Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away After all, he has one.Let’s pretend for a moment Kevin Kolb did not enter training camp as the starter. It was not “his job to lose” nor did he have an advantage over John Skelton. Put both QBs on equal footing and let them battle, with the best man winning the job.Three games in Kolb has completed 5-of-15 passes for 47 yards with one interception.Three games in Skelton has completed 10-of-15 passes for 90 yards with one touchdown and one interception.They’ve each been pressured by defenses, yet Skelton is able to handle it and still make plays. Kolb, on the other hand, is not.The former Eagle’s struggles are so pronounced now that opponents are calling him out, saying he’s “scared back there.”Not surprisingly, Kolb disagreed with the assessment. “I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change,” he told AZCardinals.com’s Darren Urban. Kolb was sacked three times by the Raiders; he’s clearly not afraid to take a hit. He is, however, afraid to take chances in the name of making plays.Yes, the offensive line deserves some blame, which is something Coach Whiz noted after the game Friday. Back then the coach may have waited to officially make the move because if it wasn’t Leinart it was going to be Derek Anderson or Max Hall, neither of which were options worth getting excited about.Now, though, he can turn to Skelton, a QB who not only shows promise, but an ability to make plays even when things are crumbling around him. He did it as an inexperienced rookie, he did it last season after Kolb went down with an injury, and he’s doing it now in the preseason while trying to win a job he was never supposed to even contend for.Coach Whisenhunt may not have expected a real competition and, to be honest, probably didn’t want one. In a perfect world Kolb would have played well and earned the job, validating the organization’s faith in him and setting the team up for what should be an exciting season.But as they say, “the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry,” and this one is no exception. The Cardinals did get a competition, and it has determined a winner.So it begs the question: why is Coach Whisenhunt slow to acknowledge it? Top Stories Nobody likes a speed trap.Whether you are really going “too fast” or not, you can fall victim to one at pretty much any time. I annoyingly learned this the hard way over weekend coming back from California. The highway patrolman said I was going too fast and decided to give me a ticket. Interestingly enough, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt deserves a ticket — or at least, a warning — for going too slow in naming a starting quarterback. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “Some of it, I will say, a couple of times Kevin’s gotta get the ball out, but to be perfectly honest with you our protection has broken down a couple of times,” he said.It’s broken down more than a couple of times because it’s a bad offensive line. There’s simply no getting around that fact (unless the line is trying to stop you, in which case it shouldn’t be too difficult).We’ve seen this exact same script play out before so we know how the movie ends.Two years ago a Tennessee Titan was quoted as saying, “I got a buffalo nickel that says he checksdown” in reference to then-Cards QB Matt Leinart.Leinart had gained a reputation for being unwilling to throw the ball downfield and reluctant to stand in the pocket behind a shaky line and take a hit, even if it meant trying to deliver the ball down the field. He would dump the ball off to a tight end or running back as soon as he could, completing the pass but gaining little yardage.That — among other things — led Whisenhunt to demote Leinart during the preseason and releasing him a week before the regular season opener in a move that ended weeks of speculation.
North wide receiver Terry McLaurin of Ohio State (10) carries the ball after a reception during practice for Saturday’s Senior Bowl college football game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 8 Comments Share According to Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell and DraftWire.com’s Gavino Borquez, Arizona also met with five players on the field after Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practice, all of whom were defensive players:Iowa DE Anthony NelsonTexas CB Kris BoydWashburn CB Corey BallentineMississippi State LB Gerri GreenStanford LB Bobby Okereke Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “And they asked, ‘Would you take Nick Bosa?’ And I said, ‘Yes, for the No. 1 overall pick,’” McLaurin told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco.Bosa recorded 14 tackles, 6.0 for loss, and 4.0 sacks with a fumble recovery for a touchdown before he elected to have surgery in mid-September. A month later, he left Ohio State to focus on the draft process.Related LinksCardinals draft Ohio State DE Nick Bosa in McShay’s 1st NFL mockKiper’s 1st NFL mock: Bosa might be too good for Cardinals to pass upLarry Fitzgerald’s return brings Cardinals undeniable value“To be honest, I understood,” McLaurin said Wednesday, according to Maiocco. “He has a life-changing opportunity. And while we missed him and we wish we could’ve had him, we understood. People couldn’t appreciate how serious his injury was.“Even if he would’ve been able to come back, it may not have been until the Big Ten championship game. And he wouldn’t have been 100-percent healthy.”McLaurin, who was Ohio State’s captain for two years, also called Bosa a “high competitor” and said Buckeye coaches had to reel him in because of how hard he played.Perhaps the Cardinals gleaned something about McLaurin himself in their meeting. A projected mid- to late-round pick, the 6-foot-1 receiver pulled in 35 receptions for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Potential first overall NFL Draft pick Nick Bosa isn’t at the Senior Bowl. He played just three games of his junior season before calling it an Ohio State career, but the Arizona Cardinals are using their week in Mobile, Ala., to examine him anyway.To do so, they asked outgoing Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin if they should take Bosa, who left the Buckeyes prematurely in order to recover from core muscle surgery. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Categories: News Legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, providing for the timely analysis of rape kits was approved by the Criminal Justice Committee today and now heads to the House floor for consideration.“Rape victims deserve full and proper investigation into each and every evidence kit submitted to law enforcement,” Walsh said. “In no situation should justice be prolonged; that is simply intolerable and unacceptable.”The need for House Bill 5445 came to Walsh’s attention when more than 11,000 unprocessed Wayne County rape kits were discovered in the possession of the Detroit Police Department. HB 5445 implements a timeline for the processing of evidence, which includes kit pick-up by law enforcement, crime laboratory testing, uploading DNA profiles into CODIS (a national DNA database) and notifying victims of further storage or disposal of kits.Criminal Justice Chair Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, said today’s meeting was the first step to amend the issue with the help of the city of Detroit, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and state lawmakers, ensuring efficient and effective processing.The bill now heads to the House floor for consideration.### 14May Walsh bill requiring timely rape kit processing approved by committee
Categories: Victory News Ottawa County residents are invited to attend state Rep. Roger Victory’s first coffee hours of the year, which will be held on two separate dates in February.Friday, Feb. 20: Murphy’s Restaurant, 4963 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale from 9 to 10:00 a.m.Saturday, Feb. 21: Country Café, 259 Main Street, Coopersville from 8 to 9:00 a.m.“The operation of our state government relies on feedback from the people,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville. “I look forward to meeting with Ottawa County residents and bringing their thoughts and concerns on state government issues back to Lansing.”All are welcome and no appointment is necessary to stop by. Those unable to attend scheduled office hours may contact Victory’s office toll free at (888) 642-4088, by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909 or via email at RogerVictory@house.mi.gov.### 26Jan Victory announces February coffee hours
10Jan Whiteford applauds new Michigan CARES Hotline Hotline will provide direction for those experiencing mental health crisisState Rep. Mary Whiteford, who previously served on the House C.A.R.E.S. Mental Health Task Force, says she was proud to support the general fund supplemental appropriations bill, which included the creation of a mental health crisis hotline pilot program.Whiteford made this recommendation to the appropriations chair after listening to families and mental health experts from across the state.The supplemental budget, signed into law in December, appropriates $3 million for the creation of the proposed hotline pilot program. The service will be called the Michigan CARES Hotline.The hotline will be a way for individuals and their loved ones who are desperately seeking help, to talk to someone. Operators will then refer the individual to local services or health facilities with appropriate care providers.Whiteford introduced a bill in June of 2018 to create the hotline, but the hotline required a funding source.“I’m so glad this idea is finally being implemented,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “I feel strongly that this hotline will change and save lives in Michigan. As a former nurse, it’s incredibly important to me that we prioritize connecting individuals with help when they first reach out. Waiting until that person hurts themselves or others is too late.”The process has begun in getting the hotline up and running. It will be operational in the near future.### Categories: Whiteford News
15Feb Rep. Cole: Expanding texting-while-driving ban to restrict social media use will make Michigan roads safer State Rep. Triston Cole this week introduced a plan to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving with an important update to Michigan’s texting-while-driving ban.Cole’s plan would add reading an email or sending a message on cellphone social media apps to the list of banned activities for drivers. The legislation would expand a ban that already includes texting on a cellphone while behind the wheel.“It’s time we put our cellphones away while driving – and that includes checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest of it,” Cole said. “Social media can wait until the driving is done. Making this important change to Michigan law will keep our roads safer for everyone by eliminating potential distractions for drivers.”Cole’s plan also limits new drivers under the age of 18 or with a level 1 or level 2 graduated license from talking or listening to a cellphone call while driving except in the case of an emergency.“Establishing healthy habits early with drivers will help save lives,” Cole said.The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers talking on a cellphone are up to four times as likely to crash while those who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.House Bill 4198 has been referred to the House Transportation Committee.### Categories: Cole News,News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 4, 2014; Minneapolis Star TribuneAn article in the Star Tribune highlights the role of the Nonprofit Assistance Fund among Minnesota’s nonprofits. The specific case it references is the first million-dollar loan made by the Nonprofit Assistance Fund (NAF). The loan was made to help the Aliveness Project move to a space more conducive to their HIV/AIDS program.NAF is a community development financial institution (CDFI) led by Kate Barr, one of NPQ’s favorite authors on nonprofit financial dynamics. CDFIs provide not just loans but financial advice, and there are around 400 of them in the United States. Barr is well suited to leadership of a CDFI, having had 20 years of experience as a banker at Riverside Bank before she joined NAF.Over the last ten years, NAF has raised $19 million in capital from individuals, foundations, and banks to make grants or long-term loans to nonprofits at good rates and with flexible terms. Participation in the fund helps the banks to meet their Community Reinvestment Act obligations and serve organizations that might otherwise fall outside of their loan guidelines.Ron Zweber, a senior vice president at St. Paul-based Bremer Bank, said, “NAF bridges the space between the nonprofit and banking sectors. Not all nonprofit organizations will meet bank loan underwriting criteria. NAF has historically been a direct lender to these organizations. And NAF’s ability to provide technical assistance, training and coaching [also] is very important.’’ And Barr says, “In fairness, bankers today can’t make these kinds of [small] loans. There are so many regulations. And they can’t get the loan-to-value ratio [they need to secure the mortgage].’’CDFIs are certified by the CDFI Fund of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. They have been among us for 20 years and were designed to increase economic activity in markets not fully served by traditional financial institutions.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 6, 2015; The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)Most of the high-profile national debate over donor disclosure has centered on the well known, blatantly political nonprofits—the so-called “social welfare organizations,” or 501(c)(4)s, that are highly partisan and controversial.But the Post-Standard in Syracuse reports that two more traditional issue advocacy groups are considering a legal appeal after a New York state ethics board rejected their request to shield major donors from public disclosure.The New York Civil Liberties Union and Family Planning Advocates of New York (which supports abortion rights) had asked the board to allow them to withhold the names of their donors. They said identifying them could put the donors at risk of harassment. This has been one of the justifications for donor anonymity for many years—to protect donors who give to unpopular, albeit righteous, causes from public opprobrium.The commission rejected the request, saying the nonprofits had not shown valid justification for the exemption. Last year, it rejected similar requests from the groups regarding earlier disclosures. That decision was reversed on appeal, and now the groups are considering another.The commissioners voting against the exemption said that the organizations had not clearly shown that donors faced an actual risk of reprisal, justifying special treatment. New York law requires advocacy groups spending more than $50,000 on lobbying to disclose their donors.The issue is relevant nationwide; earlier this year, a federal appeals court ruled that California can require charities that raise money in the state to disclose the names of major contributors.—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ, has selected Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat to deliver a satellite-based version of its free-to-air digital-terrestrial platform Saorsat.The launch of Saorsat via satellite is designed to ensure every household in the Irish Republic can receive RTÉ’s public service television and radio channels, including the approximately 2% that are beyond range of terrestrial DTT reception.The service will broadcast RTÉ’s five television channels RTÉ One, RTÉ Two HD, RTÉ News Now, RTÉ junior and RTÉ One +1, along with ten radio stations.To receive Saorsat on satellite, viewers will need a satellite dish equipped with a Ka-band LNB and a DVB-S2 set top box.Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “The integration by RTÉNL of the Ka- Sat platform into its digital broadcast network is further evidence of how our new satellite is contributing to Europe’s digital infrastructure. We are delighted that Ka-Sat’s service area and performance ticks all the boxes for RTÉNL and RTÉ, enabling the transmission authority and the broadcaster to put in place an efficient solution for ensuring nationwide access to free to air Irish digital.”
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has partnered with local film distributor and producer Monolith Films to debut a string of titles on its VOD and IPTV service before their DVD release.The deal covers eight movie titles that will be made available on Cyfrowy Polsat’s VOD home video rental service and Ipla internet TV service two weeks ahead of their DVD release in Poland, starting this week with Jason Statham-starring crime thriller Parker.At the same time Ipla has signed deals with distributor 9th Plan and Galapagos Films to boost its content and add more children’s titles to its offering.
South African pay TV operator MultiChoice has begun commercialising its new HD DVR set-top box, the DStv Explora.The box in cludes a 2TB hard drive and has a top line retail price of ZAR2,499 (€190). The DStv Explora is currently available in South Africa but MultiChoice plans to make it available throughout its African footprint next month.The box is manufactured by East London-based Vektronix under license from the UK’s Pace.
Following the rollout of its BT Sports app this autumn, the UK telco and pay TV operator has plans to add a similar “multiscreen proposition” for its other channels and VoD services, according to BT exec Jerome Tassel. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit this week, Tassel, BT’s TV architecture and security director, said that BT was “absolutely” looking at how it can extend it multiscreen options, building on the early success of its Sport app, which already lets customers the ability to live-stream its BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN channels to their smartphone or tablet.He also said that BT was looking to experiment with ‘red button’ options so that viewers could switch between IP-delivered content, especially after BT recently took the rights to show Champions League and Europa League football from 2015/16 onwards.Asked whether BT planned to make multiple Champions League football matches available at the same time and how it would do this, Tassel said: “We’re thinking about red button, blue button, to go between platforms as well – so things like [if] you start to watch something on the sport channel on our IPTV platform and you want to watch something else, it will prompt you that the channel that you want is available on your tablet, through your sport app and things like that. We’re probably going to maybe make more channels available as well.”Elsewhere, he said that BT was also working to make it easier for viewers to easily find and watch OTT and VoD content, regardless of what app or service it originates from – bringing together “siloed applications”.“[I] do find it abhorrent that sometimes you have to record content when in fact you’ve got a subscription with an OTT provider where that content is already available. We need to be a lot more clever at merging all those sources of content.”
Google has weighed into the recent internet traffic peering debate, claiming that it will not strike deals for its Google Fiber network to “prioritise” the performance of services like Netflix or YouTube.In a post on the official Google Fiber blog, director of network engineering Jeffrey Burgan said that Google is open to peering and co-location deals for its nascent fibre internet network, but said it will not charge for doing so.He said Google partners with the likes of YouTube, Netflix and Akamai to make a video’s journey “shorter and faster,” though stressed “this doesn’t involve any deals to prioritize their video ‘packets’ over others or otherwise discriminate among Internet traffic – we don’t do that.”Burgan said that Google invites content providers to hook up their networks directly to Google Fiber’s network in peering deals that offer a more direct connection to content.He also said that Google had worked with services like Netflix so they can co-locate their equipment in Google Fiber facilities. This server proximity means that content can travel faster and should be of a higher quality.“We don’t make money from peering or colocation; since people usually only stream one video at a time, video traffic doesn’t bog down or change the way we manage our network in any meaningful way – so why not help enable it?”“But we also don’t charge because it’s really a win-win-win situation. It’s good for content providers because they can deliver really high-quality streaming video to their customers,” said Burgan.The comments come less than a month after Netflix signed an interconnect deal with US telecom operator Verizon in a bid to improve performance for customers. It reached a similar deal with Comcast in February, agreeing to pay the US cable giant to gain direct access to its network to deliver a better quality service to Comcast subscribers.Yet in spite of this Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings went on the record in March to speak out against such agreements, calling for internet service providers must provide “sufficient access to their network without charge,” claiming that failure to do so would create a poor consumer experience and harm smaller internet service companies.Google has rolled out Gigabit-speed broadband – offering internet and fibre-powered TV services – in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, and is currently assessing 34 more US cities for the next stage of its rollout.
UK commercial broadcaster UKTV has launched its TV catch-up application, UKTV Play, on Android devices. The app lets users watch shows from UKTV-owned channels like Dave, Really and Yesterday anywhere, at any time.UKTV Play first launched last year on iOS devices, went live on PCs and the YouView platform in November and launched this month on Virgin On Demand.“We created UKTV Play so that viewers can watch UKTV’s great shows anytime, anywhere. When we launched UKTV Play on iOS last year, Apple chose to feature it as one of their ‘Best New Apps’, which is testament to its popularity, design and functionality. I feel confident the millions of people with Android devices are going to really love it too,” said UKTV’s director, commercial and business development, Dan Fahy.
Potential bidders have expressed internet following the Spanish government’s opening of the auction process to launch six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform this week. The government’s move follows the forced closure of nine channels last year over alleged regularities in the original process by which licences were granted. New licences will be granted for three HD and three SD channels. The competition will be open to foreign as well as domestic Spanish players. Licences will be granted for 15 years. Bids must be submitted by May 28.Atresmedia, which operates the Antena 3 and La Sexta channels and has just reported its first quarter results, said it would bid for two of the six licences. Under the terms of the new procedures applicants will be restricted to bidding for one channel in HD and one in SD. Atresmedia CEO Slivio González has complained about the restriction and called for greater regulatory certainty. Atresemdia was forced to close three channels when the previous awards were cancelled.Broadcast services group Secuoya has also said it will bid to operate two channels – one thematic service and one general entertainment channel – with a view to building a model that looks beyond traditional advertising for revenue. Group president Raúl Berdones said his group was in talks with US majors including Paramount Disney and Fox.Other confirmed participants include Mediaset and 13tv. Prisa CEO Juan Luis Cebrian has also said that his group will study the opportunity.A final decision on the channel awards is expected by October.Atresmedia posted net revenues of €232 million for the quarter, up 13.5% and EBITDA of €33.9 million, up 270% on the prior year figure. The company said it estimated that the total Spanish TV ad market grew by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter.
Some 54% of homes with children aged 17 and under watch over-the-top content on a TV set, compared to a national US average of 40% of TV households, according to GfK.The research firm’s ‘2015 Ownership and Trend Report’ claims that households with at least one member aged 35 to 49, and those where children are present, are “much more likely to stream video and view other content using an internet-connected device attached to a TV.”Streaming video is now the third most common online activity, behind social networking and online shopping, according to the study, putting it ahead of listening to music online, instant messaging, and internet gaming.“The old stereotype of an OTT viewer hunched over a laptop or tablet is very much out of date,” said David Tice, senior vice-president in GfK’s Media and Entertainment practice.“Rapid adoption of smart TVs and digital media players over the past three years has pushed OTT to the biggest screens in the home, with attendant expectations from consumers that OTT quality should be as good as regular TV service, and as easy to use as mobile OTT options.”
Kevin BakhurstThe deputy director general of Irish pubcaster RTÉ, Kevin Bakhurst, is set to exit and join UK media regulator Ofcom.Bakhurst will become content group director at Ofcom, overseeing content and media policy at the watchdog.Bakhurst joined RTÉ is 2012 from the BBC, initially to become managing director of news and current affairs. He later became deputy DG and, most recently, acting director general after the exit of Noel Curran.Discovery Networks Northern Europe chief became RTÉ’s first female director general in April, replacing Curran, while the pubcaster’s director of production and acquisitions, Dermot Horan, was recently named interim MD.Further changes have seen RTÉ Television MD Glen Killane become MD of eir TV and eirSport, and RTÉ2 controller Bill Malone named as the new director of programming at commercial broadcaster TV3, with RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch taking over in the interim.[if !supportLists][endif]“It has been an absolute privilege to work for the national broadcaster during a time of change and renewal and I wish Dee Forbes and the whole organisation the very best for the years to come,” said Bakhurst in a statement. “I also wish the very best to the rest of Ireland’s vibrant media who play a crucial role during challenging times.”He will join Ofcom in the autumn ahead of the plan for it to begin regulating UK pubcaster the BBC for the first time, and will report into CEO Sharon White.Forbes said Bakhurst had “led RTÉ News & Current Affairs decisively through a period of intense change and development, and his contribution, inside the newsroom, and beyond, has been significant”.
Disney will pay US$1.58 billion (€1.34 billion) to up its stake in video streaming technology firm BAMTech, is it prepares to make a major push into the SVOD market and cut ties with Netflix.Disney will acquire an additional 42% in BAMTech, as part of an accelerated move to take a controlling ownership of the direct-to-consumer streaming tech company.The deal comes after Disney paid US$1 billion for a 33% stake in BAMTech last August – an agreement that had included the option for Disney to up its ownership to a majority stake over several years.With the new deal, Disney said it plans to launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.The company described these plans as a “strategic shift” that will see Disney end its distribution agreement with Netflix for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.“The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge those connections, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to shifts in the market,” said Disney chairman and CEO, Bob Iger.“This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands.”Disney said its new branded service will become its exclusive home for SVOD viewing in the US and will show the latest Disney and Pixar films – beginning in 2019 with titles like Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen, and a live-action version of The Lion King.Michael PaullThe service will also show Disney’s library content and the company said it plans to make a “significant investment” in an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content and other Disney-branded exclusives for the SVOD offering.The ESPN-branded multi-sport service will feature approximately 10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year, including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, and college sports.“This is an exciting validation of our team, its achievements and the customer-centric platform it’s built,” said BAMTech CEO, Michael Paull.“We’ve merely scratched the surface of what can be accomplished in a future where we combine Disney and ESPN’s world-class IP and our proprietary direct-to-consumer ecosystem.”BAMTech grew out of Major League Baseball’s interactive media and Internet company, MLB Advanced Media (MBLAM), and was founded in 2000. Its proprietary technology provides cross-device, direct-to-consumer video solutions – particularly geared around live events with high viewership.
3 Screen Solutions is making its IBC debut this year, highlighting its 3READY Android TV client, which will feature as the demonstration custom launcher for Google’s Android TV Operator Tier Programme at the show.During IBC, 3READY will be displayed on the stands of several 3SS partners who have integrated it to enhance their video solutions. Google will demonstrate 3READY as an example of a custom launcher for Android TV operator tier.At 3READY’s core is a pre-engineered frontend that can enable operators to introduce branded services.3READY is particularly geared to help optimize Android-based STB and Multiscreen deployments, which are growing in popularity among operators. 3READY is currently being rolled out internationally in several projects, including deployments based on Android TV Operator Tier.The 3READY Custom Launcher is compliant with all the latest Android TV Operator Tier guidelines and features of Android N and is future-ready to embrace upcoming Android O, according to 3 Screen Solutions. Netflix is integrated according to operator requirements.Also at IBC, 3SS will debut new 3READY features which deliver enhanced branding, marketing and revenue opportunities, according to the company. Service providers can now develop theme-based service bouquets with 3READY. Content packages can be developed to cater to specific audience groups, with a look and feel and UX that can be customized with channel and content brands managed via 3READY Control Centre.3 Screen Solutions will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 15.MS30.
Sky’s movie unit Sky Cinema has unveiled the latest in its line of pop-up channels around specific annual events – the Halloween Channel.Sky Cinema Halloween, available from October 23-31 on Sky channel 303, will screen Halloween and horror-themed movies, including John Carpenter’s Halloween on Sky Cinema for the very first time, as well as Rosemary’s Baby and Silence of the Lambs.The Silence Of The LambsOther movies to be aired include a 35th anniversary showing of The Thing, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Girl With All The Gifts, Carrie and Pet Sematary.The Halloween Channel will also be available on Sky’s low-cost OTT TV service Now TV.Other pop-up channels launched by Sky this year include Sky Cinema Oscars in February and Sky Cinema Sky-Fi in September. The pay TV operator also plans to launch a dedicated channel celebrating the Christmas season.Group Director of Sky Cinema Ian Lewis said: “Sky Cinema Halloween is the latest of our dedicated genre channels and brings together over 50 scary movies for a non-stop week of horror. With a range of classics and recent releases there is something for everyone, and it is another great example of the continued innovation that helps to make Sky Cinema the UK and Ireland’s leading in-home movies service.”