IPTV: The Group Test

IPTV: The Group Test

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  • Fed up with mediocre TV offerings? Want to watch exactly what you want, when you want? Accessed via the internet over Wi-Fi or ethernet, the increasing range of web TV or "IPTV" services available means you can now watch catch-up TV, movies on demand, and unique, often specialised, content whenever you want for free or a small fee. It's not just about TV either, with apps for games, news, RSS feeds and social networking your TV quickly becomes more of an entertainment hub, tailored to your needs. There are a range of IPTV access points. Here, we're testing four different types: integrated, dedicated, a hard-drive streamer and Apple TV, which is like the others but more, you know, Apple-y.

    Apple TV
    £101
    Love: Compact size. User-friendly interface
    Hate: iTunes-only movies, some buffering issues
    Apple TV review I Link: Apple

    Sony Internet TV
    £1,200 (For 40inch Bravia KDL-40LX903
    Love: Intuitive interface. iPlayer app and Qriocity/ Lovefilm streaming
    Hate: Slow interface. This particular TV is not best way to get the service
    Sony Internet TV review I Link: Sony

    WD TV Live Hub
    £160
    Love: Easy setup. Big hard drive. Generally excellent video quality and smooth streaming
    Hate: Limited as an IPTV/ VOD device. Wi-Fi requires an adapter
    WD TV Live Hub review I Link: Western Digital

    D-Link Boxee Box
    £190
    Love: Good choice of apps. Easy to use
    Hate: Cumbersome at navigating to some content. Paid and free films all together
    D-Link Boxee Box review I Link: D-Link

    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/dl/xs_DLink_BoxeeBox_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/wd/xs_WD_TVLiveHub_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/ap/xs_AppleTV_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_InternetTV_610.jpg

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