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]
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.
Argentinian pay TV service providers CableVideo and Cosecor have turned to Kudelski Group-owned Conax to provide security services and technology.The regional operators have chosen to adopt technology and services from Conax and regional partner, BOLD MSS, to drive expansion in pay TV and multi-DRM content offerings.CableVideo is migrating its existing security platforms to a new system from Conax including OTT services.Colsecor, a cooperative made up of operators from around Argentina, has deployed a pay TV platform secured by Conax Contego content protection, giving its members the flexibility to develop OTT consumer offerings in the future.Ricardo Lima, CEO of BOLD MSS, said: “We believe these deployments will strengthen service providers’ ability to add more and more popular content and value added services to adapt changes in viewing behaviour and provide the best viewing experience to the end-consumer – and ultimately tap new market share.”Jose Alcacer-Mackinlay, director, Lat Am sales, Conax, said: “With a consumer market eager to adapt the latest choices for accessing desired content, we are pleased to be selected to support CableVideo and Colsecor as they deploy new, enhanced service offerings. In addition, the cooperation with BOLD MSS provides significant value for the operators providing a highly skilled integration and services organisation.”
Swedish cable operator Com Hem has filed a claim with Guinness World Records after it provided internet access at a speed of 1.6Tbps during the DreamHack Summer weekend event in Jonkoping.The cable operator said it was providing DreamHack Summer with a connection of 1.6Tbps through a direct link to the backbone, which is also used to supply broadband to Com Hem’s 700,000 broadband customers.Com Hem used dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) over a 300 kilometres link between Stockholm and Jönköping, which the operators said was “most likely” the first time a connection this fast has been set up at such a distance for this type of event.It said a speed of 1.6 Terabits per second corresponds to 16,000, 100 Mbps connections, which is the most frequently used broadband service delivered by Com Hem to Swedish households.“Beating the world record and providing the world’s fastest internet connection is a milestone in Com Hem’s history and have been made possible by our modern network and our outstanding employees. It is important that a major broadband provider such as Com Hem has a stable, fast and flexible network that has more capacity to offer our customers when they need it. Today, we have demonstrated that we have this,” says Thomas Helbo, CTO of Com Hem.“It is wonderful to be involved in breaking a world record and that Com Hem chose to do this with us at DreamHack Summer. Our visitors and participants are very discerning when it comes to connectivity and want it to work seamlessly, so it feels great to let them experience the world’s fastest internet access. We love to break records, and look forward to continuing our partnership with Com Hem and to together deliver powerful experiences and the best connectivity to our participants,” says Marcus Lindmark, CEO of DreamHack.