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How to connect your devices to Prime benefits

How to connect your devices to Prime benefits

How to connect your devices to Prime benefits

You just unboxed a new Amazon device and are excited to explore — how do you get started? Learn how to connect your devices to Prime so you can easily read, watch and listen to exclusive Prime member content from just about anywhere.

You can access Prime Music with an Alexa-enabled device, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire Tablet but also with Sonos, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, PC/MAC, web browsers, smart TVs, and even some cars. Access thousands of playlists, stations, and songs anytime and from anywhere. Your listening is uninterrupted, ad-free, and on-demand with unlimited skips and offline playback.

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How to connect?

 

  • For mobile devices, download and launch the Amazon Music app on your device, then sign in using information for your primary Amazon account.
  • For Alexa-enabled devices, just ask, “Alexa, play music” or ask for your favorite song, artist, or album.
  • For Fire TV Voice Remote, simply press the microphone button on the Alexa Voice Remote and request a song. And with no Voice Remote, just navigate to Your Apps and Games.

Prime Reading is a free Prime benefit with an unlimited reading of over 1,000 books, magazines, comics, Kindle Singles, and more. It’s your 24/7 library at your fingertips — anytime and anywhere. Read with your Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, or Kindle Oasis, or access Prime Reading on other devices. Just download the free Kindle app for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. With Amazon’s Whispersync technology, you’ll be able to pick up where you stopped reading if you switch between your Kindle and Kindle app on your other devices.

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How to connect?

 

       From the Kindle app:

  1. Launch the Kindle app on your device.
  2. Sign in using information for your preferred Amazon account.
  3. Click the “Get started” button on the next screen, then click “OK” in the pop-up window introducing you to Prime Reading.
  4. In the “Discover New Books” screen, you can find Prime Reading content by looking for the Prime logo on eligible titles.

      From a Kindle device, simply look for the Prime logo on eligible titles.

Stream unlimited movies and TV episodes from the Amazon Prime Video app on your compatible Fire TV, smart TV, streaming media player, game console, mobile phone or tablet.

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How to connect?

 

     From a living room device:

  1. Open the Amazon Prime Video app or download it from your living room device’s app store.
  2. Register your device by selecting “sign in and start watching” to enter your account information directly on your device or choose “register on the Amazon website” to get a 5–6 character code to enter in your account.

    From a mobile phone or tablet, download the Amazon Prime Video app, sign in and start streaming.

    Learn more about how to connect compatible devices.

Let the fun begin for your kids! Each Fire Kids Edition Tablet includes a free one-year subscription of FreeTime Unlimited, an all-in-one subscription that gives you unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games. All other Fire tablets have the FreeTime app installed, which includes a free one-month trial and special Prime-member pricing.

Follow the parent resource guide to get started.

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Whether it’s your first or fifth Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Spot, start talking to Alexa within minutes of unboxing the personal assistan

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How to connect?

 

  1. Download the Alexa app and sign in. You’ll now be able to set up your device, manage your alarms, music, shopping lists and more.
  2. Turn on your Alexa-enabled device. Place it in a central location (at least eight inches from any walls and windows). Then, plug the included power adapter into the device and then into a power outlet. The light ring on the device turns blue, then orange. When the light turns orange, Alexa will greet you.
  3. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network by following the instructions in the Alexa app.

Tip: Just like the Echo devices, use your Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to check sports scores or the weather, play music and more. You can try things like:

“Alexa, play classic rock music”
“Alexa, play upbeat pop”
“Alexa, play hip hop classics”
“Alexa, play Foo Fighters”
“Alexa, play soul music”

Amazon Photos allows you to build better connections with friends and family through the power of shareable images. Prime members get unlimited, full-resolution photo storage and can trust that memories will remain secure for decades to come. Relive and share memories on personal devices and Amazon smart screen devices like Echo Show and Fire TV, and create gifts and keepsakes with favorite images printed on greeting cards, calendars and photo books.

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                                                          How to connect?

 

  1. Download the Amazon Photos app and upload photos.
  2. Personalize your Amazon device by clicking on the “more” tab within the app, or follow the instructions here.
  3. You can also ask: “Alexa, how do I set up photos?”

Additional Resources:

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, are you still looking for additional help connecting or troubleshooting your device? Please visit Amazon Device Support or visit the following resources below:

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HOW TO WATCH HALLMARK CHANNEL 2021

How to watch the hallmark channel

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas in July or December when the wintry holiday happens, check out our recommended ways to watch Hallmark movies all year long.
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Price: $89.99/mo.* Channel count: 240+ DVR storage: Up to 2,000 hrs.

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sling tv

Price: $35.00–$50.00/mo. Channel count: 30–50+ Cloud DVR storage: 30 hrs.

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Price: $64.99/mo–$99.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams: 5 Video: 1080p

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Are you looking for all the holiday feels all year long? Or perhaps just a little more mystery in your life? In either case, Hallmark Channel is a must-have.

Cassie from Good Witch said it best, “There’s real magic helping other people.” So, for us to best help you, we should note Hallmark Channel isn’t available on most streaming services.

You have only a few streaming services to choose from if you want Hallmark Channel: Friendly TV, Philo, Sling TV, Vidgo, fuboTV, and DIRECTV STREAM.

We’ve rounded up our recommendations based on price, add-on channels, and premium TV experience.

How to watch Hallmark without cable

You can stream the Hallmark Channel live or stream Hallmark movies on demand using these services:

  • Philo—Cheapest ($25.00/mo.; 60+ channels)
  • Sling TV—Lifestyle Extra add-on ($35.00/mo.; 40+ channels). Pair it with Sling TV’s Blue package for 43 channels—11 more than its Orange plan
  • Hallmark Movies Now—Hundreds of Hallmark movies on demand ($4.99/mo.)

If Hallmark movies are all you want, the on-demand streaming service Hallmark Movies Now is your best option. And yeah, that’s because you can no longer watch Hallmark on Netflix or Hulu—that’s as much of a reason to weep as many Hallmark movies will give you.

Price: $64.99–$249.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams: 1–2
Video: 1080p, 4K

You may have heard of fuboTV as the live streaming service for sports fans, especially fútbol or international sports fans. But over the past couple of years, fuboTV has turned itself into a streaming service for the whole family. And guess what? The entry-level has your Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channels.

And you can watch all of these channels on your iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone and tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and online.

If you want to learn more about fuboTV, check out why we named it the best streaming service for sports and get more info on the DVR in our fuboTV review. Check out our channel comparison review to get a better idea of which of the two packages has the channel lineup you want.

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Price: $64.99–$249.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams: 1–2
Video: 1080p, 4K

Sling TV is another cheap streaming service—not quite as low as Philo—but unfortunately, if you want Hallmark, it’s a no-go with any of their plans. Adding their Lifestyle Extra plan is only $6, so it’s not a huge price hike to add the channel while enjoying the rest of its content. A lot of Hallmark Channel fans also enjoy Lifetime Channel, and that is part of Sling TV’s lineup.

The most you can spend a month on a Sling TV plan is $50 for its Orange & Blue combo package. It’s only $35 a month for either the Blue or Orange plan. Adding the Lifestyle Extra pack to one of those for $6 a month makes your monthly cost $41.

The Lifestyle Extra pack has nine channels, including Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, and another you may enjoy, Lifetime Movie Network. That’s a combination that will give you hours’ worth of tears and fears.

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Price: $64.99–$249.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams: 1–2
Video: 1080p, 4K

To get Hallmark Channel, a super-sized channel lineup, and premium features, we recommend DISH satellite TV service. It will cost you a little extra, but it might be worth it to you.

For Hallmark fans, we recommend DISH’s America’s Top 200 package. This package gives you more than 240 channels—including Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mystery, Hallmark Drama, as well as Lifetime Channel and Lifetime Movie Network—for $89.99 a month.

What about 25 Days of Christmas?

If you want to watch 25 Days of Christmas, you’ll need Freeform (formerly ABC Family). Philo doesn’t have Freeform, but Sling TV’s Orange plan does. And, of course, you can get it with America’s Top 200 from DISH.

One of the best things about DISH is the Hopper 3 DVR. For an additional $15 per month, the Hopper 3 allows for 16 simultaneous recordings and 2,000 hours of DVR storage. You’ll have room to record all 40 of this season’s new Hallmark Christmas movies—and plenty more. Hey, now you really can enjoy Christmas in July.

The downsides of DISH are its two-year contract and higher price. While it’s not the most flexible way to watch Hallmark, we think DISH’s channel lineups and excellent DVR are worth the cost if you have the extra moola.

Stream Hallmark Channel movies on demand

The best way to stream Hallmark Channel on demand is to go directly to the source (sorry Netflix and Hulu).

Hallmark Movies Now

Hallmark Movies Now is the only place you can stream Hallmark movies on demand. At $4.99 a month, Hallmark Movies Now features tons of original Hallmark content, including favorite movies from the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

To see which Hallmark movies are currently available on Hallmark Movies Now, test it out with a 7-day free trial.

Free Hallmark Channel movies

Have you ever heard the phrase “Nothing in life is free”? Well, we hate to break it to you, but it holds true for Hallmark Channel movies. The Hallmark Channel does have an app (a.k.a. Hallmark Channel Everywhere) but it does require a TV provider login.

Hallmark Channel on Netflix

Hallmark doesn’t currently have any movies on Netflix. There are only Hallmark-like movies on Netflix, including Netflix Originals like A Christmas Prince.

Netflix does, however, own DVD.com, which has dozens of Hallmark movie titles on DVD. Plans start at only $7.99 per month, so if you don’t mind DVDs (and USPS), you may as well sign up for a 30-day free trial—that’s plenty of time to see if it’s for you.

Hallmark Channel on Hulu

Hallmark movies and shows are not currently available on Hulu.

The channel is also not available for streaming if you have the Hulu + Live TV service. We said it once, and we’ll say it again: you can stream Hallmark Channel on only a couple of services (Philo and Sling TV).

Hallmark Channel on Roku

You can technically watch Hallmark Channel programming on Roku, but you have to subscribe to a TV provider and download the Hallmark Channel Everywhere app—or subscribe to Hallmark Movies Now and download the app—to do so.

Final take

Whether you pick Philo for its affordable price and unlimited cloud DVR storage, or Sling TV for its add-on packages, it’s easy to stream the Hallmark Channel content you crave.

If you’re down with spending a little more money to get premium TV, DISH offers a great channel lineup and excellent DVR. Whatever your choice, sign up and start binge-watching warm fuzzies today.

Hallmark Channel FAQ

The Hallmark Channel isn’t “on” Amazon Prime, but you can rent hundreds of Hallmark Channel movies and shows if you have Prime Video.

The Hallmark Channel app (a.k.a. Hallmark Channel Everywhere) is free to download, but you must have a TV provider subscription to use it.

Hallmark Movies Now is a standalone streaming service app that offers exclusive movies and series from Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Hall of Fame, along with other content created to tug at the heartstrings.

You can download Hallmark Movies Now and become a subscriber for just $4.99 a month. The channel offers a 7-day free trial, so you can give it a test drive, too.

We can’t lie—formulas make all Christmas Hallmark movies similar, but that’s also what makes them dependable.

In many cases, a woman moves to a new location—or back to her scenic hometown—during the holidays and finds herself immersed in a scenario that blends love, chaos, and confusion. Eventually, holiday magic takes over, and everything falls into place just like the snow that settles in a shaken snow globe. The slightly predictable fun is as comforting as an old wool blanket.

Everyone seems to like Hallmark movies so much that it’s hard to pick just one.

For example, IMDB’s Top 100 Hallmark movies list the inspirational Front of the Class as number one, while the Christmas movie set during World War II, Silent Night, takes second place.

We suggest looking at Hallmark’s own Hall of Fame for more must-see movies this season.

How to Troubleshoot Home WiFi and Router Issues

How to Troubleshoot Home WiFi and Router Issues

How to Troubleshoot Home WiFi and Router Issues

The bottom line: 99% of home WiFi issues can be fixed by unplugging the router, waiting five seconds, then plugging it back in. This resets the device and frequently improves the speed.

Our aim with this guide is to provide you a to-the-point reference for dealing with some of the most common home WiFi issues, including:

  • WiFi not working
  • WiFi slowed down
  • WiFi network disappearing
  • Devices that won’t connect to Wifi

We’ll cover what to do if your connection is running slower than usual, as well as how to troubleshoot a network that won’t connect at all. We’ll also take a look at several tools you can use to help troubleshoot your connection when problems crop up.

Home WiFi Quick Fix

If your wireless connection suddenly stops working, before trying anything else, restart your router. Here’s the process:

  1. Unplug or power off your router.
  2. Wait 2-5 minutes before plugging it back in.
  3. Wait 5 more minutes and retry the connection.

In most cases, this should fix your issue and allow you to get back online. If you go through these steps and something still isn’t working, you may need to contact your internet service provider for assistance.

Understanding Your Router’s Icons

Most routers have a series of icons that illuminate to convey different status messages at a glance. Though these can vary from brand to brand, most manufacturer’s include at least three primary status indicators:

  • Globe icon: solid when modem is connected to the Internet.
  • WiFi icon: solid when WiFi is being broadcast with no issues. status
  • Ethernet icon: solid when ethernet cables are connected and working properly.

When everything is working properly, you can expect the icons to be solid or blinking green or blue light. This signals that a device is plugged in and functioning normally.

When there is a connection issue, you can expect the icons to turn red or orange.

An orange or amber light may indicate a problem or limited connectivity, whereas a red or unlit icon may signal that there is no current connection.

Important point: in order to be clear on what your specific device is communicating to you, be sure to refer to the user manual for a more detailed explanation.

How to troubleshoot WiFi

If you’ve tried the quick fix above to no success, there are still several other ways you may be able to troubleshoot your WiFi connection. In order to identify the technique most likely to actually help you, let’s break them down by their core issue:

“I’m experiencing slower-than-normal network speeds.”

Try this: Plug an ethernet cable directly into your router and test your internet speeds using our speed test tool. Next, test your speeds on the WiFi connection. If they are both slow, the issue is likely with your service provider, and not your equipment. Give them a call.

If the hardwired connection is much faster than the wireless one, however, there may be more you can do to optimize your network. Wired connections will usually always be faster than wireless in some capacity, but the difference shouldn’t be so vast that your WiFi is unusable. First, try moving your router to a more central location. If that’s not an option, it may be worth exploring how to extend your Wifi connection to all areas of your home.

Also, you may be encountering interference from networks adjacent to yours. If you think this may be the case, you can try changing the channel your router is broadcasting on. For starters, you’ll want to use the 5Ghz band whenever possible, if your router supports it. These tend to be less congested, and therefore better performing than their 2.4GHz counterparts.

“I have no internet connection at all.“

Try this: Plug an ethernet cable into your router and see if you’re able to get a signal on a desktop or laptop. If you can’t, your access has been cut, and you should contact your ISP.

If you find that you’re able to load web pages through a hardwired connection, there’s definitely something wrong with your WiFi network itself. If restarting the router didn’t fix the issue, you may need to set it up again completely. Most routers have a small “reset” button that needs to be held down with a paperclip or other small object. Doing this will restore the device to factory settings, and you’ll be able to go through the first-time setup once again.

If you’ve been through this process and still can’t get connected, you’ll likely need to contact your ISP for help. You could have an unpaid balance that has caused the company to suspend your account, or there may simply be an outage in your area.

“My WiFi network disappeared completely.”

Try this: Check to see where your router is positioned. If it is somewhere cramped, such as behind a couch, or crammed into a crowded equipment cabinet, it may be overheating and shutting down automatically to prevent any damage.

If you’re able to move your router somewhere where it has more airflow, you should be able to solve the overheating issue.

If you feel that your router is positioned somewhere ideal and that overheating isn’t the problem, there are a few other things that could be happening.

For one, your network may have reset itself due to an update. Take a look at the default network name (usually printed somewhere on the router itself) and see if you recognize that network when looking for a connection.

“My phone/laptop/tablet won’t connect, even though my other devices are fine.”

Try this: Turn off the offending device and turn it back on. You can also try turning the WiFi off and on again in the settings of your device, just to be thorough.

If this doesn’t help, you may need to delete your network from the device entirely. On an iOS or Android device, you can simply click on the network name and hit “Forget This Network.”

This will mean you’ll have to find the network again and put the password in like you did the first time you set it up, but it should solve any remaining connection issues in the process.

Tools for WiFi troubleshooting

Speed Test

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Use our speed test tool to check for reductions in your upload and download speed

Our speed test tool will allow you to see how your current network is performing in terms of both upload and download speeds. You can use this at any time to test the quality of your connection, and if you’re having any issues, you can use it to gauge your progress on getting them resolved. You can also use Speed Test periodically to see if you are really getting the speeds that you are paying for. Just remember that using WiFi will always slow things down a little bit!

Wireless Diagnostics (Mac)

The Network Diagnostics tool is a robust program that allows you to get a clear picture of your network health, as well as troubleshoot any issues you may be experiencing. You can find this program by hitting Command + Spacebar and typing “Wireless Diagnostics” into the search bar.

When you first open the program, it will scan your immediate area for any available WiFi networks. Once this is done, you’ll be presented with two options: Monitor my WiFi connection and Continue to summary. Choose neither of these. Instead, at the top of your screen, select “Scan” from the Window drop-down menu. You will see a list of networks. Select “Scan Now.”

The service will then show you a full list of connections around you, including what channel they are operating on. In addition, the program will show you the best channels for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands based on network congestion. In order to actually change the channels your router is operating on, you’ll need to google the brand of the device followed by “IP address.” You will then type this in just like you would any regular website (detailed instructions below).

  1. Open the program by clicking Command + Spacebar and typing “Wireless Diagnostics”
  2. Once open, select “Scan” from the Window drop-down menu.

Select “Scan Now.”

  1. Observe the channel your network is operating on, as well as the channels recommended by the program.
  2. Log in to your router’s control panel and change the broadcast channel to the one recommended above.

NirSoft (Windows)

NirSoft functions very similarly to the Wireless Diagnostics tools for Mac, scanning your WiFi environment and displaying all available networks, as well as a number of useful statistics for each. Like with the Wireless Diagnostics tool for Mac, you’ll still need to log into your router’s control panel to actually change its configuration.

NetSpot (Mac & Windows)

NetSpot is a fantastic alternative to both options above, and even features some additional tools that intermediate users may find valuable. Above and beyond being able to view detailed information about your network, NetSpot also allows you to visualize its footprint in your home, showing you any dead zones and weak points that need to be patched up. Available as a free download, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more feature-complete troubleshooting program.

Why does my computer keep disconnecting from WiFi?

If you find that you are consistently getting booted from your WiFi network, there are a few things that could be happening.

The first step we recommend taking is looking for any patterns in the service disruptions. Do they only happen at a certain time of the evening? Maybe it even drops when you pop something into the microwave? Believe it or not, there are many signals constantly flowing through your home that can disrupt your internet connection.

If you’ve ruled out network interference using the tools listed above, you may need to try updating your router’s firmware. This is essentially the device’s “operating system,” and like any other piece of software, it needs to be updated from time to time to keep functioning properly.

If you’ve updated your firmware and are still getting disconnects, you may need to consider replacing the router outright, especially if it is more than a few years old. Routers are computers, and computers unfortunately do tend to fail after a few years.

Firmware Updates by Brand

How to log into your router’s control panel

Click on your router’s brand below to see in-depth instructions on how to log in to its configuration area, where you can adjust network passwords and names, as well as change the channels they are operating on.

If All Else Fails, Contact Your Service Provider.

Though technical support from many companies can be a hit or miss experience, if you’ve tried everything above and nothing seems to be working, it may be best to simply reach out to request a tech to come to your home and sort the issue out directly. This may entail a service fee of some kind, but if it gets you back online, it may well be worthwhile in the end.

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HOW TO WATCH COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2021

HOW TO WATCH COLLEGE BASKETBALL & NCAA GAMES ONLINE

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Fans of NCAA College Basketball don’t have to be glued to the television to watch their favorite or rival college play. Below we look at how you can stream college basketball online for free!  Looking for March Madness streaming? You’ve come to the right place.

LIVE STREAM COLLEGE BASKETBALL VIA PARAMOUNT PLUS

CBS All Access allows you to stream all NCAA basketball games throughout the regular season. CBS airs/streams live college basketball games every weekend. In addition to NCAA basketball games, Paramount Plus subscribers are treated to an array of hit shows such as Survivor, Mom, Code Black, Rush Hour, etc. Thanks to the All Access mobile app you can stream CBS on the go! The only thing you need to be sure of is that your internet connection is up to snuff!

WATCH NCAA BASKETBALL ON ANY STATION WITH FUBO TV

Fubo TV is a name you may not have heard of yet but it’s fast becoming one of the better streaming options for sports out there. You get CBS, TNT, TBS and a ton of other sports channels including NCAA basketball tournaments. Check out their free trial and start streaming the game below:

LIVE STREAM COLLEGE BASKETBALL ONLINE WITH SLING TV OR HULU LIFE

When it comes to streaming college basketball games or NCAA games, in general, you can’t go wrong with Sling TV. The Sling TV app allows subscribers to stream channels such as ESPN, TNT and TBS live on the go. All three channels are known for streaming live NCAA basketball games. While the basic ‘Sling Orange package for $20 should cut it for most college basketball fans, hardcore college basketball fans would want to subscribe to the ‘Sling Blue’ package for $25 because it includes ESPN, TNT, and TBS, in addition to ESPN 2, Fox Sports and numerous entertainment channels.

AT&T TV NOW HAS COLLEGE BASKETBALL STREAMING TOO!

AT&T TV NOW is another streaming service similar to Sling TV. The basic package called ‘Live a Little’ costs $35 a month but it should suffice for NCAA basketball fans who want to stream live games. The package includes ESPN and TBS along with 60 other channels. So, you’re not going to miss another college basketball game again.

College Basketball Channels

The channels you need to watch the regular season of men’s college basketball really depends on two things: your location and your team.

Most casual fans will be content with CBS, ESPN, and FOX Sports. Those are the bread-and-butter sports channels that will deliver you a lot of the marquee college basketball matchups.

Freebie fans can also get a decent amount of free college basketball games on local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.

If you want the most games possible, you’ll want a TV plan—probably cable—with your preferred conference’s dedicated channel and your local regional sports network (RSN). The best way to determine what channels you’ll need is to visit the schedule on your team’s official website. Most Division I college basketball teams will list the broadcaster(s) for each game on their schedule. From there, you’ll be able to see if you need one of these conference-specific channels or a regional sports network to get more coverage of your favorite team.

Conference channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • Pac-12 Network
  • SEC Network

Regional sports networks:

  • Altitude Sports
  • AT&T SportsNet
  • Bally Sports
  • MSG Network
  • NBC Sports Regional Networks
  • New England Sports Network (NESN)
  • ROOT SPORTS

College basketball on ESPN+

In recent years, ESPN+ has become one of the prime locations to catch college sports—not just basketball. The streaming service currently has long-term agreements with more than 15 college conferences, including the Big 12, the Ivy League, and the Missouri Valley Conference, so you’ll get hundreds of collegiate basketball games all in one location.

If you want the most college basketball action, ESPN+ should be part of your game plan.

NCAA Tournament channels

You need only four channels to catch every moment of the Big Dance:

  • CBS
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • truTV

If you’re interested in replays, you might also want CBS Sports Network (but you don’t need it). Almost every cable, satellite, and live TV streaming service carries all five of these tournament channels.

The two most important channels, though, are CBS and TBS. Both show a ton of tournament action every year, and the two networks alternate each year as the exclusive broadcasters of the Final Four and NCAA Championship Game. TBS gets the even years while CBS has the odd ones, meaning TBS will air this season’s final rounds come spring 2022.

Besides these channels, you can also catch every live tournament game plus highlights and replays with the NCAA March Madness Live app by logging in with your TV provider. We’ll fill you in on this more later.

Methodology

Our experts spent over 40 hours researching TV providers and testing plans, apps, and other services to determine the best ways to watch college basketball this season. We compared these various viewing options by examining prices, channel lineups, and extra features.

How to watch college basketball FAQ

You can watch select March Madness games for free using an OTA antenna like the Mohu Leaf. These devices run as cheap as $20 and are ridiculously easy to install. You’ll get many free local channels, including CBS—one of the main March Madness broadcasters.

Another way you could watch March Madness completely free is by signing up for a free (typically seven-day) trial offered by live TV streaming services like DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. When the trial runs its course, cancel it—then sign up for another (rinse, repeat). Three or four trials will carry you through the entire Big Dance.

You can watch the NCAA Tournament if you subscribe to Hulu + Live TV, starting at $65.99 a month. With this plan, you’ll have access to CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. Hulu + Live TV also includes CBS Sports Network, which airs select conference games and additional college basketball coverage.

On the flipside, Hulu + Live TV offers fewer conference channels than Sling TV and costs more per month than any of Sling TV’s plans–even if you also pay for Sling TV’s Sports Extra add-on.

The NCAA March Madness Live app has every single game plus replays. But after a free three-hour preview, you’ll need to log in with your credentials from a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming provider.

You can stream the NCAA Tournament by subscribing to a live TV streaming service such as DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. Another way would be to use your existing login credentials from a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming provider to log in to the NCAA March Madness Live app.

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XFINITY CUSTOMER SERVICE

XFINITY CUSTOMER SERVICE

Talk to a real-life person about your Xfinity service today.

Sign up for Xfinity service

On Xfinity’s website, you can chat with live sales agents or use the shopping tool to learn more about Xfinity’s internet, phone, and cable TV packages. The Xfinity sales page lets you bundle services and compare factors like download speeds and available channels.

If you’re interested in subscribing to Xfinity, call 1-888-814-2343 or click the button below to speak to an Xfinity customer service representative.

Before you call Xfinity

Xfinity’s chat and call scheduling services eliminate many of the problems you’ll have during a typical support call, but they’ll still need to verify your identity via phone or chat.

To save time during your call, follow these tips:

  1. Make sure you have your name, account number, and address ready. Your account number is on top of your PDF or paper bill.
  2. Make sure your callback number is the same as the phone number registered to your Xfinity account. This makes it faster for Xfinity agents to pull up your account and answer your questions.
  3. If you’re planning a move, have your new address and service transfer dates nearby.
  4. Keep a pencil and notepad nearby to jot down any notes, costs, or dates related to your billing issues.

If you don’t have your account number on hand, Xfinity can still verify your account with billing or personal account details. Xfinity can also send a verification code to your registered phone number or email address.

Xfinity customer service phone number

Xfinity’s callback service lets you schedule a time to speak to an Xfinity customer service agent. With the service, which handles Xfinity internet and billing department questions, you don’t have to spend hours on hold waiting for an agent. So before your scheduled phone call, you can use the time to prep some meals for the week, catch up on your TV show backlog, mow the lawn, or take a walk.

The customer service representative will also have your account pulled up to save time during the call. The callback service is available on the Xfinity website and Xfinity My Account mobile app.

Xfinity customer service hours of operation

Xfinity’s live hours for its phone and chat agents are between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET Monday through Sunday.

If you need assistance outside of business hours, Xfinity Assistant is a 24/7 automated chatbot that can assist with the common account, technical, or billing questions.

Xfinity outages

The Xfinity Outage Map is located on Xfinity’s Status Center webpage and the Xfinity My Account mobile app, available on Google Play or the App Store. The map shows outage locations and estimates the number of affected subscribers. 

You can also tweet at @ComcastCares, Xfinity’s live support account on Twitter, or text OUT to 266278 to check for outages. To receive text alerts, your phone needs to be registered through your Xfinity account.

Xfinity customer service online

The Xfinity Assistant chatbot can answer basic questions and redirect you to guides for simple tasks like changing your billing address or setting up your Xfinity cable service. For more complex problems, you can also request to receive a phone call or use Xfinity Assistant to connect with a live customer service agent. 

If you’re troubleshooting problems outside of Xfinity’s live customer support hours or want to solve them yourself, Xfinity’s website hosts a support section that features numerous help guides. These FAQs cover subjects including troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues, ways to pay your bill, and installing Xfinity hardware.

Other Xfinity online support

Xfinity tech support

If you need to troubleshoot services like your Xfinity Wi-Fi connection, you can turn to Xfinity’s phone callback service or live chat to speak to an agent. 

The support guide section on Xfinity’s website also has articles that walk you through the installation process and show features for your Xfinity phone, cable, or internet service. 

Xfinity customer support for your business

Comcast Business customers can call Xfinity at 1-888-814-2343 for 24/7 assistance.

Subscribers can also contact Comcast Business chat agents for additional support. While exact chat hours vary depending on where you’re located, Comcast Business generally maintains regular business hours between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you need chat help outside of this window, Comcast Business also has an after-hours team that records your case and has a representative reach out the following business day.

If you need to immediately solve your troubleshooting problem, the Comcast Business support web page features articles that focus on business-specific internet, TV, and phone questions.

Xfinity local customer service options

At local Xfinity retail stores, you can manage your account, exchange equipment, and learn more about Xfinity services in-person. Use the Xfinity retail store locator to find the nearest Xfinity store or service center.

 
 

Pay your Xfinity bill

  • To pay online, go to your Xfinity account page and click Make a Payment under the Billing tab.
  • You can also make online payments through the Xfinity Assistant chatbot.
  • If you want to pay by phone, call 1-888-814-2343 and press 2 to reach Xfinity’s automated payment system. Make sure your account number is nearby.
  • In the Xfinity My Account app, available on Google Play or the App Store, click Billing on the home page and press Pay Now.
  • To pay via mail, send a check using the insert included in your Xfinity paper bill. You can also pay bills in-person at a local Xfinity store.

Cancel, change, or suspend your Xfinity service

Changing Xfinity services

To change your Xfinity package, schedule an Xfinity phone callback or speak to a live Xfinity chat agent. You can also add premium TV channels and cancel Xfinity Advanced Security or Instant TV services through the Xfinity website.

Pausing Xfinity services

Visit ComcastSeasonal.com or mention seasonal plans to an Xfinity customer support agent to suspend your Xfinity service. Depending on your subscriptions, you’ll pay a discounted rate over the suspension period.

Canceling Xfinity services

To cancel your Xfinity services, schedule a phone callback, connect to a chat agent, or visit your local Xfinity store. You can also complete an online cancellation form or mail a form that includes your full name, service address, account number, and phone number to: 

Comcast Cable
ATTN: Service Change Requests
1701 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Xfinity will confirm mail and email requests within two business days.

spectrum SIGN IN HELP

Spectrum.net Sign-In Help & Error code

Spectrum.net Sign-In Help

Pro Tips:If you’re having trouble signing in, try clearing your cache.

If you already have a Spectrum username, you can sign in to Spectrum.net to view and pay your bill, manage your account and more. (Please note that only the primary account holder can sign in to view Spectrum Mobile account information.)

If you don’t have a Spectrum username yet, you can create one

Find out more about Spectrum username and password guidelines.

If you are unable to do it at your end. Get expert support which they are fixing in a few minutes.

Forgot Username and/or Password?

If you’ve forgotten your Spectrum username or password, you can reset them.

Note: If you have a Spectrum email account, make sure you use your full username to sign in to your account.

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1. On the Spectrum.net homepage, select Forgot Username or Password?

2. Select an option to confirm your account on the next screen, confirm you’re not a robot and select Next.

  1. To complete the process, you’ll be asked to verify your account by text, email or automated call.
  2. Enter the six-digit verification code sent via the communication method of your choice to retrieve your username or change your password.

Note: If you change your Spectrum.net password, you’ll need to update your sign-in information to access your Spectrum email, My Spectrum App, the Spectrum TV app, and the TV channel apps. Find out more about changing your password.

Troubleshooting Error Codes on the Spectrum TV App & SpectrumTV.com

This article contains information about some common error codes you may encounter while using the Spectrum TV app or SpectrumTV.com, along with instructions on how to resolve them.

You can also find more answers to troubleshooting questions.

If you don’t see your error code listed below, continue to Seeing a Different Error Code? for information on how to resolve many of the most common issues with SpectrumTV.com and the Spectrum TV app.

Note: Some programs may be unavailable when you’re not connected to your In-Home WiFi network. Please also note that the Spectrum TV App and SpectrumTV.com are unavailable outside of the U.S. and its territories.

SpectrumTV.com Error Codes

Some channels and programs are available only when you're connected to your In-Home WiFi. Make sure you’re connected to your In-Home WiFi network, then restart the app and try again.

Make sure you’re using the correct username and password and try again. If you’re still having trouble signing in, get username and password help.

Try signing in manually using your Spectrum username and password.

The selected programming isn't currently available. Select a different program or try again later.

Wait a few minutes and then try again. 

The program you selected isn’t currently available. Select a different program or try again later.

Make sure you’re using a Spectrum username and password with Head of Household or Admin privileges. If the problem persists, try again later.

Wait a few minutes and then try again.

Wait a few minutes and then try again.

Spectrum TV App for iOS Error Codes

The channel you selected isn't currently available. Try again in a little while, or select a different channel.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Check to make sure you're connected to the internet. Learn more about troubleshooting your In-Home WiFi network.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Make sure you're connected to your In-Home WiFi network and then try again. If you're still having trouble signing in, get username and password help.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try signing in again.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Make sure you're using the correct username and password and try again. If you're still having trouble signing in, get username and password help.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Spectrum TV App for Android Error Codes

Check to make sure you're connected to the internet, then restart the Spectrum TV app and try again. Learn more about troubleshooting your In-Home WiFi network.

Check to make sure you're connected to the internet. Learn more about troubleshooting your In-Home WiFi network.

The program you selected isn't currently available. Select a different program or try again later.

Check to make sure you're connected to your In-Home WiFi, then restart the Spectrum TV app and try again. Learn more about troubleshooting your In-Home WiFi network.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Make sure you're connected to your In-Home WiFi network, then restart the app and try again.

Make sure you're using the correct username and password and try again. If you're still having trouble signing in, get username and password help.

Restart the app and then try again.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Make sure your Spectrum Receiver is powered on and connected to your TV, and check that you're connected to your In-Home WiFi. Then restart the app and try again.

Spectrum TV Channel for Roku Error Codes

Check to make sure you're connected to your In-Home WiFi, then restart the Spectrum TV channel and try again. Learn more about troubleshooting your In-Home WiFi network.

Restart the Spectrum TV channel and try again, or try using the Search feature to find the programming you're looking for.

  • RLP-1025
  • RVP-1025
  • RCD-1025

If you see any one of the error codes listed above, it means the following:

Either your Roku device is outdated or your Roku software and/or Spectrum TV app version is outdated. To update your device.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the Spectrum TV channel and try again.

Check to make sure you're connected to the internet, restart the Spectrum TV channel, and try again. You can also try using the Search feature to find the programming you're looking for.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the Spectrum TV channel and try again.

Restart the Spectrum TV channel and try again, or try accessing a different program. If the problem persists, check to make sure you're connected to your In-Home WiFi. Learn more about troubleshooting your In-Home WiFi network.

Check to make sure you're connected to the internet, restart the Spectrum TV channel, and try again. If the problem persists, try accessing a different program.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the channel and try again. If you're still having trouble signing in.

Make sure you're connected to your In-Home WiFi network and then try again. If you're still having trouble signing in.

Spectrum TV App for Samsung Smart TV Error Codes

The selected programming isn't currently available. Select a different program or try again later.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Make sure you're connected to your In-Home WiFi network, then restart the app and try again.

Restart the app and try again.

The selected channel isn't currently available. Select a different channel or try again later.

Check to make sure you're connected to the internet, restart the Spectrum TV app, and try again. Learn more about troubleshooting your In-Home WiFi network.

Live TV is not included in your subscription. To upgrade and watch live TV, please call us at (888) 814-2343

Wait a few minutes, then restart the app and try again.

Seeing a Different Error Code?

Try the following steps to resolve many of the most common issues with SpectrumTV.com and the Spectrum TV app:

  1. Restart the Spectrum TV app and try again.
  2. Make sure you’re connected to your In-Home WiFi network. Learn more about troubleshooting your WiFi connection.
  3. Reset your device by unplugging it and allowing it to power down completely. Wait a few minutes before plugging it back in.
  4. Make sure you’re signing in with the correct username and password. Get username and password help.
internet slow speed

WHY IS MY INTERNET SO SLOW ?

Why is my Internet so slow ?

If you feel like your internet is running slower than usual, it might be because you’re using it for more streaming and video calls than you used to. But you don’t have to get stuck in the slow lane.

We’ll help you figure out how to choose the internet plan you need—or how to get the most out of the internet you’ve got right now, as well as answer the age-old question: Why is my internet so slow? For the most part, these problems are surprisingly solvable—or not as big a deal as you might think. Let’s get to fixin’.

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What is a good internet speed?

We recommend you shoot for between 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps if it’s only you using your internet. If you live with friends or family, 100 Mbps will be a better fit.

Cheaper internet plans might look appealing on the monthly budget, but the daily headaches of slow internet probably won’t be worth the cash you’re saving.

For example, with a 15 Mbps internet plan, Zoom calls can come out garbled. A cheap plan isn’t worth the savings in the long run if you can’t work from home efficiently.

If you want to learn more about which internet speed is best for you, we’ve got a whole article on it. But if you’re already paying for a good plan and you still have slow internet, it’s time to look at another problem child—your Wi-Fi connection.

Why is my Wi-Fi so slow?

If you pay for high-speed internet, but your Wi-Fi is slow, you might have a bad router. You could consider upgrading to a faster router, but even the best at-home Wi-Fi signals will never be as strong as a physical internet connection.

A Wi-Fi router is a device that transmits your internet signal—which enters through cables—wirelessly throughout your house. But your Wi-Fi signal gets worse as it runs into obstacles like furniture, walls, or even your neighbors’ Wi-Fi signals.

Pro tip: If your router is wired up in the garage (which seems like a great place so you don’t have to look at the unsightly gadget), that can be a problem. It means thick walls interrupt your Wi-Fi signal from the get-go.

The solution to this is simple— ditch the Wi-Fi. You don’t need to wire down every device in the whole house, but an Ethernet cord will do a lot for conference calls, which require a stable connection.

So if you’re having similar trouble with unstable Wi-Fi, connect an Ethernet cable from your router to your computer.

This is what an Ethernet port and cable connector look like.
 

You can use an Ethernet cable to physically connect your internet to anything with an Ethernet port—which includes personal computers, laptops, gaming consoles, and smart TVs.

If you don’t have one lying around your junk drawer, pick one up on Amazon for the cost of a nice sandwich. (That’s a paid Amazon link—CableTV.com is an Amazon Associate, and we may make some money from this link.)

Mmm. Now I need a sandwich.

Once you’ve connected your Ethernet cord, try running a speed test like this one from Streamingservicestv.com.

For the most accurate test, disconnect all other devices from the internet to make sure the testing computer has full access to your bandwidth.

The results from a properly performed internet speed test should reflect the speeds you pay for. If your internet speed isn’t in the ballpark of what your internet service provider (ISP) promises, it’s time to call and find out why.

Other Wi-Fi troubleshooting

Occasionally, you may have trouble connecting to Wi-Fi at all. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you reconnect—just make sure you’re close to the router first.

Why can I not connect to Wi-Fi?

If one or more of your devices can’t connect to the internet, make sure you’ve set them to use a Wi-Fi connection. On many wireless devices, you can find this by opening Settings and then clicking on Wi-Fi.

You might also be trying to connect to the wrong Wi-Fi network. Make sure you’ve selected the correct wireless network for your house, office, or local café—and that you’ve entered the right password.

But if the settings are already correct, try restarting the device. Should you still have problems after that, try restarting your Wi-Fi router.

How do I restart my Wi-Fi router?

To restart your router, unplug it and give your router about 30 seconds to cool off before plugging it back in. If you have a separate modem, unplug this as well.

Once the modem and router have cooled off, plug them back in. They will take a few moments to boot up and reconnect to the internet and your devices.

If you need to restart your Wi-Fi router or modem frequently, it may be time for new ones. Unfortunately, routers and modems aren’t immortal, and they need replacing from time to time as they break down or technology changes.

 

Why does my internet get slower when more people are using it?

When more people use your internet connection, they’re sharing your bandwidth, which means you all get only a portion of your internet speeds. The more devices using your internet, the thinner your bandwidth spreads.

You may notice that it is easy to stream on a smart TV if there aren’t many people around. But if streaming TV takes a lot longer when you have guests over, it’s because everyone else is connected to the Wi-Fi through their phones.

If you have an important business call on Zoom, you might want to decree a screen blackout period for the rest of the house. That way, you won’t lose your connection because of someone scrolling through Instagram.

Ideally, though, your download speeds should be fast enough that this doesn’t happen. If sharing the internet starts becoming a regular problem, it’s time to get a faster internet plan.

If your provider doesn’t offer faster internet speeds, or the speed tests you run consistently show it underperforming, check out your other options. Enter your zip code below, and we’ll show you other providers in your area.

How can I boost my internet speed?

To review, here are a few tips to try if your internet connection is too slow:

  • Perform an internet speed test to determine if you’re getting the speeds you pay for.
  • Choose an internet plan with download speeds that fit your needs.
  • Upgrade to a faster router.
  • Connect your device to the router with an Ethernet cable.
  • Lessen the number of devices using the internet.
  • Switch to a more reliable internet service provider.

Switching from Wi-Fi to using an Ethernet cable can show immediate improvement in connection.

Slow internet connections can be caused by problems ranging from old Wi-Fi routers to internet traffic. To fix a slow internet connection, check your internet speed with HighSpeedInternet’s speed test and use out our Wi-Fi troubleshooting tips to start the troubleshooting process

 

 

 

Your router’s transfer speeds are built into the router, so they can’t be increased. But if you’re experiencing extremely slow internet performance, consider moving closer to the router, resetting your router, or upgrading to a new model.

what to watch this week oct

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK-Oct 2021

What to watch this week Oct-2021

Curious about what to watch next? Overwhelmed with choices? Check out our TV and movie recommendations for this week below. You can also skip down to your favorite TV streaming service to check out the hottest TV series and movies available now.

What to Watch | TV

Love Life | HBO Max | Comedy, Romance

Season 2 premiere, Thursday, Oct. 28: When HBO Max launched last year, Love Life was among the first of the streaming service’s Max Originals—but who can remember May 2020, which seems like 100 years ago? The first season followed a young woman (played by Anna Kendrick) navigating various romances; season 2 focuses on the dating travails of another Love Life character (William Jackson Harper, The Good Place). Besides an intriguing premise, this anthology series also has a killer supporting cast (including SNL’s Ego Nwodim and Punkie Johnson) that could drive Love Life for several more seasons.

Star Trek: Prodigy | Paramount+ | Animated, sci-fi

Series premiere, Thursday, Oct. 28: Realizing that the first waves of Star Trek fans are getting a bit old (but can still go to space—congrats, William Shatner), the Star Trek franchise is reaching out to younger audiences: Star Trek: Prodigy was originally destined for Nickelodeon. In the animated series, a group of teen aliens has stolen the Federation ship Prodigy, and soon learn that a hologram “captain” (voiced by Voyager’s Kate Mulgrew) has been activated to provide emergency guidance for the wacky kids. Other Prodigy voices include Jason Mantzoukas, Dee Bradley Baker, and Brett Gray, and new 30-minute episodes drop weekly.

Doctor Who | BBC America | Adventure, sci-fi

Season 13 premiere, Sunday, Oct. 31: In Jodie Whittaker’s final turn as the Doctor, a “Halloween Apocalypse” is nigh as an ancient, evil force prepares to terrorize the universe—did you expect your last day on the job to be a chill one, Doc? Beyond that, not much else is known about the six-episode Flux season, which will be followed by three feature-length specials in 2022, with Whittaker finally handing off the Doctor’s shoes in the fall, making for a long, time-wimey goodbye. Season 13 also introduces new character Dan Lewis (played by British comedian John Bishop), who’s rumored to be integral to Doctor Who’s future—juicy gossip!

What to Watch | Movies

Army of Thieves | Netflix | Action, drama

Movie premiere, Friday, Oct. 29: Zack Snyder is so done with superheroes—he’s doubling down on zombies for Netflix now. There are few undead walkers in Army of Thieves, which takes place before the events of last spring’s Army of the Dead and follows that movie’s safe-cracker character, Ludwig (Matthias Schweighöfer). Army of Thieves is an Ocean’s 11-esque heist flick, summed up nicely by Ludwig: “[It’s] like a movie film, where each one of us has a different skill set, and it’s only working together that we can pull off that which needs the pulling off.” Exactly, Lud.

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin | Paramount+ | Horror, thriller

Movie premiere, Friday, Oct. 29: In the seventh Paranormal Activity movie—and the first to go directly to streaming—documentary filmmaker Margot (Emily Bader) gains access to a secluded Amish community, hoping to learn more about her long-lost mother and family. Sounds quaint and heart-warming, right? Nope: things get weird fast, and that trademark Paranormal Activity night-vision footage ratchets up the terror with heart-pounding intensity—they’re not long on plot, but the movies in this franchise never fail to scare. Have fun watching at home . . . in the dark.

The Invisible Man | HBO Max | Horror, sci-fi

Now streaming: The Invisible Man was one of 2020’s scariest psychological thrillers—well, that, and COVID-19 life in general. The story of Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale) trying to escape an abusive relationship with a man who now has the power of invisibility is not only science fiction but also illustrates the very real horrors of stalking, gaslighting, and trauma. As always, Moss is fantastic in the role of a tormented woman, which makes her turn in the recent Wes Anderson comedy, The French Dispatch, such a relief (it’s not streaming yet, but rest assured that What to Watch will let you know when it is).

Dopesick | Hulu | thriller

Now streaming: Michael Keaton stars in Hulu’s latest limited series, directed by Barry Levinson, chronicling the harrowing true story of how the opioid epidemic in America came to be. Along with Keaton, the series stars Rosario Dawson, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kaitlyn Dever, and more. If you’re currently watching Impeachment, then perhaps another dramatized true story like Dopesick may be up your alley?

Our top TV and movies picks

Universal advice on what to watch for all people at all times is impossible, but we’ve assembled some of our current TV and movie favorites that we think you might dig (if not, give us yours—we’re cool with that).

What to watch on Netflix

Netflix is the 8,000-pound gorilla of streaming, a content cannon that generates more original shows and movies than even TV professionals like us can keep up with. Not everything that comes after the big “N” (dun-dun!) is top-shelf entertainment—ever seen The I-Land or Fuller House?—but Netflix’s batting average is still pretty impressive.

What TV shows are on Netflix?

Bridgerton | Comedy, drama | For fans of Dickinson, Gossip Girl, Outlander
Cobra Kai | Comedy, drama | For fans of Into the Badlands, The Karate Kid, Kingdom
Dead to Me | Comedy, drama | For fans of Barry, Fargo, Weeds
The Queen’s Gambit | Drama | For fans of The Crown, Mad Men, The Undoing
The Umbrella Academy | Action, drama | For fans of The Boys, Deadly Class, Doom Patrol

What movies are on Netflix?

Enola Holmes | Comedy, drama | For fans of Knives Out, Sherlock Holmes, A Simple Favor
The Irishman | Drama | For fans of Boardwalk Empire, GoodFellas, The Sopranos
The Old Guard | Action, sci-Fi | For fans of The Boys, Highlander, Watchmen
The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Drama | For fans of Erin Brockovich, Primal Fear, The Social Network
The Wrong Missy | Comedy | For fans of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, We’re the Millers, Why Him?

What to watch on Hulu

Hulu has broken away from Netflix’s shadow in recent years as a competitive original content producer—in quality, at least; no one can keep up with Netflix’s quantity. The addition of FX on Hulu, a joint venture that streams FX shows the day after the broadcast and provides original FX exclusives to Hulu (like sci-fi thriller Devs), is a new premium milestone in streaming TV.

What shows are on Hulu?

The Great | Comedy, drama | For fans of The Crown, Reign, The White Queen
The Handmaid’s Tale | Drama, sci-fi | For fans of Big Little Lies, Outlander, The Walking Dead
Mrs. America | Drama | For fans of Big Little Lies, Mad Men, Succession
Solar Opposites | Animation, comedy | For fans of FuturamaResident Alien, Rick and Morty
Woke | Comedy | For fans of Atlanta, Broad City, Dear White People

What movies are on Hulu?

Happiest Season | Comedy | For fans of Booksmart, The Half of It, Love Simon
Into the Dark | Anthology, horror | For fans of Channel Zero, The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks
Nomadland
 | Drama | For fans of Call Me by Your Name, The Rider, Songs My Brother Taught Me
Palm Springs | Comedy, sci-fi | For fans of Back to the Future, Bridesmaids, Groundhog Day
Run | Drama, horror | For fans of Flowers in the Attic, Mommy Dearest, Room

What channels are on Hulu Live?

Hulu has serious on-demand content, but Hulu + Live TV ups the game with a live streaming TV channel lineup that works like cable (without the cable). In addition to local channels like FOX and NBC, Hulu + Live TV also features Bravo, ESPN, FX, Syfy, TNT, and over 50 more.

What to watch on Amazon Prime Video

Prime Video, Amazon’s on-demand streaming service, is home to thousands of new and classic movies, but it’s also making waves with its original shows and films. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel hit first, and recent originals The Boys, Hunters, and Upload have earned some critical nods.

What TV shows are on Amazon Prime Video?

The Boys | Action, drama | For fans of Daredevil, Doom Patrol, Watchmen
Fleabag | Comedy | For fans of Better Things, Broad City, Killing Eve
Hunters | Action, drama | For fans of Grindhouse, The Man in the High Castle, Watchmen
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel | Comedy | For fans of Fleabag, Gilmore Girls, Younger
The Wilds | Drama, mystery | For fans of Dare Me, Lost, The Society

What movies are on Amazon Prime Video?

I’m Your Woman | Drama | For fans of American Hustle, The Kitchen, Thelma & Louise
One Night in Miami | Drama | For fans of Ali, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Malcolm X
Sound of Metal | Drama | For fans of Her Smell, James White, Whiplash
Suspiria | Drama, horror | For fans of Black Swan, Final Destination, The Grudge
The Vast of Night | Drama, sci-fi | For fans of Close Encounters, Super 8, War of the Worlds

What channels are on Amazon Fire Stick?

Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices, which include the Cube and the Stick, have hundreds of channels (a.k.a. apps) available for on-demand and live streaming TV. Prime Video is in the mix (of course), as are Netflix, Hulu, HBO, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Philo, Pluto TV, and plenty more.

What to watch on HBO

HBO is synonymous with “prestige TV,” cranking out critical favorites and cultural phenomena year after year—Game of Thrones and Curb Your Enthusiasm probably couldn’t have happened anywhere else. HBO’s new streaming counterpart, HBO Max, is taking it to the next level.

What TV shows are on HBO?

Euphoria | Drama, teen | For fans of 13 Reasons Why, Pretty Little Liars, Skins
Lovecraft Country | Drama, sci-Fi | For fans of The Magicians, Penny Dreadful, Watchmen
Perry Mason | Drama, mystery | for fans of Boardwalk Empire, Goliath, True Detective
Succession | Drama | For fans of Arrested Development, Billions, Mad Men
Watchmen | Action, drama | For fans of The Boys, Jessica Jones, Titans

What movies are on HBO?

Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn | Action, drama | For fans of Joker, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman
The King of Staten Island | VOD | Comedy, drama | For fans of The Big Sick, Lady Bird, Punch Drunk Love
Joker | Drama | For fans of American Psycho, Batman, Suicide Squad
Ford v Ferrari | Drama | For fans of Ad Astra, Dunkirk, Rush
The Invisible Man | Drama, horror | For fans of The Babadook, Halloween, Us

What to watch on HBO Max

HBO Max is HBO’s new streaming-only service, featuring movies and TV series you can’t get on HBO (or elsewhere), as well as exclusive Max Originals (like Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves and Seth Rogan’s An American Pickle). It costs the same as regular HBO and is available on most streaming devices.

What TV shows are on HBO Max?

The Flight Attendant | Comedy, mystery | For fans of Barry, Dead to Me, Killing Eve
Doom Patrol | Action, drama | For fans of The Boys, Titans, Watchmen
Harley Quinn | Animated, Comedy | For fans of Batman Beyond, Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad
Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults | Documentary | For fans of The Jinx, Seduced, The Vow
Search Party | Comedy, drama | For fans of Bored to Death, Dead to Me, You’re the Worst

What movies are on HBO Max?

An American Pickle | Comedy | For fans of Back to the Future, Knocked Up, This Is the End
Class Action Park | Documentary | For fans of Boys State, The Last Dance, Making a Murderer
The Little Things | Drama | For fans of The Bone Collector, Seven, Zodiac
Locked Down | Drama | For fans of Locke, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ocean’s 11
The Witches | Comedy, fantasy | For fans of Into the Woods, Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus

What to watch on Disney Plus

Disney+ arrived on the streaming TV scene in December 2019 and became the service to have overnight. With an overwhelming library of Disney classics, the Star Wars, Marvel, and Simpsons universes, and original hits WandaVision and The Mandalorian, Disney+ is a steal at $7.99 a month.

What TV shows are on Disney Plus?

Encore! | Reality | For fans of Glee, High School Musical, Queer Eye
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series | Comedy, musical | For fans of Glee, High School Musical, The Office
The Mandalorian | Drama, sci-fi | For fans of The Expanse, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars
Muppets Now | Comedy | For fans of The Muppet Show, The Office, Sesame Street
WandaVision | Comedy, drama | For fans of Avengers, Bewitched, Black Mirror

What movies are on Disney Plus?

Artemis Fowl | Fantasy | For fan of Lemony Snicket, Maleficent, Pan
Black is King | Musical | For fans of Black Panther, The Lion King, School Daze
Hamilton | Musical | For fans of Django Unchained, Dreamgirls, Evita
Magic Camp | Comedy | For fans of Camp Rock, Dodgeball, The Mighty Ducks
Soul | Animated, fantasy | For fans of The Book of Life, Coco, Inside Out

What to watch on Peacock

NBCUniversal’s on-demand streaming service Peacock has three plans: a free, ad-supported tier with 7,500 hours of available content; a $4.99-a-month tier with 15,000 hours of content (with ads); and a $9.99-a-month tier with the same 15,000 hours of content and no ads. Peacock is also the exclusive streaming home of NBC classics The OfficeParks & Recreation, and 30 Rock.

What TV shows are on Peacock?

A.P. Bio | Comedy | For fans of Community, Corporate, Vice Principals
Brave New World | Drama, sci-fi | For fans of Altered Carbon, Snowpiercer, Westworld
Departure | Drama, mystery | For fans of 24, Lost, Manifest
Intelligence | Comedy | For fans of Archer, Community, The IT Crowd
Yellowstone | Drama, western | For fans of Justified, Longmire, Sons of Anarchy

What movies are on Peacock?

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home | Comedy, mystery | For fans of Psych, The Mentalist, Sherlock
Reservoir Dogs | Action, drama | For fans of Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Snatch
Trolls World Tour | Animated | For fans of The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? | Documentary | For fans of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Free Solo, RBG
Zombieland | Action, comedy | For fans of 28 Days Later, Happy Death Day, The Walking Dead

how to troubleshoot wifi

HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT WI-FI

HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT WI-FI

Modern Wi-Fi routers have been a godsend for home internet setups. (Older millennials know the pain of dealing with equipment like clunky 90s-era wireless cards.) But, as with any networking tech, Wi-Fi connections aren’t immune to the occasional hiccup.
If your wireless connection is acting up, check out our tips to fix your router and restore your Wi-Fi network.

Fixing slow Wi-Fi

Is your Wi-Fi connection going slower than molasses in the middle of January? Have no fear: your computer or access point’s Wi-Fi settings likely need an adjustment.

Poor Wi-Fi signal

Wi-Fi routers work just like a radio antenna—your internet speeds are fastest the closer you are to the router, and they get lower the farther away from the router you move. You’re likely having Wi-Fi signal issues if the Wi-Fi icon on your device is consistently showing less than two full bars.

  • Big home: If you’re dealing with Wi-Fi signal issues in a multi-story home, your wireless router probably can’t reach your entire home. We’d recommend moving your router closer to the middle of your home or investing in a mesh Wi-Fi system.
  • Small home: But if you’re still dealing with a weak Wi-Fi signal in a small home, consider resetting your router or shopping for a newer model.
how to troubleshoot wifi

Change your Wi-Fi router’s settings

Every device connects to your Wi-Fi router using two options: the router’s 2.4 GHz network (good for long-range with average transfer speeds) or 5 GHz (good transfer speeds with average range) network.

Newer routers sometimes have automated traffic controls that switch devices between either network to guarantee the best download speeds based on their location. But when you’re moving across your home, your devices might want to stay on one network even when it’s not the fastest option.

By putting devices onto separate 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks, you can keep devices on the one that best fits their performance needs and location. For example, you could put a smartphone that you take around the house on the 2.4 GHz network and keep a TV on your 5 GHz network.

Your exact steps will vary depending on the brand and age of your router, so check your manual to confirm how to enable separate wireless networks.

Clear up a traffic jam

Wireless network congestion typically happens when too many devices need to get online via a slow router or internet connection.

Older routers lack the bandwidth and tools needed for households with heavy internet needs like regular video calls or 4K video streaming. If your household fits this description and your router is more than a few years old, we’d recommend upgrading to a model that supports Wi-Fi 6. That’s a hardware standard that offers the fastest wireless router performance.

But if you’re trying to cram your entire family’s internet traffic onto a meager 25 Mbps connection and your Wi-Fi is dragging, we’ve got some bad news: your slow Wi-Fi problem is just your internet connection running out of bandwidth. You’ll need to upgrade to a faster plan.

Wi-Fi connection drops

You won’t have a great time catching up on Mythic Quest episodes or playing Call of Duty online when your Wi-Fi is constantly disconnecting and reconnecting to your router. In these situations, it’s time to tinker with your router’s hardware settings.

Restart your router

We tend to think about internet equipment like a refrigerator—it’s something we can leave on forever. But, like with any gadget, your router can use a break.

By restarting your router, you’ll flush out the performance problems that can cause Wi-Fi drops. Simply unplug and replug your router after about 15 seconds to restart the device. On newer routers, you can schedule daily or weekly restarts that’ll keep the device running smoothly.

Reset your router and device’s Wi-Fi settings

Wireless connections are a bridge between your router and device’s Wi-Fi settings—if one end of the connection isn’t working, it can send everyone into the water.

Here’s how to clear out your Wi-Fi settings and reconnect to your wireless network on Windows and macOS.

Fixing Wi-Fi for Windows

  1. Click the Wi-Fi icon by the clock and open Network & Internet Settings.
  2. Click Manage Known Networks.
  3. Find your wireless network under the listed networks and click Forget to remove the network.
  4. Go back to Network & Internet Settings. Find your Wi-Fi network and enter your password to reconnect to your router.

Fixing Wi-Fi for macOS

  1. Click System Preferences and open Network.
  2. Click Advanced and find your Wi-Fi network under Preferred Networks.
  3. Click the “—” button to remove the network. Click OK.
  4. Find your wireless network in the Network Name pull-down menu. Click the network name and enter your network password to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network.

Pro tip: Router firmware updates can improve your Wi-Fi performance and reliability. Check your manufacturer’s product page or your router’s configuration tool to see if a new firmware version is available to download.

Resetting your router is the Wi-Fi troubleshooting nuclear option (you’ll lose all your saved settings), but it’s the quickest way to see if your Wi-Fi problems are caused by your router or wireless device. Here’s how to reset your router:

  1. Look for the reset button on the back of your router. It’ll be inside of a pin-sized hole.
  2. Use a thin-tipped object like a paper clip to hold down the reset button while your router is turned on.
  3. The reset process will be complete when your router’s lights flash off and turn back on.

Can’t connect to Wi-Fi

If you can’t connect to your Wi-Fi router or it’s not listed as a nearby network, we’ve got good and bad news: your troubleshooting options are going to be really easy or less than great.

Double-check your password

This step’s a little obvious, but make sure you’re correctly typing in your Wi-Fi network’s password when you’re trying to connect to the router. Your Wi-Fi router’s default password and name will be on a sticker on the bottom of the device.

Check your router lights

On your router’s status lights, see if the router’s Wi-Fi network lights are on. The exact icon depends on your router model, but these will be marked with the Wi-Fi icon or 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz labels.

If these lights are on, you’ll know that your router is still broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal. Check out our router and modem lights guide if you need help identifying the lights for your router.

Clear out your device’s network settings

When one wireless device can’t connect to Wi-Fi but the rest of your network is working fine, try resetting the device’s Wi-Fi settings to ensure it’s creating a fresh wireless connection.

We’d also recommend creating a separate 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz network and seeing if the device can connect to a standalone network. Devices like smart home gadgets can connect only to 2.4 GHz networks and won’t join 5 GHz networks.

Upgrade your router

But if your router’s Wi-Fi lights are out and nothing can connect to your Wi-Fi router, your router might be toast. Check if your router is still under warranty coverage before you start shopping for a replacement.

How to troubleshoot Wi-Fi FAQ

To fix your Wi-Fi connection, restart your router or try moving your devices closer to the router to improve Wi-Fi performance.

Wi-Fi connection issues can be caused by router or device issues. Try restarting your router or turning your device’s Wi-Fi antenna off and on.

Make sure you’re correctly entering your Wi-Fi network’s password. Confirm if other wireless devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network to make sure your wireless router is not broken.

Unplug your router’s power cord for 15 seconds, and replug it to restart your Wi-Fi router.

Make sure that you’re getting a Wi-Fi signal of at least two bars, typing in the correct Wi-Fi password, and that other devices on your network can connect to Wi-Fi.

ROKU EXPRESS REVIEW 2021

Roku Express Review

Is Roku Express Good?

Roku Express is a tween—not quite an over-the-top streaming box or an HDMI stick but somewhere in the middle. The distinction matters less than the price: it’s just $24.99, which makes Express the cheapest full-featured streaming device on the market.

While it lacks a few key features found on Roku’s more expensive Ultra and Streaming Stick+ models, the Express still delivers the Roku viewing experience. Since Roku is the OG of streaming boxes (it pioneered the slick-but-simple interface for internet TV newbies), that’s a big deal in a small package.

At this price and size, Roku Express could even be a great stocking stuffer for family and friends curious about cord-cutting. Yes, the holidays are coming—sorry (or you’re welcome) for the reminder.

 Pros

  • Inexpensive price
  • Small design
  • Full Roku interface  

Cons

  • Slower Wi-Fi
  • No 4K capability
  • Fewer remote features

 

Roku Express deals and promotions

When you purchase and activate any Roku device, you can take advantage of the 30-day free trials for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, iHeart Radio All Access, and DailyBurn. But don’t forget to cancel before the month’s up if you don’t want to keep watching (or working out).

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What is Roku Express?

Roku streaming boxes and sticks offer access to nearly 4,000 apps (or “channels,” as it calls them) of the on-demand, live streaming, and gaming varieties. The Express is an entry-level mini box with fewer features than other Roku devices, but it can still stream Netflix, Sling TV, and any other service like a champ.

Where the Roku Ultra is a fully loaded box for entertainment centers and the Roku Stick is designed for travel and mobility, the Express seems to be made for tight spaces and odd TV placements. It’s smaller than the remote and comes with an adhesive strip to attach directly to the television frame—that’s good for suspended and wall-mounted TVs.

Roku Express specs

  • Price: $24.99
  • Size: 1.5″ x 3″
  • Video: 1080p
  • Audio: Digital stereo, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Audio, and Atmos
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn single-band wireless
  • Storage: None

Compared to other Roku models, there are some compromises with the Roku Express specs. Video resolution tops out at standard high-def 1080p, meaning no 4Kor HDR, and the Wi-Fi can connect at only 2.4Ghz, which is slower than both the Ultra and the Stick+. There’s also no Ethernet port for a hardwired internet connection on the Express—a feature you’d expect with a non-stick device.

But for about $25, Roku’s still giving away plenty of streaming power with the Express.

Roku Express setup

There’s a lot of ways to handle your Roku Express setup: whether you attach the Roku Express to a TV with the sticky strip (the optimal way) or let it rest on your media center (which looks weird—like, “Where’s the rest of it?”), it’ll need to be in the line of sight for the IR (infrared) remote. No hiding it behind the TV—boo.

Conveniently, the Express comes with a 5-inch HDMI cable, which is perfect unless your TV is a 70-inch behemoth. Also included is a short USB cable that can power the device through the TV’s USB port or with an optional AC adapter; we prefer the AC for uninterrupted power flow.

From there, the on-screen setup wizard will walk you through the process of getting the Express up and running: autodetecting video and audio specs, connecting to your Wi-Fi network, signing in to or creating a Roku account, picking a few basic apps to start with, etc.

You can even choose a screensaver. FYI, cats love the fish-filled Aquatic Life screensaver.

 

Included equipment

  • Roku Express streaming device
  • Adhesive mounting strip
  • Remote control
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • 5″ HDMI cable
  • USB cable with AC adapter

Equipment you’ll need

  • TV with HDMI port
  • Wi-Fi network

       

 

Roku Express apps

As we mentioned before, there are almost 4,000 streaming apps in Roku’s Channel Store, including the familiar Roku Express channels (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime Video) and the out-there (UFO TV, ASMR TV, and 420 TV). The majority are free, if not necessarily all “good”—downloader discretion advised.

Livestreaming and on-demand channels and services

Roku may have launched as a Netflix-exclusive streamer over a decade ago, but it now carries everything. If there’s a major streaming TV service unavailable on Roku, we’ve yet to (not) find it.

Roku TV and video apps (partial list):

  • YouTube TV
  • Pluto TV
  • Philo
  • DIRECTV STREAM
  • fuboTV
  • ESPN
  • ESPN+
  • NBC Sports
  • CBS Sports
  • FOX Sports
  • Full Roku TV and video apps list

App and channel guide user experience

Roku’s home screen is pure simplicity, with a set of large app tiles to one side and a scrollable menu of settings and options to the other. You can choose from different backgrounds and themes if you’re not into Roku’s default purple—it’s almost like customizing your old MySpace page (Wiki it, kids).

You can also arrange your apps in the three-across grid, like placing your favorites at the top or categorizing them by type (movies, news, games, etc.). One minor bummer is the presence of random display ads on the home screen that seem to have nothing to do with your content preferences. At least tailor your ads, Roku.

Surfing between apps is easy and glitch-free, and the channels themselves function as expected—well, the bigger channels do. Once you swim out of the mainstream into more obscure apps, performance varies wildly; most operate well, but some shut down without warning or never open in the first place. But that’s on third-party app developers, not Roku.

Many reviews of the Express mention that it runs slower than other Roku models, mostly due to its single-band Wi-Fi antenna. This is something only tech reviewers doing side-by-side device comparisons would catch; “normal” users will likely never notice the millisecond lag.

Roku Express remote

Just as the Express is a simplified version of higher-end Rokus, its accompanying remote is a bare-bones controller. There’s no voice command, TV power, volume options, or headphone jack (one of Roku’s coolest features). If you want more control, you can download Roku’s free mobile app for Android and iOS, which turns your phone into a full-featured remote.

Remote-control user experience

Home, Back, OK (Enter), a four-direction rocker, Channel Jump back, Options, Rewind, Play/Pause, and Fast-Forward—that’s it for purple buttons on the Express remote (Roku is all about purple if you haven’t noticed yet). It’s a sleek little remote, for sure.

Like all Roku remotes, the Express clicker also features four shortcut buttons that will take you directly to preset apps without having to open the home screen (ours included Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and CBS All Access; others vary). You can’t reprogram them to open different apps though—companies paid big placement bucks for those buttons. Remember our frustration with home-screen display ads? It’s that all over again.

App and channel guide user experience

Roku’s home screen is pure simplicity, with a set of large app tiles to one side and a scrollable menu of settings and options to the other. You can choose from different backgrounds and themes if you’re not into Roku’s default purple—it’s almost like customizing your old MySpace page (Wiki it, kids).

You can also arrange your apps in the three-across grid, like placing your favorites at the top or categorizing them by type (movies, news, games, etc.). One minor bummer is the presence of random display ads on the home screen that seem to have nothing to do with your content preferences. At least tailor your ads, Roku.

Surfing between apps is easy and glitch-free, and the channels themselves function as expected—well, the bigger channels do. Once you swim out of the mainstream into more obscure apps, performance varies wildly; most operate well, but some shut down without warning or never open in the first place. But that’s on third-party app developers, not Roku.

Many reviews of the Express mention that it runs slower than other Roku models, mostly due to its single-band Wi-Fi antenna. This is something only tech reviewers doing side-by-side device comparisons would catch; “normal” users will likely never notice the millisecond lag.

Roku Express remote

Just as the Express is a simplified version of higher-end Rokus, its accompanying remote is a bare-bones controller. There’s no voice command, TV power, volume options, or headphone jack (one of Roku’s coolest features). If you want more control, you can download Roku’s free mobile app for Android and iOS, which turns your phone into a full-featured remote.

Remote-control user experience

Home, Back, OK (Enter), a four-direction rocker, Channel Jump back, Options, Rewind, Play/Pause, and Fast-Forward—that’s it for purple buttons on the Express remote (Roku is all about purple if you haven’t noticed yet). It’s a sleek little remote, for sure.

Like all Roku remotes, the Express clicker also features four shortcut buttons that will take you directly to preset apps without having to open the home screen (ours included Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and CBS All Access; others vary). You can’t reprogram them to open different apps though—companies paid big placement bucks for those buttons. Remember our frustration with home-screen display ads? It’s that all over again.

 

Compatible devices with Roku Express

If you have an internet connection and TV with an HDMI port, you’re Roku-ready. Newer Rokus are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Roku even has its own branded smart TV with its streaming interface built-in if you want a minimalist media center with no extra devices. It’s not purple if you were wondering.

Final take: Gift someone an Express

There are few devices of any type that go for as low as $24.99, let alone something as fully functional as the Roku Express. It’s a cord-cutter recruiting tool, a cheap and easy giveaway that could turn anyone into a streamer in minutes.

That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. For just a little more money, there are faster streaming devices out there with more features (like better remotes and 4K capability, just to name a few). There’s also no apparent reason that the Express couldn’t be an HDMI stick rather than an odd, mini set-top box. When it comes to design, the Express is more “WTF?” than “OMG,” in our opinion.

But, come on—$25! That’s about the cost of a good pedicure or a better pizza. For those curious about streaming, the price can’t be beaten.

There’s no monthly fee to use Roku Express or any Roku device. But you will be required to create a Roku account and enter a credit card number for the rental or purchase of some movies, shows, and apps.

There’s a couple of differences, but the price (Roku Express is $25 cheaper) and voice remote (Roku Streaming Stick has one, Roku Express doesn’t) are the big ones.

There’s a couple of differences, but the price (Roku Express is $25 cheaper) and voice remote (Roku Streaming Stick has one, Roku Express doesn’t) are the big ones.

We think Roku Express is slightly better because it’s more platform agnostic and a little cheaper.

 

The remote included with Roku Express can’t control any other devices, including your TV. You can upgrade to Roku’s advanced voice remote, which can control your TV and also includes a headphone jack, for an additional $29.99.