Tag: movies

Everything is awesome, at 60fps

If you’ve got kids, chances are that you’ve watched the Lego Movie or one of the spin-offs. They’ve been created to look as if everything is filmed in traditional “stop motion”, however in reality it was done on a computer. Anyways, stop motion filming has long been used …

Is a film age-appropriate? Streaming services can’t agree.

We mentioned in April how, during lockdown, the various TV streaming services have become increasingly popular. It was so popular that, as more and more people were furloughed or sat inside during the coronavirus lockdown, streaming quality had to be reduced in order to keep the internet pipes …

Free movies on Saturday

We’re now getting more and more emails from music and movie PR teams. Not sure why, but today Lionsgate got in touch to let you guys know that, over the next four Saturdays, they will be making four of their movies available for absolutely nothing on YouTube. Whilst …

Netflix notches down the video quality

We’re certainly living in very strange times at the moment. As most of Europe enters a prolonged lock-down period, internet usage has shot through the roof. Indeed, Vodafone got in touch with us to state that their network has seen a 50% rise in usage. This strange and …

Home Active – Sky delivering movies on the same day as the cinemas

With the coronavirus closing leisure activities, restaurants, pubs, coffee-shops and cinemas; we’re all spending a lot more time at home. So, with TV, radio and the internet our connection to the outside world, Sky have bit of good news for us. I actually decided to cancel Sky TV …

Top 10 apps based on TV shows

When I was growing up (which seems a long time ago now), I was a big fan of Knight Rider. I checked the Google Play store recently and it was great to see so many apps dedicated to it. There’s a Knight Rider Watch simulator, a car creator, …

My VPN setup. Update!

About this time last year I posted an article about how I setup my VPN. Merely mentioning “VPN” is probably going to scare a few people. It sounds complicated and, to some, it’s a technically advanced and confusing thing to tackle. However, it really isn’t that bad, and …

Do you actually need that TV subscription any more?

Got a Sky or Virgin TV contract? Let me ask you a serious question. If you’re not into sports, are you really using it fully? Enough to warrant the monthly cost? Statistics announced today by Ofcom show that 90% of people still watch live TV every week. Some …

Latest Netflix update won’t install on rooted devices

Here at the Coolsmartphone newsroom (which to be honest is normally a kitchen) we’ve heard rumours that the latest version of the Netflix app is showing as incompatible with rooted devices. Netflix has just confirmed that with the v5.0 update adds some special.. ahem .. “new features”. They’ve …

First look – The EBox T8 V Streaming TV Box – Version 5

We’ve received another Android TV box to test today so I thought I’d give you a quick overview as it’s an improved version of an already very popular box. This is from EntertainmentBox – it’s the EBox T8 V and is powered by an Amlogic S912 64bit octa-core …

Selling a fully loaded Kodi box – It’s a grey area

Wait, I know what you’re going to say.. Of course it’s not a grey area! If you’re selling a “Fully Loaded Kodi Box” then it’s going to be illegal, end of. Well no, not necessarily, and I’ll tell you why. For most of us, “Fully Loaded” means that …

ProBox 2 Air Android TV Box – Review

Some time ago I decided to cancel my current satellite TV subscription. To be honest I thought the monthly fee was extortionate and decided to go along the “cable cutters route”. I found that I could get nearly all, if not all of the content I wished to …

V88 Plus TV Box – Review

Back in the “old days” we used to have photos on film. We then sent them off to get processed and we’d get them back on nice paper and we’d put them into albums. Now, we have smartphones and we have our photos stored either in a “cloud” …

The best media streaming devices of 2016

As the internet continues to become more prevalent in day-to-day life, so too does the role of tech gadgets. We now use smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices to perform a myriad number of functions that in years past required individual, separate devices. From basic math calculations to …

The other reason people are buying an Amazon Fire TV Stick

You’ll have seen these things advertised by Jeremy Clarkson. After punching a BBC TV producer, Top Gear returned with a change of presenters and some new ideas, but Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond joined Amazon. Their new show – called “The Grand Tour” – will no …

Get on your back. Let me put this on your face.

Where do I start with this one? The picture alone is enough to give you an idea of the madness. It’s a “Cardboard Home Cinema” and, because it’s not the actual size of a real cinema, you basically lie on the floor and stare at your phone. Yeah. …

An Android TV box – It’s time for me to dive in

Some time ago I nearly got into the whole Android TV Box experience. I’d written this post about how some “fully loaded” boxes are able to deliver Sky TV without you actually paying for it. I’ve not taken the leap just yet, but I have been messing around …

Stream your home content to your mobile with younity

These guys have been onto us quite a bit, and they want you to know about their Android app, which is now available to download. It’s free and it turns your home computer into a media server which “unifies media across devices”. Effectively it’ll let you stream the media …

Watch Sainsbury’s Movies and TV via your Chromecast

You knew that Sainsbury’s offered TV and Movie content over your smartphone, didn’t you? No, I’ll admit, neither did I, but I do now. If you use Sainsbury’s Entertainment and have their app, you can now output your favourite content to your TV via Chromecast. It’ll also let …

Watch cartoons and movies for free

I’ll be honest and admit that this app isn’t the right and proper place to get streamed movie and cartoon content. It’s not Netflix and the app, named “Cartoon Plus”, has the infamous get-out-clause stating that it’s “just a search engine for content which is readily available on …

Vodafone want you to feature in the movies

Well, almost. Orange / EE customers have long enjoyed the “Orange Wednesdays” promotion, which gives their customers 2 for 1 entry to films. Now Vodafone are getting in on the act too, giving their Pay as you go customers £10 to spend at the cinema every month for …

Tesco offers half-price Blinkbox action

If you’ve got a clever TV, console, tablet or computer; you can watch TV and movies on-demand. Blinkbox offer just such a service and, because Tesco owns them, they’re pretty cheap. First up, there’s no subscription and you only pay for what you want to watch, when you …

Celebration: Google Play 25p Sale!!!!

Google Play, Google’s app store has hit 25 billion downloads according to the Official Android blog. As a way of celebration Google have decided to have a sale and offer various apps, books and films (as well as music if you are in the US) for only 25p …

HTC 5p Films Weekend

HTC Watch, the online video service,  are offering another 5p films weekend. With 30 days to start downloading after purchasing then 48 hours to watch your film, the list is a long one containing some great titles. Adventures of Tintin Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Happy Feet Two Happy …

US: MGM Joins the Play Revolution

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have today joined forces with Google Play and You Tube to add over 600 titles for rental in the United States and Canada. This means there are now five of the six major studios and over ten independent movie studios, currently offering movies for rent on YouTube and …

HTC Watch rentals discounted over Easter

Got a HTC phone? Used the Watch service? It’s definitely worth a try this weekend, because they’ve reduced the rental price on a whole splodge of new movies down to just 5p. Once you’ve rented you have 30 days to watch it, so don’t worry if you don’t …

Sky Go available from today

A short while back Sky announced Sky Go – the mobile TV application – was soon to be available for Android. Since then we’ve had TV adverts promoting the service and today, at some point after 8AM, you should be able to download it from the Android Market. …

Netflix offering £15 for new sign ups

After finally launching in the UK earlier this month, Netflix are starting to get serious about signing up new customers. Which means that those of you who haven’t already taken advantage of their one month free trial offer can now also get £15 of cashback for signing up …

HTC Watch dishing up 49p movies

We’re getting ready to plonk ourselves down in front of the Christmas TV and find something decent to watch. However, if the schedules are right, we’re in for a right load of old toilet. So, step forward HTC who are under-cutting the Android 99p film offer with their …

99p Movies available to rent

Android users have been pretty spoiled recently with cut-price apps available in the Android Market. Now a similar thing is happening for films too. For a limited time you can rent and watch a selection of films including Johnny English, The Polar Express, Matrix Reloaded, Jurassic Park and …

Films now available to purchase from Android Market

Here in the UK Films on YouTube recently went live. It lets you rent movies from a fair selection and is accessible via the web. On the same day books were introduced into the Android Market but, as of today, you can now buy films through the Android …

Films on YouTube goes live

Want full-length movies on your Android tablet? Yeah sure, you can find various illegal ways of doing it, but if you just want to pick up your tablet or phone and start watching a film it can be a bit cumbersome. Now you can use YouTube Movies. Oh …

Movies to rent from Android Market

Movies will soon be available to rent through the Android Market. That is, we’re guessing, in certain countries around the world. Movies will start from just $1.99 and will be available across devices provided you’re using Android 2.2 or above (initially). Alas this seems to be US-only at …