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
Graham McWilliamSky’s group director, corporate affairs, Graham McWilliam, has taken to Twitter to defend Sky’s record expenditure on Premier League rights, following its £5.14 billion (€6.9 billion) deal.“Sky went in hard to get the result. Yes, paid big. That’s what it takes. We can and will absorb it #premierleague,” McWilliam tweeted.McWilliam also used Twitter to argue that only Sky had achieved its objectives and that a comparison of prices paid ignored the value gap between the operator and its rivals. He said the addition of Friday night games to Sunday and Monday night football had been a huge prize for the broadcaster. McWilliam said the deal had given Sky Sports better match selections than before, including three quarters of first and second picks.He also argued that Sky was right not to chase Champions League rights held by BT as a £300 million spend would only guarantee rights to 26 matches with British teams and that the Premier League mattered more to football fans.Officials from other European football leagues have meanwhile expressed disquiet about the potential impact of the deal internationally.Javier Tebas, the president of Spain’s La Liga, has warned that Real Madrid and Barcelona’s top players could move to English clubs as a result of the deal.Tebas said the Sky deal represented a “serious problem” for the Spanish league and called for a switch from individual clubs negotiating their own rights packages to a system of collective bargaining.Waldemar Kita, the president of FC Nantes, meanwhile told French sports paper L’Équipe that it would be necessary for French teams to renegotiate their TV rights with Canal+ and BeIN Sports,w hich he said had an objective interest in making Ligue 1 an attractive proposition. He said the gap between the English Premier League and other European leagues was likely to grow inexorably.Philippe Diallo, head of French clubs union the UCPF said that average Premier League clubs would be in a position to take the best French players and that there the economic power of English Premier League clubs was “unstoppable” in a totally free market.German Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert has said his league may have to look at fresh options to compete, such as changing kick-off times and running matches on Monday evenings. A substantial proportion of German matches are currently concentrated on Saturday afternoons.
A company backed by private-equity outfit Permira is to acquire Cisco’s service provider video software solutions business, with former NDS chairman and CEO Abe Peled to return as chairman of the new venture.Abe Peled receiving a Digital TV Europe Euro50 Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013When the deal closes, the Permira Funds will create a rebranded company focused on technology for the pay TV industry. Its product lines will encompass Cisco’s Infinite Video Platform, cloud digital video recording, video processing, video security, video middleware, and services groups.Peled has been acting as advisor to the funds.The sale of the video business has been approved by Cisco’s board. The company will retain video and media technology assets that are related to its core business in networking , multi-cloud, security, data and collaboration.The deal is expected to close in Cisco’s financial first quarter for the 2019 financial year, meaning the third calendar quarter of this year.Reports that Cisco was planning to sell the former NDS Group emerged in November, when Bloomberg reported that it was soliciting offers for the unit, which it acquired for US$5 billion five years previously.Cisco had earlier sold its set-top box and consumer hardware division, based on its earlier acquisition of Scientific-Atlanta, to Technicolor for €560 million, having acquired that unit for US$6.9 billion in 2005.Terms of the former NDS Group sale have not been disclosed, but are also likely to involve a massive discount on the purchase price.In a blog posting, Yvette Kanouff, SVP and general manager of Cisco’s service provider business, said that it was “the right time” for the service provider video group to become a standalone company. “I believe it will be very successful, and it will be focused solely on growth in this marketplace,” she said.Kanouff also said that Peled would “a great steward to the board and to the business”.She said Cisco remained “dedicated to the service provider business and to our service providers customers”.In his prepared statement, Peled said that the new company would “have the scale, technology innovation, and world-class team to deliver outstanding go-to-market execution, customer engagement, and new end-user experiences”.He said that Cisco had built “a profitable business” in the video space with innovations focused on IP distribution and cloud video.“I am thrilled to be working again in this area with Permira who is committed to innovation and support for our Pay-TV customers, and look forward to the ongoing working relationship with Cisco in support of our mutual customers,” said Peled.Cisco chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins said that the new company under Peled would be “well-positioned to drive this work forward and continue to deliver the solutions that meet the current and future needs of service provider video customers”.Paolo Pescatore, VP, multiplay and media, CCS Insight, commenting on the deal, said: “Cisco follows Ericsson in selling its video business to a private equity firm. It is a reflection of the challenging landscape. There are too many solution providers chasing too few dollars. Bottom line, many of these solutions providers have diversified and now need to focus on core areas. Despite this, the media and telecoms industries are closer than ever. There will be more casualties due to further disruption. This represents an opportunity for other providers who still focus on connectivity and delivery of video over the Internet.”