Paul Sprawl returned to Arcosanti to provide musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. Other entertainment highlights were music by David Whitley and a Fire performance by Flam Chen. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] The event took place in the lovely setting of the Colly Soleri Music Center. A report on the Arco Team follows on 6/3. [Photo & text: sa] June 2, 2005 The 5th Annual POETRY SLAM was organized by Jewel Blackfeather and Ira Murfin, and once again with Grandmaster Dan Seaman in charge of the microphone. The competition was fast and furious, with some of the most intense poetry. Team X-Hosts from Mesa, team Mesa National, team Hang-over Express from Phoenix, team Loose Nuts from Phoenix, team Justice League from Phoenix, team Tucson, Prescott, team Flag Slam from Flagstaff, team NORAZ and the Arcosanti team competed for bragging rights and a trophy poured in bronze during a night pour in the Arcosanti Foundry on this same day. [Photo & text: sa] The audience was treated to a very funny Comedy Improv Feature by the Worlds Greatest Shakespeare Company. [Photo & text: sa]
Freesat is seeking manufacturing partners to develop a “new range of innovative set-top boxes” that will include Ultra HD support and multiscreen streaming.The free-to-air UK satellite operator said it is seeking proposals for its next generation consumer product and aims to announce manufacturing partners in the autumn, with a view to bringing the set-top box to market “as soon as possible”.The platform provider said that the new devices should be ultra high definition-ready for encrypted broadcast and IP; should offer “fast channel change”; and support HBBTV 2.0.1 applications.Other key features should include: in-home multiscreen streaming to allow users to watch TV across multiple set-top-boxes in the home; and additional tuners to help customers plan their recordings and avoid programme clashes.“We’re thrilled to announce plans for Freesat’s next generation product,” said Freesat managing director, Alistair Thom.“The requirements for our set-top box have been developed with the customer in mind and our aim is to continue to bring UK audiences the best subscription free TV service, and a fantastic alternative to pay TV.”The product requirements will be based on an open technical specification set by the Free TV Alliance, which is a collaboration between four major European digital satellite television broadcasters: Fransat (France), HD Plus (Germany), Tivusat (Italy) and Freesat (UK).Freesat said its request for proposals signals the Free TV Alliance’s ongoing commitment to create “common standards for free-to-view satellite TV services and technologies across Europe for the benefit of viewers, manufacturers and broadcasters.”
Disney has upped its bid for Twenty First Century Fox’s film and television assets to US$71.3 billion, bettering the US$65 billion offer that rival bidder Comcast made last week.In a statement, 21st Century Fox said that it has entered into an amended and restated merger agreement with Disney that it described as “superior” to the proposal made by Comcast.The amended deal will see 21st Century Fox shareholders receive, for each share of 21st Century Fox common stock, US$38 in either cash or shares of Disney common stock. The overall mix paid by Disney will be approximately 50% cash and 50% stock.Disney previously agreed a US$66 billion stock deal for 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets in December. The terms of the previous offer would have seen Disney pay Fox shareholders US$52.4 billion in stock and assume around US$13.7 billion in net debt.The latest amended agreement comes after Comcast put in a US$35 per-share cash offer last week – a bid that valued the Fox assets at some US$65 billion.“We are extremely proud of the businesses we have built at 21st Century Fox, and firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace at a dynamic time for our industry,” said 21st Century Fox chairman, Rupert Murdoch.“We remain convinced that the combination of 21CF’s iconic assets, brands and franchises with Disney’s will create one of the greatest, most innovative companies in the world.”Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, commented: “The acquisition of 21st Century Fox will bring significant financial value to the shareholders of both companies and after six months of integration planning we’re even more enthusiastic and confident in the strategic fit of the assets and the talent at Fox.”“At a time of dynamic change in the entertainment industry, the combination of Disney’s and Fox’s unparalleled collection of businesses and franchises will allow us to create more appealing high-quality content, expand our direct-to-consumer offerings and international presence, and deliver more personalised and compelling entertainment experiences to meet growing consumer demand around the world.”The deal covers Fox’s TV and movie studios, cable networks FX and National Geographic, 30% of streaming service Hulu, 50% of formats powerhouse Endemol Shine Group, Fox Networks Group’s international channels suite, a 39% stake in European operator Sky and control of Indian pay TV service Star.Analysts told CNBC that Disney is currently “the favourite in the horse race” to gain Fox assets as it has better “tools” for its bidding war with Comcast.
industry is very popular, is the apparel industry, actually opened a clothing store is not easy to open, no matter where are more trouble, some people think that it is easy to open a clothing store in the town, as long as do simple decoration and simple display on the line, because the people of the town to product requirements is not high, to the shop the grade is not high. In fact, this idea is biased, there is no factual basis. Now consumers are more picky in small towns, in the purchase of clothing, but also to see the shop grade.