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Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 22, 2017  |  1 comments
Apple is finally getting around to allowing users to rent a video once and watch it on all devices. I took the new feature for a test drive.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 09, 2014  |  0 comments
D-Link's newest portable router is easy to use and finally makes it easy to stream to a Chromecast dongle, Roku HDMI, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or other media player. It also secures your connection to Wi-Fi.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 31, 2016  |  0 comments
Dish's Hopper 3 has a completely redesigned interface, powerful new hardware, and 4K capabilities that have improved the Dish experience making it easier to watch what you like whether it's your favorite sports team or learning about what's coming to theaters.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 26, 2017  |  0 comments
Designed for cord-cutters, Dish’s AirTV combines premium and local channels with online streaming and attempts to mimic the experience of watching cable or satellite. We take it for a test drive.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 20, 2019  |  7 comments
Disney+ launched last week with great fanfare (and a few hiccups) so I was anxious to see if it lives up to the hype.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 10, 2017  |  0 comments
It would be easy to dismiss the Facebook Video app as unnecessary and just another way to waste time. The new app,recently launched for Samsung TVs and the fourth generation Apple TV, is a lot better than I had expected. And oddly, I find that I’m spending less time using it.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 28, 2018  |  1 comments
Although the Fire TV Cube was released by Amazon in June, it has not yet received the recognition or hype it deserves. The Cube is a cross between a smart speaker and a Fire TV media player. Like an Amazon Echo speaker, the Cube can hear commands from across the room and has a built-in speaker to play back its reply. Like a Fire TV media player, it streams from all the same apps as other Fire TV models and can play 4K HDR content.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  1 comments
The release of the Fire TV Recast DVR highlights Amazon’s effort to offer a complete streaming solution. The Recast is a network connected tuner and DVR that adds live TV and recording to Fire TV’s current offering of streaming apps and Amazon Prime premium channels like STARZ, HBO, Showtime, and more. It’s everything a cord-cutter could want.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 27, 2020  |  2 comments
HBO Max launched today, and at first glance, it offers an impressive amount of content. HBO Max is basically HBO Now on steroids. Along with streaming HBO programming, HBO Max has added over 10,000 hours of TV shows. Here's all you need to know to get HBO Max, including a hands-on first-day review.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 12, 2017  |  2 comments
In the search for ways to free ourselves from the escalating costs of pay TV, the missing piece of the puzzle is the ability to stream and record live local TV broadcasts. We can stream movies, previous TV seasons, and many cable channels—from Food TV and A&E to Cartoon Network on Sling TV— but getting local TV is another matter.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 26, 2017  |  0 comments
Sonos recently introduced the Sonos One smart speaker with built-in Alexa voice control. But you don’t have to buy a new speaker to use Alexa to control your Sonos system.
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  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Hulu has released a public beta of its Live TV feature in a completely redesigned app so I tried it out to see if it is it a bona fide replacement for pay TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  5 comments
Netgear’s new Nighthawk X10 AD7200 router is a great choice for streaming 4K HDR content and VR games. Read on to find out why.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  First Published: Jan 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Find out how the new Fire TV stands up to 4K HDR streaming media players that are twice its size as well as double its price.

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