Obama once got kicked out of Disneyland for doing this

first_img Share About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 Lol…good story…and have I mentioned how much I miss @BarackObama??Obama recalls time getting booted from Disney’s Magic Kingdom https://t.co/TJbQa5mHOu— Sher (@NcgSher) September 9, 2018 CALIFORNIA — Who gets kicked out of Disneyland? Barack Obama, that’s who.While at a rally for Democratic congressional candidates on the weekend, the former U.S. president recounted a tale about how he was once asked to leave ‘The Happiest Place On Earth’ when he was a teenager.“We came down here not to go to the Matterhorn or do ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, but to see Kool & the Gang,” reports Newsweek. “After the concert, because we were teenagers you could still sort of hang out in the park, and we got in the gondolas. And I’m ashamed to say this, so close your ears, young people. A few of us were smoking on the gondolas.”Obama quickly clarified that he and his friends were smoking cigarettes – not marijuana – after which the Anaheim crowd cheered him on.But unbeknownst to Obama at the time, smoking on the gondolas was a big no-no.“As we’re coming in, there are these two very large Disneyland police officers and they say, ‘Sir, can you come with us?’ and they escorted us out of Disneyland. This is a true story everybody. I was booted from the Magic Kingdom,” he laughed.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksHe did add, however, that the officers told him he was “welcome to come back any time”. He also added that he has long since quit smoking.Twitter-verse couldn’t get enough of Obama’s hilarious story, with Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, even getting in on the fun:Just to be clear. I was not CEO Of @Disney when @BarackObama was at @Occidental Collage, and was “booted” out of @Disneyland for smoking a cigarette. Knowing he was going to be President, I wouldn’t do that — Michael Eisner (@Michael_Eisner) September 9, 2018 Alex Keerma Obama once got kicked out of Disneyland for doing this Watch, Obama will have a Netflix stand-up special within the next year https://t.co/CcH22Djaq6— Izzie Gibson Penrose (@izziemcguire) September 9, 2018 Posted by I miss him so much Obama come back! https://t.co/ZaFODGgfen— MizMia (@prencess7383) September 9, 2018 .@BarackObama admits he was kicked out of Disney for smoking. LOL! <3 my honest President!— Charlotte Bentley (@bentlycharlotte) September 8, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: USA Monday, September 10, 2018 last_img read more

NSW Hotels In The Running For Top Industry Honours

first_imgThe finalists for the accommodation hotel industry’s premiere awards event – the 2013 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence – have been announced.The finalists represent excellence in accommodation product and service across Sydney and NSW with a range of highly regarded and aspirational brands strongly represented.The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney and the Sydney Harbour Marriott lead the nomination tally with a record 14 nominations each from the field of 38 finalists.The Hilton Sydney is close behind on 11 nominations (the Hilton won six categories last year), while the Intercontinental Sydney and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney round out the top five.The TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence winners will be announced at a special ceremony at The Westin, Sydney with NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell as the special guest on 24 July 2013.TAA (NSW) chairman Nigel Greenaway said NSW accommodation hotels were world-class and this was reflected in the quality of this year’s nominations.“The best hotels in Sydney – and indeed across NSW – have been nominated across three categories including ‘property’, ‘achievement’ and (perhaps most importantly) the hard-fought ‘people’ award categories,” he said.“Our hotels and their staff work hard to make sure they offer an unparalleled product and service and we can see that reflected in the quality of the nominations in all categories.“I wish the finalists all the best on what will be a night to remember for the tourism and hospitality industry.”The top finalists are: Source = TAA (NSW) Shangri-La Hotel Sydney – 14 nominationsSydney Harbour Marriott – 14 nominationsHilton Sydney – 11 nominationsInterContinental Sydney – 10 nominationsRadisson Blu Hotel Sydney – 9 nominationsFairmont Resort – 8 nominationsThe Langham Sydney – 7 nominationsCrowne Plaza Hunter Valley – 7 nominationsPark Hyatt Sydney – 6 nominationsMERCURE SYDNEY – 6 nominationsHoliday Inn Sydney Airport – 6 nominationsSheraton on the Park – 6 nominationslast_img read more

Related Skyscanner reveals most popular Easter 200

first_img RelatedSkyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinationsSkyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinations10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th).Bargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | BarcelonaBargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | Barcelona Malaga (from £21 return)Eternal favourite Malaga is always a big choice for Easter and is a well established, Brit friendly holiday spot. Despite the recent anti-eurozone trend, Spain still remains good value and consistently ranks in the top three most popular destinations for Skyscanner users.Find cheap flights to MalagaBerlin (from £28 return)If you want an Easter break with a mix of history, culture and plenty of party time, Berlin is a great choice. Young, sexy and renowned for its excellent nightlife, Germany’s largest city wins high praise from Skyscanner staff. Try classic German fare such as ham knuckle with mash and sauerkraut, bratwust (sausage) or maultaschen (stuffed noodles), all washed down with a mug of Berliner Weiss, the local beer.Find cheap flights to BerlinAmsterdam (from £42 return)A great city for an Easter getaway, Amsterdam lives a dual existence; the ample coffee shops and red light districts are a garden of forbidden delights but Amsterdam is also a high class city with top museums, galleries and concert venues, not to mention beautiful architecture and an incredible canal system.Find cheap flights to AmsterdamReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map With Easter holidays looming, Skyscanner takes a look at cheap flights for Easter breaks.last_img read more

Sao Paolo Brazil – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgSao Paolo, Brazil – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOn the occasion of the Interlagos Grand Prix in Brazil, Viviane Senna and the Instituto Ayrton Senna unite the entire Formula 1 family, along with Ayrton Senna’s friends and loved ones, in São Paulo to commemorate what would have been the driver’s 50th birthday.To mark the event, 400 guests attended the premiere of the documentary “Senna” and discovered the exceptional timepieces created by Hublotin support of Instituto Ayrton Senna.On the evening of November 3rd, Viviane Senna, Ayrton Senna’s sister and president of the Instituto Ayrton Senna founded in 1994, has chosen the week of the Interlagos Grand Prix as the occasion to bring together only the closest of Ayrton Senna’s friends and family to commemorate what would have been the 50th birthday of the legendary driver who tragically lost his life on the Imola racetrack in 1994. To mark this special event, Paramount Pictures has offered Viviane Senna the opportunity of an advance screening of the new documentary-film “Senna” directed by Asif Kapadia and produced jointly by Working Title and Universal.Given Hublot’s long-standing relationship with the Instituto, Viviane Senna did not hesitate to ask the Swiss brand to participate in this event. It was a natural opportunity for Hublot to present an exceptional edition of new timepieces dedicated to the driver and cement its support of the Instituto: The King Power Ayrton Senna, a split second chronograph movement with power reserve indicator – a limited edition of 500 numbered pieces, stamped with Ayrton Senna’s signature – made entirely from materials used in Formula 1, such as carbon fibre for the case (a first for Hublot), ceramic, Nomex…and The King Power Tourbillon Ayrton Senna, 10 exceptional tourbillons manufactured entirely by Hublot – 10 unique commemorative pieces with a different engraving on the case-back of each watch, showing one of 10 highlights in the driver’s career, chosen by his sister and mother.The event took place in the most luxurious of cinema complexes located in South São Paulo, the Cinemark Bradesco Prime, and was attended by Viviane Senna and her son Bruno Senna, a budding F1 driver also supported by Hublot, as well as former F1 driver and friend of Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Hublot Managing Director Ricardo Guadalupe, Asif Kapadia who directed “Senna”, Working Title Managing Director Eric Fellner, and Mano Menezes, the coach of Brazil’s national football team, and many others.www.hublot.comlast_img read more

Anastasiades says over €1bn in local authority projects underway

first_imgBy Evie AndreouPRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday that infrastructure projects amounting to more than €1bn were in the process of being implemented following suggestions by local authorities.During the inauguration of the new town hall at Ypsonas in Limassol, the president said that the reform of local government was among his administration’s top priorities.Toward this end, he said, the government had presented a comprehensive programme of reforms and changes that reinforces and modernises the institution of local government, “so that they can respond to the new demands and future needs of local communities”.He expressed hope that the legislative body, would, following January’s presidential elections, “and away from any expediencies adopt the reforming law”.The three bills comprising the government’s local administration reform package are currently being discussed at the House interior committee.The reform is necessary, he said, as it would help save resources which local authorities could utilise to respond to the needs of each of their local society.“As government, we call for a new relationship between the state and citizens which, through dialogue and continuous communication, will more actively involve local authorities in the process of planning and decision-making, in terms of growth and welfare of local societies achieving progress and the improvement of the living standards of residents,” Anastasiades said.The president said that the meetings he had this year and in 2015 with local authorities to hear about their problems and suggestions on improving their services in tandem with his administration’s “prudent, coherent and targeted economic policy” infrastructure projects amounting to €1.21bn were announced to benefit communities and municipalities.Anastasiades also welcomed the approval on Friday by the House plenum of the supplementary budget for 2017 which includes €178m earmarked for paying off local authorities’ government-guaranteed loans as per last July’s cabinet decision. He also mentioned the government’s recent decision to write off €18m owed by local authorities to the water board councils.“By further strengthening relations between central and local government, we will be by your side supporting your plans and planning on projects that are decisively upgrading local communities by providing citizens with quality and efficient services,” Anastasiades said.Later in the day, Anastasiades laid the cornerstone of the new primary school of Palodia, also in Limassol, within which he laid a time capsule. The construction of the school, which is expected to be completed by March 2019, is estimated at €4m. The president said that it will be “a modern school building with 12 classrooms, four workshops, a multi-purpose room, a library, special education halls, a doctor’s office, offices, a canteen, sports fields, warehouses and auxiliary areas”.You May Like2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksThese 2019 Cars Cost Under $20k2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Migrants rescued off north Cyprus

first_imgTurkish Cypriot and Turkish coast guard boats rescued 43 migrants, including children, off the coast of north Cyprus on 18 December after their vessel broke down.The incident was only reported in the Turkish Cypriot press on Thursday.Turkey’s Mersin governor’s office said the Turkish Cypriot coast guard teams got information on a boat experiencing technical difficulties 24km off Morphou.Two boats were then dispatched to rescue the migrants of which 42 were found to be Syrian nationals and one Iraqi.The migrants, along with the boat, were then taken to a port in Turkey’s Mersin province. Turkey is one of the main routes migrants have used to try and cross into Europe since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.  You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep LaFave proposal helps protect animals locked inside hot cars

first_img20Sep Rep. LaFave proposal helps protect animals locked inside hot cars Categories: LaFave News,News Breaking window to save pets in clear danger would be deemed lawfulA bipartisan effort spearheaded by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, would grant criminal immunity to individuals who break a car window to help a distressed animal if they feel the situation is dire.House Bill 6298, sponsored by LaFave, looks to address a growing problem of pets being left in vehicles for a time period that can result in death. In June, a Detroit Police dog was locked inside of a K-9 unit SUV that did not have a properly functioning emergency heat system. The dog passed away the following day.“Our summers in Michigan are hot and there are dozens of examples each year of pets being left in motor vehicles without air conditioning or open windows,” LaFave said. “The temperature inside vehicles builds very quickly and it’s a death trap for an animal. This will help save pets’ lives.”Under LaFave’s plan, individuals who see an animal in danger inside a vehicle would be allowed to intervene, but they must make sure there is no other reasonable exit available – such as an unlocked door. They would also be required to contact local law enforcement immediately before or after breaking the window, remain in the area until first responders arrive and provide notification to the vehicle owner.“There are checks and balances in place within this proposal to make sure people aren’t going off bashing in windows and damaging property on a whim when they see a dog in a car,” LaFave said. “If, for example, a dog is lying in a hot vehicle not breathing, breathing shallowly or not moving, no one is around, the temperature is up there, the police have been called and time is going by while they respond to the situation, it would be deemed reasonable to act on behalf of the animal’s safety.“We need to scale back the possibility that a concerned person might leave an animal to suffer and die in a hot car because they are afraid of getting arrested.”House Bill 6298 has been referred to the House Law and Justice Committee for consideration.last_img read more

Rep Filler House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rates

first_imgState Rep. Graham Filler, left, discusses legislation with Rep. Bradley Slagh before the House took the historic vote today.State Rep. Graham Filler today joined his colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to significantly lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state.The House voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims. The plan should soon head to the governor for her expected signature.Filler, of DeWitt, said the bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“Michigan families should not have to choose between putting food on the table and paying their car insurance bills,” Filler said. “This solution will give people dependable insurance at a price they can afford. Michigan drivers will finally see the rate relief they deserve if Gov. Whitmer follows through and signs it into law.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.### Categories: Filler News 24May Rep. Filler, House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rateslast_img read more

As Organic Facebook Traffic Disappears Nonprofits Pay the Price

first_imgShare70TweetShareEmail70 Shares February 9, 2015;Associations NowOver the years, we have seen a significant decline in Facebook engagement, and in 2015, organic reach from the social network has officially been deemed extinct. This has left many nonprofits in a difficult position, having close to zero visibility on posts to a Facebook audience they worked hard to establish and grow. Companies can still pay for advertisements to boost posts and to attain more “likes,” but without investing in the platform, Facebook Pages have become fairly useless, and this has put a serious crunch on many organizations’ social outreach strategies.Some nonprofits are fighting back and asking Facebook to quit limiting their reach, urging the company to make changes in their algorithm so nonprofit organizations aren’t suffering just as much as the Pages of corporations like Coca-Cola or Target. Erin Jenkins, a local volunteer at the Karuna Bully Rescue animal shelter, recently created an online petition, “Facebook: Change your Algorithm for Non-Profit Pages!” and explains how detrimental it is to leave these organizations high and dry:“Social media has changed the way animal rescues operate (as well as all other non-profits from disease fighting foundations or conservation causes) for the better. Facebook is used as a bulletin board by non-profits. We are not selling products, but rather, exchanging vital information.” FREE DOWNLOAD: Social Media Strategies for Amplifying Social Justice Issues The petition was launched a week ago and has already reached 7,500 of its 10,000 signatures needed, so this problem clearly affects many organizations across the sector. Critics of changing the new algorithm often argue that Facebook is a free platform and so therefore owes us nothing—but as a company with integrity, Facebook should see how destructive these changes are for nonprofits, which often rely on social platforms to reach people who are in need.Will Facebook listen? Other technology mega-platforms have created specialized nonprofit programs; for example, Google for Nonprofits gives nonprofit organizations free tools and revenue for AdWords as long as you are registered as a 501(c)(3). Why can’t social media giants like Facebook see the damage they are causing to nonprofits’ social reach and adapt a similar program for adverts?—Aine CreedonShare70TweetShareEmail70 Shareslast_img read more

OrangeFrance Télécom has struck a partnership wit

first_imgOrange/France Télécom has struck a partnership with Bouygues Telecom to share fibre infrastructure in densely populated areas in France.The pair will share infrastructure up to apartment buildings, allowing Bouygues to benefit from Orange’s existing deployment of fibre. Within buildings, Bouygues will need to build its own infrastructure or share existing cable infrastructure. The partnership potentially covers 1.7 million homes.In less densely populated areas, Bouygues will subscribe to Orange’s FTTH wholesale offering, allowing it to access a further 8.9 million homes. The deal follows similar agreements struck between Orange and Free and SFR last year.Orange plans to deliver fibre to about 60% of French households by 2020.last_img read more

Digital TV standards body DigiTAG is relaunching w

first_imgDigital TV standards body DigiTAG is relaunching with the new aim of promoting terrestrial broadcasting and protecting the spectrum it needs on a worldwide basis.DigiTAG’s president Lieven Vermaele aid that the organisation’s new mission is to protect broadcast spectrum, while continuing to focus on promoting and harmonising digital terrestrial services and products and developing new DTT markets.  Vermaele, who is also the EBU’s director of technology and innovation, said “We need a body to protect broadcasting and spectrum. Spectrum is a burning issue for the whole of the broadcasting industry and we need to ensure that there is cooperation and a coherent message from all stakeholders. We need a united front.”DigiTAG has also announced that it will become technology-neutral in order represent the whole terrestrial broadcast industry. This will also help towards attracting members from the worldwide broadcast community.The DigiTAG steering board has also been elected for 2013. The presidency of DigiTAG includes president Lieven Vermaele, and vice-presidents Alex Mestre of Abertis Telecom, John Adam of Samsung and Lars Backlund of Teracom.last_img read more

Streaming service Netflix has acquired an Oscar co

first_imgStreaming service Netflix has acquired an Oscar contending film about the recent Egyptian revolution as a first major acquisition in its original documentary initiative.The Square has won rave reviews at international film festivals and is expected to challenge for the Best Documentary award at the 2014 Oscar ceremony.This has prompted Netflix to acquire exclusive rights in all territories it operates in when it premieres early next year.The film looks at the struggle for change during the Egyptian revolution through the eyes of young activists and features footage from the Tahrir Square protests of 2011 and the ousting of president Mohammed Morsi earlier this year. It comes from director-producer Jehane Moujaim and Karim Amer.“The Square is documentary filmmaking at the highest level – a beautifully constructed chronicle of brave people struggling against insurmountable odds to make their country a much better place,” said Netflix’s VP, original documentary programming Lisa Nishimura.“We see the deep value that Netflix places in this story of a very alive moment in world history and are thrilled they understand the power of this film to move, disrupt and inspire audiences worldwide,” said Amer.The news comes after Netflix commissioned its first original documentary, Russell Peters Vs. the World.last_img read more

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has launched a new

first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem has launched a new high-speed WiFi router provided by Compal.Com Hem cited a study by technology testing provider Excentis that found the the Compal CH7486E router to be up to four times faster than the devices provided by Com Hem’s service provider rivals Telia and Brebandsolaget, with better performance at longer distances, to justify its choice.The device has three antennas and uses technology including Beamforming – a signal focusing technology – and dual band, enabling concurrent access to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels.The router will be included for all new Com Hem customers who subscribe to the 250Mbps or 500Mbps tiers from January 28. It will also be available for existing customers to purchase for up to SEK799 plus VAT, depending on the customer’s contract.“We already deliver fast broadband speeds due to our state of the art network. Broadband customers tell us that WiFi performance is critical to them – they want superfast WiFi. Our new router delivers,” said Asanga Gunatillaka, chief product officer at Com Hem.“We are really proud of our new Compal router. Independent testing has proved that it is up to four times faster than the best routers from our competitors thanks to its latest technology, as well as offering strong performance when devices are further away from the router.”last_img read more

Patrick Drahi Shares in Altice the cable and tele

first_imgPatrick DrahiShares in Altice, the cable and telecom investment vehicle of Patrick Drahi, dropped significantly yesterday after Patrick Drahi’s company unveiled a complex financial operation on Monday.Altice’s controlling shareholder and Drahi’s personal investment vehicle, Next, has entered in to a ‘funded collar transaction’ relating to 81.2 million A shares or 13.8% of its shareholding in Altice, which represents 7.5% of Altice’s overall outstanding shares.To facilitate the collar transaction – a type of financial transaction that is designed to protect a long-term investor’s position in a company from stock market fluctuations upwards or downwards – Next has loaned the shares underlying the collar to Goldman Sachs International, which in turn is selling about 61 million Altice shares to institutional investors to establish an initial hedge for the collar.Next will used the proceeds of the deal to prepay all of the outstanding loans that were originally set up to acquire shares from minority investors after its IPO as well as to buy out some of its older pre-IPO shareholders. Next will than be “free of any encumbrances” in the form of pledges, according to the company.In the case of a company whose shares serve as a guarantee for loans, lenders can demand cash payments from the borrower to compensate a diminution in the value of the shares, which could in turn lead to a further fall in the value of the shares as the borrower sells shares to make the payment.Following the transaction, Next’s overall position will remain unchanged with 64.1% control of the voting rights of Altice.last_img read more

Vodafone and Liberty Global have agreed to merge t

first_imgVodafone and Liberty Global have agreed to merge their Dutch operations, forming a 50-50 joint venture that will combine Ziggo’s fibre broadband network with Vodafone’s mobile operations.The firms said that through the deal they will create a unified communications provider in the Netherlands – with complementary strengths across video, broadband, mobile and B2B services.The deal will bring together Liberty-owned Ziggo’s Horizon TV offering, 200 Mbps nationwide broadband internet and WiFi network, and Vodafone’s 4G mobile network, offering “superior connectivity and entertainment both in and outside the home”.The JV will operate under both the Vodafone and Ziggo brands and create a national operator with over 15 million revenue generating units – 4.2 million video, 3.2 million high‐speed broadband, 2.6 million fixed‐line telephony and 5.3 million mobile customers.Vodafone will make a cash payment to Liberty Global of €1 billion to equalise ownership in the joint venture, with Vodafone Netherlands to be contributed on a debt and cash free basis.The companies said the total expected synergies from the JV have an estimated net value of approximately €3.5 billion after integration costs. The deal is expected to close around the end of 2016.Commenting on the deal, Vodafone group CEO, Vittorio Colao, said the JV will create a strong integrated player that will invest in digital infrastructure, entertainment services and productivity applications.“Together we will be a stronger competitor in the Netherlands, benefiting customers of both companies and the market as a whole. This transaction marks a continuation of Vodafone’s market‐by‐market convergence strategy and we look forward to partnering with Liberty Global to create a fully integrated provider in one of our core European markets,” said Colao.Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries said: “This powerful combination of the best fixed and mobile networks in the Netherlands will deliver huge benefits to Dutch consumers and businesses.“Throughout Europe, Liberty is capitalising on the rising demand for lightning‐fast broadband speeds, the coolest digital TV platforms and apps, and seamless 4G wireless connectivity. Soon, both Ziggo and Vodafone customers in the Netherlands will be at the forefront of this new world, and we couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Vodafone.”CCS Insight analyst Paolo Pescatore claims the deal will create a “far stronger rival” to, and put pressure on, Dutch operator KPN. He said: “In this market, the tie-up is extremely complementary and makes perfect sense. Vodafone has not made significant headway in the consumer fixed line market and Liberty Global is keen to add mobile services.”The news comes after Vodafone confirmed earlier this month that it was in discussions with Liberty about creating a JV in the Netherlands, following media speculation about a tie-up between the two firms.last_img read more

Canals videoondemand service CanalPlay VOD has

first_imgCanal+’s video-on-demand service CanalPlay VOD has revamped its website and launched new features including download for offline viewing and download-to-own.According to Canal+, the download feature is designed to enable users of the service to view content anywhere at any time, irrespective of the availability of internet bandwidth.Once downloaded, titles will be available for 30 days for users to watch.Canal+ has also added a Playlist function, allowing users to find titles they want to watch more easily.According to the pay TV outfit, all new movies will now be available in HD quality, provided an HD version is available, four months after their theatrical release.The download-to-own function, Achat, will enable viewers to store a digital copy of a film on their computer or in the cloud, enabling them to build up their own digital library of content.Canal+ has also redesigned its site to give easier access to its content, bringing new content to the fore and revising the way it categorises content. The company says that the menu now gives more rapid access to different thematic categories.last_img read more

BBC Worldwide is shutting down its transactional V

first_imgBBC Worldwide is shutting down its transactional VOD service, BBC Store, amid changing viewing habits and weak demand for the offering.The BBC’s commercial arm today confirmed that it would close down the service, which went live just eighteen months ago, as viewers increasingly opt for third-party subscription video-on-demand offerings provided by the likes of Netflix and Amazon.Customers who have used the BBC Store to purchase content will be offered a refund, or an Amazon voucher worth 10% more than the amount they spent on BBC Store.Viewers will still be able to watch their purchased content through BBC Store until November 1, after which time the service will go dark.“Since the appetite for BBC shows on VOD and other third party platforms is growing in the UK and abroad, it doesn’t make sense for us to invest further in BBC Store where demand has not been as strong as we’d hoped in a rapidly changing market,” said a spokesperson for BBC Worldwide.The BBC, which is under increasing pressure to generate cash outside the licence fee, already licenses its content to major download platforms like iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Video via its commercial arm.BBC Worldwide also publishes hundreds of titles a year and licenses shows and series to popular subscription services like Netflix and Amazon.These agreements mean the bulk of the content available on the BBC Store will still be accessible to viewers, while rarer archive material will continue to be surfaced through the iPlayer – which already offers a range of old documentaries and hard-to-find BBC content for free.BBC Worldwide launched the download-to-own BBC Store in November 2015 promising access to the “most comprehensive collection of BBC programmes ever collected”.The store initially launched with 7,000 hours of content organised by genre, series, and collections, and its catalogue includes new programmes that have recently been on BBC TV or on the iPlayer, popular shows from recent years and previously unavailable content from the BBC archive.The UK service was a joint effort between the BBC’s commercial and public service arms and is accessible both through a standalone website, via iOS and Android apps, and on Chromecast.Since Store went live, BBC Worldwide has pursued other digital opportunities, most notably Britbox – its recently-launched US SVOD offering. The joint venture with ITV aims to offer a ‘best of British’ streaming service for an American audience.DTVE understands that BBC Worldwide is not exploring a similar SVOD service for the UK market – that could sit along side its free iPlayer service – in the wake of BBC Store’s closure.last_img read more

Jennifer Mullin Jennifer Mullin has been confirmed

first_imgJennifer MullinJennifer Mullin has been confirmed as the new CEO of FremantleMedia after the departure of Cecile Frot-Coutaz in March 2018.She will finish up her current role as CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and start the new role on September 1, the company has announced.Mullin takes over the reins from Frot-Coutaz after she departed earlier in the year to join YouTube in a role overlooking growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mullin took over as CEO at FMNA in May last year, after 12 years in a number of senior roles, including senior VP for current programming.  As well as American Gods, she oversaw the development of America’s Got Talent, American Idol, Family Feud, Match Game and The Price is Right.Prior to joining FMNA, Mullin worked as an executive producer at companies such as Paramount, Telepictures and Universal.“I am absolutely delighted that Jennifer Mullin – one of the most experienced and successful producers and creatives within our Group – is taking over the leadership of FremantleMedia,” said Bert Habets, CEO of RTL Group.“A strong and hugely respected leader, Jennifer has been a key force in FremantleMedia’s creative renewal across unscripted and scripted programming and has a matchless understanding of the global content industry. I warmly welcome Jennifer in her new role and wish her every success – and I am very much looking forward to working with her to further drive the growth of our global content business.”last_img read more

HTC is due to launch the Vive Wireless Adapter in

first_imgHTC is due to launch the Vive Wireless Adapter in the US next month, which will allow users to experience Vive virtual reality experiences without being tethered to a PC.The adapter is compatible with both Vive and Vive Pro headsets, though Vive Pro owners will need an additional compatibility pack with a connection cable, as well as foam padding and an attachment device.“Since the first demos of Vive, we’ve known that to deliver on the best of premium VR, we wanted it to be wireless,” said Daniel O’Brien, general manager of Americas, HTC Vive.“We learned that delivering a great wireless experience takes time and really smart partners. We’ve brought the engineering expertise together to deliver a truly first of its kind wireless VR experience. Thanks to Intel and DisplayLink for helping to make this vision a reality.”The adapter will be available to pre-order in the US on September 5 and will be available in shops from September 24, priced at US$299. The Vive Pro compatibility pack will cost an extra US$60.last_img read more

Cordcutting might be the industry buzzword right

first_imgCord-cutting might be the industry buzzword right now, but pay TV operators are set for a boost.According to a new report from Digital TV Research, three-quarters of the world’s pay TV operators will gain subscribers between 2018 and 2024. The report covers 505 operators across 135 countries, and estimates that two-thirds will increase their revenues over the same period.Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “The top 50 operators accounted for two-thirds of the world’s pay TV subscribers by end-2018, with this proportion not expected to change over the next five years. The top 10 operators took 45% of the total by end-2018.”Murray continued: “China Radio and TV is the world’s largest pay TV operator by a long, long way. It had 185 million subs by end-2018 (18% of the global total) – as much as the next four operators combined. However, China Radio and TV will lose 25 million subscribers between 2018 and 2024, mainly to IPTV (faster broadband) and OTT (more content choice).”Subscription and PPV revenues for the 505 operators will fall by $21 billion between 2018 and 2024 to $161 billion. Nearly all of the pay TV revenue losses will fall to the top 10 players. Nine of the top 10 operators in 2018 will lose revenues over the next five years.The Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report covers 505 operators with 733 platforms across 135 countries.last_img read more