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Is it a plane? No, it's a hoverbike

Reuters Technology - August 22, 2014 - 2:15am
UK-based Malloy Aeronautics is preparing to test a manned quadcopter capable of out-manouvering a helicopter and presenting a new paradigm for aerial vehicles. A 1/3-sized scale model is already gaining popularity with drone enthusiasts around the world, with the full-sized manned model expected to take flight in the near future. Matthew Stock reports.

Pressure mounts on Ukrainian DTT operator

BroadbandTVNews - August 22, 2014 - 2:06am

Ukraine’s National TV and Radio Council has issued the DTT platform operator Zeonbud with a warning and given it two weeks “to fix violations”. Read the story »

French OuatchTV becomes ‘proper’ TV channel

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 11:49pm

WATCH VIDEO. The French high-tech channel OuatchTV has secured distribution as a linear channel on SFR and Free starting September. Read the story »

Europe increasingly important for Netflix

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 11:26pm

As Netflix rapidly expands across Europe, the company will see its international subscriptions jump from one-tenth to one-fifth of total subscriptions, according to new analysis from IHS. Read the story »

Chris Dziadul Reports: Channel trends and threats

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 10:56pm

New channel launches are one of the few certainties in what is an otherwise unpredictable and rapidly changing TV landscape in Central and Eastern Europe. Read the story »

Next stop for Ouya Everywhere: China

EngadgetHD - August 21, 2014 - 4:03pm

Now that everyone from Google to Amazon is getting into the Android gaming set-top box business, Ouya is going to have to get creative. It's already announced plans for "Ouya Everywhere" to extend its sizable library of 900+ TV and game controller-ready games to other platforms, and now the company tells Reuters it's working out a deal with China's Xiaomi. CEO Julie Uhrmann says the arrangement will see an Ouya channel added to devices like the Mi TV and MiBox, where users can shop for and download games, and with Xiaomi "likely" committing to marketing the games. On the backend, Xiaomi, Ouya and the game's developers split the money. The $99 console has gone through a number of changes (both hardware and software) since it arrived on the scene as a Kickstarter hit, now we'll see if Asia can help provide a second wind for the platform.

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Source: Reuters

U-Verse app gets more live TV channels, launches on Amazon devices

EngadgetHD - August 21, 2014 - 3:11pm

AT&T is making U-Verse more appealing with each passing day. After the carrier revealed it would beat Google to the punch on bringing gigabit internet to Silicon Valley, now U-Verse is getting a great deal of fresh content and making its way to additional mobile devices. Aside from launching on Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX, as well as the Fire phone, the U-Verse app today also welcomed over 50 new channels to its catalog of live TV streaming channels. This includes Cartoon Network, CNN, EPIX, ESPN, GolTV, HBO, HGTV, TBS, TNT and Travel Channel, plus many others -- most of which you can watch even if you're away from your home network. All in all, definitely a boost for U-Verse subscribers, and if you aren't, it's at least good to know that U-Verse looks to be a solid choice, especially now that DirecTV is joining AT&T's ranks.

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Source: AT&T

Austria to commence DVB-T2 transition in 2016

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 2:09pm

Austria wants to commence the planned full transition of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) distribution system from DVB-T to successor standard DVB-T2 in autumn 2016. Read the story »

Xbox One pre-loading begins with 'Madden NFL 15'

EngadgetHD - August 21, 2014 - 12:54pm

Just days ago at Gamescom, Microsoft announced that game pre-loading was coming to the Xbox One in September alongside for nabbing Forza Horizon 2 and FIFA 15 in advance of their arrival. It seems that the new feature has gone live a bit early though, as Madden NFL 15 is currently available for download ahead of its launch at the end of the month. Forking over the requisite $60 now will allow you to outfit your console with the title, so you'll be able to open the playbook immediately on August 26th. This also means that the Xbox faithful are now privy to the pre-loading option that PC and PS4 gamers have enjoyed for some time now.

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Source: Xbox Store

Comcast launches internet-delivered cable TV at MIT and several other schools

EngadgetHD - August 21, 2014 - 9:59am

For several years now, Comcast has been testing cable TV that streams over the internet at several college campuses but this fall it's officially launching. Available at Bridgewater College, Drexel University, Emerson College, Lasell College and the University of Delaware included as a part of room and board, and on a trial basis at a few others including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire, Xfinity on Campus brings live cable TV to PCs, tablets and phones -- as long as they're on campus. The package includes 80 or so channels and includes access to stuff like video on-demand and WatchESPN and HBO Go (if you have HBO), which will work even when they're off of the college's network.

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Source: Comcast (Businesswire), Xfinity on Campus

The Big Picture: That's no moon, that's a movie theater

EngadgetHD - August 21, 2014 - 9:32am

What do you do after you've retired from running the Official Star Wars fan club and magazine? You recreate the iconic space opera in your own home, of course -- at least that's what Vic Wertz and Lisa Stevens did. Not only is the above home theater a stunning tribute to George Lucas' films, but it was also designed by Doug Chiang: the lead designer of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. In addition to drawing inspiration from Darth Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer, the theater features raised floors and halls that resemble the Death Star, sliding doors, a poster-laden lobby and a door shaped like a carbonite-frozen Han Solo. Most impressive. The project is a few years old, but the designer just posted a fresh gallery on Imgur. Check it out at the source link below.

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Source: Imgur, ElectronicHouse, Dillon Works

N3twork wants to be the Pandora of internet video

EngadgetHD - August 21, 2014 - 7:00am

The music industry is extremely well-blanketed on the web, what with services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes Music and many, many more. But one can easily argue that the same can't be said about online videos -- namely, those available at no cost on YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and other similar sites. Here's where N3twork believes it can help. The startup, which describes itself as a "personal network for internet video," has taken a cue from Pandora on how it delivers content to you. The new app, available only on iOS at launch, uses your personal interests to tailor a feed of videos, allowing users to employ swipe gestures to skip (left) or watch later (right) -- think of the latter option as a DVR of sorts.%Gallery-slideshow216476%

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Source: N3twork

Netia launches cable service

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 4:18am

The leading Polish alternative telco Netia has finally entered the country’s cable market, offering services in Warsaw and Krakow on networks formerly operated by Aster. Read the story »

RTL reports strong profitability in Germany and Benelux

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 4:18am

Advertising markets continued to show signs of recovery in the first half of 2014, according to RTL Group, with strong results in Germany and the Benelux, but disappointing figures in France. Read the story »

Conax makes first Nagra contribution

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 4:04am

The Kudelski Group’s acquisition of Conax has boosted the security to technology company in the first half of the year. Read the story »

New functions for Sky EPG

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 4:03am

A revamp to the Sky Electronic Program Guide has brought in a new recommendations feature and the launch of a Smart Series link. Read the story »

UPC Cablecom makes triple play standard

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 4:00am

Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC Cablecom will offer all of its customers a triple play package consisting of TV, internet and telephony as the standard basic subscription from January 1, 2015. Read the story »

Numericable brings in multiscreen

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 3:55am

French cablenet Numericable is introducing a new multiscreen service. It’s also expanding Restart to terrestrial channels. Read the story »

IBC TV goes Everywhere

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 3:31am

IBC TV is launching a new-look online TV service with a round-the-clock linear schedule, which will be available everywhere. Read the story »

Sky Deutschland to expand HD line-up

BroadbandTVNews - August 21, 2014 - 3:28am

German subscription broadcaster Sky Deutschland will extend its HD offering by the three channels Sky Cinema+1 HD, Sky Cinema+24 HD and RTL Crime HD on September 25, 2014. Read the story »

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