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Still waiting for the ideal streaming TV interface

Which streaming box has the best software? None of them.

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The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes

Will higher internet prices make cord cutting futile? Here’s some perspective.

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Roku Ultra (2017) review: Stuck in the middle

If you need a streaming box with hardwired ethernet support, the Roku Ultra is the cheapest one available.

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: This is a step backward, even with 4K HDR

The new Fire TV has cheap 4K HDR video and a lot of problems.

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Channels DVR review: Ad-skipping helps justify the price for Apple TV owners

Channels is an Apple-centric, over-the-air DVR with high barriers to entry, but one killer feature.

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Don't buy an old Roku now

Old Roku players are on sale, but the latest models are well-worth the extra cash.

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Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.

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Comcast’s unappealing pitch to cord cutters

Xfinity Instant TV: Comcast's cord-cutting plan has arcane restrictions and potentially high prices.

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Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB review: Dirt-cheap DVR for broadcast TV

The MediaSonic Homeworx HW180STB has a dumb-as-a-rock recording features that might remind you of an old VCR.

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Where’s the antenna support on streaming-TV boxes?

As Roku and Amazon add cool new antenna integration to their smart TVs, streaming players get left out.

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The Amazon Fire TV just got a lot more annoying

Amazon's latest Fire TV software update makes banner ads way more intrusive.

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The Apple TV 4K skates to where the puck was

4K HDR iTunes movies are an odd thing to emphasize in an age of subscription streaming.

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Build the ultimate Chromecast remote with an old Android phone

Chromecast doesn’t come with a dedicated remote control, but you can easily make your own with these tips.

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YouTube TV review: Patience pays off

YouTube TV is the best streaming bundle for Chromecast users within the service's footprint.

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Android TV: The Oreo update isn't enough

Android 8.0 Oreo crash-lands on the Nexus Player. Now what?

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