Sinclair Broadcast Group and Technicolor have staged the first over the air test of the ATSC 3.0 standard. Read the story »
Leading German TV production companies such as Beta Film and Brainpool apparently want to set up a video-on-demand (VOD) portal in competition to US provider Netflix. Read the story »
Tesco has become the first major retailer to introduce UltraViolet in store, meaning that shoppers who purchase a DVD with an UltraViolet sticker (from any retailer), they can redeem a free digital copy. Read the story »
The owners of the Romanian cable operator Digital Cable Systems (DCS) have invested €3 million in a subsidiary named AKTA Telecom. Read the story »
MIPCOM 2014. US pay TV broadcaster Starz is launching an international OTT service in cooperation with Peter Ekelund’s Parsifal Entertainment. Read the story »
Tesco's Blinkbox video streaming service might be facing a less-than-certain future, but that doesn't mean the supermarket giant is ready concede defeat just yet. Mirroring similar moves by Amazon and Sky, the company today announced become the first major UK retailer to let customers grab digital copies of their DVDs and Blu-rays via Ultraviolet, which can be stored inside a Blinkbox account. Tesco isn't just limiting the locker service to movies bought in its own supermarkets, either, making all of your Ultraviolet-enabled titles available to instantly stream or download across a wide number of devices, including the new Hudl2. To get started, you'll need to create your Ultraviolet library, link your Blinkbox account and then get streamin'.
It's fall -- the new shows are on the air, the NHL season has started, the NBA is about to start and MLB playoffs have reached the conference championships stage. With everything new up and rolling, our highlights for this week include some blasts from the past. The Fargo TV series is out on Blu-ray, while Sleeping Dogs returns on new-gen consoles, in 1080p with some new models and textures, plus all the DLC packed in.Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).
If you love Zombies, but find The Walking Dead's narrative a little too serious, pay attention: a campier option is coming soon. Constantin Film, the production group behind the Resident Evil movies has announced that the franchise is being adapted for television. It's part of a larger movement to put the company's properties on the small screen: Mortal Instruments and Perfume are also being re-worked for television. It's not clear if the Resident Evil series will be based on the movies or a new storyline derived from the video game source material, but you'll get at least one more adventure in the current film's universe before it debuts -- Constantin Film says the TV show won't launch until after it completes the 6th Resident Evil feature film.
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MIPCOM 2014. Telekom Austria Group (TAG) has signed an agreement to distribute the Dusk! adult television channel throughout Europe. Read the story »
BSkyB has been given approval for its acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. Read the story »
Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telekom will integrate subscription video-on-demand service Netflix into its domestic IPTV platform Entertain on October 14, 2014. Read the story »
SPI International has announced at MIPCOM that it can now deliver 4K content on 4K IP-streaming supported devices such as smart TV platforms. Read the story »
TV aggregator Simplestream has received new funding from investors Beringea. It plans to accelerate the expansion of TVPlayer, Simplestream’s B2C live TV streaming service, and adding more channel packs and multichannel catch-up functionality. Read the story »
Talpa Media, the media group of Dutch entrepreneur John de Mol, has acquired 49.9% of the shares in German production company Schwartzkopff TV, a 100% subsidiary of German media group Axel Springer, and will rename it Talpa Germany. Read the story »
Sky has acquired a $500 million debt security in Pluto.TV, the web TV service, available though mobile apps and connected TVs. Read the story »
The Russian cable operator Akado Telekom has complained to the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) over what it sees as excessive fees charged by the Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS). Read the story »
MIPCOM 2014. Fred Graver, creative lead, Twitter TV, joined by Twitter’s global TV team, will discuss how Twitter is driving television audience engagement at a presentation in Cannes. Read the story »
Amino Technologies says it expects revenues for the current financial year will be in line with market expectations. Read the story »
Netflix may soon be adding four new Adam Sandler flicks to its coffers, but that doesn't mean it's got a monopoly on the ol' Waterboy's creative endeavors. Variety reports that Sandler's producing a sequel for the one and only Joe Dirt exclusively for Sony-owned streaming service (and Netflix competitor) Crackle. Seriously. SNL alum David Spade will once again don the mullet and those acid wash jeans to, well, no one knows quite yet - the first movie saw the eponymous Dirt abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon only to learn the true meaning of family 90 minutes later. It's probably safe to assume this new production's budget won't reach the $17 million bar the original did, but hey -- it's still a sign that Crackle won't let Netflix rule the original content roost without a fight. Kudos to them for trying to stick it to a streaming media titan, but really? That's the franchise they thought needed a second chance? Really?