Look, we're not gonna tell you how to spend your hard-earned money. If you want to spend two actual dollars enabling your Killzone: Shadow Fall character to fart -- yes, that kind of fart -- and "plank" (this) on PlayStation 4, go for it. But allow us this moment of plea: please don't. Here's the description of what your $2 gets you:
"It's all fun and games until someone loses a game. (Or so they say). Show your fallen enemies, not everything need [sic] be taken seriously. This pack contains Fart, Planking and Comedy spotlight moves."
One part of us wants to know what "Comedy spotlight moves" could possibly be given that the highly comedic farting and planking verbs have already been used.
Source: PlayStation Network
Sky's got a plethora of mobile apps to keep you entertained on the go, but has until now neglected customers who find admin just as fun. Much like mobile carriers have apps for general account management, the new Sky Service app for Android and iOS lets subscribers view and pay bills, check the details of their TV packages and manage their broadband router restrictions. The app also allows you to reset your TV PIN if the kids have cracked it while you're out, request a customer service call-back, reschedule an engineer visit and alter which Sky+HD box the Sky+ app records to if you have a multiroom setup. Not the most exciting tasks, but handy to have in your pocket nonetheless.
Swiss video-on-demand (VOD) platform operator Viewster has signed partnerships with licence holders Nippon Television Network, ADK and Kadokawa Media Factory to stream four Japanese animated series across Europe day and date with Japan. Read the story »
Canal+ is preparing for the arrival of Netflix in France this September. Read the story »
The first UK trial of live broadcasting over 4G, Ultra HD and 3D audio will be seen as part of a BBC R&D showcase in Glasgow next week, timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, which is being staged in the city. Read the story »
FOX International Channels (FIC) has launched its global sports TV brand, FOX Sports, in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the story »
Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs has opened a new ‘antenna’ office in Cambridge that will focus on the delivery of video services from the cloud to connected devices. Read the story »
Philips has announced a series of new apps for its Net TV connected TV service. Read the story »
The Ukrainian incumbent Ukrtelekom has launched an IPTV service in partnership with OLL.TV. Read the story »
Savings of £48 million a year across the BBC News Group have been announced, alongside proposals to restructure the division into a 24/7 digital news operation. Read the story »
Around a third of online ads find their way onto pirate sites, according to Charles W Tillinghast and Jonathan Friend, the respective CEO and CTO of the video stream protection company Friend MTS. Read the story »
According to research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), short-term demand for 4K/Ultra-HD televisions is hindered by two simple but structurally important fundamentals: a widespread lack of awareness among consumers and a marked sensitivity to the costs of these advanced sets. Read the story »
If someone gaining an athletic visa to play StarCraft 2 or the staggering amount of hours spent watching pro gamers duke it out virtually wasn't enough to prove that competitive gaming is a real thing, maybe some mainstream support is. This weekend's massive $10 million-plus Dota 2 tournament, The International, will air live on ESPN 3. What's more, prior to ESPN 2's broadcast of the final match late Sunday evening, the network will host a preview show with expert analysis and even an interview with Dota 2-developer Valve's Gabe Newell. That the Worldwide Leader in Sports is giving the same kind of love to eSports that it does, say, basketball or even skateboarding is surely a sign of big things to come. The fans have been into it for awhile -- tickets for the event, held at Seattle's 17,000-seat Key Arena, sold out in an hour.
Why wait for Netflix to launch in Central and Eastern Europe, especially its smaller markets? Read the story »
Canada frequently gets stiffed when it comes to premium streaming video, but it's about to catch a big break. Just like in the US (after 2016 when the deal kicks in), Netflix has landed a multi-year Canadian deal that will make it the only subscription TV service offering first-run Walt Disney Studios movies in the country. Disney-backed titles released from 2015 onward will hit Netflix Canada eight months after they've left theaters, faster than they've typically reached conventional pay TV. While the agreement still won't give Canucks all the Netflix content that their American neighbors enjoy, it will let them stream the latest Marvel or Pixar blockbuster without springing for a rental or The Movie Network.
Source: Canada Newswire
It looks like Sony still has bragging rights that the PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console. Not to be outdone by the latest NPD report, the PlayStation Twitter account announced that the Sony's new console is still outselling the Xbox One, for the sixth month in a row. Yesterday, Microsoft said that following the Xbox One's $100 price drop it'd seen a "strong spike in interest" and sales of the console jumped by "more than double" the previous month. It's worth noting however, that Redmond didn't release specific sales numbers for May and, to be fair, neither did Sony. The latest report from the NPD Group plays it a bit vague, too, but says that combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were higher than combined totals for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What's more, compared to last June, hardware sales saw a 106 percent increase overall. Sales of home consoles combined represented a 200 percent jump compared to last year, which is likely due to the two new consoles being available.