DTT households in German federal state Hessen will continue to be able to receive commercial TV channels on digital terrestrial frequencies. Read the story »
When Tesco launched Clubcard TV early last year, everything we saw suggested that the ad-supported streaming service would be nothing more than an experiment. That hunch has proved accurate, because the company has said it will shutter the free service on October 28th. According to a Clubcard TV support page, Tesco didn't get "the level of repeat usage [it] had hoped for," so it'll close the service in order to concentrate on its more established resource, Blinkbox. The supermarket giant will still offer Clubcard points alongside Blinkbox movie purchases, though, which will suit those who intend to watch films on the new (and supposedly bigger) Hudl 2 when it's unveiled later this week.
Via: The Next Web
Source: Clubcard TV Support
AMC Networks International – Central Europe, which operates Sport1 and Sport2, has signed a three-year exclusive deal, commencing March 2015, to broadcast all Formula 1 races in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read the story »
Cable Europe is not asking for more regulation but a level playing field. There cannot be different rules for OTT and linear services, according to Matthias Kurth, executive president of Cable Europe. Read the story »
Eagle Kingdom Technologies Ltd (EKT) has won the bidding from Telefónica to supply the new Playbox OTT Set Top Box (STB). Read the story »
Dailymotion Advertising has today announced the launch of Dailymotion Exchange (DMX), a new private video marketplace dedicated to the automated purchasing of advertising space on Dailymotion, in all territories. Read the story »
Canal+ Spain has introduced a new simplified packaging structure with an emphasis on accessing content across devices. Read the story »
‘Bingeing’ is on the rise in ireland; with 1.4 million people watching hours of the their favourite TV series back to back, according to Eircom Household Sentiment Survey (eHSS). Read the story »
The Lithuanian cable operator Cgates has acquired two companies – JSC Ukmerg?s TV (Ukmerg?je) and UAB Rakarin (Skuode) – for an undisclosed fee. Read the story »
Belgacom has signed an agreement with Neflix to bring the SVOD service directly to the Proximus TV set-top box. Read the story »
SBS Broadcasting in the Netherlands will be launching its fourth channel, SBS9, on January 1, 2015. Read the story »
The Hungarian pay-DTT platform MinDig TV Extra saw a surprising fall in its subscriber total in August. Read the story »
SoftBank may have already bought both a major mobile game studio and one of the US' largest carriers, but it apparently isn't done expanding its turf just yet. Both Hollywood Reporter and the Wall Street Journal claim that the Japanese carrier is now in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, the movie studio you likely know for How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek. Reportedly, SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son wants to wield exclusive content as a weapon against rival mobile networks. While the sources aren't diving into specifics about the potential partnership, it wouldn't be surprising if you could eventually buy Sprint phones that come bundled with DreamWorks' latest flicks.
Via: The Verge
You're probably aware that most sci-fi space battles aren't realistic. The original Star Wars' Death Star scene was based on a World War II movie, for example. But have you wondered what it would really be like to duke it out in the void? PBS is more than happy to explain in its latest It's Okay To Be Smart video. As you'll see below, Newtonian physics would dictate battles that are more like Asteroids than the latest summer blockbuster. You'd need to thrust every time you wanted to change direction, and projectiles would trump lasers (which can't focus at long distances); you wouldn't hear any sound, either.
Source: It's Okay To Be Smart (YouTube)
It was only a matter of time. When word came down that Sony was shuttering the PlayStation 3 virtual space, PlayStation Home, in Japan earlier this year, the service's domestic days were likely numbered as well. Citing a "shifting landscape" as the cause (and likely no public outcry that the oft-laggy environment was missing from the PlayStation 4), senior community manager Paul Sullivan writes on the PS Blog that the last day to run around the hub will be March 31st of next year. Don't start fretting just yet, however, as the electronics giant plans to release new downloadable content for the quasi-Second-Life experience ahead of that. Perhaps it's time to do a mournful diva dance in your virtual domicile to commemorate this event. A bit rusty with the proper moves? Check the video after the jump for some inspiration, then.
Source: PlayStation Blog