What does it really take to cut the cable-TV cord? I'd say at a bare minimum, you need a Roku box, a decent antenna, and some way to DVR live broadcasts.
This last item can be tricky, but there's at least one product that does a pretty solid job of it: Simple.TV. For a limited time, and while supplies last, DealFisher has a Simple.TV, Roku, and Mohu Leaf bundle for $249.99 shipped.
The bundle includes a Simple.TV DVR with lifetime subscription (which normally costs $299 all by itself), a refurbished Roku 2 XS (currently $… Read more
This week was packed with some great video highlights, including a brand-new episode of XCAR featuring the hotly anticipated Toyota GT 86. Was it worth the wait? Brian Tong also fills us in on the latest iPhone 5S and 5C rumors in this week's Apple Byte. And Always On makes a return as we get ready for back-to-school with an unboxing of the new MacBook Air and Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini. The S4 Mini also takes a major kicking in another epic torture test, and we check out the latest in higher education and online learning, for free.… Read more
Whenever I go to New York, I hear jokes that I've heard somewhere before.
Yes, New Yorkers try to make them sound new. Somehow, though, there's that retreaded quality, not dissimilar to that of many Californian faces.
Tina Fey is concerned that someone in New York has decided to find a novel way of telling a new joke.… Read more
Apple is in negotiations with entertainment companies to change the way customers interact with its long-rumored television, according to a new report.
Apple has been holding talks with ESPN, HBO, Viacom, and several other major networks to ink deals that would see those firms bring their programming to apps on its rumored television, the Quartz news site reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the iPhone maker's plans.
Although it's not clear exactly what Apple has planned, some of Quartz's sources say that Apple is trying to create a pay-TV service that would … Read more
ESPN has held preliminary discussions about possibly offering its programming on an Internet-based TV service like those reportedly under development by Apple, Google, and Intel.
John Skipper, president of the Disney-owned sports network, told Bloomberg on Wednesday that it is looking to sell online TV providers on a package of its more popular channels already offered to pay-TV subscribers, such as its namesake flagship channel, ESPN2, and ESPN News.
Online services would be required to buy "the whole suite of products," Skipper said. "We're not going to offer one-offs." Skipper declined to say which companies … Read more
Some questions you simply shouldn't ask. Especially in public.
One reason might be that the question is insulting and the answer is obvious.
Many seem to have felt that way about a tweet sent out by famed TV mind-helper Dr. Phil on Tuesday.
Dr. Phil often takes to Twitter to ask questions that might be the subject of upcoming shows.
This time, he tweeted: "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused."… Read more
Cable TV and Internet providers aren't scoring well with their customers, at least according to a report out Wednesday from research firm Temkin Group.
A poll ranking the customer service of 235 companies across 19 industries found the cable TV industry in last place followed by ISPs in second to last place. (There are a couple of health plans and an airline tucked in the dungeon as well.)
Those surveyed were asked to rate their satisfaction level with various companies by ranking them on a scale of 1 (very dissatisfied) to 7 (completely very satisfied). Culling all those rankings, … Read more
Apple TV is reportedly getting ready to launch a Vevo channel to showcase the music site's vast library of music videos, but it won't be likely be alone.
Echoing rumors from earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Vevo has signed deals to provide programming to Apple's set-top boxes and Samsung television sets. Apple's TV app could be released as early as this week, while the launch of Samsung counterpart could be a few weeks off, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.
CNET has contacted Vevo for comment and will update … Read more
Phones these days can be used for more than making calls. In an effort to compete and stay relevant in an increasingly crowded market, smartphone manufacturers are incorporating more features into their devices. One feature that is gaining traction is the inclusion of an IR blaster, which can be used to transform a smartphone into a universal remote.
We already told you how to use the IR blaster in the Galaxy S4, however you may not have been aware that another high-end Android smartphone also includes the technology. The HTC One running the company's Sense 5 user interface includes … Read more