October 25, 2000In the Arcosanti Cafe,the changing of one garment to another signifies the changing of the season andthe coming of winter. A large, long tubular garment hangs down from the Gallerylevel of Crafts III building to the Cafe down below. Its purpose is to circulatethe warmer air that rises to the Gallery down to the Cafe in the building. Lookinginside the air tube, a fan creates a downward draft inside the winter garment. Looking inside the air tube, a fan creates a downward draft inside the wintergarment. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
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Netflix has confirmed upcoming launches in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.The US-listed streaming service will hit the Asian territories in early 2016 as part of its wider global roll out.The four new Netflix service will follow the roll out in Japan, the first in the region and which launched earlier this month.News of the South Korea launch leaked over the weekend, with the streaming service reportedly looking to partner with local telcos, and Netflix confirmed it yesterday.The company said that it will launch in the new territories on smart TVs and connected devices, but did not specify any partnerships. It has also not released pricing information and there was no mention of a China launch, which has also been widely rumoured.“The combination of increasing Internet speeds and ubiquity of connected devices provides consumers with the anytime, anywhere ability to enjoy their favorite TV shows and movies on the Netflix service,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO. “These four markets well represent those trends.”In January, Netflix said it plans to complete its global expansion within two years.
OTT content distribution platform Airbeem has named former Ericsson executive Thorsten Sauer as executive chairman.Thorsten SauerSauer previously served as president of Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services, now known as Red Bee Media. His time at the helm saw the acquisition of Technicolor’s Broadcast Services division in 2012, Red Bee Media in 2014 and FYI Television in 2016. In February, OTT TV technology provider Xstream has named Sauer to its board.Airbeem works with media companies, sports brands, broadcasters and content owners to create their own online video channels. The company provides off-the-shelf solutions to enable media owners to create their own OTT channel.Airbeem recently secured a Series A funding round led by Edge Investment to enable it to scale its product R&D sales and marketing and customer success teams worldwide.Steve Hardman, Airbeem CEO, said: “The appointment of Thorsten to our board comes at a time when we are investing heavily in sales and marketing to significantly grow the business. We believe we have a disruptive technology approach to video experience and OTT distribution for the direct to consumer market, providing premier content owners innovative monetisation tools to grow their channels and deliver their content to audiences with a tailored, enhanced user experience and a significant different commercial approach. Thorsten’s appointment brings valuable industry experience and vision to help us shape the vision of our OTT platform for the middle market.”Sauer said: “Consumers habits prove the future of TV is over the top. I look forward to bringing my industry knowledge to further help Airbeem enable content owners to launch direct to consumer OTT channels around the world and help drive global growth of the company.”