Broadband Genie blog

  • How to install Plex on your Sky NOW TV box

    Last month, Sky unveiled a surprising new addition to its entertainment line up with the announcement of the NOW TV box. This compact little device allows you to stream content from the likes of iPlayer and Five On Demand, and Sky’s own NOW TV service, onto the big screen. If you usually watch streaming TV via a laptop or tablet you’ll find the box’s interface and remote a far...

    by Dan Makwana on 30 August 2013
  • Infographic: The Home Broadband Journey

    Broadband is now delivered in a variety of ways, and to help illustrate this we'd like to present our latest infographic: The Home Broadband Journey. This gives a basic overview of the types of lines used to connect our homes to the rest of the world, along with the kind of speeds you can expect from each technology. The Home Broadband Journey is the latest in our ongoing series of...

    by Matt Powell on 15 August 2013
  • Online safety for children: a guide to protecting your kids online

    The UK government has announced plans for a nationwide internet filter which would attempt to block pornography and other content deemed unsuitable or harmful. Adults wishing to disable this will need to opt-out through their ISP. But the government’s plans may be misguided. As numerous critics have pointed out this would likely result in legitimate sites being banned, and depending on how...

    by Matt Powell on 01 August 2013
  • Top 10 FREE Android games for your smartphone and tablet

    The Android ecosystem took a little time to get going, but now boasts over 800,000 apps, with software of every kind available on Google Play. Naturally, a great many of these are games. Android users probably felt a little jealous of the iPhone at one point as it was receiving a steady stream of exclusives, but there’s no longer much between them, with most of the big names available on...

    by Matt Powell on 23 July 2013
  • Review: Roku 2 XS media player

    Between smart TVs, tablets, laptops with HDMI and home theatre PCs, most of us probably have at least one way to view online video through the TV. So with all this hardware lying around our homes already, where does that leave a dedicated streaming player like the Roku 2 XS? Well, thanks to a few killer features and a hassle-free experience, it makes a strong argument for taking a prime position underneath...

    by Matt Powell on 18 July 2013
  • Interview: BSG’s Pamela Learmonth talks traffic management and unlimited broadband

    Unlimited broadband is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but all too often it comes with caveats that have made us all wary of trusting ISPs who promise a limitless service. Things have improved lately - completely unrestricted connections are now available from Sky Broadband and BT, among others - but it's still not unusual to find ISPs selling an unlimited package with important details hidden...

    by Matt Powell on 08 July 2013 3 Comments
  • Guest post: Asus FonePad review

    The Asus FonePad is the first Android tablet offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer to be powered by an Intel processor. It runs the latest version of Google's mobile OS and has display similar to that found on the Nexus 7. But unlike the popular N7 the FonePad offers voice calling as well as 3G, so if you wanted to you could look at using this as a phone replacement. Better have some mighty...

    05 July 2013
  • The smartphone user experience: iPhone vs Android vs Blackberry vs Windows Phone 8

    For the first few years of the world famous Broadband Genie Road Trip we were operating with a skeleton crew, just the bare minimum needed to cover the main networks. But with our team bigger than ever this year we took the opportunity to expand its scope to cover more than just dongles.  As well as testing tablets on the move we had a handful of recent smartphones which we put through their...

    by Matt Powell on 03 July 2013 1 Comment
  • The tablet user experience: Apple iOS vs Android vs Windows 8

    On the recent Broadband Genie Road Trip, we took along a couple of extra staff and instead of giving them dongles to test, we gave them tablets – but tablets with operating systems they weren’t used to. Apple, Android and Windows 8 stood toe-to-toe in a new user face-off through a series of tests designed to mirror the average user experience. Throughout the overnight trip to Scotland...

    by Chris Marling on 24 June 2013
  • Broadband Genie Road Trip 2013 Award Winners

    Around this time each year the Broadband Genie team piles onto a train with armfuls of technology to discover how mobile broadband really performs.  Forget estimated speeds or vague coverage maps, this is a practical study of how the UK’s mobile networks cope with real world tasks. The Mobile Broadband Road Trip continues to be the only test of its kind and we’re very proud to...

    by Matt Powell on 17 June 2013 1 Comment