August 23, 2019

Will Trumps Economic Advisers Help Housing

first_img Donald Trump Economic Advisers Housing Market Presidential Campaign The Collingwood Group 2016-08-05 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has announced his list of economic advisers, which is laden with financial industry executives and real estate industry executives.During his presidential campaign, Trump has said very little about housing. He has spoken out on financial reform, promising to eliminate the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which President Obama signed into law in 2010.The list of Trump’s economic advisers includes (among others):Tom Barrack, founder of private equity firm Colony Capital.Andy Beal, founder of Beal Bank and several other financial firms.Stephen Calk, founder of Federal Savings Bank and National Bancorp Holdings, which is primarily focused on increasing home ownership among veterans.Steven Feinberg, co-founder of private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, which focuses on investing in distressed assets.Howard Lorber, CEO of Vector Group, a publicly traded company involved in the real estate and consumer products industries.Steven Mnuchin, CEO of Dune Capital Management, a private investment firm. Mnuchin is also a former Goldman Sachs executive, and interestingly enough, contributed multiple times to Hillary Clinton when she was a senator.John Paulson, president of hedge fund Paulson & Co.Steven Roth, CEO of Vornado Realty Trust.Now with several economic advisers with real estate backgrounds on his team, will Trump speak out more frequently on the topic of housing and on boosting the homeownership rate? And if Trump is elected, will this group work to increase the homeownership rate?“Relative to housing, I hope this impressive group of economic advisers highlight for Mr. Trump the tight credit market and its negative impact on the ability of middle class families to buy a home in particular minority homebuyers,” said The Collingwood Group Vice Chairman Brian Montgomery, former Assistant Secretary of HUD and FHA Commissioner. “I would also add to the list soaring apartment rental rates especially in urban markets making it nearly impossible for lower income families to live there, a regulatory environment that has driven the cost to originate a mortgage loan to record high levels, and finally how to begin extracting the full faith and credit of the US government from a $6 trillion housing market and bring back private capital.”Trump’s Democratic opponent for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, rolled out a plan to increase the homeownership rate at the beginning of the year, but otherwise has said little about housing.“Housing in general needs to be a topic both candidates give higher priority to,” Montgomery said.center_img August 5, 2016 590 Views Will Trump’s Economic Advisers Help Housing?last_img read more

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Remand for money jar theft

first_imgThree teenagers were remanded at Limassol district court on Friday in connection with the theft of some €8,000 from a woman’s money jar.The case was reported to police by a 25-year-old woman after she noticed the money jar which she was saving money for her child’s treatment abroad was stolen.Police arrested two teenagers, 15 and 17 that are in her close circle in connection to the case. A 19-year-old male was also arrested for helping them.Court heard the girls had stolen the money to help his drug addiction.The three were remanded for eight days.Police continue investigations.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Frederick supports choice for high school students

first_img Categories: Frederick News,News State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today voted on the House floor in support of merit curriculum legislation that will give high school students more education choices and help better connect with 21st century jobs.The legislation was approved Tuesday by the House Workforce and Talent Committee, which Frederick chairs.  Testifiers in support included Dr. Kari Selleck, curriculum director at Owosso Public Schools.“The message from parents and many educators has been clear; we need to give students the opportunity to explore the fields that align with their educational interests,” said Frederick, who co-sponsored all four bills. “We’ve got employers looking right now for young professionals proficient in skilled trades, computer coding and other in-demand specializations, but not enough people are available to fill the positions despite many high schools and ISDs having training programs.  Some of this problem can be addressed thorough increased flexibility in class choices and schedule options at the local level to allow students to pursue several different pathways.”The four bills in the package will:Allow students to fulfill a 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a combination of career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts courses.Allow for one of two required foreign language credits to be achieved through a CTE course, computer coding or certain visual/performing arts courses. This is current law, but legislation would remove the 2021 expiration date.Allow the completion of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program within a CTE program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow a Statistics course to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the Senate for its consideration.##### 30Mar Rep. Frederick supports choice for high school studentslast_img read more

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Rep Kahle invites residents to indistrict office hours

first_img14Sep Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, 407 S. Lane St. in Blissfield.“I always appreciate the opportunity to meet with people in our community and learn about what’s most important to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “Residents interested in discussing matters concerning state government are welcome and encouraged to stop by and talk with me.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov. Categories: Kahle Newslast_img read more

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Rep Lucido Its time for the MCCA to open the books

first_img26Apr Rep. Lucido: ‘It’s time for the MCCA to open the books’ State Rep. Peter Lucido on Wednesday introduced a plan requiring the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to disclose premium calculation information to the public.Under Lucido’s measure, the MCCA – which reimburses no-fault auto insurers for medical costs in excess of $555,000 per claim – would have within 15 days after calculating premium changes to disclose criteria used, as well as expected losses and expenses, on its website for public viewing.“The MCCA ought to be transparent and open to the public,” said Lucido of Shelby Township. “Motorists paying for auto insurance and driving legally are the ones paying the rates. Open the books. Let’s learn the truth.”Lucido’s plan comes shortly after the MCCA recently announced per-vehicle assessments will increase $192 beginning on July 1 – a 13-percent increase from the current $170 rate. Michigan courts have ruled the MCCA not subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act.“No one but the MCCA knows how they’re estimating expenses and losses,” Lucido said. “We need to know who’s making the money and where the money goes.”House Bill 5878 moves to the House Insurance Committee for further consideration. Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more

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Rep Mueller backs plan offering more protection for first responders

first_img Categories: Mueller News State Rep. Mike Mueller has co-sponsored a plan to stiffen penalties for criminals who threaten or carry out targeted attacks on first responders and corrections officers in Michigan.Mueller, who recently retired after 19 years as a sheriff’s deputy, said attacks on law enforcement officers and other first responders have increased over the past few years, creating a need for stronger protections.“First responders put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. We must do more to protect them in return,” said Mueller, of Linden. “We cannot allow our police officers, firefighters and EMS responders to be targeted simply because they wear a uniform or carry a badge.”The new legislation would protect law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel by providing additional deterrents against crime. Under the plan, anyone who is found to have committed a violent felony targeting a first responder would be subject to two additional years in prison, served consecutively with any other penalties.In 2016, law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose to their highest level in five years, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty. Michigan was among the five highest-ranking states for police fatalities, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.“Responding to emergencies is dangerous, even without a target on your back,” Mueller said. “Passing this plan will show our first responders we have their backs.”House Bills 4337-38 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.### 05Apr Rep. Mueller backs plan offering more protection for first responderslast_img read more

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How a Pilot Program Can Solve Two Technology Problems

first_imgShare48TweetShare7Email55 SharesJune 17, 2015; CIOWhile a previous article from the NPQ Newswire presented the convincing argument that “In the Internet Era, Anyone Can Be Behind the Code,” there are some other less inclusive realities in the technology sector. First, as the plethora of cybersecurity hacks and data breaches proves, there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Second, there is a lack of women in technology.The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing four times faster than the overall IT job market, and 12 times faster than the total job market. In 2013, there were more than 200,000 job postings across the US for cybersecurity jobs. More disheartening, women comprised less than 11 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, according to a March 2014 report by Burning Glass.But here’s some promising news. For the first time since the University of California at Berkeley has been keeping records, there were more women than men (106 to 104) enrolled in an introductory computer science course for the spring 2014 semester. At Berkeley, the percentage of female computer science majors nearly doubled from 2009 to 2013 (21 percent), and at Stanford University, female computer science enrollment grew from 12.5 percent in 2008 to 21 percent in 2013.A pilot program has been created to address both issues. On one side is Cybrary, founded in early 2015. Started by two technology professionals in Maryland, Cybrary’s goal is to provide anyone, anywhere, with the opportunity to learn IT and Cybersecurity. On the other is Women in Technology (WIT), a nonprofit organization whose mission is the advancement of women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom by providing advocacy, leadership development, networking, mentoring, and technology education.As explained by Ryan Corey, Cybrary’s CEO and founder:“Our mission is to provide comprehensive IT and cybersecurity training options for underserved and disadvantaged people seeking to break into cybersecurity or advance in their current jobs. This partnership is a great way to kill two birds with one stone—to address both the cybersecurity talent shortage and address the gender gap that exists in IT fields…The training on the platform gives anyone, at any stage in her career the ability to take classes that can help advance. From entry level technical, advanced technical, management, and even executive cybersecurity classes.”The new pilot program will make Cybrary’s enterprise training platform, which includes extensive security education, available at no cost to WIT members to help advance women and girls in the IT and cybersecurity industries.According to Phyllis Kolmus, immediate past president of WIT:“Starting to learn at an early age means that these already very talented women will eventually enter the workforce more highly equipped with advanced skill sets, which will distinguish them from peers… Cyber is important to everyone, whether you are a cyber professional running your own business, an executive in a company, or on a Board. This hands-on background positions girls and women to have options as they move forward in life.”Since women represent a much smaller presence in cybersecurity than other areas of IT, programs like this one between Cybrary and WIT will help level the playing field, introduce cybersecurity to a wider audience, and develop more talent. And if the results lead to a decrease in security breaches, who can argue?—Debbie LaskeyShare48TweetShare7Email55 Shareslast_img read more

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Indian Country Devastated by Ongoing Government Shutdown

first_imgShare887Tweet18ShareEmail905 Shares“Chairperson Aaron Payment (left) of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, during the Executive Council Winter Session,” USDAJanuary 1, 2019; New York TimesAt thirteen days and counting, this partial government shutdown is now the second-longest shutdown in the last two decades, the fourth-longest in history, and the third for the Trump administration. While only a fourth of government spending is technically affected, so the impact is “limited,” those living in Indian Country are reeling from the devastating effects.For Indian Country, a government shutdown means more than closed museums. Rather, it means lack of access to basic services, which the federal government is obligated to provide from trust and treaties signed centuries ago. Between the late 18th and 19th centuries, the United States and Native American peoples signed around 400 treaties. These treaties essentially gave the US government land once held by American Indian nations in exchange for land reservations and a guarantee that the US government would recognize Indian tribes as sovereign domestic dependent nations. The 1977 Senate report of the American Indian Policy Review Commission describes the trust relationship as follows:The purpose behind the trust doctrine is and always has been to ensure the survival and welfare of Indian tribes and people. This includes an obligation to provide those services required to protect and enhance tribal lands, resources, and self-government, and also includes those economic and social programs which are necessary to raise the standard of living and social well-being of the Indian people to a level comparable to the non-Indian society.These treaties guaranteed the protection and well-being of federally recognized tribes, coming from government-to-government relations, which now takes the form of federally funded services. Those services, including disaster relief, police protection, health clinics, and food, are now being denied to Indian Country during the shutdown. For more information about how Indian Tribes are affected during a shutdown, please read Rick Cohen’s “Indian Tribes Try to Cope with Shutdown,” which dates to 2013.Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, argues, “The federal government owes us this: We prepaid with millions of acres of land. We don’t have the right to take back that land, so we expect the federal government to fulfill its treaty and trust responsibility.”The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been using hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own reserves to keep afloat. Payment estimates, “Currently, the cost per day is about $100,000; we have reserves to be able to cover that our council has appropriated. We’ve probably eaten about half of our reserves and support dollars since the shutdown happened.”Russell Begaye, the president of the Navajo Nation, said his tribe has been in a dire situation because of a snowstorm that hit parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. According to Begaye, “The Bureau of Indian Affairs under the Department of the Interior, they normally maintain the roads. Much of that is dirt road, and a lot of our people living out in the rural areas are not able to get out of their homes because the roads are ice-packed and snow-packed, and if it starts to melt, it gets muddy. So, our people basically can’t get out.”With Trump showing no sign of letting up on his border wall, indicating, “I would look foolish if I did that,” an end to the shutdown is not in sight. While the government is without a doubt failing to fulfill its trust and treaty obligations, as NPQ noted during last year’s shutdown, nonprofit organizations may called upon to fill the gap until services are back in place for Indian Country.—Sheela NimishakaviShare887Tweet18ShareEmail905 Shareslast_img read more

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SeaChange is selling its broadcast server and stor

first_imgSeaChange is selling its broadcast server and storage business so it can focus on its software and services operations.The business will be sold to a group of financial investors, led by a US-based venture firm, and renamed XOR Media.SeaChange CEO Raghu Rau said, “This divestiture is an important part of our strategy to transform SeaChange into a pure play software company, significantly reduce our overall cost structure, and strengthen our ability to compete in delivering next generation multiscreen video solutions, while generating cash. It’s important to note that this sale is not a parting of ways between SeaChange and the new company XOR Media. We will continue to work together to offer our customers a complete solution. We see this divestiture as a step toward a future relationship – not the ending of one.”The move is the latest in a series of measure designed to reduce costs. Earlier this year SeaChange said had reduced its workforce in a move that would result in over US$5 million (€3.8 million) in annualised cost reductions.last_img read more

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US DVR specialist TiVo reported improved revenues

first_imgUS DVR specialist TiVo reported improved revenues and a lower than expected loss as it logged its biggest increase in subscribers in more than seven years. For the three months ended April 30, TiVo said that multi-system operator subscriptions increased by 277,000 in the quarter, thanks largely to its partnership with Virgin Media in the UK.“Virgin Media added 172,000 TiVo subscriptions in its fiscal first quarter, bringing the total to 1.5 million, or 40% of its entire base,” said TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers.He added that in Spain, ONO’s recently announced that its TiVo subscription base is now at 166,000, up 68% from three months ago, and said that US cable company Suddenlink now has 80,000 installed TiVo customers after a strong quarter of additions.TiVo’s total cumulative subscription figure now stands at 3.4 million, it said – both from MSO and direct TiVo customers, while MSO revenue increased 98% year-on-year.Overall, the firm reported net revenues of US$82.6 million (€64.2 million), up from US$67.8 million for the same period last year. Of this service and technology revenues were US$61.8 million – this compared to a guidance of US$60 million to US$62 million and US$54.5 million for the same quarter last year.TiVo reported a net loss of US$10.3 million, compared to a predicted loss of US$16 million to US$19 million. This compared to a net loss of US$20.8 million in the same quarter last year.“Looking ahead, we’re continuing to focus on our vision of making consumption of television more personalised, with more programming choices customised according to user-defined preferences and accessible from the cloud enabling users to get those programming choices through TiVo on different devices regardless of location,” said Rogers.“We saw one of the best quarters ever in terms of subscription growth, driven by a number of our existing operator deals in the US and abroad that are fully up and running. As a result, we delivered solid MSO revenue growth, which we expect will only continue as we roll out additional deployments.”last_img read more

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Modern Times Group MTG is to launch a national t

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) is to launch a national terrestrial free-to-air channel in Tanzania later this year or in early 2014.The channel, to be called Viasat1, will feature a broad range of family entertainment, including a mix of locally produced and international formats including national news, talk and music shows; African movies and drama series; as well as Hollywood sitcoms and movies.The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority has awarded the new channel a digital-terrestrial licence, and MTG is building new offices, playout and studio facilities in Dar-es-Salaam.Viasat1 will compete with Tanzania’s existing main free-to-air channels – ITV, Star TV, EATV, and public broadcast service TBC1.This will be MTG’s second move into free-to-air TV in Africa, following the 2008 launch of the Viasat1 channel in Ghana, now the country’s second largest commercial broadcaster, according to the company. In 2010 MTG also created a local production company in Ghana, Modern Africa Productions, which serves sub-Saharan Africa with locally produced content.Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, president and CEO of MTG, said: “We are delighted to launch our second free-TV channel in Africa under the Viasat1 brand. The region is growing rapidly, and we are excited about participating in, and contributing to, the rapid development of a high growth market. Our goal is to build fast growing, profitable and long term sustainable businesses, by offering African viewers strong brands and a wide range of high quality local and international entertainment programmes and formats.”last_img read more

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ATX Networks will exhibit at IBC on stand 14G16

first_imgATX Networks will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.G16 ATX Networks has launched its new, non-licence based, VersAtivePro professional quality transcoding platform.ATX said that the licence-free structure will give users the freedom to cost-effectively transcode what they want, when they want, and said that the platform was designed to be “the most budget-friendly solution in the professional quality transcoder market.”VersAtivePro devices will be manageable by ATX’s Video Management System (VMS), which offers centralised control of video services run though VersAtive Pro units, with a single UI for managing multiple units.ATX Networks offers a broad range of products to the global cable television industry, including video solutions covering transcoding, multichannel and PEG encoding, content streaming solutions, bulk video transition and gateways, RF and optical transmission and RF filters, transmitters and receivers.last_img read more

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French media regulator the CSA has said it will is

first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA has said it will issue a call for candidates to launch HD services on the country’s digital-terrestrial network, to coincide with the scheduled transition of the platform from the 700MHz spectrum, the planned migration of the platform to MPEG-4 and the anticipated shut-down of SD versions of channels that are available in HD.The French government plans to migrate the DTT platform in April next year in order to make the 700MHz band available to telecom operators.Candidates for the HD licences will only be able to launch services following legislative measures deemed to be necessary to ensure a smooth transition of the platform to MPEG-4 compression.The CSA said it was launching an appeal now in the awareness of the need for broadcasters to plan for the changes ahead and the anticipated availability of new frequencies in April next year, when duplicate SD services will close and bandwidth will be made available by the MPEG-4 transition.The regulator said its call would allow existing broadcasters to plan for the transition of their services to HD as well as for the possible introduction of new services.last_img read more

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Thomson Video Networks will demonstrate encoding o

first_imgThomson Video Networks will demonstrate encoding of a live UHD TV signal to distribute high-dynamic-range (HDR) content at IBC 2015 on its ViBE 4K platform. ViBE 4K enables media enterprises to leverage high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) to provide live compression of UHD sources at up to 60 frames per second and in 10-bit colour. ViBE 4K with HDR support will be commercially available in early 2016, according to Thomson.In the HDR demonstration at IBC2015, ViBE 4K will take a UHD HDR signal from a SMPTE 2084-compliant broadcast feed and encode it to provide a standard UHD HEVC Main10 compressed stream with specific HDR information. The stream can then be decoded using any HEVC Main10-compliant decoder.“In order to launch successful UHD services, broadcasters need to effectively leverage all emerging technologies and standards at their disposal. By significantly enhancing high-luminance content like sparkling metal and glittering lights, HDR takes the UHD TV viewing experience to new levels. In fact, both the European Broadcasting Union and Japanese standards authorities will soon begin requiring HDR for UHD broadcasts, and the first HDR-compatible TV sets are already on the market. By adding HDR support for live content to our ViBE 4K, we have accomplished another industry first — an encoding solution that enables broadcasters to address both HDR decoders and nonHDR TV sets in a single stream, with minimal overhead for the HDR metadata,” said Eric Gallier, vice president of marketing, Thomson Video Networks.“ViBE 4K is perfect for forward-thinking broadcasters that are already expanding their infrastructures to provide a premium viewing experience to their customers, and HDR support will take these broadcasters one step closer to delivering a truly immersive live UHD experience. ViBE 4K is just the latest example of our commitment to provide the most future-proof compression solutions on the market for contribution and distribution, especially since HDR support might soon become mandatory for UHD TV delivery.”Separately, Thomson Video Networks has struck a deal with HP to develop a next-generation video delivery infrastructure based on the ViBE VS7000 software integrated with an HP Moonshot system equipped with HP ProLiant m710 server cartridges.The new, all-in-one solution combines the VS7000’s video transcoding with other applications, such as back-office and CDN, running on different m710 cartridges in a single Moonshot chassis. By providing application-dedicated, low-power cartridges instead of traditional servers, the Moonshot system aims to reduce the total cost of ownership, according to Thomson.“HP has been an important collaborator for Thomson Video Networks’ software-based solutions since 1996, and we’ve been pleased to work with HP on Xeon-based servers like the DL360/380 stand-alone servers and C7000 blade centres. The ViBE VS7000 software running on Moonshot is a breakthrough showcase for our Intel Core i7 video transcoding technology. As HP’s next-generation data center platform, Moonshot brings together massive compute performance and low power consumption. Its application-driven cartridge approach promises to fundamentally change data center architectures,” said Stephane Cloirec, director of product management, Thomson Video Networks.“The collaboration between Thomson and HP comes at a time when the media and entertainment industry has high demand for rich media content and more robust cloud and Internet-based services. These requirements call for disruptive innovation from industry leaders. The agreement enables us to provide an all-in-one video delivery system based on Moonshot to pave the way for HP’s next-generation video delivery infrastructure, allowing customers broadcast-grade video applications for the future,” said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager, Moonshot Business Unit, HP.Thomson Video Networks will exhibit at IBC on Stand 14.A10last_img read more

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Sports and entertainment network beIN has expanded

first_imgSports and entertainment network beIN has expanded its platform with the launch of a range of movie and entertainment channels in the Middle East and North Africa.Announcing the move, beIN said that it is launching 24 entertainment channels in HD and that the company is positioning itself as a “comprehensive pay TV entertainment player” in the MENA region.beIN Media Group chairman and CEO, Nasser Al Khelaifi, said “beIN’s vision is to reshape the future of pay TV and family entertainment in MENA through offering premium multi-genre entertainment at affordable prices.”Alongside beIN’s existing premium sports offering, it will now also air blockbuster movies, family entertainment, factual and kid’s content.beIN said that expects “significant subscriber growth” following this strategic expansion and that the company is “determined to keep expanding its sports, movies and entertainment content portfolio.”The new channels will be available for free to existing beIN subscribers until the end of 2015, while new subscribers will be able to buy the package offering.beIN’s sports offering includes coverage of competitions like the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A football, French Open Tennis, NBA basketball, MotoGP motorsports, Tour de France cycling and Six Nations rugby.last_img read more

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Mediaset has produced and distributed a series of

first_imgMediaset has produced and distributed a series of 360° and stereoscopic 3D clips of a Radio Italia Live concert in Milan.Mediaset produced eight 360° video clips of singers including Elisa, Emma Marrone, Zero Assoluto, Negramaro, Alessio Barnabei, Alessandra Amoroso, Lorenzo Fragola, Benji & Fede, J-Ax and Fedez.Singers were accompanied by the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Bruno Santori.The footage, which was made available on the Mediaset On Demand portal, enables viewers to move their point of view around the scene via their PC, smartphone or tablet.Mediaset also made the content available via the Radio Italia Facebook page and web portal.The project was led by Mediaset’s research and innovation department and Video Time in collaboration with RTI Interactive Media and Publitalia Branded Entertainment.last_img read more

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Rakutenowned OTT TV service provider Wuakitv has

first_imgRakuten-owned OTT TV service provider Wuaki.tv has launched on Roku streaming players in the UK and Ireland.The Wuaki.tv channel allows consumers to rent or purchase popular TV shows and movies, with current titles including recent blockbusters such as Deadpool, The Revenant and Spotlight as well as TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.Wuaki.tv is now available as part of Roku’s selection of UK streaming channels including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, Now TV, Sky Store, Google Play, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and My5.Users can rent or purchase movies and TV shows directly on their Roku streaming player from €4,99 or £4.49.“Welcoming Wuaki.tv to the Roku streaming platform in both UK and Ireland enriches the content offering for these countries with some of the most talked about TV shows and movies. Wuaki.tv offers each country a localized and diverse catalogue movies and TV shows from all major studios,” said Ed Lee, vice president of content acquisition at Roku.“Our goal is to get Wuaki.tv on all popular connected TV platforms, which clearly includes Roku,” said Sidharth Jayant, global product director at Rakuten Wuaki.tv. “Since the launch of Wuaki.tv we have seen tremendous growth in these markets. There is strong demand for streaming content.”last_img read more

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Telefonica has unveiled a pilot scheme that will a

first_imgTelefonica has unveiled a pilot scheme that will allow users to access TV content in virtual reality (VR).The TV Virtual Experience project was unveiled at Mobile World Congress and lets users watch Movistar+ content on a large 2D screen in either in a private virtual room or with others in a public virtual room.The prototype app is compatible with the Oculus, Microsoft and Steam VR platforms and allows users to access live Movistar+ channels and on-demand content, as well as 360-degree content.“This experience constitutes one more step towards the television of the future whereby, as a result of the new technologies, an integral experience will be achieved, enabling users to switch from being passive subjects to interacting with the contents and adapting them to their needs,” said Telefonica in a statement.last_img read more

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Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has stru

first_imgSpanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has struck an agreement with digital-terrestrial channel provider TEN whereby it will take over the provision of content for the TEN Televisión channel.TEN Televisón began broadcasting on Spain’s DTT network in April 2016. Mediapro said its agreement with TEN would lead to the programming of a channel that is “more attractive” for Spanish viewers. The group said that its “extensive experience” as provider of content for both thematic and generalist TV channels would enable it to contribute to the development of TEN Televisión on the digital-terrestrial platform.TEN owner Grupo Secuoya won one of three licences granted for standard definition channels on the DTT platform at the end of 2015 for a generalist channel, providing a mix of entertainment, docu-shows and reality programmes.Mediapro already operates one free-to-view channel on the DTT platform – sports channel Gol.The deal with Mediapro comes after a period when Secuoya was reportedly seeking a partner for the channel, including with international groups such as Sony Fox, and Discovery. Since its launch, TEN has failed to make a signfican impact in terms of audience share, while advertising on the DTT platform has been dominated by Mediaset and Atresmedia.last_img read more

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Agama Technologies CEO Mikael Dahlgren talks about

first_imgAgama Technologies CEO Mikael Dahlgren talks about the challenges faced by OTT TV service provider in matching the quality of broadcast services.What are the main challenges that OTT TV service providers face in providing services that can match broadcast for the quality of experience they provide?The fundamental OTT technology as such is really not a problem. Although the increased complexity with active clients and dynamic codec rates can make understanding the quality of experience more complicated, this is manageable.From an operational viewpoint, the biggest challenge for OTT providers is their lack of control over the entire delivery chain. Third party ISPs and CDN providers, as well as a wide variety of unmanaged devices, make it very hard to manage the overall quality of experience.What do service providers need to put in place to ensure that quality requirements are met?As for any requirement, the first order of business to ensure quality is to understand how well you are performing. It is crucial that you collect the right data in the right places to get a clear picture of your entire service output.Many monitoring solutions for OTT often focus on client-side monitoring. This is an important part of the process, but the service creation must also be monitored if you are to get a comprehensive understanding of the consumers’ quality of experience.Another sometimes overlooked area is active testing. This is required to proactively assess the availability and the quality of your OTT service.Finally, to turn the wealth of monitoring data pouring in from across your OTT solution into useful insights, you need a powerful analytics solution to help you understand service performance, both from a consumer and from a technical and operational view point.How big a challenge is presented to quality of experience by several suppliers being involved in building an OTT TV service?This can be a major headache. Working with third-party service providers is always a challenge, particularly when it comes to service level agreements and metrics for quality of service. Many SLAs are vague and focus on specific QoS metrics, rather than on the end customers’ service experience. Producing objective and accepted metrics on how third-party providers contribute to QoE of the service can be very testing. This is complicated further where, for the internet access part of the equation, you may not have a contractual relationship with the customer’s ISP and you could even be competing with them.Does it make sense for service providers to adopt a single end-to-end technology solution or to use a mix of different technologies, and why?As the value of a service assurance solution is really in the overview you get and the conclusions you can draw, and not in the monitoring data itself, you must make sure that you can really consolidate information from across your delivery chain. One way of achieving this is, of course, to go with a single vendor, such as Agama, capable of providing an end-to-end solution. If you do integrate a solution from multiple vendors you need to make sure that you not only collect data from the different parts, but that you understand how to put it all together. This can be harder than it first seems if the semantics of different data sources are different.What are the key differences between cloud-delivered TV and traditional broadcast TV? Can cloud TV match broadcast for quality and what advantage, if any, does cloud TV bring that broadcast TV can’t equal?The key difference between cloud-delivered TV and broadcast TV is that when it comes to cloud-delivered TV, each experience is unique, the entire solution is adaptive and organised around consumer ‘pull’, rather than on broadcaster ‘push’. This adds a level of complexity to the cloud experience, making it a bit harder to understand and manage quality, but it also adds flexibility.If you expand your notion of quality of experience from a narrow technical scope to also include availability, maybe at a lower quality level, then clearly OTT adds reach to the experience in a way that broadcast can not. The global reach of the internet also enables more niche content to reach its audience in a viable way. This is clearly a quality of OTT services that broadcasters will find difficult to match.last_img read more

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