Sky http://www.stuff.tv/sky-0/videos en-GB Sky's new Buy & Keep service sends you a DVD for every movie you download http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-s-buy-keep-service-serves-outright-movie-purchases/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t want to rent? Sky now lets you download a digital movie and keep it forever </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="670" height="502" title="Sky&#039;s new Buy &amp; Keep service sends you a DVD for every movie you download" alt="Sky&#039;s new Buy &amp; Keep service sends you a DVD for every movie you download" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-buy-and-keep_0.jpg?1396431934" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has unveiled &ldquo;Buy &amp; Keep&rdquo;, a new movie service that lets you, well, buy and keep films.</p> <p>Until now, Sky only allowed its customers to rent movies from the Sky Store, but Buy &amp; Keep supports downloads that can be stored forever on a Sky+HD box. And every download is supported by a physical copy (on DVD) that will arrive in the post three to five working days later, so if you do need to wipe the movie off your hard drive you&rsquo;ll still have a backup.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The service is launching with hundreds of films, with highlights including <em>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</em>, <em>About Time</em>, <em>Life of Pi</em> and <em>The Wolverine</em>, with <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>, <em>Mandela</em> and Mark Wahlberg &lsquo;em up <em>Lone Survivor</em> all coming along within weeks. It won&rsquo;t just be new stuff, of course, with &ldquo;some of Hollywood&rsquo;s best loved classics&rdquo; also available. Films will be priced between &pound;7.99 and &pound;13.99 at launch.</p> <p>At present, users will be able to watch purchased downloads only through a Sky+HD box, but in the next year Sky has promised that playback through smartphones and tablets will be supported, and beyond that TV show box sets will also be available to buy. And at some point, Sky says, purchases will be made available to non-Sky TV customers via the company&rsquo;s Sky Store website.</p> <p>One other thing that we&rsquo;d like to see are the DVDs being replaced by Blu-rays and therefore high definition image quality &ndash; but that&rsquo;s up to Sky.</p> <p>Buy &amp; Keep will be available &ldquo;in the coming weeks&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-now-tv-box-makes-your-tv-smart-ten-pounds/news">Sky Now TV box makes your TV smart for TEN POUNDS</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The service will launch with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug available" alt="The service will launch with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug available" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug.jpg?1396431934" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Download digital movies with Sky Buy &amp; Keep </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-s-buy-keep-service-serves-outright-movie-purchases/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film and TV Sky Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:45:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434670 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII info revealed, Sky’s new EPG and Microsoft’s Oculus Rift rival http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-star-wars-episode-vii-info-revealed-sky-s-new-epg-and-microsoft-s-oculus-rif <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s time to round up all that’s happening in the world of tech </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="Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII info revealed, Sky’s new EPG and Microsoft’s Oculus Rift rival" alt="Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII info revealed, Sky’s new EPG and Microsoft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/star-wars-logo.jpg?1395214381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney reveals new Star Wars: Episode VII info </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now listen here, young Padawan: Disney and Lucasfilm have just released some new information about the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed <em>Star Wars</em> movie.</p> <p>In a post on starwars.com, the companies revealed that <em>Episode VII</em> will begin shooting in May 2014 and will be in cinemas on 18th December 2015. Also interesting is the confirmation that the film will be set around 30 years after the events of <em>Return of the Jedi</em>, and that the cast will feature &ldquo;a trio of young leads&rdquo; alongside some familiar faces.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-vii-set-to-roll-cameras-may-2014.html">starwars.com</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 
Sky rolls out swanky new EPG </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sky has launched a new electronic programme guide (EPG) for its television service which, for the first time, puts on demand content front and centre alongside broadcast channel listings.</p> <p>The change is an acknowledgement that watching on demand shows and movies has become as important &ndash; if not more important &ndash; for viewers as watching live TV and Sky+ recordings.</p> <p>The update is rolling out to customers with Sky+HD boxes right now, and the Sky+ app has also been refreshed to reflect the new look.</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="
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Sky rolls out swanky new EPG" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-sky-epg.jpg?1395214381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Report: Microsoft developing its own Oculus Rift-style VR headset </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a rumour reported by The Wall Street Journal is true, Microsoft is working on an Xbox 3D virtual reality headset to rival Oculus Rift. According to &ldquo;people familiar with the project&rdquo; the technology is currently codenamed Fortaleza and Microsoft has already filed one patent related to it.</p> <p>Interestingly, the report claims that augmented reality is one area being explored by the project. That means the headset could have transparent screens that overlay computer-generated images on top of real-world objects.</p> <p>Sony is also <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news">rumoured to be developing its own VR headset</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303546204579439864044706836?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303546204579439864044706836.html">WSJ</a> via <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/03/18/rumor-microsoft-also-developing-3d-virtual-reality-devices/">Joystiq</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review">Oculus Rift preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Watch the Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes launch trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes</em> is out tomorrow, and you can get yourself in the mood for some stealthy military action by clamping your eyes onto this launch trailer, which serves up a little of the plot and a lot of the action of this (apparently very short) &ldquo;prologue&rdquo; game to <em>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain </em>(which will reportedly be 200 times larger).</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/iqxZNg4z-w8" 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> Film and TV Microsoft Sky Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:45:33 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433907 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky Now TV box makes your TV smart for TEN POUNDS http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-now-tv-box-makes-your-tv-smart-ten-pounds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED: The streaming TV deal of the year just got better, as the Now TV box has been updated with access to 4oD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NOW-Box-and-Remote-02.jpg?1385556247" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TV smarteners were <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-chromecast-vs-apple-tv/feature">hot already</a>, but they&#39;ve just got hotter: Sky&#39;s entered the market with its own web TV streamer box that&#39;ll set you back just &pound;10.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No sub needed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For your tenner (which even includes P&amp;P), you get access to BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, BBC News app, Sky News and the box&#39;s namesake service, which provides on-demand streams of Sky movies and sports - the former for &pound;8.99 a month (rising to &pound;15/month after 3 months), the latter for &pound;9.99 a day.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE 27/11/13: </strong>The Now TV box also provides access to 4oD, so you&#39;ll also be able to catch up on Homeland, Misfits and, um, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.</p> <p class="p1">But the real beauty of the suspiciously Roku-shaped box &ndash; it&#39;s actually a rebranded <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/new-video-roku-lt-budget-apple-tv/news">Roku LT</a>, which normally retail at &pound;50 &ndash; is that it doesn&#39;t demand you to pay any monthly sub, at all. In addition to the above freebie services, you&#39;ll also get access to Flickr, Facebook and Spotify.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A killer loss-leader </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As we pointed out in our rather prescient <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/now-tv-service-comes-lg-tellies-sky-danger-doing-itself-out-business/news">Sky post-broadcast&nbsp;feature</a> yesterday evening, Now TV&#39;s fees are a fair whack higher than the &pound;5.99/month of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-%E2%80%93-netflix-bane-broadcasters/feature">Netflix</a> or &pound;4.99/month of LoveFilm. But for that you get much earlier access to a better roster of movies, and no other service yet provides Sky&#39;s sports coverage &ndash; so that&#39;s something of a captive market.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Clearly, the Now TV box is to be a loss-leader that Sky hopes will get punters switching on to Now TV in their droves. We&#39;d be far from surprised if it works.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box interface" alt="Sky Now TV Box interface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/now_tv_box_interface_hi_res.jpg?1385556247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> A Roku LT by any other name… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As the Sky Now box is at heart a Roku LT, it&#39;ll support 720p but not 1080p via its HDMI port, and all streaming is via 802.11n Wi-Fi as there&#39;s no built-in Ethernet. It also won&#39;t benefit from the Roku XS&#39; RF remote, which allows you to play simple movement-sensitive games.</p> <p class="p1">But as it&#39;s an LT, it&#39;s also theoretically capable of accessing a far larger variety of services, and of streaming from your computer via Plex. We&#39;re yet to find out how locked down Sky&#39;s box is, but if it is a closed system, we&#39;d still consider it a ludicrous bargain.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku LT" alt="Roku LT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ROKU_LITE_STREAMING_PLAYER.jpg?1385556247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The rivals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">How does t<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-chromecast-vs-apple-tv/feature">he competition</a> stack up? Well, Apple TV costs 10 times as much and doesn&#39;t have access to Now TV, iPlayer, Demand 5 or Spotify. But it does give you access to Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo and all of iTunes, and its AirPlay streaming capability makes it a killer accessory for iOS users, providing access to all the (non-Flash-based) video streams on the web.</p> <p class="p2">Then there&#39;s Google&#39;s Chromecast, which provides Netflix, Youtube and Google Play access to anyone with the apps on their Android or iOS devices, and the rest of the web&#39;s video via a Chrome browser-running computer. But it won&#39;t do a damned thing without such a companion device.</p> <p class="p1">However you cut it, the Sky Now TV box is looking pretty tempting. And for a tenner, you might as well get it even if you already have an Apple TV.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="454" title="Google Chromecast and Apple TV" alt="Google Chromecast and Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Chromecast%20versus%20Apple%20TV_0.jpg?1385556247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Smart TV for a tenner </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"> Sky Now TV box brings iPlayer, Spotify, Now TV and more. For £10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Now TV Sky Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:44:09 +0000 Will Findlater 1425120 at http://www.stuff.tv Now this is smart TV: Sky+HD brings intelligent search to the idiot box http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungry for The Hunger Games? Soon, typing &#039;Jennifer Lawrence&#039; will give you that, Silver Linings and everything else she&#039;s in across Sky&#039;s repertoire </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="Search on Sky+ just got a lot smarter" alt="Search on Sky+ just got a lot smarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-search.jpg?1380707988" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has updated the Search feature on its Sky+HD box, and it makes the old version look just a little bit dim.</p> <p>Typing searches on an alphanumerical remote is tedious at the best of times and the new Search feature hopes to alleviate that by showing automatic suggestions as you type in real-time. Sky reckons that its new tech will provide the right suggestion within typing just three characters, 70 percent of the time. We think it'd be cooler still if you could use your smartphone as a remote keyboard, but this is a useful step.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You want The Rock? You get The Rock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if you can't remember the exact title or full name of a programme, you can still search for the part of the title you remember, or even who was in it. Typing Dwayne Johnson will, for example, give you a list of all the films available on Sky that the big man has starred in.</p> <p>All results include On Demand as well as live broadcasts so you can choose to watch stuff instantly or record them to watch back later.</p> <p>To get in on the all-new Search action you'll need to make sure you've hooked up your Sky+HD box to the internet to update it (it's rolling out "over the coming months"), and then search away.</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/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news#comments Film and TV Sky TV and Hifi accessories Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:17:24 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427363 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky Now TV Box – hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv-box-powered-sky/now-tv-box-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart TV for a tenner? Sounds too good to be true – but it&#039;s here, it works, and it&#039;s really rather good </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 Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-now-tv-box-09.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has thrown the proverbial cat among the pigeons with its Now TV Box, which &ndash; for a mere &pound;10 &ndash; will turn any HDMI-equipped tellybox into a smart TV with BBC iPlayer, Sky Movies, Sky Sports and Spotify.</p> <p>But is it too good to be true?&nbsp;While much of the enticing content costs extra, the cheap up-front price and addition of free services such as iPlayer are sure to tempt plenty of people to take the plunge.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/joe-cox" title="View user profile.">Joe Cox</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/blog/hands-on-now-tv-box-review </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First things first, Sky has confirmed that the Now TV Box is a &quot;white labelled Roku box with customised Now TV interface&quot;, so it&#39;ll look familiar to anyone who&#39;s seen the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/new-video-roku-lt-budget-apple-tv/news">Roku LT</a>.</p> <p>The box itself is very dinky (84 x 84 x 24mm are the dimensions, and it weighs just 85g). Sky reckons it&#39;s the size of a beer mat &ndash; that&#39;s a little generous, but it&#39;s certainly palm-sized and easy to accommodate into any system set-up. It feels light and fairly insignificant but ultimately once it&#39;s connected build isn&#39;t much of an issue.</p> <p>Round the back you&#39;ll find an HDMI ouput, minijack AV out for analogue audio and video and a power connection. It&#39;s Wi-Fi only so there&#39;s no Ethernet input &ndash; a bit of a shame &ndash; while in the box you get an HDMI cable and a smart white remote control.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Now TV Box outputs at a maximum resolution of 720p via HDMI and also promises to deliver &quot;5.1 surround sound where available&quot;, though there&#39;s no mention of Dolby Digital anywhere.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-07.jpg?1385555906" /> </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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-08.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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>So what do you get? A simple row of app tiles yields up BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Sky News, Demand 5, Spotify, Tunein, Vimeo, Facebook, TED, Flixster and IGN, among others. What you won&#39;t find, we&#39;re fairly confident, is Lovefilm or Netflix &ndash; you&#39;ll need to turn to Sky Movies for that.</p> <p>iPlayer and Spotify performed well from a quick look, with a familiar iPlayer Smart TV design and access to &#39;HD&#39; content, while Spotify allows you to login (you need to be a premium subscriber) and access playlists, see album artwork, search for tracks and more very neatly.&nbsp;</p> <p>The remote control is fine, but a smartphone app would make text entry a lot easier &ndash; sadly neither Roku&#39;s own app nor the excellent Sky apps are compatible with the Now TV Box.&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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-apps-01.jpg?1385555906" /> </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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-05.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Now TV, powered by Sky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now TV is the next tile on the home screen after the Roku Store, and is where you find the juicy stuff: Sky Movies and Sky Sports. The &#39;catch&#39; is of course that this is premium content. The main draw is pay-as-you-go Sky Sports, yours in 24-hour bundles for &pound;9.99.</p> <p>Expensive? It seems up for debate. If you&#39;re dipping in and out, once a month at most, and/or getting mates round who might share the cost, then for a day of potentially quite a lot of content, it&#39;s not too bad. It&#39;s certainly cheaper and easier than having a Sky dish and a monthly subscription.</p> <p>Sky Movies, meanwhile, is accessed on a pay-monthly basis. It&#39;s &pound;8.99 for your first 3 months, then &pound;15. You can get a 30 day free trial for now, which offers access to over 700 movies, the same as those offered on Sky Movies&#39; on-demand service on Sky boxes. You can cancel these subscriptions at any time, according to the Now TV T&amp;Cs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-apps-02.jpg?1385555906" /> </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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-06.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After a few hours of playing around with the Now TV Box, we like what we see. It&#39;s easy to use and has shown little sign of flakiness (there was the odd long pause but no crashes or need to reset). The custom interface is very smart, fast and slick to move around and intuitive in terms of finding relevant apps and content.</p> <p>And the selection of content is good: &pound;10 for a box that adds iPlayer, Demand 5 and internet radio apps is a bit of a bargain on its own &ndash; pay for premium content such as Spotify and of course Sky&#39;s Sports and Movies, and it could offer a lot. Full HD would be nice but pictures seem decent at first glance, with only occasional syncing/buffering issues &ndash; which show the importance of a good wireless network connection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-02.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First impressions are definitely good for this compact, incredibly affordable Now TV streaming box. For free catch-up TV services it seems a no brainer; for premium Sky Sports and Movies &ndash; which is what Sky is really after &ndash; it will ultimately depend a great deal on how much you&#39;re prepared to pay for premium programming.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-01.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The £10 TV smartener </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"> Sky Now TV box lets you stream for next to nothing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-07_0.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv-box-powered-sky/now-tv-box-hands-review/feature#comments Now TV Box (powered by Sky) Sky TV and Hifi accessories Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:20:15 +0000 1425152 at http://www.stuff.tv As Now TV service comes to LG tellies, is Sky in danger of doing itself out of business? http://www.stuff.tv/lg/now-tv-service-comes-lg-tellies-sky-danger-doing-itself-out-business/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG’s smart TVs get exclusive access to Sky’s on-demand offshoot – but will that drive customers away from their satellite dishes? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG TV with Now TV" alt="LG TV with Now TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-now-tv.jpg?1374789364" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has announced that Sky’s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-now-tv-pay-you-go-service-announced/news">Now TV</a> IPTV service is coming to its range of smart TVs. Starting from August 2013, Internet-connected LG tellies (and some Blu-ray players) will be able to access live Sky Sports and on-demand movies from the service.</p> <p>LG has an exclusive on this, for TVs at least, for at least 12 months, and anyone buying new LG kit will get three months free access to Now TV’s movie library, plus three 24-hour passes for live Sky Sports.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Sky tempting people away from satellite? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It all begs the question: is Sky in danger of tempting people away from its more lucrative satellite subscription model and into a pay-as-you-go future? Now TV is a cheap alternative to regular Sky: unlimited movie streaming costs £8.99 a month for the first three months, rising to £15 thereafter (you also get 30 days free at the beginning); a day of access to Sky Sports costs £9.99, which might seem pricy but makes sense if, say, you’re only interested in a particular football team – it’s probably cheaper than going to the pub to see a match, especially if a few people are watching.</p> <p>Is that a model that’ll take money out of Sky’s pockets? Our hunch is that it isn’t, not in the long run at least. Sky has to adapt as more and more people become “cord-cutters”, moving away from traditional broadcast models and turning to Internet services like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Lovefilm Instant and yes, Now TV for their televisual entertainment.</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="Now TV" alt="Now TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/now-tv-logo.jpg?1374789364" /> </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="Now TV on Nexus 4" alt="Now TV on Nexus 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/now-tv-nexus-4.jpg?1374789364" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Sports without a subscription </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now TV’s movie model may be pricier than Netflix and Lovefilm, but it offers access to a far wider selection of blockbuster movies, and gets them earlier than either of its rivals. It’s also the only way to get Sky Sports access without a subscription of some kind, so it’s positioned to carve out its own niche.</p> <p>It’s also fairly unlikely to cannibalise a large proportion of existing Sky subscribers, because at the moment it’s limited to standard definition resolutions. Anyone who has gotten used to Sky HD and its eye-pleasing level of detail will struggle to ditch that for a return to SD, even if it does save a few quid a month. Existing Sky users also get access to the Sky Go streaming service, available on many of the same devices as Now TV and offering an impressive range of live and on demand content.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Sports Now TV" alt="Sky Sports Now TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/now-tv-site.jpg?1374789364" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Sky is a content producer 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>And we shouldn’t forget that Sky itself is more than just a satellite broadcaster – it’s a content provider too, and increasingly so. “We always explore wholesale distribution over platforms other than our own,” Sky’s Amy Holland told Stuff recently. “Hence our 18 distribution deals with other UK platforms such as TalkTalk, Virgin Media, EE, Sony and Microsoft.” Sky is also a leading provider for iOS devices, with its apps having been downloaded over 30 million times.</p> <p>The company’s intention is to broaden the distribution of its content through Now TV, Sky Go and Apple TV. Sky seems to recognise that the future of television lies on the Internet, and it making strong strides to ensure it’s well prepared for that future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky News on Apple TV" alt="Sky News on Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-news-on-apple-tv_0.jpg?1374789364" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/lg/now-tv-service-comes-lg-tellies-sky-danger-doing-itself-out-business/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LG Now TV Sky TV Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:55:09 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425098 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple finally takes aim at your living room with new live TV service http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-moves-live-tv-bid-take-over-your-living-room/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From today, Apple TV brings Sky News live streaming to the UK and much, much more to its US-based users. Long-fabled iTV to follow? </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 News on Apple TV" alt="Sky News on Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-news-on-apple-tv.jpg?1371662486" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several new apps have popped up on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-tv-video-review/video">Apple TV</a> today, including the first that allow you to stream live TV. Apple, it seems, is finally making its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-itv-rumour-round/news">long-rumoured play for your living room</a>.</p> <p>Here in the UK we’re getting a Sky News app for Apple TV, which allows viewers to watch the channel as a 24/7, subscription-free live stream. This app will also be available in Ireland and the US.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A grab for cord cutters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This move into live (and almost live) TV signals a real attempt by Apple to grab a share of the “cord cutter” market. For those of you who don’t know, this is the growing group of people that don’t watch TV broadcast via traditional means but instead use streaming services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube for their video entertainment.</p> <p>As broadband speeds increase, many more are set to join this market, eschewing satellite or cable telly in favour of a more flexible model that allows them to watch what they want, when they want. Apple already caters to cord cutters through the iTunes Store’s 60,000 movies and 230,000 TV episodes and the existing Netflix and YouTube apps for Apple TV, and this move into providing more live TV is only going to sweeten the deal for many.</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-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv.jpg?1371662486" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-moves-live-tv-bid-take-over-your-living-room/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-moves-live-tv-bid-take-over-your-living-room/news#comments Apple Sky Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:09:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1424196 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky Go lands on Android Jelly Bean http://www.stuff.tv/go/sky-go-lands-android-jelly-bean/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Been eagerly awaiting Sky’s player on your latest Android powered mobile? The wait is over – for most of you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sky-Go-Android-Jelly-Bean_0_0.jpg?1364398035" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sky-Go-Android-Jelly-Bean_2.jpg?1364398035" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_340.jpg?1364398035" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky Go has been the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/why-sky-go-isn%E2%80%99t-on-android-jelly-bean-yet">subject of a lot of your comments to us of late</a> – with much ire directed at its failure to support Android Jelly Bean. Now your lamentations are over as it launches, today, on Android Jelly Bean – just in time for Christmas.</p> <p>The Android Jelly Bean devices that will support the Sky Go app are:</p> <p><strong>HTC</strong> </p> <p>Desire X, One X, One XL, One S and One V </p> <p><strong>Google</strong> </p> <p>Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 </p> <p><strong>Samsung</strong> </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/sky-go-lands-on-android-jelly-bean </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/go/sky-go-lands-android-jelly-bean/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/go/sky-go-lands-android-jelly-bean/news#comments Go Sky Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:57:29 +0000 Luke Edwards 423717 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky launches new 2TB Sky+ HD box and iPad app http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-launches-new-2tb-sky-hd-box-and-ipad-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky&#039;s doubled the storage on its biggest Sky+ box – and it&#039;s launching a new Sky Catch Up service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-2TB-box_0.jpg?1364399517" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4006.jpg?1364399517" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The sky’s the limit when it comes to TV storage and that limit is about to be increased to 2TB with the new Sky+ HD box.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/sky-launches-new-2tb-sky-hd-box-and-ipad-app </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-launches-new-2tb-sky-hd-box-and-ipad-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-launches-new-2tb-sky-hd-box-and-ipad-app/news#comments Sky Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:33:32 +0000 Luke Edwards 422886 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky's Now TV on-demand service launches on Xbox http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/skys-now-tv-demand-service-launches-xbox/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a Sky subscriber but want to get to all those early released films? Xbox has you covered with Now TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/now_tv_xbox_0.jpg?1364399710" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4268.jpg?1364399710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/sky-announces-now-tv-pricing">Sky's Now TV</a> – the movies on demand service that doesn’t require a Sky subscription – has launched on Xbox 360. You can even download the app and try it for free for 30 days.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/skys-now-tv-on-demand-service-launches-on-xbox </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/skys-now-tv-demand-service-launches-xbox/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/skys-now-tv-demand-service-launches-xbox/news#comments Now TV Sky Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:39:15 +0000 Luke Edwards 422455 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky+ iPad app gets a revamp http://www.stuff.tv/sky-ipad-app-gets-revamp/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Version 4.0 of the app lets your iPhone connect directly to your Sky+HD box and work as a remote </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-app_0.jpg?1364399744" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4330.jpg?1364399744" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has given its Sky+ iOS app a spruce up for the summer, adding a raft of new features.</p> <p>Version 4.0 of the app allows your iPad to connect directly to your Sky+HD box (as long as you’re using the new guide, and both your box and tablet are connected to the same Wi-Fi network). Once that’s done you can view your Planner, delete programmes, add reminders and set recordings – essentially an enhanced version of what you could do on the old app.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/sky-ios-app-gets-a-revamp </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky-ipad-app-gets-revamp/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sky-ipad-app-gets-revamp/news#comments + Sky Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:06:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 422317 at http://www.stuff.tv Now TV now available for Android http://www.stuff.tv/sky/now-tv-now-available-android/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky’s Netflix competitor touches down on Android smartphones – but only a handful are supported at 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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-now-tv-android-app_0.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4529.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/sky-announces-now-tv-pricing">Now TV</a> yesterday, and today it popped up at the Google Play app store. But it’s only compatible with a handful of smartphones at launch, and no Ice Cream Sandwich handsets are supported.</p> <p>At present, the app will work only on the HTC Desire, HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire S, HTC Incredible S and Samsung Galaxy S. However, Sky promises to add compatibility for more phones and crucially for Ice Cream Sandwich “in the coming weeks”.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/now-tv-now-available-for-android </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/now-tv-now-available-android/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sky/now-tv-now-available-android/news#comments Sky Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:16:33 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 421999 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky announces Now TV pricing http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-announces-now-tv-pricing/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The satellite giant&#039;s Netflix-bothering movie service will launch tomorrow with subscription and ‘pay &amp; play’ flavours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-now-tv-laptop_0.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4546.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has dived into the Netflix and Lovefilm movie-streaming tussle by launching its Now TV service, which goes live tomorrow. </p> <p>Unlike its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/sky-go-on-ice-cream-sandwich-is-fast-approaching-on-demand-content-n" target="_self">Sky Go app</a>, you don’t need a satellite subscription to use it. Just bring your internet connection and a compatible device (see below), and you’ll be able to access Now TV’s monthly and ‘pay &amp; play’ offerings. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/sky-announces-now-tv-pricing </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-announces-now-tv-pricing/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-announces-now-tv-pricing/news#comments Sky Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:30:03 +0000 Esat Dedezade 421975 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky Sports for iPad app update includes F1 split-screen streaming http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-sports-ipad-app-update-includes-f1-split-screen-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Follow the high speed action from simultaneous angles with Sky&#039;s latest app update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-sports-f1-splitscreen-ipad-app_0.jpg?1364399952" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4618.jpg?1364399952" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has taught its Sky Sports for iPad app a few new tricks, the most impressive of which is support for split-screen F1 coverage.</p> <p>The new F1 split-screen mode lets speed enthusiasts watch more of the action by serving up two live camera feeds on the same screen. Users can choose from a number of feeds including a drivers camera, resulting in an even more immersive F1 experience.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/sky-sports-for-ipad-app-update-includes-f1-split-screen-streaming </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-sports-ipad-app-update-includes-f1-split-screen-streaming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-sports-ipad-app-update-includes-f1-split-screen-streaming/news#comments Sky Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:10:49 +0000 Esat Dedezade 421848 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky Go on Ice Cream Sandwich is fast-approaching, on-demand content now available http://www.stuff.tv/go/sky-go-ice-cream-sandwich-fast-approaching-demand-content-now-available/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The broadcasting giant adds a few tasty features to its latest Android app update, with good news for Ice Cream Sandwich owners to boot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-sky-go-app_0_0.jpg?1364399972" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-sky-go-app_2.jpg?1364399972" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4636.jpg?1364399972" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has announced that its Sky Go app will be compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich devices including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-note" target="_self">Samsung Galaxy Note</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-nexus" target="_self">Galaxy Nexus</a> by the end of July, which will be welcome news for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/stuff/only-10-per-cent-of-android-devices-are-running-ice-cream-sandwich" target="_self">10 percent of users currently rocking Ice Cream Sandwich</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/sky-go-on-ice-cream-sandwich-is-fast-approaching-on-demand-content-n </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/go/sky-go-ice-cream-sandwich-fast-approaching-demand-content-now-available/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/go/sky-go-ice-cream-sandwich-fast-approaching-demand-content-now-available/news#comments Go Sky Wed, 04 Jul 2012 06:59:32 +0000 Esat Dedezade 421820 at http://www.stuff.tv