Rumors that Apple was about to expand the Apple TV's channel selection have just come true -- the company has quietly rolled out apps for the Disney Channel, Disney XD, the Smithsonian, Vevo and The Weather Channel. The new portals deliver the on-demand video you'd expect from their respective services. There are live components, however: Vevo fans get non-stop music videos through Vevo TV, while The Weather Channel jumps to live broadcasts during major storms. Any locally supported channels should appear the next time you use your Apple TV, although you'll need to be a qualifying cable or satellite subscriber to run the Disney apps.
Source: 9to5 Mac
We guessed Samsung wouldn't be far behind LG in terms of its curved OLED's European debut, and we were right. Starting this Wednesday, if you're in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium or Italy you'll be able to bring home a "flawless" screen for a mere €7,999 (around $10,697) -- a full grand less than LG's similarly-sized not-flat display. We've been wondering when we'd see the tech giants sparring again; thanks for not making us wait very long, Samsung.
IBC has announced a new series of global events called IBC Content Everywhere, which will be launched in Amsterdam in 2014. Read the story »
In the UK 98.5% of all TV viewing is on a traditional TV set and just 1.5% is on other screens such as tablets, according to Thinkbox research. Read the story »
Com Hem has confirmed that it will launch TiVo and a broadband product offering download and upload speeds of up to 500 Mbps and 50 Mbps respectively in the third quarter. Read the story »
Aspiro TV is being taken over by its management and will be re-launched as a privately owned TV Everywhere company named NORIGIN MEDIA on September 1. Read the story »
Compression and digital video processing vendor Envivio will be demonstrating how its software-based approach can offer better video quality while optimising bandwidth efficiency for traditional broadcast or, cloud-based, connected TV services. Demonstrating 4K video compressiong and HEVC encoding. Read the story »
Estonia’s leading cable operator Starman has upgraded its time-shift and catch-up offer. Read the story »
Thomson Video Networks has included HEVC compression to its line of ViBE encoders, and its networkprocessors. Read the story »
TV reception problems in Italy may ultimately be solved by the introduction of DVB-T2, tests for which are currently being undertaken in the Val d’Aosta region. Read the story »
Telefónica Czech Republic has chosen Eagle Kingdom Technologies (EKT) to supply its new interactive STB solution. Read the story »
Meet Enblink: a dongle that plugs into any Google TV device and turns it into a home automation control hub. Enblink works with any Z-Wave enabled gadget, from door locks and lamps to security sensors and video cameras. The dongle itself will serve as a Z-Wave radio (once it's passed through the Z-Wave certification process) when plugged into your GTV device of choice. From there, its software runs atop GTV's Android underpinnings and leverages the device's CPU to control the locks and lights in your abode. A companion app for Android turns your phone into a remote control and monitor for appliances hooked into the Enblink system, plus there's an iOS app currently in development. Input from mobile devices goes through Amazon Web Services, which relays commands to the dongle to execute your bidding from afar.
It's up for pre-order right now for $85, with the price rising to $99 when it officially goes on sale sometime in the next month or two. Of course, if you're streaming video to your mobile device, there's an ongoing fee (of undetermined cost) for the privilege once you've used up your free allotment of 30 seconds of streaming per day. Regardless, by leveraging existing GTV hardware and AWS to do the lifting on the backend, Enblink is a fraction of the cost of many purpose-built home automation base stations. So if you're a home automation geek that counts yourself among those very few with a Google TV and a slew of Z-Wave toasters, locks and light bulbs, your ship has, at long last, come in.
Update: We snagged some rendered screenshots of the TV and mobile UI, check 'em out after the break.
UPC has significantly enhanced its offer in Hungary, raising internet access speeds for residential customers to up to 240 Mbps. Read the story »