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Government reminds Comcast and Verizon not to lie

EngadgetHD - July 23, 2014 - 11:03am

If you're like me, you've paid for a certain speed from you internet provider only to get a fraction of the promised bandwidth. The FCC is reminding those who control access to the interwebs to be honest and forthcoming with their advertised data with the Open Internet Transparency Rule. The decree requires providers to give you every bit of data on their broadband services needed to make "informed choices." It also requires the disclosures to be "accurate and truthful," covering network management (handling congestion, etc.), performance, terms of service, plan descriptions, pricing and fees. You know, to eliminate surprises down the road. Of course, spilling data on expected and actual speed figures are part of the lot as well. And the Commission urges you to keep a watchful eye on your service, reporting any discrepancies with advertised numbers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's full statement on the matter awaits after the break.

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New YouView pact calls for expansion

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 6:39am

All seven shareholders in the YouView consortium have agreed to fund the IPTV operation for a further five years. Read the story »

Oculus Rift turns 'X-Men' into a VR head trip

EngadgetHD - July 23, 2014 - 4:29am

If you've every wanted to try X-Men-style telepathic brainwave amplification, Cerebro isn't real (yet) -- but the Oculus Rift is a damn good surrogate. 20th Century Fox will let you step into Charles Xavier's mind and don the futuristic headgear (the Rift, that is) at Comic-Con in San Diego, starting tonight. Each participant will be immersed in a three minute, panoramic VR presentation on a quest to find nudest of all mutants, Mystique, with the best reactions recorded on a GoPro for Facebook posterity. On top of the VR experience, Fox is offering a limited-edition, thousand-run of X-Men: The Cerebro Collection in a replica Cerebro helmet on pre-order for $80, or $90 with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The latter will also be up for pre-order at $23 alone and both will arrive October 14th, with the Digital HD version set to come on September 23rd. %Gallery-slideshow209137%

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More gloom for Russian pay-TV

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 3:26am

Alongside President Putin signing into law controversial new legislation banning ads on cable and satellite channels from the beginning of next year has come the news of a slowdown in the take-up of pay-TV services in Russia. Read the story »

BBC explains iPlayer outage

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 3:20am

The BBC’s weekend of technical issues on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Online was caused by a combination of increased load on its database and the failure of part of its caching layer. Read the story »

WappZapp targets Netflix

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 3:05am

A unique SVOD service named WappZapp TV and rivaling Netflix has finally made its debut in The Netherlands and Belgium. Read the story »

Thor 7 launch postponed to 2015

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 3:05am

The launch of the new Thor 7 satellite has been put back to 2015. Read the story »

UPC Hungary opts for Metrological

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 2:42am

Netherlands-based Metrological has deployed a cloud based TV app store on UPC Hungary’s HD mediaboxes by partnering with ActiveVideo. Read the story »

New challenge for Polish pay-TV

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 2:16am

Almost one in three Polish cable and DTH viewers are considering cancelling their subscriptions. Read the story »

Satellite TV revenues to reach $100bn

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 2:15am

Satellite TV revenues for 138 countries will reach $99.9 billion (€74 billion) in 2020, up from $87.8 billion in 2013 and $69.3 billion in 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Read the story »

TalkTalk TV passes million mark

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 2:00am

IPTV operator TalkTalk added another 185,000 new TV (YouView) customers in the quarter taking the installed base to over 1.1 million. An extended wholesale carriage agreement with BSkyB has also been announced for Sky Sports and Sky Movies. Read the story »

Relaunched Sky Sports News takes prime slot

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 1:34am

Sky Sports News is to relaunch as Sky Sports News HQ, from August 12. The channel says it will place a greater emphasis on investigative journalism across a streamlined TV, digital and mobile service. Read the story »

DIGI secures Hungarian pay-DTT carriage

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 12:24am

Antenna Hungária (AH) will add DIGI Sport 1 and DIGI Sport 2 to the channel line-up of its pay-DTT service MinDig TV Extra on August 1. Read the story »

SES launches West Africa platform

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2014 - 12:23am

SES has launched a new digital TV platform for West Africa on its Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees East. Read the story »

Who says fish can't drive?

Reuters Technology - July 22, 2014 - 11:24pm
Dutch designers have built a prototype 'car' for fish. Equipped with a webcam, micro-computer and motorized wheels, the mobile fish tank utilizes computer vision technology to track its fish driver's movements to get around. Jim Drury reports.

China sales drive strong Apple results

Reuters Technology - July 22, 2014 - 4:30pm
A jump in both iPhone and Macs computer sales in China helped Apple beat forecasts in its third quarter, despite weaker than expected revenue and guidance. Bobbi Rebell reports.

Apple TV now auto-plays the next episode of whatever you're watching on Netflix

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2014 - 11:28am

When you start chugging a series, it's hard to stop, even for trips to the bathroom, or going to work, or catching up on sleep. It's a problem that Netflix loves to exploit, only giving you a few seconds before offering up the next episode of whatever series you're currently immersed in. For some reason, however, this post-play feature didn't work on the Apple TV, until it suddenly did a few days ago, without warning. The Roku-rival has even popped up on Netflix's list of supported devices, so never again will you have the option of stopping House of Cards after a single episode. Well, unless you disable it, of course.

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LG's rollable TVs are (predictably) very flexible

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2014 - 10:23am

Remember when LG announced that it had managed to create a rollable 18-inch display? Well, here's the proof: a very much flexible OLED display. The resolution might not be there yet (1,200 x 810, alas) but the hopes and dreams of a picnic-blanket TV set -- they're getting more real every day.

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Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $120,000

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2014 - 9:00am

There were so many TVs on display back at CES, that you'd be forgiven if they all blended together. So allow us to give you a recap: The Samsung UN105S9W was, in the company's own words, the "world's first, largest and most curved 105-inch curved UHD TV." Well then! Sounds like an expensive piece of kit, huh? You have no idea. Sammy just put its flagship TV up for pre-order and it's kind of a doozy. The whole thing costs $120,000 -- also known as a mortgage. For the money, you get 5,120 x 2,160 resolution on an unusually large screen, with an unusually wide aspect ratio of 21:9. Additionally, you'll receive a visit from one of Samsung's "Field Engineers" to walk you through all the features, if that's any consolation. It's also a Smart TV, with all the usual built-in apps, and the ability to separate the screen into four quadrants for watching live TV and surfing the web at once. Honestly, though, we'd be offended if a TV this expensive didn't do that. You can pre-order now if you like, but let's be real: Most of you are probably saving $120,000 for your future child's college tuition.

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Ancient mummies digitally unwrapped to reveal new secrets

Reuters Technology - July 22, 2014 - 7:59am
State-of-the-art CT scanning is giving researchers at the British Museum the opportunity to digitally unwrap ancient Egyptian mummies. The non-invasive technique preserves the delicate remains, but has given new insights into mummification and revealed the faces of ancient Egyptians for the first time in thousands of years. Tara Cleary reports.
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