What do you do after co-founding a studio responsible for myriad massive successes? From Bejeweled, to Peggle, to the massively popular Plants vs. Zombies, former PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey left a wake of breakthrough gaming franchises. After 15 years, he took a brief break. And now, five months after his amicable departure from the studio, Vechey's taking his hit-making talent to a new medium: virtual reality. Today he announced Pluto VR, an augmented-and-virtual reality studio named after our solar system's most (loved) distant planet-like mass.
Source: Pluto VR
Henrik Ravn will take up the position of chief operating officer (COO) and chief commercial officer (CCO) of the German-speaking broadcasting segment of German TV group ProSiebenSat.1 on May 1, 2015. Read the story »
It wasn't long ago you needed to buy a set of purpose-made cans if you wanted a pair of gaming headphones. Thanks to how the PlayStation 4's and Xbox One's controllers are designed, though, that isn't the case anymore. For Xbox, all you need to use your favorite pair of headphones with Microsoft's latest console is a $35 adapter. So how does a company known for its high-end gaming headsets like Astro compete?
With the A40 Xbox One Edition. This $200 headset bests its adversaries, but faces stiff competition from an unexpected place: other Astro headphones.
Average TV viewing fell during 2014 with the heaviest viewers watching less of the small screen. But in a changing TV landscape the amount of viewing on tablets, smartphones and laptops continues to increase. Read the story »
Video-on-demand (VOD) provider Wuaki.tv has rolled out its service in Italy. Read the story »
Scripps Networks Interactive has appointed Jo Lovell as director of international programme licensing and distribution, EMEA. Read the story »
The High Court in London has ordered Piksel has been ordered to hand over source code to VOD delivery provider FilmFlex. Read the story »
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has said the BBC Licence fee should be replaced by a broadcasting levy on all households with subscription a future possibility. Read the story »
The BBC’s director of television has told the owners of two of Britain’s largest independent producers that their bid for BBC Three doesn’t add up. Read the story »
Eutelsat 115 West B, the first all-electric satellite for Eutelsat Communications, is scheduled for launch by SpaceX using the Falcon 9 rocket on March 1. Read the story »
Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telekom won 65,000 new customers for its domestic IPTV platform Entertain in Q4 2014. Read the story »
Russia’s TV advertising market is starting to be hit by the economic crisis affecting the country, with revenues in Q1 projected to be down by a quarter. Read the story »
German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW will integrate maxdome into its cable network: The more than 7 million cable customers will be able to sign up for a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) offering from the ProSiebenSat.1 subsidiary directly at the cable company from March 2015. Read the story »
According to the research commissioned by ADB, the average Polish TV viewer uses only 7 buttons of the remote control regardless if it’s a TV set or a set-top-box. Read the story »
Despite "Gangnam Style" having over two billion views, hosting countless other viral clips and netting over a billion users per-month, YouTube can't seem to turn a profit. How's that? Well, after paying for the infrastructure that makes Google's video empire possible (and its content partners), The Wall Street Journal says that YouTube didn't contribute to Mountain View's earnings. The culprit, apparently, is that most users arrive at videos via links, rather than daily visits to the YouTube homepage where Google could charge a premium for ads. WSJ also reports that the site's reach isn't very wide either, with one source's estimate that nine percent of viewers account for a whopping 85 percent of online-video views. That makes it a much less appealing audience for advertisers than traditional TV programming, despite the outfit's increasing investment in original content.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
A leading Russian company is interested in buying Telekom Srbija, with the move being not only economic but also strategic. Read the story »
Lytro -- maker of "shoot now, focus later" cameras -- is diving into the virtual reality and video market, following an investment of $50 million led by GSV Capital. The market shift means Lytro will lay off 25 - 50 of its 130 employees, and at the same time hire new folks with expertise in VR and video. Lytro is best known for its tubelike, selective-focus cameras released in 2012, though its newest model, the Illum, is a high-end SLR-style device. The company has been feeling out its target market for a while, and while we thought the new camera was better than its predecessor, VR might turn out to be a better fit for Lytro overall.
Magyar Telekom’s TV subscriber base in its home market grew by 4.2% in 2014, ending the year at 924,628. Read the story »