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Towercom to assist Serbian digitisation

BroadbandTVNews - August 14, 2014 - 12:02am

Towercom is to play a role in Serbia’s transition to digital broadcasting. Read the story »

'Real Housewives' is going mobile for TWC customers, break out the pinot

EngadgetHD - August 13, 2014 - 8:05pm

When you stop to think about it, NBC's reach goes quite a bit beyond just broadcasting Parks and Rec on Thursday nights -- the Peacock Network owns a slew of cable channels too, including Bravo. Starting this week you can catch the latest exploits of whichever Real Housewives cast you favor, regardless of what city you're in, so long as you are (or know) a TWC subscriber and have a device with the respective network's apps near by. The new channel line-up includes USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo and the Golf Channel, with NBC Sports Extra and Golf Live Extra, with the rest of NBC's networks rolling out sometime in September. And don't worry Bright House customers, as follows tradition you won't miss out on Leslie Knope's farewell season either, regardless of if you catch it live or on demand.

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Go flex your Flak Cannon skills in the 'Unreal Tournament' alpha right now

EngadgetHD - August 13, 2014 - 5:06pm

How's this for irony? If you're the impatient type, an alpha version of the forthcoming Unreal Tournament is available for download right this instant. It'll almost assuredly push your grit to its limits, though. As is typically the case with prototype games, you might rip out more than a few hairs over unbalanced weapons and possible game-breaking bugs because, well, it's a work in progress. The development team at Epic Games says that the shooter will be updated every Friday to tie up the likely multitude of loose ends ahead of the final product. If any other "worthy" changes crop up before that, IGN reports the patches could be more frequent. So, if you want in on some of the action Epic teased earlier this summer, now's your chance.

Correction: The alpha build isn't an official Epic Games release, but instead a product of the Unreal Engine 4 development community.

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AT&T will send LTE media broadcasts to your phone in 2015

EngadgetHD - August 13, 2014 - 4:33pm

Verizon may be the first out of the gate with LTE-based media broadcasting in the US, but it won't be the only game in town. AT&T's John Stankey has revealed that his carrier will have its own Multicast service (you're looking at Verizon's technology here) sometime in 2015. It'll first launch in areas where AT&T can start immediately, but it should expand as the provider gets comfortable with both the technology and content partners.

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Move over Wall-E, there’s a new robot in town

Reuters Technology - August 13, 2014 - 8:48am
Jibo, a new robot developed by researchers from MIT's Media Lab, can see, hear, speak and complete a variety of tasks around your house. He's not making cappuccino's yet, but the robot's open platform design gives developers the ability to teach this bot all kinds of new tricks. Sharon Reich has more.

Guillermo Del Toro and 'Metal Gear' creator join forces for next 'Silent Hill' game

EngadgetHD - August 13, 2014 - 6:13am

With the sad state that the Resident Evil and Dead Space franchises are in, word of a new high-profile horror game is incredibly tantalizing. Downright exciting, even. Earlier today at Sony's Gamescom media briefing, the next Silent Hill was teased in a rather convoluted way on stage -- of course, when Hideo Kojima is involved, convolution is to be expected. A title called P.T. was was briefly shown after a video for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's in-game box (seriously), and the audience was told that an interactive trailer for the former would be available on the PlayStation Store relatively soon. NeoGAF spotted that a gamer on Twitch started broadcasting her gameplay after downloading, and that's when something peculiar happened. Toward the end of her terrifying stream, she unlocked a cutscene with a mysterious town and title cards bearing the names of the Metal Gear head honcho, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) and the name "Silent Hills."

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Ukraine to impose “draconian” media restrictions

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 3:01am

The Ukrainian parliament has approved at first reading a draft law that could have far-reaching consequences on media freedom in the country. Read the story »

'Shadow Realms' is the next original game from the creators of 'Mass Effect'

EngadgetHD - August 13, 2014 - 2:50am

EA subsidiary studio BioWare has made some pretty popular games, and is known most recently for its Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Today at Gamescom, the developer gave us an insight into its first original title in some time -- Shadow Realms. The "online action RPG" pits a team of four "Heroes" against the ghouls and demons of the "Shadow Legions," including one player-controlled "Shadowlord." The evil, lone player is able to manipulate the environment, place traps and control ghastly minions in an effort to thwart the Heroes' progress.

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Akado goes down cardless route

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 2:49am

The Russian cable operator Akado Telekom has introduced a set-top box employing the cardless system from Verimatrix. Read the story »

Modest revenue growth in satellite slowdown

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 2:21am

The Fixed Services Satellite (FSS) sector generated $12.2 billion in revenues during 2012, an increase of just two per cent. Read the story »

Keecker robot the first 'homepod', says creator

Reuters Technology - August 13, 2014 - 2:19am
A French start-up plans to launch a home entertainment computer able to move on its own and transform any wall into a huge projected screen. Jim Drury reports.

Liberty turns round Romania

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 2:18am

Liberty Global is satisfied with the return to growth in Romania after several challenging years, according to Manuel Kohnstamm, the company’s senior VP and chief policy officer. Read the story »

Major overhaul for Russian pay-TV

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 1:48am

Russia’s Ministry of Communications is formulating legislation regulating the relationship between pay-TV operators and TV channels. Read the story »

Telekom Austria drops into the red

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 1:30am

Telekom Austria Group reported a 7.3% decline in turnover to €1.94 billion in the first half of 2014 compared with the first half of last year (€2.09 billion). Read the story »

PlayStation TV set for October launch

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 1:11am

Sony’s PlayStation TV will make its debut in PAL territories on November 14, and on October 14 in North America. Read the story »

Europe beats US for Netflix speeds

BroadbandTVNews - August 13, 2014 - 12:54am

Europe is beating the US when it comes to high-speed delivery of Netflix content, according to the company’s latest ISP speed index. Read the story »

Apple TV sales slowing in crowded OTT field

BroadbandTVNews - August 12, 2014 - 10:57pm

Apple TV sales growth has slowed significantly this year, down to a 12% annual growth rate at an estimated 1.9 million units sold in Q2 2014 according to Strategy Analytics. Read the story »

Peel doesn't need any extra hardware to make your iPhone a Dish and DirecTV remote

EngadgetHD - August 12, 2014 - 4:56pm

The ability to turn iPhones into remote controls is something Peel has done before, but this time out it's doing things slightly different. With its new iOS app, Peel now lets you use your iPhone, iPod touch and/or iPad as a smart remote for Dish Network and DirecTV boxes, without the need for additional hardware -- which was the case with the Fruit, a $99 peripheral the startup introduced about three years ago. Peel's iOS application isn't just a remote, however; it also comes with discovery features that bring you personalized recommendations on stuff you should watch. In addition to that, Peel acts as a TV guide too, allowing you to easily find shows or movies even if you're not a Dish or DirecTV subscriber. Peel Smart Remote and TV Guide is compatible with the Dish Hopper and Hopper with Sling (excluding some models), as well as any WiFi-equipped DirecTV box.

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Google+ puts your social feed on a TV with Chromecast

EngadgetHD - August 12, 2014 - 3:58pm

Just when you think the Chromecast can't get any better, it does. So, with more and more services offering support for the diminutive (and very cheap) device, it's only natural for Google to make its own apps work better with it. To that end, Google+ on Android now lets you display photos from your social stream on a nearby television, thanks to a newly added button in the search giant's networking application. Technically, doing that was already (sort of) possible with Android's screen mirroring on Chromecast, but this is something actually designed to be viewed on a TV. Once it starts casting, the Google+ app can cycle through posts from your feed and put them in a loop -- that said, you also have the option to pause, in case there's a photo you really like and want to use as a wallpaper of sorts. Right now, the feature appears to be limited to Android, though it wouldn't surprise us to see it come to the iOS version of the app later on.

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Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Hohokum' on PS4! (update: game over!)

EngadgetHD - August 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!

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