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 said it developed its strong and rapidly growing presence across all digital platforms. Read the story »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 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.Click here for more
Philippe Dauman, Viacom’s chief executive, has accused Nielsen of failing to keep up in the way people watch TV. Read the story »
WATCH VIDEO. YouTube is launching a music subscription service next week, YouTube Music Key. Read the story »
Arte has secured distribution on the Italian DTH platform TivùSat. Read the story »
Dutch VOD service Videoland has now launched on Chromecast for both Android and iOS devices. Read the story »