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Catching up with PlayOn, the DVR for streaming video

PlayOn’s streaming-video DVR gets new scheduling and ad-skip features, and its developer hints at bigger plans to come.

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Netflix stops insisting it will never support offline videos

Netflix learns to never say never about downloading videos for offline viewing.

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Vizio’s latest 4K TVs make eye-popping HDR more affordable

HDR gets cheaper with Vizio’s 2016 M-Series TVs, starting at $850 for a 50-inch set.

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This infidelity-sensing mattress is so dumb it has to be a marketing stunt

The Durmet Smarttress uses motion sensors to detect foul play, which is pretty much the worst justification ever for buying a mattress.

Verizon’s long-awaited Internet-infused TV overhaul could happen this year

Verizon’s acquisition of OnCue TV tech from Intel in 2013 could finally bear fruit in 2016.

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PlayStation Vue review: This is the skinny-bundle sweet spot (for now)

PlayStation Vue gives you more than 50 cable channels for $30 per month, but are those prices built to last?

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Best cable-TV alternative: Which service should you subscribe to?

Playstation Vue and Sling TV “skinny” streaming-TV bundles try to woo cord cutters.

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Sling TV review: The channel bundle’s future is still under construction

Sling TV brings back the linear video element that other cord-cutting services lack, but could use some polish and a few more features.

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Sling TV could get local television broadcasts with rumored AirTV hardware

Sling’s mysterious AirTV tuner box could bring every broadcast channel to Sling TV.

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Netflix flips the switch on eye-popping HDR video streaming

Netflix adds HDR video for TVs that support it, but the bandwidth requirements are steep.

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MightyTV is a “what to watch” streaming video app that could actually work

A new app called MightyTV uses a Tinder-like system to suggest movies and TV shows.

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Sling TV adds a multi-stream “beta” bundle with Fox channels and regional sports

Sling TV subscribers have some tough decisions to make with the service's new multi-stream bundle.

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Amazon launches the Kindle Oasis, a premium $290 e-reader with a love handle

Amazon’s Kindle Oasis has a book-like spine and battery-boosting leather cover.

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The HTC 10 is the first flagship Android phone with native Apple AirPlay support

HTC 10 users can send music to AirPlay speakers and Apple TV with little more than a swipe.

Free Google Fiber is not in Kansas anymore

Google Fiber swaps its free, 5 Mbps plan with a $50 per month, 100 Mbps option for Kansas customers.