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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. 19 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Its a deeper draft so there might be quarterbacks of intrigue,” Clayton said.If Palmer retires, the only quarterbacks on the roster would be backups Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert. ESPN insider John Clayton thinks the Cardinals would prefer to bring a quarterback in through free agency if Carson Palmer retires rather than replacing him with someone right out of the draft.“With an 8-8 record, that’s going to be probably 17 or 18 in the draft order and at that spot it might be hard,” Clayton said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf show Friday morning.“I think first you would explore whats going to be out there on the veteran market,” said Clayton. Injured Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, center, talks with quarterback Drew Stanton, left, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert, right, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: John Clayton, NFL Insider center_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The question then becomes, who is available on the free agent market?Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, and Jimmy Garoppolo were class headliners coming into the season, but Garoppolo is now with the 49ers and appears to be their present and future QB, while Brees is not expected to leave the resurgent New Orleans Saints.That leaves Cousins and a trio of quarterbacks from the Vikings organization including Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford as the head of the class.A lot of the speculation is predicated upon whether or not Carson Palmer, who turns 38 in less than a week, decides to return for his 16th NFL season.Whether he returns or not, at his age, retirement is looming and the importance of stability and direction of the quarterback position has been well documented and discussed often.Clayton said despite the uncertainty at the position, things are not all doom and gloom for the organization.“The defense is still good, that’s encouraging, but if Carson Palmer is not back, I think you go veteran first and wait for the draft second.” said Clayton.There are three prospects ranked in the top ten by DraftWire at the quarterback position who played in the Pac-12 this season: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Luke Falk. Other top QB prospects include former Heisman trophy winners Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield as well as Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Digital UK has put its support behind broadcast re

first_imgDigital UK has put its support behind broadcast regulator Ofcom’s plans to make better use of the ‘white space’ spectrum, but warned that appropriate measures should be taken “to protect terrestrial television services from interference.”In a response to Ofcom’s TV white space consultation, Digital UK’s joint submission – which represents the views of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva – backed “the principle of developing white space devices and Ofcom’s plans to explore ways of making more efficient use of spectrum.”“If deployed effectively, this area of innovation is expected to offer significant benefits for consumers, the broadcast industry and wider stakeholders. Potential applications identified by Ofcom include WiFi hotspots, rural broadband and machine-to-machine communications,” said Digital UK.However, the not-for profit organisation called on Ofcom to make sure that DTT services remained interference-free, adding that it was specifically concerned about “the impact on viewers using indoor aerials and the uncertainty caused by potential future changes in the amount of spectrum allocated to terrestrial television.”Digital UK manages strategy and policy for digital terrestrial television in the UK and led the successful implementation of digital TV switchover from 2008-2012. Ofcom is currently planning its pilot of innovative white space technology in the UK, which it claims is among the first of its kind in Europe.last_img read more

Online video specialist Saffron Digital is to use

first_imgOnline video specialist Saffron Digital is to use the IBC show to launch Superfan TV, an OTT channel platform that connects talent, brands and broadcasters directly to their fan bases, according to the company.Based on Saffron Digital’s MainStage platform, Superfan TV is described by the company as an ‘out of the box’ OTT subscription channel which combines customer relationship management and social technology with Saffron Digital’s premium OTT platform. It is designed to enable talent and content owners to launch direct-to-consumer OTT channels that feature on demand and live video, value-added content and community engagement across smartphones, tablets and web.A debut service, The Paula Deen Network, featuring US chef Paula Deen, is set to launch on iOS, Android and web in late September.We are seeing a lot of top talent and brands disrupting the market with OTT offerings that increase their direct engagement with their fans. With that in mind we have created a product that lets them quickly and cost-effectively launch a premium video channel where they can give their fans exclusive content and convert those fans into paying subscribers. The Paula Deen Network has already attracted a lot of interest so we’re really excited about the potential when it launches in September,” said Jason Keane, Saffron Digital’s CEO.last_img read more

European Commissioner for digital Mariya Gabriel h

first_imgEuropean Commissioner for digital Mariya Gabriel has called for the creation of a searchable pan-European directory of films that are available online to be set up by the end of this year as part of the EC’s #Digital4Culture initiative.Mariya Ivanova GabrielSpeaking at the Berlinale 2018 European Film Forum, Gabriel said that the catalogue would initially be set up as a tool for professionals to identify the countries in which films are accessible and available for commercial exploitation.A second phase will see it opened to the public with a view to facilitating access to European movies online, irrespective of their country of origin.She said she would organise a series of meetings of interested parties, beginning yesterday in Berlin, to take the project further.Gabriel also used her speech in Berlin to call for a reform of copyright that would match the evolution of technology platforms. She said that the EC’s proposals for reform called for stronger protection of rights-holders through a set of measures that would enable them to decide if and under what conditions their works would be distributed by digital platforms.Gabriel said that she was also hopeful of a rapid conclusion of inter-institutional negotiations on the proposed reform of the Audiovisual Media Services directive, which includes measures to force video-on-demand providers to respect quota requirements for works of European origin and to make a financial contribution to the production of European works.Gabriel’s comments come after EC vice-president Andrus Ansip last week called for bolder moves to create a digital single market for audiovisual content, with an extension of the ‘country of origin’ principle “ to make it easier for broadcasters to license material and promote their programmes around the EU”.EU institutions are currently in the process of beginning negotiations on new rules for cross-border online trading.The EC has proposed wide-ranging changes to make online TV services available across borders without restriction. However, the EU’s other institutions – the European Parliament and the European Council – have taken a more cautious stance. The parliament voted to water down the EC’s proposals, supporting instead measures that only provide for portability of news and current affairs content, while the Council has supported a limited application of the ‘country of origin’ principle, excluding all sports events and all works co-produced by the broadcaster in question as well as content licensed to broadcasters by third parties.last_img read more