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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 26, 2016 1 comments
Spotify has made a name for itself as one of the leading streaming music services and this week will add video to its Android and iPhone apps. Officially, video will roll out on the Android app first, followed by an update to the iPhone app in the coming weeks.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
Like many other gadgets at CES, this was the year that ideas became reality in streaming services, media players, and smart TVs.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 17, 2015 0 comments
With the Sonos Controller app's latest update, a public beta of Apple Music is now available for streaming to Sonos speakers. The update also adds Trueplay speaker tuning, which optimizes sound quality based on the acoustics of where a speaker is located.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Dec 03, 2015 3 comments
The newest Chromecast model has hardware and software improvements. Do you need to upgrade to the second-generation Chromecast or to the Chromecast Audio?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3 comments
The fourth generation Apple TV finally brings true apps to your TV but doesn't offer 4K. Still, new features may make it your top choice among the new media streamers.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 04, 2015 3 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $130

AT A GLANCE
Plus
4K streaming to UHDTV
Agnostic search finds titles in multiple services
Notifications when specific movies become available

Minus
Remote mic is inaccurate
Search can’t find specific episodes of specific seasons

THE VERDICT
If you own a 4K TV, this is a slam-dunk. If not, the advances in hardware are still enough to step up from a Roku 2.

One must wonder if Roku waited to release its fourth-generation media streamer until the aptly named Roku 4 was capable of streaming 4K content. The newest Roku box can connect to compatible UHDTVs to stream 4K movies, TV shows, and videos from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, M-Go, and a growing number of 4K streaming sources. And though 4K streaming is the Roku 4’s main appeal, improvements in hardware and the software interface make it the best Roku box yet.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 21, 2015 1 comments
The new Amazon Fire TV streams beautiful 4K video but it doesn't yet have all the features listed in its product description.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 08, 2015 0 comments
This fall brings lot of streaming news with the release of new Chromecast and Roku models as well as new features to Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Prime. It may be time to upgrade.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 23, 2015 3 comments
The next generation of Fire TVs is coming in October along with updates on the existing models. Amazon is upping the ante with great new features and capabilities.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 09, 2015 1 comments
A new Apple TV arrives in October and it's (finally) been upgraded significantly.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 19, 2015 2 comments
The NVIDIA Shield follows the Nexus Player as one of the first stand alone media players with Android TV. A sleek, angled device, the Shield’s focus may be on gaming but it performs as one of the best streaming devices available. Still, it is limited by Android TV’s app selection and interface.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 06, 2015 1 comments
Chicago to extend Amusement tax to streaming services from Apple Music to Netflix.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 22, 2015 0 comments
Comcast has started beta testing the new Stream online TV service to its Internet customers. But is it enough to entice a new generation of TV viewers?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 08, 2015 0 comments
Showtime's new app for Roku and Apple TV streams shows and movies without a cable subscription and Hulu is offering a Showtime add-on.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 10, 2015 4 comments
Apple will finally offer a monthly subscription streaming service and despite the claims, it's not all revolutionary.

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