Free attaque un rival arguant que le concept de “révolution” lui appartientUn site mystérieux lancé par un opérateur encore anonyme annonce que “la révolution du mobile… commence 11 mai”, sans en dire plus sur ce qui attendra les consommateurs la semaine prochaine. Cette invitation a déjà fait enrager Free, qui estime que le concept de “révolution” est lié à ses produits.Le site Internet larevolutiondumobile.com (lien non disponible) est très mystérieux. Sur la page d’accueil au fond rouge, rien de plus que cette phrase qui apparaît en continu : “La révolution du mobile commence … le 11 mai”, suivie du message en plus petits caractères : “Le mobile trop cher en France : ça suffit !”. Dans le menu, le lien “en savoir plus” nous dirige vers les comptes Facebook et Twitter du mystérieux opérateur et un formulaire de contact reste l’unique moyen de contacter ceux qui sont derrière ce site. Aucune indication, donc, sur l’opérateur en question et encore moins sur l’offre qui attend les consommateurs, bien gardée secrète. Il faudra donc s’armer de patience jusqu’au 11 mai prochain.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Cependant, Free n’a pas attendu pour enrager, a remarqué le site ZDNet. Le mot “révolution” en capitales et gros caractères sur cette campagne qui veut certainement faire le buzz n’est pas au goût de la société de Xavier Niel, qui a envoyé au site un e-mail quelque peu menaçant par le biais d’un avocat. Un courriel (publié ici par ZDnet) que larevolutiondumobile.com s’est empressé de rendre public. On peut y lire les propos suivants : “Tout d’abord, il ne vous aura pas échappé que la société Free a lancé la Freebox révolution dont l’atout majeur et il faut le dire révolutionnaire, est d’intégrer les appels vers les mobiles dans le forfait abonnement”. Me Yves Coursin poursuit : “Le public et la presse ne s’y sont pas trompés et (…) à leurs yeux, Free est régulièrement synonyme de “révolution””. Il finit par ajouter : “Ainsi mes clients m’ont chargé d’attirer votre attention sur le problème que pourrait poser votre communication et font toutes réserves sur les préjudices de toute nature qui pourraient en découler”.Free ne veut pas que ses concurrents jouent sur un concept, qui soit disant lui appartiendrait. Pourtant, d’autres marques estiment que l’un de leurs produits est révolutionnaire (Apple, par exemple). Ce qui est sûr c’est que cette dispute médiatique ne va pas s’arrêter là. Nous en saurons très certainement plus le 11 mai, jour où larevolutiondumobile.com, qui est un opérateur déjà existant selon ZDnet, dévoilera son offre mystère.Le 6 mai 2011 à 14:34 • Maxime Lambert
In a ceremony today in New Zealand, the United States signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and formally enabled the Obama Administration to begin the process of writing legislation for Congress to approve the pact later this year. The American Soybean Association (ASA) is a leading supporter of the TPP agreement, which represents more than a third of the world’s gross domestic product, and both emerging and major soybean export markets along the Pacific Rim. ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., reiterated the association’s support and encouraged Congress to press through election-year rhetoric and get to work on the TPP in 2016.”With valuable, established markets alongside promising emerging markets, the 11 partner nations within the TPP combine to make this one of our most significant policy priorities right now. We are absolutely committed to the full-court press that we’ll need to move it across the finish line this year. We know that the election makes everything harder, but this is important enough that we’re ready to do whatever it takes. What we need from Congress is a commitment to move beyond the shortsighted focus on November and see what this agreement means for our economy, both in rural communities and nationwide. It means increased demand at home and abroad, which drives exports, which support jobs and economic activity all across the country. Election year or not, the TPP is a no-brainer.”
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto was diverted to Orlando, Florida, after authorities say a passenger became aggressive, attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open the cabin door.A federal criminal complaint says crew members and other passengers secured Brandon Michael Courneyea using zip ties. Orlando television station WFTV reports the FBI was contacted about 7:30 p.m. Monday.Investigators said Courneyea yelled at passengers for “looking at him.” He then grabbed a coffee pot from the galley and swung it at crew members before saying it would “only take one guy to take the plane down.” He lunged for a rear door and began pulling the lever.Federal agents arrested Courneyea, who faces several charges. It’s not clear whether he has a lawyer.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Kurnool: The district collector, Ganeshan Veera Pandiyan in a statement on Monday has stated that RS Rama Rao has been deputed as Executive Officer (EO) of Sri Bramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy temple at Srisailam. He will act as EO of the temple for a period of one year. With regard to his deputation, the government has issued a government order, stated the collector. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us RS Rama Rao, earlier to deputation as Srisailam EO was discharging responsibilities as Rampachodvaram Special Collector. Rama Rao was earlier took over the charges as, special deputy collector. DRDA Project Director besides RDO of Kandukuru and Kalyana Durgam said the collector. The state government has ordered Rama Rao to immediately take over the charge. The earlier EO, A Sri Ramachandra Murrah was ordered to surrender to the government.
The ANITA-IV experiment in Antarctica, prior to being launched on a balloon. Credit: Drummermean/CC BY-SA 4.0 More information: The ANITA Anomalous Events as Signatures of a Beyond Standard Model Particle, and Supporting Observations from IceCube, arXiv:1809.09615 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1809.09615 Journal information: arXiv A team of researchers at Penn State University has found new evidence that suggests some particles detected in Antarctica do not fit the Standard Model. They have written a paper outlining their arguments and have posted it on the arXiv preprint server. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New evidence suggests particles detected in Antarctica don’t fit Standard Model (2018, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-evidence-particles-antarctica-dont-standard.html © 2018 Phys.org Prior research has shown that when low energy cosmic particles encounter the Earth, they are likely to pass right on through—high energy particles, on the other hand, are almost certain to run into something else, preventing them from passing through in one piece. Instead, they cause an avalanche of collisions, creating a shower of particles that eventually emerge on the other side of the planet. But what if a high-energy particle were to make it all the way through without creating a particle shower? That would mean there likely exists a particle that is not described by the Standard Model—and that is exactly what researchers studying particles detected over Antarctica are reporting.To date, two odd particle events have been detected by a sensor attached to a high-altitude balloon hovering over Antarctica as part of a project called the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA)—the first detection was back in 2006, the second in 2014. Both indicated that a high-energy particle had somehow made its way through the planet without encountering anything. The first detection was attributed to equipment problems or some other unknown factor. The second caused more concern—but not enough for anyone to seriously consider challenging the Standard Model. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found other evidence of the same type of particle, suggesting the two anomalies might truly represent unknown particles.The new evidence came in the form of sensor data from the IceCube experiment in which sensors buried in the Antarctic ice continually detect particle events. Data from the sensors showed that three events with unexplained properties had occurred. The researchers suggest the two unconnected sources of data indicate that it is time to start asking whether the anomalies hint at the possibility of particles beyond the Standard Model. Hunting for dark quarks
Feature | March 07, 2014 | Williette Nyanue Moving Forward With Mobile Healthcare organizations and developers address safety issues as mobile technologies advance Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The introduction of iPhones and iPads revolutionized the way people communicate and made transmitting large amounts of information more convenient and instantaneous. With the expansion into different types of smartphones and tablets — Android- and Windows-based — society has grown increasingly dependent on these devices to transmit and receive information, and this dependence has greatly impacted healthcare. Morris Panner, CEO of DICOM Grid, said that, “For the new generation of physicians, using mobile technology is as common for many of them as a stethoscope. They walk into medical school with one of these devices and expect to receive information on it.” As physicians continue to find ways to utilize the convenience and speed of mobile technologies to enhance patient care, hospitals, healthcare organizations and mobile technology developers are working to ensure that patient information remains protected. Mobile Apps In and Out of the ClinicToday, healthcare organizations are introducing mobile applications that make the trip to the doctor’s office more convenient. Andrew Underhill, senior solutions engineer at Systems Made Simple, has seen this in his work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on its patient engagement initiative. “The veteran population is very dispersed around the whole country, and the VA has a lot of communication problems between its patient population and the medical centers,” Underhill said. In its patient initiative, the VA is pushing out different mobile applications (apps) that allow patients to schedule appointments, look up results and find the location of the nearest medical facility. Underhill expects these mobile apps will offer convenience and help cut down on travel costs. Illinois-based Northwest Community Healthcare’s (NHC) MyNHC app for iPhone and Android offers similar services, allowing patients to view their lab and imaging results, and identify the NHC facility nearest to their location and the services provided. The app reviews the level of care provided at each location and gives driving directions and estimated wait times.Physicians are also using mobile devices in the clinic to help deliver healthcare information. Panner said that mobile-enabled medical software has allowed physicians to bring a lot more medical information to patients’ bedsides or into an office in a way that maintains a personal touch and comfort — especially in imaging. “We were working with a leading pediatric specialist for pediatric oncology. He looked at the form function of the mobile product, and his response was, ‘My kids are going to love this,’ ” Panner said. Showing patients what is going on utilizing a device that many of them are already familiar with makes the problem more tangible. “Rather than an amorphous, scary thing, patients can see there’s the problem, and to fix it we are going to try to make that smaller or try to kill that,” Panner explained. He also noted that these tools enable children and parents to have a greater deal of interaction with information. “You can pinch, squeeze and do all the kinds of things that you see kids do with iPads. It makes a world of difference,” he said. Mobile Image Viewers in the MarketplaceViewing medical images on mobile devices is becoming more and more commonplace, and vendors are staying ahead of the trend. Early last year, DICOM Grid launched its next-generation clinical viewer, which enables the easy access and viewing of complex medical imaging data and associated reporting from any browser-based device or iPad. At the 2013 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, aycan featured its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared aycan mobile iPad app for teleradiology, which is designed for easy, fast and secure viewing and transfer of DICOM images with an iPad. Claron Technology debuted its BlackBerry 10 app for its Nil family of medical imaging viewers at the 2013 HIMSS conference. The Nil app supports anytime, anywhere, Web-based review of a full range of medical imaging modalities and reports, and capitalizes on the enhanced multimedia and multi-touch functionality of the BlackBerry 10 platform. Mach 7 Technologies, MIM Software Inc., GE Healthcare, Carestream and Fuji Medical Systems also offer mobile image viewing technologies.Responding to ChallengesThe rapid and organic growth of mobile technology use in healthcare has posed some unique challenges. One challenge is the lack of guidance on how the technologies should be used. “There is a lack of healthcare-specific standards in the mobile healthcare community,” said Underhill. “Mobile devices grew up organically without standard organizations dictating the way things should be done, but as those devices are maturing we have to get them to adhere to a new set of standards, or existing healthcare standards will be adapted to include mobile devices,” he said. The FDA is tackling this problem with its final guidance document for developers of mobile medical apps. The FDA said that it would assess mobile medical apps using the same regulatory standards and risk-based approach it applies to other medical devices. The agency also said that it plans to focus its regulatory oversight on mobile medical apps that present a greater risk to patients if they do not work as intended. This would include apps that allow physicians to access picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), or those that convert the mobile device into a patient diagnostic device, such as a patient monitor.1Another big challenge resulting from the healthcare industry’s use of mobile devices is security. Panner said that rapid adoption has allowed students and younger practitioners to bring these devices into hospitals and different organizations, and this has caused homegrown approaches to mobile application use. These approaches are problematic because of HIPAA and other privacy laws. Developers and organizations are now faced with the task of maintaining the security of confidential patient records and information. But according to Panner, developers are already addressing this challenge. “For developers like us, one of the first things we spend our time thinking about is safety and security. The security audit piece is a significant part of the deployment,” he said.Organizations are also doing their part to ensure that patient information remains protected. For Marjorie Calvetti, director of medical imaging at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., this includes making sure that physicians’ mobile devices are protected at all times. “We have a pretty strong corporate policy on privacy. All of the mobile devices have password protection on them,” she explained. “If they are lost, we have the ability to wipe all the patient information off of the system, and physicians have to log into the app so we can track who is in the system and who is accessing patient information.” The center also has a full-time security officer who works to protect patient security and how patient information is moved throughout the organization from an information systems perspective. While some organizations such as Memorial Medical Center allow physicians to use their own devices, others supply physicians with them for added assurance and protection. “Some people will say we only want you using devices that we control,” Panner said. “I think it is an emerging trend of how people balance controlling devices versus finding ways to let people bring the device but manage the software platform.”Creating an Environment for Mobile TechnologyFor those organizations that are apprehensive to implement a mobile technology program, Calvetti said it could be done rather easily. “It’s not a complicated learning process. You don’t have to have a tutorial to be able to utilize it, and that’s why we are seeing it adopted so rapidly,” she said. Memorial Medical Center upgraded its Carestream PACS last December, and this upgrade allowed physicians to access images and reports on mobile devices. While Calvetti imagined this would be a big ordeal, she said it was actually a non-event. Because many physicians were already familiar with and using mobile devices, the transition to the new PACS was so smooth that even Calvetti could not believe it. “It was the smoothest transition and upgrade that we have experienced to date,” she said. “It was profound. I’m still in shock.” The administration at Memorial Medical Center communicated to physicians what was included in the upgrade and when it was going to come. There were also demonstrations of the system before it went live, and administration ran the new system and the old system in tandem for a couple of weeks. Her advice to organizations looking to implement a similar program is to have key physicians trial the system so they can give feedback and provide support. She said being able to provide insight about tricks and tips, and having individuals test it to make sure there are no limitations and that the organization is going to want to keep it, is extremely beneficial.Future of Mobile TechnologiesWith the simplicity of deployment, as well as the speed at which physicians and patients are able to transmit and receive information, mobile technology will continue to push the limits of healthcare. It has already proven to be invaluable in certain subsets. “There’s real quantitative evidence of how important this is,” Panner said. “Early studies have shown objective ability to improve delivery of care in the stroke context and in trauma care.” And although Memorial Medical Center allows physicians to bring their own devices, there is one exception. “Right now the organization does not provide mobile devices to any of our referring physicians, except for our stroke team, because the time, treatment and diagnosis is so essential for our patients,” Calvetti said.Mobile technology has already greatly influenced the quality of patient care and that is projected to continue. “I think it’s going to be very pivotal for patient care. It’s going to expedite the care that a patient gets because you can access images and communicate care plans anywhere,” Calvetti said. Panner agreed that the future of mobile technology is bright. “As healthcare becomes more virtual and more accessible, and we’re forced to innovate around new models of care, mobile technology is going to be front and center to that,” he concluded. Reference1. Fornell D, “FDA Offers Guidance on Explosion of Mobile Medical Apps,” Imaging Technology News. 2013: 11:48-50. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more
The government recorded a fiscal surplus of €431.5m, or roughly2.4 per cent of GDP, on a cash basis in the first eight months of the year, compared to €12.1m in 2016, the finance ministry said.The government initially aimed at generating a fiscal surplus of 0.2 per cent but revised the target last month to 0.9 per cent against 0.4 per cent in 2016.It saw its revenue rise by €549m, to almost €4.7bn, in the first eight months of the year compared to the respective period last year, the finance ministry said in a statement on its website. Total expenditure rose by €105m to well under €4.3bn.The increase in revenue in the first eight months was mainly due to an indirect tax revenue surge, which rose by €213m, to €1.9bn, including an increase of €157m in value-added tax revenue, to €1.1bn, the ministry said. Direct tax revenue rose by €174m, to €1.4bn. Social insurance contributions rose by €74m, to €756.9m, while non-tax revenue rose by €80m, to 594.1m.The rise in government spending in January to August mainly reflected a €68m increase in interest payments, to €394.5m, resulting from recent bond buybacks, the ministry said. It was followed by a €44m increase in wages and salaries, to €1.1bn, and by €39m in expenditure for goods and services, to €268.4m.Spending on pensions rose by €12m, to €361.4m, and social insurance payments rose by €9m, to €1bn, it said. The rise in spending was partly offset by a €34m reduction in subsidies, a €17m drop in current transfers, and €12m in non-allocated expenditure.The primary surplus, which is the difference between revenue and expenditure excluding the cost of servicing public debt, more than doubled, to €774.5m in January to August, from €336m the previous year, the finance ministry says.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
19Dec Governor signs Price legislation to digitize court records Rep. Amanda Price and Gov. Rick Snyder hold Public Act 201 of 2013, which eliminates the requirement that all writs, proceedings and records be “on paper,” allowing documents to be created and maintained electronically. The legislation also allows documents to be signed electronically. Categories: News
No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov. Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of January.“It has been my goal since being elected to this position to be as accessible as possible to the community,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours and to share their thoughts and concerns regarding state government.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, Jan. 268 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;10 to 11 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;1 to 2 p.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 448 Court Place in Beulah; and3 to 4 p.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay. 11Jan Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his January coffee hours
Tags: Kayak Tax, Tourism Categories: Hernandez News 08May Hernandez fights proposed ‘kayak tax’ “I hope we sent a strong message today…no new kayak tax”Lansing – State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) voted for a resolution today opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.Hernandez said people should not be penalized for supporting the state’s tourism industry, especially considering participation in paddle sports increases at a rate of 7 percent each year in Michigan.“I refuse to accept a proposal that will deter people from joining in on this growing pastime that is so great for Michigan’s economy,” said Hernandez, of Port Huron. “With water sports being such an important part of the tourism and recreation industries in the 83rd district, I’m proud to support today’s resolution. I hope we sent a strong message to the Waterways Commission – no new kayak tax.”The House approved the resolutions with overwhelming, bipartisan support.###
Share18Tweet9ShareEmail27 SharesBy Speijen [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia CommonsApril 10, 2018; PoliticoIn a repositioning of sorts, and as NPQ wrote, Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló announced last week that he’d shifted to defense mode when it comes to the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. But this week, he went into offense, announcing a new voter registration effort targeting Puerto Ricans in the US for the midterm elections.Rosselló told Politico, “Puerto Rico has never had a structure like the one that we’re forming. It has never demonstrated to have the national wherewithal and political power that we hope to showcase in this election. And if we do that, I think it will start pressing on these issues. Of second-class citizenship, equality, and then what are the solutions for Puerto Rico.”For Rosselló, this dovetails nicely with his own pro-statehood position. As Politico writes, “He expected to use his bully pulpit to push for Puerto Rican statehood. Instead, he’s been trying to get the island back to the basics of food, electricity and running water—though that, he argues, is about statehood, too.”Rosselló is right about one thing: “It’s all based on one thing: political power. We don’t have it.” With this initiative, he hopes to “reward the politicians who’ve helped and punish those who haven’t.”Rosselló is relying on the experience of Cuban Americans, who organized two million people over 60 years to shape American foreign policy in Cuba. There are 5.6 million Puerto Ricans in the US and they are concentrated in a few states: Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas. It is here that he will focus the effort.His father, former Puerto Rico governor Dr. Pedro Rosselló, quotes the conclusion of federal First Court of Appeals Judge Juan Torruella in an article from the same day at Alaska’s Juneau Empire: “In 2018, the starting point has to be the fact that we are dealing with a gross civil rights violation perpetrated for over a century against several million US citizens. They have been denied equality with the rest of the nation for the absurd reason that they reside in a different geographic area than the majority of their fellow citizens.”Rosselló himself concludes, “What I’m trying to do is help facilitate the unfinished business of American democracy, where we finally eliminate colonialism.” However, he reluctantly acknowledges there is another option, even if he considers it “less desirable”—independence.—Cyndi SuarezShare18Tweet9ShareEmail27 Shares
Monitoring and measurement specialist Bridge Technologies has launched a new VB252 RF interface, an RF monitoring and analysis solution for DVB-T/T2 broadcasters.The VB252 RF includes ETR290 analysis via the VB120 and VB220 probes and support for DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-T2 MI protocols.Where satellite distribution to transmission sites is combined with IP distribution, DVB-T and DVB-T2 monitoring can be coupled with satellite monitoring in the same chassis using a VB270 module, Bridge Technologies said. ASI monitoring can be combined with DVB-T/T2 monitoring by adding a VB242 module to the chassis.The company said a VB220/VB252 combination is the industry’s first monitoring tool to offer full support for DVB-T2 MI protocol with full analysis.“DVB-T2 is in its early stages but offers big advantages to broadcasters,” said Simen Frostad, chairman of Bridge Technologies. “A lot of DVB-T2 networks are currently in development, and until now, there has been no high-quality, purpose-designed monitoring solution for them. The VB252 fills this gap with a combination of capabilities that is unmatched in the market, and offers exceptional value. Crucial for today’s industry environment, the VB252’s versatility means that it can be used to reduce infrastructure complexity and costs.”
BT Wholesale, the wholesale arm of the UK incumbent telecom operator has chosen video quality assurance technology provider IneoQuest’s video service assurance solution to ensure the reliability and quality of experience of BT Wholesale’s new TV Connect service.British Telecom is deploying IneoQuest’s full end-to-end video service assurance solution dedicated to providing a high quality video experience.“IneoQuest’s Video Service Assurance solution is an essential part of the TV Connect deployment strategy,” said Phillip Radley, chief enterprise data architect at British Telecom. “The video analytics provided by IneoQuest allows us to get an in-depth view of our network, and find areas where problems are likely to occur and fix them before they become an issue or visible by the subscriber. This proactive approach ensures the best possible customer experience for TV Connect clients.”BT Wholesale is deploying IneoQuest’s iVMS intelligent video management system, which, according to IneoQuest, gives a single view into the health status of their video services. IneoQuest is also providing BT Wholesale with the Expedus DVA, which the company says validates Quality of Service and Quality of Experience of video services before distributing nationwide throughout the network.
Deutsche Telekom is one of at least four bidders attempting to acquire German cable operator Primacom, according to local press reports.Other bidders for the operator, which has around one million customers mostly in eastern Germany, are said to include Star Capital Partners – the owner of cable network Pepcom – DTK Deutsche Telekabel, and an unknown financial investor, according to the Financial Times Deutschland.Analysts believe that Telekom, which was recently defeated by Kabel Deutschland in its attempt to acquire cable operator Tele Columbus, would like to capture a share of the housing association market for bundled TV and broadband access, which is currently dominated by cable.Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia was also earlier reported to be interested in bidding for Primacom.According to Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the bidding process, Primacom could fetch over €250 million.Primacom is currently owned by creditors including Alcentra Europe, Avenue Capital, ING Group and Tennenbaum Capital Partners.
Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia is boosting its channel lineup with five new networks, and a sixth to follow later this year. The firm added China’s English-language culture, geography and history-themed network CCTV-9 at the end of last month and is adding MTV Brand New, QVC HD, QVC Beauty & Style and SonLife this week.MTV Brand New is an ad-free music network and replaces MTV Hits!, MTV Music und Liberty TV on the EPG. QVC HD adds a high definition feed of the home-shopping channel, while QVC Beauty & Style focuses on the topics of beauty, wellbeing and fashion. SonLife is an English-language Christian Channel.Unitymedia, which operates in the Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia regions, said it will also add youth-skewing social TV channel Joiz from September.
Russian broadcaster CTC Media is the latest media firm to throw its support behind legislation to set up establish a single unified monitoring service to find illegal copies of content on the internet.Commenting on a new recommendatory document that was signed last week by a number of IP rights owners, Sergey Petrov, CTC Media’s chief broadcasting officer, said: “Despite an ongoing debate over the details of the new anti-piracy law, the need for regulation in the distribution of the digital content on the web in general does not raise any doubts.“The scale of the problem in our country is hard to overestimate. Restriction of the piracy will allow for more effective monetisation of the intellectual property rights and will open new possibilities for various media segments development, providing conditions for fair competition.”He added that the document – “the first agreement between the industry leaders aimed at coordinated actions against piracy” – will hopefully lay the foundations for cooperation among media platforms, telecoms operators and copyright holders.“We do also hope that it will help further improve the procedures against illegal actions of pirates. It is an important step towards a more mature and developed market,” said Petrov.The document was signed on July 25 in the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (ROSKOMNADZOR) and was backed by the head of ROSKOMNADZOR and executives at Channel One, VGTRK, Mobile TeleSystems, MegaFon, National Media Group, Rutube and around 30 other companies.
Some 34% of millennials said they watch mostly online video or no broadcast television, according to new research by the New York Times. The study, which polled more than 4,000 online video users, found that video hosting sites such as YouTube were most popular for video and were used by 63%.This was followed by social media sites at 44%, TV sites at 29% and news sites at 28%.In terms of content consumed, viewers said they access funny videos the most, followed by movie clips, music videos and then news. However, viewers spent more minutes watching music videos and news per sitting.In a choice between reading the news or watching a news video, 50% said they’d choose the latter if they wanted to be entertained, compared to 14% who opted for reading the story. Some 59% of respondents said they would likely watch pre-roll ads if the countdown timer makes it clear that they won’t last long.
UK terrestrial broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are reportedly backing a new initiative by DTT platform Freeview to bring their content to internet-enabled TVs.According to a Guardian report, the broadcasters have teamed to establish the new service, called Freeview Connect, that will make their catch-up services – BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD – available as standard on smart TVs.Digital UK, an industry body that supports Freeview, manages its EPG and develops DTT strategy, is reportedly leading the project. The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and broadcast infrastructure firm Arqiva jointly own Digital UK.The news comes just days after the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, called on the broadcaster to “carefully review its investments” in YouView, Freeview and Freesat as part of its obligation to promote services that are “free at the point of delivery.”The BBC Trust claimed that while the BBC’s support of IP-enabled TV platform YouView was “predicated on the platform’s availability at no ongoing subscription cost,” in practise, nearly all YouView ‘sales’ have provided under subsidy by either BT or TalkTalk, in exchange for a subscription to the telcos’ pay-TV services.According to a separate report last week, the BBC and other UK broadcasters are planning to “slash their investment” in YouView. The platform’s current stake holders – broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5; pay TV operators BT and TalkTalk; and infrastructure firm Arqiva – are due to finalise a renewed shareholders financing agreement by the end March.News of the Freeview Connect plan come almost two years after Freeview managing director Ilse Howling said at a Digital Television Group summit that connected TV services could reach a mass audience on Freeview without the need for a YouView set-top box.Within the Freeview HD universe there are already 2.6 million connected TVs, Howling said at the time. “There is a very big market starting there and all of use want to embrace that connected opportunity.”Freeview were unable to comment at the time of going to press.UPDATE: A Freeview spokesperson said: “Freeview and Digital UK are exploring what a connected TV proposition, including catch-up, might look like alongside the existing linear services to give viewers extra flexibility in how they watch television.“Discussions are on-going with our shareholders as to exactly what this proposition will comprise, and how it can be most effectively delivered.”
Viaccess-Orca is to acquire the SecurePlayer business from Discretix Technologies, a provider of embedded security and content protection solutions. The deal is expected to close early in the second quarter of this year. SecurePlayer is a multiplatform media player, available for Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, that incorporates DRM for premium video-on-demand and live content. Viaccess-Orca will offer SecurePlayer as a standalone product and as part of the company’s Connected Sentinel range of content protection solutions for IP-enabled content services.Connected Sentinel is also a main component in Viaccess-Orca’s end-to-end solution for multiscreen services, the company said.The company said that using Connected Sentinel, service providers can distribute content securely to set-top boxes, tablets, smartphones, and PCs and that Connected Sentinel enables them to support a variety of business models including live TV, subscriptions, on-demand streaming and download, rental and electronic sell-through.“As a leader in the field of multiscreen TV solutions, VO is constantly looking for ways to improve upon and enhance its content security solutions to better meet our customers’ unique requirements,” said François Moreau de Saint Martin, CEO of Viaccess-Orca.“This is why we are investing in SecurePlayer, a leading product for content protection on mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.”“We are confident that this transaction will contribute greatly to the SecurePlayer installed base and to the growth of the product,” said Coby Sella, CEO of Discretix.“Existing and future SecurePlayer customers will benefit from VO’s global presence, scale, and proven capabilities in the OTT and pay-TV markets.”
Content security and interactive TV technology provider Nagra has used TV Connect to launch anyCAST Connect, a hybrid conditional access and DRM content protection solution for connected devices, including set-top boxes and TVs. Nagra anyCAST Connect provides a single CAS/DRM client to securely and cost-effectively deliver any content, over any network and to any device it enables, said Nagra.According to the company, the product is designed to address the problems faced by pay TV service providers as they expand the number of networks and devices they use to deliver content, which has seen them frequently adopt multiple and disparate content security solutions to reach each of those devices. This has led to increased licensing costs, multiple clients per set-top box, and operational complexity.According to Nagra, anyCAST Connect allows operators to integrate a single client for the secure delivery of broadcast, IPTV and OTT content to the home, and extend the security for the redistribution of content within the home. The anyCAST Security Services Platform can also manage other third-party DRM systems in order to reach generic devices, the company said.“A rapidly changing environment requires flexible and adaptable security solutions. We have completely re-imagined what content security should look like in a multi-network, multi-device, UHD, connected world. With anyCAST Connect, we can secure premium content in a variety of use-cases, using Nagra’s high-security hardware roots of trust, trusted execution environments, third-party roots of trust, right down to software-only implementations, to ensure that our customers can reach any device they want with a modular level of security,” said Maurice van Riek, senior vice-president, head of content and asset security for Nagra.““Video operators today are managing more services than ever, including live, VoD and DVR services to set-top boxes and multiscreen devices, in-home content distribution, and third-party OTT services. The operational challenges of this landscape are immense, and there is a pressing need for functional integration to achieve unified subscriber- and product-management, operational efficiency and end-to-end security,” said Sam Rosen, practice director, ABI Research. “Nagra’s anyCAST Connect is a new unified single security client which allows set-top boxes to receive broadcast, IPTV and operator OTT services as well as third-party OTT services. This product will help operators reduce complexity of the set-top box security stack while better managing client security and maintaining the highly secure environment for which Nagra is so well respected.”