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Telekom Slovenije sells asset

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 10:41pm

Telekom Slovenije has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Gibtelecom to the government of Gibraltar for €47.7 million. Read the story »

BitTorrent now lets any artist offer paid bundles

EngadgetHD - November 17, 2014 - 10:35pm

BitTorrent's experiments with paid music and video bundles have clearly seen some early success -- and accordingly, it's opening up the floodgates. The peer-to-peer service now lets any artist apply to distribute content through paywall-based downloads, whether they're releasing music, apps or movies. As before, the allure is the sheer flexibility that artists get in deciding not just what you pay for, but when you pay for it. A musician might let the first 500 downloaders listen to an album for free, for instance, but can ask latecomers to pay for some or all of the songs. They also get 90 percent of the revenue instead of the 70 percent they get from most online music services, so there's a chance they'll take home more money if they produce a hit.

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Games channel Ginx goes mobile in South Africa

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 10:27pm

Video gaming channel Ginx has signed its first distribution agreement in South Africa with the new MobileTV platform. Read the story »

What's on your HDTV: 'GTA V', 'State of Affairs', 'Lilyhammer', F1

EngadgetHD - November 17, 2014 - 4:48pm

We meet again. Last year GTA V debuted on on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and now a refreshed version is ready to ship on new-gen consoles (PC ships next year). The PS4 and Xbox One have 1080p, 30fps presentations with a slew of upgrades, you can check out our stream of the X1 version here. Of course, that's not all that's new as Netflix prepares to stream season three of Lilyhammer. Other videogame debuts include Far Cry 4 and WWE 2K15, while Disney is bringing a trio of Studio Ghibli flicks to Blu-ray: Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service and The Wind Rises. The F1 series is coming to a close in AbuDhabi, while Formula E tees up its second race in Putrajaya. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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Internet and telephony drive Tele Columbus

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 2:55pm

Germany’s third-largest cable operator Tele Columbus reported 197,000 internet and 166,000 telephony customers on September 30, 2014 – an increase by around 22% in both cases compared with one year ago. Read the story »

Dutch regulator enforces ‘must carry’

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 1:14pm

The Dutch media regulator Commisariaat voor de Media has enforced ‘must carry’ rules of Flemish radio and TV stations with KPN and the M7 Group. Read the story »

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Grand Theft Auto V' on Xbox One! (update: game over!)

EngadgetHD - November 17, 2014 - 12:00pm

Grand Theft Auto V was clearly bound for current game consoles, regardless of its late-generation appearance on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The world of Los Santos is even more gorgeous in the latest iteration, and it comes with a mess of additions: new missions, new music, and even a new way to interact with the world (first-person mode). You've seen trailers and you read the reviews a full year ago -- what does it look like in action? We're here to answer that with a livestream for you just below.

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Military dog handlers to get virtual assistance

Reuters Technology - November 17, 2014 - 11:57am
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are creating interactive video games to help military dog handlers stay sharp. Nathan Frandino reports.

AMC's unlimited ticket lets you watch 'Interstellar' as much as you want

EngadgetHD - November 17, 2014 - 11:22am

Are you so enthralled with Interstellar that you're determined to see it a second, third or ninth time? AMC Theatres might have you covered. The chain has just unveiled its first-ever Unlimited Ticket for the sci-fi epic; if you're an AMC Stubs member, you can shell out between $20 and $35 (depending on the location) to come back to the theater as much as you want. If you've already seen the flick, you can plunk down $15 to upgrade. You'll have to watch at least twice for this offering to make sense, but that's not hard if you have friends who want to see the movie after you've already been.

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SPI inks Telekom Austria deal, starts rebrand

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 9:30am

Telekom Austria has entered into a strategic agreement with SPI International that allows the Vienna-based company to launch FilmBox thematic channels in the markets it is present in. Read the story »

3D fun improves child therapy in Poland

Reuters Technology - November 17, 2014 - 7:12am
Scientists in Poland are helping children with autism and Down's Syndrome better focus on therapeutic exercises by taking them out of their real world environment and into a specially-designed 3D cave in which their imagination can flourish. Jim Drury reports.

International and SVOD help Canal

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 3:27am

Canal Plus Group has seen a quarter in which the pay-TV group was supported by its international operations, while in France subscription VOD service Canalplay accelerated its growth. Read the story »

Multimedia grows TV business

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 3:15am

The Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has posted revenues of PLN261.6 million (€61.8 million) for its TV business in the first nine months of the year. Read the story »

Russia amends anti-piracy law

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 2:49am

The Russian Duma (parliament) has passed an amended anti-piracy law that protects copyright in a number of fields. Read the story »

US pay-TV providers lose 150,000 subs

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 2:31am

The thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US, representing about 95% of the market, lost about 150,000 net video subscribers in 3Q 2014. Read the story »

Uncertain times for Russian thematic services

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 2:30am

The future diversity and quality of thematic channels in Russia hangs in the balance ahead of amendments to the ‘On advertising’ federal law, due to come into effect at the beginning of 2015. Read the story »

TalkTalk takes quad play initiative

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 2:14am

TalkTalk has entered into a new multi-year commercial MVNO agreement with Telefónica UK. In providing access to the latter’s 2G, 3G and 4G services, it should allow the telco to rapidly grow its recently launched quad-play business. Read the story »

Travel widens Macedonian reach

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 2:06am

Travel Channel has launched on the Telekom Austria subsidiary blizoo Macedonia. Read the story »

Sky Deutschland to change supervisory board

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 1:58am

The recent ownership changes at Sky Deutschland will be reflected by changes in the German pay-TV broadcaster’s supervisory board. Read the story »

Proximus gains access to Telenet network

BroadbandTVNews - November 16, 2014 - 3:01pm

The Court of Appeal (Hof van Beroep) in Brussels has ruled that alternative operators have access to the Telenet network, including incumbent Proximus (Belgacom). Read the story »

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