This week we learned when Ultra HD Blu-rays are going to be released in the UK, that the BBC has been given the green light to close the licence fee loophole regarding iPlayer and that ATC has introduced an active version of its SCM19 loudspeaker.
4K Blu-ray releases recently went on sale in the US, but there had been little word of when Ultra HD Blu-rays would drop in the UK. Until now.
Eight 4K Blu-ray releases are set to hit the market on 11th April (you can pre-order now), with all titles coming from 20th Century Fox.
Viewers who do not pay the licence fee will have to cough up in the near future, as the BBC will be able to end a loophole that has allowed users to watch catch-up TV on iPlayer without paying.
Currently only live broadcasts come under the licence fee remit, but culture secretary John Whittingdale is drafting legislation that will extend this to catch-up programmes and apply it to a range of devices other than just your TV.
There’s a new version of ATC’s SCM19 speaker and it’s packing a few changes.
The SCM19 gobbled up our Best standmounter £1200+ Award, but this new incarnation is an active floorstander that ATC claims is acoustically identical to the passive, standmount version.
Other revisions include lowering the operating temperature to improve reliability, along with the modification of the amps to reduce noise and distortion.
The SCM19AT will go on sale this month for £4990 a pair.
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