DeepNude app that turned photos of clothed women into nudes shuts down

first_imgPrograms like DeepNude, which use artificial intelligence to manipulate media, raise questions about consent and privacy as synthetic photos and videos become easier to create.  Getty Images The creators of DeepNude, a desktop app that used artificial intelligence to morph a photo of a clothed woman into a picture of her naked, have shut down the app and renounced using the software, a day after an article focused attention on the program.”We don’t want to make money this way,” said a message posted on the app’s Twitter account, which still carries a bio describing the program as the “superpower you always wanted.”  pic.twitter.com/8uJKBQTZ0o— deepnudeapp (@deepnudeapp) June 27, 2019 More on deepfakes Facial recognition is going to be everywhere Laptops Security Digital Media Privacy Saying that the app was originally created as entertainment, DeepNude’s post discouraged use of the program and said that downloading the software from other sources or sharing it would violate its terms. The post also said DeepNude won’t be released in other versions, and that nobody — including people who hold a license for a premium version — has permission to use it. (It’s unclear how or if DeepNude can enforce those terms; the creators weren’t immediately reachable for comment.) DeepNude, which launched as a downloadable Windows and Linux application on June 23, was the subject of a Vice article Wednesday.   3:28 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Tags “Surely some copies of DeepNude will be shared on the web, but we don’t want to be the ones who sell it,” the post continued. “The world is not yet ready for DeepNude.”  2 Comments Share your voice In addition, the program’s website returned a blank page with the text “not found.” The app is the latest form of media manipulation to raise questions about privacy and consent as artificial intelligence gets better at creating fake photos and videos. Though computer manipulation of media has existed for decades, programs like DeepNude and deepfake-video technology are making the creation of sophisticated fakes easier for average people to do — and making forgeries harder to identify with the unaided eye.  Deepfakes may ruin the world. And they can come for you, too Deepfakes are coming. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube might not be ready Congress investigating deepfakes after doctored Pelosi video, report says Jordan Peele turns Obama into foul-mouthed fake-news PSAlast_img read more

Sonakshi Sinhas dramatic response to Arbaaz Khans question of her being on

first_imgSonakshi SinhaInstagramThe relationship status of Sonakshi Sinha has always remained overcast by clouds of delusions. The news of the junior shotgun’s very first link-up with co-actor Ranveer Singh had come out while she was shooting for Lootera. Later, she was linked with Shahid Kapoor during R…Rajkumar followed by Arjun Kapoor while shooting for Tevar. Of late, Sonakshi is now being rumoured to be dating the newbie Zaheer Iqbal, who is getting launched by Salman Khan in Notebook produced under Salman Khan Films banner.Amid the link-up rumours, earlier there were also reports that Sonakshi and showbiz professional Bunty Sachdev were dating for a while but they never acknowledged their relationship in public. But reports of their on and off romance often made their rounds of the tabloids. Their romance, however, remained short-lived as reports of their alleged break-up in February, last year, had flooded the internet.While there has never been a clearer picture about who Sonakshi’s dating life, people on social media often wonder whether the Dabangg actress is on a dating app. And when Sonakshi was asked on Arbaaz Khan’s new show if she is currently using a dating app to meet new people and hanging out with them, the junior shotgun gave a hilarious response to the question.”I don’t need a dating app,” Sonakshi laughed off to Arbaaz’s idea of meeting new people which was followed by a spontaneous, hilarious and dramatic expressions. So next time, if you come across any Sonakshi Sinha, remember that she is not the Dabangg girl for you to swipe right. However, she has again left her admirers with a question mark on her relationship status which we hope she must have clarified in the full episode. Sonakshi Sinha, Zaheer IqbalInstagramTalking about Sonakshi’s growing closeness with Salman’s protege, Zaheer, a source close to the Sinha family claimed that the link-up rumours are being spread for publicity for the new movie Notebook.”This is probably the publicity machinery at work. We normally have newcomers working together in their first film being linked together for publicity. But this time they chose to deflect the publicity to an outside source. But the Sinhas aren’t taking this lying down,” the source was quoted as saying by The Asian Age.The source further added, “She’s just being nice and sweet to a newcomer who happens to be launched by Salman Khan, just like Sonakshi was (in Dabanng). Zaheer is moving in the same circle these days as Salman.”Watch the video here.last_img read more

Public trust on EC on the wane Shujan

first_imgCivil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) president Hafiz Uddin Khan addresses a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Photo: UNBMore than 52 per cent of the total 548 candidates, who are vying for mayor and ward councillor posts in the upcoming polls to three city corporations, are businessmen by profession, reports UNB.While addressing a press conference at the National Press Club organised to share the affidavits of candidates contesting in the upcoming city polls, civil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) said this on Wednesday.Presenting a report, Shujan representative Dilip Kumar Sarkar also said at least 43 per cent of the candidates taking part in the three elections have educational background below the secondary level.Elections to three city corporations in Sylhet, Barishal and Rajshahi are billed for 30 July.Dilip also presented the information of the candidates’ income status, picture of their assets, number of cases against them, their loan status and description and assessment of financial status of all mayoral candidates in the press conference.Local government expert Tofayel Ahmed said the EC did not properly check the information provided by the candidates in their affidavits and he urged that the EC must verify the information appropriately.Shujan said the election commission (EC) has lost the credibility, which was earlier gained through successful holding of polls in Narayanganj, Cumilla and Rangpur cities.The civil rights body said EC could not take any clear step to prevent several incidents of electoral code of conduct violations already taken place centring the upcoming city polls.That’s why, Shujan observed, public trust on EC is eroding.Mentioning the incidents of bomb blast in Rajshahi, filing of cases against the activists of BNP mayoral candidate in Sylhet and arrests of several persons, Shujan said these incidents are making people worried and concerned about the fairness of the election.Dilip Kumar Sarkar said, “Before the national parliament election these city polls are the biggest ones organised by the EC and if the EC fails to arrange elections in a free and fair way, it will give a negative impression about EC among the public.”Presiding over the programme, Shujan president Hafiz Uddin Khan alleged, “EC failed to ensure a level playing field for the each contesting candidates in these cities, which makes us concerned about the fairness of the elections.”last_img read more

Texas Delegates Share Views On GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:40 Listen X News 88.7 politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider has been at the Republican National Convention talking to members of the Texas delegation.They spoke about their views on the upcoming presidential election and on Texas’ role in the Republican Party going forward.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016With Donald Trump accepting the GOP’s nomination Thursday night, we now get to hear the delegates thoughts on their candidate in this audio postcard.Interview Highlights:Johnny Lopez, delegate from Irving“I started off being a [Sen. Ted] Cruz supporter, Texas favorite son, but the fact of the matter is that there’s only two people in the race now, and it’s Trump all the way for me.”Chuck Meyer, at-large Texas delegate, lives in The Woodlands“We’re a very red state. Our entire leadership, all the positions in the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the state legislature are majority Republican [NOTE: There is one elected Democratic state judge, Judge Lawrence E. Meyers of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, who was elected four times as a Republican before switching parties in 2013]. And we deliver 38 electoral votes when it comes to the fall. That’s a pretty sizable chunk of electoral votes. You don’t win the White House…if you’re a Republican if you don’t win Texas.”Reginald Grant, delegate from Texas Congressional District 2, lives in Huffman“The world is looking at us and seeing what we’re going to do this election cycle. They’re counting on us to make the right decision, which I’m sure most of the world would agree would be Donald Trump, because we’ve alienated our friends and our allies all around the world, and so they’re looking to know that we have their backs.”Soraya Zamora, delegate from Texas Congressional District 15“I’m originally from Venezuela. I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen, very proud to be an American citizen. When I see people that choose to stay home [on Election Day], because [Trump] is not conservative enough, it really irks me, because it’s not about the man. It’s about the country and what is at stake. Whomever wins the presidency will have to choose Supreme Court justices. These are positions that will probably be for 20, 30, 40 years.”Mike Goldman, at-large Texas delegate, lives in Austin“One thing I’ve seen traveling around the country is that other states frequently look to Texas to develop policy and to measure their approach to resisting what we see as federal overreach. And so I think Texas will continue to have an important role going forward. And the fact that Texas was…the largest state that was not very friendly to Donald Trump, that’s going to be important too.”Morgan Graham, Republican County Chair, Cameron County (Hispanic population of county exceeds 90 percent)“Texas will always be Texas. We’ll never be brought to our knees by any state and by any party, even if it’s our own…We have Governor Greg Abbott, we have our state [GOP] chairman, Tom Mechler – they are actually thinking into other things, something that the national party has overlooked, which is investing [in] and recognizing the Hispanic conservative populace…As far as Texas politics is concerned, we’re going to be fine. It’s just a matter of whether or not other people are willing to work with us and use the asset that we are.”Julie Faubel, at-large alternate Texas delegate, lives in Montgomery“We are a red state, and the Republican National Committee is counting on us to remain red. The RNC last year gave us money to fund field operations, and it’s vital, because if Texas turns blue, there goes the Republican Party in Texas, as well as the national Republican Party.”last_img read more

DC Residents Tell New US Attorney Close Vincent Gray Case

first_imgChanning D. Phillips is set to be the District’s new U.S. Attorney. (U.S. Department of Justice)On Oct. 8, President Obama selected Channing D. Phillips, a former acting U.S. Attorney for the District and the senior counsel to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, as the city’s next top prosecutor. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) recommended Phillips to the president.While Phillips will be taking on a largely non-political job, he will be expected to make a major decision on a leading former officeholder in the city.Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has been a leading target of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office since early 2011 for his 2010 mayoral campaign’s violation of election laws. Several of his close associates have taken pleas from the U.S. Attorney’s office but Gray hasn’t been charged with any crime.Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner Mary Cuthbert, who has been involved in the city’s politics since the 1960s, didn’t mention Gray by name but said that Phillips needs to “close cases that are now open.”“Those cases have been hanging on a string and they need to be closed,” Cuthbert said.Leo Alexander, who ran against Gray in 2010 for mayor, agrees with Cuthbert. “Phillips needs to close the book on the Vince Gray investigation,” Alexander said. “The investigation is a mockery of justice and a waste of time. I am no big fan of Vince Gray but the city suffered under his leadership because of the investigation that hasn’t achieved its objective.”Gray ran for re-election in 2014 but lost in the April 1 primary that year to present D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). One of Gray’s opponents, D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), has publicly called for the U.S. Attorney’s office’s investigation of the former mayor to wrap up.Cohen said that he wasn’t insensitive to the concerns of many District residents regarding the 2010 mayoral campaign investigation. “There are some important cases that I wish I could see through to their conclusions, but I have complete confidence in the team at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to follow through and do justice for the people of the District,” he said.Johnny Barnes, a civil rights attorney in the District and the former executive director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, agrees with the sentiment in the community that the Gray matter should be closed. “The former U.S. Attorney [Machen] went beyond the role of the U.S. Attorney,” Barnes said. “I don’t think it is good to mix politics with law enforcement and the Gray matter is antiquated.”Vincent Cohen Jr., the acting U.S. Attorney, will leave office on Oct. 18. Cohen held the position for only six months and prior to that worked under U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen for five years as the principal assistant U.S. Attorney.The District’s U.S. Attorney’s office is largest in the country and deals with issues, as Cohen told the AFRO recently, from “Benghazi to Barry Farm.”Phillips, a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Howard University School of Law, will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he permanently assumes his post. He is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s office, starting in 1994 as an assistant U.S. Attorney and rising in the ranks to be the principal assistant U.S. Attorney from 2004-2009 and as the acting U.S. Attorney from May 2009-Febuary 2010. He has worked with the Justice Department in senior-level positions since 2011.Phillips is a native Washingtonian and is the son of the late Rev. Channing E. Phillips, who was the first Black to have his name submitted for a major party presidential nomination in 1968 at the Democratic Party convention in Chicago.last_img read more

Physicists discover evidence of rare hypernucleus a component of strange matter

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Physicists in Italy have discovered the first evidence of a rare nucleus that doesn’t exist in nature and lives for just 10-10 seconds before decaying. It’s a type of hypernucleus that, like all nuclei, contains an assortment of neutrons and protons. But unlike ordinary nuclei, hypernuclei also contain at least one hyperon, a particle that consists of three quarks, including at least one strange quark. Hypernuclei are thought to form the core of strange matter that may exist in distant parts of the universe, and could also allow physicists to probe the inside of the nucleus. The FINUDA experiment is located at one of the two interaction points of the DAFNE collider at INFN-LNF. As Elena Botta, a lead collaborator in the study, explained, DAFNE produces electron and positron beams. When these beams collide nearly head-on, they produce the phi meson (Φ), which decays with a 50% probability into a charged pair of K and anti-K mesons. FINUDA’s interaction point contains an octagonal prism with eight targets along the sides. When the anti-K meson interacts with a lithium nucleus in one of these targets, it can simultaneously produce a 6ΛH hypernucleus and a π+ meson of a particular energy. If scientists detect this particular meson, they’ve detected a signature of the strange nucleus formation. As Botta explained, 6ΛH production involves a two-step mechanism to decrease the number of protons in the lithium isotope, 6Li, from three to one, which produces hydrogen. Once produced, the neutron-rich 6ΛH hypernuclei slow down inside the target, and after 10-10 seconds they decay at rest into a π- meson and a 6He nucleus. The π- meson also has a particular energy, and scientists can easily detect it to give the signature of the decay. So both the formation and the decay of 6ΛH hypernuclei can be detected by searching for events with the presence of these particular π+ and π- mesons. Strange matterAs the first evidence for 6ΛH hypernuclei, the results could shed light on strange matter, which is hypothesized to exist at the center of ultra-dense neutron stars. The physicists hope to investigate strange matter further by producing strange nuclear systems.“Hypernuclei can be interpreted as the core of strange matter,” Botta told PhysOrg.com. “In particular, the possibility to produce strange nuclear systems containing two Λ particles will allow us to study the interaction between strange particles.”Hypernuclei could also serve as a useful tool to investigate the current model of nuclear structure, in which protons and neutrons are arranged in a stable configuration. “The fact that a hypernucleus has a strange quark does give it interesting characteristics compared to normal nuclei, since it allows the component L particle to act as a probe that can go very deep into the nucleus to test the description that the single particle shell model gives of nuclear matter,” Botta said. “In this respect, the study of hypernuclear physics allows us to get information not directly accessible otherwise.”She added that other hypernuclei with large neutron-to-proton ratios could exist in a stable state, even though ordinary neutron-rich nuclei are theoretically unstable. Neutron-rich hypernuclei seem to be an exception because of the way they modify the structure of a nucleus and increase its lifetime. During an upcoming experiment at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC), physicists plan to search for 6ΛH as well as for other neutron-rich hypernuclei, such as lithium 10 Lambda (10ΛLi). Journal information: Physical Review Letters The particular hypernucleus investigated here, called “hydrogen six Lambda” (6ΛH), was first predicted to exist in 1963. Now, in a study published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, physicists working in the FINUDA experiment at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati (INFN-LNF) in Frascati, Italy, have reported finding the first evidence for the particle. The FINUDA collaboration’s analysis of millions of events has turned up three events for the rare hypernucleus. Strange propertiesAs its name suggests, 6ΛH is a large type of hydrogen nucleus that consists of six particles: four neutrons, one proton, and one Lambda (Λ) hyperon. Since an ordinary hydrogen nucleus contains one proton and no neutrons, hydrogen nuclei that contain one or more neutrons are sometimes called “heavy hydrogen.” The most common types of heavy hydrogen are deuterium (which has one neutron) and tritium (which has two neutrons). Since 6ΛH has four neutrons plus a L hyperon, physicists refer to it as “heavy hyperhydrogen.”The L hyperon, which consists of one up, one down, and one strange quark, does an even more interesting thing to 6ΛH: it increases its lifetime from 10-22 seconds (the lifetime of the hypernucleus core 5H without L) to 10-10 seconds. When scientists first discovered the L hyperon in 1947, they observed a similarly longer lifetime than predicted for this “strange” object. That observation led to the idea of the existence of the strange quark, with strangeness being the property that causes the quark to live so long.DetectionWithout the L hyperon, it would likely be impossible for physicists to directly observe a hydrogen nucleus with four neutrons, since such a heavy isotope is very difficult to produce and has a very short lifetime. Another hypernucleus, 4ΛH, which has two neutrons instead of four, is more easily produced than 6ΛH in similar experiments and has been detected many times. But detecting evidence of 6ΛH is much more difficult. The 27 million collision events analyzed by the FINUDA collaboration represents about one full year of continuous data-taking from an experiment that spanned several years. Theoretically, the formation probability of 6ΛH is at least 100 times smaller than that of 4ΛH. Explore further Nuclear physics incorporates a ‘strange’ flavor More information: M. Agnello, et al. “Evidence for Heavy Hyperhydrogen 6ΛH.” Physical Review Letters 108, 042501 (2012) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.042501 Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. A view of one of the three events found by FINUDA: a schematic frontal view of the apparatus is shown, and the two blue lines represent the two ‘pi’ mesons moving along opposite bent trajectories in the magnetic field of the apparatus. Image credit: FINUDA collaboration Citation: Physicists discover evidence of rare hypernucleus, a component of strange matter (2012, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-physicists-evidence-rare-hypernucleus-component.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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Police leaving no stones unturned to ensure safe IDay

first_imgKolkata: The police is taking all necessary steps to avoid any untoward incident during the Independence Day parade to be held at Red Road on Wednesday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be hoisting the national flag at Red Road. She will also be given guard-of-honour. The programme at Red Road is scheduled to start at 10 am and it will continue till around 11.30 am. The Chief Minister will also be giving out police medals in the same programme.The parade will begin with a tableau of Safe Drive Save Life and subsequently participants from Kolkata Police, West Bengal Police, school children and tableaus of different departments will be passing one after the other. Around 980 children of different schools will be performing in the parade. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The Winners”, a special all-women patrolling team of the city police to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city, will also be participating in the Independence Day parade. A team of women officers of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) will also be taking part in the parade. This will be the first time for the Mounted Police unit taking part in it.There will be tableaus on the projects including Rupashree, Kanyashree, Sabujshree, Khadya Sathi, and Sabujsathi. Besides the tableau of the Youth Services and Sports department with the theme of ‘Football’, there will also be a tableau of the Information and Cultural Affairs department based on the theme of ‘Sampriti’. Flowers will be sprinkled from helicopter at the time of the parade.Kolkata Police has tightened the security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident during the parade. An additional 1,500 policemen will be deployed and at the same time, there will be close monitoring from watchtowers. As many as 10 watchtowers have been erected around Red Road. Three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be deployed and there will also be six mobile patrolling units.last_img read more

Swiss films travelling on wheels

first_imgOn the occasion of ’70 years of Swiss-Indian friendship’, the Swiss representations in India presented the event series “70 Years of Swiss Indian Friendship: Connecting Minds – Inspiring the Future” (SIF70).The event was officially launched by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, during her State visit to India on September 1, 2017. The events and activities started in April 2017 and will continue to take place in various cities across India to highlight this important landmark until the end of 2018. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a part of the event, Swiss representations in India initiated to bring the best of children’s movies from Switzerland to various regions in India. The films ‘Heidi’ and ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ are travelling on a special bus to spread the message of friendship, understanding, respect, and inclusiveness. The ‘Swiss Films on Wheels’ has been touring India since March 6. Screening the films for school students and for communities, the bus has visited more than 30 cities so far. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn November 3, the bus arrived in Kolkata and was welcomed by Umesh Chowdhary, Honorary Consul, Consulate of Switzerland. Three NGO founded schools hosted the movies – Hamari Muskan South Kolkata, Ektara on the same day and Future Hope Foundation featured the films on November 4. Heidi directed by Alain Gsponer is a fiction film released in December 2015. The story is about Heidi, a five-year-old orphan who is taken to live with her grumpy, outcast grandfather in the Swiss mountains. Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as Zucchini) by Claude Barras was released in 2016 and is about a little boy again. ‘Zucchini’ – an unusual nickname for a 9-year-old boy, yet his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by the kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Zucchini to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. With this initiative, the Swiss diplomatic network in India is connecting Swiss and Indian minds that are actively shaping the future of both countries. The focus lies on creating opportunities for innovation in business, research, and technology, but also in the fields of governance, art or social inclusion.last_img read more

After speaking at the OTTtv World Summit Richard

first_imgAfter speaking at the OTTtv World Summit, Richard Wray, BSkyB’s IPTV technology applied research manager spoke to DTVE about how the UK pay TV operator has evolved its OTT strategy since launching Sky Player in 2006.How is Sky using OTT services to increase engagement with customers?At Sky, we currently take advantage of the opportunities offered by OTT in three specific ways.Firstly, OTT enables us to package high quality pay TV content in new ways. For instance, our internet TV service Now TV takes advantage of the OTT opportunity to provide easy and flexible access to Sky content across a range of internet-connected devices with no contract, no set-up costs and no installation. Reaching out to the 13 million customers who haven’t previously taken any form of pay TV service, it helps us reach new customers with our premium pay TV content.Secondly, delivering TV through the internet enables us to add even more value to a Sky subscription, through our award-winning multiplatform TV service Sky Go. Available at no extra cost to all 10.4 million Sky TV customers, it means that that our customers can access content in line with their subscription across a wide range of smartphones, tablets, games consoles and computers.Thirdly, OTT provides us with new opportunities to enhance what the core Sky Plus set-top box experience. New experiences we offer this way include providing customers with a choice of different camera angles during Formula 1 races via the Sky Sports App for iPad, to letting fans of our most popular entertainment shows access bespoke in-app content through in-built Zeebox functionality within our hugely popular Sky Plus app.What steps has Sky taken to deliver services on multiple platforms?Having launched Sky Player on PC and Mac all the way back in 2006 and placed ourselves at the vanguard of viewing on the move through Sky Mobile TV, we’ve been involved in making our content available through multiple platforms for some years now. Such early innovations built the foundations for the huge success of Sky Go, which now offers up to 43 channels live and on demand and was used by more than 2.8 million unique users between June to September this year. Alongside this, we’ve developed a wide range of apps, including Sky Plus, Sky News for iPad and Sky Sports for iPad – and of course launched Now TV.What are the most effective ways to monetise OTT services?From our perspective, one of the biggest opportunities of OTT lies in using it to add value to our core Sky Plus service. While satellite continues to be the best way of delivering high volumes of content – especially HD and 3D – OTT provides a way of piling even more value into a Sky subscription, giving customers the flexibility so they can take Sky TV with them on the move, alongside hundreds of hours of on demand content, from the newly-launched BBC iPlayer on Sky Plus to the latest Hollywood movies.What future OTT trends are you anticipating?One of the things that will be interesting to monitor is whether advances in distribution technologies on mobile – such as the roll-out of 4G – will lead to changes in viewing patterns. Our research shows that viewers are more likely to watch longer-form content through WiFi (one of the reasons why we offer our Unlimited Broadband customers free access to more than 14,000 WiFi hotspots across the country), so we’ll be watching with interest to see whether something like 4G will also help grow viewing on the move.What role should social media play in the evolution of OTT services?We never forget that customers have a choice, which is why we continually focus on ways of making the experience of watching TV through Sky as good as it possibly can be. One of the ways we’ve enhanced this experience is through our range of companion apps, which allow customers to virtually gather round their favourite sports or programmes in a ready-made online community. By integrating social media into our range of apps, we can help viewers get closer to our content, creating a deeper and more immersive experience that customers really value.last_img read more

ITV is considering entering a joint venture with t

first_imgITV is considering entering a joint venture with the BBC for £1 billion (€1.1 billion) to buy out UKTV, according to reports.The BBC, which currently owns half of the business with Discovery, has the right to buy out its US partner at a set price before the end of the week, according to The Telegraph.While the BBC has explored taking full control of UKTV using cash raised in bond markets previously, complaints about the broadcaster expanding its advertising market and debt caps are said to have steered it away from the notion. In the meantime the BBC is exploring a deal with ITV, which would see it immediately sell the 50% purchased stake to the commercial broadcaster.This is all in a bid to fight the impacts of tech companies such as Netflix and increase collaboration between UK broadcasters, according to The Telegraph.The opportunity to seal the partnership will close in a fortnight, according to the report.Collaboration between the broadcasters is becoming increasingly frequent as they attempt to fight the impact of tech domination in the entertainment industry. This month it was revealed that the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV are also considering a service launch to combat Netflix, commonly referred to as Kangaroo 2.last_img read more