Share Posted by Jason Gouveia You can slide to your gate at this world-class airport SINGAPORE — Gone are the days of making a mad dash through an airport to catch your flight. Now you can simply slide down to your gate in record time.Singapore’s Changi Airport, often referred to as the best airport in the world, is making headlines for having not one, but two slides inside their terminals. Though ‘The Slide@T3’ made its debut back in 2010, the four-storey attraction and its smaller sister slide in terminal 4 are creating buzz once again thanks to social media.Btw there’s a huge slide inside Changi Airport – Dunno if it’s for adults but i barely made the height requirement lol pic.twitter.com/3RcSWinj3n— ジェイちゃん (@Jayda_b) February 6, 2017At 12 metres tall, The Slide@T3 spans from Level 1 all the way to Basement 3 and is considered Singapore’s tallest slide and the world’s tallest slide in an airport. It’s not clear when the slide at Terminal 4 opened or how long it is but it looks equally fun, ending at the foot of Changi’s famous ‘red chandelier’ playground.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksYes, a slide and a playground inside an airport. What a time to be alive!For every S$10 spent at Changi Airport in a single, same-day receipt, passengers can redeem one ride at either slide. A maximum of 10 rides per receipt can be redeemed on the same day. Also, riders must meet a minimum height requirement of 1.3 metres, and a maximum height of 2 metres. So for anyone over six feet, sorry but you’re outta luck. You’ll just have to get to your gate the plain ol’ fashioned way – on foot. Tags: Changi Airport, Singapore Wednesday, July 10, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Jason Gouveia Latest posts by Jason Gouveia (see all) Costa Cruises debuts redesigned ‘Costa Extra’ portal for travel advisors – July 24, 2019 You can slide to your gate at this world-class airport – July 10, 2019 Swoop turns one year old today – June 20, 2019
in Headlines, News April 10, 2015 500 Views RedVision Makes New Appointments for Sales, Operations Leadership Positions New Jersey Real Estate Solutions Providers RedVision 2015-04-10 Seth Welborn New Jersey-based RedVision, an independent, nationwide provider of real property title data, search examination, and curative-ready solutions, has appointed Amy Holder to the new executive role of New Jersey sales director and James Sandifer as VP of regional operations for the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions.Holder, who joined RedVision in 2012 as VP for the mid-Atlantic region, has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. The mid-Atlantic region improved significantly and streamlined operating metrics. In her new role as New Jersey sales director, she will bring the same level of expertise to oversee RedVision’s strategic growth and development in the state.”Amy Holder is a proven leader with deep industry expertise, client relations and a strong track record in the title industry, and more specifically, in New Jersey,” said Leanne Zinn-Cox, EVP of sales and marketing. “Her domain knowledge and customer-centric focus ensure that RedVision’s solutions will continue to set the industry standard for title production.”Sandifer’s extensive experience and knowledge of real estate research and title production processes includes serving as production center manager for national production services at First American Title Insurance Company. In his new role with RedVision, he will be directing operations for both the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions for the company.”Sandifer’s career includes over 25 years in the real estate market place. He brings a diverse background of business development, customer management and operations focused in the title industry,” said Michael Carus, president. “I am confident that his leadership and insights will continue to enhance RedVision’s strategic operational excellence.” Share
Yet, don’t expect any finger pointing to take place.“That’s all you can try to do is stay together,” linebacker Daryl Washington said. “You don’t want to do that finger pointing and saying ‘well they need to pick it up, we need to pick it up.’“We gotta just stick together and stay together as a team. We’re a team before anything. We win and we lose as a team.”Washington was also mighty generous when saying that perhaps the defense could have done more in Sunday’s loss. He alone had 11 combined tackles, with one interception and one pass defended. “We left some plays out there on the defensive side of the ball as well,” he said. “We could’ve made some stops at the end when they got the field goal going into halftime and it would’ve been a 13-16 game.”Washington did acknowledge that the defense is playing at a high level right now, and when you force your opponent to give up the ball six times, you normally come away with a win. “When you play like that you kind of think that nine times out of 10, you’re gonna win the game,” he said. “I think that’s the most frustrating thing that when you do play well on the defensive side of the ball like we did against a good offense and you don’t come out with the win, it’s just difficult, it’s frustrating.” The Arizona Cardinals go back to the drawing board again this week as they come off a 23-19 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta. It was their sixth consecutive defeat and it came despite an incredible performance by the defense. Arizona forced six Atlanta turnovers Sunday with five Matt Ryan interceptions and one Jason Snelling fumble. On the other side of the ball, the offense was 2-for-16 on third down and recorded only 178 yards of total offense. The defense repeatedly put the offense in good field position, and repeatedly the offense failed to capitalize. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Falcons’ Matt Ryan became the first quarterback since Green Bay’s Bart Starr in 1967 to win a game despite throwing five interceptions and zero touchdowns, a statistic that has made the rounds over the last day or so.Washington and the rest of the Cardinals’ defense is not taking the bait that the media and other analysts are putting out there; they instead will continue to shoulder some of the blame for the losses and still feel they have room to improve.“You try to figure out what can you do better next time to build momentum,” Washington said. “Defensively as a team we played pretty well, they just made more plays than we did.” – / 18 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
By Annette ChrysostomouTHE Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) has announced that a number of issues related to the registration of persons entitled to Gesy have been concluded and the problem of drug shortages is being addressed.Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou is expected to submit a proposal to the cabinet on Monday, under which medicines in stock in the public sector will be distributed to private pharmacies in a move to address the shortages on the market.As there are currently drugs which are not available in private pharmacies, and the private sector is not allowed to substitute them with exchangeable drugs, transferring them from the public to the private sector will solve the problem.“We hope by the end of September, we will completely have solved the shortcomings,” the head of the Pancyprian Pharmaceutical Association Eleni Piera said.In addition, public outpatient pharmacies will be closed until the end of August, Piera added. Under Gesy, the public pharmacies will only be for inpatients, she stressed.She also clarified that vaccines for the private sector will not be given to pharmacists but to paediatricians to cover a free vaccine programme developed by the health organisation.Based on new arrangements, persons falling under the following categories may proceed with their registration process to Gesy: Those with Cypriot ID cards with code 00+, who, at the recommendation of the migration and civil registry department, have one of the following nationalities: British, South African, Australian, Canadian, American, Greek, Congolese or Sudanese.“As per a relevant assessment of the civil registry and migration department, Cyprus IDs with code 00+ and citizenship other than those mentioned above, as well as Cyprus IDs with code 05+ of persons without Cypriot citizenship, are invalid,” the health organisation warned.“As a result, their holders are not considered eligible Gesy beneficiaries. These persons are advised to contact the department towards requesting the issue of valid identification documents and permits e.g. apply for appropriate residence permits /obtain Cypriot citizenship, as applicable.”Birth certificates with code 03+ which concern children born in the Republic of Cyprus who do not have Cypriot nationality, but have been issued with a birth certificate by the authorities of the Republic, can proceed to enroll in Gesy using the number written on their birth certificate (03+ΧΧΧΧΧΧ).These children must acquire relevant residence permits. As such, shortly following their registration to the Gesy, the HIO will be requesting the submission of a valid residence permit for such children towards confirmation of their eligibility as Gesy beneficiaries. Therefore, parents are advised to take all necessary measures to acquire the appropriate residence permits for their children in order to avoid the possibility of de-registration of their children from the health scheme.Persons who have expired permits (up to nine months) and their permit renewal is pending, can proceed to submit a Gesy enrollment request.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday said he would deal at his own discretion with the issue that has risen concerning a possible conflict of interest in the employment of the head of the board of the organisation of state health services (Okpy), Sir David Nicholson.Auditor-general, Odysseas Michaelides, called on Thursday on the cabinet to examine, as a matter of urgency, the possibility of a conflict of interest in the employment of Sir David at the helm of Okpy that is overseeing the implementation of the national health system (Gesy).In an urgent letter, Michaelides asked the cabinet to review the appointment of Sir David as head of Okpy, citing the legal opinion by the Attorney-general who said that at first glance there seemed to be a conflict of interest.The AG said he would like more information about Nicholson’s connection with KPMG and the exact services he had provided the health ministry.KPMG has won the government contract to make state hospitals autonomous as part of the health system.Nicholson had said he was a senior consultant at KPMG on health schemes when declaring other interests. KPMG Cyprus said he was not an employee of the local branch but an external associate of KPMG International between 2015 and 2017.“I will handle it at my discretion, and as the Attorney-general rightly points out, some facts are missing,” Anastasiades said.In response to Michaelides’ call, he said that the president was the one to decide when the cabinet would convene and “not anyone else.”The medical association, that called on its members on Friday to boycott Gesy, said in a written statement that the issue concerning Sir David’s appointment was “yet another example of thehaphazard and problematic plans that govern the proposed changes in public health.”CyMA said that both the actions of the Auditor-general and the ruling of the AG justify its reservations and confirm “our concerns for the way hospital autonomy is being pursued.” You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Featured news,News,VanSingel News State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, will hold his first official in-district office hours with residents of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties beginning in February. “I want to get to know all the residents that I represent so that they are assured I am invested in the future of their families, our local communities and this great state,” said Rep. VanSingel. “I will host office hours on a regular basis every month and I encourage everyone to come meet with me to share their ideas, concerns and issues regarding Michigan’s state agencies or legislation.”On Friday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 24, Rep. VanSingel will be available to meet with residents at the following times and locations:Friday, Feb. 3: 8 to 9:30 a.m. – Pink Elephant, Hart 10 to 11 a.m. – Good Stuff’s, Pentwater Noon to 1 p.m. – Brown Bear, Shelby 23Jan Rep. VanSingel announces February office hours Friday, Feb. 24: 7:30 to 9 a.m. – Daniel’s, Hesperia 10 to 11 a.m. – One East Main, Fremont Noon to 1 p.m. – Newaygo County Building, White CloudThose unable to attend district office hours can contact the representative by email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov or by calling 1-(855)-DIST-100.##### Tags: #SB
Categories: Iden News,News 14Jun House passes Rep. Iden bill allowing cybersecurity volunteer work The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo, which would allow volunteers to assist in defending against cybersecurity attacks in Michigan.Iden’s bill creates the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which gives volunteers the opportunity to provide cyber-defense services to local governments, nonprofits, private businesses, educational organizations and other entities.These volunteers will be shielded from civil liability lawsuits, which are the same protections provided to state employees and volunteers as part of the Michigan Government Liability for Negligence Act.“Cyber-attacks are an increasing threat to the security of our records and information,” Iden said. “This model legislation allows for Michigan’s brightest minds to become cyber-defenders and help us combat these threats through volunteer service.”House Bill 4508, which received bipartisan support in a House vote and when it was reported by the House Communications and Technology Committee on May 23, advances to the Senate for further consideration.
Share14Tweet5ShareEmail19 SharesJuly 9, 2018; ShareableEarlier this month, the Co-operative Party in the UK released a report “outlining a strategy to double the size of the UK’s cooperative sector by 2030,” writes Aaron Fernando for Shareable. The Co-operative Party aligns with the British Labour Party. At present, 38 MPs (members of parliament) out of Labour’s 259 seats are also Co-operative Party members. Last year, the Labour Party’s manifesto (party platform) contained the express commitment “to double the size of the cooperative sector in the UK.”In an attempt to make that commitment workable, the Co-operative Party commissioned a report authored by Mathew Lawrence, Andrew Pendleton, and Sara Mahmoud from the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a London-based think tank. Titled Co-operatives Unleashed, the study, notes Fernando, “reviews the current state of the co-op sector in the UK, features case studies from other European nations, provides a snapshot of existing hurdles for the co-op sector, and offers policy recommendations for advancing this sector.”In 2017, the United Kingdom had about 6,000 co-ops with 13.6 million members. While impressive, in a nation of more than 65 million, this is less than many countries. “Germany has a co-operative sector four times the size of the UK’s as a proportion of GDP and France six times, while in the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and New Zealand co-operatives amount to between 5 and 10 percent of GDP compared to 2 percent in the UK,” note Lawrence and his colleagues. In short, the goal of a UK co-op sector that’s double the size is certainly achievable.The report identifies five major strategies to expand co-ops. These are:A new legal framework for co-operativesFinance that serves the co-operative agendaDeepening co-operative capabilities through a Co‐operative Development AgencyTransforming business ownershipAccelerating community wealth building initiativesThe proposed new legal framework would include a provision similar to the one in Italian co-op law that creates indivisible reserves, which, as the term suggests, cannot be divided and distributed to member-owners, but in exchange remain in the company, are exempt from corporate tax, and are available for reinvestment. As for finance, the report suggests the government should make it easier for co-ops to raise capital through nonvoting preferred shares and create a National Investment Bank that might lend to co-ops and other social enterprises. The report also promotes enabling recipients of unemployment insurance to apply for grants to help them create their own jobs through co-op businesses.The Co-operative Development Agency proposed in the report would support a wide range of activities, including sharing information, promoting common digital infrastructure and back-end supports, and providing technical assistance for new co-op development. As in the United States, conversion of existing businesses to employee ownership is seen as a tool to preserve employment and share business ownership more broadly. The authors note that throughout the UK, “there are around 120,000 family‐run small and medium enterprises…expected to undergo a transfer of ownership in the next three years. If just five percent of these businesses were supported to make the transition to employee ownership or one of the other mutual or co‐operative models available in the UK, then the number of entities in the sector would double.”Lastly, the report advocates for “innovative place-based community wealth building and local industrial strategies,” citing the effort in Preston, a city of about 140,000 people north of Liverpool that has increased local procurement from five percent to 18.2 percent in four years through a concerted effort to connect local businesses to meeting local government business needs.As Fernando notes, “The strategy is multifaceted and ambitious, but the goal is for it to take place gradually over the next twelve years.”Ben West, who works for the Co-operative Party, adds, “The mission now is as it was in the beginning: to stand up for the interests of the co-operatives that exist in the UK, where there are laws that are holding back their expansion. We want to create a favorable environment for cooperatives.”—Steve DubbShare14Tweet5ShareEmail19 Shares
Discovery has hired Andrew Jackson, the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, in a key international production role.The international factual broadcaster has hired Jackson, one of the producers behind blue-chip titles including Planet Earth and Life, as executive vice-president, production and development, landmark series and specials.He will be part of Discovery’s creative team to develop and produce high-end documentaries and will be based in the UK, reporting to Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks.Jackson, who was head of the British public broadcaster’s Natural History Unit, based in Bristol, has previously worked closely with Discovery on a number of international coproductions including Frozen Planet.“Andrew is one of the best in the business. He shows true passion for his work and isn’t afraid to take risks. He will bring to Discovery his vast experience in natural history and science, two of our core genres,” said O’Neill.
BBC Worldwide Channels’ factual and natural history channel BBC Knowledge is launching in Romania and Hungary on RCS & RDS and DIGI’s pay TV platforms.The channels will launch in the basic packages of Romanian operator RCS & RDS and Hungarian operator DIGI on January 1. The deal also involved the launch of BBC Entertainment on both platforms on December 1.Ian McDonough, senior vice-president and general manager EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels, said: “We are delighted to enter into a relationship with RCS & RDS and DIGI to introduce BBC Knowledge to Romania and Hungary for the first time. BBC Knowledge is our flagship channel brand and is home to the high quality, awe-inspiring factual programmes that people recognise and love from the BBC. Central and eastern Europe is a dynamic and important market for us so we hope this will be the first of many new launches for BBC Knowledge in the territory over the coming year. We are also pleased that this new agreement will allow us to grow the reach of our pan-regional BBC Entertainment channel into a significant number of new homes”
Belgacom has signed a carriage deal with Netflix, at the same time as it begins to group all of its Belgacom and Proximus products together under the Proximus brand. The Belgian telco announced today that its customers will be able to watch Netflix directly via Proximus TV later this year.Belgacom said it will start to install the Netflix app on new-generation Proximus TV decoders at the end of 2014 and will eventually roll it out to all Proximus TV customers.“Netflix is without doubt a new player which has been very eagerly awaited; I’m proud to announce this partnership which reflects the dynamics of our new brand and enables us to offer an amazing experience to our customers on Proximus TV,” said Belgacom’s chief consumer market officer Phillip Vandervoort.Separately Belgacom has from today established Proximus as its main commercial brand, a change that company CEO Dominique Leroy described as “a fundamental part of our growth strategy.”The firm, which first said it would make Proximus its sole main brand back in March, said that the change made sense as fixed, mobile and IT technologies increasingly converge.“The company can combine different services in an optimal way to serve its customers – both consumers and small and large organisations – anytime and anywhere. It doesn’t matter whether that is via a TV, smartphone, tablet, PC or another device. And with Proximus as the overarching brand, the company’s communication to customers about that offer will also become much simpler,” said Belgacom.Changes, such as a new Proximus TV interface, will be rolled out over the coming weeks. Belgacom has also launched a new Proxiums logo and ‘always close’ tagline.Netflix launched in Belgium earlier this month as part of latest round of European expansions. In the same week, it also rolled out to Luxembourg, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Three quarters of the world’s TV homes are now digital, up from 40% of homes in 2010, according to Digital TV Research.According to Digital TV Research’s latest Digital TV World Databook, about 584 million digital TV homes were added across 138 countries between 2010 and 2015, taking the number of digital TV households to 1.17 million homes.Of the homes added over the five-year period, 156 million came from homes taking digital-terrestrial TV only, while digital cable contributed a further 231 million.IPTV additions amounted to 88 million, compared with 67 million for pay satellite TV.According to Digital TV Research, there were still 398 million analogue terrestrial and cable TV households by the end of 2015, down from 863 million at the end of 2010.The Asia Pacific region contributed 381 million of the additions over the 2010-15 period, taking the digital total for the region to 608 million. China, the largest digital TV nation, had 339 million digital TV homes by the end of 2015.Global pay TV homes – both analogue and digital – numbered 907 million by 2015, up from 716 million at the end of 2010, with Asia Pacific contributing two thirds of the global additions to take its total to 520 million. Digital pay TV homes numbered 771 million in 2015.Pay TV revenues amounted to US$206 billion in 2015, up 19.4% on the 2010 figure, according to Digital TV Research, with the US accounting for 10 times the revenues notched up by second placed China.
Belgium’s Telenet is set to launch WIGO, an “all-in” telecoms package that will let users make unlimited national mobile and landline calls, surf the net and watch TV on any screen.The Liberty Global-backed cable operator said that the service is a response to changing consumer behaviour, with customers now “permanently connected” and less likely to “differentiate between fixed and mobile services”.“We have noticed that more and more customers and companies are no longer interested in which technology is used to connect them. Customers want to move on and it is up to us to facilitate this requirement using the easiest possible method,” said Telenet’s senior vice-president of residential marketing, Jeroen Bronselaer.“We are removing the barrier between fixed and mobile services in terms of both usage and charges/invoicing, because WIGO allows every family member or everyone in the company to make unlimited calls in Belgium, watch TV on any screen, surf the most powerful internet in Flanders and use a generous ‘bundle’ of mobile data – at a fixed price.”WIGO, which is due to launch on June 20, is available with three different mobile ‘data bundles’, which can be shared in line with the requirements of individual family members or company employees.The packages, which all include unlimited fixed and mobile calls in Belgium and digital TV, are available to families with either 2GB, 5GB or 10GB of mobile data. Businesses can opt for 4GB, 10GB or 15GB mobile data packages.
Middle East and North Africa streaming service Icflix is expanding its footprint in Tunisia by striking a strategic partnership with Orange Tunisie.Icflix will offer Orange Tunisie customers the ability to subscribe to its service, giving them access to ‘Jazwood’ Arabic movies and TV shows available online alongside Hollywood and Bollywood content.According to Icflix Orange Tunisie prepaid and hybrid customers will be able to watch more than 20,000 hours of content for monthly, weekly or daily subscription plans.A limited promotional offer for new customers who subscribe to Icflix’s monthly premium subscription will receive two months of the Icflix streaming service free of charge.Icflix’s offering includes Tunisian movies El Ziara, The Last Mirage and Borders of Heaven alongside movies such as The Giver, St. Vincent and The Rover.“Orange Tunisie customers will have the freedom to watch what they want and when they want on up to five devices, and we will ensure their customers receive the best of Icflix content with ease and uncompromising quality. Subtitles and alternate audio options are also available to make sure the content is accessible for French, and Arabic speakers,” said Amine Lalami, chief commercial officer, Icflix.“Our partnership with Icflix is a valuable step forward aiming to enrich our content offer and make our customers benefit from a major SVOD service in the MENA region,” said Anis Gouesmi, VAS Manager, Orange Tunisia.
France’s TF1 Group and Italy’s Mediaset have bought into ProSiebenSat.1’s Studio71, with the German media group taking a stake in TF1’s Finder Studios, as Europe’s multichannel network market consolidates.In what’s being described as a strategic digital media alliance, TF1 and Mediaset will take stakes of 6.1% and 5.5% respectively in Germany- and US-based MCN Studio71.This values Studio71 at €400 million (US$426.1 million), and leaves ProSiebenSat.1 with a 70% ownership stake.The transaction includes Munich-based ProSiebenSat.1 taking a minority stake in TF1’s premium MCN business, Finder Studios, subject to approval from German and Austrian competition authorities.Furthermore, ProSiebenSat1. and Mediaset have created a joint venture to roll out the Studio71 business model – which comprises marketing, monetisation, distribution and production of webvideo content – in the Italian market.This means Studio71, which claims around 500 million video views a month in German-speaking territories and six billion worldwide, will push into new European markets following debuts in Germany, the US, Canada, the UK and Austria.Studio71 was founded in 2013 in Germany, and now has eight offices and nearly 200 employees. As a result of the new deals, new offices will launch in Paris and Milan.The US arm, previously Collective Digital Studio, has been trading under the Studio71 banner since January 2016.The wider group was known as Collective Studio71 after a transformational merger between Collective and ProSiebenSat.1’s MCN business in July 2015, however, the Studio71 moniker was made the operatingbusiness name in January 2016.“The partnership with TF1 Group and Mediaset gives us access to key European markets where the online video market is just now really picking up momentum and promising significant potential,” said Christof Wahl, member of the executive board, digital and COO at ProSiebenSat.1 Group.“With the united marketing power of our media companies, we have an attractive ecosystem with which we can generate additional income and continue Studio71’s digital success story.”Olivier Abecassis, VP, innovation and digital at TF1, said the partnership was “absolutely in line with the strategy being driven by TF1’s CEO Gilles Pélisson, and with the Group’s new ambitions in digital”.“By taking a stake in Studio71, the TF1 Group is positioning itself in the global digital ecosystem alongside two of Europe’s leading media groups, and by becoming the operator of Studio71 France, we are bolstering our presence in multi-platform premium online video, and our status as a key partner for emerging web creatives”.For Mediaset, the ProSiebenSat.1 model will help drive revenues, according its chief digital officer, Pierpaolo Cervi. “We join a digital global partner like Studio71, with a deep broadcaster DNA, in order to build a leading player in the Italian market for the editorial management and monetisation of digital talents, to maximise the distribution of Mediaset TV contents on internet and to boost synergies between TV and web,” he said.TF1 and Mediaset are already members of the ‘European Media Alliance’, which is a network of European broadcasters committed to creating common synergies and investment opportunities in the digital space, which ProSiebenSat.1 founded in 2014.
For consumers, the VR market has the potential to “replace television” as the sector balloons in the next five years, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.“Virtual reality is likely to have implications both in the world of consumers and commercial users. For example, on the commercial side, VR can also help decision makers plan the outlook of a retail space, and even visualize concepts about products before they are manufactured,” said Frost & Sullivan in a report titled ‘Future Applications of Virtual Reality’.“For consumers, it is likely to replace television, social networks, game consoles and even smartphone, as a medium that people plug in to consume content or interact with others across the globe.”Based on its research, the company claims that the global VR hardware and software market is expected to grow from US$1.37 billion (€1.29 billion) in 2015 to US$33.90 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 57.8% between 2016 and 2022.Frost & Sullivan points out that VR is “different and unique” for the users compared to watching a movie or playing a video game, as the user is allowed to become an active participant in an environment which is entirely detached from reality.
Netflix’s Stranger Things was by far the most ‘in-demand’ digital original in Spain in the week commencing December 11, according to Parrot Analytics’ latest data on the market.Stanger ThingsHowever, it was Netflix that was the big winner in the week December 11-17, with every digital original listed in Parrot’s top 10 poll hailing from the subscription video-on-demand giant.Stranger Things has topped Parrot’s list in markets including Denmark, the UAE and South Africa in recent months and garnered 10.87 million in-demand expressions in the Spanish market.This placed it far ahead of second-place Dark, another Netflix Original, which averaged 3.93 million demand expressions in Spain. The supernatural thriller series is Netflix’s first German-language original and went live on the service earlier this month.The number three slot on the Spanish list was taken by The Crown with 3.52 million demand expressions. Narcos, came in at number four and was the highest-ranking Spanish-language production on the list.The other titles in the top 10 were Marvel’s The Punisher, Las Chicas Del Cable, Black Mirror, Orange is the New Black, Marvel’s the Defenders and Sens8.Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols and file-sharing platforms.
Pay TV revenues are set to grow in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) between 2017 and 2023 but at a lower rate than subscription numbers, according to Digital TV Research.The Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report said the figures indicate that average revenues per user (ARPU) must be falling in the region.Across the 13 Arab-speaking countries in the region, the research estimates that pay TV revenues will grow by 24% from US$1.18 billion in 2017 to US$1.46 billion in 2023 – despite pay TV subscriptions rising by 47% over the same period to 5.84 million.Digital TV Research principal analyst, Simon Murray, said that the MENA region “has always been difficult for pay TV” due to rampant piracy and many homes receiving free-to-air channels.However, he added that beIN is “shaking up the market” by taking on long-established rival OSN with a strong slate of exclusive sports rights and more entertainment content.While OSN has exclusive long-term deals with all the Hollywood studios it has struggled to push much beyond one million subscribers, according to the study, which estimates that beIN will overtake OSN by subscriber numbers in 2018 and by revenues in 2022. “Competition is increasing – not only from beIN, but also from the multitude of SVOD platforms that have launched in recent years,” said Murray. “These platforms compete more directly against OSN than beIN due to their emphasis on drama. No SVOD platforms can compete against beIN with live sports provision.”“OSN’s reaction was to cut its subscription prices substantially in February 2017. Digital TV Research believes that further cuts will be made as OSN struggles to hold on to its subscriber base until its fees are just above beIN’s.”Digital TV Research predicts that OSN’s revenues will be US$498 million in 2023 – down from US$700 million in 2015. It expects beIN’s revenues to double between 2016 and 2023. By 2023, beIN is forecast to have 1.87 million satellite TV subscribers, compared to OSN’s 1.46 million.Overall, across the 20 countries covered in the MENA report, Digital TV Research predicts that pay TV revenues will fall in 2018 and be flat in 2018, before starting a “slow recovery”. In 2023 it expects revenues to reach US$3.62 billion – up 7.8% compared to 2017.In Israel it expects pay TV revenues to fall from more than US$1 billion in 2015 to US$767 million in 2023 as cheaper OTT platforms force traditional pay TV operators to lower their fees.
Satellite operators Intelsat and Telenor Satellite have agreed to extend their partnership at the 1° West orbital slot.Intelsat has taken additional capacity on the Thor 5 and Thor 7 satellites, providing it with space to grow its DTH business in central and eastern Europe.Intelsat said that the agreement would enable it to support the growth of its media customers bringing content to and from the region as well as enhance access to Intelsat’s own DTH platform at 1° West.The orbital slot serves over 2.2 million DTH households in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.“The agreement with Intelsat is core to our broadcast household reach within Central and Eastern Europe and it is essential in order to continue the positive development in the region. We have a strong and positive commercial relationship with Intelsat, which we look forward to proceed,” said Ole Ledang, Director of the Broadcasting Division of Telenor Satellite.“The 1º West neighborhood delivers significant advantages to broadcasters who are looking to expand their channel distribution in this fast -growing market,” says Rob Cerbone, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Media, stated, “Through our partnership with Telenor, we are able to meet our customers’ increasing broadcast demands, facilitate their growth objectives and provide them with quick, cost-efficient access to DTH and cable systems in Central and Eastern Europe.”