PCR's guide to smart TVs and media streaming devices

A look at the latest devices on the market
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TVs aren’t just TVs nowadays. As users have come to expect more from their devices, so too do they want an all singing, all dancing TV.

PCR takes a look at some of the flashiest devices available.

SAMSUNG 46F5500 46-INCH SMART TV
SRP: £895
DISTRIBUTOR: Midwich, Westcoast, Computer 2000
THEY SAY: The only Smart TV with a full catch-up service, ITV, BBC iPlayer, 4OD, and Demand 5, meaning you can be sure you’ll never miss your favourite programmes again. S Recommendation technology lets you discover more of the TV you love by suggesting what’s new to watch based on what you like. It intelligently learns your preferences and instantly searches Live TV, video on demand services and apps to recommend tailored TV and online content.
SPEC: 46-inch LED display, built-in Wi-Fi, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, dual-core processor, Samsung Smart Hub.

VERBATIM MEDIASHARE WIRELESS
SRP: £45
DISTRIBUTOR: CMS Distribution
THEY SAY: The MediaShare Wireless allows users to access their external storage devices from their iPad, iPhone and other tablets and mobile devices. Up to five devices can be connected to MediaShare Wireless simultaneously, allowing for media content to be streamed throughout the home.
SPECS: Up to five devices can be connected simultaneously, built-in USB port and SD memory slot, iPad/iPhone compatible.

LG 42LN575V LED FULL HD SMART LED TV
SRP: £550
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P, Westcoast
THEY SAY: The LN575V LED TV is built with stunning cinema picture quality and combines Smart TV functions with built-in Wi-Fi to bring you a world of web-based apps and social media to create the ultimate TV experience. Full HD and LED backlighting delivers unbelievable picture definition, whilst the three HDMI and two USB ports makes connectivity easy and fast.
SPECS: Smart TV, direct-lit screen, full HD 1080p resolution, 42-inch screen, triple XD engine image enhancement, 178/178 degree viewing angle.

D-LINK BOXEE
SRP: £140
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P
THEY SAY: Enjoy online media streamed straight to your HD TV with the D-Link Boxee Box Media Streamer, letting you enjoy internet content from the comfort of your sofa. This high definition media player delivers online media straight to your television, and is compatible with almost any media or audio format, giving you lots of entertainment options.

ZOOSTORM PLAY INTERNET TV BOX
SRP: £69.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: Zoostorm Play is the simple way to connect to popular web media directly on your TV and experience family television entertainment on a new level. Zoostorm Play brings a world of limitless content to any HDTV in addition to access to Google’s official Android Market and over 500,000 apps.
SPECS: Android 4.0 operating system, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 1GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, access to Google Play store.

DGM ANDROID 4.1 TV STICK
SRP: £44.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Midwich
THEY SAY: The ideal 21st-Century home entertainment centre, gracing your lounge with eye-popping picture quality, spine-tingling sound and Smart TV features. Cinema 3D TV is certified flicker-free and also provides brighter 3D images. With freeview HD, you can enjoy free high-definition programming with stunning picture quality boosted by LG’s cutting-edge motion processing and a 2.1 speaker system that offers impressive sound straight out of the box.
SPEC: 47-inch LED display, ultra-thin bezel, 24W 2.1 sound, 3D capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi, three HDMI ports, three USB ports.

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MINI DISPLAY PORT TO HDMI ADAPTER
SRP: tbc
DISTRIBUTOR: Dynamode
THEY SAY: The new LMS Data C- MDP-HDMI allows your existing HDMI video device to be instantly connected to any Mini DisplayPort, quickly and of course without the need for any drivers or software to be installed.
SPECS: Supports up to 1920 x 1080 resolutions, HDMI 1.3 high-clarity video, supports audio pass-through up to 5.1 surround sound.

ASUS O!PLAY MINI PLUS HD MEDIA PLAYER
SRP: £95.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: O!Play Mini Plus is the world’s first HD media player that supports Acetrax Movies - the most popular online video-on-demand service in Europe. The device also supports YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion, Mediafly and a variety of additional internet TV channels and radio stations.
SPECS: Wireless N and Gigabit LAN, O!Direct, O!MediaShare, four-in-one card reader.

PATRIOT AERO WIRELESS MOBILE DEVICE
SRP: £107.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: With the Patriot Aero, you can share all your digital content like movies, music, and photos to your mobile devices like never before. The AERO is the perfect fully portable wireless storage solution that will allow you to take your full media collection on the go and stream to any tablet, smartphone or laptop.
SPECS: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 connectivity, connect up to eight devices, 720p HD video.

ASUS O!PLAY TV PRO SMART TV SET TOP BOX
SRP: £153.99
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: The ASUS O!Play TV Pro set top box ticks all the boxes when it comes to multimedia entertainment for the home. The O!Play TV Pro comes with a built in DVB-T digital tuner for immediate access to free-to-air high quality digital TV programming. You can readily plan ahead with the Electronic Program Guide (EPG), which offers location-sensitive scheduling for up to a week in advance.
SPECS: Built-in DVB-T digital TV tuner, supports 3.5-inch 3TB SATA HDD and NAS, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0.

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ROKU 2 X5
SRP: £99.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Roku is the original streaming player. Millions of people use Roku to choose what they want to watch instantly. Whether you’re exploring over 300 channels of movies and shows, delving into what really interests you, or just stumbling across something new, Roku makes it happen easily, instantly and affordably.
SPECS: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, up to 1080p via HDMI, digital audio output, microSD card slot, Bluetooth game remote included.

SAMSUNG 32-INCH F5000 SERIES 5 FULL HD LED TV
SRP: £399.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: Amazing viewing has never been this affordable. The Samsung F5000 Series 5 LED TV offers incredible value, with stunning Full HD picture-quality boosted by auto noise-removal technology, which filters out digital noise.
SPECS: 32-inch screen, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 11 clear motion rate, film mode, HyperReal Engine, Dolby Digital Plus.

SAMSUNG 40-INCH ES8000 SERIES 8 SMART 3D FULL HD LED TV
SRP: £1,449.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: Experience the future of home entertainment with a more advanced TV. The Samsung 40-inch ES8000 Slim LED TV features Smart Interaction, which gives you intuitive control via speech or gestures. You can also access a wide world of content, apps, web browsing and more through Smart Hub.
SPECS: 40-inch screen, 1920 x 1080 resolution, wide colour enhancer plus, digital noise filter, 800 clear motion rate, three USB ports, three HDMI ports, Dolby Digital Plus, Smart TV 2.0.

STREAMPORT UNIVERSAL
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech, Wescoast
THEY SAY: The StreamPort universal enables you to stream music, podcasts and internet radio from any Bluetooth A2DP-compatible device (including many Apple, Android & Windows players) to your existing sound system, such as Hi-Fis, docks and sound bars.
SPECS: Bluetooth 4.0, range of up to 10m, compatibility with most sounds systems, smartphones and tablet PCs, DAC and aptX audio codec, LED status indicator.

SAMSUNG 46-INCH F6800 SERIES 6 SMART 3D FULL HD LED TV
SRP: £1,229.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Micro-P, Westcoast
THEY SAY: Explore a world of new entertainment with your Samsung F6800 Series 6 LED TV. Thanks to Samsung’s Smart Hub, you can discover and enjoy online content and services. You can even download apps to your Samsung Smart TV through Samsung Apps.
SPECS: 46-inch screen, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 400 clear motion rate, film mode, 3D HyperReal Engine, Dolby Digital Plus, Smart TV 2.0.

TELYHD CONSUMER EDITION
SRP: £250
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: TelyHD is a revolutionary new device that delivers full HD Skype video calling right to your living room on your HDTV. Instantly connect with the people you care about no matter how far away they might be.
SPECS: All-in-one unit, HD camera, wide-angle lens, microphone array, SD card and USB connectivity, HDMI port.

TOSHIBA LCDTV40RL958 40-INCH SMART TV
SRP: £559.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Midwich
THEY SAY: Brings more quality content and connectivity in a size that is suitable for all rooms in the home. Delivering stunning Full HD 1080p image quality, the RL series features built-in Freeview HD, internet content and catch-up TV services including YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Facebook that are easily accessed thanks to built-in Wi-Fi.
SPECS: 40-inch LCD display, built-in Wi-Fi, Intel Wi-Di and web browser, three HDMI ports, built-in Freeview HD, 350 cd/m2 display brightness.

TP-LINK 500MBPS MINI POWERLINE ADAPTER KIT
SRP: £32.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech
THEY SAY: The TP-LINK 500Mbps Mini Powerline Adaptor Starter Kit turns your existing powerline into a high speed network with no need for new wires or drilling. No configuration is required, simply plug your adapters into your power sockets and you can establish a networking infrastructure in a flash. With a speed of up to 500Mbps, it transmits multiple HD streams and even 3D movies to every room.
SPECS: 300m range, up to 500Mbps speed, 128-bit AES encryption, plug- and-play setup, power-saving mode.

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TRANSCEND STOREJET CLOUD 64GB
SRP: £69.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Providing much-needed freedom from cables and extra capacity to mobile devices, the StoreJet Cloud portable drive is an ideal companion for any situation. Connect via wireless, share files with friends and family and enjoy hours of entertainment anytime, anywhere.
SPECS: Stream different content on five devices at the same time, supports iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS X, share picture/audio/video /document files wirelessly, Li-battery supports six hours playback and eight hours standby.

SMART TV WIRELESS BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD VG-KBD2000
SRP: £99.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Westcoast
THEY SAY: Enhance your Smart TV experience with the Smart Wireless Keyboard. Accessing the internet with Smart Hub has never been easier. You can write social network messages and emails or enter web addresses quickly, easily and comfortably.
SPECS: Integrated track pad, full keyboard layout, Bluetooth connectivity.

CONTACTS
Computer 2000: 01782 483710
CMS Distribution: 02089 606 000
Dynamode: www.dynamode.com
Entatech: 0333 101 1000
Gem Distribution: 01279 822 822
Micro-P: 01282 776 776
Midwich: 01379 649 200
VIP Computers: 0871 622 7500
Westcoast: 0118 912 6000

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