If proven to be successful, it’s likely that Netflix will roll out availability of its Direct channel in other global markets as well. Of course, the functionality of the channel depends on careful curation of content, with a good mix of movies, TV shows, and other specials playing as per a set schedule. The curation would have to be based on respective markets, since users in France and users in India will naturally have different preferences.For now, Netflix Direct is only available in France, and is naturally being curated for French audiences, with a selection of French, international, and US feature films and TV shows, as per the Variety report. Users will of course have the option to watch movies and TV shows on Netflix normally by selecting and immediately viewing as before, but Netflix Direct will have some appeal to users who are between TV shows or just want to sit down and watch something at the end of the day without putting much effort into looking up content.Netflix is known to live test many of its upcoming features in various global markets, and only recently announced plans for a ‘weekend trial’ of its premium service for select users, starting with India. The streaming service has also been gradually improving the technical quality of its original productions. Much of its new content is being produced in 4K Dolby Vision, compatible with many current-generation HDR TVs.- Advertisement – Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Netflix Direct is a TV channel-like service that is being tested in France. The great thing about streaming on OTT platforms is having access to movies and TV shows whenever you want to watch them. You aren’t bound to programming schedules, and in most cases, you don’t need to wait for a week to get a fresh new episode of your favourite show. That said, it can sometimes be frustrating to look for something to watch, and the traditional experience of flipping through TV channels to find something interesting remains an option that many prefer. That’s why Netflix plans to bring this experience to OTT streaming, through Netflix Direct.Designed to function like a regular TV channel within the streaming platform, Netflix Direct is the company’s first attempt at linear, scheduled programming. The channel is rolling out in a phased manner for testing in France right now, according to a report by Variety. The report states that Netflix chose France because traditional TV consumption habits are still popular in the European country. Netflix Direct has been soft launched in France on November 5, and will be widely available in the country in December, as per the report.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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Facebook on Monday rejected calls from the Australian government and news companies that it share advertising revenue with the media, suggesting it would rather cut news content from its platform.The US tech giant said in a submission to Australia’s competition watchdog that news represents a “very small fraction” of the content in an average user’s news feed.”If there were no news content available on Facebook in Australia, we are confident the impact on Facebook’s community metrics and revenues in Australia would not be significant,” it said in a thinly veiled threat to boycott local news companies. “Given the social value and benefit to news publishers, we would strongly prefer to continue enabling news publishers’ content to be available on our platform,” it said.In an effort being closely watched around the world, Australia is set to unveil plans to force Facebook and Google to share advertising revenue they earn from news featured in their services.The initiative has been strongly pushed by Australia’s two biggest media companies, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Nine Entertainment.They argue that the crisis roiling the news industry worldwide is mainly because of Google, Facebook and other large tech firms capturing the vast majority of online advertising revenues, without fairly compensating media companies for advertisements placed against news content. The loss of advertising dollars that previously flowed to newspapers has forced cutbacks and bankruptcies across the sector, a process exacerbated by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.In Australia, News Corp, Nine and other media have both announced major cuts in editorial staff, with more than 170 newsrooms and newspapers suspended or shuttered in recent years.Australia’s competition regulator, the ACCC, has estimated that Google and Facebook together earn some Aus$6 billion (US$4 billion) a year from advertising in the country.Leading news publishers have demanded the two companies pay at least 10 percent of that money each year to local news organizations.Google last month rejected the demand, saying it made barely Aus$10 million a year from news-linked advertising.The two companies’ positions bode ill for negotiations the ACCC hopes to pursue between the tech firms and Australian media companies over a mandatory “code of conduct” governing issues such as revenue sharing, curbing disinformation, data sharing and protecting user privacy.The ACCC has until the end of July to draw up the final code, which the government has said it will quickly implement. Topics :
Metro Sport ReporterFriday 18 Oct 2019 8:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares David Luiz insists Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season David Luiz is aiming high this season (Picture: Getty)David Luiz believes Arsenal are capable of mounting a Premier League title challenge this season despite currently trailing league leaders Liverpool by nine points.Liverpool have flown out of the blocks at the start of the campaign winning all eight of their Premier League matches to open up an eight-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City.Those two teams are regarded as the leading candidates to win the title after going toe-to-toe in 2018-19. City pipped Liverpool in the end by a point with the Reds finishing 25 points clear of third-placed Chelsea.Luiz, a Premier League winner with Chelsea in the 2016-17 campaign, is aiming high, though, and insists that Arsenal have the players and coaching staff to ‘fight’ for the title.ADVERTISEMENT Comment ‘I think we’ve started really well and we just lost one game in the Premier League,’ Luiz added. ‘I think the team is improving and now we are in third in the table but we want to finish this season fighting for the title.’Luiz joined Arsenal from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and has quickly established himself as a key member of Unai Emery’s side, featuring eight times and scoring the winner during the 1-0 win over Bournemouth prior to the international break.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCan Arsenal challenge for the title?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Advertisement David Luiz was part of the Chelsea team that won the Premier League title in 2016-17 (Picture: Getty)‘For me, if you start something, and we’ve just started the Premier League and all of the competitions, if you don’t think you can win the competition then you won’t start anything in your life,’ Luiz told NBC Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I want to win titles with Arsenal. I want to improve and adapt myself for the style of Arsenal, as a club and how the manager wants us to play. I think we can do that together.‘My vision, my ambition and my will is always to fight for the title and between the club, the players and the coach, we have the possibility to fight for the title. I think this club deserves to shine again.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield in August but that is their only league defeat of the season so far and they currently sit just behind City in third-place heading into this weekend’s fixtures.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies(CWI have appointed Englishman Dominic Warne as director of Commercial, Marketing and Communications.The appointment, which took effect October 1, will see the executive taking responsibility for CWI’s commercial operations and revenue generation, along with marketing and communications initiatives.“I’m really excited to join CWI’s new leadership team and strengthen the iconic Windies brand,” Warne said.“The flamboyant cricket, colour and atmosphere that so defines Caribbean cricket is unique. We have a great opportunity to connect with fans and excite commercial sponsors, so I’m looking forward to growing partnerships with the territorial boards and sponsors to make the cricketing heartbeat of the region beat stronger.”According to CWI, Warne brings over two decades of marketing and sponsorship strategy to the new post.Warne, who will be based at the CWI headquarters here, joins another Englishman Johnny Grave, who was appointed CEO last February.
The draws for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League will take place on Friday 11 April at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.Both draws will be carried out in one session, beginning at 12.00CET. They will be conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, assisted by UEFA Europa League final ambassador Ciro Ferrara and the ambassador for the UEFA Champions League final, Luís Figo.Proceedings will start with an open draw for the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. As with the quarter-finals, no teams are seeded and sides from the same national association may be pitted against each other. The semi-finals are played on a home-and-away basis, with the first legs on Thursday 24 April and the return legs the following Thursday. For administrative purposes, the last step of the draw will define whether the winner of semi-final 1 or the winner of semi-final 2 will be considered the ‘home’ team for the final at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Wednesday 14 May (20.45CET).The same procedure will apply to the draw for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the first legs of which will be held on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 April, with the return matches on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April. The UEFA Champions League final will be staged at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon on Saturday 24 May (19.45 local time/20.45CET).Media representatives wishing to attend the draws are requested to apply via email to email@example.com before 12.00CET on Thursday 10 April, mentioning ‘Club draws’ in the subject line. A live feed from the draw will be available in the media working area which is equipped with Wi-Fi.Both draws will be broadcast live on UEFA.com and on Eurosport. UEFA Youth LeagueOn the same day as the draws, Friday 11 April, the UEFA Youth League semi-finals take place at Nyon’s Colovray Stadium.Semi-final 1: Real Madrid CF v SL Benfica (13.00CET)Semi-final 2: FC Schalke 04 v FC Barcelona (16.30CET)The final will be played on Monday 14 April (16.30CET), also at Colovray.Media wanting to attend these matches should email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12.00CET on 8 April, writing ‘UEFA Youth League’ in the subject header.Non-rights holders are advised they will not be permitted to film during the games. However, they will have access to post-match activities provided they have been granted accreditation. Eurosport will broadcast all games live.
RED BANK – Lunch Break is looking to expand.The soup kitchen and food panty, which has been providing food, clothing and the wherewithal for those in need in Red Bank and the surrounding area for nearly 30 years, is seeking borough approval to expand its facility. The organization is looking to build an addition on adjacent properties because of what its executive director said is an increasing need for its services.“We’ve definitely outgrown the space,” said Gwendolyn Love, “even for what we’re doing now.”Love sat at a table in the 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. facility during lunchtime on Aug. 30 as volunteers and employees worked and moved briskly, serving lunch to the crowd.As she discussed the need for more space to conduct its various programs, a woman approached the table. Chandelle Morris, who lives on Bank Street, sat down at the table with her tray and its modest lunch, a small piece of cake and fruit juice. Morris said she doesn’t have breakfast or dinner most days, relying on her lunch here as her primary meal. “It’s something I look forward to when I get up in the morning,” she said.She thanked Love for what Lunch Break had to offer and turned and said, “They are saving my life.”Love glanced over with smile and thanked Morris for making her point about the work Lunch Break does and the need for the expansion.“We believe Lunch Break can be an instrument in the community to allow people to make it to the next level,” Love said.In June 2011 Justin and Victoria Gmelich, a Rumson couple, donated to Lunch Break two properties on the boulevard, each with a vacant single-family residential home, according to Love.Lunch Break representatives will appear at the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday, Sept. 20, with its application to combine those lots and build an addition to the current site.According to the application on file at the borough’s Planning and Zoning Department, Lunch Break would demolish the existing homes at 113-115 Drs. James Parker Blvd. and use that 7,320-square-foot tract to expand the current 2,989-square-foot facility and build a 2,091-square-foot addition.The addition’s first floor, Love said, will be used, in part, to house Lunch Break’s clothing distribution program. Currently, it operates the program on Saturdays out of the dining area, where individuals and families can come to select free clothing and small household items they need.If the application is approved, the public will be able to drop off donations and pick up items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.Lunch Break could also use the site for its other clothing program, called Suited for Success, where clients can get clothing appropriate for job interviews.Along with those programs, Lunch Break would continue to operate its “Internet café” on site, where clients have access to computers and use the Internet connections, often to help locate work.The remainder of the site would be used for administrative offices, file and supply storage and to provide space for the various social service agencies that regularly appear to assist Lunch Break clients.“The new space will allow us to function more efficiently,“ Love said.The addition will “create a one-stop shopping” site for clients, who often don’t have cars or money for mass transit to visit social services offices, Love said.“Business has been too good,” she acknowledged. The facility has been seeing a growing need for services.“With the economy the way it is, with people looking for help, with new people looking for that help, Lunch Break will help them move to that next level in their life,” Love said. “It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up.” By John Burton