Coronavirus Information Bulletin No. 4 – Keep Calm and Entertained!
Posted: 22nd June 2020
During this time of uncertainty, we want to help our customers as much as we can. We have designed a bulletin to enable you to access all the resources and help you need, using your Synapptic device.
While we're all spending more time at home, keeping ourselves entertained and occupied is more important than ever. Synapptic offers you access to a world of entertainment at your fingertips. So, to help you get the most from your Synapptic device, we've selected a few resources and features to get you started.
ENTERTAINMENT WITHIN SYNAPPTIC
Within Synapptic, we've worked hard to integrate many entertainment features into the software. This means that you can use the same simple Synapptic menus to open up these features and start enjoying them right away!
• UK TV
Within Synapptic, you can access over 20 UK TV channels, using our easy menu to scroll up and down and select the channel you want to watch. So, there's no need to download any apps or search online – Synapptic lets you start watching your favourite channel straight away!
Simply go to the Main Menu on your Synapptic device and select the UK TV option from the Entertainment menu.
• BBC iPlayer
Watch BBC TV channels or listen to BBC radio programmes that have been broadcast over the last 7 days. It's easy to catch up with a programme you've missed.
There is a broad range of content available, from news, drama, entertainment, comedy, history and much more. There are also many programmes with audio-description, including the latest series of Killing Eve and soap operas like Eastenders.
To watch BBC iPlayer, there's no need to download an app, as this has been specially integrated into our Synapptic menus. These allow you to select the channel, day and programme you want to watch or listen to.
Simply go to the Main Menu on your Synapptic device and select the BBC iPlayer option from the Entertainment menu.
• RSS Newsfeeds
Within Synapptic, you can easily keep abreast of all the local, national and international news, through RSS newsfeeds. RSS feeds bring the news headlines directly to you, avoiding the need to search the internet. RSS newsfeeds bring many, many news sources together, from UK newspapers like The Telegraph, The Guardian and the Daily Express to international news content from agencies like Reuters.
Using our simple Synapptic menus, you can add your favourite RSS newsfeeds to one list by choosing from some of our recommended sources. Once you've selected the newsfeed and story you're interested in, Synapptic will display the text on-screen and start reading out the content straight away!
Simply go to the Main Menu on your Synapptic device and select the RSS News option from the Entertainment menu.
• Internet Radio
Within Synapptic, you can listen to hundreds of local and national radio stations within the UK. These are streamed through the internet, but are easy to find using simple Synapptic menus. Synapptic also gives you access to hundreds of international radio stations, from Australia to the USA and many more in between!
Simply go to the Main Menu on your Synapptic device and select the Internet Radio option from the Entertainment menu.
ACCESSING ENTERTAINMENT THROUGH APPS
There are many apps now available, which help you to access entertainment quickly and easily through your mobile device. Here's a selection of some of the most popular apps, for watching TV and films, or listening to the radio.
• Pluto TV App
Pluto is a free TV service with over 200 channels covering Movies, Entertainment, News, Comedy, Sports, Tech, Kids, Music and much more! It has both live and on-demand content, mainly from the USA, but also includes content from the UK.
To download this app, select the Play Store option on the Toolbox Menu and search for ‘Pluto TV' using the text box at the top of the screen.
This is a subscription service, giving you access to a massive range of films and TV shows, which you can watch on your Synapptic phone or tablet. There is no limit to the number of devices you can link to your Netflix subscription. Plans range from £5.99 to £11.99 per month and there's no contract, so you can cancel at any time. More expensive plans allow Netflix to be used on more devices at the same time.
Netflix allows you to stream content to watch now or download programmes to watch later, if you don't have an internet connection. You get access to a massive range of films, documentaries, TV box sets and much more.
In addition, Netflix invests heavily in its own original programming, called Netflix Originals, which includes popular UK dramas like After Life and The Crown, to US dramas like Ozark, Orange is the New Black and Our Planet.
To download this app, select the Play Store option on the Toolbox Menu and search for 'Netflix' using the text box at the top of the screen.
Britbox is a similar service to Netflix, created by the BBC and ITV and shows content exclusively from the UK. It includes award-winning British dramas, comedies, films and documentaries from the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and Channel 4. Subscription is £5.99 per month and gives full access to box sets like Spooks, Doctor Who, Victoria, Prime Suspect, Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Doctor Foster and much more.
To download the BritBox app, select the Play Store option on the Toolbox Menu and search for 'BritBox' using the text box at the top of the screen.
• Now TV
This is a subscription service, giving you access to TV shows and films that aren't available on Freeview. You can watch on your Synapptic tablet or phone and can connect 6 devices to your account. You can choose between different passes and there's no contract, so you can cancel at any time.
There are 5 passes to choose from, including the Entertainment Pass for £8.99 per month, which includes over 300 box sets, that can be watched either on demand or can be downloaded and watched later.
This allows you to watch shows like Parks & Recreation from Sky Comedy, Chernobyl from Sky Atlantic and Game of Thrones from HBO. It also gives you access to other channels like Sky History, Sky Arts and National Geographic.
Or you could subscribe to the Sky Cinema Pass, which gives you access to over 1000 films, for £11.99 per month. All passes come with a free 7-day trial, except the Sky Sports Pass.
Please be aware that if you have an older device, you may have difficulty running some of the features and apps mentioned above. However, as an existing customer you can replace an old Synapptic device with one of our brand new models and save up to £199! We'll also transfer your Synapptic software and data for free!
If you need a new device or help with accessing anything mentioned in this bulletin, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0191 909 7 909.