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Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 14, 2021  |  0 comments
Roku has announced its Spring 2021 product line and new updates to the Roku operating system, Roku OS 10. There are a few new exciting products and features—some playing catchup with other systems' capabilities, and others that are leapfrogging ahead.  
 

Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 31, 2021  |  0 comments
The Vidgo Live TV streaming service launched at the end of 2019. Similar to lesser-known PhiloTV and FuboTV, it is holding its own against the popular YouTube TV and Hulu+Live TV. The experience is not as robust as what you'll get from YouTube, Hulu, AT&T TV, or Sling TV, but it may be enough to give basic cable channels to those who've cut the cord.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 10, 2021  |  2 comments
Paramount+ launched last week, absorbing and adding to the CBS All Access app. The newly rebranded service adds content from several channels brought to CBS following the 2019 merger of CBS and Viacom. Find out more about the expanded streaming service.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 24, 2021  |  1 comments
While PBS Passport has a variety of the stations' programming, a PBS Channel subscription through Amazon Prime Video offers a deep dive into different genres.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 03, 2021  |  2 comments
Discovery+ launched at the beginning of January with a massive amount of content from over 25 niche reality channels— from Discovery Channel to Food Network, Lifetime, TLC HGTV, A&E, and many more. Discover if it's a service you'll want in this hands-on review.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 20, 2021  |  0 comments
Free annual subscriptions to Apple TV+ will again be extended, this time through June 2021. The next six months will be free for all subscribers as Apple builds up a long list of original programming.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 06, 2021  |  0 comments
As the world slowed to a stop in 2020, it accelerated streaming adoption and innovation. Sparked by theater closures and social distancing requirements of the pandemic shutdown, we had to find new ways to watch movies together with friends and family.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 09, 2020  |  2 comments
WarnerMedia has announced that all of the studio's 2021 theatrical movies will be available to stream on its HBO Max service the same day they get released in theaters. That may be a welcome decision to those of us who either don’t want to spend two hours in a closed room with strangers or where theaters are closed. But it is also causing concern for those in the movie industry. How will this decision alter how we see new movies in the future?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 25, 2020  |  0 comments
In a year when the world is crazy, a holiday movies binge may be the best way to keep spirits bright. New streaming services have made it harder to find classic titles as content is shuffled from one app to another when licensing rights expire. If you’re growing tired of the same movies, you’ll find Netflix has created sequels to last year’s Holiday hits originals. And if live performances have been your family tradition, you can share some holiday culture via virtual streaming events.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 11, 2020  |  0 comments
The 2020 Roku Ultra brings improved performance over its predecessor, and it offers new features following the RokuOS 9.4 upgrade. Read how to set up Apple's AirPlay and HomeKit, and also get some fun Fandango browsing tips.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 28, 2020  |  0 comments
For those who have limited space but want better sound than what their TV speakers can deliver, the Roku Streambar may be the solution.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 14, 2020  |  0 comments
The Chromecast with Google TV is a complete 4K/Dolby Vision and Atmos-capable streaming player, and it's about to give Roku and Amazon Fire TV some stiff competition.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 30, 2020  |  0 comments
This year’s Roku fall lineup is a bit more interesting than in the past as the company has added new products and OS features aimed at A/V enthusiasts. The Roku Ultra streamer has been redesigned for better sound, video, and overall performance. The new Streambar is a hybrid Roku player and TV soundbar in a compact form. And updates to Roku OS 9.4 add some useful features. 
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 09, 2020  |  0 comments
Netflix is offering a small number of titles to stream for free without a subscription. Streaming is immediate and does not require that viewers create an account or login.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 26, 2020  |  1 comments
Disney's Mulan will be available to buy on September 4th but there's a catch.

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