Tata Sky Continues to Lead DTH Market in India, Ties Up With SonyLIV for Tata Sky Binge Service

first_imgSun Direct13.78 percent14.35 percent14.53 percent15.41 percent Tata Sky has continued to maintain its leadership in the market for four quarters in a row, the DTH operator announced. Citing the data provided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Tata Sky reported that it captured a market share of 32.09 percent in the quarter ending on June 30. The operator has also partnered with over-the-top (OTT) platform SonyLIV to offer on-demand shows, movies, and sports content to Tata Sky Binge customers. Tata Sky Binge already offers content from nine OTT platforms, including Disney+ Hotstar, Eros Now, Hungama Play, and Zee5, among others.The data provided in the latest Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators report by TRAI, shared by Tata Sky in a press release, shows that the operator’s market share grew by nearly 0.5 percent in the April-June quarter 2020 from the 31.61 percent reported in the July-September quarter last year.- Advertisement – Aside from announcing its growth in terms of market share, Tata Sky has also partnered with SonyLIV to bring over 1,000 hours of content to the Tata Sky Binge service that is accessible through the Amazon Fire TV Stick – Tata Sky Edition and Tata Sky Binge+ Android-powered set-top box.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Tata Sky31.61 percent31.80 percent32.33 percent32.09 percent Tata Sky Binge includes OTT platforms including Disney+ Hotstar Premium, Zee5, Sun Nxt, Hungama Play, Eros Now, ShemarooMe, Voot Select, and Voot Kids. It also provides three months of Amazon Prime Video subscription.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Dish TV and D2h31.23 percent30.55 percent29.49 percent28.67 percent At the end of June, the TRAI data shared by Tata Sky shows that Dish TV and D2h had a market share of 28.67 percent, Airtel had 23.83 percent, and Sun Direct had 15.41 percent. Airtel23.39 percent23.31 percent23.65 percent23.83 percent DTH operatorShare in QE Sept’2019Share in QE Dec’2019Share in QE Mar’2020Share in QE Jun’2020 Tata Sky reported that during the last four quarters, it added about 7.5 lakh subscribers. However, if we look at its quarter-over-quarter performance based on the given TRAI data, the operator lost 0.24 percent share since the previous quarter ending on March 31.“We remain the No. 1 DTH and No. 1 Pay TV platform having increased the lead over our nearest competitor. It is heartening to see the overall DTH sector maintain its resilience even in this quarter,” a Tata Sky spokesperson said.Following Tata Sky at the top, Dish TV and D2h jointly came in second, while Airtel stood at third and Sun Direct at fourth position, as per the TRAI data.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Fog advisory for the area this morning

first_imgBatesville, IN—Fog has developed across the southeastern Indiana area this morning, reducing visibilities below a mile. A few patches of dense fog are possible. Motorists should exercise extra caution and understand that visibility may change quickly along their routes. Only use low beam headlights and allow a little extra time to complete any travel.last_img

Cuban posting system, two-way players top baseball’s storylines to watch in 2019

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This is, of course, a dramatic departure from the norm of the last 20 years. The 400-home run club included 29 members in 1999. Today it’s up to 55 – but only two of those players are active.It’s been argued that performance-enhancing drug use cheapened the value of traditional hitting milestones. Now that most of the PED era’s peak performers have retired, it’s a good time to survey the leaderboard landscape again. It hasn’t looked like this in a while. Dodgers lose a wild game to the Giants in 11 innings Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox center_img The joint agreement announced Dec. 19 by MLB, the MLB Players’ Association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation teemed with optimism. Its proclamation was simple: a new posting system, similar to that between MLB and Japan, which would allow players to leave Cuba for the United States within a set of agreed-upon rules. Such a system could potentially end the dangerous practice of smuggling players, their friends, and family members off the island.But was the optimism premature?If the agreed-to parameters did not involve the Cuban and American governments, the answer would be no. Reuters cited an MLB official who claimed that the Office of Foreign Assets Control determined teams could transfer money to the Cuban Baseball Federation because it isn’t an agency of the communist government.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.However, that determination was made during the Barack Obama administration. Now, OFAC could simply change its mind, according to subsequent reports. MLB is already operating without competition under an antitrust agreement. Its relationship with the federal government is further entwined in a grand jury investigation, first reported by Sports Illustrated, into allegations of corruption tied to the recruitment of Cuban players by MLB teams. The Dodgers “figure most prominently” in the allegations, according to SI.It’s a complicated situation that could turn on a whim – if the federal government ever goes back to work, of course. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros 2. Two-way playersShohei Ohtani won’t pitch in 2019, but Matt Davidson, Kaleb Cowart and others might.The Mariners recently acquired Cowart, a career infielder with the Angels, and invited him to spring training as a pitcher-slash-infielder. Matt Davidson was non-tendered after hitting 20 home runs for the Chicago White Sox in 2018. The Yucaipa native also retired nine of the 11 batters he faced as a pitcher, and he reportedly wants to keep pitching in 2019. Throw in Rays prospect Brendan McKay and the wave of two-way talents begins to resemble a trend.If Ohtani’s rookie season is a harbinger, the onus is not simply on these players to prove full-time pitching and hitting can coexist in one player’s repertoire. The Angels handled Ohtani with great care from the outset of spring training. His schedule was heavily regimented, his press conferences limited. That his right UCL ultimately caved to pressure likely said more about his usage in Japan – though another Tommy John surgery could make teams wary of turning two-way players into a trend.3. GamblingGaming magnate MGM Resorts promised “a new one-of-a-kind fan experience for baseball fans” when it announced its landmark partnership with MLB in November. We’re still waiting for the important details about what that experience entails.Count us surprised if MLB and MGM roll out more than a handful of bells and whistles in the first year after the Supreme Court relaxed restrictions on gambling in sports. Baseball is the most traditional of the American pastimes, if not the most popular. As is usually the case, the league must strike a delicate balance between its past and its future that invites new fans without alienating its base.4. “Openers”If starters routinely pitch one or two innings in 2019, we can all point to May 19 and 20 of last year as a turning point in baseball history. That’s when the Tampa Bay Rays started veteran reliever Sergio Romo on back-to-back days against the Angels.The idea of removing a starting pitcher in the second or third inning by design is not new. However, no major league regularly practiced it until Rays manager Kevin Cash used the strategy when his five-man rotation was depleted by injuries. The Rays won 90 games, the A’s used an opener (Liam Hendriks) in the American League wild-card game, and the Brewers used one – actually three – in the NLCS.Newly appointed Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi said he would embrace the “opener” strategy in 2019. Perhaps other teams will follow suit.5. The changing shape of free agencyOne agent to several unsigned free agents recently hatched an idea: institute a second trade deadline, in December, as a means to speeding up another slow offseason. Once again, everything old is new again.A trade deadline was observed at the Winter Meetings until 1984. Immediately, the meetings lost their urgency. They only carried the convenience of bringing executives and agents into the same hotel for four days in December. That felt like incentive enough to make major deals until last year, when several veteran free agents (J.D. Martinez, Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta) did not sign contracts until February. Others (Greg Holland, Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday) did not sign until after the regular season began.The pattern is repeating itself. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned, to say nothing of the large “middle class” of free agents. Considering the rancor among players and agents, a second trade deadline seems like a modest proposal. Upheaving a system that grants free agency to players after six years of service time isn’t out of the question for baseball’s next decade.6. Minor league team namesThis is a silly one, but even Super Baseball 2020 might blush at the idea of the “New Orleans Baby Cakes.”Minor league team names have never looked more ridiculous on a baseball jersey. The Rocket City Trash Pandas will begin play in Madison, Ala., in 2020. Pity the unlucky player who also wears the uniform of the Rocky Mountain Vibes or the Amarillo Sod Poodles.We’re left to wonder: when (and how) does this end? Hopefully not with Trouble in River City.7. Home run milestonesThe list of active home run leaders hasn’t looked like this in a while. Albert Pujols sits comfortably in first place with 633. A steep dropoff follows: Miguel Cabrera is next with 465, followed by Edwin Encarnacion with 380. The top 10 players on the list are all 35 or older. Unless Mike Trout hits 60 home runs this year – never say never – only Giancarlo Stanton will enter the 2020s with 300 home runs by the age of 30.Related Articles A minor baseball video game title, “Super Baseball 2020,” was released in North America in 1993. Its vision for the future of the sport was more ambitious than its low-res graphics. You could play as a man, a woman or a robot. Every game took place at the same indoor facility, Cyber Egg Stadium. A clock ticked away in the upper-left corner of the screen. Home runs only counted if they were hit to center field. Robot umpires governed with infallible judgment.The next 363 days will point the way toward baseball as it will actually be played in 2020. That might not be enough lead time for robots and women to compete alongside men in Major League Baseball, but perhaps the league will get around to enforcing its existing pitch clock rules.That one didn’t make the cut for the top storylines to watch in baseball this year. Here they are, in order of intrigue.1. Cubalast_img read more

Week 4 FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice, strategy for GPP tournaments

first_imgLast week’s FanDuel core plays disappointed. Stefon Diggs struggled, and Kyler Murray didn’t live up to the hype despite finally being let loose with his legs. It was also beyond disappointing that Ezekiel Elliott didn’t score a touchdown against Miami, but at least Nelson Agholor had a big volume day at his value price. We’ll hope for better luck in our Week 4 NFL DFS picks for GPP tournaments on FanDuel.If you’re new to this article, we pick four players every week we’ll be overweight on in our lineup builds. Then, we give an example of how we’d fill in around them in tournaments. Our “Core Four” this week is Russell Wilson, Austin Ekeler, Tyler Lockett, and Phillip Dorsett. This isn’t an “optimal lineup”, but it’s an example of one you could build if you start with our “Core Four”. If you’re looking for more great NFL, NBA, or MLB, or PGA DFS advice, give me a follow on Twitter (@DFSBenj). Kirk is a correlation play against Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett. Kirk has been a volume machine, with 32 targets over the first three weeks. While most of his targets have had a low aDOT, the Cardinals could opt to stretch the field a little more this week against a bad Seattle secondary. D/ST Carolina Panthers @ Texans ($3,500)The defense looks gross with the Panthers, but there really isn’t an obvious defense play unless you want to spend way up for the Chargers or Patriots. I’m prioritizing getting Ekeler and McCaffrey into my cash game lineup so a punt on the position is in order. Carolina should get a few sacks at least against the Texans’ brutal O-line. WEEK 4 DFS LINEUPS:DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPFanDuel Picks Week 4: NFL DFS example lineup CORE PLAY: QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks @ Cardinals ($7,800)The Seahawks have by far the best matchup on the board this week playing at Arizona. The Cardinals have the perfect combination of a bad defense that can’t stop anyone through the air, and an uptempo offense that allows opposing offenses to also run more plays. Wilson is my top overall play this week, and while his price tag is high, it’s still tolerable at $7,800 on FanDuel. Wilson was a garbage-time hero for fantasy owners last week, throwing for more than 400 yards with two passing and two rushing touchdowns. That resulted in a monster 41.34-fantasy point outing. While I normally try to take advantage of recency bias and fade players coming off big weeks, the matchup and game environment for Wilson are just too good to overlook. Expect Wilson to be one of the most popular quarterback plays on the slate, but he is by far the best high-end value at the position. MORE WEEK 4 DFS: Top values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderCORE PLAY: RB Austin Ekeler, Chargers @ Dolphins ($8,100)We have been blessed with three straight weeks that featured a deep pool of viable running back options. However, Week 4 is a different type of challenge with Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, Le’Veon Bell, and Alvin Kamara not on the main slate. This leaves us with a choice between Christian McCaffrey, Ekeler, and Dalvin Cook as our best options. I like all three and will have exposure to all of them, but for my core play, I’m going with Ekeler. Not only do you get a nice price discount with Ekeler at $8,100, but you also get the best possible matchup for a running back against the Dolphins. Ekeler has perhaps the highest touchdown equity on the slate with Los Angeles coming in as 16-point road favorites. Even if Ekeler doesn’t score a touchdown, he is getting more than enough volume in the passing game to pay off his salary through yards and catches alone. He has seen 20 targets through the first three games, and I don’t see that volume dropping as long as TE Hunter Henry is out of the lineup. Ekeler is the home run cash game play and is a player you should get some exposure to in GPPs given his upside if he is able to get into the end zone a few times. WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerRB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ Bears ($8,300)Going with Cook at running back over McCaffrey is a great leverage play. Cook is likely to be half the ownership of McCaffrey but comes in at a nice price discount of $700. The matchup with the Bears is tough, but we know that the Vikings are going to feed Cook with 20-25 touches, and his talent is such that he can smash in any matchup. CORE PLAY: WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks @ Cardinals ($6,600)There isn’t a player on the slate this week that is as underpriced as Lockett, and I’m going to take advantage by slamming him in my lineups in all formats. I already ran through why I love the matchup for the Seahawks, and all of that information applies to their clear-cut WR1. Additionally, the Cardinals have one of the worst groups of defensive backs in the league as long as Patrick Peterson is still suspended. While we certainly can’t expect Lockett to see the type of volume that he saw last week against the Saints (14 targets), we can still project him for at least nine targets given the projected pace of this game. The Cardinals currently rank 28th in DvP against wide receivers, and Seattle will likely look to lean on their passing game with Chris Carson having fumbling issues and fellow running back Rashad Penny struggling with a hamstring injury. Lockett, like Wilson, will be a chalky option, but the matchup, price, and projected volume is too much to pass up in any format.WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endCORE PLAY: WR Phillip Dorsett, Patriots @ Bills ($5,900)We will need to find some value at the wide receiver position if we want to get Wilson and two of the high-end running backs in our lineup. The guy that I’m looking at is Dorsett at $5,900. Some of Dorsett’s value is dependent on the status of Julian Edelman, who is questionable to play with a rib injury. If Edelman is forced to miss this week’s game against Buffalo, then Dorsett slides into the valuable WR2 option in the Patriots passing game besides Josh Gordon. The matchup with the Bills is notable, as well, because they have one of the best cover corners in the league in Tre’Davious White. The good news for Dorsett is that White will likely shadow cover Gordon on the outside, which leaves Dorsett with the much better individual matchup against Levi Wallace or Kevin Johnson. Dorsett is a tough sell when Edelman is in the lineup because he becomes very touchdown-dependent, but he could push for upwards of eight targets with Edelman on the sidelines and Gordon dealing with White. WEEK 4: Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsWR Julio Jones, Falcons vs. Titans ($8,500)Jones is continuously overlooked by the DFS community. There has been a narrative around Jones that he doesn’t score touchdowns, but with four TDs this season and the longest running touchdown streak among wide receivers in the league going back to last season, that narrative is completely untrue. He has a plus matchup against the Titans at home and should be sub-10-percent owned.TE T.J. Hockenson, Lions vs. Chiefs ($5,200)The tight end spot will go to rookie Hockenson, who has a great matchup against the Chiefs. Hockenson has struggled the past two weeks but is in a nice breakout spot with the projected volume bump for the entire Lions passing game.FLEX Christian Kirk, Cardinals vs. Seahawks ($5,900)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Long regarded as tremen

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLong regarded as tremendous travellers, now Australians are being recognised the world over as great luxury travellers. Fuelled by strong share portfolios, super and property, Australian luxury travellers are consuming at record rates, with demand pushing a raft of luxury travel brands to open sales offices across the country.Australian luxury travellers take more international trips, are the second highest consumers of business class flights, and spend the most time on holiday, according to research undertaken by leading global luxury travel network, Virtuoso.With Australians making 25% more luxury trips than the average international traveller and representing the highest consumers of luxury travel leisure nights, the world’s tourism industry has honed in on the Australian luxury dollar.The YouGov research analysed global luxury consumer sentiment, identifying global luxury consumer trends, along with specific travel trends for the Australian luxury traveller including:Australians take a higher number of international trips (1.9 vs. 1.5) compared to the global averageThey take more overall trips (4.9 vs. 4.7)Despite being conscious of the exchange rate (31% vs. 21%), Australians have the lowest level of budget setting (14% vs. 35%)Australian travellers are more likely to use loyalty points (36% vs. 32%)Australians have the highest number of leisure nights (18.9 vs. 14.4), especially for hotels/resorts (13.2 vs. 9.8)63% of cruising length is two weeks or longer for Australians, compared to the global average of 40%Australian luxury travellers like to use a travel advisor (64% vs. 52%)Average income of an Australian luxury traveller is around $318,000, and they spend approximately $13,000 per trip, with relaxation being their top reason for travelAustralians rate the importance of travel as 8.2 out of 10Globally, 71% of luxury consumers believe many non-luxury brands now offer a level of quality comparable to luxury brands88% of consumers like brands that share their values, while 80% will spend more on a brand that customises the product for them“Australians represent some of the most prolific travellers in the Virtuoso network,” stated Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso. “They are also some of the most intrepid travellers, always looking to new and interesting destinations that their American contemporaries might not have considered yet.”Upchurch continued, “One universal trait with travellers across the globe is the desire for personalised service. And Australians are no different than other luxury travellers. They will switch their loyalties, even if it means paying more, to have service that exceeds their expectations. This is certainly true during their travels, but it happens during the planning process as well. Consumers will collaborate with their travel advisor – just as they would with their financial advisor – to ensure they get the experience they want. Where the trust comes in is when things don’t go as planned, and they can turn to their travel advisor for advocacy and accountability.”The definition of luxury travel is shifting as non-luxury brands begin to offer a level of quality comparable with luxury brands, leaving luxury travellers to seek out other criteria to evaluate their travel products, including customisation and shared values.Internationally there has been remarkable expansion in luxury travel with Virtuoso’s network recording 12% growth in the past year, now totalling sales of over US$23b, up from US$12.5b in 2013.In Australia, Virtuoso has become the fastest growing retail consortia in the country, with current sales up 19%  on the previous 12 months. Recognising this growth, Virtuoso will host its global Symposium in Melbourne next May, gathering together 500 luxury travel leaders from across the world.Image: Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D Upchurch at Virtuoso Travel Week 2018Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more