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Phil Nickinson

Phil Nickinson

Section Editor, Audio/Video

Phil spent the 2000s making newspapers with the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the 2010s with Android Central and then the personality behind Modern Dad, and is currently an editor with Digital Trends. Phil’s online work has taken him all over the United States, as well as Europe and Asia.

When he’s not writing, editing, or shooting video, Phil serves as president of the Pensacola Youth Soccer 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked on multiple local political campaigns and is a part-time photographer and videographer.

Phil is a native of Pensacola, where he resides with his wife, daughters and a dog named Max.

Find Phil on Mastodon, or on Threads.

YouTube TV app icon on Apple TV.

YouTube TV fixes one of the more annoying parts of its guide

YouTube TV has fixed one of the more annoying features — or bugs — of its channel guide. No longer will it hop back to the top unexpectedly.
An example of AI-generated art made available on Amazon Fire TV.

You can now make your own AI art with Amazon Fire TV

If you own a 2023 Fire TV Stick 4K Max or a Fire TV Omni QLED Series television, you can now make your own AI-generated art.
The LG booth at CES 2024.

TVs at CES 2024: The big, the bright, and the see-through

CES is a show about televisions as much as anything. And this year's extravaganza didn't disappoint.
The promo screen for the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins on the Peacock streaming service.

Peacock: AFC Wild Card game ‘biggest live-streamed event in U.S. history’

Streaming service Peacock had the exclusive on the frigid NFL wild-card game between Kansas City and Miami and says the game set a number of records.
The secondary Smart Display on a Telly TV.

First look: Telly’s free TV just might be able to pull this off

It's good to be skeptical of Telly, a free TV with a secondary display that shows ads. But that doesn't change the fact that Telly offers a good experience.
The Roxi ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV music channel.

Music might not bootstrap NextGen TV and ATSC 3.0, but Roxi at least tries to make it fun

Roxi brings music channels to NextGen TV over the air with an ingenious little system. The question is whether anyone will ever actually use ATSC 3.0.
Google Fast Pair.

Google is expanding Fast Pair, casting to more devices

Google announced a number of things at CES 2024, including an expansion of Fast Pair to make it easier to listen to what you want, on whatever devices you want.
Caleb Denison standing in front of the 115-inch TCL QM89.

Want to feel inferior? Stand in front of a 115-inch television

The 115-inch TCL QM89 brings size that we have not yet seen in a consumer-grade television. But chances are it's going to cost a pretty penny.
Netflix at CES.

Netflix is doing something chaotic for 3 Body Problem at CES

A short teaser video points to Netflix doing something chaotic at CES 2024 in Las Vegas.
Samsung's transparent micro-LED display.

Samsung’s latest see-through display uses micro-LED panels

Samsung has its own transparent displays on hand at CES 2024, and they use micro-LED technology that can be applied to all sorts of situations.
The front panel of the Samsung Music Frame snaps off so you can swap it out with other artwork.

Samsung’s Music Frame makes audio look as good as it sounds

We got our first look (and listen) at Samsung's Music Frame — a speaker that essentially is what you get if you marry a picture frame with a quality speaker.
LG Signature OLED T as seen at a press demo at CES 2024 in Las Vegas.

The LG Signature OLED T is official, and gorgeous — and transparent

It's not often we get major surprises anymore at CES, but LG managed to pull one off with its spectacular — and transparent — LG Signature OLED T.
best youtube tv alternatives alternative 5

The 5 best YouTube TV alternatives in 2024

YouTube TV is a great streaming service. But it's not the only one. Here are the best YouTube TV alternatives you should check out.
TCL at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.

TVs, soundbars, speakers and more: What we’re expecting in home theater at CES 2024

It's not a big secret that we're going to see some pretty incredible TV tech at CES 2024 — and some of the companies already have let the cat out of the bag.
The Roku Pro Series television seen in a press image.

Roku TV turns 10, celebrates with new Pro Series mini-LED sets

As Roku TV enters its second decade of existence, it's adding a new trio of Pro Series televisions to its smart TV lineup.
The 2024 LG OLED M4 television seen in a press image.

LG’s 2024 OLED M4 takes AI processing to new heights ahead of CES

With a new 65-inch model joining its larger siblings, LG's 2024 OLED lineup gets more powerful, while still getting rid of annoying wires.
FuboTV icon on Apple TV.

Fubo: channels, price, plans, packages, and add-ons

In a world of increasing live TV streaming options, Fubo sets itself apart with a huge collection of sports channels and unique features like 4K and HDR.
An Apple TV 4K sits on a media stand.

Best streaming devices for 2024: Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, and more

Your TV probably already has all the apps you need to stream all your shows and movies. But you also probably can do better than that. Here's what we like.
The LG CineBeam Qube (model HU710PB).

LG’s CineBeam Qube projector doubles as an art piece

The new LG CineBeam Qube projector looks great out in the open, which is exactly how you'll need to use it.
A press image of one of LG's 2024 QNED televisions.

LG’s 2024 QNED TV lineup leans in to AI across the board, at up to 98 inches

LG is re-invigorating its QNED lineup for 2024, with a sharp emphasis placed on AI-powered enhancements thanks to its Alpha 8 processor.
Amazon Fire TV AI-generated art.

As streaming shatters, here’s how Amazon wants to glue it back together with AI

Amazon already has previewed some of what's coming to Fire TV in 2024. But we know that's just a tease of what's likely to come.
The dash of the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV.

How televisions point the way for a future with CarPlay and Android Auto

Imagine having to buy a television that didn't allow you to also use a Roku or Fire TV stick. That doesn't sound like fun, does it?
Kevin Hart's SiriusXM show as seen in the phone app in front of SiriusXM in a car.

SiriusXM, facing a lawsuit, continues to break the unwritten law of the internet

Sirius XM has long ignored a basic tenet of the internet — that it should be as easy to cancel a subscription as it is to sign up in the first place.
The new Vizio home screen.

Software update looks to make the Vizio experience even faster

Vizio smart TVs from 2021 and up (and some from 2020) are about to get a software update that should make the Vizio Home experience a good bit faster.
The LG S70TY soundbar.

LG’s 2024 slate of soundbars are tailor-made for its televisions

LG's trio of 2024 soundbars are meant to look as great as they sound — particularly if you pair them with an LG television.
NordVPN app listing on Apple TV.

NordVPN tries to scare you into using its new Apple TV app

NordVPN basically says you'll be hacked if you don't use its VPN on Apple TV. Never mind that we've all gone years without it.
ClearStream Fusion over-the-air antenna.

2024 is the year you need to have an antenna for your TV

With seemingly everything requiring a monthly subscription these days, 2024 should be the year you consider an over-the-air antenna for free television.
NBA on YouTube TV.

NBA League Pass on YouTube TV is just $50 for the rest of the season

You can get every game for the rest of the NBA season for just $50 as part of NBA League Pass on YouTube TV. But you'll need to hurry.
Howard Stern as seen on the new SiriusXM app on an iPhone, in front of the app on a car stereo.

The new era of SiriusXM starts today with a revamped app

SiriusXM is blurring the lines between streaming and satellite radio, starting with the launch of a revamped app and web experience.
The Netflix home screen.

The 10 most popular streaming services, ranked by subscriber count

It's not quite fair to compare the various streaming services merely on how many subscribers they have — but it's as good a place to start as any.
Tesla Autopilot

Latest Tesla recall shows a need for better nomenclature

There are recalls, and then there are recalls. And modern cars need a better name for something that can be fixed with an over-the-air software update.
Max on YouTube Primetime Channels as seen on an iPhone.

Max is now available to watch on YouTube Primetime Channels

If you want to watch shows and movies on Max but don't want to ever leave YouTube, you can now watch the former inside the latter.
Apple TV tvOS 17.2 update screen.

The tvOS 17.2 update is now available with redesigned TV app

Apple's tvOS 17.2 update brings about a number of changes to the TV app, which gets even better as a one-app-to-rule-them-all on the platform.
The viral Facebook algorithm bypass post is nonsense.

Is the Facebook algorithm bypass a scam? Or is it a hack?

No, you can't bypass the Facebook algorithm by copying and pasting a post. Not then, not now. It's just not how things work.