My Personal Media Bundle 2019

After canceling DirecTV Now due to the latest price increase, I decided to take a good look at all of the various media properties my wife and I subscribe to and decide which are indispensable and which deserve our hard-earned money. I also wanted to add everything up to see just how much my household is spending on a monthly basis.

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​Why I’m canceling DirecTV Now, and why it will be a tough sell for AT&T Wireless customers going forward

Part of the reasoning for AT&T purchasing DirecTV and then Warner Media was to bundle cell phone, broadband internet, and video services together to extract more revenue from customers while reducing churn. Part of the reasoning the Department of Justice approved these acquisitions was because AT&T said it would benefit consumers. But with the recent price increases and product changes to DirecTV Now, these arguments are falling apart.

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The Best Streaming Media Player for 2016

The battle for the best streaming media player has many worthy contenders. There are many very capable boxes on the market today at a variety of price points. Of course, the hardware is only as good as the content available on it, and all the boxes now offer most popular streaming services, with a few notable exceptions. Still, there are some important differences that set the best streaming media players apart now and into the future.

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How to watch NFL online without cable for 2016

There are more options to watch the NFL online without cable for the upcoming 2016/17 season than ever before. Some games will be streamed free, others are available with a subscription streaming service, and there are additional options from some cell phone carriers. Read on to see how to watch NFL online free and without cable this season.

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Why Apple is building a TV guide

This shift in strategy was predictable once it became clear the TV networks were not ready to give in to Apple's demands for a skinny bundle service. If Apple is not able to differentiate the Apple TV with content (which would presumably include some sort of guide), then the logical next step would be to follow what they do with all of their products: best in class hardware differentiated by software and UI. 

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6 Months With T-Mobile - do the benefits outweigh the weak coverage?

It's been about six months since T-Mobile's Binge-On free video streaming during the NFL Playoffs lured me away from Straight Talk. Although I frequently encounter dead zones where I used to have good coverage, I haven't switched back. I've come close a few times, but then T-Mobile seems to add another perk to their offering that convinces me to stay.

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​List of iPad apps with support for Picture in Picture

iPad apps with support for picture in picture mode was one of the things I most looked forward to when I got my new 9.7" iPad Pro. I noticed a few of my favorite video apps support this feature, but several did not. I could not find a list anywhere of what iPad apps support picture in picture, so I thought I'd create my own. 

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