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Your internet is about to be rated like a TV show

Your internet is about to be rated like a TV show

This week the folks at Adobe and Nielsen have made clear their intent to rate the internet. These ratings won’t necessarily be used the same way movie ratings are - you probably won’t be banned from seeing an R-rated website if you’re under-age any more than you’re banned today. But Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings data will be available in Adobe Marketing Cloud products, and Nielsen measurement data will be embedded in Adobe Primetime for broadcast TV. It's all for the greater good of advertising, really.

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Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Contract disputes are a common thing, and we've seen them span all varieties of companies: Amazon has had its share of battles this year, for example, and we've seen television watchers suffer as a result of soured negotiations. That latter issue has again arisen, this time affecting Dish Network subscribers who enjoy watching certain channels, CNN among them. It seems the satellite company is in a dispute with Turner over contractual issues, and as a result several channels -- fairly notable and high-demand ones -- have been pulled.

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Xbox One TV Tuner launches in Europe with new features

Xbox One TV Tuner launches in Europe with new features

Microsoft has a treat prepared for its Xbox One fans in Europe. First, it has finally made available the much advertised Digital TV Tuner dongle for the console, bringing free-to-air TV under the Xbox One's control. But in addition to the basic features that Microsoft has been singing about for months now, it is introducing two new admittedly cool capabilities to the package, including the ability to pause and rewind live TV as well as watch it from your SmartGlass connected mobile device independent of what's actually happening on the console.

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Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen's television ratings for most of 2014 have been incorrect, it has been revealed, due to a software glitch that skewed some of its numbers. The news was revealed today by Nielsen itself, which said that an internal investigation was kicked off due to "irregularities" that came to light in recent weeks. A few days ago the source of those issues was uncovered: a so-called technical error that affected the ratings of national network television over the course of most of this year.

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Icahn wants Apple to make good on Jobs’ TV vision

Icahn wants Apple to make good on Jobs’ TV vision

In his “interesting” open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, investor and Tyranny-fighter Carl Icahn laid out his views on Apple’s current pipeline of products. Waxing poetic on the Apple Watch and iPhone are one thing, but Icahn is calling on Apple to go bigger. Literally. If he had his way, Apple would be everywhere in your home, including your living room. Icahn is calling on Apple to make an “Ultra HD” TV, and he wants it to drop sometime in FY 2016.

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EE TV promises DVR and on-demand harmony

EE TV promises DVR and on-demand harmony

Carrier EE is launching its own TV service, EE TV, promising to bring together free-to-air and on-demand content with smartphone and tablet viewing and control. The new set-top box, which will be offered free to EE's UK home broadband subscribers, claims to eschew the usual ugly and impenetrable user-interface of traditional cable boxes and instead borrow heavily from smartphones and tablets; meanwhile, those devices themselves can be used to navigate through the UI, with the EE TV app, and then "flick" content from mobile to TV.

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Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Those who remember a time when you put in CDs, not DVDs, into PCs in order to install and play a game may have just jumped for joy or at the very least sported mild amusement on their faces. Myst, one of the unexpected successes of the gaming industry in the last two decades, is now rumored to be making a return to mainstream consciousness. Not as a remake, not as a remaster, and not as a film either, but as a new TV series. Well, maybe with a new game as well.

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Better Call Saul trailer one: the song, appropriately

Better Call Saul trailer one: the song, appropriately

There’s a lovely song and show you’re about to see that’s made by the artist Junior Brown and Madison Gate Records. It’s for the upcoming show Better Call Saul, a spin-off series from the same folks that brought you Breaking Bad. That series cut off rightly, right when it should have, with no large loose ends. But the universe is large, and Saul wants his place in the sun. "So they say you’re breaking bad? You better call Saul." No qualms with riding the coattails of its original series - just like Frasier.

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