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AFR Appoints New National Sales Director

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHA Ginnie Mae HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-01-11 Abby Gregory Mortgage lender “”American Financial Resources””:www.afrmortgage.com/, Inc., has added a new national sales director. AFR recently announced the appointment of Paul Impagliazzo to the position, and he will now be responsible for the company’s wholesale and correspondent lending divisions.[IMAGE]Impagliazzo has previously acted as the vice president of “”Continental Home Loans””:www.chlmortgagebankers.com/, and additionally, he as served in similar roles for “”Mortgage Lenders USA””:www.mortgage-lenders-usa.com/ and “”Fremont Investment & Loan Corp.””:www.fremontgroup.com/ AFR hopes to capitalize on [COLUMN_BREAK]Impagliazzo’s 20 years of experience to promote growth within its wholesale and correspondent segments.Commenting on Impagliazzo’s hiring, AFR’s CEO, Rich Dubnoff, noted, “”His track record and knowledge of the mortgage industry is a perfect fit for us as we position ourselves for further growth.””Elaborating on the company’s decision to add Impagliazzo as a national sales director, Dubnoff added, “”We are fortunate to have someone of Paul’s caliber as our national sales director.””New Jersey-based AFR is considered a privately owned mortgage bank, and the company is a nationwide lender for the “”U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s””:www.hud.gov/ Direct Endorsement program via the “”Federal Housing Administration””:www.fha.gov/. AFR is also recognized as a Fannie Mae approved seller and servicer, an issuer for “”Ginne Mae””:www.ginniemae.gov/, a “”U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs””:www.va.gov/ approved lender, and a “”U.S. Department of Agriculture””:www.usda.gov/ Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Program approved lender. The company is among the nation’s top 25 largest lenders, and AFR operates three divisions including correspondent, wholesale, and retail residential mortgage lending. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology January 11, 2012 437 Views center_img Share AFR Appoints New National Sales Directorlast_img read more

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Nicosia offering psychosocial support to thirdcountry nationals affected by serial killings

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first_imgThe Nicosia municipal multi-purpose centre announced on Friday it was offering psychosocial support to the family and friends of the victims of the serial killer but also to any third-country nationals who feel they need it.The centre said in an announcement that after closely monitoring the latest developments concerning the disappearance of women and victims of criminal acts coming from third countries but not exclusively, it has been close to the members of the Filipino community.For more information interested parties may call 22 797850-870 or send an e-mail at polidinamo@nicosiamunicipality.org.cyYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Lucido welcomes Romeo AP Government students to Capitol

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first_img31Mar Rep. Lucido welcomes Romeo AP Government students to Capitol Rep. Lucido speaks with AP Government students from Romeo High School on March 31, 2016.Rep. Peter Lucido today hosted a group of students from Romeo High School’s AP Government programJoined by their teacher, Dave Robertson, who is filling in temporarily for Lorri Farrington, the students toured the Capitol and “talked shop” with their state representative.“It’s always great to see high school students actively engaged in their government as they will be our leaders tomorrow,” Rep. Lucido said. “Go Romeo Bulldogs!”Rep. Lucido is joined by Romeo High School AP Government students in the House Chamber. Categories: Lucido Newslast_img

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Rep VerHeulen bills allow courts to continue to impose costs fees

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first_img Categories: News,VerHeulen News The House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen enabling courts to continue imposing certain fees and costs on someone found guilty of a crime.VerHeulen, of Walker, said his bills are necessary because courts incur various costs while trying a case, including paying a court-appointed attorney, and often add court costs and fees as part of the sentencing if someone pleads guilty to or is found guilty of a crime. The law enabling courts to recoup costs will expire in October, and VerHeulen’s bill extends that provision through 2020.“This is just common-sense legislation that enables local courts to recoup the actual costs incurred in trying a suspect,” VerHeulen said. “Without the ability to include costs in a sentencing, local courts would be unable to continue the work they do to protect Michigan communities as well as the rights of those accused in crimes.”His second bill establishes the Trial Court Funding Commission, which will review and recommend changes to the trial court funding system and the methods by which courts impose and allocate costs and fees.The commission consists of 14 members. Two will be appointed by the governor, two by the State Bar of Michigan, and two each by the House and Senate. One member each will be appointed by the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Township Association, Michigan Association of Counties, State Court Administrative Office, Michigan Judges Association and Michigan District Judges Association. The extension on the courts ability to collect certain fees will give the newly established commission time to make comprehensive recommendations.           The bills now go to the full House for consideration.#####The measures are House Bills 4612 and 4613. 24May Rep. VerHeulen bills allow courts to continue to impose costs, feeslast_img read more

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Rep Kahle to host informational auto insurance reform meeting

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first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle welcomes the community for a conversation on the need for auto insurance reform with special guest state Rep. Lana Theis.            Rep. Theis currently chairs the House Insurance Committee and has been leading the fight to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault.            “Our auto insurance is too expensive,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “Spending an excessive amount of our hard-earned money on auto insurance takes away from our priorities like saving for our children’s education, taking a family vacation, investing for retirement or even contributing a little more to our community’s charities.”            The informational meeting will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Adrian District Library, located at 143 E Maumee St. from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.            “We will use this time to discuss ideas and hear questions as work in Lansing is being done to support the community’s insurance needs,” Kahle said. “I look forward to hearing from the community and working with them to develop an auto insurance policy that benefits all Michigan drivers.”### Categories: Kahle News 04Aug Rep. Kahle to host informational auto insurance reform meetinglast_img read more

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Representative García votes for end to driver responsibility fees

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Legislation also will forgive outstanding debt Categories: Garcia News,News 02Nov Representative García votes for end to driver responsibility fees State Representative Daniela R. García today joined a bipartisan majority in the Michigan House of Representatives approving legislation to eliminate the driver responsibility fee and forgive outstanding debt tied to the fees.Representative García, of Holland, said she is proud to have a role in ending the ill-conceived driver responsibility fees, which resulted from legislation passed in 2003 by a previous administration scrambling to fill a hole in the state budget. Instead of responsibly budgeting available funds, the Legislature established the burdensome fees that have left many Michiganders at or near the poverty level.“These fees do not make anyone a better driver, but they do make people live under a cloud of debt and often force them to rely on public assistance,” Representative García said. “This legislation eliminates driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, 2018, and wipes the slate clean of debt, giving people a chance to regain their driving privileges and seek new opportunities to succeed.”Representative García said while fees will still be in effect until Oct. 1, 2018, people can fulfill their obligation in alternative fashion.“This legislation restores a community service option to pay off debt, giving people the opportunity to improve their communities in lieu of monetary payment,” Representative García said. “It also offers workforce development programs as an alternative that people can attend to obtain the skills needed to find jobs.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080. read more

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Rep Lilly honors public servant with memorial tribute

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first_imgDuring his time as a regulation agent, he conducted over 2,882 investigations, resulting in $424,302 taxpayer dollars being saved.  Jim also conducted numerous fraud investigations resulting in $343,224 in receivables to the state. The tribute was dedicated to honor Hall and his family for their commitment to the State of Michigan. 04Jun Rep. Lilly honors public servant with memorial tribute “Much of the work that Jim did went unnoticed by the public, but it was critically important to having an efficient, effective, and accountable state government,” Lilly said. ###center_img Categories: Lilly News,Lilly Photos,News,Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly presented a memorial tribute to the family of the late Jim Hall from the Office of the Inspector General. Jim was a dedicated public servant in state government since 1994.last_img read more

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Chair Hall releases statement on audit related to Grand Rapids Home for

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first_img“I have concerns about the administration of prescriptions to members living at the home. It is important that our veterans are receiving medication in a timely manner and that this is being documented correctly. We also need to ensure that member subsidiary accounts are being properly administered and reconciled.“I will be calling on the Office of the Auditor General to conduct an expedited follow up audit to confirm that steps are being taken to rectify the concerns outlined in this performance audit.” 18Jun Chair Hall releases statement on audit related to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Categories: Hall Newscenter_img State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) today issued the following statement after a joint Senate and House Oversight Committee meeting regarding the release of the performance audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans:last_img read more

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Springfield MA Residents Oppose Sheriffs Alcohol Treatment Facility

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first_imgShare4TweetShare1Email5 SharesNorth End, Springfield MA / Rusty Clark – hottnfunkyradio.comAugust 17, 2015; Springfield RepublicanMassachusetts Governor’s Councilor Mike Albano told the Springfield Republican that a legal interpretation of the law by the state attorney general’s office is “dangerous” and being used as a tool to help bring a new correctional institution to Springfield’s North End in spite of opposition from residents.The Massachusetts Governor’s Council is an elected governmental body that provides advice and consent in certain judicial matters, and is separate from the state legislature. Albano is a former Springfield mayor and probation officer, working with neighborhood residents to stop the facility.A lawsuit will be filed this week in Superior Court by ten local taxpayers seeking clarification of the law and its applicability in this case. The article on MassLive.com says that the law allows a developer to build a facility normally considered inappropriate or larger than what zoning permits, so long as education is the “primary or dominant purpose.” It has been applied to nonprofit educational institutions in the past.That law was cited as the legal underpinning for locating the new Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center in Springfield’s North End. The center is to be operated by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, where Springfield is located.The attorney general’s office considers the center an educational facility and therefore protected against Springfield’s zoning laws. In addition, the office also said that substance-abuse centers are exempted from local zoning and permitting requirements because the people they treat are considered handicapped and protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.“The [law] was never intended for a correctional institution,” Albano told the website, “The consequences of such an interpretation essentially means the sheriff and state can place a jail virtually anywhere they want.”The program is seeking a new home after being moved to accommodate a new development in the city, and is now operating from a temporary location. The site chosen by the sheriff was considerably cheaper than the only other alternative. A number of North End residents have met with the sheriff to express their opposition to the facility, whose development has now been placed on hold for two months.—Larry KaplanShare4TweetShare1Email5 Shareslast_img read more

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Free Speech Goes Both Ways

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first_imgShare11Tweet6ShareEmail17 SharesMarch 20, 2018; Los Angeles TimesThe anti-abortion community celebrated what looked like a sure victory in the Supreme Court case of NIFLA (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates) v. Becerra, which was heard on March 20, 2018. And as pro-choice advocates searched for some ray of hope in the smallest of places, there emerged a thought that a win for NIFLA might actually turn into a victory for them as well.How is this possible? Untangling the twisted ways in which states have sought to burden women, doctors, and medical providers and clinics offering abortion services and how, in this case, the state of California required the network of “crisis pregnancy centers” to post signs about free abortion services and options provided by the state collided may offer some insight.The case, NIFLA v. Becerra, stems from a California law specifically targeting “crisis pregnancy centers,” requiring that they post signage in 13 languages.The state legislature adopted the disclosure rule three years ago based on concerns that more than 200 “crisis pregnancy centers” sometimes used “deceptive advertising and counseling practices that often confuse [or] misinform” pregnant women about their options.Under the law, the nonprofit centers must post a prominent notice if they have “no licensed medical provider” available. Centers that are licensed must go further and notify clients that the state offers “free or low-cost” contraception, prenatal care, and abortion.The clinics responded with a lawsuit, claiming their First Amendment rights of free speech were unduly burdened and that, as most of these clinics are run by religious organizations, they were being targeted unfairly. The Supreme Court seemed to be in agreement with them, including the more liberal justices. Justice Kennedy’s reaction seemed to sum up what was being heard:“What would happen if an unlicensed center just had a billboard that said, ‘Choose Life.’ Would they have to make the disclosure?” Kennedy asked.“Yes, your honor,” Farris replied.“It would be 29 words, in the same size font as ‘Choose Life’?” Kennedy continued.Yes, [attorney Michael P. Farris] said, “and in the number of languages required by that county.”Kennedy said he had heard all he needed to hear. “It seems to me that means that this is an undue burden. And that should suffice to invalidate the statute,” he said.But not all hope was lost. Justice Breyer brought up a point that may carry the day, no matter what the verdict. He defended the state law based on a 1992 court ruling that required doctors performing abortions to tell their patients about agencies that helped with prenatal care and adoptions.Breyer said the same principle calls for upholding the California requirement. “In law, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,” he said. “If a pro-life state can tell a doctor you have to tell people about adoption, why can’t a pro-choice state tell a doctor, a facility, whatever it is, you have to tell people about abortion?”This principle was also discussed in an article in Slate at the time the Supreme Court agreed to hear this case, back in November. In it, Dahlia Lithwick and Joseph Stern predicted that Justice Kennedy would react decisively to the Reproductive FACT Act as a “free speech purist” and would hold that this law infringes on freedom of expression in a decisive manner. But this was not a doom-and-gloom article for abortion rights. Instead, four months before this case was heard, the authors were looking at the potential for a loss in the Supreme Court to trigger the unraveling of numerous other burdensome laws that have been imposed by states on abortion clinics and abortion providers and staff.If the FACT Act falls, however, it would not necessarily be an unmitigated victory for abortion opponents. Eighteen states have passed laws compelling abortion providers to “counsel” their patients with false anti-abortion propaganda. Five states require doctors to tell patients that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer. (There isn’t.) Thirteen force doctors to inform patients that pre-viable fetuses can feel pain. (They can’t.) Eight order doctors to warn patients that women who terminate their pregnancies often have serious long-term negative mental health consequences. (They don’t.) South Dakota directs doctors to tell patients that abortion increases their risk of suicide. (It doesn’t.)A June decision favoring NIFLA could turn all of these other regulations on their heads or generate a rash of new lawsuits on their constitutionality based on this decision. If this case is decided on free speech and not on religious rights, it could invalidate many anti-abortion regulations for infringing upon doctor’s freedom of speech.So, there could be winners and losers all around on this one. And perhaps free speech and the First Amendment may be the real winners in the end.—Carole LevineShare11Tweet6ShareEmail17 Shareslast_img read more

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Bollywood producer and distributor Eros has inked

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first_imgBollywood producer and distributor Eros has inked a video-on-demand deal and content deals with a trio of Middle Eastern pay TV services.Qatar Telecom has taken a package of 300 Eros-distributed Bollywood film titles and related Bollywood content will make them available on its QTEL VOD and subscription VOD service. 
Middle Eastern IPTV service Intigral has acquired a package of 100 new and library films from Eros and will launch them on its VOD, SVOD and download to own and download to rent services.Meanwhile, Etisalat has inked a deal with Eros and will take five of its movies a month for the next three years for its IPTV servicelast_img

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TalkTalk is to launch a friends and family trial

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first_imgTalkTalk is to launch a ‘friends and family’ trial of the YouView hybrid broadcast-broadband TV service in the first quarter of next year, the company has revealed.In an analysts update following its first-half results, TalkTalk said it would give about 3,000 YouView boxes from Huawei to trial the system. A public trial is now expected to launch towards the end of the UK ISP’s fourth quarter – meaning March – or early in the first quarter of its next financial year.TalkTalk spent £4 million (€4.7 million) on developing YouView in the year and a half to the end of September.TalkTalk said in its first half statement that YouView remained on track for launch in spring 2012.last_img

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French telco Bouygues Telecom is launching a conso

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first_imgFrench telco Bouygues Telecom is launching a console-quality cloud-based gaming service.The service, Bbox Games, will give Bouygues’s IPTV customers access to Playcast Media’s cloud gaming platform via existing Bbox set-tops. When it launches in spring, the platform will offer titles including Street Fighter, Sonic Generations, MotoGP, Call of Duty and Lego Batman.Bouygues subscribers will pay a monthly fee for a games bundle featuring Playcast’s premium titles. Playcast’s service is already available to Portugal Telecom and Singtel customers.Olivier Roussat, Bouygues Telecom’s CEO, said: “We are very proud to be the first telecom operator in the French market to bring such high profile games franchises and AAA titles directly   to our customers’ TVs, through an easy-to-use interface.”Operators are increasingly looking to gaming services as a means of differentiating their offerings. Last week, another French service provider, SFR, launched a cloud-based gaming-on-demand service, allowing subscribers to access games via the Neufbox TV service.last_img read more

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IP settop specialist Amino Communications has sel

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first_imgIP set-top specialist Amino Communications has selected Celeno Communications, a provider of semiconductors for multimedia WiFi home networking applications, to provide various wireless products. Amino said Celeno’s OptimizAIR technology would help it offer whole home WiFi networking robust enough for HD IPTV distribution, multi-room DVR and OTT video and video-on-demand consumption anywhere in the home.Amino and Celeno will offer various solutions, including WiFi/Ethernet bridges powered by Celeno’s CL1830 SoC to wirelessly enable IP set-tops, including the Aminet A130, A140 and A540. Amino said these bridges will enable whole-home wireless DVR functionality, allowing the consumption of centrally stored content anywhere in the home. The companies will also launch WiFi/USB dongles powered by Celeno’s CLR250 chip to wirelessly enable IP set-tops to receive HD IPTV and OTT content.“With Celeno’s field-proven WiFi technology and rich WiFi chipset portfolio, we are able to offer our telco customers devices that combine all the quality they’ve come to expect from Amino devices with additional wireless functionality,” said Amino’s CEO Donald McGarva.last_img read more

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Jason Kilar CEO of streaming service Hulu is one

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first_imgJason Kilar, CEO of streaming service Hulu, is one of two candidates to become the next CEO of Yahoo, according to various reports.Kilar and interim CEO Ross Levinsohn are the two names on the final shortlist. Kilar is thought to be out of contract at Hulu.Yahoo was linked to a bid for Hulu last year although a deal never materialised.last_img

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Belgiums Division 2 football league will become t

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first_imgBelgium’s Division 2 football league will become the Belgacom League as of August 22, with Belgacom TV customers able to watch coverage of the two best matches from each match-play day free of charge.Belgacom decided to extend its sponsorship of Division 2 after earlier striking deals to sponsor and broadcast the home matches of Sporting de Charleroi, Royal Antwerp FC, AS Eupen and Waasland-Beveren.last_img

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Virgin Media has created a channel for YouTube in

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first_imgVirgin Media has created a channel for YouTube in its EPG, enabling Virgin Media TiVo customers to access the video community’s online content from listings that have until now been available only to traditional linear broadcast channels.

YouTube is the first app to be included in a TV guide and is available from today to all Virgin Media TiVo customers.Virgin Media has also integrated YouTube clips and channels in TiVo’s ‘My Shows’ and ‘Search and Browse’ areas. The app is free to access.Peter Chapman, associate director of content acquisition at Virgin Media said: “As the first and fastest growing next generation TV service, Virgin Media TiVo is transforming the way we watch television. The distinction between different types of entertainment – from channel schedules to On Demand TV, from linear broadcasts to online content – is blurring all the time. By giving YouTube a place in our channel listings we’re breaking the mould of the traditional EPG and giving our customers even more choice in how they can watch the great content on our platform.”Francisco Varela, Global Director Platform Partnerships at YouTube said: “We’re always looking for new ways to bring the exciting content generated by our creator community to viewers and are delighted that the YouTube app now has a place in Virgin Media’s channel listings.”last_img read more

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Three in five Norwegian households see a need for

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first_imgThree in five Norwegian households see a need for faster broadband connections, despite already enjoying some of the fastest speeds available in Europe, according to a survey by Norstat for Kabel Norge.The survey found that 60% of Norwegian households said they needed faster broadband, while one in four households saw a great or very great need for higher speeds.last_img

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Video streaming and analytics provider Ooyala is d

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first_imgVideo streaming and analytics provider Ooyala is delivering a TV and learning tablet app for kids content provider Hopster.Hopster offers an advertising-free subscription service. Its app, aimed at under-5s, launched in December.Ooyala is providing services including studio-required content protection, player analytics for viewer personalisation, and development tools to integrate with application interface, payment and DRM systems.“The time is right for some major changes in children’s programming. Recent BARB data shows that children aged 4-15 are switching off linear TV faster than any other group. At the same time tablet viewing is up for people of all ages,” said Nicholas Walters, Hopster founder.“Ooyala enables Hopster to be leaders in driving new content experiences for this generation of viewers who are turning away from traditional TV to new forms of consumption. Meanwhile, large broadcasters have been too slow to adapt. With Ooyala we can seize this opportunity to deliver a high-quality, personalised programming experience in a compelling digital package that fits the way viewers enjoy content today.”last_img read more

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The Russian government is to sell the 50 stake in

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first_imgThe Russian government is to sell the 50% stake in TV service provider Kosmos TV it holds via state broadcasting organisation RTRS.AFK Sistema, which owns the other 50% of the operator, has an option to purchase the state’s stake. If it declines, the state can put its holding up for auction.The value of the Russian state’s interest in Kosmos TV has been estimated at around RUB90 million, according to local reports.Kosmos TV, which operated a wireless cable pay TV services, has suffered a series of setbacks, including the loss of frequencies to mobile operators. The service announced it would shut down in 2012 when the remaining frequencies it uses  were awarded to VimpelCom, Megafon and Rostelecom for LTE services, and has since been involved in litigation challenging that decision. Following a postponement to enable the parties to try to settle, the next hearing in the case will take place this Thursday.last_img read more

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