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TDG report compares cable video-on-demand to Netflix

TDG report compares cable video-on-demand to Netflix

So, before there was Netflix, there were dedicated digital cable channels that allowed cable subscribers to watch various TV shows and movies for free, usually with some sort of ad-supported structure. Right now, if you're like most cable users in the country, you're probably thinking, "Oh yeah, that's right. There are on-demand channels that I can access from my cable box." The problem is you never actually go there to watch anything. And here are some numbers to prove that.

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Google seeks permission to build 4.5-meter satellite dish array

Google seeks permission to build 4.5-meter satellite dish array

Before you get too excited, Google is not looking to start its own search and for extraterrestrial life. The photo you see here is of a SETI array that happens to look much like what Google is seeking to build near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Rather than searching stars for signs of life, it appears Google wants to use its satellite array to receive content feeds from broadcast networks.

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Swiss plan to orbit a satellite to kill old satellites

Swiss plan to orbit a satellite to kill old satellites

It has always been rather ironic to me that the space surrounding the earth doesn't actually have a whole lot of space thanks to the hordes of satellites in orbit. Other than satellites that are actually working, there is a bunch of debris flying around orbiting the Earth that sometimes crashes in the other satellites that are in use, destroying them and making even more debris. Scientists in Switzerland have a plan to clean up junk that's in orbit around Earth.

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European Vega rocket set for maiden voyage

European Vega rocket set for maiden voyage

Europe is set to launch its new Vega rocket for the first time. This new rocket is a satellite launcher that is designed to carry multiple satellites into orbit and place them into precise orbital locations. The rocket is 30m tall and on its first flight will be carrying nine different satellites. The most interesting of the satellites looks like a metal disco ball with highly effective reflectors on its outer surface.

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Costa Concordia satellite photos show extent of salvage challenge

Costa Concordia satellite photos show extent of salvage challenge

Satellite imagery of stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia has been released, showing the $570m vessel languishing on its side off the Tuscan coast as rescue and salvage attempts continue. The shot, from DigitalGlobe, was taken on January 17, though the Italian coastguard has apparently paused its rescue work after the ship subsequently shifted, the BBC reports. "Instruments indicated the ship had moved" a spokesperson said. "We are in the process of evaluating if it has found a new resting point to allow us to resume. For the moment, we cannot even go near it"

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Amateur photographer videos Russian Mars Probe plummet

Amateur photographer videos Russian Mars Probe plummet

While the man may be a so-called amateur when it comes to photography and videography, he's a veteran skywatcher, and he, Thierry Legault, has caught something rather intriguing in his lens. What you're about to see is a slightly fuzzy video of no less than the Russian Federal Space Agency's failed attempt as launching a Phobos-Grunt probe to the planet Mars, it's incomplete November initiated mission ending here as it screams back towards the Earth. Once it was launched in November, it failed to depart for Mars (presumably because it was being fussy, as no additional details have been shared,) and has been stranded in orbit ever since.

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Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

You read that right, folks, the representatives speaking for the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said this week that their Beidou satellite navigation system is currently operational and will have free, global coverage in place by the year 2020. This system Beidou, otherwise known as Big Dipper, will be providing both location data and SMS messaging to any device that can utilize it for free. Beidu is working right this minute mainly in China and the group says that global coverage is in the works for full working operation inside 8 years.

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Paul Allen to invest millions in new satellite launching space plane

Paul Allen to invest millions in new satellite launching space plane

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been teaming up with aircraft pioneer Burt Rutan for a long time in an effort to build a reusable space plane that could make it into orbit and return to earth to be used again. The result of that partnership was SpaceShip One. Rutan also designed SpaceShip Two that is used by Virgin Galactic. Allen and Rutan have another space project that they are set to start work on that will result in a cheap and reusable launch method for satellites.

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Block III GPS satellite prototype starts testing

Block III GPS satellite prototype starts testing

The use of GPS is so prevalent all around the world that a lot of people never stop to think about the satellites in orbit that make it all work. The US is set to start testing of a new generation of GPS satellites with the first of the Block III GPS satellites showing up in Colorado for its first tests in an extensive series to ensure that the tech will work.

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Crazy satellite dish chair beats the landlord

Crazy satellite dish chair beats the landlord

If you are one of the unlucky Europeans that live in an apartment building where it is against the rules to hang a satellite dish, you may be wishing you had a way to get satellite channels. If you are one of those folks, this is the perfect thing to hide your satellite tendencies from the landlord. This might look like a normal chair to place outside on your balcony, but it isn't.

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