Category Archives: Apps & Tech

ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV’s big upgrade

The benefits of this standard are clear: Better reception, 4K HDR video support, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X support, on-demand video, and possibly even streaming to mobile devices and automobiles. (The standard also has also some iffier aspects, such as targeted advertising.) But ATSC 3.0 comes with one big caveat as well: While the new standard will work with any antenna, it’s incompatible with the ATSC 1.0 tuners built into today’s TVs, converter boxes, and DVRs. – Jared Newman, TechHive » https://ift.tt/38aASOA

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Peacock Sets July Launch Date: NBCUniversal Streaming Service Will Offer Free Tier, Ad-Free Subscriptions

It was also revealed that the service will offer a free, ad-supported tier, as well as options for ad-free service. Peacock Free and Peacock Premium (the latter of which costs $4.99 a month for non-bundled Comcast and Cox subscribers) both will come with ads, but premium customers can upgrade to an ad-free experience for an additional $5 per month. (Any customer can also purchase the ad-free experience directly for $9.99 per month.) – Ryan Schwartz, TVLine » https://ift.tt/2FYzySY

How to Install Any App on an Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV devices, like Amazon Fire tablets, don’t have access to the standard Google Play Store, so you can’t get at as many audio, video and other apps as you can on, say, an Android TV. You don’t have to settle for this state of affairs though—you can sideload just about any app you want on to a Fire TV device by jumping through a few hoops. – David Nield, Gizmodo » https://ift.tt/35WA8uK [photo: Amazon]

Media streamer Plex to add subscription channels, rentals and more

Ideally, however, deep-linking features won’t be developed until Plex feels its core ad-supported library of content is robust. Today, Plex is working with more than 40 content partners for its ad-supported library, but has only ingested around 5,000 of the 40,000 total titles available through its deals. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://ift.tt/2FvretI

YouTubers are being hijacked for crypto scams

The feed, of course, was a scam—the real CZ wasn’t giving away free Bitcoins. Jicha had received an email to collaborate with Gamegloom.com, a fake site that promised to offer a video-game streaming service (like Google’s Stadia). In the email, Jicha was given an activation key for an application to stream PC games to mobile phones, but it was fake. In fact, Jicha had downloaded a keylogger; a service that tracks all the keys you enter on your computer. – Robert Stevens, Decrypt Media » https://ift.tt/2MTgqcY

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