Set-top boxes archive

  • Apple said to bring HBO Go to Apple TV by mid-year
    Online

    Apple said to bring HBO Go to Apple TV by mid-year

    By 1 February 2013

    Apple is reportedly in talks to bring HBO's large amount of content to its Apple TV set-top box by mid-year to bolster its content offering. According to Bloomberg, which cites "two people familiar with the matter", the Cupertino-based company has begun...

  • YouView from TalkTalk review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    YouView from TalkTalk review

    By 24 December 2012

    YouView - for those unfamiliar - is a TV service that wraps up digital Freeview channels with online catchup services such as BBC iPlayer and plenty more. TalkTalk's YouView service - as offered through its Plus TV package - includes the Huawei version...

  • Hands-on: YouView Remote Record iOS App review (Dec 2012)
    Apps

    Hands-on: YouView Remote Record iOS App review (Dec 2012)

    By 19 December 2012

    It's no secret that YouView - the on-demand TV service set-top box - has sparked mixed reactions, but the service looks to be expanding by tagging extra controls beyond its at-home experience. Announced just as 2012 comes to a close, YouView Remote Record...

  • The Pocket-lint Xmas Spectacular - Day 9: Win a 2TB Sky+ HD box
    Home Cinema

    The Pocket-lint Xmas Spectacular - Day 9: Win a 2TB Sky+ HD box

    By 14 December 2012

    Day 9 of the Pocket-lint Xmas Spectacular brings you the chance to win a 2TB Sky+ HD box. Pocket-lint has teamed up with Sky to let one lucky Sky subscriber upgrade their hardware to the biggest storage drive the company offers.  Sky customers can now...

  • YouView from BT review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    YouView from BT review

    By 5 December 2012

    YouView comes in several flavours. You can walk into a shop on the high street and pick up the YouView box and plug it into your existing aerial and internet connection, or you can buy as part of a wider package. We've already reviewed the hardware, so...

  • eyeSight gesture control makes Minority Report a short step away
    Phones

    eyeSight gesture control makes Minority Report a short step away

    By 24 September 2012

    The original iPhone caused a shift in smartphone design which still resonates today. Technology has moved on so much, however, that a lot of what the iPhone set out to do, is now outdated. Why, for example, do we even need to touch screens at all? It...

  • Sony Internet Player with Google TV review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Sony Internet Player with Google TV review

    By 24 August 2012

    Once something that every tech fan under the sun was desperate to get their hands on, but only the Americans could really enjoy, Google TV was a hot topic. After a year or so of proving itself to be fairly pants abroad, it has now hit European shores...

  • Google TV: pre-order now for July release
    Televisions

    Google TV: pre-order now for July release

    By 25 June 2012

    You will soon be able to transform your TV into a full-fledged internet browser. Google and Sony’s collaboration for the first Google TV internet player will be available to buy from UK shops in July.  The Sony NS7-GS7 will be the first Google TV device...

  • Sony Internet Player with Google TV pictures and hands-on
    Televisions

    Sony Internet Player with Google TV pictures and hands-on

    By 25 June 2012

    Google TV has a new look, new hardware and is heading to the UK. Set to launch on 16 July on British soil, the Sony Internet Player with Google TV brings with it a newly updated version of the service as well as more powerful hardware. We first caught...

  • EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box
    Home Cinema

    EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box

    By 3 May 2012

    With analogue TV going the way of the dodo in the UK, there is presumably a lot of demand for people who are still enjoying their old, analogue-only TVs, but would like to watch more than just snow when the last UK region switches later this year. Now...

  • Ubuntu TV pictures and hands-on
    Home Cinema

    Ubuntu TV pictures and hands-on

    By 10 January 2012

    It was only back at the end of October 2011 that Canonical's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, outlined his plans to stretch the Ubuntu ecosystem out beyond just computers and onto screens everywhere. We've already seen this in action on mobile phones with...

  • Best home entertainment device 2011: nominees for the 8th Pocket-lint Awards
    Audio

    Best home entertainment device 2011: nominees for the 8th Pocket-lint Awards

    By 25 November 2011

    Home entertainment can mean a few different things as our nominees for the best home entertainment device 2011 reveal. We’re talking audio, video, radio; amp, dock, set-top box and even games console too - and that makes for an incredibly competitive...

  • Freeview HD Smart-ens up with the Samsung BD-DT7800 PVR
    Home Cinema

    Freeview HD Smart-ens up with the Samsung BD-DT7800 PVR

    By 9 August 2011

    If you kick yourself every-time you read about a new funky app for the Samsung Smart Hub because you've already splashed the cash on your TV and Blu-ray setup, then the Samsung BD-DT7800 may offer you a way in - as it's a Freeview HD recorder with the...

  • Roku 2 targets gamers with Angry Birds
    Gaming

    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,...

  • Technicolor pulls out of YouView partnership
    Home Cinema

    Technicolor pulls out of YouView partnership

    By 13 May 2011

    It's only been in bed with YouView for a month and a half, but French manufacturer and broadcast technology giant Technicolor has pulled out of the venture with, currently, no public explanation as to why. The split was first rumoured by sources close...

  • Roku XDS     review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    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...

  • EchoStar Freesat HDS-600RS review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    EchoStar Freesat HDS-600RS review

    By 19 April 2011

    The Freesat audience may comprise Sky wobblers and value seekers, but that doesn’t mean they should be denied a little innovation to call their own. Enter the HDS-600RS, world’s first personal video recorder with integrated Slingbox. The brand responsible...

  • YouView hands final tech spec to manufacturers
    Home Cinema

    YouView hands final tech spec to manufacturers

    By 15 April 2011

    YouView has released its Core Technical Specification white paper for prospective set-top-box manufacturers, and has announced that Huawei, Manhatten, Pace and Vestel have joined Cisco, Humax and Technicolor in expressing interest in developing kit for...

  • Digital Stream DPS-1000   review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Digital Stream DPS-1000 review

    By 13 April 2011

    Lovefilm is on a charge. Having eclipsed its mail order competition and spent a year streaming its wares to games consoles and every web-connected TV going, the movie monster has joined yet another platform. Lovefilm’s latest appearance is on the Onyx...

  • Eminent HD media player lands in the UK
    Home Cinema

    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...

  • TVonics DTR-Z500HD   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    TVonics DTR-Z500HD review

    By 25 March 2011

    An update of last year’s HD500, the Z500HD from South Wales-based TVonics is a serious attempt at a uniquely talented Freeview HD recorder - and a successful one, to boot. With two tuners and a 500GB recorder, the Z500HD represents the start of the...

  • YouView reveals its tech and content partners
    Home Cinema

    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
    Home Cinema

    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...

  • TVonics unleashes the DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder
    Home Cinema

    TVonics unleashes the DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder

    By 11 March 2011

    TVonics has unveiled its latest PVR - the Freeview HD packing DTR-Z500HD. The durable, rugged set top box has the same features that you'll find packed in the DTR-HD500 though in a newly designed aluminium casing that its makers state "is perfect for...

  • Virgin Media TiVo review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Virgin Media TiVo review

    By 3 March 2011

    It’s been a long time coming, but Virgin Media’s TiVo project has finally been realised. And, if you think that plain old catch up TV and video-on-demand services are good, wait ‘til you get a load of this. Virgin Media has always been at the forefront...