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  • What is it About Vinyl Records

    2016 saw sales of vinyl albums beat the number of paid digital downloads for the first time ever. According to a report from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), consumers spent £2.4 million on vinyl records, compared with £2.1m downloading digital. The industry cites a number of factors for the increase in record sales; Black Friday deals, the popularity of vinyl as a Christmas present and the increasing availability of reasonably priced record players in high street supermarkets. Whatever the reasons, the return of vinyl, which began back in 2008, is clearly a phenomenon that is here to stay. Continue reading

  • The beginners guide to Sky Q. The pinnacle of TV entertainment?

    You may think that your current SKY HD package is the epitome of pay TV services and gives you the absolute top level of content for your HDTV and up until very recently you would have been right.  Sky HD was the first on the UK market to offer broadcast in 1080 resolution and then the first to offer 3D in broadcast format.  It managed to reign supreme as the best broadcast Television service available to UK customers for a very long time but as with all things technology has been constantly improving and even SKY HD needed a major refresh to be able to keep up.  From its launch back in 2006 - now over 10 years ago it had been at the pinnacle of TV viewing experience and over the years the boxes were given upgrades.  Continue reading

  • The Continuing Rise Of The Disney Empire

    New Zealand born Mark Sweney is media business correspondent at the Guardian, which he joined in March 2006. Previously, Mark worked at Haymarket Publishing for six years, primarily as a news reporter, on Revolution, Campaign and Marketing weekly magazines. In this article published on the Guardian website, he examines how the Walt Disney Empire is heading for its biggest end of year profits yet—a super cool $7bn.

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  • How Watching TV is Killing Us Softly

    If you’re someone who loves nothing better than curling up on the couch for a weekend session of binge TV then I have some bad news for you. According to the results of a Japanese study the blockbuster you’re watching, or that episode of your favourite police procedural, could be your last.

    The study found that people who watch more than 5 hours of TV per day are far more likely to die of a pulmonary embolism than people who watch less than two and a half hours.

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  • Radio Times Survey: What's Next For British TV?

    If you're curious to know what will happen to British television over the next ten years, then you are not alone. A recent survey carried out by the Radio Times invited a huge range of industry experts, writers and stars to predict how television might look a decade from now. It's easy to understand why—the Radio Times has been publishing listening and viewing schedules for over 90 years—so knowing the direction future television might take is kind of a big thing for the magazine.

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  • The Future of Home Entertainment

    (According To Deloitte)

    A recent article by Adam Flomenbaum on 'The Drum' highlights an interview with Kevin Westcott, Principal at Deloitte Consulting and National Media and Entertainment Lead. The goal of the interview was to get some kind of insight as to which direction Deloitte, a global professional services firm, sees tomorrow's home entertainment heading. The answers are quite enlightening... Continue reading

  • A Short History Of British Film

    For most normal film goers and home cinema buffs, it's easy to sit back and enjoy our favourite films without thinking about their heritage. We want to relax and get stuck into the latest big budget  blockbuster or made for TV action and suspense thriller. But the British film industry has a tradition that goes back a long, long way. And for all you film and history buffs out there, here's a brief account of how it all began: Continue reading

  • Home Theatre Ideas For Small Rooms

    For many of us A/V enthusiasts the fun part of planning our home theatre comes in the early stages when our dreams and ideas are big, our budgets still unspecified and our plans are grand. However, at some point reality does set in and we start to realise that not everyone can have a mini version of the local multi-plex inside their four walls. This is when the planning gets serious. But there's no need to lose heart. There's a lot we can do with today's modern equipment and with a little imagination and a load of sound advice from friends and experts, there's nothing standing in our way to getting maybe not the biggest home theatre in the land, but the best we could possibly build. Continue reading

  • The Best Box Sets of 2016

    So far, this year has brought fans of box sets a whole plethora of excellent TV viewing. With both new productions and further episodes of our favourite shows there's still no end in sight to the range of first rate entertainment on our screens. And just in case you missed any of these little gems, here's a quick list of the top box sets for 2016. Viewing pleasure guaranteed! Continue reading

  • A Beginners Guide To Virtual Reality

    Two years after the Oculus Rift first arrived on the shelves of our local computer shops and with some serious consumer-grade VR devices due in around Christmas, it's time to start thinking of Virtual Reality as 'here and now' rather than 'on its way.' And with that in mind we thought now would be a good time to take a look at the basics of Virtual Reality—what it is—what we can do with it and what actually is the difference between Virtual and Augmented Reality anyway? Plus we'll talk about which kind of PC we'll need to indulge in the VR environment and perhaps more poignantly, if we need a PC at all? Finally, we'll have a sneak peek at what the whole charabanc could be costing us—but with so many factors still unknown, no prices are as yet set in stone. Continue reading

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