Expect more pizza ordering options on your video game consoles, based on the success of Pizza Hut's Xbox 360 app that launched last year. Within the first four months of the Pizza Hut app's existence, it did more than $1 million in business through Xbox Live, the company said."It's been a source of unbelievable growth for us," said Doug Terfehr, director of public relations for Pizza Hut, in an interview with Polygon. "Just the explosion of people who wanted to download it, experiment with it, play with it with Kinect. As soon as we did one, everyone was contacting us to do the next [one]."Pizza Hut reps wouldn't say when it would pursue another game console app on, say, Xbox One or any of the PlayStation or Nintendo platforms, saying, "Conversations continue to be ongoing with us. Wherever you are, we want to be."
World Wrestling Entertainment will launch a "24/7 streaming service" for its content on consoles and other devices Feb. 24, the organization announced at CES.The service, WWE Network, can be streamed on computers and mobile devices and will have dedicated apps on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 at launch. An Xbox One version of the app is slated to launch this summer.WWE Network will allow users to stream live shows as well as archived content. In the U.S. monthly subscription fees will be available for $9.99 and include access to all 12 yearly pay-per-view WWE events — including Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and WrestleMania — and an "extensive" library of uncensored archived shows that can be viewed on-demand. More than 1,500 hours of this content will be available on launch day, with more to be added in the future.
More than a year after the BBC delivered what was touted as the first true digital Olympics, the British broadcaster is now gearing up for the first digital Winter Olympics, which kicks off in Sochi, Russia, in early February.As with the non-snow-based incarnation back in the summer of 2012, the BBC has announced that it plans to serve up a cross-platform, multi-stream extravaganza encapsulating 650 hours of coverage in total.
UK carriers EE and Vodafone announced today that it will make 2G and 3G services available in the north-running Channel Tunnel — for the journey from UK to France — in March this year.This means that consumers making the 35-minute underwater journey from the UK to France will be able to stay connected while traveling. French carriers Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR already set up such mobile services for the south-running tunnel in 2012, before the London Olympics.
Samsung has outlined its plans for various new devices in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg News. The Galaxy S5 smartphone will reportedly be released by April, and Samsung is said to be considering iris-scanning technology for security in a possible response to Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S.GALAXY GEAR'S "BULKY DESIGN WILL ALSO BE IMPROVED"Lee Young-hee, the company’s mobile executive VP, says that a new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will make its debut alongside the Galaxy S5, saying that it will feature "more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved." Perhaps the most outlandish revelation is reserved for the Galaxy Note line — the fourth iteration is pegged for the second half of this year, and Samsung is said to be considering a "three-sided display" to allow for visibility from multiple angles.
Nearly a month after being announced, Spotify's free music shuffling service has come to the iOS. In a new update today, iPhone and iPod users can listen to music playlists they've made free of charge, though there's a hitch. Unlike paying users, freeloaders can only pick an artist or playlist they want to hear, and songs play randomly with ads interspersed every few tracks. It's a more focused version of Spotify's existing free radio feature, and it's designed to get people to sign up for the company's paid service. Android phone users also got the same shuffle feature shortly after it was announced, while Android and iPad tablet users have enjoyed the full version of the ad-supported service with on-demand tracks since last month.