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Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ recorder with FreeTime

Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ recorder with FreeTime

The all-new Freesat recorder has arrived, after a long gestation, sporting a nifty user interface and the FreeTime system that integrates catch-up services such as the iPlayer and ITV Player into a programme guide that goes back in time, as well as ahead for planning hard disk recordings. Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ recorder with …
Ian Calcutt, 15 Nov 2012

Freesat eyes YouView USP for next-gen UI

Free-to-air satellite broadcasting platform Freesat is to YouView-ise its set-top boxes, based around a new UI that will debut in next-generation kit later this month. Like YouView, Freesat's new UI mixes upcoming programming and catch-up content into a single electronic programme guide (EPG). Alas, recordings - full DVR …
Tony Smith, 4 Sep 2012

YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

YouView's long-awaited - no longer eagerly so, perhaps - set-top box will arrive in the shops of Britain's best-known electrical retailers "by the end of the month", but you'll have to pony up £300 for one. Two years on from its original launch window, the platform, which now combines Freeview over-the-air programming with net …
Tony Smith, 4 Jul 2012
TVonics HV250

Administrator eyes DVR firesale after TVonics collapse

UK DVR maker TVonics has gone into administration. The maker of Freeview HD recorders, including the DTR-Z500HD and DTR-HD500, was placed in the hands of Bell Advisory on 12 June. And, though it’s been in administration before and survived, back in 2008, things don’t look good this time round. A spokesman confirmed today that …
Nigel Whitfield, 27 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Zeebox set to put ze bomb under Aus broadcasters

Anthony Rose, the brains behind the BBC's iPlayer and former Kazaa CTO, is preparing to launch his social TV platform Zeebox in Australia. The high profile start-up has already secured a deal with a local broadcaster buy has yet to confirm its identity. The service offers a personalised two-way, social, commerce and …

YouView reportedly set for 2500-home pre-Olympics trial

YouView, would IPTV world's answer to Freeview, may get a soft launch into 2500 homes before the start of the Olympic Games. The platform, backed by broadcasters the BBC and ITV, ISPs BT and TalkTalk, and broadcasting infrastructure owner Arqiva, is currently being tested in a hundred locations in London by YouView stakeholder …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2012

Punters want BBC iPlayer in TVs, not 3D

Brits want catch-up services from their tellies, not 3D, a survey carried out by Freeview has found. The digital TV brand asked 2000 punters to rank the telly technology they most want to see in their sets. Top of the list, appealing to 62 per cent of respondents: catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD. Compare that to …
Hard Reg, 19 Apr 2012
Apple TV 2

Apple TV third-generation (2012)

Review Well, at least we can get the hardware over and done with quickly. The latest Apple TV looks exactly like the old one, and it's innards aren't really any different either. 3G Apple TV Box steady: no change to the look, little to the spec For the record, there's an A5 processor on the inside in place of the previous model's …
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2012
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WTF... should I pay to download BBC shows?

Feature The outgoing Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, recently announced plans for Project Barcelona, 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 using iPlayer. In a few cases, a whole series may be available for a …
Nigel Whitfield, 20 Mar 2012

Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts in a year

Comment Not one Hollywood studio or record label company has ever incarcerated anyone merely for not paying for media consumption. A few years ago the entertainment industry filed civil suits against individuals, but received so much criticism it stopped. Now they target industrial-scale pirates, or push for milder sanctions such as …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2012
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BBC iPlayer added to Xbox

Microsoft has added BBC iPlayer to the Xbox. Various sites last week expressed their surprise about the upcoming the release, but it's one Microsoft and the Corporation signalled back in October 2011, as Reg Hardware reported at the time. BBC iPlayer Other IPTV services promised back then include Channel 4's 4OD and Channel …
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2012
The UK

TV tax takers reveal Brits telly habits

Britons now spend more time watching TV programmes after they have been broadcast. And more than a quarter of us watch TV on mobile devices, TV Licensing, the organisation that collects the Licence Fee, a television tax, said this week. Brits together own more flat-panel tellies than any other Western European nation, even …
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

Analysis Is it fair to ask people to pay a second time for media they've already paid for? Or is it fair to charge people for media they never use - and send them to prison if they decline to pay? Of these two injustices, which is the greater? Last week, PaidContent UK revealed a few details on plans by the BBC to charge for repeats …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Mar 2012
Smart TVs

BBC iPlayer boss: smart TVs not sufficiently simple

Telly makers have been told to simplify the smart TV experience if they want more punters to take the internet-connected tech on board. Daniel Danker, who runs the BBC's iPlayer operation, told an audience at the Digital TV Group (DTG) Summit in London today that connect TVs need to become less complicated. Hooking the things …
Tony Smith, 2 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

ISP Be admits crippling iPlayer demand burst its pipes

ISP Be Broadband has admitted demand for iPlayer jammed its punters' net connections - leaving parts of the web unusable and subscribers fuming. For weeks customers of Be - an O2-owned company with up to 600,000 users - were unable to visit some websites, including the BBC's telly streaming service, because the ISP's link to …
Anna Leach, 1 Mar 2012
Roku 2 XS IPTV player

Roku 2 XS IPTV player

Review In the US, Roku has ridden to prominence on the back of services like Netflix and Hulu, and the phenomenon of ‘cord cutting’, where people discontinue pay TV services in favour of, well, paid IPTV services. That’s perhaps not surprising when their entry level box costs less than £40 including tax for US customers. Roku 2 XS …
Nigel Whitfield, 24 Feb 2012
Roku 2 XS

Roku rocks media streamers into UK

Roku has released its compact media streaming set-top boxes in the UK. With it comes BBC iPlayer support. The Roku LT and Roku 2 XS players - priced at £50 and £100, respectively - also come with Netflix support and all the usual free picture and video content sites, from Flikr to YouTube. Both boxes can connect across a 2. …
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2012
Apple HDTV

Apple eyes ISPs to sell 'iTV'

Analysis What are we to make of the claims from moles within Canada's two key telcos that both companies have Apple HD TVs in their labs? That Apple is indeed working on an own-brand television now seems certain. Equally sure seems the notion that the so-called 'iTV' won't be remotely revolutionary, though it will be spun that way by …
Tony Smith, 7 Feb 2012

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