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Turner pulls networks from DISH

BroadbandTVNews - October 21, 2014 - 1:54am

Turner Networks removed its channels from the DISH Network on Monday night after the two companies were unable to reach a new distribution agreement. Read the story »

[itvt] Presents...The Interface Showcase at TVOT NYC 2014

TVOT Feed - October 20, 2014 - 9:29pm

  • A Contest and Special Session that Honors the Best TV and Video UI/UX Designs of 2014
  • Deadline for Submissions Is November 18th

[itvt] is pleased to announce that TVOT NYC 2014 will see the return of The Interface Showcase, our popular contest and session that honors the best TV and video User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) designs of the past year.

Here's a video introduction to the Interface Showcase from Wes Williams, Director of Product Management at Scripps Networks Interactive, who will be leading the special Interface Showcase session at TVOT NYC 2014:
 

 

Here's more on how the Interface Showcase works:

Xbox One's next update adds custom backgrounds and Twitter

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 7:01pm

Microsoft only just unleashed its October update for the Xbox One, and now it's talking about what to expect next month. The update will hit consoles for those in the preview test group soon, and adds many features Major Nelson and crew say the community has been asking for, including custom backgrounds (with the PS4 getting themes soon, it's Blu-ray 3D all over again), and extra details for profiles. The custom backgrounds will launch with a selection of pictures and the ability to post based on achievements, and after a media player update later in the month, gamers will be able to import any image they want. A returning feature from the Xbox 360 will put details like your location and custom bio back on the profile page, plus a self-curated selection of game clips and achievements. Oh, and those game clips? You'll be able to share them with the masses easily, because the update adds the ability to share any of your favorites directly to Twitter. Check after the break for a video demo and more details on what's coming.

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Source: Xbox Wire

'Assassin's Creed' and 'Watch Dogs' lead Jade Raymond has left Ubisoft

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 6:11pm

The driving force behind some of Ubisoft's most successful franchises and best moments is no longer with the game maker as of today. Jade Raymond, executive producer on Assassin's Creed II, Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, has left the company after ten years of service, the company announced. To do what, exactly? That's anyone's guess. She's been in the AAA space for a good portion of her career, working on The Sims Online prior to joining Ubisoft and being a key voice in the creation of the first two Assassin's Creeds. Given her experience running Ubisoft's Toronto studio, though, it might not be much of a stretch to imagine her going indie and assembling a quick and nimble team entirely of her own -- it wouldn't be the first time we've seen it happen.

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What's on your HDTV: World Series, 'Boardwalk Empire' and Wyatt Cenac

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 4:32pm

This week baseball fans tune into their championship series as two once-unlikely contenders do battle for the crown. If you prefer your drama on stage and screen however, you'll probably be saying goodbye to HBO's Boardwalk Empire this weekend as it wraps up its run. Netflix and Amazon both bring highlights on streaming this week too: Netflix has comedian and Daily Show contributor Wyatt Cenac plus the documentary E-Team, while Amazon brings the first few episodes for season two of its comedy series Alpha House. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).%Gallery-slideshow234339%

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Set-top box market hits $4.8 billion

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:31pm

Set-top box market hits $4.8 billion 2Q14, but the market is seeing “mixed signals”, according to Infonetics Research. Read the story »

Clipfish secures BBC Worldwide series

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:28pm

Clipfish, the video portal operated by German media group RTL, has commenced offering several TV series from BBC Worldwide. Read the story »

Lionsgate and Tribeca are launching a video-streaming service

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 1:19pm

There's no doubt that video on demand is about to go through its own gold rush era. From giant TV networks like CBS to wireless providers such as Rogers, it looks as if everyone wants to join the fun before it's too late. Taking note of this, film studio Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises, the media company behind the Tribeca Film Festival, announced today they are teaming up on a new, subscription-based video-streaming platform. The service will be known as Tribeca Short List and is slated to launch sometime during the first half of 2015. You can expect a "prestigious selection" of movie content from Lionsgate, which will be curated by Tribeca with help from "leading voices in contemporary culture."

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Netflix's next original series is a collaboration with Canada's Rogers

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 12:48pm

Video-streaming titan Netflix is set to continue its original production efforts with Between, an upcoming six-episode drama series. The story will be produced in partnership with Shomi, a video on-demand service from Canadian wireless carrier Rogers; and City, a television station based out of Toronto. Strangely enough, when Shomi's VOD offering was launched roughly a couple of months ago, it was pegged as a direct competitor to Netflix -- though that's clearly not going to be the case. Plot-wise, Between follows the story of a strange disease in a small town that has abolished everyone under 21 years old, and was created by Canada's own Michael McGowan, director of Still Mine and One Week, among other relatively popular indie films. No definite timing yet, but the series is going to premiere on Shomi and City in Canada, while the rest of the world will be able to catch it on Netflix.

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Source: Rogers Media

New organic fertilizer helps reforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ winter retreat

Reuters Technology - October 20, 2014 - 11:41am
Using an organic fertilizer, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies. Sharon Reich reports.

Sky Go adds the Channel 5 family and ITVBe to its streaming roster

EngadgetHD - October 20, 2014 - 10:00am

If there's one slight criticism to be made of the free Sky Go service -- which lets Sky subscribers stream live TV and on demand content to computers and mobile devices -- it's that you can't access the full selection of channels found on your set-top box at home. The same can be said of Virgin's equivalent TV Anywhere service, and bit by bit, both providers are strengthening these offerings with additional channels. Today, it's Sky's turn to announce a handful you can now stream through Sky Go for the first time, including Channel 5, which is home to the new Batman-inspired Gotham series, and its sister channels 5* and 5USA. British Eurosport 2 is also now available on Sky Go, alongside the freshly launched channel ITVBe -- also known as the place braincells go to die.

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Japanese scientists unveil floating 3D projection

Reuters Technology - October 20, 2014 - 9:19am
Scientists in Tokyo have demonstrated what they say is the world's first 3D projection that floats in mid air. A laser that fires a pulse up to a thousand times a second superheats molecules in the air, creating a spark which can be guided to certain points in the air to shape what the human eye perceives as an image. Matthew Stock reports.

CME, O2 join Prague line-up

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 3:31am

Two leading players in the Czech TV industry have joined the list of speakers in the upcoming Prague Business Breakfast on Tuesday, November 11. Read the story »

CEPT finalises report on UHF future

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 3:22am

The CEPT’s Electronic Communications Committee has finalised its report into the future of the UHF band. It’s one of the key documents for the European delegation at WRC-15. Read the story »

France Télévisions launches kids VOD platform

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 3:18am

Public broadcaster France Télévisions is launching Ludo, a kids VOD platform for six to ten years olds. Read the story »

New channel for Orange Romania

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:59am

Orange has launched a TV channel in Romania named Orange Info. Read the story »

Hispasat and Intelsat extend collaboration at 55.5 degrees West

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:56am

Hispasat and Intelsat have detailed their collaboration with respect to capabilities at the 55.5 degrees West orbital position. Read the story »

Scripps secures Europe-wide Liberty carriage

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:47am

Scripps Networks UK & EMEA has secured a multi-territory, multi-year distribution deal with Liberty Global. Read the story »

Polsat buys radio station

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:44am

Poland’s Telewizja Polsat has signed a preliminary agreement to buy a 100% stake in the radio station Muzo.fm for PLN4.3 million (€1.02 million). Read the story »

Cogas Kabel replaces Ziggo services with CAIWay

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 2:09am

Dutch regional cable operator Cogas Kabel has cancelled its contract with Ziggo for the delivery of digital TV, broadband and telephony services. Read the story »

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