What’s new with KnowHow Movies?
KnowHow Movies which launched on iOS devices earlier this week won’t be headed to Android devices until later this year.
We’ve been told by a spokesperson that the KnowHow Movies Android app is estimated to be ready sometime in October.
No word still on what kinds of phones or tablets will be supported. We’d expected that big name Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X would get support and maybe older Android phones too – the coming soon section of KnowHow Movies’ site has hinted at support for phones from the HTC Desire era. Nothing’s set in stone and as soon as we know more we’ll update.
August 31, 2012
KnowHow Movies is available now for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and is coming to Android phones and tablets.
Subscribers will now be able to watch movies on up to five devices. So you’ll be to start watching a flick on your iPhone 4S or Galaxy S3 and then carry on where you left off on your LG smart TV when you get in.
The iOS app requires your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to be running iOS 4.3 or later. We’ve not seen the Android app appearing in Google Play just yet, but will update with more info once we have it.
The KnowHow Movies apps are powered by Rovi Corporation which uses Rovi’s advanced adaptive streaming format, DivX Plus Streaming.
This allows for 1080p HD support, subtitles, multiple language tracks and smoother fast forward and rewind controls.
Rovi has also signed a deal with Sainsbury’s to launch a separate video on-demand platform. So we’re expecting to see these features included in Sainsbury’s service too once it launches.
August 30, 2012
LG has announced that its 2012 range of smart TVs will be getting KnowHow Movies.
The on-demand film and TV platform comes built in to selected smart TVs bought from Dixons, Currys and PC World and gives you access to a growing library of films.
There’s no monthly subscription needed with films and TV episodes being charged on an on-demand/pay-per-view basis.
Head below the jump for a full breakdown of KnowHow Movies and what LG smart TV sets will come with the service.
August 16, 2012
What is KnowHow Movies?
KnowHow Movies is a new streaming service that gives you access to movies and TV episodes. The unique angle of KnowHow Movies is that it comes pre-installed on a number of smart TVs sold from Currys, Dixons and PC World. It’s also available on PCs and Macs and is coming to games consoles, phones and tablets.
No downloads or installs needed; if you buy a smart TV from any of these places you should have KnowHow Movies already on there and ready to do from the moment you turn your TV on.
As well as giving you the ability to rent films, KnowHow Movies also lets you download films and TV episodes to own.
How much does KnowHow Movies cost?
KnowHow Movies works on an on-demand/pay per view basis. You basically pay for what you want to watch when you want to watch it. There’s no subscription fees or monthly packages, just films and TV episodes ready and waiting.
Average prices work out at £3.99 to rent a film in standard definition (SD) and £4.99 for HD rentals. Older films, many of which are not available in HD, are priced at £1.99. Standard definition films cost £12.99 to buy with HD versions costing £17.99.
In terms of TV shows it doesn’t look like that there’s anything available to rent through KnowHow Movies right now. There is however plenty to buy, with prices ranging from 99p per episode to £2.49 per episode (or £2.99 if you want to buy in HD).
What’s on KnowHow Movies?
Film-wise, KnowHow Movies gives you the likes of The Dark Knight, Project X, The Fighter and The King’s Speech. Many current big name blockbusters are doing the rounds with titles split into genres.
KnowHow Movies has signed deals with Disney, Momentum, Lionsgate and Warner Bros. This means that for kids and the family there’s Toy Story 1-3, Wall E and Finding Nemo. Titles like Shame, Limitless and both subtitled and dubbed versions of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films make up part of KnowHow Movies’ film roster.
Just over 300 films were available at the last count, but KnowHow Movies is adding new titles to its collection every month. New film releases will be available the same day they are released on DVD or Blu-Ray, so it’s only a matter of time before the KnowHow collection grows.
In terms of TV shows, there’s only one deal done with Warner TV at the moment, meaning Gossip Girl, The Big Bang Theory and Smallville alongside the remake of V and every episode of Friends.
KnowHow Movies doesn’t have the biggest selection out there, but its growing and depending on where you buy your smart TV, it’s already installed.
Can I watch KnowHow Movies in high definition (HD)?
A selection of movies and episodes are available to buy and rent in HD, but these are only available on Windows 7-running machines capable of supporting Intel Insider.
Slightly annoying if you’ve got a Mac or your laptop isn’t quite up to spec. This doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t watch HD movies on your TV though.
If your smart TV if it’s compatible with WiDi (or you’ve got a WiDi receiver), you can stream 1080p HD movies from KnowHow to your TV set. A bit of a workaround admittedly but at least it’s possible…
Read our How can I connect my laptop to my TV? feature for more information.
Note that this applies only to HD content, and not to the standard definition titles which are streamed at 576p.
How fast does my broadband connection need to be for KnowHow Movies?
KnowHow Movies says streaming movies will work on a download speed of 1.5 Mbps or faster, but recommends speeds of 3Mbps and above for best results.
Adaptive bitrate streaming promises next to no buffering, as KnowHow Movies will detect your broadband speed, and automatically adjust the quality accordingly.
Can I watch KnowHow Movies on my PC or Mac?
Yes. KnowHow Movies is supported on both PC and Mac. An Adobe Flash Player install is required if you’re going to stream movies from the site.
Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Currently Macs can’t download/buy films or TV episodes from KnowHow Movies.
Can I watch KnowHow Movies on my iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch?
Yes. iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches can download the KnowHow Movies app from the App Store now. You’ll need to be updated to at least iOS 4.3 for KnowHow Movies to work.
Can I watch KnowHow Movies on my Android tablet or phone?
Not yet. KnowHow Movies for Android is estimated to arrive this October. We don’t have a more concrete release date than this yet and there’s no list of supported devices forthcoming. We’ll update once we know more.
Can I watch KnowHow Movies on my Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii?
Console support is coming, though KnowHow Movies hasn’t confirmed which of the current generation of machines will be getting it. Xbox 360 support is implied from the screengrab here.
We’d expect to see a KnowHow Movies PlayStation 3 app arriving but are less sure about a Wii app, owing to its hardware limitations.
Can I watch KnowHow Movies on my smart TV or set-top box?
LG and Samsung smart TVs are getting KnowHow Movies.
Currently, the following LG smart TVs will be compatible with KnowHow Movies:
- LM960V (47/55”)
- LM860V (47/55”)
- LM760T (42/47/55”)
- LM670T (42/47/55”)
- LM669T (42/47”)
- LM660T (42/47/55”)
- LM640T (42/47/55”)
- LM620T (32/42/47/55”)
- LS570T (32/37/42”) (3D-enabled games not available)
- PM970T (50/60”)
- PM680T (50/60”)
- PM670T (50/60”)
- PM470T (42/50”)
If you bought a Samsung Smart TV recently and you didn’t buy it from Dixons, Currys or PC World then you should be able to download the app from the Smart Hub section of your TV. KnowHow Movies says it’s ‘working with leading manufacturers to ensure instant playback on hundreds of the top HDTV’s, Blu-ray players and mobile devices.’ We’ll update as soon as we hear more.