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Roku pals with News Corp. for $45m hardware and content investment

Roku pals with News Corp. for $45m hardware and content investment

Roku will use a $45m investment round to develop new digital media devices and services, after securing the backing of News Corp., BSkyB and others to build out its streaming platform. A combination of cash and "business agreements" are included in the deal, with Roku intending to increase its international footprint and "increase engineering and production" with further pushes into advertising, games, transactional and pay-per-view video along with content packages.

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Sky NOW TV on-demand revealed as Anytime+ drops ISP limit

Sky NOW TV on-demand revealed as Anytime+ drops ISP limit

Sky UK has branded up its internet TV service, NOW TV, offering on-demand access to streaming movies, sport and other content on smart TVs, tablets, phones and other devices. NOW TV is still on track for a launch later this year. Meanwhile, Sky's existing "Anytime+" video on demand service has quietly opened up to non-Sky broadband subscribers in the UK, with a mixture of SD and HD content from the company's channels.

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Apple television in telecoms testing tip sources: Siri, gestures, more

Apple television in telecoms testing tip sources: Siri, gestures, more

Apple's much-anticipated Siri-powered television is already in testing at Canadian telecoms firms Rogers and Bell, sources claim, offering a combination of voice, gesture and on-screen keyboard control. The company is chasing deals with telecommunications firms with fingers in both broadcast and broadband pies, insiders tell The Globe and Mail, Apple hoping to capitalize on live and on-demand content with a naturalistic interface using the voice control system.

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Sky reveals streaming TV plans for non-subscribers, plus Sky Go Android app

Sky reveals streaming TV plans for non-subscribers, plus Sky Go Android app

Sky has revealed a new on-demand streaming TV service, offering subscription-based and pay-per-view content to those who haven't signed up to the network's satellite TV option. Set to launch in the UK in the first half of this year, the new Sky internet TV service will stream content to computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and smart TVs. Meanwhile, there's also news on expansion to the Sky Go mobile app, including a version for Android.

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Microsoft’s online TV subscription plan on hold

Microsoft’s online TV subscription plan on hold

Microsoft's plans to attack cable TV with its own online TV subscription service may be on hold, according to sources familiar with the situation. According to Reuters, Microsoft has been in intense discussions with media companies, seeking potential program partners for over a year and hoping to launch its subscription service within the next few months. However, those plans are now on hold due to high licensing costs.

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Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Gaming has long been Microsoft's wildcard: while the company struggles to find its feet with Windows Phone, and faces a difficult tablet market when its Windows 8 slates finally appear, the Xbox 360 continues to sell strongly. Now Xbox TV has arrived to not only reassure 360-owning gamers that they made the right console choice, but broaden the 360's appeal to a whole new segment. It's not entirely fashionable to praise Microsoft, especially when it's over something that, buried in the company's history books, they've tried and failed at before. Smart TV has suffered the usual ignominies and from the usual flaws: sluggish hardware, confusing interface, dawdling internet connections. Now, with Xbox LIVE TV, all the pieces seem finally to be coming together.

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Xbox 360’s LIVE cable TV attack detailed

Xbox 360’s LIVE cable TV attack detailed

Microsoft has detailed its challenge to cable TV, with a roadmap of Xbox LIVE streaming content for the Xbox 360 including Hulu Plus, Netflix and the BBC, as well as the Kinect-powered voice control that will be used to bypass the traditional remote. Beginning as part of the Xbox LIVE Dashboard update for the 360 that rolls out tomorrow, the dozens of TV channels, streaming services and other content providers will join gaming and other internet services on the console. More details of content deals after the cut.

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Sony web TV plans could undercut cable

Sony web TV plans could undercut cable

Sony is reportedly scheming a web TV system intended to pull the rug out from under cable operators, delivering more affordable TV content via the internet to the PS3 and other Sony hardware. The company has opened talks with NBCUniversal, Discovery and News Corp, the WSJ's sources claim, though Sony's apparent aim to license a smaller package of channels - to keep its own costs, and subsequent user fees, low - is said to not be going down well among content creators.

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Sears’ Alphaline digital download store closes down

Sears’ Alphaline digital download store closes down

Another digital content provider has apparently gone quietly to the graveyard, with RoxioNow-powered Alphaline Entertainment no longer operational. The service - which launched back in December 2010 as a partnership between retailer Sears and platform provider Sonic Solutions - has been taken offline, with the company's site now suggesting that, as of September, Alphaline was no longer available.

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I Ditched Scheduled TV for On-Demand

I Ditched Scheduled TV for On-Demand

Sometimes the big changes creep up on you, and it's only much later that you realize you've had your own little digital lifestyle epiphany. Having read about "the death of scheduled television" and the migration to on-demand content for years now, it still all seemed like a distant - unfeasible - dream. Yet somehow, without really intending to, I've been weened off broadcast TV and liberated from the schedules, without really trying.

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