German commercial broadcast group Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will expand the DTT distribution of RTL Nitro. Read the story »
TV Connect has announced the shortlist for the 2015 TV Connect Awards. Read the story »
Conax is in the final stages of establishing a Conax test centre in Beijing. Read the story »
Ten years ago, multiplayer-only games went through a severe identity crisis. More people than ever were gaming together, but they were increasingly playing online only. The small-stakes joy of twitchy experiences like Street Fighter II and Super Off Road, games meant to be played in short sessions preferably in the same room, weren't feasible anymore. Video games have always been expensive to make, so multiplayer modes had to either come packaged with other content -- consider Halo's famed multiplayer tucked alongside its single-player story -- to flesh them out or be custom built to serve hardcore players meeting up on the internet, a la Team Fortress 2, Valve's modern-day equivalent to the easy-access multiplayer of yore. %Gallery-slideshow272257%
Google and its video game studio, Niantic Labs, are adding another layer to their augmented reality app, Ingress, by bringing it to TV, The Information reports. In Ingress, players travel -- in physical reality -- to marked locations called "portals," and they hack and defend those positions using iOS and Android devices, including Android Wear. It's a lot of mystery, stealth and geolocation wrapped in a sci-fi vibe, and players are meant to feel like operatives in world-changing missions. Plus, the app has been downloaded more than 10 million times since launching in 2012. Yeah, that sounds like it could make for a fairly entertaining TV show.
Source: The Information
Being an enormous fan of From Software, the truly insane studio behind PS4's new gothic role-playing game Bloodborne, I imported Demon's Souls from Hong Kong back in 2009. No one knew anything about it at that point, but I learned quick: the game is vicious, cruel and devoid of altruistic design. It punished me repeatedly, so when Dark Souls and Dark Souls II cemented the series as a deep, dark well of mystery that will never help you, I gave up. Now that successor Bloodborne has arrived, I'm ready to try again. Join me as I blindly embrace its brutality for the first time on today's stream.
"The Commodore 64 is like my Bible; that's when [game] music began because that's when they put an analog chip into a computer," composer Jesper Kyd says of the nearly 33-year-old home computer. "Before that it was PC or Atari and everything was like 'beep, beep, beep, beep-beep beep' and who the fuck wants to listen to that?"
WATCH VIDEO Spike is to make its UK debut on April 15 with a mix of acquired content and original commissions. Read the story »
German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has added a children’s section to its video-on-demand (VOD) service Select Video. Read the story »
Channel 4 says its new digital platform All 4 will go live on Monday March 30 on PC, iPads and iPhones. The All 4 brand identity will replace 4oD across all platforms as the broadcaster’s catch up TV service. Read the story »
German children’s channel RiC will not become available on DTT in the cities of Dresden and Chemnitz. Read the story »
RCS&RDS is pursuing an aggressive expansion policy in Romania’s cable market, gaining nearly 100,000 new subscribers since the beginning of 2014. Read the story »
Local television operator Made Television is planning to launch its own online catch-up service. OnView will go live next month and is being managed by video software and solutions provider Piksel. Read the story »
Hungary may review special taxes imposed on telcos, including the incumbent Magyar Telekom. Read the story »
The leading Czech broadcaster TV Nova is preparing to take legal action against cable, satellite and IPTV operators in neighbouring Slovakia that distribute Nova channels without its consent. Read the story »
Although there are as yet no plans to launch the new service HBO Now in Poland, HBO GO is likely to become even more widely available. Read the story »
The European Commission has said geoblocking stands in the way of a modern digital market and should be abolished. Read the story »
As BT makes its return to mobile telephony, the operator has made clear its intention with a series of bundles of 4G data, minutes and texts for existing BT Broadband customers. Read the story »