Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

Table of Contents Show More It’s great what a little competition will do. Ever since cord cutting became a genuine trend, TV networks and pay TV providers have scrambled to bring their channel bundles to the internet. But with more competition comes more confusion. Between Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV …

Best DVR for cord cutters

Table of Contents Show More Here’s the hard truth for cord-cutters right now: The ideal over-the-air DVR doesn’t exist. While some products are better than others, all of them—from Tablo to TiVo to HDHomeRun with Plex—have at least one critical weakness. If you want to record broadcast TV channels from …

Marseille mCable Cinema Edition review: This expensive HDMI cable is mostly worth it

There is no shortage of sources—including TechHive—that will tell you one HDMI cable is pretty much as good as any other HDMI cable. Well, here’s the exception to that rule: the $100 Marseille mCable Cinema Edition  What makes this HDMI cable special? It has an embedded microprocessor that upscales and …

Harman Kardon Enchant 800 soundbar review: There are many better values in home audio

The sound coming from a TV’s built-in speakers typically sucks: It’s invariably thin and weak, and the dialog is nearly unintelligible. Of course, you could assemble a complete outboard sound system with an A/V receiver and speakers, but that is often more trouble—and more expensive—than it’s worth, especially for a …

Winegard FlatWave Amped indoor TV antenna review: This one pulls in the channels

The Winegard FlatWave Amped is one of a series of small, lightweight indoor antennas that Winegard offers. The company has been in the antenna business since the 1950s and knows what it’s doing—something I confirmed when I tested this antenna. In addition to the Amped version, there’s an unamplified version …

Why don’t Samsung and LG make streaming boxes?

Not long ago, I thought of smart TV software—especially from the likes of Samsung and LG—as something to ignore. Dedicated streaming devices such as Roku’s Streaming Stick and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick offered slicker interfaces and better app selections, which made me wonder why TV makers even bothered making subpar …

TiVo talks streaming apps, Android hardware, and a potential live TV service

In the age of cord-cutting, an entirely predictable thing has happened to TiVo’s consumer business. From 2017 to 2018, TiVo has lost about five percent of its cable-DVR subscriber base, roughly in line with the overall decline of cable TV subscriptions. During the same period, however, TiVo’s over-the-air DVR subscriber …

Sennheiser’s AMBEO soundbar promises acoustic alchemy

Sennheiser headphones and mics are held in high esteem by consumers and audio pros alike, but the company is a babe in the woods when it comes building loudspeakers for the home theater. Based on what we heard at CES of its AMBEO soundbar—an all-in-one 5.1.4 design with no fewer …

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

Amazon is upgrading the remote control for its $40 Fire TV Stick, giving it the same volume and power controls as the company’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube streamers. The new remote has a built-in infrared emitter and buttons for power, volume, and mute, allowing it to …