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The box for the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max.

How we test streaming video devices

Whether it's Roku, Amazon, Apple, or others — we apply the same standards to every streaming device that comes our way. Here's how we test them.
DirecTV Stream app icon on Apple TV.

DirecTV Stream will have NFL RedZone, for what it’s worth

NFL RedZone and the NFL Network will still be available on DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, and U-verse, leaving the legacy services at least some football.
Formula E is coming to The Roku Channel in 2024.

Formula E adds Roku for streaming and expands on CBS

Formula E will find 11 races streamed on The Roku Channel, starting with its 2024 season.
YouTube TV and Hulu apps on the Roku homescreen.

YouTube TV is expanding multiview to more than just sports

YouTube TV will now let you watch news, weather and business channels alongside live sports, all at the same time.
Amazon Echo Buds 2023 edition in their case.

Amazon Echo Buds 2023 review: Alexa’s in your ear for just $50

The Amazon Echo Buds are a perfectly fine set of inexpensive earbuds. That's it. Nothing overly wrong, but nothing really remarkable, either.
Artwork on an Amazon Echo Show 5.

Amazon Echo Show 5 review: the third gen’s the charm

The 2023 Echo Show 5 is a fine update to the smallest Alexa smart display, but we'd probably wait for it to go on sale.
Inter Miami on MLS Season Pass.

Messi in Miami is huge for Apple and MLS Season Pass

The world's greatest football (soccer!) player is headed to Inter Miami. That's huge for MLS — as well as Apple.
YouTube TV family sharing.

YouTube TV password sharing — is that even a thing?

Folks worried about a YouTube TV crackdown on password sharing need to remember that a Google account isn't the same as a Netflix account.
VPN listing in the Apple TV App Store.

VPNs are coming to Apple TV in tvOS 17

Get ready for an influx of VPN apps as virtual private networks make their way to Apple TV in tvOS 17.
FaceTime on Apple TV.

Apple TV getting FaceTime, Memories screensaver, and remote finder

Apple TV is set to get a bevy of new features in tvOS 17.
Amazon Freevee.

The Digital Trends guide to FAST streaming services

FAST services — short for free ad-supported streaming televisions — are more popular than ever. Here are the ones you need to know about.
Vimeo app icon on Apple TV.

Vimeo is killing off its TV apps in favor of casting

YouTube alternative Vimeo has announced that it's ending support for its apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Android TV in favor of casting.
YouTube TV on Apple TV.

YouTube TV adds Magnolia Network and other FAST channels

Joanna and Chip Gaines' Magnolia Network — and a handful of other FAST channels — is now available on YouTube TV.
The Amazon Echo Pop and its retail box.

Amazon Echo Pop Review: a perfectly priced Alexa

The Amazon Echo Pop is the least expensive way to get into the Alexa ecosystem — and you basically get what you pay for. Which is good.
NFL Sunday Ticket landing page on an iPad.

NFL Sunday Ticket will allow for unlimited streams at home

NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube and YouTube TV will allow you to watch on as many devices as you want — so long as you're at home.
The Digital Trends YouTube channel on an iPhone.

YouTube Stories are going away starting June 26

You'll no longer be able to upload a new YouTube Story starting June 26. After that, anything still up will die off after a week.
The Max app on Apple TV.

Max: Price, movies, shows, and more for the HBO/Discovery combo

Max is here, with new content, a new price, new shows and movies — and a lot more from the streaming service formerly known as HBO Max.
Netflix account sharing email.

Pay up! Netflix begins account sharing crackdown in the U.S.

If you're sharing your Netflix account with someone, get ready for an email that tells you it's time to pay up if you want to keep access.
HBO Max app icon.

Max not working? Why the HBO Max successor’s launch has been wonky

The new Max app looks a lot like the old HBO Max. But it's a very different app under the hood, with a world of content that's not on HBO Max.
A promo image for Comcast's Now TV.

Comcast rolls out a $20 streaming bundle, with a catch

Comcast has announced a $20 streaming service with more than 60 channels, plus Peacock Premium. But you have to be an Xfinity subscriber.
A reminder that HBO Max is becoming Max on May 23, 2023.

The era of Max is upon us as HBO and Discovery combine

HBO Max is dead. Long live Max. The streaming service has combined with Discovery and now has more content and a shorter name.
Paramount Plus logo on an Apple TV.

As promised, Paramount+ gets more expensive June 27

Paramount+ is absorbing the Showtime network and is getting more expensive on June 27, 2023.
airpods charging notification badly needed iphone battery 1

The one notification AirPods and the iPhone sorely need

AirPods and the iPhone play very nicely together. But why can't the latter tell me when the former didn't actually charge?
Apple TV's multiview feature as seen with Friday Night Baseball.

Apple TV’s multiview feature now out of beta and live for all

Apple TV has enabled multiview for its own sports feeds, so you can now watch multiple MLS or MLB games at the same time.
Amazon Echo Pop in four colors.

Amazon’s new Echo Pop brings Alexa for $40; Echo Show 5 gets a revamp

Amazon has unveiled a new Echo Pop speaker, and redesigned Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 5 Kids, along with expanding Echo Auto.
Rendering of the Telly dual-screen TV.

Telly is looking to give away a half-million free TVs — but there’s a catch

Telly, helmed by the founder of Pluto TV, wants to give away 500,000 dual-screen TVs that include a secondary display for info — and advertising.
App icons for Disney+, Hulu and ESPN.

Hulu content is coming to Disney+ in a single app, with a higher ad-free price

Disney+ will gain Hulu content later this year and will see its ad-free tier get more expensive, the company's CEO said in an earnings call.
The Roku Home Monitoring System SE starter pack.

Roku is now in the home security business

The Roku Home Monitoring System SE integrates with your Roku player or TV to let you monitor and control things with your remote.
Sling TV app icon on Apple TV.

Sling TV is at its lowest number of subscribers in 5 years

Sling TV seems to be content with its place in the world, meandering around 2.3 million subscribers for the past half-decade.
Streaming apps that can be connected to Apple TV.

Apple TV has quietly been on board the FAST train all this time

Apple's TV app attempts to be the one place to watch all your things. But will it hop on board the FAST train as Google and Amazon have done?
The website.

Warner Bros. Discovery says FAST service will come ‘at the right time’

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said the company would continue to put channels on other FAST services but will do its own service at some point.
The website on a phone.

This TV company wants to put a billboard in your home

A startup called TeeVee wants to give you a television that would piggyback on other streaming devices to show you display ads on a second screen.
The Google TV remote in front of Apple TV Fitness.

Google TV slims down and speeds up with recent software updates

Google TV apps should use a little less space and run a little faster thanks to some recent changes.
Conan O'Brien TV on a Samsung TV.

Conan O’Brien gets a 24/7 show on Samsung TV Plus

Area podcaster (and comedic legend) Conan O'Brien is getting his own 24/7 channel on Samsung TV Plus.