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Samsung UBD-K8500 review: Beautiful Ultra HD Blu-ray
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Samsung UBD-K8500 review: Beautiful Ultra HD Blu-ray

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Optical discs are dead, or so many would have you believe. That's perhaps a reflection of the times we're living in, where streaming entertainment out-paces its arrival on physical media. What better example than the latest Star Wars blockbuster, arriving... >>

Google gives its Nexus Player the axe

Google gives its Nexus Player the axe

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Good luck trying to find a Nexus Player after today.Google has quietly stopped direct sales of its set-top box, meaning you'll have to buy it from third-party retailers that still have some stock left. The Nexus Player can no longer be found on the Google... >>

LG 4K HDR choices for 2016: G6, E6, C6 and B6 TVs compared

LG 4K HDR choices for 2016: G6, E6, C6 and B6 TVs compared

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LG's message in its 2015 televisions was about curved OLED, later releasing flat models to accompany the curved versions. With 2016, the message is still very much about OLED, Ultra HD and HDR, but guess what? The lead model moves to flat instead.OLED... >>

Apple MacBook Pro 2016: Goodbye physical keys and hello OLED touch bar?

Apple MacBook Pro 2016: Goodbye physical keys and hello OLED touch bar?

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The next update to Apple's MacBook Pro line could be one of the most significant so far. Reportedly, Apple is ditching the function keys in favour of a new OLED display touch bar.While Apple will no doubt roll out updates to its MacBook Pro line this... >>

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: England's Euro 2016 warm-up and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: England's Euro 2016 warm-up and more

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Freeview Play is an incredible useful tool that gives you the ability to scroll backwards through the electronic programme guide and choose catch-up shows to play automatically.Just find the show listed in the last seven days, click on it and it'll open... >>

Robert Kirkman's Outcast streams live on Facebook tonight, the new Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman's Outcast streams live on Facebook tonight, the new Walking Dead

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After the huge success of The Walking Dead, another TV series based on a Robert Kirkman comic book, Outcast was commissioned - this time by Fox International.The 10-episode first season will start in the UK on Fox on 7 June but you can watch the pilot... >>

Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year

Google Play Awards 2016 winners: Best Android apps and games of the year

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During its Google I/O developers conference, the software giant hosted the inaugural Google Play Awards, a celebration of the most outstanding achievements in apps and games over the last year.The winners were selected by the Google Play team itself... >>

Google and IMAX are making a cinema-quality Jump VR camera

Google and IMAX are making a cinema-quality Jump VR camera

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Google wants to make a 360-degree rig that can capture virtual-reality video in a good enough quality to be acceptable at cinemas.At last year's Google I/O developer conference, Google launched the Jump ecosystem for virtual reality filmmaking as... >>

Vodafone customers can charge Google Play apps to their bills, with 90% off

Vodafone customers can charge Google Play apps to their bills, with 90% off

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Vodafone has made it more simple for its customers to purchase apps and content from Google Play, with its Charge to Bill service.Android device owners can pay for items on Google Play by charging them to their monthly bill. What's more, to celebrate... >>

Is your broadband fast enough for video streaming? Here's how to find out

Is your broadband fast enough for video streaming? Here's how to find out

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If you're always wondering how fast your broadband actually is but can't decifer the multiple results provided by Speedtest, Netflix has launched a simple solution: Fast.com.If you're not worried about ping or upload speeds, Netflix's dedicated webpage... >>

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free

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It's coming to the end of the domestic football season and there's not many prizes left to dole out.Liverpool sadly lost against Sevilla in the final of the Europa League and Manchester United will be taking on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final this... >>

Google Duo for iPhone and Android takes on Skype and FaceTime

Google Duo for iPhone and Android takes on Skype and FaceTime

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During its keynote at this year's Google I/O developers conference the company announced Duo, a simple video calling app for iOS and Android.It is designed to take on Apple's FaceTime and Microsoft's Skype by making the system as easy as possible.As well... >>

Hugely controversial Preacher exclusive to Amazon Prime Instant Video in UK

Hugely controversial Preacher exclusive to Amazon Prime Instant Video in UK

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Amazon has snapped up several exclusive rights to one of the most eagerly anticipated US TV series, Preacher.It will be only available on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK, Austria, Germany and Japan. The series starts on Monday 23 May.Based on the... >>

BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat

BBC Food website faces the chop, as BBC trims the fat

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Shock horror! The BBC is reporting that its BBC Food website could face the chop as part of the proposed £15m savings drive faced by the corporation. In recent days we've learnt that the BBC iPlayer loophole is due to be closed, that the licence fee... >>

How Adobe helped The Simpsons' Homer speak live in groundbreaking episode

How Adobe helped The Simpsons' Homer speak live in groundbreaking episode

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Last night in the US a segment of The Simpsons was broadcast live. Homer Simpson spoke live to the audience in a groundbreaking television first.Voice actor Dan Castellaneta improvised a three-minute live section of the cartoon, talking about current... >>

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: F1 Spanish Grand Prix, The Hollow Crown and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: F1 Spanish Grand Prix, The Hollow Crown and more

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When looking for something to watch it's worth remembering that with Freeview Play you can easily find shows that have been on in the last seven days, without having to go through a multitude of different streaming apps.TVs, set-top-boxes and other entertainment... >>

You'll need to pay for BBC iPlayer from 2017

You'll need to pay for BBC iPlayer from 2017

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The government's white paper on the BBC Charter has been published and one of the stand-out changes will be the expected close of what is termed the "iPlayer loophole".Currently, people in the UK can watch BBC programming through BBC iPlayer for free,... >>

Best drone takedown videos: Eagle attack, shotgun blast, fisherman hook and more

Best drone takedown videos: Eagle attack, shotgun blast, fisherman hook and more

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As drones begin to fill the skies so too do videos of their antics.If shows like You've Been Framed have taught us anything it's that seeing expensive things get destroyed is funny.So seeing pricey drones getting plucked out of the air by not-so-natural... >>

Virgin Media TiVo 2 coming with 4K, new set-top-box to take on Sky Q

Virgin Media TiVo 2 coming with 4K, new set-top-box to take on Sky Q

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Virgin Media is soon to replace its current TiVo box as the flagship set-top-box in its TV line-up. There is a new device coming in the next few months that will also be powered by TiVo, but capable of 4K video output.In its first quarter financial results... >>

HoloFlex is the world’s first flexible holographic smartphone

HoloFlex is the world’s first flexible holographic smartphone

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The HoloFlex is the closest thing we've had so far to a holographic truly flexible phone. Move the display to see 3D objects from different angles and bend the phone to change the angle further.What's the catch? This display, created by Queen's University... >>

Star Wars meets Bond: Watch this stunning new intro sequence for Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars meets Bond: Watch this stunning new intro sequence for Empire Strikes Back

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Just imagine that, instead of the opening crawl and looming star destroyer, Empire Strikes Back started like a James Bond movie. Can you picture it?Actually, you don't need to, Kurt Rauffer has actually created exactly that. He's directed and edited his... >>

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Peaky Blinders, MasterChef and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Peaky Blinders, MasterChef and more

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Freeview Play TVs, set-top-boxes and other entertainment kit give you the option to scroll back through the electronic programme guide and catch-up on shows you might have missed the previous week.All you have to do it click on the show and it will open... >>

Did you know you now get Channel 5 HD on Freeview?

Did you know you now get Channel 5 HD on Freeview?

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As of yesterday, Channel 5 HD is now in the line-up of free-to-air high definition stations. It has been added to the Freeview electronic programme guide and is available to all TVs, set-top-boxes and entertainment devices that support Freeview HD.Freeview... >>

Netflix now lets you cap streams in tiers, save data but keep quality

Netflix now lets you cap streams in tiers, save data but keep quality

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Netflix has introduced a new feature to its mobile app that will allow greater control of data usage when streaming over networks.The new Netflix tool will allow you to decide how much data is used up per hour of streaming. While the app did previously... >>

YouTube could soon offer a paid service that streams cable channels

YouTube could soon offer a paid service that streams cable channels

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YouTube is getting into premium online television. Like, a subscription-based service that'll let you stream cable channels.Now, Hulu has just confirmed it is doing the same thing. It basically wants to go after Dish's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation... >>

Samsung says no to OLED TVs for 2017, something else is coming

Samsung says no to OLED TVs for 2017, something else is coming

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Samsung may have once been an OLED television creator but it's left that in the past to focus on its own Quantum Dot, Nano-Crystal tech. Rumours were circulating that it may begin OLED production again in 2017, but that's now been shot down.Samsung vice... >>

Now TV Kids Pass coming to give children their shows in the one place

Now TV Kids Pass coming to give children their shows in the one place

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Now TV will soon add an all-new subscription offering and it's just for children.From 21 June, you will be able to pay £2.99 a month for a Now TV Kids Pass. It will give access to six live TV channels and all the box sets and catch up content to view... >>

New Hulu subscription service to stream broadcast, cable TV channels

New Hulu subscription service to stream broadcast, cable TV channels

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Hulu is reportedly working on a new subscription service for US cord-cutters.Cord cutters are people who ditch cable television in favour of an internet-based service, and according to The Wall Street Journal, they'll soon have a new service to choose... >>

Sky Q tips and tricks: Getting the most from Fluid Viewing and your Sky Q box

Sky Q tips and tricks: Getting the most from Fluid Viewing and your Sky Q box

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You've got the latest television system from Sky, Sky Q, but how the heck to you use it? And are there any secrets hidden in the settings that will make your TV viewing experiences better or easier?We've been using Sky Q for several days ourselves now... >>

You won't believe how little you'll pay for this 75-inch 4K HDR TV

You won't believe how little you'll pay for this 75-inch 4K HDR TV

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Hisense has released a 75-inch 4K HDR TV for a little under £2,500.The Hisense 75M7900 features all the latest telly tech but for a fraction of the price of rivals. In fact, you'll be hard pressed to find a 55-inch 4K HDR TV for much cheaper, let alone... >>

The Iron Man Civil War Xbox One is the best console you'll never own

The Iron Man Civil War Xbox One is the best console you'll never own

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We've seen plenty of special edition Xbox One consoles in the last couple of years, with a different coloured or designed model coming out with just about every major release, but we can safely say that the customised Iron Man variant is the best.It is,... >>

FilmStruck is TCM and Criterion's new streaming service launching this year

FilmStruck is TCM and Criterion's new streaming service launching this year

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This autumn will see the launch of yet another movie-streaming service, though this one is unique because it'll be all about the oldies.According to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Turner Classic Movies, an American cable network known... >>

Avoid Game of Thrones spoilers with brilliant new Chrome extension

Avoid Game of Thrones spoilers with brilliant new Chrome extension

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Spoilers are the worst. Game of Thrones spoilers are even more agonising. One developer is clearly aware of this as he's released a Chrome extension to fight Game of Thrones spoilers specifically.GameofSpoils will keep you safe from early reveals when... >>

MTV Cribs has been resurrected in the form of a Snapchat series

MTV Cribs has been resurrected in the form of a Snapchat series

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Remember MTV Cribs? It's been given a second chance to live.The show launched on the US cable network in 2000, allowing various celebrities to give viewers tours of their mansions. Pharrell Williams, Pam Anderson, 50 Cent, and so many others participated.... >>

Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-ray player now available in the UK

Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-ray player now available in the UK

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It's been a while since Samsung showed its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player to the public, at IFA in Germany last autumn in fact, but now it's finally available to buy in the UK.It makes sense considering the discs themselves have only recently gone on... >>

Netflix added a record 6.74 million new subscribers in Q1 2016

Netflix added a record 6.74 million new subscribers in Q1 2016

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Netflix recently added more than 130 countries to its world service map, and now it's revealing the effect of that expansion: a record number of new subs.The video-streaming service just posted its first-quarter results for 2016. And buried between a... >>

Monthly Amazon Prime subscription now available in US, coming to UK?

Monthly Amazon Prime subscription now available in US, coming to UK?

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Amazon has finally added a separate payment option for its Prime membership other than having to pay for the whole shebang in one yearly lump. In the US, subscribers can now choose to pay monthly for the service too.Hopefully, a similar scheme will also... >>

This is why C-3PO has a red arm in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This is why C-3PO has a red arm in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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If you've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens you'll remember that an old favourite character, the protocol droid C-3PO, is sporting a new red arm. What you likely didn't know is why.The film did draw attention to the arm with C-3PO even talking about it,... >>

Watch Game of Thrones intro in 360-degree VR for some cool easter eggs, right here

Watch Game of Thrones intro in 360-degree VR for some cool easter eggs, right here

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Ever wondered what you'd see if you looked up while passing under the legs of the skirt-wearing Titan at Braavos? Now you can as the entire Game of Thrones introduction sequence has been rendered in 360-degrees for a virtual reality experience.Fans of... >>

Texting in cinemas could be allowed soon: Here's why that's good

Texting in cinemas could be allowed soon: Here's why that's good

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For some, a trip to the cinema is a chance to escape the real world and be enveloped by another universe. According to one of the biggest cinema chains in the world, AMC, being forced to turn off phones to leave the real world is a problem. It may fix... >>

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

What is Ultra HD Premium and why does it matter? The 4K HDR badge explained

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The home cinema and entertainment technology industry sure loves a badge or two. Kit from TVs and Blu-ray players, to amplifiers and speakers all seem to be run through a certification process to give you an idea that they will perform in given circumstances.... >>

Netflix HDR has arrived in the UK, Sony at front of the queue

Netflix HDR has arrived in the UK, Sony at front of the queue

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Netflix has begun streaming its High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision content in the UK on selected TV screens, starting with Sony.The enhanced HDR content will be part of the 4K streaming package offering a greater brightness to the video, reports Steve... >>

BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler

BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler

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The BBC has announced its new iPlayer Kids app aimed specifically at delivering CBeebies and CBBC shows directly to children.The app, available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, will have access to over 10,000 episodes to stream or download to watch later.The... >>

Netflix prices are about to go up for early subscribers, be warned

Netflix prices are about to go up for early subscribers, be warned

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Movie and show streaming service Netflix has announced that it will be putting up its prices soon, for early adopters in the UK.Until recently Netflix subscribers who signed up early were given a pay freeze on their subscription price. That freeze, as... >>

Freeview Play to get even better with UKTV support

Freeview Play to get even better with UKTV support

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UKTV, which runs British channels Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama, is adding its app to those that work with Freeview Play - the free digital TV catch-up TV service.It effectively means that owners of Freeview Play-enabled TVs or set-top-boxes will... >>

These are the first 4K UHD Blu-rays with HDR and Dolby Atmos you can buy

These are the first 4K UHD Blu-rays with HDR and Dolby Atmos you can buy

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The year of 4K UHD Blu-ray is here in 2016 and it's bringing High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos too.Finally those 4K TVs that were bought in the Christmas sales can really get some use with enhanced picture vibrancy, colours and contras from this new... >>

New Roku Streaming stick: Performance boost and new private listening mode via app

New Roku Streaming stick: Performance boost and new private listening mode via app

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Roku has overhauled its small streaming stick in the US as the company looks to deliver more power to users keen to make their TVs smart.The new stick will get a whopping eight-fold processing power boost, private listening through the Roku mobile app,... >>

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

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LG announced webOS 3.0 late in 2015 and showed off the new user interface for its TVs at CES 2016. Since then we've been awaiting details on the webOS 3.0 release date.Talking today in London, LG demoed some of the new features coming to webOS 3.0, as... >>