a month agoEx-Juventus chief Moggi: Sarri always makes excuses

first_imgEx-Juventus chief Moggi: Sarri always makes excusesby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus director Luciano Moggi has slammed coach Maurizio Sarri.Sarri blamed the Florence heat for their 0-0 draw at Fiorentina.”He has the habit of always looking for excuses. He does it everywhere he goes,” Moggi told Radio Punto Nuovo.“It’s bad for football and Conte was right to answer him that way. I’ve always thought that to change the game, it’s necessary to change the players, which he didn’t do.“Juventus have great champions who can win a game at any moment, but their game won’t change.“Allegri left because an era had ended and because they wanted to change a style of play that everyone attacked.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying this

first_imgMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying thisby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho says he deserved to be sacked as Manchester United manager.But speaking after United’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United on Sunday, the Portuguese insists he did not enjoy watching the club struggle under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I’m not the right person to answer it,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports when asked about United’s problems.”They are far behind. It’s difficult for me to answer. I was there for two seasons where I could feel lots of positive things and I could feel the direction to go in, then obviously the third season was not good enough.”I was sacked, I probably deserved to be sacked because I was responsible as the manager, but the sad reality is that they are worse than before.”And for me that is a sad thing. Maybe people think I’m enjoying the situation but I’m not enjoying it at all.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tories accuse Morneau of hypocrisy on budgets gender equality measures

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt is accusing Finance Minister Bill Morneau of hypocrisy when it comes to budget measures aimed at boosting the equality of women and their participation in the workforce.The accusation prompted a tense exchange Monday during an appearance by the minister before the House of Commons finance committee, in which Morneau indirectly referred to the Conservatives as Neanderthals.Raitt opened Opposition questioning of the minister by noting that February’s budget mentions the word “gender” 358 times in 368 pages. She argued that the sincerity of the government’s commitment to equality should be judged by Morneau’s track record, both in his past role as head human resources giant Morneau Shepell and in his current position as minister.During his time at Morneau Shepell, Raitt said only three of nine positions on the board were held by women, only three of 11 senior managers were women and the company’s governing charter made “no mention of diversity, inclusion, gender.”And in the company’s annual reports dating back to 2011, “never once” was not hiring women mentioned as a risk.Moreover, Raitt said only four out of 11 senior bureaucrats at Finance Canada are women. And in Morneau’s own office, she said there’s only one woman among six senior staff.“Aren’t you just buying votes, minister? Isn’t that what this whole budget is about?” Raitt demanded.“It’s a cynical political gesture … because you do not at all emulate or try to foster any of the things that you’re talking about in the budget, either in your past corporate life, within your own department or even in your own ministerial staff. Isn’t this just a way to get a woman’s vote? Isn’t that what this is all about?”Morneau seemed taken aback by Raitt’s line of questioning.“I actually find your line of questioning to be offensive,” he said, adding that he and the government “absolutely believe” that promoting women into positions of leadership is a key to a successful economy.“We will drag along the Neanderthals who don’t agree with that and that will be our continuing approach,” he added, in apparent reference to Conservatives.“I’m not a Neanderthal,” retorted Raitt.Morneau’s latest budget included a new parental leave benefit aimed at encouraging men to take a greater role in caring for newborns and allowing women to return to the workforce sooner. It also included a promise of pay equity legislation for women in federally regulated sectors and billions in funding to boost the participation of women in trades and agriculture, help finance women entrepreneurs and power the government’s feminist international aid policy.The budget also earmarked funding for women’s groups, promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence, as well as money to boost the participation of women and girls in sports and to set up a unit devoted to gender, diversity and inclusion within Statistics Canada.Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell came to Morneau’s defence, pointing to the Conservatives’ own hypocrisy on gender equality. She pointed out that there are no female Tory members of the finance committee — Raitt was sitting in on Monday’s meeting but is not a member — and only eight women in the party’s current shadow cabinet.Moreover, at best, she said women made up less than one third of former prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet, whereas half of Justin Trudeau’s ministers are women.She also went after the Conservatives for appearing to suggest the measures in the budget aimed at women are purely political gestures with no economic impact.“Is parental leave enhancement so that women can get back to the workforce buying votes for women?” O’Connell asked.“What about the funding and the carve outs for supporting women entrepreneurs? Is that buying votes? … We can all go back to the dark ages of the Harper Conservatives, but that hasn’t helped women.”Morneau said one third of the economic growth experienced by Canada over the past 40 years has been generated by women entering the workforce. But he said there’s still room to do more, getting women’s workforce participation rate, currently 61 per cent, closer to that of men at 70 per cent.With Canada facing “significant demographic challenges” as the baby boomers reach retirement age, Morneau said it’s particularly important to ensure that all Canadians who want to work are able to achieve their full potential.last_img read more

Ohio State football more than all right with JT Barrett at quarterback

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen a team loses its senior Heisman-candidate quarterback, it can typically expect to see a big drop off in its offensive strength.If you ask Ohio State redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett, though, he’ll tell you that won’t necessarily be the case as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett takes the place of the injured Braxton Miller.“I think with the way they (Barrett and redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones) have been playing right now, I don’t think we’ll skip a beat,” Vannett said Monday after practice. “I think we’ll be just fine.”While Barrett has yet to take a snap outside of practice for the Scarlet and Gray, he and Jones have been practicing with the first-team offense since the spring. Miller initially injured his shoulder against Clemson in the Orange Bowl to end last season, paving the way for Barrett and Jones to get the only significant reps at quarterback in spring practice.Miller was limited again this fall because his shoulder was sore after an offseason surgery. And then he tore his throwing shoulder labrum in practice Aug. 18.Vannett said practice time will help the offense continue on the same beat going forward, even though the team initially expected Miller to make a full recovery from the first injury.“We did a really (good) job with our quarterbacks, 0having J.T. and Cardale getting reps in the spring as well with (Miller) out,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a last minute thing where we’re just jumping in and kind of rushing stuff.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said there will be changes to the offense, but agreed that Barrett, as well as Jones if he plays any reps, will be ready to go because of the amount of practice time they’ve had since the season ended.“They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason, that it’s not that much of a transition for us just because that’s what we’ve been going through,” Spencer said.While many wrote off OSU as a contender in the National Championship race after Miller went down, Spencer said he’s seen enough in practice to have plenty of confidence heading into the season.“Personally, I think what we’ve been seeing out at practice — and a lot of the other seniors can back me up — is … we’ll be way more than all right this year,” he said. “That’s for sure.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believes Barrett and Jones have been up to the challenge since Miller was injured, and the changes at the position will be helped along by a plethora of talented receivers.“J.T. and Cardale responded very well (after Miller’s injury),” Meyer said at a Monday press conference. “The biggest issue I see, or the positive we have right now, is we have a good one and two group of receivers that are just rotating out.”Meyer said there will be six different receivers rotating through the lineup, with the plan being to give Barrett the freshest and most rested targets possible throughout OSU’s season opener.Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones (12) avoids a defender during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Lantern file photoEven though Meyer announced Barrett as the No. 2 quarterback before Miller went down with his injury, he said there isn’t a big gap between his and Jones’ talent. The third-year OSU coach confirmed, though, that Barrett is the starter heading into the season.Meyer also said it would be possible for Jones to come in for Barrett if the latter doesn’t perform up to expectations in the first weeks of the season.Regardless of his performance on the field, Spencer said the team has confidence in Barrett as a leader, which is a role he has taken on since Miller’s injury.“You could kind of tell from the beginning of camp that (Barrett) was trying to work on his maturity and his leadership as a young player,” Spencer said. “But after Braxton went down in practice, I think he kind of realized pretty quickly, ‘All right, well, time to take a leadership role.’”Spencer said as soon as the team realized Miller would be out, Barrett stepped up to the challenge of filling those shoes.“In the huddle from then on, when (Barrett) was in practice and doing stuff like that he was just making sure that he was keeping people going,” Spencer said. “If we were having a rough day, he was making sure that we’d stay up, that we’d stay motivated.”Meyer said one of the first things he noticed about Barrett was his competitive spirit. He said Barrett isn’t any louder as a leader than Miller, but added the’s “very confident.”Spencer said Miller and Barrett have different leadership qualities, but said both are good at what they do. He added Barrett is a strong motivator and he’s excited to see what happens going forward.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough criticizes Hesketh

first_imgBurton Albion manager Nigel Clough has criticized Jake Hesketh following his performance against Shrewsbury Town.Clough was disappointed with the Southampton loanee for his role in their 2-1 win over Shrewsbury during the weekend.Hesketh was substituted off after with 20 minutes and was replaced by Marcus Harness, who played a part in the club’s second goal.Clough said, according to Daily Echo:“I thought our two wide men, Jake Hesketh and Will Miller, got into some great positions in the first half and we didn’t get anything from them, enough quality crosses and things like that.”Jake HeskethMK Dons completes signing of Southampton Jake Hesketh Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 31, 2019 Milton Keynes (MK) Dons have completed the signing of Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh for a six-month loan deal.Hesketh spent the first six months of…“That’s our strength, especially against Shrewsbury’s formation.”“We were a bit disappointed in that, and ultimately that’s why they both came off – but the lads who replaced them did well.”Clough still insists that Harness deserved his chance to replace Hesketh during the game against Shrewsbury.Clough added: “Very much so. that’s why he got on.”“We’ve got Devante Cole we could’ve put there, we could put Joe Sbarra out there, and we felt Marcus deserved his chance.”last_img read more

Magazine Growth Sluggish Through 2014

first_imgTradeshows, which are also part of the busines-to-business subsegment, are expected to gain 4 percent through 2014. Meanwhile, VSS forecasts that the Traditional Consumer Advertising Media category, which includes consumer magazines and newspapers, will be “sluggish” at around 2.2 percent compound annual growth rate totaling $77.23 billion. “The availability of new media platforms and technologies will contribute to continued changes in consumers’ media use, particularly secular declines in consumer consumption of traditional media platforms,” the forecast says. “This will prompt brands and agencies to re-evaluate their traditional advertising strategies and tactics.”“What will be interesting is what impact the iPads and Kindles of the world will have on consumer magazines,” Greenberg says. “Right now, the subscription models aren’t particularly good. But, that will ultimately change. We think they will be a significant factor over the next several years.”Overall, VSS predicts that total communications industry spending is on pace to increase 3.5 percent in 2010 and post a compound annual growth rate of 6.1 percent between 2009 and 2014 to $1.416 trillion. The fastest-growing industry sector from 2009 to 2014 is expected to be Business & Professional Information & Services, which could reach $249 billion. “This will occur through application suites that incorporate databases, software solutions and outsourced processing services to drive productivity,” the report says. Traditional revenue streams will continue to be challenged for both consumer and trade magazine publishing through the next five years, says media and information private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson. According to its annual VSS Communications Industry Forecast, which was released this week, both groups are expected to show a gain in the low single-digits.“Advertising will struggle and, according to our forecast, will continue to decline,” Hal Greenberg, partner, VSS Structured Capital Funds, tells FOLIO:. “The ability of advertising to buy only one month in advance—the ability to pull or put it in within a month’s notice—makes it episodic. There’s a lot of demand on marketing dollars and ad dollars will struggle in that mix.”In its forecast, trade magazines are grouped under Business-to-Business Media (a subsegment of the Targeted Media category), which is projected to generate low single-digit growth. “In the past, there have been three or four titles per industry. We won’t see that anymore moving forward,” says Greenberg. “We’ve already seen a lot of publications close and in the future we believe many industries will have one, maybe two, serving them. The dominant titles, because of the elimination of other titles, will see individual upswings but the market will see an overall decline.”last_img read more

Six Takeaways From The UN Mission In Pakistan

first_img 00:00 /00:31 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 X X Listen Listen 00:00 /00:35 Laura Isensee | Houston Public MediaNeil Buhne is the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator. He’s served in this position for the last year.The U.S. journalists on the exchange trip to Pakistan spoke with Neil Buhne, the United Nation’s resident coordinator in Pakistan.Buhne is based in the capital of Islamabad. He works on projects and relationships that support Pakistan’s development goals. A native of Canada, he also coordinates humanitarian efforts in the country.Listen to Buhne discuss the top six challenges facing the country:1.) Climate Change Share 3.) Population Growth To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:10 Listencenter_img 00:00 /00:29 Listen X X 6.) Lack Of Resources X Listen 4.) Governance Issues 5.) Refugees 00:00 /00:31 2.) Water To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Check out Laura Isensee’s earlier entries on the special page on our website.You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook. last_img read more

Fundraising Drive Planned to Fix Shooting Damage to African American Civil War

first_imgIn response to the vast outpouring of support and concern about the recent shooting at the African American Civil War Memorial, the non-profit foundation that built the memorial and operates a museum at the site is sponsoring “Rally on the High Ground,” a national fundraising drive to fix the gun damage and other major problems at the Northwest Washington facility. On Dec. 26, police believe gunfire was exchanged between two people, damaging the memorial’s Wall of Honor. No one was injured in the incident. The total cost of needed repairs is approximately $575,000. “It is our goal to raise the funds necessary to get all repairs completed in time for the Grand Review planned for 2015 that will mark the sesquicentennial celebration of the end of the American Civil War,” Beverly Perry, chairperson of the board of directors for the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation, said in a statement. The memorial is the nation’s way of paying tribute to the 209,145 African American Union soldiers who bravely stood up with President Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War to abolish slavery and keep America united under one flag. The memorial was authorized by Congress and was built with private funds on federal land. The completed memorial was turned over to the National Park Service in 2003, and the adjacent museum continues to operate with private funds. The two names damaged by gunfire were Lt. Adolph Ebermayer, an officer in the 121st Regiment, United States Colored Troops, who mustered into the Union Army in September 1864 in Louisville, Ky. The second name damaged was that of Henry Foster, who was a private in the 121st. Army. Records show that Pvt. Foster enlisted in the Army at the age of 20 and had dark hair, dark eyes and complexion and stood five feet, five inches tall. He was from Pike County, Ky. The names on the Memorial Wall of Honor are enrolled by regiment in alphabetical order by last name; the two damaged names appear next to each other. “All repairs will be done according to the specifications required by the various permitting entities,” said Frank Smith, founding director of the museum. The monument is located in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C., which is named for Col. Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the famed Massachusetts 54th Regiment. Persons interested in joining the fundraiser may do so by making a tax deductible donation or future pledge to the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001. Patrons may also donate online at www.afroamcivilwar.org.  Please place “memorial repairs” in the memo section.last_img read more

Celebrating Urdu culture

first_imgCelebrating the quintessential spirit of Urdu, Rekhta foundation had organised a three-day festival ‘Jashn-e-Rekhta’ that was inaugurated on Friday by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung.The event, which was graced by Javed Akhtar, Shaban Azmi, Gulzar and Irrfan Khan among other eminent personalities, was held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on Sunday. The governor narrated a few shers including Ayina kyu na dun ki tamasha kahen jise, aisa kahan se laun ki tujhsa kahen jise…, (by Ghalib) and declared the festival open. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Followed by the inauguration was a mesmerising performance of voice drama ‘Kaifi aur Main’ by Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. The play is based on the courtship between Shabana Azmi’s parents Kaifi Azmi and Shaukat Kaifi. The play has been created by Javed Akhtar with contents from Shaukat Kaifi’s book Yaad ki Rehguzar and from various interviews of poet Kaifi Azmi. The songs have been added by Jaswinder Singh and Kuldeep Singh.The second edition of the three-day festival had lots to offer, apart from Mushaira, Qawwali, Dastangoi, Drama, Discussions, Dance, Ghazal and much more for Urdu lovers.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixImmense variety of food was ready for gourmets in various stalls, along with a calligraphy corner, Urdu bazaar and book exhibition. Founded by Sanjiv Saraf, Rekhta foundation is known for curating an online portal for Urdu poetry and prose. Famous personalities who attended the Jashan include literary critics, poets and actors like Gopi Chand Narang, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Jeelani Bano, Tom Alter and Namvar Singh and several others.last_img read more

Content security specialist Verimatrix has introdu

first_imgContent security specialist Verimatrix has introduced an expanded range of VideoMark content tracking and watermarking solutions. The company said that , using different components of an extended VideoMark toolbox and the integrated hardware subsystems of system-on-chips (SoCs), it now offers a comprehensive spectrum of forensic anti-piracy capabilities within its Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) Ultra architecture.The latest VideoMark live profile is designed to protect linear content against real-time re-broadcasting threats and subscription fraud and offers a more secure approach to existing watermarking methods for live broadcasts, according to Verimatrix.The VideoMark live profile enables a flashing mark that is unobtrusive, yet quick to read and analyse. The mark is embedded at the pixel level and can be secured using the Verimatrix proprietary algorithm, which is embedded in the video pipeline of the SoC hardware, which Verimatrix contrasts with the use of more susceptible on screen display (OSD) methods. With VCAS Ultra, Verimatrix is able to offer an integrated system to generate, deliver and display the mark, creating a secure workflow straight to the device.As part of this workflow, Verimatrix is offering VideoMark/Reveal, a set of tools to extract and interpret the embedded payload. For live events, it provides a way to identify the mark to block leaks as they appear with results and interpretation direct from a mobile device.The VideoMark live profile and VideoMark/Reveal live tools are the newest components of the VideoMark toolbox, which offers watermarking solutions. The flagship VideoMark forensic profile protects early release content movies and HD and UHD content from attacks.According to the company, a growing ecosystem of SoC suppliers have integrated VideoMark with their advanced chipsets to support 4K/UHD content, including Broadcom, Marvell, MStar, and HiSilicon. Verimatrix is also collaborating with major TV and TV SoC suppliers to provide this same level of VideoMark integration.“Watermarking is an important component of Verimatrix’s layered content and revenue security strategy. With the flexibility of the VideoMark toolbox, we are building on our watermarking heritage, broad SoC partner ecosystem and content owner relationships to bring a comprehensive and integrated set of solutions for operators,” said Verimatrix CTO Petr Peterka. “It is well known that re-broadcasting piracy is a growing threat to operator revenues, particularly with sports. The VideoMark live profile was developed as a better alternative to effectively identify marks and block leaks of live content in real time.”Verimatrix will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 4.A59last_img read more

Russian broadcaster CTC Media and the countrys la

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media and the country’s largest media holding company, National Media Group, are to create a single joint online TV platform, More.TV.The pair will create the new platform as a virtual TV and video-on-demand operator, offering a distribution network for streamed TV channels and popular Russian and international content that will be available either free of charge supported by advertising or through a subscription VOD model.The pair said that More.TV could be integrated with the set-tops of leading TV operators and the OTT TV services of mobile telecom players.CTC and National Media Group have named Denis Gorshkov as head of the separate Skolkovo-based digital business set up to house the new project, M3. Gorshkov was previously general director of Amedia TV, where he was responsible for the development of the Amediateka OTT TV service and the Amedia group’s pay TV channels.The launch of the service is envisaged for early next year, and the pair said they were actively recruiting technical and commercial staff.Olga Paskina, general director of National Media Group, said that the project was “an important step” towards creating a user-friendly TV experience for Russians and added that the creation of More.TV would allow the group to fulfill its vision of a unified system for “the production and monetization of content in all environments”.Vyacheslav Murugov, CEO of CTC Media, said that the launch was a further step towards enabling the company to reach the widest possible audience for its content.The development of More.TV follows the teaming up of CTC, National Media Group, state-backed broadcaster Pervyy Kanal (Channel One), and VGTRK – the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company – last year to create Vitrina TV (Showcase), a common online platform for Russian broadcasters on the model of Hulu. Missing from the group of participants in Vitrina TV was Gazprom Media, Russia’s other leading media group. More.TV will sit on the Vitrina TV platform.National Media Group has a 25% in Pervyy Kanal, which is majority-owned by the Russian state with a 51% share with the balance being held by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.National Media Group and CTC Media had earlier joined forces to create a unified back-office infrastructure through a joint venture in which National Media Group held a 51% stake and CTC held 49%.last_img read more

brands into new territories and reach millions of

first_imgbrands into new territories and reach millions of new people throughout EMEA,” said Kasia Kieli, president and managing director, Discovery EMEA.“Discovery’s strategy is to connect with passionate audiences across the globe and the HGTV brand creates a very powerful opportunity to provide a dedicated home brand that fuels people’s passions, builds a community spirit and works across multiple platforms for audiences and commercial partners.”HGTV’s content is split across six pillars: buying and selling; home renovation; flipping; home improvement; and dream homes. Discovery said that HGTV viewers in Germany will be able to access more than 500 hours of premier program content per year.Discovery completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive in March 2018. The combined group comprises channels such as Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV and Animal Planet among others, and owns over 8,000 hours of programming. Discovery is due to launch home and lifestyle network HGTV in Germany, marking the channel’s first European rollout since Discovery completed its takeover of Scripps Networks Interactive last year.HGTV will go live in Germany as a free-to-air channel in June and Discovery said that further launches will follow. The channel launched in Poland two years ago, prior to the Scripps deal.“We are incredibly excited to be announcing the launch of HGTV in Germany and start using our scale and expertise across EMEA to expand HGTV and other key real-life entertainmentlast_img read more

The key for cable is to embrace the web without s

first_img“The key for cable is to embrace the web without sacrificing its traditional pay-TV model. This won’t be achieved by simply saying that cable is better and that it already offers enough choice and a better quality of service.”Cable is better at some things than others. With over-the-top video already being piped into TV sets, operators are now mulling over how to adapt.Apple TV, Vudu, Roku, Netflix, Slingcatcher and newer contenders like Yahoo’s TV Widgets and Zillion TV are already offering web-to-TV services. The trend is a follow-on from PC-centric services including hulu.com.  Users want the choice and functionality of the internet to be available on their TV screens.These new distribution kids on the block were out in force at the recent MIP TV market in Cannes. Yahoo’s stand demonstrated its TV Widget software, which is projected to be in tens of millions of TV sets and other devices including Blu-ray players by 2010.Yahoo’s vice president of connected content Patrick Barry says that the internet portal’s vision is to treat TVs as a “canvas where interactivity can survive from the social to the informational to the frivolous”.  The kind of content Yahoo is talking about includes Flickr,  Twitter and Facebook applications. These are easy to dismiss as “advanced teletext services”, but it’s clear is that this is just the beginning of Yahoo’s ambition. The big question is will any of these over-the-top services to the TV achieve critical mass? Will they be compelling enough to convince customers that they don’t need a cable TV service? It is inevitable that one of these over-the-top contenders will eventually get it right. Think of a well-designed OTT service combined with a digital-terrestrial TV tuner offering a suite of free linear TV channels on top of on-demand and interactive web services direct from a host of providers. Pay-TV could be facing a powerful alternative.The key for cable is to embrace the web without sacrificing its traditional pay-TV model. This won’t be achieved by simply saying that cable is better and that it already offers enough choice and a better quality of service.What to do about net-delivered content has been occupying some pretty big cable TV brains lately. Speaking at the recent Cable Congress in Berlin, Mike Fries, president and CEO of Liberty Global, the largest cable TV operator outside of the US, identified web TV and cable’s onscreen user interfaces as the two areas where the industry needs to do more and think harder. Martin Kull, chief technology officer at Sweden’s Com Hem was more explicit. “We have to look at ways to combine broadcast services with over-the-top providers,” he said. “This is a very complex arena [because] if we set out to combine everything we will never be finished. So we need to find a pragmatic way forward, before the consumer electronics industry does it.”Meanwhile Danish cable operator YouSee  has started offering TV channels and VOD over broadband to PCs as a retention and added-value tool for its current cable TV subscribers, providing them with a multi-room offer for PCs. But iYouSee also offers the broadband-to-PC service to people outside its cable footprint, thereby extending its reach.Since its launch in May of last year the YouSee web TV service has attracted 10% of the company’s broadband subscribers (for no extra monthly charge) and an unspecified number of ex-network broadband TV subscribers who pay ?14 a month for a service that includes 17 linear channels plus access to a 450-title VOD store where users pay per title. “We are very satisfied with the concept,” says Anders Blauenfelt, vice-president of product development. “We market it as an addition to the existing cable subscription or as a way to reach people in the 50% of the country where we don’t have our network. We don’t believe that PC distribution can eliminate the demand for a primary TV subscription. I know there are a lot of services right now where you can take over the top content to the TV but I don’t think right now that there is a mass market for that.” He believes that customers will be loyal to a cable-delivered service for catch-up TV and VOD: “We see the lean-back TV service as a closed environment where we can make sure that convenience and quality of service is assured.”Much as this may be true in the short term, people are not going to tolerate a closed system that blocks them from the things they want to see and hear. The music industry learned that lesson only too well. Cable has an opportunity to figure out how to respond to OTT services and perhaps work with them to provide a better experience. Balan Nair, chief technology officer of Liberty Global, told Cable Congress that “whether we like it or not, the internet is coming to the TV.” He wants the industry to come up with its own devices and services that do the same or face being bypassed. And he reminded the audience of the experience of TiVo. The PVR started life as a standalone box that consumers loved. Now of course it is a key feature of most cable set-top boxes and a key retention tool.Getting the relationship with OTT right is particularly pressing as the economic downturn begins to bite. While TV and telecoms services may be resilient in the face of the economic downturn, no one is immune.Kate Bulkley is a broadcaster and writer specialising in media and telecommunications. tellkatenow@aol.com.last_img read more

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