March 13, 2015We reported about work on the roof of East Housing in July 2014, you can see details on July 18. – 23. and July 28 2014, as well as March 4, 6, and 11. 2015.The construction crew built a form around a set of utility vents on the East Housing roof. This will be a retaining platform on which steel housing will be mounted to protect the utility vents.Concrete had to be transported a long way, from the keystone all the way to the top of the East Housing roof.[photos by archive volunteer Chihiro Saito]The concrete is transferred from wheelbarrows to buckets to make it easier to carry up a long set of steps.Workshop participant Brendan Workman.Workshop participant Hunter Eary.Workshop participant Francesco Marchegiano.The crew is finishing the surface of the slab. More to come
UK telco BT is redesigning its BT Vision IPTV service, according to a report in the Financial Times.It says that BT will revamp the service within weeks, introducing social media and personal recommendation elements and greater interactivity to the user experience. The changes come as BT Vision faces increased competition from the likes of Netflix, which has just launched in the UK, and Lovefilm, which has been busily adding content to its streaming service.
Xavier CoutureFrance Télévisions has appointed former TF1, Canal+ and Orange content boss Xavier Couture as deputy programming and strategy chief, replacing Caroline Got, who is taking over as head of flagship channel France 2.The news comes soon after the surprise sacking of Vincent Meslet earlier this week. He was fired as France 2 suffered a drastic ratings decline and Meslet had clashed with management over the direction of the channel.Got, a former TF1 executive, had taken the top job on an interim basis and has now been confirmed as executive director, making her the full-time channel boss.Couture, formerly of Orange and Canal+, will be managing director, strategy and programming, He will report to France Télévisions’ chief executive Delphine Ernotte-Cunci.Last year he denied he was set for a role at France Télévisions and his new role marks the first time the French media veteran has worked in public service broadcasting.
WinViewDiscovery has contributed to a US$12 million funding round raised by second-screen live sports prediction platform, WinView.Former TiVo chairman, president and CEO, Tom Rogers, who is currently executive chairman of WinView, was responsible for driving the Series B funding round.Graham Holdings Company, Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports and Entertainment and boutique investment bank LionTree Partners all invested alongside Discovery.US-based WinView said it will use the cash to further develop and market its mobile app across a range of sports – including MLB baseball, NBA basketball and NFL football.“This first-class group of investors is a major validation of our live TV sports prediction platform and its upside potential to engage TV viewers in a new way to enjoy televised sports,” said Rogers.“The WinView Games app fills a sports culture void by converting fans and TV viewers from spectators into play-along-live participants.”Launched in 2014, WinView Games previously raised US$8 million and Rogers said the new funding will enable the company to “take a significant step forward toward reaching our mobile, social and gaming business goals”.“We also will strive to be part of the in-stadium experience, enabling fans to predict plays from their seats,” he added.The WinView Games app is available on iOS and Android devices and lets users play along in real time to live televised sports, competing to predict the plays on the field in order to win cash prizes.WinView Games is a free-to-play, ad-supported app. The games available on the service are produced in a live studio by a team of producers based on what is happening in real time.