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How to Watch Canelo Alvarez/Rocky Fielding Match Online without Cable

This Saturday, Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will move up to Super Middleweight to take on Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) for his WBA Super Middleweight Title Belt.

The boxing match which takes place at Madison Square Garden is a major event, especially for the streaming world. This will be Alvarez first appearance on DAZN. In October, he signed a $365M deal to bring his next 11 fights live and on-demand exclusively to the service.

The deal marks a major change in the boxing landscape, where its biggest stars traditionally fought on pay-per-view. Now, sports fans can view Canelo’s fights for a low monthly subscription cost.

The service, which launched in the U.S. in September, previously announced deals to bring 80+ fights a year from Matchroom USA, Bellator, Golden Boy Promotions, World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas.

How to Watch Alvarez/Fielding Online for Free!

Sports fans will be able able to watch the Alvarez/Fielding match for free on DAZN with a 1-month free trial, and $9.99 after that.

No cable or satellite TV subscription needed. You can stream the fight on your computer, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices.

Facebook Wants to Launch an Amazon Channels Competitor

According to a report out of Recode, Facebook is looking to allow members to subscribe to streaming services like HBO, Showtime, and Starz.

The feature would live inside of Facebook Watch, the social media company’s home for streaming content, and launch in mid-2019. This comes as reports expect Amazon’s Prime Video Channels business to net $500+ million from their streaming partners.

Amazon currently drives 53% of HBO’s direct-to-consumer subscribers, so streaming companies are hoping to expand their acquisition channels.

Facebook isn’t the only company thinking of launching an Amazon Channels competitor. Both Apple and Roku are also in late stage preparations of launching similar services.

You Can Get $5 for Installing Bravo Now on Fire TV. This is How to Get The Deal.

Amazon is running a special promotion where you can earn $5 in Amazon Credit by installing Bravo Now to your Fire TV device.

The promotion is available to the first 12,000 people who download the Bravo Now app by December 28, 2018.

How to Get the Deal:

  • Click here to get the deal
  • Install Bravo Now on any Fire TV device
  • A few hours after you install, you will receive an email for the $5 credit

The $5 credit must be redeemed by January 28, 2019.

Email Confirmation from Amazon

Smithsonian Channel Combines with Smithsonian Earth for New Streaming Service

Smithsonian Networks announced that they are launching a new streaming service called Smithsonian Channel Plus. The service combines content from the their linear Smithsonian Channel and their VOD service Smithsonian Earth for $5 a month.

Current Smithsonian Earth subscribers will get be able to stream the new content for their current $4 a month fee.

Streaming services are not new for Smithsonian. In addition to launching Smithsonian Earth three years ago, they’ve distributed their linear channel though major streaming services

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The new service will expand on just nature and wildlife to include space, science, travel, and pop-culture. Most programming will be available in HD, with some content in 4K.

All programming will be ad-free and you can stream via the Smithsonian Channel app on Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, iOS, Android, and Web. You can sign-up for a free trial on their website or Amazon Channels.

Chromecast Devices Are Back on Sale at Amazon

In late 2015, Amazon stopped selling Chromecast devices since there wasn’t a direct way to watch Prime Video content. In retaliation, Google removed YouTube from Fire TV and Echo devices.

Just under a year ago, Amazon announced that Chromecast would return to their online store — but there hadn’t been any progress since. That changes today as both Chromecast [3rd Gen] and Chromecast Ultra are once again available for sale.

There’s still just one issue. Chromecast devices still can’t stream Amazon Prime Video and Fire TV devices can’t stream YouTube. So while this is progress in reducing the tension between the two companies - there is still work left to do to bring peace between the internet giants.

Cheddar is Now Available on Most DIRECTV NOW Plans

DIRECTV NOW announced this morning that they’ve added Cheddar to their Just Right ($55), Go Big ($65), and Gotta Have It ($75) plans. As part of the deal, the channel will also be available on DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse.

Cheddar is an online video business and news network focused on covering the most innovative products, technologies, and services.

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With the addition of DIRECTV NOW, Cheddar is now available on six Live TV Streaming ServicesfuboTV, Sling TV, Philo, YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, and DIRECTV NOW. The only major service it currently is available on is PlayStation Vue.

Amazon Brings 5 New Alexa Features to Fire TV Cube

Amazon announced today that they’ve rolled out five new features to the Amazon Fire TV Cube including follow-up mode, announcements, and multi-room music.

This comes as they dropped the price of the device to only $69.99 (normally $119.99) for the holidays.

The device which comes a Fire TV streaming device with an Amazon Echo — also now comes with the new Alexa Voice Remote which lets you control power and volume from the remote.

Follow-Up Mode

Alexa can now listen to additional commands following an initial request. For instance, if you ask “Alexa, search for comedies”, you can ask it to “show more” or “play #3.”

Announcements

Just like other Echo devices, the Fire TV Cube can now be used as an intercom. When you say “Alexa, announce dinner is ready” an announcement will be sent across all of your Echo devices.

You can also receive announcements from Smart Home devices, which you can then use to view your camera feed on your Fire TV Cube.

Multi-Room Music

Fire TV Cube can now be added to your multi-room music group. Now if you ask “Alexa, play holiday music everywhere” — it will play across all your Echo devices including the Fire TV Cube.

Better Volume Control

You can now say more than just “Alexa, turn it up/down.” Instead, you can now specify a level like “Alexa, volume up by 9.”

Control In-App By Voice

For example, if you have PlayStation Vue — you can say “Alexa, go to ESPN” — and it will switch the channel in-app. You can also navigate in-app like “Alexa, go right.”

They now support 30 streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, Discovery Go, and Showtime where you can search or navigate in-app hands free.

Hulu Adds 12 New Local Affiliates, Nears 750 Local Affiliates

Hulu Live TV announced this morning that they have added 12 new NBC, FOX, Telemundo, and CW affiliates. With the additions, they have surpassed 740 live local affiliates — the most of any Live TV Streaming Service. The full list is below.

Individually, Hulu has live local CBS and FOX affiliates in 99% of U.S. TV Households, NBC in 95% U.S. Households, and ABC in 85% of U.S. Households.

In most markets that don’t receive their live local CBS & NBC affiliate, they’ve added live national feeds. While you’ll get primetime programming on those channels, local daytime programming and news will be missing.

The closest challenger in local coverage is PlayStation Vue which has ~530 live local affiliates with their additions of ~200 locals in late August.

You can use our Local Channel Finder to compare which service has the most local affiliates in your market.

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NVIDIA Shield Adds Support for Amazon Music, Drops Price by $30 for Holidays

NVIDIA SHIELD, the Android TV streaming device that has become a favorite of cord cutters, has added support for Amazon Music.

Amazon Music joins Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora which already were supported on NVIDIA SHIELD. The upgrade, known as SHIELD Experience Software Upgrade 7.2, will automatically include Amazon Music or can be downloaded from Google Play.

If you are not an Amazon Music subscriber, you can try it for 3 months for $0.99.

They also announced that they have dropped the price of the SHIELD TV by $30 until December 24. You can get an additional 5% off by clipping a coupon on the Amazon product page.

NVIDIA has been known to aggressively push software updates for the device. In September, they announced the 20th software upgrade for the SHIELD since its launch in 2015.

Other enhancements in the software upgrade include support for 5.1 audio on YouTube, customizable quick settings, automatic software updates, SMBv3 support, and a security patch.

Philo Launches Grid Guide on Fire TV

Philo — the entertainment-only live streaming service Live TV Streaming Service has added a new grid guide to their Fire TV app. The guide, which they launched on Roku in October, brings three updated features to make browsing and channel surfing easier on Philo.

New Philo Guide Features on Fire TV

  • Grid View: Current programming for the next 6-12 hours are now listed by channel in a grid view.
  • Favorites First: See what’s on your favorite channels as they’re listed first in the grid view.
  • Live Preview: Hold down the [OK] button to see more information on the show while it plays subtly in the background.

If you are a new or existing Philo subscriber — you can also take advantage of their recently launched a holiday promotion, where you can get 6 months of Philo Plus — 56 channel plan — for nearly the same price as Philo (a $30 savings).