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Discovery and Eurosport merge distribution teams

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 6:26am

Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa has announced that there will now be a combined distribution team selling a joint portfolio of 22 channels across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Read the story »

Time Warner Cable says routine maintenance caused national outage

EngadgetHD - August 27, 2014 - 5:39am

Large chunks of the US will have woken up this morning in a panic. No, not a natural disaster, their Time Warner Cable internet was down. A mother-of-all-outages saw TWC's Internet service down from New York to, well, pretty much everywhere (see map below). What's more curious, is that a statement from the company claims it was due to planned maintenance that went awry. Still, for at least an hour and a half, Netflix's main beef with the company won't have been about neutrality.

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Source: Re/code, TW Cable Untangled

One third of Germans use VOD services

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 3:40am

Almost one out of three German TV viewers (31%) uses video-on-demand (VOD) services, for example the catch-up TV portals operated by TV broadcasters. Read the story »

Green light for UPC-Ziggo merger

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 3:38am

Liberty Global will be given permission to take over its Dutch competitor Ziggo by the European Commission and merge it with UPC, according to Bloomberg. Read the story »

Irdeto leads African pirate bust

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 3:32am

Two suspects have been arrested and a major African piracy ring broken up following a raid of its premises in Cairo by the Egyptian Cybercrimes Unit. Read the story »

New service from Starman

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 2:11am

Estonia’s leading cable operator Starman has fully launched a TV Everywhere service. Read the story »

Telekom Slovenije sale doubts

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 1:42am

Telekom Slovenije could be split into separate service and infrastructure divisions ahead of its possible privatisation. Read the story »

NRK launches on Apple TV in Norway, HbbTV next

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 1:29am

Norwegian pubic broadcaster NRK has launched its own SVOD application on Apple TV offering more than 40 000 programmes, free to view for a new audience.

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Netflix finding Swedish ceiling

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 1:29am

Sweden has established itself as fertile territory for subscription video on demand, but the growth enjoyed by Netflix since its launch in October 2012 came to a halt in the second quarter. Read the story »

TiVo building cable penetration

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 12:51am

Cablenets deploying the TiVo system grew their installed based by some 283,000 in the second quarter. Read the story »

No subscriber growth for nc+

BroadbandTVNews - August 27, 2014 - 12:44am

The Polish DTH platform nc+ ended the second quarter with 2.2 million subscribers, the same total as three months earlier. Read the story »

Teleste inks Altice broadband deal

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 11:53pm

Teleste will be covering Altice’s needs for its DOCSIS 3.1 broadband access network equipment for another five years. Read the story »

Memorial Stadium Improvement Project

Yahoo Mixed Feed - August 26, 2014 - 8:59pm
As the 2014 Nebraska Football season kicks off this upcoming Saturday against Florida Atlantic, the Nebraska Athletic Department is excited to unveil the many fan experience improvements that have been made within Memorial Stadium this past summer.

Showtime Anytime brings live and on-demand streaming to Apple TV

EngadgetHD - August 26, 2014 - 7:52pm

Showtime's Anytime streaming portal has already been available to Xbox 360, Roku and other capable gadgets with the proper cable subscription. Now, Apple TV owners can access the network's library of programming and the cable channel's live feed (East and West coast) via the compact set-top box. Customers on Time Warner Cable, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS, Optimum and Bright House Networks can input their credentials to start streaming the likes of Dexter, Homeland, and Masters of Sex -- just to name a few. If you'll recall, Apple TV also received apps for NFL Now, ACC Sports and WWE Network (among others) over the last few months.

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A look at what unfolded during Engadget Live Boston

EngadgetHD - August 26, 2014 - 3:10pm

The Engadget Live tour continued last week, with the latest stop taking place in Boston. Just like at our previous two events, in Austin and Seattle, Beantown didn't disappoint and the reader turnout was incredible. Attendees were treated to a night filled with a myriad of activities, giveaways and social mingling. Want to know what you missed? Check out the picture gallery bellow, where you'll also get a glimpse of what the sponsors brought over to the Royale venue to share with the Engadget aficionados in attendance.%Gallery-slideshow217428%

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iTunes Festival app arrives on Apple TV for London's month of music

EngadgetHD - August 26, 2014 - 10:21am

Apple's annual month-long concert series in the UK kicks off next week, and to make sure that you're properly equipped to stream the performances, there's a new Apple TV app that'll do just that. Starting Monday, September 1st with deadmau5 and lasting through the end of the month, sets will be beamed to your living room right from the stage of the Roundhouse in London. Of course, should you find yourself away from home, tunes are also available on iPhone, iPad and iPod to catch the latest. While you can peruse the full list of acts here, scheduled artists include Beck, Pharrell Williams, Ryan Adams and Mary J. Blige.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Canadian cable giants launch a Netflix rival

EngadgetHD - August 26, 2014 - 8:39am

Canucks don't have much choice for streaming video services. Netflix is the de facto pick, and its Canadian division's selection (historically smaller than in the US) isn't going to satisfy everyone. However, cable giants Rogers and Shaw think they have a better option for some viewers -- they've just unveiled Shomi, a mostly TV-focused service that might have a few aces up its sleeve. The offering blends automatic recommendations with handpicked selections; if you're looking for nothing but comic book adaptations or movies with dating disasters, you may have an easier time finding what you want. Shomi is also leaning heavily on exclusive deals for past seasons of big TV shows like Modern Family, New Girl and Sons of Anarchy, so it may be your best bet if you're looking for a Hulu Plus equivalent.

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Source: Shomi, Canada Newswire

A fifth of European TV homes to subscribe to online packages by 2020

BroadbandTVNews - August 26, 2014 - 8:34am

The number of European homes paying a monthly subscription to receive SVOD [subscription video on demand] packages will climb from 1.78 million in 2010 (0.6% of TV households) to 17.99 million by end-2014 (6.4%) and onto 59.41 million in 2020 (20.7%), according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Read the story »

Singapore to use state-of-the-art farming tech to produce more veggies

Reuters Technology - August 26, 2014 - 8:26am
Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs. The Panasonic lab-farm is one of the projects in the works to increase the capability of the small island state, which currently imports more than 95 percent of their produce, to grow their own vegetables. Sharon Reich reports.

Chinese boy implanted with 3D-printed vertebra

Reuters Technology - August 26, 2014 - 7:32am
A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D-printed artificial vertebra replacement. The five-hour surgery was performed at Peking University in China where the boy is still recovering. Ben Gruber reports.
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