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Sky and Virgin to broadcast 24 hour eSports channel

eSports is constantly growing and while some matches have been broadcast on US TV, the same experiments haven’t quite made their way to the UK yet- well until now. Sky and Virgin are set to host a 24-hour eSports TV channel this year, known as ‘Ginx eSports’, which will broadcast …

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PIPCU goes after dodgy box seller in latest piracy crackdown

Although most pirates that organisations like the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) go after tend to be uploaders, seeders and platform providers, there is a more real world group that they want to crack down on too: the sellers of pirating hardware. Boxes that give you free access to …

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Sky to introduce internet watershed for all new customers

Taking the initiative following the British government’s interest in bringing forward the Investigatory Powers Bill, Sky has announced that it will be introducing its filtering system automatically for all new customers (it won’t even ask first) and will even go so far as to instigate a watershed-like system. Before 9PM, …

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Sky is sending out new piracy threat letters

Customers of Sky broadband in the UK are finding themselves the target of piracy threat letters once again, following a court case last year which saw the ISP forced to hand over information on those that may have illegally downloaded the film The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford and …

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NZ VPN providers set to be sued by TV networks

Two steadfast VPN and internet providers based in New Zealand, which refused to comply with demands set by media corporations are set to be hit by legal action in the coming few days. While they have technically done nothing illegal by offering the service, it’s being argued by both TVNZ …

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Sky to launch its own 4G mobile network in the UK

Sky is planning to become a cellular network provider, with its own 4G network set to launch in 2016. The company’s Chief Executive believes that Sky has proven that it is capable of launching new services at scale, so launching a new network service could pay off. Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s …

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News Corp wants Australian ISPs punished for piracy

One of the main reasons that rates of piracy are so high in Australia, is because the legal ways of getting access to media are either non-existent, or monopolised and criminally expensive and yet News Corp, one of the company’s that ‘suffers’ the most from people pirating its shows, is …

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Game of Thrones Season 4 breaks piracy records

Game of Thrones is a wildly popular show and as with any such programme, it attracts impressive numbers of pirated downloads. However, the latest season has broken all previous records, with over a million illegitimate downloads in the half a day after release and over 300,000 people sharing the episode …

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Porn filters block sex education, charity websites

At the behest of the government and through their own initiative, British ISPs have begun firing up their own pornography filters, but as expected, on top of not being the all encompassing blockers that they were designed to be, they’ve done what we all knew they would do and started …

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Sky torrent blocking knocks out Imgur

In another classic example of site blocking not achieving its original goals and simultaneously overstepping the mark into the realms of censoring completely legitimate content, Sky’s recent blocking of several torrent websites as per UK court orders, ended up also blocking popular image hosting site Imgur over the weekend. penis …

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Virgin Media launches on-demand Android app

If you’re a Virgin Media customer, then this will probably interest you. The cable provider has just launched its own Android app to rival Sky Go. The ‘TV Anywhere’ app is now available across a range of Android tablets and phones as well as all IOS devices. help coursework Virgin’s …

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Smart adverts raise more questions on personal data

Personal data, personal privacy, freedom of thought and expression, these are all big topics at the moment thanks to the Edward Snowden leaks and the ever evolving landscape of the cloud and big data. Public opinion tends to split down the middle, with some suggesting they have nothing to hide, …

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What does broadband cost these days?

Like all of you, KitGuru inboxes get hammered with a spread of promotions at a constant level. Once in a while, we cast our eye on something that actually gets you thinking. This morning’s thought is broadband related. KitGuru shines a torch on the dark fibres. Possibly one of the …

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Diversity is the name of the game at Multiplay i49

Roll the clock back around 10 years and i19 at Newbury Racecourse was largely populated by teenage boys with camping equipment and Antec 900 chassis. At the Telford International Centre for i49 in 2013, the biggest surprise was the make up of the audience. KitGuru presents the photographic evidence that …

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Multiplay i49 draws huge family crowd with Minecraft and Sky

Since Minecraft launched on the PC two short years ago, sales have been nothing short of phenomenal. With over 10 million Minecrafters worldwide, the game is still selling strong on existing platforms and it has now been confirmed as a PlayStation 4 launch title. So just how enthusiastic are Minecrafters? …

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Tesco’s Blinkbox boosted by Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones continues to be a media force to be reckoned with, as the introduction of the show’s third series on Tesco owned and operated on-demand service Blinkbox, saw an increase in year-on-year revenue boost of a massive 632 per cent. Granted we’re only comparing the revenue earned on …

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Why doesn’t BT have the Vision?

One of the larger technology sites recently ran a poll to find out where enthusiasts go for their TV entertainment. The options given were skewed heavily in favour of British respondents, but while most of the results could be categorised as predictable – one sticks out a mile. KitGuru ponders …

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Sky claims it can handle new broadband traffic

Sky Broadband

Sky, the company that recently bought up the telecoms company that owned both O2 and Be Broadband’s technology and customers, has suggested that despite the influx of new users, it will be more than capable of handling it. However, network issues have already begun to appear. Sky’s response is that …

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How fast will Sky Go eat your data plan?

For anyone with an iPad and Sky, last night was really fun. Sky’s programming team forced through an update, which didn’t work, and services across the land were severely disrupted. One reader send us an interesting screen grab and we’d like to share the contents with you. Sky Go runs …

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ASA told BSKYB to dump “instant” movie advert

Sky Store

Advertising watchdog, the ASA, has told BSKYB to withdraw one of its adverts that describes the company’s film rental service as “instant.” Known as Sky Store, the new platform was marketed as like having a movie rental store in your house, offering “instant” availability through a user’s Sky+ box. In reality, …

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Sky postures up to Netflix with Now TV

Now TV

Feeling the serious threat that Netflix poses to its movie business in the UK, BSKYB is set to launch a new service called Now TV tomorrow, 17th July, offering movies on the PC, Mac and some Android devices. Day one, the service will offer 600 films and access to 11 …

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