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Sky Movies becomes Sky Cinema, kicks off with Spectre

Sky Movies becomes Sky Cinema, kicks off with Spectre

By Stuart Miles

Sky has rebranded its Sky Movies service to be called Sky Cinema. The new name, which will come into effect on the 8 July, will kick off with the UK premiere of James Bond's latest outing: Spectre. "We have a brand new name! Introducing Sky Cinema, bringing... Read more

What's new in Apple TV? Smarter Siri, better gaming, single sign-in and more

What's new in Apple TV? Smarter Siri, better gaming, single sign-in and more

By Luke Edwards

Apple has announced the latest update to its Apple tvOS that will see huge live TV access, smarter Siri and more.Now over 100 live channels will be coming to the platform as of next month. Apple will make jumping between subscription services easier than... Read more

Sony XD9405 4K TV review: The 75-inch UHD wonder
4.5 stars

Sony XD9405 4K TV review: The 75-inch UHD wonder

By John Archer

Love movies? Got a big living room? Feeling flush this month? Then Sony thinks it has just the ticket for you in the shape of its new flagship TV, the KD-75XD9405.For the princely sum of £4,999 the XD9405 gives you a huge 75-inch screen stuffed with... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Top Gear, Euro 2016 and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Top Gear, Euro 2016 and more

By Rik Henderson

You might not know this, but if you have a Freeview Play TV or set-top-box you can catch-up with the last seven days of TV shows just by scrolling back through the electronic programme guide.Shows that aired of BBC, ITV or Channel 4 are available to scroll... Read more

Now you can use an Nvidia Shield TV as a Plex media server

Now you can use an Nvidia Shield TV as a Plex media server

By Rik Henderson

We've always been fans of the Nvidia Shield Android TV box, with its 4K output and gaming prowess. We've also always loved Plex and the excellent way it catalogues and presents our media files.Now the two are combining in a way that is every Plex fan's... Read more

Now TV 4K box and "more" to be announced on 29 June

Now TV 4K box and "more" to be announced on 29 June

By Rik Henderson

Sky has sent out press invites to an event on 29 June where the new Now TV box will be unveiled.However, the new set-top-box, already revealed to be 4K-ready, will not be the only announcement. The invite states that there will be "so much more than... Read more

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2016: KS9000, KS8000, KS7500 and KS7000 compared

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2016: KS9000, KS8000, KS7500 and KS7000 compared

By Luke Edwards

Samsung announced a new generation of SUHD televisions at CES 2016 at the beginning of the year and now has a full selection of TVs for you to choose from, in a wide of sizes and prices.The top-end screens use Quantum Dot displays meaning a layer of crystals... Read more

Philips AmbiLux PUS8901 review: Projector-laden 4K TV is mad, but brilliant
4.0 stars

Philips AmbiLux PUS8901 review: Projector-laden 4K TV is mad, but brilliant

By Steve May

When we first clapped eyes on Philips AmbiLux, back in 2014, we thought the engineers responsible had lost the plot. Sure, we've always had a soft spot for Philips Ambilight, the LED edging that casts puddles of coloured light onto surrounding walls,... Read more

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price
4.5 stars

Samsung KS7000 SUHD TV review: Serious performance for the price

By Chris Hall

Samsung has impressed with its line-up of SUHD televisions over the last year. For 2016, the message is about refinement, continuing the solid performance of the LED sets and pushing the message that this is now second-gen HDR (high dynamic range), the... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: The Musketeers, Pokemon and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: The Musketeers, Pokemon and more

By Rik Henderson

Freeview Play televisions and set-top-boxes give you the option to scroll back through the EPG to catch-up with shows you might have missed the previous week.All you have to do it click on the show and it will open in each channel's respective on demand application... Read more

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class
4.5 stars

Panasonic DMP-UB900 review: Ultra-HD Blu-ray master class

By Chris Hall

Taking a step into the future is Ultra HD Blu-ray, looking to up the quality and make the most out of the latest 4K televisions, all for your entertainment pleasure. There are currently two UHD Blu-ray players available. Vying to be the next big thing... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Wallander, American Dad and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Wallander, American Dad and more

By Rik Henderson

With Freeview Play, TVs and set-top-boxes offer the ability to scroll backwards through the last seven days of an electronic programme guide in order to choose catch-up shows to play automatically.Users only need find the show on any of the supported... Read more

Humax adds Netflix to FVP-4000T Freeview Play boxes

Humax adds Netflix to FVP-4000T Freeview Play boxes

By Rik Henderson

Humax's FVP-4000T Freeview Play recorders have just got even better, you can now play Netflix content using them.The 500GB and 1TB set-top-boxes have each received over-the-air updates to add the Netflix app. Subscribers to the paid TV and movie streaming... Read more

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

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

By Chris Hall

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... Read more

Google gives its Nexus Player the axe

Google gives its Nexus Player the axe

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Hugely controversial Preacher exclusive to Amazon Prime Instant Video in UK

Hugely controversial Preacher exclusive to Amazon Prime Instant Video in UK

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Chris Hall

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

You'll need to pay for BBC iPlayer from 2017

You'll need to pay for BBC iPlayer from 2017

By Rik Henderson

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,... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

YouTube could soon offer a paid service that streams cable channels

YouTube could soon offer a paid service that streams cable channels

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

New Hulu subscription service to stream broadcast, cable TV channels

New Hulu subscription service to stream broadcast, cable TV channels

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Netflix added a record 6.74 million new subscribers in Q1 2016

Netflix added a record 6.74 million new subscribers in Q1 2016

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

YouTube introduces live streaming for 360-degree videos, spatial audio

YouTube introduces live streaming for 360-degree videos, spatial audio

By Elyse Betters

YouTube doesn't just want you to experience all angles of scene; it wants you to do so as the action unfolds.Google-owned YouTube first launched support for 360-degree videos in early 2015, but now, just in time for the Coachella music festival in the... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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,... Read more

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

By Mike Lowe

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.... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

Freeview Play to get even better with UKTV support

Freeview Play to get even better with UKTV support

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Stuart Miles

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,... Read more

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

By Chris Hall

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... Read more

Sky Kids app 'Buddies' bring TV and on demand fun to the little ones

Sky Kids app 'Buddies' bring TV and on demand fun to the little ones

By Luke Edwards

Sky has announced its new Sky Kids app which aims to keep your children entertained. It will be available from 31 March, arriving just in time to help keep them busy over the Easter holiday.The Sky Kids app, available for iPad and some Android tablets,... Read more