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Consumer Reports August 2017: Cable vs. Streaming

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From flooring to fitness, the August issue of Consumer Reports has it covered. Read on for a few of the topics included  in this issue. 

TV viewing options

Until recently, cable TV was the best option for viewing many of the TV channels we like. Now, there are other options. “Does Anyone Still Need Cable?” discusses the online streaming services currently available, including DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV, prices, what they include, and what they don’t include. The article also discusses net neutrality rules and rates for TV and internet providers.

Fitness trackers

Do you use a fitness tracker as part of your exercise routine? If so, does it help you reach your goals–losing weight, feeling healthier overall, etc.? Along with tracking your steps, some devices can also estimate your heart rate, hours slept and calories burned. Check out the reviews for fitness trackers in this month’s issue.

Home insurance

Most people don’t think about the type of homeowner insurance they have–until a disaster happens. “What You Don’t Know About Home Insurance” lists ten insurance surprises, good and bad, that you should watch out for. It also includes ratings for 15 home insurers, based on a recent Consumer Reports survey of over 7,000 subscribers.


Most of us would love to have hardwood flooring in our homes, but it’s often not affordable, and not practical for some rooms such as the kitchen or laundry room. Check out the article “The Right Flooring for Every Room” for hints on the types of flooring (wood, tile, laminate, vinyl) that might work in different rooms and ratings for each.

The following topics and products are also covered in this issue:

  • Ratings for washer-dryer sets 
  • Ratings for  whole-milk yogurt
  • Safety technologies for automobiles, such as forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rearview cameras
  • Ratings for compact SUVs and luxury entry-level SUVs

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2011 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your Fauquier County Public Library card. You can also see past summaries of Consumer Reports prepared by library staff online.

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