“All titles will be divided into four groups, each headed by an editorial director who will be charged with finding new ways to work together to grow our audience and our business across brands, new ways to take advantage of digital and video opportunities that may cut across brands and new efficiencies in how we operate across brands,” wrote Murray in the memo. Last week Time Inc. left many inside and outside the company scratching their heads as to where it was going next. But an internal memo today from Alan Murray, recently named chief content officer, adds some clarity. The celebrity, entertainment, and style group, which includes People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, StyleWatch, Essence, and xoJane, will be led by Jess Cagle, who was already editorial director of People and EW. Reporting to Cagle will be Lisa Arbetter, editor of StyleWatch, who will also serve as interim editor of InStyle as the company seeks a permanent replacement for Ariel Foxman, who announced earlier this week that he was stepping down after eight years on the job. Under a new editorial structure, Time Inc.’s titles will be divided into four groups led by editorial directors, each of whom will report directly to Murray. Nathan Lump, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure, has been promoted to editorial director of the lifestyle group, consisting of Real Simple, Southern Living, T+L, Food & Wine, Sunset, Coastal Living, Health, Cooking Light, Cozi, and MyRecipes. The sports group will be led by Chris Stone, who replaced longtime Sports Illustrated group editor Paul Fichtenbaum in June. First, Time editor Nancy Gibbs will lead the news group, consisting of Time, Fortune, Money, Time for Kids, and Motto. Interestingly, Michael Duffy, who will continue in his role as deputy managing editor of Time, will also report to Murray as editorial director of Time Inc., working on “matters of editorial standards and integrity,” according to the memo. The shuffle falls in line with an ongoing and overall reimagining of the company’s internal composition, including the reorganization announced last week, aimed at promoting cross-brand and category-wide ad sales. The company appears to be betting on the appeal of targeting specific audiences across its portfolio of titles, particularly when it comes to digital sales, a strategy reflected in Condé Nast’s announcement yesterday that it was further integrating operations for two of its titles, Glamour and Self.
U.S. M1A2 “Abrams” tank fires during U.S. led joint military exercise “Noble Partner 2016″ near Vaziani, Georgia, May 18, 2016ReutersThe United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, four people familiar with the negotiations said, sparking anger from Beijing which is already involved in an escalating trade war with Washington.Taiwan’s Defence Ministry confirmed it had requested those weapons and that the request was proceeding normally.The US commitment to providing Taiwan with the weapons to defend itself helps Taiwan’s military to raise its combat abilities, consolidates the Taiwan-US security partnership and ensures Taiwan’s security, the ministry said in a statement.The Chinese government condemned the planned sale.”We are severely concerned about the US move and are firmly against US arms sales to Taiwan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing in Beijing.China urges the United States to stop arms sales to Taiwan and prudently deal with issues relating to Taiwan to prevent harm to bilateral relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, he added.CHINA HAWK US President Donald Trump’s administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of US arms export policy in 2018 aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it would bolster the American defense industry and create jobs at home.Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro was one of the administration’s architects of that policy. Navarro, a China hawk, wrote about the possible sale of tanks to Taiwan in a March opinion column in the New York Times ahead of a presidential trip to the Lima, Ohio, plant where they are made. ReutersAt a low point, the US Army had only one tank coming from the plant a month, General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic said during an April conference call with investors, but said “we’ll be rolling out 30 tanks a month by the end of this year,” partly because of international orders.The Pentagon announced last week it would sell 34 ScanEagle drones, made by Boeing Co, to the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam for $47 million.The drones would afford greater intelligence-gathering capabilities, potentially curbing Chinese activity in the region.China claims almost all of the strategic South China Sea and frequently lambastes the United States and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all have competing claims.China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe warned the United States at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last weekend not to meddle in security disputes over Taiwan and the South China Sea.Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told the meeting that the United States would no longer “tiptoe” around China’s behaviour in Asia.Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry told Reuters, Wei’s “threatening” comments and recent Chinese military drills near Taiwan showed the importance of its need to strengthen its defensive abilities.”Going forward our government will continue to deepen the close security partnership between Taiwan and the United States,” it said.
A man walks past a Tata sign outside their offices in London, Britain March 30, 2016.Reuters fileIndia’s second-most-valued company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has planned to contribute a considerable portion of the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund to Tata Trusts, the Economic Times reported on Friday.Tata Trust is a philanthropic organisation that owns a majority stake in the group holding firm.The country’s biggest software exporter is the first Tata company to considering such a move, which in line with former chairman Ratan Tata’s idea to unify the parent company’s philanthropic programme into one. Earlier Chairman N Chandrasekaran had also advocated for a “One Tata” approach.The 79-year-old industry veteran, Ratan Tata, wants Tata Trusts to work with the group companies on social development goals for “one powerful set of initiatives”, changing the path of how CSR is used worked in Tata Group under ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry, where companies underwent their individual CSR roadmaps, often different from that of Tata Trusts.A source familiar with the development told ET that the rationale of this move is to leverage the company’s spending in a better way and work on bigger projects.”We are working out the details. We are discussing how much of TCS corporate social responsibility spend will be given away to Tata Trusts’ initiatives and for how long,” the source said.Currently, Ratan Tata chairs Tata Trusts — a cluster of 14 charity organisations. Tata Sons works on different social welfare projects: mostly in education, healthcare, livelihood and sanitation. Ratan TataReutersThe philanthropic organisation spent around Rs 808 crore in the financial year 2016. Contributions from different Tata companies to Tata Sons will help create a larger fund pool.According to the government directive, every year private companies have to spend a minimum of 2 percent of the net profit of their three preceding financial years on CSR activities.Ratan Tata recently wrote in the company’s in-house magazine: “In the years I was chairman of the group, I tried to bring companies together to have a more unified approach in this regard. The last four years have seen the dismantling of that approach and a return to individual companies doing their bit.”
Art lovers can head over to Gallery Five as it organises its next monthly art exhibition titled Excess Denied. The show displays a wide range of works by India’s leading and upcoming modern and contemporary artists. The participants are – Anjaneyulu Gundu, Arpit Biloria, Deviba Wala, Manish Barodia and Shahanshah Mittal. Excess Denied is an ode to purity of thought and action which have led to the creation of these artworks.The collection demonstrates the fundamental technical skills and conceptual strength of an artist. They blur the boundaries between the everyday and art without succumbing to histrionics and excesses. They embrace the basic tenets of being human and humane. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘The utilitarian objects represented in my paintings speak of the lives of the people who handle/use them in their daily little histories’- says Gundu. He believes that every object is an actor in a larger scene and every scene is part of another act. That is why he concentrates on the individual object in his hyper realistic paintings. Biloria noted, ‘Volume is something which can be realised even when you take away the distracting color’. White, he sees, as a ground, where images lay hiding. Black acts as connecting point between dimensions revealing these images. He plays with what exists and what does not. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDeviba summarises her minimal and usually monochrome abstract work as having a naive depth. Naive in the context that her art is one that’s kept devoid of all obvious influences of the daily life and today’s world but not in its literal sense. Her work consists of broad spectrum of lines intersecting into each other as if weaving a beguiling net for the viewer to immerse in. She wants her art forms to create a niche and exclusive mind space in the viewer thus letting him/her strike a chord with their inner self. The strength in her art is the ode to a life’s pure existence. The many subtle layers in Mittal’s paper work represent inner monologues which cannot be vocalized.
March Madness is just around the corner, but Bucknell gave us a thrilling, tournament-quality comeback to wet the appetite with an improbable come from behind win against Colgate.Trailing 61-51 with a minute to go, the Bison mounted a furious 14-3 run in the last 60 seconds capped off by a dagger buzzer beater by junior guard Kimbal Mackenzie and the 65-64 win.This highlight will give you the uncontrollable urge to fill out a bracket. We pick up the action with Bucknell down 9 with 37-seconds left to play. Advertisement
TORONTO – Natalia Chiles doesn’t understand why Instagram banned her cannabis teacup giveaway.When the Edmonton social media influencer posted about it a few days before legalization, she thought everything was in the clear. The contest promised a set of regular teacups painted with gold cannabis leaves — no big deal, right?Wrong.Instagram pulled the post down saying it violated their community guidelines. Chiles says she could only assume it’s because the cups are painted with cannabis images. But she wasn’t sure since Instagram never got back to her.“It’s so frustrating,” said Chiles, who runs the account @hiiighvibes on the platform.“This is a teacup, this isn’t even a cannabis accessory. What’s the difference if it has a rose or a leaf printed on it?”What angers Chiles most is that Instagram doesn’t seem interested in providing clarity around cannabis legalization in Canada or explaining why they disapprove of some posts.Instagram has strict rules around cannabis portrayal that are intended to prohibit the facilitation of smoking weed. While you can post about weed-related content and advocate for marijuana, promoting the sale of the drug is against the rules, it says.“Because of the borderless nature of our community, we try to enforce our policies as consistently as possible,” said Instagram representative Alex Kucharski in email.But in a separate statement on Tuesday he acknowledged that Instagram “reviewers” made the wrong decision on the teacup post and that it didn’t violate the terms.“Our team processes millions of reports each week, and sometimes we get things wrong. We’re sorry for the mistakes,” he wrote.Those loose rules are what frustrated Jodie Emery when her business account was temporarily deactivated earlier this year. Instagram acknowledges that removal was in error, too.Emery operates an Instagram profile for Jodie’s Joint, a Toronto coffee shop she owns that’s also a hub for cannabis and hemp advocacy.In August, Emery learned her account was shut down after Instagram felt it violated their guidelines.Confused over how she broke the rules, Emery appealed the closure and asked the company to clarify.She says the Jodie’s Joint account was reactivated about a week later without Instagram giving her a clear answer to what happened.“It’s very difficult for a lot of entrepreneurs and advocates who depend on social media for outreach… when they lose those accounts,” she says.Emery hoped the federal government would clarify acceptable practices in the weeks leading up to legalization, but she says they’ve done little to help people understand how a section of the Cannabis Act applies to social media influencers.“I call it a bong show,” she says of how Ottawa is handling the situation.Applying the Cannabis Act to internet culture only creates more confusion for Instagrammers, some of them say.Under federal law, the promotion of cannabis and its related accessories — or any service tied to cannabis — is prohibited unless steps are taken to prevent young people under 18 from viewing the activity.However, it’s nearly impossible for Instagrammers to know if their posts are being viewed by underage users on one of the most popular apps for teenagers.Equally problematic is the prohibition of testimonials and endorsements. The Cannabis Act states that weed and any associated brands cannot be presented in a way that “evokes a positive or negative emotion” which includes presenting a lifestyle of “glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”So where does that leave Instagrammers who build their entire personas on portraying a glamorous life of recreation and excitement?Nikki Jackson isn’t waiting around to find out — she’s already living her best cannabis life on Instagram.When legal weed was introduced last week, the Victoria-based social media influencer wasted little time before lighting up for her 17,000 followers on the @Savvystonedgirl account.She posted about rubbing elbows with iconic stoner Tommy Chong at a corporate event, filmed herself taking a hit from a tiny pipe shaped like a saxophone, and vouched for a new “smooth” strain of cannabis she enjoyed.She says if any of those posts crossed the line between commentary and endorsement she might not know it. That’s one of the reasons she launched a group chat with about 15 of her closest “Canadian stoner” friends in hopes of stoking conversations about what’s acceptable on social media.She figures if Instagram and the federal government can’t draft clear standards for influencers, maybe the stoners can forge a pathway for themselves.“None of us want to get in trouble for doing this, but we still want to advocate for the normality of cannabis,” Jackson says.“So we’ve been having an intense conversation for about a week now… to try and comply a little bit more.”They’ve already drafted a few ideas.Some influencers added “Adult Content 19+” to their profile descriptions to show they’re making an effort to deter minors. A few went a step further by adding disclaimers to each cannabis post warning about the effects of smoking marijuana, Jackson says.It’s an effort she hopes will keep Instagram and the federal government off their backs.“I don’t think they’re going to come down on the influencers as hard as they’re going to come down on the companies,” she says of the possibility of being fined over breaking the law.“Most of us think it’s more of a fear-mongering thing.”That hasn’t stopped Amanda Rose from worrying about losing her Instagram account.Recently she received a notification from the platform telling her an image she posted of concentrates a few months ago violated their guidelines.“That’s kind of got me nervous because I’ve never had a post reported before,” she says.Rose, who has over 9,000 followers on her @cbddarling account, says she hopes clearer guidelines are provided to Instagrammers soon.“I just got into it because I really wanted to share my story,” the Otterville, Ont., resident says of using the platform.“I’m more of a strain nerd the way that somebody geeks out about video games.”She hopes when the confusion over social media calms down there will be a role for influencer will play as educators of cannabis products.“I want to look at it, smell it, touch it and tell people about it,” she says.“But I don’t want to get in trouble for doing it.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. ‘A bong show’: Instagrammers say legalization made #cannabislife more confusing A photo of Instagram user Natalia Chiles (@hiighvibes) is shown in a handout. Chiles doesn’t understand why Instagram banned her cannabis teacup giveaway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Instagram-@hiighvibes MANDATORY CREDIT by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2018 10:28 am PDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Share24Tweet18Share30Email72 SharesAi-jen Poo, Image Source: Institute for Policy StudiesOctober 30, 2017; US NewsOver the last few years, NPQ has written about nonprofits employing workers “under conditions that keep the workers in poverty.” This is particularly prominent in certain fields, such as personal-care aides, which is on track to become the fastest-growing over the next 10 years, as the number of people in the U.S. over 65 is expected to double by 2050. A recent opinion article in US News by Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, highlights the need for “fair wages, decent working conditions and access to reproductive health care, including abortions” for care workers.Ninety percent of care workers are women. The majority of those are women of color, and between 30 and 40 percent are immigrants. Poo notes that the work they perform is highly skilled and valuable, but undervalued. In the US, “the average income for home care-workers is $17,000 a year. The median income for an elder care-worker…is $13,000 a year.” Further, domestic workers don’t qualify for basic worker protections like “limits on hours and overtime pay, days off, health benefits and paid leave.” There is also almost no room for advancement or path to higher earnings, save a few employers who provide peer mentor or senior aide positions.These conditions compound; for workers at such a low rate of pay, it’s nearly impossible to secure healthcare on the private market. The Affordable Care Act, particularly for the states that implemented Medicaid expansion (19 did not), helped these workers, who often otherwise don’t qualify. However, not only is the Trump administration trying to roll back these benefits, the federal Hyde Amendment severely limits access to abortion and birth control under Medicaid. Further, the administration’s attack on immigrants directly impacts this work force.Poo writes, “The result is that many domestic workers spend their days caring for our families, and their wages caring for their families, with little time or resources left for their own health or well-being.”There is already a care worker shortage and that can be expected to continue, if not grow. Further, Karen Kahn, writing for NPQ, notes that turnover is high, a result of an “‘employment model’ of cheap, replaceable labor…evolved during an era when millions of women entered the labor force for the first time, and jobs for women of color outside of ‘domestic’ employment was scarce.”Though private companies have entered the “ever-expanding long-term care sector,” and now dominate it, nonprofits have a key role to play in shaping this significant and growing work force.Kahn notes that “nearly 75 percent of nursing home care and home health care is paid for through Medicaid and Medicare,” and “reimbursement rates…have not increased for several years.”The National Domestic Workers Alliance is the leading organization in the US working for the inclusion of domestic workers in the Fair Labor Standards Act, which guarantees minimum wage, overtime, and sick and vacation pay.Caring Across Generations, a coalition of more than 100 local, state, and national organizations, has a policy agenda for 21st century caregiving which includes access to quality care, affordable home care for families and individuals, and better care jobs. Their better care jobs agenda supports four proposals:Increasing the national wage floor for domestic workers to $15.00 per hour. (According to Kahn, in 2015 the median wage for home care aides was $10.11 per hour.)Improving workforce training and career mobility to ensure quality.Developing a path to citizenship for undocumented caregivers.Creating a national initiative to incentivize and recruit family caregivers into the paid workforce (Eighty-five percent of long-term care is provided by family members).Health coverage is also a significant goal for workers who have an on-the-job injury rate three times higher than the average US worker and work erratic hours, which affects eligibility for employer-sponsored plans.The time is ripe for leveraging the context of and conditions in this work force. Done well, it may provide a blueprint for others, and for a more caring society.—Cyndi Suarez Share24Tweet18Share30Email72 Shares
Share12TweetShareEmail12 SharesUSDA.September 14, 2018; Next CityHolly Freishtat began her career in food policy more than eight years ago. As the leader of the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, she has spent the last few years collaborating with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Livable Future to change the perception of “food deserts” and finding ways to make systemic change.Working with local residents and politicians, the partnership has pushed for innovative policy and initiatives around food access, and begun to change the very terminology of how the city of Baltimore talks about food deserts.The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food deserts as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas, largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.” In 2018, the term “food desert” was changed to “healthy food priority area.” Why was changing the phrasing so important? To better characterize what is being measured and to recognize that there is a suite of structural elements shaping Baltimore’s food system.As quoted in Next City, Freishtat states, “We had been hearing from advocates and residents that ‘food desert’ assumes it’s naturally occurring when it’s not; it’s a social condition.”Along with changing the terminology, they relied heavily on data to inform the strategies used to address Healthy Food Priority Areas. It’s common for this collaboration to use mapping and data analysis, and now they have added a new set of data: resident feedback and engagement. The partnership collaborated with council members in each council district, asking them to identify residents to serve as “resident food equity advisors.” As a part of this model, 14 residents visited corner and convenience stores in their communities to see whether or not healthy food was available. The results suggest that over 700 corner and convenience stores scored low in healthy food availability. The resident advisors were educated on food access issues and consulted on recommendations on how to bring healthy foods to their local corner stores.Quantitative and qualitative data collection have helped this partnership develop a sound strategy to address a wicked, complex problem. Their ability to provide sound data through research has made them a reliable source for elected officials, including Mayor Catherine Pugh, and ensures that they have a seat at the table when policies are being created. The partnership between Baltimore Food Policy Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Health shows the power of data and the power of collaboration.—Diandria BarberShare12TweetShareEmail12 Shares
The popularity of tablet devices continued to grow last year, with latest figures from Futuresource Consulting revealing that a record 15.5 million units shipped in the third quarter 2011, 4.5 million more than during the same period 2010.Shipments to Europe reached 4.2 million during the quarter, which represented 300% growth year-on-year. The US had 7.1 million shipment, over 70% of which were Apple devices. Futuresource noted that Samsung, HP and Acer were beginning to gain traction. It said that growth in tablet sales was expected to continue until at least 2015.
Interdnestrcom, the main telco of the breakaway republic of Transnistria in south-eastern Europe, is to migrate its TV service to digital from the beginning of February.Interdnestrcom will continue to broadcast five free-to-air channels in analogue, while other channels will be broadcast in digital only. The company is increasing the number of channels on its platform to 120 and launching a new movie service, IDC Cinema.According to deputy commercial director Olga Nikolenko, Interdnestrcom has distributed 80,000 set-tops so far across Transnistria. The country, which seceded from Moldova in 1990 but is largely unrecognised by the international community, has about 500,000 inhabitants.
Telekom Slovenije has reported 11,000 registrations for its new TViN internet TV service in the first 20 days of operation, with over 40,000 visiting the SiOL.tv website.The Slovenian telco said that its free Android app had been downloaded 18,000 times. TViN allows SiOL subscribers to view over 50 channels online via PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Other Telekom Slovenije customers can access the Dkino online video store and access the SiOl TV schedule and video catalogue.
Dutch telco KPN added 79,000 IPTV subscribers in the first quarter, taking the total for its Interactieve TV service to 652,000. However, KPN’s digital-terrestrial TV service Digitenne continued its slow decline, with 26,000 fewer homes using the service as the primary means of viewing over the quarter, taking its total to 801,000.KPN is launching a new IPTV set-top and adding HD channels to its standard package.The telco continued to lose residential broadband customers, dropping from 2.538 million at the end of 2011 to 2.516 million at the end of March. KPN reported 125,000 fibre-to-the-home subscribers at the end of the quarter, up 23,000. Services per residential customer grew to 1.94 at the end of the quarter, with ARPU steady at €39.
Online video specialist Ooyala has secured US$35 million (€28 million) of funding from Australian telco Telstra.The company, which operates web video platforms for media companies including Bloomberg TV, ESPN and Miramax, said it would use the money to “aggressively standardise digital video experiences” provided by TV companies on its Ooyala video streaming, monetisation and discovery platform. It also plans to add scale to its international operations outside the US.“The lines between online video and TV are blurring. Service operators everywhere are redefining their offerings for digital, multi-screen consumption. Ooyala has been the driving force the past few years, innovating and helping broadcasters and operators transition their business models to not only maintain but improve the economics of traditional television,” said Jay Fulcher, chief executive officer of Ooyala.
Chellomedia Central Europe plans to develop HD versions of its channels to exploit what it views as an opportunity to take advantage of relatively high penetration of HD TV sets combined with under-consumption of HD content.Levente Malnay, CEO of Chellomedia Central Europe, said that HD set penetration in the region varied between 20-40% but actual consumption of HD services was currently minimal.Speaking on a panel session on TV Everywhere at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit this morning, Malnay said that rights owners increasingly understood that the future of their product would involve letting viewers watch on multiple platforms. He said that some genres were easier than others to acquire rights for. For example, while Chellomedia had been successful in acquiring TV Everywhere rights for content to a number of its thematic channels, movie rights were much more difficult, he said. Malnay said that multiscreen applications could help content providers build brand loyalty and cited the example of applications around sports content as being particularly important.Malnay said that Chellomedia had made significant content investments to make its central European brands as premium as possible. He said that the company had invested in local formats – notably for its cooking channel – and had simplified and conflated its lifestyle and factual brands into a single Spektrum Home channel. Investing in local production had to be done in a responsible way and Chellomedia had not, for example, invested in local programmes for its kids channels, choosing instead to create characters that could be used in interstitials to give the channels a distinct brand identity, he said.
DVR functionality is the most popular interactive TV application amongst Latvian service provider Izzi’s customer base, followed by catch-up TV and pause live TV, according to the operator.Based on a survey of its user base, Izzi said that 57% of respondents identified the ability to record programmes as the most important interactive TV feature, followed by catch-up TV, identified by 22% of respondents, and pause live TV, identified by 10%.Izzi board member Sandra Kraujina said the company had invested over €2 million in new services, including the country’s first 3D service, last year.Izzi’s interactive TV service is available to over 180,000 homes in Rīgā, Rēzeknē, Ludzā and Ādažos.
Video-over IP platform provider Streambox has launched a software update to enable users to share live video to Facebook and Twitter from Apple iPhone and iPad devices.Using the StreamboxME Pro app for iOS, users can now post a link to 30-second videos on Facebook and Twitter. “The ability to share video with fans, followers and friends is as simple as clicking ‘Share Video’ and selecting Facebook, Twitter, or email,” the firm said. The StreamboxME Pro app is now available for download from Apple’s App Store.
Steve McCafferyThis year Brazil will play host to a “mobile World Cup,” according to Arris’ senior vice-president of EMEA and former Motorola vice-president, Steve McCaffery.Speaking at the Arris Video Leadership Forum in Barcelona this morning, McCaffery, said that an expected 310 million people will tune in to the this summer’s football tournament on a global basis.This, he said, compares to an World Cup TV audience of 188 million in 2010, while the Super Bowl – America’s biggest sporting event – attracted an audience of 173 million on a Worldwide basis this year.“Viewing figures for 2010 versus expected viewing figures for 2014 are exponentially different,” said McCaffery. “In terms of the expectation in the World Cup – this is in addition to watching on the television – 63% will watch across computers, 23% across smartphones, and 25% across tablets.”The cited research, which was initially conducted by Comigo, said that 46% of viewers agreed that watching on multiple devices is important, while 59% said that being able to watch on multiple devices will mean that they will be able to watch more matches.McCaffery added that new developments in the market like the Copa 90 YouTube channel – a football highlights channel that did not exist in 2010 – will also “change people’s viewing habits” when it comes to watching the World Cup.
Hulu has revamped its Hulu Plus app for the iPhone, with a new design and contextually grouped search results. Hulu has updated the app’s navigation panel and has added a ‘shows you watch’ and a ‘home’ panel, the latter of which represents the best content of the day on Hulu, as picked by Hulu’s editorial team.The redesigned search function is designed to make it faster for users to find what they want to watch, while an ‘Action Tray’ lets users quickly access, search for, queue and cast programmes to their TV when paired with a Google Chromecast streaming stick.The video player itself also now has cleaner controls, with functionality such as captions, share and cast to TV included within an extended menu in the player.
Danish telco TDC saw its TV revenue-generating unit base decline quarter-on-quarter from 1.41 million to 1.39 million in the three months to March, with growth in its TDC/Fullrate IPTV base from 258,000 to 267,000 failing to offset a decline in its YouSee cable base from 1.152 million to 1.125 million, thanks to the termination of a low ARPU antenna association agreement and churn from both individual customers and antenna associations. Cable TV ARPU grew significantly on the other hand, from DKK231 (€30.9) to DKK245, with IPTV ARPU growing from DKK303 to DKK307. Overall TV ARPU grew from DKK244 to DKK257.TDC’s VoD base brew from 2.238 million to 3.009 million.
Nasser Al KhelaifiCatalan broadcaster Mediapro has snatched key Spanish top-tier football rights for the recently launched BeIN Sports service from pay TV market leader Telefónica’s Movistar TV.In the latest round of bidding for rights to the matches for the next three years, Mediapro has secured the exclusive rights to air eight La Liga first division games each match day on its BeIN Sports service, leaving Telefónica’s Movistar TV service with first choice rights one first division match and one second division match.The result represents a coup for Mediapro, which will be able to air eight matches on each day including one involving either Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, as well as one ‘Clasico’ between the pair each season. It has also secured corresponding pay-per-view rights to the Copa del Rey.Mediapro secured La Liga’s Lot 6 for €1.9 billion, while Telefónica’s DTS paid €750 million for the more limited Lot 5. Telefónica does however secure first choice, meaning it can claim most of the matches featuring either of the top two teams.The remaining eight lots awarded by La Liga remain in play.The deal is the latest victory for Mediapro and BeIN Sports in a fractious battle with Telefónica over sports rights. Mediapro previously secured rights to European Champions League football, and struck distribution deals with Vodafone, Orange and Telecable, but not with Telefónica, the country’s largest pay TV operator.“We entered the Spanish market a few months ago with the commitment to build the best and most comprehensive sports offering in Spain. We have delivered on that commitment by investing significantly in the UEFA Champions league and by further adding other major European leagues,” said Nasser Al Khelaifi, chairman and CEO of beIN Media Group.“Today, along with Mediapro we are proud to announce the addition of La Liga to our line up, which represents for many, the very best league and teams in the world. beIN Sports is now the home of La Liga in Spain. We believe in the growth of the Spanish broadcast, media and Pay TV markets and we will continue offer our subscribers the very best sport and world class production”.