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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

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Hulu's next original series steals talent away from YouTube

Video Game High School creators RocketJump and Freddie Wong sign on with Hulu for an eight-episode original comedy.

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Should you cut the cord? A guide to decide for 2015

Ask yourself these 9 questions before you decide to drop your cable- or satellite-TV subscription.

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Amazon promises dozens of films as original-content war with Netflix heats up

Unlike Netflix, Amazon also plans to release the films to theater chains before Amazon Prime subscribers can get them.

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Xiaomi's Mi Box Mini is a media streamer the size of a phone charger

Admire the $30 streaming video device for its impressive engineering, but don't hold your breath for a U.S. launch.

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AllCast brings easy Chromecast photo beaming to iOS

The free app does a fine job of sending photos to your TV, but there are better options for video.

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CES wrap-up: Cord-cutting trends and predictions for 2015

For those who've learned to live without a pay TV subscription, 2014 was a banner year. Here's what to expect in 2015.

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Amazon and Netflix snag Golden Globe awards as web shows ascend

Kevin Spacey wins actor accolades for House of Cards, while Jeffrey Tambor helps Amazon's Transparent take a pair of awards.

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Sling TV impressions: Ground-breaking service with limited features

Dish’s new Internet video service is a big step toward breaking up big channel bundles, but don’t expect all the comforts of cable.

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Channel Master wants to make a TV Guide for live, online video

Ditched cable and miss flipping the channels? Channel Master’s DVR+ box may soon offer an Internet equivalent.

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Tablo Metro broadcast DVR cleans cord-cutting clutter with a built-in antenna

The $250 box hooks up to home routers and beams video to tablets and set-top boxes, though it still has some added costs.

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The best Netflix tools: Use these 10 tricks and tips to get the most out of your subscription

Don’t be satisfied with the content that bubbles up to the surface of the Netflix user interface. Use these tools to dig down to the good stuff.

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LG's Music Flow aims to outstream Sonos with portable speakers and auto-playback

LG brings a bunch of new ideas to the whole-home audio game, but can it match Sonos' ecosystem and polish?

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This Android Wear app lets you control your PC with your watch

Unified Remote adds smartwatch support for launching apps and controlling media playback, but it's far from flawless.

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Sony says The Interview will still be released, but not necessarily on Crackle

The studio says it didn't crack under pressure from hackers, and says it's exploring alternatives to a theatrical release.