TiVo owners who enjoy doing more than just recording TV shows just got another on-demand option. Walmart's video service, Vudu, will be available on select models soon, bringing over 100,000 movie and television selections for rent or purchase à la carte. In addition to feature films, Vudu serves up TV shows from CBS, Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, Showtime and more. Of course, the service is already available on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Playstation, Xbox, smart TVs and Blu-ray players. The Vudu app is set to hit TiVo Roamio DVRs and the TiVo Mini "during a rolling update" in the next few weeks.
HTTV and OTT pay TV Platform TeVolution are showcasing at Africacast 2014 a joint demonstration to offer a connected TV experience to the African pay TV market. Read the story »
Imagine Communications has acquired the advertising business unit of OpenTV, a member of the Kudelski Group. Read the story »
Eutelsat’s revenues from video applications in the first quarter, ending September 30, amounted to €227.6 million, or 3.2% more than in the same period last year. Read the story »
BT today announced its second quarter financial results, but it's not the facts and figures we're interested in, as thrilling as they may be. All but hidden among tables and text is the news that BT's hooked up with Netflix, and pretty soon, the video streaming service will be available on the YouView set-top boxes of BT TV customers. When exactly, we're not sure, though BT told us it'll have additional info to share "in the coming weeks." What's more, to minimize fuss, you'll be able to tag a Netflix subscription onto your normal BT bill. Rumor had it that TalkTalk, which also uses YouView boxes, was in discussions with Netflix, too, so we'd be extremely surprised if TalkTalk didn't make an identical announcement soon. Whether YouView boxes purchased from the company itself will get access to the streaming service is another matter entirely, as direct-to-provider billing might have been key to sealing the deal.
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has launched a comprehensive OTT platform enabling viewers to access its premium service directly through the internet without the need for cable, satellite or IPTV. Read the story »
The Czech Association of Television Operators (ATO) has accused the new streaming service TV4you of violating the law. Read the story »
The Croatian incumbent Hrvastki Telekom (T-HT) ended the third quarter with 393,000 TV customers, a 2.6% increase on the same period last year. Read the story »
Astra’s latest satellite has been safely delivered from Toulouse, France to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in preparation for launch next month, International Launch Services has confirmed. Read the story »
Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has posted encouraging results confirming, in the words of Micheal Del Nin, the company’s co-CEO, “the strong turnaround in our operations”. Read the story »
BT has confirmed it is adding Netflix to its TV proposition. Read the story »
Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has decided to allocate the public broadcaster TVP three slots on the upcoming eighth multiplex (MUX-8), with the remaining four slots to be awarded to other services following a contest. Read the story »
The Spanish regulator CNMC has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mediaset and Atresmedia for breaches of the country’s General Law on Audiovisual Communication. Read the story »
Okko, formerly known as Play, has taken the lead in Russia’s paid-for on demand sector. Read the story »
Leaders of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) have demanded global action to protect spectrum to guarantee the future of broadcasting. Read the story »
The leading Latvian cable operator Baltcom has launched a multiscreen service named TVplus. Read the story »
Streaming films and television shows on connected TV – including STBs, game consoles and smart TVs – is now the most satisfying and preferred viewing method, even before live TV. Read the story »
Confirming its own estimates from earlier this month, Samsung announced tonight that it accumulated an operating profit of $3.9 billion in Q3. That's not a bad haul for most companies in the July to September period, but last year Samsung proudly celebrated a record profit of $9.6 billion and now it's down to less than half that. Now the company is breaking down the reasons behind the drop, and everything starts with the flagship Galaxy S smartphones. Reuters notes that phones drove its growth over the last couple of years, but profits in that area dropped from 6.7 trillion Korean won last year, to 1.75 trillion in the same period this year.
That drop came as a result of price cuts for older phones and "declined shipments" of high-end models. Even slightly higher sales of midrange smartphones apparently weren't enough to right the ship, and the Galaxy Note 4 hasn't been on sale long enough to contribute. Worse, the phone sales have an effect across the company for its display, memory and CPU businesses. It expects to sell more Ultra HD and curved TVs to close out 2014, but investors will likely be more interested in how it responds to cheaper Chinese phone manufacturers.
YouTube promised that you'd see many videos playing at a brisk 60 frames per second this year, and it looks like the streaming site has made good on its word. While there were a few 60FPS test clips in the spring, you can now see regular uploads with silky smooth motion. There are some fairly strict conditions you'll need to meet before you see these high-quality videos, mind you. You'll have to watch in Chrome at HD resolution, and the content providers naturally have to upload 60FPS content in the first place. Provided all the stars align, though, you're in for a good time -- it's not often that you can watch video game replays at the same quality that you'd get from a console in your living room.
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