Aussie accents taking over the streets of NYC

first_imgThe phrase ‘shrimp on the barbie’ is quickly replacing ‘schmear the bagel’ in NYC. The phrase ‘shrimp on the barbie’ is quickly replacing ‘schmear the bagel’ in New York City (NYC), according to NYC & Company vice president tourism development Makiko Healy, who says hearing the Aussie accent in NYC is more common that you’d think.In Sydney this month for Visit USA Travel Trade Promotions, Ms Healy said Australian visitors are key for NYC tourism, with Aussies still ranking in as the City’s fifth largest source of overseas travel and the number on US destination for Australian travel.Since 2006, travel from Australia into NYC increased by 157 percent, according to the bureau’s statistics, while last year Aussie arrivals increased by 4.5 percent compared to 2011, from 532,000 to 556,000.Hoping to build on growth, NYC & Company will join other destinations across the US at this year’s Visit USA Trade Promotions to promote the destination and achieve targets of $70 billion in economic impact and 55 million annual visitors by 2015.“We look forward to building increased business from every corner of Australia this year and welcoming more Australians to New York City in the year ahead,” Ms Healy added.Visit USA Travel Trade Event is a five-day business to business event travelling to Sydney (15 and 18 February), Brisbane (19 February) and Melbourne (20 February).Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

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MBA Expect 2012 Originations to Hit 900B

first_imgMBA: Expect 2012 Originations to Hit $900B Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers Shares Stocks Unemployment 2011-10-12 Ryan Schuette October 12, 2011 446 Views Sharecenter_img in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Fewer refinance applications will drive mortgage originations substantially lower over 2012, with loan volume plunging from $1.2 trillion over 2011 to $900 billion over the new year, according to recent study by the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE]The trade group forecasted that the nation’s GDP will near 1.7 percent over 2012, a few percentage points above 1.3 percent seen this year but far from recovery territory, as euro zone markets tilt toward a continental recession and the U.S. economy stays just above a nominal recession.The MBA tied historically low mortgage rates, plodding existing-home sales and home prices, and a laggardly unemployment rate to the notion that the U.S. will continue to experience trouble ahead in mortgage originations.””We think growth driven by consumer spending on durables and business spending on new plants and equipment will keep the US [sic] out of recession, but there is significant uncertainty around this forecast,”” “”Jay Brinkmann””:http://www.mbaa.org/AboutMBA/GovernanceandManagement/Management/JayBrinkmann.htm, MBA’s chief economist and SVP for research and education, said in a “”statement””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/78185.htm. He said that weakening European financial markets could spill into the U.S. financial system, further eroding U.S. consumer confidence and the national business climate, positioning the world’s largest economy for “”a short, and relatively mild recession”” with [COLUMN_BREAK]little “”material impact on the economic outlook”” as a result of any policy solutions from lawmakers.Among other things, the MBA said that the unemployment rate will jump to 9.3 percent over 2012, up from 9.1 percent this year, with benchmark fixed-rate mortgages expected to remain near rock bottom by lingering in the range between 4.4 percent and 4.9 percent over 2012 and 2013, respectively.Total existing-home sales will hover at around 4.9 million units over this year and the next, approaching 5.2 million as 2013 leads the hobbling economic recovery into greener pastures, according to the trade group. It also said that home prices “”will continue to decline before starting a reversal in mid to late 2012,”” with purchase originations on a marginal climb to $412 billion over the new year, slightly up from $400 billion this year but still a far cry from $472 billion seen over 2010.Also in the cards, according to the MBA: fewer refinance applications, which will fall to $783 billion in 2012 from $1.1 trillion this year. Refinance originations will crest at $495 billion over 2012 and 2013 after a slow and inexorable dip.””Purchase volume will stay low as home sales in 2012 remain little changed from 2011,”” Brinkmann said. “”A faster economic recovery led by the housing market would mean faster home price growth and more sales volume, increasing purchase originations somewhat, but would cut off refinance volume sooner than in our forecast.”” And whither the road ahead for a gloomy national outlook?””[R]egardless of which path the economy and mortgage rates take, we are predicting another tough year, with origination volumes at their lowest point since 1997,”” Brinkmann added. “”Continued slow economic growth will mean that unemployment will remain elevated through 2012, which could slow the improvement in delinquency and foreclosure volumes, meaning that in addition to lower production volumes for the industry, mortgage servicers will also continue to be under pressure.””last_img read more

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On the success against the Seahawks in Seattle W

first_imgOn the success against the Seahawks in Seattle:“Well first of all, you start with Carson, because he’s played great up there the three times we’ve won. John Brown was huge. J.J. Nelson was huge last year. The big thing, you’ve got to run the football against Seattle, and you need to hit chunk plays. It’s just so hard to go down the field without chunk plays against them.”On if RB David Johnson’s return next season is another reason to return as head coach:“That’s a great one. About 2,000 – maybe 2,500 – good reasons.”On if he can rely on chunk plays from the Cardinals defense if he can’t get as many as he’d like from the offense:“Yeah, that was a huge. That game was close, and then all of a sudden – boom – we got a defensive touchdown. Field position is always a major battle with Seattle. If we can get an interception or just a three-and-out when they’re backed up, that is huge when you’re playing a team that good.”On Stanton dancing down the sidelines like he did a couple seasons ago:“I hope he’s chasing somebody, dancing as good as he did that time.”On what he still loves the most about coaching:“The relationships. The relationship with the players. Building a roster. There really isn’t anything I don’t like about it.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Injuries in the ball game: Antoine Bethea tore a pec and will be out. Everybody else, we’ve got some bumps and bruises, but he’ll be the only guy that’s going to miss this ball game. Whether it requires surgery or not, it’s pretty much up to him at this point in time.” “Yeah, I doubt it. They’re out there walking at 4:30 in the morning. They’re here every day. They’re the earliest ones here.”On what it would mean for QB Drew Stanton to win this week’s game in Seattle:“Oh gosh, yeah. He was so close up there a couple years ago, and we dropped an easy touchdown pass. We just blew that game. But yeah, it’d be great for him. Not that he needs being legitimized at all in our locker room, but I think it would help with the fans, to know how good of a player he really is.”On if Stanton’s touchdown passes against the Giants really showed his ability:“That one to John Brown? Yeah, both of those skinny posts were great throws.”On what he meant when he said Stanton is a “calming influence” on him:“Yeah, he knows, half the time, what I’m going to say before I say it, and he’s already got the answer. I can yell at him and it’s just, ‘OK.” It’s just normal conversation with him. I don’t have to guard what I say to Drew or Carson. I have to guard what I say to Blaine (Gabbert) because he hasn’t been around long enough. But yeah, he’ll come up to me, ‘Hey, this is what I saw. We had already picked these two plays, but I like this one better now that what I’m seeing out there.’ Great. You don’t get that from a lot of guys.” (AP Photo) On how the team will deal with not having S Antoine Bethea for the final game:“’Bettch’ and Nick (Rapone) will figure out a way. Harlan (Miller) will get in there in nickel package, I’m sure. He played up there last year and did a good job. We’ll find a way to get Justin (Bethel) back in there in nickel and dime, which he’s playing already, and Ty (Tyrann Mathieu). We’ve got plenty of guys. Taking five interceptions out of there is tough, though.”On Bethea’s season:“Oh, a great season.”On if Bethea’s performance is another sign that players aren’t too old to play:“Yeah, ‘Toine’s still young, and he takes great … He should have another great year next year.”On what he liked most about S Budda Baker’s personality when he scouted him before the draft:“He loved football. He was a football junkie. Always there, coaches raved about him. His skill level is one thing, but his enthusiasm for the game was huge.”On the coaching staff and if he expects any changes:“No. I wouldn’t anticipate any. Just look at what we’ve done and see what we’ve the last half of the season and see what we can do better.”On the possibility Assistant Head Coach/Offense Tom Moore and Pass Rush Specialist Tom Pratt retiring: Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I never think about it. That’s why I get tired of (people) asking the question. I never think about it. I only think about Seattle. Last week, I only thought about New York, trying to figure out a way for that offensive line we’re playing with to block these guys.”On if he thinks about the state of the team if he were to retire:“Steve’s (Keim) done a great job, and I don’t take any credit for the talent that’s on the team. That’s Steve, and he’s done a great job. It’s a very talented roster, and it’ll be even more talented next year.”On if he’s intrigued by the prospect of finding the Cardinals next quarterback:“Oh gosh, yeah. That’s always been the most exciting thing in coaching for me. I go back to that year with Andrew Luck. It was one of the most fun years, other than Chuck’s illness, just fun coaching every day and watching him grow – same thing with Peyton (Manning). It’s just fun watching those guys grow.”On if one year with a young quarterback is enough to teach him what he needs to know:“I would think so. It’s just a matter of if the excitement is there just to continue doing it.”On if it’s time to retire if the excitement of coaching is no longer there: On if he likes interacting with the media:“You guys are great. Even Jody (Jackson).”On why he would leave if he still loves coaching:“Who says I am? Everybody out of town. Everybody out of town.” On his excitement for next year considering the strong finish by the Cardinals defense:“Oh God, throw Markus Golden back in the mix, and you get Haason (Reddick) back inside, Budda (Baker). There’s a lot of – Robert (Nkemdiche), Olsen Pierre – there’s a great young defense, and ‘Bettch’ (James Bettcher) has done a great job of getting them playing. And then you add those pieces back, and add maybe some more in the draft, it could be a very dominant defense.”On If Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher is ready to be a head coach:“I think, yeah, he could be a head coach easily.”On criticism of Bettcher and his defense early in the season and the defensive turnaround:“Yeah, and when you’re not playing to what you think you should be playing, everybody’s going to criticize you. Our team didn’t play as well as we should have in September and October, overcoming the early injuries. It’s easy when you get the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth injuries. It’s really hard when you get the first four, and it’s like ‘Oh, here we go again. Here we go,’ and (it’s) kind of doom and gloom around the team for a week or so. Now it’s just, ‘OK, who is it this week?’ And you pick up the pieces, and you go. It’s really easier now than it was back then, looking at injuries.” The tape showed a really, really good defensive effort – outstanding in all red zone, third down, everything, shutting down the run. Our defense is playing the way they’re capable of playing and should have been playing all year, but really happy to see them playing this well this late in the season. Offensively, I thought Drew (Stanton) did a heck of a job in the red zone for us – two touchdowns. If you want to ask me about this fake news story that has come up – I’m quoting the President now – nothing has changed. I don’t know where all that (expletive) came from. Nothing has changed in the last month and a half, and everybody keeps asking the same question.”On why his potential retirement is a topic of conversation:“I have no idea. I don’t even know who the heck this guy is and where these supposed meetings took place. It was fun; it was good reading.”On if the retirement stories are upsetting:“I’m getting a little tired of it, yeah. There’ll come a time and a place when we decide what we’re going to do. I guess Larry’s (Fitzgerald) put up with this for eight years. So, I guess I can put up with it for one.”On the process through which he will make a decision on retirement: Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Oh, that’s when you know it’s time. I got up at 5 this morning and was excited to get here. So, that hasn’t changed.”On how much his improved health has impacted his love for the job:“That’s made a big difference. Having no major things happen this year has been huge.”On if it’s nice to end the season with a game that provides obvious motivation:“Yeah. This is fun – to get to 8-8 and to play Seattle. It seems like we play them the last game every year. This is our playoff game. So yeah, our guys will be motivated just like they’re going to be super motivated. They have to win to get in. It should be a great game.”On how satisfying it would be to knock a division rival out of the playoff race:“If you’re going to be a spoiler, that’s the one you want to do it against.”On if WR Larry Fitzgerald’s or QB Carson Palmer’s decisions to play in 2018 will influence his decision to return:“No. Not at all. Not at all. They’re all separate.”On if it’s interesting that all three of their decisions regarding next season have been grouped together and if this narrative will continue next year if they all return:“Then you’ll just be asking the same questions next year. Yeah, it’s kind of par for the course right now.” “We’ll come back on the plane and get everything finalized for the season, get all the reports – like we always do – get all our end-of-the-season business done, sit down with my wife, son and daughter, and we’ll talk about and see what we want to do. Make a decision sometime between Monday and February, whatever Michael (Bidwill) lets me.”On his departure from the Steelers and if retirement has been considered before:“Yeah, that was a re-fired not a retired. But, we were very fine with that at that time. She (wife Christine) was really fine with it, and then obviously the call from Chuck (Pagano) and we hit the lottery as far as coaching goes. It’s been an unbelievable six years since then. That’s the one thing when you think about it and say, ‘Oh my gosh. What if they win the Super Bowl next year, and you’re not going to be there? Why would you walk away?’ Dick LeBeau always said, ‘If I was going to retire at 70, then I would have missed two Super Bowls.’ It’s like, ‘I know, I hear you.’ Love these guys. We have such a great group of guys, and the character showed up Sunday of what our team’s all about.”On if he thinks about retirement often: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Abercrombie Kent h

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Abercrombie & Kent has released its 2016 private jet brochures, ‘Around the World by Private Jet’ and ‘Cuba & South America by Private Jet’.‘Cuba & South America by Private Jet’ details the 23 journey to six countries from 6 to 28 September 2016, during which Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, will be a special guest.Mr Kent comments that “For years, I have dreamed of combining the greatest destinations in South America into a single comprehensive journey. Cuba & South America by Private Jet fulfils that dream and then some, with an impressive itinerary that begins in Cuba, where I join you on a fascinating people to people programme.”Passengers spend three nights in Cuba, Colombia and Peru before journeying to Easter Island for two nights, Patagonia for three nights, Buenos Aires for two nights, Iguazu Falls and Pantanal for three nights before completing the trip in Rio de Janeiro for two nights.Luxury accommodation ranges from the Saratoga Hotel in Cuba and the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena in Colombia, to the Torres del Paine National Park lodge in Chile.Prices are $99,500 per person, double occupancy and the tour is limited to 50 guests. ‘Around the World by Private Jet’ is a 26-day itinerary to  Islands, Savannas and the Amazon. With a maximum capacity again of 50 guests, the journey promises the epitome of luxury and unique travel experiences.Geoffrey Kent writes “I personally designed this voyage to combine some of my favourite places with exotic destinations visited by only a privileged few. Since its debut om 2014, this journey has sold out two consecutive years and, having travelled on its inaugural departure myself, I am confident it will once again meet with an enthusiastic response.”Guests will visit the Amazon River, Easter Island, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Kenya and Monaco, staying in accommodations such as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay and Amangalla, Sri Lanka.They join the ‘Connections by Abercrombie & Kent’ and ‘Luxury Polar Expedition Cruises‘ brochures for 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Public advised not to come in contact with Athalassa park lake water

first_imgThe forestry department on Thursday urged the public to avoid coming into contact with the water from the lake in the Athalassa national forest park until investigations were completed to find what exactly killed fish there last month.In an announcement, the forestry department said they were continuing investigations to find the cause of death of a large number of mainly goldfish and young carp in the lake in March.The department said that lab tests ruled out viral fish disease and any other pathogenic agent, but that the biological and biochemical analyses made by the Department of Water Development (WDD) and the state lab, found the existence of eutrophication in the lake.Eutrophication occurs when too many nutrients are present in the water, usually as a result of runoff from the surrounding land. Microorganisms such as algae and plankton thrive in a eutrophic lake, resulting in their overpopulation, which could have serious negative effects on fish and birds.The forestry department said that, in cooperation with the WDD, they will carry out further analyses to examine the effects of eutrophication on the quality of the lake water.In order to definitively resolve the problem, the forestry department said, it will consider the possibility of a holistic management of the lake.The forestry department urged the public to avoid coming in contact with the lake water until further notice.It said that the numbers of dead fish located in the lake were significant, but not very large in relation to the populations living in the reservoir.The same phenomenon was observed in February 2014 but at a much bigger scale. The problem at the time, the forestry department said, had been high levels of the phytoplankton Prymnesium parvum in the water. This plankton species, is capable of producing toxins that can cause extensive fish kills.You May LikeCampusPlus5 College Degrees That Will Be Gone In 20 YearsCampusPlusUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoHealthy Life7 Reasons Why You Should Sleep On Your Left SideHealthy LifeUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Afendoulis takes oath of office in Lansing

first_img State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township (right), takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.  From left to right is Afendoulis’ mother, Tina; his wife, Phyllis; and his daughters, Elena, Sophia and Mari. Afendoulis was elected last November as the state representative for the 73rd House District. Residents are invited to contact Afendoulis and his staff toll free at (855) 347-8073, via email at ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Categories: Afendoulis News 15Jan Afendoulis takes oath of office in Lansinglast_img

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Rep Bumstead Sen Hansen thank local students for visiting the Capitol

first_img LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo (left), and Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart (right), welcomed Shelby High School juniors and seniors, as well as government affairs students from Shelby and Hart Middle Schools. The students visited their lawmakers at the Capitol on March 17. 28Apr Rep. Bumstead, Sen. Hansen thank local students for visiting the Capitol Categories: Newslast_img

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Rep Webber hosts coffee hour in district

first_img21Jun Rep. Webber hosts coffee hour in district Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills will host a coffee hour for residents of the Greater Rochester Area interested in sharing their thoughts and questions with the representative.Webber will be at the Festival of the Hills. The event includes children’s games, live entertainment and Michigan’s 2nd largest fireworks show. The family friendly event will be at Borden Park on 1400 E. Hamlin Road in Rochester Hills on Wednesday, June 28 at 6 p.m.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov or 517-373-1773.#####last_img

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Rep Kahles bills helping aviation repair industry pass Senate panel

first_img Categories: Kahle News,News 03Oct Rep. Kahle’s bills helping aviation repair industry pass Senate panel ###The legislation: House Bills 4350 and 4351.center_img A state Senate committee today approved Rep. Bronna Kahle’s legislation to help Michigan aircraft repair companies compete with out-of-state businesses.The bills approved by the Senate Finance Committee exempt parts used in aircraft repairs from Michigan’s 6-percent sales and use tax. Neighboring states already allow a similar exemption, giving facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin a competitive advantage for maintaining aircraft based in Michigan.“We must eliminate this competitive disadvantage for Michigan businesses,” Kahle, of Adrian, said after the Senate committee advanced her bill. “This legislation will level the playing field for Michigan businesses, keeping jobs in our state.”Bill White – owner of Aerospace Services And Products Inc., based in Hudson – testified in support of Kahle’s legislation.The bills advance to the Senate floor for consideration. The Michigan House already has approved the bills.last_img read more

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Italian authorities have scrapped the current plan

first_imgItalian authorities have scrapped the current plans to distribute digital terrestrial television frequencies and are restarting the process.The Italian Ministry of Industry announced that it would restart the process and would scrap the plans to give the channels away for free as part of a beauty contest. Minister Corrado Passera said that a new decision will be made later this month and would be expected by April 20. 
The government is expected to receive around €1.2 billion for the frequencies. Passera told Italian newspaper La Repubblica that he didn’t think it was a good idea to give away valuable government assets for free.last_img

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An opposition Member of Parliament has said that a

first_imgAn opposition Member of Parliament has said that a criminal offence might have been committed if News Corp was given information about its bid for BSkyB by a UK government office while the deal was being investigated.
UK newspaper The Guardian, which has been at the forefront of reporting of News Corp’s involvement in the phone-hacking scandal, reported MP Chris Bryant’s comments. Specifically, the concerns relate to whether culture minister Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial code while News Corp’s failed Sky bid was being scrutinised.last_img

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Satellite operator Arabsat has criticised media co

first_imgSatellite operator Arabsat has criticised media coverage of Bahrain’s Radio and Television Union’s decision to stop broadcasting its bouquet of channels on Arabsat’s Badr 4 satellite at 26° East.Coverage has focused on Bahrain’s decision being a response to the transmission of Iranian channels on the satellite that allegedly incited sectarian strife in the troubled Gulf kingdom. Arabsat said that its last contract for capacity with the Iranian Space Agency was signed five years ago, that the capacity leased by the agency was limited in coverage and that its channels were difficult to receive in the Arab World and that the Al-Alam channel, the main source of Bahrain’s ire, ceased broadcasting on Arabsat’s transponders over the Arab world two years ago but continued to broadcast on Nilesat.It also said that Arabsat had reduced the signal strength of the Iranian bouquet that still included Al-Alam to reduce spillover and that Al-Alam was still available throughout the Arab countries via Eutelsat’s Hotbird position. Finaly, it said the issue had been discussed in depth at its general assembly and that, to protect itself legally, it had reached an agreement with Iran to stop broadcasting Al-Alam on the Iranian bouquet.Arabsat said it hoped that Bahrain would now reconsider its decision.last_img read more

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TV content distributer and broadcast company SPI I

first_imgTV content distributer and broadcast company SPI International has introduced new channel logos and an on-air look for its Filmbox movie channels in Central and Eastern Europe. SPI International said the refresh was designed to “better position FilmBox as a growing and continuously expanding brand” and to create a more ‘conceptual’ brand name, associated with an “extensive portfolio of diverse movie and thematic channels.”“We want to lighten up our brand and to bring more energy to our channels’ look,” said Berk Uziyel, director of FilmBox and new media for SPI International. The new on-air look for the channels will feature a white background instead of the previous black and dark tones, the firm said. The new logo concept and on-air identification was developed and designed in-house by the joint FilmBox marketing and art department team in Warsaw, Poland.last_img read more

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Bingeing on TV programmes is common practise in th

first_imgBingeing on TV programmes is common practise in the UK, with 24% of people polled in Deloitte’s Media Consumer 2014 survey claiming they prefer to watch several episodes at once than wait for the weekly broadcast.According to the study, “bingeing predominates among younger viewers” with a third of 25 to 34 year olds watching TV in this way – marking an “ongoing shift in TV consumption behaviour.”The report also said suggests that “pay TV’s relevance is diminishing” thanks to an array of additional content available through free or “relatively cheap” streaming services.This was because, though all TV households in the UK have access to at least 50 channels, 72% of those surveyed say they regularly watched 10 or fewer channels.Pay TV customers were also found to only watch an average of three more channels than those that pay just the compulsory TV license fee, despite being able to access “substantially more” channels.However, in spite of this, ‘cord cutting’ was not seen as a major concern. Pay TV subscribers were 50% more likely than free-to-air homes to subscribe to an additional TV streaming service, said Deloitte, thus “thickening” the cord.Meanwhile, “inertia” and access to service bundles were the main reasons given for why people continue to subscribe to pay TV services – rather than access to specific content.“Pay TV has been a vital growth engine for the industry over the past decade. Subscriptions generated £5.4 billion of the £17.5 billion of revenues in the UK TV industry in 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), up from £4.1 billion in 2007. By contrast, most other sources of revenues were little changed; for example TV advertising revenues were £3.7 billion in 2007 and £3.9 billion in 2012,” said Deloitte.Elsewhere, the report found that 49% of households surveyed now own at least one smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Smartphones alone were found in 75% of households, up 10 percentage points on last year, and are “increasingly ubiquitous.”last_img read more

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YouTube is trialling a new feature that will allow

first_imgYouTube is trialling a new feature that will allows viewers to view videos from multiple camera angles. The new feature, which can be accessed now on a video of musician Madilyn Bailey, lets viewers click different thumbnails during playback to switch camera view.The test video is taken from a YouTube Music Night live performance, recorded at YouTube’s content creator studio space in Los Angeles.However, YouTube is now inviting US-based YouTubers that are interested in using the ‘choose your view’ function on their own videos to sign up online, promising to “be in touch as we make this feature more available.”The news comes a month after it was reported that YouTube was working to support 360 degree videos in the coming weeks, giving viewers a perspective on everything going on in a video.last_img read more

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Vodafone Portugal has chosen Ericsson to provide i

first_imgVodafone Portugal has chosen Ericsson to provide its Media Delivery Network to enable the launch of enhanced TV services.According to Ericsson, Vodafone Portugal will use its Media Delivery Network product to create media-centric added value services. Iit said that the rollout would complement the Ericsson Media portfolio deployed in Portugal and other countries, enabling tighter integration of all-new platform capabilities.The integration of the MDN solution with other Ericsson-supplied components will enable the deployment by Vodafone of cloud-based DVR services, catch-up and time-shifted services.The Ericsson deployment will enable Vodafone Portugal to locate and manage content within its local network by utilizing a virtualized architecture to deliver content closer to the end user, while by caching content at various locations across its network, Vodafone Portugal can also minimise the distance that video data travels, according to Ericsson.“Our subscribers demand access to TV and video content anywhere and at all times of the day and we need creative solutions to respond to this rapid growth and deliver on-demand services with high quality across an unprecedented number of devices and platforms. This project will allow us to distribute the video content in a more efficient way, enabling a better customer experience for our TV customers, enabling them to move their recordings from set-top-boxes to their personal devices, via the cloud. Ericsson has proven the capability to deliver the project with quality and on a timely manner,” said Pedro Duarte, TV and video services manager, Vodafone Portugal.“Constantly rising consumer expectations for TV Anywhere have made it paramount for TV service providers to simplify the process of delivering seamless, high quality content. Our Media Delivery Network solution offers TV service providers video-optimization and delivery savings in bandwidth and enabling greater use of network capacity, while also guaranteeing a greater quality of experience across mobile and fixed networks. These capabilities mean Vodafone Portugal can now take an even more active role in the evolving media value chain, enabling them to drive new content partnerships, deploy new media-centric services and deliver superior user experiences,” said Elisabetta Romano, vice-president and head of TV and media, Ericsson.last_img read more

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TV everywhere consumption is slowly moving toward

first_imgTV everywhere consumption is “slowly moving toward” connected devices like Apple TV and Roku boxes, according to new research by Adobe Digital Index.Though Apple’s iOS operating system still sees the bulk of TV everywhere (TVE) authentications, its share decreased 20% year-on-year while connected devices saw 31% growth, said the Q4 Digital Video Benchmark report.The study said that for the quarter iOS devices accounted for 36% of TVE authentications, the browser accounted for 24%, connected TV devices 21%, and Android devices 18%.TVE consumption via Roku, specifically, increased 14% quarter-over-quarter in Q4, which Adobe said was likely due to major broadcast networks adding channels in mid-November. By comparison, iOS authentications were down almost 12% quarter-over-quarter.Adobe said that Apple TV devices were the most-used connected TV device, followed by Rokus, games consoles and Amazon Fire TV devices.“Overall growth in TVE video viewing has doubled year-on-year (102%) – a trend Adobe Digital Index expects to continue,” said the research. “Active TVE users increased 22% quarter-over-quarter, which is notable since previous quarter growth ranged from 12% to 14%.”Overall the TV everywhere share of active monthly pay TV users stood at 17.4% in Q4, compared to 12.8% for the same quarter a year earlier.Adobe Digital Index’s research is based on the analysis of anonymous, aggregated data from over 5,000 companies around the world that use the Adobe Digital Marketing Cloud to get data and analysis of activity on websites, social media, and advertising.last_img read more

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Jørgen Madsen Lindemann MTG president and CEO Mo

first_imgJørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and CEO.Modern Times Group (MTG) has agreed a new multi-year agreement for the distribution of its TV channels on Telenor’s networks in the Nordic region.The extended and expanded agreement covers the distribution of MTG’s free-TV channels on Telenor’s cable, satellite and IPTV networks in Sweden and Norway, and satellite platform in Denmark.MTG will also make more of its premium sports pay TV channels available to Telenor’s cable and IPTV subscribers in Sweden, whose packages will soon also include the Viaplay video-on-demand service.Telenor’s Finnish satellite TV subscribers will have access to MTG’s premium sports channels for the first time.“This new and extended agreement with the biggest network operator in the Nordics demonstrates the quality and range of our content offering – from broad based TV entertainment to live premium sports. We will now deliver even more content to subscribers and even higher reach for advertisers than ever before,” said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, president and CEO of MTG.last_img read more

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Ukrainian cable operator Volia is providing access

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia is providing access to all its HD channels free of charge this week in a move it says is timed to coincide with 25th the anniversary of the country’s independence.Volia is making all national and international channels on its platform free in HD quality from August 20-28, meaning that over 30 channels will be available in the format.There are two exceptions to the free offer: premium sports services Futbol 1 HD and Futbol 2 HD will remain encrypted.last_img

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Kudelski Group has acquired Norwaybased media ass

first_imgKudelski Group has acquired Norway-based media asset management outfit Digital Video Norge (DVnor). The new acquisition will work closely with Kudelski’s Norway-based conditional access unit Conax.Morten SolbakkenDVnor’s core product is DVnor Organizer, an automated platform for metadata and digital file management, transcoding, storage, distribution and post-production services. Kudelski believes that the combination of this product with Conax’s Contego content security will create an attractive offerg to an enlarged set of potential customers.According to Kudelski, DVnor will continue to focus on serving its core customer base – broadcasters, TV content and film distributors – with a strengthened market offering and improved sales reach.“We are very pleased to welcome DVnor to the Kudelski Group. DVnor’s team, solutions and geographic footprint are highly complementary to Conax’s. With the acquisition, we aim to extend the Conax and Kudelski Group footprint within the digital content value chain,” said Morten Solbakken, president and CEO of Conax.“With technology from Conax, DVnor and other Kudelski Group companies, like watermarking, analytics and anti-piracy services, we will better serve the value chain with crucial services to enable and secure the future media and entertainment industry.”last_img read more

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