I’ve recently done a roundup of smart TVs for ComputerActive (the 8th November issue, no 384) together with an article explaining to CA readers what ‘smart’ sets can do for you. In the course of my testing, I actually became pretty disenchanted with some of the interfaces, as I’ve mentioned in another recent post here.… Read More Smart TVs – why are they so awful to use?
I’ve just been reviewing smart TV sets for Computeractive – the results will be in Issue 384, on sale on 8th November. There are some clever things out there; Samsung and LG, for instance, are both experimenting with ways of going beyond the traditional remote control. And whatever you think of their current efforts, at… Read More What’s smart about Smart TV?
I hadn’t planned on writing about YouView again so soon, but one of the things I’ve noticed is that there are some elements of the tech press and other savvy folk who are writing it off, and a bit prematurely, I think. I overheard some people at the press launch talking about how easy it… Read More YouView: Connected TV’s Symbian moment?
YouView beta testers got their boxes last week, and this morning it was the turn of the press to find out more about the long-delayed service, with a launch at the Movie Museum (formerly the hallowed portals of County Hall, on the South Bank). There are plenty of pieces around the web talking about various… Read More YouView’s here. Was it worth the wait?
UK manufacturer of PVRs, TVonics, has gone into administration. A note on the company’s home page indicates that “Gary Bell of Bell Advisory Llp was appointed administrator to the company on 12th June 2012.” The company was one of the UK’s few home grown makers of recorders for Freeview, and produced some nice kit, with… Read More TVonics in administration
As I mentioned a little while ago, the Digital Stream Freeview HD recorders are being updated to enable iPlayer, via the Red button on BBC channels. The firmware update has been released today, and you’ll find it available for download from their support site at MIT London. There are two versions, depending on whether or… Read More Installing the iPlayer update on the DigitalStream FreeviewHD recorder
My review of the Roku IPTV box is now live over at RegHardware. It’s a nice enough piece of kit, but I can’t help feeling that, given it costs £99, it just doesn’t do quite enough, and doesn’t provide access to enough top class content. The main things for the UK are Netflix and iPlayer,… Read More Roku 2XS review