Comcast Wants To Be Your Apple TV

Love streaming apps but don’t love cable? Your friendly (ahem) neighborhood Comcast cable franchise would like to rent you a streaming set-top for $5/month. Of course, most cord cutters aren’t exactly interested in the ongoing fees and platform limitations associated with hardware rentals. Hence, the meteoric rise of Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku. Yet, … Read more

Spotify Entices New Subscribers With Free Hulu Video Streaming

Spotify is making some serious noise this week. Beyond filing a complaint against Apple for anti-competitive practices, the music streaming heavyweight has launched a new customer promotion that bundles Hulu. Same ten bucks for Spotify Premium… but with the benefit of Hulu. Similar to Google packaging YouTube Red with Google Play Music. Except, we’re talking … Read more

Tablo Previews Automatic Commercial Skip

Like TiVo (currently) and Channels DVR (upcoming), Tablo is bringing automatic commercial skipping to over-the-air television recordings. The good news: You can see it in action below. The bad news: The company has delayed its release until late April. Don’t worry, we’re still committed to making that happen but there are some additional algorithm tweaking … Read more

Roku Gets An Alexa Skill. Hopefully Better Than Google.

My Twitter followers likely encountered some snark in regards to Roku’s initial Google Assistant integration — with the two primary complaints being that I could only link up a single Roku device, despite a household of several, and Google’s frequent target device confusion, given the nonsensical responses that I don’t posses a Chromecast. TRYING to control Roku … Read more

TiVo’s Best Deal Ever

I’ve been tracking TiVo a hundred years now… and I’m fairly certain this is their best DVR deal ever. In typical TiVo marketing fashion, the “Presidents Day Sale Event” kicked off a few days after the scheduled holiday. But there’s no denying the savings are on point: $280 for a refurbished 4-tuner, 500GB TiVo Bolt … Read more

How To Download Amazon Recast DVR Recordings

The Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR may not be much to look at, yet the new entrant appears somewhat hackable as AFTVNews has just documented how to offload recordings. Of course, there are tons of reasons why you might want to do this — such as overcoming Amazon ecosystem lock-in, facilitate offline viewing, or to allow … Read more

Locast Free TV Next In The Barrel?

Several years after the questionable SCOTUS smackdown of Aereo, upstart Locast is similarly attempting to stream antenna television… to those who may not have reception or prefer to watch on something other than a television. Unlike the for-profit model of Aereo, which provided live television with DVR capabilities to customers via rented regional micro-antennas, Locast is … Read more

Fitbit Inspire HR Hands On

As is often the case, I buy each new Fitbit … and invariably end up disappointed. Yet the Fitbit Inspire HR, which I uncovered last year as a likely Alta successor, strikes a nice balance between form, function, and price. And I’m digging it. In fact, for most, it may be a better option than … Read more