PVRs and Set-top Boxes http://www.stuff.tv/pvrs-and-set-top-boxes/all en-GB Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year http://www.stuff.tv/tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-7-best-tv-and-home-cinema-gadgets-year/feat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turn your tellybox into a window on the future with the year&#039;s best home cinema kit, from streamers to soundbars </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="604" height="453" title="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014_4.jpg?1416487844" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TVs need help. They&rsquo;re great in their own right, but they can always be smarter, they can always be injected with even more stuff to watch, and they can always sound better.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why you need to accessorise your telly. And we&rsquo;re not talking tinted glass and furry dice - we&rsquo;re talking smart sticks, home cinema systems and channel-adding PVRs.</p> <p>These are the very best gadgets to make your TV fly in 2014.</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"><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"> BT YouView+ </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>YouView has made contract-free PVRs far more exciting than they used to be. It of course delivers all of the UK&rsquo;s free TV channels and lets you pause and rewind them at your whim. But it also has an EPG that goes back in time to show you what was on over the last 7 days so you can watch it on-demand.</p> <p>Speaking of which, it&rsquo;s got all of the smart services, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5, and if you don&rsquo;t mind paying a little bit on the side there&rsquo;s Sky&rsquo;s Now TV and Sky Store, too. But what makes the BT YouView+ box even better than other YouView boxes from the likes of Humax (who actually makes this one) is the inclusion of BT Sport and BT Player for football and movies respectively. You can even add the likes of Sky Sports and Sky Movies (for an extra fee) if you&rsquo;re a BT Infinity customer. Content is king, and BT YouView+ rules.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-lands-youview-bringing-breaking-bad-house-cards-and-other-time-sinks-it/news" target="_blank">Netflix lands on YouView</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="BT YouView+" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-bt-youview-plus.jpg?1416487844" /> </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"> Sky+ </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>Free TV is doing its best to catch up, but Sky just refuses to be caught. This year we&rsquo;ve seen a whole new homepage introduced with a recommendation engine that gets you to good stuff much quicker, expansions to the Sky Go and Now TV services, and the introduction of Buy &amp; Keep, which often allows early streaming access to blockbuster films and includes a DVD that&rsquo;s then sent in the post. Being a Sky subscriber is still the quickest way to the most TV, movie and sport content.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news" target="_blank">Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link</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="Sky+" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-sky-plus-hd.jpg?1416487844" /> </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"> Sony BDV-N5200W </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 whole (home) cinema (minus a telly) in one box? That&rsquo;s the Sony BDV-N5200.</p> <p>
A Netflix-toting Blu-ray player, an amplifier, five speakers and a subwoofer, all for a lot less than an iPhone 6. There&rsquo;s even a wireless adapter for the rear speakers so you don&rsquo;t have to run cables right through your lounge, plus Bluetooth, DLNA and access to the Sony Entertainment Network apps. And it sounds fantastic. Want the moon on a stick? This is it.</p> <p><strong>Read the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/yamaha/ysp-2500/review" target="_blank">Sony BDV-N5200W review</a> on our sister site, What Hi-Fi</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="Sony BDV-N5200W" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-sony-bdv-n5200.jpg?1416487844" /> </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"> Yamaha YSP-2500 </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 your only requirement for a soundbar is that it should sound better than your telly, almost any will do; but if you want one that will fool your ears into thinking they&rsquo;re surrounded by actual speakers, you want the amazingly clever Yamaha YSP-2500. It&rsquo;s got no less than 16 speakers hiding in its svelte casework, and thanks to a mic-driven setup it learns the best way to bounce sound off the walls of your room to give you a proper surround sound experience, backed up by a wireless subwoofer delivering the bassy bits. We love it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-2500" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-yamaha-ysp-2500.jpg?1416487844" /> </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"> Canton DM 75 </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>2014 has been the year of the soundbase. New to you? Imagine a soundbar that&rsquo;s deep and flat enough for a TV to stand on top and you&rsquo;ve pretty much got it. There are loads of them now, but without doubt the Canton DM 75 is our favourite, chucking out a mightily weighty and detailed sound &ndash;&nbsp;and it&rsquo;ll go way louder than even your neighbours can handle. It might not match the clever virtual surround sound of the Yamaha YSP-2500 above, but it utterly demolishes the weedy sound currently coming from your flatscreen telly.</p> <p><strong>Read the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/canton/dm-75/review" target="_blank">Canton DM 75 review</a> on our sister site, What Hi-Fi</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="Canton DM 75" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-canton-dm-75.jpg?1416487844" /> </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"> Google Chromecast </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>Video streamers aren&rsquo;t exactly new, but the Chromecast is a rather special one. Not that you&rsquo;d necessarily realise that at first glance - you&rsquo;re most likely to mistake it for a USB stick. But this stick is actually an HDMI dongle that plugs into your TV, connects to the internet, and delivers a whole load of on-demand content that you &lsquo;cast&rsquo; to your telly from your smartphone. Best of all, it&rsquo;s officially only &pound;30 and regularly unofficially often available for even less.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google Chromecast review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Chromecast" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-google-chromecast.jpg?1416487844" /> </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"> Roku 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Roku 3&rsquo;s been around a little while, but it&rsquo;s now more relevant than ever thanks to the addition of more services and the ability to &lsquo;cast&rsquo; from your smartphone as you would to a Chromecast. So now you&rsquo;ve got the likes of Netflix, Google Play Movies and TV, iPlayer, ITV Player, Sky Store and Now TV. Sure, you could get the &pound;40 Roku Streaming Stick, but the Roku 3 is faster and has a headphone jack in the remote so you can listen in private without having to run a headphone cable right across the lounge.</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="Roku 3" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-roku-3.jpg?1416487844" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-7-best-tv-and-home-cinema-gadgets-year/feat#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Home Cinema PVRs and Set-top Boxes Soundbars TV Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:50:48 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453600 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky’s box of tricks gets a raft of new features in an update rolling out from today </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" title="Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link " alt="Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-suggestions.jpg?1408617568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has given its Sky+ TV Guide a wash and brush up, adding a handful of new and potentially useful features to the EPG.</p> <p>First and foremost is a Netflix-style recommendation engine that will suggest programmes based on your taste &ndash; or at least what it thinks is your taste. It&rsquo;s based on your recent activity: Sky&rsquo;s example is that a customer who has recently recorded The Following may receive recommendations to watch Hannibal, Luther or Criminal Minds. Recommendations will be picked from both broadcast and on-demand content.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also new is Smart Series Link. It&rsquo;s like Series Link, only&hellip; smarter. Basically, when you Series Link a show now, your Sky box will continue recording episodes when it returns for a new season. Previously, Series Link would end after the current season.</p> <p>The update also adds DVD cover art to selections in the Sky Store and Sky Movies sections; a new Sports tile on the EPG homepage that takes you directly to all channels showing live sport; it&rsquo;s now easier to choose between HD and SD quality when setting a recording; and HDMI One Touch, which &ndash; assuming you have a compatible television &ndash; will turn on both your Sky+ box and your TV with a single button press from the Sky remote.</p> <p>The update will begin rolling out to Sky+ boxes today.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news">Now this is smart TV: Sky+HD brings intelligent search to the idiot box</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Smart Series Link. It’s like Series Link, only… smarter" alt="Smart Series Link. It’s like Series Link, only… smarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-smart-series-link.jpg?1408617568" /> </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/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film and TV PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sky Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:39:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445510 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky’s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recordings and more http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update! We talk to Sky&#039;s Luke Bradley-Jones about a 4K TV service, and why satellite is here to stay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky&#039;s current Sky+HD box could be replaced with a smarter alternative" alt="Sky&#039;s current Sky+HD box could be replaced with a smarter alternative" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-hd-with-wi-fi.jpg?1399021117" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky is working on a major overhaul of its set-top box service, according to a report in The Telegraph.</p> <p>In an effort to stay competitive in a world where internet streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are growing more and more popular, the broadcaster is beavering away on what is internally codenamed &ldquo;Project Ethan&rdquo; &ndash; a new system that will allow Sky customers to access programmes on any device, be it their set-top box, smartphone, tablet, or internet-connected TVs outside the main living room.</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"> To 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>Sky+ recordings will be stored in the cloud rather than on a local set-top box hard drive, which means that for both recorded and on-demand, Project Ethan will allow viewers to begin watching a show on one device, pause it, then resume it on another device.</p> <p>The report also claims that Sky is working on new 4K-compatible hardware in preparation for the launch of an ultra-HD package. Which isn&rsquo;t a great surprise, given Sky&rsquo;s history of embracing new technologies like HDTV and 3D TV, but (assuming it&rsquo;s true) reassuring to know: 4K can only succeed if there&rsquo;s lots of material out there to watch, after all.</p> <p>The Telegraph&rsquo;s sources say the Project Ethan revamp could be available to &ldquo;millions of customers as soon as two years from now&rdquo;. We think Sky needs get a move on, because two years is a long time in tech &ndash; and Amazon, Netflix, Apple and other video providers won&rsquo;t be sitting still either.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/10789883/BSkyB-plans-major-overhaul-of-set-top-box-to-meet-Apple-threat.html">The Telegraph</a>]</p> <p><strong>Update 29/04/13:</strong> Back in March we caught up with Luke Bradley-Jones, Brand Director of TV Products at Sky, to talk about the future of the service. Here&#39;s what he had to say about 4K broadcasting and the differences between internet streaming and satellite broadcasting.</p> <p><strong>On 4K:</strong><br />&quot;We look at it all the time. We keep a very close eye on what&#39;s happening, and we&#39;ve run some trials in terms of shooting in 4K.</p> <p>&quot;I think what we&#39;ve learned and executed very well against for both HD and 3D is making sure that we&#39;re striking the right balance between helping to create demand and getting our customers excited about new technologies, but not trying to force feed something that they&#39;re not interested in. We&#39;ve got over half our base watching in HD now. We&#39;ve got a 3D base which is growing solidly but hasn&#39;t followed the same rate of adoption as HD &ndash; I don&#39;t think we ever thought it would.</p> <p>&quot;So we&#39;ll keep watching 4K. It&#39;s in our DNA to make sure we offer the best viewing experience, especially for the big screen, which is where the majority of our customers spend the majority of their time watching telly. We haven&#39;t announced anything because we don&#39;t have a specific plan to announce. But we&#39;re testing the technology, watching the device prices and watching the take-up.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Will 4K be streamed over the internet or broadcast via satellite?</strong><br />&quot;We&#39;ve just run through a top-to-bottom assessment of what it would take from a broadcast operations point of view to deliver 4k and it would take an investment but it&#39;s something that&#39;s absolutely doable from both a downstream bandwidth and cost point of view. We invest pretty substantially in our broadcast platform every year, the vast majority of our content and viewing continues to be delivered via satellite.</p> <p>&quot;The economics of OTT [internet-streaming] delivery for bandwidth-hungry services is improving but it really depends on the scale. If it&#39;s on a smaller scale we might look at OTT but if we&#39;re taking it to market we&#39;d probably want to take it to scale, which is what we&#39;re good at, so DTH [satellite] would definitely be part of that.&quot;</p> <p><strong>But won&#39;t streaming replace tradition satellite broadcasts soon?</strong><br />&quot;I&#39;m not saying that&#39;s never going to happen but I think it&#39;s a long way off. If you look at the volume of simultaneous viewers we&#39;re supporting in one go in HD for live content, the economics for that via satellite versus OTT are still in favour of the satellite. It&#39;s much more efficient.</p> <p>&quot;Even for on-demand content, some of our most popular movies and TV shows are pushed to the box via the satellite rather than over the internet. Even though they&#39;re being watched on demand the customer generally doesn&#39;t know how it&#39;s being delivered. Anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of movies watched on-demand every week are pushed to the box via satellite. That means automatic viewing rather than having to wait for a download and it&#39;s also very efficient.</p> <p>&quot;Although we&#39;ve got major broadband operators it still costs more than satellite downlink, which is essentially zero incremental cost for the bandwidth we have. If you&#39;re dealing with a serious number of simultaneous live views or a major number of on-demand views of a given asset the economics are still preferable for satellite.&quot;</p> <p>So there you have it, straight from the horse&#39;s mouth: 4K is coming, and satellite broadcasts aren&#39;t going anywhere &ndash; at least not for a while.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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"> The next Sky box will support 4K </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"> Cloud recordings and access from any gadget are coming, too </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 4K PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sky Streaming Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:11:23 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436278 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax DTR-T1000 YouView PVR video review http://www.stuff.tv/dtr-t1000/humax-dtr-t1000-youview-pvr-video-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouView promises to revolutionise TV, combining Freeview, catch-up services and on-demand streaming into one seamless subscription-free service. But was it worth the wait? </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="465" height="256" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax%20DTR-T1000%20YouView%20PVR.png?1370357840" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <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-1823557209001" 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="1823557209001" /> <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> http://www.stuff.tv/dtr-t1000/humax-dtr-t1000-youview-pvr-video-review/video#comments DTR-T1000 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes YouView Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:41:09 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423746 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax DTR-T1000 http://www.stuff.tv/humax-dtr-t1000/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the first box to run YouView – AKA the TV revolution – worthy of the honour? </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" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-press-1_4_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax-DTR-T1000-review-box-press-2_4_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-remote_4_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>YouView promises to revolutionise TV, melding Freeview, catch-up services and on-demand streaming onto one seamless service. The DTR-T1000 is the first box out of the blocks but is it the only one we'll ever need?</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"> £300.00 </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">10 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"> It&#039;s the future of TV </div> <div class="field-item even"> Oodles of storage space </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"> No Wi-Fi as standard </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> what do you get with YouView? </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>YouView has been a long time coming, but it appears to have been worth the wait. You get all of Freeview HD, plus the complete online offerings of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand Five – in HD where possible. More is on the way, including Sky's Now TV and we hear, maybe LoveFilm and Netflix.</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="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-screen-1_2_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture quality and recording </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>Twin tuners allow you to record two channels while watching a third, and the T1000's picture quality is excellent, with even upscaled SD shows impressing. Online streams are more varied, but HD stuff is exemplary. You'll also find searchable archival content alongside the seven day catch-up.</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="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-input-output_2_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> wireless </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 the T1000's few negatives is that it doesn't have Wi-Fi as standard. Humax prefers Powerline network kit, on the grounds that it delivers more stable results when streaming video. So, unless your PVR is right next to your router, you'll need to spend a few quid extra before you can get going.</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="Humax DTR-T1000" alt="Humax DTR-T1000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/humax-DTR-T1000-review-youview-EPG_2_0.jpg?1368971192" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> inputs, outputs and storage </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>Now to some cold, hard number crunching – the T1000 rocks 500GB of storage, with 1TB models set to be available soon. Output resolutions go right through from 576p to 1080p and you can hook all manner of cables up to it too. Ports-wise, there's HDMI, SCART, composite, component, optical digital audio, analogue stereo, Ethernet and USB. Phew.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smart TV in a box? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a word, no. YouView is connected but it isn't exactly 'smart'. There's no companion iOS or Android app to assist with search and navigation, and no built-in apps for Skyping or social networking, let alone games. Still – the potential is there for all of the above to be added.</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-5"><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"> YouView EPG </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>YouView's slick-running EPG betters any Freeview HD rival by letting you search any available content, both broadcast and online. You can even scroll up to seven days back in time – and if it's available online, watch it straightaway. Fool-proof.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> versus Samsung STB-E7500 </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 href="/review/samsung-stb-e7500">This Sammy</a> is every bit as smart as the T1000, costs the same, and also has a 500GB HDD. There's not much between them, so which you go for may come down to the content on offer; the Humax is better for terrestrial services, but the film streaming options and apps on the E7500 make it our favourite.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> 8 </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> <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>YouView is capable and clever, and the Humax is an excellent PVR. Internet TV has gone mainstream</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-dtr-t1000 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/humax-dtr-t1000/review#comments DTR-T1000 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:09:22 +0000 Sophie Charara 422767 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax HDR-FOX T2 http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hdr-fox-t2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Packing Freeview+ along with BBC iPlayer, this PVR looks like a strong contender </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" title="Humax HDR-FOX T2" alt="Humax HDR-FOX T2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-hdr-fox-t2-main_0_0.jpg?1369750632" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Humax HDR-FOX T2" alt="Humax HDR-FOX T2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-hdr-fox-t2-2_0.jpg?1369750632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Humax HDR-FOX T2 is the brand’s latest PVR, enabling you to enjoy subscription-free HD broadcasts while its Freeview+ credentials mean that you can pause and rewind live TV, or set the box to record an entire TV series for you.</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"> £350.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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"> plenty going on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From a quick glance at the HDR-FOX T2’s minimalist front panel, you might think it’s a simple device. You couldn’t be more wrong. A 500GB drive takes care of your recordings from twin tuners, or if you prefer you can watch iPlayer, stream from a PC, NAS or USB device, or view subscription services.</p> <p>As well as its many other talents, the HDR-FOX T2 can also chat to other Humax PVRs, sharing and borrowing recordings over Ethernet for a simple multi-room video setup.</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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> set-up </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>From the moment you press the pleasantly oversized 'on' switch, you know everything is going to be fine. There's a comprehensive set-up routine, magnificent on-screen display, crisp imagery, responsive remote and a wealth of features. The Humax looks the business and does it too. A lack of through ports is the only real omission, but it’s not a fatal flaw.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-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"> 9 </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"> 9 </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> <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>Well designed, well specced and well done to Humax for making a great Freeview+ box</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-hdr-fox-t2 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hdr-fox-t2/review#comments HDR-FOX T2 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:01:15 +0000 Tony Horgan 418602 at http://www.stuff.tv Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal http://www.stuff.tv/kogan/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turn your TV into a massive Android tablet </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="1000" height="511" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-iptv-1_1.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="319" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-iptv-2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="285" height="623" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-iptv-3.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="354" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands1.JPG?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="273" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="303" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands3.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="362" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands6.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="275" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands4.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="287" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kogan-agora-hands5.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Android takes another step towards domestic domination with this paperback-sized smart TV box. The Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal plugs into your telly and showers it with gifts: a web browser, games and all kinds of apps for video on demand, social networking and news.</p> <p><strong>Clever tricks</strong></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"> £130.00 </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">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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>Not the telly box for everyone but Android fans will revel in its infinite tinkerability</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kogan/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kogan/kogan-agora-internet-tv-portal/review#comments Agora Internet TV Portal Kogan PVRs and Set-top Boxes Wed, 03 Aug 2011 10:02:18 +0000 Tony Horgan 417288 at http://www.stuff.tv Echostar HDS-600RS http://www.stuff.tv/echostar-hds-600rs/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Freesat PVR streams TV to your phone, tablet or laptop, wherever you are </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="1000" height="556" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/echostar-hds-600rs-main_0.jpg?1364298774" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="499" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/echostar-hds-600rs-2_0.jpg?1364298774" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The EchoStar HD-600RS is the world’s first PVR loaded with Slingbox technology, giving it the ability to transmit live TV and recorded video over the net to a laptop, tablet or phone.</p> <p>To get up and running, first you'll need a satellite dish to receive Freesat (if you’ve ever had Sky, you can use the same dish, or have one installed for around £80). This feeds 150 free channels, including HD ones from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, into the EchoStar. Just like aVirgin+HD or Sky Plus box, the HDS-600RS gives you a TV schedule to watch ‘live’ or record.</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"> £300.00 </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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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"> Echostar HD-600RS – check your upload speed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In order for it to push this TV to one of your mobile devices or a computer, your home broadband will need a minimum upload speed of 256kbps (and do check, because yours might not). Picture quality is reasonable at that rate, but improves greatly with faster connections.</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> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><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"> EchoStar HD-600RS – will it work outside of the UK? </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>Unlike your standard digibox, the EchoStar HDS-600RS also plugs in to your router, making all this content available over the internet on your mobile, tablet or computer. It’ll even work outside of the UK, sidestepping the licensing restrictions that prevent overseas online viewing of iPlayer and its ilk.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><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"> EchoStar HD-600RS – TV image quality </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>Watching on your TV, you won’t get carousels of artwork or picture-in-picture displays, but the basic EPG works fine and is clear enough on a TV screen, with scheduled recordings showing up in red and reminders in green.</p> <p>When viewed directly on screen at home, image quality is impressive, with bright, vivid colours and stable textures even during fast motion. Saturday Kitchen in HD revealed mouth-watering detail, and standard-def Freesat channels came through with more clarity than the Freeeview from our test TV’s internal tuner.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><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"> EchoStar HD-600RS – iPlayer </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 EchoStar lets you access BBC iPlayer, with different quality settings depending on your broadband speed. We chose the maximum setting, and iPlayer’s picture and sound quality was impressive. ITV player is coming soon, but in a world of connected, app-loaded TVs, the EchoStar already looks a bit old-school.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><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"> EchoStar HDS-600RS – steaming to a laptop </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>Remote viewing is best done on a laptop over Wi-Fi (or Ethernet, if you’re near a socket). You access the EchoStar through a browser, remotely controlling its EPG with a virtual remote that can be dragged around the screen. It’s a bit of an awkward interface, but with a good connection it works well enough.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><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"> EchoStar HDS-600RS – steaming to a 3G phone </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>Watching on a phone is where the EchoStar falls down. First, you have to shell out around £18 for the SlingPlayer Mobile Android or iPhone app. Next, you’re still remotely controlling the EPG through a kind of virtual remote, rather than a bespoke, phone-friendly interface. It’s a million miles from the official iPhone iPlayer interface, for example. Doing this over 3G on a phone is more than a bit tricky as the on-screen EPG is streamed, but at very low resolution, making it hard to read and control. Over a stable Wi-Fi connection, though, it’s brilliant.</p> <p>Despite a few niggles, namely the slightly clunky remote EPG and the fact that you have to pay extra for the smartphone app, the EchoStar HDS-600RS still has a lot to offer. Image quality on a TV is excellent and streaming over the a good Wi-Fi connection works a treat.</p> </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>A great PVR with impressive streaming talents, but phone viewing should be better</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/echostar-hds-600rs </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/echostar-hds-600rs/review#comments Echostar HDS-600RS PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sat, 02 Apr 2011 11:22:06 +0000 Tony Horgan 418614 at http://www.stuff.tv TVonics DTR-HD500 http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics-dtr-hd500/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No contracts, no installation, just all the free hi-def TV you can record (and watch) </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="1448" height="737" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Front.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="457" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD550-Screen.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2000" height="811" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Profile.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Hands1.JPG?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="331" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Hands2.JPG?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonics-DTR-HD500-Hands3.JPG?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think Freeview and Freeview HD is full of rubbish, and on balance you’d be right (unless you have an unusual interest in weightloss DVDs and vegetable slicers). But, if you sift out all the good bits that are on when you’re not around to watch them, you can stock up on some great TV for the times you are. And all subscription free, of course. The TVonics DTR-HD500 will do that job for you, without the hassle of a visit from a man with a ladder and a drill.</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"> £235.00 </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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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>A simple, no-nonsense way to hoover up all the best free hi-def content the UK has to offer</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/tvonics-dtr-hd500 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics-dtr-hd500/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics-dtr-hd500/review#comments DTR-HD500 PVRs and Set-top Boxes TVonics Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:04:42 +0000 Tony Horgan 415791 at http://www.stuff.tv TVonics DTR-Z250 http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics/tvonics-dtr-z250/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twin digital tuners and a 250GB hard drive, and all for under £180. Is this Freeview+ PVR too good to be true? </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="1000" height="460" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TVonicsdtrz250.jpg?1364298977" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your AV rack full to brimming? Well, if you're still in need of a well-specified PVR, the TVonics&nbsp; DTR-FP2500 may be just the thing. The squashed profile makes a change from the more usual boxy designs and frees up some precious space under your TV. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Twin tuners</strong></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"> £179.00 </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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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"> A great value PVR that combines the required functionality with top-notch performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/tvonics-dtr-z250 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics/tvonics-dtr-z250/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tvonics/tvonics-dtr-z250/review#comments DTR-Z250 PVRs and Set-top Boxes TVonics Fri, 23 Jul 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14823 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax PVR9300T http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-pvr9300t/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It doesn’t offer Freeview HD, but this capacious hard-disk recorder is a fine PVR if standard-def will suffice… </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="1024" height="1024" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-320gb-twin-tuner-freeviewplus-pvr-with-hdmi-upscaling-humax-pvr9300-320gb-.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="920" height="330" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/humax-pvr9300t.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As you may have noticed, <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/10/hd-dvd-high-definition-dvd.aspx" target="_blank">high-definition</a> has come to <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/freeview.aspx" target="_blank">Freeview</a> this year. But HD over your aerial isn’t available for everyone yet, and won’t be as late as 2012 in some unfortunate parts of the UK. So what if you live in one of these areas but want a hard-disk PVR right now? </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"> £185.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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>A sensibly priced and highly desirable way into Freeview+</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-pvr9300t </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-pvr9300t/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-pvr9300t/review#comments Humax PVR9300T PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sun, 06 Jun 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14603 at http://www.stuff.tv TechniSat HDFS http://www.stuff.tv/technisat-hdfs/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might have only one tuner and no hard drive, but this versatile bargain Freeview HD box is a force to be reckoned with </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="1000" height="284" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TechniSatHDFS.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="267" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/technisat_freesat.gif?1364299007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unusually in this day and age, the TechniSat HDFS is a single-tuner Freesat HD box rather than a fully fledged PVR. But look at the price: a good £70 cheaper than its next most expensive rival, and £120 less than the all-conquering <a href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Humax-Foxsat-HDR/" target="_blank">Humax Foxsat-HDR</a>.</p> <p><strong>Solid build</strong></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"> £180.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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>Superb for the spondoolicks. If TechniSat ever makes a twin-tuner version, the big boys would really start to sweat</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/technisat-hdfs </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/technisat-hdfs/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/technisat-hdfs/review#comments HDFS PVRs and Set-top Boxes TechniSat Sat, 22 May 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14521 at http://www.stuff.tv Humax HD-FOX T2 http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hd-fox-t2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> By set-top box standards it&#039;s pricey, but it does do HD. So, should you bag one before the World Cup kicks off? </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="1412" height="1412" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax_HDFOXT2.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="313" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Humax-HD-FOX-T2left.jpg?1364299007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before we get stuck into the HD-FOX T2, a bit about <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/freeview.aspx" target="_blank">Freeview</a> HD. It's finally launched, but only in two areas of the UK – Manchester and central London. Don't fret, though: HD coverage should extend to around 50 per cent of the UK by the summer (see <a href="http://www.freeview.co.uk" title="www.freeview.co.uk">www.freeview.co.uk</a> for more info). </p> <p>Currently four terrestrial channels – BBC HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD and S4C – are available, while Five HD should be available later this year. So, enough of the background – what's the hardware like?</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"> £180.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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"> You're paying a premium, but if you want free HD, the Humax HD-FOX T2 is very impressive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/humax-hd-fox-t2 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hd-fox-t2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/humax/humax-hd-fox-t2/review#comments HD-FOX T2 Humax PVRs and Set-top Boxes Thu, 29 Apr 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14412 at http://www.stuff.tv Sagem DTR 94250S http://www.stuff.tv/sagem-dtr-94250s/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s no oil painting, but this 250GB Freesat HD PVR delivers TV performance to be reckoned with </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="724" height="252" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sagem-DTR94250S-HD.jpg?1364299330" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="336" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sagem-dtr-94250s.jpg?1364299330" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We’ve always been impressed by Sagem’s set-top boxes, so we were only to happy to welcome its first Freesat <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/10/hd-high-definition-hi-def.aspx" target="_blank">HD</a> model into our testing lounge. The DTR 94250S has a 250GB hard-disk with twin tuners, but if that’s not enough the 500GB DTR94500S is available for £300.</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"> £250.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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"> At the price, it’s hard to argue with – a great Freesat PVR with very few weaknesses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sagem-dtr-94250s </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sagem-dtr-94250s/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sagem-dtr-94250s/review#comments DTR 94250S PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sagem Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 13974 at http://www.stuff.tv Topfield TF5810PVRt http://www.stuff.tv/topfield-tf5810pvrt/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Topfield takes on the might of Sky+ with this stonking 500GB Freeview+ PVR. Should Murdoch be worried? </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="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TOPFIELD-TF5810PVR-TWIN-TUNER-FREEVIEW-PERSONAL-VIDEO-RECORDER-0.jpg?1364299717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that hard-drives are as cheap as chips, companies are shoving ever bigger-capacity units into their AV kit.</p> <p>For proof of this gigabyte feast look no further than Topfield’s new 500GB <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/freeview.aspx" target="_blank">Freeview</a> PVR, the TF5810PVRt. The Korean firm has only been around for a decade, but this box has enough features and promise to take on the gold standard of set-tops, Sky+.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plus powers</strong></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"> £300.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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> </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"> Superb picture, recording and usability – plus a whopping hard drive to boot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/topfield-tf5810pvrt </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/topfield-tf5810pvrt/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/topfield-tf5810pvrt/review#comments PVRs and Set-top Boxes TF5810PVRt Topfield Fri, 30 Jan 2009 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 11732 at http://www.stuff.tv