Top Stories “I just don’t want to take a step back, just keep making moves forward,” Kolb said. With the main focus on gaining experience and learning, scoring isn’t the most important thing, according to Kolb. “We may not put up a whole bunch of points,” Kolb said. “But you may feel good about it because you did certain things and accomplished certain things.” Kolb also understands that he may not be perfect in his second start, but plans to take as much away from the game that he possibly can. “Maybe we make mistakes and we say now I understand what coach is saying,” Kolb said. “Rather than, just writing it down on paper and not doing anything about it.” Kolb showed promise in his first game as a Cardinal, completing four of seven passes for 68 yards, hooking up twice with wideout Larry Fitzgerald. Kolb also had 19 yards rushing. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Kolb could play into the second quarter Friday night, which should give the quarterback plenty of time to learn.ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this report D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Coming away with a win or loss isn’t what concerns quarterback Kevin Kolb heading into Friday’s preseason matchup with the Green Bay Packers. “It’s a nice way to test ourselves,” Kolb said. “Win or lose or domination on either side of the ball, it’s not going to tell us what were going to be like as a team, it may just indicate the direction that we’re going.” Kolb’s main goal is to gain experience in a system that he’s only spent two weeks in. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
In this image released by ABC, Randall Park, left, and Constance Wu appear in a scene from the new comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat.” The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition released its report card for the big four networks Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Of all the networks, ABC was ahead of the class. (Nicole Wilder/ABC via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Terry Tang, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2019 1:43 pm PDT ABC again the top network in report on Asian-Americans on TV Major television networks are hitting far more lows than highs in tapping into Asian-American talent, according to a study released Wednesday by the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition.The advocacy group’s annual report on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX came on the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. ABC earned the top grades with Asian-Americans depicting 11 per cent of regular characters on its prime-time programs, while Fox flunked because it did not submit data, the coalition said.“The Report Cards revealed some positives but also many areas in which the networks need to improve for Asian Americans to be able to enjoy equal opportunities and to be fully included in the entertainment industry,” the group said.The assessments of prime-time programs, including reality TV, were based on the 2017-18 season. The study examined both long-term and recurring roles for people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent and key roles behind the camera.It also looked at the impact of “pipeline programs,” initiatives targeted at increasing diversity through recruitment and training.Of all the networks, ABC was tops with an overall B grade.In the category of on-screen talent in its comedies and dramas, ABC got an A- grade for having 24 regular characters on shows like “Fresh Off the Boat,” and “The Good Doctor.” The report tallied 27 API actors in recurring parts on ABC.CBS earned a B- after increasing API characters from 16 to 21, although most got little air time, the report said. CBS got a B+ for hiring more API directors, from eight to 18, and boosted TV writers and producers from 15 to 17.“We are pleased with the progress reflected in the report issued today, while recognizing that more still needs to be done,” CBS said in a statement.NBC had a grade of C average with 11 API regular roles, but the report found only 12 recurring parts, down from 26.Fox has not shared its information since 2013, the report states.In the category of reality TV and talent competitions, no network got better than a C grade.The coalition, which has been doing the report for 17 years, also found missed opportunities for Asian-Americans on shows that take place in locations with high Asian populations.CBS’ “Magnum P.I.” reboot is set in Hawaii yet none of the main cast members are Asian-American or a Pacific Islander. NBC’s “New Amsterdam” depicts the drama at a New York City hospital that only has one Asian doctor.The success of “Crazy Rich Asians” at movie theatres, the popularity of “Killing Eve” on BBC America and the Netflix film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” may be influencing next season’s landscape.Networks have ordered nearly half a dozen pilots with Asian-Americans in the lead including Ken Jeong, who appeared in “Crazy Rich Asians,” Lucy Liu and Kal Penn.Liu is coming off of a seven-season run on the CBS drama “Elementary.” She also will be honoured Wednesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star will be next to Anna May Wong, who is considered the first Chinese-American actress to achieve Hollywood stardom in the 1920s and ’30s.“One need only observe the success of API-led shows on other platforms to realize that the public, Asian and non-Asian alike, is eager to consume new stories and enjoy new talent featuring Asian Americans,” said coalition chair Daniel Mayeda.____Follow Terry Tang on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ttangAPTerry Tang, The Associated Press
MEDIA ADVISORYRep.-elect Jason Sheppard to be sworn in WednesdayWHAT: Local swearing-in ceremony.WHO: State Rep.-elect Jason Sheppard and wife Melissa; Chief Judge Pro Tempore Michael A. Weipert of Monroe County courts; Sheppard family and friends; and community members.WHERE: Monroe Circuit Courthouse, Judge Weipert’s courtroom, 106 E. 1st St. Monroe.WHEN: 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7.WHY: Ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for incoming lawmakers so members of the community may be involved in the inaugural process.### Categories: News 05Jan Rep.-elect Jason Sheppard to be sworn in Wednesday
18Feb Reps. Webber and Sheppard bills accelerate sales tax relief State Reps. Michael Webber and Jason Sheppard have introduced legislation that will accelerate the exemption on a vehicle’s trade-in value from state sales tax calculations on new and used car and boat purchases.House Bills 4149 and 4150 will shorten the phase in of the “sales tax on the difference law” to 10 years, in 2025. The current 2013 law sets full implementation for 2036.“This legislation is a commonsense move,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “Charging sales tax only on the difference after a trade-in has so much potential to help spur stronger auto sales, so accelerating the policy would be beneficial both to Michigan consumers and Michigan’s auto industry.”Michigan previously taxed the full value on a vehicle purchase even if it was partially paid for with a trade-in. This resulted in Michigan residents potentially being double and tripled taxed on purchases, and consumers shopping in neighboring states where the trade-in value was deducted.“We need to keep Michigan competitive in all arenas,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “Eliminating unfair taxation on hard-working Michiganders and their families is a no-brainer, and this legislation brings tax savings to people sooner.”The bills now head to the House Committee on Tax Policy for consideration. Categories: Sheppard News,Webber News
Categories: Bizon News,Bizon Photos,Featured news,News,Photos Rep. John Bizon, right, attended the 2016 State of the State address with guest Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton, left. Rep. Bizon worked hard throughout his first year in office to represent the people in the 62nd district and looks to continue that work in the new year.“I am excited to be able to bring forward many of the ideas of constituents in my district,” Rep. Bizon said. “I am eager to work on appropriate initiatives that are helpful to making our communities a better place to live and work in.”For more information, contact Rep. Bizon’s office by email to DrJohnBizon@house.mi.gov or by phone to (517) 373-0555. Tags: guest, REp. Bizon, State of the State 19Jan Rep. Bizon invites county sheriff to State of the State #####
State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, invites residents to attend an informational meeting and conversation on the need for auto insurance reform with special guest state Rep. Lana Theis, chair of the House Insurance Committee.Rep. Theis, of Brighton, has been working with Rep. Cole to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance and lower the cost of out-of-control auto insurance rates. “What we have now is a rigged system that forces drivers to buy coverage they don’t want,” Cole said. “Hard-working families and senior citizens on fixed incomes are paying the price. The time for reform is now.”The informational meeting will take place on Friday, Sept. 29, at the ASI Community Center & Park, 102 Maple St. in Bellaire at 5:30 p.m. The ASI Community Center & Park is located directly behind the Antrim County C.O.A. Senior Center. The public is welcome to attend.“Michigan’s average auto insurance premiums are 82 percent higher than the national average, which has increased the amount of uninsured drivers on our roads,” Cole said. “I look forward to hearing from the community and working with colleagues to develop auto insurance legislation that provides lower rates and more choice for Michigan drivers.”##### 21Sep Rep. Cole announces informational meeting on auto insurance reform Categories: Cole News
The Michigan House today advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, that establishes disclosure requirements for certain veterans’ benefit services.Under current law, independent agencies that wish to provide benefit services to veterans do not have to identify themselves or their company as being unaffiliated with veterans benefit service providers. Some of these agencies charge fees for services that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides for free.The bill mandates these individuals to disclose their unaffiliated status, when the VA offers a free service and which services are offered at no charge.“What we have now is a few outfits within this system who are looking to profit through benefit offerings and some individuals who need these services are unaware of who they are talking to when approached or consulted,” said Wentworth, who chairs the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “This bill provides concise provisions for veterans benefit operations so we don’t have instances where brave men and women who served their country are being taken advantage of or misled.”House Bill 5015 moves to the Senate for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jason Wentworth (left) offers testimony on House Bill 5015 before the House Financial Services Committee on Oct. 18. Wentworth was joined in testimony by state Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, who has also proposed legislation addressing the issue. 09Nov Rep. Wentworth bill offers clarity, protection in veterans benefit service process Categories: News,Wentworth News
Pan regional broadcast group RTL Group has reorganised its board of directors following the resignation of Bertelsmann chief executive Hartmut Ostrowski.Ostrowski, who has been a member of the RTL Group board since 2008, will be replaced by Thomas Hesse, who will become a non-executive director from January 1 2012. His appointment will be presented at the company’s next annual general meeting for ratification. Hesse is currently president, global digital business, US sales and corporate strategy at Sony Music Entertainment. He joins Siegfried Luther, chairman of the board of directors of RTL Group, Günther Grüger, executive vice-president, corporate controlling and strategy, Bertelsmann, Bertelsemann’s incoming chief executive Thomas Rabe, former Luxembourg prime minister Jacques Santer, Nestle chief financial officer James Singh and Syngenta chairman Martin Taylor on the board.RTL operates 41 television channels in 10 countries and also operates international production and distribution firm FremantleMedia.Luther said: “We are happy to welcome Thomas Hesse, as RTL Group will benefit from his high level of expertise and a profound understanding of the digital media world.”
Romanian pay TV operators Romtelecom and Cosmote have rolled out an application that allows broadband subscribers to watch Romtelecom’s Dolce TV service on tablets and smartphone devices.Users can use the app to access the dolcetv.ro portal, which offers live and catch-up TV. The mobile TV service, which includes 35 live TV channels, will be available free of charge until August 26.
Russian service provider Rostelecom has acquired alternative telelcom provider Chita OnLine for a reported US$4.3 million (€3.5 million).Chita OnLine provides FTTB/ETTH-based broadband internet and pay TV services in Chita in south-eastern Siberia. The operator had about 8,100 broadband and 4,900 TV subscribers in May.
About 10.3% of UK pay TV subscribers plan to change their service over the next 12 months, according to research by Oliver & Ohlbaum’s media strategy arm.While one in ten pay TV subscribers plan to change their subscription, there is less evidence that pay TV subscribers are churning, with a significant number planning to reduce their expenditure by downshifting to cheaper packages. About 16% of those surveyed said they were likely to buy a YouView box, enabling them to receive connected TV services alongside Freeview channels.
Swisscom has chosen Huawei as technology partner for a planned rollout of fibre-to-the-street to deliver high-speed broadband to 80% of Swiss households by 2020. The investment will be worth about CHF300 million (€244 million) over eight years. Swisscom’s total infrastructure investment for this year is expected to run to CHF1.75 billion.Swisscom is rolling out FTTS in areas outside major urban centres. The company will begin offering the service in areas where it is not offering FTTH from the end of this year. According to Swisscom, the network will initially deliver internet speeds of up to 100Mbps, rising to 400Mbps within the next three to four years.
Tele München’s Ludwig Bauer is leaving the company.Bauer has been at the German-language media company for eight years overseeing the relaunch of Tele 5 in Germany and then the development of the ATV channels in Austria, including the roll out of the ATV2 service in 2011.Bauer said he was leaving the company and returning to Germany for personal reasons: “It was incredibly fascinating to develop these channels during such challenging years. The creative freedom that Herbert G. Kloiber accorded to me so that I could newly position the broadcasters Tele 5 and ATV, as well as to launch ATV2, was one-of-a-kind, and the acquisition power of TMG was extraordinarily impressive.TMG boss Kloiber added: “[Bauer’s] profound knowledge, as well as the deliberate and strategic way he thinks and acts, have considerably advanced the position of the ATV broadcasters in the past five years.”
Birmingham’s City TV has become the first of the UK’s new local TV services to collapse after the company behind it appointed administrators to try to find a buyer for its local TV licence.Local player BLTV secured a licence to operate a TV service from regulator Ofcom in November 2012, following the initiative of former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to award new digital-terrestrial licences to create a network of local services on the US model.BLTV’s administrator, Duff & Phelps, has approached a number of other local licence holders who may be interested in taking over the Birmingham licence and who believe they can win Ofcom’s approval.The licence is the station’s only significant asset. BLTV has no studio premises or broadcast equipment and failed to meet a commitment to launch a service between Easter and June of last year.Made Television, led by former BSkyB and Top Up TV co-founder Ian West, which holds a number of other local TV licences, expressed an interest in launching a service in Birmingham last month after Selly Oak Labour MP Steve McCabe tabled a number of parliamentary questions about the station.
South African pay TV operator MultiChoice has chosen Net Insight to provide its Nimbra product to expand its campus network.MultiChoice will use Net Insight’s Nimbra solution to bring its recently established back-up facility into full operation, making it possible for them to serve additional areas and provide business continuity for its primary transmission site in Randburg. The inter-campus network will be fully integrated into MultiChoice’s existing Nimbra-based network, enabling the company to connect its pay TV operation centres to provide lossless compression when transporting high-definition TV services in real-time. The solution will also address the challenges of back-up, disaster recovery and business continuity, as well as the opportunity to up-scale services in different locations in the future, according to Net Insight.The order was won in partnership with GDS Technologies, Net Insight’s partner in Sub-Saharan Africa.“Net Insight’s Nimbra solution is a crucial technological ingredient for us to support our growth in Africa as we look to expand across the continent,” said Melt Loubser, General Manager: Broadcast Technology Africa, MultiChoice. “We always look for solutions that best fit our needs – that is why we selected Net Insight for our network expansion.”“MultiChoice are looking to deliver new content in new formats with the highest quality of service (QoS), which our Nimbra video transport and JPEG2000 compression solutions enable them to do cost efficiently,” said Fredrik Tumegård, CEO at Net Insight. “This deal highlights Net Insight’s strength in offering products that are best-of-breed, which successfully work across all types of network environments throughout the world.”At IBC, Net Insight intends to debut its solution for 8K UHDTV signals to be transported over available IP infrastructure. Net Insight will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.B40
Richard Lindsay-DaviesThe Ultra HD display market is now approaching a “tipping point” when standards will be fully supported and consumer services will be deployed, but a number of interoperability issues and universal support for accepted standards are still work in progress, according to Richard Lindsay-Davies.The CEO of the UK industry body the Digital Television Group (DTG), which has completed two ‘plugfest’ events to test interoperability in displays and has planned a third for April, said: “It is critical that we make sure what is created in the studios appears correctly on the screen and CE products deliver what consumers expect. The only way this innovation will work is if the industry collaborates openly.”Speaking at the SES UHD conference in London, Lindsay-Davies said that the five key areas being worked on at the DTG plugfests are higher screen resolution, higher frame rate, wider colour gamut, higher dynamic range and object-oriented surround sound.The second, most recent plugfest organised by the group tested the ability of screens to play HEVC signals in the main and main 10 profiles across a variety of resolutions, frame rates and bit depths.Lindsay-Davies said the test had shown there was still limited support for the HEVC compression standard, with 60% of models tested not supporting it and 10% only supporting HEVC at 25/30Hz. However all 2015 models tested supported 50/60Hz UHD HEVC.“The market is probably approaching a tipping point for the deployment of services,” he said.Nevertheless, there are a number of outstanding issues, including that only half the models tested supported MPEG-DASH adaptive bit-rate streaming, claimed Lindsay-Davies.The next plugfest in April will test HDCP 2.2 copy protection, looking at whether all legacy sources will work with HDCP 2.2 displays and what experience viewers will get with HDCP 2.2 into lower version displays.Lindsay-Davies said the DTG will also look to reach out to a wider group of manufacturers.“We need to work with a wider group [of manufacturers] and get them into our ecoysystem,” he said. The DTG will invite a wider range of AV and home cinema brands to be tested.Lindsay-Davies said that the second plugfest had shown considerable progress had been made since the initial event. The DTG’s first plugfest had focused on testing compatibility for HDMI 2.0. All displays tested showed 4K content, but less than 10% of displays showed 4K in all the modes tested and there was poor support for 10-bit and 50-60Hz progressive content.Lindsay-Davies said that support for advanced technology standards was emerging and CE manufacturers are embracing technology as quickly as possible. “However, this is going to be a journey and it is important we continue to work on it,” he said.He said that there is still a danger of consumer confusion with broadcast standards yet to be set for 4K content. “The technology that we are selling must be aligned with the services we are selling it to work with,” he said.Lindsay-Davies said that 4K services are now available, but standards vary considerably.
Discovery Communications has pulled out of talks to buy Australian commercial channel Network Ten, according to the Australian Financial Review.Discovery had partnered with Australian pay TV platform Foxtel to buy the for-sale broadcaster, whose financial situation is precarious as things stand. Discovery would have held 85.01%, with Foxtel taking just under 15%.However, the AFR reported that Ten’s board had asked Discovery to buy just 14.99% of the firm and take a seat on its board, as Ten shareholders Bruce Gordon and Lazard Asset Management had opposed a takeover.This would have allowed Gordon to double his holding, currently standing at 14.99%, as long as media laws were relaxed to allow cross-media ownership. Gordon owns regional broadcaster WIN and therefore hamstrung in his own attempts to control Ten.Discovery had also lowered its original A26¢ a share offer to A23¢ after concerns over Ten’s financial arrangements. It has now walked away as it had no interest in the board’s offer, or in handing Gordon more control.Ten called in investment bank Citi to consider several potential takeover offers last November.Today, Ten Network Holdings released a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange again referring to a variety of “transaction proposals which vary in type and value and remain confidential, non-binding and conditional in nature”.These discussions were continuing “and may or may not result in a transaction which is acceptable to Ten”, it said.
Children’s network Nickelodeon has launched on OSN Play, the online TV service from Middle East and African pay TV operator OSN. Nickelodeon HD will be available to live-stream on OSN Play, strengthening the service’s channel line-up which also includes networks like OSN Sports Cricket HD, Food Network and Sky News.At the same time, Viacom International Media Networks has also created a dedicated regional Nickelodeon website in Arabic and English. The site will include games, video clips and other online content.In September, it also plans to launch a free dual-language Nickelodeon app for Android and iOS devices, which will include an authenticated zone for OSN subscribers to unlock exclusive content and games.“The launch of Nickelodeon on OSN Play as well as the upcoming unveiling of the new regional website and app will bring children and families closer to the action on their favourite channel, enabling them to stream the best of Nick’s programmes anytime, anywhere and on multiple devices,” said Emad Marcos, senior vice president for business development, strategy and digital of OSN.David Urgell, vice-president of strategy and business development at Viacom International Media Networks, South Europe, Africa and Middle East, said: “Our new website launch, our partnership with OSN for OSN Play and the upcoming application provide greater flexibility and access to digital content for both our English and Arabic speaking audiences, as well as added value for the customers of OSN who will have access to exclusive content through our app.’’
The MTG World portfolio of channels has been rebranded Viasat World.The Viasat World bouquet comprises 27 pay TV channels across 47 territories.The channels group was a subsidiary of Sweden-listed broadcaster Modern Times Group before being sold late last year for US$45.5 million amid regulatory changes that forced MTG to offload some assets.Russian company Sinerdzhi acquired the Russian channels business while Sabiero Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of private equity firm Baring Vostok, bought the international channels business.The Viasat World group covers factual and entertainment channels as well as sport and e-sports offerings. Channe lbrands include Viasat Explore, Viasat Nature, Viasat History and TV1000. The company is based in London.“Changing our corporate brand to Viasat World is a natural step in our evolution as an independent content provider,” said Irina Gofman, group president and CEO, Viasat World.“People all over the world enjoy our entertainment under the Viasat brands and the alignment of our corporate brand with our consumer brand will benefit both our business partners and our audiences by enabling us communicate in a simpler way.”
Telenet Innovation CentreLiberty Global has opened a “knowledge and excellence hub” in Brussels to create and test new products.Liberty said it will use the Telenet Innovation Centre – which is its second innovation hub alongside its Tech Campus near Amsterdam – to test its new technology for “connectivity, entertainment, and value-added services”.It will initially focus on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and mobile technologies – including the introduction and preparation of 5G networks – before broadening its focus to advanced fixed and mobile technology.Telenet will use the facility to test upgrades to its BASE mobile network and test the launch of 5G in Belgium, using the latest 5G network components and antennas.In 2018, Liberty said it will use the innovation centre to start testing entertainment, value added services and customer experiences solutions and technologies.The innovation centre was officially opened yesterday at an event attended by Liberty Global CTO Balan Nair, Telenet CEO John Porter, and Belgium’s deputy Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo.“The opening of the Telenet Innovation Center is an important milestone for Liberty Global,” said Balan Nair. “The cutting-edge infrastructure and Telenet’s fully owned mobile network provide the perfect conditions for us to test the products and services that can pave the way towards the GIGAWorld.”John Porter added: “Permanent innovation is the lifeline for our company, especially in a world of rapidly changing technology developments. With the Telenet Innovation Center, we want to be ambitious and bring our own innovations to a higher level, but also help shape external innovation projects.”Last month Liberty Global announced the findings of research it commissioned titled ‘Unlocking GigaWorld Innovation’. This said that Gigaspeed technologies could generate a market worth at least €250 billion per year in Europe by 2025.