Denbigh will start as the big favourites to advance to the senior final when they battle Knox at 12:30 p.m. They were easy 52-10 winners over Herbert Morrison Technical, while Knox edged Anchovy High 31-27. In the urban semi-finals, junior champions, Gaynstead High will face Norman Manley High at 1:30 p.m. before Queen’s face Camperdown at 2:30 p.m. Defending Senior champions Camperdown and Excelsior, who suffered their first defeat this season against Queen’s at the same venue last Thursday, will meet in a high power senior semi-final at 3:30 p.m. Former champions Queen’s and Gaynstead will close the day’s proceedings when they meet in the second semi-final at 4:30 p.m. BIG FAVOURITES History will be created at the G.C. Foster College today as for the first time both the rural and urban schoolgirls’ netball semi-finals will be played on the same day and at the same venue. Junior rural action begins at 9:30 a.m. with Holmwood Technical facing Manchester High before defending champions Denbigh High oppose first-time semi-finalists St Thomas Technical. Many-time champions Holmwood will be seeking another final berth among the seniors. They tackle Manchester High at 11:30 a.m. The team got a scare in their quarter-final match against Glenmuir winning 38-37. They will have to improve on that performance if they hope to advance as they will be up against a confident Manchester High team that blew away Thompson Town 46-19.
Middle East and North African streaming service, Starz Play, is now available as an app on selected LG Smart TVs in the MENA region.Starz Play COO and co-founder Danny Bates said that the partnership confirms the SVOD’s service’s ongoing efforts to up customer satisfaction.“With smart TVs being one of our viewers’ favorite streaming devices, our collaboration with such a leading brand brings us closer to our customers and helps us simplify their viewing experience,” said Bates.Starz Play offers a line-up of Hollywood and Bollywood movies, US TV shows, kids entertainment and Arabic series.The service is available in Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
21st Century Fox demonstrated greater resilience of broadcast TV in the three months to June, auguring well for its post-Disney sale future, with solid growth in its television segment from US$1 billion (€0.9 billion) last year to US$1.14 billion for the last quarter, boosted by higher retransmission revenue and advertising revenue from the FIFA World Cup.Over the course of the full year, broadcast TV saw revenues dip from US$5.65 billion to US$5.16 billion, which the company said was due to cyclical factors including the a stronger sports line-up in the prior year.Overall, Fox posted strong results for the final fiscal quarter. Cable network programming revenue was up from US$4.33 billion to US$4.93 billion, while filmed entertainment was up from US$1.8 billion to US$2.3 billion. Overall revenues for the quarter amounted to US$7.94 billion, up from US$6.75 billion.Operating income before depreciation and amortization was up from US$1.45 billion to US$1.9 billion.Fox said that its deal with Disney had delivered value for shareholders with the company’s stock price rising by 75% across the year thanks to the battle for control of its entertainment assets between Disney and Comcast.Joint executive chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch said that the “outstanding shareholder value created this year through our proposed transactions recognizes the work we have done to position our businesses to succeed during a time of great change”.The pair said that the post-Disney transaction company would be well placed to continue to deliver value to investors.“As we move closer to combining our businesses with Disney and establishing new “Fox”, we are convinced that the paths we are creating for our iconic businesses will drive enduring and growing value for our shareholders,” they said.
One in three Spanish homes connected to the internet use pay platforms to watch audiovisual content online, according to a survey by Spanish markets regulator the CNMC, with Netflix taking second position to Movistar+.According to the survey, some 2.2 million consumers subscribe to Movistar+, with two million subscribing to Netflix. Vodafone TV online is used by 950,000 while the Orange TV app is used by 741,000.The regular cautioned that some subscribers to telecom operators’ online TV services may be unclear in their responses about which services they actually use, citing the example of Vodafone TV online users who take HBO, with which Vodafone signed an exclusive distribution deal.According to the survey, 44% of individuals consume audiovisual content online each week, up 10 points in two years. Over half of those watching online video use platform to watch TV shows on-demand. YouTube is used by 55%, followed by commercial broadcaster Atresmedia’s Atresplayer catch up service with 35% and public broadcaster RTVE’s online portal with 30%.Some 86% of those who use the internet weekly prefer to do so using their smartphones, while laptops are preferred by 54%, desktops by 40%, and tablets by 35%. The CNMC also said that the use of TVs to view internet content had grown by 44% in two years.