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Yankees’ Luis Severino Needs Surgery and Will Miss Season

By James Wagner

The 26-year-old pitcher will have Tommy John surgery, likely keeping him out until the beginning of next season.

After Long Wait, The Markup Is Ready to β€˜Show Our Work’

By Marc Tracy

The editor in chief was fired — and rehired — before this week’s formal rollout of a tech-investigations site backed by millions from the founder of Craigslist.

Girl, 10, Is Killed by School Bus in Brooklyn

By Corey Kilgannon

There have been more than 20 pedestrians killed on New York City streets this year, including four since Sunday.

Trump Sees Commitment to Religious Freedom in India as Riots Break Out

By Peter Baker, Michael Crowley and Jeffrey Gettleman

The president stressed the strength of his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in meetings long on symbolism and short on concrete agreements.

Why We Need to Reform New York’s Criminal Justice Reforms

By Darcel D. Clark, Eric Gonzalez, Melinda Katz, Michael E. McMahon, Anthony A. Scarpino Jr., Madeline Singas and Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

We want to reduce incarceration and protect the public.

F.B.I. Raids Headquarters of Company Run by Fashion Executive Peter Nygard

By Kim Barker and Catherine Porter

A task force of the F.B.I. and the New York Police Department raided the corporate headquarters as part of a sex-trafficking investigation.

Chris Matthews Apologizes to Bernie Sanders for Remarks on Nevada Win

By Michael M. Grynbaum

An on-air comparison to Nazis angered Sanders aides, who privately complained to executives at MSNBC.

Les Echos-Le Parisien buys into Medici.TV

By Julian Clover

Les Echos-Le Parisien has bought a 50% stake in the online classical music video platform Medici.tv.

Last July, the media group purchased the Mezzo television channel it partnership with Canal Plus. The two operations will now be run under a single management team led by Hervé Boissière.

The remaining capital in Medici.tv platform remains with founders Hervé Boissière, the former director of the record company Naïve, and businessman Pâris Mouratoglou.

Medici.tv launched in 2008 and is perceived as one of the pioneers in the field of online content, albeit with just 20,000 subscribers.

Trump Hails β€˜Special’ Ties With Modi, but Complains of Tariffs

By Peter Baker and Michael Crowley

The president stressed the strength of his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in meetings long on symbolism and short on concrete agreements.

New Jersey May Raise Cigarette Taxes to Highest Level in Nation

By Tracey Tully

The state budget proposal will include a $4.35 per pack tax, an increase designed to discourage tobacco use and generate revenue.

New Delhi Streets Turn Into Battleground Between Hindus and Muslims

By Jeffrey Gettleman, Suhasini Raj and Sameer Yasir

As President Trump toured India’s capital, at least 11 people were killed in communal clashes that have upended a working-class neighborhood.

Albania’s TiBo opts for Verimatrix

By Chris Dziadul

The largest Albanian IPTV and OTT service provider TiBo has deployed Verimatrix Multi-DRM via the Verimatrix Secure Cloud to protect premium content.

Using a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, the solution is supported by a vast range of pre-integrations with leading ecosystem partners, including Magoware.

Commenting on the development, Adnand Mahmuti, CEO at TiBO, said: “Because video content offered in Albanian language is highly sought after by pirates, it is more challenging to receive approval from studios to distribute their content in the region without a strong reputation for keeping content protected.

“Verimatrix is able to offer us the complete package – the DRM capabilities we need, delivered via a simple and secure cloud infrastructure, underscored by its proven ability to maximize revenue for video service providers in Albania and across the world”.

Verimatrix COO Asaf Ashkenazi added: “This cloud-based Verimatrix Multi-DRM deployment truly checks all of the boxes for TiBO with simplicity at the core.

“Because the security framework will adapt to studio-required changes in security regime, TiBO – and the studios issuing premium content – can rest assured they will always be a step ahead of pirates”.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Disruptions, Rising Cases, Markets,Warnings

As outbreaks grow and spread in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, U.S. officials warn Americans to brace for their own. Stocks fell.

Russian pay-TV market slows

By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s pay-TV market grew by 2.3% last year, as opposed to 3.3% in 2018.

According to preliminary data published by TMT Consulting, the main source of growth was converged packages consisting of pay-TV and broadband, with mobile also included in some cases.

The number of pay-TV subscribers at year’s end stood at 45.3 million, with penetration exceeding 79%.

As in previous years, revenues increased at a much faster rate (up 10.1%, to R103.9 billion – €1.47 billion) than the pay-TV subscriber base.

Revenue growth was down to annual increases in subscription fees and a higher share of more profitable customers as the shift from analogue cable to IPTV and digital cable continued. ARPU amounted to R193 excluding VAT, up R13 on a year earlier.

As of the end of 2019 there was no change in terms of the composition of the leading providers of pay-TV services, though MTS moved ahead of ER-Telecom from fourth to third place. Tricolor accounted for 27% of the pay-TV subscribers base, followed by Rostelecom (23%), MTS (9%), ER-Telecom (8%), Orion (7%) and others (26%). However, Rostelecom claimed the highest revenue share (36%), double that of second placed Tricolor (16%).

Tricolor’s subscriber base (12.230 million) showed practically zero growth in 2019, while Rostelecom’s grew by 2.5% to 10.4 million. Third placed MTS grew the most, up 8.3% to 3.860 million, with ER Telecom showing no growth at 3.747 million and Orion dipping by 0.4% to 3.131 million. Significantly, in the lucrative Moscow market, Rostelecom claimed 55% of all pay-TV subscribers.

In 2019 cable accounted for 41% of subscribers, with satellite TV claiming 38% and IPTV 21%. Cable also led in revenue terms (41%), followed by IPTV (34%) and satellite TV (34%). The IPTV subscriber total grew by 10% in 2019, while satellite TV saw an increase of 1.1% and cable a reduction of 1.1%.

Looking to this year, TMT Consulting is forecasting the pay-TV subscriber base to grow by 0.4-0.6%, driven mainly by IPTV. Revenue growth will fall to 5-7%, with the total amounting to R110 billion.

Harvey Weinstein: Guilty

By Azi Paybarah

He was the first high-profile man ousted from a position of power during the #MeToo movement and then criminally prosecuted.

Alexandre Nitu joins Anevia

By Chris Dziadul

The OTT and IPTV software solutions company Anevia has appointed Alexandre Nitu as VP operations.

In this role he will be responsible for eading and growing Anevia’s operations teams, guiding them with his technical vision to identify areas for improvement to maximise quality of deployments and ensure customer satisfaction. He will also be a key member of Anevia’s executive committee.

Nitu has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Anevia he was VP customer operations for eServGlobal, a software company serving mobile operators, where he led teams of software and systems engineers in charge of designing, deploying, and providing operational support for the company’s electronic recharging, voucher management, and mobile money solutions.

Commenting on the appointment, Anevia CEO Laurent Lafarge said: “We are excited to welcome Alexandre to Anevia.
“His proven track record of leading operations teams towards continuous improvement and innovation will be a great asset to Anevia.”

Nitu added: “I am delighted to join Anevia, a company whose values of ambition, innovation and transparency are dear to me.

“I look forward to working with the already excellent operations teams and helping them sustain their success when facing the challenges of the future.”

Coronavirus Live Updates: Disruptions, Rising Cases, Markets,Warnings

As outbreaks grow and spread in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, U.S. officials warn Americans to brace for their own. Stocks fell.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Disruptions, Rising Cases, Markets,Warnings

As outbreaks grow and spread in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, U.S. officials warn Americans to brace for their own. Stocks fell.

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