Wilks said Wednesday at the combine that he liked Mathieu’s skillset and would mesh well with how the coach’s former team, the Carolina Panthers, played as a heavy-blitzing squad.“When you look at the skillset that he has, I think he can do so much,” Wilks told reporters in Indianapolis. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals continue evaluating how their returning players fit in the system employed by first-year head coach Steve Wilks, and that includes determining how 25-year-old defensive back Tyrann Mathieu figures into the team’s future.Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he was evaluating the future of all players when he was asked by a reporter if the team was operating as if Mathieu will be on the roster upon the new league year on March 14. 23 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s what we’re doing right now with our coaching staff is looking not only at Tyrann but every player, and see how they fit,” Keim said. “So how do they fit (with) what we’re asking them to do schematically, but where they fit from a salary standpoint — all those things moving forward.“And there’s a lot of moving parts: What we’re potentially going to do in free agency, how that affects our cap situation. And I feel like we have a pretty good grasp on that.”Related LinksNFL.com’s Rosenthal: Cardinals’ Mathieu a trade candidate to watchMathieu seems quite aware that while he’s under contract, the team could potentially move in a different direction. It’s a business 😎 https://t.co/1l5OPGuGOq— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) February 28, 2018Mathieu signed a five-year contract extension in 2016, but the Cardinals can use the next few weeks to evaluate whether his projected production is worth the price tag.The defensive back will be paid $5.75 million in base salary for 2018 but has $8 million of his 2019 salary guaranteed if he’s on the Cardinals by March 14. He also has a $5 million roster bonus owed on March 16, per Spotrac.com.Mathieu is the fourth-highest cap hit ($14.1 million) on the Cardinals’ roster for 2018, according to Spotrac.com. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
US-based broadcaster Scripps Networks Interactive has appointed Jonathan Sichel as managing director of the company’s operations in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company’s UK-based operations includes Food Network UK, Food Network South Africa, Fine Living Network and Travel Channel International, which the company acquired earlier this year. Based in London, Sichel will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s wholly owned and controlled international operations in the EMEA territory with a focus on expanding channel distribution on television and digital platforms, developing the company’s lifestyle media brands throughout the region, and increasing viewership and revenues. Sichel will report to Bob Baskerville, chief international operating officer for Scripps Networks Interactive.Sichel joined the company in 2009 when it acquired Travel Channel in the US.“Jonathan Sichel is a talented, thoughtful and intelligent media executive who fully understands the value of building powerful and distinctive lifestyle brands in the global marketplace,” said Jim Samples, president of international operations for Scripps Networks Interactive. “As we work toward achieving our ambitious international growth objectives, it’s imperative that we have leaders of Jonathan’s caliber in place to provide the highest level of creative, disciplined and inspiring leadership.”
Cable operator UPC Austria has tapped Teleste to supply its CATVisor Argus network management software (NMS) to monitor more than 3,800 active elements in its network. CATVisor Argus NMS is the fifth generation of Teleste’s CATVisor NMS, which the company describes as a multi-user client–server-based network management system used for monitoring, controlling and configuring network elements in a wired network environment.UPC Austria’s network operations centreThe CATVisor Argus software supports all Teleste headend and HFC products, as well as third party products that support HMS and SNMP.As new network products are able to produce large volumes of data, CATVisor Argus enables monitoring and managing this data, according to Teleste. The software allows the user to keep track of the HFC network and to preempt to problems. The software is well compatible with Teleste’s intelligent HFC products and supports features such as preventive maintenance and diagnostics.Argus offers a redesigned server application from previous versions of CATVisor. This allows fast and reliable development, a versatile and efficient database, and advanced APIs for easy integration with other management systems, according to Teleste.Teleste said that UPC Austria chose CATVisor in part because it enables the management of legacy Teleste HFC products and the management of third party products via HMS/SNMP, and is easily integrted with other management systems via the REST HTTP API, along with other technical innovations.Since the first installation of the NMS system in 2013, the goal has been to integrate all network elements of the UPC Austria network into the NMS, regardless of manufacturer.CATVisor Argus is now in use at UPC Austria, managing and monitoring more than 3,800 active network elements. These include Teleste products, such as fibre nodes, as well as products from four other manufacturers.Franz Baumgarten, senior director, network engineering, UPC Austria, said: “We are pleased to have Teleste’s CATVisor Argus running an NMS system that allows us to keep track of our entire network, regardless of manufacturer. This helps us a lot in the early detection of possible sources of error in the network.”Wilfried Lehmbruck, vice-president of sales Europe, VBS NP Teleste, said: “The good cooperation with UPC Austria has helped us a lot with CATVisor Argus, which now probably has the most advanced multi-vendor NMS system.”Teleste will exhibit at ANGA COM on stand 7.G31
British dramas Bodyguard, Killing Eve and McMafia were the top programmes requested on BBC iPlayer in 2018, according to official BBC stats.BodyguardThe broadcaster said that the first episode of Bodyguard was its online streaming service’s biggest ever programme, with 10.8 million requests across the year.All six episodes of the drama appear in iPlayer’s top ten programmes of the year, with the other four spots occupied by episodes of Killing Eve.The first episode of Killing Eve notched up 9.2 million requests, making it the second most-popular single programme of the year.In series terms, McMafia was the third most popular show, with episode one receiving 4.7 million requests on iPlayer. Doctor Who took fourth place, followed by Keeping Faith, The Cry and Dynasties.“In 2018 we saw people who use iPlayer increasing the amount of time that they spend watching programmes on it,” said Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC.“Over the last 12 months viewers have enjoyed an increased number of box sets, along with other upgrades such as a selection of live Ultra HD programmes and increased personalisation.“In a fiercely competitive market, with global streaming companies investing more and more in content, the challenge for 2019 is how to ensure that audiences can enjoy the full range and breadth of BBC programmes on iPlayer.”For the full run-down of iPlayer stats, click here.