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#WIN with NOW TV

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** In between all the 4K’s and the 3D’s and the VR and whatever the next big thing is in TV land, there seems to be one little constant peeking behind all these and trying to get your attention – Media Streaming.

A lot of us are already Media Streaming on an almost constant basis with the likes of Orange is The New Black on Netflix or Extant on Amazon Instant Video. Let’s face it; these shows aren’t going to watch themselves. Staying in your pyjamas and binge watching them is what Sundays are made for. Some of you are still in the dark over all this though, so we’re going to make it even easier with the Now TV box.

NOW TV logo

This little wonder is a set top box you plonk under the TV, connect it using a HDMI cable and you’re pretty much good to go. All that’s left is connecting it to your WiFi and sign up to the package that suits you best and you’re ready. Even better, this isn’t one of those super expensive set top boxes; these are only £20 each!!

Because Now TV is really flexible, there are even a few different packages to cater to all your viewing needs.

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For those of you that love nothing better than spending lazy afternoons watching rom-coms (or the odd sneaky action flick), there’s the Now TV Movie Package. This gives you access to over 1000 of the best films from Sky Movies live and on demand. So whether you’re singing along to Let It Go with Frozen, or watching Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista kicking alien butt in Guardians of The Galaxy, you’re pretty much set. You even get two months access to all movies to start you off with this package!

Movies

For the previously mentioned series bingers, there’s the Now TV Entertainment Package. This covers 13 channels including Sky Atlantic (Game of Thrones and Mad Men), MTV (Geordie Shore “WHY-AYE!”) and even keeping the kids quiet with Nickelodeon. Not that you’d ever be caught watching Spongebob… Honest… This one also starts you off with 3 months access to the Entertainment channels.

Entertainment

And finally, for the sports lovers among you, there’s the Now TV Sports Package. This one includes two 24 hour passes for all 7 Sky Sports channels, so whether you want to catch the Champions League Final, any of the F1 races or any Gold tournaments, this one sets you up perfectly!

And because Now TV are trying to make life as easy as possible for you, after your complementary access runs out, it will auto renew (or cancel, if you choose to do that). You can even have multiple packages which are easily added from the Now TV website!

The best part of these little gadgets? You’re not restricted. You can register on up to 4 devices, and stream from 2 at the same time. So if you want control of the TV, you can log in on a tablet and pass that off to the other half or the kids!!

You even get access to all the On Demand channels you’d expect – BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. Facebook, Spotify and YouTube aren’t an issue either, just log in and off you go!

And now for you lucky lot, we even have a “Big Night In” prize for you to get your hands on. You’ll get:

  • 1 Now TV Box

  • 2 Month Movies Pass

  • 3 Month Entertainment Pass

  • £50 Chocolate Hamper

You just need to answer this question in the comments section below – Who plays Tyrion Lannister in the series Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic?

Good Luck!!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment answering the question.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight 16/05/2015.
  4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.
  5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 31/05/2015.
    Prize:

    • 1 Now TV Box
    • 2 Month Movies Pass
    • 3 Month Entertainment Pass
    • £50 Chocolate Hamper
      NOW TV Box requires WiFi, HDMI connection (supplied) and NOW TV account. Valid debit/credit card required to set up NOW TV account. Month passes renew automatically unless cancelled [£6.99 pm for an Entertainment Pass and £9.99 pm for a Movies Pass]. Further terms apply.

    There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.

  7. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.
  8. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.
  9. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328
  10. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Him

Last year, we tried to take the stress out of Valentine’s Day and give you a rundown of all the things we thought he’d love. This year, we’re at it again making sure all you have to do, is pick the right outfit!

So sit back, relax and take a look at our top picks for Valentine’s Day, whether doing it on a budget or going all out to make an impression!

Working on a Budget

If you’re trying to keep the costs down this year, then we’ve got a great range of gifts under £20 right here.  So if it’s Novelty Gifts, Food and Drink Gifts (through the stomach and all that!) or even Sporting Gifts, take a look at a couple of our favourites.

Novelty

Personalised Purple Ronnie Mug – This is always going to be a winner – with a poem on one side and his name on the other, he’s going to know exactly what you think of him. If you’re lucky, you might even get one of those silly grins while he gets the kettle on!

Novelty gifting

If he’s still loving Breaking Bad (who isn’t?) and is excited for the spin-off due February 2015, Better Call Saul (again, who isn’t?), then what better way to increase the anticipation that with the book Better Call Saul: The World According to Saul Goodman? With topics like dealing with client’s wives, profiles of said clients and even tips on money laundering, this is a great accompaniment to the upcoming show!

The old Favourites

If you’re looking for a little something that you can benefit from too, and make sure he smells great, you might want to take a look at  our range of aftershaves here. If you’re still stuck, some of our top sellers at the minute are:

For Him

 1. Calvin Klein Contradiction for Men 100ml EDTn 2. Paco Rabanne 1 Million 100ml Gift Set, 3. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male 75ml EDT, 4. Armani Code Mens 50ml EDT, 5. Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme 125ml EDT

Diesel

 (A personal favourite of mine is Diesel Only the Brave – just putting it out there…)

While we’re on the subject of smelling good, how about looking good? We’ve got everything he could need for the home pampering experience with our men’s grooming range. Whether he wants to sport the clean shaven look with a new shaver, or just keep his skin at its best with our skincare products, we’ve got everything that will have him looking great for the date.

Grooming

Underwear

If aftershave doesn’t tickle your fancy, take a leaf out of our book and grab him some underwear. Justin Bieber aside, we know you love us men in a nice pair of Calvin Kleins and we have a great range.

Justin Bieber

 

Take a look at our more colourful Polo Ralph Lauren’s, Emporio Armani, Diesel, Hugo Boss and more! Find them all here.

Underwear

 

Or maybe he loves his comforts, so grab him a robe or some novelty slippers!

Robe

 

We love this novelty Spiderman robe, this Space Rug and the slippers!

Novelty robesNovelty Slippers

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The Personal Touch

Get Personal

It’s really easy to wow him without breaking the bank, and one of the best ways to do it is with personalised gifts. Just the extra touch of a gift with his name on it will mean a lot, and with everything from a Personalised Meat Carving Board for the chefs, to a Personalised Whisky and Cohiba Cigar set for the whisky fans (goes GREAT with our Personalised Hip Flask) to a Personalised Leather Wallet (Tan or Black), you should definitely find something for his tastes!

Personalised Whisky and Cohiba Cigar (left) and Personalised Hip Flask (right).
Personalised Whisky and Cohiba Cigar (left) and Personalised Hip Flask (right).

For all of our personalised products, take a look here.

Watches

EVERYONE likes a new shiny gift, and we’ve got a great range of watches for him right here. Some of our favourites are…

Watches Valentine's

1. Diesel Mens Franchise Gunmetal Watch, 2. Guess Exec Stainless Steel Case Black Leather Strap Mens Watch 3. Guess Mens Chase Chrono Bracelet Watch 

For the Gamer in Your Life

Whether he’s been wanting The Last of Us on PS4 (if he hasn’t got it already, he really should. Trust me!), Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One (the history of the infamous Master Chief from the first Halo on the original Xbox through to Halo 4, need I say more?) or even if he’s still playing on his PS3 or Xbox 360, we’ve got a great range that should cater to his every mood.

Here’s a run down of the top games he should have (available on all platforms so make sure you get the right one!):

If you’re thinking about getting him a console and don’t know which to choose – then head over to our gaming guide which has tech guru Julia Hardy talking through both consoles and the games perfect for each!

PS4

 

DVDs

We have a huge range of DVDs and Blu-Rays here at Very, and if you’re the type to try and avoid the crowd, then we’ve got something to cater to everyone. For the romantics, we’ve got classics like Dirty Dancing on Blu-Ray, but a boxset will always go down well for us boys. Our current favourites are Sons of Anarchy and Game of Thrones.

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For the Geek in your life

I’m not going to lie, I’m a big kid at times, and I love to hold on to that with anything related to Star Wars, Batman, or Marvel – getting anything related to these would put a HUGE smile on my face! We’ve even got you covered if he’s a fan of Dr Who or Superman!

Geek Gifts

Mixing it Up

Virgin Experience Days are guaranteed to give him a day he’ll never forget. For the thrill seekers, there’s Bungee Jumping and Indoor Skydiving (all the fun of skydiving, but without the terrifying ‘jumping out of a plane’ bit). If you want to keep it romantic, then how about a Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 or a Night in Paris with a River Cruise.

Experience Days

There’s even a PURE Spa Relaxation Day for 2, so if you fancy going off for a day of pampering together this is perfect!

For all of our Experience Days, take a look here.

So, hopefully, we’ve managed to come to the rescue again this year. Let us know any extra gift ideas you might have had in the comments!

Bye for now,

Marc

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CES 2015 Roundup

CES is that wonderful time of year where all the tech companies gather in Vegas to show off their latest toys and gadgets. So without further ado, check out Julia Hardy’s guides to everything worth talking about at CES.

Tech Trends 2015

Wearable Tech has been making strides over the last couple of years, but it seems like the tech companies are really starting to innovate now the basics are down. Expect to see new choices from Garmin, and even smart headphones that will measure your heart rate as you run and tell you whether to speed up or slow down! for all of our current wearable and smart tech, take a look here.

4K TV – just… be excited. The pictures on these are already phenomenal (and you can see the range we have to offer here), but with most streaming services starting to offer 4K content and the price of the TV’s starting to come down the time has never been better to jump in. Samsung even went one better at this year’s CES, and have shown off a prototype for a bendable 105” (that’s almost 9 feet!!!) 8K TV – although don’t expect that one to hit the mass market JUST yet!

“The Internet of Things” – the short version of this is that you’ll soon have a Smart… everything! Fridges, cat litter trays (yes, really) and everything in between. Not just that, but all your smart tech is finally going to be able to start talking to one another, so compatibility issues might become a thing of the past!

Most Exciting Tech 2015

Sony Smart B Trainer – these are the nifty little headphones that were mentioned in the last video. These are a great little gadget that has what’s called a Smart Playlist. When combined with companion app on your phone, it will create a playlist and with the onboard memory it also means you can even leave your phone at home and it’ll work regardless! Possibly the best thing about these bad boys though, is the in-ear trainer that will tell even you how you’re progressing!

For the dog lovers amongst you, there is the Motorola Scout 5000. Hook this little camera up to his collar and set a boundary (the edges of the garden for example) and you’ll get an alert when Fido explores past the area. And yes, we did say this is a CAMERA – which means you can watch what your dog is getting up to through the magic of your phone! Just try not to look when he decides to… erm… clean…

There are some great tech ideas that would suit people with kids down to the ground. First off – the Sleep IQ Kids Bed. This monitors the little one’s sleep, lighting up underneath the bed if they need to use the loo, so they’re not walking in the dark. It even has a little game you can use with your phone to blast any monsters under the bed! If you need a bed for your kids now though, you can see everything we have to offer here.

There’s also LG’s Twin Wash. This looks like a typical Smart Washing Machine, with all the texts and updates you’d expect, but it actually has another separate slide out washer so you can run two loads at once. So, you can get through all you clothes in the main drum, and baby’s clothes from the last day or two in the smaller drum. Great idea if you want to keep things apart but still get through the washing quickly. Until that is out though, you can see all of our washing machines here.

That’s not all to get excited about though, so check out Julia’s video to see a couple more gadgets to be getting excited about!

The Future of Tech 2015

First off, Drones. I’m not even going to lie – I just want one of these for group party photos. Hook a camera up, take off, hover and snap. Great, interesting pictures just like that. BUT, obviously there are other uses. Businesses are starting to think about using these for deliveries, so one day you could be getting your new dress delivered by flying robot!

Speaking of robots, Multi-functional Robots could be the next big thing. If you’re anything like me, you may already have a robot vacuum cleaning the house while you’re out to a schedule you set. Well, imagine that same robot also has the ability to cut your grass, THEN hoover up the living room, THEN give it a once over mopping for you (that’s the dream, boys and girls!). Fingers crossed, that’s what will be around the corner.

Now if you want something with more practical possibilities (or not so practical in some instances…), 3D Printing is getting better and better. Recent developments have started ‘printing’ food, and the idea is to eventually move into printing yourself off a new outfit to the specification you require.

Virtual Reality is REALLY starting to excite us. The Sony Morpheus, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear VR are some of the big hitters coming your way soon, and VR is opening up a brand new avenue for not just gaming (although a VR horror game is a terrifyingly amazing idea!), but also learning and guided tours in full 360 degree angles.

That’s not all to get excited about though, so check out this video too where Julia tells you everything you should be looking out for.

And that’s it for CES this year! Hopefully you’re all as excited for the upcoming tech as we are!

Bye for now,

Marc

CHRISTMAS Gifts ideas for him

Christmas Gift Ideas: For Him

Eeeeep!! Its Christmas again!! And while wrapping up on the sofa with some Christmas films and a hot chocolate is always amazing, there is also the small matter of presents to consider. Luckily though, we here at Very HQ have got our elf outfits on the go and we’re here to help you pick the perfect gift for your man.

So sit back, carry on watching Home Alone and whether you’re working on a budget, or you’re trying to go extravagant and make a real impression on your special someone, these are our picks to make the man in your life smile.

Stocking Fillers

We’ve got a great range of 3 for 2 gifts and jewellery with many under £20 here at very. With everything from spirits and ale gift sets, to books and everything in between. These are a couple of our favourites.

Transformers Autobot Light – whether he grew up in the 80’s and remembers the original comics and cartoons, or whether he is a fan of Michael Bay’s Hollywood Blockbusters, the big kid in most men loves Transformers and this light will look great either on a bedside table or in a man cave (if he’s lucky enough to have one!).

 

Transformers Autobot Light: Off, left and On, right
Transformers Autobot Light: Off, left and On, right

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (Paperback) – The Autobiography from ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, this bestselling book documents the life and career of the former World Heavyweight Champion, giving a shocking insight into his life before, during and after his decorated career. For any sports fans, or even anyone interested in one of the most famous people the world has known this is a fantastic read.

 

Playing It Safe

If he’s the kind of man who has everything, or if he’s just really hard to buy for, you can’t go too far wrong with Aftershaves, Wallets and Toiletries (we’re easy to please, really!).

These are a selection of our best selling aftershaves.

  1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  2. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
  3. Joop! Homme
  4. Diesel Only The Brave
  5. Armani Code

 

Shop our full range of aftershave here.

You could even use one of the ideas we normally have for you and buy us some underwear. Calvin Klein’s are always a good look, and you can shop our range of CK’s here.

 

The Personal Touch

We’ve got a full range of personalised products with everything covered from pens and cufflinks to pocket watches and wallets. We can’t pass up the opportunity to mention our Personalised Malt Whisky in Silk Lined Gift Box. It can be personalised with up to 99 characters, directly onto the label, so you can even leave him a special message on there . If you wanted to make a set, this Whiskey Glass is the perfect accompaniment.

Personalised Whisky and Personalised Whisky Glass
Personalised Whisky in Gift Box and Personalised Whiskey Glass

 

Shop all our personalised products by clicking here.

 

For the Gamer in your life

We’ve got a great range of classics for all current consoles, like The Last of Us on both PS3 (get it here) and the Remastered version on PS4 (get it here), and the newest blockbusters like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed Unity.

If you’re thinking of going a little extravagant this year though, we’ve also got a great range of console bundles for PS4 and Xbox One along with PS3 and Xbox 360. We’ve even got you covered if he’s interested in Nintendo’s Wii U or 3DS! We love this Xbox One bundle that comes with the limited edition white Xbox One console, a copy of Sunset Overdrive, PES 2015 and Titanfall, So whether he’s footy mad, or likes shooting anything that moves, he’s covered with this bundle! Get it here.

White Xbox One Bundle
White Xbox One Bundle

 

Can’t decide? Then check out our Xbox One Vs PlayStation 4 infographic, filled with facts and figures to help you decide which console is best not just for your man, but for the whole family.

 

Christmas Time

First, we’d just like to take a moment to apologise for the dodgy pun, but it did lead me quite nicely into mentioning some of our watches, and a few of our favourites.

  1.  Diesel Baby Daddy Gunmetal and Brown Strap Mens Watch
  2.  Police Patrol Black Leather Strap Mens Watch
  3.  Ben Sherman Blue Dial Stainless Steel Bracelet Mens Watch
Left to Right: Diesel, Police, Ben Sherman
Left to Right: Diesel, Police, Ben Sherman

Shop all our men’s watches here.

 

Something different

Did you know our  Experiences Collection has everything from a Night in Paris With River Cruise to 4×4 Off Road Driving Thrills brought to you by ‘Virgin Experience Days’?

Our best sellers include Hot Air Balloon Flights and Spa Days but if you’re looking for something a bit more off-the-wall for him then there is Indoor Skydiving in a wind tunnel, The Incredible Auto Circus where he can take part in 6 exciting motor racing events and an Aerobatic Flight where he can experience the thrill of aerobatic manoeuvres to name a few!

Shop all our Experiences by clicking here.

Hopefully this has taken the stress out of your Christmas shopping this year, and don’t forget to check out our Very Treats when you pick his gifts, so that you can get a little something for yourself thrown in especially from us for your efforts!

Now back to Muppet Christmas Carol!!

Bye for now,

Marc

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The Evil Within

I like nothing better than being scared witless at Halloween, and for me at least, films just don’t cut it anymore (except for The Conjuring – but let’s not talk about that one…), so I prefer to be in control when I get my scares.

That’s why The Evil Within is both a ridiculously exciting, and terrifying at the same time. Releasing 14th October for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, this is a call back to the old school horror games you might have played years ago. It even has the creator of the original Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami directing it!

It’s a typical horror story set up, detective goes to investigate the scene of a mass murder, and everything goes crazy from there, but after the last few years of horror games making a comeback, with Outlast available to download for PC, PS4 and now Xbox One, and the FANTASTIC The Last Of Us on PS3, and remastered for PS4, it seems like the perfect time for one of the original masters of Survival Horror to mark his spot in your nightmares again!

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The Evil Within

If you’re looking for a night of horror games to fill your Halloween this year, you can’t go wrong with my little list…

The Evil Within – I’ve already said plenty about this one, but I really can’t describe how excited I am to get hold of it. Even if I do end up hiding behind the couch to play it…

Alien: Isolation – This is another new release (out 7th October), and has been developed with the idea of capturing the tense nature of the original movie, and the original stalking, unstoppable Alien. It even has original computers and monitors from the films to stay as faithful to them as possible! The game is based around Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, looking for her mother after her disappearance. Sigourney Weaver has even stepped back into the role of Ellen Ripley to give the game a real connection with the movies. Available Here on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.

Alien Isolation
Alien Isolation

The Last Of Us – With all the awards this game has received, plus the horror elements after a zombie style virus wiped out most of humanity; it would be a crime not to mention this for anyone who hasn’t played it already. Get it Here on PS3, or PS4.

The Last of Us
The Last of Us

PT – this is just a demo (which means it’s free!!), available on both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, but this scared me more in the hour or so it took to play through it than most games have in their entirety! If you haven’t already checked this one out, look for a surprise star at the end…

So what will the gamers among you be playing this Halloween? Comment and let us know!!

Bye For Now,

Marc

STAG AND HEN

Stag/Hen Do Fancy Dress

Summer is a great time of year. The sun, the beer gardens, the holidays, and most importantly, the weddings. Actually, there is one thing that’s AT LEAST as important as the wedding… The Stag Party and Hen Party! For the Best Man or Maid of Honour, this is your last opportunity to completely embarrass the Bride or Groom as a singleton. And at Very, we’re MORE than happy to help you honour this age old tradition with our fancy dress ranges!

For the Stag Do, we’ve got everything from Toy Story’s Buzz and Woody to Sonic the Hedgehog. But if you want a theme, you can’t go wrong with Superheroes. My picks? The Fastest Man Alive – The Flash, The Dark Knight – Batman, The Man of Steel – Superman and Tony Stark himself – Iron Man. For all men’s fancy dress, click Here.

Now obviously the Hen Do is going to be a more refined affair. None of that fancy dress lark, none of that drunken… Oh who are we kidding? The girls enjoy a bit of dressing up even more than the men!! Luckily, we’ve got you covered, with anything from Cruella de Vil to ‘Pop Starlet’ outfits! Faux Real have a great range of fancy dress t-shirts, so you can party as a biker crew (complete with tattoos!), a troop of Hula dancers or even have a bikini party!  For all of our women’s fancy dress click Here.

Faux Real

Not everyone is brave enough for fancy dress, and we’ve even got you covered if that’s the case. With our Ultimate Hen Party and Ultimate Stag Party kits, it even takes all the effort out of getting the fun stuff! Both of these kits have everything you need to send off the Married-To-Be, including the Bride to Be and Groom to Be sash! We’ve even got a full range of booze right Here that’ll keep the night flowing!

Ultimate Stag Party Kit and Ultimate Hen Party Kit
Ultimate Stag Party Kit and Ultimate Hen Party Kit

Now, we’ve helped you prepare, all you need to do is make sure the groom turns up on the day, and that the bride isn’t TOO late!

Bye for now,

Marc

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#WIN a gamers dream bundle with Watch_Dogs!

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** Have you ever been stuck in traffic on the way home and wished you could control the lights?

Ever wanted to increase your bank balance at the touch of a button?

With Watch_Dogs, the latest release from Ubisoft you can do all this and more.  Available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC, you take control of Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled hacker who can play around on either side of the law.

This Third-person Open World Action Adventure is set in an alternate Chicago where CtOS (Central Operating System)is a supercomputer that controls every piece of technology in the city and contains information on all the city’s residents.

At Very, we’ve been getting more and more excited for this game, and so we’ve managed to snag some prizes, just for you lovely people.

Prize outline:
2 x bundle giveaways – 1 for the XB1 & 1 for the PS4 consisting of:

  • 1x Aiden Pierce figurines
  • 1x WD t-shirts
  • 1x WD Hoodies
  • 1x WD 4 GB credit card stlye USB drives
  • 1x Watch_Dogs DedSec collector’s edition

To enter, all you have to do is comment below and tell us what is the name of the lead character & genius hacker in the Watch_Dogs game? Also let us know whether you would prefer the XB1 bundle or PS4 bundle.

Good luck!

Marc

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment answering the question.

3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight 14th June 2014.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 30.06.14. Prize: 2x bundle giveaways, one per winner plus 1x Aiden Pierce figurine, 1x WD t-shirts, 1x WD Hoodie, 1x WD 4 GB credit card stlye USB drive, 1x Watch_Dogs DedSec collector’s edition (please state whether XB1 Watch_Dogs game or for PS4 Watch_Dogs game). There is no cash alternative. Prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.

8. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.

9. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.

10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328

11. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

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The 4K Future

We already know technology moves at an incredible pace, but since HDTV’s made their mainstream debut almost a decade ago, we haven’t seen too much come along in the way of television. That’s all about to change with the newest creation from the techy bods around the world.

4K Ultra HD TV’s are an amazing advance, with up to 4 times the resolution of traditional 1080p TV’s, giving an unbelievable image on top of all the bells and whistles you’d expect on a Smart TV. And if you’re not sure which set to go for, as always we have you covered here at Very!

If you’re looking to get in early with this new advance, then Samsung have an entry level model, the UExxHU6900 Smart 4K Ultra HD Freeview HD LED TV, available in both 40 inch and 55 inch variants Here. This LED TV has 4 HDMI Ports, so you should be able to connect all the gadgets you can think of including your PS4. This set also comes with Samsung’s own Smart Touch remote too, so you’ll be able to control your new TV with gestures on the handset.

Samsung 4K UEXXHU6900 Smart TV
Samsung UEXXHU6900 Ultra HD Smart TV

If you really want to impress your friends (we know we like to show off when it comes to our new gadgets!), and want a talking point for your living room, then Toshiba might have something right up your street… The 65L9363DB 4K Ultra HD Freeview HD 65 inch 3D TV. And yes, that is a mouthful, even for us! This top of the range set comes with 4 sets of Active 3D glasses, so home cinema nights are a real possibility! Like the Samsung model, this one also comes with 4 HDMI slots, so you’ll have an excuse to pick up that Xbox One to sit underneath it now.

Toshiba 65L9363DB 4K 3D TV
Toshiba 65L9363DB Ultra HD 3D Smart TV

Now before you start to worry that your Blu-Ray collection might need starting up again with 4K Blu-Rays, just sit back and relax. Both the Samsung and the Toshiba automatically upscale your Blu-Rays to Ultra HD, so all your discs are safe and will look even better thanks to these wonders (just in case you needed any more reasons/excuses to replace the old TV)!

If you’re not quite in the market for a 4K TV just yet, BUT you are looking for a new set for the living room, then Sony have the W8 42 inch Smart, Passive 3D, Full HD LED TV. This one even comes with a Soundbar, so it’s almost a full home cinema system in one awesome little  package. As it’s not Ultra HD, the picture doesn’t quite have the same impact as the other models mentioned, but it will definitely still turn some heads!

Sony W8 42 inch Smart Passive 3D, Full HD, LED TV
Sony W8 42 inch Smart Passive 3D, Full HD, LED TV

No matter which of these TV’s you pick though, you should be perfectly catered for whether you’re a lone wolf or have a bustling family to take care of. Many Smart TV’s have the ability for individual profiles for anyone in the household, with everything to personalise, from favourite shows to favourite actors! And with Netflix available as an app, even if nothing is on, you’ll still be able to find something to keep you or the kids entertained.

All in all, the 4K Revolution is steamrolling it’s way in, what better time to make the jump??

Bye for now,

Marc

Wearable tech

Smarter By The Minute!

Here at Very, we love keeping up with the latest tech trends, and obviously we also love to keep you up to date with these trends too, so now that wearable tech is becoming a major player, its only right that we give you the inside scoop on the best choices out there.

Smart Watches are a great call if you want full functionality to go with your phone. With everything from taking calls (bringing memories of wanting to be a Power Ranger and talking to your watch!) and checking our Twitter and Google+ pages to tracking your sleep patterns and even taking notes of your mood, these are great accompaniments to your phone. Most Smart Watches are Android only at the minute, so any iPhone owners might need to wait a little longer!

The Galaxy Gear (available in a range of colours here) is great if you own a Samsung Galaxy phone, with dedicated apps and even a camera on the strap – great for quick snaps! This watch even has 4GB of storage so if you have Bluetooth headphones, you’ll be able to listen to all your music directly from the watch.

Galaxy Gear Range
Galaxy Gear Range

If you really want to turn some heads though, the Gear Fit, with its curved AMOLED screen is perfect for you! This one doesn’t have the camera, or the music storage capacity of the Gear, but is a fantastic lifestyle companion. After adding a few details, like your height and weight, and it’ll soon be tracking your heart rate during exercise, steps taken and even your sleep patterns! Both this and the Galaxy Gear are only compatible with Samsung phones however, but luckily we have you covered with our next choice.

Samsung Gear Fit
Samsung Gear Fit

The Sony Smart Watch SW2. Like the Galaxy Gear, it has a touch screen and a lot of apps for full connectivity. The battery on this one lasts longer though, so if you’re forgetful when it comes to charging then you can go 3-4 days without charging (5-6 with light use) compared to the Galaxy’s 1-2.

Sony Smart Watch SW2
Sony Smart Watch SW2

It’s not just Smart Watches we cater for. We also have a range of fitness bands, so if you’re not looking for a watch then the Sony Core Smart Band SWR10 is a great choice that looks after most aspects of your life. It knows if you’re walking, cycling or even travelling by train! This band is even customisable with a range of different coloured bands (available in Small and Large) so you can switch it out every day to meet your clothes or mood.

Sony Core Smart Band SWR10 multicoloured bands
Sony Core Smart Band SWR10 multicoloured bands

If you’ve picked up any of these little beauties, let us know in the comments. What do you think of your new toy? And don’t forget, you can leave reviews for any product on Very to tell us what you think of them!

Bye For Now,

Marc

Marc--Star-Wars

May The Fourth Be With You!

May The Force Be With You! With the hype starting to build for Episode VII (December 18, 2015 – what a Xmas present that’s going to be!) and Star Wars Day on the 4th May, we thought now would be a perfect time to celebrate the iconic universe with a few of our favourite picks from Very.

First off, we have the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-Ray, perfect to sit on the couch all day and marathon from start to finish. The mammoth 9 disc set has a disc dedicated to each film, plus an extra 3 discs of bonus materials, giving more than 40 hours total running time! If that’s not enough to veg out and watch, we also have the full boxset of The Clone Wars, from series 1-5 on both Blu-Ray (here) and DVD (here). This series is set between Episodes II and III and is great for both newcomers and die hard fans! We even have a great range of games for when you want to live out your fantasies of being a Jedi or Sith on screen. For our full range of Star Wars games, DVD’s and Blu Rays click Here.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Left) & Star Wars: The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 (Right)
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Left) & Star Wars: The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 (Right)

For the men who want to show their loyalty to The Empire, you might want to don either our  Mens Stormtrooper T-shirt, or the Mens Darth Vader T-shirt (which this Very blogger has hanging in his wardrobe!). If you’re going the whole hog and you’re throwing a Star Wars themed party (complete with Death Star shaped disco ball hanging from the ceiling and the Cantina theme playing on repeat!) then we’ve got you covered with our fancy dress range, with a Men’s Stormtrooper costume, a Women’s Princess Leia costume and plenty more besides right Here.

We’ve also got a GREAT range of toys and games to keep the little ones (and the big kids) entertained. We especially like the LEGO Star Wars AT-RT, which comes with a mini Clone Trooper figure, a mini Droid figure and (this is our favourite bit) a miniature Yoda figure too!! If you’re feeling a little more destructive… Ahem, if the KIDS are feeling a little more destructive, then we have the Star Wars Angry Birds Star Destroyer. Mixing the insanely popular phone game of Angry Birds with the Star Wars universe and coming with 10 themed Angry Birds, this set will keep you (erm, the kids… honest…) quiet for hours! To see our full range of Star Wars toys, click Here.

LEGO Star Wars AT-RT (Left) & Star Wars Angry Birds Star Destroyer (Right)

Hopefully that’s got you as excited we are to celebrate Star Wars Day, so once again, from us here at Very, May The Fourth Be With You!

Bye For Now,

Marc

Marc--Very¹s-Running-Tech-Guide

Very’s running tech guide

Marathon season is coming up on us very soon, and if you’re brave/crazy enough to be taking on the challenge (like fellow very blogger, Honorary Scouse), or even if you’re just looking to improve your time over one mile, we’ve got the tech that will take all the effort out of monitoring your progress.

Garmin have the Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS Training Watch that comes in two versions, one with and one without a heart rate monitor band. As it’s multisport, you can use this no matter how you want to mix up your routine, whether it’s biking, running or even taking a dip in the pool! It has all sorts of features, from the GPS which will track your exact speed and distance when running or cycling, to being able to tell how far you’ve swam, how many lengths you’ve done and even what stroke you’re using when you’re in the pool!

Garmin 610 Forerunner with Heart Rate Band

Now if you’re looking for something that can track your running only, Nike have a range of Nike+ watches. This one can use GPS to track your pace and distance, but you can also upload your records to the Nike+ website and challenge any friends to spur you on (nothing like a bit of friendly competition!). This watch is also available in 3 colours, Black, White and Blue Glow.

Nike+ Watches

If these are all a little boring for you, and you want a bit of colour in your workout, then you could try either the Sportline Solo 925 Ladies Fitness Watch in Pink, or the Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Watch in grey with pink detail, or in black with red detail. The Sportline watch features a pedometer so can measure your steps and distance, whereas the Garmin uses GPS, so is a little more accurate. Both of these watches measure heart rate with no band required, so like the Garmin multisport watch you can keep an eye out and make sure you’re not overworking.

For all of our fitness watches click here, and for all our sports and fitness equipment click here.

So hopefully this will make that last bit of training go a little easier and knock those extra few seconds off your fastest time! Good luck with whatever run you decide to take part in!

Bye for now,

very_marc

Titanfalls

#WIN To celebrate the release of Titanfall you can get your hand on a copy & a headset!

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** Have you picked up an Xbox One and been looking for a new blockbuster? Do you like hulking around in huge robot suits and raining missiles down on your poor unsuspecting foes’ heads? Well we might just have the PERFECT giveaway for you!

Prepare for Titanfall. Here at Very HQ we’ve been preparing for months! And now we’re giving you the chance to win a copy for Xbox One AND the Titanfall™ Ear Force® Atlas Official Gaming Headset!

Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is an all-new universe juxtaposing small vs. giant, natural vs. industrial and man vs. machine. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experiences in first person action and with Titanfall are focused on bringing something exciting the next generation of multiplayer gaming.

Engage in fast-paced, vertical warfare with the Titanfall™ Ear Force® Atlas Official Gaming Headset. Created specifically with Titanfall in mind, you can feel every bone-jarring footfall of your massive Titan, pinpoint enemy locations and stay in clear communication with other pilots as you battle for control of the Frontier.

For Your Entertainment – Ear Force Atlas isn’t just great for Titanfall. Enjoy your favourite movies and TV shows with superior quality sound, then crank up your tunes from music services like Xbox Music or Skype with friends!

Turtle Beach Titanfall Earforce Atlas Headset

With more than 35 years of audio experience, Turtle Beach delivers innovative technology to provide a competitive advantage and the most realistic and immersive audio experience built into a high quality, comfortable headset. Outstanding sound, features and quality. That’s why Turtle Beach are Number One in Gaming Audio.

To win one of these amazing headsets – AND a copy of Titanfall for Xbox One, all you have to do is answer one question.

Simply comment below and let us know how many years of Audio experience have Turtle Beach acquired?

Good Luck!

Marc

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