Bose doesn't want to rely solely on fashionable audio gear to compete with the likes of Beats and Sonos --it's venturing into the online music space, too. Hypebot highlights a job listing for a senior designer that would help shape a "next generation streaming music platform" and a matching "ecosystem of products." Just what it would entail isn't clear, but the future recruit would ideally have experience at a big-name streaming service, whether it's Beats, Pandora or Spotify.
It only took seven or so months since it was first announced, but HBO Go is now available on Amazon's Fire TV (along with SlingPlayer). Owners of the Fire TV Stick dongle will have to wait until this spring for access, but since they're probably Amazon Prime subscribers too, at least they have plenty of older HBO shows to stream in the meantime. The other bad news? HBO tells us that Comcast and Charter are currently not on the list of supported streaming providers. According to Amazon its selection of apps has quadrupled since launch, and the box is currently on sale for $79 instead of the $99 regular price, in case your holiday shopping isn't over with yet.
Demand for Sony's 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 has been insane -- online orders in the US sold out in minutes, while some lucky Londoners were treated to super-cheap PS4s at the PlayStation '94 Shop. For those of you that were unable to get the day off work or simply live too far outside of the capital to get your hands on Sony's £400 piece of gaming nostalgia, the company will open online sales this week. However, don't expect ordering one to be easy.
Source: PlayStation EU
Ukraine’s 1+1 Media has become the exclusive distributor of a thematic channel named First Car. Read the story »
Public service broadcasters are leading the way when it comes to access provision through On Demand services. Read the story »
Norway has the highest penetration of subscription video on demand (SVOD) in the Nordic region. Read the story »
The French regulator CSA could have less control over TV services from next year, according to its president Olivier Schramek. Read the story »
Ofcom is to review the payment of retransmission fees as part of a new review of the UK’s public service broadcasters. Read the story »
Premier League football is to be shown on Friday nights for the first time as part of the new broadcast rights auction for the 2016-19 seasons. Read the story »
The Czech public broadcaster Ceske Televize (CT), along with its Slovak counterpart RTVS and the Czech national transmission company CRa, are to begin test broadcasts of Ultra HD content via Astra 3B at 23.5 degrees East. Read the story »
The TV ad sales house Atmedia has decided to leave the Polish market, citing the loss of clients. At the same time, one of its competitors – TVN Media – has announced a new agreement with the broadcaster Telewizja Puls. Read the story »
A working group created by the Ukrainian regulator National Council has published recommendations on the country’s transition to digital broadcasting. Read the story »
Question: What is the title of that movie that revolves around a hacker (or two) caught up in a huge scheme or conspiracy that has something to do with a gargantuan corporation and/or the government?
Your choices are:
A.) Young-Angelina Jolie starrer Hackers
B.) Travolta, Berry and Jackman movie Swordfish
C.) Chris Hemsworth's new flick Blackhat
D.) All of the above
Here's an odd twist to the Sony Pictures hack: the attackers are becoming courteous... relatively speaking, of course. The Guardians of Peace are threatening to release yet more of the studio's data as a "Christmas gift," but they're also offering to withhold personal information if employees ask to keep it out of the public eye. It's not clear what prompted the sudden concern for privacy, although it may come from a realization that the leaks are hurting ordinary workers, not just actors and executives. It's a half-hearted gesture -- real privacy wouldn't involve leaks in the first place, after all -- but it suggests that the hacking group won't just dump everything it has. Not that Sony will take much comfort in this, mind you. The Guardians claim that the future data release will be "more interesting," which is no mean feat when previous posts have included movie scripts and celebrity conversations.
Update: And now Sony is sending legalese notes to news organizations, demanding that they stop reporting on the leaks and delete any data that media has received from the hackers. And if they don't comply? Sony said it will have "no choice but to hold you responsible from any damage or loss resulting from such use or dissemination by you."
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Need a way to drown out your extended family while they're visiting for the holidays? So long as you own an Android device and are in the United States, Hulu's got you covered. See, the TV-streaming outfit is offering "many popular" shows as part of its free Share the Joy of the Seasons promo on Google's mobile OS. As the app's Google Play listing tells it, episodes from the current seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sleepy Hollow and South Park are on tap, amongst others. More episodes and content -- like Party Down -- naturally are locked behind the Hulu Plus paywall. And for iOS users, well, we suppose they'll have to settle for that recently redesigned app.
Via: Android (Twitter)
Source: Google Play
The federal antitrust case Apple's fighting isn't looking any more favorable for the hardware giant since we last reported on it. Former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified on Friday that he'd worked on a project to block "100 percent of non-iTunes clients" in addition to keeping any third-party software from interfering with iTunes, according to The Wall Street Journal. This, the plaintiffs claim, was part of an anti-competitive way to boost the prices of iPods from 2006 to 2009. Despite the plaintiff's best efforts, however, they weren't able to submit a 2012 academic paper (PDF) Schultz had written detailing Apple's blocking operating systems that didn't support iTunes (namely Linux) as evidence.
Source: The Wall Street Journal