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Man’s Dismembered Body Is Found in Luxury Manhattan Condo

By Ed Shanahan, William K. Rashbaum and Daniel E. Slotnik

An electric saw was found near the man’s torso, law enforcement officials said. Units in the Lower East Side building have sold for more than $2 million.

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EBU voices Slovenia concerns

By Chris Dziadul

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) have expressed concerns about the proposed changes to the funding of public service media in Slovenia and the extremely short period of five days envisaged for public discussions.

In a statement, they say that the proposed law on amendments to the Slovenia Radio and Television Act drastically reduces finances for Slovenian public service and marginalises its role in the future. Changes are also being proposed to the Mass Media Act and the Slovenia Press Agency Act.

They add that the public broadcaster RTVSLO has already been facing financial challenges with the current licence fee, which has not been changed since 2012, while the content and platform demands have been constantly increasing. The suggested changes to the funding of RTVSLO will result in a significant decrease of RTVSLO’s budget of around €13 million. This will jeopardise and greatly challenge the fulfilment of public service media’s remit which, as defined by the Law, has to serve all segments of society to inform, educate and entertain.

EBU DG Noel Curran said: “We are profoundly concerned about the future of public service broadcasting in Slovenia. We have written to the Slovenian authorities today to raise our concerns and ask them to provide more time for proper public discussion of the changes to funding to ensure all views can be heard.

“RTVSLO is an important democratic institution which significantly contributes to democracy. It should be guaranteed adequate, stable and predictable funding to help it fulfil its important remit to society”.

EFJ director Renate Schroeder added: “The independence of RTVSLO is at great risk if this draft law is implemented without amendments. The Slovenian public deserves better. Public service media is there to broadcast for the public, be financed and controlled by the public. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown once more what a critical role it has and how trust improves when working within an independent professional framework”.

Oliver Vujovic, secretary general of SEEMO, said: “In these hard times we need more than ever a well-funded, independent and strong public broadcasting service in Slovenia. We need an open public discussion according to international standards, and all-important stakeholders who may be affected with the change should have their say in the process”.

EBU, EFJ and SEEMO conclude the statement by urging the Slovenian government to prolong the time for a public debate and ensure appropriate funding of RTVSLO which will allow the broadcaster to serve its mission in society and remain independent of political influence.

Bulgarian media law changes ahead

By Chris Dziadul

Bulgaria may be about to enact important changes to is Law on Radio and Television.

Capital reports that Vezhdi Rashinov, chairman of the parliamentary committee on culture and media, has submitted a bill to the National Assembly amending the legislation. It contains several key amendments related to the management of the public TV broadcaster BNT and its radio counterpart, as well as the powers of the regulatory body CEM.

The bill proposed that the DGs of the public broadcasters have their terms increased from three to five years. They would also not be allowed to serve no more than two consecutive full terms.

Capital points out that by referring to full it will no longer possible to terminate the DGs’ mandates early.

It also argues that the bill will further compromise the independence of CEM, which is already seen as been influenced by a parliamentary majority.

Telly deploys H.265 codec

By Chris Dziadul

The Czech operator Telly has begun to use the H.265 codec for its internet TV service.

As a result, users of the service will be able to access it with an internet connection of 3.9 Mbps rather than the current 7 Mbps.

The new codec also supports 4K, which Telly plans to introduce at a later date.

The internet TV service Telly TV currently offers viewers 132 channels, 79 of which are in HD. The new codec works with Arris VIP4205 set-top boxes and will be gradually included in other applications.

Sports fans who watch the channels Digi Sport 1-3 HD and Premier Sport HD via the Arris VIP4205 set-top box will also be able to use a special HD profile with a data rata of 7 Mbps to enhance their viewing experience.

The classic HD with a data rate of 3.9 Mbps will also be available to them.

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Samsung Smart TV milestone in Poland

By Chris Dziadul

Over two million homes in Poland now actively use Samsung Smart TV.

According to Samsung, over 80% of new Samsung Smart TVs in Poland are connected to the internet. Furthermore, in the first quarter the platform had 25% more active users than in the corresponding period in 2019. In the first half of this year, Poles bought 250,000 Samsung sets, 95% of which were smart TVs.

Commenting on the development, Grzegorz Stanisz, head of RTV at Samsung Electronics Polska, said: “For most of us, the last few months have been spent mainly at home. Looking for entertainment and attractive movies, games or concerts, we were more eager to discover new possibilities of our smart TV sets, which reflects the increase in the number of active users. In Samsung Smart TV we find the most popular VOD applications, both Polish and foreign, which, along with an attractive offer, are always at hand. We don’t have to wait until the evening to watch the next episode of our favourite series, found in the schedule. We’ll see it when we want to. These are smart devices that ensure comfort that we quickly get used to”.

He added: “What further confirms the important role of this largest home screen is that we are now more often discussing movies and series that premiere on VOD services than those we watch in the cinema or television.

“Waiting for the last episode of the final season can transform into a widely commented cultural phenomenon. It shows how the role of the television and the way the content has been changed over the years”.

Broadband TV News notes that Samsung earlier announced that it sold nearly 106,000 TV sets with AI in Poland in the first five months of this year.

McCann launches Romanian TV station

By Chris Dziadul

McCann WorldGroup Romania has transformed its social media pages into a TV station.

Business Review reports that McCann TV is an unconventional service and offers news and interviews with local and international personalities. These are in the form of four programmes, namely One Minute Truth, Strategic Hack, What Now and One Hour Truth.

Broadband TV News notes that the station describes itself as “a content platform that has as an objective sharing information and starting conversations in the advertising industry. We’ll showcase different opinions, different perspectives on how CEOs, artists, film directors, DOPs, influencers, advertisers, strategists, entrepreneurs and many more are coping with this situation”.

McCann TV can be watched on https://mccanntv.com/ and on McCann’s Facebook page.

McCann launches Romanian TV station

By Chris Dziadul

McCann WorldGroup Romania has transformed its social media pages into a TV station.

Business Review reports that McCann TV is an unconventional service and offers news and interviews with local and international personalities. These are in the form of four programmes, namely One Minute Truth, Strategic Hack, What Now and One Hour Truth.

Broadband TV News notes that the station describes itself as “a content platform that has as an objective sharing information and starting conversations in the advertising industry. We’ll showcase different opinions, different perspectives on how CEOs, artists, film directors, DOPs, influencers, advertisers, strategists, entrepreneurs and many more are coping with this situation”.

McCann TV can be watched on https://mccanntv.com/ and on McCann’s Facebook page.

SPI expands in Bulgaria

By Chris Dziadul

SPI/FilmBox and Bulgarian telecom operator Net1 have struck a channel distribution deal.

Under it, Net1 will be able to offer its subscribers a total of 10 channels from SPI’s portfolio, including FilmBox, FilmBox Extra, FilmBox Plus and FilmBox Arthouse.

Commenting on the development, Murat Muratoglu, head of distribution at SPI International, said: “We are very excited to announce the start of our partnership with Net1.

“Our 10 versatile channels will provide Net1 subscribers with a vast amount of content to choose from depending on their interests”.

Peter Rizov, Net1 executive, added: “Our partnership with SPI added quality content tailored to the needs of different users.

“These 10 first-class channels complemented the diversity of our TV list. The launch came at the very appropriate time, when our customers, spending more time at home, because of the pandemic, received a choice of more than 200 channels with a variety of topics. To enable all our existing and new subscribers to enjoy this experience, they received from us the entire package of 10 channels as a gift for a promotional period of time. I hope that our cooperation with SPI will continue in the direction of content enrichment, so that we can satisfy all tastes”.

SPI expands in Bulgaria

By Chris Dziadul

SPI/FilmBox and Bulgarian telecom operator Net1 have struck a channel distribution deal.

Under it, Net1 will be able to offer its subscribers a total of 10 channels from SPI’s portfolio, including FilmBox, FilmBox Extra, FilmBox Plus and FilmBox Arthouse.

Commenting on the development, Murat Muratoglu, head of distribution at SPI International, said: “We are very excited to announce the start of our partnership with Net1.

“Our 10 versatile channels will provide Net1 subscribers with a vast amount of content to choose from depending on their interests”.

Peter Rizov, Net1 executive, added: “Our partnership with SPI added quality content tailored to the needs of different users.

“These 10 first-class channels complemented the diversity of our TV list. The launch came at the very appropriate time, when our customers, spending more time at home, because of the pandemic, received a choice of more than 200 channels with a variety of topics. To enable all our existing and new subscribers to enjoy this experience, they received from us the entire package of 10 channels as a gift for a promotional period of time. I hope that our cooperation with SPI will continue in the direction of content enrichment, so that we can satisfy all tastes”.

Croatia sets new DVB-2 timetable

By Chris Dziadul

The Croatian national transmission company OiV has announced a new date for the restart of the transition to the DVB-T2 standard.

The procedure, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will recommence on October 27 and conclude on November 12.

It will be undertaken on a region-by-region basis, starting in Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Smria and Brod-Posavina counties and ending in Dubrovnik-Neretva county.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, the Croatian regulator HAKOM put back the transition to DVB-T2 for at least six months in late March.

Vodafone teams up with Kyivstar

By Chris Dziadul

Vodafone Ukraine and Kyivstar have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) on network sharing.

It covers both passive and active infrastructure on their mobile networks and should result in the acceleration of LTE technology coverage of Ukraine.

Commenting on the development, Olga Ustinova, CEO of Vodafone Ukraine, said: “Constructive cooperation of operators testifies to a civilised approach to network development. Turning to a tool such as network sharing, we draw on the leading experience of our European counterparts in building high-speed internet networks, for example, as Vodafone and Telecom Italia Group do in building 4G and 5G in Italy. Objective and seemingly insurmountable circumstances such as quarantine and lack of roaming revenue could make adjustments to the coverage. But we understand the importance of building infrastructure as quickly as possible to ensure equal access to digital services. Sharing networks will make our investments more efficient. Namely, not only to comply with the commitment to cover, but also to bring high-speed internet to small villages with a population of less than 2,000 inhabitants”.

Oleksandr Komarov, president of Kyivstar, added: “Our company has once again taken an initiative aimed at improving the competitive environment for the entire telecom market. Partnership and cooperation in the use of mobile networks will allow mobile operators to accelerate the elimination of the digital divide between cities and villages, and to implement their investment plans, despite the decline in market revenues. We offered all mobile operators in Ukraine to join the memorandum and are glad that Vodafone Ukraine supported this idea. The memorandum is open to all players who want to develop new mobile technologies on mutually beneficial terms”.

The operators plan to start the practical implementation of the memorandum in November-December 2020 after approval of the project by government agencies.

Polsat aids coronavirus fight

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Zygmunt Solorz and Polsat Group have to date contributed over PLN30 million (€6.7 million) in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been in the form of both financial and material support for hospitals and health care professionals, as well as, for example, children from orphanages.

Commenting on the action, Solorz zaid: “We are a Polish company and it is natural that we decided to act. The Polsat Group and the Polsat Foundation have been involved in aid activities for almost 30 years, during which we have already donated several hundred million zlotys to support society. During the pandemic, when commitment has been particularly needed, we have allocated over PLN30 million to activities in various areas. We worked side by side with millions of people who devoted their time and resources to support health care. In this way we fulfill our social mission. I would also like to appeal to everyone to remember that also after a pandemic many people, children and hospitals will require support”.

Maryland man may be first person successfully vaccinated against COVID-19

By Isabelle Friedberg

A Maryland man believes he may be one of the first people to be successfully vaccinated against the coronavirus after participating in a trial that has reported promising early results in producing antibodies, according to reports.

I Have Cancer. Now My Facebook Feed Is Full of β€˜Alternative Care’ Ads.

By Anne Borden King

Being targeted by those who traffic in false promises feels like a “slap in the face” to patients like me.

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