YouTube killing support for older smart TVs and devices

Bad news if you access YouTube on a smart TV made before 2012 - Google is pulling the plug on YouTube apps for certain devices. Unfortunately we don't have a complete list of affected devices, but according to Google it will affect "Select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs,…

Man tries to eat 8 quarter pounders in an hour on Periscope

The Meerkat/Periscope wars continue, and finally someone has discovered a purpose for the live streaming apps: Watching people make themselves sick. Harry Wallop, who writes for the Daily Telegraph, is for some reason trying to eat eight McDonalds Quarter Pounders in an hour. At the time of writing, he is currently five burgers in and…

REVIEW: Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon's alternative to Google's Chromecast, went on sale in the UK yesterday. James O'Malley gives his verdict The battle for the living room is currently underway, and over the last few years we've seen traditional under-the-tv players like Sky, Virgin Media, Playstation and Xbox forced to do battle with new…

Hurrah! Netflix is going to add audio description options for the blind

Great news for any visually impaired Daredevil fans hoping to catch the new series on Netflix. The company has announced plans to offer audio description on both its own Netflix origins and licensed shows, starting with the man in the mask. The Netflix blog says that AD will also be rolled out to House of…

A new Apple TV is probably coming soon – but it won’t support 4K

Disappointing news for AV nerds who want to be on the cutting edge. It appears that the long awaited, and much expected Apple TV revamp will not support 4K video. According to Buzzfeed, Apple is skipping support for 4K technology because it is still in its "infancy". In other words, the fairly reasonable point that…

Doctor Who appears (legally!) on BitTorrent

To celebrate ten years of Doctor Who being back on TV ("Rose" was broadcast ten years ago this week), the BBC has released a ten episode "box set" on to BitTorrent. That's right - BitTorrent, the pirates file sharing platform of choice. But this is all above board and legit - which is why you…

Amazon Fire TV stick FINALLY comes to the UK – for just £35

Amazon has today announced that its answer to Google's Chromecast - the Fire TV Stick - is now available to order in the UK for only £35. The stick offers many of the features of Amazon's Fire TV box including a suite of streaming services including Amazon's own Instant Video, as well as Netflix and…

Nexus Player, the first Android TV device, launching in the UK on Thursday

The battle for the living room looks set to heat up on Thursday as Google's very own Nexus Player will be launching here in Britain. According to IBT, the Android TV device will be available from Amazon for £79.99. The device is significant as Android TV is Google's latest attempt at establishing a connected TV…