Rep Schroeder unveils district photo winners in Lansing

first_img17Apr Rep. Schroeder unveils district photo winners in Lansing Categories: Schroeder News,Schroeder Photos State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township today hosted winners of the district photo contest at her Lansing office. In addition to officially unveiling the photos selected to represent the natural beauty of the 43rd District, Rep. Schroeder had the constituent photographers join her for the day around the Capitol.State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township today was joined by district photo contest winners Matt Nichols, Alexandra Touchstone, and Sue Wylie in Lansing for an official unveiling and to spend the day at the Capitol.last_img

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The World Class Poverty in Americas Booming Economy

first_imgShare230Tweet107Share21Email358 Shares“Poverty” by Paul DowneyJanuary 24, 2018; New York Times and the Brookings InstitutionFrom the depths of the Great Recession, the US economy has seen nine years of strong growth. Employment has increased, and the unemployment rate has declined to a historically low level of 4.1 percent. Wages, which were stagnant during much of this period of growth, have begun to inch up. The recent rewriting of the Federal Tax Code has spurred many employers to further sweeten the pot with bonuses, salary increases, and improved benefits. Yet, with all those positive signs, a significant number of Americans are quietly living at a level of poverty that rivals any in the world. The need appears to be so great that one Nobel Prize-winning economist has been prompted to shift his philanthropic priorities, signaling a challenge to the overall sector.How bad is the situation? Over the first two weeks of December, Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, visited the United States. His findings, perhaps surprising, painted a very disturbing picture as he compared how the US, one of the world’s wealthiest nations, compares to other developed nations:US health care expenditures per capita are double the OECD.…But there are many fewer doctors and hospital beds per person than the OECD average.US infant mortality rates in 2013 were the highest in the developed world.Americans can expect to live shorter and sicker lives.U.S. inequality levels are far higher than those in most European countries.In terms of access to water and sanitation, the US ranks 36th in the world.The youth poverty rate in the United States is the highest across the OECD, with one-quarter of youth living in poverty compared to less than 14 percent across the OECD.The Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty ranks the most well-off countries in terms of labor markets, poverty, safety net, wealth inequality, and economic mobility. The US comes in last of the top 10 most well-off countries, and 18th amongst the top 21.In the OECD, the US ranks 35th out of 37 in terms of poverty and inequality.US child poverty rates are the highest amongst the six richest countries—Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and Norway.Using $4 per day as a standard for defining extreme, “world class” poverty, Nobel Prize winning economist Angus Deaton found that even in a time of economic expansion, there are 5.3 million Americans who meet that standard and live at the very bottom of our economy. Writing an op-ed in the New York Times, he observed, “This is a small number compared with the one for India, for example, but it is more than in Sierra Leone (3.2 million) or Nepal (2.5 million), about the same as in Senegal (5.3 million) and only one-third less than in Angola (7.4 million). Pakistan (12.7 million) has twice as many poor people as the United States, and Ethiopia about four times as many.”Extreme need is a “high standard” when considering who needs help, even in a growing economy. A recent look at the realities of job growth by the Brookings Institution illustrates that there are many who will need assistance over the long term.Well into year nine of this expansion, the number of employed Americans with high school diplomas contracted by 2,095,000, and the number of people working without a high school diploma fell by 900,000. The share of all job gains claimed by Americans with some college but no B.A. degree was just over half their share of the labor force. Through it all, the number of college-educated Americans with jobs jumped by 11,909,000. That’s 1,253,000 more than the total 10,656,000 net new jobs created across the economy, suggesting that college grads are also now claiming new jobs that used to go to people without a B.A. degree.”Because, as Rick Cohen observed a number of years ago in NPQ, “the nonprofit sector and the infrastructure that support it are crucial delivery mechanisms for fighting concentrated poverty and social inequity—and the sources of the most effective policy and program models for state and federal policy-makers to emulate and fund.At a time when the burdens of responding to these millions of men and women who face the pain of extreme poverty and the many more who live somewhat above this level fall on the nonprofit community, the conclusion Deaton has drawn from this reality will be heartening and provide a way to reposition the need for philanthropic giving at home.For years…the needs of poor Americans (or poor Europeans) have received little priority relative to the needs of Africans or Asians. As an economist concerned with global poverty, I have long accepted this practical and ethical framework. In my own giving, I have prioritized the faraway poor over the poor at home. Recently, and especially with these insightful new data, I have come to doubt both the reasoning and the empirical support. There are millions of Americans whose suffering, through material poverty and poor health, is as bad or worse than that of the people in Africa or in Asia.Alston observed that “There is no magic recipe for eliminating extreme poverty, and each level of government must make its own good faith decisions. But at the end of the day, particularly in a rich country like the USA, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be eliminated.” The current administration does not see those in need as a priority.Writing in the Chronicle of Philanthropy almost five years ago, Pablo Eisenberg worried that “matters of poverty seem to be off the radar screen of nonprofits. Most nonprofits…remain satisfied in pursuing their more-narrow agendas, whether related to the environment, education, or gay marriage. They show little concern about the ravages brought on the country by income inequality, homelessness, hunger, and unemployment.”If government won’t take the lead, and the nonprofit and philanthropic community won’t either, we are going to see the richest country in the world allow itself to move up the rankings.—Martin LevineShare230Tweet107Share21Email358 Shareslast_img read more

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Italian pay TV operator Mediaset has launched a ne

first_imgItalian pay TV operator Mediaset has launched a new premium service that will allow customers to watch content on a wide range of devices.The company has launched Mediaset Premium Play, which will allow its premium subs to watch up to 2,000 TV series and films through a digital-terrestrial television box with a decoder, through the Microsoft Xbox360 gaming console and through the internet. The service also allows customers to watch pay-per-view movies from a number of Hollywood studios including Warner Bros, Disney and NBC Universal, a few months after their theatrical debut. 
This follows successful pilots of its Premium OnDemand and Premium NetTV services. It will cost Mediaset premium subscribers €19 per month to subscribe to the service.Separately, Mediaset chairmain Fedele Confalonieri, speaking at the Avignon Forum organised by the French presidency to coincide with the G8-G20 cultural summit, has endorsed French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s call for a tightening of measures to combat digital piracy. Confalieri said there should be a common framework at European level for Suppliers of content , regardless of the distribution platform. “It is only in this way, broadcasters and the major producers, that we can also guarantee the future survival of original content production,” he said. “And the reason is clear: new business models based on the exploitation of illegal content drives out resources for the development of the European audiovisual industry, precluding the possibility of financing original productions and new talent.”last_img read more

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Google is to update the YouTube experience on its

first_imgGoogle is to update the YouTube experience on its Google TV platform. The internet giant will enable users of Google TV to update their YouTube app through the Android Market.According to Google, the upgraded app will work faster and provide smoother navigation, as well as providing a new Discover feature that allows people to browse YouTube channels by categories.Google has also added new channel pages to the app, enabling users to navigate through playlists and videos on their favourite channels and subscribe to new channels with a single lick. Users of Google TV can use their remote controls’ up and down buttons to scroll through related videos. They can also use the up and down arrows to find the Info screen and give a ‘thumbs up’, add it to a playlist of leave a comment, according to Google.last_img read more

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Net Insight a provider of scalable transport solu

first_imgNet Insight, a provider of scalable transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, will demo its solution for lossless 4K Ultra HD video transport at IBC.The Sweden-based firm will demonstrate how broadcasters can start to migrate to 4K Ultra HD transport over commonly-available 1GE and 10GE connections using Net Insight’s Nimbra 600 MSR series and its JPEG2000 modules.The modules can run all uncompressed SDI and ASI video formats, ranging from ASI to 3G-SDI, per port configurable, according to Net Insight – which first demoed uncompressed 4K video streams over a public transport network at IBC back in 2007.“Today, broadcasters are looking to ramp-up their 4K production, bringing added value and higher quality content to customers, however, live 4K content increases the demand for network capacity to four times 3G-SDI, which is 12 Gbps. This does not fit well with today’s service provider infrastructures based on 1GE and 10GE connections, thus broadcasters are limited to non-linear workflows and file-based distribution, which effectively excludes them from live 4K Ultra HD contribution,” said Net Insights.“Now, with high-quality JPEG2000 compression, which is the only technical and commercial enabler for live 4K Ultra HD contribution available today, broadcasters can efficiently transport live 4K Ultra HD content over these connections while maintaining image quality and low latency.”Net Insights will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.B40.last_img read more

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Eurosport has struck a new partnership agreement w

first_imgEurosport has struck a new partnership agreement with Telefónica in Spain to extend the reach of its Eurosport 360HD service, which launched on the Sky Deutschland platform last August. The multi-feed service will be made available to Telefónica’s TV customers during the French Open tennis championship. Multiple live feeds will also be provided duing the Le Mans 24-hours motorsports event.“Eurosport is continuously looking for new ways to make the live viewing experience for fans more immersive and more entertaining, alongside providing unique added value to our platform partners, and with Eurosport 360HD we can deliver this,” said Jean-Thierry Augustin, CEO of the Eurosport Group.“It presents a compelling offer to our distribution partners to support their content marketing to existing and potential subscribers. The technology also puts fans firmly in control, they can experience every aspect of a live event and decide what action they want to follow.”last_img read more

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The BBC has launched a new version of its Media Pl

first_imgThe BBC has launched a new version of its Media Player, the application it launched two years ago as a response to Adobe’s decision to remove support for the Flash Player plug-in, on the Google Play Store and Amazon Store. The new version of the BBC Media Player brings adaptive bit-rate streaming of BBC content to Android users for the first time, delivering the same range of features as those already available to computer users.Other features launched on the new version ahead of the World Cup and Commonwealth Games include the ability to rewind back to the beginning of live event coverage and the option to jump to the beginning of defined segments within an event, such as the second half of a football game, according to Cathy Bartlett, senior product manager, media playout product, BBC Future Media.Bartlett said in a blog posting that the BBC would work on rolling out these features to its other apps, including BBC iPlayer, over the next few months.Bartlett said that the BBC’s next goal is to introduce adaptive bit-rate streaming for all its catch-up programming. Ultimately, she said, the BBC aims to enable video playback without the need to launch a separate application.Media Player was launched in 2012 as a way of securely playing BBC content on Android devices, beginning with the mobile version of BBC iPlayer, following Adobe’s decision to withdraw support for the Flash Player on mobile browsers.last_img read more

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Glen Lebrun Imagine Communications has acquired Ku

first_imgGlen LebrunImagine Communications has acquired Kudelski-owned OpenTV’s advanced advertising unit for an undisclosed sum.The broadcast technology specialist said that the acquired assets will expand and enhance Imagine Communications’ advertising business systems portfolio, according to the company.The products acquired from OpenTV include the EclipsePlus, EclipsePlus/xG Billing, EclipsePlus/xG Insights and EclipsePlus/xG Linear advertising campaign management solutions. According to Imagine, serivce providers use these products to manage over 1.2 billion spots and over US$3 billion of advertising revenue annually. The products provide campaign management, traffic and billing and address the need to simplify and combine billing and reporting from multiple order management and traffic systems into a single client invoice based on each ad’s metrics and pricing for multiple campaign types, including linear, on-demand, addressable, Web, mobile, long-form and over-the-top.Glen LeBrun, vice-president of product marketing at Imagine Communications, said that Kudelski had  “a great set of assets, especially on the billing side”, that would complement Imagine’s own Novar advertising software, which he said was not as widely distributed as the OpenTV products.“The acquisition meshes well with our current direction which is towards a software-centric modularised next generation platform,” said LeBrun. “The ad business systems are really all about monetisation. We have a strong commitment to advertising business systems and what they can do to help our customers monetise their assets.”LeBrun said there were a number of customers who took both Novar and the OpenTV Eclipse systems. He said Imagine would ultimately seek to transition towards a next-generation cloud-based platform. “We have a next generation vision where we are moving to the cloud and to a virtualised environment,” said LeBrun, adding that Eclipse nevertheless still had a number of years of life as a product, while the xG billing software developed by OpenTV was state-of-the-art.While the service provider advertising market has historically been US-centric, LeBrun said he was confident this business would grow strongly internationally too. “We have customers beyond the US currently and feel there is great potential to offer it globally,” he said.last_img read more

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Polish cable operator Vectra is adding two new dig

first_imgPolish cable operator Vectra is adding two new digital channels to its programming line-up, and dropping two existing services.The operator is making Germany-based Mainstream Networks-owned tele-movie channel Romance TV available to its Silver, Gold, Platinum and Super HD subscribers, while Platinum and Super HD package customers will be able to view new music channel Nuta.TV HD.The two channels will be available from September 1.Vectra is dropping Mezzo Live HD and Da Vinci Learning from its line-up at the same time.The channel line-up changes will take the total number of channels offered by Vectra to 205, including 65 HD services.last_img

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SPB TV a provider of endtoend OTT TV IPTV and

first_imgSPB TV, a provider of end-to-end OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV solutions, will unveil several technology advancements for mobile TV at this year’s IBC.It will showcase: SPB TV Rosing, a TV platform for operators; SPB TV Home, a next-generation solution for in-home TV viewing; and SPB TV Advertising with unique in-stream detection and replacement.SPB TV has also partnered with DTS to bring “immersive, cinematic sound to any mobile device”, with this technology also due to be showcased at IBC.“This year, we bring a number of innovations that change the whole mobile TV experience for both operators and consumers, including selecting DTS to provide high-quality audio solutions”, said Kirill Filippov, CEO of SPB TV.“Our new TV platform offers users instant access to live and on-demand content seamlessly flowing across time, location and device. Apart from impressive performance, graphics and connectivity, our new in-home TV viewing solution comes with an innovative remote control and personalisation features.”In addition, SPB TV will present a solution for OTT TV ads that is designed to be a “one-stop shop,” combining a targeted approach, broadcast ad detection and in-stream ad replacement.“SPB TV Advertising is a one-stop-shop that allows accurate substitution of the commercial broadcast based on the user’s location, gender and age. It can deliver narrowly targeted and even personal ads for highly-effective campaigns,” said SPB TV’s co-founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt.SPB will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.E17last_img read more

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Portuguese cable and pay TV operator Nos saw stron

first_imgPortuguese cable and pay TV operator Nos saw strong growth in its pay TV and convergent customer base last year after a period of stagnation.The company’s pay TV base grew by 4.5% over the course of the year to 1.54 million, while overall revenue-generating units grew by 10.9% to 5.44 million.In pay TV, Nos added 67,100 customers over the year, including 48,800 fixed-line pay TV subscribers and 18,300 DTH customers. The company added 21,900 pay TV customers in the final quarter of the year, up from 7,100 net adds in the fourth quarter of 2015.The company highlighted a number of key improvements in its advanced TV service over the course of the year, including the addition of NDVR services, the launch of SVoD service N Play and the introduction of new features for tablet and mobile consumption of content.Nos said that 42% of its fixed-line customers had now signed up for convergent services some two years after the company launched its convergent packages.Nos added 151.800 fixed broadband and 124,600 fixed voice customers in the course of the year, while its mobile subscriber base grew by 13.2% to 4.12 million, including one million in convergent bundles. Nos said that almost half its mobile base now comprised post-paid customers.Nos posted revenues of €1.444 billion for the year, up 4.4%, and EBITDA of €533.1 million, also up 4.4%.last_img read more

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Analysts have marked down Liberty Global shares as

first_imgAnalysts have marked down Liberty Global shares as a result of the Brexit vote in the UK, citing the risk of UK recession and the diminished likelihood of some sort of deal with Vodafone.Pivotal Research Group reduced its year-end target for Liberty’s stock from US$50 to US$41 immediately after the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU came in, citing the risk of recession in the UK as well as the possible risk of recession across the EU.The analyst group added the caveat that it expected European and UK government moves to stimulate the economy, which could help the relatively low-priced utility-type services that Liberty Global provides.Pivotal said that trading in European telecom and cable shares was likely to remain choppy until there was greater certainty about the post-referendum landscape.Analyst group Jefferies meanwhile speculated that the Brexit vote could make a merger between Liberty Global and Vodafone less likely. According to the group, Vodafone no longer being perceived as a “European Champion” that should be strengthened as a matter of industrial policy could lead regulators to put any deal under much tougher scrutiny.Liberty Global’s stock was trading at US$28.80 on the NASDAQ at close on Friday amid a general sell-off of European telco stocks.last_img read more

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Steven Soderbegh Amazon has unveiled a deal to bri

first_imgSteven SoderbeghAmazon has unveiled a deal to bring Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Logan Lucky, to Prime Video during its exclusive first-run US streaming window. The film will hit theatres on August 18, 2017 and is likely to be released on Amazon during Q1 2018.In addition, Amazon has signed a two-year first-look deal with Fingerprint Releasing on its theatrical film projects. Fingerprint is the new US film distributor formed by Soderbergh and piloted by Dan Fellman, with Amazon providing P&A financing to augment the marketing of Fingerprint’s theatrical releases.Logan Lucky was written by Rebecca Blunt and stars Channing Tatum. It tells the story of a gang attempting to execute an impossibly elaborate robbery during the Coca-Cola 600, the biggest NASCAR race of the year. Soderbergh commented: “The deal with Amazon is the final, crucial piece of the puzzle. The scale of this endeavour required a fearless, flexible co-conspirator, and Amazon has shown they have the appetite and vision to help us navigate these semi-uncharted waters.”last_img read more

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Mobile operator Tele2 Estonia has teamed up with p

first_imgMobile operator Tele2 Estonia has teamed up with pay TV outfit Viasat to launch a joint TV and internet offering across the country.Tele2 and Viasat will offer two combination packages. A Silver package for €25 a month will include unlimited internet with speeds of up to 30Mbps downstream and 10Mbps upstream along with 25 Estonian channels and international lifestyle, news, kids and factual services. A Gold package for €28 will also include movies, sports and Russian TV channels. Prices include rental of equipment and connection.Kristjan Seem, Tele2 Estonia’s sales and marketing director said that the pair would offer a strong channel selection including domestic channels, TV1000 and Viasat Sports, and added that Tele2’s 4G coverage would take the offering to parts of the country where fixed internet access was inadequate. The package of channels will be available without additional data charges.Tanel Maal, marketing and communications manager for Viasat Estonia, said that the package offered the best value choice for Estonians who wanted to watch the country’s free and pay domestic channels alongside the Viasat offering.Modern Times Group announced in March that it was selling its Baltic operations to Providence Equity Partners, including Estonian free-to-air channels TV3, TV3+ and TV6 as well as the Viasat pay TV service.Providence’s acquisition of the Baltic operation followed a failed attempt to take control of Estonian cable operator Starman Group, which foundered on the objections of a minority shareholder, with the group being sold to Finnish operator Elisa.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones The stunning viewing figures for G

first_imgGame of ThronesThe stunning viewing figures for Game of Thrones have pushed Time Warner and its subsidiary, HBO, to significant subscription growth.Premium cable network HBO saw its subscription revenues rise 13% year-on-year, its highest quarterly growth in 13 years.Revenues for the three months to September 30 at HBO were US$1.6 billion (€1.4 billion), up on the US$1.43 billion posted last year. Operating income was US$552 million, up from US$530 million in 2016.The result comes after season seven of Game of Thrones ended with consolidated averaged audiences per episode of well over 30 million, making it HBO’s biggest ever series by far.The show has been credited with driving pay TV and SVOD subscriptions on various platforms around the world, and the Time Warner figures further cement its status as the most significant show currently on the international market.“The seventh season of Game of Thrones concluded during the quarter with an average of 33 million viewers, a record for an HBO original series,” said Jeff Bewkes, CEO and chairman of Time Warner.“Our results and these highlights reflect our continued focus on executing our strategy, which includes both creating the most engaging content and advancing the ways that consumers can enjoy and experience our content and brands across platforms.”Time Warner’s networks arm, Turner, also posted double-digit growth, as president of TNT and TBS and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment Kevin Reilly’s strategy begins to pay off.Revenues were US$2.77 billion compared with US$2.61 billion the previous year, with operating income of US$1.24 billion beating 2016’s US$1.16 billion.Studio arm Warner Bros. saw revenues narrowly rise from US$3.4 billion to US$3.46 billion, but operating income was up US$110 million at US$538 million.Overall, Time Warner posted a 6% increase in revenues of US$7.6 billion and operating income of US$2.25 billion.Bewkes said AT&T’s proposed US$85 billion takeover of Time Warner “remains on track to close before year-end”.In AT&T’s third quarter earnings release, company chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said: “We look forward to closing our acquisition of Time Warner and bringing together premium content with world-class distribution to deliver a better entertainment experience for consumers and more effective targeted advertising.”The deal has been controversial, with various lobbying groups and President Donald Trump openly opposing the merger, but it has received all necessary regulatory and shareholder approvals so far.last_img read more

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EW Scripps which owns 33 local TV stations in t

first_imgE.W. Scripps, which owns 33 local TV stations in the US, said that subscribers to over-the-top services in its local broadcast markets grew from zero to nearly 500,000 from last July to March.Announcing the company’s second quarter results, Scripps president and CEO Adam Symson said that in its local media division “any losses we’re seeing from cable and satellite platforms are being mitigated, leading to higher-than-anticipated retransmission revenue.”Scripps’ local media segment includes its local broadcast stations and their related digital operations and earns revenue from ad sales and retransmission fees from cable operators, telecos, satellite carriers, as well as also over-the-top virtual MVPDs like YouTubeTV, DirectTV Now and Sony Vue.Scripps’ national media segment includes national brands such as: millennial-focused news service Newsy; podcast company Midroll Media; and four Katz broadcast networks – Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.Overall the company reported revenues of US$283 million compared to US$216 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Income from continuing operations, net of tax, came to US$8.7 million, up from US$6.9 million a year earlier. Net income was US$5.7 million down from US$8.5 million in Q2 2017.Scripps Networks Interactive was spun out from E.W. Scripps in 2008. This company was recently acquired by Discovery for US$14.6 billion, with the deal closing in March.last_img read more

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Viacom International Media Networks has launched i

first_imgViacom International Media Networks has launched its first mobile video streaming app in central and eastern Europe in partnership with Telenor.Telenor customers in Serbia will have free access to long-form content through the Nickelodeon Play VOD mobile app from today.Telenor is also set to debut Nickelodeon Play in Montenegro in October and it is expected that the app will launch with more CEE affiliate partners in the coming months, according to Viacom.The Nickelodeon Play app will offer access to both full-length episodes of iconic Nickelodeon animation series and short form content. It launches with a line-up of content including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Game Shakers, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Paw Patrol.“We’re delighted to be partnering with Telenor to allow mobile customers full access to the great Nickelodeon content on-the-go and on-demand for the first time in Serbia and Montenegro”, Bartosz Witak, SVP, general manager for VIMN in Central Eastern Europe and Israel said. “The video streaming app will give Telenor premium customers greater flexibility and choice over when and where they experience their favourite shows and characters, serving their growing appetite for on-demand solutions.”Saša Filipović, chief marketing officer of Telenor Serbia, said: “Now, that Nickelodeon Play is part of Telenor digital ecosystem, the youngest ones have a chance to enjoy contents suitable for their age. At the same time, parents don’t have to worry because with this application we provide safe internet environment for their children. Telenor customers are the first in the region to have access to this application, which is fully tailored to the market. In this way, we continue to enrich contents we are offering and, consequently the customer experience.”last_img read more

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Hulu viewers can now add Starz to their subscripti

first_imgHulu viewers can now add Starz to their subscription plan to gain access to the network’s live Starz and Starz Encore channels along with their full on-demand catalogues.The Starz premium add-on is available on all of Hulu’s subscription plans and has gone live ahead of the upcoming season four premiere of Starz Original series Outlander on November 4.Starz premium is priced at US$8.99 per month and will give viewers access to other original series like Power, Counterpart and American Gods, as well as films like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Spider-Man: Homecoming.The add-on is available on all of Hulu’s subscription plans including the Hulu with Live TV plan, which includes live and on-demand programming from more than 50 popular sports, news, entertainment and kids’ channels such as CNN, Fox News, ESPN, TBS and local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels in many US cities.last_img read more

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French audiences are increasingly turning to catch

first_imgFrench audiences are increasingly turning to catch-up and multiscreen viewing, with fiction programming benefiting more than other genres, according to audience research group Médiamétrie.Each day in 2018, over 7.2 million French people viewed catch-up TV for over an hour, with an average catch-up viewing time of one hour and three minutes. Catch-up viewing has grown by 26% in two years, encouraged by better TV reception via fibre and broadband internet.Some 4.5 million people tuned in for an average of one hour 16 minutes daily to watch TV programmes on their computer, tablet or smartphone over the year. This type of multiscreen viewing has grown by almost 30% in two years, according to Médiamétrie.According to the research outfit, fiction programming has benefited from the growth in catch-up and multiscreen viewing, accounting for 50% of catch-up viewing across all screens and a third of programming viewed online. For some shows, preview, catch-up and online viewing accounted for two thirds of the global audience.Médiamétrie also found that 4.6 million French viewers tuned into a subscription video-on-demand service each day in 2018.On a daily basis, French viewers turned into to TV for three hours and 46 minutes across all screens, with the TV set accounting for three hours and 36 minutes of daily viewing time. The latter figure represents a decline of six minutes year-on-year, but daily TV viewing time is still 12 minutes more than It was 10 years ago.Médiamétrie attributed the year-on-year decline in TV screen viewing time not only to the rise in SVOD but the impact of the hottest summer since 1900.Despite the small decline in minutes viewed, 60% of French people watched TV at least four eventing each week, with viewing boosted by the impact of the football World Cup, which accounted for 22 of the top 50 ranked programmes last year.Médiamétrie also found that 95% of homes were equipped with an HD TV and 66% owned a smart TV on the eve of the World Cup.“In 2018 more than ever, multiscreen consumption –TV, computer, smartphone and tablet – has played a part in the growth of the medium and the television experience. Every day, these screens draw more than 44 million viewers,” said Julien Rosanvallon, executive director of digital and TV at Médiamétrie.“Already in 2017, we had noticed greater convergence in TV, Internet and video usages. These practices are still growing and are supplementing and complementing one other. However, the television set keeps its attractiveness, remaining the TV viewers’ screen of choice for major sporting events and current affairs stories in 2018.”last_img read more

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Viewing habits of the UK public have been called

first_imgViewing habits of the UK public have been called ‘unsustainable’ by a new report from researchers at the University of Lancaster. Claiming that previous analyses of household viewing habits have been ‘largely anecdotal’, a team of computing researchers have thoroughly analysed the use of 66 computing devices, including smart TVs, dongles, tablet computers, laptops and mobile phones, for a month across 20 participants in nine UK households.The study, which was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), found that internet traffic has risen by about 20% a year, with streaming making roughly half of all traffic. All households in the study watched some form of video content every day – contributing to nearly three quarters of total household data demand.Smartphones were the most commonly owned devices and a PlayStation games console was the most data-hungry device in the study, followed by TV dongles.YouTube was found to be the most data-demanding watching service – accounting for almost half of demand for watching across all households. Other demanding viewing services included Now TV, Netflix, Sky TV and TV Player. These were followed by social-media related video content on platforms such as Facebook and Twitch.The report’s primary concern of ‘unsustainability’ comes from the hidden energy costs – both in the home and from data centres – of streaming data-heavy video content. Practices, such as using video streaming platforms as background music players, were considered particularly wasteful. The research also points out that demands for higher quality streaming in HD and UHD has added to the strain. Researchers involved with the study have called for viewers to consider less demanding forms of watching and for policy makers to give greater consideration to the energy and environmental costs associated with the Internet when pushing for faster infrastructure.“Internet policies driving superfast access may only be fuelling more demand, as infrastructural capacity growth leads to increased demand”, said Dr Oliver Bates, senior researcher at Lancaster University and study co-author. “It is clear that policy-makers have not made the connection between all-you-can-eat marketing, by Internet service providers, and data demand and there is little discussion on the energy impact of the Internet within public policy.“We urgently need to confront ‘all you can eat’ and ‘binge’ watching more broadly as the shift to Internet-based services has an increasing impact on people, society and the planet. Ultimately if bingeing is bad for our health why are service providers allowed to promote data gorging?”The findings have been detailed in a paper titled ‘Streaming, Multi-Screens and YouTube: The New (Unsustainable) Ways of Watching in the Home’, which was presented at the CHI 2019 computing academic conference at Glasgow in May.last_img read more

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