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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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Do you need an antenna to cut the cord?

If you're cutting the cord to save money, this guide will help cord-cutters decide if they can save even more by not buying a TV antenna for local channels.

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The scourge of auto-play preview videos on streaming TV services

Apple TV joins Netflix and others in embracing auto-play preview videos.

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7 tools to make sense of cord-cutting

These cord-cutting apps will help you figure out which streaming services to get and what to watch on them.

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The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

Immediate cancellation: The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know.

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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.

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How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control

Siri can control your Apple TV with hands-free voice commands. Here's how.

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Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV "Channels" are a well-intentioned mess

Amazon Channels, Apple TV Channels, and Roku Premium Subscriptions create more problems than they solve.

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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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Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

Tablo's quad-tuner DVR maintains an edge over competitors with simple setup, reasonable prices, and some neat new features.

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Disney+ and the a la carte TV effect

As more streaming services arrive, some rethink their pricing, while others avoid paywalls entirely.

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SimpleSENCE Home Leak & Freeze Detector review: No hub, no frills

The SimpleSence water leak detector only does the basics, but it does them well.

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Spectrum quietly adds cloud DVR, but it's limited

Spectrum's streaming TV services become whole with an unadvertised cloud DVR add-on.

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Android TV's ascent: 5,000 apps and counting

Android TV hits 5,000 apps as Google starts taking the streaming platform seriously.

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Over-the-air DVR prices compared

Comparing the cost of TiVo, Tablo, Fire TV Recast, and other DVRs for cord-cutters.

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The easier cord-cutting is, the less money it saves

Cord-cutting has never been a magic solution, and that's okay.