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Roku upgrade guide: Should you buy a new box?

Time to upgrade your Roku? This guide will help you decide.

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Roku Express review: Cheap, decent, and probably still not the streaming box for you

The new Roku Express is much faster than its predecessor, but the best Roku still doesn’t cost much more.

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The latest free streaming TV service: Your public library

Hoopla and Kanopy offer free streaming movies, TV shows, and documentaries with just a library card.

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Philo is a sports-free TV bundle for just $16 per month

Philo is the cheapest streaming TV bundle yet with AMC, Discovery, and Viacom channels.

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Apple TV 4K review: The high price of polish

The Apple TV 4K gets the little details right, but it's more than twice the price of other 4K HDR streaming devices.

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Media streamer upgrade guide

How to decide if you should replace your Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku—or stick with what you have.

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Still waiting for the ideal streaming TV interface

Which streaming box has the best software? None of them.

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Chromecast support quietly pops up in Amazon Music for Android

Amazon Music and Google Chromecast: A sign of amends, or just a test?

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The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes

Will higher internet prices make cord cutting futile? Here’s some perspective.

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Roku Ultra (2017) review: Stuck in the middle

If you need a streaming box with hardwired ethernet support, the Roku Ultra is the cheapest one available.

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: This is a step backward, even with 4K HDR

The new Fire TV has cheap 4K HDR video and a lot of problems.

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Don't buy an old Roku now

Old Roku players are on sale, but the latest models are well-worth the extra cash.

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Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.

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Comcast’s unappealing pitch to cord cutters

Xfinity Instant TV: Comcast's cord-cutting plan has arcane restrictions and potentially high prices.

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Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB review: Dirt-cheap DVR for broadcast TV

The MediaSonic Homeworx HW180STB has a dumb-as-a-rock recording features that might remind you of an old VCR.