Category archives: TV

How To Make A Cheap Home Cinema System!

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When it comes to home cinema systems we can either take them or leave them, but for some people it means everything. But this means spending out a lot of cash doesn’t it? Well not if you follow this image and build your own cool home cinema system for one or two at a squeeze!

Source: Bits And Pieces

 

BBC To Increase iPlayer Catch Up To Thirty Days!

BBC To Increase iPlayer Catch Up To Thirty Days!

BBC To Increase iPlayer Catch Up To Thirty Days!

On demand television is a growing business and for the BBC this represents and chance to offer content to a wide ranging audience. The problem is that the catch service only lasts for seven days, which means it is to miss an important documentary or an episode from a drama. Fortunately the BBC have been mindful of this and it seems that the catch up period will be increased from seven days to thirty days. This proposal has been approved by the BBC Trust and therefore it should be going ahead.

According to the BBC Trust Vice Chairman Diane Coyle, she said in the BBC Trust press release, that;

With an average of 10.7 million programme requests every day, BBC iPlayer is highly valued by audiences and has been a phenomenal success since it launched six years ago. It is important that iPlayer continues to evolve and meet the expectations of users. We have conducted a thorough assessment of these proposals, including taking independent advice from Ofcom, and concluded that this is a sensible move that will benefit audiences and provide a clearer and more consistent catch-up service.

It has to be pointed out here that these are only plans and as we know plans can change at a moments notice, but if this goes ahead it will not be until the summer and that is a few months yet.

Source: BBC Trust

 

Why Not Convert Digital Files To VHS!

Why Not Convert Digital Files To VHS!

Why Not Convert Digital Files To VHS!

It makes no difference if you can remember what VHS is, the fact is you can amaze your family and friends by converting your digital files into this format. You might have a little bit of trouble finding a machine to play them on and there is the issue of tuning it into a HDTV too, but technology is fun right!

Source: Daily Picks And Flicks

Official Teaser Trailer For The New 24 #JackIsBack

Official Teaser Trailer For The New 24 #JackIsBack

This is something that we have been waiting for since the season eight of the hit TV series 24 finished, it was back in 2010 when the final minutes closed counted down and it seemed that we would never see Jack Bauer in action again. However, we were wrong because on the 5th May 2014 season nine will begin in the US; it will be shown on Sky 1 in the UK although no schedule has been released yet. Unlike the other series, 24: Live Another Day will only consist of twelve episodes.

Source: FOX

 

Watch The Official Silicon Valley Trailer!

Watch The Official Silicon Valley Trailer!

Finally, we have another TV show to watch thanks to HBO and Mike Judge, it is a comedy called Silicon Valley and there are no bonus points for guessing what it is about! After watching The Big Bang Theory for seven seasons, well actually we are waiting for the rest of S7 on E4! However, we now have another tech based show to view, let us hope that it is cool and if it is cool, that it lasts more than one season! Silicon Valley follows a group of guys (sorry girls!) throwing their all into a start up! It has a bit of the Social Network feel to it and some of the characters can be related to real people, you will have to make up your own minds on who is who!

Sure, there are stereotypes in there and naturally, there are some hoodies too, why not? As they are so comfortable. There will be plenty of tech jokes and language included in the show, which might put some folks off. Anyway, we had a mini trailer the other week and now we have got the full size trailer, it looks good and we will definitely be watching if and when it is shown on UK television.

Source: HBO

 

The Lukup The Portable Media For Multiple Devices!

The Lukup The Portable Media For Multiple Devices!

While we love everything to be portable these days, there is a limit and that just happens to be large screen monitors or TV’s, this is something that smartphone and tablet makers are trying to get an angle on, but it seems that Lukup have beaten them to it with their handheld media player and docking station. With the Lukup it will be so easy to stream and share content to multiple devices and screens, now there is no need for compromises when comes to gaming and watching videos. Naturally, such a product is going to be overflowing with specs and features, well let’s take a closer at the Lukup Dock & Port;

With the docking station you are able to connect to a HD and 3D capable display, You get a choice of dual or simultaneous audio and video decode. There is the HDMI port out for connecting to the TV, a USB out for more portable connections, HDMI in to a set top box connecting to a TV and finally there is the USB in which is for just about everything else. There is a large enough 16 GB available for on board storage, but a massive 500 GB of network storage available. Other features in the Ethernet jack, built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB of RAM and useful 512 MB of flash memory.

While the Lukup Player comes with an impressive 3.5 inch screen with an LCD display offering a 320 x 240 of pixel resolutions. However, it is highly likely that the end product will be sporting a 4.3 inch or 4.5 inch with either WVGA (480 x 800) or a QVGA (540 x 960) resolution. There is a powerful 650 mAH battery, but this is like to be upgraded to 1500 mAH with the larger screen. Other features include the Bluetooth 4.0 support, IR support for the connected set top box, Zigbee support for controlling other home devices, with 512 MB of RAM and 256 MB of flash memory.

It looks like a summer launch for the Lukup player and docking station, but there is a starter offer available with a price tag starting at just $70 or around £42.

Source: Lukup

 

The BBC Launches Five New HD Channels Today!

The BBC Launches Five New HD Channels Today!

The BBC have been criticised over the past couple of years for its lack of subscription free HD channels. High definition television is so much better than normal television in both sound and picture quality, but the BBC have been slow to broadcast the whole range of channels available in HD, until now that is!

The BBC Launches Five New HD Channels Today!

As from today the BBC will be adding CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD and BBC News HD to the channel line up, they will be free to watch even on cable and satellite. However, the main thing here is that from now on HD is available on many more channels from today and it may mean that some viewers will need to retune, but it is going to be worth it.

Source: BBC

Airtame For A Smooth Wireless HDMI connection!

Airtame For A Smooth Wireless HDMI connection!

One handy feature found on a laptop and a television these days is the HDMI port as it allows the laptop display to be shown on the larger screen of the TV, which is great for presentations and for online video content too. The trouble is it is another cable to cable to connect and it limits the user because they have to be close to the large screen. This is where the Airtame comes in as it offers a smooth HDMI connection between the laptop and the TV, but is completely wireless and therefore very handy indeed.

Airtame For A Smooth Wireless HDMI connection!

The minimum computer requirements for use with the Airtame device are; a Dual core 1.6 Ghz CPU with 1 GB of RAM. you will need a connection of at least a 100 Mbps Ethernet or 802.11g Wi-Fi and a computer that is running on either the Windows XP, Ubuntu 10.04 or similar or Mac OS X 10.5 operating system! These are the minimum requirements and therefore higher specs will be preferable in order to get the best out of the Airtame wireless HDMI connector.

Airtame For A Smooth Wireless HDMI connection!

According to the company, we can expect to be seeing the Airtame going on sale about May 2014, when it will cost around $90 or £56.

Source: Airtame

Steam delivers PC gaming to your TV

Steam delivers PC gaming to your TV

As the market war wages on between Microsoft and Sony’s next generation home consoles, Valve have shaken things up. The major player in the PC gaming market has announced that they will be releasing their own home-based operating system.

Valve have announced the SteamOS, based on the hugely popular Steam digital distribution platform. Designed with living-room based PC devices in mind, the SteamOS is Linux-based and offers users access to its current library of more than 2,000 game titles.

The firm describes the system as “a collaborative many-to-many entertainment platform, in which each participant is a multiplier of the experience of everyone else.”

Users will be able to share games between their TV and Mac or PC devices with the ‘in-home streaming’ feature. This will allow family members to share their Steam libraries between individual accounts.

The announcement continued: “Content creators can connect directly to their customers. Users can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want. Gamers are empowered to join in the creation of the games they love.

“In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reduction in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”

In addition to this, Valve are also promising to work in collaboration with media services in order to give users access to music and video content. Further details on this have yet to be announced.

The SteamOS will help to make PC gaming competitive again, as sales for tablets are set to outsell laptops six to one by 2017. As the mobile games market continues to grow, gaming sites such as MoneyGaming are migrating to the platform, leaving traditional PC gaming under threat. However, the release of the new Valve operating system could revolutionise the PC gaming experience.

The BBC Reveals Next Generation iPlayer!

The BBC is looking to update the popular on demand iPlayer, it will be moving on from being just a catch up service to becoming the online hub for all BBC entertainment. However, in order for this to be a success they have to work on certain features such as; content, features and availability. When the iPlayer was first launched, it changed the way that people watched TV and the next generation iPlayer would need to do even more, if it is going to continue to lead the way in online entertainment.

The BBC Reveals Next Generation iPlayer!

According to Ralph Rivera, who is the Director of BBC Future Media, he said in the BBC announcement that;

The BBC Reveals Next Generation iPlayer!

BBC iPlayer is one of the BBC’s greatest inventions and one of the UK’s favourite brands. We plan to revolutionise iPlayer from a service primarily used to catch up on BBC TV to an entertainment destination for all – wherever you are. With innovative interactive features and a new design that helps you discover more hidden gems from the BBC, iPlayer will transform online TV for audiences now and in the future.

The BBC Reveals Next Generation iPlayer!

If all goes well the new BBC iPlayer should be launching sometime during the first half of 2014!

Source: BBC Media Centre

 

A Course Based On The Experiences Of The Walking Dead!

 

If there is one threat that scares the hell out of us here in the office, it is a zombie uprising! We have all seen Zombieland, 28 Days Later and Resident Evil, but it has to be The Walking Dead that really hits the worry home! How could we survive if this really did happen in the real world? Well, it seems that there are lessons to be learned from the hit AMC show and to prove it, there is now a course enrolling at the University of California, Irvine with the title; Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Sounds just like the course we have been waiting for!

Once the course has been completed, you will be able to;

Describe how infectious diseases—like a zombie epidemic—spread and are managed

Apply various models of society and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to existing and emerging societies as a means for understanding human behavior

Analyze existing social roles and stereotypes as they exist today and in an emerging world

Debate the role of public health organizations in society

Describe how mathematical equations for population dynamics can be used to study disease spread and interventions

Apply concepts of energy and momentum appropriately when analyzing collisions and other activities that either inflict or prevent damage

Summarize multiple methods for managing stress in disaster situations

This is free and will start on the 14th Oct and finish on the 20th Dec!

Source: Canvas

 

BSKYB Launches The New Now TV Set Top Box

BSKYB Launches The New Now TV Set Top Box

 

When you first see the new Now TV set top box, you might think that you have seen it somewhere before! The chances are you have, as looks just like the Roku set top box and yet we should not be surprised at this because BSKYB have been investing in Roku and the Now TV device is actually a rebranded Roku 2 XS running the BSKYB software. It is only a few inches square and yet this £10 box of tricks is able to turn any TV into a Smart TV able to access online content for the first time.

According to the Now TV website, this is what the new set top box can offer!

The NOW TV Box makes your TV smart. It lets you stream Internet entertainment straight to your TV, and it is simple too. Create a NOW TV account, plug it in, connect to your Wi-Fi and login. You can then start streaming the latest Sky Movies and live Sky Sports in high quality straight to your TV.

This set top box will cost you just £10 including delivery!

Source: Now TV

 

Google Take On TV Once More!

Google Take On TV Once More!

 

Google have tried to harness the power of television before and failed, so they are not just going to give up on it are they? Check out the new Chromecast device, it fits into the HDMI port of the TV and once connected to a Smartphone or laptop it turns an ordinary TV into a Smart TV, allowing the user to view online content on a bigger screen with better sound! There is even three months free use of Netflix thrown in to get you started.

If you are interested in the specs for this smart television device, then you are in luck! Check these out;

Output; HDMI. CEC compatible. Max. Output Video Resolution; 1080p. Dimensions; 72 (L) x 35 (W) x 12 (H) mm. Weight; 34 g. Wireless; 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Power; USB (Power adapter included). Supported Operating Systems; Android 2.3 and higher, iOS® 6 and higher, Windows® 7 and higher, Mac OS® 10.7 and higher and Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel, additional Chromebooks coming soon)

Currently the Chromecast device is only available in the US where it can be pre-ordered for just $35 (£23) with the expected delivery being next week!

Source: Google Chrome Devices

 

Your Smartphone Screen On The TV Is Easy With Ovo

Your Smartphone Screen On The TV Is Easy With Ovo

Watching video stored on your Smartphone on the bigger TV screen can be done, but it is a bit of a performance setting it up. However, the Ovo device from Ovomedia seems to make this process very easy and there are plenty of other features in there too, which makes the Ovo worth looking at! The Ovo is a small egg shaped device that will fit into the palm of your hand and yet it is able to transform how you watch online video. It even has a useful queuing system that allows the user to collect videos and watch them at your convenience at home on the big TV screen or on your Smartphone on the way home from work etc.

This is what the Ovo can offer the user; Miracast: mirror your screen to TV. My Media: share media contents from your mobile device to TV. Media Apps: play media contents to TV from 3rd party Media Apps, including DLNA-compliant and proprietary services. More content services will be provided, including Apps offering substantial Chinese videos. OVO Remote and OVO Setting: turn your smartphone into a remote controller when playing selected videos on TV, or change your OVO hardware settings.

Once the Ovo hits the stores it will cost around $65 (£43), but currently there are some pre-order offers on the Ovo website.

Source: Ovo Media