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Set-top box market hits $4.8 billion

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:31pm

Set-top box market hits $4.8 billion 2Q14, but the market is seeing “mixed signals”, according to Infonetics Research. Read the story »

Clipfish secures BBC Worldwide series

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:28pm

Clipfish, the video portal operated by German media group RTL, has commenced offering several TV series from BBC Worldwide. Read the story »

Lionsgate and Tribeca are launching a video-streaming service

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 1:19pm

There's no doubt that video on demand is about to go through its own gold rush era. From giant TV networks like CBS to wireless providers such as Rogers, it looks as if everyone wants to join the fun before it's too late. Taking note of this, film studio Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises, the media company behind the Tribeca Film Festival, announced today they are teaming up on a new, subscription-based video-streaming platform. The service will be known as Tribeca Short List and is slated to launch sometime during the first half of 2015. You can expect a "prestigious selection" of movie content from Lionsgate, which will be curated by Tribeca with help from "leading voices in contemporary culture."

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Netflix's next original series is a collaboration with Canada's Rogers

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 12:48pm

Video-streaming titan Netflix is set to continue its original production efforts with Between, an upcoming six-episode drama series. The story will be produced in partnership with Shomi, a video on-demand service from Canadian wireless carrier Rogers; and City, a television station based out of Toronto. Strangely enough, when Shomi's VOD offering was launched roughly a couple of months ago, it was pegged as a direct competitor to Netflix -- though that's clearly not going to be the case. Plot-wise, Between follows the story of a strange disease in a small town that has abolished everyone under 21 years old, and was created by Canada's own Michael McGowan, director of Still Mine and One Week, among other relatively popular indie films. No definite timing yet, but the series is going to premiere on Shomi and City in Canada, while the rest of the world will be able to catch it on Netflix.

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New organic fertilizer helps reforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ winter retreat

Reuters Technology - October 20, 2014 - 11:41am
Using an organic fertilizer, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies. Sharon Reich reports.

Sky Go adds the Channel 5 family and ITVBe to its streaming roster

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 10:00am

If there's one slight criticism to be made of the free Sky Go service -- which lets Sky subscribers stream live TV and on demand content to computers and mobile devices -- it's that you can't access the full selection of channels found on your set-top box at home. The same can be said of Virgin's equivalent TV Anywhere service, and bit by bit, both providers are strengthening these offerings with additional channels. Today, it's Sky's turn to announce a handful you can now stream through Sky Go for the first time, including Channel 5, which is home to the new Batman-inspired Gotham series, and its sister channels 5* and 5USA. British Eurosport 2 is also now available on Sky Go, alongside the freshly launched channel ITVBe -- also known as the place braincells go to die.

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Japanese scientists unveil floating 3D projection

Reuters Technology - October 20, 2014 - 9:19am
Scientists in Tokyo have demonstrated what they say is the world's first 3D projection that floats in mid air. A laser that fires a pulse up to a thousand times a second superheats molecules in the air, creating a spark which can be guided to certain points in the air to shape what the human eye perceives as an image. Matthew Stock reports.

CME, O2 join Prague line-up

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 3:31am

Two leading players in the Czech TV industry have joined the list of speakers in the upcoming Prague Business Breakfast on Tuesday, November 11. Read the story »

CEPT finalises report on UHF future

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 3:22am

The CEPT’s Electronic Communications Committee has finalised its report into the future of the UHF band. It’s one of the key documents for the European delegation at WRC-15. Read the story »

France Télévisions launches kids VOD platform

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 3:18am

Public broadcaster France Télévisions is launching Ludo, a kids VOD platform for six to ten years olds. Read the story »

New channel for Orange Romania

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:59am

Orange has launched a TV channel in Romania named Orange Info. Read the story »

Hispasat and Intelsat extend collaboration at 55.5 degrees West

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:56am

Hispasat and Intelsat have detailed their collaboration with respect to capabilities at the 55.5 degrees West orbital position. Read the story »

Scripps secures Europe-wide Liberty carriage

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:47am

Scripps Networks UK & EMEA has secured a multi-territory, multi-year distribution deal with Liberty Global. Read the story »

Polsat buys radio station

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:44am

Poland’s Telewizja Polsat has signed a preliminary agreement to buy a 100% stake in the radio station Muzo.fm for PLN4.3 million (€1.02 million). Read the story »

Cogas Kabel replaces Ziggo services with CAIWay

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:09am

Dutch regional cable operator Cogas Kabel has cancelled its contract with Ziggo for the delivery of digital TV, broadband and telephony services. Read the story »

Telemach buys mobile operator

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 12:27am

Slovenia’s leading cable operator Telemach has acquired the mobile company Tusmobil from Tus Holding for an undisclosed fee. Read the story »

Google's Nexus Player gets FCC approval, right on cue

EngadgetHD - October 19, 2014 - 7:00am

Well, that didn't take long. Just a couple of days after Google stopped pre-orders of the Nexus Player while it waited for the FCC's all-clear, its Android TV puck has received approval. There aren't any surprises in the regulatory filing, but it should let you both pre-order the WiFi media hub soon and (hopefully) get it around that originally promised November 3rd release date. If you were worried that you'd have to make do with a Chromecast for a little while longer, you can relax.

Update: And now the Nexus Player is finally available for order again. Though, it's not set to leave the warehouse for another three to four weeks. So you'll just need to be patient.

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U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California

Reuters Technology - October 19, 2014 - 4:26am
U.S. military lands its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

EngadgetHD - October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls "one of the more obscure titles in the Marvel universe," has been completely re-imagined for parent company Disney. Then, there's the city of San Fransokyo it's set in -- an obvious marriage of two of the most tech-centric cities in the world. And, of course, there's the real-world technology that not only takes center stage as the basis for characters in the film, but also powered the onscreen visuals. It's undoubtedly a herculean effort from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and one that's likely to go unnoticed by audiences.

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Google freezes Nexus Player orders while it waits for US approval

EngadgetHD - October 18, 2014 - 12:38pm

If you were dead set on ordering the Nexus Player this weekend, you're about to be disappointed. Google has quietly halted pre-orders of its Android TV media hub because it has "not been approved" by the FCC -- the company would be in trouble with US regulators if it took your hard-earned dollars for something it can't ship. There aren't any hints as to when the Nexus Player will get the all-clear, but you can be sure that we'll keep our eyes peeled. Hopefully, the approval arrives before November 3rd so that you can get that Android TV set-top box on time.

Update: And now the Nexus Player is finally available for order again. Though, it's not set to leave the warehouse for another three to four weeks. So you'll just need to be patient.

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