first_imgPhilippe DaumanInvestment in big data, new distribution approaches and content and a focus on events will help Viacom “turn the corner” and deliver “a new period of prosperity and growth” according to Philippe Dauman, president and CEO.Speaking to analysts after reporting less than stellar fourth quarter and full year financials, Dauman cautioned that progress would  “require a focus on the long-term health and vitality” of the business.Dauman highlighted Viacom’s investment in Vantage, its big data engine to deliver targeted advertising, and Viacom Play Plex, the set of branded mobile apps it launched internationally in October, as examples of the kind of innovation that would deliver value. He said that Viacom aimed to triple the number of clients using Vantage ahead of its 2016 upfront.Answering analyst questions, Dauman said that Play Plex would “open up multiplatform revenue in different parts of the world”.Viacom reported that its Nick App had passed the milestone of 20 million downloads across iOS, Android, Xbox and Roku, while its Nick Jr App has passed two million downloads. Overall, Viacom’s digital video views increased by 340% over the year.Dauman said that Viacom could look to subscription video-on-demand rather than traditional distribution to secure growth in China. He said that China was “a potentially significant growth market” but one which was “somewhat limited in the traditional distribution of television”.Dauman said that Viacom would also invest in more short-form “and even longer form content” for new platforms, with the creation of a new mobile video production capability in Los Angeles and New York, “as well as internationally”.Solid growth in domestic and international channel distribution fees failed to offset a poor domestic advertising business, a decline in the performance of the movies business and the impact of a strong dollar for Viacom in its fourth financial quarter, with revenues dropping 5% to US$3.79 billion (€3.52 billion).Excluding a negative 3% impact of foreign exchange movements, the channels business grew by 5% to US$2.79 billion, with international advertising performing better than the domestic ad business. The film business’s revenues dropped 24% in the quarter to US$1.025 billion, and was down23% for the full year, thanks to the strong performance last year of Transformers: Age of Extinction.Revenue for the full year amounted to US$13.268 billion, down 4%, and adjusted operating income fell by 5% to US$3.92 billion.Dauman said Viacom’s predominantly youth-focused brands had been hit early by the wave of disruption in the audiovisual media business, but that there signs of progress were emerging. Citing research that showed millennials were spending more time consuming media than sleeping, Dauman quipped that “apparently, media executives aren’t the only ones losing sleep in this modern world”.last_img read more

first_imgTelefónica is to spin off its infrastructure arm under a new name – Telxius – under Alberto Horcajo as CEO.According to Telefónica, the creation of the new company will enable it to build an infrastructure unit with global scale that can expand the range of services it provides to other operators. It said it would also be able to improve the return on capital invested and allow Telxius to grow more easily, including through acquisitions.The infrastructure assets which will initially be brought together in Telxius will include approximately 15,000 Telefónica telecommunication towers in Spain and other countries, as well as the Telefónica Group´s international network of 31,000km of submarine fibre optic cable, including SAM-1, a submarine cable that connects the United States with Central and South America.The infrastructure assets which will initially be brought together in Telxius will include approximately 15,000 Telefónica telecommunication towers in Spain and other countries, as well as the Telefónica Group´s international network of 31,000km of submarine fibre optic cable, including SAM-1, a submarine cable that connects the US with Central and South America.Over the coming months, a number of newly created companies will be gradually integrated into Telxius, according to Telefónica.last_img read more

first_imgJonathan PogrundContent security and middleware technology provider Viaccess-Orca’s EMEA director of sales Jonathan Pogrund will use his presence at ANGA COM to highlight Viaccess-Orca’s ability to support cloud-based delivery of TV Everywhere.Pogrund will participate in a technology panel to explain how a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) approach helps pay TV operators and content providers stay competitive in today’s evolving industry by enabling them to launch new services and business models for a wide range of end-devices with speed and cost efficiency, according to Viaccess-Orca.The technology panel will be moderated by Guy Bisson, Research Director at Ampere Analysis and will take place in Room B on Thursday June 9 at 14:45.During the session, Pogrund will provide an overview of the lessons learned using cloud for TV Everywhere services, based on the launch of Viaccess-Orca’s new Voyage – TV Everywhere as a Service (TVaaS). The session will explore the benefits, challenges, and approaches of relying on the cloud for OTT multiscreen delivery, highlighting monetisation opportunities and operational efficiencies that can be achieved with a cloud-based TV PaaS, according to the company. An outline of a simplified operational workflow that allows operators to manage, publish, personalise, and monetise content securely on multiple devices will also be provided.last_img read more

first_imgBT has launched a new-look BT TV app for smartphones and tablets.The new app is available to all BT TV customers at no extra cost, and enables viewing of live channels and on-demand programmes to which they subscribe.The app enables functionality such as allowing viewers to pick up a programme at the point they stopped viewing on the BT TV Player on their set-top box. It also enables them to record programmes remote and save programmes into favourites to watch later on the set-top.BT rolled out the new generation of its YouView user interface in February with a set-top update. The new YouView included a new main menu, a faster full-screen guide and quickly access to media palyers and apps. The platform was rebuilt around HTML5, which the company said would open the way to more new feature sin the future.last_img read more

first_imgArris has launched a cloud-based analytics and reporting tool designed to give service providers real-time information about their public WiFi offerings.Arris Wireless Intelligence is designed to let management, operations and marketing staff visualise their deployed WiFi network and understand the use of access points, the type of devices used, data consumption and session duration. “Consumer demand for bandwidth is becoming both insatiable and ubiquitous, so the ability to provide a fast, seamless WiFi experience outside of the home, throughout a service provider’s community, is becoming the next big opportunity and challenge,” said Dan Whalen, president, network and cloud, Arris.“Arris Wireless Intelligence is essential for service providers to begin integrating data management into their WiFi solutions. By offering easily accessible data on a range of important variables, our innovative solutions give our customers the information they need to make key decisions around WiFi deployment and utilisation.”last_img read more

first_imgEnglish-language Turkish news service, TRT World, has launched on UK subscription-free satellite TV platform, Freesat.The channel is available from today in standard and high definition on channel number 215, joining Freesat’s ‘News and Sport’ section.“We’re very pleased to be the first free-to-air platform to offer TRT World to UK viewers,” said Alistair Thom, managing director of Freesat.“In coming to Freesat, TRT World joins the likes of CNN and Al-Jazeera in providing our viewers with an international perspective on news and current affairs from both home and abroad.”Murat Akguc, managing director at TRT World said: “TRT World is strengthening its worldwide position as a global news organisation and this deal will enable us to reach out to UK homes to provide an alternative viewpoint on world events, challenging perceived narratives and providing a much-needed perspective on news.”TRT World is the international face of Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. It had been broadcasting in the English language since 2015 to communicate a Turkish perspective on current affairs to a global audience.last_img read more

first_imgKeshet International (KI) has acquired a majority stake in UK indies production group Greenbird Media.The deal buys BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) out of the business, and will see KI become the distributor of content from all of the 13 indies London-based Greenbird supports.These companies include Big Light Productions, Flicker Pictures, Kalel Productions and Top Hat Productions.That elements considerably bolsters KI’s push into factual and factual entertainment programming catalogue.The BBC’s commercial arm, BBCWW, owned a 30% stake in the business, which joint managing directors Jamie Munro and Stuart Mullin founded in 2012.Greenbird and Israel-headquartered Keshet are positioning the deal as a “collaboration that plays to their individual strengths and shared ambition to help production companies realise their full potential”.“Jamie and Stuart have created a nurturing and supportive environment for the impressive stable of producers they work with,” said Sammy Nourmand, MD of UK and West Europe.“The quality content that the indies produce speaks for itself and the opportunity to work with the team at Greenbird and those IPC’s was too good to turn down. The prospect of KI and Greenbird, running off into the playground like a pair of five-year-olds should be lots of fun.”Munro thanked BBCWW for “believing” in the business since Greenbird’s launch, but added it was “time for us to take the next step”.“This is a great opportunity for all of us. Jamie and I are very proud to have helped the production companies grow, and now enter a new phase with an entrepreneurial commercial partner like Keshet International,” said Mullin.“We have the same values and determination to succeed in an increasingly competitive market place, we can’t wait to get started.”Nourmand brokered the deal alongside Keshet head of business Viktor Vakrat, KI CFO Sigal Alboher, Munro and Mullin.ACF Investment Bank advised Greenbird, with Wiggins acting on its behalf. KI’s general legal counsel, senior VP of business affairs Avital Onn Shachar and staff from Simons Muirhead Burton worked on the deal from the KI side.KI’s operations include Nourmand’s Keshet UK, LA-based Keshet Studios, Tresor Produktions in Germany, Keshet Asia, Mexico’s Keshet MX, Keshet India, Keshet Digital Studios and Keshet Films.last_img read more

first_img A MAN who failed to stop for police in Derry to evade arrest has been charged with dangerous driving and possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.He was arrested by PSNI officers from Strand Road District Support Team after they spotted him driving dangerously on the Springtown Road.After eventually being caught with the aid of a stinger device, DST officers later searched his home and found a quantity of Class A drugs. ShareTweet Creevagh Roaddistrict support teamMan who fled police in Derry charged with dangerous driving and drug dealingPSNI FOYLESPRINGTOWN ROADSTRAND ROAD PSNI Foyle say on its Facebook page: “Often this job is more dull paperwork than Hollywood Action but it was full-on #StarskyAndHutch on Sunday:“Our District Support Team (#DST) saw this car Driving Dangerously on Springtown Road. “You wouldn’t believe how it escalated from there. “The car drove into Sheriffs Glen and when it came out DST were waiting with a check point. 2The car Failed to Stop and sped off straight over a waiting Stinger that was thrown across the road.“With three tyres rapidly going flat the vehicle sped away. “DST simply followed the 3.5 mile trail of damage on the road as the car tried to drive on its rims. “The Stinger damage proved fatal for the Toyota which was abandoned on the Creevagh Road. “The occupants decided to try to run for freedom through muddy fields.“Unfortunately if there’s one thing Peelers love it’s a chase, and so they were quickly caught. “Things got worse for the Driver who had drugs on him and then got his house searched where we found MORE drugs. “He ended up being Charged with Dangerous Driving/ No Insurance/ Failing To Stop/ Possession of Class A/ Possession Class B/ Supplying Class A. “The Passenger has been bailed to return. “It all started with a fella acting like an idiot and showing off to his friends. “Unfortunately for him he bumped into Strand Road DST.”Man who fled police in Derry charged with dangerous driving and drug dealing was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

first_imgShareTweet POLICE have confirmed that the man who died following a one vehicle road traffic collision last night Dripps. #The accident happened on the Roguery Road, Toomebridge. The 22-year-old was originally from the Magherafelt area. A PSNI spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing and police would continue to appeal for information or anyone with dash-cam footage to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 1462 14/5/19.”The road was closed for a period while the scene was examined but has since been re-opened.Co Derry man Calvin Dripps tragically dies in one vehicle road crash was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:center_img Co Derry man Calvin Dripps tragically dies in one vehicle road crashmagherafeltRoguery RoadTOOMEBRIDGElast_img read more

first_img“I would appeal to residents to be vigilant and if they notice anything suspicious that may signify drugs activity to report those responsible to to the relevant authourities. Childrens safety must be paramount”.Anger after drug needle found dumped in Cornshell Fields was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Anger after drug needle found dumped in Cornshell FieldsCOUNCILLOR CAOIMHE MCKNIGHTDerryDRUG PARAPHERNALIASinn Fein ShareTweetcenter_img Shantallow Sinn Féin Councillor Caoimhe McKnight has condemned those who dumped drug paraphernalia in an area of Cornshell Fields where young children live and play.Councillor McKnight said: “A concerned resident came to the Sinn Féin office this morning with a discarded syringe which he found close to homes in the Cornshell Field area.“This was a very concerning experience for this resident who has teenage children of their own.“When I spoke to them it was obvious that they were very annoyed to find that someone using drugs had such disregard for children that they would just discard a used syringe in close proximity to houses where children live and play.last_img read more