Cleartrip proposes increase of listings and cities on Activities app

first_imgCleartrip aims to include 300-400 activities from 30 cities on its new Activities app vertical by March 2016. The Activities app, which is part of the main Cleartrip mobile app, offers a range of 150 themes like culinary classes, food walks, segway tours, luxury bike rentals, yachting, adventure, go karting, photography trails, hiking, kids’ trips, day outings, and night treks. Samyukth Sridharan, President and COO, Cleartrip, informed that following the expansion of activities listing, Cleartrip intends to expand by getting more cities onboard. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows, with the activities prices starting from Rs 200.Recently, Cleartrip joined hands with SBI Card, whereby customers can carry out transaction on their website using the SimplyCLICKSBI Card and earn 10 times the reward points on the purchases made. The Card comes at a fee of Rs 499 and could be used at all merchant outlets within India and abroad.last_img read more

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NASHVILLE Tenn – When fourpiece hard rock band

first_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When four-piece hard rock band Halestorm went back into the studio to work on their fourth album, they had already thrown out a bunch of songs they felt sounded too much like songs they had recorded before.Led by frontwoman Lzzy Hale, the group has been dealing with critics for years saying they leaned too pop and didn’t shred hard enough. But the band wasn’t trying to please everyone, because they just wanted to keep evolving.“We’re on our fourth record on a major label and we won a Grammy Award, and there’s this misconception that you’ve had the success and therefore it gets easier,” said 34-year-old Hale. “It really doesn’t because you’ve put so much out in the world and you’re like, ‘OK, what’s next?’”Their new album “Vicious,” out Friday, came out of a lot of experimentation in a Nashville, Tennessee studio working with acclaimed rock producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with bands like Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains. Hale and her brother Arejay Hale, Joe Hottinger and Josh Smith have been performing together for more than 15 years and Raskulinecz wanted to capture that live sound as much as possible.The Pennsylvania-based band will also start the second leg of a tour with all female-fronted rock bands — including In This Moment and New Year’s Day — on Friday in Kansas City, with additional stops in Albany, Seattle and San Francisco. A third leg of the tour was just added starting in November.Lzzy Hale and Hottinger, who plays guitar, talked with The Associated Press about dealing with critics, finding new inspiration and touring with other female rockers. Answers have been edited for clarity and brevity._____AP: What was it like in the studio this time?Hottinger: We were really like, “How do we push this band forward? How do we do something interesting that’s hard rock these days?” Because it seems like it’s really hard to find good rock music and something that is pushing the boundaries a little bit. And (Nick) is like, “Well, let’s just start with the four of you in a room and who’s got a riff? We’ll start there.”Hale: He was a Halestorm fan before we ever started working together. So when we would be excited, like this is really cool, he would say, “No, no, no. I’ve seen what you can do live. I know you can sing harder, I know you can play faster, I know your brother can be crazier. Let’s push everything that makes you guys who you are. Let’s push it forward.”AP: Is there a democratic process to making decisions as a band?Hale: It’s interesting because we’ve been a four-piece for over 15 years now and it’s interesting how you settle into your roles. Everybody has a tremendous amount of respect to what everybody brings to the table. And not everybody has to be interested in the same thing.AP: Do you pay attention to critics and reviews of your albums?Hale: We pay attention to critics and reviews, but we’ve never paid any mind to what people think of us. I think that comes with literally growing up on the stage. Since we were 13 we were performing.Hottinger: Like the first record came out and nobody really cared and the only thing you’d see about us was positive things ’cause people would take the time because they were excited.Hale: We always said once people started hating on us, then we’ve got it.Hottinger: You can’t make everyone happy and we’re not going to. I think it’s great actually when you get some of the good, creative criticism.Hale: We’ve always been our biggest critics and like any obstacle that is in front of us or judgment that’s in front of us, we usually put it there.AP: That feels like a theme throughout the album, especially on songs like “Uncomfortable,” of being unapologetic.Hale: I was trying to figure out how to be OK with not being the person that makes everybody happy. And writing an album and moving this band forward specifically for myself and my bandmates and not for anybody else. So it came through very honestly in the lyrics.AP: By touring with other female-fronted rock bands, did you hope to change perceptions about what rock fans will pay to see?Hale: Halfway through this tour we realized the audience is no longer 60/40 male to female, which is usually kinda what happens at a rock show. It’s either 50/50 or it’s completely turned on its head. So we’re seeing this kind of sea of girls that are like us. We’re kind of proving on this tour that this heavy music is genderless.Hottinger: You look at the crowd and there’s these girls that are like embracing these traditionally masculine moments, like heavy moments or these screams, and these girls are loving it. And you realize these are just rock ‘n’ roll moments and there’s no gender.Hale: I think the goal with this next leg is to really show these girls that this is a place for you._____Online:http://www.halestormrocks.com/_____Follow Kristin M. Hall at Twitter.com/KMHall Grammy-winning rockers Halestorm don’t care about the haters In this July 20, 2018, photo, members of Halestorm, from left, Arejay Hale, Joe Hottinger, Lzzy Hale, and Josh Smith pose in Nashville, Tenn., to promote their new record, “Vicious,” out on July 27. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) center_img by Kristin M. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2018 8:08 am PDT ‘Avengers 4’ gets a title, trailer and new release datecenter_img LOS ANGELES — The fourth “Avengers” movie finally has a title. Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Co. said Friday that the highly anticipated, and closely guarded, conclusion to the “Infinity War” saga will be called “Avengers: Endgame.”The studios also released the first trailer for the film, in which Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character explains that Thanos really did erase half the population. “Avengers: Infinity War” ended on that cliffhanger as many of Marvel’s superheroes dissolved into the air. It went on to become the highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with over $2 billion in ticket sales.Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo “Avengers: Endgame” will also now debut in North American theatres a week earlier on April 26, 2019.—Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6hldpSTF8The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Cyprus clears cannabinoids for medical use – report

first_imgA North American-based company specialising in medical cannabis research and production, announced on Thursday that it was cleared for distribution of cannabinoid formulations for patients in Cyprus.According to an announcement on BusinessWire, the company, Tilray, said its cannabinoid products have cleared for distribution in Cyprus after it had received necessary approvals in Canada and Cyprus.“We are proud to be able to offer patients access to high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products in Cyprus,” chairman Brendan Kennedy said.The company said it is working with Cyprus’ health ministry “to import and distribute Tilray Drops, a medical cannabis extract product, at pharmacies and healthcare facilities throughout the country to patients with advanced cases of cancer who have authorization to access medical cannabis products”.The health ministry had said earlier in the year that it was in consultation with companies for the supply of cannabis oil to be administered to cancer patients, but it was not announced whether they had reached a deal with any providers.Tilray describes itself as a global leader in medical cannabis research and production dedicated to advancing the science, safety, and efficacy of medical cannabis and cannabinoids.The company said that it operates “one of the largest and most sophisticated federally licensed medical cannabis cultivation facilities in the world, offering a range of products to patients, physicians, pharmacies, governments, hospitals and researchers in Australia, Canada, the European Union and Latin America”.It added that in 2016, Tilray was the first company to legally export medical cannabis products from North America to the European Union and Australia. The company currently supplies pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products – including dried whole flower and extract formulations – to tens of thousands of patients, physicians, pharmacies, hospitals, governments and researchers around the world for commercial, compassionate access and research purposes.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Bizon bill approved by Michigan House

first_img Categories: Bizon News The Michigan House today gave its approval to a bill removing outdated and offensive language from Michigan law.State Rep. John Bizon, who is also a doctor, sponsored House Bill 4709. Rep. Bizon said the language is in a law banning doctors from exposing or exhibiting in public individuals who are disabled or deformed.“There is no need for this kind of language to be in state law, and especially not to refer to individuals,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Removing this grossly outdated language from statute shows respect for all individuals, and I’m happy to see this bill moving forward in the legislative process.”The bill is part of a larger effort by House Republicans to repeal or revise outdated criminal laws in Michigan.HB 4709 will now be considered by the Michigan Senate.### 19Aug Rep. Bizon bill approved by Michigan Houselast_img read more

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Rep Kesto lays groundwork for needed provisions within trust law

first_img Categories: Kesto News,News 15Oct Rep. Kesto lays groundwork for needed provisions within trust law A proposal from state Rep. Klint Kesto providing clear and concise updates addressing state trust laws was recently approved by the House Law and Justice Committee.Trusts are created to hold, manage and distribute property – such as estate planning to distribute assets to beneficiaries. Kesto’s bill, House Bill 6129, amends the Michigan Trust Code to create separate trustee provisions, duties and liabilities within an aggregate trust. The trustees are not created as co-trustees in their relations with one another under the plan and fall into three categories: separate investment trustee, separate distribution trustee and separate resultant trustee.“In light of current problems within some form of trusts, we needed an update to laws to properly and effectively allocate fiduciary power,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “This is a simple, needed framework outlining the relationship between trust director and trustee.”Companion legislation puts the Michigan Trust Code in line with a policy approved by the American Bar Association to handle intricate aspects of directed trusts, which have become increasingly common in contemporary estate planning. Those plans go beyond current rules and provide solutions to problems such as communication between trustees and trust directors, and succession, compensation, and removal of a trust director.HB 6129 and the rest of the legislation within the multi-bill plan moves to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

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IP video delivery specialist SeaWell Networks has

first_imgIP video delivery specialist SeaWell Networks has appointed Jeff Huppertz and Duncan Potter to senior positions. Seawell has named Huppertz as senior vie-president , business and corporate development, reporting to CEO Brian Collie. Huppertz was previously general partner at JRP Partners.Duncan Potter has meanwhile been named as chief marketing officer, also reporting to Collie. Potter was previously chief marketing officer of Edgeware.“Jeff and Duncan are two extremely talented and experienced executives with proven track records that complement and strengthen our management team,” said Collie. “They will play key roles in helping us expand globally and promote the value that our Spectrum solution brings to market. We now have the management team and the organisation in place to ensure the execution of our strategy to become the clear leader in enabling service providers to personalise each viewer’s experience, drive better value for viewers and increase revenue earned per video stream.”last_img read more

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Eutelsat Communications is stepping up its commitm

first_imgEutelsat Communications is stepping up its commitment to Ultra HD, launching what it claims is Europe’s first demo channel encoded in HEVC at 50 frames per second.The channel also has 10-bit colour depth, which, combined with the HEVC encoding and framerate, make up the key parameters for Ultra HD, according to the satellite operator.The channel has gone live on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird video neighbourhood, which provides DTH reach of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eutelsat claims it the first station that can be received direct by consumers using the latest 4K TVs, equipped with DVB-S2 demodulators and HEVC decoders.“The launch of this new channel is another milestone taking us closer towards the commercial roll-out of 4K TV channels that will propel broadcasting into a new era,” said Michel Chabrol, director marketing innovation and digital cinema at Eutelsat.“Immense progress has been made with partners in the broadcasting chain since the launch in January 2013 of the first demonstration Ultra HD channel on a Eutelsat satellite. HEVC encoding combined with 50 frames per second are the next step the industry has been waiting for and we are delighted to demonstrate this performance through our Hot Bird satellites.”The 4K channel will air extracts of a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in the Royal Chapel at Versailles, which was filmed in Ultra HD and encoded by ATEME.At the same time, Eutelsat has announced the successful sea launch of its Eutelsat 3B satellite.The satellite was launched by a Zenit-3SL rocket operated by Sea Launch from the ocean-based Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean, and was released into geosynchronous transfer orbit.Eutelsat 3B will replace the Eutelsat 3D satellite and will provide broadband, data, telecom and video services across a large footprint spanning from Brazil to Central Asia.Eutelsat 3D will subsequently be co-positioned with Eutelsat 7A at 7° East to provide expansion capacity and enhanced in-orbit security for data, telecom and video markets in Europe, Turkey and Africa.last_img read more

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BBC Worldwides new premium drama channel BBC Firs

first_imgBBC Worldwide’s new premium drama channel BBC First is set to launch in its second European market of Belgium on June 4. The channel, which positions itself as home to “the very best of British scripted content,” launched in the Netherlands last week via KPN and will debut in Belgium on cable provider Telenet.BBC worldwide said that further platforms will follow throughout the Benelux region, with the localised version of the channel on Telenet to feature all programming subtitled in Flemish.Programmes to feature on the channel include BBC series like Wolf Hall, The Musketeers, Silent Witness and Last Tango in Halifax.“We know that audiences in Belgium love our content and we can now give them more of what they want with BBC First featuring localised first runs of the best of British Drama.”BBC First will join pan-regional channel BBC Entertainment Europe and the rest of the BBC Public Service Channels currently carried by operators in Belgium. BBC First debuted in Australia last year.last_img read more

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Unitymedias Horizon platform Liberty Globalowned

first_imgUnitymedia’s Horizon platformLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has launched a slate of new apps for its Horizon advanced TV platform.New developments include the integration of eight new game apps from Gametree/TransGaming and the inclusion of the new app from Netherlands-based music service XITE, which was recently shortlisted for DTVE’s Content Innovation Awards, held in Cannes earlier this month.Liberty Global is adding eight new casual games from Gametree/TransGaming, including Mah Jong, solitaire and darts. XITE’s enhanced music app enables viewers to personalize the channel by choosing to skip or play videos, allowing the platform to learn their preferences over time.Unitymedia said that several more apps would follow over time, with a number set to be added by the end of this year.last_img read more

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Siniša Djuranović Deutsche Telekomowned THrvatsk

first_imgSiniša DjuranovićDeutsche Telekom-owned T-Hrvatski Telekom has named Siniša Djuranović as vice-president strategy and business development, legal and regulatory affairs and compliance.Djuranović, who has worked for T-Hrvatski Telekom for 15 years, is also the chairman of the supervisory board of mobile arm Optima Telekom. He will continue in his current role as chief counsel in addition to his new position, reporting to the company’s president.last_img

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Clive Selley BT has named Clive Selley as the CEO

first_imgClive SelleyBT has named Clive Selley as the CEO of its infrastructure arm, Openreach.Selley, who is currently chief information officer of BT Technology, Services and Operations, the telco’s core networks arm, will take over from Joe Garner, who is leaving BT to become CEO of Nationwide Building Society. A handover process will take place over the course of this quarter.Openreach was created 10 years ago to house BT’s local access network business, which can be accessed by third-party service providers in a regulated market. The division has recently been in the spotlight in the shape of regulator Ofcom’s digital communications review, with rivals including Sky alleging poor service and slowness in investing in ultra-fast networks, and calling for the unit to be split off from BT.BT says it is planning to bring ultra-fast broadband access to 10 million UK home by 2020, with the majority of homes to be connected by 2025.“I am honoured to have been asked to lead Openreach at this important point in its history. The huge investment it has made over the past decade has made the UK a broadband leader, and we need to build on those foundations by deploying fibre to further communities and by rolling out ultrafast broadband. Customer service is a top priority of mine and I am committed to delivering further improvements by working closely with all industry partners who rely on our network to serve their customers,” said Selley.“Openreach is at the heart of the UK economy with our open access network underpinning a ferociously competitive broadband market. That has benefited consumers and businesses greatly. The engineers are the lifeblood of Openreach and I have been hugely impressed by their tireless work in challenging circumstances during the current floods. They will play a crucial role in the coming decade as they have done to date”.Gavin Patterson, BT Group CEO said: “Clive is a hugely talented individual and I am delighted he has agreed to lead Openreach. He has an unrivalled knowledge of networks and engineering and is ideally suited to take the UK from a superfast nation to an ultrafast one. He supports our vision for the UK’s digital future and will play a key role in ensuring that businesses, consumers and communities receive the services they need and deserve.”last_img read more

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Freesat has selected Eurofins Digital Testing to a

first_imgFreesat has selected Eurofins Digital Testing to automate monitoring of service availability across Freesat’s free-to-air digital satellite TV service in the UK.Freesat, a joint venture between the BBC and ITV, will use Eurofins’ TestWizard suite and services for deployments of its third-party Metaphor TV platform, which is aimed at operators worldwide.“Freesat is focused on ensuring the highest levels of quality, which makes service-level testing critical,” said Freesat chief technology officer, Matthew Huntington.“Eurofins’ TestWizard system allows us to replace time-consuming manual tests with more accurate, efficient and repeatable test cycles that emulate our end-users experiences on set-top boxes and accelerate our ability to innovate.”last_img

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Turner is launching a new subscription videoonde

first_imgTurner is launching a new subscription video-on-demand service dedicated to arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films, called Filmstruck.Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, the SVOD service is due to launch in the US on October 19 targeted at a niche audience of devoted film fans and cinefiles.Filmstruck will cost US$6.99 per month and offer hundreds of hard-to-find and critically acclaimed films, alongside bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. New titles will be added weekly.From November 11, the service will also be the exclusive streaming home to the Criterion Collection’s film library, adding a second subscription tier. TheFilmstruck plus Criterion Channel subscription will be priced at US$10.99 per-month or US$99 per-year.“Turner smartly identified a strategic way to move into the direct-to-consumer business by creating an over-the-top offering that was additive to the TV landscape, with programming not readily available in the streaming marketplace and that was completely differentiated from what TCM already offers” said Coleman Breland, president of Turner Content Distribution and TCM.Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM and FilmStruck said: “By combining the expertise at TCM and the Criterion Collection – two of the leading authorities in film preservation and history – we have created something really special that is a must-have for passionate film lovers.”Peter Becker, president of The Criterion Collection added: “FilmStruck is the first streaming platform to give movies the kind of deep, rich treatment that viewers have come to expect from The Criterion Collection, and The Criterion Channel opens up thrilling new ways for us to connect our passionate audience with the films and filmmakers they love.”Among the critically acclaimed titles to be featured on FilmStruck are Blood Simple, Blow-Up, A Hard Day’s Night, Metropolis, Moulin Rouge, A Room with a View, Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.last_img read more

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Japanese cable operator JCOM has tapped Ericsson

first_imgJapanese cable operator J:COM has tapped Ericsson to provide an RDK-based platform alongside its MediaFirst TV platform to support advanced TV services.J:COM has selected Ericsson’s award-winning MediaFirst TV Platform, to enable an enhanced, personalized multiscreen TV experience to its 3.7 million subscribers. The basic design phase will commence in Q4 2017 and the companies will solidify the development agreement subsequent to this.Ericsson will also deploy the industry standard RDK platform in J:COM’s set-top boxes and a conditional access system to support delivery of Ultra HD content.Ericsson will also provide content recommendation services via its advanced data analytics.Hirohiko Imura, president, J:COM, said: “Consumers have more choice than ever before and it is therefore imperative that we stand out from the crowd to remain competitive in an ever-cluttered TV landscape. We believe that a seamless and personalized TV Everywhere service will enable J:COM to create that distinction. By deploying Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform, we will have access to a range of uniquely intelligent, high performance solutions that will help us to transform our television offering and strengthen our position at the forefront of TV innovation.”Angel Ruiz, head of media solutions, Ericsson, said: “Ericsson’s award-winning MediaFirst TV Platform will enable J:COM to power a next generation TV experience that is available seamlessly across all screens both inside and out of the home, and tailored to meet the needs of each individual subscriber. By leveraging the benefits of virtualization and cloud technologies, we can help J:COM to increase its subscriber base and benefit from new and more flexible business models. This is the first step in a long-term partnership and we look forward to growing our partnership with J:COM over the years to come.”Ericsson will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.D61last_img read more

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French audience ratings outfit Médiamétrie has pub

first_imgFrench audience ratings outfit Médiamétrie has published new statistics about TV and internet use in Côte d’Ivoire for the second half of last year.RTI’s website: a growing number of Côte d’Ivoire citizens have web accessAccording to the ratings agency, which teamed up with local player Omedia to measure audience habits in the West African country, some 83.9% of the inhabitants of the country’s capital, Abidjan, and second city, Bouaké, watched TV on an average day between September 10 and November 20.On average, Côte d’Ivoireans watched four hours and 14 minutes of TV each day. National channels accounted for a 20.4% share of viewing, with RT1 taking first place ahead of Novelas TV.According to Médiamétrie, 27% of individuals surveyed said that they had connected to the internet the previous day, up seven points on the first half of last year. Use of social networks remains flat, with 45.6% of individuals saying they had signed in to at least one social network. Facebook took top slot, ahead of Google+, Instagram and Twitter.Some 60.5% of Abjdjan and Bouaké residents listed to the radio for an average of three hours and 52 minutes a day, with Al Bayane, RFI and Nostalgie taking the top three slots.Médiamétrie and Omedia surveyed 1,728 individuals aged 15 and above in three waves lasting 16 days each in the two cities in September and November last year.Médiamétrie also conducts regular surveys in Senegal, Madagascar and Cameroon in partnership with Omedia, Hermès Conseil and Sew Camétrie respectively.last_img read more

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Heyou Media has appointed Rights Stuff founder and

first_imgHeyou Media has appointed Rights Stuff founder and former Canal+ International CEO, Wendy Bernfeld, and managing partner at Pioneer Venture Partners, Pete Bryant, to its advisory board.Bernfeld brings more than 25 years of experience to the role and is well versed in digital and cross-platform content – including film, on-demand, mobile and VR content.Bryant was recently executive vice president of corporate development at Vubiquity, which was bought by Amdocs in February, and has more than 17 years across business development, operations, partnerships and distribution.The pair will join Pearl Jam manager, Kelly Curtis; Xbox co-creator, Ed Fries; global business executive, Douglas Shinsato; former Facebook and Amazon executive, Rudy Gadre; and digital technology executive, Bill Ruckelshaus on the company’s advisory board.“The worldwide appetite for mobile devices, online and multi-platform digital entertainment is only intensifying, since Heyou Media started our journey a little more than a year ago,” said Tom Skerritt, founder and chairman of Heyou Media.US-based Heyou Media develops and distributes cross-platform visual entertainment, including long-form features and series, music, short-form video, web series, virtual reality and special interest videos.last_img read more

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Vimeo now allows its paying subscribers publish vi

first_imgVimeo now allows its paying subscribers publish videos from their Vimeo account to their LinkedIn company page with a single click.The video platform claims it is the first to offer end-to-end integration for LinkedIn Company pages, with the functionality available as part of Vimeo’s ‘publish to social’ tools that are available to Plus, Pro, Business and Premium account holders.“Over the past year, Vimeo has invested heavily in building a central distribution hub for video content to be shared everywhere and across platforms,” said Vimeo CTO Mark Kornfilt.“Our ‘publish to social’ feature makes it possible for creators and businesses to reach audiences in more places, while also enabling them to better understand video performance. We’re excited to be the first video platform to integrate with LinkedIn, and to extend this feature to an essential destination for professional content.”LinkedIn product manager, Peter Roybal, said: “Video has become one of the key drivers for member engagement on LinkedIn, and businesses who want to start a conversation with their audiences are increasingly turning to Company Page videos.“Our new integration with Vimeo is an exciting step for anyone who wants to gain more exposure, and understand their reach to LinkedIn’s highly-engaged professional audiences.”Vimeo launched publish to social last year to enable users to publish videos from Vimeo as native posts on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.last_img read more

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YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai has topped Parrot

first_imgYouTube Premium series Cobra Kai has topped Parrot Analytics’ list of in-demand digital originals in the UK for the week ending May 5. With an average of 6,332,298 demand expressions for the week, Cobra Kai was significantly ahead of Star Trek: Discovery (4,718,657), the CBS Discovery title that is distributed by Netflix internationally.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.In third place, the DC Universe title Doom Patrol garnered an average of 4,162,752 demand expressions for the week. This is somewhat surprising, as the newly launched DC Universe streaming service is exclusively available in the US, with no legal way to watch the show internationally.Elsewhere, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy is third on the list, followed by Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale. Hulu’s The Act, in fifth, is not currently streaming in the UK, though the show is expected to come to Channel 4 and stream on All 4.Netflix series Stranger Things and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina were also in the top 10.Other non-Netflix titles include Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour and the CBS All Access 2019 reboot of The Twilight Zone.last_img read more

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Spains leading terrestrial broadcasters teamed up

first_imgSpain’s leading terrestrial broadcasters teamed up this week to develop an OTT TV platform that could compete with other streaming video providers in the increasingly crowded Spanish market.The move by public broadcaster RTVE and commercial players Atresmedia and Mediaset España, which will initially see them launch an interactive TV platform, based on the HbbTV standard, to be followed by a full-fledged OTT service in the near future, follows moves by other European broadcasters and media groups to develop a bigger online presence.Collaboration is the watchword here. Broadcasters know they lack the scale to compete with the likes of Netflix globally, but they believe that a collaborative effort can help them find their own place in the emerging OTT landscape.For Europe’s public broadcasters, witnessing the slow advance of streaming services and aware of the likelihood of diminishing public support for the licence fee model in the long-term, the need to establish a solid footing in the new world is pressing. But the path is not always smooth. Also this week, France Télévisions put its plans for an SVOD service temporarily on hold while it engages with potential partners TF1, M6 and Orange to launch something commonly referred to as a ‘French version of Hulu’.The move follows criticism – including from former France Télévisions programming chief Xavier Couture – that taking on Netflix and Amazon was something of a fool’s errand. A better model, it is suggested, would be a partnership with other broadcasters to create a free online platform, possibly with premium options.Also calling for collaboration recently was the UK’s media regulator-in-chief Sharon White. The Ofcom CEO called on British public service broadcasters to collaborate, not only with each other, but also “the likes of Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and Apple” to expand their global reach.Broadcasters may be somewhat nervous about putting their heads into the lion’s mouth. The big tech giants can outspend them on content and enjoy the benefits of instant global reach, without having to submit to any of the burdensome regulations and commitments to local production placed on already underfunded national players. BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford, speaking at the same conference as White, warned that UK content production will increasingly come under threat as the budgets available to local broadcasters are whittled down over time.Broadcasters could ultimately face a perfect storm of developments that already look threatening enough: the growing power of tech giants and global video services; diminishing willingness of younger viewers to support a licence fee model in the case of public broadcasters; declining TV advertising revenues in the case of commercial players, and the long-term threat that spectrum currently reserved for terrestrial broadcasting will be re-allocated, leaving the broadcasters to compete solely in the online world dominated by the global giants.Little wonder then that broadcasters are scrambling to develop their own streaming services. Unfortunately, the path to collaboration is strewn with boulders to trip up the unwary traveller, however. The fate of Vivendi’s plan for a ‘European Netflix’ in partnership with Mediaset are testament to that.This doesn’t mean that broadcasters shouldn’t persist. There remains a strong well of demand for the kind of content – whether drama, news or light entertainment – that global players are unlikely to interested in supplying. If broadcasters can find a way to collaborate to develop relevant digital platforms as vehicles for distribution, they could at least have something to build on the secure their long-term future.The current real-life drama building around the use and misuse of data should serve as a warning about the danger of leaving the entire future of video distribution – along with advertising, e-commerce, publishing and just about everything else – to a few giant global corporations.last_img read more

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