The Romanian Competition Board (CC) has launched an investigation into the sale of TV rights for Liga 1, the country’s top football league. Read the story »
Airbus Defence and Space is to build an innovative new satellite on behalf of Eutelsat. Launching in the first half of 2017 Eutelsat 172B will be the first European satellite to demonstrate electric propulsion for orbit raising. Read the story »
Telenet has recorded its best triple play ads since 2009. Liberty Global’s Belgian affiliate said it added an additional 17,900 triple-play subscribers in the second quarter taking its overall triple play count close to 1 million. Read the story »
Germany’s second-largest cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW will offer a range of normally encrypted HD channels free of charge to its customers from August 1 to August 31, 2014. Read the story »
Pay-TV was one of the main drivers for Telefónica’s business in its home market Spain in the second quarter. Read the story »
A new DTH platform operating under the MTS brand will launch in Russia in Q4 this year. Read the story »
The swapout of older BT Vision boxes in favour of the new YouView units has resulted in the loss of 35,000 customers. Read the story »
It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a first quarter net profit of around $265 million. The bulk of the good news comes from the PlayStation 4 and Sony Pictures, the company's film and TV arm that benefited from the successes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 22 Jump Street. The only sore point on the company's financials is that its mobile division continued to see sales of Xperia handsets drop -- a loss that even managed to offset a favorable bump in the exchange rate. The corporation is still predicting that it'll eat around $487 million in losses across the year, so don't be surprised if someone greenlights 23 Jump Street in the next couple of weeks.
Source: Sony (.PDF)
Netgem had no operating income in the first half of this year due to a 36% year-on-year increase in operating expenses, which amounted to €14.9 million. Read the story »
Remember that new Google Fiber box we spotted in the FCC last month? It's almost here. According to Kansas City residents in Google's beta program, a new router is on the way that combines the service's existing network and storage boxes into a single unit. The unit is also reported to be ushering in a Google Fiber Android app. There aren't too many other details (though forum users did confirm the WiFi upgrade we saw in the FCC) but Dave Zats did find a new image lurking on Google's servers, pictured above.
The movie industry has seen its share of struggles as we transition into a digital future, and likely no one has felt the pinch more than film company Kodak. The struggling outfit is getting a life-raft, though, in the form of several studios committing to buy a set amount of celluloid per year regardless of if any of their movies are even made using film. As The Wall Street Journal tells it, directors J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino -- all who've professed their love for celluloid quite publicly -- were part of the lobbying council for the business deal. Why? Because they adore the look and feel of working with the physical format. Nolan's Interstellar and Abrams' upcoming Star Wars are both being shot on film, but for better or worse, though, these filmmakers are a dying breed.
Via: A/V Club
Source: Wall Street Journal (1)
Samsung's new TVs have pressed 4K and curved frames as features, but what if you want one that's only curved sometimes? That's where a bendable TV comes in, and Samsung says it will release the industry's first one on August 1st in Korea. We got a peek at an 85-inch version in January at CES (check after the break for video of the demo unit), but the one going on sale is 78-inches. We're not sure how much it will cost, but we're betting the feature isn't cheap. As usual, Samsung is dueling with its Korean counterpart LG, which showed off a flexible OLED TV at CES. Both recently announced 105-inch Ultra HDTVs for sale, and are furiously chasing the title of "best screen almost no one can afford to buy." If this one gets a US release date, we'll let you know which store window to look at it through.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Korea)
If this weekend's Lollapalooza festival doesn't have enough electronic music for you, tonight you can catch a live DJ set from Steve Aoki (above) as he spins from Ibiza, Spain. The Twitch broadcast starts at 10 p.m. Eastern, so you might have to pull the neon hula-hoops and rainbow leggings out of the closet a bit earlier than you're used to. It's a free show of course, and you can watch it on basically every platform at hand -- gaming console, mobile device or even via this Chromecasted browser tab on your flat-screen. If competitive gaming is more your style, however, the streaming behemoth has something more traditional in store for you. Following its PAX Prime booth broadcast, Twitch is doing a digital premiere of Die Noobs, a documentary following two decade-long online gaming pals as they finally meet in person and then train to compete in their first-ever eSports event.
Sony's had limited tests of its cloud-based gaming service running for the last few months, but it's taking PlayStation Now to the next level tomorrow by letting anyone with a PS4 (that's in the continental US or southern Canada) join in. There's a new blog post and video up now telling gamers what to expect: PS3 games, cloud saves, trophies, and "a variety of rental periods" depending on the game. As far as an all-you-can-eat option following the lead of Netflix or EA's just-announced EA Access -- that Sony doesn't think you need -- Sony reaffirmed that it's working on a subscription option for PS Now, but didn't provide any more details. As for how much it costs now, there will be four-hour rentals for $2, as well as 7-, 30- and 90-day options for between $3 and $20, across a library of more than 100 titles. You can check out our hands-on impressions from CES after the break, or check out Sony's website for more information like which games are available (Metal Gear Solid V, Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, Ultra Street Fighter IV and more.)
Despite years of rumors about what Apple might, could or should do to revolutionize the TV experience, the company hasn't done much beyond releasing (and occasionally updating) its Apple TV set-top box. The Information reports that engineers working on the long-rumored project to go further, have been told not to expect a launch this year, and are targeting 2015. If true, the leaks today reflect mostly the same situation as they did about two years ago, with Apple trying to talk cable operators and studios into a sort of joint operation. That way, viewers could watch live TV or cloud-stored recordings / VOD (plus apps and gaming) all through Apple's box and UI. Of course, working out how everyone will get paid and trying to convince operators like Comcast to give up their hold on the (often troubling) relationship with customers hasn't been easy and the usual "people in the know" say those negotiations are to blame for the slow progress.
Source: The Information
Austrian public broadcaster ORF would be open to taking German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF on-board its video-on-demand (VOD) portal Flimmit which ORF wants to establish as a counterweight against US platform Netflix which is currently preparing its launch in German-speaking Europe. Read the story »
Eutelsat and Multichoice Africa have signed an agreement that will ensure the continuing expansion of the DStv pay-TV platform over the coming 15 years. Read the story »
German media company Constantin Medien expects its sports business to grow again. Read the story »
Munich’s commercial local TV channel münchen.tv will transmit in HD quality for DTH satellite households in Europe on Astra (19.2° East) during this year’s Oktoberfest. Read the story »
EA revealed its new Access subscription service for the Xbox One yesterday, which lets you play a bunch of EA titles, take advantage of discounts and get upcoming games early in exchange for a small monthly (or yearly) fee. While it might've looked like a platform-exclusive partnership with Microsoft, Game Informer has learned that Sony actively rejected EA Access for the PlayStation 4. "We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," Sony said, adding that the success of PS Plus "shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price." And, just in case we hadn't got the message, Sony's statement concluded: "We don't think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."
Via: The Verge
Source: Game Informer