Comments Share UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday that as long as there is one Ebola case in West Africa “all countries are at risk” and urged all nations to support the final battles to wipe out the deadly disease in Sierra Leone and Guinea.“We are on the home stretch now and what happens now is critical,” the U.N. chief told a General Assembly meeting on efforts to end the Ebola epidemic that has killed over 11,100 people mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since it was first reported in March 2014. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Liberia, once the worst affected country, is now Ebola free, but Ban warned that in Sierra Leone and Guinea “the battle has not yet been won” and “any lapse in vigilance could allow the virus to spread.”Dr. David Nabarro, the U.N. Ebola chief, told the assembly that the priority is to ensure the outbreak ends as soon as possible “which will take several weeks and may take a number of months.”“But everybody should be ready in case the disease recurs and needs to be controlled, especially in the coming 12 months,” he said.The secretary-general said U.N. agencies who will be taking over responsibility for tackling Ebola as the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response known as UNMEER scales down “will need considerable resources to go the distance and support recovery” in the three hardest-hit countries.UNMEER’s acting chief Peter Jan Graaff said UNMEER’s Mali office closed on March 31, its Liberia office already handed over operations to the U.N. country team and the Sierra Leone office is expected to end operations by the end of June.“UNMEER could complete its transition by July 31 and be closed by the end of August,” he said. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories If the situation deteriorates, however, Graaff said, the timeline could be changed “to ensure that the U.N.’s political leverage and convening power is maintained.”Ban said he will convene an International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York on July 10 to mobilize resources to start early recovery in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.“We must also translate lessons learned from this Ebola outbreak into stronger national and international systems to prevent and respond to health crises,” he said.Last week, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body examined how the response could have been improved to reduce suffering, deaths and other consequences including serious economic damage. Ban has also commissioned a high-level panel on improving the Global Response to Health Crises led by Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?
Despite the strong Aussie dollar and continuing global economic woes, international visitor spending increased by 2.5 percent last year according to Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF).According to the International Visitor Survey for December 2011 international visitor nights also increased 4.0 percent even though overall visitor numbers were the same as the year before.TTF Chief Executive John Lee said the increases in spending and nights is excellent news for the tourism industry and its operators.“Spending by international visitors continues to grow, even though their buying power has been reduced by the strength of our currency,” Mr Lee said.“Total spending by overseas tourists was $23.8 billion in 2011 up 2.5 per cent on 2010 with the increase driven by a 4.7 per cent increase in international business visitors whose spending rose 13.6 per cent.“Business travellers are less price-sensitive than leisure travellers, whose spending fell just 0.3 per cent, even though leisure visitor numbers fell 2.1 per cent.” Mr Lee said Mr Lee reported that spending by Chinese visitors jumped 15.0 percent to AU$3.5 billion in 2011 which further emphasizes the importance of the Chinese market to Australia.Mr Lee added that the number of trips taken by Chinese people is expected to jump from 70 million in 2011 to 130 million by 2020. “It is critical we continue to build on that momentum and capitalise on the competitive advantage of our proximity to Asia, noting that our competitors have also recognised the importance of China and are ramping up their activities.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
Larnaca honoured Israeli businessman Moshe Mano, for his contribution to the town as his cruise ship Golden Iris has carried thousands of passengers from Haifa over the past eight years.According to a statement by the Larnaca Tourism Board, Mano Maritime’s Golden Iris will carry out 35 arrivals this year from Haifa until mid-November. The cruise ship’s capacity is 947 passengers.Mano, who is the chairman and CEO of Mano Maritime, was presented with a plaque to mark the 300th docking of the vessel at the Larnaca port by Larnaca mayor, Andreas Vyras, who also declared him ‘Larnaca’s Loyal Friend’.Mano said he aims to continue and increase his presence in Larnaca.The arrivals of the Golden Iris over the last eight years equal 250,000 visitors, the majority of whom visited Larnaca, the tourism board said.You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News A group of West Shore Community College students took the opportunity to talk directly with state lawmakers when the Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges hosted a local meeting on campus in Scottsville, March 17. Pictured, from left: Sen. Glenn Anderson; Rep. Ray Franz; students Jamie Dorman, Emily McKenna, Guy Smith, Emma Plummer, Karla Perez, Sam Nellis, Anthony Dowling; and Sen. Darwin Booher, committee chair. 17Mar West Shore students speak up during Senate subcommittee visit
State Rep. Jim Runestad will begin hosting monthly coffee hours on the first Saturday of every month. The coffee hours are located throughout the district and no appointment is necessary to attend.The first monthly coffee hours will be Saturday, Feb. 7, at the following times and locations:Dave and Amy’s,9595 Highland Road in White Lake, 8-9 a.m.Colasanti’s Market, 468 South Milford Road in Highland, 10-11 a.m.Baker’s, 2025 South Milford Road in Milford, Noon -1 p.m.“Hearing directly from local residents is a crucial part of my job as representative,” said Runestad, R-White Lake Township. “I look forward to having discussions on state government and hearing ideas and concerns about what is happening at the state level. I encourage anyone who is interested to attend these monthly meetings.”Residents who cannot attend office hours are welcome to contact Runestad’s office at (517) 373-2616 or by email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov. Categories: Runestad News 03Feb Rep. Runestad invites residents to monthly office hours
Categories: VerHeulen News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen (right) welcomed Reverend Jessica Shults to the state capitol to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Shults is the lead pastor of Standale Reformed Church in Walker. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. 30Nov Rep. VerHeulen welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation
07Mar Rep. Bellino votes for bill supporting military veterans Categories: Bellino News,News Measure also applies to fraternal organizations State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted for legislation allowing members of national veterans organizations and fraternal groups to buy alcohol in any affiliated out-of-town club.Bellino, of Monroe, was a co-sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in a wave of complaints by club members who said a recent Liquor Control Commission decision wiped out a time-honored tradition.“For decades visiting members of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and other veterans organization have been allowed to have an alcoholic drink in affiliated clubs in Michigan,” Bellino said. “The same applied to community clubs such as Elks and Moose, which also have observed the custom.”Bellino said the bill was necessary because of a recent interpretation by the commission, which never should have applied to veterans and fraternal clubs.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 5260.
Share10Tweet1Share7Email18 Shares“Justice.” Credit: www.houstondwiattorney.netJune 15, 2017; Washington PostSince a state of emergency was declared in Flint, Michigan, justice has seemingly been denied those affected by the water crisis. However, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is determined to hold those entities responsible for the tragedies that have befallen Flint to account.Beginning in January of 2016, Schuette’s office has investigated “what, if any, Michigan laws were violated in the process that resulted in the contamination crisis currently forcing Flint residents to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking, and bathing as they fear for their health.” The attorney general’s office has already filed more than 50 criminal charges against more than a dozen state workers for crimes such as obstruction of justice, lying to officers, and willful neglect surrounding lead contamination in Flint’s water.Five new involuntary manslaughter charges were brought against high-ranking state and city officials this week in connection with 12 deaths from a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Corrosive Flint water leached lead and iron into the metal pipes, and the iron had the additional effect of counteracting the disinfectant in the water. This combination of high iron and reduced disinfectant created an environment in which the Legionella pneumophila bacterium could thrive.A review of emails by the attorney general’s office shows that state officials knew about the Legionnaires’ outbreak caused by the water for at least one year before going public with the information. Genesee County Health director Jim Henry suspected Flint water as the source of the Legionnaires’ outbreak but was unable to receive support from the state to investigate. Henry claims that state officials purposefully kept the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from looking into the water: “Frustration is an understatement. You could see that it was an intentional, deliberate method to prevent us from doing our job.”Perhaps the most incriminating evidence that has been released comes in the form of emails from Michigan Director of Health and Human Services Nick Lyon with such phrases as, “Everyone has to die of something.” During this time, a dozen people died and close to one hundred fell ill. Lyon was charged with involuntary manslaughter this week; he’s the highest ranking official to date to be charged in connection with the Flint water crisis.NPQ has provided extensive coverage of the tragic course of events in Flint—new outbreaks, failed public health measures, lessons learned, and community support. After years of struggle, it is time for Michigan state officials to take responsibility for the heinous crimes committed against the people of Flint. Although these charges will provide little consolation to those who continue to suffer because of governmental neglect, Schuette’s actions thus far do make a statement. He says, “That arrogance that people would want to sweep this away and that there are nameless, faceless bureaucrats who caused this and no one responsible is outrageous.”In response to the charges, Flint resident Keri Webber, whose daughter continues to experience respiratory problems after contracting Legionnaires’ disease, sums it up best, “This is not a win for the people; however it is a beginning, maybe, for some justice.”—Sheela NimishakaviShare10Tweet1Share7Email18 Shares
Share11Tweet4Share2Email17 SharesImage from PBS Frontline, “The U.S. Immigration Detention Boom.”July 24, 2017; WBUR NewsThe Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts handed down a landmark decision yesterday, ruling that the state’s law enforcement officials do not have the right to detain immigrants based only on a detainer request from ICE.Massachusetts law provides no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a Federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from State custody.The ruling in Lunn v. Commonwealth found that state law “provides no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from state custody.”The plaintiff, Sreynuon Lunn, was born in Thailand to Cambodian parents. He brought suit because he had been held on a Department of Homeland Security civil immigration detainer even though county prosecutors had dropped the original robbery charge that had been lodged against him. The feds picked him up in February, but neither Thailand nor Cambodia considered him a citizen, so he has not, after all, been deported—just detained.“Today’s decision is a victory for the rule of law and smart immigration and criminal justice policies, and a rejection of anti-immigrant policies that have stoked fear in communities across the country,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. She added that the ruling “allows local law enforcement to focus their resources on keeping people safe.”C.M. Cronen, the director of the ICE field office in Boston, says they are still determining what their next moves will be but asserts that the ruling “weakens local law enforcement agencies’ ability to protect their communities.”Eva Millona, director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), said the ruling “provides much needed clarity for Massachusetts law enforcement.” But Susan Church, a former head of the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, believes that the influence of the ruling could be far greater, providing a roadmap for elsewhere.Carol Rose of the ACLU of Massachusetts called the ruling “the first of its kind in the nation.”At a time when the Trump administration is pushing aggressive and discriminatory immigration enforcement policies, Massachusetts is leading nationwide efforts by limiting how state and local law enforcement assist with federal immigration enforcement.—Ruth McCambridgeShare11Tweet4Share2Email17 Shares
Sony has inked deals with several smart TV manufacturers and its online TV channel Crackle will launch on LG, Samsung and Vizio connected sets. It will also launch on Samsung Blu-ray players.The streaming service and channel is already available via Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players.“The penetration of IP-connected TVs and Blu-ray players in the living room is rapidly growing and these devices are fast becoming the new standard,” said Phil Lynch, senior VP, digital networks and games, Sony Pictures Television.Crackle is now available on LG Smart TVs in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia; Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia; and Vizio Smart TVs in the US and Canada.
Games providers face a number of challenges in addressing the connected TV market but there are huge opportunities if they approach the market in the rights way, according to Richard Hilleman, chief creative officer at games provider Electronic Arts (EA). The key is for games providers to respect the time and money available to this consumer segment, and to develop games features that appeal to the market, said Hilleman, giving the opening keynote at the TV Connect event in London. He said EA will build games that have cross-platform appeal, with the ability for devices such as tablets and TVs to interact.Games can be delivered to connected TVs via apps, browsers and streaming. Streaming delivery is currently the primary route to market for connected TV games, said Hilleman. He said the use of HTML5 would also help transform the gaming experience on TVs. However, gaming companies would have to make the software stack on connected TVs work to its maximum capability to deliver a compelling experience, he said.While delivering games via dedicated apps is another route to the connected TV, the problem with apps is that “TVs are not iPhones”, said Hilleman. “Apps are rarely updated on TVs. The majority of the games we have today are client-server games. If you don’t update your app for three and a half years it’s very difficult to keep you in my [gaming] family,” he said.Delivering games via apps was to some extent inhibited by TV manufacturers’ choice of operating systems, said Hilleman. “I like Linux but I don’t have any games on it. It’s a problem for me. LG has changed onto WebOS which we have done some [games] on [but] Android is becoming a more important part of the ecosystem,” he said.Hilleman said Android would be the central platform because there were many Android set-tops as well as TVs, and Android would increasingly become ubiquitous across multiple device types, while walled garden systems such as iOS would have limited penetration. “The good thing is that this is a market with explosive growth. Chinese TVs with Android are coming to the US and that’s good news for us. We are optimistic about that change,” he said.Consuming games on the web is more flexible than delivering them via apps, Hilleman added. However, he said the problem is that browsers on TV are not high-performing enough for EA’s products.Currently, streaming offered the best means of delivering a compelling gaming experience, Hilleman said. “The good thing about streaming is that it can produce fidelity magic. It looks as good as we can make things look. We can transfer PC derivative products to it easily. The challenge is bandwidth,” he said.He claimed that in the US, low average bandwidth presented a significant hurdle to streaming games. A partial solution could be if games providers compressed their products at a different stage of the delivery cycle than they currently did.With streaming, a high cost-per-user was also problematic for games providers, said Hilleman. “I think there will be improvements in [bandwidth] bringing down average cost per user. Server cost per-user is an issue. As penetration grows, there will be improvements,” he said. He added that many of the games favoured by users in the connected TV market were more akin to mobile games than “triple A console games” and these had a smaller bandwidth footprint.Addressing differences between the connected TV market for games and the console market, Hilleman said that a return to the principles of “coin-op” games rather than high-concept console games would point the way. “The typical player on these platforms will not be typical of console gamers,” he said. However, many mobile gamers play as much as console gamers, but play more often in smaller time segments. The same customer can also behave differently in different environments. Mobile and social gaming are the dominant platforms in the market today, he said.“I don’t think this audience is going to spend US$60 a time for games,” he said. “We’re going to get less money from them but more often.” Previously, he said, games companies had asked for much too much “controller skill” for users. Touch-based tablets have changed people’s expectation, however. “This device has changed expectations for those non-console players,” he said. Using an iPad can help educate users, for example through the use of video “walk-through” tutorials. However, game design had to be based on more “granular” principles than triple-A concept games, just as tablet and mobile games required different times to resolution, said Hilleman.
Russian service provider MTS saw its number of pay TV subscribers dip in Q4, though revenues were up year-on-year. In the quarter, pay TV numbers dropped to 2.938 million, from 2.952 million the quarter before and 2.987 million for the same period a year earlier.However, the firm said its number of both broadband and pay TV customers were impacted by the retrospective reclassification of subscribers of acquired companies with those of MTS.At the same time the firm named the acquisition of Pilot and TVKiK, providers of fixed broadband and pay-TV services in the Kursk Oblast region of Russia, among its highlights of Q4.For the quarter, revenue came in at $3.168 billion, up 6.2% year-on-year and 1.1% compared to the previous quarter. Net income was $547.3 million in the quarter, up 39.1% year-on-year.However, full-year revenues were only up 0.9% to $12.4bn, while net income for the year fell 30% to $1 billion.“Overall, we saw strong operating dynamics in our core Russian and Ukrainian markets, yet our group top line performance was limited by a significant weakening of the Russian ruble versus the US dollar and the mid-year suspension of our operations in Uzbekistan,” said MTS president and CEO Andrei Dubovskov.
Sky Deutschland said it reached record audience levels in Q1 2013, helping it to swing to a profit and record a 14% increase in revenues. Over the course of the quarter, Sky Deutschland said its customer base grew by 42,100 to 3.4 million and claimed that more than 12 million unique viewers in Sky homes tuned in to its content.Sky Premium HD customers were up 99,300 to 1.61 million, while Sky+ customers increased by 136,000 to 1.06 million. Sky also said that it recorded 15.2 million Sky Go customer sessions, up by 3.2 million over the quarter.“Sky had a great start to 2013, with strong subscriber and product growth, record viewership, and a significant improvement in our financial performance, including a positive EBITDA result. We also continued to position the business for the long term, completing agreements with key content partners and major network operators, as well as concluding our new long-term financing structure,” said Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland.For the quarter, the firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation came in at €5.8 million, compared to a loss of €40.6 million in the same quarter last year. Revenues reached €364.0 million, up from €318.4 million last year.In terms of future expansion, Sky is set to launch a new HD Sport Multifeed service this summer and will show every Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League match live in HD. A new Sky Sport News HD App will also launch this summer, offering 24/7 sport news on-the-go.Sky Deutschland’s HD channel line-up currently includes 65 channels following the recent additions of Syfy HD, 13th Street HD and “E! Entertainment HD.
Ash Vs Evil DeadVirgin Media has acquired first-run rights to comedy-drama Ash Vs Evil Dead, a move that creates a “step-change” in the battle for exclusive programming in the UK.The pay TV service has acquired on-demand rights to the zombie series from Starz Digital, the on-demand licensing arm of the US premium pay firm Starz.This takes Virgin into the original content game for the first time, and was described by the firm’s chief digital entertainment officer David Bouchier as “a step-change in our TV programming strategy” that “demonstrates the true potential of video on-demand”.“By investing in original series and bringing more exclusive TV shows to VirginMedia customers, we are unlocking the power of the boxset once again,” he said. “Ash Vs Evil Dead is just the start for Virgin Media customers.”The UK pay TV market has long been dominated by Sky, though its control has been challenged by SVOD players Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, both of which are commissioning and acquiring exclusive content, and BT, which surprised the industry last year by taking exclusive rights to Fear the Walking Dead channel AMC Global.The first indication Virgin was upping its content game came in June when it hired former Sky Italia programming chief Bouchier to run its digital entertainment unit.The first five 30-minute episodes of the series, set in the same universe as the schlocky Evil Dead movies, will be available to Virgin customers exclusively from today via Virgin’s on-demand service for those subscribed to the More TV package or above and for HD to TV XL subs. New episodes will be added as they go out in the US.The series was unveiled to journalists at a screening in London last night.“Fans throughout the world have been thirsting for the return of Ash,” said Mara Wintour, senior VP, digital, Starz.“Starz is thrilled to partner with Virgin Media and honoured that the truly ‘groovy’ new hit series, Ash Vs Evil Dead was selected to kick off its new on demand programming initiative for UK audiences.”For Starz, the deal comes after Ash debuted in the US to strong critical acclaim. A second season was ordered after just one episode.The show sees Bruce Campbell reprising his role as the titular Ash, now an ageing lothario and monster hunter, who is forced to battle a ‘Deadite’ plague threatening humanity.Speaking to DTVE‘s sister title TBI from the US this week, Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said Ash was “a unique property that can attract who grew up on the original and the next generation alike. The fact it broke new ground as a mash-up of comedy and horror made it unique from the start”.
Video will account for roughly 70% of mobile data traffic in 2021 after growing by some 55% annually over the next five years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The study noted a “significant increase” in video traffic share on smartphones and tablets and said that “viewing is gradually switching from traditional TV to streaming video on smartphones”.In the four-year period 2011-2015, the time teenagers spent watching TV or video on a TV screen dropped by 50%, while viewing on smartphones increased by 85%. Meanwhile, cellular data use for smartphone video grew by 127% in 15 months between 2014-15, according to the report.While Ericsson said that the change in viewing habits is most clearly seen by teen behaviour, the change in screen preference from the traditional TV set can be “observed across age groups”.The research said that mobile data traffic grew by around 10% quarter-over-quarter and by 60% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016 and that mobile video traffic is “increasingly dominant”.Social networking is forecast to grow by 41% over the coming six years, but its relative share of traffic is expected to decline from 15% in 2015 to around 10% in 2021 due to “the stronger growth in the video category”.“YouTube still dominates video traffic in most mobile networks and accounts for between 50–70% of total video traffic for almost all measured networks,” said the report. “In markets where Netflix has launched services, its share of video traffic can reach 10–20% of total mobile video traffic.”However, Ericsson noted that as a lot of mobile device viewing time is spent indoors, more than 85% of data traffic generated by the use of smartphone video apps goes over WiFi.The research also predicted that the Internet of Things (IoT) will overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23% annually. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices, according to Ericsson.“IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge. From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible today,” said Rima Qureshi, Ericsson’s senior vice-president and chief strategy officer.
Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV has doubled its budget for local content and it refocuses its programming grid on domestic fare.The broadcaster said the new local focus will start becoming evident in its autumn schedules, as part of a move to transition its primetime to entirely Finish programming, which it said will give it a cutting edge in its home market.The new Finnish primetime strategy comes as Jarkko Nordlund puts his stamp on MTV, having taken on the CEO role of the Bonnier-owned broadcaster in January.“The revamp of our mindset and methods is underway,” Nordlund said. “A television company must adapt to its viewers’ requirements and create and maintain experiences and phenomena that people can share.“As our viewers are in Finland, we want to offer them the best domestic content that appeals to the broadest number of viewers. By autumn, all prime time programmes on MTV3 will be made in Finland.”The broadcaster said the local-only primetime will bolster its ad sales business as well as giving viewers a strong line-up of local content. it added that it will also revamp its MTV Katsomo online service, allowing viewers to watch the Finnish shows on all connected devices and platforms.“It is MTV’s job to be a trailblazer among the Finnish providers of fantastic audience experiences,” Nordlund said. “This way we can ensure that the production of well-made Finnish programs continues, and these programs will be broadcast on the best channel to the widest audiences in Finland.”The autumn line-up includes local drama series Ex-Onnelliset and weekend entertainment show Take the Money and Run. Existing local shows Posse and The Ultimate Entertainer will also feature.The local push will also extend to MTV’s Sub and AVA channels, both of which will air more local fare. AVA will focus on lifestyle programming and Sub on reality and unscripted.
French broadcaster M6 has named Stéphane Sallé de Chou as head of acquired light entertainment and magazine programming.Sallé de Chou joined the broadcaster’s advertising sales arm M6 Publicité in 2006, before becoming project chief for acquired light entertainment and magazine programming in 2012. In this role he was responsible for a number of key shows including Les Reines du Shopping (Queens of Shopping), E=M6 and Qu’est-ce que Je Sais Vraiment? (What do I Really Know?).In his new role he will report to Matthieu Bayle, and will be tasked with acquiring and developing an enlarged portfolio of programmes created by external producers for M6.
The combined home video and pay TV market totalled US$251.5 billion globally last year, according to Futuresource Consulting.The research firm said that the market rose by 3% year-on-year in 2016 and tipped digital video, pay TV and DVD and Blu-ray combined to continue expanding at the same compound annual growth rate for the next few years.“Overall video entertainment spend is set to rise to US$280 billion by 2020,” said Futuresource Consulting market analyst Tristan Veale.While pay TV still accounted for 86% of global video entertainment spend in 2016, Veale said “SVOD was the standout performer of 2016 and momentum is expected to continue well past 2020.”FutureSource estimated that the global SVOD market reached 236 million subscriptions at the end of 2016 and projected this would almost double to 485 million by 2020.“Netflix’s dominance in the sector is now facing a significant challenge from Amazon, with this space also being targeted by global entertainment companies including content producers, hardware manufacturers and telcos who are attracted by the significant revenues,” according to the report.In 2016 digital video spend reached an estimated US$22 billion and exceeded that of physical which fell to US$18 billion.