Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Butler’s 41.3 gross average and 35.4 net average rank dead last among NFL punters.“You’re in some critical situations, and it’s not like you have a backup punter you can put in if a guy is having a rough day,” Keim said. “We’ll certainly talk about that today and see where it goes moving forward.” – / 25 Top Stories Most notably, Butler’s final punt of the day, which came with 7:26 left in the second quarter, fell short of where it needed to be. Leading 7-3, the Cardinals faced a 4th-and-15 at their own 20-yard line. Butler’s punt traveled 28 yards, out of bounds, allowing Washington to start a possession in Arizona territory at the 48-yard line. Eleven plays later, Washington got a field goal from Dustin Hopkins to pull to within a point at 7-6Steve Keim, the team’s general manager, isn’t exactly happy with what he’s seen.“Not satisfied at all,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Like any other position, there are expectations, and at that spot right now, we’re not living up to expectations.“It’s a results-based business, and if you’re not getting the job done, we’ll look and see if there’s someone who can.”Butler won the punting job in training camp, but struggled early in the season with ineffectiveness and injuries. He was actually waived in early October with an injury settlement and replaced by veteran Ryan Quigley. The punting game didn’t get much better with Quigley handling the job, and Butler was brought back in mid-November. Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals got a much-needed win Sunday when they downed the Washington Redskins 31-23 at University of Phoenix Stadium.While getting back in the win column can do wonders for a lot of what has been ailing an underachieving team, it’s not a cure-all.One issue that has plagued the Cardinals all season was still present in their most recent triumph: punting.Drew Butler averaged just 39.7 yards on three punts Sunday, mostly failing to affect field position when the Cardinals saw drives stall.center_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Rep Cole reflects on invaluable role agriculture plays in Michigans economy

first_img Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News 14Mar Rep. Cole reflects on invaluable role agriculture plays in Michigan’s economy Tags: #SB, Ag Week, Agriculture, Cole, HD105 center_img Column by State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona March 13 – 19 denotes Agriculture Week here in Michigan and as vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee and a farmer myself, I feel compelled to tout the indispensable role that farming has played in boosting Michigan’s economy.I vividly remember six years ago coming down from Antrim County to the Capitol during “Ag Week” to deliver gift baskets made up of Michigan products to lawmakers’ offices with Michigan Farm Bureau volunteers. At that time, former Gov. Granholm had just issued a “Meatout” Proclamation on March 20, 2010. In doing so, the former governor turned her back on a large portion of Michigan’s animal agricultural producers by urging residents to choose not to eat meat as part of a healthy diet.I was shocked, my colleagues were shocked, and it was a slap in the face to all Michigan farmers. Agriculture is the second largest industry in Michigan. To insinuate eating meat is not healthy is a laughable offense. The insult and disregard towards our Michigan farmers was a far graver mistake. She could have easily chosen to highlight healthy choices and portion size without going negative.Fast forward to 2016, Michigan Republicans have embraced the farming community and helped clear the way for expansion across the agriculture industry, opening the door to endless opportunities for farmers to thrive and prosper. Michigan’s food and agriculture system now supports more than 920,000 jobs, which is roughly 22 percent of the entire state’s workforce.Michigan’s food and agriculture industry is second in diversity behind California, ranking first nationally in production of 11 different commodities, including blueberries, tart cherries, pickling cucumbers and squash. Agriculture in Michigan contributes in excess of $101.2 billion annually to the state’s economy. Our individual farms of varying sizes number over 51,000, of which 95 percent are family-owned. These farms, most of which are also multigenerational, cultivate, care for, keep and protect nearly 10 million acres of land in production and commercially produce more than 300 food and agricultural commodities. Additionally, we are a major dairy state along with ranking in the top 10 nationally for the production of apples, sugar beets, potatoes and grapes.Buying local agricultural commodities continues to fuel the reinvention of Michigan. Whether it be buying begonias or geraniums for your flower beds, purchasing fresh produce at the local farmers market or even a beer at your favorite brewery (we have over 200 micro-breweries) these homegrown entities are at the heart of the agriculture industry here in Michigan.Spring is coming quickly, with the warmer temperatures, snow cover and frozen ground receding, a surge of activity in the fields is imminent. You will begin to see more, often over-sized, agricultural equipment moving about on the roadways. One particular item I would like to highlight is the Slow Moving Vehicle Placard or SMV Triangle. The proper use of the placard is for it to be mounted on the back of farm vehicles, wagons and implements, as well as animal-drawn wagons and buggies, to warn other car and truck drivers of slow speeds. There continues to be a problem of misuse across Michigan with SMV triangles being placed on fixed objects, such as at the end of driveways, or on mailboxes. This becomes a major safety concern as drivers become accustomed to seeing the triangle symbol on fixed objects instead of actual slow-moving vehicles. Motorists may attempt to maneuver around what they believe is to be a fixed object when they see the triangle symbol in the distance and create a safety hazard for the actual SMV and themselves.Another highlight for agriculture is the Michigan AgrAbility program. This program is a great resource for farmers with medical impairments. The partnership between Michigan Easter Seals and Michigan State University Extension is also strongly supported by Michigan Farm Bureau and other organizations.  AgrAbility sends an agricultural engineer directly to a farm needing assistance to help devise new tools and methods to allow a farmer to keep working in spite of an injury or illness.  Several farmers from the 105th House District have been aided by AgrAbility along with many more across the state including numerous veterans.The program has helped Wayne in Mio, who suffers from severe arthritis, was provided with a small tractor and sheep handling equipment so that he could move around his farm, mechanically handle materials and corral his livestock. AgrAbility assisted Lois in Gaylord in redesigning her barn and installing a hand clutch on her tractor so she could milk her goats and continue working her farm after she endured a medically necessary leg amputation.  Another farmer lost part of his hand, and AgrAbility covered the cost to bury water lines and connect water to multiple livestock barns so he would not need to carry 5-gallon pails of water during freezing winter months. For more information about AgrAbility, call 800-956-4106 or visit www.MichiganAgrAbility.org .This next week and all year round, I encourage you to support your local farmers and respect their hard work to provide you with Michigan-grown products. The agricultural contributions we make will only continue to grow, creating more jobs and more healthy eating options for our families across this great state!######last_img read more

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Rep Howrylak announces new location for December office hours

first_img Categories: Howrylak News 13Dec Rep. Howrylak announces new location for December office hours State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy invites residents to join him for a local office hour during the month of December.“I always value the opportunity to meet with friends and neighbors to discuss the policy issues that are important to our state,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their leisure.”Office hours will take place at the following time and location:• Saturday, Dec. 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Community Center, Room 402, 3179 Livernois Road in Troy.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howrylak at 517-373-1783 or via email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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Panel approves Frederick plan to expand college options to high school students

first_img Categories: Frederick News,News Michigan high school students will be better informed of college level courses and testing options under a legislative plan approved today by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.State Rep. Ben Frederick, who took 10 examinations as an adult in pursuing his bachelors degree, wants students to receive more information on the registration, eligibility, and fees for college level equivalent credit examinations and courses.“This is another educational option for high school students to begin earning college credits, even before getting their diploma,” said Frederick, chair of the committee. “Advanced testing, such as the College Level Examination Program, helped me save both money and time in the classroom. We should tell all high school students about it as an opportunity to get a jump start on college and a career.”Ty Krauss, a member of the Owosso Public Schools board of education and a business services manager with Michigan Works, joined Frederick in testifying before the committee on May 15. He described the bill as a way to start a student’s college education quickly, also allowing students to pursue advanced courses immediately after arriving on campus.Frederick noted 52 percent of Michigan’s public university students in 2016 needed more than four years to complete the degree, helping to contribute to nearly 1.5 trillion in student debt nationwide.“The student debt crisis is a tragedy affecting families across our state,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “If we can help students get into their major coursework faster and complete their degree in four years or even less, it’s better for the student’s career and their wallet.”The Shiawassee Regional Education Service District also indicated its support during committee testimony.House Bill 5907, which received unanimous support in the committee, advances to the House for consideration. 22May Panel approves Frederick plan to expand college options to high school studentslast_img read more

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Police Training Center in Chicago Links Concerns about Policing and Urban Development

first_imgShare8Tweet5ShareEmail13 SharesFrom WarResisters.org.November 8, 2017; Chicago TribuneIn Chicago, as in other large, rapidly changing metropolitan areas, community development projects are often contested and hotly debated. A new campaign led by local activists against a $95 million police training center proposed for the West Garfield Park area has raised new questions about urban revitalization strategies that could impact how nonprofits and foundations align with Black and Brown communities that are organizing to end racial violence.In a packed city council hearing, community activists and Chance the Rapper delivered a powerful message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city aldermen that the training center was not welcome in Chicago. One after another, Chicago leaders vocalized the realities of police violence, recalled the hundreds of millions of dollars of public resources spent on police misconduct cases, and lambasted city council members for closing 50 public schools in their neighborhoods. A series of speeches by youth leaders and longtime residents even circulated as videos on social media.The large turnout of over 40 organizations reflected the organizing skill and strong support building across the city for the new youth-led No Cop Academy campaign. Repeated calls to fund public schools, youth employment programs, and mental health facilities instead of a 30-acre police center highlighted the anger many feel about the lack of resources in Black and Brown communities amid a disturbing trend in the allocation of funds for urban revitalization in Chicago.Indeed, apart from learning that hundreds of cases of police misconduct have cost taxpayers over 370 million dollars since 2011, over the past few months Chicagoans have also learned about plans for large-scale development projects surrounding the central business district, totaling an estimated $20 billion. According to an article published by the Chicago Tribune on June 23, 2017,In Chicago, at least 10 developments that will cost $1 billion or more are already under construction or are backed by high-powered developers that are in advanced planning stages…Among this era’s largest projects are multibillion-dollar ones such as Related Midwest’s $5 billion-plus vision for a 62-acre site along the Chicago River in the South Loop and Sterling Bay’s yet-to-be-unveiled blueprints for more than 40 acres on and around the North Side site where the A. Finkl & Sons steel plant once stood along the river. At least six other projects of $500 million or more are underway or near the starting line, including the Chicago Cubs owners’ redevelopment of Wrigley Field and surrounding properties, a conversion of the long-vacant old main post office into modern offices and retail, and Blackstone Group’s planned retail and entertainment addition onto the base of the city’s tallest building, Willis Tower…Regardless of how they all fare, the sheer number of proposed megaprojects stands out, making this a unique time in Chicago.While private developers have gotten the green light under the Emanuel administration, the mayor has also worked aggressively to attract corporate headquarters to Chicago. Last month, for example, Chicago and the state of Illinois submitted a joint proposal to Amazon that involved ten sites and an estimated $2 billion in tax incentives. According to one report,Described by many as the biggest tech prize in recent memory, the deal is said to be worth up to $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs. In addition to these ten Amazon-friendly locations, the bid is also said to include an incentive package from local, county, and state governments.One could list a number of other controversial projects that rely upon vast public resources and have brought few benefits to low income and Black and Brown communities. Even more troubling is that high profile community revitalization programs intended to benefit historically neglected communities are reportedly failing.An October DNAinfo article reported that a $100 million Catalyst Fund led by city Treasurer Kurt Summers has yet to become operational. According to the report,A year ago, aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralded the creation of a $100 million investment fund with taxpayer money, assuring critics that it would breathe new life into the South and West sides of Chicago and help fight crime and blight. But the fund has yet to invest a single dollar.A three-year and $40 million grant program was announced in September 2017 by JPMorgan Chase, but it’s too early to evaluate the success of the program.In other words, reports indicate that many Black and Brown communities have experienced broken promises of revitalization and will see miniscule resources in comparison to land and tax investments in private development projects and corporate relocations. That Chicago’s city council is seriously considering approving a $95 million police training center that many community members oppose further exacerbates this already alarming inequality in urban revitalization. Notably, while proponents of the police center frame the project as a reinvestment initiative that will bring jobs and resources to West Garfield Park, the No Cop Academy Campaign is educating the public about the multiple ways that $95 million could be spent to serve the community and not contribute to carceral practices.For nonprofit organizations and foundations committed to racial justice and equitable community development, the No Cop Academy campaign in Chicago should raise serious questions about the economics, politics, and ethics of police-oriented development projects. More importantly, if elected officials are committed to accomplishing urban revitalization through law enforcement agencies against the will of Black and Brown communities, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders will have to decide with which vision of the revitalized city they are aligned.—Antonio LopezShare8Tweet5ShareEmail13 Shareslast_img read more

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Global Eagle the media investment company run by

first_imgGlobal Eagle, the media investment company run by Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, has bought two in-flight entertainment businesses for US$430 million (€314 million). It has inked a deal for Row 44 and Frankfurt-listed Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA) with the aim of creating the world’s largest in-flight entertainment operation.AIA supplies TV and movies as well as games and other apps to airlines and Row 44 provides them with broadband and Wi-Fi services.Harry Sloan, the former CME and MGM boss, said: “This is exactly the kind of worldwide digital media opportunity we’ve been seeking for Global Eagle since our IPO; and this is also a platform for Jeff and me to utilise our media and content relationships and experience to drive expansion and enhancement of in-flight content and programming around the world.”Global Eagle is buying the AIA shares from Boston-based private equity firm Par Investment Partners, which in turn will become a shareholder in the media firm. Par’s Edward Shapiro will become chairman of Global Eagle when the AIA deal closes.He said: “I have known both Harry and Jeff for more than ten years and am eager to have them as partners as we build Global Eagle Entertainment into a leading global media company.”last_img read more

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UK web users spent 323 million hours watching onli

first_imgUK web users spent 323 million hours watching online video last month, a 45% year-on-year increase according to new figures by information services firm Experian.The Experian Hitwise stats found that in February, UK internet users made 1.06 billion visits a month to video sites, an increase of 16% compared to the same month last year when the figure stood at 867 million.“The majority of growth in this space has been driven by YouTube, now the third most popular website in the UK after Google UK and Facebook,” said Experian claiming that YouTube accounted for 70% of all visits to online video sites.UK Internet users spend 203 million hours watching YouTube content a month, with an average session time of 20 minutes, Experian said. Visits via mobile are also increasing with one in five visits to YouTube coming from a mobile device via WiFi compared to one in 20 in 2011.last_img read more

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AE Networks is to launch womens entertainment ch

first_imgA+E Networks is to launch women’s entertainment channel Lifetime on the MultiChoice DStv platform in South Africa on July 22.The channel will launch on DStv channel 131 and will be available to all DStv Premium customers.The launch expands the A+E Networks portfolio in Africa, delivering a female-focused entertainment brand to sit alongside History and Crime + Investigation, according to A+EThe channel will offer a range of scripted dramas, Lifetime Original Movies and factual entertainment shows. A+E Networks said it is also commissioning local content to broadcast on the channel from 2015.Tom Davidson, Managing Director of A+E Networks UK, said: “The launch of Lifetime in Africa is exciting for us and marks a key moment in our continuing investment in this market. With a schedule packed with powerful stories, passionate people and addictive entertainment, we are confident that Lifetime will appeal to African audiences.”Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, EMEA at A+E Networks said: “In less than two years we have launched Lifetime into more than 60 countries outside the US, and during 2014, we will add over 50 more.   Lifetime brings a unique offering to DStv viewers, and we believe our new channel will play a leading role in the current African female-skewing pay-TV space.”last_img read more

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Viacom International Media Networks VIMN has app

first_imgViacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed Ilya Hellert-Rozanov as head of comedy and entertainment channels in Russia, Ukraine, the CIS and Baltic States.Based in Moscow, Hellert-Rozanov will report in to Elena Balmont, general director and will be responsible for channel management, brand presence and development strategy for Paramount Comedy and Paramount Channel in the region.Hellert-Rozanov previously worked as head of Russian TV channel Telecoms TV and as chief editor of 24 Techno.last_img read more

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Multichoiceowner Naspers is attempting to head of

first_imgMultichoice-owner Naspers is attempting to head of Netflix with a new SVOD service for the African market.Multichoice’s pay TV service covers sub-Saharan Africa and local reports suggest Naspers is set to announce a new streaming service and launch ahead of Netflix.US-based Netflix is rolling out internationally, and expected to hit South Africa this year or next. Various local reports suggest Naspers will attempt to launch ahead of the US giant.A formal announcement is expected next Wednesday (August 19) with local press invited to a Naspers event, which promises details of an ‘innovative and exciting entertainment service’ for South Africa.The invite to the event also references several US dramas including HBO’s True Blood and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, MGM’s Vikings (pictured) and Warner Bros.’ Big Bang Theory.last_img read more

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Vincent Bolloré Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré h

first_imgVincent BolloréVivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré has become chairman of the Canal+ Group supervisory board as part of a wider management restructure at the French pay TV operator .NC+ CEO Julien Verley and Bolloré Média chairman Jean-Christophe Thiery also join the Canal+ board at part of the restructure, with Thiery becoming chairman of the Canal+ Group management board.Canal+’s recently appointed CEO, Maxime Saada, continues in this role, but current president of Canal+’s board, Bertrand Méheut will relinquish his position after more than a decade in charge.“The Supervisory Board wishes to warmly thank Bertrand Meheut for his outstanding work at the helm of Canal+ Group for the last 13 years,” said Canal+’s parent company Vivendi in a statement.“He has been responsible for the company’s spectacular recovery and its transformation into the largest French media group, with leading positions in television and film.“Bertrand Meheut will remain as special advisor to Vincent Bolloré on the significant transformation that Vivendi wants to achieve with Canal+ Group.”The Canal+ Group Management Board is now made up of Jean-Christophe Thiery, Maxime Saada, Grégoire Castaing and Julien Verley.Confirmation of the restructure comes after the French press reported this week that Bolloré was planning to make significant changes to the organisation of Canal+ in an effort to more closely integrate the pay TV operator with Vivendi.last_img read more

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Anonymous virtual private network VPN provider

first_imgAnonymous virtual private network (VPN) provider, TorGuard, has accused the BBC of taking a “‘nuke’ approach” towards blocking its users from accessing the iPlayer.In a company blog post, TorGuard said the BBC is now blocking its VPN users from viewing iPlayer content – whether they are in the UK or abroad.“People trying to access the service outside of the UK are now receiving this message ‘BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only’. The nuke approach is also hitting all users of BBC that are using VPN software. That means that BBC is forcing its users within the UK to decide if they want the security of a VPN or the access of iPlayer,” said TorGuard.A spokesperson for the BBC denied that the corporation had changed its policy on VPN users accessing the iPlayer, but said that its technology is constantly updated to prevent unauthorised use.“We regularly make updates to our technology to help prevent access to BBC iPlayer from outside the UK which breaks our terms of use,” the spokesperson told DTVE.“BBC iPlayer is freely available to users across the UK without a VPN, and we also seek to ensure users of private VPNs such as those used by schools and companies in the UK have access.”TorGuard admitted that with a VPN, users can change their IP address as a ‘trick’ to “bypass corporate license blocks that restrict content based on region”– but accused the BBC of “jeopardising” its UK user base to control monetisation.TorGuard says it is committed to security and its customers’ rights to protect their online information and activity.last_img read more

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Satellite operator SES has secured a contract with

first_imgSatellite operator SES has secured a contract with Modern Times Group-owned free and pay TV broadcaster Viasat, extending the pair’s existing partnership or the transmission of its approximately 230 channels in the Nordic and Baltic countries. SES said the agreement represents a major step for it to secure business in the region on a long-term basis.SES will continue to transmit all existing Viasat channels via Astra 4A and SES-5 on 5° East to the Nordic and Baltic countries.“Viasat has been a long-standing partner since the mid of 1990s. We are very pleased that Viasat relies on SES for its continuing growth in the future,” said Håkan Sjödin, vice-president, sales Nordic, Baltic and Eastern Europe at SES. “This contract extension demonstrates that satellite plays an important role for TV distribution, and how it will remain key for the video business from a long-term perspective.”last_img read more

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Liberty Globalowned German cable operator Unityme

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has begun a network upgrade programme to double its available internet speeds to 400Mbps.The company has begun work in Frankfurt to make 400mbps speeds avaiable in the city and surrounding region, with an immediate plan to market the service to 245,000 of the operator’s 410,000 homes in the area. Unitymedia will continue to upgrade its network in Frankfurt and other areas over the coming months.The Max 400 service will be added to Unitymedia’s portfolio of services as of February 1 as a pure internet product or in combination with telephony and TV services.In parallel, Untymedia is investing in WiFi networks, with over 1,000 public access points already available in 100 towns and cities.last_img read more

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Media and telecom investor Altice has teamed up wi

first_imgMedia and telecom investor Altice has teamed up with HP Labs technology spin-off LEIA Inc to bring holographic display mobile phone handsets to the European market by the end of next year.According to Altice, its strategic partnership with LEIA will combine the latter’s Holographic Reality platform with Altice’s own content and media assets to provide users with new digital experiences such as the sharing of 3D selfies, holographic video communication, interactive holographic games and other apps.LEIA is dedicated to bringing to market mobile screens able to synthesise dynamic 3D holograms and sense users’ fingers to allow them to manipulate virtual objects in mid-air.Altice will distribute the holographic phone to customers of SFR in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, Hot and Hot Mobile in Israel, Portugal Telecom in Portugal and Orange Dominicana in the Dominican Republic.“We are very excited to partner with David Fattal. He’s a great innovator and young and talented entrepreneur, whom I have known and admired for a while. This will allow us to offer the best device to our customers who already benefit from the best fiber-based fixed networks and 4G/4G+ mobile networks. This partnership with Leia and David represents a major step in our strategy of innovation to build a new experience for our customers,” said Patrick Drahi, founder and president of Altice.“We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Patrick Drahi and the Altice group. With the convergence of the cloud, connectivity and artificial intelligence, the world is rapidly evolving under 2 our eyes. Combining LEIA’s holographic platform with Altice’s impressive content, service and media ecosystem, we are poised to give our customers the best possible experience of this new digital age,” said David Fattal, LEIA Founder and CEO. ““On a personal level Patrick has been an inspiration for my co-founders and myself. He is a true visionary with unrelenting passion for technology and media. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him and his organisation. We will truly be learning from the best.”last_img read more

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Altice has completed the acquisition of US cable o

first_imgAltice has completed the acquisition of US cable operator Cablevision. Altice will now move ahead with its plan to merge the New York-based service provider with its existing US subsidiary Suddenlink Communications to create Altice USA, the number four cable operator in the country, with over 4.6 million customers across 20 states.Altice agreed to acquire Cablevision in September last year in a deal that valued the US operator at US$17.7 billion and completed its previously agreed acquisition of Suddenlink in December. Completion of the Cablevision deal followed regulatory approvals at Federal, state and local level.Completion of the deal followed hard on Altice’s reorganisation of its management team, with Dexter Goei taking over as head of the US operation as well as chairman of Altice overall, and COO Michel Combes stepping up to take over Goei’s former CEO role.“The completion of the Cablevision acquisition marks a critical step in the development of the Altice Group. Altice USA is a key pillar of our business and a powerful and dynamic growth platform. We are very excited about our US business and the opportunities we see in this market. We will accelerate network investments and bring innovative products and services to US customers by leveraging our global operational expertise, scale and resources. I wish to also thank the Dolan family for entrusting us with their life’s work at Cablevision, where they have developed under their pioneering stewardship one of America’s pre-eminent cable operations with best-in-class management talent,” said Patrick Drahi, founder and controlling shareholder of Altice, who stepped down as chairman to take a wider strategic role.“Altice USA is well positioned to grow as a leading communications and media group with its best infrastructure, most innovative and reliable services, and a committed customer centric approach. Our immediate focus is on integrating our businesses within Altice, fostering their development through innovation and investment, and delivering on our plans to enhance the customer experience. Our very talented employees have great energy and enthusiasm, and we are confident that altogether we will help to build Altice USA to the benefit of our customers and the local communities that we serve,” said Goei.last_img read more

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James Farrell Amazon Prime Video is working on its

first_imgJames FarrellAmazon Prime Video is working on its first South Korea-produced original series.The SVOD service, which operates in Japan among other territories, is working on a live-action drama series based on the Bandai Namco Entertainment-produced Idolm@ster game series.The show, Idolm@ster.kr, will be set in the Korean entertainment scene, and follows a group of girls who embark on a career in the industry.Bandai Namco Entertainment developed the series, and will produce with Amazon and Interactive Media Mix (IMX).“We are excited to be collaborating with Bandai Namco Entertainment and Interactive Media Mix to bring the first Korean Amazon original series globally,” said James Farrell, head of content, Asia Pacific for Amazon.“The Idolm@ster.kr is the perfect combination of Japanese idol culture and Korean drama power. The idols include K-Pop sirens as well as Japanese and other international singers, and we’re confident that The Idolm@ster fans and viewers will become addicted to watching their careers bloom.”The series will stream exclusive on Amazon from early next year, with the series localized into several languages, including Japanese and English.“Born as a game and beloved by many fans in Japan The Idolm@ster is about to evolve again with IMX,” said series supervising producer at Bandai Namco. “The Idolm@ster has previously only existed in the fictional world, but now, in a fascinating experiment, it will become a live-action TV drama for the first time. It’s the story of girls overcoming problems they experience in society, maturing as idols, and making their dreams come true.Amazon has been pushing heavily into Asian content, recently announcing 15 series including Kamen Rider Amazons, Hapimari and Alien vs. Shinnosuke.Amazon Prime Video debuted in Japan almost 12 months ago.last_img read more

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RTL Group remains committed to a digital expansion

first_imgRTL Group remains committed to a digital expansion strategy despite uncertainty over the future of multichannel network BroadbandTV and expects digital to account for at least 15% of overall revenues within the next three to five years, according to co-CEOs Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch.The affirmation came as the Luxembourg-based media group reported 31.9% digital revenue growth for 2016, taking its total to €670 million. Digital now accounts for 10% of the group’s overall revenues.RTL said the growth was mostly organic. All of the three main businesses of the RTL Digital Hub – BroadbandTV, StyleHaul and SpotX – continued to show strong growth. Year-on-year, BroadbandTV was up 131%, StyleHaul was up 54%, and SpotX was up 18%.RTL’s overall full-year revenue was up 3.4% to €6.237 billion, while EBITA was up 3.8% to €1.411 billion.“2016 was another record year for RTL Group. We continued our growth track, with both revenue and EBITA at an all-time high, and at the same time, our three most important business units – Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, Groupe M6 and FremantleMedia – reported higher operating profits. Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland generated a record profit for the fifth consecutive year, exceeding the level of €700 million for the first time. Groupe M6 profited from a positive one-off effect financially and from the Uefa Euro 2016 in terms of audience shares. We are a very cash-generative business, giving us all financial means for both – further investments and attractive dividend payments to our shareholder,” said Schäferkordt and de Posch.
“While we currently review our options for BroadbandTV, this does not change our overall strategy – broadcast, content, digital – which focuses on two main investment goals.One is to further expand and develop our digital businesses where global scale in content aggregation and advertising technology becomes ever more important. This is paying off: our digital businesses continued to grow dynamically and we already reached our target that 10 per cent of the Group’s total revenue originate from digital.”
the pair also paid tribute to the contribution of production oufit FremantleMedia and highlighted the latter’s exclusive deal with Amazon.
“The other investment goal is to further grow content production. FremantleMedia is making sound progress with its push into high-end drama.Following the premiere of The Young Pope in October 2016, we are looking forward to seeing American Gods going on air in spring. In a ground-breaking deal with Amazon, we were also able to bring this extraordinary series to viewers worldwide – thanks to the close collaboration between the production and distribution business of FremantleMedia. Exclusive content like this is the power engine for everything we do in the total video universe,” they said.last_img read more

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Liberty Globals Swiss and Austrian unit has forme

first_imgLiberty Global’s Swiss and Austrian unit has formed an exclusive partnership with Red Bull Media House to include the latter’s content on the new MySports premium sports offering.MySports will carry existing Red Bull content including the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and Red Bull Crashed Ice competitions as well as new content created within the partnership.MySports, which is launching in Austria on September 8, will also carry volley and basketball tournaments as well as cycling, motorsports and freestyle sports.Steffi BuchliThe MySports schedule also includes magazines, features and documentaries from Red Bull’s programme makers.The content will be shown on both the basic channel, MySports HD, as well as in the broader MySports Pro channel package.The cooperation with Red Bull Media House will initially run for three years.“Thanks to the partnership and complementary programming through the live events and magazines from Red Bull Media House, we can up the adrenaline ante for our viewers even further while presenting new scheduling focal points. I am thrilled that we can offer our viewers such a wide variety of sports,” said Steffi Buchli, MySports director of programming.last_img read more

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Close to two thirds of Tricolor TVs subscribers n

first_imgClose to two thirds of Tricolor TV’s subscribers now have the opportunity to connect to its internet-delivered services, according to the Russian pay TV operator.Tricolor TV said that over 63% of its base, or about 7.8 million subscribers, could now access its online service, as it evolves its offering from what was primarily a satellite TV service to a multi-platform offering.Tricolor saw its revenues for the first half of the year increase to RUB8.9 billion (€120 million), up 4% on the previous year. The company had 12.25 million subscribers at the end of June, including 9.9 million that too HD services. The headline figure represents a small decline on the total at the end of 2017, reflecting a decline in satellite customers. ARPU increased to RUB1,590.Tricolor TV delivered 262 TV channels at the end of June, including 42 in HD and seven in UHD, along with 48 radio services.last_img read more

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