Netflix http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/all en-GB Watch movies all day and get paid for it – Netflix has the dream job for film buffs http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-wants-pay-you-watch-movies/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The streaming service is looking for British &quot;taggers&quot; to categorise films and TV shows </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </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="1202" height="900" title="Cinema Paradiso" alt="Cinema Paradiso" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cinema-paradiso-home.jpg?1405092019" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Netflix has the perfect job for film buffs: watch movies for money.</p> <p>The streaming video service is recruiting its first British tagger &ndash; a job position that involves watching films and TV shows and filling out an in-depth survey on the plot, character beats, themes and visuals.</p> <p>It&#39;s all in aid of classifying Netflix&#39;s exhaustive library of content &ndash; those tags are the reason it&#39;s able to present you with 20th Century Period Pieces Based on a Book with a Strong Female Lead.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll need a &quot;background and/or degree in film &amp; TV a strong knowledge of film and TV as well as an analytical mind,&quot; according to Netflix. And you can expect those analytical skills to be put to the test, too; as part of the recruitment process you&#39;ll be shown several seemingly-unconnected films and asked to work out what links them.</p> <p>&quot;Films such as Snatch, Shutter Island, Saving Private Ryan and Exit Through the Gift Shop &ndash; which is a documentary about the British street artist, Banksy,&quot; says Todd Yellin, Netflix&#39;s VP of Product Innovation. &quot;You could come up with your own answer that makes sense, but the answer that we&#39;re looking for is that they&#39;re all visually-striking films.&quot;</p> <p>But why is Netflix looking for a British (or Irish) tagger in particular? It&#39;s all to do with cultural nuances. Netflix wants to make sure that when it&#39;s serving up shows, it&#39;s using the right terminology. As Yellin points out, &#39;witty&#39; means something different to a British user than to an American user; Americans prefer active comedy, Brits prefer dialogue-based wit (because of our heritage of Shakespeare and Wilde, says Yellin. Flattery will get you everywhere).</p> <p>So, if you reckon you can pore over movies and pick them apart, head on over to <a href="http://jobs.netflix.com/jobs.php?id=NFX01466" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s jobs site</a> to apply.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F10RFx3h3WI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-wants-pay-you-watch-movies/news#comments Netflix Streaming Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:58:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441771 at http://www.stuff.tv The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve scoured the furthest reaches of the video-on-demand service to root out the best movies, documentaries and TV shows currently available to view </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="Much Ado About Nothing" alt="Much Ado About Nothing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/muchado.jpg?1403288802" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Video-streaming service Netflix gives you a vast number of films, TV shows and documentaries to choose from &ndash; and that can be a problem.</p> <p>More often than not, you find yourself spending your entire evening shuffling through the selection trying to pick something to watch &ndash; before realising that you no longer have time to actually watch a film.</p> <p>Never fear; we&#39;ve rifled through the Netflix catalogue to bring you our top picks, from rom-coms to superhero movies to obscure documentaries. Let Stuff be your guide on your cinematic odyssey.</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"> House of Cards </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>Netflix has amassed an impressive library of TV shows, but HBO &ndash; home of top-tier drama like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones &ndash; has always spurned its advances.</p> <p>Netflix&#39;s solution? Level the playing field by throwing money at its own prestige series. House of Cards is the jewel in its crown, with David Fincher behind the camera and Kevin Spacey in front of it as scheming Democratic Majority Whip Frank Underwood. Its depiction of the White House as a cesspool of self-interested career politicians is light years away from The West Wing &ndash; and seeing Spacey&#39;s Machiavellian plots unfold is a delight.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ULwUzF1q5w4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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"> The House of Cards Trilogy </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>No, that&#39;s not a typo. Once you&#39;ve finished motoring through the Netflix series, you&#39;re ready to tackle the 1990s BBC drama that it&#39;s (loosely) based on. Where Kevin Spacey&#39;s Frank Underwood is all smooth Southern charm, Ian Richardson&#39;s Francis Urquhart is positively reptilian &ndash; a Shakespearian villain in a post-Thatcher Britain.</p> <p>Yes, it doesn&#39;t have the polish of the multi-million dollar US show, but it&#39;s packed with character &ndash; and Urquhart is one of the great screen villains.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ylu3x72WHTs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Priceless </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>Audrey Tautou stars in this charming French rom-com, playing a gold-digger who mistakes a barman for a multi-millionaire. He&#39;s only too happy to play along &ndash; and when he&#39;s found out, she offers to teach him how to become a gigolo.</p> <p>Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany&#39;s, it has something of the feel of 1960s Blake Edwards about it, with its whirl of parties on the Côte d&#39;Azur. Gad Elmaleh&#39;s Jean makes for an excellent foil to Tautou&#39;s Irène; their comic timing transcends the language barrier. Watch with a glass of wine, or several.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E9RmzeK3g5U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> The Thin Blue Line </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>Errol Morris&#39; seminal documentary follows the story of one man&#39;s wrongful imprisonment for the murder of a Texas police officer in 1976.</p> <p>Although it&#39;s best remembered as the film that saved a man from Death Row, it also pioneered many documentary techniques that are now commonplace, including reconstructions of the events leading up to the murder (recounted several times, from contradictory viewpoints) and avoiding narration. One key shot, in which an interviewee reaches up to scratch his nose and reveals that he&#39;s wearing handcuffs, brilliantly demonstrates how editing can be used to manipulate the viewer.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dNL5A4D0G4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Toy Story 3 </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>Has there ever been a trilogy as consistently superb as Toy Story? We can&#39;t think of one. The third instalment follows Woody, Buzz and the gang as they cope with Andy&#39;s departure for college and find themselves discarded in a daycare centre with a dark secret. Somehow, it manages to surpass the first two movies, adding genuinely moving moments alongside all of the funny, clever and thrilling bits. Kids will love it, but really, it&#39;s wasted on them - only an adult could truly appreciate its message about the horrible inevitability of growing up.<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JcpWXaA2qeg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 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"> Sherlock </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>Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss bring Sherlock Holmes into the present day, in slick, stylish fashion. Benedict Cumberbatch shot to fame on the strength of the title role &ndash; but Martin Freeman&#39;s performance as the down-to-earth John Watson is just as important to the show&#39;s success, with a thousand Tumblrs now dedicated to capturing their interplay in GIF form.</p> <p>Netflix has the first two series available to view &ndash; they may be short at just three episodes each, but those episodes are just as long (and packed with twisty-turny plotting) as any movie. Pace yourself and space them out for maximum enjoyment.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GhXgs5z45gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Unbreakable </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>M Night Shyamalan&#39;s star may have fallen somewhat since the risible The Happening and The Last Airbender, but this early effort shows why he once commanded above-the-title billing. Bruce Willis stars as everyman hero David Dunn, who survives a train crash and comes to suspect that he has superhuman powers of endurance.</p> <p>Pre-empting the recent run of superhero movies, it&#39;s a more realistic, grounded take on the comic book genre &ndash; and its plot makes vastly more sense than Shyamalan&#39;s more lauded The Sixth Sense.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h5eCFjjQFxY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Hard Candy </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>This taut psychological thriller gave Ellen Page her breakout role; as a teenager who turns the tables on a child molester who&#39;s grooming her, she makes for a brilliantly intense vengeful crusader. Director David Slade starts with a simple premise &ndash; what if the hunted was suddenly revealed as the hunter? &ndash; and piles twist upon twist.</p> <p>If the plotting gets a little bit hokey, the film&#39;s rescued by Page and her co-star Patrick Wilson &ndash; it&#39;s essentially a two-hander, and could play out equally well on the stage.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hvx0m2SeOSk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Super 8 </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>As JJ Abrams gears up to direct the new Star Wars film, it&#39;s worth revisiting his homage to the 1970s cinema that was defined by film-makers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. A love letter to the era &ndash; and to the director&#39;s youthful exploits as a film-maker &ndash; it follows a gang of kids who inadvertently catch an alien monster on film while they&#39;re making a creature feature movie.</p> <p>Mashing up the wonder of The Goonies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. with the scares of Jaws, it&#39;s no mere pastiche &ndash; this is an exciting adventure story in its own right, and is compelling proof that Abrams is the best choice to take the helm of the Millennium Falcon.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bqt9L4fIExA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Captain America: The First Avenger </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>With Captain America: The Winter Soldier hitting cinemas, it&#39;s a good opportunity to revisit the original film &ndash; a WW2 action-adventure that has more in common with Indiana Jones than Saving Private Ryan. Weedy Steve Rogers is determined to make the grade and fight the Nazi menace &ndash; but he&#39;s hamstrung by his 4F physique. When he&#39;s given the chance of enlisting in the US Army&#39;s Super Soldier program, he becomes Captain America &ndash; the Star-Spangled Man, taking the fight to the German deep science division, HYDRA.</p> <p>Director Joe Johnston has a flair for comic-book adventure, having previously directed The Rocketeer &ndash; and here, he pays tribute to the derring-do of wartime serials. Hugo Weaving camps it up as hissable villain the Red Skull (complete with Werner Herzog accent), while Chris Evans brings layers to Captain America, making him more than just a flag-waving steroidal freak. This is a more nuanced portrait of heroism than you&#39;d expect, playing on themes of self-sacrifice; in wartime, there are no happy endings.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JerVrbLldXw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-10"><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"> 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"> Primer </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>This mind-bending sci-fi film was made on a budget of just US$7,000; without the luxury of shiny spaceships or robot dinosaurs, director Shane Carruth crafted an intricate time travel tale shot in humdrum suburban locations. A group of engineers working on a project to reduce the weight of an object inadvertently discover a means of time travel, and fall out over the possible uses of their invention.</p> <p>To say more would be to spoil it &ndash; but be warned, you&#39;ll need to watch the film at least twice to get your head around its twisty-turny plot.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4CC60HJvZRE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-11"><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"> Avengers Assemble </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>Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon takes the reins for this superhero extravaganza, which brings together the heroes from four different Marvel films to fight an alien menace. When Marvel Studios embarked on its ambitious plan to cram Captain America, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Thor into one film, many wondered whether it was even possible.</p> <p>Fortunately, Whedon&#39;s experience with marshalling TV ensemble casts serves him well here; even Robert Downey Jr&#39;s Tony Stark doesn&#39;t threaten to unbalance the film. If the plot&#39;s a bit slight &ndash; aliens attack Earth while the heroes team up, fall out and team up again &ndash; the film makes up for it with some spectacular action sequences and a sparky, witty script. Surprisingly, it&#39;s one of the funniest films of the year, too, with each hero (and Tom Hiddleston&#39;s villainous Loki) getting a few zingers in.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eOrNdBpGMv8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-12"><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"> Sons of Anarchy </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>With its fifth season having just arrived on Netflix and the seventh due towards the end of the year, now is the perfect time to give this biker gang series a go. It&rsquo;s got action, violence and debauchery, but at heart it&rsquo;s essentially a soap opera with more leather and tattoos.</p> <p>Ron Perlman excels as the grizzled leader of the Sons of Anarchy, but this is also where you&rsquo;ll see Pacific Rim&rsquo;s Charlie Hunnam before Guillermo del Toro spotted him, sporting the best Californian accent you&rsquo;ll ever hear a Geordie perform. It&rsquo;s a brilliant show, but don&rsquo;t be tempted to jump in at the most recent series &ndash; you need to start at the start and let the characters and setting get under your skin if you&rsquo;re going to go with some of the more unlikely events of later episodes.<br /><em>- Tom Parsons</em></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="Sons of Anarchy" alt="Sons of Anarchy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sons-of-anarchy.jpg?1403288802" /> </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-13"><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 Cabin In The Woods </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 genius of this Joss Whedon-produced horror lies in the way it sets you up with a standard slasher premise - four unrealistically attractive college students go to a remote cabin for a weekend - then flicks the movie equivalent of a gestalt switch and turns it into an entirely different kind of film.</p> <p>Co-written by Whedon and Lost/Buffy scribe Drew Goddard, who also makes his directorial debut here, it&rsquo;s clever, witty, exciting and gruesome, often all at the same time. Great ending, too - and how many films can you truly say that about?<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NsIilFNNmkY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-14"><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 Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey </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 of Netflix&#39;s early coups was bagging the first-run rights to Peter Jackson&#39;s first Hobbit film. While it doesn&#39;t quite measure up to the heady heights of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, it successfully bridges the gap between the merry children&#39;s tale that was the original book, and the grittier feel of Jackson&#39;s previous films. Martin Freeman shines as the titular reluctant hero, dragged from the comfortable surroundings of his hobbit hole on an adventure with a band of rambunctious dwarves (characterised by Jackson as &quot;a rugby team on tour&quot;).</p> <p>It&#39;s slightly over-indulgent, cramming in references to the previous (later) films and fleshing out the rather slight story from the original book with diversions from Tolkein&#39;s other works &ndash; you&#39;ll certainly feel your backside getting numb as you sit through its three-hour running time. But once the camera starts sweeping over that New Zealand scenery, and Howard Shore&#39;s familiar score kicks in, you&#39;ll feel the pull of Jackson&#39;s Middle-Earth.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/visual-effects-secrets-hobbit-unexpected-journey/news" target="_blank">The visual effects secrets of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SDnYMbYB-nU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-15"><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"> 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"> Fringe </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>JJ Abrams is a Marmite kind of writer, and Fringe is very much a Marmite kind of show. You could lazily call it an X-Files for the 21st century - and you&rsquo;d be on the right track - but it&rsquo;s grounded more in true science fiction than its forerunner, which was always liable to veer off into fantasy territory whenever it fancied a werewolf or vampire yarn.</p> <p>Fringe, in contrast, attempts to justify all of its mysteries with hard science. It tells the story of an FBI team investigating unusual and unexplained cases - alright, so the X-Files comparison isn&rsquo;t that lazy after all - but it soon becomes a proper sci-fi series dealing with alternate universes, time travel and some of the more fanciful frontiers of modern science. The Abrams-isms may grate (lens flare and overly funky titles ahoy!) but the cast, including Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and the superb John Noble do a fine job and as sci-fi box-sets go, it&rsquo;s well worth 100 hours of your time.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z_rG4tIJsck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-16"><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"> Chuck </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 kind of show that could only ever come from the United States, Chuck has the brains and style of an indie flick but the cast and budget of a blockbuster. The set-up - affable, underachieving geek accidentally has a CIA computer program downloaded into his brain - may not make much sense, but once you&rsquo;ve set aside your cynicism, there&rsquo;s bags of enjoyment to be had here.</p> <p>Much of that is thanks to the cast, including Zachary Levi in the lead role, Yvonne Strahovsky as his all-action CIA handler and Adam Baldwin - a revelation as the single-minded John Casey; who knew a Baldwin could be so likeable? It&rsquo;s sharp, funny and best of all, gives hope to geeks everywhere that they one day might be secret agents. Well, we&rsquo;re still clinging on to that dream at least.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sX_FV_GhQqI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-17"><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"> I’m Alan Partridge </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>There are two types of people in the world. 1) Those who have seen I&rsquo;m Alan Partridge and love it 2) Those who haven&rsquo;t seen I&rsquo;m Alan Partridge. Logically, we suppose, there could be a third type - those who have seen it but didn&rsquo;t like it - but frankly, it seems too far-fetched to waste time on.</p> <p>So, if you&rsquo;re a type 2 person - maybe you&rsquo;re too young, or were in some kind of coma throughout the late &rsquo;90s and early &rsquo;00s - here&rsquo;s your chance to catch up on The Greatest British Comedy Of All Time. And if you&rsquo;re a type 1 person, watch it again anyway - seeing the faux-pas-prone chat-show host attempt to navigate such real-world situations as a romantic meal and a trip to the garage for some tungsten-tipped screws will never grow old.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VokAbAfTfCc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-18"><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 </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 big Scandi-crime-drama craze started here, with cold, analytical detective Sarah Lund and her amazing knitwear collection attempting to solve the mystery of a student&rsquo;s disappearance. Unlike most crime dramas, it turns a forensic eye on the human side of the story, continuing to follow the missing girl&rsquo;s family and friends long after most shows would&rsquo;ve moved on to the hunt for suspects.</p> <p>As a result, it&rsquo;s often a bleak, difficult watch, in which you feel as if you&rsquo;re genuinely intruding on private grief (it&rsquo;s OK, you&rsquo;re not; it&rsquo;s a TV show). So, not one to watch on a sunny Sunday afternoon with the kids, but as dark, gripping dramas go, there are few better.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/93zg79PWqoM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-19"><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 Bridge </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 big Scandi-crime-drama craze continues here, with cold, analytical detective Saga Noren and her amazing collection of outrageously misjudged one-liners. The Bridge isn&rsquo;t quite so dark as The Killing, but only in the way that being blindfolded and left in a cellar isn&rsquo;t quite so dark as having no eyes.</p> <p>That said, it does contain moments of genuine hilarity, mostly stemming from the odd-couple pairing of Noren&rsquo;s by-the-book Swedish cop with affable Danish detective Martin Rohde. But also lots of murder and anguish and heartbreak and knitwear.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YX1y5kGZcHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-20"><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"> 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"> Orange Is the New Black </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>Netflix&rsquo;s second-best original series after House of Cards, this is a prison show that goes its own way: less brutal than Oz, less daft than Prison Break and more compelling than Prisoner Cell Block H, it&rsquo;s a fish-out-of-water drama (based on a true story) in which a white, middle-class Brooklynite ends up in a low-security women&rsquo;s jail for a crime committed almost a decade previous.</p> <p>A character-driven show that uses Lost-style flashbacks to explore the pre-prison lives of the cast, Orange Is the New Black has proved such a hit that a second season is due to arrive in June.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nryWkAaWjKg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-21"><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"> Indie Game: The Movie </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>If game development doesn&rsquo;t strike you as a compelling subject for a feature-length documentary, allow Indie Game: The Movie to prove otherwise. The film concerns itself with the troubles and tribulations besetting the makers of two quirky, low-budget titles &ndash; Fez and Super Meat Boy &ndash; as well as spending time with proven indie success Jonathan Blow, whose Braid had already grabbed and armful of awards and made Blow a rich man.</p> <p>The business aspects of indie game development themselves make this a worthy tale to tell, but it&rsquo;s the personal moments, driven by Fez&rsquo;s neurotic creator Phil Fish and the likeable, struggling Super Meat Boy developers Tommy Refenes and Edmund McMillen. A true underdog story.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GhaT78i1x2M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-22"><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"> Fargo </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 movie that cemented Joel and Ethan Coen&rsquo;s reputations as two of the world&rsquo;s finest filmmakers (it won a brace of Oscars), Fargo is a crime-thriller concerning a botched kidnapping and its ramifications. But it&rsquo;s not so much the plot as the characters, the dialogue and the classic Coen-esque pitch-black comedy that make this film so enjoyable.</p> <p>A rich, character actor-filled movie that playfully lampoons the Minnesota in which the Coens grew up, Fargo proved a welcome relief from the scores of sub-par Tarantino rip-offs doing the rounds in the wake of Pulp Fiction.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h2tY82z3xXU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-23"><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"> Archer </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 James Bond-esque secret agent with the womanising, drinking and love of casual violence turned right up to 11, Archer is one of the greatest anti-heroes we&rsquo;ve seen in an animated show. He&#39;s in good company at private spy agency ISIS, staffed as it is with a collection of selfish, bungling agents and perverts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Perfect for Netflix binge-watching, thanks to its 20-minute episodes, it&#39;s generously packed with snappy one-liners and Arrested Development-esque in-jokes. It&rsquo;s just as good as it sounds. The fifth season has just dropped on Netflix, taking the characters in an unexpected new direction...<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ccKsjIUWVuI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-24"><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 </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>What, did you think we&#39;d forgotten? Breaking Bad has been praised to the heavens by critics and those members of the public who clap their hands over their ears and shriek &quot;spoilers!&quot; when you start talking about it. Of course we were going to put it in this list.</p> <p>Bryan Cranston&#39;s Walter White is one of the great characters of modern fiction; a mild-mannered chemistry teacher whose cancer diagnosis prompts him to turn his skills to creating crystal meth &ndash; with the help of his former student Jesse. Series creator Vince Gilligan claims that he pitched the show as being the story of &quot;a man who transforms himself from Mr Chips into Scarface.&quot; And where the early episodes play up White&#39;s hilariously incompetent attempts to enter the drugs trade, as the series progresses he develops into a genuinely chilling character.&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch it. Now. If only so that you don&#39;t have to keep clapping your hands over your ears and shrieking &quot;spoilers!&quot; whenever anyone mentiones it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 10 movies you need to see in 2014</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="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad_3.jpg?1403288802" /> </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-25"><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"> 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"> Much Ado About Nothing </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>Director Joss Whedon had his fill of explosions and big-budget action with his superhero film Avengers Assemble &ndash; so by way of a palate cleanser, he turned to Shakespeare. Filmed in two weeks at Whedon&#39;s own house, with a gaggle of actors from his previous productions, it&#39;s very much a personal project.</p> <p>Relocating Shakespeare&#39;s romantic comedy to the present day, the director dials up the sexuality and infuses the film with his own charm; although he&#39;s known for his dialogue and wordplay, Whedon proves that when working from another writer&#39;s script, he&#39;s equally adept at subtle visual comedy.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AAMsDP_DMHE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-26"><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"> Lawless </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>Most gangster films feature sharp-suited Chicago hoodlums wielding tommy guns &ndash; not so John Hillcoat&#39;s crime drama, which follows a family of rural bootleggers attempting to profit off Prohibition. Tom Hardy and Shia LeBeouf star as the Bondurant brothers, hillbilly moonshine producers looking to make a fast buck; Guy Pearce is the ruthless lawman trying to bring them down. Hardy&#39;s performance anchors the film; a mumbling, lumbering anti-hero clad &ndash; improbably &ndash; in comfortable knitwear.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b2pjH_dQQDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-27"><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 Bay </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>Barry Levinson&#39;s made some fine films in his time - Rain Man, Sleepers, Wag The Dog - but The Bay is his best in years. It&#39;s best described as an environmental horror but it&#39;s more &#39;tons of gore&#39; than &#39;Al Gore&#39;, and all the better for it. The film is shot in the found-footage style, but that doesn&#39;t grate as much as you might expect - although Levinson&#39;s insistence on proving that he knows about FaceTime, Skype and mobile video can get a bit tiresome. Overall, though, it&#39;s a timely warning about what we&#39;re doing to the planet, without ever being preachy about it.<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XcaQQZVjXQs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-28"><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 Raid </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>Channeling the spirit of classic action fare from the 80s and 90s, this Indonesian action movie &ndash; directed by Welshman Gareth Evans &ndash; portrays the absolute insanity that ensues when a SWAT team is trapped inside a criminal-infested tenement building. Expect brutal gunplay, bone&shy;-splintering martial arts and just enough of an emotional core to hold it all together. Mental stuff.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m6Q7KnXpNOg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-29"><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"> Death Proof </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>Something of an oddity in Quentin Tarantino&#39;s back catalogue, Death Proof was originally released as a double bill with Robert Rodriguez&#39;s Planet Terror. The Grindhouse double-bill flopped, but Tarantino&#39;s half &ndash; bumped up to full feature-length in an extended cut &ndash; is a gleeful homage to the heyday of the exploitation movie. Mashing together slasher flick conventions with the muscle cars from 70s road movies, it culminates in a breathtakingly tense setpiece: stuntwoman Zoë Bell clings to the bonnet of a speeding Dodge Challenger while Kurt Russell&#39;s Stuntman Mike tries to run her off the road.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7mICGcg5-pM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> <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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best of the streaming service, from superheroes to Shakespeare </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:14:42 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434854 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Angry Birds Transformers out soon, BlackBerry debuts secure BBM Protected service, and Breaking Bad hits 4K on Netflix http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/fully-charged-angry-birds-transformers-out-soon-blackberry-debuts-secure-bbm-protected-se <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the morning smorgasbord of news from around the tech world, so dig in </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="Angry Birds Transformers" alt="Angry Birds Transformers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/angrybirds-transformers.jpg?1403053266" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Angry Birds Transformers is a real thing, launching soon </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>Not tired of Angry Birds quite yet? You might be after Angry Birds Transformers rears its head on app storefronts in the near future. Nothing has been revealed beyond the teaser image above, which shows familiar series stars as cartoonish renditions of popular Autobots and Decepticons.</p> <p>If Angry Birds Star Wars is the likely model, we&rsquo;ll probably see a lightly tweaked version of the pull-to-fling formula with special abilities based on the various Transformers characters. It doesn&rsquo;t seem to be a direct tie-in with the upcoming fourth Michael Bay live-action adaptation, but the game will no doubt launch in time with its theatrical release.</p> <p>Assuming recent series entries like Angry Birds Go and Angry Birds Star Wars II are any indication, Angry Birds Transformers will probably be loaded with obnoxious advertising tie-ins and prompts to buy things physical and digital alike. After all, there&rsquo;s money to be made.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://transformers.angrybirds.com">Angry Birds</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-pono-takes-money-angry-birds-takes-epic-turn-and-new-contender-takes-youtube/news">Fully Charged: Pono takes the money, Angry Birds takes an Epic turn, and a new contender takes on YouTube</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-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"> BlackBerry launches secure messaging service </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>Soundly trounced by iOS and Android devices on the consumer side, BlackBerry is refocusing its efforts on business/enterprise customers&mdash;and this week&rsquo;s release of BBM Protected is a big step in that direction.</p> <p>BBM Protected is the first entry in its new eBBM Suite, and it offers secure mobile messaging between BlackBerry devices, with three layers of encryption for end-to-end protection. It sounds like it has the same functionality as traditional BBM, but with all the added protection (and no OS update or new IT hardware needed).</p> <p>Engadget says that iOS and Android versions of the app are expected out later this year, offering current BlackBerry device users even more incentive to leave the ecosystem. Wait, what is BlackBerry&rsquo;s business model again?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://ca.blackberry.com/business/products-services/e-bbm.html">BlackBerry</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/16/blackberry-launches-bbm-protected/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/mwc-2014/blackberry-goes-back-its-roots-q20-smartphone/news">BlackBerry goes back to its roots with the Q20 smartphone</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="606" title="BBM Protected" alt="BBM Protected" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bbm-protected.png?1403053266" /> </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"> Breaking Bad bumped up to 4K on 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>Muddy as its antihero&rsquo;s morality may be, hit television series Breaking Bad is now clearer than ever thanks to its newfound 4K resolution via Netflix. Word came down yesterday via Netflix staffer Joris Evers&rsquo; Twitter account, who says it&rsquo;s available everywhere that the service is found.</p> <p>Granted, there is a big caveat here&mdash;only folks with Ultra HD 4K Smart TVs with the embedded Netflix app and an HEVC H.265 decoder will be able to see Breaking Bad running in such a gloriously high resolution. Sadly, those with 4K computer monitors will have to wait for now, and everyone else will simply see the show in HD (or less).</p> <p>Of course, if you haven&rsquo;t seen Breaking Bad, now&rsquo;s a pretty excellent time to soak in the brutal and brilliant series&mdash;especially if you have one of the compatible 4K sets and a Netflix account handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jorisevers/status/478604722094751745">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">Netflix: by the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</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="675" title="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breakingbad.jpg?1403053266" /> </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"> See how much better new-gen Grand Theft Auto 5 looks </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>We&rsquo;ve seen a handful of prominent games gussied up for re-release on new-gen consoles, but none are as widely anticipated as Grand Theft Auto 5, which was revealed at Sony&rsquo;s E3 press conference last week for launch this autumn on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.</p> <p>Ever with an eye on graphics and performance, Digital Foundry has broken down the first new-gen trailer for the game and compared the PlayStation 4 version against footage running on PlayStation 3. If you didn&rsquo;t see much of a difference at first, surely this clip will convince you otherwise.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBkCB1zRIx4">Digital Foundry</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-grand-theft-auto-5-ps4-xb1-and-pc-facebook-s-accidental-slingshot-launch-and-">Fully Charged: Grand Theft Auto 5 for PS4, XB1, and PC, Facebook&rsquo;s accidental Slingshot launch, and SteelSeries&rsquo; eye-tracking gaming device</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pBkCB1zRIx4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/fully-charged-angry-birds-transformers-out-soon-blackberry-debuts-secure-bbm-protected-se#comments 4K BlackBerry Console games Grand Theft Auto 5 iOS games Netflix Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439336 at http://www.stuff.tv The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Huzzah! The company’s chief product officer predicts an end to you mindlessly searching for something to watch </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="The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport" alt="The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-ipad.jpg?1400585349" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What will Netflix &ndash; and TV in general &ndash; look like in ten years? Well, according to Neil Hunt, the company&rsquo;s chief product officer, it&rsquo;ll be a very different place.</p> <p>Speaking at New York&rsquo;s Internet Week conference, Hunt said that Netflix is developing its personalisation technology so quickly that, by 2025 (or possibly sooner), the days of you listlessly browsing its grid of shows and movies for something to watch will be long gone.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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>Hunt says that, as the recommendation engine improves, it will become easier for audiences to discover the smaller shows and films they might not otherwise try. And that means show- and movie-makers in turn will get more freedom to create material that falls outside the traditional TV broadcast model of 30 minute or hour-long instalments: &ldquo;The stories we watch today are not your parents&rsquo; TV, and the stories your kids watch in 2025 will blow your mind.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also hinted (albeit very vaguely) that Netflix would be moving into live broadcasting, saying we should &ldquo;stay tuned&rdquo; for future announcements along those lines. It&rsquo;s something that could shake up the way in which sport is shown, although he conceded that the way in which sport broadcasting rights are generally sold to the highest bidder meant that it was an area in which Netflix doesn&rsquo;t have any advantages over traditional media companies.</p> <p>Advertising, he said, is set for a big change. Netflix&rsquo;s subscription model, of course, means there are no ads at all, and the increasing popularity of internet TV will mean the death of the traditional ad break. But advertising will adapt, he believes: you might see fewer adverts, but the ones you see will be more relevant and more targeted.</p> <p>Interesting stuff. But what we really wanted to know is: when is Netflix going to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-cancelled-tv-shows-netflix-should-revive/news">bring back Firefly</a>?</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/05/neil-hunt/">Wired</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Might we see Premier League football on Netflix one day?" alt="Might we see Premier League football on Netflix one day?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/premier-league.jpg?1400585349" /> </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/netflix/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Netflix Streaming Tue, 20 May 2014 11:28:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437514 at http://www.stuff.tv The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long-time LoveFilm lover? Netflix nay-sayer? Don&#039;t worry, Amazon&#039;s streaming service is teeming with good films, and there&#039;s even a bit of decent TV on it, too. </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="Don&#039;t you stick your tongue out at us, young lady" alt="Best things to watch on Amazon Prime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blingring.jpg?1399887762" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know, we know, there&#39;s too much choice these days. You can&#39;t just sit down and watch a movie because there are too many to choose from, so you just spend hours scroling through potential films and then go to bed. Not now, you don&#39;t - everything on this list is worth watching.</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"><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"> 25. The Walking Dead (S1-3) </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 zombie apocalypse scenario has now been covered so many times that when the dead do eventually start clawing their way out of the ground in a shambling tide of brain-hungry violence, it&rsquo;ll hardly be worth mentioning. That&rsquo;s not to say that it doesn&rsquo;t make cracking TV, though, and if you&rsquo;re one of the few people who hasn&rsquo;t yet seen The Walking Dead, you owe it to yourself to do so now.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R1v0uFms68U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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"> 24. Almost Famous </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>In 1973, a nerdy 15-year-old journalist gets commissioned by Rolling Stone magazine to go on tour with a &lsquo;70s stadium rock band in this fun coming-of-age story. It&rsquo;s the movie that made <em>Stuff</em> writer Sophie Charara <a href="http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2013/10/08/why-i-love-almost-famous/">want to be a journalist</a>, and it fairly accurately depicts the sort of things that happen in our office during a typical week. Well, minus the parties and the fame and the excitement, but sometimes we have music on, and bus travel is often involved.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qk0XnyrENrE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 23. Chronicle </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>If you haven&rsquo;t seen a decent found footage movie since Cloverfield (or the excellent Troll Hunter), don&rsquo;t write Chronicle off. It takes a smart look at the sort of things that would actually happen if a person - or in this case, three teenage boys - had superpowers.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i-M5Qx57_UU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 22. Another Earth </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>This thoughtful indie sci-fi film is hardly a sci-fi film at all, although it does feature a duplicate Earth appears in the sky. The story is terrestrial, though, following about a brilliant young student who makes a single, life-changing mistake and her search for redemption. It stars Brit Marling, who also features in another exceptional indie sci-fi film, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W20Fl5m5FdM">Sound of My Voice</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QlPfAYpnpuw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 21. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa </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>Worth watching merely for the scene in which Alan lip-syncs to Andrew Roachford&rsquo;s Cuddly Toy, Alpha Papa is an unmitigated joy from start to finish. Lovely stuff.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9DZXOANUaNk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 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"> 20. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy </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>Are you one of those people who continually asks what&rsquo;s going on during a film? If so, please, please do your friends and family a favour: stay away from the TV while they&rsquo;re trying to enjoy this hugely stylish but occasionally confusing Cold War spy thriller. There&rsquo;s nothing that ruins the tense, quiet brilliance of John Hurt&rsquo;s performance like someone piping up with &ldquo;so is he the bad guy then?&rdquo; from the other end of the sofa.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Aco15ScXCwA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 19. Side Effects </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>This is one of those films that feels a bit like a high-end German car: everything in it looks and feels expensive. The first half is a bit slow, but stay with it and there&rsquo;s a change of pace that will make you very glad you did.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5jQq6BiT-eI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 18. Rex the Runt (S1-2) </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 of Aardman Animation&rsquo;s less well-known franchises, Rex follows four plasticine dogs on a series of surreal adventures. It&rsquo;s not as well-made as <em>Wallace and Grommit</em> but it&rsquo;s funnier, with most episodes featuring a well-chosen comedy guest star (Eddie Izzard and Bob Monkhouse are both particularly good).</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/svHao1SMdRc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 17. Win Win </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>Did you like Sideways? Of course you did, everyone liked <em>Sideways</em>, it&rsquo;s got Paul Giamatti in it, and he&rsquo;s great in everything. Well, <em>Win Win</em> is a bit like <em>Sideways</em> but with a completely different story, but there&rsquo;s Paul again and he&rsquo;s a great actor. Oh, and Amy Ryan, too - remember, the lady cop from series two of The Wire? She&rsquo;s great too. So relax, you know it&rsquo;s gonna be good.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ci_I6n2j5Uw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> 16. Parks &amp; Recreation (S1-3) </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 can catch clumps of<em> Parks &amp; Recreation</em> episodes on BBC iPlayer, but if you&rsquo;ve not seen it before it&rsquo;s well worth getting comfortable for a weekend and bingeing your way through the first three series.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-movie-homes/feature">10 Movie homes you wouldn&#39;t mind moving into</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cNlL9FWs_KA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-10"><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"> 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"> 15. Twin Peaks </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>In the days before the Box Set Era, people had to wait a whole week between episodes. That seems unthinkable now, but in the case of David Lynch&rsquo;s darkly funny supernatural crime drama, it was a good thing, because it gave people a week to try to figure out what on earth was going on. As with a lot of Lynch&rsquo;s work, it&rsquo;s a completely different (and often more unsettling) experience to anything else on TV.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iSxNP-1VpjE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-11"><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"> 14. The Machinist </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>Before he got back in the gym for the role of Angry Batman, Christian Bale played the emaciated and mentally unstable Trevor Reznik in this intelligent, well-made psychological thriller.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H0fuHY4U1UA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-12"><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"> 13. Searching for Sugar Man </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>Musician Sixto Rodriguez&rsquo;s career seemed unremarkable at first: he recorded two albums in the 1970s, toured Australia once and then disappeared back into his native Detroit, where he was rumoured to have committed suicide. In South Africa, however, his albums gradually built a huge cult following, to the point where he was thought to be more popular than Elvis. In this Oscar-winning documentary, which was partly shot on an iPhone when it ran out of budget, two South African fans try to find out what happened to their hero.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tDw7OqVBT-w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-13"><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"> 12. Four Lions </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>Very dark and very funny, Chris Morris&rsquo;s farcical account of a group of British Muslims plotting a terrorist attack caused a series of cautious broadcasters to have nightmares with its controversial subject matter. In other hands it could have been a travesty, but Morris has a special talent for placing the unthinkable on screen and making it funny and heartfelt, in a weird sort of way.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ew-SrlQ9tlI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-14"><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"> 11. Looper </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>Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing a 90-minute impression of Bruce Willis doesn&rsquo;t sound like a brilliant premise for a film, but when you add Willis himself, some crazy guns, time travel and hoverbikes, it all makes sense. Doesn&rsquo;t it?</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-space-movies-ever/news">The 25 best space movies ever</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2iQuhsmtfHw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-15"><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"> 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"> 10. Rashomon </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>Akira Kurosawa&rsquo;s hugely influential 1950 masterpiece is one of those DVDs that sits on your shelf for a few weeks, quietly disapproving of your <em>Kung-Fu Panda</em> collection, before you shamefacedly post it back to LoveFilm, unwatched. Stop taking the easy route, sit yourself down and watch it. You&rsquo;ll be glad you did.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not saying <em>Kung-Fu Panda</em> isn&rsquo;t an excellent film, by the way; it is. The first one, anyway.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xCZ9TguVOIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-16"><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"> 9. The Devil’s Whore </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>Part of the hoard of excellent Channel 4 programmes available for streaming, this four-part historical drama has a cast that would probably now be out of its price range - Dominic West and Michael Fassbender appear alongside John Simm, Peter Capaldi and Andrea Riseborough - and a plot that makes the English Civil War a lot more exciting than it was at school.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LqETVk3Oq7g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-17"><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"> 8. The Wrestler </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>If you&#39;re a WWE fan looking for something glitzy, you&#39;ve got the wrong movie: Mickey Rourke is painfully believable as a washed-up wrestler facing the unbeatable tag-team of age and ill-health in what is perhaps the finest performance of his career. </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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/61-GFxjTyV0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-18"><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"> 7. In the Loop </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>As horrendous political PR Malcolm Tucker, Peter Capaldi takes swearing to another level in Armando Iannucci&rsquo;s brilliant, all-too-believable political comedy about inept politicians bungling their way to war. Some of the best f***ing swearing on f***ing film.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dQrqMkCuHqA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-19"><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"> 6. The Impossible </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 might star Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, but this isn&rsquo;t your average Sunday-night blockbuster. Based on one Spanish family&rsquo;s real experience of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, this well-made and convincing film is a personal story told amid a huge natural disaster.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/clever-computers-top-25-artificial-intelligences-film/feature">The 24 greatest artificial intelligences in the movies</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Bgw394ZKsis" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-20"><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"> 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"> 5. The Bling Ring </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>Emma Watson proves she can do more than just pretend to be a wizard in Sofia Coppola&#39;s most recent movie, based on the true story of a group of teens who used social media to figure out when celebrities would be out, then robbed their homes. Sharp, funny and very stylish.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">no phone is complete without these 25 free Android apps</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/r4c6hmrwba0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-21"><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"> 4. Rampart </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>Woody Harrelson coasts through a lot of movies, but occasionally he really pulls it out of the bag, and by &#39;it&#39; we mean an Oscar-worthy performance. He is absolutely brilliant in this Bad Lieutenant-esque story of a crooked cop; it might look like a standard dumb police movie but it is perhaps the biggest surprise of Amazon Instant Video&#39;s back catalogue.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SGHPD3IYnd0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-22"><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. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb </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>Easily the best comedy film ever made.</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6T2uBeiNXAo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-23"><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"> 2. 30 Rock (S1-5) </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>If you&#39;re one of the four people left on the planet who hasn&#39;t seen all of <em>30 Rock</em>, you need to change that immediately. Loosely based on Tina Fey&#39;s experiences as head writer on <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, its unrelentingly funny 20-minute episodes are pure TV-streaming joy, and once you start you&#39;ll be up until the small hours of the morning. You&#39;re welcome.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AQBgktGTUJk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-24"><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"> 1. The Place Beyond the Pines </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&#39;s not often (or indeed ever) that you feel sorry for Bradley Cooper, but let&#39;s face it, if you&#39;re the other guy in a film with Ryan Gosling, you&#39;re basically scenery. You could be wearing a funny hat and barking and no-one would notice, because they&#39;d just be mooning over the Gosling, with his acting and his muscles. It&#39;s not as stylish as <em>Drive</em>, but <em>The Place Beyond the Pines</em> is more real, less cartoony, and all the more affecting for it. If we&#39;d bothered to watch this year&#39;s Oscars, we&#39;d have been really surprised to see it not winning any. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">30 Brilliant browser games you can play right now, for free</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KepnbJT5nBw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> <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"> 25 best films and TV on Amazon Prime </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"> Hours and hours of exclusive, free-to-stream brilliance </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/looper_0.jpg?1399887762" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature#comments Amazon Film and TV Instant Video Netflix Sat, 10 May 2014 08:29:45 +0000 Will Dunn 1436827 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix: by the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we’ll be on to the next thing http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff takes a tour of Netflix HQ and talks to its head honchos about the future of streaming </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="Netflix HQ in sunny Silicon Valley" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Netflix-HQ-2.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve just returned from a visit to Netflix&rsquo;s headquarters in Silicon Valley, and have brought with us the company&rsquo;s predictions for an even streamier future for TV shows and movies.</p> <p>Greg Peters, Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer, points out that Netflix being the first proper way to get 4K (with <em>House of Cards</em>) means we&rsquo;re now at the point that &ldquo;if you want the best video quality out there, it&rsquo;s being delivered over the internet&rdquo;.</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"> But it&#039;s going to be a little while before 4K reaches the masses </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>That&rsquo;s not to say 4K viewing&rsquo;s going to go through the roof just yet &ndash; Peters reckons it&rsquo;ll be a year and a half or so before 4K even accounts for just 1% of what&rsquo;s streamed on Netflix. But from that point he thinks it will accelerate much more quickly as 4K TVs become cheaper and more widely available.</p> <p>He also thinks it&rsquo;ll be a year or two before adapter products in the vein of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> come along, and that&rsquo;s quite a problem for projectors and TVs such as the just-launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">B&amp;O BeoVision Avant</a>, which lacks a built-in Netflix app and therefore currently has no way to actually access 4K content.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoVision Avant 4K TV follows you around the 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="It&#039;s fair to say Netflix is pretty proud of House of Cards" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-5.jpg?1399825598" /> </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="So many shows, very few so far in 4K" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-6.jpg?1399825598" /> </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="Take that, live TV broadcasters!" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-8.jpg?1399825598" /> </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="Breaking Bad will be the next show to get the Netflix 4K treatment" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-13.jpg?1399825598" /> </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"> Sifting the Big Data </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>We also had a chance to speak to Todd Yellin, VP of Product Innovation, who talked us through the way Netflix tests new features.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re fanatical, old-school scientists at Netflix&rdquo;, he says. &ldquo;We come up with something that we think is better and we push it out to 50,000 new users who&rsquo;ve got no idea they&rsquo;re in a test, 50,000 other new users could get something else, and another 50,000 get the existing design, and then we sit back and we watch. We watch how they behave, and the thing we watch for is do they stick with the service? They don&rsquo;t know they&rsquo;re voting with their wallet but they are&rdquo;.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s actually a huge board in the Netflix office that records each new little feature (codenamed, unfortunately for us) and tracks the percentage change this has on user retention. Yep, they take this stuff very seriously.</p> <p>But don&#39;t go thinking the company is all maths and no fun - new staff perform musical routines as part of their induction, there&#39;s a huge cinema room for showing off the latest Netflix Originals, and there&#39;s a fresh popcorn machine in the lobby. That last idea is definitely getting passed on to the money men at Stuff Towers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Things to Watch on Netflix right now</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="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re home" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-12.jpg?1399825598" /> </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="This is the board that tracks the progress of (sadly codenamed) new features" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-10.jpg?1399825598" /> </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="You knew there was going to be a massive cinema room somewhere" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-14.jpg?1399825598" /> </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/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news#comments 4K Netflix Streaming Thu, 08 May 2014 20:53:04 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436779 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Nintendo's figurine-shaped plan to save the Wii U, tech giants back net neutrality, and the web service that knows your photo's fake http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-tech-giants-advocate-net-neutrality-nintendo-makes-its-own-skylanders-and-izitr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get your morning fill with a look at the hottest tech stories around </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="NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform" alt="NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nintendonfp.jpg?1399541370" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Nintendo planning Skylanders-esque figurine platform </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 class="p1">It&rsquo;s been a rough 24 hours for Nintendo, considering its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news" target="_blank">dismal earnings report</a>, but the publisher is already hinting at its next moves to get back into the black. Most notably, the company plans to launch the Nintendo Figurine Platform for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.</p> <p class="p1">Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, the platform will utilize plastic toys with embedded NFC chips, which can communicate with compatible games. Nintendo intends to offer numerous titles that utilize the same figures, which can be read with the Wii U GamePad or a new infrared reader for 3DS. The platform is expected to launch on Wii U later this year and 3DS in 2015.</p> <p class="p1">Expect more details on the Nintendo Figurine Platform at the E3 conference next month. Nintendo also announced&nbsp;Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and&nbsp;Pokemon Omega Ruby for 3DS yesterday, with both Game Boy Advance remakes due out in November. Who needs innovation when you&#39;ve got tried and true monkeymaking concepts?</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/5/7/5693376/wii-u-nfc-mario-figurines-nintendo" target="_blank">Polygon</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity-20-introduces-marvel-super-heroes-toy-based-game/news" target="_blank">Disney Infinity 2.0 introduces Marvel Super Heroes to toy-based game</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-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"> Google, Facebook, and more form coalition against FCC’s proposed net neutrality changes </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>Ever since Netflix cut a check to Comcast to ensure speedy streaming, net neutrality advocates have been extra vocal about the threats against an open Internet.&nbsp;Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission in the United States hasn&rsquo;t been listening, as it&rsquo;s considering a proposal that will essentially clear the way for future such deals for preferential traffic treatment.</p> <p>Top tech companies are urging the FCC to reconsider, however, as a letter drafted yesterday by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Yahoo, and more than 100 others asks the Commission to continue protecting net neutrality without compromise.</p> <p>Whether or not it will sway the Commission&rsquo;s decision is to be determined, but it&rsquo;s certainly heartening to see so many giants (many of them competitors) working as one. Oh, and no Comcast on that list? Total shocker.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/7/5692578/tech-coalition-challenges-fcc" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-netflix-raise-prices-leo-play-jobs-and-apple-promises-recycle-your-old-ipod/news" target="_blank">Fully Charged: Netflix to raise prices, Leo to play Jobs, and Apple promises to recycle your old iPod</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="1200" height="900" title="FCC vs the whole sensible world" alt="FCC Net neutrality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fcc.jpg?1399541370" /> </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"> Why you should care about net neutrality </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>The fundamental principle of net neutrality is that all data should be treated the same by the government and by ISPs, no matter where it&#39;s from or what device you&#39;re using to access it. The reason it&#39;s under scrutiny right now is that proposals under review by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) threaten to jeopardise net neutrality by allowing ISPs to throttle or block access to certain sites and services and speed up access to others, effectively creating walled gardens for their users or forcing them to pay extra for access they currently take for granted.&nbsp;</p> <p>An example might be an ISP with a commercial tie-up with Amazon that has a vested interest in slowing Netflix speeds to a crawl, thus dissuading you from using the service. Apply such a principle to other sites and services - Spotify, Sky Now, Stuff.tv - and you have a web that seems a much worse place to be. It would be a jump back to the bad old days of WAP and 3G, whee you could only access movie news if it was Orange-branded movie news (for example).</p> <p>Granted, these proposals are a US concern, and a greater issue for US citizens as their choice of braodband providers is heavily restricted compared to the UK&#39;s (for many, it&#39;s Comcast or naught). But the last thing we need is a precedent to be set whereby we&#39;re forced to choose our own broadband providers based on whether they&#39;ll let us watch HD videos on Youtube or not.</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 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"> Izitru helps detect doctored photos </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 class="p1">If a photo on the Internet seems too good to be true, then it most likely is&mdash;thanks to the incredible proliferation and ease of use of programs like Photoshop. However, if something seems amiss but you can&rsquo;t quite tell, simply enlist <a href="http://www.izitru.com/" target="_blank">Izitru</a> to do a little detective work.</p> <p class="p1">The new web service lets you upload any photo, which is then vetted to alert you as to whether it&rsquo;s been modified or remains in its original state. Izitru also then hosts the image and provides a trust rating, so you can share it while imparting a little bit of extra confidence in any viewers.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/photos-trusted-but-verified/" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-worst-tech-lifestyle-photos/feature" target="_blank">10 of the worst tech lifestyle photos</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="1200" height="794" title="Cheer up, Sad Keanu" alt="Izitru" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/izitru.png?1399541370" /> </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/amazon/fully-charged-tech-giants-advocate-net-neutrality-nintendo-makes-its-own-skylanders-and-izitr#comments Amazon Facebook Google Netflix Nintendo Twitter Thu, 08 May 2014 04:52:45 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436738 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These dirt-cheap dongles will give your TV new streaming smarts. But which would we buy? </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="And in the purple corner..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, life - it giveth and it taketh away. While it&#39;s never been easier to add online services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer to your TV, it&#39;s never been harder to decide how to do it.</p> <p>Smart TV? Network-connected Blu-ray player or home cinema system? Games console? Apple TV, Now TV, Roku 1, 2 or 3...</p> <p>All will work, and all will do a great job in most situations. But for our money the new Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick strike the best balance between cost, content and ease of use.</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</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"> Design </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>There&#39;s not much to choose between the two sticks here, and given that they&#39;ll be stuck round the back of your TV it doesn&#39;t really matter much what they look like anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>But for what it&#39;s worth, the Chromecast is short with a bulbous back end, the Roku a little longer and slimmer. The Roku is proudly purple, the Chromecast casual in black.</p> <p>Both plug into your telly via HDMI, and both also have a microUSB socket at the other end from which they draw their power. For this task you can either use the bundled wall plug or hook them straight up to a USB socket on your TV.</p> <p>But crucially, the Roku comes with a dedicated remote, whereas the Chromecast can only be operated via smartphone app. And as the remote doesn&rsquo;t need line of sight, it&#39;s no less flexible to operate than an app either. It&#39;s well built, the buttons work with a satisfying click and using it is often more simple than switching on your phone, navigating to an app etc etc. And if you really must have an app, Roku has one of those too.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature">Netflix: &quot;There really isn&#39;t a case for different versions of a film&quot;</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="You&#039;re not really buying them for their looks" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="The Roku&#039;s remote is a bonus" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Remote_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="Both devices plug into an HDMI port..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_3_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="...and both are powered by microUSB" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> CONTENT </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 media streamer is only ever as good as the media it has to stream. Obviously. And here the Roku Streaming Stick has an advantage.</p> <p>You&#39;ll find more than 500 apps on the Roku store, including the aforementioned BBC iPlayer and Netflix, Sky Store and Now TV, 4oD, Demand 5, Spotify, TuneIn, and YouTube. There are hundreds more specialist channels, catering for every interest. Personally we&#39;re quite partial to Visitation, a live stream of services from the Our Lady of the Visitation chuch in Cincinnatti, Ohio. We kid you not. Well OK, we&#39;ve never really watched it. But it does exist.</p> <p>We have watched the excellent Sky Now TV though: splash out &pound;6.99 on a month&#39;s Entertainment Pass, immerse yourself in <em>Game Of Thrones </em>and <em>The Walking Dead</em> and you&#39;ll be glad you had it.</p> <p>Adding apps is a piece of cake and new services join the line-up regularly. Hopefully we&#39;ll see ITV Player soon, so we can get our fix of <em>Loose Women</em>.</p> <p>Rather than have its own apps, Chromecast relies on iOS or Android apps with a &#39;Cast&#39; button. Netflix has one, as has iPlayer, but not much else; hopefully more will arrive soon. You do of course also get YouTube, and there&#39;s an excellent selection of films to buy on Google Play Movies.</p> <p>Streaming your own content is also easier on Roku than on Chromecast. On Google&#39;s device you&#39;ll need to use the Plex service - which is fine, but a little fiddly - whereas on the Streaming Stick you have access to the Roku Media Player app, among others. It&#39;s slick to use and will play just about anything.</p> <p>Ultimately, there&#39;s only one winner in this category. While both devices have the big two of Netflix and iPlayer, the fact that the Roku has so many more channels overall gives it a clear lead over its rival.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review">Roku 1 review</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="1200" height="900" title="Casting, 1-2-3" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="BBC iPlayer now has a Cast button" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc_0.JPG?1399043774" /> </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="There are many, many channels available on Roku" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_homescreen_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="Netflix: a winner on any device" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> PERFORMANCE </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>Casting from a compatible app to Google Chromecast works quickly enough, and given the right content it looks great too.</p> <p>Netflix&rsquo;s Super HD streams will delight you with their 1080p, high-bitrate, Dolby Digital+ surround loveliness, and if you purchase a HD flick from Google Play Movies they&#39;ll look great too. BBC iPlayer maxes out at 720p and a YouTube clip will only ever be as good as the quality it&#39;s transmitted in, but that&#39;s the same for the Roku too.</p> <p>To our eyes, the Roku&#39;s picture is a tad softer than that of the Chromecast, but not enough to make a huge difference. Navigation is snappy, particularly if using the remote, and you can also Cast to the Streaming Stick from some apps, including Netflix, if it takes your fancy. Like the Chromecast it&#39;s compatible with Super HD and Dolby Digital+ and ultimately there&#39;s nothing much between them in this round.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news">Sky&#39;s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recording and more</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="1200" height="900" title="Pebbles not included" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-stones_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="House Of Cards = ace" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> Verdict </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>At &pound;30 for the Chromecast and &pound;50 for the Streaming Stick, these devices are both absolute bargains. If you&#39;ve yet to bring your viewing setup kicking and screaming into the 2010s, either will do a great job.&nbsp;</p> <p>But this test is all about picking a winner, and for our money it&#39;s got to be the Roku Streaming Stick. It&#39;s slick, simple and stuffed with content; team it with Netflix and you&#39;ll never leave the house again.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="And the winner is... the Roku Streaming Stick!" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_7.jpg?1399043774" /> </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/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature#comments Chromecast Connected home Geek accessories Google iPlayer Netflix Roku Streaming Streaming Stick Fri, 02 May 2014 13:29:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436510 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Netflix to raise prices, Leo to play Jobs, and Apple promises to recycle your old iPod http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-netflix-raise-prices-leo-play-jobs-and-apple-promises-recycle-your-old-ipod/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off the day with our speedy round-up of all the new tech news </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="Would you buy an iPhone from this man?" alt="Would you buy an iPhone from this man?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/leonardo-dicaprio.jpg?1398234781" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> DiCaprio to play Jobs in Boyle-directed biopic? </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>Remember that Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic that we&rsquo;ve been hearing about for so long? The one that was rumoured to have attracted David Fincher as director and Christian Bale as leading man? Well, now it appears that a different director and star are keen to get involved: Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio.</p> <p>Leo doesn&rsquo;t have much of Jobs about him physically, but that&rsquo;s not too big a deal (Ashton Kutcher&rsquo;s resemblance to a young Jobs is uncanny &ndash; and look how that movie turned out) and DiCaprio has proven talent when it comes to playing obsessive, mercurial types &ndash; while Boyle commands just as much respect in Hollywood and critical circles as Fincher. The two have history too, having worked together on <em>The Beach</em> back in 2000.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/danny-boyle-may-direct-leonardo-dicaprio-as-steve-jobs">HitFix</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-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 pricing to rise – but only for new members </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>TV and movie streaming service Netflix has announced that it is to raise the price of its monthly subscription fee, but only for new customers &ndash; at least at first. While the company hasn&rsquo;t announced when and by how much the current UK monthly fee of &pound;5.99 will rise, it&rsquo;s likely to be at some point in the next couple of months and of no more than a pound. Existing members will remain paying the current fee &ldquo;for a generous time period&rdquo;.</p> <p>So why the increase? Netflix has just announced that it has generated over US$1 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2014 and has grown its membership by 1.75 percent since January, so it seems to be in rude health finance-wise. According to Netflix, the extra cash will be used to improve the streaming experience and &ldquo;to acquire more content&rdquo; &ndash; and perhaps to make even more original shows like <em>House of Cards</em>, too?</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-on-demand/10779024/Netflix-subscription-to-rise-after-making-1-billion-in-streaming.html">Telegraph</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="1500" height="1000" title="Would you pay an extra quid a month for Netflix?" alt="Would you pay an extra quid a month for Netflix?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-lifestyle.jpg?1398234781" /> </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"> Apple Stores to accept all old products for recycling – and may even give you money for them </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>Apple has announced that, from today, all of its stores will accept any used Apple product for recycling at no charge. And it gets even better: if the product looks re-sellable, you may even get some store credit in return.</p> <p>The announcement comes as CEO Tim Cook reiterates his desire to make Apple into a company that will &ldquo;leave the world better than we found it&rdquo;. The company is already one of the few in tech that gets a thumbs-up from Greenpeace, as it strives to use renewable power for its facilities and stores and recycled materials and less packaging in its products.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.apple.com/environment/">Apple</a>]</strong></p> <p><iframe src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" frameborder="0" width="300"></iframe></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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EdeVaT-zZt4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> Apple Film and TV Netflix Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:20:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435935 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Netflix kicks off 4K service, Raspberry Pi shrinks and Hotline Miami 2 gets a trailer http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-netflix-kicks-4k-service-raspberry-pi-shrinks-and-hotline-miami-2-gets-trailer/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let our round up of the best gadget and tech news be your perfect segue into the day </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="House of Cards: now in 4K" alt="House of Cards: now in 4K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/house-of-cards_0.jpg?1397025181" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> Netflix starts streaming in 4K </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>Netflix has kicked off its long-promised 4K streaming service, with selected material (including the second season of <em>House of Cards</em>) available in Ultra HD format. Of course, you&rsquo;ll need a 4K TV or projector to watch, as well as a decent broadband connection. Netflix&rsquo;s 4K bitrate is around 15Mbps, which isn&rsquo;t up there with the richest Ultra HD sources available &ndash; but given that it&rsquo;s available at no extra cost, we doubt many 4K telly owners will be too nit-picky about it.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/08/netflix-is-now-streaming-in-4k">TechCrunch</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-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"> 
Raspberry Pi gets even smaller </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 Raspberry Pi was already one of the smallest computers around &ndash; and now it&rsquo;s even more tiny. The company just unveiled the Raspberry Pi compute module, which contains the processor and RAM of a Pi as well as 4GB of flash memory, yet measures just 67.6 x 30mm &ndash; the size of a piece of laptop RAM, in other words.</p> <p>You can read all the technical details over at Raspberry&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-compute-module-new-product/">blog</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/07/raspberry-pi-compute-module/">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi-model-b/review">Raspberry Pi Model B review</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="The Raspberry Pi (right) and compute module (left)" alt="The Raspberry Pi (right) and compute module (left)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/raspberry-pi-compute-module.jpg?1397025181" /> </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"> Robert Downey Jr does another HTC promo </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>Well, HTC is really trying to get its money&rsquo;s worth out of Robert Downey Jr. The <em>Iron Man</em> actor has already done his bit as &ldquo;official spokesman&rdquo; or whatever in an ad for the HTC One Max, and now he&rsquo;s back to talk about the HTC One (M8) and why it&rsquo;s so amazing. Except he doesn&rsquo;t really say why, he just acts like RDJ and says he thinks the phone is great. We think the ad is lazy but barely acceptable due to Downey&rsquo;s immense charm, but surely HTC has better ways to use him than this? Still, at least it means we get to hear Tony Stark uttering the words &ldquo;Mobile World Congress&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bPNCzkTBEEs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Bloody heaven! It’s a Hotline Miami 2 trailer </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>Time to don your animal mask, sit back and feast your eyes on the first &ldquo;proper&rdquo; trailer for <em>Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number</em>. The sequel to one of our favourite games ever made, it looks just as blood-soaked &ndash; if not more so, thanks to the addition of chainsaws and dual-wielded submachine guns &ndash; than the original, while promising the same incredibly difficult but addictive-as-Pringles gameplay. It&rsquo;s due out in the third quarter of 2014.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-games-ever-20-greatest-games-all-time/feature">Best Games Ever: the 20 greatest games of all time</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/exg_OxsaHyY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> Gaming HTC Netflix One (M8) Raspberry Pi Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435072 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can this tiny, cheap streaming dongle vanquish the Apple TV? Not quite yet… UPDATE: UK version with BBC iPlayer tested </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chromecast-stones.jpg?1395767087" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new generation of &ldquo;cord-cutters&rdquo; has abandoned the traditional concept of TV, instead using web streaming, catch-up services and devices such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-tv-video-review/video" target="_blank">Apple TV</a> to watch shows whenever it&rsquo;s convenient for them &ndash; rather than when the broadcaster says so.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £30.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny, forget-about-me design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Idiot-proof setup and use </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Strong audio and video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Few compatible apps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly untidy USB power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t cast local videos on smartphones, tablets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review 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"> Small and simple </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>If you thought the puck-sized Apple TV was small, wait until you see the Chromecast, which more than anything resembles a USB memory stick. A mere 35g in weight and possessing a single button, this dinky dongle plugs into a spare HDMI socket on your TV.</p> <p>It can&rsquo;t draw power via HDMI, however, so you&rsquo;ll also need to hook it up to a USB port or wall socket. It&rsquo;s not the most elegant of solutions, adding as it does to the cable spaghetti behind your telly, but if your TV&#39;s got a spare USB socket (and many do) you could replace the fairly long USB-to-micro-USB cable that&#39;s bundled with the Chromecast for one that&#39;s shorter and a little neater for just a couple of quid.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-plugged-in_0.jpg?1395767087" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back.jpg?1395767087" /> </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"> Getting started </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>Setup couldn&rsquo;t be much simpler. Once plugged in, the Chromecast displays a setup screen on your TV and opens up its own Wi-Fi network. Connect to that on your computer, phone or tablet, change the Chromecast&rsquo;s settings so that it&rsquo;s hooked up to your main home Wi-Fi network and you&rsquo;re ready to go.</p> <p>As well as &ldquo;casting&rdquo; iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix and Google Play videos, you can also use Chromecast to beam tabs from the Chrome browser (desktop version only) onto your TV screen. To do so, you&rsquo;ll need to install an extension in Chrome. Again, very easy.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast.jpg?1395767087" /> </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"> Compatible devices </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>Chromecast has no dedicated remote so relies entirely on you having a companion device for control. You&#39;ll need something running at least Android 2.3, iOS 6, Windows 7, Mac OS 10.7 or Chrome OS - the only officially supported Chromebook is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromebook-pixel/review">Pixel</a>.</p> <p>Left out in the cold are Windows Phone devices, BlackBerry devices and Kindle Fire tablets.</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"> Video casting </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>To cast video to your TV you simply tap the icon that appears in both the mobile app and desktop versions of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube. After a few seconds, the video will begin playing on your TV, in quality up to 1080p if its available. 5.1-channel surround sound is also supported (with no dedicated audio output on the Chromecast itself, you&rsquo;ll have to connect your TV&rsquo;s audio output, if it has one, to an external speaker setup).</p> <p>Video quality depends on the source material to a large degree. Old, low-res YouTube videos look decidedly ropey on the big screen, while newer HD clips and Netflix material fares much better. In fact, with up to Full HD Netflix and 720p or 1080p YouTube videos, the crisp detail and colour reproduction is on a par with HD broadcast services such as Sky HD, or even better if you&#39;ve got an internet connection that&#39;s compatible with <a href="https://signup.netflix.com/superhd" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s Super HD</a> streams, with which Chromecast is compatible.</p> <p>You control playback and volume using the device from which you&rsquo;re casting. There&rsquo;s a momentary delay from the time you press the button, but it&rsquo;s not long enough to become an annoyance.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-netflix-phone-remote.jpg?1395767087" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-netflix-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-youtube-cast-button.jpg?1395767087" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-youtube-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </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"> The truth about casting </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>One thing to note: despite the phrasing, video isn&rsquo;t actually travelling from your laptop, phone or tablet to the Chromecast. The dongle is streaming it direct from the web &ndash; the casting device simply kicks off and controls that process, so even if you&rsquo;re watching downloaded Google Play movies, you&rsquo;ll still need a working broadband connection to use the Chromecast.</p> <p>This needs to change if Chromecast is adapted for playing games in the future - if controls have to be sent from your casting device to the great wide internet before heading back to the Chromecast it&#39;s likely to cause car-crashing, shot-missing delays. Perhaps Google has no gaming plans for Chromecast, but that would be a shame given that Amazon&#39;s rumoured to be working on a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-set-top-box-tiny-chromecast-and-offering-game-streaming/news">gaming-ready dongle</a> and the fact that Apple TV supports just such a feature via Airplay.</p> <p>Back to the here and now and we found that video streamed in HD very smoothly on our fairly &quot;normal&quot; 16Mbps broadband connection, but those still making do with just a couple of megs should expect Netflix&#39;s adaptive streams to deliver softer, lower-res videos, while ambitiously selecting 1080p from YouTube will necessitate a fair bit of buffering if you want an uninterrupted video.</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 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"> UPDATE: BBC iPlayer is Ready To Cast </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>Google knows the way to British hearts. Casting BBC iPlayer is now just as simple as doing so with Netflix and YouTube. With smartphones and tablets on your home network, it&#39;s just a case of making sure the iPlayer app is up to date before hitting the new in-app Cast button.</p> <p>BBC iPlayer on desktop hasn&#39;t been treated to a Cast button just yet, but if you&#39;re happy to settle for lower quality streams, you can as ever cast a tab from Chrome. Stick to Casting from mobile devices and streams max out at 720p, which makes for a perfectly crisp picture - as with Netflix, iPlayer automatically adjusts the quality depending on the connection but as long as you&#39;ve got fairly solid broadband you should be up to 720p very shortly after starting the stream.</p> <p>As with any Chromecast-friendly app, you can still navigate around your smartphone or tablet as <em>The Great British Sewing Bee</em> is playing on your TV screen.</p> <p>There&#39;s no support for BBC Radio or BBC Sport just yet, but we&#39;re sure both are just a matter of time. Somewhat surprisingly you can even cast live BBC TV - we&#39;d recommend you check your TV license is in order if you&#39;re going to make use of that feature.</p> <p>And it&#39;s good news for those eager streamers who imported a Chromecast from the US - the BBC iPlayer app works fine with those, 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="BBC iPlayer on Chromecast " alt="BBC iPlayer on Chromecast " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-top-gear.JPG?1395767087" /> </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="Cast button in BBC iPlayer app " alt="Cast button in BBC iPlayer app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc.JPG?1395767087" /> </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"> UPDATE: New Chromecast apps are niche or not ready </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>Anyone who picked up a Chromecast as a cheap way of getting Netflix on the telly probably adores it. But that won&#39;t stop &#39;Casters getting excited at the prospect of ten - yes ten! - new apps. There&#39;s no update to the Chromecast itself, just download the compatible apps and look for the Chromecast symbol at the top. Just keep your expectation in check - these are not the apps you&#39;re looking for.</p> <p>In the first batch of Google dongle-friendly apps comes Plex, Avia and RealPlayer Cloud, all hell bent on becoming your go-to media server and cloud storage buddy. But RealPlayer Cloud, for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and desktop, isn&#39;t available outside the US yet (we pre-registered for updates here in the UK) and the popular but sometimes messy Plex requires a US$3.99 per month PlexPass.</p> <p>That&#39;s not a huge amount but considering the Chromecast itself is only &pound;30 and everything else is free (bar the Netflix sub), it seems unncessary. Plex is rolling out Chromecast compatibility to free users in the near future, but for now we&#39;d give <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.videon.android.mediaplayer&amp;hl=en">Avia Media Player</a> a go. It&#39;s far from perfect itself and enabling Chromecast compatibility requires a one-off payment of &pound;1.86 (US$2.99), but it does the job.</p> <p>If you can forgive connection and buffering stutters, you can now play your own local videos plus media dragged in from Dropbox, Facebook and Picasa. Videos have a video reel icon rather than a thumbnail, which is very annoying if you shoot a lot of untitled smartphone footage, but making playlists is easy and it&#39;ll do until Google introduces a better integrated alternative.</p> <p>Still, there&#39;s nothing here to rival <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news">Roku&#39;s incoming &pound;50 Streaming Stick</a>, which promises easy playback of locally stored videos on smartphones and tablets with the Roku app.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the new Chromecast apps are VEVO for ad-laden music videos, Red Bull TV for skateboarding and motorsports, PostTV for news footage from The Washington Post and the confusing but useful BeyondPod Podcast Manager for blasting out Brian Cox in audio-only form. There&#39;s also the international video app Viki for fans of Korean or Venezuelan TV, and playlist app Songza, which had dropped off the Google Play store at the time of writing but will probably be back on soon.</p> <p>So the best Chromecast apps are still the ones that have been there all along - Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies. Here&#39;s hoping this is the first wave in Google&#39;s long game to catch up to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature">&pound;99 Apple TV</a>, which still has the upper hand in terms of simple AirPlay mirroring as well as extra apps such as Sky News and Vimeo.&nbsp;</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="New Chromecast apps - Avia Media Player (left) and Red Bull. TV (right) " alt="New Chromecast apps - Avia Media Player (left) and Red Bull. TV (right) " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-apps-avia-red-bull.jpg?1395767087" /> </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="New Chromecast app BeyondPod for playing podcasts through the TV " alt="New Chromecast app BeyondPod for playing podcasts through the TV " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-chromecast-apps-beyondpod.png?1395767087" /> </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"> Casting web pages </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>Chromecast&rsquo;s other ability is tab-casting from computers running the Chrome web browser: just click on the cast icon and whatever tab you&rsquo;re currently on will appear on your TV screen. This feature is still in beta, and it&rsquo;s not nearly as rock-solid as video casting. You can&rsquo;t see an on-screen pointer, so there&rsquo;s no way to use your TV as a proper monitor, and while embedded videos (from Vimeo, say) work, they do so with stuttering playback and choppy sound.</p> <p>As a little bonus feature, it&rsquo;s fine, but it really needs to be viewed as such, at least until Google can perfect it and bring it out of beta. We&#39;re hoping that happens sooner rather than later, as it could open up almost all of the streaming services on the web and make Chromecast a far more flexible video-on-demand device.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-browser-cast-button.jpg?1395767087" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-browser-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </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"> Verdict </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 Chromecast is cheap, easy to use and works well for Netflix, YouTube and now BBC iPlayer, but it&rsquo;s not really bringing anything truly essential to the video streaming table just yet. If you have an Apple TV, PS3, Xbox 360, smart TV or smart set-top box, chances are the Chromecast just isn&rsquo;t necessary, because these are all able to get YouTube, Netflix and more onto your telly already (and they don&rsquo;t require a companion device to do so).</p> <p>The addition of more essential apps (rather than filler we&#39;ve never heard of) and a more robust web-casting experience could make Chromecast a far more appealing prospect for tech-heads in the future, though. Plex, Avia and RealPlayer Cloud fill a gap but we hope Google is working on its own AirPlay-rivalling solution for mirroring locally stored videos and photos. If not, there&#39;s always the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news">&pound;50 Roku Streaming Stick</a>, which lands in Blighty in May.</p> <p>But if you&#39;re on a budget and want to re-awesomise your dumb TV or you&#39;re just fed up of squinting at videos on your laptop then this dongle is still your cheapest route to Netflix nirvana.</p> <p>Original review by <a href="https://twitter.com/samkieldsen" target="_blank">Sam Kieldsen</a>, additional words and testing by <a href="https://twitter.com/sophiecharara" target="_blank">Sophie Charara</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-front.jpg?1395767087" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tiny and costing a pittance, Chromecast does exactly what it claims to &ndash; just make sure you actually need one before you buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <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"> UK Chromecast tested </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"> Google&#039;s ace smart TV dongle, now with iPlayer </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chromecast Connected home Google iPlayer Netflix Streaming YouTube Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:26:39 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425542 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone and Netflix bags Star Wars TV series http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/fully-charged-taco-bell-pioneering-fast-food-smartphone-and-netflix-bags-star-wars-tv-series <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start off your morning the right way: a cup of coffee and our round-up of today’s top tech stories </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="Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone" alt="Taco Bell pioneering fast food by smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/taco-bell.jpg?1392434655" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> US fast food chain Taco Bell introducing smartphone order system </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>Later this year US residents will be able to order Taco Bell food direct from their smartphones. The fast food chain has announced plans to roll out an app and ordering service in the coming months, allowing customers to choose whether to pick up their food in-store or via the drive-thru window and pay beforehand via credit or gift card. Your mobile&rsquo;s GPS will also be put to good use: because they&rsquo;ll know your location, Taco Bell employees will know exactly when to start cooking your food &ndash; no more cold takeaways.</p> <p>Taco Bell has reportedly been working on the system for two years and looks to have stolen a march on rival chains like McDonalds, who are currently still in the experimentation phase of mobile orders.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/13/5409230/taco-bell-will-accept-orders-via-smartphone-this-year?">The Verge</a>]</strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/58990192@N03/6912027161/in/photolist-bwMWS6-bwMXKD-bU9BeP-84qs1W-cNG3Nw-cNG751-cNG2VN-cNG6gS-cNG7wW-f1MJUh-9gQfUz-9LkSrQ-9jm1so-eaEVD5-87FgoC-8oQ9Gq-ixE5dg-9nQzQj-f1BExA-e5zNtG-9yuDZu-hUWcdZ-iboaLY-cNG4XQ-cNG5SL-8neN1B-boKWkU-8ebixU-e2EsE4-8HtGw5-8HtGud-8B2CS6-7BZTGk-a3R1da-a3QZZe-a3TQtE-a3TRrm-a3R1ht">time anchor</a></em></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"> Star Wars: The Clone Wars final season will be exclusive to 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>Netflix has announced that it has bagged the exclusive rights to stream the final season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon. The 13-episode season (known as &ldquo;The Lost Missions&rdquo;) will be available to Netflix subscribers from 7th March, along with the director&rsquo;s cuts of all five previous seasons and the original Clone Wars feature-length episode.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/13/netflixs-first-taste-of-star-wars-coming-with-exclusive-clon/">Engadget</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/T_jcl8wxSEI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> Sigma dp2 Quattro: the oddest-looking compact camera we’ve seen in years </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>Sigma has given its DP range of high-end compact cameras a new look &ndash; and it&rsquo;s certainly unconventional. The dp2 Quattro is a long, thin camera with only the chunky grip and fixed 30mm lens protruding &ndash; a marked difference from its rather more staid and traditional predecessor. They&rsquo;re similar in one regard however: like previous DP cameras, the dp2 Quattro features a Foveon image sensor, which separates colour in a different way to most camera sensors and uses three layers (20MP, 4.9MP and 4.9MP) to capture image data.</p> <p>No price or availability information has been revealed thus far.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/sigma-dp2-quattro-camera/30827/">Gizmag</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kFdDblbHmRQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere… </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>Flappy Bird may have awkwardly flown off to the great aviary in the sky, but one mobile game franchise based on our feathered friends is still going strong: Angry Birds.</p> <p>We don&rsquo;t know anyone who still plays Rovio&rsquo;s cash cow, but obviously enough people do that there&rsquo;s yet another Angry Birds title on the way: Angry Birds Stella. Stella is a pink bird and, according to Rovio, a &ldquo;fierce, feisty character with a great group of friends&rdquo;. And we suspect those friends are going to be smashing into some blocks on a phone near you fairly soon.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/463/angry-birds-stella-bffs-most-of-the-time/">Rovio</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="743" height="1100" title="One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere…" alt="One bird-based mobile game isn’t going anywhere…" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/angry%20birds%20stella%20teaser.png?1392434655" /> </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> Apps and Games Digital compacts Netflix Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:15:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432389 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Watch PlayStation Now in action, let Facebook make you weep, and House of Cards gets third season http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your day by taking in all that&#039;s happening right now in the world of tech and gadgets </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="Facebook look back" alt="Facebook look back" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/facebook-look-back.jpg?1391650903" /> </div> </div> </div> <p></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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> Facebook celebrates its 10-year anniversary with personalised sentimental video </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>Facebook turned 10 yesterday, and the social media titan has gone all gooey to celebrate by giving each of its 1.23 billion-odd users a wonderful, thoughtful gift: a personal history of their Facebook highlights, built automatically using a cold-eyed algorithm and the content you&rsquo;ve posted over the years (if you haven&rsquo;t posted much, you&rsquo;ll probably just get a &lsquo;thank you&rsquo; note&hellip; which is better than a kick up the bum, we suppose).</p> <p>You can look at yours <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lookback/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/facebook-s-paper-app-great-way-celebrate-its-10th-birthday/news" target="_blank">Facebook&rsquo;s Paper app is a great way to celebrate its 10th birthday</a><br />&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-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 renews House of Cards for a third season </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 second season of Netflix&#39;s flagship show House of Cards hasn&rsquo;t even begun &ndash; but the company has announced that it&rsquo;ll be bring its brilliant political potboiler back for a third season.</p> <p>The show, which stars Kevin Spacey as Machiavellian house majority whip Francis Underwood, is paid for wholly by Netflix and made available on a season-by-season basis to subscribers. The entire 13-episode second season will appear on Netflix on 14th February, and we can neither confirm nor deny that we intend to binge-watch it all next weekend surrounded by bags of tortilla chips and cans of strong continental lager.</p> <p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/netflixs-house-of-cards-renewed-for-third-season/" target="_blank">Deadline</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</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="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/house-of-cards_1.jpg?1391650375" /> </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"> Google opens Chromecast up to devs with SDK </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>Despite not being officially available in the UK, the Google Chromecast is one of our favourite streaming devices &ndash; especially given its dirt cheap price. And now it&rsquo;s set to get a lot more appealing, because Google has released an SDK allowing any developer to make their app Chromecast-compatible.</p> <p>The SDK is available for iOS, Android and Chrome developers, and will enable them to add a &ldquo;cast&rdquo; button to their app. Hitting this will send a web technology such as a video window to the Chromecast to be displayed on your TV.</p> <p>Check out the video above for more details.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google Chromecast review</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eJItrPj7Ivk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> See the PS3’s PlayStation Now streaming service in action </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>Psst, want to get an idea of how PlayStation Now, Sony&rsquo;s upcoming game streaming service works? Well, one brave beta tester has uploaded footage of him streaming and playing Killzone 3 through his PS3, and it&rsquo;s fairly impressive stuff (despite quite a long connection time &ndash; something that we imagine will be shorter once the finished service arrives later this year).</p> <p>We can&rsquo;t embed the video here, but click through to DualShockers to watch it yourself.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/02/03/playstation-now-beta-test-leaked-on-video-showing-killzone-3/" target="_blank">DualShockers</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news" target="_blank">PlayStation Now &ndash; stream PS3 games from the cloud to your console or direct to your Bravia TV</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="See the PS3’s PlayStation Now streaming service in action" alt="See the PS3’s PlayStation Now streaming service in action" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ps-now.JPG?1391650903" /> </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> Facebook Netflix PlayStation Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:12:34 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432037 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix: "There really isn't a case for different versions of a film" http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stephen Graves looks at why Netflix&#039;s decision to shun alternate cuts of films is bad news for everyone </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="You won&#039;t see this scene from The Hobbit on Netflix" alt="The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hobbit.jpg?1389694104" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Streaming video services have changed how we watch movies.</p> <p>You can seamlessly switch between tablet, phone and smart TV, discover new movies picked by cunning algorithms and chuck out those shelves of DVDs and Blu-rays.</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"> Cut down </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>Accordingly, for Netflix titles like The Hobbit and Mimic, there&#39;s only one version available on the service &ndash; indeed, there&#39;s no indication that there are any other versions available elsewhere. While that&#39;s a fair point of view for a company to hold, it does seem a bit short-sighted.</p> <p>There clearly <em>is</em>&nbsp;a market for alternate cuts of films, though; you need only look at all the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-2013-best-tv-and-film-box-sets/feature" target="_blank">Blu-ray box sets</a> released at Christmas time for evidence of that. Or the many and varied petitions directed at George Lucas to get him to re-release the original cut of Star Wars instead of the CGI horrorshow that is the Special Edition. </p> <p>Sure, some people just want to sit back and watch a film, but some want to see the director&#39;s &quot;definitive vision&quot; &ndash; which can change from week to week &ndash; and others just want to see their favourite title as it was first presented in the cinema.</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="George Lucas thought this CGI abomination was &quot;definitive&quot; back in 1997" alt="Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Special Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/star-wars-special-edition.jpg?1389694104" /> </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="&quot;No market&quot; for alternate cuts. Riiiiiight." alt="Blade Runner DVD set" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blade-runner-dvd.jpg?1389694104" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Many viewers prefer the alternate ending to I Am Legend over the theatrical version" alt="I Am Legend" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-best-directors-cut-movies-i-am-legend_0.jpg?1389694104" /> </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"> The most unkindest cut of all </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>Alternate cuts can completely change the meaning of a film &ndash; and the &quot;best version&quot; that a studio sends to Netflix might not be the only one. In Blade Runner, for example, the nature of one of the central characters completely changes between the studio&#39;s original cut and the director&#39;s cut.</p> <p>And both are equally valid; you can&#39;t hide one away and say, &quot;This is the only version of the film.&quot; Indeed, the theatrical cut of Peter Jackson&#39;s The Hobbit presented on Netflix certainly isn&#39;t the &quot;best version&quot; &ndash; the studio&#39;s own press release for the Extended Edition calls it &quot;the must-see, definitive version for fans.&quot;</p> <p>Aside from anything else, blithely denying that alternate versions of films exist is rewriting cinematic history. It&#39;s important to be aware that the version of a film you&#39;re seeing isn&#39;t necessarily the final, definitive cut. Films have been altered over the years, for reasons ranging from the good &ndash; the rediscovery of long-lost footage from Metropolis &ndash; to the bad &ndash; the various censorship battles faced by so-called &quot;video nasties,&quot; a debate that&#39;s been <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25684461" target="_blank">reignited by the BBFC today</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 youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/B3l1iUUq_fE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="Footage from Metropolis was rediscovered after 80 years" alt="Metropolis" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metropolis_0.jpg?1389694104" /> </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="For years, the only way you could watch The Exorcist in the UK was in a cut-down version" alt="The Exorcist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-exorcist.jpg?1389694104" /> </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"> Slipped discs </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 DVD and Blu-ray age was a golden era for additional material &ndash; making-of documentaries, commentaries from film-makers, and, yes, alternate cuts. That&#39;s the sort of thing that fires a viewer&#39;s curiosity and interest in the cinema, and could well be the spark that ignites the career of some future Steven Spielberg.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are isolated examples of streaming media picking up the baton &ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bfi-player-set-bring-british-film-your-browser/news" target="_blank">BFI Player</a> has a fine repository of interviews and behind-the-scenes material, and Netflix itself has added director&#39;s commentary tracks to its own House of Cards. But they&#39;re slim pickings compared to the wealth of material that&#39;s out there. Netflix may not be the company to showcase that material &ndash; fair enough, it isn&#39;t their business model &ndash; but if not them, then who will?</p> <p>Hopefully the advent of streaming media won&#39;t mean the final cut for, well, final cuts.</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="Many viewers prefer the original cut of Apocalypse Now over Coppola&#039;s Redux version – which do we keep?" alt="Apocalypse Now Redux" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apocalypse-now-redux.jpg?1389694104" /> </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="Fan outrage prompted Steven Spielberg to abandon his revisions to the E.T. Special Edition" alt="E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/et-walkie-talkies.jpg?1389694104" /> </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="Orson Welles never lived to see the cut of Touch of Evil based on his suggestions – which is the definitive version?" alt="Touch of Evil" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/touch-of-evil.jpg?1389694104" /> </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/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature#comments Netflix Streaming Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:46:03 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431191 at http://www.stuff.tv Eyes-on with Netflix's stunning 4K streaming video http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/eyes-we-feast-our-peepers-netflixs-4k-streaming-video/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix shows off its Ultra HD video streaming service at CES 2014 </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="Netflix 4K hands-on" alt="Netflix 4K hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-4k-hands-on-01.jpg?1389402675" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to watch 4K on your new Ultra HD set, your list of options is pretty short.</p> <p>There&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">Sony&#39;s 4K media streamer</a>, a few YouTube videos, your own 4K camcorder footage &ndash; and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">Netflix</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/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"> Netflix in 4K </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>Netflix is showing off that internet-delivered service at CES 2014 &ndash; 4K Ultra HD video piped directly to your tellybox. It doesn&#39;t seem possible, in an age of YouTube buffering &ndash; but 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>, Netflix is able to stream 4K video at bitrates comparable to current HD streaming.</p> <p>And it really is Ultra HD video, delivered at 3840x2160 resolution. Netflix&#39;s trailer for House of Cards Season 2 &ndash; its showcase for the 4K format &ndash; looked pin-sharp; you could see everything from individual hairs to the fibres of Kevin Spacey&#39;s rather nice suit up close.</p> <p>A demo reel of digital 4K footage looked equally stunning, with fine gradations in desert rockfaces clearly visible even when you press your face up to the screen. Netflix has revealed that it&#39;ll soon have all of Breaking Bad &ndash; shot on 35mm film and scanned at 4K resolution &ndash; available for the lucky few with 4K TVs, too.</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="Netflix 4K hands-on" alt="Netflix 4K hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-4k-hands-on-04.jpg?1389402675" /> </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"> Buyer beware </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, there are one or two caveats. For one thing, even if you have a 4K TV, you won&#39;t be able to watch Netflix in 4K without an HEVC decoder. This year&#39;s models will have the technology built in, but if you were an early adopter, well, you&#39;re out of luck. &quot;We&#39;re working with Sony, Samsung, LG, Vizio, and maybe some others that are in the pipeline,&quot; says Hunt.&quot;</p> <p>Set-top boxes may be available soon, though. &quot;I&#39;ve heard some of the manufacturers talking specifically about releasing the box that would be in the back of the 2014 model to 2013 users,&quot; says Hunt.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s also the possibility of the Sony PlayStation 4 getting a 4K firmware update. &quot;The PS4 is known to be 4K ready,&quot; notes Hunt. &quot;Sony at some point will make 4K gaming available, and at that point we&#39;ll be able to upgrade our application on the PS4.&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="Netflix 4K hands-on" alt="Netflix 4K hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-4k-hands-on-02.jpg?1389402675" /> </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"> First thoughts </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 demo Stuff was treated to was certainly impressive, though it&#39;s worth noting that Netflix&#39;s TV and HEVC decoder were connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable. Fair enough; hotel Wi-fi is flakey at the best of times, but it highlights the fact that even with H.265, bitrates for 4K streaming will be high.</p> <p>There&#39;s also the fact that there will be little 4K programming available at launch of the service &ndash; and that 4K TVs are still expensive. But with Polaroid launching its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/polaroid/ces-2014/polaroid-unveil-4k-tvs-ces-cost-less-600/news" target="_blank">&pound;600 4K TV</a>, that&#39;s not a state of affairs that will persist for long &ndash; and even with just a few 4K shows available, Netflix already has a head start on its competition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature"><strong>CES 2014 - the biggest news, live from Las Vegas</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature"><strong>2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</strong></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="Netflix 4K hands-on" alt="Netflix 4K hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-4k-hands-on-03.jpg?1389402675" /> </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/netflix/ces-2014/eyes-we-feast-our-peepers-netflixs-4k-streaming-video/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/eyes-we-feast-our-peepers-netflixs-4k-streaming-video/news#comments 4K CES 2014 Netflix Streaming Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:20:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431079 at http://www.stuff.tv