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Why celebrities like Lindsay Lohan are suing video game studios

EngadgetHD - November 18, 2014 - 11:00am

In July 2014, Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that Grand Theft Auto V featured a character who is allegedly based on the Mean Girls actress. According to the suit, filed in the New York Supreme Court, the cover of the game depicts a bikini-clad woman who bears a striking resemblance to LiLo. And the game itself apparently consists of more similarities, including the fact that the character runs from paparazzi, takes cover in the Chateau Marmont and incorporates Lohan's "image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan's] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses [and] jean shorts."

Also in July, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega filed suit in California Superior Court against Activision Blizzard Inc., the makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, for using his likeness without permission. According to the complaint, Activision depicted Noriega as "a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state," (the audacity!) and the makers implied that he was "the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use [his] image and likeness."

Lohan's and Noriega's suits were filed in two different states, and because of this, the applicable laws vary a bit. Lohan's battle is ongoing while Noriega's has been dismissed. One involves a celebrity, and the other a political figure. On the face of it, these two suits don't have all that much in common. The thread that connects them both -- and most lawsuits involving the use of a person's likeness in a video game -- is the right of publicity.

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Last Chance to Submit Your Entry for the TVOT NYC 2014 Interface Showcase!

TVOT Feed - November 18, 2014 - 10:42am


  • Contest Honors the Best TV and Video UI/UX Designs of 2014
  • Deadline for Submissions Is Midnight, Tonight

The deadline for submitting entries to the Interface Showcase at TVOT NYC 2014 is midnight tonight (Tuesday, November 18th)! This popular contest and TVOT NYC session honors the best TV and video User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) designs of the past year.

Go to http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com/wesvideo to view 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:

'LittleBigPlanet 3': The Joystiq Review

EngadgetHD - November 18, 2014 - 10:30am

There's a moment in LittleBigPlanet 3 where Hugh Laurie's villainous Newton, an effete British lightbulb with an egg timer built into his bowler hat, faces down his conscience, berating him with his greatest fear: that nothing he creates will ever be good enough, has never been good enough. It's a fear that LittleBigPlanet players will be familiar with, given the creative possibilities presented by the series. The feeling is more pronounced this time around, and the overwhelming diabolical genius at work in LittleBigPlanet 3 is almost a cause for alarm.

The first and second games in the series felt like a toy box, with developer Media Molecule providing about 3 or 4 hours of examples of how it could be utilized. In contrast,LittleBigPlanet 3, now helmed by Sumo Digital, is the first to feel like the pre-formed game at its core is meant to be a showstopper, an abundant showcase of greatness, a dare to the player to push the envelope even further. Lucky for us, for those who decide to rise to the challenge, they have never made creation easier or more satisfying than it is now.

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Source: Joystiq

HBO's 'Westworld' reboot with Anthony Hopkins will air next year

EngadgetHD - November 18, 2014 - 10:16am

HBO has just green-lighted J.J. Abrams Westworld series, a reboot of Michael Crichton's now-classic 1973 movie about robots gone bad. it announced the series launch via Twitter, with a creepy Vine (see below) confirming the 2015 date. The original plot revolves around lifelike robots that help amusement park guests fulfill their fantasies but cause havok when the park's central computer fails. Execs told the Hollywood Reporter that each robot can come back after being killed off, allowing the actors to play different parts on different episodes. That helped HBO attract a star-studded cast, reportedly including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood. There's no exact air-date yet, but the concept and the cast look highly promising.

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'Dragon Age: Inquisition': The Joystiq Review

EngadgetHD - November 18, 2014 - 7:30am

Dragon Age: Inquisition is an immense fantasy epic, a sprawling adventure across the many landscapes of Thedas, unapologetically mature in its exploration of politics and brazen in its combat. Inquisition is also developer BioWare's redemption song. It's everything that a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins should have been, and time will slip by as players enjoy the hundred hours of escapades it delivers.

The end of Inquisition's spectacular first act gave me chills. The last time I can recall that feeling is when the Normandy was reintroduced in Mass Effect 2. It's the chill of being at the beginning of a grand story and anticipation for what's to come.

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Source: Joystiq

Allocine launches ten YouTube channels

BroadbandTVNews - November 18, 2014 - 4:48am

French film information channel Allociné is creating ten themed channels on YouTube. Read the story »

Inflatable incubator cuts cost of neonatal care

Reuters Technology - November 18, 2014 - 4:33am
A British university student has designed an inflatable incubator to provide a low-cost solution to premature birth care. He hopes his design will help save the lives of babies in refugee camps and the developing world. Suzannah Butcher reports.

UPC TV Apps: a Hungarian perspective

BroadbandTVNews - November 18, 2014 - 3:49am

UPC TV Apps has proved to be a success in Hungary, the market in which it was developed and first launched. Read the story »

UKTV Play goes live on PC and YouView

BroadbandTVNews - November 18, 2014 - 2:54am

UKTV has launched its online brand UKTV for PCs and iOS. The new app is designed to give viewers easy access to the UKTV portfolio including the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel, Dave and popular entertainment channel Really. Read the story »

Vodafone in talks to bundle Now TV boxes with its new broadband service

EngadgetHD - November 18, 2014 - 2:21am

Vodafone only confirmed it will take another stab at selling broadband last week, but already rumours of potential tie-ups are starting to circulate. According to The Telegraph, the operator is in talks with Sky to bundle Now TV access in with its internet service when it launches next Spring, like it already does for its 4G plans. Although negotiations are said to be in the early stages, Now TV streamers could provide Vodafone with a short-term answer to set-top boxes offered by rivals EE, BT and TalkTalk, allowing it to offer quad-play packages in the UK. Let's not forget, Sky is also set to become a member of the exclusive quad-play club, after it began trialling its own mobile network (with Vodafone's help) late last month. While you might not be a Vodafone customer, you could still benefit from a potential tie-up with Sky -- increased competition provides more choice and greater choice often results in lower pricing.

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Source: The Telegraph

Norwegian cable bundling is anticompetitive

BroadbandTVNews - November 18, 2014 - 2:05am

Norway’s consumer ombudsman has told the country’s two major cable companies that the practice of bundling broadband services with TV subscriptions is against the law. Read the story »

New UK milestone for Samsung

BroadbandTVNews - November 18, 2014 - 1:47am

Samsung’s Smart TV platform now has more than 1.5 million weekly unique users in the UK, equivalent to a 50% increase in the past nine months. Read the story »

Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights

BroadbandTVNews - November 18, 2014 - 1:26am

Ofcom has launched an inquiry into whether the sale of live UK audio-visual media rights to Premier League matches is in breach of UK or European Competition law. Read the story »

CTC Media looks to licensing

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 11:43pm

The Russian national commercial broadcaster CTC Media has announced that it is developing its licensing business. Read the story »

Babylon Media signs Yahsat transponder deal

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 11:29pm

Babylon Media Company has signed a contract for the lease of one transponder on Yahlive, the UAE-based satellite broadcasting company. Read the story »

KPN acquires remaining 40% stake in Reggefiber

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 10:47pm

KPN has reached an agreement with joint-venture partner Reggeborgh to acquire the remaining 40% stake in Reggefiber and obtain 100% ownership. Read the story »

Telekom Slovenije sells asset

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 10:41pm

Telekom Slovenije has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Gibtelecom to the government of Gibraltar for €47.7 million. Read the story »

BitTorrent now lets any artist offer paid bundles

EngadgetHD - November 17, 2014 - 10:35pm

BitTorrent's experiments with paid music and video bundles have clearly seen some early success -- and accordingly, it's opening up the floodgates. The peer-to-peer service now lets any artist apply to distribute content through paywall-based downloads, whether they're releasing music, apps or movies. As before, the allure is the sheer flexibility that artists get in deciding not just what you pay for, but when you pay for it. A musician might let the first 500 downloaders listen to an album for free, for instance, but can ask latecomers to pay for some or all of the songs. They also get 90 percent of the revenue instead of the 70 percent they get from most online music services, so there's a chance they'll take home more money if they produce a hit.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: BitTorrent

Games channel Ginx goes mobile in South Africa

BroadbandTVNews - November 17, 2014 - 10:27pm

Video gaming channel Ginx has signed its first distribution agreement in South Africa with the new MobileTV platform. Read the story »

What's on your HDTV: 'GTA V', 'State of Affairs', 'Lilyhammer', F1

EngadgetHD - November 17, 2014 - 4:48pm

We meet again. Last year GTA V debuted on on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and now a refreshed version is ready to ship on new-gen consoles (PC ships next year). The PS4 and Xbox One have 1080p, 30fps presentations with a slew of upgrades, you can check out our stream of the X1 version here. Of course, that's not all that's new as Netflix prepares to stream season three of Lilyhammer. Other videogame debuts include Far Cry 4 and WWE 2K15, while Disney is bringing a trio of Studio Ghibli flicks to Blu-ray: Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service and The Wind Rises. The F1 series is coming to a close in AbuDhabi, while Formula E tees up its second race in Putrajaya. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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