Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Tali Arbel Associated Press January 28, 2019 NEW YORK (AP) — You canceled cable long ago. Your TV antenna has trash reception for ABC. But you want to host an Oscars viewing party. What to do? A newish, under-the-radar option is Locast. It’s like an app version of a $50 antenna you can get from Best Buy, and it’s free and easy to use. For someone like me, weaned on Netflix, Locast is too simplistic to be a major part of my TV addiction. It’s a stopgap, excellent the few times a year when I want to watch what everyone else is watching, at the same time they watch it. Advertisement But it’s useful for those who regularly watch TV live — sports lovers, devotees of morning shows like ‘‘Today,’’ ‘’Bachelor’’ fans who live-tweet each episode. Get Talking Points in your inbox: … [Read more...] about Under-the-radar Locast serves up local TV online for free
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FILE - This Wednesday, May 30, 2007, file photo shows a cable box on top of a television set in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Four television stations in central Arkansas will change their broadcast frequencies this fall. The channel-changing for those stations and 983 others nationwide are required as part of an auction early last year of broadcast airwaves aimed at making more room for wireless services. Some 175 stations -- though none in Arkansas -- voluntarily sold their low-range broadcast spectrum. T-Mobile, the Dish Network and Comcast and other communication companies paid nearly $20 billion for 84 megahertz of spectrum for their growing wireless broadband services. The changes won't affect cable and satellite subscribers, said Stephen Gardner, a public relations official working for the National Association of Broadcasters. But some 73 million cord-cutters -- those relying on digital converters or antennae to bring in over-the-air television stations -- could … [Read more...] about Channels for 4 stations to change
Amazon’s Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming player have both been hits, so now the company’s mashing them together with the Fire TV Cube. The new $120 streaming box, which launches on June 21, is similar to the “Pendant Design” Fire TV that Amazon released last year, with the same processing power and 4K HDR video support. But instead of tucking away behind the TV, the Fire TV Cube—which is, indeed a cube—is designed to sit out in the open, and has a far-field microphone array and speaker for hands-free Alexa voice commands. It also includes an infrared emitter that can control TV volume and switch to live channels on cable and satellite boxes. The idea is that you can ask Alexa to start watching a program or channel, and the Fire TV Cube will turn on the TV, switch to the correct input, and begin playback on your behalf. “It’s a new paradigm for how you control your TV,” says Jen Prenner, Amazon’s global head of marketing … [Read more...] about Amazon’s new smart speaker is a TV streaming box, and vice versa
I went through a bit of a hassle to set up an over-the-air antenna that feeds into a local Plex server so I can receive and record my local shows. It works well, but navigating the Plex Live TV interface is tedious (there is no grid guide).As I decided to try out different live TV streaming services, I noticed that they all carry some of the local channels. Note I say "some" of the local channels, because my antenna brings in more than 100 broadcast channels. Most are not what I'd call necessary, but I'm sure someone watches all that stuff.Finding streaming localsI started with SlingTV, which carries my local Dallas Fox and NBC channels. That's good, but I like shows on ABC and CBS as well.Next, I tried YouTube TV, which carries all four major local channels (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now and Hulu Live also carry all four major D-FW networks. I'll work my way through trials of those services soon. PBS local stations aren't included in any streaming service, … [Read more...] about Cord-cutters: Do you really need an antenna to watch local channels?
Dish Network’s Sling TV has always been one of the best streaming channel bundles for antenna users. While rivals like DirecTV Now and YouTube TV make customers pay for the same broadcast networks they can get over the air for free, Sling omits them from its basic $20-per-month package, and only includes NBC and Fox in its $25-per-month package. This has helped Sling keep costs down, even as competitors charge upwards of $35 per month for streaming cable channels. Now Sling is doubling down on the antenna with AirTV, a $120 box that relays free broadcast channels from an antenna to Sling TV’s apps on Roku players, Amazon Fire TV devices, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. This gives Sling subscribers a single app and unified TV guide for watching both cable and broadcast channels. It also allows them to watch broadcast TV from outside the house. Mitch Weinraub, AirTV’s director of product development, says a majority of Sling TV’s 2.2 million subscribers … [Read more...] about Sling TV has a secret weapon to win over cord-cutters–the humble TV antenna