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August 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWyndham Grand Cam Ranh in Vietnam is slated to be the brand’s first hotel in Vietnam.Wyndham Grand to debut in six new destinations in 2019Wyndham Grand, the upper-upscale brand of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH), the world’s largest hotel company with more than 9,000 hotels in more than 80 countries, is slated to debut in six new destinations around the world in 2019: California, U.S.; Cam Ranh, Vietnam; Mexico City, Mexico; Kayseri, Turkey; Tblisi, Georgia; and Crete, Greece.Two of the new hotels – located in Cam Ranh, Vietnam and Mexico City, Mexico – will be managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ growing management company, adding to the more than 400 hotels operated by the company globally and expanding its upscale managed capabilities into new countries.Wyndham Grand is an ensemble of distinctive hotels that are approachable by design, representing one-of-a-kind experiences with sophisticated elegance. The new hotels will join the brand’s 39 existing awe-inspiring locations including Istanbul; Chicago; Shanghai; and Manama, where the first Wyndham Grand in Bahrain, also managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, opened in 2017.“Travelers are seeking out new destinations and crossing borders more than ever before; in the last two decades alone the number of international travelers around the world has more than doubled to nearly 1.3 billion,” said Bob Loewen, Chief Operating Officer for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “We’re strategically expanding Wyndham Grand’s presence around the world in the destinations travelers so eagerly want to explore, whether it’s the shores of Greek Isles, a unique pocket of culture in Southern California, the centuries-old historic capital of Georgia or wherever their bucket list takes them.”In addition to the hotels planned for 2019, the brand’s pipeline comprises approximately 25 hotels including new destinations in St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Belize and a new dual-branded Wyndham Grand and TRYP by Wyndham® hotel in Miami, Florida.Westminster California, U.S.Slated to be part of multi-use development, Wyndham Grand in Westminster will be the brand’s first hotel in California. The hotel will offer 144 guestrooms – making it the largest and only full-service hotel in Westminster — in addition to flexible meeting and event space and a full-service restaurant. Steps away from Westminster’s Little Saigon Tourist Commercial District on Bolsa Avenue, the hotel empowers travelers to explore the hub of Vietnamese dining and culture in the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam.The hotel is also situated near the city of Garden Grove, California State Route 22 (Garden Grove Freeway) and just seven miles from Disneyland. It’s also a short drive from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and the Pacific Ocean.Wyndham Grand Cam Ranh, VietnamWyndham Grand Cam Ranh is situated on a 27-hole golf course overlooking the nearby ocean designed by renowned Australian golfer Greg Norman. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation options as well as multiple restaurants and bars, swimming pools, spa and wellness facilities and a convention centre. Cam Ranh, with pristine beaches and deep waters, is a growing tourist destination thanks to the recent expansion of Cam Ranh International Airport and increasing numbers of international flights.Vietnam is an increasingly popular destination for international travelers. Named one of Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019, Vietnam welcomed more than 14 million visitors in 2018 – a staggering 21% increase over last year.Wyndham Grand Mexico City La Condesa, MexicoThe 400-room Wyndham Grand Mexico City La Condesa is the first Wyndham Grand in Mexico. The hotel is situated within the unique Roma-Condesa neighborhood boasting more than 1,500 buildings classified as architectural heritage – including the hotel itself, which will conserve the original architecture while applying contemporary interior design and modern amenities including unique dining and flexible meeting space.Mexico welcomed nearly 40 million travelers in 2017, a record number of visitors and a nearly 12% increase from the prior year. Mexico City, the heart of the country and a thriving historic destination, is the perfect new home for Wyndham Grand’s unique take on approachable luxury for both families and business travelers.Wyndham Grand Kayseri, TurkeyOpened in mid-January, Wyndham Grand Kayseri boasts 205 guest rooms and eight meeting rooms, accommodating up to 1,185 people. The hotel also offers traditional Turkish cuisine in its Kale Roof restaurant, complemented by drinks in the lobby lounge or onsite City Pub. Guests also have access to a fitness center and a relaxing spa with a sauna, steam bath and pool.The hotel is the fifth Wyndham Grand in Turkey and the first in Kayseri, a city with a strong commercial draw for business travelers and a popular ski destination. The hotel is situated near the 60,000-acre Sultan Sazligi National Park which houses more than 300 species of birds.Wyndham Grand Tbilisi, GeorgiaWyndham Grand Tbilisi, in the heart of Georgia’s capital, is expected to open during the summer and will be managed by McInerney Hospitality International Georgia. The hotel will be located centrally on Freedom Square, adjacent to the National Museum of Georgia and close to a host of other attractions. Set across eight floors, the hotel has been designed by renowned Georgian architect Paata Jgarkava and will include 161 stylish guest rooms and suites.Tourism is one of the largest economic sectors in the country, with 8 million travelers expected to visit Georgia this year. Wyndham Grand Tbilisi is the latest addition to the company’s overall footprint in Georgia, including Ramada Encore Tbilisi, which opened earlier this year, as well as Wyndham Batumi. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts plans to add four more hotels in Georgia over the next three years.Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay, GreeceWyndham will enter the Greek islands with its first upper-upscale hotel in Crete, Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay, adding the renowned Mirabello Beach & Village Resort to the Wyndham Grand brand.  The seaside resort and meetings destination is located minutes from Agios Nikolaos in the famed Elounda region of Crete.Wyndham Grand Mirabello will offer 311 guest rooms, more than 6,000 square feet (520 square meters) of meeting space, five restaurants and bars and a variety of leisure facilities spread across two of the region’s most popular beaches for sunning, swimming and boating.Greece has seen the largest increase in visitor numbers of any European destination in this decade, expecting to total a record 32 million foreign travelers in 2018. The addition to Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay expands on Wyndham’s partnership with Zeus International, a consulting, hotel management and development services company in Greece. The companies are also partnering to bring the first upscale Wyndham® branded hotel to Cyprus, Wyndham Nicosia, and have an ongoing partnership to develop 20 hotels over 10 years across Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the Balkans.About Wyndham GrandTravel is the best excuse to enjoy the grand things in life. With locations in some of the world’s most sought after vacation destinations – including Shanghai, Istanbul, Doha, Salzburg and Orlando – Wyndham Grand® hotels transform ordinary moments into unforgettable experiences. Decidedly not stuffy, but approachable by design, this upper-upscale hotel brand helps travelers make every moment count. Follow @WyndhamGrand on Facebook and Instagram.About Wyndham Hotels & ResortsWyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company, with more than 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents.  Through its network of over 798,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in both the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry.  The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel Inn & Suites®, La Quinta®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, The Trademark Collection®, and Wyndham®.  Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 400 properties under management.  The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program offers over 59 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, condominiums and holiday homes globally.  For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.Source = Wyndham Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

August 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNewerHilton Garden Inn opens at London Heathrow Terminal 2 OlderBritish Airways set for £183m fine following data breach The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is to open a hotel in Scotland for the first time, with the aim of making it the number one hotel in Edinburgh. The luxury hotel collection has announced plans to respectfully renovate 100 Princes Street, transforming it into a highly exclusive retreat on the city’s most famous street.With uninterrupted views of Edinburgh Castle, the property will replicate the boutique atmosphere the brand is known for.The award-winning hotel company behind the loving restoration of Ireland’s Ashford Castle, once home to the Guinness family, will bring the same meticulous care and attention to the listed building’s interior, embracing its history and heritage and using the finest local artisans and suppliers. 100 Princes Street will reopen in 2020 as Red Carnation Hotels’ 19th property worldwide.ADVERTISEMENTJonathan Raggett, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels, said: “It has been a dream of ours to open a hotel in Edinburgh for some time, and with the best address in the city, it was well worth the wait. “Guests at 100 Princes Street will enjoy everything that makes Red Carnation so special, from our individually designed interiors to the signature dishes of our president and founder Beatrice Tollman, delivered with passionate service, generous hospitality and a genuine commitment to the environment and communities in which we operate.”More InformationBreaking Travel News earlier spoke to Jonathan Raggett about his plans for the growth of Red Carnation. Find out what he had to say, here.last_img read more

August 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img10Mar Rep. Lower supports package to give students more class choice Categories: Lower News,News State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake is co-sponsoring merit curriculum legislation that gives students more flexibility in their high school educational choices and preparation for post-graduation careers.“We have the resources in Montcalm and Gratiot counties to prepare the next generation in skilled trades, which will meet the growing demand we have right now in mid-Michigan,” Lower said. “Our high schools, along with Montcalm County Community College, have the programs to help get our students ready if they have a skill for computer coding, carpentry, statistics or other specific trades. High school is about preparing our kids for life after graduation and that’s how these four bills will help students by providing more flexibility to select the courses that meet their needs.”The four bills in the package will:Allow students to complete their 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts course.Allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a CTE or visual/performing arts course to graduate high school beyond 2021, when the current requirement expires.Allow the completion of a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan Merit Standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.“Adding flexibility to our high school curriculum is crucial to Gratiot and Montcalm counties,” Lower said. “I support these bills because it gives the students and parents more educational freedom, while increasing career opportunities in the skilled trades. I also support it because this legislation is the right thing for us.”House Bills 4315-4318 have been assigned to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.#####last_img read more

August 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Categories: Bizon News State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today praised his colleagues in the House for voting unanimously in support of his legislation helping troubled young people who complete the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy gain a fresh start.The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, located at Fort Custer in Battle Creek, is a 22-week residential program operated by the National Guard that offers youth ages 16 to 18 the opportunity to change their lives in a military-style structured and disciplined environment.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said his bill simplifies the process graduates of the program use to have their juvenile court convictions set aside.“Teens with troubled pasts who complete the rigorous program at the Youth ChalleNGe Academy deserve a chance to clear their records,” Bizon said. “These reformed young people should get an opportunity to lead successful lives without their past mistakes holding them back.”Under Bizon’s bill, graduates would receive a certificate to present to the court as evidence that their improved circumstances and behavior could warrant having certain juvenile convictions cleared from their records. Individuals with felony convictions are not eligible, and judges will continue to have discretion in determining whether setting aside a conviction is in the best interest of the public.“The success of the Youth ChalleNGe Academy in turning around young offenders deserves recognition,” Bizon said. “I’m continually amazed by the transformations that occur in these kids, and I know judges will be pleased as well.”Youth ChalleNGe Academy Col. Jeff Connell and Cadet Dakota Price joined Bizon last week to testify in support of the bill before the House Judiciary Committee.“Halfway through the program I have changed tremendously,” Cadet Price said, noting his confidence has increased and he has become more disciplined. “It has changed the way I think and what I want to do with my life.”House Bill 4768 advances to the Senate for consideration.### 25Oct House approves Bizon’s bill offering fresh start to Youth ChalleNGe gradslast_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe German cartel office has extended its review into Liberty Global’s proposed takeover of German cabler Kabel BW. Liberty, meanwhile, has offered unspecified concessions to help push the deal through.
The cartel office will issue its preliminary review of the deal within days, after which Liberty and Kabel BW can make an official response. The deadline for the final verdict on the deal has, meanwhile, been put back by just over a month until mid-December.Liberty, which already owns Unitymedia, has agreed a €3.2 billion deal for the German MSO.last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNetherlands-based music channel DanceTrippin has launched on the SES Astra 4A satellite at 5° East for pan-African distribution.The move will build on DanceTrippin’s existing European distribution footprint. The channel launched on the SES platform at 23.5° East in 2011 and reaches about five million homes in Europe.last_img

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTV technology company Civolution is partnering with set-top box chipset manufacturer Broadcom to create a new generation of “content aware” devices.Civolution’s automatic content recognition (ACR) technology will combine with Broadcom’s flexible set-top box platforms for the cable, satellite, IP and terrestrial markets.The firms said this would allow companies to trigger synchronised and interactive calls-to-action on the TV screen itself, as content like broadcast ads can be automatically recognised.They also said it opens the door to gamification and social media integration on television viewers’ primary screens.“As the primary screen becomes linked to the web by way of connected set-top boxes and smart TVs, the ability to make these devices content aware opens the true potential of television advertising,” said Alex Terpstra, CEO, Civolution.“We’re very excited to bring our ACR technology to one of the top semiconductor manufacturers in the business and, in working together, create a powerful relationship between next-generation hardware and content-recognition software.”last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgUK internet TV firm TVCatchup has been ordered to stop streaming channels from broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 after being found guilty of copyright infringement. In a high court ruling, issued last week, Catchup TV was found to have infringed broadcast copyrights by streaming 21 digital channels owned by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – including ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, E4, More4, Film4, 5USA, 5* and various ‘+1’ timeshifted channels from these broadcasters.It was also found to have infringed copyright by streaming the main ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 networks to mobile devices via any mobile network, and by streaming these channels to viewers outside the region the original broadcast was made.Acknowledging the ruling, TVCatchup posted a statement on its site saying: “We enjoy excellent relationships with most of those whose content we carry, but this sadly hasn’t proved to be the case with all of the public service broadcasters.”“We pride ourselves in always working within the law, we accordingly felt it necessary to remove a certain amount of the channels to avoid perpetuating contention.”The service has now blocked ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from being accessed over 3G mobile networks.It has also removed the 21 channels from its service, though 11 of these – including ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, E4, More 4, Film Four and 5* – it will still be listed, with viewers redirected from the TVCatchup web player to the broadcasters’ own channels.“It is a significant vindication for this action that the judge has ruled 21 of our channels are to be removed from the TVC website. This result will help protect the substantial investment broadcasters make in content and is a clear message to those who seek to infringe our copyright or use our content in an illegal capacity,” ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 said in a statement.last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRussian service provider VimpelCom has named Vladimir Shilin as director of its Ural region.Shilin, who was previously director of corporate business in the Ural region, will now be responsible for all business lines across the operator’s eight branches in the region, covering the cities of Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Kurgan, Perm, Izhevsk, Kirov and Syktyvkar.He replaces Andrei Kurdanov, who has left the company.last_img

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first_imgChannel 4 chairman Lord Burns has said that the BBC should encrypt its iPlayer catch-up service as the first step towards replacing the licence fee used to finance the corporation’s activities with a subscription model. Speaking at a Future of the Licence Fee event in London, Burns said iPlayer should initially be encrypted so that it is accessible only to licence fee payers, but that the BBC ultimately should look to alternative modes of financing its services such as subscription.Burns criticized the BBC for being “wedded” to the licence fee and said he believed the model was unsustainable in the long run. He argued that encrypting iPlayer would be a viable first step and that the service could be made available to licence fee payers or to non-payers for a subscription.Ofcom chairman Colette Bowe said at the same event that conditonal access for the iPlayer “would be a good thing to try”.However, BBC director of strategy James Purnell said that charging for online delivery at a time when viewing was migrating to online would be a mistake, locking the BBC into broadcast delivery to reach the bulk of its audience.last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNews channel Euronews has secured expanded its carriage with German cable operator Tele Columbus to reach a total of 900,000 homes across the country.Subscribers of Tele Columbus’ networks in the Berlin-Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse regions are now able to receive Euronews in German, Arabic, Persian and Turkish, on channel 118 in the basic package.Euronews, which is broadcast unencrypted on the Tele Columbus platform, reaches a total of 34 million homes in Germany.Arnaud Verlhac, director worldwide distribution of Euronews stated: “I am delighted that Euronews has earned the confidence of Tele Columbus to enrich its digital offer. Thanks to its editorial quality and broad range of languages, Euronews gives this German operator a competitive edge.”last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRussian service provider Akado has added lifestyle channel Bobor (Beaver) to its programming line-up.The channel, which features shows about home improvement, interior design, gadgets and technology, is owned by Russian national Channel One and features content from that channel along with homegrown shows.last_img

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgUK broadcaster ITV is due to replace its ITV Player catch-up service and ITV.com website with a new digital destination for all its TV channels and online services, called The ITV Hub.Due to launch later this year, The ITV Hub will put live TV channel streaming “at the heart” of the new service, in a bid to offer a “more compelling TV-like experience across all devices.”The service will launch across mobiles, PCs and connected TVs, and, for the first time, will also be available on Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices, and the new connected Freeview Play service.ITV’s director of online, Paul Kanareck, said that ITV’s product and content offering had “improved dramatically” and that further details of the new The ITV Hub will be revealed at The ITV Gala in November.“With over 11 million registered users and 726 million long form requests last year alone, our VoD service has come of age, with live TV right at the core of our proposition,” said Kanareck.ITV said that new episodes of hit animated comedy series Family Guy and American Dad will be available on The ITV Hub, marking the first time a UK public service broadcast channel has offered the shows in its VoD service.ITV took the rights to the Seth MacFarlane series earlier this year for its ITV2 digital channel. Previously, the BBC’s youth skewing BBC3 network, which is due to go online-only next year, had rights to both shows.The ITV Hub will also feature new branding that was created by ITV’s in-house agency, ITV Creative.“We have created an exciting new brand identity for The ITV Hub which will present all of ITV’s family of channels and services front and centre with a distinct, digital look and feel building off the success of ITV’s rebrand.  We are looking forward to fully unveiling it later this autumn,” said Rufus Radcliffe, ITV’s group marketing director.last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRatna SiriahFox International Channels has recruited Ratna Siriah as general manager of its operations in Africa, filling a role vacated by Hannelie Bekker.Siriah joins from Cat 2 where she worked in the launch a dubbed Bollywood channel in Africa. She has also worked for several FMCG companies outside of the TV sector.She replaces Bekker who joined FIC from Wananchi Programming last year to run FIC’s African bouquet of channels.Bekker left in April and has yet to resurface.FIC runs the Fox, Fox Crime, FX, Nat Geo, Fox Sports and Baby TV channels in the region.Siriah will be based in FIC’s Johannesburg base and report to Adam Theiler, executive VP, FIC UK, Nordic region, Turkey and Africa.“We have invested in the best of Hollywood on FOX, blue chip event television on National Geographic and heart pounding live sport on FOX Sports, and we are thrilled to welcome a leader who can grow our portfolio and extend our reach across the continent,” said Theiler.Siriah added: “This is an amazing opportunity. Fox International Channels is a dynamic multi-media player and it operates the best brands in the industry.”The news comes in the same week Fox International Channels Italy managing director Fabrizio Salini’s departure was announced, with ex-Sky Italia head of programming Kathryn Fink appointed to replace him.last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSky and Virgin Media have struck a deal to let businesses offer targeted ads across both pay TV platforms.Sky and Virgin said that advertisers will be able to target a combined potential audience of more than 30 million viewers in the UK and Ireland using their targeting technology and customer data.The partnership covers both linear and video-on-demand TV advertising and uses Sky’s AdSmart platform as well as technology developed by Virgin’s parent company Liberty Global.Virgin Media’s Pat Kiely and Sky Media’s Jamie West will lead the development of the partnership.“In partnering with Sky we’re putting the UK and Ireland at the forefront of TV advertising innovation,” said Virgin Media CEO, Tom Mockridge.“We’re giving consumers advertising that is more relevant to them and giving brands a trusted destination to deliver intelligent, tailored TV campaigns to a targeted audience.”Sky’s group CEO, Andrew Griffith said: “Addressable TV is the high quality, brand safe and transparent medium that leading brands have already been adopting in their thousands.“Today’s partnership takes that to the next level with the extension of AdSmart to millions more homes meaning more relevant ads for Virgin customers and a larger platform for advertisers.”last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSpanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has completed the acquisition of Zegona Communications-owned Asturias region operator Telecable.Completion of the deal follows approval by the Bilbao-based operator’s shareholders and a green light by the country’s competition watchdog, the CNMC.The acquisition of Telecable creates a single cable operator covering the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia, where Euskaltel already owns the local player, R. The three northern Spanish regions provide a market of six million people, served by a group with 800,000 customers, revenues of €711 million and EBITDA of €346 million last year. The combined operator has a penetration rate of about 67% of triple and quad-play offeringsBy competing the deal, Euskaltel has achieved a key objective it set at the time of its flotation on the stock market, becoming the leading convergent player in the northern part of Spain.UK-based Zegona said that the completion would be followed by a return of £140 million to its shareholders via a tender offer, representing 44% of the company’s market capitalization.The deal leaves Zegona with a 15% in Euskaltel, with Zegona COO Robert Samuelson and former Com Hem COO Jon James joining the company’s board. The UK outfit expects to take a significant role of setting Euskaltel’s future direction.“When we acquired Telecable in 2015, we identified the clear opportunity for substantial value creation through combining the three independent cable operators in Northern Spain. This transaction turns that vision into reality, generating attractive returns for our shareholders and offering the potential for further significant value gains,” said Zegona chairman and CEO Eamonn O’Hare.“Zegona has a strong commitment to ongoing cash returns and today’s announcement to return up to £140 million to shareholders quickly and tax efficiently, delivers on that commitment. In addition, Zegona sees potential to deliver a ‘second leg’ of value through its 15% shareholding in Euskaltel. We have established an excellent rapport with Euskaltel’s board, senior management and key shareholders, and look forward to working with them to improve the business and close Euskaltel’s current valuation gap versus industry peers.”last_img read more

August 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSteve BurkeNBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has expressed scepticism over the long-term impact of over-the-top channels services such as Sling TV, Hulu Live and YouTube TV.While noting that Comcast-owned NBCU had signed “very favourable” deals with most of the US’s a la carte channels providers, he claimed these were “not all that material” to the entertainment company’s core business.Commentators and analysts have pointed to ‘virtual multiple system operators’ (VMSOs) posing a significant threat to the traditional pay TV business.“We’re sceptical that it’s going to be a very large business or profitable business for the people that are in it, and they’re off to a relatively slow start,” Burke (pictured) added in a call with investors.Burke claimed there had been “no speed up or slow down in the amount of subscriber losses” at NBCU in the past few years. Comcast lost 34,000 subs during the second quarter of 2017, its financial results show.Low cost, slimmed-down channel bouquets have sprung up in the past two years offering aimed at providing potential cord cutters with an alternative to expensive cable TV subscriptions.Despite Burke’s doubts, US cable giant Comcast is considering whether to launch Xfinity Instant TV, which would provided streamed channels for around US$15 a month.Beta tests are currently underway in a few US states. Comcast Cable’s CEO, David Watson, said: “We’ll launch it more broadly in the second half of the year.”“It’s ideal for certain segments and millennials in the test markets” because it would not require a set-top box, he added.NBCU’s second quarter financials saw it post EBITDA of US$2.07 billion (€1.77 billion) on revenues of US$8.3 billion. Both metrics were up on results a year agoThe broadcasting segment, which houses US broadcaster NBC, saw EBITSA rise 5.5% to US$416 million, with cable networks up 11.7% to US$1.1 billion.last_img read more

August 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgYouTube and Major League Baseball (MLB) have expanded their partnership with MLB Network joining the YouTube TV channel line-up in the US for the first time.As part of the agreement, YouTube TV subscribers will also soon be able to add streaming service MLB.tv for an additional fee.YouTube TV’s expanded baseball coverage comes as the company agreed new a sponsorship package, with YouTube signing up as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 and 2019 World Series.YouTube TV branding will be visible during the first pitches of games on MLB Network and MLB.tv in a season-long sponsorship arrangement.The service will also continue to incorporate MLB players in promotions, including a variety of national TV spots and on-air call-outs during the games. YouTube TV branding will appear across MLB’s digital properties and official social media accounts, as well as in stadiums.“Our historic partnership with MLB was a first of its kind. From live programming morphing into a YouTube TV spot, to prominent in-stadium placements, our innovative partnership allowed us to build awareness for YouTube TV and have a voice during one of the biggest live sporting events of the year,” said Angela Courtin, global head of YouTube TV and originals marketing.“MLB has been a great long-term partner and we are excited to renew our World Series partnership as well as play a role in games throughout the season with the inaugural first pitch sponsorship, bringing more ways for fans to enjoy their favourite teams cable-free with YouTube TV.”MLB’s executive vice president of commerce, Noah Garden, said: “YouTube brought tremendous creativity, marketing energy and innovation to the most exciting part of our year, the post-season and World Series.“Their engagement with our young fans, rising stars and clubs showed that YouTube TV is a natural partner for our sport and we’re proud to build on this ground-breaking relationship. With the addition of MLB Network and the upcoming launch of MLB.tv on the platform, our fans’ options to consume baseball continue to grow.”YouTube and MLB agreed their initial sponsorship deal last October. This established YouTube TV as the presenting sponsor of the championship series, saw it promote its over-the-top TV offering as an alternative to cable for accessing live baseball, and also gave YouTube content creators behind-the-scenes access to the 2017 World Series in a move designed to “bridge digital audiences to the World Series”.last_img read more

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first_imgViacom is looking to expand Pluto TV more aggressively internationally, including adding Pluto TV content to UK on-demand platform My5, according to David Lynn, CEO, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).Speaking at the Variety TV Summit in London this morning, Lynn said that VIMN was increasingly looking to develop as a platform business, in particular following its acquisition of ad-based streaming service Pluto TV.He said that Pluto’s proposition as a free service was “growing super-rapidly” and was “adding a lot to Viacom” be expanding its reach with younger audiences.“I’m pushing aggressively to launch it internationally,” he said, with the aim of taking Pluto beyond its existing footprint in the UK, Germany and Austria.The first international new launch will be in Latin America early next year, he said.“The idea is that we work with MVPD partners as well,” he said.Lynn said that Pluto offers addressable advertising, which advertisers are increasingly looking for. “This is an area that Viacom is very focused on,” he said.Lynn said that Pluto content would be added to the My5 catch-up TV and on-demand platform in the UK later this year. He said that My5 would also be extended to offer linear and well as on-demand content.He said that the primary route for distribution of Viacom content remains third-party operators but rthat there was a huge opportunity to bring content to the 60% that does not take pay TV, with mobile a particularly promising route to do this.Viacom has set a US$1 billion target for its studio business, including Paramount, last year, with this primarily targeted at third-party distributors. “The goal is to deepen our relationship with key partners, not only with our channels but also with exclusive content,” he said.last_img read more

August 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShareTweet BLUEBELL Arts Project in Derry’s Gasyard Centre have taken special steps to allow a group of autistic children from the city to take part in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Halloween parade for the first time this year.The Arts Council N.I. Lottery funded project has been working closely with two local autism support groups, POCA and Circle of Support, to give them an active role in their ‘Derry Lunar Landing’ presentation as part of the parade on the evening of Monday October 31st.Some children on the autistic spectrum can find the large crowds and noise associated with the parade overwhelming but following the success of a pilot scheme during this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade, the decision was taken to offer more children with ASD the opportunity to take part this time around.“If managed correctly, this experience with the colour, sound and movement of the carnival can be an absolute treat for kids with ASD as it’s all about the senses,” said Gasyard Development Trust Arts Development Officer, Fiona McGonagle. “We’ve been taking part in the parade for the last six years and each year we engage a variety of marginalised community groups, helping build their confidence and fulfil their true potential, ultimately bringing art to the heart of this community.“Every year we have involved them in a series of costume making, prop making and choreography workshops to get them involved and give them a sense of ownership in the performance.“POCA and the Foyle Speech and Sign Language Centre have been involved in making the props like the large rocket and planets while Circle of Support have been involved in costume making workshops at St Mary’s Community Centre in Creggan.”Bluebell had one child with ASD take part in their performance for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade and they found that, with the correct management, it proved to be an enriching experience. “We worked closely with Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Festival and events department making them aware of the possible needs,” Fiona explained.“The stewards on that section were brilliant, they were very discreet and didn’t make a fuss.“It was clear from the child’s face that he felt empowered by the reaction of the crowd and stimulated and joyful by what was going on around him.“His family e mailed us afterwards to tell us how much he enjoyed the experience.“It proved such a success that we have been able to expand the number taking part in the Halloween parade.“We recently hosted ASD awareness training at the Gasyard Centre for our staff so they know what to look out for and can cope with any situations that arise.“We have a parent accompanying each child and Council have made a ‘quiet space’ available where they can go if the experience does become too much.”Bluebell’s interpretation of the ‘Out of this World’ theme in the parade is to create a ‘Derry Lunar Landing’ scene with the support of Flaunt Your Step Dance Troop, based in The Gasyard Centre.“The back story is that a rocket mission from Derry has crash landed on the moon so our central prop is a large moon with recognisable landmarks from the city on it like the Peace Bridge,” Fiona revealed.“We then have separate props for each planet and dancers dressed as spacemen and women taking part in the choreography.”For more information on events happening in Derry and Strabane over Halloween, download the programme on www.derrystrabane.com/halloween or follow us on Facebook –halloweenderrystrabane.AUTISTIC CHILDREN GIVEN CHANCE TO SHINE THIS HALLOWE’EN was last modified: October 20th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: AUTISTIC CHILDREN GIVEN CHANCE TO SHINE THIS HALLOWE’ENBLUEBELL ARTS PROJECTGASYARD DEVELOPMENT TRUST ARTSlast_img read more