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    TV licence fee now applies to over 75s from 1st Aug

    by Andy Bassett
    TV licence fee now applies to over 75s from 1st Aug
    The BBC’s plans to charge over 75s for the TV licence were put on hold when coronavirus struck but with restrictions easing, 1st Aug is now the date from which most older pensioners will no longer be exempt from payment.  
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    New H.266 video codec promises 50 percent data saving

    by Andy Bassett
    New H.266 video codec promises 50 percent data saving
    Fraunhofer HHI has officially unveiled H.266, the next evolution of international video codecs, which can reduce data requirements and provide efficient transmission and storage of video resolutions from SD all the way to 8K.  
  • TV News

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    Toshiba launches UL20 4K HDR TVs from £299

    by Andy Bassett
    Toshiba launches UL20 4K HDR TVs from £299
    Toshiba launches its affordable UL20 4K HDR TV range with the promise of a 65-inch model for £549.  
  • Home AV News

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    LG GX soundbar launches in UK

    by Andy Bassett
    LG GX soundbar launches in UK
    LG has announced the upcoming availability of its newest soundbar for 2020, designed to fully complement the company’s GX Gallery OLED TVs - the GX soundbar.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    Sky Q updates smart features and adds Disney Plus in HDR

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky Q updates smart features and adds Disney Plus in HDR
    Sky’s premium entertainment service Sky Q gets its biggest update since its launch in 2016 and brings a host of smart improvements, an expanded UI and Disney+ in HDR.  
  • TV News

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    Philips online events to replace IFA 2020 attendance

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips online events to replace IFA 2020 attendance
    Philips has released an official statement explaining it will not be attending IFA 2020 and will instead be presenting new product releases via a series of online events.  
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    Marantz announces 8K ready SR series AV Receivers

    by Andy Bassett
    Marantz announces 8K ready SR series AV Receivers
    Marantz has announced its 2020 range of 8K compatible SR series AVR hardware including the SR5015 AV Receiver and the SR6015, SR7015 and SR8015 AV Amplifiers.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    Ennio Morricone: Legendary film composer dies aged 91

    by Andy Bassett
    Ennio Morricone: Legendary film composer dies aged 91
    Ennio Morricone, one of the film world’s most well known and respected composers, has died in Rome at the age of 91.  
  • Home AV News

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    AVForums Podcast: 5th July 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 5th July 2020
    This week we review a Samsung soundbar, look at the latest AV news and TVs that are in for review and ask if Samsung is pulling out of IFA. Plus there's the best and worst of Brad Pitt. Listen or watch here.  
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    Sky comedy panel shows back to film new series

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky comedy panel shows back to film new series
    Sky’s hugely popular A League of Their Own and the more recent There’s Something About Movies are both set to start production for airing later in the year.  
  • Home AV News

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    Polk launches MagniFi 2 soundbar

    by Andy Bassett
    Polk launches MagniFi 2 soundbar
    Polk has expanded its MagniFi soundbar range with the addition of the MagniFi 2, which packs in enough surround sound technology to create a cinematic soundstage at home.  
  • TV News

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    Samsung pulls out of IFA 2020?

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung pulls out of IFA 2020?
    Although no official comment has been made by the world’s biggest TV manufacturer, word is circulating in the Korean press that Samsung will not be attending this year’s IFA.  
  • Home AV News

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    AVForums Podcast: 28th June 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 28th June 2020
    This week we cover the best of the month for movies, music and discs, plus Steve is reviewing an LG Soundbar, Ed and Tom are drinking buddies and we discuss the best and worst of Sigourney Weaver.  
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    LG Soundbar UK prices and availability for 2020 confirmed

    by Andy Bassett
    LG Soundbar UK prices and availability for 2020 confirmed
    LG’s 2020 range of soundbars now has UK prices and availability confirmed along with a range of self-cleaning wireless earbuds, neckband headphones and Bluetooth speakers.  
  • Movies & TV News

    Sky Brave New World trailer released

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky Brave New World trailer released
    Sky has released the first trailer for Brave New World, one of its big upcoming autumn releases.  
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    Velodyne MicroVee MKII subwoofer launched in UK

    by Andy Bassett
    Velodyne MicroVee MKII subwoofer launched in UK
    The MicroVee MKII subwoofer is an evolution of Velodyne Acoustics’ popular first version and brings increased power, a revised DSP profile along with cleaner bass and plenty of speed and control.  
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    Chord Electronics Gofigure app updated ready for new firmware

    by Andy Bassett
    Chord Electronics Gofigure app updated ready for new firmware
    Chord Electronics has updated Gofigure, the set up app for the company’s portable streamer/servers, Poly and 2go.  
  • TV News

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    Sony 2020 TVs get 10 percent discount in Summer Sale

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony 2020 TVs get 10 percent discount in Summer Sale
    As lockdown eases and the sun comes out, Sony has announced details of its Summer Sale which includes discounts on TVs, soundbars, headphones and other hardware.  
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    Sky Original Gangs of London renewed for second season

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky Original Gangs of London renewed for second season
    After a record-breaking first season, Sky’s Gangs of London will officially be returning for a second outing.  
  • TV News

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    TCL QLED TVs gain IMAX Enhanced Certification

    by Andy Bassett
    TCL QLED TVs gain IMAX Enhanced Certification
    TCL has announced that its X915 range of Android QLED TVs has gained IMAX Enhanced verification for its audiovisual performance.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Bowers & Wilkins 705 and 702 speakers gain Signature status

    by Andy Bassett
    Bowers & Wilkins 705 and 702 speakers gain Signature status
    Like a rite of passage or a graduation ceremony, Bowers and Wilkins puts forward its best-of-the-best for Signature Status and the two newest graduates are from the 700 Series range of speakers, Congratulations, come on down and receive your award, the 705 and 702.  
  • Tech News

    Acer unveils 2020 notebook, desktop and monitor ranges

    by Andy Bassett
    Acer unveils 2020 notebook, desktop and monitor ranges
    Acer’s online press conference revealed an array of new hardware for a range of activities, including the ConceptD series for creators, the thin and light Swift 5 laptop and the Chromebook Spin 713 convertible notebook, plus an expansion of the Predator gaming range and the introduction of the rugged Enduro laptops and tablets.  
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    Quad Artera Solus adds DTS Play-Fi upgrade

    by Andy Bassett
    Quad Artera Solus adds DTS Play-Fi upgrade
    Renowned British Hi-Fi manufacturer Quad has announced the Artera Solus Play, an upgraded version of its all-in-one Artera Solus which will now open up a whole new world of streaming and multi-room capabilities with the addition of DT Play-Fi support.  
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    Disney+ teases Hamilton with first trailer

    by Andy Bassett
    Disney+ teases Hamilton with first trailer
    The official film of the Hamilton stage musical is coming to Disney+ in July and the first trailer has been released to get everyone salivating.  
  • Home AV News

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    Samsung Blu-ray players not working for many owners

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung Blu-ray players not working for many owners
    Samsung has yet to give an official response to reports that many of its Blu-ray player models have started malfunctioning over the weekend.  
  • Home AV News

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    AVForums Podcast: 21st June 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 21st June 2020
    This week we look forward to a review of the JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar and a video review of the LG CX, plus new kit arriving for review from Hisense, LG, Lyngdorf and Arcam along with new testing equipment for TV reviews. We also get the latest Hi-Fi and Movie news and ask what are the best Will Smith films?  
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    Cineworld Cinemas to reopen by 10th July

    by Andy Bassett
    Cineworld Cinemas to reopen by 10th July
    After closing its doors on March 20th, UK based exhibitor Cineworld has announced its theatre chain in England will re-open on July 10th.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Bang & Olufsen announces Beoplay E8 Sport earphones

    by Andy Bassett
    Bang & Olufsen announces Beoplay E8 Sport earphones
    Danish premium audio company Bang & Olufsen has announced its first true wireless luxury sports earphones - the Beoplay E8 Sport.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Qobuz launches Family Plan subscription option

    by Andy Bassett
    Qobuz launches Family Plan subscription option
    Qobuz has announced the launch of a long awaited addition to its subscription offerings - the Family Plan which grants access to the service for up to 6 members of the family under a single account.  
  • TV News

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    Philips TV and audio hardware to introduce DTS Play-Fi

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips TV and audio hardware to introduce DTS Play-Fi
    TP Vision has announced plans to introduce the DTS Play-Fi wireless audio protocol to its most recent Android TVs and upcoming soundbars and wireless audio speakers.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Magico M9 flagship speaker announced

    by Andy Bassett
    Magico M9 flagship speaker announced
    With an expected price of £840K, only billionaire audiophiles will be buying the new M9 speaker from ultra-high end speaker firm Magico.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    Oscars and BAFTAs 2021 re-scheduled for April

    by Andy Bassett
    Oscars and BAFTAs 2021 re-scheduled for April
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that the 93rd Academy Awards will move from the originally planned date of 28th February 2021 and will now take place on 25th April 2021.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation hardware gets native Qobuz Support

    by Andy Bassett
    Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation hardware gets native Qobuz Support
    Naim Audio has introduced an update which will enable native Qobuz support across its Mu-so 2nd Generation family of hardware products.  
  • Home AV News

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    AVForums Podcast: 14th June 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 14th June 2020
    This week Panasonic launch another OLED TV for its 2020 line-up, Bowers & Wilkins face take-over talk from Sound United, Ed gives us his 50 best live albums for leaving lockdown, plus, Steve and Phil discuss Dolby Atmos Music, we answer your AV questions, and what are the best and worst Tom Hanks movies.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Bowers & Wilkins headphone discount for Father's Day

    by Andy Bassett
    Bowers & Wilkins headphone discount for Father's Day
    Father’s Day is the 21st June and it’s only right and proper that it should be celebrated in an appropriate way and Bowers & Wilkins have come forward with a tempting alternative to socks - its PI3, PX5 and PX7 headphones at discounted prices.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Sound United negotiate Bowers & Wilkins acquisition

    by Andy Bassett
    Sound United negotiate Bowers & Wilkins acquisition
    UPDATED: Bowers & Wilkins and Sound United have begun early talks to explore a mutually beneficial arrangement.  
  • Gaming News

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    Sony PS5 design and first games finally revealed

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony PS5 design and first games finally revealed
    Dubbed, “The Future of Gaming,” Sony’s pre-recorded online event has showcased a number of games that are in development for its hugely anticipated PS5 console. And it gave the world its first look at the final console hardware.  
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    Sky upgrade to HDR compatible box to cost £50

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky upgrade to HDR compatible box to cost £50
    Although the general consensus is that Sky’s newly introduced HDR service is a nice improvement over image quality on the few programmes that support it, not every Sky Q subscriber can access it. Sky has now announced an upgrade scheme.  
  • TV News

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    Panasonic adds HZ980 OLED TV to 2020 line-up

    by Andy Bassett
    Panasonic adds HZ980 OLED TV to 2020 line-up
    Back in February when Panasonic launched its 2020 OLED TV range, there was the feeling that something was being held back. Well, that ‘something’ was the HZ980 and it’s now been officially announced.  
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    AMC Cinemas in UK and US set to re-open in July

    by Andy Bassett
    AMC Cinemas in UK and US set to re-open in July
    Following huge losses from the closure of its theatres due to the coronavirus pandemic, AMC Cinemas are set to re-open the majority of its cinemas across the globe in July.  

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