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CBeebies Playtime Island now available for free for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets

CBeebies Playtime Island now available for free for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets

By Rik Henderson

After huge success with its last collection of games for pre-schoolers, the BBC has launched a second CBeebies Playtime app for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets with all-new games and experiences to keep young kids amused.Like the original, CBeebies... Read more

BBC iPlayer adds Live Restart to mobile and tablet apps, other huge changes coming soon

BBC iPlayer adds Live Restart to mobile and tablet apps, other huge changes coming soon

By Rik Henderson

The BBC will shortly roll out Live Restart to its BBC iPlayer mobile and tablet applications, bringing them in line with the TV and set-top-box versions.Live Restart was introduced as a connected TV feature in August last year. It allows you to start... Read more

Sony's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player not likely to appear until 2017

Sony's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player not likely to appear until 2017

By Rik Henderson

Sony showed of a prototype version of its first dedicated 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray during the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin last week, but while rivals have machines already on shelves, it might not appear until 2017.The deck shown doesn't... Read more

Panasonic 4K OLED TV for 2017 is coming - and looks like it'll be a stunner

Panasonic 4K OLED TV for 2017 is coming - and looks like it'll be a stunner

By Mike Lowe

First there was the Viera CZ950V: Panasonic's first 4K OLED television. A TV that we first laid eyes on back in January at the CES 2016 trade show; the very first THX certified 4K OLED, no less; a TV that, despite its £6,000 asking price, sold out its... Read more

Panasonic UB700 4K UHD Blu-ray player takes on Samsung UBD-K8500 in price wars

Panasonic UB700 4K UHD Blu-ray player takes on Samsung UBD-K8500 in price wars

By Mike Lowe

Panasonic has a brand new 4K UHD Blu-ray player, the UB700, which is pitched a peg lower than its UB900 bigger brother - and perfectly placed to take on the Samsung UBD-K8500 in the €500/£430 price wars.The UB700 is similar to the UB900 with many of... Read more

Roku overhaul will see five new streaming boxes released, include 4K and HDR

Roku overhaul will see five new streaming boxes released, include 4K and HDR

By Rik Henderson

Roku will reportedly enforce its biggest line-up overhaul in many years, replacing all of its current streaming devices with all-new boxes, many of them offering 4K video.Two leaks have revealed Roku's plans. Documents filed with the Federal Communications... Read more

Bush Digital TV Recorder has fluid viewing-style features without needing Sky Q

Bush Digital TV Recorder has fluid viewing-style features without needing Sky Q

By Rik Henderson

British tech firm Bush has announced a Digital TV Recorder that gives access to your stored programmes even when you are out and about.Thanks to ShowDrive support, users can record TV shows on the new set-top-box and watch them on mobile devices over... Read more

Virgin Media TiVo customers get major platform update and new features

Virgin Media TiVo customers get major platform update and new features

By Rik Henderson

Virgin Media has unveiled a new set-top box over the last couple of days, the Virgin Media V6 box powered by TiVo. We're still awaiting details on what it has to offer but, in the meantime, users of existing boxes are to get new features from today too.An... Read more

Rogue One trailer shows Star Wars prequels can work after all

Rogue One trailer shows Star Wars prequels can work after all

By Rik Henderson

To be completely honest, we've not been as excited on the build up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as much as we were ahead of Force Awakens. After all, the track history of Star Wars prequels hasn't been great.But this new trailer changes everything.Director... Read more

Bang & Olufsen embraces 4K Ultra HD and Android TV with BeoVision 14

Bang & Olufsen embraces 4K Ultra HD and Android TV with BeoVision 14

By Rik Henderson

It has been a couple of years since Bang & Olufsen unveiled a new television, the stunning BeoVision Avant. And it's been even longer since it released the BeoVision 11.However, a spiritual successor to the latter is now available in the form of the BeoVision... Read more

How to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics on TV, online, mobile and in VR

How to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics on TV, online, mobile and in VR

By Rik Henderson

The Rio 2016 Olympics are finally upon us and we can look forward to more than two weeks of action across a vast array of sports.The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will also be streamed live around the world, with the former starting tonight, 5 August.... Read more

New Apple TV plans emerge, EPG for digital shows and films

New Apple TV plans emerge, EPG for digital shows and films

By Rik Henderson

After Apple was said to have ditched plans for its own television broadcast service at the end of last year, there have been few rumours about its TV expansion plans. And the Apple TV set-top-box is still waiting for something to ignite its potential,... Read more

New Apple TV Remote app lets you control Siri on Apple TV from iPhone

New Apple TV Remote app lets you control Siri on Apple TV from iPhone

By Elyse Betters

Apple has released a new app, called Apple TV Remote, and it sort of replaces the previous Remote app.Teased at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference last year, the new Apple TV Remote app has been available for developers since June and was released... Read more

House of Cards comes to Sky in the UK

House of Cards comes to Sky in the UK

By Stuart Miles

Netflix stalwart, House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey will be available on Sky in the UK for the first time as part of a new move from the broadcaster to sell TV Box Sets in its Sky Store. Fans of the political drama will now be able to watch the... Read more

Sony XD9305 4K TV review: Making a strong first impression
4.0 stars

Sony XD9305 4K TV review: Making a strong first impression

By John Archer

Brilliant though the TV world's new high dynamic range (HDR) technology is, it's also proving monumentally hard for current TV technologies to handle. Which is precisely why Sony has moved past "current TV technologies" and come up with something new... Read more

Best Comic-Con 2016 trailers: Justice League, Wonder Woman, and more

Best Comic-Con 2016 trailers: Justice League, Wonder Woman, and more

By Elyse Betters

Although Comic-Con 2016 is done and dusted, you can relive some of the convention's best highlights via trailers and teaser clips.San Diego Comic-Con is an annual comic convention held in, well, San Diego. This year's SDCC kicked off with Preview Night... Read more

Now TV Smart Box review: Is live TV and Sky in one device worth the price?
4.0 stars

Now TV Smart Box review: Is live TV and Sky in one device worth the price?

By Rik Henderson

When Sky first revealed that it was to introduce another new Now TV box, it was widely presumed that it would feature 4K streaming. But even though Ultra HD content is coming to the company's flagship TV offering, Sky Q, the Now TV Smart Box maxes out... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Robot Wars, Kinky Britain and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Robot Wars, Kinky Britain and more

By Rik Henderson

Over the last few months we’ve suggested some cracking shows that you can catch-up with for free using Freeview Play and this week is now different.Freeview Play devices give you the ability to scroll backwards through the electronic programme guide... Read more

Panasonic Viera DX902 4K TV review: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality
4.5 stars

Panasonic Viera DX902 4K TV review: Honeycomb-sweet picture quality

By Chris Hall

The big sell with the Panasonic DX902 (or DX900 in other regions) is that this 4K TV is about as close as you'll get to a professional reference monitor in the home.That's a fairly lofty comparison, as reference monitors are incredibly expensive, designed... Read more

How to get 4K Ultra HD movies, sport and TV on your Sky Q box

How to get 4K Ultra HD movies, sport and TV on your Sky Q box

By Rik Henderson

Sky Q subscribers will finally be able to access 4K Ultra HD TV shows, movies and sport from 13 August, but ahead of the launch you can ensure your Sky Q Silver box is ready to play the content.Sky has started pushing a software update to your Sky Q... Read more

Sky Q major software update rolling out: Here's what your Sky Q box can do now

Sky Q major software update rolling out: Here's what your Sky Q box can do now

By Rik Henderson

Sky started to install its new Sky Q service and kit in customers homes at the end of March and, by all accounts, it has gone down very well indeed.However, all things can be improved over time, especially technology and entertainment equipment and Sky... Read more

Sony announces Z Series 4K TVs, brings Bravia 4K HDR TVs to Europe

Sony announces Z Series 4K TVs, brings Bravia 4K HDR TVs to Europe

By Elyse Betters

Sony has introduced a new flagship line of 4K LCD TVs, called the Z Series, and it's bringing five Bravia 4K HDR TVs to major UK and Irish retailers.Starting with the Z Series, which now sits above the X Series in terms of display quality, it includes... Read more

Sky Q features coming to Sky+, here's what to expect in Homepage refresh

Sky Q features coming to Sky+, here's what to expect in Homepage refresh

By Rik Henderson

Sky isn't just concentrating on Sky Q these days, after all the vast majority of its customers have Sky+HD boxes. Sky Q might be getting 4K soon, but Sky+ customers will also benefit from a user interface refresh that'll add several features to tie their... Read more

What is BBC+ and why should you download it for iPhone or Android?

What is BBC+ and why should you download it for iPhone or Android?

By Rik Henderson

The BBC generates an enormous amount of content each day: TV shows, news, radio programming and the thousands of pages of new material added to bbc.co.uk on a constant basis. However, with so much on offer, how on Earth do you find stuff that's interesting... Read more

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

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

By Rik Henderson

There's something for everyone in our round-up of TV shows from the last week to catch-up on. Comedy dramas, a top sporting event a sitcom and hard hitting documentary are included. And yes, there's Pokemon too, for all you Pokemon Go players who are... Read more

Hisense M7000 ULED TV gives you 55-inches, 4K UHD and HDR for just £799

Hisense M7000 ULED TV gives you 55-inches, 4K UHD and HDR for just £799

By Rik Henderson

Hisense continues down its path of offering the highest TV spec on a budget. The Hisense M7000 55-incher has 4K HDR tech for just £799.There's also a 65-inch model for just £1,199.The range uses what Hisense calls ULED technology. That's the name it... Read more

Watch The Open for free with Now TV

Watch The Open for free with Now TV

By Rik Henderson

You can watch the first day of The Open golf championship for free today, 14 July, thanks to Now TV.The major golf event is being shown exclusively by Sky Sports and if you don't have Sky you might miss out. However, Now TV is giving everyone a free Sky... Read more

What can I watch in 4K Ultra HD on Sky Q?

What can I watch in 4K Ultra HD on Sky Q?

By Rik Henderson

Sky Q goes live on 13 August, to coincide with the start of the new Premier League football season. However, rather than launch as a couple of new channels, as previously expected, there will be content available from day one in different forms.There... Read more

Sky Q 4K Ultra HD confirmed for 13 August and it's free

Sky Q 4K Ultra HD confirmed for 13 August and it's free

By Rik Henderson

Sky is finally ready to unleash its 4K Ultra HD services, as teased during the launch of Sky Q in November last year.The Sky Q service and boxes were made available to consumers in March, but Ultra HD content was always set to follow in the "summer".... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Life Stripped Bare, T in the Park and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Life Stripped Bare, T in the Park and more

By Rik Henderson

Considering what was on last week, including a Super Sunday of tennis, footy and F1, with the British Grand Prix, Wimbledon and Euro 2016 finals, we decided to completely ignore it all and give you some prime alternatives in our weekly catch-up TV round-up.All... Read more

YouTube Unplugged online TV service might launch soon with ESPN

YouTube Unplugged online TV service might launch soon with ESPN

By Elyse Betters

YouTube has been working on an online TV service, and a new report makes it seem like it might finally be coming together.According to The Information, YouTube is close to inking deals with ESPN, ABC, and CBS. If that's true, those channels will be offered... Read more

Sky Broadband Shield porn filter switched on by default, here's what it does and how to turn it off

Sky Broadband Shield porn filter switched on by default, here's what it does and how to turn it off

By Rik Henderson

After successful trials of a "default on" approach with its Sky Broadband Shield service for some customers last year, the company has made the bold step of switching on porn and adult content filters for every customer by default.New customers who register... Read more

Now TV Smart Box: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Now TV Smart Box: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

By Rik Henderson

Sky has now set into motion a new stage for Now TV, its internet streaming service that has grown massively over the last couple of years.Not only has it introduced a new package and way to get Now TV, with the Now TV Combo that includes broadband and... Read more

What is the Now TV Combo, how much does it cost and when can I get it?

What is the Now TV Combo, how much does it cost and when can I get it?

By Luke Edwards

Not only has Sky released a new Now TV Smart Box, but also offers a new contract-free home connectivity package.The Now TV Combo from Sky encompasses a streaming service pass, unlimited broadband and a phone line.Releasing such an all inclusive package... Read more

Now TV Smart Box and Now TV Combo bundle available, erm, now

Now TV Smart Box and Now TV Combo bundle available, erm, now

By Rik Henderson

Sky announced its next Now TV box at an event in London just over a week ago and has revealed that you can nab one from today, Thursday 7 July.It is also the Now TV Combo from today too, which lumps a streaming service pass, unlimited broadband, and... Read more

8 reasons Sony Bravia TVs are setting the pace in 2016

8 reasons Sony Bravia TVs are setting the pace in 2016

By Pocket-lint Promotion

There’s a lot to take in if you’re thinking of buying a new TV these days. New technologies are revolutionising picture quality, smart features are becoming ever more sophisticated, and there have never been so many content sources to choose from.... Read more

You can now buy Samsung’s fancy Serif TV in the US from MoMA

You can now buy Samsung’s fancy Serif TV in the US from MoMA

By Elyse Betters

Art enthusiasts can now get a Samsung TV from a Manhattan museum to complement the highbrow decor of their living rooms.Last year (about nine months ago, to be exact), Samsung announced a new TV. But it's not one of those flexible, curvy, or super-thin... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Wimbledon, Formula E and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Wimbledon, Formula E and more

By Rik Henderson

It has been a real summer of sport and that is reflected in our weekly round-up of TV shows from the last seven days you should catch-up on.If you scroll backwards through a Freeview Play electronic programme guide, you can click on any of the following... Read more

The Minecraft movie has a release date, coming in 3D and to IMAX

The Minecraft movie has a release date, coming in 3D and to IMAX

By Elyse Betters

Minecraft diehards can rejoice! Their movie is just three years away.Mojang has announced an official release date for the game series' first feature film. The developer studio, which Microsoft acquired in 2014 for $2.5 billion, said its Warner Bros-produced... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Glastonbury 2016, Celebrity Masterchef and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Glastonbury 2016, Celebrity Masterchef and more

By Rik Henderson

We know the feeling. You're bored with live TV and want something to watch immediately that isn't a soap or the news.These days though, you are spoiled for choice, especially if you have Freeview Play on your TV or set-top-box.Televisions, set-top-boxes... Read more

Netflix finally considering downloads for offline viewing

Netflix finally considering downloads for offline viewing

By Rik Henderson

A couple of years ago, Netflix told Pocket-lint that offline viewing was very unlikely to ever happen. Licensing of shows and movies was one reason given.Since then, its major rival Amazon Instant Video added offline viewing for some of its content, for... Read more

Seven cool features of the Sony XD93 TV

Seven cool features of the Sony XD93 TV

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Television technology is going through an unprecedented period of change right now. The combination of new Ultra HD screens, high dynamic range technology (HDR) and ever-changing, ever-expanding smart TV features has made it harder than ever for consumers... Read more

What is Sony PlayStation Vue and where is it available?

What is Sony PlayStation Vue and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Sony PlayStation Vue is no longer limited to the PlayStation platform.That means almost anyone can pick a plan and - without a cable contract - get access to a rich channel offering that comes close to matching what cable and satellite providers currently... Read more

What is 4K HDR and how will it change your TV?

What is 4K HDR and how will it change your TV?

By Pocket-lint Promotion

The talk of the town is 4K HDR, arriving with force in 2016, and changing just about everything about home entertainment. It appears in a number of guises and forms, but more importantly, perhaps, than the resolution race of recent years, the HDR side... Read more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Eurotrash, The Living and The Dead and more

Best catch-up TV on Freeview Play: Eurotrash, The Living and The Dead and more

By Rik Henderson

If you have access to a device that features Freeview Play, be it a supported TV or set-top-box, you can simply catch up with shows you've missed by scrolling backwards through the electronic programme guide.That takes away the fuss of having to come... Read more

Westworld trailer looks amazing, HBO’s robot cowboy sci-fi to meet high hopes

Westworld trailer looks amazing, HBO’s robot cowboy sci-fi to meet high hopes

By Luke Edwards

The HBO adaptation of the Westworld film has finally been teased in a trailer that makes it look even better than the original. Robot cowboy slaves finding self-awareness, what's not to love?The ten part series, to air on Sky Atlantic in the UK, is described... Read more

The gadgets and costumes of Suicide Squad in pictures: Harley Quinn, The Joker and more

The gadgets and costumes of Suicide Squad in pictures: Harley Quinn, The Joker and more

By Rik Henderson

After a busy E3 in Los Angeles, we were invited to end the week with a trip to Warner Bros Studios in Burbank to undertake a tour of the lot and get up and close to a whole host of props and costumes.We saw plenty of items from past and present, including... Read more

Get out the party streamers, Netflix picture-in-picture has arrived on iPad

Get out the party streamers, Netflix picture-in-picture has arrived on iPad

By Luke Edwards

Many owners of the iPad rejoiced when the iOS 9 update rolled in baring the gift of picture-in-picture. But that joy was mixed with lament as it didn’t extend to Netflix. Let happiness reign, it's just arrived.Netflix has rolled out a new update that... Read more

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