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!
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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
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!
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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.
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.
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.