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Pay TV revenues to fall by $12 billion in North America

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 4:41am

Pay TV revenues [subscriptions and on-demand] in North America peaked in 2013 at $102.86 billion, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Read the story »

Raduga TV bankruptcy confirmed

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 4:28am

Moscow’s Arbitration Court has upheld a petition for bankruptcy filed by DalGeoKom, the operator of the former DTH platform Raduga TV. Read the story »

Czech Digi TV to be sold

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 3:31am

RCS&RDS is set to sell its Digi TV operation in the Czech Republic to the utility company Lama Energy. Read the story »

German HD+ platform plans Ultra HD service

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 3:18am

HD+, the HD satellite platform for DTH households in Germany on Astra (19.2° East), wants to give viewers a glimpse at the next generation of high-definition television. Read the story »

Major changes for Canal+ in Poland

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 3:09am

The Polish DTH platform nc+ plans to increase the number of Canal+ branded premium channels it offers from six to eight. Read the story »

Skylink looks to the future

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 2:43am

The leading Czech and Slovak DTH platform Skylink plans to launch mobile TV and hybrid services this autumn. Read the story »

ShortsTV launches on Ziggo

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 1:47am

Shorts International will launch ShortsTV on Ziggo from April 1. Read the story »

Philips smart TVs opt for Android

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 12:32am

The vast majority of 2015 Philips Smart TVs are powered by Android 5.0, Lollipop. Read the story »

SFR to abandon Android STBs

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 12:16am

French telecom operator SFR is giving up on its Google Android STBs following the acquisition by Numericable-Altice. Read the story »

Show your love for BBC content

BroadbandTVNews - March 22, 2015 - 3:39am

The BBC has introduced a new heart ‘button’ on browser-based versions of the BBC iPlayer and its TV and radio programme pages. Read the story »

Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV ads

EngadgetHD - March 21, 2015 - 2:31pm

For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it's turning that focus to TV. This week the company announced that it's testing a new kind of ad-tracking system for Google Fiber TV customers in Kansas City. Just like any other local cable company, they'll air during ad breaks reserved for local advertisers (that crappy ad for the car dealership around the corner that comes on during The Walking Dead). Where it's different is that advertisers will only pay for the number of ads actually shown, as monitored by the Fiber set-top boxes. Google can insert fresh ads in DVR'd programming too, and target viewers based on their viewing history. Users can opt-out of the viewing history tracking, but that's it.

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Source: Adweek, Google Fiber forum

Holy shit snacks! Redditors find massive 'Archer' Easter egg

EngadgetHD - March 21, 2015 - 8:24am

I'm not sure which is more impressive: the fact that the Archer series creators went through so much trouble to create such an elaborate Easter egg or the fact that someone was actually able to crack the multiple mind-bending puzzles needed to reveal it. And from the looks of things, we haven't even come close to the bottom of this rabbit hole.

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Via: Imgur

Source: Reddit

ITV Choice launches in Africa on DStv

BroadbandTVNews - March 21, 2015 - 3:33am

ITV Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice. Read the story »

'Halo 5: Guardians' hype train starts with a whisper

EngadgetHD - March 20, 2015 - 10:49pm

Halo fans aren't strangers to alternate reality games, and it looks like Halo 5: Guardians could get something similar to Halo 2's I Love Bees treatment. The just released teaser trailer (embedded below) doesn't give much by way of clues, but ends with a #HUNTtheTRUTH hashtag. The video also links to a Tumblr bearing that name with a countdown clock that stops Sunday night at 9 PM Eastern. Perhaps a new commercial will debut during The Walking Dead? Maybe, but at least it won't be long before we find out, regardless. If you're looking for folks to speculate with head over to NeoGAF or the Halo Waypoint forums -- the topic's thread has already hit 24 pages.

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Source: Hunt the Truth, Xbox (YouTube)

Kiev revokes licence of Euronews Ukrainian version

BroadbandTVNews - March 20, 2015 - 2:14pm

Ukraine’s National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (NTKU) has revoked the satellite broadcasting licence of the Ukrainian version of Euronews. Read the story »

Ex Premiere CEO Georg Kofler returns to media industry

BroadbandTVNews - March 20, 2015 - 12:48pm

Georg Kofler, former CEO of German TV broadcasters ProSieben and Premiere (now Sky Deutschland), wants to set up a multi-channel marketing platform for YouTube stars together with Berlin-based TV production company Def Media. Read the story »

DIY robotics device developed

Reuters Technology - March 20, 2015 - 12:37pm
Polish scientists develop a robotic device that enables hobbyists to build and program their own robots for various tasks. Sharon Reich reports.

Apple TV revamp coming in June with Siri and App Store

EngadgetHD - March 20, 2015 - 8:03am

Apple's criminally ignored set-top box is finally getting a major upgrade. The company is planning to announce a new Apple TV at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, according to Buzzfeed. And yes, sources say it'll pack in just about everything you've been hoping for: a real App Store, Siri-powered voice commands, and the usual spec bumps (including the new A8 processor and more storage). Nothing's confirmed just yet, but it certainly makes sense that we'll see a new Apple TV at WWDC, especially since we're hearing Apple's planning to debut its long-awaited TV service and Beats-powered streaming music service soon. Apple's also made it clear that its set-top box will play a big role in its HomeKit platform -- the new Apple TV might include additional hardware to make that possible.

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Source: Buzzfeed

'Final Fantasy: Type-0' is a great documentary within an OK game

EngadgetHD - March 20, 2015 - 7:30am

"I've never experienced war myself," Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0, told me in an interview this past January. We were discussing why his new entry in Square-Enix's nearly 30-year-old role-playing game series often feels like a cross between The History Channel and Ridley Scott's Legend. "I haven't killed anyone or been killed. But through documentaries you can get a true feeling of fear and despair and the impact of war even if you haven't directly experienced it."

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Zee TV to launch &TV in UK

BroadbandTVNews - March 20, 2015 - 4:33am

&TV, which launched in India and the Middle East on March 2, 2015, is now set for its UK launch. Read the story »

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