Streaming http://www.stuff.tv/streaming/features en-GB Amazon Fire TV Stick http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here boy! Amazon throws a streaming TV stick into the Christmas mix. Now fetch! </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="2000" height="2000" title="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FireTVStick-Remote-Portrait.jpg?1417568301" /> </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/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is getting serious about TV. Its drama series Transparent, starring Arrested Development&#39;s Jeffrey Tambor, is wowing critics and now the etail giant is going stick-to-stick against Google and Roku with a cut-down, cut-price Fire TV streamer.&nbsp;</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"> £-1.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Currently US only, $39 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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"> Cheap, well made and easy to use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good audio and video quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun one-button casual gaming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great deal for Prime members </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"> Slower than its big brother </div> <div class="field-item even"> No voice search </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fewer apps than rivals </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"> Design and setup </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>Aesthetically speaking, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. Without the fun air pillows to pop. Remarkably, it&#39;s probably less interesting to look at than an actual stick, which at least might be a bit knobbly or have an interesting insect crawling along it.</p> <p>But that doesn&#39;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port at the back of your telly. One word of advice for future stick engineers - putting the micro-USB power socket on a thin edge of the stick means you can&#39;t put another HDMI in an adjoining port. Sticking it on the end or one of the thick faces would be more practical. Amazon does include an HDMI extender, gratis, but we can&#39;t help thinking it would be unnecessary if the Stick was designed a bit more thoughtfully in the first place.&nbsp;</p> <p>Set-up is unbelievably easy. The Fire TV Stick automatically finds and pairs with its Bluetooth remote, then you tap in your Wi-Fi details, including 5GHz networks (unlike Chromecast) for more reliable low-range streaming. A perky video tutorial then talks you through its navigation and operation.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="While the full-size Amazon Fire TV box had an industrial designer wave her hands over it, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. But without the air pillows to pop. It&#039;s basically a geometric black turd. Remarkably, it is even less interesting than an actual stick, which at least offers the possibility of an interesting insect crawling up it. But that doesn&#039;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port " alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8701.JPG?1417568301" /> </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"> Interface and features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a shame that Amazon doesn&#39;t ship the Fire TV Stick with the same voice control remote as the Fire TV. Being able to simply hold down the microphone button and say what you want - in almost any accent and even in a noisy room - makes the rest of the Fire TV&#39;s interface virtually irrelevant. You can <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Replacement-Amazon-Fire-Voice-Remote/dp/B00KQEH3FK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417045851&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=fire+tv+remote">buy one separately</a>, currently for &pound;25, but it feels like a missed opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least the home screen operation is fast and intuitive. Categories and menu items are on a vertical column on the left, populating out with recent and recommended items to the right. The Fire TV Stick feels just as fast as its big brother for browsing but maybe a couple of seconds slower to start playing videos. That sluggishness is even more noticeable when it comes to games, which can take five or ten seconds extra to load.</p> <p>That&#39;s hardly a surprise. The Fire TV Stick has a dual-core ARM chip and 1GB of memory, compared to the Fire TV&#39;s quad-core silicon with 2GB of RAM. Both gadgets have 8GB of storage, which is enough for a handful of apps and games. The Fire TV Stick works as a seamless second screen with Fire tablets (and the Fire Phone, if either of you out there with one are reading this), and you can fling other services such as YouTube and Spotify from iOS or Android phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>All the most popular apps are present and correct. Amazon Instant Video is the easiest and quickest to use of course, but Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and WatchESPN work OK. HBO GO is promised for next year (at least in the US), just in time for its promised unbundling from cable subscriptions (both Roku and Chromecast already offer the app Stateside).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Reviews of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick</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="3264" height="2448" title="The Fire TV Stick remote is less classy than the Fire TV&#039;s - and lacks the voice search button" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8702.JPG?1417568301" /> </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"> Amazon Fire TV Stick tech specs </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><strong>Video output</strong>: 1080p or 720p at up to 60fps</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>:&nbsp;Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9</p> <p><strong>Memory</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi, HDMI; Bluetooth 3 for remote</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 85 x 25 x 11.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 25g</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"> Video, games and sound </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 great news is that video (up to 1080p, 60fps) looks every bit as good on the Fire TV Stick as it does on the Fire TV. Colours are great, detail is crisp and there are no nasty artefacts. It doesn&#39;t handle navigating through video quite as well, though. Tap the fast forward or rewind button for a 10-second shift and the screen hiccups slightly, unlike the Fire TV&#39;s silky smooth transitions. Scrubbing at high speed forward or back also feels laggy.&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing worth noting is Amazon&#39;s smart handling of Wi-Fi interruptions and general internet slowdowns. The video signal degrades very gracefully, pixellating the image without interrupting the stream until the last possible moment. If your connection is prone to problems, this is one of the best systems we&#39;ve seen to cope with it.</p> <p>The Stick can&#39;t play H.263 or MPEG videos (unlike the Fire TV) although it does offer Flac and Vorbis audio playback that its older sibling does not. Home cinema fans will be pleased to hear that Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 channel passthrough are on board. There&#39;s no optical audio out (again, unlike the Fire TV).&nbsp;</p> <p>As long as you&#39;re not expecting the Fire TV Stick to replace a real console for games, you won&#39;t be disappointed. Casual games are slower to load than on the Fire TV but play without glitches, including the latest 3D puzzlers such as Disney&#39;s Smash It! Amazon gives you some coins to buy a few games without actually spending any money - you might even find them enough to keep you busy between Netflix binges.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Why you should care about Spotify Connect</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="1612" height="922" title="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" alt="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AmazonFireTVHomeScreen.jpg?1417568301" /> </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"> Amazon Fire TV 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>Amazon did the right thing in releasing a super-portable streaming stick. The Fire TV Stick is small enough to take on holiday with you or to lend to a mate, and looks very respectable when stacked up against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google&#39;s Chromecast</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku&#39;s Streaming Stick</a>. While it doesn&#39;t offer quite as many apps, it&#39;s got all the basic, popular streaming services stacked up, with the bonus of a selection of high quality casual games to dip into.</p> <p>The problem really comes with the Fire TV Stick&#39;s core audience - people who already pay for Amazon Prime and want to get the most from it. Given that you&#39;re paying &pound;79 or $99 a year for the service, saving a little on a cut-down streaming device doesn&#39;t add up. The standard Fire TV box comes with a revolutionary voice control remote, beautifully smooth video and pretty fast gaming - the Fire TV Stick really only has its price and size going for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Fire TV Stick is a solid performer at a very cheap price, then, but if you&#39;re a streaming veteran there&#39;s probably not enough reason to up sticks and switch to this.</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="2000" height="2000" title="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" alt="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FireTVStick-Remote-Landscape.jpg?1417568301" /> </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"> 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"> 6 </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"> video </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"> 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"> 7 </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"> games </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"> 5 </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>Compact and competent, but if you&#39;re spending all that money on Prime anyway, go for the full fat Fire TV</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> <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"> Amazon Fire TV Stick review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review#comments Amazon Connected home Fire TV Fire TV Stick Home Cinema Streaming Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:38:16 +0000 Mark Harris 1454027 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony PlayStation TV http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s tiny box of game-streaming tricks shows potential, but does it do enough to justify its price? </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="Sony PlayStation TV" alt="Sony PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/PSTV_main.jpg?1416583752" /> </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-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When <em>Stuff</em> gave the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4 its five-star review</a> last October its Remote Play features stood out as a sign of a console with plans for the future. But unless you&rsquo;re a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a> owner (there are some out there, right?) it&rsquo;s a function that&rsquo;s so far gone largely unused.</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"> £85.00 </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">6 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"> Absolutely tiny </div> <div class="field-item even"> PS4 streaming works well </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent range of old games available </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"> Not enough streaming services </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too laggy for online multiplayer </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Vita games not fully optimised </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now we have PlayStation TV &ndash; a tiny box that allows you to replicate your PS4&rsquo;s screen on another TV in the house by streaming it over your home network. It&#39;ll play a truly massive selection of Vita, PSP and PSone games, too.</p> <p>So is it the PS4&rsquo;s first must-have accessory, or a missed opportunity?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature" target="_blank">Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Livin’ la Vita loca </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>PlayStation TV is essentially a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a> without the screen, onboard controls or battery, which means it&rsquo;s very small. You plug it into your telly using the supplied HDMI cable and use a PlayStation controller (DualShock 3 or 4 will work) to navigate its Vita-style menus.</p> <p>The anonymous black box isn&rsquo;t much to look at but it makes Sky&rsquo;s Now TV box or Apple TV look decidedly chunky, plus it weighs just enough that you won&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;ve spent &pound;85 on a box full of random wires and magic fluff.</p> <p>Sony recommends you use ethernet to hard wire it to your network. While we tried it like that (see box out) we figured most people don&rsquo;t have their router very close to their second TV and even fewer have ethernet pipes plumbed into the walls, so we&rsquo;ve done most of the testing unplugged and over Wi-Fi using a <a href="http://www.linksys.com/en-eu/products/gateways/x3000" target="_blank">Linksys X3000 Wireless-N router</a>. If PS TV is supposed to be a gadget of convenience it should be treated like one.</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="4912" height="3264" title="PlayStation TV" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04563.JPG?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="PlayStation TV" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04581.JPG?1416583752" /> </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"> Laggy trousers? </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>With the network doing minimal heavy lifting (some simultaneous web browsing, a FaceTime call, playing music from Spotify) it streams from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a> without much fuss, although it frequently takes more than one attempt to make the initial connection. There&rsquo;s a barely perceptible hint of latency but nothing that makes games unplayable. We were able to play <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 15</em></a> against the computer without it affecting our finely tuned one-touch passing game too much.</p> <p>Online we had more trouble. Playing <em>FIFA</em> against a friend it felt a bit like we&rsquo;d had a few pints, with reaction time of the players to our inputs noticeably slowed down. Then again perhaps it was our players that had been down the pub. It probably didn&rsquo;t help that a film was being streamed on Netflix elsewhere in the house but that&rsquo;s real-world testing for you.</p> <p>Switching to a game that relies on fewer inputs, we fired up <em>GTA V</em>&rsquo;s new first-person mode (above) and set about causing chaos in Los Santos. Aside from the downgrade to 720p graphics, the responsiveness is such that you&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking the PS4 was connected directly to the TV, even with two videos streaming on another computer. Driving is twitchy (as it is when you play on a PS4) and when you come off a bike you can almost feel the warm asphalt connect with Franklin&rsquo;s face.</p> <p>Basically it&rsquo;s a no-go for competitive multiplayer but if someone interrupts your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank"><em>Far Cry 4</em></a> campaign and you really can&rsquo;t wait to keep playing, you can happily switch to PS TV without your saved game suffering - just try not to use too big a TV or you&rsquo;ll have to take a more noticeable graphical hit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/far-cry-4/review" target="_blank">Far Cry 4 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="1920" height="1080" title="GTA V" alt="GTA V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RSG_GTAV_NG_Screenshot_112.jpg?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="Connecting to PS4" alt="Connecting to PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04564.JPG?1416583752" /> </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="4912" height="3264" title="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC04570.JPG?1416583752" /> </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"> Wiring up is hard to do (but worth it if you can) </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>I&#39;m lucky to have a flat with ethernet in every room, plus a fairly outrageously speedy internet connection, and that&#39;s obviously the way I tested out the PS TV when Mr. Wiggins allowed me a few days with it.</p> <p>In fact, I tried it fully wired, then through a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/networking/powerline/" target="_blank">Netgear Powerline AV500</a>&nbsp;setup, and finally tried the Wi-Fi connection. And I&#39;m actually very impressed by how consistent the performance was.</p> <p>Like Tom W, I found the lag to be largely unnoticeable across all three connections. With Wi-Fi there seemed to be the odd flaw in the smoothness of the playback (as if occasionally a frame was dropped), but it&#39;s still a much more solid experience than you get with Remote Play on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</a>&nbsp;and even the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a>&nbsp;itself.</p> <p>I&#39;d still recommend going for a wired or Powerline setup if you can, though. That extra smoothness and reliability can be a matter of (virtual) life and death.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out 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> <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-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"> Console yourself </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>As a standalone micro console it does a decent enough job. There&rsquo;s a slot for any Vita games you might already own, a whole catalogue of old PlayStation games available to download and it comes with a voucher for three free games: <em>OlliOlli</em>, <em>Velocity Ultra</em> and <em>Worms Revolution Extreme</em>. Fun, but hardly the kind of games that make PlayStation TV a must-buy gadget.</p> <p>Without any work to port them to a device without a touchscreen the transition isn&rsquo;t entirely seamless either. We downloaded <em>Hotline Miami</em>, which we&rsquo;d previously bought for the Vita, and it made references to &lsquo;dragging the screen&rsquo; which didn&rsquo;t have much effect when we tried it on our seven-year-old 19in TV.</p> <p>You can&rsquo;t argue with <em>Fez</em>, <em>Spelunky</em> and the aforementioned top-down massacre &lsquo;em up but when installing just two of those games takes up over 600MB of the PS TV&rsquo;s 1GB onboard storage you&rsquo;re going to run out of room before you can say &ldquo;thankfully it&rsquo;s got a memory card slot for expandable storage&rdquo;.</p> <p>But when all of these games are often just as easily played on a PS3 you do have to wonder if it&rsquo;s worth buying a second-hand one instead, especially considering the Blu-ray skills and huge catalogue of still brilliant games available for it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1750" title="Any port in a storm" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PSTV_Black_RearPers_1407763833.jpg?1416583752" /> </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"> Sweet streams aren’t made of this </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>As a streamer it&rsquo;s also far too limited right now. There&rsquo;s no Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iPlayer or any of the terrestrial catch-up services, meaning you&rsquo;re restricted to what&rsquo;s on the PlayStation Store. Oh, and it&rsquo;s standard-def only. Try to fire up Netflix or iPlayer from the PS4 and you&rsquo;ll get an error message telling you they&rsquo;re not supported. In order to stream in HD you&rsquo;d have to access the store via the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> and then stream it to the PS TV, and that just feels like a step too far for a few extra pixels.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the end of the world but you can get far more choice and better value for money from much cheaper boxes, albeit ones that don&rsquo;t stream games from your PS4. Sony told us they were looking into making the existing PS4 versions of the apps compatible with Remote Play, or getting device-specific apps ported over for the new box.</p> <p>Either way it&rsquo;s impossible to shake the feeling that PlayStation TV has launched without really being quite ready. For something that&rsquo;s been available in Japan for a year already that&rsquo;s just not good enough.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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> </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="7087" height="3750" title="Vita menu" alt="Vita menu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DS4_PSTV_TV%20PSV%20screen_1402366846.png?1416583752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation TV 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>Playstation TV&rsquo;s USP is second-screen gaming and on that front there really is nothing else out there like it.</p> <p>If your main TV is regularly contested territory and you have a sturdy network this is a much easier option than unplugging your PS4 and decamping to a different room whenever you don&rsquo;t win custody of the living room.</p> <p>Whether that&rsquo;s worth &pound;85, though, is a different matter entirely. The performance is impressive but there&#39;s just enough compromise for it to be avoided when playing multiplayer, and the drop in resolution is noticeable if you&#39;re on a second-room TV that isn&#39;t tiny.</p> <p>If it also had a load of video streaming services built-in we&#39;d be very tempted, but as it is this pony has too few tricks for a wholehearted recommendation.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/got-playstation-tv-play-these-12-games-first/feature" target="_blank">Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first</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="2400" height="1750" title="PS TV verdict" alt="PlayStation TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PSTV_Black_withDS4_1407763835.jpg?1416583752" /> </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"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </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"> 6 </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"> 5 </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>The potential is there but PlayStation TV doesn&rsquo;t yet do enough to justify its price tag</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> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review#comments Games Machines Gaming PlayStation 4 PlayStation Vita Sony Streaming Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:54:04 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1453670 at http://www.stuff.tv YouTube Music Key announced: ad-free, offline music for £10 a month http://www.stuff.tv/youtube-music-announced-ad-free-offline-music-and-full-albums-10-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s just added another string to its music streaming bow </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="730" height="547" title="YouTube Music announced: ad-free, offline music and full albums for £10 a month" alt="YouTube Music announced: ad-free, offline music and full albums for £10 a month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/youtube1_0.jpg?1415925251" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has revealed its new YouTube music service which brings the fight straight to&nbsp;the green doors of Spotify.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From today, you&#39;ll also notice a new Music section on youtube.com and the iOS and&nbsp;Android apps. It&#39;s essentially a portal to your favourite music videos and recommended&nbsp;playlists, determined by your viewing history.</p> <p>Playlists tailored to specific moods and trends are also available, letting you wallow&nbsp;in everything from melancholic winter blues to uplifting trance, and everything in&nbsp;between.</p> <p>You can now also full an artist&#39;s entire collection of high-quality albums (a YouTube-first), along with their official music videos.</p> <p>Many people use YouTube to listen to music because it&#39;s free, so this dedicated&nbsp;music section looks set to be a decent alternative to the subscription service.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;re sure that Google&#39;s is hoping to use the new Music section to entice users over&nbsp;to its subscription service, though we&#39;ll have to wait and see how many people jump&nbsp;over to the paid music ship.</p> <p>You can get more info on the YouTube Music Key beta here, and if you get an invite&nbsp;you can enjoy the first six months for free. Happy listening.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</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/pMQxeb5ERps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="750" height="562" title="iOS and Android apps" alt="YouTube Music announced: ad-free, offline music and full albums for £10 a month" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ed-sheeran.jpg?1415925251" /> </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/youtube-music-announced-ad-free-offline-music-and-full-albums-10-month/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/youtube-music-announced-ad-free-offline-music-and-full-albums-10-month/news#comments Google Music Streaming YouTube Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:23:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452994 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire TV http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out Apple TV – Amazon’s box is a smarter variety of streamer </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 Fire TV review" alt="Amazon Fire TV review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-fire-tv-in-hand.jpg?1415700017" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not content with &ldquo;copying&rdquo; Apple by producing its own tablet and a smartphone, Amazon has gone three for three by launching the Fire TV, a tiny black box that lets you stream video, photos and music to your telly. Remind you of anything?</p> <p>But despite costing the same as the Apple TV, the Fire TV sets its sights higher: it&rsquo;s a games console too, says Amazon, and thanks to wide support for apps, it doesn&rsquo;t force you into buying stuff only from its makers.</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"> £79.00 </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">8 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"> Simple setup and UI </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good AV performance </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact, tidy design </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"> Voice search limited to Amazon content </div> <div class="field-item even"> Occasional remote lag </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"> Design and setup </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 Fire TV is a small black square-shaped box, a little wider and flatter than the Apple TV. We think it&rsquo;s reasonably attractive, and it&rsquo;s small enough that you can hide it away if you don&rsquo;t agree.</p> <p>It connects to your TV via HDMI, which can carry either 720p or 1080p HD video, and also offers an optical output for Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Dual-channel, dual-aerial Wi-Fi is the internet connection we expect most people to use, and we found it worked flawlessly, but there&rsquo;s also Ethernet if you prefer the reliability of a wired hookup.</p> <p>A USB 2.0 port rounds things off, but as far as we can tell this is included purely for the purposes of charging external devices &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t support external drives and won&rsquo;t allow you to expand the storage beyond the 8GB of built-in space (only 5GB or so of which is actually available once you account for Amazon&rsquo;s OS).</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a small, rubbery-skinned remote control included too. But you&rsquo;ll need to buy your own HDMI cable. The gamepad controller required for many of Fire TV&rsquo;s more complex games is a &pound;35 optional extra.</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="HDMI carries up to 1080p video to your TV" alt="HDMI carries up to 1080p video to your TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-plugged-in.jpg?1415700017" /> </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 remote has a pleasingly grippy matte surface" alt="The remote has a pleasingly grippy matte surface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-remote.jpg?1415700017" /> </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"> Amazon Fire TV tech specs </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>Video output: 1080p or 720p at up to 60fps</p> <p>Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064</p> <p>Memory: 2GB</p> <p>Storage: 8GB</p> <p>Connectivity: HDMI; optical audio; Ethernet; USB 2.0; Bluetooth 2.1 (for remote)</p> <p>Weight: 281g</p> <p>Dimensions: 115 x 115 x 17.5mm</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"> User interface </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>Once you&rsquo;ve hooked the box up to your TV and broadband supply and sat through the autoplay introductory video (which concisely explains what you can do with the Fire TV and how you can do it) you&rsquo;re presented with the simple home screen: a list of categories on the left edge and a mosaic of content filling the rest.</p> <p>Using the remote, you can zip around these menus to browse things to watch &ndash; either streamed through your Amazon Prime Instant Video account or rented/purchased for extra cash. You can also install apps and games (more on all that below), and adjust the Fire TV&rsquo;s settings.</p> <p>The remote control is a simple one, with only the buttons you need on board: cursor, back, home, options and playback controls, plus a microphone button that fires up voice search. It mostly works just as it should, except for the occasional bout of lag (more on that below).</p> <p>The cloud-powered voice search works very smoothly. Hold the mic button, wait for the tone and speak and the Fire TV will quickly bring up a list of content based on the term. It&rsquo;s so accurate (it never once slipped up when we used it) and fast enough that it&rsquo;ll swiftly become the default way you search for things. There&rsquo;s one issue with it, however: it only searches for Amazon-derived content, and won&rsquo;t delve into third-party services. So if, say, you were to voice search for &ldquo;Sons of Anarchy&rdquo;, the results would list only the Amazon Prime version and Amazon&rsquo;s rent/buy options, not the show on Netflix.</p> <p>Owners of Amazon&#39;s Fire Phone or Kindle Fire HDX tablets can use their device as a second screen while watching Prime movies (viewing info on the actors etc. &ndash; it&#39;s all a bit basic and pointless in our opinion, but some might enjoy it), or fling pages from their mobile device onto their living room telly through the Fire TV. Other phones and tablets don&#39;t work.</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 voice search results only list Amazon-derived content" alt="The voice search results only list Amazon-derived content" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-voice-search.jpg?1415700017" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Movies, TV and music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon Prime members will get the most out of the Fire TV. A subscription to the service allows you to stream a wide selection of films and TV shows through the box, many of them in 1080p HD quality. The streaming picture quality isn&rsquo;t up to Blu-ray standards &ndash; we found it a little soft at times, even with big ticket films like <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, and there&rsquo;s visible contouring in smooth colour gradations &ndash; but it&rsquo;s not bad at all.</p> <p>Amazon Music users can also access their cloud-stored MP3 collections by linking the Fire TV with their account. Obviously, you&rsquo;re probably not going to want to use your telly&rsquo;s tiny speakers in place of a proper hi-fi, but if you&rsquo;ve got the Fire TV wired to a decent speaker system this is a handy way to access more music.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not limited to Amazon&rsquo;s own services. You can also rent or buy individual films and shows for a fee (most films are &pound;3.49 to rent and between &pound;7.99 and &pound;9.99 to own), and there&rsquo;s also, via installable apps, access to third-party video services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. Streaming video quality is also impressive with these, although as mentioned above you can&rsquo;t scout their libraries using the Fire TV&rsquo;s voice search option &ndash; you&rsquo;ll have to type in text using the remote instead.</p> <p>Another app lets you turn the Fire TV into a Spotify Connect music player, meaning you can grab your smartphone or tablet, fire up the Spotify mobile app and (provided you&rsquo;re a premium subscriber), play your tunes through the Fire TV.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Why you should care about Spotify Connect, the tech that&#39;ll fill your home with streamed music</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="You&#039;ll need a Prime account to get the most out of the Fire TV" alt="You&#039;ll need a Prime account to get the most out of the Fire TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-video.jpg?1415700017" /> </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"> Gaming </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>Amazon has made much of the Fire TV&rsquo;s capabilities as a games console, but in reality it&rsquo;s not going to give the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review" target="_blank">Wii U</a> any sleepless nights &ndash; it&rsquo;s basically the equivalent of a powerful tablet as a gaming device. There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with that, of course, and for those who don&rsquo;t want to shell out megabucks for a &ldquo;real&rdquo; console there are some good games here, albeit mostly reworkings of mobile titles. Telltale&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/walking-dead-episode-one/review"><em>The Walking Dead</em></a> is probably the highlight at launch (both &ldquo;seasons&rdquo; of the game are available for free, if you&rsquo;re a Prime subscriber), but there are a handful of other reasonably diverting games &ndash; and more are on the way.</p> <p>The &pound;35 wireless controller resembles a squarer Xbox 360 pad. It&rsquo;s not as comfy as that controller, and there&rsquo;s no rumble function, but overall it&rsquo;s a fine gamepad that means you can actually play action games. The Fire TV&rsquo;s regular remote can be used to play more sedate, simple games.</p> <p>We have noticed severe input lag at various times when using the gamepad and the remote, and it&#39;s been so bad (three to four seconds) that it made the Fire TV nigh-on unusable. A reset of the box (which involves literally unplugging the power cable, then plugging it back in &ndash; there&#39;s no other way) sorted it, but it&#39;s happened more than once. Hopefully Amazon this is a simple bug that Amazon is in the process of squashing, because having to monkey around with cables gets old really fast.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">Sony PS4 long-term 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 controller is very Xbox 360-ish" alt="The controller is very Xbox 360-ish" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-games-controller.jpg?1415700017" /> </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"> Amazon Fire TV 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>While you couldn&rsquo;t call it totally open, the Fire TV isn&rsquo;t locked inside its walled garden quite as tightly as the Apple TV is &ndash; let&#39;s say the gate is ajar. It embraces more third-party providers than Apple, including rivals such as Spotify. It&rsquo;s a games console, too &ndash; OK, it&#39;s more Ouya than PS4, but it&#39;s a step in the right direction and already works well - when it works.</p> <p>That lag issue needs fixing pronto, and we want to see more (or expandable) storage and wider scope for voice search in future updates, but this is a great first effort at a living room streamer from Amazon.</p> <p>It might look like an Apple TV rip-off, but this is an altogether smarter breed of streamer. Its power, voice search, support for third-party content and passable impression of a games console nudge ahead of the competition.</p> <p>Time to step up, Apple.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone 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="Amazon has come a long way from simply selling books" alt="Amazon has come a long way from simply selling books" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv-shelf.jpg?1415700017" /> </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"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> video </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"> 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 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"> games </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"> 6 </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>Powerful, flexible and user-friendly, Amazon&rsquo;s box has staked a spot among the streaming elite</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/amazon/amazon-fire-tv/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv/review#comments Amazon Fire TV Streaming Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:41:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1452743 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix lands on YouView, bringing Breaking Bad, House of Cards and other time sinks with it http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-lands-youview-bringing-breaking-bad-house-cards-and-other-time-sinks-it/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just in time for those long, dark winter nights </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="960" height="720" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/youview.jpg?1415098087" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>YouView has announced that Netflix has joined its rank of connected apps, bringing with it a host of exclusive content including Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and the crazy animated series, Bojack Horseman.</p> <p>Breaking Bad is another haeavy-hitter in the TV show roster, and YouView owners who have yet to tap into the Netflix tank will have plenty to keep them busy over the wintery months ahead.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-lands-youview-bringing-breaking-bad-house-cards-and-other-time-sinks-it/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-lands-youview-bringing-breaking-bad-house-cards-and-other-time-sinks-it/news#comments Netflix Streaming YouView Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:48:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452149 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon launches tiny, affordable Fire TV Stick streamer http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-launches-tiny-affordable-fire-tv-stick-streamer/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the company’s answer to the Google Chromecast and Roku 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="1200" height="900" title="Amazon launches tiny, affordable Fire TV Stick streamer" alt="Amazon launches tiny, affordable Fire TV Stick streamer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-fire-tv-stick.jpg?1414422319" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tiny, affordable video streaming devices are becoming all the rage, it seems. First there was the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast</a>, then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick</a> &ndash; and now here&rsquo;s Amazon joining the fray with its Fire TV Stick.</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"> Remotely serious </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 Fire TV Stick, which has yet to appear on the Amazon UK website, will likely offer compatibility with the same video and music services: Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Sky News, BBC iPlayer, Vevo and more.</p> <p>Perhaps to differentiate its device from the popular Chromecast, Amazon has included a dedicated remote control (with the Chromecast, you have to use a phone, tablet or computer to control playback) and an impressive 8GB of RAM (the Chromecast has just 2GB). There&rsquo;s also fast MIMO Wi-Fi tech so those with home broadband that uses the 802.11ac protocol could see fewer drops and buffering pauses.</p> <p>Owners of Amazon&rsquo;s Fire Phone or Kindle Fire HDX tablets will be able to throw content from them onto their living room TV via the Stick, too.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no UK price or release date info for the Amazon Fire TV Stick yet, but it&rsquo;ll be available in the US from 19th November, priced at US$39 (&pound;25), which includes one month of Amazon Prime membership.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/10/27/amazon-fire-stick/" target="_blank">Mashable</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/amazon/amazon-launches-tiny-affordable-fire-tv-stick-streamer/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-launches-tiny-affordable-fire-tv-stick-streamer/news#comments Amazon Streaming Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:04:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1451495 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 things you need to know about Google's new Nexus Player http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google takes on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV with its first Android TV device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-player-06_0.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/android-tv-targeting-set-top-boxes-smart-tvs-starting-autumn/news" target="_blank">Android TV</a> is coming to your tellybox with the new Nexus Player.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It&#039;s round </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So very round. But not spherical, like the Nexus Q, oh no. More like a hockey puck. At 120mm x 20mm, it&#39;s a little larger and thinner than the Apple TV, and a bit lighter too, at 235g versus the Apple TV&#39;s 272g. Basically, it&#39;ll look nice and unobtrusive alongside your telly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-01.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It&#039;s a big Chromecast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus Player features Google Cast support, which will doubtless be a big selling point for Chromecast fans; you&#39;ll be able to ping Cast-ready apps including Vevo, DailyBurn and Now TV to your telly using the Nexus Player.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-09_0.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It puts Google Play on your telly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can finally get Google Play on your TV without faffing around with MHL adapters, wireless HDMI and Chromecasts. That means you can download and view movies and TV shows from a library of thousands of titles using your Google Player; it&#39;ll sync playback with other Google Play devices, allowing for you to pick up a programme where you left off on a smartphone or tablet. Naturally, the Nexus Player also runs Google Play Music and Games.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-02.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. It&#039;s a games console </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ah yes, games. Like Amazon&#39;s Fire TV, the Nexus Player does double duty as a games console; you can use the Nexus Player&#39;s remote for playing casual titles, or pick up an Asus-built controller for more involved games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9: 7 things you need to know about the first Android Lollipop tablet</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-03.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It packs an Intel Atom processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Under the hood, the Asus-built Nexus Player packs a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor with the Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine, backed up by 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. That means it should be able to handle 3D games, though it&#39;s not exactly going to compete with the likes of the PlayStation 4.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-05_0.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. You can talk to it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s all about the voice control these days, and the Nexus Player is no exception; its remote has a mic button that&#39;ll let you use voice search to trawl your library of films and TV.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-08.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Apps. So many apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s also touting the Nexus Player as an apps platform; the selection of apps available at launch includes the obvious (YouTube, Netflix, the ubiquitous TED and TuneIn) and the obscure (Red Bull TV, Dramafever, and HGTV Watch). The UK selection is likely to differ slightly, but&hellip;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-07.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. We don&#039;t know when it&#039;ll hit the UK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus Player is available from 3 November &ndash; in the USA, at least. You can pre-order a Nexus Player from 17 October; the Nexus Player and Remote will set you back US$100 and comes with US$20 of Google Play credit, while the optional games controller will cost US$40. UK pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news" target="_blank">7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 6</a></strong></p> <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="Google Nexus Player" alt="Google Nexus Player" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-player-04.jpg?1413425915" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news#comments Google Nexus Player Streaming Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:08:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450363 at http://www.stuff.tv EE TV set-top box delivers 70+ channels, 1TB storage, and device streaming http://www.stuff.tv/ee-tv-set-top-box-delivers-70-channels-1tb-storage-and-mobile-streaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All-in-one box is big on phones and tablets, free with broadland/landline packages </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="EE TV" alt="EE TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eetv-box.jpg?1412800245" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>EE aims to make a big splash in the world of television with today&rsquo;s announcement of EE TV, a set-top box that bundles in more than 70 Freeview channels, DVR and catch-up capabilities, and extensive mobile and tablet integration.</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-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The EE TV also has 1TB of storage to house up to 25 days worth of content, and you can record up to four programmes at the same time. Also, the Replay feature lets you watch anything aired within the last 24 hours on any channel, even if you didn&rsquo;t set a recording. You can also access apps like YouTube and BBC iPlayer from EE TV.</p> <p>EE TV will be available free this autumn to customers with an existing home broadband or fibre plan, which start at &pound;9.95 per month (not including line rental) and climb from there.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re on a pay-per-month mobile plan, it sounds as if you can add the TV service at that same &pound;9.95 figure, and EE is bumping up the size of data plans accordingly to handle all of the extra streaming you&#39;ll be doing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://ee.co.uk/ee-and-me/ee-tv">EE</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ee-bringing-4g-uk-roads-and-putting-router-your-car-so-you-can-use-it/news">EE is bringing 4G to UK roads - and putting a router in your car, so that you can use it</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="EE TV" alt="EE TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eetv-interface.jpg?1412800245" /> </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/ee-tv-set-top-box-delivers-70-channels-1tb-storage-and-mobile-streaming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ee-tv-set-top-box-delivers-70-channels-1tb-storage-and-mobile-streaming/news#comments Film and TV Streaming Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:29:43 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449710 at http://www.stuff.tv BBC iPlayer catch-up window extended to 30 days http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/bbc-iplayer-catch-window-extended-30-days/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You now get a whole month to savour your favourite telly and radio programmes </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="BBC iPlayer" alt="BBC iPlayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iplayer.jpg?1412849009" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With box-set binge-watching becoming increasingly common, the BBC iPlayer&#39;s seven-day catch-up window is starting to look a bit short.</p> <p>Fortunately, Auntie agrees; the BBC is increasing the availability period for programmes on iPlayer and iPlayer Radio to 30 days. The move was first announced in April, but is only now being introduced &ndash; just in time for the autumn schedule.</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> <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"> BBC iPlayer adds 30-day catch-up window </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/bbc-iplayer-catch-window-extended-30-days/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/bbc-iplayer-catch-window-extended-30-days/news#comments BBC iPlayer Streaming Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:36:23 +0000 Stephen Graves 1449487 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix's first original movie is a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflixs-first-original-movie-sequel-crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny will be the first of several films to hit IMAX screens and Netflix simultaneously </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny" alt="Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/crouching-tiger-2.jpg?1412131999" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Movie streaming service Netflix has been pouring its money into original series for the last few years &ndash; but now it&#39;s taking on Hollywood with its first feature-length film.</p> <p>Netflix has teamed up with The Weinstein Company to release the sequel to Ang Lee&#39;s 2000&#39;s martial-arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film &ndash; titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny &ndash; will hit IMAX cinemas and Netflix simultaneously on 28 August 2015.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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/netflix/netflixs-first-original-movie-sequel-crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflixs-first-original-movie-sequel-crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon/news#comments Film and TV Netflix Streaming Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:19:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1448929 at http://www.stuff.tv WTF is the Optoma WHD200? http://www.stuff.tv/wtf-optoma-whd200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless TV box taketh away, wireless TV box giveth. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="857" height="643" title="Clever innards" alt="WTF is the Optoma WHD200?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/whd200.jpg?1411953463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Looks stunning. I&rsquo;ll take ten.</strong><br />Now don&rsquo;t be sniffy. Not everything obscure has to look fantastic. Nor does everything fantastic need to look obscure. Sometimes, within the confines of relatively featureless black boxes, life-changing functionality can be found. In this case, the removal of some of those pesky HDMI cables that are snaking around your house, tripping up the maid and chewed by the dog. Previously available only in Europe but now wired up British-style, the WHD200 forms an up-to-20m wireless link between the end of two HDMI cables.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Twenty metres! At last, I can stream TV to the Wendy house.</strong><br />Uh, nope. See, the WHD200 deliberately uses a different wireless frequency than that used by your Wi-Fi router and cordless phone and whatnot, so as to reduce interference. This is clever thinking. However, the higher frequency makes the signal less capable of travelling through walls and windows. Less clever. Chief use case scenario then, far as we can see, is for someone who has a dual TV and projector setup in the same room.</p> <p>The transmitter box has two HDMI 1.4 inputs and one output, so day-to-day you can watch TV on your normal TV box, but wirelessly send the signal to your roof-mounted megaprojector for special occasions. Like the University Challenge quarters.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="770" height="577" title="Looks the same from this angle" alt="WTF is the Optoma WHD200?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whd200-1.jpg?1411953463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Talk to me about quality, though, because I like my Bamber Gascoigne to be sharp.</strong><br />Few people sharper than a Bamber, and the WHD200 shouldn&rsquo;t let you down. Dispel any received notions about wireless streamers &ndash; so long as the range isn&rsquo;t out this box-of-delights will keep up to 1080p60 HD or 1080p24 3D just as crispy as if you were running it through big-ass HDMI cables. The signal can still carry multichannel audio, too, if you&rsquo;ve got your system wired up that way &ndash; there&rsquo;s a max system latency of 1ms that might need a little tweaking if you&rsquo;re of the golden-eared persuasion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="837" height="628" title="Face on" alt="WTF is the Optoma WHD200?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whd200-2.jpg?1411953463" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/wtf-optoma-whd200/news#comments Hot Stuff Streaming Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:28:05 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448643 at http://www.stuff.tv Now TV brings Sky’s movies, entertainment and sports powers to Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/apple/now-tv-brings-sky-s-movies-entertainment-and-sports-powers-apple-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s little black box just got some new content friends to play with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="978" height="733" title="Glorious content" alt="Now TV brings Sky’s movies, entertainment and sports powers to Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-apple-tv.jpg?1411550648" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has announced that its Now TV content will be gracing Apple TV boxes from today, serving up a variety of live and on demand packages including movies, TV shows and sports.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, there&#39;s the &pound;5 a month Entertainment Month Pass which includes heavy hitters like Sky Atlantic&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Boardwalk Empire</em>, along with every season of life-sucking shows like&nbsp;<em>Lost</em>,&nbsp;<em>The West Wing</em>,&nbsp;<em>Mad Men</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Hannibal</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Walking Dead&nbsp;</em>fans can also catch up on seasons 1-3 now, ahead of season four&#39;s arrival on 1 October, setting them up nicely for season five&#39;s debut on Fox on 13 October.&nbsp;</p> <p>All three services can be accessed right now and will be billed straight to your iTunes account, with immediate activation.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 of the best movies to watch on Now TV</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="brainsssssssss" alt="Now TV brings Sky’s movies, entertainment and sports powers to Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/walking-dead-popcorn.jpg?1411550648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/now-tv-brings-sky-s-movies-entertainment-and-sports-powers-apple-tv/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/now-tv-brings-sky-s-movies-entertainment-and-sports-powers-apple-tv/news#comments Apple Now TV Sky Streaming TV Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:06:43 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448450 at http://www.stuff.tv 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?1410944759" /> </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