Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley completed 14-of-21 passes for 104 yards and an interception Sunday against the Lions. He was sacked once and had a quarterback rating of 58.4.But the most important number was the one on the scoreboard when the game clock reached 0:00, and that one read Arizona 38, Detroit 10. The Cardinals ended their nine-game losing streak and Lindley, a sixth round pick out of San Diego State in April, earned his first NFL win. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share No one is declaring Lindley to be the team’s quarterback of the future or anything, and while Sunday’s game was not great, it was a step in the right direction. The 23-year-old said his comfort level is “a lot different” now from where it was when he made his NFL debut a few weeks ago in Atlanta, so one could surmise the should continually to gradually improve.“I feel a lot better, the game’s slowing down,” he said. “The biggest thing, I think, is knowing how to take the game all the way through, how to ride it out.“I think I learned a lot going through New York (a 7-6 loss) and what happened there, making the mistakes that I did.” – / 26 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It feels good,” Lindley said, noting how tough the last couple months have been for the team. “Just how it feels for us, getting off our back, the confidence we’re going to have going into these last two games and going into the offseason is big.“We wanted to pull this one out and be able to go in feeling good these last two weeks.”Of course, the Cardinals have to feel better about things if only due to the fact that their losing streak is over. However, Lindley still has yet to throw a touchdown pass,is completing just 51.1 percent of his passes and has thrown six interceptions. Add in that the team signed quarterback Brian Hoyer just last week, it would seem Lindley may not have a firm grasp on the starting job. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Lindley “played better” Sunday, pointing to a couple of throws the rookie made that left him impressed.“You can definitely see improvement as far as how he mentally and physically went into that game and handled it,” the coach said. “Now, we’ve got to see better as we continue to progress, that’s the expectation. I want to see him make some more throws, have a little bit more production, and hopefully that will happen.” Top Stories
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Anne Kitzman / Shutterstock.comJanuary 30, 2014; Deadline DetroitNPQ has written repeatedly about the changing nature of journalism, including the trend to collaborate on coverage, and this story fits into that trend. The Bridge yesterday announced the formation of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a collaborative effort among five of Michigan’s nonprofit media organizations to cover Detroit as it works to transform itself. The partners in the efforts will be Bridge Magazine, WDET, Michigan Radio, Detroit Public TV and New Michigan Media; they will “share data-driven, solutions-based journalism that deepens public understanding of Detroit’s journey through bankruptcy and engages residents in the revival of this once-powerful city.” The products of this journalistic union, which is funded by the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation and Renaissance Journalism, will be available on a communal website.The collaborative has established benchmarks that will be the reference points they will use to chart Detroit’s progress and hold public officials accountable.The Bridge writes, “Going forward, we aim to be an indispensable resource for the people of Detroit – who have endured years of mismanagement and broken promises – and residents across Michigan, who sometimes question how their lives and communities, and tax dollars, are tied to the fate of the state’s largest city.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share22Tweet17Share10Email49 SharesLaunch Day: Washington DC / Robin Hood Tax on Wall StreetOctober 25, 2017; Politico, PHIEvery day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. As millions of boomers move into the final decades of their lives, we face a significant challenge as a nation: who will care for them? Already, home care is among the nation’s fastest-growing jobs, creating more new jobs than any other single occupation. According to a new fact sheet from PHI, over 633,000 new home care aides will be needed in the next decade, double the number of retail salespersons.Demographic shifts suggest that there simply won’t be enough working-age people to fill these jobs. To supplement that labor, we will need women from around the world who come to the United States in search of safety and economic opportunity for themselves and their families. Yet, the current administration is determined to reduce the flow of immigrants, particularly those without wealth or education.Compared to earlier generations, Baby Boomers had relatively small families, changing the age distribution of our country. A look at the numbers makes it clear why boomers should be advocating for sensible immigration policies that will expand and stabilize the caregiving workforce.Between 2015 and 2050, the population of adults over the age of 65 will grow from about 48 million to 88 million. Those over 85—and in need of the most care—will triple in number from just over six million to 19 million. During that same time period, there will be virtually no growth in the population of working-age adults, ages 18-64. Either we will need a massive shift of workers into caregiving occupations—unlikely considering these are some of the nation’s worst paying and most difficult jobs—or we will need new workers from countries around the world.Immigrants make up nearly 30 percent of the home care workforce, according to PHI. Paul Osterman, author of Who Will Care for Us?, explains, “If immigration is restricted people will have a much harder time finding the help they need to stay at home.”The latest immigration proposal from the GOP, the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, would reduce the flow of legal immigrants by about half. Moreover, it shifts priorities in terms of who will be welcome in the US. According to a recent story in NPQ, the RAISE Act “gives wealthy, highly educated, English-speaking applicants priority over those seeking to reunite with family (called chain migration).”Unfortunately for older Americans, it is low-income women without formal educations who seek employment as caregivers. The field has a low bar for entry: it doesn’t require a high school or college degree, workers do not need to be fluent in English, and many of the jobs have no training or certification requirements. For foreign-born workers who are more highly educated—for example, nurses—home care and certified nursing aide jobs are often a first step toward a healthcare career in the US.If we reduce the flow of immigrant labor, one would think that wages for home care workers would rise as demand grows. Anupam Jena, associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, told reporter Ted Hesson, who recently reported on the growing care gap for Politico. “How much would it drive up the prices? That’s hard to know.” The home care market, however, is not a classic “free market.” Nearly 70 percent of home care services are paid for through public dollars, both Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid, in particular, is facing steep cuts, putting increased pressure on states to reduce costs for long-term services and supports. More likely, rather than higher wages, we are going to see far more people seeking informal help from family members who are already stretched thin by the demands of work and family.—Karen KahnShare22Tweet17Share10Email49 Shares
Video search specialist Blinkx has acquired online advertising specialist and digital marketing agency Prime Visibility Media Group (PVMG) for £22.4 million (€26 million).According to Blinkx, the acquisition will enable it to integrate its video search engine with PVMG’s text search platform, tapping into a new audience and delivering TV-style brand advertising to it.Suranga Chandratillake, CEO of Blinkx said: “Online video advertising continues to be the fastest growing format by a significant margin, and is forecast to reach US$3.5 billion (€2.5 billion) over the next three years. Brands continue to move an increasing amount of their TV advertising budgets to online video, but need to be able to reach an audience of equivalent size on the Web. We’re extremely excited about the Acquisition because the integration of our video search engine with PVMG’s text search platform will enable us to tap into a new audience of intent-driven consumers and deliver TV-style brand advertising to them, which gives us the opportunity to expand our customer reach and increase PVMG’s margins over time.”
Tanzanian pay TV operator StarTimes has launched a new channel bouquet.The Kili Bouquet contains 52 channels including Fox Entertainment and several channels from News Corp-backed Asian pay TV operator Star.
Over half of Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV’s set-top boxes will be supplied by Kaliningrad-based technology provider General Satellite by the end of this year, according to local reports.General Satellite board member Sergei Pimenov told a microelectronics forum in Kaliningrad that over 50% of Tricolor TV’s active set-tops would be supplied by the company by the end of 2012.
Swedish infrastructure provider Net Insight’s CEO Fredrik Tragardh is to leave the company at the end this quarter to take a new position with pulp, paper and forestry group Ekman & Co. “I want to thank Fredrik for his efforts over the years. During his time as CEO, Net Insight has evolved into a company with a global customer base, competitive products and a strong balance sheet. Now that Fredrik wants to take on a new challenge with a highly respected international trading house, I wish him well,” says said Lars Berg, chairman of the board.
Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 has launched a second screen app in partnership with social TV technology firm Axonista and media identification firm Civolution.The ShowPal companion app is designed to work as a single second screen app for a wide variety of TV3 programmes.It delivers a mix of content and social media related to TV3 shows and lets viewers interact by taking part in quizzes, games, voting and polls.The app was a collaborative effort by TV3 and Axonista, with Civolution’s automatic content recognition technology SyncNow deployed in order to synchronise the app with the TV3’s broadcast content.“As a broadcaster, TV3 recognises that second-screening is a mainstream activity and we sought to develop an app that would deliver relevant, engaging and entertaining content to the second screen synchronous with what is happening on the TV screen,” said Stephen Grant, TV3 Group director of online, and head of ShowPal.
Second-screen TV service Viggle has acquired Dijit Media, the firm behind personalised TV programming guide NextGuide.The deal, which was closed for undisclosed terms, will see Viggle integrate Dijit Meida’s services – including the NextGuide’s Reminder Button, which can be embedded into any website, letting viewers track and set reminders via email, text message or app push notifications for the shows they plan to watch.As well as reminders, NextGuide also offers a personalised TV guide, drawing listings from TV networks, as well as streaming services like Hulu Plus and iTunes. Its Universal Remote function also lets users control their DVR from anywhere.“We’ve had incredible growth and success since our launch and we’re excited to join with another company that shares our goals – to create a holistic marketing platform for brands and networks, while giving our users content and tools they need to take control of their daily entertainment choices,” said Dijit Media CEO Jeremy Toeman.The deal is the latest example of consolidation in the second screen space. In November i.TV bought GetGlue, which it said this week it is rebranding to tvtag. Yahoo! also this week said it is closing its IntoNow service.
BT’s YouView boxThe BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has called on the broadcaster to “carefully review its investments” in YouView, Freeview and Freesat as part of its obligation to promote services that are “free at the point of delivery.”In a report into the BBC’s distribution arrangements for its UK public services, published yesterday, the BBC Trust said that the BBC’s support of IP-enabled TV platform YouView was “predicated on the platform’s availability at no ongoing subscription cost”.However, it said that in practise, nearly all YouView ‘sales’ have provided under subsidy by either BT or TalkTalk, in exchange for a subscription to the telcos’ pay-TV services.“This may have implications for the BBC’s strategy of promoting ‘free’ access to its services, and is likely to form an element of a platform review by the BBC which is currently under way,” said the Trust.The news comes a day after the Guardian reported that the BBC and other UK broadcasters are planning to “slash their investment” in YouView, with funding talks for the next period of investment in YouView among stakeholders to be concluded at the end of March.The Trust said in its report that the BBC currently does not pay any fees to be carried on the non-linear interface of YouView. While it acknowledged that it has been subject to “some criticism” from certain YouView shareholders for this, it said this was a key part of its efforts to “contain distribution costs” in exchange for supplying content.As a joint stakeholder in YouView, the BBC contributed £6 million (€7.2 million) towards the operating costs of the service in 2012/13 alone. Over the past three years, YouView’s stakeholders – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk, and infrastructure firm Arqiva – have paid a total of £105 million to fund the service.Elsewhere, the Trust’s distribution report predicted that on-demand consumption of TV programmes will more than double between now and 2017 and that the like-for-like direct costs for the BBC’s online distribution will rise to roughly £40m by 2016/17 from £24m in the current year.The Trust said that online distribution of the iPlayer delivers just over 2% of the BBC’s TV viewing, while the costs associated with delivery of the on-demand service is just under 12% of the BBC’s total distribution bill – but said that it was cost effective when compared to commercial benchmarks.Overall, the Trust said that the BBC’s overall distribution arrangements for its UK programmes and services are “fit for purpose and offer good value for money for licence fee payers.”
Telekom Romania has partnered with content delivery and protection specialists Viaccess-Orca and TV operating system provider Zenterio and for the rollout of its new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, Telekom TV. The deal marks the third recent Zenterio OS deployment within the Deutsche Telekom Group, which owns a 50% stake in Telekom Romania, formerly Romtelecom, having previously worked with Slovak Telekom and Magyar Telekom.Telekom Romania is using Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage-TV Everywhere solution to drive the new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, with Viaccess-Orca acting as a system integrator on the project.The firm’s Voyage solution includes Viaccess-Orca’s RiGHTv unified service delivery platform and Compass content discovery platform, with Telekom Romania able to deliver a range of content, including live television, video-on-demand and catch-up TV, to subscribers on any screen.Other technology partners for Telekom Romania’s IPTV project include Verimatrix as conditional access system provider and Kaon as set-top box manufacturer. Also involved is Gemini, Friendly Technologies, Broadpeak, Harmonic and Accedo.“The launch of an innovative, multi-screen service is just the beginning of Telekom Romania’s major effort to expand its IPTV service offerings to our customers,” said Mathias Hanel, chief commercial officer at Telekom Romania.Nikolai Beckers, CEO of Telekom Romania said: “To provide a superior multiscreen service to potentially millions of subscribers across Romania, we needed a TV Everywhere solution that offers unparalleled levels of interactivity and personalisation. Unifying the service delivery across different networks by using a single converged system was also important.”Prior to deploying Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage, Telekom Romania was using multiple infrastructures for its TV offerings, including IPTV, OTT, DTH, and cable.The new unified platform is designed to support more device types, reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, and quickly expand its service offering, according to Viaccess-Orca.Telekom TV will be available beyond the Telekom Romania customer base via monthly subscriptions.The news comes just a day after Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania began operating under the Telekom Romania brand, with both companies taking the “T” logo trademark.“Adding Romania to the Magenta map, is a natural step in the evolution of Deutsche Telekom’s footprint in Europe. It is in line with our strategy to offer the best customer experience driven by technology leadership. As a leading telecommunications provider in Europe, we bring our expertise and ability to the Romanian market. We are highly committed to Telekom Romania and will make a significant contribution to the Romanian society,” said Claudia Nemat, board member Europe and technology, Deutsche Telekom.
Zegona Communications, owner of Asturias region cable operator Telecable, and MVNO MásMóvil are among the companies to have placed bids for fourth-ranked Spanish mobile operator Yoigo, according to local reports.According to Expansión, the two groups have submitted offers to acquire Yoigo to TeliaSonera, 76.6% owner of the company.According to Expansión, citing unnamed sources, TeliaSonera is determined to make a sale if the price is right and is could select one of the two parties for exclusive talks in the next few days, although there remains a possibility that a third potential buyer might emerge.However, the paper notes that the urgency of striking a sale agreement has lessened as Yoigo’s performance has improved recently.Commenting on Zegona and Telecable’s just-published end-of-year results, Zegona chairman and CEO Eamonn O’Hare said that the company was continuing “to see the dynamic forces of consumer consumption, industry consolidation and convergence creating many attractive opportunities for additional acquisitions”. He said that driving shareholder value was the company’s “number one priority” and that any acquisitions would be subject to a disciplined evaluation.“Telecable is our first acquisition and has made a great start under Zegona ownership. We are particularly pleased that the business delivered its 2015 financial targets fully in line with our preacquisition expectations. We are also encouraged by the growing momentum in the business, underpinned by the recent consumer price rise (the first in many years) and accelerating growth in its Mobile and Business divisions,” said O’Hare.“Telecable’s growth has outperformed other players in the Spanish market in recent years, and it is encouraging to see that track record being maintained. This performance, together with encouraging trends relating to price repair in the Spanish telecoms market and the improving economic environment, gives us the confidence that Telecable will accelerate growth across its key financial metrics in 2016.”Zegona reported that Telecable’s revenue increased by 2.7% in 2015 to end the year at €134.4 million. It said that revenue growth accelerated in the fourth quarter, with growth of 5% representing a five-year high for the company.EBITDA was up 3.3% to €65 million, while cash-flow was up 2.4% to €36.1 million.O’Hare confirmed a 4.5p dividend in line with the target set at the time of Zegona’s acquisition of Telecable.
Vice Media’s youth-focused channel Viceland has made a series of senior EMEA appointments ahead of planned launches in the UK, Ireland and France later this year.The channel has named Debi Roach as vice-president, TV production EMEA, Cam Levin as vice-president, brand, EMEA and Dan Louw as vice-president, development, UK.Roach has overseen productions for terrestrial and digital broadcasters across entertainment, scripted comedy and factual entertainment, with credits including Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Derren Brown’s series and specials. In her newly created role at Viceland, she will be overseeing all output for the channel across the region, including a slate of brand new Vice-produced UK programming.Levin, an established creative director and filmmaker, previously worked for MTV International and Sky UK. At Viceland he will oversee audience, platform and social growth strategy as well innovating the channel’s creative billing.Louw is a former head of development in the BBC Documentaries department, where he oversaw a slate including the Louis Theroux films, The Met and BAFTA award winners Life and Death Row and Don’t Take My Baby.The latest appointments follow that of Discovery Networks executive Arjan Hoekstra as general manager, EMEA, in April.
TwitchMore than a quarter of French internet users are interested in eSports, according to audience research outfit Mediametrie.According to Mediametrie, some 45.2% of the public have heard of eSports, with 15-24 year-olds, the professional middle-classes – the CSP+ category, in French marketing parlance – and 25-34 year-olds are, in that order, the groups most likely to be familiar with eSports, while the 50-plus age group, the economically inactive, and women are the three groups least likely to have heard of the phenomenon.Among internet users familiar with eSports, just over a quarter – 26.3% – have watched an official competition on the internet or TV. A slightly higher number of overall internet users – 26.9% – say they have followed an eSports competition, rising to almost one in two – 44.2% – of 15-34 year-olds.First-person shooter games such as Counter Strike or Call of Duty are the most popular genre among eSports fans, followed by strategy games such as Starcraft or Warcraft and sports games such as FIFA or NBA 2K in that order.In October, 4.3 million French internet users visited one of the three principal eSports platforms – Twitch, Steam and Origin – at least once, meaning 9.1% of internet users aged two and above. This represented growth of 40% on Mediametrie and NetRatings’ survey of January 2014.While eSports for the most part remains the province of specialised international channels, French TV channels are also getting in on the act. Mediametrie found that seven French channels have aired eSports coverage this year, against only two in 2014.