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Akado upgrades Moscow network

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 12:55am

The Russian cable operator Akado Telekom has upgraded its Moscow backbone network using the Infinera DTN-X platform. Read the story »

[itvt] Presents...TVOT NYC 2014

TVOT Feed - August 26, 2014 - 12:53am

  • East Coast "TV of Tomorrow Show" Event Will Feature over 100 Expert Speakers and Panelists; Hands-On Exhibits, Workshops and Master Classes; Unparalleled Opportunities for Networking and Deal-Making; [itvt]'s Popular Holiday Party; and Much, Much More
  • Show Will Take Place in a Spectacular New Location with World-Class Audio-Visual Capabilities: New York's Famous SVA Theatre
  • Tickets on Sale Now: Special Early-Bird and Group Rates Available

[itvt] is pleased to announce that TVOT NYC 2014, our fifth annual East Coast TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) event, will take place Tuesday, December 9th at New York's famous SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd Street)--a new location that offers unparalleled 4K UHD audio-visual capabilities, as well as ample capacity to accommodate the show's ongoing growth. The Milton Glaser-designed facility, which is part of the School of Visual Arts, has been described as "the cultural center" of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

TVOT NYC packs all the excitement of our flagship TV of Tomorrow Show (spring 2015, San Francisco)--now in its ninth year--into a highly focused, dialog-driven, one-day "intensive." The show--which is carefully designed to encourage networking and deal-making--enables the pay-TV operators, consumer electronics manufacturers, social media companies, entrepreneurs and technologists who are building the TV platforms of tomorrow to engage in a productive exchange of ideas with the brands, broadcasters, networks, agencies, marketers, investors, producers/creators, developers, designers, storytellers and other stakeholders upon whom the success of those platforms depends. TVOT NYC consistently attracts a veritable "who's who" of the interactive TV, pay-TV, advertising and broadcasting/programming industries, and has been widely praised for offering a uniquely inspiring, rewarding and enjoyable experience, unlike any other tradeshow or conference.

As the end-of-year event-of-record for the interactive/advanced-TV industry, TVOT NYC 2014 will also provide attendees with their last, best opportunity to fully understand the significance of the many industry developments that have taken place in 2014, and to hone their strategic grasp of the key issues that will be shaping the industry in the New Year.

Web Site: http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com
Follow on Twitter: @tvotshow or @tswedlow

  • To find out more about discounted early-bird REGISTRATION (40% off if you purchase your ticket by September 10th!), click here
  • To find out more about SPONSORSHIP and EXHIBITION opportunities, contact us at swedlow@itvt.com or 415-824-5806. Please note that we are very happy to work with your marketing department to develop creative, custom sponsorship packages that are specifically tailored to your company's communications needs.
  • To find out more about holding a WORKSHOP/MASTER CLASS session at the show, where you can showcase your company's solutions and services--or its vision for the television of tomorrow--contact us at swedlow@itvt.com or 415-824-5806
  • To find out more about SPEAKING opportunities, contact us at swedlow@itvt.com or 415-824-5806
  • To view TESTIMONIALS from sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees about our two most recent TV of Tomorrow Show events (The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014, June 10th-11th; and TVOT NYC 2013, December 10th), click here
  • For a video overview of The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014, click here
  • For a video overview of TVOT NYC 2013, click here
  • For a gallery of photos from The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014, click here
  • To explore the TV of Tomorrow Show Web site, click here
  • To discuss TVOT NYC 2014, or to give us feedback and suggestions (including new technologies you would like to see showcased, topics you would like to see discussed, and creative ideas for how your company can sponsor the show), email us at swedlow@itvt.com

Harmonic virtualises video delivery

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 12:44am

Harmonic (Hall1.B20) will demonstrate new software-defined video delivery that can be virtualised. Read the story »

Amazon buys streaming games site Twitch for $970 million

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 12:29am

Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, a live video platform for gamers. $970 million in cash. Read the story »

R&S completes its 4K journey

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 12:22am

Rohde & Schwarz – R&S (Hall 7. E25) has expanded its portfolio to one that now spans the entire 4K video transmission path. Read the story »

4K really lives

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 11:53pm

Fraunhofer’s (Hall 8. B80) broadcasting research institute, the Heinrich Hertz-Institut (HHI), has been at the forefront of MPEG compression ever since it developed the MPEG I Level 3 Audio compression, better known as MP3. Read the story »

Imagine clear skies, moving to the cloud

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 11:37pm

Imagine Communications (Hall 7.G20) is moving to a future defined by IP, software-defined networks and workflows, TV Everywhere and multi-screen and virtualisation enabled by the cloud. Read the story »

Thomson to compress it all up to 4K

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 10:15pm

Thomson Video Networks (Hall 14.A10) will be demonstrating its 4K playout system powered by the ViBE VS7000 HEVC encoder and the Sapphire MPEG stream server. Read the story »

What's on your HDTV: 66th Annual Primetime Emmys, 'Madden '15', Jim Jeffries

EngadgetHD - August 25, 2014 - 2:35pm

This week in TV gets started off with a bang thanks to the Primetime Emmys. Netflix snagged 31 nominations for its original content, now we'll see if it can take home more trophies than the three it won last year as House of Cards faces off with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Downton Abbey and Mad Men for the Outstanding Drama Series award. Of course, the streamer isn't resting on its laurels having just introduced Bojack Horseman last week, and it's kicking off a new run of stand-up comedy specials this week with Jim Jeffries: Bare. Fans of The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy can grab the latest seasons on Blu-ray, while Madden NFL 15 lights up game consoles this week and the college football season gets started. All of that against the backdrop of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever marathon which will keep running until Monday. We've got a new format to show you what's new this week, hit the gallery below to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).%Gallery-slideshow217256%

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Sound off! Have you replaced your remotes with a mobile device?

EngadgetHD - August 25, 2014 - 1:41pm

Between Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, TiVo, Xbox One and Playstation 4, our entertainment centers are getting pretty crowded. Who even has room for all those remotes? Thankfully, though, there are a number of apps and devices that can turn your smartphones and tablets into the ultimate universal remote. How have you tamed your massive controller collection? Tell us in the Engadget forums.

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Political TV ads will soon know who you are

EngadgetHD - August 25, 2014 - 10:48am

Like it or not, another US election is almost upon us -- and this time around, the incessant political advertising may cut a little too close to home. Both Democrats and Republicans are using a new TV ad targeting system from DirecTV and Dish that takes advantage of voter records to put personalized campaign ads on your DVR. If you tend to swing between both parties, you may get different commercials than lifelong supporters. You may also get reminders to vote early if you frequently cast absentee ballots. And unlike conventional targeting methods, which run ads on shows they believe certain demographics will watch, these promos will automatically appear on any show you record as long as there's a free slot.

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Source: Washington Post, Dish

A ring that reads text for the blind

Reuters Technology - August 25, 2014 - 8:49am
A new device ring-like device developed by researchers in the United States and Singapore called the "FingerReader" reads printed text out loud with a synthesized voice, giving the visually impaired the ability to quickly access and read information around them. Sharon Reich reports.

Discovery & FOX team up in Croatia

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 8:13am

Discovery Networks CEEMEA and FOX International Channels (FIC) will cooperate in launching ad sales operations for Discovery and TLC in Croatia from September. Read the story »

Ukraine Today launches

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 7:47am

The 24-hour news channel Ukraine Today (UT) has made its debut. Read the story »

TiVo's first box just for cord cutters is the Roamio OTA DVR

EngadgetHD - August 25, 2014 - 6:00am

For the past eight years, a CableCARD and a TiVo DVR have gone hand in hand. No more! Within the next few weeks, the limited edition TiVo Roamio OTA DVR will be available from select Best Buy stores for an initial price of $49 (plus $15/month service with a one-year commitment). That's $150 cheaper than the existing base model TiVo Roamio, and still boasts the four tuners, 500GB of storage, integrated WiFi and almost the same software and accessories (TiVo Stream, though it doesn't support TiVo Mini). The main missing features, for a fourth of the price, are a CableCARD slot and whole-home capabilities. This means you'll need an antenna and (ideally) to live somewhere with decent over-the-air reception. It's an especially interesting offering for those looking to cut the cable/satellite cord, while keeping access to new shows from the big networks. TiVo might not be kidding about this being a limited edition either: The company is clear in pledging its allegiance to its cable TV customers while at the same time attempting to appeal to those not interested in paying more than 20 bucks for a monthly TV subscription. So, depending on the reception from customers and partners, we could see TiVo axing the Roamio OTA if things don't work out.

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Fibre takes 10% of Dutch broadband connections

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 3:39am

Fibre increased its share of Dutch broadband connections to 10% in the second quarter, according to research by Telecompaper. Read the story »

Netflix welcome in Poland

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 2:54am

TVN would welcome the entry of Netflix into Poland as it would help the fight against piracy and at the same time get viewers accustomed to paying for content, according Maciej Maciejowski, a member of the board responsible for the broadcaster’s online services. Read the story »

Russian station hit by financial problems

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 2:11am

The Russian state broadcaster VGTRK (RTR) is being forced to obtain loans in order to fund TV productions. Read the story »

Major Polish telco deal mooted

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 1:34am

The Polish telecom market could soon see major consolidation, with Netia, the leading alternative carrier – and now also a cable operator – taking over the mobile operator Play. Read the story »

Swiss TV channel joiz eyes UK launch

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 1:32am

Swiss youth channel joiz wants to expand into further European countries with the UK being at the top of the list. Read the story »

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