West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday once gain took recourse to sarcastic poems to target the economic policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the Centre. She alleged there was a “dangerous situation” for common people and also asked where the country was heading to with depleting foreign exchange reserve.“Rupee suffering from low fever, petrol and diesel prices highest ever,” she said in a post on social media. Earlier this month, she had written a similar poem titled ‘Identity’ expressing her opposition to the ongoing exercise of National Register of Citizens in Assam. In the post, she alleged that foreign exchange reserves had fallen by $21.84 billion between March end and August 3 and current account deficit was moving up towards 2.8% of the GDP. “The unprepared bravado of launching GST has resulted in a massive loss to State revenues to the tune of ₹48,178 crore during July 2017 and March 2018,” she said. She also alleged that the makeshift filing of GST has now “charges of racketeering, black marketing and hawala.” “Everyone of this country is concerned now. Where are we heading to,” she asked.
Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW has added Sony’s AXN HD and A+E Networks’ History HD to its line-up of channels.The channels are available on the platform from today as part of the Digital TV Highlights and HD Option packages.Christian Hindennach, vice-president of marketing and product management at Unitymedia Kabel BW, said that the addition of the two channels meant that subscribers could now benefit from an event greater variety of HD services.
Nordic pay TV operator TDC has selected Appear TV’s XC5000 video processing platform to provide encoding and multiscreen transcoding for live linear broadcasts.The platform will be deployed for all TDC’s broadcasts, including the YouSee cable service and its OTT and multiscreen offerings.With the deployment, TDC aims to provide high quality picture across 100 linear OTT channels to around 1.2 million subscribers in Denmark and Norway.“When choosing our next generation video compression platform, we were looking for a single, user-friendly platform that would enable us to update our signal processing equipment to offer best in class image quality. This meant that we had to take into account a number of parameters, including video quality, power consumption, ease of integration and operation and the number of switches required to operate multiple TV services with hundreds of channels,” said Mads Arnbjørn Rasmussen, vice-president TV and coaxial technology, TDC.The Appear TV XC5000 platform is designed to accommodate customers’ preferred system architectures while reducing complexity. It is possible to build an entire broadcast system in a single chassis consisting of discreet stages or distributed architectures. Appear TV will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.C61
Channel provider SPI International has struck two commercial agreements with Coca-Cola in Turkey and Lay’s potato chips in Poland to promote its video-on-demand service FilmBox Live. In Turkey, the company is offering a free FilmBox subscription as part of the Coca-Cola Choice Menu offered by online grocery Yemeksepeti.A free one-week subscription to FilmBox Live gives all users who place a Coca-Cola Secilmis Menu order the opportunity to receive a special code via email or SMS, enabling them to access the FilmBox on-demand catalogue and live streaming channels.FilmBox Live has also launched a promotional campaign with Lay’s potato chips in Poland. Promo codes offering 24-hour access to 70 movies can be found in specially marked Lay’s bags available in stores throughout the country.“FilmBox Live, with its great, diverse content, a user-friendly interface and various advanced technological features is currently one of the most valued, reliable and widely available VOD services in Europe. We are looking forward to the successful outcome of the on-going promotional campaigns and we hope to attract more global brands to team up with FilmBox Live in Turkey, Poland as well as other countries where FilmBox Live is available,” said Guney Yasavur, COO of FilmBox Live.