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Robot stays on its feet despite punishment

Reuters Technology - March 24, 2015 - 7:07am
Robotic engineers have modelled a two-legged robot to be fast and agile like an ostrich...and able to withstand physical abuse meted out by its creators. Ben Gruber has more.

Conax and ALi enable StarTimes expansion

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 4:36am

StarTimes is to further expand its service into new African markets. The operator has adopted the full range of Conax certified set-top box based on ALi chipset solutions. Read the story »

ProSiebenSat.1 offers regional advertising in Bavaria

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 4:24am

German commercial broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has commenced offering advertisers the possibility to book commercials solely targeting viewers in federal state Bavaria. Read the story »

PrimaCom looking for acquisition targets

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 4:15am

Germany’s fourth-largest cable operator PrimaCom wants to accelerate its growth through further acquisitions following last year’s takeover of DTK Deutsche Telekabel. Read the story »

Amazon launches Fire TV stick in Germany and Austria

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 4:14am

US online retailer Amazon has commenced offering its Fire TV stick in Germany and Austria.
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CNN secures Russian licence

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 3:48am

CNN has received a universal licence to broadcast in Russia. Read the story »

Major Czech industry conference update

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 3:27am

The Czech Association of Electronic Communications (CAEC) has provided further details of what will be its 16th annual conference, due to take place at the Hotel International Prague (formerly Crowne Plaza Prague Hotel) on April 28. Read the story »

Crisis hits Ukrainian DTT

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 3:11am

The Ukrainian DTT broadcaster Zeonbud has been forced to take its services off the air, only to have the suspension lifted a day later. Read the story »

Canal+ Africa to add first Africa multiscreen

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 3:00am

Canal+ is boosting its offer in sub-Saharan Africa with the launch of 25 new channels and Africa’s first multiscreen on demand service. Read the story »

FreeTV Alliance issues remote control spec

BroadbandTVNews - March 24, 2015 - 2:32am

The FreeTV Alliance, which represents four of Europe’s free-to-view satellite operators, has issued its first suite of technical specifications. Read the story »

Hulu's former leader makes his answer to YouTube available to everyone

EngadgetHD - March 24, 2015 - 12:00am

Want to know how the former CEO of Hulu would build a video service that could take on YouTube? You now have an easy way to find out: after a couple of months of invitation-only testing, Vessel is available to everyone. As promised, Jason Kilar's newly launched brainchild is a mix of ordinary, ad-supported free video with a premium tier. Pay $3 per month (you get a free year if you sign up in the first three days) and you'll both ditch ads as well as get early access to videos from a mix of internet stars and conventional media outlets, including A&E, Rhett & Link, Unbox Therapy and Warner Music Group. At least some content isn't affected by that time delay, though, so you'll still have some comedy, music videos and news to watch if you're not especially patient.

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TVOT 2015 EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST

TVOT Feed - March 23, 2015 - 9:27pm

--Save $400 on Your TVOT 2015 Ticket

Early-Bird registration for [itvt]'s ninth annual TV of Tomorrow Show (June 23rd-24th at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco) ends one week from now, at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.

Early-Bird registration allows you to attend TVOT 2015 for just $875, representing a savings of $400 off the regular price of a ticket (and guaranteeing you a seat at this limited-attendance event).

To take advantage of this discounted pricing, click here: http://tvotsf2015.eventbrite.com

To find out about special group rates (three or more), contact Tracy Swedlow at swedlow@itvt.com or (415) 824-5806.

From April 1st through April 30th, tickets will be priced at $975.
From May 1st through June 24th, tickets will be priced at $1,275.

For more information about TVOT SF 2015, please go to our Web site: http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com

Have questions about speaking or sponsorship opportunities? Contact us: 415-824-5806 or swedlow@itvt.com

SPEAKERS:

We are in the process of assembling a sterling line-up of speakers for the show. Here is a partial list (note: we will be announcing many additional speakers shortly):

  • Roger Lynch, CEO, Sling TV
  • Adam Lowy, GM of Interactive and Advanced TV, DISH & Sling TV
  • Adam Ware, SVP/Head of Digital Media, Tennis Channel
  • Alan Wolk, Senior Analyst, TDG/Chairman, 2nd Screen Society
  • Alexander Mazzara, CEO, Joiz
  • Allison Stern, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing/Business Development, Tubular Labs
  • Angie Britt, VP of Advanced Products, CTAM
  • Brian Burdick, EVP of Digital and Programmatic, WideOrbit
  • Chris Falkner, SVP of Advanced TV, NBC Broadcasting
  • Chris Pizzurro, Head of Product, Sales and Marketing, Canoe
  • Craig Palmer, CEO, Wikia
  • Dan Ackerman, Head of Programmatic TV, AOL Platforms
  • Debby Ruth, Senior Vice President, Frank N. Magid Associates
  • Dewey Reid, VP/Executive Creative Director, CNN
  • Doug Hurd, Co-Founder and EVP of Biz Dev, Clypd
  • Ed Lee, VP of Content Acquisition, Roku
  • Evan Bregman, Head of Original Content, Portal A
  • Evan Young, GM of Content, Applications and Advertising, TiVo
  • Evette Vargas, CEO, Digital-Reign Productions
  • Gabe Greenberg, GM of Advanced and Programmatic TV, The Trade Desk
  • Gary Lauder, Managing Director, Lauder Partners
  • Hardie Tankersley, VP Digital Product, Platforms,& Innovation, Fox Broadcasting
  • James Ackerman, Executive Chairman, Broadway Systems
  • Jane Clarke, CEO/Managing Director, CIMM
  • Jay Samit, CEO, SeaChange International
  • Jeremy Toeman, SVP of Product Management, Viggle
  • Jeri Smith, CEO, Communicus
  • Joan Fitzgerald, SVP of Television and Cross-Media Services, comScore
  • Jodie McAfee, General Manager, Samsung AdHub
  • Jodie Stark, EVP of Global Strategic Accounts, Piksel
  • Josh Rickel, VP of Media and Entertainment, Spredfast
  • Kathleen Grace, Chief Creative Officer, New Form Digital
  • Keith Richman, President, DEFY Media
  • Kirby Grines, Co-Founder/VP of Business Development, Float Left Interactive
  • Len Fertig, CEO, Motive Television/Tablet TV
  • Lieh Ching, Head of Professional Services, North America, Accedo
  • Linda Ong, President, Truthco
  • Lung Huang, VP of Global Partnerships, Dunnhumby
  • Martin Focazio, Managing Director of Strategic Services, EPAM Systems
  • Matt Murphy, SVP of Digital Video Distribution, Disney and ESPN Media Networks
  • Matthew Evans, SVP of Digital, Nickelodeon
  • Maya Zuckerman, Founder, Transmedia SF
  • Michael Bologna, President, MODI Media (GroupM)
  • Michael Collette, CEO, Cognitive Networks
  • Michael Hawkey, General Manager, Sling Media
  • Mike Bloxham, VP of National Television and Video, Frank N. Magid Associates
  • Murali Nemani, CMO, ActiveVideo
  • Nick Troiano, CEO, BlackArrow
  • Nikos Iatropoulos, CEO, Lingospot
  • Peter Scott, VP of Emerging Media, Turner Sports
  • Ralf Jacob, Chief Revenue Officer, Verizon Digital Media Services
  • Richard Cusick, General Manager of Video, Gracenote
  • Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor
  • Sanjay Macwan, CTO, NBCUniversal Media Labs
  • Scott Brown, SVP of Engineering and Strategic Relations, Nielsen
  • Sean Knapp, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Ooyala
  • Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO, BroadbandTV
  • Shaun Koiner, Chief Product Officer, Sporting News Media
  • Shay David, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Kaltura
  • Steve Donohue, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Donohue Report
  • Susan Crouse, Director of Product Management, Alticast
  • Tal Chalozin, CTO, Innovid
  • Tim Hanlon, CEO, The Vertere Group
  • Toby Russell, CEO, 3Vision

Play 'Zelda' IRL with this jug-busting, arrow-stopping shield

EngadgetHD - March 23, 2015 - 6:37pm

There are Hylian Shield replicas and then there are Hylian Shield Replicas. The one above fits into the latter and probably could've been used with a certain live-action Netflix series that sadly isn't happening. The team at Baltimore Knife and Sword makes all kinds of armaments for their YouTube series Man at Arms: Reforged, and their latest project is the perennial shield from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series, along with what NeoGAF posits is a Link to the Past-styled Master Sword. The level of craftsmanship is what separates this gear from what you'd typically see cosplayers brandish at PAX; the Triforce is made of amber and the shield can even withstand a barrage of arrows.

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Via: NeoGAF

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What's on your HDTV: 'The Hobbit', 'Bloodborne', 'Walking Dead' finale

EngadgetHD - March 23, 2015 - 4:57pm

This weekend we finally get the season finale for The Walking Dead, while the NCAA basketball tournaments continue on. It's also a big week if you've been waiting for the final Hobbit movie, as The Battle of the Five Armies arrives on Blu-ray. The PS4 exclusive game Bloodborne is here, while Community celebrates its 100th episode over on Yahoo. Late night fans also have some new options, as CBS debuts The Late Late show with James Corden, The Rock is on Saturday Night Live and season nine of The Trailer Park Boys hits Netflix on Friday. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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ISPs are suing the FCC to fight new net neutrality rules

EngadgetHD - March 23, 2015 - 3:20pm

As anticipated, now that the new net neutrality rules are here lawsuits have closely followed. The Washington Post reports that industry group USTelecom -- which counts Verizon and AT&T execs among its board members -- filed suit in Washington, while small ISP Alamo Broadband (its website is powered by Wordpress) is suing in New Orleans. USTelecom has opposed the Title II powers invoked by the FCC's new rules, and isn't waiting until they're published in the Federal Register before suing. A Verizon lawsuit knocked down the FCC's previous net neutrality protections, and this next round is only just getting started.

[Image credit: AP Images for Avaaz]

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Source: Washington Post, Bloomberg, USTelecom

Dish Anywhere adds profiles for personalized recommendations

EngadgetHD - March 23, 2015 - 12:59pm

Even though Sling TV has kept Dish extremely busy over the past few months, the company hasn't forgotten about its core user base: the satellite service customers. As such, Dish let it be known today that it is bringing some new features to Anywhere, the companion app subscribers use to stream live or on-demand content, control DVR settings and more. The main highlight is a new feature that lets each user in a household set up their own profile, complete with a name and icon, among other things. Most importantly, though, this makes personalized content recommendations possible, since they are based on personal viewing habits -- rather than what everyone in your family watches.

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NFL will end its TV blackout policy, and stream one game online

EngadgetHD - March 23, 2015 - 11:31am

After years of fans protesting the rule, the NFL is apparently finally going to drop its TV blackout policy. Last year the FCC voted to reject the NFL's strict rules that required a certain number of ticket sales for a game to be broadcast on local TV, which the league claimed it needed to keep games on free broadcast TV. Teams voted to ditch the rule today, and also confirmed that while the Bills-Jaguars London game in week 7 will be broadcast locally in Buffalo/Jacksonville, elsewhere it will be available exclusively over the internet. According to NFL PR, after relaxing the TV blackout rules in 2012, there were no blackouts last season and only two in 2013.

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Source: Wall Street Journal, Brian McCarthy (Twitter), CNBC, NFL

Globecast highlights OTT services offering

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 11:05am

At TV Connect 2015, Globecast will be highlighting its OTT services and a range of monetisation tools as a first time exhibitor at the show. Globecast will be illustrating how its OTT solutions are provided as both standalone services or as an option within its media management and distribution offering. Read the story »

Nintendo quashes talk of a live-action 'Legend of Zelda' series

EngadgetHD - March 23, 2015 - 10:56am

We hope you weren't planning your Netflix viewing schedule around that rumored Legend of Zelda live-action series... you're about to have your hopes dashed. Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata tells Time that talk of the game-based show is "not based on correct information." There's "nothing new to share" about any Nintendo brands showing up in movies or TV, he says. The executive isn't outright denying things, but you probably don't want to count on seeing a gritty portrayal of Link's adventures any time soon. It's probably just as well if the series never comes to pass -- the last time Zelda got a series, it didn't get a warm reception.

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ZDF Enterprises teams up with Bonafide Films

BroadbandTVNews - March 23, 2015 - 8:45am

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial subsidiary of German public broadcaster ZDF, has signed a first-look deal with UK-based TV drama and film production company Bonafide Films to develop scripted projects for the UK and international markets. Read the story »

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