“He played very well,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to Wetzel. “Earl did a nice job. So, that’s where we’ll start the week. See how it goes.”Watford has been down this road before. He started against the Buccaneers in Week 2 after Mathis was unable to go because of a foot issue.Now it’s an ankle problem for Mathis, who needs surgery and may be lost for the season, according to Arians on Monday. The team placed Mathis on injured reserve over the weekend.Watford played the entire second half against the 49ers.Wetzel, meanwhile, entered the game midway through the third quarter. He played 29 snaps at a position he had not lined up at since training camp. It also just happened to be his first NFL game action outside of special teams.“It was huge, not having practiced it even for a while,” Arians said. “I thought he stepped up as big as anybody has in a couple years.”Wetzel, a tackle at Boston College, is in his first season with the Cardinals after being signed to the practice squad last December. Since leaving college in 2013, he had spent time on the practice squads of both the Cowboys and Colts.It’s not clear how much time Iupati might miss. Linemen Earl Watford and John Wetzel prepare for the snap during the team’s training camp practice Aug. 6. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) “Mike Iupati has a sprained ankle,” Arians said. “I don’t know when he will return, but it was very good news that it was a sprained ankle.”Aside from Watford, rookie Cole Toner, the team’s fifth-round draft pick this year, is the only other guard on the roster.“He’s more than ready,” Arians said.The Cardinals did add Ulrick John from the Dolphins’ practice squad, but “he’s a left tackle, and we’ll look at him at right tackle. I’m anxious to see him on the field,” Arians said.The Mathis injury is big.Signed as a free agent in the offseason to help solidify the right side of the offensive line, Mathis sat sandwiched between two other new starters, center A.Q. Shipley and tackle D.J. Humphries.The Cardinals had Humphries in mind when this offseason they targeted Mathis, who was coming off a Super Bowl season with Denver and had played 11 years in the league. The team wanted some veteran experience next to a first-year starter in Humphries.That’s now gone.“I think D.J. has grown so much and has learned so much from Evan throughout OTAs this summer that he can handle it on his own now,” Arians said.Humphries played one of his better games against the 49ers. According to Pro Football Focus, Humphries surrendered only one hit and two hurries on 31 pass-blocking snaps, and he excelled as a run blocker. Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. – They experienced the most turnover from a year ago. Now five weeks into the season, there comes more change for the Arizona Cardinals offensive line.It’s not a matter of next man up, but next men up.John Wetzel and Earl Watford are expected to replace left guard Mike Iupati and right guard Evan Mathis, respectively, when the Cardinals host the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.Wetzel and Watford filled in when the two starting guards got hurt in San Francisco. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Offensive line-play is going to be key this week. The Cardinals are going to want to run the ball, but doing so against the Jets won’t be easy.Despite their 1-4 record, the Jets have allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards (342), while only the Packers are stingier against the run in yards per attempt and yards per game.The Jets have also shown the ability to get after the quarterback. Their 12 sacks are tied for the eighth-most in the league with defensive tackle Leonard Williams leading the way with five.“Defensive line, this is by far the best defensive line, I think,” Arians said. “The Rams are different in their speed factor with Aaron (Donald) and (Robert) Quinn. But these guys are all big, physical — and a bunch of them. You’ve got Muhammad (Wilkerson) playing linebacker, so that’s a huge front when you have him out there playing outside linebacker.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share His ability to hurt teams as both a runner and a receiver in 2016 was reminiscent of Marshall Faulk, another former NFC West running back.That’s high praise for Johnson, but his numbers back it up. After growing his national profile in 2016, Johnson’s return to the gridiron in 2017 should be greatly anticipated.In fact, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks 2017 could be a historic year for Johnson.“Sky is the limit. I mean, 200-yard games every week. I’m serious. He’s capable,” Arians said the day after the 2016 season ended. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Su’a Cravens (36) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact NFC West writers for ESPN unanimously voted Arizona Cardinals’ running back David Johnson as the division’s offensive player of the year.Johnson had a historic season, rushing for 1,239 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground. What’s more impressive is that Johnson caught 80 passes for 879 yards and four touchdowns. His receiving yardage total was the second best on the Cardinals in 2016.Alden Gonzalez, who covers the Los Angeles Rams, thought that Johnson could have some higher recognition if Arizona was better. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards and added another 879 receiving yards. All told, he led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns. If the Cardinals were a playoff team, Johnson would probably be getting a lot of mention as a potential MVP candidate.The second-year running back still collected his fair share of accolades, as he was voted into his first Pro Bowl and was selected to be a first team All-Pro.Johnson may not have led the league in rushing, but Josh Weinfuss, who covers the Cardinals, notes that Johnson led the NFL in other categories.He set an NFL record for consecutive 100-yard games from scrimmage to start a season, with 15. On top of all that, Johnson was responsible for 36.1 percent of the Cardinals’ total offense — the highest percentage in the league.Even though he was not the only offensive standout in the division, Sheil Kapadia, who covers the Seattle Seahawks, thinks that Johnson was significantly better.Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (94 catches, 1,128 yards) and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (107 catches, 1,023 yards) both had excellent seasons, but Johnson separated himself from the pack.Nick Wagoner, who covers the San Francisco 49ers, compared Johnson’s dual-threat ability to a Hall of Fame running back.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 1:34 pm PDT The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com Audible.com bestsellers for week ending May 24:Fiction:1. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Kirsten Kearse, Gretchen Enders, Cirocco Dunlap, Aparna Nancherla, Matt Lieb, narrated by Nick Offerman, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Ellen Page, Jane Lynch, Anjelica Huston, Mike Birbiglia, Rachel Dratch, Matt Walsh, Nicole Byer, Aparna Nancherla, Harry Goaz, Gary Anthony Williams (Audible Studios)2. The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon, narrated by Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, Cassandra Morris, Libby McKnight, Emily Bauer, Michael Crouch (Audible Studios)3. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)4. Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar, narrated by Nick Choksi, Harsh Nayaar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, Rita Wolf (Audible Studios)5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)6. Black Crow, White Snow by Michael Livingston, narrated by Janina Edwards (Audible Studios)7. Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan, narrated by Will Damron (Brilliance Audio)8. Murder at Archly Manor: High Society Lady Detective, Book 1 by Sara Rosett, narrated by Elizabeth Klett (Sara Rosett)9. A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)10. Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw, narrated by Susanna Hampton (Hachette AudioNonfiction:1. The 3-Day Effect by Florence Williams, narrated by Florence Williams (Audible Studios)2. The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey, narrated by Oprah Winfrey & full cast (Macmillan Audio)3. Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin, narrated by Jeremy Lowell, Mark R. Levin – introduction and epilogue (Simon & Schuster Audio)4. The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks by Rob Sheffield, narrated by Rob Sheffield (Audible Studios)5. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John C. Maxwell, narrated by John C. Maxwell (Hachette Audio)6. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by Michelle Obama (Random House Audio)7. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)8. The Mueller Report: The Findings of the Special Counsel Investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel’s Office U.S. Department of Justice, narrated by Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Victor Bevine (Audible Studios)9. Unfu(asterisk)k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop, narrated by Gary John Bishop (HarperAudio)10. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition): A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis, narrated by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership))—–The Associated Press
State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, made the following statement today after the House approved sweeping reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS):“The decision to reform DPS prevents the district from entering into bankruptcy which will save the state of Michigan substantial future costs and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. The financial reform package the House passed today will reorganize DPS and dedicate much-needed resources with responsible stipulations.“There are many issues that Detroit must address to create an environment for learning that fosters positive growth and allows students and teachers to be successful.“This was not any easy conclusion to come to, by no means is this a ‘quick fix.’ There was a lot of deliberation amongst all lawmakers and a lot of give-and-take from legislators statewide. At the end of the day, the repercussions for not supplying additional resources to DPS would result in potential per-pupil funding cuts across the state. I will not allow the students and families of Kent County to lose money. That is the precise reason for my decision to support the DPS package. “The plan outlined in the bill package will truly change the lives of Detroit Public Schools students and families forever. Previously, we continually bailed out DPS without any return on our investment; today we finally have the chance to help Detroit refocus their goals for success.”###### 02Jun Rep. Yonker votes to reform and restructure Detroit Public Schools Categories: Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Detroit, DPS, students, Yonker
29Sep Representative García backs Wounded Warrior families Photo Information: State Representative Daniela R. García signed the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s High Five Tour car on Thursday. This summer marks the eighth annual High Five Tour supporting our nation’s military families for the sacrifices they make. Donations were raised onsite to help build the Corporal Jason Dunham Traumatic Brain Injury Facility for combat-wounded veterans. Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos,News
Categories: Miller News,Miller Photos,News,Photos 20Sep Rep. Miller meets with Constantine students for Constitution Day PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Aaron Miller celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with Constantine Middle School students. Rep. Miller handed out copies of the Constitution and helped lead student discussion groups. This is the fourth consecutive year Rep. Miller has held a similar event on Constitution Day. The day is a federal observance marking the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.
Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Hoitenga, of Manton, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal, which she co-sponsored.“Transparency at all levels of government is an absolute necessity,” said Hoitenga, who was subject to open records law as the mayor of Manton. “We’re all here to serve the public, and the public must be able to hold us accountable. It’s time to hold state government to the same transparency standards we require from local officials.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration. Categories: Hoitenga News,News 19Mar Rep. Hoitenga votes to make state government more accountable
Share1Tweet39ShareEmail40 SharesDan Kamminga [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 17, 2019; New York MagazineIn a famous scene in the play Hamilton, the Aaron Burr character sings about being kept from the room where a key deal was cut in which the nascent federal government agreed to assume the Revolutionary War debt of the states. Now in the homeland of playwright Lin Manuel Miranda’s father, Puerto Rico, a similar process may be playing out in real time.Andrew Rice and Luis Valentin Ortiz, in an article written in collaboration with the San Juan-based Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (Center of Investigative Journalism) and published in New York Magazine, take a hard look at what Puerto Rico is getting—or not getting—for services by McKinsey & Company and others that are expected to cost Puerto Rico’s government a billion-and-a-half dollars.Rice and Ortiz outline the dire situation Puerto Rico faces:Since 2016, Puerto Rico has been buffeted by a natural disaster and several overlapping, man-made catastrophes. Its government is bankrupt and owes $74 billion to bondholders: a staggering sum that amounts to 99 percent of the island’s gross national product, or $25,000 for each of its three million men, women, and children. It faces a vociferously hostile president, a stalemated and colonial relationship with Congress, entrenched local political dysfunction, and a bunch of angry creditors—most notably, a group of hedge funds that speculate in distressed debt and are fighting for every last penny they think they’re owed.What is McKinsey and Company’s solution? Bertil Chappuis, a senior partner and the firm’s “point man” in Puerto Rico, has an answer. “I mean, it’s basically a management crisis,” he says—a convenient answer for a management consultant to give.The advice given is nothing if not predictable. As Rice and Ortiz explain, “In October, the board issued a 148-page fiscal plan that touches nearly every sector of the Puerto Rican government. Following McKinsey’s guidance, it laid out numerous service reductions, agency consolidations, and ‘right-sizing’ measures—the plan’s euphemism for job cuts.”Additionally, McKinsey and other consultants have pushed for highly unpopular school closures, advocated the repeal of “labor laws deemed too protective of workers,” and have developed “privatization options” for the highway authority and state-owned power company.Not surprisingly, McKinsey’s recommendations are hugely unpopular among Puerto Ricans desiring good schools and other public services. Adding to the public’s ire, note Rice and Ortiz, are a host of disclosures about McKinsey activities outside Puerto Rico, including “intimate links to bad businesses (the pharmaceutical company that popularized opioids), bad policies (Trump’s immigration crackdown), and bad people (Saudi Arabia’s allegedly murderous Prince Mohammed bin Salman).”But it is McKinsey’s activities within Puerto Rico that stoke the most resentment. In a chilling phrase that underscores Puerto Rico’s colonial subordination to the US federal government, Rice and Ortiz remark that Puerto Rico has become a sort of “island laboratory for an experiment in austerity.” They add that “whether talking to community organizers or high-level government officials,” the refrain is the same: “They’re treating us like guinea pigs.”Meanwhile, McKinsey and other consultancy firms profit. As Rice and Ortiz detail:Among the many mind-blowing figures in the fiscal plan, one stands out: the $1.5 billion earmarked over the next six years for costs related to the restructuring process itself—more than a billion of which will go to lawyers, bankers, and consultants, McKinsey included. (The firm billed the board more than $72 million through January, and its ongoing contracts total about $3.3 million a month.) The projected overall fees are more than five times what Detroit spent on its $20 billion bankruptcy, previously the largest local-government default in US history, and higher even than the bill for Lehman Brothers, the $613 billion corporate liquidation that nearly destroyed the world economy.All those fees are being footed by the taxpayers of Puerto Rico, which is far poorer than any US state, with a median household income of less than $20,000 a year.Rice and Ortiz observe that, “Already the island is an object lesson in what happens when the logic of capitalism overtakes the structure of government.” They add, “It is an article of faith at McKinsey that the same management theory that makes businesses run more profitably can be applied to further the public interest.” And that may be the scariest part of all.—Steve DubbShare1Tweet39ShareEmail40 Shares
Vivendi-backed telco and IPTV provider SFR has launched two quad-play offerings.SFR, which launched its Multi-Packs offering in 2010, has added two ‘special editions’. The first offers quad-play with unlimited fixed and mobile phone calls in France and unlimited fixed calls to 100 international destinations, including 170 TV channels with an option to take 200 more, and TV and video-on-demand, from €55.90 a month. The second offering, for €69.90, includes international mobile calls.
UK connected TV service YouView has chosen Fusion Business Solutions to deliver BMC’s Remedy OnDemand software-as-a-service solution to help YouView deliver on-demand services to viewers.According to Fusion Business Solutions, the BMC solution allows YouView to deliver services with fewer outages, lower IT support costs and fast restoration time.“The hosted solution will provide the company with all the benefits of BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite including best-practice ITIL workflow, an easy-to-use interface and proven scalability and reliability. A further advantage of BMC Remedy OnDemand is its potential to eliminate the cost of administration and infrastructure,” said Fusion Business Solutions CEO Mark Lyttle.
Trace Sports has launched in Israel on the HOT cable network. The channel, which is to be produced by Imagine Media Israel, will be available as a fully localised channel with Hebrew subtitles, and will feature local sports celebrities. Trace Sports will be available on HOT’s basic package, which reaches 900,000 subscribers or 60% of the country’s multichannel TV market.Laurent Dumeau, CEO of Trace Sports, said that the partnership with Imagine Media was part of “a natural evolution for Trace Sports, as we partner with local agents”. He said Trace would look to replciate this model in other markets in the coming months.Ron Hermelin, head of channels at HOT, said “Trace Sports expects to address a wide audience among sports fans who are interested in the private lives of the world’s biggest sports stars. HOT will continue to bring new and unique channels from around the world, providing the best experience to our viewers in a variety of areas.”
Swisscom has launched HbbTV services for public broadcaster SRG’s channels as part of its TV 2.0 offering. Swisscom has activated the new service, which replaces former Teletext offerings and includes new features. HbbTV will be available in HD programmes shown on SRG. HbbTV is also available on the ARD, ZDF, ORF1 and ORF2 TV channels via Swisscom TV 2.0.“The interactive television experience offers our viewers additional important information, which we intend to continuously expand over the coming years,” said Roger de Weck, General Manager of SRG.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Slovakia has completed the acquisition Trnavatel, the operator in the city of Trnava in western Slovakia, by acquiring the remaining 5% owned by the city authorities.UPC will merge Trnavatel with its own operations and provide its range of TV, broadband and telephony products, including advanced mobile TV service Horizon Go, to the city’s residents.UPC Slovakia CEO Martin Miller said that the acquisition would enable the company to focus on strengthening its position as the leading operator in the city.
Sky is launching Sky Sports Mix, a new basic tier channel that will have some Premier League football among its line-up. The channel will be available to all of Sky’s 12 million customers in the UK. Traditionally Premier League football has been the preserve of the premium Sky Sports channels. The pay TV operator is facing stiff competition in sport with telco BT securing both Premier League and Champions League rights and bundling its sports channels with the a broadband subscription. The latest Premier League rights auction netted the League £5.1 billion, a 71% increase on the amount it commanded under the previous deal. That agreement gave Sky five of the seven rights packages available for £4.2 billion, and BT the other two packages for £960 million. Sky Mix will also have football from the US MLS league, Spain’s La Liga, and 2018 World Cup qualifiers. There will also be other sports and a focus on women’s events including golf, cricket and netball. Sky said it will also have related sporting content including docs and entertainment shows.Sky Sports Managing Director, BarneyFrancis, said: “With Sky Sports Mix, we are giving millions more people access to great moments from some of the world’s biggest sporting events at no extra cost.“Sky Sports Mix will bring sport to more people and provide many different ways of enjoying our coverage, from high profile live events and fascinating documentaries to clips of incredible moments. Our aim is to offer sport in a way that can engage, encourage and excite everyone even further.”
Gary AlfonsoFox Networks Group has hired a former senior CNBC executive to become general manager of a restructured African operation.Gary Alfonso will lead FNG Africa,taking control of sub-Sahara operations for the broadcast group and sister business National Geographic Partners.In Africa, FNG operates pay TV networks Fox, FX, FoxCrime, Fox Sports, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Gold and BabyTV.Nami Patel and Makhosazana Khanyile have also landed senior roles in a rejigged FNG operation, Patel is promoted from VP, business development, Europe and Africa, to CFO, UK and Africa, while FNG Africa marketing head Khanyile has been named director of sales and marketing.New chief Alfonso has worked in broadcasting for almost three decades. He joins from Nigeria-based broadcaster Gotel Communications, where he was COO, and was previously managing director of CNBC Africa and GM of Summit TV.“Our genre defining brands are market leaders in Africa, delivering year on year growth over the past three years,” said Adam Theiler, FNG’s executive VP, Nordics, Turkey, Greece, Israel and Africa.“Gary’s 29 years of leading industry experience will continue to drive our success, evolving our businesses to meet the changing media landscape as we bring the best in entertainment, factual and sports programming to audiences across the continent.”Alfonso, who will report to Theiler, said: “Working with the highly talented team in the FNG Africa office, I look forward to helping the business increase its regional footprint, in a challenging and dynamic media environment.”The news comes soon after Theiler tweaked FNG management in Turkey, promoting Cenk Soner and Mehmet Icagasioglu to new top-level positions.It is also the latest change at FNG Europe and Africa, which came into being in January with the 21st Century Fox-owned networks business dropped its Fox International Channels moniker and said goodbye to long-serving international chief Hernan Lopez in the process.
Roku has publicly launched its Roku Direct Publisher programme in the US and rolled it out internationally for the first time.The scheme is designed to let content owners quickly and easily launch Roku streaming channels without having to manually build and code them.Roku Direct Publisher is supported by online video platform providers like Brightcove, Kaltura and Ooyala and content owners who use Roku Direct Publisher will have their content automatically included in Roku’s universal search function, in countries where it is available, making their videos more discoverable.“Traditionally the way that one gets their content onto a TV platform or mobile platform is to custom develop an app, or what we call a channel,” said director of product management for the Roku OS, Bill Shapiro, speaking to DTVE.“We are introducing a new way for content owners to get their content onto the Roku platform without having to create a channel or having to build an app, without having to write any code – which should allow them to be able to much more easily publish their content to Roku, as well as have a great user experience around that content.”Roku will initially support an advertising-based monetisation model where it will allow the publisher to provide their own ad information ad server information and insert adverts into their content.In the US Roku also handles inserting ads for publisher partners, and Shapiro said that this “may extend into Europe and elsewhere in the future”.Roku previously trialled the Direct Publisher programme in beta mode in the US with partners such as Mashable and Rolling Stone. It is now publicly available for the first time in the US as well as worldwide in countries where Roku has a retail presence.Roku currently claims to have more than 10 million monthly active accounts worldwide and sells its streaming players in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK and France. Roku additionally runs its Roku Powered programme in Germany, Austria, Italy and Australia and is soon to launch this in the Philippines.Roku Search includes more than 100 channels in the US and is designed to give a cross-service rundown of content, ordered by what is free or the lowest price for viewers. In the UK the search function currently covers roughly eight channels, including Now TV, Netflix and Google Play.The news comes a week after Roku introduced five new streaming devices in the US, Canada and Mexico in what it described as the biggest player launch in the company’s history.
Pay TV penetration in North America is set to drop to 75.2% by 2022, from a peak of 87.4% in 2013, according to new research.The Digital TV Research report predicts that the number of pay TV subscribers in the US and Canada will drop by 9% in the ten years from 2012 to 2022 – from 112 million to 102 million.At the same time the number of non-pay TV homes is tipped to climb from 20.69 million to 41.56 million over the same period.“Where are the lost subscribers in the decade to 2022 going? Some analogue cable subscribers will give up paying for TV services rather than convert to an often more expensive digital platform,” said Digital TV Research principal analyst, Simon Murray.“Cord-cutting is also a factor. It has been somewhat exacerbated by the traditional pay TV operators starting their own OTT platforms: satellite TV platform Dish provides Sling TV and DirecTV Now has recently started. Other distractions include Hulu, HBO Now and, of course, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.”The research said that the number of pay TV subscribers declined by 2 million in both 2015 and in 2016, but predicted this rate of decline will now slow down.Cable has been losing subscribers since 2011, partly because not all of the 18 million analogue cable subscribers recorded at the end of 2010 will convert to some form of digital pay TV platform, according to the research.However, digital cable TV and satellite TV is tipped to remain flat at about 57 million subscribers and 36 million subscribers respectively from 2015.Free-to-air DTT households are expected to climb by 10 million between 2016 and 2022 to 31 million.
MTG has completed the sale of its Baltic broadcasting business to Providence Equity Partners for a total cash consideration of €100 million (SEK960 million).The deal, which was first announced in March, is based on an enterprise value of €115 million and willresult in a preliminary net capital gain, realised in MTG’s Q4 results, of approximately SEK 580 million.The sale includes the Baltic region’s third-largest pay TV provider, subscription and ad funded streaming services and national commercial radio stations.It also includes MTG’s three Estonian free-to-air channels – TV3, TV3+ and TV6 – five channels in Latvia – TV3, TV3+, TV6, Kanals 2 and LNT – and three in Lithuania – TV3, TV6 and TV8.MTG said in March that the deal was part of its plan to transform itself from “a traditional national broadcaster” into a “global digital entertainer” in line with changing consumer habits. It said it would use the proceeds of the sale as part of its transformation process.MTG has been investing heavily in digital in recent times. Earlier this year it invested €82.6 million to increase its shareholding in mobile and browser-based games company, InnoGames, from 21% to 51%.Back in 2015 it also acquired a 74% majority stake in Cologne-based e-sports specialist Turtle Entertainment, which operates the ESL brand.
Channel 4 has invested in the new digital ad sales partnership established by ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany, TF1 in France and Mediaset in Italy and Spain.Channel 4 becomes an exclusive UK partner to the European Broadcaster Exchange (EBX) and takes a 25% stake in the new business along with each of the other three broadcasters.The newly created digital ad sales venture is expected to start trading in early 2018 and will be headquartered in London.EBX aims to establish a European video-on-demand exchange to cater for the growing demand for multi-territory video campaigns at scale, initially traded programmatically.It aims to forge deeper collaboration between the broadcaster partners, driving forward technological development in online advertising and helping them to compete more efficiently with global competitors like Google and Facebook.Channel 4 said that its involvement in the project will allow it to enter the pan-European digital ad sales market for the first time.Each of the partner broadcasters will be able to tap into digital revenues from adjacent ad markets by making available additional inventory on their broadcaster on-demand platforms.In time EBX said it aims to involve other European media companies and make their advertising inventories available, establishing an open model with its partners.“The demand for multi-territory digital ad campaigns in brand safe and transparent environments is increasing as the programmatic video ad market continues to grow exponentially across Europe,” said Jonathan Lewis, head of Digital & Partnership Innovation at Channel 4.“Our investment allows Channel 4 to cater for this demand exclusively in the UK market and forge closer strategic and commercially successful partnerships with key broadcasters in European markets which will in turn generate new digital revenues for Channel 4 to reinvest back into the UK creative sector.”ProSiebenSat.1, TF1 Group and Mediaset announced the establishment of EBX in June.
Cable mogul Charlie Ergen is stepping down as CEO of US satcaster Dish Network.Charlie ErgenErik Carlson, who took over Ergen’s role as company president two years ago, will replace him.The reshuffle sees marketing, programming and media sales chief Warren Schlichting become president of Sling TV, the over-the-top TV service that Carlson previously led as company president and COO.Brian Neylon, formerly EVP of customer acquisitions and retention, becomes group president of Dish TV, and EVP John Swieringa succeeds Carlson in the COO role.Carlson will continue to report to Ergen, who is stepping down to focus on Dish’s new wireless business. He will remain company chairman.“With more than 20 years’ experience at Dish, Erik brings a complete understanding of the business opportunities both Dish TV and Sling TV possess,” said Ergen.“I have every confidence that under Erik’s leadership our new organisational structure will deliver value for Dish TV and Sling TV and will aid our entry into wireless.”Carlson has been with Dish since 1995, and has been president since December 2015.Ergen had retaken the CEO post in April that year after Joseph Clayton retired.