Barb Gonzalez

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 29, 2014 Published: Aug 28, 2014 5 comments

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PRICE $50

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Direct HDMI connection to most TVs
Extensive content options
Suggested videos and apps on home screen
Remote with direct access to Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, and Blockbuster

Minus
Music stops when navigating away from channel
Long start-up time
No option to group channels by category

THE VERDICT
The great features of a Roku box in a stick for half the price.

The second Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version) is a fit-in-your-pocket HDMI dongle that is basically a Roku box on a stick. Where the previous Roku Streaming stick worked only with TVs that have an MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) HDMI port, the new Roku is compatible with most TVs’ standard HDMI connections. As with its predecessors, the Roku HDMI is easy to use and offers more than 1,700 channels (that is, apps). Notably, these now include apps that stream from pretty much any video source you can think of—the usual online streaming services, plus your home network media libraries, or live TV and recorded DVR recorded content using Simple.tv or a Slingplayer channel.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 27, 2014 0 comments
The new social video app N3TWORK does an excellent job of pulling together and personalizing high quality web videos. But does it have what it takes to be a hit?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 20, 2014 0 comments
TV manufacturers are getting ready to release a new Smart TV powered by the Roku platform. And they promise it goes well beyond adding Roku Stick to a TV.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 06, 2014 2 comments
The Plex media server and player has just received another new update that enhances your downloaded movies and fixes problems found in earlier updates.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 31, 2014 0 comments
Amazon Prime membership has added free music from Amazon Prime Music. Here's how Amazon Prime Music works and tips for quickly amassing the music library you want.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 25, 2014 Published: Jul 23, 2014 2 comments
The Qplay app and adapter will cease to function after July 25, 2014. Was Qplay a bad idea?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 09, 2014 0 comments
The addition of Android mirroring and other features to the Chromecast streaming media dongle will level the playing field with other (more expensive) media players.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 25, 2014 0 comments
The Android TV was unveiled at the Google developer's conference. Here's what's new and how it differs from Google TV.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 13, 2014 0 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $150

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Adds Google TV apps to a Sony Bravia TV
Compact dongle form factor
Integrates cable/satellite programming with streaming apps
Integrates some apps typically not available on Google TV

Minus
Google TV remote was sometimes unresponsive
Only works with specific 2013 (or newer) Bravia TVs

THE VERDICT
A solid Google TV add-on for owners of compatible Bravia TVs.

When the Sony Bravia Smart Stick was first announced, it was thought to be competition for Google’s Chromecast. But this complete Google TV-on-a-dongle is not for everyone. It is an add-on option for recent Bravia TV owners who want more than the streaming apps available on the Bravia TV platform. The Bravia stick integrates seamlessly with the TV, combining the app menu from the Bravia TV with the Google TV home screen for quick access.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 11, 2014 0 comments
Here's how to find any movie or TV show to stream to your TV. Global search and search websites search across multiple apps to save time and make it easy to go straight to the movie you've been wanting to see.

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