The Super Bowl is fun to watch for some, but if you’re not pumped about the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams, you may be more interested in the big game’s fluffier versions also happening on Sunday: The Puppy Bowl and the Kitten Bowl.
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The best part about these delightful broadcasts is you don’t need a cable subscription to watch. Below, we’ve explained how you can stream both of them online for free, but if you do want to check in on the Super Bowl from time to time, like maybe to see those crazy-expensive ads, go here for information about how to watch that online.
This is ZDNet’s guide to streaming all the furbeast Bowls.
When is the Puppy Bowl?
The Puppy Bowl XV starts Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at 3pm ET. It’s slated to be a two-hour event.
This year’s Puppy Bowl has a starting lineup that includes 39 puppies, with Team Ruff going up against Team Fluff. In total, 93 little floofs will compete from 51 shelters across the US, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. Like past years, all the puppies featured are adoptable. If you’re looking to adopt, Animal Planet has recommended using Petfinder.
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How to stream the Puppy Bowl online
You need a cable subscription that includes Animal Planet to watch the Puppy Bowl the traditional route. However, there are skinny streaming packages available that offer a cable-like experience for less. Many even have free trials, so you can sign up on Sunday, watch the Bowl in real time, and then cancel the subscription before you get charged.
Here are some popular services that offer free trials along with access to Animal Planet.
The Live a Little plan offers the live Animal Planet channel. It costs $40 a month. We recommend taking advantage of the free 7-day trial. In our experience, signing up from the website is easiest. You can cancel your trial at any time.
The DirecTV Now app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV, and Roku. You can also Chromecast it to your TV using the iOS or Android app, or from a PC or Mac, if you visit DirecTVNow.com using the Chrome browser.
Hulu + Live TV
If you already have Hulu, you really should check out the service’s live TV option. You can sign up for a 7-day free trial, and if you choose to stick with it, a subscription goes for $39.99 a month. It offers over 50 channels, including Animal Planet.
The Hulu app is available on many devices, such as a Samsung TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and even the Nintendo Switch. You can also Chromecast it to your TV using the Hulu app for iOS or Android, or from a PC or Mac via Chrome.
Sony PlayStation Vue
The $50 Core plan and the $45 Access plan both have live Animal Planet. Again, we recommend taking advantage fo the free trial, which lasts five days in this case. You can cancel your trial at any time — even if it’s the day after the Bowls.
The Vue app is available on PS4, as well as Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV, and other popular streaming media devices. It supports Chromecast, too, so you can cast to your TV using the Vue app for iPhone or Android. You can also cast from a PC or Mac, if you visit vue.playstation.com using Google’s browser.
When is the Kitten Bowl?
The Kitten Bowl IV starts Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at 2pm ET. It will re-air at 5pm ET.
It’ll feature rescued critters from all across the country. And they’ll be competing for the “National Championship of Feline Football” trophy. If you’re looking to adopt one, check out the North Shore Animal League of America’s website.
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How to stream the Kitten Bowl online
If you don’t have a cable subscription that includes the Hallmark Channel, you can still watch the Kitten Bowl online. With one of the streaming services below, you can sign up for a free trial and watch the Bowl live on either a smart TV, streaming media device, mobile phone, or desktop. You can cancel at any time or keep your subscription, no strings attached.
Not only does it offer Animal Planet, but the Live a Little plan includes the Hallmark Channel, too, for just $40 a month. Be sure to take advantage of the service’s free 7-day trial, and check out above for more details about which devices support DirecTV Now and whether you can Chromecast it to your TV from a mobile app or from DirecTVNow.com via Chrome.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu’s live TV option also comes with the Hallmark Channel for $39.99 a month. Join using the 7-day free trial, and then you can access the service directly from the existing Hulu app on your streaming media device, smart TV, or mobile phone. You can also Chromecast Hulu Live to your TV using the Hulu app for iOS or Android, or from a PC or Mac.
Your new Porsche Taycan just got easier to track
Porsche Taycan buyers will be able to stop pestering their dealer as they wait for their all-electric sedan to arrive, with the automaker adding a new way to track production of the luxury EV. The Taycan – which received several updates for the 2021 model year, not least a bump in estimated electric range – is the second model to be added to Porsche’s Track Your Dream service.
Launched back in May 2020, Track Your Dream is basically the equivalent of obsessively hitting refresh on a FedEx or UPS shipment, but for your new Porsche. It covers the vehicle from the point of order, through to manufacturing in Germany, and then as it arrives in the US.
In total, Porsche says, there are fourteen milestones that the system counts down. That includes the start and end of production, the Taycan being loaded onto a boat in Germany and then arriving at a US port, and then its arrival at the local dealership where it’ll be prepped for handover. The app and web interface also show more background detail on each step, to help clear up confusion and also tide you over while you wait for the keys.
Porsche launched the system last year, but only for one model: the 911. The full range of that car was added, whether you were going for the most affordable 911 Carrera at $99,200, to a flagship 911 Turbo S Cabriolet at $216,300. Now, the full Taycan line-up has been added too.
That includes the freshly-announced 2021 Taycan RWD, which does away with the all-wheel drive of the previously released models. It still has 402 horsepower in Launch Control mode, and can do 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Range is yet to be confirmed, however, but it’s priced from $81,250 including destination.
The rest of the model year 2021 Taycan line-up, however, has seen a range boost. In the case of the 2021 Taycan 4S with Performance Battery Plus – currently the largest pack that Porsche offers – the new car is expected to hit 227 miles under EPA testing. That’s 24 miles more than the 2020 version of the EV.
Porsche delivered 4,414 Taycan to US buyers last year, with the automaker saying that around a quarter of those went to owners in California. That’s despite Taycan production being shut down for several weeks, after the pandemic forced Porsche to pause its factories.
Kia confirms talks for cooperation on electric cars with foreign firms
Not long ago, a rumor surfaced that Kia and Apple would be working together on an autonomous electric vehicle. Neither company confirmed they were working together on a car. However, Kia has confirmed that it is reviewing cooperation on self-driving electric vehicles with multiple foreign firms.
The Korean automaker did not confirm that it was working with Apple. Kia confirmed it was working with foreign firms on electric vehicles in a regulatory filing. Kia’s stock price increased nearly 20 percent since rumors of it working with Apple began. Kia’s parent company, Hyundai Motor Group, has reportedly decided Kia will be in charge of cooperation with Apple on electric vehicles.
The most recent report cited unnamed industry sources claiming to be familiar with the deal. While Kia hasn’t confirmed that it would be working with Apple, Hyundai Motor Company did confirm that it was in early talks with Apple after rumors first surfaced that discussions for electric cars and batteries were happening. That rumor pushed shares in Hyundai up nearly 25 percent, but there has been no confirmation by Apple.
This all comes after reports last month that Apple was moving forward with its own vehicle using its own breakthrough battery technology. That report claimed vehicle production could happen as early as 2024. Other reports have indicated that vehicle production could start much later than 2024.
Apple has been working on autonomous electric vehicle technology for a long time. It was believed that Apple had abandoned the project for a while, but it now seems those reports were incorrect. One question that remains is if Apple is providing autonomous and battery technologies to other automakers or if the vehicle will be an actual Apple product.
Dacia Bigster Concept is a bigger and more stylish Duster SUV
Most US buyers are not privy to Dacia, a Romanian car brand and Renault subsidiary, known for making affordable, reliable, and quirky vehicles like the Sandero and Duster SUV. Most recently, Renault unveiled the 5 concept electric vehicle to coincide with the brand’s ‘Renaulution’ business strategy, and it seems Dacia is along for the ride with its newest Bigster concept SUV.
“Dacia will stay Dacia, always offering a trustworthy, authentic, best value-for-money proposition to smart buyers,” said Denis Le Vot, CEO of Dacia and Lada brands.
Part of ‘Renaulution’ is a new Dacia-Lada business partnership to boost both brand’s competitiveness through shared engineering and manufacturing. “With the creation of the Dacia-Lada business unit, we’ll have everything we need to bring the brands to higher lands, with the Bigster Concept leading the way,” added Le Vot.
This new partnership will enable Dacia and Lada to scale down from eighteen body styles to eleven while moving from four to a single platform to reduce manufacturing and engineering costs without compromising rigidity and design. Dacia and Lada will use the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s all-new CMF-B modular platform, which debuted in the all-new Renault Clio in 2019.
It’s the same platform underneath Dacia’s Bigster Concept SUV, a 4.6-meter long family hauler that paves the brand’s entrant in the highly-competitive C-segment. “Dacia Bigster Concept epitomizes the evolution of the brand,” said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Dacia Design director. “It proves that accessible is not opposed by any means to attractiveness. At Dacia, we believe so, and this car is proof.”
Viewed from the side, the Dacia Bigster resembles a hulked-up version of the Duster. The rear profile in particular, with its rising window line and powerful haunches, is reminiscent of the Mitsubishi Montero or Pajero Sport SUV (remember, Mitsubishi is also part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance). However, the concept has “no bells and whistles, no chrome trim or imitation aluminum,” said Dacia, and the protective exterior panels are crafted from raw, recycled plastic materials.
Powering the Dacia Bigster is a combination of alternative-energy or hybrid powertrains. We’re expecting Bigster to have the same Bi-Fuel (dual petrol and LPG engine) technology as the Sandero and Duster, but an all-electric model is a distinct possibility. Meanwhile, Dacia is set to unveil Europe’s most affordable electric car, the Spring, later this year.
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