Australia says US has little time to save AsiaPacific deal

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Congress has only a few weeks left to pass key trade legislation that would clear the way for clinching an Asia-Pacific trade accord, Australia’s trade minister said on Wednesday.The U.S. House of Representatives last week rejected legislation crucial to U.S. involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which intends to create a region-wide free trade area, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Trade Minister Andrew Robb would not speculate on how continuing negotiations in the House of Representatives might end.“We are literally one week of negotiation away from completing this extraordinary deal across 12 countries and 40 percent of the world’s GDP,” Robb told Australian Broadcasting Corp.“You can see the political heat’s rising by the day over there because of the presidential election next year. So I don’t think anyone can call it. But if it’s not dealt with in the next two or three weeks, I think we’ve got a real problem with the future of the TPP,” he said.Meanwhile, Australia has stepped up its strategy of locking its major trading partners into a series of country-to-country deals.Australia, which has a free trade deal with the United States, on Wednesday inked a similar deal with its biggest trading partner, China, after a decade of negotiations.Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng signed the final pact in the national capital of Canberra seven months after a preliminary agreement was struck.Australian free trade deals with South Korea and Japan took effect in December and January respectively. Australia and India hope to reach an agreement this year. Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Legislation to enhance President Barack Obama’s authority to negotiate such trade deals was dealt a setback Friday, mainly by members of his own party. Obama and his legislative allies were scrambling for ways to revive that effort, although Democrats and Republicans alike said all options face serious hurdles.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Inspired by the success of the past two seasons a

first_imgInspired by the success of the past two seasons, and in response to high guest demand, Seabourn has curated an enriching line up of 11-, 12- and 14-day Alaska and British Columbia cruises onboard Seabourn Sojourn for 2019. With just 10 departures scheduled through the season, running from June to October 2019, only about 4,500 lucky guests will be able to enjoy the region in Seabourn style next year, making early booking an imperative.Depending on the itinerary, Seabourn’s Alaska & British Columbia voyages include calls to rarely visited locations such as Alert Bay and Klemtu, a town of fewer than 500 people belonging to the Kitasoo Native Band and where your clients will enjoy an exclusive cultural experience as an inclusion of the voyage. Access towering forests along the Inland Passage and the graceful breaching of humpback whales in the Kenai Fjords. Guests can explore cities and towns including the state capital of Juneau, colorful Ketchikan, and historical Sitka, whose Tlingit roots go back 10,000 years. In certain areas such as Misty Fjords, they will be able to explore wildlife-rich waterways, forested mountain vistas and lacy waterfalls up close via Ventures by Seabourn excursions.Each of the 11-, 12- and 14-day cruises will include complimentary Seabourn all-weather jackets; inspiring Seabourn Conversations with special onboard guest speakers; opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and shore; and a “Caviar on the Ice” deck party and other special deck events.In addition, Seabourn offers your clients the opportunity to explore Alaska more in-depth with the Denali Experience, an exclusive and optional Seabourn Journey available before or after select Seabourn Alaska voyages. The five-day Denali Experience is a fully escorted, custom-designed overland adventure promising awe-inspiring wonder with luxury accommodations and culinary options. Venturing into the Great Land, Seabourn guests will soar high above glaciers in a flightseeing plane, as well as head deep into the protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.IMAGE: Seabourn Alaska/Haley Plotkin 2019AlaskaBCBritish ColumbiaCanadacruiseSeabournlast_img read more

Delhi Commonwealth Games to go ahead after all – Y

first_imgDelhi Commonwealth Games to go ahead after all – Yay!FCO launches social media advice and support – it’s always worth checking the FCO website before travelling, especially if you’re heading off the beaten path, and you can now get FCO travel advice via their Facebook page and Twitter.Pound stretcher? British travellers on long-haul holidays this winter will find their pound stretches furthest in Sri Lanka, Mexico and the Far East according to the Post Office’s Long-Haul Holiday Report.GroundedTripAdvisor could face legal action over reviews – have the days of customer reviews come to an end?British Isles ‘worst place to live in Europe’ – according to a new survey by USwitch. All the more reason to hop on cheap flights and go on holiday then…Cash for ash? – the European aviation industry is looking at taking legal action to recover costs from the volcanic ash disruptionReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flying High RelatedEverything you need to know about travelling to EgyptIn light of recent safety scares in Egypt, we asked travel expert Simon Calder to tackle the big questions for Skyscanner readers: – Are major Egypt destinations like Sharm El Sheikh and the Pyramids at Giza safe to visit? – What if I want to cancel my Egypt holiday? -…Is it safe to travel to Tunisia?Since the terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015, the UK Foreign Office has advised against travelling to most parts of the country, and holidays and flights to Tunisia have been cancelled. In May this year the FCO extended its travel warning for another month. So is it safe to go…Flying High | GroundedFlying High | Groundedlast_img read more

Unclothed Emperor Costumes for opera stolen in Ge

first_imgUnclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN — The emperor has no clothes in this production of Puccini’s “Turandot” by the Lithuanian National Opera, but then again neither does any other character.Guetersloh police said Monday the costumes coming from Spain for the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s three-act opera were stolen from a truck near the western German city after the driver pulled into a rest stop for a break.Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater official Julijus Grickevicius tells the Baltic news agency BNS some 100 costumes are gone, including those of the main performers.He says the shipment was insured, with the loss estimated at several hundred thousand euros.The opera says work is underway to make replacement costumes in time for the premier in March.Police say they currently have no suspects.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 6:08 am PDTlast_img read more

Green Party asks members to choose candidate

first_imgThe Green Party leadership asked members on Sunday to fill out a questionnaire to help it decide what line to take in next year’s presidential elections.Although the leadership had talks with both candidates – Diko leader Nicholas Papadopoulos and Citizens’ Alliance leader Giorgos Lillikas – it has avoided making a choice.Speaking to journalists after his speech at the Greens’ extraordinary general meeting on Sunday, party leader Giorgos Perdikis, said that the outcome of the survey would determine what the party would do. The options were to support one of the above-mentioned candidates, not to side with anyone, or to propose a Green party candidate.The questionnaire asked respondents to rate on a scale from one to 10, whether they would like the party to back Papadopoulos, Lillikas, a Green party candidate or for party members to be free to vote for whomever they wanted.“We have asked our members to advise us, via the survey, on whether to intensify procedures to back one candidate or to continue a consultations aimed at achieving convergences with the two  candidates they have in mind today or anyone else,” Perdikis said.He added that the party was still at the beginning of its drive to find the right candidate.“We see eye-to-eye with Nicolas Papadopoulos on the Cyprus problem, we have received the positions of Mr Lillikas. I feel that we are still at the beginning,” he said.The extent to which the party would achieve convergences with a candidate was of vital importance, he said, but there were also other criteria such as a candidate’s “trustworthiness, suitability, co-operation”.“There is also the Cyprus issue that can change the overall landscape of the presidential election, if and when there will eventually be presidential elections,” Perdikis said.The party, he said, would not make any decision based on what the presidential candidates wanted but on what the Greens wanted.The final decision, based on the results of the survey, was to be taken at an island-wide party conference.Asked would what he would do if party members wanted him as the party candidate, Perdikis said he would discuss the possibility.He added that the party had not ruled out a possible cooperation with Akel, but that at the moment the party did not have a candidate.  Akel is currently searching for a new candidate after its plans to back businessman Mike Spanos fell through.The Greens did not follow the other parties of the so-called centre, Edek and Solidarity, in backing Papadopoulos, despite having talks with him about his candidacy.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New laws protect gun owner privacy

first_img Categories: Rendon News,Rendon Photos Rep. Rendon helps work on bills to prioritize public safetyGov. Rick Snyder this week signed legislation exempting firearms records from the Freedom of Information Act, an effort state Rep. Bruce Rendon helped co-sponsor to protect the privacy of firearms owners.“There have been instances in other states where gun ownership information has been used to locate citizens with legal firearms, putting them and their neighbors at risk of harassment,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “People who are following the laws to practice their Second Amendment rights should not be subjected to unwarranted intrusions into their privacy.”Under the new laws, police and other law enforcement agencies retain full access to firearms records for their official duties. 25Jun New laws protect gun owner privacylast_img read more

Rep Kesto supports bills to protect young victims of sex crimes

first_img Categories: Kesto News,News Law and Justice Committee approves legislation to make school property safeState Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, today voted to improve protections for young victims of sexual assault.Bipartisan legislation today approved by Kesto’s committee requires schools to expel students convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil in the same school district and prohibits an offender from enrolling in the same school building where their victim attends school. The legislation also bans an offender from entering the victim’s school if a personal protection is in place.“Criminal sexual conduct involving underage victims must be treated with the same seriousness as sexual assaults involving adults,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “Our law enforcement and courts would not allow adult victims to be traumatized over and over by having a sexual predator knock on their door, visit their job or follow them home from errands. The Livingston County case that inspired these three bills exposed a loophole in state law we must address quickly for underage victims.”Under current law, a school must only expel a student who commits criminal sexual conduct in a school building or on school grounds.The legislation is in response to a recent Livingston County case involving a 16-year-old offender convicted of criminal sexual conduct against multiple victims, one as young as 12. During testimony on Feb. 20, the committee heard from two of the victims and their families to illustrate the need for the legislation, sponsored by state Reps. Lana Theis and Sylvia Santana.“Although the underage offender in this case was guilty of multiple counts, there was the possibility of him returning to the same high school as many of his victims,” Kesto said. “As a father, I would not allow that to happen to my children. As a legislator, I will work to prevent it from happening at any of Michigan’s schools to protect victims and all students.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the state House of Representative for their consideration.##### 27Feb Rep. Kesto supports bills to protect young victims of sex crimeslast_img read more

Get the Facts Right on Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares  July 28, 2014; Wall Street JournalWith children comprising a large proportion of the casualties in the war in Gaza—as many as 236 Palestinians under the age of 18 in Gaza killed (among 1,032 Palestinians killed) and 1,994 (among 6,233) wounded—the humanitarian aspects of warfare should be clear to anyone, no matter what they believe about Israel or Hamas and their reasons for starting and continuing the fighting. The Wall Street Journal’s Tamer El-Ghobashy writes that at the current rate, “one young Gazan every 2½ hours” dies because of the warfare.Given that Gaza has faced a tight restriction on the flow of supplies for many years, it should be no surprise that WSJ reports that “medical equipment and supplies are in short supply…and hospitals and clinics simply can’t handle the burden of long-term care for amputees” and other injuries, including brain trauma. As NPQ has written elsewhere, a significant proportion of Palestinian children in Gaza and in the West Bank suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), whose long-term effects will be an issue for years after this latest war in Gaza comes to an end.Save the Children reports that 80 percent of the population of Gaza depends on humanitarian aid as it is, no doubt related in part to the longstanding Israeli blockade and restrictions on trade and commerce in the occupied territory. Lately, critics of the Obama administration have targeted the notion that President Obama pledged $400 million in aid to Gaza and the occupied West Bank just recently. There actually has been no new pledge of $400 million from the U.S., but a Congressional Research Service report issued earlier this month pointed out that between FY2008 and now, the U.S. has provided approximately $400 million annually in “Economic Support Fund” assistance divided between project-specific assistance administered by USAID and direct financial support of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Obama administration proposed a reduction of this assistance in FY2013.In addition to these direct sources of aid, the U.S. is the largest donor to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), meant to assist Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon in addition to Gaza and the West Bank. In FY2014, the U.S. provided $250.9 million of UNRWA’s $732 million budget, though the $250 million is substantially less than the $294 million allocated by the U.S. in FY2013. Ironically, or sadly, it was an UNRWA school in Gaza that was hit by an Israeli shell, though Israel says that it was only one errant mortar shell that hit an empty schoolyard and claims that no one was likely killed by it, though Gazan authorities say that 15 people were killed in the incident.As a matter of fact, the new U.S. offer of aid—humanitarian aid—came from Secretary of State John Kerry during his most recent effort to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The pledge was for $47 million, but as we have noted, relatively little of it was new money; much of it was existing bilateral aid reprogrammed for immediate humanitarian needs, and $15 million actually for UNRWA in response to the agency’s latest “flash appeal.”It is important for nonprofits to get the facts right. One fact that is undeniable is that the current warfare is a tragedy for children in Gaza.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Get Lit Poetry Slam Video Spotlighting Youth Nonprofit Goes Viral

first_imgShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shares January 13, 2015;Good“In every state in America, the greatest lessons are the ones you don’t remember learning.”The viral video going around, “Somewhere in America,” has brought the power of spoken word into focus—as well as a diligent and creative nonprofit that motivates youth to express themselves through literary performance.Get Lit is a L.A.-based nonprofit that strives to increase teen literacy by encouraging students to express themselves through creating classical and spoken word poems as well as studying canonical pieces as part of the learning process. The Queen Latifah Show brought on Get Lit participants Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen to perform, “Somewhere in America,” after they were a smash hit speaking for a crowd of more than 17,000 at the Hollywood Bowl, opening for John Legend. The poignant spoken word performance has gone viral and highlights the hypocrisy of what students are taught in the U.S. public education system, touching on important subjects from the censorship of history books to rape culture.Watch the slam poetry performance below from the 2014 Brave New Voices finals, and you will see how beautifully and powerfully these three young women convey their message:Get Lit participant Rhiannon says, “I think poetry is the best way to express emotions. I believe that if you write your feelings down, memorize the words and perform them aloud, that you won’t be bothered by that problem. It’s an amazing way to help people—especially teens.”Get Lit is a fairly young organization. It started in 2006, but has already expanded from its L.A. base and launched a pilot program in Washington, D.C. through After-School All-Stars. The organization’s Classic Slam in Los Angeles was the first poetry slam event to draw upon both canonical works and spoken word responses. The nonprofit hopes to eventually develop a national curriculum so youth across the nation can learn to elevate their voices through spoken word.—Aine Creedon Share8TweetShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

Over 42 million US and European homes are watching

first_imgOver 42 million US and European homes are watching connected TV services, according to research from Strategy Analytics.The report, Multiscreen Connected TV: Accessing Device Usage and Ownership, found that connected TV usage is twice as popular in the US than in Europe, with 20% of US respondents having watched internet content on their TV in the past month, compared with 10% in Europe. The report, based on a survey of 4,800 respondents, puts the difference in usage down to the success of US OTT services including Netflix and Hulu.In the US, the most popular way of connecting the TV to the internet is via a games console, but Europeans prefer to connect a PC to the TV using an HDMI cable, the report found. Streaming over a home network and internet-connected Blu-ray players are also significant in both territories.“These findings have important implications for content providers, device manufacturers and network operators,” said David Mercer, principal analyst and the report’s author. “They demonstrate that television viewers are prepared to go to significant lengths to watch their preferred television shows or movies on the big screen. In spite of the technical challenges, many people want to be freed from the constraints of traditional, managed television services if their choice of content is not available when they want, where they want, and at a price they are willing to pay.”last_img read more

Content security specialist Conax will announce ne

first_imgContent security specialist Conax will announce new branding at IBC.The company said it would reveal a new profile and new strategy for capturing a larger share of “the evolving market within media consumption”.Conax will also feature demonstrations of its Conax Xtend Multiscreen solution and highlight customer deployments. 
In March, the security provider announced plans to deliver pre-integrated solutions with partners to assist operators in the transition from basic to advanced services, such as an enriched user experience, video-on-demand, multiscreen, NDVR and OTT content delivery.“Conax has delivered rock solid content protection for pay TV for more than 20 years – a true industry pioneer,” said Morten Solbakken, CEO, Conax. “With the TV business in the midst of a revolution, Conax has been quietly gearing up to take a stronger role in the value chain and is well-positioned at the heart of a dynamic new media landscape. Pay TV operators are in pole position to capture the full potential of consumer demands for new services and methods of consumption. Aligning with the evolving market, Conax will enable content distributors to roll out enhanced services and capitalise on the full potential of the new digital media landscape. 
“We are now ready to take our ‘new’ company to the market through a strengthened product portfolio and partnering strategy and will celebrate the launch with an energized new profile.”Conax will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.D69last_img read more

Pascal Dormal has formally left his position as CE

first_imgPascal Dormal has formally left his position as CEO of cable operator Numericable in Belgium and Luxembourg after six years to focus on developing medium-sized companies.In a note marking his departure, Dormal said he was currently involved in helping OTT video specialist Weepee achieve its ambitions to grow and become a market leader.Weepee New Media Ventures, a spin-off of internet telephony specialist Weepee Telecom, will deliver technology solutions including ingest, hosting and streaming, live internet broadcast and security to OTT service providers as well as providing a white-label OTT platform, including content acquisition.last_img

The Proposers US cable network Lifetime has confir

first_imgThe ProposersUS cable network Lifetime has confirmed it will launch in the UK this autumn. The female-skewing channel is operated by A+E, which back in April told DTVE sister title TBI it would roll out the channel in the UK this year.It officially announced the launch this morning. A spokesman declined to comment, but TBI understands that it will replace A+E’s biography channel Bio in the UK.The channel will be run by A+E Networks UK, which is a joint venture between A+E and pay TV platform BSkyB, which operates the A+E channels across the EMEA region. Sky also has its own female-skewing channel Sky Living.Lifetime will be carried on Sky as well as cable platform Virgin and the UK launch marks its debut in Europe. The channel will provide competition to Sky Living and the likes of Discovery’s TLC in the growing female-skewed channels category.Ahead of its UK debut A+E has inked a programming deal with Sony Pictures Television for shows including The Client List and Damages.It has also ordered an original series for the new channel. The Proposers, a fly-on-the-wall series about two women who help men propose, will be produced by UK indie Alaska TV. It was commissioned by Koulla Anastasi, head of acquisitions and commissioning for Lifetime and Crime & Investigation Network.Tom Davidson, managing director of A+E Networks UK, said: “I am thrilled that the UK will be the first country in Europe to launch this popular channel, bringing viewers big-name Hollywood talent, both on and off-screen, as well as supporting the UK indie sector with original UK commissions.”Lifetime will sit alongside History, Crime & investigation Network and H2 in A+E Networks UK’s UK portfolio.last_img read more

Yahoo has launched a new mobile video app called Y

first_imgYahoo has launched a new mobile video app called Yahoo Screen and has signed a deal with Viacom to add Comedy Central clips to the service. Available now on iOS devices, the app is designed to make it easy for viewers to access content from Yahoo and its partners through a “simple, intuitive” interface, according to Yahoo director of product management Robby Stein.The Viacom deal brings clips from shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report to the app. Yahoo also has access to Saturday Night Live’s digital clip archive and said that, along with its own comedy line-up, it will offer 1,000 hours of comedy.“Heading home, turning the TV on and channel-surfing is something that a lot of us do every day. This daily experience is what we wanted to recreate with our new Yahoo Screen app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch,” said Stein.“We want Yahoo Screen to be a place where you can customize your experience to your liking while continually discovering new things to watch and share. We hope to make Yahoo Screen the destination for the world’s best video creators and their awesome content,” he added.Yahoo’s app portfolio also includes IntoNow, a second-screen app for people to engage around TV shows.Last month ex-Channel 5, ITV and RTL executive Dawn Airey joined Yahoo as senior, VP, EMEA.last_img read more

Mikael Dahlgren Agama Technologies

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Eurovision the European Broadcasting Union EBU

first_imgEurovision, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s broadcast network, has launched a new app for sports fans enabling them to see live action sports, replays and highlights.The Sports Live app will feature live events from federations such as the European Union of Gymnastics, FISA and European Athletics. Free to download, its content is available largely free of charge, although some pay-per-view content may feature in future, according to Eurovision.Features include clips sorted by channel, live view of events, the ability for tablet users to watch and tweet comments at the same time, and the ability tag videos.The app is available on the App Store for iPad, iPhones 4 and 5, and iPod touch, and on the Google Play Store for Android phones and tablets.“We work closely with many of the world’s top sports federations to maximise the free-to-air exposure that most benefits them, viewers and sport. Eurovision Sports Live is an exciting but natural next step for us, and we’re confident that it will give a big extra push to the quality sports content that people everywhere want to see,” said Stefan Kürten, director of sports and business at Eurovision.last_img read more

Jon Farrar BBC Worldwide has appointed Jon Farrar

first_imgJon FarrarBBC Worldwide has appointed Jon Farrar to a new role, giving him responsibility for global programming and acquisitions.In the newly-created senior VP, global programming and acquisitions role, Farrar will lead an eleven-strong team, reporting to George Dixon, BBC Worldwide’s global editorial director.He will also appoint a head of acquisitions, Worldwide said.Farrar has played a key role in shaping the editorial of BBC Worldwide’s channels and has also run the company’s branded services division.Worldwide launched BBC First in Australia on Foxtel during the summer and will roll out the BBC Brit, BBC First and BBC Earth channels in several other territories including Eastern Europe during 2015.Speaking about the appointment, George Dixon said: “In order for us to replicate the success of BBC First in Australia in other international markets it’s vital that we deliver our editorial and commercial goals, and a fully co-ordinated approach to acquisitions and scheduling is crucial in this endeavour.He added: “Jon has played a key role in shaping the editorial strategy of our new brands and I’m delighted that he’s decided to take up this challenge.”Farrar’s career in media began at BBC Worldwide in 1998 before he left to work at Viacom before returning to the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster in 2010.last_img read more

RDK Management the company set up to administer t

first_imgRDK Management, the company set up to administer the RDK cable set-top software initiative, has teamed up with technology company Metrological to create an app development environment for developers to remotely create and test applications. Metrological combined its application framework with the RDK to create Metrological’s RDK App Emulator. Metrological will administer and distribute the new emulator to developers looking to create apps on top of the RDK, regardless of whether they are RDK licensees.The new app developer environment uses the RDK and RDK Emulator to enable developers to prototype, develop and test RDK applications remotely on a laptop without using a physical RDK device or set-top box. Developers can access the Metrological’s RDK App Emulator directly by visiting this site.“Supporting app developers to create apps on top of the RDK is a very important part of the RDK mission,” said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK Management, LLC. “Thanks to Metrological, the RDK can attract an even larger base of app developers that can provide apps to operators. Our long term goal is for the app developer community to view the RDK as the premier platform that brings new levels of innovation to the video industry.”last_img read more

YouTube has partnered with the MET Film School to

first_imgYouTube has partnered with the MET Film School to launch a studio space for YouTube content creators in Berlin. YouTube Space Berlin will allow creators to collaborate and experiment with new content for global audiences, according to YouTube, which said that the “German creator scene forms one of the world’s most vibrant YouTube communities.”The new creator space is the latest to open its doors, with YouTube already offering similar YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York and Sao Paulo.“Since the first Space was launched in 2012, creators have visited our Spaces over 100 thousand times, we have had over 800 events and workshops and our partners have created over 10 thousand videos,” said David Ripert, head of YouTube Spaces EMEA.YouTube Space Berlin will offer training programmes and workshops, will host events and provide content creators with access to a free studio and audio, visual and editing equipment.last_img read more

Proximuss TV offering Proximus added 23000 TV su

first_imgProximus’s TV offeringProximus added 23,000 TV subscriptions in the third quarter, taking its customer base to 1.72 million – up 10.1% from the previous year.Announcing its Q3 results, the operator, which was fully rebranded from Belgacom earlier this year, said that revenue from TV was up 14% year-on-year to €83 million. Year-to-date September 2015, the revenue from TV was EUR 243 million, up by 15.6%.For its customer business unit, Proximus said that its TV numbers were driven by continued subscriber growth for both the Proximus and Scarlet brands.“For the third quarter, 23,000 TV subscribers in total were added, of which 19,000 unique customers and 4,000 multi-set top boxes,” said Proximus.It claimed that the number of multi STB customers was less than prior quarters due to the “proactive customer migration to the latest decoders”.“The recurring TV ARPU grew 3.8% year-on-year to EUR 20.0 driven by the increased uptake of TV options, slightly offset by the TV Replay option which is offered for free in Packs as of July 2015,” according to Proximus.last_img read more