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Lars Friedrichs moves from ProSiebenSat.1 to TeraVolt

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 10:26am

TeraVolt, a German media production company and consultancy specialised in the digitalisation of television, has appointed Lars Friedrichs, former director teletext and hybrid TV at ProSiebenSat.1, as its new director. Read the story »

ProSiebenSat.1 invests in online sports portals

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 9:43am

German media company ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired minority shareholdings in global online sports portals EverSport and 90min.com. Read the story »

Microsoft demos 'Project XRay' mixed reality game for HoloLens

EngadgetHD - October 6, 2015 - 7:20am

One of Microsoft's most exciting products to date is HoloLens, and today the company revealed a new mixed reality game for the headset called Project XRay. The title was developed internally, according to Executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson. Similar to the Minecraft experience on HoloLens, Project XRay also looks incredible -- particularly because you can turn most any room into your own gaming canvas. Here, though, you're wearing a holographic weapon on your arm, which you'll need to defend yourself from an attack of flying robots. Once they crawl out of the walls, you can shoot lasers at them -- yes, lasers. "Holograms behave just like real objects; they can interact with environments and with each other," said the Microsoft representative on stage about Project XRay.Slideshow-326467

Victorious expands passion platform globally

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 7:00am

Victorious, the passion platform that powers interactive communities for the world’s biggest creators, today announced its international expansion to Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Read the story »

Here's how to watch Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event

EngadgetHD - October 6, 2015 - 6:40am

First was Apple, then Google and now it is Microsoft's turn to show us fresh devices ahead of the holiday season. As for what we can expect from today's event, Microsoft is rumored to have a few Windows 10 phones on tap, along with details about the Windows 10 Mobile rollout and, most importantly, a new Surface Pro -- the fourth generation of its top-of-the-line hybrid laptop/tablet series. That said, there might be a surprise or two during the keynote, so you're going to want to keep your eyes peeled. You can watch the stream here at 7AM PT/10AM ET, and we'll also be liveblogging the festivities from New York City this morning.

Source: Microsoft

Amazon-owned Twitch finally overhauls its Fire TV app

EngadgetHD - October 6, 2015 - 6:21am

You'd think that since Amazon owns Twitch, Fire TV devices would be the lead platform for its apps but that isn't the case. However, the latest update for the streaming service favored by gamers on Bezos' set-top box is pretty significant and mirrors a lot of what's available on the console and mobile apps. It even outdoes them in a few ways. Of course you can watch plenty of live streams and the top games being played, but the update also brings in profile pages so you can check out exactly who those broadcasters are and check out their archived videos while you're at it.

Source: Twitch

Easel TV adds Electronic Sell Through (EST)

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 6:00am

Easel TV, the multi-screen video software company, has added Electronic Sell Through (EST) functionality to its Suggested TV platform. Read the story »

TVPlayer Plus lets you stream 25 UK pay-TV channels for £5 per month

EngadgetHD - October 6, 2015 - 5:46am

As much as we all love binge-watching TV box sets, sometimes you just wanna poke around and see if there's anything interesting on live TV. Freeview offers a fair channel selection, but anything beyond that typically requires a lengthy (and often pricey) subscription with Sky, Virgin Media, BT or TalkTalk. TVPlayer wants to sit somewhere in between, and having long provided free streams of UK Freeview channels through its mobile apps and online, has today launched its own "Plus" subscription package. For £5 per month, TVPlayer Plus lets users access an additional 25 "premium" channels, including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Eurosport, Sony Entertainment Television and the Sony Movie Channel.

Source: TVPlayer

Orange Digital Ventures invests in Afrostream

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 5:42am

Orange Digital Ventures is participating in the funding of Afrostream, a subscription video on demand service (SVOD) of African, African-American and African-Caribbean films and television series, alongside TheFamily, Cross Culture Ventures I L.P. and ACE & Company. Read the story »

Discovery’s DPlay launches in Benelux

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 5:27am

Discovery’s OTT service DPlay will launch in the Benelux early next year. Read the story »

Türksat/Teledünya adds SPI channels

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 4:59am

Six channels from SPI’s portfolio are being launched by Türksat/Teledünya, the largest cable operator in Turkey. Read the story »

Lexus builds origami-inspired cardboard car

Reuters Technology - October 6, 2015 - 4:52am
Lexus unveils a full-sized model of its new IS saloon made from 1,700 laser-cut cardboard sheets. Powered by an electric motor; it can even be driven. Stuart McDill reports.

Toyota shows off semi-autonomous car

Reuters Technology - October 6, 2015 - 4:52am
Toyota Motor Corp unveils car that can autonomously change lanes, merge with traffic, and overtake other vehicles on highways. Jim Drury reports.

Russian rulings for Discovery and Google

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 4:02am

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has approved a new partnership between Discovery Communications and the National Media Group (NMG). Read the story »

SPI teams up with New Films International

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 3:30am

SPI International has signed a non-exclusive agreement with New Films International. Read the story »

Russia launches successor to Raduga TV?

BroadbandTVNews - October 6, 2015 - 3:11am

The Russian DTH platform Raduga TV, which was backed by Modern Times Group (MTG) and officially ceased operations at the end of last year, may now be operating in a different form. Read the story »

The new Roku does 4K and finds the remote for you

EngadgetHD - October 5, 2015 - 10:29pm

It's clearly video-streaming box season. Apple finally dropped an updated Apple TV, the Chromecast got all colorful and the Fire TV upped its resolution to 4K. Now it's Roku's turn with the new Roku 4. The flatter and wider set-top box sports 4K, has a remote locator (YES!), an updated OS and a redesigned app that makes it easier to travel with your favorite shows. The new device joins the rest of the Roku line instead of replacing anything. Priced at $129, it sits between the Apple TV and Fire but without all the recent drama. Slideshow-325524

Source: Roku

Apollo 15 moon-travelling watch up for auction

CNET Media 2.0 - October 5, 2015 - 7:51pm
A watch worn by Commander Dave Scott during the Apollo 15 moon mission is headed for auction later this month.

See vintage behind-the-scenes 'Back to the Future Part III' footage

CNET Media 2.0 - October 5, 2015 - 7:16pm
Great Scott! A neighbor who lived next to the Southern California home that served as Marty McFly's "Back to the Future" house grabbed a camcorder and shot footage of the third movie being filmed.

Thirty percent of 911 calls in SF are butt-dials, Google report finds

CNET Media 2.0 - October 5, 2015 - 5:56pm
Technically Incorrect: A research paper from the Web giant and the San Francisco Division of Emergency Communications shows that accidental butt-dials are becoming a huge problem for emergency services.

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