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Briefly: Sky+ mobile app update, UberXL launches in United Kingdom

10/22, 10:55am

Sky updates mobile app with refreshed home screen, Smart Series Link

British broadcaster Sky has updated its iOS and Android Sky+ apps to allow users to display their photographs from their mobile devices on the television through the Sky+ HD set-top box. The app also includes a new updated homepage, complete with a dedicated Sports section, and a Smart Series Link option that lets the Sky+ box record all current and future seasons of selected programs.

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UK's Sky Now TV brings Entertainment, Movies packages to Apple TV

09/24, 12:01pm

Offerings advance beyond sports

UK TV network Sky has expanded its Now TV offerings on the Apple TV to include its Entertainment and Movies packages, according to an announcement. The app's user interface is largely the same -- including New In, Most Popular, and Must See categories -- but now extends beyond sports, and has adopted a "flat" look to match the Apple TV's new iOS 8-style aesthetics. The Now TV iOS app has offered a wider range of content for some time.

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Briefly: Sky adds recommendations to set-top boxes, Chrome in Cuba

08/21, 3:25pm

Sky updates electronic program guide, adds recommendations, smart season recording

British satellite television provider Sky has started to roll out software updates to its Sky+ HD set-top boxes, updating the electronic program guide. A new "recommendation engine" will make suggestions of TV shows to watch based on previously downloaded or recorded content, reports The Next Web, with other changes including a "Smart Series Link" automatically recording new seasons of TV shows, DVD cover art, and the combination of HD and SD viewing options in On Demand.

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Sky offers week-long Sky Sports pass to Now TV users

08/11, 7:12am

Low-cost seven-day pass for streaming service accompanied by day pass price cut

British satellite broadcaster Sky has updated the pricing for Sky Sports on its Now TV streaming device, making it a more-attractive proposition to casual viewers. A new week-long pass is being introduced from this Thursday, allowing viewers to watch for seven days in a row, while the currently-offered 24-hour streaming pass is also receiving a price cut.

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Briefly: Now TV reaches Xbox One, Facebook Gifts service shutters

07/30, 6:58am

Now TV streaming service app from Sky available on Xbox One in UK

Now TV, the on-demand streaming service from satellite broadcaster Sky, is now available on the Xbox One game console in the United Kingdom. Previously available on the Xbox 360, as well as a large number of streaming devices and the PlayStation 4 as of last week, Pocket-Lint reports the Now TV app on Xbox One lets users pay in advance for passes to view the Sky Sports, Entertainment, and Movies packages, without requiring a satellite subscription.

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Briefly: LG G Watch teaser video, Virgin Media Sky channel deal

05/12, 7:11am

LG teases Android Wear-based G Watch device in video

LG has teased its upcoming G Watch with a new video on YouTube. Though light on detail, it provides a closer look at the design of the Android Wear smart watch, as well as highlighting its compatibility with non-LG devices, its metal body, and its waterproofing. Earlier rumors suggest the watch will be launching sometime in July, and could ship for around $300.

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UK Internet providers to send warning letters to suspected pirates

05/09, 10:16am

Piracy warning letters deal close to completion, lacks penalty for infringing

Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom are close to an agreement with parts of the entertainment industry, which will attempt to fight piracy in the country. The Voluntary Copyright Alert Program (Vcap), stemming from the Digital Economy Act of 2010, will see BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media, and Sky sending warning letters to customers identified as possible infringers, though it appears that, unlike the Six Strikes system used by the Center for Copyright Infromation in the US, the scheme may not penalize infringers at all.

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BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, Now TV iOS apps suddenly failing to stream video

04/17, 9:26am

Bug may possibly be affecting other apps

Several UK-based iOS apps -- including BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, and Now TV -- have suddenly stopped streaming video, the BBC reports. The issue began last night, and is still ongoing; the source of the problem is so far unknown, as is whether other apps are also being affected. The director of Now TV, Gidon Katz, indicates that the issue can be temporarily fixed in Sky and Now by rewinding iOS' clock by a day, but that triggers other problems -- including preventing access to the App Store -- and doesn't solve the flaw in iPlayer.

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Briefly: Game of Thrones crashes services, Google I/O registrations

04/08, 8:07am

Game of Thrones premiere free on Xbox Video after HBO Go crashes

HBO is offering the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones free on Xbox, after its HBO Go app failed during the broadcast. The free episode will be viewable on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Video, rather than the HBO Go app until April 14th, reports Variety. HBO Go is not the only service to be affected by the influx of Game of Thrones fans, as British broadcaster Sky's Now TV suffered a similar fate during the later UK broadcast last night.

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Briefly: Golden Samsung Galaxy S5 in UK, Sky details guide updates

03/17, 7:58am

Gold version of Samsung Galaxy S5 snagged by Vodafone in UK

The golden version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be an exclusive to Vodafone in the United Kingdom. CNET reports the color option for the flagship smartphone will be available just through the carrier, though the other colors will also be available. Pre-orders for the smartphone, as with the standard colored versions, will begin on March 28th through Vodafone, with a release date set for the 11th of April.

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Microsoft rebrands SkyDrive as 'OneDrive' following trademark dispute

01/27, 10:06am

OneDrive name to spread across SkyDrive apps in near future

Microsoft has revealed the new name for its SkyDrive cloud storage service, six months after losing a trademark dispute over the name. Rebranded as "OneDrive," Microsoft will be updating the entire service to the name with little in the way of major changes, aside from updating to the new name in apps and moving existing users to the OneDrive.com domain.

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Apple TV adds Sky Sports via Now TV in the UK

12/17, 2:18pm

Day passes available for limited viewing

UK satellite television broadcaster Sky has announced that Apple TV users in the UK can watch Sky Sports content. The Now TV app enables users to sign up for a day pass that provides access to six Sky Sports channels, including four standard channels, the Sky Sports News channel and another dedicated to Formula One racing.

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Briefly: Aereo in Baltimore, Italian Sky Go app hits Windows Phone 8

12/05, 10:39am

Aereo launching cloud DVR service in Baltimore on December 16

Aereo has revealed that it will be launching its cloud-based DVR service in Baltimore in time for Christmas. Residents in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including 11 central Maryland counties, will be able to sign up and subscribe to the service when it goes live on December 16th, though this will still leave Aereo considerably short of its goal of expanding to 22 US cities before the end of this year.

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Sky updates Sky+ app on iOS, introduces Sky Go app for Android tablets

12/04, 12:43pm

Remote record expanded to include on-demand programming

British broadcaster Sky has made a number of updates to its online services. The Sky+ app for iOS and Android has received some usability updates, Sky Go for Android now has a version specifically made for tablets, and its Sky Store streaming rentals service has been opened up to all of the UK, including those not subscribing to Sky's satellite TV offering.

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Briefly: 4oD on Now TV and Roku, PayPal accepts gift cards online

11/27, 12:15pm

Channel 4 on-demand video service reaches Roku, Now TV streaming devices

4oD, the on-demand video service from British broadcaster Channel 4 is now available to use on the Roku and the Now TV streaming set-top boxes in the United Kingdom. The on-demand offering from Channel 4 accompanies similar services such as the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5 on the devices, as well as Sky's own Now TV prepaid Internet-based satellite television service.

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Microsoft, Sky settle trademark dispute, SkyDrive rebranding in future

07/31, 12:34pm

Rebranding, financial terms part of European trademark settlement

Microsoft and broadcaster Sky have reached a settlement, effectively ending its trademark dispute over SkyDrive. Under the agreement, Microsoft will be permitted to continue using the SkyDrive name for its cloud storage service for a "reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand."

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Briefly: Nokia Lumia 1020 on AT&T, Sky launches Now TV Box in UK

07/26, 4:33am

AT&T starts shipping 42MP Nokia Lumia 1020 to customers

AT&T has started selling the Nokia Lumia 1020 to customers. Available as a pre-order since July 16th, the Windows Phone 8 smartphone with the 41-megapixel PureView camera and Carl Zeiss lens is now shipping from the carrier's online store, and is expected to be in retail locations later today or over the weekend. The Lumia 1020 is priced at $300 when bought on a two-year contract, $659 off-contract, or $33 per month under AT&T Next.

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LG signs deal with BSkyB for exclusive Now TV on smart HDTVs in UK

07/25, 5:58am

Agreement includes three months free to LG smart device customers

LG has signed a deal with broadcaster BSkyB to add Now TV to its range of smart televisions in the United Kingdom. The agreement will bring the Sky-backed streaming service to Internet-connected LG HDTVs in August, with Now TV content being exclusive to the manufacturer's smart TV range for a minimum of 12 months.

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Briefly: MetroPCS teases Galaxy S4 launch, Now TV on PlayStation 3

07/05, 1:26pm

MetroPCS uses Vine to tease Samsung Galaxy S4 launch next week

MetroPCS is hinting at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on its network next week. A teaser video, posted on Vine and shown on the MetroPCS Twitter account, shows the sum "Samsung Galaxy S III + 1 = ?," suggesting that the company will reveal the device. It is believed by Engadget that the smartphone will not have HSPA access, usable on T-Mobile, but will likely have support for its LTE network.

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Microsoft loses SkyDrive trademark suit to BSkyB in Europe

06/30, 8:59pm

Compensation, possible rebranding could be ordered by judge

Microsoft has lost a trademark case in the United Kingdom over the branding of its cloud storage service. The ruling, which covers both the UK itself and the European Union, states that Microsoft infringed on British Sky Broadcasting's trademark of the Sky brand with SkyDrive, which could impact the way that the software company offers it across the continent.

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Sky Twitter account, Google Play app listings attacked by hackers

05/27, 4:25am

Apps claimed to be compromised, Sky advises apps safe

British broadcaster Sky is the latest victim of hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army. Just as in previous attacks, one of its Twitter accounts was taken over by the hackers, but in an unusual maneuver, SEA also managed to gain access to the corporation's Android app listings, replacing the app descriptions on Google Play with "Syrian Electronic Army was here."

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Briefly: Firefox OS simulator updated, Sky TV premieres on-demand

05/03, 8:49am

Mozilla updates Firefox OS simulator to 3.0, adds rotation, geolocation

Mozilla has rolled out a new version of its Firefox OS simulator, in order to help with application development. The emulator update to version 3.0, surfacing just after the first developer devices started shipping, adds a number of features, including rotation simulation, basic simulation of a geolocation API, newer versions of the Firefox rendering engine and Gaia UI, Push to Device, and a number of other bug fixes. The simulator is available to download as a Firefox desktop browser extension.

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Sky adds pay-per-view Sky Sports access to Now TV service

03/19, 8:11am

Users pay $15 for 24 hours of access to sports channels

British satellite TV provider Sky has added its collection of sports channels to its pay-per-view video streaming service, Now TV. Expanding on existing offerings provided by the subscription-based Sky Go, Now TV customers can pay to view all of the Sky Sports channels unrestricted for a 24-hour period, though at a price.

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Sky acquires 500,000 broadband customers from Telefonica UK

03/01, 7:13am

Deal worth $307M leaves Telefonica to work on 4G services

BskyB is acquiring Telefonica UK's landline and home broadband services. The deal, claimed to be worth around £200 million ($307 million) will see Sky become the second largest Internet service provider in the country, thanks to the addition of an extra 500,000 customers from Telefonica's Internet services, O2 and BE.

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Roku adds Sky's Now TV streaming service to Channel Store

11/28, 12:15pm

UK Roku users able to watch Sky Movies content

Roku has added UK satellite broadcaster Sky's pay-per-view video streaming service Now TV to its devices. Users will be able to select the app from the Roku Channel Store, and will see the service expanding its range from its current availability on computers, the Xbox 360, YouView, iOS devices and a number of Android portables.

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Livescribe Sky released, adds Wi-Fi to smartpen system

10/29, 9:21am

Wi-Fi connection setup possible without need for computer

Livescribe has announced the Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen, the first digital pen to integrate Wi-Fi technology and cloud services. Sky can convert written words and drawings into images, and can send both the resulting pictures and recorded audio to the user's personal Evernote account. Writing and audio can then be archived and retrieved at a later date.

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Sky launches pay-as-you-go Now TV streaming movie service

07/16, 12:30pm

Now TV to compete with Netflix, Lovefilm despite high prices

UK-based broadcaster Sky is set to launch a pay-per-view video streaming service. Now TV will offer movies and TV shows from the company's "Sky original and bought content" catalog, with options for both individual purchases and a monthly subscription. The service will be available to the general public, complementing the existing Sky Go offering already used by satellite television subscribers.

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Sky Go for Android provides live TV streaming

02/20, 2:50pm

Sky Go app lets Android users watch Sky TV

Sky's Go app has now gone live for Android users (free, Android Market), letting users of some Android phones with a Sky TV subscription access 22 live TV channels from the provider. The app can only be used in the UK or Ireland and will stream content over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Users can register up to two devices and watch TV simultaneously on both.

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Olympics, Formula 1 to hit 3D TV in UK

02/17, 9:50pm

Networks may offer taste of 3D viewing experience

British residents will soon be getting the 3D experience broadcast into their homes. The BBC has announced that it will offer limited coverage of the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London in 3D. Sky, another British content provider, has disclosed that it may show some of the auto races covered by its new Formula One channel using the technology.

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Xbox 360 live TV starts December 6, full provider list shown

12/05, 12:30am

Microsoft outlines launch plans for X360 live TV

In sync with the fall Xbox 360 Dashboard update, Microsoft has provided a listing of TV providers that will be ready to go this week. Along with existing access to ESPN, Hulu, and Netflix, the December 6 update will also bring EPIX authenticated video in the US, Lovefilm in the UK, MediaSet's Premium Play in Italy, Sky Go in Austria and Germany, Telefonica España's Movistar Imagenio, and MSNBC's Today in the US.

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Major UK ISPs to intro opt-in system for porn on the web

10/11, 2:55pm

UK government working with ISPs on porn opt-in

In its latest attempts to curb online pornography, the UK government has worked with four of the country's biggest ISPs to develop an opt-in program. Under this measure, those who wish to access sexually explicit websites will have to let those ISPs know, The Guardian explained. The official announcement from Prime Minister David Cameron takes place Tuesday during the tenth meeting with the Mothers' Union.

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HP TouchPad gets UK ship date, pricing

06/30, 11:00am

Hits High Street retailers on July 15

HP has provided firm pricing and availability for its launch of its 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet in the UK. The price for the 16GB model is £399 ($640) and rises to £479 ($770) for the 32GB version. Both will be available online or from UK retailers on July 15.

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Ofcom cuts broadband prices, may lead to cheaper Internet

03/31, 3:15pm

Ofcom broadband price cuts could lead to savings

UK telecommunications industry regulator Ofcom has revised the rates that Openreach, manager of BT's network, is able to charge other providers for using its services. This wholesale price could be reduced by over 10 percent per year. Companies that use Openreach, like TalkTalk and Sky, will benefit, but it won't help those such as Virgin Media that use their own cable network.

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UK's Sky to be first with dedicated 3D channel

01/28, 4:55pm

Sky to be the first with dedicated 3D TV channel

UK-based cable provider Sky will be the first to launch a 3D TV channel with its Sky 3D in April. The first live sport event shown in 3D will be the soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester United. Only nine pubs in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin will be equipped with the hardware needed to play the 3D broadcast, however. One Sky Sports broadcast will be devoted to 3D live coverage of the event, with eight 3D camera setups.

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Xbox rumored to get streaming ESPN

01/18, 6:00pm

Xbox may rival Apple TV, cable through live shows

Microsoft is hoping to gain an edge in networked media hubs by offering live sports through the Xbox 360, a leak on Monday maintains. The console's originator is reportedly in significant talks with Disney to stream ESPN's feeds of live TV shows through the system. Users would pay for a subscription and get access to many if not most events through Internet feeds.

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Microsoft intros Zune movies for Xbox in 1080p

06/01, 3:00pm

MS Zune Movies on Xbox

Microsoft today launched a range of changes to the Xbox 360's video features. Now rebranded as a Zune service, the former Xbox Video Marketplace will now provide videos in full 1080p and promises an "instant-on" feature that starts streaming videos almost immediately on faster connections. The extension will be available in all countries and should come along with an expansion of video rentals and purchases to 18 countries from the current 8.

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British ISPs take active role in online piracy fight

07/24, 4:40pm

UK ISPs join piracy fight

The British music and film industries finally received the cooperation they have been seeking from Internet Service Providers in helping them fight illegal file downloading. A report on Thursday has six of the country's largest Internet providers sending warning letters to subscribers suspected of illegal file downloading and sharing. The decision to do so is commonly believed to be spurred by the British government, which announced earlier this year that it would impose its own laws forcing them to police how their services are used had they failed to cooperate voluntarily.

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US mobile web use twice that of UK

05/21, 2:50pm

US Mobile Web Use Study

Americans browse the web on their cellphones almost twice as often as their British counterparts even without the help of web-friendly devices like the iPhone, according to a new study by M:Metrics. Despite the reputation of Europeans as more openly embracing smartphones, Americans in March were known to spend an average of four hours and 38 minutes per month on websites using their phones versus almost exactly two and a half hours for British users. The difference is largely attributed to the prevalence of flat-rate data plans in the US, which give customers either a block of data or unlimited access instead of the metering that more often exists in Europe.

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PSP TV-to-go feature due for summer

04/24, 2:05pm

PSP GoView Due in Summer

Sky's upcoming on-demand TV service (now dubbed Go!View) for Sony's PSP will be available this summer, the British TV network said today. The service lets owners of the handheld game system use the Wi-Fi connection to watch shows offered on Sky independently of the satellite connection. Viewers will have the option of either paying per view or else paying a flat-rate subscription fee for watching many more shows. Shows can be downloaded first to the PC for transfer to the PSP later.

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