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If you don’t have cable and rely on a Roku device for streaming - or any other device, for that matter - remote control issues can be a major headache. The longer it takes to figure out the problem, the longer it’ll be before you’re able to enjoy entertainment and relaxation. Fortunately, fixing a remote control issue is easier than you might think. Switching out the battery is an obvious fix. But if you have reason to believe the problem has nothing to do with the battery, here are a few options to get your remote up and working again. 1. Look for obstructions If your batteries are newer, but your remote doesn’t work, it's easy to assume the remote is broken. Before jumping to conclusions, scan the room to see if anything is blocking your remote control’s signal from getting to the device. If you have a “point anywhere” remote, which connects over a wireless network, the remote control should work from anywhere in the room and obstructions don’t typically interfere with the signal on these remotes. If you… Read more

Who doesn’t love a bargain? Money is hard to come by, so you might search for ways to stretch your dollar. Whether you’re buying electronics, clothes, groceries or planning a trip, it’s only natural to shop around and get your money’s worth. Realize, however, you get what you pay for. So if you’re thinking about purchasing a new TV, there are reasons to avoid the cheapest model. Not to say you should always buy a higher priced TV. There are certainly situations when buying a cheaper brand makes sense. Maybe you’re purchasing a television for a child’s room and they don’t need anything extravagant. Or maybe you’re purchasing an extra TV for a spare bedroom and you’re looking for a low-cost model. On the other hand, if you’re purchasing a television for the living room or a den and you want an amazing entertainment experience, taking the cheapest route doesn’t always pay off. 1. Lower quality sound Some inexpensive brands don’t offer the best sound quality. I discovered this the hard way when searching for a cheaper television for our bedroom.… Read more

Nowadays, it seems as if everyone is looking for ways to save money. You might adjust your grocery budget, reduce how much you spend on entertainment and even cut out frivolous spending. But if you're looking to make a serious dent in your monthly bills, getting rid of cable might be the answer. Of course, cutting the cord can seem a bit unnerving, especially if there are certain programs you refuse to miss. Your concerns are understandable. However, many people who have taken advantage of cable alternatives have gotten everything they’ve wanted—and so can you. But with so many options available, you might question which alternatives offer the most in regard to value and content. Here's a look at two options for cutting the cord without sacrificing entertainment. Option #1: Sling TV for the Best Value Let's be honest, cable TV is expensive. You can easily pay $100 or more per month, yet you might only watch a third of the channels in your cable package. If you're looking to save money without missing your favorite programs, Sling TV might… Read more

If you're in the market for a brand new TV, there are plenty of options available. You can choose between different sizes, brands and features. But should you opt for a smart TV? Smart TVs are unique because they have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing you to stream and browse the internet from the television. Nowadays, everyone is connected. Whether you're using a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone, being able to access the internet has become a necessity. But before you pull out your wallet to purchase a new smart TV, there are a few things you need to know. Pros of a Smart TV You don't need a streaming device. Streaming movies and television programs require a device with streaming capabilities, such as an Apple TV or a gaming system. The benefit of buying a smart TV is that you don't need anything else. Your television does all the work, making it possible to watch TV and stream all in one. And without an extra streaming box, there's less clutter on your TV console. You can listen to music. If you love… Read more

TV is a fun, relaxing pastime, but it shouldn’t be your only pastime. The hours you spend in front of the tube can pass quickly and before you know it, you might waste an entire day with the remote in your hand. In all likelihood, there are plenty of other things you could be doing. So rather than letting TV suck all of your spare time, here are 7 productive ways to keep yourself busy. 1. Go for a walk. If you’re always talking about losing weight or getting into shape, the time you’re spending in front of the television could be put to better use. Rather than waste time channel surfing or watching reruns of shows you’ve seen a million times, be proactive and turn off the TV. Grab your exercise shoes and go for a walk or a jog. You’ll get your heart pumping, burn calories and boost your energy. And with more energy, you’re less likely to whither away sitting on the couch. 2. Turn on the music. Then again, maybe it’s rainy or cold outside. If you… Read more