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New gadgets make cutting the cord easier than ever

Roku & TiVo

For those of you intimidated by the thought of setting up a streaming box, Roku has a solution for you. The company has partnered with two television manufacturers to create a smart TV that has Roku built in and includes lets you use one search area to find content across its huge catalog of streaming services.

The search works across 13 providers, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus. In addition Roku offers some 1,700 channels, connecting to YouTube, Showtime Anytime, HBO Go (depending on your cable provider — it won’t work with Comcast), live streaming sports like WatchESPN and MLB.TV, plus Disney Channel and PBS.

The Roku televisions are easy to set up, because they have Wi-Fi. Just connect them to your Internet and you're ready to go. They're also relatively cheap. One 48-inch version from TCL is priced at $499.

If you're concerned about recording your favorite shows, the new box from TiVo is for you. The Roamio OTA is only $50 and it's like a regular TiVo for cord cutters.

But the TiVo — plus an antenna — can then record network television, so that even if you’re cutting the cord, you don’t have to miss episodes of “So You Think You Can Dance” on your DVR. The result is an experience that feels close to having cable — and adds streaming — all in one nice interface.

TiVo's gadget also works with streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. You also have to purchase the HD antenna separately. You can buy a great indoor antenna in my store right now for 37% off!

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