Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/522/0 en-GB 20 of the best movies to watch on Now TV http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve hand-picked some of the best flicks available on Sky&#039;s movie streaming service. Don&#039;t forget the popcorn. </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="GIANT ROBOT FIGHT. WHAT&#039;S NOT TO LIKE?" alt="The 20 best movies to watch on Now TV right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pacificrim_0.jpg?1410634531" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky&#39;s &pound;9 a month Now TV pass is bringing the movie fight straight to Netflix&#39;s door, with up to 800 movies ready to beam themselves straight to your screens at the press of a &nbsp;button.</p> <p>We&#39;ve whittled down a list some of our favourites that are currently available, ranging from animated adventures to bullet-riddled explosion feasts.</p> <p>Snuggle down, and feast your eyes on these:</p> <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"> Ghostbusters (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In what we&rsquo;re sure the typical academic would consider an entirely natural turn of events, Ghostbusters charts the story of three &lsquo;parapsychology&rsquo; professors being booted out of their easy life at university when their research is deemed spurious, whereupon they go into business as a ghost removal service.</p> <p>Really, though, this is a vehicle for Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the top of their game, crafting a surprisingly successful collision of special-effects, sci-fi and comedy.</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/Ng0olzfFzog" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best In Show (2000) </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>16 years after This Is Spinal Tap alerted us to the concept of the mockumentary, its director and star Christopher Guest returned with Best In Show, a movie that uses a similar format to explore &ndash; and of course, poke gentle fun at &ndash; the weird world of dog pageants. Focussing on several entrants to Philadelphia&rsquo;s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (which is a real thing!), much of the film&rsquo;s humour comes from improvised dialogue.</p> <p>Guest (who plays one of the competitors himself) realises that human behaviour is stranger than any animal&rsquo;s, and mines this seam ruthlessly. Hilarious and just a little bit heartwarming.</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/gcKvMx2kPGQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wreck it Ralph (2012) </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>Mistake this for another cookie-cutter children&#39;s animation at your peril. John C Reily puts on his voiceover hat and steps into the huge clumpy shoes of Ralph, the villain in fictional video game Fix-It Felix. Tired of being the bad guy, he goes on a quest to become a hero, getting lost and ending up in a diabetically sweet candy world where he befriends an adorable little girl called Venellope (Sarah Silverman) in the process. Plenty of visual gags for the kids, with tonnes of funny videogame cameos and references for us.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/COC8W8uLdI8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dredd (2012) </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>Dredd eradicates the memory of Stallone&rsquo;s dire 1990s Judge Dredd with the subtlety of a high-ex bullet. Stripping everything back to basics, the film dumps you in the decaying urban sprawl of Mega-City One. There&rsquo;s no &lsquo;origins&rsquo; tale here, just a day in the life of a stoic, grim-faced judge, jury and executioner, as he puts a fresh-faced rookie through her paces and ends up in the crosshairs of a vicious crimelord.</p> <p>In a world of sanitised science-fiction, Dredd is a startlingly brutal affair &mdash; a modern-day dark, focussed, bloody John Carpenter-style production that pulls no punches and deserved to do far better at the box office.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LiQoN1-Ks6Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Training Day (2001) </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>Denzel Washington&#39;s portrayal of a hard-as-nails LA narcotics detective with questionable motives and methods for catching drug peddlers is positively chilling. Ethan Hawke joins him as a new recruit who gradually begins to see the true colours of his rogue mentor, with violent consequences. Mr. Washington at his finest, with plenty of guns, violence and cameos by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg thrown in for good measure. Warning: the clip above contains profanities.</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/fgYBzlTqIHY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Boogie Nights (1997) </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 film that established Mark Wahlberg (formerly rapper Marky Mark) as a credible actor and Paul Thomas Anderson as a exciting directorial talent, Boogie Nights is a thrilling, hilarious and ultimately touching look into the Los Angeles pornographic movie business of the 1970s and 80s: glamourous parties, cocaine, guns, Corvettes and broken, broken people who may have finally found a world that accepts them as they are. If Martin Scorsese had been 25 years younger and from the West Coast, he might have made this movie &ndash; it&rsquo;s Anderson&rsquo;s Goodfellas.</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/pOk0fsMGyck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Rocketeer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A racing pilot stumbles across an experimental jetpack, and becomes flying superhero The Rocketeer, in this rip-roaring comic-book adaptation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Director Joe Johnston (who helmed the similarly swashbuckling Captain America: The First Avenger) pays tribute to the old Republic serials and Indiana Jones, packing this 1930s-set adventure with hissable Nazi villains, gangsters and mom&#39;s-apple-pie heroics.&nbsp;</p> <p>Billy Campbell makes for a suitably square-jawed hero &ndash; with a young Jennifer Connelly as his wholesome best gal &ndash; while Timothy Dalton shines as a smarmy Hollywood matinee idol with a dark secret.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Gi0Et31E7s4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lawrence of Arabia (1962) </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>Clocking in at a bum-numbing 216 minutes, David Lean&rsquo;s biopic of mercurial British Army officer T.E. Lawrence is epic in every sense of the word (when first released, it had an actual intermission in the middle so cinema-goers could stretch their legs). Stunning desert vistas, grand battles, a cast of thousands and some of the best acting talent of the time all go towards making Lawrence of Arabia an unforgettable film about war, Empire, loyalty, individual brilliance and, yes, what happens when foreign powers meddle in the affairs of the Middle East.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.</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/zmr1iSG3RTA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gravity </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>Alfonso &nbsp;took seven years to make his follow up to Children of Men &ndash; and it was worth the wait. The bare bones of the plot make it sound like a standard race-against-time thriller; Sandra Bullock stars as a civilian astronaut who&#39;s stranded after a Space Shuttle mission goes disastrously wrong. But it&#39;s the execution that&#39;s particularly impressive; taking advantage of innovative CGI technology to render long, flowing shots in zero gravity.</p> <p>Although for much of the film the only real thing in the shot is Sandra Bullock&#39;s face, it&#39;s the most realistic cinematic depiction of outer space to date; it even has the <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gravity-review-by-astronaut-buzz-639883" target="_blank">Buzz Aldrin seal of approval</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OiTiKOy59o4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aliens </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>Sigourney Weaver returns to duke it out with the Xenomorphs &ndash; with a platoon of marines &ndash; in this sequel to Ridley Scott&#39;s sci-fi chiller. Where the original film was a &nbsp;straightforward horror movie, Aliens director James Cameron plunges headlong into a completely different genre &ndash; the war movie.</p> <p>Despite its hordes of scuttling aliens, gunplay and action setpieces, the sequel is no less sophisticated than the original, thoguh; where Alien layered on the Freudian subtext with a trowel, Cameron&#39;s Aliens plays on the theme motherhood, as Ripley battles the Alien Queen to save her surrogate daughter. There are overtones of the Vietnam War in the mix, too, as the cocky marines and their military hardware prove useless in the face of their more capable, adaptable enemy.</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/5Xg3B5m3YYk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> American Psycho </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before he was Batman, Christian Bale was Bateman. Patrick Bateman, that is: investment banker, yuppie-about-town, and&hellip; serial killer?&nbsp;Bale&#39;s performance is the highlight of this blackly comic film, whether he&#39;s admiring his abs in the middle of a threesome, pontificating about the hidden depths of Hip to be Square, or attempting to feed a cat to an ATM. </p> <p>He reportedly based his performance on Tom Cruise; which probably hasn&#39;t won him any friends among the Scientologists.&nbsp;Director Mary Harron&#39;s blackly comic take on the Bret Easton Ellis novel retains the book&#39;s core ambiguity; is Bateman really a mass-murderer, or are his atrocities taking place in his head? As he eats nouvelle cuisine confections in identikit restaurants and trades banter with identikit colleagues, even he&#39;s uncertain. &quot;This confession,&quot; he notes, &quot;has meant nothing.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5YnGhW4UEhc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Pink Panther (1963) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We love Steve Martin but he should never have attempted to play Inspector Clouseau. That role belongs to one man, Peter Sellers, and no-one will ever come close to his talent for bumbling.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sellers steals every scene but is ably accompanied by Mancini on music, the famous cartoon credits sequence, David Niven as a slick jewel thief and one of the oddest car chases ever captured on film. Half sophisticated, half slapstick but with Clouseau involved, all very, very silly.&nbsp;</p> <p>Start with this ensemble but watch them all for more of the Inspector - the only Pink Panther movie missing from Now TV&rsquo;s collection is the terrific A Shot in the Dark, the second installment.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nistdsACs3E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full Metal Jacket </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>Stanley Kubrick was never likely to make a gung-ho Vietnam flick, and Full Metal Jacket is relentless in its portrayal of the horrors of America&rsquo;s ill-fated war. It&rsquo;s really a movie in two parts, with the first following a group of green recruits as they undergo training and the second tracking one of those recruits as he experiences actual combat.</p> <p>Grim as it is throughout, it&rsquo;s actually the first section that shocks the most, with the sadistic Sgt Hartman proving as terrifying as anything you see in the jungles of South-east Asia. Critics were split over the film&rsquo;s worth, with some feeling the second half in particular lacked focus, but to our mind it&rsquo;s a beautifully shot, thoroughly gripping and intelligent statement on the pointlessness of war.</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/x9f6JaaX7Wg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blue Jasmine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A modern day Streetcar Named Desire? A snipe at Mia Farrow? Blue Jasmine, the story of a New York socialite&rsquo;s fall from wealth and security, is so gripping that it makes up for Woody Allen&rsquo;s insipid London season. Uncomfortable viewing at times but as Cate Blanchett, playing the titular anti-heroine, sweats in Chanel jackets or sits on a park bench talking to herself, you won&rsquo;t be able to take your eyes off her. The support is perfectly cast, too. Alec Baldwin is the wealthy husband, Sally Hawkins the down-and-out sister and Louis C.K her nervous lover.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FER3C394aI8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Untouchables </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of great gangster movies, but The Untouchables deserves to sit alongside The Godfather and Goodfellas at the top table. It&rsquo;s set in prohibition-era Chicago and follows Federal agent Eliot Ness as he attempts to do what no-one else has managed and put Al Capone behind bars. Kevin Costner is superb as Ness, De Niro typically unhinged as Capone while Sean Connery won an Oscar for his performance as grizzled Irish-American cop Jim Malone, despite an accent so bad it should itself have been locked up.</p> <p>Brian De Palma&rsquo;s direction is tight and tense and it&rsquo;s worth a place in this list solely for the brilliance of its final scene on the steps of Chicago&rsquo;s Union Station.</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/bCQiGWNscJo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pixar can do anything. It can even make a movie for kids about a grumpy old man. Carl Fredricksen is old, a sad widower and, according to the creators, a cross between Spencer Tracey, Walter Matthau and their grandads. Carl made a pact with his wife to get to Paradise Falls in South America. But this is Pixar so he sets off in an airship - his house and 10,000 balloons.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the most consistent Pixar movie but Up has moments of magic that put it up there with the greats - when Carl lifts off for the first time or when we see his and his wife Ellie&rsquo;s life together. If you&rsquo;re a grumpy cynic like Carl, Up is exactly what you need.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/N1NLzBGJavc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pacific Rim (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A love letter to mecha anime and classic kaiju movies, with a peppering of Top Gun, Pacific Rim is the high-concept popcorn movie Michael Bay probably wished he&rsquo;d thought of first: massive human-piloted robots in huge fights with giant monsters from another dimension. As you&rsquo;d expect, Guillermo del Toro creates a smart, imaginative and visually stunning spectacle in a manner Bay never would, even if the relentless brawls and lack of character depth do get a touch trying towards the end.</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/2FSKs5IGAZU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Django Unchained (2012) </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>Tarantino&#39;s most recent flick sees the excellent Chrisopher Waltz return as a German bounty hunter who requires the assistance of recently freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) to track down his latest targets. Both men then pair up to free Django&#39;s slave wife from notoriously vile plantation owner Calvin Candle, who&#39;s brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his best performances to date. Tense, gory, and often rather funny, its typical outrageous Tarantino, through and through.</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/eUdM9vrCbow" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Team America: World Police </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In which Trey Parker and Matt Stone swap the smalltown Colorado of South Park for the global battlefield of the War On Terror, but with equally anarchic and hilarious results. It&rsquo;s basically Thunderbirds gone bad: potty-mouthed puppets doing things you never see puppets doing, liberal splashes of sex and violence, Hollywood stars parodied to within an inch of their lives, no-hold-barred offensive jokes at the expense of pretty much everyone in the world, ever. And it&rsquo;s every bit as brilliant as that sounds. Oh, yeah, one more thing: Matt Damon. Maaaatt Daaaamon.&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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RPBX47zSktc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Children Of Men </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>Labelled a sci-fi film due to laziness on the part of the people who make these decisions and who typically think anything set in the future must be sci-fi, Children Of Men is really just a dark thriller that happens to be set in 2027. And a damn good one, too. Directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón, the film depicts an Earth in which no new children are being born, with the human race slowly dying amid the war, famine and social unrest that follow.</p> <p>The world it portrays is close enough to ours to be recognisable, different enough to be interesting and horrific enough to be chilling, and the gripping plot is perfectly balanced between action and intrigue. A film to make you think.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-tv-box-sets-netflix/feature" target="_blank">The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2VT2apoX90o" 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> <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 20 best movies on Now TV </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature#comments Film and TV Now TV Sky Streaming Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:56:48 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447437 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-4k-video-demand-service-coming-samsung-tvs-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix isn’t the only video streaming service looking to offer ultra HD shows and movies </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="Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October" alt="Amazon 4K video-on-demand service coming to Samsung TVs in October" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-uhd.jpg?1409241957" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has announced that it&rsquo;ll be launching a 4K Amazon Prime video-on-demand service on its televisions globally from October.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not yet clear if Amazon&rsquo;s service will be exclusive to Samsung TVs (but Samsung would probably make a big deal of it if it were, so we&rsquo;re guessing it won&rsquo;t be) and the amount and nature of the 4K content it&rsquo;ll make available remains a mystery. Still, it&rsquo;s good news for anyone with a Samsung 4K TV and no 4K videos to watch.</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>Samsung also announced that it&rsquo;ll be bringing 4K Netflix streaming (currently limited to the second season of <em>House of Cards</em>, <em>Breaking Bad</em>, <em>Ghostbusters</em>, <em>Ghostbusters 2</em>, <em>Smurfs 2</em> and four nature documentaries) to its European TVs, and that it&rsquo;s reinforcing partnerships with other European 4K content providers like Wuaki.tv, maxdome and CHILI.</p> <p>With the cat now out of the bag, we&rsquo;re expecting to hear more about Amazon&rsquo;s 4K streaming plans very soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ue55hu7500-4k-tv/review">Samsung UE55HU7500 4K TV review</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-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/amazon/amazon-4k-video-demand-service-coming-samsung-tvs-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 4K Amazon Samsung Streaming TVs Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:57:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446080 at http://www.stuff.tv Bargain alert: retailers are pretty much giving the Google Chromecast away http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/bargain-alert-retailers-are-pretty-much-giving-google-chromecast-away/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At just £18, you now have no excuse not to buy Google’s brilliant streaming stick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Bargain alert: retailers are pretty much giving the Google Chromecast away" alt="Bargain alert: retailers are pretty much giving the Google Chromecast away" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chromecast-stones_1.jpg?1408710265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Google Chromecast is absolutely brilliant. If you want an in-depth look at why, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">read our review</a> (and keep in mind that, thanks to firmware updates, it&#39;s actually got much better since then) &ndash; but suffice to say it was a fantastic buy at its &ldquo;normal&rdquo; &pound;30 price. And now it&rsquo;s available at a trio of UK retailers for just &pound;18.</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>Basically, the Chromecast is a USB stick-sized streamer that&rsquo;ll put video from Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, BlinkBox, BT Sport, Google Play and lots more on your TV screen. And it&rsquo;ll also mirror web pages from your computer&rsquo;s Chrome browser or the screen from your Android device.</p> <p>Now, you can buy it online at <a href="http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio/digital-media-players/digital-media-players/google-chromecast-22021414-pdt.html" target="_blank">Currys</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Google-Chromecast-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00I4WQ618/" target="_blank">Amazon</a> and <a href="http://www.tesco.com/direct/google-chromecast-hdmi-streaming-media-player/286-1656.prd" target="_blank">Tesco</a> for a paltry &pound;18. Tesco will even chuck in &pound;5 worth of BlinkBox credit for free. Alternatively, if you can&rsquo;t wait you can pop into your local Currys brick-and-mortar store and pick up a Chromecast for &pound;20 (there&rsquo;s your bank holiday weekend sorted). You can&rsquo;t expect it to drop much beyond that, especially with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=chromecast&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</a> still pricing it at &pound;30.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature">Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick</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-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> Chromecast Streaming TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:19:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445621 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 Shazam hooks up with Rdio for full-song playback http://www.stuff.tv/shazam-hooks-rdio-full-song-playback/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can now listen to entire songs on Shazam if you&#039;re a paying Rdio subscriber - and Spotify integration will hopefully follow soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shazam&#039;s getting a helping hand from Rdio" alt="Shazam teams up with Rdio for full-song playback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shazam-plus-rdio-app-main.jpg?1405530514" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Music discovery site Shazam has teamed up with streaming service Rdio to offer users full-song playback.</p> <p>The partnership means you you&#39;ll no longer be limited to short snippets after Shazaming a tune - instead, with a click of the &#39;Listen in Rdio&#39; button you&#39;ll be able to hear the track in its entirety.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wherefore art thou Spotify? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The feature will only work if you&#39;re a current paying Rdio subscriber, of course. And for now it&#39;s an iOS-only treat. But an Android update is coming soon, as are link-ups with other music services.&nbsp;The Shazam app already has a &#39;Listen in Spotify&#39; button, but for now this only gives you a preview of your newly discovered tune; we&#39;d guess that Spotify will be the next service to jump on board.</p> <p>The 7.7 update to the iOS Shazam app isn&#39;t just about streaming full songs, though - it also adds new playlist functionality. You&#39;ll now be able to create playlists of Shazamed songs and add them to an Rdio playlist. Which is nice.</p> <p>You can check out the update on the&nbsp;<a href="http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=66960X1514734&amp;site=theverge.com&amp;xs=1&amp;isjs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Fid284993459%3Fmt%3D8&amp;xguid=bfadcf21d4c6a29915c0681d8ef3c532&amp;xcreo=0&amp;xed=0&amp;sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theverge.com%2F2014%2F7%2F14%2F5899681%2Fshazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them&amp;xtz=-480" target="_blank">App Store</a> and Android users? Just be patient.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new albums on Spotify so far this year</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/14/5899681/shazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <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="The new Shazam iOS app screen" alt="Shazam teams up with Rdio for full-song playback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shazam-plus-rdio-app-screen.jpg?1405530514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/shazam-hooks-rdio-full-song-playback/news#comments Apps and Games iOS apps Streaming Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:59:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1442292 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch movies all day and get paid for it – Netflix has the dream job for film buffs http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-wants-pay-you-watch-movies/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The streaming service is looking for British &quot;taggers&quot; to categorise films and TV shows </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="1202" height="900" title="Cinema Paradiso" alt="Cinema Paradiso" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cinema-paradiso-home.jpg?1405092019" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Netflix has the perfect job for film buffs: watch movies for money.</p> <p>The streaming video service is recruiting its first British tagger &ndash; a job position that involves watching films and TV shows and filling out an in-depth survey on the plot, character beats, themes and visuals.</p> <p>It&#39;s all in aid of classifying Netflix&#39;s exhaustive library of content &ndash; those tags are the reason it&#39;s able to present you with 20th Century Period Pieces Based on a Book with a Strong Female Lead.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll need a &quot;background and/or degree in film &amp; TV a strong knowledge of film and TV as well as an analytical mind,&quot; according to Netflix. And you can expect those analytical skills to be put to the test, too; as part of the recruitment process you&#39;ll be shown several seemingly-unconnected films and asked to work out what links them.</p> <p>&quot;Films such as Snatch, Shutter Island, Saving Private Ryan and Exit Through the Gift Shop &ndash; which is a documentary about the British street artist, Banksy,&quot; says Todd Yellin, Netflix&#39;s VP of Product Innovation. &quot;You could come up with your own answer that makes sense, but the answer that we&#39;re looking for is that they&#39;re all visually-striking films.&quot;</p> <p>But why is Netflix looking for a British (or Irish) tagger in particular? It&#39;s all to do with cultural nuances. Netflix wants to make sure that when it&#39;s serving up shows, it&#39;s using the right terminology. As Yellin points out, &#39;witty&#39; means something different to a British user than to an American user; Americans prefer active comedy, Brits prefer dialogue-based wit (because of our heritage of Shakespeare and Wilde, says Yellin. Flattery will get you everywhere).</p> <p>So, if you reckon you can pore over movies and pick them apart, head on over to <a href="http://jobs.netflix.com/jobs.php?id=NFX01466" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s jobs site</a> to apply.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F10RFx3h3WI" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-wants-pay-you-watch-movies/news#comments Netflix Streaming Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:58:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441771 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTION: 6 hidden gems you can stream today http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-6-hidden-gems-you-can-stream-today/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming services usually steer you towards content they want to shout about. But what about the rest of the good stuff sitting in their vaults? We&#039;ve picked out some of the best shows and films </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="Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" alt="Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kiss-kiss-bang-bang-2005.jpg?1404554581" /> </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-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> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-6-hidden-gems-you-can-stream-today/feature-0#comments Film and TV LG Promotion Streaming Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:07:05 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441017 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Google to launch Apple TV-style set-top streamer this week http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/rumour-google-launch-apple-tv-style-set-top-streamer-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims Android-powered box with voice controls and game support will be debuted at I/O conference </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rumour: Google to launch Apple TV-style set-top streamer this week" alt="Rumour: Google to launch Apple TV-style set-top streamer this week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-tv.jpg?1403746447" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google is poised to announce a new set-top streamer to take on the likes of the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>The report claims the device runs on Android TV, a new form of the operating system that could eventually make it into set-top streaming devices manufactured by third-party companies. Android TV will support video, music and games, feature a stripped-down interface and support voice controls. Android (and possibly other) phones will be able to act as remote controls.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third time lucky? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of its most interesting features, according to sources, is the ability to run smartphone games. So you could start playing a game on your Android phone or tablet, pause it and pick up from where you left off on your living room TV.</p> <p>Google has already made two abortive attempts to launch a set-top box: there was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-death-google-tv-us-armys-real-life-iron-man-suit-draw-your-own-musical-instrume">Google TV</a> in 2010, then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-q-review-%E2%80%93-hands/news">Nexus Q</a> in 2012. Both were failures. The Chromecast streamer has fared much better (read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">full review</a> to find out why) but is a lot more limited in its scope than this rumoured device.</p> <p>The report claims that Google will launch the device at its I/O conference in San Francisco, which starts later today. We&rsquo;ll be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/google-io-keynote-live-blog/news">live blogging</a> it from 6pm UK time, so tune in then for all the updates.</p> <p>[<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/google-to-unveil-new-tv-set-top-box-1403662845">Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/25/google-to-once-again-challenge-apple-tv-with-android-based-set-top-streamer-report-says">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/rumour-google-launch-apple-tv-style-set-top-streamer-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Google I/O 2014 Streaming Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:33:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440082 at http://www.stuff.tv The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Huzzah! The company’s chief product officer predicts an end to you mindlessly searching for something to watch </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 future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport" alt="The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-ipad.jpg?1400585349" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What will Netflix &ndash; and TV in general &ndash; look like in ten years? Well, according to Neil Hunt, the company&rsquo;s chief product officer, it&rsquo;ll be a very different place.</p> <p>Speaking at New York&rsquo;s Internet Week conference, Hunt said that Netflix is developing its personalisation technology so quickly that, by 2025 (or possibly sooner), the days of you listlessly browsing its grid of shows and movies for something to watch will be long gone.</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>Hunt says that, as the recommendation engine improves, it will become easier for audiences to discover the smaller shows and films they might not otherwise try. And that means show- and movie-makers in turn will get more freedom to create material that falls outside the traditional TV broadcast model of 30 minute or hour-long instalments: &ldquo;The stories we watch today are not your parents&rsquo; TV, and the stories your kids watch in 2025 will blow your mind.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also hinted (albeit very vaguely) that Netflix would be moving into live broadcasting, saying we should &ldquo;stay tuned&rdquo; for future announcements along those lines. It&rsquo;s something that could shake up the way in which sport is shown, although he conceded that the way in which sport broadcasting rights are generally sold to the highest bidder meant that it was an area in which Netflix doesn&rsquo;t have any advantages over traditional media companies.</p> <p>Advertising, he said, is set for a big change. Netflix&rsquo;s subscription model, of course, means there are no ads at all, and the increasing popularity of internet TV will mean the death of the traditional ad break. But advertising will adapt, he believes: you might see fewer adverts, but the ones you see will be more relevant and more targeted.</p> <p>Interesting stuff. But what we really wanted to know is: when is Netflix going to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-cancelled-tv-shows-netflix-should-revive/news">bring back Firefly</a>?</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/05/neil-hunt/">Wired</a>]</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="Might we see Premier League football on Netflix one day?" alt="Might we see Premier League football on Netflix one day?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/premier-league.jpg?1400585349" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Netflix Streaming Tue, 20 May 2014 11:28:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437514 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with LG's webOS - the first smart TV platform worthy of the name http://www.stuff.tv/lg/hands-lgs-webos-perhaps-first-smart-tv-platform-actually-deserve-name/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You think your TV is clever? You ain&#039;t seen nothing yet </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&#039;s webOS in action" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-webOS-5.jpg?1399889165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smart TVs are never really smart. They&#39;re more like Premier League footballers: you get the odd moment of genius free-thought, but really they&#39;re just doing as they&#39;re told.</p> <p>Well that&#39;s all set to change with LG&#39;s new webOS platform - the TV world&#39;s David Silva to all those other Tom Cleverleys.</p> <p>It&#39;s a genuinely smart OS which promises to change not just the way you interact with your set but more importantly, the way you discover new content.</p> <p>And now that we&#39;ve had a hands-on play with it, we&#39;re even more impressed.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bean Bird: putting the cute into setting up a TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless you&rsquo;re an absolute nerd, the TV setup process is never much fun. On webOS it&rsquo;s a different story.</p> <p>LG&rsquo;s Bean Bird mascot teaches you how to use the motion-sensing Magic Remote and takes you through connecting your new TV to the internet, plugging in your extra sources and tuning in your TV channels in a way that&rsquo;s more colourful cartoon than complicated menus.</p> <p>The whimsy won&rsquo;t be to everyone&rsquo;s taste, but the simplicity will. The only shame is that once the setup process is complete you&rsquo;re unlikely to see the pudgy little guy again.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video right now</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="Bean Bird adds a little fun to the setup process" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-4.jpg?1399889165" /> </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="Point at Bean Bird with the Magic Remote to wake him" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-6.jpg?1399889165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Connection&#039;s quick and simple on the new LGs" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-8.jpg?1399889165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HAVEN&#039;T WE MET BEFORE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If webOS sounds familiar, it&rsquo;s no surprise &ndash; this is the operating system that originally appeared on the ill-fated Palm Pre and Pixi smartphones and tablet.</p> <p>A lot has changed since then. After six months of working with the webOS guys in Silicon Valley, LG made HP an offer it couldn&rsquo;t refuse and acquired the team for itself. Since then it&rsquo;s been frantically beavering away to turn the originally portable OS into a TV platform.</p> <p>And the end result? Perhaps the simplest and smartest smart TV platform there&rsquo;s ever been.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Content comes first </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>Calling up the interface is a matter of simply pressing the Home button, at which point a row of bold, colourful icons pops up from the bottom of the screen.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s crucial is that every feature is treated equally, whether it be live TV, an app, or an external source such as a games console or PVR. Icons are automatically moved to the left if you use them frequently, but the order can also be rearranged at will by picking icons up and dragging them to a new home using the Magic Remote. It&#39;s every bit as easy as using a smartphone or tablet.</p> <p>Talking of apps, all of the usual suspects are present, including Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Skype. There&#39;s good news on the live TV front too. The new LG sets can pull in listings from the likes of Sky and even control your Sky+ HD box itself. Remember when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> promised something similar, but failed to deliver? LG insists it will actually work right from launch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One review</a></strong></p> <p>More exciting still is the Today feature. Click it and a variety of content available that day is presented with poster-like artwork. So you might get a TV show being broadcast on Channel 4 later that day, a film available to stream from Netflix, or a boxset episode available on-demand from Sky. Select one and you&rsquo;ll be taken directly to it, and if it&rsquo;s available from multiple sources you can choose which one to watch. Nothing in the initial selection that takes your fancy? Click once to refresh the lot.</p> <p>It all adds up to webOS being a true hub for everything you might possibly want to watch. All of that fragmentation you get when trawling multiple apps and multiple sources for something of interest is gone. Content comes first, and your route to it has been shortened immeasurably.</p> <p>In fact, moving from app to app is practically instantaneous, and apps continue running in the background so that if you switch from an episode of <em>Sons Of Anarchy</em> in order to watch the footie, once the match is over you can instantly resume the biker gang soap opera exactly where you left off.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Every feature, source and service is treated as an equal app" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-24.jpg?1399889165" /> </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="Today brings in content from every source available" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-9.jpg?1399889165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Multiple services with the same content? The TV can take you straight to it" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-10.jpg?1399889165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix features large, especially on the 84in UB980V" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-1.jpg?1399889165" /> </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"> Hidden depth </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>Clearly the key aims of webOS are to make smart TV more fun and far more simple, but that shouldn&rsquo;t be taken as sign of shallowness. Power users who run all of their kit through a home cinema receiver will be pleased to hear that the TV can detect and control (with some exceptions) all of these, too.</p> <p>The team admitted that this is a slightly more complicated process than the Bean Bird step-by-step, but the extra work will be well worth it for the AV nerds out there.</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="The webOS TVs can control a variety of sources" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-3.jpg?1399889165" /> </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"> Connect SDK – second-screen goes open source </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>Casting content from phone or tablet to telly is very much in vogue right now (see <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku</a>), but LG&rsquo;s looking to take it one step further.</p> <p>Rather than need a dedicated app for each source, LG&#39;s created its own called Connect SDK.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s completely open and completely free to develop for, and it already works with a number of platforms, including Chromecast, Roku, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature" target="_blank">Amazon Fire TV</a> and LG&rsquo;s smart TVs, both webOS and older.</p> <p>Source-wise, the popular&nbsp;<a href="https://plex.tv/" target="_blank">Plex</a>&nbsp;is already up and running on it (just use the Cast button) as is a new app called Musixmatch, which lets you send your portable device&rsquo;s music straight to your TV. It even includes lyrics for a bit of at-home karaoke.</p> <p>The success or failure of Connect SDK will rest on how many sources join that list, but it can only be an advantage for them to do so. Here&#39;s hoping we see <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">Netflix</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature">Amazon Prime Instant Video</a>, BBC iPlayer and the rest on it soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku Streaming Stick review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Connect SDK means apps can be made compatible with lots of devices via a Cast-like button" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_2.jpg?1399889165" /> </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"> LG webOS initial 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>From what we&rsquo;ve seen so far, webOS is the best smart TV platform yet. It&rsquo;s pretty and lightning fast, effortlessly simple but deep and feature-laden. Essentially, whatever type of user you are and however you like to use your TV, it makes getting to what you want quicker and more fun than ever.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s hoping the TVs themselves (<a href="http://www.whathifi.com/news/lg-confirms-2014-webos-smart-tv-ranges-features-pricing-dates" target="_blank">check out the full list of LG&#39;s webOS models on our sister site whathifi.com</a>) are just as impressive &ndash; the fabulous platform deserves equally fabulous hardware.</p> <p>Expect our reviews of the first of LG&rsquo;s new TVs in the very near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvs/top-ten" target="_blank">The Top 10 TVs in the World right now</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-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="Look out for reviews of LG&#039;s 2014 TVs soon" alt="LG webOS hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-webOS-12.jpg?1399889165" /> </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"> Hands-on with LG&#039;s webOS smart TV platform </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/hands-lgs-webos-perhaps-first-smart-tv-platform-actually-deserve-name/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/hands-lgs-webos-perhaps-first-smart-tv-platform-actually-deserve-name/feature#comments LG Streaming TVs webOS Sun, 11 May 2014 19:02:06 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436912 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix: by the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we’ll be on to the next thing http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff takes a tour of Netflix HQ and talks to its head honchos about the future of streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix HQ in sunny Silicon Valley" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Netflix-HQ-2.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve just returned from a visit to Netflix&rsquo;s headquarters in Silicon Valley, and have brought with us the company&rsquo;s predictions for an even streamier future for TV shows and movies.</p> <p>Greg Peters, Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer, points out that Netflix being the first proper way to get 4K (with <em>House of Cards</em>) means we&rsquo;re now at the point that &ldquo;if you want the best video quality out there, it&rsquo;s being delivered over the internet&rdquo;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But it&#039;s going to be a little while before 4K reaches the masses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say 4K viewing&rsquo;s going to go through the roof just yet &ndash; Peters reckons it&rsquo;ll be a year and a half or so before 4K even accounts for just 1% of what&rsquo;s streamed on Netflix. But from that point he thinks it will accelerate much more quickly as 4K TVs become cheaper and more widely available.</p> <p>He also thinks it&rsquo;ll be a year or two before adapter products in the vein of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> come along, and that&rsquo;s quite a problem for projectors and TVs such as the just-launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">B&amp;O BeoVision Avant</a>, which lacks a built-in Netflix app and therefore currently has no way to actually access 4K content.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoVision Avant 4K TV follows you around the room</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s fair to say Netflix is pretty proud of House of Cards" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-5.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="So many shows, very few so far in 4K" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-6.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Take that, live TV broadcasters!" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-8.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Breaking Bad will be the next show to get the Netflix 4K treatment" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-13.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sifting the Big Data </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We also had a chance to speak to Todd Yellin, VP of Product Innovation, who talked us through the way Netflix tests new features.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re fanatical, old-school scientists at Netflix&rdquo;, he says. &ldquo;We come up with something that we think is better and we push it out to 50,000 new users who&rsquo;ve got no idea they&rsquo;re in a test, 50,000 other new users could get something else, and another 50,000 get the existing design, and then we sit back and we watch. We watch how they behave, and the thing we watch for is do they stick with the service? They don&rsquo;t know they&rsquo;re voting with their wallet but they are&rdquo;.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s actually a huge board in the Netflix office that records each new little feature (codenamed, unfortunately for us) and tracks the percentage change this has on user retention. Yep, they take this stuff very seriously.</p> <p>But don&#39;t go thinking the company is all maths and no fun - new staff perform musical routines as part of their induction, there&#39;s a huge cinema room for showing off the latest Netflix Originals, and there&#39;s a fresh popcorn machine in the lobby. That last idea is definitely getting passed on to the money men at Stuff Towers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Things to Watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re home" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-12.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="This is the board that tracks the progress of (sadly codenamed) new features" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-10.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="You knew there was going to be a massive cinema room somewhere" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-14.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news#comments 4K Netflix Streaming Thu, 08 May 2014 20:53:04 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436779 at http://www.stuff.tv Streaming music app Bloom.fm seeking funding to stay afloat http://www.stuff.tv/music/streaming-music-app-bloomfm-seeking-funding-stay-afloat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surprise shutdown can be reversed if a buyer or new investor is secured </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="Bloom.fm" alt="Bloom.fm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bloomfm.jpg?1399063756" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fans of the streaming music app Bloom.fm were surprised earlier this week when the service announced it would close due to pulled funding.</p> <p>Founded in 2008, the company had until recently been bankrolled by Russian TV network TNT. However, according to an interview with PC Pro, founder and CEO Oleg Fomenko says organizational changes at TNT suddenly left Bloom.fm without funding.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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/music/streaming-music-app-bloomfm-seeking-funding-stay-afloat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/streaming-music-app-bloomfm-seeking-funding-stay-afloat/news#comments Android apps iOS apps Music Streaming Fri, 02 May 2014 20:48:10 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436525 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These dirt-cheap dongles will give your TV new streaming smarts. But which would we buy? </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="And in the purple corner..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, life - it giveth and it taketh away. While it&#39;s never been easier to add online services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer to your TV, it&#39;s never been harder to decide how to do it.</p> <p>Smart TV? Network-connected Blu-ray player or home cinema system? Games console? Apple TV, Now TV, Roku 1, 2 or 3...</p> <p>All will work, and all will do a great job in most situations. But for our money the new Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick strike the best balance between cost, content and ease of use.</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much to choose between the two sticks here, and given that they&#39;ll be stuck round the back of your TV it doesn&#39;t really matter much what they look like anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>But for what it&#39;s worth, the Chromecast is short with a bulbous back end, the Roku a little longer and slimmer. The Roku is proudly purple, the Chromecast casual in black.</p> <p>Both plug into your telly via HDMI, and both also have a microUSB socket at the other end from which they draw their power. For this task you can either use the bundled wall plug or hook them straight up to a USB socket on your TV.</p> <p>But crucially, the Roku comes with a dedicated remote, whereas the Chromecast can only be operated via smartphone app. And as the remote doesn&rsquo;t need line of sight, it&#39;s no less flexible to operate than an app either. It&#39;s well built, the buttons work with a satisfying click and using it is often more simple than switching on your phone, navigating to an app etc etc. And if you really must have an app, Roku has one of those too.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature">Netflix: &quot;There really isn&#39;t a case for different versions of a film&quot;</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="You&#039;re not really buying them for their looks" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="The Roku&#039;s remote is a bonus" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Remote_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Both devices plug into an HDMI port..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_3_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="...and both are powered by microUSB" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> CONTENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A media streamer is only ever as good as the media it has to stream. Obviously. And here the Roku Streaming Stick has an advantage.</p> <p>You&#39;ll find more than 500 apps on the Roku store, including the aforementioned BBC iPlayer and Netflix, Sky Store and Now TV, 4oD, Demand 5, Spotify, TuneIn, and YouTube. There are hundreds more specialist channels, catering for every interest. Personally we&#39;re quite partial to Visitation, a live stream of services from the Our Lady of the Visitation chuch in Cincinnatti, Ohio. We kid you not. Well OK, we&#39;ve never really watched it. But it does exist.</p> <p>We have watched the excellent Sky Now TV though: splash out &pound;6.99 on a month&#39;s Entertainment Pass, immerse yourself in <em>Game Of Thrones </em>and <em>The Walking Dead</em> and you&#39;ll be glad you had it.</p> <p>Adding apps is a piece of cake and new services join the line-up regularly. Hopefully we&#39;ll see ITV Player soon, so we can get our fix of <em>Loose Women</em>.</p> <p>Rather than have its own apps, Chromecast relies on iOS or Android apps with a &#39;Cast&#39; button. Netflix has one, as has iPlayer, but not much else; hopefully more will arrive soon. You do of course also get YouTube, and there&#39;s an excellent selection of films to buy on Google Play Movies.</p> <p>Streaming your own content is also easier on Roku than on Chromecast. On Google&#39;s device you&#39;ll need to use the Plex service - which is fine, but a little fiddly - whereas on the Streaming Stick you have access to the Roku Media Player app, among others. It&#39;s slick to use and will play just about anything.</p> <p>Ultimately, there&#39;s only one winner in this category. While both devices have the big two of Netflix and iPlayer, the fact that the Roku has so many more channels overall gives it a clear lead over its rival.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review">Roku 1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Casting, 1-2-3" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="BBC iPlayer now has a Cast button" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc_0.JPG?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="There are many, many channels available on Roku" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_homescreen_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix: a winner on any device" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> 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>Casting from a compatible app to Google Chromecast works quickly enough, and given the right content it looks great too.</p> <p>Netflix&rsquo;s Super HD streams will delight you with their 1080p, high-bitrate, Dolby Digital+ surround loveliness, and if you purchase a HD flick from Google Play Movies they&#39;ll look great too. BBC iPlayer maxes out at 720p and a YouTube clip will only ever be as good as the quality it&#39;s transmitted in, but that&#39;s the same for the Roku too.</p> <p>To our eyes, the Roku&#39;s picture is a tad softer than that of the Chromecast, but not enough to make a huge difference. Navigation is snappy, particularly if using the remote, and you can also Cast to the Streaming Stick from some apps, including Netflix, if it takes your fancy. Like the Chromecast it&#39;s compatible with Super HD and Dolby Digital+ and ultimately there&#39;s nothing much between them in this round.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news">Sky&#39;s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recording and more</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebbles not included" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-stones_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </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="House Of Cards = ace" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> 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>At &pound;30 for the Chromecast and &pound;50 for the Streaming Stick, these devices are both absolute bargains. If you&#39;ve yet to bring your viewing setup kicking and screaming into the 2010s, either will do a great job.&nbsp;</p> <p>But this test is all about picking a winner, and for our money it&#39;s got to be the Roku Streaming Stick. It&#39;s slick, simple and stuffed with content; team it with Netflix and you&#39;ll never leave the house again.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix right now</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-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="And the winner is... the Roku Streaming Stick!" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_7.jpg?1399043774" /> </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/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature#comments Chromecast Connected home Geek accessories Google iPlayer Netflix Roku Streaming Streaming Stick Fri, 02 May 2014 13:29:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436510 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of Roku&#039;s streaming prowess in a little Chromecast-rivaling dongle? Don&#039;t mind if we do </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="Roku Streaming Stick review" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku_Streaming_Stick_7.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The name &ldquo;Streaming Stick&rdquo; leaves little room for wonder. This is a stick. And it streams.</p> <p>But bluntness of monicker aside, this is a rather exciting wee device: a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> rival that sacrifices a little in polish and pizzazz and makes up for it in usefulness and ease of use. It even comes with one of those increasingly rare of beasts - a dedicated remote control.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £50.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny and discreet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very affordable </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good range of apps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Can stream your own stuff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Requires power via USB </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Stick of Truth </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>By the standards of today&rsquo;s USB sticks this is big, but by the standards of video streamers the Streaming Stick is pretty darn dinky at 78.6mm long - just 6mm longer than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>, which itself has a rather bulbous end.</p> <p>The idea is that once you&rsquo;ve connected it to one of the HDMI sockets around the back of your telly you&rsquo;re not going to see it. Those who&rsquo;ve wall-mounted and therefore have to use a side-facing HDMI might see a purple tip protruding from the edge of their telly, but that&rsquo;s not nearly as frightful as we&rsquo;ve just made that sound.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t go thinking this is an entirely wire-free affair: the Streaming Stick (like the Chromecast) can&rsquo;t draw power via HDMI, so you need to use the bundled USB cable to supply it with juice. The vast majority of TVs now have USB sockets, and if you&rsquo;ve got one free that&rsquo;s by far the neatest option (just use a cable tie to keep the excess cable out of sight), but if you&rsquo;re without an available socket there&rsquo;s also a wall charger in the box.</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="Streaming Stick vs Chromecast: the weigh-in" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_1.jpg?1398882654" /> </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="You&#039;ll need a spare HDMI and spare USB socket for power" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_3.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Vents and recess button: things just got serious" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_5.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Lost the bundled cable? Any microUSB cable will do" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_6.jpg?1398882654" /> </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"> An Appy occasion </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 software setup is almost as simple. Select your Wi-Fi network from the list and input the password and the Roku downloads and installs the latest version of its firmware - a process that took all of about 3mins for us.</p> <p>At this point you&rsquo;ll be directed to create a Roku account via the main website. It doesn&rsquo;t take long and once done you&rsquo;re left to the far more enjoyable job of selecting which apps you&rsquo;d like to install.</p> <p>Roku reckons there are 500+ apps (or Channels, as it insists on calling them) now available, and unsurprisingly huge swathes of it are absolute rubbish. Thankfully the good stuff is easy to find in the Most Popular menu, and there&rsquo;s plenty of it. Unsurprisingly, video on-demand takes centre stage, with iPlayer and Demand 5 covering the free stuff and Netflix, Sky Now TV and Sky Store doing the subscription and on-demand thing. Music from Spotify is a great bonus, too, and TuneIn is there to deliver internet radio.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s already a bunch more stuff than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast&rsquo;s</a> got, and the Roku treads on the Chromecast&rsquo;s apparent USP by accepting videos that are &ldquo;casted&rdquo; from the Netflix app on your iPhone or Android device. On top of that the Roku excels in an area that the Chromecast struggles - streaming your own media.</p> <p>The Chromecast currently relies entirely on Plex if you want to play your own video or music files, and decent though Plex is, it relies on you either having a computer on and running Plex, or a NAS with a Plex app and the ability to transcode, which isn&rsquo;t all that common. The Roku also has Plex, which will be fine for some, but it also has a dedicated Roku Media Player app that - while very basic in appearance - plays just about anything without any fuss. There&rsquo;s Twonky Beam, too, and DS Video for those with Synology DiskStations. Essentially, if you want to stream your own stuff, the Roku is a much better bet for most people than the Chromecast.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ds214se/synology-ds214se-dsm-50/review" target="_blank">Synology DS214se with DSM 5.0 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The main app food groups are covered" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_homescreen.jpg?1398882654" /> </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="Casting from Netflix is supported just as it is on Chromecast" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku: A Gateway to Sky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those Now TV and Sky Store apps are great ways for those who aren&rsquo;t Sky subscribers to get access to the wealth of Sky content.</p> <p>Sky Store is a simple pay-as-you-go movie streaming service that impresses in terms of content (1200 movies and loads of top notch new releases), even if the lack of HD is a bit of a shame.</p> <p>Now TV is slightly more confusing but also probably of more interest to many. It&rsquo;s split into three channels: Entertainment, Movies and Sport. The first includes all of the TV content you&rsquo;d find on Sky&rsquo;s own channels (including Sky Atlantic, which brings with it new <em>Game of Thrones</em>, among many others), available on-demand for a &pound;6.99 monthly fee.</p> <p>Movies gives on-demand access to all of the - you guessed it - movies currently on the Sky platform for &pound;8.99 a month. But this doesn&rsquo;t include brand spanking new movies - you&rsquo;ll have to go to the Sky Store for those.</p> <p>Finally, Sports gives you 24-hour access to all of Sky&rsquo;s sports channels for &pound;9.99. A princely sum, but if it&rsquo;s the last day of the Premier League season and you&rsquo;re not a Sky TV subscriber, probably one that&rsquo;s worth paying.</p> <p>Disappointingly those who already pay for a Sky Subscription don&rsquo;t get free access to Now TV, so this isn&rsquo;t a cheap way to get Multiroom. Sky Go is designed for you, but it&rsquo;s really only available on portable devices at this stage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Stick a Fork in Me, I&#039;m done </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>Individual apps take a little while to load and there&rsquo;s no real multitasking here, but navigating menus is nippy and content buffers pretty quickly, thanks in part to dual-band Wi-Fi, which you won&rsquo;t find on the equally cheap <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review" target="_blank">Roku 1</a> (speed freaks may want to consider the Roku 3, the only player in the range with an ethernet socket).</p> <p>Picture and sound is very decent, too. It&rsquo;ll handle Netflix streams in so-called Super HD (essentially higher-bandwidth 1080p) but to our eyes the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> is just a touch crisper and sharper when playing the same content. Dolby Digital+ is handled, too, and sound is solid and detailed.</p> <p>The remote&rsquo;s also nice - decent weight, fairly ergonomic and with a nice, positive click to the buttons. A bit too last decade for you? There&rsquo;s also a free Roku control app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google Chromecast review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix Super HD and Dolby Digital+ are both supported" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_3.jpg?1398882654" /> </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="Bundled remotes are a good thing - this one especially" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Remote.jpg?1398882654" /> </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"> Roku Streaming Stick 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>Little Roku taking on the mighty Google sounds like a recipe for a bloody nose, but Roku&#39;s been in the streaming game for a while now and despite costing &pound;20 more than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>, it&rsquo;s the Streaming Stick we&rsquo;d recommend.</p> <p>If all you want is Netflix and iPlayer on your main telly, by all means go Google, but if you also want to stream your own videos and music, access Spotify and grab a slice of the Sky pie every so often, the Roku really is the way to go. The fact that it also comes with a good old-fashioned remote won&rsquo;t be lost on many people, either.</p> <p>And what of Roku&rsquo;s other players? There are little feature differences here and there, but for us the Streaming Stick makes the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review" target="_blank">Roku 1</a> and 2 largely irrelevant unless you&rsquo;ve got an old TV without HDMI (in which case save your money for a new TV, yeah?).</p> <p>The Roku 3 might be worth looking at if you&rsquo;re keen to go wired for faster streaming speeds, but for most people the Streaming Stick wins out - it&rsquo;s the pick of the range and the best budget streamer available right now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/connected-home/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Connected Home Gadgets in the World Right Now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku Streaming Stick review" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_4.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are now many options if you want a budget streamer, but this is the best so far</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review#comments Connected home Geek accessories Roku Streaming Streaming Stick Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:30:56 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436431 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