October 9, 2000Workshoppersand guests talk with PaoloSoleri over lunch at the Arcosanti Cafe before the Xtet performance. At the Colly Soleri Amphitheater,Xtet from Los Angeles performs 20th Century classics and cutting edge pieces.On stage are Vicki Ray, piano; David Johnson, percussion; and Elizabeth Baker,violin. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
Online TV middleware provider Oregan Networks is supplying its Onyx web services platform for Logik, one of the TV brands of UK retail chain Dixons.The Onyx media browser software can provide customers with web and home network connectivity, including weather and news widgets, social networking and UK over-the-top video services including BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Blinkbox and other broadcast catch-up TV programming.The Onyx browser featured on Dixons’ Logik L23IPTV 23-inch LCD TV is positioned and marketed by the retailer as a home entertainment screen for bedrooms and kitchens.
Sky in Italy has launched a Roku-powered Sky Online TV Box, a streaming device that is similar to the Now TV box Sky offers in the UK. Viewers can use the box to access Sky programming, without taking out a full Sky subscription, via the company’s internet TV service Sky Online.Other apps, such as Spotify, Facebook, Vevo, Vimeo and Red Bull TV are also available on the device, with more to be added in the coming months.Previously, Sky Online was only available on PCs, tablets, game consoles, and some smart TV sets, with the service primarily targeted at a young audience and at people that want to watch content on-demand without a contract.Sky Online users can pay for: an Entertainment pack that features TV series and Sky-branded shows such as X-Factor, MasterChef and Italia’s Got Talent; a Cinema pack; and a Sport option that lets users pay for events such as Serie A and Serie B football as individual, pay-per-view events.“Pay TV in Italy still has wide growth margins and with Sky Online TV Box we think we’ll be able to reach out an even broader Italian audience and bring them a selection of Sky’s quality content,” said Andrea Zappia, CEO of Sky Italia.He said the service will address a “new and different audience” from the families that choose to subscribe to Sky.“Today streaming TV can boast over 1.5 million users in Italy, people who want to enjoy quality TV with the user experience that only Sky can offer. And such a base is expected to rapidly grow in the future and thanks to a simple, versatile and innovative device such as the TV Box, Sky Online will make its contribution to the development of this sector and we are convinced it will do so as a leader,” said Zappia.Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said in February that it would launch a “next generation” version of Sky’s Now TV box later this year and roll out a similar box in Italy.Sky first launched its £9.99 Roku-powered Now TV box in the UK back in 2013 in and rolled out a Sky Online box in Germany in December – both products of Sky’s partnership with and investment in Roku.“The collaboration with Roku is a great example of how Sky maintains its innovative edge. With many more partnerships with exciting young companies in Silicon Valley, we’re excited to see what the future may deliver for Sky and our customers,” said Sky’s business development director Emma Lloyd.The Sky Online TV Box is available from today priced at €49.99 – with one month of Cinema and Entertainment included.
Advertisement South Africa is going to endeavour to provide the nation with better broadband connectivity and free Wi-Fi in designated areas.This was revealed by President Jacob Zuma as he unveiled the African National Congress’s 2014 election manifesto in Nelspruit, South Africa over the weekend.The president highlighted that the government would invest heavily in broadband.“We will invest in a comprehensive plan to expand broadband access throughout the country and substantially reduce the cost of communication,” he said. – Advertisement – The party would further expand the current national broadband network, and once again highlighted his government’s plan to have most of the nation fully connected to the internet by 2020.“We aim to connect all schools, public health and other government facilities through broadband by 2020, and at least 90% of our communities should have substantial and superfast broadband capacity by 2020″.Concerning the free national Wi-Fi, Zuma said that emerging entrepreneurs would be roped in to make it reality. Government will support and develop free-WiFi areas in cities, towns and rural areas. The local electronics sector and emerging entrepreneurs will be stimulated as part of our efforts to support the manufacturing industry.The ruling party has also promised to focus on clean energy sources. “Both traditional and green energy will be expanded to ensure a platform for growth and social inclusion, including the use of nuclear power for energy generation in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner.“Solar and wind power will feed into the electricity grid to increase our generation capacity and promote environmental sustainability. Further hydro-electric energy will be secured domestically and regionally for the national grid.” he added.Source: www.itnewsafrica.com