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Mediaset spins off its pay-TV business

BroadbandTVNews - November 16, 2014 - 2:59pm

The Italian Reti Televisive Italiane (RTI) has confirmed it will spin off its Mediaset Premium pay-TV business into a separate company. Read the story »

RTL Group grows digital presence

BroadbandTVNews - November 16, 2014 - 7:01am

RTL Group said it developed its strong and rapidly growing presence across all digital platforms. Read the story »

Rwandan farmers adopt energy efficient biogas system

Reuters Technology - November 16, 2014 - 1:10am
A project in Rwanda is encouraging farmers to use a new technology known as 'FlexiBiogas' that generates methane gas from cow dung and transfers it into cooking fuel. Sharon Reiech reports.

Tick saliva could help combat cancer, say Brazilian researchers

Reuters Technology - November 16, 2014 - 1:09am
Brazilian doctors hope a compound found in a common blood-sucking tick can be used to break down cancerous tumours in humans after successful results in laboratory animals. Tara Cleary has more.

DirecTV 14 set for December 4 launch

BroadbandTVNews - November 15, 2014 - 2:42pm

Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2014 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after the vehicle was moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building in French Guiana. Read the story »

Streaming Video Alliance launched

BroadbandTVNews - November 15, 2014 - 2:29pm

A number of companies from the online video ecosystem have announced their intention to jointly form the Streaming Video Alliance. Read the story »

Sky Sports launches darts channel

BroadbandTVNews - November 15, 2014 - 2:18pm

Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to darts this Christmas, with Sky Sports Darts to broadcast the William Hill World Darts Championship from December 18-January 4. Read the story »

Media Broadcast prepares for HD on DVB-T2/HEVC

BroadbandTVNews - November 15, 2014 - 2:03pm

Germany’s Media Broadcast is currently testing DVB-T2/HEVC broadcasts on two of its Berlin transmitters in order to prepare for another digital switchover. Read the story »

Eutelsat TV Awards – Spotlight on best TV programme

BroadbandTVNews - November 15, 2014 - 4:01am

The winners of the 2014 Eutelsat TV Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in Rome on November 28. Read the story »

Netflix's public API is dead, but InstantWatcher is not

EngadgetHD - November 15, 2014 - 1:34am

It's amazing how quickly five months fly by. Netflix announced in June that its public API would shut off and now we've reached the appointed day. As we mentioned then, several of the popular third-party tools built with access to Netflix's services have been chosen to continue on: InstantWatcher, FeedFliks, Can I Stream It?, NextGuide, Flixster, Fanhattan, Yidio and Instant Watch Browser for Netflix. These services matter -- once upon a time Netflix actually promoted them itself -- because they can often help you use Netflix in a more convenient way than its own website and apps do, with features like shareable lists, integration with popular ratings services and more. If you're not already using them, check out our breakdown of how to use Netflix better for more info on what they can add to your streaming experience.

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After the Virgin Galactic tragedy the future of space travel

Reuters Technology - November 14, 2014 - 7:10pm
A panel discussion with Cady Coleman, astronaut, NASA; Simonetta Di Pippo, director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs; and George T. Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic.

DirecTV rolls out 4K programing, but only for those with Samsung TVs

EngadgetHD - November 14, 2014 - 3:17pm

Early last year, DirecTV registered a slew of 4K-branded trademarks to slap on its eventual UHD content roll out. None of those trademarks bubbled to the public eye, but the content, at least, is finally here: starting this week, customers with the Genie HD DVR will be able to stream 20 movies from Paramount Pictures and K2 Communications in 4K. The list is a mishmash of blockbusters and documentaries (including things like Forrest Gump, Star Trek (2009) and Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs) but there's a catch: you can only watch them if you own a Samsung 4K TV.

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Time-lapse: Orion spacecraft's arrival at launch pad

Reuters Technology - November 14, 2014 - 2:10pm
NASA's new Orion spacecraft arrived at its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of its first spaceflight. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' on Xbox One! (update: game over!)

EngadgetHD - November 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

You'd think that ten years after Halo 2 launched, Master Chief saying, "I need a weapon" would have less of an impact. I thought that, anyway, and I was wrong. Like, super, super wrong. In Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft's Halo studio (343 Industries) has made a decade-old game shockingly relevant once again. Halo 2 "Anniversary" (as it's known) is gorgeous, it sounds dramatically better, and the cutscenes are completely re-made by the CGI masters at Blur Studio. But let's not kid ourselves -- unless you're a hardcore Halo dork (like me), you're here for the wealth of online multiplayer, right? Follow us below for a stream of both Master Chief Collection's campaigns and all that multiplayer.

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Lisa Kudrow doesn't get the internet, but the internet gets 'The Comeback'

EngadgetHD - November 14, 2014 - 9:15am

Lisa Kudrow doesn't care for Twitter. It's not that the former "Friend" doesn't get it, either. Kudrow, whose production company, Is or Isn't Entertainment, is behind savvy TV projects like Web Therapy (YouTube-style therapy sessions) that are inspired by internet culture, just doesn't see the point. "I am not on Twitter all the time. I can't do it. I don't care enough about what everybody's thoughts and feelings [are] or what they're doing. I don't. I can't," she tells me. Twitter, however, cares very much for her. Or, I should clarify, it cares for the eminently GIF-able Valerie Cherish, her character on The Comeback.

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'Far Cry 4': The Joystiq Review

EngadgetHD - November 14, 2014 - 6:30am

Far Cry 4 is about a man returning home to scatter his mother's final earthly form. Only he gets distracted, goes mountain climbing for a bit, helps dismantle a despotic regime, fights a tiger, runs in circles looking for an ancient scroll, lands a gyrocopter on someone's house and develops a caustic vendetta against nature's sweet-sounding fur demon, the honey badger.

This doesn't make him an absent-minded son so much as the protagonist in an excellent open-world game. Like the vessel enshrining his mother's ashes, Ajay Ghale can't accomplish anything without a player to move him, lugging him up and down South Asian mountains in pursuit of peril and the next exotic vista. And like Ghale, you get in so deep after a while that it doesn't really matter what brought you there in the first place.

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Viacom hits out at Nielsen

BroadbandTVNews - November 14, 2014 - 3:09am

Philippe Dauman, Viacom’s chief executive, has accused Nielsen of failing to keep up in the way people watch TV. Read the story »

YouTube launches paid music service

BroadbandTVNews - November 14, 2014 - 2:51am

WATCH VIDEO. YouTube is launching a music subscription service next week, YouTube Music Key. Read the story »

Arte goes on TivùSat

BroadbandTVNews - November 14, 2014 - 2:23am

Arte has secured distribution on the Italian DTH platform TivùSat. Read the story »

Videoland comes to Chromecast

BroadbandTVNews - November 14, 2014 - 1:54am

Dutch VOD service Videoland has now launched on Chromecast for both Android and iOS devices. Read the story »

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