Amazon Sidewalk adds Echo and Tile support as it gears up for launch – CNET

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After first being announced last year, Amazon has released an update on its Sidewalk program. 

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Amazon Sidewalk, a low-bandwidth network that was first announced last year, is getting some new smart devices as it prepares to launch later this year. 

On Monday the technology giant announced in a blog post that later this year "many Echo devices will support Amazon Sidewalk" as a way to "use Echo as a Bluetooth Sidewalk Bridge to help compatible devices automatically connect or reconnect to their router, set up new Echo devices, or locate items connected to Sidewalk." 

Amazon also revealed that it is partnering with tracking company Tile to create the "first third-party Sidewalk-enabled device and experience on Sidewalk to help customers find misplaced keys or wallets, or locate a backpack left at a neighborhood picnic." The retail giant is also working on a trial with the American Red Cross to see if Amazon Sidewalk can be useful in "the tracking of blood collections supplies between distribution centers and donation sites."

Using a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy and 900Mhz wireless spectrum, Amazon Sidewalk is designed to extend connectivity to smart devices even when Wi-Fi is unavailable and without using a traditional cellular data network.  Devices like the Ring Floodlight Cams or Ring Spotlight Cams can act as what Amazon calls "Sidewalk Bridges" and provide a way for nearby devices that are Sidewalk-enabled to connect, even if they aren't products that you own.

Amazon says that the Sidewalk network uses "three layers of encryption to keep data shared over the network safe," adding that "owners of other devices cannot view data sent from your devices." To protect internet bandwidth for those with a Sidewalk Bridge, Amazon says that there are "maximum upload limits and bandwidth caps to preserve internet bandwidth." The Bridge feature can also be turned off on your device so that it doesn't broadcast a signal. 

The company will be emailing and notifying those who own either Ring camera later this month about participating in Sidewalk. A number of older Echo devices will be able to act as Bluetooth Sidewalk Bridges, with the company detailing the devices in an FAQ section on its Sidewalk page

The timing of the news comes days before Amazon is set to announce new devices at its annual September event. The Tile partnership, meanwhile, comes as the popular tracker seems set to face increased competition from Apple, which has long been rumored to be working on its own smart tracker called AirTags.  

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Amazon Sidewalk adds Echo and Tile support as it gears up for launch – CNET

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After first being announced last year, Amazon has released an update on its Sidewalk program. 

James Martin/CNET

Amazon Sidewalk, a low-bandwidth network that was first announced last year, is getting some new smart devices as it prepares to launch later this year. 

On Monday the technology giant announced in a blog post that later this year "many Echo devices will support Amazon Sidewalk" as a way to "use Echo as a Bluetooth Sidewalk Bridge to help compatible devices automatically connect or reconnect to their router, set up new Echo devices, or locate items connected to Sidewalk." 

Amazon also revealed that it is partnering with tracking company Tile to create the "first third-party Sidewalk-enabled device and experience on Sidewalk to help customers find misplaced keys or wallets, or locate a backpack left at a neighborhood picnic." The retail giant is also working on a trial with the American Red Cross to see if Amazon Sidewalk can be useful in "the tracking of blood collections supplies between distribution centers and donation sites."

Using a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy and 900Mhz wireless spectrum, Amazon Sidewalk is designed to extend connectivity to smart devices even when Wi-Fi is unavailable and without using a traditional cellular data network.  Devices like the Ring Floodlight Cams or Ring Spotlight Cams can act as what Amazon calls "Sidewalk Bridges" and provide a way for nearby devices that are Sidewalk-enabled to connect, even if they aren't products that you own.

Amazon says that the Sidewalk network uses "three layers of encryption to keep data shared over the network safe," adding that "owners of other devices cannot view data sent from your devices." To protect internet bandwidth for those with a Sidewalk Bridge, Amazon says that there are "maximum upload limits and bandwidth caps to preserve internet bandwidth." The Bridge feature can also be turned off on your device so that it doesn't broadcast a signal. 

The company will be emailing and notifying those who own either Ring camera later this month about participating in Sidewalk. A number of older Echo devices will be able to act as Bluetooth Sidewalk Bridges, with the company detailing the devices in an FAQ section on its Sidewalk page

The timing of the news comes days before Amazon is set to announce new devices at its annual September event. The Tile partnership, meanwhile, comes as the popular tracker seems set to face increased competition from Apple, which has long been rumored to be working on its own smart tracker called AirTags.  

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Roku, Comcast battle over Peacock could see NBC apps removed from the platform – CNET

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Roku may be about to lose NBC apps in its dispute with Comcast over the Peacock streaming service. 

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The battle between Roku and Comcast over Peacock is expanding, with the telecom and media giant now asking Roku to pull NBC apps from its streaming TVs and devices.

On Friday, Comcast asked Roku to remove NBC TV Everywhere apps from its platform. According to Variety, 46 apps could be affected, including the main NBC app. Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which is the parent to a host of channels, including NBC, USA Network and Telemundo, in addition to the Peacock streaming service. 

At issue are negotiations for Peacock, Comcast's streaming service that launched nationally in July. Peacock is available on a host of devices but remains absent on Roku and Amazon's Fire TV, the two most popular streaming platforms in the US. 

"We recently learned that Comcast plans to revoke consumers' access to NBC TV Everywhere channels on the Roku platform by making Roku delete these channels on/or as early as September 18, 2020," a Roku spokesman said in a statement. "These consumers, a number of whom are Comcast customers, have paid to access these channels via their cable TV subscriptions and now cannot view this content on Roku, their platform of choice.

"Comcast is removing the channels in order to try to force Roku to distribute its new Peacock service on unreasonable terms. While the NBC TV Everywhere apps represent an insignificant amount of streaming hours and revenue on our platform, we believe they are important to those consumers who use them, especially when so many Americans are at home."

In a statement, NBCUniversal pushed back and called Roku's demands "unreasonable." 

"We are disappointed Roku is removing its users' free access to NBCUniversal programming - 11 network apps, 12 NBC Owned Station apps, 23 Telemundo Owned Station apps - and continues to block access to the only free premium streaming service available in the market, Peacock," the company said. "Roku's unreasonable demands ultimately hurt both their consumers and their consumer equipment partners to whom they've promised access to all apps in the marketplace."

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NBCUniversal had handshake deals in place with Roku for both TV Everywhere apps and for Peacock before the streaming platform changed its terms, according to a person familiar with NBCUniversal's thinking. The person says that a Peacock app for Roku is already built and ready to launch if a deal is reached.

When asked for comment, Roku tells CNET that no agreement between the two sides was ever reached with one of the key issues being the split of advertising in Peacock and other NBCUniversal apps. 

"While free to consumers, Comcast wants to build a large and financially significant ad-supported service on the Roku platform and keep all of the ad economics for themselves," the company said in a statement. "At no point have Comcast and Roku reached an agreement because they continue to offer no certainty that Roku will have the opportunity to earn any material ad economics."

"Sharing in partner success and the upside we create is how we fund all the great things Roku gives consumers – TV streaming innovation, exceptionally low-cost streaming products and a vast selection of free content – that's why this is important," the streaming platform continued. "We want to ensure that Roku customers get the very best streaming experience they deserve. We are committed finding a win-win deal and are confident we can help Comcast make the transition to streaming by making Peacock a success."

Roku sent out an email to customers letting them know of the impending removal of apps, though as of 11:45 a.m. PT on Friday the Roku website, as well as Roku devices we checked, still showed NBC's main app. Once the apps are removed from the Roku store they will also be removed from Roku devices on which they're already installed. 

NBC content will still be viewable in other apps on Roku, including the Hulu app, live TV apps such as YouTube TV and Fubo TV, as well as apps from cable companies such as Spectrum. 

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PlayStation 5 preorder: Sony’s new consoles go on sale Nov. 12 starting at $400 – CNET

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The PlayStation 5 now has a price and release date. 

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Ready for the PlayStation 5? You're now able to preorder the new console "at select retailers" for $500 (£450, AU$750) for the Blu-ray equipped version or $400 (£360, AU$600) for the digital-only PS5. Both consoles will ship on Nov. 12 in the US, with online preorders at some major retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop and Target starting (and selling out quickly) on Wednesday.

The reveal finally gives a firm price and release date for Sony's next PlayStation beyond the vague "holiday 2020" timeframe the company previously used when describing its forthcoming system. Sony initially said preorders would begin Thursday before retailers decided to go early. 

After trailing Microsoft and its upcoming PS5-rival Xbox Series X and Series S in the news department, with Wednesday's announcement Sony is finally setting the bar for what to expect when it comes to pricing its next generation of game consoles. The Series X and Series S will arrive on Nov. 10 for $499 (£449, AU$749) and $299 (£249, AU$499) respectively, or $35 per month and $25 per month on a payment plan. While Sony's said the disc-less PS5 will have the same chips and performance of its Blu-ray-equipped cousin, Microsoft's Xbox Series S is designed as a less powerful sibling of the Series X.

In addition to the console price and release date, Sony also detailed pricing for accessories, including $70 for a standalone DualSense wireless controller and $100 for its Pulse 3D wireless headset. Launch title pricing for the PS5 will range from $50 to $70, depending on the game. 

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The pricing caps a long series of announcements from Sony and Microsoft, during which the companies drip-fed information about their competing consoles throughout the year. They chose this approach in part to highlight the new technology in their respective devices, promising faster load times, more detailed environments and more immersive audio.

As the companies discussed their devices, they also showed their different approaches to what they see as the future of gaming. Sony has gone a traditional route, discussing how its new games will be specially tuned for the new hardware, and encouraging gamers to buy the new device to get these new experiences. Microsoft, meanwhile, focused on compatibility, promising many of its games would play on its new Xbox devices, and older ones too.

The pricing news is the latest in a busy summer for Sony. At its virtual event in June, the company showed off its new consoles' white and blue designs, as well as providing a first look at a host of new games including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a launch title for the PS5, starting at $50 for the standard edition or $70 for an "ultimate" edition that also includes a remastered copy of the original PS4 Spider-Man game as well as its add-on DLC. 

Sony also used the event Wednesday to announce PlayStation Plus Collection, a library of hit PS4 games such as God of War and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. The games will be made available to subscribers of its $9.99 per month PlayStation Plus gaming service, offering more than 100 games. Sony didn't previously offer a direct competitor to Microsoft's $14.99 per month Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscription, which offers access to many of the games in its library on console and PC, as well as the ability to stream many of those titles too.

Specs for the PS5 include custom AMD CPUs and GPUs capable of outputting graphics at 8K resolution or at 4K and 120fps, as well 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and 825GB of high-performance solid-state storage that should enable significantly faster load times. 

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NFL streaming: Best ways to watch 2020 football live today without cable – CNET

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When it comes to streaming the NFL, options abound.

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With the 2020 NFL season now into week 3, there are plenty of options for following the most popular sport in the US. Paying up for a cable subscription is the simplest solution. It allows you to watch your local team and a bunch of other teams without worrying about which channels are available.

For cord-cutters who want to save some money, however, NFL football streaming options get a bit more complicated. Your best bet is to subscribe to a live TV streaming service but the sheer number of channels that carry live games -- local CBS, NBC and Fox channels, as well as the national feeds of NFL Network and ESPN -- means you'll either have to get a relatively expensive service or make a compromise and miss some games every week. (Editors' note: CNET and CBS are both owned by ViacomCBS.)

The only way to get a full football experience is to have a whole litany of channels from your TV provider. Sunday NFC games are largely on Fox, AFC games are on CBS and Sunday night football is on NBC. Monday night football is only on ESPN. Though Fox has most Thursday night games, there are several that are NFL Network-only (and streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch).

With all that in mind, we offer our recommendations for the best way to watch NFL without cable.

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Best for everything: YouTube TV

Last year our streaming service pick for NFL fans was PlayStation Vue at $55 a month, but Sony shut down its service earlier this year. That leaves cord-cutters with two more expensive options. 

At $65 per month each, a FuboTV Family plan and regular YouTube TV subscription check all the NFL channel boxes. Local channels CBS, NBC and Fox are included in many markets, as are ESPN and the NFL Network, so you can watch Monday night, Thursday night and Sunday night. 

Want RedZone for following your fantasy team? That's available on either service as part of an add-on for an extra $11 per month. YouTube TV users can add the Sports Plus add-on by clicking on your profile and going to Settings, then the Membership tab. FuboTV users can go into My Profile and choose Manage Add-ons for its Sports Plus offering. 

Both YouTube TV and FuboTV's Family plan allow for three simultaneous streams, with YouTube offering unlimited cloud DVR and FuboTV offering 500 hours of storage. The two services are widely available too, with apps on iOS and Android, the web and on TVs through Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV and Fire TV.

If we had to choose between the two, we'd recommend YouTube TV overall. While FuboTV does get points for broadcasting the Fox Thursday night games in 4K, YouTube TV has access to Turner channels like TNT, TBS and CNN, as well as PBS, and a superior DVR. 

FuboTV's base plan, called Standard, is available for $60 per month and offers the same channels as the Family plan, so it may be an option for football fans who want to save a bit. But since it offers a paltry 30-hour DVR and just two simultaneous streams, we think the extra $5 is worth it. 

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Many other live TV streaming services carry those local channels and ESPN, but most lack NFL Network and RedZone. Hulu with Live TV and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) lack both. 

Sling TV's Orange and Blue plan for $45 a month gets you ESPN, and, in select major markets, Fox and/or NBC, but you'll still lack CBS. During Week 1 the streaming service reached a deal with the NFL to restore the NFL Network to its Sling Blue package and bring RedZone back to its $10 per month Sports Extra add-on. 

The chart below sums it all up. The base price is listed after the service name, while a dollar sign indicates that the channel is available for an additional fee. 

NFL channels on live TV services compared

Channel Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) YouTube TV ($65) FuboTV ($65)
CBS No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBC No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPN Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
NFL Network No Yes No No Yes Yes
NFL RedZone No $ No No $ $

Budget alternative for NFC fans in big cities: Sling Blue

Those looking to save some cash might want to check out Sling Blue for $30 a month. While it lacks ESPN, meaning you'll miss out on Monday Night Football, in select markets you'll be able to get Fox and NBC. The catch is that those markets are mainly in big cities, so if you live outside one of those areas, Sling Blue might not be for you. 

The NFL and Dish agreement during Week 1 restored the NFL Network to the Sling Blue package while allowing sports fans to add RedZone through the company's $10 per month Sports Extra add-on. 

Fox, of course, broadcasts most NFC and Thursday night games (with the others on NFL Network), while NBC has Sunday Night Football. CBS, which broadcasts the bulk of AFC games, isn't included on Sling at all. Of course, an antenna can fill those local channel gaps

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Budget alternatives: CBS All Access, Locast or an antenna

There are some apps that offer CBS' slate of Sunday AFC games live, including CBS All Access for $6 per month. Depending on where you live, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) might not be available. CBS offers livestreaming services in many markets; you can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming here

Read more: Best TV antennas for cord-cutters, starting at just $10

Locast, meanwhile, is 100% free. It's currently offered in only 23 cities, however, and not all will have CBS, Fox and NBC. 

And as we mentioned above, an over-the-air antenna connected to your TV provides another free option, no streaming required, as long as you have good reception

Local and prime-time games will also be available to watch for free on your iOS or Android phone or tablet through the Yahoo Sports app. Some games, like next Thursday's Bengals and Browns matchup on NFL Network, will require you to be on a cellular connection and not on Wi-Fi due to "rights restrictions." Keep that in mind if you're on a limited data plan. 

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Thursday Night Football: NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime and Twitch

Thursday Night Football is probably the most complicated part of the NFL streaming schedule. Most games will be available on the NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch.

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A handful of Thursday games, however, are being shown exclusively on NFL Network. This includes Week 2's Bengals-Browns tilt as well as Week 3's Dolphins vs. Jaguars game, and Week 4's Broncos-Jets game. The Week 15 and Week 16 Saturday doubleheaders are also NFL Network exclusives. 

The Christmas Day matchup (or "Thursday Night Football on a Friday") between the Vikings and Saints in Week 16, however, will be shown on all platforms: Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch. 

As mentioned above, if you want the NFL Network you're going to need FuboTV or YouTube TV or use the Yahoo Sports app. 

RedZone options

A frequent fan-favorite method of following all the NFL action, RedZone is a way to catch every big play around the league. The cheapest road to RedZone is through YouTube TV or FuboTV and getting either of their respective $11 per month sports add-ons. 

If you're fine with watching on your phone, the NFL offers RedZone as an in-app subscription for $35 for the season. While one of the cheapest options for getting RedZone, as The TV Answer Man points out, it is a bit tricky to find this option and you will only be able to watch through the NFL app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

Once in the app, click on the profile icon in the upper-right corner. You'll see a section labeled "Subscriptions" with a line for NFL RedZone. Tap "Access" and you should be able to sign up.  

With Dish making peace with the NFL, Sling TV Blue and Sports Extra is another option. This will run $40 per month ($30 for Sling Blue plus $10 for Sports Extra add-on), but can be streamed on a host of devices including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and in web browsers. 

Sling is currently offering RedZone and Sports Extra for free for one month for new Sling Blue subscribers

Note: If you only subscribe to Sling's Orange package you won't be able to get RedZone in Sports Extra. Your base package needs to be either Sling Blue or its larger Sling Blue Plus Orange bundle to be able to get RedZone as an add-on. 

What about Sunday Ticket? 

NFL Sunday Ticket is still largely limited to DirecTV satellite subscribers, though those who live in buildings that can't add a satellite dish can get a streaming version to watch football starting at $294 for its To Go package, or $396 for a Max package that includes the RedZone channel (a student version is also available for $100). You can check your address on the Sunday Ticket site

The problem here, however, is even if you're eligible it doesn't include your local games. You can only watch Sunday games that aren't being broadcast on CBS, Fox or NBC in your area. 

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NFL streaming: Best ways to watch the 2020 football season live without cable – CNET

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When it comes to streaming the NFL, options abound.

David Katzmaier/CNET

With the 2020 NFL season kicking off on Thursday night, there are plenty of ways to follow the most popular sport in the US. Getting a cable subscription is the simplest solution. It allows you to watch your local team and a bunch of other teams without worrying about which channels are available.

For cord-cutters, live NFL football streaming options get a bit more complicated. Your best bet is to subscribe to a live TV streaming service, but the sheer number of channels that carry live games -- local CBS, NBC and Fox channels, as well as the national feeds of NFL Network and ESPN -- means football fans might have to make a compromise. (Editors' note: CNET and CBS are both owned by ViacomCBS.)

The only way to get a full football experience is to have a whole litany of channels from your TV provider, and that can be costly. Sunday NFC games are largely on Fox, AFC games are on CBS and Sunday night football is on NBC. Monday night football is only on ESPN. Though Fox has most Thursday night games, there are several that are NFL Network-only (and streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch).

With all that in mind, we offer our recommendations for the best way to watch NFL without cable.

Read more: YouTube TV vs. Hulu vs. Sling TV vs. Philo vs. FuboTV vs. AT&T TV Now: 100 channels compared

Best for everything: YouTube TV

Last year our streaming service pick for NFL fans was PlayStation Vue at $55 a month, but Sony shut down its service earlier this year. That leaves cord-cutters with two more expensive options. 

At $65 per month each, a FuboTV Family plan and regular YouTube TV subscription check all the NFL channel boxes. Local channels CBS, NBC and Fox are included in many markets, as are ESPN and the NFL Network, so you can watch Monday night, Thursday night and Sunday night. 

Want RedZone for following your fantasy team? That's available on either service as part of an add-on for an extra $11 per month. YouTube TV users can add the Sports Plus add-on by clicking on your profile and going to "Settings" then the "Membership" tab. FuboTV users can go into My Profile and choose "Manage Add-ons" for its Sports Plus offering. 

Both YouTube TV and FuboTV's Family plan allow for three simultaneous streams, with YouTube offering unlimited cloud DVR and FuboTV offering 500 hours of storage. The two services are widely available too, with apps on iOS and Android, the web and on TVs through Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV and Fire TV.

If we had to choose between the two, we'd recommend YouTube TV overall. While FuboTV does get points for broadcasting the Fox Thursday night games in 4K, YouTube TV has access to Turner channels like TNT, TBS and CNN, as well as PBS, and a superior DVR. 

FuboTV's base plan, called Standard, is available for $60 per month and offers the same channels as the Family plan so it may be an option for football fans who want to save a bit. But since it offers a paltry 30-hour DVR and just two simultaneous streams, we think the extra $5 is worth it. Also, the Standard plan is incredibly difficult to find for new customers on FuboTV's site.

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Many other live TV streaming services carry those local channels and ESPN, but most lack NFL Network and RedZone. Hulu with Live TV and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) lack both. 

Sling TV's Orange and Blue plan for $45 a month gets you ESPN, and, in select major markets, Fox and/or NBC, but you'll still lack CBS. During Week 1 the streaming service reached a deal with the NFL to restore the NFL Network to its Sling Blue package and bring RedZone back to its $10 per month Sports Extra add-on. 

The chart below sums it all up. The base price is listed after the service name, while a dollar sign indicates that the channel is available for an additional fee. 

NFL channels on live TV services compared

Channel Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) YouTube TV ($65) FuboTV ($65)
CBS No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBC No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPN Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
NFL Network No Yes No No Yes Yes
NFL RedZone No $ No No $ $

Budget alternative for NFC fans in big cities: Sling Blue

Those looking to save some cash might want to check out Sling Blue for $30 a month. While it lacks ESPN, meaning you'll miss out on Monday Night Football, in select markets you'll be able to get Fox and NBC. The catch is that those markets are mainly in big cities, so if you live outside one of those areas, Sling Blue might not be for you. 

The NFL and Dish agreement during Week 1 restored the NFL Network to the Sling Blue package while allowing sports fans to add RedZone through the company's $10 per month Sports Extra add-on. 

Fox, of course, broadcasts most NFC and Thursday night games (with the others on NFL Network), while NBC has Sunday Night Football. CBS, which broadcasts the bulk of AFC games, isn't included on Sling at all. Of course, an antenna can fill those local channel gaps

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Budget alternatives: CBS All Access, Locast or an antenna

There are some apps that offer CBS' slate of Sunday AFC games live, including CBS All Access for $6 per month. Depending on where you live, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) might not be available. CBS offers livestreaming services in many markets; you can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming here

Read more: Best TV antennas for cord-cutters, starting at just $10

Locast, meanwhile, is 100% free. It's currently offered in only 23 cities, however, and not all will have CBS, Fox and NBC. 

And as we mentioned above, an over-the-air antenna connected to your TV provides another free option, no streaming required, as long as you have good reception

Local and prime-time games will also be available to watch for free on your iOS or Android phone or tablet through the Yahoo Sports app. Some games, like next Thursday's Bengals and Browns matchup on NFL Network, will require you to be on a cellular connection and not on Wi-Fi due to "rights restrictions." Keep that in mind if you're on a limited data plan. 

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Thursday Night Football: NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime and Twitch

Thursday Night Football is probably the most complicated part of the NFL streaming schedule. Most games will be available on the NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch.

Read more: Best AV receivers under $500 in 2020

A handful of Thursday games, however, are being shown exclusively on NFL Network. This included Week 2's Bengals-Browns tilt as well as Week 3's Dolphins vs. Jaguars game, and Week 4's Broncos and Jets game. The Week 15 and Week 16 Saturday doubleheaders are also NFL Network exclusives. 

The Christmas Day matchup (or "Thursday Night Football on a Friday") between the Vikings and Saints in Week 16, however, will be shown on all platforms: Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch. 

As mentioned above, if you want the NFL Network you're going to need FuboTV or YouTube TV or use the Yahoo Sports app. 

RedZone options

A frequent fan-favorite method of following all the NFL action, RedZone is a way to catch every big play around the league. The cheapest road to RedZone is through YouTube TV or FuboTV and getting either of their respective $11 per month sports add-ons. 

If you're fine with watching on your phone, the NFL offers RedZone as an in-app subscription for $35 for the season. While one of the cheapest options for getting RedZone, as The TV Answer Man points out, it is a bit tricky to find this option and you will only be able to watch through the NFL app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

Once in the app, click on the profile icon in the upper right corner. You'll see a section labeled "Subscriptions" with a line for NFL RedZone. Tap "Access" and you should be able to sign up.  

With Dish making peace with the NFL, Sling TV Blue and Sports Extra is another option. This will run $40 per month ($30 for Sling Blue, $10 for Sports Extra add-on), but can be streamed on a host of devices including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and in web browsers. 

Note: If you only subscribe to Sling's Orange package you won't be able to get RedZone in Sports Extra. Your base package needs to be either Sling Blue or its larger Sling Blue Plus Orange bundle to be able to get RedZone in the add-on. 

What about Sunday Ticket? 

NFL Sunday Ticket is still largely limited to DirecTV satellite subscribers, though those who live in buildings that can't add a satellite dish can get a streaming version to watch football starting at $294 for its To Go package, or $396 for a Max package that includes the RedZone channel (a student version is also available for $100). You can check your address on the Sunday Ticket site

The problem here, however, is even if you're eligible it doesn't include your local games. You can only watch Sunday games that aren't being broadcast on CBS, Fox or NBC in your area. 

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Ready for 5G? These are the plans you’ll need at each of the major US carriers – CNET

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5G has arrived at all three major US carriers. Here are the plans you'll need to use it. 

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As the fall phone season picks up, 5G is expected to play a major role for carriers and device-makers looking to get people to upgrade. With low-band 5G service now deployed nationwide by T-Mobile and AT&T, and with Verizon promising its own nationwide low-band 5G network this year, 2020 marks the first time all three carriers will have next-generation networks widely available. 

But getting onto 5G requires more than just a compatible phone. For some carriers you also need to have the right plan. 

Before you upgrade, here's what you need to know for getting 5G on each of the three major US carriers. 

The flavors of 5G

With 5G, there are three big flavors of wireless airwaves to know about: low-band, midband and millimeter-wave. 

Low-band 5G offers the best coverage and provides the foundation for 5G, though speeds are often not much better than a good 4G LTE signal. 

Millimeter-wave is a higher-frequency version of 5G, offering speeds that can easily top 1 gigabit per second. The problem with millimeter-wave, however, is range. It is often only available on particular blocks of certain cities, doesn't work indoors and can be impeded by leaves, glass and even a hand between your phone and the transmitter. 

Midband is, as its name implies, the middle ground between the two. It offers much faster speed than low-band while offering much better coverage than millimeter-wave, including the ability to work indoors. 

This is largely available only on T-Mobile right now thanks to its Sprint merger. AT&T and Verizon expected to add midband 5G in the future, with both expected to be active bidders in a Federal Communications Commission auction for more of this valuable spectrum. 

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AT&T

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AT&T offers 5G on its latest unlimited plans. 

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To tap into 5G on AT&T you'll need to make sure you're on one of the carrier's latest unlimited plans known as Unlimited Starter, Unlimited Extra and Unlimited Elite. All include unlimited talk, text and data in the US, Mexico and Canada. 

For four lines, pricing for Starter begins at $140 a month ($35 a line) but this doesn't include any mobile hotspot and data can be slowed when the network is congested.

The next step up, Extra, is $160 a month ($40 a line). This plan includes 50GB of high-speed data per line per month before it would be slowed and adds 15GB of high-speed data per line for using your phone as a mobile hotspot. (After 15GB speeds drop to a painfully slow, 2G-like 128 kilobits per second.)

The top plan, Elite, runs $200 a month for four lines ($50 a line). It offers free HBO Max, allows for streaming videos in HD, 100GB of data before you'd be slowed and 30GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data for each line (after which it's slowed at that 2G level). 

AT&T's plans allow for accessing its low-band 5G network that is available nationwide as well as its faster, higher frequency millimeter-wave network (what it calls "5G Plus") that's currently available in parts of 35 cities around the country. Its low-band network currently covers over 205 million people. 

If you have an older plan, even one that is unlimited, you'll be limited to 4G LTE even if you have a 5G device. Oh, and because things are never simple, AT&T calls its 4G LTE network "5G E." Don't be confused: If you see 5G E know that it's not real 5G. 

AT&T 5G

Plan 5G included? Price (1 line) Price (4 lines) Hotspot Perks
Unlimited Starter Yes $65 $140 N/A Unlimited in Mexico and Canada
Unlimited Extra Yes $75 $160 15 GB per month, per line 50 GB of high-speed data per line, unlimited in Mexico and Canada
Unlimited Elite Yes $85 $200 30 GB per month, per line 100 GB of high-speed data per line, free HBO Max, unlimited in Mexico and Canada

T-Mobile

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T-Mobile offers 5G on all plans, including older ones and those from Sprint. 

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When it comes to 5G, T-Mobile's story is much simpler. Any plan, including those of Sprint users, will be able to connect to 5G if you have a 5G device. This also includes both unlimited plans and older ones that have monthly data allotments. 

Of T-Mobile's current plans, a recent promotion takes the cheapest Essentials plan down to $100 a month for four lines ($25 a line). You get unlimited talk, text, data but mobile hotspot is capped at "max 3G speeds" (which has in the past meant a still-weak 512Kbps). 

Unlike some other T-Mobile plans, taxes and fees aren't included here and you also don't get perks like free Netflix, international data outside of Mexico and Canada or HD streaming. This deal also requires at least four lines but no more than six. 

The regular Essentials plan, which is virtually identical, is slightly pricier at $120 a month for four lines ($30 a month), but this version of Essentials doesn't require between four and six lines. 

There are two step-up plans as well, known as Magenta and Magenta Plus. The former, which currently runs $140 a month for four lines ($35 a line) includes taxes and fees in the monthly price, 3GB of 4G LTE hotspot data for each line, a free subscription to Netflix Basic (Netflix's cheapest plan that doesn't stream videos in HD) or Quibi as well as international data in over 210 countries. 

T-Mobile's top-of-the-range Magenta Plus plan runs $170 a month for four lines ($43 a line) with taxes and fees already factored into the price. Other perks include Netflix's Standard plan that has HD streaming or free Quibi, 20GB of 4G LTE hotspot data per line, and slightly faster international data. It also allows you to stream videos in HD over a cellular connection. 

When it comes to the next generation networks, T-Mobile is actually the furthest along in the US. It was the first to a nationwide 5G network over the low-band spectrum last December, which it recently expanded to now cover 250 million people

After acquiring Sprint's 2.5GHz midband spectrum when it closed its merger this year, the carrier has begun deploying midband 5G across the country, with plans to have thousands of sites upgraded this year.  

The carrier also has millimeter-wave 5G, though it has yet to expand this flavor beyond the six cities it launched in 2019

T-Mobile 5G

Plan 5G included? Price (1 line) Price (4 lines) Hotspot Perks
Essentials (promo) Yes N/A $100 Unlimited at "3G speeds" Talk, text and 2G data in Canada and Mexico; unlimited texting overseas.
Essentials (regular) Yes $60 $120 Unlimited at "3G speeds" Talk, text and 2G data in Canada and Mexico; unlimited texting overseas.
Magenta Yes $70 $140 3GB of high-speed data per month, per line, then unlimited at "max 3G speeds" Taxes and fees included; free Netflix Basic or Quibi subscription (two lines minimum); international talk, text and data included; 5GB of high-speed data in Mexico and Canada,
Magenta Plus Yes $85 $170 20GB of high-speed data per month, per line then unlimited at "max 3G speeds" Taxes and fees included; free Netflix Standard or Quibi subscription (two lines minimum); international talk, text and data included with data twice as fast as Magenta; HD streaming over cellular; 5GB of high-speed data in Mexico and Canada.

Verizon

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Verizon's full 5G availability is only on some of its top unlimited plans. 

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Whereas AT&T limits 5G just to its newest unlimited plans and T-Mobile lets any plan tap into 5G, Verizon is somewhere in the middle ground when it comes to plans. 

The company recently announced that any plan will be able to tap into its low-band nationwide 5G network when it launches later this year. This includes older unlimited plans and those with monthly data allotments. 

Those who want the full Verizon 5G experience with millimeter-wave, however, will need to have one of the carrier's top unlimited plans known as Do More, Get More or Play More. 

The good news is that Verizon allows you to choose which plan each individual line is on (what it calls "Mix and Match") as opposed to mandating that everyone be on the same plan. For the purposes of keeping the pricing simple, we're going to look at the cost as if each line is the same plan. 

The Start plan offers four lines for $140. While it has low-band 5G, it lacks access to the millimeter-wave network. It also does not offer any mobile hotspot and data in Canada and Mexico is capped at "2G speeds."

The step-up Play More plan would run $180 for four lines. This plan includes both flavors of Verizon 5G as well as: 50GB of high-speed 4G LTE data; 15GB for each line of 4G LTE data for mobile hotspot, HD streaming over a cellular connection and a free subscription to the Disney Bundle that includes Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu. 

The plan also includes unlimited talk, text and data in Canada and Mexico, though data here is all capped at "2G speeds." 

The Do More plan is priced at the same $180 for four lines, with the big difference being the dropping of the Disney Bundle for a discount of 50% the monthly service charge for a connected hotspot, tablet or smartwatch. 

The Get More is a combination of both Play More and Do More, with four lines running $220 a month. It offers all the perks of both plans -- including the discount on a connected device and the Disney Bundle -- but bumps up the 4G LTE hotspot data to 30GB a month, per line. It also offers a free subscription to Apple Music. 

The carrier's older, top unlimited plans -- known as Above Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited -- also include access to both the low-band 5G and millimeter-wave 5G networks. 

Verizon 5G

Plan 5G included? Price (1 line) Price (4 lines) Hotspot Perks
Start Unlimited Yes, but just low-band $70 $140 N/A Talk, text and data at 2G speeds in Mexico and Canada
Play More Unlimited Yes $80 $180 15GB of high-speed data per line, per month then unlimited at slower speeds Access to faster millimeter-wave 5G network; 50GB data per line, per month of high-speed, 4G LTE data; HD video streaming; Talk, text and data at 2G speeds in Mexico and Canada; Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus included.
Do More Unlimited Yes $80 $180 15GB of high-speed, 4G LTE data per line, per month then unlimited at slower speeds Access to faster millimeter-wave 5G network; 50GB data per line, per month of high-speed, 4G LTE data; HD video streaming; Talk, text and data at 2G speeds in Mexico and Canada; 50% off the monthly service fee for a connected smartwatch, tablet or hotspot.
Get More Unlimited Yes $90 $220 30GB of high-speed data per line, per month then unlimited at slower speeds Access to faster millimeter-wave 5G network; 50GB per line, per month of high-speed, 4G LTE data; HD video streaming; Talk, text and data at 2G speeds in Mexico and Canada; 50% off monthly service fee for connected tablet/hotspot/smartwatch; free subscription to Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus; free subscription to Apple Music

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Peloton reportedly has a new, cheaper treadmill in the works – CNET

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Peloton's current Tread, seen here, could soon become the company's premium model. 

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A cheaper Peloton treadmill is reportedly in the works, and it will potentially cost less than $3,000.

According to Bloomberg, the home exercise company is working on a new version of its Tread treadmill that will have a smaller and cheaper belt design. Aiming to be priced below $3,000, the new Tread will be markedly cheaper than Peloton's existing treadmill, which runs $4,295 for the machine. (International prices aren't available but that's about £3,250 or AU$5,910.) The current model, the report claims, will be renamed "Tread Plus" and remain in the lineup as the company's premium treadmill.   

Bloomberg also reports that the company is planning to add a new higher-end stationary bike, called "Bike Plus," which will "likely cost more than the current $2,245 version." The report goes on to add that when the Bike Plus is added the current model will drop to "less than $1,900."

Both new products could feature adjustable tablet displays to allow people to do additional workouts near the machines and not solely when they are on them. Bloomberg says the new devices could be announced "as early as next week," ahead of the company's quarterly earnings, which are set to be released on Sept. 10. 

As gyms remain closed in many parts of the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, home exercise equipment has seen a surge in interest. In May the company reported that sales topped $500 million for its fiscal third quarter

Peloton did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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Elon Musk passes Mark Zuckerberg, is now third richest person in the world – CNET

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Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, you're no longer the third-richest person in the world.

After a rise from Tesla's stock split on Monday, Elon Musk claimed the third spot on Bloomberg's Billionaires Index with a net worth of $115 billion as of market close on Aug. 31. The Tesla and SpaceX founder now has a $4 billion lead on Zuckerberg's $111 billion net worth and trails Bill Gates for second place by $10 billion. 

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos still commands the top spot, with a net worth of $202 billion. 

The jump comes nearly two weeks after Musk moved into the fourth spot on the index. Tesla stock is up nearly 480% year-to-date and now holds a market cap of over $450 billion. The stock jumped 12.5% following the five-for-one stock split that brought the share price down from around $2,200 last week. 

Shares of Tesla were down just over 2%, to $487.24, in intraday trading Tuesday. 

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Elon Musk passes Mark Zuckerberg, is now third richest person in the world – CNET

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Elon Musk mugs after clapping back at NASA's Jim Bridenstine on CNN.

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Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, you're no longer the third-richest person in the world.

After a rise from Tesla's stock split on Monday, Elon Musk claimed the third spot on Bloomberg's Billionaires Index with a net worth of $115 billion as of market close on Aug. 31. The Tesla and SpaceX founder now has a $4 billion lead on Zuckerberg's $111 billion net worth and trails Bill Gates for second place by $10 billion. 

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos still commands the top spot, with a net worth of $202 billion. 

The jump comes nearly two weeks after Musk moved into the fourth spot on the index. Tesla stock is up nearly 480% year-to-date and now holds a market cap of over $450 billion. The stock jumped 12.5% following the five-for-one stock split that brought the share price down from around $2,200 last week. 

Shares of Tesla were down just over 2%, to $487.24, in intraday trading Tuesday. 

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