Philips Sensible TV 2013 Evaluate


  • The distant management’s keyboard and ‘level and click on’ options work effectively
  • The iOS management app is sweet


  • Not sufficient content material – particularly video streaming
  • Onscreen interface is sluggish
  • At present no second display viewing help on Android units

Key Specs

  • Studying and proposals system
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Fb/Twitter/Picasa/Skype (quickly) social media apps
  • Highlights window
  • Management and content material sharing app for Android and iOS


With big numbers of us now routinely streaming video content material and utilizing on-line apps numerous all method of sensible units, the massive TV manufacturers have rightly all gone into overdrive this yr to enhance the scope and usefulness of their Sensible TV on-line and multimedia options, making this 2013‘s largest TV battleground.

With this in thoughts, we’ve already taken in-depth appears to be like on the Panasonic My House Display and Samsung Sensible TV 2013. Having seen one Philips TV with the brand new sensible TV system, the Philips 55PFL7008, now it’s Philips’ flip to go beneath the microscope.

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Philips Sensible TV 2013 – Sensible Hub Format

On first viewing, it’s troublesome to inform the distinction between the 2013 and 2013 hub screens. The perfect little bit of the structure, in some methods, is the field within the high left the place you’re capable of proceed watching no matter TV channel or AV enter you had on once you hit the Sensible TV button. Working alongside the underside third of the display, in the meantime, are two rows of pretty massive icons linking to on-line apps and providers.

As we have a look at the menu for longer, although, it seems there’s something new in spite of everything. Within the high proper you now get a window displaying a biking collection of three completely different content material ‘shortcuts’.

The primary of those content material shortcuts is by far essentially the most attention-grabbing, because it not solely reveals massive direct hyperlinks to particular Video On Demand movies displaying on Acetrax, however the movies showing listed here are additionally suggestions based mostly on an evaluation of your viewing habits.

The suggestions system is Philips’ personal engine, and may analyse your TV viewing (on the built-in tuner) and your on-demand viewing to construct up a way of your content material preferences. In contrast to the suggestions engine discovered on Samsung’s newest sensible TVs, although, the Philips system solely recommends on-demand content material; it doesn’t additionally spotlight upcoming broadcast reveals you would possibly like.

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What’s extra, on the time of writing the suggestions engine solely highlights titles from Acetrax. Different streaming providers on the Philips platform, just like the BBC iPlayer and Blinkbox, don’t get a glance in – presumably as a result of connecting with Philips’ suggestions engine requires a degree of metadata co-operation that solely Acetrax has thus far managed. For a similar cause, on-demand viewing from every other suppliers than Acetrax additionally at present doesn’t register with the training engine.

Philips Sensible TV 2013 – Highlighted Content material

It needs to be mentioned that by solely working with Acetrax for the time being the Suggestions engine is of extra restricted curiosity than it must be. Particularly if you’re already or are considering of turning into a LoveFilm and/or Netflix subscriber. All we will hope is that because the suggestions engine is Philips’ personal work, when Netflix and Lovefilm finally come to the Philips Sensible TV platform (Netflix is because of arrive across the finish of Could) they may each be capable to take part within the suggestions system.

We’ll come again to the absence of Netflix and Lovefilm from the service listing later, by the way in which…

The second biking field of highlighted content material on the sensible TV interface is dubbed ‘On-line TV’, and principally contains three frequently modified sub-windows offering entry to the newest well-liked on-line video information feeds from Euronews and the Wall Avenue Journal.

Whereas the Wall Avenue Journal hyperlinks are sometimes attention-grabbing, it’s onerous to think about many individuals actually feeling compelled to comply with any of those highlighted hyperlinks. It will in all probability have made extra sense to populate the window with the most well-liked YouTube movies, or feeds from a extra acquainted (to UK customers) information service.

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The final hyperlink within the biking window is only a place for pointing you in the direction of apps accessible within the Philips App gallery. This isn’t as annoying because it sounds. We’re all in favour of something that helps you discover new issues that might broaden your sensible TV expertise – such because the MyRemote sensible machine app, which we’ll be taking a look at later.

Whereas we’re as regards to making an attempt to assist individuals get essentially the most out of
their sensible TV expertise, it’s additionally good to seek out Philips offering
concise explanations of a few of its sensible options once you first entry
them, making it much less possible individuals can be baffled by what’s happening
than they in all probability are by Samsung’s newest, generally inscrutable sensible
TV engine.

We couldn’t see a simple means of going again to those
explanations, sadly, and extra element would have been
appreciated. However any clarification is healthier than none. Panasonic’s newest
My House Display system stays by far essentially the most pleasant, although, when it
involves serving to individuals discover ways to get essentially the most from what’s on supply.

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