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UEFA has unveiled its new Over The Top (OTT) streaming platform UEFA.tv. It is aimed at giving viewers greater access to live and on-demand video content from a variety of competitions
UEFA has officially unveiled its new Over The Top (OTT) streaming platform - a first for a football governing body - which is aimed at giving viewers greater access to live and on-demand video content from a variety of competitions.
The service, which is named UEFA.tv, will initially provide football fans with an entertainment platform which will offer original programming based on 60 years of European football archive. It will also become the home of youth, women’s and futsal UEFA competitions by offering them a wide live coverage in relevant markets. Finally, it will also serve to promote all of UEFA competitions by offering behind the scene content, interviews and a wide range of additional content. All the video content is behind a free-to-view registration, and supporters will now have the opportunity to watch live UEFA competition matches even when there is no rights-holder in the territory where they are living.
Starting next season, the Bundesliga will be the first national league to be represented on the European governing body’s new digital portal. UEFA and the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) have entered into a partnership that provides for a separate channel on the streaming platform with videos from the Bundesliga in addition to European competitions. This service will be available as from the launch and will include Monday highlights of weekend matches and shows such as the “Bundesliga Special”, aligned especially to the interests of international fans. In addition, archives of past top Bundesliga matches and unforgettable UEFA Champions League matches involving German teams will be available.
“The digital landscape is evolving and we need to be in a position where we can anticipate and respond to these changes,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “UEFA is an innovative organisation and by introducing this platform, we will be making football and our competitions more accessible to supporters around the world. “Our partnership with the Bundesliga is yet another example of the unity of European football and clearly demonstrates our desire to address future opportunities together for the promotion of our sport.”
“Media use is changing constantly,” said DFL CEO Christian Seifert. “UEFA’s new streaming service is a very timely step to reach football fans around the world, especially younger target groups.”
“The DFL has consistently backed and initiated technological and media innovations ever since it was founded. “We are therefore delighted to be the first national league partner in this project, which will allow us to get even more people around the world excited about the Bundesliga in the future.”
The Bundesliga content on UEFA.tv will be available in major European markets such as the UK, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey as well as the Middle East and Africa from the start.
UEFA.tv will not be competing with TV channels but would rather be complementary by taking advantage of the wide range of content available at UEFA, including archive footage, delayed games, magazine programmes or futsal, women's and grassroots competitions. In addition, it could be used by UEFA’s 55 federations to increase their global reach and visibility.
GOBELINS and Netflix announced a new partnership to support equal opportunities in animation.
The Netflix Animation Fellowship will enable one GOBELINS graduate each year to work directly alongside animation experts in Japan developing Netflix original Anime titles. This post-graduate program will help deepen both the technical and creative skills of the recipient. Claire Matz from France, who started at GOBELINS in 2015, is the first winner of this new Fellowship.
In addition, Netflix is funding scholarships for up to ten students a year over four years from the African continent to study at GOBELINS as part of their Master of Arts in Character Animation and Animated Filmmaking Program. The first recipients of the Character Animation Scholarship Program will be named in September 2019.
“We care deeply about helping to promote equal opportunities in the animation industry and we want to ensure that financial constraints don’t act as a brake for students. We’re excited to work with Netflix to support upcoming talent in animation from diverse backgrounds and cultures,” commented Nathalie Berriat, director of GOBELINS.
"At Netflix, we are excited to support emerging animation talent in countries like France and Japan, as well as within the African continent. By helping students attend a world famous institution such as GOBELINS, we hope to contribute to the growth of their careers and increase diversity across the industry,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix.
“We want to give talented young animators from around the world an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Japanese anime and contribute their skill and passion to this globally beloved art form,” added John Derderian, who oversees Netflix’s anime programming efforts out of Japan. “Claire Matz is the trailblazer for this initiative and we look forward to her collaboration with the extraordinary teams of animators and artists working in Japan on our upcoming slate of Netflix originals.”
“My childhood was inspired by Japanese manga and anime like the Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion series. So I am excited to start my professional career in a country whose rich culture and long history in animation production I love,” said Claire Matz.
Netflix supports animation in all forms. Its growing slate of animated content includes global anime hits such as Devilman Crybaby, Aggretsuko, and Ultraman; acclaimed adult animated series BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth, and Disenchantment; and animated feature films Pachamama from director Juan Antin, Klaus from director Sergio Pablos and SPA Studios, and the recently acquired I Lost My Body from director Jérémy Clapin and Xilam Animation. We have a robust lineup of original animated series for kids by creators from all over the world, including Mighty Little Bheem from India’s Green Gold Animation, Larva Island from Korean animation studio TUBAn, YooHoo to the Rescue from Korea’s Aurora World, the upcoming Dino Girl Gauko from Japanese creator Akira Shigino, Mama K’s Team 4 from Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, and Maya and the Three from Mexican creator Jorge Gutierrez.
Charting the milestone for emerging as the „First YouTube Channel to reach 100 million subscribers,‟ India‟s biggest music label T-Series‟ chairman and managing director Bhushan Kumar was presented the official Guinness World Records certificate for being the „First YouTube Channel to surpass 100 million subscribers‟ on the popular video sharing platform.
Kumar received the honour at the hands of Mr Rishi Nath, adjudicator, Guinness World RecordsTM, at a function hosted in Mumbai today.
A dominant player in the Indian entertainment industry, T-Series catapulted itself to the top slot with leading films, songs as well as singles (non-film music). Founded in January 2011, the T-
Series YouTube Channel, having 29 sub-channels is the most viewed channel for the last one-and-half years. Today, it also has the largest subscriber base in the world. This makes it the no. 1 YouTube Channel in the world.
Bhushan Kumar, who has been leading the music and film company successfully, recently took brand T-Series a notch higher with international recognition coming home. Bhushan Kumar has placed the nation on the global map with this achievement where the entire country takes pride.
A delighted Bhushan Kumar said, “We are extremely excited and humbled to have brought T- Series to this pinnacle and be bestowed a prestigious global benchmark of achievement and excellence such as the Guinness World RecordsTM. It is the collective effort of my team that has helped us reach this milestone. Now that it has actually happened, we only consider this a new beginning to go further and higher and capture new frontiers. I would like to thank each and everyone who supported us during this journey and helped me realise my father‟s dream. I would like to thank my mother (Sudesh Kumari) for giving me her unconditional support when I would go to her in the initial days worried about how I was going to pull it off. I am indebted to my uncle Krishan Kumar who stood like a rock with me in those years when I needed him the most.
“A special thank you to Ved Chanana ji who has been there for me from day one
if I had any doubt about absolutely anything. I want to thank Mukeshji for guiding me patiently when I was a novice in my starting years. Also, I want to thank Vinod Bhanushali for walking besides me and smoothly taking care of marketing and publishing initiatives all these years. I want to thank Neeraj Kalyan, who efficiently handles digital and the legal arm of the company and also walks shoulder to shoulder with me. How can I forget Shiv Chanana, who single- handedly oversees the entire film production responsibilities. Thank you to the Young Turk Shivam, who silently works with proven results in the music and digital team.
“I would also want to thank Hirenji who has been a great advisor whenever I have needed him the most. I want to thank Kohli ji, who laid down the foundation of a robust ANR department in our company. His guidance in my learning days remains invaluable. I would like to also thank Mr A. N. Saigal who has held my hand when I was taking baby steps in the business. I would also want to thank Mr Vijay Sachdeva for being the strongest support to me from the days of the cassettes till today.
“My wife Divya deserves a special thanks for always being a pillar of strength in everything I do. My sisters Khushali and Tulsi for their unconditional love and support for their bhai, no questions asked. This journey to the top would not have been possible without the unstinting and loyal support of my entire T-Series team, who is actually my extended family. For obvious reasons not all can be named here. I could go on and on and the space would not be enough. My T-Series team, my extended family has got the winning streak and it‟s because of their passion that we have achieved so much success, reached this milestone of being the „first YouTube Channel to reach 100 million subscribers‟ and I humbly accept the Guinness World RecordsTM” certificate for becoming the „First YouTube Channel to reach 100 million subscribers on behalf of the entire T-Series team, my extended family.”
Mr Rishi Nath, said, “As an official adjudicator of Guinness World RecordsTM, I would like to congratulate T-Series (India) on their remarkable achievement of being the „First YouTube Channel to reach 100 million subscribers‟."
Besides India, the T-Series‟ audience base spans the UK, USA, Europe, UAE, Pakistan, Bangladesh, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.
From making music to licensing and publishing content across several media platforms, T- Series is the destination to a vast variety of content. One conglomerate that looks after music production, music acquisitions, movie production to marketing and distribution, Bhushan Kumar has put India on the global map by taking the label to greater heights with its resounding digital success.
With an exceptional run in global markets with Aashiqui 2, Hindi Medium, Tumhari Sulu, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Raid, amongst others, T-Series has close to 18 films lined up in 2019 and several which are under production for 2020.
Bharat, De De Pyaar De, Saaho, Street Dancer, Kabir Singh, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Batla House, Marjaavaan, amongst others, T-Series has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry to deliver new, interesting and varied content. Achieving the milestone of 100 million subscribers on YouTube is just the beginning of a new journey.
Brands need to clearly explain how faster networks will improve life
Lauded as the next big thing in the telco industry for a few years now, 5G has only recently captured consumers interest. This year’s Mobile World Congress featured announcements of a number of 5G-ready phones that will be launched this year by brands such as Samsung, LG, and Huawei. At the same time, mobile network providers have also only just started talking about 5G networks, with pockets of 5G hotspots available in limited locations in the US and South Korea. Most of the discussion thus far has been among industry experts, and the capabilities of 5G for businesses IoT.
When we ran a quick poll in the UK asking what 5G means, a third of respondents did not know what it means for them. Faster download speed is the only key advantage most consumers can recognize. Given that the majority of consumers are able to get most of what they need from streaming and downloads with 4G data speed, telecom providers have a lot to do in convincing people to upgrade. In addition to that, telecom providers are facing a number of road blocks on the route to 5G, including regulatory restrictions, investment constraints, and a slow-growth environment.
To overcome these challenges and create a successful 5G launch, it is imperative for telecom providers to make the consumer benefits more apparent and relevant. As a start, telecom providers should ride on the wave of changing consumer behavior. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a shift in how people consume content and entertainment. Being able to articulate how 5G allows a smoother streaming and faster downloading experience will be a sensible first step in marketing an upgrade for 5G. Contextualizing the environment people can stream and consume content based on the 5G hotspot locations will help to bring it to life for consumers, without creating potential disappointment with limited coverage.
Telecom providers also need to move away from the technical speak, such as “latency” describing how the reaction time between command and response will become imperceptible. Using clear and compelling examples, telecom providers need to show consumers how 5G-enabled IoT capabilities can improve their lives. For example, e-sports has emerged as a new category for which 5G provides excellent functional capabilities. Are there other emerging industries or categories that telecom providers can tap into?
Would other technological capabilities, such as augmented reality be the next frontier to enhance consumer experience? Are there any cross-brand collaborations that telecom providers can participate in, in order to create a name for themselves in the IoT space, which will eventually help the sector to be seen as more than just the “pipe” for communications? To answer these questions, brands should take a human-centric approach through all stages of development, from innovation to marketing and experience management.
Written by Winnie Cheng, Director, Client Services Kantar
Sophisticated AI-powered low light imaging, face unlock, Google Assistant at the push of a button* all combined with the promise of latest Android that keeps getting better
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has today announced the new Nokia 2.2, delivering sophisticated AI powered low light imaging and Google Assistant at the press of a button, all at a truly astonishing price. Nokia 2.2 is the first 2 series Nokia smartphone to be part of the Android One programme, delivering the latest full Android experience on a modern 5.7” screen with a discreet selfie-notch. Shipping with Android 9 Pie, Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready and will receive two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates, ensuring access to all the latest innovations from Android.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said:
“We believe that the latest and greatest innovations in the industry should be available for everyone. With the Nokia 2.2, we’ve brought the pinnacle of AI experiences to more people than ever before. And including features like biometric face unlock with liveliness detection adding extra security to your phone, AI imaging, Google Lens and Google Assistant at the press of a button, we aim to revolutionise the way our fans interact with the phone. Nokia 2.2 joins our Android One family, and like all Nokia smartphones, offers an experience that stays fresh longer. With two years of OS updates and three years of monthly security updates guaranteed, Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready and will just keep getting better.”
AI-powered low light imaging, and tech that lets you get ahead in life
Bringing sophisticated AI powered low-light image fusion at this price point, Nokia 2.2 can take detailed photos even in trickier low light conditions. The camera snaps multiple images simultaneously and through advanced algorithms creates a single image with more light, greater detail and less noise. HDR photography captures vivid colours with greater dynamic range in every shot. Make your photos stand out with Google Photos AI-powered features like Colour Pop, to draw attention to your subject, Colourise, which enables monochrome pictures to be turned into full colour, and Beautify, which enhances natural features for the ultimate selfie.
In addition, fans get access to the latest tech trends with “face unlock” and Google Lens. Nokia 2.2 is one of the first phones in its category to come with a biometric face-unlock feature, enabling you to unlock your phone effortlessly. And unlike other handsets at this price point, the advanced AI driven face-unlock uses deep learning algorithms and liveliness detection for an accurate and spoof-proof experience. Google Lens lets you search what you see so when you see a product you like, simply point the camera lens at it to know how you can buy it or point the lens at an album artwork to discover new music and stream via music services such as Spotify.
Nokia 2.2 also offers the latest trends in screen design, featuring an edge-to-edge display with a modern discreet selfie-notch, maximising screen surface while maintaining a pocketable form factor. The 5.71” HD+ edge-to-edge display offers a large screen, while still ensuring the Nokia 2.2 is compact for single-handed use. The display, with 400nits brightness, allows for a more vivid viewing experience. All this comes powered by the quad core MediaTek A22 CPU chipset, which is designed to deliver battery optimisation, so your phone charge lasts you up to an entire day.
The Nokia 2.2 gives fans the chance to express themselves, bringing back personalised smartphone style with exchangeable Nokia Xpress-on covers. The covers use the same nano-texture coating technology to offer you a premium glossy look in a range of vibrant colours. The Nokia Xpress-on covers can be easily interchanged in a matter of seconds and will be available in Pink Sand, Ice Blue and Forest Green.
Fast access to the Google Assistant with dedicated button
Nokia 2.2 brings the best of Google Assistant with a dedicated Google Assistant button at our lowest price point yet. Ask your Google Assistant questions, get directions, make calls, and tell it to do things faster than ever before. One press gives you instant access to Google Assistant and a long press lets you do in-depth requests and multiple tasks.
Nokia phones keep getting better
Nokia 2.2 is the first 2 series Nokia smartphone to be a part of the Android One family. With a proven track record of offering the latest Android and Google experience across the Nokia smartphone portfolio, Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready.
Running Android 9 Pie out of the box, Nokia 2.2 offers access to new digital wellbeing tools including a dashboard, app timer, Wind Down mode and the improved Do Not Disturb. The smartphone helps you monitor device usage and turn off all visual interruptions letting you disconnect when you want to. Other features like Slices and App Actions anticipate your next move, delivering app integration and shortcuts that help you accomplish your next task faster and easier than ever before. Furthermore, Adaptive Battery limits battery usage from apps you don’t use often.
The Nokia 2.2 joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, which means it delivers the latest version of Android innovations and software experiences. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life right out of the box and come with three years of monthly security patches and two OS upgrades guaranteed. As will all Nokia smartphones, Nokia 2.2 has no additional bloatware, skins or UI changes and hidden processes eating up your battery life or filling your storage.