WATCHING TV SPORTS ANYWHERE

When our friend from Wisconsin (No, his name is not Yon Yonson) is in our neck-of-the-woods, he wants to watch the Green Bay Packer games on his phone. Can he do it? One way is to use “Watch ESPN,” a free app for Android, iPhone and iPad. We tried out the ESPN app on our phone to watch football in a doctor’s waiting room and it worked fine. But the catch is, you must verify that you have a subscription to cable TV. Our friend Lee does not have a cable TV subscription. Instead, he has a lifetime subscription to the TiVo service. TiVo users can stream programs to their TV at home or to their phone or tablet. But […]

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DROPPING CABLE

We’re going into this again because it seems that all the world wants to get rid of their cable service. Another reader writes to say that he wants to drop Comcast, and short of taking to the streets with flaming torches, he can’t seem to shake them. All he cares about is local channels and HBO.

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GETTING MORE OUT OF ONLINE TV

Thanks to the wonders of online TV, we just watched 11 years worth of Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot” series in just a few weeks.

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DUMPING CABLE

We keep hearing from readers who have dropped their expensive cable TV subscriptions. This is going to be an unstoppable trend. With plug-in adapters like Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, you get channels such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Video. All of those except YouTube involve extra fees, like $7 a month price for Netflix. But that is very little compared to cable costs.

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TV OR NOT TV, THAT IS THE QUESTION

In three years, almost a quarter of all U.S. households won’t be cable TV subscribers, according to a new study by eMarketer. Instead, they’ll be watching Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other channels on the Web, either directly on their computers or through devices like the Roku Player, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

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TURN YOUR TV INTO A COMPUTER

Asus has made a “Chromebit.” It’s an $89 four-inch black stick you plug into your TV to turn it into a Chrome computer. Temporarily, of course.

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FLASHBACK: THE VISION THING

The 20th anniversary of the first news broadcast on the Internet is coming up on November 23. In 1995, our friend Victor Dorff made history by talking ABC TV News into letting him put “World News Now” on the web. They thought he was crazy, but gave it a try.

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ROKU PLAYER VERSUS ROKU STICK

Why pay $130 for the “Roku 4 Player” when the Roku stick only costs $47?

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GOING WITHOUT CABLE TV

Going without cable TV is getting easier and easier. Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Hulu, Showtime and HBO Now are obvious choices. But here are a couple we’ve overlooked:

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BEWARE OF TV ADS

We’re amazed at the info a website can collect about us without our doing anything but visiting.

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