Telekom Slovenije has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Gibtelecom to the government of Gibraltar for €47.7 million. Read the story »
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.
Video gaming channel Ginx has signed its first distribution agreement in South Africa with the new MobileTV platform. Read the story »
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).
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
Source: AMC Theatres
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Russian Duma (parliament) has passed an amended anti-piracy law that protects copyright in a number of fields. Read the story »
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 »
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 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 Channel has launched on the Telekom Austria subsidiary blizoo Macedonia. Read the story »
The recent ownership changes at Sky Deutschland will be reflected by changes in the German pay-TV broadcaster’s supervisory board. Read the story »
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 »