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Grupo Nación begins charging for online content

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Grupo Nación closes three publications, lays off 100 workers Government backpedals on media reform bill amid outcry Top investigative editor Giannina Segnini quits La Nación after 20 years National Geographic fans worry about partnership with climate change skeptic Rupert Murdoch Grupo Nación, one of Costa Rica’s largest media groups, on Tuesday announced it will begin charging for online content for the daily La Nación and the weekly El Financiero, two of its most popular media outlets.The company will begin charging a monthly membership that allows unlimited access to the sites’ content. Subscriptions for either one of the papers is ₡3,000 ($5.50), which “also grants access to new applications for mobile devices,” La Nación reported. Subscribers to the print editions will have free access to online editions.Both papers will offer free access to a limited number of articles per month. La Nación will allow visitors free access to 15 stories per month, and El Financiero will grant access to a maximum of five.In a public statement, La Nación’s Editor-in-Chief Armando González said, “quality digital journalism requires investment, and in order to achieve it, online media must generate income, just as the world’s most important publications acknowledged when they launched their digital media subscription models years ago.”A story published by both papers states that Grupo Nación is “following the path of other world media leaders such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and the New Yorker, which already are charging for their online content.”The debate over charging for access to news websites has been going on for years. Peter Marsh, an executive with U.S. technology company Newscycle, which specializes in providing software to media companies, added to the debate last year with an investigation.Marsh polled 45 newspapers from the U.S. and other companies and found that nearly three out of four newspapers surveyed (73 percent) are currently charging readers to access online content, and almost 40 percent have set “hard” paywalls. The remaining 60 percent use a “soft” or metered paywall, at varying degrees.González stressed that the decision is more than a business model: “What we are betting on here is the citizens’ appreciation of the concept of independent press, which without any pressure from economic influences, can fulfill its expected oversight role over governments and other political decision makers.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

No35 awarded a chefs hat in the Age Good Food Guide Awards

first_imgSource = Restaurant No.35 Restaurant No35 has been awarded a chef’s hat at the coveted Age Good Food Guide Awards which were announced in Melbourne last week.The annual Age Good Food Guide rates the top Melbourne dining establishments. Having opened just over a year ago, No35 (located at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins) joins the ‘one hat’ club for the first time, testament to the exceptional culinary skills of Restaurant Chef Stuart McVeigh who produces outstanding original dishes by using only the best local ingredients from Victoria’s top producers.McVeigh said, “I am very excited that we have been awarded a chef’s hat for No35 in such a short time, as Melbourne’s food lovers take these awards very seriously when selecting a restaurant to dine at.  It’s a great achievement for all of the staff at No35 who have worked so hard to ensure that our guests have a memorable dining experience.“No35 is held in the same esteem as some of Melbourne’s top restaurants and it is an honor to be amongst them especially when chosen by the premier judge of haute cuisine, The Age Good Food Guide.  Not only is the food and exceptional service part of the experience at No35, but the elegant and ambient surrounds coupled with the stunning views over Melbourne have been described as ‘an event in itself’.”The Good Food Guide chef’s hat is the second accolade to be bestowed on No35 in recent times, the restaurant also accepting the prestigious ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award at the Australian Hotel Association’s 2010 State Awards in May.Over the coming months Chef Stuart McVeigh will be presenting his new spring inspired menus, in addition to hosting a special wine dinner planned for Thursday the 16th of September, where he will create gastronomic dishes paired with Kathleen Quealy’s Mornington Peninsula wines.The wine dinner event is priced at A$145 per person and includes four–courses and seven matching wines including an exclusive barrel tasting of Quealy’s 2010 wines.Bookings are essential.last_img read more

Byron Center youth joins Rep Hooker as Rep For A Day at

first_img30Sep Byron Center youth joins Rep. Hooker as ‘Rep For A Day’ at state Capitol Categories: News LANSING – Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, welcomed Caleb Dykstra, 8, of Byron Center to be ‘Rep For A Day’ Tuesday.Joining Caleb at the state Capitol were his parents, Joel and Kelly.“It was great to spend time with Caleb, as well as Joe and Kelly,” said Rep. Hooker. “This is a fun event for everyone involved. Great for the kids to see what we do as their representative in Lansing, but also for us in getting to know them and award them for working so hard to get to the Capitol.”Among the highlights from being ‘Rep For A Day’ was a swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, a tour of the Capitol building, participation in a mock committee hearing and a lunch in the Speaker of the House’s library. Rep. Hooker also had Caleb as his guest on the floor during a House session on Tuesday afternoon.Caleb was chosen to participate in the state government proceedings by participating in the ‘Rep For A Day’ summer reading program, sponsored by Rep. Hooker, throughout his 77th House District.last_img read more

Rep Hughes finishes third year with perfect voting record for 91st District

first_img LANSING – Rep. Holly Hughes, R- Montague, voted in all 504 roll calls in 2015, completing the year without missing a single vote as the representative of the 91st House District.“This is the third year as representative that I’ve been there every day for the residents of Muskegon County,” said Rep. Hughes. “I take my commitment very seriously and look forward to continuing what has become a tradition in 2016.”In addition to her commitments on the House floor, Rep. Hughes participates on five committees. She is vice chair of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and is a member of the House Committees on Agriculture, Energy Policy, Health Policy, and Commerce and Trade.In 2015, Rep. Hughes also submitted 16 bills for consideration pertaining to such issues as school bus safety, cost savings for county governments, and multiple military veterans programs. She also had four bills signed into law, including House Bill 4059 which allowed retired teachers to return to the classroom as substitute instructors or in critical shortage subjects without affecting retirement benefits and HB 4370 which provided financial relief to senior citizens and hard-working families by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit while also dictating a percentage of state income tax be allocated to the Michigan Transportation Fund.Rep. Hughes also continued her lifelong commitment in Muskegon County, conducting monthly coffee hours, meeting with constituents throughout the district and continuing her work on the veterans job fair by organizing the fourth annual event, which saw 65 participating employers this year.For information about Rep. Hughes’ voting record, go to http://www.michiganvotes.org/MissedVotes.aspx 29Dec Rep. Hughes finishes third year with perfect voting record for 91st District Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Webber hosts coffee hour in district

first_img16Mar Rep. Webber hosts coffee hour in district Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills will be hosting a coffee hour for residents of the Greater Rochester Area interested in sharing their thoughts and questions with the representative.Webber will be at the Grand Traverse Pie Company at 6920 N Rochester Road in Rochester Hills on Friday, March 24, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.“Being open and accessible is something I strive for,” said Rep. Webber. “I always want to listen to anyone with ideas about making government more effective.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov or 517-373-1773.#####last_img

Rep Lucido pleased with overwhelming turnout at Lake St Clair town hall

first_img Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos State Rep. Pete Lucido, of Shelby Township, welcomed a packed house of local residents at a town hall on water quality concerns in Lake St. Clair.Those in attendance included waterfront business, homeowners, and concerned citizens from nearly every community in Macomb County. Residents had the opportunity to ask questions and hear responses from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Macomb County Health Department (MCHD).Rep. Lucido was on hand to facilitate the discussion and emphasize his concerns about the local beaches.“For decades we have faced complaints by businesses, homeowners, and those who come to enjoy Lake St. Clair. Unfortunately, they have not been able to utilize our public and private beaches due to debris, toxic smells and sewage in the water. It’s time to get answers.”Most of the conversation revolved around what is being done to prevent sewage and organic material from entering the drainage basin for Lake St. Clair.“There is a lot more that these departments should be doing to protect one of the most valuable waterways in the Great Lakes,” Lucido said. “First and foremost, we need to protect the drinking water for millions who depend on this source. Without Lake St. Clair, our state will lose out on millions of dollars from shipping, tourism and recreational activity.”Macomb County Public Works Commissioner was also present to discuss updates on the Fraser sinkhole and what the county is doing to prevent raw sewage from discharging into Lake St. Clair.For more information on the town hall and to stay up to date on efforts to protect water quality in the lake, contact Rep. Lucido’s legislative office by phone at (888) MICH-REP, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov.Photo information: Above, Rep. Lucido (middle) addresses the crowd with Mike Gutow, of St. Clair Shores, and Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller. Below, Rep. Lucido stands with a concerned crowd to ask questions and listen to the MDEQ and MCHD. 06Oct Rep. Lucido pleased with overwhelming turnout at Lake St. Clair town halllast_img read more

Rep Calley welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

first_img21Feb Rep. Calley welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Calley News,Calley Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Julie Calley welcomed Senior Pastor Steve Smail from the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum.last_img

Rep Kelly Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance

first_img18Apr Rep. Kelly: Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance Enhanced safety at K-12 schools and college campuses, including provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities and dramatically increased expansion of the state’s OK2SAY school safety program. State Rep. Tim Kelly today announced the Michigan House Appropriations Committee approved increasing K-12 school funding by $120 to $240 per student for next academic year.The per-student increase – the largest for a single year in 15 years – is part of an overall House plan boosting state record-high funding for K-12 education. Early literacy, workforce preparation and school safety are also focuses of the House’s overall budget plan.“Schools are the key to a better future for our children and our state,” said Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “With this record investment in education, it’s clear we’re making children and their families a top priority.”Highlights of the House plan:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to schools. School funding would increase to $14.8 billion, a new record for K-12 investment. Funding for community colleges and universities also would increase through the House plan. Kelly, of Saginaw Township, is the sponsor of the House Bill 5579 – the chamber’s education funding plan. The measure advances to the House floor along with House Bill 5578, the House’s other main budget bill.### Categories: Kelly News,Newscenter_img Approximately $100 million for career and talent development, including the Marshall Plan for Talent, in the state’s K-12 budget alone. Programs for financially and academically at-risk students would receive nearly $500 million, focused on programs to help improve reading and math. Early literacy education would receive $26.9 million, providing added instructional time and coaching to help improve K-3 students’ reading.last_img read more

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Committee as Committee Scrutinizes CIA

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares March 11, 2014; Wall Street JournalA healthy civil sector does not include excessive spying on individuals—including congresspeople, especially when those congresspeople are in the midst of an investigation of the CIA. But in what might be a last straw, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a longtime defender of U.S. intelligence efforts, is pretty sure that that is, indeed, what has been occurring.Feinstein believes that the CIA searched the Senate committee computers being used to review CIA documents on its post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, also invading a different network drive which was used to manage Senate staffers’ work and internal messages.Feinstein voiced her concern in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor yesterday that the surveillance “violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution” and undercut the committee’s ability to provide oversight, not to mention the U.S. Constitution.“How this will be resolved will show whether the Intelligence Committee can be effective in monitoring and investigating our nation’s intelligence activities, or whether our work can be thwarted by those we oversee.”CIA Director John Brennan denies the whole thing, saying, “Nothing could be further from the truth…We wouldn’t do that.”But Feinstein is sticking to her story, revealing that CIA Inspector General David Buckley reacted to the search by initiating an investigation. She said she was informed that the matter was referred by him to the Justice Department, “given the possibility of a criminal violation by CIA personnel.” Meanwhile, the acting CIA counsel general moved to file its own crimes report with the Justice Department regarding Senate committee staff.“There is no legitimate reason to allege to the Justice Department that Senate staff may have committed a crime,” Ms. Feinstein said. “I view the acting counsel general’s referral as a potential effort to intimidate this staff, and I am not taking it lightly.”“I’ve heard thousands of speeches on this floor,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), after Feinstein finished her detailed speech. “I cannot think of any speech by any member of either party as important as the one the senator from California just gave.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

A Battle of Education Philanthropists Charter Advocate Eli Broad Says No to

first_imgShare146TweetShare3Email149 SharesBy Viva Vivanista [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsFebruary 2, 2017; U.S. News & World Report and Detroit Free PressNPQ has written a great deal over the past few years about public education as a playground for mega-philanthropy, including this classic piece from Joanne Barkan. But, in a surprising turn of events this morning, we see that philanthropist Eli Broad has urged that the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary be rejected.Billionaire philanthropist and public education backer Eli Broad is urging senators to vote against President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, saying she is “unprepared and unqualified for the position.”Broad writes in a letter to senators that if DeVos were confirmed, “much of the good work that has been accomplished to improve public education for all of America’s children could be undone.”Broad says the country needs an education secretary “who believes in public education and the need to keep public schools public.”Broad is a political donor to both Democrats and Republicans. The full text of the letter to Senate leaders can be read here. Broad’s concerns about DeVos include her lack of understanding of law and her lack of interest the federal role of education as it applies to equity and the civil rights of students. He’s also adamantly against the prospect of guns in schools.Broad, as readers will recall, is famous and highly controversial for his staunch advocacy of charter schools in the L.A. area. You can read more about the basis of that controversy here and here.Returning to the nominee herself, DeVos has pledged to energetically encourage states to fix their public schools using the highly disruptive approach that she championed in her home state of Michigan: Give parents the power to pick the schools their children attend. In theory, this strategy sounds like an easy way to improve school systems. Because parents want only the best for their children, they will select the best schools and shun those that struggle. Schools who find themselves out of favor will either improve or be restructured or closed. Over a short period of time, “market forces” should push the quality of public education into an upward spike.However, on the ground in Detroit, after years of effort, this reality has proved to be neither elegant nor painless. As NPQ has previously covered, Detroit’s underfunded public schools leave much to be desired. State-appointed managers recently informed parents that as many as 25 Detroit public schools may be closed at the end of this school year, allowing their former students to choose their next school—a better school. According to the Detroit Free Press, “Detroit parents whose children attend schools targeted for potential closure…have received a letter from the state suggesting alternatives largely in the suburbs. It raises a sobering reality for Detroit parents: They have few high-performing school options for their kids in the city.”For school choice to work for all children, better schools need to be accessible to every family, and school administrators need to effectively manage the disruption that changing schools causes in the lives of students and communities. At least in Detroit, both of these challenges may prove more difficult than the hard work of improving the effectiveness of neighborhood schools.With few better options available within the city of Detroit, parents may be faced with a choice between a better school that is difficult to reach and a poorly performing school closer to home. State officials recognize this is a real problem, but have yet to announce any program that responds to concerns about cost and convenience.Ashley Joachim with the Center for Reinventing Public Education described the need to manage school closures effectively: “School closures, when they result in kids going to better schools, can be a good thing. But when that doesn’t happen, they negatively affect student achievement.” According to Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation, most of the kids in the failing schools live in the neighborhood and walk to school. “We cannot close schools and give them no better alternative,” Allen said. “That’s the predicament we’re basically putting parents in.”Allen is also concerned that an influx of students from closed schools may end up overwhelming the schools that take them in. “If you go beyond adding 20 percent of students who have come from a low-performing school into a high-performing school, you automatically begin to pull down the performance of that school.”In the end, it’s easy to close a school down. Ensuring the next school year leads to a better experience for all the affected students is the hard part—one where we see few examples of success.People who care about public education in this country will be watching the Senate carefully as they vote to confirm or reject DeVos’s nomination, but it is now clear that she would face resistance even among fellow well-heeled charter advocates.—Martin Levine and Ruth McCambridgeShare146TweetShare3Email149 Shareslast_img read more

The Pressure on NYs Designated Banks Get Our Money Out of ClimateHostile

first_imgShare25Tweet1ShareEmail26 SharesFrom PopularResistance.orgNovember 29, 2018; Gothamist and Last Real IndiansIt’s time to walk the talk on climate change. That’s the message activists communicated this week when they rallied outside New York City Hall on the fourth UN-backed Annual Climate Finance Day to demand that New York divest from its designated banks, which invest heavily in the fossil fuel industry, and create a municipal public bank.The movement for a public bank has been building in New York for some time, as it has across the country. Proponents see the public bank as a tool to move communities toward racial and economic justice. The organization Public Bank NYC declares, “Through a public bank, New York City can support vital sectors of our local economy and divest from banks that are financing destructive corporate interests, including speculative real estate, private prison and immigrant detention companies, the global arms trade and the fossil fuel industry.”Public Bank NYC was joined at this rally by fellow community groups including NYPIRG, South Bronx Unite, the New Economy Project, New York Communities for Change, and Chhaya CDC.Jake Offenhartz of Gothamist writes, “Just about every major bank in New York City is complicit in fossil fuel financing.” New York does its banking with what’s known as “designated” banks, which are deemed eligible to hold NYC public financing by the NYC Banking Commission, a three-member body comprised of Mayor de Blasio, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha. It’s unusual for the city to revoke the designation or remove funds, but it does happen, as when Wells Fargo as caught up in an account fraud scandal.Activists are motivated by both the increasing danger of climate change and the inequity perpetrated by the for-profit banking system. “In my South Bronx community, where asthma hospitalization rates are eight times the national average, we live and breathe a climate catastrophe,” said Mychal Johnson, co-founder of South Bronx Unite. “Our environmental and social justice advocacy is directly linked to community economic justice.”Even some officials agree; Public Bank NYC quoted Councilman Mark Levine saying, “Our City should put its own money to work for New Yorkers through a public bank, which would supercharge investments in critical projects…and return financial power to the people and businesses that need it most.” Unfortunately, the people that most need investment are also the most at risk when superstorms hit the city.Mayor de Blasio has made some attempts to put New York on the map in the fight against fossil fuel companies, such as when ex-attorney general Eric Schneiderman sued ExxonMobil and other companies for damages related to climate change; the suit was dismissed, but other cities fight on.However, as with many social justice movements, activists are tired of the “we’ll talk about it later” approach and demand more immediate action. Climate change is becoming a bigger problem faster than we can react to it. Economic inequality has reached historic levels. Awareness of the problem is not enough, nor are demands for accountability from fossil fuel companies.Mayor de Blasio committed to divesting the city’s pension fund from fossil fuel companies, but hundreds of millions of dollars in city finances still sit with institutions that increased their investments in fossil fuels last year. According to Gothamist, “Citibank, which holds $425 million in city cash, increased their commitments as well, led by $522 million in financing for the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Rachel Rivera, member of New York Communities for Change, said, “New York City needs to do everything in its power to end climate change, and that includes creating a public bank so we can stop doing business with the banks funding the fossil fuel industry.”New York officials are being presented with a solution that both empowers marginalized communities and sends a message to the fossil fuel industry. The reluctance to move on this idea lays bare city’s hesitancy to shift significant power, in the form of capital, from bankers to communities. What would it look like if that amount of money were reinvested in the communities that advocate for a more sustainable city?—Erin RubinShare25Tweet1ShareEmail26 Shareslast_img read more

The Space SystemsLoralbuilt AsiaSat 7 satellite

first_imgThe Space Systems/Loral-built AsiaSat 7 satellite has arrived in Baikonur ahead of its planned launch onboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle on Thursday.The satellite, which will replace the existing AsiaSat 3S, will deliver TV and communication services across the Asia-Pacific region from 105.5° East.last_img

British public broadcaster the BBC is to share cov

first_imgBritish public broadcaster the BBC is to share coverage of the 2012 World Professional Darts Championship with ESPN after the pay broadcaster snapped up some rights.The Disney-backed broadcaster has struck a deal with governing body British Darts Organization (BDO) to air evening matches of the tournament, which is hosted in January 2012. The BBC, meanwhile, will still air live afternoon darts coverage as well as run extended evening highlights. This follows ESPN’s first live darts broadcast earlier this year with coverage of the 2011 Winmau World Masters in September.Barry Gilbey, chairman, BDO, says: “Both ESPN and the BBC are brand leaders in televised sport and we are delighted that the 2012 Lakeside World Professional will benefit from their combined technical expertise and know-how. These are exciting times for our players as the BDO moves ever forward in its mission statement to provide darts for all.”last_img read more

The UK high court has ordered the UKs leading ISP

first_imgThe UK high court has ordered the UK’s leading ISPs to block access to the Pirate Bay filesharing website.Five leading ISPs – BSkyB, Everything Everywhere from Orange and T-Mobile, O2, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – have been ordered to block access to the site on the grounds that it breaches UK copyright laws. The action was brought by music groups represented by the British Phonographic Industry.The latest ruling follows a case last year in which the high court ordered ISPs to block access to the Newzbin2 website on the grounds that it infringed copyright.last_img

Switzerlandbased OTT movie and TV service Viewste

first_imgSwitzerland-based OTT movie and TV service Viewster, which has passed one billion views this year, is ramping up its marketing activities.Viewster has passed the milestone of one billion video views by users this year, and the company says it has seen its user base increase almost sevenfold in the last 12 months. The company earlier this month updated its service and introduced new mobile apps that allow offline viewing for iOS and Android devices.Viewster has now hired a new head of marketing and launched its first formal marketing campaign – a trivia app on Facebook – as part of a broader push to expand its reach and use of the service. The app, Qster, will test viewers’ knowledge of movie scenes and include a leader board of players. The Facebook app is currently available on the web but will soon also be released on mobile platforms.Tilman Eberle, the company’s newly appointed marketing and communications chief and former vice-president of corporate communications at Doodle, said the Facebook launch was the start of a broader social marketing campaign.The company has not engaged in any real marketing activity to promote its largely advertising-funded service up to now.“The Facebook app is the start for getting more social,” said Eberle. “We are investing in PR and in getting users to stay on our platform.”Eberle said Viewster now had enough content to get viewers to come back again and again to the site and had a critical mass of users. “We are working on contracts to get more premium content. We are looking for new growth funding,” he said.Eberle said acquiring new content would be key but the company would also use additional funding to ramp up its marketing activities to get new viewers. Viewster is currently available in 120 countries worldwide. Eberle said that it was looking at expanding its presence in Latin America to complement its presence in Europe and Asia. He said Viewster would also expand into new fields, without providing specific details. The company currently offers a range of movie and TV content free to view, with the option to pay a fee to see advertising-free versions of the content. Eberle said that while the free offering was going well, the company wanted to look to expand into more paid content and to launch further offerings that would leverage social networks. However, there were no plans to move into subscription offerings. Viewster sees itself as a ‘challenger’ brand and Eberle said this approach made it easier to reach a larger audience than if it offered a subscription launching.In addition to its ad-funded content, Viewster offers premium movies from Warner Bros and other content suppliers in a number of territories including Germany.An earlier version of this story said that Viewster planned to seek new finance. The company now says it has no plans to seek additional finance.last_img read more

Swiss cabling systems manufacturer RM has appoin

first_imgSwiss cabling systems manufacturer, R&M has appointed former Technicolor executive Roger Keller as its new general manager for Europe – excluding Germany, Austria and Switzerland.Keller will be focused on the strategic expansion of the data centre, office cabling and public network markets. He was previously vice president of sales and business operations for Technicolor.last_img

French conglomerate Bouygues has upped the stakes

first_imgFrench conglomerate Bouygues has upped the stakes in its battle with Numericable and Altice for control of mobile and fixed network operator SFR by tabling a new offer of €13.5 billion for the Vivendi-owned company. Bouygues’s latest offer tops by €1.4 billion the €11.75 billion offer currently under discussion between Vivendi and Altice. The Altice offer was itself €450 million higher than Bouygues’ previous proposed purchase price.Bouygues is now offering Vivendi a 21.5% in the combined entity in place of the 43% previously tabled. Bouygues would take a 67% stake, up from theBouygues has also claimed the support of Vivendi shareholder the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and other long-term shareholders.Vivendi, which has agreed to a three weeks period of exclusive negotiations with Altice over the future of SFR – acknowledged that it had received a new offer from Bouygues.last_img read more

The number of Russians subscribing to pay TV incre

first_imgThe number of Russians subscribing to pay TV increased by approximately half a million, taking the total to 35.5 million in the quarter to June, according to research by local group Telecom Daily.The growth was significantly down on the same period last year. According to Telecom Daily, pay TV subscribers grew at between 700,000 and 1.2 million for each of the four quarters of 2013. Annual growth in the year to June 2014 was also down on the comparable period, with about three million subscribers added in 2013-14 compared with about 4.5 million in 2013-14.According to Telecom Daily, pay TV penetration in major cities now appears to be close to saturation.last_img

US information and measurement firm Nielsen is rep

first_imgUS information and measurement firm Nielsen is reportedly due to start recording TV viewership on subscription online video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites Nielsen client documents, the firm will use new measurement capabilities that don’t need the consent of the likes of Netflix and will start tracking the services starting from next month.Nielsen will analyse audio from programmes to identify what shows are being streamed via computers, but are still working on a way to measure SVoD viewing on mobile devices, according to the WSJ.The service is designed to help content owners better understand the viewing figures of shows they have licensed to SVoD services, with the likes of Netflix refusing to publicly disclose viewing data.last_img read more

Ericsson will launch new solutions and services at

first_imgEricsson will launch new solutions and services at IBC 2015 that empower customers to “put the connected consumer at centre stage in the new internet era of television”.Ericsson said that among the items it will showcase will be new launches and announcements related to advanced video processing and virtualization as part of its media processing portfolio.It has also promised new product updates around cloud DVR and video-on-demand.Ericsson will highlight media publishing services, including managed playout and information on new Ultra HD channel launches.It will show off media enrichment solutions including immersive sports graphics and portfolio updates around live captioning and metadata.In addition, Ericsson will offer Media insights, including findings from its recently published ConsumerLab TV and Media report, its Media Vision 2020 report and for the first time, an on-booth live studio, presenting ask-the-expert sessions with senior Ericsson spokespeople.“At IBC 2015, Ericsson will show how it is uniquely enabling its customers to address the challenges of a rapidly changing landscape with its winning combination of consumer insights, industry-leading portfolio and global transformation services,” said Ericsson’s newly-appointed vice president and head of TV and media, Elisabetta Romano.Ericsson will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.D61last_img read more