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Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 21, 2022  |  1 comments
The WarnerMedia and Discovery merger has been finalized. The new company, dubbed Warner Bros. Discovery, will bring significant changes to HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming and will likely affect the CNN+ streaming app. It’s expected that all the content will be aggregated into one streaming service, but it won’t happen immediately.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 06, 2022  |  0 comments
Plex continues to improve and reinvent itself with the goal of becoming the one app that you turn to first for all streaming. Its most recent addition is Plex Discover (in public Beta). Plex Discover finds trending and popular shows on all of your subscription services.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 02, 2022  |  0 comments
Fans of NBC’s TV shows may soon need to subscribe to Peacock to stream current episodes. In February, Comcast had a window to get out of a content licensing agreement with Hulu that would allow them to remove NBC shows from the service.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 16, 2022  |  0 comments
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics may be halfway through, but with so many streaming opportunities, you can get caught up on everything that’s happened. Like the 2020 Summer Olympics held last year, NBCUniversal is again offering replays, highlights, interviews, and live coverage. Here’s how to stream the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 02, 2022  |  18 comments
Over the last two years, social media has faced increased scrutiny for the information posted on its platforms. In response, Twitter and Facebook started either including links for more information on a subject or removing posts with false information. This past month, the same focus has turned to entertainment streaming platforms via Spotify.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 19, 2022  |  0 comments
Apple users can now screen share, watch videos, or listen to music when on a FaceTime call. Learn how easy it is to use SharePlay and start sharing.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 22, 2021  |  0 comments
A streaming service subscription makes a great last-minute gift or the perfect addition to go with the gift of a Roku or Amazon stick. Some services offer gift cards, others have restrictions. Find out how to gift popular streaming services.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 08, 2021  |  0 comments
Spotify's recent partnership with Netflix brings official playlists, albums, and podcasts from some of the streaming app's most popular video series. Now the soundtrack to your life can be one from your favorite show.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 24, 2021  |  0 comments
Black Friday deals on streaming subscriptions may be the best way to try out new apps. Many channels and apps have dollar deals that give you enough time to watch those titles that you didn't want to spend full price to see. This is a push by the streaming services to get more subscribers (that equates to more advertising dollars for ad-supported services). And they are hoping that once you subscribe, you'll stay with the service. Between Thanksgiving day and midnight on Cyber Monday is the best time to sign up for deals on Hulu, AMC+, and many add-on channels, as well as streaming player/streaming software bundles.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 03, 2021  |  1 comments
The newest Roku Streaming Stick 4K model may not make you abandon your current Roku player, but it does provide a step-up in performance, and is priced at a low $50. It's powered by a new Roku OS 10.5 update that ups the surround sound capabilities of Roku soundbars from 3.1 to a full 5.1 wireless setup. The combined updates deliver excellent video quality and decent surround sound at a reasonable price.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 20, 2021  |  0 comments
In a special event this week, Apple announced a new generation of AirPods and HomePod mini options to go with the soon-to-be-released Apple Music Voice Plan. The reduced-price plan can only be accessed and controlled using Siri voice commands through the headphones, speaker, or other Apple devices.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 22, 2021  |  0 comments
Roku is upgrading its operating system and has announced plans to release a new Roku Streaming Stick 4K and Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ in October. The new Roku OS 10.5 promises to speed up content retrieval and improve Roku Voice commands in addition to adding wireless surround sound and streamlined audio adjustments.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 08, 2021  |  1 comments
DirecTV Stream launched recently as the newest DIRECTV incarnation. There are a few changes, but for those who subscribe to AT&T TV, the only difference will be the onscreen logo and mobile app name. There has been much confusion about DirecTV Stream, from the name change, to how to stream it and the differences between it and the DIRECTV satellite service.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 25, 2021  |  0 comments
There are over six thousand movies, and TV shows on Netflix in the U.S. Chances are you only see what comes up on your home screen or in suggestions of “more like this” when you choose a title. But if you are looking for a specific movie genre, there are ways to see all the movies and TV shows that might suit your mood.

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