Irish telecommunications and TV services provider Magnet Networks will serve up BBC One’s first ever 3D broadcast, the Wimbledon tennis finals. Magnet have recently added BBC One HD to their fibre-based TV service, which will allow its customers to view the Wimbledon finals on July 2nd and 3rd in 3D for the first time ever.
Saorview, RTÉ's free-to-air digital TV service launched in Ireland at the end of May. And over the past number of months readers have been asking us about it, so here are the most common Saorview questions and their answers.
Bell X1 will play an exclusive gig on the rooftop of Facebook’s European headquarters in Dublin tonight, May 27th, which will be live broadcast on Bell X1’s Facebook page from 8pm (GMT). This is the first such Facebook music event of its kind and coincides with a visit from company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Dublin.
Do you want to take Kate Middleton down the aisle (or the nave if you want to be pedantic)? Well thanks to the wonders of modern technology you can. Westminster Abbey, the location for the 29 April wedding, has released Android, iPhone and iPad apps that allow you to do just that.
RTÉ Player has today updated its free online video catch-up service to enable live streaming of channels RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, and RTÉ News Now. It’s not yet understood if all programming will be made available, but this certainly is a welcome move from our national broadcaster.
Professor Brian Cox has returned to the BBC in a four part series titled Wonders of the Universe. Following on from Stargazing LIVE, a very successful three day solar exploration live broadcast event at the start of this year, Brian Cox returns to our screens in a new series and “reveals how the most fundamental scientific principles and laws explain not only the story of the universe, but the story of us all”.
RTÉ and Filmbase are offering young Irish film makers the opportunity to win €20,000 in production funding and facilities to make their next short film. The annual Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards are open to new and young Irish filmmakers with a total of up to four winners to be chosen. The competition is split into two rounds, each of which will have two winners.
RTÉ’s Saorview will launch with five digital-only channels in May this year, the state broadcaster said today. RTÉ Aertel Digital, RTÉ Plus, RTÉ News Now, RTÉjr and RTÉ Two High Definition will accompany RTÉ One, RTÉ Two (Standard Definition), TV3, 3e and TG4 and RTÉ‘s digital radio stations for the launch.
Looking for some culture this Sunday but don’t want to leave the house? Well the Vatican Museum has come to your rescue with the release of a high definition, 360° virtual reality tour, of the Sistine Chapel.
Free online music site, Spotify, is “looking forward” to launching in the United States in the coming months, according to an email reportedly from the company published by All Things Digital. In the email, which ATD published yesterday, Spotify asks some US citizens who are testing the site’s premium service to change details on their online account
Irish charity Trócaire is inviting Facebook users to give up something they love for just one day, to raise money for charitable causes across the world. From March 3 to 4 this year Trócaire, which runs over 124 programmes in 38 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, is challenging Facebook users to sponsor their friends who give up using one of dozens of items or activities, including Food, The Web, Coffee, Music, Texting, Make Up, Chocolate or TV for 24 hours.
Google’s recent update of its Irish Google maps images, which we reported on yesterday contains high resolution images of the €410 million, 63,802 sq.m Aviva Stadium under construction. The stadium, which was built for between 2007 and 2010 can be seen in the early part of its construction – probably during the first six months of 2009, before the roof was added or pitch constructed (in November 2009). This would match the time Google’s Streetview cars were collecting images in Ireland. The satellite imagery shows cranes in the stadium constructing the stands.
Sony’s sexily titled “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™” was made available to international audiences today, a month after being piloted in Ireland the UK. The Qriocity music player will now be available to users in the USA, Europe and Asia on Sony’s 2010 and 2011 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TV, Blu-ray Disc player, Blu-ray Disc Home Theater system, PlayStation 3 as well as VAIO and other personal computers.
Irish International BBDO is premiering its new international ad for Diagio’s Guinness brand, Dark Life, on Irish television this weekend. The latest in Guinness’s iconic commercials uses state-of-the-art digital post production techniques, as well as some nice Canon 5D digital cameras, to superimpose the famous stout’s head settling over some global cityscapes. It was directed by French director Frederic Planchon and filmed in cities from New York, Bogota & Hong Kong
Good news, Spotify, the freemium web music service says it has plans to expand “into every country”, including Ireland, in the future, although just not yet. Responding to a question from this site Spotify says that they plan to open the music services to as wide an audience as possible as soon as they can. When asked specifically about Ireland Spotify said that they don’t foresee launching the service in the country soon, despite great interest in the site by Irish music fans. Spotify said, “We know just how passionate Irish music fans are but we don’t have any immediate plans to launch there.”