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How to watch the NHL without cable – the 2021-22 hockey season begins on October 12

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  • The 2021-22 NHL season begins on October 12 with a full schedule of 82 games for each team.
  • ESPN, ABC, and TNT will carry national NHL broadcasts, while ESPN+ and Hulu will stream exclusive games.
  • We suggest pairing ESPN+ with a live TV streaming service like Sling to watch the NHL without cable.
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The 2021-22 NHL season starts on October 12, just three months after the conclusion of the most recent Stanley Cup Finals. ESPN, ABC, and TNT will handle national NHL broadcasts instead of NBC Sports this season, and select games will stream on ESPN+ and Hulu.

After a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHL teams will return to a full 82-game schedule for 2021-22. ESPN and ABC will broadcast a combined total of 28 exclusive games during the regular season. ESPN+ and Hulu will stream 75 exclusive games, and ESPN+ will also offer more than 1,000 out of market matches. TNT will broadcast NHL games on Wednesday nights, and it will offer Sunday afternoon games in March and April.

The opening games of the season feature the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Seattle Kraken versus the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Both games will broadcast on October 12 via ESPN and ESPN+, with the first game starting in Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the second starting in Las Vegas at 10 p.m. ET.

How to watch the 2021-22 NHL season

There are several services hockey fans can subscribe to in order to watch NHL games throughout the season. The league switched national broadcasts partners this year, moving from NBC and NBC sports to ESPN, ABC, and TNT. Local affiliates vary by team; some teams air on local TV without cable, while others, like the New York Rangers and Islanders, have cable exclusive partners.

To catch every nationally televised games without cable, you'll need a subscription to a streaming service with live TV access to ESPN and TNT. At $35 a month, we think Sling TV Blue offers the best value for the channels and content you can access. And for an additional $11 a month, you can add the Sports Extra package which includes the NHL Network where you can watch additional out-of-market games.

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Outside of nationally televised games on ESPN and TNT, you can also stream a ton of NHL games through ESPN+ and Hulu. Both services will stream the same lineup of 75 regular season games. You can see a full schedule on ESPN's site.

In addition, ESPN+ plans to offer more than 1,000 out of market games during the regular season on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

ESPN+ costs $7 a month, making it a great option for NHL fans who want more to watch than their local team; subscribers also get access to UFC and other sporting events.

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How to watch Major League Baseball – the top 8 teams face off in the Division Series playoffs

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  • The 2021 MLB Playoffs continue with the ALDS and NLDS featuring the top eight teams in baseball.
  • Playoff games are broadcast nationally by ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, TBS, and MLBN.
  • You can also catch out-of-market regular season games through ESPN+ and MLB TV.
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The 2021 MLB Playoffs began with the AL Wild Card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on October 5, and the NL Wild Card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on October 6.

The Red Sox and Dodgers won their single elimination games, placing them in the Divisional Series against the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants, respectively. The Giants and Dodgers were separated by just one game in the NL West standings at the end of the season, and the winner of their series is a favorite to win this year's World Series.

The Chicago White Sox are facing off against the Houston Astros in the other ALDS series, while the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers will round out the NLDS round of the playoffs.

Every MLB playoff game will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports 1, TBS, or MLB Network, but you'll need to subscribe to a cable provider or live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Sling TV, or DirecTV Stream to watch them all.

MLB divisional round schedule

Teams in the divisional series will play a first-to-three wins format, meaning each series can last for up to five games. The next round of the playoffs and the World Series use a first-to-four win format, allowing for seven game series.

TeamsDate and timeNational broadcast/stream
Chicago White Sox at Houston AstrosOctober 8, 2:07 p.m. ETMLB Network
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee BrewersOctober 8, 4:37 p.m. ETTBS
Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay RaysOctober 8, 7:02 p.m. ETFox Sports 1
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsOctober 8, 9:37 p.m. ETTBS
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee BrewersOctober 9, 5:07 p.m. ETTBS
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsOctober 9, 9:07 p.m. ETTBS
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red SoxOctober 10, 4:07 p.m. ETMLB Network
Houston Astros at Chicago White SoxOctober 10, 8:07 p.m. ETFox Sports 1
Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta BravesOctober 11, 1:07 p.m. ETTBS
Houston Astros at Chicago White SoxOctober 11, 3:37 p.m. ETFS1
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red SoxOctober 11, 7:07 p.m. ETFS1
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles DodgersOctober 11, 9:37 p.m. ETTBS

Where to watch MLB playoff streams

MLB playoff games are spread across channels like TBS, MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and Fox. The World Series will be shown only on Fox. If you don't have cable you can stream these stations with a subscription to a live TV streaming service.

To help narrow down your options, we compiled the best streaming services you can use to watch the MLB playoffs live.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream features Fox, MLB Network, TBS, FS1, and ESPN in most of its plans. The cheapest plan with all five channels is the DirecTV Stream Choice plan for $85 a month. The Choice plan also gives you access to several regional sports networks for local regular season games that aren't broadcast nationally.

DirecTV Stream provides local coverage for 20 of MLB's 30 teams, according to a spokesperson from the service. You can check to see if DirecTV Stream covers your regional sports network with this lookup tool.

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YouTube TV

One of the most comprehensive options for streaming MLB games is YouTube TV. The service costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS,and MLB Network, as well as some regional sports networks depending on your area.

YouTube TV also includes an option to watch out-of-market games via the MLB TV add-on for an extra fee. This means you can watch a mix of local games, nationally televised games, and out-of-market games all in one place.

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Sling TV

Another option for MLB games is Sling TV. Sling Blue ($35/month) includes access to Fox (in select markets), FS1, and TBS. Sling Orange ($35/month), on the other hand, offers live access to ESPN and TBS. You can combine both Sling Blue and Sling Orange for $50 a month. You can also add MLB Network via Sling's Sports Extra package for an additional $15 a month.

This combo will get you Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network for $65 a month. Please note that Fox only airs in select markets, primarily in major US cities, via Sling TV.

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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live features several channels with MLB games, including ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS. The service costs $65/month ($55/month for your first three months) and includes access to Hulu's entire on-demand library. That said, Hulu + Live TV is missing MLB Network.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV also offers a package that will get you most of the channels you need for national MLB games. The streaming service's Starter plan ($65/month) has over 100 channels, including Fox, FS1, and ESPN. Fubo TV also offers access to MLB Network with its Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on for $11 a month. There's also a few regional sports networks in select areas. On the downside, Fubo TV is missing TBS.

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Apple TV Plus has a packed lineup set for fall – here’s a list of all the upcoming shows and movies

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Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell in "The Shrink Next Door" premiering November 12 on Apple TV Plus.
  • Apple TV Plus showcased its fall slate of movies and shows at the iPhone 13 event on September 14.
  • Premieres include "The Problem with Jon Stewart" and movies starring Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali.
  • Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month or $50 per year; new members get a free seven-day trial.
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Apple TV Plus has a stacked lineup ready for Fall 2021, building off the successful second season of "Ted Lasso," which premiered on July 23. The service will celebrate its third anniversary this fall and welcomes a mix of new and returning content to its slate, from the second season of "The Morning Show" to feature-length films starring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali.

Apple showed off a sizzle reel of its upcoming original programs during its iPhone 13 launch event on September 14. Apple TV Plus will offer more than 75 exclusive movies and shows by the end of 2021, and The Information reports that Apple plans to spend as much as $500 million marketing its original content this year.

Below, we've compiled a list of the movies and shows premiering on Apple TV Plus through the end of 2021. That includes shows returning for subsequent seasons, like "The Morning Show" and "Dickinson."

'The Morning Show' - September 17
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"The Morning Show" debuted as one of Apple TV Plus' top dramas, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starring as co-hosts of a fictional television news show. The two women work to defend their jobs and navigate a hostile industry. Billy Crudup returns in a supporting role that won him an Emmy in 2020, along with Steve Carell. The second season premiered on September 17, and you can stream new episodes every Friday.

'Foundation' - September 24
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"Foundation" is an adaptation of science fiction author Isaac Asimov's influential book series about a galactic empire in decline. The story spans more than 1,000 years and explores the human factors that lead to the rise and fall of civilizations. David S. Goyer, writer of "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," serves as executive producer and showrunner. The first two episodes will debut on September 24.

'The Problem with Jon Stewart' - September 30
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Jon Stewart earned his fame as the host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central for more than 15 years. His new Apple TV Plus show will see him taking on a different subject in current events during each hour-long episode, which include segments filmed in front of a live audience. The show premieres September 30 and will be accompanied by a podcast.

'The Velvet Underground' - October 15
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Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes directs this feature-length film about the New York City rock band that influenced a generation of artists. Though The Velvet Underground was not as commercially successful as other bands during the late 1960s, their unique sound remains culturally significant decades later. The documentary will be available on Apple TV Plus on October 15.

'Invasion' - October 22
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"Invasion" tells the story of aliens coming to Earth from the perspectives of different people around the world. The 10-episode series was co-created by X-Men movie franchise producer Simon Kinberg and David Weil, who previously collaborated on the 2019 reboot of "The Twilight Zone."

'Swagger' - October 29
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"Swagger" is a basketball drama inspired by the early years of NBA superstar Kevin Durant. It's written, directed, and produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood, producer of the Fox miniseries "Shots Fired." The series will premiere October 29.

'Finch' - November 5
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Tom Hanks stars in this post-apocalyptic drama that was originally intended for a theatrical release before the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanks plays the last man alive on Earth, joined by a robot of his creation. The film will be available on Apple TV Plus starting November 5. Apple also purchased the rights to the Hanks-led "Greyhound" in 2020, which received critical acclaim despite its streaming-only release.

'Dickinson' - November 5
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"Dickinson" was one of the first original shows on Apple TV Plus and it will come to a close with its third season starting November 5. Hailee Steinfeld stars as young poet Emily Dickinson in this coming of age series set in the mid-19th century. The first season earned a Peabody Award for entertainment in 2019, the first received by an Apple TV show.

'The Shrink Next Door' - November 12
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Based on the podcast of the same name, "The Shrink Next Door" is a dark comedy series starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Rudd plays Dr. Isaac Herschkopf, a real-life psychiatrist accused of exploiting his patient's lives for personal gain, like Marty Markowitz, played by Will Ferrell. The eight-episode series will premiere on November 12. The 10-episode podcast is available in full from Wondery.

'Swan Song' - December 17
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In "Swan Song," a father with a terminal illness is given the opportunity to replace himself with a healthy but otherwise identical clone. Star Mahershala Ali also serves as a producer, with a cast that includes Naomie Harris, Glenn Close and Awkwafina. "Swan Song" will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV Plus on December 17.

How to sign up for Apple TV Plus
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Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month or $50 per year; Apple offers a seven-day trial for new subscribers, and the subscription can be shared with up to six family members on Apple devices.

The Apple TV Plus app is also available on streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and LG, Samsung, Vizio, and Sony smart TVs.

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Holyfield faces Belfort in a PPV boxing match this Saturday with live commentary from former President Trump – here’s how to watch

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  • Evander Holyfield will box Vitor Belfort in a pay-per-view (PPV) match on September 11.
  • Former President Donald Trump will provide optional commentary for the fight.
  • The event costs $50 and is streaming exclusively through Fite.TV starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in an eight-round boxing match on September 11. The match will be held at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Holyfield vs. Belfort is a $50 pay-per-view (PPV) event with optional commentary from former President Donald Trump. Coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET with a fight card that also includes UFC veterans Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz.

Holyfield is a late replacement for boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was hospitalized with a breakthrough case of COVID-19 in early September. The 58-year-old Holyfield's last professional fight was in 2011, and according to ESPN, the California State Athletic Commission wouldn't sanction his fight against Belfort, leading promoters to move the event to Florida. Belfort is 44-years-old and last fought in UFC in 2018; his only professional boxing match came in 2006.

Along with the fight card, the Fite.TV PPV includes a post-event concert performed by rapper 6ix9ine. There will also be performances in between fights by Brazilian popstar Anitta, Cuban group Gente de Zona, and Latino star Lunay.

How to watch Holyfield vs. Belfort

Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort will be available to watch as a $50 PPV event streamed by Fite.TV. Buyers can purchase the fight with or without guest commentary from former President Donald Trump.

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Holyfield vs. Belfort is a one-time purchase, so you don't need a subscription to watch the event with the Fite.TV app or via the official Fite.TV website. The Fite.TV app is available on Android and Apple mobile devices, and streaming players like Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox. You can also stream through a web browser on a computer or laptop.

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David Haye versus Joe Fournier

Andy Vences versus Jono Carroll

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Evander Holyfield versus Vitor Belfort

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Watch YouTuber Jake Paul return to the boxing ring to fight former UFC champ Tyron Woodley in a PPV match this Sunday

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Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley face off during a press conference before their cruiserweight fight on August 29.
  • YouTuber Jake Paul will box former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on August 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Paul vs. Woodley is a $60 pay-per-view (PPV) event broadcasting at 8 p.m. ET on Fite.TV and Showtime.
  • The PPV will also include three undercard matches and a co-main event fight.
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YouTube star turned boxer Jake Paul will face former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a pay-per-view (PPV) boxing match on August 29. The $60 PPV event starts at 8 p.m. ET and will be streamed live via Showtime and Fite.TV.

Paul has won all three of his boxing matches by knockout so far, though two of those matches were against non-fighters, like former NBA player Nate Robinson. In his last fight, Paul knocked out mixed martial artist Ben Askren in less than two minutes, but Askren was also on the receiving end of the fastest knockout in UFC history.

Woodley held UFC's welterweight championship belt from July 2016 to March 2019 but lost his last four fights. Now 39-years-old, Woodley is no longer under contract with UFC but his manager, Malki Kawa, said he'll likely earn "a multi-million dollar payday" for fighting Paul. When he was UFC champ, Woodley earned $500,000 for defending the belt.

Paul's older brother, Logan Paul, fought undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition back in June, but Jake's fight against Woodley will be an officially sanctioned cruiserweight match with a 190lb weight limit. Woodley is shorter than Paul and typically fought at 170lbs in UFC, so Paul will enter the fight with a size advantage.

Legendary boxing trainer and analyst Teddy Atlas said he expects Paul to knock out Woodley thanks to his prior experience in the boxing ring, Woodley's style as a mixed martial artist, and the age and physical disparities between the two fighters.

How to watch Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley

Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley will be available as a $60 pay-per-view event streamed by Fite.TV and Showtime. You don't need a subscription to Showtime to purchase the pay-per-view. You can also buy the fight through most pay-TV cable and satellite providers, including Xfinity, Verizon Fios TV, and more.

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The Showtime and Fite.TV apps are both available on computers, Android and Apple phones and tablets, and streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Xbox.

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The Paul vs. Woodley pay-per-view event will start at 8 p.m. ET on August 29 and is scheduled to include six fights in total.

The broadcast team will reportedly include Showtime host Brian Custer, Logan Paul, and Bellator featherweight champion A.J. McKee. Other media content will be provided by Barstool Sports.

Fite.TV will also stream several free events leading up to the pay-per-view, including the weigh-in on August 28 at 5 p.m. ET and a pre-show before the fight at 7 p.m. ET on August 29.

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  • Charles Conwell versus Juan Carlos Rubio
  • Tommy Fury versus Anthony Taylor
  • Ivan Baranchyk versus Montana Love
  • Daniel Dubois versus Joe Cusumano
  • Amanda Serrano versus Yamileth Mercado
  • Jake Paul versus Tyron Woodley
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Where to buy an Nvidia or AMD graphics card – select Best Buy stores will have Nvidia RTX 30 cards in stock on August 26

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Nvidia's RTX 30 series graphics cards launched in September 2020, but they've been nearly impossible to find in stores.
  • New Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have driven a PC gaming boom amid an international chip shortage.
  • RTX 30 and RX 6000 series cards are made at a variety of price points and performance levels.
  • Best Buy will sell RTX 30 cards on August 26 at select retail locations.
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The computer graphics cards designed by Nvidia and AMD serve as the heart of a gaming PC, with cards at a wide range of prices offering increasing levels of image quality and rendering speed.

As home-built gaming computers become more common, demand for individually sold graphics cards has spiked dramatically, leaving most stores out of stock on a day-to-day basis. Just a few retailers, like Microcenter, Best Buy, and Newegg, have advertised restocks.

Best Buy is planning to offer Nvidia RTX 30 series graphics cards at specific stores on August 26. You'll have to check this list to see which stores will have graphic cards in stock. Best Buy employees will start handing out tickets to customers in line starting at 7:30 a.m. local time.

To help you make the best graphics card purchase without overpaying, we've broken down the ins and outs of Nvidia's RTX 30 and AMD's RX 6000 series products. That said, it's important to remember that stock remains hard to come by for all the models we've listed, so prices above MSRP are likely unavoidable for the time being.

The starting prices we've listed are for reference so you can decide whether any higher prices you may come across are worth the premium. We'll update this page with more buying options and restock alerts as they're announced.

Nvidia RTX 30 series graphics cards

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Nvidia's RTX 3060ti graphics card.

Nvidia has described the demand for its latest series of RTX 30 graphics cards as "unprecedented." Seven different cards have joined the RTX 30 line since September 2020, with recommended prices ranging from $329 to $1,500.

Priced at about $700, the RTX 3080 is an ideal choice for most people that will meet the needs of all but the most hardcore PC gaming enthusiasts. The $400 RTX 3060 Ti is a perfect pick for midrange and budget PCs, delivering excellent performance at 1080p, but struggling when pushed to 4K.

Nvidia graphics cards also have excellent software features and developer support that can benefit gamers who stream or record their gameplay for YouTube and Twitch. Nvidia's exclusive DLSS software helps improve performance in certain games by using artificial intelligence to upscale visuals.

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Starting price

Target resolution and refresh rate

RTX 3060

$329

1080p/60hz

RTX 3060 Ti

$399

1080p/144hz

RTX 3070

$499

1440p/60hz

RTX 3070 Ti

$599

1440p/144hz

RTX 3080

$699

1440p/144hz or 4K/60hz

RTX 3080 Ti

$1,199

4K/144hz

RTX 3090

$1,500

4K/144hz

AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards

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The AMD RX 6800XT was released in November 2020.

AMD's graphics cards aren't quite as popular as Nvidia's, but they boast plenty of power and are generally less expensive than their RTX counterparts. AMD cards get an additional performance boost when paired with AMD processors, which compete with Intel as the most popular gaming CPUs, and are generally more cost effective.

At $649 AMD Radeon 6800XT offers comparable performance to the RTX 3080 for $50 less, while the $579 AMD RX 6800 is a parallel to the $599 RTX 3070ti. The $999 Radeon RX 6900XT outperforms the $1,500 RTX 3090 in some games, but AMD's cards struggle with some newer features, like ray traced lighting and AI-powered resolution scaling.

Certain newly released games with those features will likely run slightly better on Nvidia hardware until AMD develops its own solutions to boost performance. On the other hand, some popular titles like "Borderlands 3" run better on AMD devices, so the performance differences will vary depending on your choice of games.

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Starting price

Target resolution and refresh rate

Radeon RX 6700XT

$479

1440p/60hz

Radeon RX 6800

$579

1440p/60hz

Radeon RX 6800XT

$649

1440p/144hz or 4K/60hz

Radeon RX 6900XT

$999

4K/60hz

Where to buy an Nvidia or AMD graphics card

Recommended retailers for an Nvidia or AMD graphics card include Microcenter, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon (Nvidia, AMD). Unfortunately, inventory remains sold out at most store, but restocks occur from time to time. AMD also sell units from its own online store, and Nvidia has a tool for checking stock at other retailers.

Best Buy will sell RTX 30 cards on August 26 at select retail locations. You can check to see if your local store will carry inventory at Best Buy's website. Best Buy employees will hand out tickets to customers in line at 7:30 a.m. local time on August 26. Customers who receive a ticket will be able to purchase a card once the store opens.

If you're on the hunt for an Nvidia or AMD graphics card online we recommend checking these landing pages on a regular basis:

Manufacturer EVGA is also offering a virtual waitlist via its website, so you can choose to be contacted by email when stock is available. However, the EVGA waitlist is months long, and the RTX 3080 and RTX 3060ti are in especially high demand.

How to shop for a graphics card

New graphics cards are incredibly hard to buy right now due to an international chip shortage that began in 2020. Resellers are charging far more than retail price on eBay and Amazon and even older cards are selling for above market rate. Given the current market situation it may be more affordable to shop for a pre-built gaming PC or laptop, rather than buying a graphics card separately and building your own.

Prices for the same cards can vary between manufacturers, with upgrades like extra cooling fans or RGB lighting increasing the cost. Graphics cards shipped were also impacted by a US tariff increase that arrived in early 2021, leading manufacturers to increase their prices by $70 to $300 more than what RTX 30 series and AMD 6000 series cards originally sold for in fall 2020.

What to know before buying a graphics card

The graphics card might be the most important part of building a gaming PC, as it will likely determine your computer's peak performance. However, the more you spend on a graphics card, the more you'll need to spend on other parts to make sure you're not limiting its potential.

Even a $1,500 graphics card like the RTX 3090 can struggle if paired with an old processor or motherboard, so be sure to make sure the components in your PC are all modern and compatible before spending most of your budget on a graphics card.

Specifically, you should make sure your power supply can deliver requirements for your card of choice, and you should see if your motherboard supports PCI 4.0. A weak CPU can create a bottleneck that limits the overall speed of your gaming computer too, so don't overspend on your graphics card if you can't upgrade your CPU to a similar quality.

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‘Madden NFL 22’ shines on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but the franchise is still getting stale

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"Madden NFL 22" is the first "Madden" game to launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
  • "Madden NFL 22" is now available for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Multiple gameplay styles will satisfy sports fans of all types, and some new next-gen features add value.
  • But, while "Madden" fans will appreciate the upgrades, the series has started to show its age.
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"Madden NFL 22," the latest entry in EA's series of football games, is now available worldwide on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, PC, and Google's Stadia. As usual, the launch of "Madden" coincides with the start of the NFL season; Super Bowl LV MVP Tom Brady and Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes are this year's cover stars.

EA is the NFL's exclusive partner for football simulation games, a deal that began in 2005 and will continue through at least 2026. Football fans have driven "Madden" to the top of the annual sales charts for more than two decades, with each year's new release offering updated rosters and improved features to bring the game closer to the real sport.

However, EA's annual release schedule for "Madden" has come under increased scrutiny as more games adopt live online services to support and monetize the same title for years. While "Madden" was one of the first games to adopt weekly updates for online play, the yearly launch cycle means major issues are often left unaddressed until the next release.

"Madden NFL 22" brings meaningful improvements to the series but, even though I appreciate these new features, some areas show signs of neglect. "Madden" offers a lot of variety to satisfy football fans, but as a gamer who has followed the series from Genesis, it feels like the current version of "Madden" lacks the focus to grow beyond its aging formula.

Below, we've detailed some of the biggest quality of life changes in "Madden NFL 22," highlighting why the game is still worth buying for football fans. That said, I think competition from another football simulation game could help motivate "Madden" to make more aggressive changes.

The jump to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X sets 'Madden NFL 22' apart from its predecessors

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Unique home field advantage for each team and real-time crowd momentum are two of the biggest additions in "Madden 22."

Last year's "Madden" was released before the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, so "Madden NFL 22" represents a full leap to next-gen consoles, and it doesn't disappoint.

In-game player models, animations, and the overall presentation have been noticeably improved. The solid state drives used in next-gen consoles lead to better loading times across the board, making things like highlight videos appear faster between plays.

Many of the game's next-gen features are designed to make the on-field gameplay feel more impactful, an experience EA calls Dynamic Gameday. Each NFL team now has a special home field advantage that will impact gameplay; the crowd will react as either team builds momentum, and the players and coaches on the field will respond in turn.

These features work well with the game's returning Superstar X-factor feature, which emphasizes the strengths of star players on the field. For gamers who are less familiar with the NFL, Dynamic Gameday and X-factor demonstrate what makes each team special, and the differences in matchups are immediately felt.

'Madden NFL 22' offers 3 styles of gameplay and an even wider range of modes

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"Madden NFL 22" reaches new heights with its graphics and overall presentation.

"Madden" has separated its gameplay into three main categories: simulation, arcade, and competitive. While the core controls and presentation don't change between the three settings, they still greatly impact how "Madden" feels to play, and demonstrate the wide range of players the series wants to cater to.

Simulation seeks to bring the game as close to the real sport as possible, with EA going so far as to incorporate real player data and metrics - a feature "Madden" calls Next-Gen Stats.

Competitive "Madden" players expect the gameplay to remain consistent from year to year and are the game's most active critics, even as they help build up the "Madden" esports community.

The arcade mode is simply designed to let casual players pick up the game and play without worrying about the fine details of football.

Satisfying these three diverging paths of authenticity, competition, and just plain fun is a difficult balancing act. I feel that EA would be better served by focusing on one or two styles of gameplay rather than having three separate experiences that don't see much growth year to year.

In addition to the three main styles, players can split their time between an ever-growing variety of modes in "Madden NFL 22." This year's game allows you to create and develop a defensive player for the first time in the Face of the Franchise campaign mode. The Yard, a six-on-six football mode introduced last year, allows players to take on specific challenges with a friend, and progression extends to Face of the Franchise mode.

Classic modes like Franchise and Career have also gotten long-requested improvements with new cut scenes and better team management features. The popular Ultimate Team mode seems largely unchanged, but it does make use of Next-Gen Stats and Dynamic Gameday features.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of 'Madden NFL 22' are missing this year's most important upgrades

We didn't get a chance to play the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions of "Madden NFL 22" before launch, but they did receive some quality of life improvements. Unfortunately, impactful features like Dynamic Gameplay and Next-Gen Stats aren't present on older consoles, so the game will likely feel even more similar to "Madden NFL 21."

While next-gen features captured my interest in "Madden NFL 22," it's hard to recommend buying the game in its current state on PS4 or Xbox One, unless you're already a dedicated player who loves to play online. If you want the option to upgrade a PS4 or Xbox One version to its next-gen version later on, you'll have to buy the more expensive Dynasty or MVP edition of "Madden NFL 22."

'Madden NFL 22' will satisfy football fans and newcomers on next-gen systems, but the series has started to show its age

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New features like the weekly strategy menu are welcome in "Madden 22," but not much of a gamechanger.

The idea that "Madden" has worn out its bestselling formula is not new, and it won't stop millions of gamers from buying and enjoying "Madden NFL 22" the same way they have in the past. After all, EA has exclusive rights from the NFL.

But with the franchise entering yet another generation of consoles, "Madden" has resisted making drastic changes that would refresh the experience entirely. With no competitor to challenge "Madden" as the top football game, there's little incentive for EA to change course.

That said, "Madden NFL 22" does offer a wide variety of gameplay that will satisfy sports fans of all types, and the improvements on next-gen consoles make it a worthwhile upgrade from "Madden NFL 21."

'Madden NFL 22' MVP and Deluxe edition differences

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"Madden NFL 22" launched with three versions: an MVP Edition for $100, a Dynasty Edition for $120, and the standard edition, which costs $70 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and $60 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

If you want to upgrade your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One copy of "Madden NFL 22" at a later date, you'll need to buy the $100 MVP edition, which will let you access the game on next-gen consoles with dual entitlement.

The MVP Edition comes with 40 franchise staff points, extra player progression points in The Yard and Face of the Franchise, a Tom Brady gear capsule, 11 team fantasy card packs, and your choice of Brady or Patrick Mahomes elite item for Ultimate Team mode.

The $120 Dynasty Edition comes with all the MVP bonuses but offers a total of 100 franchise staff points, 22 fantasy team packs, and your choice of an NFL star for ultimate team mode.

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Watch Manny Pacquiao fight to reclaim his welterweight boxing title against Yordenis Ugas in a PPV match this Saturday

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Manny Pacquiao and WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas face off during a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena before their August 21 fight.
  • Manny Pacquiao will fight WBA "super" welterweight champ Yordenis Ugas on August 21 in Las Vegas.
  • Fite.TV and Fox Sports will stream the $75 pay-per-view live from the T-Mobile arena at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Ugas earned his belt after the WBA forced Pacquiao to vacate the title earlier this year.
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Manny Pacquiao will fight WBA "super" welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas during an August 21 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas. Fox Sports and Fite.TV will stream the PPV live from T-Mobile arena starting at 9 p.m. ET.

Ugas steps into the ring as a late replacement for WBC and IBF welterweight title holder Errol Spence Jr., who injured his eye while training. Pacquiao earned the WBA "super" welterweight title after winning his last fight against Keith Thurman in July 2019, but the WBA stripped Pacquiao of the title in 2021 and awarded it to Ugas.

Ugas has won his last three fights dating back to 2019, and Spence's injury will lead to Ugas making his first title defense against the former champion. Pacquiao, now 42-years-old, will also be fighting against age, but hasn't ruled out more fights after Ugas. Pacquiao was already the oldest WBA welterweight champion when he defeated Thurman at age 40.

With championships across eight weight classes, Pacquiao enters the fight as the betting favorite; for Ugas the fight could be career defining as he looks to secure his own legacy.

How to watch Pacquiao vs. Ugas

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Pacquiao vs. Ugas is a $75 pay-per-view event. You can order the fight through your TV provider to watch on cable, or purchase the match to stream through Fox Sports or Fite.TV. The event will start at 9 p.m. ET on August 21 with four scheduled fights.

Fite.TV is available through web browsers, mobile devices, Roku, Xbox consoles, Apple TV, and Chromecast. In addition to standalone PPV matches, Fite.TV offers a subscription service with on-demand access to select boxing, MMA, and Pro Wrestling events. Subscriptions cost $5 a month or $50 a year. That said, Pacquiao vs. Ugas must be purchased separately for $75 and is not included with a subscription.

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Meanwhile, the Fox Sports app is available on most smart devices, including Roku, Fire TV, Xbox, Android, Apple TV, iOS, and Windows computers. The Fox Sports boxing team includes former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, play-by-play announcer Brian Kenny, analyst Joe Goossen, and reporter Heidi Androl.

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  • Roberto Guerrero versus Victor Ortiz
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Watch Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa in Marvel’s ‘What If…?’ – a new animated series on Disney Plus

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Marvel's "What If...?" is narrated by The Watcher, a cosmic observer straight from the comics.
  • Marvel's "What If…?" premiered on Disney Plus on August 11 and will run for nine episodes.
  • The animated series explores alternate timelines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year.
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Marvel's "What If…?" is a new animated series that reimagines the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "What If...?" premiered on Disney Plus on August 11 and the first season will run for nine episodes.

"What If...?" features dozens of actors returning to voice their MCU roles, including the late Chadwick Boseman, star of "Black Panther." However, "What If...?" proposes an alternate reality where the origins of familiar heroes are fundamentally different, like Boseman's T'Challa becoming a member of the Ravagers gang from "Guardians of the Galaxy." Other returning MCU stars include Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Samuel L. Jackson, and more.

The debut episode of "What If...?" featured Hayley Atwell reprising her role as Peggy Carter during the events of "Captain America: The First Avenger," but Carter becomes a super soldier when the Steve Rodgers is injured. The second episode features Boseman's T'Challa leading a team of space pirates in place of Star Lord, the leader of The Guardians of the Galaxy.

Disney Plus exclusive shows, like "Loki," "WandaVision," and "The Falcon and the Winter Solider," have all had lasting impacts on the MCU, but it's unclear if the ideas explored in "What If…?" will expand beyond the series. Marvel executive producer Kevin Feige has already confirmed that a second season of "What If…?" is in production.

How to watch Marvel's 'What If…?' on Disney Plus

"What If…?" premiered on Disney Plus on August 11. New episodes debut every Wednesday at 3 a.m. ET, midnight PT. The first season of "What If…?" will run for nine episodes in total. Each episode is approximately 30 minutes long.

You can visit DisneyPlus.com or download the Disney Plus app to sign up for the service. Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 per year. If you're also interested in subscribing to Hulu or ESPN+, you can sign up for a discounted bundle starting at $14 a month.

The Disney Plus app is available on Apple devices, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and most smart TVs. Disney Plus includes support for 4K resolution and HDR (high dynamic range) contrast on compatible displays, as well as Dolby Atmos audio on supported systems.

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What other movies and shows can I watch on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is the streaming home of nearly every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it also has a huge library of classic kids' programming, hit movies from Pixar, documentaries from National Geographic, and franchises like "Star Wars" and "The Simpsons."

"What If…?" is the fourth Marvel show to debut on Disney Plus and will be followed by "Hawkeye" on November 24. Disney is also planning a full lineup of "Star Wars" shows for Disney Plus, following on the success of "The Mandalorian" and "Star Wars: The Bad Batch."

For more details, check out our full Disney Plus review.

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ starring LeBron James and the Looney Tunes leaves HBO Max this weekend

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"Space Jam: A New Legacy" stars LeBron James and the Looney Tunes.
  • "Space Jam: A New Legacy" premiered on HBO Max and in theaters on July 16.
  • NBA icon LeBron James and the Looney Tunes star in this sequel to the 1997 family film.
  • You need the ad-free HBO Max plan ($15/month) to stream new theatrical releases like "Space Jam 2."
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Nearly 25 years after the original "Space Jam" debuted, a sequel has finally arrived in theaters and on HBO Max. The new movie, titled "Space Jam: A New Legacy," premiered on July 16. You can stream it until August 16 at no extra cost with HBO Max's ad-free plan ($15/month).

The original movie starred basketball legend Michael Jordan, but the sequel features current NBA icon LeBron James as its new lead. In "Space Jam: A New Legacy," James teams up with Warner Bros' Looney Tunes characters for a basketball game against a group of digitized stars nicknamed the Goon Squad. The fate of James' son, played by actor Cedric Joe, and the Looney Tunes themselves, will be decided by the outcome of the game.

Much like the original "Space Jam," the Goon Squad characters are inspired by real NBA and WNBA players, including Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Diana Taurasi, and Nneka Ogwumike. "Space Jam: A New Legacy" also stars Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Where to watch 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16. To watch the movie at home, you'll need the ad-free HBO Max plan. "Space Jam: A New Legacy" is available to stream until August 16.

The HBO Max ad-free plan costs $15 a month for on-demand access to thousands of movies and TV shows. A cheaper, ad-supported plan is available for $10 a month, but it doesn't include Warner's theatrical releases.

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You can watch HBO Max using the dedicated app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, Chromecast, and most smart TVs. You can also visit HBOMax.com to stream via your computer browser.

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" is available to stream in 4K with support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10 formats on compatible devices.

What else is coming to HBO Max?

Warner Bros. will continue to bring its new theatrical releases to HBO Max throughout 2021. "The Suicide Squad" will arrive on August 6 while "The Many Saints of Newark," a prequel film to HBO's "The Sopranos," will be released on October 1. "Malignant," a new horror movie by "The Conjuring" producer James Wan, is due out in September.

The service is also home to several original series, including a brand-new reboot of "Gossip Girl."

You can find more details on HBO Max in our full HBO Max guide and our HBO Max review.

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