28 Oct

24 days ago​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency looms

first_img​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency loomsby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is coy regarding his future at the club.The Belgian centre-back has been a stalwart for the club in the past few seasons.But with his contract running out at the end of the campaign, there is no sign of him renewing.And the 32-year-old is coy on his future.”I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course,” Vertonghen said when quizzed about his future by reporters.”It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”[My future is] not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 Oct

Jerry OConnell loves North Bay talks new TV show Carter

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook O’Connell was born in Manhattan but seems Canadian because: he’s super nice, even while being interviewed on the phone at 1 a.m., his time; his favourite TV show is “Schitt’s Creek”; and when he’s not working in Canada, he’s working with Canadians.The 44-year-old made his film debut in 1986 as one of the young lads scrambling across railway tracks in Rob Reiner’s memorable feature “Stand By Me.” Among his co-stars: a young Kiefer Sutherland.O’Connell was in Toronto for three of his teen years shooting the CTV comedy “My Secret Identity.” He was cast opposite Second City veteran Derek McGrath, who, as O’Connell points out, is from the northern Ontario town of Porcupine, near Timmins.It was during those “My Secret Identity” years that O’Connell started identifying with the Canadian anthem. “You go to enough Leafs games, Jays games and Argo games, you pick it up.”He sang it loud and proud last fall with a children’s choir on the ice at an OHL North Bay Battalion game. “That night we went out after the game to a bar,” he says. “The whole crew was critiquing my performance of the national anthem. They said I was drowning out the kids.”Several years after “My Secret Identity,” O’Connell was cast alongside another Canadian, Jill Hennessy, on the U.S. network drama “Crossing Jordan.”“She was born in Edmonton and grew up in Ontario,” says O’Connell, who knows his Canadian towns, cities and actresses.After that series, about 10 years ago, O’Connell was cast in the short-lived U.S. sitcom “Carpoolers” which was created by Bruce McCulloch from “Kids in the Hall.”“I have Bruce McCulloch to thank for this job,” says O’Connell of “Carter.” According to the actor, McCulloch told “Carter” creator Garry Campbell (a former “Kids in the Hall” writer who also has worked on “Kim’s Convenience” and “Less than Kind”) that he should cast the American.“He said, ‘Jerry’s not that reliable but you’ll have fun working with him,”‘ suggests O’Connell. “I’m totally joking — that was a joke. He must have said something positive. I got hired.”O’Connell does squeeze in the occasional job on American soil. He’s in this week’s season finale of “The Big Bang Theory.” As Sheldon’s seldom-seen big brother Georgie, he’s among the guests at the wedding of characters Sheldon and Amy.His nine-year-old twin daughters — big “Young Sheldon” fans — are thrilled dad’s going to be on “Big Bang.” O’Connell is married to actress Rebecca Romijn, who brought the kids to Canada for a visit during the series shoot.O’Connell truly fell in love with North Bay, which, thanks to tax incentives, has become a thriving film and TV production site. He kept running into Billy Campbell, Karine Vanasse and the cast of “Cardinal” while in North Bay, and advocates for a “Carter”-“Cardinal” crossover.“I really do feel like I have a job to do in letting people know that the north is gorgeous and everybody should come up there,” says O’Connell. “Not only is it a beautiful place to shoot, it’s a beautiful place to come visit.”He’s looking forward to returning to the city this week for a special premiere screening of “Carter.”“Everybody who works at Timmy Ho-Ho’s is going to be there. It’s going to be crazy.” How many American TV stars could come up to Canada and belt out our national anthem at a hockey game without a teleprompter?Jerry O’Connell performed the task — without missing a word — while working on his new series “Carter” in North Bay, Ont.If that doesn’t sound honourary Canadian enough, here’s the plot of “Carter,” which premieres Tuesday, May 15, on Bravo: a Canadian actor (O’Connell), who stars in a top-rated American detective series, heads back to his small town in Northern Ontario to escape the phoniness of Hollywood. He reunites with his old pals from high school (played by Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Kristian Bruun) and together they form a crime-solving team.center_img Actors Jerry O’Connell and Sydney Tamiia Poitier are shown in a scene from the television show “Carter.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

28 Sep

Football How much will special teams impact the Fiesta Bowl for Ohio

Penn State freshman punter Blake Gillikin (93) and OSU redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) rush towards the ball after a blocked punt in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For weeks, much of the talk for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl has been about the offensive and defensive capabilities of both No. 3 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. However, there has been little discussed in terms of special teams, the unit that the Buckeyes take extremely seriously. Kerry Coombs, the secondary and special teams coach for the Buckeyes, has a knack for coaching some of the best special teamers in the nation year after year. According to him, the effort of his gunners and kick coverage unit could make the difference in a game as evenly matched as OSU versus Clemson.“I think they’re very, very good just like I think we’re very, very good,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a couple of areas in the game … I know that their national championship game last year hinged on some big special teams plays. I think that our kids are extremely well prepared, and I know that there’s are too. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it will be a factor in the game.”One of the biggest weapons on Coombs’ special teams unit is senior punter Cameron Johnston. Johnston, a native of Melbourne, Australia, who has been punting for the Buckeyes for four years now, and is in his fifth year with the team.Averaging a career-best 46.2 yards per punt in 2016, the Australian born punter has a few goals in mind against Clemson. The most prominent of those goals is limiting the returning ability of the Tigers’ returners.“You never know how many times you’re going to punt, but when you do, you got to make sure it’s in the right area,” Johnston said. “If you get zero return yards for the day, you’ve had a good day.”While netting zero return yards on punts has a lot to do with how the ball is kicked and the trajectory it takes before striking the turf the proper way, having help from teammates is necessary to limiting return yardage. Wide receivers like redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin have been instrumental on kick coverage success, playing predominantly at the outside coverage positions.The players at those positions, known predominately as “gunners,” are known for their speed and athleticism, as well as the ability to hunt down the ball and bring down the returner quickly, or forcing him towards the middle of the field. For McLaurin, the chance to cut his teeth as a special teamer has resulted in his development as a well-rounded player.“You kind of get your feet wet playing special teams,” he said. “Once you start making plays on special teams, you’re going to be making plays on offense. You see it all the time with guys coming through this program. That’s what we preach about competitive excellence.”Although the Buckeyes have yet to score on a punt return this year, it is worth noting OSU has not given up a touchdown on a punt either this season. Part of that statistic has to do with McLaurin’s ability, while another part comes down to how well Johnston has played.With a punter like Johnston who is a master at hang-time on punts, as well as a speedy player on the outside to get to the returner quickly, OSU might very well dictate the game. Pinning an offense deep in its own territory is something that Coombs feels could be the difference maker come Saturday.“All the difference,” he said. “And not just big (plays), but just the innate field position difference. If we can gain yards with special forces throughout the game, which is our objective, it doesn’t show up as a big play. But it makes a dent in the scoreboard.”OSU squares off against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more

28 Sep

Aaron Craft leads Ohio State to 7669 upset against No 17 Iowa

Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Iowa Feb. 4 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. OSU won, 76-69.Courtesty of The Daily Iowan/Alyssa HitchcockWhen a team is on the road in a hostile environment, college basketball coaches typically look to their seniors to lead the way.That was the case Tuesday night in Iowa City, Iowa, as Ohio State senior guard Aaron Craft did a little bit of everything to help lead his team to its second straight road win, defeating No. 17 Iowa, 76-69.Craft finished with a game-high 17 points, recorded six steals, dished out six assists and delivered a crucial driving layup with 1:21 remaining while getting fouled. His free throw put the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5) up, 66-59, but Iowa would not go away.The Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4) cut the lead to four after a free throw by senior forward Zach McCabe with 54 seconds left, but they never got that close again.The battery of junior guard Shannon Scott, junior forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. combined to make 10 of 12 free throws after the lead was cut to four to help seal the win for the Buckeyes, who won their second straight game against a top 20 opponent — following up a 59-58 victory at then-No. 14 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.The Buckeyes shot 25-49 from the field in the game, including 7-16 from beyond the arc. Their perimeter defense proved to be the difference, as Iowa shot just 3-20 from deep.After trailing, 33-31, at halftime, OSU took the lead for good after Smith Jr. buried a three from the wing with 18:39 remaining. Smith Jr. finished with 12 points, one of five OSU guys to score in double figures including Craft, Ross with 13, junior center Amir Williams with 12 and Scott with 11.Sophomore guard Mike Gesell led the Hawkeyes with 16 points, and junior center Gabriel Olaseni added 14 off the bench.After the two straight road wins, OSU is set to come home Saturday and take on Purdue (13-9, 3-6). The Buckeyes last beat the Boilermakers, 78-69, Dec. 31 in West Lafayette, Ind. Tipoff for Saturday is set for 6 p.m. read more

18 Sep

Ajax boss An opportunity that we need to go for

first_imgErik ten Hag believes his Ajax side must go all-out for the opportunity they have at Benfica tonight in the Champions LeagueVictory for the Dutch giants will book them a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.Currently, Ajax lead Group E on goal difference from Bayern Munich and are four points ahead of tonight’s opponents Benfica.“This is the fourth game of the group phase, and it’s an important one. A lot is at stake,” Ajax coach Ten Hag told reporters on the club website.“We definitely have the possibility of getting closer to making it through the winter break in the Champions League. And it’s an opportunity that we need to go for.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…A late goal from Noussair Mazraoui handed Ajax a narrow 1-0 win over Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena last time out a fortnight ago.But former Manchester United defender Daley Blind doesn’t expect an easy time from Benfica in Lisbon tonight.“The next round is within our reach,” said Blind.“It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a huge opportunity. We are very aware of this. We’re going to have to do our best to grab those three points.”The Group E game between Benfica and Ajax will begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

18 Sep

For Guardiola Fernandinho is very important

first_imgThe Manchester City manager believes the Brazil midfielder is not certain to face Southampton on SundayBrazilian midfielder Fernandinho is injured.But he trained with Manchester City on Saturday and might be able to face Southampton tomorrow.“It is not necessary to lose three games from four to say how important Fernandinho is to us,” Guardiola said to The Standard.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It is a specific position, we don’t have his qualities again. He is an incredible player.”“We tried but when players don’t want to come what can we do?” Guardiola spoke about trying to cover him.“I never in my career with Barcelona or Bayern Munich, I never complain about what they try to do, the clubs.”“They do their best because they want to win too. They try to provide me with the best team possible and they did it,” Guardiola added.last_img read more

17 Sep

Chula Vista police officer awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

first_img July 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A local police officer was honored this weekend with one of the nations highest awards for bravery.A Chula Vista police officer David Sachs was awarded the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.In 2017, Sachs responded to a call in a Chula Vista neighborhood. When Sachs arrived, 27-year-old David Scott charged him with a knife. Sachs then fired his gun in self-defense. He was stabbed four to six times in the head and the arm.After seven months of recovery Sachs is back to work, and is has received one of the highest honors that a law enforcement officer can receive in the U.S. Chula Vista police officer awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

14 Sep

Alaska Unemployment Rate Remains At 72 Percent

first_imgThe largest increases were again in Skagway and the Denali Borough, where the remainder of tourism-related activity wound down. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s total employment was down by an estimated 0.9 percent in November compared to November 2016, a loss of about 2,800 jobs. Oil and gas jobs were down by 7.8 percent and construction by 4.8 percent. Health care was the only industry to add jobs. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities remained at the same level as last year, as did local government. Federal jobs were down 0.7 percent and state government 2.4 percent. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent, where it has been since August. The comparable national rate for November was 4.1 percent. According to a release from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as employment losses continue, they have moderated noticeably in the second half of 2017. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate was 7.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from October, an expected increase as winter sets in. Unemployment rates went up in 24 of 29 boroughs and census areas. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp3VmJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

14 Sep

Soldotna Man Arrested Following Trooper Pursuit Off Gaswell Road

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers arrested a Soldotna man following a vehicle pursuit off Gaswell Road on April 11, at 8:50 p.m. McAdoo was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held with no bail pending arraignment. According to the online dispatch, McAdoo failed to stop for troopers and a pursuit ensued.  He was stopped after spike strips were deployed. The outstanding warrant was for fail to appear at arraignment, the original charges being theft 4th and violation of conditions of release.center_img Troopers attempted to stop a black 1999 Volkswagen off Gaswell Road to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on the driver, Dakota Lynn McAdoo, age 25. McAdoo was arrested for Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1st and Assault 3rd, for placing his passenger in fear of serious physical injury by his reckless driving.last_img read more

2 Sep

Are Mounted Police Units Still Necessary

first_img Listen Erin Tobz via TwitterOn August 3, 2019, two Galveston Police officers led Donald Neely by rope after arresting him for allegedly trespassing. The action was criticized widely. 00:00 /08:37 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Earlier this month, a photo began circulating of two Galveston police officers mounted on horseback leading a handcuffed African-American man down the street by rope.The picture sparked immediate controversy, and Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale released a statement apologizing to the handcuffed man, Donald Neely. He stated he felt the “officers showed poor judgment,” and that they should have waited for a vehicle unit to transport Neely from the location of his arrest.Of course, mounted police have been around since the days before the automobile. But now, there are much more advanced modes of transportation that themselves have been around for more than a century.So, are mounted police units still necessary in 2019? What purposes do they serve and what are their pros and cons?In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks it over with Dr. Mitchel Roth, a criminal justice professor from Sam Houston State University who specializes in the history of law enforcement. X Sharelast_img read more

31 Aug

France gets a framed taste of religious India

first_imgPoignant photos capturing the essence of Udaipur, its beautiful heritage buildings, natural beauty and particularly the expressions of religion by people of different faiths, are currently on display in Strasbourg, France.Clicked by French photographer Albert Huber, the photos are part of a month-long exhibition of pictures that showcases the sacred in the cities of Udaipur and Strasbourg.Titled ‘Seeking the Sacred’, the exhibition is the outcome of an exchange pact inked between the two cities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘In the historical Udaipur, I am the happy photographer. I photographed the narrow streets and living and the baroque palaces in their bountiful natural beauty,’ says Huber.The photographer who was in Udaipur in April this year says, ‘I photographed the extraordinary royal palace, the  women in a temple, the Protestants celebrating Good Friday in church and Muslims offering prayers at a mosque.’ Juxtaposing Huber’s pictures are those by Anuradha Sarup who photographed the sacred rituals of people in Strasbourg. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The city is one of France’s most vibrant and culturally rich cities. I captured on film the Pre-Easter ceremonies. I also shot the mosque there, which is the second largest mosque in France,’ says Sarup.The lenswoman who spent 10 days in the French city says it was a challenge for her to capture the ‘sacred’ through the historical cultural and religious identities of its people.‘Like Udaipur Strasbourg, an ancient European settlement has a living heritage. The city and its people have adapted beautifully to changing times,’ says Sarup. The photo exhibition is an activity under the Joint Co-operation Programme (JCP) signed between Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, UNESCO, the Udaipur Municipal Council, the city of Strasbourg and Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur for three years from 2011.The pact aims to strengthen Udaipur’s knowledge base, develop a framework and undertake activities to preserve its heritage and develop international collaboration and partnerships for heritage-based projects in the Rajasthan city.‘The exhibition will open new avenues of understanding between people and provide access to various artists of different faiths. It will inspire creativity and stimulate international research digital knowledge exchange,’ says Mayank Gupta, Deputy Secretary, MMCF.The photo exhibition is part of a festival, which celebrated sacred music from over the world. The three-day ‘Sacred Days of Strasbourg’ inaugurated on May 23 with Hindu and Buddhist chants saw performances from 10 countries.After the exhibition closes on June 18 in Strasbourg it is scheduled to travel to Udaipur later this year and be showcased at the City Palace Museum there.Meanwhile, French photographer Huber says, ‘There is a lot I received in Udaipur and a lot more calls me back.’last_img read more

10 Aug

March 13 2019The Cosanti Foundation is once again

first_imgMarch 13, 2019The Cosanti Foundation is once again participating in Modern Phoenix Week! Participants of this annual celebration of Architecture and Design will be invited for an intimate tour of Cosanti on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00-11:30 am and again on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00-10:30 am. These two special tours are being offered for a suggested donation rate of $20 per person, attendance is limited to 25.Register here for the tour on March 16th, and here for the March 23rd date. We’ll see you at Modern Phoenix Week!last_img read more

7 Aug

Deutsche Telekom has chosen semiconductor manufact

first_imgDeutsche Telekom has chosen semiconductor manufacturer Celeno to help it deliver IPTV wirelessly around the home.The telco has selected Celeno’s CL1820 Wi-Fi chip and OptimizAIR technology to power its Speedport W 102 Bridge.The Speedport W 102 Bridge will enable Deutsche Telekom to distribute its Entertain IPTV service wirelessly throughout the home to consumers in Germany.The Speedport W 102 Bridge enables consumers to self install their media receiver DVR. The unit also provides consumers with the ability to place their set-tops and TVs anywhere in the home and watch time-shifted content recorded on a master DVR from any receiver in their home. Subscribers using the Speedport W 102 Bridge can expand their network to up to four video adapters in their home.“Celeno’s optimized Wi-Fi technology far exceeds that of conventional Wi-Fi, which is merely designed for internet surfing,” said Ulrich Grote, vice-president terminal management fixed line, Deutsche Telekom. “Celeno’s solution not only allows for flawless HD video streaming, it also enables multi-room DVR with the high quality of experience our consumers demand.”last_img read more

7 Aug

Hungarys Office of the National Media and Infocom

first_imgHungary’s Office of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has estimated that the country was home to 3.2 million TV subscriber households at the end of November.The number is based on the figures that show the country’s top 12 service providers had 2.8 million TV subs between them. By the end of the month, the operators had attracted 1.6 million digital TV subs, representing 57.8% of total customers. That number is up from 57.6% a year earlier. The number of digital cable and IPTV subscribers was up to 677,000 from 662,000 the previous month, while digital DTH services were taken by 909,000 customers and 42,000 took DTT services from Antenna Hungary.UPC was the market leader in November, with a market share of 26.1%, followed by DIGI with a 23% share and T-Home with 22.2%.last_img read more

6 Aug

All good things come to an end And so it will be

first_imgAll good things come to an end. And so it will be with Netflix’s growth spurt. At some point, the pioneering online video provider will run out of new customers willing and able to subscribe – provided it sticks to its current business model. But what if Netflix were to pursue more radical options?It’s first worth stressing that Netflix’s model – offering ad-free, subscription-based access at largely similar prices worldwide – has plenty of distance to run. Although the number of net new Netflix subscriptions peaked in 2017, Ovum forecasts that the company will still be adding over 13 million annually, even in five years’ time.By then, however, its annual growth rates in many of the world’s largest markets will have slowed from double-digit to single-digit percentages. In the US, Netflix’s subscriber base will grow by just 0.2% in 2023 (see Figure 1). And despite its global expansion, the US will still be a hugely important market for the company, accounting for about a third of subscriptions and revenues.So how else can Netflix grow, beyond simply raising its prices? Ovum has identified three options.1. Make mobile video even more affordableOvum forecasts that over 500 million people in India will have smartphones and data connections powerful enough to watch online video in 2022, yet Netflix will have fewer than 5 million subscriptions by then. Why? It’s about affordability.Netflix has taken several steps to make its service more accessible and affordable in emerging markets, such as streaming technologies that consume minimal amounts of data and enabling people without credit cards or bank accounts to charge their subscriptions via their mobile phone bills.But the main sticking point is Netflix’s US$7.99 entry-level price point – great value for consumers in developed markets but too expensive for many in emerging markets, where disposable income levels are often several times lower. Last month, the company was revealed to have acknowledged this issue by trialing a $4 per month “mobile-only” plan in Malaysia for access on one phone or tablet at standard definition quality.For hundreds of millions of consumers in emerging markets, roughly halving prices won’t be enough. Put simply, subscription services aren’t the no-brainer they are in developed countries. In Malaysia, 75% of mobile connections are pay-as-you-go. In India, 95% are. If Netflix really wants to move the needle in these massive markets, it will need to explore more radical pricing and bundles through closer partnerships with local mobile operators.2. Bring a truly fresh take on TV advertisingTo be 100% clear, adopting a Hulu-like model where viewing is interrupted by ads before or during TV shows and movies would be a bad move for Netflix. Using ads to offer a “free” version would risk cannibalising its paid subscriber base, while showing ads to paying customers would ruin the viewing experience.Instead, Netflix could invest in evolving product placement, the practice of including brands within the content and storylines of TV shows and movies. Around three in four Netflix shows already feature at least one example of this covert form of advertising, according to specialist agency Branded Entertainment Network. Augmented reality-like technology could take the concept to the next level, digitally inserting different products into videos for different viewers, so say, one sees a Coke and another a Pepsi.There’s already a precedent in another globalised form of media, sport, with broadcasters overlaying “virtual advertising” over banners at matches. Vendors such as Accenture and Ryff are working on bringing more advanced technology to movies and TV shows. To put this opportunity in perspective, various estimates suggest advertisers will spend over US$20 billion on product placement this year; subscription online video services will generate US$32 billion, according to Ovum’s forecasts.3. Reinvient itself as a TV ‘re-intermediary’Netflix once looked set to become a kind of “Spotify for TV” – before content providers realised that selling their most valuable content to a single, increasingly powerful intermediary was not such a good idea. Netflix has since invested heavily in exclusive and original content to become more like HBO’s TV brand, while HBO, Disney, and others have sought to become more like Netflix.But few established media companies will come anywhere near their inspiration’s level of success. In 2023, Netflix will account for around one in three online video subscriptions worldwide (excluding China, one of the few places where the service is not available). In many countries, its market share will be well over 50%, leaving most rival apps fighting over relatively small numbers of subscribers.Netflix could use its scale to help these providers to survive, by reinventing itself as an Amazon Channels-like aggregator handling marketing, technology, and customer support in exchange for a cut of fees from subscriptions it brokers or manages.The question is whether another company will get there first – not least Amazon. The battle to become the platform that profits most from helping consumers navigate today’s fragmented TV landscape will be fought by the biggest names in media and tech, including AT&T Time Warner, Apple, Comcast Sky, Google, and Liberty Global. Netflix will be increasingly dependent on such “re-intermediaries” for attracting subscribers, billing, and driving viewing – unless it becomes one itself.Playing safe versus changing the gameNever underestimate the power of one big idea – and one company’s ability to deliver on its promise. But no single idea has infinite potential. Sooner or later, Netflix will need to look beyond the limits of its current business model – just like when it made the truly game-changing move from DVD rentals to online streaming.Straight Talk is a weekly briefing from the desk of the Ovum’s Chief Research Officer. To receive this newsletter by email, please contact us.last_img read more