Egypt court bans popular hardcore ultra soccer fan clubs

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Check your body, save your life CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the country’s hard-core soccer fan clubs, known as “ultras,” over terrorism accusations.The ultras took part in protests during and after the 2011 uprising, and frequently clash with police in and around stadiums. The ruling by the Court of Urgent Matters in Cairo appeared to be the latest effort by the judiciary to prevent demonstrations.During the 2011 uprising that forced out President Hosni Mubarak, ultras often provided muscle, directed demonstrators and led chants. They are considered one of the most organized movements in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government outlawed as a terrorist organization following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Authorities said at least 19 people were killed in February when police fired tear gas into a crowd of fans waiting in a fenced, narrow corridor trying to enter a match. Many of the dead suffocated or were crushed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “They see themselves as a buffer, a channel that offers frustrated, despairing hopeless youth a chance to vent pent-up anger, frustration, and protest peacefully, rather than leaving them with the option of either apathy or violence,” said James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies who closely follows the ultras.He called the ruling a “dangerous gamble” for the government.The case was filed by Mortada Mansour, the head of the Zamalek Football Club, one of Egypt’s most popular teams. Mansour has long been at odds with his team’s ultras organization, known as the White Knights.Last month, 11 fans were sentenced to death in a retrial of over 70 defendants accused in a 2012 soccer riot that left 74 people dead. An initial verdict in 2013 set off violent protests by fans in Cairo, who torched a police club and the soccer federation’s headquarters.Since the 2012 stadium violence, authorities have sharply limited attendance at matches.“Egyptian soccer clubs are hurting,” Dorsey said. “They’ve either not been playing for the last four years, or a good part of the past four years, or they’ve been doing it in empty stadia.”last_img read more

Cancun Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

first_imgCancun, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineDuring the months of January through June, the waters near the natural paradise of Contoy Island welcome the beautiful species of the Sailfish. The island’s shallow waters and richness in plankton attracts a specific type of sardine, a delicacy that sailfish prey on.The behavior of this magnificent species and its presence in the waters of the Caribbean was discovered thanks to a deep investigation headed by Mexican diver, Alberto Friscione.According to Friscione, the sailfish, a ferocious predator, more than feeding itself, appears as if it’s dancing on water, due to its swift movements and the use of its large bill among prey. By doing so, it creates small groups, driving them to the surface of the water, and eats them.The spectacle is crowned when the sailfish opens its dorsal fin, known as sail, and changes drastically from an opaque tone to sparkles of silver and blue, a distraction to its prey and announcement to its species, that it’s going to attack to avoid hurting each other.www.cancun.travellast_img read more

House approves Rep VerHeulen bill allowing for regional airport authorities

first_img07May House approves Rep. VerHeulen bill allowing for regional airport authorities The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen to allow for the establishment of regional airport authorities to manage business operations for local airports instead of county boards.“Giving local communities a louder voice in the operation of local airports can do wonders for a regional economic asset like the Gerald R. Ford International Airport,” said Rep. VerHeulen, R-Walker. “This legislation is a big win for the greater Kent County area. With it, we can continue to make sure one of the drivers of the region’s economy is well managed and continues growing.”House Bill 4468 allows local governments to create a dedicated board focused solely on aeronautic operations that includes representation from surrounding communities. While such boards would not have the ability to levy taxes, they would be considered public bodies subject to the Freedom of Information Act.The bill is in response to requests from Kent County officials who want to create an authority to manage operations at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Several Kent County commissioners praised House approval of the bill, touting the airport as a major economic driver in the Kent County area.“Gerald R. Ford International Airport generated more than $3.1 billion in direct and indirect economic impact to the region and supported more than 40,000 jobs in the past year,” said Kent County Commissioner Roger Morgan, chair of the Airport Board. “The airport is this region’s most valuable economic and transportation asset. We need flexibility to develop policies and procedures tailored specifically to meet the needs of an increasingly competitive environment. We believe a business-focused board with commercially-oriented policies will encourage a more entrepreneurial, business, and hospitality management focus that is more conducive to customer service and air service development.”“The Kent County Board of Commissioners continues to view this proposed change as one of our top priorities in 2015,” said Dan Koorndyk, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. “Over the course of the last two years, we have engaged in studies and discussion regarding the best governance model for the airport. The current model has brought us to this point, but to be stronger on a regional level, we need to investigate our practices and determine what is best for business and for the county. We truly appreciate the efforts of west Michigan lawmakers for taking action quickly and showing bipartisan support for this proposal.”HB 4468 now goes to the Senate for consideration. Categories: VerHeulen Newslast_img read more

Rep Allor announces January office hours

first_img Categories: Allor News 02Jan Rep. Allor announces January office hours State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine invites residents to join her for local office hours this month.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Allor said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their convenience.”Monday, Jan. 14:• 11 a.m. to Noon at Alpena Community College, Room 106, 665 Johnson St. in Alpena;• 1 to 2 p.m. at the Alcona County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 106 5th St. in Harrisville; and• 3 to 4 p.m. at Plainfield Township Hall, 415 E. Main St. in Hale.Friday, Jan. 25:• 11 a.m. to Noon at Karsten’s Restaurant, 1072 W. 3rd St. in Rogers City; and• 1 to 2 p.m. at The Thirsty Sturgeon, 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Allor at 517-373-0833 or via email at read more

Law Students Walk Out to Voice Rejection of Kavanaugh as Legitimate Justice

first_imgShare198TweetShareEmail198 Shares“Capitol Hill Protest Sign on Lamp Post,” John BrighentiOctober 10, 2018; Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher EducationStudents from more than 30 law schools began a series of walkouts yesterday to protest the US Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. The walkout is expected to be a three-day action that concludes tomorrow. Many are wearing black in support of survivors of sexual assault or abuse. Dozens of organizations and universities are endorsing the protest.Triggered by Brooklyn Law School students, the campaign demands that “anyone seeking to be elected to Congress in November commits to impeaching Kavanaugh to protect any semblance of rule of law and the people of our communities.”The Strike Against Kavanaugh Organizing Committee begins its open letter this way:We are in the middle of a national emergency. Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court. We cannot accept a system that empowers a man who repeatedly lied under oath and a judiciary review process that only performs a sham of an investigation into his misconduct. We do not recognize Kavanaugh as a legitimate member of the United States Supreme Court.In related news, #webelievesurvivors now has its own website: (Kavanaugh’s support team forgot to register the domain name).The Chronicle article reviews protests that preceded this one, including this letter signed by more than 2,400 law professors. One of the Brooklyn Law School’s National Lawyers Guild student organizers, Justine Medina, told the Chronicle how this protest is different.“Law students are particularly situated to speak about this issue,” Medina said. They are aware of the effects of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, she said, and their proximity to power lends an obligation to defend the legal system’s norms, checks, and balances.“We’ve had a lot of protests in the past couple of years in response to Trump, which is very exciting,” Medina said. “But they’re starting to become normalized” as people head out to protest before and after work, and on the weekends. “We wanted to do something that would actually disrupt,” she said.Law school students are going beyond the walkout to make their case known, including phone banks and letter-writing campaigns. As NPQ has noted, there are many ways to participate.Because the strength of a narrative is in its retelling by the many in all circumstances where it applies. Each of us is an agent in this struggle for a more equitable voice and place in this democracy. That is how democracy sustains and reforms. That is us.Shortly before the Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh, Robert Post, Sterling professor at Yale Law School, powerfully summed up the reason why Yale students and many other law students across the country have acted to resist this “black-robed embodiment of raw partisan power inconsistent with any ideal of an impartial judiciary.”For as long as Kavanaugh sits on the court, he will remain a symbol of partisan anger, a haunting reminder that behind the smiling face of judicial benevolence lies the force of an urgent will to power. No one who felt the force of that anger could possibly believe that Kavanaugh might actually be a detached and impartial judge. Each and every Republican who votes for Kavanaugh, therefore, effectively announces that they care more about controlling the Supreme Court than they do about the legitimacy of the court itself. There will be hell to pay.—Jim SchafferShare198TweetShareEmail198 Shareslast_img read more

French regulator the CSA has unveiled six new chan

first_imgFrench regulator the CSA has unveiled six new channels on the country’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) service.The regulator has approved licences for TF1’s movie and drama channel HD1, M6’s family network 6ster, Amaury’s sports channel L’Equipe HD, Nextradio TV’s documentary station RMC, NRJ’s female skewing network Cherie HD and diversity channel Tvous la Telediversitie.The HD channels will launch before the end of 2012 and are expected to reach 50% of the country by the middle of next year. The channels will initially launch in Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux.last_img read more

The board of US videoondemand site Hulu has held

first_imgThe board of US video-on-demand site Hulu has held discussions with a number of potential buyers in an effort to establish their interest in acquiring the site, according to US press reports. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported that News Corp and Walt Disney – Hulu’s joint owners along with Comcast – were weighing their options and considering a sale as well as buying each other out.The WSJ named investment firm Guggenheim Partners as one potential buyer. However Reuters said that though Hulu’s board had approached several firms, it had not received a formal offer.In January, Guggenheim Partners launched a new digital media arm in a bid to “acquire and invest in new media companies and properties that will meaningfully expand its current portfolio.”Guggenheim Partners appointed Ross Levinsohn, formerly the interim CEO of Yahoo until Marissa Mayer took over, to head up this division. Levinsohn was previously rumoured to have been interested in buying Hulu during his time at Yahoo.last_img read more

CME coCEO Michael Del Nin The cochief executive

first_imgCME co-CEO Michael Del NinThe co-chief executive officer of Central European Media Enterprises (CME), Michael Del Nin, has slammed the firm’s Q3 performance as “unacceptable” as its revenues narrowed and it reported an operating loss of US$45 million (€32.7 million).The weak results came as CME warned that if it is unable to secure additional financing, “we will be unable to meet our debt service obligations and generally fund our operations sometime within the next twelve months.”Commenting on the results, co-CEO Christoph Mainusch said that the firm was now focused on “improving the monetisation of our audiences” and that improving the performance of its Czech operations is “the top priority.”“Christoph and I find this level of performance unacceptable and have directed all of our energy since starting with CME a few weeks ago to addressing the major reasons for these financial results and making changes to improve them going forward,” said Del Nin. The co-CEOs took charge of CME following the departure of former CEO Adrian Sarbu in August.Though CME’s net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2013 was better than in Q3 2012, coming in at a loss of US$23.3 million compared to a loss of US$32.6 last year, revenues dipped to US$135.8 million – down year-on-year from US$140.1 million.The firm’s operating loss of US$45.0 million was also worse than its US$18.4 million loss last year. Meanwhile, operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA), a measure of the profitability of ongoing business activities, came in at a loss of US$32.4 million compared to positive US$ 3.5 million last year.CME cited a US$15.1 million increase in content costs, US$ 4.2 million of restructuring charges, US$ 6.4 million of severance costs, and approximately US$ 5.0 million of operating and other costs, as well as a weaker dollar, for the steep decline in OBIDA.CME said that it no longer believes it will see a previously expected rebound in its Czech ad performance during the fall season, based on a combination of the current level of commitments, the continued weakness in demand from advertisers during October and on-going feedback received from advertisers and agencies.The firm revised down its full-year outlook to reflect “lower expectations for our operations in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic,” higher than expected restructuring charges, unanticipated severance costs, non-cash accelerated amortisation of programming, and the timing of carriage fee increases primarily in Romania and the Czech Republic.The results cap a difficult few months for CME, which has seen the departure of a number of top executives since Sarbu’s exit – including CFO David Sach, executive VP, strategic planning and operations Anthony Chhoy and the general director of CME’s Czech commercial TV station TV Nova, Jan Andrusko.last_img read more

MTGxs Lina Brounéus and Fredrik Ljungberg Modern

first_imgMTGx’s Lina Brounéus and Fredrik LjungbergModern Times Group’s MTGx digital division has upped company executive Fredrik Ljungberg to programming director for streaming service Viaplay Nordic.Ljungberg, who has been at MTG for more than six years, will take up his new role on October 1.He was previously head of programme planning, acquisition and research, in charge scheduling and acquiring content for MTG TV´s free channels in Sweden.In his new role, Ljungberg will take responsibility for programming on Viaplay Nordic and will report to Lina Brounéus.MTG said the appointment marks the beginning of “a new integrated MTGx content team,” following the creation of a new combined digital unit earlier this year.In March, MTG announced it was merging its Viaplay online pay TV business with itds MTGx ‘digital accelerator’ unit to create a more powerful digital entertainment arm, headed by headed by chief digital officer Rikard Steiber.MTGx now leads the digital development of all MTG´s products across all markets, including its core Viaplay service.Ljungberg joins a content team that is led by Jakob Mejlhede, chief content officer of MTGx.With the appointment, Brounéus, who is currently Viaplay’s programming director, will also take a broader responsibility as COO of content for MTGx and Viaplay, responsible for all digital content across MTGx channels.“As content goes more and more digital, it´s exciting to be part of a new set-up, where we work more integrated within MTG”, said Ljungberg.last_img read more

French telco Iliad TelecomFree has joined Orange

first_imgFrench telco Iliad Telecom/Free has joined Orange in declining to distribute Netflix when it launches in the country on September 15.Iliad Telecom CEO Maxime Lombardini said that the pair had failed to reach an agreement on distributing the US streaming service to Free subscribers’ boxes. Lombardini said that Netflix and Iliad had failed to come to an agreement on the economics of a deal, but did not rule out a compromise being reached in the future.Lombardini told French press that to his knowledge Netflix had not struck an agreement with the three other leading operators. Orange CEO Stéphane Richard confirmed at the end of July that his company would not distribute Netflix on its Livebox service, at least initially.The news comes as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings continues his press campaign in France. In an interview with daily newspaper Le Figaro, Hastings said that Netflix could break-even in France if it secured 10% of the country’s homes. Hastings said he hoped to win over about a third of French homes in five to 10 years’ time.Hastings reiterated that Netflix is committed to support the French production industry despite being based in Amsterdam, a move that exempts it from a formal commitment under the country’s content creation support rules.Canal+ is meanwhile expected to make a raft of announcements related to its existing CanalPlay SVoD service on September 10. According to the Journal du Dimanche, the pay TV operator plans to introduce the ability to download films and series for viewing offline, in addition to making new content available on the platform.last_img read more

Netflix missed its US target for new customer sign

first_imgNetflix missed its US target for new customer sign-ups and reported lower than expected operating income in its third quarter results.The subscription video-on-demand service added 0.88 million new US members in the quarter, compared to 0.98 million prior year and a forecast of 1.15 million.Netflix attributed the over-forecast to “slightly higher-than-expected involuntary churn” which it said was down to the ongoing transition to chip-based credit and debit cards in the US, which has resulted in cards being re-issued – sometimes with different card or account numbers.Globally, Netflix’s membership grew by 3.62 million to 69.17 million members, beating its forecast of 3.55 million. Netflix said that in terms of global net additions, Q3 saw its most accurate projections to date.In terms of financials, Netflix’s operating income was US$74 million (€65 million), compared to US$110 million last year and a forecast of US$81 million. Net income almost halved year-on-year from US$59.2 million to US$29.4 million. Meanwhile, revenue climbed year-on-year from US$1.41 billion to US$1.75 billion but was just shy of Reuters estimates of US$1.75 billion.“As we have indicated previously, international contribution losses will grow sequentially in Q4 as we launch Spain, Italy and Portugal. We have announced our expansion to South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore in early 2016. Our plan remains to run around break-even through 2016 and to deliver material profits thereafter,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells in a letter to shareholders.Netflix said it remained “on track to become global by the end of 2016” but said that the competitive landscape “remained vibrant” as other SVoD services continue to evolve and remain active bidders for content.Speaking on the Netflix earnings call, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “The media business is absolutely in flux… You’ve had this growing move away from linear and towards on-demand, both watching and spending. So the future of how the networks and studios deal with Netflix, and Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video is certainly going to determine their future.”On the content side, Sarrandos said “I think we definitely are being more adventurous in terms of the genres that we’re going into,” citing the launch of Netflix’s first talk show, with Chelsea Handler, early next year. He added that the likelihood of Netflix competing directly with Vice in the next two years is “probably high.”Commenting on the results, Paolo Pescatore, director of multiplay and media at CCS Insight said: “The key takeaway from Netflix’s latest financial results is its slower US subscriber growth. This is a result of the US competitive landscape intensifying and the arrival of new online video services such as Sling TV.Pescatore claimed that for Netflix these latest results “reinforce that its future growth lies in overseas expansion”, but said the main obstacles will be the amount of investment needed to secure rights for each country and how quickly the firm can become profitable in each market.“Regardless, we still believe that Netflix is a prime takeover target. All web players are looking for a stronger presence in paid-for video, something Netflix has achieved with remarkable success – potential suitors include Apple, Alibaba and Google,” he added.eMarketer media analyst, Paul Verna, said: “Netflix faces an increasingly fragmented and competitive market. Companies including Amazon, Hulu, Apple, Google and HBO are not only vying for viewing time and subscription dollars, they are also driving up the cost of content acquisition.“Netflix plans to invest approximately US$5 billion in content next year, up from just over US$3 billion in 2015. These rising costs, coupled with ongoing international expansion, will continue to put pressure on Netflix’s profitability.last_img read more

Twitter has acquired Magic Pony Technology a UKb

first_imgTwitter has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a UK-based outfit that specialises in machine learning techniques for visual processing.Twitter said Magic Pony’s technology would be used to enhance the company’s strength in live video. The technology is based on research by the London-based team to create algorithms that can understand the features of imagery.The company holds over 20 patents covering machine learning based approaches for visual processing on web, desktop and mobile.The move is the latest acquisition by Twitter in the field of machine learning, following the purchase of Madbits in 2014 and Whetlab in 2015.Magic Pony’s team will join the Twitter Cortex, a broader team of engineers, data scientists, and machine learning researchers. Magic Pony will serve as the European homebase for Twitter’s machine learning efforts.In a blog post, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that Twitter Cortex was “dedicated to building a product [Twitter] in which people can easily find new experiences to share and participate in”.last_img read more

Enrique Martinez The president and managing direct

Enrique MartinezThe president and managing director of Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic, Enrique Martínez,  is due to retire at the end of December after 24-years at the company.Fernando Medin will take over Martínez’s role on January 1, 2018, after being promoted from his existing position as Discovery’s executive vice-president and general manager for Brazil and the Southern Cone.Martínez will stay on in an advisory role for Discovery Networks International, reporting to president and chief executive JB Perrette.Paying tribute to the outgoing executive, Perrette described Martínez as “an incredible leader who has won the admiration of his peers in the industry as well as everyone who has worked with him” and said “his legacy will endure after a 35-year career in the pay-TV business”.Martinez said: “It has been an amazing opportunity to work for the best media company in the world and I am lucky to have been able to build and lead the Latin America business during my 24-years at Discovery.”Martinez joined discovery in 1994 and has since led the creation of a diverse portfolio of networks in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the US Hispanic market.His successor, Medin, joined Discovery in 2002 as vice president of  Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic’s legal department, and also played a key role in launching the company’s subsidiaries in Spain, Mexico and Brazil.“I look forward to continuing to create value and unlocking growth opportunities for the company, as well as to lead one of the best teams in the business,” said Medin. read more

Sony Pictures Television Networks SPTN has named

first_imgSony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has named Turner executive Steve Hornsey as vice-president of its UK Entertainment portfolio and Viacom-owned Channel 5 kids chief Sarah Muller as VP of SPTN’s UK kids and youth portfolio.Steve HornseyHornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels, including film services Sony Movies Channel and Movies4Men.Muller will take responsibility for leading the programming and development of SPTN’s linear and ad-supported VOD kids’ brands including Pop, Tiny Pop, Pop Max and recently launched AVOD service Pop Fun, alongside SPTN’s music channel portfolio.Hornsey is currently director, general entertainment UK and Northern Europe at Turner, where he has been responsible for programming Turner’s pay, free-to-air and SVOD entertainment services including TNT, truTV and TCM. Prior to joining Turner, Hornsey was general manager at UKTV overseeing Watch and alibi.He will be taking up his new role at SPTN in April.Sarah MullerAt Channel 5, Muller has been responsible for the kids brand Milkshake. Her previous roles including a 10-year tenure at the BBC, moving from CBBC head of acquisitions to creative director, where she developed programmes including Danger Mouse, Strange Hill High, Harriet’s Army, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground and Just William.Muller joins SPTN in March.Both Hornsey and Muller will report directly to Kate Marsh, SPTN’s EVP, Western Europe, international networks and will also become part of Marsh’s regional senior management team.Marsh said: “We are thrilled that Sarah and Steve are joining SPTN. Sarah has a wealth of experience in children’s and youth programming and I have no doubt she will lead our talented and passionate team to new successes.  Steve’s scripted planning and brand management expertise will help us cement our position as a leading free-to-air entertainment broadcaster as we continue to grow and expand our services across the UK and the region.”last_img read more

Smallerscale video service providers and content

first_imgSmaller-scale video service providers and content providers are increasingly looking to the cloud to provide shared facilities that can enable them to launch services more economically, according to an industry panel at the ANGA COM event in Cologne.IP video platform operators require scale to deliver their services and a shared multi-tenancy private cloud-based platform is best placed to deliver this, according to Gernot Jaeger (left), chief officer, B2B solutions at Zattoo.Jaeger said that the TV-as-a-service platform provided by his company delivered scale through the sharing of cloud resources among various operators.He said that operators today typically were still deploying their own set-top boxes but are complementing this by offering their services via apps to other devices, such as Swiss telco Salt’s use of Apple TV boxes and other service providers deploying their services to Roku devices.Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix, also speaking at the ANGA COM event, said that his company was working with content owners to provide a ‘content market place’ to enable operators to tap into “a vast array of content” that is encrypted and can be delivered on-demand to different players.“The cloud provides this kind of scalability,” he said. “Content owners can now reach consumers directly or they can reach service providers that want to reach that same base.”Oetegenn said that operators could also use the cloud to provide resources on-demand for IP coverage of live events such as the World Cup. In addition to the benefit of shared resources, using the cloud can also provide a wealth of data to enable operators to shape their services in line with patterns of consumer demand, he added. He said that the cloud was now capable of delivering services more efficiently and the vendor community was “ well-prepared” for the shift.Oliver Soellner, ABOX42, said that intelligence is moving to the cloud, but added that consumer premises devices were also becoming more sophisticated. The software stack and capability of the platform is becoming mroe rather than less important, he said. “That is the challenge for the set-top suppliers. Services are moving to the cloud but there is a need to manage the service through its lifecycle. Cloud services are designed to change over time, unlike with DVB-C.”last_img read more

Hispasats control centre Hispasat the Spanish sa

first_imgHispasat’s control centreHispasat, the Spanish satellite-based telecommunications operator, and Quadrille, the software provider and supplier of solutions for contend and OTT channels delivery via satellite, are introducing today a new solution for non-linear satellite-managed services, or Push VOD, at IBC. The solution allows on demand video content to be distribute via satellite without the need of internet access.Through this new solution, Hispasat provides a tool to its clients in the media market who wish to distribute non-linear content or video-on-demandn via satellite quickly and easily. The platform can also be used in market segments such as mobility and corporate and government services, according to Hispasat.Quadrille is providing its QuadriFast software package to send video files and advertisements.Ignacio Sanchis, chief commercial officer of Hispasat said that “innovation in audiovisual services is part of Hispasat’s DNA. We always seek to offer the best solutions that allow our clients to develop and grow their services via satellite. Thanks to the solution that we’ve developed with Quadrille, our clients will be able to offer added value services, such as VoD or Catch-up TV, in a simple and efficient manner”.Xavier Battas, CEO of Quadrille, said: “The time has come when satellite TV viewers can have access to non-linear contents as if they were connected to the internet. The great thing about accessing non-linear contents via satellite with QuadriFast is that users will always have the best visual experience without any loss of image quality. We here in Quadrille are very proud of having provided our experience in this field to Hispasat”.Hispasat is exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.C37.last_img read more

Video viewing remains a highly social medium in th

first_imgVideo viewing remains a highly social medium in the US, with almost half of viewing time spent with others, according to GfK MRI.The research firm’s latest Cord Evolution study claims that Americans watch TV or video in groups for 48% of their total viewing time.In addition, 49% of all adults – and 60% aged 18-34 – reported co-viewing more often now than they did three years ago.Some 58% of co-viewing time was found to be spent with a partner, 19% was spent with children, 16% with family members, and 9% with friends.In terms of TV services used most often when co-viewing, 48% said they co-watch traditional TV services, while 52% co-view streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.However, among 18-34 year-olds, 72% opted for streaming services as their co-viewing medium of choice.“The social nature of TV viewing continues to drive people to this enjoyable shared experience,” said Amy Hunt, vice-president of TV and video media sales at MRI.“A lot has been said recently about the introduction of dynamically inserted ads for shows; but this seems to be predicated on the idea of only one target watching. The increase of co-viewing suggests that more ad options will need to be available, to appeal to the widest possible audience range.”MRI’s Cord Evolution research is based on 24,000 in-person, in-home interviews, asking about “cord intentions” and tracking “cord disruption” – namely the impact of new digital offerings on traditional TV subscriptions and linear viewing behaviour.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet DONEGAL has been left shocked and stunned today over the sad news that a young woman from the county has been murdered in India.The woman is in her 20s and is from Buncrana in Inishowen.Her naked body was found with cuts and marks to her face. buncranaCANCONACOUNCILLOR RENA DONAGHYFOREIGN AFFAIRSGOAIANSinishowen Police in Goa say a post mortem examination will be carried out to determine how the young woman died and if she was the victim also of a sexual assault.The identity of the young woman has not yet been released officially until Gardai can inform all her relatives of the tragic news.However, sources have named the girl.Local councillor Rena Donaghey said: “The whole community and the town of Buncrana is in deep shock today. Everyone is very saddened by the news. “She was a lovely young woman who has come to a very sad end.“She was very popular and very liked in the community. She headed off on a backpacking holiday in February to do some travelling.“On behalf of the community, I would like to offer sympathy and condolences. I hope God will give the family strength at this tragic time to help them through the weeks and months ahead,” said the Fianna Fail councillor.”The popular woman grew up in Buncrana, attending the local Scoil Mhuire secondary school.A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told “The Irish embassy in Delhi is in contact with the Indian authorities in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance.”The victim was found in Canacona near Goa.Police sources told the Times of India that a local farmer noticed the body while he was on his way to the fields, in a woodland spot – 300m from a road.According to IANS the victim had arrived in the Palolem beach area on Sunday evening to participate in Holi celebrations before being found dead on Tuesday.“We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer told IANS.Six “suspects” have been questioned by police in relation to the killing and reports say that one man is due to be brought before a court today.LATEST NEWS….SHOCK AND SADNESS AS DONEGAL WOMAN MURDERED IN INDIA was last modified: March 15th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

All are welcome to attend the viewing on Tuesday

first_img“All are welcome to attend the viewing on Tuesday 29th November at 1900 in the European Parliament.“To register just email“ANDERSON TO HOST SCREENING OF ’66 DAYS’ IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet “Bobby Sands led the 1981 Irish Republican Hunger Strike in response to barbaric conditions imposed upon political prisoners in Long Kesh and Armagh Gaol.“Support for his struggle against the British Thatcher government was so immense that it saw Bobby be elected as Member of Parliament for Fermanagh South Tyrone. Bobby Sands remains an inspiration to all republicans and all those fighting oppression, occupation and discrimination across the world.“We will be particularly delighted to welcome the film’s director, Brendan J Byrne to Brussels to take part in a panel discussion about the film and its subject matter.“Joining him will be former political prisoners Councillor Seanna Walsh and Jennifer McCann MLA who will speak on their own experiences as political prisoners during the recent conflict. ANDERSON TO HOST SCREENING OF ’66 DAYS’ IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTBOBBY SANDSJENNIFER MCCANN MLALONG KESHREPUBLICAN HUNGER STRIKESEANNA WALSH Sinn Fein MEP Martina AndersonSINN Féin MEP Martina Anderson will host a screening of the award-winning film, ’66 Days’ in the European Parliament in Brussels later this month.Ms Anderson said: “This documentary film charts the course of one of the most significant moments in recent Irish history, the 1981 Hunger Strike and tells the story of its leader, IRA Volunteer Bobby Sands.“The documentary is a powerful piece of film and includes a range of interviews from contemporaries of Bobby, journalists, historians and those involved, from all sides, in the recent conflict in Ireland.“It is a detailed production that includes a wide range of views and provides an insight into one of the most recognisable freedom fighters in the world.last_img read more