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Microsoft's got another Halo game for 2014: 'Halo: Spartan Strike' headed to Windows 8 and Steam

EngadgetHD - October 15, 2014 - 6:00am

Image from Halo: Spartan Assault

Apparently Halo's top-down mobile version was successful enough to warrant a second go, as Microsoft's planning a December launch for Halo: Spartan Strike. But what is Halo: Spartan Strike? It's a direct sequel to last year's Spartan Assault, and it features an unnamed Master Chief-esque super soldier shooting, driving and grenading his way through a variety of Halo-flavored worlds. To be totally clear: it's a twin-stick, top-down shooter made by the same folks who made last year's mobile Halo (Vanguard). You'll see New Mombasa! You'll see a Halo-based area! You'll see...some jungle! Sadly, we can't actually show you any of that, as Microsoft's worked out some form of exclusivity with another outlet. We even played a bit of it, but we can't actually tell you how that went because of the aforementioned exclusive. Pretty dumb, right?

What we can tell you is that Halo: Spartan Strike will cost $6 when it arrives on Windows 8 devices (from Surface to phones to PC) and Steam this December 14th. The marketing gentleman from Microsoft said the game will remain exclusive to Windows 8 and PC -- unlike the previous game, which ended up on consoles as well -- but we don't believe him. You probably shouldn't either.

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46 million 4K/UltraHD homes by 2018

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 5:31am

More than 46 million households worldwide will subscribe to a 4K UHD pay-TV service by 2018, according to Parks Associates. Read the story »

Skylink to overhaul offer

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 3:09am

The leading Czech and Slovak DTH platform Skylink plans to implement a number of important changes to its offer over the next few weeks. Read the story »

Netflix set for Australasia

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:52am

Netflix has set its sights on Australia and New Zealand, with a simultaneous launch in the two countries possibly taking place in Q2 2015. Read the story »

Poland makes key VOD change

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:30am

The way viewers pay to watch on demand services is to change radically in Poland. Read the story »

Turner rebrands Boomerang globally

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:21am

MIPCOM 2014. Turner Broadcasting will re-launch it kids brand, Boomerang as a global all-animation, youth-targeted network, repositioned with cartoons programmed for family co-viewing. Read the story »

Russia responds to Moldova channel ban

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:20am

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has strongly criticised a decision by Moldova to ban a number of Russian TV channels in the country. Read the story »

Akado Telekom set to snub Cisco

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 1:51am

In what is arguably a sign of the political times, the Russian cable operator Akado Telekom has decided to replace Cisco equipment in its network with that supplied by its Chinese competitor Huawei. Read the story »

Czech PPF seeks new finance

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 1:12am

The Czech investment group PPF is seeking a loan of CZK24.8 billion (€900 million) from O2, the country’s incumbent telco. Read the story »

Euronews launches two new YouTube channels

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 1:11am

MIPCOM 2014. Euronews is launching two new thematic channels on YouTube, Euronews Discover and Euronews Business. Read the story »

M7 Group inks Vivid TV distribution deal

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 12:56am

M7 Group has concluded an agreement with adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment for the launch of Vivid TV Europe from November 1 via the M7 Platform at Astra at 19.2 degrees East. Read the story »

ProSiebenSat.1 to turn into European company

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 12:52am

German commercial broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG is to be converted into a European company (Societas Europaea/SE) to facilitate stronger international alignment of its digital business. Read the story »

Gaming culture critic Sarkeesian cancels speech after school shooting threats (update)

EngadgetHD - October 14, 2014 - 8:45pm

Following threats of extreme violence at Utah State University, feminist culture-critic Anita Sarkeesian has cancelled her speech at the school scheduled for Wednesday. This morning, someone claiming to be a student at the university emailed staff members, saying that he or she would commit "the deadliest school shooting in American history" if the event wasn't cancelled, according to Utah newspaper The Standard Examiner. The email's author says that feminists have ruined their life and promised a "Montreal Massacre-style attack," stating that he or she possesses a variety of firearms and explosives and that no one in attendance or at the campus' Women's Center would be able to defend themselves should the lecture take place. This isn't the first time Sarkeesian has come under threat, either -- let alone the first time this year.

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Via: Kotaku

Source: The Standard Examiner, Anita Sarkeesian (Twitter)

The Foo Fighters are streaming a live concert on Facebook

EngadgetHD - October 14, 2014 - 1:42pm

Still a hardcore Foo Fighters fan? You'll want to swing by Facebook in a couple of days, then. The band is premiering both new music and a new documentary series by streaming a live Chicago concert through HBO's Facebook page on October 17th. You'll see the first episode of the Fighters' TV show (Sonic Highways) at 11PM Eastern, and the rock group will take to the stage about an hour later. Just don't expect to have unfettered access, especially if you're late to the party -- this is HBO, after all. Only American fans can watch live, and access to the replay will be limited to "certain HBO platforms." If you have the lyrics to "Everlong" permanently etched in your brain, however, you now have a good excuse to stay on your computer well past your bedtime.

[Image credit: Kr3st0, Flickr]

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Source: HBO (Facebook), HBO

You can now watch Vine videos on Xbox One, because why not

EngadgetHD - October 14, 2014 - 12:42pm

Vine's come a long way since its early days, and now it has yet another platform it can shine on: Xbox One. With this new application for Microsoft's gaming console, released today, users can start watching these six-second (or less) videos on a bigger screen right away. The Vine app on Xbox One comes with an interface that will be familiar to regular fans of the service, featuring Trending Tags, Playlists, Featured Users and other, more-specific categories like Comedy, DIY, Science & Tech and Sports. As Microsoft points out, this marks the fist time Vine has designed a viewing experience with TV in mind -- although some people may be disappointed they can't use Kinect to record Vines and share them directly from Xbox One. Still, let's not forget it is only the app's version 1.0. In the meantime, at the very least you have the option host a Vine-looping party, if that's your sort of thing.

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Source: Microsoft

TVOT Show Demographics!

TVOT Feed - October 14, 2014 - 11:18am




Who Reads [itvt] & Attends TVOT? 

58% - C-Level (CEO, COO, CRO, CSO, CTO, President, Chairman, Managing Director, Principal, etc.)

28% - EVP, SVP, Executive Producer, Head of, Executive Director
9% - Product Manager, Senior UX Designer, VP
3% - General Manager,
2% -  Other (Principal Engineer, Senior Director, Manager

WorldNow Names John Missale Chief Technology Officer

Yahoo Mixed Feed - October 14, 2014 - 11:00am
NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WorldNow, the only fully integrated intelligence platform for digital experiences, announced today that John Missale has joined WorldNow as Chief Technology Officer.  John comes to WorldNow with more than 30 years of advanced technology consulting and management experience. "WorldNow's unique, scalable technology and new platform offerings focused on ...

Euronews premieres new range of iOS and Android apps

BroadbandTVNews - October 14, 2014 - 7:25am

MIPCOM 2014. Euronews has revamped and redesigned its range of iOS and Android apps. Read the story »

WDR and Media Broadcast to launch DVB-T2/HEVC trial in Cologne

BroadbandTVNews - October 14, 2014 - 4:17am

WDR, the affiliate of German public broadcaster ARD for federal state North-Rhine Westphalia, and transmitter network operator Media Broadcast prepare a joint trial to test the new digital terrestrial transmission system DVB-T/HEVC under live conditions in the urban area of Cologne and Bonn. Read the story »

Genetic link to Danish happiness, says study

Reuters Technology - October 14, 2014 - 3:50am
Denmark usually comes top of studies examining levels of personal happiness around the world. Now British-based researchers say they may they have the answer - genes, specifically a mutation of a gene linked to suppression of serotonin levels, which they say is rare among people of Danish heritage. Jim Drury reports.
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