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Golden Spider for FilmBox

BroadbandTVNews - September 13, 2014 - 1:13am

FilmBox live has picked up a prestigious Golden Spider (Alt?n Örümcek) by coming first in the Entertainment category of Turkey’s so-called ‘Oscars of the Web’. Read the story »

SMiT and Verimatrix combine for CI+ demo

BroadbandTVNews - September 13, 2014 - 1:02am

SMiT and Verimatrix are staging a joint demonstration that shows the new features of the CI+ standard.

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New look for Arris product

BroadbandTVNews - September 13, 2014 - 12:43am

Arris has launched a range of HEVC, UHD and wireless product in four minimalist form factors. Read the story »

Levira expands into Slovakia

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 11:30pm

Levira has begun installing a new state-of-the-art multichannel play-out facility in Bratislava. Read the story »

EC approval for Sky Europe

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 11:21pm

The European Commission has given its approval for the proposed acquisitions of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia by BSkyB. The shareholdings are currently owned by 21st Century Fox. Read the story »

Nagra Anycast locks down TV anytime

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 11:05pm

The emergence of multiscreen television and the TV anywhere concept has forced a reappraisal by operators and CA vendors alike on how they manage and protect their content. Read the story »

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks to Charlie Rose about TV and why he bought Beats

EngadgetHD - September 12, 2014 - 4:09pm

Need to hear more from Tim Cook after this week's new iPhone and Watch event? Charlie Rose will air a two-part interview with the Apple CEO tonight and Monday, and excerpts posted to YouTube point to a few popular topics about the company. Cook discusses his company's purchase of Beats by pointing out the brand Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre were able to build, and their recognition of the human element in putting together playlists. In another clip, he continues the longstanding tradition of pointing out how ancient and backwards the TV experience still is, and that Apple is interested in it (we'll reference our advice from 2012 on how to handle these rumors) -- without revealing anything about plans to actually enter the market or adjust the approach of its Apple TV box. You can view the clips embedded after the break, and the first part of the interview tonight (likely at 11PM) on your local PBS affiliate.

Update: The full episode is embedded after the break via Hulu Plus, and pt. 2 will air Monday night, again probably at 11PM on your local PBS affiliate. In part two Tim Cook will talk a bit about privacy and the NSA, there's also a clip of that below.

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Source: Charlie Rose (YouTube)

Sky D secures EHF Champions League

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 12:43pm

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has acquired the exclusive live broadcasting rights of the EHF Handball Champions League in Germany and Austria. Read the story »

Sony, the catch-up king

EngadgetHD - September 12, 2014 - 10:31am

Sony's not making PCs any more. It recently announced it wouldn't be making new e-readers, either. The company's also taking a long hard look at the TV business that it dominated for decades. In the '90s, its TVs stood up alongside the Discman, Walkman and even that new games console that could play CDs. Sony was cool; it had cachet. But a narrow focus on proprietary technology and its slowness to adapt to the dizzying speed of consumer tech in the last two decades have taken their toll. While it's created a new department solely dedicated to making the next big thing, it remains to be seen if the company can bounce back from decades of failures.

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Watch this: the first Formula E race is tomorrow in Beijing

EngadgetHD - September 12, 2014 - 9:32am

After a couple years of careful planning, the inaugural Formula E season is set to hit the track this weekend. Tomorrow's race is set for 3:30 AM ET in Beijing on a circuit that's laid out on around the iconic Bird's Nest venue from the 2008 Olympics. Anxious at-home spectators in the US can catch the action on Fox Sports 1 while UK viewers can tune in via ITV4. The Spark-Renault cars carry McLaren 200kW electric motors, systems and transmissions that equate to 0-60 MPH (0-100 km/h) in three seconds with a top speed of 150 MPH (225 km/h). During the first season, the 10-race schedule features stops in the States, Argentina and Monaco before wrapping up with the London ePrix in June 2015.

Update: Qualifying is over, and e.dams-Renault driver Nicolas Prost has snagged the first-ever Formula E pole with a 1.42.200 lap around the Beijing circuit.

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Virgin Media's TiVo UI is getting a welcome makeover

EngadgetHD - September 12, 2014 - 7:53am

If you were one of Virgin Media's early TiVo adopters, you won't have noticed the user interface change much over the last four years. Well, Virgin's decided it's high time for a significant redesign (with TiVo doing much of the legwork), and it'll begin hitting several thousand set-top boxes next week, with a wider rollout starting late October. We were treated to a preview of the update today, and the visual differences are immediately obvious. The red background has been ousted by a new "plum" colour (that's purple, to you and me), and is joined by a new font and minimalist logo that's part of Virgin Media's ongoing rebrand. The whole menu system is displayed in a higher-resolution than before, too, but it's not just a reskin, and should be quicker and slicker to navigate.

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Source: Virgin Media

Oculus co-founders donate $35 million to erect computer science wing at University of Maryland

EngadgetHD - September 12, 2014 - 7:47am

New York City is a town of names: Rockefeller, Astor, Trump. Legacies of the vast wealth held by dynastic families in early 20th century New York City. America's college campuses are littered with the same convention; wealthy alumni donate large sums to expand a university, and subsequently name that expansion after themselves. The University of Maryland, for instance, is getting a $35 million computer science wing from two of Oculus VR's co-founders. And what's it named? "The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation," apparently, after Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe. Oculus chief software architect (and co-founder) Michael Antonov is footing another $4 million.

The new facility is planned to "feature state-of-the-art maker spaces," says UMD's Jayanth Banavar. Iribe describes it as, "designed for hackers, makers and engineers, which will help give rise to future breakthroughs, products and startups that will transform the way we live and interact with the world around us." More bluntly, the space is being built to educate the next generation of virtual reality and other future computing platforms. "This gift positions Maryland to be one of the leading institutions for virtual reality in the world," Iribe says.

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Source: University of Maryland

Markus Fritz: ‘Eutelsat leads the way with Ultra HD’

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 6:29am

“We have the most number opf Ultra HD channels,” said Marku Fritz, Director Commercial Development and Marketing at Eutelsat, “Running three over Europe, one over Asia.” Read the story »

Wireless charging technology comes to Formula-E racing

Reuters Technology - September 12, 2014 - 6:25am
With the inaugural season of the electric Formula E motoring championship set to kick off, some of the brains behind one of the world's fastest electric cars say the future of electrical motoring depends on how technology tackles the challenge of charging. Joel Flynn reports.

Arirang TV goes OTT on Opera TV Store

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 6:11am

Korea’s English-language television network Arirang has debuted three TV apps in the Opera TV Store. Read the story »

'Grand Theft Auto V' coming to PS4 and Xbox One November 18th, PC version delayed until 2015

EngadgetHD - September 12, 2014 - 5:58am

Great news next-gen (well, guess that would be "current-gen" now, wouldn't it) console owners -- you'll be able to snag Grand Theft Auto V for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One on November 18th. Along with the usual slew of graphical improvements, the enhanced version of GTA will feature new weapons, vehicles, activities and mani interesting furry animals. Not to mention new songs, denser traffic and a completely new foliage system! PC players will get all the same perks, but they'll sadly have to wait until January 27th of 2015 to get their hands on it. On the plus side, if you already own GTA V for Xbox 360 or PS3 you can easily transfer your online character.

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New tech helps discover hidden Stonehenge archeology

Reuters Technology - September 12, 2014 - 5:10am
Archaeological researchers in England have discovered evidence of new hidden monuments near the prehistoric site of Stonehenge, the ancient Briton site built sometime between 3,000 and 1,600 BC, raising new possibilities about what the monument may have been used for. Joel Flynn reports.

Ericsson buys TV server firm Fabrix

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 3:59am

Ericsson is buying the US-Israeli firm Fabrix systems, further extending its range within the TV sphere. Read the story »

Croatian telco opts for SmartLabs

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 3:50am

Croatia’s Optima Telecom has upgraded its OptiTV service and deployed a next generation end-to-end solution in partnership with SmartLabs. Read the story »

Ferdinand Kayser: ‘UltraHD is here to stay’

BroadbandTVNews - September 12, 2014 - 3:32am

“Ultra HD is not going the way of 3D, it is here to stay,” said Ferdinanc Kayser, CCO of SES during the company’s yearly update during IBC. Read the story »

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