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Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes

By PETER ORSI

Mexico on Wednesday commemorated victims of two deadly Sept. 19 earthquakes, one in 1985 that left at least 9,500 dead and another just last year that killed more than 360.

Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes

By PETER ORSI

Mexico on Wednesday commemorated victims of two deadly Sept. 19 earthquakes, one in 1985 that left at least 9,500 dead and another just last year that killed more than 360.

FRK gains TV carriage rights from content4tv

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German TV carriage rights supplier content4tv and German cable operator association FRK have agreed on a long-term cooperation.

The framework contract signed at the FRK Broadband Congress in Leipzig on September 18, 2018 secures the independent provision of FRK members with linear and non-linear TV distribution rights.

The agreement covers both cable and IPTV rights, enabling hybrid offers, transition models and new products such as IPTV which strengthen FRK members in competition.

According to FRK chairman Heinz-Peter Labonte, the move provides FRK members with the opportunity to offer tailor-made products at competitive prices including modern national and international TV and streaming services within a legal framework.

Martina Rutenbeck, managing partner of content4tv, said: “The small and medium-sized cable operators represented by FRK can benefit most from the advantages of their high-performance broadband networks by offering modern, attractive services complementing classic television with new usage forms from video-on-demand to multiscreen TV. We supply the necessary rights from a single source and thus ensure that even small and medium-sized cable operators can provide a compelling offer securing their TV business in the long term.”

FRK gains TV carriage rights from content4tv

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German TV carriage rights supplier content4tv and German cable operator association FRK have agreed on a long-term cooperation.

The framework contract signed at the FRK Broadband Congress in Leipzig on September 18, 2018 secures the independent provision of FRK members with linear and non-linear TV distribution rights.

The agreement covers both cable and IPTV rights, enabling hybrid offers, transition models and new products such as IPTV which strengthen FRK members in competition.

According to FRK chairman Heinz-Peter Labonte, the move provides FRK members with the opportunity to offer tailor-made products at competitive prices including modern national and international TV and streaming services within a legal framework.

Martina Rutenbeck, managing partner of content4tv, said: “The small and medium-sized cable operators represented by FRK can benefit most from the advantages of their high-performance broadband networks by offering modern, attractive services complementing classic television with new usage forms from video-on-demand to multiscreen TV. We supply the necessary rights from a single source and thus ensure that even small and medium-sized cable operators can provide a compelling offer securing their TV business in the long term.”

Germany to build LNG plant in β€˜gesture’ to US drive to sell more

By Georgi Gotev

Germany will choose where to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by the end of 2018 as a gesture to the United States, which wants to ship more gas to Europe, the Bundesrepublik's economy minister said on Tuesday (18 September).

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FRK demands strong conditions for Unitymedia Vodafone merger

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German cable operator association FRK calls for tough conditions from the competition and regulatory authorities to be imposed on Vodafone in the antitrust review of the planned acquisition of Unitymedia.

“The merger should only be approved if the new telecommunications giant grants its customers in the housing industry a special right of termination for all existing contracts. In addition, the company must be regulated in the broadband market and committed to open access because of its size,” FRK chairman Heinz-Peter Labonte said at the FRK Broadband Congress in Leipzig.

Due to the considerably growing market power regarding financing, digitisation and bundled offers as well as a market share of more than 80% in the cable market, FRK expects that it will become increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized network operators to cope with competition.

“It will become nearly impossible for our members to move into other coverage areas. On the other hand, it will be much easier for the larger Vodafone to attack them in their local markets with all its might. We have therefore submitted applications for hearings at the EU Commission and at the Federal German Cartel Office as part of the preliminary proceedings currently underway in order to present our positions,” explained Labonte.

FRK is not only concerned with the cable TV market. In view of almost 30 million addressable households, the significantly larger Vodafone plays a key role in Germany’s expansion into a gigabit society and the next mobile communications standard 5G. “In view of this market power, open access should become mandatory for Vodafone and the company should be subject to regulation,” stressed Labonte. “For medium-sized and municipal companies increasingly serving their customers via fibre-optic lines, open access has long been a matter of course.”

FRK demands strong conditions for Unitymedia Vodafone merger

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German cable operator association FRK calls for tough conditions from the competition and regulatory authorities to be imposed on Vodafone in the antitrust review of the planned acquisition of Unitymedia.

“The merger should only be approved if the new telecommunications giant grants its customers in the housing industry a special right of termination for all existing contracts. In addition, the company must be regulated in the broadband market and committed to open access because of its size,” FRK chairman Heinz-Peter Labonte said at the FRK Broadband Congress in Leipzig.

Due to the considerably growing market power regarding financing, digitisation and bundled offers as well as a market share of more than 80% in the cable market, FRK expects that it will become increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized network operators to cope with competition.

“It will become nearly impossible for our members to move into other coverage areas. On the other hand, it will be much easier for the larger Vodafone to attack them in their local markets with all its might. We have therefore submitted applications for hearings at the EU Commission and at the Federal German Cartel Office as part of the preliminary proceedings currently underway in order to present our positions,” explained Labonte.

FRK is not only concerned with the cable TV market. In view of almost 30 million addressable households, the significantly larger Vodafone plays a key role in Germany’s expansion into a gigabit society and the next mobile communications standard 5G. “In view of this market power, open access should become mandatory for Vodafone and the company should be subject to regulation,” stressed Labonte. “For medium-sized and municipal companies increasingly serving their customers via fibre-optic lines, open access has long been a matter of course.”

Czech, Slovak premiers bristle at beefing up of Frontex

By Georgi Gotev

The European Union should steer funds to individual member countries to help them guard their own borders against illegal migration, rather than emphasise funding for Frontex, the common EU border force, the Czech and Slovak premiers said on Monday (17 September).

Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake

By MARK STEVENSON and PETER ORSI

Throughout Mexico City, uninhabited buildings with gaping cracks lean at precarious angles and some displaced people are still living outdoors a year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.

Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake

By MARK STEVENSON and PETER ORSI

Throughout Mexico City, uninhabited buildings with gaping cracks lean at precarious angles and some displaced people are still living outdoors a year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.

The Decline and Fall of New York City Ballet

By TONI BENTLEY

Once among the city's greatest cultural institutions, George Balanchine’s creation lost its way under his successor, Peter Martins.

These Gay Figure Artists Are Reimagining the Male Gaze

By ANTWAUN SARGENT

Working largely outside the gallery system, a group of illustrators is reviving the discipline and redefining how queer bodies are represented in art.

Piano Lessons in the Panopticon

By ELIAS MUHANNA

I never made as much progress learning jazz as I did online. Was it the technology?

City Ballet Fires Two Male Dancers Named in Photo Sharing Scandal

By MICHAEL COOPER and ROBIN POGREBIN

Amar Ramasar, one of the company’s stars, and Zachary Catazaro were implicated in a lawsuit that has roiled the company.

Ted Cruz says his Texas Senate race is competitive because 'the far left has lost their minds'

By Peter Doocy

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was approached at his high-rise campaign headquarters Friday morning by a young volunteer who wanted the incumbent senator to star in his latest Snapchat.

Ted Cruz says his Texas Senate race is competitive because 'the far left has lost their minds'

By Peter Doocy

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was approached at his high-rise campaign headquarters Friday morning by a young volunteer who wanted the incumbent senator to star in his latest Snapchat.

For the First Time, the Met Will Perform Opera on Sundays

By MICHAEL COOPER

Seeking more ticket buyers, the company will add Sunday matinees and take a midwinter break in February.

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