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'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U': The Joystiq Review

EngadgetHD - November 21, 2014 - 7:00am

"Who would win in a fight?" is the lighthearted crux of the Super Smash Bros. series, and it's impressive how extensive that conversation has become. Pitting beloved video game characters in unlikely rivalries seems as amusing as it did during the series' 1999 debut, especially when it involves a mix of iconic faces and left-field picks. With fresh contenders, several new competition types and a lite resemblance of Pokémon training in the form of Amiibos, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a meaty talking point that proves the "Who's the best?" debate is still well worth having.

Smash's bouts remain layered -- newcomers can focus on throwing basic attacks by combining button presses with tilts of the joystick, learning deep-cut mastery of evasions and timing in-air knockouts as they add matches to their career. Whatever nuances your play style adopts, everyone's victory involves launching opponents from shared platforms, heaping damage on them to make banishing them to the oblivion beyond the screen's edges more feasible.

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Aereo's video streaming fairy tale ends at Chapter 11

EngadgetHD - November 21, 2014 - 4:39am

When a company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it means that it's mere moments away from being torn to pieces by its creditors. That particular regulation also provides room for a turnaround, but given that the Supreme Court has essentially made its business model illegal, it's not looking good for Aereo. In a letter posted to the TV-streaming service's website, CEO Chet Kanojia tells former users that the challenges the company faced were "too difficult to overcome." In what can only be described as a farewell note, the CEO adds that he's hired restructuring expert Lawton Bloom, presumably to help sell off everything that isn't nailed down to pay off debt. So, farewell then Aereo, you tried to make watching TV easier and for that, you'll always have a place in our hearts.

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Kabel Deutschland to expand HD lineup

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 4:23am

Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland will add further free-to-air and pay-TV channels to its cable network in November 2014. Read the story »

TVN sale moves closer

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 3:40am

Time Warner and Discovery Communications have emerged as the front-runners to buy a majority stake in the Polish national commercial broadcaster TVN. Read the story »

Netflix still dominates US internet traffic, Amazon growing

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 3:36am

Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, accounting for 34.9% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. Read the story »

Currency concerns for Russian pay-TV

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 3:22am

The fall in the value of the ruble is forcing some Russian pay-TV operators to renegotiate contracts with foreign content providers. Read the story »

Freeview campaign looks to the Left Behinds

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 3:20am

Freeview is launching the latest instalment of is popular ‘Entertainment. It’s even better when it’s free’ campaign. Read the story »

Ukrainians open to paid OTT

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 2:59am

Over half (53%) of Ukrainians using the internet now receive OTT services. Read the story »

Blinkbox brings offline movie and TV streaming to the iPad

EngadgetHD - November 21, 2014 - 2:52am

Unlike mobile books and games, video streaming is completely dependent on an internet connection. That's fine when you're at home, but if you're on your way to work or generally on the move, viewing your favourite movies and TV shows can be quite a hassle. Recognising that people might want to keep kids quiet in the back of the car or enjoy a quick episode on their way to work, Tesco's Blinkbox is now letting customers download films and TV episodes for offline use. Currently, you'll need an iPad to take advantage of the feature, and even then you'll still need to actually buy or rent the video you want to watch via a browser (instead of in the app). However, once you've done that, it's a simple case of hitting the little download arrow next to your chosen title before heading out of the door (assuming you're already connected to WiFi).

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Astra 2G remains on schedule

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 2:19am

Final operations have been carried out on the Ascent Unit ahead of the launch of Astra 2G later this month. Read the story »

Cirkus comes to Get

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 2:07am

Cirkus, the on demand platform that offers the ‘Best of British’ TV programmes to international audiences, has launched on Norwegian cablenet Get. Read the story »

New TV channel for Ukraine

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 2:01am

Media Group Ukraine (MGU) has launched a new channel named Indigo TV. Read the story »

Eutelsat TV Awards – Spotlight on music channels

BroadbandTVNews - November 21, 2014 - 1:30am

The winners of the 2014 Eutelsat TV Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in Rome on November 28. Read the story »

​AMD's answer to NVIDIA G-Sync arrives on Samsung monitors in 2015

EngadgetHD - November 20, 2014 - 10:32pm

Looking for a new computer monitor? If you're rocking an AMD-sourced graphics card, you may want to wait a few months. Samsung just announced the UD590 and UE850, the first two monitors with support for FreeSync -- AMD's open-source answer to NVIDIA G-Sync. Both technologies sync GPU output to the monitor's refresh rate, a trick that eliminates visual stutters and tearing. Samsung hasn't announced pricing yet, but says the monitors will be available in 23.6, 27 and 31.5-inch variants.

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Netflix picks up fourth season of popular A&E series 'Longmire'

EngadgetHD - November 20, 2014 - 5:38pm

Fans of A&E's Longmire were pretty vocal when the network announced it would part ways with the series after a massive cliffhanger at the end of season 3. Well, the show will live on at the hands of Netflix. The streaming service nabbed the rights to the fourth season that's set to include ten episodes arriving in 2015. As Deadline Hollywood reported back in August, the show's demographic is much older than most A&E shows, but Longmire had the highest viewership of any scripted series on the channel. If you aren't familiar, the plot centers around rural Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire and his crime-fighting chronicles based on the novels of Craig Johnson -- including a series-spanning search for his wife's killer. The set of new episodes will air in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand when they stream next year.

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Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' on PS4! (update: game over!)

EngadgetHD - November 20, 2014 - 3:30pm
Who doesn't like fighting dragons? That's a serious question. If you excitedly answered "I do!" then this edition of Playdate is just for you. Today we're going to be streaming the first big role-playing game of this new set of consoles, and it's none other than Dragon Age: Inquisition from the folks at BioWare. You know, the studio behind the Mass Effect series and Baldur's Gate. It's a sort of choose-your-own adventure affair in a mature medieval world where decisions made in previous games affect how the story plays out in this third entry. It's also the first RPG running on publisher Electronic Arts' extremely impressive (and apparently pretty versatile) Frostbite toolset that's perhaps best known for powering the Battlefield franchise. And if you're wondering how it all looks, you've come to the right place. We'll be streaming gameplay from the PlayStation 4 starting at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific on this very page.

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Humble Bundle teams with Joystiq on curated charity game sale

EngadgetHD - November 20, 2014 - 12:45pm

The Joystiq staff tried to package and send out boxes of love to everyone on the internet, but shipping costs were crazy. So we helped prepare this Humble Weekly Bundle instead!

The Humble Weekly Bundle Joystiq edition includes Beat Hazard Ultra (plus DLC), Intake, Dungeon of Elements and The Dream Machine chapters 1 - 4, all for whatever price you care to pay. For $6 or more, add on Slender: The Arrival and Primal Carnage. Pay at least $15 and also get Costume Quest 2.

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Amazon launches Prime Instant Video in Austria

BroadbandTVNews - November 20, 2014 - 12:17pm

US online retailer Amazon has commenced offering its subscription service Amazon Prime in Austria. Read the story »

HBO Go is now available for Xbox One

EngadgetHD - November 20, 2014 - 5:09am

After many, many promises, HBO Go is now available on Xbox One. The app is already available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but the Xbox One launch marks the first time the premium streaming service is accessible from a current-gen console. The app supports voice and gesture controls through Kinect, Microsoft says. As always, users will need to have a valid HBO subscription through their cable provider to watch shows, though that's likely change with the launch of the network's standalone streaming service next year.

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RTL feels vindicated by Hungary stance

BroadbandTVNews - November 20, 2014 - 3:56am

RTL Group says that the approval of a new tax law in Hungary has justified its decision to take the matter to the European Commission. Read the story »

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