The next Nintendo Direct takes place on November 12th at 2PM PT (10PM GMT), and it promises news and trailers for a slew of Wii U and 3DS games. This is Nintendo's first live-streamed news program since April -- and it's the first since the death of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. For many viewers, Iwata encapsulated the appeal of Nintendo Direct, as he helped the company have fun in delivering its news (and appeared to have an adorable banana fetish). Former Nintendo of America and Pokémon USA President Tatsumi Kimishima is now the head of Nintendo. For its Thursday show, Nintendo promises updates on coming Wii U and 3DS games, and it says this Nintendo Direct will not feature news about its coming console, the NX, or its mobile endeavors. Catch region-specific streams of Nintendo Direct on Twitch (US, UK).
You no longer have to buy online to give the Amazon Echo a shot. Amazon will soon sell the smart, voice-guided speaker in more than 3,000 retail stores, including Brookstone, Fry's, Home Depot, PC Richard & Son, RadioShack, Sears and Staples (which previously sold it on the web). The rollout is taking place over the next few weeks, and a few big stores are conspicuously absent in the mix -- Best Buy, anyone? Still, this beats worrying about holiday shipping headaches.
Liberty Global and Discovery Communications will purchase 5.0 million common shares of Lionsgate, resulting in each having an approximately 3.4% shareholding. Read the story »
My stomach tied itself into a knot as I read the gaming community's first impressions of Valve's final Steam Controller. "It's cheap feeling," many of them said, "difficult and frustrating to use." Forum posts, tweets and reviews all bemoaned how different the touchpads felt compared to traditional analog sticks, accusing it of fixing something that wasn't broken.
The general consensus seemed to be that the Steam Controller was a mistake: A drastic, unnecessary step away from the tried and true layout of the 16-button, dual-analog gamepad standard. I felt betrayed and even a little offended -- but it wasn't Valve's experimental gamepad that let me down (I love that little thing), it was the gaming community that decided to turn a cold shoulder to innovation.
Deployments in the UK (Virgin Media), Spain (Ono) and Sweden (Com Hem) have helped push TiVo’s international subscriber total for its traditional offering to over 4 million. Read the story »
SFR has launched a new high-end 4K gateway for use on its fibre network. ‘La Box Fibre Zive de SFR’ boasts a 1 Gbps modem, 4K TV decoder and a 500 GB hard drive. Read the story »
Vodafone’s fully integrated Spanish cable, mobile and TV service Vodafone One has been one of the company’s big success stories this year, reaching nearly 800,000 subscribers only four months after its launch in May. Read the story »
The fall in US pay-TV subscribers has begin to slow, according to the informitv Multiscreen Index. Read the story »
The European Broadcasting Union has welcomed what it says is the “overwhelming majority” of proposals supporting a no change position on the allocation of spectrum between mobile and broadcast services. Read the story »
A survey of adult movie fans on the subject of virtual reality (VR) reveals that the availability of porn movies would influence more than 60% of them to adopt the new technology. Read the story »
The Russian broadcaster CTC Media continues to struggle ahead of its sale to UTV Management, a subsidiary of UTH Russia, for around $200.5 million. Read the story »
The Qyou has brought Glenn Ginsburg on board to advance content partnerships with creators, Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) and brands. Read the story »
Motive Television will begin taking pre-orders for TabletTV Plus in the US on Thursday 12 November. Read the story »
As much as I love watching movies, I'm not doing it for work and don't really need to worry about finding a specific scene or line of dialogue as fast as possible. But I'm not a film scholar or student, so those folks have it a little tougher when it comes to such matters. To that end, researchers have at the University of California Berkeley have developed SceneSkim. It's a bit of tech that leverages captions, scripts and plot summaries to speed up searching for scenes in flicks rather than manually fast forwarding or rewinding. There's a video of it in action below and it looks pretty slick, actually and should be a boon for the people who need quick access to specific movie scenes.
We've been telling you about Time Warner Cable's plan to test streaming TV for its internet-only customers since before it was officially announced, but now customers can actually sign up for it. If having a cable box is part of what you hated about cable TV, now internet customers can get access to the TWC TV app on a variety of devices without adding a box or having a tech come out. During the trial, testers will get a free Roku 3 player, and the cheapest plan (with channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and TBS among the 20+ included) starts at just $10 per month on a 12 month contract . Adding Showtime and Starz doubles the price, and testers can get a pretty healthy package with channels like Disney and ESPN for $50 per month. As we detailed when it announced, there's no DVR with this setup, but it is an easy way to get TV without some of the hassles. The main drawback here? Unlike something like Sling TV, this is only available to Time Warner Cable customers, and during the test it's only in NYC -- check out the site for all the details.
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This week's big release is Fallout 4, which takes gamers back to its familiar post-apocalyptic setting. There's also a new StarCraft II entry with Legacy of the Void, and Rise of the Tomb Raider arrives on Xbox platforms. Netflix has a new series from David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, while the latter's Better Call Saul series arrives on Blu-ray. Also on Blu-ray this week for the first time is Bad Boys II, while Into the Badlands premieres Sunday night on AMC. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).