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  • TIRED OF LOSING YOUR TV, DVD OR PAY TV REMOTE CONTROL IN THE CUSHIONS OF YOUR COUCH? A CURE IS ON THE WAY.

    TV voice control for Xbox

    Bill Gates' Microsoft unveiled a new world in Los Angeles on Monday where couch potatoes with an Xbox gaming-entertainment console can sit back on the couch, put their feet up and change live TV channels, search the internet, choose movies…

  • LIVE TELEVISION IS LANDING ON THE XBOX 360.

    Live TV, YouTube for Xbox 360

    Microsoft announced plans to bring live TV and YouTube to the video game console at a press conference kicking off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the gaming industry's annual convention.

  • OPTUS CHIEF EXECUTIVE PAUL O'SULLIVAN HAS REQUESTED THE NATION'S COMPETITION REGULATOR INTERVENE IN THE PROPOSED $1.9 BILLION MERGER OF PAY TV GIANTS AUSTAR AND FOXTEL.

    ACCC should act on Austar/Foxtel: Optus

    Foxtel and Austar revealed the merger plans last week to coincide with Austar's annual general meeting. Foxtel (a joint venture between Telstra and Consolidated Media Holdings) said if the merger went ahead, it would create a new media titan in…

  • A COMPETITION TO FIND NEW ZEALAND'S OLDEST TELEVISION HAD RECEIVED ALMOST 300 ENTRIES FROM INVERCARGILL TO WHANGAREI WHEN IT CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY.

    NZ contest sparks hunt to find oldest TV

    The Oldest Telly competition has encouraged New Zealanders to rummage through their garages and attics for the oldest working TV set, or to snap up vintage sets that were sitting unnoticed in second-hand stores.

  • PAY TV PROVIDER FOXTEL HAS MADE A BID FOR AUSTAR UNITED COMMUNICATIONS, VALUING THE TARGET COMPANY AT $1.93 BILLION.

    Foxtel makes formal bid for Austar

    Foxtel has offered $1.52 per share in cash for the regional operator, compared with Austar's closing price on Wednesday of $1.265.

  • STAN LEE, WHOSE CAREER WRITING COMIC BOOKS HAS RUN FROM THE GOLDEN AGE TO CONTEMPORARY TIMES, IS GOING DIGITAL.

    Stan Lee creates app for his comics

    Boom! Studios said on Monday that the man who helped create modern marvels like the Fantastic Four and X-Men will see his current crop of comic series available online and on mobile devices through his own app by way of…

  • THERE ARE GRAVE FEARS FOR THE HEALTH OF AUSTRALIAN ACTOR BILL HUNTER.

    Priscilla actor Bill Hunter gravely ill

    The 71-year-old, known for his roles in hit Australian films Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Strictly Ballroom, was admitted to a Melbourne hospice on Monday.

  • THE WIGGLES ARE AMONG THE BIDDERS VYING FOR PRINCESS BEATRICE'S BIZARRE ROYAL WEDDING HAT.

    Wiggles bid for Beatrice's wedding hat

    The Wiggles are among the bidders vying for Princess Beatrice's bizarre royal wedding hat.

  • REGIONAL PAY TV PROVIDER AUSTAR HAS CONFIRMED REPORTS THAT IT'S ENTERED DISCUSSIONS WITH FOXTEL THAT MAY RESULT IN A TAKEOVER OFFER FROM THE BIGGER PEER.

    Austar: no deal with Foxtel yet

    Regional pay TV provider Austar has confirmed reports that it's entered discussions with Foxtel that may result in a takeover offer from the bigger peer.

  • TEEN POP SENSATION JUSTIN BIEBER MET BULLIED SYDNEY TEEN CASEY HEYNES AT HIS CONCERT IN MELBOURNE ON MONDAY NIGHT.

    Bieber invites bullying victim onstage

    The 17-year-old American singer, who is currently touring Australia, told a crowd of screaming fans: "Everybody give it up for this kid."

  • ASHER KEDDIE AND HUGH SHERIDAN HAVE TAKEN OUT THE SILVER LOGIE AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIA'S MOST POPULAR ACTORS.

    Keddie, Sheridan win Most Popular at Logies

    A gushing Keddie, who won for her role in Ten's Offspring, was ecstatic with her first Logie, and happy to be the popular girl.

  • THE AFL IS SET TO POCKET A COOL $1.25 BILLION PLUS FROM A FIVE-YEAR BROADCAST DEAL WITH SEVEN GROUP HOLDINGS LTD AND PAY TV BROADCASTERS FOXTEL AND AUSTAR.

    AFL deal will keep Seven on top, says CEO

    AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said that the AFL would earn $1.253 billion from the 2012-16 deal, including a cash contribution of $1.118 billion.

  • LIGHT-HEARTED AND OCCASIONALLY TASTELESS JOKES ABOUT PRINCE PHILIP, AND A COMPARISON OF THE SPEED AT WHICH PRINCESSES REACHED THE ALTAR IN THE PAST -- THAT'S WHAT VIEWERS COULD HAVE EXPECTED IN THE CHASER'S NOW ABORTED ROYAL WEDDING SPECIAL.

    Chaser chasing Royal wedding alternative

    Chaser executive producer Julian Morrow says the national broadcaster is continuing to seek an alternative television feed following the palace's threat to can the entire ABC coverage if it proceeded with The Chaser's wedding special on ABC2.

  • A JUDGE HEARING THE MICHAEL JACKSON MANSLAUGHTER CASE SAYS PROSECUTORS CAN SHOW JURORS TWO IMAGES FROM THE SINGER'S AUTOPSY.

    Michael Jackson autopsy pics to be shown

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has ruled that prosecutors trying Dr Conrad Murray can show what Pastor described as benign photos that are not graphic or gruesome.

  • AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS AND SINGER DELTA GOODREM IS THE LATEST STAR TO THROW HER SUPPORT BEHIND A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO BRING AN END TO CHRONIC HUNGER.

    Delta Goodrem backs anti-hunger campaign

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's One Billion Hungry Project was launched in May 2010 with the aim of pressuring governments worldwide to end chronic global hunger in our lifetime.

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