Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland has agreed to pay €41.1 million for the cable distribution rights of 144 commercial national and international TV and radio channels. Read the story »
This has been a wretched year for big corporations in the US: Target, Home Depot, JPMorgan and, most recently, Sony Pictures have all had to deal with unauthorized security breaches over the past few months. As far as Sony Pictures is concerned, the problems began on November 24th, when various reports pointed to a high-profile, studio-wide cyberattack at the hands of a group calling itself "#GOP," aka the Guardians of Peace. Since then, the startling situation has turned into a colossal headache for the company. The hackers, who are believed to be from North Korea, have leaked some of its unreleased films online; revealed highly sensitive information, like passwords and executives' salaries; and gone as far as threatening employees and their families. As it stands, Sony Pictures is in a deep, downward spiral with no end in sight.
The personal media organiser, Plex, is now available on Opera TV – making it easier to stream, share and organise personal media in the living room. Read the story »
French international news channel France 24 is now available live 24/7 in three languages, English, French and Arabic. Read the story »
In the course of the last console generation, Ubisoft has gone from "the French publisher behind the Tom Clancy games" to the world's leading creator of lucrative open-world sandbox franchises (by quantity, if not quality). This success hinges on a simple formula shared by all of Ubisoft's open-world games: Large, interesting worlds plus tons of things to see and do equals happy customers. Based on massive sales and a decade of largely positive critical response, this seems like a solid and, more crucially, reproducible formula.
With The Crew, Ubisoft and developer Ivory Tower hope to apply those principles to the world of arcade-style racing games while also tacking on an omnipresent multiplayer component that supposedly makes the game's world -- an abridged take on the entire contiguous United States -- feel more alive, while also making it simple and fun to race around the country with your friends online. It's an idea that's undeniably ambitious and, if executed properly, could propel The Crew to the front of the racing game pack. Unfortunately, this racer is more Yugo than Porsche.Click here for the full review!
It's 10:30am on a cold Wednesday morning. A small crowd gathers outside an unassuming grey shop in the middle of Bethnal Green Road, London. Four multi-coloured neon symbols suddenly come into view -- it's 1994 all over again and I'm suddenly feeling nostalgic.
It's been hard to miss, but it's been two decades since the OG PlayStation went on sale. To celebrate, Sony's returned to its retro roots, and the gaming public are loving it. It started with the unveiling of the 20th Anniversary Limited Edition PS4, which sold out in minutes in the US, moving on to a retro-inspired theme for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita owners. To mark the console's UK launch, it's opened this new pop-up PlayStation store in Central London.
Even before it was announced BBC Three was being taken off the air and turned into an online-only property to cut costs, the BBC was using the channel to experiment with digital-first strategies, such as putting shows online prior to broadcasting them the traditional way. Other streaming-focused initiatives have followed, but the BBC has kept hush about the real future of BBC Three when it's yanked from the airwaves towards the end of next year. Today, however, the broadcaster has revealed the first details of its plan to move BBC Three online, and rather than simply turning it into a streaming-only affair, it wants to reinvent the channel as "a new online service" that "could be a pathfinder for the digital age and for the future of the BBC."
Pirate services are accessed by the overwhelming majority (94%) of Poles who watch online video. Read the story »
German pay-TV channel ProSieben Fun has formed a collaboration with Make Music TV, the German video-on-demand service for music fans. Read the story »
The BBC has given details of how BBC Three will be moved from a regular broadcast channel to an online proposition with links to the major social networks. Read the story »
Romania ended the first half of this year with 6.6 million subscribers to pay-TV services, a 5.4% increase on the same period in 2013, according to data published by the regulator ANCOM. Read the story »
A delegation from the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has met with China’s Great Wall Industry Corporation to discuss potential cooperation to build, launch and operate communications satellites. Read the story »
Belgian cable operator Telenet is bundling its various catch-up TV, on-demand and TV Everywhere services under a single brand and app, Telenet Play. Read the story »
The Russian press has restarted a debate about the ownership of Tricolor TV, the country’s leading DTH platform. Read the story »
Although Serbia’s telecom market is not as developed as many others in the CEE region, the number of pay-TV users grew by 7.6% to 1,552,000 at the end of 2013. Read the story »
55% of tablet users in the US report leveraging a video feature of their device, according to the NPD Group. Read the story »
Winch Capital 3, run by Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, has bought a 49% stake in Thomson Video Networks. Read the story »