February 18, 2005Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6.Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6. workshop participants, Arcosanti crew leaders and volunteers. From the heat duct tunnel underneath the building, construction volunteer Mika Kawai and local contractor Sean Wright pull electrical wiring through the walls. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: Jacob Schwartz] The community library is located in one of the first floor rooms of the East Crescent. From here, crew leader Michael Bittman and workshop participants April Braly and Kelley McLaughlin feed the wires. More on this on 2/21. [Photo: Scott W Riley & text: Jacob Schwartz]
Spanish cable operator R, which is based in the Galicia region, has signed a deal with technology provider Arris for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to to improve bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.The technology will be implemented from November 2014 by Arris reseller bcSistemas, which was selected as the systems integrator following a trial earlier this year. R has selected a range of Arris solutions including optical network units, optical transmitters, optical receivers for RFoG, optical amplifiers, multiplexers and passives to build their offering.RFoG enables cable operators to deploy fibre to new areas while reusing legacy DOCSIS equipment in the headend and in subscribers’ homes.“Arris’s RFoG technology will enable us to deliver fibre to more of our network. This means our commercial and residential customers will see a dramatic improvement in service and overall experience,” said Julio Sánchez Agrelo, director of the network division at R.“We are excited about this technology and its potential to reduce our operating costs and maximize our HFC infrastructure investment over the coming years, even as technology advances.”
Nordic subscription video-on-demand service Viaplay saw viewing time increase by 25% during 2017, according to stats released by parent company MTG.Alexander BastinCustomers spent an average of 32 hours per month streaming Viaplay last year, while the number of started streams rose 40.5% between 2016 and 2017.Over the same period, MTG said the total number of Viaplay customers grew by 21%, with Viaplay original productions among most viewed new series in each Nordic country in 2017.Among Viaplay’s original output, Hassel was the service’s most-watched new series in Sweden and Finland; Veni Vidi Vici was the second most-watched new-series in Demark; and Occupied season two was the second most-watched new series in Norway.Overall eight Viaplay original productions premiered during 2017. MTG said that Viaplay also streamed 50,000 hours of live sport in 2017, including Premier League and UEFA Champions League football.In terms of viewing habits, MTG said that viewing on TVs or projectors surpassed mobile devices for the first time since Viaplay launched in 2011, with a user base of 64% compared to 61% for mobile as of December 2017.“More than one hour every day tells its own story – Viaplay is truly creating moments that matter,” said Anders Jensen, MTG executive vice-president and chairman of Nordic Entertainment.“In just a few years, we’ve become a Nordic drama powerhouse producing amazing original content that’s captivating audiences across the region and beyond. On big screens and small, our stories have never been more relevant.”Alexander Bastin, head of Viaplay, said: “Viaplay is rapidly attracting more customers, and they are watching more than ever before. In parallel, the app for Viafree, our free streaming service in the Nordic region, has been downloaded close to 2.6 million times. It just shows what’s possible when fantastic stories meet the most advanced and accessible platforms in the business.”The news comes shortly after MTG’s plan to sell MTG Studios and Nordic Entertainment – divisions that include Viaplay, Viafree and its entire production output – fell through.MTG announced earlier this month that it had agreed to sell its Nordic broadcasting and entertainment businesses to Danish telco TDC in a deal that valued the assets at SEK19.55 billion (€2.0 billion).However, TDC pulled out of the deal after it accepted a €5.4 billion takeover offer from a consortium of bidders. The offer was contingent on the MTG-TDC deal not proceeding.
RTVS Head of International Relations Slavomira Kubickova and EBU DG Noel CurranPublic broadcaster organisation the EBU is teaming up with Slovakian Member RTVS to create a new EBU Academy regional learning hub in Bratislava. A letter of intent has been signed by RTVS Director General Jaroslav Reznik and EBU DG Noel Curran.The hub is the third to be announced this year following the opening of similar academies in Tbilisi and Warsaw with Members GPB and Polskie Radio respectively.The Slovakian hub is intended to serve journalists working for EBU members in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.The first course on data journalism will take place in Bratislava with EBU Faculty members Jonathan Stoneman and Ville Juutilainen on June 6-7. Day one will focus on sources of data and cleaning data and day two on using data for storytelling.“The EBU is committed to increasing learning and development opportunities for professionals in the different regions of our Membership,” said EBU Academy head Nathalie Labourdette.“Our aim is to ensure that all members can benefit from the expert training the EBU Academy offers. This new hub will ensure we can offer everything from training on editorial journalistic issues such as constructive journalism, through to leadership training and the technology skills required for public service media today.”RTVS Director General, Jaroslav Reznik said: “For more than a year, RTVS has been intensively devoted to educating its employees and to improving their professional skills and qualification. We are very pleased that, thanks to the cooperation between RTVS and the EBU, we will have the opportunity to welcome colleagues from other EBU Members. We are convinced that the workshops hosted by RTVS will be extremely useful for those attending, supporting high-quality journalism in both a national and international context.”