Microsoft Cheapskates don’t use Microsoft Office. Or, at least, they don’t pay for it: Microsoft offers pretty decent freebie versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that live in your browser.And let’s not forget the various free alternatives, such as Google Docs, LibreOffice and WPS Office.All that being said, some people have a particular need for Microsoft’s suite — and if you’re one of them, you might as well try to score a deal. Like this one: Today only, Amazon is offering a $50 gift card when you purchase a 12-month Office 365 Home subscription for $99.99. That’s for a digital download.See it at AmazonThis version supports up to six users, and they don’t all have to be in your house. Each person gets a 1-terabyte OneDrive cloud account, which is definitely one of the bigger value-adds here.You also get Publisher, which is one of the few remaining desktop-publishing tools, and Outlook, one of the few remaining full-featured mail clients.The regular $100 annual price bugs me. I’d really like to see Microsoft drop it to $50 — but that would be unparalleled, so we have to settle for sales like these.Your thoughts?Blue Yeti USB microphone: $70 (save $49) Blue A good microphone is essential for everything from podcasting to Skype calling, and Blue makes some of the best consumer mics out there. They can be a little pricey, though.Ah, but this: For a limited time and while supplies last, BuyDig has the Blue Yeti USB microphone in Steel Red (drool) for $69.99 when you apply promo code MICD. Price elsewhere (including Amazon) for this color: $119. The black one can often be found for $100.See it at BuyDigThis attractive desktop mic works with PCs and Macs and supports four recording patterns. I haven’t used one myself, but the user reviews everywhere you look are overwhelmingly positive.Definitely Cheapskate approved.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags 10 Share your voice Comments The Cheapskate Amazon Microsoft Office Microsoft Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Software Components
Chiranjeevi in Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterProducer Ram Charan is said to be quoting Rs 120 crore as the price for the global theatrical rights of Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and it is 25 per cent more than that of Khaidi No 150.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is a historical war drama film, based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. The movie is directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company. It is 151st film of Chiranjeevi, who is playing the titular role in it.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy features an ensemble cast of stars like Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty. Amitabh Bachchan will make a guest appearance. The film unit is in the last leg of its production and the maker is yet to announce its release date.The subject, ensemble cast and its amazing promos have generated a lot of buzz for Sye Raa. There is a huge demand for it’s theatrical, satellite, music and digital rights and the producer is said to be yet to start its pre-release business, which is expected to begin as early as possible.The buzz in the media is that Ram Charan has plans to quote Rs 90 crore for its theatrical rights for the Telugu states and another Rs 30 crore for the rights for rest of India and overseas. He is expecting a total of Rs 120 crore as the price for the global distribution rights of Sye Raa. If he is able to get these prices, the movie will set a big record for megastar Chiranjeevi.Chiranjeevi’s landmark 150th movie Khaidi No 150 has fetched Rs 89 crore from the sale of its global theatrical rights (Rs 66.50 crore from Telugu states and Rs 22.50 crore from other areas). Sye Raa is expected to earn Rs 30 crore more than that of the megastar’s previous out.But is that a huge amount for Sye Raa? Absolutely not! Ram Charan is shelling of nearly Rs 150 crore on its ensemble cast, extravagant sets and other stuff related to its production. The movie needs to get more money from its theatrical rights. But Ram Charan is not intended to earn profits from this project.Ram Charan has recently made it at the teaser launch of the Sye Raa. He had said, “Sye Raa is dad’s dream project. Hence we aren’t compromising in terms of the budget. We are making the film in a grand manner. If we get profits, we consider it as a Bonus but even if we don’t get, it will still be happy for us.”All Ram Charan wants is to fulfil the wish of his father Chiranjeevi, who dreamt of appearing in a costume drama. The producer had added, “When dad watched Magadheera, he said that he was jealous of me as I got to do a costume drama for my second film. My dad did not do any of such film in his career and this is his first film. So, we are not compromising in terms of budget.”
A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, February 26, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileUpdate at 3.40 PM: The BSE Sensex closed 106 points higher at 30,570 and the NSE Nifty ended at 9,438, up 10 points. The Sensex had touched intraday high and low of 30,712 and 30,516. Stocks that led the index rally included ITC, L&T and Adani Ports. On the BSE, 31.49 lakh shares of ITC changed hands while the volume was much higher at 3.59 crore on the NSE. The stock closed 6.21 percent higher at Rs 303.65, after rising to an intraday high of Rs 304.90.Original story:The first full-fledged day of trading after finalisation of GST tax rates saw many stocks losing sharply on the stock exchanges even as FMCG stocks led by ITC gained in a big way. Aviation stocks Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Interglobe Aviation lost on account of hardening crude oil prices after oil exporting countries (both OPEC and non-OPEC) agreed to extend output cut.At around 3.10 pm on Monday, SpiceJet was down 7.16 percent to Rs 101.85, Jet Airways was trading 8.02 percent lower at Rs 477 and Interglobe Aviation (owner of budget carrier IndiGo) was down 2.41 percent at Rs 1,039 even though the BSE Sensex was up 92 points at 30,556.On Monday, Brent crude was trading 50 cents higher at $54.11 a barrel in the morning while the US light crude was up 50 cents at $50.83, translating into gains of more than 10 percent from the month’s low, news agency Reuters reported.The spike in prices is due to a committment by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries such as Russia that the Novemer-December 2016 agreement to cut supplies by 1.8 million barrels per day (of which, 1.2 million by OPEC members) will be extended by another six to nine months.”The decision (to extend cuts) seems to be almost a done deal,” the agency quoted Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB Markets, as saying. OPEC members and other oil producers will be meeting in Vienna on Thursday. OPEC President Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada addresses a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016.ReutersOther stocks that plunged sharply included State Bank of India (down 4.36 percent to Rs 295), Bank of India (down 11.48 percent to Rs 158), Union Bank of India (down 3.78 percent), IDBI Bank (down 3.63 percent), Bank of Baroda (down 3 percent), Punjab National Bank (down 2.48 percent), Fortis Healthcare (down 4.52 percent) and Piramal Enterprises (down 2.30 percent).Top gainers included ITC, United Spirits, Future Retail, Thermax, TTK Prestige and Titan Company.SpiceJet is also expected to report drop in Q4 revenues and net profit. ICICI Securities said in a note last month that net profit will fall 60.2 percent to Rs 72 crore and net sales to Rs 1,678 crore, on a sequential basis. For the third quarter, the Ajay Singh-owned budget carrier had reported 24 percent YoY fall in net profit to Rs 181 crore. A SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 8, 2014.Reuters file
Election CommissionApart from expressing his ‘embarrasment’ and ‘regret,’ the Chief Election Commisioner (CEC) has failed to take any effective action against the violence and attacks on opposition leaders ahead of the national parliamentary election. Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain in a press briefing on Sunday alleged that the EC did not investigate or take any effective measures in response to the attacks on the leaders and activists of Oikya Front.Incidentally, a case has been filed against several leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League’s 14-party alliance over the attack on Kamal Hossain’s motorcade on 14 December.Syed Abu Bakar Siddik of Dhaka-14 constituency filed the case on Sunday. Asked about the proceedings, deputy police commissioner of Mirpur Division Masud Ahmed told Prothom Alo, the police have started investigating the attack. “Efforts are underway to arrest the persons involved in the incident, “ he added. Individuals involved in the electoral process expressed their apprehensions that a fair election would not be possible if such atrocities continued. They called upon EC to take necessary action to stop the violence and attacks on rival candidates immediately. The chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda, however, told the media on Sunday that everything was under control.He expected to hold a completely fair election. There have been attacks and violent incidents in more than hundred different places across the country. In most of the cases, Jatiya Oikya Front leaders and activists are victims of such attacks conducted allegedly by ruling AL activists. So far, the poll-time violence claimed two lives, both of whom are AL activists. There have been attacks in the campaigns of BNP leaders including the party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Moyeen Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Afroza Abbas, Mahbub Uddin and Oikya Front leader Abu Sayeed. BNP and Oikya Front leaders have file official complaints to EC everyday. Also, the Left Democratic Alliance filed complaints to the EC alleging that its campaign in Dhaka-12,13,14, Patuakhali-4, Kushtia-3 and Satkhira-1 have been obstructed several times. EC, on the other hand, said an electoral inquiry committee comprising joint district judges, assistant judges and executive magistrates are working on preventing pre-election irregularities. EC assured that effective action would be taken against those responsible or involved in attacks and violence. No visible action has been taken yet. According to electoral code of conduct, it is forbidden to obstruct the rallies, campaign and meeting of the opponent candidates. Those who violate the code of conduct will be sentenced to six months in jail or Tk 50,000 fine or both, the rules further dictate. According to the Representation of the People Order (RPO), 122 electoral inquiry committees were constituted on 25 November, in coordination with the joint district judge and assistant judge.If anyone appeal is submitted to the election commission or if any allegations are filed regarding pre-election irregularities, this can be sent on to the electoral inquiry committees. But for immediate action, these allegations can be sent to the returning officers or presiding officers or law enforcement agencies for action. Yet, the EC only refers to the election committee. The law enforcement agencies also remain inactive till now.EC secretary Helaluddin recently told the media that the inquiry committee carries out investigation and found no evidence of violence or irregularities in several constituencies. However, the secretary did not clarify in which constituencies they conducted the investigations.The election commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury told BBC Bangla, the EC is monitoring these incidents very seriously and violence is not acceptable in any circumstance. The EC ordered the police force to take stern action and several officers have been transferred already, Chowdhury added. CEC also mentioned the electoral inquiry committee on Saturday. He admitted that it would take time to get the investigation report. CEC has promised to send a letter with directives to the police to prevent such violence.
NASA/Joel Kowsky/(NASA/Joel Kowsky)Earl Maize (left), Cassini program manager at JPL, and Julie Webster, spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on Friday at precisely 7:55 a.m. ETUpdated at 8:15 a.m. ETControllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final command Friday morning to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Not long after, accounting for the vast distance the message traveled, the order was received, putting the craft into a suicidal swan dive in which it plummeted into the ringed planet’s atmosphere.Flight Director Julie Webster called “loss of signal” at about 7:55 a.m. ET, followed by Project Manager Earl Maize announcing “end of mission” as the spacecraft began to break up in Saturn’s atmosphere.“Congratulations to you all,” Maize announced to applause. “It’s been an incredible mission, incredible spacecraft, and you’re all an incredible team.” NASA/JPLStill from a computer-animated film depicting Cassini’s final orbits.Earth received @CassiniSaturn’s final signal at 7:55am ET. Cassini is now part of the planet it studied. Thanks for the science #GrandFinale pic.twitter.com/YfSTeeqbz1— NASA (@NASA) September 15, 2017 With Cassini running on empty and no gas station for about a billion miles, NASA decided to go out Thelma & Louise-style. But rather than careen into a canyon, the plucky probe took a final plunge into the object of its obsession.Just how obsessed? Its 13-year mission to explore the strange world of Saturn went on nearly a decade longer than planned. It completed 293 orbits of the planet, snapped 400,000 photos, collected 600 gigabytes of data, discovered at least seven new moons, descended into the famed rings and sent its Huygens lander to a successful 2005 touchdown on the surface of yet another moon, Titan.First, Cassini had to get to Saturn. The year it blasted off, 1997, the “information superhighway” was just getting up to speed. By the time it arrived, in 2004, people were fretting over what to reveal on their Facebook profiles.On its way to the sixth planet, Cassini set about a circuitous course, swinging by Venus twice to get a gravity assist that shot it back past Earth and onward to Jupiter before a final marathon leg to Saturn.The twin Voyagers swung by Saturn in the 1970s and ’80s, giving scientists a rough outline of the planet and its moons. Cassini has filled in many of the details, giving us an unparalleled look.Much of what Cassini found concerned Saturn’s moons. Among other things, the probe discovered water spewing from Enceladus, discovered that Hyperion has a statically charged surface and that Saturn’s entire moon system — a virtual mini solar system in itself — exchanges dust and chunks of material with the planet’s ring system.“Two of those moons have been of particular interest,” NPR’s Joe Palca reports from JPL headquarters in Pasadena, Calif. “Titan, with its methane lakes and Enceladus, with its geysers of salty water. Scientists speculate that both moons may have the right conditions to harbor some form of life, although Cassini did not have instruments capable of detecting life.”One of Cassini’s crowning achievements came in April of this year, as it spun through a narrow gap in Saturn’s rings, beaming back images and making scientific measurements along the way.Why end the mission? Although Cassini’s main power is supplied by radioisotope thermoelectric generators, or RTGs — essentially nuclear batteries that were still going at mission’s end — the fuel supply for the probe’s main engine and backup was believed to be running low.“We don’t have a gas gauge. It would be really nice if we did,” Molly Bittner, a systems engineer at JPL who has worked on Cassini for the past four years, tells NPR. Instead, mission controllers had to estimate the amount of fuel used by each maneuver. And there had been lots of maneuvers since 2004.NPR’s Adam Cole, who helped produce a video commemorating the spacecraft’s life and times, says: “Scientists [were] worried that when [Cassini] loses power, it could crash into a pristine moon, contaminating a place where we might someday search for life.”However, there’s another reason for ending the mission in such a spectacular fashion: “We have the opportunity to do some really cool science,” Bittner says.While Cassini has discovered a lot of interesting things about Saturn, its ring system and its moons, there’s one thing it hasn’t been able to pin down with certainty — how long a Saturnian day lasts.“It’s a little bit embarrassing to confess, but we don’t know how long a day is on Saturn,” Michele Dougherty of Imperial College in London tells NPR’s Palca. She’s the scientist in charge of Cassini’s magnetometer, an instrument that measures Saturn’s magnetic field.Dougherty is hoping that as Cassini spiraled into the atmosphere, the onboard magnetometer detected a telltale tilt in the magnetic field that should resolve the uncertainty over the length of a Saturnian day, Joe reports.Bittner says that in the final moments of Cassini’s life, another instrument, the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer, or INMS, was to open up, sucking in the atmosphere to figure out what it’s made of.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Explore further Red Fox. Credit: Jonn Leffmann/Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 Foxes cannot be tamed, the conventional thinking goes—you can raise them in your house, feed them like babies and try to cuddle with them, but their wild nature will eventually win out—they will become unruly and eventually unwelcome pets. But what if the wildness was bred out of them? That is what Belyaev wondered, so he set to work on a very long term project—one that was very simple. He and his intern, Lyudmila Trut, wandered around Russia searching for foxes to start their experiment. Foxes were chosen based on their behavior in the presence of humans. Those that showed slightly more tolerance of humans were brought back to their Novosibirsk lab to serve as the start group. From there, the foxes were mated, and once again, those cubs that showed the most tolerance for humans were kept as part of the experiment while the others went on to become fur coats. This process was repeated for a half-century—the research pair found that within just a few generations, the foxes had begun to lose their wildness and mistrust of humans. The fourth generation, they reported, showed traits that we see in modern dogs, such as tail wagging, seeking human contact and licking people. Over the course of 50 years, the foxes became friendly, their behavior nearly indistinguishable from domestic dogs. They changed physically, too; their ears drooped and their legs and snouts became shorter and their heads got wider. And it was not all on the outside—their adrenal glands became more active, resulting in higher levels of serotonin in their brains, which is known to mute aggressive behavior.Today, the foxes are still being bred, but they are also being sold as pets to help pay for the cost of the research center. Belyaev died back in 1985, but the program is still overseen by Trut, and by most standards, the long-term experiment has been a resounding success—most researchers who visit the lab have found that theories regarding how dog domestication came about were consistent with what has been observed in the novel experiment in Russia. Comfort dogs bring healing in times of tragedy Citation: Russian geneticist repeats dog domestication with foxes in just fifty years (2016, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-russian-geneticist-dog-domestication-foxes.html (Phys.org)—A Russian geneticist, the BBC is reporting, replicated the process that led to the domestication of the dog, with foxes, over the course of just fifty years. Curious about the means by which dogs became domesticated, Dmitry Belyaev began a breeding program in the late 1950’s aimed at replicating the process using foxes. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The findings suggest that people who have had a stroke or a mini-stroke, called a transient ischemic attack, be screened for sleep disorders. “Although sleep disorders are common after a stroke, very few stroke patients are tested for them,” said study author Dirk Hermann from University Hospital Essen in Germany. “The results of our review show that should change, as people with sleep disorders may be more likely to have another stroke or other negative outcomes than people without sleep problems, such as having to go to a nursing home after leaving the hospital,” Hermann noted. The findings, published online in the journal Neurology, are based on a literature review. For the literature review, the researchers examined dozens of studies that looked at the link between sleep disturbances and stroke. Sleep disorders generally fall into two categories – sleep breathing problems and sleep-wake disorders. Sleep breathing problems like sleep apnea disrupt breathing while asleep. Sleep-wake disorders like insomnia and restless leg syndrome affect the amount of time spent asleep.The review found evidence linking sleep breathing problems with stroke risk and recovery. Sleep-wake disorders may also increase stroke risk and harm recovery, although there is less evidence to prove so, the researchers said.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Imagine this fantasy: At your company, sensitive customer data is impenetrable. Hardware is secure. And every single IT specialist in your employ has the resources and funds to make all of this happen.Related: Expert Advice: How to Up Your Cyber SecurityBut, no, it’s time to pinch yourself and wake up. The reality is that no matter how secure the nonhuman end of things is, the mere existence of people using a system will always mean the potential for data breaches.Should we throw in the towel? Of course not. If we did, cyber criminals would practically rule the world.Instead, we should focus on increasing security awareness in the workplace, from the ground up and from the top down: We should teach workers how to handle data to minimize the potential of its falling into the wrong hands. A couple of strategies:Tell employees that a data breach could mean the loss of their job. This will give them incentive to become more security aware.Impress on employees the warning signs of a cyber attack so that they can more easily spot suspicious activities.Every employee, old and new, should be thoroughly instructed on security at the level of the individual computer. And new employees, before they officially begin work, should complete this training before accessing the company’s network.Install technology that will detect when employees are doing something they shouldn’t. The software will alert them in time to take corrective action as well as enhance their learning experience.Set up mock “phishing” emails to see who takes the bait. “Internal phishing” will teach employees how to be smarter and less gullible.So, what are some ways to maximize security awareness? Here are eight.1. Establish a baseline. Before you can get awareness efforts going, you must first collect all the metrics to establish a solid reference point. An example might be the results of the staged phishing. Metrics are important, as they will enable you to gauge the success of effort.2. Be realistic. Don’t think in terms of banning a certain activity, like involvement with social media, but rather of teaching employees to be judicious about it. 3. Use lots of tools. A program for security awareness should involve multiple venues such as video games, newsletters, mock phishing and whatever else comes to mind.Related: What Startups Need to Do to Be Cyber Secure in 20154. Be creative. Even if funds are scarce, you can still make the learning process more fun than drudgery. For example, give boxes of candy canes out for the holidays, but tucked inside each box enclose the company’s security policy. Employees will more likely read the policy if it comes with candy canes than if it’s simply mailed, or handed to them in the office by the boss.5. Seek high-ranking executive support. Once the “bigwigs” get involved, employees lower on the chain will more likely follow suit. How can we get “C-level” decision makers on board in the first place? Tell them that return on investment is contingent upon security. That will get them hopping. Another way to grab their attention is to send out newsletters specifically for them, which will add to their feeling privileged. In the newsletters, include information on security awareness.6. Recruit other departments. No department is too unimportant to be involved in security awareness. Get every department involved, even your housekeeping and cafeteria staffs. But especially go after your marketing, legal and human resources departments, because they’re in a position to make security awareness a requirement.7. Re-evaluate. Re-evaluate your new program every 90 days, without fail. This approach has been shown to be quite effective. To avoid information overload, emphasize maybe three topics at a time over the three-month period. Then, 90 days later, see what needs to be revised, based on those three topics.8. Hit close to home. Get employees to focus on themselves; don’t harp just on security awareness that affects the company. Make workers understand that security is about them, too, not only the elusive bigwigs. Talk to them about the most common scams and tricks cyber criminals use, and how to protect themselves at home, with tools such as firewalls and wireless VPNs.Related: U.S. to Establish New Cybersecurity Agency May 5, 2015 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries.Strong European subscriber growth helped boost Liberty Global’s third quarter results, with the UK and Germany leading the way. The pan-regional cable and pay TV operator also saw its advanced TV customer base – comprising Virgin Media TiVo subscribers and households with the Horizon service across Europe – pass the four million milestone during the period.While revenue rose, the group saw a drop in operating income for the period.Liberty Global posted 320,000 revenue-generating unit net additions, including 296,000 in Europe. These included 102,000 RGUs in Germany, 68,000 in the UK and 26,000 in Belgium.The TiVo and Horizon platforms together attracted 339,000 new subscribers in the third quarter.The group notched up 200,000 new broadband customers in the period, led by the UK and Germany.Virgin Media added 42,000 new customers in the quarter, partly offset by losses at the Irish operation, now combined with the UK unit, leading to a net increase of 40,000 across both. The company said its Project Lightning infrastructure build-out was on track with 250,000 new premises targeted this year.Dutch unit Ziggo, recently combined with the former UPC Netherlands, continued to lose subscribers, but at a slower rate, with 18,000 RGU losses significantly lower than the average during the first half of the year, according to the company.The CEE region saw 113,000 RGU additions in the quarter.Liberty Global also added customers to its LiLAC group, with Chile contributing 10,00 additional customers and the unit as a whole adding 24,000 RGUs in the third quarter.Revenue for the period was up 2.2% to US$4.6 billion. Operating income was US$545.5 million, down from US$703.7 million for the same period last year.“Subscriber growth is back on track with 320,000 RGU additions in the third quarter, including 220,000 new broadband subscribers. This acceleration in volume growth was fueled by our operations in Germany and the UK. Continued traction of our cutting-edge Horizon TV platform resulted in a record quarter of almost 250,000 new subscriptions. The execution of our aggressive technology roadmap continues delivering innovative products like our recently launched Replay TV functionality and next-generation WiFi gateway,” said president and CEO Mike Fries.“In the Netherlands, our renewed focus on service quality and product launches since the Ziggo rebrand resulted in better subscriber performance as compared to the first half. With momentum continuing across the rest of our business, we are targeting up to one million organic RGU additions for 2015, and look forward to a strong Q4. On the mobile front, we improved our product portfolio with the launch of data-rich 4G offerings in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Chile. In total, we added over 450,000 postpaid subscribers in the last twelve months and together with our successful split-contract mobile offering, drove our Q3 rebased mobile revenue by 18% year-over-year.“From a financial perspective, in Europe we reported 3.5% rebased revenue growth in Q3, our best quarterly performance in two years, led by top-line growth in Germany, Belgium and the U.K. Our YTD rebased OCF growth came in at 3%. As we continue to expect to meet full-year guidance of mid-single digit rebased growth, we anticipate a higher OCF growth rate in Q4 than the YTD growth rate for our 3 European operations. Finally, we generated Free Cash Flow of $1.7 billion during the first nine months of 2015, a 24% improvement year-over-year.”
The Modern Times Group will launch a new premium sports channel in Sweden.The Viasat Sport Premium channel will have English Premier League games and those from the Champions League. There will also be coverage of football from Spain and Italy.With sports rights – and notably Premier League rights – increasingly expensive, MTG has segmented its offering across free and pay TV. TV3 Sport HD launched earlier this year and MTG also has a dedicated e-sports channel, eSportsTV.“With 13,000 hours of live sports in 2016, we have the largest sports offering in the company’s history, we intend to package in a way that gives our viewers the best possible overall experience,” said MTG Sweden boss Anders Jensen.“This work has resulted in four new channels with different profiles where we Viasat Sport Premium sets the bar extra high and delivers a sports experience that is unparalleled in Europe.”The new premium channel will be part of the Viasat Gold, Viasat Silver, and Viasat Sport packages. It will roll out in August.The content will also be on the Viaplay streaming service.
Emerging markets SVOD service Iflix has partnered with smart TV software provider Vewd to make Iflix available on millions of Vewd-enabled devices. Iflix worked with the Vewd team to certify the Iflix app for the Vewd ecosystem, meaning the app can be deployed across connected TVs and set-top boxes.“We aim to give users the freedom to enjoy Iflix on any screen of their choice – from their 6-inch mobile screen to 65-inch big screen television,” said Iflix CEO, Mark Britt.“Our partnership with Vewd is an important step to fulfilling that promise. Vewd’s leading edge technology and connected smart TV ecosystem allows us to integrate with platforms efficiently, whilst offering users an uncompromising user experience.”Vewd CEO, Aneesh Rajaram, said: “Iflix has established itself as one of the world’s pre-eminent subscription video-on-demand services. Having them join the world’s largest connected TV ecosystem underscores our commitment to providing the richest catalogue of key apps on connected TV devices.“Now more than ever, Vewd can provide the industry’s most comprehensive content offering for smart TV manufacturers and pay TV operators.”