Best of the Week: all the news and reviews 07.03.14
This week on whathifi.com, we reported on BBC's plans to close BBC Three, the Sony PlayStation 4 continuing its impressive sales and the announcement of Apple's new in-car technology system, Apple CarPlay.
Reviews-wise, it was an impressive week with three (spoiler-alert) five star products hitting site: our first 2014 TV (Sony's KDL-50W829B), B&W's spectacular 685 S2 standmounters and a 2013 TV from Samsung (UE40F6400)
BBC confirms plans to close BBC Three
The BBC has confirmed the closure of its long-running BBC Three channel on TV and its transfer to iPlayer as it looks to reduce its spending.
In an email to staff, BBC director-general Tony Hall believed the channel's move to online distribution would allow it to learn from "new market players like Netflix and Amazon".
A good thing? We're not convinced.
READ MORE: BBC confirms closure of BBC Three
Sony PlayStation 4 outperforms Xbox One as sales hit 6 million
While its lead can be attributed to the console's availablity in more territories, Microsoft will be looking for a boost after the recent Xbox One UK price cut and the release of the exclusive FPS TitanFall in March.
READ MORE: Sony PS4 continues to outpace Xbox One sales
Apple CarPlay "brings your car and iPhone together"
At the Geneva Motor Show, Apple announced its new in-car technology system, the simply named CarPlay.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo were revealed as the first car manufacturers to ship with CarPlay installed. with other manufacturers set to follow suit in the near future.
Roku releases new Streaming Stick HDMI dongle for HD TVs
Roku has unveiled its competitor to Google's Chromecast stick in the form of its Streaming Stick for HD TVs.
While we're not crazy about the name, it will come with a wider breadth of content than Chromecast (for now, only available to buy in the US) and is available for pre-order right now.
READ MORE: Roku unveils the Streaming Stick for HD TVs
Our first review of a 2014 TV and one that, we'd hope, sets the bar for the rest of the year.
Sony encountered some flack last year with TVs that weren't up to the standard it had set in 2012. Confident and oozing class, this TV is a great return to form.
MORE: Sony KDL-50W829B review
MORE: Sony 2014 TV range
A review exclusive to whathifi.com arrives in the form of the B&W's new 685 speakers.
The speaker has been seven years in the making and the result is a superb pair of standmounters that will delight hi-fi novices and experts alike.
MORE: B&W 685 S2 review
With 2014 TVs on the horizon, you'll find some absolute bargains in the 2013 range and there are few as good as Samsung's UE40F6400.
If you're looking for a 40in set in the £500 range, you'd be remiss not to at least consider the charms of this Samsung.
MORE: Samsung UE40F6400 review