Emirates unveils brand new cabins for its Boeing 777 fleet· Game-changing, fully enclosed private suites in First Class inspired by Mercedes-Benz · Completely refreshed look, meticulous design details, new seats and materials feature in multi-million dollar upgrade across all cabinsEmirates has unveiled completely refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft, including its highly anticipated new First Class private suites.With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites takes luxury and privacy to the next level. Offering up to 40 square feet of personal space each, these spacious, fully-enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.From First Class through to the Business and Economy Class cabins, all along the walkways, in the washrooms and galleys, the latest Emirates 777 aircraft boasts a multi-million dollar upgrade that includes newly-designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems in all cabins.Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said:“The inflight experience is the heart of our brand and service proposition. The new 777 interiors that we are unveiling today is part of Emirates’ ongoing investment to continually raise the bar and exceed our customers’ expectations. Aside from our new fully enclosed private suites, Business Class features our latest fully-flat leather seats with personal minibars, Economy Class seats have adjustable full leather headrests, and the inflight entertainment system has been upgraded for all cabin classes. Throughout the aircraft, our customers will see modern and airy cabins, with painstaking attention to detail evident in design touches such as the textured wall and ceiling panels, lighting features, and more.”On the airline’s new First Class product, Sir Tim said:“Emirates pioneered the First Class private suite concept back in 2003, and today it’s the industry benchmark when it comes to first class travel. Over the years we have continually improved on our private suites, adding thoughtful refinements and features. We are very excited about our new fully-enclosed suite which is a real game-changer in terms of privacy, comfort, and thoughtful luxury. This is the first time an Emirates product has been so influenced by another luxury brand, but it is a natural fit as both Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have the same unwavering commitment to fine detail, uncompromising quality, and a drive to push the boundaries.”Emirates’ latest First Class product gives a nod to the design philosophy of the Mercedes-Benz S- Class, bringing together two global brands renowned for innovation, luxury, and comfort. The collaboration inspired several design details in the private suite including the soft leather seating, high-tech control panels, and mood lighting. Extending that trademark inflight experience to exclusive on-ground services, Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have extended their partnership to provide a fleet of the S-Class cars as part of its complimentary Chauffeur-drive service. Emirates First Class passengers arriving or departing in the UAE will enjoy a seamless journey from aircraft to home, and vice versa, in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class car.The latest Emirates 777 aircraft with these new features will enter commercial service on 1 December, making its debut on flights to Geneva and Brussels.Changing the game in First Class – key product featuresThe new Emirates 777 First Class cabin interior uses a whole new colour palette of soft greys, cream and champagne, conveying a contemporary, open and airy feel, with quiet and timeless luxury.Created in collaboration with Boeing, Rockwell Collins interior systems, Panasonic, Jacques Pierre Jean Design studio and Seattle-based design firm Teague, each fully enclosed private suite has a floor to ceiling sliding door, and combines smart technologies and intelligent design to deliver function, as well as luxury and comfort.Source = Emirates
TEMPE, Ariz. — They say the more you can do, the more valuable you become to your employer.That workplace mantra works in sports as well. And Tony Bergstrom, the Arizona Cardinals’ newest offensive lineman, is living proof.An under-the-radar signing in early May, two months into free agency, Bergstrom provides depth to an offensive line that took its share of hits last season.“I played all five (spots) at some point in my life; actually all six, I played tight end a little bit, too, so I can do it,” he said, sitting at his locker following a recent organized team practice activity. “Some I haven’t done in a while, so if you want to throw me out at tackle, you better let me get a couple of sets in.” Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The lack of availability forced a constant shuffling, especially late in the year, when there were five different line combinations in the final seven weeks. The Cardinals started eight different five-man groupings overall.Also, having a player of Bergstrom’s caliber with some experience can serve as a good role model inside the locker room.“It’s good for young guys and rookies to see that somebody can be accountable at each position,” Veldheer said, “so then they’re like, ‘hey, this is my best chance, too, if I can do all this.’ So, then you get younger guys that are kind of being influenced by that same kind of mindset.”Position versatility seems to have become the new buzz phrase in the NFL.To his credit Bergstrom realized that long ago, especially understanding how his versatility may affect his playing status on Sundays.“Teams love to be able to dress only seven (offensive linemen). They like to, maybe, dress that extra d-linemen or the extra quarterback just in case. When you can get by with only seven linemen instead of eight that helps. Anything you can do to help the team. The more you can do the more valuable you are,” he said. “That’s how I’ve lasted so far is by being able to do it all, kind of being that jack-of-all-trades, that’s always a big deal.” “There’s just a good vibe, a good team situation,” Bergstrom said. “Everybody is good teammates. It just has a good feel in (the locker room).”And a lot of familiarity, too.In addition to Veldheer, Bergstrom played with quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Tyvon Branch over his four seasons with the Raiders, who drafted Bergstrom in the third round, the 95th overall pick, in 2012.“Tony, that’s my boy,” Branch said.According to Veldheer, the Cardinals are adding “a smart guy, dependable guy, tough guy; someone that can really help, especially when you never know what’s going to happen throughout an NFL season…because sometimes you got to shuffle stuff around and that’s hard for some guys, but having a guy like that, that’s played all the spots, it’s very valuable.”It helps keep some consistency along the offensive line, Veldheer said. Rather than the team having to call upon a different player for a different position should an injury occur, they can just plug-in Bergstrom and not miss a beat.Last season, the Cardinals had four offensive linemen on injured reserve, and two others, guard Mike Iupati and tackle D.J. Humphries, miss games because of injury. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bergstrom, listed at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, has experience at both center and guard in the NFL after finishing his college career by starting his final 38 games at Utah at right tackle. In five pro seasons, he has played in 40 games — including four starts — with one at right guard and three at center.Last season, Bergstrom appeared in 15 games with Houston, filling in wherever was needed.“That’s how I’ve made it this long. I’m not the best athlete in the world,” he said smiling.While it’s possible Bergstrom may eventually find himself lined up outside, for now, the Cardinals are asking him to concentrate on the three interior positions.“And honestly just trying to find where I can fit in, trying to find where I can help the team and where my role can be on the team, that’s my focus right now is just working hard and find my role and fill it as well as I can,” he said.Bergstrom said he and the Cardinals have had one another on their respective radars for some time now.Bergstrom considered the Cardinals as a possible destination a year ago before joining the Texans. He even went as far as to reach out to tackle Jared Veldheer, a former teammate of his in Oakland. Veldheer gave Bergstrom the thumbs up on the organization. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals lineman Tony Bergstrom motions during an OTA practice May 24. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)
The government and stakeholders in the finance industry pushed back against a proposal to make it more difficult for lenders to place companies in liquidation/receivership that was discussed by MPs on Tuesday.Under a bill authored by the Greens’ George Perdikis and independent MP Anna Theologou, a company would be able to apply to a court to freeze the liquidation process until the court determines that the process is warranted.As the law stands, companies are able to take recourse to court in such cases, although such an application does not stop the liquidation process in its tracks. The new bill aims to change that.Specifically, the bill relates to the floating charge debenture, an agreement between a bank and a company taking out a loan.The floating charge is attached to the assets of a company, and is one method employed by banks to secure a loan (or a group of loans). It is a charge on both the company’s fixed assets and non-fixed assets.Upon registration of a floating charge, the debtor issues a debenture to the creditor. Consolidating a security in the event a debtor company is placed in liquidation and/or under receivership is one of the most common terms of such an agreement. The receiver’s task is to ‘dispose’ off all the company’s assets (at ‘fair’ value) so as to allow repayment of the company’s debt obligations.A company may continue to dispose of its assets until these are consolidated by the bank. If debtors fail to meet their debt obligations, the floating charge is converted into a fixed charge, and ownership rights may be ‘transferred’ to the bank.But Perdikis argues that, more often than not, in practice banks in Cyprus act as asset-stripping jackals, having no regard for helping a corporation stay viable.According to data from the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, each year some 150 companies are placed in receivership.“This state of affairs is an atom bomb for companies, allowing banks to carry out arbitrary practices.Instead of salvaging a corporation, they appoint receivers and take the company apart,” the MP said.But both the banks as well as certified accountants associations opposed Perdikis’ idea, saying it would defang the banks’ ability to put pressure on delinquent debtors.They said that companies often deny bank-appointed liquidators access to their premises until they have disposed of the assets and nothing is left for the creditors.As a result, banks are forced to go after the debt guarantors.Moreover, the head of the Insolvency Service George Karotsakis warned that implementing Perdikis’ proposal would expose lenders to more risk, thus jeopardising the credit rating of the Cypriot financial system.“We do not want to see those [corporate debtors] who are not consistent with their obligations, or who are strategic defaulters, continue to operate in the economy,” he added.Some MPs advocated tweaking the current legislation so that, while protecting banks from deliberate defaulters, it would force lenders to exhaust all possibilities before taking ownership of a company’s assets through receivership.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, center, had the honor of introducing Josiah Bear, a sophomore at Clare High School, to Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger this week during the MSU 4-H Capitol Experience program. Bear was elected by his peers as Speaker of the House for this year’s 4-H conference in Lansing, an annual program that builds civic engagement by teaching students how to influence public policy, helping them increase their leadership and citizenship skills, and providing greater understanding and knowledge of state government. 19Mar Rep. Johnson brings House Speakers together
21Feb Rep. Hoitenga votes to approve additional road funding statewide Categories: Hoitenga News,News Plan will streamline repairs for roads in Wexford, Mecosta, Osceola CountiesState Rep. Michele Hoitenga today joined her colleagues in the Michigan House to advance legislation that will benefit roadways in Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola Counties.The $175 million proposal provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer.“Our weather conditions subject our roads to decay and one of my top priorities for the people of the 102nd District is getting our roads repaired and into top shape,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “This commitment shows we are serious about making sure Michigan’s roads are safe and operable for our drivers.”Mecosta County will receive just over $455,000. Within the county, funding distribution will also be available for Big Rapids ($70,522.49), Barryton ($3,096.25), Mecosta ($4,937.16), Morley ($4,983.62) and Stanwood ($1,995.56).Wexford County will receive just under $420,000. Cities and villages within the county also slated to receive funding are: Buckley ($7,280.65), Cadillac ($82,292.32), Harrietta ($2,882.69), Manton ($11,432.26) and Mesick ($5,076.31).Osceola County will receive just under $345,000. Cities and villages within the county also slated to receive funding include: Reed City ($20,029.52), LeRoy ($4,980.13) and Tustin ($2,880.68).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.
Categories: Allor News 03Oct Rep. Allor measure strengthening pipeline safety standards passes House Representative applauds agreement to replace Line 5 with tunnelState Rep. Sue Allor’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with bipartisan support.Allor, of Wolverine, said the safety measures included in the plan will help protect the Great Lakes from the threat of a spill until the current segment of Line 5 that crosses under the Straits is permanently shut down and replaced by the new tunnel announced today.“While I would prefer an immediate shutdown of Line 5, today’s announcement is a huge step in the right direction,” Allor said. “Until a tunnel is built, we must do more to protect Michigan families, businesses and our natural resources from the devastating harm a spill in the Straits would cause.”The comprehensive plan Allor introduced alongside two of her House colleagues holds vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits accountable to the people of Michigan.The “Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability” action plan:Improves reporting from pipeline operators to the state of Michigan.Increases the safety and security of utility lines that provide communities in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula with access to phone, cable, natural gas, oil and electricity.Clearly establishes the Straits as a no-anchor zone.Requires additional signs and buoys alerting boats not to use anchors in the Straits.Establishes clear penalties for vessels that break maritime laws and jeopardize the safety of Michigan’s waterways.Provides added accountability and increased penalties for those responsible for negligence or criminal damage to public utilities.Protects people who report violations of maritime safety laws that threaten the Great Lakes.“The Great Lakes play a vital role in the lives of all northern Michigan residents,” Allor said. “Our families, wildlife and many local businesses depend on these waters. Protecting our most precious natural resource must be our top priority.”The action plan, laid out in House Bills 6187, 6199, 6200, 6201 and 6398, now moves to the Senate for consideration.###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 24, 2014; Santa Barbara ViewA nonprofit investigative news site has been closed in Santa Barbara after 13 other local media outlets sent a letter protesting the continuation of the project.Mission & State, an investigative news outlet, was launched less than two years ago with a $1 million grant (to be spent over three years) from the Knight Foundation and, apparently, management oversight of the Santa Barbara Foundation.Last Monday, the foundation’s president, Ron Gallo, emailed a letter to the other media outlets in Santa Barbara County calling it quits. But to be fair, the Foundation had already called it quits, at least as far as its own involvement was concerned, and it was attempting to hand over management of the news site to a for-profit site called Noozhawk. It was this move to which other media outlets objected—loudly enough to spark a public meeting on the proposed merger on July 15th. More than fifty people showed up, and representatives of local media outlets declared their unwillingness to fall in line with the plan, which would have maintained them as “collaborators” with a partner for whom seemingly no trust had been built.In the end, Lois Mitchell of the Orfalea Foundation proposed a reassessment of the plan, but right now, according to Gallo, the Santa Barbara Foundation intends to return the $300,000 that remains from the original $1 million to the Knight Foundation and will settle other obligations.Here is the most interesting excerpt from Gallo’s letter, which basically says that no one is to blame; everything is fine.“Relatively few of the Knight projects created long-term sustainable projects. Out of the 100 grants given, four have been singled out for additional funding by Knight.”Really?We know that foundations are not subject to pay-for-success measurements and the journalism field is in experimentation mode, but this situation is a bit over the top!—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
UEFA has awarded the 2012-15 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League French language media rights in Sub-Saharan Africa to Canal Plus Afrique.The pay TV operator will broadcast two live Champions League matches and a highlights programme each match night.French speaking viewers will also be able to watch at least two UEFA Europa League live matches per match week during the early stages of the competition, and at least one match per match week from the quarter-finals onwards.Live matches will also be shown on the operator’s website and on mobile devices.
Liberty Global’s initial supply of its new Horizon set-top and gateway was “sold out” on its initial launch day, chief technology officer Balan Nair told attendees at the NDS IBC press lunch yesterday.Nair said the launch of Horizon on Friday had produced “nothing but great reviews” and the initial run had already sold out. He said Liberty Global planned to make its main commercial launch on September 21.“For the first three weeks we planned to ship it out to every fifth customer but every customer that called in has asked for the box,” said Nair. Nair said that Liberty Global would make Horizon its “standard box” and would not sell it as a premium product. Following the Dutch launch, a launch in Switzerland will follow in 60 days, he said.Nair said the rollout of Horizon would be hugely beneficial to Liberty Global. The company plans to roll out a thin-client device next year to enable delivery of streams to secondary TV sets. “The big cost [of deployment] is set-tops. That cost has dropped dramatically. Horizon gives you a gateway plus a couple of IP clients and you don’t have to ship out three HD DVRs,” he said.Speaking at the same press lunch, Jesper Andersen, senior vice-president and general manager of Cisco’s service provider video technology group said that Cisco’s acquisition of NDS brought together companies that were “entirely complementary”, with NDS bringing the opportunity to provide differentiated offerings to consumers together with Cisco’s portfolio of headend and set-top products. He said that the two companies also brought complementary strengths in international markets, with NDS having a stronger presence than Cisco in emerging markets including the Asia Pacific region and India.Andersen said that Cisco would create “firewalls” between parts of the business that worked with competing partners, enabling NDS middleware to continue to be deployed on third-party set-tops, while Cisco’s relationships with middleware vendors including Microsoft and TiVo can be maintained.
Ilse Howling, the managing director of UK digital-terrestrial service Freeview, has been appointed to the board of trustees of children’s charity UNICEF UK.Howling becomes the first female chair of the board and her appointment gives equal male and female representation to the UNICEF UK board.Lord Ashdown, President of UNICEF UK, welcomed Howling’s appointment and said she “brings an impressive track record as a trustee, plus a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills, especially in digital innovation and broadcast media.”Before joining Freeview in 2005, Howling spent 12 years at the BBC – latterly as head of digital marketing and communication.
Belgian telco Mobistar has chosen Viaccess-Orca to provide content security for its new pay TV service.Mobstar will Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel smart card-based conditional access system.Mobistar’s cable-based service is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year following the introduction of regulations that enable alternative operators to access cable networks.Orange-owned mobile operator Mobistar plans to expand into TV and broadband services using Telenet and Brutélé-Tecteo’s networks.The company paid €600,000 to each operator for access to their networks in January. Under the open access regulations Telenet and Brutélé-Tecteo now have six months to put in place the infrastructure that will allow Mobistar to implement a service.“The collaboration with Viaccess-Orca will enable us to offer Belgian consumers competitive cable TV services,” said Jean Marc Harion, CEO of Mobistar. “Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel exceeds our requirements for content protection to guarantee the security of our television content and revenue streams.”
TV ad revenue in the UK reached a record high of £4.63 billion (€5.59 billion) in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 3.5%, according to new research by Thinkbox.The figures represent all money invested by advertisers into commercial TV – across linear spot ads and sponsorships, broadcaster VOD and product placement – and mark the fourth consecutive year of growth for TV advertising in the UK.“Businesses know that TV works. The strength of TV ad investment reflects commercial TV’s health and also acknowledges the mountain of evidence proving TV’s unrivalled ability to create business profit,” said Lindsey Clay, Thinkbox’s CEO.Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial television in the UK, said that there were 737 advertisers new to the space or returning after at least five years, with these new players accounting for 2% of total TV ad revenues.It also said that last year TV advertising prices were the cheapest on record in real terms, some 38.5% cheaper than 20 years ago, while ad viewing was at a record high. The average viewer watched 47 ads a day –four ads more a day than five years ago, according to Thinkbox.The organisation predicts TV ad investment to grow again this year, boosted by the World Cup in Brazil. The Advertising Association/Warc predicts TV ad revenue to grow by 6% in 2014.
Private equity group Macquarie’s European Infrastructure Fund 4 has agreed the acquisition of 100% of Slovakian transmission services provider Towercom from Hampden Investments.Edward Beckley, the CEO of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets for Europe, said that Towercom was a successful operating company in a stable and growing economy and that under Macquarie it would continue to provide high-quality broadcasting transmission services in Slovakia.Towercom operates a network of 685 transmission towers across the country, providing coverage of TV and radio services.
Dana StrongVirgin Media’s parent company, Liberty Global, has upped Virgin’s chief operating officer Dana Strong to the new role of senior vice president, chief transformation officer for Liberty Global.Strong takes up her new role effective January 31 and at the same time will join Liberty Global’s executive management committee. She will report directly to Liberty CEO Mike Fries.Commenting on the appointment, Fries said that Strong would help to “identify and execute the strategic and operational opportunities that will shape Liberty Global’s success over the next five years” – something he claimed is one of his “highest priorities.”Strong leaves Virgin Media after 18 months, going out on a record-breaking quarter for subscriber and customer growth in Q4 2014.Paying tribute to her efforts there, Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge said: “She leaves the business with a strong management team, a new operating structure, and a transformed content and bundle offering for our customers. We expect to announce her replacement in the coming weeks.”Strong joined Liberty Global in 1999 and held a number of roles before becoming Virgin Media COO – including CEO of UPC Ireland and COO of Austar Entertainment in Australia.
Tele Columbus CEO and chairman, Ronny Verhelst.German cable operator Tele Columbus has turned in solid second quarter results, growing revenue by 2.3% to €54.3 million and increasing EBITDA by 9.2% to €27.7 million.The country’s number three operator, which completed the acquisition of number four player Primacom at the end of July, grew its internet and telephony subscriber bases to 213,000 and 202,000 respectively, boosted by the migration of 22,000 low-speed internet-only customer to dual-play flat-rate products in May. RGUs per subscriber reached an all time high of 1.5 at the end of June, up from 1.42 a year ago.The operator connected an additional 15,000 households to its upgraded two-way network in the quarter, taking the total of upgraded homes passed to 955,000. Homes connected grew by 9,000 in the quarter to 1.68 million, offsetting losses of some housing industry contracts. This number excludes the 1.2 million Primacom homes added at the end of July.Tele Columbus said it is planning to roll out its 400Mbps internet service, launched in Potsdam in April, to new regions.Tele Columbus confirmed its guidance for the rest of this year, with a target of 4-6% revenue growth, stabilisation of the number of homes connected at 2014 levels, capex of €80-€100 million and an increase of penetration of two-way upgraded networks to 60% by the end of the year.“Tele Columbus continues to successfully deliver on its growth strategy: For the second quarter of 2015, we report 2.3% top line growth paired with strong EBITDA development,” said Ronny Verhelst, CEO.“We have good traction in our new product offerings which confirms that we are successfully meeting the needs of our customers and partners in the housing industry. Our progress to date has been driven by our high-performance infrastructure and highly competitive product portfolio. Going forward, we see our development moving to the next level by joining forces with Primacom and maximising the potential of our combined platform.”
UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat will be available via LG TVs thanks to a strategic partnership with the electronics manufacturer.The Freesat service will be available on LG’s new and existing satellite-enabled smart TVs via a software rollout to customers.In a first for Freesat, owners of the LG, satellite-compatible TVs will gain access to over 200 subscription free TV and radio channels.LG will also launch Freesat channels on its new range of Freesat-enabled LG TVs. These new LF650 and LF630 models will be available in screen sizes ranging from 32-inches to 55-inches.“We’re excited to bring the Freesat offering to our new and existing smart TVs. We are committed to offering people the latest technology innovations, with which to enjoy their favourite content, and this partnership helps us to ensure LG customers are getting access to the very best,” said Andy Mackay, UK Commercial Director for LG Consumer Electronics.Matthew Huntington, chief technology officer at Freesat said: “Partnering with Freesat will provide customers even better choice; with over 200 channels, completely subscription free, this partnership between LG and Freesat is offering viewers something special.”
Almost a third of US consumers – more than 70 million people – are thinking of making changes to their paid TV service, according to a new GfK MRI report.The Cord Evolution study claims that there are twice as many pay TV ‘defectors’ – those who have reduced their paid TV service or are thinking of doing so – compared to ‘desirers’ who are generally loyal to traditional paid TV and/or are thinking of adding services.Overall GfK found that there were almost 50 million people (21% of the US population) that could be branded ‘defectors’, compared to about 22 million people (9% of the population) that fell into the ‘desirers’ category.“Today’s TV landscape has transformed into one big ‘trade-off’ ecosystem. Unless you are willing to pay for it all, you have to choose which services are within budget, and take which shows you get with them, sacrificing others in return,” said Christie Kawada, executive vice-president of product management and innovation at GfK MRI.“Unless you are willing to pay for it all, you have to choose which services are within budget, and take which shows you get with them, sacrificing others in return. The good news for content providers is that content still drives most viewing behaviour; so regardless of where content is offered, viewers will find a way to get it.”
Total annual TV shipments fell 4% year-over-year to 226 million units in 2015, according to new research by IHS.The research firm said that shipments of LCD TVs, the dominant display technology, fell less than 1% in 2015 to 224 million units, compared to a 7% increase in 2014.Plasma and CRT shipments have fallen to “negligible levels”, and while organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV is still in the “early stages of growth”, according to IHS.Despite the overall decline, unit shipments of 4K TVs rose by an impressive 173% to 32 million units, helped by an almost 30% erosion of selling-price-per-inch of display.“The pace of TV screen size growth slowed in 2015, and the average size of TV displays grew just 2% to 39.3 inches, which is about half the rate of growth in 2014. However the 4K TV mix at even mid-range screen sizes (between 40 inches and 50 inches) has been better than expected. 4K TV accounted for 50% of shipments of 55-inch-and-larger TVs in 2015, and 30% of 48-inch to 50-inch TVs,” said IHS.In the fourth quarter, global TV shipments declined 2% year-over-year, as North American TV shipments grew 2%. While overall TV shipments in emerging markets declined 6% percent year-on-year in Q4, TV shipments in China surged 12% due to sell-in for the Chinese New Year Holidays.Overall IHS said that an “abrupt weakening” of global demand for TV sets, combined with continued LCD capacity expansion, caused an oversupply in the market in the second half of 2015.“This resulted in extremely steep LCD TV panel price declines, but it has been difficult to pass the savings along to consumers, as inflation and currency depreciation in emerging markets have offset the cost reduction,” according to the research.
Reuters has launched version 2.0 of its mobile and online TV news service, Reuters TV, which includes a “major redesign” on both Apple TV and the web.Reuters said that the new version of the service introduces featured programs – thematic programs curated and hosted by Reuters journalists – alongside live feeds of global events and personalised video newscasts.It said that with its redesign it aims to “set the standard for premium online video delivery”, with Reuters TV managing director, Isaac Showman, commenting that it “brings us closer to our vision of deconstructing the traditional TV news experience and reimagining it for today.”“With version 2.0 of Reuters TV, users can choose between an always up-to-date, on-demand personalised newscast, live video coverage of developing global events, and in-depth thematic reporting that provides insight around major stories,” said Showman.Reuters TV first went live in February 2015 and is available for iOS and tvOS devices on the Apple App Store, Android devices via Google Play, and on the web globally at Reuters.tv.
Dutch worldwide online TV platform M2M TV has added Fight Channel and Fight Channel World HD to its a la carte offer.The deal means that M2M TV users will have access to Fight Channel Group’s diet of boxing, kickboxing and MMA – mixed martial arts.Fight Channel Group provides two linear channels: Fight Channel and Fight Channel World HD alongside PPV international live events.Fight Channel is 100% localised in the Croatian language and it has exclusive rights for the former Yugoslavia to UFC mixed martial arts.The launch of Fight Channel on M2M TV’s worldwide geo-blocked OTT platform adds to its presence on all major platforms in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia.Fight Channel Word HD is delivered worldwide in English in HD quality and offers different fighting brands than Fight Channel. The channel is currently present in Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Bulgaria, South Africa, Australia, the Philippines, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands.