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Samsung SmartThings Link for Nvidia Shield TV review: A cheap smart home hub with one inherent shortcoming

The SmartThings Link is less expensive than a full-sized smart home hub, but its capabilities are not quite equal.

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A cord-cutting wish list for 2018

What cord cutters should expect—or at least hope for—from streaming and over-the-air TV in 2018.

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SiliconDust HDHomeRun DVR review: Buy the hardware, but you should skip the software

SiliconDust's HDHomeRun TV tuners are excellent, but the DVR service is not very good at all.

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17 technologies that died in 2017

Tech that died in 2017: RIP AOL Instant Messenger, good riddance to Juicero.

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How the Xbox One X almost lured me away from PC gaming

Microsoft’s Xbox One X game console doesn’t do everything a PC can. But it's getting close enough for me to consider leaving the desktop PC behind.

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The 2017 cord-cutter awards

The best cord-cutting devices and services, which flourished in 2017 amid cable TV's decline

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Disney, Fox, and the painful path to a la carte TV

Disney's plan to acquire most of Fox could hasten the TV bundle's collapse, but not without consequences.

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Channel Master's Stream+ is an Android TV box with a built-in TV tuner, but no Netflix

The Channel Master Stream+ Android box does DVR without subscription fees, but lacks a Netflix app.

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Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

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Why Amazon and Google just can't get along

Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, but don't hold your breath for Chromecast support.

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The demise of net neutrality is already hurting cord cutters

The FCC hasn't officially dismantled net neutrality—yet—but it handed an unfair streaming-video advantage to big internet service providers like Comcast months ago.

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Cyber Monday deals: 14 tech bargains that truly save you serious money

Tech bargains abound in the aftermath of Black Friday.

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TiVo Bolt Vox DVR review: New look, same old app problem

The TiVo Bolt Vox brings a software overhaul and voice search, but it still feels tethered to the past.

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Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

Next-gen TV (the ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard) could cripple over-the-air DVR products like Tablo and TiVo.

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Black Friday deals: Best sales on TVs, speakers, and streaming video devices

The home theater category is rife with junk products and outright rip-offs on Black Friday. But here are the living room deals that TV buffs and cord cutters should actually care about.