Land Rover, the world’s leading sport utility vehicle manufacturer, comes to Los Angeles with the North American debut of Range Rover Sport Autobiography Limited Edition. The limited-production vehicle will be on display with the full model line-up for press review December 2-3, and during the public show days December 4-13.The award-winning Range Rover Sport line-up will feature a striking new Autobiography Package available in the 510-hp Supercharged edition offering added elegance and refinement for 2010. All seat surfaces are upholstered in new duo-tone leather, available in three color combinations. The front and rear headrests are embossed with a unique Autobiography Sport logo while the wood door inserts also bear this exclusive insignia. The Autobiography Package also includes the rear-seat entertainment system and HD radio offered in Range Rover Sport, as well as a distinctive Autobiography Sport badge on the tailgate. Electronic rear differential lock and adaptive cruise control are also part of the package.Only 250 Autobiographies will be produced this year in Santorini Black. The exterior features body-colored lower door panels, front and rear bumpers with titan accents and an extended rear roof spoiler. A Titan mesh grille and side vents also enhance the Autobiography Package. Special 20-inch, 10-spoke Diamond-Turned alloy wheels and a distinguishing exhaust extension complete the exterior.Autobiography – A Beneficiary of a Better Basis The foundation for the Autobiography model – the updated 2010 Range Rover Sport – puts even more emphasis on driving dynamics over prior model years. From the new suspension that monitors the suspension at up to 500 times per second and adjusts to suit individual driving style, to the new Dynamic setting on the Terrain Response ™ system in the Supercharged model which provides heightened responsiveness during enthusiastic on-road driving, the new Sport feels much more agile, more athletic. Greater driver involvement comes with new paddle shifters to select gears manually when desired, revised steering, and more powerful brakes.The Range: HSE $60,495 5.0-liter V8 375 hp/375 lb-ft 6-sp auto Supercharged $74,195 5.0-liter V8 510 hp/461 lb-ft 6-sp auto Autobiography $88,545 5.0-liter V8 510 hp/461 lb-ft 6-sp auto (Prices are MSRP and include $850 destination and delivery charge)Highlights: – Greater focus on enhanced driving dynamics, more athletic performance – All-new direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 engines – New 5.0-liter supercharged V8 delivers a remarkable 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque with 0-to-60 mph acceleration in just 5.9 seconds – New 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 with 375 hp and 375 lb-ft generating 0-to-60mph acceleration in 7.2 seconds – just 0.1 sec. slower that previous Supercharged model – High-efficiency, sixth-generation Eaton™ twin-vortex supercharger (Supercharged and Autobiography models) – Both engines conform to stringent ULEV2 emissions regulations – Striking new exterior design with new LED headlights, new two-bar grille, revised bumpers and new LED rear light clusters – Vastly improved ride and handling with new Adaptive Dynamics System featuring precise new DampTronic Valve Technology ™ damper units (shocks) that read suspension movements 500 times per second and adjust to suit the driver – New Dynamic program within Terrain Response™ system to deliver more sporting and responsive on-road driving experience – New paddle shifters for Sport Supercharged (and Autobiography) – Dramatic leap forward in interior quality, with finer materials and finishes; 50 percent fewer buttons and switches on dashboardwww.landrover.com
16Jan Bumstead named vice chair of House Appropriations Committee State Rep. Jon Bumstead was appointed by House Speaker Kevin Cotter as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee for the 98th Legislature.Bumstead has also been appointed as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Natural Resources, as well as a member of the Department of Community Health, Department of Environmental Quality and Capital Outlay subcommittees. Appropriations subcommittees help establish the annual budgets for each state department.“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help designate how the state’s budget is divided among the various state departments and agencies,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “As a small business owner for over three decades, I understand the importance of fiscally responsible behavior and look forward to using my experience to help ensure the voices of Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers are heard.”The House Appropriations Committee establishes the distribution of the state’s budget for each state department and agency. There are 18 House appropriations subcommittees that assist in delegating the annual budget based on subject area.### Categories: News
Categories: Garcia News,News 28Nov Rep. García invites 90th District residents to Dec. 5 office hours State Rep. Daniela García has scheduled district office hours on Monday, Dec. 5 in Hudsonville, Zeeland and Holland, continuing her tradition of meeting with residents on the first Monday of every month.“Getting feedback from my constituents is a crucial aspect of my commitment to the 90th District residents,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “As we enter the last few days of the current House session, I’m looking forward to hearing what is important to Ottawa County residents and making sure that follows me to Lansing to be the best representative possible.”Office hours will take place at the following times and locations:11 a.m.-noon at Gary Byker Memorial Library, 3388 Van Buren St., in Hudsonville;1-2 p.m. at Howard Miller Public Library, 14 S. Church St., in Zeeland; and3-4 p.m. at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave., in Holland.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. García’s office by phone at 517-373-0830 or email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov.
Categories: Whiteford News Legislation ensures local townships are informed of burnsState Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the Michigan Department of Natural Resources informs local township officials and 911 Dispatch before conducting a prescribed burn has been signed into law.House Bill 4082, now Public Act 60 of 2017, requires the DNR to notify township supervisors and 911 dispatch centers before conducting a prescribed burn.“It’s imperative to ensure local officials and emergency responders are aware when the DNR is planning a prescribed burn in their area,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “Increased communication will eliminate unnecessary calls for fire department response and allow emergency dispatchers to inform concerned residents who call 911 after seeing smoke and fire in the area.”Whiteford introduced the legislation in response to an issue that occurred several years ago in Valley Township when local officials were not made aware of a prescribed burn taking place on DNR-owned land. Local fire departments were called to respond to the fire, and Valley Township later received a bill for the expenses.Anthony Garofalo, former deputy supervisor of Valley Township, joined Whiteford earlier this year to discuss the incident and speak in support of the bill before the House and Senate Natural Resources committees.“This new law ensures that the confusion that occurred in Valley Township won’t happen again in the future,” Whiteford said. “If the DNR fails to inform the necessary people, and local fire departments are called to respond to the fire, the DNR is now required to pay the costs associated with the fire departments’ response.”### 06Jul Governor signs Rep. Whiteford’s DNR prescribed burn bill
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman, Paul Soma (Superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools), Rep. Larry Inman and A. Bradley McGuire (Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Michigan).PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Larry Inman, of Williamsburg, was sworn in today at the state Capitol for his third term as state Representative for the 104st House District. Joining Inman for the oath of office ceremony was Paul Soma, Superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools, and A. Bradley McGuire, Executive Director for the National Guard Association of Michigan.### 09Jan Rep. Inman takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor Categories: Inman News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 9, 2014; Ars TechnicaHaving an active base of tens of thousands of active volunteers who weigh in with their opinions makes you a different kind of organization. The nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, has fired an employee for editing for pay. Sarah Stierch had been on staff at the foundation for less than a year as a “program evaluation coordinator,” but prior to that, she was a paid fellow at the foundation.Editing for pay is widely disapproved of by Wikipedia’s editing community, which considers that it might taint entries. Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner has denounced “paid advocacy editing,” as a kind of “promotional” content that is “clearly problematic” and a “black hat practice” as far as the foundation is concerned. Wikimedia spokesperson Jay Walsh elaborated, “There’s a historical resistance towards it from early days within the project. Wikipedia is a volunteer project written by people who were unpaid to support free knowledge by giving their work freely to the project.”A discussion of the issue of editing for pay by Sue Gardner was posted on the Wikimedia Foundation website in October when the issue last blew up. It reads, in part, “Editors on the English Wikipedia are currently investigating allegations of suspicious edits and sockpuppetry (i.e., using online identities for purposes of deception). At this point, as reported, it looks like a number of user accounts—perhaps as many as several hundred—may have been paid to write articles on Wikipedia promoting organizations or products, and have been violating numerous site policies and guidelines, including prohibitions against sockpuppetry and undisclosed conflicts of interest. As a result, Wikipedians aiming to protect the projects against non-neutral editing have blocked or banned more than 250 user accounts.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 29, 2014; Washington PostTwo Norwegian politicians, Baard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen, have nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. Snowden is, of course the former NSA contractor who, in one revelation after another, leaked documents about the surveillance practices of the United States.The pair of members of the Socialist Left Party wrote a nomination letter that reads, in part, “There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term. We are, however, convinced that the public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order. His actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies.”There will no doubt be hundreds of nominees this year, as usual, but Snowden would be a notable choice for many reasons, especially, as Brian Fung of the Washington Post suggests, for the juxtaposition with Obama’s win of a few years ago. —Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share44TweetShareEmail44 SharesJune 23, 2015; SalonNPQ has previously covered the exploits of Women on Waves, a Dutch-based nonprofit focused on making abortions and contraception more accessible in countries where they are not. Its most current project will use a drone to drop mifepristone and misoprostol pills into Poland, where they will be retrieved and distributed by activists. The drone will take off from Frankfurt, Germany on June 27th and fly over the border to the town of Slubice in Poland.Women on Waves is a particular kind of activist nonprofit that mixes service with public awareness campaigns. These have a long history in our sector, often involving those who seek to be served in the making of a larger political or policy point.WOW has made something of a specialty of mobile initiatives, using an “abortion ship” to travel to countries where pregnancy termination is illegal, picking up passengers only to sail out of territorial waters to provide counseling and, if desired, abortion pills. The campaign became the subject of the 2014 documentary “Vessel,” the trailer for which can be accessed below.For the past ten years, the World Health Organization has included abortion pills on its model list of essential medicines. The founder of Women on Waves (and the Internet analog, Women on Web), Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, says, “Some women try all kinds of awful stuff—some try to commit suicide. Other women put knitting needles in their vagina, or do lots of dangerous things to stop it. If a woman doesn’t want a pregnancy she will do whatever she can to end it. The consequences are dangerous. […] We make sure that women get the help that’s most suitable for their situation. It’s life-saving.”According to WHO, “Up to 30 percent of maternal deaths are still caused by unsafe abortion in some countries of eastern Europe and central Asia.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare44TweetShareEmail44 Shares
Share10TweetShareEmail10 SharesDOLPHINS IN OIL / FREDApril 3, 2016; The GuardianIn a letter to the Guardian, over 100 actors, writers, scientists, and politicians urged the director of the British Museum to end the museum’s partnership with BP when the oil giant’s sponsorship contract ends this year. The letter proposes that retaining the corporate sponsorship would “seriously damage the British Museum’s reputation and place it firmly on the wrong side of history.”The British Museum is funded through Britain’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport, but receives a hefty percentage of its income through private and corporate donations. In 2011, it joined with three similarly funded organizations—the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, and the Tate art galleries—in a five-year sponsorship deal with BP worth £10 million. BP has since sponsored several of the museum’s popular exhibits, including some of its most popular new offerings.The letter to the Guardian was signed by such actors as Mark Rylance and Mark Ruffalo, artists and writers including Naomi Klein and Margaret Atwood, and researchers including Jane Goodall and physicist Sir Tom Kibble. It comes after BP ended its 26-year partnership with the Tate last month. BP blamed the deal’s demise on a “challenging business environment,” not on the multi-year campaigns to end the sponsorship. With the Tate sponsorship gone, activists continue to pressure British arts institutions to end partnerships with the oil company.A coalition of 15 activist groups participated an occupation of the museum last fall, and the group BP or Not BP has staged protest performances discussing BP’s questionable record on environmental protection and human rights. The appointment of new leadership to the British Museum has fueled hopes that the museum will move in a different direction. (The open letter posted in the Guardian was directed to Dr. Hartwig Fischer, the museum’s new director.)The controversy behind oil money’s involvement in museums isn’t new, nor is it strictly British. The Smithsonian has come under fire for David Koch’s membership on boards of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington. (Apparently Mark Ruffalo’s as much a fan of Koch as he is of BP.) But the ongoing protests against BP sponsorships has raised the question: What should oil companies be allowed to do with their profits?—Lauren KarchShare10TweetShareEmail10 Shares
Share92TweetShareEmail92 Shares“Native women are on the rise,” Steve RhodesJuly 26, 2018; Indianz and Last Real IndiansThe new version of the Violence Against Women Act bill is up for reauthorization (H.R. 6545) and could mean some landmark steps in the fight to bring visibility and safety to Native American women. As detailed in the Last Real Indians blog, this bill would allow tribal jurisdiction to expand to non-Indians who have committed violent acts against Native American women, who typically go unpunished.The bill will produce annual reports on known statistics of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. NPQ noted in earlier coverage that there is currently no system in place to collect comprehensive data on the number of missing and murdered Native American women, which by itself makes them more vulnerable to extreme violence. According to High Country News back in 2016, “A Department of Justice study shows that of over 2,000 women surveyed, 84 percent of Native American and Alaskan Native women have experienced violence, 56 percent have experienced sexual violence, and, of that second group, over 90 percent have experienced violence at the hands of a non-tribal member.”Native American women have been fighting to be heard on this issue for many years. Social media, especially Twitter, has become a powerful outlet to champion Native rights.On the heels of the #MeToo movement, according to the Lakota People’s Law Project, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp (who has faced criticism on her ties to the oil industry) helped launch the campaign #NotInvisible, which has become an online force to “address the 84 percent of Native American women who have faced some kind of violence throughout their lifetime.”Other relevant social media hashtags and topics include #NativeTwitter, #NDN (#NotDeadNative), and #MMIW (missing and murdered indigenous women). The avenue of social media has amplified traditional protest methods like marches and awareness around legislation. Similar to other social justice or cultural communities online, social media also provides a sense of community for marginalized groups regardless of location.The prevalence of social media communities surrounding underrepresented spotlights the ongoing need to engage and listen to those who are impacted by systemic issues in our nation.With the rise of nonprofits utilizing social listening tools and tactics, it will be interesting to see how these new means of communication are ethically and respectfully used as bridges to hear and engage marginalized communities.—Kelly PhippsShare92TweetShareEmail92 Shares
German cable operator Kabel BW is to add Sky Atlantic and Super RTL HD to its programming line-up.Super RTL HD, which goes live on Kabel BW today, is being offered as part of the Mein TV HD Plus offering, available to subscribers for €3.90 a month.Sky Atlantic will be available as part of the Sky Movie package offered to Kabel BW subscribers from tomorrow.
Technology company Access has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for advanced set-top boxes and multimedia gateways. Acess said its licensing of the RDK would enhance the development and deployment of video services that support DLNA Premium guidelines and HTML5.Access said that its NetFront Living Connect DLNA platform and HTML5 software, NetFront Browser NX, now support DLNA’s Premium video profile and meet the requirements of the US FCC IP connectivity mandate, meaning that operators using the Comcast platform could use Access technology to launch new multiscreen services.“Industry commentators see increased potential for the RDK to become an important ecosystem that provides the functionality and interoperability for operators looking for a standardised route to providing advanced TV services,” said Kunihiro Ishiguro, chief technology officer of Access. “Our solution enables operators to deploy the RDK and at the same time enables operators to launch exciting new multi-room and multi-screen services as well as giving US cable operators a pre-integrated route to meeting the FCC mandate for IP interoperability.”
SES has signed a new long-term multiple transponder contract with Arqiva to serve its television and radio customers in the UK and Ireland.From its fleet positioned at 28.2 degrees East, SES has served more than 12 million satellite households in the UK and Ireland at year-end 2012.“Our investment in the complete renewal of our fleet at the 28.2 degrees neighbourhood and our access to additional frequencies at this neighbourhood, give Arqiva an ideal base to serve its wide range of broadcasting clients and to address large audiences in the UK and Ireland,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES. “This new contract underlines the attractiveness of our satellite offering for the UK and Irish market and is a strong component of our long-standing partnership with our valued customer Arqiva.”Separately, SES says it has been contracted to provide a “record-breaking” 12 transponders of occasional use capacity to Media Broadcast and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to support the media coverage of the upcoming German Federal Elections for German broadcasters.Over 1,500 channel hours on 62 channels have been reserved on SES satellites to broadcast live and background coverage of the German Federal Elections being held on September 22.“In anticipation of the German Federal Elections, the SES Occasional Use team has arranged for extra capacity to be available to meet the demands of our customers. All available capacity in prime time has already been reserved a week before the elections, which illustrates the trust that our customers have in the reliability of the SES satellites and the OU team,” said Samantha McCloskey, vice-president of global OU Services and special events at SES.
Graph by the European Audiovisual ObservatoryAs of February 2014 there were 3,088 on-demand services in the European Union, according to new research by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Among the audiovisual services counted were 1,104 catch-up TV services, 711 branded channels of broadcasters on open platforms and 409 VoD film services.The ‘On-Demand Audiovisual Markets in the European Union’ report found the UK to have the most established services at 682, followed by France with 434 services and Germany with 330 services.There were also 223 services based in the US but targeting European countries.“This analysis highlights the importance of cross-border and international circulation of on-demand audiovisual services,” according to the report.“Around 60% of the VoD services available in individual EU Member States are established in one other country. This illustrates the reality of the pan-European circulation of on-demand audiovisual media services through the EU.”The study said that in the EU, the majority of parent companies that own VoD service providers are teleco operators – like Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Vodafone – or established media firms like Bonnier Group, the BBC and ProSiebenSat.1.By comparison, the report claimed that most US-incorporated parent companies owningVoD service providers in the EU are media groups like the Walt Disney Company or 21st Century Fox, already established in the European audiovisual landscape such as pay-TV or TV channels, or are pure OTT players like Netflix, Amazon or Google – for which audiovisual services are often not their core business.
JB PerrettePay TV giant Discovery Communication’s international division has claimed the second quarter of this year was its biggest-ever in terms of total viewers.Discovery Networks International reported 621 million viewers watched its networks globally in Q2, claiming “record viewing levels and online growth internationally”.DNI, which operates channels in 220 territories, said its total audience was up 9% year-on-year, while its digital audience was up 45% and social platforms attracted 250% growth.Average audience globally by territory was 2.9 million, which was “supported by a stand-out quarter” for Discovery Kids, which grew 33% YoY.It claimed that despite competition from channels running the FIFA World Cup, Discovery Channel had reached 366 million viewers, while Animal Planet and TLC took 252 million and 204 million.DNI’s free-to-air channels business in western Europe grew 12%, while pay TV nets Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Home & Health all experienced double-digit growth.“This outstanding performance is testament to the strength of our global business,” said DNI president JB Perrette, who recently succeeded Mark Hollinger at the top international post.DNI based its claims on in-house research, Google Analytics, Facebook Insights and Social Bakers.
French pay TV operator Canal+’s recently formed over-the-top arm, Canal OTT, is moving forwards with plans to launch new paid for on-demand services next year targeted specifically at tablet users, according to Canal OTT director Manuel Alduy.Interviewed by French newspaper La Tribune, Alduy said that the new pay VoD services would form a third leg to the unit’s strategy alongside its free offering focused on free-to-air channels’ content and YouTube channels, and subscription VoD service, CanalPlay.Canal+ last year launched CanalPlay Kids, an app targeted a young tablet users, which Alduy said prefigured its plans for a wider tablet-focused offering.Alduy told La Tribune that “the real distinction” to be grasped is not between OTT and non-OTT services but between viewing on the main TV screen in the home and “individual screens” such as tablets and smartphones.He said that Canal OTT had sought to target the latter with personalised content including its offer of YouTube channels. However, it had hitherto proved difficult to make money from individual viewing, he said, and the new services planned for next year are intended to address this.Alduy said that 80% of CanalPlay’s 520,000 subscribers as of September had chosen its IP-enabled box-delivered €9.99 a month service, while the remainder had chosen the €7.99 tablet and mobile-only option.Alduy said that most CanalPlay subscribers were younger than other Canal+ customers and did not take the main service.
BuzzFeed News is partnering with Twitter to stream a US election night special broadcast live from BuzzFeed’s New York City offices.The companies said they aim to provide “an alternative approach to coverage for a next-generation, highly engaged audience”, with the feed to be available exclusively on Twitter. “At a time when so much political coverage amounts to reading Tweets aloud, we’re excited to add original reporting and analysis inside Twitter,” said BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, Ben Smith.Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer said: “Our partnership with BuzzFeed News will give voters – especially our younger audience – a smart, fresh broadcast with live breaking news and election analysis right on Twitter.”Bruce Perlmutter – a TV veteran who has overseen events including The Royal Wedding, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and has worked for broadcasters including CNN, MSNBC, and E! Networks – will executive produce the special.The stream will include ad packages with TV style mid-roll ad spots combined with original clips produced by BuzzFeed that advertisers can sponsor and promote on Twitter.Twitter claims that its livestream of the second presidential debate, broadcast on Sunday, night reached 3.2 million unique viewers – an increase of 30% over the first presidential debate. It also said that the debate was the most Tweeted ever, with more than 17 million debate-related Tweets sent.
German cable operator Tele Columbus has reiterated its targets for the end of this year after turning in solid first-half results, and has confirmed its plans to move ahead with a company-wide rebrand this quarter.Tele Columbus posted revenues of €245.4 million for the first half, up 4%. Normalised EBITDA was €123.5 million, up 7%, with an EBITDA margin of 50.3%, up 1.4 points year-on-year.The group added 14,000 internet revenue-generating units and 15,000 telephony RGUs in the second quarter. At the end of June, the company had 2.39 basic cable TV customers, including 430,000 premium TV RGUs. It had 549,000 internet customer and 528,000 telephony customers. The number of RGUs per customers increased from 1.62 at the end of the first quarter to 1.63 at the end of Q2.The number of homes upgraded and ready for two-way communication on Tele Columbus’s own network increased by 4.1% year-on-year to 2.31 million, representing a ration of 64%.Tele Columbus is planning to produce unified branding across its Tele Columbus, Pepcom and Primacom units by the end of Q3. The company is also moving ahead with a network expansion programme. Tele Columbus spent €46.6 million on capital expenditure in the first half, representing 18.9% of revenues. The company had 3.6 million homes connected across Germany as of June 30.Timm Degenhardt, formerly the chief commercial officer of Switzerland’s Sunrise, who it to take over as Tele Columbus CEO next year from Ronny Verhelst, joined the company on August 14. He will become a member of the group’s management board on September 1.
Eleven Sports has secured the Portuguese rights to UEFA Champions League and Spanish La Liga football ahead of a launch in what will become the sports broadcaster’s 10th market.Eleven Sports has acquired the rights to air 138 Champions League matches per season, from the final qualifying round and group stages to the final. The deal also includes the UEFA Super Cup – the annual tie between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.Both agreements run from the beginning of the 2018-19 season for three years until the end of the 2020-21 season.The acquisition of La Liga rights follows Eleven’s recent acquisition of these rights for the UK and Ireland. Eleven has built a partnership with the Spanish league in Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg where it has held the rights since 2015.The company said it would announce details in the coming weeks about the ways in which it will package and distribute the rights in Portugal.“We are very proud to secure UEFA Champions League and LaLiga rights in Portugal, two of the world’s biggest football competitions in a nation that has a huge passion for the game,” said Danny Menken, group managing director, Eleven Sports.“Today’s news, which signals our entry into another major European market and our tenth market globally, helps drive our momentum of serving dedicated sports fans everywhere. We look forward to serving up thrilling live football in innovative ways that enable fans to engage with the action that features some of the world’s greatest rivalries, biggest teams and best players.”
WarnerMedia has announced plans to launch Innovation Lab, an incubator that will combine emerging technologies with content from across its operating units.The company said that the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab would encourage deep collaborations across WarnerMedia and AT&T, as well as between corporate partners and developers of emerging new technologies.The new initiative will combine competencies in areas like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and mixed reality, with WarnerMedia’s IP and creative talent, to design new experiences and drive immersive content engagement.“Our goal in launching this dedicated laboratory is to accelerate innovation around how our content can thrive and grow within emerging formats and platforms,” said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.“By taking advantage of AT&T’s technological capabilities we are literally creating a next-generation playground for our creative, tech and strategy executives and key business partners across HBO, Turner, Warner Bros. and Otter Media.”WarnerMedia said it expects to use AT&T’s 5G infrastructure to develop new immersive consumer content experiences, including games and real-time interactivity. The Lab will also look to combine data and insights from AT&T with WarnerMedia’s content, tapping into the potential of dynamic content, new ad formats and AI-powered delivery.The Innovation Lab will be based in New York and be led by Turner’s executive vice president of data strategy and product innovation, Jesse Redniss, who adds the role to his existing responsibilities.The NBA was also announced as one of WarnerMedia’s initial partners for the Lab, with the companies hoping to “re-imagine localised content and fan experiences” by exploring AT&T’s IoT infrastructure, connected car partners and connected environments across stadiums, airports and cities.NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said: “We are always exploring what is next for sports media and what it means for the future NBA experience. This collaboration with WarnerMedia will help identify cutting edge ways to use technology to deliver more immersive experiences to NBA fans.”