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  • Heathrows baggage handlers break free to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury

    first_img Share LONDON — Baggage handlers at airports are used to staying behind the scenes. But yesterday at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, they finally got their time in the spotlight with a rousing performance of Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’.Why baggage handlers, you ask? You probably didn’t know that Freddie Mercury, the legendary frontman of Queen, was once a baggage handler for British Airways at Heathrow Airport nearly 50 years ago.And why yesterday of all days? Sept. 5 is the rock legend’s birthday, and to commemorate the occasion, Heathrow Airport and British Airways teamed up to rock out in spectacular Freddie fashion.Following weeks of rehearsals, a team of baggage handlers surprised travellers with Mercury-inspired dance moves choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing and ‘X Factor’ choreographer Lyndon Lloyd.Plus, any traveller landing at Terminal 5 yesterday were greeted with Queen songs on Arrivals boards. And to pay tribute to the late singer’s birthday, any customer named Freddie, Frederick or the legend’s real name, Farrokh, who departed from Terminal 5 on Sept. 5 were invited along with their travelling companions to use British Airways’ First lounge.Good morning! We’ve got some special arrivals at Heathrow today. Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see… #BohemianRhapsody #ForeverFreddie pic.twitter.com/cb6VFnBHMn— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) September 5, 2018The celebrations will continue, with Queen memorabilia going on display in the departures area next month.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe celebrations, which will help raise awareness for Mercury’s charity, ‘The Mercury Phoenix Trust’, are in anticipation of the cinema release of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, a moving tribute to Queen, their music and their lead singer.Adam Dewey, one of British Airways’ baggage managers who stars in the video, said, “Freddie Mercury is an undisputed rock legend and it has been an absolute blast planning his birthday celebrations at Heathrow Airport, where he once worked.“Myself and the other baggage handlers taking part have put everything into these dance routines and we can’t wait to see the faces on holidaymakers when they strut their stuff in the arrivals hall! The new film Bohemian Rhapsody has proved a great inspiration for all of us and we can’t wait to be hot-stepping our way to the premiere next month!” Thursday, September 6, 2018 Heathrow’s baggage handlers break free to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Heathrow Airport, Music Posted bylast_img read more

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  • FIFA corruption probe expands with arrest of two top executives

    first_imgRelated posts:FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA-Gate: Just days after his re-election, Blatter resigns Two FIFA vice presidents were arrested Thursday at dawn at their luxury Zurich hotel, signaling that U.S. prosecutors have widened a seven-month corruption investigation that’s led to the biggest crisis in football’s history.Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and Juan Ángel Napout of Paraguay were arrested at the Hotel Baur au Lac at the request of U.S. authorities on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars in bribes for selling marketing rights to football tournaments in Latin America. The pair are opposing extradition to the United States, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was scheduled to detail the charges on Thursday afternoon in Washington.On May 27, seven FIFA officials gathered in Zurich for FIFA’s congress were detained in a dawn hotel sweep as part of a U.S. federal indictment of 14 sports officials for racketeering and bribery. Prosecutors accused U.S. and South American sports marketing executives of paying more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks for media and marketing rights to football tournaments.The arrests are the latest by the U.S. Department of Justice and Switzerland’s Attorney General as they crack down on corruption on the sport’s governing body. Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into a 2 million-Swiss franc ($1.96 million) payment from Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, who’s overseen FIFA for nearly two decades, to Michel Platini, European football’s head. Both were suspended in October.“As it stands, FIFA is not corrupt,” Issa Hayatou, FIFA’s acting president told reporters at a building known as the Home of Football at the organization’s headquarters in the hills above Zurich. “We have individuals who have shown negative behavior, so do not generalize the situation.”Napout, the head of the South American Football federation known as Conmebol, didn’t answer an email seeking comment. A spokesman for Concacaf, the North and Central American association headed by Hawit, said the organization is cooperating with authorities, and would continue with reforms made earlier this year. FIFA Reform Committee chairman Francois Carrard looks on during a press conference at the FIFA headquaters on Dec. 3, 2015 in Zurich. The unprecedented corruption scandal engulfing FIFA widened with the arrests of two more top officials in another dramatic dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich. Fabrice Cofrini/AFPThe New York Times, which reported the arrests, said more than a dozen people are expected to be charged by U.S. authorities. A BBC sports reporter tweeted that the number may climb to 16.“According to the arrest requests, some of the offenses were agreed and prepared in the U.S.,” the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said. “Payments were also processed via U.S. banks.”The Swiss authorities said they’ll ask the U.S. to submit formal extradition requests within 40 days.Among those charged in May were Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner, both former presidents of football’s governing body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, or Concacaf. They deny wrongdoing. The U.S. has secured guilty pleas from Chuck Blazer, Concacaf’s former general secretary; Brazilian sports-marketing executive Jose Hawilla, who agreed to forfeit $151 million; and Warner’s two sons, Daryll and Daryan.Blazer secretly pleaded guilty in 2013 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering charges and income-tax evasion. The 70-year-old forfeited more than $1.9 million at the time of his plea and agreed to pay more money when he’s sentenced.Since those arrests, more turmoil has shaken the South American football establishment. Last month, Chilean football association president Sergio Jadue resigned from his post and headed to New York to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation, La Tercera and El Mercurio reported. The head of Colombian football, Luis Bedoya, also resigned in November.The head of Brazilian football, Marco Polo Del Nero, stepped down last month from his role on FIFA’s executive committee. He hasn’t left the country since returning hurriedly from Zurich a day after May’s arrests. Del Nero, already facing a probe by Brazil’s parliament, is now the subject of proceedings by FIFA, according to a statement Thursday by the investigatory chamber of its ethics committee.Former Brazilian football official José María Marín is subject to house arrest at New York’s Trump Tower after putting up $15 million in bail. Webb, who was released on $10 million bail after agreeing to return to the U.S. in July, is living in the Atlanta suburb of Loganville, with electronic monitoring. Both have pleaded not guilty.FIFA released a statement early Thursday, saying the Zurich-based body pledged to “continue to cooperate fully with the U.S. investigation as permitted by Swiss law, as well as with the investigation being led by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General.”As the U.S. expanded its investigation, Swiss authorities began their own criminal probe into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. A spokesman for Switzerland’s Attorney General declined to comment Thursday and referred all questions to the Federal Office of Justice, which handles requests for extradition and other judicial assistance from foreign bodies including the U.S. Department of Justice.Reporters and TV camera operators were gathering outside the Baur au Lac, although there was no police presence or signs of the earlier raids. Attention has now shifted to FIFA’s headquarters, located on a hill above central Zurich, where a reform committee responsible for crafting proposals to overhaul FIFA is scheduled to hold a press briefing Thursday at around 2 p.m. local time. The U.S. Department of Justice said it will discuss the arrests during a media event in Washington, D.C. at 1:30 p.m. local time.FIFA’s executive committee will make a decision on corporate reforms including term limits for senior officials, salary disclosures and an increase in women on the organization’s board. Most of the changes will require a vote of FIFA’s full membership at an emergency congress in February.Bloomberg’s Paul Verschuur, Ting Shi, Jeffrey Vögeli and David Voreacos contributed.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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  • In conjunction with the release of the brochure Sc

    first_imgIn conjunction with the release of the brochure Scenic has unveiled a variety of great Earlybird savings, with offers including savings of up to $1,400 per couple.Book by 30 April 2019 and receive:· Free flights on selected journeys of 15 days or longer· Partner fly’s free on any journey of 15 days or longer· Earlybird savings of $300 per couple of any journey of nine days or longer.The Pristine Wonders of New Zealand 2019/2020 brochure features six itineraries ranging in length from six to 24 days, across the North and South Islands; including a six day tour focused on the beautiful Bay of Islands and the 24 day Ultimate New Zealand program covering both North and South Islands. Scenic has revamped its New Zealand offering with a selection of enhanced Scenic Freechoice options in the new Pristine Wonders of New Zealand 2019/2020 brochure which also includes a new Taste of the Bay tour sampling local olive oil chocolate, cheese and honey, and day trip to Akaroa now includes a cruise with opportunities to spot dolphins; penguins and fur seals. brochureNew ZealandSceniclast_img read more

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  • November 21 2007 The BABEL CANYON model has come

    first_imgNovember 21, 2007 The BABEL CANYON model has come out of storage and prepared to travel to the Musée de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada. It will be shown from January 16, 2008, to April 19, 2009 in The BABEL CANYON model has come out of storage and prepared to travel to the Musée de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada. It will be shown from January 16, 2008, to April 19, 2009 in BABEL CANYON was designed for a population 250,000 in an arcology about 800 meters high [according to Paolo Soleri’s book “City in the image of Man”]. Designed on a curve-square plan of about 1 kilometer per side, Babel Canyon is like a series of skyscrapers perforating three pyramidal and multifunctional configurations. The lower one covers the servicing entrails of the city. The other two are the containers of residential and public functions. As for many of the arcologies there is a very large light-and-air well running on the vertical axis. The sloping configurations produce a variety of spatial systems of inward or outward character. The environmental characters would be very diverse, with almost opposite rhythms of space, light and dimension. This model was built by Soleri and students at Cosanti in 1969, and has been part of many exhibitions. [Photo & text: from City in the image of Man] A new crate had to be built out of certified wood. Staff from CRATERS AND FREIGHTERS in Phoenix came and build the crate on site, packed and cushioned the model for overland transport. The model was picked up by US ART, a transport company that specializes in transportation of exhibitions. We hope to have photos once the exhibition opens and will report more on this at that time. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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  • Anger at the House as liberalised electricity market delayed again

    first_imgThe opening up of the energy market has once more been pushed back, this time to December 2021 – and that’s under the best-case scenario – MPs heard on Tuesday in a sometimes heated exchange.Speaking to the House energy committee, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said that as things stand the system envisaged would be able to come online no earlier than October 2021, and go fully operational by the end of that year.He attributed the delay to problems in rolling out the scheme.Deadlines to liberalise the market have come and gone: first 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, and now 2021.Attention turned to the Transmission System Operator (TSO), the agency tasked with writing up the rules for a liberalised market.Head of the energy regulator (Cera) Andreas Poullikkas said they no longer have confidence in the TSO, as time and again it has failed to deliver on the timetables set.“At the moment we have no confidence in the manager that the schedules he gives us will be respected,” he added.The director of the TSO was not present. He will likely attend the House energy committee next week for a follow-up discussion.MPs also reacted angrily to further delays to a system that should have been finished in 2016.Diko MP Angelos Votsis spoke of a “mockery” being perpetrated by the TSO, asking how the official has retained his position when even the energy regulator has lost trust in him.Speaking after the meeting committee chairman Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou said it was unbelievable that we are talking about a delay of seven years. He also said he expected the relevant minister to make appropriate moves after Poullikkas said he had no faith in the TSO chief.AKEL MP Costas Kostas said the party considers that the delays are due to the incapacity of the TSO and the government that appointed and controlled it, and not the EAC, which complies with all the CERA recommendations in the matter.He also said that the new delay would result in a severe EU fine being paid by taxpayers.Lakkotropis stressed that the government backs the opening up of the electricity market has been working towards that end since 2014. “We are all on the same side,” he said although he did admit that the tenders for the software were cancelled because the cost was three times that which had been budgeted.The hold-up is due to the fact the TSO and the Distribution System Operator (DSO) will not be ready to deploy specialised software monitoring supply and demand by the deadlines previously set.Today the only producer of electricity in Cyprus is the state-run power company. Currently, independent electricity producers can sell only to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC). But under the liberalised system, producers – for instance RES – would be able to sell on the market freely.The TSO and DSO are effectively arms of the EAC. But since these two bodies have been designated as monitors once the market opens up, giving them access to suppliers’ proprietary data, they need to be rendered ‘independent’. The legislation to make that happen is still pending.Under full liberalisation, an ‘electricity exchange’ of sorts will be established, where suppliers’ bids for quantities of electricity will be updated every half an hour.The exchange will match supply and demand and fix the price for a contract.Essentially the EAC will act as a pool, or cache, of electricity.The electricity exchange platform would be operated by the TSO, which will gain the added capacity of acting as market operator in addition to monitoring security of the overall electricity supply.The system matching bids requires complex software, which needs to be customised to the particulars of the Cyprus electricity market.The TSO was supposed to invite tenders for purchasing the software. Tenders were issued, then scrapped. The latest tender was opened earlier this year, with the deadline for submissions set for May 16.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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  • Rep Tom Leonard sworn in for second term as state representative takes

    first_img State Rep. Tom Leonard today took the oath of office at the Capitol building in Lansing, kicking off his second term as representative for the people of the 93rd House District.“This job was very rewarding during my first term in office, as the actions we took in the Legislature started to show incredible results at turning around Michigan’s economy,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt. “I’m even more excited for my second term. Continual feedback from local residents is what enables me to do this job, and I look forward to hearing what they have to say during the next two years as I continue working on their behalf.”Leonard, who was joined in Lansing for the swearing-in ceremony by his wife Jenell and members of his extended family, is taking on a new role this term, serving as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives.  In this position he will be in the Speaker’s chair often during House session, keeping the chamber in order and directing lawmakers on when to vote.The 93rd House District covers Clinton County and portions of Gratiot County including the city of Ithaca and the townships of Sumner, Arcada, New Haven, North Shade, Newark, Fulton, Washington, North Star, Elba, Hamilton, Lafayette and Wheeler.State Rep. Tom Leonard is sworn in for his second term in office by Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. in the House chamber on Jan. 14. At left are Leonard’s father Larry and mother Sadie.  His wife Jenell holds the Bible, and to her right are Leonard’s sister Shelby and brother John. 15Jan Rep. Tom Leonard sworn in for second term as state representative, takes on new leadership role Categories: Leonard News,Leonard Photos,News,Photoslast_img read more

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  • Local residents can meet with Rep Reilly on Feb 18

    first_img Categories: News,Reilly News 04Feb Local residents can meet with Rep. Reilly on Feb. 18 State Rep. John Reilly invites residents to join him for local office hours in Oxford and Orion Township on Monday, Feb. 18.“I deeply value the opportunity to meet with residents and discuss matters important to them,” Rep. Reilly said. “As a legislator, I will always be accessible and accountable to the people in my district.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:6 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Orion Township Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Orion Charter Township.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at JohnReilly@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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  • The Meaning of Industry Silence on the Healthcare Bill

    first_imgShare27TweetShare5Email32 Shares June 18th, 2017; Chicago TribuneWhen it comes to healthcare and the House and Senate bills meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, individuals, professional groups like the American Healthcare Association, nonprofit organizations like NPQ, and others have weighed in. Before there ever was a bill in the House or Senate, coalitions of consumers and liberal advocacy groups spent over $2 million in television ads targeting specific moderate Republicans to dissuade them from supporting whatever the Republican-led Congress might devise, and emphasizing the importance of keeping the ACA in place. Now that there is a bill on the table, these same Senators are still feeling pressure. But they are not feeling it from the healthcare industry groups who might benefit the most from the Republican plan.Why are these industry leaders laying low when other, related groups are not? The hospital industry, physician groups, and patient advocacy groups have all come out in strong, united opposition to the bill.The Chicago Tribune explained, “Hospitals, often among the largest employers in a region, are a powerful industry, but they were vocally supportive of the Affordable Care Act, a position that did not endear them to Republican lawmakers.” Insurers themselves, some of whom stand to gain profits if the Republican bill passes, are staying in the background and offering limited support to components of the Republican bills, as are trade groups that represent drug companies and medical device manufacturers.This silence from insurers and device companies represents a split in the healthcare industry. Direct financial interests are at stake, and for some the bills will be positive, while for others perhaps it will be neutral. The goal of these companies seems to be to protect their bottom lines and not antagonize the political leaders who might do them good on other issues.The Chicago Tribune noted,When the Affordable Care Act was being implemented, many healthcare industries stood to benefit due to coverage expansion that was likely to bring them more insured customers. But the Senate bill is a cut, and industries—even sub-sectors of industries—are affected in different ways.Health insurance is a diverse business, made up of for-profits, nonprofits, community plans, and national companies. Some are big players in the Medicaid space, while others have little exposure to cuts in that area. Many of the big companies had already exited the Affordable Care Act markets that will be reshaped by the law.The groups with the most to lose in the replacement plans are the poor. But those that speak out for them are also splintered, with multiple individual groups taking positions, holding rallies, and lobbying legislators. There is no one unified voice here either. “There really is no not-for-profit that really speaks up on behalf of low income patients” akin to the AARP, said J. Mario Molina, former CEO of Molina Healthcare. “You look at what’s happening—hospitals don’t like this bill, physicians’ organizations don’t like this bill, the cancer society doesn’t like this bill, but there’s no one that can unify them and lead the charge.” So while the hospital industry and physicians have opposed many of the proposed changes and lobbied extensively, other parts of the health care industry have remained quiet.The reason for the quiet hesitancy on the part of what is usually a very vocal healthcare industry is clearly self-interest. These companies’ legislative agendas include a commitment to tax reform and other industry-friendly initiatives. They will need to continue to work closely with this government, who is the nation’s largest healthcare payer. They do not want to risk their future positioning and so are offering targeted and limited support for aspects of the repeal-and-replace bills. “I think first and foremost, they have to think about if they want to play scorched earth lobbying when they have a lot of things they need to do in Washington,” said Kim Monk, a managing director at Capital Alpha Partners, a firm that provides political research for investors. “They want to be careful what they do here—pick their battles.”Voices of protest are heard loudly in the hall and offices of Washington, D.C. and on the home fronts of legislators.  But industry leaders, some of them nonprofits, seem to be biding their time for a future that could bring them tax breaks and industry supports. This could come, however, on the backs of the poor and those least able to silently wait this out.—Carole Levine Share27TweetShare5Email32 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Anevia and OTT multiscreen company Elemental Techn

    first_imgAnevia and OTT multiscreen company Elemental Technologies have announced today that Can’L has deployed its over-the-top TV solution for New Caledonia.Anevia and Elemental built a new 30-channel French-language OTT TV service for its Can’L, the New Caledonian ISP and IP telephony operator. The OTT system captures and formats live satellite TV feeds for distribution over the Can’L IP network. Anevia’s ViaLive DVB to IP streamers feed Elemental Live systems used to encode incoming video for adaptive bitrate streaming. Anevia’s ViaMotion origin and edge servers deliver the video as HTTP adaptive bitrate streams to Can’L set-top boxes.last_img read more

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  • Industry standards body the MPEG Industry Forum M

    first_imgIndustry standards body the MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) has been wound up, with all remaining assets being passed to the Open IPTV Forum (MPEGIF).The body formed in 2000 with the aim of promoting emerging compression standards that became known as MPEG-4 Part 10, also known as AVC and H.264. The organisation said in a statement, “Our efforts drove in many directions including many informational events and, crucially, a series of important interoperability test rounds combined with some very active tech-lists. Slowly but surely H.264 gained mind share and then market share and today is clearly the dominant codec of choice replacing MPEG-2 around the world.”In March, it was announced that the OIPF and MPEGIF would merge, with the assets of the MPEG Industry Forum being merged into the OIPF.“We would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has contributed to the Forum over these past ten years,” the MPEGIF said.last_img read more

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  • Frances external media arm Audiovisuel Extérieur

    first_imgFrance’s external media arm Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France – comprising France 24, Monte-Carlo Doualiya and RFI – are launching a radio and TV app for Windows 8 on tablets and PCs, with a smartphone version to follow.The app will feature the live broadcast of all three services, on-demand programmes and live blogs as well as news articles and alerts. It is currently available in French, English and Arabic and will be available shortly in Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Persian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hausa and Swahili.“We are pleased to be able to accompany the major development that Microsoft has pulled off with Windows 8 right from the start,” said Frédéric Bonnard, head of new media. “For us it is important to offer the best of our radio, TV and web media with a multilingual app for this very innovative operating system. We want to ensure that we are always present on all the new distribution channels and this new app signals another phase of our multi-platform worldwide expansion.”last_img read more

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  • AE Networks has poached AMC Networks executive Sa

    first_imgA+E Networks has poached AMC Networks executive Sally Habbershaw to help roll out female-skewing channel Lifetime around the world.Habbershaw has been appointed to the new role of vice-president, international programming, production and operations. He will report to Christian Murphy, senior vice president, international programming and marketing and will be based in its New York office.She will be responsible for launching new channel brands, including Lifetime, internationally.She joins from AMC Networks, where she was vice-president of acquisitions, scheduling and promotions at Sundance and WE Global and was responsible for programming across its international channels. Previously, she was director of development for VH1 in the States and vice president and general manager of VH1 UK in London.“A+E Networks has experienced substantial growth in recent years across all lines of distribution from channel launches to content distribution,” said Murphy.  “We are poised to continue the roll out of Lifetime globally, and wanted to further strengthen our experienced programming team.  With her international background in programming, scheduling and acquisitions, Sally is the perfect fit for this role, and we are thrilled to have her join the staff.”last_img read more

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  • Disney is rebranding its ondemand services as par

    first_imgDisney is rebranding its on-demand services as part of a wider initiative to have ‘ABC Studios’ as an umbrella brand for its content products and services.Catherine Powell, senior VP, Media Distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company, told DTVE’s sister publication, TBI, that moving forward SVOD platforms that want Disney-distributed content will be sold it as part of an ABC Studios branded service. Those that want features will take them under Disney Movies On Demand banner.The rebranding is part of a wider move to have the ABC Studios brand across digital products and services as well as DVDs and physical products.The ABC Studios On Demand rebrand takes effect immediately.Disney regards and programmes its branded SVOD service as a non-linear channel, Powell said. “It is getting such traction and is a core part of our distribution strategy and way to make our series available,” she told TBI. “We wanted consistency across all platforms – physical and digital – and we see this as part of pulling all of our [TV] content under one brand.”ABC shows on the ABC Studios On Demand are available in what Disney calls the “second chance” window, which means current returning series are available a season behind their transmission on their primary broadcaster. Once a given season of a returning series has aired on the channel that has licensed it, it can them be made available on the branded on-demand service.Current returning ABC series include Revenge and Castle. Library series includingLost, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy also feature on the SVOD offering.To date, the service is in 16 territories, sometimes on more than one platform. In the UK, for example, it is on BSkyB, BT and LoveFilm. Disney says the on-demand services are carried on 26 platforms in all throughout the EMEA region.The move to unite content under the ABC Studios moniker follows research Sharon Williams, VP marketing, media distribution, Disney EMEA, conducted, which resulted in distilling the core message of ABC content to the strap line ‘irresistible TV’, which can be seen in the new logo.last_img read more

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  • UK pay TV operator Sky has signed a new sevenyear

    first_imgUK pay TV operator Sky has signed a new seven-year deal with the PGA Tour, extending its live golf coverage until 2022.The new deal, which begins in 2015, will give Sky Sports viewers exclusive live access to the US PGA Tour, Fed-Ex Cup Playoff and The President’s Cup matches.From this year, Sky will also provide more additional digital content on the Sky Sports iPad app, Sky Sports website and via the red button.Sky first started showing live PGA Tour golf in 1991, with the new deal extending its partnership with the Tour into its 30th year.“Sky Sports is the home of golf, with more of the best coverage of the best players competing in the best events than anywhere else.  This new agreement with the PGA Tour is huge for us, enabling us to guarantee our viewers long term US golf coverage for the next decade,” said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.last_img read more

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  • Entertainment network Eurochannel has launched in

    first_imgEntertainment network Eurochannel has launched in Nigeria via new pay TV provider Montage TV.The channel is available at slot number 206 on the EPG and is dedicated to European movies, series and music.“We are very proud that Montage TV chose us to be part of this new adventure. Thanks to them Eurochannel is now available in Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa. It is an important achievement for us to enable viewers in this region to watch the best of European entertainment,” said Eurochannel CEO Gustavo Vainstein.The channel is already distributed in Latin America, the US, Europe and South Korea.last_img read more

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  • Vivendi has signed a definitive agreement with Alt

    first_imgVivendi has signed a definitive agreement with Altice-Numericable relating to its sale of French telco SFR, following a “very constructive dialogue” with the concerned Employee Works Councils.The news comes after Vivendi agreed to sell SFR early last month to Altice-Numericable, which fended off competition from rival bidder Bouygues.The Vivendi board unanimously selected the Altice-Numericable, saying it will create the highest growth potential and generate the highest value for its customers, employees and shareholders.At closing, Vivendi will receive €13.5 billion and will keep a 20% stake in the newly combined firm, which it will be able sell at a later stage. It will also receive an earnout of €750 million depending on the future financial performance of the new group. However, the deal is still subject to approval from the relevant administrative authorities.last_img read more

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  • Rupert Murdoch 21st Century Fox has dropped its bi

    first_imgRupert Murdoch21st Century Fox has dropped its bid for Time Warner, citing the negative impact it had on its share price and a lack of willingness on the part of the Time Warner board to explore the media mega-merger.Fox chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said the mooted US$80 billion (€60 billion) merger offered a “unique” opportunity to combine two media giants.”Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly,” Murdoch said. “However, Time Warner management and its board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling.“Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders.”Fox will now pursue a US$6 billion dollar share buyback, which it will complete with twelve months. It originally made its move for Time Warner in July. Analysts and consumer groups warned that US consumers would likely face larger cable bills should a merger go ahead. There was also speculation that the likes of Google and Apple could try and move for Time Warner.Murdoch concluded: “21st Century Fox’s future has never been brighter.  The strength of our leading franchises, combined with the power of our emerging growth businesses and the leadership positions of our international enterprises put us on a path for even greater success.”Time Warner, having rebuffed Fox’s approach, issued a statement in the wake of Fox withdrawing its bid. “Time Warner is well positioned for success with our iconic assets, including the world’s leading premium television brand, the world’s strongest ad-supported cable network group, and the world’s largest film and television studio,” it said. “We thank our stockholders for their continued support.”The failed Fox-Time Warner bid has left Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes facing questions from investors. Time Warner’s share price fell by over 10% in the wake of the latest news while Fox’s was up 8%.last_img read more

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  • Sports and music pay TV channels provider Trace ha

    first_imgSports and music pay TV channels provider Trace has named a COO for its African operations.Victor Bannerman-Chedid will work alongside Trace’s existing management in a new role team while expanding its operations in African operations.He joins from mobile phone operator Airtel, where he was most recently acting marketing director, Airtel Zambia. He has also worked with Airtel in Nigeria and Vodafone.Trace, which operates five thematic channels across 130 territories, mainly in EMEA, has made Africa a priority since being taken over by European broadcast group Modern Times Group earlier this year.“Trace is a phenomenal and vibrant brand and an important player in the African media industry,” Bannerman-Chedid. “I am extremely excited to be a part of its bright future.”last_img read more

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  • German public broadcaster ARD has launched ARDcon

    first_imgGerman public broadcaster ARD has launched ARD.connect, an app for smartphones or tablets that allows viewers to search, retrieve and bookmark ARD programmes on TVs, using their devices to play ARD on-demand content and view additional information. The app allows viewers to pair their tablets and smartphones with HbbTV-compliant devices.last_img

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  • Bouygues Telecom French quadplay service provider

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