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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.

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Roku Smart Soundbar review: Easy controls make a big difference

Roku's streaming TV soundbar doesn't win on audio quality or extensibility, but its speech enhancements really come in handy.

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Streaming TV voice controls: Fire TV vs. Roku and the rest

Streaming TV voice controls compared: Fire TV vs. Roku vs. Apple TV vs. Chromecast

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Roku Ultra (2019) review: It's all about the buttons

The Roku Ultra is the best high-end Roku streamer yet, but there's a lot more room for improvement.

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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.

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Here's how Roku could fix your Wi-Fi problems

The Roku Relay is a cheap wireless extender optimized for Roku players. Will Roku actually sell it?

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Where's the "Low Data Mode" for streaming TV devices?

Features like Apple's Low Data Mode and Google's Data Saver should also apply to streaming TV devices, where data caps are an unfortunate reality.

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Gee, the cost of all these streaming services sure adds up!

How to cut the cord and get everything—and I mean everything—you could possibly want.

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Why TiVo is putting ads in its DVR (and what you can do about it)

With pre-roll DVR ads, TiVo is angering current customers in pursuit of future ones.

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The $100 streaming box is back

Cheap streaming dongles still reign, but the next-gen Roku Ultra and Fire TV Cube are making performance a priority again.

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Here's the new Roku lineup for 2019

New Roku players include an updated Ultra with programmable buttons, and a fresh look for the entry-level Express.

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NFL Redzone streaming is needlessly complicated to sign up for, so we'll show you how

NFL Redzone has a standalone streaming option for $35 per year, but few people are aware of it.

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Don't blame AT&T and DirecTV if ESPN gets blacked out

As blackouts loom for ESPN on DirecTV and other AT&T TV services, remember who's instigating them.

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AirTV Mini review: A streaming dongle for Sling TV diehards

This Sling-centric streaming dongle gets the hardware right. It's the software and Sling TV service that remain iffy.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

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HDHomeRun Scribe Quatro and Servio review: Great video quality, but clunky software

HDHomeRun's whole-home DVR hardware, the Scribe and Servio, streams broadcasts in native quality on the cheap, but the software is still too crude.