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Where to drink craft beer in Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s craft brewers have produced well over 100 beers in recent years, with more styles and flavors showing up in taps all the time. But among the countries thousands of bars, craft beer is not always easy to find.We at The Tico Times have started to map out where to drink craft beer in Costa Rica. We can’t include every place, but we do need your help in locating bars and restaurants that we may not know of that specialize in local craft beer. Let us know in the comment section. Related posts:Announcing ‘News and Brews,’ a Tico Times event Legal skirmishes cause rifts in Costa Rica’s craft beer industry Costa Rican craft beer: Growth spurts and growing pains Barrio Chino aims to be San José’s next big food spotlast_img read more

Freddie Mac Forecasts Future of Housing Growth

first_imgFreddie Mac Forecasts Future of Housing Growth in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-12-11 Tory Barringer December 11, 2012 380 Views center_img Add “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ to the list of companies forecasting great things in the 2013 housing market. Economists took the opportunity to peer into the future in the GSE’s most recent “”_U.S. Economic & Housing Market Outlook_””:http://www.freddiemac.com/news/finance/docs/Dec_2012_public_outlook.pdf.[IMAGE]Predictions for 2013 are a lot different from those made for 2012, owing greatly to this year’s better-than-expected gains in home prices, sales, and mortgage originations.””The last few months have brought a spate of favorable news on the U.S. housing market: construction up, more home sales, and home value growth turning positive. This has been a big change from a year ago, when some analysts worried that the looming ‘shadow inventory’ would keep the housing sector mired in an economic depression,”” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac.Nothaft noted that while the number of loans seriously delinquent or in foreclosure has weighed heavily on the market, this year’s decline in both delinquent loans and distressed sales has mitigated their negative effects. Now, “”the housing market is healing, is contributing positively to GDP and is returning to its traditional role of supporting the economic recovery,”” Nothaft said.As for 2013, home prices are expected to post continued gains throughout the year, though they aren’t expected to be as dramatic as this year’s increases. Nothaft expects most national house price indexes will rise by 2 to 3 percent next year as local market variances impact larger estimates. Freddie Mac’s Home Price Index (HPI) is expected to post modest growth of 0.6 percent in the first quarter before rising a more impressive 3.3 percent in Q2 as the active [COLUMN_BREAK]selling season begins. The index will remain flat in Q3 before falling 1.4 percent in Q4, according to the projections. The expected annual growth for 2013 is 2.5 percent, less than half of 2012’s anticipated 5.3 percent growth.Meanwhile, household formations will increase, giving a boost to demand for homes. As unemployment falls to a projected 7.5 percent, the resulting job and income gains will lead to an annual net growth of 1.20 to 1.25 million households in 2013. In turn, that growth will lift construction activity: “”Housing starts should be up around the 1.0 million pace (seasonally adjusted annual rate) by the fourth quarter of 2013.””At the same time, vacancy rates in both the apartment rental market and the single-family for-sale market are expected to continue trending downward. According to Nothaft, the gap between household formations and housing starts “”could bring aggregate vacancy rates down to levels last seen a decade ago.”” While that news is good for property owners, it means tenants will likely see rents rise a bit faster than overall consumer-price inflation.Like many other groups, Freddie Mac expects refinance activity to slip from this year to the next, though refinances will still largely drive the residential mortgage market. According to Nothaft, refinances are projected to decline for two reasons.””[F]irst, many homeowners have locked in low rates in recent months and will have little financial incentive to refinance again; and, second, interest rates will likely be a bit higher a year from now than they are today, further reducing the financial incentive to refinance,”” he said.As refinances dip, the expected pickup in purchase lending will likely not be enough to make up the difference. As such, single-family originations are forecast to decline about 15 percent. In the multifamily arena, however, “”permanent financing on new completions, property transactions, and refinance of loans exiting from ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôlockout’ or ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôyield maintenance’ periods is expected to translate into a rise of 5 percent or so in dollar originations.””Fixed mortgage rates are expected to remain near record lows for the first half of the year before rising a bit in the latter half. However, the “”Federal Reserve’s””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/ ongoing quantitative easing strategy will keep rates below 4 percent; thus, single-family homebuyer affordability will remain high in 2013–assuming the buyer has a good credit history, stable income, and sufficient savings. Sharelast_img read more

Franz joins governor for signing veteran status designation on Michigan drivers license

first_img14May Franz joins governor for signing veteran status designation on Michigan driver’s license into law Categories: News Veterans will now be able to get a special designation signifying their veteran status on their Michigan driver’s license, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today.State Rep. Ray Franz co-sponsored House Bill 4037, now Public Act 27 of 2013, to allow veterans to show verification of military service once at the Secretary of State to receive a special designation on their driver’s license. The governor also signed companion legislation, Public Act 28, that will place the designation on state ID cards, sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher.“Veterans with the new designation on their driver’s license will have proof of their service right at their fingertips, making it easier than ever to verifying they qualify for program benefits or discounts,” said Franz, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “This legislation eliminates hassles for our veterans and removes obstacles as a way to say thanks for their service to our country.”Michigan is the 28th state to place a veteran designation on driver’s licenses and state ID cards.last_img read more

Rep Price continues tradition with April office hour events

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will begin her monthly office hour visits with a Friday, April 1 stop at Spring Lake, later visiting Grand Haven and Park Township to continue to be available to House 89th District residents.“March had a tremendous amount of activity in Lansing and I look forward to speaking with my fellow west Michigan residents about their state government,” said Rep. Price.The office hours are:Friday, April 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., Spring LakeFriday, April 15, 9-10 a.m. at Coffee Grounds, 41 Washington Ave. No. 180, Grand HavenMonday, April 18, 10-11 a.m. at the Park Township Hall, 52 152nd, HollandNo appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can contact Rep. Price’s Lansing office at 517-373-0838. The representative also can be reached by email at amandaprice@house.mi.gov or by mail at N-1193 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 30Mar Rep. Price continues tradition with April office hour eventslast_img read more

Rep Hernandez Car insurance reforms signed into law lowering costs for Michigan

first_img Car insurance reform supported by Rep. Shane Hernandez was signed into state law today, lowering costs for all Michigan drivers.The reforms – approved by Hernandez and the Legislature – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and stop price gouging on medical services for car accident victims. Many Michigan families will save hundreds of dollars or more each year.Michigan has had the most expensive car insurance in the nation mostly because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The revised law will provide more affordable options while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.“These reforms will get rid of what amounts to a burdensome and often unaffordable mandate on Michigan drivers, providing real rate relief,” said Hernandez, of Port Huron. “Eliminating the state mandate for unlimited medical coverage through car insurance is a victory for freedom of choice and family finances.”Starting in July 2020, some drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.A fee schedule will be established for medical providers, reining in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients.Non-driving factors such as zip codes, home ownership and educational level can’t be used to determine rates. Residents in Sanilac and St. Clair counties will not have to pay higher rates to subsidize drivers in other regions of the state.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, which should help further lower car insurance rates.“This reform plan is not perfect, but it is a huge step in the right direction after four decades of dealing with a broken car insurance system,” Hernandez said. “It proves that good things happen when we work together in the spirit of bipartisanship with the best interests of Michigan families at heart.” 30May Rep. Hernandez: Car insurance reforms signed into law, lowering costs for Michigan drivers Categories: Hernandez News,Newscenter_img #####last_img read more

Striving for Gender Parity in Sports Women Go for More Than Gold

first_imgShare22TweetShare6Email28 SharesOlympic City / Cidade Olímpica / Brian GodfreyAugust 4, 2016; WFYI (Indianapolis, IN)The 1972 passing of Title IX of The Education Amendments aimed to achieve gender equality in federally funded education programs at state and local levels. Activities protected under Title IX include recruitment, admissions, financial aid and employment; however, athletics have long taken center stage in the decades-long discussion about gender parity. With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio underway, the discussion over the presence and equal treatment of women in sports remains front and center. Up until the 2012 Olympics in London, U.S. male athletes outnumbered their female counterparts. Four years later in Rio, more American female athletes are, for the second time, competing in the Games, with 292 women fighting for a spot on a medal podium, compared to 263 men. In London, American women also for the first time began outpacing American men in the number of medals won—58 to 45—and are on track to do so once again this year in Rio. Despite the increasing presence of female athletes in the Games and federated sports, women are still facing gender discrepancies on the field, in the pool, and around the track—not to mention in the boardroom. Star players from the U.S. women’s soccer team, including Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, and Becky Sauerbrunn, reignited a nationwide conversation about the wage gap earlier this year when they filed an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The four-time Olympic gold medalists and reigning World Cup champions claim they are paid less per game and receive fewer per diem reimbursements while traveling than the men’s national team. The argument that the men’s games generate more revenue per year fell on its face in 2015, when the women’s team brought in more than $23 million, compared to the men’s team’s $21 million. And the gender inequality, some female athletes say, is in full force even before a payday or a medaling ceremony comes into play. The Rio Games is the first time in more than a century that golf will be showcased as an Olympic sport for both men and women. However, according to female competitors like Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, men’s golf is already garnering a majority of the spotlight due to their placement in the Games’ schedule – a full week ahead of the women. “It’s annoying that the men are getting so much attention when we are not,” Broch Larsen shared with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “We are up there as well and we are playing good golf.” Scheduling aside, some super-star female athletes won’t even have the opportunity to compete in the same events as the men, regardless of the fact they are very able to do so. Take Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old swimming phenomenon. Ledecky is coming home from Rio with multiple medals this year, but you can count her out of the 1,500-meter heat, as that event is solely reserved for male swimmers. Ledecky currently holds the world record in the 1,500-meter swim and by a long shot, leading 13 seconds faster than any female swimmer in history. But sure, let’s save that event for the dudes.Many other female athletes in this year’s Games will be competing in similar events as men, but their sport will experience an adjustment thanks to their gender. According to the Wall Street Journal, events including cycling and boxing will be reduced in overall distance, time, and/or number of rounds for women competitors. Like efforts in other industries to get more women on boards and in executive leadership positions, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) partnered with the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) to host the first-ever Women in Leadership Forum on this year’s International Women’s Day. The three-day forum aimed to explore opportunities to bring more women into decision-making leadership roles at all levels of sport. While one might give the IOA an A for effort, it recently received a D+ for representation of women in leadership roles, as USA Today reported last week. A report published by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport also slapped an F on international federations, national federations and regional zone confederations. While the Olympic games are intended to remove labels and unite humanity, it is difficult to look past the glaring inequities among men and women. When Forbes most recent list of highest paid athletes included just two women out of a total 100 athletes (Serena Williams at #40 and Maria Sharapova at #88), it reminded us that the wage gap is prevalent across all industries. Women’s earnings of not only pay but also key leadership positions remain grossly disproportionate in sports, business, tech, and many more fields.Perhaps the Olympic Games—and all sporting associations, for that matter—can revisit how their international platforms can maximize the opportunity to advocate for women rather than seemingly setting them back to a time when competing in sports and achieving leadership positions in athletics was a male-only game.—Lindsay WalkerShare22TweetShare6Email28 Shareslast_img read more

Settop provider Entone is using the IPTV World F

first_imgSet-top provider Entone is using the IP&TV World Forum to launch its Kamai 500 series media player for EMEA markets. Designed as a hybrid TV client device, Kamai 500 offers features including Wi-Fi and adaptive bit-rate streaming. The device includes pre-802.11ac WiFi support for enabling whole-home wireless HD video distribution and with ABR streaming,According to Entone, the box can combine both linear digital (DVB-T, DAB, T-DMB) and over-the-top services in a single, operator-branded UI, which bolsters the operator’s broadband value and increases revenue opportunity and customer satisfaction.Entone founder and chief technology officer Mark Evensen said the device was targeted in particular at service providers that wanted to deliver their offerings outside their existing footprint, for example to expatriate populations in other countries. “Every pay TV operator with native-language content wants to provide that outside their own service coverage footprint,” he told the Show Daily. He said Entone was seeing a lot of interest from central and eastern European service providers targeting diaspora populations abroad.The device includes features such as HDMI and optional digital audio outputs. Evensen said it included a high-end 1,400 MIPS processor for applications including Adobe Flash and Microsoft PlayReady DRM.The hybrid version of the product will ship in the third quarter. The version on show at the IP&TV World Forum will be a WiFi-only model for streaming applications. “It adds a lot of value to the product if you can get local off-air services,” said Evensen.Evensen said the device would be offered and branded via service providers. At the show, Entone will also show its hybrid IPTV Amulet DVR, used by Sunrise in Swizerland, and its Magi cable box.last_img read more

The Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross was for

first_imgThe Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross was forced to resign on Friday, less than three years after taking the role.Ross, who previously ran Disney’s cable networks, greenlit only a limited number of movies during his tenure including high school drama Prom, Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp. He was also largely blamed for the box office failure of sci fi feature John Carter.“I no longer believe the chairman role is the right professional fit for me,” Ross said in a statement. “For that reason, I have made the very difficult decision to step down as chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, effective today.”Disney CEO Bob Iger said: “For more than a decade, Rich Ross’s creative instincts, business acumen and personal integrity have driven results in key businesses for Disney, redefining success in kids and family entertainment and launching franchises that generate value across our entire company. His vision and leadership opened doors for Disney around the world, making our brand part of daily life for millions of people. I appreciate his countless contributions throughout his entire career at Disney and expect he will have tremendous success in whatever he chooses to do next.”last_img read more

Access and Zenterio will use IBC to demonstrate ho

first_imgAccess and Zenterio will use IBC to demonstrate how the integration of Access’s solutions in Zenterio’s independent operating system for TV client devices enables operators and content providers to deliver media sharing experiences, including LiveTV streams and Personal Video Recorder content via managed set-top boxes or unmanaged connected devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Access’s solutions can also be integrated with operator Conditional Access systems for additional features such as enhanced reporting and ‘studio confident’ content protection.“Our solutions provide an extra layer of ‘studio-confident’ security that offers a safer approach to seamlessly share content throughout the home, and are supported by robust multi-screen technologies such as DLNA, HTML5, and OTT/social TV platforms to ensure that desirable experiences can be delivered and monetized on all screens” says Kiyo Oishi, chairman, Access Europe.In addition to the demonstrations, Access will provide complementary versions of a Parks Associates whitepaper examining the ways in which security and multi-screen interact for operators, the content industry and the consumer.The whitepaper emphasises the importance of usability, which plays an increasingly big part in the User Experience as consumers expect to view the content of their choice on any device at any time, and anywhere, which adds more complexity for operators and content providers looking for ways to monitor media sharing habits and better monetise them.Access solutions on show include NetFront Living Connect, a DLNA technology component which has been integrated with conditional access to provide media-sharing and also enables operators to deploy DLNA Premium Video Guidelines, NetFront Browser NX, a WebKit-based HTML5 browser that provides a UI and application development platform for advanced TV services, and Access MediaPilot, a software solution for Microsoft Windows PC, iOS and Android that enables end-consumers to access, share and control digital media between any local network connected device in their home network.Access will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.101 and Zenterio will exhibit on stand 14.117last_img read more

New media companies can benefit from comparing the

first_imgNew media companies can benefit from comparing the requirements for the creation of a global TV operation now with the conditions that prevailed at the time of the creation of MTV in the 1980s, according to Bernard Hafenscher, head of sale sand business development, Red Bull Media House.“Will digital kill the TV star is the question for today,” said Hafenscher, speaking at the Digital TV World Summit this morning. “When I started, TV was moving from analogue to DVB. Now digital means viewing TV through different devices.”Hafenscher said that a new generation of media companies like Machinima had risen on the back of the rise of YouTube. “[Machinima] make about US$100 million in advertising on YouTube every year and they are going into talks with Hollywood studios,” he said. “This is an example of the type of new comapny that is rising. Tech companies are driving change.”Hafenscher said that new entrants including Google, Netflix and Microsoft are also investing in content.In addition to enabling the entry of new companies, digital media means that traditional content providers need to look at the viewing experience over a much wider range of devices, often with a more complex pattern of behaviour emerging, said Hafenscher. He said that whereas previously media companies could look at TV viewing habits during the day, TV is now complemented by viewing peaks and troughs for tablets, mobile phones and desktops. In the case of the latter ,viewing peaks during the morning, rather than in the evening, for example.“Today people are watching TV via a family of devices,” said Hafenscher. “All these devices run on software, which means we can build the TV experience on multiple applications. We can sell our content via a shop on iTunes. We can license content to an aggregator that builds the user experience. We can deliver through a web browser or we can build our own app.”Hafenscher said media companies now had to be concerned about the development of operating systems and whether or not to invest in new platforms. “There is a lot of complexity in this, but we’re researching and building a [picture] of the new distribution model,” said Hafenscher.Red Bull Media House is looking at different markets and which type of experience to provide on each platform, he said.last_img read more

Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 has secured the I

first_imgIrish commercial broadcaster TV3 has secured the Irish rights for all 48 matches in next year’s Rugby World Cup.TV3 will broadcast all of Ireland’s matches and the final stages of the tournament free-to-air. It will also manage live coverage of all the tournament’s matches and will deliver a TV, digital and mobile highlights offering.TV3 said it is currently in discussions with platform operators about carrying a high definition feed of its channel from mid-2015 – in time for the rugby tournament, which takes place in England and Wales from September 18 to October 31, 2015.“As Ireland’s leading commercial broadcaster TV3 is building its strongest ever schedule of originated programming. The Rugby World Cup win is an endorsement of the strategy to invest in the most relevant content for Irish audiences and advertisers,” said TV3 Group CEO David McRedmond.TV3 said that it expects to broadcast around 20 matches on its network and the remainder on its youth-skewing channel, 3e. However, it said it has not ruled out some sub-licenses to other Irish broadcasters.last_img read more

Vodafone Group has acquired a majority stake in Gr

first_imgVodafone Group has acquired a majority stake in Greek broadband service provider Hellas Online for €72.7 million.Vodafone is acquiring a 72.7% stake in the operator from Intracom Group and World Equities Investments Holdings, adding to its existing 18.4% shareholding and taking its overall stake to 91.2%.Vodafone expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter. Completion will oblige it to make a mandatory takeover offer for Hellas Online’s remaining shares.Hellas Online had just over half a million customers in the country at the end of last year, representing a market share of about 11%. The group posted 2013 full-year revenues of about €220 million.Vodafone said the combination of Hellas Online and its existing Greek operation would create the number two operator in the country in both fixed and mobile sectors by revenue.last_img read more

Arnaud de Puyfontaine Vivendis CEO has said the g

first_imgArnaud de PuyfontaineVivendi’s CEO has said the group has no plans to “exercise a relevant influence” on Telecom Italia or integrate the two groups and has defended its plan to place four new members on the Telecom Italia board as something that would benefit the Italian telco.Vivendi CEO Arnaud du Puyfontaine was responding to a letter sent to him directly from Assogestioni, a group representing Telecom Italia institutional investors, that raised concerns about Vivendi’s plans. Assogestioni said that the increase in the size of the board proposed by the French media group would dilute the representation of minority shareholders and accusing Vivendi of being unclear in its intentions.The group asked Vivendi to “explain the concrete purposes underlying your request” and expressed concern that “in the recent past Telecom Italia has already suffered from over-representation of relevant shareholders…to the detriment of institutional investors”.In his reply, Du Puyfontaine said he was “surprised” that “the debate and concerns are mainly focused on preserving the proportion between groups of directors based on the original designated shareholders, instead of debating the merit of the proposals”.He said that Vivendi had invested over €3 billion in its position in Telecom Italia with “a long-term view and approach, sharing Telecom Italia’s current strategic plan and objectives” and argued that the plan to increase the size of the Telecom Italia board from 13 to 17 via the appointment of four additional members named by Vivendi would “enrich” the board “as all proposed candidates have multidisciplinary academic and strong international management experience with significant roles within multinational groups”.Du Puyfontaine affirmed that “Vivendi has no plan to exercise a relevant influence on the Company nor to integrate the two Groups, but rather to add value to the already high quality and standing of the current Board and management”.“The fact that the three proposed [Vivendi] candidates are top figures within the Vivendi Group only confirms the utmost attention given by Vivendi to the future of Telecom Italia,” he said.Du Puyfontaine also rejected that there was any conflict of interest surrounding the position of Tarak Ben Ammar, an independent member of the Vivendi Supervisory Board who sits on the Telecom Italia board, saying that he had “no management or executive position within the Vivendi Group” and said that Vivendi’s request that its nominees be released from non-competition obligations under Italian law were justified by the fact that “the two Groups are active in different businesses, with different clients that are certainly not competitors among themselves” and was simply aimed at putting all Telecom Italia directors in the same position.last_img read more

Roku is rolling out new features such as live TV p

first_imgRoku is rolling out new features such as live TV pause as part of an operating system update for its streaming players and TVs.Roku OS 7.5 will make it possible for Roku TV owners to pause and playback digital broadcast TV – provided they connect a flash drive with 16Gb or more storage to their sets.Mobile private listening, a feature that’s currently available on select Roku streaming players, will also now be available on Roku TV models. This lets users watch streamed content on TV but listen to the audio through the Roku mobile app.Roku OS 7.5 includes a new Audio Guide feature that uses text-to-speech to assist with navigation. This will be available on Roku TV models and select Roku streaming players.Other new features include the option for viewers to provide feedback on their experience with streaming channels by pressing the options button their Roku streaming player or Roku TV remote control.Roku OS 7.5 makes accessing stored videos and other content easy by automatically launching the Roku Media Player when a user plugs in a USB storage device.Roku search updates are also designed to provide results more quickly when you enter the name of a title, actor or director.last_img read more

Dutch SIMonly mobile operator Youfone is planning

first_imgDutch SIM-only mobile operator Youfone is planning to launch a new IP-delivered TV service in partnership with Huawei.According to local reports, Youfone will launch its service by April next year, offering live TV channels, VOD, apps and games, with a basic package priced at €10.The basic package will include about 20 channels and will be available via mobile apps, Apple TV and Chromecast. Channels on the platform will include services from Dutch public broadcaster NPO and commercial broadcasters RTL and SBS, including seven-day catch-up services.Youfone will also offer an SVOD service with a range of movies and series for a reported price of €2.50 a month.In addition to the app-based services, Youfone will offer a TV-focused package in including a Huawei set-top for a total price of €15 a month.Youfone also plans to bundle the service with the internet via an agreement with KPN.last_img read more

NBCUniversal has invested US500 million €470 mil

first_imgNBCUniversal has invested US$500 million (€470 million) in Snapchat’s IPO last week as the latest phase of its ongoing investment in digital media assets.The Comcast-owned broadcast and studio outfit confirmed the purchase after it was reported by NBC-owned CNBC. According to the news outlet, Snap’s stock allocation to NBCUniversal seemed to be the only one made to a new strategic investor at the time of its IPO. The move means that NBCUniversal is the only US media company with a stake in the short video messaging network.NBCUniversal has previously made significant investments in Buzzfeed  and Vox, as well as acquiring multichannel network Awesomeness TV as part of its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation.According to CNBC, NBCUniversal has agreed to hold the shares for at least a year. The news service reported that NBCUniversal has been courting Evan Spiegel, the co-founder of Snapchat, for the past year.Snapchat parent company Snap Inc’s IPO gave the company a valuation of US$28.3 billion after the close of trading on the day.According to documents filed by the company, Snapchat has 158 million daily users and recorded revenues of US$404.5 million and net losses of US$514.6 million for the 2016 financial year.While the company has never made a profit, Ampere Analysis has noted that half of the company’s video viewers are under 25 – a far greater proportion than other social media companies including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. The ability of the platform to reach this audience is likely to be the major attraction for NBCUniversal.last_img read more

Discovery Communications is planning to relocate f

first_imgDiscovery Communications is planning to relocate from its home in Maryland to New York City in 2019 after buying Scripps Networks Interactive.The move is contigent on the US$14.6 billion deal for Scripps completing, as expected.David ZaslavThe plan will see Discovery’s HQ move to New York, with a national operations headquarters based at Scripps’ home in Knoxville, Tennessee.Discovery will not be ditching Maryland, its home of 33 years, entirely. “Select network and support functions” will remain based at Maryland network hub, with government relations remaining geographically close to the metropolitan Washington DC area, where US politics are centred.Discovery also plans to have a technology hub in Northern Virginia and another in Knoxville.“The media industry is rapidly evolving, increasingly global, more consumer focused and more multi-platform and Discovery must evolve with it,” said David Zaslav, Discovery’s president and CEO, while announcing the changes first to employees yesterday.‘Discovery was founded in Landover, Maryland back in 1985. It moved its headquarters to Bethesda in 1991 and then to its current home in Silver Springs twelve years later. There is currently around 1,300 staff at its HQ.Zaslav said the decision to move away was “one we do not make lightly”, claiming Discovery could still “remain unwavering” in its support for Maryland.last_img read more

Viasat World has announced that its period drama P

first_imgViasat World has announced that its period drama PayTV channel Epic Drama is now available on UPC’s platforms in Poland, Romania and Hungary. Adding 1.5 million subscriptions across the CEE region, Epic Drama will join a pre-existing portfolio of Viasat World channels already available through UPC’s platforms in these territories.Epic Drama launched in December 2017 and now has more than 60 CEE operators carrying the PayTV channel and related SVOD offering on their platforms. Benjamin Groocock, acting VP commercial affairs at Viasat World, commented: “With its expertly curated programming, Epic Drama has already been a huge success in Poland, Romania and Hungary. Our long-standing relationship with UPC is set to flourish further still with Epic Drama joining our other channels on the UPC platforms. With more fantastic content deals in the pipeline, we are confident that audiences will continue to be blown away by the top-quality programming they find at their fingertips.”New period drama series that will be available to subscribers in June include Line of Separation. Spanning nearly a decade, from the end of the war to the building of the Wall, this story tells of the fate of Tannbach, a town stuck between democracy and communism. In July viewers can watch French fashion house drama The Collection (pictured) and X Company, set in the dangerous world of WWII espionage.In Poland, Epic Drama will join Polsat Viasat History, Polsat Viasat Explore and Polsat Viasat Nature in the Max (EBT) package. In Hungary, it will reside in the Digital Gold package, with Viasat History/Nature HD and Viasat Explore also in the line-up.last_img read more

Acorn TV has grown its distribution footprint exp

first_imgAcorn TV has grown its distribution footprint, expanding to Apple TV, Roku, Amazon and Android TV.The AMC-owned SVOD – which is focused on British programming and international drama – is now available on Apple TV channels in the Apple TV app, Roku Channel, Amazon Channels Canada and Android TV.For Apple, customers in the US and Canada can now subscribe to Acorn TV directly via the Apple TV app, while the platform is now available for purchase through Premium Subs on the Roku Channel.On Amazon, the service is available as an add-on sub through Prime Video Channels, and on Android, it is available as an app on Android TV Smart TVs and digital media players.Acorn TV is accessible through Acorn.TV as well as Chromecast, Comcast/Xfinity and apps on the App Store, Android Google Play, Roku and Amazon FireTV.Later this summer, Acorn TV will also be available as an app on Vizio smart televisions.The platform’s recent originals include London Kills and Queens Of Mystery. Most recently, Irish broadcaster RTÉ and Acorn Media Enterprises co-commissioned Victorian mystery Dead Still.Mike Pears, president of US distribution for RLJ Entertainment and Acorn TV, said: “Acorn TV is now available in more ways than ever before so customers can watch its addictive international mysteries and dramas on whatever device or platform they prefer.“With millions of drama and mystery fans worldwide, we’re thrilled to work with these key distribution partners to continue to evolve the service and expands its distribution in North America as well as worldwide.”last_img read more

NEW SMASH HIT COMEDY ITS WINE OCLOCK COMES TO

first_img NEW SMASH HIT COMEDY ‘IT’S WINE O’CLOCK’ COMES TO THE ALLEYNUALA AND NOLEENTHE ALLEY THEATRE YOUTUBE sensations Nuala and Noleen are ‘on the wine again’ and hitting the stage at the Alley Theatre on Saturday 30th September as they proudly present their new smash hit comedy play ‘It’s Wine O’Clock’.The play centres around Vera, the farmer’s wife who is so excited as her only son Seamus is getting married! Everyone is cordially invited to watch the shenanigans which unfold on this special day!With the Winebulance providing the drink, the band ‘Keep er Lit’ keeping everyone on the dance floor – this riotous show features special guests, the farmers (Pat and Eamon), the Bridesmaids, the Yummy Mummies, the Grannies, and of course Nuala and Noleen always looking for love!Jacqui Doherty, Venue Manager of the Alley Theatre, is urging everyone to come along and see the wedding of the year! ShareTweet She said: “This is a brilliant comedy from two very funny ladies. You may have seen their hilarious videos on Youtube and Facebook such as ‘Irish Farmers Wives’, ‘Tantouring: 50 Shades of Brown!’, ‘Brows on Fleek’, ‘Irish Daddies’ and lots more.“‘It’s Wine O’Clock’ really is a rip-roaring, laugh out loud, feel good tonic.“It has not only received rave reviews but standing ovations throughout the country. This will be a great ‘girls’ night out with plenty of laughs – so come along as Nuala, Noreen and the Winebulance visit the Alley.“Tick tock, ‘It’s Wine O’Clock!’” Tickets are £12 available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.comNEW SMASH HIT COMEDY ‘IT’S WINE O’CLOCK’ COMES TO THE ALLEY was last modified: September 25th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more