April 15, 2016The construction crew has started to work on the second set of stairs leading into the Colly Soleri amphitheater.[photos by Chihiro Saito, text by Sue Kirsch]Here is construction manager Ron Chandler making cuts into the concrete to help demolish the old stairs.Paolo Van Erp and Rachel Holderbach.Rachel. More to come.
State Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, has announced two students from the 90th District have been selected as her “Representatives for a Day.”As winners, Lydia and Katriya are invited with their families to tour the state Capitol and be sworn in as junior representatives with Rep. García.Lydia VanderMolen of Hudsonville Christian School and Katriya Murphy, a homeschool student from Holland, each participated in a summer reading contest that challenged elementary school-age students to fill out an entry form for every 10 books read from May to September. Multiple entries were submitted from collection boxes at the Gary Byker Memorial Library in Hudsonville, Howard Miller Public Library in Zeeland and Herrick District Library in Holland.“It was wonderful to have so many students commit themselves to reading over the summer for the opportunity to visit Lansing,” said Rep. García. “I look forward to hosting Lydia and Katriya at the State Capitol to give both a front row seat to our state government.”Rep. García will host both students in early 2017.A video of Rep. Garcia’s selecting the Rep for a Day honorees can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqXqTXOpA6g 09Nov Rep. Garcia names Hudsonville, Holland students as ‘Reps for a Day’ Categories: Garcia News,News
Shane O’Neill, president of Chellomedia and chief strategy officer of Liberty Global, was last night awarded the Digital TV Europe Lifetime Achievement award.The award, which recognises the exceptional achievements of an individual who has contributed to the success of the pay TV or broadband industry over the course of their career, was awarded to O’Neill for his service to the cable industry over the last 12 years.During last night’s award ceremony, which was held in central London, a video was played featuring messages from various friends and colleagues of O’Neill, including Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, chairman John Malone and Bob Geldof.As well as his work in the European cable industry, O’Neill has established a charitable foundation that funds the education of 5,000 children in Africa who have been orphaned by Aids.The other awards handed out last night were:Digital TV Europe award – Simon Calver, CEO LovefilmIndustry Leader – Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO, Modern Times GroupMarketer of the Year – Asanga Gunatillaka, head of commercial and strategy, TV, Virgin MediaContent Executive – Jesús Perezagua, president, Fox International Channels Europe and AfricaNew Media Executive – Holl Knill, head of Sky Player and mobile TV, BSkyBTechnology Leader – David Wood, deputy director, EBU Technical, European Broadcasting Union
Belgian cable operator Telenet is launching Yelo TV, a new version of its TV Everywhere service.The service, which aims to give customers the ability to watch programmes, live or recorded, on any screen will be available from March 5 on tablets, smartphones and computers, and from April 5 on TV.For the TV launch, viewers will require to download a new interactive menu. Customers with older set-tops will be able to exchange them for a one-off fee of €39.The mobile versions available from April will be for the iOS or Android platforms, with an app for Windows 8 tablets to follow in May.Yelo TV aims to offer the same viewing experience across multiple devices, and builds on Telenet’s Yelo multiscreen application, launched in 2010.The Yelo TV will be free of charge at launch. Telenet plans to make the TV menu and live TV free on an ongoing basis, will charge for watching recordings on smartphones, tablets and computers, along with other new paid for features to be added later.Inge Smidts, senior vice-president, residential marketing, said: “Thanks to the Yelo application launched in 2010, the viewer has discovered the advantages of watching live TV on other screens. With Yelo TV, Telenet is now the first to respond to the increasingly vocal demand from customers to be able to view their recordings on, for example, tablet or computer. Thus, you really watch what you want, when you want, and on any type of screen.”
Delia BushellDelia Bushell has been appointed managing director of BT TV, the UK telco’s growing pay television division.BT and BSkyB have been battling for sports rights in the UK and Bushell served a five-year stint at Sky as director of broadband and telephony, ending in 2011. Prior to that she was director of commercial affairs at Sky Ireland and most recently she has been chief commercial officer at Sky Italia.She joins BT in July and run BT TV and the BT Sport channels, which have snagged some English Premier League rights. The role will see her oversee negotiations for premium sports rights, in direct competition with Sky.Bushell will report to John Petter, BT Consumer chief executive. He said: “Delia has an excellent track record of delivery and is an experienced top class executive. She helped Sky build a formidable triple play base and I am sure she will help us to build on our strong success with BT TV and Sport.”Bushell said: “BT is shaking up the UK TV market and I am thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time. Sport may have grabbed the headlines recently but the opportunity is far broader and I look forward to working with the team to build on the successes to date.”BT TV currently has a subscriber base of about 950,000. The BT Sport channels are also carried on Sky and Virgin and reach four million UK homes.
Apple is planning to sell subscriptions to some video services direct via its TV app rather than have users subscribe via apps individually, according to a report by Bloomberg.According to the report, which cites unnamed sources, Apple plans to roll out direct subscriptions next year as part of an attempt to boost its content subscription business.Bloomberg compared Apple’s strategy to the service offered by Amazon Channels, which enables users to sign up for premium video services by paying an annual subscription fee on top of their Amazon Prime subscription.Apple launched its TV app a couple of years ago after various stalled attempts to break into the subscription TV world. The company reportedly dropped plans to launch a live OTT TV service after failing to strike deals with potential media partners.The app currently presents a unified view of content that users can access, but they need to exit the Apple app and enter the ecosystem of the relevant third-party provider to subscribe to or purchase shows.The consumer electronics giant has struggled to break into the TV world in a big way. While sales of content via the iTunes store make it a major player in this market, it has failed to create a subscription offering to match that of rivals such as Amazon. Sales of its Apple TV box meanwhile trail those of rivals including Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV in the US.Apple is planning to release a range of family-friendly original TV shows next year, following meetings with producers and TV executives. However, the company has yet to confirm how it will distribute the shows.