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DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

The brave new world of live television is upon us, and it comes in three forms: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV NOW. Having multiple products to choose from is never a bad thing, but it does require more leg work. Which service has the features you can't live without? Is there some hard-to-find fine print you should know about? Does the service you're leaning toward offer the best value for your money? We've answered all those questions and more.

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Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax subscription options

Amazon has announced that its Prime customers can now subscribe to Cinemax and HBO as add-on video subscriptions to flesh out the Prime Video library. The HBO subscription option is the most expensive of the two at $14.99/month, the same price you’d pay if you sign up for HBO NOW directly. The subscription options are part of Amazon Channels, which already offered Starz, Showtime, Sundance Now, and a bunch more.

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Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

At long last, Netflix has launched a new download feature that allows for offline viewing. Whispers of such a feature have been making the rounds for quite some time, and when we last heard from Netflix, it sounded like an offline mode would only be made available to those living in regions with poor internet connectivity. It turns out that isn't the case, with offline mode launching for all subscribers today.

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Hulu’s live TV streaming service will merge the best of both worlds

Hulu’s live TV streaming service will merge the best of both worlds

Hulu is working on a live television streaming service, something we've known for a while, and it'll be offering it long after a few competitors have launched their own similar products: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and starting tomorrow, DirecTV NOW. Though it's moving more slowly, Hulu may also be best poised to dominate the live streaming television market, as it is in the unique position to offer the best of both worlds.

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Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

AT&T has officially unveiled its own live streaming television service: DirecTV NOW. The anticipated TV service is set to take on Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue when it goes live on November 30, but it may not be adequate enough to replace those services at launch. There are a few things you should know about DirecTV NOW before making the switch, including details about DVR, channel lineup, and more.

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DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

AT&T has introduced DirecTV NOW, a “completely new platform” that enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet. The service allows users to stream up to two streams at once, and while it doesn’t support 4K (for now, at least), it does target most of the features users want, with the pricing starting at $35/month for at least 60 channels. DirecTV NOW offers nearly all the big networks, including Viacom, Turner, AMC channels, and more.

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Sling TV’s new cloud DVR solves its biggest problem

Sling TV’s new cloud DVR solves its biggest problem

Sling TV has addressed its biggest problem with the unveiling of a new cloud DVR feature, the same type of DVR offered by competitor PlayStation Vue. The news comes shortly after Sony dropped Viacom channels from its own service -- the same channels still offered by Sling TV -- making it a prime opportunity for parent company Dish Network to poach some of Sony's now-disgruntled customers. The new feature's announcement also slips in just ahead DirecTV NOW's launch.

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DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

This week the folks at DISH have made clear their intent with this holiday season, giving a bunch of HopperGO devices away to roll in the new users. To make this happen, users are asked to call a phone number and mention a code right after signing up for a Flex Pack. Users might also want to sign up for "any other base programming package" - these also work just as well, so says DISH.

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PlayStation Vue lost Viacom channels: 3 other ways to stream those shows

PlayStation Vue lost Viacom channels: 3 other ways to stream those shows

Earlier this week, Sony made a relatively quiet announcement: all of its Viacom channels would be disappearing from PlayStation Vue starting November 11. Subscribers still saw the channels in their guide when that date rolled around, but the show info was blank and you couldn't select them. Starting Saturday, subscribers were greeted with an on-screen message informing them about the channel removals, and many people are less than happy. Fortunately, there are some alternatives for streaming those now-missing shows.

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LG’s 1mm Wallpaper OLED TV said to be launched in 2017

LG’s 1mm Wallpaper OLED TV said to be launched in 2017

There are multiple places where products that have wireless tech inside have to go for certifications before they can come to market. Often we see the FCC leak details on coming devices, but this time out it appears that the entire 2017 LG OLED TV line has been leaked by the WiFi Alliance. Presumably the TVs were being tested to ensure compliance with WiFi specifications.

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PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

If you're a PlayStation Vue subscriber, Sony has some bad news for you: its livestreaming television service is losing Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, and other Viacom channels. "As part of our ongoing evaluation of the PlayStation Vue offering," the company said in a statement today, "we have determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans."

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Sling TV adds on-demand kids channel: here are four alternatives

Sling TV adds on-demand kids channel: here are four alternatives

Children's programming is an important part of the television industry, not just because kids comprise a large viewer base, but also because they're more likely to stick with something that becomes familiar to them at an early age. It's no surprise, then, that video streaming companies have been fleshing out their family-friendly and kids-centric programming, and Sling TV is no exception.

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