… The dynamic Quetzal Guerrero / Cacabel. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] June 21, 2005 A super line-up of Jazz and Blues talent graced Arcosanti during the 6th annual JUNETEENTH Festival at the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. A few highlights of the 2-day event: Event organizer Milt Cannon and Malik Alkabir in a saxophone duo with the PJazz band … [Photo & text: sa] … A second year appearance of the talented flutist Dr. Jill Allen. [Photo & text: sa] … Reggae Dance in the Vaults. For more information on the event you can also check the PJAZZ web-site. More to come. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]
March 28, 2016We continue our report on the re-construction of the staircases that lead into the Colly Soleri amphitheater.The construction crew and workshop participants are mixing concrete to pour the first part of the new stair case.[photos by Chihiro Saito, text by Sue Kirsch]Here we can see the base for the steel reinforcement bars poured and construction manager Ron Chandler is doing a last check on the form for the retaining wall on the side of the new stairs.A bucket brigade is bringing small amounts of concrete and it is carefully guided into to form.The concrete mix in the form has been vibrated to settle and smoothened on the surface. The form is covered.More to come.
Karolina StallwoodSwedish pay and free TV broadcaster TV4 has named Channel 4 executive Karolina Stallwood as channel head for its TV4 Film, TV4 Gold and TV4 Comedy services. Stallwood is channel head of UK broadcaster Channel 4’s E4 and More4 channels, having joined from Comedy Central, where she was programme director, in 2012. She has also worked as scheduling and planning director at Channel 5.At TV4 she will be charged with optimising the three channels for new distribution platforms.Stallwood, who will take up her new role on May 1, will report to channel director Peter Lindstrom.Stallwood said she saw many “common points” between Channel 4 and TV4 Group and that she believed the Swedish market is forward-looking, with TV4 leading the way in content, design and strategic thinking.
Hervé CreffSwiss-based TV technology firm iWedia has partnered with French TV user-interface specialist iFeelSmart to deliver a bundle of television software for Android TV set-top boxes.The two companies will deliver a bundle that includes iWedia’s Teatro-3.5 set-top box software and iFeelSmart’s Andromeda user interface.Andromeda is billed as a TV user experience (UX) that provides “simple and intuitive access to all services around live TV.” It is designed to make the legacy TV screen “as fast and playful as the newer screens – mobiles and tablets”.iWedia’s Teatro-3.5 software for Android TV uses iWedia’s Android4TV framework and APIs to integrate the multicast, unicast and broadcast components needed to give support to managed IPTV, OTT TV and broadcast TV services.It allows access to live TV – over IPTV, OTT, and over DVB – on-demand and catch-up services, recording and time shifting features, as well as to Google services including YouTube and the Google Play app store.“With see this bundle as a perfect match. We bring the software to extend Android TV towards multicast, broadcast and PVR services, while iFeelSmart brings a UX that allows TV service providers to efficiently promote their offering in an Android environment,” said Hervé Creff, vice-president of marketing at iWedia.At the same time, iWedia announced it has migrated its Android4TV framework to Android Lollipop and Android TV.
Thomson’s ViBE EM4000Canal+ Group has tapped Thomson Video Networks to supply encoders for the transition of the entire Canalsat line-up of channels to an all-HD offering in H.264.Thomson is supplying its ViBE EM4000 HD/SD encoder to power the migration of the platform to HD, along with its NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor, Amethyst III high-density redundancy switch, and MediaFlex network management system.The ViBE EM4000 has recently been upgraded with an all-new, broadcast-grade SD-to-HD conversion capability, according to Thomson. The company said that, by combining HD MPEG-4 compression with the ability to upscale an SD video source to HD in a single platform, the EM4000 has enabled Canal+ to move Canalsat quickly to an all-HD operation.For the migration project, known as Tout HD, Canal+ has modified its headend architecture to build an all-HD MPEG-4 satellite platform for Canalsat, with the new all-HD offering going live on July 1.“The migration of Canalsat to an all-HD offering is a significant milestone for our company. It was critical that we deploy encoding technology that could provide powerful upscaling capabilities, high density, and features for DVB subtitles and Dolby E transcoding. The ViBE EM4000 is the perfect fit for our requirements,” said Frederic Vincent, EVP, technology and information systems, Canal+ Group.“And as a long-time Thomson Video Networks customer, we knew we could count on them to provide outstanding support and product development to meet our needs.”Eric Louvet, vice president, worldwide sales and field services, Thomson Video Networks, said, “With its global footprint and industry leadership in premium content, themed networks and pay-TV offerings, Canal+ Group is the perfect customer – and the Canalsat migration is the perfect project – with which to demonstrate the efficiencies and cost savings of our ViBE EM4000’s new upscaling function. Media enterprises like Canal+ understand that the ability to broadcast in HD is not only a key differentiator, but it’s critical to meeting viewer demand for premium picture quality. With its seamless ability to upscale SD sources and encode HD MPEG-4, in addition to its industry-leading channel density and streamlined management of DVB subtitles, the ViBE EM4000 is the ideal solution for these requirements.”