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Japanese companies pay record 45 a pound for Costa Ricas best coffee

first_imgThis year’s highest-scoring Costa Rican coffee received a record $45 a pound in theCup of Excellence’s online auction, held Tuesday morning. A Brumas del Zurquí coffee in Heredia was awarded 93.47 points in the national cupping competition in May (TT, June 29). Three micro-roasting coffee companies in Japan paid nearly $100,000 for 2,200 pounds of the winning green coffee.Judges awarded the especially high score to the Heredian coffee for its unique complexity of dried raisin and prune flavors along with floral aromas.Prior to the auction, Cup of Excellence international judge Bernd Braune said the winner was a surprise to all because Heredia is not particularly known for exceptionally unique micro coffee lots. Over the past five years, coffee producers around Costa Rica have improved their growing and harvesting practices, Braune said, and to see this quality of coffee is exciting.The buyers of the winning lot are Maruyama Coffee, Yokoi Coffee and Bontain Coffee. The president and founder of Maruyama Coffee, Kentaro Maruyama, is the chairman on the Cup of Excellence’s board of directors. Bontain Coffee’s owner, Yoshi Kato, is also a board member.A total of 27 Costa Rican coffees were auctioned at an average price of $8.90 a pound, bringing in some $600,000 for Costa Rican coffee producers and the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Clash over development plans leaves 8 dead in Guatemala

first_imgRelated posts:16 killed in Guatemala prison fight, official says Guatemalan ex-police officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand trial Guatemalan ex-police chief handed 90 years over embassy raid Indigenous activist who helped close polluting Guatemala palm oil factory shot dead GUATEMALA CITY – Eight indigenous people have died in a village west of the capital after a clash that saw residents turn guns on their neighbors over plans to build a road and a cement plant.Interior Minister Mauricio López said the authorities were working to determine what actions will be taken after the clashes that began overnight into Saturday in San Juan Sacatepéquez.“We need a greater security presence in the area to regain control,” said López, noting that about 600 policemen were deployed in the area where the incident took place.Several homes and five vehicles were burned.The conflict escalated because some in the indigenous community are being forced to leave their homes due to the construction, while others have been in favor of the plant and sold some land for the road.Farming community leader Daniel Pascual told AFP that gunmen had fired on villagers opposed to the project, noting that some of the attackers were employees of the cement company.In July 2013, Cementos Progreso began work to build a modern plant in San Gabriel for $720 million. It is expected to begin operations in 2017.However, the project has divided the local population between those who support the company and those who oppose the construction due to fears it will damage groundwater sources and cause other environmental damage.The area has been prone to conflict in recent years. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories And most importantly heading into Week 4, they sit alone a top the NFC West — a division that is clearly on the rise in 2012.Still, ESPN senior football analyst John Clayton isn’t completely sold the Cardinals are the team to beat out west.“In the NFC West, the eye test still says it’s San Francisco,” Clayton said Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf. “Even though they lost at Minnesota and played poorly. The record obviously goes with Arizona.”While Clayton wasn’t quite ready anoint the Cardinals as one of the NFC’s elite teams just yet, he didn’t shy away from making a bold prediction about their upcoming slate of games.“Just when I look at the schedule in the next four weeks, how out of line is it to say that the Cardinals could be 7-0 or 6-1?” said Clayton. “I think it’s very viable. The defense keeps them in every game. “But I think the significant change overall is how good the defenses are in the division. They are all sensational.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   center_img The Arizona Cardinals are off to their best start in franchise history since 1974.Their defense has stifled opposing offenses led by the likes of Tom Brady and Michael Vick, to the tune of the second best points per game (13.3) average in the league.Kevin Kolb, their once-beleaguered quarterback, is showing signs of the player they traded for and signed to a five-year, 21 million dollar extension back in July 2011. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

MIRAMAR Fla — Police have charged Florida rapper

first_img MIRAMAR, Fla. — Police have charged Florida rapper YNW Melly with killing two of his close friends who were also rising rap stars, and trying to make it appear they died in a drive-by shooting.On Wednesday Miramar police arrested 19-year-old YNW Melly, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, on first-degree murder charges in October 2018 deaths of 19-year-old Christopher Thomas Jr. and 21-year-old Anthony Williams.The rapper’s 20-year-old friend Cortlen Henry also was arrested, in Houston last month, and extradited to Florida on Tuesday in connection with the killings.In a post Wednesday on YNW Melly’s official Instagram, he said “a couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice.”YNW Melly’s first official studio album was released in January.The Associated Press Florida rapper YNW Melly accused of killing 2 friends AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2019 4:42 am PDTlast_img read more

Cyprus and India closer to resolving doubletax dispute

first_imgBy Elias HazouNICOSIA and New Delhi are inching closer to putting their double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) back on track, financial sources said yesterday.The sources, familiar with the subject but speaking on condition of anonymity, played down reports from India that Cyprus was unlikely to get off the ‘blacklist’ any time soon.The Indian Express website yesterday quoted a government official there as saying: “Cyprus has been requesting to be put off the notified jurisdictional area list on the grounds that it has started sharing information with India now. Though the information on specific requests by Indian tax authorities has started flowing in, a decision on taking it off the list would happen only when there is a specific commitment from them,”The two countries signed a DTAA in 1994, but in November last year the Asian nation classified Cyprus as a notified jurisdictional area and suspended the tax benefits.Following the notification, all payments made to Cyprus attracted a 30 per cent withholding tax and Indian entities receiving money from here were required to disclose the source of funds.India said it took the decision because Cyprus was not providing information requested by tax authorities under the agreement.The government in Nicosia scrambled to put out the fires, dispatching a delegation to New Delhi later that same month in a bid to begin smoothing out the differences.According to India’s department of industrial policy and promotion, Cyprus is the seventh largest source of foreign direct investment in India, pumping $557m in 2013-2014 while $7.44bn was transferred between April 2000 and March 2014.The Cyprus Mail’s source said that, to his knowledge, Cyprus has provided all the tax information and documents requested.He said the Cypriot side has asked for a follow-up meeting with Indian officials to hammer out the final details of a new tax agreement.The meeting could take place either in Nicosia or New Delhi; the Cypriots are now waiting for the Indian side to set a date, the source added.He attributed any delays to the recent change in government in India.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

State champion Bronson girls volleyball team honored at Capitol

first_img02Feb State champion Bronson girls’ volleyball team honored at Capitol State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale hosted 19 state champions today, honoring the Bronson High School volleyball team and coach Jean LaClair with a signed tribute and a guided tour at the state Capitol.Bronson captured the 2016 Class C state championship in November, winning six of seven games in the state semifinals and finals on the way to defeating Brown City for the title at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. It is the program’s third state title since 2009.“Winning titles or compiling outstanding seasons is never a fluke,” Leutheuser said in the tribute. “While anything can happen in a single game, all teams show their true abilities and dedication over a long season or in a difficult tournament. What distinguishes the best, however, is the additional effort that appears in practice, far removed from the excitement of game day. We admire the effort, team spirit, and preparation of these talented young people, and are proud of the example they demonstrate on and off the court.”The tribute included the signature of state Senator Mike Shirkey and Gov. Rick Snyder.Members of the Bronson High School girls’ volleyball team and coach Jean LaClair joined state Rep. Eric Leutheuser, of Hillsdale, for a tribute at the state Capitol today. Categories: Leutheuser News,Newslast_img read more

Rep LaFave announces water system grant for Escanaba

first_img Categories: LaFave News,News 03Aug Rep. LaFave announces water system grant for Escanaba State agency allocates $389,000 to help improve water qualityState Rep. Beau LaFave today announced the City of Escanaba Public Works Department has qualified for a $389,000 grant to upgrade its water system to improve quality and preserve public health.“This is great news for residents who rely on Escanaba’s system for what comes out of their home’s water tap,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “Over the past three years, Michigan has learned firsthand about the importance of updated and maintained water infrastructure. This funding will help give us the peace of mind that our water will be cleaner than it already is, without putting an added financial burden on the city or Delta County taxpayers.”Escanaba is one of 18 municipalities to receive the added funds from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division. Communities statewide were asked to submit information to the DEQ, including the needs for necessary equipment, number of lead service lines and ability to quickly make system upgrades.A total of $9.5 million has been allocated to the first-year program with communities expected to make improvements by the end of the current construction season.“The DEQ looked at a lot of factors from many cities and I’m pleased Escanaba is one of two U.P. communities to get the added funding,” LaFave said. “We know how important clean water is here, whether we’re fishing on the Great Lakes or giving our children something to drink at lunch. I look forward to watching and hearing about the city of Escanaba making these improvements.”#####last_img read more

Rep Lowers landmark occupational licensing plan signed into law

first_img28Dec Rep. Lower’s landmark occupational licensing plan signed into law Legislator: Michigan’s licensed professionals will now be burdened less as they work to provide for themselves and their familiesA plan from state Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, removing duplicative regulation relating to occupational licensing was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.House Bill 5955, now Public Act 493 of 2018, creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act and disallows local governments in Michigan from having licensing requirements for occupations that already are regulated at the state level. Lower says the new parameters will reduce the burden on employees and businesses statewide while stopping a growing trend of overlapping requirements.“It is duplicative and unnecessary when some occupations that are licensed at a local level are already licensed by the state,” Lower said. “It makes it more difficult and expensive for licensed professionals to provide for themselves and their families in the careers that they have chosen. When we make it harder for people to become or continue on as a licensed professional, the amount of people working in those fields shrinks and that creates less competition and more cost to Michigan consumers.”The proposal was part of a multi-bill package ensuring cities, villages, townships and counties are in accordance with the new legislation. The Public Acts are 493-503 of 2018. Categories: Lower News,Newslast_img read more

Dispute between AIDS Nonprofit and Government Funder Gets Personal

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 12, 2014; Los Angeles TimesA “long-simmering animosity between two Los Angeles political figures reached new heights this week when their bad blood surfaced in a footnote attached to a federal judge’s ruling,” according to the Los Angeles Times.The judge’s footnote referenced “vitriolic” remarks made by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) president Michael Weinstein about Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The two men have feuded on and off for years, even though they share the same progressive politics.The foundation had sued the County of Los Angeles in 2012, accusing it of using audits of their contracts to retaliate for criticisms of the county and for advocating policies the county’s leadership opposed. The two entities have continuously argued over contract and billing disputes, questions about patient care at its clinics, and a successful ballot measure, bankrolled by AHF in 2012, to require condoms in adult films.The lawsuit arose out of an audit by the county, which claimed the foundation had overcharged $1.7 million for its AIDS services by billing for costs that should have been allocated to other sources. The judge did not rule on which side was correct, only saying that the county has the right to audit its contractors.Weinstein, defending his political tactics, told the paper that regardless of who was billed for the costs, the money was spent serving patients: “We would not have gotten to where we are today if we hadn’t fought like hell on behalf of our clients and our mission.”A U.S. District judge ruled for the county this week. “Rather than a sincere attempt to vindicate their First Amendment rights,” the paper quotes the judge saying, “the court fears that plaintiffs instituted this action in an effort to obtain a tactical advantage in their ongoing political battles.”To illustrate his conclusion, he included an excerpt from an email Weinstein sent to a foundation staff member shortly before the suit was filed:“It is time to take the gloves off,” Weinstein wrote, according to the written decision reported in the Times, “We need to go after Zev [Yaroslavsky] directly and hard. He is the real power behind our problems with the county on porn, the audit and fee-for-service. Plus he is a lame duck and an arrogant jerk. His Berman-Waxman power base is dead and he and others need to be taught a lesson. The voters are with us.”The article added that Weinstein wanted AHF to call for the resignations of both Los Angeles County’s public health director and the manager of its sexually transmitted disease programs.Sup. Yaroslavsky told the Times that the ruling was a “complete vindication” of the county’s position. “Contrary to some high-minded First Amendment motivation, he’s shown to be a thug,” Yaroslavsky said of Weinstein. “He’s used his nonprofit organization in a crass and bullying political way to get his way, which is to avoid being held accountable.”“Anyone who attends virtually any Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting knows who the thug is,” Weinstein said of the supervisor. He added that he would appeal the ruling and continue fighting the retaliation issue in a similar lawsuit in state court.Weinstein is well known in civic and AIDS circles in Southern California; he is considered a dynamic and passionate advocate for his clients, and AHF is one of the largest and most effective AIDS agencies in the world (it has programs overseas, but is best known locally for its chain of successful thrift shops), with an annual budget north of $140 million. But he also has a reputation for being overly strident and abrasive.Yaroslavsky, who is retiring this year, is a veteran local politician from Los Angeles’ affluent west side, closely aligned with retiring U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, who has held office—starting on the city council—for nearly 40 years. He is highly respected as an expert in local government finance and popular in his district, with a reputation as a no-nonsense type.While it’s essential for nonprofits to strenuously advocate for their causes and their clients, how aggressively that is done, and whether or not you take on powerful elected officials—let alone sue them—is a matter for debate, and should always be carefully deliberated internally before launching on a strategy.  Nonprofit Quarterly wrote last fall about a conservation nonprofit in Wisconsin that lost its state funding because it was a leading critic of the governor.The county and foundation have a contentious yet symbiotic relationship—the classic “bad marriage.” In California, counties are primarily responsible for funding health services, but outsource many of them. The two are also fighting a suit alleging that the county improperly awarded sole source contracts to other service providers; and the foundation has already won two earlier suits over another contract.—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

News channel Euronews has struck a carriage deal w

first_imgNews channel Euronews has struck a carriage deal with Israeli cable operator HOT for distribution on the latter’s network.Euronews is available in English and Russian to HOT’s 800,000 subscribers.“We are extremely pleased to have secured the broadcast of euronews in Israel thanks to our cooperation with HOT”, said Sylvie Paulin, regional distribution manager for Euronews. “This launch is a huge step forward, reinforcing Euronews’ presence in the Middle East, where the channel is already available free-to-air in more than 16 million homes. We know that Euronews has a role to play in this region. I am sure that the independence of our editorial line will allow us to attract many Israelis viewers as an alternative way to figure out world news.”last_img read more

French broadcaster Trace has signed a carriage dea

first_imgFrench broadcaster Trace has signed a carriage deal with Numericable for its new sports channel Trace Sports.The channel, dedicated to sports celebrities, will launch in HD on the French cable operator’s network on April 12.Launched in June 2011, Trace Sports has secured distribution agreements in 70 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Trace plans to reach over 30 millions subscribers from by the end of 2012.last_img

Swisscom had 655000 IPTV customers at the end of

first_imgSwisscom had 655,000 IPTV customers at the end of the first quarter, up 39.7% year-on-year. The figure represented a quarter-on-quarter net addition of 47,000.The company said that demand remained strong for its bundled offerings, including triple-play service Vivo Casa and its recently launched quad-play offering Vivo Tutto. By the end of March 2012 a total of 659,000 customers were using bundled products, 42% more than in the previous year.Swisscom had 1.682 million retail broadband customers at the end of March, up 4.8% year-on-year.Italian subsidiary Fastweb gained 59,000 new customers in the first quarter, taking its total to 1.65 million. However, revenue per residential broadband customer dropped by 10% year-on-year due to what Swisscom described as intense competition.Swisscom posted revenues of CHF2.8 billion (€2.3 billion) for the quarter, down 2.01% and EBITDA of CHF1.1 billion, down 2%.last_img read more

CIS heads of government are to discuss the launch

first_imgCIS heads of government are to discuss the launch of a pan-CIS news channel at their next meeting in September.CIS executive committee chairman Sergei Lebedev said that the organisation’s member states were expected to approve the launch of a new channel, Mir-24, at the Yalta meeting on September 28.last_img

Swedish public broadcaster SVT is launching two ne

first_imgSwedish public broadcaster SVT is launching two new regional channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial network, adding to the 19 regional offshoots it currently operates. The two new channels, SVT Helsingborg and SVT Sodertalje, will air local content in the mornings and evenings.SVT is also changing the names of a number of its existing regional services. All channels will be broadcast in standard definition and HD, except SVT Helsingborg and SVT Sörmlandsleden, which are available in SD only.last_img read more

HBOs Game of Thrones Demand for key original seri

first_imgHBO’s Game of ThronesDemand for key original series from HBO Now and Netflix far outstrips that for Amazon Prime Instant Video shows internationally, according to new research.Parrot Analytics’ study of the UK, US and Australian markets showed HBO’s Game of Thrones is by far the most demanded originally-produced series from an SVoD provider.The results were reached through an average of ‘demand ratings’ – ‘a relative measure of demand across markets’ – and ‘demand expressions – ‘an absolute measure of demand within a market’.In the US, Game of Thrones garnered 28.3 million demand expressions, almost double the 14.2 million for Netflix’s Narcos. The top five were rounded out by Orange is the New Black (Netflix, eight million), True Detective (HBO, 7.8 million) and Silicon Valley (HBO Now, 6.3 million).Amazon’s highest-placed original, Hand of God, came in at eleventh and took just under two million.There was a similar pattern in the UK, where Game of Thrones took 6.4 million demand expressions, with Narcos (2.2 million), True Detective (2.1 million), Orange is the New Black (2.1 million) and HBO’s Ballers (1.4 million rounding out the top five. Amazon’s most-demanded show, Hand of God, was ninth with nearly 900,000.In Australia, Orange is the New Black narrowly trailed Game of Thrones (1.7 million to 1.8 million), with True Detective (720,000), Ballers (518,000) and House of Cards (463,000) rounding out the top five. Hand of God was again Amazon’s most-demanded show, coming in at eleventh with 151,000.Parrot came to its conclusions after assessing file-sharing platforms, peer-to-peer protocols, show wikis, fan- and critic-rating platforms, blogs and microsites, social media sites and the video streaming platforms themselves. These together provided the demand expression and demand rating figures in September.Parrot’s analysis revealed that, without Game of Thrones, demand for HBO and Netflix’s top original content was virtually the same, with Netflix actually slightly ahead of HBO in the UK. Amazon, on the other hand, “lags behind these two giants” and was “still a follower in the digital originals game”, the report claimed.HBO entered the original SVoD space last year with the launch of its HBO Now service. To that point Netflix and Amazon had been slugging it out as the two clear market leaders.last_img read more

Liberty Global and Vodafonebacked Dutch operator

first_imgLiberty Global and Vodafone-backed Dutch operator VodafoneZiggo has added nine Turkish channels to the Ziggo Go multiscreen TV app.Customers who sign up to the operator’s Turkish package can now view channels on smartphones and tablets around the home.The service includes channels ATV Avrupa, sports and news service Euro Star, series channel Show TV, showcase channel TV 8 and TRT-1, as well as news, entertainment and series channel Euro 8 and news channel Habertürk.VodafoneZiggo introduced 50 additional channels to the service at the end of June. These included Fashion TV, MTV Live, MyZen (All in HD), Motorsport.tv, Baby TV, Animal Planet, Al Jazeera English and the Ziggo Event Channel, as well as channels from UK public broadcaster the BBC and Germany pubcaster ARD.Other additions included the abilty to stream all series and movies from the Movies & Series package via Chromecast and AirPlay.last_img read more

Nielsen has added viewing data from YouTube TV and

first_imgNielsen has added viewing data from YouTube TV and Hulu’s new live TV service to its ‘Digital in TV Ratings’ audience metrics in the US.Nielsen said it will look at how audience watch these services on desktop, tablets and smartphones, to give media buyers and sellers a “more comprehensive and transparent” view of how audiences are engaging with linear TV.“This capability will provide broader audience coverage and inclusion and allow Nielsen clients to more effectively monetise content across platforms,” said Nielsen in a statement.Heather Moosnick, director of content partnerships for YouTube TV said: “We built YouTube TV to bring the most popular ‘must watch’ TV to today’s video streaming audiences and we’re already seeing that live TV represents the majority of time spent watching on the service. Our network and advertising partners will benefit from Nielsen DTVR measurement of YouTube TV.”Nielsen’s Digital in TV Ratings first launched in 2015 to let programmers and buyers account for all viewers across desktop and mobile devices – as long as the program content and commercials match the linear TV airing.This capability was designed to bring together census-based data, people demographics and Nielsen’s representative panels to report audiences across national and local US markets.last_img read more

Commercial TV network Nine Entertainment this morn

first_imgCommercial TV network Nine Entertainment this morning confirmed it had agreed a merger deal with one of Australia’s most venerable legacy media companies, Fairfax Media.The deal will see Nine take a controlling 51.1% stake in Fairfax, and will create a company with a combined market value of $4.2bn. The company will take the Nine name and will be the country’s second biggest media conglomerate, after News Corp.Hugh MarksAnd while the deal still needs formal approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and agreement from shareholders, Nine’s decision to offer shareholders a 22% premium for their Fairfax shares should make that a formality.The deal will likely have a seismic effect on Australia’s media landscape. The Fairfax name, a fixture in Aussie culture for over 150 years, will disappear, while some of the companies most significant properties will now be under review.Fairfax currently has around 30% of the newspaper market in Australia. Under the deal, Nine will take control of Fairfax newspapers, notably The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. It will also acquire the remaining 50% of the streaming platform Stan that it doesn’t own already, as well as Fairfax’s valuable 60% stake in real estate portal Domain. It will also acquire Fairfax’s radio properties through Macquarie Media.Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood issued a memo to staff, saying that “Over the last eight years, Fairfax Media has gone from being at the mercy of the non-stop global media revolution to being the best of its breed. And that is why Nine wants to merge their business with ours.”Nine CEO Hugh Marks will run the new combined company, with Nine chairman Peter Costello remaining chairman. However, Hywood said “there will be plenty of Fairfax Media DNA in the merged company and the board”.Reaction to the news has been mixed. Some Fairfax staff – particularly in its news gathering arm – have already publically voiced fears over job losses and the threat to editorial independence.“It is a great disappointment and it’s very sad,” said Kate McClymont, the Sydney Morning Herald’s top investigative reporter. “I think everyone is shellshocked, I don’t think people saw this coming.“The big concern for us as journalists at Fairfax is that [the company] has been around since 1831 and we’re proud of our independence. Our concern is will this be maintained? What is going to happen when the two companies merge? In some ways it’s disappointing to know that really our sole attraction was Stan and Domain, not our journalism.“Having said that, it’s a media company we’re merging with and as long as we can be assured [our] journalism will remain unchanged and things such as advertising won’t be affecting the stories we cover, then I think we’ll just have to see if we can make the best of it.”last_img read more

Netflix and Sony have partnered on Netflix Calibra

first_imgNetflix and Sony have partnered on Netflix Calibrated Mode, a new feature for select Sony Bravia TVs that is designed to ensure “cinematic fidelity” when viewers watch the SVOD service.Sony Master Series Z9F LED TVDeveloped by Sony picture quality engineers in collaboration with Netflix colour scientists, Netflix Calibrated Mode is designed to deliver picture quality similar to that of a master monitor used for referencing in film production studios.The mode is available exclusively on the new Sony Master Series A9F OLED and Z9F LCD TVs and aims to produce the precise colours and accurate dynamic contrast that was intended by the creator of a series or film.“With one simple menu setting, our members can view TV shows, films, and documentaries on Netflix as they were meant to be seen, with precise colours, accurate dynamic contrast, and true motion so there’s no ‘soap opera effect’,” said Scott Mirer, vice president, device partner ecosystem at Netflix.“Preserving creative intent is important not only to the storytellers but also to the viewer, because colour, brightness and sound are all part of the story.”Sony Electronics North America’s president and chief operating officer, Mike Fasulo, said: “In recent years, we have seen great advances in technology that have made an unprecedented impact on the way TV and film entertainment is consumed.”“Sony and Netflix have put much effort into developing and supporting cutting-edge technologies, such as 4K picture resolution, high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound that allow film professionals to authentically express their vision for fans to enjoy in their homes around the world.”Netflix claims that today roughly one-third of smart TVs that use Netflix support HDR and that viewing hours for 4K and HDR content has been “climbing dramatically”.last_img read more

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Orange España has launche

first_imgThe Marvelous Mrs MaiselOrange España has launched Amazon Prime Video on its Android TV set-top, making it the second operator in the country to add Amazon’s streaming video service to its TV offering after regional cable operator Euskaltel.The move means that Orange’s TV customers in Spain can now access the Amazon Prime Video catalogue, including titles such as The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Man in the High Castle and Homecoming direct from their box.Orange said that the move marked a continuation of its strategy of making the best premium TV content on the market available to customers.Orange in Spain is making Amazon Prime available on its 4K HDR Android TV decoder, which enables users to download apps available on the Google Play store and comes with integrated voice search.In France, Orange has fought shy of signing up for Android TV, and recently showcased its new Djingo smart speaker, developed with Deutsche Telekom as part of the European AI Alliance, which will interact with its TV service. Android TV precludes the use of alternative voice assistants to those of Google.In Spain, Orange and Vodafone, the two leading alternative service providers to Telefónica, both announced at the end of last year that they would incorporate Amazon Prime Video into their offerings.Vodafone announced a deal that will see it become the first Spanish operator to commercialise Amazon’s voice assistants Echo and Echo Dot as part of its smart home portfolio, but did not specify exactly when it will add Amazon Prime Video to its TV service.Orange confirmed it would launch Amazon Prime Video at the launch of its Android box, along with new Spanish video-on-demand service FlixOlé.Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel became the first operator in the country to integrate the Amazon Prime Video service into its set-tops, in January, again via its base of Android TV devices.last_img read more