LAOLA1, the web portal for sports fans, will launch a TV channel on Austrian IPTV platform A1 TV operated by telco Telekom Austria. Read the story »
The Greek broadcaster Alpha TV has applied for a licence to operate in Cyprus. Read the story »
Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has begun a process of restructuring its business in Russia in order to comply with the 20% foreign ownership restriction that comes into effect at the beginning of 2016. Read the story »
Slovenia is the next country to enable the regular HbbTV services by the introduction of a HbbTV portal on Golica TV, which is available across terrestrial (DVB-T) network in Slovenia. Read the story »
EE is to add a further 25 channels to its TV service after an agreement with Simplestream’s TVPlayer. Read the story »
Three parties have submitted bids for the Bulgarian incumbent Vivacom. Read the story »
The Finnish government has handed a 10 year licence renewal to DNA. Read the story »
The EU Commission is working on proposals to reform copyright regulation to better suit the digital age. This might include rules on content portability. Read the story »
Razer's Android TV-powered Forge TV is no longer on sale through Google, but tonight the company tells Engadget it's not giving up. According to a Razer representative, it's "doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room and looking forward to producing the world's largest library of Android TV games." The company thinks Forge TV can be a "spiritual successor" to the Ouya platform it purchased earlier this year, and is ramping up production to address current demand. The note (included in full after the break) promises more information soon, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the gaming hardware maker bring something fresh to CES in January.
Sony's TV subscription service, Playstation Vue is expanding to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick with Chromecast support coming soon. The electronics giant also announced a $5 price drop on Core ($54.99 from $59.99) and Elite ($64.99 from $69.99) packages. Subscribers will notice the price reduction during the next billing cycle. The Vue service already works on the PS4, PS3, iPad and iPhone. While a price reduction for bundles is nice, the streaming TV service announced at E3 it would offer up á-la-carte network subscriptions this fall. It'll be interesting to see the pricing of built-to-order subscriptions when this launches. PlayStation Vue is available in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas with more markets planned for the future.
No matter how you feel about the single-player experience for Halo 5: Guardians, its place as the Xbox family's standard-bearer is secure. NPD data reveals that its release last month not only topped software sales charts in the US, but also drove Xbox One to a victory over the rival PlayStation 4. There aren't any exact numbers attached, but in a statement Microsoft said Xbox One sales were up 81 percent over the same month last year. In case you didn't already know, the expensive but oh-so-good Elite Controller sold through its supply at most retailers, also providing a lift. The only question now is if the victory will turn into a streak, as Xbox features the new Tomb Raider this week to go with an early launch of Star Wars: Battlefront on EA Access. In other NPD news, the Yoshi's Wooly World on Wii U came in at number 8 in game sales for the month, beating out Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live.
You haven't accidentally stumbled into an alternate reality where Final Fantasy VII was developed by Nintendo. But, the following is still true: Cloud from Final Fantasy VII will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. This is what we get for living in a world where the Nintendo PlayStation actually exists. Nintendo dropped the announcement right at the end of its Nintendo Direct livestream today.
Star Fox Zero makes its way to Wii U on April 22nd, 2016, barrel rolls and all. The game was originally due on November 20th, but in September, Nintendo announced its delay into 2016. "we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes," Nintendo said at the time. The company announced the new release date during its Nintendo Direct livestream.
It's official: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD exists and it's heading to Wii U on March 4th, 2016. Twilight Princess HD introduces a new Wolf Link amiibo, which is included in a special game bundle. The game shares some data with the new Legend of Zelda game heading to Wii U in 2016 as well. Rumors of Twilight Princess HD's existence first hit the 'net in October. Nintendo made the official announcement today during its Nintendo Direct livestream.
Nintendo Direct is back and ready to deliver some serious 3DS and Wii U news. Today's live stream starts at 2PM PT (5PM ET/10PM GMT), and the US version is viewable at the bottom of this post (or see region-specific streams here). Don't expect any details about the NX or Nintendo's mobile games -- today is poised to be all about the Wii U and 3DS only. This is the first Nintendo Direct since President Satoru Iwata's death in July; former Nintendo of America and Pokémon USA President Tatsumi Kimishima is now the head of the company. So, grab a banana, pull up a chair and prepare for a brand new Nintendo Direct.
Time Warner might soon be joining NBCUniversal (Comcast), Fox and Disney as a co-owner of Hulu, the Wall Street Journal reports. The streaming site is said to be in discussions to sell Time Warner a stake of itself, a deal that would value it upwards of $5 billion. While talks aren't final yet, sources say the deal would likely involve Hulu's existing co-owners reducing their stakes in the site for an equal 25 percent split, down from 33 percent each. Having another media parent could give Hulu the muscle to better compete with Netflix. If it goes through, Time Warner will invest cash and give Hulu access to more of its content library. The news isn't too surprising -- we've been hearing since 2013 that Time Warner was interested in Hulu. And it simply makes sense, given that it has the backing of America's other cable giants.
Source: Wall Street Journal