September 2, 2015Welcome to the August 27. 2015 workshop participants.from left: Michael Rosati II [seminar week]Laura Villa Baroncelli from France [seminar week]Ryan David Erica Qualizza from Italy [seminar week]Felipe Fierro from ColumbiaNick Skinner [scholarship][photo by Sue Kirsch]
HBO and Cinemax has launched on Sony’s over-the-top TV service, PlayStation Vue, in the US.At the same time, Sony announced the launch of a new PlayStation Vue plan, Ultra. This includes HBO and Showtime along with all the 100+ channels from Sony’s Elite plan, available for $64.99 or $74.99 per month depending on location.Separately, rival pay TV broadcaster Starz launched its Starz App on Microsoft’s Xbox One console in the US earlier this week.
Michael RasmussenOver-the-top video and TV services company Xstream has upped chief financial officer Michael Rasmussen to CEO.Rasmussen takes over from Simon Høgsbro who left the Copenhagen-based company earlier this year to take up a director of platform and innovation role at Microsoft.Rasmussen first joined Xstream in 2015, prior to which he spent 16 years in a variety of general management and CFO roles at Ericsson in both the US and Europe.“Xstream is already a major player in the VOD market and our forward roadmap is now to broaden our presence and work with many of the new entrants offering over-the-top (OTT) TV and video services to consumers,” said Rasmussen.
Margot James has been appointed the UK’s minister of state for digital, replacing Matt Hancock who was upped to culture secretary earlier this week.Margot JamesIn her new role James, who is the Conservative MP for Stourbridge, will also cover the creative industries. She was previously parliamentary under secretary of state at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy.She Tweeted yesterday: “An amazing first day and a half as minister for digital and the creative industries, I really appreciate the opportunity and I know I’ve got big shoes to fill.”Hancock was promoted to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport as part of prime minister Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle this week, replacing Karen Bradley who was appointed secretary of state for Northern Ireland.