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DirecTV's Genie DVR extenders clip the cord with a wireless version

EngadgetHD - April 11, 2014 - 10:55am

DirecTV's Genie DVR setup will serve up to eight rooms in your house (four at once) but what if you're trying to get TV outside, or in a room that's not already wired? It's not the most common situation now, but if that's an issue, DirecTV is matching the wireless set-top boxes coming from Dish and AT&T with one of its own. The Wireless Genie Mini just needs power (and a wireless bridge connected to the main DVR) and it's ready to stream live or DVR'd TV. It's been available as a test in several markets for a few months now, but now anyone in the US can get one for $99, and if you already have the bridge, there's no need for an installer to come out. We liked the Genie system when we reviewed it and thought it was a good competitor to Dish's Hopper DVR system -- we'll see if this year's battle over wireless boxes helps guide any customers to one service or the other.

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Sony's Shuhei Yoshida loves that Facebook bought Oculus, says it helps validate PlayStation's efforts

EngadgetHD - April 11, 2014 - 6:20am

"I woke up that morning and saw the announcement," Shuhei Yoshida tells us, remembering the day Facebook acquired Oculus VR. "And I was like, yeah!" Yoshida laughs and thrusts his arms in the air like an excited child. "For me, it was a validation for VR." As head of Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, virtual reality (and Sony's Project Morpheus) has become important to Yoshida. He wants to see it, as a medium, succeed.

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An oral history of the last 20 years of gaming, as told by PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida

EngadgetHD - April 11, 2014 - 6:00am

The three weeks out of every month that Shuhei Yoshida's in Japan, he has the same routine every day. He wakes up, opens a tablet, and gets back to work on PlayStation consumer feedback via his favorite interaction tool: Twitter. The man who heads Sony's PlayStation group is incredibly, perhaps detrimentally, accessible on social media. It's not his job, but a role he's taken on. "It's my personal time, but since lots of people tweet to me, I'm doing this almost official customer service," he says.

After 20-plus years working on PlayStation, Yoshida's beyond overqualified for customer service. He's been with Sony's PlayStation arm from its creation, and helped shepherd franchises from idea to mainstream norms: Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted. The list goes on.

Yoshida spoke with PlayStation 4 lead architect (and other game industry legend) Mark Cerny last evening in California, where he detailed his storied history in the game industry.

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YouTube hurts Warner Music sales

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 4:46am

New research suggests that YouTube may play a role in hurting album sales, according to a study from University of Colorado and Fairfield University. Read the story »

Real Digital plans a return to the UK

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 3:05am

Real Digital plans a return to the UK market with a hybrid platform combining free-to-air, premium channels and catch-up services. Read the story »

MIPTV 2014 reports 11,000 visitors

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 2:40am

MIPTV 2014 – CANNES. 11,000 television and digital executives, including some 4,000 buyers, descended on Cannes this week for the 51st edition of MIPTV, said the show’s organisers, Reed MIDEM. Read the story »

ECJ enforces illegal downloading ban on The Netherlands

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 2:39am

Downloading movies, TV series and music from illegal sources does not fall under Dutch home copying regulations and compensation schemes, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday, April 10. Read the story »

English Club TV enters Lebanon

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 2:22am

ECTV Network Ltd and Digidata have signed an agreement to bring English Club TV to TV and mobile audiences in Lebanon. Read the story »

RCS&RDS wins ad decision

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 2:13am

Romania’s RCS&RDS is now allowed to carry commercials on all its channels. Read the story »

Pink exits Serbian cable

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 1:59am

The Serbian commercial broadcaster Pink International has stopped distributing its channels via cable in Serbia and requested a licence to do so in Bosnia & Herzegovina (B&H). Read the story »

Chrome beta for Android makes it easy to send web video to Chromecast

EngadgetHD - April 11, 2014 - 1:55am

You no longer have to engage in some hidden setting gymnastics just to send web videos from Chrome for Android to your Chromecast. Google has rolled out a Chrome 35 beta that lets you deliver "some" clips from the browser to a Chromecast-equipped TV. The company hasn't said just which videos are compatible, but it notes that YouTube support is rough around the edges. Even if your favorite media site is broken, you can check out a few other notable upgrades: Chrome now does full-screen videos with both HTML5 controls and subtitles, and it boasts improved support for multi-window devices. Head over to Google Play to grab the update if you're a regular web movie watcher.

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Pro TV sets new record

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 1:46am

The growing importance of Romania’s Pro TV to Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has been underlined by its latest audience share figures. Read the story »

Commission clears acquisition of Eurosport by Discovery

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 12:35am

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Eurosport of France, by Discovery of the US. Read the story »

Chris Dziadul Reports: Tough times for TVP

BroadbandTVNews - April 11, 2014 - 12:26am

Is there a future for public service broadcasting in Central and Eastern Europe? Read the story »

Vilanoise TV comes to Opera TV Store

BroadbandTVNews - April 10, 2014 - 11:54pm

The online music channel Vilanoise TV has made a collaboration with Opera Software to show its Music TV channel in their Opera TV application platform. Read the story »

How PlayStation Move shaped the PS4

EngadgetHD - April 10, 2014 - 11:30pm

The PlayStation Move has been called a lot of bad names. It's the PlayStation peripheral that's least used by game devs, least purchased by console owners, and least spoken of by Sony itself. Some of that sentiment's been turning lately, ever since Sony showed off Project Morpheus a few weeks ago and demonstrated what an impact something like Move has on virtual reality immersion (the controller works for both PS3 and PS4). And the guy who heads up PlayStation's worldwide game studios, Shuhei " Shu" Yoshida, says Move is responsible for far more than it's given credit.

"This project was one of the very first hardware projects formed with three groups: the software engineering team at SCEA, the hardware engineers at SCEI in Japan, and the Worldwide Studios team making games using the motion controller," Yoshida told attendees of a presentation tonight at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. He and PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny explained that this trifecta was the first in a string of major collaborations: PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and now Project Morpheus.

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EA won't let a server shutdown turn out the lights on old Battlefield games

EngadgetHD - April 10, 2014 - 7:19pm

Video games and movies crib ideas from each other quite a bit these days, but seeing Electronic Arts go back and save some of its fallen comrades is a bit unexpected. The outfit's announced that in the wake of GameSpy's back-end multiplayer tech going dark, it's transitioning three Battlefield games to different servers so they can (virtually) live to fight another day. Which ones specifically? Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 2 and the superb Battlefield Bad Company 2. As IGN notes, though, plenty of EA's games that are listed are annual sequels and may not see the same treatment. However, this shows signs that GameSpy's closure won't kill everything under its umbrella. We've reached out to EA for confirmation and a statement about why these three games were picked over others, and will update this post should we hear back. In the meantime, if you feel like celebrating, we recommend a few rounds of squad rush on "Port Valdez" -- it's good for the soul.

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Engadget HD Podcast 393 - 4.10.14

EngadgetHD - April 10, 2014 - 5:01pm

HD news seems to be tumbling out of the sky like big, fat, high-definition raindrops and we've got it all covered in this week's episode. Both Richard and Ben have spent some time with Amazon's Fire TV and now that they've gotten past the unskippable tutorial video, they're ready to share their opinions. Richard also took some time to catch some of the Comcast and Time Warner Cable hearing on C-Span in all its standard definition glory and Ben's just recovering after learning there's yet another Lego videogame that he'll have to tackle -- he hasn't even finished the last one yet. This week's Engadget HD Podcast is chock full of info, so settle in and head to the streaming links below to catch the show.

Hosts: Richard Lawler, Ben Drawbaugh

Producer: Jon Turi

Hear the podcast:

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Heartbleed bug puts private web info at risk

Reuters Technology - April 10, 2014 - 3:16pm
April 10 - There is little users can do to hide from the latest internet bug- a flaw in a security system used by the majority of web sites. Bobbi Rebell reports.

Brain clots meet their match with robot needle

Reuters Technology - April 10, 2014 - 1:49pm
April 10 - Surgeons may soon have a new tool for treating patients with dangerous blood clots in the brain - a robotic needle that will suck the clot free without harming healthy tissue around it. As Ben Gruber reports, the robot's developers are taking a novel approach to replicating the human brain for their experiments.
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