Barb Gonzalez

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 31, 2014 0 comments
Amazon to release Fire TV Stick. Here is what we know about the new dongle and whether you'll be able to get one soon.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 22, 2014 Published: Oct 20, 2014 0 comments
Google's Nexus Player, the first Android TV, is available for pre-order with delivery set for early November. That is, of course, if it isn't sold out...
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 16, 2014 0 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $90

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Well-designed remote app with mirroring mode
Uses phone’s accelerometer to control games
Multiple users can control same BiggiFi
Minus
Touchscreen remote mode takes practice
Slight lag time when using screenshot remote mode

THE VERDICT
A versatile streamer that’s fun for playing games.

Before the official Android TVs come on the market, several small companies have been making Android-streaming devices that connect to a TV. BiggiFi is the newest Android-on-a-dongle that connects to a TV’s HDMI port. Other than its strange name, and obvious English-as-a-second-language notifications, this smartphone-controlled device might be a good streaming stick choice for users who like to play smartphone apps on the big screen.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 15, 2014 1 comments
HBO has officially announced a standalone HBO Go option will be available in 2015. The new option will allow users to stream to the HBO Go app without requiring a subscription to the HBO premium cable channel.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 10, 2014 0 comments
This small streaming subscription video-on-demand service offers classic films from Gandhi to Ghostbusters for less than the price of a single HD streaming rental.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 25, 2014 3 comments
UltraFlix is quickly adding to their library of 4K streaming titles and has announced that their app will be included on some 2014 UHD TVs. Could the UltraFlix and Amazon Instant Video 4K streams start a flood of new titles?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 17, 2014 0 comments
Roku's success is a tale of how streaming media players have progressed in the past 6 years.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 03, 2014 5 comments
Whether you are streaming 4K video, have a multitude of devices connected to WiFi, or want speedy file transfers to multiple hard drives, check out Netgear's Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Router.
Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 29, 2014 Published: Aug 28, 2014 5 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
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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