September 23, 1997East Tunnel crew setting wall forms next to the S.O.D. Unit.
BT is due to split its retail unit into two divisions, named BT Consumer and BT Business, effective from September. The UK telco and pay TV operator said the split “will enable the company to better serve its customers and focus even more on delivering its strategic priorities” – including driving “broadband-based consumer services” and focusing on small and medium-sized business customers.The CEO of BT Consumer will be John Petter, currently managing director of the Consumer unit within BT Retail. The CEO of BT Business will be Graham Sutherland, currently managing director of the Business unit within BT Retail. Both will continue to report to Gavin Patterson, who is due to take over from Ian Livingston as BT Group Chief Executive in September.“BT Retail has delivered well for many years now contributing strong profits to the group. It is time however for the business to be split in two given the intensely competitive nature of the consumer market and our strong ambitions in the business space,” said BT Retail CEO Gavin Patterson. read more
Elemental will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, stand L20. Video technology provider, Elemental, is working with the Orange TV Group in Indonesia to expand the availability of its Genflix OTT service on a number of smart devices. Under the agreement, the video service will use Elemental Live and Elemental Server to provide a “smooth and uninterrupted viewing experience” for watching Genflix’s six linear channels and premium video-on-demand offerings.Genflix can be accessed using mobile apps for Google Android and Apple iOS-based phones, with Elemental claiming that content can now be repurposed more efficiently for both linear and video-on-demand streams for all viewing platforms.Multiscreen, revenue assurance and media protection firm Irdeto will also help to manage delivery of content. Irdeto Multiscreen will control tge Elemental Server and all VoD processing.“OTT does not have a single standardised delivery technology, digital rights management, or standardised consumption devices compared with direct-to-home broadcast services. Genflix needs flexibility to serve this complex market,” said Bobby Sidharta, chief technology officer of Orange TV.“Elemental has the right technology to meet these needs while taking our future growth plans into account. It has also proven easy to integrate and easy to operate.”Pay TV operator Orange TV Group launched in Indonesia in February 2012 and is operated PT Mega Media. The firm rolled out Genflix in September 2013.Portland Oregan-based Elemental Technologies a supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. The company has offices in the US, UK, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China, Russia, India and Brazil and claims to powering video experiences for more than 600 media franchises around the world. read more
Derek ChangDerek Chang has been upped at Scripps Networks Interactive and will take the newly created role of head of international lifestyle channels.He will oversee the company’s international operations with EMEM and Lat-Am chiefs Phillip Luff and Eduardo Hauser reporting to him.Chang is currently the managing director of SNI’s business in Asia Pac, and for his new role will relocate to London in July. He maintains control of the Asian business.As head of international lifestyle, he will report to Jim Samples, president, International, who said. “Since joining Scripps Networks nearly three years ago, Derek has demonstrated a steady track record of building value for the company.“We are confident that he is well suited to unlock untapped potential in the international marketplace,” said Samples.“Derek’s appointment to head up the regional teams headquartered in London, Singapore, and Miami reflects our commitment to building out our lifestyle channel portfolio across the globe,” said Samples.SNI’s channel brands include HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country.Prior to Scripps Chang was at DirecTV as president of content strategy and development, overseeing all acquisitions and programming operations at the US pay TV operation. read more