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'Bejeweled' co-creator has a new studio devoted to 'social' VR

EngadgetHD - February 26, 2015 - 10:00am

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.

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Henrik Ravn returns to ProSiebenSat.1

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 9:18am

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 »

This is how Astro does Xbox One headphones

EngadgetHD - February 26, 2015 - 8:00am

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.

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Changing landscape of UK TV viewing

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 6:35am

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 »

Wuaki.tv goes live in Italy

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 4:25am

Video-on-demand (VOD) provider Wuaki.tv has rolled out its service in Italy. Read the story »

Scripps Networks appoints Jo Lovell

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 4:09am

Scripps Networks Interactive has appointed Jo Lovell as director of international programme licensing and distribution, EMEA. Read the story »

Vibrating bicycle senses traffic

Reuters Technology - February 26, 2015 - 4:06am
Dutch scientists have developed a smart bicycle that uses sensors, wireless technology and video to warn riders of traffic dangers. Ben Gruber reports.

Piksel told to pass source code to client FilmFlex

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 3:45am

The High Court in London has ordered Piksel has been ordered to hand over source code to VOD delivery provider FilmFlex. Read the story »

Culture Committee sees no future in BBC Licence Fee

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 3:03am

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 »

Cohen says BBC Three bid doesn’t add up

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 2:36am

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 gears up for launch

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 2:01am

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 »

Deutsche Telekom records stronger IPTV growth

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 1:40am

Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telekom won 65,000 new customers for its domestic IPTV platform Entertain in Q4 2014. Read the story »

Crisis hits Russian TV ad market

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 1:19am

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 »

Unitymedia Kabel BW to integrate maxdome SVOD

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 12:32am

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 »

Polish TV viewers use only 7 buttons on remote

BroadbandTVNews - February 26, 2015 - 12:30am

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 »

WSJ: YouTube isn't making money, even with a billion viewers

EngadgetHD - February 25, 2015 - 10:50pm

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.

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Telekom Srbija attracts Russian interest

BroadbandTVNews - February 25, 2015 - 9:13pm

A leading Russian company is interested in buying Telekom Srbija, with the move being not only economic but also strategic. Read the story »

Lytro to focus on VR and video with $50 million investment

EngadgetHD - February 25, 2015 - 4:55pm

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.

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Cable broadband to lose in new FCC rules

Reuters Technology - February 25, 2015 - 4:25pm
The Federal Communications Commission is widely expected to vote on new regulations Thursday to keep the Internet neutral, in a big blow to cable broadband web providers.

TV figures boost Magyar Telekom

BroadbandTVNews - February 25, 2015 - 3:05pm

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 »

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