Thursday, April 27, 2017 Posted by Quebec’s Canandes brings on Rauzon as VP, Nat’l Sales in bid for rest of Canada Share MONTREAL — Quebec-based tour operator Canandes wants to increase its brand awareness in English Canada, hiring Michele Rauzon as its new Vice President, National Sales as part of that strategy.A well-known figure in the industry, Rauzon worked at Alio for 17 years. She also held a sales position at The Travel Corporation, representing Uniworld, Trafalgar and Insight Vacations.Rauzon’s new role at Canandes involves developing new strategies to strengthen the commercial development of Canandes in Quebec and gradually increase the tour operator’s brand awareness in English Canada.A well-known figure in the industry, Rauzon worked at Alio for 17 years. She also held a sales position at The Travel Corporation, representing Uniworld, Trafalgar and Insight Vacations.Established in Quebec in 1984, Canandes specializes in niche products and specialty tours in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Owner and President Camilo Aguilar says the company wants to expand its products across Canada. Canandes has a bilingual res staff and all trips are available in English.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaA full English version of the website will launch within the next few months. See canandestour.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture at a glance: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica Is dad a car fanatic? Take him to Plaza Real Cariari mall for afree display of more than 20 cars from modern to antique, plus tastings, gifts, indoor soccer and other activities (Friday, June 17 — Sunday, June 19). If he’s more of a sports fan, chill out with some ice hockey: on Saturday, the Castillo Knights Senior team faces off against the Pizotes of La Sabana at 7:30 pm at the Castillo Ice Rink in San Rafael de Heredia. For information, write firstname.lastname@example.org (Saturday, June 18).Take him out to a nice meal at Barceló San José Palacio, which will offer various dad-centered packages throughout the weekend, from a buffet meal to a sushi menu to a grill for two, plus an evening on the dance floor (Friday, June 17 — Sunday, June 19).The Guanacaste Concert Bands will celebrate Dad all weekend with a special series of concerts in Liberia, capital of the northwestern province, including everything from a sax quartet to traditional dancing to orchestras (Friday, June 17 — Sunday, June 19). Or head to the beach: the first edition of the Tamarindo Art Wave continues to fill the Pacific coast town with 50 painters, sculptors and other artists who – put up in hotels, restaurants and private homes all over town – will each create a new work of art during the festival (Thursday, June 16 – Saturday, June 18).
Police on Sunday raided a football fan club in Nicosia seizing flares, bats, and a small quantity of cannabis.Officers arrived at the scene in Strovolos at around 5.50pm following reports that fans of Nicosia side Apoel were causing a disturbance.Police said some 50 individuals were present at the Orange Brigade club but at the sight of the officers, they legged it with only seven staying behind.Officers searched the place and found 15 bats, nine flares, and four objects believed to be firecrackers.They also found a joint containing cannabis and a plastic bag containing 0.9 grammes of cannabis.The seven individuals were called to Nicosia CID for questioning.You May LikeLaser Hair Removal | Search AdsLooking for Laser Hair Treatment Costs in Rowland Heights?Laser Hair Removal | Search AdsUndo10amazing.com10 incredible bicycle concepts of the future10amazing.comUndoGolden GlimpseFamous Host, Bob Barker Is Living In This HouseGolden GlimpseUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The Oceanographic Centre at the University of Cyprus (UCy) is encouraging the public in Cyprus to download a smartphone app aimed at collecting information on observations of sea turtles in the wild.The eTurtle app is available on Google Play and is in English, Italian, Greek, Croatian, Slovenian and Maltese.To browse login is not required, but to upload observations users have to log in either through Google or Facebook.The app was developed by Croatian Natural History Museum and its partners in the LIFE Euroturtles project co-funded by the EU with the aim of bettering the conservation status of the Loggerhead and Green Turtle. It involves nine organisations from six Mediterranean countries.“The ultimate purpose of the application is to help improve the management and protection measures for the two species of sea turtles, Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Green (Chelonia mydas), which spawn in Cyprus and the rest of the Mediterranean and are considered as protected by the European Union through the Habitats Directive,” UCy said.The Oceanographic Centre at the university is the national coordinator in collaboration with the department of fisheries and marine research.The two bodies in Cyprus secured funding in 2016, in cooperation with seven other partners, under the LIFE Nature & Biodiversity project.“The eTurtle application for smartphones for use with the help of citizens and fishermen aims at collecting information on sea turtles in order to increase the knowledge of competent bodies on coastal marine areas,” UCy added.According to www.euroturtles.eu, incidental capture in fishing gear is the main threat to sea turtles in Cyprus. Other threats in the project area include light and noise pollution in the nesting beaches, predation on nests, mainly from foxes, as well as increased boat traffic during tourist season in the foraging areas.At a local level, UCy said a 24-hour helpline is in operation 96952929 for the rescue and care of injured and sick sea turtles and for reporting and removal of dead sea turtles. You May LikeGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementAre Weight Gain And Digestive Problems Caused By Our Protein? This Heart Surgeon Has Found The SolutionGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoTown and Country | HanacureSee Why Celebrities Love This Face MaskTown and Country | HanacureUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinanceUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Roger Victory achieved a perfect voting record during the 2013-2014 legislative session.The House took 1,345 roll call votes, and Rep. Victory, R-Hudsonville, did not miss a single vote.“It’s absolutely necessary to ensure the thoughts, concerns and opinions of my constituents are heard on all issues up for a vote in the House of Representatives,” Victory said. “It is my duty to represent and serve the area every day.”Last session, the state Legislature approved measures to continue to increase Michigan’s economic growth and outlook. Additionally, legislation sponsored by Victory was approved to reduce welfare fraud and ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used appropriately.“There is still significant progress to be made, however we are taking positive strides to a greater Michigan future,” Victory said. “I look forward to continuing to listen to and represent the people of the 88th House District.”Victory’s office can be contacted toll-free at 1-888-642-4088, his Lansing office at (517) 373-1830, through email at RogerVictory@house.mi.gov and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.### 07Jan Rep. Victory achieves perfect voting record Categories: Victory News
29Mar Rep. Miller approves Michigan State Police budget recommendations Categories: Miller News Plan includes 100 new troopers and increased funding for 9-1-1 technologyThe state House continues its commitment to public safety across Michigan though a bill approved by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Budget Subcommittee.State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sherman Township, who chairs the subcommittee, today approved the panel’s recommendations for the MSP 2017-18 budget. Included in the plan is the addition of 100 new state police troopers across the state. “There’s a need for increased public safety statewide,” said Miller. “I’m proud to support the addition of these highly trained law enforcement officials.” Additionally, the plan also continues funding to maintain Michigan’s statewide advanced 9-1-1 system. “The Smart911 System saves lives and has been shown to improve responder safety by providing additional communications tools to dispatchers outside of the scope of a normal 9-1-1 call,” Miller said. “Increasing the technology behind our 9-1-1 services is essential to protecting more Michigan lives.”The subcommittee recommendation now moves to be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee.
Only qualified professionals will be eligible to receive Michigan’s registered forester designation after reforms initiated by state Rep. Daire Rendon were signed into law this week.Rendon, of Lake City, said the strengthened requirements will help ensure Michigan’s forestlands are sustainably managed.“Most foresters provide quality, professional services. Unfortunately, all it takes is a couple of bad actors to tarnish the profession as a whole,” Rendon said. “While a title isn’t required to work in the industry, landowners who seek the services of a registered forester can now be assured that they’re getting a highly qualified individual who has been properly trained to sustainably manage forestland.”Rendon worked with professionals from across the forestry industry and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to come up with the plan laid out in House Bills 5001-02, now Public Acts 116-17 of 2018. Rendon’s husband, former state Rep. Bruce Rendon, also worked on the issue extensively during his time in office.The new law establishes strict qualifications required to become a registered forester and creates an independent Board of Foresters to oversee the program, consider applicants and hear complaints regarding unprofessional activities.Under the new law, registered forester applicants are required to have specific levels of education and experience, in addition to references from at least three registered foresters. Once approved, a registered forester must abide by a professional code of conduct and meet continuing education requirements.“This is a smart reform that protects the sustainability of one of our precious natural resources,” Rendon said. “People will now have to prove they have the skills, education and integrity needed to properly manage our forests before they receive the registered forester designation in Michigan.”### 27Apr Rep. Rendon plan to improve Michigan’s registered forester program signed into law Categories: Daire Rendon News
17May Rep. Lower bills eliminate bureaucracy The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony and voted to approve plans sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake eliminating the Michigan Capitol Committee.The Michigan Capitol Committee was established in 1986 with the responsibility of making recommendations regarding any physical changes to the Capitol building or the surrounding grounds. More recently in 2013, the Capitol Commission was established for maintaining and restoring the Capitol Building, and took over the duties of the Capitol Committee.Lower’s plans remove any references to the Capitol Committee and require the Capitol Commission to report directly to the Appropriations committees, rather than the Capitol Committee.“As soon as the Capitol Commission was created, the Capitol Committee has not met,” Lower said. “That’s five years of no activity. Since the Capitol Commission shares the same responsibilities, the Capitol Committee is redundant and no longer needed.”House Bills 6006 and 6007 now advance to the full House for further consideration. Categories: Lower News
UK business leaders group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called upon authorities to ensure upcoming changes to the country’s media regulations support convergence and a review the obligations placed upon public broadcasters to ensure they remain relevant in a digital world.The CBI said the UK communications sector is worth £50 billion (€60 billion) a year, but noted that the media sector faces increasing competition from Canada, China and Singapore among others. It is lobbying ahead of the latest version of the UK Communications Bill, which sets out the rules governing UK TV and media.The CBI also called upon the government to ensure that media regulator Ofcom maximised the potential of the UK media sector outside the UK and that BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of public broadcaster the BBC, had a role as facilitator and partner of smaller content companies seeking to expand internationally.Neil Bentley, CBI deputy director-general, said: “The UK is known around the world for its cultural exports, whether it’s Adele topping the charts in 18 countries around the world, or Downton Abbey being screened in over 200 territories. But the UK’s communications sector is worth much more than its high profile successes. It has the potential to grow its exports faster than most other sectors over the coming decade, and can therefore play a key role in rebalancing our economy and reducing our reliance on domestic consumption.”
TiVo plans to bring the capabilities of consumer data specialist TRA, which it recently acquired, together with its existing StopWatch DVR ratings data portal to deliver deeper consumer data to service providers and advertisers, and will likely bring the combined product to Europe in the near future, according to Joshua Danovitz, vice-president and general manager, international.“You will see us using data backhaul from the service providers to drive products and research in a wider sense,” Danovitz told DTVE. “TiVo can backhaul that data anonymously and put it in a product that advertisers can use to make [decisions].”Danovitz said TiVo would update its existing StopWatch product, currently available only in the US, by meshing it together with TRA’s platform, which collates consumer data from reward card purchases and the like, enabling advertisers to correlate viewing and purchasing habits more accurately.Speaking about TiVo’s service provider business more widely, Danovitz said that delivering connected home services would best be done by a combination of ‘home cloud’ and network-based delivery. TiVo has just launched TiVo Stream, a new US$130 (€100) box that can connect to the home network via the existing wireless router and stream or download content from the TiVo DVR to mobile devices in the home.
Canal Plus Spain has added music channel Sol Música to its programming line-up.The Chello Multicanal-owned channel, which will be available on the platform from tomorrow, is aimed at a 13-24 demographic and specialises in Spanish music. It offers a variety of music videos, concerts, competitions and interviews.
African pay TV provider MultiChoice has partnered with multiscreen technology specialist Clearleap, which will offer an IP solution for the delivery of OTT and VoD content.MultiChoice will deploy Clearleap’s multiscreen video and digital asset management systems to deliver TV content across “every screen and device,” allowing it to monetise its library of live and on-demand content across VoD, web portals and apps.“We’re always looking for ways to improve our customers’ experience and ensure that they can get the content they love, wherever and whenever. Clearleap makes this a reality,” said Gerdus Van Eeden, CEO, broadcast technology, MultiChoice.“The shift to digital and OTT distribution is only going to accelerate, and by leveraging Clearleap’s technology we’re several steps ahead of the game. Knowing that our content will be quickly delivered to the right platforms in the right formats means we can focus on our core business and continue to excite our subscribers with a world of entertainment.”
Russian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has introduced adaptive streaming or Smooth Dynamic Bit-Rate Adaptation (SDBRA) on its mobile network, enabling it to increase the number of successful video views at peak times by 10%, according to the operator.VimpelCom says it has introduced SDBRA in the cities of Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, Yoshkar-Ola, Kazan, Saratov, Ulyanovsk, Penza, Saransk, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk, Chita, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Blagoveshchensk and Khabarovsk, and will extend it to all parts of Russia by the end of this year.
YouTube is updating its app for TV, with Microsoft’s Xbox One game console receiving the new version first. Separately, alternative video sharing site Vimeo has updated its app for the Roku platform, with plans to introduce in-app premium services.The Google-owned video sharing site has already launched the Xbox One update and the new version of the app will be rolled out to other streaming devices over the coming weeks.The new version of the TV app features a guide on the left hand side that is in line with the guide already available on computers, phones and tablets.Users signing in will be able to access videos from their subscriptions and recommendations in the What to Watch section, or turn on a playlist they have created or saved. The update also features channel pages that are populated with new playlists from YouTube content creators.Separately, video sharing site Vimeo has redesigned its app for the Roku streaming device platform, including preparing for the launch of in-app purchases of premium content.The new version of the Vimeo app for Roku includes additional discovery features and an improved search capability. The app has also been set up to provide support for in-app purchasing via the Vimeo On Demand service. Vimeo plans to allow content creators to charge for access to their content direct from Roku, with this set to launch in the autumn.Other features include the ability for unregistered users to watch content picked by Vimeo staff and curated collections without the need to create an account. Users will also receive automatic video recommendations while searching for content. The app also features in interactive playbar that Vimeo says allows users to ‘like’ videos, add them to a Watch Later queue and check out videos from the same content creator.According to Vimeo, this is the first major revamp of its app since it was first released three years ago.
Almost two thirds of people (64%) have used a second screen device while watching TV, behaviour that is changing the way that viewers engage with ads, according to new research.The latest data, from GfK’s Connected Consumer research, claims that 38% of ‘second screeners’ would like TV ads to be targeted to them and 24% are keen to buy products advertised on TV via a synchronised mobile app.One in five said that they would like the websites for products, personalities or adverts that have just been shown on television to automatically appear on their computer, smartphone or tablet so they don’t need to search for them. This was up from 13% in 2013.“What’s fascinating from this research is the sheer pace and depth of change we’re seeing in TV consumption patterns over only 12 months,” said Christine Connor, GfK research director for brand and customer experience.“Appetite for targeted advertising and for ads to synchronise across all devices being used is growing and this looks set to have a major impact on the way people respond to ads, and the way advertisers and brands use TV to communicate their messages.”Second screen users said that their laptop or netbook was their most commonly used companion device at 61%, compared to 56% for smartphones and 31% for tablets.
TiVo is exhibiting at IBC on stand 14.L03 Spanish cable operator Ono has expanded its TiVo deployment by using TiVo’s cloud service APIs to offer consistent integrated search, browse and discovery capabilities across any screen. Ono announced at IBC that it will integrate TiVo’s service capabilities into its TV everywhere mobile and web apps, including search and discovery and remote PVR recording management functionalities.Ono is among TiVo’s first cable operator partners to announce it will use TiVo’s set of APIs to create a consistent, TiVo-powered experience for customers who want to consume content across any device.“Our customers’ feedback on the TiVo solution has been resoundingly positive, TiVo has already provided a positive boost to our video offering and has consistently delivered high satisfaction.We are committed to extending a consistent TiVo experience on any device our subscribers would like to use to consume content. By leveraging the TiVo Service APIs, we’ll be able to deliver the TiVo experience to more of the devices used by our subscribers,” said Nick Ontiveros, director of marketing, TV at ONO.Ono first partnered with TiVo in 2011 to develop its next-generationTV offering. The service is now used by more than 400,000 Ono customers.
Jeffrey HirschStarz has agreed a new long-term contract with its COO, Jeffrey Hirsch.The deal will see Hirsch remaining with Lionsgate-owned Starz until at least December 2020.He joined the US-based premium cable business in 2015 from Time Warner Cable, and has gone on to rebrand the Starz network, reposition the Starz Encore channels, and launch streaming services and the Starz app, which has close to one million subscribers.“In a short time at Starz, he re-energised growth at the company by rebranding the networks and launching one of the best streaming apps in the TV business, firmly securing the network’s position as the second most-subscribed to premium TV network in the US,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.Hirsch’s post sees him oversee affiliate sales, marketing, programming operations, network scheduling, research, distribution, and technology and product development.The news comes soon after Lionsgate completed the US$4.4 billion takeover of Starz last month, bringing together two companies that cable mogul John Malone backs strategically.Starz CEO Albrecht extended his contract in June last year, soon after Hirsch was promoted from president of global marketing and product development to take some of the responsibilities of retiring company president Glenn Curtis.
Eurodata TV Worldwide has used the MIPTV event in France to reveal some of the results of its first four-screen aggregated measurement initiative.The audience measurement highlighted the differences in viewing patterns in two European markets: France and the Netherlands.In France, last December, one in five watched TV online, while in the Netherlands, the figure was one in two. In terms of genres popular online, fiction was strong in France online and entertainment was strong in the Netherlands.Eurodata used audience measurement techniques that encompassed all screens and time-shifted viewing and aggregated this together with linear viewing numbers.The computer remained the primary screen for online viewing in both markets, accounting for 53% of online viewing in France and 47% in the Netherlands. Tablets accounted for 28% of online viewing in France and 35% in the Netherlands, while mobile phones accounted for 19% and 18% respectively in France and the Netherlands.Fiction was the most popular online viewing genre in France, accounting for 41% of online viewing, while entertainment was the most popular genre in the Netherlands, accounting for 44%.Around 14 countries are carrying out four screen measurements currently, with other countries carrying out time-shifted measurements.While global online multiscreen and time-shifted viewing has jumped significantly, particularly among millennials, overall daily viewing time has barely changed over the last year, falling by three minutes in aggregate to just over three hours, according to Eurodata.There are significant regional variations, however, with small decreases in viewing time in Europe, continued strength, with over four hours of TV viewed daily, in North America, and continued growth in TV viewing in Latin America – the only region where viewing hours in aggregate are actually increasing.Speaking on the opening panel session at MIPTV, Sahar Baghery, head of global media research and content strategy, Eurodata TV Worldwide at Mediametrie, said broadcasters were testing more immersive experiences, citing the example of viewers being enabled to become coaches for The Voice via VR headsets in France.Baghery said that for content providers and broadcasters, a presence on social networks like Facebook is becoming ever-more important. Emerging strategies to reach millennials include deals to create shows exclusively for video messaging platform Snapchat, as Disney has done with a number of formats. NBC Universal has meanwhile ploughed US$500 million into Snapchat, which has in turn invested in original shows.“Many other projects are coming. A+E announced its first unscripted show and Vice has also announced its first show for the platform,” she said.One emerging content trend related to the emergence of global online platforms is the growing internationalisation of the content business, with imported content now coming from a much wider variety of territories than the US, according to John Peek, director, the TAPE Consultancy, speaking on the same panel.In scripted content, 70% of content is local with 30% now accounting for 30% of the global total, with Turkey are Russia among the exporting powerhouses. While US content accounts for 7% of scripted imports globally, Turkey accounts for an impressive 25% and Russia 15%. India and the UAE come joint third with 11% each.Peek said that the quality of content from international markets was increasing, leading to greater cross-cultural trading, with Turkish telenovelas now finding their way to Latin America, for example.
Ukrainian service providers including leading telco Ukrtelecom and cable operator Volia have notified their subscribers that they will begin blocking access to a large number of Russian web resources in accordance with a controversial decree of President Petro Poroshenko.Poroshenko announced the ban on a number of Russian sites including Mail.ru, social networks VK and Odnoklassniki, and search engine Yandex, last week.The move is part of a wave of measures instituted by the Ukrainian government against Russia, including sanctions against individuals and companies and bans on Russian TV channels.Volia said it would being restricting access to the named sites from today, with work to be compelted by June 1. It wanrned subscribers with Russian domain email addresses to change their email services to Ukrainian and international ones, and save information on the two social network elsewhere.The Russian government, which itself maintains an extensive blacklist of websites, has condemned the move, as well as pointing out that Ukrainian citizens will able to circumvent it through the use of VPNs.Yandex complies with Russian data rules and was criticized for failing to provide access to news stories about anti-government protests earlier this year. Popular social network VK is now owned by Mail.ru, after founder Pavel Durov claimed he was forced to go into exile in 2014.
In the UK meanwhile there has been much discussion around the creation of ‘Kangaroo 2’, a joint platform that references an earlier project that was blocked on anticompetitive grounds in a very different media environment.The German plan does not yet include an agreement between the main national broadcast players, as those in France and Spain do. ProSiebenSat.1’s deputy CEO Conrad Albert told ANGA COM executives earlier this month that a joint OTT TV platform made sense.““It is not easy to open up our own OTT platform to competitors but I think it could be to the benefit of all,” he said, earning a riposte from cable operator Unitymedia’s CEO Lutz Schuler that a lot of time had already been lost, enabling the likes of Netflix and Amazon to gain a much stronger foothold in the German streaming market.ProSiebenSat.1’s existing SVOD platform Maxdome has around a million subscribers, compared with an estimated 2.6 million for Netflix and 3.3 million for Amazon. Whether the new venture can close the gap is open to debate. The pair’s target of 10 million subscribers seems ambitious, particularly in a market that is slow to embrace premium services generally. The inclusion of Eurosport Player, with its Bundesliga football rights, could boost take-up if the price is right. However, it’s worth noting that both Discovery Channel and Eurosport Player are already present on the Amazon Channels service.This is illustrative of a wider point. For all the talk about creating national or even pan-European platforms that can take on the might of Netflix, pay TV broadcasters like Discovery are likely to hedge their bets, forging alliances of convenience as part of a multi-pronged strategy.For national players such as ProSiebenSat.1, the stakes are arguably higher. They see younger viewers increasingly consuming video online rather than via broadcast and no that they are in a battle to defend their established business models. Regulators are now actively encouraging them to collaborate – a significant change from the fate of such projects in the pre-Netflix age.Unlike national broadcasters, Netflix and Amazon can exploit original content rights across multiple territories within their own platform. The same is true to some extent of an emerging global player such as a combined Disney-21st Century Fox (or Comcast-21st Century Fox) as well as Discovery itself.National broadcasters on the other hand are restricted to their own particular territory for the most part. They also face growing competition not only from internet-based players but from telecom operators and other pay TV platforms that are pouring cash into original series. Meanwhile, inflation in content production costs means that they are turning to the likes of Netflix or Amazon to co-produce high-end drama and other content.After years of false starts, national broadcasters are now racing to create joint platforms, this time with the support of regulators. They still have an often under-appreciated asset in the shape of national reach for their still-popular broadcast services. It is to be hoped that they can transfer that legacy to the online world as the shift in consumption starts to accelerate. This week saw German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 team up with the mighty Discovery to launch a new OTT TV platform for Germany.The service, to be launched in the first half of next year, will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content. The pair are however opening the platform plan up to the possible inclusion of rival broadcasters including RTL as well as public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.The alliance between Discovery and ProSiebenSat.1 builds on an existing free-to-view venture, 7TV, that the pair teamed up to create last yearThe idea of a national streaming platform open to all broadcasters is very much in vogue currently. Earlier this month, France’s main broadcast groups cooked up a similar plan – though without the participation of a pay TV giant like Discovery. The joint project, to be developed by France Télévisions, TF1 and under the Salto brand that has been around for a few years, will offer access to catch-up and current content as well as a subscription video-on-demand service without a contract commitment.In Spain, RTVE, Mediaset España and Atresmedia teamed up in May to develop a joint HbbTV platform with plans to create an OTT TV service further down the line.