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Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 12, 2017  |  2 comments
In the search for ways to free ourselves from the escalating costs of pay TV, the missing piece of the puzzle is the ability to stream and record live local TV broadcasts. We can stream movies, previous TV seasons, and many cable channels—from Food TV and A&E to Cartoon Network on Sling TV— but getting local TV is another matter.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 26, 2017  |  0 comments
Sonos recently introduced the Sonos One smart speaker with built-in Alexa voice control. But you don’t have to buy a new speaker to use Alexa to control your Sonos system.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Hulu has released a public beta of its Live TV feature in a completely redesigned app so I tried it out to see if it is it a bona fide replacement for pay TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  5 comments
Netgear’s new Nighthawk X10 AD7200 router is a great choice for streaming 4K HDR content and VR games. Read on to find out why.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  First Published: Jan 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Find out how the new Fire TV stands up to 4K HDR streaming media players that are twice its size as well as double its price.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  0 comments
We revisit Plex to see how its new DVR and voice-control features work.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 22, 2016  |  3 comments
The newest Roku streaming stick has the power of a full-sized Roku. In this hands on review, learn more about what this flash-drive sized stick can do.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 03, 2016  |  2 comments
The Xbox One S was just released with 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. Here are some first impressions.
Barb Gonzalez  |  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.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 20, 2015  |  First Published: Mar 18, 2015  |  2 comments
As promised, the HBO standalone subscription service will be available in April to Apple customers. Unlike HBO Go, the service will not require that viewers authenticate by also subscribing to HBO on cable or satellite. Find out how to get HBO NOW in April.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 16, 2012  |  19 comments
For those who stream video from online sources, the speed at which data can be sent into their home is critical. If your connection isn't fast enough, streaming video can sometimes stall as it fills the buffer in the receiving device, or the content provider might send a lower-quality stream because it senses that your available speed can't handle anything more. So how much speed do you need?
Barb Gonzalez  |  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.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 26, 2012  |  3 comments
If you’re in search of the perfect music station, with a little dedication and patience, you can customize Pandora. For the uninitiated, Pandora is a free online music-streaming service. Unlike other “free” online music services, it can be streamed to smartphones, tablets, TVs, media-streaming devices, and more without a premium subscription fee.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 11, 2014  |  1 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.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 18, 2012  |  19 comments
Streaming media from online sources provides a huge variety of movies, TV shows, and music that can be rented or watched for free. Still, you may have downloaded movies and music and stored them on your computer as well. Your media libraries may be filled with movies, TV shows, music that you ripped from CDs, and/or digital photos you've taken yourself.

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