Errani beats Svitolina to reach Dubai final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Sara Errani of Italy, advanced to her second Dubai Tennis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 21st-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine yesterday.The 22nd-ranked Errani was a 2013 finalist, losing to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.The match was a one hour, 51-minute battle of long rallies and games, featuring eight service breaks.Errani prevailed with a final break in the ninth game of the first set and seventh game of the second set.”It was really tough,” said Errani, who will seek her ninth WTA title. “Every point, every game was really long. It’s unbelievable for me to be playing in another final”.Errani will play the winner of the semi-final between 38th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France and 47th-ranked Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.last_img read more

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Mediaset and Sky Italia are to offer comprehensive

first_imgMediaset and Sky Italia are to offer comprehensive Champions League and Europa League football coverage to their pay TV subscribers following a deal over the exchange of rights acquired separately from UEFA.Following the deal, both operators will be able to offer coverage of the matches of Italian teams in the two championships for the next two seasons.Mediaset will also be able to offer the best Italian Champions League match from Wednesday nights and the best Europa League match on Thursday via its free-to-air channel Italia 1.Sky Italia will provide coverage of both Champions League and Europa League matches in HD, with Champions League games shown exclusively on Sky in HD. The operator will also make Champions League games available on its Sky Go service, and in 3D on its TV service.last_img read more

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Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries will t

first_imgLiberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries will take part in the forthcoming ANGA COM TV Summit, which takes place in Cologne from June 4-6.Fries will take part in the TV Summit, which will focus on the topic “Networks and Content: Who pays the Bill?” alongside Karola Wille, chairwoman, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Conrad Albert, managing board, ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Andreas Bereczky, director, production, ZDF, Adrian von Hammerstein, CEO, Kabel Deutschland, Dietmar Schickel, managing director, Tele Columbus, and Brian Sullivan, CEO, Sky Deutschland.last_img read more

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The BBC is to invest £19 million €224 million i

first_imgThe BBC is to invest £19 million (€22.4 million) in creating a new TV channel for Scotland and will up its spending on Scottish programming by about £20 million a year as part of a new programme of investment in the UK’s devolved nations.Following a review of programming and services in the nations that will also seen additional investment in Wales, the BBC has said it will recognise the need to spend more of the licence fee raised in Scotland and Scottish content and services.The new channel, BBC Scotland, will air from 19:00 each day and will include an hour-long news programme at 21:00 on weekdays, edited and presented form Scotland. The pubcaster said it would create about 80 new journalist posts to staff the service.The news service will not be scheduled concurrently with news programmes on other channels, but will provide “an alternative to high-end drama and entertainment” on other BBC services.The broadcaster said that it had mulled a Scottish alternative to the flagship UK 18:00 news programme, but that this idea had been rejected. It said the new programme would not compete for resources with The Six or the existing Reporting Scotland news service that follows it.Together with existing funding the channel will have an initial budget of £30 million.The BBC said it would work n close partnership with the creative sector, other national institutions and other broadcasters to produce and acquire content, with some content provided in collaboration with other BBC channels.BBC Scotland will have its own prominent EPG slot and will be available online and on BBC iPlayer in HD in Scotland and across the UK.The BBC plans to spend an additional £20 million a year on Scottish programming for the three years to March 2019. The spend on UK-wide programmes made in Scotland in 2015-16 was approximately £65 million.In addition to the creation of the new channel the BBC is also putting another £1.2 million into Gaelic-language service BBC Alba.The plan is subject to approval by the BBC’s new unitary board and, possibly, by Ofcom.Tony Hall“We know that viewers in Scotland love BBC television, but we also know that they want us to better reflect their lives and better reflect modern Scotland. It is vital that we get this right. The best way of achieving that is a dedicated channel for Scotland. It’s a channel that will be bold, creative and ambitious, with a brand-new Scotland-edited international news programme at its heart. The BBC has the luxury of having first-class creative teams and brilliant journalists, who I know will make this new channel a huge success,” said BBC director-general Tony Hall of the plan.“The additional investment in Scottish drama and factual programming rightly recognises both the need to do more across our output and the huge pool of talent available in Scotland. We do make great programmes here, such as Shetland, Britain’s Ancient Capital – Secrets of Orkney, Two Doors Down and the brilliant Still Game – but we do need to do more. All of this combined amounts to the biggest single investment by the BBC in broadcast content in Scotland in over twenty years. This will be a huge boost for BBC Scotland and for the Scottish creative industries. This is an exciting time for BBC Scotland and for the millions of Scots who love TV.”last_img read more

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Peertopeer technology company BitTorrent has ann

first_imgPeer-to-peer technology company BitTorrent has announced plans to ‘tokenise’ its Windows-based µTorrent Classic client in a bid to improve network speed.The new token, which will also be called BitTorrent (BTT), will be issued by the BitTorrent foundation in a move designed to increase the overall speed of torrents. Users will be able to exchange tokens to get faster downloads.TRON, the blockchain company that acquired BitTorrent in July 2018, said that the token will help to expand its vision of a “decentralised internet” and that BTT will first be implemented first in µTorrent Classic.“BitTorrent token is the first in a series of steps to support a decentralised internet,” said Justin Sun, founder of TRON and CEO of BitTorrent.“In one giant leap, the BitTorrent client can introduce blockchain to hundreds of millions of users around the world and empower a new generation of content creators with the tools to distribute their content directly to others on the web.”TRON and BitTorrent plan to provide more details about BitTorrent token at its niTROn Summit on January 17–18 in San Francisco.last_img read more

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