Hulu to be the first live TV streamer on the Echo Show smart home hub

Amazon’s Echo Show is a perfect device to put in your kitchen — or any other area of your house that tends to act as a hub, since it puts Alexa always at the ready, whether you use it to add items to a grocery list or just play a few of your favorite songs. While from the start, the Echo Show has been able to play movies and TV shows from Amazon Prime, making it a somewhat viable replacement for a kitchen TV, it’s about to get even better, as Hulu has announced it will be the first live TV streaming service available when the next-generation Echo Show arrives next month.

Don’t worry if you’re a user of the first-generation Echo Show. While Hulu will debut its live TV streaming service on the next-generation model when it launches in October, it will also be supported on the first-generation model, so you’ll be able to stay caught up on all the fall premieres whether you’re in the living room or not. One of the primary use cases of the Echo Show is in the kitchen, so now you’ll be able to catch up on the morning news while you grab breakfast.

If we’d been asked to guess which live TV streaming service would be first on the Echo Show, Hulu would have been one of the first services that sprung to mind. The company launched a voice-enabled app on Fire TV devices last November, signaling that voice control was very much on its radar. In its blog post announcing the live TV news, Hulu says that viewers who use Alexa watch twice as much as those who use remotes or other click- and tap-based interfaces.

While the updated Echo Show may be great as a kitchen TV, it probably won’t be replacing your main TV. Even though it has a larger screen than the original, it’s still fairly small at just 10 inches. Still, the built-in smart home hub makes it a great control center for your home, and being able to flip the game on so you don’t miss a second while you’re grabbing a snack makes it a super-handy gadget, even if it’s still drastically outsold by the audio-only Echo Dot.

Home Theater

Amazon’s updated base model Fire TV stick now comes with an Alexa remote

If you're looking to take your older TV into the streaming era, Amazon's most basic Fire TV Stick model just got more compelling than ever: Buyers can now get a free Alexa voice remote with their Fire TV Stick purchase.

Here’s a look at the hottest 4K TV deals for January 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Home Theater

Looking to cut cable? Here’s everything you need to know about Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers plenty of entertainment in a fashion similar to live internet TV services, only at no cost — you don’t even need to register. Too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Home Theater

Walmart abandons its plans for a streaming Netflix killer

Rumored plans for a Walmart owned, Vudu-labeled Netflix streaming killer have been shelved according to a new report from CNBC. The billions it would have needed to invest in order to compete apparently gave the mega retailer cold feet.
Home Theater

Dolby’s secret recording studio app may soon exit stealth mode

In secret testing since June, Dolby's stealth recording and social network app may soon be ready to make an appearance. Dolby 234 blends unique noise-canceling tech with Instagram-like audio filters.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Plex is the latest player to contemplate the subscription streaming game

With massive reach thanks to its client app being supported virtually every media device on the planet, Plex is now looking at the future of its media curation platform. A future that may include free and subscription services.
Home Theater

Yamaha’s MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable spreads analog joy throughout your home

It can be tough to listen to your favorite analog tunes anywhere besides the room where your turntable is located. With its MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable, Yamaha allows you to stream your tunes throughout your home.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.

Amazon knocks $50 off the Sonos Beam soundbar and smart speaker

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘John Wick,’ Ghostbusters,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home and John Wick: Chapter 3.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘American Crime Story’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, and more.