New tournament in Quepos to crown Best Fisherwoman Worldwide

first_imgFor the first time in Costa Rica, women who love sport fishing will go to sea in a world-class event to compete for the title of Best International Fisherwoman during the Billfish Championship. Registration for the tournament took place today, and competition will take place Friday and Saturday at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast.On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Marina will award a trophy for the team winner and for each of its participants in each category, which include sailfish, tuna and dorado.Teams will compete for cash prizes as well.“After all the sailfish releases, a verification is made by means of videos… tuna and dorado species will be weighed by the officials of the Marina Pez Vela,” said Jeff Duchesneau, general manager of Marina Pez Vela. “The fisherwoman who gets more points at the end of the two fishing days will be crowned as the best in the world.”The Marina expects approximately 30 to 40 teams in the tournament, with fisherwomen from Costa Rica, the United States, Panama, Mexico, Angola and Canada. Teams have at least two members, with a maximum of five.In addition to the main tournament, Marina Pez Vela will have other activities on Feb. 22 and 23, such as a party to start the event, activities on the docks on the second day and a white party for the award.The Pescadora Billfish Championship is sponsored by Costa Rica Vacations, Costa del Mar, Hatteras, Fishing, Tournament Yacht Sales, Tackle Shop Quepos, Knot Working Charters, Gray Taxidermy, Premium Marine, Squid Nation, Fishing Vacations, and others.For more information, visit the tournament website. This article was sponsored by Marina Pez Vela. Facebook Comments Related posts:More than 20 boats competing in Tico waters eyeing Quepos Billfish Cup title Marina Pez Vela: Luxury and authenticity in one Fishing for the next generation in Quepos First sail on a flycenter_img Open doors, bright lights: Marina Pez Vela’s community outreach in Queposlast_img read more

Rep VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency

first_img16Mar Rep. VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency State Rep. Curt VanderWall voted today in favor of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.VanderWall, of Ludington, was author of House bill 4150, one of the 11 House bills. The entire package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).“I am a firm believer that people have a right to access information that will show them how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent,” VanderWall said. “Holding government officials accountable for their actions has long been a priority of mine, and with this legislation we are taking a huge step forward in achieving that goal.”VanderWall’s legislation creates and sets definitions for LORA, a key component of the package.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House, but did not reach the governor for signature.VanderWall said Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House decided to include a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### Categories: News,VanderWall Newslast_img read more

Rep Lucidos juror compensation bill approved by state House

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 03May Rep. Lucido’s juror compensation bill approved by state House Michigan has taken one step closer to increasing juror pay to anyone called to serve in civil and criminal court proceedings after the state House unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido today.Lucido’s legislation increases individual juror pay by $5 – if the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund, which reimburses local and county courts for jury-related costs, has more than $2 million over the two previous fiscal years.“Performing a civic duty shouldn’t involve having to pay out of your pocket for doing the right thing,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “There are basic costs incurred just for serving as a juror, such as transportation and parking, so the least we can do is pay better for it. We have not increased our juror pay rates in almost 15 years and it’s time we improved our compensation in a fiscally-responsible way.”Currently, jurors are paid $25 on the first full day of trial ($12.50 for a half day), increasing to $40 for each following full day and $20 for a half day.“What we pay our jurors needs to meet the economic reality to thank them for being a critical part of our justice system,” said Lucido, a member of the House Law & Justice Committee. “It’s the least we can do, especially without creating any additional costs for the taxpayers.”A second bill Lucido spoke to would update obsolete language in the Revised Judicature Act.House Bills 4209 and 4210 advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Infrastructure for Marijuana Businesses Still Blocked by Feds Ambiguity

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMay 8, 2014; The OregonianAs marijuana is legalized either for medical purposes or for recreational use, depending on the state, an infrastructure must be built around it. Some of that infrastructure is limited by its continued categorization as an illegal drug on the federal level. In Colorado, as we reported a few days ago, legislators are trying to get cannabis businesses completely above-board by helping them to access banking services. Operating on a cash-only basis leaves businesses at risk in terms of crime and unable to operate in standard ways, but bankers do not now want their business because of the vagueness of the position of the Feds.According to the Chicago Tribune, “The Obama administration in February issued new law-enforcement guidelines aimed at encouraging banks to start doing business with state-licensed marijuana suppliers, even though such enterprises remain illegal under federal law. The guidance stopped short of promising blanket immunity to banks, and financial industry officials have said they doubted many banks would begin to accept cannabis suppliers as customers without changes in federal law.”So on Wednesday, Colorado approved a co-op banking system, or a nonprofit credit union of sorts, for marijuana-related businesses, although this too will need approval and backing from the Federal Reserve.On another front, insurance companies are not planning on covering the use of cannabis anytime soon. While it is prescribed in 21 states for such ailments as epilepsy, AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain, insurance firms are unwilling to pay for the treatment. Part of the reason has to do with the conflict between state and federal law (for goodness sakes, Feds, just move it along!) and part of their reasoning has to do with the fact that cannabis is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Studies may take years to complete, according to this article, and even those studies are being blockaded by federal law.Currently, marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act and is heavily restricted. Studies would have to gain permission from the FDA, the Public Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

New Hampshire City Challenges Arts Nonprofits Dissolution Plans

first_imgShare10TweetShare9Email19 SharesBy Jon Platek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMarch 31, 2017; New Hampshire Public RadioNew Hampshire’s second-largest city is taking legal action against a mysterious arts nonprofit in order to keep the organization’s assets local as it dissolves. What does the Nashua Center for the Arts owe its donors and its home?The nonprofit, founded in the ’60s, recently filed a petition to dissolve and distribute its nearly $1 million in assets to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, according to a story in the Nashua Telegraph. Although state law requires a dissolving charitable organization to distribute assets in accordance with its articles of incorporation and bylaws, the Nashua Center for the Arts’ broad mission to promote arts in the region—and its five trustees’ silence—hasn’t helped clarify its purpose to local leaders.Many were apparently unaware that the organization was still in operation in recent years. According to the nonprofit’s IRS Form 990s filed over the past three years, it has awarded less than $20,000 to only five organizations: Symphony NH (based in Nashua), Rotary Club of Nashua, Nashua Sculpture Symposium, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, and Bishop Guertin High School.Nashua Telegraph reporter Damien Fisher explained the situation to NHPR as follows:Sometime in the 1990s, (Nashua Center for the Arts) dissolved after falling on financial hard times. It was dormant for a while, then in 2003, when the Nashua Charitable Trust merged with the New Hampshire Charitable Trust, there was this money left over from the will of a woman named Edith Carter. She had given about $200,000 to the Nashua Charitable Trust to promote arts in the city. So it was decided to revive the Nashua Center for the Arts so it could manage this money. Today, that money is over $900,000, and I’m not sure exactly what they’ve [been] doing with it.Fisher reported that Nashua’s attorney general wants the local probate court to direct the funding to arts nonprofits that focus on the city. Though the Currier Museum of Art primarily focuses on operation of its museum in Manchester, the organization also reports serving preschool-aged children at a HeadStart program in Nashua with arts enrichment.Still, Nashua has its own arts-focused nonprofits that could certainly use the funding, particularly at a time when the National Endowment for the Arts is endangered and in a state that consistently ranks among the least charitable in the nation.The city has long been planning for a $20 million performing arts center but has yet to move past feasibility studies.What’s next? State law dictates that “any transfer of remaining assets inconsistent with the organization’s stated purpose or with donor restrictions may be subject to legal action by the Attorney General.”So, while the Nashua Center for the Arts’ dissolution plans may technically pass muster in the courts, it’s clear that the organization didn’t follow Lee Bruder’s golden rules, including, “A successful dissolution preserves an organization’s legacy and contributes to a positive collective memory of the organization.”There are also lessons to be gleaned as nonprofit leaders in the U.S. carry out development plans in an aging country: bequests can be as complicated as they are exhilarating.—Anna BerryShare10TweetShare9Email19 Shareslast_img read more

MTV has launched a new app that combines ondemand

first_imgMTV has launched a new app that combines on-demand video content with social media.The MTV Under The Thumb (UTT) app gives access to premium MTV content on-demand and enables users to co-view the shows and chat with friends at the same time. The app can be paired with any web browser on a computer, enabling users to use their mobile phone as a remote control. They can also link with Facebook to share favourite shows and encourage others to watch them.Three levels of access are available via the app, each unlocking content from MTV brands including Jersey Shore, 16 & Pregnant and When I Was 17.The app has been developed by MTV owner Viacom International Media Networs Northern Europe and creative agency AKQA. It is initially available on Apple and Android devices in Belgium, Germany, Holland and Switzerland.Michel Dupont, senior vice-president, mobile brand licensing at VIMN said, “Today’s millennial generation is ‘always on’, works to its own schedule and watches TV in its own way. MTV fans are connected and driven by social media recommendations. MTV UTT is an extension of the 360 vision for our linear shows and increases our digital footprint enabling us to make our shows even more available to fans than before. It allows our fans to control MTV content on mobile and fixed devices, whilst providing an innovative co-viewing experience that enables them to simultaneously view and discuss on-demand content with their friends.”last_img read more

UK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight

first_imgUK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight Rises app on its TiVo service.Virgin Media has teamed with the movie’s producer, Warner Bros, to launch the app, which gives fans video and background content ahead of the film’s general release on Friday.last_img

Arnaud Lagardère Lagardère boss Arnaud Lagardère h

first_imgArnaud LagardèreLagardère boss Arnaud Lagardère has said he could be prepared to buy the 80% of Canal Plus France held by Vivendi if the latter “lacks optimism about the future” of the pay TV group.In an interview with Le Monde ahead of his company’s annual general meeting today, Lagardère said he was ready to study the acquisition of Vivendi’s 80% stake with a view to floating it on the stock market under favourable conditions.Lagardère has been locked in a battle with Vivendi over the fate of its existing 20% stake in Canal Plus France. In February the company filed a lawsuit claiming that Vivendi was deliberately attempting to diminish the value of the pay TV operator to force Lagardère to abandon its plan to float its stake.Lagardère’s latest comments have met with scepticism amongst French analysts and industry observers. Vivendi has made no indication that it is prepared to sell and Lagardère recently announced an exceptional dividend of €9 per share to shareholders on the sale of its stake in defence group EADS.last_img read more

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has

first_imgThe Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has approved domestic telco, broadcaster and cable TV operator DNA’s acquisition of pay TV service PlusTV. The decision means that Plus TV will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of DNA in a week’s time and will be used to boost DNA’s existing TV offering, DNA said in a statement.“DNA intends to offer both PlusTV and DNA customers better and more extensive antenna network services by combining the antenna TV offerings of both companies as soon as possible,” the firm said, promising more details once the transaction is complete.DNA added that the PlusTV customers’ existing subscriptions and services will continue unchanged. However the firm, which claims to be the only pay-tv operator that offers terrestrial HDTV in Finland, said that PlusTV customers will now also be able to receive HD channels including Yle HD, MTV3 HD, Nelonen Pro 1 HD and Nelonen Pro 2 HD.“We wish to create the best entertainment service in Finland, with the most satisfied customers,” said Pekka Väisänen, vice-president for DNA’s consumer business. “The sales, marketing and development of entertainment services has now become possible at the national level, and we intend to build better and better entertainment services for the Finnish people.”DNA has approximately 600,000 cable network customers and more than 155,000 pay TV subscriptions in cable and antenna households. PlusTV adds a further 220,000 households as customers.last_img read more

Canal Group has taken a majority stake in YouTube

first_imgCanal+ Group has taken a majority stake in YouTube comedy channel producer Studio Bagel as part of its new OTT initiative.Studio Bagel, founded in 2012, takes the best comedy content from YouTube and produces a number of channels incliuding Studio Bagel, Le Tutos and Le Dezapping. Taken together, the channels count about six million registered subscribers and over 40 million views per month.Studio Bagel founder and president Lorenzo Benedetti will continue to lead the company within the new Canal+ OTT division created in January under Manuel Alduy.Canal+ said the acquisition of a stake in Studio Bagel marked a new stage in its move into the OTT world. It said Studio Bagel provides a production structure adapted to new web content formats that will bring new talents who can create content for both the web and TV into the group.The move follows Canal+’ s launch of its CanalFactory network of YouTube channels last year and its acquisition of a minority stake in US web content creator Maker Studios.“We’re very pleased with this agreement with Canal+ Group, which will allow us to jump to a new essential stage in our development,” said Benedetti.“After having experienced rapid success, Studio Bagel wants to be able to allocate more resources to our numerous talents, as well as the possibility of developing new innovative TV and movie formats. In addition this agreement will allow us to benefit from the advertising sales expertise of Canal+.”last_img read more

French video site Dailymotion has launched a movie

first_imgFrench video site Dailymotion has launched a movie subscription service, Dailymotion Plus, in Turkey – one of the firm’s biggest markets. The service, Dailymotion’s first subscription film offering, will include thousands of titles tailored for a Turkish audience – spanning genres including adventure, thriller,  comedy as well as animation, art and adult genres.The service is a joint venture with local player MCD Group and launches after two years in development. It is based on a monthly membership system that has no contract requirement.“Dailymotion has one of the world’s most robust and reliable video players and a track record of securing excellent content deals around the globe. Turkish viewers make up one of our most dedicated audiences and have shown an appetite for streamed long form content. This, combined with Turkey’s strong investment in mobile internet, makes Turkey an ideal place for our first SVOD service,” said Dailymotion COO Martin Rogard.last_img read more

Mediasetbacked pay TV unit Mediaset Premium had 1

first_imgMediaset-backed pay TV unit Mediaset Premium had 1.815 million post-paid subscribers at the end of the third quarter, a quarterly net increase of 112,000, exceeding its original target, according to the Italian broadcaster.The figure does not include customers who acquired Mediaset pre-paid cards. Mediaset originally set a target of 200,000 new subscribers between June and the end of the year, and the June-September figure means it is already over half way towards that target.Mediaset said the figures were higher than those of competitors and reflected the appeal of its acquisition of Champions League football rights, for which the broadcaster reportedly paid over €600 million.Italian observers noted that the latest growth comes after a period of declining pay TV numbers and also possibly reflected Mediaset’s decision not to make Champions League matches available on a pay-per-view basis.last_img read more

Dutch telecom operator TMobile Netherlands is to

first_imgDutch telecom operator T-Mobile Netherlands is to launch an OTT TV service in the spring of next year. The service, Knippr, will make a range of Dutch channels and on-demand offerings available to both T-Mobile customers and non-customers as an alternative to cable and other offerings.T-Mobile said there will be no obligation for Knippr customers to sign up to its broadband and telephony services as part of a triple- or quad-play bundle.Tisha van Lammeren, T-Mobile Netherlands’ director of consumer marketing, said that the service was designed to offer an alternative for consumers who were frustrated with obligations to sign up to big basic packages, bundled offerings and long-term contracts. Knippr subscribers will be able to sign up for a month with no further obligations.The company said it would beta-test Knippr early next year. T-Mobile said it could offer most of the main channels, including online catch-up services. Pricing and details of the offering will be announced at launch.last_img read more

Zegona Communications owner of Spanish regional c

first_imgZegona Communications, owner of Spanish regional cable operator Telecable, is in exclusive talks with TeliaSonera to acquire that latter’s majority stake in mobile network operator Yoigo.Zegona and TeliaSonera separately confirmed that they had struck an exclusivity agreement over TeliaSonera’s 76.6% stake in Yoigo. Zegona said it would need to involve other stakeholders and that it had no agreement with them at this stage.According to Spanish newspaper El País, citing sources close to the negotiations, Zegona’s offer is likely to be in the region of €600 million, substantially less than the €1 billion price tag put on its stake by TeliaSonera previously, when a sale to Orange or Jazztel – now combined in a single company – was mooted.Yoigo, Spain’s number four mobile operator, has about 3.3 million customers and posted a net profit of €2 million on revenkue of €854 million last year.Zegona acquired Asturias region cable operator Telecable last year for €640 million.last_img read more

Twitters live video service Periscope has intro

first_imgTwitter’s live video service, Periscope, has introduced curated video channels to highlight “interesting topics, ideas, and events”.Channels will be categorised according to the conversation that surrounds them and will range from breaking or developing events to enduring topics.Periscope said that featured channels such as the Presidential Debates, New York Fashion Week and the UN General Assembly “merit a dedicated resource to surface timely and relevant live video to that event or topic”.It will also continue to highlight breaking news events, such as the Charlotte Protests or the attempted political coup in Turkey in standalone, featured channels.“These channels will curate relevant, timely broadcasts from our community to help tell that story as it unfolds,” said Periscope in a blog announcing the changes.At the same time, channels driven by hashtags, such as #Food, #Comedy, #Art and#Music will be updated in real-time as someone in the Periscope starts a live broadcast.“We realise that channels may not always represent the full spectrum of live content on a specific topic, but we hope that you’ll find diverse perspectives by exploring the content in each channel,” said Periscope.The news comes after Periscope appointed Medium executive Evan Hansen as editor in chief back in May.last_img read more

Overthetop video revenues in Asia Pacific are se

first_imgOver-the-top video revenues in Asia Pacific are set to triple between 2016 and 2022, driven largely by growth in China, according to Digital TV Research.The Asia Pacific OTT TV and Video Forecasts report claims that OTT revenues from TV episodes and movies will climb from US$8.27 billion in 2016 to US$24.4 billion in 2022 – with a nearly US$3 billion increase expected in 2017 alone.China is expected to be responsible for half the OTT revenues in the 22 countries covered in the report by 2022, up from just over a third of revenues in 2016.“China and Japan together will account for two-thirds of the region’s total revenues by 2022,” according to the research.The OTT market in Asia Pacific is roughly split between advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) and subscription VOD (SVOD).“SVOD will be the leader in 2017 and 2018, but AVOD will regain the crown from 2019. China will supply 61% of the region’s AVOD revenues by 2022 – or US$7.27 billion,” said the report.Overall, Asia Pacific SVOD revenues are tipped to climb from US$3.39 billion in 2016 to $9.09 billion in 2022, with China set to overtake Japan to become the SVOD revenue leader this year.Digital TV Research estimates there will be 234 million SVOD subscribers in the region by 2022, up from 91 million in 2016.China is expected to have 139 million SVOD subscribers in 2022, equating to roughly 59% of the region’s total.India and Japan will together account for another 50 million, leaving the remaining 44 million subscribers to be divided among the remaining 19 countries.last_img read more

Steve Plunkett Ericssons CTO of broadcast and med

first_imgSteve PlunkettEricsson’s CTO of broadcast and media services, Steve Plunkett, tells us what to look out for at IBC this year. It’s almost IBC time again, the flagship European event where the great and the good (and everyone else) of the broadcast industry descend on Amsterdam to showcase and discuss the latest trends and products that will shape our future. Here are my picks for the headline acts we can expect at this year’s show.Artificial IntelligenceThe new entrant for major attention this year will be AI, just as it is in most other industries. Recent advances in the field of AI, including high profile developments such as Google’s DeepMind defeating the world’s top Go player and the race to build self-driving cars, are spilling into the broadcast world. Andrew Ng, a Stanford professor and world leading expert on AI, describes it as the “new electricity” which will have a profound impact on business and our lives in general (and it already is in many areas).So, what do the robots have to offer us? It will change how we engage with and learn more about audiences, increase automation in many business processes and no doubt lead to claims of AI features in many products at this year’s show. In reality, it’s a powerful new tool that will take time to fully exploit and deploy but one that every business should invest time to understand if they want to remain competitive.Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/Mixed RealityTalking of reality, we will also see and hear much about augmented, virtual and mixed reality at the show. Last year saw VR take pole position and this year it will be AR. The new iPhone range, expected to be announced during Apple’s 12th September event, will feature AR prominently and other device makers are embracing the format. AR is already having an impact on TV, in sports studios for example, and there will be innovation in how our mobile devices interact with TV content.IP and CloudA staple of IBC in recent years, we are seeing continuous product and standards evolution in the transition to a new broadcast tech stack and this year will highlight progress in new implementations and standards such as SMPTE ST-2110. The use of cloud has gone from experimental to maturity in many workloads and we can expect to see more examples of its use and application at this year’s event.We need to start seeing much clearer examples of how IP and Cloud can not only provide functional equivalence to today’s use cases but enhance them significantly and open up new ones. Like any new and disruptive technology, a cycle of fear, denial, acceptance and exploitation tends to occur and we are in the latter two phases today.5G and UHDOther areas of interest will include 5G and how it can be leveraged by our industry. I will be speaking on a panel on Monday morning with Intel to discuss this very subject. Finally, there will be plenty of discussion about UHD which has reached technological maturity but not yet widespread implementation in the traditional broadcast sector, so it will be interesting to check its progress.Ericsson will exhibit at IBC in hall 1, stand D61last_img read more

Access network providers and content owners are in

first_imgAccess network providers and content owners are increasingly looking to build their own CDN infrastructure. Ahead of IBC, DTVE surveyed key CDN industry players about their views on the future direction of the market. What changes have occurred in the CDN market for video services in the past year?James Taylor, director of cloud services in EMEA, Level 3Over the past year, we have seen more customers move to a multi-platform approach for their video services. This trend is driving CDNs to adopt a range of consolidating technologies to reformat content so that it’s compatible with different devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Another major change has been the usage of 3D video content. When 3D video launched, hardware manufactures promoted the technology with considerable passion, however this has quickly dissipated with the advent of HEVC & UHD solutions for 4K and 8K video. Mass video compression of 3D content will not materialise in production for the next 12 – 18 months, but it is where a lot of the forward-looking effort is being spent.Paul Larbey, president, video business unit, Alcatel-LucentWhat we’ve seen, and where we specialise is in providing CDN technology to service providers who have their own pay TV offerings and are basically looking to optimise the delivery of that TV to connected devices, be it tablets, games consoles or connected TVs. I think one of the main changes we’ve seen is the move away from basically optimising delivery, which is historically the focus of all caching technologies, to using CDN technologies, not only to provide optimal delivery, but also to add some management back into the delivery of that video in a managed IP network. So although you use the internet protocols, there’s no reason that it shouldn’t be delivered in a very managed and controlled way. Basically [you are] enhancing the CDN to add more video awareness and allow you to put the operator in, effectively to regain control of the management of that IP traffic.Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, BroadpeakOver the past year, we have seen more video service providers building their own CDN infrastructures in order to control their overall quality of service, but also to cut some of their CDN costs. This is particularly the case for cable and telecom companies who own their network infrastructures. Building on their success, some cable and telecom operators have opened their CDN infrastructures by selling CDN services to over the top (OTT) players who are looking for a premium quality delivery service.Peter Coppola, VP, market development, Limelight NetworksConsumers are looking for rich content and online video encompasses that – yet consumers are constantly on the move requiring that video needs to play on multiple devices, quickly and in high-quality. CDN providers have needed to accelerate their delivery of content since slow-loading videos can be detrimental to a business. Consumers and businesses alike have high expectations on video delivery and performance. Over the past year, companies have recognised how critical video is in engaging audiences and even converting prospects to customers, as found from a recent survey conducted by TechValidate of Limelight Networks’ customers during the month of July. The majority of respondents find performance and reliability as extremely important when choosing a solution, which has been affecting the CDN market as CDN providers are constantly working to improve these factors. Consumers’ use of video-on-demand and live streaming of online video wherever they may be is growing and will continue to dominate the marketplace as performance is enhanced.Duncan Potter, chief marketing officer, SeaWell NetworksWe have seen a growing trend, led by organisations such as Comcast and Telefónica, to base their own CDNs on open source technology – typically Apache Traffic Server or Varnish – as they recognise that there is significantly more to do when delivering ABR video. This has opened up the opportunity for organisations, such as Seawell, to provide an intelligent delivery layer on top of the cache-based delivery infrastructure that provides additional services, such as dynamic repackaging, ad/alternate content insertion and QoE management.Jerry Miller, VP of service operations, QuickPlay MediaThe market for CDN services has seen increased commoditisation as new participants continue to enter the space, resulting in a number of changes. As CDN prices continue to drop, there is less emphasis on pricing and features such as HTTP streaming overshadow proprietary protocols, shifting the overall focus to quality of service and reliability.  Higher bit-rate video services now require high-throughput connections over diverse channels (including wired, mobile and WiFi) from users to CDN services as well as automated failover for high-availability origin and cache functions, making it imperative that the CDN consistently supports high bit-rates over the entire data flow.Jon Haley, vice-president, business development, EdgewareNetflix’s move to create their own CDN to improve quality and reduce cost – our observation is that their success with this has prompted many cable and telco service providers to seriously revise their ambitions for their own multiscreen TV and video services and to focus on delivery quality as a major potential differentiator. We have seen the launch of comprehensive pay TV offerings from some major operators looking to combat these OTT services by combining live, network DVR and VoD. We have also seen an increased interest from OTT service providers looking to build their own CDNs.James Segil, president, EdgeCastCore CDNs are adding more value-added services to increase the value beyond traditional caching/streaming. Streaming is moving toward video delivery over HTTP and away from FMS/WMS, with more content providers (Netflix, Google etc.) building their own CDNs. More traditional Cloud Service providers are also now adding CDN to their product portfolio to help video delivery, as CDNs and telcos continue to evolve the business models of working together.What bandwidth challenges face content providers in delivering web services?Jon Haley, EdgewareThe lack of determinism.  Delivering reasonable quality during average viewing numbers is possible, especially from a CDN designed to deliver a specific service such as pure live or pure VOD. However, when everyone presses pause or wants to re-start live programs, the majority of CDNs start relying on the fact they only promise ‘best efforts’. This is not only because of downstream congestion in the ISP’s core and aggregation networks, but also due to the fact that recording and delivering on-demand uses new storage and processor resources on the CDN that are unlikely to be dimensioned to the same level as those needed for live. Best efforts are good enough for free or very low-cost services, but not for true pay TV subscribers. We are seeing a strong trend from content providers looking to overcome this congestion by reaching agreement with ISPs to extend CDNs into their networks, and we also see a strong requirement for optimised CDN equipment to be able to guarantee delivery, regardless of the mix of services and the size of the audience.James Segil, EdgeCastSmartphone adoption rates are at all time highs, and the networks accessing those video files can be in very challenging, hard to reach markets. Take India as an example. Providing the consumer with the appropriate file, catered to the wireless device asking for that file, in a timely manner, in these distant markets is always going to be a challenge for content owners. CDNs are being asked to solve that problem for content owners and often times the issue is very complex and tied to issues such as lack of infrastructure, peering and network interconnectivity, government regulations, etc. All of these issues combined can provide a less than optimal user experience.James Taylor, Level 3Online video is experiencing an exponential growth curve that is driving larger and larger investments in internet infrastructure as a whole. Where this investment is split over multiple third parties, regional bottlenecks can quickly form. At the same time, online is becoming a staple requirement to many content owners’ businesses, if not the primary point of contact, and replicating a TV-like experience is becoming a mandatory expectation for many content owners. However, with so many variables across different stakeholders it can be challenging to meet. Ultimately, content owners need to pick the right partner by region that gives them the consistency in each market to span multiple networks. In many cases it’s prudent to adopt a multi-vendor strategy using quality as the means of selection.Paul Larbey, Alcatel-LucentI think one of the challenges you have is that the protocols you use were developed running over the internet, i.e. a sort of a best-effort channel, so as a result, a lot of the clients are very greedy. You can quite often get a situation where somebody watching a soap opera on an iPad could potentially get a higher bit-rate in the home than somebody watching sport on a 50-inch TV, and clearly that doesn’t make sense. I think that one of the key bandwidth challenges service providers start to face is making sure that they optimise their available network bandwidth on that managed IP network for the delivery of internet video, and use that in the most optimal way given what the different subscribers are watching and on what device they’re watching it.Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakWhile video is bandwidth-hungry by nature, the impact of video traffic differs based on the nature of the video service. Live TV viewing on tablets and smartphones is putting a lot of stress on carrier networks as it features significant traffic peaks when the audience watches popular live events or breaking news. At Broadpeak, we believe that live TV-made-available OTT is the big challenge for carriers when it comes to planning network capacity. It becomes the problem of content providers who need to pay for the related CDN services and who suffer from service outages when the network cannot handle the live traffic peaks.Peter Coppola, Limelight NetworksContent providers need the ability to deliver their content to users wherever they might be, on whichever device they are using.  Users are viewing online video and other content while on the move from their mobile devices – this mobility requires content providers to deliver rich, dynamic content that is personalised and tailored to their device, their location and even their browsing habits. Limelight Networks has a Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA) service that addresses the need to accelerate the delivery of rich content, which can be accessed through our Web Content Management offering, Limelight Orchestrate Content Management.  Other challenges that are being examined by the industry relate to the issues with the HTTP protocol.  At more than a decade old, HTTP protocol was just not designed for use through a mobile network. Limited bandwidth on the mobile network and different display and processing capabilities of mobile devices limit the functionalities and overall experience an end-user will have when viewing rich content. With a limited bandwidth on mobile devices, this can affect a majority of content viewers as more customers are viewing rich media from their phones, laptops, and other mobile devices while on the move.Is there a business case for access providers building their own CDN infrastructure? Peter Coppola, Limelight NetworksOver 100 network providers have built CDNs for internal use cases like IPTV, but public-facing CDNs are complicated and network operators’ footprint make it difficult for them to be the sole service provider to enterprises. The challenge access network providers would find when building their own CDN infrastructure is having to serve content from multiple, geographical locations. CDNs have servers dispersed in numerous locations, allowing for users to have their content routed through a relatively nearby physical center, which offers less latency.  Additionally, the technology that CDNs have that enables the acceleration of delivery of content is critical to ensuring the CDN is beneficial to the company. CDNs usually incorporate an acceleration service into their content management platforms, as does Limelight, since the speed of the delivery is crucial to business performance. New models around CDNs partnering with network operators are likely to emerge, such as CDN federations and transparent caching interconnect.Jerry Miller, QuickPlay MediaYes. While the CDN market was traditionally dominated by a handful of service companies, the market has become increasingly commoditised with the emergence of new CDN service providers.  Operators are now willing to invest into the business with additional infrastructure and manage their own services, since CDN is a commodity for services like video and video eats up most of the peering into the operator and last-mile traffic – this becomes more a concern for constrained operators like mobile. CDN is still not easy to implement, which is why there have been so many failed attempts in the marketplace, but with the right partner/system integrator, it is definitely worth considering.  The challenge is a private CDN needs a global partner to convert from being a cost saver to a revenue generator, and I believe there are still few viable and reliable partners to do this, with a strong emphasis on “viable and reliable”.Duncan Potter, SeaWell NetworksThere is clearly a business case. However, at this stage, the business cases have mostly been based on the cache optimisation potential. However, to some extent that has been defeated by the proliferation of ABR protocols being delivered causing caches to become less efficient. Solutions such as repackaging at the edge of the network and targeted ad insertion being implemented as an overlay for the cache-based delivery infrastructure bring a far higher level of efficiency and backhaul cost reduction while opening the way for targeted add insertion. This re-asserts a far more positive business case and essentially does not compete with the traditional CDNs.  This different way of thinking, with key services at the edge of the network based on sophisticated session management and cloud based centralized services, is a key aspect of network architectures for telcos.  Organisations that think purely centrally with “dumb pipe” delivery infrastructures are incurring huge costs within their backhaul and access networks that will prevent scaling.James Segil, EdgeCastIt really depends on how you define CDN. If defining CDN means building a video delivery platform to optimise video delivery across the access network, or maybe building an OTT platform to bring video-on-demand services into that access providers product portfolio, than it might make sense. The challenge you have here is ensuring that the CDN you build is capable of providing the content owners – HBO, Disney, Hulu, etc. – a CDN that can meet all of their very strict and complex CDN delivery needs.  Without that, these telecom operators are never going to gain adoption of that CDN service they have built because companies like EdgeCast, Akamai, etc., are already providing these services to all the largest content owners with a highly complex, globally-distributed network that no cable/telecom operator is capable of building themselves.Paul Larbey, Alcatel-LucentThe answer is absolutely yes, and our focus is 100% on selling software equipment and services to service providers who want to do exactly that. If you’re talking about service providers who want to basically use it as a technology to offer their own pay TV, rather than outsource that to somebody in the internet, I think that’s absolutely where the business case is and that’s where the focus is, because the future of pay TV delivery is over an IP pipe. That IP pipe is within that access network and I don’t think service providers are willing to outsource such a fundamentally important part of their video delivery infrastructure.Jon Haley, EdgewareYes, but primarily for delivery of their own TV and video services. The business models for providing operator CDN services to OTT content providers are still being established, but most operators have come to the conclusion that it does not make much sense to use pure-play CDNs for their multiscreen services – i.e. to route content out of their network only to receive it back again when requested by their own broadband subs. The major push by players such as Akamai, Level3 and Netflix to establish caching in the operator networks indicates its importance to achieving broadcast quality, so we expect to see the balance of power shifting back to these middle and last mile network owners.Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakThere is a large opportunity for cable and telecom operators to capture an important part of the CDN market, but to do this they need to focus on what makes them different in the content delivery chain. At Broadpeak, we believe that networks have an edge related to the boxes they put in every home. Broadband gateways and set-top boxes represent a highly distributed delivery infrastructure. By leveraging this infrastructure and making it a part of the content delivery network, cable and telecom operators can offer a far superior service in terms of quality – at a fraction of the CDN market price.How far do network providers and global CDN providers complement each other?Duncan Potter, SeaWell NetworksThe rise of ‘operator CDNs’ that focus purely on bypassing the local content providers, pits access network providers directly against the global CDN providers. By rethinking their own ‘CDN’ strategy to focus on targeted ad/alternate content insertion and differentiated services at an individual household or subscriber level, access network providers can reduce the direct competition and focus on what they do best – serve subscribers with differentiated and valuable services.Jerry Miller, QuickPlay MediaA global CDN provider has what a network provider cannot get easily today: global reach and network agnosticism.  A network provider has the lines and can ensure Quality of Service (QoS). These two form the perfect complement, if they can work together.  The challenge is that with the CDN federation still a pipe dream, these two entities must determine a way to work that allows the network provider to share in the revenue while enabling the global CDN to benefit from the QoS, preferably without either of them becoming exclusive to the other.Peter Coppola, Limelight NetworksCDNs are in the business of the online world, ensuring that rich, valuable content is being delivered to the end user in high quality and at a high speed. Though many consumers still tend to turn to traditional access network providers to view their favourite content, such as TV shows or movies, when an access network provider can offer that content in multiple formats, such as online and mobile viewing, their business platform is strengthened. We see an opportunity for global pure play CDNs and network operators to partner around delivery, enabling better service and new business models.Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakGlobal CDN service providers are already competing with network service providers today in several markets. Global CDNs have an advantage when it comes to footprint and international traffic. Operators are stronger when it comes to carrying traffic over their infrastructure. The emergence of CDN selection products – such as Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN – finally makes it possible for cable and telecom operators to beat CDN providers by joining a CDN confederation built around CDN selection rules managed by content providers.James Taylor, Level 3An individual access network on its own doesn’t create a compelling proposition for content owners, therefore collaboration is really the only viable way forward. This is particularly true because the cost barrier to enter the CDN marketplace is very high. Scalability is also important, therefore a network must work with a global CDN provider – or vice versa – in order to provide optimum global reach.  Global, scalable networks such as the one from Level 3 Communications will hence continue to grow in importance for the market, a fact that is reflected by customer take-up. CDN providers are orientating their platform development to integrate deeper into access networks to reduce the bit mile cost of rich media in an attempt to find mutually beneficial models. This enables them to scale with the exponential growth in video we expect to see in the coming years.Jon Haley, EdgewareGlobal CDNs own the commercial relationships with today’s content providers, but they need the cooperation of the access network owners to deliver the quality and availability needed for internet services to start to replace traditional broadcast. Today we see growing competition between them for delivery of local content as access network owners grow their CDN sales and marketing capabilities.James Segil, EdgeCastEdgeCast believes that network providers are all a very key part of the value chain for CDN services. To some extent, we have partneredwith many telecom operators to better optimise how CDN services are delivered into their respective networks, so in this case that is very complementary. Selling CDN services to content owners and competing with EdgeCast or Akamai is a challenge that we have seen only a few telecom operators succeed in.How do you expect the CDN market to evolve over the coming 12 months?Jacques Le Mancq, BroadpeakWe expect the CDN market to grow steadily over the next 12 months. We expect that the share of  network service providers in the video CDN market will grow slightly faster than the global CDN service provider share.James Taylor, Level 3The CDN market will continue to evolve much as it has done over the last 12 months. CDN providers will continue to simplify the delivery of video to new devices and formats. As they continue to dynamically re-wrap content and use format agnostic methods of content protection the CDN market will naturally evolve. CDN operators and access network providers will continue to find consistent models for collaboration, as each are equally important in the internet ecosystem. The one area we expect to see change is in vendor consolidation. As capital investment increases and margins reduce, only the very largest CDN operators will find enough scale for a viable business. As a result, many of the smaller providers will either become niche or re-focus on higher margin enterprise business.Jon Haley, EdgewareWe expect continued growth in the number of cable and telco TV services that are fully extended to multiscreen – i.e. all channels made available with the same catchup rights on all devices. These will require additional subscription or will only be available with premium subscriptions, and the quality of delivery and availability from the CDN will therefore need to be guaranteed. We expect this to continue to drive the majority of deployments of operators’ own CDNs. We also expect to see a continued move away from “home-grown” solutions based on standard hardware and open source towards specialist systems that provide predictable and scalable performance. Finally we expect to see some extension of these operator CDNs to OTT providers as a B2B service, but only on a case-by-case basis and primarily for local content broadcasters.Duncan Potter, SeaWell NetworksFirst, the inertia preventing a clear understanding of the business case for targeted ad insertion will fade, adding momentum to this movement. Secondly the access network providers will start insisting on far more sophisticated session management with an intelligent layer of additional services to provide individualised “experiences” to subscribers. Thirdly the commoditisation of underlying infrastructure will continue to drive down basic delivery costs. Finally, the cost of global CDN bandwidth will continue to erode at between 20-30% causing the global CDNs to continue to force the pace with content providers by looking for additional services.  This, in turn, will put even more pressure on access network providers to move faster in their own service deployments.James Segil, EdgeCastAll segments of the business are expected to continue growing, but we think the emerging economies of the world – Indonesia, Latin America, etc. – are really going to show the most amount of growth. Limited broadband and wireless access has kept some of these regions of the world sheltered from the kind of growth we’ve seen in the developed economies, but that dynamic is going away. We also expect the value added services on top of traditional CDN caching to become more complex and valued, adding to our ability to grow revenue through new product and services beyond core CDN.Jerry Miller, QuickPlay MediaThe market will continue to see operators build and/or partner to enter the CDN space. With a myriad of options available amongst existing pure play CDNs, operators, and CDN vendors, more will succeed than in the past.  This will influence existing CDN services to aggressively partner with operators and switch their models away from commodity type services.  With these newly formed partnerships, specialty services like security – WAF, anti-DDoS – dynamic content acceleration, video processing and higher order analytics will become the area of focus.  As the market continues to consolidate and grow, we can expect to see this trend become more predominant.Paul Larbey, Alcatel-LucentI think we see it growing rapidly. We see it becoming more important for operators who want to use an IP protocol to deliver their next generation video pay-TV offering to connected devices. So the importance is increasing. At the same time, as a result of that, the scale of the deployed on-net CDNs is also increasing and naturally the scale of the deployed on-net CDNs is increasing. Also the functionality they need to be more video-aware and do advanced features such as personalised ad-insertion and content blackout to comply with both regulatory restrictions, as well as to generate additional revenue streams, [is] where we will continue to increase.last_img read more

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first_imgPolice believe car involved was a black BMW with tinted windows and was driven by a man. POLICE in Derry are hunting a cowardly hit-and-run driver.They have launched an appeal for information over the incident which happened in the Main Street area of Eglinton last Friday evening, November 4.The PSNI say that just after 6.45pm, a 14-year-old girl was knocked off her bike by a car. The girl received a scrape to her leg but did not require medical attention.The driver is now being hunted for careless driving causing injury, failing to report an accident and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.If caught and convicted he faces a possible prison sentence. BLACK BMW CARCONSTABLE MILLAReglintonHIT-AND-RUN DRIVER HUNTED AFTER GIRL KNOCKED OFF HER BICYCLEMain StreetPSNISTRAND ROAD POLICE STATIONcenter_img Investigating officer Constable Millar said: “I would appeal to the driver of the car, or anyone who witnessed the incident, to contact Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1063 of 04/11/16.“Or 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.”HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER HUNTED AFTER GIRL KNOCKED OFF HER BICYCLE was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more


first_imgShareTweet Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone who has any information to contact them at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1472 16/03/17.Or, 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.POLICE PROBE LOUD BANG IN DERRY AFTER CAR DAMAGED IN ATTTACK was last modified: March 18th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Reactive and Organised Crime Branch are appealing for information following a report of a loud bang in Derry.Police say that at around 11pm on Thursday, officers received reports of criminal damage in the Curlew Way area of the Clooney estate.Minor scorch damage was caused to a car as a result of the incident.center_img CLOONEY ESTATECURLEW WAYDerryPOLICE PROBE LOUD BANG IN DERRY AFTER CAR DAMAGED IN ATTTACKPSNISTRAND ROADlast_img read more