IPTV archive

  • Microsoft sells Mediaroom to Ericsson in order to focus on Xbox TV offering
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    Microsoft sells Mediaroom to Ericsson in order to focus on Xbox TV offering

    By 8 April 2013

    Microsoft has announced the sale to Ericsson of Mediaroom, its IPTV platform that powers television set-top-box services from major providers worldwide, preferring to concentrate on Xbox for its own cloud TV future. Ericsson will continue to develop and...

  • YouView update rolled out, brings with it surround sound, faster start-up times and more
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    YouView update rolled out, brings with it surround sound, faster start-up times and more

    By 31 October 2012

    YouView has begun rolling out an update that will introduce an array of new features to all of its TV set-top boxes.  Customers will now be able to fire up their box quicker, whether in standby mode or switched off, while the auto-standby setting can...

  • Freesat Free time: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, new user experience
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    Freesat Free time: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, new user experience

    By 4 September 2012

    Freesat has unveiled its next generation of satellite-based free television called Free time. The new service, which uses a combination of internet-connected TV catch-up content and satellite-based free TV, uses an entirely new UI and design from Freesat....

  • I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.
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    I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.

    By 6 July 2012

    The development of YouView has been a long and arduous affair, not just because of the technical hurdles, but because of other broadcasters and rights-holders. The service started as a brilliant notion that IP TV was quickly becoming a reality, and that...

  • Sky to introduce Netflix rival NOW TV - new pay-as-you-go internet TV service
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    Sky to introduce Netflix rival NOW TV - new pay-as-you-go internet TV service

    By 21 March 2012

    We now know why Sky has been quiet in publicising the availability of Sky Anytime+ to customers of ISPs other than Sky Broadband, it's been too busy preparing the news that the broadcaster is launching a sister television brand and rival to Netflix, Lovefilm...

  • Roku 2 XS review
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    Roku 2 XS review

    By 16 March 2012

    TV is changing, and it's happening quickly. As recently as 10 years ago, the idea of TV being delivered over the internet was a pipe dream. Now, we can watch near-broadcast quality video, streamed to us over the internet with a wait of just a few seconds....

  • 1080p Apple TV to keep low price point
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    1080p Apple TV to keep low price point

    By 7 March 2012

    It's iPad 3 day (or iPad HD day, if you prefer) and understandably fanboys across the world are overflowing with tablet frenzy but, if the rumour mill rings true, there is going to be another Apple product introduction over in California later on - the...

  • Android Enjoy TV Nano2 ATV500 pictures and hands-on
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    Android Enjoy TV Nano2 ATV500 pictures and hands-on

    By 5 March 2012

    Over in Barcelona last week at MWC, Pocket-lint got its first chance to get up close and personal with Geniatech's Apple TV rival for the fandroid community - the confusingly named Android Enjoy TV Nano2 ATV500. Don't be put of by the long name though,...

  • BBC iPlayer sees record-breaking 2011, mobiles and connected TVs contribute
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    BBC iPlayer sees record-breaking 2011, mobiles and connected TVs contribute

    By 16 January 2012

    The BBC has released its BBC iStats, revealing the performance of its BBC iPlayer service in 2011 and specifically in the month of December. The results show that, although the vast majority of viewing takes place on computers, there has been consistent...

  • Roku 2 targets gamers with Angry Birds
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    Roku 2 targets gamers with Angry Birds

    By 20 July 2011

    Roku, the Netflix streaming specialist, has announced three new flavours of its next-gen player - the Roku 2. And there's one big addition - the inclusion of Angry Birds as Roku aims for a app based TV gaming revolution. "I expect games to be big on Roku,...

  • SeeSaw online TV platform on brink of closure
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    SeeSaw online TV platform on brink of closure

    By 27 May 2011

    SeeSaw, the online TV portal launched by Arqiva back in February 2010, is to close or be sold off. The company, who is also a major player in the much delayed YouView television venture, has made the decision after deciding that the site no longer fits...

  • Roku XDS     review
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    Roku XDS review

    By 22 April 2011

    Roku emerged in 2008 as one of the first set-top boxes to enable streaming internet content on a TV. Originally dominating the Netflix streaming market, the Roku is now up against some fierce competition like the Logitech Revue with Google TV and Apple...

  • Eminent HD media player lands in the UK
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    Eminent HD media player lands in the UK

    By 29 March 2011

    Eminent is bringing its popular EM7180 HD media player to the UK - the successor to the the multiple award-winning EM7080. Not heard of either of these devices? Well that's probably because they're popular in the Netherlands. But they're Blighty-bound...

  • YouView reveals its tech and content partners
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    YouView reveals its tech and content partners

    By 24 March 2011

    YouView has not been without its problems of late, with massive delays (as exclusively revealed on Pocket-lint), a change in its management team in the form of Sir Alan Sugar replacing Kip Meek as non-executive chairman, and constant scrutinisation by...

  • FetchTV - new HD UI hands-on
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    FetchTV - new HD UI hands-on

    By 22 March 2011

    When Pocket-lint reviewed the Technika SmartBox 8320HD - the set-top-box laden with IP Vision's FetchTV service - last October, our biggest quibble was that "it won’t win any prizes for design and the user interface isn’t the best around". But fair...

  • Xbox 360 IPTV streaming coming this year?
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    Xbox 360 IPTV streaming coming this year?

    By 10 March 2011

    Currently, the only TV streaming on the Xbox 360 (here in the UK, at least) comes courtesy of the Sky Player app. But all that could be set to change soon, with Microsoft reportedly prepping a fully blown IPTV service of its own, codenamed Orapa, that...

  • YouView confirms delay until 2012
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    YouView confirms delay until 2012

    By 9 February 2011

    As revealed exclusively on Pocket-lint on Tuesday, YouView isn't going to be hitting UK homes until early 2012. We revealed the delayed February 2012 date after an inside source spilled the beans to us, and now YouView has officially confirmed the delay...

  • First Look: Virgin Media Player (beta) review
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    First Look: Virgin Media Player (beta) review

    By 19 October 2010

    Pocket-lint has been giving the Virgin Media Player Beta the once over to see if and what sets it apart from the other IPTV players. First up, we think it's only right that we point out the Virgin Media Player is only available to its XL TV customers...

  • 10 reasons why linear TV is here for the long term
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    10 reasons why linear TV is here for the long term

    By 23 July 2010

    iPlayer, Project Canvas, Google TV, Hulu, YouTube - name as many IPTV platforms and players as you like but the fact remains we'll still all be watching bog standard, beamed over the air and decoded, linear, live TV in 2020. And we're not talking a minority...

  • Project Canvas planned for early 2011 launch
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    Project Canvas planned for early 2011 launch

    By 30 June 2010

    Project Canvas' chief technical officer has stated that the much debated and delayed service should be arriving in the first half of 2011. The open online TV platform, which Anthony Rose describes as a "best of breed", will have an Intel system-on-a-chip...

  • Project Canvas: Approval granted by BBC Trust
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    Project Canvas: Approval granted by BBC Trust

    By 25 June 2010

    The BBC's controlling body, the BBC Trust, has given the green light for its involvement in Project Canvas, providing it sticks to certain agreements. These include the condition that the project actively engages with the industry on a wider scale as...

  • Google TV won't let you skip the ads
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    Google TV won't let you skip the ads

    By 26 May 2010

    It's hardly surprising, but Google TV product manager Rishi Chandra confirmed in an interview with an Australian newspaper that ad skipping will not be possible on the Google TV platform. “It's much harder with an on demand system for users to skip...

  • SeeSaw adds premium content to its service
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    SeeSaw adds premium content to its service

    By 20 May 2010

    SeeSaw, the video on demand service that was born out the ashes of Project Kangaroo, has added a wealth of premium content to its existing free programmes. A deal has been struck with MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, who own MTV, obviously, and Comedy...

  • BBC Trust approves Project Canvas...
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    BBC Trust approves Project Canvas...

    By 22 December 2009

    Although its final decision is not due until spring 2010, the BBC Trust has given its provisional approval to the BBC's involvement in Project Canvas, published in a lengthy document available for the public to view. The Trust has decided that "the likely...

  • Connected iViewer television gets iPlayer built-in
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    Connected iViewer television gets iPlayer built-in

    By 8 December 2009

    A new connected television has been announced from British co Cello Electronics that offers access to the BBC's iPlayer catch-up, on-demand service built-in. Needing no set-top box or games console, the iViewer TV connects to the Internet via Ethernet...