Barb Gonzalez

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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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Amazon’s updated Fire TV Stick 4K boasts an improved processor and a newly designed Alexa Voice remote.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 19, 2018  |  0 comments
Have you noticed Netflix has a new look? The leading movie streaming service has been rolling out new menus for its app over the past couple of months. While the change is not earth-shattering in terms of innovation, it’s a much-needed improvement that makes it faster and easier to scroll through titles.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 13, 2018  |  3 comments
Streaming media company, Plex has announced the end of its Plex Cloud. Here’s what to do if you’re a Plex Cloud user.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Netgear’s Orbi Voice is a melding of smart speaker technology and mesh networking that makes sense.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 15, 2018  |  0 comments
Comcast recently announced that its Xfinity X1 cable service will offer Amazon Prime Video alongside Netflix and YouTube streaming by the end of the year. The move supports the growing trend of cable and satellite companies providing streaming options alongside live TV channels to keep their customers from cutting the cord.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  9 comments
How choice, community support, and nostalgia are keeping the last Blockbuster alive in Bend, Oregon. After spending an afternoon at my local blockbuster, I learned a lot about who still rents videos and why.

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