• Tag Archives amazon
  • Sling TV $20 Cable Bundle Review

    We cut cable television out of our lives years ago. It was just stupid to pay $50 per month for a “basic” cable package full of channels we never watched. Instead, we’ve put that money towards a Netflix subscription, Hulu subscription, Spotify subscriptions, an MLB TV subscription, and buying/renting shows on Amazon streaming (and we still come out ahead to the tune of $10 per month).

    But there’s always been a small problem with this scheme: Sportball. Now, personally, I don’t watch Sportball myself. But my wife likes it, and frequently wants to have people over to watch the matches. But since we cut the cord, she’s been mostly out of luck, except for the games that are available on the local broadcast channels.

    So I decided to try out Sling TV’s $20 per month streaming cable service for cord-cutters. It includes pretty much the best channels from basic cable, including ESPN, Cartoon Network, and Disney. It also has a handful of optional channel packages for kids, sports, and news. Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Sling TV $20 Cable Bundle Review</span>” »


  • Amazon Fire TV Stick Review

    When Amazon announced their Fire TV Stick, I immediately snagged one. Unboxing and first thoughts below.

    Unboxing

    Facts

    On first boot, my wireless was easily detected and a software update was downloaded.

    wireless

    On reboot, I was treated to a cute 5-minute video explaining the Fire TV Stick‘s operation.

    cartoon

    The Amazon Fire TV Stick does a good job playing Netflix, Hulu, and of course Amazon Prime videos. The UI while navigating through Amazon’s content is silky smooth.

    fire_home

    But swiping through Netflix and and Hulu’s titles is a little sluggish; better than my Samsung Smart TV but nowhere near as nice as my Roku. Nonetheless, all the streaming video plays in HD without hiccups.

    netflix

     

    There is a fairly wide selection of games, but most of them require Amazon’s Fire Game Controller (sold separately). Those that work with the included Bluetooth remote (no line-of-sight required) work well.

    flappy

    The Verdict

    In short, the Fire TV Stick is…. pretty much exactly what you’d expect: a solid, cheap entry into Amazon’s content library. If you caught the special $20 pricing for Prime members, it’s a steal. At the normal $40 price, I’d probably pay a little more for a Roku.


  • Amazon Prime Subscribers get “Netflix for books”

    Amazon has started a 5000-book library for Kindle owners with Amazon Prime accounts.  You can checkout 1 book per month for free and keep it as long as you want (only 1 book at a time).  As a proud Kindle owner, I’m very excited by this news and I hope they keep adding content to this.

    via Amazon Prime Subscribers Can Borrow Kindle Books for Free [Amazon].