Here are Paolo Van Erp and David Tollas putting the form in place for the second planter. This will be the first concrete pour for the new workshop. Report follows. September 15, 2014This continues the report of an upgrade in the East Crescent Keystone area. You can see an elevation and a plan of this project in our report from August 15. and the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10 and 9/12/2014.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Concrete on the first planter box has set and the form has been removed.
The Italian antitrust authority has cleared Sky Italia of abusing its dominant position via the acquisition of UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup TV rights.The AGCM said that exclusive rights to the Champions League for 2012-15 were awarded through a competitive process and that Sky had subsequently agreed to sub-license the rights to the next two competitions to rival Mediaset, meaning that the games would be available on pay TV both on the satellite platform and on digital-terrestrial TV.It said there was no reason at present to doubt that the pair would strike a deal for sub-licensing of the 2014-15 tournament as well.The regulator noted in the case of the World Cup that the main matches would be aired on free-to-air channels, as guaranteed by a EU directive.The ruling followed a complaint filed by Mediaset in 2010.
The EBU is conducting a series of subjective tests to gauge the impact of higher frame-rates for UHDTV services in Munich this week.The tests, conducted by the EBU’s Broadcast Technology Futures group, make up of the heads of research labs of the BBC, IRT, Rai and NHK, is conducting tests at he IRT’s facilities.The move follows subjective UHDTV resolution tests last February that revealed that higher resolutions would not be enough to create a clearly perceptible difference compared to HDTV.The latest round of tests coincides with work being carried out to investigate other parameters required to generate a more immersive experience with UHDTV. These include include higher dynamic range and extended colour space as well as frame rates.The tests are designed to address questions including whether the current UHDTV standard specified by the ITU, which includes only the 120Hz higher frame rate, needs to be revised to incorporate other rates that are multiples of 50Hz. The EBU said that early indications supported the idea that higher frame rages are more appreciated by observers than higher resolution.
Francis KeelingDiscovery Communications has appointed former Spotify executive Francis Keeling to lead its digital strategy.Keeling becomes senior vice-president of international digital, based in London. He will develop new digital products and his appointment marks one of a number of new digital hires by Discovery.Jay Trinidad, who is currently running Discovery Northern Asia, takes on the additional role of managing director, digital ventures, running Discovery’s newly formed international digital ventures group.Meanwhile, former American Express exec Eugene Huang comes on board as senior vice president, product and technology, with a remit to build new digital products across multiple screens.All three digital hires will report directly to Discovery’s president of international development and digital, Michael Lang.Commenting on Keeling’s appointment, Lang said: “Francis is an outstanding digital executive who helped transform the music industry when its business model was disrupted by technological change. He also comes to us from Spotify, a company we respect tremendously, with a proven track record of serving digital consumer needs.”“Being able to attract world-class digital executives like Francis, Jay and Eugene into our business says a lot about our ambition as well as the opportunity they see for Discovery’s content and brands across the world as digital product offerings.”Keeling will be tasked with creating new partnerships and business opportunities for Discovery to bring its content to consumers “across every screen and service”.He will help develop and launch new digital products across various content genres and also play an active role in Discovery’s OTT initiatives – including its recently announced digital video joint venture in Germany with ProSieben.Keeling worked for a year as vice-president, global head of licensing at Spotify, prior to which he spent ten years at Universal Music Group, where he was the global head of digital and managed the transition from physical music sales to new digital formats.Trinidad will focus on expanding Discovery’s brands and entertainment business into “digital growth areas globally”. A former executive of Google, Square and McDonald’s Corporation, Trinidad joined Discovery last year as president of Japan and senior vice-president of Northern Asia.Huang most recently worked as vice-president of strategy and planning at American Express. At Discovery he will develop the company’s international products and services across multiple platforms.