Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/sg/streaming/features en-SG 8 things you need to know about Google's new Nexus Player http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google takes on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV with its first Android TV device </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="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-player-06_0.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-io-2014/android-tv-targeting-set-top-boxes-smart-tvs-starting-autumn/news" target="_blank">Android TV</a> is coming to your tellybox with the new Nexus Player.</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="/sg/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"> 1. It&#039;s round </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>So very round. But not spherical, like the Nexus Q, oh no. More like a hockey puck. At 120mm x 20mm, it&#39;s a little larger and thinner than the Apple TV, and a bit lighter too, at 235g versus the Apple TV&#39;s 272g. Basically, it&#39;ll look nice and unobtrusive alongside your telly.</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="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-01.jpg?1413425915" /> </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"> 2. It&#039;s a big 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>The Nexus Player features Google Cast support, which will doubtless be a big selling point for Chromecast fans; you&#39;ll be able to ping Cast-ready apps including Vevo, DailyBurn and Now TV to your telly using the Nexus Player.</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 Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-09_0.jpg?1413425915" /> </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"> 3. It puts Google Play on your telly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can finally get Google Play on your TV without faffing around with MHL adapters, wireless HDMI and Chromecasts. That means you can download and view movies and TV shows from a library of thousands of titles using your Google Player; it&#39;ll sync playback with other Google Play devices, allowing for you to pick up a programme where you left off on a smartphone or tablet. Naturally, the Nexus Player also runs Google Play Music and Games.</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 Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-02.jpg?1413425915" /> </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"> 4. It&#039;s a games console </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>Ah yes, games. Like Amazon&#39;s Fire TV, the Nexus Player does double duty as a games console; you can use the Nexus Player&#39;s remote for playing casual titles, or pick up an Asus-built controller for more involved games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9: 7 things you need to know about the first Android Lollipop tablet</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 Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-03.jpg?1413425915" /> </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"> 5. It packs an Intel Atom processor </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>Under the hood, the Asus-built Nexus Player packs a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor with the Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine, backed up by 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. That means it should be able to handle 3D games, though it&#39;s not exactly going to compete with the likes of the PlayStation 4.</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 Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-05_0.jpg?1413425915" /> </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"> 6. You can talk to it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s all about the voice control these days, and the Nexus Player is no exception; its remote has a mic button that&#39;ll let you use voice search to trawl your library of films and TV.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-08.jpg?1413425915" /> </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"> 7. Apps. So many apps </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&#39;s also touting the Nexus Player as an apps platform; the selection of apps available at launch includes the obvious (YouTube, Netflix, the ubiquitous TED and TuneIn) and the obscure (Red Bull TV, Dramafever, and HGTV Watch).&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="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-07.jpg?1413425915" /> </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"> 8. We don&#039;t know when it&#039;ll hit SG </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 Nexus Player is available from 3 November &ndash; in the USA, at least. You can pre-order a Nexus Player from 17 October; the Nexus Player and Remote will set you back US$100 (S$130) and comes with US$20 (S$25) of Google Play credit, while the optional games controller will cost US$40 (S$50). SG pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news" target="_blank">7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6</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 Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-04.jpg?1413425915" /> </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/sg/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news#comments Google Nexus Player Streaming Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:08:32 +0000 Elissa Loi 1450409 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix's first original movie is a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/netflixs-first-original-movie-sequel-crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny will be the first of several films to hit IMAX screens and Netflix simultaneously </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="Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny" alt="Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/crouching-tiger-2.jpg?1412131999" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Movie streaming service Netflix has been pouring its money into original series for the last few years &ndash; but now it&#39;s taking on Hollywood with its first feature-length film.</p> <p>Netflix has teamed up with The Weinstein Company to release the sequel to Ang Lee&#39;s 2000&#39;s martial-arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film &ndash; titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny &ndash; will hit IMAX cinemas and Netflix simultaneously on 28 August 2015.</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="/sg/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-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/sg/netflix/netflixs-first-original-movie-sequel-crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/netflixs-first-original-movie-sequel-crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon/news#comments Film and TV Netflix Streaming Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:19:36 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448992 at http://www.stuff.tv WTF is the Optoma WHD200? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wtf-optoma-whd200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless TV box taketh away, wireless TV box giveth. </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="857" height="643" title="Clever innards" alt="WTF is the Optoma WHD200?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/whd200.jpg?1411953463" /> </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="/sg/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Looks stunning. I&rsquo;ll take ten.</strong><br />Now don&rsquo;t be sniffy. Not everything obscure has to look fantastic. Nor does everything fantastic need to look obscure. Sometimes, within the confines of relatively featureless black boxes, life-changing functionality can be found. In this case, the removal of some of those pesky HDMI cables that are snaking around your house, tripping up the maid and chewed by the dog. Previously available only in Europe but now wired up British-style, the WHD200 forms an up-to-20m wireless link between the end of two HDMI cables.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Twenty metres! At last, I can stream TV to the Wendy house.</strong><br />Uh, nope. See, the WHD200 deliberately uses a different wireless frequency than that used by your Wi-Fi router and cordless phone and whatnot, so as to reduce interference. This is clever thinking. However, the higher frequency makes the signal less capable of travelling through walls and windows. Less clever. Chief use case scenario then, far as we can see, is for someone who has a dual TV and projector setup in the same room.</p> <p>The transmitter box has two HDMI 1.4 inputs and one output, so day-to-day you can watch TV on your normal TV box, but wirelessly send the signal to your roof-mounted megaprojector for special occasions. Like the University Challenge quarters.</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="770" height="577" title="Looks the same from this angle" alt="WTF is the Optoma WHD200?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whd200-1.jpg?1411953463" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Talk to me about quality, though, because I like my Bamber Gascoigne to be sharp.</strong><br />Few people sharper than a Bamber, and the WHD200 shouldn&rsquo;t let you down. Dispel any received notions about wireless streamers &ndash; so long as the range isn&rsquo;t out this box-of-delights will keep up to 1080p60 HD or 1080p24 3D just as crispy as if you were running it through big-ass HDMI cables. The signal can still carry multichannel audio, too, if you&rsquo;ve got your system wired up that way &ndash; there&rsquo;s a max system latency of 1ms that might need a little tweaking if you&rsquo;re of the golden-eared persuasion.</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="837" height="628" title="Face on" alt="WTF is the Optoma WHD200?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whd200-2.jpg?1411953463" /> </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/sg/wtf-optoma-whd200/news#comments Hot Stuff Streaming Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:28:05 +0000 Elissa Loi 1448817 at http://www.stuff.tv Free version of Rdio apes Spotify, serves ads http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-version-rdio-apes-spotify-serves-ads/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rdio&#039;s relaunch of its apps, service and design is calculated to bring in those who Pandora attracted </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="567" height="425" title="Free version of Rdio apes Spotify, serves ads" alt="Free version of Rdio apes Spotify, serves ads" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rdio_2.jpg?1409826224" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rdio users might be a little surprised at the new look and features the music streaming sports, but it might have been a long time coming. The service is still lagging behind the two biggest monsters in the online digital music space: Pandora and YouTube. And with YouTube adding subscription services soon, Rdio has a lot of work to do.</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="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Limited &#039;free&#039;-dom </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>Trying Rdio out here though, the service immediately prompted &quot;You&#39;re out of free music. <a href="http://www.rdio.com/settings/subscription/" id="" target="_self" title="">Subscribe now</a> for unlimited music.&quot; Funny how this writer hadn&#39;t even listened to any kind of music from Rdio for a while.</p> <p>In all likelihood, ads probably haven&#39;t been optimised for non-US users thus US users will probably be the first to benefit from free listening until Rdio manages to figure out how advertising will work in non-US countries.</p> <p>Other changes worth noting - premium users&#39; synced tracks are now called downloads and users can just mark tracks as favourites without needing whole albums to their collection. You can also &#39;favourite&#39; stations and artists. Rdio encourages users to curate their own stations and also adds tools to help users find new music worth listening to and worth sharing.&nbsp; While you&#39;re &#39;discovering&#39; your music, your friend&#39;s comments will also be filtered in, making it a lot like Facebook.</p> <p>At the moment, Rdio subscriptions can be had for S$4.90 (Web), S$9.90 (includes apps) and S$17.90 (family subscriptions).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/streaming">Music streamingg, hear all about it</a><br />[Source: <a href="http://gigaom.com/2014/09/03/with-new-apps-and-a-free-ad-supported-tier-rdio-chases-after-pandora/" target="_blank">GigaOM</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="567" height="425" title="Free version of Rdio apes Spotify, serves ads" alt="Free version of Rdio apes Spotify, serves ads" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rdio_1.jpg?1409826224" /> </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/sg/free-version-rdio-apes-spotify-serves-ads/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-version-rdio-apes-spotify-serves-ads/news#comments Apps and Games Streaming Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:20:30 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1446557 at http://www.stuff.tv Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/shazam-integrates-rdio-other-streaming-services-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can listen to entire songs on Shazam but only if you&#039;re a paying Rdio subscriber. Spotify users? Your turn soon </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="567" height="425" title="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" alt="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rdio_shazam.jpg?1405404210" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shazam and Rdio are now best buds it seems as no longer are you limited to short snippets of songs but entire tracks on Shazam. That is, if you are a current paying Rdio subscriber. And if you happen to be on iOS as Shazam&#39;s latest update that makes this musical partnership happens hasn&#39;t happened yet for Android. Rest assured it is &#39;coming soon&#39;.</p> <p>What of Windows Phone? No mention about that, we&#39;re afraid.</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="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Shazam gunning for more music bucks? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before this, Shazam was an &#39;equal opportunity&#39; music discovery app. After identifying the song, you could then preview it on the app and then be directed to purchase the song from one of a few available marketplaces including Amazon. But Shazam is thinking of the users who would like some instant gratification and that is what music streaming is serving up pretty much.</p> <p>The 7.7 update to the iOS Shazam app isn&#39;t just about streaming full songs but also adding more playlist functionality - you can now create playlists of Shazamed songs and add them to your Rdio playlist. Rdio is of course thrilled to be the first streaming service to use Shazam&#39;s new in-app song playback, perhaps a way for Rdio to get a leg up in the very crowded music streaming marketplace.</p> <p>Shazam does promise that other music services will also follow Rdio&#39;s lead though we suspect that some negotiations are still going on in that respect. Will Spotify follow quickly? Or will Deezer also get in on the Shazam goodness? Currently Spotify already has a &#39;listen with Spotify&#39; option in Shazam, albeit previews-only, so it makes sense that Spotify will be the second music streaming service to go the full hog on Shazam.</p> <p>You can check out the update on <a href="http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=66960X1514734&amp;site=theverge.com&amp;xs=1&amp;isjs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Fid284993459%3Fmt%3D8&amp;xguid=bfadcf21d4c6a29915c0681d8ef3c532&amp;xcreo=0&amp;xed=0&amp;sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theverge.com%2F2014%2F7%2F14%2F5899681%2Fshazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them&amp;xtz=-480" target="_blank">App Store</a> and Android users? Just be patient.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/spotify/spotify-goes-black-adds-new-features-snazzy-update/news">Spotify goes black, updates with new features</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/14/5899681/shazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them" target="_blank">The Verge</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="567" height="425" title="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" alt="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shazam_screens.jpg?1405404210" /> </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/sg/shazam-integrates-rdio-other-streaming-services-soon/news#comments Apps and Games iOS apps Streaming Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:03:31 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1442139 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Google to launch Apple TV-style set-top streamer this week http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-io-2014/rumour-google-launch-apple-tv-style-set-top-streamer-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims Android-powered box with voice controls and game support will be debuted at I/O conference </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="Rumour: Google to launch Apple TV-style set-top streamer this week" alt="Rumour: Google to launch Apple TV-style set-top streamer this week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-tv.jpg?1403746447" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google is poised to announce a new set-top streamer to take on the likes of the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>The report claims the device runs on Android TV, a new form of the operating system that could eventually make it into set-top streaming devices manufactured by third-party companies. Android TV will support video, music and games, feature a stripped-down interface and support voice controls. Android (and possibly other) phones will be able to act as remote controls.</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="/sg/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"> Third time lucky? </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 its most interesting features, according to sources, is the ability to run smartphone games. So you could start playing a game on your Android phone or tablet, pause it and pick up from where you left off on your living room TV.</p> <p>Google has already made two abortive attempts to launch a set-top box: there was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-rip-google-tv-us-armys-real-life-iron-man-suit-and-how-draw-your-own-musical-in">Google TV</a> in 2010, then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-q-review-%E2%80%93-hands/news">Nexus Q</a> in 2012. Both were failures. The Chromecast streamer has fared much better (read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">full review</a> to find out why) but is a lot more limited in its scope than this rumoured device.</p> <p>[<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/google-to-unveil-new-tv-set-top-box-1403662845">Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/25/google-to-once-again-challenge-apple-tv-with-android-based-set-top-streamer-report-says">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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/sg/google/google-io-2014/rumour-google-launch-apple-tv-style-set-top-streamer-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-io-2014/rumour-google-launch-apple-tv-style-set-top-streamer-week/news#comments Google Google I/O 2014 Streaming Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:33:29 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440134 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix: by the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we’ll be on to the next thing http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff takes a tour of Netflix HQ and talks to its head honchos about the future of streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix HQ in sunny Silicon Valley" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Netflix-HQ-2.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve just come returned from a visit to Netflix&rsquo;s headquarters in Silicon Valley, and have brought with us the company&rsquo;s predictions for an even streamier future for TV shows and movies.</p> <p>Greg Peters, Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer, points out that Netflix being the first proper way to get 4K (with <em>House of Cards</em>) means we&rsquo;re now at the point that &ldquo;if you want the best video quality out there, it&rsquo;s being delivered over the internet&rdquo;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But it&#039;s going to be a little while before 4K reaches the masses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say 4K viewing&rsquo;s going to go through the roof just yet &ndash; Peters reckons it&rsquo;ll be a year and a half or so before 4K even accounts for just 1% of what&rsquo;s streamed on Netflix. But from that point he thinks it will accelerate much more quickly as 4K TVs become cheaper and more widely available.</p> <p>He also thinks it&rsquo;ll be a year or two before adapter products in the vein of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> come along, and that&rsquo;s quite a problem for projectors and TVs such as the just-launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">B&amp;O BeoVision Avant</a>, which lacks a built-in Netflix app and therefore currently has no way to actually access 4K content.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoVision Avant 4K TV follows you around the room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s fair to say Netflix is pretty proud of House of Cards" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-5.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="So many shows, very few so far in 4K" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-6.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Take that, live TV broadcasters!" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-8.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Breaking Bad will be the next show to get the Netflix 4K treatment" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-13.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sifting the Big Data </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We also had a chance to speak to Todd Yellin, VP of Product Innovation, who talked us through the way Netflix tests new features.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re fanatical, old-school scientists at Netflix&rdquo;, he says. &ldquo;We come up with something that we think is better and we push it out to 50,000 new users who&rsquo;ve got no idea they&rsquo;re in a test, 50,000 other new users could get something else, and another 50,000 get the existing design, and then we sit back and we watch. We watch how they behave, and the thing we watch for is do they stick with the service? They don&rsquo;t know they&rsquo;re voting with their wallet but they are&rdquo;.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s actually a huge board in the Netflix office that records each new little feature (codenamed, unfortunately for us) and tracks the percentage change this has on user retention. Yep, they take this stuff very seriously.</p> <p>But don&#39;t go thinking the company is all maths and no fun - new staff perform musical routines as part of their induction, there&#39;s a huge cinema room for showing off the latest Netflix Originals, and there&#39;s a fresh popcorn machine in the lobby. That last idea is definitely getting passed on to the money men at Stuff Towers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Things to Watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re home" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-12.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="This is the board that tracks the progress of (sadly codenamed) new features" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-10.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="You knew there was going to be a massive cinema room somewhere" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-14.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news#comments 4K Netflix Streaming Thu, 08 May 2014 20:53:04 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436796 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky’s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recordings and more http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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="/sg/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>&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> <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/sg/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news#comments 4K PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sky Streaming Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:11:23 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436413 at http://www.stuff.tv Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This tiny little jukebox will inject your speakers with wireless streaming powers </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="622" height="467" title="Aww, it&#039;s adorable" alt="Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gramofon-main.jpg?1397797355" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Hey look, Sony shrunk the PS4!</strong><br />Honestly, that&#39;s what we thought at first too, but this is no miniature games console. This is a 21st century jukebox for the modern connected gadgeteer.</p> <p><strong>It does music stuff?</strong><br />Eloquently put. Yes, it does music stuff. It does it very good in fact.</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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sounds neat. But streaming from my phone will drain its battery...</strong><br />No it won&#39;t. Your phone isn&#39;t actually streaming the music. Tunes are instead streamed directly from Spotify&#39;s servers, so your device is acting more like a glorified remote.</p> <p>Unlike Bluetooth streaming, that means that you can leave the room and not have to worry about the connection cutting out. Not only that, but your friends can get in on the action too.</p> <p><strong>Friends?</strong><br />Other human beings which you willingly spend leisure time with to talk about sports, babies, cats and other things of that nature.</p> <p>Up to 20 people can connect to the Gramofon at once, letting you all create one huge playlist without having to fight over a single connection. They can login with their Facebook password too, so no pesky Wi-Fi codes are required.</p> <p><strong>What if I don&#39;t use Spotify?</strong><br />Then you&#39;ll probably want to hold out a little while longer. There are a tonne of music services which will be added after the Gramofon launches, including Google Play Music, Grooveshark and Deezer.</p> <p>On the plus side, if you buy the Gramofon then you&#39;ll have access to free Wi-Fi in millions of places around the world. Not bad eh?</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="622" height="467" title="Plug it in, plug it in baby" alt="Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gramofon2.jpg?1397980066" /> </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="700" height="525" title="Support for more services is promised" alt="Gramofone music streamer makes your dumb speakers smart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gramofone3.jpg?1397980066" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fon/gramofon-modern-cloud-jukebox/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Is this the part where you tell me that I can&#39;t afford it?</strong><br />For once, no. The Gramofon is actually rather affordable. You can currently pick it up for US$50 (S$65) on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fon/gramofon-modern-cloud-jukebox" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, and it should be with you in July. Happy listening.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All of the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/sg/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/gramofone-music-streamer-makes-your-dumb-speakers-smart/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Music Streaming Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:35:38 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435704 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple could bring the fight to Spotify and Google Play Music with an iTunes music streaming service http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-could-bring-fight-spotify-and-google-play-music-itunes-music-streaming-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple might be about to join the music streaming party. But is it too late? </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="Apple could bring the fight to Spotify and Google Play Music with an iTunes music streaming service" alt="Apple could bring the fight to Spotify and Google Play Music with an iTunes musi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-itunes-radio-01_0.jpg?1395713026" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple is reportedly in talks with labels over launching a music streaming service to rival the likes of Spotify, Google Play Music and Beats Music.</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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-could-bring-fight-spotify-and-google-play-music-itunes-music-streaming-service/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-could-bring-fight-spotify-and-google-play-music-itunes-music-streaming-service/news#comments Apple iTunes Music Streaming Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:09:18 +0000 Nigel Yap 1434234 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon set-top box: as tiny as a Chromecast, and offering game-streaming? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-set-top-box-tiny-chromecast-and-offering-game-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumours suggest it’ll be a dongle compatible with games streamed from the cloud </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="Amazon&#039;s Jeff Bezos" alt="Amazon&#039;s Jeff Bezos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jeff-bezos-kindles_0.jpg?1395105902" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve been hearing for some time that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-about-take-apple-tv-its-own-set-top-box/news">Amazon is itching to unleash its own take on the Apple TV on the world</a>, but now it&rsquo;s emerged that the retailer&rsquo;s video streaming box might have more in common with the Google Chromecast &ndash; at least in terms of looks.</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="/sg/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"> More OnLive than OnLive? </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>But more interesting still are the rumours from the same sources claiming the dongle will offer game-streaming capabilities &ndash; much like the original OnLive service. Yes, we&rsquo;re talking about the same OnLive service that totally failed as a business and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-onlive-returns-new-form-ee-supercharging-londoners-4g-and-transformers-4-gets">had to pivot to an entirely different form of functionality</a> in order to survive.</p> <p>Amazon&rsquo;s box, say the sources, will offer &ldquo;top tier&rdquo; titles streamed from remote servers (i.e. not from a box in your house) and rendered at 30fps. That&rsquo;s pretty much what OnLive offered before succumbing to the costs of running the huge quantities of servers required. Amazon, of course, has plenty more money and could absorb a greater cost while getting its game streaming service established.</p> <p>While such a system would likely cost Amazon a lot of cash, it could be a valuable loss leader as it&rsquo;d be something no other set-top box (such as the Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast) can offer. So we can definitely believe that it&rsquo;s a possibility. We&rsquo;ll be keeping our eyes and ear peeled for more rumblings on this in the near future.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/17/amazon-set-top-box-game-streaming/">TechCrunch</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="OnLive" alt="OnLive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onlive_1.jpg?1395136435" /> </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/sg/amazon/amazon-set-top-box-tiny-chromecast-and-offering-game-streaming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-set-top-box-tiny-chromecast-and-offering-game-streaming/news#comments Amazon Games consoles Streaming Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:24:31 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1433849 at http://www.stuff.tv Is Amazon about to take on Apple TV with its own set-top box? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-about-take-apple-tv-its-own-set-top-box/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims the company may be launching its web TV streaming device as early as March </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="Is Amazon about to take on Apple TV with its own set-top box?" alt="Is Amazon about to take on Apple TV with its own set-top box?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jeff-bezos-kindles.jpg?1393038236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is poised to launch a set-top box to compete with the likes of the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, according to a report. <p>Citing &ldquo;industry sources&rdquo;, Re/code claims that Amazon&rsquo;s box will run on Android (most likely a forked version of the OS, as on the Kindle Fire tablet) and allow users to stream Amazon&rsquo;s web video content on their TVs (Amazon owns Lovefilm, which presumably means Lovefilm Instant&rsquo;s library would be on tap if the box were launched in the UK).</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="/sg/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"> A games console too? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may also be compatible with games. Interestingly, Amazon has been <a href="http://recode.net/2014/02/20/amazon-job-listings-call-for-game-veterans-with-big-budget-experience/" target="_blank">hiring game developers</a> with experience in Android and iOS development and AAA titles, suggesting that the company is looking to enter the gaming space in a serious way. Could this TV streaming box double as a console? <p>Re/code claims Amazon is almost ready to unveil the box, and that it could arrive as early as March. We&rsquo;ll keep our eyes open for more.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://recode.net/2014/02/21/amazon-gets-its-tv-box-ready-again/" target="_blank">Re/code</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/sg/amazon/amazon-about-take-apple-tv-its-own-set-top-box/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-about-take-apple-tv-its-own-set-top-box/news#comments Amazon Film and TV Streaming Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:05:12 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432719 at http://www.stuff.tv Xiaomi Box and MiTV won't be in Singapore anytime soon http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi/xiaomi-box-and-mitv-wont-be-town-anytime-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Chinese company’s co-founder Bin Li cited content licensing as a hurdle to bring its TV and set top box into Singapore </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="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi Box and MiTV won&#039;t be in Singapore anytime soon" alt="Xiaomi Box and MiTV won&#039;t be in Singapore anytime soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Xiaomi%20MiTV.jpg?1400141399" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Xiaomi&rsquo;s going all out to announce its presence in south-east Asia, bringing its inexpensive S$169 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-redmi/review" target="_blank">Redmi</a> and flagship S$419 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-redmi-coming-singapore-21st-february-priced-s169/news" target="_blank">Mi3</a> smartphones to Singapore, and followed by Malaysia 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="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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"> Content is king </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 dir="ltr">At this point, the Chinese company has no content to complement its unbelievably cheap media display solution outside of China.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;For the set top box, we&rsquo;re only selling in mainland China and the content is provided through CNTV (China Network Television),&rdquo; said Lin, who also highlighted that Xiaomi wants to ensure it provides content within licensing and legal boundaries. &ldquo;This is something Hugo and I need to figure out, about the copyright, content and strategy,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p dir="ltr">Cross your fingers though. If fans here bang real hard on Xiaomi&rsquo;s doors for the MiTV and Xiaomi Box, plus the company&rsquo;s track record of taking its users&rsquo; feedback seriously, the affordable TV and set top box might show up on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.xiaomi.com/sg/" target="_blank">Singapore website</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Short of saying it out loud, this means that even if Xiaomi decides to bring its set top box and TV to Singapore after its Redmi and Mi3 launch, content restrictions will kick in.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-redmi-coming-singapore-21st-february-priced-s169/news" target="_blank">Xiaomi Redmi coming to Singapore on 21st February, priced at S$169</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="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi Box and MiTV won&#039;t be in Singapore anytime soon" alt="Xiaomi Box and MiTV won&#039;t be in Singapore anytime soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xiaomi%20Box.jpg?1400141399" /> </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/sg/xiaomi/xiaomi-box-and-mitv-wont-be-town-anytime-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xiaomi/xiaomi-box-and-mitv-wont-be-town-anytime-soon/news#comments Streaming TVs Xiaomi Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:54:02 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432575 at http://www.stuff.tv Free music, movies and books: How to entertain yourself for hours for nothing http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/free-music-movies-and-books-how-entertain-yourself-hours-nothing/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feeling the post-Christmas pinch? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of cost-free media to get your hands on </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="Awesome free music, movies and books: How to entertain yourself for hours for nothing" alt="Awesome free music, movies and books: How to entertain yourself for hours for no" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pound-coins.jpg?1390558316" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling a bit strapped for cash after Christmas? We know the feeling, but you don&rsquo;t have to resort to watching Eastenders or reading the back of cereal boxes just yet &ndash; we&rsquo;ve been scouring the internet to find the best (legal) ways to get films, music and books for free. So if you want to save yourself a few pounds this weekend, embrace your inner cheapskate and read on!</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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> Music </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&rsquo;s never been a better time to access free music online, thanks to the ad-supported versions of streaming services like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/spotify-reveals-unlimited-free-web-player-streaming/news" target="_blank">Spotify</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/rdio-takes-spotify-uk-launch/news">Rdio</a> (both of which let you pick exactly what you want to listen to) and online radio services such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/itunes-radio-will-be-huge-whether-you-it-or-not/feature" target="_blank">iTunes Radio</a> and Last.fm (which selects music for you based on parameters that you specify).</p> <p>That&rsquo;s all very well, but let&rsquo;s say you actually want to download music for free? There are plenty of sites packed with free independent and unsigned artists&rsquo; tunes, but if you want to listen to stuff you might already know these fall into &ldquo;inflatable dartboard&rdquo; levels of usefulness.</p> <p>There are still places to get free legal MP3s, luckily.</p> <p>Last.fm has a <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/+free-music-downloads" target="_blank">decent selection of free downloads</a>, with artists like Best Coast, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer, Death Grips, Mac DeMarco, Jens Lekman, WU LYF, Com Truise, Xiu Xiu and Justin Townes Earle included. There&rsquo;s an impressive haul of freebies here if you&rsquo;re into indie, alternative and underground music.</p> <p>Amazon also has a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Free-Songs-Music/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=334897011">huge supply of free downloadable music</a> (over 45,000 tracks in all). There&rsquo;s a lot of dross here, unsurprisingly, but we found tracks from Kendrick Lamar, Mogwai, Disclosure, Waxahatchee, Alejandro Escovedo, Blondie, Chromeo, The Walkmen and, er, Whigfield.</p> <p>If your tastes run a little more mainstream, you&rsquo;re going to struggle to find anything familiar. Artists like Katy Perry, Kings of Leon and David Guetta have little reason to give away their stuff for free &ndash; except when it comes to music videos, of course...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kill-your-productivity-stuffs-top-22-free-browser-games/feature" target="_blank">Top 20 games you can play free in your browser</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="Last.fm free download" alt="Last.fm free download" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/last-fm-free-download.jpg?1390569460" /> </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"> Music 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>Music videos are promotional in nature and consequently available for free all over the place &ndash; provided you want to stream rather than download (iTunes charges a standard S$2.48 per music video but we can&rsquo;t think of a single reason anyone would pay for one).</p> <p><a href="http://www.vevo.com/" target="_blank">Vevo</a> (and Vevo&rsquo;s hundreds of YouTube artist accounts) should be your first port of call for free music video. For starters, the service has a pretty amazing line-up of &ldquo;Vevo Presents&rdquo; concerts: look above for a recent 77-minute Nine Inch Nails gig in full HD quality, and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zknR9CBPXjY" target="_blank">here&rsquo;s Lady Gaga&rsquo;s hour-long ArtPop show</a>. It also has an exhaustive selection of official videos ranging from the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxgqpCdOKak">brand new</a> to the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwSZvHqf9qM">relatively ancient</a>.</p> <p>For more alternative free music videos, try indie tastemaker Pitchfork&rsquo;s video channel, which features all manner of content including full live festival sets (<a href="http://pitchfork.com/tv/youtube/35-pitchfork-music-festival-paris/1052-hot-chip-full-set-pitchfork-music-festival-paris/" target="_blank">here&#39;s Hot Chip</a>), <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6yfFWvoygY" target="_blank">official promos</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZJ9rsU0exc" target="_blank">exclusive live performances</a>.</p> <p>And hipster bible turned media empire Vice offers a similar supply of free music video material through its <a href="http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk" target="_blank">Noisey</a> channel.</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/LBC3NXnN8y4" 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"> Movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want to watch full-length movies for free (and legally) you can head straight to YouTube, which has its own film channel. OK, so many of the movies in it are either (a) tempting but cost money or (b) free but bloody awful, but delve deep enough and you&rsquo;ll unearth the occasional gem: stuff like <em>Night of the Living Dead</em> (see above), <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkYT2_GoV20" target="_blank">His Girl Friday</a></em>, <em><a href="http://youtu.be/6FZRjLPtPLM" target="_blank">Enduring Love</a></em> and <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEaxG7HBK5c" target="_blank">Shopgirl</a></em>.</p> <p>These films are often old, it&rsquo;s true, and some of them have foreign subtitles, but crucially they&rsquo;re free. So no looking that gift horse in the mouth, eh?</p> <p>Another option is <a href="http://www.crackle.com/" target="_blank">Crackle</a>, a service owned by Sony that offers free movies and TV shows to watch through mobile devices, computers, consoles and smart TVs. The selection is a bit more exciting than YouTube&rsquo;s, although you&rsquo;ll have to periodically sit through ads (much like watching a film on TV). At the time of writing Crackle&rsquo;s free films include <em>American Psycho</em>, <em>The Squid and the Whale</em> and <em>Requiem for a Dream</em> and its TV shows include <em>Seinfeld</em> and <em>The Shield</em>.</p> <p>Open Culture has a <a href="http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline" target="_blank">raft of links to free online movies</a> arranged by genre. They&rsquo;re almost all pre-1970, although there are a handful of more recent shorts and documentaries. Some highlights include Kurosawa&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.openculture.com/2012/11/watch_kurosawas_irashomoni_free_online_the_film_that_introduced_japanese_cinema_to_the_west.html" target="_blank"><em>Rashomon</em></a> and Tarkovsky&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PAhbcy8mP4" target="_blank"><em>Andrei Rublev</em></a>, so it&rsquo;s fair to say it might suit cinephiles more than casual viewers. It also includes links to other free movie sites (scroll down the foot of the page).</p> <p>One other alternative? If you&rsquo;re not already a Netflix or Lovefilm Instant subscriber (and haven&rsquo;t been in the past), you can trial both services for a month for free. Plenty to watch there &ndash; although you&rsquo;ll be charged for your second month if you forget to cancel before the trial is over.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">25 fantastic free android games</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/-_f2Enn8x5s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </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></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Books </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 abundance of out of copyright books means you&rsquo;ll never be short of free stuff to download to your ebook reader or tablet.</p> <p>Open Culture has a <a href="http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks" target="_blank">nice list of free ebooks</a> with links to book iOS and Kindle-friendly versions of written works such as Dostoevsky&rsquo;s <em>Crime and Punishment</em>, Conan Doyle&rsquo;s <em>The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes</em>, Fitzgerald&rsquo;s <em>The Great Gatsby</em>, Melville&rsquo;s <em>Moby Dick</em> and pretty much everything Shakespeare ever put his quill to. If classic literature (or weighty non-fiction screeds such Karl Marx&rsquo;s <em>Das Kapital</em> and Adam Smith&rsquo;s <em>The Wealth of Nations</em>) is your &ldquo;bag&rdquo;, there&rsquo;s hours and hours of entertainment here.</p> <p>Many libraries also &ldquo;lend&rdquo; ebooks for free in much the same way that they lend physical tomes &ndash; they have a set amount of ebook licences they can lend out at any one time (which means you might have to wait until another reader is finished with an ebook &ndash; and yes, we know how odd that sounds). OK, so you don&rsquo;t get that &ldquo;interesting&rdquo; book smell, but you also don&rsquo;t have to get out of bed to walk over to the library. Check your local library&rsquo;s website to find out if they participate.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></p> <p><em>Main image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwarby/4860335535/in/photolist-8puuqx-8puwXg-9kJHTg-8puprR-8purhr-8pust2-8pupSi-8pxDRo-8pxBCE-8puqfH-8purRn-7RE6oi-9kP6MU-9smkim-9sikhH-9smkPh-8gnfoY-aXTBnX-9VyWWc-83FAwd-a5Li5t-8euaEz-fjRuUk-gEs9Qu-8djHu5-8SaMth-8djH15-8djHZL-9EXVZU-9VAQQG-9kKZfe-aeTa3c-9Vz8QK-bpHqBf-7KuATW-7Hhfuh-9kMKy9-9kMMvL-fyyiLe-fyygza-9VMgvz-7xWnPX-fwP73Y-9kJHqK-fwyQZF-a2YtoH-9kP2U7-9kMNwd-bCq8WH-9kMSBb-a32p7J/" target="_blank">William Warby</a></em></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 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<img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/last-fm-free-download_0.jpg?1390558102" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/free-music-movies-and-books-how-entertain-yourself-hours-nothing/feature#comments Ebook Readers iPod and MP3 Music Streaming YouTube Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:17:26 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431638 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify reveals unlimited free web player streaming http://www.stuff.tv/sg/music/spotify-reveals-unlimited-free-web-player-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The music streaming giant ditches all limits for web player users ahead of the Beats Music launch </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="Spotify reveals unlimited free web player streaming" alt="Spotify reveals unlimited free web player streaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-logo_1.jpg?1389922080" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hot on the heels of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/spotify-offer-free-streaming-service-android-and-ios/news">bringing its free streaming service to Android and iOS</a>, Spotify has announced that it has removed all limitations for streaming free ad-supported music on its web player.</p> <p>Up until now, Spotify put an hourly cap on how much free music non-premium users could listen to each month after a six month trial period, but that&rsquo;s been abolished from today.</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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user 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