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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 23, 2012 9 comments
Perhaps you just bought a media-streaming device or a smart TV that connects to the Internet to stream movies and TV shows from online providers. Where will you get your movies? Is it better to buy, rent, or stream them from monthly subscription services like Netflix or Hulu? If you buy movies, should you download them to your computer or save them to an online cloud service?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 23, 2014 0 comments
A U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC cannot regulate Net Neutrality. What is Net Neutrality and how will it affect streaming 4K, HD video and content from Netflix, Hulu, and other services?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 03, 2012 0 comments
As Netflix's exclusive deal with EPIX has expired, Amazon jumped at the opportunity to enter into a new multi-year licensing agreement with the cable channel content provider. The deal brings EPIX movies and original programming to Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 08, 2013 0 comments
It's easier to find the titles you want to watch with the newly added Netflix Profiles feature. Find out how it works and which devices are compatible.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 18, 2012 0 comments
The upcoming Wii U will include Nintendo TVii. See how Nintendo is rocketing past its competition to bring you a complete streaming video experience.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2 comments
The PLAiR is now shipping. Find out how this small device can stream online videos from your computers, smartphone, or tablet.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 23, 2013 1 comments
The PlayTo Android app streams video from your home libraries, online websites and the mobile device's saved media. The app works like Apple's AirPlay, and can play on Apple TVs.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 10, 2013 0 comments
Samsung has acquired the Boxee Box hardware as well as its entire team. What can we expect from the pairing of the two companies?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: 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.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: 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.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 13, 2007 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.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: 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.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: 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."
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: 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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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 19, 2013 2 comments
Spotify's new free and premium features lets you play more music on mobile devices or stream music to your AV receiver.

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