No related posts. The capital’s San Juan de Dios Hospital will receive millions in aid from the government’s Social Security System (CCSS) orCaja. The investment will of ¢10,147 million ($20 million) will go toward 47 infrastructure projects and equipment.Caja Executive President Ileana Balmaceda said that the projects will include the equipping of 15 operating rooms at the medical facility.“In addition to these works, the Caja is working in 46 additional projects, some already completed, others are in progress, including the services of neurosurgery, urology rooms, hem dialysis and chemotherapy pharmacy,” she added.According to Balmaceda, the Caja is aiming with these projects to improve the hospital services and create a safer facility. Facebook Comments
Brisbane Airtrain brings home global awardBrisbane Airtrain brings home global awardBrisbane Airtrain has received global recognition for its work in connecting travellers to the Gold Coast following the highly anticipated launch of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 tram in December 2017.Airtrain has taken out the highly regarded 2018 Marketing Campaign of the Year Award at the Global AirRail Awards ceremony in London on November 29, beating strong competition from six others, including Stansted Express, Heathrow Express, Hong Kong Airport Express, and Sydney Airport Link.The Global AirRail Awards recognise excellence in improving rail access to and from airports around the world.Airtrain offers seamless travel from Brisbane Airport’s Domestic and International terminals to Surfers Paradise and all major stops in between, with one simple transfer from Airtrain to the G:link tram at Helensvale station.To promote the connection, Airtrain wrapped a tram in a unique design developed in liaison with feedback received from the local community. Judges recognised the ‘Airtrain and Tram’ campaign’s eye-catching and effective messaging that highlighted Airtrain’s position as the best transport option between Brisbane Airport and the Gold Coast.Airtrain CEO, Chris Basche, is proud of the global recognition for the incredible work the Airtrain team put in this year.“We were pleased and proud to play an important role during the Commonwealth Games, and to continue being the preferred and best option for those travelling between Brisbane Airport and the Gold Coast,” said Mr Basche.“There are a lot of people who rely on the accessibility of our service and 12 months on, communities are taking advantage of the connection and we hope to see that number grow for many years to come.“We would not have been able to achieve this award without the support and dedication of our staff, partners and stakeholders. We’ll continue to work towards strengthening our ability to help our current and future passengers recognise the convenience and affordability of the tram connection,” he said.Airtrain is the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to reach Brisbane and the Gold Coast from Brisbane Airport. It is the sole rail service connecting Brisbane Airport to Brisbane CBD with more than 21 million passenger trips taken in the company’s 16 years of operation. In 2017 and 2018, TripAdvisor® awarded Airtrain its Certificate of Excellence for consistently delivering great services to travellers in Queensland.For more information on Brisbane Airtrain or the Airtrain and tram connection, visit Airtrain’s website.Source = Brisbane Airtrain
Categories: Barrett News,News Measure now goes to Senate for consideration 26Feb House approves Rep. Barrett bill clearly defining firearms The Michigan House today approved a package of legislation clearly defining what constitutes a firearm, including one authored by state Rep. Tom Barrett.Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville, introduced House Bill 4156, which clarifies the definition of a firearm to be “any weapon which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive.” The clarification is needed because some BB and pellet guns may be considered firearms under current state law. It is the first of Barrett’s bills to be approved by the House. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support.“Michigan has a patchwork of bills that define firearms in different ways, and that caused confusion and, at times, arrests of people who did not think they possessed a firearm,” Rep. Barrett said. “Because of this lack of clarity, some inexpensive, non-lethal, air-powered devices qualify as firearms under current Michigan statute. Words have specific meaning, and we need to align our laws with a common-sense understanding of what a firearm means. We saw a problem and took action to correct it with meaningful legislation.”Other bills in the package include HBs 4151 through 4155. The measures now go to the Senate for consideration. The reforms are outlined in the Focused on Michigan’s Future, the 2015-16 House Republican Action Plan.#####
State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, who served for 26 years as a firefighter and paramedic in Clinton Township, called on the House Law and Justice Committee to consider legislation to improve protection for police, fire and emergency service personnel during testimony today.“I never felt, because we were the good guys, that we’d ever be targeted when responding to an emergency call,” said Yaroch, while sitting next to EMS Chief John Gallagher of the Clinton Township Fire Department. “I don’t know if I’d feel that way now.”Gallagher supported Yaroch by recounting an emergency services call that he and Yaroch responded to that led to a dangerous situation for all responding units and area residents.Yaroch is the primary sponsor for one of the three bills seeking to protect first responders with House Bill 4585, preventing intimidation or targeting of fire department and emergency medical service personnel. Partner legislation by state Reps. Klint Kesto and Brandt Iden would extend similar protection to police and corrections officials, while also setting guidelines to make violations a felony punishable by up to two years imprisonment.The committee heard testimony from four other police and fire officials, including Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig, in support of the legislation.“Unfortunately, there is a lot of frustration with government and first responders, because they have a patch on their arm that says “City of …” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “We’re sending a message that we are in support of these individuals who maintain our safety, stability and security. We need to stand behind them.”HB 4590, sponsored by Kesto, and 4591, sponsored by Iden, also remain under consideration of the committee. Categories: News,Yaroch News,Yaroch Photos 26Sep Rep. Yaroch, Clinton Township EMS chief speak on need for first responder protection
Categories: Albert News State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.Each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county under the proposed legislation. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.Under the current veterans benefit model, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Lack of funding and sparse access to services has led to inadequate coverage for portions of the state. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location such as a city library.Currently, there are 11 counties in Michigan without an accredited county Veteran Service Officer. This could be due to the number of veterans in the area, lack of funding or because the county partners with neighboring counties.“As a veteran myself, I know just how important the services provided by a veteran service office and accredited case agents are,” Albert said. “This grant will help Ionia County build off the foundation already established and extend the reach of quality services locally.”The legislation, House Bill 5536, now moves to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for consideration. 08Feb Albert: Grant helps expand Ionia County veteran services
Categories: Calley News,News 29May Rep. Calley joins colleagues in impactful occupational licensing plan Legislator: Common-sense measures are employee and employer friendlyLegislation from state Rep. Julie Calley diminishing the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers today was advanced in a vote by the House Local Government Committee.Within the multi-bill plan Calley has sponsored, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to impose licenses on occupations that already are regulated at the state level. If the state requires a license for an occupation that was previously unregulated by the state, a local government would be expected to remove or cease enforcement of its own licensing requirements for that particular profession.“When aspiring employees or entrepreneurs within these fields are deterred from entering the profession due to fees often totaling hundreds of dollars, it naturally creates less competition,” said Calley, of Portland. “Less competition means more cost to Michigan consumers. It’s a lose-lose for the state.”Currently, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) regulates and licenses 15 different occupational professions. The licensing branch is responsible for reviewing applications, processing renewals, issuing licenses or registrations and maintaining records for almost 300,000 professionals throughout the state.The proposal’s main bill, House Bill 5955, creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act. Calley’s bills, HBs 5964-65, are part of companion legislation ensuring cities, villages, townships and counties are in accordance with the new proposal. The bill package advances to the full House for consideration.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 28, 2014; Boulder Daily CameraWhile some may squirm in their seats at the uncomfortable thought of discussing their mortality with a stranger, one nonprofit broaches the subject head-on. Conversations on Death, according to Kitty Edwards, one of the founders, was formed in 2012 in an attempt to change the attitude and culture surrounding the discussion of death. The Colorado-based nonprofit has found a burgeoning, curious audience wishing to delve into what many would think was a morose subject.“We didn’t know if there would be an audience,” said Edwards. “We wanted it to be a collaborative effort, so the conversation would be diverse.”Since being founded by Kitty Edwards and Kim Mooney, coworkers for 22 years at a hospice in Boulder, Colorado, the organization now organizes monthly “Death Cafes” as well as “Death at the Movies” nights, providing individuals a safe forum and space to participate in discussions of death. Most recently, the group has sold out a symposium that is to take place this coming Saturday that focuses on the end of life.Through encouraging easier dialogue on death and dying through these kinds of events and other workshops, the nonprofit seems to provide valuable resources that individuals may not be able find otherwise, given the country’s general defiance to related topics like dying-with-dignity laws.NPQ readers saw this defiance firsthand in AARP’s decision to deny a right-to-die group, Final Exit Network, permission from participating in the healthcare organization’s annual exposition this past September in San Diego. Most recently, Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29-year-old woman, captured national attention when she moved from her home in California to Oregon, one of only five states with a death-with-dignity law, in order to end her life this Saturday. Diagnosed in January with Stage 4 malignant brain cancer, by April, she had been given six months to live. After realizing there was no treatment that would save her life, she considered her options.Instead of succumbing to her illness in what she described in a YouTube video from October 6th as “a terrible, terrible way to die,” Maynard has chosen her path and, in doing so, has put a face to a silent minority in the country who are also choosing to end their lives before a natural, painful death. She has taken the past several months to travel with her family, including a trip to the Grand Canyon, which was on her “bucket list.”In an ironic sort of way, having the opportunity to choose the circumstances of death has taken away the fear, anxiety, and dread and, instead, replaced those emotions with relief. “I will die upstairs in my bedroom with my husband, mother, stepfather, and best friend by my side and pass peacefully. I can’t imagine trying to rob anyone else of that choice,” said Maynard in an opinion piece for CNN. In sharing her journey, Maynard has become the public figure for the nonprofit Compassion & Choices, which is the leading organization “committed to helping everyone have the best death possible.”Through Maynard’s story, uncomfortable conversations about death turn toward a choice few of us could imagine making. Ever since Oregon became the first state to instate a “death with dignity” law 17 years ago, there has been significant pushback and controversy. Much of that is over ethical questions regarding whether doctors’ participation in deliberate attempts to end their patients’ lives violate their code to “do no harm.” A 2013 poll of 2000 doctors by the New England Journal of Medicine found that 67 percent oppose physician-assisted suicide.However, the president of Compassion & Choices, Barbara Coombs Lee, said assisted suicide is much more common and may be taking place informally beyond the five states in which dying with dignity is legal. “In an unauthorized state, when the patient is vocalizing their intention (to die), the conversation has to be in code,” Coombs Lee said. “The physician or nurse might say: ‘Now, this is the amount of sedatives and morphine you should give your loved one—be careful not to give more because that could cause their death.’ Or they might say: ‘Don’t worry about how much morphine to give. Do you understand me? Give as much as he needs.’”For Maynard and others in her situation, there is significant relief in being able to plan their deaths and prepare their families. Similarly, Conversations on Death approaches the topic of death through workshops, gearing individuals with methods of preparing themselves and their families for the aftermath of a death. Mooney, who has been running grief groups for nearly 17 years, has seen firsthand the impact of a “bad death,” which would presumably be characterized by a sudden or violent death after which family members have difficulties coping.To Geo Case, a board member of Conversations on Death, and, perhaps, also Maynard and other participants of assisted suicide, “The more we look at death, (the more) it’s teaching us how to live.”—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share218Tweet6Share2Email226 SharesBy Steven Kevil (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsSeptember 14, 2016; Chicago ReporterWhen public schools are viewed merely as locations for the delivery of educational services, the closing of any particular school is seen as having an impact only on its students and staff. This one-dimensional perspective ignores a larger communal context and significantly understates the effect of a school closing, even a school that is seen as failing its students.Chicago Public Schools (CPS) uses aggressive school closings as a core element in their struggle to manage the challenges many urban school districts face: a shrinking school-age population, weak performance as measured by standardized testing, competition from publicly funded but privately managed charter schools, and inadequate funding. Three years ago, CPS shuttered 43 schools, allowing us time to see the results of school closure.Consciously or not, those who choose which schools to close have disproportionately targeted low-income communities of color. According to a recent article by Courtney Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s Center for Access to Justice:Poorer communities are prime targets for school closures when a school district decides to redistrict because community engagement and organized political power play a significant role when elected officials decide which schools to close. Without a strong financial base, communities have difficulty wielding much political influence, and other demands on their time and resources can be obstacles to meaningful advocacy. The state takeover of the public schools and city budget despite protest from residents illustrates this lack of local political power.Chicago’s pattern did not break this mold. Once the decision has been made to close a school, the school district’s resources turn to the former students of the closed schools and the core task of educating children. The communities, left with vacant school buildings and the loss of a community anchor, are left alone to cope as they can, making a bad situation worse.While the Chicago school district promised to address the aftereffects of their decision, as the 2016–17 year began, only 14 of the 47 buildings closed by CPSD had found new owners with new visions for them. The other schools remain dark and shuttered, adding, as the study by the Chicago Reporter suggests, “another burden to neighborhoods already struggling with a legacy of disinvestment and segregation.”Moreover, according to the Reporter, Chicago’s leaders seemed aware of this potential impact on the community when they made their decision:Faced with widespread criticism that his administration wasn’t listening to the concerns of residents and parents about the long-term impact of the closures, Mayor Rahm Emanuel created an advisory committee on repurposing. Among the recommendations in the committee’s 2014 report: Set aside some of the money from sales of buildings to help with repurposing of schools in more challenging real estate markets. The fund would have provided initial capital to some buyers.However, the report hasn’t spurred much action.Jim Capraro, a committee member and former longtime head of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation, said that the group’s recommendations have not been implemented the way the committee envisioned. A “repurposing fund” designed to help support quick conversion of closed schools for other community beneficial purposes has not been created. Community groups trying to support the repurposing of vacant schools have been on their own seeking the necessary finances.Professor Anderson describes the impact on already struggling communities left with vacant buildings.[First, they] prevent the land from being used in a productive manner. In lieu of a tax-generating vehicle, there exists an unused building. […] Second, the vacant properties attract violence, crime, and illegal activity. Not only do these undesirable elements have negative effects for the residents in the community, but they also drive away potential investors and reduce surrounding property values. Third, the buildings’ dilapidated nature jeopardizes the health of the surrounding community, by posing health risks including increased danger of fires. Finally, the school district must invest resources in maintaining and securing these schools.Vacant properties have negative financial effects on surrounding properties as well. Emory University Law School Professor Frank Alexander summarizes the adverse effects of vacant properties on tax revenues by stating, “[the] failure of cities to collect even two to four percent of property taxes because of delinquencies and abandonment.”In the larger context, closing neighborhood schools has worsened an already difficult situation. Perhaps if the educational and budgetary outcomes were more strategic, their pain might be seen as necessary. The decision to close a school clearly requires more effort than turning off the lights and locking the doors when the last person walks out. Both for the school’s students and for the school’s community, understanding how challenging the transition will be and committing to the hard work to leave no harm behind is the least we can do.—Martin LevineShare218Tweet6Share2Email226 Shares
Multiscreen content delivery specialist Elemental Technologies has announced that French broadcast group TF1 Group is using Elemental Live to support delivery of live and catch-up content for the multiplatform MYTF1 service.MYTF1 is accessible through mobile applications, IPTV services and various websites.TF1 is using Elemental Live to create the content delivered through MYTF1 portals. Most recently, the broadcaster deployed Elemental Live for live event capture and delivery of Rugby World Cup matches to its online viewing audience in France. This involved the formatting of an incoming SDI feed into separate outputs for six different service providers across France. Elemental Live was used to prepare IPTV content to meet the streaming requirements of each ISP from a single platform.“Elemental is proud to partner with the TF1 Group in creating solutions for timely delivery of premium content to consumers in France,” said John Nemeth Elemental director, EMEA. “TF1 is committed to providing subscribers across a wide range of platforms with premium content and we are pleased to play a crucial role in achieving this goal.”
Scandinavian transmission services company and broadcaster Teracom reported an operating profit of SEK376 million (€43 million) for 2011, up from SEK293 million in 2010.The improvement came from better cost management throughout the group and increased sales, primarily for its Boxer pay TV platform in Denmark. The pay DTT platform has attrracted around 300,000 customers, an increase of 180,000.“We have been working methodically in the Danish market to establish Boxer TV as a leading pay TV company and we are going to succeed,” said Crister Fritzson, president and CEO of Teracom Group.During the course of the year, Teracom passed the one million pay TV subscriber mark across all of its pay DTT networks. It ended 2011 with a total of 1.035 million TV customers, an increases of 80,000 year-on-year.Full year revenues increased to SEK4.1 billion from SEK3.9 billion a year earlier.
Analysts expect Netflix to report disappointing second quarter results next week.Forbes reports that analysts anticipate a 96.8% fall in year-on-year earnings when it reports quarterly results on July 24. The forecast loss is, however, smaller than the one analysts were forecasting three months ago. Revenues are expected to continue to increase 12.7%, Forbes says, taking the total to US$888.9 million (€724 million).
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.”
Russian service provider MTS has begun test broadcasting news channel LifeNews HD on its pay TV platform.The channel is available to all subscribers to the MTS Home TV package in Moscow and the Moscow region, and will be extended to MTS networks across the country from the beginning of October.LifeNews is the TV extension of Russian news portal LifeNews.ru.
The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has appointed Nicholas Prettejohn, the former CEO of UK bank Lloyds.Announcing the hire last week, UK culture secretary Maria Miller said that Prettejohn’s “strong financial background will prove invaluable to the Trust.”Prettejohn was formerly managing director of Lloyds’ business development unit, and between 1999 and 2005 was CEO. From 2006 to 2009 he was UK and European chief executive of life insurance and financial services firm Prudential. He has also held non-executive roles at Legal and General and Brit Insurance.He becomes a BBC Trust Member for four-years, starting January 1, 2014.The news comes after the Trust also last week appointed former Sony chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer to its executive board, announcing at the same time a major BBC management shakeup that would establish greater separation between the Trust and the BBC Executive, which looks after the day-to-day management of the BBC.The BBC Trust is led by the Chairman and has 11 other members including the vice-chairman. It is responsible for representing the interests of licence fee payers and holds to account the executive board.
Duck DynastyA+E Networks’ A&E channel has launched in German-speaking territories in Europe. The channel replaces The Biography Channel, taking over the latter’s frequency on distribution platforms.A&E is launching in both standard and high-definition formats, with the HD version available on the Kabelkiosk platform and Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain platform. The channel is available on Sky Deutschland in both Germany and Austria.A&E is also available on cable networks Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia, KabelBW and Primacom, and via Vodafone’s IPTV network. In Switzerland A&E is available on the UPC Cablecom and Swisscable platforms. In Austria, in addition to Sky, it is available via UPC Austria, A1 and Liwest and on mobile via Hutchison 3G Austria.Content on the channel includes Duck Dynasty, Ghost Detectives and Storage Wars. Shows new to Germany include Wahlburgers, the reality show centred around the burger chain owned by actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers. A&E will also show German production Alexander Hartmann – Reality Hacker.
German regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, closed its mobile broadband spectrum auction on Friday, raising a total of €5.08 billion.Germany sold blocks of spectrum to Telefonica Germany, Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone – who paid €1.20 billion, €1.79 billion and €2.09 respectively.In total 270Mhz of spectrum was sold across various frequency bands, including 700Mhz, which is currently used for digital terrestrial television. Spectrum was also sold in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1.5 GHz bands for mobile and fixed communications.Germany kicked off the auction last month and is the first in a wave of European Union countries expected to auction 700 MHz spectrum for mobile broadband use.Plans to reallocate the 700 MHz band from terrestrial broadcasting to wireless broadband in region one (Europe, Africa and the Middle East) were first set in motion at the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2012.Last year, the European Commission’s ‘Lamy Report’ recommended that the 700 MHz spectrum allocation should take place across Europe by 2020 – plus or minus two years – allowing for individual countries to plan and execute their own reallocations of the band. The UK’s 700 MHz auction is expected at some point during the current parliament.
Erik HuggersMusic video service, Vevo, is planning to launch a subscription-based offering to complement its ad-supported business, according to CEO Erik Huggers.Speaking at the Code/Media conference in California the former Intel and BBC executive said: “The move towards subscription, a premium product – that’s something we’re very interested in and very much working towards.”Huggers said Vevo believes in a “dual revenue stream” to build on the company’s progress in 2015 – which he said was the “absolute biggest year in Vevo history”.“Just having an ad-supported model is not sustainable in the long-run. But we do believe that an ad-supported, plus a pay model, makes a tonne of sense,” said Huggers, who would not elaborate on what would be offered on the pay tier.Last year, YouTube launched a standalone YouTube Music app, designed to make it easier to discover music. The service is free, but YouTube said that users can “amplify” their experience by subscribing to its YouTube Red subscription service. This lets YouTube Music users listen to music offline on mobile devices, listen in audio mode without having to load video, and listen to music ‘in the background’ while using other apps.
Manuel CuberoWhile linear TV is still the dominant form of TV consumption in Germany, viewing on mobile devices either via WiFi or LTE is growing massively and there will be a need for ever greater availability of bandwidth, according to a panel of TV operators and broadcasters at ANGA COM this morning.Manuel Cubero, chief commercial officer, Vodafone Deutschland, said that video accounted for 60% of bandwidth in Germany, lower than in other European countries but catching up. Mobile consumption is growing more rapidly than fixed, he said.Cubero said that a few devices used in parallel meant that users would require multi-Gigabit connections. “Vodafone is offering the whole range – cable, the biggest data autobahn, and mobile networks. The general tendency is towards mobility. Customers will ask if they can watch their shows wherever they want but the effort for network owners [to cope with this] will be enormous. However, there will be a seamless experience. Data consumption is increasing. The biggest share of video data is still in our TV spectrum – but mobile will catch up,” said Cubero.Lutz Schuler, CEO of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia, said that it was now commonplace that all available bandwidth is consumed. “We will take it for granted that a single household will have an 8Gbps line,” he said, adding that cable would play the key role in Germany. “How many homes are connected to optical fibre? One per cent. Seventy-five per cent are connected to cable and will have DOCSIS 3.1 soon. We don’t have to plough EUR80-90 million into the ground [to connect everyone].”Schuler said that WiFi, which is “practically ignored” in Germany, would also play a key role. “We don’t have a mobile network. We have a cable network and we put up some antennas,” he said. He said that tests showed the user experience in public WiFi is good and enables people to consume video without reaching their mobile data limits.Schuler said that Unitymedia covered 75% of the population in areas where it is present with fixed networks. “We can also offer 250Mbps and not 50Mbps,” he said.Michael Hagspihl, CEO, residential, Telekom Deutschland, said that Deutsche Telekom was “also a cable network operator” through its partnerships with housing associations with in-building coax infrastructure. However, he said that Telekom was using advanced copper technologies to make high-speed services available more widely. “We are investing in copper networks every year and there will be vectoring technologies and super vectoring technologies not only in retail but in wholesale. That is the technology we rely on. Optical fibre is important. Customers don’t have it yet but if we look at the users, with more members of the family wanting to watch TV at the same time, we will have to expand the bandwidth.”Hagspihl said that mobile coverage would keep improving. Mobile users also had access to Deutsche Telekom WiFi hotspots for free, he said. “We are giving users every option. LTE and WiFi must be combined.”Speaking on the same panel, Conrad Albert, head of legal, distribution and regulatory affairs at ProSiebenSat.1, said that broadcasters had moved further away from traditional ‘camp fire’ viewing towards mobile platforms. He said the reach of linear and non-linear viewing combined is now “phenomenal”.Albert said that linear TV is still necessary. He said that if all views of Germany’s Next Top Model had been online, the network would not have been able to cope.Albert said that Germans are watching more linear TV than ever before. “Linear TV will for the foreseeable future be the medium. Mobile will be next. We need shorter format content for that and shorter advertising messages. If you take these two trends this means that content will require more bandwidth, particularly in mobile.”Tom Buhrow, chief executive of regional public broadcaster WDR, said that “linear TV is still the king”, adding that broadcasters have limited distribution budgets. For the web, the more people that use content, the higher the cost, he said. “You have to invest more to reach more and this is something that we can’t forget.”
Richard BainsMedia services and post-production outfit TVT has hired Scripps Networks group financial controller Richard Bains as VP of finance.Bains led the integration of business units in territories including India, Russia and the UK while at Scripps. He previously also worked for a string of media companies including Fremantle Media, Warner Bros Productions, BBC Global News and Zodiak Entertainment.TVT provides services including ingest, media management and online distribution to clients including Netflix, BBC World News, UKTV, A+E, Scripps Networks, BBC Worldwide and Hulu Japan from offices in London, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney.“Richard is a highly experienced and talented financial expert who has a lot to bring to the role of VP of Finance here at TVT. Having previously held senior positions at a number of TVT’s customers such as Scripps and BBC Global News, he really understands the synergy between our clients and us. I am excited to welcome him to the TVT team and believe he will play an important role as we look to capitalise on new opportunities on an international scale,” said Ian Brotherston, TVT’s CEO.“From my time at Scripps Networks I have been able to see TVT’s work in action and know just how strong the team and offering is in the media services sector. This is an exciting time for the business as it looks to build on its experience and grow in its core markets across the globe. I am looking forward to joining and applying my expertise to help drive this,” said Bains.
François DeplanckCanal+ has inked a deal with Disney and will get first and second window rights to several of the studio’s series and movies for its international service. The deal with The Walt Disney Company also sees a raft of Disney channels carried on Canal+’s Overseas service.The content element of the two-part agreement covers all Disney, Lucas Film, Marvel Studios and Pixar films on the Canal+ platform in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. The deal also includes features from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which are distributed by Disney internationally.The deal kicks in this month and includes new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It also gives Canal+ rights to classic Disney Studios titles including The Jungle Book.TV series included in the deal include comedy series Blackish, which is on ABC in the US and will launch in Canal+ in early 2017.The channels component of the Disney-Canal+ deal will see all of four Disney channels – Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior And Disney Cinema – carried on the Canal+ Overseas platform.The Overseas service, which unlike the core French Canal+ operation is growing healthily, is carried in 25 countries inFrench-speaking Africa, and has about two million subs.“We are delighted with this agreement which allows us to offer our African subscribers the excellent productions of Disney studios and major youth channels for all ages,” said François Deplanck, director of channels and content at Canal+ Overseas.“The match between our family audiences and the content developed by Disney makes this an ideal partnership.”“We are delighted that two million subscribers in Africa are discovering or rediscovering the great Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Star Wars movies and now have access to all of our Disney channels,” added Jean-François Camilleri, country manager The Walt Disney Company for France, Belgium, Holland, Maghreb and Francophone Africa.