Los Angeles County is poised to start building its next major train line – a $640 million light rail along Exposition Boulevard from downtown to the Westside. The 9.6-mile line – through the University of Southern California and Crenshaw area to Culver City – would be the first half of the proposed Expo Line, which planners hope will one day extend to Santa Monica. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is scheduled to approve the environmental report this week for the railway. Groundbreaking is scheduled for spring, with a projected opening in 2010. “We’re thrilled it’s moving forward,” said Darrell Clarke, co-chairman of Friends 4 Expo Transit, who’s been advocating the project for more than 15 years. The two sides have been discussing a compromise in which USC would pay about half the additional cost. “It’s a very big amount for the university to try to fund itself,” said Curt Williams, USC’s vice president for campus development. Plans already call for a half-mile trench where the train leaves downtown Los Angeles and passes over the Harbor Freeway. The route then surfaces along Exposition Boulevard. But USC officials say that would break up the campus green space and impede the main pedestrian crossing for 40,000 fans heading from the campus to the Coliseum, where the Trojans play their home games. They want the tunnel extended to Vermont Avenue. A possible compromise would be to extend the trench farther, but short of Vermont, for up to $40 million. That would push up the cost of a station city officials eventually hope to built at Exposition Park for $5 million to $7 million. The price tag would soar to $50 million for a station to stay underground. “They’re really hopeful they can reach an agreement before the board meeting,” said David Mieger, MTA’s director of planning for the Westside. Residents continue to be concerned about safety of the rail crossings – most of them at the same level as the streets carrying motor vehicles – and about noise. While some observers question going forward with the Expo Line at all while Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is trying to extend the subway to the Westside, others say both projects are needed to handle traffic. Supporters also note the subway would cost five times as much and is many years away. The Expo Line, which failed to win federal grant funding, would be paid for primarily with local sales-tax revenue and federal clean-air funds. It would be built by the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, separate from the MTA – similar to the way the Metro Gold Line was built. So far, the proposed Expo Line lacks a color-based name like other lines have. Suggestions so far are the Cardinal Line for USC’s colors, the Tan Line since it may one day go to the beach, the Aqua Line or the Silver Line. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The train had once been envisioned as a busway, like San Fernando Valley’s recently launched Orange Line. But planners, expecting daily ridership of nearly 43,000 by 2025 or more than twice the 16,360 the Orange Line carries today, said buses would have to run every few minutes to move as many people as one train could. The train is expected to take 26 minutes between downtown and Culver City. Still, a key challenge remains USC’s opposition to the train running down the middle of Exposition Boulevard, between the university and Exposition Park, home to numerous museums and the Coliseum. University officials want a tunnel built in that area but have not come up with the additional $100 million that transit authorities say a tunnel would cost.
Updated: 6.30pmSome obituary details have been announced for the late Manus Kelly, who was fatally injured in a tragic accident on Sunday.Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly, of Drumacanoo, Churchill died on Sunday 23rd June following a crash at Fanad Head on the final day of the 2019 Donegal International Rally. Mr Kelly’s remains will repose at his home at Drumacanoo, Churchill, from 11am tomorrow morning, Tuesday June 25th.The house is strictly private until that time.Funeral arrangements are to be confirmed later.Those intending to attend the wake and funeral of the late Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly are respectfully asked to use the Car Parks and Park & Ride facilities which will be in place. Directional signs and marshals will be in place at the various locations to assist mourners.We on behalf of the Kelly Family, Donegal Motor Club, Donegal County Council and Glenswilly GAA Club appreciate your cooperation with these arrangements at this sad time.Obituary details announced for the late Manus Kelly was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Chelsea were on the back foot for most of a one-sided first half of the Europa League final.Benfica, with their slick passing and movement, have had the upper hand at the Amsterdam ArenA, where Ashley Cole blocked a shot from Oscar Cardozo before Nicolas Gaitan fired over the Chelsea bar.The Portuguese team continued to sweep forward and Rodrigo missed a good chance to put them ahead when he failed to connect from inside the area.But the Blues, without the injured Eden Hazard and John Terry, finished the half strongly, with Oscar beginning to cause the opposing defence some problems.And Frank Lampard’s swerving shot brought a save from Benfica keeper Artur.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Lampard, Luiz, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Mikel, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Benayoun, Ake.Click here for our Chelsea v Benfica 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
TiVo has passed the 2.5 million subscriber milestone in Europe for the first time.TiVo said its advanced TV platform now covers almost half of Virgin Media’s subscribers and a third of ONO’s. The platfor has also been adopted by Swedish cable operator Com Hem in Europe.TiVo recently began showcasing its full hybrid QAM/IP and IPTV offering. According to the company, this platform is designed to work within cable operators’ existing architecture to implement advanced television as operators continue to transition to video delivery over IP. The solution can be migrated between either network while providing the same TiVo functionality including integration of linear, on-demand, catch-up and over-the-top services.Com Hem’s launch of TiVo in October 2013 was the first such full hybrid QAM/IP and IPTV deployment.“Consumers globally are increasingly demanding a superior TV viewing experience that enables them to access content across multiple screens and devices anytime and anywhere. Our growing roster of international pay-TV operator partners including Com Hem, Virgin Media and ONO recognized this trend early and share TiVo’s vision for the future of TV consumption,” said David Sandford, vice-president, general manager, iInternational at TiVo.“TiVo leads the market in multi-screen, TV Everywhere capabilities with deployments across multiple third party set-top boxes, iOS and Android operating systems and the Web, and Europe represents the largest share of TiVo deployments worldwide to date. Our success here puts a fine point on the overall success of TiVo’s strategic transformation to a major international advanced television platform and services company. We are extremely pleased with the strong and sustained rate of adoption throughout Europe.”
Stofa chief technology officer, Thomas Helbo.Cloud-based DVR services remain problematic for operators due to restrictions on the use of content rights, according to a panel of cable executives and technologists at content security provider Verimatrix’s ‘Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World’ event, which took place ahead of the main conference sessions at ANGA COM today in Cologne.Erik Meijer, senior innovation manager at Dutch cable operator Ziggo said his company is ultimately looking to add cloud-based recording as it rolls out its IP-connected CI+ TV service. However, securing rights remains a key challenge, he said. Meyer said Ziggo wanted to be able to offer all content as catch-up content but he said it is unlikely that operators will succeed in the short term, while network-based DVR is also difficult in the Netherlands, he said.Similar barriers to network-based recording exist in Germany, according to Wolfgang Zeller, vice-president of service engineering at Vodafone-owned cable operator Kabel Deutschland.“Network DVR is not economically feasible in Germany. This is really due to the studios because there is no value chain to monetise it,” said Zeller. “Technology-wise you can do a lot but the thing that is lacking is rights and the whole business model needs to be defined. If it was just up to us we would already have a network DVR service up and running, but it is not possible,” he said.Where content providers insist on operators making an individual copy per user rather than allowing network-based recordings to be shared between multiple users, or where ‘single copy per user’ is mandated by law, the cost of running network or cloud-based DVR services can be prohibitive, according to Thomas Helbo, chief technology officer of Danish cable operator Stofa.Helbo said that there is always a cost involved in recording programmes in the cloud. “One thing we have discussed is having one instance per customer when making recordings, which doesn’t make technical sense,” he said. Helbo said the economics of network DVR need to make sense for everyone and that it made no sense to insist on a particular way of doing it “just because someone wants to make sure it is a similar service to a DVR in the home.”Helbo said operators had to make sure they could make additional revenues when they launch new services generally, rather than launch things free of charge . “It is important that we do things in the right way,” he said. Operators have already launched too many services without working out any real way to make money from them, he said.DVR technology provider TiVo, which has deployed set-top-based DVR services for European operators including Virgin Media, Com Hem and ONO, is talking to new operators and is looking at a move to network DVR with a number of players, according to Joe Weber, vice-president of technology strategy. He said that rights issues remain problematic, not only for network-based DVR but also for allowing viewing on multiple devices, where studios and other content providers currently restrict consumption, typically to five devices concurrently.Weber said that in the US there are homes with a number of TVs that will continue to require multi-tuner DVR gateways and multiple set-top boxes as well as multiple tablets and mobile phones attached to the gateway. “The number of devices in each home just keeps increasing. The challenges are also to do with the rights issues,” he said.Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix, said at least one operator had wanted licences to allow viewing on 30 devices concurrently. However, he said, studios want to extract maximum return on their investment and prevent, for example, two households in an apartment block sharing content. Oetegenn said that, with IP-based content security technology, it is possible to limit locations and IP addresses , enabling providers to restrict consumption to a single authenticated household.In addition to the ability to record, operators increasingly want to support viewing on multiple devices inside, and ultimately outside, the home, leading to an onward migration to IP-based video. Attendees at the Verimatrix event heard that operators are at different stages in making the transition to IP-based video, driven not only by the need to deliver multiscreen services but by mergers between cable and other service providers with IP-based fixed-line assets.Meijer said that Ziggo currently has IP video for multiscreen devices inside the home, alongside its DVB-C network. “For IP video the next step is to go outside the home,” he said, adding that Ziggo will be able to use its extensive network of IP hotspots based on users’ in-home WiFi routers to deliver out-of-home connectivity.Meijer said Ziggo is also thinking about migrating its on-demand services “and perhaps some niche linear channels” to IP. “More and more capacity will be used for IP, with less for broadcast,” he said.Kabel Deutschland currently only offers a classic cable TV service without multiscreen distribution but the acquisition of the company by mobile giant Vodafone is likely to expedite the launch of the latter and accelerate migration to IP video, said Zeller.He said that the Vodafone acquisition means that Kabel Deutschland is becoming a converged service provider. While integration of IT systems and the development of converged services will take some time, the pair will initially launch jointly branded services with a new brand identity.Zeller said Kabel Deutschland is “not yet hybrid” in the sense of offering IP linear channels on its cable network. However, Vodafone is offering IP services on its own fixed-line network.In terms of the future direction of the cable network’s migration to IP technology, Zeller said there would likely be “a race” between DVB-C2, the new DVB standard for cable broadcast, and high-speed data standard DOCSIS 3.1,. He said it is likely that Kabel Deutschland will eventually opt for IP video over DOCSIS 3.1 in the future, rather than a widespread deployment of DVB-C2. “Ultimately you want to be an all-IP network end to end,” he said.Helbo at Stofa said that about 50-60% of customers at Stofa currently have a broadband package enabling them to view multiscreen TV services from the operator. Public broadcasters’ catch-up services have also been made available on the platform and Stofa has launched a ‘restart’ service as part of its catch-up functionality.Helbo said that most consumption of video remained within the home, largely due to the cost of consuming content on 3G and 4G networks. Most out-of-home consumption is on WiFi and viewing sessions are significantly shorter when people are out of home. Most viewing is on phones out of the home rather than on tablets, he said.Helbo said that the acquisition of Stofa by energy utility SE, which has also rolled out its own fibre network, means that the company will migrate to IP video over time. Stofa is now running cable and IP video services, with hybrid boxes deployed in homes.