For Kiwis, nothing compares to a summer holiday on the beach. Image: lostateminor.com The timing of the summer holiday period in New Zealand is again under the spotlight after a study revealed that almost a quarter of Kiwis wanted to move the traditional summer break to February.According to the findings of a study conducted by Tourism Bay of Plenty, 24 percent of respondents said they would prefer to have their summer holidays moved to a period when weather in the country is generally better, such as February.However, with 38 percent of respondents still against the proposition, and with an equal number undecided, the NZ government won’t be rushing into any decision anytime soon.Talking to the issue, Tourism Bay of Plenty general manager Rhys Arrowsmith said that although weather in February was “generally excellent”, this year the nation had also been blessed with “periods of settled and sunny weather in many parts of the country over the Christmas and New Year period”.The study found that 40 percent of Kiwis said wet weather was their ‘ultimate peeve’ while on summer vacation, while 20 percent flagged traffic as the most annoying.Despite NZ’s plethora of attractions, like its Fiordland, alpine regions and cosmopolitan cities, the survey identified beach (34%) and food/wine (21%) activities as being the most popular while on a summer holiday.In addition to this, respondents chose the beach/sea air (32%) as their favourite smell of summer, and waves on the beach (42%) as their favourite sound of summer. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
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04Oct Rep. Yaroch’s first responder protection bill advances to House Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch was approved Tuesday by the House Law and Justice Committee, a week after Yaroch testified to the need to improve protection for police, fire and emergency service personnel.Yaroch, who served for 26 years as a firefighter/paramedic in Clinton Township, was joined by EMS Chief John Gallagher of the Clinton Township Fire Department in supporting the three-bill first responder protection legislation before the committee on Sept. 26.“The state of Michigan needs to protect its first responders,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “My bill will make that a reality for fire and emergency medical services personnel, while the other bills will help our colleagues in the police and corrections departments. We need to work together to help protect those that respond when our fellow citizens are in danger.”The legislation includes a penalty of up to two years incarceration for anyone who targets or intimidates a first responder.The committee heard testimony from other police and fire officials on Sept. 26, including Detroit Police Chief James Craig, in support of the legislation.“There is enough inherent danger involved in the fire service and EMS; we don’t need to be constantly looking over our shoulder simply because we’re wearing the uniform,” said Yaroch. “We’re supposed to be the good guys, yet we’re seeing increased targeted attacks on first responders in our country. That must stop.”Yaroch’s bill, HB 4585, joined HB 4590, sponsored by Rep. Klint Kesto, and HB 4591, sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden, in advancing to the House floor with Tuesday’s vote.##### Categories: News,Yaroch News
Categories: Cole News,News Legislator votes for bill prohibiting taxation 05Oct Rep. Cole: Ban on local food taxes benefits families, farmers State Rep. Triston Cole today voted for legislation to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on the manufacture and sale of food and beverages.Cole, of Mancelona, said he is fully behind the measure prohibiting municipal governments from adding a tax on food. The Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act, the first state legislation in the nation to proactively ban local imposition of the taxes on all food, was introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker.“There are families in parts of Michigan where the state’s economic recovery has not been felt who are struggling just to put food on the table,” Cole said. “The average low-income family dedicates 32.6 percent of their total earnings toward groceries, and an aggressive local tax on food means some meals may have to be skipped.”The measure was introduced after communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania began taxing food sales and production. Cole said the consequences were immediate, with some grocery stores cutting the hours of or laying off employees because people were shopping in other cities that did not impose the tax.“There’s no such thing as a good tax, but allowing municipalities to impose a tax on the basic staples of nutrition would be almost criminal, not to mention the negative impact it would have on job creators and hard-working farmers” Cole said. “Our state constitution forbids levying state sales tax on food and beverages, and that ban should extend to local governments as well.”The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act is House Bill 4999.
07May Rep. Wendzel nets Steelheaders support for bill Categories: Wendzel News State Representative Pauline Wendzel has joined with Representatives Jim Lilly and Jack O’Malley to introduce legislation to modernize commercial fishing regulations in Michigan.“Sportfishing produces an economic output of over $3.7 billion and supports nearly 28,000 jobs across our state,” Wendzel said. “Michigan has some of the most precious natural resources in the world, and it’s important that we have modern regulations in place to protect our resources and ensure that people continue coming into our state to spend tourism dollars that support local communities.”Rep. Wendzel’s bill has netted early support from one of Michigan’s largest angling conservation organizations. Dennis Eade, Executive Director of the Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fishermen’s Association, is voicing strong support of Rep. Wendzel’s legislation. “The Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen’s Association fully supports Rep. Wendzel’s legislation to establish a commercial fishing statue that protects game fish, regulates gear used to take fish and establishes penalties which will protect our sport fishery. We have gone far too long with an antiquated statute that failed to establish best practices when it comes to harvesting fish in the Great Lakes.”“Our local sport fishermen support over 1800 jobs right here in Southwest Michigan,” Wendzel said. “My bill will protect Michigan’s natural resources and jobs right here in Berrien County.”House Bills 4567-4569 are now before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation for further consideration.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is to launch an interactive application for its show Sons of Anarchy using Technicolor’s recently announced MediaEcho application feature set.According to Technicolor, the Sons of Anarchy application uses its BD-Live functionality and audio watermarking technology to deliver synchronized content and e-commerce capabilities to Apple iPads.Consumers can download the Sons of Anarchy app at the Apple iTunes Store and experience second screen capabilities for the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 Blu-ray Disc box set. Viewers will be able to use the same app to synchronise with the Season 4 broadcast series starting with episode 9. While watching the show in real-time, consumers can purchase Sons of Anarchy branded show merchandise and other items with a touch of a button through an e-commerce marketplace, powered by Delivery Agent, according to Technicolor.
Polish pay TV operator Cyfra Plus is providing access to its online subscriber centre and internet radio services to subscribers with DVRs supplied by Pace.Subscribers with Pace DVRs can now access Cyfra Plus’s internet subscriber centre (ICA), allowing them to check the status of their account and reactivate their smartcards. They can also access the Moje Polskie Radio and Tuba.FM radio services. Moje Polski Radio gives access to 100 radio channels including 36 spoken word channels and 58 music channels as well as five national radio services. Agora Radio Group-owned Tuba.FM creates personalised playlists on the basis of listeners’ habits.
The European Broadcasting Union has selected satellite technology company NovelSat’s NS3 satellite modulation technology to distribute news and sports content within its global network.The EBU is using NovelSat’s NS3-powered NS1000 and NS2000 satellite modulators and demodulators. NovelSat said the deployment of its satellite modulation technology enables the EBU to reduce costs while increasing bandwidth availability and improving fade margins. The NovelSat equipment will be used in the transmission of live pictures of various sporting events this year, including broadcast feeds covering Formula 1, the London Olympics and the UEFA Euro 2012 football championship.“One critical task in maintaining the EBU’s leading market position is the need to reduce the cost of services provided over the EBU network. Our users’ demand for higher bandwidth is always increasing and the NovelSat solution allows us to substantially increase our payload bandwidth without increasing our satellite resource costs,” said Graham Warren, EBU director of network.
Discovery’s free-to-air general entertainment channel DMAX is to launch on satellite operator SES’ HD Plus platform in Germany in May.The male skewing channel, which airs local series including Die Ludolf and D Tech as well as international content including American Chopper and Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days, will become the 14th commercial broadcaster to sign up to the service, and will launch on May 1. It joins channels RTL HD, Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, Vox HD, Kabel Eins HD, RTL II HD, Super RTL HD, N24 HD, Tele 5 HD, Sport1 HD, Nickelodeon HD, Sixx HD, and Comedy Central HD as well as the country’s free-to-air broadcasters and public channels.Wilfried Urner, CEO of HD Plus, said: “With DMAX HD, one of the pioneers of HD is joining our platform. Documentaries and features are ideal formats for HD. The launch of DMAX HD and Super RTL HD on HD+ on May 1 will give the development of our platform a further push. With the start of additional free-to-air HD channels on 1 May and the large pay TV line-up in HD, the HD offer on the Astra Satellite System becomes very impressive and continues to be one of the most comprehensive and attractive HD line-ups in the market and even internationally.”
The European Commission has approved Cisco’s acquisition of NDS after concluding that the combined entity would continue to face competition from a number of strong industry players.The EC concluded that there was relatively limited overlap between Cisco’s and NDS’s TV hardware and software activities, particularly in the European Economic Area and that the combined company would not have market power in markets where there was crossover, such as between NDS’s pay TV software and Cisco’s set-top business.
More than 1.5 million unique users have played the BBC’s interactive Antiques Roadshow game since it launched in September.The live multiple-choice valuation game accessible via the red button was launched to coincide with the latest series of Antiques Roadshow. According to the BBC, those aged over 55 account for 62% of users, whilst making up 48% of the overall audience.A companion app for smartphones will launch in January.Antiques Roadshow series editor, Simon Shaw, said, “We’re delighted to see that the Roadshow play-along has become such a hit with our viewers. It seems a very natural development to the informal guessing games people have been playing since the programme first began 35 years ago.”
Turkish digital TV platform D-Smart has secured a multi-year movie programming agreement with US studio MGM.The deal gives the Dogan TV Holding-owned D-Smart, which offers frew and pay TV services, exclusive pay TV rights to feature films such as Carrie upcoming sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.D-Smart also gets an extensive number of catalogue movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Pink Panther and Some Like it Hot. These rights include HD and 3D where available.In addition to linear delivery, D-Smart will also offer the shows to its pay TV and OTT subscribers through digital service D-Smart Blu via smartphones and tablets.
More than 1.7 billion devices capable of streaming over-the-top (OTT) video from services like Netflix and Hulu are due to be shipped by the end of the year, according to new research by IHS.The Consumer Electronics Topical Report predicts that OTT-enabled device shipments will jump 20% compared to last year, when 1.43 billion units were shipped.“This will equate to enough OTT systems to accommodate almost one out of every four people on the planet,” said IHS, with OTT-capable equipment covered by the research including set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, smart TVs, games consoles, digital media streamers including Apple TV or Roku devices, media tablets, PCs and smartphones.IHS said that PCs and smartphones now account for the majority of OTT devices, and combined accounted for 836 million of the 1.43 billion OTT-capable devices shipped last year.However, the research said that the rest of the OTT device market is also “extremely large and growing at an accelerating rate,” with approximately 480 million non-PC, non-smartphone devices due to ship this year, up 30% from 2012.“Content owners, operators and consumers all are driving the proliferation of the OTT model. Content owners want to expand the market for the films, music and videos they own. Meanwhile, operators wish to use OTT in order to add value to their services and keep subscribers from cancelling TV subscriptions in favour of purely broadband connections—preventing what the industry calls ‘cutting the cord.’ Consumers, for their part, desire access to a wide variety of media at the time and place of their own choosing,” said Jordan Selburn, IHS senior principal analyst, consumer platforms.OTT device shipments are tipped to grow another 20% next year and reach some 2.67 billion units by 2017. IHS said that by then, shipments will have expanded by 86% from 2012 volumes, marking “phenomenal growth by any measurement.”
Sony Pictures Television’s on-demand service Crackle has signed a multi-year licensing deal with NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution.The deal gives Crackle exclusive ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) rights feature films such as the Miami Vice reboot, war drama Jarhead, the remake of King Kong; and Academy-winning biography Ray.As of today, the films will begin becoming available, with more than 140 library titles to come over the nextthree years.“As an ad-supported, over-the-top network we pride ourselves on having a prime selection of premium content,” said Philip Lynch, senior VP, digital networks and games, SPT. “Bringing NBCUniversal’s collection of library films to Crackle complements our original programming and reinforces our commitment to provide viewers with even more streaming choices.”The news comes soon after DTVE’s sister title TBI broke the news Crackle’s service in the UK had been discontinued.
The former editor of popular gossip magazine Heat, Sam Delaney, has joined Comedy Central UK as editor-in-chief, digital.Delaney is joining the Viacom International Media Networks-owned comedy channel to boost its digital presence. This will see him commission original content from producers and create a hub of funny videos, lists, articles and quizzes featuring major celebrities.He will also curate a ‘digital viewing catalogue’, which will comprise clips from programmes on the UK channel, as shows currently airing on Comedy Central in the US that are yet to be seen in Britain.“Having worked on youth brands such as Heat, Sam is exactly the sort of person I want on board to help deliver our digital vision,” said Jill Offman, managing director, Comedy Central UK and senior VP, comedy, VIMN. “His expertise in engaging with 16-34s will be instrumental in helping us create a digital offering that our young audience will really love and want to actively participate in.”Delaney, who hosts radio talk shows and writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines, is best known for a two-year stint as editor of Heat.“We’ll be providing a platform for comedy fans to watch, enjoy and share all types of funny stuff, ranging from viewer videos to material from well-known writers, performers and filmmakers,” he said. “Plus, we’ll be roping in some random celebs to make fools of themselves for our audience too.”
Ed RichardsOfcom has said it will make the 700MHz frequency band that currently forms the bedrock of digital-terrestrial available for mobile broadband applications.The regulator said the switch would take place by the beginning of 2022 and possibly up to two years earlier, citing the claim that demand for mobile data “could be 45 times higher by 2030 than it is today”.Ofcom said that only a small minority of digital-terrestrial TV households might need to change their rooftop aerials to continue to receive terrestrial broadcasts after the switch takes place and that this is unlikely to be necessary before 2019.“This is a crucial next step in the development of the UK’s communications infrastructure. This decision ensures that we are making the raw materials available with which investors and companies can build the services which will support the digital economy of the future,” said Ofcom CEO Ed Richards.“More spectrum will be available for mobile broadband where demand is especially high, but the UK will retain a competitive terrestrial television platform as well.”Ofcom said in its statement on the decision that the change would deliver benefits of “at least” £900 million (€1.13 billion) to £1.3 billion, with benefits likely to be “greater the sooner change happens, as earlier access to spectrum will enable mobile network operators to meet consumer demand more efficiently”.Ofcom said that the 700MHz spectrum was “especially valuable” to mobile because it enabled signals to be transmitted further, including through walls, and because many other countries already use or plan to use the band for mobile data, giving rise to economies of scale.It estimated that the costs would amount to between £550 million to £660 million as a result of changes to the DTT transmission infrastructure. It estimated the additional opportunity cost to existing users at 17% of the total costs.The overall cost is higher than Ofcom’s previous estimate of between £470 million to £580 million, thanks to an upward revision in earlier assumptions about the lifespan of DTT consumer reception equipment.“In the light of our cost benefit analysis, we considerthat change of use of the 700MHz band is in the best interests of UK citizens and consumers and we have therefore decided to go ahead with the change,” said Ofcom.Ofcom cited the findings of an Analysis Mason report it commissioned last month to support its analysis of future spectrum demand.The report admitted that the benefits of reallocation are “somewhat uncertain” but asserted that network cost savings for mobile are likely to have a net present value of between £195 million and £297 million on the assumption that two blocks of 30MHz are made available to mobile broadband.Benefits from improved coverage, capacity and performance were “less certain”, said Analysis Mason, but were estimated at between £182 million and £658 million.
UK pay TV operator Sky has won the rights to exclusively broadcast live Major League Soccer (MLS) from the US for the first time. The four-year MLS deal begins in March, with Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis commenting that “football in the US and Canada has enormous potential for growth.”The news comes in the same month that Sky agreed to pay £1.39 billion (€1.87 billion) per year for live Premier League football rights for the seasons 2016/2017 to 2018/2019.At a total of £4.2 billion for the three years, this marks an 83% increase on the cost of Sky’s existing contract, but includes rights to air 126 fixtures per season, compared to 116 currently.
Liberty Global-owned central and eastern European satellite TV provider UPC DTH is adding Scripps Networks International’s Fine Living and Food Network channels to its line-up.Food Network will be available on channel 92 to Plus Pak customers for UPC Direct/freeSAT customers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and Mozaic customers for Focus Sat in Romania. Fine Living will be available on channel 91 to Plus Pak customers for UPC Direct/freeSAT and Familia customers for Focus Sat.In order to make room for these channels UPC DTH will be removing Blackbelt TV and Sportklub from the line-up.Food Network will premiere new South African show Siba’s Table: Fast Feasts featuring Food Network chef Siba Mtongana, in March, while Fine Living will include in its line-up shows such as Killer Kitchen Makeover and Keasha’s Perfect Dress.“We are pleased to bring lifestyle inspiration to our customers with the addition of Food Network and Fine Living. We regularly survey our customers to be sure we are meeting their expectations in programme content and assortment. This addition will strengthen our Plus Pak in our Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as the Familia and Mozaic packages for Focus Sat customers in Romania. These additions will further enhance our already rich package options for customers providing more choice” said Zoltan Pinkola, regional director of sales and business development for UPC DTH.Jon Sichel, managing director, Scripps Networks UK and EMEA said: “We have a long standing relationship with UPC and are pleased to develop our partnership with one of the most recognised and respected platform providers in Europe. We will be bringing our high-quality food entertainment and lifestyle channels to a bigger audience than ever before.”
Eric AchtmannVideo technology start-up V-Nova, which has been operating in stealth mode for the last five years, has unveiled a new compression technology that it claims will revolutionise video distribution by permitting the delivery of UHD quality at current HD bitrates, HD at SD bitrates, and SD video at audio bitrates.V-Nova unveiled its Perseus compression technology at a press and analyst event in London on Monday. The company says its proprietary technology can provide compression or the order of a factor of two or three over existing MPEG technologies, including HEVC, H.264 and – for contribution applications – JPEG2000.V-Nova’s technology has been developed and tested over the past five years within an Open Innovation consortium of over 20 companies and organisations, including Broadcom, the European Broadcasting Union, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Intel, and Sky.“This is a new way to compress video. The benefits are clear, it shifts the entire bitrate-quality curve…and it means we can offer UHD quality at HD bitrates,” said Eric Achtmann, executive chairman of the London-based outfit.Achtmann said the technology would enable the deployment of mass-market video services in emerging markets by enabling the distribution of video over 4G, 3G or even 2G networks, with standard definition video distributed at sub-audio bitrates. “For the one third of the world that still has insufficient bandwidth for video…[this] means that if you can receive a call you have the ability to receive video,” he said.V-Nova claims to use standard off-the-shelf hardware and says its technology can be overlaid on MPEG, meaning that existing video distribution players can use it to provide services.Guido Meardi, CEO and founder of V-Nova, like Achtmann a former McKinsey & Company executive, said that V-Nova had stepped outside the framework of MPEG compression to use hierarchical compression techniques and “massive parallelism”.V-Nova has high-profile backers and the company has been working with Sky Italia on using its technology, initially for contribution applications.Sky Italia’s head of engineering and innovation Massimo Bertolotti was on hand at the launch event to provide details of what the company has been working on. “Contribution was the perfect ecosystem where a new technology can be tested,” he said. Sky previously used JPEG2000 for contribution but is switching to Perseus, with a target date of June for completion of the transition.V-Nova demonstrated contribution output at 300Mbps at the event, compared with 1Gbps for JPEG2000, based on a live uncompressed 12Gbps feed. It also showed the same live feed in UHD at 8Mbps compared with a 21-27Mbps HEVC feed. Another demo showed UHD Profile D recorded content at 8Mbps, compared with a HEVC feed at 21Mbps.Actmann said that V-Nova’s patents were “clean”. V-Nova plans to license the technology and has no current plans to make it available for standardisation. The company believes that the step-change in compression it offers will be compelling to broadcasters and video service providers.“We have seen lots of incremental change sin codecs for decades,” said Achtmann. “The fundamentals have not really changed. Where the incremental benefits are 10-20%, the business case [for change] is hard to justify. When you show a five times improvement, this is no longer an incremental change but a paradigm shift.”V-Nova’s launch comes as the creation of a new patent pool for HEVC compression has raised the possibility that the deployment of services using the standard could be slowed down. Last week a new group, HEVC Advance, said it would begin licensing patents for HEVC/H.265, likely meaning additional costs for producers and distributors of 4K content.The initial list of licensors is expected to include GE, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips and Mitsubishi Electric. Royalty rates and licensing terms will be made available in the second quarter. The HEVC Advance patent pool will formally launch in the third quarter of 2015.
Matthew PostgateThe BBC will increasingly use the web to deliver programmes and services to viewers in the future, according to chief technology officer, BBC Engineering, Matthew Postgate. Outlining his vision for the future, Postgate said that BBC Engineering’s priorities are to “make sure we’re flexible, efficient and can take advantage of all the digital developments happening in broadcasting.”He claimed that the web and new technology is “changing broadcasting fast”, with people already able to film broadcast quality content using just a smartphone. Postgate said this is not only changing how people watch and listen to programmes, but how the BBC will make them.“We will increasingly use the internet to deliver programmes and services to you in the future – whether that’s to the big screen in the living room or the smartphones and tablets scattered over the house,” said Postgate in a BBC blog post.“This opens the door to entirely new forms of content that are much more data-intensive than audio or video – things like Ultra-HD or virtual reality for example. I’m not saying these technologies will take off overnight, or that they’ll take off at all for that matter, and traditional broadcast technology will continue to be critically important for many years.”Postgate said that the £1.1 billion in savings that the BBC has delivered across the corporation since 2007 was in large part due to innovation, and that BBC Engineering is in the process of transforming the way it procures and manages its biggest technology contracts.“We are moving away from one monolithic, long term contract with a single supplier, to multiple shorter-term contracts with a number of specialist companies. We are saving £90m over the next two years and we expect to deliver similar savings once we’ve completed the transition,” said Postgate.“Because of this tremendous pace of change, our foundations need to become more flexible than we’ve ever needed them to be in the past. It’s no use laying the groundwork for a factory when in three years’ time we find we need an apartment block.”BBC Engineering, formerly known as BBC Technology, is the division that keeps the BBC’s services on-air and covers everything from transmission for TV and radio to cameras, mixing desks, email and business systems.