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Finally. YouView - the service that brings together on-demand shows from the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, as well as regular Freeview - will launch later this month, two years later than expected. The bad news? The set-top box will set you back a wallet-denting £300. That's way too high in our opinion, read on to find out why. Read more
June 28th, 2012
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Darth Vader’s sperm. That’s the best description of Google’s Nexus Q media streamer that I’ve yet seen. It’s an odd, spherical black hole with a tail made of output cables, so the name seems to fit. But the Marmite looks aren’t what’s interesting here; what’s interesting is that it’s come directly out of Google’s HQ. And that it’s a means to throw your Android phone or tablet’s music, games and video onto your TV and through your speakers. In other words, it’s Google TV. But where does that leave Google TV? Read more
June 26th, 2012
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Yesterday it was announced the first Google TV box will hit the UK in July, in the guise of the Sony NSZ-GS7. Google TV has been delayed again and again, and the software has been plagued with problems, but what does Apple need to do to sew up the market with its own TV? These for starters… Read more
June 25th, 2012
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The two Japanese tech giants are pooling their resources to bring down the price of OLED sets. And considering what we've seen of OLED so far, it's about time. Can OLED finally find a home in our living rooms? Read more
June 18th, 2012
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Sony, Sony, Sony. We like you. We want you to do well. We want all your recent financial troubles to disappear and for you to continue to make top quality tech. But sometimes you just don’t help yourself. This is the Sony Google TV NSZ-GS7 Network Media Player 7000-K Google Boxatron 2.0 thing. And it’s not going to beat the Apple TV box. Not by a long shot. Read more
June 14th, 2012
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Blu-ray is headed to the great jumble sale in the sky, to be replaced in our hearts by a digital set top boxes like those made by Roku, Apple et al. At least, according to the CEO of, er, Roku. Read more
June 1st, 2012
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E3 2012’s going to be different from the years hence. It’s going to buck the usual trends in a way that’ll initially sound disappointing. ‘No new Xbox’ and ‘No new Playstation’ will be what makes most of the headlines and, under E3’s normal rules, that means a weak show. But it won’t be weak at all - it’s just that the parameters are changing very suddenly. What do we mean? Well, traditionally E3 has acted as a big plinth on which to put new hardware, but this year the hardware already exists, and it’s already in your living room. This is the year that your TV becomes your game console. Read more
May 29th, 2012
IPLAYER-ISTATS
The BBC iPlayer is doing pretty damn well if its new ream of stats are to be believed. It’s currently servicing around 190 million monthly requests, while the iPlayer iPad app has been heralded as the top free iPad app of all time in the UK. And that’s causing a shift. Are we finally coming to the end of our time spent huddled round a laptop? Read more
 

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