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Google apologizes for YouTube TV outage with a week of free service

Last Tuesday, YouTube and all of its related services (YouTube Music, YouTube TV) went offline for over an hour. For many of us, it was little more than an amusing (and slightly frustrating) spectacle, but all the YouTube TV subscribers who depend on the service to watch live television were up the creek without a paddle.

In order to apologize for the incident, Google sent out an email to all YouTube TV subscribers this past weekend with a link to a form that they could fill out for a week of free service, according to 9to5Google.

“We’re sorry about the unexpected YouTube TV interruption on October 16th,” the company said. “We love our TV as much as you do, and our goal is to make sure that you can access your events and shows – whenever and however you want. To help make this right, we’d like to give you a week of free service.”

If you want to take advantage of the offer, you’ll need to fill out the form before Wednesday, October 24th at 11:59 PM PT, so don’t delay. If you don’t fill out the form in time, you won’t get your free week of service.

9to5Google points out that this is the third YouTube TV outage of the year so far. The last occurred in July, smack dab in the middle of the 2018 World Cup while thousands tuned in to watch Croatia and England play. Google offered up a free week of service then as well, but without asking subscribers to fill out a form.

YouTube is down, so I guess we should all just go to sleep

YouTube is suffering a widespread outage on Tuesday night, forcing countless people to find other ways to entertain themselves for at least a few minutes. It’s unclear what exactly is causing the outage, but the official YouTube support account on Twitter acknowledged the issue just before 9:45 PM ET and says that work is being done to resolve it. No timetable was given for the resolution, but we’ll update this post when we know more.

Here’s the tweet from @TeamYouTube, which is all we’ve got regarding the outage so far. The official YouTube Twitter page retweeted this message as well, but didn’t add any additional details about the issue:

https://twitter.com/TeamYouTube/status/1052373937839980544

If you visit YouTube.com or any of the YouTube branded apps, including YouTube TV and YouTube Music, you will be met with a blank page. As you can see at downdetector.com, the entire map is lit up, signaling that this isn’t contained to one specific area. Seemingly no matter where you are, YouTube is unavailable.

New Fios Triple Play offer includes Fios Gigabit Connection and $200 toward Google/Nest products for $79.99 a month

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Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or you just love to stream movies and TV shows from your favorite online entertainment portals, a fast and reliable internet connection is a must-have if you want to enjoy a fantastic experience. After all, no one wants to deal with a slow internet connection while playing the latest hot new video game online with friends. But there’s something else that a fast and reliable home internet connection affords, and it’s just as important as maximum data speeds. That’s right, we’re talking about capacity.

Fios Gigabit Connection offers blazing-fast speeds, up to 940/880 Mbps, on a 100% fiber-optic network with more than enough capacity to handle the many connected devices in your home. That means you can stream stunning 4K movies while your daughter plays online games, your son listens to high-quality music online, and your husband downloads huge files to his computer — all with virtually no lag, and all while the other smart devices in your home stay connected.

Speaking of connected devices, Fios has a terrific offer right now that fans of smart home devices are definitely going to want to check out. For a limited time, Fios is offering its Triple Play with Custom TV, home phone service, and Fios Gigabit Connection with internet speeds up to 940/880 Mbps for just $79.99 per month with Auto Pay and a 2 year agreement, plus taxes, equipment charges and other fees. On top of that, you also get $200 toward a range of Google and Nest smart home tech. You can use that credit on fantastic connected devices like the Google Home smart speaker, Chromecast Ultra, Nest Cam Indoor, the wildly popular Nest Learning Thermostat, and more.

Here’s a breakdown, just to ensure that you didn’t miss anything:

  • Download speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 880 Mbps
  • Custom TV with up to 200+ channels (choose from seven channel packages)
  • Home Phone service
  • $200 toward a range of Google and Nest smart home tech

This new offer is live right now and it’s only available for a limited time. Head over to the Fios website to learn more and sign up.

Fios also has many other options available for people who just want home internet service. Examples include 100/100 Mbps internet service for $39.99/month with a 1-year price guarantee or 300/300 Mbps internet service for $59.99/month with a 2-year price guarantee. You can also get stand-alone Fios Gigabit Connection for $79.99/month for 3 years with Auto Pay, plus taxes, equipment charges and other fees with a $100 Visa Prepaid Card and waived router rental charge for 3 years with no annual contract.

How to barely spend any money when you finally cut the cord

Congratulations, you’ve decided to finally cut the cord! You’ve made a fantastic decision that’s going to save you a ton of cash each and every month. But perhaps you’re also looking to save some money up front. If that’s the case, we’ll show you exactly what to buy so you can cut the cord, enjoy live network TV in Full HD, and stream all your favorite content from services like Netflix and Hulu. First pick up a BAM 25-Mile Digital HD TV Antenna for just $9.25 on Amazon so you can watch as much live network TV as you’d like. Then snag a Roku Streaming Stick or Amazon Fire TV Stick refurb on Amazon. You’ll pay $35 for either one, bringing your grand total to less than $50!

Roku Streaming Stick

  • CERTIFIED REFURBISHED: This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The product includes all origial accessories and is backed by a 90-day warranty
  • HD STREAMING: Supports streaming services including Amazon, VUDU, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and more
  • PORTABLE: Compact and portable design with hotel and dorm connect for access away from home
  • HDMI COMPATIBLE: Easy to install, connects to any HDTV with an HDMI port
  • FREE APP: Dedicated Roku app for smartphone and tablet compatibility

Fire TV Stick

  • A Certified Refurbished Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.
  • The next generation of our bestselling Fire TV Stick–now with the Alexa Voice Remote.
  • Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills with access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more. Plus, access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.
  • Launch and control content with the included Alexa Voice Remote. Simply say, “Play Game of Thrones” or “Launch Netflix” and Alexa will respond instantly. Plus, play music, find movie show times, order a pizza, and more—just ask.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch the best of live TV and sports from AMC, HGTV, ESPN, FOX, and others with a subscription to DIRECTV NOW, or top-rated primetime shows with CBS All Access.
  • Find the best way to watch with universal search results from over 190 channels and apps including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video.
  • Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, featuring thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost. Plus, members can add over 100 premium and specialty channels like HBO and SHOWTIME—no cable or satellite subscription necessary.

BAM 25-Mile Digital HD TV Antenna

  • 25-MILE RANGE: With a 25-mile maximum range to access available broadcast towers, this antenna pulls in many local and regional channels like ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, PBS, and more. Actual range depends on factors such as topography, weather, etc.
  • 10’ COAXIAL CABLE & EASY TO USE: Simple setup allows you to easily and discreetly use this antenna where you need it. Includes a 10’ coaxial cable, making it easy to place the antenna in the best reception location in your home.
  • SLIM & HIGH PERFORMANCE: Thin, lightweight design makes this antenna easy to lay flat on table, hide it behind the TV, or place it on a window. Never pay expensive cable or satellite fees again with this high-performance antenna that will pull in many of your favorite digital and HD shows.
  • FREE CHANNELS: Save on costly cable and satellite bills and receive high definition local channels for free. This powerful flat OTA (Over the Air) TV antenna delivers crystal clear, full 1080p HD to any digital-ready TV. Enjoy all your local news, weather, sitcoms, kids and sports programs, educational shows, and more.

The Amazon Music Unlimited Prime Day deal is by far the best bargain in streaming

Prime Day is in full swing right now and we’ve been sharing all the best deals from Amazon’s 36-hour sales blitz all day long. If you want to see all the very best deals in one place, be sure to check out our big Prime Day deals master list. Of course, Amazon has some killer deals on things that aren’t necessarily physical products, and the best one has to be the Prime Day deal on Amazon Music Unlimited.

Amazon Music Unlimited, or AMU, is basically Amazon’s version of Spotify. The company has a library of millions of songs across every genre you can think of, and that of course includes all the latest releases. There are Amazon Music apps for every major platform and you can stream all the music you want, just like Spotify or Apple Music. It’s normally $7.99 a month which is already cheaper than Spotify, but if you head to this page on Amazon’s site you can get 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99. That’s right, 4 full months for under a buck.

Here are the terms and conditions from Amazon’s site:

This is a limited time offer exclusively available for Prime members who are new Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers. The promotional offer of 4 months for $0.99 is valid from 12:01am PT July 2, 2018 through 11:59pm PT July 17, 2018 and redeemable toward an Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Monthly Plan. Digital content and services may only be available to customers located in the U.S. and are subject to the terms and conditions of Amazon Digital Services LLC. Offer limited to one per customer and account. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

You only have until the end of the day today to get in on the action, so hurry up!

Also of note, Amazon is running a great Prime Day deal on Kindle Unlimited, too. For the same $0.99 you get three full months of service, and it’s also like Spotify but for books instead of music. Here are some bullet points from Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited page:

  • Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books.
  • Explore a rotating selection of popular magazines.
  • Listen to thousands of books with Audible narration.
  • Read anytime, on any device with the Kindle app.

You can get three months of Kindle Unlimited for $0.99 right here on Amazon’s site.