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How to watch the World Series if you don’t have cable

The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the World Series for the first time since 1988. The Houston Astros are returning to the World Series for only the second time in franchise history — and the team’s first as a member of the American League. The Dodgers won 104 games this year on the strength of having baseball’s best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, and an offense led by rookie phenom Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner and his giant, red beard.

The Astros won 101 games during the regular season and have a dominant lefty of their own in Dallas Keuchel and are led by a tiny shortstop with a big bat in the 5’6″ Jose Altuve.

Game schedule

The best-of-seven series starts in Los Angeles before moving to Houston for games 3, 4 and 5. All games start just past 8:00p.m. ET.

  • Game 1: Tue, Oct.

    24 in Los Angeles

  • Game 2: Wed, Oct.

    25 in Los Angeles

  • Game 3: Fri, Oct.

    27 in Houston

  • Game 4: Sat, Oct.

    28 in Houston

  • Game 5*: Sun, Oct.

    29 in Houston

  • Game 6*: Tue, Oct.

    31 in Los Angeles

  • Game 7*: Wed, Nov.

    1 in Los Angeles

* – if necessary Fox[1] will broadcast the games nationally, but you don’t need a TV in order to watch. Here’s how you can stream the Series.

Sling TV

Sling TV[2]‘s cheap, £20-a-month Blue plan includes Fox, but you must live in a market where Sling TV offers a live, local feed of Fox and just on-demand content.

Check out this Sling TV support page[3] to see the available live channels in your area. Sling TV offers a free, seven-day trial.

PlayStation Vue

Like Sling TV, Sony’s streaming TV service is a cable TV alternative that doesn’t require a contract and features a 7-day free trial. PlayStation Vue[4] is available nationwide, but live programming is still available only in select markets, so you may want to use the free trial to ensure you get live streaming on Fox in your area. Sony doesn’t offer a list its channel lineup by market, but Cord Cutter News[5] keeps tabs on which markets offer live, local feeds of the networks, including Fox.

If you want to sign up for a PlayStation Vue plan for the World Series, then the Access plan for £40 a month is the cheapest option that includes Fox. To sign up for PlayStation Vue, you no longer need a PlayStation 3[6] (£109.00 at Amazon.com[7]) or a PlayStation 4 console. In addition to the PS3 and PS4, supported devices include Amazon Fire TV devices, Roku streaming devices and Google Chromecast[8] (£41.99 at Walmart[9]) devices.

DirectTV Now

Direct TV Now[10]‘s £35-a-month package includes Fox and there is a 7-day free trial.

The usual caveat applies: Check the channel lineup[11] in your area to make sure you can watch your local TV stations live.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV[12] costs £40 a month and includes Fox. The first month is free, but you’ll need to check to see which live channels Hulu offers in your area[13].

YouTube TV

YouTube TV[14] costs £35 a month and offers live, local feeds of the major networks, including Fox. There’s a 30-day free trial.

If you live in a market where you can get YouTube TV, then you likely get a live feed of Fox, but there are exceptions. Get the details about YouTube TV’s available networks here[15].

MLB.com At Bat app

The MLB.com At Bat app (available for iOS[16], Android and Kindle Fire) is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it’s less useful for tuning into baseball’s postseason because you not only need to prove you are a cable TV subscriber, but you must also be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short: Arvig, AT&T/DirecTV, Brighthouse, Buckeye, Cox, Dish, Fubo TV, Optimum, Suddenlink, TimeWarner, Verizon, WOW!

If you are a subscriber to one of the above pay TV providers, then you can proceed with the £24.99 Postseason Package[17]. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year.

Fox Sports Go app

Another option if you are a cable subscriber is the Fox Sports Go app[18] — maybe you want to watch baseball on a screen other than your TV. Unlike the MLB.com At Bat, you can watch the World Series for free — well, for no more than you’re already paying for cable.

The Fox Sports Go app works with iOS devices, Android devices and the Amazon[19] Kindle Fire as well as with Apple TV[20] (£179.00 at Apple[21]), Android TV[22], Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Xbox.

You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

References

  1. ^ Fox (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Sling TV (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Sling TV support page (help.sling.com)
  4. ^ PlayStation Vue (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Cord Cutter News (cordcuttersnews.com)
  6. ^ PlayStation 3 (www.cnet.com)
  7. ^ £109.00 at Amazon.com (dw.cbsi.com)
  8. ^ Google Chromecast (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ £41.99 at Walmart (dw.cbsi.com)
  10. ^ Direct TV Now (www.cnet.com)
  11. ^ channel lineup (help.directvnow.com)
  12. ^ Hulu with Live TV (www.cnet.com)
  13. ^ live channels Hulu offers in your area (www.hulu.com)
  14. ^ YouTube TV (www.cnet.com)
  15. ^ YouTube TV’s available networks here (support.google.com)
  16. ^ iOS (www.cnet.com)
  17. ^ Postseason Package (mlb.mlb.com)
  18. ^ Fox Sports Go app (www.foxsports.com)
  19. ^ Amazon (www.cnet.com)
  20. ^ Apple TV (www.cnet.com)
  21. ^ £179.00 at Apple (dw.cbsi.com)
  22. ^ Android TV (www.cnet.com)

‘Stranger Things’ addict? Here’s how Netflix sucked you in

One of Netflix[1]‘s highest aspirations is to get you binging on shows like Eleven wolfs down her Eggo waffles. Netflix, the world’s biggest subscription video service by members, tends to jealously guard its data. But ahead of the season 2 premiere Friday of supernatural thriller “Stranger Things[2],” the company lifted the curtain on some of the tricks it uses to entice its members into clicking play.

From tags to “taste communities,” Netflix tries to personalize its service, right down to the image you see splashed across your screen when you fire up the app. “If you look at someone else’s Netflix screen, not only will they have different titles featured,” said Todd Yellin, Netflix’s vice president of product, in a presentation to reporters last week. “Even the images around each of the titles is catered to each individual member.” It’s a rare look inside the machinations of the video service, which is aiming for global video domination one original show or movie at a time.

The stakes are high for Netflix, which said it will spend as much as £8 billion on programming next year[3]. That’s why shows like “Stranger Things” are so critical. It’s a worldwide hit, literally — the company found one person who watched the first season in Antarctica.

To help spread the word, Netflix starts by figuring out the nuances that define the show. Netflix hires taggers around the world who watch every piece of content and tag it for things like tone — tense, ominous, scary — and storyline — buddy story, missing person, family in crisis. (If you’re wondering how you could land one of these paid gigs, Netflix says they’re posted to its jobs website when they become available.)

More than one portal into the Upside Down

Netflix’s algorithm applies 12 tags to “Stranger Things” to capture nuances of how different people relate to it. That means that while some of you see “Stranger Things” in a row for TV mysteries, others find it in sci-fi thrillers.

To figure out clusters of shows and movies that seem to appeal to the same people, Netflix has identified 2,000 “taste communities.” “Stranger Things” is the most popular title in “a bunch” of those, Yellin said.

Netflix “taste communities” that rank “Stranger Things” as the most-watched title can have completely different shows rounding out their top six.

Netflix

While “Stranger Things” may top many taste communities, it doesn’t mean those lists are identical. One taste community with “Stranger Things” as No.

1 had horror items like “The Mist” and “Scream” in its top six, while another placed “Stranger Things” at the top of ahead of teen programming like “13 Reasons Why” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

Getting personal

Movie recommendations aren’t the only things Netflix personalizes. It tailors how your recommendations look, too, by specializing the image that accompanies them.

Different images worked best to draw in viewers with different TV tastes.

Netflix

Netflix found that people who like documentaries were more likely to watch “Stranger Things” if it had a picture of Chief Hopper in his uniform.

People who gravitate to action, horror and romance were more likely to click on the title with an image of Eleven staring intensely, while drama fans were most attracted to a picture of Eleven from far away. Picking the images is “a mixture of art and science,” Yellin said. The art comes from finding a diversity of strong images for the show.

Then, through an image comparison method called A/B testing, “within a day, we home in on ‘This kind of image is resonating with this kind of viewer,'” he said.

First-timers

The company also approaches promotion differently depending on whether you’ve watched a program or not. The debut of the second season, Netflix has found, is a good time to target people who haven’t watched the show at all. In the year since the first season of “Stranger Things” landed, Netflix has compiled data about people who it believes would like the show but haven’t watched yet. “Someone who hasn’t, we want them to start it at season one, episode one,” he said.

Video promotion is “the next frontier” for Netflix, Yellin said. If you watch Netflix on a TV, you’ve probably noticed it automatically playing a trailer, the opening credits or the show itself after a few seconds. But the next stage of video promotion will likely personalize the clip that unspools, much like title images are tailored today, Yellin said.

Something that sets “Stranger Things” apart from the average show on Netflix is the screen you watch it on. Generally, about two-thirds of Netflix viewing is on televisions[4] — but for “Stranger Things,” the proportion of big-screen viewing is higher. As of this month, Netflix has more than 1,200 hours of 4K content and more than 200 hours of content using an imaging technique called high dynamic range, and it says those high-quality image formats are growing in popularity.

Netflix expects viewing of “Stranger Things” season 2 to have four times as much 4K watching compared with the first season, Yellin said. All the better to capture every nook and cranny of that Eggo waffle. The Smartest Stuff[5]: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.

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References

  1. ^ Netflix (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Stranger Things (www.tvguide.com)
  3. ^ £8 billion on programming next year (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ televisions (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ The Smartest Stuff (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ iHate (www.cnet.com)

Dabur Amla hair oil – does it stop premature greying of hair …

Spotting your first few strands of grey hair can be really distressing. I almost panicked when I saw about 10 (maybe more) strands of grey hair almost 6 months ago on my scalp. That’s when I decided to try applying Dabur Amla hair oil.

I have never been satisfied with my hair. It’s too dry, frizzy and fine. The addition of grey hair to this list was too distressing for me, a 31-year-old.

Of course, it didn’t help them I grew even more stressed after looking at grey hair because stress can lead to greying of hair, hair loss and other conditions. Unlike some of my friends who have ’embraced’ the greys and somehow look glam with it, I haven’t been able to do so. I have never coloured my hair and I didn’t want to start doing it now, not so soon anyway.

So instead of going in for touch-ups or colouring or simply accepting this change, I decided to Google for quick, safe, home remedies of greying of hair. One of the first remedies for grey hair that came to my mind was amla – both topical application of amla hair oil and consumption of amla. Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, amla can give your hair volume and help your hair overcome nutritional deficiencies to reduce greying of hair [1].

Here are causes of premature greying of hair[1]. What Dabur Amla hair oil promisesThis hair oil claims to moisturise your scalp, prevents hair damage caused by chemicals, sunlight and pollution, control pre-mature greying of hair, gives you healthy hair and enhance hair growth to give you longer, stronger and thicker hair. How to use Dabur Amla hair oilI usually warm the oil a little, spread it on my palms and massage it into the scalp.

I use it on its own and sometimes with Bajaj Almond Drops hair oil[2] or any other oil. I leave it on overnight and wash it the next day. My experience with Dabur Amla hair oilThe first thing you notice is the colour–it’s dark green.

I haven’t tried making amla oil at home so I don’t know if this the natural colour of amla oil. The bottle does say it has permitted colours. The immediate next thing you notice when you open the bottle is the very strong smell.

Now, I do not mind the smell because 1) I don’t wear it outside my home 2) I am not very sensitive to smells; I don’t usually get headaches or any kind of irritation with strong smells. The smell is not exactly pleasant but not irritating either. It spreads easily all over the scalp because it has a very smooth, almost water-like consistency.

You need not mix it with other oils.You need only a little coin-sized quantity to cover your hair. It’s quite light. Your hair won’t weigh down with oiliness and it can easily be washed off with shampoo. (Read: Product Review of OGX Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo[3]) I know it’s too early to notice if it has actually stopped greying of my hair.

I intend to continue using it with the hope that it will! I have heard of a lot of people claiming that this oil has made their black and delayed greying. My hair definitely became softer.

I don’t have dandruff but I sometimes have a dry flaky scalp. Whenever I use this, I feel like the oil cleanses my hair of the buildup of these flakes. ProsVery economically pricedCleanses the hairVery light on the scalp and hair

ConsVery strong smell that could be irritating to someIt doesn’t work that well for dry, frizzy hair Price: Rs 190 for 450 ml Image source: Dabur website

Reference:[1] Datta, H. S., & Paramesh, R. (2010). Trends in ageing and skin care: Ayurvedic concepts.

Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine, 1(2), 110.

Published: October 23, 2017 5:47 pm | Updated:October 23, 2017 5:48 pm

References

  1. ^ causes of premature greying of hair (www.thehealthsite.com)
  2. ^ Bajaj Almond Drops hair oil (www.thehealthsite.com)
  3. ^ Product Review of OGX Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo (www.thehealthsite.com)

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