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Mr Half Price convicted after failing to provide travel services

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, July 26, 2019 Posted by MISSISSAUGA — After being charged by TICO, Emmanuel Adjei, who operated under the name ‘Mr. Half Price’, has been convicted on three counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.Adjei was ordered to pay $6,561 in restitution and perform 200 hours of community service. He was also placed on probation for two years.Adjei was found to have sold travel services online under such names as ‘mrhalfprice’. It was found that consumers sent him money by e-transfer through an email address to pay for travel services they never received.Travellers who are booking travel services online, including through email and social media, are encouraged to verify if the person or business is registered with TICO. Prior to booking travel, go to TICO’s directory at https://members.tico.ca/TICO/Search/Directory.aspx to confirm registration. Travelweek Group center_img Tags: TICO Share ‘Mr. Half Price’ convicted after failing to provide travel serviceslast_img read more

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Political Rebels fight back

first_imgNo related posts. In an interview with the daily La Nación shortly before his death on Sept. 9, former Broad Front Party lawmaker José Merino Del Río noted what he called an “irritation with a government vacuum,” which has resulted in an “enormous and accumulated discontent that can be seen in the streets.”Merino said Costa Rican politics has reached its most discredited point, and that if you speak about politics, people resent it. “It’s all corruption, scams and unfulfilled promises,” Merino said. “Everyone is taking care of themselves, and the president has no power.” One month after Merino died while receiving treatment in Cuba for kidney cancer, student protests erupted on the streets of San José after President Laura Chinchilla vetoed a bill that would allow for small businesses to make photocopies of educational material (See story). The previous day, unrelated to the student protests, a report published by crhoy.com named 18 government officials currently under investigation by the Chief Prosecutor’s Office, all members of the ruling National Liberation Party, or PLN (TT, Oct. 8). Investigations include allegations of embezzlement, corruption and illicit gain, although no one has been convicted and the investigations are ongoing.“It’s just one thing after another,” said Wilson Arroyo, a member of the youth wing of the opposition Broad Front Party, who said he is looking forward to political change. Wilson is one of a growing minority of young people looking for new political leadership. “The Broad Front gives us opportunities others [political groups] don’t. For example, I am the president of Broad Front Youth in the canton of Alajuela, and I am only 21 years old. These are the opportunities young people need.” An alternativeEnter leftist Broad Front Party lawmaker José María Villalta. Perhaps due to the power of his words, often matched by the volume of his voice, Villalta, 35, has made himself heard among the din of majority lawmakers as the only nationally elected Broad Front official. Villalta has taken the concerns of people like Arroyo seriously. Villalta served under Merino as a legislative assistant from 2006-2010, before Villalta also was elected. He has positioned himself in conspicuous opposition to the PLN, aligning with young voters and students. Prior to his political career, Villalta served in the University of Costa Rica’s Student Rights Association from 1997-1998 and later sat on the board of the Federation of Students from 1998-2000.The rift between the PLN and the socialist Broad Front Party was clearly demonstrated on Sept. 10, when PLN lawmakers exited the legislative plenary during Villalta’s elegy to the late Merino. PLN lawmakers were dismayed at Villalta’s attempt to stir up popular dissent over Chinchilla’s decision to veto a polemic photocopy bill. A reform bill introduced by Merino sought to modify Law 8,039, which left open possible penalties for a common on-campus practice, the photocopying of academic materials for students by photocopying shops and bookstores. The bill Merino presented would eliminate jail time for violation of intellectual property rights (TT, Aug. 17). Surprising many, the bill passed a second legislative debate, prompting the Chamber of Information Technology and Commerce to request a presidential veto. Chinchilla abided, spurring the protests.Villalta, undeterred, replied, “The government chose [to side with] powerful business chambers. The students need to photocopy to study, and we support their demands.” Responding to the protests, Chinchilla on Monday signed a decree that protects photocopying for academic purposes.“It’s very contradictory,” Villalta said. “The decree practically says the same thing the president vetoed a few days ago.”RebelsThe Broad Front Party is a spin-off of the short-lived, center-left Democratic Force. Merino served as a lawmaker for Democratic Force from 1998-2002, before breaking ties with the group and forming the Broad Front Party in 2004. A new website created by Broad Front Youth was launched this month, at www.rebeldia.org (which borrows the Spanish word for rebelliousness). Young party members have been quick to channel the energy of the recent protests, and the site provides a forum for organizing protests and connecting young people interested in the party.Antonio Trejos, who heads communications for the new website and its forum, said the site has seen a spike in activity since the protests, and more than 300 active, young party members participate throughout the country. “He [Merino] insisted the country needed deep changes, and even during the most chaotic circumstances, he stood up for pacifist solutions and always urged young party members to play an active role in the party,” Trejos said.“Merino was an untiring critic of the neoliberal model and of the United States as a foreign influence and decision maker for our national politics,” he added. Trejos said he believes Villalta is the next progression within the Merino model.“Villalta is not only the youngest lawmaker in the Legislative Assembly, but also the most active,” Trejos said. Villalta has sponsored and presented 47 bills, and six have passed. He is a champion of equal rights and has sponsored a same-sex union bill, as well as a bill that would legalize in vitro fertilization, which was banned in 2000.Trejos added that the Broad Front Youth movement is trying to better understand the historical conditions of the “battle” between social classes to “realize that we are a part of a social reality much larger: capitalism.”Villalta has listened to and acted on the growing discontent among the youth population, and with Chinchilla’s ratings the lowest of any Latin America leader, the Broad Front Party is hoping they can ride the waves of dissatisfaction to the polls.While Villalta has not announced his candidacy for president in 2014, he hasn’t ruled it out.“I’m considering all my options,” said Villalta, “of which [a presidential run] is one.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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House Republicans unveil new roads plans

first_img Categories: Crawford News,Runestad News,Tedder News,Webber News 13May House Republicans unveil new roads plans Oakland County Reps weigh in on proposalThe House Republican Caucus today unveiled a simple roads plan that will create a long-term fix for Michigan roads and bridges.The plan focuses on using existing dollars and reprioritizing restricted funds. Unlike the ballot proposal put before the voters, the House Republican plan only contains funding pertinent to roads and bridges.“Michigan residents made it clear they wanted a more straightforward plan when they voted down Proposal 1,” said Rep. Kathy Crawford, R- Novi. “This plan is a simple and common-sense solution to create better roads and bridges.”One of the pillars of the House Republican road funding fix is directing sixty percent of projected General Fund growth directly into Michigan roads, bringing the total state funding to more than a billion dollars per year within the next four years. The plan will not affect funding for K-12 education.“This plan seeks to find a legislative solution to our continuing road problems, not a constitutional one which residents made clear they did not want,” said Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston. “This plan makes better use of the existing funds we have available rather than placing the burden on hard-working Michigan taxpayers.”Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township, said he is pleased to see competitive bidding and warranties included in the proposal.“This plan makes a great start at making sure taxpayer funds are used more efficiently and effectively,” Runestad said. “The plan has safeguards to ensure our roads will be of high quality and ensure transparency with taxpayer dollars.”The proposal also includes bills that will reprioritize restricted funds to be directed toward road funding.“We must budget for our priorities. For too long roads have not been a priority in our state and this proposal begins to address that by first using existing tax dollars,” said Rep. Michael Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “The reprioritizing of existing funds is a good start at better balancing our spending to reflect this priority.”###last_img read more

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Rep Barrett on board for Free Fishing Weekend

first_img02Jun Rep. Barrett on board for Free Fishing Weekend Categories: Barrett News June 13-14 is the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Free Fishing Weekend, two days when anglers will not be required to have a fishing license to partake in the sport.State Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, invites Eaton County residents to participate in the special event.“It’s an exciting opportunity to get out on the water and experience a favorite Michigan pastime.” Rep. Barrett said.Anglers are encouraged to be safe and remember that all other fishing and boating restrictions remain in place over the weekend.For more information about Free Fishing Weekend, visit the Michigan DNR website at www.Michigan.gov/DNR.###last_img read more

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Rep Cox sworn in for second term

first_img11Jan Rep. Cox sworn in for second term Categories: Cox News,Cox Photos State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, was sworn in for her second term by Chief Justice Stephen Markman on the House floor today. She was joined by her family, from back left, son, Conor, daughter, Sinéad, son, Rory, husband, Mike, father, Robert Erpelding, and mother, Marguerite Erpelding. The 99th Michigan Legislature began session today following the ceremonial swearing in.###last_img

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Rep Wentworth voices support for bills that give students more education choice

first_img10Mar Rep. Wentworth voices support for bills that give students more education choice State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare is a co-sponsor of merit curriculum legislation that will give students more flexibility in their high school education choices.“High school is about preparing for life after graduation and that’s what these four bills will do,” Wentworth said. “Employers are looking right now in central Michigan for workers who have the training and experience in skilled trades, which are being taught in our schools. If a student has shown an ability or interest in coding, statistics or carpentry, why tell them no? Students just need more flexibility to select the courses that meet their needs.”The four bills in the package will:Allow students to complete their 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts course.Allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a CTE or visual/performing arts course to graduate high school, when the current requirement expires for 2022.Allow the completion of a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.House Bills 4315-4318 have been assigned to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.##### Categories: News,Wentworth Newslast_img read more

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Rep Brann invites residents to office hours

first_img04May Rep. Brann invites residents to office hours State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming invites residents from Byron Township and the City of Wyoming to attend his local office hours during the month on May.Office hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting, to discuss concerns regarding state government. “I want to hear about issues that are most important to people and how they would like me to represent their interests in Lansing.”Rep. Brann will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, May 1910 to 11:30 a.m. at Marge’s Donut Den, 1751 28th St. SW in Wyoming;Monday, May 2210 to 11:30 a.m. at Byron Family Restaurant, 2527 84th St. SW in Byron Center; andFriday, May 264:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 Division Ave. SW in Wyoming.No appointments are necessary for office hours. Anyone unable to attend who would like to voice a question or concern to the representative may contact his office at (517) 373-2277 or TommyBrann@house.mi.gov. Categories: Brann Newslast_img read more

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Rep Hernandez to host local coffee hours

first_img07Jun Rep. Hernandez to host local coffee hours Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host district office hours on Friday, June 22 to meet with local residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“This is a great opportunity for me to directly hear your thoughts and questions about state government,” Rep. Hernandez said. “It is important for me to be accessible and accountable to the residents of the 83rd District as your voice in Lansing. I hope to see you there!”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:9 a.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, 4265 24th in Fort Gratiot; and11 a.m. at Camm Café, 55 N. Howard Ave. in Croswell.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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Senate committee approves Rep LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims

first_img The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved state Rep. Kim LaSata’s bill expanding the 24-hour OK2SAY hotline to include reporting on sexual abuse, assault and rape.“The recent Larry Nassar scandal, along with the testimony from his survivors, illustrated that Michigan must open up the avenues of communication to victims of sexual offenses,” said LaSata, who co-chaired a House inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal. “OK2SAY has proven itself to be an exceptional tool for children who are bullied, hear about threats to their schools and anyone who witnesses a drug deal. A sexual assault survivor may feel a lot of emotions, but they should not feel like they have no way of reporting a vicious crime against them.”OK2SAY was introduced as a method of reporting criminal activity at school in a confidential way, but has it has been expanded to include other crimes and has received 10,734 reports through December 2017.LaSata’s House Bill 5539 received unanimous support by the Senate panel, joining a landmark bipartisan plan to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Nassar sex abuse scandal.“This legislation will protect children on college campuses and in our own neighborhoods,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “The Nassar inquiry really identified the many ways we can step up Michigan’s protections, while also identifying sexual predators, increasing penalties against their illegal behavior and helping survivors. The committee’s vote makes us one step closer to making Michigan safer.”##### Categories: LaSata News,News 07Jun Senate committee approves Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victimslast_img read more

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Qatarbased broadcaster Al Jazeera has enterted in

first_imgQatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has enterted into exclusive negotiations with the French professional football league, the LFP, to acquire the remaining major package of TV rights for Ligue 1 matches.Al Jazeera is bidding for a package of six weekly pay-per-view matches. The broadcaster already has the rights to two weekly matches. L’Equipe newspaper has reported that Al Jazeera is offering €240 million over the 2012-16 period for the rights.Pay TV broadcaster Canal Plus airs the best Sunday evening match and eight other PPV games on its Foot Plus service, with about a million subscribers.A package of mobile TV rights has yet to be allocated. Orange has been seen as the likely buyer, but has yet to make an offer that is satisfactory to the LFP. It has been rumoured that the telco may sell its Orange Sport TV channel to Al Jazeera, which lacks a channel in France on which to air football games.Al Jazeera has also already acquired rights to the majority of European Champions League games between now and 2015.last_img read more

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Sky Deutschland is preparing to roll out an enhanc

first_imgSky Deutschland is preparing to roll out an enhanced second screen EPG designed to make it easier to find and record content.The Sky Guide will include one touch recording functionality, enabling users to record content on Sky Plus boxes remotely. Users will also be able to use the guide to purchase pay-per-view content from the Sky Anytime service. The search section will display linear, on-demand and recorded content in separate sections, while users will be able to add reminders about upcoming content in the ‘watch list’ section.The Sky Guide will also integrate with various social networks including Twitter and Facebook, enabling users to like and share content.“We are aiming to make it really simple to spend less time searching and more time watching content,” said Peter Schultz, vice-president, on-demand programming at Sky Deutschland.last_img read more

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Hans Vestberg Microsoft is reportedly considering

first_imgHans VestbergMicrosoft is reportedly considering Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg as a possible replacement for chief executive Steve Ballmer, who announced in August he will retire this year.According to a Bloomberg report, which cites people briefed on the search, Vestberg is in the running for the top job alongside other candidates – including Microsoft cloud-computing chief Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.In December, Microsoft said in an official blog post that it initially identified “over 100 possible candidates,” for the CEO job. “[We] talked with several dozen, and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals.”At the time, Microsoft said that it expects to reach a decision “in the early part of 2014.Vestberg joined Ericsson in 1988 and served as chief financial officer before becoming CEO in 2010.last_img read more

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The European Commission has launched an action pla

first_imgThe European Commission has launched an action plan to deal with infringement of intellectual property rights within the EU and a strategy for protecting IP outside of the region.The EU said that it will adopt a ‘follow the money’ approach, which involves attempting to prevent the commercial-scale IP infringement rather than penalising individuals.Europe’s commercial broadcasters immediately welcomed the action plan. Their industry group, the Association of Commercial Television, noted that its members face a major challenge in securing their content online with streaming and downloading taking place within and outside the EU.“Piracy and unauthorised distribution of TV content impacts on commercial broadcasters’ ability to invest in the next season of creative, journalistic and sporting programmes,” said Ross Biggam, Director-General of the Association of Commercial Television.He added: “Currently around 40% of European commercial broadcasting groups’ revenues are reinvested in programme content, totalling €15 billion a year or €41 million a day. We therefore welcome this evidence that the European Commission takes seriously the enforcement of intellectual property rights and we are optimistic that the new tools will over time play a part in decreasing commercial-scale infringement.”The EU action plan will involve a training programme for Member State’s authorities that will help them act swiftly in case of IP infringement, the exchange of best practices among Member States and an ongoing dialogue with IP owners.In terms of the international protection of intellectual property rights, the European Commission proposes IP working groups with non-EU countries, surveys to identify priority countries where efforts will be concentrated and helpdesks to help IP owners.All of the IP protection steps will be put into action this year and next with the Commission deciding at an unspecified later stage whether it needs to introduce concrete legislation to back up the IP initiatives.last_img read more

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Netflix has said it is already investing in Europe

first_imgNetflix has said it is already investing in European content, and that the introduction of a European programming quota will not boost production in the region.The quota is part of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, unveiled by the European Commission yesterday.“Our members around the world love European programming, that’s why our investment in European programming, including Netflix original titles created in Europe, is growing,” Netflix said. “We appreciate the Commission’s objective to have European production flourish. However the proposed measures won’t actually achieve that.”Netflix has started making a select number of originals out of Europe and noted that it is ‘actively looking for additional projects”.“We have committed hundreds of millions of euros in European productions so far, an investment that continues to grow,” it said.“Beyond original productions, we have partnerships with European broadcasters including BBC (Watership Down), Channel 4 (Kiss me First, Crazy Face), ITV (Marcella), TV2 Denmark (Rita).” Netflix said. “We also license programming from the BBC and many other broadcasters and have been major buyers of European film, including several acquisitions made at the recent Cannes Film Festival.”The quota rules would apply to acquisitions of original content as well as investment in original fare. One concern with a European quota is that rather than spur investment in quality content, it encourages platform operators to stock up on cheaper finished programming simply to comply with the rules.Research suggests that Netflix and its chief rival Amazon are likely already in compliance with a 20% quota In most instances, given the range of Europe-produced acquired programming on their services.last_img read more

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Most consumers believe 2016 will mark the summer

first_imgMost consumers believe 2016 will mark the ‘summer of peak TV’, but that the saturation of series on television is no bad thing, according to a study.Some 73% of respondents to a Miner & Co. Studio study agreed 2016 was ‘the summer of peak TV’, with more quality content released than ever before, with 77% also believing there was no such thing as “too much” good TV.FX Networks president John Landgraf coined the term ‘peak TV’ in reference to what he sees as an over-saturation of the scripted television market.He has consistently pointed to internal FX research that showed well over 400 new series launched last year, and predicted this year or next will represent a production peak.Many other industry watchers and sources forecast fatigue will soon set in, if supply overwhelms demand. However, the new study, which New York-based industry insights firm Miner & Co. conducted, showed 78% said having so many options did not “stress them out”.Furthermore, respondents showed a general belief TV was becoming better on all platforms: 87% of streaming and cable series and 86% of broadcast shows were deemed “very” or “somewhat” reliable as sources of great content.When forced to choose, most said streaming services provided the most reliably good TV series. Seventy-six-per-cent believe there is more good TV now than before streaming services became major players.Other findings showed the peak TV phenomena had made their lives more enjoyable, with 69% saying they were enjoying this year’s television more than previous summers. Over 33% had watched new programming, with that rising to 50% for the millennial demographic. Fifty-per-cent are watching more original series on streaming services.“For the past few years, streaming has drowned out conversations about broadcast and cable – and it continues to gain strength as a preferred platform for viewing,” said Robert Miner, president of Miner & Co. “But investment in quality scripted content has, at least for now, captured viewers’ attention across all options – broadcast, cable and streaming.“The choice, convenience and control streaming offers will continue to hold very high appeal, but content is key – essentially in attracting and retaining viewers.“So, peak TV isn’t just a benefit for the TV audience, [as] the greater investment in quality scripted shows is the key to survival for broadcast, cable and streaming content providers.”The study was conducted to the backdrop of the notion that the industry and consumers are part of a ‘golden age of television’, which had in large part replaced independent cinema as the first point of call for complex, stylised screen storytelling.Indeed, 66% of respondents said they planned to go to the moves les this summer due to the number of high quality TV series. Seventy-three-per-cent believe TV stars are now as impactful as their film counterparts, while 67% said TV now has better writers and directors.However, Richard Broughton from Ampere Analysis told DTVE sister title TBI that “the volume of content hasn’t necessarily had an effect on cinemas”.“We looked into the impact of the release of high value original shows on theatrical attendance in the USA, and could not prove there was any significant effect,” he said of separate Ampere work.“With viewing so flexible now it appears that consumers are able to go to the movies and also watch the shows they want at a time of their choosing – there doesn’t necessarily have to be the direct trade-off.”Most respondents to the study also said they were reading fewer books as a result of the TV on offer.Ampere’s Broughton added that while there was “some truth” to the idea of a drama bubble”, demand was still increasing.“Consumers are increasingly bingeing – both because they can, due to on-demand availability of shows, and because the content is compelling enough to keep them hooked,” he added. “The majority of consumers in western Europe and North America indicate that they binge-view, according to our research, and this is backed up by consumption statistics: the average Netflix account streams two hours of content per day.”The online survey polled 801 male and female TV viewers between the ages of 18 and 59 between July 1-6. Conductor Miner & Co. offers insight solutions to networks such as AMC, BBC America, Comedy Central and HBO, and streaming platforms including Seeso.last_img read more

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Middle East pay TV operator OSN is launching a pop

first_imgMiddle East pay TV operator OSN is launching a pop-up James Bond channel that will air all 24 Bond movies in HD for seven weeks from today.In addition to movies such as Dr. No, Moonraker, Goldfinger and more recent Daniel Craig-starring outing Spectre, the channel will feature additional content including a short-lived Casino Royale TV show and Bond documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007.Content on the channel will also be available on-demand to OSN On Demand and OSN Play subscribers.The pay TV platform has also teamed up with the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition, which opens in Dubai on November 14 at The Annex, Burj Khalifa, featuring Bond memorabilia including the Aston Martin DB5 from Golden Eye and a tuxedo worn by Roger Moore.last_img read more

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Russian pay TV operator NTV has launched its hybr

first_imgRussian pay TV operator NTV+ has launched its hybrid IP-satellite box, the VA1020.The box, which offers a range of IP-delivered services as well as satellite TV, went on sale in Russia on Friday.The launch makes video-on-demand services available to NTV+ subscribers, including access to on-demand movie libraries.The box together with conditional access card is available for RUB6,990 (€100). Those signing up before January 31 can benefit from a promotional price of RUB5,990, with NTV’s Interactive TV service made free for the first month. The normal subscription price for Interactive TV will be RUB300 a month.Korean supplier Kaonmedia is providing the set-top boxes, with software and hardware design input from Gazprom Media Technologies, part of the Gazprom Media group that owns the pay TV operator.In addition to VOD, the service enables time-shifted TV, and pause live TV.last_img read more

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David Clementi David Clementi has been confirmed a

first_imgDavid ClementiDavid Clementi has been confirmed as the next chairman of British public broadcaster the BBC.The UK government has confirmed the former deputy governor of the Bank of England as its preferred candidate a day after news of his imminent appointment broke locally.He will in effect replace Rona Fairhead, who is chairman of the BBC Trust that Clementi recommended in a report last year should be shut down. UK media regulator Ofcom will replace the BBC Trust as the BBC’s watchdog in April.Clementi will now appear before a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for a pre-appointment scrutiny session on January 17, before the Queen ratifies the hire.He will lead a new-look BBC board, comprising 14 members, including ten non-executive and four executive personnel.The BBC remains under huge pressure to reduce costs and slash its budget, but government culture secretary Karen Bradley claimed the latest Charter agreement, which sets spending and editorial guidelines and cam into effect on January 1, would “secure the future of the BBC, strengthen it and give it an unprecedented degree of independence”.Bradley added Clementi would “provide the strong leadership necessary for the BBC to remain the world’s best broadcaster”.“The BBC is a world class broadcaster and one of the UK’s most beloved and cherished institutions,” said Clementi. “It would be a great honour to join the BBC at an important time in the organisation’s history.”BBC director general Tony Hall released a short statement, saying: “I am delighted that Sir David Clementi has been announced as the preferred candidate. I am really looking forward to working with him.”last_img read more

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TV channel provider SPI International Filmbox has

first_imgTV channel provider SPI International/ Filmbox has launched seven channels in Armenia with IPTV operator Hybrid Solutions.The Armenian operator has launched SPI’s basic movie channel FilmBox, Filmbox Art House, its vehicle for independent and classic movies, DocuBox HD, SPI’s factual channel, fashion and shopping channel FashionBox, combat sports service Fight Box HD, exptreme sports channel Fast&FunBox HD and music service 360TuneBox.FilmBox, FilmBox Arthouse, DocuBox HD, FightBox and Fun&Fastbox HD channels will be carried on the HybridTV platform in Russian and English.“With the recent launch in Armenia SPI/FILMBOX continues to expand its distribution footprint in new markets across CEE,” said Murat Muratoglu SPI’s head of distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia and CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugoslavia. “We are happy to partner with Hybrid Solutions as our first partner in Armenia and to brings SPI channels to their viewers.”Yerevan-based Hybrid Solutions posted revenues of AMD375.9 million (€650,000) and profits of AMD31.6 million last year.last_img read more

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Apple has launched its redesigned TV app making i

first_imgApple has launched its redesigned TV app, making it possible for consumers to subscribe in one place to channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian Channel and EPIX.The update, which was first announced at an Apple event in March, is now available in over 100 countries. Apple said more channels would be added over time around the world.Users can subscribe to the channels directly from the Apple TV app, and all content can be watched from inside the app as well – meaning that they don’t have to juggle multiple different apps to watch content.The Apple TV app is where the Apple TV+ service, with Apple’s original programming, will be found when it launches this autumn.There will be some limitations, however. Netflix has said it will not be included in Apple’s channels, which means programming on Netflix will appear in search results but viewers will need to exit the Apple TV app.The redesign is available on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and select Samsung smart televisions. It will be available on Macs this autumn.The Apple TV app’s new look is similar to other streaming services, and includes content carousels, tabs and recommendations.The app offers personalised recommendations of shows and films from more than 150 video apps and streaming services as well as a new Kids section.Subscribers to the channels can watch and download shows and movies both online and offline. Apple said its TV app is, for example, the first and only place where HBO subscribers can download Game Of Thrones for offline viewing.Users can also share their subscription with up to five other family members at a time.It is Apple’s first big push into making money from TV content outside of sales through the iTunes store.Apple hasn’t said what its cut of revenue from subscribers who sign up to services through Apple Channels will be, but CNBC has reported that the company was pushing for 30%.Some reports suggest Apple gets 15% of revenues from subscribers who sign up for services such as HBO Now, Netflix other streaming apps through the App Store.last_img read more

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