‘Married… with Children’ on Prime Video

Al Bundy
Ed O’Neil as Al Bundy in ‘Married… with Children’. All 11 seasons of the Fox sitcom are now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video released all 11 seasons of the classic Fox sitcom Married… with Children.

The show follows the dysfunctional Bundy family as they struggle with the reality of being a poor, barely middle class American family in an era ruled by the Cosbys and Keatons.

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Al (Ed O’Neil, Modern Family), the dad, is a former high school football star who is now stuck selling women’s shoes. His chain-smoking wife Peggy (Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy) is a lazy housewife who doesn’t cook or clean. His daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate, Anchorman) is a floozy and his son Bud (David Faustino) is a bit of a loser (and wannabe rapper).

Airing between 1987 and 1997, the raunchy show was controversial and set the tone for the Fox Network. It opened the doors for fare like The Simpsons and shows on other networks, like Roseanne.

While it has been released on Blu-ray and has streamed on other services in the past, the Prime Video version of Married… with Children includes Frank Sinatra’s original version of “Love and Marriage” for the theme song and also has the unaired season three episode “I’ll See You In Court” available to stream.

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Around the House (Sept. 26, 2016)

Around the House is a weekly roundup of news items related to smart devices, tools, kitchen gadgets and anything else worth mentioning that affects how we live at home.

Roku now has a streaming device for every budget

Roku announced five new streaming devices last week, including the tiny Roku Express, which only costs $39.99, comes with an HDMI cable and can stream 1080p high-def content. For people who want to stream 4K content, the company has the Roku Premiere ($89.99), Roku Premiere+ ($109.99) and Roku Ultra ($139.99) for you (the Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra also have HDR support, a microSD card slot and a remote you can plug headphones into). All new Roku devices will be available in Canada this October.

Roku Express

The tiny Roku Express will be available in Canada for $39.99.

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Streaming service shomi closing down

The Rogers-Shaw owned video streaming service shomi issued a statement Monday announcing they will be closing down on Nov. 30. This is sad news for fans of shows like Transparent, Catastrophe and Mad Dogs, which don’t air or stream anywhere else in Canada. Rumours are swirling that Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service is coming, but nothing has been confirmed (Amazon distributes all those shows, along with many others).

RELATED: You can now watch every episode of ‘Married… with Children’ on shomi

Sonos coming to an Apple Store near you

Canadians will be able to purchase Sonos PLAY:1 and Sonos PLAY:5 wireless speakers at all Apple Store locations beginning Oct. 5 (online sales on apple.ca begin Nov. 2). As a bonus, customers who purchase a Sonos speaker from the Apple Store until Dec. 31 will get a 3-month subscription to Apple Music for free. Read my review of the Sonos PLAY:5 to see why I’m excited about this news.

Sonos Apple Store

Sonos is coming to all Apple Store locations in Canada on Oct. 5.

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Tesla update helps prevent children and pets from horrific deaths

Tesla pushed a software update to all Model S and Model X owners last week that includes, among other things, a feature called Cabin Overheat Protection, which turns on the vehicle’s air conditioning if the internal temperature reaches 40C. While this is great at preventing “hot car deaths“, people really just need to stop leaving children and pets alone in cars.

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Never clean your toilet again

A toilet that cleans itself is now a reality thanks to American Standard. The ActiClean self-cleaning toilet has a fully integrated cleaning system that handles all the dirty work with the push of a button. Not having to clean your toilet is not cheap of course and the ActiClean toilet comes with a hefty price tag of $695US with replacement cleaning cartridges running at $14.99US. It’s currently only available at Lowe’s in the U.S. but is sure to make its way to Canada soon.

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You can now watch live TV on Roku players in Canada

VMedia Roku

For $17.95 a month, Canadians can stream 20 live HD channels via VMedia TV on a Roku device.

Canadian cable, Internet and home phone service provider VMedia Inc. is now offering a live TV streaming service for Roku devices in Canada.

VMedia TV is a “skinny” package that offers subscribers 20 live HD channels, including CTV, CBC, Citytv and Global, along with American networks like CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS. Users can also watch shows they missed over the last week with VMedia’s cloud-based “look back” feature.

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“VMedia’s mission is to make the live TV experience enjoyable, affordable and accessible – we aim to keep live TV an important part of everyone’s entertainment universe,” Alexei Tchernobrivets, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VMedia, said in a statement.

Canadians can try VMedia TV for seven days by registering directly through the Roku Store on a Roku player, such as the Roku 3, or on a Roku TV. The service costs $17.95 per month once the 7-day trial ends and customers can cancel anytime.

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“Adding VMedia TV to the Roku Channel Store is great news for our Canadian customers. It enables them to watch live TV, from Canadian and US TV channels they are accustomed to, in addition to the wealth of on-demand entertainment our platform offers,” Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, director content acquisition at Roku, said in a release.

For more information on VMedia TV on Roku devices, visit vmedia.ca.

Are you interested in a skinny live streaming TV service like VMedia TV? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

You can now stream CraveTV on the XBOX One

CraveTV

Many popular TV shows, like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Seinfeld’, are available to stream on CraveTV.

Canadian XBOX One users just got a lot more video content as Bell’s CraveTV is now available for subscribers to stream via the gaming system.

“XBOX One delivers an amazing user experience with a user-friendly design, elevating the CraveTV experience for subscribers,” Domenic Vivolo, President of Content Sales, Marketing, and Digital Products at Bell Media said in a press release.

RELATED: CraveTV now available to all Canadians

After downloading the CraveTV app to the XBOX One, subscribers of the service will be able to instantly stream straight from the homescreen, giving them easy access to the content they want to watch.

“Our commitment to bring CraveTV to Canadians on the platform of their choosing continues with today’s launch on XBOX One,” Vivolo said.

The service, which costs $7.99 a month, features premium television content from the likes of HBO and Showtime. Popular shows, such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Entourage, South Park and CSI are available to stream, along with original programming like the hilarious Letterkenny and Jason Reitman’s Casual. In total, the service offers over 300 series, 500 specials and documentaries and 20 curated collections.

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CraveTV is also available to stream online at cravetv.ca, on iOS, Android and Windows 8.1 devices, via Google’s Chromecast, the Apple TV and select Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. It’s also available through cable and satellite set-top boxes from providers like Bell, Telus, EastLink and SaskTel.

CraveTV competitor shomi, owned by Rogers and Shaw, is also available to stream on the XBOX One.

Are you excited to stream CraveTV via the XBOX One? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

CraveTV now available to all Canadians

CraveTV

Many popular TV shows, like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Seinfeld’, are available to stream on CraveTV.

You no longer need a TV subscription to sign-up for Bell’s CraveTV streaming service, the company announced Thursday.

The service, which features exclusive content from HBO and Showtime, is now open to all Canadians for $7.99 per month.

“We’re very proud to enter into the next phase of this incredible service, offering the most premium TV content in Canada at the best price,” said Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke in a press release.

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CraveTV is available to stream online at cravetv.ca, on iOS, Android and Windows 8.1 devices, via Google’s Chromecast, the Apple TV and select Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. It’s also available through cable and satellite set-top boxes from providers like Bell, Telus, EastLink and SaskTel.

Unlike other streaming services, CraveTV focuses on television content over movies and includes episodes of popular shows such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Entourage, South Park, Cheers, CSI and Seinfeld. In total, they offer over 300 series and 500 specials and documentaries, along with 20 curated collections.

“Some of the best television in recent memory is available on CraveTV, and we’re delighted all Canadians with access to the Internet will have a chance to discover and enjoy this content, when they want, on the device of their choice,” Turcke said in the release.

Bell also announced Thursday that they will be adding more HBO content, with episodes of The Jinx, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom coming to the service soon, and that they will be streaming episodes of Showtime’s new series Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, on the same day and date they air in the U.S.

WATCH: Trailer for Showtime’s new series Billions

Canadians can try CraveTV by signing up for a free one-month trial at cravetv.ca. After the trial it’s $7.99 per month.

The Rogers-Shaw owned streaming service shomi became available to all Canadians last August with an $8.99 monthly fee.

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