Myanmars Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo, Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi participates in a meeting at the Parliamentary Resource Center with U.S. President Barack Obama in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy. But fellow winner and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will not be among them. She wasn’t invited. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)n Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies After her release in 2010, when ruling generals handed over power to a nominally civilian government, she won a seat in parliament.The 69-year-old says she is a politician and that she never sought to be a human rights champion. Critics note she is carefully choosing her battles, in part because she has presidential ambitions.In a predominantly Buddhist country of 50 million people, where there is much animosity toward the 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims, Suu Kyi (pronounced “Suu chee”) has opted to remain silent, even as the world watched in horror while more than 3,000 hungry, dehydrated Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand this month, according to the U.N. refugee agency.The international gathering at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, was opened Tuesday by former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. His country pledged $1.3 million to help Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state by improving living conditions, preventing people from fleeing by sea and curbing tensions between ethnic groups.The meeting featured video statements from Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu, Jos Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy.But fellow winner and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will not be among them. She wasn’t invited.During her 15 years under house arrest, Suu Kyi won admiration across the globe for her fiery speeches and scathing criticism of the military regime that ruled Myanmar, or Burma, at the time. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

A superior win for Capri by Fraser Brisbane

first_imgSource = Capri by Fraser Brisbane A superior win for Capri by Fraser, BrisbaneJust five months after opening, Capri by Fraser, Brisbane has scooped the Best Superior Accommodation category at the Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.The stylish property took out the award from a competitive field of newly opened hotels in Brisbane who were also in the running including Four Points by Sheraton, Next Hotel, Tryp by Wyndham, The Glen Hotel and Suites and The Calamvale Hotel.Over 1,000 esteemed industry guests attended the QHA event, an annual celebration of Queensland’s hotel industry achievements. The 2015 awards saw a record number of nominations from small and large hotels and over 43 honours for Queensland’s best pubs, hotels and hoteliers were awarded on the night. The industry awards are judged by a panel of industry heavy weights, who visit the entrants anonymously.Capri by Fraser, Brisbane opened in April this year in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. This opening marked the first Frasers Hospitality property to open in Queensland. At the same time it is the first ‘Capri by Fraser’ property in Australia, the Frasers Hospitality group’s tech-intuitive, design-led hotel brand.“This award is a fantastic achievement for us and acknowledges the team’s hard work this year in opening our first Capri in Australia and Fraser’s first hotel in Queensland.” says Mariusz Tymosiewicz, General Manager of Capri by Fraser, Brisbane.Capri by Fraser, Brisbane is set in an enviable location within walking distance to Queen Street Mall shopping, Eagle Street Pier riverside dining, City Botanical Gardens and Treasury Casino.Each design-led suite at Capri by Fraser, Brisbane features free and fast WiFi, king size bed, kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and microwave, ergonomically designed desk and Herman Miller work chairs, Malin & Goetz bath amenities, an iPod docking station and 48” LED TV.The rooms are complemented by the hotel’s extensive leisure facilities. Guests have access to the 24/7 fully equipped gym, indoor heated swimming pool, his and hers steam room and sauna, and 24/7 Spin and Play launderette where guests are fully entertained with foosball or Xbox Kinect between spin cycles.All hotel dining has been carefully created in partnership with Chef Pete Evans including the 24/7 in room dining menu, conference and events catering, and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Asana by Pete Evans, The fresh and delicious menus showcase the best seasonal QLD produce.last_img read more

PO Cruises launches first Flagship College Master Class

first_imgP&O Cruises launches first Flagship College Master ClassP&O Cruises launches first Flagship College Master ClassP&O Cruises has released its first Flagship College Master Class, giving travel agents an easy way to boost their cruise knowledge.Taking only one hour to complete, the Master Class will give agents deeper insights into P&O’s product – as well as 10 Cruise Lines International Australasia (CLIA) Accreditation Points.The course is available in a mobile-friendly format for easy access, with agents having the option to start and stop at any time, making it even easier to complete.The Master Class is the second course to be made available through Flagship College, launched last June as part of the new P&O agent website to 1500 agents have already completed the first Extra Credit course which was released in November last year.P&O Cruises Director of Sales Ryan Taibel said many agents had been eagerly awaiting the first Master Class.“We’ve had such incredible interest in Flagship College so far, and we think the first Master Class will really cement its place as the industry leading consultant training tool,” Mr Taibel said.Agents enrolled in the Flagship Achievers program need to complete the Master Class by November 30, 2017 to be eligible for a Flagship Bonus of up to $500 a year.For more information on the Master Class, visit = P&O Cruiseslast_img read more

Czech Airlines has announced that it will be addin

first_imgCzech Airlines has announced that it will be adding new European flights to its winter schedule.New flights will be added to routes around Europe, with particular emphasis on improving German and Scandinavian routes.Czech Airlines will introduce six new cheap flights from Hamburg and Stuttgart, while capacity on services from Frankfurt will be increased.The carrier will also introduce three new flights from Copenhagen and four from Oslo.This new schedule will be introduced from October 26th and will apply until March 28th, with the airline operating routes to 129 destinations across 44 different countries in total.Czech Airlines also stated that it will introduce a “complimentary WiFi Internet connection will be available for passengers in both Czech Airlines Crystal Lounges at Prague Airport” during the winter period”.”There will also be changes in in-flight catering, namely a change of the Business Class menu,” it stated.The airline recently introduced a new complimentary taxi service for all business premium class ticket holders to and from Prague Airport. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedEasyJet to introduce 15 new European flights this wintereasyJet will launch 15 new flights to European destinations as part of its upcoming winter scheduleIncreased flights to Moscow as part of Czech Airlines’ winter scheduleCzech Airlines has launched new flights to destinations in eastern EuropeNew Czech Airlines route opened to service Prague and NovosibirskCzech Airlines’ decision to open a new route will increase the number of cheap flights from Prague to Novosibirsklast_img read more

Franz applauds senior volunteers

first_img State Rep. Ray Franz was on hand at the May 30 Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Annual Appreciation Luncheon at Crystal Mountain Resort to recognize volunteers over 55 who make a difference in our communities by providing assistance and friendship to local adults and youths. Senior Companions help others with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills so they can remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. Foster Grandparent volunteers serve an average of 20 hours a week as role models, mentors, and friends to children in need through local organizations such as faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, and other youth facilities. Categories: News 05Jun Franz applauds senior volunteerslast_img read more

Big Rapids officials join Rep Potvin to support recreation partnership

first_img Categories: News 02Oct Big Rapids officials join Rep. Potvin to support recreation partnership LANSING – State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, welcomed Big Rapids City Manager Steven Sobers and Big Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Tim Haist to the House Committee on Local Government this week for testimony to support legislation that could create more recreation opportunities in the Big Rapids area.House Bill 4578, sponsored by Rep. Potvin, would amend the Recreational Authorities Act to add school districts  to the list of entities allowed to join a recreational authority. Currently only a city, county, village or township are allowed to come together and form an authority. The creation of such an authority would occur after a vote of the citizens in the area.The City of Big Rapids and Big Rapids Public Schools have been working together on ways to join, expand community resources, and recreational offerings in the greater Big Rapids area. Possible projects that may come from the creation of a recreational authority could be community centers, gardens, pools, farmers markets, park improvements, and even historic restoration.“Recreational opportunities in a community are part of what gives a community its character, charm and allure for families and visitors alike,” said Rep. Potvin. “Partnering with schools is a common sense addition that will help create additional investments and more opportunities within our communities.”“This city sees this as more than just a networking opportunity,” said Sobers. “This would bring added facilities and opportunities for the older generation, as well as our youthful population.”Also joining Sobers and Haist in Lansing, but not speaking to the House committee were Nate Scheible of Big Rapids Public Schools and Heather Bowman of the Big Rapids Parks and Recreation Department.The committee listened to testimony on the bill and is expected to revisit the bill in the near future.last_img read more

New treatment forms aim to improve endoflife patient care

first_img Tags: Health Policy 14Nov New treatment forms aim to improve end-of-life patient care A bill sponsored by state Rep. Laura Cox requiring the development of a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form has been signed into law by the governor. A POST form is an advance care planning tool designed to ensure people forced to make difficult end-of-life medical treatment choices are given the respect they deserve in multiple health care settings. The form guides emergency medical personnel and health care providers in whether to administer life-sustaining measures, such as CPR, intubation, antibiotics and feeding tubes, when the patient is no longer able to do so. “We must do everything we can to respect patients’ wishes at the most vulnerable time of their lives,” said Cox, of Livonia. “The form ensures people are able to voice their wishes for end of life care before it’s too late.”  The bill is part of a four-bill, bipartisan package to establish a standard practice for POST forms in Michigan. Twenty-two states have POST programs and 23 have developing programs in the works. Cox’s bill in the package specifically allows a guardian to execute or revoke a POST form on behalf of an individual. Other bills in the package require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a standardized form, require adult foster care facilities to comply with medical orders provided for on a POST form, and requires health professionals to comply with the most recent order or form when both a DNR order and a POST form exist for a patient. House Bill 4171 is now Public Act 155 of 2017.###center_img Categories: Cox Newslast_img read more

Rep Griffin Legislation an important step in licensing reform

first_img03Oct Rep. Griffin: Legislation an important step in licensing reform The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character.Griffin’s legislation, House Bill 6111, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan to reform the state’s review of occupational licensing.State regulations often refer broadly to “good moral character” as a requirement for holding a license. In practice, this has often led to those on the licensing board to interpret anyone with a criminal record to be ineligible for an occupational license.“Through data, we are seeing many people – despite spending valuable time and money on obtaining an occupational license – be denied a license after review because of a minor criminal conviction on their record,” said Griffin, of Mattawan, who is a member of the House Regulatory Reform committee. “I understand people convicted of major crimes should be barred from a job for the safety of the community, but in regard to more minor crimes, there are people trying to get their lives back on track and are facing obstacles to obtaining steady employment.”A total of 77 million Americans, or one out of every three adults, have a criminal record according to the National Council of State Legislatures – making it difficult, or even impossible to find work that requires an occupational license. In 2014, employment barriers faced by people with felony convictions – including occupational licensing – were associated with a reduction in the overall employment rate amounting to a loss of at least 1.7 million workers from the workforce and a cost of at least $78 billion to the economy nationwide.“Some Michiganders are missing out on the opportunity to work and provide for their families because of past mistakes they have already paid for,” Griffin said. “This legislative package aids workers in search of employment, helps job providers fill open positions and will work to stop the revolving door some people are experiencing when being released from prison.”House Bills 6110-13, along with 6381, now move to the Senate for further consideration. Categories: Griffin Newslast_img read more

The French Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris ha

first_imgThe French Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris has ordered Apple to pay €5 million to Copie France after failing to pay taxes on devices that can make private copies of content.France levies a ‘private copy’ tax on the sale of devices, including tablets, which is then redistributed to content rights holders.Copie France claimed the US consumer electronics giant owed it €7.2 million for 2011 on the sale of its tablets.last_img

German media services provider Media Broadcast has

first_imgGerman media services provider Media Broadcast has taken capacity on two Eutelsat satellites to provide coverage of the German federal elections on September 22.The Eutelsat 3D and 16A satellites will be used by Media Broadcast over the weekend of September 21-22 to transmit live coverage from major sites across Germany including voting booths, the headquarters of the country’s political parties and the Bundestag in Berlin. Over 200 hours of capacity has so far been booked, equivalent to 250MHz of bandwidth on the two satellites.last_img

USbased video ad platform BrightRoll is extending

first_imgUS-based video ad platform BrightRoll is extending its reach into Europe after signing an agreement with data centre company Equinix.BrightRoll has built a new data centre within Equinix’s AM3 facility – which is connected to European interconnection hotspot, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.“The BrightRoll expansion into Europe represents the company’s commitment to building the world’s leading technology platform that enables advertisers to maximise ROI on video ad spend, while helping publishers maximise revenue for their video ad inventory,” the company said in a statement.The move comes after BrightRoll agreed a similar technology infrastructure deal with Equinix in the US last year.last_img

Shipments of Ultra High Definition UHD TV panels

first_imgShipments of Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV panels exceeded one million for the first time in March, a more than threefold increase month-over-month according to IHS stats. The research firm said that UHD TV panel shipments reached 1.1 million in March, up from 384,300 units in February. In March 2013, shipments were fewer than 150,000.“Contributing to the market’s exceptional showing in March were UHD pre-stocking orders for China’s Labour Day holiday at the beginning of May, and the FIFA World Cup in June,” said IHS.The research found that the top-three biggest panel makers in March were Taiwan’s Innolux in first place, followed by South Korea’s Samsung Display  and LG Display in second and third.Demand for UHD panels will grow to 68.4 million units by 2018, up 350% from 2014, predicts IHS. By comparison, TV panel shipments in general will rise by just 12%, it said.last_img read more

Sarah Barnett BBC America 499 stakeholder AMC N

first_imgSarah BarnettBBC America 49.9% stakeholder, AMC Networks, has appointed SundanceTV executive Sarah Barnett as president and general manager of BBC America.Barnett, who has been at AMC-owned SundanceTV for ten years and is the network’s president and general manager, will replace BBC America’s current general manager, Perry Simon.She is due to begin her new role in early 2015, overseeing both BBC America and Sundance TV for an interim period until a successor at Sundance TV is named.With the move, Simon will take up an exclusive production deal with BBC Worldwide North America. Development commitments are already in place from BBC America and AMC Networks.“I’m delighted Sarah is to lead BBC America as the new general manager within the joint venture. She has a fantastic track record in the kind of intelligent, creative content that is BBC America’s hallmark. And as a highly respected, collaborative team leader I have every confidence she will deliver success for both joint venture partners,” said BBC Worldwide CEO, Tim Davie.Barnett will be based in New York and will lead BBC America’s day-to-day operations, including overall creative and brand strategy, production and development, digital strategy and marketing. She will continue to report to AMC Networks’ chief operating officer Ed Carroll.Barnett joined SundanceTV in 2005 as senior vice president of marketing, becoming head of SundanceTV in 2009 and a year later launched the network’s scripted strategy. Previously she was vice president of on-air for BBC America for four years, after spending 12 years with the BBC in London.The BBC Trust last month approved the partnership between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks that saw the latter take a 49.9% stake in BBC America.last_img read more

Judit Minda The central Europe division of AMC Net

first_imgJudit MindaThe central Europe division of AMC Networks International has rejigged its operation and will now run across two distinct areas, film and entertainment, and kids and infotainment.The channel operator has brought in CEE TV industry veteran Judit Minda to oversee programming at the new kids and infotainment unit. She was at MTG until recently, and has also worked at HBO Hungary and HBO Central Europe and Spektrumm, as well as prodco Havas Films, which she co-owned.Katalin Radóczy will oversee the film and entertainment division. Both of the divisions will sit alongside the AMCNI’s sports operation in CEE, and there are no changes at that part of the business.Minda and Radóczy will both report to regional CEO Levente B. Málnay.“We are pursuing this reorganisation with the objective to increase profitability on existing markets and to enter new territories. Our goal is to further expand both these programming divisions,” said Málnay.The new units will cover nine of the thirteen AMCNI channels in the CEE region, including AMC, Filmcafe, Film Mania and Spektrum, TV Paprika and Minimax.last_img read more

Russell Hicks Nickelodeon president Russell Hicks

first_imgRussell HicksNickelodeon president Russell Hicks has resigned from his post after 18 years with the Viacom-owned kids channel.Hicks, formerly Nick’s marketing chief, was upped to president, content development and production at the Nickelodeon Group in 2012.According to various US reports, he has resigned after a four-month medical break, and Nick has no immediate plans to replace him.Hicks had control over live-action, animation development and production for all platforms and Nick-branded networks.Last year, former Nick chief Cyma Zarghami was elevated to president of a new Viacom Kids and Family Group, which houses Nick with older-skewing networks such as CMT and TV Land.Deadline, which first reported thestory, said there had been friction between her and Hicks, though also noted she had spoken highly of him in an internal memo confirming his departure.Under Hicks, Nick’s ratings have improved after a period of decline, taking the pay TV channel back to number one in the ratings charts.“Russell Hicks has decided to step down from his position effective immediately,” a statement issued to US trades read.Hicks has previously worked at Cartoon Network and Warner Bros.last_img read more

Richard Chambers Amsterdambased multichannel netw

first_imgRichard ChambersAmsterdam-based multichannel network Zoomin.TV has created a studios arm to re–version its digital programmes into broadcaster-friendly long-form formats, hiring a British TV veteran to lead the initiative.Zoomin Studios will also draw on its parent’s network of post-millennial, Gen Z creative talent to develop and coproduce formats and factual programming for TV channels, and mobile and digital platforms.It has brought in former BBC and indie producer Richard Chambers to lead its production efforts. He was worked at prodcos such as IWC Media, Tigress Productios, Icon Films and Touch Productions, and has produced and directed factual shows for Discovery, National Geographic, BBC One, BBC Two and Channel 5.“We know ‘traditional’ TV is by no means dead and just how attractive it remains to YouTube stars and their fans,” said Chambers, who is head of Zoomin Studios.“Our extensive knowledge of the content Gen Z both makes and consumes online, alongside the creative storytelling and high production values needed for long-form TV shows, gives Zoomin Studios a unique ability to source new talent, build an online fan base for them and now, working with coproduction partners, develop formats to bring that ready-made talent and audience to linear TV audiences globally.”Zoomin Studios is already in “advanced” discussions with producers and distributors about coproductions, with Chambers in town in Miami this week for the NATPE market to meet with potential partners about new projects.European broadcaster MTG owns Zoomin.TV, whose Gen Z talent channels amassed around 1.8 billion YouTube views a month, after paying €45 million (US$48.2 million) in July.Overall, Zoomin.TV channels secure around 3.3 billion views across platforms, has 18 offices on four continents, and is now pushing into TV formats.“Traditional broadcasters and advertisers are struggling to provide the right type of content to connect with a Generation Z audience, which has been turning off linear TV channels,” said Zoomin.TV CEO Jan Riemens. “Our talent already has vast audience recognition and loyalty across the 25,000 YouTube channels we manage and Zoomin Studioswill deliver this audience to TV platforms and brands.“Creating Zoomin Studios makes the Company ideally positioned to create a feedback loop between the broadcast and digital worlds and we are uniquely placed to monetise both.”last_img read more

Virtual reality headset shipments took a sharp de

first_imgVirtual reality headset shipments took a “sharp decline” year-on-year in Q2 2018, though the outlook for the market remains positive, according to IDC.The research firm’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ recorded a 33.7% drop in global headset shipments in the second quarter but predicted this to be a “temporary setback as the VR market finds its legs”.The largest contributor to the overall decline in shipments was the shrinking category of ‘screenless viewers’ or smartphone headsets, which fell from 1 million units shipped in Q2 2017 to 409,000 in Q2 2018.“Screenless viewers brought a lot of attention to VR in the early days as the entire market was artificially propped up by brands like Samsung, Alcatel, and Google that bundled the headsets with smartphones,” according to the report.Tethered VR headsets shipments declined 37.3% in Q2 2018, which IDC attributed to brands like Oculus and Sony being unable to maintain the momentum established during a period of price reductions in Q2 2017.However, standalone VR headset shipments grew 417.7% during the quarter, largely due to the global availability of the Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR devices, which IDC said shipped 212,000 units.“The arrival of new products, such as the Oculus Go and HTC Vive Pro, and new brands, combined with the need for greater headset fidelity all point to a positive outlook for the quarters ahead,” according to the report.IDC also noted that VR is starting to see more commercial deployments, with roughly 20% of VR headsets destined for the commercial sector in Q2 2018, up from 14% in Q2 2017.“One of the major issues with the VR market is that consumers still find it difficult to try a VR headset. This is where the commercial market has an opportunity to shine,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers.IDC’s programme vice president for devices and augmented and virtual reality, Tom Mainelli, said: “In a market where mainstream VR content is still lacking, a growing number of vendors are looking to commercial as a way to build their business while they wait for the consumers to catch up.“These vendors are moving beyond entertainment-focused B2C deployments to real-world training scenarios in companies of all sizes, all over the world. IDC expects commercial buyers to represent an increasingly important percentage of the market going forward.”last_img read more

Some 83 of US smart TV owners now connect their d

first_imgSome 83% of US smart TV owners now connect their device to the internet, up from 70% in 2014, according to new research by Parks Associates.The study claims that smart TV ownership increased from 34% to 53% of US broadband households between 2014 and 2018, while ownership of streaming media players has grown from about 21% to almost 40% over the same period.“More connected devices open more opportunities for streaming and OTT services in the home prompting more service announcements such as AT&T’s plans to offer a tiered video streaming service,” said Elizabeth Parks, senior vice president of Parks Associates.The stats were released ahead of Parks Associates’ inaugural Future of Video conference, which is due to take place on December 10-12 at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Marina del Rey, California.last_img read more

Iviru CEO Oleg Tumanov Oleg Tumanov founded Russ CEO, Oleg TumanovOleg Tumanov founded Russian subscription-free online video streaming service in 2009 and is the company’s CEO. Prior to launching in 2010, he was managing director for Russia and CIS at US-based Access Industries. From 2001 to 2004, Tumanov was deputy chief executive officer of Russia’s Alfa Bank. In 2000-2001, he was deputy chairman of the executive board at NIKoil. From 1994 to 2000, he held senior executive positions in several US and Swiss financial services firms. Between 1990 and 1994, Oleg was deputy chairman of the board at Mosbusinessbank.What can OTT offer that consumers in your market will respond to and how does it compare with other international markets?Today we are witnessing dramatic changes in people’s behavior and habits in consuming media content. OTT video services offer freedom and choice in video content selection, which were unavailable several years ago. A huge variety of top quality movies, TV series, programs and animations, accessible on all screens – PCs, mobile phones, tablet computers, smart TVs and connected devices such as media players and game consoles – are all features of current OTT services.Some online video companies go further and develop more personalised experiences for their users, providing recommendations and offering a selection of video content based on consumers’ preferences, viewing history, differences and similarities of previously watched films and even his or her friends’ viewing patterns.Is OTT a competitor or complementary to ‘traditional’ pay TV services and why?Until recently OTT and traditional pay TV services have been offering different products to their customers – where cable and pay TV operators offer linear video viewing, and OTT services offer video-on-demand. As long as each of the services stick to their base proposal, I can see that these companies can co-exist and even cooperate in making a more complete proposition for their customers. However, we can see that some of the pay TV operators try to develop their own OTT VOD solutions, and, as well, video-on-demand companies are going to offer aggregated TV channels in their applications. It remains to be seen how it will all evolve in the future.Does OTT need to have a broad-based content offering or can it succeed by targeting particular niche groups, and is there a need for early-release premium content?Several players on the Russian market are trying to compete [by] offering as broad a selection of content as possible. We have too many players in the market without a clear differentiation in their content proposal. I believe that with time we will have fewer “general” aggregators. Some will transform into more specialised players focusing on a certain type of content or having some specific features in their product.What are the key challenges facing operators such as yourself and how can you overcome them?The market conditions in this segment are changing so quickly, we see desire to develop OTT services by all major players in the value chain, meaning content producers, telecom operators, media companies, TV companies etc. All these players, in addition to vast financial resources, also have expertise in some of the areas related to our operations. The only remedy we have to be successful is to move fast, upgrade our product every month, develop new features for our customers that were not available just a few months ago, and find the best possible and most relevant content for our customers. All the above represent challenges and each day contributes to building our competitive position and defending our playground.Oleg Tumanov will be speaking on the OTT pre-conference day on June 24, to register click here.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet POLICE say it has taken another dangerous vehicle off the streets of Derry.It was seized on Tuesday and had had been looking for it for the past monthOn its Facebaook page, PSNI Foyle say: “Look at the state of this mean machine. ANOTHER DANGEROUS CAR TAKEN OFF THE STREETS OF DERRY BY POLICE was last modified: October 13th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: “The Reducing Offending Unit seized this vehicle from Hazelbank yesterday. It had been involved in a serious incident last month and resurfaced here abandoned.“We all know our own streets.“If you see something out of place don’t be shy in calling it in to us at 101.“The more dodgy motors like this we get off the road the safer we all will be #KeepingPeopleSafe#I‘llGiveThisCarAMissThanks.” ANOTHER DANGEROUS CAR TAKEN OFF THE STREETS OF DERRY BY POLICEhazelbankPSNIREDUCING OFFENDING UNITlast_img read more