Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Austria will offer its customers the possibility to surf the net for free using other customers’ Wi-Fi networks. Read the story »
German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will change the name of its pay-TV channel Passion into RTL Passion on November 12, 2015. Read the story »
Altice has announced that it has successfully priced $8.6 billion of new debt in connection with its acquistion of Cablevision Systems Corporation. Read the story »
UPC Hungary has signed a managed services contract with Ericsson for certain field operations and maintenance service. Read the story »
BARB has launched the first joint-industry, audited measure of online TV viewing. Read the story »
The Russian holding YUTV has begun to restructure in order to ensure its business complies with the 20% foreign ownership rule that comes into force at the beginning of 2016. Read the story »
ITV's replacement for ITV Player is meant to launch before the end of the year, but that doesn't mean the company is holding back on its app expansion. As promised, the broadcaster has brought ITV Player to the Amazon Fire TV, letting you catch-up on all of your favourite programmes on demand. The rollout is staggered, however, as Fire TV Stick owners will have to wait a couple of weeks until they can get in on the action. And if you've pre-ordered Amazon's new 4K-ready Fire TV, that too will support the app when it starts shipping on October 5th. When ITV Hub does launch, with a focus on live TV, ITV Player will be swapped for the rebranded app, but you shouldn't need to lift a finger.
Swisscom is deploying the Verimatrix VCAS Ultra content security architecture as part of its new Android-based set-top box system, the security company has announced. Read the story »
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The team at iFixit is learning a hard, hard lesson about the importance of honoring developer agreements. Apple has banned an iFixit developer account (and consequently, the iFixit app) after the repair-it-yourself outfit tore down a pre-release Apple TV sent out to developers, violating Apple's terms and conditions. The crew just couldn't resist deconstructing new gear, apparently. Before you ask, though, iFixit isn't trying to stir up internet drama. It knew the risks going in, and isn't about to fight a decision that most anyone could see coming a mile away. This will have ramifications if you relied on iFixit's (admittedly old) native app for tips: if you're on iOS, you'll have to use the company's mobile website for help from now on. The tradeoff won't be all that damaging, but it's safe to say that other devs will think twice about prying open gear that isn't strictly off-the-shelf.
Remember when Jay Z said Tidal, the streaming music service he acquired earlier this year, was doing just fine? Well, as it turns out, things are still on a respectable course. The musician/entrepreneur took to Twitter to reveal a significant milestone for Tidal: 1 million subscribers. "'Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists,'" Jay Z tweeted. "Tidal is platinum." To celebrate, Tidal announced it will be hosting a charity concert in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on October 20th, featuring high-caliber artists such as Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Prince and, of course, Jay Z himself. And don't worry if you can't attend, the service says it plans to stream it to everyone (including non-subscribers) on its website.
Source: Jay Z (Twitter)