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Polsat looks to the world

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 3:55am

The Polish national commercial broadcaster Polsat has applied for a new channel licence to the country’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT). Read the story »

Sky and O2 in mobile talks

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 3:53am

Sky has been talking to Telefónica about a possible tie-up with the O2 mobile business, it has emerged. Read the story »

Netflix expansion ahead of schedule

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 3:51am

Netflix now expects to complete its global expansion over the next two years, while staying profitable. It then intends to generate material global profits from 2017 onwards. Read the story »

MTV expands local language offering on Israel’s HOT

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 3:05am

VIMN has expanded its MTV youth and music portfolio in Israel after its existing 24-hour Hebrew-language service split into two separate youth-oriented TV channels: MTV and MTV Music. Read the story »

Major change for Tricolor TV

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 2:57am

Russia’s leading pay-TV operator Tricolor TV is making a major change to its programme offer, effective January 26. Read the story »

Europe by Satellite goes HD

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 2:55am

Starting January 26, the Europe by Satellite (EbS and EbS+) channels will be broadcast in HD. Read the story »

Romanian DTT bidders pass first hurdle

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 2:42am

All five companies that submitted bids for the DTT auction currently being held in Romania have qualified for the next stage of the contest. Read the story »

Turkish channel sale catch

BroadbandTVNews - January 21, 2015 - 2:25am

Ciner Media Group has told the Turkish Savings Deposit Fund (TMSF) that it must reimburse $300 million before it can buy back the Show TV. Read the story »

Obama calls on Congress to tackle cyber security

Reuters Technology - January 20, 2015 - 7:37pm
Obama says "no foreign nation, no hacker should be able to shut down our networks" as he urges Congress to pass legislation on cyber security. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

What's on your HDTV: State of the Union, 'The Fall', 'Justified'

EngadgetHD - January 20, 2015 - 4:53pm

Tonight President Barack Obama's State of the Union address gives us a great chance to compare the quality in feeds of different networks (oh, and the political stuff), but we're really waiting for the premiere episode of the final season of Justified. We missed the return of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Workaholics and Broad City last week, but those -- along with the new show Man Seeking Woman -- are probably worth catching up on. Netflix is about to add season two of the excellent show The Fall to its streaming queue and of course The Interview on Saturday. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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Netflix will have 'The Interview' streaming on Saturday

EngadgetHD - January 20, 2015 - 1:19pm

In the midst of Netflix's Q4 financial report (if you're wondering - it added the expected amount of subscribers this time, unlike Q3) it revealed a few things viewers will actually be interested in. First of all, it's going to have The Interview available for streaming to US and Canadian subscribers starting Saturday. That puts the Sony Pictures flick on streaming just about a month after its unconventional Christmas Day theater / video on demand launch that netted $40 million online, and ahead of its Blu-ray release February 17th.

Also, its first movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny is scheduled to debut everywhere on August 26th, hitting "select" IMAX screens at the same time it premieres on Netflix. That's part of an original content push that will bring 320 hours of original series, films, documentaries and stand-up comedy to the service this year -- triple the amount it had in 2014 (bookmark the list of premiere dates posted here). As usual, Netflix is broadcasting its earnings call live on YouTube, and you can watch it after the break.

Update (1/24): And here it is, now you can watch The Interview on Netflix.

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Content war: Netflix vs. Amazon

Reuters Technology - January 20, 2015 - 12:34pm
Amazon's ambitions in the digital content business are moving further into Netflix territory, as Netflix battles growing content costs. Bobbi Rebell reports.

Smelly rain unraveled by scientists

Reuters Technology - January 20, 2015 - 11:42am
Researchers using high-speed cameras have figured out how rain produces a distinct earthy smell and shown how soil-based pathogens can travel over large areas. Ben Gruber reports.

'Powers,' the first PlayStation TV show launches on March 10th

EngadgetHD - January 20, 2015 - 10:49am

When Powers failed to materialize on Sony's PlayStation Network back in December, you were probably distracted by the company's other, more high-profile catastrophes. Now that some of the dust has settled, however, series creator Brian Michael Bendis has taken to the PlayStation Blog to tell the world that the supernatural cop show will debut on March 10th. The first three episodes will all land on that day, with the remaining seven episodes that comprise the first season launching on subsequent Tuesdays.

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Life-saving app detects car accidents

Reuters Technology - January 20, 2015 - 10:44am
A smartphone app developed by a Chilean student could save lives by detecting potentially fatal car accidents and instantly notifying friends, family and even emergency services.

Super Bowl XLIX to be livestreamed by NBC

EngadgetHD - January 20, 2015 - 10:16am

In what has become a tradition since 2012, the Super Bowl will be streamed online again this year. The kind gesture, which is free of charge to anyone in the US, comes courtesy of NBC -- the network that started the trend of livestreaming The Big Game. For Super Bowl XLIX, set to take place on February 1st in Arizona, NBC plans to have an 11-hour block of video coverage over the internet, including pre-game analysis, the popular halftime show and an all-new episode of the prime-time series The Blacklist. As Variety points out, the Peacock channel intends to heavily promote its TV Everywhere efforts during the stream, hoping to drive demand for services like the NBC Sports Live Extra app -- one that typically requires a pay-TV login.

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Revolutionary new piano unveiled by Hungarian pianist

Reuters Technology - January 20, 2015 - 10:03am
Hungarian pianist and inventor Gergely Boganyi unveils his novel concept piano, offering a revolutionary new take on a classic musical instrument. Jim Drury reports.

Virgin Media in Telegraph sports tie-up

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 3:43am

Virgin Media has agreed an exclusive partnership with the Telegraph Media Group to promote its sports tier. Read the story »

BBC and PBS ink co-production deal

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 3:41am

The BBC and PBS have signed a new multi-title co-production deal that will lead to the creation of eight to ten new programming specials, representing some 20 hours a year. Read the story »

VGTRK secures sports deal

BroadbandTVNews - January 20, 2015 - 3:36am

The Russian state broadcaster VGTRK has entered into a partnership with ten mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation UFC. Read the story »

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