The problem of piracy is likely to be contained by 2020, according to Patrice Slupowski, VP digital innovation, Orange France Telecom. Read the story »
UPC Ireland CEO Magnus Ternsjo is to report to Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge, according to an internal email sent to staff on Tuesday morning. Read the story »
Ofcom has said Steve Unger will step up as acting Chief Executive at the end of the year. Read the story »
A £470 million reorganisation of DTT frequencies will enable mobile broadband services to use spectrum above 700MHz. Read the story »
The MTG-backed Russian broadcaster CTC Media has made a number of staff changes. Read the story »
Netflix has announced that it will make its debut in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. Read the story »
Although STBs definitely have a future, the importance of virtual ones should not be overstated, according to Matthias Greve, ABOX42 founder and CEO. Read the story »
Finally, viewers down under won't have to rely on proxies and other intermediaries to get their streaming video fix, as Netflix announced it will launch in Australia and New Zealand next year. There's no word on pricing, but the service will arrive in March with its slate of originals (including Marvel's Daredevil, shown above) and 4K video support. We'll have to see what the library looks like to know if residents will be happy with just what they're offered locally, but for now it looks like ISPs will have to offer more than a "Global Mode VPN" to attract customers.
The German media authorities have set up a tender for the operation of a nationwide DTT platform in DVB-T2/HEVC standard carrying commercial TV channels. Read the story »
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) France is set to launch Nickelodeon 4Teen, a new channel dedicated to Nickelodeon programming targeted at kids 7 to 14 years old. Read the story »
In July 2014, Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that Grand Theft Auto V featured a character who is allegedly based on the Mean Girls actress. According to the suit, filed in the New York Supreme Court, the cover of the game depicts a bikini-clad woman who bears a striking resemblance to LiLo. And the game itself apparently consists of more similarities, including the fact that the character runs from paparazzi, takes cover in the Chateau Marmont and incorporates Lohan's "image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan's] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses [and] jean shorts."
Also in July, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega filed suit in California Superior Court against Activision Blizzard Inc., the makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, for using his likeness without permission. According to the complaint, Activision depicted Noriega as "a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state," (the audacity!) and the makers implied that he was "the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use [his] image and likeness."
Lohan's and Noriega's suits were filed in two different states, and because of this, the applicable laws vary a bit. Lohan's battle is ongoing while Noriega's has been dismissed. One involves a celebrity, and the other a political figure. On the face of it, these two suits don't have all that much in common. The thread that connects them both -- and most lawsuits involving the use of a person's likeness in a video game -- is the right of publicity.
- Contest Honors the Best TV and Video UI/UX Designs of 2014
- Deadline for Submissions Is Midnight, Tonight
The deadline for submitting entries to the Interface Showcase at TVOT NYC 2014 is midnight tonight (Tuesday, November 18th)! This popular contest and TVOT NYC session honors the best TV and video User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) designs of the past year.
Go to http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com/wesvideo to view a video introduction to the Interface Showcase from Wes Williams, Director of Product Management at Scripps Networks Interactive, who will be leading the special Interface Showcase session at TVOT NYC 2014:
Here's more on how the Interface Showcase works:
There's a moment in LittleBigPlanet 3 where Hugh Laurie's villainous Newton, an effete British lightbulb with an egg timer built into his bowler hat, faces down his conscience, berating him with his greatest fear: that nothing he creates will ever be good enough, has never been good enough. It's a fear that LittleBigPlanet players will be familiar with, given the creative possibilities presented by the series. The feeling is more pronounced this time around, and the overwhelming diabolical genius at work in LittleBigPlanet 3 is almost a cause for alarm.
The first and second games in the series felt like a toy box, with developer Media Molecule providing about 3 or 4 hours of examples of how it could be utilized. In contrast,LittleBigPlanet 3, now helmed by Sumo Digital, is the first to feel like the pre-formed game at its core is meant to be a showstopper, an abundant showcase of greatness, a dare to the player to push the envelope even further. Lucky for us, for those who decide to rise to the challenge, they have never made creation easier or more satisfying than it is now.Click here for the full review!
HBO has just green-lighted J.J. Abrams Westworld series, a reboot of Michael Crichton's now-classic 1973 movie about robots gone bad. it announced the series launch via Twitter, with a creepy Vine (see below) confirming the 2015 date. The original plot revolves around lifelike robots that help amusement park guests fulfill their fantasies but cause havok when the park's central computer fails. Execs told the Hollywood Reporter that each robot can come back after being killed off, allowing the actors to play different parts on different episodes. That helped HBO attract a star-studded cast, reportedly including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood. There's no exact air-date yet, but the concept and the cast look highly promising.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an immense fantasy epic, a sprawling adventure across the many landscapes of Thedas, unapologetically mature in its exploration of politics and brazen in its combat. Inquisition is also developer BioWare's redemption song. It's everything that a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins should have been, and time will slip by as players enjoy the hundred hours of escapades it delivers.
The end of Inquisition's spectacular first act gave me chills. The last time I can recall that feeling is when the Normandy was reintroduced in Mass Effect 2. It's the chill of being at the beginning of a grand story and anticipation for what's to come.Click here for more
French film information channel Allociné is creating ten themed channels on YouTube. Read the story »
UPC TV Apps has proved to be a success in Hungary, the market in which it was developed and first launched. Read the story »
UKTV has launched its online brand UKTV for PCs and iOS. The new app is designed to give viewers easy access to the UKTV portfolio including the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel, Dave and popular entertainment channel Really. Read the story »