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How to watch the bowl games: Day 13

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. The Games Five bowl games, including two semifinal playoff games, are scheduled today. Friday, December 31 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl 11:00 AM on ESPN Wake Forest (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4) Rutgers (5-7) Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl 2:00 PM on CBS Washington State (7-5) vs. Miami (7-5) Central Michigan (8-4) Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl 2:00 PM on Barstool Sports app Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Boise State (7-5) College Football Playoff Semifinal: Goodyear

How to watch the bowl games: Day 12

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. The Games Four bowl games are scheduled today, all on ESPN. Thursday, December 30 Duke's Mayo Bowl 11:30 AM on ESPN North Carolina (6-6) vs. South Carolina (6-6) TransPerfect Music City Bowl 3:00 PM on ESPN Tennessee (7-5) vs. Purdue (8-4) Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 7:00 PM on ESPN Michigan State (10-2) vs. Pittsburgh (11-2) SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl 10:30 PM on ESPN Wisconsin (8-4) vs. Arizona State (8-4) How to Watch All four of today&

How to watch the bowl games: Day 11

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. The Games Four games are scheduled today, all on ESPN. They range from a matchup of 6-6 teams to a matchup between two 10-win teams. Wednesday, December 29 Wasabi Fenway Bowl 11 AM on ESPN Southern Methodist (8-4) vs. Virginia (6-6) New Era Pinstripe Bowl 2:15 PM on ESPN Maryland (6-6) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6) Cheez-It Bowl 5:45 PM on ESPN Clemson (9-3) vs. Iowa State (7-5) Valero Alamo Bowl 9:15 PM on ESPN Oregon (10-3) vs. Oklahoma (10-2) How to

How to watch the bowl games: Day 10

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. The Games Five games are on the schedule today. Tuesday, December 28 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl 12 PM on ESPN Houston (11-2) vs. Auburn (6-6) SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 3:15 PM on ESPN Air Force (9-3) vs. Louisville (6-6) AutoZone Liberty Bowl 6:45 PM on ESPN Mississippi State (7-5) vs. Texas Tech (6-6) San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM on Fox California-Los Angeles (8-4) vs. North Carolina State (9-3) Guaranteed Rate Bowl 1

How to watch the bowl games: Day 9

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. Today's Games Two games are scheduled for today Monday, December 27 Quick Lane Bowl 11 AM on ESPN Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4) Military Bowl 2:30 PM on ESPN Boston College (6-6) vs. East Carolina (7-5) How to Watch Like most games, today's games will be on a streaming service that carries ESPN. Here are the services. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2:

A TV Browser?

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I visit Roku support Websites a lot. I'm not the one asking for help usually. I offer assistance to other Roku users. I don't usually have Roku issues. The devices I've purchased have been good devices. But, some people have issues, and that's to be expected. Sometimes the issue is because of expectations that are unrealistic. One that pops up often is when a new Roku user thinks he can watch anything he wants anytime at all for free. A lot of new Roku users seem to think it's some magic box that gets all the cable channels for free. By the way, if you're one of those, stop thinking that right now. Those magic boxes don't exist. Another one that pops up from time to time is complaints that there isn't a browser. I've never understood that complaint. I've used an on-screen browser. Fire TV devices have the Silk browser, for instance, and I've used that. It's awful. The main problem is a keyboard. Have you ever tried to use an on-screen key

How to watch the bowl games: Day 8

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two are on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, is on January 10. In all, 86 schools will be playing games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. Today's Game There is a single game scheduled today. Saturday, December 25 TaxAct Camellia Bowl 2:30 PM on ESPN Georgia State (7-5) vs. Ball State (6-6) How to Watch Today's game, like most games, will be on a streaming service that carries ESPN. Here are the services. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2: Sling Orange ($35) Vidgo ($55) YouTube TV ($65) Fubo ($65)

Christmas Day

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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the ang

Christmas Eve

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As we approach Christmas, we're breaking to offer this classic, that you may remember from your childhood, or which your children or grandchildren may in future remember from theirs. 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave a lustre of midday to objects below, When what to my wondering eyes did appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer, With a littl

How to watch the bowl games: Day 7

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. The Games Friday, December 24 EasyPost Hawai'i Bowl 8:00 PM on ESPN Memphis (6-6) vs. Hawai'i (6-7) How to Watch Like most games, today's game will be on a streaming service that carries ESPN. Here are the services. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2: Sling Orange ($35) Vidgo ($55) YouTube TV ($65) Fubo ($65) Hulu+Live TV ($70) DirecTV Stream ($7

Watching the bowl games: Day 6

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. The Games Thursday, December 23 Frisco Football Classic 3:30 PM on ESPN North Texas (6-6) vs. Miami University (6-6) Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl 7:00 PM on ESPN Central Florida (8-4) vs. Florida (6-6) How to Watch Both of today's games will be on a streaming service that carries ESPN. Here are the services. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2: Sling Orange ($

Watching the bowl games: Day 5

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, will be on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. Wednesday, December 22 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl 8:00 PM on ESPN Missouri (6-6) vs. Army (8-3) How to Watch Today's game will be on a streaming service that carries ESPN. Here are those services. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2: Sling Orange ($35) Vidgo ($55) YouTube TV ($65) Fubo ($65) Hulu+Live TV ($70) DirecTV Stream ($70) The cheapest way

Not trying to be a Grinch, but...

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Roku's blog published a list last week of their top 10 most searched Christmas movies. I'm not sure what How the Grinch Stole Christmas National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation A Christmas Story A Christmas Carol Elf Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Christmas With the Kranks Home Alone The Polar Express Disney’s A Christmas Carol Here's my issue. It's not the movies exactly, but it really kind of is. If it searched for "Grinch" would that count as number 1 or number 6 on the list? I have a problem with either one. You see, if I search for "Grinch," I'm not looking for Benedict Cumberbatch (#6) or Jim Carrey (#1). I'm looking for Boris Karloff and Thurl Ravenscroft. The thing is, you can't watch it unless you own it. It's not available for free streaming. But you can buy it from Amazon or from some other service. I thought that perhaps that was why they didn't count it, but other movies on the list require a s

Watching the bowl games: Day 4

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two are on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, is on January 10. In all, 86 schools will be playing games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. Today's Games Two games are scheduled today, and they're not available over the air. You need a streaming service to watch them. Tuesday, December 21 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM on ESPN Kent State (7-6) vs. Wyoming (6-6) Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl 7:30 PM on ESPN Texas-San Antonio (12-1) vs. San Diego State (11-2) How to Watch Today's games are being streamed on ESPN. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries today's games. All services that carry

Google vs Disney settled

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It only took a couple of days, but the dispute between Google and Disney is no more. Well, at least they reached an agreement that put the Disney owned channels back on YouTube TV. One week of no bowl games must have done it, huh? YouTube TV users lost 18 channels from their lineup due to the dispute. On Saturday, these channels were removed from YouTube TV: Local ABC affiliate ESPN ESPN2 ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app) ESPNU ESPNEWS SEC Network ACC Network Disney Channel Disney Junior Disney XD FX FXX FXM National Geographic National Geographic Wild Freeform ABC News Live On Sunday afternoon, Google sent an email to subscribers and updated their Website to reflect the return of the channels. We're happy to share that we've reached a deal with Disney to return their content to YouTube TV while preserving a $64.99/mo. price for our members. We've already started to restore access to Disney networks like ES

Watching the bowl games: Day 3

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, is on January 10. In all, 86 schools will have played games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. Monday, December 20 Myrtle Beach Bowl 2:30 PM on ESPN Old Dominion (6-6) vs. Tulsa (6-6)  How to Watch Like most of the games, every other game will be on a streaming service. Here are the services for each network. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2: Sling Orange ($35) Vidgo ($55) Hulu+Live TV ($65) YouTube TV ($65) Fubo ($65) DirecTV Stream ($70) The cheapest

Google vs Disney II

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Well, it happened. ESPN and all Disney networks are off YouTube TV. At least for now. Yesterday, Google sent a notice to subscribers telling them that negotiations with Disney had not resolved the issue, and the channels were no longer on the service. As a result, the price for the service will drop, at least while the channels are not in the lineup . We will be decreasing our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99, for the Base Plan while this content remains off of our platform. No action is needed on your part. A credit of $15 per month will automatically be issued. Once the content is unavailable, this credit will be applied to your next bill after December 17 and will only be visible to family managers in Settings > Billing after the charge has taken place. Please note that if you have a promotional price with YouTube TV, you can still expect a $15 credit. Members who are in a paused state will receive this credit one month after their first charge. Should we come to an

Watching the bowl games: Day 2

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two were yesterday, and the last one, the national championship game, is on January 10. In all, 86 schools will be playing games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. Saturday, December 18 RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl 11:00 AM on ESPN Western Kentucky (8-5) vs. Appalachian State (10-3) Cricket Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM on ABC South Carolina State (6-5) vs. Jackson State (11-1) PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl 2:15 PM on ESPN Texas-El Paso (7-5) vs. Fresno State (9-3) Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl 3:30 PM on ABC Alabama-Birmingham (8-4) vs. Brigham Young (10-2) LendingTree Bowl 5:45 PM on ESPN Eastern Michigan (7-5) vs

Watching the bowl games: Day 1

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two are today, and the last one, the national championship game, is on January 10. In all, 86 schools will be playing games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. Friday, December 17 Bahamas Bowl 12:00 PM on ESPN Middle Tennessee (6-6) vs. Toledo (7-5) Tailgreeter Cure Bowl 6:00 PM on ESPN2 Northern Illinois (9-4) vs. Coastal Carolina (10-2) How to Watch Every game today will be on a streaming service. Here are the services for each network. ESPN/ESPN2 ESPN carries the most games. A few are carried on ESPN2. All services that carry ESPN also carry ESPN2: Sling Orange ($35) Vidgo ($55) Hulu+Live TV ($65) YouTube TV ($65)

TCL Roku TVs

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I've never been much on "smart TVs." I've had them, but only because I made my purchase without considering that aspect of the TV. I've had Roku and Apple TV devices since 2010, and didn't really need a smart TV. I had the smarts I wanted. I say that because I have used a Roku TV extensively. I don't like it. Let me explain. For a time, there was a TCL TV that belonged to a family member that was available for me to use. She wasn't using it, and I wanted to try it, so I did. Now, in fairness, it was an older device. It wasn't the first generation of TCL Roku TVs, but it wasn't a current model when I began using it. It was a TCL Series 3, which is a low end model. I get all that. But, I do expect a device to perform well. This one didn't. I've used other smart TVs, as I've said, but didn't buy them for their "smarts." However, I have tried the built in apps and interface, and find most of them lacking. Vizio is awful. I

Amazon Fire TV profiles

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There is a feature of the Amazon Fire TV platform that I do like. If you've been paying attention, you know that I prefer Roku's interface to the Amazon interface. But, there is something about Amazon that I like better: Profiles. With Amazon Fire TV, you can create profiles for different users. Each user can have his own menu of apps. I originally wrote "library of apps" but that's not accurate. The library or pool of apps is the same. However, you don't have to show all your apps. You pick which ones you see and which ones you don't. The apps are the same across the profiles, as you might expect -- or not expect -- meaning that the apps are logged in on the same account. If you have profiles within the apps -- such as Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and others have -- you pick those within the particular apps. It's a handy feature, and one that I wish Roku would add. This definitely goes in the "plus" column for Fire TV, if you are comparing de

Google vs Disney

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Just a few days ago, Google and Roku settled their differences , allowing Google's YouTube TV app to return to the Roku Channel Store and kept the YouTube app available. Now, Google and Disney are in a dispute. Google sent an email to YouTube TV users this week letting them know that the service could lose Disney's channels if an agreement isn't in place by Friday. Currently, YouTube TV has the following Disney channels: Local ABC affiliate ESPN ESPN2 ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app) ESPNU ESPNEWS SEC Network ACC Network Disney Channel Disney Junior Disney XD FX FXX FXM National Geographic National Geographic Wild Freeform ABC News Live The email included a link to a Web page set up by Google for the dispute , and a promise to drop the monthly price by $15/month if the channels are removed. If we are unable to reach a deal by Friday, December 17, 2021, the Disney portfolio of channels will no longer be ava

Fawesome

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One of the best things about streaming is that you can find some good content for free. One of the bad things is that many times, the free content isn't good. But that's how life is, right? Fawesome is one of those services. It has some good stuff, and some not so good stuff. I'm a fan of both. Sure, liking good stuff makes sense, but I also will watch a bad movie just because it's a bad movie. Side note: I've seen all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 films in their original uncut form (except for two). Yeah, I will watch a bad movie. But to be fair, Fawesome isn't all about bad movies. It's about good movies too. Some are films I've seen before and enjoyed, including The Hunt for Red October , Galaxy Quest , Halloween , and ... um ... well, okay, not a huge selection of good movies that I've seen. Most of the films I've seen are in the bad movie variety. But, still enjoyable. And, of course, there are plenty of good movies that I haven

Paramount+ live TV channels

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Paramount+ has offered live TV since it came into being and replaced CBS All Access. If you have the $10/month plan, you get local live CBS -- well, most of the time; you can't watch some special content, such as this week's airing of Frosty the Snowman -- but in general, you can watch you local CBS affiliate. You can also watch CBSN (news), CBS Sports HQ, ET Live, and some occasional sports programming. Until this week, that was the extent of the live TV offerings from Paramount+. That selection has grown. Now, to be sure, it's nowhere near the number of live streams available form Pluto TV or Xumo, but some is quite interesting. And, these are available on all Paramount+ plans. Since there are only 18 new streams added, that's easy to list. The newly available streams are: SpongeBob Universe PAW Patrol Kids & Family Fun Preschool Corner Animation Favorites TV Classics Nostalgic Hits Star Trek Crime & Justice All Day Drama

How to watch the bowl games

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There are 44 college bowl games/playoff games this year. The first two are on December 17, and the last one, the national championship game, is on January 10. In all, 86 schools will be playing games this post-season. Streamers used to have a difficult time watching the games live -- at least legally -- but that changed in the 2015 season when the first live streaming service, Sling TV , launched. Now, there are several live streaming services, and you have lots of options when it comes to watching bowl games. The Games Friday, December 17 Bahamas Bowl 12:00 PM on ESPN Middle Tennessee (6-6) vs. Toledo (7-5) Tailgreeter Cure Bowl 6:00 PM on ESPN2 Northern Illinois (9-4) vs. Coastal Carolina (10-2) Saturday, December 18 RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl 11:00 AM on ESPN Western Kentucky (8-5) vs. Appalachian State (10-3) Cricket Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM on ABC South Carolina State (6-5) vs. Jackson State (11-1) PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl 2:15 PM on ESPN Texas-El P

Worrywarts

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You would think that because the Google vs Roku dispute impacting YouTube TV is now resolved that people would be happy. But that's because you think rationally. Not everybody does. I've been a contributor to the Roku user support forums for some time. Over the past few years, my contributions have increased greatly. Roku invited me to be a part of their Community Expert group. Part of the reason is that I'm always right. Now, before you go and think I'm just some egotistical jackass (spoilers: I am), keep in mind that if I'm right, I'm right, but if I'm wrong, I learn from that and become right. My goal is to be right. I'm not looking to "change the facts" but rather to learn from the facts and adjust as more information is available. If I'm wrong, I'll adjust, and then I'll be right. So, the end result is, I'm always right. Where am I going with this? Well, during this whole Roku vs Google thing, I wasn't fretting over

Roku vs Google, resolved

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There has been a dispute between Roku and Google for some time that impacted the YouTube TV app, and could have impacted the YouTube app. If you had the YouTube TV app on Roku, you got to keep it, as long as you didn't uninstall it. If you didn't have the YouTube app, or if you uninstalled the YouTube TV app, you couldn't get it (or get it back). Google said Roku was being unfair. Roku said Google was being unfair. I thought they were both to blame somewhat, but I thought the primary issue was Google, not Roku. Keep in mind that I've been a Roku user, and a fan of Roku for over a decade. So, if you think my opinion was clouded by that, okay. But keep in mind that this Website is registered through Google, and is hosted by Google. And I also have a Google TV device (Chromecast with Google TV) that I like. Google Chrome is my default Web browser. So, I'm heavy into both parties. Whoever was to blame doesn't really matter now. The issue has been resolved . I&

CW app

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All of the major broadcast TV networks have apps so you can watch the shows, current and past. There's always a catch, though. You have to authenticate against a TV provider: a cable, satellite, or streaming service. Most of those streaming services are $65/month or more. You can't just watch anything you want in the app for free. Except, with the CW app, you can watch for free/ CW doesn't require authentication against a TV provider. You launch the app and you watch your shows. That's how you would want it to work, and how the CW app does work. If you're a fan of the shows on the CW -- Legacies , Superman & Lois , Walker , Roswell New Mexico , Penn & Teller: Fool Us , Riverdale , or any of the other shows -- this is a great and free way to watch them. I realize that the CW isn't the most watched network -- according to Nielsen, it's the 8th most watched network -- but the fanbase is a pretty loyal one. Those that find shows to watch seem to re

Blogs for cord cutters

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While I am certainly happy that you've stopped by here, and I'm hoping my tips, suggestions, and comments might be helpful, I certainly know there are other places online that can help you as a cord cutter. Here are a few blogs that you might like. Amazon Fire TV Blog If you use Amazon Fire TV, you might find their blog useful for finding out about some of the features of that streaming platform. They don't post every day. In fact, they only post a handful of times a month. Last month, six times. The month before, 12 times. And, every post won't necessarily be something you absolutely need to know about, it's a good resource if you're in the Amazon ecosystem. Chromecast Blog For as much as Google does online, posting on the Chromecast Blog isn't anywhere near the top of their list. They have posted five times this year. That's it. But, I still check it every day. If there's something posted there, it's probably a big deal. Or somebody was ass

College Football Playoffs: A better idea

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They announced the four teams in the college football playoffs yesterday, and nobody was happy. Okay, four fan bases were happy. But there were some fan bases that could legitimately claim that their team was one of the four best teams.  Notre Dame fans feel their team was one of the four best, despite the loss to Cincinnati two months ago. Big XII champ Baylor's two losses were to Oklahoma State, who they beat for the championship in a rematch, and to Texas Christian on an interception with a minute left in the game. Ohio State didn't make the Big Ten title game on a tie-breaker, but has been impressive the last half of the season. Even Mississippi, with two losses, one to SEC champ Alabama and the other to bowl-bound Auburn, can claim to be one of the better teams. This may upset Cincinnati fans, but how many of the top ten ranked teams would have gone 13-0 with the schedule the Bearcats had? I'm thinking all of them. Regardless, this is what we have. But what we actually

Xumo or Pluto TV

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I've not written a lot about Xumo. In fact, I've written very little about it. But I need to. Xumo might be described as a poor man's Pluto TV. But that would be wrong. Pluto TV is Xumo on steroids. But it just may be that Xumo is a better option than Pluto TV. Here's why. Content. Now, content is king at Pluto TV. That service has so many different streams available, it's hard to keep up with. In the early days, Pluto TV was a mess. Content was awesome, but it was so hard to find anything. Many of the features didn't work, or didn't work correctly. But they got all that fixed. Today, Pluto TV is fantastic. But so is Xumo. It's true that Xumo doesn't have as much as Pluto TV, but that's not really a bad thing. Look at it this way. Remember when you had cable TV, and you were paying for so many channels you didn't watch? It's kinda like that. Of course, it's not exactly like that, because you paid for cable TV, and both Xumo and Plut