Danish cable operator YouSee, owned by TDC, will carry a new golf channel from Nordic pay TV channel provider C More launched to coincide with its acquisition of rights to the US PGA Tour.C More Golf will launch on the platform on January 1. The service will be available as an à la carte extra channel or as part of the operator’s Bland Selv package. Existing subscribers to the C More Sport and C More Total packages will receive C More Golf automatically.C More is also closing down its C More Extreme channel this month.
Google has acquired FameBit, a technology platform that helps content creators work with brands through sponsorship and paid promotion.Google’s investment is designed to capitalise on the trend of brands partnership with content creators for branded content opportunities such as product placement, promos and sponsorship.The move is part of Google’s drive to deliver more revenue from YouTube as well as to enable individual content creators to make money from their work.FameBit was set up as a marketplace for content creators and brands to find each other, backed by Los Angeles startup incubator Science Inc. the company has seen brands and creators use its platform to create over 25,000 branded videos so far, generating over two billion minutes of content, according to FameBit.“Google’s relationship with brands and YouTube’s partnerships with creators, combined with FameBit’s technology and expertise, will help increase the number of branded content opportunities available, bringing even more revenue into the online video community,” said Ariel Bardin, vice-president, product management at Google in a blog posting.“Creators will always have the choice in how they work with brands, and there are many great companies who provide this service today. This acquisition doesn’t change that. Our hope is that FameBit’s democratised marketplace will allow creators of all sizes to directly connect with brands, as well as provide a great technology solution for companies like MCNs and agencies to find matches for their creators and brand partners.”FaceBit founders David Kierzkowski and Agnes Kozera said in a posting on the service’s website: “FameBit will continue to work just like it has and will remain a standalone operation for now. We’re excited to continue helping brands and creators succeed in an even bigger way. With Google’s relationship with brands large and small, and YouTube’s partnership with creators around the globe, we hope to connect even more brands to creators, engage more audiences, and make brand marketing more creative and authentic than ever.”
UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”.Steve UngerSpeaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along the lines of a ‘Kangaroo 2’ will emerge, and indicated that the regulator would be broadly supportive of such a move.“I expect some of you in this room will remember Project Kangaroo,” said Unger. “It was a collaborative venture in the UK which ultimately was blocked on competition grounds – I think that was something of a tragedy.”Going forward he said that such collaborations “will be necessary to build scale” as online global giants like Netflix, Amazon and Apple continue to exert their power. While public service broadcaster (PSB) collaboration will create competition concerns, Unger said there could be “creative ways of addressing those”.“Is there going to be a ‘Kangaroo 2’? I think there has to be something along those lines,” he said. “The idea that every individual UK broadcaster will have its own, independently produced online player is just not going to happen. I think some form of collaboration around the next generation of collaborative player is really important.”The comments come just days after the Guardian reported that the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and NBC Universal have held talks about joining forces to create a joint British streaming service.Speaking at the same DTG event this morning, the BBC’s chief technology and product officer, Matthew Postgate, said it is important that the UK industry comes together in an increasingly online world, citing the same concerns about the market dominance of the US SVOD giants.Postgate did not make any explicit reference to a ‘Kangaroo 2’-style project. However, when asked why the BBC doesn’t simply open up the iPlayer to other content owners, he said: “It’s a long-discussed question and it’s always something we said we’d be happy to consider. It’s also a question of a huge degree of complexity. We have always said that that is something that we have been interested in looking at, but there’s nothing else to say about it.”Today’s discussion comes after Ofcom CEO Sharon White said in March that the UK’s PSBs will increasingly need to collaborate in order to compete in an age of changing viewing habits and large digital rivals like Netflix and Amazon.Speaking at Deloitte and Enders Analysis’ ‘Media and Telecoms 2018 & Beyond’ conference in London, White called on the PSBs to adapt for the digital age, to invest in new methods of distribution and to find fresh ways to reach younger people who are “turning away from traditional TV”.Kangaroo was the working name given to a proposed joint video-on-demand platform from BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4. This was initially slated to launch in 2008 but was eventually blocked a year later by the Competition Commission, which arbitrates on mergers, joint ventures and other issues relating to competition law in the UK.
The count centre is at the Foyle ArenaCOUNTING has started in Derry for the local authority elections.Over the next three days, all eyes will be on the count centre at the Foyle Arena which will remain closed until the last councillor is elected to Derry City and Strabane District Council. ballyarnettCounting begins in Derry and Strabane Council electionsfaughanfoylesideThe MoorWaterside ShareTweet There are five District Electoral Areas (DEAs) within Derry city which are Ballyarnett, Faughan, Foyleside, The Moor and Waterside.Twenty-eight of the 40 seats on Derry City and Strabane District Council will be taken from these areas with the remaining 12 being decided in Derg and Sperrin.Sinn Fein Counting begins in Derry and Strabane Council elections was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: