What is trans fat A look at different kinds of fats

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   SATURATED FAT: These fats are often derived from animals and generally take a more solid form. They raise “bad” cholesterol and can contribute to heart disease. Common sources include high-fat cheeses, high-fat cuts of meat, whole-fat milk and cream, butter, ice cream and palm and coconut oils. The government recommends that saturated fats make up less than 10 percent of daily calories.TRANS FAT: These are the worst fats, and the FDA is forcing food companies to phase them out. They are made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil, usually to create a certain consistency or increase shelf life, and they are also called partially hydrogenated oils. Many of them have already been phased out, but foods that are more likely to contain trans fats are fried items, microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, cakes, cookies, pie crusts, stick margarine, ready-to-use frosting and coffee creamers. There are also some naturally occurring trans fats from meat and dairy sources, but the artificial types make up most of what is in the food supply.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease. There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.UNSATURATED FAT: These are the good fats, and doctors say they should be the majority of the fat that people eat. For cooking, they usually come in the form of liquid oils, not solid fats. Unsaturated fats are listed on food packages as polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated include soybean oil, corn oil and some fish; monounsaturated fats include olive oil, avocado and many nuts.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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MERSCORP Holdings Debuts MERS eNote Solutions Powered by eOriginal

first_img MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. and eOriginal, Inc. has launched a new solution offering that will enable originators to accelerate entry into the digital mortgage ecosystem. MERS eNote Solutions, part of the MERS eSuite, will enable the creation, execution, registration, and management of the electronic promissory note, or eNote, to mortgage originators across the industry.“MERSCORP Holdings is proud to provide technology-based solutions that add value to our members’ bottom line,” said Brendon Weiss, MERSCORP Holdings COO. “Our members identified several gaps that need to be addressed to increase eNote adoption, and this new solution fills a significant need for originators seeking to leverage existing vendor relationships.”MERSCORP Holdings, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is the owner and operator of the MERS eRegistry, the national mortgage registry and legal system of record for identifying the controller (holder) and location (custodian) of the authoritative copy of registered eNotes. Interest in the production of eNotes continues to grow as consumers and lenders recognize the value of moving toward a more streamlined, electronic process. With more than 5,000-member organizations, MERSCORP Holdings is central to the growth of digital mortgages, and the new service provides a turn-key solution to those members who are driving toward a paperless process.“This solution will enable thousands of originators to realize the benefits of a digitally executed promissory note at the closing table. The eNote is the most important document of a digital closing because it is critical for the funding of electronic mortgages by investors,” said eOriginal SVP and General Manager of Digital Mortgage, Simon Moir. “MERSCORP Holdings, as the operator of the MERS eRegistry, has been instrumental to the advancement of digital mortgage. We are proud to have eOriginal’s technology power the MERS eNote Solutions.”An industry pioneer and recently named to HousingWire’s 2018 HW TECH100, eOriginal delivers a fully digital mortgage and supports every type of digital closing strategy. By creating a “digital original,” eOriginal guarantees trusted transactions of digital financial assets. Major financial institutions, leading law firms and credit ratings agencies have validated and rely on eOriginal as a trusted partner with the greatest depth of digital transaction management expertise to navigate and advise on industry best practices.MERSCORP Holdings has been a trusted service provider to the mortgage industry for 21 years. To learn more about MERS eNote Solutions, click here. Share April 4, 2018 715 Views Company News e-notes eOriginal MERS eNote Solutions MERSCORP Holdings 2018-04-04 David Whartoncenter_img in Data, Headlines, journal, News, Technology MERSCORP Holdings Debuts MERS eNote Solutions, Powered by eOriginallast_img read more

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House Committee Assignments

first_img Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced committee assignments for the House of Representatives for the 2015-2016 legislative term.“Finding the right mix of legislator interests, expertise and 110 complicated schedules is never easy, but it is incredibly important.  These committees give Michigan residents a voice to inform us of how proposed legislation would affect their lives, and they give representatives an opportunity to use their personal experiences to shape state policy.  Now our charge is to take these assignments and get to work shaping the policies that will guide Michigan’s comeback for years to come.”The committees and member assignments for the 2015-2016 legislative term can be found attached to this post.Committee AssignmentsAppropriations Subcommittees 15Jan House Committee Assignments Categories: Newslast_img read more

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Rep Griffin House approve local recreational projects

first_img Development, land acquisitions now go to GovernorState Rep. Beth Griffin today voted in favor of Natural Resources Trust Fund projects involving recreational developments and land acquisition to highlight the natural beauty of Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.Griffin, of Mattawan, said she is looking forward to the four projects planned in the communities she represents so families can enjoy the natural resources the area has to offer. The projects, involving Trust Fund money and matching local funds, are:14th Avenue Parcel Acquisition. Acquisition of 39.5 acres along 14th Avenue for the development of a recreation park that will include soccer and other ball fields, parking and restroom facilities to serve recreation demand in the region. Cost of the project, which involves Trust Fund money and local matching funds, is $400,000.A $140,000 project to undertake the second phase of the plan associated with the Pilgrim Haven Natural Preserve. Pilgrim Haven encompasses 27 acres of woods, dune grass prairies and 800 feet of shoreline along Lake Michigan. The improvements will focus on accessibility (from both land and water) and security improvements.Development to improve interpretation of the Heritage Rail-Trail: the Kal-Haven Trail State Park. Stretching 34 miles through a beautiful glacier-sculpted landscape in Southwest Michigan. The $46,300 development project will install interpretive signs and develop a mobile app coded to increase accessibility for the visually impaired.Markin Glen County Park improvement project involving the development of accessible restrooms, playgrounds, walkways, and parking lot additions/improvements in Markin Glen County Park. The connections to the mountain bike trail, the internal 1.5 mile paved park trail, and four miles of natural hiking trails make the $320,000 project a significant connection to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.“I am very pleased that my colleagues voted to fund these recreational projects and land acquisitions in our communities,” Griffin said. “They will benefit residents and tourists alike, giving them even more opportunities to visit the area and enjoy the natural beauty that abounds here.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76. 15Jun Rep. Griffin, House approve local recreational projects Categories: Griffin Newslast_img read more

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Rep Reilly Women deserve to know the facts about abortion risks

first_img20Mar Rep. Reilly: Women deserve to know the facts about abortion risks Measure would increase transparency for complication ratesState Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, has reintroduced legislation he sponsored last term upgrading a 1999 Michigan law designed to ensure abortion injuries and deaths are tracked and reported.Reilly introduced the measure after the tragic death of a young Battle Creek woman that resulted from a failed abortion in 2016.“Because Cree Erwin died at home, and not under the immediate care of a physician, no one was technically required to report her death as a complication from an abortion,” Reilly said. “This bill would update the 20-year-old abortion injury reporting law to require a medical examiner to report a death caused by abortion.”Reilly’s legislation, called the Citizen Accountability Act, would allow citizens who are aware of an abortion injury to notify health providers and the state health department that an injury report should be filed.The representative says abortion complications are highly under-reported, resulting in misinformation for those considering an abortion. In 2016, a U.S. Supreme Court case struck a Texas law regulating abortion clinics, ruling that abortion injuries are so rare that the regulations were unnecessary. Reilly maintains that abortion injuries aren’t as rare as reports show.“Given that Michigan’s reported abortion complications total only one-tenth of one percent of all abortions, it is clear that complications are grossly under-reported,” Reilly said. “No other medical procedure in existence has a complication rate that low.“Abortion procedures come with real risks to women and that reality has been hidden from sight. Regardless of one’s stance on abortion, women deserve to know the truth about these risks.”### Categories: Reilly Newslast_img read more

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East African pay TV operator Zuku TV is set to com

first_imgEast African pay TV operator Zuku TV is set to complete the migration of its services to the SES 5 satellite by the end of July.Wananchi-owned Zuku TV has been migrating its services from SES’s NSS-12 satellite to SES-5 since February. SES-5 was launched to the 5° East slot last year. Wananchi has contracted seven transponders on the satellite, including three for additional growth capacity.“The demand of Wananchi clearly shows the attractiveness of SES-5 for African broadcasters,” says Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. “With customers like Wananchi, we are able to create a high quality and high value DTH neighborhood on SES-5, applying our core competence in the Direct-to-Home (DTH) business to an  important growth region.”“We are extremely satisfied with the performance of SES-5,” says Richard Bell, CEO, Wananchi Group. “We depend on satellite capacity and services to ensure excellent service and picture quality for our viewers and to grow our business in the market.”last_img read more

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Russian pay TV operator Akado has added Russian Tr

first_imgRussian pay TV operator Akado has added Russian Travel Guide to its programming line-up.The channel, which will be available as part of Akado’s HD package, airs programming aimed at those travelling within Russia, food and culture and movies and shows on natural history, outdoor sports and folk arts and crafts.last_img

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The French Senate is currently considering widera

first_imgThe French Senate is currently considering wide-ranging changes to the regulatory regime for audiovisual media in the country.Under the plan being considered, the power to nominate the chief executives of France’s public media organisations – France Télévisions, Radio France and France Médias Monde – will pass from the French president to media regulator the CSA.The membership of the CSA will meanwhile be reduced from nine to seven and the rules governing their appointment will be changed. Under the rules being considered, the French president, who has hitherto nominated three members, would only nominate the body’s president.The presidents of the National Assembly and Senate currently nominate three members each. Under the new rules, the cultural affairs committees of each body would take a role in the choice, which would be subject to approval by a three-fifths majority in each house.Separately, French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti has confirmed that the government is favourably disposed to the transfer of the duties of the Hadopi, the commission set up to combat internet piracy by implementing the country’s controversial “three strikes” regime, to the CSA. Socialist party senator David Assouline is expected to table an amendment to this effect, a move that could see the timetable for the change brought forward, bypassing discussion of the move by the lower house.CSA president Olivier Schrameck has urged a rapid transfer of the Hadopi’s powers to prevent a weakening of efforts to combat internet piracy brought about by uncertainty over the future of the regulatory structure.last_img read more

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YouTube has reportedly started new content talks w

first_imgYouTube has reportedly started new content talks with Hollywood and indie producers in an effort to bolster its premium programming efforts.According to a Reuters report, YouTube executives have been “making the rounds” in the last two months, with one unnamed source claiming the Google-owned video site could offer between US$1 million and US$3 million for a series of programs.A second source said that YouTube is interested in TV network-quality web shows that are shorter than 30 minutes in running length.YouTube first made its first big push into original content back in 2011, courting professional producers and spending a reported US$100 million to bring 100 premium content channels to the site. It later expanded the channels scheme to Europe.Since then online rivals Amazon and Netflix have both been active in the original online content space, with the latter producing big-budget programmes such as Orange is the New Black and the Emmy Award-winning House of Cards.last_img read more

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Lowcost Middle East pay TV service provider MyHD

first_imgLow-cost Middle East pay TV service provider My-HD has added German kids channel Yourfamily to its programming line-up. Your Family Entertainment-owned kids channels Yourfamily and RiC TV have focused on expanding international distribution since the company hired former KidsCo CEO Paul Robinson earlier this year to drive the international rollout of the channels beyond their core German-language markets.Yourfamily provides a mix of animated and live action shows aimed at 3-13 year-olds including Fix & Foxi, Endi Blyton and Digswell.“Our new partnership with YFE comes at a perfect time, when children are on their school holidays and have more time to watch TV. The collaboration also demonstrates our commitment to bringing the best in children’s entertainment to our ever-growing base of subscribers,” said Cliff Nelson, CEO of My-HD.“We are very excited to be launching yourfamily in the MENA region through My-HD, the leading Pay-TV provider in the Arab world,” said Stefan Piëch, CEO of Your Family Entertainment.“Since 2007, Yourfamily has been broadcasting high-quality productions that encourage creativity and language fluency among children. We are confident that families in the MENA region will appreciate the availability of this new channel in their homes.”last_img read more

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Comcast Xfinity TV customers in the US are now abl

first_imgComcast Xfinity TV customers in the US are now able to access HBO Go and Showtime Anytime via Roku video streaming devices. Xfinity customers can now link their HBO or Showtime accounts by logging in and activating them through the channels’ Roku apps.Those that subscribe to HBO or Showtime through US providers including AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS can already access the HBO Go and Showtime Anytime apps on Roku.“Roku customers tell us they get more value out of their pay TV subscriptions when they have additional ways to watch through “TV Everywhere” channels. These channels, like HBO Go and Showtime Anytime provide unlimited access to original series, hit movies, comedy, sports and much more,” said Roku.Earlier this week, HBO Go launched on Amazon’s Fire TV device in the US and is due to go live on the Fire TV Stick this spring.last_img read more

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Hanno Narjus Upgrading cable networks to 12GHz is

first_imgHanno NarjusUpgrading cable networks to 1.2GHz is a huge project that requires detailed tailoring on a network-by-network basis, according to cable access technology specialist Teleste.“We now have the first experience of what it takes to build a real network,” said Hanno Narjus, SVP, video and broadband solutions, Teleste, speaking at a press conference organised by the company at ANGA COM.“All of our products are now 1.2GHz capable and capable of higher return path capabilities. The challenges are more around network concept designs. There has been research on how networks behave with full DOCSIS loading up to 1.2GHz. We can plan network topologies we know will be future proof.”Narjus said that Teleste had developed capabilities to help operators design their networks and run the rollout in a fast manner. “We do much more than just provide the boxes.”He said that upgrading the whole network was a huge project; products are now available for the entire chain that the company has made a huge effort to develop high-volume manufacturing capabilities and test and verify products up to 1.2GHz.“Full control of our own manufacturing has speeded up the whole process,” he said.Narjus claimed that analysing how the network will behave had shown that bottlenecks depend on the particular operator and network. In the UK, the bottleneck is the last amplifier, while in Belgium with Telenet the bottleneck is the amplifier cascade, leading to a need for repeaters.“You need to know and analyse the entire system,” he said. “That requires deep down HFC and DOCSIS competence.” He added that detailed network design is key to a successful deployment.“There is a sense of urgency and operators want to do it within two years. You need to plan the project well. You can use the intelligent features in our devices, for example, to optimise the project rollout and deploy with non-expert technicians.”Narjus said that another bottleneck is a shortage of adequate skills in HFC engineering in Europe and cited its real-life deployment with DNA in Helsinki as evidence of its expertise.DNA has 600,000 cable homes connected and is also a nationwide mobile telco. The company also runs terrestrial broadcasting networks. DNA is now offering a 1Gbps service commercially using DOCSIS 3.0 technology, with use of the older less bandwidth-efficient DOCSIS technology enabled by the absence of analogue TV in the network.Narjus said that the continued presence of analogue TV remains an issue for other European operators, which lack the space to deploy DOCSIS 3.1 on top of their existing services.DNA is now deploying a DOCSIS 3.1 modem and is able to deliver 3Gbps over its network, having set that record on May 9 in a test. It plans to upgrade a network in southern Finland to 1.2GHz including up to the last amplifier. It will then test a 200MHz return path and wants to be first globally to do this.Narjus said that operators have to provide a consumer experience that matches FTTH. He said that the work required attention to detail and added that “small details such as loose connectors” are becoming ever more important because LTE frequencies are now overlapping with cable frequencies. “These details have to be right,” he said.“Ingress is now even more important to combat. We are putting more ingress blocking capabilities in the amplifiers. The next step is to provide network centre operating tools. Intelligence in general is becoming a necessity and it can only be utilised with good tools.” Teleste’s key product in this area is Argus CATVisor.Narjus said most operators – with the exception of those in Germany, where there are specific network peculiarities – are looking at least at deploying 1.2GHz components in their networks but added that upgrading to 1.2GHz all the way to the home is difficult.Narjus said that “DOCSIS 3.1 is not the end of the game” and that the evolution of the cable access network architecture will see cable networks migrate to data network architectures. “We are doing remote PHY for a distributed CCAP architecture,” he said. “For that CableLabs has already made a standard and we are pushing that. There is also a need for multi-vendor interoperability testing. We are active in talking to other players in the industry about that,” he said.Teleste is showing a Remote PHY node on its stand at ANGA COM which enables both DOCSIS and DVB TV signals to be delivered via the node. This is a joint product with Casa Systems.“This is an early implementation not fully compliant with the CableLabs standard but we have a roadmap towards standards and interoperability,” said Narjus. “This DOCSIS 3.1 distributed architecture with interoperability will be a big talking point at next year’s ANGA COM.”In addition to DNA, Teleste is working with Telenor, Altice Group, Integan, and other operators to upgrade their spectrum.Teleste has now supplied 80,000 DOCSIS 3.1 products, including 30,000 amps, 20,000 nodes and 30,000 optics devices, Narjus said.“We think this is a world record,” he said, adding that Europe was far ahead of the US in upgrading to 1.2GHz. “In the US the cable MSOs have not had motivation to extend up to 1.2GHz. 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Eurochannel has struck a deal with ClaroTV in Nica

first_imgEurochannel has struck a deal with ClaroTV in Nicaragua, increasing its distribution in the country.Eurochannel – which broadcasts European cinema, series and music – is now available in the basic and advanced packages of America Mobil-owned Claro Nicaragua on channels 66 and 190 respectively.“Nicaragua is one of the most important markets for Eurochannel in Central America and we are pleased to increase our distribution in the country through this new partnership with one of the largest operators in the region,” said Eurochannel CEO, Gustavo Vainstein.last_img read more

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Disney has cuts its digital media and consumer pro

first_imgDisney has cuts its digital media and consumer products team by 5%, or 250 staff, as the US media giant looks to make cost savings.The job losses come out the US and follow the merger of the interactive media and consumer products divisions at Disney last year.The unified division has hit a sticky patch after a period in which Frozen and Star Wars products had driven strong growth, with quarterly profit down 7% in the most recent financial report.Disney employs about 180,000 staff globally, making the number of job losses small in terms of the overall business, but the latest cuts follow similar small-scale moves at MCN business Maker Studios, and a part of the company’s video game business.last_img read more

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Netflix has called on the US Federal Communication

first_imgNetflix has called on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate whether data caps imposed by service providers are holding back the development of OTT TV services such as its own.In a written response to the FCC’s call for comments on ways to accelerate the deployment of advanced telecom services in the US, Netflix urged the commission to “evaluate the effects that broadband caps have on the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability”.Arguing that premium online video and internet television services are now “at the centre of a consumer’s expectation for what broadband connections can deliver”, the subscription VOD provider said that data caps and usage-based pricing models “discourage a consumer’s consumption of broadband, and may impede the ability of some households to watch Internet television in a manner and amount that they would like”. Netflix said that the FCC should take the view that any kind of data caps on fixed-line networks and low data caps on mobile networks “may unreasonably limit Internet television viewing” and are therefore inconsistent with Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, that requires the commission to determine “whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion”.Netflix said that a 300GB monthly data cap was currently the minimum to meet the OTT TV needs of average Americans, and that even this relatively high cap did not account for other internet activities such as downloading games and apps. It said that demand for more data could only grow as 4K TV services come on stream.The streaming video service argued in its submission that “data caps on fixed-line networks do not appear to serve a legitimate purpose” as they are ineffective as a traffic management tool, and that consumers already pay more for higher data speed tiers of broadband.Netflix also said that making online video service pay to be ‘zero rated’ – in other words, exempt from caps – gives ISPs an incentive to maintain artificially low caps in the first place.The call for an end to data caps is the latest move by Netflix in its long-running struggle with US fixed-line broadband providers to ensure that subscribers have unhindered – and cheap – access to its service. Last year, Netflix expressed its strong satisfaction with the FCC’s move to reclassify broadband providers in a way that subjected them to much stronger net neutrality regulation.last_img read more

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Finnish cable operator DNA has tapped ANGA COM exh

first_imgFinnish cable operator DNA has tapped ANGA COM exhibitor Teleste to help it deliver ultra-fast internet services over its network in the southern part of the country.Teleste has completed the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1-compatible network products to a cable network upgrade project that was initiated by DNA last year.The upgrade embraces 1,500 cable network sites in Southern Finland. Recent capacity tests have show the network to be capable of delivering Gigabit-level broadband speeds to customers in the region.In addition to utilising DOCSIS 3.1 technology for ultra-high broaband speeds, the deployment makes it possible to monitor and control network signal quality remotely throughout the network from headend to homes with Teleste’s CATVisor Argus management software.The software, working in tandem with Teleste’s intelligent network devices in the field, allows the operator to act on any problems that could disrupt services, according to Teleste. It also also makes it possible to remotely monitor Remote Ingress Switch (RIS) enabled devices via the cloud.We are focused on ensuring that our customers can enjoy smooth Internet video services also in live environments, and delivering fast and reliable network connections is an elemental part of meeting the target. We are pleased that, together with Teleste, we have been able to deploy the best solution available to bring our cable network customers within the reach of fixed broadband connections that meet their service expectations today, as well as in future,” said Mikko Nurmi, Director, Cable Networks, DNA.“It has been exciting to work with DNA on this project, which has been the the first comprehensive implementation of DOCSIS 3.1 network technology in Finland. As this project shows, the technology really redeems its promise of bringing Gigabit-level broadband speeds for consumers. And what is more, the increased capacity can be further reinforced by taking intelligence deeper into networks to proactive control network disturbances and reduce service outages. This makes it possible for the operator to ensure that the quality of service meets the requirements for seamless connectivity between people, things, and services,” said Hanno Narjus, SVP of network products for Teleste.Teleste will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 7, stand G31last_img read more

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Vodafone España has upped its engagement with the

first_imgVodafone España has upped its engagement with the burgeoning world of eSports by striking a deal with Giants Gaming, one of the leading Spanish eSports teams. The agreement will see Vodafone become the principal sponsor of the outfit and reinforce the content on its eSports channels on YouTube and Twitch.The Vodafone Giants team includes 35 professional players who participate in leading competitions and leagues for League of Legends, Call of Duty, Hearthstone, FIFA, CS:GO and Clash Royale, the leading eSports games.Vodafone will use its partnership with the team, which is based in Málaga, to highlight the capabilities of its broadband network.Cristina Barbosa, director of brand at Vodafone, said that the agreement marked an acceleration if the company’s strategy and goal of becoming the leader in eSports in Spain.Vodafone will use its YouTube and Twitch channels to air content from the Esports Vodafone Academy, as well as eSports news bulletin Speedrun and A.M.A., a new format that will include interviews with videogaming personalities that will air from April 24.Vodafone’s principal competitor Telefónica/Movistar, last month said that its own dedicated eSports offering had exceeded its expectations in terms of performance, reaching 2.7 million followers with 250,000 monthly page visits.last_img read more

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Broadcasters and pay TV operators are increasingly

first_imgBroadcasters and pay TV operators are increasingly looking to the web for models about how to make additional revenues from advertising. But TV is different in many ways and progress is likely to be patchy. Stuart Thomson reports.As any attendee at TV industry conferences must know by now, people increasingly are watching TV when, where and how they want. No longer penned in by the TV schedule and the set in the living room, technology is enabling them to time- and place-shift to their hearts’ content.While the pace of this shift has been exaggerated, the potential impact on what remains the principal mainstay of the TV business – advertising – is huge. While broadcasters have until now largely been able to keep the traditional advertising-funded show on the road, they know they need to change the way TV advertising works to secure their business for the future, before a tipping point is reached where linear viewing for most content falls out of favour. The matter is given an additional element of urgency because the people whose viewing habits are changing fastest – the 18-35 year-olds – are those that advertisers most want to reach.While traditional, schedule-bound viewing has in many ways proved to remarkably resilient, the popularity of OTT and multiscreen TV has grown alongside that of non-linear content consumption, with OTT providers primarily focused on delivering video-on-demand, and tablets and smartphones more typically being used to view on-demand than live content.Given the nature of the shift taking place, broadcasters might be expected to be changing their working practices significantly to ensure they don’t get left behind. However, mainstream broadcasters and pay TV content providers alike have struggled to identify ways to make money from non-linear, IP-based multiscreen delivery. On the contrary, the trend towards on-demand viewing has served to undermine the advertising business rather than enhance it.The advertising industry, including media buyers, have also proved to be conservative. While the way people view content is changing, the industry has by and large yet to make the necessary changes that will enable their clients to continue to reach the audiences they want to target and enable broadcasters to continue to make a viable living.Pay TV advertisingThe advertising business varies hugely from market to market, even in the linear world. In the US, cable operators have long played a major role in advertising, which delivers multi-billion dollar revenues through cable’s ability to sell a fixed portion of hourly advertising inventory on channels carried over cable. In Europe, this business barely exists, except in a fragmentary form.However, even European operators are beginning to get involved in the advertising business in a small way, if not by selling ads directly, then by teaming up with broadcasters to deliver multiscreen, targeted and non-linear advertising, as well as to exploit additional inventory that has appeared on the operator-branded guides that enable viewers to navigate the content on offer.“The main reason service providers need to get involved in advanced advertising strategies is not to compete with broadcasters, but rather to offer a solution that enables broadcasters to compete in a new ecosystem, whereby new video platforms are creating a fragmentation of audiences and capturing ad dollars that used to go to networks,” says Thomas Bremond, European managing director of ad technology provider FreeWheel.The slowness of pay TV operators and broadcasters to address the shift taking place in advertising is surprising. While the relationship between broadcasters and pay TV operators is characterised by a degree of tension over one of the mainstay revenue sources of the pay TV business – distribution fees – advertising is an area where both potentially stand to benefit if they can agree terms of trade.For Bremond, the opportunity is linear ad insertion, where operators can substitute ads in linear streams – which still account for the bulk of viewing – and deliver advertising that is more relevant for the audience in a particular region, for example. However, for various reasons, operators have initially focused on on-demand advertising, says Bremond.“There has been a lot of discussion around linear ad-insertion, when in fact it is a complex equation to solve both legally and technically. In the US most operators have decided to focus on helping broadcasters create additional VoD inventories for programmers on their catch-up/replay platform,” he says, describing VoD as the “intersection” between premium linear content and the digital world of addressable advertising.“While linear is probably the biggest opportunity down the line, starting with enabling programmers to dynamically serve ads on an operator’s VoD platform is a very important short term milestone, as it will enable the ecosystem to find the right balance and business models,” says Bremond.For Jean Moonen, vice-president, product management and business development at SeaChange International, service providers’ involvement in the advertising business is “always talked about” but has struggled to achieve momentum. “The big challenge in Europe is to create business agreements between content providers, broadcasters and service providers,” he says. “One of the key differences between the US and Europe is that in Europe there isn’t a legal framework and accepted measurement system for this.”While some initiatives are afoot in certain markets – Moonen cites the example of broadcasters granting network DVR rights to pay TV operators in exchange for being allowed to substitute ads – this is very much a patchwork affair, he says.Neerav Shah, vice-president of multiscreen video infrastructure, cloud business solutions at technology provider Arris, whose company has worked with a number of European broadcasters and service providers including RTL and Vodafone-owned Kabel Deutschland to enable enhanced advertising, agrees that the main obstacles to a service provider-supported advertising business taking off in Europe are commercial and legal rather than technical. Problems in the linear advertising sphere include how to verify that advertising is properly regionalised and that the correct ads are played out in the correct spots.Shah says things are “generally easier” in the digital world. In the case of OTT platforms with content rights that do not address set-tops, it is straightforward to insert advertising. The challenge, he says, is to ensure that the advertising sold maintains its currency and does not degrade the value of linear platforms.Programmatic buyingWith traditional TV advertising struggling in a number of markets, broadcasters and pay TV operators who make money from advertising are increasingly looking to the web as the template for creating a way of working that will enable them to protect their business and increase its value as well as a potent competitive threat. Introducing ‘programmatic’ buying – and selling – of advertising inventory – meaning the kind of automated buying and selling practiced on the web – is seen as a key part of what the TV world needs to do to keep up with the internet. In the case of programmatic buying, however, the industry is bedeviled by a lack of alignment of the technologies and working practices employed by buyers and sellers. Nevertheless, some industry observers see progress being made albeit slowly.“What is so fascinating now is I think we are finally seeing enough technological innovation not only on the selling side but on the buying side that is enabling this automation between buyers and sellers,” says Sarah Foss, VP/PLM, advertising management systems, Imagine Communications. However, she cautions that buyers are still very far behind in developing the kind of systems and practices that would enable programmatic buying to be done on a systematic basis. While “those with centralised ‘buy-side’ clearing houses have done programmatic buying for years”, this is far from universal, she says.Foss says that one issue is around transparency. Sellers can be reluctant to give too much away regarding pricing, while buyers may have more interest in transparency. If industry practice is characterised by closed-door deals that obscure pricing to other potential buyers, changing this is likely to prove challenging.Programmatic buying and selling is related to automating data capture and providing the relevant data that will enable the buy side to make informed decisions. However, again there are major hurdles to cross before a perfect alignment of buyers and sellers is achievable. “Very few markets share data in near real time for TV and radio because buying systems and selling systems can’t share the data,” says Foss.Foss says that “the convergence of the business models of TV and digital” is becoming real, with the world moving towards a web-like ‘impressions’-based valuation of campaigns rather than a TV-centric ratings-based assessment. Advertisers want more than information about how many impressions their ad receives, according to Foss. “They want rich data and audience-based information,” she says. “The pay providers so far have done a good job of setting up the opportunities to deliver targeted ads to particular audiences but getting that data back to the agencies and buyers…is not happening.”It is likely to be some time before programmatic buying and selling of TV and premium video advertising becomes the dominant form of buying and selling video ads, for a number of reasons. According to an eMarketer report last year, US programmatic digital video ad spending is likely to grow from a US$710 million (€645 million) business in 2014 to US$3.84 billion by 2016, rising from 12% to 40% of the total, but with most of those choosing the programmatic route opting for a ‘programmatic direct’ approach – that provides inventory pricing guarantees – rather than the ‘real-time bidding’ approach more common for display ads on the web. The TV growth, though impressive, pales beside expectations for digital display ad spend, which eMarketer projects to grow from US$10.06 billion in 2014 to US$20.41 billion by 2016, rising from 45% of the total in 2014 to 63% by next year.Foss predicts that the industry will continue to be characterised by a hybrid “dual currency” system, not only because inventory holders are keen to guard their property closely but because systems are not in place to enable universal programmatic trading.Australian cable operator MCN, which is using AOL TV’s programmatic ad system, has reported that it expects to generate 5% of its ad revenue via programmatic by the end of this year. The operator is selling inventory for a large number of TV channels, including premium sports and entertainment channels.While recent moves by MCN and – in the US – ESPN to move some of their inventory to programmatic platforms is ongoing, there are good reasons why the selling of TV ads is likely to remain set apart from the way display advertising is sold on the web.“TV advertising is traditionally bought months in advance, ensuring early revenue for broadcasters and pay TV operators, while programmatic selling relies on automated selling, usually in semi real-time. This means that broadcasters and pay TV operators may not be able to sell their entire inventory programmatically, which would result in revenue loss,” says Andy Nobbs, chief commercial officer at Teletrax, which specialises primarily in enabling multiscreen advertising. “While programmatic has demonstrated its capacity to sell more inventory and fasten the pace of transactions online, broadcasters and pay TV operators can ensure that all their inventory is sold at the best price by combining traditional TV buying and programmatic, depending on the potential to raise the auction for each slot.”Arris’s Shah agrees that programmatic buying and selling will be applied only selectively in the case of TV advertising. “Everyone talks about programmatic but the majority of the inventory is still bought in upfronts in the US market,” he says, referring to the annual buying events where programmers put their wares on display for advertisers who then buy inventory for the year ahead. Where programmatic buying is making inroads in the TV world, he says, it is being applied in the form of private rather than public buying, where buyers have to meet a reserve threshold that ensures the value of the spots remains high.FreeWheel’s Bremond argues that “programmatic selling needs to be put back in the right context”. For premium video inventory owners, the key benefit is automation – i.e. a reduction of costs and streamlined processes – alongside ensuring compliance with rules that apply to TV content and enabling operators and broadcasters to increase the value of their inventory by enabling more targeted buying.   “The main challenges are to ensure that any programmer or operator that wishes to enable programmatic access to its supply follows the rules. In a nutshell, access to safe demand is the number one concern of anyone with premium inventory,” he says.On-demand insertionIt may therefore make sense for industry players to focus first on implementing technologies such as programmatic buying and selling in an area that is currently underexploited, where there is room to experiment without any danger of bringing down the existing advertising business.“It is extremely important for operators and programmers to start with environments that can be assimilated into the TV viewing experience without threatening the whole ecosystem,” says Bremond. “Catch-up, VoD or replay environments provide a fertile ground as they are rapidly increasing in viewership; programmers are increasingly bundling linear with VoD sales and measurement is starting to come up with metrics that enable better measurement of non-linear activity. From a systems perspective, the key aspect is to ensure that any rules and user experience are maintained across the board and across all inventory.”For Matt Smith, chief evangelist at advertising and streaming technology specialist Anvato, however, OTT and non-linear distribution is underexploited because it still in many ways at a very early stage. He argues that broadcasters and service providers are currently focusing on the deployment of OTT services with an eye on making money from advertising at a later date. However, one key area that Anvato is involved in is enabling broadcasters to turn live streams into VoD assets in near real-time. Ad breaks are marked in the broadcast stream and can be re-employed to deliver in-VoD advertising, still within the C3 ratings window as defined by ratings agency Nielsen in the US.If viewing is shifting to on-demand platforms on the one hand, it is, in parallel, also being fragmented through viewing on multiple screens including tablets and smartphones, taking eyeballs away from the TV where most advertising money continues to be made. This shift causes complications for the advertising business as audience measurement in the multiscreen world is more difficult than installing a people-meter in a representative panel of TV households.“Viewer attention is continuously shifting between the TV screen, and secondary devices such as mobile, tablet, or even apps and social media,” says Teletrax’s Nobbs. “This rise in device proliferation makes it increasingly difficult to predict the viewability of a TV advert as viewers switch between TV and online. This leads to concerns for service providers who aim to make additional revenue from enhanced advertising. In a world with multiple content sources and devices, service providers need to reconnect with viewers by creating immersive experiences that span the primary screen and social media via the second screen.”According to Nobbs, service providers need to combine social data via platforms including Twitter and Facebook with TV’s scale to reach their targets on whichever screen they’re currently using and create additional revenue.Teletrax is focused on providing technology that enables the synchronising of ads on multiscreen devices such as tablets with what is happening on the big TV screen. Nobbs describes the targeting enabled by multiscreen advertising as “the first step towards true programmatic selling for TV”.Arris’s Shah maintains that exploitation of catch-up or network DVR makes sense because younger viewers are moving to non-linear and because this inventory is currently very underused. “Right now there is no money coming from this – there is no revenue from that [catch-up] window,” he says. Potentially, however, operators can sell this inventory at a higher CPM than even linear spots because it provides the ability to target adverts down to the individual level, says Shah. A UK operator is currently working with Arris to provide targeted advertising in this area.Targeted potentialAs viewing fragments, targeting has for a long time been held up as the potential saviour of the TV advertising industry.Imagine’s Foss says that automating targeted campaigns can deliver a significant premium in pricing that justifies the investment. “Advertisers agreed that when they saw how effective targeting was [at generating] actionable behaviour, it made sense to decrease the number of ads [placed] and increase consumer satisfaction and mind share and avoid viewers tuning out. That is all possible because of deep data that the pay TV operator could share with the agency,” she says.However, one of the key challenges is communicating the benefits of targeting to ad buyers and explaining what is technically feasible.“I think that there still is a certain disconnect between the advertising world, and the technology world and the broadcast and cable sector,” says Smith. “Broadcasters and service providers understand that with OTT services you can target down to the device. Each [device] maintains a unique connection with the cloud and you can target, for example, to a postal code. The ad world doesn’t yet understand how specifically you can target. The fact is that we can deliver an ad in real time for live content or for a VoD file and divide London say into districts or deliver to groups of users based on certain data.”For SeaChange’s Moonen, targeting “increases the total pie” for everyone involved – broadcasters and operators alike. “I don’t think you even need a measurable action from the viewer,” he says. “If you can prove you are targeting according to demographic group or income group that gives value and increases the CPM you can ask for the inventory.”Targeting is now beginning to be taken seriously in TV, with what happens on the web again providing the template. However, the full potential of targeting is unlikely to be achieved without greater adoption of automation by the industry. Currently the whole TV advertising ecosystem is extremely fragmented. There is a lack of agreed standards to represent inventory. Arris’s Shah points out that advertisers are still buying linear and non-linear ad spots separately.The industry is justifiably concerned about destroying the value of linear advertising, so it seems likely that on-demand and OTT must lead the way in pioneering new models of how ads can more efficiently be bought, sold and delivered to viewers.last_img read more

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The Mayor Councillor Elisha McCallion and Jazz leg

first_img The Mayor Councillor Elisha McCallion and Jazz legend Gay McIntyre pictured with the next generation of Jazz performers Jenny Boanca and Jonathan Black from Foyle College Senior Jazz Band as they prepare to perform in the 2015 City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival which begins on Thursday the 30th of April and continues until Monday the 4th of May. Included are Karen Leonard and Andrea Campbell from the organising team. Full details of the programme of events organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council are available at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.comDerry is preparing itself for a magical weekend of music as thousands descend on the city for the annual City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, which gets in full swing this May Bank Holiday, from tomorrow, Thursday, and through until bank holiday Monday.The event, which is supported by Diageo, fittingly opens on International Jazz Day, with a series of events taking place throughout the city marking the global celebration of the genre. And there will be wall to wall music in the Walled City for five days, as over 40,000 music lovers sing, swing, jump and jive their way through over 250 events taking place in over 60 venues.Looking forward to the event Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Elisha McCallion said: “The City of Derry Jazz festival is one of the city’s most successful events and it never fails to attract music lovers of all ages from all over the world. The programme this year is packed full of entertainment to suit all tastes, whether you’re a jazz purist, or just a fan of great live music, and it’s fantastic to see so many local venues supporting the festival. 2015DERRY JAZZ FESTIVAL ShareTweet “I will be holding a special collection for my chosen charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, at the free International Jazz Day event in the Guildhall on Thursday evening and I would really encourage people to turn out to offer their support.“There’s no better time to visit Derry, and I hope to see you all out and about this Bank Holiday weekend.”The Guildhall’s Main Hall will be echoing to the sounds of some of the finest local jazz talent on Thursday evening, with music by the Paul McIntyre Trio, Gay McIntyre, George Hasson, John and Fiona Trotter to name but a few. They will be setting the bar high for the hundreds of top class international musicians who attend each year including Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods, Les Swingin Lovers and the Jaydee Brass Band.Topping the bill at this year’s festival is none other than Jazz sensation Jamie Cullum, who will take to the stage at the Millennium Forum on Monday May 4th, supported by the young local talents of the St Mary’s School choir. A limited number of tickets are still available from the Forum for what promises to be a show-stopping performance giving jazz a contemporary makeover. Bennigan’s promises to be one of the real hubs for jazz enthusiasts this weekend with a formidable line-up of talent including Louis Stewart, Charlie Wood, Robert Mitchell, Dennis Rollins and MOBO nominated saxophonist Camilla George.One of the highlights of last year’s festival will also be making a welcome return, but don’t let the cops know. The Playhouse Speakeasy will be adding a touch of prohibition era intrigue and Gatsby-style glamour each night from Thursday to Sunday at 9.30pm – just make sure you know the password!The Playhouse will also host some of the best local talent over the weekend including renowned modern artist David Lyttle, accomplished musician Paul McIntyre and his Trio, and the Tom Harrison band with their ‘Music of the Movies’ show.Hop over the Foyle for a special performance by Brian Priestley who brings his Quintet to the Waterside Theatre, on Friday May 1st, featuring a fascinating Q&A session with Professor Frank Lyons, Director of Arts & Humanities Research Institute at Ulster University.For more information on the full weekend line-up go to www.cityofderryjazzfestival.comand for all the latest news and event updates check out DerryJazzFestival on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter@derryjazzfestFor details on any remaining accommodation deals over the Jazz Festival contactwww.visitderry.comDERRY GETS READY TO PARTY AS JAZZ FESTIVAL BRINGS THOUSANDS INTO CITY was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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THE hugely popular Lurgybrack Open Farm will open

first_img THE hugely popular Lurgybrack Open Farm will open its gates for the summer this Saturday, 8th April.Lurgybrack Open Farm is a hidden treasure on the outskirts of Letterkenny on the Cullion Road. It has become a destination for families all over Donegal and beyond to visit and learn about animals while having fun in the fresh outdoors. CULLION ROADletterkennyLOOKING FOR A FAMILY DAY OUT? LURGYBRACK OPEN FARM REOPENS THIS WEEKEND With lots to do and fantastic value for money, the farm is a brilliant day out for all ages. The centuries old farm building is home to a range of friendly farm animals that children can come face to face with.There is a large play area for kids and visitors can take a run on a tractor, enjoy the bouncy castles, zip wire, sand pit, waterslide, jumping pillow, indoor bouncy castles or take a leisurely stroll around the dusty trail walk.There is ample space to play safely, wander by the riverside, or just sit back and unwind with a tasty snack from our tearoom or have your own family picnic.To plan your visit, contact:  ShareTweet Lurgybrack Open Farm, Cullion Road, Lurgybrack, Letterkenny, Co.DonegalPhone: 074-9122683Mobile: 086-8212012Email: lurgybrackopenfarm@town.ieLOOKING FOR A FAMILY DAY OUT? LURGYBRACK OPEN FARM REOPENS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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