February 21, 2005 To continue the report from 2/18: The wires are pulled from the heat-duct tunnel into the new Utility Room at the lowest level of Unit 10 of the East Crescent Complex. Electrician Michael Bittman, aka Dr. Sparks. [Photo: Scott Riley & text: sa] A forest of wires has become organized, each connected to a designated location. More to come. [Photo & text: sa] Local contractor, electrician Sean Wright, tightens fuses in one of the panel boxes in the utility room. Wires are in place and will be connected to individual breaker locations. [Photo & text: sa] The electricity was turned off site wide to connect the outside power line to a switch box in the heat duct tunnel and from there to the utility room. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]
Belgian cable operator Telenet is rolling out Latens’ software-based security solution, Titanium, across its customer base.To-date, the operator has deployed over 400,000 set-top boxes featuring Titanium. Telenet is adopting the software-based CAS alongside the other CAS deployed on its network. According to Latens, the software enables one system to run across multiple networks, which means Telenet’s CAS platform can grow and adapt in line with its services.Protecting our assets is extremely important to us,” said Noam Raffaelli, vice-president network and systems engineering of Telenet. “Given the size and diversity of our subscriber base, we needed a content security solution that we could install quickly and cost-effectively, but that would grow and adapt with our requirements. Latens understands our security goals and has also demonstrated that its software-based approach is inherently suited to a business like ours that must move swiftly to bring new services to market and stay one step ahead.”
Olivier LaouchezA deal for Trace is close to completion with the Modern Times Group tipped to beat rivals to an agreement to buy into the fast-growing international channels group.Trace has been seeking investment and a plethora of channel operators have expressed an interest with the number of parties understood to have looked at the privately-held business reaching double figures.No deal has yet been formally agreed and discussions are ongoing, but sources have told DTVE sister title TBI that MTG is in pole position to take an equity stake in Trace with news expected imminently.Trace’s flagship service is Trace Sports Stars, which is programmed with sports celebrity content. It also runs music channels Trace Urban and Trace Tropical as well as African music channel Trace Africa.MTG’s broadcasting arm Viasat has also been expanding in Africa and if a deal were agreed the addition of the Trace channels will boost its ambitions in the region. It launched the TV1 channel on Tanzania’s digital terrestrial network rolled out the free-to-air Viasat1 channel in Ghana in 2008 and it is now the second-ranked channel in the country. Viasat pay channels are also distributed in Africa.Trace was launched in 2003 by Olivier Laouchez. It has been expanding rapidly and has channels carried in over 150 countries. Millennial viewer-skewed Trace Sport Stars rolled out in 2012 and is carried in 30 million homes. The existing management of the company, including Laouchez and Trace Sports CEO Laurent Dumeau are expected to remain with the business.Recent carriage deals for Trace channels have included Trace Sports Stars on Go in Malta, GET in Norway and Yes in Israel and ER-Telecom’s Dom.ru. It has also done a deal with SatMex subsidiary Alterna TV to get Sports Stars into Lat-Am and US Hispanic homes. Trace Urban recently launched in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland on the Canal Digital platform. Trace also launched a personalised, interactive streaming music service, MyTrace, and a mobile phone brand last year.MTG has been active in the mergers and acquisitions space in recent times building its MTG Studios production and distribution business with the acquisition of Scandi producer Nice Entertainment and UK-based producer and distributor DRG last year. A Trace deal would mark an expansion of its M&A driven activity into the channels area.Both sides declined to comment.
Bloomberg Media has signed a live streaming partnership with Twitter to broadcast select Bloomberg TV programmes on the social network.Announcing the deal, Bloomberg said that extending its reach to Twitter’s global audience of more than 800 million people marks an extension of its existing digital video strategy.The streaming deal covers programmes including: flagship technology show Bloomberg West; finance show, What’d You Miss?, which looks at the day’s biggest stories at the close of the US trading day; and US election series With All Due Respect.“We continue to invest aggressively in innovative distribution models in order to deliver the most critical business and financial news and information to our audience,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith.“By partnering with Twitter, viewers from all over the world will now be able to leverage a powerful, real-time platform to consume and react to the news, accelerating our position as a leader in global business video, and offering new and innovative opportunities for our marketing partners.”Twitter’s chief financial officer, Anthony Noto, said: “Partnering with Bloomberg will give people on Twitter the best way to see live financial markets performance combined with the live commentary on the underlying drivers and implications.”Bloomberg Television is currently available in more than 360 million homes in some 70 countries, according to company stats. It is also streamed live on the Bloomberg’s digital and mobile properties, as well as on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.Earlier this year, Twitter struck an exclusive deal with the NFL to deliver a live OTT stream of Thursday Night Football for free to a global audience, as well as in-game highlights and pre-game broadcasts on its live-streaming service Periscope.