As you may have heard, the nascent TV-streaming service was just handed the equivalent
of the death sentence by no less than the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled the company
violated copyright laws.
That's a pretty big blow to cord-cutters, folks trying to eschew hefty cable bills in favor
of Internet-powered television. Aereo helped solve a big piece of that puzzle, delivering
local channels to your TV or mobile device and letting you record them, DVR-style, for
So what now? You probably know that a pair of rabbit ears will let you tune in local
channels, but what about recording them? What about slinging them to phones, tablets,
Roku boxes, and the like?
Have no fear: There are other options. A new breed of DVRs caters expressly to the
antenna crowd, giving you a home for those sweet, sweet over-the-air TV signals. Here's
an overview of three relatively new products.
Lately, more and more people have been asking me about "cutting the cord." No, this has nothing to do with childbirth; it's about ditching pricey cable TV--the "cord"--in favor of Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and other digital options.
Much as I'm a fan of those inexpensive alternatives, there are times when I want to watch--and record--live TV. A simple antenna connected to my TV's digital tuner takes care of the "watch" part, as I can tune in most of the major networks via over-the-air signals.
But what about recording? For that, I rely on a spare desktop PC (though a laptop would do as well), an inexpensive accessory, and Windows 7. Combined, they make a fantastic DVR for watching and recording digital, high-definition broadcasts.
Back in March, I called the Roku 3 the "best streaming box you can buy, period!" Here
in October, nothing has changed: There's no better way to bring
Netflix, Pandora, and oodles of other online content to your TV.
Of course, the $99.99 list price can be a bit tough to
swallow. That's why I'm excited about this deal: Amazon has the Roku 3 streaming media box for $84.99 shipped. It's
new, not refurbished, and the lowest price I've seen on this,
Roku's top-end model.
Projectors are really cool. Point one at any wall just about
anywhere and you've got yourself a home theater.
Of course, you'll need to connect a laptop or DVD player.
You'll need to position everything close to an AC outlet for power.
Oh, and don't forget about speakers. Maybe I should have said,
projectors are really cool--once you get past all the
Wouldn't it be great, then, to have a projector with
everything you need built right in? Like this one: Staples has the
3M Streaming Projector for $159.99 shipped
(plus sales tax in most states). That's just about half the $299
The Streaming Projector is compact enough to fit in the palm
of your hand, yet it's like a self-contained home theater. It runs
on a rechargeable battery, so you don't need a nearby outlet.
Yesterday, Google introduced the Chromecast, an HDTV accessory that's kind
of like a cross between an Apple TV and a Roku box. But here's the
kicker: It's only $35.
The gizmo looks a lot like a USB flash drive, but instead of
plugging into your PC, it plugs into one of your TV's available
Recently I told you about three sweet-sounding tech gifts for Mother's
Day. Of course, not every mom is into music. Let's take a look
at three other gadgets that are sure to bring a smile to Mom's
One of the pioneers of the digital photo frame, Ceiva continues to
offer some compelling products -- and there's a Mother's Day special that might just seal the
Ceiva offers two frames, each with an 8-inch screen. The Ceiva
Share is on sale for $99.95, the Ceiva Pro 80 for $119.95. I highly
recommend the latter, which comes with a Wi-Fi adapter.