When Powers failed to materialize on Sony's PlayStation Network back in December, you were probably distracted by the company's other, more high-profile catastrophes. Now that some of the dust has settled, however, series creator Brian Michael Bendis has taken to the PlayStation Blog to tell the world that the supernatural cop show will debut on March 10th. The first three episodes will all land on that day, with the remaining seven episodes that comprise the first season launching on subsequent Tuesdays.
In what has become a tradition since 2012, the Super Bowl will be streamed online again this year. The kind gesture, which is free of charge to anyone in the US, comes courtesy of NBC -- the network that started the trend of livestreaming The Big Game. For Super Bowl XLIX, set to take place on February 1st in Arizona, NBC plans to have an 11-hour block of video coverage over the internet, including pre-game analysis, the popular halftime show and an all-new episode of the prime-time series The Blacklist. As Variety points out, the Peacock channel intends to heavily promote its TV Everywhere efforts during the stream, hoping to drive demand for services like the NBC Sports Live Extra app -- one that typically requires a pay-TV login.
Virgin Media has agreed an exclusive partnership with the Telegraph Media Group to promote its sports tier. Read the story »
The BBC and PBS have signed a new multi-title co-production deal that will lead to the creation of eight to ten new programming specials, representing some 20 hours a year. Read the story »
The Russian state broadcaster VGTRK has entered into a partnership with ten mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation UFC. Read the story »
Montenegro ended Q4 2014 with 154,393 TV connections, according to country’s Agency of Electronic Media (AEM). Read the story »
Pay-TV operators in Russia face the prospect of only being able to access public channels exclusively from Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS). Read the story »
Russia’s MTS is planning to launch an OTT service that will rival both Skype and WhatsApp. Read the story »
Polsat is set to strengthen its position as the leading sports broadcaster in Poland by securing more rights. Read the story »
The number of Dutch viewers using streaming and VOD service continues to grow, according to the latest research from GfK. Read the story »
The Serbian parliament has adopted amendments to the country’s law on companies that will have direct impact on the future of Telekom Srbija. Read the story »
Fix&Foxi, the children’s and family channel which launched in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on December 1, 2014 heads towards the Americas. Read the story »
The next time you're on a trip, you may have something to watch on the hotel room TV besides the usual so-so channels and on-demand movies. Marriott has confirmed to Bloomberg that it's trialing access to streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and Pandora on TVs in eight of its hotels. It's not certain what the company will charge (if anything) if it launches this feature in earnest, although it's reportedly mulling a few options that include a "premium" internet tier with TV streaming on top of the usual WiFi. That last choice might not be very popular when you can already curl up on the bed with your laptop at no extra cost. Having said this, Marriott hasn't committed to anything yet -- there's a lot left to decide before you can watch House of Cards on a big screen during your vacation.
Source: Bloomberg (Daily Transcript)
Online retailer Amazon has commenced providing selected movies and series in Ultra HD/4K resolution on its video-on-demand (VOD) service Amazon Instant Video in Germany, an Amazon spokesman confirmed to Broadband TV News. Read the story »
In recent years, Amazon and Netflix have created original content to get more subscribers, grow revenues and set themselves apart from not only from each other, but major cable channels like HBO. Examples include House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Transparent. Amazon has always suggested it may look to expand beyond TV and into movies, but only now has it revealed its plan to do exactly that. In a release today, Amazon Studios said it will 'begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video."
Source: Amazon (Businesswire)
Dutch media company Just Media Group has acquired the NostalgieNet digital TV channel and its parent company Tijdsbeeld Media. Read the story »