News, or quality news, will always be expensive. But that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of players wanting to enter the market. Julian Clover speaks to Colin Lawrence, Distribution Director for BBC Global News Ltd, about the challenges facing the TV news distribution market.
Three months before doors open, already 400 exhibitors from 30 countries have registered for ANGA COM – Exhibition and Congress for Broadband, Cable & Satellite, to be held June 9 – 11 in Cologne, Germany. Read the story »
Virgin Media customers with a Sky Sports subscription can now use Android smartphones, tablets and laptops to access the Sky Sports app for the first time. Read the story »
The Wi-Fi connected HDMI dongle is emerging as a serious solution not just for accessing online content but also for bringing broadcast services to legacy TV sets. There are several reasons why this is happening, perhaps the primary one being the state of flux the TV and broadcasting industries are currently in. Read the story »
Altice has put up Portuguese cable net Cabovisão for sale, just three years after it acquired the operation from Montreal-based Cogeco Cable. Read the story »
Magyar Telekom remains the leading provider of fixed broadband services in Hungary, claiming a market share of 35.8% as of this January. Read the story »
The Romanian regulator ANCOM has launched a new auction for two national, 31 regional and 19 local DTT multiplexes that were not awarded in previous selection procedures. Read the story »
The Bulgarian incumbent Vivacom has reportedly been acquired by a number of EU investors known collectively as the LIC 33 group. Read the story »
The Russian Express-AM7 satellite has been successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and is now in orbit. Read the story »
RTL is now offering viewers more channels than any other national broadcaster in Croatia. Read the story »
Sony’s PlayStationVue, a cloud-based OTT TV service, is launching in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, starting at $49.99 per month. Read the story »
There are mere hours left to make your mark on the 11th Annual Engadget Awards. You don't need to select a winner in every category, but voting ends tonight at 11:59PM PT. So get your ass to the polls below and tell us who were the best and worst of 2014.
And keep locked on Engadget.com for more on our very special awards ceremony, debuting next Friday, March 27th. If you hadn't already heard, the competition is rrrrruff...
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will continue to show the European Golf Tour in the next years live and exclusive in Germany and Austria. Read the story »
A few months ago info leaked out that OneDrive was getting ready for music storage, then Microsoft confirmed, and now it's here. Starting today, Xbox Music and OneDrive are connected so any music files (MP3, M4A, or WMA) in your "Music" folder on Microsoft's cloud storage service are immediately playable via the web or Xbox Music apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1, Xbox 360 and Xbox One -- for free. The initial leak suggested there would be 20GB of storage, but Xbox Music's paying Music Pass subscribers will get an additional 100GB of space.
Pixels is a live-action movie about an alien-controlled cadre of classic video game characters wreaking havoc upon humanity by turning everything they touch into, well, pixels. It's based on the charming 2010 short by the same name that Sony thought would make a great feature-length movie starring Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) and Paul Blart (Kevin James). A mulleted Peter Dinklage is along for the ride too, in what looks like a less challenging role than his voice work in Destiny was. His character bears more than a passing resemblance to Dog the Bounty Hunter, because sure why not? At one point, Pac-Man's creator Toru Iwatani (played by Denis Akiyama) gets his hand chomped off by the big yellow guy himself. And just when I thought it couldn't get any more stupid, out came trite "homages" to iconic scenes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Independence Day. All this to say: The movie looks absolutely abhorrent.
With 20 million-plus PlayStation 4 consoles sold to date and over 80 million PlayStation 3s in homes worldwide, Sony has plenty of reason to make Vue, its TV-streaming service, a cornerstone of the platform. The subscription-based service, which officially launches today in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, is more than just a Sling TV clone, too. Vue offers not only a mixture of live and on-demand content from cable networks like Discovery Communications (e.g., TLC, OWN, Animal Planet) and NBCUniversal (e.g., Bravo, CNBC and E!), but also broadcast TV from NBC, CBS and FOX. And thanks to cloud storage, PS Vue also features what Sony's calling a "virtually unlimited" DVR. It's the company's take on a streaming experience that "redefines television."
Almost half of Magyar Telekom’s TV subscribers, or 450,000, now subscribe to its IPTV service. Read the story »