Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during the Big Ten Championship Game

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 5:  The Oregon Ducks wait for the signal by umpire Matt Jordan to begin a play against the Arizona Wildcats in the second quarter on December 5, 2014 during the Pac-12 Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  Oregon won 51-13.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) Are you upset your team isn’t playing in a championship game this weekend and need a reason to watch? Well here’s a reason to watch at least one game on Saturday: Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during this weekend’s NCAA Football Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin. The project is part of a deal between FOX Sports Lab and GoPro to offer… Read More

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DirecTV Now Is Another Reason To Say Goodbye To Cable

AT&T launched its new internet TV streaming service, DirecTV Now, on Wednesday — and traditional cable providers should be worried. 

All DirecTV Now requires is an internet connection to stream live TV to a computer, smartphone, tablet and streaming devices.

A clear advantage of the service, at first glance, is that it kicks cable’s ass when it comes to pricing. Currently the new service offers four tiers of channel bundles ranging from $35 to $70/month (there’s currently a limited-time $35 promo offer for its second largest plan, Go Big, with more than 100 channels that will eventually run for $60/month). HBO and Cinemax are offered as add-ons for $5 each. 

DirecTV Now has a lot to offer, but some of the service’s offerings might make one say, “Hmm.”

Live TV programing from ABC, FOX and NBC is included in all four plans, but it’s only available in select markets. There are some conditions for watching NBC in particular — subscribers can only watch it from a browser, not on “streaming devices or Apple TV.” Again, “Hmm.”  

Less perplexing, but also notable, is the fact that the service doesn’t offer programing from CBS (or Showtime), so if “The Big Bang Theory” or “NCIS” is your thing ― well, sorry about that. 

It feels a little like AT&T rolled the service out prematurely. While it works, it definitely feels unfinished. For instance, though there are some on-demand shows and movies available, there are no DVR capabilities to record favorite shows.

AT&T says that feature will come in 2017, but DirecTV Now’s closest rival, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, already offers recording options. Customers would have to catch a program live, or wait until an episode is available in the on-demand library. Judging by the library’s current selection, that doesn’t seem to be a quick process. For example, “Westworld” is available on-demand, but Episode 6 is the newest episode listed — the show is about to air the 10th and final episode on Sunday night. 

If you want to stream to a television, the service works with Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast ― for Android only ― which means iOS and Roku users are out of luck for now.

Other issues: 

  • For sports fans, NFL Sunday Ticket and the Red Zone aren’t offered. 
  • There’s no 4K video or 5:1 surround sound audio.
  • You can only stream from two devices at the same time, which limits use in larger households. 

DirecTV Now is not perfect ― in fact, it’s far from it — but the prices are good and it seems like its poised to get better. Plus, it’s the only place you’ll find an all-Taylor Swift channel, so that might swing you either way. 

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Apple acknowledges the new Calendar spam problem, says its working on it

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Just before Black Friday, spammers started tapping a relatively new technique: sending spam as event invites to iCloud email addresses, rather than sending standard emails. By default, iCloud processes these and tries to add them to your… Read More

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