Free agency in the National Football League opened Tuesday and one of the first announced deals was Karlos Dansby accepting a four-year, $24 million deal that includes $14 million in guaranteed money.Many were shocked by the length and size of the offer. Dansby was one.“It definitely surprised me, I wasn’t expecting that,” Dansby told Burns and Gambo Wednesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I was called supernaturally, man. It was something I can’t explain. It was like ‘it’s time to go.’” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories LISTEN: Karlos Dansby, Cleveland Browns linebacker 0 Comments Share Dansby said he didn’t even consider testing the market elsewhere once he received the offer from the Browns. The 32-year-old linebacker also doesn’t harbor any ill will toward the Cardinals. In fact, he says the team made him a fair offer that didn’t leave him feeling disrespected.“Not at all. They showed me what they valued me at and I was like ‘OK, that’s cool,’” Dansby said. “But when you get called, you’ve got to drop everything and roll.”Dansby disputed reports that the Cardinals’ offer was for two years and worth between $10-12 million, but didn’t say what the offer presented to his camp was. The 10-year veteran has nothing but fond memories of his time in Arizona — both stints, but especially the 2013 season.“It was unbelievable, bro. That’s the most fun I’ve ever had in all the years I’ve been there,” he said. “(Defensive coordinator) Todd Bowles is amazing. An amazing coach and an amazing motivator. Him and Bruce Arians together man, that’s a dangerous combination.”
“Today the governor kicked off the budget process with his recommendations and shared several interesting ideas with our committees. Now it’s our turn to take a hard look at each proposal and make sure to budget every taxpayer dollar in the most efficient manner possible. I appreciated Gov. Snyder’s commitment to paying down our debt and making sure that our state is prepared for emergencies that could arise down the road.“As chairman of the subcommittee on Michigan State Police, I look forward to working with the governor on improving public safety throughout our state. Hearing plans for additional troopers and an additional trooper school was encouraging and I hope we can find a way to ensure these and other public safety initiatives are included in the budget.“I’m also glad that we’re finally having the conversation about fixing Michigan’s roads and bridges. This discussion has been put off for too long and the people we serve are counting on us to find a way to improve our system. While I appreciate the governor’s ideas, I strongly believe we need to look at all options and find the best solution possible to this problem. Categories: McCready News,News 07Feb State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, today issued the following statement after attending Gov. Snyder’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget presentation:
04Jun House approves civil asset forfeiture reform package Categories: Runestad News The House today approved a seven-bill package reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture policies, announced state Rep. Jim Runestad. The bills were approved with overwhelming bipartisan support.The current Civil Asset Forfeiture laws allow police to take property from citizens if they suspect a crime was committed, even when there is not enough evidence to charge them.Rep. Runestad, who sponsored House Bill 4500, said the package will still allow law enforcement the ability to go after criminals, but now law-abiding citizens can have a piece of mind knowing that they won’t be unfairly burdened or punished.“These laws are an effective tool that, when used properly, can hit criminals in their pocketbooks and help law enforcement fight crime. But some changes need to be made to clarify how these laws are used, and what recourse a citizen has to get their property back,” said Rep. Runestad R-White Lake. “None of these reforms let criminals off the hook. If you break the law, you will still face criminal charges, but innocent people must be protected. Due process and private property rights are the bedrock of our free society and they need to be protected from well-intentioned, but flawed laws.”The bills create more transparency by requiring reports from law enforcement agencies regarding forfeitures. Also included in the package are changes to the evidentiary standard for both drug and public nuisance forfeitures.All seven bills now move the Senate for consideration.
State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to join her in two communities on Monday, Oct. 23.Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings.Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:The Village of Middleville, 100 East Main St., Middleville, from 11 a.m. to noon.The Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.“I truly appreciate the opportunity to gather feedback from community members. Local office hours generate great dialogue with attendees on issues that are important to them.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842. Categories: Calley News 10Oct Rep. Calley to host local office hours on Oct. 23
State Rep. Julie Calley did not miss any votes during the 2017 legislative session.According to MichiganVotes.org, Calley cast all 511 record roll-call votes, joining 84 of her colleagues with perfect attendance this year.“The people I serve are hardworking and dedicated and my record should reflect that,” said Calley, of Portland. “I am pleased to report that I cast every committee vote as well. It has been a sincere privilege to serve our local communities over the past year.” 28Dec Rep. Calley posts perfect voting record in 2017 Categories: Calley News
Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of April.“Holding coffee hours every month provides an opportunity to inform the community on what is going on in Lansing and answer their questions regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, April 208 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;10 to 11 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 448 Court Place in Beulah; and3 to 4 p.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay. No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov. 10Apr Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his April coffee hours
16Aug School is back! Here’s what to be excited about Summer is coming to a close and Northville and Plymouth-Canton schools are gearing up for the beginning of the new school year. Whether you’re a student, parent, teacher or community member, we all can share the same appreciation for the record education funding our schools across Michigan will receive.One of the most important things we can do as hard-working taxpayers is invest in our children’s education. They are our state’s future. Their success is our success. Laying a better foundation for them will lead to a better tomorrow for all Michiganders.Since having the honor of being your voice in Lansing, I have said what is on all of your minds loud and clear – prioritize taxpayer dollars in places where taxpayers want it. Taxes were never meant to be given to greedy bureaucrats and selfish special interest groups. They were meant to be spent back home in the community – benefiting people and not politics.The upcoming budget year beginning Oct. 1 makes crucial investments in areas that are most important to taxpayers without growing state government. I helped secure $14.8 billion in K-12 funding – an all-time state record – and the highest increase in per-student funding for our state’s schools in the last 15 years.To push for new solutions and improve safety in our schools and universities, I also helped approve $60 million to add remote locks to doors, reinforce entryways, enhance emergency planning and expand our highly successful OK2SAY confidential tip system.While those numbers sound impressive, they’re not what make this budget great. You see, it’s not about the numbers – it’s about the people. It’s about investing locally to ensure our area is an even better place to work, raise our families and receive an education.To the educators and schools in our area who supply our youth with the necessary learning tools to develop skills and conquer new challenges; on behalf of our communities, you have our thanks and unending support. To the students who put in the work and the parents who sacrifice much time and energy in their child’s education and school district, here’s to a great upcoming school year!State Rep. Jeff Noble is a first-term lawmaker representing the 20th House District. The 20th District includes the cities of Northville and Plymouth, Northville and Plymouth Townships, and a portion of Canton. Categories: Noble News
Share9Tweet22Share1Email32 SharesBy Dennis Bratland (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsOctober 18, 2017; Seattle TimesWith nonprofits promoting increased civic engagement among their members and the public, the prospect of Amazon’s civic engagement in the Seattle mayoral race must raise some eyebrows.This week, it was revealed that the marketing behemoth was a contributor to a political action committee (PAC) supporting Jenny Durkan against Cary Moon in the race for the Seattle mayor’s office. The article, “Seattle mayor’s race picks up $590K in late-money surge,” reveals how ten big name corporations, including Comcast, the Washington Association of Realtors, AT&T, Expedia, Starbucks, and Boeing donated at least $10,000 each to the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), which is the political action arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The Seattle Times calls out Amazon in particular for “adding $100,000 on October 12th to the $250,000 it gave in July.”In the Times article, a spokesperson for the Moon campaign suggests that some of the companies supporting the CASE PAC have in the past opposed taxes on the incomes of wealthy households, increasing minimum wages for workers, and the creation of a publicly owned broadband service for Seattle. In response to the CASE PAC, Moon has vowed to use her inherited resources to maintain her campaign.What can a nonprofit with a mission of civic engagement to do in the face of massive campaign spending in a local election by national corporations? For years, community-based organizations have followed Saul Alinsky’s first rule: “Power is derived from two main sources—money and people. ‘Have-Nots’ must build power from flesh and blood.” In many cities, business interests have figured out that huge amounts of money in a local election can scare off the best opponents, co-opt the grassroots, and dominate the messaging. The result is a crisis of civic engagement that looks like voter apathy, but is actually voter disengagement.Expecting nonprofits to use high school civics techniques of voter registration, education, and mobilization to overcome voter self-suppression is so 19th Century! Nonprofit engagement today needs some new tools to be heard over the din of pervasive paid advertising. One option for nonprofits is to join the political process by drafting an ordinance and lobbying. Other civic engagement efforts include adapting social media tools or forming a 501(c)(4) subsidiary.Last year, NPQ’s Austin Belali explored the role of civic engagement funders in “Is Democracy Funding Undemocratic? Funding Civic Engagement in an Era of Protest.” A key takeaway from his article is the idea that civic engagement funders have been slow to recognize and support the emergence of a new generation of civic activists.Rather than funding the capacity of trusted, local community-based organizations, a disproportionate amount of grantmaking dollars flows to short-term voter registration and mobilization efforts.Finding new ways to support marginalized communities is one key to building a base for civic activism, but another critical factor is shaping engagement messages that have a direct, tangible payoff for the disaffected voters.The city or region that wins the Amazon HQ2 competition may be getting a bonus in the form of a perpetual funding machine for the political interests of business. Earlier this month, an NPQ article contrasted a city with strong civic engagement (Pittsburgh) with a nearby city that lacks a civic base (Cleveland). What’s clear now from Amazon’s investment in Seattle’s mayoral race is that efforts to balance grassroots and corporate engagement will be more crucial to the long-term success of the whole community. A municipality or region that’s willing to offer massive incentives to lure a national corporation could find itself the perpetual servant of that corporation’s interests: “Would you like a new highway to your factory? How about eminent domain to tear down some affordable housing to make room for a warehouse?” Or maybe the corporation’s social control is subtler, like an “old-boys” agreement with local officials to slow-walk enforcement of public health and safety regulations.Clearly, the community that wins the Amazon HQ2 lottery will benefit from corporate donations to “feel-good” charities. But it’s worth being skeptical about Amazon’s commitment to investing in the kind of community-building that will, in the words of Austin Belali, support “funding aimed at building the core civic engagement capacities of social justice organizations.” For Amazon, being a good corporate citizen includes supporting grassroots civic engagement.—Spencer WellsShare9Tweet22Share1Email32 Shares
Danish public broadcaster DR is launching a pilot HbbTV-based TV anytime service using technology from local technology specialist Nordija.The new service, Dr Nu, is available via the dr.dk website and is based on Nordija’s fokusOn middleware. Dr Nu enables viewers to watch pre-releases and broadcast shows from DR on HbbTV-compatible TVs. According to DR’s technical project manager Thomas Jensen, the service will run as a pilot this year to evaluate how viewers interact with the service. On completion of the pilot phase, DR will assess the project and evaluate whether to continue with HbbTV services.
The Austrian version of German-language female-focused channel Sixx launched yesterday, kicking off with a showing of Hollywood romcom 27 Dresses.Sixx Austria is available unencrypted on the Astra platform at 19.2° East and on cable via UPC’s network, both in digital and analogue.Selected programming from the Austrian version of the channel, including Austria’s Next Topmodel and cooking show Koch mit Oliver of the channel will also be available via regional terrestrial networks thanks to an agreement with Puls 4.
Ultraviolet is gearing up for more European deployments, with the body behind the service also hitting back at claims that it is complicated and not customer-friendly. Speaking to DTVE, Mark Teitell, the general manager of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) – the consortium behind UltraViolet – said that even though Ultraviolet launched in the UK in late 2011 it was “still early days” and that the next stage of growth would follow when a big retailer adopts the technology.In terms of future expansion, he said that plans were already in place to turn on the Ultraviolet system in France and Germany by the end of September, which will be followed by deployments in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.“We haven’t announced any dates, but it’s our intent to address countries that are around these two [France and Germany] that speak French and German,” said Teitell, adding that it aimed to do this “as soon as we can.”Teitell, who was in England this week to speak at the PEVE conference in London, also defended Ultraviolet’s deployments to date, after Sky Movies boss Ian Lewis said at the same conference that the service was “not quite there yet.”“User experience has improved on a number of different dimensions – a lot in the United States, as there has been more retailer launches there,” said Teitell.“Some of that progress isn’t fully visible yet in the UK. There could be company executives in the UK that understandably are just commenting on what they can see in this market as opposed to knowing how UltraViolet has progressed more in some other markets, like the US right now.”Commenting the UK market specifically, Teitell said: “One of the key milestones that I think that moved the US forward a lot, and has seen Canada get off to a good start, is the launch of Ultraviolet by a large mainstream retailer. We’re still waiting for the pieces to fall into place in the UK for that to happen and so although there is some content for sale in the UK, I think everybody in the industry really thinks of UltraViolet still in kind of an early stage here. But the potential is very large in the size of the market and how developed it is for home entertainment.”UltraViolet is designed to give users a flexible way to access purchased content from across different devices, revolving around a ‘cloud locker’ system, and is backed by a powerful consortium of Hollywood studios, content providers, retailers and technology firms.Teitell claims that there are now 12 million accounts for people that have bought UltraViolet conent – 500,000 of them in the UK. Though DECE has no formal projections for future numbers, based on its growth to date, it is likely it will be getting “into the 20 million-plus user range not all that long from now.”
Online subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm’s service is now available on the Xbox One combined gaming and entertainment platform from Microsoft.Available now from the Xbox One App Marketplace, the Lovefilm Instant app feature content in 1080p high-definition and Dolby Digital Plus and includes features such as Watchlist, allowing members to organise the film and TV shows they want to watch at a later date, and Whispersync technology to enable pause and resume viewing on another device easier.The app will also support Xbox One features including ‘snap’ and ‘fill’ modes that allow members to view content from a side panel on the screen while navigating other menus, games or apps in the main window.Simon Morris, Lovefilm chief marketing officer said: “The next generation of videogame consoles is a fantastically exciting prospect for Lovefilm members in the UK, as accessing and discovering quality content will be easier and even more intuitive than ever before.”
Vittorio ColaoVodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has said he sees no strong need to invest in content and has played down expectations that the company might launch a fixed-line offering in the UK.Speaking after Vodafone’s latest quarterly results, Colao said he saw no need to invest in content directly.“You don’t need to own content but need to facilitate and make it easily testable by subscribers. The issue is just to distribute it in a better and easier way and we are seeing nice pice up of that,” said Colao.Referring to the UK market, Calao said he did not see the need for a quad-play offering in the near term.“In the UK there is not a huge or super strong converged market but [our position] it could be different in six or 12 months,” he said.Colao said Vodafone said he would “probably” rule out organic fibre rollout in the UK. “The UK is expensive, more so than Madrid or Lisbon or Oporto,” he said. “The business case is more difficult.”Referring to the integration of Vodafone’s mobile and cable assets in Germany, chief technology officer Steve Pusey said that “cable assets offer nice depth of fibre and there is great synergy” with Vodafone’s existing network. Fibre will also be extended to Vodafone’s base stations.Colao said that Vodafone’s fixed line strategy was open to all possible agreements in different markets, depending on the presence or non-presence of cable companies and the strategy of incumbents.Vodafone saw signfiicant service revenue declines in the UK and Europe, while seeing growth in emerging markets including India. Group revenue fell by 4.8% to £9.86 billion for the year, with UK sales falling 5.1% on an organic basis.Colao said Vodafone would pass three million homes with its fixed line rollout by September each in Italy and Spain.
Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries.Vertical integration between cable operators and content providers “makes sense” in order to help ensure that infrastructure providers like Liberty Global have access to content, according to Mike Fries, president and CEO of Liberty Global.Speaking on the opening panel session at ANGA COM this morning, Fries said cable had to “consider vertical integration”, responding to a question related to Liberty Global’s and Discovery Communications’ joint £550 million (€676 million) acquisition of production group All3Media.In comments that seem to represent a change in emphasis from the view expressed by Fries of the relevance of owning content assets ahead of its disposal of channel provider Chellomedia, Fries said it was important for cable to ensure that it had some leverage in ensuring a pipeline of content to populate its networks.“We believe over time there is value in vertically integrating. It doesn’t mean we will do it everywhere or do it in a transformational way, but we have to make sure our shelves are stacked with the right product. We have to have access.”Consumption of web video “is going nowhere but up”, said Fries. He said that 90% of connections in Germany on cable were becoming 100Mbps and faster. He added that web video had showed a “functionality gap” between what is offered by traditional broadcast TV and what is available on the web. “The web has forced us to be better at innovating,” he said.Fries said that he is “not the least bit frightened” by new web-based content providers. “It’s all the same content. The only thing that is changing is the flexibility and elegance with which it is provided,” he said.Fries said that the cable industry in Germany is growing by attracting new broadband customers and by innovating across its activities, including the TV platform, giving the latter a form and functionality that could match the flexibility and ease of search associated with the internet.He said cable had to make it easy to find content on multiple devices, which is a technical challenge rather than an industrial or structural challenge. “We will never be a dumb pipe because we are investing in that user interface and we are investing in a whole series of activities from broadband to video to mobile.”Fries said that net neutrality is an important topic for the industry but one that is badly misunderstood. “We are concerned about consumers, who have to be able to go wherever they want to go. No-one here wants to stop them doing that. On the other hand, there is an issue between corporations – who pays the billions of dollars to build the highways? Do we pay ourselves or share the cost? The discussion about managed services means that ProSiebenSat.1 should be free to pay for a super fast lane if they want to. It is not going to stop everyone else [reaching consumers]. There is space for everyone.”Referring to the need for further industry consolidation, Fries said that the cable industry “struggles because of the lack of scale” to compete with incumbent telcos, satellite and mobile and players. “It is a natural step to see this industry consolidate,” he said.
Deutsche Telekom reported a 12.1% year-on-year increase in TV customers in its home market of Germany in the three months ending September 30. Announcing its third quarter results, Deutsche Telekom said that its domestic TV numbers – which include IPTV and satellite subscribers – came to 2.38 million customers.Across its European segment, Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV, satellite and cable TV customer figures were up 8% year-on-year to 3.67 million.This included: 321,000 TV customers in Greece, up 47.2% year-on-year; 1.397 million TV customers in Romania, up 5.8%; 910,000 TV customers in Hungary, up 4.5%; and 29,000 TV customers in the Czech Republic, up 3.6%.Croatian TV subscriber numbers were 393,000, up 2.6%, while in Slovakia the figure stood at 461,000, up 5.3%.“Our TV business has established itself over the last few quarters as a consistent growth driver in our Europe operating segment. As of September 30, 2014, the total TV customer base grew by 4.8% to 3.7 million. The majority of the 167 thousand net additions in total were satellite TV customers, especially in Greece, and IPTV customers, especially in Hungary and Slovakia,” said Deutsche Telekom.Overall the firm’s Q3 net revenue was up 0.8% year-on-year to €15.6 billion. Adjusted net profit remained was down 2.8% at €800 million. Unadjusted, it decreased 13.9%, which Deutsche Telekom attributed to proceeds from the sale of Bulgarian subsidiaries that had been posted in the prior-year quarter.
US and Latin American satellite TV provider DirecTV is gaining extra capacity to deliver 4K content, following the launch of its DirecTV 14 satellite over the weekend.DirecTV14 was launched on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.DirecTV said the satellite it will deliver 4K quality content directly to viewers’ homes, along with more HD for local markets and backup for DirecTV’s existing fleet of six HD satellites.“Today we achieved a significant milestone in the development and future adoption of 4K Ultra HD and ensured our customers will have an entertainment experience that is second to none for many years to come,” said Phil Goswitz, senior vice president, space and communications, DirecTV.The satellite is due to begin operations the second quarter of next year and will provide additional capacity for the delivery of more 4K, Ultra HD programming and other advanced services to DirecTV customers across America – including in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Julien VerleySatellite operator Eutelsat has renewed its contract with Polish pay TV operator nc+ for nine transponders at the Hot Bird position at 13° East. According to Eutelsat, the latest deal will enable nc+ to pursue the expansion of its platform of digital services. Nc+ currently has about 2.2 million DTH customer in Poland and broadcasts over 160 channels, of which close ot 50% are in HD.“Poland is a very important satellite-driven broadcasting market. Thanks to satellite transmission we are able to provide exceptional image quality with today’s best HD quality and in the future with the 4K standard. nc+ is at the forefront of technological changes and we are proud to cooperate with such a strong and reliable partner as Eutelsat. We look forward to strengthening this cooperation,” said nc+ CEO Julien Verley.“Almost 25 years since the launch of multi-channel broadcasting in Poland through Eutelsat satellites, that was followed by the transition to digital and the launch of High Definition, we are proud that nc+ has today renewed its trust in us. This new agreement further consolidates and confirms Eutelsat’s Hot Bird position as Poland’s neighbourhood of choice for free-to-air and pay-TV broadcast,” said Michel Azibert, chief commercial and development officer at Eutelsat.
The writer of HBO drama Girls, Lena Dunham, is among names attached to BBC Taster, an experimental new platform for digital content and emerging technology.The UK’s pubcaster is billing Taster as “a place for the BBC to try new ways of telling stories, develop new talent, and put new technology through its paces”. This will include short-form and social content, online features and services and “other ideas from left-field”.The development comes as UK indies Hat Trick Productions and Avalon hit back at claims their bid to buy youth-focused BBC channel BBC Three was a PR stunt. “Our bid is not an antagonistic move – it’s really not,” said Hat Trick chief Jimmy Mulville. “It’s us trying to say to the BBC: ‘There is another way.’”Taster will include content from Dunham, Absolutely Fabulous creator Jennifer Saunders and doc presenter Simon Reeve. Dunham and Saunder appear in When Len Met Jen, an interactive version of a Newsnight segment involving the two. It will include 40 minutes of unseen footage.Ahead of a new BBC Two series, Reeve (Equator) will feature in Simon Reeve’s World Tour.Other content and features include Who is in Today,which lets audiences know which celebrities have visited BBC studios and offices; BBC iPlayer Shuffle, a continuous video player that learns users’ preferences; backstage footage and interviews from a recent hip-hop gig at Koko in London; and other social media- and comedy-focused features.In their Guardian interview, Mulville and Avalon chief John Thoday questioned the BBC’s ability to develop new comedy talent online. “To make online work, you have to have massive stars,” said Thoday. “No one has yet launched a successful show that I can think of, with new talent, online. It’s just not been done.”However, the BBC’s director of its Future Media division, Ralph Riviera, said: “Innovation has been at the heart of the BBC since the birth of radio and TV, right through to the digital age – having pioneered products and services like the BBC Micro, Ceefax, BBC iPlayer and the first truly digital Olympics in 2012.“BBC Taster is the next step, bringing together our editorial and technology experts and opening the process up for audiences. This will give us valuable feedback and technical insights, helping us further develop our ideas and work on those with the greatest potential.”The BBC believes Taster will allow it to innovate more quickly, gain more feedback and better respond to changing media habits.
The Man in the High CastleAmazon Prime members doubled their total viewing hours of Prime Video titles over the Christmas season compared to 2014, according to the e-retailer.Amazon said that its original series, The Man in the High Castle, led the way as the “most watched TV season ever on Prime Video”.It claimed the series was the most watched TV season on Prime Video this holiday season by a factor of 4.5, while a “record number” of movies were also watched on Prime Video in 2015.The most popular movie watched on Prime Video over the holiday period was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, while the most popular movie watched on Prime Video on Christmas was Interstellar.In terms of device sales, Amazon’s new Fire tablet was the top-selling product on Amazon.com this holiday season, while the Amazon Fire TV Stick was the third-best selling item.“This was another great holiday season to be a Prime member, and we welcomed three million new members in the third week of December alone,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.“Over 200 million more items shipped for free with Prime this holiday, and members doubled their viewing hours of Prime Video compared to last year with the Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle leading the way as the most watched TV season ever on Prime Video.”
Ian JonesIan Jones will leave his role running S4C at the end of the year.His exit after six years running the Welsh pubcaster comes amid debate about its future and funding.Announcing the exit, S4C said Jones will remain in the TV business “and is looking to split his work time between the UK and San Francisco on the West coast of the USA, where his partner has recently taken up employment”.Jones, a Welshman joined S4C, in 2010 from A+E, where he was in charge of distribution. He started his TV career at S4C over three decades ago and has also worked for Nat Geo and (now defunct) Target.“My six years at S4C brings to a close a career long association with the channel,” he said today. “It’s been a time of perpetual change, full of challenges and has been a privilege to work with a passionate and talented staff and some of the most talented people in the industry.”Huw Jones, chairman of the S4C Authority, added: “Ian has led S4C through a period of great change with energy and commitment. He has won the confidence of the television industry in Wales, as well as that of politicians of all parties, and has been instrumental in delivering a new highly productive partnership with the BBC.“He has dealt with substantial cuts in funding while ensuring that the service on offer to the public has been of a very high quality. Under his leadership, S4C has taken important steps forward in respect of its presence online and across the UK.”Earlier this year the UK government announced an independent review of S4C’s remit and financing to take place after BBC Charter renewal in 2017.