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Hravtski Telekom ups the ante

BroadbandTVNews - 19 hours 41 min ago

Hrvatski Telekom has cut the prices of services offered on its fibre-optic infrastructure. Read the story »

RCS&RDS buys cable nets

BroadbandTVNews - 20 hours 3 min ago

RCS&RDS is continuing to reinforce its position as the leading cable operator in Romania. Read the story »

TRACE continues African expansion

BroadbandTVNews - 20 hours 19 min ago

TRACE Group has extended an agreement with TVCABO, one of the leading pay-TV operators in Angola and Mozambique. Read the story »

LG's Swarovski-encrusted OLED TV is a thing that exists

EngadgetHD - September 1, 2014 - 7:18pm

There are few things that scream class more loudly than coating a piece of consumer electronics in gold. Except, perhaps, for doing the same thing, but with Swarovski crystals. That's the truth-bomb that LG has just deposited into our laps, having announced it's bringing an OLED HDTV with such glittery detailing here at IFA. Why? We can't even begin to answer that question, but LG claims the 460-crystal pattern "turns a cutting-edge television into a work of art." There's no word on a price, but LG says this TV will go on sale in Europe this year -- we'd rather forego the crystals to get OLED down to a price that competes with the best LCDs and Ultra HD TVs instead.%Gallery-slideshow218628%

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Good Weekend celebrates its pictures and stories in 30th anniversary campaign

Yahoo Mixed Feed - September 1, 2014 - 6:40pm
Fairfax’s Good Weekend magazine is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with a month long campaign celebrating the title’s journalism and human interest stories. The campaign, created by True Sydney, launches with an interactive direct mail piece with a built-in media player that features a series of video tributes to the title’s best stories and photography […] The post Good Weekend celebrates ...

What's on your HDTV: NFL, 'Drunk History', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Trailer Park Boys'

EngadgetHD - September 1, 2014 - 4:17pm

It's time. This week NFL football is back (and so are the Engadget HD Podcast fantasy leagues), and the season kicks off Thursday night as the Packers face the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks on NBC. Boardwalk Empire on HBO starts its final season Sunday night, and we get our last episode of Drunk History for a while this week too. The League is back on FXX, and a downloadable Dance Central Spotlight game for Xbox One is finally ready to arrive. Fans of Canada's Trailer Park Boys can even look forward to season eight of the show, which will debut on Netflix Friday morning. The weirdest new entry? Fox's reality show, Utopia, which gathers 15 strangers together and will leave them on their own, for an entire year -- in between episodes viewers can tune in and watch 24/7 at UtopiaTV.com, or through an app on mobile devices. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).%Gallery-slideshow218621%

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UKTV will copy Amazon, ask viewers which shows it should make

EngadgetHD - September 1, 2014 - 11:57am

When it comes to choosing which new TV shows to make, British broadcaster UKTV is taking a leaf out of Amazon and the BBC's playbook. The company behind Dave, Really and Watch will produce pilot episodes of shows, asking users of its UKTV Play on-demand platform to vote on which one should become a series. Emma Boston, the executive behind the scheme, believes that the move will enable the company to take more risks and produce shows that'll cater to different audiences. Recombu is also reporting that the company has asked Sky and Virgin Media to share detailed ratings data in order to help UKTV produce more tailored content. Presumably the company is looking at Netflix's vast reserves of viewing data with envious eyes.

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Digital Entertainment in the Home: Technologies and Global Markets

Yahoo Mixed Feed - September 1, 2014 - 10:17am
LONDON, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Digital Entertainment in the Home: Technologies and Global Markets https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/2009160/Digital-Entertainment-in-the-Home-Technologies-and-Global-Markets.html ...

Poland hopeful coal's the future, not just the past

Reuters Technology - September 1, 2014 - 8:04am
Polish scientists and mine directors say they're hopeful that successful experiments with coal gasifying could lead to a greater ability to extract deep lying layers of the fossil fuel, and potentially greener ways of using it in a country where CO2 emissions are already high. Joel Flynn reports.

What you need to know about the world's most popular game-streaming service, Twitch

EngadgetHD - September 1, 2014 - 8:00am

Twitch was an accident. The live video-streaming service, which boasts over 55 million unique users each month, began life in 2007 as "Justin.tv": an all-hours video livestream of co-founder Justin Kan's life. That wasn't the whole point of the service, of course; later that year, Justin.tv opened up to the public, who could then "livestream" to various "channels." At its inception, Justin.tv was a form of internet television, offering live broadcasts across a variety of topics. One such topic -- gaming -- took a particularly large portion of Justin.tv's audience. So much so that, in 2011, the company spun out gaming into its own website: Twitch.tv. Three years later and Justin.tv is dead, the company is now known as "Twitch Interactive" and Amazon just bought it for $970 million. Not too shabby for an "accident."

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Germany opens new DTT tender in Frankfurt

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 5:35am

LPR Hessen, the local media authority of German federal state Hessen, has opened a tender for the allocation of DTT capacity to a TV channel on a multiplex serving Frankfurt and surroundings. Read the story »

Sky Deutschland secures Formula E rights

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 3:41am

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has acquired the exclusive Formula E broadcasting rights and will show all races of the new FIA championship which features cars powered exclusively by electric energy. Read the story »

Ericsson trials LTE Broadcast in Poland

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 3:36am

Ericsson and Polkomtel have successfully carried out the first test of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland. Read the story »

Fears remain over early 700MHz release

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 3:24am

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed a European Commission recommendation that safeguards access to frequencies below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television through until 2030. Read the story »

Russian companies feel the squeeze

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 3:19am

The capitalisation of public telcos and media companies in Russia has fallen significantly in the last two years. Read the story »

Poland launches local DTT contest

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 2:56am

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced a tender for frequencies on five local DTT multiplexes that will serve the west and south west of the country. Read the story »

German HD+ platform to add new catch-up services

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 2:36am

HD+, the HDTV platform for German DTH households on Astra (19.2° East), will add the catch-up services (Mediatheken) from commercial TV channels Sat.1 Gold, ProSieben Maxx, sixx and TLC to its on-demand portal HD+ RePlay on September 2, 2014. Read the story »

20m pay-TV subs added in last 12 months

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 2:35am

The number of households subscribing to pay-TV services has increased by 20 million over the last 12 months – a figure equivalent to the total installed base of DirecTV in the United States. Read the story »

Multimedia gains digital TV customers

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 2:34am

The Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska ended the second quarter with 353,000 subscribers to its digital TV services, or 9,000 more than three months earlier. Read the story »

Sony makes key Russian appointment

BroadbandTVNews - September 1, 2014 - 2:16am

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Vadim Sokolovsky as MD for SPT Productions Russia and Lean-M Productions. Read the story »

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