Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Share Posted by TORONTO — More than 3.7 million visits were made to the UK in April 2017, up 19% compared to the same month last year and the highest April since records began, according to VisitBritain.Overseas visitors spent a record £2 billion in April, 20% up on the same month last year.VisitBritain says the figures come on the back of a record first-quarter for inbound visits to the UK and spend.This year “is off to an exceptional start for North American inbound tourism to the UK, up 16% from January to April, compared to the same period last year,” said VisitBritain’s Interim Executive Vice President, Americas, Paul Gauger. “We’re thrilled to continue the momentum from 2016, moving into peak summer season, and showcase why there has never been a better time to visit Britain.”These latest figures bring the number of inbound visits to the UK for January to April this year to a record 11.8 million, 11% up on the same period in 2016 with visitors spending £6.2 billion, up 14% and also setting a new record. Growth this year has been led from long-haul regions including North America with more than one million visits from January to April, up 16% compared to the same period last year.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThere were a record 8.3 million visits from the EU from January to April this year, up 7% on 2016.Strong growth has also been seen in holiday visits with a record 4.4 million visits from January to April this year, up 26% on the same period in 2016.VisitBritain says the latest flight booking data from ForwardKeys shows that bookings for international arrivals to the UK during the summer are currently tracking 12% ahead of the same period last year.Visitors from Canada made 828,000 visits to the U.K. in 2016 – up 17% compared to the previous year. This represents the highest visitor numbers since 2006. In 2016 Canadians spent £634 million across Britain, a new annual spend record. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: VisitBritain Weak pound makes for a record April for overseas visits, spend to the UK
Related posts:Salary incentives and bonuses at public banks hurt credit options for small businesses, says comptroller general Executive branch asks public banks for a full report on salary incentives and bonuses Except for construction, bank loans in Costa Rica increased across the board in 2014 Coming Holy Week brings huge price spikes in seafood Not happy with your bank? Angry customers soon will be able to file complaints with a new Financial Services Ombudsman’s Office, which begins operating in November.The Costa Rican Banking Association (ABC), a group that joins all public and private banks, approved the creation of the office last week. They expect it to open on Nov. 17.ABC President Gilberto Serrano said associates agreed to respect all resolutions issued by the new agency.The office will resolve complaints related to most services offered by banks, except cases involving a third party, issues with investments, or complaints involving transactions totaling more than 100 base salaries (some ₡30 million or $55,000).The agency will consist of a Financial Services Ombudsman, a board of directors, a lawyer and a group of financial experts in charge of evaluating and resolving complaints according to Costa Rican laws and regulations.Serrano said the office will receive complaints from customers only if they are dissatisfied with solutions first offered by their banks.“If a customer decides to take a case to the Financial Services Ombudsman, the bank must provide all information and evidence related to the complaint within a period not exceeding five working days. The office then will issue a final ruling within 15 days and then will inform the parties,” Serrano said.Currently ABC members are working on logistics for the new office, including its location and schedules for the public. Facebook Comments
Nicosia said on Friday it would wait to see the impact of a Turkish walkout on Thursday from theCommittee of Ministers of the Council of Europe after the body declined to close a number of cases concerning Greek Cypriot properties in the north.The Turkish delegation, CNA reported, walked out of the meeting towards the end of a three-day session of the Committee of Ministers, which is charged with supervising the execution of ECHR judgments.The protest was related to the discussion concerning Greek Cypriot properties in the north and Ankara hadattempted to end the supervision in some of the cases but had failed to persuade other delegations to pass a relevant decision.In a memorandum submitted before the June 5-7 meeting in Strasbourg, the Turkish government asked the deputies to instruct the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers to terminate the supervision of a series of property-related cases, including “Loizidou”, “Eugenia Michaelidou Developments Ltd, Michael Tymvios” and “Alexandrou.”A well-informed source told CNA that the Turkish delegation left in protest, as the Committee of Ministers could not satisfy its demands.Before leaving the meeting, the Turkish delegation made an oral statement, expressing its disagreement and said it would not cooperate with the Committee of Ministers in matters relating to the supervision of the execution of ECHR judgments.Asked about the impact of the statement, a government source told CNA: “We will have to see that in action.”The discussion at the Committee of Ministers involving Greek Cypriot properties is expected to resume next September.Earlier in the week, Greek Cypriot refugee Titina Loizidou asked the Committee not to close her file as her property in the north had not yet been given back to her as per a 1996 ECHR ruling though Turkey did pay the compensation.Loizidou had sent a letter to Strasbourg asking the Committee of Ministers to adjourn consideration of closing her case.Turkey had asked the Committee to take a decision to close the supervision of the case, following the damages paid to the applicant. Regarding the restitution of the property, Ankara said the immovable property commission, operating in the Turkish-occupied part of the island as a remedy. You May LikeNewsxoxo7 Best Foods for Your Liver You Need to Eat!NewsxoxoUndoGladhealthyEating Avocado Is Good for You: 4 Health BenefitsGladhealthyUndoJobs in USA | Search AdsEver Thought of Working Online?Jobs in USA | Search AdsUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Lauwers News,News 10Feb Lauwers encourages residents to enjoy winter fun during free fishing weekend State Rep. Dan Lauwers today encouraged families to take advantage of Michigan’s fabulous frozen natural resources during free fishing weekend, Feb. 14 and 15.Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources waives all fishing license fees during the weekend so residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on lakes and rivers throughout Michigan. Lauwers said that in addition to Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair, there are plenty of smaller bodies of water in the 81st House District that hold populations of game fish.“This is an excellent opportunity for more experienced ice fishermen and women to introduce their children or grandchildren to this exciting winter sport,” Lauwers said. “Even if no fish are caught during an outing this weekend, families can enjoy the winter wonderland that Michigan becomes during the colder months.”All fishing regulations still apply during the free fishing weekend, Lauwers said.Lauwers said families should dress warmly if they venture out on the ice this weekend, adding they should take precautions to make sure the ice is thick enough for fishing.##### Lawmaker: Pure Michigan opportunities abound
Categories: Howrylak News,Howrylak Photos 30Apr House adopts Howrylak resolution memorializing the Fall of Saigon State Rep. Martin Howrylak today introduced a resolution recognizing the week of April 26 through May 2 as Black April Memorial Week.“I am humbled for the opportunity to introduce this resolution to recognize the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives in this conflict and struggles of the Vietnamese refugees,” said Howrylak, R-Troy. “More than 2.6 million Americans fought in the Vietnam War, and it’s our duty to recognize their sacrifice as well as the sacrifice of countless Vietnamese citizens in the name of freedom for the Vietnamese people.”This year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the start of the eventual exodus of several million Vietnamese out of Vietnam after Saigon fell to the communists on April 30, 1975. Following the capture of Vietnam’s capital city, more than 800,000 Vietnamese citizens fled their country instead of living under the rein of terror and retribution exhibited upon the south Vietnamese citizens by the Communists from the north and the Soviet Union. Today, the United States is proudly home to a Vietnamese American community of more than 1.7 million people—20,000 of whom call Michigan home.“After many Vietnamese fled their country in hope of better future, at least 300,000 lost their lives in dangerous boats and at the hand of pirates,” Howrylak said. “It is important that we remember the past hardships and suffering, as well as recognize the achievements of Vietnamese-Americans.”Rep. Howrylak was joined at the Capitol by members of the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan, including its president, Hai Truong, and immediate past president, Vinh Duong.###State Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, was joined by honored guests of the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan, including its president, Mr. Hai Truong, as members of the Legislature and guests today recognized the week of April 26 through May 2 as Black April Memorial Week in Michigan. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. On this date forty years ago, the invading Communist forces, in direct violation of the Paris Peace Accord, assaulted and took over the capital city of Saigon, thus ushering in a time of great tribulation in southern Vietnam. The week of April 30 is known by the name Black April amongst Vietnamese Americans and is used as a time of commemoration of the Fall of Saigon.
30Nov Poleski sponsors landmark reforms to protect Michigan taxpayers and local communities Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski is helping sponsor a reform plan to move local governments out of the health insurance business and empower local employees to make their own health care decisions.Local municipalities across Michigan are drowning in debt due to unfunded liabilities. For some communities, bankruptcy is a very real and looming possibility.“Unfunded liabilities are growing at a rate far greater than our local communities are able to support financially, and the problem is not going away,” said Poleski, R-Jackson. “If we don’t take action now, many Michigan communities will be unable to provide basic public services like police and fire safety.”As of 2014, unfunded Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities statewide were roughly $11 billion, taking up as much as 12 to 13 percent of local annual budgets.Poleski, who is also a certified public accountant, said the debt continues to grow each year due to increases in life expectancy and runaway medical expense inflation.The legislation only affects local governments with retiree health care costs that are less than 80 percent funded, the standard recommended under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAPs).Additionally, local governments may elect to place up to 2 percent of the employee’s annual salary into a tax-deferred account, which would become available to the employee upon retirement to purchase health care.Upon eligibility, all retirees must go on Medicare. The bill provides that locals may still cover up to 80 percent of costs for supplemental insurance.“We have an obligation to Michigan residents to provide our local governments with the tools they need to remain solvent, and fully operational,” Poleski said. “These bills will help restore our communities to good fiscal health and provide a fair measure of health care coverage for current and future local government retirees. We can’t put off action until some future time; the future is here.”The package of bills now moves to the House Committee on Local Government for consideration.###
Today, State Rep. Rodney Wakeman applauded the Saginaw Township Police Department for joining the Neighbors by Ring program to keep the local community informed with real-time crime and safety information. Residents can use the app to monitor local conditions, share safety and crime tips, and receive real-time alerts from law enforcement and their neighbors. The Saginaw Township Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the state to participate in the program.“I commend the vision and proactive nature of our local law enforcement,” Rep. Wakeman said. “Building trust and community partnerships is key to preventing and effectively responding to crime. This is just one more tool to help keep our families safe. Thank you to the men and women of the Saginaw Township Police Department for all they do to protect us and strengthen our neighborhoods.”Residents can download the app for iOS or Android by visiting download.ring.com/saginawtwp or by texting “saginawtwp” to 555888 from a smartphone. 29Mar Rep. Wakeman applauds groundbreaking local public safety program Categories: Wakeman News
25Apr House overwhelmingly approves Rep. Hauck’s plan to ‘Raise the Age’ Categories: Hauck News State Rep. Roger Hauck speaks in support of his “Raise the Age” legislation today on the floor of the Michigan House.State Rep. Roger Hauck’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system today was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House.Hauck, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of his colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most minor offenses. He said eliminating this harmful and ineffective practice will help rehabilitate young offenders and reduce the likelihood of them breaking the law again in the future.“Statistically, 17-year-old offenders sent through the juvenile justice system are much less likely to reoffend than older teens who go through adult court,” said Hauck, of Isabella County’s Union Township. “This one simple reform will help troubled teens all across our state turn their lives around.”Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce reoffending by 34 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.Hauck’s plan would raise the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses, allowing 17-year-olds to be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances beginning Oct. 1, 2021. Prosecutors will continue to have discretion, allowing them to waive minors who commit violent crimes into the adult system when appropriate.The measure also includes a funding plan to ensure local communities do not incur any additional costs associated with keeping 17-year-old offenders in the juvenile system, which is administered at the local level. Funding was the key sticking point that halted similar reform efforts in the past.Hauck said the proposal is expected to save public tax dollars over time. Other states that have raised the age have downsized their juvenile justice systems and lowered both short-term and long-term costs.“Anything we do to reduce the number of people in Michigan prisons will free up more public tax dollars to be invested in roads, schools and other critical services,” Hauck said. “This policy will result in brighter futures for both teens and taxpayers.”House Bills 4133-46, 4443 and 4452 now move to the Senate for consideration.###
Share31TweetShareEmail31 SharesImage Credit: Aine CreedonDecember 4, 2016; New York TimesMore than 2,000 veterans reportedly signed up to join members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their many supporters this past weekend as North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple’s December 5th eviction deadline loomed. The protestors were ordered to vacate their encampment, which is on Army Corps federal land close to the construction site. NPQ has been following this story for months.To the great delight and relief of the protestors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday that it would not approve an easement to allow construction to continue for the final section of the $3.78 billion pipeline planned to pass under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. Alternative routes and their environmental impact will need to be studied. The four-state, 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline is nearly complete. A few miles along the border the Standing Rock reservation that would tunnel under a Missouri river reservoir are all that remain to complete the project.“The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works, said in a statement. The move could presage a lengthy environmental review that has the potential to block the pipeline’s construction for months or years.Tribal leaders rejoiced, receiving the news as a victory and “the validation of months of prayer and protest.” This decision ostensibly means that the protestors can return to their homes and families and do not need to risk enduring North Dakota’s dangerously cold winter. Nevertheless, some will likely not leave. The decision announced on Sunday could change once the new administration takes office in January.U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who owns a stake in the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, endorsed the completion of the pipeline last Thursday. The Trump transition team said that Trump’s support of the pipeline “has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans.” The transition team did not respond to this latest decision by the US Army Corps of Engineers.Reaction was swift on both sides, with environmental groups like Greenpeace praising the decision. “The water protectors have done it,” a Greenpeace spokeswoman, Lilian Molina, said. “This is a monumental victory in the fight to protect indigenous rights and sovereignty.”But Craig Stevens, a spokesman for the MAIN Coalition, a pro-infrastructure group, condemned the move as “a purely political decision that flies in the face of common sense and the rule of law.Late last night, Energy Transfer Partners released a statement as a response, which said in part:As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.Whatever the outcome of this contest of wills, this has been and will continue to be a testing ground for civil society, radical hope, and the courage of people from the around the world to protect hallowed ground made all the more sacred by their sacrifices.—James SchafferShare31TweetShareEmail31 Shares
Share2Tweet6ShareEmail8 SharesBy U.S. Department of State. Cropped by User:Andrew Dalby [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOctober 22nd, 2017; New York TimesDr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the newly elected director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the first African to hold the position, may have set a record recently for the fastest rescission of a new appointment, when he reversed his announcement that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe be designated a Noncommunicable Diseases goodwill ambassador. The news followed what Western media portrayed as a “global” outcry, which were really objections by the WHO’s largest funders: the US, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Fewer protests came from African media. Richard Horton does a fine job articulating the outrage that followed the decision, in which “critics in Zimbabwe, and across the world argued his appointment was misplaced considering the near-collapse of the country’s healthcare system under Mugabe’s rule,” according to Arthur ChatoraBut, in the spirit of alternative ‘truths’, this situation raises some questions that may not have been (fully) unearthed.The intrigues of the global political economy notwithstanding, we find it very telling that the loudest opposition to Mugabe’s appointment was not African. Granted, the man cuts a very mixed figure. But in light of news that Togolese president and ECOWAS chairperson, Faure Gnassingbe, is to help keep the peace around that country’s runoff elections this week while his security forces massacre his people, it seems prudent to wonder: are there no moral grounds for Africa(ns) to have resisted Mugabe’s appointment?Was Mugabe’s appointment a reward, as Reuters suggests—implying that Tedros’ qualifications alone were not sufficient to get him his job—for presiding over Tedros’ own appointment in May this year?Did Tedros choose Mugabe not negligently or unilaterally as has been advanced, but in a deliberate move to put him on the spot regarding his health record in his home country?What does it say about the internal processes within the WHO that news of the appointment was such a shock to Dr. Tedros’ colleagues?It’s curious that the same Mugabe was a convenient accomplice when the US needed a place to hide Ethiopian dictator and famed ‘Butcher of Addis’, Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991…It seems bizarre that Mugabe, who has shown repeated disdain in the past for the workings of ‘international’ diplomacy, would accept such an offer. Could there be more to this than meets the eye?The amount of sway that large, wealthy countries hold over international governing bodies and organizations whose work focuses on other, less wealthy countries comes with a responsibility to ask questions about their motives for leadership decisions. Certainly Mugabe, with his terrible human rights track record, his poor stewardship of his country’s economy, and his unwillingness to relinquish power, is a controversial leadership figure at best. But Mugabe’s poor leadership is not an excuse for Western political hegemony in international NGOs.—Titilope AjayiShare2Tweet6ShareEmail8 Shares
France Télévisions yesterday officially launched its new video-on-demand service Pluzz VàD, complementing its existing Plus seven-day catch-up TV service.Pluzz VàD, which will be available via IPTV, the internet, tablets and smartphones, is launching with a catalogue of about 3,000 titles, including drama series, documentaries, magazine and kids programming, live events and French and international movies, with about 500 titles available in HD. France Télévisions has promise that 200 new titles will be added each month.The broadcaster said it had struck deals with the main French producers and with French film studios including Gaumont, Pathé, Europa, StudioCanal, TF1 and BacFilms. Discussions with Hollywood studios and still in progress. TV shows will be available for between €1.50 and €3, while movies are likely to be in priced around €4.99.The service will initially be offered by service provider Free in its IPTV offering. Hubee is supplying the technology platform for Pluzz VàD and the service uses Adobe’s Flash technology and DRM.
SES has successfully launched its Astra 2F satellite, which will serve the 28.2°/28.5° East position for the UK and Ireland.The Astrium-build satellite is the first of three that will provide replacement and growth capacity for the UK and Ireland. From October next year they will also use spectrum granted by Media Broadcast following a 2005 agreement.The Astra 2F satellite also provides Ku-band capacity for pan-European services and for sub-Saharan Africa. A Ka-band payload will also allow SES Broadband Services to support download speeds of up to 20Mps.
S3 Group will use ANGA COM to demo its latest advances in video service validation, platform integration services and Reference Design Kit (RDK) migration support.At the expo, S3 Group’s director of strategy and marketing for TV technology will also speak on a technology panel entitled ‘Accelerating the Next Generation of Video Services: RDK and Recommendation Engines and Beyond’.This is due to take place in room B on Wednesday May 21 from 14:00 – 15.15 and will also feature participation from ThinkAnalytics founder Peter Docherty, Liberty Global VP of technology Bill Warga and Kabel Deutschland’s VP of service engineering, Wolfgang Zeller.Kabel Deutschland recently selected S3 Group to help it scale and validate video services on various consumer premises equipment (CPE), such as set-top boxes and gateway devices. S3 Group will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.1, booth S29
ANGA COM in Cologne and the DTG UK UHD Forum in London each held corresponding demos of live decoding of 4K content compressed with HEVC yesterday.In London visitors to the DTG conference were able to see live decoding and display of 10-bit 50Hz 2160p content compressed with HEVC in what was touted as the first example of decoding using silicon in real time.At ANGA, the corresponding demo used the latest Broadcom BCM7445 chipset with support for 60Hz progressive display.“Broadcom’s early entry in Ultra HD, beginning with the BCM7445 UltraHD video decoder at CES 2013, has allowed us to deliver multiple advanced SoCs with market specific features and price points today,” said Rich Nelson, senior vice president of marketing, broadband communications group, Broadcom Corporation.“Our continued commitment to developing industry protocols and working closely with our partners is helping to bring the clarity and brilliance of Ultra HD TV to the home, while delivering economics that work for service providers.”
Hud WoodleChannel operator Scripps Networks International has created a new distribution division, which will make its market debut at MIPCOM with a 1,200 hour slate.Scripp’s veteran Hud Woodle will run the new unit as vice president, international program licensing and distribution. Based in New York, he will report to company CFO Simone Nardi.“As Scripps Networks’ international business continues to expand, bringing our international program sales and distribution function in-house enables us to more closely coordinate our international and regional channel and programming priorities,” said Nardi.He added: “As the global media leader in home, food and travel, Scripps Networks offers premium aspirational content that resonates with a global audience.”Woodle will manage all aspects of the company’s program sales and content distribution activities, working with regional managing directors in London, Singapore and São Paulo. The moniker for the new unit will be Scripps Networks International Program Sales and Distribution.Woodle will also oversee program delivery operations for the company’s international channels. Scripps said it is currently in the process of building his program sales team with members based in New York, London, Singapore and Sydney being recruited.Passion Distribution has been selling Scripps content and will continue to partner with Scripps Networks over the next six months as that deal is phased out. While it remains in place, Passion will launch a new slate of new original content from Scripps as part of its MIPCOM slate.Woodle joined Scripps Networks International eight years ago as Director of Program Sales where he was responsible for program sales in Asia and Latin America. In 2009, Woodle successfully launched Food Network in Asia and secured channel distribution across key platforms in Southeast Asia. He went on to become the general manager of Food Network in Asia, overseeing network operations and successfully negotiating affiliate agreements in the region.
Jan Gooze-ZijlDigital channel operator UKTV has handed Jan Gooze-Zijl an expanded remit that gives the executive responsibility for ad sales, technology and operations alongside his existing responsibilities as company CFO.Gooze-Zijl becomes chief financial and operations officer under the new structure. The new role will see the exec handle UKTV’s relationship with the ad sales arm of UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 and pay TV platform BSkyB as well as with technical and operations companies Red Bee and TVT.The UKTV portfolio of channels is commanding an increasing share of UK ad revenues and the BBC Worldwide and Scripps-owned business is keen to capitalize upon the growth.Gooze-Zijl said:“UKTV is the fastest growing commercial broadcaster and of increasing significance to British advertisers,with Dave alone offering advertisers greater reach among ABC1 and 16-34 year old men than Sky Sports.”He added: “This year, the SOCI (share of commercial impacts) for our imaginative portfolio of channels has reached 9.1%, a gain of 17% over the same period in 2013 making our network superb value for advertisers, and offering full coverage across all demos and a fast-growing number of platforms.”UKTV chief executive, Darren Childs said: “Jan has been instrumental in the strong growth of the business over the last four years. His new and expanded remit will naturally align elements of the business that are fundamental to delivering UKTV’s continued success.”
Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has added German broadcaster Your Family Entertainment’s kids channel Fix & Foxi to its programming lineup. The channel joined the Consat channel bouquet at the beginning of the month in what YFE said marked “the next step in the internationalisation” of pay TV network Fix & Foxi.The station is already available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Latin America and the US, with English and Arabic feeds to be made available in Africa and the Middle East with a French version to follow later this year.
German cable operator Tele Columbus is to add ProSiebenSat.1-owned on-demand service Maxdome to its offering from mid-2016.The SVoD service will be offered by Tele Columbus to its subscribers via its digital receivers.Stefan Beberweil, head of products, marketing and sales at the cable operator, said that ProSiebenSat.1 Group and Tele Columbus were building a closer partnership and would cooperation in the marketing of content across all TV and media platforms provided by Tele Columbus.
Polish pay TV platform nc+ has secured exclusive rights in Poland to the English Premier League for the next three seasons.Nc+ already holds exclusive rights to Polish Ekstraklasa football and the European Champions League and Europa League competitions. Other popular sports rights in the company’s portfolio include US NBA basketball.Premier League matches will be shown on nc+’s Canal+ service accompanied by statistics and analysis, while magazine programming will also be made available to terrestrial viewers.Nc+ president Manuel Rougeron said he was very pleased that Canal+ subscribers would be able to follow the most widely watched foreign league in Poland, continuing its existing partnership with the Premier League.
Digital UK has published the technical specification for connected TV service Freeview Play, opening it up to broadcasters, platforms and equipment manufacturers.The specification, which detail the technologies required to design and implement Freeview Play TVs and boxes, was previously only available via formal registration.Digital UK, a non-profit organisation that supports the UK’s terrestrial TV service and led the led technical development of Freeview Play, said that the move to open up the document follows “strong interest” in Freeview play from UK manufacturers and international markets since its launch in October 2015.“Our decision to openly publish the technical specifications for Freeview Play will make it easier for manufacturers to bring products to market and help broadcasters around the world develop their own enhanced, hybrid TV services,” said James Jackson, technical director at Digital UK.Freeview Play is currently available in a range of Panasonic TVs and Panasonic and Humax recorders. LG, Manhattan and multi-brand manufacturer Vestel are also expected to release Freeview Play- products this year.All Freeview Play products meet existing standards for Freeview HD and include features such as HTML 5-based support for advanced player applications, a seven-day scroll-back TV guide, enhanced EPG data, interactive services like BBC Red Button+, adaptive bitrate streaming and on-demand ad insertion.