Share27TweetShareEmail27 SharesDaderot [CC0], from Wikimedia CommonsNovember 14, 2018; Harvard CrimsonThe Harvard Crimson reports that the university’s president, Lawrence S. Bacow, has already met with a representative of the US Treasury Department to discuss a new tax that will be levied on its endowment returns by the federal government. The 1.4 percent excise tax on annual endowment returns targets only 35 colleges and universities, those with assets greater than $500,000 per full-time student. This new tax on what were previously tax-exempt institutions takes effect for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. Harvard’s school’s endowment, just a smidge ($200 million) over $39 billion may require a payment of $40 to $50 million annually starting in 2019. This makes the City of Boston’s request for a payment in lieu of taxes in the amount of $6 million look like chump change, but in the end, the school only paid about half that this year.Details on how universities will have to file with the feds have not yet been published and may not be before the tax must be paid—in which case, opines Harvard Law School Professor Thomas J. Brennan, the taxpayer, which in this case is the university, must interpret the law “the best they can.” (Luckily, the school has that law school handy.)Brennan says that certainty about the law’s details may take years: “Every law, no matter how well it’s written, is going to have some non-specificity, some grey area, some lack of detail that can be filled in, and that’s the job of the regulations. The substantive content of the regulations should be determined by the professionals at Treasury in light of how they read the law.”Meanwhile, Bacow says this is likely to affect future investment strategies. “We’ve not been tax-sensitive investors in the past. And the question is: do we need to become tax-sensitive investors going forward?”—Ruth McCambridgeShare27TweetShareEmail27 Shares
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Vodafone is adding three new HD channels to its Ge
Vodafone is adding three new HD channels to its German IPTV platform.From December 1, the operator will include Sixx HD, TELE 5 HD and N24 HD in its line-up.The addition of the channels will take the total number of HD channels on the platform to 18.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Paces revenues for the year todate are in line w
Pace’s revenues for the year to-date are in line with expectations, according to chairman Allan Leighton.Speaking at the set-top vendor’s AGM yesterday, Leighton said Pace had seen “an encouraging start” to the year.“The business is benefitting from a stronger operational focus and this is delivering tangible benefits in procurement, operating efficiency and costs,” he said. “Profitability in the period continues to be impacted by HDD supply issues but is in line with our expectations. Cash performance in the period has been strong and the financial position of the company remains robust.”Leighton said Pace’s new management team, which includes CEO Mike Pulli, CFO Rod Murray and international president Shane McCarthy, was focussed on delivering an improved performance this year, “by meeting our customers’ needs, widening out our product offer and delivering a leaner, more profitable business underpinned by strong underlying cash flow.”Leighton added that the company was confident that revenues will be broadly flat, prior to the impact of HDD supply issues, and that a circa 7% underlying EBITA margin will be achieved this financial year.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen The full range of Sky Deutschlands content lineu
The full range of Sky Deutschland’s content line-up will be available on Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain IPTV service as of July.Entertain customers will have the option of signing up to the pay TV operator’s starter pack as well as its Sky World offering and sports, movie and HD services. As well as full coverage of Bundesliga football games, Deutsche Telekom will air the DFB Cup and UEFA Europa League games. Telekom will also make Bundesliga games available on its mobile TV service.Deutsche Telekom will make over 70 Sky HD channels available to its customers.Telekom’s former Liga Total! customers will automatically qualify to receive the Sky Bundesliga package including a full set of interactive features.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen The ubiquity of ondemand and catchup services co
The ubiquity of on-demand and catch-up services continues to impact linear TV viewing, according to new research.The migration from linear to time-shifted and on-demand services is happening in many developed markets, new intelligence from IHS shows, with consumers in the US and UK leading the way. In both territories linear viewing declined last year despite huge live televised events including the Olympics.IHS says that viewers in the US and UK now spend, on average, over 40 minutes a day watching on-demand or timeshifted programming. Linear broadcast viewing in the UK has declined for the third consecutive year and a similar trend is emerging in the US, with linear TV viewing falling by 11 minutes in 2012The availability of SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon/Lovefilm is drawing viewers from linear TV at a fast rate in the US and UK.“The US is a good example of a market in which OTT SVOD services have had a noticeable impact – on-demand viewing has risen by 10 minutes per person per day between 2010 and 2012, mirrored by a decline in daily linear broadcast TV viewing of 13 minutes per person,” notes Fateha Begum, a television analyst at IHS.Across the big five European markets – UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy – subscription VOD are responsible for nearly 1 in every 7 minutes of long form online viewing of TV.The linear viewing picture is, however, mixed across Europe. In Italy and Spain increased unemployment is driving increases in linear TV viewing with viewers spending an average of four hours a day watching TV.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Former MTV Networks chief executive Judy McGrath h
Former MTV Networks chief executive Judy McGrath has joined the board of directors at e-commerce giant Amazon.Her addition to the US firm’s board comes as Amazon builds its on-demand Prime Instant Video service around the world.McGrath was CEO of MTV Networks (now Viacom International Media Networks) between 2004 and 2011. She has most recently been working with Sony Music Entertainment on a multimedia joint venture called No Astronauts Wanted* No Experience Necessary.She will take up her post on October 1, and also join Amazon’s Leadership Development and Compensation Committee.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has named Jo
UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has named Jonathan Oxley as its new group director for competition.Oxley will take up his post in November and will join Ofcom’s board from January 2015. He is currently a partner in PwC’s strategy and economics practice, specialising in telecoms, media and technology, and has also worked for BT and Verizon-owned Metropolitan Fibre Systems.“Ofcom has a vital role to play in overseeing competition in the UK communications market. I’m joining at an exciting time in the development of the sector and look forward to leading Ofcom’s competition work,” said Oxley.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Online video adverting revenues in the US reached
Online video adverting revenues in the US reached climbed 17% year-on-year in 2014 to reach US$3.3 billion (€3.1 billion), according to stats from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).Digital video advertising was classified by the IAB as a component of display-related advertising, which totalled US$13.5 billion in 2014. This accounted for 27% of overall digital ad revenues, which also included mobile advertising, social media advertising and search revenues.In total, the IAB reported that internet ad revenues reached a record-breaking US$49.5 billion in 2014, a 16% increase on 2013, marking a fifth consecutive year of “double-digit growth” for the industry.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Pay TV operator Sky has increased its stake in the
Pay TV operator Sky has increased its stake in the British professional cycling team that bears its name. The operator is increasing its holding in Team Sky outfit Tour Racing Limited, taking over a 25% share previously held by 21st Century Fox. The move will mean that Sky owns 85% of the cycling team, with 21st Century Fox retaining a 15% holding.The company said that the adjustment in ownership structure of Team Sky reflects the fact that the three Sky businesses are now part of a single company. Sky is acquiring the 21st Century Fox shares at their par value of £25.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Nagra is due to bring Netflix to pay TV settop bo
Nagra is due to bring Netflix to pay TV set-top boxes using its OpenTV 5 connectware and Netflix-supported DRM, Nagra PRM.Nagra said it will provide a complete Netflix application STB reference solution as part of its OpenTV 5 connectware. This will deliver popular pay TV and SVOD content, which accessible from a common user interface and a single TV input.The firm said that Nagra PRM also becomes a Netflix-supported DRM, offering content protection for Netflix content using Nagra-On-Chip-Security (NOCS) for the STB and TV.“Netflix is breaking new ground in the way digital media is consumed around the world, and pay TV service providers are increasingly seeing the benefits of partnering with them,” said Holger Ippach, senior vice-president of middleware at Nagra.“Through our relationship with Netflix we will enable our clients to provide a winning combination of great pay TV services and the world’s leading SVoD service so that their subscribers stay tuned in.”The news comes after Nagra and Netflix announced an agreement in January to provide a quick time to market for Netflix services on NAGRA-enabled pay TV platforms.Nagra is the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group and provides security and multiscreen user experiences for digital media monetisation.Nagra’s Netflix integration will be demoed at IBC on its stand, 1.C81
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Foxconn is expected to finalise a takeover deal fo
Foxconn is expected to finalise a takeover deal for electronics firm Sharp by the end of this month, according to reports.Reuters reported on Friday that Foxconn, which is known officially as Hon Hai, has reached consensus on “most points” with Sharp and has offered a deal worth around 659 billion yen (€5.08 billion).The Wall Street Journal reported that the two companies have cleared 90% of the hurdles and that Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn has signed a deal that gives it negotiating rights ahead of a Japanese fund that was also interested buying Sharp.In a statement, Sharp confirmed that it had conducted negotiations with Hon Hai “regarding our management reconstruction” and that Hon Hai had extended the term of its offer to Sharp until February 29.“Both parties will continue to negotiate in good faith and in a timely and expeditious manner regarding the final conditions of contract,” said Sharp.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Arris has agreed to sell its Whole Home Solution p
Arris has agreed to sell its Whole Home Solution platform to TV technology provider Espial and its Media Analysis Framework platform to video ad firm Watchwith.Arris’ Whole Home Solution (WHS) is an end-to-end, cloud-hosted video service and the deal includes the platform’s infrastructure, client and server software and a team of development and operations workers, based primarily in Kirkland, Washington.Espial said it will support current whole home customers spanning the US, Canada and Latin America and will aim to accelerate future roadmaps of the platform.“WHS expands our solution portfolio with a cloud-hosted video-as-a-service platform that is complementary to and will leverage Espial’s current solutions for next-generation IP video services,” said Espial CEO, Jaison Dolvane.Arris’ president network and cloud and global services, Bruce McClelland, said that with the deal, Arris will continue to focus its R&D investment on the “greater broadband and video ecosystem”.“Combining the WHS technology and Arris team with Espial will broaden the capability of the overall organisation and accelerate the pace of innovation. This speed is needed to meet increasing customer and consumer demand,” he said.Separately, Watchwith has acquired Arris’ Media Analysis Framework (MAF), a cloud-based machine learning and automated metadata generation platform.With this deal, several key Arris engineers that invented the technology will join the company and open a new Watchwith research and development office in Chicago.MAF was developed in Arris’ advanced research labs. The technology automatically analyses, tags and describes video at a frame level and has been integrated into Watchwith’s advertising products.This combined solution is able to automatically determine the optimal timing and location within a TV episode to deliver in-program advertising and tune-in messages.“Our teams have worked closely together on this shared vision for years. The result is the highly scalable, native digital video advertising solution the TV industry needs to compete with Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and other native digital video distribution platforms,” said Zane Vella, Watchwith CEO.Arris’ McClelland said that the MAF team and technology are “highly complementary” with Watchwith, and said that the company’s dedicated focus will accelerate innovation.“Arris is invested in MAF’s future with Watchwith — both in the short-term to facilitate a successful transition and continuing to support longer-term growth as an investor in the company.”
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Szymon Karbowski Szymon Karbowski research and de
Szymon KarbowskiSzymon Karbowski, research and development director at Polish cable operator Toya, has left the company to pursue new challenges.Karbowski will be replaced at Toya by his long-standing deputy, Michal Domanski.Karbowski’s career at Toya included overseeing the launch of a hybrid TV platform, helping make the company a pioneer of advanced TV services in the country.Lodz-based Toya is the country’s fourth largest operator after UPC Poland, Multimedia Polska and Vectra. The company has sought to expand its scale by striking supply agreements with smaller local players in the country’s highly fragmented cable business.Last month, Toya acquired existing partner T-Mont to expand its reach in the Krakow region, with a plan to expand its network across the whole city within the next two to three years.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Deutsche Telekom Group is working with Zenterio to
Deutsche Telekom Group is working with Zenterio to modernise the TV subscriber experience across various European markets.Deutsche Telekom has deployed the Zenterio OS software in set-top boxes in Germany as part of a multi-year programme to transform how viewers watch TV and video-on-demand.Rollouts are also now ongoing in Greece, Romania and Croatia, according to Zenterio.The German launch is part of a new, entry level, Deutsche Telekom IPTV subscription package, providing around 100 TV channels from just €2 per month.“Viewing habits are changing incredibly quickly as more screens are added to the mix and on-demand services become increasingly intuitive,” said Zenterio CEO, Jörgen Nilsson.“We’re incredibly proud to be working with Deutsche Telekom to empower the TV operator to drive better TV experiences.”
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Ukrainian cable operator Volia has signed a distri
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has signed a distribution agreement with leading commercial broadcaster 1+1 Media that will see Volia broadcast 22 TV channels from the group in its packages.Under the terms of the agreement, Volia will also have access to 400 hours of premium video-on-demand content for its service.Viktoria Tsomaia, marketing director of Volia, said that the deal represented a new stage in the long relationship between the pair in developing a pay TV market strategy.Andriy Malchevsky, distribution and business development director at 1+1 Media, said that the agreement with Volia demonstrated an appreciation of the value of its TV channels and an understanding of “the need of viewers for high-quality content”. Malchevsky said that 1+1 had developed a portfolio of services that appeal to all age groups and target audiences.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Video technology company Kaltura has formed a stra
Video technology company Kaltura has formed a strategic partnership with TV data consultancy Dativa to develop what the pair describe as the industry’s first data lake dedicated to cloud TV services.The data infrastructure to be built based on Dativa’s skills, toolset, and understanding will deliver insights to TV marketers using the Kaltura TV Platform, according to Kaltura, enabling them to provide new targeted offerings.The TV data lake imports data from multiple data sources, which are unified and normalised and turned into relevant insights for marketers that can be used to create targeted TV AI-based user segmentation models.The data lake that Dativa will build for Kaltura will feature Kaltura data and multiple pre-integrated TV centric third-party data sources.Dativa will also work with Kaltura to develop machine learning models that can help cloud TV service providers optimise user acquisition and retention, increase of content consumption and monetization.“We’re delighted to be helping Kaltura deliver the promise of data-driven TV to its customer base. The ability to harness and use data to succeed should not be the preserve of large companies with big data science teams. But it is often difficult to find skilled, knowledgeable data science and engineering resources with the know-how needed to effectively and quickly implement new data-driven strategies. We see enormous value in technology companies like Kaltura bringing these competencies to their customers,” said Tom Weiss, co-founder, chief data scientist and CTO at Dativa.“Kaltura’s cloud TV platform is the industry’s first truly data-driven solution. We are very excited to partner with Dativa and enjoy their extensive TV and data expertise to build our Cloud TV data lake,” said Shay David, Kaltura president and general manager, media and telecom.“In today’s crowded industry, media companies and service providers are fighting to gain more eyeballs, but even more so to retain them. The winners will be those that provide their users with the most fitting service, content and user experience, at the right price point.”David continued: “Cloud TV providers must transform the way they consume, process and act on data. Kaltura starts with looking at all data sources, and then creating holistic user profiles and advanced AI-based segmentation, which empower our customers to tailor the entire TV experience from commercial offerings, through content and advertisement all the way to personalized UI.”
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen ARTHUR ARBUCKLECOUNCIL WORKERS RECALL THIRTY YEARS
ARTHUR ARBUCKLECOUNCIL WORKERS RECALL THIRTY YEARS OF HALLOWE’EN IN DERRY CITYSEAMUS CARLIN ShareTweet “I’ve seen everything from witches to five Embassy Regal entering the square over the years,” he added.‘There was some famous faces we’ve had the pleasure of looking after over the years including Sharon Shannon, Boyzone and Dolores Keane who performed at the event.“One famous singer we were asked to look after managed to disappear shortly before kick-off and was found in a local watering hole enjoying the craic with locals.“On another occasion we had a young Boyzone cause hysteria in the crowd and a genuine panic from our end as to how we’d get them out of city in one piece.“The year after they performed, they went onto become global superstars.‘The crowds coming into the city is now into the thousands.“We’ve met people from all over the world who travel especially to the city to celebrate.“I remember a guy Alan, a fireworks specialist from Newcastle employed by Council was so impressed by the events he brought back his entire family the next year to enjoy it.Both men agree that the event has got better as the years have progressed, especially since the introduction of the parade element to the festival.Arthur added: “Once the parade was introduced to Halloween, the crowds seemed to have got bigger and better each year and the event has now expanded around the City Walls.“The level of detail and preparation that goes into building the parades and costumes each year is great to see.“Seamus and I haven’t had the opportunity to dress up ourselves but have got used to the yearly jokes from revellers asking if we’ve dressed up as Council staff and have enjoyed ourselves.“It’s great for the people of the city and our visitors and shows the world we don’t take ourselves too seriously!’’The full programme of all the city and districts Halloween events is available atwww.derrystrabane.com/halloween.COUNCIL WORKERS RECALL THIRTY YEARS OF HALLOWE’EN IN DERRY CITY was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Seamus started his career with council thirty seven years ago as a painter and now works as a Building Maintenance Foreman alongside his colleague Arthur Arbuckle, who began his career in council as a joiner thirty three years ago.“It first started as a small event in the Guildhall Square with some fireworks,” recalled Seamus.“‘It took us six hours to build the ‘shamrock’ stage on that first year of the event, as everything at that time was done in house by Council staff.“I enjoyed the fact that everything was authentic back then, from the handmade costumes to the specially crafted designs. WHEN Seamus Carlin and Arthur Arbuckle took up their posts at Derry City Council over thirty years ago, they had no idea that a small Hallowe’en event in the city centre in 1986 would become a yearly event that would present the city as the best Halloween destination in the world.Now celebrating thirty years, the world renowned Halloween Carnival as organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council is sure to be kept on the top spot as the Best Halloween Destination in the World as it recently was voted by USA Today readers.Being the biggest parade in Europe and the highlight of the city and districts events calendar there has not been much Seamus and Arthur have not seen over the years.Both have worked through every Halloween celebration and seen the changes to the festival as the years have progressed.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen DERRYS JOINT 2023 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE BID
DERRY’S JOINT 2023 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE BID MAY BE DERAILED BY BREXIT, SAYS EU CHIEF was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Launching the local bid earlier this month, Belfast Council’s chief executive Suzanne Wylie said she didn’t anticipate the Brexit issue coming into play, given that the process has already begun.But Magnier insisted a review of the process is due from 2021, which will include having as many as four cities in different countries declared European Capital of Culture.That would certainly have helped the Derry/Belfast/ cause for 2023 in the normal run of events, but by that stage the UK should have left the EU and is therefore thought highly unlikely to be considered, with Hungary getting the nod instead as the host country.Magnier was speaking at one of dozens of seminars being held this week in the Belgian capital as part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities.His particular workshop heard how culture has the power to unite and cross boundaries, and can be an important driver for coherence.“It’s no longer an excuse for a year-long party, but an opportunity to think more strategically about cities’ development, creating social and political consensus, having public engagement and creating good governance,” he added. Mayors of Derry and Belfast backed the joined European Capital of Culture bid. But a top EU official say their hopes may be dashed over BrexitTHE joint Derry-Belfast bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023 could well be scuppered before it starts, an official in Brussels hinted yesterday.Senior Derry and Belfast council representatives from the two cities head for Brussels today seeking to win hearts and minds ahead of the EU’s decision-makers.But it could be a waste of ratepayers cash. Michel Magnier, director for culture and creativity at the EU’s Director-General for Education and Culture, says it may be a futile trip given Brexit“With the process having begun for the UK to leave the European Union, this 2023 bid could be a problem,” he told the Irish News’s business editor Gary McDonald..“We have to prepare for the long period, five to six years, and it’s very difficult to see how it will work given that we have complete legal and political uncertainty over what we should be doing.”Magnier’s comments – which ironically he made in the Northern Ireland Executive’s Brussels office during a workshop on culture – will come as a massive shock to Derry and Belfast, as indeed they will to Leeds, Nottingham, Dundee and Milton Keynes, who are all bidding as the UK’s choice in six years’ time. ShareTweet BelfastDerryDERRY’S JOINT 2023 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE BID MAY BE DERAILED BY BREXITmayor’sMICHEL MAGNIERSAYS EU CHIEF
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen THE North West Greenway team is encouraging Straba
THE North West Greenway team is encouraging Strabane residents to get on their bikes on Wednesday August 15, to celebrate and promote active travel during Cycle to Work Day. As part of the day’s events, the North West Greenway Network team will have a presence in the Alley Theatre from 12.00pm-3.00pm. Active Travel Officer, Emma Hagger, will be there to give out freebies, offer cycling advice and test people’s knowledge on the North West Greenway Network Plan. ShareTweet Emma HaggerGreenway team encourages Strabane to get pedalling on Cycle to Work DayliffordNORTH WEST GREENWAYstrabane With a new dedicated cycle path planned to link Strabane to Lifford, Greenway Programme manager, Jonathan Henderson, said: “Active travel is a very important element of our plan and it is great that Emma will be available in the Alley Theatre to help people find out about cycling in Strabane, and over to Lifford too! Emma is also hopeful that people will come along to find out more about the programme.”Speaking ahead of Cycle to Work Day, Emma Hagger said the event would appeal to cyclists of all abilities. “Whether you are an experienced cyclist, just getting started or thinking about returning to the saddle, Cycle to Work Day is a great opportunity to express your support for getting about the town without using a car. “And there will be prizes for those with fantastic cycling knowledge! Anyone who wishes to pledge their miles for Cycle to Work Day and celebrate saddle travel can log onto www.cycletoworkday.org.”The Strabane to Lifford section is one of three routes being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network, along with Derry to Buncrana and Derry to Muff. On completion, the three routes will comprise 46.5 km of new cross-border greenway that will help reduce carbon emissions by encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home.The c.€18 million project is part-funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).You can find out more about the project here www.nwgreenway.com.Greenway team encourages Strabane to get pedalling on Cycle to Work Day was last modified: August 7th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Home NewsWatch Voter Registration Group Aims To
Home NewsWatch Voter Registration Group Aims To Help Citizens Ahead Of Primaries Next PostThousands Turn Out For The Sweetest Event Of The Year As Lewisburg Hosts Their Chocolate Festival Facebook Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website NewsWatchTop Stories Voter Registration Group Aims To Help Citizens Ahead Of Primaries By Terell BaileyApr 14, 2018, 19:59 pm 475 0 Linkedin Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Google+ Mail Previous PostLewisburg Farmer’s Market Season Opening LEWISBURG.,WV (WOAY) – With Lewisburg being packed with citizens from the Chocolate Festival, several volunteers used the time as a way to make sure everyone is registered to vote.April 17th marks the cut-off date for citizens to register to vote. Volunteers today held a Voter Drive in the Greenbrier Valley Mall for anyone who is of voting age as a chance to check their registration status and also register to vote.Throughout the drive volunteers reminded voters that their are some other tips you need to know besides your registration status.Registration Volunteer Gregg Wingo adds, “Make sure you know what IDs you need to have there’s a series of IDs some are pictured some are none pictured.” He continued , “You can have someone vouch for you and you have to have one of those options an if not for the first time in West Virginia you will not be able to vote.”The primaries will be taking place in May, for those who are unsure about your voting status click here.