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The ESPN app featured on Roku.

ESPN’s standalone subscription could hit $30, receive preference on Roku

A new report says the standalone ESPN subscription set to be available in 2025 may cost between $25 and $30 and could get preferential treatment on Roku.
lg cinebeam q availability hands on

LG’s stylish CineBeam Q projector changes name, hits the U.S. in April

The LG CineBeam Q has dropped the Qube from its name and goes up for pre-order this month before its U.S. release in April. There's still no price, though.
Pete Distad, CEO of the new sports streaming service from Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. Discovery.

Former Apple exec joins upcoming sports streaming service as CEO

Pete Distad, who most recently ran video and sports for Apple, will be at the helm of the new joint venture sports streaming service when it launches in 2024.
MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

Apple’s MLS Season Pass is streaming all games free this weekend

Every MLS match March 16-17 will be streamed for free on Apple's MLS Season Pass service — even if you're not a subscriber.
A promo image for music videos on Spotify.

Spotify adds music videos for Premium users in a handful of countries

Spotify is slowing testing with waters with music videos, available in a handful of countries at first, for a handful of artists.
Phil Nickinson holding a Roku remote control over his eyes as the Roku screensaver plays behind him.

I don’t know what to do about Roku

Between all the advertising and data harvesting — and now a pretty major account breach that potentially could have been avoided — it's hard to recommend Roku.
The search box on the ESPN app.

The upcoming sports streaming service is a textbook case of a ‘trollout’

Information about a major new sports streaming service continues to be released in dribs and drabs, which doesn't really help anyone.
Phil Nickinson wearing both the Ray-Ban Meta smart lasses and the Shokz OpenFit earbuds.

Your next earbuds maybe shouldn’t be earbuds at all

Since the release of the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, I've found I'm not carrying around separate earbuds as often.
Sling Arcade on Sling TV.

Sling TV adds arcade games on Fire TV and Android TV

You can now play arcade games on Sling TV in full-screen — or side by side with whatever you happen to be watching.
The Nomad Magnetic Leather Back Case on an iPhone 15 Pro.

2024’s coolest iPhone accessory is a throwback to old Android phones

Leather backs aren't actually new for phone — it's just been a while since we saw one this interesting.
The Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Apple TV 4K.

Hands-on with the Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Apple TV 4K

Belkin's MagSafe Mount for the iPhone makes video calls on Apple TV 4K that much easier. Call your mother. She misses you.
Sonos Era 100, close up on logo.

Sonos CEO says new product still on track for release by end of June

A new Sonos product — possibly headphones — is still on track for release between April and June in the company's fiscal third quarter.
The Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Apple TV 4K.

Belkin drops a $50 mount for iPhone video calls on Apple TV 4K

Using your iPhone for video calls with Apple TV 4K will be a good bit easier thanks to a new $50 MagSafe mount from Belkin.
The Displace Mini TV on a refrigerator.

Suction-cup TVs, Rick Rubin is afraid of Bluetooth, and more AV news you missed

Would you put an expensive TV on ... anything ... using suction cups? And is legendary producer Rick Rubin really using $50 air tube earbuds?
Directional buttons on the Apple TV Remote app on an iPhone.

How to get a D-pad on your Apple TV Remote app

The Apple TV Remote app works really well on an iPhone and iPad, but it's not perfect. Here's how to switch from a trackpad to directional buttons.
Audiobooks on Spotify on an iPhone.

Spotify adds a paid audiobook option to its free tier

Those who stick with the free tier of Spotify can now buy access to audiobooks, with 15 hours available for $10 a month.
Sports on Paramount Plus.

Paramount serves ‘true sports fans,’ CEO says

Paramount CEO Bob Bakish doesn't appear to be threatened by the upcoming sports streaming service led by three competitors.
The new Tubi logo.

Tubi’s rebrand looks to pull you further down the content rabbit hole

Tubi has a new look and feel as it continues to take over the free advertising-based streaming world.
Roku Star button on the remote.

What does the Star button do on a Roku remote control?

The Star button on a Roku remote is a magical little creature. Here's a look at everything the Star button can do on your Roku TV or Roku player.
Warner Bros. Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav.

New streaming service looks to end endless Googling for sports

The upcoming sports streaming service from Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. Discovery hopes to keep you from having to Google where a game is ever again.
Zee Family on YouTube TV.

YouTube TV just added a huge new add-on for $15 a month

With more than a dozen channels available for $15 a month, Zee Family looks to expand the reach of YouTube TV even more.
FuboTV app icon on Apple TV.

The [redacted] bits are the best part of Fubo’s sports streamer lawsuit

Fubo alleges illegal business practices kept it from being able to compete with the likes of YouTube TV and others. But the lawsuit keeps the details a secret.
YouTube TV app icon on Apple TV.

YouTube TV tips and tricks: how to get the most out Google’s live TV service

YouTube TV is the most popular option for cord-cutters, and that means you need to know these YouTube TV tips and tricks.
The Apple Sports app on an iPhone.

Apple Sports app looks to rule live scores and stats on iOS

Apple has released its own sports app — appropriately named Apple Sports — that brings live scores, stats, and more to iPhones in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
A trio of Amazon Fire TV remote controls held in a hand in front of a television.

How to reset an Amazon Fire TV remote in less than 2 minutes

If you need to reset your Amazon Fire TV remote, it should take just a button press and a couple minutes of your time.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

Samsung adding Auracast and 360 Audio to more TVs, phones, and earbuds

Samsung is expanding the capability of its phones, tablets, TVs, and earbuds, adding Auracast, 360 Audio, and fast switching.
The Vizio SmartCast homescreen.

Walmart buys Vizio — and its ad and data business — for $2.3 billion

The rumors were true. Walmart is scooping up TV maker Vizio for $2.3 billion in stock — and with it, Vizio's strong advertising and data business.
A Digital Trends story seen on an iPhone in front of loose change.

The streaming services will continue to nickel-and-dime us all — because they can

As online services fight for every single dollar — sometimes by less-than-scrupulous means — the only way we can fight back is by canceling.
An Instagram profile on an iPhone.

I paid Meta to ‘verify’ me — here’s what actually happened

Meta — the parent company of Facebook and Instagram — charges $15 to verify your account. I wanted to see if it was worth it.
Lionel Messi seen on a promo for MLS Season Pass on a TV.

Apple reportedly had 2 million subscribers to MLS Season Pass in 2023

Apple doesn't release numbers itself, but the Sports Business Journal reports that MLS Season Pass finished 2023 with a total of 2 million subscribers.
The previous channel feature on YouTube TV on a TV.

This long-awaited YouTube TV feature is a channel-flipper’s dream

In testing for some time, YouTube TV appears to have flipped the switch on a feature that makes it easy to flip back and forth between two channels.
Event listing for Chappel Roan on Spotify, seen on an iPhone.

Spotify just made live music a little bit better

Bandsintown is one of the best ways to see who's playing where, and when, and it's now tied directly into Spotify.
A screen from the Bleacher Report add-on on Max.

Max will serve up live sports in Dolby Vision

Live sports on Max may look a bit better than on other services, thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Vision for HDR.
Usher's Super Bowl Halftime Show on Apple TV.

How to watch Usher’s Super Bowl halftime show replay

The Super Bowl 2024 Halftime Show was one for the ages. Here's how to watch it over and over again.