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    Best NAS for KODI and PLEX?

    by AVForums
    Best NAS for KODI and PLEX?
    What's the best NAS for running as a back-end to KODI or PLEX server, or both? In fact, could you just use an all-in-one NAS to take care of the lot?  
  • Home AV Review

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    Egreat A11 Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Egreat A11 Review
    Egreat makes a grab at the high-end of the media streamer market with the A11. It offers excellent video playback, object based audio passthrough, frame packed 3D and host of other features but is it really worth all that extra cash?  
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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ released

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ released
    The Pi Foundation has released its latest device, the Pi 3 Model B+ which promises improvement CPU, networking and Bluetooth perfomance.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Amazon Echo Plus Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Amazon Echo Plus Review
    The Echo Plus packs in Alexa, decent audio capabilities and baked-in Smart Home hub functionality for under £140. It's not perfect and there's a long way to go before we can control all our entertainment hands-free but it's an undeniably cool bit of kit.  
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    Amazon Fire TV 3 Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Amazon Fire TV 3 Review
    For less than £70 the new Fire TV offers up to 4K HDR streaming, an absolute wealth of apps and games and all the benefits of Alexa but is there a reason why it's £110 cheaper than the Apple TV 4K and NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV?  
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    Best Media Box Streamers

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Best Media Box Streamers
    There seems to be an endless wave of streamers being released to market. It would be nice if there was one that could cover all requirements but, alas, that's not the case but this guide should help you determine which one(s) suit you best.  
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    Minix NEO Z83-4 Pro Mini PC Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Minix NEO Z83-4 Pro Mini PC Review
    The biggest draw for the Minix NEO Z83-4 Pro Mini PC is a cut-price Windows 10 Pro licence but, as a KODI alternative, the new CPU has stifled matters, somewhat. Still there's lots to like with excellent networking and great build quality among them.  
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    Has 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc been cracked?

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Has 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc been cracked?
    A Russian company is claiming its new software tool is able to decrypt the AACS 2.0 protection on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc. At present, they say their DeUHD tool can copy more than 30 titles with more to be added weekly.  
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    All new 4K HDR Amazon Fire TV costs just £69.99

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    All new 4K HDR Amazon Fire TV costs just £69.99
    The all-new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) will be released on 25 October. It’s faster and more powerful than the best-selling Fire TV Stick and features an all-new diamond shaped design that easily fits behind your TV. The Alexa enabled remote lets you find and play content plus all the other skills are supported.  
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    Remote only NVIDIA SHIELD TV announced for £179

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Remote only NVIDIA SHIELD TV announced for £179
    NVIDIA is pitting its SHIELD TV directly against the new Apple TV 4K - if it wasn't already - by releasing a games controller-free, remote-only, media-centric SKU at £179 which is precisely the price of the base ATV 4K model. Has Apple got them worried and should there be more of a reduction than £10?  
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    OSMC Vero 4K Media Streamer Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    OSMC Vero 4K Media Streamer Review
    The OSMC Vero 4K benefits from tailor made software, superb manufacturer support and some excellent hardware on which to build. There are minor limitations but, chances are, they will be ironed out soon, making this one serious little contender.  
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    DVBLogic TVButler USB Tuner Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    DVBLogic TVButler USB Tuner Review
    We take a look at the popular USB tuner from DVBLogic and it's a versatile beast with a host of supporting software options – some free, some paid for.  
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    Egreat A10 Android Media Player Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Egreat A10 Android Media Player Review
    Egreat makes a very credible assault on the upper end of the Android media streaming market with the A10. It lacks some of the features of the competition but, in pure playback terms, it is right up there with the best.  
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    Xmedex XTREME Plus (2nd Gen) Android Media Player Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Xmedex XTREME Plus (2nd Gen) Android Media Player Review
    The Xmedex Xtreme Plus has some good features, a nice UI and promises playback of HD audio, frame-packed 3D and 10-bit HEVC but there are some shortcomings.  
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    Minix Neo U9-H Android TV Media Hub Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Minix Neo U9-H Android TV Media Hub Review
    The Neo U9-H is another solid and reliable Android media player from Minix but has it arrived too late and is it worth the price.  
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    ZTE announce Dolby Vision capable Android TV Box

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    ZTE announce Dolby Vision capable Android TV Box
    ZTE becomes the latest manufacturer to join the Android TV club with its 4K HDR10 and Dolby Vision capable ZXV10 B860HV2 set top box.  
  • Home AV Review

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    Wetek Play 2 Android Media Player Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Wetek Play 2 Android Media Player Review
    The Wetek Play 2 is a hybrid media hub running Android with a built-in tuner for live TV and PVR functions but can it marry its duties to provide value for money?  
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    Premier League wins High Court Order in Fight against Illegal Streams

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Premier League wins High Court Order in Fight against Illegal Streams
    The EPL has gained a court order meaning that four of the UKs biggest ISPs will be required to block servers known to provide the illegal streaming of Premier League matches.  
  • Gaming News

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    KODI coming back to Xbox

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    KODI coming back to Xbox
    An announcement at a Windows Developer conference has revealed that team KODI is to resurrect its association with the Xbox with a Universal Windows Platform app set to come to Xbox One. Back where it all began.  
  • Tech Review

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    QNAP TS-251A NAS Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    QNAP TS-251A NAS Review
    The QNAP TS-251a marries mostly solid networking performance with strong media playback, including 4K and HD audio passthrough support.  
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    NVIDIA Shield 4K TV Media Gaming Box Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    NVIDIA Shield 4K TV Media Gaming Box Review
    It's a new SHIELD TV with a host of added features, a redesigned controller and all-new smaller form factor chassis. Is it still the daddy of all-in-one solutions?  
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    New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV coming January 2017

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV coming January 2017
    NVIDIA is refreshing its Shield Android TV range and adding features including 4K HDR Amazon streaming and Google Assistant  
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    Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini-PC Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini-PC Review
    The new budget Windows 10 Mini PC from Minix is built well, performs great and makes for a very decent option as a media hub.  
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    Probox2 Air Android TV Box Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Probox2 Air Android TV Box Review
    The Probox2 Air has a better than average remote and decent all-round performance but, as a media hub for enthusiasts, there are vital shortcomings.  
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  • Home AV Article

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    Best Buy Media Players of 2016

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Best Buy Media Players of 2016
    As TV and projector technology advances so does that of its supporting devices and in an ideal world there would be a single solution. The bad news is it doesn't exist but our six of the best media boxes come close, in their own ways.  
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    Four Year Sentence for Illegal IPTV Box Supplier

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Four Year Sentence for Illegal IPTV Box Supplier
    Two Nottingham men have been given custodial sentences following a case brought by the Premier League against them for supplying TV boxes that facilitated mass piracy.  
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    Remix IO TV Box Set to Launch

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Remix IO TV Box Set to Launch
    The Remix IO has hit nearly $600,000 in pledges for its Kickstarter campain. Can it really marry the worlds of mobile, TV Box and PC? Just a shame it's a Rockchip processor...  
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    Vorke V1 Mini-PC Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Vorke V1 Mini-PC Review
    While the Vorke V1 is a pretty competent Windows 10 Mini PC, for the sums involved, it's not really a great choice as a mini HTPC or streaming device.  
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    Zidoo X9S Android TV Box Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Zidoo X9S Android TV Box Review
    The Zidoo X9S is a highly capable Android media hub with the ability to play 3D, 4K, 10-bit HEVC and HD audio although one or two issues remain.  
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    First 'fully-loaded' Android media box trial hits UK courts

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    First 'fully-loaded' Android media box trial hits UK courts
    A man from the North East of England has become the first to stand trail in the County Courts for the selling so called KODI boxes that allow free access to copyright protected content but is it really going to stem the tide of piracy?  
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    Wetek Hub Android TV Media Player Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Wetek Hub Android TV Media Player Review
    The Wetek Hub delivers impressive video playback all the way up to 10-bit HEVC 4K and pass-through of HD audio formats. It's also comes with its own customised KODI media player as well as a range of other useful Wetek apps and features.  
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    Minix launch new NEO Z83-4 Windows 10 Mini PC

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Minix launch new NEO Z83-4 Windows 10 Mini PC
    The NEO Z83-4 promises to be a nifty little PC/Media PC with a Cherry Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage and a fanless design.  
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    Wintel W8 Android & Windows 10 TV Box Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Wintel W8 Android & Windows 10 TV Box Review
    You can pretty much forget the dual-boot capability of this little TV Box. If you're buying this as a media streamer, it's Windows all the way.  
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    Digital Media Streamer Market growing rapidly

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Digital Media Streamer Market growing rapidly
    Despite the rise of Smart TVs, the market for dedicated streaming devices is growing quickly, fuelled by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.  
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    Zidoo X9S and X8 TV Boxes promise ‘better than ever’ 3D Playback

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Zidoo X9S and X8 TV Boxes promise ‘better than ever’ 3D Playback
    Zidoo is due to launch two new, high-spec Android TV boxes later in July 2016 with, seemingly, a lot of work having gone in to making them fully able with 3D MVC MKV files.  
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    HiMedia Q10 Pro Android Media Player Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    HiMedia Q10 Pro Android Media Player Review
    The HiMedia Q10 Pro is a highly capable Android media hub with the ability to play 4K video up to 60 frames per second and even HDR. There are some kinks to iron out but it's still up there with the best.  
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  • Tech Review

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    ASUSTOR AS6204T NAS Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    ASUSTOR AS6204T NAS Review
    A great NAS mixed with a great media player. What more could you want?  
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    Matricom G-Box Q2 Android TV Box Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Matricom G-Box Q2 Android TV Box Review
    The Matricom G-BOX Q2 is the successor to a very popular Android media streamer, will it prove just as popular and has it the right to?  
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    Tronsmart Ara X5 Plus Mini-PC Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Tronsmart Ara X5 Plus Mini-PC Review
    Tronsmart make some hardware changes to slightly improve the media player performance of their competitively priced Windows 10 mini-PC.  
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    Voyo V3 Windows 10 Mini PC Review

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Voyo V3 Windows 10 Mini PC Review
    As a light-use Windows 10 mini PC the Voyo V3 is a sleek an stylish choice with decent specifications but it's lacking in several areas as a dedicated media device.  
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