TV http://www.stuff.tv/google/tv/news en-GB Masterch(i)ef: The top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade http://www.stuff.tv/tv/top-10-tv-shows-we-d-see-remade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix’s remake of House of Cards was the first online-only TV show to win an Emmy. Here are 10 ideas we hope might repeat its success if we were in charge… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Please don&#039;t sue us Netflix" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stufflix.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve spent enough hours in front of the telly to know what makes good watching. Naturally, we reckon we could have a pretty decent stab at producing our own shows, so we&#39;ve compiled a list of guaranteed hits.</p> <p>They&#39;re all remakes designed to breathe some fresh air into some bona fide classics.</p> <p>Send all cheques to Stuff HQ and we&#39;ll start calling Hollywood now.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Breaking Bad in Flemish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Why is it always foreign shows that get remade in English? Why not vice versa? Breaking Bad in Flemish tells the story of Wilhelm White, a teacher from the Belgian city of Genk, who turns locally grown poppies into heroin, which he sells to support his family after he&rsquo;s diagnosed with a terminal illness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="[COUGHING INTENSIFIES]" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flemish-bad.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five Children and IT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A loosely educational show about a group of school children who discover a mysterious creature in a local park that assesses their levels of computer literacy and then teaches them how to code. Their newfound skills lead to highly lucrative jobs at Facebook. Zuckerberg promptly buys the land housing IT and fills it with adverts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ch@ng1ng R00m5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stuff&rsquo;s very own Laurence Llewllyn Bowen lookalike, Tom Parsons, spends the weekend in a stranger&rsquo;s house sorting out the patchy Wi-Fi in the back bedroom, installing a decent surround sound system and ripping all their DVDs to a 5TB NAS drive (for their own personal use you understand), while subjecting them to his awful taste in music.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="956" height="717" title="Tom Parsons has never looked better" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parsons-bowen.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Goodnight Sweetheart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gentle, time travel comedy about a social media evangelist (played by Paul Danan) who lives a double life, travelling through a wormhole in the airing cupboard of his Dalston flat to the first Gulf War. There he falls in love with an Iraqi market stall owner who fails to understand the importance of engaging with brands and refuses to &lsquo;like&rsquo; any of his Instagram posts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Masterch(i)ef </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Halo&rsquo;s near-mute hero swaps his plasma rifle for a miniature blowtorch and shows viewers how to cook various delicacies from the Halo universe, including slow-roasted Grunt with a pea foam. At the end of each episode he tries to feed his culinary creation to Guilty Spark but always fails because Guilty Spark is a computer that doesn&rsquo;t have a mouth.</p> <p>Image credit: Dekanuva, <a href="http://dekanuva.deviantart.com/art/Master-Chef-371887321" target="_blank">deviantART&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Finish the food" alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/master-chief-chef.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hurricanes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Live-action remake of the &lsquo;90s cartoon about a superstar football team made up of slightly offensive national stereotypes. Similar to WWF wrestling each game will be scripted, with real-life professional footballers filling each on-pitch role. Well, they&rsquo;re so accomplished at pretending to be hurt during real games, why not put those skills to good use?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The APPrentice with Steve Ballmer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>5-minute &#39;interactive webisode&#39; in which Microsoft&rsquo;s bellowing ex-boss, Steve Ballmer, pitches you a selection of the best apps from the Windows Phone store in his own unique way. At the end viewers can use an on-screen voting system to pick their favourite, with the rest consigned to the internal memory of a Nokia Lumia 800 and buried in the Finnish tundra. Part one of one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This isn&#039;t even Photoshopped..." alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ballmer_1.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lovejoy: Reserve Not Met </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Antiques dealer and professional Ebay user Jack Lovejoy (played by Danny Dyer) tracks down rogue sellers while making last-second bids on vintage furniture. Rather than making all episodes available to watch at once, Netflix-style, the viewer will have to pay over the odds for them to be delivered individually, or hire a van and collect them from the studio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Desmond’s (pilot only) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Using state-of-the-art CGI techniques Lenny Henry plays all characters (including animals) in this remake of the &lsquo;90s sitcom, with the original&rsquo;s barbershop setting changed for a budget hotel, owned and run by Mr Desmond. In this pilot episode he hires a pig to run the hotel bar but its lack of opposable thumbs proves to be an obstacle and chaos ensues.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Killing for Kids </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Animated remake of the Scandinavian murder mystery with all characters replaced with talking sheep. Morten Sheep has lost his favourite wooly jumper and, fearing it dead, enlists the help of Jan Sheep, Ann Sheep and Lars Sheep to track it down. So slow-paced it&rsquo;ll send even the most hyperactive child to sleep, it&rsquo;s perfect bedtime TV for little Tarquin and Ocado.</p> <p>For more on Netflix and the future of TV, pick up the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/may-issue-stuff-sale-now/news" target="_blank">May issue of Stuff magazine. On sale now.</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-tech-predictions-future/feature" target="_blank">Stuff at 15: future tech predictions for the next 15 years</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" title="Sheeplock Holmes. Sorry." alt="Top 10 TV shows we’d like to see remade" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sheeplock.jpg?1397449732" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/tv/top-10-tv-shows-we-d-see-remade/feature#comments TV Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:55:16 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435300 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's Fire TV box is a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The retail giant has just announced a do-it-all box that could be set to take over your living room. Chromecast, Apple TV et al - take note </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="515" height="386" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-main.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours, Amazon&#39;s set-top box has been revealed at last. And at first glance it&#39;s a feature-packed entertainment monster.</p> <p>For starters, it&#39;s one of the most powerful set-top boxes around, despite its little-black-box appearance. A quad-core processor, dedicated graphics chip and 2GB of RAM make it, according to Amazon, three times more powerful than rivals such as the Roku and Apple TV. It&#39;s basically a high-end tablet, minus the screen.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s just jump straight to the main course. All that power means that, yes, the Fire TV can play games, and there&#39;s a dedicated US$40 controller to take advantage of it.</p> <p>Aimed at people who&#39;d prefer to play mobile games on the big screen, the Fire TV has thousands of existing games to choose from, with big names like Minecraft and Asphalt 8 among the A-list titles.</p> <p>Amazon Game Studios also introduced its first game, Sev Zero, a first-person alien shooter with tower defence elements.</p> <p>The controller itself has all the usual buttons and sticks, along with media playback controls.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="671" height="503" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-controller.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice search at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="392" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/EnchantingIcyBaboon" width="482"></iframe></p> <p>The Fire TV also has another impressive accessory - a bundled remote - which has a built-in microphone for voice search.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means no more pecking way at individual letters painfully slowly like on the Roku or Apple TV. Simply say the name of an actor, show or movie, and you&#39;ll be presented with the search results instantly. Bliss.</p> <p>There are tonnes of services to choose from too. Amazon Prime Video is naturally one of them, but so is its rival Netflix, along with Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube and more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tasty extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One feature we&#39;re looking forward to testing out ourselves is called ASAP. It learns and predicts what content you like and caches it in the background when idle, meaning instant playback without any buffering.&nbsp;</p> <p>IMDB integration is also on the cards in the form of an &#39;X-Ray&#39; feature, allowing you to read up about on-screen actors during movies on your Fire HDX tablet.</p> <p>Other extras include Music in the form of Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and music purchased from Amazon itself. You can bring up lyrics of songs you&#39;re listening to with X-Ray as well, which is handy for spontaneous karaoke nights, if you&#39;re into that sort of thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="451" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-pandora.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Child friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FreeTime, the Kindle Fire HDX feature which limits children&#39;s gaming and video-watching activities also returns, making sure that little Timmy doesn&#39;t get too distracted by blasting aliens instead of finishing off his homework.</p> <p>FreeTime mode also serves up a simpler child-friendly interface with whole host of free children&#39;s content from Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and more. FreeTime mode needs a password if you want to revert to the standard interface, for extra peace of mind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="560" height="421" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kids.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kindle Fire TV will be shipping in the US from today, for US$99. We&#39;ve contacted Aamzon with regards to UK pricing and release dates and were told that &quot;Fire TV is not available outside the US at this time and we&#39;re not able to speculate on future plans&quot;.</p> <p>We&#39;ll keep you posted, as always.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon launches Fire TV box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news#comments Amazon Games consoles TV Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:34:58 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434731 at http://www.stuff.tv No games console needed: Philips' 55in 4K TV is powered by Android http://www.stuff.tv/philips/55in-4k-tv-pixel-packed-and-powered-android/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Console, TV, streamer and more, this huge Google screen will make jaws hit the floor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" alt="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-4k-hot-stuff.jpg?1395969266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>4K?&nbsp;</strong><br />Yep. Ultra High Definition. More pixel packed than 1080p at 3840 x 2160 pixels. Your eyes won&#39;t know what&#39;s hi them.</p> <p><strong>I had no idea Sky and Freeview broadcasted in 4K!</strong><br />Sadly, they don&#39;t. And won&#39;t for a while yet. Admittedly, 4K content is very thin on the ground at the moment, but you could always jump on board the expensive early adopter bandwagon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plus, there&#39;s another, very compelling reason to drain your child&#39;s college fund to snap up a Philips 8800 series telly.&nbsp;Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Android?</strong><br />That&#39;s right. The Philips 8000 series models are the first to land in the UK running Google&#39;s OS, which means full Play Store access. Powered by a hexa-core processor, your TV becomes a games console, media streamer and web browser, all rolled into one neat package.</p> <p><strong>Impressive stuff. Anything else?</strong><br />You bet. An integrated camera can measure how far you are from the screen so that sharpness can be adjusted accordingly, and Philips&#39; four-sided Ambilight tech is also thrown in for room-filling colour immersion. Chuck in voice and gesture control, and you&#39;ll have the smartest TV on the block.</p> <p><strong>Is there any point asking how much it is?</strong><br />Nope. No official prices have been released, but we&#39;re betting your bank account isn&#39;t going to like it one bit. It&#39;ll be out in &#39;the second quarter&#39; of this year, which translates to anywhere between April and June, but a UK release has yet to be confirmed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="848" title="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" alt="This 55in 4K TV is pixel-packed and powered by Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-4k-tv-2.jpg?1395969266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/philips/55in-4k-tv-pixel-packed-and-powered-android/news#comments Hot Stuff Philips TV Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:29:40 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434427 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung UHD Video Pack is a 4K hard drive that makes even rubbish films look pretty http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-uhd-video-pack-4k-hard-drive-makes-even-rubbish-films-look-pretty/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 1TB drive comes with five movies and three documentaries in ultra HD quality – and there&#039;s more to come </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung UHD Video Pack is a 4K hard drive that makes even rubbish films look pretty" alt="Samsung UHD Video Pack is a 4K hard drive that makes even rubbish films look pre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-4k-tv.jpg?1394587159" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>4K is amazing (we know because we&rsquo;ve seen it), but the TV manufacturers have been so busy making fancy 4K TVs they&rsquo;ve not had the time to produce much in the way of fancy 4K content to watch on them.</p> <p>Samsung has taken note, and while it waits for the promised 4K streams from Netflix has also come up with it&rsquo;s own solution - the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin UHD Video Pack.</p> <p>The UHD Video Pack is essentially a 1TB hard drive that comes pre-loaded with five movies and three documentaries, all in razor-sharp 4K.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300 for 50 4K movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The good news is that once you&rsquo;ve got the UHD Video Pack at home you can download more movies and documentaries from a dedicated portal, and they&rsquo;re included in the price of the device itself, which while unconfirmed is rumoured to be around &pound;300. No news yet on whether the artistic worth of the downloads is higher than the pre-installed bunch, but there will be over 40 of them - so here&rsquo;s hoping.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no denying that 50 4K movies for &pound;300 is a pretty great deal, though, and it&rsquo;s exciting to finally get some 4K movies.</p> <p>If you agree, you&rsquo;d best make sure you get a Samsung UHD TV - there&rsquo;s some sort of handshaking involved that means the UHD Video Pack won&rsquo;t work with tellies from other manufacturers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature">Here&#39;s why 4K TV is set to conquer your living room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung 4K curved TV" alt="Samsung 4K curved TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-curved-4k-tv.jpg?1394587159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-uhd-video-pack-4k-hard-drive-makes-even-rubbish-films-look-pretty/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 4K Samsung TV Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:40:26 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433578 at http://www.stuff.tv BBC announces new iPlayer, with new mobile apps rolling out today http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/bbc-announces-new-iplayer-new-mobile-apps-rolling-out-today/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aims to create a smoother, simpler, more discoverable experience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="new iplayer" alt="new iplayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPlayernew.jpg?1394559145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The BBC&#39;s iPlayer platform is now six years old. In that time it has served up over 10 billion programme requests and 23 million app downloads, which is a testament to the terrifying popularity of <em>Mrs Brown&#39;s Boys</em>, but with BBC Three going off-air the Beeb has beefed up its online-only offering with a smoother, sleeker and completely re-engineered iPlayer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The main aim of the new platform is to make TV programmes more discoverable for the 42% of people who arrive on iPlayer with no idea what they&#39;re going to watch. The layout of the front page has been changed, with finer subdivisions made between categories - so you don&#39;t have to wade through all of &#39;Factual&#39; to find that otter documentary - and collections of programmes grouped by series, event or theme.</p> <p>There&#39;s an improved EPG, too, which jumps quickly to prime-time when you click on one of the previous seven days, and improved playback features - if you&#39;re watching something that&#39;s on TV now, you can jump to the beginning or to the previous programme just by clicking on the playback progress bar.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll also be able to sign in to the new iPlayer, which should help you find programmes more easily. Regarding the slightly un-BBC data collection this will involve, a BBC spokesperson stated that, &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want the data for advertising, or for anything other than a great content experience&rdquo;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lessons from Netflix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Beeb devoted much of this morning&#39;s press conference to talking about the new content that&#39;s being commissioned for iPlayer before traditional TV. In a climate in which Netflix and Amazon are trying to position themselves as programme makers, the BBC is obviously keen to keep up, and its digital-first offerings will include some big guns - new exclusive comedy from the likes of Stewart Lee, Bob Mortimer, Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry will appear in May, and a new series of documentaries from Adam Curtis will follow in July. There will also be something with Mickey Flanaghan in it, and Goldie will be making a programme about Matisse paintings.</p> <p>Further down the line, the BBC plans to extend the 7-day on demand service to 30 days, and to introduce more online-only offerings, such as a video channel for Radio 1. No word yet on 4K streams (unlike Netflix), but we live in hope of the Beeb producing a Planet Earth-style showcase of what the next generation of TV will truly be capable of.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news">How Netflix is going to bring 4K streaming to your TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New BBC iPlayer launches </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/bbc-announces-new-iplayer-new-mobile-apps-rolling-out-today/news#comments BBC iPlayer TV Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:01:12 +0000 Will Dunn 1433562 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku takes on Google Chromecast with Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plug-in HDMI stick turns your telly into a Smart TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku Streaming Stick" alt="Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roku-streaming-stick.jpg?1394017200" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over in America-land, Roku is so popular &ndash; two-and-a-half times the daily usage of Apple TV, it claims &ndash; that its TV streamy gubbins are getting <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/ces-2014/roku-tv-sets-drop-box-simpler-smart-tv-ces/news" target="_blank">hardwired into new TVs</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news#comments Roku TV Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:00:01 +0000 Stephen Graves 1433287 at http://www.stuff.tv Here's why 4K TV is set to conquer your living room http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stop all that talk of it being &quot;the new 3D&quot;. Ultra HD is awesome – and it&#039;s here to stay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG EC9800" alt="LG EC9800" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-curved-oled-4k.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The relentless march of tech progress is tramping through our living rooms again, with current-gen TVs set to be booted out by this year&#39;s poster boy &ndash; 4K.</p> <p>Sound familiar? Yes, we heard all this before, with 3D TV.</p> <p>But where 3D faltered, despite manufacturers trying repeatedly to ram it into our retinas, 4K really is set to soar this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 4K picture is simply astonishing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Watch native 4K footage and HD will never look the same again. For one thing, you&#39;ll find yourself trying to wipe non-existent Vaseline from the screen, or flapping your arms to clear the fog that must surely be obscuring your vision.</p> <p>4K is just that sharp. If you want to get into specifics, it delivers 4096x2304 pixels versus 1080p&#39;s 1920&times;1080 pixels. Many &quot;4K&quot; TVs are actually Ultra HD resolution, cramming 3840x2160 pixels into a 16:9 aspect ratio &ndash; whatever the case, you&#39;re getting around four times the resolution.</p> <p>Even your old films will look better in 4K &ndash; the resolution of 35mm film is roughly equivalent to that of 4K, meaning it&#39;s time to restock your media library yet again.</p> <p>On the plus side, older films will look even better than they did at the cinema on release. After scanning Lawrence of Arabia at 8K resolution for its 4K restoration, Grover Crisp&#39;s team at Sony Pictures discovered that white streaks in several scenes were actually cracks caused by heat damage to the emulsion itself. &quot;They&#39;ve always been there, they&#39;ve been visible on every print anyone has ever seen,&quot; explains Crisp. Not any more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lawrence of Arabia restoration" alt="Lawrence of Arabia restoration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lawrence-of-arabia-restoration.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Netflix 4K hands-on" alt="Netflix 4K hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-4k-hands-on-01_3.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K is hitting the high street hard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&#39;s 4K sets came in at around &pound;4000-&pound;6000 on release; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-kd-55x9005a/review" target="_blank">Sony KD-55X9005A</a> has since dropped to a mere &pound;3300. 2014 has already seen prices slashed dramatically &ndash; Polaroid has announced a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/polaroid/ces-2014/polaroid-unveil-4k-tvs-ces-cost-less-600/news" target="_blank">50in set that costs &pound;600</a>, and Australian firm Kogan has launched a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kogan/kogans-new-55-inch-4k-tv-costs-550/news" target="_blank">55in set</a> for a wallet-friendly &pound;550.</p> <p>Of course, if you want to spend the big bucks, there are still plenty of options, with LG announcing 55in, 65in and 77in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/4k-oled-ultimate-tv/news" target="_blank">EC9800 curved 4K OLED TVs</a> running WebOS at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a> &ndash; and netting a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">2014 CES Hot Stuff Award</a> for its trouble.</p> <p>If you&#39;re feeling particularly flush, there are also massive flexible 4K OLED screens from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2014/hands-video-preview-lg-77in-4k-flexible-oled-tv-transforms-touch-button/video" target="_blank">LG</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsungs-flexible-oled-tv-bends-your-command/news" target="_blank">Samsung</a>. And Sony&#39;s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector &ndash; also a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">2014 CES Hot Stuff Award</a> winner &ndash; can blast 147in images onto your wall for an eye-watering US$30,000-US$40,000.</p> <p>You can also pick up a 4K monitor for your computer &ndash; Asus&#39; PQ321 31.5in 4K monitor, for example, is priced at US$3800 &ndash; though you&#39;ll need a pretty powerful graphics card to play games at that resolution. Time to buy a pretty powerful graphics card.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Polaroid 50GSR9000" alt="Polaroid 50GSR9000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-4k-tv-01_0.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="403" title="Kogan 4K TV" alt="Kogan 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kogan%20TV_0.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Ultra Short Throw Projector" alt="Sony Ultra Short Throw Projector" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ultra-short-throw.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With 4K, bigger is better. And big is good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almost all 4K TV sets are big, starting at around 50in. There&#39;s a reason for that &ndash; those extra pixels mean that the video you&#39;re watching will look crisp even when blown up to epic proportions.</p> <p>Scot Barbour, Vice President of Production Technology at Sony Pictures, explains: &quot;Basically, to be able to even see 4K resolution, there&#39;s a given distance sweet spot from the screen, one and a half screen heights away. So you&#39;re going to want to have a bigger screen and be closer to it to actually be able to perceive 4K for what it&#39;s really about.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OK, so there&#039;s not much to watch yet – but it&#039;s coming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to watch something in native 4K? Your options are limited, although they are set to expand throughout 2014. The big movie studios have yet to agree on a disc standard, meaning that for the time being, the only way to watch 4K is using streaming media.</p> <p>4K media streamers include the US$1750 Redray and the more reasonably-priced US$300 Nuvola NP-1. Sony offers the FMP-X1 for US$700 &ndash; currently in the US only &ndash; with a fairly limited choice of films including Taxi Driver, Salt and The Amazing Spider-Man.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s plugging the gap with &quot;4K mastered&quot; Blu-rays - scanned at 4K, downscaled to 2K and upscaled back to 4K by your 4K telly or a 4K-ready player. Having seen The Amazing Spider-Man&#39;s 4K Mastered Blu-ray side by side with a native 4K version, it&#39;s impressive - but it&#39;s still not the real deal.</p> <p>No need to cast down your popcorn in anger, though &ndash; 4K Blu-rays are on the way. Eventually. &quot;There have been some discussions about how to do 4K delivery via physical media,&quot; says Jeremy Glassman, Manager for Emerging Platform Development and Marketing at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. &quot;The Blu-ray disc itself is a great foundation - if they were to go that way. Because it&#39;s been able to support internet connectivity, it&#39;s been able to support 3D &ndash; 4K is a great evolution of that.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony FMP-X1" alt="Sony FMP-X1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-FMP-X1.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Taxi Driver Mastered in 4K Blu-ray" alt="Taxi Driver Mastered in 4K Blu-ray" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/taxi-driver.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix to the rescue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately, you don&#39;t need extra hardware to stream 4K &ndash; YouTube can stream some videos in 4K using Google&#39;s royalty-free <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/youtube/ces-2014/youtube-show-low-bandwidth-4k-streaming-ces/news" target="_blank">VP9</a> codec, while streaming rival Netflix will be launching an Ultra-HD streaming service on 14th February, with the second season of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">House of Cards</a> airing in 4K.</p> <p>Netflix will also play host to the entirety of Breaking Bad, shot in 35mm and remastered in 4K &ndash; though it&#39;s keeping tight-lipped on other 4K series for the time being. Expect to see plenty of visual wallpaper in 4K before more Netflix Originals drop in Ultra-HD.</p> <p>Netflix is able to deliver 4K over broadband thanks to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news" target="_blank">H.265 codec</a>, which enables it to stream 4K at bitrates of around 15Mbps. The catch is that your 4K set will need a HEVC decoder, which isn&#39;t included in last year&#39;s models. Netflix reckons that manufacturers will be developing HEVC set-top boxes, though &ndash; and in the short-term, expects a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/eyes-we-feast-our-peepers-netflixs-4k-streaming-video/news" target="_blank">firmware update to the Sony PS4</a> that&#39;ll make it 4K-capable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/house-of-cards_2.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad_2.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K broadcasting isn&#039;t as far off as you think </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although BBC North controller of production Mark Harrison&nbsp;notes that, &quot;We are years away from being able to make and transmit in 4K,&quot; broadcasters are already gearing up for the 4K revolution. The HEVC H.265 codec brings bitrates down to around 15Mbps, close to the 12Mbps currently used for some 1080p HD broadcasts &ndash; which means that 4K could be broadcast using the existing physical infrastructure.</p> <p>Over in Japan, the government is preparing for full-fledged&nbsp;4K broadcasts this year, while in Blighty the BBC has begun 4K trials, shooting last year&#39;s Wimbledon in 4K.</p> <p>&quot;There are three pieces of the puzzle,&quot; says Keith Vidger, business development manager for digital cinema production at Sony. &quot;Display technology, content - and people have been making content for years in 4K - and transmission. That&#39;s the thing that we have the least control over, but it seems to be taking care of itself in short order, far and away over the 20 years that it took for HD to take hold.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s a far cry from 3D &ndash; four years after the launch of Sky 3D, it&#39;s still got the only 3D channel in the UK. Unencumbered by ludicrous glasses, and with an arsenal of films, documentaries and dramas set to blast our eyes with razor-sharp detail, 4K is going to dominate our living rooms in 2014 &ndash; and beyond.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wimbledon 4K" alt="Wimbledon 4K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wimbledon.jpg?1390300042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/imho/stuff-cool-list-2013-this-year-4ks-jaw-dropping-picture-will-conquer-your-liv </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014: Year of 4K TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why Ultra HD is set to conquer your living room </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature#comments 4K Cool List TV Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:27:19 +0000 Stephen Graves 1424526 at http://www.stuff.tv LG EC9800: 4K + OLED + webOS + 4K Netflix might well equal the ultimate TV http://www.stuff.tv/4k-oled-ultimate-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG is the first to combine 4K and OLED technologies in one screen, and it bags Netflix 4K streaming [updated with webOS video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" alt="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-EC9800-hot-stuff.jpg?1389694667" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-kd-55x9005a/review" target="_blank">We love 4K</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ke55s9c/review" target="_blank">we love OLED</a>, but we&#39;d be loathe to choose one over the other.</p> <p>Thankfully, LG has squished that particular predicament by announcing no less than three new TVs that combine both.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big and curvy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The smallest of the new models is 55in, but in the fictional world in which we have massive houses and even bigger salaries it&#39;s the 77in&nbsp;77EC9800 that we&#39;d get.</p> <p>All three have curved screens, which LG still claims is for the purposes of immersing you in the picture but we&#39;re still fairly unconvinced about, even if they do look darn pretty.</p> <p>These 4K OLEDs also obviously pack in every other technical bell and whistle in LG&#39;s roster, including apparently infinite contrast ratios, a Colour Refiner, and upscaling of standard-def and bog-standard HD to near-4K quality. They also all get the new and rather lovely looking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2014/lgs-webos-tv-leaks-ahead-ces/news">webOS-powered smart TV platform</a>, which we&#39;re hoping to go hands-on with very shortly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3029461217001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3029461217001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" alt="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%204K%20OLED%202%20Cropped.jpg?1389748316" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix going 4K crazy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course it&#39;s native 4K you really want to be watching, which is why Netflix President Reed Hastings stormed the LG stage at CES, to declare that LG would be the first manufacturer to integrate Netflix 4K streaming into its TVs, and to confirm that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">season 2 of House of Cards will be available to stream in 4K this year</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s a big win for LG. Combined with what looks to be the most compelling smart TV platform yet, it&#39;s making the company&#39;s 2014 TV lineup look pretty formidable.</p> <p>There will be plenty more 4K news at CES over the coming days, so stay tuned to Stuff - and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">check out the other big CES 2014 news right here.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Netflix streaming 4K in 2014" alt="Netflix streaming 4K in 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/house-of-cards_0.jpg?1389748316" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 CES Hot Stuff Award winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">The LG EC9800 is one of our 2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards winners &ndash; click here to read about the rest</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/4k-oled-ultimate-tv/news#comments CES 2014 LG Netflix TV Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:17:48 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430775 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung gets flexible with the world's first 85in bendy TV http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gets-flexible-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sammy&#039;s flexible friend can change from flat to curvy in seconds [updated with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s bendable 85in TV" alt="Samsung&#039;s bendable 85in TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung_105inB_1.jpg?1389490966" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/ces-2014-must-read-news-best-day-one/news" target="_blank">CES 2014</a> is well underway, and with metronome predictability, the big electronics manufacturers are racing to present &quot;world firsts&quot; at the show.</p> <p>Samsung is first out of the gate, conjuring up a 85in TV that can change from a flatscreen to a curved screen at the drop of a hat.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/news/samsung-creates-the-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Curved LED screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leaving aside the question of whether you&#39;d want a flexible TV &ndash; and whether it&#39;ll actually make it into production &ndash; Samsung brought along some more concrete products to the show.</p> <p>The forthcoming UE9000 series of curved LED (not OLED) Ultra HD 4K screens were unveiled with great ceremony, showing off a flagship 105in model alongside &#39;smaller&#39; 78in, 65in and 55in versions.</p> <p>They&#39;ll all get a UHD Evolution Kit so they can easily be upgraded if the 4K spec changes, come fitted with a Quad Core Plus processor and, in the US at least, will include a UHD Video Pack with pre-loaded 4K film content from 20th Century Fox and Paramount.</p> <p>Via <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/samsung-creates-the-worlds-first-85in-bendy-tv" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">CES 2014 - all of the biggest news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3025445027001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3025445027001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Weren&rsquo;t they making instant cameras way before hipsters spoilt them for the world? You&rsquo;re not wrong, but they&rsquo;ve moved on to TVs too.</p> <p>It&#39;s brought its latest televisual efforts along to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014" target="_blank">CES</a>&nbsp;&ndash; and has grabbed headlines with its&nbsp;50GSR9000 4K TV, which is set to retail for a mere US$1000. That&#39;s &pound;607 in real money.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultra HD for pennies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The budget 4K TV packs three HDMI inputs, but lacks smart TV features. And while the image is pin-sharp from the front, viewing angles are limited. The design is pretty basic, too &ndash; a bulky, plasticky frame surrounds the screen. Still, at this price you can hardly complain; you&#39;re getting 4K TV for a fraction of the price of rival sets,&nbsp;bringing Ultra HD within the reach of ordinary buyers for the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now, if only there was something to watch on it; sadly, as it isn&#39;t a Smart TV, you won&#39;t be able to watch&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s streaming 4K shows</a>&nbsp;on it.</p> <p>If that&rsquo;s still too steep for you, Polaroid has also taken the wraps off a non-4K 50in set that comes with a built-in Roku Streaming Stick and HDMI outputs for just US$600.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" alt="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-4k-tv-07.jpg?1389620313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" alt="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-4k-tv-05.jpg?1389620313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" alt="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-4k-tv-03.jpg?1389620313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" alt="Polaroid 50GSR9000 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-4k-tv-06.jpg?1389620313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/polaroid/ces-2014/polaroid-unveil-4k-tvs-ces-cost-less-600/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/polaroid/ces-2014/polaroid-unveil-4k-tvs-ces-cost-less-600/news#comments 4K CES 2014 Polaroid TV Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:21:19 +0000 Will Findlater 1430641 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku TV sets drop the box for simpler Smart TV at CES http://www.stuff.tv/roku/ces-2014/roku-tv-sets-drop-box-simpler-smart-tv-ces/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart TV sets from the budget streamers land at CES with Roku&#039;s excellent library of apps, films and TV shows on board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku TV CES 2014 " alt="Roku TV CES 2014 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roku-tv-ces-2014.png?1389017312" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We love Roku for taking internet TV smarts and sticking them in an affordable box that gives the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-tv/review">Apple TV </a>a run for its money. But what&#39;s this? Roku&#39;s taking said Roku Channel Store smarts and plonking them back into a TV set? Don&#39;t fret - Roku&#39;s promising to do what Samsung and LG are yet to crack: making smart TV simple.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/joe-cox" title="View user profile.">Joe Cox</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku Logic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The TVs will be built with the help of Hisense and TCL, two of the biggest Chinese TV manufacturers, to roll out TVs in sizes from 32 to 55 inches.</p> <p>Roku says its TVs will &quot;remove all of the complicated layers and menus, and unnecessary menus and settings that plague smart TVs today, and instead provide a Roku home screen that brings together all content sources&quot;.</p> <p>Roku is a long time Stuff favourite for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-12-and-3-add-iplayer-and-nowtv-your-oggle-box/news">its streaming boxes</a>, such as the Roku 2 XS, which compete with set-top boxes such as Apple TV plus it also supplied the nuts and bolts for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-now-tv-box-makes-your-tv-smart-ten-pounds/news">&pound;10 Now TV Box</a>.&nbsp;Roku TV will have full access to the Roku Channel Store, which rocks 450 channels in the UK including BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Now TV, Demand 5 and Spotify. </p> <p>It will feature just 20 remote-controlled buttons in an effort to simplify the navigation process, and will also work with mobile devices via the Roku app for iOS or Android. If Roku can bring all that at a decent price, we may cancel that wishful Apple TV order after all. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 2 streaming box " alt="Roku 2 streaming box " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku-2-UK-Main-Front-_0.jpg?1389017312" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/ces-2014/roku-tv-sets-drop-box-simpler-smart-tv-ces/news#comments CES 2014 Roku TV Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:58:48 +0000 Sophie Charara 1430758 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: Every Apple fan should own an Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell explains why Apple’s little black box is a misunderstood and under-appreciated product – seemingly even by the company that made it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-06.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you nip over to Apple&rsquo;s online store, you&rsquo;ll see all manner of shiny things immediately available for purchase.</p> <p>iPhones, iPads, Macs and iPods take up pride of place. Underneath, at the time of writing, Apple proudly and prominently displayed a Nike FuelBand, an iOS-compatible telescope, and hideously expensive Philips Hue bulbs, which quite possibly arrive in a box labelled &lsquo;more money than sense.&rsquo;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hidden away </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking that the Apple TV something of a dirty little secret as far as Apple&rsquo;s concerned. It&rsquo;s barely noticeable on the store home page, and the company rarely mentions it during events.</p> <p>Now and again, a few new channels appear without warning, assuming a half-arsed Apple software update doesn&rsquo;t turn your Apple TV into a shiny black brick, and there&rsquo;s still no hint of an SDK or App Store for third-party apps.</p> <p>That means, out of the box, you&rsquo;re stuck with whatever channels Apple deigns to provide (which isn&rsquo;t much &mdash; and even less for anyone outside of the USA), along, naturally, with the means to buy and rent movies, TV shows and music from the iTunes Store.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-01.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An under-appreciated gem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It all seems so limited and limiting, which is why people are often surprised how highly I rate the Apple TV; in fact, I consider it among the best Apple kit I own, and it&rsquo;s certainly one of the most under-appreciated devices in the company&rsquo;s line-up.</p> <p>Frankly, I was just as surprised myself when I realised how good the Apple TV was, but to be fair it did happen all of a sudden, once AirPlay arrived in fully-formed fashion. AirPlay is Apple&rsquo;s take on wireless media streaming, and it was initially audio-only. As of iOS 4.3, video entered the equation, enabling you to fling pretty much whatever&rsquo;s on your iOS device at your telly, by way of the Apple TV.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-04.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Losing the game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The system remains imperfect for gaming &mdash; there&rsquo;s sometimes a perceptible (if only very slight) lag that throws off timing &mdash; but it&rsquo;s excellent for everything else. If your TV outputs to a decent amp, an Apple TV makes a perfect conduit for music and radio apps; when companies don&rsquo;t bafflingly block AirPlay video (I&rsquo;m looking at you, Channel 4), the Apple TV again provides a link between your device and TV.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve a PC or Mac knocking about, various servers (Air Video, StreamToMe, Plex) enable media in all kinds of formats not supported by iOS to be re-encoded, fired across your network to an iPhone or iPad, and then get beamed to the Apple TV, which happily squirts the resulting footage to your telly.</p> <p>It&#39;s even possible to stream audio and video from non-Apple devices. Use an app such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bianor.amspremium&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Flipps HD</a> on your Android smartblower and you get to join in the fun, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-02.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why you need an Apple TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Apple TV isn&rsquo;t alone in its niche, and all manner of broadly similar units exist, some boasting features that enable owners to truly geek out, from NAS support to built-in BitTorrent clients. But there&rsquo;s something about the Apple TV&rsquo;s simplicity and elegance combined with the scope evident when it&rsquo;s used in conjunction with iOS devices that makes it truly delightful.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a halo product, the sort of thing that will convert Android advocates or Windows fans to Apple, but any music or telly fan with an iPhone or iPad to hand would be mad to pass one up; and Apple too should give its little black box more TLC, rather than considering it second best to some flashy, expensive Wi-Fi lightbulbs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-05.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature#comments Apple TV TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:45:29 +0000 Stephen Graves 1429845 at http://www.stuff.tv New Apple TV is on the way (no, not THAT Apple TV) http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-apple-tv-way-no-not-apple-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple could have a new black hockey puck media machine on the way, according to Amazon&#039;s clues </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="898" height="674" title="New Apple TV is on the way (no, not THAT Apple TV)" alt="New Apple TV is on the way (no, not THAT Apple TV)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-amazon-france.jpg?1382142147" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon's French and German sites have listed the third generation Apple TV as out of stock, suggesting that a refreshed version is on the way.</p> <p>The sites state that the Apple TV won't be back in stock until 23 October, one day after the big iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 launch next Tuesday.</p> <p>If you're on the verge of picking up an Apple TV, you might want to hold back for a few days to see what Tim Cook reveals on stage next week.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-apple-tv-way-no-not-apple-tv/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/new-apple-tv-way-no-not-apple-tv/news#comments Apple Streaming TV Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:19:34 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428055 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku 1,2 and 3 add iPlayer and NowTV to your goggle box http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-12-and-3-add-iplayer-and-nowtv-your-oggle-box/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Roku 3 set-top box and two new other models are bringing iPlayer and Now TV goodness to televisions in the UK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 3" alt="Roku 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku-3-with-Headphones-1024x597.jpg?1384959562" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want access to a lot more channels on your television, but dislike lengthy contracts, Roku has your back.</p> <p>The Roku 3 set-top box is making the trip from the US to the UK, the company has announced, bringing with it the promise of iPlayer and NowTV as well as apps like DropBox,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-snags-first-emmy-online-only-tv-drama/news">Netflix</a>&nbsp;and Flixster and even mobile gaming, although the game library looks somewhat limited at the moment.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ben-griffin" title="View user profile.">Ben Griffin</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3, 2, 1, blast off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Roku 3 has an ethernet port plus a dual core processor, and a motion-sensitive remote control for playing games like Angry Birds on your telly.</p> <p>Roku has also announced two other new models, the 1 and 2. The 1 is the most basic model and comes with a single core processor and 1 by 1 Wi-Fi, while the slightly pricier Roku 2 ups its game to 2 by 2 WiFi and has a headphone socket in the remote for when you want to watch TV in silence.</p> <p>All devices support full 1080p playback.</p> <p>The Roku 1, 2 and 3 cost &pound;59, &pound;79 and &pound;99, respectively. All models will go on sale next week on Roku&#39;s website or from the likes of Amazon UK, but you can <a href="http://www.roku.com/uk/choose-your-roku">pre-order the Roku 1 and 2</a> today if you so desire.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth pointing out that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv-box-powered-sky/now-tv-box-hands-review/feature">Sky Now TV box</a>, which costs a measly &pound;10, is based on a previous-gen Roku box &ndash; whether spending at least another &pound;49 on an own-brand Roku is worth it remains to be seen.</p> <p>[<a href="http://crave.cnet.co.uk/homecinema/roku-1-2-and-3-add-iplayer-now-tv-to-your-telly-from-59-50012331/">CNET UK</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 2" alt="Roku 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku-2-UK-Main-Front-.jpg?1384959562" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-12-and-3-add-iplayer-and-nowtv-your-oggle-box/news#comments Roku TV Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:56:35 +0000 Ben Griffin 1427068 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips 65PFL9708: Ambilight + 4K + Dropbox + Hue = blimey http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/philips-ambilight-4k-dropbox-blimey/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 65in 4K TV breaks cover at IFA - and it&#039;s packing all kinds of new cloud goodies. UPDATED: now with Ambilight + Hue details </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips 65PFL9708" alt="Philips 65PFL9708" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-tv-main.jpg?1383751578" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Philips isn't the first TV manufacturer to go 4K, but its new 65in set sure packs in the tech.</p> <p>For a start, the 65PFL9708 (catchy name, guys) has a 65in 3840x2160 LED-lit LCD screen with 900Hz motion processing, HD to 4K upscaling and 'Micro Dimming Pro' backlighting for improved contrast. So far, so standard, but it one-ups competition from Sony, Samsung and LG with three-sided Ambilight, the latest iteration of a fine Philips vintage that extends the picture with LED backlighting to the top and sides of the set.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TV, now with Dropbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 65PFL9708 also offers Philips' new Cloud TV smart TV software running on a 6-core processor. Now this is neat. Your Philips TV can now access all of images, music and movies you have stored in Dropbox via the Cloud Explorer app, auto-organising playable files by media type. You get 4GB of free Dropbox storage if you register through the set, too - hardly competitive with the 50GB you'll get with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>, but better than nothing.</p> <p>Other elements of Cloud TV include Cloud Gaming (a gaming apps library) and 'TV 3.0', a Boxee-esque list of hundreds of online TV channels all accessible through the Cloud TV interface. We're awaiting further details on exactly which services are available, though Netflix and iPlayer will be present and correct.</p> <p>There's built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi to connect, which also supports Miracast for mirroring your Android phone's screen.</p> <p>The good news is the TV is available at the end of October. The bad news is that you might need to save a bit before you get one, as its RRP is £4500. That's far from crazy by 4K TV standards, but it's still quite crazy. (Just so you know, the 84in version is a whopping £13k).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips 65PFL9708" alt="Philips 65PFL9708" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-tv-02.jpg?1383751578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips 65PFL9708" alt="Philips 65PFL9708" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-tv-03.jpg?1383751578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ambilight + Hue = surround ambient lighting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The&nbsp;65PFL9708 is one of the many Philips Ambilight TVs that works in unison with Philips' brilliant Hue Wi-Fi lighting range to deliver 'surround' lighting.</p> <p>In case you didn't know, Ambilight uses LEDs in the back of the TV to cast a glow around the TV that apes the on-screen colours, tricking your brain into thinking you're seeing a bigger picture, and, according to Philips reducing eye fatigue.</p> <p>With Hue, that glow can now fill a room, for a more immersive visual experience. A bit like a lo-fi version of Microsoft's Illumiroom concept, but one that you can buy right now - and it works with any Ambilight TV of model year 2011 onwards, as long as you have an Android or iOS device to control it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Ambilight + Hue" alt="Philips Ambilight + Hue" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Ambihue.jpg?1383751578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/philips-ambilight-4k-dropbox-blimey/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/philips-ambilight-4k-dropbox-blimey/news#comments IFA 2013 Philips TV Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:31:34 +0000 Stephen Graves 1426247 at http://www.stuff.tv