- System appears fairly slick
- it strikes fairly rapidly
- Sensible app help is fairly good
- Not sufficient video content material sources
- An excessive amount of muddle from overseas language companies
- The distant is not notably sensible
- greater than 50 apps
- BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, BBC Sport, Blinkbox Assist
- Suggestion system (although it was not working on the time of writing!)
- second display television playback
- Miracast and sensible system management help
What’s the Philips Sensible TV 2014 System?
After a uninteresting and grumbling sensible TV effort in 2013, Philips must step up its sensible TV sport for its 2014 TVs. And the primary impressions of this up to date system on the Philips 55PFS6609 TV present that the enhancements are certainly ongoing. However do they go far sufficient?
Editor’s notice: This can be a overview of the sensible TV options of Philips TVs, not a selected TV.
Philips Sensible TV 2014: Design and Options
Hitting the devoted Sensible TV button on the most recent Philips distant instantly places your eyes comfy, with a way more ‘high-resolution’ menu design than an effort just like the 2013 ZX Spectrum. Though we want some icons made it slightly clearer what they really connect with.
It is also good to see these menus now superimposed on the underside third of the TV image as a substitute of taking on the whole display. Additionally that means as you possibly can comfortably proceed watching TV (until you had been watching one thing with subtitles!), this overlaid strategy integrates sensible options into the TV’s facet of the display whenever you browse the up-front menu. Feels higher and higher built-in into the eco system.
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The left two-thirds of this opening menu consists of 12 icon hyperlinks in two rows of six. From high left to proper are an App Gallery, a Sensible TV cost hyperlink, a Social TV hyperlink, a Net browser hyperlink, a TV on Demand hyperlink, and a Cloud Explorer hyperlink.
It appears a bit cynical and money-grabbing to place the Sensible TV cost hyperlink so excessive on the menu. However we speculate that Philips could also be placing a constructive spin on this by saying that it desires you to undergo the preliminary trouble of inputting your cost particulars for a central Philips account solely later in your life.
When you select to enter your particulars right here, you additionally get an unsolicited reminder to enter e-mail addresses, passwords, and so forth. into the TV utilizing a mixture of the TV distant management and onscreen keyboard.
The TV On Demand part pulls clips from (on the time of writing) Euronews and Wall Avenue Journal on-line companies, that includes video information clips from the previous seven days. To be sincere we’re unsure it actually matches our thought of ’TV on Demand’; ‘Information updates from non-UK-specific content material suppliers’ would have been a extra correct description. However we guess it would not sound so interesting.
In the meantime, the ‘Cloud Explorer’ possibility allows you to join the TV to your Dropbox account, so you possibly can entry any media saved there. Nevertheless, Philips’ newest TVs additionally, after all, allow you to stream pictures, music, and video content material from networked DLNA-enabled gadgets.
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The underside row of app hyperlinks on the house sensible display is labeled Cloud TV, BBC Information, BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube. The latter 5 of those are self-explanatory, however Cloud TV is an uncommon one. Deciding on this takes you to an intensive menu of hyperlinks to on-line video streaming ‘broadcasters’. Though this sounds welcome on paper, nonetheless, the one content material supply obtainable on the time of writing was Stream-IT – an Italian service. After all the service presents over 20 channels, however mainly all of them are of minimal curiosity to your common English man or girl. So whereas Cloud TV could have a foothold for the longer term, proper now it does little greater than remind us simply how a lot undesirable ‘noise’ is on the World Huge Net.
In the precise hand facet of the opening menu you discover advertisements for varied options on the Sensible TV platform on the highest layer, and a five-day climate forecast from Meteonews.television within the backside layer. In contrast to the Cloud TV app, this climate app does an incredible job of mechanically figuring out the place you reside within the nation.
Click on on Climate Report and also you get a mixture of hour and day forecasts, together with animated as much as the minute stories and even wind movement, temperature, cloud and rain charts. It is a season nerd’s paradise.
It is good to know that getting extra content material choices on the brand new Philips Sensible Engine isn’t any extra difficult than scrolling down via the underside row of preliminary content material choices. This brings up two further strains of content material which might be presently unfold throughout two screens, for a complete of 32 pre-installed apps.
If you need extra, going to the app gallery opens up 29 extra apps you possibly can obtain in case you like.
Along with those we have already lined, the total record of accessible apps is as follows: Spotify, Fb, Blinkbox, Absolute Radio, Muzu.television, Vimeo, Picasa, AUPEO, Viewster, CNBC Actual Time, Euronews, Foreca, iConcerts, France 24 , Every day Movement, Gamefree TV, Cinetrailer, Display screen Goals, Deezer, Megogo HD, Playboy TV, Movies & Stars, Brazzers, Greek Gismato Channel, Forno, Kiya.television, Rockswap Adventures, Vitality NRJ, Viaway Content material Platform, eBay, Sudoku, Texas Maintain ‘Em, myalbum.com, Quiz Grasp, Vroom.gp, Kymba, ONF NFB, El Tiempo, SwissInfo.ch, The Climate Community, Traditional FM, Capital FM, Easy Radio, Coronary heart, Capital Xtra, XFM , and LBC.
As you may see in case you handle to stay with that record to the tip, there are a couple of ‘grownup’ channels on the record which might be selecting up the smut baton from the Philips 2013 Sensible TV providing. After all viewing these requires an account so entry at a younger age should not be an issue. You’ll have additionally observed, sadly, there is no such thing as a ITV Participant, 40D, Demand 5 or Amazon Prime help.
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Transferring from the content material component of the most recent Philips sensible system to your smartphone/pill options, there is a good quantity going via the Philips My Distant Sensible app. It presents a easy four-feature house display menu that jumps to ‘Merely Share’ (for taking part in multimedia recordsdata saved in your different system by way of the TV); TV Information (so you possibly can browse EPGs to see issues in your second display as a substitute of the TV); a Wi-Fi sensible display (which lets you ‘transmit’ applications enjoying in your TV’s tuner to your sensible system, even in case you’re watching a distinct AV supply on the TV); And eventually a management possibility that permits you to management the TV via your sensible system’s contact display interface.
One ultimate characteristic that the Philips 2014 Sensible TV presents is its advice system, the place the TV can know your viewing historical past and advocate related content material. Or a minimum of that is what it ought to have been; There’s even a field that pops up onscreen in the course of the preliminary set up to let you realize about it. Nevertheless, on the time of this writing we might discover no hint of this really useful content material anyplace on the Philips 2014 Sensible TV menu. And after unsuccessfully ready three days for a proof from Philips on what is going on on with the characteristic, we suspect they could not discover any hint of the system really working!
Guess it is going to be falling within the ‘Work in Progress’ class…
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