Categories: Berman News 30May Rep. Berman: Auto insurance reforms to bring Oakland County drivers savings, protections Long-overdue auto insurance reform supported by Rep. Ryan Berman was signed into state law today, guaranteeing lower rates for drivers in Oakland County and across Michigan.The bipartisan reforms – approved earlier by Berman and the Legislature – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, combat fraudulent claims and take steps to rein in medical costs. Berman said depending on the PIP coverage level chosen, motorists could see hundreds of dollars or more in cost savings each year.“During the last five months I’ve heard from countless people about the need to reform our state’s no-fault system,” said Berman, of Commerce Township. “This bipartisan plan guarantees rate reductions for all Michigan drivers and reduces medical costs for auto accident victims.”Michigan has had the most expensive auto insurance in the nation mainly because it was the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, without any cost containment. The new law will provide drivers more affordable options while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.Starting in July 2020, many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover auto accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Other reforms include:A fee schedule to rein in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat auto accident victims than other patients.Non-driving factors, such as ZIP codes, home ownership, and educational level, cannot be used to determine rates.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, helping further lower auto insurance rates.
Swisscom has made its TV 2.0 experience, initially launched this spring, available in all packages by adding the Vivo light, XS and S packages to its Vivo range.Swisscom said that 130,000 users had signed up for its TV 2.0 offering in the five months since it was launched and that surveys showed the choice on offer and enhanced options including cloud-based recordings and seven-day catch-up are the features that are most valued by customers. The figure shows strong growth of the offering since June, when the Swiss telco reported 77,000 TV 2.0 custtomers.According to Swisscom, customers with a Vivo 2 or Vivo 3 package can now benefit from upgrading to Vivo XS or S, as they will receive more channels and options for the same price.Customers who don’t wish to sign up for a catch-up service can opt for a TV 2.0 light offering, which features about 85 channels includincg 40 in HD.
BT’s ad campaign for BT SportThe English Premier League opened bidding for TV rights to the three seasons from 2016 by sending out its tender to broadcasters at the end of last week. The new tender adds 14 games per season to the number that can be televised, taking the total to 168 per season. One package will include up to 10 games to be played on Friday nights for the first time, adding to the live matches currently aired on Saturday lunchtimes and evenings, Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings.There are no plans to open Saturday afternoon games to television.The 168 games will be split into seven packages, including five of 28 matches and two of 14 matches. No single buyer will be allowed to buy the rights to more than five packages or 126 matches.The rights, which will be awarded in February, are likely to be hotly contested by Sky and BT Sports. The former currently holds the rights to 116 live matches, with rights to 38 games held by BT, which also holds exclusive live rights to Champions League and Europa League matches. Discovery, owner of Eurosport, and Al Jazeera could also potentially emerge as rival bidders. Sky and BT together paid just over £3 billion (€3.8 billion) for the last set of Premier League rights, a figure that some analysts have estimated could grow by up to 50%.The Premier League is also auctioning a free-to-air highlights package, currently held by the BBC, that is expected to be contested by commercial broadcaster ITV, which will lose its rights to Champions League matches from next season.The Premier League’s sale of rights is currently under investigation by Ofcom, following a complaint by Virgin Media, which has said that fewer games are aired live in England than in other EU territories, while the price charged to subscribers is higher.
Hulu and Roku will both experience strong US advertising revenue growth over the next two years, according to eMarketer projections.The research company expects Hulu’s US ad revenues to climb from US$1.12 billion in 2018 to US$1.26 billion in 2019 and US$1.41 billion in 2020.“This represents double-digit annual growth throughout our forecast period, and the figures include advertising both on Hulu’s on-demand platform and on its live TV service,” according to the report.Roku is expected to experience a higher rate of growth from a smaller starting point. Its ad inventory includes home-screen ads, sponsorships and in-stream ads.The streaming device maker’s US ad revenues are tipped to climb from US$293 million in 2018 to US$476 million in 2019 and US$702 million om 2020.“These are promising indicators for the long-term prospects of connected TV advertising, which marketers see as a space to leverage the massive reach and familiarity of TV and the targetability and measurability of digital video,” according to the eMarketer report.“That potential puts connected TV at the convergence point between TV and video—two of the most successful formats in the history of advertising.”