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Fibre takes 10% of Dutch broadband connections

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 3:39am

Fibre increased its share of Dutch broadband connections to 10% in the second quarter, according to research by Telecompaper. Read the story »

Netflix welcome in Poland

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 2:54am

TVN would welcome the entry of Netflix into Poland as it would help the fight against piracy and at the same time get viewers accustomed to paying for content, according Maciej Maciejowski, a member of the board responsible for the broadcaster’s online services. Read the story »

Russian station hit by financial problems

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 2:11am

The Russian state broadcaster VGTRK (RTR) is being forced to obtain loans in order to fund TV productions. Read the story »

Major Polish telco deal mooted

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 1:34am

The Polish telecom market could soon see major consolidation, with Netia, the leading alternative carrier – and now also a cable operator – taking over the mobile operator Play. Read the story »

Swiss TV channel joiz eyes UK launch

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 1:32am

Swiss youth channel joiz wants to expand into further European countries with the UK being at the top of the list. Read the story »

NanoTech launches Iron Dragon VOD Network

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 12:51am

NanoTech Entertainment is launching the Iron Dragon TV dedicated martial arts and action movie VOD Network. Read the story »

Czech Digi eyes CI+

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 12:42am

Digi TV is looking into the possibility of introducing CI+ modules in the Czech Republic. Read the story »

Media Broadcast to launch DVB-T2/HEVC trial in Berlin

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 12:38am

German transmitter network operator Media Broadcast wants to shortly launch a trial for the technical testing of the new digital terrestrial television standard DVB-T2 in combination with compression system HEVC in Berlin to review the whole system chain and determine suitable parameters. Read the story »

Aflix by SmartVOD launches in Africa

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 12:36am

SmartVOD by Vonetize launches the first ever OTT Hollywood premium service in Africa. Read the story »

Dutch music channels go OTT streaming

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 12:29am

Dutch music channels Brava NL, TV Oranje and Schlager TV have improved their premium online streaming services. Read the story »

Vodafone takes majority in Hellas Online

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 12:19am

Vodafone is paying €72.7 million to acquire a 72.7% stake in Greek broadband/phone service provider Hellas Online. Read the story »

Intelsat celebrates 50th anniversary

BroadbandTVNews - August 25, 2014 - 12:00am

WATCH VIDEO.Intelsat commemorates its 50th anniversary of providing critical telecommunications and video content distribution infrastructure for businesses, organisations and governments around the world. Read the story »

RCS&RDS buys cable company

BroadbandTVNews - August 24, 2014 - 11:52pm

Romania’s RCS&RDS has taken over a cable operator in the city of Baia Mare. Read the story »

Hungary explains HbbTV

BroadbandTVNews - August 24, 2014 - 11:48pm

WATCH VIDEO. This promotional film, courtesy the HbbTV consortium, explains the HbbTV services available on Hungary’s MinDig platform. Read the story »

LG's first 4K OLED TV is ready to kill LCDs once and for all

EngadgetHD - August 24, 2014 - 7:44pm

LG only just brought its 55-inch 1080p OLED to a $3,500 price that's within the limits of mainstream credit cards, and it's already back with something better. The curved 4K OLED TV we saw at CES is about to go on sale in Korea, and will arrive soon everywhere else, meaning well-heeled buyers don't have to choose between Ultra HD resolution and the sweet black levels offered by this newer display technology. We don't have an official US price for the TV yet, but HDGuru's usually reliable retail sources say the 65-inch 4K model (there's also a 77-inch version) will arrive for about $7,000 next month, while the 77-inch version has a £20,000 price tag in the UK. In Korea it will cost 12,000,000 won ($11,738), however US prices are usually much lower. LG exec Hyun-hwoi Ha isn't mincing words either, calling the new display "the pinnacle of technological achievement" and saying the tech will overcome LCDs in sales in just a few years. Can OLED pull off what plasma couldn't? LG is betting it will -- meanwhile Samsung seems convinced that OLED isn't quite ready for prime time.%Gallery-slideshow217093%

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Source: LG Newsroom

VITEC to demo new solutions

BroadbandTVNews - August 24, 2014 - 12:55am

VITEC (Hall 7, Stand 7.G16) will showcase its Zero Delay Streaming, 4K Solutions and HEVC/H.264 at this year’s IBC. Read the story »

Microsoft's FCC filing hints at a Chromecast rival called Miracast dongle

EngadgetHD - August 23, 2014 - 5:05am

Microsoft might very well be gearing up to launch a Google Chromecast rival. While the tech giant hasn't announced anything official yet, one of its latest FCC filings details a device codenamed HD-10, which features WiFi, HDMI support and a USB connection. Those three will sound familiar if you know what the Chromecast is, but what really demystifies the device's nature is a separate document on the WiFi Alliance website. That filing, unearthed by Nokia Power User, called the HD-10 a "Miracast Dongle." Miracast, as you might know, is Microsoft's screen-sharing technology available on Windows 8.1, Windows RT and, most recently, Windows Phone 8.1, though it's also built into Android 4.2 (and later) and BlackBerry 10.2.1.

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Via: PCWorld, Windows Phone Daily

Source: Nokia Power User, FCC

Dish to secure your home

BroadbandTVNews - August 22, 2014 - 10:40pm

Echostar (Hall 1, Stand F76) is taking the opportunity to offer a ‘Sneak Peak’ demo of its new and upcoming home security and automation solution the vendor and DTH operator is previewing at the show. Read the story »

Chromecast software vulnerability paves way for another root exploit

EngadgetHD - August 22, 2014 - 8:40pm

Google regularly rolls out Chromecast updates that plug up previous root-friendly exploits, but there's a new method you can use if you want complete control over your streaming device. A group of hardware hackers (fail0verflow, Team Eureka and GTVHacker) have not only discovered a vulnerability in the latest Chromecast software, but also developed a way to exploit it and give you root access. This lets you tinker with the HDMI dongle, enable and disable stuff like software auto-updates and change any setting you wish, among other things. The team's calling it "HubCap," and it works on both newly updated and brand new, fresh-out-the-box Chromecasts. You'll need extra hardware to make it happen (a USB development board called Teensy used to root PS3s back in the day), but if you're dead set on rooting your Chromecast, head over to XDA Developers for the full set of instructions.

[Thanks, CJ]

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Source: XDA Developers

German music channel iM1 suspends broadcasts

BroadbandTVNews - August 22, 2014 - 3:16pm

German commercial music TV channel iM1 has discontinued its transmissions. Read the story »

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