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Canadian cable giants launch a Netflix rival

EngadgetHD - August 26, 2014 - 8:39am

Canucks don't have much choice for streaming video services. Netflix is the de facto pick, and its Canadian division's selection (historically smaller than in the US) isn't going to satisfy everyone. However, cable giants Rogers and Shaw think they have a better option for some viewers -- they've just unveiled Shomi, a mostly TV-focused service that might have a few aces up its sleeve. The offering blends automatic recommendations with handpicked selections; if you're looking for nothing but comic book adaptations or movies with dating disasters, you may have an easier time finding what you want. Shomi is also leaning heavily on exclusive deals for past seasons of big TV shows like Modern Family, New Girl and Sons of Anarchy, so it may be your best bet if you're looking for a Hulu Plus equivalent.

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A fifth of European TV homes to subscribe to online packages by 2020

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 8:34am

The number of European homes paying a monthly subscription to receive SVOD [subscription video on demand] packages will climb from 1.78 million in 2010 (0.6% of TV households) to 17.99 million by end-2014 (6.4%) and onto 59.41 million in 2020 (20.7%), according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Read the story »

Singapore to use state-of-the-art farming tech to produce more veggies

Reuters Technology - August 26, 2014 - 8:26am
Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs. The Panasonic lab-farm is one of the projects in the works to increase the capability of the small island state, which currently imports more than 95 percent of their produce, to grow their own vegetables. Sharon Reich reports.

Chinese boy implanted with 3D-printed vertebra

Reuters Technology - August 26, 2014 - 7:32am
A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D-printed artificial vertebra replacement. The five-hour surgery was performed at Peking University in China where the boy is still recovering. Ben Gruber reports.

Miniature lung grown by scientists to test cancer drugs

Reuters Technology - August 26, 2014 - 7:26am
German scientists have developed a miniature lung designed to personlize drug treatments for lung cancer patients. The researchers say the device will give doctors a way to more accurately pinpoint the most effective treatment options by testing different drugs on their patients own cancer cells. Matthew Stock reports.

Belgian BeTV is on the Go

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 5:26am

Belgium premium broadcaster BeTV is launching its TV Everywhere service BeTV Go nationwide on September 1. Read the story »

Blue's first headphones have a built-in amp for better mobile audio

EngadgetHD - August 26, 2014 - 5:00am

Blue Microphones, as the company's name suggests, specializes in recording equipment, from professional studio mics to desktop models to mobile accessories. Today, Blue is breaking into a brand new product category, though not really out of its comfort zone, with the launch of the Mo-Fi headphones. It's a move you may have been expecting, given Blue announced its intentions at the beginning of the year, and has continued to tease this first foray into listening gear ever since. Put simply, the idea is to bring the kind of high-fidelity audio you'd get from a home sound system to other, more portable devices (as long as you're willing to pay for it). Blue's Mo-Fi cans are available in the US today for $350, and will be coming to the UK "soon" for £275.

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ARTE launches movie portal

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 3:36am

European cultural channel ARTE has set up a portal for movie fans on the internet. Read the story »

Russia Today to go French

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 2:41am

Russia Today plans to allocate R1.399 billion (€29.3 million) for a new French language version of the channel. Read the story »

thePlatform expands BT TV role

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 2:36am

thePlatform is expanding its role with BT to provide cloud-based video management into its YouView set-tops. Read the story »

Magid finds clear market opportunity for Tablet TV

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 2:33am

Tablet TV is nearing its San Francisco-area beta launch in partnership with the KOFY-TV station, owned by Granite Broadcasting, and research seems to suggest the timing looks to be ideal. Read the story »

Com Hem boosts speeds

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 2:17am

Com Hem is bringing in a free upgrade that will take the majority of its customers up to speeds of at least 50 Mbps. Read the story »

Batter named Gracenote CEO

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 2:00am

Tribune Media Company has appointed John Batter as the chief executive officer of Gracenote and executive vice president of Tribune Media. Read the story »

Georgian public broadcasting takes shape

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 1:50am

The two Georgian public broadcasters GBP and Adjara TV and Radio are increasing cooperation, with help from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Read the story »

November deadline for Ziggo take-over

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 1:24am

The European Commission has set a deadline of November 3, 2014, to decide on Liberty Global’s proposed takeover of Dutch cable operator Ziggo. Read the story »

Tivo launches Roamio PVR for DTT

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 1:17am

TiVo has revealed the ‘limited edition’ TiVo Roamio OTA PVR with an initial retail price of $49.99 (EUR37.83), for those who do not have cable or satellite service, yet still want a PVR. Read the story »

Akado upgrades Moscow network

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 12:55am

The Russian cable operator Akado Telekom has upgraded its Moscow backbone network using the Infinera DTN-X platform. Read the story »

[itvt] Presents...TVOT NYC 2014

TVOT Feed - August 26, 2014 - 12:53am

  • East Coast "TV of Tomorrow Show" Event Will Feature over 100 Expert Speakers and Panelists; Hands-On Exhibits, Workshops and Master Classes; Unparalleled Opportunities for Networking and Deal-Making; [itvt]'s Popular Holiday Party; and Much, Much More
  • Show Will Take Place in a Spectacular New Location with World-Class Audio-Visual Capabilities: New York's Famous SVA Theatre
  • Tickets on Sale Now: Special Early-Bird and Group Rates Available

[itvt] is pleased to announce that TVOT NYC 2014, our fifth annual East Coast TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) event, will take place Tuesday, December 9th at New York's famous SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd Street)--a new location that offers unparalleled 4K UHD audio-visual capabilities, as well as ample capacity to accommodate the show's ongoing growth. The Milton Glaser-designed facility, which is part of the School of Visual Arts, has been described as "the cultural center" of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

TVOT NYC packs all the excitement of our flagship TV of Tomorrow Show (spring 2015, San Francisco)--now in its ninth year--into a highly focused, dialog-driven, one-day "intensive." The show--which is carefully designed to encourage networking and deal-making--enables the pay-TV operators, consumer electronics manufacturers, social media companies, entrepreneurs and technologists who are building the TV platforms of tomorrow to engage in a productive exchange of ideas with the brands, broadcasters, networks, agencies, marketers, investors, producers/creators, developers, designers, storytellers and other stakeholders upon whom the success of those platforms depends. TVOT NYC consistently attracts a veritable "who's who" of the interactive TV, pay-TV, advertising and broadcasting/programming industries, and has been widely praised for offering a uniquely inspiring, rewarding and enjoyable experience, unlike any other tradeshow or conference.

As the end-of-year event-of-record for the interactive/advanced-TV industry, TVOT NYC 2014 will also provide attendees with their last, best opportunity to fully understand the significance of the many industry developments that have taken place in 2014, and to hone their strategic grasp of the key issues that will be shaping the industry in the New Year.

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  • To view TESTIMONIALS from sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees about our two most recent TV of Tomorrow Show events (The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014, June 10th-11th; and TVOT NYC 2013, December 10th), click here
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  • To discuss TVOT NYC 2014, or to give us feedback and suggestions (including new technologies you would like to see showcased, topics you would like to see discussed, and creative ideas for how your company can sponsor the show), email us at swedlow@itvt.com

Harmonic virtualises video delivery

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 12:44am

Harmonic (Hall1.B20) will demonstrate new software-defined video delivery that can be virtualised. Read the story »

Amazon buys streaming games site Twitch for $970 million

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 12:29am

Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, a live video platform for gamers. $970 million in cash. Read the story »

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