Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The one-time Pro Bowler has caught 14 passes for 224 yards and two scores this season, and combines with quarterback Drew Brees to form one of the most dynamic and dangerous duos in the NFL.So, how do you go about stopping a 6-foot-7, 260-pound player who runs like a wide receiver?“Don’t let him in the stadium,” Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said, with a chuckle. “You don’t slow him down. He’s a great player. “Try to play sound, fundamental defense, mix it up a little bit and hope for him to have a bad day.”Sounds about right.Truth is, Graham is exactly the type of player who figures to give the Cardinals fits, at least until Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington returns from his four-game suspension. That will not happen for another couple of weeks, though, which means part of the responsibility for trying to contain Graham will fall on Karlos Dansby.“His ability to stretch the field, catch jump balls in the red zone, get open,” Dansby said of what Graham brings to the table. “He’s a solid tight end. His ability to catch the ball — his range. Drew can just throw it in certain areas, and with his range he’s able to get his hands on the ball and catch it.” The key to stopping Graham, Dansby said, lies largely with the pass rush. Get to Brees and take away his passing lanes, and you have a chance. It’s the same formula the team used last week against Detroit, when it limited Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to just two catches and 20 yards in the second half of Arizona’s 25-21 win.“We were able to play tighter coverage and give those guys an opportunity to get to the quarterback,” Dansby said. “That’s what we’ve got to do this week, also, is play with tighter coverage and give our D-line an opportunity to get to the quarterback.”The Cardinals have registered just one sack through two games this season, though Bowles said he was very pleased with the amount of pressure the Cardinals got on Detroit’s Matthew Stafford. Sacks are nice, but pressuring the QB into poor throws is a nice consolation prize. But with the Saints, that’s easier said than done, and failure to pressure Brees could result in some fireworks for the home team.“Drew’s been a proven quarterback for years in this league, he does a hell of a job,” Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “He’s got a good supporting cast in Jimmy Graham and (Marques) Colston and all those guys are still doing what they’ve been doing, and that’s making plays. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “We’re just going to have to make sure we don’t have any mistakes against Drew because he’s the type of quarterback when you make a mistake, he’s going to spot it out and that’s going to result in big plays because their offense is so explosive.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Week 1 in St. Louis, the Arizona Cardinals’ defense seemed helpless as Rams tight end Jared Cook torched them for 141 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.And had it not been for a great play by Tyrann Mathieu, it may have been three touchdowns. Sunday, when the Cardinals battle the New Orleans Saints, they’ll be squaring off against an even better tight end than Cook. The Saints’ Jimmy Graham has established himself as the premier pass catching threat at the position, hauling in a combined 184 catches for 2,292 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011 and 2012. 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Which airport is best for you when flying to Algarve?As Faro Airport is actually in the Algarve, it’s probably the best option. There are other things to consider when choosing an airport to fly to: for example whether or not there are direct flights from your nearest airport, and whether or not your favourite airlines fly there. You should also think about cost, which is why we recommend comparing flights to all three airports before booking your trip. Seville Airport Faro Airport Seville Airport131 miles2Hrs 15Mins Taxi Taxi Lisbon-Portela Airport Distance from AlgarveDriving time (approx) Lisbon-Portela Airport Lisbon-Portela Airport 4Hrs€30* Lisbon-Portela Airport N/A Bus Bus Car 11MinsCompare car hire at Faro Airport to find up-to-date prices. Seville Airport 20Mins€2.40* *Prices subject to change Getting from the airport to the AlgarveAnother important thing to consider is how much it’s going to cost and how long it’s going to take to reach the Algarve after arriving at the airport. The table below shows approximate prices and travel times from Faro, Lisbon and Seville Airports.Again, we’re showing distances to Faro as it’s the capital city of the Algarve. Actual transfer costs and prices will vary depending on whether you’re visiting Praia da Rocha, Albufeira, Carvoeiro, Lagos, Vilamoura or one of the other Algarve destinations. Train Faro Airport 3Hrs 30Mins€22* Seville Airport Lisbon-Portela AirportEasyJetBritish AirwaysTAP PortugalLondonEdinburghManchesterBristolLiverpool Top 3 AirlinesFly direct from… N/A N/A Faro AirportRyanairEasyJetThomasCook AirlinesLondonManchesterLiverpoolBristolBirmingham RelatedAlbufeira AirportsAlbufeira doesn’t have its own airport but is served by Faro Airport, just under 26 miles away. If you’re looking for flights to Albufeira this is your best option, but if no flights are available there are two other choices. Read on to find out more about flying to Albufeira,…The best hotels in the Algarve for every budgetPlanning a holiday in Portugal’s Algarve? Whether you’re taking the family on a beach holiday, or looking forward to a sunshine break with friends, we’ve got the perfect hotel or resort in the Algarve for you. From cheap hotel deals and to luxurious boutique accommodation, take your pick from this…Top 15 attractions and things to do in FaroDon’t just head to a resort as soon as you land at Faro Airport: we’ve got 15 reasons to stay in the Algarve’s historic capital for a weekend break. Here are the best things to do in Faro. Seville AirportEasyJetRyanairBritish AirwaysLondon 2Hrs 15MinsCompare car hire prices at Seville Airport. Nearest Airports to AlgarveThere’s one airport in the Algarve, Faro Airport, and two alternative airports within 200 miles of the Algarve. Lisbon Airport is in the north, just outside the Portuguese capital, while Seville airport is across the border in Spain. Both are quite far from the Algarve, so should really only be considered if there are absolutely no cheap flights to Faro during your trip dates.The Algarve is a big area, spanning 100 miles from east to west (with lots of holiday hotspots in between). For simplicity, we’re calculating distances to Faro: the region’s capital. Faro Airport Faro Airport3.9 miles11Mins Faro Airport N/A 15Mins€16* 3-4Hrs 40Mins€24* Lisbon-Portela Airport171 miles2.5Hrs TrainCar Seville Airport 2.5HrsCompare car hire at Lisbon Airport.
Categories: Daire Rendon News State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City recognizes and wants to congratulate the Boy Scouts of America for 109 years of scouting. On February 8, 1910, papers incorporating the Boy Scouts of America were signed and this day became the date celebrated as the official birthday of the Boy Scouts of America.“The Boy Scouts of America is a profound organization and has produced numerous business leaders, community leaders, and even presidents.” Rendon said. “The skills these young people develop in Boy Scouts can be applied in the classroom, at work, in the household and even your neighborhood. These lessons will serve you well throughout your life.” 08Feb Rep. Rendon honors Boy Scouts of America
Share54Tweet57Share12Email123 SharesMaxPixel Freegreatpicture.com. Public domain. Creative Commons 0.October 5, 2017; Washington PostYesterday, the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax matters released the findings of an audit that indicate that the groups seeking tax-exempt status that the IRS selected for extra scrutiny fell in both conservative and liberal camps. Specifically, the report shows that for the decade between 2004 and 2013, the IRS initiated reviews when applicants’ names included such words and phrases as “occupy,” “progressive,” and “green energy.” (Groups whose names included “medical marijuana” were also included, which seems a bit of a reach, actually.) So, can we please put that bone down and fund the IRS to do its job?The group that issued this report also issued the one that sparked the scandal in 2013. At that time, the office revealed that that the IRS placed 250 conservative-sounding applicants for nonprofit status under review. On that side of the aisle, they tagged groups for review if they had names with terms like “tea party” or “patriot.” This one-sided reporting of the problem fed outrage among conservative activists and media, who felt singled out for interminable delays even as some news outlets were reporting that the problem didn’t appear to target conservative groups alone. In July of 2013, Jonathan Weisman wrote for the New York Times that:The controversy that erupted in May has focused on an ideological question: Were conservative groups singled out for special treatment based on their politics, or did the IRS equally target liberal groups? But a closer look at the IRS operation suggests that the problem was less about ideology and more about how a process instructing reviewers to “be on the lookout” for selected terms was applied to any group that mentioned certain words in its application.Organizations approached by The New York Times based on specific “lookout list” warnings, like advocates for people in “occupied territories” and “open source software developers,” told similar stories of long waits, intrusive inquiries and bureaucratic hassles that pointed to no particular bias but rather to a process that became too rigid and too broad. The lists often did point to legitimate issues: partisan political campaign organizations seeking tax-exempt status, or commercial businesses hoping to cloak themselves as nonprofit groups. But even IRS officials say lookout list warnings were often pursued in a ham-handed or overly rigid way.So, in any case, there did indeed appear to be a singling out of groups considered to have a political agenda, which is questionable behavior, though less pernicious if even-handed. Meanwhile, though, the IRS has been vilified and financially hobbled for what was considered at the time to be out-of-control partisanship rather than some more run-of-the-mill bureaucratic bungling, which arguably would not have been real news to anyone.Steve Benen writes for MSNBC:For those of us who’ve followed the story closely, this new reporting isn’t exactly a breakthrough moment. The “scandal” evaporated years ago, and despite assorted partisans desperately trying to keep it alive, every serious examination has come to the same conclusion: the controversy never existed. After several years of scrutiny and multiple investigations, there’s just nothing here.—Ruth McCambridgeShare54Tweet57Share12Email123 Shares
BSkyB and Hollywood studios have criticised the UK Competition Commission’s ‘further remedies’ to its ruling that the movie contracts between studios and the pay TV broadcaster are uncompetitive.In November, the Commission suggested that BSkyB could be forced to give rival over-the-top service providers access to any of its customers who can receive its Anytime Plus subscription video-on-demand service. As part of its investigation into the market for movies on pay TV, the commission also recommended that Sky should be forced to publish the expiry date of its contracts relating to first subscription pay TV window rights with the six major studios.This second set of proposed remedies followed initial proposals, including restricting the number of studios from which Sky could license exclusive first-run rights, that were heavily criticised by the affected parties.Sky has now said that the Competition Commission’s analysis “does not provide a sufficient basis to enable an evaluation of the new possible Remedy (a) to be undertaken”. The pay TV broadcaster said that it “considers that, contrary to the CC’s provisional conclusion, there is a substantial amount of evidence which shows that take-up and use by consumers of technologies which enable them to view IP-delivered services on their TVs is significant currently and increasing rapidly”.Sky said that the proposal to open up its set-tops to competitors would highly disruptive of its business, and was not justified. “It is plain that Sky’s Ethernet-enabled set top boxes do not meet the conditions required to be considered to comprise an essential facility to which access should be mandated,” it said. “Above all, as internet distributors are able to retail their services directly to consumers (including Sky subscribers) via a wide range of IP-connectable devices (including TVs, games consoles, Blu-ray players and other devices) other than Sky’s set top boxes, there could be no basis for concluding that access to Sky’s Ethernet-enabled set top boxes is indispensable to internet distributors’ ability to compete in the relevant downstream market.”The broadcaster pointed to the example of Netflix’s launch, the availability of connected devices and the forthcoming launch of YouView, and said that it had invested in – and had subsidised the cost of – its own Ethernet-connected boxes, unlike devices sold at retail.Hollywood studio Paramount said that “none of the CC’s proposed remedies are warranted given the severe weaknesses of the [provisional findings]” but said that opening up Sky’s boxes to competitors would be “the least disproportionate remedy suggested by the CC because it focuses on the actual problem that the CC believes it has identified”.NBC Universal said that while opening up Sky’s boxes “might provide some short-term advantage to OTT providers it would seem likely to become obsolete through technical and market developments such as those identified by the Commission (internet-enabled TVs and STBs). NBC Universal’s clear preference, as previously stated to the Commission, would be for the market to be left to develop naturally rather than as a result of regulatory intervention”.Warner Bros said that online access to Sky’s base targeted the primary cause of the commission’s concerns but said that “in a fast moving market, such a remedy would risk becoming rapidly out of date”. It said that potential bidders for its rights had no difficulty in ascertaining when its movies would become available.A final ruling is expected in August.
French communications regulator ARCEP is to set out quality of service indicators for fixed-broadband networks by the end of this year to better enable the tracking of quality of internet access services.The indicators will be measured and made public, complementing similar measures in place for mobile networks. ARCEP said it may also set minimum quality of service requirements. The plans were outlined in the regulator’s latest report on network neutrality, submitted to the French government and parliament last week.ARCEP has also undertaken an inventory of traffic management practices implemented by operators. The regulator says that certain practices – including service blocking for IP voice and peer-to-peer on mobile networks – go against the framework it set out on net neutrality two years ago and should be steadily eliminated.ARCEP said that the interconnection model between internet providers needed to be better understood and regulation strengthened, and that there needed to be improved transparency in the way information was provided to consumers.
French cultural channel Arte is to take its first step into subscription video-on-demand by making its international politics-focused magazine programme Dessous des Cartes available via the Dailymotion video sharing site for €3.99 a month.Subscribers will have unlimited access to 185 editions of the show, which will be available via Dailymotion’s recently launched SVOD service across 34 countries.Overall, Orange was hit by a decline in mobile revenues. Consolidated revenues for the year were €43.5 billion, up 0.6%, while net income fell by 30.7% to €3.387 billion.
Turner has rejigged the commercial and ad-sales operation at news operation CNN International. Amid wide-ranging job cuts across Turner, CNNI’s commercial activities will be coordinated through a single division, run by Rani Raad.Raad will be executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at CNNI. In that role he will be responsible for overall commercial strategy including advertising sales, content sales, business development, international research and marketing.Raad currently manages Turner Broadcasting operations in Turkey, the Middle East and Africa and will retain these responsibilities alongside the new role.Gerhard Zeiler, president Turner Broadcasting System International announced the change. He said: “We are simplifying the organisation and establishing clear responsibilities. Rani is the logical choice for this ambitious challenge due to his track record leading CNN’s global commercial initiatives and his vast international network.”Raad said: “Aligning the commercial streams for the world’s leading international news brand will help us deliver best-in-class solutions for our partners across all the diverse platforms where CNN has become a valued and ubiquitous presence.”
Kabel Deutschland plans to accelerate its two-way network upgrade and DOCSIS 3.0 rollout, and to ramp up its upgrade of its network to 862MHz as a result of the bringing forward of investment plans following the blocking of its planned merger with Tele Columbus.The abandonment of the €600 million Tele Columbus purchase has freed up cash, allowing the operator to bring forward €300 million in investment plans over the next two years.“We have a huge opportunity to accelerate our growth,” chief technology officer Lorenz Glatz told DTVE in an exclusive interview ahead of next week’s Cable Congress. Specifically, KDG will bring forward plans to upgrade its network to two-way capability. The operator’s two-way plant currently covers 87% of its network and it plans to take that up to 95%. It will also roll out DOCSIS 3.0 coverage, which currently stands about 70-80%, to 95% in parallel, giving it the ability to deliver up to 100Mbps internet speeds.“Our strategy in the German market is to offer twice the bandwidth for the same price – this has worked very well for us,” says Glatz. He says the DOCSIS 3.0 rollout will not be taken beyond the planned 95% coverage, however, because there is little competition in the remaining remote areas and KDG can most efficiently satisfy demand with its 32Mbps service. The 100Mbps service, currently available in 81% of KDG’s fully upgraded homes, will be extended to about 90%.Glatz says the operator also plans to accelerate its upgrade of its network to full 862MHz capability. The proportion of the network currently capable of 862MHz stands at 30% and KDG plans to increase this to 90%, giving it greater scope to roll out HD services an high-speed data to a much wider base. Other projects the operator is looking at include wireless networks. On the TV side, meanwhile, KDG will continue to build on its four-tuner DVR offering. “We will add some OTT services to that device this year and we’ll go for unified search across VOD and possibly YouTube,” he says.The freed up cash from the blocking of the acquisition of Tele Columbus will, says Glatz, help KDG to “give our organic growth one massive boost”.To read our full interview with Lorenz Glatz, click here.
Online video provider Dailymotion has struck a strategic partnership with IMG and Associated Press joint venture sntv to enhance the range of sports content on the site.Sntv provides coverage of major sporting events such as the Olympic Games, World Cup, Grand Slam tennis events and major golf tournaments. Content including previews and reaction interviews will be uploaded onto Dailymotion and made avaialbel free of charge to users. Sntv will supply about 10 videos a day.Marc Eychenne, head of international content at Dailymotion, said: “Dailymotion is committed to growing its sports content, to deliver its global audience with access to the most up to date sports news, live games and competitions, as well as archived and VOD material. Our deal with sntv is the next step in this progression and will deliver many hours of sports news to our archive of sports content. We intend to build on this in the coming months with further deals for live and archived sports content, all designed to make Dailymotion the home of sport online.”
Ofcom has reiterated that it believes digital-terrestrial TV will continue to remain an important TV delivery platform at least until 2030 and that IP delivery will continue to make only a complementary contribution, but has said that the use of new technologies “will mean that DTT’s offer and role is unliely to remain unchanged over time”.In a strategy document covering spectrum use over the next 10 years, the UK media and telecom regulator said it would consult on the case for a change of use of 700MHz soon. If a decision is taken to go ahead a wider programme of work will go ahead leading to use of the band by mobile services in the early 2020s.Ofcom also said that there is “growing international interest in potential future uses for the remainder of UHF spectrum that DTT will use in the event of a change of use at 700MHz (470-694MHz)”. It said that “several discussions” on the future of this spectrum were emerging, notably within Europe, and that Ofcom would need to “balance different objectives, including securing the ongoing delivery of the benefits provided today by DTT, but also not precluding long term developments for the UK and for other countries in Europe and beyond”.Ofcom said that digital-terrestrial TV remained “one of the primary means by which UK TV households receive TV services” and “the sole means of TV reception for over 40% of UK TV households”. It said high level of linear TV viewing continued despite the availability of on-demand and catch-up services and that this is “likely to sustain the relevance of DTT for many years”.While it accepted that there is likely to be a shift over time towards HD and ultimately possibly Ultra HD TV, the use of standards including DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 “could mitigate capcity requirements” while, in the future, HEVC “will improve the efficiency of video compression further”.Ofcom has enabled interim use of 600MHz for additional multiplexes using DVB-T2 and MPEG-4.Ofcom is cautious about the potential of IP delivery, noting that “limitations in superfast braodband availability and take-up could persist over time”.The trends towards HD and UHD could also increase demand for satellite spectrum, said Ofcom, along with greater demand for Ka-band spectrum to deliver satellite broadband.Ofcom said it also plans to continue to work on TV White Space spectrum to demonstrate the capabilities of its geo-location database approach and to enable deployments of services in UHF spectrum.
Some 56% of US tablet owners aged between 18 and 34 use their device in conjunction with TV viewing, according to new research by NPD Group. The Connected TV App Discovery Report claimed that among the wider group of tablet owners aged 18 and over, just 41% said they use their tablet for “activities related to the TV program they are watching or for other programming related activities.”NPD said that the top three TV-related tablet activities among millennials were: searching for shows to watch at 34%; social media engagement related to a TV program at 31%; and learning more about the program they are viewing at 30%.Some 44% of millennial tablet owners also said they would consider using their device in the future for social media activity related to a TV program, establishing it as “the number one way this age group wants to engage while watching TV.”“Millennials are advocates for TV apps. They seek out programming in this manner and hopefully leverage it to draw in friends and family members,” said John Buffone, executive director, NPD Connected Intelligence.“With the proper integration tablets can be an effective tool for increasing viewer engagement among millennials and their broader social network. Social networking is a key strategic element in the evolution of the high-profile networks this generation is viewing. Children’s, family, music, and premium cable networks should invest in social media strategies that complements their programming and encourages viewers’ to spread the word about shows they are watching.”The US networks that had most TV companion tablet usage were Nick at Nite, MTV, and Showtime, said NPD.
YouTube is set to launch a child-friendly version of its service for smartphones and tablets, called YouTube Kids, according to US reports. The free YouTube Kids app is due to launch next week and will offer age-appropriate content, filtering out unsuitable videos.Speaking to USA Today, YouTube executive and product manager for YouTube Kids, Shimrit Ben-Yair, said: “Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids.”She said the launch also coincides with an increase in child-friendly content viewing on YouTube, with a roughly 200% year-on-year increase in viewing time on family entertainment channels compared to 50% growth in overall viewing time on the site.The news comes in the same month that Twitter launched a child-friendly version of its Vine mobile video service. Vine Kids is available as an iOS app and is the result of a “hack week” project from early January.
German IPTV provider DNS:NET has selected TV app specialist Metrological to launch and manage a new app store as part of its TV platform. The DNS:NET-branded store will include German HbbTV apps from third parties and is due to start rolling out this summer.The DNS:NET app store and HbbTV apps will be available on set-top boxes, smart TVs, mobile devices and tablets with the launch of DNS:NET’s interactive video experience, according to the company.“Our customers want access to content that reflects their own unique interests and preferences, no matter the type of content or access point,” said Alexander Lucke, CEO of DNS:NET.“It is important that our video experience is different, offering a ‘wow’ factor for potential TV customers. With the Metrological Application Platform we can incorporate all forms of content, including third party HbbTV apps, no matter what device the consumer chooses to use.”
UK channel provider UKTV is to expand the reach of its on-demand service UKTV Play by making it available as part of free-to-view DTT platform Freeview’s recently launched on-demand offering Freeview Play.The UKTV Play app will arrive on Freeview Play devices automatically when it launches later in the second quarter, offering catch-up and on demand access to programmes from UKTV’s popular free-to-air channels Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama. The app includes UKTV Play-exclusive previews of brand new series, and ‘My List’, allowing users to create their own bespoke collection. Viewers can also access catch-up content by scrolling backwards in the EPG.Users of the service will be able to watch UKTV Originals David Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Storage Hunters UK. UKTV has also handpicked collections of programmes, organised by themes and moods; and TV stars offer their viewing recommendations via celebrity picks. Users can also view their history and use a ‘resume’ playback function.UKTV Play general manager, Emma Boston, said, “We’re committed to building a world-class on demand service and making it available to as many people as possible, so it’s really exciting to be announcing another big platform launch for UKTV Play. Freeview Play users will have access to a slate of incredible shows coming to the service this year, including Dave’s brand new and exclusive Red Dwarf.”Freeview managing director, Guy North said: “Since launching Freeview Play last year the service has continued to grow with more broadcasters and manufacturers coming on board. It’s fantastic to be adding UKTV Play to our offering and means we’re bringing viewers even more of the very best television whenever they want it without paying for a subscription.”
Susan WojcickiMore than 1,000 YouTube content creators reached a million subscribers last year, more than double the 2015 figure, according to the video site.In a blog post looking back at 2016 and heralding “an exciting 2017”, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki outlined a number of plans, including opening a YouTube Space studio in Rio this year.She also said that YouTube would ramp up its YouTube Originals production output and expand its SVOD offering, YouTube Red, into more markets following its US debut in 2015.“In less than one year, we released 24 original series and films, covering nearly every genre from documentaries to dramas to animated series. This year, we’ll release even more new original titles, investing in the creative ambitions of many top creators, on the platform where their fanbases already live,” said Wojcicki.Referring to YouTube Red, she added: “We’ve worked hard to bring our subscription service to new markets, including Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea. We’ll continue to roll out YouTube Red in new markets throughout 2017, giving creators another meaningful way to earn revenue from their content and fans access to brand new original series and films.”
Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann has announced plans for a “follow up” to the short-form video service, which was shut down by its parent company Twitter earlier this year.In a series of Tweets, Hofmann said he would work on this as a self-funded “outside project” separate from his work at his current company Interspace, which he described as his “first priority”.“I’m going to work on a follow-up to Vine. I’ve been feeling it myself for some time and have seen a lot of Tweets, DMs, etc,” he Tweeted. “Nothing else to share yet, but more as it develops.”Twitter announced it was shutting down its Vine video app last October, at the same time as it said it would cut 9% of the company’s total staff in a cost-cutting move.The service, which first went live in 2013, closed in January this year and relaunched as Vine Camera – an app that allows users to make 6.5 second looping videos and post them to Twitter.
The migration of IP-delivered content to the TV screen and the growing popularity of live-streaming is driving strong growth in premium video advertising in Europe, according to a report by Comcast-owned advertising technology outfit Freewheel.According to Freewheel’s Q4 Video Monetisation report, set-top video-on-demand consumption and OTT TV delivery had a combined share of 37% of advertising views in Europe at the end of Q4 2017. Set-top VOD saw year-on-year growth in ad views of 154% for the quarter.Live streaming video viewing grew by 45% and ad views on live-streams grew by 30%, according to Freewheel.Ad views from clips also saw growth in Europe in Q4, increasing 119% year and representing 21% of the market, according to the report.Programmatic video grew by 24% year-on-year and now accounts for 20% of ad views, according to Freeewheel. In the US, programmatic video grew by 29%, but still only accounts for 10% of ad views.The year saw a decrease in ad loads in the premium online video space in Europe, according to the report. On average, viewers in Europe experienced 4.63 ads per long-form break in Q4, compared to 5.95 ads per break in Q4 2016; equating to a reduction of 42 seconds.Thomas Bremond, General Manager, International, Comcast, said: “Following a year when transparency and brand safety hit the headlines, it is time for TV and digital to learn from each other to provide a better advertising experience for viewers. Premium video content can make this connection by combining the high-quality, fraud-free environment of TV with the data-driven programmatic capabilities of digital.”
Danish telco TDC, which provides residential services under the YouSee brand, is integrating Netflix into its TV offering and will add a dedicated Netflix button to its TV remote controls next year.YouSee, which already has a partnership with Netflix, is moving to provide integrated billing for the subscription video-on-demand service as part of its own Bland Selv offering, which allows customers to pick and mix various broadcast and streaming services.YouSee’s 200,000 Bland Selv customers will be able to opt for Netflix from today with a choice of all three Netflix tiers – basic, standard and premium. They will be able to view Netflix as part of Bland Selv on all devices. YouSee customers outside of the Bland Selv offering will also be able to pay for their Netflix subscriptions through their YouSee bill.Bland Selv offers a mix of over 50 linear channels and 11 streaming services, with three out of four subscribers choosing one or more streaming services as part of their package.YouSee managing director Jacob Mortensen said that the company had “long wanted to offer Danes” the most popular streaming service as part of its TV package and added that the launch marked “a really big day for both us and our customers”.Netflix’s director of business development in Europe, Rene Rummel-Mergeryan, said that the agreement would “make it even easier for Danes to access our unique content”, including Danish original The Rain, which is set to go into its second season next year.Netflix’s raft of originals from Scandinavia also includes Swedish original Quicksand and Norway’s Ragnarok.YouSee has been upping the streaming offering on its service in recent weeks, adding local SVOD service Nordisk Film+ and Fox+, the streaming service from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa.
Telenor-owned pay TV platform Canal Digital has tapped technology outfit 3 Screen Solutions to provide additional features and functionality for its Android TV-based OnePlace service.Launched in February last year, OnePlace, which uses 3SS’s custom launcher for Android TV, is available via satellite and OTT TV to viewers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.The service now includes integrated access to Netflix with recent enhancements including startover TV, ‘coming soon’ teaser promotions and a display of already-subscribed services.Canal Digital has tapped 3SS to provide MixPanel, an analytics tool that enable it to capture and analyse user behaviour across devices, including new cross-platform promotional offers aligned with individual viewing patterns and preferences.3SS has also deployed its Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), a software development framework designed to accelerate and optimise system deployments, according to the company.Henke Erichsen, Canal Digital CTO and CIO, said: “The scaled agile development methodology (SAFe) has been a revelation, and it has ignited a revolution in the way we approach product- and technology development at company level. With SAFe, we now have a much more transparent, predictable and efficient development process, and our subscribers are reaping the benefits.”Kai-Christian Borchers, Managing Director at 3SS, said: “OnePlace continues to go from strength to strength. Canal Digital has delivered even more innovation, and we are proud that 3SS contributions, from introducing SAFe to further unlocking the potential of Android TV, are enhancing the experiences of subscribers.”