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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  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  0 comments
We revisit Plex to see how its new DVR and voice-control features work.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 22, 2016  |  3 comments
The newest Roku streaming stick has the power of a full-sized Roku. In this hands on review, learn more about what this flash-drive sized stick can do.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 12, 2019  |  0 comments
The Roku Smart Soundbar and Wireless subwoofer improve TV sound with a budget price tag that is even better during the holidays.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 17, 2019  |  10 comments
Roku’s updated Ultra streaming player separates itself from the pack with high-quality video and audio, a host of enhanced features, and a simple user experience.
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  |  Feb 28, 2018  |  6 comments
The Tablo Dual OTA (over-the-air) DVR can record local broadcasts and stream local TV to devices both in your home and while you're on the road. In my hands-on testing I was pleasantly surprised.
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  |  Aug 03, 2016  |  2 comments
The Xbox One S was just released with 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. Here are some first impressions.
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 22, 2020  |  0 comments
Quibi was designed for a busy lifestyle—for those times when we are on-the-go and only have short snippets of time to kill. Now that it's launched, I have checked out the app and here's what I found.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 11, 2020  |  0 comments
Roku is aiming to simplify the process of setting up a home theater by making it easy to pair its subwoofer and soundbar with its wireless speakers. Let’s see how it works.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 15, 2014  |  0 comments
HBO has officially announced a standalone HBO Go option will be available in 2015. The new option will allow users to stream to the HBO Go app without requiring a subscription to the HBO premium cable channel.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 20, 2015  |  First Published: Mar 18, 2015  |  1 comments
As promised, the HBO standalone subscription service will be available in April to Apple customers. Unlike HBO Go, the service will not require that viewers authenticate by also subscribing to HBO on cable or satellite. Find out how to get HBO NOW in April.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 16, 2012  |  18 comments
For those who stream video from online sources, the speed at which data can be sent into their home is critical. If your connection isn't fast enough, streaming video can sometimes stall as it fills the buffer in the receiving device, or the content provider might send a lower-quality stream because it senses that your available speed can't handle anything more. So how much speed do you need?

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