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Blackface other insensitivities ran rampant in 8

first_imgBlackface, other insensitivities ran rampant in ’80s culture FILE -In this Jan. 18, 1987, photo, Atlanta city councilman, Rev. Hosea Williams, in overalls, leads a march against efforts to keep Forsyth County in Georgia all white past counter-protesters near Cumming, Ga., as a crowd waves Confederate flags and jeer the marchers. Racial stereotypes and racist imagery in popular culture seemed to be everywhere in the chaotic 1980s when future Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and future Attorney General Mark Herring admitted dressing up in blackface. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 12:21 pm PDT At the time Virginia’s future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy “Trading Places.”Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as “smart” while describing his black NBA opponents as athletically gifted.Such racial insensitivities ran rampant in popular culture during the 1980s, the era in which Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the state’s attorney general, Mark Herring, have admitted to wearing blackface as they mimicked pop singer Michael Jackson and rapper Kurtis Blow, respectively.Meanwhile, Chicago elected its first black mayor, Michael Jackson made music history with his “Thriller” album, U.S. college students protested against South Africa’s racist system of apartheid and the stereotype-smashing sitcom “The Cosby Show” debuted on network television.It would be another 10 years before the rise of multiculturalism began to change America’s racial sensibilities, in part because intellectuals and journalists of colour were better positioned to successfully challenge racist images, and Hollywood began to listen.“We are in a stronger position to educate the American public about symbols and cultural practices that are harmful today than we were in the 1980s,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.During the ’80s, college faculties and student bodies were less diverse, Gates said. Some scholars who entered college during the 1960s had yet to take on roles in which mainstream culture would heed their cultural critiques, he said.At the time Northam and Herring put on black makeup, Hollywood and popular culture still sent messages that racial stereotypes and racist imagery were comical and harmless, despite pleas from civil rights groups and black newspapers.Herring was a 19-year-old University of Virginia student when he wore brown makeup and a wig to look like rapper Kurtis Blow at a 1980 party. Three years before that, white actor Gene Wilder darkened his face with shoe polish in the movie “Silver Streak” co-starring Richard Pryor. He used a stereotypical walk to impersonate a black person living in an urban neighbourhood.On television, viewers could see a Tom and Jerry cartoon featuring the character Mammy Two Shoes, an obese black maid who spoke in a stereotypical voice. The 1940s cartoon series was shown across several markets throughout the 1980s. Television stations ignored complaints from civil rights groups.Elsewhere, Miami erupted into riots following the acquittal of white police officers who killed black salesman and retired Marine Arthur McDuffie in what many called a case of police brutality. President Jimmy Carter visited and pressed for an end to the violence, but a protester threw a bottle at his limousine as he left.When Northam wore blackface to imitate Michael Jackson and copy his moonwalking skills at a 1984 San Antonio dance contest, television stations still aired Looney Tunes episodes with racially insensitive images using Bugs Bunny and other characters despite some controversial episodes being taken off the air in 1968.African-Americans, however, had reason to be hopeful amid electoral gains. A year before, in 1983, Chicago became the latest city to elect a black mayor, Harold Washington, after activists registered 100,000 new black voters. That election, Jesse Jackson later said, paved the way for him to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 1984.“It was out of that context that my own candidacy emerged,” Jackson said in the 1990 “Eyes on the Prize” documentary. Jackson lost the nomination to former Vice-President Walter Mondale.Two years after Northam’s moonwalk performance, the comedy “Soul Man” hit theatres. In the movie, Mark Watson, played by white actor C. Thomas Howell, takes tanning pills in a larger dose to appear African-American so he can obtain a scholarship meant for black students at Harvard Law School. The movie drew a strong reaction from the NAACP and protesters to movie theatres.Still, “Soul Man” took in around $28 million domestically, equivalent to around $63.5 million today.Despite those images, new and popular black cultural figures also emerged, including Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey and a young Michael Jordan. Black Entertainment Television, or BET, was founded in 1980 by businessman Robert L. Johnson, giving the country access to black entertainment using 1970s sitcoms and music.But as Nelson George argued in his book “Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant and Tragic 1980s as Experienced by African Americans,” BET failed to counter negative images by relying on free music videos and investing little money in original programming. “Through this conservative strategy, BET prospered while offering little new to a community starved for images of itself,” George wrote.In addition, the new black cultural figures rarely engaged in politics or spoke out against racial injustice.Sometimes, stereotypes and comments did result in consequences. For example, CBS fired sports commentator Jimmy Snyder, known as Jimmy the Greek, in 1988 after he suggested in a television interview that black athletes were better because of slavery. The Los Angeles Dodgers fired general manager Al Campanis in 1987 for saying on ABC’s “Nightline” that blacks “may not have some of the necessities to be, let’s say, a field manager or perhaps a general manager” and they were poor swimmers.In 1987, black demonstrators marched in all-white Forsyth County, Georgia, to protest the racism that kept blacks out for 75 years. They were promptly attacked by white nationalists hurling rocks and waving Confederate flags. The shocking images sparked national outrage and led Oprah Winfrey to air an episode of her then-5-month-old syndicated talk show from the county.“What are you afraid that black people are going to do?” Winfrey asked the audience.“I’m afraid of them coming to Forsyth County,” one white man told her.Today, Gates said, people can no longer claim ignorance. While it should have been understood that blackface was offensive during the 1980s, one might have had to go to the library to learn exactly why, he said.“We also have more records digitized,” Gates said. “The access to archives is larger, and we have more diversity in the media so we can say these images are painful … and why we shouldn’t use them.”___Associated Press Writer Russell Contreras is a member of the AP’s race and ethnicity team. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras.Russell Contreras, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Swearing in 2013

first_img09Jan Swearing in 2013 Categories: News Rep. Gail Haines is sworn into her 3rd term as state representative by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as her husband David looks on.last_img

Rep Canfield invites residents to June office hours

first_img Categories: Canfield News 13Jun Rep. Canfield invites residents to June office hours Rep. Ned Canfield, R-Sebewaing, invites residents of the 84th House District to attend his in-district office hours on Monday, June 27, in Harbor Beach and Bad Axe.“I encourage all residents with questions and concerns regarding state government to come join me later this month,” Rep. Canfield said. “Your input is vital to ensuring our district is the very best it can be.”Office hours will be held at the following times and locations:Harbor Beach Area District Library105 N. Huron Ave. in Harbor Beach12:30-1:30 p.m.Bad Axe Public Library200 S. Hanselman St. in Bad Axe2:30-3:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Canfield by phone at 517-373-0476, or by email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

Rep Tedders Patriot Week bill heard by committee

first_img Categories: News,Tedder News The House Government Operations Committee this week heard testimony on legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder declaring the week of Sept. 11 to 17 Patriot Week in Michigan.Tedder, of Clarkston, said the bill designates the week every year as one during which people should reflect on the past and celebrate the nation’s history. The week begins on the anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on America in 2001 and ends on Constitution Day, when the document was signed by the Constitutional Convention in 1787.“Patriot Week is a time to look back at our nation’s founding, the principles that molded the direction of our country, and the physical symbols of our history and our freedom to renew our spirit and unity as a nation,” Tedder said. “In order to have a future as a free republic, we must continually review and gain a new understanding of our past and the events that led to the formation of the United States.”The bill encourages citizens, schools and government, as well as public organizations, to participate in Patriot Week by celebrating the founding and development of the United States.Joining Tedder in testimony before the committee was Oakland County Sixth Circuit Judge Michael Warren, who originated the concept of Patriot Week, and Areyon Jackson, a senior at Cornerstone Schools.The bill remains under consideration by the committee.##### 14Sep Rep. Tedder’s Patriot Week bill heard by committeecenter_img Legislator seeks week to celebrate national heritagelast_img read more

Rep Bellino announces local office hours

first_img Categories: Bellino News 05Dec Rep. Bellino announces local office hours State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Dec. 18 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Bellino said. “This commitment is why I will continue to hold office hours and meet with constituents every month, as I have since taking office in January.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock; and10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 S. Monroe St. in Monroe.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530, email JosephBellino@house.mi.gov or visit www.RepBellino.com.last_img read more

Full Employment is Good for Communities and Workers but Is It Good

first_imgShare16Tweet23Share55Email94 SharesSeptember 18, 2017; New YorkerAfter stagnating for over a decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau the income of U.S. households is “finally picking up.” Some of the biggest gains were found in black and Latinx households—10 percent for black households and 11 for Latinxs.After taking account for inflation, it found median household income slightly above 2007 levels. The median household income represents the center of income distribution; it tells us how the middle class is doing.John Cassidy, of the New Yorker, writes, “Even allowing for these qualifications, though, there is no doubt that incomes have jumped quite a bit since the end of 2014—coinciding with a drop in the jobless rate, from 5.6 percent to 4.4 percent.”Much of this has to do with the low unemployment level. “When the unemployment rate is high, full-time jobs are hard to find and workers have little bargaining power,” writes Cassidy. This lowers wages and income. “Conversely, when the unemployment rate is low, full-time jobs are easier to find,” and wages and income increase because employers have to work harder to attract employees.According to the Census Bureau, female and low-paid workers have been benefitting from this trend. The increase in minimum wage in some states has contributed to this. Cassidy notes that we’ve seen this trend before and surmises that full employment should be a governmental goal.Some of this can be attributed to the Federal Reserve’s Janet Yellen and Stanley Fischer, who have a congressional mandate “to maintain both maximum employment and stable prices.” One tactic was to not raise interest rates more rapidly, which allows the unemployment rate to decline.They expect wages and income to continue increasing through 2017. Lesson learned: Maintaining full employment increases the bargaining power of workers, is key to raising wages, and should be the goal of any responsible government, especially progressive ones.One note to nonprofits: A healthy job market means higher wages, which means substandard jobs go wanting. We have discussed many times in these newswires that whole, rapidly expanding fields of direct care nonprofit work offer low wages, unpredictable hours, and few benefits. In a jobs-rich market, this is a disaster waiting to happen, both for those who need the services, mainly the most vulnerable, and for the nonprofits running those services.NPQ has often warned nonprofits in the wage ghettos of the sector to make other plans and build financial models that attend to the best interests of workers. It should not have to come to the kind of labor shortage “crisis” that a good jobs market causes.—Cyndi SuarezShare16Tweet23Share55Email94 Shareslast_img read more

South African pay TV provider MultiChoice has open

first_imgSouth African pay TV provider MultiChoice has opened a new customer service centre in Durban to complement its existing facility in Umhlanga, serving the KwaZulu-Natal province.The new centre, open five days a week will provide customers with the ability to pay for services and will also provide technical support.last_img

Facebook is reportedly looking to sell 15 second T

first_imgFacebook is reportedly looking to sell 15 second TV-style ad spots for its site, with plans to roll out the scheme later this year. According to a Bloomberg report, Facebook plans to sell commercials for between US$1 million (€756,000) and US$2.5 million per day in a bid to muscle-in on ad dollars that have traditionally gone on TV campaigns.The report says that though Facebook already lets advertisers upload videos to their Facebook page, the new service would let marketers buy their way directly into a person’s feed with their 15-second video and allow them to target users based on age and gender.last_img

Nippon TV has acquired the international business

first_imgNippon TV has acquired the international business of streaming and catch-up service Hulu.The Japanese free-to-air broadcast group will take control of the SVOD service this spring assuming the necessary regulatory approvals are forthcoming.The deal marks Hulu’s withdrawal from the international market. Amid several changes in its ownership structure Hulu will now focus on its domestic US business.In the past it has touted international ambitions and has talked to content providers in the UK and other territories although never managed to launch anywhere internationally aside from Japan where it rolled out as a subscription service in September 2011.The Japanese Hulu has 13,000 episodes of content from about 50 different providers. The deal involves Nippon licensing the Hulu brand and technology and providing the necessary support to run the service in Japan. No financial terms were disclosed.“In addition to terrestrial broadcasting and [satellite] broadcasting, Nippon TV is looking forward to succeeding Hulu’s business as a new path to deliver content through the Internet,” said Yoshio Okubo, president, Nippon TV. “Hulu’s sophisticated brand, wide content line-up, and its outstanding technology are very attractive. We feel a big potential in the brand and service Hulu has created.”In a blog post Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said: “We have now reached a point in the growth of the business in Japan where we feel the best path forward is to sell the company to a strategic buyer.” He added: “I’m confident that the Hulu business in Japan is in very good hands, and Nippon TV will take the service to new heights, with the added benefit of allowing us to focus on our growing business here in the US.”Hulu is a joint venture between NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox, and The Walt Disney Company.last_img read more

Kabel Deutschland cable remains the most popular

first_imgKabel Deutschland: cable remains the most popular distribution technology in GermanyThe split between cable, satellite and other transmission technologies has changed little in Germany over the last year, with analogue cable still accounting for a significant share of homes, but internet video viewing has grown markedly over the last year, according to the latest edition of an annual survey by the country’s media authorities. Cable remains the most popular distribution technology with a 46.3% share, flat year-on-year, followed by satellite with 17.8%, down marginally. Digital-terrestrial TV has a 10% share, down 1%, while IPTV had a 4.9% share, flat year-on-year.Digital TV reaches 83.8% of homes, up from 80.8% last year. About 62.9% of cable homes are digital, up from 55.9%. Digitisation of cable ranges from just 55.3% in Bavaria to 69.9% in neighbouring Baden-Württemberg.A total of 37% of Germans have connected their TVs to the internet, with 31.2% connecting via a PC, laptop or tablet and 18.7% connected their TV direct to the web. About 7.9% of Germans view internet video content via smart TVs, up from 4.9% last year, while 21.6% view web content via devices connected to the TV, up from 16.7%. Tablet viewing has grown from 6.3% to 11.9%, while PC and laptop viewing has remained stable at 40%. Smartphone viewing stands at 14.4%, up from 11.2%.About 45.4% of Germans used at least one device to view web video this year, up from 42.7%.last_img read more

The 2015 edition of German trade fair ANGA COM is

first_imgThe 2015 edition of German trade fair ANGA COM is now open for exhibitor registrations.Registrations are available for the show, which will run in Cologne from June 9-15, on the event website.Cable association ANGA, which organises the event, said that over 75% of exhibitors from the 2014 event immediately rebooked for the next show, with two third rating the overall result of their participation this year as either very good or good, with 23.8% describing it as satisfactory.Peter Charissé, managing director ANGA COM said, “With 450 exhibitors and more than 17,000 visitors, ANGA COM 2014 reached again a record level. Compared to the previous year, the total of visitors has increased again by 1.5 percent. Also next year, ANGA COM will bring together broadband and media in a concentrated and international form.”last_img read more

Polish pay TV provider nc has secured rights to a

first_imgPolish pay TV provider nc+ has secured rights to air coverage of Polish football league matches for the next four seasons after striking a new deal with the Ekstraklasa, and has teamed up with Discovery to air certain matches on Discovery-owned Eurosport 2.Under the new deal, matches will be aired live on Canal+, with some games broadcast on Eurosport 2. The contract also allows nc+ to air Polish football on Vivendi-owned video site Dailymotion for expatriate fans.The latest deal gives nc+ rights to air Ekstraklasa matches for the four seasons beginning this year. The pay TV broadcaster said its deal with Discovery would enable its subscribers to view all matches broadcast during the season. Under the partnership, nc+ will air six live matches, including the four most attractive matches in each round of the championship. The remaining four matches will be split between the pay TV broadcaster and Eurosport 2, which is also available on the nc+ platform.Discovery’s involvement is in line with its stated strategy of investing in premium rights on a case-by-case basis. Discovery International president JB Perrette told DTVE in March that the group would look to team up with local pay TV providers to complement premium operator-owned sports channels.last_img read more

By 2019 more than 50 of TV households in the Unit

first_imgBy 2019 more than 50% of TV households in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the US and Japan will have smart TVs, according to IHS.The research firm said that smart TV adoption has improved in China and many developed regions as consumers increasingly seek streamed content from online video services.In Western Europe, Germany and the UK are expected to reach 53% penetration for smart TVs in 2019, followed closely by France at 50%, according to IHS.It said that smart TV household penetration in Japan has already reached 50% and will rise to 63% in 2019, followed by the United States at 57%.“Increasing demand for 4K resolution, the debut of high dynamic range (HDR) for both hardware and content, and access to streaming content that supports these features will accelerate smart TV demand globally,” said Hisakazu Torii, senior director of consumer device research for IHS Technology.“Growing availability of 4K content from online video providers will also support this trend, as will the introduction of ultra-high-definition Blu-ray in 2016.”IHS said it expects smart TV household penetration in China to reach 46% by 2019 – higher than other emerging regions as many Chinese consumers seek out online content services.Elswhere the research claims that smart TV household penetration in Brazil and Russia will reach 36% in 2019 and just 3 percent in India.last_img read more

HBOs Game of Thrones Oranges OCS service is to b

first_imgHBO’s Game of ThronesOrange’s OCS service is to become the exclusive home of HBO shows in France, dealing a fresh blow to beleaguered pay TV leader Canal+, which previously enjoyed access to a second window for HBO series including Game of Thrones.Orange said that its new deal with HBO will ultimately mean it becomes the exclusive home of HBO in France when existing contracts expire.The agreement effectively strengthens the deal Orange has had in place with the US premium programmer since the creation of OCS a decade ago. Under the renewed contract, OCS’s 2.6 million customers will ultimately enjoy exclusive access to shows such as Big Little Lies, Girls, Game of Thrones and Westworld.As part of the deal, OCS will also introduce a dedicated SVOD HBO offering on its OCS Go service as part of the deal, giving subscribers access to the full HBO catalogue.The OCS City Génération HBO channel will reinforce its programming of the channel’s productions by making widespread use of simultaneous broadcasts with HBO, and by offering talk shows including cult show Real Time with Bill Maher.The agreement deals another blow to Canal+, which had previously been able to air HBO shows just over a year after they were shown on the Orange service. It also puts Orange in a better place to compete with the likes of SFR Play and Netflix.“This is a significant deal for both parties and once again underlines the importance of content. It will also be a major blow to rivals especially Canal+ who is struggling to maintain its position in the market,” said Paolo Pescatore, VP of multiplay and media at analyst outfit CCS Insight.“However, SFR, through its parent Altice, has been forging numerous partnerships with content providers and poses a considerable threat to Orange. With this in mind, securing exclusivity of key TV shows will be paramount in driving and maintaining subscribers. Content represents the next battleground as telcos prepare to battle to differentiate their offerings and lure subscribers to fibre broadband bundles.”OCS has previous enjoyed a close collaborative relationship with HBO, offering the US premium programmer’s shows 24 hours after they were broadcast in the US from 2012, and launching OCS City Génération HBO as part of its cinema series package in 2013. Since 2015 OCS has enabled its subscribers to view seasons 5 and 6 of Game of Thrones at the same time as they are shown in the US, a first for the French market.Despite being in competition with Canal+ for content rights, Orange has recently collaborated closely with the Vivendi-owned pay TV outfit, notably by bundling the TV by Canal Panorama offering with its broadband service.There has also been considerable speculation that Orange and Canal+ could forge a closer relationship, possibly even involving Orange buying the pay TV outfit, though these have been played down by Orange CEO Stéphane Richard.last_img read more

Enrique Rodriguez TiVo has appointed the former ex

first_imgEnrique RodriguezTiVo has appointed the former executive vice president and chief technical officer of AT&T’s Entertainment Group, Enrique Rodriguez, as its new chief executive officer.Rodriguez takes up his new position, as well as a place on the TiVo board of directors, effective immediately.He succeeds Thomas Carson, who announced his intention to retire as TiVo CEO earlier this year.Carson will stay on in an advisory capacity until the beginning of the second quarter of 2018 to assist in the CEO transition, but has stepped down from the TiVo board.“Enrique is an exceptional leader and strategist who has the energy and passion that will position TiVo for success,” said Jim Meyer, chairman of the board of directors, TiVo.“He knows the company and our industry inside and out, and will be able to move quickly with implementing initiatives that we believe will position the company for future success and add value for our stockholders.”Rodriguez said: “The opportunity for TiVo is enormous, and my focus will be on accelerating the innovation that our customers demand to help usher in a new era of entertainment, while adding value for our stockholders.”Rodriguez’s was recent role was at AT&T but prior to this he held executive positions at Sirius XM, Cisco Systems’ service provider video technology group and Microsoft’s TV division.He has also served as vice president of Xbox Partnerships for Microsoft and spent more than 20 years serving in various engineering and executive positions at Thomson/RCA.Carson announced plans to retire from TiVo in May, less than a year after Rovi Corporation closed its US$1.1 billion (€961 million) takeover of TiVo. His departure ends an 11-year career at TiVo and its predecessor companies – Rovi and Gemstar.last_img read more

Humax UK sales director Rob Peacock has bee appoin

first_imgHumax UK sales director Rob Peacock has bee appointed to the UK Digital Television Group (DTG) council. Peacock replaces Graham North as Humax’s representative at the organisation.Rob PeacockPeacock became UK sales director at the set-top box and TV technology company at the beginning of the month, raking on responsibility for UK retail sales and marketing.His predecessor, North, left the company at the same time following a period of ill-health.The DTG enables collaboration to innovate in digital media in the UK and underpins free-to-air digital platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView. It also supports the technology development of the TV platforms of Sky and Virgin Media as well as YouView members BT and TalkTalk.Peacock said: “It is a great honour to be asked to join The DTG Council at such a momentous time for television in the UK and across the world. I am looking forward to contributing to help shape the exciting and changing future of television alongside the diverse panel of industry experts. My focus at Humax is to drive business forward into new emerging market segments with smart products and improved customer experiences which I feel will be enriched by the developments at The DTG Council.”Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of The DTG said: “Rob Peacock brings with him a depth of industry experience which will be invaluable when it comes to innovating and revolutionising the television industry. We are very pleased to welcome Rob to The DTG Council and look forward to his contribution on behalf of Humax alongside our other Council Members including BBC, Sky and Dolby. The DTG Council is in a very strong position to continue the UK’s reputation as the world-leading TV industry.”last_img read more

TiVo has launched a nextgeneration platform that

first_imgTiVo has launched a next-generation platform that it claims will provide a “future-proof solution” for operators adapting to a changing market.TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform is supported by a cloud-based, unified backend and can be deployed across QAM, hybrid and IPTV deployments – offering a consistent user experience for operators looking to transition to IPTV while maintaining QAM support.Providers can use the platform to deliver content to managed set-top-boxes such as Linux and Android TV as well as unmanaged devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and to mobile and the web.Customers, meanwhile, get an entertainment experience that includes ‘hyper-personalisation’, recommendations and voice control – as well as integrated content across linear, over-the-top, on-demand and DVR platforms for multiscreen viewing.“Consumers face a fragmented, ever-changing media landscape as new services, content sources and devices continue to proliferate,” said Michael Hawkey, senior vice president and general manager, user experience, TiVo.“Media companies are compelled to evolve. TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform is specifically designed to meet the consumer’s insatiable desire for entertainment while enabling operators to maintain market share and remain relevant amid growing competition.”last_img read more

Work towards implementing the new US advanced TV s

first_imgWork towards implementing the new US advanced TV standard, ATSC 3.0, has made some progress over the last year, with NAB Show attendees yesterday hearing about trials in Phoenix, Arizona, Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.Peter Van Peenen, a consultant to channel group Pearl TV, provided an update on a key trial in Phoenix, Arizona that kicked off one year ago.Van Peenen told NAB Show attendees that the trial had involved 12 Phoenix TV stations, including all Pearl stations in the area. The trial had encompassed elements such as integration with cable distributors, content protection, data-gathering and commercialisation opportunities such as addressable advertising and automotive distribution.Van Peenen said the trial had been complex to set up, requiring agreements on spectrum to get stations up and running while making sure that all transmissions were coordinated.He said that creating ATSC 3.0 service launch profiles had also required close work with OEMs. One of the issues, he said, was that manufacturers had “wanted us to narrow down [the specifications] and take out what we didn’t want to use at launch”.Van Peenen said that setting up the trial had partly been “a matter of negotiation because we didn’t want to make it too hard for receiver manufacturers” to participate.Van Peenen said that the trial had started with the creation of some prototype receivers and signal protection tests, followed in Q3-Q4 by build phase. He said that the trial was currently at the consumer test phase.Van Peenen said that lessons learned so far from the trial included that MPEG DASH timeline media segments are recommended for content replacement and that use of the Common media Application Format (CMAF) is recommended for content replacement and to improve channel change times.He said that there had been a strongly positive consumer reaction to advanced audio features enabled by Dolby AC-4 audio.last_img read more

UHD HDR endtoend standards still being develop

first_imgUHD & HDR end-to-end standards still being developed and approved– We’ll look at the kind of standards needed for different use cases, such as: cable, IPTV, OTT, SVOD, nDVR, & Blu-ray.– We’ll look at the different needs of live and pre-recorded content– We’ll look at the issues related to backwards compatibility. HDR TV penetration is still below critical mass.  We’ll look at market dynamics related to the adoption of UHD HDR displays. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEBINAR ON-DEMAND UHD and HDR are primed for consumers. UHD displays are available and HDR will likely become a standard feature in the next TV a consumer buys. The foundational enabling technologies for HDR are well understood. Compression technologies can handle HDR without much overhead.So what’s the hold up?In This webinar ARRIS will give a better understanding of the technology landscape and industry status and discuss an outlook for adoption of UHD and HDR. Objective methods of quantifying video quality or UHD and HDR in particular are still evolving. We’ll look at the state of the research and what it means with respect to preserving artistic intent, which is a key motivator for UHD HDR adoptionlast_img read more

Since then he has performed around the world at fe

first_imgSince then he has performed around the world at festivals in Melbourne, Montreal, New York and Wellington. He has toured around Ireland with Tommy Tiernan, around Britain with Rich Hall and Demetri Martin.A regular on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, he constantly has fellow contestants and audiences in stitches with his hilarious songs and quick banter.Tickets are selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment.Tickets are £16 available from www.allley-theatre.com or call 028 71 384444.Drinks promotions will also be available on the night.IT’S BIG TIME FOR COMEDIAN DAVID O’DOHERTY AT THE ALLEY THEATRE was last modified: October 17th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Comedian David O’Doherty coming to The Alley Theatre this weekendCHANNEL 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown comedian David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs at the Alley Theatre in Strabane this Saturday, October 21.David has spent the last year on tour around America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival.Over Christmas, he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan’s and has just completed his largest ever UK tour. 8 OUT OF 10 CATSIT’S BIG TIME FOR COMEDIAN DAVID O’DOHERTY AT THE ALLEY THEATREstrabane Having scaled the heights of telemarketing and temping, David O’Doherty first stepped on stage at Dublin’s Comedy Cellar in 1998.In 1999 he won the Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award for new comedians and was runner up in the BBC New Comedy Awards.His first full show ‘The Story of the Boy Who Saved Comedy’ was performed at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000 and received a nomination for Best Newcomer.He has returned to the festival six more times, his 2006 show ‘David O’Doherty is my name’ receiving a nomination for best show and his 2008 show ‘Let’s Comedy’ won the if.comedy Award (former Perrier) for Best Show.last_img read more