Agama Technologies has announced that Norway’s TV 2 has imlemented an Agama solution for service quality assurance in its headend and distribution environment. Read the story »
BBC Two HD will launch at 6am on Tuesday March 26, the BBC has confirmed. Read the story »
David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications, will present a keynote address on Tuesday, April 9, as part of MIPTV’s Media Mastermind keynotes series. Read the story »
After its run on the internet and then cable TV, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is coming to Blu-ray, along with the second season of Game of Thrones and Monsters Inc. Sports fans have NASCAR racing to (try to) replace football, while movie buffs can keep an eye out for the Academy Awards on Sunday. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.
Top Gun 3D
After a short run in theaters, Top Gun 3D is coming home on Blu-ray. We've had the chance to watch it already and came away with (mostly) good things to say about the conversion. The 3D conversion is well done and particularly in the action scenes, as one watches F-14s zooming through the air it enhanced the feeling of speed and depth. Now, it's not all good news as we did notice a slightly different color tint on the 3D version, not necessarily bad, but different. Overall we liked it, so if you're looking for another 3D viewing option and are a fan of the original, it's worthwhile, but probably not required viewing. If you're not a 3D fan, this probably won't change your opinion.
($19.96 on Amazon)
NASCAR is back and in full effect. If you like to see cars turning left then this is the series for you, and in a fresh twist, Danica Patrick will debut as the first female polesitter in race history. This race will also see the new Gen6 cars that are designed to not only be safer and faster, but also more closely resemble production automobiles. Whether you're watching the race end to end
(February 24th, Fox, 12PM)
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Two in a row, that's what we're at now in regards to keeping the regular Engadget HD podcast on schedule these days. So hopefully our regular time is your favorite time and you'll tune in live at 5:30PM and be be a part of it. Start by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participate in the live chat.
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Flingo, a publisher of Smart TV apps, has announced that it has integrated Flingo’s LaunchPad video platform into TiVo Premiere set-top boxes, bringing over 70 streaming on demand video applications to viewers’ TVs for instant streaming. Read the story »
Deutsche Telekom’s Makedonski Telekom has exceeded the 70,000 point on its MaxTV service. Read the story »
Sure, LG's current 55-inch OLED HDTV is pretty pricey with a US MSRP of $12K, but that may start to change next year when panel supplier LG Display kicks its new 8G production line into full gear. LG Electronics holds a 38 percent stake in the company and although it supplies screens to many others as well, the next generation of 55EM9700s will likely be a large segment of the displays produced. Although LCD manufacturers ramped up 8G facilities capable of producing six 55-inch displays from one piece of glass in the late 2000s, oversupply caused prices to drop and manufacturing to slow down, including at LG Display.
Now, new display technology is ramping up investment again, which will see this new line installed at its P9 plant in Paju, South Korea at a cost of 706 billion won ($655 million). Based on LG's WRGB OLED evaporation process, it should be capable of working with as many as 26,000 input sheets per month once it's up to full speed in the first half of 2014. Chief competitor Samsung showed off "production" OLED HDTVs last year and plenty of demo units at CES with a mid-year release planned, we'll see if it manages to keep up before / if the tech goes mainstream.
Amino Communications has appointed Joe Coles as its SVP product management and marketing. Read the story »
The BBC Trust has commissioned the specialist media consultancy Mediatique to look into the BBC’s UK distribution and whether it provides value for money for the licence fee payer. Read the story »
The Russian government has widened its grip on broadcasting, according to a new report on digital switchover focusing on Russia and the CIS countries published by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Read the story »
The Russian DTH platform Tricolor TV has taken electronic counter measures against pirates. Read the story »