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NATPE returns to Budapest

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 6:37am

NATPE will return to Budapest for its 2016 Market and Content Summit. Read the story »

This gecko in an AT-AT costume is ready to take on the Rebels - CNET

CNET Media 2.0 - November 17, 2015 - 6:00am
It could be hard to root for the good guys when the Empire is represented by an adorable gecko dressed up as an AT-AT walker.

'Need for Speed' balances opponents and adds neon later this month

EngadgetHD - November 17, 2015 - 5:30am

Need for Speed is one of this fall's best games (it really does deserve your attention) and it's about to receive some changes. First up are tweaks to the game's computer-controlled opponents. Developer Ghost Games says it's working to make the rubberband AI, what keeps the other racers close by you regardless of how much of a lead you've built, "more balanced." If you're a fan of the current system, hopefully this new addition will be an option rather than a requirement. The game's visual customizations are getting some newfound love as well: a look at neon lighting kits, functional mirrors, more pre-made vinyl sets (additional features for that, too) and a better color picking system. Ghost is increasing the level cap and adding a smattering of new achievements, too.

Via: Eurogamer

Source: Need for Speed

Twitter could move beyond its heart symbol to offer richer responses - CNET

CNET Media 2.0 - November 17, 2015 - 5:07am
A feature hidden in a developer version of Twitter's app shows emoji to express more emotions. That feature would add complexity to the service, but also nuance.

FilmBox Live launches on Apple TV

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 3:55am

The FilmBox Live app has made its debut on the new Apple TV in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. Read the story »

Waiting for Sky to Set TV Free

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 3:50am

In around 24 hours from now we’ll have the answer to Sky’s teaser campaign in which its promised to “Set TV Free“.  Read the story »

Turning plastic bottles into eco-friendly Cairo home

Reuters Technology - November 17, 2015 - 3:42am
Egyptian builders are using discarded materials and plastic objects to create an eco-friendly home in a Cairo suburb. Edward Baran reports.

Orange Romania enhances mobile TV offer

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 3:34am

Orange Romania has signed an agreement with the country’s Professional Football League that will give new customers unlimited access to Liga 1 matches on Orange TV Go. Read the story »

Scripps inks UPC Hungary deal

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 3:17am

UPC Hungary has added the Scripps Networks UK & EMEA channels Food Network HD and Fine Living HD to its line-up. Read the story »

Times Now launches in UK, Europe next

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 3:09am

India’s 24/7 news channel Times Now is entering the UK market as part of the Sky DTH bouquet. Read the story »

Ericsson pours cold water on Cisco speculation

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 3:02am

Ericsson has said that a merger with Cisco has never been on the cards. Read the story »

Largest US pay-TV providers lose 190,000 subs

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2015 - 2:48am

The thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 95 % of the market – lost about 190,000 net video subscribers in 3Q 2015, compared to a loss of about 155,000 subscribers in 3 Q 2014. Read the story »

Announcing the Schedule of Sessions for TVOT NYC 2015

TVOT Feed - November 16, 2015 - 11:23pm

[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for TVOT NYC 2015, our sixth annual East Coast TV of Tomorrow Show event (Thursday, December 3rd, at the SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011).

TVOT NYC 2015 will pack all the excitement of our flagship TV of Tomorrow Show into a highly focused, dialog-driven, one-day event. It also represents your last best chance to network and do business with your industry peers before the holiday break!

Tickets to the event (priced at $1,075) are still available for purchase here. We advise purchasing your tickets as soon as possible (tickets will be priced at $1,275 at the door).


Twitch private messages make their way to mobile

EngadgetHD - November 16, 2015 - 8:18pm

Twitch introduced its private messaging, dubbed Whisper, almost six months ago and now the system is rolling out to mobile. Like normal, a small number of Android users will get the functionality first and Twitch says that once its gathered enough feedback for a full deployment, the feature will hit iOS. If you get the notification to update the app, you're in; otherwise there's nothing else you have to do. The live-streaming service announced some big changes to its video-on-demand section at TwitchCon this year and those are starting to come to fruition, as well. Support for thumbnail editing is live for everyone. Sadly, you can't upload your own images though. Instead, Twitch will auto-generate a quartet of thumbnails for any past broadcasts -- generous! Twitch says that further customization options are coming down the pike. Should you need something to hold you over until then, well, there are always Bob Ross Mondays.

Source: Twitch blog (1), (2)

Xbox One update brings back Xbox 360's universal controller settings

EngadgetHD - November 16, 2015 - 7:02pm

You don't need to drop $150 on the Xbox One Elite controller to get access to one of its most prominent features: remapping the gamepad's buttons. Tucked away inside the Xbox One's new Windows 10-flavored menus is the app for changing what buttons do what on your standard Xbox One controller as well. Perhaps most notably, you can permanently invert the Y-axis (controlled with the right analog stick by default) to make aiming and moving the camera in third-person and first-person games, respectively, more to your liking. That feature is something that the Xbox 360 had at launch with its "game defaults" options that appeared during initial setup for the system. In terms of how the app works from the Elite to the vanilla controller, it's pretty similar aside from not being able to adjust thumbstick and trigger sensitivity. You'll find the new addition under Settings > Ease of Access > Button Mapping.

Source: Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb

Microsoft and Code.org want to teach kids to code with Minecraft - CNET

CNET Media 2.0 - November 16, 2015 - 1:36pm
The popular block-building-sandbox game is creeping into the third annual Hour of Code, a worldwide campaign to spark students' interest in programming.

Watch celebrities compete to be biggest Star Wars fan for a cause - CNET

CNET Media 2.0 - November 16, 2015 - 1:22pm
"Sherlock" actor Martin Freeman tries his best Yoda impression in a sketch for charity Children in Need. It features Warwick Davis and many other British celebrities, as well as R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8.

Liberty Global to buy Cable & Wireless in $5.3B deal

BroadbandTVNews - November 16, 2015 - 1:15pm

Liberty Global will acquire Caribbean cable operator Cable & Wireless Communications in a cash and stock deal valued at $5.3 billion. Read the story »

Antik Telecom’s Slovak DTH platform finally launches

BroadbandTVNews - November 16, 2015 - 1:14pm

The long-awaited Slovak DTH platform Antik Sat, operated by the Kosice-based company Antik Telecom, has made its commercial debut. Read the story »

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