July 21, 2004Cosanti Foundation long time staff member Roger Tomalty is in Venice, Italy, to teach a Silt Cast Workshop at the IUAV School of Architecture. [Photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele]Cosanti Foundation long time staff member Roger Tomalty is in Venice, Italy, to teach a Silt Cast Workshop at the IUAV School of Architecture. [Photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele] [left photo] The IUAV School of Architecture in Venice is one of the most prestigious architecture schools in Italy. It has started an intensive summer program of innovative sessions with the intention of facilitating the expressive capacities of its students by putting a consistent amount of space and tools at their disposal. Important architects from all around the world were invited to participate. One of these courses, mandatory to graduate from the School, is about Paolo Soleri and Arcosanti. [right photo] Marco Felici introduces the students to Paolo Soleris LEAN ALTERNATIVE. [left photo: IUAV, right photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele] The course has been organized and delivered by Architect Antonio Fragiacomo, Structural Engineer Marco Felici and Cosanti Research Associate Roger Tomalty, with the precious help of Daniela Bruni, Maurizio Ranzi (Roma Tre University), Sandra Suatoni (Istituto Italiano Per La Grafica), Lorenzo Alfieri, Robert Clyde and Arcosanti residents Mary Hoadley and Matteo Di Michele. [Photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele]
Geir BjørndalGeir Bjørndal, Conax’s former marketing chief, has joined Verimatrix.The content security specialist said Bjørndal is charged with significantly increasing the company’s market penetration and visibility with operators looking to take advantage of new generation DVB hybrid networks that include IP and over-the-top video delivery.“Verimatrix is sitting at the intersection of where traditional and new video services markets converge. Geir brings the unique combination of deep industry knowledge and vision of where the digital TV and revenue security markets are headed to help us take advantage of this position,” said Tom Munro, CEO of Verimatrix. “We feel that he will be a highly effective advocate for our multi-network, multi-screen value proposition and will further strengthen our partner ecosystem in the DVB and hybrid video services market.”
Multi-brand TV manufacturer Vestel is gearing up to launch a range of Freeview Play TVs in the UK market.Vestel’s Freeview Play range will include HD TVs and 4K Ultra HD models, allowing users to access Freeview’s connected DTT platform without connecting to a separate set-top box.“With this launch, we’re tapping into the real demands of consumers, offering a TV solution that can make the transition from linear to on-demand TV seamless and easy,” said Vestel’s UK commercial director, Sadi Acikalin.“Our partnership with Freeview marks our on-going commitment to meaningful innovation – real change that can genuinely transform and enhance the viewing experience of the majority of UK viewers.”
Stand up comedy VOD platform, NextUp, has launched on Amazon Channels in the UK.The service joins the likes of Discovery, Eurosport Player and ITV Hub as part of Amazon’s subscription channels line-up and costs users ￡3.50 per-month.NextUp launched in 2016 and has since filmed 40 original stand up comedy shows, releasing a new special every week.The service grew out of the ComComedy YouTube channel and live comedy night and was co-founded by former director of comedy at BBC Worldwide, Stuart Snaith.In August NextUp raised £230,000 (€253,000), giving the platform a valuation of £1.5 million, and struck a distribution deal with Virgin Atlantic.Amazon launched its Amazon Channels offering in the UK, Germany and Austria in May, allowing Prime users to add live and on-demand TV as part of their subscription package.
Creating greater scale either through horizontal mergers or by building out networks in greenfield areas remains the number one priority for European cable operators, according to a panel of senior executives at Cable Congress in Dublin.Manuel CuberoThe completion of the integration of Kabel Deutschland into Vodafone had provided huge opportunities for the cable business, enabling it to offer bundled products, said Manuel Cubero, chief commercial officer, Vodafone Germany, participating in the panel.Cubero said that offering a fixed-mobile bundle was key to the company’s growth strategy.“From an industry perspective, [consolidation] makes a lot of sense,” he said, citing the example of the scale of operators in China, where there are fewer players than in some individual European markets.Europe’s other major international cable operators, Liberty Global, is “busy building out” in the CEE region, adding half a million homes across the region last year. “We are not at [sufficient] scale in central and eastern Europe,” according to Robert Redeleanu, CEO of Liberty Global-owned UPC Romania and UPC Hungary, who described the region as “very fragmented”.However, Redeleanu said that an absence of obvious consolidation opportunities meant that building out Liberty Global’s own network was a viable alternative strategy.“While the opportunity of consolidating is still there, it is not so obvious and we are taking things in our own hands,” he said.Building out new areas is a good way to deliver scale, he added.“Scale is critical. With scale we could launch mobile and potentially pay for exclusive content and get the right efficiencies to launch new products,” he said.Redeleanu said that Liberty was also looking to expand its mobile presence and launch mobile services across the region.He said that Liberty had to “look at the payback” for infrastructure investment, but the case for investing in network build-outs was improving. While ARPU levels are lower than in western Europe, they vary across CEE, and ARPU has been growing across the region, he said. Liberty had been able to address premium segments of the market successfully, he said, and ARPU as a proportion of disposable income was high.Consolidating the German market is “potentially an opportunity for us as a company” with strong penetration in housing associations, said Timm Degenhardt, CEO of German operator Tele Columbus, also participating in the panel. He said that Tele Columbus as a relatively smaller player could have opportunities in a consolidating industry.