Top batsman AndrÈ McCarthy says poor batting led to Jamaica’s below-par showing during the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament.Jamaica had three wins and as many defeats in Group A before bowing out after finishing third of four teams.”It’s the losing of quick wickets,” said the Scorpions top batsman, a member of the squad, which returned home on Wednesday.”When we batted, we tended to lose two or three quick wickets, which set us back.”It’s something that we need to look into, and work on, as our batting is what has been letting us down over the years.”The Junior Bennett-conditioned Scorpions amassed 14 points, four less than second-place Barbados Pride, who recorded four wins and two defeats.Hosts and title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended tops with 22 points following four wins, a loss, and a no-result.The other contenders, ICC Americas, claimed two points.”The guys are not happy about the situation (early exit),” said McCarthy, who topped the preliminary batting chart with 251 runs at an average of 41.83.”After playing and getting knocked out in the first round, the players are disappointed, and taking it hard.”But everybody has to just learn from their mistakes and try and improve,” McCarthy added.The early exit of Jamaica, a far cry from their title-winning exploits four seasons ago under Chris Gayle, occurred with the team passing 200 just twice in six innings.These were against minnows ICC Americas, where they posted 260 for eight before returning to limit their opponents to 76, and 257 for nine in response to 253 for eight.bowled out for 137They were bowled out for 137 in their opening match in chase of 221 against Trinidad, while in their third game, they limped to 139 for eight in pursuit of 138 made by Barbados.Their fourth game, a return-fixture with Trinidad, then saw them being restricted to 176 before the hosts responded with a comfortable 177 for three.Needing to win their penultimate match against Barbados to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals, the Scorpions were then held to 173 in chase of 246 for nine.”As batters, we need to think about game situations more,” continued McCarty, the leading scorer for Jamaica in the regional first-class tournament.
The Associated Press has launched a high-definition AP Entertainment news service, the first phase of AP’s HD rollout, which will see all news content available in HD by the second quarter of 2012.The launch of AP Entertainment in HD will be followed by sports news via its joint venture with Sports News Television (SNTV) on 16 January 2012.AP is introducing more than 200 HD cameras, upgraded mobile satellites and enhanced backhaul capabilities to handle HD signals. Video news bureaus have been upgraded to the latest generation of video editing, compression and transmission technologies and HD Master Control Rooms are being constructed in more than 20 locations including London, New York and Washington.
Mark ZuckerbergFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted it will take “at least 10 years” for the Virtual Reality ecosystem to be built out, but said he is confident VR will be an important technology.In an interview for Die Welt newspaper with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German media group Axel Springer, Zuckerberg likened the rollout of VR to the development of the smartphone and said “now is the time to invest”.“I honestly don’t know is how long it will take to build this ecosystem. It could be five years, it could be 10 years, it could be 15 or 20. My guess is that it will be at least 10, ” said Zuckerberg in the interview, which was also published in English by Business Insider.“It took 10 years to go from building the initial smartphone to reaching the mass market. BlackBerry came out in 2003 and it didn’t get to about a billion units until 2013. So I can’t imagine it would be much faster for VR.”Zuckerberg said he could “absolutely” imagine that VR chat would one day be the most frequent type of conversation, and said that “people will always want more immersive ways to express themselves”.The comments come after Zuckerberg said at Mobile World Congress last week that sixty degree video and ultimately virtual reality will become mainstream ways of “sharing experiences” that will drive the next wave of mobile network upgrades.Separately Facebook said last month that it is looking to launch a dedicated video offering as engagement with video content on the service continues to grow.
Amazon auto show, The Grand TourJeremy Clarkson petrol-head series The Grand Tour remains the most in-demand digitally produced original programme in Europe, exclusive data shows.Parrot Analytics stats from January 1 to August 31 of this year reveal the Amazon Prime Video series is ahead of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.The series is driving four demand expressions per 100 capita, ahead of the 3.6 that 13 Reasons Why and the 2.7 Orange is the New Black has been taking.Narcos, Black Mirror, Castlevania, Marvel’s Iron Fist and Marvel’s Luke Cage – all Netflix titles – rounded out the top ten most in-demand shows.Earlier this year, Parrot data from the UK and Germany showed The Grand Tour was tracking well ahead of Netflix originals. GfK data from the same quarter showed similar findings.Unsurprisingly considering the overall chart, drama has been by far the most in-demand genre in Europe this year to date.The genre saw a high of nearly 3,500 demand expressions in May, and has consistently ranked much higher than others across the year.Comedy is second, though action and adventure shows saw a major spike in mid-March.Meanwhile, the superhero genre topped the rankings thanks to a spike in late March that saw it hit nearly 1,200 demand expressions.However, sci-fi drama has rated more consistently higher across the entire year, with comedy tracking now far behind.Parrot’s demand expression rating is drawn from total audience demand expressed for a title within a particular market or region.This is taken from a mix of social media mentions, blogging sites, file and photo sharing sites, video streaming sites, microblogging sites like Twitter, wikis and fan and critic sites.The study collated data from 41 territories in the Europe region, and included Russia and Monaco.Case study: drama dominates in the UKParrot’s exclusive study reveals the extent drama is dominating tastes. The genre has taken a total demand expression share of 47.99% to date this year.This is well ahead of the second placed comedy genre (20.41%), and streets ahead of action and adventure in third (9.33%).Interestingly, however, Parrot predicts animation will see the biggest amount of demand expression growth in a year-on-year comparison with 2016. It is forecast to rise a staggering 421.15%, compared with just 54.97% for drama.Horror and variety formats will also see major growth of 293.75% and 281.17% respectively. Comedy will rise 94.15% YOY, while documentary will be up 82.5%.On the flipside, drama, children (46.09%) and reality (40.9%) will see the smallest rises.
Romtelecom has consistently been one of the most innovative players in the competitive Romanian pay TV market. Irina Cazacu, Romtelecom’s product development manager, has been behind the launch of services including online video portal dolcetv.ro and new personalised bundles.Age Well…I think only men should get this question. Definitely pretty young, but my “TV age” is four.Education MSc in Business Administration, Faculty of Economics; MSc in Statistic and Probabilities, Faculty of Mathematics.Previous positions Previously, I served in several positions most of them in the sales and financial areas. When I joined the team having as my mission to develop one of the most innovative TV service in central and eastern Europe, I saw this as huge opportunity for making a fresh start. I am now enjoying working in a dynamic company, facing the challenges of a high demanding and fast changing market.Last year’s highlights Probably one of the main achievements is that I succeeded in driving from start to completion the build of a solid and comprehensive development roadmap of our IPTV product. A considerable amount of work was needed to build and interpret complex market analysis, adapt the supplier roadmap to our needs, get agreement from all stakeholders and synchronise with the overall company strategy on consumer products in general and TV in particular. Another achievement was to succeed in fine tuning the existing IPTV product to market requirements by building offers which were better adapted to the needs of our customers. This will help us to maintain our healthy growth in a very challenging market.Most significant industry development The entire TV industry is changing shape very rapidly. Fast and innovative technology development is supporting new value added services, new content and new ways to deliver and discover it. Although I was expecting this, the accelerated growing interest in OTT and multiscreen is remarkable.Goals for next year I will continue to focus my efforts to ensure that we keep our leadership in developing and implementing new and innovative TV services. Therefore the implementation of the agreed IPTV roadmap is the key goal for me next year. Equally we need to keep working hard to ensure we are continuously fine tuning our commercial offers to ensure they meet the customers’ and market’s demands.Industry challenges and opportunities I think that we’re all witnessing a big change in users’ lifestyle and the way they are now consuming the content. There is now strong evidence that there is an increasing demand to enhance the TV experience with “social media” features, just to give one example. From the usability perspective the main questions would be which have to be integrated on the main TV screen, under what form and how they should be linked with the content. Not to mention that, for some of these features, it makes more sense to be available only on the second screen. Another major challenge I can see is that content discovery and recommendation need to be speedily integrated into the overall TV experience. Considering the fast-growing variety and amount of content, it will be an essential aspect for the user to quickly find the content which will better suits his preferences at any certain moment, while the operators need be able to monetise it. Also let’s not forget that the business models able to generate the revenues to back the implementation of these extra features are still to be proven, especially in “low ARPU” markets.Alternative career choice It’s hard for me to answer to this question when I am now so much into TV product development. I always enjoy developing products capable of getting to people’s hearts by bringing extra value and being easy to use. Over and above that I need challenges in my career to keep myself motivated. Leading product development in a very demanding and price sensitive market is just an aspect of what I savour. Very likely I will always work in an area that encourages innovation and the use of the most recent technology.TV character most identified with I can’t really identify myself with a TV character. I think each of us has lived some interesting experiences and we can each have our own movie to tell a story. However, I have to admit that one of my favorite movies is Inception simply because it makes you wonder and is generating so many open questions.Most admired personality I’m rather trying to look for models among people around me. And I have some good examples. There is a lesson to be learned from anybody, even if it is a lesson of “how to” or “how not to”. All we have to do is carefully watch and listen.Life outside work I try to mix and match leisure time with my mood. It’s a bit of everything from socialising (real and virtual), sport and painting – to list the main ones only.It’s a true joy to have so many options available nowadays.