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 »
German media company ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired minority shareholdings in global online sports portals EverSport and 90min.com. Read the story »
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, 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 »
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.
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.
Easel TV, the multi-screen video software company, has added Electronic Sell Through (EST) functionality to its Suggested TV platform. Read the story »
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.
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 OTT service DPlay will launch in the Benelux early next year. Read the story »
Six channels from SPI’s portfolio are being launched by Türksat/Teledünya, the largest cable operator in Turkey. Read the story »
Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has approved a new partnership between Discovery Communications and the National Media Group (NMG). Read the story »
SPI International has signed a non-exclusive agreement with New Films International. Read the story »
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 »
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