VACCINES, CALLING THE SHOTS

PBS.org/Nova has all the TV episodes from the science program NOVA, the day after they air. “Vaccines, calling the Shots” takes you around the world to look at epidemics – particularly appropriate these days. “Rise of the Hackers” finds the super sleuths who decode the world’s most sophisticated cyber weapons.

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WE DO THE ROKU

The other day, our smart TV got dumber. It stopped giving us channels like Amazon and Netflix. Using the “reset” command fixed it, but in the meantime, we had a chance to explore the $49 Roku Streaming Stick and we took it.

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CUTTING THE CORD: SAVING THE SHOWS AND THE BUDGET

A reader wrote to say he stopped his cable TV service and is now bringing $90 “back to the bottom line” each month. He bought the Winegard Flat Wave Antenna we wrote about to bring in free channels. But then there was another problem.
The $30 antenna weighs only a third of an ounce and connected easily to hi

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CUTTING THE CORD

According to Forbes Magazine, a fifth of American TV watchers are “definitely” or “probably” going to drop cable TV this year. That’s around 20 million people. Are they right? Should you join them?

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STREAMING TV

Why, asked a reader, do we have Google TV when we could have Roku to bring in channels like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon?

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THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

We have a Google TV box for watching Amazon Video, YouTube, Netflix, and video from any website. But frankly it uses a slow and clunky search screen that forces you to move the cursor around the alphabet to spell even short titles. The new ASUS “Chromebox,” coming up in March will list for $179 and works with just about any keyboard, monitor, or TV, wirelessly.

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SEND A VIDEO TO YOUR TV

AirCastLive lets you take a video or photo that shows up immediately on your friend’s TV. The catch: Both of you must be using either a Roku player or the Google TV set-top box. These devices are useful for watching Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon movies anaircastlived TV shows, so you may want one anyway. Roku streaming boxes are $50. This fall, Roku is coming out with its own TV set. It will connect to standard cable boxes, but won’t require a Roku player.

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TV OPTIONS

Our Danish niece loves her Google Chromecast, a $35 gizmo that can beam movies from your smartphone to your TV and opens the way to video services like Netflix. Unfortunately, the whole world has already written about it, so here’s something new from Apple TV.

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TV FAN SITE

VizioFandemonium is a fan site for owners of Vizio TVs, but anyone can join the site and win prizes there. You get 10,000 points for signing up. Earn more points for things like connecting your account to Facebook and joining their email list. For 40,000 points, get a free three-month subscription to Netflix.

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SEEING 2D IN 3D

In a recent column, we wondered why people buy 3D TVs when there’s hardly any programming for them. But a reader told us they have better pictures.

We looked into that a

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