Netflix http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/all en-GB 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 The 25 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="Avengers Assemble" alt="Avengers Assemble" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/avengers_3.jpg?1396633547" /> </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 massed 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="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-uk.jpg?1396633547" /> </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"> Rocketeer </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 racing pilot stumbles across an experimental jetpack, and becomes flying superhero The Rocketeer, in this rip-roaring comic-book adaptation. Director Joe Johnston (who helmed the similarly swashbuckling Captain America: The First Avenger) pays tribute to the old Republic serials and Indiana Jones, packing this 1930s-set adventure with hissable Nazi villains, gangsters and mom&#39;s-apple-pie heroics. Billy Campbell makes for a suitably square-jawed hero &ndash; with a young Jennifer Connelly as his wholesome best gal &ndash; while Timothy Dalton shines as a smarmy Hollywood matinee idol with a dark secret.</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="3000" height="2066" title="Rocketeer" alt="Rocketeer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-rocketeer.jpg?1396633547" /> </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="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="Unbreakable" alt="Unbreakable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/unbreakable_0.jpg?1396633547" /> </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"> The Hunger Games </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>Jennifer Lawrence shot to stardom on the back of this teen-focused action movie, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. Where most Young Adult yarns are packed with love triangles and wish fulfilment, this is a science fiction story that holds a mirror up to modern society &ndash; a dystopian vision of a fascist America where teenagers are pitted against each other in gladiatorial combat to entertain the masses.</p> <p>The fantastical elements sometimes threaten to overwhelm the film &ndash; CGI mutant attack dogs and credulity-stretching camouflage are two low points &ndash; but Lawrence&#39;s naturalistic performance anchors the film. She&#39;s ably supported by veteran actors like Donald Sutherland &ndash; who has limited screen time in this instalment, but clearly isn&#39;t just in it for an easy pay cheque.</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/SMGRhAEn6K0" 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 sixth 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?1396633547" /> </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="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="Fringe" alt="Fringe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fringe.jpg?1396633547" /> </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="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="Chuck" alt="Chuck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chuck.jpg?1396633547" /> </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 series 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.<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-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?1396633547" /> </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/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:45:51 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434854 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 LG EC9800: 4K + OLED + webOS + 4K Netflix might well equal the ultimate TV http://www.stuff.tv/4k-oled-ultimate-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG is the first to combine 4K and OLED technologies in one screen, and it bags Netflix 4K streaming [updated with webOS video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" alt="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-EC9800-hot-stuff.jpg?1389694667" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-kd-55x9005a/review" target="_blank">We love 4K</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ke55s9c/review" target="_blank">we love OLED</a>, but we&#39;d be loathe to choose one over the other.</p> <p>Thankfully, LG has squished that particular predicament by announcing no less than three new TVs that combine both.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big and curvy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The smallest of the new models is 55in, but in the fictional world in which we have massive houses and even bigger salaries it&#39;s the 77in&nbsp;77EC9800 that we&#39;d get.</p> <p>All three have curved screens, which LG still claims is for the purposes of immersing you in the picture but we&#39;re still fairly unconvinced about, even if they do look darn pretty.</p> <p>These 4K OLEDs also obviously pack in every other technical bell and whistle in LG&#39;s roster, including apparently infinite contrast ratios, a Colour Refiner, and upscaling of standard-def and bog-standard HD to near-4K quality. They also all get the new and rather lovely looking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2014/lgs-webos-tv-leaks-ahead-ces/news">webOS-powered smart TV platform</a>, which we&#39;re hoping to go hands-on with very shortly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3029461217001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3029461217001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" alt="LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%204K%20OLED%202%20Cropped.jpg?1389748316" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix going 4K crazy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course it&#39;s native 4K you really want to be watching, which is why Netflix President Reed Hastings stormed the LG stage at CES, to declare that LG would be the first manufacturer to integrate Netflix 4K streaming into its TVs, and to confirm that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">season 2 of House of Cards will be available to stream in 4K this year</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s a big win for LG. Combined with what looks to be the most compelling smart TV platform yet, it&#39;s making the company&#39;s 2014 TV lineup look pretty formidable.</p> <p>There will be plenty more 4K news at CES over the coming days, so stay tuned to Stuff - and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">check out the other big CES 2014 news right here.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Netflix streaming 4K in 2014" alt="Netflix streaming 4K in 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/house-of-cards_0.jpg?1389748316" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 CES Hot Stuff Award winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">The LG EC9800 is one of our 2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards winners &ndash; click here to read about the rest</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/4k-oled-ultimate-tv/news#comments CES 2014 LG Netflix TV Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:17:48 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430775 at http://www.stuff.tv 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 How Netflix is going to bring 4K streaming to your TV http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …well, assuming you own a 4K TV, that is </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" alt="Netflix 4K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-4k.jpg?1388683863" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Netflix has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">revealed</a> that it&#39;s bringing its political thriller House of Cards to the screen in 4K Ultra-HD.</p> <p>But given that many users struggle to stream HD over broadband, how is Netflix going to stream TV programmes and films at a resolution of 3840x2160?</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"> HEV-what? </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>HEVC &ndash; or High Efficiency Video Coding &ndash; is a new compression format that can purportedly provide similar quality to the current H.264 compression standard at half the bitrate. Or, in the case of 4K streaming, provide a higher-resolution picture without a substantial step up in bitrate.</p> <p>Even if you don&#39;t have a 4K TV, you&#39;ll see a benefit, Hunt claims. &quot;The benefits trickle down; we&#39;re pioneering HEVC, which is about twice as efficient as AVC. And so, when we start to see those HEVC decoders get real, and the encoders get more efficient, we&#39;re going to be able to recode all the HD content &ndash; and the standard-def content, for that matter &ndash; in HEVC,&quot; he explains. &quot;So people with a 2 Mbps DSL will be able to receive a better picture than they do today.&quot;</p> <p>With the cheapest 4K TVs costing in the thousands, it&#39;ll be a while before anyone but the inordinately wealthy get to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">see the benefits</a>. Still, with 4K streaming looking increasingly feasible, at least we won&#39;t have to shell out on a new 4K Blu-ray collection.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be checking out Netflix&#39;s 4K streaming tech at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a>&nbsp;in January&nbsp;&ndash; stay tuned to find out more, and&nbsp;check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/ces-and-beyond-ten-tech-trends-will-define-2014/feature">CES 2014 news, predictions and trends here.</a>&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-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 season 2" alt="House of Cards season 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/house-of-cards-s2.jpg?1388683863" /> </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/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/ces-2014/how-netflix-going-bring-4k-streaming-your-tv/news#comments 4K CES 2014 Hi-Fi & Streaming Netflix Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:53:18 +0000 Stephen Graves 1430269 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming video service plans big push for Ultra HD in 2014, hints at lots of 4K goodies 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="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/house-of-cards.jpg?1388683885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Netflix will stream the second season of its Emmy award-winning political drama <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-snags-first-emmy-online-only-tv-drama/news" target="_blank">House of Cards</a> in 4K Ultra HD.</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"> A winning hand? </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 lack of 4K archive programming means that Netflix will be turning to its own Originals series to build up its library of Ultra HD content. &quot;We&#39;re working specifically with David Fincher on House of Cards season 2, and that&#39;s all being shot and edited for 4K delivery,&quot; says Hunt. &quot;There will be some additional pieces, but initially it&#39;ll be a set of sample offerings, not a big part of the catalogue.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;The trick here is that since it&#39;s going to take a while until there is a material catalogue in 4K, it&#39;s important for us to get out front and begin to push it,&quot; says Hunt. &quot;We&#39;re one of the few folk working all the way through from soup to nuts &ndash; we&#39;ve got the original content production on one end, and we&#39;re working closely with the CE manufacturers on the other end, and we&#39;ve got the whole delivery pipeline in between. So I think we can be instrumental in beginning the shift of production towards 4K.&quot;</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/jFhJjCmYi1M" 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"> 4K: Big in 2014 </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>4K TVs &ndash; which feature screens with a resolution of 3840x2160 &ndash; are <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature" target="_blank">already available on our shores</a>, for those with deep pockets &ndash; but there are notably few ways of watching native 4K on them. Sony&#39;s 4K media streamer has yet to make it to the UK, meaning that your only options are upscaled Blu-rays or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nex-fs700/sony-nex-fs700-4k-camcorder-brings-super-slow-mo/news" target="_blank">shooting your own 4K video</a>.</p> <p>Netflix aims to change that &ndash; and the change will come quickly. &quot;Unlike 3D, which required the glasses and the special viewing situation, Moore&#39;s Law means that it&#39;s almost inconceivable that 4K won&#39;t be cheap and inexpensive within a few years&#39; time,&quot; says Hunt.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony 4K TV" alt="Sony 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-4k-tv.jpg?1388683885" /> </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"> This is just what 4K needs </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>It&#39;s been the elephant in the room in every conversation about 4K so far. Very nice in theory, but what are you supposed to watch on it? Content, as the cliche goes, is king: without it, it doesn&#39;t matter how good your theoretical picture might be - it&#39;s just an ultra crisp pipe-dream.</p> <p>As the next-gen consoles have so far failed to deliver on their <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sony-ps4-vs-xbox-one-4k-war-begins/feature">much-hyped 4K gaming promise</a>, it&#39;s down to content creators to create in 4K, and content providers to build an infrastructure that can support it. This is Netflix&#39;s greatest strength: not only does it make programmes, it transmits them too, and anyone with a subscription and a decent web connection (it&#39;ll be interesting to see just how decent) can receive them.</p> <p>Netflix&#39;s move should also spur the competition into action. Sky, another content creator and provider, has successfully trailled live 4K football broadcasts, but the Sky box sat under your TV won&#39;t support them, so we can expect a Sky+4K to tip up eventually (don&#39;t expect one for at least another couple of years, mind you). Sky could also take a similar streaming route to Netflix - its Now TV streaming service already boasts impressive picture quality.</p> <p>Lovefilm will also need to get its act together if it&#39;s to remain competitive; it already looks a little shabby next to Netflix, but fortunately, parent company Amazon announced yesterday that its original programming will be shot in 4K. The dark horse is YouTube, which already hosts 4K footage and is increasingly moving into exclusive shows itself.</p> <p>However you look at it, it&#39;s no longer a case of if 4K goes mainstream - it&#39;s a case of when.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <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"> The future of 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>4K TV isn&#39;t just about cramming in the pixels, adds Hunt. &quot;Ultra HD is really three things; more pixels, the 4K by 2K screens &ndash; but it&#39;s also the higher frame rate (HFR) and the richer colour space. The 2014 sets, by and large, are going to be more pixels &ndash; I think some may have high frame rate &ndash; but it&#39;s our intention to work with some next-round Originals to push some of those other dimensions as well. The HFR stuff, probably for 2015, and the colour space probably for 2015 or 2016. But we intend to be pushing the envelope and being a leader in all of these new technologies, towards the ultimate Ultra HD picture in due course.&quot;</p> <p>Well, there&#39;s a reason we made Netflix our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-cloud-apps-year/feature" target="_blank">Cloud App of the Year</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Philips 4K TV" alt="Philips 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-tv-main.jpg?1388683885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K Netflix coming in 2014 </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"> House of Cards season 2 to stream in Ultra-HD </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news#comments 4K CES 2014 Hi-Fi & Streaming Netflix Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:08:56 +0000 Stephen Graves 1430240 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: Netflix is our Cloud App of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-cloud-apps-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2013 was the year that cloud apps became mainstream, and few more so than Netflix, the video service that&#039;s taken over our TVs </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 " alt="Netflix " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-award-winner.jpg?1386674265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cloud apps are the things you use everyday and rave about to your friends &ndash; who don&#39;t understand the magic till they use it themselves. Well, here we are raving about the beauty of RSS readers and er, Spotify. But the most essential cloud app of the year by some margin is Netflix, the video streaming service that&#39;s changed the way we watch telly.</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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"> Winner: 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>If we dug into our internet stats, the percentage of time we spend on <a href="http://netflix.com/">Netflix</a> would make a Kevin McAllister of all of us. Why the addiction? This year, we&#39;ve had Breaking Bad on Netflix as it&#39;s broadcast in the States, the Netflix-commissioned fourth season of Arrested Development, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-snags-first-emmy-online-only-tv-drama/news">Emmy awards</a> for House of Cards and a ton of other TV shows, documentaries and old faithfuls to rattle through. With Netflix cleverly looking at what we pirate to decide what to add, 1080p streaming on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPads</a>, 4K streams in the pipeline and a spot on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google&#39;s ludicrously cheap Chromecast</a>&nbsp;internet TV dongle, that &pound;6 a month is becoming scarily essential. We won&#39;t give up watching rom-coms on our flatmate&#39;s profile just yet, then.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Best Cloud App - Netflix " alt="Best Cloud App - Netflix " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cloud-app-netflix.jpg?1386674265" /> </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"> Runner-up: Songkick Detour </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>Equal parts annoyed and smug that people don&#39;t comment on the obscure band glaring out from your T-shirt? Try <a href="https://detour.songkick.com/">Songkick Detour</a>. This &#39;Kickstarter for gigs&#39; comes from the people behind the brilliant, music-library-scanning-calendar app.</p> <p>It&#39;s now in eleven cities in the UK and pledging money to bring Glassjaw, Rhye or Superchunk (we know, right) to you takes a matter of minutes, with no hidden fees. You won&#39;t be charged if you can&#39;t make the date or the gig doesn&#39;t happen and there are email updates to keep superfans in the loop. It&#39;s genius and it&#39;s already working with comedians and authors too. We salute you, Songkick. Again.&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="Best Cloud App - Songkick Detour " alt="Best Cloud App - Songkick Detour " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-cloud-apps-songkick-detour.png?1386674265" /> </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"> Runner-up: Feedly </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 at school when Big Phil got tonsilitis and the new kid stepped up to take his crown without missing a beat? So it is with <a href="http://www.feedly.com">Feedly</a>, the free RSS feed reader that&#39;s gobbled up almost all of Google Reader&#39;s users without so much as taking an eye off that last muffin in the canteen.</p> <p>It looks glorious on Android tablets. That&#39;s right, we said it looks glorious on Android tablets. But it&#39;s plenty useful for keeping up to date with news on the desktop too and transfers all your old feeds for you. Search requires a Feedly Pro account but it&#39;s such a killer cloud app, we don&#39;t begrudge them asking for a few pennies from power users.&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="Best Cloud App - Feedly" alt="Best Cloud App - Feedly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cloud-app-feedly.png?1386674265" /> </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"> Runner-up: Pocket </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>Feedly might take care of organising your news feeds and providing at-a-glance web hits but <a href="http://getpocket.com/">Pocket</a>&nbsp;is just as essential. Its rival-slaying trick is saving articles from the web to read later &ndash; so if you have a Wi-Fi only tablet, and don&#39;t want to faff about with tethering, it&#39;s an absolute life-saver. Ditto Tubes, planes, you get the picture. So if you don&#39;t quite have time to kick back with that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">mammoth review</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hall-fame-atari-st-computer-kickstarted-home-recording-boom/feature">in-depth feature</a>, you can save them for when you do.&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="Best Cloud app - Pocket " alt="Best Cloud app - Pocket " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PKT_PR_Stuff_v1.jpg?1386674265" /> </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"> Runner-up: Fitocracy </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>Oh my word. It&#39;s&hellip; a fitness social network. Panic, sweat, run for the hills. But wait - <a href="https://www.fitocracy.com/">Fitocracy</a> is actually a brilliant idea that taps into the problem with most of our exercise routines: motivation.</p> <p>With apps for iOS and Android, Fitocracy might be too chirpy for some but with badges, challenges and levels to unlock, it&#39;s done the best job yet of gamifying those crunches, jogs and gym sessions. The guys behind it know that a fitness tracker alone isn&#39;t going to banish the bulge; having goals that don&#39;t make you want to cry are tons more important.&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="Best cloud app - Fitocracy " alt="Best cloud app - Fitocracy " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cloud-app-fitocracy.png?1386674265" /> </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"> Runner-up: Amazon AutoRip </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>Amazon continues its battle to become the World&#39;s Only Store by merging digital and IRL worlds like never before. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/what-lost-musical-treasures-has-amazon-autoripped-you/news">AutoRip</a> is a simple idea but a seriously awesome one for music fans: get digital MP3 copies of every CD and record you&#39;ve bought on Amazon.</p> <p>CD addicts don&#39;t need to make the decision between an instant album in their ears or waiting for the fancy artwork, and vinyl fans don&#39;t have to pay twice. Potentially even more wonderful, but not yet let out of the US, is the equivalent for books - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-introduces-kindle-matchbook-and-new-paperwhite/news">Kindle MatchBook</a>.&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="567" height="377" title="Best cloud app - Amazon Autorip " alt="Best cloud app - Amazon Autorip " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cloud-app-amazon-autorip.jpg?1386674265" /> </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"> Runner-up: Spotify </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&#39;re really at the bleeding edge of cloud apps here with Spotify, dominating music streaming since 2008. We jest, of course, but Spotify&#39;s not resting on its laurels and has in fact been tinkering on some rather special projects in 2013. First there&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Spotify Connect</a>,&nbsp;which is its own take on Airplay - wirelessly streaming Spotify tracks around the home via the button on desktop and mobile apps.</p> <p>New music discovery apps like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/drop-everything-and-try-bbc-playlister/news">BBC Playlister</a> have popped up too and Spotify&#39;s dipping a toe into music history with Landmark, a web show series on influential albums and their creation which kicked off in style with Nirvana&#39;s In Utero. Grab some novelty slippers and put your feet up Spotify! Oh no wait, you&#39;re still <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/spotify-google-glass-app-user-request/news">the App everyone wants on their mobile OS, smartwatch and face computer</a>. Ah well, maybe next year, ey?&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="604" height="453" title="Best Cloud app - Spotify " alt="Best Cloud app - Spotify " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cloud-app-spotify.jpg?1386674265" /> </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"> Runner-up: BFI Player </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>Film buffs may have been feeling a bit left out in the cold by movie streaming services.&nbsp;DVD extras, director&#39;s commentaries and highbrow arthouse films have been left by the wayside as the likes of Netflix and Lovefilm strive to recreate the experience of browsing the cheap DVD shelves in Tesco.</p> <p>But no more &ndash; the <a href="http://player.bfi.org.uk/">BFI Player</a> is here to redress the balance with a mix of free and pay-per-view movies, from British classics to brand new BFI-funded cinema releases and short films. There&#39;s also behind-the-scenes access to the likes of the London Film Festival and a wealth of documentaries, interviews and behind-the-scenes features for cinephiles. Available on PCs, Macs and with an iOS app, there&#39;s now no excuse to ever watch Now You See Me again.&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="Best cloud app - BFI Player " alt="Best cloud app - BFI Player " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cloud-app-BFI-player.png?1386674265" /> </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> Amazon Gadget Awards 2013 Netflix Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:17:47 +0000 Sophie Charara 1429335 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix and Spotify cannot replace your shiny discs http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-and-spotify-cannot-replace-your-shiny-discs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming services are great for convenience – but it’s not much fun when shows you’re watching go up in smoke, says Craig Grannell </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="1280" height="960" title="Shiny discs are staying put for now. At least they don’t randomly vanish." alt="DVDs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dvds.jpg?1380291227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was a bit of a shock when the First Doctor vanished from Netflix.</p> <p>There I was, working my way through the adventures of the cantankerous original Doctor Who, William Hartnell, when they abruptly disappeared. In their place: a scant four mini-series starring the Daleks. Yup, Netflix had managed what the Daleks never could – it had exterminated the Doctor.</p> <p>“If you think that’s bad,” someone later remarked on Twitter, “I was three series into Lost when that was pulled.”</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &#039;Fluid&#039; 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>What I and my suddenly Lost-limited friend had discovered is that Netflix isn’t entirely what people assume it to be. Pundits enthuse about it being a replacement for your collection of shiny discs (or, in the UK, discs mostly found in bargain bins). In reality, Netflix only resembles a DVD and Blu-ray collection if said collection semi-randomly has items vanish without warning, and relatively new ones sporadically appear. For Netflix’s part, it’s always — albeit quietly — said it’s a ‘fluid’ service, updating and rotating rather than purely adding to its selection.</p> <p>Anyone who’s been around for long enough should have seen this coming. Depending on your age, you will have lived through many media formats, which have increasingly rapidly evolved towards a present (and future) that fully embraces convenience at the expense of ownership and permanence. I started out with vinyl but then spent several unhappy years battling cassette tapes, the worst possible medium for storage (and now bafflingly part of a retro resurgence, presumably championed by people with rose-tinted specs glued to their faces).</p> <p>Next came CDs and DVDs, effortlessly providing almost instant access to any track or show on a disc. And then the fully digital revolution: piracy led the way, before Steve Jobs and the Cupertino gang cleaned up the centre of town, iTunes flanked by Amazon and a handful of other giants intent on kicking to death illegal download sites and, for an encore, a big chunk of the high street.</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: a ‘fluid’ service, apparently." alt="Netflix" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix.jpg?1380291227" /> </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="Doctor Who: Exterminated by Netflix" alt="Doctor Who" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doctor-who-netflix.jpg?1380291227" /> </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"> Contract killers </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>Sooner or later, someone smart figured out that if you can download a single track from iTunes, people would surely prefer immediate access to pretty much anything remotely related — for a fee. Boom: the streaming-services tipping point, where we find ourselves today. Spotify. Netflix. More than you could ever consume in a lifetime, for less than a new album and film every month, but with no guarantee your favourite content will even be there a month from now.</p> <p>It’s perhaps in the nature of big business to screw things up through contracts, licensing and disagreements. Because you no longer own anything, collections shift and change not according to your own tastes, but due to the whims of executives obsessing about archaic exclusive contracts rather than making content accessible and affordable to all.&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="Halfway house iTunes provides ownership — for a given value of ownership. (DRM still lurks in TV and films.)" alt="iTunes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/itunes.jpg?1380291227" /> </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="Lost: Misplaced by Netflix" alt="Lost" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lost.jpg?1380291227" /> </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"> Lost in the cloud </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 impact on convenience has been immense, but the impact it has on the future of media consumption remains to be seen. Perhaps people eventually won’t care if a show they’ve been watching vanishes — if a selection is big enough, there’s always something else to play. But when the concept of ownership is no longer relevant — when everything is in the cloud and not on your shelves or even your hard drive — there’s potential for content to be lost, to slip between the cracks, and for companies to dictate availability based on popularity rather than merit.</p> <p>In years to come, maybe historians and even consumers will once again be thankful for the counter-culture, the ‘pirates’ who rip, store and share. They saved countless pieces of music, television and video games from oblivion’s maw, and might do so again. In the meantime, while the lure of streaming and cloud-based digital content remains strong, have a think about those songs and shows you love experiencing over and over. While there’s time, it might be wise to make them truly yours by investing in some physical items once again, even if the shelves you browse are inevitably increasingly virtual in nature.</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="Breaking Bad: How long is it going to be on Netflix for?" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad.jpg?1380291227" /> </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-and-spotify-cannot-replace-your-shiny-discs/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-and-spotify-cannot-replace-your-shiny-discs/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Streaming Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:13:49 +0000 Stephen Graves 1427168 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: RIP BlackBerry, the world's cheapest 3D printer, and Netflix thwarts Breaking Bad spoilers http://www.stuff.tv/node/1427002 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your one-stop shop for the day’s top tech news tidbits </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="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/breaking-bad_0.jpg?1380006989" /> </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 acts to stop Twitter users seeing Breaking Bad spoilers </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 the final episode of Breaking Bad airing in the US next Sunday and here in the UK the day after, there’s every chance that Twitter-using fans of the show might see things they can’t unsee before getting a chance to watch the finale themselves.</p> <p>Yes, we’re talking spoilers, the bane of TV watchers’ lives thanks to over-eager (or simply plain sadistic) social media users. But worry not: Netflix has launched<a href="http://www.spoilerfoiler.com/"> Spoilerfoiler.com</a>, a site which magically filters out – or rather redacts, government document-style – any terms that fall within a restricted list. You login with your Twitter details and from then on can browse your timeline without fear of finding out how it all ends.</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="Spoilerfoiler.com" alt="Spoilerfoiler.com" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spoilerfoiler.jpg?1380006989" /> </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 agrees US$4.7 billion sale </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>Rest in peace, BlackBerry. The Canadian firm, after enduring several months of disappointing performance, has agreed a deal that will see it sold to financiers for US$4.7 billion (£2.9 billion), or $9 per share. At one point, BlackBerry shares we worth almost $150 each, which illustrates as starkly as anything how the once-mighty smartphone manufacturer has fallen from grace. Products like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry-z10/review">Z10</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/blackberry-q10/review">Q10</a> have not stemmed the company’s loss of market share against the likes of iOS and Android. It now seems set to retreat from the consumer smartphone market altogether. [Source: <a href="http://www.wired.com/business/2013/09/blackberry-sold/">Wired</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="BlackBerry Z10" alt="BlackBerry Z10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bb-z10.jpg?1380006989" /> </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"> Range Rover gets app-controlled suspension </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>KW has developed an adaptive suspension kit for the Range Rover Evoque that can be controlled by an iPhone app. The snappily-monikered KW DDC ECU coilover kit which can lower the entire vehicle by as much as 65mm – all controlled in real-time by the app.</p> <p>Three preset driving setups are included (Comfort, Sport and Sport+), and you have the ability to create and store up to five more. It takes just five milliseconds to switch between them, the idea being that you can adapt the suspension performance to the road conditions, or simply to how you feel like driving at a particular time. [Source: <a href="http://www.kw-suspensions.co.uk/uk/">KW Suspensions</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="Range Rover gets app-controlled suspension" alt="Range Rover gets app-controlled suspension" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/range-rover-kw.jpg?1380006989" /> </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="KW app" alt="KW app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/range-rover-kw-app.jpg?1380006989" /> </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"> World’s smallest, cheapest 3D printer hits Kickstarter target </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 <a href="http://www.peachyprinter.com/">Peachy Printer</a> is a tiny, $100 3D printer and scanner developed by Canadian Rylan Grayston who, after spending nine months perfecting his design, appealed to Kickstarter users to help fund its production.</p> <p>Grayston was looking for $50,000, and at the time of writing has smashed that target almost six times over. People, it seems, are really excited about small, cheap 3D printers. There’s still 26 days to <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/117421627/the-peachy-printer-the-first-100-3d-printer-and-sc">pledge</a> the CA$100 (around £60) required to have your own Peachy Printer kit sent to you (it takes around an hour to build) along with 100ml of resin for printing. Note that if you’re outside Canada, you’ll need to add an extra $20 for postage.</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/80HsW4HmUes" 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> 3D printers BlackBerry iOS apps Netflix Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:16:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427002 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix snags first Emmy for online-only TV drama http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-snags-first-emmy-online-only-tv-drama/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Award win for House of Cards marks first for online streaming services </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 House of Cards" alt="Netflix House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Kevin-Spacey-House-of-Cards-Netflix.jpg?1379932179" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Netflix has bagged three Emmy awards – including best directing – for its original series House of Cards.</p> <p>David Fincher's opening episode picked up the best directing award; the series also won creative arts Emmys for outstanding casting and outstanding cinematography, both awarded at a ceremony a day earlier.</p> <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"> The new TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix has already committed to producing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-wants-release-five-new-shows-year/news">five original shows a year</a>, and shows no sign of slowing down – upcoming new series include Turbo F.A.S.T., &nbsp;Netflix's first children's show, and Sens8, a sci-fi series from Matrix directors the Wachowskis.</p> <p>Between Netflix's Emmy win and the buzz created around streaming episodes of Breaking Bad, it looks increasingly like online streaming has come of age. Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflixs-ted-sarandos-talks-arrested-development-4k-and-reviving-old-shows/news">interview with Netflix content head Ted Sarandos</a>&nbsp;for more on the streaming service's plans for the future.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57604071-93/in-online-tv-first-netflix-wins-emmy-for-drama-directing/">CNET</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-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-snags-first-emmy-online-only-tv-drama/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-snags-first-emmy-online-only-tv-drama/news#comments Film and TV Netflix Streaming Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:10:31 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1426965 at http://www.stuff.tv