If you own a bank account in Costa Rica, take note: Costa Rican law requires both individual and corporate bank account owners to verify personal information every year, and report any changes to that information. This year’s deadline to fulfill that requirement is Sunday, Dec. 22.Changes in personal information that must be reported include: address, occupation, phone numbers, employers and income, among others, according to the Costa Rican Banking Association (ABC), which overseas the implementation of the law.According to ABC President Gilberto Serrano, account holders who do not verify or update their personal information by Sunday could have their accounts blocked or closed.“Ideally, everyone will comply with this requirement in order to ensure that banks verify customer information,” Jaime Murillo, president of the ABC’s Compliance Committee, said.The law, No. 8.204, is designed to detect money laundering, terrorism funding and other financial crimes. All financial institutions under the supervision of Costa Rica’s Financial Institution Superintendency (SUGEF) must keep customer information up to date.The procedures to implement the law are outlined when a customer signs a contract to open a bank account.“All of the information is protected under the utmost standards of security,” Serrano said. Banks are subject to a Bank Secrecy Law, meaning banking information cannot be disclosed to third parties unless a judge issues an order, he added. Bank employees cannot ask for confidential information such as passwords, personal identification numbers for ATM’s, or account balances.The law includes anyone living abroad who has a bank account in Costa Rica. However, in those cases, if there is little or no banking activity in the accounts, customers can comply with the law every two years, ABC said. ProcedureUpdating your personal information at a Costa Rican bank takes approximately 10-15 minutes at the front desk of any bank.For individual account holders:1. Go to the customer service area of the bank where you own an account.2. Present all documents to confirm your personal and work information. Every customer must present at least: a Social Security employer’s slip (Orden Patronal) or income certification issued by a Certified Public Accountant for self-employed workers. Customers also will need personal identification and a public utilities bill (water, electricity, telephone) to verify an address.3. Foreign residents must provide documentation to certify legal status in the country.4. Fill out and sign the “Know Your Customer” (Conozca a su Cliente) form with your personal and employment information.For corporations:1. Go to the customer service area of each bank where your corporation owns an account.2. Present all documents to certify your financial information for the last fiscal year, including: certification of account books, accounting records, financial statements of the last audited fiscal period signed by the corporation’s attorney and accountant, etc.3. Fill out and sign the “Know Your Customer” (Conozca a su Cliente) form. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Despite the age and injury concerns, the guard is just two years removed from making his second Pro Bowl as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.Adding guard Mike Iupati (and handing the ball to dynamic rookie David Johnson) helped Arizona’s rushing offense jump from 30th in DVOA in 2014 to 16th in 2015, but right guard remained a trouble area for the Cardinals. Ted Larsen and Jonathan Cooper rotated at the position opposite Iupati last fall, and that football adage about quarterbacks — if you have two, you really have none — also rings true for positions along the offensive line. Mathis is a potential force in the running game, and his deal (worth up to $6 million with incentives) is a low-risk move for a team that is only concerned with winning a Super Bowl.With $2 million in contract incentives, Mathis could potentially make a good deal of cash if he’s healthy.As Mays writes, it’s certainly a low-risk move for the Cardinals, even if they have questions along the right side of the line. Right tackle D.J. Humphries has yet to play an NFL snap and Mathis has much to prove as head coach Bruce Arians plays it safe by keeping him fresh during training camp. Top Stories You know the feeling of finding your favorite DVD for two bucks in the Walmart bargain bin?That’s probably how Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim felt this offseason when he signed veteran offensive lineman Evan Mathis to a one-year, $4 million deal. At least, that might be the guess by The Ringer’s Robert Mays, who named Mathis to his All-Bargain Bin Team heading into the 2016 season.The 34-year-old Mathis is coming off a season of minor injuries that didn’t stop him from helping the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl. That was followed by offseason ankle surgery. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 16 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires read more
Go back to the enewsletterDemolition has officially started on Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport, commencing the first phase of construction on the $1.86 billion Delta Sky Way project.Delta Air Lines employees along with representatives from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), contractor Hensel Phelps, and design firms Gensler and Arup gathered for a celebratory event to mark the milestone in the project, which will modernise, upgrade and connect Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B). The event was held in an area of the terminal that is now closed to the public as construction gets underway and included a ceremonial wall demolition. Attendees also signed a steel girder that will be placed in the final facility.Delta leaders, including Mary Loeffelholz, Vice President – LAX Corporate Real Estate; John Fechushak, Vice President – LAX Operations; and Scott Santoro, Vice President – Los Angeles and West Sales; were in attendance and recognised the airline’s LA-based employees for the role they play in taking care of customers during the construction and bringing the final facility to life.“Delta is investing US$1.86 billion to create the airport facility our customers, employees and this city deserve and that will serve Angelenos for decades to come,” Loeffelholz said.“LAWA is excited to partner with Delta Air Lines to build world-class facilities that will enrich the experience for all who visit LAX,” said LAWA Chief Innovation & Technology Officer Justin Erbacci. “By integrating new technologies and the best of passenger amenities, we can create an exceptional guest experience that is safe, efficient and enjoyable.”Delta Sky Way to offer customers a world-class airport experienceSoft demolition is underway on the central headhouse, which is the facility that houses check-in, baggage claim, the security screening checkpoint and more. The building will be demolished in July 2019, while excavation of the facility will begin in Q3. The Delta Sky Way project kicked off in May 2018, following the LAWA Board of Airport Commissioners’ approval of the largest tenant improvement award in its history.When completed, the modern facility will offer more security screening capacity with automated security lanes, more gate-area seating, and a world-class concession program in partnership with Westfield Corporation, in addition to the amenities that Delta’s customers have come to expect at LAX, including Delta ONE at LAX check-in space, new Delta Sky Club, and an integrated in-line baggage system.Several key components of the project will be complete by the end of 2021, including the centralised lobby between Terminals 2 and 3; the centralised security screening area; consolidated baggage claim area; the new 2,322 square metre Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck overlooking Terminals 2 and 3; and the Terminal 3 concourse. The remaining components, including the secure connector between Terminals 3 and B and the renovated Terminal 3 satellite, will be complete by the end of 2023.Delta has invested more than US$7 billion in airport projects since 2006, and along with its airport partners, Delta will be involved in an additional $12 billion worth of facilities infrastructure projects in coming years, including improvements at several of its key hubs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle.Go back to the enewsletter read more
Governor to consider bills to erase arrest, ID information if witness recantsThe state House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Peter J. Lucido to erase all arrest and personal identification information collected by law enforcement for any individual when charges are dismissed before trial.“We’re failing as a country if we continue to say someone is innocent until proven guilty, but our police departments keep specific identifying information for someone when the supposed victim admits to lying,” said Lucido, vice chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “There’s no excuse to keep that detail for someone who never faces a day of trial, much less is not convicted.”Lucido’s bills require that if an individual is arrested and the charges are dismissed before trial, then information such as fingerprints, DNA, other descriptive data and statements are to be expunged. The legislation also requires information removal from the Law Enforcement Information Network, used by law enforcement agencies across Michigan and the United States.The legislation was inspired by a specific criminal case when Lucido, a criminal attorney, represented a Macomb County individual who faced charges before the witness backtracked on their statement and the charges dropped prior to trial.“People are having their life and livelihood cut down simply by someone Googling their name,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “Yes, we’re guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion, but these bills will help make certain our legal system meets a higher, constitutional standard.”Following today’s vote and the state Senate’s approval this week, House Bills 4536, 4537 and 4538 advance to the governor for his review.### 22Feb House, Senate approve Lucido bills to protect falsely accused Categories: Lucido News,News read more
Share1TweetShareEmail1 Shares Photo Works / Shutterstock.com October 29, 2014; Marketplace, “Education”Former tennis star Andre Agassi has long supported charter school development, but recently he decided to switch his mode from philanthropist to hedge fund investor in the building of new charter school buildings.According to Diane Ravitch, writing in February of this year, Agassi raised $750 million from a group of investors in Los Angeles called Canyon Capital to open a chain of schools branded to him. He wanted to grow this to hundreds of charter schools over time, but the model school was plagued with scandals.Bobby Turner of Turner Impact Capital has long partnered with Agassi and is the one who brought the athlete on board in this unabashedly capitalist endeavor. “If you want to treat a problem in society, philanthropy is fine,” Turner said. “But if you want to cure—really cure—you need to harness market forces to create a sustainable solution. That means making money, because only then is it scalable. And by the way, there’s no rulebook that says you can’t make money and societal change at the same time. They’re symbiotic.”Tennessee, like a number of other states, does not allow for-profit groups to operate charters, but it does not disallow for-profit real estate speculating where charters are concerned, an issue that has previously emerged as questionable. USA Today reports that “Agassi’s group covers the up-front costs to buy land and build facilities, which the Tennessean reported last year would be $7 million for the 37,000-square-foot Rocketship building in Nashville. Charter operators like Rocketship rent the buildings before buying them outright. It adds up to a profit for investors and space for kids.”There are 26 charters approved to operate by next year and most will likely rent. No public dollars can go toward facilities or land purchase. Clearly, there is a market for new buildings appropriate for the schools, and Marketplace describes the pitch from Agassi’s investors as, “Let us build you a school. You focus on teaching. And if you want to buy the building from us in a few years, great.”But “it kind of makes my stomach turn,” says Brett Bymaster, a parent in San Jose, where the fund has been operating. He has been trying to research the fund’s business model, but there is little transparency. Tenants are apparently required to sign nondisclosure agreements about what they pay as rent. “We need to partner with people outside,” says Bymaster, “but I don’t think the solutions to problems in my community are one-percenters getting filthy rich.”This story suggests that even among charter school advocates, there are concerns about the involvement with hedge funds. Meanwhile, the fund is planning investments of more than $500 million to be used to develop another 70 to 75 schools over the next few years.—Ruth McCambridgeShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shares read more
Share7TweetShare6Email13 SharesSeptember 29, 2015; Catalyst ChicagoLate last week, the Chicago Board of Education announced a new round of budget cuts at the individual school level. According to the district’s press release, issued on September 25th:The Chicago Public Schools…took the next step in its school budgeting process, providing principals with adjusted school budgets to reflect their actual enrollment, resulting in increased funding for schools that had more students than projected and decreased funding for schools with fewer students than projected. In the past two years, CPS has not reduced schools’ funding when their enrollment fell short of projections, but this year budgetary constraints mean that the district can no longer afford to hold those schools harmless.These new reductions came after the school board had spent the summer wrestling with how to balance their budget. In order to open school this September, the board had been forced to borrow more than $1 billion, lay off more than 1,000 employees, and make major reductions in individual school budgets. As difficult as these actions were, schools opened based on staffing plans supported by that budget.According to CPS watchdog Catalyst Chicago, the district’s latest action was driven by enrollment data (which can be downloaded here) showing district-run schools were losing an even greater number of students than was predicted earlier in the year while charter and contract schools were educating slightly more CPS students:“The lower enrollment means district-run schools will receive about $15.9 million less than was projected in July. (Unlike in previous years, CPS officials are not holding schools harmless if fewer students enroll than was projected.) Those additional cuts include about $13.3 million in funds set aside for per-pupil disbursement, as well as 52.5 fewer special education aides and 16.5 fewer special education teachers…. District officials say about 325 educators could lose their jobs because their school didn’t meet enrollment projections.”Schools facing budget reductions must now cope with restructuring an educational program that has been in operation for a month. For example, Kelvyn Park High was expected to lose 125 students and $1.7 million. The school administration cut 19 staff members, including nine teachers, a career coach, a school counselor, and the school’s only full-time social worker. But since 77 fewer students showed up than projected, they’ll have to cut another $496,000.Mid-year reductions to special education funding brought a particularly strong response, with parents warning the district that they were willing to go to the courts to make sure federal requirements continued to be met. Rod Estvan of the advocacy group Access Living told the school board, “Cuts to special education after the school year begins are unprecedented. […] The need for special education teachers grows throughout the year as students are properly identified.”The timing of this new round of budget cuts reflects more than the lack of ample and stable funding for Chicago’s 400,000 students. That was the problem being addressed as the district’s budget was finalized over the summer. This new round of cuts is an indicator of one of the unique challenges of an educational reform strategy that emphasizes school choice. Because every student is able to consider attending one of the more than 400 schools directly operated by CPS and the over 100 independently operated charter schools that serve the City of Chicago, projecting enrollment and allocating the district’s resources becomes much more difficult. With attendance based not just on community demographics but also on the success of a school’s recruitment efforts, it is difficult to accurately project who the “winners” and the “losers” will be. And the real losers become the students in schools who are forced to make cuts and adjust educational plans that are already underway.And as painful as this round is, the district’s balanced budget counted on almost half a billion dollars in new state educational funding. With the state’s budget still in limbo as political leaders continue to skirmish, these new funds are anything but certain. If they are not realized, how CPS can adjust and still keep teaching its students is unclear.—Martin LevineShare7TweetShare6Email13 Shares read more
French quad-play ISP Free has said that it intends to capture a 25% of the very high-speed internet market in the country in the long term. Free expects to see growth of over 5% in fixed-line revenues this year.Free posted revenues of €2.12 billion for 2011, up 4% year-on-year. The company posted EBITDA of €833 million, up 4%. The company did not reveal subscriber numbers for its recently launched mobile offering.
Video technology provider SeaChange International is supplying its Adrenalin back-office infrastructure to Cyprus service provider Cablenet.The solution supports video-on-demand services, time-shift TV (start over TV, catch-up TV and network DVR) and price promotions. SeaChange installed the back office and integrated with Cablenet’s existing SeaChange STAGIS and CASIS solutions.Cablenet provides cable TV, internet and telephony services to about 30,000 subscribers.
News Corp has formerly announced its intent to separate its TV and films businesses from its publishing companies but Rupert Murdoch has denied that this means he will look again at taking full control of UK pay TV operator BSkyB.News Corp will form two publicly listed companies, with one dealing with its media and entertainment assets and the other focussing on newspapers, book publishing and education. Murdoch will become president and CEO of the media and entertainment business that will include 20th Century Fox, the Fox network, Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland and a 39.1% stake in UK pay TV operator BSkyB, with Chase Carey acting as COO.The split will mean that these operations will be managed separately from the UK newspaper business that is in the middle of a phone-hacking scandal. Murdoch said the company had been planning to split for three years and that the decision had nothing to do with events in the UK. “We’re doing it purely as a business decision that the company would be better in this way,” he told Bloomberg TV.News Corp said the split was likely to take 12 months to finalise.“News Corporation’s 60-year heritage of developing world-class media brands has resulted in a large and unparalleled portfolio of diversified assets. We recognise that over the years, News Corporation’s broad collection of assets have become increasingly complex. We determined that creating this new structure would simplify operations and greater align strategic priorities, enabling each company to better deliver on our commitments to consumers across the globe.” read more
YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have launched a new video app and website called MixBit. The app lets users record, edit and publish videos that can last from one second to one hour from their mobile, taking on new entrants in the short-form online video space like Instagram Video and Twitter’s Vine.However, MixBit also claims to be the first site lets users collaborate with each other and remix videos uploaded by the community.“When we built YouTube, we wanted to help people share their videos with each other and the world. Eight years later, people now upload 100 hours of video to YouTube every minute. Today we want to remove the barriers to video creation. That means giving people intuitive and flexible recording and remixing tools so it’s easier than ever to tell meaningful stories through video,” said Hurley.Announcing the service, he said MixBit was aimed at “filmmakers, citizen journalists and everyone in between,” as well as for “people who enjoy playing with video in order to create something new and unexpected.”MixBit is owned by Hurley and Chen’s digital media company AVOS.The pair launched YouTube in 2005, selling a year later to Google, which paid US1.65bn for the video site. read more
Israel’s Spacecom is providing broadcast services on its Amos-5 satellite for the Nedbank Golf Challenge, one of Africa’s leading international golf tournaments, which is currently taking place at Sun City in South Africa.Spacecom is broadcasting the tournament on its pan-African C-band beam on the Amos-5 satellite at 17° East. The satellite was bult specifically for the African market, with a C-band beam and three Ku-band beams covering the continent and providing connectivity to Europe and the Middle East.
Fox International Channels (FIC)-owned entertainment channel FOXLife is to launch in Spain in October.A localised 24-hour version of the channel will be available on the major Spanish pay TV platforms, reaching 2.6 million subscribers across DTH, cable, IPTV and OTT services.The channel will offer a mix of scripted and unscripted content that is targeted primarily to a female audience.FOXLife will be tailored for Spanish viewers, with programming that will include The Good Wife and Scandal and local commissions including The World’s Best Chefs featuring chefs Ferrán Adrià, Michel Guérard, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura, and José Andrés.Much of this content will also be available through VoD and non-linear services, supported by affiliate platforms and other OTT services in Spain.FOXLife will replace Fox Crime, with the latter’s series migrating mainly to Fox. Following this change, FIC’s TV offering in Spain will consist of two entertainment brands – Fox and FOXLife – three factual channels – National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, and the travel channel Viajar – and children’s channel, Baby TV, all of which have corresponding HD versions.“We are thrilled to launch FOXLife in Spain. The brand is core to our global entertainment portfolio and its entry into this market signals FIC’s continued investment and confidence in Spain,” said Adam Theiler, EVP of FIC Southern Europe and Head of FIC Spain (pictured).“We are looking forward to introducing this great product and to entertaining local audiences with its addictive content.” read more
kabel deutschlandVodafone Group-owned Kabel Deutschland has selected S3 Group to automate testing of multiscreen services across different platforms, including Apple iOS and Google Android devices.Kabel Deutschland will use S3 Group’s StormTest Development Centre to integrate the testing of its TV services – including mobile video applications – into its test framework.“Subscribers want a great user experience, regardless of the device being used. By integrating all devices into our existing test framework Kabel Deutschland will be able to test feature updates and new services faster,” said Bernd Hansen, team leader, service management, Kabel Deutschland.“In particular, mobile video application testing with StormTest will give us a reliable, repeatable, and automated method to assure the quality of multiscreen user experience.” read more
E-commerce giant Alibaba is to launch a streaming service that will “redefine home entertainment” in China.Tmall Box Office, or TBO, will be a Netflix-style SVOD service that’s penciled in to launch in the next two months.“Our mission, the mission of all of Alibaba, is to redefine home entertainment,” said Patrik Liu, president of Alibaba’s digital entertainment business operation. “Our goal is to become like HBO in the United States; to become like Netflix in the United States.”TBO will comprises acquired content from China and abroad and original, in-house produced programming. Ninety per cent will be paid-for content, with the other 10% available for free, Liu revealed at the Shanghai Film Festival yesterday.TBO is entering a crowded an competitive Chinese VOD market that also includes Tencent, Baidu-owned iQiyi, Sohu.com, LeTV and Youku Tudou. Alibaba already owns 16.6% of the latter, which is a free streaming platform and one of thehungriest for both overseas acquisitions and original shows.There was no colour on how the services will work alongside each other.The move also comes as Netflix itself ponders how to launch a service in China,whose media regulations are largely inhospitable to outside investors.Alibaba last year announced it was launching a Chinese SVOD service with Hollywood studio Lionsgate Entertainment titled Lionsgate Entertainment World, which would be made available through Alibaba’s set-top boxes.Reports later surfaced Alibaba founder Jack Ma had looked at acquiring Mark Rachesky’s 37% stake in the studio, though this did not happen and Lionsgate later scored a movie financing package another Chinese firm, Hunan Television. read more
Italian regulator AGCOM has closed three sites that broadcaster Mediaset said were illegally streaming Serie A football coverage, to which the Italian broadcaster has the rights.AGCOM ordered the disabling of access to aliez.tv, portaluca.com and calcion.co.Mediaset said that illegal transmissions of its content were now down 60% compared with the peak of such activity. The broadcaster hailed what it described as “another major achievement in combating the illicit distribution of content” in which it had invested. Mediaset said that AGCOM was currently investigating a number of other portals that have been accused of distributing content illegally.
Patrick DrahiAltice boss Patrick Drahi is preparing to kick of the process of floating a minority stake in his US operation by the end of this month, according to French press reports.According to financial daily Les Echos, Altice is preparing to publish its IPO registration by the end of April ahead of the flotation of a minority stake in Altice USA.Reuters meanwhile reported at the end of last week that the cable and telecom group had hired Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Citi to lead the IPO.Citing two unnamed sources, Reuters reported that two existing Altice USA shareholders, private equity outfit BC Partners and Canadian pension fund CPPIB, which together hold about 30%, would use the IPO to reduce their stakes slightly, with Altice itself seeking to retain its existing 70% stake.The IPO will give Altice access to funds to pursue further acquisitions in the US, and could also be used to pay down the considerable debts raised during the acquisition of cable operators Suddenlink and Cablevision, which has made Altice the number four US cable operator behind Comcast. Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications.In its Annual report, published at the end of last week, Altice reiterated that it is “exploring the possibility of an initial public offering of a minority interest in Altice USA” and cautioned once again that “the structure or timing of any such IPO is still uncertain and no assurance can be given that an IPO will be completed”.Altice also plans to invest significantly in Suddenlink and Cablevision’s networks, with a commitment to deliver a next-generation fibre-to-the-home network capabile of 10Gbps speeds across also of the Cablevision footprint and part of the Suddenlink footprint.Separately, Altice confirmed that it planned to invest further in 4G and fibre in France, and in fibre in Portugal, with a plan to cover 22 million homes in France with fibre by 2022 and 5.3 million in Portugal by 2020.The telecom group is also planning to implement a new voluntary redundancy plan at SFR in France in July. read more
Nordic telco Telia’s second quarter performance was boosted by a solid growth in TV numbers, although its financial performance in its domestic Swedish market fell short of expectations.Telia has been struggling to recover from a series of scandals that hit it last year over alleged bribery of government officials in Uzbekistan.Telia overall reported net revenues of SEK19 billion (€2 billion) for the quarter, down 6.3%, an a loss of SEK308 million, compared with a profit of SEK3.9 billion for the same period last year. The results were impacted by the discontinuation of the group’s scandal-hit Eurasian operations.Johan DennelindPresident and CEO Johan Dennelind said that he was hopeful the Eurasian assets could be disposed of this year, and said that the group was continuing discussions with the US Department of Justice, the SEC and Dutch authorities about the ongoing investigation.He said Telia was confident its adjusted provision was a best estimate of the financial sanction it would ultimately be expected to pay over its alleged payment of bribes to secure licences in Uzbekistan.Dennelind said that EBITDA in Sweden had been “disappointing”, but reiterated the company’s full year outlook based on a strong performance elsewhere.Telia had 779,000 TV customers in Sweden at the end of June, up 4.3% year-on-year.Telia’s Swedish TV base grew by 10,000 in the quarter, thanks to the acquisition of C-Sam, a local fibre operator in the Södertälje region. The company’s broadband base declined by 1,000 in the quarter, however.Revenues in Sweden fell by 2% to SEK9 billion for the quarter, with increased revenue from broadband and TV failing to offset lower revenues from fixed telephony and fibre installation, which was held up by a number of factors including delays in obtaining permits.In Finland, Telia’s TV base was flat year-on-year, dropping by 2,000 year-on-year to end with 483,000 TV homes, including a drop of 3,000 in the quarter to June. The company’s broadband and TV base declined more significantly over the same period.In Lithuania, Telia’s local unit grew its TV base by 5.4% year-on-year to 234,000, adding 3,000 in the quarter. The company’s broadband base also grew, while its fixed and mobile phone bases declined.In Estonia, Telia’s local subsidiary grew its TV base marginally, rising by 1.1% year-on-year to reach 177,000. TV numbers were flat during the quarter to June, while fixed broadband and mobile phone numbers grew.Telia’s small Danish TV base grew by 5,000 in the quarter to 33,000, while its fixed phone and broadband bases declined. Its Danish mobile base also fell sharply due to removal of a prepaid service.In Latvia, Lattelecom, in which Telia owns a 49% stake, reported 4% increase in TV revenues. read more
Netflix’s supernatural drama Stranger Things is currently the most in-demand digital original in Hungary, according to research outfit Parrot Analytics.The show, which is due to return for a second series later this month, fended off rivals with more than 780,000 ‘demand expressions’ in a week where seven of the top 10 digital series originated on Netflix.Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols and file-sharing platforms.For the week ending October 8, CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery was the second highest-ranked digital original in Hungary, attracting 766,969 demand expressions.Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix’s reboot of the American comedy-drama – a show that originally ran on The WB and The CW between 2000 and 2007 – ranked third with 490,279 demand expressions.Netflix originals Narcos and 13 Reasons Why placed fourth and fifth, followed by Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.The rest of the top ten was rounded out by Netflix’s Big Mouth, House of Cards and Black Mirror. Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle came in at number 10.The Hungarian stats coincide with the Digital TV Central and Eastern Europe event, which runs this week in Budapest. read more
Middle East pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media Group has further expanded its grip on premium cricket by acquiring the rights to broadcast the Vivo Indian Premier League across the MENA region.The deal means that BeIN Media will have the rights to air what it describes as the most popular Twenty20 cricket league in the world. BeIN Media has struck an agreement with Star India to secure the rights, including the upcoming 2018 Vivo IPL competition along with the seasons of the tournament until 2022.BeIN Media has previously struck agreements with Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board that saw it air the 2017 Ashes test series and the 2018 Big Bash League.Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of BeIN Media Group, said: “Today’s announcement further establishes beIN’s position as the new home of cricket across the Middle East and North Africa. Interest in the VIVO IPL has never been greater and the spectacle is ready made for television, with several innovations designed to engage new fans and bring cricket closer to viewers. By adding the Vivo IPL to our existing ECB and CA coverage, we can now provide viewers with top class premium cricket content all year round. These agreements further strengthen beIN’s position as the undisputed first choice sports and entertainment broadcaster in the region.”The rights to the India Premier League for the MENA region were previously held by BeIN Media’s regional pay TV rival OSN. read more
Improve Video Quality in Virtualized EnvironmentsVideo providers are presented with the opportunity to improve picture quality by using new tools, including emerging technologies that support the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard, Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution delivery and high dynamic range (HDR) video. At the same time, they are confronted by the technological challenge of implementing these new tools and technologies across an increasingly software-based infrastructure while maintaining the requisite levels of reliability to successfully deliver high-quality video.In this Cisco white paper, “Video Quality for Virtualized Environments”, find out how video providers can pursue video-quality enhancements in an increasingly virtualized environment.Read this free white paper and learn how:• The emergence and adoption of virtualized video-processing technologies are key to meeting the mandate for video-quality improvements• Video-processing orchestration can simplify the support for tools and technologies, such as HEVC, UHD, and HDR• Evolving approaches to video-quality assessment can take advantage of virtualized environments read more