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New Korean Air Boston Flights to Add Almost 100 Million
New Korean Air Boston Flights to Add Almost $100 MillionNew Korean Air Boston Flights to Add Almost $100 Million to Regional EconomyWhen Korean Air and Delta launch nonstop flights to Seoul April 12, it will start the ball rolling on $100 million in annual economic impact to the region.According to InterVistas, a Boston aviation consulting firm, the new flights will add more than $53 million each year in direct economic benefit and almost $45 million each year in indirect benefits.“Korean Air is the largest Transpacific airline and we’ve been eyeing Boston for a long time,” said Korean Air’s Vice President of Marketing, John Jackson. “It makes sense, with our Delta joint venture, to start service there now. Delta is growing fast in Boston and adding an Asia flight will help them solidify their position as Boston’s #1 global airline.”The new Boston flight, along with Minneapolis/St. Paul-Seoul and Seattle-Osaka services that Delta is launching, are the first additions to the joint venture’s Transpacific network since the two carriers launched their partnership last May.“By combining the schedules of Delta and Korean Air, our customers are able to enjoy unparalleled travel options,” Jackson said. “Our joint venture is undeniably the strongest Transpacific partnership and provides both of our airlines with a solid competitive edge.”“Delta and its partners offer an unmatched global network that’s capable of taking Boston to the world, with the most international seats and direct flights to 19 international destinations this year – more than ever before,” said Steve Sear, Delta’s President – International and Executive Vice President of Global Sales. “This new flight to Seoul will offer a key link to Asia and is a standout addition to our Boston route map as we bring the benefits of our JV partnership with Korean Air to Boston-area customers.”Customers can access 290 destinations on Delta in the Americas and 80 destinations in Asia on Korean Air. Meanwhile, Korean and Delta are co-located in the world-renowned Incheon Terminal 2, making connections between Asia and America some of the industry’s quickest.“As a major gateway for high tech industries, Boston is the most popular unserved point from Korea with rapidly growing demand to Asia,” Jackson said. “The city, with its numerous universities and colleges, is a growing New England hub attracting companies in fast-growing industries like IT, bio-technology, healthcare, finance and pharmaceuticals.”The Boston-Seoul service will operate five days a week on Korean Air’s new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class suites, and 245 seats in economy class.First Class features farm-to-flight meals with food grown at the airline’s own farm on Jeju Island, a 23-inch high-resolution monitor, luxurious duvet and bedding and in-flight comfort clothing by Gianfranco Ferre. First class customers also can enjoy the exclusive benefits of a dedicated check-in lounge and First Class lounge at Incheon Airport.Korean Air’s Prestige Suites offer private 21-inch wide flatbed seats spaced 75 inches apart with direct aisle access. Onboard, Prestige customers enjoy Korean Air’s award-wining food and wine program and a premium amenity kit.Meanwhile, Korean Air’s economy class is among the industry’s most comfortable, with 33-34 inches between seats, a 10.6-inch high-resolution personal monitor and a variety of meal options.The 787-9 Dreamliner is among the world’s most advanced aircraft with improved humidity and cabin pressure, dynamic lighting that can reduce jet lag, a state-of-the-art on-demand entertainment system, in-seat power, and large, electronically-dimmable cabin windows replacing traditional window shades.About the Korean Air and Delta Joint VentureWith 27 peak-day flights between the U.S. and Asia, the joint venture between Delta and Korean Air offers customers world-class travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market. The partners recently expanded codeshare flying and received government approval for a trans-Pacific joint venture that is enhancing connectivity between the U.S. and Asia: giving customers more choice for seamless travel. Both airlines also have improved their loyalty programs’ reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn more miles on both programs and redeem them on the expanded network.About Korean AirKorean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines carrying more than 26 million passengers in 2018. The airline operates over 460 flights per day to 124 cities in 44 countries on five continents; it has a modern fleet of 167 aircraft and employs over 20,000 professional employees. Korean Air’s core business includes passenger, cargo, aerospace, catering and in-flight sales. The airline’s main hub is at the Incheon (ICN) International Airport Terminal 2 which opened in 2018.Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which together with its 19 members annually welcomes 630 million passengers worldwide, on more than 14,500 daily flights, covering 1,150 destinations in 175 countries. The airline launched a joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines in the trans-Pacific market in May 2018.In 2019 Korean Air celebrates its 50th anniversary. With a vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community, Korean Air is dedicated to providing excellence in flight.About DeltaDelta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2018, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the seventh time in eight years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 324 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.Source = Korean Air
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Terms and Conditions– Entrants must retweet the original Skyscanner tweet to enter this competition– Skyscanner will choose one winner for each prize per day, taken from retweets on all Skyscanner accounts.– The competition for each prize will close at midnight each night.– The winner will be chosen at random by Skyscanner informed by tweet by Skyscanner.– Should the product be unavailable, Skyscanner reserves the right to award a similar product which may not be identical to that outlined above.– Skyscanner’s decision is final.– You may only RT our Twitter Advent Calendar comp once per day to enter. Multiple RT’s are not eligible. Many thanks!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Today’s prize: a leather passport holder!Head to our Twitter page to retweet today’s tweet and enter the prize draw! RelatedTwitter Advent Calendar – Day 3Today’s prize: a Falcon Garment Carrier!Twitter Advent Calendar – Day 7Today’s prize: an Egyptian Cotton Beach Towel!Twitter Advent Calendar – Day 5Today’s prize: a Jaktogo travel bag
Work on cultural village begins this year
Work on the construction of the cultural village of Lemba, in Paphos are to begin by the end of year, the project’s architects announced.Spyros Spyrou, member of the team that won the architectural competition for the creation of the cultural village of Lemba, told the Cyprus News Agency that the team was commissioned by the state cultural services in May to carry out the study for the project as well as the supervision. The Competition was organised by the education ministry which wants to create an arts centre in the villageThe project envisages the construction of two main building complexes. One would house the art school which will include workshops and the second would provide living quarters for students, teachers and artists.In 1981, Lemba became home to the Cyprus College of Art, which was set up by artist Stass Paraskos, who renovated the former school building of the village and turned it into artists’ studios. The village is now home to several artists who decided to settle there.The establishment of the cultural village is part of government plans to upgrade the existing infrastructure and turn Lemba into a centre for arts and culture.Spyrou said the aim was for construction work to begin before the end of the year. Based on the contract, work must finish within six months, Spyrou said. Charis Christodoulou, Aggela Zisimopoulou and Charis Solomou were the other members of the winning team of architects. You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo 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 Taboola
Glenn bill to define veteran passes House
27Apr Glenn bill to define ‘veteran’ passes House Categories: Glenn News The Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday passed a package of bills – including legislation sponsored by state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland — that creates a consistent definition of the term “veteran” throughout state law.“Multiple definitions of ‘veteran’ existed in Michigan law, some in conflict with federal law, that were a source of confusion for veterans applying to receive the state benefits they earned in service to our country,” said Rep. Glenn, R-Midland. “By mirroring the federal definition of ‘veteran’ throughout all our state laws, we’ll give veterans a simpler system that removes questions about their eligibility.”Under the package of legislation, a veteran will be defined as “an individual who served in the United States armed forces, including the reserve components, and was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.”Rep. Glenn is the sponsor of House Bill 5335, which updates the definition of “veteran” in the Korean War Veterans Military Pay Fund Act of 1955. That bill passed the House by a unanimous vote of 108 to 0.The full package of legislation – House Bills 5332 through 5348 and HBs 5548 through 5551 – also preserves veterans’ eligibility for various current benefits programs.The legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep García hosts Ottawa County undersheriff for 911 ceremony
Categories: Garcia News,News 08Sep Rep. García hosts Ottawa County undersheriff for 9/11 ceremony LANSING – State Rep. Daniela García welcomed Ottawa County Undersheriff Steve Kempker as her guest today during the annual House of Representatives’ 9/11 ceremony.“It was an honor to have Undersheriff Steve Kempker join me during today’s 9/11 service,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “His lifelong commitment to Ottawa County, along with the efforts of all first responder personnel, is a reason why we live in a safe and thriving community.”Kempker has been a member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years, following nine years as an officer at the city of Holland Police Department. He joined the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department as a road patrol deputy in October 1989, receiving multiple promotions and accreditations prior to being named Undersheriff in early 2015.House members invited first responders and military members from their respective districts as guests for the noon event, which included the ringing of a ceremonial bell for each of the Michigan-based law enforcement, fire department, emergency medical personnel and members of the military who lost their lives in the line of duty since September 2015. Family members of deceased were also in attendance, as the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department honor guard and chief chaplain from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department participated in the ceremony.
The Year in Review by State Representative Bronna Kahle
Categories: Kahle News,News In my first year representing the people of Lenawee County in the Michigan House, we advanced policies to strengthen our economy. We invested in top priorities such as educating our children and fixing our roads, and were fiscally responsible balancing the budget.We also added more protections for our most vulnerable residents by passing legislation to fight human trafficking and child abuse.It’s a good start, but the work to benefit the citizens of Lenawee County and Michigan as a whole is just beginning. I will continue to fight for a stronger economy, hard-working taxpayers and our most vulnerable residents when our legislative session resumes in January.In the past year, four of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Additionally, my resolutions dealing with anti-bullying efforts, Alzheimer’s awareness and recognition of family caregivers were enacted by the House.My bill to expand “safe harbor” protections for victims of human trafficking was signed into law, as was legislation to combat child abuse through female genital mutilation.The governor also approved my bill updating Michigan’s investment crowdfunding law, expanding options to more small businesses to spark economic growth.Legislation I sponsored to reduce dental expenses by ensuring bridges, crowns, dentures and similar devices are not subject to state sales tax was approved by the governor in late December.Education is an important priority, so I am encouraged record funding for K-12 schools was signed into law by the governor this summer, affecting the current academic year. We took steps to ensure more money goes directly into the classroom, where it does the most good. The state budget also boosts road repairs, revenue sharing to support local government services, and vital resources for senior citizens such as Meals on Wheels and in-home service programs.We passed legislation to help expand professional skills instruction in high schools, helping provide more career-oriented opportunities for students in Lenawee County and across the state. My bill will permit schools to hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise. In addition, several Lenawee County businesses received skilled trades training fund grants to ensure their employees have the skills needed for in-demand jobs.I will continue to fight for proposals that have not yet become state law – including legislation to lower auto insurance rates for all Michigan drivers. I also continue to support legislation to lower taxes, end punitive driver responsibility fees, and make state government more open and accountable to residents.There’s no question Michigan’s economy has improved in recent years, and the Legislature has taken steps in the past 12 months to broaden the state’s comeback. But there is still a lot of work to be done to build the future we all want and deserve.Your input is crucial to this process. I have hosted in-district office hours for 11 consecutive months and I prioritize hearing from the residents of the House’s 57th District. My office may be reached at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.#### 28Dec The Year in Review by State Representative Bronna Kahle
House advances LaFave bill expanding options for hunters with disabilities
Legislation allows easier-to-use pneumatic bows under certain circumstancesState Rep. Beau LaFave shows the House Natural Resources Committee the ease with which someone with a physical disability can use an air-powered gun. The Iron Mountain representative, who was born without a portion of one leg and partial use of one arm, introduced legislation allowing the pneumatic weapons to be used in Michigan by bow hunters with physical disabilities. The legislation won House approval today.State Rep. Beau LaFave’s legislation allowing bow hunters with physical disabilities to use air-powered weapons that shoot arrows was approved today by the Michigan House.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the new category of weapon would make bow hunting possible for disabled hunters, but hunting with the device is currently illegal in Michigan.LaFave’s bill authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to issue a permit allowing people with full use of one arm or less who are unable to shoot a crossbow to use the pneumatic weapons during bow season, as long as the applicant includes certification from a physician.Additionally, the Natural Resources Commission would be allowed to determine if the pneumatic weapons can be used during firearms seasons for everyone else.“Hunters who don’t have the strength or ability to draw back traditional bows or crossbows deserve every opportunity to go out into the woods and enjoy the natural resources our great state has to offer,” LaFave said. “This reform breaks down barriers by giving people with physical limitations the freedom to bow hunt without relying on assistance from another individual.”LaFave said hunters seeking the special exemption for bow season would be required to submit certification from a doctor documenting a disability preventing them from drawing, aiming or shooting a crossbow. The DNR would review each application and issue a permit when appropriate.“There isn’t going to be some huge influx of hunters using pneumatic weapons during bow season,” LaFave said. “This bill is narrowly tailored to ensure only the people who can’t physically shoot a crossbow on their own will be allowed to shoot an air bow.”LaFave said he was especially moved by committee testimony given by a man who helps provide outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded veterans.“Many of these men and women lost limbs or suffered other life-altering injuries while fighting for our freedom overseas. Now they can’t hunt without relying on someone’s help,” LaFave said. “If pneumatic bows can give them back their freedom and dignity, I think we owe them that option in Michigan.”House Bill 5180 now advances to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: LaFave News 15Mar House advances LaFave bill expanding options for hunters with disabilities
Rep Hall Michigan House vote to drive down car insurance rates
Rep. Matt Hall and the state House today approved a landmark plan to fix the state’s broken car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, including those in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.Hall voted in favor of the plan to guarantee lower rates and give drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stop price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combat fraudulent claims to help lower costs.The changes are designed to end Michigan’s tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“This plan respects freedom of choice for Michigan drivers – and their pocketbooks,” said Hall, of Emmett Township. “Anyone who wants to continue buying unlimited coverage can do so, but drivers can also select a less expensive plan that meets their families’ needs. Every driver will save money because of these reforms – no matter what coverage option they choose. It’s a major victory for drivers across Michigan.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The House-approved plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:Guarantees lower rates on the personal injury protection portion of policies. It would result in a 10-percent reduction within the PIP portion of bills for those buying unlimited coverage, a 30-percent drop for drivers choosing $500,000 in coverage, a 60-percent reduction for those purchasing $250,000 in coverage, and an 80-percent drop at the $50,000 coverage level.Allows seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare, and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries, to opt out of PIP coverage.Establishes fee schedules to end the practice of charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients.Cracks down on fraud and abuse by creating a fraud task force.Provides more financial oversight of and transparency within the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association.Sets reasonable limits on compensation for attendant care contracts.Helps the state ensure insurance companies charge fair rates, while addressing attorney fee settlements and significantly reducing litigation.The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.##### Categories: Hall News,News 09May Rep. Hall, Michigan House vote to drive down car insurance rates
The second general assembly of the HbbTV consortiu
The second general assembly of the HbbTV consortium has been held at the EBU’s headquarters in Geneva.Around 30 delegates attended yesterday’s meeting, which included the first elections for the steering group of HbbTV.The agenda included reports on the launches of HbbTV services in France, Germany, Spain, Austria and the Netherlands. These hybrid TV services, accessible via the red button on the viewer’s remote control, grant access to catch-up TV services, EPGs, interactive games and other content associated with the programme being watched.The assembly also considered the budget for the forthcoming year and provided updates on the specification development and proposed testing regime.The HbbTV consortium gathers together representatives interested in promoting hybrid television using open standards. Its first specification was published in June 2010 and it now comprises around 60 members.
Wireless access is now emerging as the next fronti
Wireless access is now emerging as the next frontier for cable operators, and operators want to tap demand from their customers for pervasive high-performance connectivity, Cable Congress attendees heard yesterday.“We would like to create a step change in connectivity in the same way we did with fixed broadband,” said Kevin Baughan, director, metro wireless, Virgin Media Business, who was responsible for the company’s recent deployment of WiFi on the London Underground, speaking on a panel session on WiFi at Cable Congress.Virgin Media is working with mobile operators to deploy small cell networks and WiFi networks, said Baughan. The company has put together a hosting service to work in partnership with cities to deliver small cells that can be used for mobile backhaul, which Virgin media already provides from a smaller number of access points, in addition to WiFi.The company has also won concessions from Leeds and Bradford to deliver WiFi networks across both cities.”It’s a business model based on the success of small cells,” said Baughan. The WiFi networks Virgin Media is building are powerful enough to give coverage inside buildings as well as in outdoor areas, which was important, he said. The Leeds and Bradford WiFi networks are branded by the local city authorities and operated by Virgin Media.Baughan said Virgin Media had not yet taken a decision to go down the FON-type approach of partitioning its own subscribers’ cable modems using second SSIDs to deliver wider WiFi coverage. He said that the company had made sure its modems were capable of supporting this type of deployment, but had not yet taken a decision on this.Manuel Sequeira, director of technology, ONO, speaking on the same panel session, said that his company wanted a wireless play as part of its MVNO offering. Building a radio access network was a possiblity and ONO has radio access licences in the 2.6GHz range, but has not yet decided to go ahead with this. ONO has experimented in Alicante with hotspots and the use of cable modems to deliver a public WiFi network. Sequeira said ONO had chosen Alicante for its trial because it wanted to understand if there was a market to buy WiFi vouchers from the summer tourist trade in the city.Sequeira said ONO had tested the impact of implementing a second SSID to partition users’ cable modems, devoting part of their capacity to public access. He said that with up to 6Mbps devoted to public access, users did not notice any impact on their own WiFi experience.
Yahoo is reportedly in talks to acquire a controll
Yahoo is reportedly in talks to acquire a controlling stake in France Telecom-owned video site Dailymotion. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cited people familiar with the talks, Yahoo could buy up to 75% of the French site in what would be CEO Marissa Mayer’s first major deal since joining Yahoo from Google last year.Though neither firm has commented on the speculation, the WSJ said Dailymotion could be valued at around $300 million.
Warner Brothers executive Josh Berger said that th
Warner Brothers executive Josh Berger said that there’s still life left in DVD sales and physical formats, even though Hollywood is now starting to face its digital future. Speaking at the PEVE Entertainment conference in London yesterday, Warner Bros’ UK president and managing director for UK, Ireland and Spain said that he was “still a believer in having places to buy movies – physically or even digitally – on the high street,” and admitted that the threat of HMV and Blockbusters closing “is not great for our business.”“Like many other products, we know that a huge percentage of our content is bought on impulse when people see it – if it’s merchandised well, if it’s priced properly. Losing that physical presence is a huge problem. If it goes away and you don’t really get it back, or you get it back at a percentage less through the online players,” said Berger.Though he claimed that movie and TV industry could not afford to help prop up retailers, he said they had been helping them “as much as we can” through incentives on terms and in marketing and presenting their product.“We saw what happened with HMV – they sold a huge amount of stock when everybody thought they were going out of business. There’s still a huge appetite to buy DVD. We would like, obviously, to see that continuing in so far as it can, but it’s going to require that HMV and Blockbuster and the remaining physical retailers get that equation right,” Berger said.In spite of this, he admitted that Warner Bros Entertainment’s January appointment of Kevin Tsujihara as CEO “points to the situation in Hollywood today where we’re facing the digital future – the changing behaviour patterns of consumption.”Tsujihara, who took up his role on March, was previously president of Warner Bros Home Entertainment since 2005, and oversaw the company’s home video, digital distribution, videogames, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations. Considered by many as a surprise appointment at the time, he fended off competition from Warner Bros TV Group president Bruce Rosenblum and Warner Bros Picture Group president Jeff Robinov to take the top post.In terms of management, Berger, who is one of the first Warner execs to have responsibility over a number of different areas including TV shows, films and videogames, added: “Consumers don’t distinguish between theatrical, video and games. They consume content in a variety of ways in different places, whether it’s at home or buying at retail. It’s important for companies to make sure that they are shaped in a similar way to how their customers and their consumers consume what they make.”On the programming front, he said that Warner would not start to locate US series here in order to take advantage of recent government tax credits, but would do shows here if it was “sensible” from a content point of view. Last year Warner launched a new £100 million (€117 million) film and television studio complex just outside London.
Danish investment bank Saxo Bank has launched an o
Danish investment bank Saxo Bank has launched an on-demand news and financial analysis service called Saxo TV. Available through Saxo Bank-owned investment site TradingFloor.com, the online TV service will be hosted by former Bloomberg TV news anchor, Owen Thomas.“Much of Saxo Bank’s development has been driven by the need to differentiate itself as a bank specialising in trading and investments with a clear customer focus. Saxo TV is yet another step in this direction,” said Thomas.
The UK Society for Broadband Professionals SCTE
The UK Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE) has teamed up with German cable association ANGA to award bursaries to 20 joint bursary winners to this year’s ANGA COM exhibition and conference.The winners of the SCTE/ANGA bursaries are mostly chosen from cable operators ranging from the UK’s Virgin Media to Telecom Slovenia-backed Kosovan service provider IPKO.All bursary winners will receive a package that includes pre-paid flights and hotel accommodation for three nights, courtesy of the SCTE, and entrance to the full conference offering, courtesy of ANGA. Bursary winners must be members of the SCTE.“I would like to accentuate our successful and long-term cooperation with the international SCTE (Society for Broadband Professionals), with its headquarters in the UK,” said Thomas Braun, president of ANGA. “For many years, we have developed a congress panel together, this year on “FTTH and WiFi – the Door to TV 2.0.”“We are delighted to be working with ANGA again,” said Dr Roger Blakeway, president of the SCTE. “We will be holding a party for all bursary winners on Wednesday 5 June at 17:00 on our booth G39 in upper hall 10.2 which is open to all members and supporters.”
Germanys TechniSat is presenting its new TechniSt
Germany’s TechniSat is presenting its new TechniStar K2 ISIO receivers at ANGA COM, as well as its new set-top box platform.The firm says that the TechniStar K2 ISIO is “the perfect value-for-money solution for entering the hybrid DVB-C plus IPTV world.”It includes support for IP-Multicast functionality, allowing the TechniStar K2 ISIO to be used also in IPTV networks.The new STB platform meanwhile includes technologies from NDS CAS, Verimatrix DRM, Motorolas Dreamgallery Middleware and other solutions and is designed to enable a high level of flexibility in developing customised solutions.Also on show are TechniPad tablets, which come in two sizes with the ‘My TechniSat App’ pre-installed. Technisat called this the “logical next step in the multiroom and multiscreen solutions.”Technisat can be found at booth K9, level 10.2
Central and Eastern European satellite TV provider
Central and Eastern European satellite TV provider UPC has launched business and financial news channel CNBC on its platform.The English-language network is available to DTH customers as part of UPC’s ‘Light’ package in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and as part of its HD package in Romania.It replaces BBC World news in the channel line-up and takes slot 152 on the EPG.“We are pleased to improve our line-up with the addition of CNBC on UPC Direct services in Hungary, FreeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Focus Sat in Romania. This will further enhance our already varied packages of channels providing our customers more content in live business and financial news,” said Jim Helfgott, vice president of marketing and sales for UPC DTH.Jacqueline Lam, vice president of international distribution at CNBC added: “Our agreement with UPC DTH enables viewers across central and eastern Europe to watch the latest global business news and analysis, and access CNBC’s real-time data. We continue to grow our footprint across the region as operators recognise CNBC’s expertise in the market.”
The new BBC iPlayer on tablet smart phone TV and
The new BBC iPlayer on tablet, smart phone, TV and computerThe BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has approved plans by the corporation to extend the catch-up window for its iPlayer video-on-demand service from seven to 30 days. Announcing the move, the Trust said that it expects the BBC to implement the changes from this summer, with the decision following a formal assessment and advice from broadcast regulator Ofcom.With the extension, the BBC will phase out ‘series stacking’ on the iPlayer for TV programmes in exchange for the longer 30-day catch-up window, the Trust said. However, series stacking will still be available for radio shows.BBC Trust vice chairman, Diane Coyle, hailed 30-day catch-up as a “sensible move” that will benefit audiences and provide a “more consistent catch-up service.”“With an average of 10.7 million programme requests every day, BBC iPlayer is highly valued by audiences and has been a phenomenal success since it launched six years ago. It is important that iPlayer continues to evolve and meet the expectations of users,” said Coyle.In a statement, the BBC also welcomed the move saying: “People keep telling us they want programmes to be available on BBC iPlayer for longer – so extending availability from seven to 30 days will make iPlayer even better.“New iPlayer already has downloads, better recommendations, HD, live restart, favourites and collections, and extending the catch-up window to 30 days gives people even longer to enjoy their favourite BBC programmes.”
Deutsche Telekom has named Christian von Reventlow
Deutsche Telekom has named Christian von Reventlow as its new chief product and innovation officer, replacing Thomas Kiessling, who is leaving the German telco to become CTO at Securitas Direct.Von Reventlow was previously platform manager at Nokia’s map service and navigation system subsidiary Here.com in Chicago. He will take up his new position on March 1.“We have found an ideal successor for Thomas Kiessling, who regretfully has chosen to leave the company: Christian von Reventlow brings more than 20 years of experience in the innovation divisions of a variety of major high-tech companies to Deutsche Telekom,” said Niek Jan van Damme, member of the board of management responsible for Germany and innovation and product development.“With his long tenure in Silicon Valley in the US, he has an impressive network and really knows his way around the industry.”
Germanys ProSiebenSat1owned subscription video
Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1-owned subscription video-on-demand service Maxdome has commissioned its first original series.The broadcaster-owned service has teamed up with well-known German producer-director and actor Christian Ulmen to create Buddy-Serie, a 10-part drama about two friends featuring Ulmen and Fahri Yardim.The series is to be produced by Talpa Deutschland, and will be directed by Ulmen. Filming is due to begin in Potsdam in September, with a release scheduled for early 2017.Maxdome CEO Marvin Lange said that as the largest German supplier of video-on-demand, the service wanted to offer a platform for German filmmakers and artists. He said the commissioning of Maxdome’s first original was a milestone in the service’s development.
Westworld HBO has launched its Spanish service HB
WestworldHBO has launched its Spanish service. HBO España is currently available exclusively to Vodafone customers in the country through a deal struck in May.The service will offer HBO’s series including Game of Thrones, Westworld, Veep, Silicon Valley, Sex and the City, The Sopranos and The Wire, but will also serve up content from other providers as well as movies, documentaries and family content from Disney and Nickelodeon.The exclusive deal with Vodafone will effectively replace a similar exclusive arrangement between the operator and one of HBO’s main competitors in the market, Netflix.Vodafone’s rival Orange struck its own deal with Netflix to include the global SVOD leader’s service in its own TV offering in Spain in October, with three months’ free access available to subscribers to its Cine y Series package available from November 1.Under Netflix’s deal with Orange, rival operators will not be able to promote the streaming service in a similar way for the duration of the contract between the pair.The third major Spanish ISP, Telefónica, recently committed to upping its investment in original content to combat the threat posed by Netflix. Telefónica, which offers its own premium streaming service Movistar+ – formerly Yomvi – recently commissioned a drama series based on the 2010 best-selling novel Dime Quién Soy and set an objective of producing six to eight series each year from 2017.HBO’s SVOD service will be priced at €7.99 with a one-month free trial for all new subscribers. Subscribers can register five different devices to and watch two streams of dubbed and subtitled content at the same time from the same account.HBO España is available on Apple TV, Chromecast, Android mobile devices and the web as well as Vodafone TV currently.The deal with Vodafone is geared to gaining take-up of the operator’s bundled and top-tier offerings.Vodafone is offering three months free to its Vodafone TV Total package including HBO to customers of its Vodafone One internet offering for €25 a month, while mobile subscribers with the Vodafone Red M package will also receive three months of HBO for an inclusive price of €28.Outside the promotional offers, Vodafone’s TV Total premium tier TV customers will receive HBO as part of their regular subscription. Broadband and mobile customers with some top-tier packages will be entitled to view HBO at no extra charge for two years.According to data provided by Spanish competition regulator the CNMC, SVOD has yet to take off in Spain. According to its Household Panel survey, based on a sample of about 4,700 homes, Movistar+/Yomvi is the market leader, present in 7.8% of homes, followed by Netflix with 1.8% penetration and Wuaki.TV with 1.1%.