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Hastings and Fries remain ‘best of frenemies’

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 3:17am

During this year’s gathering of cable marketeers, OTT providers such as Netflix cast a shadow – as everyone seems to be afraid of the threat of OTT. Read the story »

Rostelecom gains broadband subs

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 3:01am

Rostelecom is now the third leading provider of fixed broadband services its Moscow, with it brand OnLaym claiming over 600,000 subscribers as of this month. Read the story »

Deutsche Telekom selects Sport1 for free-TV basketball

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 2:44am

Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telekom has selected Sport1 as its free-to-air TV partner for live coverage of domestic basketball league Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). Read the story »

Clover’s Week: Holding pattern

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 2:38am

Anyone who flies regularly into London’s Heathrow Airport will be familiar with the stacking that takes place at peak times – often off-peak times – before coming into land. Read the story »

Viacom inks Czech deal

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 2:19am

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Atmedia Czech Republic have signed an agreement on the exclusive sale of airtime on Nickelodeon. Read the story »

Libratone's got a new soundbar, and yes, it's covered in wool

EngadgetHD - September 19, 2014 - 2:17am

If only there was a way to combine your two greatest passions: high-quality audio and soft, fluffy fabrics? Well as it turns out, Libratone is kind of a specialist in that field, and for its next wool-covered creation, the company is revisiting soundbars with the "Diva," announced today. Following on from its "Lounge" speaker of several years past, the Diva trades the square form factor for a curvier, oblong shape. And while it's supposed find a home under your big-screen TV, the idea is the Diva can be your primary sound system, rather than just an accessory. Nestled beneath its woolen coat are two 1-inch, 25W tweeters taking care of the higher end; two, 3-inch 50W mid-range speakers; and one, 5-inch 75W subwoofer dealing with bass tones. In addition to the on-board digital amplifier, that sub is also supported by two passive radiators that are meant to facilitate a richer low-end sound without increasing energy consumption or weight. %Gallery-slideshow224316%

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RTL Nederland turns RTL Z into 24/7 news channel

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 1:37am

RTL Nederland will turn its daytime business news channel RTL Z into a full-time, 24/7 news channel on multiple devices. Read the story »

Netflix's European tour comes to an end in Belgium and Luxembourg

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 11:40pm

This week began with Netflix launching streaming video service in France, and since then it's added Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the list. Belgium and Luxembourg are the final two on the list this fall, putting them among the 40 or so countries where Netflix now offers its services. CEO Reed Hastings (pictured above at the launch event in Berlin) called out the " incredible viewer enthusiasm" for the service's original series, including the ones coming to Europe for the first time like Orange is the New Black and Bojack Horseman. Upcoming Netflix series will remain exclusive to the service as well -- some of the existing ones like House of Cards are tied up in exclusivity deals with other broadcasters for now. Netflix is also the only place to (legally) watch a few other shows like From Dusk Till Dawn, Fargo and Penny Dreadful. No matter what country you're in, if you're looking for the something to watch we have a few suggestions on how to find it. If you just want the exclusives though, a recent tweak to the website means you can just search for "Netflix" and they will appear.

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Source: Netflix PR

Chris Dziadul Reports: Polish blow for Astra

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 11:15pm

Polish public broadcaster TVP’s decision to stop using Astra’s services from the beginning of next year has come as something of a surprise, not least to the satellite operator itself. Read the story »

Not all of Samsung's curved displays are gigantic

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 6:37pm

Want a curved display from Samsung but don't quite have the scratch to bring one of its gigantic models home? Maybe try the 27-inch S27D590C monitor on for size when it releases at some ambiguous point in the future. The firm seems to be targeting gamers specifically with the monitor, saying that the curve creates a wider field of view (178 degrees horizontally and vertically, if you're curious) and gives the screen a "3D-like" effect when you're playing shooters and racing games, among other genres. There's even a one-button game mode that makes a few adjustments to compensate for motion blur, color and contrast too. Unlike Dell's not-flat display, however, this one's limited to a paltry 1,920 x 1,080 lines of resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This'll probably be fine for us commoners, sure, but it might not be enough for the PC Master Race.

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Xbox One's newest Kinect game is a comic-book styled murder mystery

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 2:04pm

Lets say you're already burned out on Destiny and are looking for something a bit, well, different than what the Xbox One currently has on offer. That might just mean that D4 (short for Dark Dreams Don't Die), the latest game from the creator of cult-hit Deadly Premonition, could be the relief you didn't even know you were looking for. It's one of the scant few Kinect-enabled games releasing soon, too. The episodic title was first teased during Microsoft's E3 event last year and has gone largely unheard from since. That's recently changed, as Xbox Wire has an interview with its developer Hidetaka Suehiro, better known as Swery65, ahead of the first installment hitting the Xbox Marketplace today.

Update: D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is now available for $15 right here.

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Source: Xbox Wire

Retro? Modern? This home-brew NES game is both

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 10:37am

Retro gaming projects on Kickstarter are pretty common, but here's one that's a bit different: a game cartridge that, when plugged into the original Nintendo Entertainment System, plays an 8-bit game, and when plugged into a Mac or PC (via USB) plays a modern version of the same game. Perhaps the coolest aspect is that the two versions will interact with each other; an ability or weapon unlocked in one is available to futz with in its cousin. That is, if the project's Kickstarter is funded, of course. As Mystic Searches' project lead Joe Granato IV tells it, the concept comes from a design document he drew up, quite literally, as a seven year-old back in the '80s.

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Source: Kickstarter

Alibaba's next big moves

Reuters Technology - September 18, 2014 - 10:02am
Alibaba's IPO will be one for the history books, and the billions they raise will give them a unique opportunity as they expand around the globe. Bobbi Rebell reports.

Sky Deutschland to add music channel Jukebox

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 5:25am

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will take music channel Jukebox onboard its platform on October 1, 2014. Read the story »

Netflix rolls out to Switzerland

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 3:34am

US subscription video-on-demand provider Netflix has made its service available in Switzerland, thereby completing its roll-out across all three German-speaking countries in Europe. Read the story »

Volia comes in for criticism

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 3:32am

The Ukrainian regulator (National Council) has issued a warning to Volia, the country’s leading cable operator, for not launching IPTV services in a number of locations. Read the story »

RTL renews DTT carriage in Germany

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 3:20am

The TV channels of German commercial broadcast group Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available on digital terrestrial airwaves in Northern Germany. Read the story »

Mediaset launches international OTT

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 3:17am

Mediaset is looking to reach the estimated four and a half million Italians living overseas with a dedicated OTT service. Read the story »

ANGA COM 2015 opens exhibitor registration

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 3:04am

Companies wanting to exhibit at German cable, satellite and broadband trade fair ANGA COM 2015 can now register for space at the show. Read the story »

New twist in TVP Astra decision

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 2:52am

TVP’s decision to stop using Astra to distribute its channels from the beginning of next year was first and foremost to improve the reach of TVP Kultura and TVP Historia, according to Jacek Rakowiecki, a spokesman for the Polish public broadcaster. Read the story »

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