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Tonight, Twitch streams a live performance of the 'Hohokum' soundtrack

EngadgetHD - August 15, 2014 - 4:15pm
There's a lot to love about PlayStation's latest indie darling Hohokum, and its soundtrack is an absolute standout reason for even playing the game. Sony knows this and is partnering with game-broadcasting giant Twitch to stream a concert of the game's score tonight to celebrate. Starting at 9:45 Eastern / 6:45 Pacific, you can catch the artists from Ghostly International being interviewed and playing the game's tunes via both the PlayStation and Ghostly Twitch channels. You can even watch the show right here after the break; it's up to you! Given how chill the indie's music and visuals are, Twitch's second-ever concert could be the perfect way to unwind and head into the weekend.

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The future of Xbox One: early access gaming, Cortana and more

EngadgetHD - August 15, 2014 - 7:37am

Since the Xbox One launched last November, Microsoft's latest game console has changed pretty dramatically. From "going all-in" on Kinect to offering a camera-less $400 model; from focused on TV and home entertainment to appealing directly to "core" gamers. The last year for Microsoft's Xbox division has been one massive pivot. The future sounds brighter.

You've already read about the updates coming to Xbox One this fall. What about beyond that? Head of Xbox Phil Spencer offered us some possibilities in an interview this week at Gamescom 2014. What about, say, a version of Steam's massively popular Early Access program, which enables developers to release games still in development and gamers to participate in the development process? "I think it does make sense. I think we have to land it the right way on console," Spencer told us. That's certainly a start!

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Finland’s MTV restructures with Ericsson

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 3:02am

Finland’s commercial TV network MTV has begun an extensive restructuring of its business and brands.The broadcaster has announced two strategic partnerships, one with Ericsson and one with Valve; and the division of MTV Oy into two entities, MTV Sisällöt and MTV Oy. Read the story »

Brits still prefer to watch live TV – on their TV

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 2:10am

New research reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 89% of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – with 85% also stating that the TV is their preferred screen. Read the story »

Sony Pictures Television promotes Kate Marsh

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 2:04am

Sony Pictures Television has promoted Kate Marsh to EVP, networks, Western Europe. Read the story »

Romtelecom to rebrand

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 2:02am

The Romanian incumbent Romtelecom and its sister company Cosmote are to undergo a major rebrand and will operate under the name Telekom Romania from mid September. Read the story »

Danish police raid 15 homes in pirate search

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 1:46am

The Danish police in Mid and West Zealand Police searched 15 homes in search of evidence of a card-sharing ring. Read the story »

Polish TV consumption trends revealed

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 1:46am

Polish viewers are watching more TV and open to new ways of consuming TV services. Read the story »

Rushed analogue switch-off threatens African TV

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 1:33am

Most sub-Saharan countries, notably Nigeria and South Africa, will not achieve the ITU-mandated 2015 deadline to switch off their analogue terrestrial TV signals. Read the story »

MultiChoice brings MTV to wider audience

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 1:28am

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa has announced that MTV will be available to a wider audience from August 25. Read the story »

PlayStation 4's new digital game-sharing trick sounds simple

EngadgetHD - August 15, 2014 - 12:42am

Okay, we know that the PlayStation 4's Share Play feature is coming, but how does letting a friend on an entirely different console (possibly around the globe) play one of your games work? A lot like how PS4's remote play with the PS Vita does, apparently. In an interview with Famitsu Weekly, Sony's head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said that game developers don't have to do anything special to enable the feature, and that barring a game requiring the PlayStation Camera, any title should be compatible. Once firmware 2.0 launches, all a friend has to do is send you a Share Play invite and voila you can start playing their copy of Destiny on your TV. If it sounds like we're living in the future, that's because we pretty much are.

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Cloudio TV connects to Toshiba smart TVs

BroadbandTVNews - August 15, 2014 - 12:11am

The Indian Sun TV channels Sun TV, KTV, Sun Music, Adithya, Gemini and Surya and the Brazilian TV channel TV Globo are now available on Toshiba connected devices, thanks to Cloudio TV. Read the story »

​New Xbox One features now rolling out to preview members, all owners in coming months

EngadgetHD - August 14, 2014 - 7:11pm

Remember those new Xbox One features Microsoft announced at Gamescom this week? They're available right now -- at least to members who are part of the company's preview program. Major Nelson just announced that Xbox Live users that have access to preview updates will be able to download the new features today. This includes the updated Friends section announced earlier this week as well as SmartGlass TV streaming, the system's new boot to TV mode and the long awaited Media Player app. The announcement also revealed a host of previously unannounced updates, including tweaks to the Party app and Xbox One's GameDVR.

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The gaming industry is booming and Sony's lead is growing

EngadgetHD - August 14, 2014 - 4:59pm

Earlier this week Sony announced that it'd sold over 10 million PlayStation 4s to date, but that isn't the half of it: the company's latest gaming console is once again dominating the sales charts overall. As Sony tells it, July marks the seventh consecutive month that the PS4 outsold Microsoft's Xbox One. Hardware isn't the only area Sony is trumping its rival either, as The Last of Us: Remastered led software sales last month by a "considerable" margin ahead of number-two-seller Minecraft on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The gaming sector as a whole is incredibly healthy, too. The NPD Group reports that even though software sales are down overall for July (something it attributes directly to the lack of an NCAA Football release this year), hardware is picking up the slack. Comparing life-to-date numbers of the PS4 and Xbox One to their predecessors, the new consoles are outselling the PS3 and Xbox 360 by almost a whopping 80 percent. That puts this July ahead of last by 13 percent in terms of total money spent in the area, according to NPD.

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Activision's dipping its toe into indie gaming with 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions'

EngadgetHD - August 14, 2014 - 10:39am

Activision creates and publishes a small group of blockbuster video games aimed at mainstream consumers. The world's largest game publishing company handles some of gaming's most culturally impactful titles: the Call of Duty franchise, this year's Destiny, and the entire Blizzard catalog. This week at Gamescom 2014, Activision announced its first smaller effort in many years with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. As the name implies, Dimensions is the third entry in the Geometry Wars franchise -- a beloved series that debuted as a minigame within the first Xbox console's Project Gotham Racing 2. People like it so much in that completely unrelated game that it spawned into its own series.

Sadly, the studio behind the originals (Bizarre Creations) was shuttered after a commercial flop with the critically-lauded racer Blur. Some of the folks from Bizarre are back on Dimensions, now part of a new studio named Lucid. But this isn't the return of Activision's expanded portfolio, says Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg.

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Humble Bundle finally has the Android app it deserves

EngadgetHD - August 14, 2014 - 10:19am

As great as Humble Bundle is at bringing content to your devices on the cheap, it's worth pointing out that its Android app has been a bit lackluster -- at least until today. Even though the application wasn't completely terrible per se, there's no doubt its looks and functionality could benefit from a makeover. The good news is there's a new Humble Bundle app on Google Play, featuring a redesigned, cleaner user interface and some novel tools for fans of the service to use. In addition to the fresh, more intuitive design, the app now lets you sideload APKs with more ease and, for the first time, download e-books and music directly to it. It's also easier to keep track of your purchases, including old and new, which is definitely a good thing if you often get in on the Humble deals. Let us know in the comments below if you're liking the new app so far.

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YouTube refreshes television app for set-top boxes, game consoles and smart TVs

EngadgetHD - August 14, 2014 - 10:00am

If you use YouTube's app on your TV, get ready for a new UI (finally!). The app has a much cleaner look now, in line with Google's Material Design, and includes features that you're used to seeing on your computer, smartphone and tablet, such as a guide that pops up on the left side, latest videos from your subscriptions and curated channels. The refreshed interface should pop up soon -- it's available now with Xbox One, and Google plans to roll it out to other devices within the next few weeks.

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Vimeo's video app gets a major facelift on Roku

EngadgetHD - August 14, 2014 - 7:00am

Discovery features are becoming the norm among video and music applications. Vimeo, naturally, has been taking note of this and is now introducing a redesigned app for Roku streaming devices. Along with making it simpler for viewers to find fresh content on its homepage, Vimeo's new application also lets Roku users get smarter search results and have easier access to their personalized feeds -- such as Incoming, Likes, My Videos and Watch Later. The online video company says this was all done with the future in mind, too; the application is setup to support in-app purchasing for the Vimeo On Demand service, which will soon allow creators to charge for productions directly from any Roku. Vimeo on Roku definitely looks much prettier than it did before, let's just hope those looks match its overall performance.%Gallery-slideshow214470%

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UPC Cablecom to expand free Wi-Fi service

BroadbandTVNews - August 14, 2014 - 4:00am

Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC Cablecom will roll out co-surfing service Wi-Free to its whole customer base across Switzerland in early October 2014. Read the story »

Hungarian platforms improve offers

BroadbandTVNews - August 14, 2014 - 3:39am

Antenna Hungária has provided more details about the enhancements to its DTT service, which come into effect on October 1. Read the story »

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