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Magine TV makes debut in Thailand

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 9:31am

Amarit Sukhavanij, CEO of CTH and Ambuj Goyal, CEO of Magine TV

Swedish OTT platform Magine TV has partnered with Thailand-based cable network CTH, marking the company’s first entry into the Asian mobile TV market. Read the story »

Everything Twitch does is for its community

EngadgetHD - October 7, 2015 - 9:30am

Twitch would be nothing without its broadcasters and viewers, and the livestreaming service is fiercely protective of both. So much so that to prevent its first-ever TwitchCon conference from transforming into a promotional event for exhibitors, rather than a meet-up for its community, the company was willing to turn down exhibitor support. The goal, as Matt DiPietro, Twitch's VP of marketing, explained it, was to keep the show laser focused on community so it doesn't turn into something like Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) have: huge but at the expense of their initial focus. "What TwitchCon has to be about is the broadcasters and their fans," he said in an interview from the show. "Everything we do, we think about the broadcasters first because that's what brings the fans and creates the content."

Pure Storage President talks about IPO pricing strategy

Reuters Technology - October 7, 2015 - 8:50am
Pure Storage President David Hatfield talks about the company's decision to go public in a tough environment for tech stocks, and the flash memory's growth strategy. Bobbi Rebell reports.

The first Freeview Play set-top box is now on sale

EngadgetHD - October 7, 2015 - 8:17am

Freeview Play, the new service that marries live and catch-up TV in the same programming guide, launched earlier this month. Not that many people have been able to give it a whirl, since it's only been accessible on Panasonic's 2015 range of Viera TVs via a software update. You'll see plenty of new goggleboxes supporting Freeview Play as standard in the near future, but today Humax has released the first set-top box that adds Play functionality to whatever currently takes pride of place in your living room. The WiFi-enabled Humax FVP-4000T boasts a compact design and "leather-look top," available in "mocha" or "cappuccino" colour schemes and two storage configurations. The 500GB version, which should afford enough space for around 300 hours of recorded TV, is priced at £200, while the 1TB model is only a little more expensive at £230. You'll find them on sale now through Humax's online store, as well as at retailers including Argos, Tesco, Maplin, Currys/PC World and John Lewis.Slideshow-326682

Source: Humax

New Chromecast teardown reveals it might not overheat as much as before

EngadgetHD - October 7, 2015 - 7:24am

Much like the original Chromecast streaming stick, Google's new Chromecast video and audio gadgets aren't things you'd want to try and repair if anything goes wrong. "Ultimately any device like those in the Chromecast family will be the same story—a board in a box," iFixit declared in its teardown. Then again, at just $35, you're probably better off just replacing your Chromecast when it conks out. There are some intriguing reveals in iFixit's teardown though: Google went a bit thermal paste crazy this time around, which should help the new Chromecast avoid overheating as much as its predecessor. It also looks like the HDMI cable in the video Chromecast is plenty tough, while also being internally detachable. If it does get damaged, there's a chance you'll be able to swap it out for a new part. Beyond that, both the audio and video Chromecast models look pretty similar internally.

Source: iFixit

Top pay TV operators to add 200 million subs

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 7:13am

Pay TV subscriptions for 338 operators across 89 countries will increase by 200 million from a collective 704 million in 2014 to 904 million by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Read the story »

SFR first to licence Earth TV robotic TV show generator

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 6:17am

Berlin-based EarthTV has launched its new robotic production system. Read the story »

Rightster launches VideoSpring licencing portal

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 6:01am

Rightster, the global multi-platform network for digital video, has launched VideoSpring, a fully searchable video licensing portal. Read the story »

Netgem adds SPI FilmBox Live

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 5:41am

Netgem’s #TelcoTV platform has added SPI’s FilmBox Live app to its OTT content. Read the story »

Early debut for Humax Freeview Play HD set-top box

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 5:32am

The first set-top box designed to be used with the new Freeview Play service has been released at retail, a week earlier than anticipated. Read the story »

Disney signs major deal with Canal

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 5:22am

Canal+ Group and Disney Media Distribution France have renewed their content supply deal. Read the story »

Serbian TV station sale finalised

BroadbandTVNews - October 7, 2015 - 3:21am

Serbia’s Privatisation Agency has signed a contract with the marketing agency Maksim medija for the latter’s acquisition of the Belgrade-based broadcaster Studio B. Read the story »

Samsung boasts massive third-quarter profit growth

EngadgetHD - October 6, 2015 - 9:36pm

Samsung has given us a glimpse of the earnings report it's releasing in late October, and it shows an operating profit worth 7.3 trillion won or $6.25 billion for July to September 2015. That's a 79.8 increase from the same period last year, according to Reuters, and the company's biggest since the beginning of 2014. Bloomberg's analyst say the mobile division's profit "probably rose 24 percent to 2.2 trillion won ($1.9 billion), the first year-on-year rise in seven quarters." While the S6's shipments have reportedly dropped, a big price cut on Samsung's flagship and the release of lower-end, mostly below-$200 phones for developing nations made the increase possible.

Source: Reuters, Bloomberg, Samsung, Yonhap News

Microsoft's new Lumia phone will launch with AT&T in the US

CNET Media 2.0 - October 6, 2015 - 7:14pm
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, which arrive in November, are headed down a sales path that has largely fallen out of favor.

Orion's Belt is made of leather, and other hilarious #NewSpaceFacts

CNET Media 2.0 - October 6, 2015 - 7:10pm
Comedy Central's nightly #HashtagWars game on Twitter reveals important information about the goings-on in our universe and beyond. Note: Matt Damon is from Mars, Ben Affleck is from Venus.

Sony hack's invasion of privacy still grates on CEO

CNET Media 2.0 - October 6, 2015 - 5:40pm
Nearly a year after a crippling hack, the studio's boss says he was distressed by how some people combed leaked emails for embarrassing information.

Samsung expects Q3 profit to nearly double from last year's down quarter

CNET Media 2.0 - October 6, 2015 - 5:37pm
The South Korean company's sales also should rise, but it didn't give any commentary on the expected results.

Doomsday revision predicts we won't make it to Thursday

CNET Media 2.0 - October 6, 2015 - 5:26pm
The world was supposed to end in May 2011, according to one prophecy, unless that was really just the beginning of the end, in which case the end of the end is set for Wednesday.

E-ink Eyecatcher smart bracelet promises a yearlong battery

CNET Media 2.0 - October 6, 2015 - 5:23pm
No charger, no problem. A new smart bracelet up for crowdfunding aims to deliver battery life that smartwatches can only dream about.

Microsoft's 'Project X Ray' demo for HoloLens looks interesting (Tomorrow Daily 253)

CNET Media 2.0 - October 6, 2015 - 5:10pm
Ashley recaps today's Microsoft event in NYC (and all our favorite things within), explains how Best Buy's new robotic employee works and discusses this week's new releases in film and gaming.

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