Dec 062016

Sky to close Sky Cinema Box Office service

Sky is to close its twenty year old Movie pay-per-view TV platform in January 2017.

Sky Box Office, first launched in 1996 via Sky’s analogue service, soon became one of Sky Digital’s early selling points, offering subscribers access to numerous feeds containing sports and movies, with multiple showings of films to allow a near on-demand service on linear TV. In 2011, the main part of the service became Sky Movies Box Office, later Sky Cinema Box Office.

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Dec 012016

Spain Announces New Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy

Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said a special prosecutor’s office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda.

As residents know already and visitors soon learn, the tackling of piracy and counterfeiting isn’t a high priority in Spain, with the sixth most populated country in Europe often has other things on its mind.

This week, however, the government said it would re-focus attention on piracy and a number of related issues, including reform of compensation for private copying and tax breaks for live entertainment.

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 Posted by at 7:57 pm on December 1, 2016
Nov 302016

Sky is to offer its TV customers unlimited free calls and texts through its new mobile service, providing subscribers with an added incentive to stay with the pay TV giant.

SIM-only contracts for the new Sky mobile service will be available from mid-December, with a full market launch in early 2017.

Added sweeteners for customers include the ability to keep their unused data for up to three years, to be redeemed whenever they like, and have the flexibility to change their plan every month. Additionally, Sky TV customers will be able to sync with their Sky+ box, although not the newer Sky Q boxes just yet.

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Nov 272016

Philips disables Smart TV options on some 2009 TVs

Philips is disabling the smart TV functionality of twelve models in the 2009 range of models on December 28.

Reports suggest that models with 32 to 47 inch screens in the 8000- and 9000-series are affected.

The early models only use sha-1 certificates for a secure network connection, and it is not possible to upload a software update for sha-2 support, which they say is now needed.

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Nov 262016

Are Kodi TV Addons going to be a victim of their own success?

Million of people use Kodi as their main source of entertainment, often with help from add-ons that allow them to access pirated movies and TV-shows. While these tools are a blessing for many, the streaming cyberlockers that provide the videos see the add-ons as a major threat to their business.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, millions of people use third-party add- ons to turn it into the ultimate pirate machine.

TVAddons is a leading player in this field. Over the past year alone, the add-on repository has seen the number of unique users double. However, not everyone is happy with the service.

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