Popcorn Time's piracy-centric streaming video service just got a little too easy to access on the go. The outfit has released an installer that lets you use the peer-to-peer app on iOS devices without jailbreaking (that is, loosening restrictions though unofficial code). All you do is run an app on your Windows PC (a Mac version is due soon) and start watching. Does this sound like something Apple wouldn't approve? You're probably right. Popcorn Time tells The Next Web that it fully expects the folks in Cupertino to block the software, and that its installer team is "ready for any obstacle" -- the crew went so far as to post a 1-year anniversary video (below) that thumbs its nose at, well, everyone. Something tells us that this confidence won't stop Apple from trying, though, so don't be surprised if the app stops working before long.
Source: Popcorn Time
Players in Crimea can no longer access Battle.net, the service that houses Blizzard games World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Hearthstone and others, The Moscow Times reports. Blizzard blocked its games in response to US sanctions against Crimea -- Google, Apple, PayPal and Valve have also suspended service to the region, the site says. The Moscow Times pulled its Blizzard report from Russian site Geektimes.ru, which published an email sent to Crimean Battle.net users. "In accordance with current trade regulations relating to the region of Crimea, we are legally required to suspend access to your Battle.net account," a translation reads.
Via: Venture Beat
Source: The Moscow Times
Pre-orders for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are live today via the game's official site, open to pure humans and transhumans alike. (The site is down at the moment, but it should be "back soon"). Mankind Divided is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and it doesn't have an official release date. Yes, you can pre-order a game that was revealed, without many details, just minutes ago and that doesn't yet have a release date. Welcome to the future.
Source: Square Enix
Last year Microsoft added a feature to European Xbox Ones that brought broadcast TV directly to the box, and now it's starting to roll out the same thing in the US and Canada. Currently available for users in the Preview Program, it combines with a TV tuner from Hauppauge (BYO antenna -- the tuner retails for $80 but is currently $61 on Amazon) to cut out the cable middleman, and let owners watch the TV signals that are floating about freely. A $60 version of the tuner built specifically for the Xbox One is coming soon. While it doesn't turn the console's hard-drive into a DVR, it does have DVR-like features with the ability to pause live TV for up to 30 minutes, and it can stream TV to a phone or tablet running the SmartGlass app.
As promised, Sling TV is adding HBO to its lineup in time for the season premiere of Game of Thrones and other shows like Silicon Valley and Veep. The streaming service will let its subscribers get in on the premium network starting before Saturday, but it won't come cheap. HBO is set to cost $15 per month, on top of the $20 people are already paying for Sling TV's basic channel package. Still, this has been the cord-cutter's dream for some time, so we don't expect to see too many complaints about it -- plus, it's not as if anyone expected HBO to be a part of the Sling TV starter pack, to begin with. That said, a Sling TV spokesperson did confirm to Engadget that customers won't get a login for HBO's on-demand service, HBO Go, because they won't have a need for one.
Vivendi’s subscription video-on-demand service Watchever has renewed its content deal with CBS Studios International for several years enabling its German customers to access several hundred series episodes from the US studio. Read the story »
Russia’s leading broadcaster First Channel has added a movie channel to its ‘Digital TV Family’ thematic portfolio. Read the story »
Endemol Shine Group, which brings together Endemol, Shine and Core Media have announced the launch of Endemol Beyond’s first ever MIPTV line-up. Read the story »
Orange and Vivendi have entered exclusive negotiations for the acquisition by Vivendi of an 80% stake in Dailymotion, the two companies confirmed. Read the story »
Virgin Media says it has notched up its tenth win over a patent infringement claim brought by Rovi Corporation, the litigious patent holder. Read the story »
France’s Vivendi has denied a report that it is looking to buy the pay-TV group Sky. The rebuttal, published by Bloomberg, comes after Reuters, quoting three sources, said that Vivendi is considering the acquisition of Sky as one of several options to expand Canal+ group. Read the story »
Although RT (Russia Today) is to receive additional subsidies, plans to launch French and German versions of the service are to remain on hold. Read the story »
The Turkish public broadcaster TRT has started hybrid TV services employing HbbTV technology by Sofia Digital. Read the story »
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New games in two acclaimed 3DS franchises, Professor Layton and Fantasy Life, are heading exclusively to iOS and Android. During an event today, Japanese developer Level-5 announced it will bring Professor Layton and Fantasy Life to smartphones and tablets in Japan only (for now). Siliconera reports the next Professor Layton game is called Layton 7 and it seems to be a departure from the series' puzzle-solving roots, offering a card game with fortune-telling aspects where players attempt to figure out who the "Vampire" is. The new Fantasy Life game, Fantasy Life 2: Two Moons and the Village of God, sticks closely to the franchise's role-playing script but offers more city-building options, Siliconera says.
Via: The Verge
If you prefer to enjoy music festivals with actual bathrooms, a hot shower and no dust, you're in luck. Just like previous years, you'll be able to stream three days of live music from Coachella on YouTube this weekend (April 10-12). Don't expect to see the full lineup of artists, but with three channels of performances and commentary, you'll be able to take in most of the big names. This year's list of acts includes AC/DC, Drake, Florence & The Machine, Interpol, Jack White, Run the Jewels, Vic Mensa and many more. If some of those names don't sound familiar, interactive profiles will bring you up to speed while you watch. There's also a virtual map of the festival that lets you to see photos taken on site, and a schedule feature that automatically updates based on your time zone and the channel you're watching. The stream begins Friday, so fire up your Chromecast or other YouTube-friendly device then, and head over to the Coachella YouTube page.
[Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images]
The next game in Square Enix's futuristic action franchise, Deus Ex, is called Mankind Divided, and it's in development for PC, Xbox One and PS4. A slew of photos and information today found its way to a Russian site and, of course, NeoGAF, depicting new Deus Ex environments and series star Adam Jensen. Game Informer revealed Mankind Divided as its May cover story shortly after the leak. This week, Square Enix has been teasing a new game on Twitch and other social media platforms using the moniker "Can't Kill Progress," and it had planned to reveal the new game on April 9th.
Update: The latest tweet invites us to tune in tomorrow at noon (ET) to see "the future of Deus Ex."