Swisscom’s pay TV arm Teleclub has secured the rights to Champions League and Europa League football in Switzerland and will air public broadcaster SRG’s coverage of the World Cup in 4K UHD TV.Champions League and Europa League games will be shown on Teleclub from August 21 and every match from both competitions will be available to Swisscom viewers.Some matches will be aired unencrypted on the Teleclub Zoom channels, which will be the only Swiss channel to air the Champions League final.Swisscom is working closely with SRG to provide 4K UHD coverage of the World Cup, including HDR. Swisscom TV customers will be able to follow the tournament on SRG’s channels SRF, RTS and RSI.Swisscom will provide additional background information on fixtures before and during games, such as background reports, team line-ups, information on individual players and other tournament developments, on its EPG.“It’s as if you’re actually sat watching the game in the stadium. HDR creates an effect that is similar to the jump in quality from analogue TVs to HD TVs, particularly for football broadcasts,” said Dirk Wierzbitzki, head of products and marketing and a member of the group executive board of Swisscom.
21st Century Fox has agreed to sell its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast after the US pay TV giant emerged triumphant from an intense bidding process over the weekend.Rupert MurdochWith the move Rupert Murdoch, who is chairman of 21st Century Fox, cashes out his interest in Sky – a company that he launched in the UK nearly 30 years ago.Comcast’s £17.28 (€19.23) per share offer for Sky values Fox’s stake in the business at £11.6 billion. In a statement Fox congratulated Comcast on its pending acquisition.“When we launched Sky in 1989 it was four channels produced from a prefab structure in an industrial park on the fringes of west London,” read the Fox statement.“We bet – and almost lost – the farm on launching a business that many didn’t think was such a good idea. Today, Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company and a world-class example of a customer-driven enterprise.”Disney, which is in the process of acquiring most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets in a separate US$66 billion deal that was agreed in December, consented to Fox’s sale of its Sky stake.The company said that the Sky deal, combined with the divestiture of the Fox Sports Regional Networks, will significantly reduce the amount of debt it will incur in acquiring 21st Century Fox.Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement that the proceeds from both Sky and Fox Sports Regional Networks will “substantially reduce the cost of our overall acquisition and allow us to aggressively invest in building and creating high-quality content for our direct-to-consumer platforms to meet the growing demands of viewers.”Commenting on Fox’s decision to sell its Sky stake to Comcast, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch described the deal as the close of one chapter and the opening of another.“Nearly 30 years ago Rupert Murdoch took a risk to launch Sky and in the process changed the way we watch television forever,” said Darroch.“His vision and belief has enabled us to grow in to Europe’s leading direct-to-consumer media business and I would like to personally thank him, James [Murdoch] and 21st Century Fox for their consistent support as shareholders, board members and friends.”21st Century Fox had previously moved to take full control of Sky but was eventually outbid by Comcast in a sealed bidding process that concluded at the weekend.Comcast’s bid of £17.28 per share represented a premium of 125% on the company’s price at the end of 2016, just before 21st Century Fox made its initial approach for Sky. Fox placed a final bid of £15.67 per share for Sky.Sky said at the weekend that it was in the best interests of all Sky shareholders to accept the Comcast offer, while Fox’s immediate reaction was to say it would consider its options regarding its own 39% stake in the company.
New Dublin Voices coming to City of Derry International FestivalFOLLOWING the success of the first six editions, the City of Derry International Choir Festival is back with a bang this autumn from October 23-27, announcing an impressive and diverse line-up of participating choirs from across Europe and South America. Organisers look forward to welcoming more than 50 choirs to the city to take part in competitions, concerts, performances and workshops across the 5-day event. This year’s festival will also include a jam-packed schedule of non-competitive performances by more than 40 local choirs and singing groups as part of the Every Voice Community Programme, in partnership with Derry choir Allegri, resulting in a total of nearly 100 participating choirs.The highlight of the weekend will be the International Competition, to be held on Saturday, October 26, in St. Columb’s Hall. Eight choirs, representing eight countries, will compete for the prestigious “Oak Tree of Derry” trophy and a cash prize of £2,000.The competitors are: ShareTweet Artistic DirectorDerryDONAL DOHERTYInternational competitors announced for this year’s City of Derry International FestivalNew Dublin VoicesST COLUMB’S HALL Coral Brasília, BrazilVoices of Hope, EnglandNew Dublin Voices, IrelandCoro Giovanile Regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia, ItalySt. Zlata Meglenska Female Chamber Choir, North MacedoniaSolheimkoret, NorwayCoro Feminino CVS, PortugalCordydd, Wales#Adjudicating all competitions will be a panel of distinguished choral directors with a wealth of experience as international jurors. The festival welcomes the return of Josep Vila I Casañas, one of the best-known choral conductors in Catalonia and Spain, for his third year leading the team as Chair of the adjudicating panel.Artistic Director of the festival, Dónal Doherty, commented on this year’s line-up, “We’re delighted to announce yet another exciting and outstanding line-up of choirs for this year’s festival. “Derry’s growing reputation as the City of Song continues to serve as a magnet to some of the very best choirs in the world. “The five-day festival will once again bring the whole of the North West alive for all music lovers – Portrush for the golf, Derry for the singing!”Tickets for all festival events go on sale from the Millennium Forum Box office in August. For further information and updates visit www.derrychoirfest.comInternational competitors announced for this year’s City of Derry International Festival was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: