Don’t panic! Skype’s not going away. But it is transitioning to a new future. Where once it was based around a peer to peer architecture, for various reasons – explained in this article on Ars Technica – that’s not entirely practical in future. When it first appeared, one of the great benefits of Skype was… Read More A farewell to Skype
There’s a generalisation, known as Betteridge’s Law, that states that any headline ending in a question mark can be answered by the word “No.” Normally, of course, it’s about something a little more exciting than whether or not you should buy the latest telly tech. But I’m sure there will be lots of people rushing… Read More Should you buy a 4K television?
My recent post on the new rules for Freeview has prompted some questions about how much longer people will be able to carry on using their first generation Freeview kit. To recap, from January 2017 all Freeview kit that’s sold will have to support HD. The first thing to say is “Don’t panic.” That absolutely… Read More When will your Freeview box stop working?
Last week, I wrote about the withdrawal of Amazon’s video app from some LG BluRay players, and Samsung TVs. Following a bit of extra feedback from readers, I contacted Amazon and they’ve confirmed those are the only classes of products affected in this current round. You’ll find all the details in this month’s Breaking Fad… Read More Should you even bother with smart TV?
Earlier this year, Google caused some upset amongst owners of some Sony and Panasonic TVs and BluRay players by dropping support for their built-in YouTube functionality. Now it looks like it’s the turn of some LG owners to be upset by Amazon. Update: Not just LG. Since I first posted, I’ve heard from a Samsung… Read More LG BluRay players, Samsung TVs to lose Amazon Video
This morning, fellow journo Steve May tweeted about the new range of Sony TV sets; one of the things he asked about was Sony’s new transparent Twitter bar: What do you think of Sony’s new scrolling TV Twitter bar? Sony bullish, but can’t really see many using it myself… pic.twitter.com/caK4odiyhq — Steve May (@SteveMay_UK) January… Read More Social vs Communal – or why TV makers are wasting time with Twitter
Some of you may already know this, but it’s worth remarking on the passing of one of the quirks of the Wireless Telegraphy Act (1967). This was the Act of Parliament that required anyone renting or selling TV receivers to collect name and address details, and pass them on to the TV licensing authorities. As… Read More Buying a TV in the UK? No need to give your address any more