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SES teams up with Es’hailSat

BroadbandTVNews - October 27, 2014 - 1:49am

The wholly-owned SES subsidiary SES Tech Com has signed a comprehensive consultancy service agreement wih Qatar-based Es’hailSat. Read the story »

Contracts keep Belgian DTT network on air

BroadbandTVNews - October 27, 2014 - 1:42am

Contracts between Belgian operator Telenet and DTT broadcaster Norkring are keeping the DVB-T2 broadcasts on air – with no actual programmes being broadcast. Read the story »

Non-linear video outpaces linear viewing

BroadbandTVNews - October 26, 2014 - 11:31pm

New research from Parks Associates shows the average US broadband household now watches more than 17 hours of non-linear video per week, compared to 11.5 hours of linear video. Read the story »

Amazon's Fire TV is doing much better than its phone

EngadgetHD - October 26, 2014 - 1:59pm

This week Amazon announced it would take a $170 million hit due to the struggling Fire Phone, but there's no sign of issues with the Fire TV. Amazon isn't sharing any sales numbers so all we know for sure is that its selection of apps and games has grown to over 600, more than triple the number available at launch. NBA 2K15 is coming soon, but for now the apps and games used most include Amazon Instant Video (of course), Netflix, Hulu Plus, Asphalt 8: Airborne and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. When we reviewed the Fire TV in April it came off as a powerful platform with some initial rough edges -- now that it has a better selection of original apps and exclusive content with shows like Transparent, it may be in a position to stand out from the crowd (Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast).

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Source: Amazon (1), (2)

Someone made a parody of 'P.T.' in Xbox One's 'Project Spark'

EngadgetHD - October 25, 2014 - 8:04pm

The absolutely terrifying playable teaser for the next Silent Hill game might only be available on PlayStation 4, but if you have an Xbox One you might be able to play something close to it. Someone has gone ahead and recreated P.T. in Redmond's game creating game, Project Spark. The familiar sights are all there: a never-ending hallway filled with horrors, a ghoul waiting just around the corner, Nic Cage screaming in terror. Wait, what? Well, the trailer is intercut with clips of Nic Cage's performance from the 1999 film about snuff movies, 8mm. Because watching him watch... well we aren't going to describe what he's watching, but let's just say it fits the theme of P.T. pretty spectacularly. Need to see the horror for yourself? Jump past the break and prepare for a descent into madness -- don't say we didn't warn you.

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Source: KavinskeeZ (YouTube)

Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing

EngadgetHD - October 25, 2014 - 3:19pm

Roku frequently comes across as the little media player company that could: its streaming box business is growing in spite of much larger competition. As healthy as it is, though, this upstart now appears eager to join the big leagues. Tipsters for both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times claim that Roku is planning to file an initial public stock offering (IPO) that could net as much as $150 million, roughly doubling what it raised through private investments. The details of just how and when this would happen are still murky, but the company said earlier this month that it's near turning a profit. It may wait until it's in the black and can put its best foot forward. If the IPO does happen, though, you should expect Roku to grow quickly. It's already striking deals with TV makers and has the support of major broadcasters -- the extra cash could both put more big-name services on your existing Roku box and improve the range of devices you can buy at the store.

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Source: Wall Street Journal, New York Times

Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

EngadgetHD - October 25, 2014 - 8:44am

Even the most well respected filmmakers have been known to bend the truth a bit when it comes to depicting science on the silver screen, throwing accuracy to the wind in favor of trivialities like "plot" and "drama." We kid, of course. But how does this fall's sci-fi epic Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan hold up under a microscope (no pun intended)? The folks at Popular Science have taken the Dark Knight helmsman's latest to task, exploring the feasibility of traveling through wormholes, the type of spaceship we'd need for humanity to travel 'round the stars and a few other concepts explored in the film.

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Source: Popular Science

Sony wants to show you how PS4's online game-sharing works

EngadgetHD - October 25, 2014 - 7:38am

When next Tuesday's 2.0 update hits for the PlayStation 4, Sony will finally turn one of the most ambitious promises it made when the console was first announced a reality. We're talking about Share Play, of course. We know: the ability to virtually hand a controller off to a pal via the internet and have them work through a game's tricky section for you sounds kinda like magic -- the type that only Disney is capable of. But, in theory it sounds pretty simple, and the catch-up king has recently released a video that walks through the process step by step. From the looks of it, the new feature is added as an option from the DualShock 4's Share button. Naturally. How well it all works in the wild, however, remains to be seen.

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Source: PlayStation Blog

Zattoo adds DMAX HD and TLC HD in Germany

BroadbandTVNews - October 25, 2014 - 3:42am

Internet TV platform Zattoo has increased its HD offering in Germany. Read the story »

TVOT NYC 2014 Discount Reigstration ends Friday, October 31st

TVOT Feed - October 24, 2014 - 11:19pm

Discount registration for [itvt]'s fifth annual East Coast TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC 2014 (December 9th, at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan's Chelsea district) ends at midnight Friday, October 31st (Halloween).

Discount registration allows you to attend TVOT NYC for just $875, representing a savings of $200 off the regular price of a ticket (and guaranteeing you a seat at this limited-attendance event).

To take advantage of this discounted pricing, click here: http://tvotnyc2014.eventbrite.com




To find out about special group rates (three or more), contact Tracy Swedlow at swedlow@itvt.com or (415) 824-5806.

From November 1st through December 9th, tickets will be priced at $1,075.

For more information about TVOT NYC 2014, please go to our Web site: http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com

Have questions about speaking or sponsorship opportunities? Contact us: 415-824-5806 or swedlow@itvt.com

Netflix has two more TV shows for 2015: 'Bloodline' and 'F is for Family'

EngadgetHD - October 24, 2014 - 7:45pm

Concerned there's not enough to watch on Netflix, or that the big studios and networks might hold stuff back for their own streaming services? Rest easy, the video streamer has plans for a slew of exclusive content over the next few years, and this week it revealed details about two more shows to go along with its latest Canadian project. First up is the new show we'd heard about from Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, who were the creators of Damages. That show has a name now -- Bloodline -- and an appropriately creepy teaser trailer (embedded after the break).

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Source: Netflix

UPC Austria to launch OTT service Horizon Go

BroadbandTVNews - October 24, 2014 - 5:05pm

Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Austria will introduce OTT service Horizon Go on November 10, 2014. Read the story »

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' on Xbox One! (update: game over!)

EngadgetHD - October 24, 2014 - 3:30pm

The developers at Harmonix Music Systems know a thing or two about music. And we'd hope so, it is in the company name, after all. The studio's latest Kinect game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, is quite a bit different than anything they've done previously, though: it puts players under Mickey's wizard cap from the classic animated movie of the same name and has them remixing pop songs and classical tracks from the likes of Beethoven and Dvorak with rhythmic gesture controls. Sounds pretty neat on paper, right? But, it's natural to be skeptical of the title considering the general hit-or-miss nature of Microsoft's motion sensor. Well, you can come back here at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific and see for yourself as we broadcast live gameplay from the Xbox One. We even have a download code to give away during the stream, too!

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Source: Twitch

Eutelsat TV Awards – Spotlight on children’s channels

BroadbandTVNews - October 24, 2014 - 11:52am

The winners of the 2014 Eutelsat TV Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in Rome on November 28. Read the story »

'Fantasia: Music Evolved' and its origins in the Kinect-hacking scene

EngadgetHD - October 24, 2014 - 10:20am

The developers at Harmonix aren't afraid to hit the reset button if something isn't working correctly. Chances are, strumming a plastic Stratocaster changed quite a bit before you ever even started playing "Creep" by Radiohead in Rock Band. Same goes for stepping to the beat of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" in Dance Central, too. That willingness to start from square one time and again? Well, it's carried through to the developer's latest Kinect title, Fantasia: Music Evolved, out now for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well. The team's aim, seemingly regardless of project, is for whatever you're doing in one of their titles to seem perfectly obvious and natural.

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Here's how Nintendo's Amiibo toys work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

EngadgetHD - October 24, 2014 - 9:41am

Nintendo was dropping Smash Brothers info-bombs left and right last night, but the company also felt compelled to dive a little deeper into how the Wii U version of the game will play with those curious little Amiibos. You know, the Nintendo character-themed figurines that both look adorable and store game information via NFC? Now, thanks to the marketing wizards in Redmond, we've got a four-minute chronicle of young love, combat and tiny figures that explains just about everything. Key takeaways? You're not actually playing as your Amiibo character -- instead, the little avatar springs to life as a support character, getting in people's faces and generally having a grand ol' time once you tap the figure to your Wii U's gamepad.

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Source: Nintendo (YouTube)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is shooting a 4K film with Samsung's NX1

EngadgetHD - October 24, 2014 - 8:48am

In an effort to make a push for its recently unveiled Samsung NX1, the South Korean company is now recruiting celebrities to help along the way. As part of this, Samsung has revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for roles in movies like 10 Things I hate About You and The Dark Knight Rises, is set to shoot a 4K UHD film entirely on the NX1 flagship camera. The production, titled In a City, will see Gordon-Levitt travel across the world to explore the daily lives of people and capture what makes every place unique. Samsung's partnership with the actor is also going to include working with the community from hitRECord, a production company founded by Gordon-Levitt which focuses on creating different categories of online videos. In a City is expected to be released on December 11th, and it'll be available to watch on the Samsung Camera Facebook and YouTube pages.

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'Don't freak out!' and other tips for surviving layoffs as a video game developer

EngadgetHD - October 24, 2014 - 8:23am

The game industry is capable of building incredible worlds, engrossing us with believable characters, and empowering us to destroy (or create!) both. The unfortunate side of all that enchantment is the shaky business models that much of the industry are built on, which leads to cyclical, annualized layoffs that affect even the most successful franchises. Just look at the recent history of Joystiq's layoffs tag: it's ridiculous. Why is this the case? Kotaku's Jason Schreier did an excellent job reporting that last year, right here, so we're not going to duplicate efforts. This piece is about what you can do, should you find yourself being put through the wringer this holiday.

Oh, and yes, the annualized layoffs tend to happen around the holidays (which coincides with many companies' financial quarters ending). Sucks, right?

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Source: GameDevTalk

YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features

EngadgetHD - October 24, 2014 - 5:13am

The BBC's extensively redesigned iPlayer has been gradually lumbering its way onto different compatible devices since it was first launched earlier this year. YouView's hybrid Freeview/IPTV set-top boxes have, until now, been sorely neglected, which is somewhat strange given the BBC is one of YouView's principal investors. Well, better late than never, the new iPlayer has finally started rolling out to YouView set-top boxes, alongside the addition of the BBC's Connected Red Button features. If you're in possession of a YouView- or BT-issued box made by Humax (Huawei's also built a few), then these goodies will show up shortly, if not today. TalkTalk customers, however, are still playing the waiting game, though they can expect to receive the updates "in due course."

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Source: YouView

DTG Testing launches Ultra HD product zoo

BroadbandTVNews - October 24, 2014 - 3:40am

DTG Testing has launched the world’s first Ultra HD product testing zoo with a 4K HDMI interoperability plugfest. Read the story »

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