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Malawi says no Sudanese leader AU says no summit

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Associated PressBLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) – Malawi won’t host an African Union summit next month after a dispute over the southern African country’s refusal to host Sudan’s leader, who faces war crimes charges, the vice president said Friday.“Much as Malawi has obligations to the AU, it has also other obligations,” Vice President Khumbo Kachali said in a statement on state radio. “The Cabinet has decided not to host the summit.” Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Last month, Britain said its central bank would work directly with the Reserve Bank of Malawi to help it cope with the impact of currency devaluation. Also last month, Britain _ a former ruler of Malawi _ pledged 20 million pounds ($32 million) to help stabilize the Malawian economy and 10 million pounds for the country’s health system.Last year, Mutharika expelled Britain’s High Commissioner to Malawi after the envoy was quoted in a local newspaper as expressing concern that the president was increasingly intolerant of criticism and asserting that human rights were under attack. Britain, then indefinitely suspended aid to Malawi, which in the end invited the envoy back.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Earlier, according to Kachali, the government had received a letter from the AU saying that it had no right to dictate who could attend the AU summit set to open July 6, and if it insisted on barring Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, the summit would be moved to AU headquarters in Ethiopia. Summits normally rotate among AU members states.Joyce Banda has steered an independent path for Malawi since stepping in as president in April after the sudden death in office of Bingu wa Mutharika. Mutharika had welcomed al-Bashir at a regional summit last year.Sudan’s al-Bashir has visited African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries despite International Criminal Court warrants for his arrest on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region.Speaking at a news conference in May, Banda said a visit by Sudan’s president would be frowned upon by Malawi’s international donors.Banda has worked to repair ties with donors strained by her predecessor. Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund said it and Malawi had agreed to a three-year, $157 million aid package. The IMF had described its work in Malawi as off-track under Mutharika, who had refused to devalue the currency as the IMF had advised. In May, Malawi devalued its currency by one third. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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US repatriates remains of Vietnam War servicemen

first_img Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – U.S. officials have sent what are believed to be the remains of at least three American servicemen killed during the Vietnam War to the United States for identification.Army Lt. Col. Patrick Keane of the U.S. command in Hanoi whose job is to account for Americans missing in action says the remains are believed to be those of servicemen killed in plane crashes. They were recovered in the past month in three central Vietnamese provinces _ Nghe An, Quang Binh and Quang Nam.center_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 treatments for adult scoliosis A repatriation ceremony took place Friday at Danang International Airport.According to the U.S. office, 689 sets of remains have been repatriated from Vietnam since the war ended in 1975. Another 1,664 Americans are still unaccounted for from the war, including 1,282 in Vietnam.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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FirstQuarter GDP Growth Slows to 22 With Spending Drop

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies GDP Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-04-27 Mark Lieberman April 27, 2012 433 Views in Data, Government First-Quarter GDP Growth Slows to 2.2% With Spending Dropcenter_img The U.S. economy grew at a disappointing 2.2 percent rate in the first quarter, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/ reported Friday, down from the 3.0 percent growth rate in the fourth quarter and below expectations. [IMAGE]Economists had expected GDP to grow at 2.5 percent in the first quarter. A drop in government spending was the biggest factor in the slowdown in growth.Friday’s Labor report was an “”advance estimate”” based on incomplete data subject to revision or in some cases data that has not yet been reported.[COLUMN_BREAK]In dollar terms, GDP increased $73.4 billion, most of which was an increase in personal consumption – $68.1 billion. A slowdown in government spending subtracted $19.0 billion, most of which was a $15.0 billion drop in federal spending in the first quarter from the fourth.Government purchases fell an annualized 3.0 percent, following a 4.2 percent decline in the fourth quarter. Labor also cited slower growth in inventory investment “”due to reduced inventory investment in manufacturing and wholesale industries”” and slower growth in fixed investment “”mainly due to slowdowns in industrial equipment, in computer and related equipment, and in power and communication structures.””Residential fixed investment contributed $14.9 billion to the change in GDP, up from $9.1 billion in the fourth quarter. Overall, total residential fixed investment grew 19.1 percent in the first quarter, up from 11.6 percent in the fourth quarter. Non-residential fixed investment dropped 2.1 percent in the first quarter after growing 5.2 percent in the fourth quarter.Inflation according to the GDP price index increased to a 1.5 percent annualized rate from 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter.Labor issues three GDP reports for each quarter: An “”advance”” report one month after the quarter ends and revisions in each of the following months as more data are received. Sharelast_img read more

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Rep Franz appointed to Emergency Medical Services Coordination Committee

first_img Tags: #SB Categories: News State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, was recently appointed by House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, to serve as a member on the state’s Emergency Medical Services Coordination Committee (EMSCC).Rep. Franz joins the EMSCC to provide the Michigan Department of Community Health with recommendations to strengthen emergency medical services throughout Michigan.Speaker Cotter issued the following statement regarding Rep. Franz’s appointment: “I selected Rep. Franz because his experience makes him the right man for the job.  Rep. Franz is a U.S. Army veteran who has spent more than thirty years using the skills he learned to serve his community as a Medical First Responder and firefighter for the Bear Lake and Onekama Fire Departments.  He has the expertise we need in this important position.”“I am honored that Speaker Cotter has asked me to serve on the EMSCC,” Rep. Franz said. “However, this isn’t about me, this is about developing a best practices guide for our first responders and establishing a comprehensive state-wide emergency medical services program to better serve the people of Michigan.”Rep. Franz will be attending the next EMSCC meeting slated for Friday, May 29.###center_img 09Apr Rep. Franz appointed to Emergency Medical Services Coordination Committeelast_img read more

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Rep Leutheuser hosts seminar to help fight identity theft

first_img25Oct Rep. Leutheuser hosts seminar to help fight identity theft State Rep. Eric Leutheuser is hosting a consumer education seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to help Hillsdale County residents avoid, detect and combat identity theft.The seminar will be held in partnership with the Michigan attorney general’s office. The event provides an opportunity to learn about the signs of identity theft, how to protect personal information such as Social Security and credit card numbers, and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft.The event starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30th at the Hillsdale Community Library, 11 E. Bacon Street in Hillsdale. There is no charge to attend.“Identity theft continues to be a growing concern, and in this day and age we must all be vigilant,” Leutheuser said. “We are fighting identity theft on several fronts in Michigan. Attending this seminar is one of the tools you can use to help protect against this crime and protect your personal information.”For more information, email ericleutheuser@house.mi.gov or call his office at (517) 373-1794.### Categories: Leutheuser News,Newslast_img read more

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DOJ and North Carolina File Lawsuits over NCs Controversial LGBT Law

first_imgShare13TweetShare2Email15 SharesMay 9, 2016; Washington PostThe struggle over North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (House Bill 2), which forces individuals to use the restrooms according to the gender on one’s birth certificate, continues with two federal competing lawsuits filed on Monday and few answers for the state’s transgender population.On Monday afternoon, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina just hours after Governor Pat McCrory filed the state’s suit against the Department of Justice after DOJ served a letter warning the governor the law violates federal civil rights laws.“This is about the dignity and respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and a country have enacted to protect them,” said Lynch during the press conference. “Instead, what this law does is inflict further indignity on a population that has already suffered far more than its fair share. This law provides no benefit to society, and all it does it is harm innocent Americans.”The DOJ’s lawsuit alleges North Carolina’s LGBT law violates Title VII and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) from 1994. Originally, in a letter dated May 4th, the DOJ contended that the controversial bathroom bill violated Title VII, which forbids discriminating against employees on the basis of sex and race, and VAWA. According to the letter, “Denying such access to [restrooms based on one’s gender identity] to transgender individuals, whose gender identity is different from their gender assigned at birth, while affording it to similarly situated non-transgender employees, violates Title VII.” Title IX of the 1964 act addresses sex discrimination in an educational environment. As such, the suit includes discrimination at public universities, such as the University of North Carolina, which is mentioned in the suit. In the same letter, the DOJ also gave McCrory a deadline of end of business Monday, May 9th to indicate whether or not the state would remedy the violations as listed in the letter.Instead, McCrory responded to the deadline with another lawsuit just hours before the DOJ announced theirs, alleging the law is a “common sense privacy policy” and the DOJ’s contention that it violates civil rights laws “baseless and blatant overreach.” Specifically, McCrory’s and Perry’s lawsuit finds fault with defining transgender individuals as a protected class. It also asserts,This is an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the Courts. The overwhelming weight of legal authority recognizes that transgender status is not a protected class under Title VII.In part, McCrory says the lawsuit was filed to prevent North Carolina from losing crucial federal funds until the matter could be resolved in a courtroom. “We believe a court rather than a federal agency should tell our state, our nation and employers across the country what the law requires,” said McCrory during a news conference Monday afternoon. “Right now, the Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set basic restroom policies…for public and private employers across the country.” However, Lynch also noted on Monday that the DOJ still reserved the right to strip those federal funds.As a court takes up the case and makes a determination on the law, McCrory has already alienated himself and North Carolina. As NPQ has noted, celebrities, top business executives, members of nonprofit sector such as the Kellogg Foundation, and even the state’s attorney general have come out against the law. Whether or not the court rules the law illegally discriminates against the LGBT community, it’s clear the court of public opinion has made up its own mind about the sentiment of the law—and it is decidedly against it.According to Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the law is “blatantly unconstitutional” and McCrory’s lawsuit frivolous. “The idea Governor McCrory is going to waste even more time and millions more taxpayer dollars defending it is reckless and wrong,” said Griffin. “HB2 is a vile law attacking transgender North Carolinians and leaves many more unprotected from discrimination. Rather than defending it, Governor McCrory should be working with state lawmakers to fix the mess he’s created.”In contrast, the DOJ made clear at its press conference its suit was rooted in recognizing and protecting transgender rights. “We see you. We stand with you. And we will do everything we can to protect you going forward,” said Lynch. “No matter how isolated, no matter how afraid…you may feel today.”—Shafaq HasanShare13TweetShare2Email15 Shareslast_img read more

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Technicolors settop box facility in Angers in Fr

first_imgTechnicolor’s set-top box facility in Angers in France has been placed in receivership, according to local reports.According to financial daily Les Echos, the Nanterre commercial court has placed the facility in receivership for a six months observation period. Technicolor’s management announced that the factory was bankrupt last Friday. The Angers factory is Technicolor’s last production facility in Europe.last_img

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South African pay TV service DStv is to launch a r

first_imgSouth African pay TV service DStv is to launch a raft of new channels and reorder its existing services at the beginning of October. The MultiChoice-owned pay TV service will also migrate its services to the recently launched Intelsat-20 satellite, replacing Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 10 at 68.5° East, to give it more capacity to launch the new channels.DStv will change the location on the EPG of its general entertainment channels, with international and local channels in occupying consecutive ranges of channel numbers, followed by documentary and lifestyle channels, South African free-to-air channels and its SuperSport offering.The broadcaster is also giving SD and HD versions of the same channel the same channel number, with HD customers getting access to the HD version by default. Premium service M-Net will replace its MM1 and MM2 movie channels with six new channels comprising one premiere and five themed channels: M-Net Movies Premiere, M-Net Movies Action Plus, M-Net Movies Family, M-Net Movies Comedy, M-Net Movies Drama and Romance, and M-Net Movies Showcase. These channels will all be available in HD. DSTv will also add Africa Magic Entertainment and Africa Magic Movies 1 at the beginning of October. DStv customers with HD DVRs will also get Studio Universal and Universal channels in HD from 1 October, in addition to the M-Net Movies channels which they will also get in HD.“Whilst it may take some getting used to, we trust that the new channel numbering will make for an overall better navigation and viewing experience on DStv. We want to assure our customers that we have taken every care to ensure there is as little disruption and change to their viewing routine as possible,” said Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.last_img read more

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Luxembourgbased pay TV operator M7 Group has cons

first_imgLuxembourg-based pay TV operator M7 Group has consolidated its M77 Group sister company, bringing the pair’s Belgian, Dutch, Austrian and Czech operations under a single ownership structure.The merger creates a single ownership structure for pay TV operations CanalDigitaal in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen and TéléSat in Belgium, Austria’s AustriaSAT, and Skylink and CS Link in the Czech Republic.last_img

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Settop box shipments will set record highs in 201

first_imgSet-top box shipments will set record highs in 2013 and the next two years, climbing 8% this year alone, according to new research by IHS.The Set-Top Box Market Monitor report claims that shipments of set-tops for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV digital TV services are set to reach 269 million units this year, up from 250 million in 2012.This year is also tipped to be “the most valuable year in the history of the market” with STB revenue tipped to grow to US$22.2 billion (€17 billion).In 2014, shipments are will grow by another 6% to 286 million and will increase by a further 1% in 2015 to 290 million – a market peak for “the foreseeable future” – according to IHS.After this, shipments are expected to start to decline, decreasing by 5% in 2016 and by another 2% in 2017.Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst for TV technology at IHS, said that operators’ growing emphasis on supporting multiscreen devices means that the STB is under threat as the dominant pay TV video consumption device.“However, operators are continuing to deploy STBs in order to manage the compatibility between their delivery networks and the consumer electronics devices that consumers are increasingly using to view content now,” he said.“As pay-TV operators rush to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and in video formats—including the adoption of high definition (HD)—STB shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years,” Simmons added.In 2012, IHS predicted that  STBs’ dominance of the pay-TV market will come to an end, with multiscreen devices accounting for nearly half of all platforms obtaining television services from the largest operators by 2015. However, in its latest report, it says “this doesn’t mean that STBs will stop being used—or even that their shipments will stop rising in the near term.”In mature markets where pay-TV digitisation is complete or nearly finished, the transition to HD and MHG STBs will help to sustain volumes and increase revenue in 2013, 2014 and 2015, said IHS.last_img read more

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Annual sales of streaming connected TV devices su

first_imgAnnual sales of streaming connected TV devices, such as Roku and Apple TV boxes, are set to double by 2017 according to a new study by Parks Associates. The research firm said that worldwide sales of these streaming media devices will reach 330 million annually by 2017, roughly double their predicted sales figures for 2013.Last year in the US market alone, Parks said that the number of broadband households with a streaming video device had doubled since 2011, reaching 14% penetration.Roku was found to be the most popular streaming TV device. Some 37% of surveyed US broadband households that had a streaming device said they primarily use Roku, compared to 24% that said they opted for Apple TV.“Innovations such as next-gen game consoles and 4K or Ultra-HD TVs will boost unit sales for these devices, but overall, consumers are reluctant to replace these big-ticket items solely for smart upgrades. As a result, streaming video media devices will have a thriving market because they can offer innovations such as streaming video at low prices. Devices such as Roku’s streaming players and Google’s Chromecast will benefit from these market conditions,” said Barbara Kraus, director of research, Parks Associates.Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood said: “Roku customers are passionate about streaming, and we are delighted that independent research shows that we are the most popular streaming platform measured by usage on a US household basis.”last_img read more

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Video technology provider Harmonics MediaGrid sha

first_imgVideo technology provider Harmonic’s MediaGrid shared storage system is now interoperable with the Adobe Anywhere for video collaborative workflow platform. Integration of the two products enables media organisations to centralise and manage media delivery services from a primary location while giving users of Adobe professional video tools the benefit of collaborating remotely and the best available quality that can be delivered over the available network connection, according to the pair.Adobe Anywhere is a collaborative workflow platform that enables users of Adobe professional video solutions to work together, using centralised media, across standard networks. According to Harmonic, the MediaGrid shared storage system provides the bandwidth and storage capacity needed to support the on-demand adaptive bit rate transcoding used by Adobe Anywhere transcode engines to stream content over bandwidth connections that may lack performance normally needed to edit centrally stored high-resolution, high-quality images.“Adobe Anywhere brings together teams of talent to collaborate and create productions from virtually any location where there is network connectivity. Many editors say now, even in remote environments that don’t have high bandwidth, the combination of MediaGrid and Adobe Anywhere makes it possible to edit efficiently,” said Michael Coleman, senior product manager, collaborative workflows, professional video at Adobe. “Today’s announcement ensures users can tap into the full potential of Adobe Anywhere to enable truly effective remote editing workflows.” Harmonic will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.B20 and Adobe will exhibit on stand 7.G27last_img read more

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French service provider SFR has named François Rub

first_imgFrench service provider SFR has named François Rubichon as executive director for human resources, general affairs and corporate organisation.Rubichon, who was previously deputy director-general for Aéroports de Paris, will join the SFR executive committee headed by CEO Jean-Yves Charlier.last_img

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Sony Pictures Television is closing its online cha

first_imgSony Pictures Television is closing its online channel Crackle in the UK at the end of the month.Users clicking through to the site today were met with a message that read: “We’d like to thank all those who have supported and enjoyed Crackle UK. As of April 1, 2014 Crackle’s UK service will no longer be operating.”A footer reads: “Goodbye. Thanks again to all who have supported and enjoyed Crackle UK”, before a subsequent screen opens with the message: “Many thanks”. A standard service then resumes.The ad-supported service launched in the UK in 2012 and had original content including Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which now runs to three seasons. It also carried older TV series and movies.Outside the US, Crackle has been launched in Australia, Canada and Latin America. In the UK, SPT recently launched a UK version of its anime channel, Animax, as a subscription video-on-demand service.Sony has inked agreements with connected TV makers including Samsung and LG to have a Crackle app on their service as well as carrying it on Sony Bravia sets. In the US it is also available on the Apple TV service.Sony would not clarify the reasons for shutting the online channel and could not immediately verify the status of the other international Crackle services. However, it did affirm its commitment to the US service, which it said is performing well, recently registering 30 million streams in a single month.New US content will be unveiled by Crackle at the Digital Content NewFronts programme launch event in New York next month.last_img read more

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Digital TV Labs is using IBC to showcase new HEVC

first_imgDigital TV Labs is using IBC to showcase new HEVC testing solutions for UHDTV/4K OTT and DVB broadcast markets. Digital TV Labs is launching a range of products designed to aid in the development and deployment of next generation 4K / UHDTV services utilising the latest HEVC compression standard.The ISO/IEC and MPEG developed standard is seen as the most important enabler for both UHDTV linear broadcast, OTT and hybrid services. To cater for the traditional broadcast device market, Digital TV Labs has released its HEVC for DVB Test Suite, which enables SoC, STB and TV manufacturers to be conformant to the recently finalised DVB specifications for UHDTV Phase 1 (UHD-1), and can also provide aid to meet Digital Europe’s UHDTV logo requirements.The HEVC for DVB product contains streams compliant to the DVB standards at both the Transport Stream (TS) and HEVC elementary stream layers, providing coverage for DVB-specific requirements and exercises a range of parameters including resolution, frame rate, bit depth (8-bit/10-bit) and colourimetry (ITU BT.709/BT.2020). Additionally an interoperability test suite is also included, containing contributions from some of the industry’s leading distribution encoder manufacturers.Targeting conformance of any client or video player to the DASH Industry Forum’s DASH-HEVC/265 Interoperability Points in an OTT environment, the first platforms to launch 4K/UHDTV services, Digital TV Labs has also released the latest version of its Ligada iSuite for DASH. Built on the Ligada iSuite Test Harness, the DASH-HEVC Test Suite contains audio and video codec support for live and on demand MPEG DASH profiles, containing over 100 ISO BMFF files. Test coverage includes segmented video streaming, such as the insertion of advertisements, multiple MPD support and bitrate adaption test cases.Keith Potter, Digital TV Labs, said, “With the introduction of any new technology interoperability is the key to wide adoption. Digital TV Labs’ new HEVC and 4K/UHDTV test tools provide a unique capability to ensure device compliance to these new standards.” Digital TV Labs will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 5.A01last_img read more

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Endemol Shine has launched its first branded quiz

first_imgEndemol Shine has launched its first branded quiz app for the game show Deal or No Deal in the UK.The spin-off app for the Channel 4 show is available to download now on iOS and Android devices. Deal or No Deal – Noel’s Quiz was developed and created by Endemol UK.last_img

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Ericsson has launched OTT Cloud Connect OCC a n

first_imgEricsson has launched OTT Cloud Connect (OCC), a new service aimed at connecting mobile operators to over-the-top (OTT) players so they can deliver new services.The Ericsson OCC service aims to “bridge the gap between operator networks and OTT services”, according to Ericsson, simplifying the collaboration between OTT services and operators.The open platform is designed to act as a “gateway platform that abstracts the complexities of each operator’s network” and provides simple integration for OTT players and applications.Ericsson said it is collaborating with Google as one of the first OCC partners, with YouTube to use the platform.“Collaboration, between operators and OTT providers, would be key as we start seeing new innovative services being introduced towards the end users. Ericsson is strongly supportive of this approach and we believe we are in a sweet spot to play the role of an enabler to make this collaboration happen,” said Diomedes Kastanis, head of technology, business unit support solutions, Ericsson.Jay Akkad, senior product manager on the YouTube emerging markets team said: “Mobile environments introduce a number of complexities, but also a range of opportunities when it comes to delivering quality experiences for users. Ericsson’s OTT Cloud Connect forges collaboration between operators and OTT providers to break down some of this complexity and open the door to a world of opportunity for enhancing services.”last_img read more

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Shareholders in Sky are set to revolt against the

first_imgShareholders in Sky are set to revolt against the proposed deal that could see the European pay TV broadcaster come under full control of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.According to various reports over the weekend, shareholders are concerned Sky management accepted the approach to sell Fox the 61% of the business it doesn’t own without consultation.Sky’s share price had risen 27% after Fox made its £10.75 per share offer on Friday, but criticism of the potential deal over the weekend has seen the company share price fall to £9.96 at press time.The Financial Times claimed Sky had moved to “privately” dampen the criticism from its top 10 shareholders. Meanwhile, smaller stakeholders Jupiter Asset Management and Royal London have both publicly slammed the deal.Another minority party, Standard Life Investments, told the BBC: “We would hope this is a starting bid and on reflection they will appreciate that a higher bid is more appropriate.”There has also been significant criticism over the agreement from British politicians. Fox’s previous attempt to buy all of Sky, in 2011, was scuppered after it emerged Murdoch’s media empire had engaged in the illegal journalistic practice of phone hacking.Investment bank Berenberg issued a note this morning that recommended shareholders hold their investments in Sky, noting that the Murdoch family still controlled Fox despite splitting its businesses down entertainment and publishing lines in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.“While BSkyB is now called Sky – following its acquisition of Fox’s Italian and German assets – and the bidder this time is Fox, rather than News Corp, no one should be under any illusion that this is a re-run of the same deal: a Murdoch-controlled entity bidding for Europe’s largest pay TV business,” the noted stated.Berenberg warned the British government may seek to assess the Murdoch family’s suitability to own all of Sky through a ‘fit and proper test’, and noted Fox CEO James Murdoch – who was reappointed as Sky chairman in October triggering separate shareholder backlash – was highly criticised in the Leveson public inquiry into UK media.The proposed deal values Sky at £18.5 billion. Sky has noted this was premium of 36% on the share price on Friday, but the pay TV operator has been trading higher than this level as recently as February.last_img read more

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Orange has filed a legal complaint against leading

first_imgOrange has filed a legal complaint against leading French commercial broadcaster TF1 over the ongoing retransmission fees dispute between the pair with the Tribunal de Commerce, according to business title Les Echos.According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, Orange is contesting that TF1 is abusing its dominant position in television to attempt to force an agreement on the telco that is contrary to the law.In April, TF1 warned telecom operators and pay TV operator Canal+ that it would pull its signal from their services unless they agree to pay retransmission fees. In addition to a threat to pull its digital services and flagship channel from multiscreen distribution, TF1 threatened to cut the signal delivered via the IPTV set-tops of certain operators, including Orange, this summer.Orange CEO Stéphane Richard subsequently compared hat TF1 was demanding to a kind of “private tax” and pointed out that Orange generated 25% of the broadcaster’s audience.Orange had earlier reportedly indicated that might be willing to pay for some new digital services such as startover and for NDVR rights, but not for the main channel. However, according to Les Echos, not agreement has been struck and the pair are now involved in a legal dispute.Orange is likely to base its case on the must-carry status of TF1, contending that it has no choice but to carry the channel and should not therefore be obliged to pay for it.TF1 on the other hand argues that must-carry status only applies to channels that do not charge for carriage, and that it could pull its channel from telecom operators’ TV services.last_img read more

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