HBO brings streaming-only service to Europe

Some Europeans will get access to the full complement of HBO content for a small fee.

According to Variety, in mid-October an HBO streaming service that does not require an associated cable subscription will be rolled out in Europe. It is confined to only a few European countries, but it’s an embrace from Time Warner to cord-cutters that non-HBO customers have long sought.



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New Permanent Immigration Quota Imposed in the UK

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Home Secretary Theresa May, second left, visit the UK Border Agency staff at Heathrow Airport, London.

 Britain will impose a tough annual limit on the number of non-Europeans allowed to work in the U.K. and slash visas for overseas students as it seeks to dramatically reduce immigration, the government said Tuesday.


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France to Offer Government Subsidies for Music Purchased Online

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Government Subsidized Music?

There are very few things this writer loves about France, but here are two: government-subsidized healthcare, and, now, government-subsidized music. That’s right, the country of Debussy and Gainsbourg will now (partially) pay for its young citizens’ digital music.

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Europe to Reduce Power to Vacuum Cleaners to Cut Energy Use


The cleanliness of Britain’s homes is being threatened by European bureaucrats. 

First it was traditional light bulbs, then it was plasma televisions. Now European bureaucrats are targeting the nation’s vacuum cleaners as part of plans to cut energy use in the home.  Officials at the European Commission are proposing to restrict the power of domestic vacuum cleaners in a move which experts fear could reduce their effectiveness in sucking up dust and dirt.


Europe Will Be Powered By Solar Panels in the Sahara Desert Within 5 Years


Solar panels in the Sahara Desert will power Europe.

If just one percent of the Saharan Desert were covered in concentrating solar panels it would create enough energy to power the entire world. That’s a powerful number, and the European Union has decided to jump on their proximity to the Sahara in order to reap some benefits from the untapped solar energy beaming down on Northern Africa. Just yesterday, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger announced that Europe will start importing solar energy from the Sahara within the next five years. The news comes after the Desertec Initiative was announced last year, which sets a long-term plan of about 40 years. (Pics)


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