The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. The third party that would have to compromise, of course, would be Peterson, whom Paolantonio said would have to reduce his monetary expectations or else a deal will not get done. “Whenever it takes it takes three-sided coin and you’re negotiating like this and you have to have three parties willing to compromise,” he said. “It drags on and on and on, and that’s what you’re seeing here.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Nothing like a little rain on that parade, huh?For weeks now there have been rumors circulating that the Arizona Cardinals could be on the verge of trading for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. But according to ESPN NFL insider Sal Paolantonio, it might be time to pump the breaks a little bit.“This is a very fluid situation,” he told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “I did talk to Bruce Arians twice so far here, and he said there are no serious discussions of trading for Adrian Peterson. Quote, no serious discussions.” LISTEN: Sal Paolantonio- ESPN NFL analyst Paolantonio said he thinks the Cardinals would like to add the dynamic running back, but that the Vikings are not interested in trading away their all-time leading rusher for what he’s hearing teams are said to be offering. What has to happen, he said, is the Vikings, Peterson and whoever trades for him will have to come up with a compromise. The Vikings, he said, have to compromise knowing that Peterson will not play for them, because just giving him money will not be enough to pacify him.“It just doesn’t work like that,” he said. “Human nature takes effect, and Adrian Peterson feels like he’s been disrespected here.”He pointed to statements made by Peterson as well as his agent Ben Dogra as evidence that the relationship is probably irreparable. But assuming the Vikings decide they should trade him, someone will have to make the right offer, to both the Vikings and Peterson. “And the Cardinals, or whoever is going to be the trade partner, they have to increase the amount of money that they are willing to give Adrian Peterson to make him happy, mollify his concerns about his financial future, and make the Vikings whole.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Tonjé BakangFrance-based startup Afrostream is to launch what it describes as “the Netflix of Afro-American and French films” in September, with subscriptions from €6.99.The service, which will focus primarily on Afro-American content, will be available in France, its overseas departments and territories, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire via computers, smartphones, tablets and Chromecast.Afrostream, co-founded by theatre producer and entrepreneur Tonjé Bakang, will build on an existing transactional video-on-demand stream on the MyTF1VOD service in France. According to Afrostream, the TVoD service has rented 200,000 films since it launched five months ago.Afrostream launched a Facebook page last year, which currently has 72,000 followers, and says that 2,000 subscribers have pre-registered for the SVoD service so far, bringing revenues amounting to US$100,000.Afrostream says it has rights from independent US, African and UK studios and distributors. According to Bakang, the startup has rights to distribute content in other African countries.The company says it has funding in place from US micro-funding outfit Y Combinator, which has provided support for 700 startups including AirBNB, Dropbox and Twitch.“The great thing is that the content is there, but our audience has no legal means of accessing this content. Even when you watch Popcorn Time or BitTorrent, Afro-American content is absent. And if you find a film, there are no subtitles,” said Bakang.“We want to entertain people and create a platform that makes them feel good. A film can lift or inspire someone and that’s why Afrostream has the potential to go far beyond the distribution of content.”
UKTV has issued half-year viewing and market share results, claiming it is outperforming the wider UK TV market and noting a 50% uptick in on-demand viewing.UKTV, which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks International, said it is now the fastest-growing channel operator in the UK.Its share of commercial impacts, a measure used to quantify the number of people viewing commercials on a channel, increased 7%, giving UKTV a 9.7% market share in the UK. That total was 10%, UKTV said, for the duration of the second quarter.It also noted a 50% increase in on-demand viewing. There was an 84% year-on-year increase in views via the expanded and updated UKTV Play service.UKTV did not break out half-year financials, but BBC Worldwide highlighted a ‘particularly strong performance’ from the company in its recent results. BBC programmes feature in about 40% of UKTV’s schedule.The UKTV stable includes Dave, the most-watched non-PSB channel in the UK, Gold, and Drama.It also has W, which was launched earlier this year in place of Watch. The new channel’s viewership is tracking 4% above the service it replaced, according to UKTV.In other channel changes, Home moved from pay to free TV this year, resulting in a 167% increase in viewing.“Our investment in bold, original programmes for our vibrant channel brands continues to chime with audiences – from Dynamo: Live to The Comic Strip Presents… to the David Haye fights and Taskmaster – the year so far has been outstanding,” said Darren Childs, UKTV CEO. He added: “Our share of commercial impacts continues to grow so we can better serve British viewers and advertisers in this competitive market.”
TDC’s board has recommended shareholders accept a €5.4 billion takeover offer from a consortium of bidders, in a move that lays to rest plans to buy MTG’s Nordic broadcasting and entertainment business.TDC received an offer from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and three pension funds – PFA, PKA and ATP – to buy the entire share capital of TDC for an all-cash consideration of DKK 50.25 per share (€6.74).The deal values the company at roughly DKK 40 billion (€5.4 billion) and represents a premium of 25.6% on TDC’s share price as of January 31, prior to announcement of the combination of the company with MTG’s Nordic Entertainment and Studios assets.TDC said the offer is an “attractive valuation of the company” corresponding to a eight-times multiple of 2017 EBITDA and 17.6-times operating free cash flow. The offer was also subject to the previously-announced deal between TDC and MTG not proceeding.“After careful review of our options, the board of directors of TDC believes that the consortium’s offer represents both the most compelling value and the highest transaction certainty benefiting the TDC shareholders. As a result, we have decided to recommend that the shareholders of TDC accept the offer,” said Pierre Danon, chairman of TDC.In a statement the company said that the TDC’s board of directors and executive management remained convinced in the strategic merits in the previously announced combination of the company with MTG’s Nordic Entertainment and Studio businesses.However, it said the board had concluded that the takeover offer provides TDC’s shareholders with a “highly attractive, immediate and secure value” and was therefore its fiduciary duty to recommend the deal to shareholders.TDC said earlier yesterday that the board would drop its MTG plans, which were announced on February 1, if an offer for all shares of TDC was made.The Macquarie group bid represents improved terms from a previous non-binding proposal made by the same buyers last week. TDC’s shareprice dropped by 7.1% over the period January 31 to February 9 after the TDC-MTG deal was announced..MTG and TDC had planned to establish a fully converged provider of media and communications services with a footprint extending across Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.