Current and former NBA players now know that in Commissioner Adam Silver we have a great leader leading our league.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014 Silver’s few critics wondered how Sterling was tolerated so long by owners, given past court cases against him over questions of race, but Silver noted that in each instance, Sterling won the legal fight.And Silver asked sponsors who cut ties with the Clippers to “judge us by our response to this incident.“I’m hopeful there will be no long-term damage to the league or the Clippers. But I’m outraged so I certainly understand other people’s outrage. It will take some time and appropriate healing will be necessary,” he said.Update: New audio has surfaced. Listen to all the recordings of Donald Sterling here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Los Angeles Clippers regroup in aftermath of NBA’s decision LeBron James says he still has a lot to prove in his return to Cleveland Warriors win, ending a 40-year gap that ranks as the longest in NBA history TV exec made Mayweather-Pacquiao bout possible Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!! #BiggerThanBasketball #StriveForGreatness— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 29, 2014 Kevin Johnson, a former NBA standout acting for the players union in place of Clippers player and union president Chris Paul, said it was a defining moment in NBA history.“I believe that today stands as one of those great moments where sports, once again, transcends, where sports provides a place for fundamental change on how our country should think and act,” Johnson said.“This is also a statement about where we are as a country. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional basketball player worth millions of dollars or a man or woman who works hard for their family — there will be zero tolerance for institutional racism, no matter how rich or powerful.”Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, a superstar forward for the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, tweeted, “Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!! #BiggerThanBasketball #StriveForGreatness.” NEW YORK – The NBA banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him the maximum $2.5 million Tuesday for “deeply offensive and harmful” racist comments thatsparked a national firestorm in the United States.Three days after a recording surfaced of Sterling urging his girlfriend not to publicly associate with African Americans, NBA commissioner Adam Silver removed the 80-year-old billionaire from the league and urged owners to start the process of forcing him to sell the team he bought in 1981.The surprisingly tough sanctions earned swift praise from across basketball, with current and former stars lauding Silver’s decisive action on his 88th day in the job since replacing 30-year NBA boss David Stern.“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver told a news conference in New York. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference to discuss Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments, at the Hilton Hotel in New York, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. Emmanuel Dunand/AFPThe stiff punishment following a lightning-fast investigation means real estate tycoon Sterling cannot attend any National Basketball Association (NBA) games or workouts, appear at any Clippers office or facility, or make any business or personnel decisions for the club.Silver said he will urge NBA owners to strip the team from Sterling. The market value of the team Sterling bought for $12 million is expected to approach $600 million.“I fully expect to get the support I need from fellow NBA owners to remove him,” Silver said.A three-quarters vote of owners is needed, but Silver starting the process could be enough to prod Sterling to sell to avoid the risk of him not having the Clippers to sell for a huge profit. A lengthy court fight however is also possible.“I spoke to several owners and I have their full support,” Silver said.‘Painful moment’ In the recording made public over the weekend, the man now confirmed to be Sterling told his much-younger girlfriend that he didn’t want her associating with black people or attending Clippers games with black friends.“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling says, later adding, “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want.“The little I ask you is not to promote it … and not to bring them to my games.”Silver, who described himself as distraught at the comments, apologized to NBA coaches, players, fans and business partners, adding, “This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family.”The announcement came only hours before the Clippers, who saw sponsors leave in droves Monday, were set to play their first home game since the controversy erupted — game five of their first-round playoff series with the Golden State Warriors, which is level at 2-2.“My message to the Clippers’ fans is that the league is far bigger than any one owner,” Silver said. “The players deserve their support. They have just been through an incredibly difficult incident.” Director and actor Spike Lee watches as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFPPraise for ban “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins,” the Clippers said in a statement.The front page of the Clippers’ website was changed to a black screen with a team logo and white lettering saying, “WE ARE ONE.”NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, whose photo with Sterling’s girlfriend prompted the tirade that led to the owner’s banishment, tweeted, “Former and current NBA players are very happy and satisfied with Commissioner Silver’s ruling. … We have a great leader leading our league.”
The high end experiential trade show has announced co-founder, Helen Logas will step in as chief executive of the annual event, replacing former CEO and co-founder, Rosemarie Sama.Effective immediately, Ms Logas will replace Ms Sama, who will no longer be part of the organisation and next year’s event.Launching in September this year, with the inaugural Luxperience held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney, Ms Logas said the company was “excited” for its future.“The Luxperience meeting exchange 2013 will maintain the intimacy of a growing community that is committed to high quality and inspirational travel experiences,” she said. The 2013 event will run from 2-4 September, with Virgin Australia signing a major partner agreement as well as dozens of other exhibitors around the Asia-Pacific and Australia including; cruise lines, private jet operators, exclusive lodges and well-being retreats. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
02Jul Forlini, LaFontaine announce $2 million in local road repairs Categories: News Lawmakers say long-term funding still a priorityState Rep. Anthony Forlini and Andrea LaFontaine today announced a $2 million grant to fund concrete repair on M-59 in Macomb County, but said the need still exists for a sustainable funding source to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.The grant money was made possible by the Legislature, which allocated $115 million in existing funds to road improvements throughout Michigan. The Legislature also allocated an additional $115 million for roads in bridges last December.Forlini, R-Harrison Township, and LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, announced the planned road project today with the Michigan Department of Transportation. The grant funds concrete repairs on M-59 from Elizabeth Road to Interstate 94.“The Legislature has set aside funds dedicated to keeping our roads safe and smooth for families and for commercial traffic vital to our economy,” Forlini said. “By working to improve our local roads without raising taxes, we can invest in our state’s future and improve the lives of every Michigan resident in some small way.”LoFontaine said: “We have an obligation to make Michigan’s roadways safe places for our families and visitors. Projects like this one have been funded by the Legislature’s allocation, and will undoubtedly bring substantial repairs to communities across our great state.”As part of the fiscal year 2014 budget, the Legislature created the special fund using $230 million in existing state revenue. One-half of the funds were available for appropriation on Oct. 1, and the other half is now being appropriated.This funding is in addition to $121.3 million from the state General Fund used to fully match available federal transportation funds.###
31Mar Rep. Sheppard to host in-district office hours State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites Monroe County residents to meet with him during his April in-district office hours.“It’s very important to me that people have plenty of opportunities to share their thoughts and concerns, and ask me any questions they have about state government,” Rep. Sheppard said. “I’ve made an effort to schedule meetings at a variety of times and locations throughout the area, and I encourage everyone to attend.”The times and locations are as follows:• Monday, April 3 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S. Dixie Highway in Monroe;• Tuesday, April 4 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Old 23 Grill, 3168 Lewis Ave. in Ida;• Friday, April 21 from 8 to 9 a.m. at DeCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance; and• Monday, April 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Morning Owl Coffee, 9 W. Main St. in Milan.For those unable to attend, Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office can be reached at (517) 373-2617, by email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov and online at RepJasonSheppard.com. Categories: Sheppard News
23May Michigan House approves legislation establishing body camera guidelines Runestad bill balances privacy rights, accountabilityState Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, said law enforcement agencies would have clear guidelines for the recordings made by police body cameras under legislation approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives.The bill, sponsored by Runestad, establishes rules for retaining and releasing footage recorded on body cameras worn by law enforcement officers.“Body cameras assist law enforcement officers in their daily operations, while increasing the public’s trust in officers and serving as a deterrent for violence against an officer,” Runestad said. “These guidelines give law enforcement agencies the tools they need to implement effective body-worn camera programs, while also ensuring that the people of Michigan can have confidence in those programs.”Runestad said the bill would protect personal privacy rights by exempting any recordings made where someone should have a reasonable expectation of privacy from public disclosure.“The legislation balances between two sets of interests – those of privacy and transparency – by stating that the video taken on a body-worn camera is not for public information if it is taken in a place with a reasonable expectation of privacy,” Runestad said. “Most other video is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.”House Bill 4427 moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Runestad News
Categories: VanderWall News Friday, Sept. 229 to 10 a.m. at the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay. 12Sep Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his September coffee hours State Rep. Curt VanderWall announces his upcoming coffee hours for the month of September.“Everyone deserves to have their voice heard by their elected officials,” VanderWall said. “I want to listen and address the questions and concerns that residents may have about state government.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Sept. 181 to 2 p.m. at the Board of Commissioners Room in the Manistee County Government Center, 415 Third St. in Manistee; and3 to 4 p.m. at the Scottville City Commission Room, 105 Main St. in Scottville. No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov.
02May ‘Kayak Tax’ is up the creek without a paddle Hughes leads the effort in opposing annual paddle watercraft feesThe House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee today approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Holly Hughes to oppose the “kayak tax,” proposed by the Michigan State Waterways Commission, which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.Hughes, who chairs the committee, said families should not be penalized just wanting to have fun in the water across the Great Lakes State.“Taxing good, clean fun is not okay with me. This ridiculous proposal will inhibit the growth of the paddle sport and tourism industries in Michigan,” said Hughes, of Montague. “I’m proud to lead the effort in opposing added annual costs for families.”The committee approved House Concurrent Resolution 22 with unanimous, bipartisan support.### Categories: Hughes News Tags: Kayak Tax
Share2TweetShare3Email5 SharesNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio / Kevin CaseMay 3, 2016; Crain’s New York BusinessElected officials’ practice of raising money for their pet charities from special interests with business before them while skirting campaign finance regulations that might restrict political contributions continues to be a bone of contention in New York, as it is in other big cities.Mayor Bill de Blasio told Crain’s New York, a business publication, that he complied with the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board directive to not solicit donations to his now-closed nonprofit from people or organizations with “matters pending or about to be pending” before his office. He told Crain’s that his lawyers were “involved in every step of the process to make sure the guidance was consistently followed.”The Wall Street Journal reported last month that federal prosecutors are looking at the Campaign for One New York, a nonprofit de Blasio established to advance his agenda and support his favorite charities. It raised more than $4 million over two years, much of it from real estate developers and unions, a pattern repeated in other cities with other mayors, such as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Fund for Los Angeles, which took in over $14 million last year.The N.Y. Conflicts of Interest Board wrote a letter to the fund’s lawyer in January, 2014 that said the mayor could solicit donations to the nonprofit as long as the donors did not have pressing matters before the executive branch of city government. Although many donors on the list had business before the city around the time of their donations, de Blasio’s office said the directive had not been violated because the people asking for money were not city employees.“The COIB letter is clear—it permits solicitations of people who do business with the city. It only bars the solicitation by the mayor [or other city officials and employees] of someone ‘with a matter pending or about to be pending’ before the city. Nothing in it or the conflicts-of-interest laws restrict the Campaign for One New York or its supporters from fundraising—only city officials and employees were restricted,” the mayor’s counsel said.The mayor defended the Fund’s fundraising activities by pointing out that it frequently sought Conflicts of Interest Board guidance upfront. He also told Crain’s that the campaign voluntarily disclosed its donors, even though it was not legally required to disclose donations or spending.—Larry KaplanShare2TweetShare3Email5 Shares
Share1Tweet1ShareEmail2 Shares January 14, 2019; Popular Resistance and Vancouver SunLast week, NPQ reported on a standoff in British Columbia between a First Nations tribe called the Wet’suwet’en and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). RCMP says they were merely enforcing an injunction from a Canadian supreme court, but they arrested 14 First Nations people who were asserting their right to control their own land. This week, the Wet’suwet’en have been calling on other First Nations and their allies to stand in solidarity and support their story against the dominant narrative being pushed by the Canadian government, RCMP, and the oil and gas companies.Much like the protest at Standing Rock a couple of years ago—or the Kanesatake standoff near Montréal decades before—the Wet’suwet’en protest is seen as emblematic of the struggle between indigenous groups and settler colonial governments. The Wet’suwet’en never ceded their land to Canada and assert that they are merely living on their land and wish their government to be dealt with on equal terms. Canada’s government, meanwhile, under Justin Trudeau, has talked a lot about indigenous rights but has failed to make material progress toward a framework for respecting those rights.After the raid last week, the hereditary chiefs came to an agreement with the RCMP to avoid any further traumatic events, injuries, or arrests. The Wet’suwet’en agreed to dismantle their checkpoint gate to allow workers into the area but maintain that they will not permit the pipeline to be built.“It’s very insulting, but it’s negotiations, a give and take. We need to look after our people. But there will be no construction, that must be made very clear,” said hereditary Chief Namok. Others have pointed out that agreement under fear or other coercive forces is hardly the start of real and respectful negotiations, but the chiefs have said that while they will not yield on the question of the pipeline, the safety of tribe members is paramount.Jennifer Wickham, a member of the Gidum’ten clan of Wet’suwet’en, explained that the RCMP weren’t even supposed to be removing the gate; according to the injunction, they were only supposed to keep the peace. However, she said, they attempted to move and dismantle the gate when they invaded the checkpoint and nearly broke the arms of defenders chained to the gate.According to Justin Brake at APTN, “RCMP Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs said the RCMP would conduct a standard review of their operation, which will include reviewing video footage of the arrests, but that as of Monday they ‘have not yet identified any issues regarding police officer conduct.’”Now, people posting on Facebook from the camp say the new agreement, reached under at least some degree of duress, is not being respected either.“That agreement, which dictates that all police exclusion zones will be lifted immediately and that our members will have free access to our territories, has already been violated by the RCMP,” wrote Julia Landry. Video shows tribe member Rita David arguing with police, saying, “You guys are invading our space…that’s just intimidating towards us.” David says she is being kept from the road in front of her home by RCMP’s enforcement of a work zone that was not part of the agreement.Mounties have been blocking the press from where the police are, saying “This is a worksite, so we can’t allow you here for your safety,” although there isn’t any work going on yet, per the agreement.More solidarity actions have been taking place across Canada and the US over the past week, including a non-indigenous group who blocked a pipeline in their area to protest the primacy of natural resource extraction companies.As Carey Newman, a First Nations artist and professor, said, “Until this country is willing to listen to their own Supreme Court and recognize hereditary rights and title, these unresolved issues will continue to end in confrontation.”The agreement reached this week was for the purpose of allowing continued negotiations, hopefully with a more respectful framework and recognition of who carries tribal authority.—Erin RubinShare1Tweet1ShareEmail2 Shares
KPN has appointed Jesper Eriksen as senior executive vice-president, home consumer for the Netherlands.Eriksen replaces Joost Farwerck, who was recently appointed managing director of KPN Netherlands. He was previously head of the consumer division for Danish telco TDC.
Discovery is to increase its programming spend for its lifestyle channel TLC in Russia and Poland and is to remake a raft of international formats.TLC Poland will launch a local version of British food format The Great British Bake Off – known as The Great Polish Bake-Off – after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide. The Polish version will be produced by Endemol Poland.It is also remaking design reality series Mad About The House, a format created by British producer Renegade for BBC3 that has also been optioned by TLC in the States, produced by Toro Media and hosted by Polish pop star Katarzyna Klich. TLC Poland is also launching Masters of Make-Up, an original lifestyle series starring blogger Hanna Knopinska-Grzenkowicz and produced by Endemol Poland.Meanwhile, TLC Russia is launching its first locally produced cooking series, Ready In Half An Hour, produced by Jet Films. The broadcaster has also commissioned a second season of Daughters vs Mothers. ”We’re confident that investing further and teaming up with top-notch production companies to provide our viewers with the very best in quality factual and lifestyle entertainment, designed to appeal to local audiences will result in further strong performances for TLC,” said Paul Welling, senior vice-president and head of channels, Discovery Networks central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA).
French news channel France 24 has launched on Cambodia’s DTT network.The French-langauge version of the channel is now available on the One TV platform for €2.29 per month.Brice Bertrand, France 24’s Asia-Pacific distribution director, said: “Expanding France 24 in Cambodia and joining One TV’s basic package is a strategic step in our development. It is also important for us to be associated with the launch of the DTT, which represents an advancement in technological evolution. What is more, Cambodia is a major actor in the French-speaking world and the 400,000 French-speaking residents now have easy access to France 24.”
CNN has inked a deal with soon-to-launch news channel News7.The Bulgarian free-to-air channel will take breaking news coverage and other content from CNN International. It’s the first affiliate deal of its kind for the Turner-owned channel in eastern Europe.News7 will roll out in the first half of next year using the terrestrial and DTH frequency currently occupied by the existing BBT channel.The deal was announced by Gerhard Zeiler, who was installed as TBS International president earlier this year and is currently conducting a review of the company’s operations.He said: “This agreement signals not only our ongoing commitment to developing the CNN affiliate business, but also our interest in supporting local news operations with consultancy and training to help them deliver a quality product for their audiences. While the channel will have entire editorial responsibility for its output, operationally we welcome the opportunity to work with this exciting new entrant into the Bulgarian news market.”“Working with Turner to access CNN expertise as well as content will help News7 realise its goal to develop Bulgaria’s first fully HD channel, with the ability to provide 24-hour news coverage, which will become the leader in providing exclusive first-class news content,” said BBT CEO Nikolai Barekov.
Italian entrepreneur and Diego Della Valle has expressed a serious interest in La7. The Italian free-to-air station is owned by Telecom Italia.Della Valle, who has publicly expressed his opposition to media baron and politician Silvio Berlusconi, said he wanted to preserve the independence of La7 and his move for the channel should be considered a ‘social commitment’.The businessman and entrepreneur runs luxury goods business Tod’s. In a statement he said: “My idea is to regroup as shareholders a number of individuals who love our country and who want to support an important information vehicle, guaranteeing its total autonomy.”Della Valle already owns a stake in RCS Mediagroup, the publisher of daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.La7 is part of Telecom Italia’s Telecom Italia Media division. The telco has put it on the block as it seeks to raise funds to pay down debt. It said it needed time to evaluate the offer and its management will meet today to study offers on the table.Wire reports said there are already at least two firm offers for TI Media.
The set-top will remain key to Cisco Systems’ video portfolio following the acqusition of NDS, according to Jesper Andersen, senior vice-president and general manager, service provider video technology group, Cisco Systems. “We are very committed to the set-top business. We are the number one set-top vendor in the world and it continues to be very improtant to our customers,” Andersen told DTVE at Cable Congress last week. He said the business kept growing, even though it was changing.“There are many customers in the emerging world moving towards an advanced gateway where you can have different slave devices fed from it. In emerging markets there are people still just watching TV and maybe moving into DVR functioanlity. There’s no question we are very committed to it, but there is no question that much of the advanced functionality we are introducing can be done much faster via software and that’s another reason Cisco decided to invest in NDS.”Andersen said that there would continue to be a need for some kind of hardware hub in the home. Service providers in the TV market had the ability to add to their broadband gateway pipe by adding TV, giving them an advantage. “You need some kind of platform in the home that can be your application paltform from a rendering perspective,” he said.Watch our interview with Jesper Andersen in its entirety below.
SeaChange will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.B20 Latvian cable TV service provider Livas Telecommunications has extended its multi-year TV software service deal with SeaChange International.Livas uses SeaChange’s CASIS linear broadcast software solution to handle electronic program guide (EPG) metadata and digital video broadcasting (DVB) table generation for its multi-platform television services, and has worked with the firm since 2009.“As a multi-platform operator, Livas’ priority is to maintain a single, high-quality and cost-efficient infrastructure that has the flexibility to grow and serve all of our audiences,” said Alex Pavlov, technical director, Livas Telecommunications.SeaChange claims that its broadcast software solutions are used by more than 150 customers around the world and allow cable, terrestrial and satellite providers to offer linear channel subscribers more dynamic and personalised viewing through support for rich metadata.At IBC SeaChange will demonstrate its linear broadcast solutions along with its new generation of software solutions for multi-screen delivery, subscriber experience, home gateways and advertising.At the same time, SeaChange announced today that its Nucleus gateway software has been integrated in the launch of Netgear’s headless media gateway HMG7000.The HMG7000 will be demonstrated at SeaChange’s stand, 14.B20, and at Netgear’s, 14.110, during IBC.
Danish cable operator Stofa has struck an agreement with Modern Times Group-owned Viasat Broadcasting for the distribution of Viasat’s channels, including TV everywhere rights.The three-year deal will see Viasat channels made available via Stofa’s StartForfra, StartForfra+, WebTv and WebTv To Go services, giving viewers the option to watch TV shows that have been aired over the past 48 hours as well as the ability to view Viasat channels on tablets and smartphones. The WebTv and WebTv To Go services are available to Stofa broadband customers.The new deal will see Viasat’s TV3 remain in Stofa’s basic package while TV3 Puls will become part of the DK Plus package. A number of Viasat channels will also be available as à la carte options to Stofa customers with the basic package.
Search and discovery software provider Jinni is using metadata specialist TMS’s On Entertainment metadata to supply information for linear and OTT TV content on its new My TV & Movie Guide iPad app and web service.The use of TMS’s metadata enables Jinni users to find their way to content once they have discovered something they want to watch on the basis of Jinni’s taste and mood-based recommendation engine.“TMS is pleased to provide the enhanced entertainment data that helps Jinni facilitate consumers’ viewing of TV shows and movies recommended by its taste and mood based discovery engine,” said Rich Cusick, general manager of TMS.“Jinni users are sure to get hooked on the advanced search and discovery experience.”“Jinni’s goal is to set users free from the frustration of searching for something to watch. Our recommendations take them directly to the content they are most likely to enjoy,” said Yosi Glick, co-founder and CEO of Jinni. “TMS metadata allow us to present users the very best recommendations from amongst all content available to them, and to directly connect to all viewing options for instant gratification.”
Euronews is to supply content for MSN Arabia and North Africa.The Lyon-based news broadcaster will supply a selection of international news programmes for five portals and eight home-pages ran by MSN in the region.Euronews Arabic, Euronews English and Euronews French, are being delivered to different regional North Africa and Middle East sites of the MSN Arabia’s network.MSN Arabia has 100 million monthly visitors.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is due to expand the availability of its 4K movie streaming service, Ultra, and will update the store to include rental options.From the first quarter of 2017, SPHE said that Ultra will be available on PCs for the first time, debuting on computers powered by 7th Generation Intel Core processors.The 4K service, which launched in early 2016 on Sony 4K Televisions, will also add new features like 48-hour rentals and free 10 minute previews, letting customers sample 4K titles before buying.New release rental titles will be priced at US$7.99 and be accessible for a 48-hour rental period. New movies in 4K and high dynamic range currently cost US$29.99 to own, while older movies are available to buy for US$25.99.“By enhancing our Ultra streaming service with the addition of rental and free preview options, and teaming with Intel to provide users greater access to their collections, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making Ultra an even more flexible, user-friendly destination for consumers who demand a premium 4K viewing experience,” said Richard Berger, SPHE’s senior vice-president, worldwide digital strategy and advanced platforms.Intel said that its 7th Gen Intel Core processor will bring 4K content to mainstream PC users, offering “richer experiences and incredible performance and responsiveness, with long battery life and true 4K entertainment”.