TV Streaming Head-to-Head: Netflix vs Hulu vs Amazon Prime

One of the more annoying things about Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon's television streaming libraries is the vast difference between the selection available. It would be almost impossible to get a thorough idea of who has the better library without searching for hundreds of TV shows on each service and comparing them… » 3/04/14 4:43pm 3/04/14 4:43pm

Auto-Pause When You Fall Asleep Is the Best Netflix Hack

Falling asleep while watching Netflix is the worst. Invariably you miss all the meat of whatever you're watching, and snap awake to the closing credits (or your morning alarm). Ugh. But a bunch of Netflix engineers have a (theoretical) solution: a Fitbit hack that pauses your stream when the wearable senses you've… » 2/28/14 10:34am 2/28/14 10:34am

Is Having Cable Ever Worth It?

Dear Lifehacker,
I know you guys aren't big fans of cable, but I'm about to get my internet hooked up and the company is offering me a TV package. I do like to watch plenty of TV and even some sports. Should I at least consider cable? I'm worried Netflix and Hulu won't be enough. » 2/26/14 5:19pm 2/26/14 5:19pm

How to Watch the Sochi Olympics Online Without a Cable Account

The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, but Americans looking to watch the games online need a cable account to check out NBC's coverage. There are ways around it though. Here's what you'll need to do. » 2/12/14 8:55am 2/12/14 8:55am

Netflix Has a Whopping 76,897 Ways to Describe Movies

So it's a lazy day and you just wanna Netflix a movie. But what kind of movie? A "visually striking Latin American comedy?" Maybe a "critically-acclaimed emotional underdog movie?" Suddenly, you're locked in option paralysis, and as The Atlantic figured out, you've got a ridiculous 76,897 unique genres to blame. » 1/02/14 12:40pm 1/02/14 12:40pm

Chromecast Is Getting Vimeo and Redbox Instant, And Maybe Tons More

Google's television wonder-dongle Chromecast has been making big waves since the day it came out, but as of right now its app catalog consists of YouTube, Netflix and Google Play (and mirroring through your Chrome browser). But plenty of others are in the works. » 7/30/13 10:02am 7/30/13 10:02am

What About Apple TV?

Yesterday, Apple put on one heck of a show. We got a snazzy new version of iOS 7, one big wave of an OS X update, and even a preview of the next Mac Pros. But where was all the news about Apple TV? Apple is seemingly ignoring the enormous potential of its set-top-box. » 6/11/13 12:38pm 6/11/13 12:38pm

Fan TV Is a Hot Set-Top-Box Organized Around Content Instead of Apps

A few years back we told you about Fanhattan, an iPad app, which, a bit like a TV guide, helps you find out which service—say Hulu or Netflix—has the content you want to watch. Genius! Now the company is porting that experience to a set-top-box called Fan TV that helps you sift through madness with innovative hardware… » 5/30/13 2:10pm 5/30/13 2:10pm

Aereo's Cloud DVR Pricing Is Now Simpler (But Not Necessarily Better)

Aereo's embattled cloud-based DVR service for network television is getting an updated pricing structure on May 15th. The options will be trimmed from the previous 5-tier structure down to just two plans. Sure, that should be easier for people to understand, but the rejiggered structure makes the cheaper monthly plan… » 5/13/13 9:12am 5/13/13 9:12am

Vdio: Rdio Puts Its Social Muscle Behind Movies and TV

Today, Rdio streaming music subscribers with Unlimited accounts will get access to new video service from the company called, appropriately, Vdio. (It had previously been in a closed beta.) It's a rental and purchasing platform—not a subscription service—but it incorporates the social and content discovery features… » 4/03/13 12:02pm 4/03/13 12:02pm

Report: Spotify Will Add a Streaming Video Service

SAI reports that Spotify plans to expand beyond its on-demand streaming music service into the wild world of streaming video. According to unnamed sources, Spotify wants to take on VOD services with exclusive content, which would put the company in direct competition with companies like Netflix, Amazon, and even, if… » 3/25/13 10:54am 3/25/13 10:54am