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  • Samsung announces 4K content deal with Amazon

    TV manufacturer Samsung is hoping to boost 4K TV sales by giving consumers a good deal more content to actually watch in 4K, announcing a new deal with Amazon to deliver its original series and some movies in Ultra High Def (UHD, or 4K), starting in October.

Amazon, Netflix stock original series cupboard

Netflix's international expansion is continuing along its planned growth path, with the subscription video on demand provider announcing its first French-produced series, Marseille, slated to premiere in late 2015. Meantime, Amazon is sticking with its pilot-to-series original content model, debuting five new pilots this week for viewers to rate and review.

Chunghwa Telecom, Broadpeak trial 4K HEVC delivery

Broadpeak is working with Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom on a 4K trial, with the aim of delivering streaming content using HEVC compression.

Vimeo signs 7 distribution partners, including Drafthouse Films, to on demand platform

Vimeo is bulking up its content library with an eye to original, independently-produced video, and has signed distribution partnerships with seven media and entertainment companies that will see their content featured on the Vimeo On Demand platform.

Amazon nabs Twitch for $970M

Amazon announced it bought Twitch for $970 million in an all-cash acquisition. It's a bit of a head-spinner, since the online video industry was waiting for the sure-thing, soon-to-come announcement from Google that it had acquired the wildly popular live-streaming site.

Microsoft reportedly developing Chromecast rival: a Miracast dongle

Analysts can predict a decline in Google Chromecast usage all they want, but its users are a fairly loyal bunch. And it appears that Microsoft may be going after that customer base with its own dongle, reportedly called the Miracast Dongle but currently code-named HD-10 in an FCC filing.

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Nokia is planning to build a 5G data transfer test network in Oulu, Finland, early next year, according to a Finnish news report. In addition, the company announced a sweeping partnership program that will, among other things, have Nokia's networks unit opening up certain internal application programming interfaces (APIs) to partners, and even competitors.

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The European Commission would turn radio spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency band over to wireless broadband providers within six years under new Digital Agenda proposals published Sep.1.