This image provided by Google shows the Chromecast.  The Chromecast is an odd hybrid gateway to relay streaming video from your laptop, phone or tablet to the TV.  (Google via AP)

There are plenty of ways to get streaming video onto your big living-room screen. Internet-connected “smart” TVs and gaming consoles such as the Xbox or PlayStation can do the trick. But stand-alone devices tend to offer more features and more video services to choose from.

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This photo provided by CBS Films and Lionsgate shows, Jake Lacy, left, as Joe, and Olivia Wilde as Eleanor, in "Love the Coopers," released by CBS Films and Lionsgate. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 13, 2015.  (Suzanne Tenner/CBS Films/Lionsgate via AP)

Modern holiday movies, with their aggressively unhappy families and sanitized Hallmark sentimentality, occupy an interesting space in entertainment. Big, starry ensemble casts assemble to fight and laugh and cry and realize something profound about life, love and the season of giving with a backdrop of magazine perfect interiors, idyllic snowfall and a soundtrack of perfectly curated carols.

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In this image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions, Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, "Spectre." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2015. (Jonathan Olley/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP)

LOS ANGELES | It took the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie” reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare, including buzzy limited-release titles like “Spotlight.” “Spectre” took an easy first-place spot […]

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Taran Killam, left,  Republican presidential candidate and guest host Donald Trump, center, and Darrell Hammond perform during the monologue on "Saturday Night Live", Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Trump's 90 minutes in the "SNL" spotlight followed weeks of growing anticipation, increasingly sharp criticism and mounting calls for him to be dropped from the show.  (Dana Edelson/NBC via AP)

NEW YORK | Donald Trump hadn’t gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of “You’re a racist!” But the “heckler” was comedian Larry David, who before Trump arrived onstage had been seen impersonating Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. “Larry, what are you doing?” Trump asked with a […]

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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, director Quentin Tarantino, center, participates in a rally to protest against police brutality in New York. Calls by police groups to boycott Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” are putting pressure on one of December’s most anticipated releases and inserting one of Hollywood’s top directors into a pitched cultural battle.In recent days, a growing number of police groups have called for the boycott of the upcoming Weinstein Co. release.  (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

“The time and place will come up and we’ll try to hurt him the only way that seems to matter to him, and that’s economically,” said Pasco. He said this event could happen anytime between now and the premiere of “The Hateful Eight,” which opens Christmas Day.

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