Barb Gonzalez

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Apr 08, 2014 1 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $99

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Effective voice search function
Powerful quad-core processor
ASAP feature loads movies for instant playback
HDMI CEC functionality
Minus
Voice search and watchlists not functional for all services
Limited on-demand video apps

THE VERDICT
Fire TV is a solid performer, but it needs more content and services, and a global search option, to make it a hit.

Amazon surprised the world last week by announcing the details of its new standalone media player, the Amazon Fire TV, on the very same day it was released for sale. Priced at $99, Fire TV is positioned to compete with the top-selling Apple TV and Roku 3 box.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 26, 2014 0 comments
The team that brought us TiVo, now release a new way to stream online video with the Qplay. Check out how it compares to other streaming devices including the Chromecast and whether it is as revolutionary as the TiVo duo claim.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 20, 2014 1 comments
As the popularity of streaming short videos continues to grow, what will happen to feature film length movies, and TV shows? A panel at the Sun Valley Film Festival discusses the changing face of streaming content.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 06, 2014 0 comments
Roku will release the Roku Streaming Stick that will work with any TV. Is a streaming stick right for you?
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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: Feb 21, 2014 3 comments
Showtime Anytime lets you stream Showtime TV shows and movies to many devices and now includes Roku. DISH subscribers are left out. Here's a review of the CBS and DISH feuds over the years and why DISH subscribers probably won't be able to stream Showtime anytime soon.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Feb 06, 2014 0 comments
Stream every 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics' ski run, hockey game, speed skating heat, ice skating performance, and every other sport to a mobile device or computer. Here's how to watch any of this year's Olympic sports live or as a complete replay.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 15, 2013 Published: Jan 31, 2014 0 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $100

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Remote control with headphone jack
Global movie title search
Zippy processor for quick navigation and search
Minus
Can only be connected via HDMI

THE VERDICT
Performance improvements and a new interface make streaming easy and keep Roku ahead of the competition.

Where other companies that make media players seem stuck in endless delays in the release of new models, it seems that Roku rolls out a new option every few months. I’m not complaining. Its newest release, the Roku 3, is my favorite so far. I use a Roku box with my bedroom TV because my tech-challenged partner can easily understand how to navigate its menus. Roku 3 has now added a headphone jack in the remote that mutes the TV when you plug into it. No longer do I have to endure listening to explosions, gunshots, and car-chase scenes while I’m trying to fall asleep. Performance improvements plus a new interface and box design continue to keep Roku ahead of its competition.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 30, 2014 0 comments
Beats Electronics who brought us the ubiquitous Beats headphones brings us their own music steaming service. Here's a first look at the Beats Music streaming experience.
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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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