US pay-TV channel The QYOU has expanded to Germany, transmitting in both SD and HD quality on Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain. Read the story »
Global adspend will grow 4.4% to reach US$544bn in 2015, and will accelerate to 5.3% growth in 2016, according to ZenithOptimedia’s new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts. Read the story »
SCC’s Express-AM7 satellite has reached geo-stationary orbit and commissioning is on track to start in May this year. Read the story »
Moldova has approved amendments to broadcast legislation that will require the names of the owners of TV and radio stations to be made public. Read the story »
Gazprom Media Holding (GMH) has announced the appointment of Aleksandr Vronsky as the new CEO of the DTH platform NTV-Plus. Read the story »
Chris Dziadul speaks to Stefan Amon, Director Wholesale, A1 Telekom Austria, about the company’s strategy and plans for the future. Read the story »
If you were intrigued by PlayStation Vue as a substitute for cable TV but refused to sign up until you could watch The Walking Dead, it's time to hop aboard. Sony has added AMC Networks to Vue's channel roster, giving you AMC proper as well as IFC, Sundance and WEtv. Be prepared to pony up if you just have to catch Portlandia, though -- while you'll get AMC and WEtv in the base Access package, IFC and Sundance are only available if you've subscribed to Core or Elite. This certainly isn't the best deal if you care about AMC or IFC above all else (Sling TV offers it as part of its $20 bundle), but it'll make Vue a better value for your cord-cutting dollar.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Following a court hearing on its pending patent case with Netflix Rovi’s stock dipped almost 12%, but the company said it remains confident claiming no judgement has yet been made. Read the story »
Nintendo's Legend of Zelda game in development for Wii U is no longer due out in 2015, producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video (embedded after the break) today. "I must apologize to you all that were expecting the game by year's end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority," Aonuma says. "Instead, our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make The Legend of Zelda for Wii U into a game that will reward you for your patience, so thank you for your continued support."
Source: Nintendo (YouTube)
Take the edge off of a full work week with a bit of Super Mario 64, available for download or playable right in your browser thanks to ingenious Unity developer Roystan Ross. He calls it Super Mario 64 HD, and it features the original game's first level, "Bob-Omb Battlefield." Ross promises that everything is just as players of the 1996 game will remember, with a few exceptions, including no red coins and no Big Bob-Omb. But, it's still Super Mario 64 in your browser (not your Bowser). Happy Friday, indeed!
Via: Kotaku UK
Source: Roystan Ross
Valve, the company that spawned Steam, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Half-Life, will hand out dev kits of its Vive virtual reality headset to select developers at no cost, company spokesperson Doug Lombardi tells Ars Technica. Valve plans to launch a new site next week where developers, big and small, can sign up to potentially score an early version of the Vive. There are no firm guidelines determining which studios will actually get a dev kit, the site reports, and it's unclear how many are up for grabs in this freebie round.
Source: Ars Technica
Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached an agreement with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands. Read the story »
The question of whether online portal TVCatchUp can rebroadcast UK commercial channels is heading to the European Court of Justice. Read the story »
Wuaki.tv, the European video-on-demand (VOD) provider backed by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, has appointed Sébastien Janin as its head of international business development. Read the story »
The DTG has published details of the technology foundations to Freeview Play, the new connected TV service on the UK’s terrestrial platform. Read the story »
KIPCO says it sees enormous potential in its Middle Eastern pay-TV operation OSN. Read the story »
The BBC is to rebrand its connected Red Button service as Red Button+. Read the story »
HBO will increase the network’s current events coverage, bringing Vice’s brand of journalism and breaking news content to its subscribers. Read the story »