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Everyone wants a big, bright, high-resolution HDTV, but budget concerns prevent some consumers from pulling the trigger. Well, if you’re one of those people, Best Buy currently has a deal in place that may have you running for your credit card. There is an Insignia (Best Buy’s house brand), 55” 4K SmartTV, with HDR support and built-in Amazon FireTV (with voice remote) on sale for only $249 at the moment. That is a ridiculously low price for a 55” 4K HDR television, especially one with this one’s features and specifications that comes so highly rated. There are some crappy, cheap 4K televisions currently on the market (I should know, I have one that I hate),... Read more...
In case you haven't been paying attention, there have been some rather amazing deals on smart TVs recently. In particular, TCL Roku TVs have been available at incredibly low prices over the past few months. When we last visited TCL's 55-inch 55R6176 Series Roku TV, it was selling for a pretty hot (at the time) $579.99, which represented a $220 savings compared to the regular price. However, Electronic Express (via Rakuten) is selling the same TV for $549.99. While that is only a $30 additional savings over the last hot deal, there's more where that came from. If you apply the coupon code EE74 at checkout, Rakuten will take an additional $75 off the price of the television,... Read more...
Updated 3/21/2019 @ 3:00pm Best Buy has puts its version of the TCL 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (75615) with IR remote on sale for a bargain $1,499 with free shipping. Original Story: Amazon has been offering smoking deals on TCL smart TVs over the last few months, and now the retailer has another deal on a mammoth flagship 4K panel that measures an astounding 75 inches across. TCL's 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV was announced earlier this year and was previously only available at Best Buy (in a 75615 variant). Now Amazon is carrying the 75R617 model which comes with a Wi-Fi Roku remote (instead of infrared) and is priced at $1,899.99. This set slots... Read more...
Roku has just announced a new enhancement for owners of Roku streaming devices and Roku TVs. Thanks to a new Amazon Alexa skill that is now available, you will be able to use any Alexa-enabled device to control your Roku hardware. While customers that have Roku Voice Remotes can already bark voice commands, this new Alexa tie-in opens up voice control to a broader Roku audience. In order to enable this newfound Alexa functionality, your Roku devices will need to be updated to Roku OS 8.1 or higher and you will also need to enable the new Roku skill. Amazon’s entire family of Echo devices are supported including the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot and display-equipped Echo Show. Once enabled,... Read more...
Movie, TV, and gaming fans are often after the biggest screen they can cram into their living room or bedroom. The catch is that massive screen sizes are often very expensive. TCL has been offering some smoking good deals on big TVs with support for 4K HDR content and Roku streaming built in over the last few months. Before the Super Bowl earlier this month Amazon had some TCL TVs on sale for excellent prices. The TCL 65-inch 65S517 TV that was on sale before the Super Bowl for right at $694 is on sale with an even bigger discount currently. You can get that same TV for just under $650 with free Prime shipping right now. The 55-inch version of that TV that was $449.99 is still available right... Read more...
Black Friday isn't the only time you can get some outstanding deals on big screen TVs. Each year the build-up to the biggest NFL game of the year brings with it some very good deals on big TVs, and this year is no different. Amazon has big discounts on various sizes of the TCL 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV family. Amazon is offering the 65-inch version of this TV for $694.03, a discount of over $405 off the regular sales price. If that is too big for you, a 55-inch version of the same TV is $449.99, which is a discount of $250 off the normal retail price. Down a notch in size, but packing the same features, is the 49-inch version for $379.99, a $50 discount off the normal retail price. The smallest... Read more...
TiVo fans will be getting a new app later in 2019 that will expand the capabilities of its ecosystem. At CES 2019 TiVo showed off new apps for Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku devices that will allow users with TiVo boxes to view live and recorded content on multiple TVs in their home. The cool part about that feature is that it uses the customer's existing hardware and doesn't require them to purchase additional TiVo set-top boxes, like the recently announced Bolt, or the currently available TiVo Mini. TiVo has stated that it expects to launch the apps during Q2 and Q3 of 2019. The first app to launch will be for Fire TV users, the Roku app will come next, with the Apple TV app being last. The way... Read more...
The streaming market is booming, and everyone and their dog wants in on the action. Apple has of course been involved in streaming for a while, thanks both to its iTunes store and also its standalone Apple TV device. But as rumor has it, the company is going to begin taking things much more seriously over the next year. It's not difficult to find a streaming device that does the job you need it to for a reasonable price. Google has Chromecast, and then there's of course Amazon's Fire TV and also Roku. The problem for Apple with those devices is that they're inexpensive, and with a starting price tag of $149 for its Apple TV, that requires some serious commitment from those who pick one up. Well,... Read more...
People all around the U.S. are tired of paying high prices for cable or satellite TV. High cost has led to a big movement of people cord-cutting and going to streaming services, rather than paying big cable or satellite. A recent survey showed that cord-cutting is going mainstream as more and more people move to streaming only; big cable and satellite companies see the writing on the wall and are moving to appeal to these users. Comcast recently unveiled a set-top streaming box to lure back some of the 106,000 subscribers it lost in its most recent quarter. Roku has announced new services that might push sports fans, who have been on the fence about cutting the cord, to get out the scissors.... Read more...
Roku is making 4K streaming hardware even more affordable for those that don't have a Smart TV (or for those that simply don't like the Smart TV interface on their current television). The company has announced the Premiere and Premiere+, which both offer 4K HDR streaming. This is a direct stab at Amazon, which is currently selling its Fire TV 4K for $39.99 (for Prime Members), but usually costs $69.99 when not on sale. At that price, you'll receive a quad-core processor, 4K HDR10 support, Roku's standard remote, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for Dolby and DTS Digital Surround (via passthrough). You'll also find an HDMI cable in the box which is an added bonus for... Read more...
Earlier this year, Roku announced the Roku Connect platform for allowing devices like Roku TVs and settop boxes to wirelessly communicate with smart speakers and sounders. One of the first fruits of that new initiative is coming in the form of the new Roku TV Wireless Speakers. Roku’s primary mission is to allow users to quickly and seamlessly add high-quality wireless speakers to their Roku-powered TV. Roku says that Roku Connect allows its product to be uniquely positioned in the market as it can "optimize sound for the picture and ensure audio video sync".  Rather than taking on the soundbar format, the Roku TV Wireless Speakers instead come as a pair of black towers (similar... Read more...
Pandora is taking a page from Spotify's book and has unveiled a new plan that will let multiple family members have their own sub-accounts. The Pandora Premium Family Plan costs $14.99 per month, which is the same price Spotify asks for its family account. The new membership gives full access to Pandora Premium features for up to six people in the family. That is where Pandora is trying to set itself apart from the Spotify family plan with its five member slots. Each family member can listen to what they want, when they want. Each can create radio stations and custom playlists, download music for offline listening, and skip or replay songs. All music on the Premium Family Plan is accessible without... Read more...
Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs are vulnerable to hacking, and according to the publication, the exploits are often easy to find and execute. TVs vulnerable to these hacks include Samsung and TCL smart TVs along with other brands that use the Roku platform. Streaming devices are also vulnerable with the example cited being the Roku Ultra. Consumer Reports (CR) wrote, "We found that a relatively unsophisticated hacker could change channels, play offensive content, or crank up the volume, which might be deeply unsettling to someone who didn’t understand what was happening. This could be done over the web, from thousands of miles away." Consumer Reports Smart TV... Read more...
Roku's family of devices is the most popular streaming platform out there, and some smart TVs even come with Roku integrated by default. Roku users now have another option for watching their favorite content and cutting the cord from satellite or cable providers: YouTube TV. The app used on the Roku device is the same YouTube TV app that is available currently on Android TV, Xbox One (launched in October), and other platforms. That means you get the same features that users on other platforms are enjoying, namely the unlimited Cloud DVR, personalized recommendations, and a grid-style programming guide. A YouTube rep also told CNET that YouTube TV would be “coming very soon”... Read more...
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