Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Look at DirecTV Now

We recently updated our online streaming services page to include information about DirecTV Now.

DirecTV Now is AT&T's entry into the live streaming market. As you can tell, it's the streaming version of DirecTV, which is owned by AT&T. It joins Sony's PlayStation Vue service and DISH Network's Sling TV service as the streaming version of cable/satellite services.

Just like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, you can't really choose the channels you want. Rather, you pick the plan you want, much as you do today from a cable or satellite provider. That means that those wanting true a la carte options, are going to be disappointed. However, we do think it's a step in the right direction.

Why? Today, with cable or satellite, you are locked in to a contract and, depending on your location, may not have many options if you are dissatisfied. With these streaming services, you are month-to-month and can change at any time.

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Look at the New Roku Devices

It's been a few months since the new Roku devices were released. While we haven't had the opportunity to try all the new devices, we have used a few of them. We're not overwhelmed, but we aren't terribly disappointed, either.

The new Roku devices can be grouped into three basic categories: the beginner devices, the high-end devices, and the stick.

The one that impressed us the most is actually the beginner devices: Roku Express and Roku Express+