BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEWSCHELSEA 3 SUNDERLAND 1GOALS:- CHELSEA: IVANOVIC 5th; PEDRO 13th; OSCAR PEN 50th. SUNDERLAND: BORINI 52nd.Chelsea began life without JosÈ Mourinho by punishing a poor Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The Blues, watched by incoming caretaker boss Guus Hiddink, took an early lead through Branislav Ivanovic and added a second before the break through Pedro. Oscar’s penalty confirmed the win, though Fabio Borini replied in the second half.EVERTON 2 LEICESTER CITY 3GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU 32nd; MIRALLAS 87th. LEICESTER: MAHREZ PEN 27th, PEN 65th; OKAZAKI 69th.Leicester ensured they will be top of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas by beating Everton at Goodison Park. Riyad Mahrez scored the first of two penalties after Ramiro Funes Mori held back Shinji Okazaki. Romelu Lukaku levelled, but Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard tripped Jamie Vardy to allow Mahrez to convert from the spot a second time. Okazaki scored a third for the Foxes, who held on despite Kevin Mirallas’ late strike.MANCHESTER UNITED 1NORWICH CITY 2GOALS:- UNITED: MARTIAL 66th. VILLA: JEROME 38th; TETTEY 54th.The pressure is on Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after his team were humbled by struggling Norwich at Old Trafford. Norwich took the lead in the first half through Cameron Jerome. It got worse for the home side in the second half, as Jerome broke clear to feed Alex Tettey, who netted from close range. Anthony Martial pulled a goal back, but United’s winless run is now six games, while Norwich are out of the drop zone.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1ASTON VILLA 1GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: COLOCCINI 38th. VILLA: AYEW 61st.A wonderful second-half strike from Jordan Ayew earned Barclays Premier League bottom-club Aston Villa a valuable point at Newcastle. Ayew drove into the top corner from inside the area to cancel out Fabricio Coloccini’s close-range opener. Both sides had chances to win in the closing stages, with Newcastle striker Georginio Wijnaldum and Villa’s Rudy Gestede having shots saved.SOUTHAMPTON 0TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2GOALS:- TOTTENHAM: KANE 40th; ALLI 43rd.Harry Kane scored on his 100th Tottenham appearance, as they moved into the Barclays Premier League top four with victory at struggling Southampton. Kane broke through the Saints’ defensive line and finished coolly for a 10th goal in his past 10 games. Soon after, Dele Alli benefitted from some lax defending to score from close range and put Spurs firmly in control.STOKE CITY 1CRYSTAL PALACE 2GOALS:- STOKE: BOJAN PEN 76th. PALACE: WICKHAM PEN 45th; LEE 88th.Lee Chung-yong came off the bench to claim an 88th-minute winner for Crystal Palace at Stoke, leaving the Eagles level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham. Connor Wickham’s penalty gave Palace a first-half lead, but after Stoke levelled from the spot when Damien Delaney was punished for handball and Bojan stepped up to dispatch his fourth goal of the season, Lee found the net with a 30-yard shot which sailed past Jack Butland on 88 minutes.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2GOALS:- WBA: McAULEY 79th. BOURNEMOUTH: SMITH 52nd; DANIELD PEN 87th.Charlie Daniels’ late penalty earned Bournemouth a third successive Barclays Premier League victory at the expense of West Brom, who finished with nine men.The Baggies were a man down in the 34th minute when James McClean was shown red for scything down Adam Smith.The Cherries took the lead when Smith fired in low from 20 yards, before Gareth McAuley equalised with a header. Daniels crashed home the winner three minutes from time, before Salomon Rondon saw red for a clash with Dan Gosling.
Xbox OneMicrosoft is opening up its Xbox console to allow all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners to access entertainment apps like Netflix and HBO GO without having to pay for Xbox Live Gold membership.As part of a bid to give “more choices” to Xbox users, Microsoft said that from June, a pay-monthly Xbox Live Fold account will “no longer be required for most apps and features” – including services like Netflix, ESPN and YouTube.Instead, Xbox Live Gold subscribers from June will be able to download free games, receive games discounts, and get other benefits. However, entertainment services will be available to all with a free Xbox Live account.“We’ve heard that you want more choices from Xbox One. You want a wide variety of options in your games and entertainment experiences and you also want options in your hardware selection,” said head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.At the same time, Microsoft said it is also cutting the price of its flagship Xbox One console, stepping up competition with the rival PlayStation 4.From June 9, Microsoft will start offering the Xbox One, without the Kinect motion controller, for US$399 in all markets it is available – the same price as the PS4.Currently the Xbox One is priced at US$499, bundled with Kinect – a package it will continue to offer. Later this autumn it will also start selling Kinect as a standalone add-on.“To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision. Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80% of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console,” said Spencer.
Netflix will show original comedy specials from Bill Cosby, Jim Jeffries, Chelsea Peretti and Bill Burr as its original programming drive moves into the stand-up arena.The quartet of newly-announced special will sit alongside another from Chelsea Handler, entitled Uganda Be Kidding Me Live, which has already been announced.The stand-up shows from the American comics will launch in the US and across all of Netflix’s international streaming services. Chelsea Handler’s show will launch October 10. Handler is also working on a live talkshow for Netflix, the first for the US-listed streaming service.Cosby’s show, Bill Cosby 77, filmed in San Francisco on the actor and comic’s 77th birthday and debuts on Netflix on November 28. Perretti’s One of the Greats show, also filmed in San Francisco, launches on November 14.Jim Jefferies: Bare, filmed in Boston, will debut on August 29 on Netflix and sit alongside three other stand-up shows already on the service.Bill Burr’s I’m Sorry You Feel That Way show, filmed in Atlanta, launches on December 5. It will be the comedian’s third show available on Netflix.“Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti are some of the funniest comedians of our time who will have our viewers institches,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentary and comedyprogramming at Netflix.She added: “We are thrilled to bring this diverse slate of talent and their unique, multifaceted and hilarious points of view exclusively to our members around the world.”
Patrick VosInteractive TV technology provider Zappware is being used by Belgian service provider Mobistar – soon to rebrand as Orange – to power the cable TV service it recently launched thanks to the country’s new open cable rules, the company has revealed.Zappware, which this year celebrates its 15th birthday, is being used by Mobistar – which will be rebranded as Orange Belgium – to deliver the service, which is provided over the networks of Telenet in Flemish-speaking Belgium and over Voo’s network in French-speaking Wallonia.“Orange relied on us because of our experience in cable with a user experience that can match the standards of the mature players in the market,” said Patrick Vos, CEO of Zappware. “It was a technical challenge to launch in time with a user experiences that could stand up to the competition.”According to Vos, the deployment was “quite challenging” because “the end-to-end system makes use of [the other operators’] equipment and it was complex in terms of the deployment and quality assurance.”Vos said that offering a consistent service via an advanced home gateway device across both parts of Belgium via the different cable networks was a complex undertaking.Vos said he believed the open model adopted for Belgian cable could be taken up in other countries with mature networks. “I believe that a lot of regulators are looking closely at Belgium and there could be pressure to open up cable and IPTV networks,” he said, adding that pressure for movement in this area was also coming from mobile operators that are keen to offer TV as part of a quad-play proposition. “Pure mobile operators are obliged to come up with a quad-play to survive. I think there will be a kind of MVNO model in TV and from that perspective a lot of countries are likely to look into it. We have proved we as a company are capable of handling such a complex deployment so it could be a huge opportunity for us as well.”In addition to its deal with Orange, Zappware is providing its technology to IPTV operator Massy Communicatoins in Trinidad and Tobago, which is launching an IPTV service this month including network DVR, catch-up TV, VoD and multiscreen TV.Zappware entered the TV business 15 years ago and in 2005 secured a contract to support Telenet’s deployment of its digital cable TV platform, which involved providing all TVs connected to the network with an IP return path connection to support VoD and interactive TV, in what Vos described as “the first [deployment] of its kind worldwide”. Other milestone deployments included Unitymedia’s digital cable rollout in Germany, which Vos said was judged ‘best in class’ by an independent benchmark study. Zappware has rolled out digital TV services in central and eastern Europe and more recently in Latin America and south-east Asia.Vos said that in its 15 years Zappware had seen three key phases of development in the digital TV business – migration from analogue to digital, migration from SD to HD and the introduction of two-way interactive services, and the latest phase, the introduction of all-IP networks and the delivery of video services from the cloud. “Now you have personalisation of content discovery via smartphones and tablets with consumption on the big screen,” said Vos.“We have experience of seeing through each of those digital waves and we have introduced our product offering for each case. Many regions in the world have still to go through those changes. The advantage of us being Europe-based is that we have seen all these waves we can benefit from that experience and export it to other continents.”
Iliad Telecom-owned French service provider Free received a boost to fixed-line ARPU last year from its partnership with pay TV provider Canal+.The operator said that, thanks to its launch of the TV by Canal Panorama service, its fixed ARPU had increased to €34.70 in the fourth quarterFree has included TV by Canal Panorama in its offering since September last year.The service provides about 100 linear channels – adding 50 to what Free already provided – and access to 8,000 on-demand titles and episodes with the inclusion of MyCanal.Free’s Freebox Révolution avec TV by Canal Panorama offering costs €39.99 a month.Free also cited TV by Canal Panorama as one of the factors behind strong take-up of its high-speed fixed broadband offering. The company added 247,000 broadband subscribers over the year, taking its total to 6.4 million.On the downside, the inclusion of TV by Canal Panorama had a dilutive effect on Free’s gross margin along with an increase in unbundling costs, which was wholly offset by improved profitability on the mobile side of the business.The TV by Canal Panorama service emerged from a change of strategy by Canal+, which had previously insisted on retaining direct control of end subscribers who took its services via IPTV, to one where operators were able to market its TV channels as part of a bundled offering. Free and Orange both signed up, while the other main fixed-line provider, Altice-owned SFR, has adopted a strategy of competing head on with Canal+ in the premium TV market.Overall, Free provides access to about 500 channels, including 180 HD channels and access to about 100 catch-up TV services.Free currently provides TV via the Freebox Révolution and Android-based Freebox mini 4K boxes. The latter was launched to replace the older Freebox Crystal device, which is still being offered by Free only as part of certain promotional offers.Iliad posted revenues of €4.722 billion for the year, up from €4.414 billion, and EBITDA of €1.676 billion, up from €1.49 billion.
500 generous donation to Derry hospital’s breast screening unitALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALbreast screening unitDebbie DunneDerryPatient’s £1strathfoyle ShareTweet A FORMER patient has raised a four figure sum for Altnagelvin Hospital’s breast screening unit.Debbie Dunne from Strathfoyle in the city presented the unit with a cheque for £1,500. Following Debbie’s treatment for breast cancer in the Breast Screening Unit she took part in the Walled City Marathon and raised £1,500 in acknowledgement of the excellent care and treatment she received. The Western Trust say: “This donation will be used for the benefit of patients and staff in the Unit. “Debbie and her daughter Jolene visited the Unit to make the presentation to Breast Screening Unit staff Julie McLaughlin, Marietta Connor, Dr Diggin, Mandy Bradley and Leona Kee.”Patient’s £1,500 generous donation to Derry hospital’s breast screening unit was last modified: August 29th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: