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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It was decided in October 2011 that Arizona would host the 2015 Super Bowl. Now less than a year away from the game David Rousseau is going into GM mode on draft day.“We’re finally on the clock,” said Rousseau, Chairman of the Super Bowl host committee.Rousseau and some of the committee went to MetLife Stadium this month for the latest Super Bowl to get a scope of how the biggest football game of the year is handled from a business perspective. Comments   Share   “The NFL did a great job of promoting the idea of ‘we will see you in Arizona next year’,” Rousseau told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think we just have to capture that momentum and make the most of it and finish up our fundraising over the course of the next 60-90 days and then we’ll have one job of executing it.”The trip to New Jersey included bracing for a predicted cold patch of weather that was abnormal for the Super Bowl and gathering prospective ideas for the third time Arizona will host the game.“We felt like we needed to go and expose a cross-section of our staff and our sponsors to what is the latest and greatest from a NFL delivery standpoint on a Super Bowl,” Rousseau said. “Their predicted weather was sort of the story and I think as a result it kept a lot of otherwise interest that would normally percolate around a Super Bowl from happening.”While it’s almost a guarantee that Glendale will be a warmer Super Bowl spot than East Rutherford, the committee is not looking away from possible problems regarding transportation and temperature.“I think they did a great job on many fronts on managing transportation issues, at least from our perspective,” Rousseau said. “Unfortunately folks that were encouraged to take the train home after the game were met with a couple hour wait, but they were waiting in much milder temperatures than they anticipated.” Rousseau was not involved in the host committee when the Super Bowl was last played in the University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, however he praises his predecessor, Mike Kennedy, for showcasing Arizona’s assets. The chances of the Super Bowl returning were strengthened by upgrades to state-wide transportation, helping Arizona to be picked over both Tampa and Miami.“That game set records at the time for the most watched television event ever,” Rousseau said of Arizona’s last Super Bowl. “The effort was successful in securing the bid for the 2015 game on the strength of investments that have been made in the Valley. Those have been regional investments including the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix and the light rail system that have since been installed since 2008.”Eleven months away from kickoff in Glendale, tickets for the game have already been added to many people’s wish lists, but acquiring them is easier said than done. Rousseau says there simply aren’t enough tickets.“Cardinals’ season ticket holders get to participate in a lottery for tickets and the NFL has its own lottery that runs through June,” Rousseau said. “I think the best thing we can all do to improve our chances in that lottery is to hope for another successful season for the Cardinals because as a participating team they would be the beneficiary of a big chunk of additional tickets.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img LISTEN: David Rousseau, AZ Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Training camp hasn’t even started yet and OTAs are at least two months away, however if the Cardinals were to make the Super Bowl, it would be the first time in NFL history that the host team would play in the game. – / 30 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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UK technology trade body Intellect has released a

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first_imgUK technology trade body Intellect has released a trial specification for HbbTV in the UK to enable HbbTV services to be deployed on UK digital-terrestrial devices.Intellect is hosting and making available a test stream and has initiated consultation with broadcasters and other stakeholders.William Higham, director at Intellect said: “Harmonisation with the EU offers more choice to UK consumers. It brings the ability to connect and stream additional channels and applications from across Europe, whether Eurovision or local news from a potential holiday destination. Moving towards TV without borders also gives huge scale advantages to UK content-makers and technology companies, in short the UK’s vital creative industries. Today is part of a discussion with UK stakeholders about how the UK can be a leading part of the European television market again.”last_img read more

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Canal Plus Group has named Laurent Vallée as secre

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first_imgCanal Plus Group has named Laurent Vallée as secretary-general of the group.Vallée will replace Frédéric Mion and will report to Bertrand Meheut, the group’s president.Vallée was previously a senior official in the French ministry of justice and is also a member of the administrative council of the French professional football league.Mion has been named as president of university Sciences-Po.last_img

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Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has teamed up

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first_imgRussian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has teamed up with Eutelsat to use the latter’s recently launched SmartBeam multiscreen delivery system to provide mobile TV services.Consumers will be able to receive Tricolor TV’s new service in public venues by downloading an app on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. They can then receive channels via a local WiFi network connected to a compact low-cost satellite box that will receive the content direct from a Eutelsat satellite at 36° East.The service will enable Tricolor TV to deliver DRM-protected content to hotels, shopping centres, airport lunges, medical centres and other public venues without recourse to terrestrial networks.SmartBeam uses a small satellite receiver that acts as a local DCN to deliver TV channels and video-on-demand content via satellite to mobile devices via WiFi. Native IP streams are converted from unicast to multicast at a teleport and broadcast over satellite in DVB-S2. The receiver decodes the stream, extracts the original IP packets and delivers them to smartphones, tablets or other IP native devices through a regular Wi-Fi access point or home router. Live content is served on-the-fly, while VOD content is stored and can be accessed at any time, according to Eutelsat.Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “Eutelsat’s satellites and technology are already the backbone of distribution networks for broadcasters and pay-TV platforms around the world. Now, with SmartBeam, we are leveraging multiscreen solutions to help broadcasters extend OTT services and offer the same experience to users located beyond range of terrestrial networks. SmartBeam will also be able to circumvent user frustration with buffering and disconnection as terrestrial mobile networks saturate. We are delighted that Tricolor TV, one of our most prominent pay-TV clients, has recognised the added value of SmartBeam as a new content delivery solution.”Alexei Kholodov, CEO of Tricolor TV, said: “As a leader in digital television services Tricolor TV is committed to deploying cutting edge technologies and services that extend our zone of reception and enhance the viewing experience for our customers. As we wait for a plane to take off, or sit in a waiting room we have all thought at one time or another that being able to watch television would be a real benefit. Now, thanks to our partnership with Eutelsat, Tricolor TV is going beyond the four walls of user homes to reach viewers on their mobile devices in public venues.”last_img read more

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Ludovic Bostral Francophone African subscription v

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first_imgLudovic BostralFrancophone African subscription video-on-demand provider Afrostream has tapped user interface specialist Wiztivi to help it deliver its service to telecom operators.Wiztivi supplied its TimelessVOD HTML5-based user interface, providing a modular UI that can be adapted to different markets, according to the company.Afrostream, which is backed by Orange Digital Ventures and Y Combinator and was founded by theatre producer and entrepreneur Tonjé Bakang, styles itself as “the Netflix of Afro-American and French films”, offers a range of content for a monthly fee targeted at the African diaspora in Europe.The service is available on the Orange and Bouygues Telecom networks in France.According to Wiztivi, the deployment will enable Afrostream to provide a consistent user experience both online and on set-top boxes.“Afrostream is now available on the biggest Internet Service Providers in France, Orange and Bouygues, thanks to Wiztivi’s TimelessVOD which provides the best user experience possible. The technical partnership between Afrostream and Wiztivi will open new possibilities to bring Afrostream to every screen possible,” said Ludovic Bostral, Co-Founder and CTO of Afrostream.“We are thrilled to partner with Afrostream on the deployment of such an innovative VOD service. By choosing to go with TimelessVOD, the integration of the Afrostream service into operator set-top boxes is made easier.” said Thibault Demartial, Sales Director at Wiztivi.last_img read more

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Volkswagen and LG Signed a MoU to Develop Innovative Connected Car Platform

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first_imgImage Credit: TechCrunch Advertisement It seems now it’s about teaming up for autonomous cars, I guess it’s all about “Car Wars.” We’ve had automotive companies like; BMW teaming up with Intel & Mobileye, Ford teaming up with Google and Uber, Toyota teamed up with Microsoft, and then here comes Volkswagen and LG have chosen each other.The new squad announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), earlier this week to collaborate on R&D related to a connected car platform to be developed over the coming years today.So why the team-up? LG and Volkswagen have listed their three goals they want to achieve from this partnership:Developing technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home so that drivers are able to control and monitor smart devices in their homes  such as lights, security systems and domestic appliances from out on the road.Developing a context-sensitive notification center that can deliver messages in an intuitive and safe manner and provide optimized recommendations to the driver in real time.Developing next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars. – Advertisement – Richard Choi said in a statement, that the two companies are teaming up to develop the next generation of connected car platform that allows wide integration with smart home services and adoption of open IoT connectivity technologies.“We think LG’s expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen’s leadership in the automotive sector will revolutionize the way drivers interact with their vehicles,” he adds.In March in 2015, Volkswagen subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro unveiled its GEA concept car at the Geneva Motor Show with seven key components supplied by LG Electronics, including the holographic display, connected smart watch, tail lights and rear camera.Image Credit: TechCrunchIn July, LG was selected as Volkswagen’s strategic electronics supplier and also listed as a partner company on its FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) programme.[related-posts]At CES earlier this year, the two companies attracted great attention showcasing a smart home system that could be controlled remotely from the vehicle.last_img read more

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