It seem like everyone is jumping on the streaming live TV train these days, and with Google getting YouTube on board, it’s worth a closer look. While there are things to like about YouTube TV, I feel like Google still has a lot of work to do to make this a legitimate option for everyone. What Is YouTube TV? In a nutshell, YouTube TV is Google’s take on streaming television—much like Sling, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and the like. It’s an all-inclusive $35 package that brings a handful of channels you may or may not want to watch…but that doesn’t really matter, because you don’t get to pick and choose (for the most part, anyway). It features both live TV viewing and a DVR service. RELATED: What Is PlayStation Vue, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription? Note: At the time of writing, YouTube TV is only available in parts of the U.S. Head here for a full list of coverage areas. Where most of the competitors offer specific … [Read more...] about What Is YouTube TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?
The cord cutting pushback has begun. Wired, The LA Times and even my own colleagues have all argued that cutting the cord is starting to lose its luster, and that as more companies break off into their own streaming services (instead of putting their content up on Netflix), cord cutting will soon be just as expensive as cable. These articles are technically correct. But they also miss the point a bit: paying for all those services isn’t the only way to cut the cord. Yes, it’s true that subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go will add up to roughly as much as a cable bundle. It’s also true that companies keep creating new streaming services like CBS All Access and Disney’s upcoming venture, all in the hopes of extracting even more money from those without cable. But paying for all of those services isn’t cord cutting: it’s just cable by another name. Cord cutting was never going to fit everyone, and if you’re the … [Read more...] about Cord Cutting Only Sucks If You’re Trying to Replicate Cable
Your providers—from your cable company to your trash company—are more than happy to raise your rates and gouge you for money. But unless you get in their face about it, they’ll never lower them. The key to saving a pile of money is strategic negotiation. There are countless articles on the internet that claim you can save money “just by asking for a lower rate”, but few really get into the nitty-gritty of making that call. We’ve been negotiating our bills for years, and have found quite a few tricks that work wonders—without a ton of effort or negotiating prowess. Here are the tactics that will almost certainly save you money. When to Negotiate (and When to Hold) When should you negotiate for better deals? In short, almost always. There are very few times it isn’t worth negotiating for a better rate on things. Whether you’re thinking about negotiating for better rate for internet service, cable TV, or even talking to your alarm … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide to Negotiating Your Cable, Cell Phone, and Other Bills
You might laugh at the high retail prices for “premium” cables at big box retail stores. But is it possible that a higher quality cable can give you a better digital signal? The nuance of the answer may surprise you. Cables might seem like a boring part of your computer or home entertainment equipment. You plug them in, they work. End of story, right? Again, the nuance may surprise you. To better understand how your cables work, we’ll have to look at the physics and science of how the signals are sent, and the engineering feats that had to be accomplished to create images and sounds. Even if you think common sense or a little geek knowledge is all you need to get the right cable for your home entertainment system—think again. Here’s some of the most helpful (and coolest) information we’ve found about cables and digital signals. Cables, Markups, and Marketing When you look at the long chain products go through to get to your hands, sometimes … [Read more...] about Do You Really Need to Buy Expensive Cables?
If you’ve ever toyed around with the idea of moving to a online streaming cable replacement, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Sling TV. But it can be kind of confusing to figure out if Sling is a good fit for your lifestyle. Fear not, would-be cord-cutter—we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you want to know about Sling TV. What Is Sling TV? In short, Sling TV is a streaming service that’s designed to take the place of your existing cable subscription. It has live TV and channels, just like cable, but it’s streamed over the internet instead of through a separate hard connection. Of course, this generally means you’ll need some sort of internet-connected box connected to your TV—Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Xbox One all have Sling apps. There are also apps for mobile platforms, like Android and iOS, as well as Windows. Basically, most of your bases should be covered here. Unlike cable, though, Sling … [Read more...] about What Is Sling TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Brian Fung by Brian Fung Email the author March 26 Email the author (Rick Wilking/Reuters) Amid sky-high cable bills, many TV viewers have sought to cut costs by firing their TV providers and switching to a relatively new crop of online alternatives offering fewer channels at a lower price. These “skinny bundles” are often streamed live over the Internet and on mobile devices, creating new experiences for TV fans. But that video revolution could be threatened if the government allows AT&T to buy Time Warner, according to one of America's first providers of live-streaming skinny … [Read more...] about It’ll be harder to ditch your ‘bloated’ cable package if AT&T merges with Time Warner, Dish says
The wireless gaming mouse is a viable alternative these days for hardcore players thanks to widespread adoption of adaptive radio tech by companies like Razer and Logitech. But even if you drop the cable for data, you still need to charge your battery … unless you don’t. Both Razer and Logitech have introduced their own forms of wireless charging in their devices, and this could free the mouse forever. I already reviewed the Logitech G Powerplay system, which enables you to charge a mouse without ever plugging it in, and now Razer has launched its own take on that technology with its Razer Hyperflux Mamba bundle. This $250 kit gets you a wireless version of the company’s Mamba gaming mouse that works with the special Hyperflux mouse surface. The only thing you plug into your computer is the mousepad, and that creates a electromagnetic field that spins a device inside the Mamba to provide power. The technology still surprises me. It just works, and it is nice to … [Read more...] about Razer Mamba Hyperflux mouse throws cables and batteries in the bin
We’ve got some fantastic daily deals for you to check out, and it all begins with two discounted cable modems that your cable company is definitely going to hate. Why? Because as soon as you get one, activate it, and return your old modem, your cable company will have to stop scamming you out of between $8 and $10 each month for a bogus “modem rental fee.” Other top deals on Thursday include Beats Solo3 wireless headphones for under $200, a $12 discount on the best rechargeable batteries, a $16 adapter that will ensure your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick never buffers again, great savings on the best fast wireless charging pad we’ve ever tested, a $16 LED light strip that flashes in sync with your music, an awesome patio heater, a gigabit Wi-Fi router for just $45, ridiculously comfy sheets, a ridiculously luxurious rain showerhead, and plenty more. Check out all the deals below. TP-Link TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) Cable Modem. Max Download Speeds Up to 343Mbps. … [Read more...] about Today’s top deals: Modems your cable company will hate, Beats Solo3, gigabit Wi-Fi router, more
Happy Friday, bargain hunters! We’ve got a great roundup of the day’s best deals to close out the week for you. Highlights from today’s list include a killer price on the Crock-Pot multi-use slow cooker that’s better than most Instant Pots, a $9 Crock-Pot slow cooker if that first discount isn’t good enough, deep discounts on two different cable modems that’ll save you up to $120 a year on your cable bill when you return your old modem, a top-rated dash cam for just $40, a new lower price on the slimmest iPhone X battery case on Amazon, a 4.7-star camera drone for just $30 today only, $40 off the TP-Link Deco mesh Wi-Fi system, $400 off a sleek Rose Gold MacBook, and plenty more. See all of today’s best bargains below. Crock-Pot 6 Qt 8-in-1 Multi-Use Express Crock Programmable Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Sauté… $63.00 Available from AmazonBGR may receive a commission Buy Now Crock-Pot 2-QT Round Manual Slow Cooker, Black … [Read more...] about Today’s best deals: Crock-Pot Express Crock, $40 dash cam, cable modems, MacBook, camera drone, more
Online streaming services are usually considered an alternative to pricey cable subscriptions for cord cutters. But TV networks have been trying to change that for years, and they’ve released more and more services that give you free access to on-demand video if you have a cable subscription. If you have a cable subscription anyway, there’s a good chance you have access to many of these “TV Everywhere” services. But most people aren’t aware of them and don’t use them. We’re focusing on such services in the USA, although similar options may exist in other countries. TV Everywhere 101 RELATED: Cutting the Cord: Can Buying Episodes and Watching TV Online Be Cheaper Than Cable? TV Everywhere, also sometimes called “TV Anywhere,” has been discussed since 2009, and the first of such services started rolling out in 2010. TV networks noticed more people want to watch content on-demand and on a variety of devices, from … [Read more...] about Have a Cable Subscription? Take Advantage of “TV Everywhere” Services