Posted on June 12th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on April 8th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on March 21st, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on July 14th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on April 29th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on April 15th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Vizio TV is offering a 70-inch TV to the person who submits the best video or photo with an essay on why they are their mom’s biggest fan. The deadline is April 30. To enter, go to Vizio.com/mom.
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