Sponsored Stories “I’m very fortunate to be in the position where I can hear your voices and tell the world what you have to say,” Bello told an audience at the Palace as Martelly stood at her side.Bello, co-founder of women’s grassroots group We Advance, will join the ranks of other Hollywood celebrities in Haiti who have received similar recognition for their charity work after the quake. They include actor Sean Penn, hip-hop star Wyclef Jean and Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova.The ceremony also recognized the work of Danielle Saint Lot. The former government official is a longtime women’s activist and was named an ambassador to find funding for women’s causes.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haiti’s President Michel Martelly honored Maria Bello on Tuesday for her advocacy work on behalf of the Caribbean country’s women.The star of “Coyote Ugly” and “A History of Violence” was named goodwill ambassador for women at a special ceremony on the grounds of the National Palace. Bello spoke about how a group of women in a displacement camp organized themselves after the 2010 earthquake. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches The vital role family plays in society
A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has told the European Union to put an end to illegal Airbus subsidies. The European Union said Tuesday’s 1,000 page ruling by the WTO panel was only part of the puzzle and it was premature for one side to claim victory.”A fuller picture will only emerge with the release of the interim report in the EU case against subsidies to Boeing which we expect to be issued in the coming months,” EU trade spokesman John Clancy said in a statement. The ruling, which covered EU support for Airbus, said some of the financial aid at issue amounted to prohibited export subsidies and should be stopped within 90 days. This included part of the European funding for Airbus’s flagship 525-seat A380, the world’s largest aircraft. Airbus acknowledged the WTO had found some subsidies and said it may appeal against the ruling, but stressed that the panel had rejected 70 percent of US claims. The ruling does not mean the end of the dispute, which has been going back and forth between the two aircraft manufacturers for decades. The WTO panel is expected to make a final ruling in the countersuit brought by the EU against US support for Boeing in late June.”As in all other trade conflicts, resolution will finally only be found in trans-Atlantic negotiations,” Airbus said in a statement.Boeing insists the two cases are separate and hopes the ruling will stop the EU from subsiding Airbus’s new A350 plane. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/283e4/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>
By George PsyllidesA POLICE task force investigating the collapse of the economy has also been assigned the case of a controversial agreement between the Central Bank (CBC) and a consulting firm, authorities said on Wednesday.The probe into the CBC agreement with Alvarez and Marsal was launched last week.It was initially assigned to the CID but it has been decided to hand it over to a task force already investigating the causes of the economic downfall – mainly the bank activities.“It is simply for better coordination and getting better results since the matters may be linked,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.CID officers have already questioned various people in connection with the case, including Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades.Announcing the launch of the probe last week, deputy attorney-general Rikkos Erotocritou said it would look into charges by Demetriades that confidential documents had been leaked to the media, but also potential document forgery, and deception of board members.Reports suggested Demetriades had agreed to pay A&M a success or recapitalisation fee of 0.10 per cent on the amount the banks used to recapitalise, including cash seized from depositors.A&M was contracted by the CBC to advise on the restructure of the island’s stricken banking system.CBC documents showed that A&M had even settled on €4.75 million instead of €11 million.The regulator said A&M was not entitled to a success fee since the recap amount came from seized deposits and not as part of a bailout.A&M said it did not seek a fee based on the haircut and insisted it was legally entitled to the €4.75 million, which were inside the range proposed by Demetriades.The governor claimed he signed the agreement under duress – A&M had threatened to leave at a critical junction for the island’s banking system. You May LikeLivestlyChip 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Main opposition Akel on Monday told foreign diplomats in Cyprus the simplest and surest way for Turkish Cypriots to ensure their share in the island’s hydrocarbons wealth was to help reach a solution.Addressing 35 ambassadors and other diplomats at a lunch in Nicosia, Akel leader Andros Kyprianou spoke about the failure of the talks in Crans-Montana last year and signalled Akel’s full agreement with the position of the UN secretary-general in September on ‘a package’ of six main pending issues.“Akel fully agrees with the above approach, not only because the secretary-general suggests it, but because we are firmly convinced that, at the point we have reached, this is the right course to reach a successful end, even in a short time,” Kyprianou said.At the same time, he noted that “it is not acceptable to expect the Greek Cypriot side to accept the upgrading of the pseudo-state in the event of a [new] failure.”On the issue of hydrocarbons, which the Turkish side is trying to have put on the negotiating table, Kyprianou referred to the convergence that was reached by the government of Demetris Christofias on the issue during his talks with then Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.“We are well aware that Turkey is playing a role in the region’s energy map and that Turkish Cypriots want their share of the exploitation of natural gas,” Kyprianou said. “The simplest and surest way to achieve this is the solution of the Cyprus problem.”As for Turkey, he said, Akel was not opposed to discussing its role, “but of course this must not be detrimental to the interests of Cyprus”.“As Akel we are ready, in the event of a solution, to support the opening of talks with Turkey on the construction of a pipeline, both for its own use and for transporting natural gas to Europe,” Kyprianou added.Kyprianou also said Akel supported Turkey’s EU accession but that Ankara had much to do to fulfil its EU obligations.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
MORE INFO: Room 519, House Office Building, downtown Lansing. Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, is concerned about an upcoming MPSC ruling that potentially threatens to violate state energy law and raise costs for utility customers. The Michigan House Energy Policy Committee will meet Tuesday morning in downtown Lansing to discuss a Michigan Public Service Commission case. More information about the hearing: See Rep. Glenn’s news page on the Michigan House Republican webs WHERE: Michigan House Energy Policy Committee and interested parties. #### WHEN:Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. WHAT: WHO: WHY:Committee hearing to discuss the Michigan Public Service Commission’s local clearing requirement case. Categories: Glenn News,News 11Sep Rep. Glenn, House Energy Policy Committee to discuss MPSC case Tuesday
Share9TweetShareEmail9 Shares August 3, 2015; Vox (Kaiser Health News)When the Mental Health Parity Act finally passed in 2008, most advocates were realistic about its possible impact, understanding that almost any positive effect would be dependent on enforcement. The act was meant to eliminate the higher copayments and deductibles imposed on those seeking treatment for mental rather than physical illnesses and rectify their more limited access to treatment. Indeed, as this article suggests, it’s now harder to point to outright violations of those provisions, but insurers have managed to creatively erect new types of slightly less obvious barriers.Henry Harbin, Maryland’s former mental health director, said the lack of oversight is being exploited by insurers. “They can micromanage care down to almost nothing,” he says. “The enforcement in this area is a joke.”One favorite dodge, according to a survey of patients by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is to designate treatment as “not medically necessary,” which reportedly now happens twice as often for mental health as for other medical conditions.“‘Medical necessity’ is the insurers’ last hurrah,” said Meiram Bendat, an attorney focusing on mental health cases. “Insurers have become much more crafty at coming up with protocols that are not expressed numerically, that are more difficult to spot.”Additionally, no one federal agency oversees the implementation of mental health parity. Those responsibilities are divided among a complex web of groups that includes the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury, as well as state insurance commissioners. This leaves most not knowing where they might get help, and even when they do reach out, their attempts are often easily foiled by insurers. The Parity Implementation Coalition in Washington, D.C., says that though its hotline has received hundreds of consumer complaints, it has a hard time following up because insurers refuse to release documents that would allow comparisons to be made between mental health and other health-related claims.Meanwhile, Clare Krusing of the insurers’ association insisted that such documents are being made available to patients and providers upon request. “Plans are committed to being transparent about their coverage decisions,” she said. Decisions to deny treatment, she said, are based on ensuring that patients receive care based on the best medical evidence.“We are still at a point in the health system where patients face wide variation in the type of care they’re receiving,” she said. “Oftentimes we see tests and procedures done that are costly and unnecessary for the type of care that they’re seeking or even help or benefit their condition.”By most accounts, with limited oversight and no enforcement, the law does not have teeth sharp enough or monitoring systematic enough to deter insurers who wish to avoid paying claims. In fact, to date the federal government has not taken a single public enforcement action and only a few states are monitoring insurers for compliance.Some advocates accuse President Obama of ignoring enforcement for fear of upsetting allies. “Insurance companies were part of the coalition that helped bring the ACA to life, and the administration feels an enormous debt of gratitude,” said former congressman Patrick Kennedy, who helped pass the Parity Law. “It’s a challenge politically to then step on the toes of those that brought them to the dance.”An estimated 43 million Americans ages 18 or older reported having a mental illness in 2013, but fewer than half successfully accessed treatment, in part due to affordability.—Ruth McCambridgeShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shares
Share18Tweet24ShareEmail42 Shares“Austerity.” Credit: 401kcalculator.orgMarch 25, 2018; AtlanticLast month, when the two-year budget deal was announced, NPQ noted that the main takeaway was that the “era of federal austerity [had] been severely interrupted, if not ended entirely.” We added that “many nonprofits will welcome the unexpected funding boost, even if that boost is primarily a result of federal government dysfunction rather than representing a newfound consensus to fund domestic needs appropriately for the long haul.”Now the FY 2018 budget is law, and the gains are evident. In the Atlantic, Russell Berman writes that, “President Obama finally got a Republican-controlled Congress to fund his domestic budget. All it took was Donald Trump in the White House to get it done.” Berman adds that, “Across much of the government, Republican leaders agreed to spending levels that matched or even exceeded what Obama asked Congress to appropriate in his final budget request in 2016.”Of course, the budget falls short in many ways. The plight of the Dreamers remains unresolved. Defense spending (the president’s top priority) gets a big boost, even though US military spending already dwarfs that of other countries. Then there is that pesky notion that running trillion-dollar deficits to boost the economy when jobless claims have already neared a 45-year low may not be a good idea.Still, many nonprofits will benefit. As Berman writes,The Department of Health and Human Services received $78 billion, nearly identical to the $77.9 billion Obama sought and almost 20 percent more than what the Trump budget called for. Ditto for the Department of Labor and the Department of Education, which got $1.5 billion more than Obama’s final request and nearly $12 billion more than the reduced level Trump sought. Obama-era priorities like Head Start and Pell Grants drew increases, too.Congress eliminated none of the 18 independent agencies Trump wanted to scrap, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And several of the programs he wanted to zero out won huge increases instead. Take the TIGER grants, an infrastructure program created by Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package. Congress had allocated $500 million to it each of the last several years, despite annual Obama requests to boost it to $1.25 billion. Trump’s budget called for axing it entirely, but lawmakers went even higher than Obama, giving $1.5 billion to TIGER. Or the Community Development Block Grant, a…program that had been receiving $3 billion from Congress annually. Obama actually proposed cutting its funding by $200 million in 2016, while Trump called for chopping it altogether. In the end, it received $3.3 billion—a 10 percent boost.And there’s more. At Housing & Urban Development, it’s not just community development block grants that got a boost. Housing vouchers (government subsidized private housing) also got $1.72 billion more. American Indian housing got a $100 million increase. Public housing got $800 million more in capital funds and $150 million in added operating dollars. Homeless agencies will have $130 million more in federal grants. There is also $85 million more for lead abatement (nearly a 60 percent increase), $176 million in new funds for senior housing (a 35 percent increase), and a $412 million boost (43 percent increase) in the HOME program that supports first-time homebuyers.The budget also allocates $4.65 billion to address the opioid epidemic, a $3 billion increase. And, based on research from Matt Hourihan and David Parkes of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science reports that R&D spending in 2018 will reach “$176.8 billion, an increase of 12.8 percent or $20.1 billion above FY 2017 estimated R&D.… Total federal R&D spending would reach its highest point ever in inflation-adjusted dollars.”As for specific agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, where Trump sought to cut 31 percent, stayed at $8.1 billion. Climate change funding at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held steady and the agency’s budget went up $234 million to $5.9 billion.Additionally, the National Institutes of Health got a $3 billion boost (8.3 percent) to $37 billion. The National Science Foundation got $7.8 billion, a 3.9 percent or $295 million increase. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science got $6.26 billion, an $868 million increase (nearly 15 percent). Overall, NASA’s budget of $20.7 billion is $1.1 billion above 2017. Spending at the National Institute of Standards and Technology jumped to $1.2 billion, $247 million above 2017.Even the arts were largely unscathed. The Los Angeles Times reports that, “The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities will see funding climb to $152.8 million each, a $3-million increase….The National Gallery of Art gets $165.9 million, a $1.04-million jump. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will receive $40.5 million, which is $4 million more than the last fiscal year.” Public broadcasting funding remains unchanged at $465 million.This review, of course, does not address how regressive policies may change funding at the community level, so don’t get too comfortable. And the two-year budget deal may well prove a blip in what has been a long-term trend of declining funding.—Steve DubbShare18Tweet24ShareEmail42 Shares
Steve Grieder has left Nickelodeon and his position will not be filled, Informa Telecoms & Media understands.Grieder was executive senior vice president, international programme sales, at Nickelodeon International and has now left the Viacom-owned kids channel operator. He told colleagues he was leaving before MIPCOM although he was at the trade show in Cannes in October.It is not thought that he has a new position to go to and he is understood to want to pursue personal projects in the short term.Grieder’s most recent stint at Nick dates back to 2004 when he was appointed vice-president, Nickelodeon International. Prior to that he was at Barry Diller’s IAC having been general manager of Nick Latin America and vice-president and creative director of Nick in his first spell at the company, which ended in 2001.Grieder’s remit was widened in 2009 when he became head of programme sales following the departure of Debbie Back and as part of a shake-up of what was then called MTVNI’s international sales business. Running the programme sales department, he oversaw international deals for shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Victorious, iCarly and Penguins of Madagascar.Viacom International Media Networks confirmed that Grieder had left and said that there will not be a direct replacement made.
UK movie channel Sky Movies HD has acquired the rights to air the entire James Bond film catalogue after striking a deal with MGM.This move means that Sky has usurped commercial broadcast rival ITV, which previously held the rights to show old Bond movies. The deal will see 22 titles from EON Productions including Dr No and Quantum of Solace and two non EON-produced titles Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again air on the high definition movie channel from October 2012. The upcoming Bond film Skyfall, which is released later this year, will also be part of the deal and will air on Sky Movies Box Office in the spring of 2013.“We are simply delighted to have secured the Bond films for our customers. Everything about these films is iconic – whether it’s the cars, the gadgets or the catchphrases. What’s more, they’ve become hugely significant culturally; demonstrating the best of British film. It’s an honour for us to have all of them for our customers, and we will ensure that we do them justice across Sky Movies, giving our customers the best possible experience in watching them. It’s an exciting time for Sky Movies and this is just one of many exciting plans we have coming up in the months ahead,” said Ian Lewis, director of Sky Movies.
Last year, 222 million digital set-top boxes were shipped, down 1.2% on the 2010 total, according to research from iHS. The value of the set-top industry also declined, by 2.8% to $20.2 billion (€16 million), with stable free-to-air set-top revenue unable to offset declining pay TV receiver revenues.Pace remained as the number one pay TV set-top box vendor by shipment volumes, shipping 21.8 million units.According to iHS, growth in units shipped to 2016 won’t be enough to stop annual revenue declines.
DTG Testing, the test house subsidiary of the Digital TV Group, and test and measurement specialist Mirifice, have extended their existing partnership to include automated MHEG testing of set-top boxes, recorders and iDTVs.DTG Testing and Mirifice have developed an automation system for MHEG based on Mirifice’s MiriATE product. The system automates approximately 80% of the core MHEG tests.DTG Testing has also released an MHEG automated test suite for manufacturers to purchase for pre-compliance testing, prior to submission to DTG Testing for final testing.“DTG Testing is committed to continually enhancing the service we offer to manufacturers.” said Richard Carlton, associate director, DTG Testing. “The introduction of MHEG automation will reduce the time taken to test products and provide a more controlled testing environment, ensuring even greater consistency of test results.”DTG Testing introduced Mirifice’s MiriATE automation system into its testing processes in 2009 in order to align with the requirements of UKAS ISO /IEC 17025. The system is able to automatically interpret a receiver’s video and audio output, while controlling the device inputs and environment and is capable of testing up to 96 receivers in parallel 24 hours a day.DTG Testing said it plans to introduce automation throughout its range of manual test suites in the near future.
YouView’s number one priority is to achieve scale, according to Richard Halton, CEO of the UK connected TV platform.“It has to be a platform of scale, but our shareholders are in this for the long haul,” he told IBC attendees this morning. Halton said the lack of penetration so far for Google TV and Apple TV meant that YouView had “not missed the boat”. He pointed out that it was the first online TV platform to be chosen by Now TV from BSkyB and Channel 5’s Milkshake. Halton said that further content news would be announced over the remaining months of the year.YouView has had a “good start”, with positive reviews and a good and expanding range of content. Halton said that the next phase would be to begin marketing the service in earnest. The platform would develop, and the next functional release of the YouView software is ready to deploy, said Halton. He said apps for companion devices would be developed in tandem with the core platform.Having key brands in one place, and the integration of the linear and on-demand service was hard to do and gave YouView an advantage over other connected TV platforms and media streamers, said Halton.Halton said that YouView’s shareholders had a range of priorities and it was important to meet their individual needs. He said the platform, in addition to benefiting the free-to-air broadcasters, offered possibilities for a wide range of new revenue streams, including targeted advertising and new pay revenues.“For the ISPs, YouView is strategically their TV platform,” said Halton. TalkTalk had already announced its proposition, making YouView boxes available for free to top-tier customers.YouView will offer instant access to about £3 billion (€3.8 billion) worth of content every year through one simple interface thanks to its backwards-in-time capability, said Halton. “For 70% of Freeview homes in the UK, pause and rewind of live TV is new,” he said. Most users did not have Freeview Plus boxes. He said this functionality would feature significantly in YouView’s marketing campaigns.Halton said that YouView was now stocked in 800 stores in the UK and both Humax and Huawei had YouView boxes on display at IBC.
European football body UEFA has awarded media rights for the 2012-15 Champions League and Europa League in Switzerland to SRG SSR.The top Champions League match each match night will be broadcast on free-to-air channels RSILa2, SF2 and RTS2 followed by a highlights programme.SRG SSR has also been granted the rights to the best live Europa League match per kick-off slot. Local club participation will be shown on RSILa2, SF2, and RTS2.All rights can be exploited on the internet via www.rts.ch, as well as on mobile.Commenting on the award of these rights, UEFA said: “UEFA is delighted to extend its partnership with SRG SSR for both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. SRG SSR has proven its dedication to both competitions and UEFA looks forward to continuing this successful partnership.”
France-based technology company Netgem has said it will significantly increase its research and development efforts to extend its range of products in the access and multiscreen content distribution arena.In France, the company will increase its investments in in connected TV and related services, which it believes offers solid prospects for growth. The company has also set a target of doubling its international revenue between 2011 and 2014.Netgem has also announced a reorganisation of its senior management.Christophe Aulnette will now become president of Netgem International, continuing to guide the international development of the group, while Joseph Haddad will take over as CEO.Aulnette has been named as a director on Netgem’s board, succeeding Charles Berdugo, who has resigned for personal reasons.Netgem posted revenues of EUR22.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, down 9% on the same period last year. While domestic French revenues fell by 41% to EUR5.4 million, international revenues grew by 9% to EUR17.5 million.
TV revenue growth across the world’s major countries outperformed other communications industries last year, and the UK led across a range of metrics amongst European countries, according to Ofcom’s International Communications Market Report.According to the report which drew on a variety of sources to compare the communications sector – telecoms, TV, postal communications and radio – across 17 countries, the overall sector turned in revenues of £1,228 billion (€1,464 billion) globally in 2012, growing by 2.5% year-on-year.Telecoms saw the biggest absolute increase in revenue of £22 billion or 4.1% to £865 billion. However, TV revenues grew the fastest – by 4.1% in 2012 to £252 billion, with the BRIC countries leading the way, but a decline in revenues in Europe and Canada.Global TV subscription revenues were up 4.4%, while net advertising revenues grew by 4.6% in 2012.The UK was the leading European country for TV revenues, with £11.7 billion compared with £11 billion in Germany and £9.5 billion in France.Germany and France were both ahead of the UK in the number of homes signed up to pay TV services with 64% each, according to Ofcom’s definition, compared with 54% for the UK.The UK, Spain and Italy were the only three major countries where all main TV sets in households received digital signals. Almost half of UK homes received HD TV, higher than the 33% average for the major European countries. UK homes also had the highest propensity to own DVRs, with 41% of households owning a device, and UK consumers were most likely to access TV content over the internet, with 36% of internet users claiming to do so every week.The UK also led on catch-up viewing on smart TVs, mobile phones and tablets, with 77% of smart TV owners accessing catch-up TV on that device, and a third of tablet owners and 12% of smartphone owners using their devices to watch catch-up content. A third of UK homes with games consoles also used that device to access catch-up content, much higher than the proportion doing so in other European countries.Smart TV ownership averaged out at 19% across the countries studied. UK smart TV ownership stood at 17%, compared with 21% in Germany and 9% in France.The UK had higher than average linear TV viewing, with the average home watching four hours of linear TV a day, 19 minutes more than the international average.Revenues from the sale of UK TV programming to international markets stood at £1.22 billion in 2012, up 4% year-on-year, with the US remaining the largest international market.The UK led the international field in the number of respondents receiving a bundle of services from their broadband supplier, with 77% of UK respondents doing so. Prices in the UK compared favourably with other countries, with Italy and France also performing well.The report compares the UK with 16 countries – France, Germany, Italy, the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Mike PulliSet-top box maker and gateway technology specialist Pace reported a 13.6% drop in revenue in the first half the year, but higher profits thanks in part to its purchase of Aurora Networks.Announcing its results for the six months ended 30 June 2014, Pace said that improved revenue mix, supply chain efficiency and increased operational efficiency also helped boost profits.Overall revenues were down to US$1.14 billion (€850 million), in line with management expectations. Gross profit was up 5.4% to US$245.8 million, while adjusted EBITA was up 9.9% to US$106.3 million.“Pace is continuing to evolve into a more profitable, cash generative business with a broader spread of customers. As expected, revenue was lower than the comparable period, however, we have delivered strong profit and cash flow growth through the contribution of Aurora, a better mix of revenue, improving supply chain effectiveness and improving operating efficiency,” said Pace CEO Mike Pulli.“H1 2014 has seen a period of intense development activity with a number of major new products being launched at the end of the half and early in the second half, supporting our expectation of strong revenue growth in H2 2014.”
Korean English-language channel Arirang TV has joined the Conference of International Broadcaster’s Audience Research Services (CIBAR) as a full member.CIBAR currently has 31 full, associated and individual members, including the BBC, DW, NHK and Voice of America.The organisation brings together professional researchers from public service international broadcasting organizations to promote the use of audience and media research as a tool to help them better understand their audiences, their impact and their effectiveness.
Multiscreen TV platform provider Comigo is set to demo its next generation Android-based set-top box solution at IBC.The solution supports HEVC, which Comigo says could save operators up to 40% on content delivery costs, and also offers flexibility through the choice of different modules.Comigo said that modules include a personalisation engine, social engine, engagement module, social recommendations engine and insights and analytics – which operators can pick and choose based on their needs.Pay TV operators can also use Comigo’s set-top solution to remotely launch content-related apps and services across different screens and devices.“Pay-TV operators today are keen on delivering an engaging TV experience on every screen, and are looking for innovative ways to generate additional revenue streams from their TV service. To meet this demand, we are partnering with a variety of system integrators globally, we’ve opened our backend capabilities to solution partners, and we offer our Android-based STB middleware to several STB vendors,” said Comigo CEO, Dov Moran.Comigo claims that it has “dramatically increased” sales revenue and global market penetration over the last year. During the first half of 2014 it doubled its customer base and sold five times more set-top boxes compared to 2013, the company said.It is also in the process of expanding into new geographical markets within Asia, the US and Latin America, while extending sales in existing territories in Europe and Central America. Comigo will exhibit at IBC on stand 3.B61
Scripps Networks Interactive is due to launch US home lifestyle channel HGTV in Singapore via local operator StarHub.The channel is due to go live on StarHub in December and Scripps claims it will be the first dedicated home and lifestyle channel to launch regionally in Asia.HGTV will launch with shows such as Property Brothers, Kitchen Cousins and The High Low Project, covering topics like design and décor, home improvement and real estate.Scripps said it will also produce localised, original, short-form content exclusively for the launch of HGTV in Asia based on the popular series Extreme Homes.“The launch of HGTV across Asia Pacific signifies the first time HGTV has launched as a premiere 24/7 channel destination focused on home and lifestyle programming outside North America, including the Caribbean,” said Jim Samples, president of Scripps Networks International.“This is a testament to how successful Scripps Networks’ high quality lifestyle content has performed around the world, and we see great potential for this channel offering to drive value for audiences, affiliate and advertising partners alike.”HGTV joins the Scripps Networks family of lifestyle channels that are available in Asia, including the Asian Food Channel, Food Network and Travel Channel.
Claire TavernierShine Group-owned YouTube multichannel network ChannelFlip has created two new divisions to increase its range of services.ChannelFlip has created talent agency and management division FlipSide, which will be charged with managing a range of online content creators across comedy, entertainment and beauty genres.FlipSide will source deals with traditional and online media as well as licensing, sponsorship and merchandising partnerships, according to ChannelFlip.ChannelFlip has hired music and talent development producer Fleur Brooklin Smith and Simon’s Cat promoter Mike Cook to manage the division.ChannelFlip has also created FlipHub, a new branded content agency specialising in YouTube stars outside the ChannelFlip partner network.“ChannelFlip has always been about enabling creativity, particularly online creativity. With these new divisions we are continuing to develop ways to create value for online talent. We refuse to be an MCN with a ‘one size fits all’ approach; we want to give talented individuals a suite of products to find and develop commercial solutions, foster creativity and build strong and engaging brands,” said Claire Tavernier, interim managing director, ChannelFlip.