May 6, 2015This continues our report form 5/4 about the fifth annual BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL this past Saturday.This was a very well organized and executed event. Lots of vendors, good food, very good music, the weather was wonderful and a good time was has by all.On the stage is JAM PAK BLUES’N GRASS NEIGHBORHOOD BAND, a terrific group of youngsters. They have been part of this festival here at Arcosanti since its beginning and delight the audience every year.[photos by Colleen Connery]NEAMIAHCISCO AND THE RACECARSGREENWOOD SIDEEThe event was organized by the AZ Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.A special Thank You goes to Chamber President Ben Satran, who cast the original vision for this event and has supported this festival since its inception.
Now TV Kids PassSky’s standalone over-the-top service, Now TV, has announced plans to launch a Kids Pass, offering children’s TV content for £2.99 per-month.The Now TV Kids Pass will let children watch six dedicated live TV channels, and thousands of episodes and box sets on-demand from Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, NickToons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, CBeebies, CBBC, and Milkshake.The new offering will be available alongside Now TV’s existing Entertainment, Movies and Sports passes and is due to launch on June 21.“We want to make sure that everyone in the family gets the best entertainment experience possible and that includes our younger viewers,” said Now TV director, Gidon Katz.“We’ve created a vibrant, engaging world just for kids, so finding an episode of Dora the Explorer will be almost as fun as watching it. By creating a separate enhanced Now TV Kids Pass our customers have even more choice when it comes to selecting the shows that are right for them, all with no contract.”In March, Sky launched the Sky Kids App for its Sky TV customers, letting younger viewers stream series from Cartoon Network, Disney, CBeebies, CiTV, Nickelodeon and Milkshake.At the same time the pay TV operator said it is moving into original children’s commissioning and it is working with production company Aardman on a new version of Morph – Sky’s first kids original. This will also now be available to watch via Now TV later this year, Sky confirmed.Speaking at the IHS Technology London Media Seminar last week, Sky’s business development and strategic partnerships director, Emma Lloyd said that the Sky Kids App is already proving popular with viewers and “kids is an area that we’ll be investing more in.”However, she said this investment is most likely to be through partnerships rather than acquisitions: “We’ll look to work with the best across the board, rather than looking to invest in any of those players.”The news comes less than a month after the BBC launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service.
Sony has now launched its XF90 line of 4K high dynamic range (HDR) TVs, which it introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, across Europe.The 55-, 65-, and 75-inch XF90 TVs are now in stock at major Sony-authorised retailers in Europe, with these models priced between €1,999 and €4,699.The XF90 series models are powered by Android TV, have voice control functionality and give access to services like Google Play, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.
TV technology outfit Kudelski Group, home of the Nagra and Conax brands, saw its integrated digital TV revenues drop significantly in the first half, with its Conax brand taking a particular hit in emerging markets. The company was also hit by restructuring costs. Kudelski’s integrated digital TV revenues dropped by 16.4% in the first half to US$280 million (€246 million). The company said that its digital TV business had been “resilient” in developed markets, but that it saw a sharp drop in emerging markets, with Conax seeing its revenues decrease thanks to its exposure in this segment.Overall, Kudelski posted revenues of US$446.1 million, down from US$497.2 million, resulting in negative operating income of US$2.2 million compared with an operating profit of US$15.4 million for the same period last year. The company turned in a net loss of US$36.5 million, compared with a loss of US$5.3 million for the prior year period.The company was boosted by the performance of its cybersecurity division, offset by higher than normal seasonality having an impact on its Skidata public access unit.Kudelski said it expected the TV business to recover in the second half, driven by additional sales to existing customers, particularly in the Asia Pacific and African markets. Integrated digital TV operating expenses are expected to drop following a restructuring programme earlier this year that saw the Nagra and Conax teams come together and a restructuring of its French operations. Kudelski this week announced the sale of its SmarDTV conditional access module and set-top unit to an affiliate of French CAM specialist Neotion, which it said was in line with its strategy of focusing on core activities.The company confirmed its full-year financial guidance, with an expectation that operating income will be between US$30 million and US$45 million.
ShareTweet C4’S DERRY GIRLS COMEDY PULLS IN 1.6M LIVE VIEWERS FOR FIRST EPISODELISA MCGEE Its live figures for Derry Girls was only 100,000 viewers shy of C4’s other popular series Hunted.The comedy also got very positive reviews from both professional critics and fans on social media, with the showing trending on twitter with its own account #DerryGirls.The Telegraph praised it “as much a black comedy about the Troubles as a teenage nostalgia fest.”iNews said: “This opening episode is peppered with jokes about the conflict – and more often than not they hit the mark.” NEW Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls got off to a flying start, say programme makers.The series following the lives of teenagers during the Troubles and written by local girl Lisa McGee notched up fantastic viewing figures of 1.6 million.C4 say they are delighted with the figures which is very impressive for its slot. The Times called it “An Inbetweeners for clever girls”.Viewers praised its relatability. @Barrabest tweeted: “I’m loving ‘Derry Girls’ on @Channel4. Local writer @LisaMMcGee has done a great job….so she has! #DerryGirls.”@megnogg tweeted: “Derry Girls is achieving the impossible and making me miss the convent so much and we’re fifteen minutes in.”Others suggested it was the best sitcom since Father Ted and much funnier than Mrs Brown’s Boys.The second episode screens next Thursday night.There is already anticipation about a handsome priest coming onto the scene.C4’S DERRY GIRLS COMEDY PULLS IN 1.6M LIVE VIEWERS FOR FIRST EPISODE was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: