Portuguese pay TV operator Nos is to add to its catalogue of Ultra HD content by airing 4K UHD coverage of a tribute concert to ‘30s and ‘40s movie star Carmen Miranda featuring the Real Combo Lisbonsense today at 22:00 local time.Saudade de Você – às voltas com Carmen Miranda em Várzea de Ovelha, a concert from her home town of Várzea de Ovelha to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the star of movies including Down Argentine Way and The Gang’s All Here, will be broadcast in 4K to Nos cable and fibre customers and via the Hispasat satellite position.
Lorenz GlatzFormer Kabel Deutschland chief technology officer Lorenz Glatz has joined the board of data analytics specialist Guavus.The company said that Glatz’s appointment is part of its on-going commitment to advance progress for the cable industry, following its strategic investment injection from Liberty Global and the launch of the latest version of Guavus Service Reflex 3, its analytics engine that combines network operations, care operations and field operations.Guavus has also joined the SCTE Standards Programme, where it will collaborate and help shape the future of industry-wide standards for the deployment of network maintenance, service assurance and customer experience management solutions. The company will work with SCTE to ensure that big data analytics products and data assets are available to further initiatives such as the Energy 2020 programme, the Network Operations Subcommittee (NOS) and the Special Working Group on Readiness for DOCSIS 3.1.“I see tremendous promise in Guavus’ products. They have pioneered a new category of service operations analytics that allow enterprises to not only correlate the impact network events have on service quality, but to take action in real-time to positively affect customer experience. This holistic approach, which can be applied to virtually any industry, is exactly what businesses need to compete, grow and succeed in today’s rapidly changing market,” said Glatz.“We are fortunate to have a Board of Industry Advisors that are so effective and engaged and are now privileged to welcome Lorenz to the team,” said Anukool Lakhina, CEO and founder of Guavus.“His expertise and guidance will be instrumental as we continue to extend into new markets around the world and to pioneer new products that allow the cable industry to exceed customer expectations across multiple channels, increase profits and rapidly bring new offerings to market.”
Kenya-based Econet Media has launched a free-to-air sports channels that will offer coverage of English Premier League football as well as NBA basketball, Extreme Fighting Championship combat sports and NFL American football.The channel, Kwesé Free Sports, will be available on digital-terrestrial TV and on satellite in Kenya via free-to-air set-top boxes.The channel has exclusive free-to-air rights to air one Premier League match of the week every Saturday.Kenyan content on the channel includes Xtreme Outdoor Africa, Ball N’Africa and Sports Stars Uncovered.Econet Media is a unit of Econet Wireless, a mobile telecommunications operator founded by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa. Masiwiya revealed at the end of last year that he was planning to launch a broader pay TV service called Kwesé TV, offering a mix of sports and entertainment programming across sub-Saharan Africa, including to mobile users.He said that the company’s satellite unit, Liquid Sat, had built a platform to deliver the service via DTH.“We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone. Our goal is to bring African viewers the very best viewing experience and we are able to provide this for free in a way that is accessible for our viewers,” said Ben Amadasun, CEO Kwesé Free Sports.“Not only will we air local content, but we will also commission the production of original work by local production companies, as part of our commitment to developing the local industry”, said Monicah Ndungu general manager of the channel.
Giuliano GiorgettiEleven Sports has named Giuliano Giorgetti as managing director for Italy.Giorgetti, who begins his role immediately, will be responsible for expanding Eleven’s growth in Italy, increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the day to day operations.He previously worked for football clubs AC Milan and the Inter Milan.At AC Milan he led the club’s digital efforts with a special focus on content strategy, user experience, social media, and marketing. Giorgetti is also credited with helping to deliver a modern entertainment business for Inter Milan by managing the re-brand of the club’s TV channel. He was also responsible for digital partnerships, media rights and fan acquisition across social and owned media platforms.As well as his role at Eleven Sports Italy, Giorgetti will also act as head of digital and commercial partnerships at global investment company and Eleven Sports’ parent company, Aser. According to the company he will offer his expertise in helping Aser become a leading global media innovator in content creation and distribution.Former Eleven Sports Italy managing director Bruno Stirparo will stay as an advisor.Giorgetti will report directly to Eleven Sports Group managing director Danny Menken and Aser managing director Marco Pistoni.Menken, said: “Since we entered the Italian market following our acquisition of Sportube last year, we have made great strides with our rights acquisitions, distribution and popularity amongst the fans. Giuliano’s knowledge and experience of the Italian sports media industry makes him the perfect person to lead our team in Italy as we look to continue our progression.”Giorgetti, said: “I am extremely excited to take on two such interesting roles in a dynamic and fast moving organisation. Eleven Sports has made remarkable progress in Italy, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. I am looking forward to applying my skills that I have developed over nearly two decades in the sports and media sectors to help drive innovation and change. We are open to every opportunity in this moment where the scenario changes rapidly.”Separately, Eleven Sports has added live and exclusive coverage of Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Allsvenskan football to its line-up of content for UK and Ireland viewers.Coverage of the Eredivisie will start with the upcoming 2018-19 season, while the Chinese Super League will begin on Eleven from the 2019 season, and coverage of the Allsvenskan will start with the currently ongoing 2018 season.