– Advertisement – “He likes to flick his toe out and attack the fences and not sit in behind horses where he can’t do that.”Pauling has announced the retirement of 2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle third Bright Forecast, who missed all of last season and has since suffered a second heart issue.He added: “His heart has gone out of rhythm twice, and we now feel it is going to be hard to keep it right.“He has gone back to his owners, we have to keep the horse’s interest at heart, and there is no point carrying on.“It is a desperate shame, there are no two ways about it, because in the short spell he had with us he was very exciting.” Pauling hopes Global Citizen can leave that effort behind in either the Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase on November 27 or the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase, better known as the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy, 24 hours later.He said: “Global Citizen came out of the Exeter race fine, and the likelihood is that he will go to Newbury now at the end of the month.“He will either go for the two-mile-three handicap chase on the Friday or what is the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy.- Advertisement – “He should have dropped to a nice mark for a handicap like either of those.”With a decision to drop Global Citizen in behind the pace at Exeter failing to work, Pauling plans to switch him back to the front-running tactics which have served him well in the past.He added: “It was disappointing at Exeter, but we thought we would try different tactics and just drop him in. Some horses don’t enjoy being ridden like that, and he is one.- Advertisement – Ben Pauling is weighing up two handicap options at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury for multiple Grade Two winner Global Citizen.The eight-year-old failed to complete a race for the first time in his career when pulling up on his seasonal return in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter last week.- Advertisement –
OTT video specialist Ooyala has teamed up with broadcast and media infrastructure provider Qvest Media, allowing the latter to resell Ooyala’s products in the EMEA region.Customers can now purchase Ooyala’s entire range of products from Qvest Media, including the new Ooyala IQ data and analysis platform, which the company says can be linked with the customer’s business intelligence platform to enable optimised programme decisions.“We see great benefits for both partners. With its technology and services, Ooyala covers the entire value chain from video production, video management, playout, recommendation, SVoD, TVoD and AVoD to programmatic video advertising. Qvest Media knows the specific procedures and processes of broadcasters like the back of its hand, allowing it to integrate our solutions into their workflows and infrastructures in an ideal way,” explains Holger Schöpper, Regional Director CEU at Ooyala. “Together, this makes it possible to create a strong and promising partnership.”Peter Nöthen, CEO of Qvest Media, said: “Ooyala offers enormous potential for broadcasters and digital publishers to monetise their own programmes with additional OTT offerings financed through advertising. We are delighted to add another innovative company for broadcast IT solutions to our Global Partner Network in the shape of Ooyala and, thanks to the partnership, to be able to offer new digital TV services.”
Sky has acquired 100% control Swiss OTT TV provider Homedia for an undisclosed sum, strengthening its position in the Swiss market.Homedia, which operates under the Hollystar brand offers a catalogue of over 10,000 movies and series, including The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Westworld for a monthly fee of CHF9.90. the service also offers transactional video-on-demand.Neuchâtel-based Hollystar also provides its service via TV platforms from telcos Sunrise, Quickline and VTX and online TV provider Teleboy as well as via retail partner Ex Libris.The service is also available via the Sony and LG smart TV portals.Hoolger Enßlin, managing director, legal, regulatory and distribution at Sky Deutschland, said that the acquisition would expand Sky’s presence in the Swiss market.Eric Grignon, CEO of Hollystar, said that being part of Sky Deutschland was good nws for Swiss sports, film and series fans. He said that the company would benefit from access to Sky’s rights portfolio, as well as its expertise and record of innovation.The acquisition is Sky’s latest push into OTT TV distribution internationally, following the launch of low-cost OTT services in Germany and Italy on the model of Now TV in the UK, and its recent involvement with Cisco in the creation of OnPrime TV, a service aimed at migrant and expatriate groups that is available in the UK, Germany and Italy.
The Grand Tour season2Netflix is still outpacing Amazon Prime Video globally in numbers of active users, but Amazon has emerged as a serious challenger to its rival in the Asia Pacific region since the global launch of its service earlier, according to figures compiled by GlobalWebIndex.According to the research outfit, 20% of internet users now use Amazon Prime Video each month, compared with 37% who say the same about Netflix.However, in the Asia Pacific region, the pair are neck and neck, with Amazon Prime Video used by 27% of internet users each month compared with 28% who use Netflix.In other regions, Netflix holds a firmer lead, but to a varying degree. Netflix has the biggest lead in Latin America, where it is used by 68% of internet users to Amazon’s 8%, and North America, where it is used by 61% to Amazon’s 26. In Europe, where Amazon Prime Video has been available in key markets for longer than in other regions, Netflix leads by 25% to 11%, while in the Middle East and Africa, Netflix is used by 22% of internet users and Amazon Prime Video is used by 12%.According to GlobalWebIndex, Netflix’s top five countries by market share are Mexico, where it commands the attention of 72% of internet users, Brazil, Argentina, the US and Canada.Amazon’s top five are India, where it used by 45% of internet users, the US, where it is used by 28%, Germany, Vietnam and the UK.Amazon announced the global launch of its Prime Video service at the end of last year, and in June extended an introductory price offer that makes the service available for US$2.99 in areas where the Amazon Prime delivery service is not available.GlobalWebIndex’s figures were based on asking which of the services 34,078 internet users aged 16-64 outside China were using to watch or download TV shows.
Swedish cable operator Com Hem is launching a new cloud service, enabling its broadband customers to store files online for a fixed price of SEK59 (€6.15) a month.Com Hem Cloud enables the cable operator’s customers to upload, sync and share images and files via phone or tablet. It said the service could also be used as a back-up for documents on PCs.The new service is available to Com Hem’s residential broadband customer base without any additional contract commitment and can be purchased online or via the operator’s customers services reps.Joel Westin, product director at Com Hem, said that the cloud offering was unique in offering unlimited storage space for an unlimited number of devices at an attractive price.The launch of the cloud offering is Com Hem’s latest move into value-added services. The operator last month teamed up with smart energy technology provider TMPL to jointly offer digital services that include smart homes, energy monitoring, service provision and social interaction to Com Hem’s customers.