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HBO's standalone streaming service will arrive in 2015

EngadgetHD - October 15, 2014 - 8:04am

If you've been pining for HBO without having to splurge for a cable subscription, you may soon be in luck. At a Time Warner investor meeting today, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced that the company would flip the switch on a web-based streaming service next year. The over-the-top option will leverage HBO's current partners and offer access to its content without the need for a full cable package. During his remarks, Plepler mentioned that there are 10 million homes that only pay for internet rather than a bundle, and the figure is only expected to grow. Of course, there's no word on pricing or any of the finer details right now, but we expect to hear much more in the months to come. If you'll recall, reports indicate that ESPN is also working on an NBA streaming option, serving up a slate of live regular-season games to folks who don't pay for cable service.

[Photo credit: AP Photo/HBO, Michele K. Short]

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Source: Time Warner, Inc.

Amazon's Instant Video app now shows your homemade movies

EngadgetHD - October 15, 2014 - 7:54am

Amazon's Instant Video isn't just for watching blockbuster hits (or the occasional original series) any more; you can now use it to watch some of your own content, too. Upgraded Instant Video apps for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and certain TVs from LG and Samsung can show photos and videos stored in Amazon Cloud Drive, letting you both relive your kid's dance recital and play Frozen without switching apps or devices. The option is only available in Germany, the UK and the US right now, although Amazon is promising at least support for more gadgets in the long run. Having said this, there isn't a big rush for further app upgrades when you can just switch to the Cloud Drive apps on computers and mobile gear -- this improvement matters most when you're glued to the big screen.

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Watchever launches on Xbox One

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 6:46am

German subscription video-on-demand service Watchever has become available on the Xbox One. Read the story »

London phone box goes green as solar charging station

Reuters Technology - October 15, 2014 - 6:28am
Two young entrepreneurs have converted one of London's many disused red telephone boxes into a solar powered charging station for mobile phones and tablets. The bright green 'Solarbox' kiosk is just the first of many the team hope to launch in the coming months. Matthew Stock reports.

Microsoft's got another Halo game for 2014: 'Halo: Spartan Strike' headed to Windows 8 and Steam

EngadgetHD - October 15, 2014 - 6:00am

Image from Halo: Spartan Assault

Apparently Halo's top-down mobile version was successful enough to warrant a second go, as Microsoft's planning a December launch for Halo: Spartan Strike. But what is Halo: Spartan Strike? It's a direct sequel to last year's Spartan Assault, and it features an unnamed Master Chief-esque super soldier shooting, driving and grenading his way through a variety of Halo-flavored worlds. To be totally clear: it's a twin-stick, top-down shooter made by the same folks who made last year's mobile Halo (Vanguard). You'll see New Mombasa! You'll see a Halo-based area! You'll see...some jungle! Sadly, we can't actually show you any of that, as Microsoft's worked out some form of exclusivity with another outlet. We even played a bit of it, but we can't actually tell you how that went because of the aforementioned exclusive. Pretty dumb, right?

What we can tell you is that Halo: Spartan Strike will cost $6 when it arrives on Windows 8 devices (from Surface to phones to PC) and Steam this December 14th. The marketing gentleman from Microsoft said the game will remain exclusive to Windows 8 and PC -- unlike the previous game, which ended up on consoles as well -- but we don't believe him. You probably shouldn't either.

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46 million 4K/UltraHD homes by 2018

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 5:31am

More than 46 million households worldwide will subscribe to a 4K UHD pay-TV service by 2018, according to Parks Associates. Read the story »

Skylink to overhaul offer

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 3:09am

The leading Czech and Slovak DTH platform Skylink plans to implement a number of important changes to its offer over the next few weeks. Read the story »

Netflix set for Australasia

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:52am

Netflix has set its sights on Australia and New Zealand, with a simultaneous launch in the two countries possibly taking place in Q2 2015. Read the story »

Poland makes key VOD change

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:30am

The way viewers pay to watch on demand services is to change radically in Poland. Read the story »

Turner rebrands Boomerang globally

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:21am

MIPCOM 2014. Turner Broadcasting will re-launch it kids brand, Boomerang as a global all-animation, youth-targeted network, repositioned with cartoons programmed for family co-viewing. Read the story »

Russia responds to Moldova channel ban

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 2:20am

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has strongly criticised a decision by Moldova to ban a number of Russian TV channels in the country. Read the story »

Akado Telekom set to snub Cisco

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 1:51am

In what is arguably a sign of the political times, the Russian cable operator Akado Telekom has decided to replace Cisco equipment in its network with that supplied by its Chinese competitor Huawei. Read the story »

Czech PPF seeks new finance

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 1:12am

The Czech investment group PPF is seeking a loan of CZK24.8 billion (€900 million) from O2, the country’s incumbent telco. Read the story »

Euronews launches two new YouTube channels

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 1:11am

MIPCOM 2014. Euronews is launching two new thematic channels on YouTube, Euronews Discover and Euronews Business. Read the story »

M7 Group inks Vivid TV distribution deal

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 12:56am

M7 Group has concluded an agreement with adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment for the launch of Vivid TV Europe from November 1 via the M7 Platform at Astra at 19.2 degrees East. Read the story »

ProSiebenSat.1 to turn into European company

BroadbandTVNews - October 15, 2014 - 12:52am

German commercial broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG is to be converted into a European company (Societas Europaea/SE) to facilitate stronger international alignment of its digital business. Read the story »

Gaming culture critic Sarkeesian cancels speech after school shooting threats (update)

EngadgetHD - October 14, 2014 - 8:45pm

Following threats of extreme violence at Utah State University, feminist culture-critic Anita Sarkeesian has cancelled her speech at the school scheduled for Wednesday. This morning, someone claiming to be a student at the university emailed staff members, saying that he or she would commit "the deadliest school shooting in American history" if the event wasn't cancelled, according to Utah newspaper The Standard Examiner. The email's author says that feminists have ruined their life and promised a "Montreal Massacre-style attack," stating that he or she possesses a variety of firearms and explosives and that no one in attendance or at the campus' Women's Center would be able to defend themselves should the lecture take place. This isn't the first time Sarkeesian has come under threat, either -- let alone the first time this year.

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Source: The Standard Examiner, Anita Sarkeesian (Twitter)

The Foo Fighters are streaming a live concert on Facebook

EngadgetHD - October 14, 2014 - 1:42pm

Still a hardcore Foo Fighters fan? You'll want to swing by Facebook in a couple of days, then. The band is premiering both new music and a new documentary series by streaming a live Chicago concert through HBO's Facebook page on October 17th. You'll see the first episode of the Fighters' TV show (Sonic Highways) at 11PM Eastern, and the rock group will take to the stage about an hour later. Just don't expect to have unfettered access, especially if you're late to the party -- this is HBO, after all. Only American fans can watch live, and access to the replay will be limited to "certain HBO platforms." If you have the lyrics to "Everlong" permanently etched in your brain, however, you now have a good excuse to stay on your computer well past your bedtime.

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You can now watch Vine videos on Xbox One, because why not

EngadgetHD - October 14, 2014 - 12:42pm

Vine's come a long way since its early days, and now it has yet another platform it can shine on: Xbox One. With this new application for Microsoft's gaming console, released today, users can start watching these six-second (or less) videos on a bigger screen right away. The Vine app on Xbox One comes with an interface that will be familiar to regular fans of the service, featuring Trending Tags, Playlists, Featured Users and other, more-specific categories like Comedy, DIY, Science & Tech and Sports. As Microsoft points out, this marks the fist time Vine has designed a viewing experience with TV in mind -- although some people may be disappointed they can't use Kinect to record Vines and share them directly from Xbox One. Still, let's not forget it is only the app's version 1.0. In the meantime, at the very least you have the option host a Vine-looping party, if that's your sort of thing.

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Source: Microsoft

TVOT Show Demographics!

TVOT Feed - October 14, 2014 - 11:18am

 

 

 

Who Reads [itvt] & Attends TVOT? 

58% - C-Level (CEO, COO, CRO, CSO, CTO, President, Chairman, Managing Director, Principal, etc.)

28% - EVP, SVP, Executive Producer, Head of, Executive Director
9% - Product Manager, Senior UX Designer, VP
3% - General Manager,
2% -  Other (Principal Engineer, Senior Director, Manager

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