SES has chosen Arianespace to launch its SES-12, marking the 40th contract signed by Arianespace with this
operator. Read the story »
The DTG’s UK UHD Forum has staged a second 4k Plugfest with an emphasis on content streamed in 4k over satellite, IP and DTT to UHD TVs and set-top boxes. Read the story »
The Czech Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (RRTV) has fined TV CZ, the operator of Active TV, a total of CZK900,000 (€32,200) for misleading business practices. Read the story »
The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS) has completed the transition to DVB-T2, with Moscow and Moscow region, Kursk and Kaliningrad regions being the last parts of the country to adopt the standard. Read the story »
Russia is making good progress in the introduction of Ultra HD services. Read the story »
Finally, we can stop asking Microsoft's Xbox lead Phil Spencer about virtual reality headsets. "For us, I think this is the area," Spencer told a group of interviewers at yesterday's Windows 10 event. He was responding to whether or not there's also a virtual reality headset in the works at Microsoft, just an hour after the company unveiled HoloLens: a "mixed reality" headset that enables the wearer to see holograms in real life.
For Spencer, HoloLens is both Microsoft's alternate answer to the recent virtual reality explosion and a potential answer to Sony's Project Morpheus headset -- a VR peripheral that works with the PlayStation 4, where HoloLens could work with the Xbox One. "It's very cool. To me there's not a successful consumer electronics device on the planet where gaming is not a primary form of app category on the thing," Spencer said. There's even a "Minecraft-inspired" demo -- which answers that question -- for HoloLens that shows the implications of gaming with holograms. But no demo showed the headset working with the Xbox One in any capacity. Spencer instead talked around that possibility:
"I think gaming will be important. Specific scenarios with the Xbox, we're thinking hard about. People could ask about streaming solutions. Could I use it as a display for my Xbox? We don't have answers to any of those things, but know it's all part of the same organization."
The Czech-based media platform for IPTV and OTT services Nangu.TV has appointed Ivo Korcak as its new CEO. Read the story »
Microsoft made a lot of sweeping statements yesterday about what it wants for the future of Xbox and Windows. We don't like broad statements here at Engadget; we like specifics. Good news! We've broken down the aforementioned statements into the stuff that really matters: how you will be affected by the upcoming launch of Windows 10, specifically as it pertains to the game console you own and the PC you use for games. We've got answers on everything from in-home game streaming to Xbox's biggest games heading to the PC, so head below for a beat-by-beat breakdown of what yesterday's big announcements mean for the future of the Xbox platform as we know it.%Gallery-slideshow261929%
Fresh off its two Golden Globe wins, Amazon is streaming all ten episodes of its Transparent original series for free this weekend. Starting at 12:01AM ET until 11:59PM PT Saturday, you can watch via Amazon's Instant Video app for TVs, streaming gadgets and mobile devices, including Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation and more. The show won Best Musical or Comedy Series and the lead, Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development fame, took home Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series a few days back. If that wasn't enough of a celebration, new Prime subscriptions will be $72 on Saturday -- a nod to the 72nd installment of the awards soirée. When the time comes, you can start the viewing session right here.
[Photo credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Amazon Studios]
Italian video-on-demand (VOD) provider Chili has launched a local service in Austria. Read the story »
France’s Bouygues Telecom has selected Envivio Muse VOD encoding software for its multiscreen services. Read the story »
BT Sport and ESPN have renewed the agreement begun in 2013 when the telco launched its ‘freemium’ channels. Read the story »
343 Industries is beta testing its latest patch for the horribly crippled Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Yes, you read that right: Redmond's internal Halo studio is asking a portion of MCC's players to be canaries in the Covenant coal-mine ahead of the latest (hopefully last?) update that'll address the myriad issues still surrounding the game's multiplayer. The test is available to North Americans in the Xbox One Preview Program, and furthermore, if you opt in it'll limit who you're playing with to those also in the beta. The test surrounds changes to the game's matchmaking and party systems according to 343i, with further details coming once the update gets closer to a final release. Sign-ups start this Friday, and only those with the "highest levels of engagement" with the game are going to be selected. Everyone else? You're just going to have to dream of what a revamped "Relic" will look like.
Source: Halo Waypoint
Discovery Communications is set to bid for broadcasting rights to the English Premier League, with its head David Zaslav reported to have flown to London to meet with the league’s officials. Read the story »
BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio went through another record in 2014 with the combined number of programme requests reaching over 3.5 billion, compared with 3.1 billion in the previous year. Read the story »
joiz Global, a Swiss provider of community marketing solutions, has signed its first German licensing agreement with M. DuMont Schauberg, one of the country’s leading media companies. Read the story »
Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC Cablecom will add several new TV channels to its lineup on February 3, 2015. Read the story »
Russia’s longest-established DTH platform NTV-Plus could be split into a number of smaller companies. Read the story »