Singapore-based value carrier Scoot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will launch three-times-weekly, non-stop Jeddah-Singapore services from 2 May 2016.Scoot’s services will be operated with spacious, wide-bodied 787 Dreamliners and will replace Singapore Airlines’ existing services via Dubai, reducing flight time by about four hours. Jeddah is Scoot’s first destination in the Middle East.Australians wanting to explore this intriguing destination can fly return from Sydney or Melbourne from AU$1,210 Economy (Fly Bag Eat) and from AU$2,379 all in with ScootBiz.Scoot offers two cabin classes for guests to choose from. ScootBiz comprises an all-new, full leather seat with 38” pitch, 30kg checked-in baggage, up to 15kg of cabin baggage, and meals and drinks included, along with priority boarding and check-in.In Economy, guests can enjoy a peaceful journey in the ScootinSilence economy class quiet zone with seat pitches ranging from 31” up to 35”.The 787 Dreamliners feature improved humidity and cabin pressurization, the largest windows of any modern jet, more overhead compartment space and produce 20% less noise compared to conventional aircraft.Building on this solid foundation, Scoot has configured its 787 Dreamliners to transform the low-cost travel experience, accommodating up to 335 guests compared to 285 on Singapore Airlines’ A330-300 aircraft.Scoot’s airfares are typically about 40% cheaper than those of full service carriers. Combined with its new and state of the art 787 Dreamliners and superior product offerings, Scoot’s current network of 18 destinations offers a great value getaway to Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific via Singapore.And through the combined networks of partner airlines Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Nok Air, you can scoot onward to many more exotic and unexplored wonders of Asia and Australia, or beyond!Transiting in Singapore at the award-winning Changi Airport will be a breeze, with its abundance of retail and dining outlets, entertainment and recreation options such as transit hotels and the famed Butterfly Garden at Terminal 3, and complimentary Internet connectivity.Guests with at least five and a half hours to spare before their connecting flight can also register for a complimentary guided Free Singapore Tour at the transit area.To commemorate its foray into the Middle East, Scoot is offering a limited-time promotion from now till 2359hrs on 10 April 2016. One-way Economy fares to Singapore and selected destinations in Asia Pacific start from US$215; US$365 for ScootBiz.The applicable travel period is from 2 May to 14 November 2016, with a blackout period of 11 September to 12 October 2016 (both dates inclusive). Guests must travel from Jeddah, and some flights beyond Singapore are operated by Scoot’s partner airlines. Fly ScootSource = Scoot
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — As Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick combined to gash the Arizona Cardinals for 151 rushing yards over the last two weeks, they were actually doing their opponents a favor. As the Cardinals head into their Wild Card round matchup with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, they have a pretty good idea of what they need to work on in order to stop a mobile quarterback.“Yeah, definitely,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if seeing mobile QBs the last couple games gives the team an opportunity to see what needs to be corrected. “There are so many carryover things from the last two weeks going into this week, than if you played him for the first time and haven’t played those other teams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share ErrorOK ErrorOK “It’s an advantage for us, schematically, because we’ve seen some things work, not work, and look at how they run their offense with the quarterback. It gives you an advantage, yeah.”Arians said Newton, who ran for 539 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games this season, is a combination of Wilson and Kaepernick, a runner who can also throw well from the pocket. He also pointed to Newton’s ability to run between the tackles as something that separates him from the other two. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Newton is quite a specimen at the quarterback position and can do some things other passers cannot.“Unlike the other two, he can run you over,” Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “He’s a fullback, he’s a tight end, he’s a quarterback and he’s a tailback. He’s not just speed and run outside the pocket … that makes it even harder or tougher to tackle.”Safety Tyrann Mathieu called Newton one of the most athletic QBs he’s ever faced.“Doesn’t have the speed as Russell and Kaepernick, but he can make the same plays as those guys,” he said. “So we have to really be mindful of the things he can do to us to hurt us.” Last season, in a Week 5 matchup between Arizona and Carolina at University of Phoenix Stadium, Newton was held to just 25 yards on four rushing attempts. He was also sacked seven times and picked off thrice as the Cardinals won 22-6. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Tags: Bumstead, Office Hours Categories: Featured news,News 01Oct Rep. Bumstead announces office hours for October Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, invites residents of the 100th House District to attend office hours in October.The office hours will be held at the following dates, time and locations:Friday, Oct. 99 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 9 at the Riverstop Café in Newaygo at 52 State Street Monday, Oct. 1210:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Luther Area Public Library at 115 State Street Friday, Oct. 23 8 to 9 a.m. at the Trailside Restaurant in New Era at 4723 1st Street.10 to 11 a.m. at Good Stuffs in Pentwater at 111 S. Hancock Street. “I invite all residents to attend so that they may share their thoughts and ideas regarding state government,” said Rep. Bumstead. “Feedback is essential to ensure the voices of Michigan citizens are heard in the state Legislature.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Bumstead by phone toll free at 877-999-0995 or by email to JonBumstead@house.mi.gov.###
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, hosted Graafschap Fire Chief Doug DenBleyker and Fennville Fire Chief Sarah Bushee for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: News,Whiteford News,Whiteford Photos 07Sep Rep. Whiteford joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony
Categories: Wentworth News State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Farwell announced today that Farwell Area Schools will receive over $102,000 and Beaverton Rural Schools will receive over $88,000 to bolster safety in each school as part of the Competitive School Safety Grant Program.“The greatest resources we have are our children and young people,” Wentworth said. “We must continue to make our schools safer in every Michigan community. Our kids, teachers, and faculty deserve to feel safe in our schools. I applaud the Michigan State Police for investing money in projects like this.”The Competitive School Safety Grant Program was created under House Bill 5828, which was sponsored by Representative Wentworth in 2018. Over 130 public school districts, 66 non-public schools, 20 public charter schools and nine intermediate school districts will receive $25 million. The money will be used to purchase technology and equipment that will improve safety and security of students, staff and school buildings. 02Apr Rep. Wentworth announces school safety grant
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 11, 2015; Arizona Daily StarPublic education is funded by a complex mixture of federal, state, and local funding. Some funds are developed and available to be allocated on a per-pupil basis, while other funds are designated for specific purposes, such as capital improvements, special education, transportation, and so forth. To further complicate this picture, in some states, charter schools are not limited to serving students from just one local school district, making the meaning of local funding less clear.States have developed funding formulae designed to cut through these complexities and provide fair and adequate funding to the charters schools they support. In absolute dollars, the result has been a lower level of per-pupil funding for charter school students and a growing controversy about whether this result is right and fair. Charter school advocates have turned to both the courts and their state legislatures seeking changes that would increase their funding.The Arizona Supreme Court ruled last week in a suit brought by charter school advocates and parents of charter students that it would not overturn an earlier appellate court ruling that found that unequal funding levels were legal and could continue. According to the Arizona Daily Star, in the earlier ruling Appellate Judge Margaret Downie said that “charter schools do not have some of the same administrative regulations as district schools. They need not hire certified teachers, and are not required to follow the same procedures for hiring and firing staff.” Moreover, “they can specialize in certain subject areas or even just certain grades, can give preference in enrollment to siblings of existing students, and can even limit enrollment to a single gender, all options not available to traditional schools.” Therefore, they were not entitled to equal funding.In a response, the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Nina Rees released the following statement on the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ruling:“By refusing to hear this case, the Arizona Supreme Court has told the parents of children in Arizona public charter schools that their children can be treated as second class citizens. Sadly, inequitable funding is the norm across the country, with the average charter school receiving 28.4 percent less funding than their traditional charter school counterparts. It’s no wonder we have seen a growing number of lawsuits from parents demanding equal funding for their children’s public charter schools.”The suit was one of a number of challenges in recent months by charter school advocates who assert that they are not being fairly funded. For example, in Baltimore, charter school proponents recently rejected a proposal by their school board that would fund charter schools at a rate of $9,387 per-pupil next year. (The proponents calculate it should be set at a level of $10,010.) And a complaint filed in federal court by the D.C. Association of Public Chartered Public Schools, Eagle Academy, and Washington Latin public charter schools contends the city shorted charter school funding by more than $770 million, or $1,600 to $2,600 per pupil.The complexity of the issue was described by Luis Huerta, a Columbia University professor, who said the “simple aggregated accounting of charter school funding compared to traditional schools is shortsighted, if it does not fully account for school level indicators” like student population and types of services provided. “The debate should not focus solely on how much funding is provided but also include a full accounting on whether charter schools are delivering the same level and types of services to all students, compared to traditional schools.”With school choice remaining a key component of many advocates for “reform” of our nation’s public school systems and with growing the number of charter schools being the main tactic for actualizing choice, this funding debate will continue to be on the agenda of state and local leadership. And it will be compounded by pressures on state and local budgets that make any real increase in school funding difficult if not impossible.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has signed a deal with YouSee to bring BBC Knowledge to the Danish cable network.The international factual channel that airs series including Dragons’ Den, Dangerous Roads, Top Gear and Who Do You Think You Are? has been added to YouSee’s medium and full digital packages. It joins other BBC channels Entertainment, Lifestyle, World News and BBC HD.Ulf Lund, senior vice-president, YouSee said, “The BBC brand has always been equal to quality and this also goes for BBC Knowledge, which we believe is a valuable addition to our medium and full package. With the high BBC standard in programming and the channels programme profile, we are confident that BBC Knowledge will be highly appreciated amongst our subscribers ”.
The BBC has said that its flagship channel BBC One enjoyed its biggest peak viewing share on record last year, as well as its biggest programme audience on record.BBC One scored a peak share increase of 0.9 points, while its coverage of the Olympic closing ceremony attracted a record audience of 24.5 million. The channel recorded its highest average audience in peak and all hours since 2004, according to the BBC.
UK ratings organisation BARB is to include online and catch-up services in its ratings reports by the end of this year.BARB will begin measuring catch-up viewership for services including BBC iPlayer, 4oD and ITV Player, providing an official measurement of audiences on these services for the first time.BARB has now appointed Kantar Media to collect census data for TV viewing through computer devices and tablets. From the autumn, the ratings body will measure IP delivered services as well as over the air transmissions.Kantar Media will ork with broadcasters on embedding programme and advertising content with metadata tags. These will be collected to provide a census-level report into the popularity of content delivered through IP. First published reports are expected by the end of 2013. The second of this project, dubbed Project Dovetail, will see BARB award a contract to integrate the census data with established viewing figures.According to BARB, field tests of a new app in the early part of the summer should lead to a rollout for measuring viewing on tablets and smartphones by the end of the year, supplementing the computer viewing that it already tracks in 700 panel homes.The latest move follows BARB’s installation of web TV meters last year in homes of its panel members in a field trial. BARB has now begun installing the web TV meter in all new panel homes., with about 700 installed to date. For catch-up services, BARB has committed to publishing viewing that takes place between eight and 28 days after shows are originally broadcast.Justin Sampson, CEO at BARB, said: “This news is pivotal as BARB will track audiences using metadata tags for the first time. Our initial focus is on reporting the extent to which IP content is being downloaded or streamed. This is a significant step forward in our ambition to deliver cross-platform measurement of content. The next step is to invite research companies to tender for the task of integrating this data with the viewing figures that our users are already familiar with.”
GlobeCast and Arabsat have struck a partnership to offer a new channel platform targeting North Africa.GlobeCast will provide teleport and playout facilities to uplink to Arabsat’s BADR satellite at 26° East, with the aim of creating a neighbourhood of channels for viewers in North Africa.Five Algerian channels – Echourouk TV, Al Atlas TV, Dzair TV, Imed TV, and Ennahar TV – have already launched on the platform.“Broadcasters have been hungering for a new opportunity to get coverage of the North African region,” said Samir Tizaoui, senior account manager MENA at GlobeCast. “Thanks to our long-standing relationship with Arabsat, we are able to provide this opportunity to help broadcasters reach new audiences in an effective and cost-efficient way.”“We are very pleased with our alliance with GlobeCast that brings the best broadcast solutions with a variety of options to our customers in North Africa,” said Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat. “With our geographical expansion, we will be able together with Globecast to provide more alternatives and help our customers increase their reach.”
Tablet use among children in the UK has more than tripled in the last year, as the proportion of those with a TV in their bedroom has fallen, according to a new Ofcom study. The Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report claims that the use of tablets among five to 15 year-olds now stands at 42%, up from 14% last year, with 28% of infants aged three to four also now using a tablet at home.At the same time, the number of children with a TV in their bedroom dropped to 52% compared with 59% last year, while 47% said they had a games console in their bedroom, down from 56% a year earlier.In spite of this, children aged 5-15 said that overall they spend more time watching television than using other media and that it is the medium that they would miss most among all the activities they regularly undertake.Children are also now more likely to watch programmes on devices other than a TV, such as a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Some 45% of children aged 5-15 are doing so, up from 34% last year, said Ofcom.“Children’s preference for internet-enabled devices reflects changes in how younger people are going online. While the usability of tablets appears to meet younger children’s entertainment needs, particularly for watching audio-visual content and playing games, older children mainly use smartphones to communicate,” said Ofcom.Among children aged 12 to 15, some 62% said they own a smartphone – unchanged since last year – though 26% now own a tablet computer, up from just 7% last year. Among those aged eight to 11, just 18% now own a smartphone, the same proportion as a tablet.
Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform.Online video platform provider Kaltura has acquired pay OTT specialist Tvinci, in a bid to widen its focus from VoD to also include live and linear programming.Kaltura said the deal will allow it to offer an authenticated pay OTT experience and help establish the firm as a pure-play video technology company that can power any video experience, across all markets.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though the acquisition comes just three months after Kaltura secured an additional US$47 million (€34 million) in funding – cash that it said it would use to “accelerate product development” and to expand into different international markets.“By joining forces with Kaltura, we will accelerate our growth and upgrade our offering in order to provide the most comprehensive end-to-end Paid OTT TV offering in the global market,” said Tvinci co-founders Ofer Shayo and Ido Wiesenberg in a statement.Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura co-founder, chairman and CEO said: “The acquisition of Tvinci completes our transition from focusing largely on VOD assets and ad-based monetisation, to providing an equal emphasis on live/linear programming and an authenticated pay OTT TV experience.“We are also very excited to broaden our offerings for the service provider markets, and to further boost our social, collaboration, and personalization tools.”Tvinci’s existing customers include Eutelsat in Germany, MediaCorp in Singapore, Liberty Global in the Netherlands, and Yes in Israel. These will join Kaltura’s global media customer base, which includes Sesame Workshop, HBO, ABC, Warner Brothers, Paramount, DirecTV and Turner.Kaltura’s pay OTT offering now includes the Kaltura MediaGo turnkey OTT product, and bespoke OTT and TVE solutions.
Revenue generated by over-the-top (OTT) video streaming services is set to grow at an annual rate of 28.1%, according to PricewaterHouseCoopers research.The PwC ‘Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2014-2018’ report claims that OTT and digital music streaming are two of the fastest growing market sub-segments and that the growth of ‘24/7 access’ and micro-transactions suggest that flexible business models, offering “more choices and better experiences” are the key to monetising the digital consumer.The study predicts that internet TV advertising will double its share of total TV advertising revenue in the next five years from 2.2% in 2013 to 4.5% in 2018. Internet TV ad revenue from traditional broadcasters will grow from US$3.7bn in 2013 to US$9.7bn in 2018, said PwC.“Traditional broadcasters still dominate and are adapting to the Internet video opportunity, creating a significant new revenue stream despite competition from Internet rivals,” according to the study.The report also claimed that electronic home video revenue will exceed physical home video revenue – the sale and rental of DVDs and Blu-ray discs – in 2018. Globally, the total combined revenue from OTT and streaming services and broadcasters’ VOD services is tipped by PwC to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19.9%.“The bedrock of a strategy fit for the digital age is the digital mindset: getting ever closer to the customer – across the entire organisation, and in everything it does. We now see that mindset embedded in many entertainment and media companies. But the industry needs to get even closer to the consumer and adopt more flexible business models. To do this, companies must exhibit three behaviours: forging trust with consumers; creating the confidence to move with speed and agility; and empowering innovation. This will be an important step in monetising the digital consumer,” said Marcel Fenez, PwC’s global leader, entertainment and media.Overall, PwC said that total entertainment and media spend on digital services is forecast to grow at a 12.2% compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2018 and account for 65% of global entertainment and media spending growth.However, spending on digitally delivered content will account for just 17% of total consumer spending in 2018 (excluding spend on internet access), compared to 33% of total advertising spending.
Thomson Video Networks has released the latest update to its MediaFlex video operating system that includes support for virtual machines and cloud-based video processing resources.MediaFlex OS is the video operating system powering Thomson Video Networks’ award-winning ViBE family of encoding, transcoding, and contribution solutions, including the ViBE VS7000 multi-screen and HEVC encoder and the new ViBE XT1000 high-density transcoder.MediaFlex OS provides a software layer that enables live transcoding, branding, and other A/V processing functions in the cloud and on virtualised platforms, in addition to physical, on-premises resources.MediaFlex can be used to operate multiple platforms at once. Thomson cites the example of an operation involving a group of dedicated on-premises Thomson Video Networks products acting as a typical compression headend, with a separate group of virtual machines provisioned in a private generic data centre to enable fast deployment of broadcast services when needed, such as when adding video channels during a special sporting event. Additional compression services can be deployed in a public cloud infrastructure.At IBC, Thomson will feature initial components of its “Behind Every Screen” strategy. In the second half of 2014, it will begin a phased release of the cloud-enabled version of MediaFlex OS.“Previously, video operators had a choice between dedicated hardware solutions that offered the necessary computing performance but required time-consuming provisioning, or non-optimised virtual or cloud solutions with poor redundancy, underperforming compression, and complex management,” said Christophe Delahousse, president, Thomson Video Networks.“This release of MediaFlex OS gives video operators the best of both worlds. All they need to do is take care of the service creation and characteristics. MediaFlex OS is able to use a combination of on-premises resources and, if necessary, a cloud infrastructure to meet the operation’s requirements. In this manner, the operator can find the ideal balance of lowered operational costs and optimised, broadcast-grade performance.” Thomson Video Networks will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.A10
The pace of growth in sales of video display devices including HDTVs and tablets could be set to slow down as the market matures, while consumers are becoming excited about new devices including wearable and smart home devices, according to a survey by Accenture.According to Accenture’s report, Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New Connected World, which polled 24,000 consumers in 24 countries, fewer people intend to purchase the “big four” consumer electronics devices – HDTVs, smartphones, tablets and laptops – than last year, while more intend to purchase wearable and smart home devices.According to the survey, the market for the big four is still healthy, but maturing rapidly. Some 36% of consumers intend to purchase an HDTV over the next year. However this figure is eight percentage points down on last year. Smartphones remain the item consumers are most likely to purchase in the coming year, with 54% saying they intend to buy a device. However, this figure is also 4% down on last year. Thirty-eight per cent and 36% said they intend to purchase a tablet and laptop respectively, down 6% and 5%.The market for non-HD TV sets meanwhile looks set to collapse completely, with only 1% of consumers saying they intend to purchase one, down 16% on last year.Intention to purchase other TV-linked devices is holding up better. One in five consumers intend to purchase a media dongle, while intention to purchase set-top boxes is stable year-on-year, and 26% intend to purchase a games console, up 1%.Overall, most consumers plan to spend the same as last year on consumer electronics, according to Accenture. However, among consumers planning to change their purchase habits, a greater percentage – 20% – plan to decrease than increase their spending – 16%.Plans to purchase new devices such as smartwatches and other wearable devices is increasing from a low base. About 7% of survey respondents claimed to own a smartwatch, with 12% intending to purchase one in the next 12 months.Accenture found that consumer satisfaction with new smart devices such as wearables is low, with 83% of those purchasing such devices finding them either difficult or complicated to use or set up properly, or finding they did not work as advertised. Consumers also showed concerns about data security and privacy, with up to 54% either not confident at all or not always confident that their data security is protected.
Sky Deutschland’s ad sales arm has conducted a study of the effectiveness of video-on-demand advertising that it says shows the effectiveness of the activity.Sky Media Network tested recall of ads for Volvo on Sky Anytime that it said showed that about half the audience recalled seeing a spot for the Volvo brand, with about 36% recalling the ad unprompted.Eighty per cent of those who recalled the ad said they associated the Volvo brand with reliability, versus 67% of those that did not recall the ad, while 82% of those who saw it associated the brand with technology innovation, against 65% of those who did not see it.Martin Michel of Sky Media Network said the study showed the effectiveness of advertising in an environment that required ‘lean forward’ action by viewers.
Jan WendtSmart TV white label portal provider NetRange has struck a partnership with video-on-demand service services supplier Vonetize whereby users of NetRange’s smart TV portals will be able to choose content from Vonetize’s portfolio.The deal means that users of NetRange’s services will be able to access content including Bollywood Movie Channel, Baby Channel or Total Music Channel, as well as a variety of 4K content.NetRange offers services including UI design, payment, billing and customer management, content aggregation, backend services incl. global CDN, second level support and app development to customers that include Sharp, Loewe, Changhong, Ikea, TCL, MSH, Thomson, Skyworth and HD+.“We look forward to bringing those fine contents to our users. The fact that Vonetize is accessible on almost 50% of the world’s Smart TVs underlines the value of this cooperation,” said Jan Wendt, CEO of NetRange.“We’re excited about teaming up with NetRange to offer users of their Smart TV Portals access to content from a diverse array of categories,” noted Vonetize CEO Noam Josephides.“Our company is committed to bringing the best content to users on any device worldwide, and our partnership with NetRange is going a long way to accomplish that goal.”
Kaltura has launched OTT Now, an end-to-end ‘OTT platform in a box’ that the company says will allow partners to launch over-the-top services in just two months.The video technology provider claims that OTT Now draws on Kaltura’s OTT TV platform, offering “unprecedented levels of customisation and integration” and a “cost-effective entry point” to the over-the-top video market.“Although OTT services have become a must-have for content owners, broadcasters and service providers, we recognize that many of these businesses lack the resources, the know-how or the confidence to embark on this path,” said Kaltura co-founder, chairman and CEO, Ron Yekutiel.“For the first time, Kaltura OTT Now offers everything they need – in one place and from one vendor – to provide a compelling subscription, transaction, and ad-based OTT service to any device, in super-quick time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions,”OTT Now supports a variety of business models, including subscriptions, ad-funded, freemium and transactions – including in-app purchases.The service includes applications for mobile, web and connected devices as well as: live and VoD preparation; store and subscriber management; personalization, including targeted ads and content recommendations; content syndication and a range of marketing tools.Kaltura will exhibit at IBC on stand 3.C67
The EBU has called on the UK government to guarantee the BBC’s independence and has expressed concern about recent discussion about the pubcaster’s future.In a letter to UK culture, media and sport secretary John Whittingdale, EBU secretary-general Ingrid Deltenre said that “the BBC continues to set the standard across Europe” for public broadcasting and noted that the BBC iPlayer service had become “an international industry standard for delivering on-demand content”.“The BBC, thanks to its broad and varied offer available on multiple platforms, strongly contributes to ensuring the universality of high level content and helps provide citizens with a diverse and healthy media diet, which is essential for their personal growth and enables them to play their role in a functioning democracy. It must remain committed to putting citizens first, free from political and commercial interests. Any changes to how the BBC is regulated, including its remit and funding model, must be conducted in the interests of guaranteeing the BBC’s independence,” said Deltenre.She said that BBC continued to be “one of the most trusted sources of information, not only in the UK but worldwide”, and noted that it was the biggest content producer in the EBU, making a huge contribution to the creative economy.Deltenre went to call on the government to ensure the BBC’s editorial independence and sustainable funding.“The UK has always been regarded as a model for media policy across the world. The consultation and regulatory processes that support the BBC have inspired similar ones across Europe. We are concerned by some of the recent discussions and developments, which risk not only a negative impact on the organisation’s ability to serve citizens, but also on the entire media system, in the UK and across Europe,” she said.
Pay TV penetration in Spain has grown by 10% over the last year, while 28% of the country’s installed base of TVs are now connected to the internet, up 17.3%, according to figures released by the country’s competition regulator, the CNMC.According to the CNMC, 26.7% of Spaniards said they took pay TV at the end of the second quarter of this year, up from 24.4% a year ago.Some 47.1% of pay TV subscribers said they took a pay services because their operator provided it along with other services such as broadband and telephony – the highest rated reason for taking pay TV.Some 35.3% said they took pay TV because the were interested in particular series channels, while 30.5% said they were interested in sports content.Some 25.3% said they took pay TV because there were interested in documentary channels, with 24.2% saying they liked pay TV because it offered a way to view fewer TV ads.About 23.4% said pay TV offered the chance to catch recently-rele3ased movies, while 13.1% said that they were interested in offers with kids content, and 6.6% said they were interested in international news channels.According to the regulator, 83.4% of Spanish homes had an internet connection in June, up 5%. Fixed-line internet penetration stood at 76.1%, with 36.2% having a fibre connection.According to the numbers reported by the CNMC, 52% of internet homes reported having an ADSL of VDSL connection, down from 65.8%, while the number with a fibre connection increased from 22.8% to 36.2%. Those reporting a cable broadband connection numbered 12.7%, down from 15.8%.The number of homes reporting that they had quintuple-play services – fixed and mobile phones, fixed and mobile internet and pay TV – at the end of June numbered 68.7%, up from 62.8%, while the number with a quad-play service – without mobile internet – numbered 47.8%, up from 46.2%.The CNMC surveyed a panel of 4,685 households with 9,317 individuals.