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Rep Lucido presents tribute to retired Shelby Township fire marshal

first_img State Rep. Peter J. Lucido will present an official State of Michigan Tribute to longtime Shelby Township Fire Marshal Edward Vojtush on Monday, April 20.“It’s a great honor to be able to recognize the many years of service Edward Vojtush has provided to the residents of Shelby Township,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “The work he has done to protect us during his 25 year career deserves all the thanks we can give.”Rep. Lucido will present the Tribute at 11 a.m. at the Shelby Township Police Department, located at 6345 23 Mile Road in Shelby Township.Rep. Lucido represents the 36th House District, serving the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo.### Categories: Lucido News 31Mar Rep. Lucido presents tribute to retired Shelby Township fire marshallast_img read more


Rep Alexander caps first term with perfect voting record 115 office hour

first_img07Jan Rep. Alexander caps first term with perfect voting record, 115 office hour meetings Categories: Alexander News State Rep. Julie Alexander finished her first term in the state House with a perfect voting record, and over 100 office hour sessions in the 64th District.Rep. Alexander took part in all 1,554 record roll call votes during the 2017-2018 session, and personally hosted 115 office hour sessions in the Jackson community. In addition, Rep. Alexander also served as the primary sponsor to eight public acts signed by Gov. Snyder.“Residents of the 64th District sent me here to be their voice at the state Capitol, and making every vote on the House floor is essential to the people I was elected to serve,” Rep. Alexander said. “It’s my priority to ensure the voices of Jackson County residents are heard on every issue. Hosting regular office hours and continuing to work hard both in Lansing and my district ensures real results for people in our communities.”Rep. Alexander is now serving her second term in the state Legislature, having completed her first term in December. During her first term, Rep. Alexander served as vice chair on the House Committee on Agriculture. She was also an active member of the committees on Education Reform, Local Government and Transportation and Infrastructure.last_img read more


Rep Wakeman selected for leadership role on Natural Resources Committee

first_img17Jan Rep. Wakeman selected for leadership role on Natural Resources Committee State Rep. Rodney Wakeman has been named vice chair of the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee. Speaker Lee Chatfield announced the appointment of the first-term Saginaw Township lawmaker this week.“My whole life I’ve considered it an honor to serve people when they need help the most. And, right now and always, people need to know and trust that their natural resources are protected, clean and safe,” Wakeman said. “I am honored to be selected for this assignment and I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to devise solutions that work best for Michigan families.”Prior to being elected to the Michigan House, Wakeman was the second-generation co-owner of Wakeman Funeral Home in Saginaw.Wakeman has also been asked to serve on the House’s Financial Services, Education and Commerce and Tourism committees. Categories: News,Wakeman Newslast_img read more


Maines Gov LePage Calls for RighttoWork Zones

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 10, 2014; Bangor Daily NewsThe original headline of this Bangor Daily News was incorrect, though perhaps that’s the way Maine’s Governor Paul LePage really meant it. His idea was the creation of “Open for Business” zones in which employees would not be required to join labor unions. (Of course, federal law prohibits forcing employees to join unions.) However, his proposal would allow employees not to pay union dues, essentially carving out areas of the state in which companies and employees would have what conservatives call “payroll protection” against mandatory dues contributions to unions.LePage has long advocated that Maine become a “right-to-work” state so that it could better compete against Southern states that are. The corporate tax and bond incentives and other benefits of LePage’s proposed zones (including a 100 percent income tax credit for the first 10 years and a 50 percent credit for the next 10 years) would be for companies that invest at least $50 million and generate 1,500 jobs; at present, Maine has only 15 private businesses in the entire state that employ more than 1,500 workers. LePage must clearly be salivating at prospects of big employers like Toyota and Volkswagen choosing Maine for future plant locations as they have done in Southern states.When conservatives call for paycheck protection, they are particularly concerned about part of union members’ dues being used for the unions’ political activism, which they are allowed to do as 501(c)(5) entities. Somehow, they think that all of these hardworking laborers are funneling huge slices of their paychecks into partisan political activity. This infographic shows the relative power of one member of the Koch family funding “dark money” nonprofits versus 515,000 labor union members:  For all 14 million union members putting a portion of their dues into politically active groups, the sum of labor union political financing is larger than the Koch brothers’, but there are only two Koch brothers. You can add a number for the Koch brothers’ employees who contribute to their bosses’ favorite (c)(4)s), but on a per capita basis, these ultra-wealthy donors far exceed their labor union opponents.The corporate tax credits and 20 years of reduced or no income taxes are the kickers to draw corporate investors to LePage’s “Open for Business” zones. The addition of making payment of union dues optional isn’t really focused on attracting corporate investment, but on reducing the voice and power of workers who might not be among LePage’s biggest admirers.LePage isn’t alone. Michigan is among the most recent states to have enacted a right-to-work law, making 24 now in the right-to-work camp. Right-to-work legislation has been proposed for Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, among others. Nonprofits are probably doing their best to duck the issue, particularly since some nonprofits themselves have been the arenas for contentious organizing battles. But nonprofits will be called out on this issue, whether they are willing to join the crowd of conservative governors aiming to weaken labor unions both as advocates for workers and as a voice in politics.Nonprofits are frequently funded by wealthy people, though many “regular” people, including people who earn their incomes from work rather than investments, support nonprofits through their often quite generous (as a proportion of income and wealth) charitable contributions. Will nonprofits take a stand on proposals like LePage’s or will they look for cover? If they do get called out, what will nonprofits really say on the issue?—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more


Cleveland and the RNC—No Mattresses Allowed But You Can Bring Your Gun

first_imgShare90TweetShareEmail90 SharesBy Lucio Eastman (Free State Project – PorcFest 2009 – Open Carry) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 14, 2016; CNNHere are the city of Cleveland’s “protest zone” rules for the 1.7 square miles around the GOP Convention next week, where thousands of people will be expressing their conflicting views. They don’t allow selfie sticks or lightbulbs. Leave all sabers at home, please, along with any nunchucks, shovels, or Christmas tree ornaments. If you were planning on staying for the duration, no hammocks or mattresses, either. But feel perfectly free to carry a gun—or two or three—in plain sight. No water guns or air rifles are permitted, either: Your gun must actually use bullets in order to bring it to the venue.In short, the state’s open-carry firearms law apparently supersedes any cautionary rules made by the city. A number of organizations intend to take advantage. Some organizations intend to “support the police” (without having been asked to do so) and others say that they will use their firearms purely for self-defense. The presence of armed “open carry” advocates in Cleveland should not affect the convention itself. When a proposal was floated several months ago to allow firearms at the Republican National Convention, the Secret Service asserted its control over security, including its right to control individual action in proximity to the people they are assigned to protect and who will be attending the convention. According to NPR, this means that the “Secret Service will not permit anyone but law enforcement to carry weapons inside the Quicken Loans Arena where the convention will take place.”It’s a different story in the surrounding area. Cleveland’s largest police union believes this open-carry scenario near a contentious convention to be misguided. Stephen Loomis, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen Association yesterday, called for a temporary ban on Ohio’s open-carry gun laws: We are sending a letter to Governor Kasich requesting assistance from him…He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something—I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point. They can fight about it after the RNC, or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.However, Emmalee Kalmbach, a spokeswoman for the governor, said in a later statement that the governor could not suspend open-carry at the convention.Law enforcement is a noble, essential calling and we all grieve that we’ve again seen attacks on officers. Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested. The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt—as we’re doing in Ohio—so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal.At a news conference yesterday morning, Police Chief Calvin D. Williams said that Cleveland’s police would not impede the Second Amendment rights of the protesters, but neither would they be allowed to menace anyone with those weapons—or be perceived as being menacing.“We keep an eye on them,” Williams told the Washington Post. “If we think they’re an issue, we kind of stay with them. If we don’t think they’re an issue, they go about their business.”Given the heightened tensions around gun violence in the country, this whole thing looks particularly bizarre. Still, it did not come out of nowhere, and even in response to pleas by law enforcement, it cannot simply be wished away in a pinch.Ruth McCambridgeShare90TweetShareEmail90 Shareslast_img read more


Perverse Incentives in Asthma Treatment Endanger Lives and Cost Taxpayers

first_imgShare24Tweet9ShareEmail33 Shares“Asthma,” by Nina A.J.G.December 4, 2017; Washington Post“Baltimore paramedic crews make more asthma-related visits per capita in [the 21223 ZIP code] than anywhere else in the city, according to fire department records,” the Washington Post reports, based on a study conducted by a reporting team from the University of Maryland School of Journalism and Kaiser Health Service. Asthma rates are high, even though the ZIP code is just miles away from two leading medical centers—Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical Center.A key reason: “The perverse incentives of the health-care payment system have long made it far more lucrative to treat severe, dangerous asthma attacks than to prevent them.”Maryland hospital data show that Baltimore hospitals collected $84 million over the three years ending in 2015 to treat acutely ill asthma patients as inpatients or in emergency rooms. Nationally, Centers for Disease Control data indicate that asthma “causes nearly half a million hospital admissions a year and about 2 million visits to the emergency room. Over 3,000 people die each year from asthma attacks. The annual cost for care exceeds $50 billion. During the three-year period under review in Baltimore, the average impatient visit for asthma treatment generate revenue of $8,698. By contrast, the writers note, “Half the cost of one admission—a few thousand dollars—could buy air purifiers, pest control, visits by community health workers and other measures proven to slash asthma attacks and hospital visits by frequent users.”Patricia Brown, a senior vice president at Hopkins in charge of managed care and population health, says “We know who these people are.… This is doable, and somebody should do it.” But the fact that something should get done doesn’t mean that it is getting done.The reporters did find one nearby hospital, Children’s National Health System in Washington, that has made an effort. The hospital “has found that its good work comes at a price to its bottom line.”As the Post explains:Children’s sends asthma patients treated in the emergency room to follow-up care at a clinic that teaches them and their families how to take medication properly and remove home triggers. The program, begun in the early 2000s, cut emergency-room use and other unscheduled visits by those patients by 40 percent, a study showed.While recognizing that it decreases potential revenue, hospital managers fully support the program, said Stephen Teach, the pediatrics chief who runs it.“ ‘Asthma visits and admissions are down again, and it’s all your fault!’ ” Children’s chief executive likes to tease him, Teach said. “And half his brain is actually serious, but the other half of his brain is celebrating the fact that the health of the children of the District of Columbia is better.”The story is emblematic of a broader challenge in the US health system. Despite widespread acknowledgement that hospitals and health systems must address the social determinants of health and operate more effectively outside the hospital walls, the insurance reimbursement system has yet to catch up with medical reality. The result: the hospital loses money if it makes the more medically effective intervention and makes money if it fails to do so.“Getting health-care providers to pay for home-based interventions is going to be necessary if we want to make a dent in the asthma problem,” acknowledges Patrick Breysse, a former Hopkins official and current director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control.—Steve DubbShare24Tweet9ShareEmail33 Shareslast_img read more


Emiliano Calemzuk is leaving Shine Group and will

first_imgEmiliano Calemzuk is leaving Shine Group and will not be replaced as CEO, Shine Americas.
Shine said that the departure is amicable and that Calemzuk plans to “take a temporary break from day-to-day executive duties”.He will not be replaced and his Shine Americas team will report to Carl Fennessy, the Australian executive who is CEO Shine Group, USA.Calemzuk was announced as boss of Shine’s North American operations in August 2010. He joined after a 12-year stint at News Corp, the company that subsequently acquired international production and distribution group Shine.At News Corp he ran cable programming arm FtvS and prior to that, international channels division, Fox International Channels. At Shine, he filled what was a newly-created position and, based in LA, was tasked with masterminding the group’s US expansion.Shine Group CEO Elisabeth Murdoch said that she respected Calemzuk’s wish to take some time out. “Emiliano has had a transformative effect on Shine’s US operations since joining in 2010. In restructuring Reveille and establishing Shine Americas he has created an incredible team, equipped to now build on the successes to date and committed to future growth,” she said.
Calemzuk said: “After a fast-paced and fulfilling decade and a half in executive management roles across business lines and continents I am ready to start a new chapter in my life after travelling this summer with my family.”last_img read more


ANGA exhibitor Harmonic Stand S10 is supplying e

first_imgANGA exhibitor Harmonic (Stand S10) is supplying equipment to support Belgian telecom operator Alpha Networks’s Billi IPTV and OTT services.Alpha is using Harmonic’s video processing, server, and storage solutions to support the services as well as hosted offerings for international operators. The company is delivering services to multiple viewing devices, including connected TVs, PCs, tablets, and smartphones.For live IPTV encoding, Alpha is using Harmonic’s ProStream 1000 with ACE high-density stream processers to transcode up to 60 SD or 20 HD broadcast services per RU. ProMedia Live carrier-grade transcoding and ProMedia Package adaptive streaming preparation systems transcode and package multiple H.264 video streams for adaptive bitrate delivery of live multiscreen OTT content. VOD content is delivered using Harmonic’s ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoding solution, an Omneon MediaGrid shared storage system and a ProMedia Origin HTTP streaming video server.“The key to launching competitive multiscreen services was figuring out an efficient way to deliver live IPTV services to set-top boxes, as well as live and video-on-demand services to tablets, smartphones, and PCs, using OTT technologies,” said Guillaume Devezeaux, chief operating officer, Alpha Networks. “Through a single, integrated architecture, Harmonic’s range of solutions delivers a richer multimedia experience to subscribers, while lowering our operating and capital expenses.”last_img read more


Desire for ownership is being supplanted by colla

Desire for ownership is being supplanted by “collaborative consumption” – sharing goods – as a result of economic developments and the pace of technological change, while demand for instant access to all content and “the ubiquity of reviewing” meant that power was shifting away from existing brands, according to Ben Hammersley, writer of 64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then and the UK prime minister’s ambassador to ‘Tech City’ in East London. People increasingly want “freedom from obligation” and commitment to long-term payment plans for goods and services, he said.Delivering the opening keynote at the CTAM EuroSummit in Vienna this morning, Hammersley said that the desire to be free of obligation meant that people were increasingly turning away from long-term subscriptions. If someone leased an apartment for a year, the would not want to sign up for a two-year subscription plan. “This is a major trend – in the US over a million and a half cable and satellite subscribers disconnected last year,” he said.Hammersley said that Moore’s law – the doubling of the capacity of silicon every five years – meant it was difficult to anticipate future developments in technology. This made it difficult for companies to plan ahead in the long term, he said. Technologies that seem cumbersome today will rapidly become compelling thanks to the effects of Moore’s Law, he said. Dismissing new digital technologies because they are not particularly compelling today could mean disaster in a few years’ time, he said, citing the example of Kodak’s dismissal of the digital camera, which it invented.Moore’s Law increasingly delivered technologies that enabled people to consume goods and services more flexibly, according to Hammersley. Younger consumers increasingly would not accept long-term commitments that tied them to particular providers, he said. This also applied to ownership of TVs as devices, he said. Advances in TV technology such as 3D were “bullshit”, said Hammersley. “The TV isn’t very good as a thing…but it’s a focal point in the social life of people,” he said. “As a screen technology it really sucks. It needs to be looked at from a social point of view rather than from a technological point of view.”Hammersley said that things such as the BBC’s decision to live-stream coverage of the Olympics on iPlayer, available across multiple devices, meant that linear TV was essentially “broken” as a model. YouTube was now the most significant platform for music sharing, he said. The dissemination of music videos on YouTube made consumption of the long-tail of content a mass phenomenon, with users able to see how many others shared their tastes at a global level. Anything that prevented access to content would fail, he said. “This includes things like trying to own the second screen,” said Hammersley. Almost everyone aged under 30 years old viewed more than one screen at one time, he said.Hammersley said he believed there was a shift under way from channel brands to content brands and auteurs. The “ubiquity of reviewing” was one of the biggest changes underway that would shape future consumption patterns, he said. Social networks and user comments on all services meant that consumers demanded “instant customer service”, with every consumer’s views being privileged. “This is really making the life of people trying to sell stuff very difficult indeed,” said Hammersley.Taken together, these trends would make service providers’ lives very difficult, said Hammersley. However, the same developments meant that “we are currently living in the golden age of content”, he said. The quality of factual programming, drama and news had never been as good as it was today, as technology had enabled content creators to see the “best stuff from the rest of the world”, he said. read more


Dutch publisher Telegraaf Media Groep TMG has so

first_imgDutch publisher Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG) has sold its 6% stake in German media giant ProsiebenSat.1 Media for roughly €391 million. The deal was agreed for €30 per-share and marks a premium on the €230.8 million value that TMG attributed to the stake in its last consolidated annual accounts, as of December 31, 2012.“TMG has a clear ambition to be the Dutch media company of the future and TMG’s holding in ProSiebenSat.1 as such is non-core. The recent listing of our common shares in ProSiebenSat.1 presented an opportunity to sell our stake,” said TMG’s chief finance officer Fred Arp.In August, ProSiebenSat.1 reported strong second quarter earnings, buoyed by gains in it channels and digital businesses. Revenue for Q2 was €624.8 million, up 11.4% from €561 million in 2012, while the firm increased underlying net income by 4.5 % to €104.3 million, up from €99.8 million for the same period last year.last_img read more


Andreas Siemen In a further sign of the growing in

first_imgAndreas SiemenIn a further sign of the growing integration of the management of Vodafone Deutschland and Kabel Deutschland, Vodafone has named the latter’s finance chief Andreas Siemen as the new chief financial officer of both companies. Siemen will take up his post on July 1. He succeeds Thomas Nowak, who is leaving the company at his own request.Prior to joining Kabel Deutschland in 2003, Siemen worked for McKinsey & Co for over 10 years. He has serves as CFO of the cable operator since October 2011.last_img


February 2 2015The BBC has commissioned Story of

first_imgFebruary 2, 2015The BBC has commissioned Story of Now, an interactive doc for its new digital hub, BBC Taster, presented by Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire).The 20-part series will be produced by UK indie TouchCast. Each five-minute instalment will explore a question abut the human condition, including those pertaining to religion, art, morality and consciousness.The show will use TouchCast’s interactive production techniques to allow viewers to interact using video, games and web content. Elba will host and walk viewers through the interactive elements of the series.Series producer Paul Field said: “The rich content at [The Story of Now’s] heart is built on an entirely new medium. TouchCast brings games, web pages, other video, games, slideshows, polls and 360 panoramas inside video.“Viewers not only experience the full richness of the web inside HD video, they can search inside it.”Martin Davidson, the BBC’s head of commissioning, history and business ordered the series, which is one of the first projects for BBC Taster, the online platform unveiled last week.In the wake of the demise of BBC Three as an over-the-air channel, Taster is billed as a platform for youth-skewed experimental short- and long-form ideas.last_img read more


USbased technology provider MatrixStream is launc

first_imgUS-based technology provider MatrixStream is launching a turnkey OTT DVR solution aimed at service providers.The service, MatrixCloud comprises the company’s IMX X1M DVR recording server and IMX X1s scalable NDVR storage solution and is bundled as part of MatrixStream’s IPTV SaaS (Software as a Service) offering.MatrixStream’s MatrixCloud IPTV solution coupled with MatrixCrypt DRM allows operators to have develop own branded MatrixEverywhere IPTV players for Apple iPads, Apple iPhones, Android smartphones, Android tablets, PC players, MAC players, and set-top boxes.  The company claims to be able to scale up to two million users, enabling subscribers to watch catch-up content up to 30 days on any device from a 42U rack.Aaron Keogh, the company’s business development director, said that platform had originally been designed for mobile service providers but was gaining traction in other markets.“We originally envisaged this for telcos that are going to expand into other regions but we have seen third party providers starting to service more than one tier-one telco with the same content line-up,” he said.He said MatrixStream has seen interest in Africa, where it was working with providers in four countries.Keogh said MatrixStream was also working with an unnamed tier one telco, which was using its platform to replace an existing solution.last_img read more


German cable operator Tele Columbus is to build ou

first_imgGerman cable operator Tele Columbus is to build out its cable network to deliver ultra-fast internet and TV services to Münnerstadt in the Nuremberg area in Bavaria.Tele Columbus-owned Nuremberg network operator NEFtv will be responsible for the Münnerstadt extension, which will see TV, telephony and 200Mbps internet services delivered to Münnerstadt.NEFtv currently serves 2,400 homes in the town with internet speeds of up to 25Mbps. The upgraded build will see high-speed services delivered to these homes and to a further 600 households.Separately, Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has upgraded its network in the Steinhagen area in Westphalia to enable ultra-fast internet.Unitymedia said that the upgrade would bring 400Mbps internet services to about 3,900 households in Steinhagen later this year.The company said that Gigabit bandwidth could be introduced in the future.last_img read more


Moldovan telco Moldtelecom has added a raft of new

first_imgMoldovan telco Moldtelecom has added a raft of new channels to its IPTV service as it seeks to boost the appeal of its offering to subscribers.The telco has added Modern Times Group-owned Viasat History to its line-up, replacing Da Vinci Learning. Other international additions to its programming offering include German international news channel Deutsche Welle in English.Moldtelecom has also added local news, magazine, culture and sports channel Independent TV Moldova to its offering, along with international current affairs channel Current Time.Other additions to Moldtelecom’s offering will include Armenian national channel Armenia 1 TV, and Kazahk international channel Kazakh TV, which broadcasts in Kazakh, Russian and English.Moldtelecom offers a mix of about 150 channels on its platform, including 22 HD services.last_img read more


Olivier Laouchez Modern Times Groupowned media gr

first_imgOlivier LaouchezModern Times Group-owned media group Trace has tapped technology outfit Simplestream to provide its cloud TV platform for its new subscription video-on-demand service Trace Play.Trace Play will launch on desktop, iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, and Apple TV and will be progressively rolled out globally, starting with 80 countries including the UK, Ireland, US, Africa, the Caribbean, all French-speaking European countries and the Netherlands. The service is slated to be available on additional devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku and smart TVs later in 2017.Simplestream is enabling the delivery of HD live channels and video-on-demand, including 2,400 VOD assets at launch. The platform includes tools to enable Trace to create multiple thematic content packs based on deep metadata that provide viewers multiple personalised ways to discover relevant content across all screens, according to Simplestream.Region-based content controls will enable Trace to customise and tailor how content is presented and featured to enable real-time changes that best reflect audience consumption patterns, according to Simplestream.“Simplestream has been an amazing partner. The flexibility of their Cloud TV platform and the company’s talented design and development teams have enabled us to launch our exciting new service on time and in budget. I look forward to this multi-year and multi-territory relationship to help establish Trace Play as a leading SVOD and live platform for urban music and entertainment,” said Olivier Laouchez, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Trace.“Trace Play is a really innovative and disruptive service that we are hugely excited to be part of,” said Dan Finch, chief commercial officer of Simplestream.“Trace Play is truly global: it is multi-device, multi-lingual and it will appeal to a huge audience in more than 200 countries. We see this as total validation that, for highly complex projects, the cloud is the only way to go. This 12-week ‘multi-everything’ build also proves that, thanks to our long-term investment in cloud video technology and solutions, Simplestream is capable of handling the industry’s most complex digital transformation projects – and we can do it fast.”Laouchez unveiled plans for Trace Play to Digital TV Europe at MIPCOM in October, following the company’s acquisition of African VOD outfit BuniTV.The service includes Trace’s total offering, encompassing its suite of linear channels as well as VOD, along with download capability.last_img read more


Telefónica is launching a Movistar satellite TV se

first_imgTelefónica is launching a Movistar satellite TV service in Costa Rica. The telco is differentiating its service in an already-competitive pay TV market by offering a pre-paid service, allowing users to sign up without a long-term commitment.Users can sign up for the service using their national ID cards on the movistar.cr website. Movistar then contacts the subscribers to arrange the installation.Users can also self-install after signing up via the web, receiving a kit comprising antenna and digital box at a cost of CRC50,000 (€70).The service is available for CRC9,900 a month for an offering of 72 channels including 15 in HD and three national channels.DTH pay TV accounts for about a fifth of Costa Rican TV homes and is growing rapidly, particularly in parts of the country that lack cable infrastructure. Sky Costa Rica, owned by Televisa and DirecTV, is the major competitor in the market. A rival player, Qualy TV, shut down in 2016.Analogue and digital cable accounts for the lion’s share of local TV homes, with about a third receiving services via analogue terrestrial transmission.last_img read more


Apple has ordered an English language adaptation o

first_imgApple has ordered an English language adaptation of Canal+ French series Calls, which will be co-produced by the network.The 10-episode straight-to-series order marks the first international series greenlit by the tech company. It also makes its first international co-production.As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the existing French series.Calls, which aired last year, was created by Timothée Hochet and allows audiences to experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals.The series is a Canal+ original series developed and produced under the network’s Creation Originale label.Apple has made some major moves to create a diverse and appealing slate of programming this week. It signed Oprah Winfrey for a multiyear deal and set plans for a live-action animated series Sesame Workshop, making it its first move into kids’ TV.last_img read more


TV viewing in the UK has been falling since 2010 b

first_imgTV viewing in the UK has been falling since 2010 but saw a steeper decline in 2017, with the risks of structural decline in the industry appearing to be growing.  This was one of the findings of Ofcom’s Communications Market Report, a major study on how communications services are changing in the UK, which shines a light on how the take-up of faster broadband and connected TVs are changing how people watch programmes.The report said that nine in ten people still watched broadcast TV every week in 2017, for an average of 3 hours 23 minutes a day. However, this figure was down nine minutes a day compared to the previous year, with the steepest fall to be found among children and young adults.Children’s viewing fell by 15% in 2017 to an average of 1 hour 24 minutes, while 16-24s’ viewing fell by 12% to an average of 1 hour 40 minutes, according to Ofcom. This meant that over 54s, who make up just 28% of the UK population, accounted for 51% of broadcast TV viewing in 2017.At the same time, Ofcom said that people now watch an average of 88 minutes of non-broadcast content on their TV each day, and its recent Media Nations report indicated that 16-34 year-olds watched an average of 2 hours 39 minutes of non-broadcast content a day, including 59 minutes of YouTube, on PCs, phones and tablets.“These changes in viewing behaviour present major challenges to broadcasters. Television advertising revenues fell by 7% in real terms in 2017, and while this may be largely due to macro-economic factors, the risks of structural decline appear to be growing as viewing figures fall and online video advertising grows,” said Ofcom.“There was also a decline in pay TV revenues in 2017, after many years of growth, indicating a challenging market for pay TV operators such as Sky and Virgin Media, which face competition from subscription on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.”Ofcom said that total broadcaster revenue was down by 4% in 2017 to £13.6 billion, driven by a decline in ad revenue and the proportion of the licence fee attributed to TV. However broadcasters’ spend on TV content remained flat in 2017 at £7.5bn due to the cost of sports rights and production.Looking at TV viewing trends, Ofcom said that TV shows with mass appeal are now “increasingly difficult to generate”. It claimed that programmes attracting audiences greater than 8 million have halved in the past three years.“The days of programmes routinely attracting audiences of 10 million and over are all but gone, due to the rise of multi-channels on digital TV platforms in the 1990s,” said the report. “The programmes that now reach smaller, but still significant audiences of 5 million+ or 8 million+ illustrate the varying fortunes of entertainment on TV over the last few years.”Drama, it was found, is capable of attracting 8 million+ viewers but many smaller shows have dropped below 5 million. Soaps still pull in 5 million+ viewers but not 8 million+. Meanwhile, large audiences are still there for big sports events.In terms of device use, smart TVs were detected in 42% of households in 2017, up from 5% in 2012, while smartphones have become the most popular internet-connected device with 78% of UK adults now using one.The country’s “smartphone obsession” was a major theme of this year’s Media Nations report, with the average time spent online on a smartphone now 2 hours 28 minutes a day. This rises to 3 hours 14 minutes among 18-24s.People in the UK now check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the waking day and 40% look at their phone within five minutes of waking up. Seventy-two per cent of adults said their smartphone is their most important device for accessing the internet.“Over the last decade, people’s lives have been transformed by the rise of the smartphone, together with better access to the internet and new services,” said Ian Macrae, Ofcom’s director of Market Intelligence.Access the full report by clicking here.last_img read more


US AVOD Tubi has reached the milestone of 20 milli

first_imgUS AVOD Tubi has reached the milestone of 20 million monthly active users.The company confirmed in a statement on June 24 that the service had achieved record growth in the first half of the year. In the month of May alone, users watched over 94 million hours of content. May also saw the biggest month of revenue in the company’s history.Tubi brands itself as a free alternative to Netflix, though is currently only available in the US. Its library has over 15,000 movies and TV series, with more than 44,000 hours of content available. It has signed deals with more than 200 content partners, including Warner Bros., NBC Universal, MGM and Lionsgate. Farhad Massoudi, CEO of Tubi said: “Tubi has made remarkable strides in the first half of the year, further demonstrating the vitality of AVOD in an environment fatigued by the amount of subscription video options. “Our recent deals this year with NBCUniversal, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and others resonated very well with our customers, and we’re excited to provide even more premium content this year.”The company has heavily invested in its content library, signing a deal with NBCUniversal in February and announcing plans to spend more than US$100 million on content licensing deals in 2019.last_img read more