Sky http://www.stuff.tv/sky-0/news en-GB Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky’s box of tricks gets a raft of new features in an update rolling out from today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link " alt="Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-suggestions.jpg?1408617568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has given its Sky+ TV Guide a wash and brush up, adding a handful of new and potentially useful features to the EPG.</p> <p>First and foremost is a Netflix-style recommendation engine that will suggest programmes based on your taste &ndash; or at least what it thinks is your taste. It&rsquo;s based on your recent activity: Sky&rsquo;s example is that a customer who has recently recorded The Following may receive recommendations to watch Hannibal, Luther or Criminal Minds. Recommendations will be picked from both broadcast and on-demand content.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also new is Smart Series Link. It&rsquo;s like Series Link, only&hellip; smarter. Basically, when you Series Link a show now, your Sky box will continue recording episodes when it returns for a new season. Previously, Series Link would end after the current season.</p> <p>The update also adds DVD cover art to selections in the Sky Store and Sky Movies sections; a new Sports tile on the EPG homepage that takes you directly to all channels showing live sport; it&rsquo;s now easier to choose between HD and SD quality when setting a recording; and HDMI One Touch, which &ndash; assuming you have a compatible television &ndash; will turn on both your Sky+ box and your TV with a single button press from the Sky remote.</p> <p>The update will begin rolling out to Sky+ boxes today.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news">Now this is smart TV: Sky+HD brings intelligent search to the idiot box</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smart Series Link. It’s like Series Link, only… smarter" alt="Smart Series Link. It’s like Series Link, only… smarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-smart-series-link.jpg?1408617568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film and TV PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sky Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:39:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445510 at http://www.stuff.tv Now TV's Sky Sports Week Pass gets you seven days of sport for £11 http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/now-tvs-sky-sports-week-pass-gets-you-seven-days-sports-11/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And as if by magic it&#039;s arriving just ahead of the new Premier League season </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="The Now TV streaming box" alt="Now TV&#039;s Sky Sports Week Pass gets you seven days of sport for £11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/now-tv.jpg?1407760031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky had an easy ride for the last decade or so; if you wanted to watch sports, you needed a satellite dish on the side of your house.</p> <p>But with satellite dishes reaching saturation point, and the battle for viewers&#39; eyeballs shifting to internet streaming services, it&#39;s had to get a bit canny.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/now-tv/now-tvs-sky-sports-week-pass-gets-you-seven-days-sports-11/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/now-tvs-sky-sports-week-pass-gets-you-seven-days-sports-11/news#comments Now TV Sky Streaming Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:27:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444553 at http://www.stuff.tv PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky&#039;s internet streaming service lands on Sony&#039;s superconsole </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="800" height="600" title="They look good together" alt="PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/now-tv-ps4.jpg?1406197350" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky&#39;s Now TV streaming service will be available for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> owners from today.</p> <p>Now TV serves up a variety of packages for users to sink their eyes into. The Sky Movies Month Pass provides access to over 800 movies for &pound;9 a month following a 30 day free trial.</p> <p>Sports fans can also get in on the action with the &pound;10 a month Sky Sports Day Pass, which serves up live action from all Sky Sports channels.</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-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/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news#comments Games consoles Now TV PlayStation 4 Sky Sony Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:28:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443158 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky Go and Now TV heading to PlayStation 4 this summer http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/sky-go-and-now-tv-heading-playstation-4-summer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS3 also getting Sky Go compatibility as a result of new deal </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 Go and Now TV heading to PlayStation 4 this summer" alt="Sky Go and Now TV heading to PlayStation 4 this summer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4-with-dualshock-4.jpg?1399052434" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky and Sony have struck a deal that will see the former&rsquo;s Sky Go and Now TV services available on the PlayStation 4. Sky Go will also be coming to the PlayStation 3 (which already features a Now TV app).</p> <p>For the uninitiated, Sky Go is a service for Sky&rsquo;s satellite customers, allowing them to watch on-demand and live content in line with whatever subscription package they already pay for. Included are all six Sky Sports channels, 11 movie channels, Sky Atlantic, Eurosport and more.</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>Now TV is a contract-free streaming TV service delivering instant access to hundreds of movies on demand as well as pay-as-you-go access to live Sky Sports and shows including <em>Game of Thrones</em>, <em>Mad Men</em> and <em>True Detective</em>.</p> <p>The move strikes us a win-win for both companies. It broadens Sky&rsquo;s second screen reach and Now TV&rsquo;s availability, at the same time as making the PS4 a more appealing entertainment device. The apps will appear on the PS4 and PS3 some time this summer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/skys-now-tv-demand-service-launches-xbox/news">Sky&rsquo;s Now TV on-demand service launches on Xbox</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Now TV is already available on the Xbox 360 and coming to the Xbox One " alt="Now TV is already available on the Xbox 360 and coming to the Xbox One " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/now-tv-on-xbox.jpg?1399052434" /> </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"> PlayStation 4 gets Sky Go and Now TV </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/sky-go-and-now-tv-heading-playstation-4-summer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Now TV PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Sky Sony Thu, 01 May 2014 08:52:54 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436450 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky’s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recordings and more http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update! We talk to Sky&#039;s Luke Bradley-Jones about a 4K TV service, and why satellite is here to stay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky&#039;s current Sky+HD box could be replaced with a smarter alternative" alt="Sky&#039;s current Sky+HD box could be replaced with a smarter alternative" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-hd-with-wi-fi.jpg?1399021117" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky is working on a major overhaul of its set-top box service, according to a report in The Telegraph.</p> <p>In an effort to stay competitive in a world where internet streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are growing more and more popular, the broadcaster is beavering away on what is internally codenamed &ldquo;Project Ethan&rdquo; &ndash; a new system that will allow Sky customers to access programmes on any device, be it their set-top box, smartphone, tablet, or internet-connected TVs outside the main living room.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To the cloud! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sky+ recordings will be stored in the cloud rather than on a local set-top box hard drive, which means that for both recorded and on-demand, Project Ethan will allow viewers to begin watching a show on one device, pause it, then resume it on another device.</p> <p>The report also claims that Sky is working on new 4K-compatible hardware in preparation for the launch of an ultra-HD package. Which isn&rsquo;t a great surprise, given Sky&rsquo;s history of embracing new technologies like HDTV and 3D TV, but (assuming it&rsquo;s true) reassuring to know: 4K can only succeed if there&rsquo;s lots of material out there to watch, after all.</p> <p>The Telegraph&rsquo;s sources say the Project Ethan revamp could be available to &ldquo;millions of customers as soon as two years from now&rdquo;. We think Sky needs get a move on, because two years is a long time in tech &ndash; and Amazon, Netflix, Apple and other video providers won&rsquo;t be sitting still either.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/10789883/BSkyB-plans-major-overhaul-of-set-top-box-to-meet-Apple-threat.html">The Telegraph</a>]</p> <p><strong>Update 29/04/13:</strong> Back in March we caught up with Luke Bradley-Jones, Brand Director of TV Products at Sky, to talk about the future of the service. Here&#39;s what he had to say about 4K broadcasting and the differences between internet streaming and satellite broadcasting.</p> <p><strong>On 4K:</strong><br />&quot;We look at it all the time. We keep a very close eye on what&#39;s happening, and we&#39;ve run some trials in terms of shooting in 4K.</p> <p>&quot;I think what we&#39;ve learned and executed very well against for both HD and 3D is making sure that we&#39;re striking the right balance between helping to create demand and getting our customers excited about new technologies, but not trying to force feed something that they&#39;re not interested in. We&#39;ve got over half our base watching in HD now. We&#39;ve got a 3D base which is growing solidly but hasn&#39;t followed the same rate of adoption as HD &ndash; I don&#39;t think we ever thought it would.</p> <p>&quot;So we&#39;ll keep watching 4K. It&#39;s in our DNA to make sure we offer the best viewing experience, especially for the big screen, which is where the majority of our customers spend the majority of their time watching telly. We haven&#39;t announced anything because we don&#39;t have a specific plan to announce. But we&#39;re testing the technology, watching the device prices and watching the take-up.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Will 4K be streamed over the internet or broadcast via satellite?</strong><br />&quot;We&#39;ve just run through a top-to-bottom assessment of what it would take from a broadcast operations point of view to deliver 4k and it would take an investment but it&#39;s something that&#39;s absolutely doable from both a downstream bandwidth and cost point of view. We invest pretty substantially in our broadcast platform every year, the vast majority of our content and viewing continues to be delivered via satellite.</p> <p>&quot;The economics of OTT [internet-streaming] delivery for bandwidth-hungry services is improving but it really depends on the scale. If it&#39;s on a smaller scale we might look at OTT but if we&#39;re taking it to market we&#39;d probably want to take it to scale, which is what we&#39;re good at, so DTH [satellite] would definitely be part of that.&quot;</p> <p><strong>But won&#39;t streaming replace tradition satellite broadcasts soon?</strong><br />&quot;I&#39;m not saying that&#39;s never going to happen but I think it&#39;s a long way off. If you look at the volume of simultaneous viewers we&#39;re supporting in one go in HD for live content, the economics for that via satellite versus OTT are still in favour of the satellite. It&#39;s much more efficient.</p> <p>&quot;Even for on-demand content, some of our most popular movies and TV shows are pushed to the box via the satellite rather than over the internet. Even though they&#39;re being watched on demand the customer generally doesn&#39;t know how it&#39;s being delivered. Anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of movies watched on-demand every week are pushed to the box via satellite. That means automatic viewing rather than having to wait for a download and it&#39;s also very efficient.</p> <p>&quot;Although we&#39;ve got major broadband operators it still costs more than satellite downlink, which is essentially zero incremental cost for the bandwidth we have. If you&#39;re dealing with a serious number of simultaneous live views or a major number of on-demand views of a given asset the economics are still preferable for satellite.&quot;</p> <p>So there you have it, straight from the horse&#39;s mouth: 4K is coming, and satellite broadcasts aren&#39;t going anywhere &ndash; at least not for a while.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next Sky box will support 4K </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cloud recordings and access from any gadget are coming, too </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 4K PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sky Streaming Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:11:23 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436278 at http://www.stuff.tv 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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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 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 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 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 News for iPad app video review http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/sky-news-for-ipad-app-video-review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky&#039;s gone and adapted its popular news app for the bigger screen. The result? Gorgeous graphics and a useful interactive news portal </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="450" height="279" title="Sky News for iPad app" alt="Sky News for iPad app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sky-News-for-iPad.png?1371119067" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-872740197001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="872740197001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/sky-news-for-ipad-app-video-review#comments Apps and Games Sky Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:52:20 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1424008 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