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Is the $35 Chromecast a viable Apple TV alternative for iPhone users?

It streams media on the cheap, but Google's dongle lacks advanced functionality.

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New Roku Streaming Stick allows private listening via your mobile device

Portable streamer is powered by a quad-core processor, but resolution is limited to 1080p.

The HUB and HUB mini

Stream high-res audio to as many as 10 devices without wires? Yes, please!

Hub by Ekko is the most intriguing multi-room audio system we've seen since Sonos, but it's a year or more from coming to market.

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Amazon Fire TV review: The 4K box to beat (for Prime subscribers, at least)

The 4K Fire TV is better than ever at delivering Prime video, but don't bother upgrading from the original.

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FCC vote could end the set-top box monopoly

The FCC wants to open up pay TV programming to any media streamer.

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Spotify deal throws in a free Chromecast with three months of Premium

Spotify’s Chromecast deal saves you $5 on the hardware and provides three months of service to boot.

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The most annoying Apple TV feature is about to be fixed

Voice dictation and Siri support for App Store searches are on the way with tvOS 9.2.

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QNAP TAS-268 review: Can this Android-powered NAS box rival a Roku?

Qnap delivers a streaming box on steroids. But it's not the easiest device to set up, and it's light on apps for tasks other than media streaming.

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Screen set-top box and apps enforce the 'screen time' rules you set for your kids

Using software agents and a set-top box, Screen limits the time your kids spent watching TV and using computers, tablets, and phones to what you want.

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Podcasts come to Apple TV with tvOS 9.1.1 update, addressing a known gripe

The new Apple TV software also includes bug fixes and performance improvements.

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ESPN president says Apple is 'frustrated' by streaming TV service

Apple wants to revolutionize TV, but even ESPN execs realize that nailing down deals networks with is a struggle.

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VLC for Apple TV review: Goodbye format woes

If there’s a codec VLC doesn’t support, we haven’t found it.

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Tablo brings live TV and OTA DVR capabilities to Apple TV

Tablo's new tvOS app lets you watch live TV channels and record shows over-the-air with the Tablo DVR device.

Perfect party games for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

From Pictionary to karaoke to stimulating conversation, our list has the best ways to liven up your holiday party with your Apple gear.

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The 2015 cord-cutter awards

Cord-cutter Confidential honors this year’s best hardware, software, and services for living without cable TV.