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New York as a Biking City? It Could Happen. And It Should.

By Michael Kimmelman

A new report proposes 425 miles of interconnected bike lanes across the five boroughs. Another sees new car-free bridges into Manhattan from Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey.

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β€˜Jurassic Park’: Where the Wild Things Are

By A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis

Our critics and readers make a return trip to the movie that kicked off a franchise. Does the blockbuster hold up in a summer without one?

Globecast launches new HD/UHD Hotbird platform

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Globecast is expanding its partnership with Eutelsat to create a new platform on the Hotbird satellite system (13 degrees East) to satisfy the growing move from SD to HD.

“We’ve seen increasing demand for capacity across Europe from west to east as the migration to HD on Hotbird continues to grow,” said Samuel Lemercier, strategic projects director at Globecast. “TRT Arabi and Belarus 24 partnering with us for HD distribution earlier this year are prime examples. In order to meet this increasing demand, we have launched this new platform with Eutelsat, significantly increasing our DVBS-2 capacity – suitable for HD and Ultra HD (UHD) for free-to-air DTH or distribution to affiliates – across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”

In addition to expanded Hotbird capacity, the platform also includes ground segment services with connectivity to Globecast’s fibre network, Globecast Backbone Network, as well as to its media management capabilities.

German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) is the first customer, launching its flagship English-language HD TV channel via this new Globecast service. This includes end-to-end channel contribution from DW’s facilities in Berlin to Globecast in Paris and uplinking from there. Globecast has worked with DW for many years, distributing their channels in both Asia and the Middle East.

Hubert Czaja, head of distribution systems at Deutsche Welle, said: “We have worked with Globecast for quite some time and trust both their business and technical expertise and the quality of service they provide. We moved to HD across Asia several years ago and the time is now right to make the move in Europe to increase image quality for our viewers. We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with both Eutelsat and Globecast.”

Samuel Bauer joins Freenet TV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Samuel Bauer has become the new director product & customer experience at Freenet TV, the German DTT and DTH platform operated by Media Broadcast, on January 1, 2019.

In his new position, Bauer will be responsible for the further development of the product and for customer service.

Bauer joins Freenet TV from management consultancy Seven Principles, for which he has advised Media Broadcast on various projects as team manager and senior consultant. Previously, he gained extensive experience in consulting projects for several DAX corporations.

Bauer succeeds Björn Sorge, who joins ProSiebenSat.1 Digital as vice president experience design.