A sustained flow of 4k content, driven by OTT services, is expected to lead to shipments of 11.6 million 4k sets when 2014 data is released. Read the story »
The Polish national commercial broadcaster TV Puls will launch a HD version of its second channel on February 23. Read the story »
SES has posted a net profit of €600.8 million for 2014, a 6% increase on the previous year. Read the story »
The Russian telco Rostelecom has launched a multiscreen service. At the same time, it has made its Zabava multimedia app available on Samsung Smart TVs. Read the story »
In three criminal cases local courts have issued fines and suspended prison sentences to operators of card sharing servers in Recklinghausen, Munich and Pforzheim granting illegal access to German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland. Read the story »
Bauer Media Group has emerged as the favourite to acquire a majority stake in the Polish national commercial broadcaster TVN, according to Gazeta Wyborcza, citing three independent sources. Read the story »
RR Media has extended the current distribution partnership with Christian Television Network (CTN). Read the story »
It should come as no surprise that the conflict in Ukraine is having an adverse effect on the country’s TV industry. Russia’s, too, is taking a hit. Read the story »
Dutch cable operator UPC is making HD the standard across its network by swapping all old SD media boxes for HD ones. Read the story »
Google’s YouTube is set to introduce a subscription service alongside its earlier launched Music Key service. Read the story »
You read that headline right: Every episode of the wildly popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and all its spin-offs are coming exclusively to Hulu Plus. As the Hulu blog tells it, over 300 episodes of the series'll appear on the streaming service come April. Hulu also points out that this deal means that past seasons will be added ahead of future season premieres (CSI: Cyber, anyone?) as well -- unlike its South Park deal, though, there's no word on day-after streaming yet. Hulu says that watching Horatio Caine (David Caruso, above) and crew's antics back-to-back would fill around two weeks total. How many vacation days do you have left?
Source: Hulu Blog
Poland’s leading alternative telco Netia saw its TV subscriber base grow by 14% in 2014, ending the year with 137,323. Read the story »
Swiss regional TV broadcaster Telebasel can now be received in 26 German towns in the Swiss-German border region. Read the story »
This afternoon -- as we do every Tuesday and Thursday -- Joystiq X Engadget Streams is taking a trip back through Greek mythology with Alien Trap Games' Apotheon on PS4. Also available on PC, it's one of the free games this month for PlayStation Plus subscribers and brings 2D action that's more than a little similar to the old Metroid and Castlevania games. For a fresh twist, it's got this pottery-art graphic style and a unique combat system. Your hosts today are Edgar Alvarez and Richard Lawler, so follow us on Twitch.tv/joystiq between 3PM and 5PM ET where we'll give this sidescrolling throwback a try.
The Kudelski Group has posted revenues of CHF895.1 million (€836.8 million) for 2014, a 7.1% increase on the previous year. Read the story »
Back in the days of dial-up, when Tim Sweeney was 21 and in his third year of college, he needed cash to release his first game -- "thousands of dollars," as he recalls. To pay for the game's launch, for two summers he borrowed his dad's tractor and mowed lawns in his childhood neighborhood. Today, Sweeney is the founder of Epic Games: a powerhouse in the video game world, responsible for the Gears of War franchise and Unreal Engine, now in its fourth iteration of providing development tools to aspiring and established game developers. With Epic's status and resources, Sweeney today announced Unreal Dev Grants, a pool of $5 million available to anyone creating interesting projects in Unreal Engine 4. No strings -- or tractors -- attached.
If you're still watching cable, it turns out that channels like TBS and TNT are now speeding up syndicated programs, classics films and other shows by as much as 7 percent. We hadn't noticed it much ourselves, but the trend was spotted by Snopes and others thanks to a YouTube user who compared the same programs aired now and several years ago. A Seinfeld episode that originally ran 25 minutes was nearly 22 after the process, letting the broadcaster fit in about six extra spots. As the WSJ pointed out, ads now run an average of 15.8 minutes per hour on cable, and one unnamed cable exec said that "it's a way to keep the revenue from going down as much as the ratings."
Hispasat has posted revenues of €202.1 million for 2014, slightly up on the €201.4 million for the previous year. Read the story »