ADT House Safety Overview 2021

ADT solutions fill a lot of needs if you’re willing to pay the price.

ADT provider is familiar to people. It’s synonymous with home security. And if you don’t need all the bells and whistles, or if you don’t mind paying extra to access them, then you’re going to be satisfied with ADT.
Let’s walk through what you can expect with ADT one more time.
Pricing: ADT’s prices are sky high if you want anything other than a landline system, but the company gives you six months to make a final decision.
Equipment: ADT equipment is fairly generic and might be reusable for another monitoring company.
Home automation: The ADT system is compatible with most major smart home devices. You just have to pay extra for app use and full automation.
Installation: Sit back and relax while the professionals do all the installation work.
Customer experience: Your customer experience will largely depend on the dealer you use (if you choose not to go with ADT).
But if you’re tired of paying a ton of money for home security, or if you want a DIY system, or if you’re just looking for something different, ADT isn’t the end-all-be-all. Check out our best home security recommendations for plenty of other options.

Buckeye Broadband Web Assessment

Buckeye’s prices start out low on most plans, but prices for the Starter, Essential, and Ultimate Plans double after all of the promotions expire.
The lowest tier plan, the Starter Internet Plan, costs $19.99 per month during the promotional period. You can even use your own modem (or rent one from Buckeye for $10 per month). Sounds like a great deal right? Well, it would be, except for the fact that the price goes up to $39.99 after that 6-month promo period. Plus, to get unlimited data, you incur an add-on cost of $30 per month for this plan.
While the Starter Internet Plan sounds like an ideal budget plan, if you need additional services, like modem rental and unlimited data, your monthly base costs can eventually reach as high as $79.99 (ouch!)
Let’s say you go with the Ultimate Internet Plan, which has an introductory price of $59.99. You can still use your own equipment and you even get unlimited data during the promo period with this plan, so there’s no tacked on fee there. However, after six months, your monthly base cost goes up to $79.99, and you have to pay for half of the cost of unlimited data.
But that’s only for months seven through twelve. After a year, you pay for the full cost of the plan, which is a whopping $119.99. The Essential plan has a similar structure: a 6-month promotional cost, followed by a higher cost for months seven through twelve, and then the full rates after a year.
Each plan has its own caveats. But the most straightforward of the plans is the Internet Supreme plan, which starts at $99.99 and goes up to $119.99 after three months. After the promo period, the regular price for this plan is $139.99. You can use your own equipment just like you can with the other plans.

fuboTV Evaluate 2021

fuboTV’s interface is our favorite among other live TV streaming services

When you first open up fuboTV, your Home tab shows you your recommended live TV channels, featured programs, live sporting events, and recommended on-demand content.
This is similar to other live TV streaming services in the industry.

We like how fuboTV gives you multiple tabs at the top to help you find exactly what you want. This is similar to Hulu + Live TV, but YouTube TV only has three tabs: Library, Home, and Live.
The Sports tab on fuboTV’s interface has recently changed, and we like it.
This tab will first recommend featured sports shows and events. When you scroll down, you’ll find a mini guide with only sports channels.
What we really like is the fact that you can either use the drop-down menu to find a specific sport, or you have those handy subtabs at the top to take you to content for soccer, football, golf, racing, and other sports.

Next to the Sports tab, you’ll find your on-demand content organized by Shows and Movies.
fuboTV’s Guide is the best in the industry, and we’ll highlight why:

There is a convenient drop-down menu on the left to change the date.
Below that, fuboTV has a menu to choose a genre of channels to easily get to a channel you’re in the mood for.
If you’re looking for a specific channel, fuboTV has a channel search bar at the top to get to your favorite channel within a few seconds.
And last but not least, when you hover over the programming, a Record button conveniently pops up.

And when you go to your recordings, they’re organized from newest to oldest. And you get a search bar to find your show or movie easily!
YouTube TV and Hulu Live both don’t have a search bar in its Library. Hulu Live organizes its recordings by TV Shows, Movies, Sports, etc. and YouTube TV doesn’t lay out all of your recordings on one screen. Instead, you have to scroll to the right as if you were browsing “Recommended TV Shows”.

Vidgo Assessment 2021

Vidgo’s user interface is familiar, but it’s missing some key features

Vidgo’s home screen is pretty intuitive and easy to navigate, but it might take a little getting used to if you’re accustomed to other live TV streaming services.
We’ll go over the parts we don’t like about Vidgo and end on a good note with the features we think you might like.
First, you won’t find an on-demand tab at the top since Vidgo doesn’t offer on-demand content. This is a big deal because most live TV streaming services do.
That, and the fact that Vidgo doesn’t have a DVR, can very easily be a dealbreaker for some. Not everyone is home the moment their favorite TV show is airing live.
The second downside to Vidgo’s user interface is that you won’t see a Record button when you click on a movie or show. And lastly, you won’t find channels broken down into a list of genres.
Instead, you’ll find a few tabs at the top to help you get to what you want: All, Recent, Entertainment, Sports, and Family.

We like how you can preview the program in the little box on the right before clicking the expand screen button to watch.
Vidgo makes it easy for English and Spanish speakers, which is unique in the live TV streaming industry. Not only does Vidgo offer up to 31 Spanish-language channels, but you can easily change the language of your user interface by clicking the English or Spanish button on the top right-hand corner when you first log in.

Xfinity Web Evaluation 2021

Still have questions about Xfinity? Let’s see if we can help.

Does Comcast Xfinity offer COVID-19 relief?

Xfinity’s pledge to Keep Americans Connected officially ended on June 30, 2020. That means no more free unlimited data—but the ISP did permanently boost its data caps to 1.2 TB.
Additionally, Xfinity is continuing to offer a few resources that might help anyone still undergoing financial hardship due to COVID-19. These resources include:

Free Wi-Fi hotspot usage for anyone through the end of 2021
Two free months of Internet Essentials service for new customers, as long as you’re approved by June 30, 2021
Flexible payment options for customers whose income is affected by the coronavirus pandemic (be sure to chat with an Xfinity rep to let them know you may need a flexible payment plan)

What kind of modem does Xfinity use?

Almost always, Xfinity will give you an xFi Gateway modem and router combo if you choose to rent from it. There are various models of the xFi Gateway, and if you need to troubleshoot or get started setting yours up, we recommend checking out this xFi Gateway support page.
If you prefer to bring your own modem, you’ll need to make sure it’s a cable modem. And we’ve got Xfinity cable modem recommendations right here if you need help shopping.

Which router should I use with Xfinity?

We’re big fans of TP-Link and NETGEAR routers for our Xfinity internet service. You can see our specific Xfinity router recommendations in our guide.

How can I check my speed with Xfinity?

Our internet speed test will tell you your download and upload speeds and how much latency you experience.

Are Comcast and Xfinity the same thing?

Pretty much. “Comcast” and “Xfinity” are often used interchangeably, but Xfinity is specific to Comcast’s cable TV, internet, voice, mobile, and home security services.

What is Xfinity Blast! Pro and is it good for gaming?

The Blast! plan (formerly known as Blast! Pro Plus is available in all regions and offers 400 Mbps download speeds.
Those speeds should cover you no matter how hectic a battle you get into. Want to see how other ISPs compare when it comes to MMOs or FPS games? Check out our Best Internet for Gaming review.

Does Xfinity have bundles?

A perk to Xfinity is that it offers multiple services you can bundle together: internet, TV, home security, and mobile. Bundling is a great way to save money each month, and you may also find bundle-specific Xfinity discounts.
But aside from cable TV, Xfinity’s other home services might be a bust. Here’s what our fellow experts had to say about other Xfinity services:
Xfinity cable TV: “Xfinity might have a lot of fees, but at least you won’t be disappointed by Xfinity’s service. This cable TV company is reliable, widely available, and you’ll get most, if not all, of the channels you and your family want.” —Chantel Buchi, TV and streaming expert
Xfinity Home security system: “Xfinity Home’s prices are hard to pin down, most of the equipment lags behind other brands, and its customer service (through Comcast) may be the worst we’ve ever encountered.” —Brianne Sandorf, home security expert
Xfinity Mobile: “A solid, cheap [option] for those already in the Xfinity universe, though you have to deal with data throttling, slowdowns, and poor video streaming quality.” —Easton Smith, mobile expert

Does Xfinity have Wi-Fi hotspots?

Another major benefit Xfinity customers enjoy is thousands of wireless hotspots across the US. And if you’ve got Xfinity Mobile or a Performance internet plan or faster, you get Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot access for free.
This is a huge boon if you’re on vacation and can’t find a Starbucks to siphon wireless internet off of. Not to mention access to all those Wi-Fi hotspots is a lifesaver if your home internet goes down and you’ve got an assignment due the next morning.
You can access the wireless hotspots through the Xfinity Wi-Fi app, which uses your Xfinity username and password.

Can I get Xfinity internet only? How much does it cost?

Yes, you can get Xfinity internet without TV or other services. The cost for just Xfinity internet depends on where you live, but in general the price ranges from $29.99–$79.99 a month in the Northeast, $19.99–$70.00 a month in the West, and $25.00–$70.00 a month in the Central US.

Does Xfinity offer student internet packages?

Xfinity doesn’t offer a specific student internet package, but it does regularly offer student discounts.
Comcast also offers a low-cost internet plan called Internet Essentials, which costs $9.95 a month for 50 Mbps speeds. Families with students may qualify for this plan if someone in your household is enrolled in a program like the National School Lunch Program.

Is Xfinity internet unlimited?

No, sadly Xfinity internet doesn’t come with unlimited data. Instead, your data is capped at 1.2 TB each month with options to buy more data if you need it.

How can I get $10 a month internet?

Comcast Xfinity offers internet for about $10 a month with its Internet Essentials plan. The cost is $9.95 a month, and you get 50 Mbps download speeds. To get it, you’ll need to meet eligibility requirements, such as the following:

You or someone in your household is enrolled in housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, the National School Lunch Program, or others
You haven’t had Xfinity internet within the last 90 days

P.S. If you owe money on a past Xfinity internet bill, you may still qualify.

How fast is Comcast $10 internet?

Comcast’s $10 (technically $9.95 a month) Internet Essentials plan gets you 50 Mbps download speeds.

How can I get unlimited internet for free?

There are quite a few ways to get free internet, but you may or may not run into data caps along the way. We don’t know of any truly free internet plan with unlimited data though.

Vivint Dwelling Safety Evaluate 2021

What are extenuating circumstances?With Vivint, “extenuating circumstances” covers some emergencies, like deaths and military moves. It typically doesn’t cover other situations, like losing a job or moving to another city for a civilian job. In those cases, you’ll need to pay off your contract, move your contract to your new residence, or get the person buying your home to assume your Vivint obligations.

HBO Max Assessment 2021

What is HBO Max? We’re so glad you asked.
It’s a new streaming platform with 10,000 hours of content that everyone is going crazy for, such as Friends: The Reunion. If you want to watch the newest movies that were supposed to be released in theaters, like Space Jam: A New Legacy, then look no further.
HBO Max is a combination of HBO, WarnerMedia shows and movies, as well as new original content. Everyone in the family will have something to watch with its vast selection of kids, drama, action, and fantasy shows and movies.
You get all this for $10–15 per month! But read on to see if this is your next subscription.

Google Fiber Web Assessment 2021

Google Fiber prices and plans

Google Fiber prices are excellent for the speeds you get.

Google Fiber has two types of plans: Fiber and Webpass. Fiber operates like most other internet service providers (ISPs): It hooks up individual residences to the internet.
And recently, Google Fiber introduced a second fiber internet plan with speeds up to 2,000 Mbps. Both its 1 gig and 2 gig plans are priced reasonably compared to the competition and come with unlimited data. And both plans offer enough speed for a large family, home full of roommates, or even a small business.

Webpass is unique because it’s available only in certain apartment and office buildings located in Austin, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.
But the Webpass service is pretty straightforward, even though your price and download speeds depend on where you live.

Data effective 8/12/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.Terms and Conditions: Plus taxes and fees. Service not available in all areas. If you live in an apartment or condo, Google Fiber’s ability to construct and provide Fiber is subject to the continued agreement between Google Fiber and the property owner. Upload/download speed and device streaming claims are based on maximum wired speeds. Actual Internet speeds are not guaranteed and may vary based on factors such as hardware and software limitations, latency, packet loss, etc

For example, some Webpass cities offer a discounted price if you pay for a year in advance—in one case we found that equaled out to a $700 payment up-front. But if you don’t have that much cash on hand, you can still opt for the up to $70.00 month-to-month payment plan.
We even found an apartment building in San Francisco where Google Fiber Webpass was included as an amenity, meaning you’d pay nothing for gigabit speeds if you lived there. (Though you’d still pay those sky-high San Francisco real estate prices.)
Webpass speeds also depend on your building’s infrastructure. So you may get speeds slower than 1,000 Mbps—but Google plays fair by discounting your monthly cost if your building can’t support gig speeds.
We saw this fair play at work at another apartment building in San Francisco where the fastest speed was 500 Mbps. Because that’s slower than the max Google Fiber Webpass speed of 1,000 Mbps, the monthly cost was discounted to $60.00 a month.
You’ll need to check your specific address to find out which payment plans and speeds are available to you.

Is Google Fiber internet cheap?

If you know you don’t need gigabit speeds, you may want to check out other ISPs with slower and cheaper internet plans, like Xfinity or CenturyLink.

But we should mention that Google’s Fiber 1000 plan is one of the cheaper gigabit-speed plan available in the United States, putting it alongside big names such as Verizon Fios Home Internet and AT&T Fiber.

Where is Google Fiber and Google Fiber Webpass available?

You can get Google Fiber if you live in one of these major US cities or metro areas:

Huntsville, AL
Orange County, CA
Atlanta, GA
West Des Moines, IA (coming soon)
Kansas City, KS and MO
Charlotte and The Triangle, NC
Nashville, TN
Austin and San Antonio, TX
Provo and Salt Lake City, UT

Google Fiber Webpass is also available these cities:

Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO
Chicago, IL
Miami, FL
Nashville, TN
Austin, TX
Seattle, WA

DIRECTV Overview 2021

How much does DIRECTV cost?

The first year’s pricing isn’t too bad. It’s the second-year price hikes you’ll have to worry about

With each TV plan, DIRECTV includes lots of channels and a solid Genie DVR. It seems like a good deal at first until you see your monthly bill practically double in the second year of your contract.
We think DIRECTV could be a 5-star service—when they decide to stop this price hike nonsense.
But if you’re looking for lots of channels and a TV service that is widely available across the US, DIRECTV is the satellite service for you.

Does DIRECTV have a contract?

As we said in our price hike rant up above: yes, DIRECTV has a two-year contract. Sigh.
But the biggest bummer is the second-year price hikes, and this might be a deal-breaker because some of the package prices almost double in year two of your two-year contract.
For example, your $69.99 per month bill will be $115 per month during your second year. As for the PREMIER package, the most expensive one at $134.99 per month, will end up being $200 during year two (what??).
And it will be a pain to get out of the contract early. You’ll have to pay an early termination fee if you want out of the relationship. This means you’ll have to pay up to $20 per month that is left on your contract.
So if you want DIRECTV because of all of the channels they offer or because satellite TV is your only TV option in your area, then just make sure to budget for that second-year price hike.

Here’s a plus: DIRECTV gives you free installation and free DVR service. No monthly payment!
But you do have to pay for a monthly regional sports fee. Dang, DIRECTV. There you go hurting us again.
And keep in mind, you’ll have to pay installation and a monthly DVR fee for additional receivers if your daughter and son want one in their room.

Data effective 8/12/2021.

Comcast gives Xfinity TV Help Overview

How much does Xfinity cost?

Xfinity is fair in terms of pricing and number of channels

We’ll start by clearing the pricing situation up, there are two options with a 1-year contract at a lower price, and two with no contract but they cost a bit more. The first two packages (Extra and Preferred Plus) require you to sign a 1-year contract, while Digital Starter and Preferred don’t require the contract (more on this below).
Now, in comparison to Spectrum and Cox, Xfinity is a little more expensive when it comes to the basic package, but when it comes to channels, you get the most out of your money with Xfinity.
Xfinity’s Extra package gives you more than 140 channels, while other competitors don’t offer that high of a channel count in their entry-level package.
Unless you live in one of the four states Optimum is offered, you won’t find another reliable cable TV provider that offers 220 channels for less than $100.
Xfinity is a trusted company that gives you all of the most popular channels, so if you’re ready to commit, we recommend signing the contract to save a total of $240-$360 throughout the year.

It’s 2021. It’s about time a TV provider offered international packages or add-ons. Xfinity offers international packages and add-ons (you’ll find these options at checkout) for the following languages:

Add these extras to your existing TV package for $6.99-$34.99.
Xfinity offers packages for Spanish speakers. Check out the two Latino TV and internet bundles Xfinity offers, and get 50+ Spanish-language channels on your TV.

Does Xfinity have a contract?

Xfinity has a contract, but it’s more beneficial than you might think.
If you sign a 1-year agreement, you’ll save $20-$30 monthly during your first year. We think that’s a pretty big deal.
But although you save money the first year with Extra and Preferred Plus, regular pricing will be applied to your bill for year two and onward. We’ll give you an idea of how much you’ll need to budget for next year.

Data effective 6/18/2021.

Ok, this is by far the biggest list of fees we’ve seen from a TV provider (sheesh, Xfinity).
And if you’re the average cable TV watcher, you’re likely to need to pay all of these fees in the table below.
You’ll need a TV box ($5/month), an additional TV box for the TV room downstairs ($10/month), HD channels ($10/month), DVR storage ($15/month), news channels ($15/month), and sports channels ($9/month).
Expect to pay an additional $65 per month. WHAT?
This could be a deal-breaker because other TV providers don’t have outrageous fees like this. DISH’s service includes 125 HD hours of DVR storage, and there isn’t a broadcasting or regional sports fee.

Date effective 6/18/2021.