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Telemach buys mobile operator

BroadbandTVNews - October 20, 2014 - 12:27am

Slovenia’s leading cable operator Telemach has acquired the mobile company Tusmobil from Tus Holding for an undisclosed fee. Read the story »

Google's Nexus Player gets FCC approval, right on cue

EngadgetHD - October 19, 2014 - 7:00am

Well, that didn't take long. Just a couple of days after Google stopped pre-orders of the Nexus Player while it waited for the FCC's all-clear, its Android TV puck has received approval. There aren't any surprises in the regulatory filing, but it should let you both pre-order the WiFi media hub soon and (hopefully) get it around that originally promised November 3rd release date. If you were worried that you'd have to make do with a Chromecast for a little while longer, you can relax.

Update: And now the Nexus Player is finally available for order again. Though, it's not set to leave the warehouse for another three to four weeks. So you'll just need to be patient.

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Source: FCC

U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California

Reuters Technology - October 19, 2014 - 4:26am
U.S. military lands its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

EngadgetHD - October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls "one of the more obscure titles in the Marvel universe," has been completely re-imagined for parent company Disney. Then, there's the city of San Fransokyo it's set in -- an obvious marriage of two of the most tech-centric cities in the world. And, of course, there's the real-world technology that not only takes center stage as the basis for characters in the film, but also powered the onscreen visuals. It's undoubtedly a herculean effort from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and one that's likely to go unnoticed by audiences.

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Google freezes Nexus Player orders while it waits for US approval

EngadgetHD - October 18, 2014 - 12:38pm

If you were dead set on ordering the Nexus Player this weekend, you're about to be disappointed. Google has quietly halted pre-orders of its Android TV media hub because it has "not been approved" by the FCC -- the company would be in trouble with US regulators if it took your hard-earned dollars for something it can't ship. There aren't any hints as to when the Nexus Player will get the all-clear, but you can be sure that we'll keep our eyes peeled. Hopefully, the approval arrives before November 3rd so that you can get that Android TV set-top box on time.

Update: And now the Nexus Player is finally available for order again. Though, it's not set to leave the warehouse for another three to four weeks. So you'll just need to be patient.

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Via: Android Police

Source: Google Play

Microneedle patch promises painless pricks

Reuters Technology - October 18, 2014 - 3:36am
Researchers at The National University of Singapore have invented a new microneedle patch that could offer a faster and less painful delivery of drugs such as insulin and painkillers.

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'The Evil Within' on PS4! (update: game over!)

EngadgetHD - October 17, 2014 - 3:30pm

Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from new-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!

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Source: Twitch

Sound Off! Would you pay for HBO's standalone streaming service?

EngadgetHD - October 17, 2014 - 3:02pm

At last, our long national nightmare is nearly over. Earlier this week HBO announced plans to introduce a standalone streaming service in 2015. This is especially exciting for those of us who've been "borrowing" our parents' HBO GO access. Are you ready to put your money where your mouth is? Stop by the Engadget forums to let us know if you'd be willing to pay for access to HBO's catalog -- how much.

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Source: Engadget Forums

'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' needs 20GB day-one patch

EngadgetHD - October 17, 2014 - 2:28pm

When the long-awaited Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets released next month, the first thing players will have to do is download what's estimated to be a 20GB update, according to developer 343 Industries. The day-one patch, which is required to unlock multiplayer and add other features, isn't particularly shocking when you consider that this a 4-in-1 title -- still, that's asking for a lot of hard drive space from users. "Our philosophy has been to give Halo fans the best possible experience and not compromise the quality or features of the collection," Dan Ayoub, Halo External Development's studio head, wrote in a blog post. "The result is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will take up almost all of the usable space of a single Blu-ray (45 GB)." In addition, Ayoub let it be known that Spartan Ops, a co-op mode for Halo 4, won't be coming to The Master Chief Collection until December, which will likely disappoint a few fans of the franchise. But, most importantly, how do you feel? Let us know in the comments section.

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Via: Eurogamer

Source: Xbox

DogTV expands into Europe

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 6:07am

MIPCOM 2014. Exactly one year after introducing the DogTV channel in Cannes, the US based canine channel has signed its first European carriage deal with Deutsche Telekom. Read the story »

ARD/ZDF get green light for youth service

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 5:14am

The Prime Ministers of the federal German states have approved the plans by public broadcasters ARD and ZDF to jointly set up a youth channel – however, in contrast to the original plans, not as a conventional TV channel, but as an internet-based multimedia proposition for PCs, smartphones and tablets. Read the story »

Rostelecom goes down multiplay route

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:57am

The Russian telco Rostelecom has introduced triple play packages to its offer and will in the future also offer quad play. Read the story »

Enders warns PSBs to be careful what they wish for

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:50am

Enders Analysis has warned that commercial PSBs ITV and Channel 4 may not get the outcome they are seeking in their attempt to charge carriage fees for their primary free-to-air channels on the pay-TV platforms. Read the story »

RTL lodges Hungary complaint in Brussels

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:44am

RTL Group has filed an official complaint with the European Commission about the controversial advertising tax the Hungarian government introduced this summer. Read the story »

Sky Deutschland to launch Star Wars HD channel

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:43am

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will devote a whole TV channel to the Star Wars movie franchise. Read the story »

CTO Lorenz Glatz leaves Kabel Deutschland

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:21am

Lorenz Glatz, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Kabel Deutschland, has left Germany’s largest cable operator at his own request on October 15, 2014. Read the story »

Vodafone eyes Romania TV options

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:19am

Vodafone is looking into the possibility of entering Romania’s TV market, according to Vittorio Colao, the company’s CEO. Read the story »

900 jobs to go after Ziggo merger

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:15am

Around 20% of the combined workforce of Ziggo and UPC Nederland is set to lose their jobs after the planned merger of the two opertors. Read the story »

Mixed fortunes for Lithuania’s Teo

BroadbandTVNews - October 17, 2014 - 2:01am

The Lithuanian incumbent Teo saw its smart (IPTV) subscriber total in the third quarter reach 123,900. Read the story »

Chris Dziadul Reports: Invitation to Prague

BroadbandTVNews - October 16, 2014 - 11:20pm

Did you know that 100,000 homes receive TV services illegally from ISPs in the Czech Republic? Read the story »

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