PANAJI: The top bureaucracy in Goa, led by the Chief Secretary, was grappling on Friday evening with the finalisation of notices to outlets serving liquor within 500 metres of highways.On December 15, the Supreme Court had banned sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways across the country. On Friday, the apex court said the ban is not limited to retail liquor outlets, and includes bars, pubs and restaurants.The State Finance Secretary, Daulat Hawaldar, told The Hindu that though the government was yet to receive a copy of the SC’s review order, which had given some State-specific relief based on pleas filed by some States, it was clear that no relief has been provided to Goa.The State government was gearing to issue notices to 3, 200 outlets, including retail outlets, shops, restaurants and even wholesale liquor shops, identified by a special committee headed by State Excise Commissioner Menino D’Souza.Earlier in the week, the government had decided to issue notices to only around 789 retailers.
BILL CALLAHANJULIA HOLTERTHUNDERCAT PERFUME GENIUS May 25, 2016Here are a few photos of some of the highlights of last Sundays performances during the FORM 2016 festival.[photos by Sue Kirsch]LNZNDRF PERFUME GENIUSThere are lots of media articles about this event that you can peruse in the Media section of our web-site.More to come.
SeaChange and TiVo have launched a joint solution targeting cable operators looking to launch advanced VOD services.The new Cardio solution comprises SeaChange’s interactive consumer electronics gateway software and servers that interface directly to TiVo’s user interface and set-top boxes including the Premiere, Premiere Q and Preview models. The solution supports platforms Cisco and Motorola.“Cardio improves upon a simple and hugely popular goal to give operators more choice in set-tops and subscriber experience while further leveraging their SeaChange video back office,” said Anthony Landamia, executive director, product management, SeaChange. “SeaChange and TiVo solved a fundamental challenge for operators who invested in VOD yet wanted to expand set-top options without disruption. Its capabilities will continue to evolve and support more devices and digital network vendors.”
Andrew GriffithSubscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix are not having “a big impact” on Sky’s growth, according to Sky CFO Andrew Griffith.Speaking to analysts after Sky released its Q1 figures, Griffith said that “the two services don’t go directly toe-to-toe” with each other. He said SVOD customers are generally either people who look to these services as a supplement to free-to-air and would not otherwise sign up for a pay TV service, or – “more commonly” – they take SVOD services “on top” of pay TV services such as Sky or Virgin Media.He said the situation of SVOD customers is little different from the situation in the past where Sky customers would also rent DVDs to supplement their viewing.Griffith said he saw little sign that OTT SVOD services in Europe were competing for first-window pay TV rights, as they did to some extent in the US. “They are trading a bit more on their original content,” he said, adding that the services lacked strength in movies in Europe and generally only carried movies on a non-exclusive basis.Griffith said that while there had always been competition for rights from “different sources”, Sky still “typically has all the first pay TV rights” in its different markets.Separately, Griffith highlighted a series of service launches and changes in Italy and Germany to drive subscription growth in those markets following first fiscal quarter results that revealed solid progress in both markets.Griffith that Sky would launch a new Sky Kids app in Italy along with a fully HD video-on-demand offering, and would revamp its user guide with a new home page.In Germany, Sky will take its Sky Sports News service free-to-air in addition to the planned launch of Sky 1 with flagship show Masterchef. Today also sees the launch of Sky’s UHD TV offering, with coverage of a football match between Dortmund and Hertha Berlin.Griffith said that Italy had produced a strong quarter, emerging as Sky’s “fastest growing market”, with 4% like-for-like revenue growth. He said that over half of Sky Italia customers had now connected their set-top boxes to the internet.Griffith also highlighted this week’s launch of enhanced mobile TV service Sky Go+ in Italy.