STREAM­ING APPS & SER­VICES

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BBC iplayer Free

Best video-on-de­mand ser­vice, Awards 2015 Qual­ity con­tent, a great in­ter­face and free (for catch-up TV), BBC’S iplayer is one of, if not the best, video on-de­mand plat­forms out there. Res­o­lu­tion up to 1080p Off­line play­back Yes

Google Play Movies & TV Vari­able

June 2014 Google’s ven­ture into video stream­ing is a success, of­fer­ing pretty much ev­ery­thing we could ask for from an on-de­mand video ser­vice. Res­o­lu­tion Up to 1080p Off­line play­back Yes

7dig­i­tal Vari­able

Jan­uary 2016 A down­load site that fea­tures com­pet­i­tive pric­ing, a strong cat­a­logue and that’s easy to use, this is one of the best mu­sic-dowload sites around. Res­o­lu­tion Up to 24-bit/192khz Off­line play­back Yes

Qobuz Sub­lime £220/pa

May 2016 Qobuz Sub­lime is, well, sub­lime. Easy to use, with a di­verse cat­a­logue and com­pet­i­tive prices, this is a ser­vice that packs in a lot of value. Sound qual­ity Up to 24-bit/192khz Off­line play­back Yes

Tech­nics Tracks Vari­able

Jan­uary 2016 Of­fer­ing a (very) sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence to 7dig­i­tal, the Tech­nics site fo­cuses on hi-res mu­sic, which is what gives it the edge over its com­pe­ti­tion. Res­o­lu­tion Up to 24-bit/192khz Off­line Play­back Yes

Ama­zon Prime In­stant Video £6/month

June 2014 A very good video sub­scrip­tion ser­vice, its strengths lie in its strong film li­brary, off­line play­back and its near-ubiq­uity among de­vices. Res­o­lu­tion Up to Ul­tra HD Off­line play­back Yes

Net­flix £6 SD, £7.50 HD, £9 Ul­tra HD

Best video sub­scrip­tion ser­vice, Awards 2015 With­out doubt one of the most sat­is­fy­ing stream­ing ser­vices runs on prac­ti­cally ev­ery plat­form avail­able, even on your Ul­tra HD tele­vi­sion. Res­o­lu­tion Up to Ul­tra HD Off­line Play­back No

Now TV from £7/month

June 2014 Es­sen­tially a Sky ser­vice with­out the sub­scrip­tion, Now TV is a great way of get­ting the lat­est con­tent with­out pay­ing through the nose for it. Res­o­lu­tion Up to 1080p Off­line play­back No

Ap­ple Mu­sic £10/month

Septem­ber 2015 This long-awaited ser­vice from Ap­ple has in­tel­li­gent cu­ra­tion, a huge cat­a­logue, good sound qual­ity and an en­gag­ing live ra­dio sta­tion. Sound qual­ity Up to 256kbps AAC Off­line play­back Yes

Spo­tify from free

July 2015 The ser­vice that led the stream­ing rev­o­lu­tion, its ac­ces­si­bil­ity, ease of use and con­tent are rea­sons Spo­tify re­mains at the top of the pile. Sound qual­ity Up to 320kbps Ogg Vor­bis Off­line play­back Yes

Tidal from £10/month

Best mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice, Awards 2015 One of the few stream­ing ser­vices to of­fer loss­less au­dio, Tidal’s ex­clu­sive con­tent and cu­rated playlists make it stand out. Sound qual­ity Up to 1411kbps loss­less Off­line play­back Yes

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