German federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur has initiated the auction of the 700 MHz frequency spectrum. Read the story »
The Nissan GT-R and Chevy's Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo are about to get some fresh company thanks to French automaker Renault. The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo is the latest Gran Turismo 6 ride turned concept vehicle, and weighing in at around 1,984 pounds (900 kilograms) it's lighter than a 2015 Dodge Dart by over 1,200 pounds. Let that sink in for a minute. Okay, still with us? It's rocking a 450 horsepower engine mid-rear, a 199MPH top speed and a rad set of air brakes you can see in the video below. Renault teases that some of the tech from the concept will make it to Alpine's 2016 production model -- which, as Autoblog notes, would be its first since 1995. Should you want a peek at the car in person, it's stationed throughout France until early next month. After that, it's doing laps in Gran Turismo 6 as a free download in March.
Via: The Verge
Source: Gran Turismo
The future of football broadcasts in the UK might be up in the air at the moment, but one important piece of TV rights has already been secured. The BBC announced today it has extended its deal to deliver Premier League highlights until the end of the 2018/19 season. That means you'll continue to see Match Of The Day on a Saturday night (and other select matchdays), Football Focus and a new midweek magazine show that's due to air on BBC Two late on a Wednesday. Oh, and don't forget replays on BBC iPlayer. If you're fan of Lineker and co. or prefer your football highlights without ad breaks, you can rest easy -- you've got another four seasons until that possibility arises again.
Just how lucrative could it be to create and sell virtual items for free games like Valve's Team Fortress 2? Very, it turns out. Valve's recently announced that, since 2011, it's paid out over $57 million to folks participating in its Steam Workshop program -- the service that facilitates the creation and sale of user-generated items (think: virtual hats).
That tally encompasses some 1,500 content makers 3D modeling items for Counterstrike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2 and Team Fortress 2 across 75 countries -- roughly $38,000 per person. If what held you back from making and selling your own custom gear is a white-hot burning hatred for first-person shooters and MOBAs, well, Gabe Newell and Co. have news for you, too: curated workshops are opening for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and first-person slasher Chivalry: Medieval Warfare.
Russia and Hungary finally appear to be backtracking on controversial TV advertising legislation. Read the story »
Sky is to launch its first mobile voice and data services in 2016 following the signature of an MVNO agreement with Telefónica UK, known as O2. Read the story »
Broadband cable services continue to gain in popularity in Hungary, with the number of subscriptions reaching 1,023,939 as of the end of 2014, according to data published by the regulator NMHH. Read the story »
The fate of two national DTT multiplexes still remains unclear in Romania. Read the story »
Polish internet increasingly prefer to watch YouTube and Facebook videos rather than TV channels when online. Read the story »
Ukraine’s Inter Media Group has announced plans to launch a new channel in 2015. Read the story »
TeliaSonera has seen a gradual increase in TV connections in a quarter that saw a modest overall revenue increase of just 1.9%. Read the story »
The Lithuanian incumbent Teo’s IPTV service grew its subscriber base last year at the fastest rate since its launch in 2006. Read the story »
Ralf Gabor, former distribution director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux countries at Turner Broadcasting System Deutschland, will join Munich-based media company Mainstream Media on February 2, 2015. Read the story »
SmartLabs has upgraded an IPTV service operated by the Georgian broadband provider Caucasus Online. Read the story »
LG is still trailing Samsung and Apple in total smartphone sales (and profits from them), but the company just revealed its financial data for the last year and has plenty to be happy about. It sold 59.1 million smartphones last year, up nearly a quarter from what it moved in 2013. The report didn't explain when we can expect the G Flex 2 in the US or leak what's in the next big G series phone, but said the company will "concentrate on improving its brand power, operating more efficiently, and focusing on selective key markets." Its TV business is doing well too, where profits grew 31 percent from last year to $482 million. Still, the company had a net loss in the last quarter of 2014 because of write-offs related to shutting down its plasma TV business as it ramps up Ultra HD and OLED.
Samsung's profits have been on an upward swing driven by several popular versions of its Galaxy smartphones, but 2014 is going into the books as an off year. It still posted a $4.88 billion profit in Q4, but for the year it was down 32 percent from 2013 and had the lowest profit since 2011, which can be traced to a drop in smartphone shipments. So what's the plan for 2015? Other than shipping more of those curved SUHD TVs we saw, it's focusing on phone sales in India and China, planning a "diversified portfolio with unique designs" of wearable devices and launching more new phones like the Galaxy A series. It's also focusing on its processor building business, and it seems more likely than ever that the next round of Galaxy phones will have Samsung CPUs inside instead of Qualcomm. That might not be enough to keep up with the Joneses Apple for the coming year, but it will have to do.
When Sony unveiled its PlayStation Vue streaming service, it painted a rosy picture of what you'll get: tons of channels! You'll never look at TV the same way again! But what's it like to use in the real world? You won't have to wait until the formal launch to find out, apparently. One early user has shared impressions with GigaOM, and the early signs suggest that it might just beat Dish's Sling TV... in certain circumstances, anyway. The interface is polished and speedy, and your viewing rights are much more consistent than what Sling TV delivers. As a rule, you can assume that you'll have the promised 28-day window to watch saved shows from a cloud DVR.
Fox International Channels (FIC) has appointed Vera Pinto Pereira as the new Managing Director of FIC Spain and Portugal. Read the story »
Amendments to the controversial legislation that prohibited advertising on pay-TV channels in Russia, with a few exceptions, from the start of this year have drawn a mixed response from the industry. Read the story »