December 29, 2008 On 9/15/08 we reported on a long-standing mystery that has finally been solved. Alum from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s will remember this beautiful painting. It was on display on the back wall of the original Arcosanti café for many years. On 9/15/08 we reported on a long-standing mystery that has finally been solved. Alum from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s will remember this beautiful painting. It was on display on the back wall of the original Arcosanti café for many years. [Photo & text: sa] The painting was done by artist and alumna Paula Wittner, commissioned in 1977 by alum Russ Adams and it disappeared in the mid 1980’s. Apparently it was stored in Phoenix and the storage company had gone out of business. The painting reappeared in Prescott, at Drake Station Trading Company. Their owners, trying to trace the origin of the painting, got in touch with Paula Wittner just recently. [Photo & text: sa] This prompted Russ Adams and Paula to visit the new owners and Russ Adams bought the painting back. It has been stored in the Arcosanti Soleri Archives, and now facilities manager Randall Schultz built a crate to ship the beautiful painting back to Russ Adams. [Randall Schultz and Cliff Hersted] [Photo & text: sa]
European channel group SPI International has acquired programming from NBCUniversal, while preparing for the launch of its first 4K network.The NBCU deal gives it close to 100 first-run film titles in the Czech Republic and Slovakia including Fast and Furious 6, Despicable Me 2 and 47 Ronin and run on the FilmBox Premium channel.Meanwhile, the Ulta HD channel will be called 4K FunBox UHD. Acquisitions for the channel are being sought an finalised here in Cannes at MIPTV, and SPI has already secured more than 200 hours of content for it.“Our new Ultra HD library will initially offer very diverse content such as visually stunning nature documentaries, breath taking videos of San Francisco skyline and eye-popping CG animations,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of FilmBox International, an SPI subsidiary.
New Zealand pay TV operator Sky Network Television has confirmed that it is holding talks with Vodafone about a potential domestic merger.In a statement released to the New Zealand stock exchange, Sky said that it is in discussions with Vodafone Group regarding a “potential transaction involving a combination of the businesses of Sky and Vodafone New Zealand.”“The discussions are ongoing and incomplete and may not result in a transaction occurring,” the company added.The confirmation of the discussions follows recent media speculation about a tie-up between the two companies.News Corp divested its 44% stake in Sky Network Television in 2013 and the company now describes itself as “not a big corporate, we’re a collection of Kiwis doing what we love.” As of the end of 2015 the firm had 860,455 subscribers.Vodafone New Zealand offers mobile, broadband and TV packages. Vodafone TV customers can currently choose to take a TV package with Freeview HD channels, or one with Sky channels through an existing partnership with the TV operator.Earlier this year, Vodafone and Liberty Global agreed to merge their operations in the Netherlands, forming a 50-50 joint venture that will combine Ziggo’s fibre broadband network with Vodafone’s mobile operations.
EU decision makers should give citizens “the keys to enjoy more TV and radio programmes” from across Europe, according to the EBU and BEUC.At an event yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) supported the adoption of draft copyright licensing rules relating to broadcasters’ online transmissions and retransmissions.The draft rules would provide broadcasters and rightholders with new licensing tools to offer more TV programmes and services online and across borders.At the same time, they would not alter the principles of contractual freedom and territorial licensing, which the EBU said are of “utmost importance” for Europe’s audiovisual sector.“Our proposal will make it significantly easier for broadcasters to offer online programmes across borders, but also incentivise the broadcasters to use this possibility,” said European Commission vice-president, Andrus Ansip.“My goal is to double the content available to consumers so that everyone across Europe can get the most out of our rich cultural diversity within the Digital Single Market.”EBU director general, Ingrid Deltenre, described the absence of adapted copyright licensing rules in a digital age as “an anachronism”. She said: “Subject to some improvements, the new rules can give more access to TV and radio programmes online in the EU Digital Single Market and they will not weaken rightsholders’ and broadcasters’ contractual freedom.”BEUC deputy director general, Ursula Pachl, added: “Current copyright rules hamper consumers’ ability to enjoy the full breadth of Europe’s cultural diversity.“When recent studies show that 82% of Europeans want to watch and listen content through legal offers instead of trying to circumvent access barriers, EU legislators should vigorously take the path of more choice rather than upholding artificial borders.”The draft rules were first put forward by the European Commission in September 2016 and are inspired by the 1993 Cable and Satellite Directive.