Commentary Whats Up or Down With Housing

15 Aug 2019

first_img April 26, 2013 395 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2013-04-26 Mark Lieberman Share Commentary: What’s Up (or Down) With Housing?center_img Housing is recovering… or is it?The numbers and headlines last week offered mixed signals: “”Existing home sales dropped””:https://themreport.com/articles/prices-up-existing-home-sales-down-in-march-2013-04-22 month-to-month in a report Monday as the median price increased, while a report Tuesday showed “”new home sales fell””:https://themreport.com/articles/price-plunge-boosts-march-new-home-sales-2013-04-23 as the median price increased.[IMAGE]Just one week earlier, the “”Housing Market Index””:https://themreport.com/articles/weak-prices-drop-builder-confidence-for-3rd-straight-month-2013-04-15, a measure derived from a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, dropped for the third straight month–largely on the basis of a decline in “”buyer traffic,”” meaning that at least in the eye of builders, window-shopping–literally–is slipping.Apologists (some might call them advocates) offer a variety of reasons to explain housing’s inability to rebound smartly or smoothly after the sector plunged, plagued by ill-conceived loans and lending policies. One factor staring builders and Realtors in the face but often overlooked is demographics.In the run-up to housing peak in mid-2006, the ratio of the 55-plus age cohort (the home-selling age bracket) to 25-34 year old age cohort (historically the prime homebuying age bracket) was about 1.6 to 1, loosely translated as 1.6 potential home sellers (though not everyone over the age of 55 owns a home) for every potential buyer (again, the caveat that not everyone between the ages of 25 and 34 is going to buy a home). Most recent data show the ratio has risen to closer to almost 2 to 1.That shift alone would have an impact on prices which becomes circular: With more sellers than buyers, prices would tend to drop, perhaps discouraging other potential sellers. In pure economic terms, discouraging potential sellers would reduce the inventory of homes for sale (which is what has happened, for example, with regard to existing home sales), which should bring prices back up–or at least stabilize them.Builders continue to add to the inventory of new homes. In March, builders completed 593,000 new single family homes–176,000 more than were sold, the largest “”gap”” between completions and sales since August 2011.That prices have been volatile–falling each month from last July through last October, the traditional home selling/buying season while then increasing in four of the last five months–speaks to the unusual nature of housing as both a necessary expense (shelter) and an investment vehicle.Prices for both new and existing homes as reported monthly are subject to wide swings because the mix of homes sold each month can vary, unlike other “”products”” that may be sold regularly. We don’t see a sudden shift to [COLUMN_BREAK]multi-gallon drums of, say, green beans, which might affect both the median and average price of green beans.We have though seen a shift to less expensive new homes, according to recent Census Bureau reports, with a likelihood that trend will continue as new mortgage rules take effect next January. Those rules would both tighten down payment requirements and the allowable debt to income ratio of buyers/borrowers, otherwise compelling lenders to hold a portion of the loans they make.Now, while that may sound like a good idea from a risk perspective, it creates another hurdle for would-be home buyers–a hurdle that 25-34 year old age cohort might find difficult to surmount. Beyond immediate financial considerations are psychological challenges. Having perhaps seen their parents or parents of friends struggle through foreclosures, new, younger households will be reluctant to buy homes, or certainly reluctant to buy homes without a significant down payment that would lower their monthly obligations, much like children of the Great Depression who grew up with a different appreciation of both money and savings. With a still tight and uncertain job market, those obstacles become even greater.That could explain the other seismic change we’re seeing in housing: a shift from single- to multifamily. Data for both permits and starts confirm the trend.Permits for single-family homes represented about 64 percent of all permits in the last 12 months compared with 66 percent in the previous 12 months. Single-family starts have dropped to 68 percent of all housing starts from 71 percent.A housing recovery is as necessary for a general economic recovery as an economic recovery is for the housing sector.It will, though, be a different recovery.————————————————————————-There will be two important housing reports in the upcoming week, with Tuesday’s Case-Shiller House Price Index followed by Wednesday’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) report from the National Association of Realtors. Home prices, according to Case-Shiller, have improved year-over-year for eight straight months. The 8.1 percent annual increase in the 20-city Case-Shiller Index reported for January was the strongest gain in almost seven years. Though not simply a reflection of NAR data for existing homes, the February Case-Shiller index should reflect the improvement in the median price of an existing single-family home as reported by the NAR.The PHSI has proven to be less than a reliable indicator of existing-home sales though it is designed to track sales contracts expected to produce closings two months later. In the last four months, closings of existing single-family homes have done precisely the opposite of what the PHSI (two months earlier) would have suggested. The PHSI rose in October, but closings fell in December; the index fell in both November and December, but closings rose in January and February; the index improved in January but closings dropped in March._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. radio (SiriusXM 124) Friday at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? 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first_img April 26, 2013 395 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2013-04-26 Mark Lieberman Share Commentary: What’s Up (or Down) With Housing?center_img Housing is recovering… or is it?The numbers and headlines last week offered mixed signals: “”Existing home sales dropped””:https://themreport.com/articles/prices-up-existing-home-sales-down-in-march-2013-04-22 month-to-month in a report Monday as the median price increased, while a report Tuesday showed “”new home sales fell””:https://themreport.com/articles/price-plunge-boosts-march-new-home-sales-2013-04-23 as the median price increased.[IMAGE]Just one week earlier, the “”Housing Market Index””:https://themreport.com/articles/weak-prices-drop-builder-confidence-for-3rd-straight-month-2013-04-15, a measure derived from a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, dropped for the third straight month–largely on the basis of a decline in “”buyer traffic,”” meaning that at least in the eye of builders, window-shopping–literally–is slipping.Apologists (some might call them advocates) offer a variety of reasons to explain housing’s inability to rebound smartly or smoothly after the sector plunged, plagued by ill-conceived loans and lending policies. One factor staring builders and Realtors in the face but often overlooked is demographics.In the run-up to housing peak in mid-2006, the ratio of the 55-plus age cohort (the home-selling age bracket) to 25-34 year old age cohort (historically the prime homebuying age bracket) was about 1.6 to 1, loosely translated as 1.6 potential home sellers (though not everyone over the age of 55 owns a home) for every potential buyer (again, the caveat that not everyone between the ages of 25 and 34 is going to buy a home). Most recent data show the ratio has risen to closer to almost 2 to 1.That shift alone would have an impact on prices which becomes circular: With more sellers than buyers, prices would tend to drop, perhaps discouraging other potential sellers. In pure economic terms, discouraging potential sellers would reduce the inventory of homes for sale (which is what has happened, for example, with regard to existing home sales), which should bring prices back up–or at least stabilize them.Builders continue to add to the inventory of new homes. In March, builders completed 593,000 new single family homes–176,000 more than were sold, the largest “”gap”” between completions and sales since August 2011.That prices have been volatile–falling each month from last July through last October, the traditional home selling/buying season while then increasing in four of the last five months–speaks to the unusual nature of housing as both a necessary expense (shelter) and an investment vehicle.Prices for both new and existing homes as reported monthly are subject to wide swings because the mix of homes sold each month can vary, unlike other “”products”” that may be sold regularly. We don’t see a sudden shift to [COLUMN_BREAK]multi-gallon drums of, say, green beans, which might affect both the median and average price of green beans.We have though seen a shift to less expensive new homes, according to recent Census Bureau reports, with a likelihood that trend will continue as new mortgage rules take effect next January. Those rules would both tighten down payment requirements and the allowable debt to income ratio of buyers/borrowers, otherwise compelling lenders to hold a portion of the loans they make.Now, while that may sound like a good idea from a risk perspective, it creates another hurdle for would-be home buyers–a hurdle that 25-34 year old age cohort might find difficult to surmount. Beyond immediate financial considerations are psychological challenges. Having perhaps seen their parents or parents of friends struggle through foreclosures, new, younger households will be reluctant to buy homes, or certainly reluctant to buy homes without a significant down payment that would lower their monthly obligations, much like children of the Great Depression who grew up with a different appreciation of both money and savings. With a still tight and uncertain job market, those obstacles become even greater.That could explain the other seismic change we’re seeing in housing: a shift from single- to multifamily. Data for both permits and starts confirm the trend.Permits for single-family homes represented about 64 percent of all permits in the last 12 months compared with 66 percent in the previous 12 months. Single-family starts have dropped to 68 percent of all housing starts from 71 percent.A housing recovery is as necessary for a general economic recovery as an economic recovery is for the housing sector.It will, though, be a different recovery.————————————————————————-There will be two important housing reports in the upcoming week, with Tuesday’s Case-Shiller House Price Index followed by Wednesday’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) report from the National Association of Realtors. Home prices, according to Case-Shiller, have improved year-over-year for eight straight months. The 8.1 percent annual increase in the 20-city Case-Shiller Index reported for January was the strongest gain in almost seven years. Though not simply a reflection of NAR data for existing homes, the February Case-Shiller index should reflect the improvement in the median price of an existing single-family home as reported by the NAR.The PHSI has proven to be less than a reliable indicator of existing-home sales though it is designed to track sales contracts expected to produce closings two months later. In the last four months, closings of existing single-family homes have done precisely the opposite of what the PHSI (two months earlier) would have suggested. The PHSI rose in October, but closings fell in December; the index fell in both November and December, but closings rose in January and February; the index improved in January but closings dropped in March._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. radio (SiriusXM 124) Friday at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? Send your submission to_* “”MReportEditor@TheMReport.com.””:mailto:MReportEditor@TheMReport.com in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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View Survey ReturnOne wayMulticityFromAdd nearby

10 Aug 2019

first_imgView SurveyReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTake our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Take our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Sabre to offer business travel social networkSabre Travel Network is to harness the social networking and knowledge-sharing trends of Web 2.0.Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’last_img

first_imgView SurveyReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTake our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Take our social networks & travel poll now – win a Kindle!Sabre to offer business travel social networkSabre Travel Network is to harness the social networking and knowledge-sharing trends of Web 2.0.Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’Social networking sites encourage youngsters to ‘exchange travel ideas’last_img

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Vermonts Food Fight Fund Defends GMO Labeling Law

09 Aug 2019

first_imgShare15TweetShareEmail15 SharesJune 15, 2014; Burlington Free PressVermont has enacted the nation’s first genetically modified food labeling law that is ready for implementation notwithstanding what other neighboring states might do or not do on the subject. In doing so, Vermont’s governor, Peter Shumlin, correctly anticipated legal challenges and created another first: a fund to help fight the lawsuits. So far, people from across the nation have contributed $17,225 to the Vermont Food Fight Fund.As Free Press staff writer Terri Hallenbeck notes, “Vermont has a variety of special funds to pay for state programs, but this one is unusual. Never before has the state set up a fund to take donations to defend a law.”With the filing of lawsuits to overturn the GMO labeling law, including last week’s suit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers, the pace of contributions to the Fund should pick up. Those are heavy-hitters able to put big money to the fight against the GMO law. Vermont’s Attorney General Bill Sorrell estimates that the state might have to pay as much as $8 million to fend off these and other lawsuits.The law’s court opponents are using the creation of the privately capitalized Fund as “express confirmation that Vermont does not have a ‘state’ interest in the survival of the law,” according to the GMA lawsuit. That seems to run counter to the position of Governor Shumlin, who has been vigorous and vocal in support of the law.“We’re proud today, in addition to signing this bill, to launch the Vermont Food Fight Fund,” Shumlin said. “We are asking people all across America and all across the great state of Vermont to go to foodfightfundvt.org and make a donation so that we can win the Vermont food fight fund fight not only for Vermont but for America.”Moreover, the state isn’t simply relying on small private donations for the legal costs. The fund can receive as much as $1.5 million in legal settlements collected by the Attorney’s General office so long as the settlement funds aren’t otherwise designated for other purposes. The state legislature is also authorized under the law to appropriate additional funding from the General Fund.The legislature might want to gear up for some appropriation activity. In next-door New York State, the food manufacturing industry has been spending millions on lobbyists and campaign contributions to convince state legislators not to pass a similar GMO labeling law. According to the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), opponents of the GMO labeling bill spent $3.7 million in campaign contributions in 2013, seven times more than GMO labeling supporters put into electoral campaigns.Little Vermont’s GMO labeling case, which AG Sorrell says will be a “heck of a fight,” is going to be nationally important. In the absence of federal action, what happens at the state level will be the nation’s GMO response for the moment and perhaps for some time to come. Not only is New York another GMO battlefield, but Maine and Connecticut have already passed GMO labeling laws. However, those laws will not be implemented unless other states in the region also mandate GMO labeling. If Vermont’s law is overturned, Maine and Connecticut will get the answer that advocates do not want to hear.The nonprofit Organic Consumers Association quickly asked its members by email to donate to help Vermont defend its GMO labeling law. Given the corporate power aligned against the Vermont law, it’s going to take a lot of nonprofits turning to their members to ante up dollars for Vermont’s legal defense costs to win this one.—Rick CohenShare15TweetShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare15TweetShareEmail15 SharesJune 15, 2014; Burlington Free PressVermont has enacted the nation’s first genetically modified food labeling law that is ready for implementation notwithstanding what other neighboring states might do or not do on the subject. In doing so, Vermont’s governor, Peter Shumlin, correctly anticipated legal challenges and created another first: a fund to help fight the lawsuits. So far, people from across the nation have contributed $17,225 to the Vermont Food Fight Fund.As Free Press staff writer Terri Hallenbeck notes, “Vermont has a variety of special funds to pay for state programs, but this one is unusual. Never before has the state set up a fund to take donations to defend a law.”With the filing of lawsuits to overturn the GMO labeling law, including last week’s suit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers, the pace of contributions to the Fund should pick up. Those are heavy-hitters able to put big money to the fight against the GMO law. Vermont’s Attorney General Bill Sorrell estimates that the state might have to pay as much as $8 million to fend off these and other lawsuits.The law’s court opponents are using the creation of the privately capitalized Fund as “express confirmation that Vermont does not have a ‘state’ interest in the survival of the law,” according to the GMA lawsuit. That seems to run counter to the position of Governor Shumlin, who has been vigorous and vocal in support of the law.“We’re proud today, in addition to signing this bill, to launch the Vermont Food Fight Fund,” Shumlin said. “We are asking people all across America and all across the great state of Vermont to go to foodfightfundvt.org and make a donation so that we can win the Vermont food fight fund fight not only for Vermont but for America.”Moreover, the state isn’t simply relying on small private donations for the legal costs. The fund can receive as much as $1.5 million in legal settlements collected by the Attorney’s General office so long as the settlement funds aren’t otherwise designated for other purposes. The state legislature is also authorized under the law to appropriate additional funding from the General Fund.The legislature might want to gear up for some appropriation activity. In next-door New York State, the food manufacturing industry has been spending millions on lobbyists and campaign contributions to convince state legislators not to pass a similar GMO labeling law. According to the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), opponents of the GMO labeling bill spent $3.7 million in campaign contributions in 2013, seven times more than GMO labeling supporters put into electoral campaigns.Little Vermont’s GMO labeling case, which AG Sorrell says will be a “heck of a fight,” is going to be nationally important. In the absence of federal action, what happens at the state level will be the nation’s GMO response for the moment and perhaps for some time to come. Not only is New York another GMO battlefield, but Maine and Connecticut have already passed GMO labeling laws. However, those laws will not be implemented unless other states in the region also mandate GMO labeling. If Vermont’s law is overturned, Maine and Connecticut will get the answer that advocates do not want to hear.The nonprofit Organic Consumers Association quickly asked its members by email to donate to help Vermont defend its GMO labeling law. Given the corporate power aligned against the Vermont law, it’s going to take a lot of nonprofits turning to their members to ante up dollars for Vermont’s legal defense costs to win this one.—Rick CohenShare15TweetShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more

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CA Court Grants Small Nonprofit Access to Data on 10M Students

09 Aug 2019

first_imgShare159TweetShareEmail159 SharesFebruary 16, 2016; USA TodayThis story fits into a trend having to do with access to databases. NPQ readers may remember our coverage of the police misconduct database in Chicago, which is intended to aid in advocacy and monitoring efforts.When Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association, a parent-run advocacy group for students with disabilities, attempted to get the data they needed to develop their advocacy agenda on what they suspected was a pattern of violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), they were granted way more than they originally bargained for when Judge Kimberly Mueller ordered that records on 10 million California public school students be made available to the group. The data will contain some sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, etc., and that has some other advocacy groups, including advocates for privacy, up in arms.The judge’s order in this case describes the database to be made available as containing information on students going back to 2008:Examples of information that is stored on CDE’s databases and network drives includes name, social security number, home address, demographics, course information, statewide assessment results, teacher demographics, program information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, special education assessment plans, special education assessments/evaluations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers (SSID), attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests.But Judge Mueller also issued a protective order that requires restricted access to the data as well as a “special master” (subject matter expert) to monitor the information to prevent its misuse.The Morgan Hill group, along with the California Concerned Parents Association, has been trying for five years to get the data they need from the California State Department of Education to document whether or not students with disabilities receive public education services mandated under federal law and have been blocked. Christine English, vice president of California Concerned Parents, said access to the state’s data was necessary to determine if, for instance, “African-American students identified as intellectually disabled were disproportionately in special day classes as opposed to mainstreamed into general education classes. Or whether children who were diagnosed with behavioral issues had a behavioral management plan in place.”English maintains that Concerned Parents came up with a number of scenarios under which the department could provide the necessary numbers without the group ever seeing individual student data. “We even said, ‘You sit in front of your computer terminal and we’ll query you and you give us the results.’” But the California Department of Education fought the disclosure of any kind of student information, making the suit a necessary strategy.The parents of children whose information may be contained in the database have 60 days to opt out affirmatively by submitting a form. Still, privacy advocates are still understandably concerned.Concerned Parents has posted a notice on Facebook to answer frequently asked questions about the situation, and both that statement and the court order that lays out a protective mechanism are worth a read by any who are interested in the uses of public data in advocacy.—Ruth McCambridgeShare159TweetShareEmail159 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare159TweetShareEmail159 SharesFebruary 16, 2016; USA TodayThis story fits into a trend having to do with access to databases. NPQ readers may remember our coverage of the police misconduct database in Chicago, which is intended to aid in advocacy and monitoring efforts.When Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association, a parent-run advocacy group for students with disabilities, attempted to get the data they needed to develop their advocacy agenda on what they suspected was a pattern of violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), they were granted way more than they originally bargained for when Judge Kimberly Mueller ordered that records on 10 million California public school students be made available to the group. The data will contain some sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, etc., and that has some other advocacy groups, including advocates for privacy, up in arms.The judge’s order in this case describes the database to be made available as containing information on students going back to 2008:Examples of information that is stored on CDE’s databases and network drives includes name, social security number, home address, demographics, course information, statewide assessment results, teacher demographics, program information, behavior and discipline information, progress reports, special education assessment plans, special education assessments/evaluations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), records pertaining to health, mental health and medical information, student statewide identifiers (SSID), attendance statistics, information on suspensions and expulsions, and results on state tests.But Judge Mueller also issued a protective order that requires restricted access to the data as well as a “special master” (subject matter expert) to monitor the information to prevent its misuse.The Morgan Hill group, along with the California Concerned Parents Association, has been trying for five years to get the data they need from the California State Department of Education to document whether or not students with disabilities receive public education services mandated under federal law and have been blocked. Christine English, vice president of California Concerned Parents, said access to the state’s data was necessary to determine if, for instance, “African-American students identified as intellectually disabled were disproportionately in special day classes as opposed to mainstreamed into general education classes. Or whether children who were diagnosed with behavioral issues had a behavioral management plan in place.”English maintains that Concerned Parents came up with a number of scenarios under which the department could provide the necessary numbers without the group ever seeing individual student data. “We even said, ‘You sit in front of your computer terminal and we’ll query you and you give us the results.’” But the California Department of Education fought the disclosure of any kind of student information, making the suit a necessary strategy.The parents of children whose information may be contained in the database have 60 days to opt out affirmatively by submitting a form. Still, privacy advocates are still understandably concerned.Concerned Parents has posted a notice on Facebook to answer frequently asked questions about the situation, and both that statement and the court order that lays out a protective mechanism are worth a read by any who are interested in the uses of public data in advocacy.—Ruth McCambridgeShare159TweetShareEmail159 Shareslast_img read more

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Spacecom has extended a longterm contract with Hu

07 Aug 2019

first_imgSpacecom has extended a long-term contract with Hungarian telco Magyar Telekom for capacity on its Amos satellite fleet.The deal, worth up to US$7 million (€5.6 million) will see Spacecom supply Magyar Telekom’s T-Home SatTV DTH service with additional bandwidth, enabling the telco to expand the number of channels it broadcasts and create new bouquets.Magyar Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, broadcasts over 100 channels in Hungary and Slovakia, including seven in HD and one in 3D. Collectively, Magyar Telekom’s T-Home SatTV in Hungary and its MagioTV platform in Slovakia use a total of 216MHz on the Amos fleet at the 4° West orbital position. In recent years, Magyar Telekom has expanded its relationship with Spacecom with deals valued up to $14 million.“This extension with Amos will enable us to develop and grow our popular platform. The broadcasting market in Hungary is on track to continue its expansion, and together with Amos we will be able to bring more HD channels and add further services to meet the market’s increasing needs,” said Balazs Birck, head of the product development department at Magyar Telekom.The Amos satellite fleet at 4° West serves three European DTH brands and four in total, including Ukraine’s Xtra, Slovakia’s MagioTV and Hungary’s T-Home SatTV, and Israel’s Yes.last_img read more

first_imgSpacecom has extended a long-term contract with Hungarian telco Magyar Telekom for capacity on its Amos satellite fleet.The deal, worth up to US$7 million (€5.6 million) will see Spacecom supply Magyar Telekom’s T-Home SatTV DTH service with additional bandwidth, enabling the telco to expand the number of channels it broadcasts and create new bouquets.Magyar Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, broadcasts over 100 channels in Hungary and Slovakia, including seven in HD and one in 3D. Collectively, Magyar Telekom’s T-Home SatTV in Hungary and its MagioTV platform in Slovakia use a total of 216MHz on the Amos fleet at the 4° West orbital position. In recent years, Magyar Telekom has expanded its relationship with Spacecom with deals valued up to $14 million.“This extension with Amos will enable us to develop and grow our popular platform. The broadcasting market in Hungary is on track to continue its expansion, and together with Amos we will be able to bring more HD channels and add further services to meet the market’s increasing needs,” said Balazs Birck, head of the product development department at Magyar Telekom.The Amos satellite fleet at 4° West serves three European DTH brands and four in total, including Ukraine’s Xtra, Slovakia’s MagioTV and Hungary’s T-Home SatTV, and Israel’s Yes.last_img read more

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UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered a strand

07 Aug 2019

first_imgUK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered a strand of original dramas for its iPlayer catch-up service.The dramas will be made as a result of a venture between the BBC’s in-house drama department, iPlayer and youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three.The strand will comprise six short films from up and coming directing talent from across the UK.The BBC said in February that it planned a twelve month trial that would involve it launching up to 40 hours on iPlayer before linear TV.This is the first news of actual projects and is over a longer time span with the BBC Three dramas being made over the next two years.The broadcaster has launched some content online ahead of TV before including Doctor Who series Pond Life, which was released on the Doctor Who website last year.Victoria Jaye, BBC head of IPTV & TV Online Content, says: “This ambitious new strand builds on BBC iPlayer as a creative platform to bring original British drama to audiences online, and explores storytelling outside of a scheduled TV slot or duration.”Zai Bennett, controller of BBC Three says: “As a youth channel, BBC Three is at the forefront of new ways to commission and view programmes and to find up and coming talent both on and off the screen. This new drama strand is exactly the kind of venture BBC Three is all about.”last_img read more

first_imgUK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered a strand of original dramas for its iPlayer catch-up service.The dramas will be made as a result of a venture between the BBC’s in-house drama department, iPlayer and youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three.The strand will comprise six short films from up and coming directing talent from across the UK.The BBC said in February that it planned a twelve month trial that would involve it launching up to 40 hours on iPlayer before linear TV.This is the first news of actual projects and is over a longer time span with the BBC Three dramas being made over the next two years.The broadcaster has launched some content online ahead of TV before including Doctor Who series Pond Life, which was released on the Doctor Who website last year.Victoria Jaye, BBC head of IPTV & TV Online Content, says: “This ambitious new strand builds on BBC iPlayer as a creative platform to bring original British drama to audiences online, and explores storytelling outside of a scheduled TV slot or duration.”Zai Bennett, controller of BBC Three says: “As a youth channel, BBC Three is at the forefront of new ways to commission and view programmes and to find up and coming talent both on and off the screen. This new drama strand is exactly the kind of venture BBC Three is all about.”last_img read more

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James Murdoch has replaced Chase Carey as chairman

07 Aug 2019

first_imgJames Murdoch has replaced Chase Carey as chairman of pay TV operator Sky Deutshland’s supervisory board.Carey will remain on the nine-member supervisory board, which will now comprise Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer and chairman and CEO, International of 21st Century Fox, who has been a member since April 18, Carey, president and chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, Markus Tellenbach, president and CEO of TVN, Stefan Jentzsch , partner, Perella Weinberg Partners, Mark Kaner , president of 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Dec Koeppen , chief operating officer , Europe and Asia, 21st Century Fox, Miriam Kraus, senior vice-president, head of global governance , risk and compliance , SAP, Harald Rösch, corporate and investment advisor, and Katrin Wehr-Seiter, managing director , BIP Investment Partners.last_img read more

first_imgJames Murdoch has replaced Chase Carey as chairman of pay TV operator Sky Deutshland’s supervisory board.Carey will remain on the nine-member supervisory board, which will now comprise Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer and chairman and CEO, International of 21st Century Fox, who has been a member since April 18, Carey, president and chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, Markus Tellenbach, president and CEO of TVN, Stefan Jentzsch , partner, Perella Weinberg Partners, Mark Kaner , president of 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Dec Koeppen , chief operating officer , Europe and Asia, 21st Century Fox, Miriam Kraus, senior vice-president, head of global governance , risk and compliance , SAP, Harald Rösch, corporate and investment advisor, and Katrin Wehr-Seiter, managing director , BIP Investment Partners.last_img read more

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Hybrid TV platform provider Vision247 has official

07 Aug 2019

first_imgHybrid TV platform provider Vision247 has officially launched its cloud-based Perception platform to enable content owners to deliver services direct to consumers. The platform, which is operational with over 300,000 live users, according to Vision247, enables the delivery of content to devices including set-top boxes, smart TVs, PCs tablets and smartphones and is compatible with the iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 operating systems.The user interface and apps of the white label platform can be branded by content owners.John Mills, CEO, Vision247, said: “Perception represents a coming of age for internet delivered television. The technology and high speed fixed and mobile networks are finally mature enough to deliver the best and most pleasing viewing experience to a global audience that has a hunger to consume quality content. For the content owner this marks a new opportunity to engage directly and build deeper brand loyalty.”last_img read more

first_imgHybrid TV platform provider Vision247 has officially launched its cloud-based Perception platform to enable content owners to deliver services direct to consumers. The platform, which is operational with over 300,000 live users, according to Vision247, enables the delivery of content to devices including set-top boxes, smart TVs, PCs tablets and smartphones and is compatible with the iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 operating systems.The user interface and apps of the white label platform can be branded by content owners.John Mills, CEO, Vision247, said: “Perception represents a coming of age for internet delivered television. The technology and high speed fixed and mobile networks are finally mature enough to deliver the best and most pleasing viewing experience to a global audience that has a hunger to consume quality content. For the content owner this marks a new opportunity to engage directly and build deeper brand loyalty.”last_img read more

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Frances AB Group has teamed up with publishing ou

07 Aug 2019

first_imgFrance’s AB Group has teamed up with publishing outfit Mondadori Magazines France (MMF) to launch a new factual channel, Science & Vie TV.According to the pair, the partnership will combine MMF’s scientific and editorial expertise with AB Group’s TV channel knowhow. MMF publishes a monthly magazine of the same name that last year celebrated its centenary.Science & Vie TV will launched in spring next year and will be produced by AB’s thematic channel arm, AB Thématiques. The group said its ambition is to create a reference channel for the sciences both in France and internationally.“We are very happy with our partnership with Mondadori, which reinforces AB Group’s channel offering thanks to Science & Vie’s expertise and reputation and which opens up important development opportunities, notably in relation to documentary production, which we have made a strategic priority,” said Orla Noonan, director-general of AB Group.MMF president Carmine Perna said that “the signing of this agreement represents a unique opportunity for a title that already counts close to four million readers. Its extension into television is an opportunity to reach a still larger public”.last_img read more

first_imgFrance’s AB Group has teamed up with publishing outfit Mondadori Magazines France (MMF) to launch a new factual channel, Science & Vie TV.According to the pair, the partnership will combine MMF’s scientific and editorial expertise with AB Group’s TV channel knowhow. MMF publishes a monthly magazine of the same name that last year celebrated its centenary.Science & Vie TV will launched in spring next year and will be produced by AB’s thematic channel arm, AB Thématiques. The group said its ambition is to create a reference channel for the sciences both in France and internationally.“We are very happy with our partnership with Mondadori, which reinforces AB Group’s channel offering thanks to Science & Vie’s expertise and reputation and which opens up important development opportunities, notably in relation to documentary production, which we have made a strategic priority,” said Orla Noonan, director-general of AB Group.MMF president Carmine Perna said that “the signing of this agreement represents a unique opportunity for a title that already counts close to four million readers. Its extension into television is an opportunity to reach a still larger public”.last_img read more

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The BBC is introducing a new feature to highlight

07 Aug 2019

first_imgThe BBC is introducing a new feature to highlight trailers on its iPlayer on-demand service.From today, the BBC  is rolling out a feature that will mean audiences see a single short trailer play automatically when they select a programme to watch on iPlayer. Viewers will be able to watch all the trailed shows on iPlayer once they’ve been on TV, with some programmes immediately available on the iPlayer.The new feature is initially being rolled on the Flash version of the standard BBC Media Player, with the HTML player on the website and TV app players to follow.The BBC is also planning to add a ‘bookmark’ option that will enable viewers to add shows to a ‘My Programme’ list to watch as soon as they are available on iPlayer.last_img

first_imgThe BBC is introducing a new feature to highlight trailers on its iPlayer on-demand service.From today, the BBC  is rolling out a feature that will mean audiences see a single short trailer play automatically when they select a programme to watch on iPlayer. Viewers will be able to watch all the trailed shows on iPlayer once they’ve been on TV, with some programmes immediately available on the iPlayer.The new feature is initially being rolled on the Flash version of the standard BBC Media Player, with the HTML player on the website and TV app players to follow.The BBC is also planning to add a ‘bookmark’ option that will enable viewers to add shows to a ‘My Programme’ list to watch as soon as they are available on iPlayer.last_img

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The BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of

07 Aug 2019

first_imgThe BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16.At an event in London yesterday to preview the reinvented BBC Three, the broadcaster announced a new online home for the channel, The Best Of, and a new mobile-first offering called The Daily Drop.The Best Of will launch next month and will bring together original long-form programmes and a range of new content, including short form films, to give audiences a “deeper, richer experience than ever before,” according to BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh.The Daily Drop will launch in beta this week, offering “snackable” mobile-focused content. “The plan is to over time publish compelling, sharable content thoughout the day,” said Kavanagh.Among the new BBC Three commissions announced yesterday were: a series of short films from new writers from BBC Drama and actor Idris Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures; a standalone serial of 8×8-minute films called Life And Death Row: Love Triangle; a new drama from writer Jess Brittain set at Edinburgh university, called Clique; and a new documentary called Black Power that will investigate the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panther movements.“We’re reinventing our offer for young people, but I want to be clear that this is just the start. We will iterate, refine, adapt and I ask that you guys come on this adventure with us. Some things won’t work, but we have the capability to change tack very, very quickly; this is what’s most exciting about the new BBC3,” said Kavanagh.He added that though BBC Three’s linear TV channel will go dark from next month, BBC Three is still committed to “funding, finding and nurturing” new talent and ideas.“We have a brilliant track record on BBC3 for making purposeful content that resonates with people, and we will build on this,” he said.In a brief speech at the BBC Three relaunch yesterday evening, BBC director general, Tony Hall praised the youth-focused network and said that its move online broke new ground.“We’re the first broadcasters in the world to work out what it’s going to be like in an on-demand world,” said Hall. “No TV channel has ever done this before. This is new and let’s be clear, it’s also risky, but risky in a way that it should be risky – if we don’t take risks, who is going to?”last_img read more

first_imgThe BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16.At an event in London yesterday to preview the reinvented BBC Three, the broadcaster announced a new online home for the channel, The Best Of, and a new mobile-first offering called The Daily Drop.The Best Of will launch next month and will bring together original long-form programmes and a range of new content, including short form films, to give audiences a “deeper, richer experience than ever before,” according to BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh.The Daily Drop will launch in beta this week, offering “snackable” mobile-focused content. “The plan is to over time publish compelling, sharable content thoughout the day,” said Kavanagh.Among the new BBC Three commissions announced yesterday were: a series of short films from new writers from BBC Drama and actor Idris Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures; a standalone serial of 8×8-minute films called Life And Death Row: Love Triangle; a new drama from writer Jess Brittain set at Edinburgh university, called Clique; and a new documentary called Black Power that will investigate the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panther movements.“We’re reinventing our offer for young people, but I want to be clear that this is just the start. We will iterate, refine, adapt and I ask that you guys come on this adventure with us. Some things won’t work, but we have the capability to change tack very, very quickly; this is what’s most exciting about the new BBC3,” said Kavanagh.He added that though BBC Three’s linear TV channel will go dark from next month, BBC Three is still committed to “funding, finding and nurturing” new talent and ideas.“We have a brilliant track record on BBC3 for making purposeful content that resonates with people, and we will build on this,” he said.In a brief speech at the BBC Three relaunch yesterday evening, BBC director general, Tony Hall praised the youth-focused network and said that its move online broke new ground.“We’re the first broadcasters in the world to work out what it’s going to be like in an on-demand world,” said Hall. “No TV channel has ever done this before. This is new and let’s be clear, it’s also risky, but risky in a way that it should be risky – if we don’t take risks, who is going to?”last_img read more

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Telefónica O2 Deutschland is to launch a mobile TV

07 Aug 2019

first_imgTelefónica O2 Deutschland is to launch a mobile TV service in partnership with TV Spielfilm.The new TV app will give users access to a free package of over 50 channels, while a premium version will give access to over 70 channels for €9.99 a month, including 30 in HD.The operator highlighted that, in addition to mobile viewing via the Android and iOS paltforms, the service can be viewed on TV via Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay, meaning that subscribers can see it as an alternative to more expensive cable and satellite pay TV services.Channels in the free package include public channels Das Erste, the ARD-backed national channel, ARD regional services, ZDF and Sport 1. The premium service includes ProSieben, Sat.1, RTL and other channels.last_img

first_imgTelefónica O2 Deutschland is to launch a mobile TV service in partnership with TV Spielfilm.The new TV app will give users access to a free package of over 50 channels, while a premium version will give access to over 70 channels for €9.99 a month, including 30 in HD.The operator highlighted that, in addition to mobile viewing via the Android and iOS paltforms, the service can be viewed on TV via Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay, meaning that subscribers can see it as an alternative to more expensive cable and satellite pay TV services.Channels in the free package include public channels Das Erste, the ARD-backed national channel, ARD regional services, ZDF and Sport 1. The premium service includes ProSieben, Sat.1, RTL and other channels.last_img

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Swisscom has agreed to sell its 106 in Italian o

07 Aug 2019

first_imgSwisscom has agreed to sell its 10.6% in Italian operator Metroweb to the latter’s main shareholder Metroweb Italia for €80 million.The company’s shareholder agreement, which gives Swisscom certain minority rights, will be terminated when the transaction closes.The value of the deal is in line with the valuation placed on Metroweb by Italian utility company Enel, which has agreed to acquire the operator.Enel plans to use Metroweb to challenge Telecom Italia in the fast broadband segment by building a fibre network across the country. Metroweb operates in Milan.Metroweb is central to the plans of alternative operators Vodafone and Wind in Italy. The pair plan to use access to the Metroweb network to extend their reach in the Italian fixed broadband market.Swisscom owns Fastweb, Italy’s other alternative fibre provider, which said it will maintain its own trade relationship to Metroweb after the sale.Fastweb agreed two weeks ago to team up with Telecom Italia/TIM to build a 1Gbps-capable fibre-to-the-home network through a joint venture, allowing the pair to share the costs of extending fibre to the end user in 29 cities already covered by fibre-to-the-cabinet networks.The €1.2 billion venture, in which Fastweb will have a 20% stake to TIM’s 80%, aims to connect three million homes by 2020.Fastweb said the deal would not affect its ambition to reach half of Italian homes with fast internet by 2020, but that the mix of technologies would change. The number of units covered by its FTTH network would increase from two million to five million, while the number of homes connected to FTTC would increase from 5.5 million to eight million.last_img read more

first_imgSwisscom has agreed to sell its 10.6% in Italian operator Metroweb to the latter’s main shareholder Metroweb Italia for €80 million.The company’s shareholder agreement, which gives Swisscom certain minority rights, will be terminated when the transaction closes.The value of the deal is in line with the valuation placed on Metroweb by Italian utility company Enel, which has agreed to acquire the operator.Enel plans to use Metroweb to challenge Telecom Italia in the fast broadband segment by building a fibre network across the country. Metroweb operates in Milan.Metroweb is central to the plans of alternative operators Vodafone and Wind in Italy. The pair plan to use access to the Metroweb network to extend their reach in the Italian fixed broadband market.Swisscom owns Fastweb, Italy’s other alternative fibre provider, which said it will maintain its own trade relationship to Metroweb after the sale.Fastweb agreed two weeks ago to team up with Telecom Italia/TIM to build a 1Gbps-capable fibre-to-the-home network through a joint venture, allowing the pair to share the costs of extending fibre to the end user in 29 cities already covered by fibre-to-the-cabinet networks.The €1.2 billion venture, in which Fastweb will have a 20% stake to TIM’s 80%, aims to connect three million homes by 2020.Fastweb said the deal would not affect its ambition to reach half of Italian homes with fast internet by 2020, but that the mix of technologies would change. The number of units covered by its FTTH network would increase from two million to five million, while the number of homes connected to FTTC would increase from 5.5 million to eight million.last_img read more

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Portuguese pay TV provider Nos has launched an aug

07 Aug 2019

first_imgPortuguese pay TV provider Nos has launched an augmented reality online TV app using the Microsoft HoloLens device that has just launched in Europe.HoloLens, which is launching this week in four European countries – France, Germany, Ireland and the UK – with deliveries expected in November, provides a view of the real world overlaid with virtual objects in the form of holographic-type images.While Portugal is not in that list, Nos says that customers with the holographic spectacles will be able to enjoy mixed reality experiences via its dedicated online TV app.Comparing the experiences it would enable to the Hollywood movie Minority Report, Nos said that users would be able to manipulate the content they are watching, for example by jogging alongside a holographic image of House of Cards’ Frank Underwood or turning their living room into a Game of Thrones set.Pedro Bandeira, product development director with Nos, said that he believed “augmented reality will have a promising future” that would bering to market “an even more immersive experience with the widest variety of content”.He said that Nos’s launch made it the first operator to develop an augmented reality service in Portugal and one of the first worldwide and added that the launch was “the first step on a journey that will bring our customers more functionality, more flexibility, more information and more content, wherever they are and in a total personalised way”.In addition to the four European markets mentioned above, HoloLens is available for pre-order in Australia and New Zealand.Microsoft first announced HoloLens in January 2015 and made it available to developers and commercial partners in the US and Canada in March.“Since the launch of HoloLens we have seen really passionate developers and world-class companies develop ground breaking computing experiences, experiences only possible on HoloLens” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group, in a Microsoft blog posting.“When we set out to pioneer the mixed reality category we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered when others got their hands on the technology. It has been quite inspiring to see what our partners have built and what individual developers have created. Together, we have only scratched the surface for what mixed reality can do. I can’t wait to see what happens next as we welcome these new countries to our holographic landscape.”In the UK, the BBC announced in September that it was experimenting with holographic TV, with head of digital partnerships Cyrus Saihan suggesting that the launch of Microsoft HoloLens and Google-backed Magic Leap could give impetus to mixed and augmented reality experiences.last_img read more

first_imgPortuguese pay TV provider Nos has launched an augmented reality online TV app using the Microsoft HoloLens device that has just launched in Europe.HoloLens, which is launching this week in four European countries – France, Germany, Ireland and the UK – with deliveries expected in November, provides a view of the real world overlaid with virtual objects in the form of holographic-type images.While Portugal is not in that list, Nos says that customers with the holographic spectacles will be able to enjoy mixed reality experiences via its dedicated online TV app.Comparing the experiences it would enable to the Hollywood movie Minority Report, Nos said that users would be able to manipulate the content they are watching, for example by jogging alongside a holographic image of House of Cards’ Frank Underwood or turning their living room into a Game of Thrones set.Pedro Bandeira, product development director with Nos, said that he believed “augmented reality will have a promising future” that would bering to market “an even more immersive experience with the widest variety of content”.He said that Nos’s launch made it the first operator to develop an augmented reality service in Portugal and one of the first worldwide and added that the launch was “the first step on a journey that will bring our customers more functionality, more flexibility, more information and more content, wherever they are and in a total personalised way”.In addition to the four European markets mentioned above, HoloLens is available for pre-order in Australia and New Zealand.Microsoft first announced HoloLens in January 2015 and made it available to developers and commercial partners in the US and Canada in March.“Since the launch of HoloLens we have seen really passionate developers and world-class companies develop ground breaking computing experiences, experiences only possible on HoloLens” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group, in a Microsoft blog posting.“When we set out to pioneer the mixed reality category we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered when others got their hands on the technology. It has been quite inspiring to see what our partners have built and what individual developers have created. Together, we have only scratched the surface for what mixed reality can do. I can’t wait to see what happens next as we welcome these new countries to our holographic landscape.”In the UK, the BBC announced in September that it was experimenting with holographic TV, with head of digital partnerships Cyrus Saihan suggesting that the launch of Microsoft HoloLens and Google-backed Magic Leap could give impetus to mixed and augmented reality experiences.last_img read more

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Arqiva has said it continues to make excellent pr

06 Aug 2019

first_imgArqiva has said it continues to make “excellent progress” in its work to clear the 700MHz spectrum, which is due to be reallocated from TV to mobile data use.Announcing its first half of 2018 financial results, the UK infrastructure and media services firm said that all planned clearance events have so far been completed on time and on plan, and said its progress had helped the company to increase revenue by 5.0% on a like-for-like basis.“From the delivery of new TV content to the clearance of the airwaves over which 5G will come to life, and the overall increasing demand for connectivity over the airwaves, we are a key enabler of a coming change,” said Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO of Arqiva.The 700MHz spectrum has been earmarked for use in future 5G wireless technology for mobile network providers. The spectrum clearance is due to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020.For the six-month period Arqiva said that revenue was up 3.4% to £482.0 million, helped by 7% growth in its terrestrial broadcast business to £239.4 million. EBITDA increased 11.0% during the period to £256.1 million.“This strong performance can be attributed in part to an improvement in gross profit as a result of the revenue increase and shift in product mix, as well as improved operating efficiency and effective management cost-control through our FutureFit programme,” said the company in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgArqiva has said it continues to make “excellent progress” in its work to clear the 700MHz spectrum, which is due to be reallocated from TV to mobile data use.Announcing its first half of 2018 financial results, the UK infrastructure and media services firm said that all planned clearance events have so far been completed on time and on plan, and said its progress had helped the company to increase revenue by 5.0% on a like-for-like basis.“From the delivery of new TV content to the clearance of the airwaves over which 5G will come to life, and the overall increasing demand for connectivity over the airwaves, we are a key enabler of a coming change,” said Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO of Arqiva.The 700MHz spectrum has been earmarked for use in future 5G wireless technology for mobile network providers. The spectrum clearance is due to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020.For the six-month period Arqiva said that revenue was up 3.4% to £482.0 million, helped by 7% growth in its terrestrial broadcast business to £239.4 million. EBITDA increased 11.0% during the period to £256.1 million.“This strong performance can be attributed in part to an improvement in gross profit as a result of the revenue increase and shift in product mix, as well as improved operating efficiency and effective management cost-control through our FutureFit programme,” said the company in a statement.last_img read more

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Deutsche Telekom will focus on making more money f

06 Aug 2019

first_imgDeutsche Telekom will focus on making more money from existing TV subscribers in its markets outside Germany rather than acquiring more customers in “increasingly penetrated” markets, according to chief financial officer Thomas Dannenfeldt.Speaking to analysts after Telekom posted its quarterly results at the end of last week Dannenfeldt said that some of the markets in which Telekom is active in TV were now highly penetrated. He said that the company “will shift our focus increasingly towards better monetization” of TV.Telekom added only 22,000 customers outside its domestic market in the quarter to June, but strengthened its base of customers taking converged bundles of products by 229,000.Dannenfeldt also admitted that Telekom’s “run rate remains below target” in adding TV subscribers in the German market, were it recorded 47,000 additions. However, he said the company had been able to “improve the mix” in terms of the products its customers took.Deutsche Telekom saw its German TV base increase by 1.5% quarter-on-quarter to 3.24 million at the end of June, while its base for the rest of Europe increased by just 0.5% to 4.293 million.Despite the Q2 slowdown, Telekom’s German TV base – including both IPTV and satellite customers – has increased by 7.1% year-on-year, boosted by stronger gains in the second half of last year. The broadband base has gone up by only 3.1%, but Telekom’s fibre base has increased by 30.3% year-on-year to 6.559 million.Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges has been highly critical of Vodafone’s planned acquisition of Liberty Global’s German unit Unitymedia, which he says will give the combined entity an unfair advantage in the TV market.Telekom also saw only modest growth for fixed broadband – up 0.6% – and mobile customers in its domestic market in the quarter to June, with its contract base declining, and a decline in its fixed phone base. In the rest of Europe, broadband and mobile customers rose by 1.3% each.last_img read more

first_imgDeutsche Telekom will focus on making more money from existing TV subscribers in its markets outside Germany rather than acquiring more customers in “increasingly penetrated” markets, according to chief financial officer Thomas Dannenfeldt.Speaking to analysts after Telekom posted its quarterly results at the end of last week Dannenfeldt said that some of the markets in which Telekom is active in TV were now highly penetrated. He said that the company “will shift our focus increasingly towards better monetization” of TV.Telekom added only 22,000 customers outside its domestic market in the quarter to June, but strengthened its base of customers taking converged bundles of products by 229,000.Dannenfeldt also admitted that Telekom’s “run rate remains below target” in adding TV subscribers in the German market, were it recorded 47,000 additions. However, he said the company had been able to “improve the mix” in terms of the products its customers took.Deutsche Telekom saw its German TV base increase by 1.5% quarter-on-quarter to 3.24 million at the end of June, while its base for the rest of Europe increased by just 0.5% to 4.293 million.Despite the Q2 slowdown, Telekom’s German TV base – including both IPTV and satellite customers – has increased by 7.1% year-on-year, boosted by stronger gains in the second half of last year. The broadband base has gone up by only 3.1%, but Telekom’s fibre base has increased by 30.3% year-on-year to 6.559 million.Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges has been highly critical of Vodafone’s planned acquisition of Liberty Global’s German unit Unitymedia, which he says will give the combined entity an unfair advantage in the TV market.Telekom also saw only modest growth for fixed broadband – up 0.6% – and mobile customers in its domestic market in the quarter to June, with its contract base declining, and a decline in its fixed phone base. In the rest of Europe, broadband and mobile customers rose by 1.3% each.last_img read more

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A new mixed martial arts channel UFC TV is launc

06 Aug 2019

first_imgA new mixed martial arts channel, UFC TV, is launching in Russia on Rostelecom’s platform.The channel will be available on an exclusive basis on Rostelecom’s interactive TV platform, and will also be available on the service provider’s Wink multimedia platform. Rostelecom’s interactive TV offering reaches 5.2 million homes across the country.The channel will launch with coverage of the UFC Fight Night tournament featuring a bout between Alexey Oleynik and Alistair Overeem in St Petersburg on April 20. The fight will be aired on ESPN+ elsewhere in the world.The new channel will deliver live broadcasts of all UFC tournaments, as well as replays in primetime. The channel will also include archive fights, interviews, reviews and other content.Rostelecom content director Alexander Kosarim said that the channels “gathered the whole world of UFC in one place”, bringing together live coverage of tournaments that had previously only been available on different platforms.UFC VP for Russia Andrey Gromkovsky said that the launch of UFC TV was “a new milestone” for mixed martial arts in Russia and the CIS.The launch of the channel follows the recent launch of a UFC YouTube channel in Russia and a revamped promotional website. Gromkovsky said that the launch of the TV channel would “make UFC content accessible to an even wider audience, create an important platform for the growth of our fanbase and consolidate the perception of UFC as a leading sport brand in Russia”.last_img read more

first_imgA new mixed martial arts channel, UFC TV, is launching in Russia on Rostelecom’s platform.The channel will be available on an exclusive basis on Rostelecom’s interactive TV platform, and will also be available on the service provider’s Wink multimedia platform. Rostelecom’s interactive TV offering reaches 5.2 million homes across the country.The channel will launch with coverage of the UFC Fight Night tournament featuring a bout between Alexey Oleynik and Alistair Overeem in St Petersburg on April 20. The fight will be aired on ESPN+ elsewhere in the world.The new channel will deliver live broadcasts of all UFC tournaments, as well as replays in primetime. The channel will also include archive fights, interviews, reviews and other content.Rostelecom content director Alexander Kosarim said that the channels “gathered the whole world of UFC in one place”, bringing together live coverage of tournaments that had previously only been available on different platforms.UFC VP for Russia Andrey Gromkovsky said that the launch of UFC TV was “a new milestone” for mixed martial arts in Russia and the CIS.The launch of the channel follows the recent launch of a UFC YouTube channel in Russia and a revamped promotional website. Gromkovsky said that the launch of the TV channel would “make UFC content accessible to an even wider audience, create an important platform for the growth of our fanbase and consolidate the perception of UFC as a leading sport brand in Russia”.last_img read more

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POLICE PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER MAN SERIOUSLY ASSAULTE

05 Aug 2019

first_imgPOLICE PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER MAN SERIOUSLY ASSAULTED IN DERRY was last modified: October 22nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet He has been taken to the accident and emergency department at Altnagelvin Hospital for treatment to his head injuries.Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Newmarket Street during the early hours of this morning and who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Strand Road on 101 quoting reference 209 22/10/2017. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.An area of Newmarket Street remains closed this morning while police conduct follow-up enquiries into the incident. Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience and ask them to avoid the area if possible while the investigation into this serious assault continues. DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Newmarket Street in Derry during the early hours of this morning, Sunday, October 22. Shortly after 2am police received a report of an altercation between a number of males on Newmarket Street. A male, aged in his 30s, sustained serious injuries to his head after he had been assaulted by a number of the males. detectivesNEWMARKET STREETPOLICE PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER MAN SERIOUSLY ASSAULTED IN DERRYPSNISTRAND ROADlast_img read more

first_imgPOLICE PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER MAN SERIOUSLY ASSAULTED IN DERRY was last modified: October 22nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet He has been taken to the accident and emergency department at Altnagelvin Hospital for treatment to his head injuries.Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Newmarket Street during the early hours of this morning and who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Strand Road on 101 quoting reference 209 22/10/2017. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.An area of Newmarket Street remains closed this morning while police conduct follow-up enquiries into the incident. Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience and ask them to avoid the area if possible while the investigation into this serious assault continues. DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Newmarket Street in Derry during the early hours of this morning, Sunday, October 22. Shortly after 2am police received a report of an altercation between a number of males on Newmarket Street. A male, aged in his 30s, sustained serious injuries to his head after he had been assaulted by a number of the males. detectivesNEWMARKET STREETPOLICE PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER MAN SERIOUSLY ASSAULTED IN DERRYPSNISTRAND ROADlast_img read more

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A post mortem later revealed that Mr McDonagh died

05 Aug 2019

first_imgA post mortem later revealed that Mr McDonagh died from bleeding and swelling of the brain after a punch caused him to fall backwards.As he fell, his head hit off the pavement, fracturing his skull.JURY FAIL TO REACH A VERDICT IN FINBARR MCCOY MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet McCoy jr has always admitted throwing the single punch which struck Mr McDonagh, but has maintained he is innocent of his unlawful killing.He was released on continuing bail while a decision is made on whether or not he is to face a retrial in the new year on manslaughter charges.Earlier the jury of six men and six women, following over five hours deliberation over two days, reported that not only were they hung on reaching a unanimous verdict, there was no prospect of even a majority of at least ten of them agreeing on his guilt or innocence.The jury was discharged by trial judge Mrs Justice Keegan. During the trial the jury heard that Mr McCoy had been in the Elk bar with his family celebrating his father’s retirement. .Mr McDonagh and his nephew, who were known to staff as regulars, were also in the bar.Around 2 am there was a confrontation in the car park.Mr McCoy jr, who had left earlier, had to be restrained after getting a friend to drive him back to the car park where he found that his parents had been injured.Mr McDonagh was stripped to the waist “shouting and roaring… laughing, egging” people on, the court was told. Mr McCoy jr, said he “panicked” and was “fearful for his family” and managed to break free from those holding him.He said that in his “rage” he ran over and punched Mr McDonagh, also claiming he threw the punch as a “scare tactic” and that immediately afterwards he punched “a fence in his temper”.Mr McDonagh later died at his mother’s home despite the valiant efforts of paramedics.center_img James McDonagh who died following a one punch attack outside Elk nightclubTHE jury sitting on the trial of a Co Derry man accused of  ‘one-punch’ attack on a reveller outside a Co Antrim nightclub failed to reach a verdict in the case today.Finbar McCoy jnr (28), from Tamlaghduff Road, Bellaghy, Co Derry was accused of the unlawful killing of James McDonagh.Mr McDonagh (28) from Castledawson, Co Derry, died in hospital from the injuries he sustained outside the Elk Bar in Toomebridge in January last year. .bellaghycastledawsonFINBARR MCCOYJAMES MCDONAGHJURY FAIL TO REACH A VERDICT IN FINBARR MCCOY MANSLAUGHTER TRIALlast_img read more

first_imgA post mortem later revealed that Mr McDonagh died from bleeding and swelling of the brain after a punch caused him to fall backwards.As he fell, his head hit off the pavement, fracturing his skull.JURY FAIL TO REACH A VERDICT IN FINBARR MCCOY MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet McCoy jr has always admitted throwing the single punch which struck Mr McDonagh, but has maintained he is innocent of his unlawful killing.He was released on continuing bail while a decision is made on whether or not he is to face a retrial in the new year on manslaughter charges.Earlier the jury of six men and six women, following over five hours deliberation over two days, reported that not only were they hung on reaching a unanimous verdict, there was no prospect of even a majority of at least ten of them agreeing on his guilt or innocence.The jury was discharged by trial judge Mrs Justice Keegan. During the trial the jury heard that Mr McCoy had been in the Elk bar with his family celebrating his father’s retirement. .Mr McDonagh and his nephew, who were known to staff as regulars, were also in the bar.Around 2 am there was a confrontation in the car park.Mr McCoy jr, who had left earlier, had to be restrained after getting a friend to drive him back to the car park where he found that his parents had been injured.Mr McDonagh was stripped to the waist “shouting and roaring… laughing, egging” people on, the court was told. Mr McCoy jr, said he “panicked” and was “fearful for his family” and managed to break free from those holding him.He said that in his “rage” he ran over and punched Mr McDonagh, also claiming he threw the punch as a “scare tactic” and that immediately afterwards he punched “a fence in his temper”.Mr McDonagh later died at his mother’s home despite the valiant efforts of paramedics.center_img James McDonagh who died following a one punch attack outside Elk nightclubTHE jury sitting on the trial of a Co Derry man accused of  ‘one-punch’ attack on a reveller outside a Co Antrim nightclub failed to reach a verdict in the case today.Finbar McCoy jnr (28), from Tamlaghduff Road, Bellaghy, Co Derry was accused of the unlawful killing of James McDonagh.Mr McDonagh (28) from Castledawson, Co Derry, died in hospital from the injuries he sustained outside the Elk Bar in Toomebridge in January last year. .bellaghycastledawsonFINBARR MCCOYJAMES MCDONAGHJURY FAIL TO REACH A VERDICT IN FINBARR MCCOY MANSLAUGHTER TRIALlast_img read more

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05 Aug 2019

first_imgShareTweet Comedian Ardal O’Hanlon is joining the cast of Derry Girls to play awkward Irish fella EamonnHIT comedy Derry Girls has a new fella joining the family.Celebrated Irish comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) is set to appear in Series 2. O’Hanlon will make a special guest appearance as Eamonn; the awkward, middle-aged mummy’s boy of the Quinn/McCool extended family.Series 2 of the award-winning Channel 4 comedy has wrapped filming and will return to screens with 6×30’ new episodes in March 2019. Fans will have to wait and see what shenanigans the gang get up to, but rest assured, Erin Quinn (Saoirse Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla McCool (Louisa Harland) and friends Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) and Michelle’s tag along English cousin, aka The Wee English Fella, James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn) will be back, navigating their teens in 1990’s Derry in their hilarious, unique, yet all too familiar fashion. Derry Girls is the creation of acclaimed Derry-born writer Lisa McGee who has mined her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a-kind, family-centred comedy set against the backdrop of The Troubles. CHANNEL 4Derry CityDERRY GIRLSFather TedRevealed: Ardal O’Hanlon joins series two of Derry GirlsWRITER LISA MCGEE Across the UK, consolidated viewing figures revealed that the first series of Derry Girls was watched by an average of 2.5 million viewers, making it Channel 4’s biggest comedy launch since 2004. Derry Girls is also the biggest ever comedy launch series on All 4.According to Channel 4, the first series has consolidated (taking account of time-shifted viewing on a television over a seven day period) to become the biggest series ever in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002.Derry Girls Series 2 (6×30’) was commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor Jack Bayles. The series is written by Lisa McGee. Caroline Leddy, Liz Lewin, Jimmy Mulville and Lisa McGee are Executive Producers. Derry Girls is a commission for Hat Trick Productions and is a showcase of creative talent from Northern Ireland, entirely set and made locally which received funding from Northern Ireland Screen.A trailer for series two of Derry Girls was released earlier this weekRevealed: Ardal O’Hanlon joins series two of Derry Girls was last modified: February 17th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

first_imgShareTweet Comedian Ardal O’Hanlon is joining the cast of Derry Girls to play awkward Irish fella EamonnHIT comedy Derry Girls has a new fella joining the family.Celebrated Irish comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) is set to appear in Series 2. O’Hanlon will make a special guest appearance as Eamonn; the awkward, middle-aged mummy’s boy of the Quinn/McCool extended family.Series 2 of the award-winning Channel 4 comedy has wrapped filming and will return to screens with 6×30’ new episodes in March 2019. Fans will have to wait and see what shenanigans the gang get up to, but rest assured, Erin Quinn (Saoirse Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla McCool (Louisa Harland) and friends Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) and Michelle’s tag along English cousin, aka The Wee English Fella, James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn) will be back, navigating their teens in 1990’s Derry in their hilarious, unique, yet all too familiar fashion. Derry Girls is the creation of acclaimed Derry-born writer Lisa McGee who has mined her own experiences to create a candid, one-of-a-kind, family-centred comedy set against the backdrop of The Troubles. CHANNEL 4Derry CityDERRY GIRLSFather TedRevealed: Ardal O’Hanlon joins series two of Derry GirlsWRITER LISA MCGEE Across the UK, consolidated viewing figures revealed that the first series of Derry Girls was watched by an average of 2.5 million viewers, making it Channel 4’s biggest comedy launch since 2004. Derry Girls is also the biggest ever comedy launch series on All 4.According to Channel 4, the first series has consolidated (taking account of time-shifted viewing on a television over a seven day period) to become the biggest series ever in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002.Derry Girls Series 2 (6×30’) was commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor Jack Bayles. The series is written by Lisa McGee. Caroline Leddy, Liz Lewin, Jimmy Mulville and Lisa McGee are Executive Producers. Derry Girls is a commission for Hat Trick Productions and is a showcase of creative talent from Northern Ireland, entirely set and made locally which received funding from Northern Ireland Screen.A trailer for series two of Derry Girls was released earlier this weekRevealed: Ardal O’Hanlon joins series two of Derry Girls was last modified: February 17th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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