Pictured here is Paolo Soleri, and his publicist and editor, Lissa McCullough, Ph.D. Lissa acted as a facilitator for this wonderful dialogue on the implementation and implications of sustainable living. [photo & text: Logan Bier] July 8, 2011A group of 25 individuals from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona visited Arcosanti as part of a four week program titled “Rethinking the Land Ethic”. The group, comprised of participants from across the country, spent an hour in the Soleri Archives to discuss sustainability and the concept of Arcology with Paolo Soleri. Represented were perspectives from ethicists, philosophers, art teachers, and other educators. Read more about NEH, NAU and their programs on sustainability here: http://tinyurl.com/3btzsf9 The group was led by co-directors Joan McGregor, Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University, and Dan Shilling, with the ASU Institute for Humanities Research. [photo & text: Logan Bier]
Latvian telco Lattelecom has added 3D channel High TV to its programming line-up.The addition of the channel follows the launch of 3D on-demand movies earlier this year. Lattelecom TV director Inga Alik said High TV would be offered on a trial basis initially. The channel is available to customers with an internet connection of 8Mbps or above. Subscribers can sign up for the channel via an HD package for LVL3.80 (€5.40), or can sign up for individual à la carte channels for LVL1.20 each.
Turkish pay TV operator D-Smart has chosen CDN technology provider Broadpeak to support its deployment of over-the-top TV services.D-Smart has deployed Broadpeak’s BkS400 video servers to manage its OTT streaming services, using HTTP adaptive streaming technology to stream live and video-on-demand services to approximately two million subscribers on a wide range of devices, including TVs, PCs, and tablets.“With subscriber demand for OTT streaming services growing every day, D-Smart needed a more powerful and flexible server to support additional sessions and traffic,” said Erdogan Simsek, DTH technical director, D-Smart. “Broadpeak’s BkS400 uses adaptive bit rate technology to speed up OTT delivery while ensuring a high quality of service for viewers. Since deploying the new servers, we’ve dramatically increased the amount of content streamed to traditional and handheld devices.”
Total TV ad expenditure in the UK is forecast to fall 1.9% this year, according Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report data.The marketing intelligence service made a 1.4 percentage point downgrade for TV ad expenditure since its last forecast in April, despite UK advertising spend growing for its 15th consecutive quarter in Q1.James McDonald“The latest data shows that large retailers – particularly supermarkets – and major food brands reined in their TV spending by 25% during the first three months of 2017, instead committing to cutting prices on the shelves as household expenditure wanes,” said James McDonald, Senior Data Analyst at WARC.Despite this, the report said it expects TV ad losses to be regained in 2018, with ad revenue growing 2.5%, partially due to next summer’s FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Russia.WARC’s outlook for total UK ad market growth in 2017 was downgraded by 0.5 percentage points to +2%, which McDonald attributed to “higher inflation and slow wage growth” squeezing consumer spending.In Q1 the report recorded a 1.3% year-on-year increase in UK advertising spend to £5,318 million – a gain, but also the market’s slowest growth rate since Q2 2013.
The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis.The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43 billion (€38 billion) by the end of 2018 – more than the combined spend of the next 10 largest content spenders in the US, including OTT providers Netflix and Amazon.Disney-Fox is tipped to spend some US$22 billion on originated and acquired content in 2018, while Ampere estimates that Comcast-Sky will spend slightly less at US$21 billion. By comparison, Netflix is expected to spend more than US$8 billion on a profit and loss basis by the end of the year.“Prior to the recent mergers, Netflix was on course to catch – and overtake – the top Hollywood studios by content spend. However, in light of the two new combined entities, Netflix would now need to triple spend to achieve this this feat,” said Ampere analyst, Daniel Gadher.Ampere noted that the ‘mega-mergers’ of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox will strengthen each entity’s position in the global market while also protecting against “the rising strength of online video,” with Disney set to launch its own Netflix-rivalling SVOD service next year.However, Ampere also sounded a note of caution over the implications of such consolidations on independent producers. “With a shrinking number of content acquirers in the market, the competition for rights will diminish,” said Gadher. “This will inevitably impact the indie sector’s ability to negotiate favourable deals.”