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Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 06, 2012  |  8 comments
I recently cut the cord and canceled my cable TV subscription but kept cable-delivered broadband Internet access. Unfortunately, dropping cable TV didn't work for me because my antenna reception is spotty, so I was glad when someone told me that I could connect my TV to the cable jack and get my local channels. Little did I know that I was being "illicit" and that my circumstances were part of a bigger controversy.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 03, 2015  |  2 comments
The newest Chromecast model has hardware and software improvements. Do you need to upgrade to the second-generation Chromecast or to the Chromecast Audio?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 04, 2014  |  1 comments
With Vudu's Share My Movies you can share movies you "own" with up to five friends or family members without having to share your Vudu credentials.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 09, 2016  |  0 comments
Now that the Google Home smart speaker has arrived, find out how it compares with Amazon Echo. Will you be saying, "Okay Google" or "Alexa?"
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Showtime's new app for Roku and Apple TV streams shows and movies without a cable subscription and Hulu is offering a Showtime add-on.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 15, 2012  |  0 comments
The Simple.TV streams live and recorded TV to computers, mobile devices and the Roku Box. Check out this review to find out if it can take you one step closer to cutting the cord on cable TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 13, 2007  |  First Published: Jul 13, 2007  |  0 comments
This year's TVs are incorporating ease-of-use features.

While I love the amazing picture on my flat-screen HDTV, there are times when I find myself nostalgic for the days when all you had to do to watch TV was pull on a power button, turn the channel dial, and adjust the rabbit ears. It's bad enough that we home theater enthusiasts struggle to decipher menus and muck about a 75-button remote control, but it's our loved ones who curse us when they can't figure out how to use the TV. Manufacturers and retailers have been talking about simplicity in home theater for the past few years. Well, 2007 is the year that easier menus, setup, and remotes have been incorporated into some HDTVs. Some companies have been quietly working toward ease of use; others, like Philips, have made the pursuit a brand tag line: "sense and simplicity." Perhaps you can finally relinquish your remote to your nervous spouse.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 27, 2014  |  1 comments
Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for direct access to their Internet service delivery. Why they did it and what it means to the future of net neutrality.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 08, 2019  |  1 comments
While most live TV streaming services are raising prices, Sling TV is offering a deal that could lower monthly subscription rates for many of its users.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 23, 2019  |  0 comments
Sling TV has just released changes to its app on Roku devices, allowing users to watch free TV episodes and channels.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 28, 2015  |  1 comments
Dish is issuing invitations to try out the new Sling Television streaming service that launches in February. It's worth checking out.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 03, 2013  |  0 comments
Social TV will soon be as commonplace as onscreen tickers but it won't happen like everyone expected. Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group explains the findings of his report, "Social TV: Myths, Facts, and the Future."
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 17, 2015  |  0 comments
With the Sonos Controller app's latest update, a public beta of Apple Music is now available for streaming to Sonos speakers. The update also adds Trueplay speaker tuning, which optimizes sound quality based on the acoustics of where a speaker is located.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 10, 2016  |  1 comments
Sony's Playstation Vue and AT&T's DirecTV Now promise a streaming alternative to cable TV programming. These bundles and the FCC's proposal to open access to cable channels without a cable box are changing the way we get our TV programming.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 01, 2013  |  0 comments
The Sookbox streaming system is available for pre-order through a Kickstarter project. Learn more about this system that can simultaneously stream to multiple zones.

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