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'Powers,' the first PlayStation TV show launches on March 10th

EngadgetHD - January 20, 2015 - 10:49am

When Powers failed to materialize on Sony's PlayStation Network back in December, you were probably distracted by the company's other, more high-profile catastrophes. Now that some of the dust has settled, however, series creator Brian Michael Bendis has taken to the PlayStation Blog to tell the world that the supernatural cop show will debut on March 10th. The first three episodes will all land on that day, with the remaining seven episodes that comprise the first season launching on subsequent Tuesdays.

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Via: Variety

Source: PlayStation Blog, Powers

Life-saving app detects car accidents

Reuters Technology - January 20, 2015 - 10:44am
A smartphone app developed by a Chilean student could save lives by detecting potentially fatal car accidents and instantly notifying friends, family and even emergency services.

Super Bowl XLIX to be livestreamed by NBC

EngadgetHD - January 20, 2015 - 10:16am

In what has become a tradition since 2012, the Super Bowl will be streamed online again this year. The kind gesture, which is free of charge to anyone in the US, comes courtesy of NBC -- the network that started the trend of livestreaming The Big Game. For Super Bowl XLIX, set to take place on February 1st in Arizona, NBC plans to have an 11-hour block of video coverage over the internet, including pre-game analysis, the popular halftime show and an all-new episode of the prime-time series The Blacklist. As Variety points out, the Peacock channel intends to heavily promote its TV Everywhere efforts during the stream, hoping to drive demand for services like the NBC Sports Live Extra app -- one that typically requires a pay-TV login.

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Source: Variety

Revolutionary new piano unveiled by Hungarian pianist

Reuters Technology - January 20, 2015 - 10:03am
Hungarian pianist and inventor Gergely Boganyi unveils his novel concept piano, offering a revolutionary new take on a classic musical instrument. Jim Drury reports.

Virgin Media in Telegraph sports tie-up

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 3:43am

Virgin Media has agreed an exclusive partnership with the Telegraph Media Group to promote its sports tier. Read the story »

BBC and PBS ink co-production deal

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 3:41am

The BBC and PBS have signed a new multi-title co-production deal that will lead to the creation of eight to ten new programming specials, representing some 20 hours a year. Read the story »

VGTRK secures sports deal

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 3:36am

The Russian state broadcaster VGTRK has entered into a partnership with ten mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation UFC. Read the story »

Montenegro pay-TV: the stats

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 3:27am

Montenegro ended Q4 2014 with 154,393 TV connections, according to country’s Agency of Electronic Media (AEM). Read the story »

New headache for Russian pay-TV

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 2:12am

Pay-TV operators in Russia face the prospect of only being able to access public channels exclusively from Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS). Read the story »

New OTT service for Russia

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 2:00am

Russia’s MTS is planning to launch an OTT service that will rival both Skype and WhatsApp. Read the story »

Polsat eyes key sports rights

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 1:46am

Polsat is set to strengthen its position as the leading sports broadcaster in Poland by securing more rights. Read the story »

35% of Dutch viewers watch illegal content

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 1:34am

The number of Dutch viewers using streaming and VOD service continues to grow, according to the latest research from GfK. Read the story »

Telekom Srbija privatisation moves closer

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 1:28am

The Serbian parliament has adopted amendments to the country’s law on companies that will have direct impact on the future of Telekom Srbija. Read the story »

German Fix&Foxi to launch in USA and Latin America

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 12:15am

Fix&Foxi, the children’s and family channel which launched in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on December 1, 2014 heads towards the Americas. Read the story »

Marriott plans to bring Netflix to your hotel room TV

EngadgetHD - January 19, 2015 - 11:40pm

The next time you're on a trip, you may have something to watch on the hotel room TV besides the usual so-so channels and on-demand movies. Marriott has confirmed to Bloomberg that it's trialing access to streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and Pandora on TVs in eight of its hotels. It's not certain what the company will charge (if anything) if it launches this feature in earnest, although it's reportedly mulling a few options that include a "premium" internet tier with TV streaming on top of the usual WiFi. That last choice might not be very popular when you can already curl up on the bed with your laptop at no extra cost. Having said this, Marriott hasn't committed to anything yet -- there's a lot left to decide before you can watch House of Cards on a big screen during your vacation.

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Via: The Verge, Lucas Shaw (Twitter)

Source: Bloomberg (Daily Transcript)

Competition from other industries—OTT voice and content companies

Yahoo Mixed Feed - January 19, 2015 - 1:13pm
Apart from facing stiff competition from cable companies, telecom companies are challenged by non-facility based OTT (over-the-top) players in voice and TV services.

Budget bionic arm set to make prosthetics affordable

Reuters Technology - January 19, 2015 - 9:49am
A budget bionic arm that reads nerve impulses is set to give amputees in Argentina more freedom at an affordable price. Amy Pollock reports.

Amazon launches Ultra HD streaming in Germany

BroadbandTVNews - January 19, 2015 - 6:25am

Online retailer Amazon has commenced providing selected movies and series in Ultra HD/4K resolution on its video-on-demand (VOD) service Amazon Instant Video in Germany, an Amazon spokesman confirmed to Broadband TV News. Read the story »

Amazon plans to release 12 movies a year in theaters and on Prime

EngadgetHD - January 19, 2015 - 6:24am

In recent years, Amazon and Netflix have created original content to get more subscribers, grow revenues and set themselves apart from not only from each other, but major cable channels like HBO. Examples include House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Transparent. Amazon has always suggested it may look to expand beyond TV and into movies, but only now has it revealed its plan to do exactly that. In a release today, Amazon Studios said it will 'begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video."

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Source: Amazon (Businesswire)

Just Media Group acquires NostalgieNet

BroadbandTVNews - January 19, 2015 - 5:07am

Dutch media company Just Media Group has acquired the NostalgieNet digital TV channel and its parent company Tijdsbeeld Media. Read the story »

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