Share Posted by TORONTO — A WestJet flight was grounded in Toronto after customs officers determined there were iguanas loose in the aircraft.WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart says a passenger on a flight from Cuba to Toronto was discovered to be carrying iguanas in his checked luggage.Stewart says the passenger had hidden four iguanas in his luggage but when they were discovered by customs officers in Toronto, only two of the lizards were in the suitcase.The flight crews were notified and the plane was stopped in order to have the cargo hold fumigated to prevent the escaped lizards from chewing through wires or damaging the aircraft.Stewart says the aircraft couldn’t fly on to Vancouver due to the delay, but passengers were transferred to another plane that left 50 minutes later.Stewart says this type of incident is uncommon but reminds customers to always book their pets with the airline ahead of time and bring them in proper carrying cases to ensure they are safe and comfortable.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe incident comes after a pet Gecko was lost on a flight in July. Tags: LOL The Canadian Press Monday, September 19, 2016 Iguanas on the loose in WestJet aircraft causing delay << Previous PostNext Post >>
“It’s such a roller coaster and I’m having a blast!”With the Winter Olympics starting in Sochi, Russia on 7 February, we chat travel, life, and stuff, with Team GB medal hopeful and rising star of women’s snowboarding, Aimee Fuller.Aimee is one of the most exciting talents in women’s snowboarding. she has already achieved a string of big results in slopestyle contests across the world and earlier this year became one of the first women to land a double backflip. Now she is one of Team GB’s brightest hopes for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. But what does she listen to on a plane? Find out in the first of our new series of celebrity interviews, ‘Welcome to my world’. Take it away Aimee…Where is the best place you have ever gone snowboarding… and why? I love Austria in the pre-season. You come off the mountain and can hop straight in the glacial pools. In the spring, it has to be Mammoth, USA, you get a combo of everything: snow, sun, and when you finish up on the mountain there is tons to explore from hikes to hot springs and mountain biking. When you’re not competing, where do you most often go snowboarding, just for fun? It has to be Mammoth again – the whole set-up is just insane. And the weather: it’s either fresh snow or sunshine, so it has to be my favourite.Do you have a ‘secret’ off-the-beaten track boarding location? If so, where is it? Not really, although I have been on some backcountry adventures. I went to Silverton, Colorado last year, and that’s pretty off-the-beaten-track. You have to hike up off the pass and it’s a great place to explore the natural terrain. Where is the most unusual place you’ve been snowboarding? I went to Lebanon three years ago, that was a pretty unique experience, just so different, but with some great slopes and the weather was pretty nice too.More: World’s weirdest ski resorts Where’s your favourite terrain park? Vans Penken Park, Mayrhofen. Where’s the best powder you’ve ever ridden? Silverton, Colorado What is your dream snowboarding location that you haven’t yet been to? I would love to go on a trip incorporating motorbiking and snowboarding, I think Norway could be a good zone for that, driving up through the Fjords… Do you ever go on holiday where there’s no snow? I love escaping the cold British weather. Last summer I went to Bali surfing, and I would love to go back there and explore some more this summer. It’s a magical place. Where was your best childhood holiday to.. and why? Probably Grand Canaria or Mallorca, I have such good memories from those trips with my family. Warm, gentle waves at the beach, a great place for families! Where is your favourite place in the British Isles? It has to be one of the coastal towns purely for the surf, I live in Belfast so I am going to give it to Portrush, purely for the surfing! but Brighton is rad! What gadget do you not leave home without? My phone for sure. It has everything on it that I need, and captures memories when you don’t have a camera!What one book would you read on the plane? I read Bradley Wiggins’ autobiography recently – that was pretty inspirational. Who would you listen to? Happy – Pharrell Williams What is your most indulgent luxury you take with you when you’re travelling? Hmm, I try to pack light, but I love having a candle in my room! How do you keep yourself occupied on a long plane journey? SLEEP. We travel so much, so it’s a great time to switch off from the world and just relax. I love that feeling when the plane door closes and you switch off from the world. What was your worst travel experience? Delayed flights. I have spent hours upon hours sat in the airport, that’s just boring! Who would be your idea travel companion? My boyfriend Ross. Or my snowboard buddy Jenny Jones. We always have a good time and keep things light-hearted when we get delayed. Do you feel any pressure when people tout you as being ‘Britain’s first Olympic snowboard medal winner’? No. I am just heading there to soak up the experience, it’s my first Games so it’s going to be a unique journey. Do you daydream about that moment when you receive your medal? No, it’s not all about that for me, I am just living in the moment and taking every day as it comes. It’s such a roller coaster and I am having a blast! What advice do you have for anyone wanting to get started in snowboarding? Get out there with your buddies and just enjoy it, don’t take it to seriously and just take things step by step. It’s not worth rushing your progression, that’s when injuries happen, just have fun! What makes you happy?Being out in the mountains with a good gang, riding for myself, and being with my family and friends._We wish Aimee all the best for the Winter Olympics (7–23 February). Get the latest on her exploits in Sochi on Twitter._Like this? You might also like these articles:10 Best Ski Resorts for Late Season Snow & Spring SkiingAirline ski fees: winter sports equipment charges revealedReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWinter Olympics cities past, present and futureWinter Olympics cities past, present and future7 Olympic holidays to get you going for goldInspiring active holidays to get you going for gold at Rio 2016.Flight Geek of the Week – Sam BaldwinFlight Geek of the Week – Sam Baldwin
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An 18-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell at the Central Prison in Nicosia early on Wednesday with police initially ruling out foul play.The man, Andreas Sofroniou from Limassol, who was in remand in connection with cases of burglary and theft, was found unconscious in the prison cell he shared with his uncle.On-duty wardens and nurses tried but failed to resuscitate him.Reports said no signs of drug use were found and suicide was also ruled out.Early findings by medical examiner Sofoclis Sofocleous ruled out suicide or foul play and suggested the man’s cause of death was vomit inhalation.Police are investigating the possibility of sudden-death syndrome, pending the findings of the post-mortem, to be conducted on Thursday at the Nicosia General hospital.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsJoint Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Research Joint Pain ReliefYahoo Search | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
02Jul Governor signs legislation to ease access to physical therapy treatment Categories: News State Rep. Margaret O’Brien (right) with Sen. John Moolenaar applauds the signing of Public Act 260 of 2014 to ensure greater access to physical therapy services.Michigan residents will now have direct access to physical therapy services thanks to recent legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, announced state Rep. Margaret O’Brien.Senate Bill 690, now Public Act 260, enables physical therapists to initially treat patients without a referral from a physician and provides the ability to assist patients without a prescription for 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever happens first. It also provides unlimited access to prevent injury and promote fitness.“I am beyond thrilled that direct consumer access to physical therapy has finally become a reality in Michigan,” O’Brien said. “After years of fighting for this cause, I want to applaud Senator Moolenaar, Governor Snyder, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who supported this commonsense reform to our healthcare system. I believe this will benefit patients and physical therapists in the state for years to come.”
The Legislature will receive quarterly updates pertaining to veterans’ care at state facilities under legislation submitted today by Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague.“Our military veterans deserve the best care possible in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans facilities,” said Rep. Hughes, vice chair of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “I hope this legislation will allow us in the House and Senate to know several key areas of interest when it comes to the care of those who have sacrificed for our country.”House Bill 5639 requires the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency or Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to report on staffing levels, patient complaints, distribution of pharmaceutical drugs, how patient funds are allocated and number of resident fatalities to House and Senate committees no later than Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1 of each year.The legislation follows the state Auditor General releasing a report on Feb. 19 that detailed multiple instances of fraudulent reporting and care at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs has had several hearings pertaining to the report.“The information shared in the Auditor General’s report was disturbing and completely unacceptable,” said Rep. Hughes. “House Bill 5639 will help make sure the care we all expect is actually taking place in Grand Rapids and Marquette.”HB 5639 was assigned to the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics. Categories: Hughes News,News 11May Rep. Hughes submits bill requiring regular updates on veterans’ care
Share11Tweet1ShareEmail12 Shares“Mitch McConnell” by Gage SkidmoreJuly 19, 2017; NewsmaxMany have spent the last few days wrapping themselves in a kind of happy blanket as the GOP repeal-and-replace bill has been facing the Great Unknown in a way we can only liken to one of those extended death scenes in a bad western. Indeed, even as we write this, President Trump has ordered everyone back to their rooms to finish the work of at least repealing, if not replacing, despite the fact that the prospect appears like it would be lucky to garner even forty votes. As they trudged obediently back, he tweeted:The Republicans never discuss how good their healthcare bill is, & it will get even better at lunchtime.The Dems scream death as OCare dies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017Oh, yes, he did!Some have celebrated as if this were a defeat not just of the health care bill, but of the GOP and the Trump presidency. “The stunning collapse of Obamacare on Tuesday forced Republicans to confront a sobering reality: Their party and agenda are in a deep hole, and it’s not going to be easy to get out,” Peter Sullivan of The Hill wrote. But not everyone sees such a disaster. For instance, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Drew Altman is of a different opinion, soberly writing in Axios that the defeat of Obamacare was rated, in terms of importance to GOP voters, behind the general direction of the country, jobs and the economy, and the personal traits of Hillary Clinton.“Republicans don’t like the ACA, and there is no doubt voting for repeal would be a real plus with the Republican base as well as with big campaign contributors,” Altman wrote. “But the assumption that Republicans will be punished if they fail to repeal the law is a different thing altogether; it has become unexamined conventional wisdom. Republican voters have other things on their minds that matter to them more than healthcare.”The next election is not until 2018, and the agenda could switch to taxes or a foreign conflict or the Trump administration’s continuing problems. In fact, the one thing most likely to keep the ACA on the agenda now would be an effort by the administration to undermine it, and it’s far from clear who benefits and loses politically from that.This is, in fact, is the most frightening immediate prospect—that the administration and some in the GOP would set their sights on forcing the health system into profound failure just to prove a point. While we would like to believe that this is beneath our congresspersons and certainly our president, many seem to be anticipating just that, so this may have been a relatively easy period for advocates. The next one could be expected to contain some collection of administrative and federal and state assaults.Many such scenarios have already been contemplated. Here is one:But how seriously should we take this threat? Very seriously, until we have proof that he doesn’t really mean it, or until Republicans take active steps to defuse it, which they can do if they choose to.Trump can indeed do a great deal of damage. He can “let Obamacare fail” by refusing to renew the so-called cost-sharing reductions…which are paid to insurers to subsidize out-of-pocket costs to millions of lower-income people.If he did this, insurers would probably have to hike premiums by enormous amounts, and many might exit the markets, further destabilizing them, potentially causing many millions to have no access to coverage. We know Trump sees this threat as working in his favor: Back in April, he explicitly threatened not to continue the payments for the express purpose of forcing Dems to negotiate with him. The administration didn’t go through with it, and the payments have continued, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be ended this time.Bipartisan action would forestall the devastation that would result from a non-renewal of the CSRs, and Republicans would probably be wise to go this way even as far as their re-election prospects are concerned, since polls now indicate that the public will hold Trump and Republicans responsible for further Affordable Care Act problems on their watch. But our predictive capacities are on the fritz right now, as so many rules seem not to apply.Let’s learn from Trump’s early feting of success in the Rose Garden after the House bill passed and not fall into the trap of thinking anything that has been won here cannot quickly be lost again.—Ruth McCambridgeShare11Tweet1ShareEmail12 Shares
Swiss pay TV service Swisscom TV is revamping its digital service with a raft of new digital applications and an updated video-on-demand platform.The Swiss platform, which is backed by the country’s telco, is launching a range of smart phone applications including a video-on-demand app, a weather app and a news app and has also increased the service’s tie-ins with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.The company has also increased the number of titles available on its Teleclub on Demand service, which launched five years ago, from 500 movies and TV series to 5,000.The company is also encouraging Swiss TV households that do not currently have a digital TV service to sign up ahead of analogue switch off with two new introductory packages. It is launching Swisscom TV Select, which has no monthly cost but allows access to the Teleclub VOD service, and Swisscom TV Smart, which costs CHF50 (€40) and offers more than 50 television channels. Existing subscribers to its basic TV package, meanwhile, will receive 16 HD channels on the service from December.
Russian service provider Rostelecom’s vice-president of strategic development, Vahagn Martirosyan, is to leave the company, according to local reports.Martirosyan, who took up his post in August last year and had previously been chief executive at Center Telecom, will leave on May 10.
Sony Pictures Television has completed its takeover of Wallander and Strike Back producer Left Bank Pictures.The Hollywood studio has acquired a majority stake in the British production company run by Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe. It will distribute future Left Bank television series and will also have a first look distribution option of the firm’s feature films.BBC Worldwide, which acquired a 25% stake in the company in 2007, will continue to distribute its back catalogue, but has reduced its stake in the company.The deal is one of the most significant purchases since Andrea Wong became president of international production at the studio last year.“In the UK right now we have really strong unscripted companies in Silver River, Gogglebox and Victory, we have great strength in factual entertainment, light entertainment and gameshows. Left Bank is an opportunity to bring a really strong scripted company into the group and round out our portfolio,” said Wong.As well as Wallander and Strike Back, Left Bank produces series including Sky’s Mad Dogs and ITV’s DCI Banks as well as feature films including The Damned United and All In Good Time.
Wuaki.TV, dubbed the ‘Spanish Netflix’, plans to launch across all major European territories, according to founder and CEO Jacinto Roca, the company’s founder and CEO.The platform, which is owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, is already in talks with content providers ahead of rolling out in new territories.Roca was speaking about Wuaki.TV at BBC Worldwide’s Showcase event. In response to a question from DTVE sister title TBI about its international ambitions, he said: “Rakuten aims to be one of the top internet companies in the world and as part of that vision [Wuaki.TV] will have a presence in the key European countries.”He did not specify where the service, which offers subscription and transaction-based services, would roll out first, but said it will be in the main European markets within the next three to four years.“We haven’t decided exactly when and where yet, but we are in conversations with the studios in key markets.”Rakuten has been aggressively acquiring and investing in media and entertainment companies. The e-commerce giant has recently acquired e-retailers Play.com in the UK, Priceminister in France and Ikeda in Brazil, as well as the Kobo e-book business. It has also invested US$100 million (€76 million) in photo-sharing website Pinterest.“Rakuten is on the offensive,” Roca said. “Wuaki.TV is the video component of what they are building outside Japan. We will target Play.com users in the UK and do the same with Kobo users. In both cases members will be able to use their existing username and password for Wuaki.TV.”Spain, Wuaki.TV’s domestic market, has one of the highest levels of illegal downloading of content anywhere and Roca said that the service he runs aims to “make content appealing for people who don’t consume content in the normal way”.He added: “We’re focused on premium content, but for people that don’t want to pay a high subscription, have a price-sensitive approach and are maybe not interested in sport.”Rakuten acquired Wuaki.TV last year at which time Roca said the deal would clear the way for the service to expand. in Spain, it has content deals in place with partners including Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Warner Bros.
TV technology provider KIT Digital is set to file for bankruptcy, in a move to recapitalise the company put its core operating into newly formed group called Piksel.The firm said that as part of its reorganisation plan its three largest shareholders had agreed to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US – a move that allows firms to reorganise their business affairs and assets and is generally filed by corporations that need time to restructure their debts.Through the plan, KIT Digital said that it “expects to be in a position to pay all vendors, suppliers and other holders of valid pre-petition claims.” It said that the chapter 11 would only impact the “non-operating parent company Kit Digital” and that its subsidiaries, including Ioko 365, Polymedia, Kewego, Multicast and Megahertz will not be impacted. These will make up the new entity, Piksel.“We are pleased to announce this comprehensive solution that will provide KIT with relief from the financial, legal, and regulatory issues currently encumbering it,” said non-executive chairman of the KIT Digital board, William V. Russell.“The plan allows all shareholders the opportunity to participate in the future growth of the company and at the same time it will complete the company’s restructuring by strengthening the balance sheet and positioning it for profitable growth.”Interim chief executive officer Peter Heiland added: “By moving the core businesses forward together unburdened by the issues currently plaguing the corporate parent, our customers and products can once again become the sole focus of this exciting business.”KIT’s bankruptcy filing is expected to happen by April 24.
BT Sport is making its magazine and live sport programming available to all Freeview, BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media viewers during October.Viewers will be able to watch BT Sport’s entertainment and chat shows and live sport on BT TV on Freeview channel 57 during the weeks beginning October 7 and October 14, from 19:00 in the evening.In addition to sports entertainment chows such as The Clare Balding Show, viewers will be able to watch live sporting action on the channel during these two weeks including the FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier between Spain and Belarus, the UEFA U21 Qualifier between England and Lithuania, the Skrill Premier match between Macclesfield Town and Southport and Bundesliga action between 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen.BT Sport will also be making BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN open during the weekend of October 26-27.Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said: “We want to give even more viewers the chance to see the new programmes and live sporting action happening on BT Sport during October. Making the channels open to all allows us to show how we are offering something for everyone, from sports entertainment shows through to exclusive live sporting action.”
Channel operator Chello Central Europe has acquired a 270-hour package of programming from FremantleMedia International.Five Chello channels – Spektrum, Spektrum Home, Film Mania, Film Café and TV Paprika – will get the FMI shows, and the film channels are acquiring drama series for the first time.The package includes over 70 hours of Jamie Oliver programming for Paprika. Spektrum will get The Layover and No Reservations, as well as Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone’s ten-part documentary The Untold History of the United States.Film channels – Film Mania and Film Café – will take scripted shows for Hungary and Romania including Wedding Band (pictured), an American comedy-drama series starring Brian Austin Green and Harold Perrineau, and the Australian drama series Winners & Losers.Chello Central Europe’s Chief Programming Officer, Katalin Radóczy, said: “The deal extends our long-term partnership and provides us with new programming genres and our channels in Central Europe with distinctive, high quality content, which will be consistent across all our markets. Having acquired so many hours of Jamie Oliver titles, we’re looking forward to developing him as the long-term face of TV Paprika across Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.”
The Multimedia-over-Coax Alliance (MoCA) has launched a certification programme for products running the MoCA 2.0 specification.“The MoCA certification program for MoCA 2.0 products will enable manufacturers to verify their next generation of connected home technology products,” said Stephen Palm, MoCA certification board chair, and senior technical director, Broadcom.MoCA technology is the worldwide standard for home entertainment networking. MoCA 2.0 offers two performance modes of 400 and 800 Mbps net throughputs, while MoCA 2.0 Golden Nodes, for testing interoperability, are available from both Broadcom and Entropic.
Russian broadcaster CTC Media has launched its Peretz channel in Kyrgyzstan following a deal with local distribution partner Evropa-Azia.Kyrgyzstan is the second international market for Peretz, which is also available in Belarus. Outside Russia, CTC also operates an international version of its flagship CTC channel in North America, Europe, Central Asia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Middle East and Kyrgyzstan as well as owning Kazakhstan’s Channel 31 and a subsidiary in Moldova.“Expanding CTC Media channels’ broadcasting internationally is part of the company’s long-term strategy. Evropa-Azia already owns the rights to distribute the CTC television channel’s signal in Kyrgyzstan. Peretz is now available in the country’s main cable networks and we plan on continuing to dynamically develop our technical penetration. In 2014 Peretz’s viewers will see quite a lot of new programmes and genres,” said Sergey Petrov, chief broadcasting officer for CTC Media.“We have been successfully working with CTC Media since 2012. I am certain that Peretz will not disappoint Kyrgyz viewers and will give us all a great deal of vividly positive emotions,” said Ayder Bekirov, CEO of Evropa-Azia.
Sub-Sahara Lusophone African TV service provider ZAP has partnered with Arris to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services.Satellite TV provider ZAP is to use Arris’ APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform to to merge network traffic and increase channel capacity, with system integrator Satcab deploying the solution.“Providing value-added services to our subscribers will ensure we continue to be the provider of choice for our customers. The rising demand for catch-up TV meant we had to upgrade and improve our delivery network,” said ZAP engineering and IT director Luis Henriques.ZAP is part owned by Portuguese pay TV provider Nos, launched in Angola in 2010 and offers TV services in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Portuguese speaking countries.
Marcus ArthurBBC Store, the forthcoming electronic sell-through service from BBC Worldwide, will likely be rolled out internationally sometime after its UK launch next year, with the BBC’s commercial arm mulling whether to adopt a subscription or a transactional model for the international service. Speaking at Informa’s Digital TV World Summit in London this morning, Marcus Arthur, president, UK and ANZ, BBC Worldwide said a subscription model was one option that the organisation was considering for a future international rollout.“We could make it a subscription service. When we go overseas we have a choice,” he said.Arthur said the BBC’s existing non-linear international service, the Global iPlayer, had been launched as a trial and had “limited traction”.He said BBC Store was “just another step on our roadmap to digital innovation”.“We are looking how to modernise that [Global iPlayer] with the platform we are building here. We will role it out. But it is important to get it right. Just now we are concentrating on getting it right here [in the UK] and we will do that first,” Arthur told conference attendees.Speaking to Digital TV Europe on the sidelines of the event, Arthur said BBC Worldwide would “choose one model” for the international rollout of the service.Arthur said the Global iPlayer, which is present in Australia and currently has about 13,000 subscribers, would be kept ticking over until a decision was taken on how to launch the new platform.He said that the rollout of channel brands BBC Earth, BBC First and BBC Brit remained at the core of BBC Worldwide’s international strategy, but that the rollout of a digital platform would be considered on a territory-by-territory basis. “We have a rollout strategy for those [channels] globally but we will prioritise digital innovation where we think we can win,” he told Digital TV Europe.Arthur earlier told conference attendees that BBC Store will be launched in the UK next year, and “will sit inside and alongside BBC iPlayer”, the BBC’s popular catch-up streaming and download service.Arthur said that BBC Store will provide an “opportunity to buy programmes from the BBC post the 30-day window” on iPlayer. He said that the BBC’s UK viewers were frustrated with the lack of availability of content beyond the 30-day window and lack of access to older archive content. BBC Store would change that, he said.“If you are on BBC iPlayer and you find the programme we will serve up programmes similar to it or previous series and you will be able to buy them,” said Arthur.BBC Store will initially be launched as a standalone product, but Arthur said it would be integrated with BBC iPlayer over time. Viewers using BBC iPlayer will be given an opportunity to purchase content, with this clearly identified as taking them into a commercial environment, when the free catch-up window expires. They will then be able to both purchase archive programmes from BBC Store and download free catch-up content from BBC iPlayer and store them in the same digital locker for viewing across “virtually all platforms”.Arthur said the thinking behind BBC Store reflected the fact that the BBC “needs to have a direct route to market”.“The choice we’ve made is to have our own route to market and that’s partly because we are licence fee-funded and a subscription route will not work in the UK,” he said.Arthur said BBC Store would “offer the most comprehensive collection of BBC content ever”. He said the service would be simple and easy to use and that “it would grow the overall market” rather than cannibalise the existing DVD sales business.“It will be a sizable chunk [of the consumer business] going forward and will give us a direct relationship with the consumer,” said Arthur. He said BBC Store is expected to “more than double our EST business”, currently based on sales via iTunes and Amazon, because the consumer will have greater choice.
Alan RyanTV technology provider Net Insight has named Alan Ryan as vice president of global sales.Ryan, who will join Net Insight at the latest on January 15, 2016, has more than 25 years of experience within the Telecoms and IT industry, including experience of international sales management focused on partnerships, alliances and channel management. Previous roles include sales director at MTI, UK, networking general manager at SCC and roles at TeliaSonera.He replaces Stig Stålnacke, who has decided to leave the company at the end of this year.“I am extremely excited to join Net Insight at a time when the media market is in a huge transformation. I look forward to building upon the strong market position of Net Insight and to develop relationships with customers and partners around the globe,” said Ryan.“I am pleased to have recruited Alan as our new VP of global sales since his experience in a variety of closely related markets and his understanding of multiple sales channels will be a huge asset in helping Net Insight to grow for the future,” said Fredrik Tumegård, CEO of Net Insight.“At the same time I also want to thank Stig Stålnacke for his sales efforts and more specifically contributing to establish Net Insight as an important provider in the North American market.”
Bouygues TelecomOrange is moving towards finalising its deal to acquire rival French multi-play operator Bouygues Telecom, with a possibility that an announcement could be made tomorrow, timed to coincide with its quarterly financials, according to French press reports.According to reports, discussions have been held up primarily by the need to strike a deal acceptable to the regulator, meaning that some assets must be divested to rival players SFR and Free, and by the number of shares in Orange to be held by Bouygues after the acquisition is complete.According to a report in Le Figaro, Orange is likely to take over only two million of Bouygues Telecom’s customers, while Free is likely to pay about €3 billion to €3.5 billion to secure a proportion of Bouygues’ mobile subscribers along with part of the customer base of its Bbox internet and TV service, its network and points-of-sale. SFR meanwhile is likely to acquire now-cost mobile operation B&You and part of the BBox base for about €2.5 billion.According to the reports, Bouygues Telecom is likely to end up with a stake in Orange in the order of 10%, less than previously envisaged because the French state is unwilling to see its stake fall below 20%.While Orange CEO Stéphane Richard has said that consolidation is not intended to result in an increase in prices, consumer association the UFC has expressed concern that a redistribution of Bouygues’ customers base could remove the urgency for operators to compete for new customers, leading to less price competition.