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Apple TV takes away some friction with a new version of tvOS

Apple TV's new version of tvOS grants new powers to Siri and takes the hassle out of app sign-ins

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5 free streaming-TV apps (and why you’re probably not using them)

Free video services abound on devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV, but it's still too hard to find the good stuff.

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5 reasons to cut the cord that aren’t about saving money

Why cable TV may not be worthwhile, whether you can afford it or not.

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No, Netflix isn’t saving you from 160 hours of ads per year

A widely-circulated report suggests Netflix could cut six days of commercial viewing out of your life ever year, but the real effect is more subtle.

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How a Hulu skinny bundle could succeed (and where it could falter)

Hulu plans a competitor to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, but is its ownership a blessing or a curse?

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Apps that put Amazon Alexa on your phone aren’t as good as they could be

Lexi and Roger can turn your phone into an Amazon Echo, but with limitations.

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Amazon's new YouTube rival shoves cash at video creators

Amazon Video Direct woos creators away from YouTube with a whole bunch of ways to make money.

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Apple HomeKit may get an official controller app in iOS 10

Apple could make HomeKit more convenient and less confusing with its own control app.

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Spotify takes a page from MTV with original video series

Spotify’s video push includes 12 TV-style video series with musical themes.

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Mohu's ReLeaf broadcast antenna is made from crushed cable boxes

Mohu’s ReLeaf antenna is partially made from crushed up cable boxes, but the cord-cutting pride will cost you.

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Netflix isn’t big on virtual reality for the obvious reasons

Netflix: Virtual realty has too few users, and isn’t conducive to binge-watching.

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Netflix loosens up streaming video, letting users choose their cellular speed limit

Netflix’s data controls come shortly after the company admitted that it had been throttling video quality on AT&T and Verizon networks for more than five years. Netflix users can now watch around four hours per gigabyte of cellular data by dialing down video quality.

Netflix and 4K HDR: Proof that data caps will stifle video innovation

Data caps aren’t about “fairness” if they prevent people from using the TVs they paid for.

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Hulu confirms plans to stream live TV and dabble in documentaries

Hulu’s answer to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue is coming in 2017

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Samsung SmartThings vulnerability lets hackers make their own house keys

Samsung’s SmartThings smart home hub deals with its second security flaw in six months.