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first_img Categories: VerHeulen News,VerHeulen Photos State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker (right), was joined by special guest Rockford Mayor Jerry Coon for the 2015 State of the State address at the Capitol.### 20Jan VerHeulen, local official attend Gov. Snyder’s State of the State addresslast_img

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first_img18Jun House bill to protect firefighters introduced by Rep. Cox Categories: Cox News Legislation to protect local firefighters by notifying them of lightweight building structures has been introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox.House Bill 4740 requires that commercial and multi-unit apartment buildings maintain a placard to notify firefighters that they were constructed with a lightweight structure because it is important that firefighters know how stable a building is, Rep. Cox said.“This legislation aims to provide an additional layer of protection and safety for firefighters across the state,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “These local heroes put their lives on the line every day, and it is our duty to ensure that they are provided every tool possible to maintain their safety.”Livonia constituent Paul DeNapoli — who retired from Livonia Fire & Rescue – brought this issue to the attention of Rep. Cox. DeNapoli currently serves as the director of Fire Science at Madonna University.“Without placards to signify lightweight building structures, firefighters face a greater risk of falling through unstable floors and ceilings,” Rep. Cox said. “This bill will give firefighters pertinent information to aid them as they proceed into a building to save lives.”HB 4740 has been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform for further consideration.###last_img read more

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first_img Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News Tags: #SB, Runestad, second term, swearing in 13Jan Rep. Runestad sworn in for second termcenter_img State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, was sworn in on Wednesday at the state Capitol for his second term as state Representative. Rep. Runestad was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman in the House chamber on Opening Day of the 99th Michigan Legislature. Rep. Runestad represents part of Oakland County in Highland, Milford, Springfield, Waterford and White Lake Townships.#####last_img read more

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first_img Categories: Kahle News,News 16Mar Rep. Kahle casts vote to increase state government transparency State Rep. Bronna Kahle voted Thursday to make state government more transparent by subjecting the Michigan Legislature and governor to open records laws.Kahle, of Clinton, said the 11-bill package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“Elected officials should be accountable to the people they serve,” Kahle said. “More transparency will add to this accountability. I’m pleased and proud to be part of the bi-partisan support for more open and transparent government.”Kahle said Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.#####last_img read more

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first_img11May Rep. Calley announces winners of district photo contest State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland today welcomed Troy Bailey to Lansing to unveil his winning photo submission in a photo contest, the winner’s photo will hang in Rep. Calley’s state office.  Bailey, of Freeport, was presented with a tribute in recognition of his talent.Rep. Calley also chose photos from six runners up to display in the lobby of her office. The runners up photos were submitted by Tanya Schneider of Portland; Madison King of Lake Odessa; Brandon Mulnix of Saranac; Carrie Miller, Mary Winebrenner, and Jacqueline Muma, all from Hastings.“The communities I represent have so much to offer. I wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the area and recognize the talent of the people whom I serve. This way, all visitors to my office will see how picturesque our communities are,” Calley said. “The number of submissions and the depth of the talent made the selection process a true challenge. I appreciate each and every participant.” Categories: Calley Newslast_img read more

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first_img Legislation aims to lower car insurance rates for all Michigan drivers            State Rep. Bronna Kahle joined House colleagues this week in unveiling legislation repealing Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system to drive down costs for drivers, who now pay the highest average premiums in the nation.The legislation continues benefits for everyone already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident.  The eight-bill package eliminates the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full tort system, similar to other states such as Ohio.“Our car insurance is too expensive,” said Kahle, of Adrian, “Michigan’s unique no-fault system has led to the highest auto insurance rates in the country. The hard-working families and seniors in Lenawee County deserve relief.”The plan continues the requirement that all Michigan drivers have insurance, but provides more choice and flexibility by eliminating the mandate to buy unlimited medical coverage. Accident victims will have the ability to sue at-fault drivers for economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.The legislation also includes a “legacy fee” to continue to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) until it is no longer needed. The MCCA system will be closed to new entrants.Colorado abandoned its no-fault system in 2003. According to a 2008 governor’s study, the average car insurance premium in the state decreased 35 percent since the state moved to a tort auto insurance system. Michigan drivers could see greater savings by parting ways with its no-fault system, which is the only one in the nation mandating unlimited medical coverage.The bill package, House Bills 4397-4404, has been referred to the House Insurance Committee. Categories: Kahle News 22Mar Kahle unveils plan to fix state’s auto insurance systemlast_img read more

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first_img Budget plans passed by the House this week put too much taxpayer money into higher education services used by out-of-state and international students and too few dollars toward K-12 education, said state Rep. Ryan Berman, who voted against the education plans.“I could not support an increase in our state’s higher education budget, knowing these funds go to colleges and universities with no guarantee that they are spent on improving educational opportunities for Michigan students,” said Berman, of Commerce Township. “Likewise, I believe that we can take those dollars and give hardworking taxpayers more value by increasing the investment we make in our K-12 schools. I’ve heard from the superintendents, teachers and schools I represent that this budget plan could better serve our classrooms.”The House-passed education plans raise funding for higher education to $1.6 billion and increase the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance $180 for most Michigan schools, but Berman said he feels the Legislature can do more to support public education–including early childhood education– and ensure tax dollars end up in the classrooms.The House plans for K-12 education and higher education are House Bills 4242 and 4236.### Categories: Berman News 14Jun Berman: Budget plans can do more to support public schoolslast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 17, 2014; Foreign PolicyForeign Policy’s annual list of global thinkers—the 100 people who most influenced what has been happening in the world over the past year—is out, and we always look through the nonprofit or NGO lens to see where these thinkers, activists, healers, and troublemakers connect to our sector. In a way, everyone on the list has an effect on nonprofits, but we’ve picked out a few for very explicit nonprofit interactions. In this sixth annual FP list, the nominees are grouped into categories:Agitators: Amidst the assemblage of ISIS, Boko Haram, and other extremists in this group is Vladimir Putin. Do note that Putin’s government has been cracking down on civil society, ostensibly with a concern to keep track of and regulate the flow of foreign capital into domestic NGOs, but Putin’s deeper motivations aren’t hard to discern. A vibrant, independent civil society in Russia is a distinct challenge to an increasingly controlling, nationalist governmental apparatus. Just ask the women of Pussy Riot, whose attempted exercise of free speech earned them prison sentences and, since the release of the band’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina from prison, extensive monitoring by the Russian police, even to the point of Federal Security Service agents bugging Tolokonnikova’s favorite Internet café.Decision-makers: National leaders such as Angela Merkel and Hassan Rouhani always affect nonprofits in their countries and others, but we want to take note of Aydan Özoğuz, the first Muslim woman to serve as a state minister in Germany. The daughter of two Turkish guest workers, Özoğuz is Germany’s new “integration minister,” with a mandate to “reimagine citizenship” and help all people in Germany, whether from long histories of German ancestors or new residents from Middle East and elsewhere, feel that they belong. For the immigration advocacy community’s long efforts in the U.S., which is supposed to be a “melting pot” for immigrants, Özoğuz’s mission has no American counterpart in a nation which maintains a large number of people whose xenophobia belies the history and importance of immigration in this country.Naturals: There is an outsider quality to the nominees of this group, for the most part activists committed to protecting the environment from the depredations of climate change and other hazards. Notable in this list are Ruth Buendía, president of Central Asháninka del Río Ene, which had mobilized the Asháninka people of Peru to fight the construction of hydroelectric dams that would destroy their homelands, and Aleta Baun, known as “Mama Aleta,” who has campaigned on behalf of the Molo, an indigenous people in Indonesia, against the marble mining companies ravaging East Timor.Challengers: Not surprisingly, civil society shows up strongly in FP’s group of thinkers who are “challengers”: Benny Tai, who co-founded Hong Kong’s Occupy Central with Love and Peace; Joshua Wong, the college freshman who founded the student movement called “Scholarism”; Leopoldo López, the head of the Popular Will party—more like a social movement—currently facing a long jail term for daring to criticize the Maduro government in Venezuela; Houcine Abassi, the leader of the Tunisian General Labor Union, who has helped forge a post-Arab Spring consensus in the country that gave birth to the protests across the Middle East while other nations have virtually disintegrated or returned to pre-Spring authoritarianism; and Thomas Piketty, the French economist who documented the wealth concentrations and inequities in the U.S. and Western Europe that have animated some of the thinking of nonprofits and foundations concerned about social change and justice. To find nonprofit leaders on the outside pressing for change in the private and public spheres is exactly where the nonprofit sector should be, as opposed to being a handmaiden to ruling cliques and business oligarchs.Advocates: There is no group of global thinkers in the FP list that is as clearly representative of the global importance of civil society than FP’s list of advocates. The list includes: Wendy Young in Washington, D.C., whose organization, Kids in Need of Defense, links young immigrants who have crossed the U.S. border only to find themselves in immigration court with pro bono attorneys; Hanna Hopko of Civic Sector of the Euromaidan who has been fighting for democratic reforms in Ukraine; Lena Klimova, the LGBT activist who founded Children 404, a support group for gay teens, and environmental activist Yevgeny Vitishko, an environmental activist, who stood up against the political restrictions enforced by the Putin government against protests during the Sochi Winter Olympics; Biram Dah Abeid, whose Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, has been fighting slavery in Mauretania; Gloria Amparo, Maritza Asprilla Cruz, and Mery Medina, three Colombian women who work with a volunteer group called Butterflies to support women who have been victims of Colombia’s long-running civil conflict; and Rami Abdul Rahman, who runs from exile the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and Hagai El-Ad, who took over B’Tselem, a prominent human rights organization in Israel (recently criticized by Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, for “aiding terror”), for their dogged efforts to document and provide information on the civilian casualties that have been the cost of the Syrian civil war and the Israeli invasion of Gaza. In the “chroniclers” section of the FP list, one might have added Farah Baker to the activists. The 16-year-old Baker is better known as @Farah_Gazan, with some 200,000 followers who monitored her tweets from Gaza throughout the Israeli military incursion.Among others on this Foreign Policy list are civil society types among the “chroniclers,” “healers”, and “artists”, but the striking inclusions are those activists like Tai, Wong, Lopez, Abassi, Klimova, Vitishko, Abeid, Rahman, and El-Ad, who, among others, are the kind of civil society exemplars who put their lives on the line for the cause of social justice. Brave men, brave women, all worthy of honor, respect, and hopefully massive support.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare3TweetShare2Email5 SharesGage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsFebruary 15, 2017; Washington PostIt appears that the new president’s nominations tend to follow a kind of pattern, in that the candidates picked often espouse views and have engaged in behaviors antithetical to the purposes of the bodies they will lead. In some cases, at least, this is backfiring.Yesterday, fast food CEO Andrew Puzder officially withdrew as Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary. His confirmation appeared to be in some jeopardy on Tuesday night after GOP leaders expressed concern to the White House about the multiple barriers he was facing. Andrew Finnegan writes for the New Yorker that:As the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, Puzder has been a fierce opponent of significant raises to the minimum wage, new rules for overtime, paid sick leave, unions, workplace regulations, and nearly all work-related benefits and rights—the entire mission, basically, of the Department of Labor. The fast-food industry is not known as a respecter of labor laws. And yet Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, in a recent study by the news site Capital & Main, together ranked first among major U.S. burger chains in the rate of federal employment-discrimination lawsuits brought against them per billion dollars in sales. Trump, announcing Puzder’s nomination, in December, said that his “extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor.” It was hard to tell if Trump was bleakly joking or simply working from an invisible set of alternative facts.He continues:There was more. Puzder’s company, like Trump’s companies, does not always practice what Trump preaches when it comes to keeping jobs in the United States. It has outsourced its information-technology division to the Philippines. More embarrassingly for Trump, protesters in at least two dozen cities have been rallying this week, carrying signs with Puzder’s face and the epithets “Wage Thief” and “Tax Cheat.” The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has conducted ninety-four investigations of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s since 2004, and found more than a thousand violations, including paying below minimum wage, withholding pay, altering time cards, and not paying overtime.In addition to concerns about his business practices, two other issues plagued his confirmation. Reports surfaced about his employing (and not paying taxes for) an undocumented immigrant as his housekeeper; his later paying the required taxes didn’t help matters. Also, Puzder’s contentious 1988 divorce included allegations of spousal abuse, since recanted, from his ex-wife. However, at the time, she appeared on Oprah in disguise to talk about domestic violence. One can only imagine the effect of playing that video at a confirmation hearing.Puzder’s withdrawal, of course, followed Michael Flynn’s hasty departure as National Security Advisor and his subsequent loss of security clearance for apparently violating the most basic of protocols around national security.And yesterday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced that she will vote against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because “[he] and I have fundamentally different views of the role and mission” of the agency.“That does not mean that I agree with every regulatory action that EPA has taken,” Collins said in a statement. “At times, the Agency has been difficult to work with and unresponsive to bipartisan congressional concerns. But the EPA plays a vital role in implementing and enforcing landmark laws that protect not only our environment but also public health.”She said that Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, filed any number of lawsuits against the EPA “on numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine.”“His actions leave me with considerable doubts about whether his vision for the EPA is consistent with the Agency’s critical mission to protect human health and the environment,” Collins wrote.Fred Krupp, head of the Environmental Defense Fund, commented, “Senator Collins has made a courageous decision that puts the health and safety of Maine’s citizens above politics and policy.” On the other hand, at last count, Pruitt can count on the vote of one Democrat—Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia—so the end result of Collins’s courage may simply be modeling good governance over partisanship.There is, of course, little love lost between Trump and the EPA. “For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn,” Trump said when he nominated Pruitt.The Hill reports that the administration is counting on Pruitt’s confirmation because the president plans to sign executive orders on EPA and its climate change work there that will “suck the air out of the room.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare3TweetShare2Email5 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare57TweetShareEmail57 SharesSimonP at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0]November 29, 2018; CNN, “Politics”A neighborhood group in Washington, DC approved a resolution yesterday that would rename the part of New Hampshire Avenue that runs in front of the Saudi Embassy as “Jamal Khashoggi Way.” The embassy’s address is 601 New Hampshire Avenue NW.Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A’s seven members passed the resolution unanimously according to commissioner James Harnett, who said commissioners were outraged not only by Khashoggi’s death, but also by President Trump’s lack of response.“I think our concern…and the need to say we want to weigh in on this issue, which has international implications, is that we are extremely disappointed over the lack of concern” in the White House’s response to the incident, Harnett said. “When there’s a vacuum of leadership…someone steps up and makes sure that the community knows that this is something that we take seriously.”Harnett wants the new street name to be a constant reminder to the Saudis that the US won’t forget what happened to Khashoggi and stand committed to freedom of the press.“This action will force the Saudis to remember, every day. This assault on the press is unforgivable and is deeply harmful to fabric of the truth,” he said. “Leaders at all levels of government need to stand up in whatever ways they can to support people, make their lives better, and push for what’s right. Up against the leaders who have abandoned their duty, this proposal is our way of pushing back.”An online petition was started last month to rename the block, and it now has more than 8,000 signatures. Two of Khashoggi’s friends started the effort: Michael Werz, a senior national security fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Gary Schmitt, a resident scholar in strategic studies at the American Enterprise Institute. They must now go before the DC city council, where its approval may take six to nine months, after which it would also need to be signed by the mayor and approved by Congress.Earlier this year, Washington’s city council passed a measure renaming the street in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a pro-democracy activist killed in 2015.—Ruth McCambridgeShare57TweetShareEmail57 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgWorldwide TV shipments were down almost 8% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012, the steepest rate of decline since April-June 2009, according to NPD DisplaySearch. First quarter TV shipments reached 51 million units.The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which fell year-on-year for the first time in the history of the category, declining just over 3%, to 43 million units.“Soft demand and cautious expectations about the upcoming year in many parts of the TV supply chain have led to a slowdown in shipments,” said Paul Gagnon, NPD DisplaySearch director of north America TV research. “Key component prices, such as LCD panels, are not expected to decline much in 2012, and many brands are concentrating on improving their bottom line. Both of these trends will contribute to slowing unit volume among a price conscious consumer market.”last_img read more

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first_imgVTB Capital, the investment arm of Russia’s VTB group, has bought a minority stake in Russian satellite TV operator National Satellite Company – which operates under the Tricolor TV brand.VTB said it took the undisclosed stake in order to help Tricolor TV increase value of its assets and prepare it for an stock market flotation.“We believe its strong market position and countrywide footprint will enable the company to capitalise on opportunities in rapidly growing Russian pay-TV market and successfully complete IPO in the next few years,” said VTB Capital’s Global Head of Private Equity Tim Demchenko.He added that the investment fitted into VTB Capital’s strategy of investing in consumer-related industries in Russia.Tricolor TV claims to be Russia’s largest satellite TV operator and one of the largest pay TV operators in Europe with 12.4 million registered subscribers and 9.12 million paying subscribers as of last month.VTB Group was set up in 2008 and is one of the three strategic business arms of VTB Group alongside its corporate and retail business. VTB Group is best known for owning Russia’s VTB Bank.last_img read more

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first_imgThe digital revolution means TV taking over the internet rather than the other way around, according to Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO, Time Warner, speaking on the opening panel session at the FT Digital Media conference in London this morning.Bewkes said that the main change he saw happening was that consumption of TV was moving to on-demand. But the basic subscription business model is likely to prove resilient, he said.“Video-on-demand is the revolution and it’s happening now,” Bewkes told attendees. “Mobile phones are no different than TVs,” said Bewkes, adding that what the world would see was “TV disintermediating the internet, taking over the internet, not the other way round”.Bewkes said that the amount and quality of TV production was increasing. “We all have to realise there is no distincition between TV and digital media. All TV is basically digital,” he said.Bewkes said that the amount of time people are spending and their engagement with video is “going up”.“The engagment made possible by having [TV] on-demand makes it more valuable,” he said.Bewkes said it was important to stress that the subscription support for content was a vital part of ensuring that content continued to be of high quality.Whereas prior to the subscription model developing the quality of content in the US had been relatively low, the development of the subscription model had enabled a wave of fresh programming “freed from advertising”, he said.Bewkes said that Time Warner was seeing strongest growth in VOD, especially overseas. He said that some of the “highest growth we have is in syndication of stuff we’ve aired going overseas into video-on-demand”.One issue faced by large media companies, at least in the US, is that migrating to VOD meant they would not initially and immediately be able to address the entire population of TV homes with their content, said Bewkes, pointing out that in the US over 90% of homes subscribed to pay TV services.Bewkes said that TV continues to account for “80% of Time-Warner’s business.Bewkes said that what people were increasingly doing on mobile and online platforms was consuming traditional high-production value content.Bewkes said online video from providers such as Netflix and Lovefilm would become significantly more important in the future.However, he said that subscription businesses in the US reaching the 20-million plus subscriber level would find it more difficult to made new additions. HBO had 110 million subscribers worldwide, he said. It could charge higher subscription rates and devote bigger budgets to programme making than online rivals. He said HBO has invested in high-value series, all of which were now available on VOD, while Netflix mostly comprised library product.Bewkes said that the acquisition of digital companies by traditional media players had to be considered on its merits.“When any company buys an outside thing you have to pay a premium. Is it worth the risk? Does it have a return?” he said.Bewkes said Time Warner’s disaster merger with AOL merger had been based on “a bad theory” and had been executed at the height of the dotcom bubble. “You can’t do it that way,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgAhead of next month’s ANGA COM in Cologne, Simone Sassoli, vice-president, marketing and business development, RGB Networks, talks about how cable operators can address multiple screens.What are the current top priorities for cable operators in relation to investing in video processing?

Everyone is now looking at multiscreen, and with many of the largest operators already deployed on a small scale, we’re seeing those customers now looking to expand distribution to more subscribers, add channels, reach more devices, and most importantly, add capabilities that generate revenues from their TV Everywhere service, such as multiscreen network-based DVR and ad insertion. As they undertake this next phase, the earliest adopters are finding that some of the original technology deployed for small trials doesn’t scale well. For example, stacking box after box of first-generation software transcoders to grow a multiscreen service not only requires a substantial capital investment, but also adds operational and maintenance complexity, with rack space and power being a significant component of the total cost of ownership.As we see the next wave of multiscreen deployments taking shape, operators are looking for next-generation solutions that help to streamline their operations and that bring in a monetisation component.What needs to be put in place to manage the deployment of multiscreen video as cost-effectively as possible, given that it’s complex and that incremental revenue is currently limited?

The multiscreen environment is indeed complex, but with the right tools, technology partners and expertise, operators can meet their budget and project timelines as they deploy new IP video technology.

Most importantly, operators new to multiscreen should take advantage of the lessons learned from those who have gone before them. Having worked with many of the top operators around the globe on trials and early deployments, RGB has applied these lessons to our ‘Multiscreen 2.0’ solutions. These next-gen offerings including four things that we think are critical to taking multiscreen deployments to the next phase:•    A modular and very high density transcoding platform to address issues of scalability and efficiency of space, power and other resources•    Highly flexible packaging technology that can streamline your architecture, performing functions in real time, on demand or “just-in-time” for live, VOD and time-shifted applications•    An ABR ad insertion system for generating new revenues through hyper-targeted advertising, backed by extensive ad insertion expertise•    Pre-integration with leading DRM vendors and CDN solutions for live, VOD and nDVR componentsBeyond technology, partnerships are very important. In a complex ecosystem, proven integration of best-of-breed components is critical.To what extent do you expect multiscreen deployments to be simplified by the acceptance of common standards, or are they likely to remain complex and fragmented for the foreseeable future?

An eventual set of common multiscreen standards will certainly simplify deployments, as they’ve done in the traditional cable environment, however we’re still in the early stages and a well-accepted set of standards is still being debated.HDS, Smooth Streaming, HLS and MPEG DASH continue to battle it out for domination of the adaptive streaming environment, while HEVC tries to make inroads in a world still dominated by MPEG-2 and H.264. Ad insertion standards for ABR are likely the closest to adoption by leveraging existing standards such as SCTE 130, VAST or DART, but it will still take time. In the meantime, operators need to make sure that they choose flexible solutions that can deal with a multitude of interim “standards” and adapt as true standards emerge.What technology challenges are pay TV operators likely to face as they seek to further monetize TV Everywhere services – for example through advertising – and what solutions are available?

The biggest challenge remains content rights – who can stream what to where and what advertising can be replaced and by whom. Content is still king and content owners often stand in the way of making great technology available for the consumers.Beyond right issues, as discussed previously, standards continue to be a challenge while the multiscreen environment is still maturing. Until firm standards are established, solutions will be required that can help simplify the array of standards.Due to the unicast nature of the IP video delivery environment, hyper-targeting of ads can finally be accomplished, giving operators the long-promised benefits of personalized advertising. RGB’s AIM ad insertion solution is a key component of the only complete end-to-end IP-based video processing ecosystem. RGB’s unmatched understanding of ad insertion protocols, stream conditioning and emerging standards, combined with integration with industry-leading ad management systems, provide a powerful monetization platform.Another potential source of revenue comes from nDVR services. The key to streamlined delivery of time-shifted services in the TV Everywhere environment is efficient packaging of streams into all of the required formats, spanning a number of standards. RGB is the pioneer of just-in-time packaging, an “on-the-fly” technology that saves operators considerable storage costs and bandwidth headaches when delivering to multiple devices.  The ability to package on demand also provides operational efficiencies where content cached in the network does not have to be refreshed if there is an evolution of the streaming standard, for example from one HLS version to a newer one. Even better, both versions can co-exist so that legacy devices can be supported without upgrade costs.To what extent can IP-based video services such as multiscreen be integrated with legacy DVB-C video services?

The first place is going to be for VOD delivery, where you can deliver an adaptive format to the set-top box over the DOCSIS channel. It already happens in home gateways, where you can get some of the content from the Internet and other content from your cable provider. VOD is ideal because of the unicast nature of adaptive bitrate delivery. It is more challenging for live broadcast, where each channel becomes a session – the economics are not quite there yet.What are you planning to highlight at ANGA COM and what are your expectations of the show?

We’re excited about the upcoming ANGA COM show and the opportunity to highlight our latest ‘Multiscreen 2.0’ solutions. Last month we announced our second generation transcoding platform – VMG Gen 2 – and we know that European operators will be very impressed with the exceptional video quality that it delivers, as well as the flexibility and scalability that it offers to future-proof their networks. We will also highlight tools for monetizing multiscreen services, including next-generation ad insertion and nDVR solutions. Stop by and see us at stand #10.1/V18.last_img read more

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first_imgModern Times Group has extended its exclusive deal to broadcast the English Barclays Premier League football across all platforms in the Baltic states.The deal gives MTG channels in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania rights to games beginning this season, 2013-14, through to the end of the 2015-16 season. This will cover all 38 rounds andcomprises approximately 100 games on the pay TV channel Viasat Sport Baltic, plus highlights and extra footage.In the Baltics, MTG has broadcast the EPL since the 2010-11 season. The broadcaster also has rights to the league in Sweden, Denmark and Bulgaria.The season kicked off on Saturday.last_img read more

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first_imgThirty years is a long time in the world of television. The last three decades have spanned the birth of pay TV and satellite TV, the laying of cable across much of Europe, the birth and evolution of digital TV and digital switchover, the birth of HD and the rise and fall of 3D, the emergence of the internet as a key distribution channel for video services increasingly rivals broadcast and the proliferation of video devices of all sorts, from ultra high-definition screens that fill a room to smart wristwatches.Digital TV Europe – then Cable & Satellite Europe – was born in the same year as Canal+, Europe’s first pay TV service, and just after the launch of the continent’s first geostationary telecommunications satellite. It celebrates its 30th birthday in the age of cloud storage and YouTube, high-speed broadband and the iPad, UHD and virtual reality – having covered the emergence of everything in between.As the industry has changed, so has the media that tracks it. From the monthly print magazine of 1984, Digital TV Europe has evolved into a website, daily e-zine, print magazine and business intelligence service combined.To mark our 30th anniversary milestone, we are now taking this evolution to the next stage by launching a series of new services, including Twinterviews – Twitter-based interactive interviews – and Podcasts – audio interviews and mini panel debates, complementing last year’s addition of survey-based industry reports and webinars to our extensive and growing portfolio of services. Look out for these new features and more over the coming months.For more information on our new services and to enquire about other opportunities to work with Digital TV Europe, please contact stacey.riley@informa.com or call (+44) 207 017 5320We want to thank you all for being so loyal to Digital TV Europe over the past 30 years.last_img read more

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first_imgBetasCanal+ has acquired two of Amazon Prime Instant Video’s original comedies, Alpha House and Betas. Both comedy series came out of the first wave of pilots and originals commissioned by the US OTT service.Both show will play on the French pay TV giant’s CanalPlay on-demand service.Amazon’s Prime Instant service is only available in the US, UK and Germany and Austria meaning the Canal+ deal marks the first time these originals will have gone out in France. Both will roll out on December 18.Betas is set among the world of Silicon Valley tech start-ups.Alpha House is a political comedy starring John Goodman and has been renewed by Amazon for a second season.“I am delighted to introduce to our users two series from universes that I like,” said said Patrick Holzman, director Canalplay. “One is in the vein of House of Cards or Scandal, with a sharp comedy angle; the other could be compared to series like Silicon Valley or Big Bang Theory, but has a world of its own and a real personality.”last_img read more

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first_imgNathalie Sonnac and Nicolas CurienFrench media regulator the CSA has named Nicolas Curien and Nathalie Sonnac as members of its council.Curien was nominated by the French Senate and Sonnac by the National Assembly.Curien will work on spectrum issues this year, alongside Nicolas About. His responsibilities will also include digital audiovisual services and distribution, where he will work alongside Sonnac and About.Sonnac will this year take charge of the CSA’s work audiovisual economy and European affairs, as well as working on sport.In a presentation on the CSA’s aims for this year, the body’s president, Olivier Schramek, welcomed Curien and Sonnac and praised their economic and technology expertise.In his speech, Schramek also told French government figures and parliamentarians that the regulator would address as a priority the pressing issue of the migration of pay DTT channels to free-to-air. Schramek said that the CSA would respect the economic and financial aims of the legislature but would remain open to the evolution of the platform.Schramek also said that the regulator would seek to ensure that the decision to allocate the 700MHz band to mobile broadband would not adversely impact the debelopment of DTT, including the development of HD and ultimately Ultra HD services.Others issues to be addressed include the financial challenges faced by public broadcaster France Télévisions.last_img read more

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first_imgVideo plays on tablets and smartphones increased by 100% year-on-year in the first quarter, and were up by 24% quarter-on-quarter, and by a huge 367% over the past two years, according to Ooyala’s latest Global Video Index report. According to Ooyala, the growth points to 50% of all online video plays being on mobile devices before the end of the year. Smartphones remain the key mobile video device, with four times as many plays as tablets, according to the report. The gap between phone views and tablet viewing has increased – in the fourth quarter of 2013 smarphone plays outpaced tablet plays by only two to one. In the first quarter of this year, 34% of all plays were on smartphones, with only 8% on tablets, something Ooyala attributed in part to the growth of larger mobile phone screen sizes.The report found that almost 60% of time spent watching videos on tablets is for sessions of 10 minutes or longer, greater than the 43% recorded for connected TVs. The proportion of time spent watching videos of 10 minutes or more on phones was 37%, higher than the 35% for PCs.Ooyala also found that consumers will view new content as often as 50% of the time when they are offered personalised recommendations.last_img read more

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first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA will this week hold public hearings on the impact of the possible migration of digital-terrestrial pay TV channels LCI, Paris Première and Planète+ to the country’s free-to-air platform.The move comes after the French Conseil d’État in June overruled an earlier CSA decision on the move by TF1, owner of news channel LCI; M6, which owns entertainment service Paris Première; and Canal+, owner of documentary channel Planète+, to take their services free-to-air.The CSA had ruled in July 2014 that the arrival of three new channels could not be supported by growth in the advertising market and that the financial situation of existing free-to-air services was still fragile.The Conseil d’État described the CSA’s procedure in relation to the channels as “irregular” and ordered it to look at the proposals again.The regulator will, over the course of Tuesday and Thursday this week, hear submissions from NextRadioTV, Oange, Fiducial Médias, NRJ, ACCeS, SCAM and France Télévisions on the impact of such as move.last_img read more