Before Halo 2 launched in 2004, I must have watched the trailer a hundred times -- easily accessible from its permanent home on my college computer's desktop. Like many fans, my anticipation for the Xbox follow-up was ... let's say substantial. And, like many fans, I was a little disappointed by the campaign and its abrupt, cliffhanger ending. Thankfully, a genre-defining multiplayer suite did more than enough to salve any abrasions left behind by the rough campaign.
It was the best of Assassin's Creed, it was the worst of Assassin's Creed. So it goes with Assassin's Creed Unity, the newest game in Ubisoft's alternate-history series, where sci-fi tech allows you to relive the secret war between Assassins and Templars. Unity succeeds where it needs to, but it falls short of the metaphorical, fall-breaking haybale almost everywhere else, landing with a sickening thud on hard pavement.
Unity is capable of inspiring loving adoration while simultaneously bringing you to boiling hatred. It aims high, fails more often than it triumphs, and is in dire need of a technical re-tweaking. At the same time, whenever the pieces align, it feels like coming home.
Skylink has taken the strategic decision to make all popular channels in the Czech Republic available in HD before the end of 2016, according to Jaromir Glisnik, member of the board of directors, M7 Group. Read the story »
With the new year just around the corner, Amazon wants to get its customers excited by revealing fresh content for yet another Pilot Season. Today, the online retailer announced that it has seven shows due to debut in 2015, which will be made available to Instant Video subscribers in the US, UK and Germany "early" next year. The lineup is a collection of four 60-minute shows (Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle and Point of Honor), plus three shorter, half-hour-long productions (Down Dog, Salem Rogers and The New Yorker Presents). There's something for everyone, it seems, ranging from categories such as drama, comedy and documentary. If you're interested, you can learn more about each one right here.
In a world where any show with "The" and "Dead" in the title is a runaway success comes, er, another one. That's because Starz has teamed up with Sam Raimi to produce a new TV series that'll follow cult movie trilogy The Evil Dead. The 10-part show will chronicle the later life of square-jawed hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) who will once again be called upon to battle the forces of Deadites. Given that the press release mentions Ash's role as a "stock boy," it's easy to presume that the character will be still working at the S-Mart where he was left at the end of Army of Darkness - rather than the post-apocalyptic future we saw in the director's cut of the same movie. The series will begin next year, so be prepared for Twitter to be nothing more than an endless stream of people saying Groovy #Groovy.
Discovery Networks International is realigning its European operations into three business clusters. Henrik Ravn is set to leave the broadcaster. Read the story »
TFT LCD panel suppliers are expanding their business plans this year, as the market demand for key applications grows. Read the story »
Vodafone Deutschland will offer subscription video-on-demand service Netflix to its customers from November 12, 2014. Read the story »
RT (Russia Today) has been threatened with statutory sanctions by Ofcom for breaching impartiality rules in its reporting of events in Ukraine earlier this year. Read the story »
BSkyB has hit out at ITV over its silence regarding its call for the UK’s pay-TV platforms to start paying fees to the UK’s Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) for the right to carry their main channels. Read the story »
Israeli DTH platform Yes has grown its installed base for the 6th successive quarter. An additional 11,000 subs were added in the third quarter to reach a total of 623,000 subscribers as at September 30, 2014. Read the story »
CME would welcome the launch of Netflix in the Czech Republic, as competition will help grow the market. Read the story »
Adoption of PC-to-TV connections in Europe exceeds adoption in the US. Read the story »
TP Vision is betting on Android OS for its smart TVs, but at the same time keep sits Net TV portal alive. Read the story »
Dutch KPN is working with CAM manufacturer SMiT to launch an IPTV service directly to the TV set. Read the story »
The deadline for submitting entries to the Interface Showcase at TVOT NYC 2014 is just one week away! 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Z1nSVcxDo 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:
The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has entered into partnership with Germany’s Romantis to create a new DTH platform covering Africa. Read the story »
CNN is to stop broadcasting in Russia following the enactment of a new law limiting the level of foreign ownership in media companies to 20%. Read the story »
The Russian national commercial broadcaster CTC Media has appointed Oleg Kuzmin as its chief strategic communications officer. Read the story »