Tag Archive: Streaming


Which streaming boxes offer a 3.5mm headset jack?

Best answer: If you want to use headphones for private watching, the Roku Ultra is going to be the best streaming box for you.

Amazon: Roku Ultra ($ 89)

Why this is the streaming box for you

Roku has offered 3.5mm headphone jacks on its streaming sticks and boxes for years, and it’s still present on the latest Roku Ultra. If you’ve ever used another Roku streaming device — or a TV with Roku built-in —  [Read More…]

HDHomerun Premium offers 45 streaming channels for $34 a month

HDHomerun Quatro — with four over-the-air tuners — is $ 119 at Amazon.

The new streaming service will work on existing HDHomerun boxes.

A little bit of breaking news in the ol’ CordCutters world tonight. SiliconDust — the company behind the excellent HDHomerun over-the-air streaming boxes — has just launched a new streaming service. It’ll work with most existing HDHomerun boxes (save for HDHomerun Prime, which already requires a cable subscription), and it’s available in the United  [Read More…]

Save $30 on Amazon’s latest streaming hardware, the Fire TV Cube

This discount won’t last long!

Amazon currently Fire TV Cube streaming media player for $ 89.99 today as part of Amazon’s off to college deals. This matches the pre-order discount that Amazon ran when it first announced the hardware and its Prime Day pricing.

CordCutters did a full review of the Fire TV Cube. Essentially, imagine the way you use an Echo Dot now to control all the wirelessly connected appliances around your home. Then imagine that  [Read More…]

The ultimate streaming hardware comparison guide

Fire TV. Roku. Apple TV. Android TV. Each has its merits. Each has its problems. We put the best of the best boxes against each other.

There is a lot of hardware out there when it comes to streaming live video. So much so, that it’s understandable if you’re a prospective cord-cutter and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. That’s where we come in.

You really can boil the hardware situation down to four major platforms. There’s  [Read More…]

Watch all your favorite shows with the Roku Streaming Stick for $35

Faster, better, cheaper.

The Roku Streaming Stick media streaming device normally sells between $ 48 and $ 50. It dropped to $ 40 a couple times back in May and earlier, but this $ 34.99 sale price is the lowest we have ever seen.

This is one of Roku’s newest streaming devices, a refresh of previous models. It just released in early October. Roku claims the processor in the new stick is 50% faster than last year’s  [Read More…]

Tech, streaming, and the beautiful game

Goooooooooooaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllll

As I’m writing this, it’s a few minutes into the World Cup final between France and Croatia, a match that, if the bookies are right, will easily edge in France’s favor. Even as a casual soccer fan — I grew up obsessed with the Manchester United of the early 1990s, featuring an impenetrable Peter Schmeichel and poetry-in-motion Ryan Giggs, among many others — this tournament had me hooked from the beginning. There have been so many  [Read More…]

NVIDIA moving Shield TV to its GeForce Now service for some serious game streaming

GeForce Now allows you to play desktop games on the Android TV-based streaming console box.

NVIDIA today announced that its Shield TV will be switching over to the GeForce NOW service — basically a cloud service for gaming — that’s currently available on Macs and Windows machines, bringing desktop games to the Shield platform. It’ll let Shield owner play their personal library of games, or purchase new ones from digital stores like Steam and Uplay.

This all gets a  [Read More…]

Another streaming service is about to raise its prices, too

That’s $ 60 for the year, across the board.

So the funniest thing just happened. First DirecTV Now increased the monthly price of its plans by $ 5 a month over the weekend. And you’ll never guess what else just happened.

Now PlayStation Vue is increasing the price of its plans by $ 5 a month. (Never mind that DirecTV Now had said it was increasing prices to better stay in line with where the market was.)

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Xfinity Mobile customers to be limited to 480p streaming, 600Kbps hotspot

Subscribers will have to pay for 720p streaming later in the year.

Xfinity Mobile, Comcast’s MVNO that’s powered by Verizon’s network, is about to get some new restrictions. Subscribers of the service are now getting emails from Comcast informing them about the changes, and they have to do with video streaming and mobile hotspot speeds.

As it currently stands, videos you stream using your Xfinity Mobile data are presented in 720p HD. Starting soon, however, the resolution  [Read More…]

The best smart TV is a dumb display and a streaming stick

Smart TVs are wonderful for the first year or so of ownership. But support needs to last much longer given how expensive TVs are.

The greatest trend of technology over the last 10, 20, even 50 years is consolidation: the smartphone combines an MP3 player, a digital camera, the cell phone, GPS navigator, and more. We’ve seen this consolidation happen in other parts of the consumer electronics world as well: TV’s that add smart functionality so consumers  [Read More…]