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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection': The Joystiq Review

EngadgetHD - November 11, 2014 - 1:45pm

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.

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'Assassin's Creed Unity': The Joystiq Review

EngadgetHD - November 11, 2014 - 10:45am

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.

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Dead WWI soldier helps fight disease

Reuters Technology - November 11, 2014 - 9:12am
A soldier who died of dysentery in World War One is helping today's scientists study the deadly disease, and the way it has evolved to survive the antibiotics used to treat it. Suzannah Butcher reports.

Skylink looks to HD

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 8:45am

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 »

Amazon is working on seven new pilot shows for next year

EngadgetHD - November 11, 2014 - 8:29am

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.

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Sam Raimi's bringing an 'Evil Dead' series to TV in 2015

EngadgetHD - November 11, 2014 - 6:22am

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.

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Discovery realigns European structure

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 5:50am

Discovery Networks International is realigning its European operations into three business clusters. Henrik Ravn is set to leave the broadcaster. Read the story »

Large area TFT panel shipments expected to reach 718m

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 5:46am

TFT LCD panel suppliers are expanding their business plans this year, as the market demand for key applications grows. Read the story »

Vodafone to add Netflix in Germany

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 3:38am

Vodafone Deutschland will offer subscription video-on-demand service Netflix to its customers from November 12, 2014. Read the story »

Ofcom threatens Russia Today

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 3:24am

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 »

Sky’s 3 questions for ITV

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 3:20am

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 »

Yes subscribers up again

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 3:00am

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 assesses Czech VOD strategy

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 2:54am

CME would welcome the launch of Netflix in the Czech Republic, as competition will help grow the market. Read the story »

PC-to-TV connections in Europe outpace US

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 2:24am

Adoption of PC-to-TV connections in Europe exceeds adoption in the US. Read the story »

TP Vision bets on Android OS

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 1:50am

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 »

KPN to launch STB-less IPTV

BroadbandTVNews - November 11, 2014 - 12:37am

Dutch KPN is working with CAM manufacturer SMiT to launch an IPTV service directly to the TV set. Read the story »

Just One Week Left to Submit Your Entry for the TVOT NYC 2014 Interface Showcase!

TVOT Feed - November 11, 2014 - 12:31am

 

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:

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New DTH platform for Africa

BroadbandTVNews - November 10, 2014 - 9:48pm

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 exits Russian screens

BroadbandTVNews - November 10, 2014 - 9:47pm

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 »

New exec joins CTC Media

BroadbandTVNews - November 10, 2014 - 9:36pm

The Russian national commercial broadcaster CTC Media has appointed Oleg Kuzmin as its chief strategic communications officer. Read the story »

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