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October 27, 1999Construction crew works on the footing of the next phase of the EastCrescent.Photo by: Doctress Neutopia
State Rep. Sarah Lightner invites residents to join her for local office hours this month.“I always encourage residents to share their thoughts and concerns on matters of state government,” Rep. Lightner said. “As a legislator, I strive for solutions that help us work toward a better Michigan for our children and grandchildren.”Monday, Jan. 14: 11 a.m. to Noon at Cambridge Township Hall, 9990 M 50 in Onsted.Monday, Jan. 21: 11 a.m. to Noon at Eaton Township Hall, 3981 E. Clinton Trail in Charlotte.Monday, Jan. 28: 11 a.m. to Noon at Biggby Coffee, 3039 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Lightner at 517-373-1775 or via email at SarahLightner@house.mi.gov. 07Jan Rep. Lightner announces January office hours Categories: Lightner News
Eutelsat is exhibiting at ANGA COM on Stand H11, Hall 10.2 Eutelsat KabelKiosk has selected Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform to power a new wholesale OTT TV offering for its network operators.KabelKiosk, operated by Eutelsat Germany, is using the Tvinci platform to allow about 300 affiliate companies to provide an internet-based TV service to more than 3.5 million German homes.Using the KabelKiosk infrastructure and content, these affiliates can operate pay TV networks under their own brand and provide linear, EPG, restartTV, VOD and catch-up TV to their end users.The move marks an extension of Eutelsat KabelKiosk’s hybrid DVB & IP platform into a new multiscreen solution.Eutelsat KabelKiosk will make content available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Hbb TV set-top boxes and PCs or Macs, and KabelKiosk’s network operator partners can choose to customise the service as much or as little as they want.“Consumers are looking for a more immersive TV experience – something more than just a straightforward multi-screen service. Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform enables us to deploy a fully managed solution with an exceptional user experience,” said Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of Eutelsat visAvision, which operates KabelKiosk.Other partners involved in the development include Harmonic for ingestion, Broadpeak for CDN and Playready and Marlin for DRM. Rovi and PPS also helped supply VOD and EPG solutions, while Farncombe, a provider of product strategy and technical consultancy to the TV industry, helped to develop the solution.Tvinci sales VP Adina Eckstein told DTVE that the KabelKiosk service is designed to serve small and medium-sized operators. “In terms of market potential, we foresee this to be very, very successful. We have good reason to believe that it will be adopted by a very high number of operators,” she said.The service is expected to roll out for customers later this year.
Hulu is canning its ad-supported streaming and catch-up service with a chunk of the free content moving to a Yahoo View, a new service from the ISP.The core Hulu services will be paid-for US$7.99 (€7.20) and US$11.99 SVOD services. The news comes soon after Time Warner bought into the on-demand business for US$583 million, and ahead of Hulu launching its live streaming on linear nets, for which there are not yet any pricing details.Hulu has been moving away from its free service for some time, making it less easy to locate than via the paid service, and driving free customers to the paid-for alternatives. It has also, like Netflix and Amazon, been investing in originals and high-profile acquisitions such as Seinfeld, Homeland and Fargo.The company now says the free service is not in sync with that offering.“For the past couple years, we’ve been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalised content experience possible to our viewers,” said Ben Smith, head of experience, at Hulu.“As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy.”Yahoo, itself in the throes of being acquired by US telco Verizon, saidYahoo View is a “community TV-watching site”. It will have thousands of episodes of shows that were on the free Hulu service including network series Scandal and Empire. There will also be extras and links to related TV blogs.In a blog post, Jess Lee, vice president of Lifestyles Product for the ISP said: “We’ve seen awesome things happen when you add community and content together (think of the passionate communities on Yahoo Sports, Polyvore and Tumblr to name a few) and are excited to be taking this first step towards creating a powerful community TV-watching experience.“Today’s launch is only scratching the surface of what’s possible, and we are looking forward to rolling out more content and community-related updates soon!”