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A look at Vizio's affordable M-Series 4K TVs

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 4:04pm

Earlier today, Vizio introduced its latest 4K TVs, the M-Series. In similar fashion to the P-Series from last year, which started at $1,000, this year's models also come with an affordable price tag. But the M-Series ranges from $600 for a 43-inch model to $4,000 for the largest of the bunch, an 80-incher. Vizio says that with the M-Series, it was all about making refinements and not compromising in order to bring the price down even further. As such, most of the tech found on the P-Series has made its way into the new M-Series, like the LED panel and low-latency HDMI port (a feature loved by gamers, according to the company), among other things. Better yet, these UHD TV sets look great in person; they're relatively thin, sport a solid industrial design and, most importantly, have a picture quality that's not far behind its more expensive competitors. If you like what you see, some online retailers in the US are selling them as we speak. %Gallery-slideshow280618%

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GoPro transmitter puts action cameras on live TV

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 1:27pm

Your favorite extreme sports events are about to get a little more interesting... or at least, the camera angles will. As promised, GoPro has launched the HEROCast, a wireless transmitter that sends footage from the company's action cameras to broadcast TV. The relatively tiny add-on hooks on to existing mounts and delivers a 1080p, 60 frames per second live feed with a minimum of lag and bulk -- that death-defying jump will hopefully come across without a hitch. You probably won't be buying one yourself when it costs $7,500 before you factor in the necessary Hero3+ Black or Hero4 camera, but it's nice to know that you don't have to settle for distant, uninvolved shots in the future.

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Source: GoPro (1), (2)

The 'Grand Theft Auto V' Rockstar Editor is exclusive to PC

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 11:52am

Anyone who plays Grand Theft Auto V on PC will get a special treat when the game launches tomorrow, April 14. The Rockstar Editor is exclusive to the PC version of GTAV, offering tools that allow players to cut up in-game shots, create unique scenes with hand-selected characters, animals and physics, and basically mess around even more in sunny Los Santos. We're talking about a movie editor here, not a level editor, meaning players will be able to really rev up their creative engines. Imagine re-creating Furious 7, for example -- or maybe even Furious 8 (Now with 150 percent more bald dudes!). Take a look at the sweet editing suite coming to GTAV on PC in the new trailer below.

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Source: Rockstar Newswire

TWC boosts its internet speeds to counter Google Fiber

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 10:49am

It's amazing what the addition of a little competition into a natural monopoly can do. Google announced in January that it would be bringing high-speed Fiber to Charlotte, North Carolina. It didn't take long for Time Warner Cable, the (only) local cable/internet provider in that city, to increase its own broadband internet speed by up to 600 percent. The program, called "TWC Maxx" will be a 100 percent digital network meaning that every television channel will be in HD. Since each analog channel takes up three to four times as much bandwidth as a digital one, eliminating them will free up a significant amount of space. TWC plans to use that space to increase its broadband internet speeds at no additional charge to its customers.

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Via: Ars Technica

Source: Time Warner Cable

The second 'Destiny' expansion lands on May 19th (Updated)

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 8:52am

"House of Wolves," the second batch of downloadable content for open-world shooter Destiny, will hit on Tuesday, May 19th. House of Wolves should offer a slew of fixes to Destiny's shared economy, making the climb to level 32 easier and offering more incentives for players to customize their gear with unique upgrades. Destiny's first expansion, "The Dark Below," landed on December 9th, bringing a new cooperative Strike mission, a six-player Raid and loot that allowed players to reach level 32. Some information about both expansions leaked back in September, when players discovered an in-game glitch listing the packs' names and some mission details. Check out the trailer for House of Wolves below.

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Vizio's latest 4K TVs start at $600

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 8:29am

Vizio has already developed a reputation for offering decent 4K TVs on the cheap, and it's cementing that image now that it's rolling out its 2015 line of Ultra HD screens. The company's new M-Series sets (above) tout full LED backlighting, speedy 802.11ac WiFi and a six-core processor starting at $600 for a 43-inch model -- not bad considering that even stripped-down TVs cost more just a couple of years ago. The M range scales up to an 80-inch set at $4,000, which is still a steal considering that many 4K panels that size will cost you a five-digit sum.

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Source: Vizio (PR Newswire 1), (2)

Red's latest 'Weapon' is an 8K full-frame camera

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 7:21am

Red launched the first mainstream 4K camera when 1080p seemed like overkill, and now that this whole 4K thing might work out, it's got an 8K RAW model. The Weapon 'Vista Vision' features a mind-boggling 8,192 x 4,320, 35-megapixel sensor that can do up to 75 fps, widescreen 8K. The chip is also 40.96 x 21.6mm or Vista Vision-sized, considerably larger than the full-frame sensor on a camera like the Nikon D810. Video can be recorded in RAW and scaled-down ProRes formats simultaneously, just as with the company's 6K Weapon models.

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Source: Red (forum)

Amazon adds IMDb-fueled X-Ray for Movies to Fire TV

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 6:00am

Amazon's X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows feature is great when you're trying to figure out the name of the actor on your screen. Today that feature is hitting Amazon Instant Video on the Fire TV, which is frankly where it should have been since the set-top box's launch. The IMDb-powered X-Ray feature brings many of the same attributes found on the Fire tablet to your television. To activate it, viewers can either pause what they are watching or press up on the remote's directional button to see the names of the actors and music playing in the current scene. Pressing up a second time drops the viewer into the full X-Ray environment with access to information about the actors, characters, music and IMDb's user-submitted trivia.

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Xbox Live members get the 'Game of Thrones' premiere for free

EngadgetHD - April 13, 2015 - 5:01am

If you've resisted piracy's siren call, you now have another way to catch the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Xbox Live members with an Xbox One or 360 can now stream the Season 5 premiere gratis until April 16th, including extra content like trailers, on-set tours and blooper reels. The episode debuted on HBO -- available to many with cable or satellite thanks to a conveniently timed weekend preview event -- and its just-launched $15/month streaming HBO Now service, to largely solid reviews (spoilers at that link). It looks like the extra is only available in the US due to HBO's complex foreign syndication deals, but it's good news if you didn't want to sign up with HBO just for GoT.

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Source: Xbox Wire

Online takes share of Swedish TV high

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 4:51am

Sweden’s television market achieved an annual turnover of SEK21 billion (€2.24 billion) in 2014. However the 5% growth hides the decline in influence from the traditional broadcasters. Read the story »

SPI International signs major deals

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 4:44am

MIPTV 2015, CANNES – SPI International closed a major acquisition deal with NBCUniversal for the FilmBox Premium movie channel in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read the story »

Amazon Prime set for HDR

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 3:46am

Amazon’s Prime members and customers in the US, UK and Germany will be able to watch titles in High Dynamic Range (HDR) from this later year, with Amazon Originals being the first to be made available. Read the story »

Spanish pay-TV market takes off

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 3:42am

Spain ended 2014 with 5,059,971 pay-TV subscribers, or 76% more than the 3,845,378 posted a year earlier, according to data produced by the regulator CNMC. Read the story »

New Ziggo launches Replay TV

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 3:41am

New Ziggo, the combined cable operations of UPC and Ziggo in the Netherlands, is launching the Replay TV function as part of its upgraded Horizon TV offer. Read the story »

Deutsche Telekom takes OTT basketball to TV set

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 3:29am

German telco Deutsche Telekom has made its basketball TV channel available on regular TV sets. Read the story »

Kids SVOD portal Hopster goes global

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 3:25am

MIPTV 2015, CANNES – Hopster has announced its global launch. Read the story »

'Hipster paradox' explained using mathematical formula

Reuters Technology - April 13, 2015 - 3:07am
A Parisian mathematician devises an equation to explain why attempts to be different often end up with people taking the same decisions; using the hipster phenomenon to demonstrate the theory. Matthew Stock reports.

Scripps seeks TVN takeover approval

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 3:02am

Scripps Networks Interactive has asked the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) for permission to acquire a majority stake in the national commercial broadcaster TVN. Read the story »

AMC announces major distribution deals

BroadbandTVNews - April 13, 2015 - 2:53am

MIPTV 2015, CANNES – AMC Networks International (AMCNI) has significant expansion for its portfolio of globally renowned, locally relevant 24/7 linear television services across EMEA, the CIS, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific regions. Read the story »

Smart fabric generates electricity

Reuters Technology - April 13, 2015 - 2:49am
South Korean researchers develop a "smart" fabric which can generate electricity to power wearable devices. Amy Pollock reports.
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