home : hot deals & information involving: Google Wednesday, November 8, 2017
- Local and Cable TV Plus DVR for $35/mo, Free Chromecast After First Month
Google has been offering their YouTube TV service for a few months in select areas, and is now available in many cities across the US.
Watch unlimited live TV channels from a list of local and cable channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, MSNBC, USA Network, Telemundo, AMC, CBS Sports Network, E!, FXX, Nat Geo, AMC, and others.
Works over the network (no equipment required).
Gives the same pause, rewind, and fast forward expected from a DVR, but also gives the YouTube time slider to click, drag, and quickly jump to certain times in the show.
Record unlimited shows with unlimited storage.
Recordings automatically delete after 6-9 months.
Watch TV at home, at work, at a friend's house, coffee shop, or anywhere with an Internet connection.
Limited channel list.
No CNN, Comedy Central, TBS, or MTV.
NBC shows are available, but may be on-demand only (not live) in certain areas.
On-demand means TV shows are available 1 day after they broadcast, for example, Saturday Night Live can be watched on Sunday.
Requires the YouTube TV app, or a computer.
Unlike cable which gives you a TV box and a remote control.
Houseguests may not be able to change the channel on their own, unless you have a Google Home speaker.
Live local sports may only sometimes be available.
YouTube TV has limited live channels, and sports are not available to watch on-demand.
So, if your favorite team broadcasts on a channel not included (Yankees play on YES, Red Sox on NESN, New York Rangers on MSG, etc.), you will need to keep cable or sign up for that team's stream (like, MLB.TV for baseball).
The "YouTube TV" app is separate to the regular "YouTube" app, so it adds another app to your long list of apps.
Probably will never work on Amazon devices, including the Fire TV, Echo Show, and Fire tablets.
Google and Amazon do not play nice with each other.
Can not keep recordings forever; they delete after 9 months.
Quality is dependent on your Internet connection.
At least 4 megabit required for 1080p, and 2 megabit for 720p.
Cable providers could successfully lobby to eliminate net neutrality, preventing YouTube TV from working properly while using Internet from Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, Verizon or other large cable company.
It happened when Comcast throttled Netflix to hurt their business after taking their TV customers.
Original YouTube Red shows seem to be available on YouTube TV, even without a YouTube Red subscription.
YouTube Red is still a separate service that costs $10/mo and gives ad-free YouTube video and music watching/listening.
Other competing TV streaming services are available, as shown in this Huffington Post article.
Some of those services include:
Playstation Vue "Core Plan" for $45/mo is better for sports watchers since it includes NFL RedZone, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, and ESPNU.
DirecTV Now for $35/mo includes more channels than YouTube TV.
Hulu TV is $40/mo and also includes more live TV channels than YouTube TV.
Also has enormous streaming device support, including Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Xbox 360/One.
Sling TV is the cheapest option at $20-25/mo, but carries few local channels (no CBS, ABC, etc.).
Friday, November 3, 2017
- Google Home Mini & $25 Walmart Credit for $39.20
Buy a Google Home product from Walmart, including the new Google Home Mini, and get $25 credit toward a future Walmart.com order on Google Express.
Plus, coupon code FIRSTORDER20 gives 20% off your first order.
View the cart by pressing the "cart" icon near the upper-right of the screen.
Click "Go To Checkout"
Click the "Promo Code" box, and apply code NEWEXPRESS20 to get 20% off your first order.
Final price is $39.20 plus tax, with free shipping.
Then, to get the $25 free Walmart credit:
After you set up your Google Home device, open your Google Home app. Follow the steps to link your Walmart account with your Google account by January 15.
Go back to Google Express, and shop for items sold by Walmart.
Your $25 credit will appear during checkout.
The $25 credit expires January 31.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
- Google Home Mini for $49, Free $25 Gift
Google Home Mini in Chalk color or in Charcoal color for $49.
This is Google Home's answer to the Amazon Echo Dot, and is a miniature version of the Google Home.
This voice-operated speaker is powerful enough to full a small room (such as a bedroom) with music, sports scores, news, Google searches, and tell you your Google Calendar schedule for the day.
It can also control some home-automation devices.
Walmart is throwing in a free $25 Walmart gift card with purchase.
Google calendar, maps, and traffic.
If you have multiple Google account users in your home, Google Home can distinguish each user's Google account by their voice.
Google Play and YouTube Red music listening.
The Google Home can act as a Chromecast speaker, and your voice can play things on the TV.
With a Chromecast capable TV, you can tell the Home to "play Katy Perry's Roar on the living room TV,"
and it will do it.