"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.Click here for the full review!
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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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 »
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 continues to dominate North American networks, accounting for 34.9% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. Read the story »
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 is launching the latest instalment of is popular ‘Entertainment. It’s even better when it’s free’ campaign. Read the story »
Over half (53%) of Ukrainians using the internet now receive OTT services. Read the story »
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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Final operations have been carried out on the Ascent Unit ahead of the launch of Astra 2G later this month. Read the story »
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 »
Media Group Ukraine (MGU) has launched a new channel named Indigo TV. Read the story »
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.
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.
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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US online retailer Amazon has commenced offering its subscription service Amazon Prime in Austria. Read the story »
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.
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 »