloud. Here’s what to do if you’re a Plex Cloud user.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Netgear’s Orbi Voice is a melding of smart speaker technology and mesh networking that makes sense.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 15, 2018  |  0 comments
Comcast recently announced that its Xfinity X1 cable service will offer Amazon Prime Video alongside Netflix and YouTube streaming by the end of the year. The move supports the growing trend of cable and satellite companies providing streaming options alongside live TV channels to keep their customers from cutting the cord.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  9 comments
How choice, community support, and nostalgia are keeping the last Blockbuster alive in Bend, Oregon. After spending an afternoon at my local blockbuster, I learned a lot about who still rents videos and why.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 11, 2018  |  0 comments
We test drive Philo, the live TV streaming service that lets you binge on and record shows on basic cable channels.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 27, 2018  |  0 comments
TiVo recently added Amazon Alexa voice control to the TiVo Bolt Vox we recently reviewed. While the media streamer/DVR combo already has voice command capabilities through TiVo’s Vox remote, control via an Alexa-enabled speaker or device brings a truly hands-free experience.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 06, 2018  |  0 comments
The next generation Apple TV 4K due out this fall will be the first streaming player to support both Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) images and Dolby Atmos surround sound.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 23, 2018  |  1 comments
The Dish-owned subsidiary AirTV has launched a new device that can stream free local television to smart TVs, media players, tablets, and phones in your home or on the road.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 09, 2018  |  0 comments
YouTube’s premium YouTube Red service offers some good original programming, removes the ads from YouTube videos, and provides enhanced features for music playback, but is it worth 10 bucks a month?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 25, 2018  |  0 comments
It is now possible to stream almost any TV show using dedicated apps. HBO Go, NBC, and other “TV Everywhere” apps provide unlimited access to stream new TV series’ episodes and movies if you already subscribe to the channel and sign in with the cable, satellite, or telecom provider. With more and more people switching to live TV streaming services, apps can now be authorized if you subscribe to the channel on Hulu Live TV, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and others, though not all channels are offered by all live TV streaming services.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 12, 2018  |  2 comments
Spotify has partnered with Hulu to offer a discounted subscription bundle.

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