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Jared Newman covers personal technology from his remote Cincinnati outpost. He also publishes two newsletters, Advisorator for tech advice and Cord Cutter Weekly for help with ditching cable or satellite TV.


PlayOn—the best streaming DVR—just got a lot pricier

PlayOn kills its Desktop DVR for streaming services; the alternatives are a lot pricier.

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Best media streaming devices

Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for-cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.


Roku Streaming Stick 4K review: This fast and fluid dongle mostly does it all

Roku's new $50 streaming player hits the sweet spot for performance, features, and price.


DirecTV Stream's cancellation policy is a total mess now

How do you cancel DirecTV Stream? It's not so simple anymore.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.


The Roku app is a secret weapon for cord-cutters

The Roku mobile app is full of neat tricks for cord-cutters.

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YouTube TV dropping NBC: The latest affront to cord-cutters (Update)

Is YouTube TV losing NBC channels? What cord-cutters need to know.


Cord-cutters: Demand that Hulu fix its live-TV DVR

Hulu + Live TV is the most popular cable alternative for cord-cutters, so why is its DVR so bad?

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Seven cord-cutting misconceptions cleared up

Cord-cutting: Why your biggest concerns are probably overblown.


How cord-cutters can create their own personal Locast

Locast is gone, but no one can stop enterprising cord-cutters from sharing their local antenna streams. We'll show you how.

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Local sports must embrace cord-cutting—or else

By resisting cord cutting, local sports networks are just delaying the inevitable

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"Free" streaming cable TV channels: They're not what you think they are

Cord-cutting is confusing enough. Knock-off versions of popular cable channels aren't helping.


Streaming in 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos? Here's a guide

How to ensure you're actually streaming in 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos.


Roku can refresh its interface without ruining it. Here's how

Roku streaming players are easy to use, but they could be better at making sense of streaming options.


Why cord-cutters are ditching Netflix

Why Netflix lost some cord cutters: A lack of hits, or something deeper?