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4K Blu-Ray discs on sale by Christmas?

We’re starting to see loads of 4K TVs… and it looks like we might finally have something to watch on them. The Blu-Ray Disc Association reckons the first 4K BRs will be available the end of the year. TechRadar spoke to Victor Matsuda, who apparently confirmed that that the association will have the official specs nailed down Q3 next year …

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James O'Malley4K Blu-Ray discs on sale by Christmas?
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Sky’s NowTV adds Chromecast support

Sky’s streaming service for non-subscribers, NowTV has added another viewing option: Google’s Chromecast Dongle. This seems like a good match – given how the Chromecast dongle has sold like wildfire, and NowTV doesn’t need a satellite dish. The press release notes that this means that customers will be able to Cast on-demand movies, as well as live Sky Sports channels …

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James O'MalleySky’s NowTV adds Chromecast support
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Sky+ software update takes its cues from Netflix

Today Sky is rolling out a software update to Sky+ customers – introducing a bunch of new features which seem to take inspiration from the likes of Netflix. Perhaps the biggest new feature is the introduction of a recommendation engine: Sky will now recommend TV shows to you based on your previous downloads and Sky+ recordings – just like how …

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James O'MalleySky+ software update takes its cues from Netflix
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Britons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs

As our “second” screens get smaller while our TV screens get larger, it seems that the old adage that “bigger is better” just might hold true. Some new research has shown that despite the growth in watching television via a PC, tablet or smartphone, 90 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – …

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Stuart O'ConnorBritons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs
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How to watch US sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) in the UK – updated for the 2014/15 season

Have you ever wanted to watch baseball, basketball, ice hockey or American football on your TV? For UK viewers it can be difficult to figure out just how to do it – though there’s a growing popularity of American sport in the UK, events have conspired to make it a possibly maddening experience to watch. So here’s a guide on …

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James O'MalleyHow to watch US sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) in the UK – updated for the 2014/15 season
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Could “old fashioned” TV companies start making shows specifically for Netflix?

If yet more proof was needed that TV as we know it is dead, the boss of the CBS Network in the US has been talking about how the network could produce brand new shows directly for streaming platforms like Netflix. According to Recode, CEO Les Moonves said that the company “will be producing more and more shows for more …

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James O'MalleyCould “old fashioned” TV companies start making shows specifically for Netflix?
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Netflix now in 10% of British homes

Streaming film and television service Netflix is now hooked up to more than three million British households. A report in the Daily Telegraph says that the new figure means more than one in 10 households have joined the service, and signals a rise in take-up over the past year. The report says that Netflix is well ahead of its nearest …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix now in 10% of British homes
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Xbox One digital TV tuner coming in October

Xbox One owners in Europe will soon be able to ditch their separate digital set-top box, if they have one. Microsoft has announced that from October, the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The company says that the tuner will provide users with an over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience through …

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Stuart O'ConnorXbox One digital TV tuner coming in October
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Apple TV beta gets an iOS 7-style makeover

Apple has released a new beta version of its Apple TV platform, and its look borrows heavily from the design of iOS 7. As you can see from the image above, the redesign sees a new emphasis on colours with flatter, less-glossy icons and a slightly simpler design that reflects iOS 7 on the iPhone and iPad. The on-screen fonts …

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Stuart O'ConnorApple TV beta gets an iOS 7-style makeover
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Top Gear’s former Stig ‘terrified’ by driverless cars

You would think that the only thing that would terrify Top Gear’s former Stig Ben Collins would have been having to work with Jeremy Clarkson. Now the former test driver for the BBC motoring show has described the prospect of driverless cars as terrifying, saying that “robots are fantastic as dishwashers but they don’t make very good drivers”. “The best …

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Stuart O'ConnorTop Gear’s former Stig ‘terrified’ by driverless cars