There has been a fair amount of coverage in the news recently about the closing of what’s been called the ‘iPlayer loophole.’ This was a gap in the rules for the TV licence that said that you only needed to pay for one if you received live television, including over the internet. So, if you… Read More TV makers cause trouble for Auntie’s iPlayer loophole
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?
The outgoing Director General of the BBC recently announced plans for something called Project Barcelona, essentially a download store for material from the BBC archives. At the moment, you can watch most BBC programmes for seven days after broadcast, free of charge via iPlayer. In a few cases, a whole series may be available for… Read More WTF … should I pay to download BBC programmes?
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
The Digital Stream Freeview HD recorders, one of the less shouted about but nevertheless solid units, is to get the BBC’s iPlayer application starting on the 2nd of March. A new version of firmware for the unit is scheduled for later this month, and it’s apparently passed the BBC’s testing for the MHEG (red button)… Read More Digital Stream FreeviewHD PVR to get iPlayer March 2nd
Announced last month, just after Netflix launched, the Roku media player is now available in the UK from Amazon, where it’s listed with the catchy moniker Roku 3100EU XS AV Receiver Set-Top Box (affiliate link). My unit arrived this morning, so I’ve only just started playing, ahead of a full review that I’ll be doing… Read More Roku’s media player arrives in the UK