MIPCOM 2014. Telekom Austria Group (TAG) has signed an agreement to distribute the Dusk! adult television channel throughout Europe. Read the story »
BSkyB has been given approval for its acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. Read the story »
Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telekom will integrate subscription video-on-demand service Netflix into its domestic IPTV platform Entertain on October 14, 2014. Read the story »
SPI International has announced at MIPCOM that it can now deliver 4K content on 4K IP-streaming supported devices such as smart TV platforms. Read the story »
TV aggregator Simplestream has received new funding from investors Beringea. It plans to accelerate the expansion of TVPlayer, Simplestream’s B2C live TV streaming service, and adding more channel packs and multichannel catch-up functionality. Read the story »
Talpa Media, the media group of Dutch entrepreneur John de Mol, has acquired 49.9% of the shares in German production company Schwartzkopff TV, a 100% subsidiary of German media group Axel Springer, and will rename it Talpa Germany. Read the story »
Sky has acquired a $500 million debt security in Pluto.TV, the web TV service, available though mobile apps and connected TVs. Read the story »
The Russian cable operator Akado Telekom has complained to the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) over what it sees as excessive fees charged by the Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS). Read the story »
MIPCOM 2014. Fred Graver, creative lead, Twitter TV, joined by Twitter’s global TV team, will discuss how Twitter is driving television audience engagement at a presentation in Cannes. Read the story »
Amino Technologies says it expects revenues for the current financial year will be in line with market expectations. Read the story »
Netflix may soon be adding four new Adam Sandler flicks to its coffers, but that doesn't mean it's got a monopoly on the ol' Waterboy's creative endeavors. Variety reports that Sandler's producing a sequel for the one and only Joe Dirt exclusively for Sony-owned streaming service (and Netflix competitor) Crackle. Seriously. SNL alum David Spade will once again don the mullet and those acid wash jeans to, well, no one knows quite yet - the first movie saw the eponymous Dirt abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon only to learn the true meaning of family 90 minutes later. It's probably safe to assume this new production's budget won't reach the $17 million bar the original did, but hey -- it's still a sign that Crackle won't let Netflix rule the original content roost without a fight. Kudos to them for trying to stick it to a streaming media titan, but really? That's the franchise they thought needed a second chance? Really?
Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC Cablecom has expanded its new subscription video-on-demand (VOD) service MyPrime by movies and TV series from German rights dealer Tele München Gruppe. Read the story »
The Ukrainian news and information-based channel TVi has undergone a change in ownership. Read the story »
37% of US broadband households regularly use transactional services for OTT video, such as online video rentals and downloads, according to Parks Associates. Read the story »
MIPCOM 2014. Bloomberg has announced the launch of Media Source, a new online platform that will make it easier for broadcasters, publishers and other companies to access Bloomberg’s media. Read the story »
Have you or someone you know actually used the PlayStation 4's SHAREFactory app to make fancy-looking highlight reels of gaming exploits? We ask because despite it being out for awhile now, unlike photo-mode images, we still haven't run across any samples aside from those produced by Sony. No matter, because the catch-up king is adding a handful of new features to the video-editing app anyway. In addition to new themes and saturation presets and improved audio quality, among other things, the ability to auto-trim longer clips has been added, too. From the sounds of it, this should be a pretty worthwhile patch for those who prefer to do their video-crafting and tweaking from their console as opposed to using external software. What we're left wondering, however, is when the 2.0 firmware update (the one with Share Play and YouTube exports) for the console itself will finally hit. Maybe we could get application folders and custom themes with it too?
Source: PlayStation Support
Apple has flattened the design of just about every interface it makes, but the iTunes Store has remained largely impervious to those changes -- reflections, drop shadows and extruded buttons abound. All that is likely to change soon, however. According to 9to5Mac, those trying out the iTunes 12 beta are now seeing a super-flat iTunes Store layout that mirrors what you've seen in iOS, OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12 itself. The carousel highlighting new content is no longer full of pseudo-3D effects, and most of the buttons have been reduced to simple wireframes. A few elements are reportedly missing as of this writing, but it won't be surprising if the new-look storefront gets some stage time on October 16th.
If you were worried that Sony's transformation of Powers into a PlayStation Network show would lose the comics' grittiness, you can (probably) relax. The first trailer for the original series is now available, and it's pretty clear that the production maintains a dark, twisted world of superhero crime. Detective Christian Walker is foul-mouthed and not exactly sympathy-inducing, while the suspects he's chasing are more warped than your typical comic book villains. You'll probably have to wait until the series launch in December to see much more, but it's already apparent that Sony is taking advantage of Powers' console-only release to push a few boundaries.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Scores of German-language on-demand videos are set to land on the Opera TV Store app platform, as Opera Software inks an agreement with German motion-picture syndicator Videovalis. Read the story »