Canal+ Group benefitted from the successful integration of its new free-to-air channels, D8 and D17, and the Polish satellite platform nc+. Read the story »
CNBC will become available in Slovakia for the first time on September 2, when it launches on UPC Broadband Slovakia. Read the story »
Kabel Deutschland has lost its case over duct fees usage against Deutsche Telekom. An appeal is likley.
There's a problem with Smart TVs -- they really aren't all that smart. While having WiFi-equipped sets that can run apps and stream content from the web might make them seem smart, TV's don't actually know what content is onscreen when they're showing, you know, regular broadcast television. (Which is still what those TVs are most used for.) Cognitive Networks, however, has figured out how to make those televisions aware of what's happening onscreen, and LG is the first manufacturer to leverage the technology with its LivePlus service. LivePlus was first revealed at the launch of Showtime's Sho Sync app last week, but the Cognitive Networks' technology powering LG's platform can do so much more than just display character backgrounds, trivia and other info. To fully appreciate the breadth of possibilities the tech provides, however, it's important to know how it actually works.
Conax has appointed Andreas Binderlehner as its new director of area sales for the German-speaking countries. Read the story »
DirectTV's comprehensive app overhaul has finally jumped to a second operating system: Android. The refined UI debuted on the iPad earlier this month before migrating to the iPhone, adding a Watch button to choose where content is played, a redesigned Info Page and more customization options in the guide. Now, these same improvements are available on Google's mobile OS, including DVR scheduling and voice search for programming. There's no word on when DirecTV for Tablets will get these features, but hopefully it doesn't take two years.
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Sky has added Wi-Fi as standard to its Sky+ HD boxes as it looks to further build the number of customers connected to its on demand services. Read the story »
The TV set’s Red Button is the central theme of a new, nationwide campaign in Germany to raise awareness of the HbbTV services. Read the story »
If you've ever wished that WatchESPN would offer more Spanish-language sports and non-stop news, today's your lucky day. The streaming service now includes access to ESPN Deportes and ESPNews, both of which are available to TV subscribers through Apple TV boxes, mobile apps and the web. Xbox Live viewers will get the channels soon, the broadcaster says. Only some will appreciate the new WatchESPN content, but it's hard to disagree with getting some extra fútbol coverage at no extra charge.
Via: 9to5 Mac
Poland’s competition authority (UOKiK) has imposed fines totaling over PLN3.6 million (€843,000) for the fixing of pay-per-view transmissions in the country. Read the story »
Lithuania had 407,600 homes receiving digital pay-TV services at the end of the second quarter, according to preliminary data published by the country’s Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT). Read the story »
SES Platform Services GmbH has won an international tender by Turner Broadcasting System for the play-out of five channels. Read the story »
LG Electronics has selected Gracenote to power the On Now service in its latest Cinema 3D Smart TV lineup in Europe. Read the story »
RTL Newmedia in Belgium is launching a new feature on its Club RTL second-screen app, designed specifically for UEFA Champions League and Europa League viewers. Read the story »
Dutch public broadcaster NOS has launched a new version of its NOS Journaal news app which allows users to view videos on their smart TV. Read the story »
Poland’s second largest cable operator Multimedia Polska had revenues of PLN63.3 million from its digital TV business in the first half, a 36% increase on the same period last year. Read the story »
The Humble business model can apply to anything. Now, you can pay what you want for stand-up comedy in addition to e-books, music and video games. For the next two weeks, you can get comedy specials from Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress and Jim Norton for as little or as much as you care to spend. If you exceed the average donation though (currently $8.60), you'll take home Louis C.K.'s killer Live at the Beacon Theater set and three releases from his very good friend, the late Patrice O'Neal. As is the case with other Humble Bundles, anything you download is DRM-free and your donation supports great causes -- all for less than a comedy club's typical two-drink minimum.
Via: Humble Mumble
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As surely as there will be another round of tradeshows this fall and winter, companies like Samsung will be there with bigger and better tech to show off, which consists of new 4K displays this time around. At IFA 2013, Samsung plans to show off this 98-inch commercial Ultra HD "video wall", as well as a 31.5-inch Ultra HD monitor. Samsung unveiled its 85-inch UHDTV at CES earlier this year it promised sizes would grow so we're not surprised it's combining slim-bezeled versions to create this massive screen headed to storefronts near you. There's no picture yet for the 31.5-inch monitor and few details, but Samsung is ready to battle with competition from the likes of ASUS and Sharp with detailed color calibration adjustments and support for 99 percent of Adobe's RGB space.
Source: Samsung Korea