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Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 14, 2024  |  0 comments
Once sports moves to streaming, will anyone still subscribe to cable and satellite? It's likely the idea that prompted ESPN, Fox, and Warner Bros. Discovery to partner in a new sports streaming service slated to launch this fall.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 31, 2024  |  6 comments
On January 29th, Amazon started running ads with its video-on-demand Prime Video streaming service. As announced in September 2023, Prime subscribers must pay an extra $3 a month to watch ad-free.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 17, 2024  |  0 comments
In May 2023, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company would launch a "one-app experience" combining Hulu and Disney+ content. As promised, the beta was released in December, so we now know what that "one-app" looks like.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 27, 2023  |  8 comments
FAST (Free Ad-Supported TV) and streaming services with ads have brought back commercials in a big way. 2023 was the year streaming became so expensive that we had to reconsider the luxury of uninterrupted streaming.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 13, 2023  |  0 comments
The recent Apple TV OS 17.2 update aims to bring all your movies and TV shows together in one place to make it easier for you to find what you want to watch.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 29, 2023  |  4 comments
With the ever-growing fragmentation of streaming services, we now need to search to find the Christmas movies and shows we watch year after year. Here’s a little help.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 15, 2023  |  2 comments
With the cost of streaming subscriptions on the rise, now is the time to make some cuts. But where? And how?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 25, 2023  |  2 comments
Amazon is following Apple’s lead. A recent update to its Fire TV streamers includes a feature that automatically frees up memory by offloading apps that have not been used in a while — a potential boon for devices with limited storage and a feature that has been available on Apple TV for some time.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 11, 2023  |  2 comments
The Roku OS 12.5 update that will start rolling out in the coming weeks and months will bring more sports and music in addition to making easier to find what to you want to watch.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 27, 2023  |  3 comments
The Apple tvOS 17 operating system update arrived on September 18th. New integrations that use the iPhone or iPad as a camera are a game-changer as FaceTime is now on Apple TV. Apple has also added several features users have been requesting for a while.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 13, 2023  |  1 comments
Apple announced upgrades for its popular AirPods Pro 2nd generation earbuds at yesterday's annual event in Cupertino, California.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 30, 2023  |  4 comments
At first, ditching cable for an all-streaming solution saved money and offered other benefits. With rising prices, you might have to give in to watching commercials to get a good deal.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 25, 2023  |  0 comments
Well, okay…not everyone but as Netflix gets ready to exit the disc rental service it has run for 25 years, it is offering subscribers to its DVD/Blu-ray mail-order service a chance to get up to 10 more free titles.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 17, 2023  |  5 comments
A lack of internet connection doesn't mean a lack of entertainment options. Most streaming services offer the option to download content to watch offline when you are off-grid or dealing with spotty service areas like airplanes, subway tunnels and mountain passes.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 26, 2023  |  6 comments
A sea of pink worn by mothers, daughters, and grandmothers waiting for popcorn to eat while watching Barbie together. It's precisely what movie makers and theater owners hoped for—a sense of community watching a movie together pre-pandemic style. It's an experience that can't be duplicated streaming at home alone. Most studios have ended same-day streaming offerings, and theater-only windows are extending longer.

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