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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  |  May 20, 2020  |  0 comments
It has been months since we could go out to the movies with friends and family, but there still are ways to view movies with friends during this time of safe social distancing. At a basic level, you could coordinate a movie start time while having a FaceTime conversation on your phones. You could also start a movie and share your screen in Zoom, Discord, or Microsoft Teams. But a better option is to install a web browser extension that synchronizes the viewing experience alongside video-chat or text messaging.
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  |  Apr 08, 2020  |  0 comments
As many of the world's famous venues have been temporarily shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing requirements, they are turning to streaming of classic performances. To satisfy fans, and perhaps attract those who haven't attended a show, the theaters are offering free streaming of videos for a "limited engagement."
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 25, 2020  |  0 comments
Streaming is hotter than ever in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown as Hollywood scraps theatrical release schedules and streaming services extend free-trial periods. Let’s take a closer look.
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  |  Feb 26, 2020  |  0 comments
The CBS All Access channel is about to offer a lot more content thanks to the ViacomCBS re-merger.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 13, 2020  |  0 comments
Is short-form video the future of entertainment? Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Walt Disney studios, co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, and the brainchild behind Quibi (pronounced "kwibee"), thinks so. In case you haven’t heard, Quibi — short for “quick bites” — is an app built to deliver high-quality, short videos to your mobile phone for watching while you’re on the go and time is limited — like when you’re sitting in a waiting room or standing at a bus stop.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 30, 2020  |  1 comments
As we subscribe to more and more niche streaming services, it’s becoming harder and harder to find movies and TV shows you want to watch without having to search through every streaming app you own. A new smart streaming device called Dabby has a solution...
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 16, 2020  |  0 comments
Roku is about to simplify home theater in the same way that they simplified streaming to the TV. Last week at CES 2020, Roku announced the Roku TV Ready certification program. The certification is available for soundbars and AV receivers, allowing them to integrate seamlessly with Roku TVs.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 26, 2019  |  0 comments
As we get ready to ring in the New Year, we look back at the advances over the past decade that have led to the streaming experience we enjoy today.
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  |  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  |  Nov 07, 2019  |  0 comments
Apple TV+ original programming is here. Find out if it lives up to its hype.
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.

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