Streaming video

showtime-streaming-service

If you have an internet connection, you'll be able to subscribe to SHOWTIME's new streaming service.  In the beginning, they'll be partnered exclusively with Apple, so you'll also need an Apple device or an Apple TV until the service expands to other providers.  The new service is simply called SHOWTIME, and subscribers "will have unlimited [...]

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amazon-fire-tv-update

I got an email from Amazon outlining the new features added to their Fire TV with the newly-released OS 1.5 update.  The update adds the following features: "Expandable USB storage—Use a connected USB flash drive to expand your Amazon Fire TV storage for downloaded apps and games—this enables you to have more games downloaded for [...]

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roku-background-themes

Are you tired of the boring black background on your Roku streaming player or your Roku TV?  Now you can add a theme featuring your favorite TV show to jazz up the backgrounds.  Right now, the Game of Thrones and Netflix original series House of Cards are free for a limited time only.  Additional Themes range from $0.99 and [...]

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hbo-now-ipad-2

Yesterday we took a quick look at the new HBO Now streaming service on the Apple TV.  With HBO Now, you can access all of HBO's original programming plus a variety of movies without needing an HBO subscription through your cable company.  You only need a broadband connection, and you'll need the iPad connected to [...]

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hbo-now-apple-tv-7a

Our condo complex provides cable service as part of our monthly HOA fees, but that service is standard definition.  We rent a cable box directly from Time Warner so we can see high-def programming with our "free" cable, but we don't have any premium channels.  I feel left out sometimes when people talk about all [...]

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roku-tv-sets

You've seen smart TVs before, but you've never seen a smart Roku TV until now.  Roku has partnered with Hisense and TCL to simplify the smart TV so you can "instantly enjoy endless entertainment".  You can customize the Roku TV home screen with your favorite cable/satellite TV box, streaming channels, gaming console, and other devices so you don't [...]

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amazon-fire-tv-stick

If you had your interest piqued by the Amazon Fire TV that was released earlier this year, but you didn't want to pay $100 for it, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is for you.  It's only $39, but Amazon Prime members get it for only $19 if they order before 6:00 a.m. (PT) October 29, 2014. [...]

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hbo-amazon-instant-video

HBO and Amazon have signed a multi-year agreement that will allow Amazon Prime members unlimited streaming access to a variety of HBO programming.  Amazon will have exclusive access to this programming over the life of the deal.  At no extra cost, Prime members will be able to watch all seasons of series like The Sopranos, [...]

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belkin-miracast-3

Sharing video content from your Android phone or tablet isn't difficult when it's just with one other person. But trying to share something with a group of friends all crowded around a small screen can be a little tough. The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter makes it simple to mirror your display on a big screen [...]

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creativeLive-1a

  Starting in 2010, creativeLIVE has broadcast workshops and seminars taught by leading professionals and educators in the fields of photography, design, business, lifestyle, and video... online for FREE!  These workshops are jam packed with knowledge so if you're streaming the class, you really need to set aside uninterrupted time to soak it all in and/or [...]

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time-warner-cable-on-xbox360

In March of this year, I purchased (and reviewed) the new Roku 3 because I could use it to add Time Warner Cable programming to my bedroom TV without needing to rent a cable box.  I now have sharp, clear cable channels on that TV that supplements the over-the-air network channels I get using an [...]

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Roku 3 review

roku-3-1

In November 2011, Julie and I reviewed two models of the Roku 2 (see related posts for link).  I've been using my Roku 2 in my living room since then, and I had an older Roku in my bedroom.  The bedroom TV has no cable hookup, so I relied on my Roku and my Apple [...]

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netflix

 Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings announced that the plans to split their DVD distribution business into a separate company (Qwikster) has been cancelled because of customer feedback. While I’d love to believe that the many emails and articles like this one were the reason for the reconciliation I believe it may also have involved Amazon's recent [...]

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veebeam-article-1

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VeeBeam for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. In addition to the normal cable boxes, antennas, and DVD players, there are a multitude of devices that promise to deliver content to your television.  But there’s a big problem with all these devices – they [...]

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