These are troubling times for the TV industry in Central and Eastern Europe. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, it feels like we’re back to square one in some countries. Read the story »
Luxembourg-based M7 Group has contracted additional capacity and extended an existing capacity contract on Astra at 23.5 degrees East. Read the story »
Who doesn't like climbing gorgeous buildings in historic time periods and then leaping from said buildings? Suckers, that's who. Oh, and maybe people who've yet to experience an Assassin's Creed game, now in its seventh iteration with this year's model: Assassin's Creed Unity. Beyond the now usual changes (a new locale, a new main character), ACU adds co-op gameplay, a dedicated stealth button and it's built with current-gen in mind -- ACU is only playable on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, while Assassin's Creed Rogue was created specifically for last-gen game consoles. The game's gotten some rocky reviews thus far, but we're longtime series fans and want to show you Paris through the eyes of an assassin. Join us below for a day in the life of Assassin's Creed Unity main character Arno Dorian, and bring your sharpest assassin blade just in case.
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are standard fare in 2014, but living in an always-on world isn't just about the essentials. So this year, we looked beyond the gadgets that fit in your backpack or briefcase to compile our Holiday Gift Guide. We've collected a veritable feast of devices to cater to everyone from the amateur bartender to the DIY tinkerer, and made sure to offer a wide-ranging menu that hits every price point. We don't advise eating your gadgets, but playing with what's on your plate is a must. So grab a bib and dig in!
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The Hungarian government has proposed to raise the top level of the controversial new ad tax from 40% to 50%. Read the story »
Satellite operator SES has teamed up with electronics manufacturer Samsung to transmit the concert of US rock band Linkin Park from the O2 World arena in Berlin on November 19, 2014 from 21.00 CET live in Ultra HD on Astra (19.2 degrees East). Read the story »
Mondadori Magazines France (MMF) and Group AB have agreed to launch a new documentary channel. Read the story »
Sony Network Entertainment International has provided details of a cloud-based TV service it plans to launch in Q1 2015. Read the story »
GS Group has launched the first tablet computer designed for viewing Russia’s Tricolor TV, Russia’s leading DTH platform. Read the story »
BSkyB is to officially change its name to Sky following the acquisitions of Sky Italia and a majority stake in Sky Deutschland, subject to shareholder approval at its AGM on November 21. The move will reflect the international nature of its business, serving 20 million customers in five countries. Read the story »
US-based Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced that leading industry associations, technical organisations and retail groups have agreed to use 4K Ultra HD and 4K UHD as common terminology. Read the story »
Worldwide Ultra HD capable set-top box shipments will reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC STBs will rise even further to 88 million units. Read the story »
The European Commission, DG Competition, has appointed a Monitoring Trustee to oversee the acquisition of Ziggo by Liberty Global. Read the story »
UK-based pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB has purchased further shares in sister company Sky Deutschland following the completion of its voluntary takeover offer. Read the story »
If you thought cramming a PlayStation into your TV with the cloud-based PS Now was crazy, Sony's now trying to do, well, the exact opposite, bringing broadcast TV (and a bigger dose of on-demand content) to the PS4, PS3 and, at a later date, even the iPad. Oh good, another subscription service, you might already be thinking. However, Sony has already signed up some major networks and players (Fox, CBS, Viacom and ABC, for starters) and a no-contract setup: you'll pay month by month -- like how you pay for Netflix. The tie-ups will also include the ability to record programs, as well as play selected on-demand content. More device support for both Sony and non-Sony hardware is set to roll out to the service in the future, although there's no specifics just yet on what that'll include -- likewise, pricing remains a mystery. Beta testers will see around 75 channels of content, including local networks, when tests start later this month, although there's one proviso: they have to live in NYC, before it rolls out to Chicago, Philadelphia and LA. For the rest of us, the entire service is set to go live in early 2015.
Sony's game-streaming service, PlayStation Now, has taken big leaps since being introduced earlier this year. However, the platform still lacks a bit when it comes to the amount, and quality, of content it offers access to. Starting next month, though, PlayStation Now is adding some big games to its library, thanks to a new deal from Sony and EA. Bejeweled 3, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 2, Mirror's Edge and NBA Jam On Fire Edition are all coming to the service on December 2nd, which is great news for those of you with a PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PS TV or a compatible Sony TV. You'll be able to rent any one of these for as little as $1 per day, although there will be other pricing tiers available -- it depends on how long you'd like to keep them.