June 16 2008 This weekend was filled with won

first_imgJune 16, 2008 This week-end was filled with wonderful music during the JUNETEENTH 2008 Jazz Splash Festival. Images of the performances will be posted on 6/18/08. Today’s report gives a few glimpses of some of the preparation for the event. We reported on 1/18 through 1/25/08 about the removal of the old tent that covered the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Planning department and Graphics are working on a new design for coverage of the stage and seating area. [photo] David Tollas and Jeff Buderer are on top of scaffolding, errected on the stage of the theater, to secure the mid-point of a parachute. [Photo & text: sa] An interim solution for shelter from the intense sun during this 3-day event, was worked out by Director Tomiaki Tamura. Maintenance crew custom cut and trimmed pieces from good parts of the old tent and installed them over the stage area. Construction crew, and many volunteers from other departments, installed a very large parachute to cover the seating area. [Photo & text: sa] The parachute was folded in half, each cord lined up and linked with its opposite and strong rope tied to the individual cords. With the crew distributed along the third floor of the west side of the East Crescent and along the roof of the east side, the ropes were slowly tied in tandem to have clean and even distribution over the stepped seating area. A smaller parachute was installed over the keystone area to give shade to some of the vendors [photos on 6/18]. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Content security and interactive TV technology pro

first_imgContent security and interactive TV technology provider Viaccess-Orca has completed the acquisition of Discretix’s Secure Player business, adding a variety of customers to the Viaccess-Orca customer base, including Digiturk, D-Smart, Telecom Italia, and TV4 Group.Secure Player is a multiplatform media player available for Android and iOS tablets and devices that includes DRM for premium VoD and live content. The player has now been rebranded as Viaccess-Orca’s Connected Sentinel Player, available as a standalone product and as part of Viaccess-Orca’s Connected Sentinel solution for IP-enabled content services.“Using Connected Sentinel Player, we’re able to deliver premium services to a wide range of connected devices with a very short time to market,” said Erdogan Simsek, CTO at Turkey’s D-Smart. “We are looking forward to working with Viaccess-Orca and to further enhancing content protection for our OTT multiscreen service offering.”“Viaccess-Orca has developed a range of effective content protection and anti-piracy technologies and earned a reputation as a leader in the multiscreen environment, all of which will enable us to deliver content more securely anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” said Erkan Kara, director, innovative technologies at Turkish operator Digiturk. “We’re excited about now working with Viaccess-Orca to address our ever-evolving content security challenges.”“Having a strong content protection solution is vital given the high amount of piracy today,” said Carl Bonnier, product manager, OTT services at Sweden’s C More Entertainment, TV4 Group. “We are eager to take advantage of the enriched content protection capabilities that Viaccess-Orca offers for our multiscreen TV services.”last_img read more

Liberty Globals satellite unit UPC DTH has now

first_imgLiberty Global’s satellite unit, UPC DTH, has now surpassed 800,000 customers in Europe – a more than 60% increase since the formation of the division in 2010.Liberty provides satellite TV services in Central and Eastern Europe operating under the brand names freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, UPC Direct in Hungary, and Focus Sat in Romania.UPC DTH claims that it continues to expand its channel portfolio and has brought 18 new international and local channels, many in HD, to its customers over the past 12 months.“To mark the milestone of surpassing 800,000 customers, UPC DTH awarded its 800,000th customer, Elena D. from Bucharest a Focus Sat customer with one year free service,” said UPC DTH.“In addition, UPC DTH has announced a competition starting Wednesday, October 21, with a year’s free service available to a total of five winners across the four operating countries.”last_img read more