BBC iPlayer To be Discontinued For Non UK Residents

Since 2011, BBC has offered subscriptions to an international version of its iPlayer streaming service. The iPlayer Global service from BBC was being offered in 16 countries (including Canada). Although it never made its way to US and stopped all the expansion in 2013, just 2 years after the launch. It is considered to be a really good option for public broadcaster’s shows is still its cousin BBC America, which has significantly reduced the airing gap of new episodes of shows like Doctor Who.

We would like to thank all of our subscribers for using the service. We are now developing plans to launch new digital services across multiple devices.

A worldwide iPlayer product is not required because popular shows like Top Gear and Luther are in development for a US remake on Fox and companies like Hulu, Amazon’s Instant Video and Netflix snapping up the streaming rights to many UK series.

This tweet or post might sound a little confusing, but what it means is that the last day you’ll be able to access the service is whenever your subscription ends within that month-long period and all downloaded episodes will stop working at the same time. They mentioned that a new digital services are currently being developed. However, iPlayer in the UK isn’t affected.

Are you an active user of this service? Do you support BBC’s decision to try something new? Let us know in the comment section.

Bye Bye Plasma TV Technology

In 2005, Sony and Toshiba announced their departure from the plasma business, followed by Hitachi and Pioneer in 2008. Now South Korean companies Samsung and LG Electronics have announced their abandonment of the once-popular panel option.

Samsung and LG have recently cancelled their investment plans into plasma panels into Taiwan’s Chungwa Picture Tubes, with us seeing more companies gradually making the move to alternative sources, citing plasma panels to be out-of-date technology akin to the CRT’s seen above.

Changhong has become one of the lone survivors in the plasma business, often being asked by media if they’re going to give it up. A Changong representative answers publicly when asked this question, but dodged it entirely – providing a complete ‘non-answer’. In 2005, Changhong completed their Plasma TV market dominence and set forward with a $2 billion investment in 2007. Nine years down the road, it seems that Changhong has made the wrong decision.

Changhong had previously invested over 40 billion yuan ($6,525,822,000 US) into plasma projects, resulting in losses every year following ans deciding to call it quits – selling eventually for a grand sum of 64.2 million yuan ($10.4 m USD). To this day, it’s hard to say if the failure is due completely due to the plasma markets decline, or also due to Changhon technology in itself.

Unfortunately before the sale, Changhong found themselves in some hot water – seeing hundreds of employees waiting for resettlement discontinued and providing a ruthless end to a once glorious reign. News has just surfaced on November the 2nd of their plans to sell their assets for the aforementioned 64.2 million yuan – relieving the owners of their failing factories burden.

When is the last time you saw a plasma TV on the market? Personally, I didn’t really notice their slow fade into non-existence, but it’s becoming clear that crystal, LCD and LED is now king of the tech-jungle.

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Nvidia Discontinues Cards and Cuts Prices in The Wake of GTX980 Launch

In the highly unlikely event that you should have missed it up until now, Nvidia just launched their brand new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards during their GAME24 event. These new cards are so powerful that they’ll render the old cards completely obsolete. This is further aided by the fact that the new cards are a lot cheaper to manufacture.

The GeForce GTX 980 is launched at just $549 in the U.S. and £439.99 in the U.K. The new cards are cheaper to make than the previous models as they have 2 billion transistors and four memory chips less. They also have a lighter VRM now, due to the decreased power consumption. This cannibalizes the GTX 780 Ti and GTX 780. The GeForce GTX 970 targets the sub-$350 products and is launched at a price of £259,99 here in the UK, simply blasting the GTX 770 out of the way.

Nvidia has also tweaked the price on their GeForce GTX 760 down to just $219, in order to keep the price versus performance ratio. This is only a temporary meassure until the replacement will be launched sometime in October, the GeForce GTX 960.

If you’re interested in seeing how great these new cards are, head over to our review section and check them out. We already had the Nvidia stocker version and the Gigabyte G1 Gaming edition on the bench, and we’ve also tested them in SLI for you.

Thank you techpowerup for providing us with this information

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Apple’s iPod Classic is No More

But wait, there’s more! As we’re all busy “running around like a headless chicken” over Apples announced release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iWatch and Apple Pay – a very special and original Apple innovation has slipped into the shadows.

When searching for a MP3 player for myself in 2010, I had the tough task of finding an alternative that meant I could store copious amounts of data wrapped up into a suitable interface. Now, I’m no Apple fanboy (currently Galaxy S4 user), but the iPod Classic was the only thing I could find at the time to suit my needs. Unfortunately, the old 256mb pen drive sticks of yesteryear would no longer ‘cut the mustard’.

Fast-forward to September 2014 and take a second to look at Apples iPod section, and can you see what’s missing? No official statement has been seen from Apple about this as of yet, but it seems that they are just planning to kill the iPod classic off silently without causing a stir. This marks the end of an era, gone but not forgotten.

So that now begs the question, if you’re still looking for a dedicated MP3 player with large scale capacity and a screen to boot, what are your options. Or is the age of the MP3 player dead as phones now reign supreme?

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Nexus 4 No Longer Available On Google Play

With the arrival of the Google Nexus 5 yesterday, it appears that the Nexus 4 handset has disappeared from the Google Play store. Having cut the price down to $199 for the basic model with the arrival date getting closer for the Google Nexus 5, the time has come and the Nexus 4 has been discontinued. Phone Arena has checked the U.S., U.K., German and French Play stores to confirm and all of them list the devices as ‘no longer available for sale.’

This does not come as a surprise given the fact that this has also happened with the Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition at launch, as the tablet replaced the 2012 edition. You can still find Google’s last year’s 7-incher at third-party retailers that still have stock, but the official Google Play store is not selling the device. The same story repeats itself with the Nexus 5 and 4. You’d probably still be able to find the Nexus 4 at third-party retailers, but not on Google Play and that means you probably won’t be able to capitalize on that alluring $199 sale offer.

What we can see here is a continuous pattern and we would expect the same thing to happen for future Google devices sold on the Play store. As soon as the new one appears, expect the old one to be discontinued.

Thank you Phone Arena for providing us with this information.