16 - Episode 20

Episode 20

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The presenters look into the future of tech, including 4G, the Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and a new military helmet that enables fighter pilots to lock onto targets by looking at them.



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Comments (25)

  • digistar4

    1 year ago


    This was an absolutely brill episode! However, there was one thing that seriously spoilt it for me -- the extremely jerky digital video. Even the digital video in the adverts was just as jerky. And this was in Window Mode (my PC digital video term), not Full-Screen Mode. I only watch Channel 5 television programmes on Demand 5 in Window Mode anyway, because picture quality is much better. I knew it wasn't a problem with my Broadband, because before I watched this episode the first time, I ran a SpeedTest.net test, and had a download speed of just over 10 MBPS. After I ran this speed test, I tried to watch this Gadget Show episode, but gave up after about 10 seconds into the programme, because the digital video was just too jerky! It was dropping frames all over the place, and (to me anyway), the digital video was running at 15 FPS, like an Old Skool Videophone, whereas a UK Demand 5 digital video should be at DVD-standard 25 FPS. Anyway, I decided to watch Episode 8 of Power Rangers Super Samurai instead, and digital video on that programme was nice and smooth at normal 25 FPS video rate (including the adverts.) So I knew my Broadband speeds were OK. So after watching that Power Rangers Super Samurai episode, I thought I would give Episode 20 of The Gadget Show another try. Guess what? The *same* jerky digital video problems (even in the adverts!). This time, however, I persevered and watched Episode 20 of the Gadget Show all the way to the end, but I was still not happy about the digital video quality! It gave me the impression that the episode had been compressed and then uploaded in the wrong digital video format. Demand 5 IT staff really should be ashamed of themselves! First the IT cock-up denying access to *any* Demand 5 content on Monday 17/12/2012 (which prevented me from watching Episode 6 of Power Rangers Super Samurai: The BullZord before it was automatically deleted by Demand 5 servers), and now this! Anyway, my rant over! Did anyone else experience similar digital video playback problems to me for this Gadget Show episode? I would be interested to find out.

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  • Mica

    almost 2 years ago


    This is a British TV program so it's obvious it will only work in the UK. Logical. So stop asking why you can't view it in your county, use some common sense?

  • AA

    almost 2 years ago


    Why is not available this in Hungary?

  • Bob jeevers

    almost 2 years ago

    Bob jeevers

    Don't work...sad face :(

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  • Robert Smith

    almost 2 years ago

    Robert Smith

    I DONT WANT 4G i just bought a 4s and now i find out about 4G ITS SOOO ANNOYING!!!!

  • laurence.d

    2 years ago


    really annoyed guy . dude your watching a programme full of all types of tech what do you expect . they are not using product placement in fact most of the episodes try and find out better options instead of handing out 400 pounds for a phone. just shut up.

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  • Max

    over 2 years ago


    I wanted to see it, but the video is not available in my country. Why? It is a pity.

  • TwentyPence

    over 2 years ago


    @Mic2876uk Channel 5 run this service self sufficiently, iPlayers funding comes from TV Licensing and so probably has a much higher budget

  • Mic2876uk

    over 2 years ago


    I like this show, however why is the Demand5 video quality so awful? This is a show promoting the very latest technology never mind 3D or even HD this quality does not even match the quality of BBC Iplayers standard definition

  • billy

    over 2 years ago


    lol gaming on a mac

  • Callum

    over 2 years ago


    Col episode can't wait for the future

  • PAUL

    over 2 years ago


    just watched this episode and thought it was great a usual,but can not for the life of me why advertise a translater app that doesnt support english,the most spoken language in the world / i am talking about the VORCE app.out since september. do the basic language first as we are the lazyest nation to lern a language so you would ot thought they would apply that first,enought of the whinging .HAPP NEW YEAR TO ALL

  • Alex

    over 2 years ago


    Why this episode is not available for viewing in all countries/locations ?

  • Harry

    over 2 years ago


    i love this program and all the others in the seriess. i likeed the one were they test mw3

  • Kharl

    over 2 years ago


    Awkward how it won't let me stream, I am a supportive viewer of the gadget show and my bandwith is more than sufficient, sort it out!

  • Ash

    over 2 years ago


    Everyone on the show forgot to mention 3G hspa+ which you can get and rolls out 7.4 mbps, also 4G is already out in America on at&t and verizon. So probably when we get 4G over here America will be getting 5G. Also when 5G gets tested in a few years time it should roll out 100+ mbps

  • Starkulf

    over 2 years ago


    JB In the country side where I live we barely get above 1MBPS. We don't get working Analogue TV or Freeview, so I am definitely looking forward to the future! the outgoing TV signals are analogue, it's digital that's coming in however unless the providers have a miracle up their sleeves, I don't see customers being happy with the service.

  • JB

    over 2 years ago


    In the country side where I live we barely get above 1MBPS. We don't get working Analogue TV or Freeview, so I am definitely looking forward to the future!

  • J

    over 2 years ago


    @R. Manby - Totally agree! This is the case in the US where they have already rolled out 4G. It's incredibly expensive to run 4G as an alternative for an at home connection - with unlimited downloads being unobtainable. We will have to wait and see.

  • R. Manby

    over 2 years ago

    R. Manby

    The networks are going to have be a lot more generous with their usage, if it's going used as substitute to broadband in rural areas.

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  • d

    over 2 years ago


    i love ruby higton