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Czech heavyweights ink key deal

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 4:22am

CET 21, the licence holder for the leading Czech broadacster TV Nova, has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with UPC, the country’s largest cable operator. Read the story »

Netflix to double original productions

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 4:03am

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Reed Hastings, head of subscription video-on-demand service Netflix, has said it will strongly increase its original productions. Read the story »

HD+ joins FreeTV Alliance

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 4:02am

HD+, free-to-air high definition platform into the German market, has joined the FreeTV Alliance. Read the story »

Telenor enjoys strong growth

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 3:36am

The Telenor Group has reported record revenues of NOK27,685 million (€3,297 million) for the third quarter, up from NOK25,953 million a year earlier. Read the story »

Sky buys into Whistle Sports

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 3:03am

BSkyB has invested $7 million (€5.5 million) in the sport-focused cross-platform network Whistle Sports. Read the story »

M6 maintains steady course

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 2:50am

France’s M6 Group saw its consolidated revenues rise by 0.8% year-on-year to €264.1 million in the third quarter. Read the story »

Manuel Noriega's case against Activision dismissed by California judge

EngadgetHD - October 29, 2014 - 2:47am

Apparently Mayor Giuliani's defense worked: Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega's case against Activision for including his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been dismissed by a California judge. As Kotaku spotted, Activision issued a press release stating that this was an important win for not just video games, but historical fiction in general."This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning and we're gratified that in the end, a notorious criminal didn't win," Giuliani says. So there's that! Anyone who wants to bend the history books a bit to suit their narrative needs should be pretty much in the clear from here on out.

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Via: Kotaku

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Russia eyes further TV ad restrictions

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 2:30am

The first reading of a bill banning advertising that interrupts TV shows will take place in the Russian Duma (parliament) on November 14. Read the story »

Canal+ buys Thema

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 1:58am

Canal + Overseas has agreed to take a majority stake in Thema. Read the story »

Libicki leaves Cyfrowy Polsat

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 1:39am

Dominik Libicki has resigned from the positions of president of Cyfrowy Polsat and VP of Polkomtel after 20 years with the Polsat group. Read the story »

German sportdigital to launch HD channel

BroadbandTVNews - October 29, 2014 - 12:34am

German commercial sports broadcaster sportdigital will launch an HD channel on November 4, 2014. Read the story »

[itvt] Presents...The Interface Showcase at TVOT NYC 2014

TVOT Feed - October 28, 2014 - 11:26pm

  • A Contest and Special Session that Honors the Best TV and Video UI/UX Designs of 2014
  • Deadline for Submissions Is November 18th

[itvt] is pleased to announce that TVOT NYC 2014 will see the return of The Interface Showcase, our popular contest and session that honors the best TV and video User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) designs of the past year.

Here's a video introduction to the Interface Showcase from Wes Williams, Director of Product Management at Scripps Networks Interactive, who will be leading the special Interface Showcase session at TVOT NYC 2014:
 

 

Here's more on how the Interface Showcase works:

An FCC rule change could put internet TV on a level playing field with cable

EngadgetHD - October 28, 2014 - 8:57pm

Right now internet services don't always have the opportunity to show the same content as traditional TV, but the FCC might be about to change that. Chairman Tom Wheeler described in his blog post "Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future" the "first step" to open cable programs and local TV to internet services, by giving them the same classification that cable and satellite providers have. That wouldn't apply to Netflix or Amazon (as they currently exist), but anyone streaming live TV channels over the internet -- like Sony, Verizon and Dish are planning, Intel tried before selling to Verizon, and Apple's TV project has been rumored to include -- would be covered.

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Source: FCC, Aereo (Facebook)

TVOT NYC 2014 DISCOUNT REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

TVOT Feed - October 28, 2014 - 6:21pm

Discount registration for [itvt]'s fifth annual East Coast TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC 2014 (December 9th, at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan's Chelsea district) ends at midnight Friday, October 31st (Halloween).

Discount registration allows you to attend TVOT NYC for just $875, representing a savings of $200 off the regular price of a ticket (and guaranteeing you a seat at this limited-attendance event).

To take advantage of this discounted pricing, click here: http://tvotnyc2014.eventbrite.com

 

 


 

To find out about special group rates (three or more), contact Tracy Swedlow at swedlow@itvt.com or (415) 824-5806.

From November 1st through December 9th, tickets will be priced at $1,075.

For more information about TVOT NYC 2014, please go to our Web site: http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com

Have questions about speaking or sponsorship opportunities? Contact us: 415-824-5806 or swedlow@itvt.com

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Sunset Overdrive' on Xbox One! (update: game over!)

EngadgetHD - October 28, 2014 - 3:30pm

We've been singing Sunset Overdrive's praises for awhile now and it's finally time that the rest of the world gets a chance to play it. The Xbox One exclusive isn't just a killer game, but it's one of the stand-out releases in this year's crowded holiday launch season. What makes it so awesome? Well, for starters it places pure fun over everything else, and coming from the folks responsible for the excellent Ratchet and Clank series for PlayStation hardware it really shouldn't be a surprise. Sunset City is where you're free to dress up exactly how you want (my character is rocking an orange-and-blue pompadour and a pair of underwear with a stuffed kangaroo head dangling off the front; seriously) and shoot ridiculous weapons at former humans while grinding around on power-lines and bouncing off of cars. Never before have we seen vinyl records used to mow down cartoonish mutants, but hopefully it happens a lot more in the future.

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Source: Twitch

Hulu adds old episodes from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and more

EngadgetHD - October 28, 2014 - 3:16pm

If you're like me, you regularly enjoy catching up on favorites from Comedy Central via Hulu. But what about the older stuff? Well, after extending its partnership with Viacom, the streaming service is adding a lot more content for your viewing pleasure. Shows from Nickelodeon will be available for the first time -- including popular items like Hey Arnold! and The Ren & Stimpy Show. The library of previous seasons will benefit as well, with a backlog of Key & Peele, Tosh.0, Mob Wives and more being added "over the next few weeks." Of course, current episodes will continue to be a few clicks away, keeping you up to date on The Daily Show and others.

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YouTube wants Android apps to use its live-streaming tool

EngadgetHD - October 28, 2014 - 2:47pm

It may seem as if YouTube Live is still a work in progress for Google, and in many ways that continues to be the case. That's far from being a bad thing, though. Over the course of the past couple of years, YouTube's live-streaming feature has become available to an increasing number of people on both ends of the camera, by way of different devices and platforms. Soon, with a new open-source project called YouTube WatchMe for Android, the video service is hoping that developers will start integrating its real-time broadcasting capabilities to their apps. Google says the tool is only an experiment right now, but it wouldn't surprise us to see it become more than that in the not-so-distant future. If you're interested in digging a little deeper, or contributing your wisdom to the project, be sure to take a gander at the GitHub repository right here.

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Via: TechCrunch

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There will be a lot of Marvel and DC Comics movies in the next few years

EngadgetHD - October 28, 2014 - 2:20pm

Earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced its roadmap for DC Comics movies through 2020, and today, Marvel Studios revealed its plans as well. Basically, if you're into superhero/comic book movies, you're set for the next seven years. Need a quick rundown of all that's coming? No worries, we've got you covered. All of the box office favorites are on the list, including Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, alongside the debuts of Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and more. In addition to the officially outed titles, DC Comics says that standalone Batman and Superman films will also be released during this timeframe. For the list of upcoming films, jump on past the break.

Update: Not enough for you? There's also a decent-sized preview from The Avengers: Age of Ultron that aired during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..%Gallery-slideshow237954%

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Source: Warner Bros., Marvel

Asia Pacific to lead multiscreen boom

BroadbandTVNews - October 28, 2014 - 2:17pm

People will watch TV and video content on more and more devices as TV everywhere takes off. Read the story »

In the US pay-TV services have peaked

BroadbandTVNews - October 28, 2014 - 2:07pm

While residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline. Read the story »

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