Stand A31 Hall 10.2. Multimedia distributor Wentronic from Germany is presenting its extensive line-up of Goobay cable, satellite and broadband products such as satellite dishes, LNBs, multiswitches, display mounts, CAT cables and patch panels. Read the story »
One in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is now ‘superfast’, offering headline speeds of 30 Mbps or more, according to the latest research published by the regulator Ofcom. Read the story »
Telenor has introduced new data packages and an expanded offer for its streaming service MyTV in Hungary. Read the story »
MSNBC and NowThis News have launched a new, co-produced original 15-second daily video series titled 15 Seconds to Truth, which will dig into a big headline each day to uncover a truth hidden behind the day’s conventional wisdom and spin. Read the story »
The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) has approved Nagra’s DRM technology for streaming of SD and HD content to open devices for its UltraViolet streaming service. Read the story »
The number of fixed broadband connections in Romania grew by 7% in 2013 to 3.8 million, according to data published by the regulator ANCOM. Read the story »
The Czech public broadcaster Ceske Televize (CT) has expanded its HbbTV portfolio through the addition to two new applications. Read the story »
The big US broadcasters are primarily leaning on legal action to shut down Aereo's antenna-based streaming TV service, but what if the startup prevails in court? Apparently, the media giants aren't too worried; they have some backup plans. The Wall Street Journal claims that CBS is considering a subscription-based video service of its own that would offer both live and on-demand shows for a few dollars per month. While it would still include ads, there might also be an option to pay for Showtime's premium programming.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Ready for more new features on your Xbox One? Major Nelson just announced that the April software update Microsoft has been beta testing will start rolling out to all systems tonight. The big new feature is the return of notifications for when people on your favorites or friends lists come online, like it did on the Xbox 360. Other fixes are supposed to make Kinect's voice and gesture recognition better, and there are new UI tweaks to make sure you know the status of game saves as well as updates for your games and apps. GameDVR clips should be better looking, 50Hz Blu-ray discs will play at their native rate and yes, there is another update for controllers that addresses audio quality with third-party headsets using the adaptor.
Finally, for any updates after this one the Xbox One will be able to reboot to standby silently instead of just turning off, and you'll be able to check manually for updates. That doesn't apply for this update though, so Xbox One owners can watch for a reboot while they keep an eye on tonight's eclipse, or wait for it to download over the next few days.
Source: Xbox Wire
Hispasat has said that an anomaly has been detected in the Amazonas 4A’s initial performance. Read the story »
The past few months have been very active for Netflix, as it's faced new challenges with getting its video streams into homes. It responded to customer complaints and dropping average speeds by making a new connection deal with Comcast, while others like AT&T and Verizon also lined up with their hands out. For Comcast users at least, the recent deal between the cable provider and Netflix does seem to be bearing fruit. Thanks to the agreement -- which allows Netflix to connect its network directly with Comcast's infrastructure to bypass the bottlenecked third parties -- average speeds for streams on the network have surged up to 65 percent, going from 1.51Mbps in January to 2.5Mbps in March.
Netflix also notes that it has also seen "early improvements" as a result of its deal with Telenor, an internet service provider in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. "We are dedicated to delivering a great streaming experience and invest in continually improving that experience," states Netflix on its blog. Even if similar deals are on the way with other ISPs, so long as net neutrality only covers traffic over the last mile, Reed Hasting likely has a few more furious Facebook messages in store.
The drastic change in the way people consume media has stirred up the argument that TV as we knew it is dead. But while prime-time ratings have dipped since the rise of services like Netflix and solid programming from networks such as AMC and HBO, the first quarter of 2014 has been very kind to prime-time TV in the US. According to a report from MoffettNathanson, prime-time TV ratings saw a surge of four percent compared to the previous quarter, and in the process marked the first time TV has seen any sort of growth since over a year ago. As Re/code notes, researcher Michael Nathanson says this is television's "best performance since the last quarter of 2007."
But there's a reason for this: Nathanson points out that the increase in TV ratings is largely due to major events that have taken place this year, including the Oscars, the Sochi Winter Olympics, playoff games from the NFL and, most recently, the NCAA's March Madness tournament. We'll see if ratings can keep up this momentum going forward, but, at least for the time being, it's safe to say good ol' TV is far from being put to rest
German technical service provider Media Broadcast will use its transmission facilities for motor sports coverage for the first time. Read the story »
TeliaSonera and its Lithuanian subsidiary TEO have adopted a group policy on freedom of expression in telecommunications. Read the story »
Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Austria will add 10 new HD channels to its cable network in mid-May 2014 and reduce the analogue TV proposition in return. Read the story »
Zeebox has been re-launched as Beamly, “the content and social network for TV”, on the iPhone, iPad, Android and the web. Read the story »
Turkey’s Cukurova Holding is in direct talks with a couple of companies, one of which is foreign, to sell the pay-TV platform Digitürk. Read the story »
Canal+ and beIN Sports are to share the live rights to the UEFA Champions League for the period 2015-2018. Read the story »
The leading Polish alternative fixed-line telco Netia has granted stock options for 2014 to its management board members. Read the story »