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Why great sharpness is important for your next TV choice

Why great sharpness is important for your next TV choice

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Unless you've had your head buried in AV sand the past couple of years, you'll know that the world has gone crazy for 4K. Pretty much every TV you can buy now is 4K Ultra HD. There are 4K Blu-ray players and discs. Netflix and Amazon stream in 4K. Even... Read more

Roku Express vs Roku Express+ vs Roku Streaming Stick vs Roku Streaming Stick+ vs Roku Ultra: What's the difference?

Roku Express vs Roku Express+ vs Roku Streaming Stick vs Roku Streaming Stick+ vs Roku Ultra: What's the difference?

By Adrian Willings

Roku has a simple offering of just two players in the UK, but in the US it's an entirely different story. There are five devices to choose from, from the entry-level Roku Express and Roku Express+ to the 4K HDR-compatible Streaming Stick+ and Roku Ultra.All... Read more

Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options explained

Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options explained

By Max Langridge

There are plenty of media streamers around but few offer as extensive range of apps and channels as Roku.The company has been manufacturing online streaming boxes for several years, including a couple of Now TV boxes as Sky owns a share in the firm,... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK TV deals: 4K, HDR, OLED TVs and more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK TV deals: 4K, HDR, OLED TVs and more

By Max Langridge

Black Friday has been and gone and emptied our wallets in the process. But now we're onto Cyber Monday, which means more deals on TVs are there for the taking.Whether you're looking to get yourself a new TV for Christmas, or if you're more interested... Read more

Why great picture source processing is important for your next TV choice

Why great picture source processing is important for your next TV choice

By Pocket-lint Promotion

When it comes to great TV picture quality, it all starts at the beginning.If a TV doesn't immediately recognise the type and quality of the source images it's receiving and deal with any inherent flaws they might contain right away, any subsequent attempts... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Home Entertainment Device

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Home Entertainment Device

By Britta O'Boyle

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will be taking place for the 14th year in the middle of November. There are 18 categories spanning smartphones, tablets and laptops to games, cars and home entertainment devices, with each nomination being something we... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best TV

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best TV

By Britta O'Boyle

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will be taking place in November, celebrating products across 18 categories from smartphones and tablets to wearables and TVs.Each category has between six and eight nominees, whittled down from the hundreds of devices... Read more

Tips and tricks to buying a 4K HDR TV: What you need to know when buying a new television

Tips and tricks to buying a 4K HDR TV: What you need to know when buying a new television

By Rik Henderson

A year or so ago, buying a 4K TV might not have crossed your mind. Content wasn't readily available, prices were high and the technology was only in its early stages.However, just 12 months later everything has changed. If you're in the market for a new... Read more

Best 4K HDR TVs: Ultra HD televisions to buy in 2017

Best 4K HDR TVs: Ultra HD televisions to buy in 2017

By Rik Henderson

The time of Ultra HD or 4K is now. This latest step in high-definition is no longer something for the rich and privileged, it's coming from all sides, making your TV viewing better than ever before.There's a huge amount of choice and plenty of confusion:... Read more

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

By Chris Hall

Many will proclaim that optical media is dead and that streaming is the way ahead, but one look at the quality of the latest blockbuster movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray and you'll change your mind.Ultra HD Blu-ray hit the headlines in 2016. With a standardised... Read more

Which is the best movie streaming box for you? New Fire TV vs Apple TV 4K vs Chromecast and more

Which is the best movie streaming box for you? New Fire TV vs Apple TV 4K vs Chromecast and more

By Rik Henderson

A lot of TVs nowadays have some variation of streaming service built in, but there are still plenty of us that still have "dumb" TVs. And in that case, if you want to access streaming services, you'll need a streaming box.With such a vast range of streaming... Read more

All-new Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick: Which Amazon Fire streaming device is for me?

All-new Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick: Which Amazon Fire streaming device is for me?

By Rik Henderson

Amazon's Fire TV devices are the company's fastest selling products of all time, beating both the Kindle and Fire tablets. The range allows you to access and stream a variety of content, including Amazon's own The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard... Read more

Now TV vs Now TV Smart Box vs Sky Q: Which Sky package is right for you?

Now TV vs Now TV Smart Box vs Sky Q: Which Sky package is right for you?

By Britta O'Boyle

There are three ways to get access to Sky's content. The options are the Now TV or Now TV Smart Box route or the Sky Q route, choosing either the standard option or the Silver offering. The question is, which is the right service for you?   This... Read more

LG OLED TV 2017 explored: Wallpaper, G7, E7, C7 and B7 compared

LG OLED TV 2017 explored: Wallpaper, G7, E7, C7 and B7 compared

By Chris Hall

LG is staying committed to OLED in 2017, introducing another Signature model at the top of the range, expanding to five OLED models, each in two sizes. The fight against top-level LED TVs continues, with Samsung particularly turning up the heat with its... Read more

17 best 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays available to buy now

17 best 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays available to buy now

By Rik Henderson

The 4K movie revolution is well under way.With 4K Ultra-HD Blu-rays readily available and increasing in number all the while, it is becoming easier to watch your favourite movies in the best format possible.With high quality video transfers and high dynamic... Read more

Virgin TV V6 box vs Sky Q: What's the difference?

Virgin TV V6 box vs Sky Q: What's the difference?

By Rik Henderson

Sky Q has been around for just over a year and has been the undisputed king of paid TV in all that time. Now a new kid is on the block, hoping to steal that crown.Virgin TV is the collective name for a new family of devices and services from Virgin Media,... Read more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the UK? Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs Now TV and more

By Rik Henderson

Film and TV show streaming services have become increasingly important to the way that we want to consume our content in the UK.As well as the free platforms from the country's major broadcasters, such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub, digital subscription,... Read more

Best of CES 2017 - TVs: Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG OLED and more

Best of CES 2017 - TVs: Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG OLED and more

By Max Langridge

CES 2017, held at the beginning of January, was a launch platform for 2017's new televisions. The consumer electronics trade show ushered in a new wave of TV tech that will eventually make its way into your living room. It's so often been the proving... Read more

Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video: Which streaming service is best for you?

Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video: Which streaming service is best for you?

By Rik Henderson

The rise of streaming services has continued at a swift pace over the last year, with many platforms available offering multiple kinds of entertainment for all manner of different tastes.However, there are two that remain the most talked about: Netflix... Read more

What Freeview Play TV or set-top-box is best for you?

What Freeview Play TV or set-top-box is best for you?

By Rik Henderson

There's a revolution happening in TV catch-up. Paid TV services have long offered on demand services, as have individual applications for a multitude of broadcasters, but now there's a subscription free alternative to catching up on television shows you've... Read more

Best TVs 2016: The best televisions available to buy today

Best TVs 2016: The best televisions available to buy today

By Max Langridge

Looking for a new TV but don't know what to buy? Then you've come to the right place. 2016 saw the rise of 4K Ultra HD TVs and even introduced a new TV technology, HDR, or High Dynamic Range. Big screen events such as the 2016 Rio Olympics may have been... Read more

Google Chromecast Ultra vs Roku Premiere+: What's the difference?

Google Chromecast Ultra vs Roku Premiere+: What's the difference?

By Adrian Willings

The Google Chromecast Ultra was recently announced and is set to be available to buy from November. With 4K streaming and HDR picture quality it's going to be a good alternative to the Roku Premiere+.To help you decide which one is the best choice for... Read more

Roku Express vs Google Chromecast 2: What's the difference?

Roku Express vs Google Chromecast 2: What's the difference?

By Adrian Willings

There are a few choices out there if you are looking for a compact and affordable streaming device, but if you want something that's capable of streaming content from a few different providers (Netflix, Google Play, Hulu, etc), two of the current best... Read more

10 best comedy streaming services: Funny cat clips, dangerous stunts, stand-up and more

10 best comedy streaming services: Funny cat clips, dangerous stunts, stand-up and more

By Rik Henderson

As streaming video becomes more popular and conventional TV takes a back seat, growing amounts of online channels and apps emerge hoping to grab your attention with a TV show, movie or even short clip or two. How then can you sort out the wheat from the... Read more

Best Apple TV games: What to play first

Best Apple TV games: What to play first

By Stuart Miles

You've got a new Apple TV (2015) and now you are looking for some games to play on it. It might be able to stream Netflix at 1080p, but app support means it's a somewhat fully-fledged games console, albeit one that isn't as powerful as the Xbox One or... Read more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the US? Netflix vs Prime Instant Video vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs Hulu Plus and more

Which is the best movie streaming service in the US? Netflix vs Prime Instant Video vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs Hulu Plus and more

By Elyse Betters

Pocket-lint has already detailed the best media streaming services available in the UK, and now we've done the same for the US.Such services have become increasingly important to the way that we consume our content, and fortunately, there are so many... Read more

10 best Christmas streaming services: Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, Carol-oke and more

10 best Christmas streaming services: Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, Carol-oke and more

By Rik Henderson

Christmas is coming and that means we're all getting into the spirit - sometimes literally when a bottle of brandy is left within sight.One way of ensuring that you feel positively "Chrismassy" before the big day arrives is to fill your viewing hours... Read more

10 best streaming services for kids: BBC iPlayer, Pokemon, Angry Birds and more

10 best streaming services for kids: BBC iPlayer, Pokemon, Angry Birds and more

By Rik Henderson

When it comes to deciding what to watch on demand, there can be such a thing as too much choice. For example, Roku offers access to over 1,700 channels on its set-top-boxes and the Streaming Stick. And with that many it's hard to find the ones that will... Read more

Apple TV (2015) vs Amazon Fire TV 4K: What’s the difference?

Apple TV (2015) vs Amazon Fire TV 4K: What’s the difference?

By Elyse Betters

So... you're thinking about buying a set-top box but feel stuck between what Apple and Amazon both have to offer.We understand. It's a difficult decision to make. Which device provides access to the most amount of movies and TV shows and apps and games?... Read more

New Apple TV (2015) vs old Apple TV (2013): What's the difference?

New Apple TV (2015) vs old Apple TV (2013): What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

Apple finally updated the third-generation Apple TV that debuted in 2013 earlier this year and now the 2015 model is available to buy.The new device, still called Apple TV, brings a number of new things, including an app store and a motion-sensitive remote... Read more

10 best sports streaming services: The Ring, UFC TV, Red Bull TV and more

10 best sports streaming services: The Ring, UFC TV, Red Bull TV and more

By Rik Henderson

There are now so many different streaming services in the UK alone that it's hard to keep track of what offers what. Roku, for example, has over 1,700 channels available for its set-top-boxes and the Streaming Stick. And with that many it's hard to find... Read more

Amazon Fire TV with 4K vs Amazon Fire TV: Is it worth upgrading?

Amazon Fire TV with 4K vs Amazon Fire TV: Is it worth upgrading?

By Rik Henderson

Amazon has updated its Fire TV set-top-box from the model sold for the majority of 2015, and it adds a fair few changes that make it an even more compelling media streamer than ever before.For a start, there's 4K video output - its headline feature for... Read more

Now TV Box (2015) vs Now TV Box vs Roku 2: What's the difference?

Now TV Box (2015) vs Now TV Box vs Roku 2: What's the difference?

By Stuart Miles

Sky's Now TV box has had an update bringing with it a number of new features, but should you upgrade from the original, should you just bite the bullet on the extra costs and go for the Roku 2, or should you just stick with what you've got already?We've... Read more

New Roku 2 vs new Roku 3: What's the difference? (Hint - it's the remote)

New Roku 2 vs new Roku 3: What's the difference? (Hint - it's the remote)

By Elyse Betters

Roku has refreshed its streaming device lineup.The company now offers the Roku streaming stick, Roku 1, Roku 2, and Roku 3. It has updated its Roku 2 and Roku 3 devices, making the new Roku 2 identical to the new Roku 3 in terms of performance.The new... Read more

Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick: What's the difference?

Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick: What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Fire TV stick has finally come to the UK, months after first launching in the US. It's now available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk, with shipping to begin on 15 April. And it will only set you back £35.With so many HDMI dongles, set-top boxes... Read more

Android TV vs Samsung Tizen vs Firefox OS vs LG webOS: What's the difference?

Android TV vs Samsung Tizen vs Firefox OS vs LG webOS: What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

Thousands of companies unveiled new stuff at CES 2015 in Las Vegas last week, and some of the most interesting bits involved smart televisions. Like always, ultra high-definition screens were all the rage, but this year, there was a clear emphasis on... Read more

Which is the best YouView box and service for you?

Which is the best YouView box and service for you?

By Chris Hall

YouView is available via a number of different routes, in a number of different guises. The smart TV platform was launched in July 2012, offering a new approach to television viewing.YouView looks to combine live broadcast television with growing catch-up... Read more

New BBC iPlayer vs old BBC iPlayer: What's the difference?

New BBC iPlayer vs old BBC iPlayer: What's the difference?

By Stuart Miles

BBC iPlayer has been updated and a new user interface has been introduced allowing you to take advantage of the multiple devices you use, as well as keep up with the shifting changes in viewing behaviour.But what's new and what's going to be the cool... Read more

Roku Streaming Stick vs Google Chromecast: What's the difference?

Roku Streaming Stick vs Google Chromecast: What's the difference?

By Jake Smith

The battle for the living room rages on.Roku on Tuesday announced the expansion of its efforts with a new Streaming Stick that effectively takes on the Google Chromecast released in May 2013.Both come to the market as a cheap solution for you to watch... Read more

Amazon Prime Instant Video vs Lovefilm Instant: What's the difference?

Amazon Prime Instant Video vs Lovefilm Instant: What's the difference?

By Stuart Miles

Amazon has changed the name of Lovefilm Instant to Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK. Going forward, all the company's movie and TV show streaming offerings will go under the new banner. But does that mean there are any differences to the two services... Read more

Best home entertainment device 2013: 10th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

Best home entertainment device 2013: 10th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

By Britta O'Boyle

Home entertainment has really come into its own this year, with a range of systems now available to make your living room the most exciting place to be in the house. From streaming to audio to making that old TV smarter, there're a host of options to... Read more

Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

By Hunter Skipworth

AirPlay, Spotify and DLNA all made significant changes to the way people listen to music in 2012. The technologies started to appear in pieces of Hi-Fi hardware, reducing the need for laptop-connected cables and even the iPhone dock.There was certainly... Read more

Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders

Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders

By Hunter Skipworth

It’s that time again: start voting for your nominations for the 9th Pocket-lint awards. The best home entertainment category is always fun, being full of all sort of different kit. Whether it be docks, surround sound systems or even headphones, there... Read more

YouView, Google TV, Apple TV, Sky, TiVo, Xbox or PS3: Which is best for home entertainment?

YouView, Google TV, Apple TV, Sky, TiVo, Xbox or PS3: Which is best for home entertainment?

By Hunter Skipworth

Sony’s new Internet Player with Google TV has been announced, adding another box to what is, for many, already a crowded living room. Google TV was a bumpy experience at best when it launched, but just like the Android of smartphones and tablets, it... Read more

Netflix vs Lovefilm

Netflix vs Lovefilm

By Hunter Skipworth

Netflix has landed and immediately gone for the jugular of the most popular movie streaming service in the UK - Lovefilm. Netflix are pushing out an immense amount of content at launch and, like its rival, granting new users a month's free trial to check... Read more

Best home cinema systems

Best home cinema systems

By Jamie Carter

A top notch TV is one thing but if you ain't got home cinema sound to go with it, then you ain't got squat, or so goes the parlance. It's a fact that audio is a huge part of video. There's a wealth of experiments on the matter that we don't care to tire... Read more