26 Photos 6 Sphero Spider-Man Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order 10. ThorThree movies in, Thor has managed to produce one of the most fun Marvel movies we’ve seen (Ragnarok, helmed by Taika Waititi) and one of the most ponderous, dull ones (The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor). Ragnarok was everything The Dark World wasn’t — like good. Who knew giving the god of thunder a sense of humor would make for a more enjoyable viewing experience?11. BladeWhile reviewers gave 1998’s Blade props for its visual style, the trilogy was inconsistent. Of Blade 2, Slate said “There’s no script to speak of,” and Blade Trinity earned this sick burn: “If ever there was a case for quitting while you’re behind, this Blade is it,” from The Washington Post. However, as The Ringer pointed out in 2018, the original Blade accomplished two important things: essentially launching the superhero movie industry, and placing a person of color in the lead role.12. The Amazing Spider-ManIn short, there was no solid reason to make this iteration of Spider-Man. Granted, Andrew Garfield does a good job capturing teenage boy nervous energy. But it’s not enough to save what feels like long, un-noteworthy deviations from Sam Raimi’s earlier movies. The Amazing Spider-Man flirts with the hour mark before Peter Parker gets into something resembling a suit. Also, who is prepared to watch Jed Bartlett die on screen? Not us. 13. Fantastic FourIt’s almost hard to believe our beloved Cap originally came from the critically panned Fantastic Four franchise. The original? Oft referred to as “juvenile.” And when Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer came out in 2007 (two years after its predecessor), it smacked of trying to milk this whole superhero movie thing for maximum dollar before leaving the genre a desiccated husk. As Entertainment Weekly put it, “If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you’d have the Fantastic Four franchise.”14. Ghost RiderIf you’re like me, you might have forgotten that Ghost Rider and its sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance even happened. It did, though. Nicholas Cage portrayed Johnny Blaze and the The New York Times asked the important question, “Is the world ready for a flaming Nicholas Cage?” Meanwhile the New York Daily News called it a “vast an array of spiritual gibberish, literary poppycock and pure flummery.” We cringed hard at the CGI effects, which probably should have been a lot better for 2007. The real question remains, though: How did Sam Elliott get dragged into this? 15. DaredevilBy the early 2000s, superhero movies smelled like money. Unfortunately, we ended up with Daredevil and the Jennifer Garner-led follow-up Elektra, two films that still take casual beatings for how bad they were. If you need a refresher on just how bad, consider that the Daredevil trailer alone contains the lines “time to give the devil his due” and “I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night searching for justice — blind justice.” Elektra, meanwhile, claims a whole 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 42 on CNET sister site Metacritic and might have put Marvel off female superhero movies until, well, this year. A February Times piece on Marvel’s “woman problem” referenced an email exchange that surfaced out of the 2014 Sony hack where then-Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter listed Elektra and other disastrous female-led superhero movies. CNET’s Andrew Gebhart and Chris Monroe contributed to this report. More Marvel Share your voice Originally published April 6, 2019. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Since 2012, we’ve been all about waiting for that next team-up, curious how the various relationships will play out, inching our way toward the highest stakes we’ve seen yet with Endgame, out April 26. From the original, to Age of Ultron, to Infinity War, it would be an understatement to say audiences were excited. Just consider that seven years after Joss Whedon’s original entry, tickets for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame broke Fandango’s presale record in just six hours. 2. Captain AmericaCaptain America. He’s quite a guy — self-sacrificing with a ram-rod-straight sense of ethical duty. Maybe most importantly, Cap is reliable. That evenness translates to the franchise, which has been one of the most consistent of the lot. While franchises don’t always produce a second movie that’s as good as the first, Captain America came back even stronger with The Winter Soldier. Plus, this franchise has also done a lot of heavy-lifting in terms of setting up Infinity War and, ultimately, Endgame. 3. Spider-ManLet’s get something out of the way: Spider-Man 3 was terrible. In fact, it was almost awful enough to tarnish the legacy of the Sam Raimi trilogy, because now when you think of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, you think of ill-advised guyliner… and that cringe-worthy dance number.Why, Peter, why?However, we’re focused on the impact of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 — evidence that you can make fun, satisfying, heartfelt comic book movies capable of burrowing into our pop culture psyche (hello, upside-down Spidey kiss). Those two entries from 2002 and 2004 helped create the kind of interest in terms of both box office and critical acclaim (domestically, the first did $114.84 million in its opening weekend, and the second did $88.16 million and is a Metacritic Must See) in superhero movies that’s made it sustainable for Marvel to make a 20-something-part story arc in the years since. Also consider the strength of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2. What’s scarier than a good man corrupted? Turns out making a villain relatable and even a bit sympathetic makes for a more compelling battle. 4. Iron ManBack in 2008, Iron Man was first in a long line of MCU movies. This franchise helped establish a strong foundation for all MCU offerings that followed. It also gave us Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, who is narcissistic, vexing, funny and kind of an ass, but a character you can’t help but like. Iron Man also helped clue the MCU in on how to balance tone and stakes, pushing Stark’s humor even while chaos is unfolding. 5. DeadpoolThe Merc with a Mouth garnered attention when it came out in 2016, R-rating and all. Dripping in smart-assery and digs at the other inhabitants of its genre, Deadpool was just the counter-programming we needed to balance out the glossy and at times over-earnest MCU. Deadpool also gets a tip of the hat for consistency — Deadpool 2 was just about as joke-packed and irreverent as the first. 3:13 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel X-Men Iron Man Tags 6. X-menIn assembling this ranking, we made a call to keep all the X-Men movies together given Days of Future Past essentially fixed and linked back to X3. Both sets of films have had inconsistencies, starting strong but battling weakness in the third iterations. Rolling Stone said of X-Men: Last Stand that “the third and weakest chapter in the X-Men series is a blatant attempt to prove there is still life in the franchise.” Meanwhile, X-Men Apocalypse’s villain was… blue with a propensity for chewing up scenery. Even X3’s writer Simon Kinberg told ScreenCrush in 2014 that “there are a lot of things about ‘X3’ that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret.” In any case, the later movies tried to clean up some of the messiness the earlier ones left behind. And yes, we did also make allowances here for the size of the franchise. Guardians of the Galaxy brought the jokes. Marvel 7. Guardians of the GalaxyWhen Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2014 with its ’70s rock soundtrack, it brought an important insight — superhero movies don’t have to be stifling and take themselves too seriously. They can be funny. While the 2017 installment wasn’t quite a strong as the original, we’re giving it serious points for paving the way for the likes of the surprisingly funny Thor: Ragnarok. 8. Ant-ManWhen we put Ant-Man right smack in the middle of this ranking, we do it with love. Why? Because Ant-Man is fine. The world isn’t about to end. Half the population is about to disappear. There are stakes, yes, but they’re a break from the destruction and catastrophe the MCU wreaks. Also, at this point we’ve seen so many action sequences it’s easy to get numb to them. Ant-Man gets props for re-energizing fights by, you know, getting Thomas the Tank Engine in the mix. 9. WolverineOne word: Logan. My race to see every MCU film before Avengers: Endgame Endgame a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Women of Marvel: Straight talk from real-life superheroes The Avengers are a tough team to battle for the top spot. Marvel Marvel movies have been part of our popular culture for the better part of the last 20 years, but you might forget that given the dominance of Marvel Cinematic Universe films these days. You know, that whole kit and kaboodle encompassing Iron Man on through Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, which busts into theaters next week. The MCU isn’t where Marvel begins or ends on screen, though. With this in mind, I decided to take a look back at all of Marvel’s movie franchises (defined as having more than one movie in the series) and rank them from the best to the most regrettable. In an effort to share the power bestowed on me to compile such an Earth-shaking list, I turned to my colleagues here in Louisville, Kentucky, where we busted out a white board on wheels and undertook the serious task of deciding just how bad Ben Affleck’s Daredevil was and what exactly to do with Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider. Here’s our ranking, from best to worst: 1. AvengersEnsembles movies can easily sprawl into unwieldy, disjointed disasters. Somehow, the Avengers have avoided all that. And after four years of movies leading up to the first Avengers installment of the MCU, there was a lot riding on this first point of culmination for the franchise that brought together the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the high-powered crew. Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know Comments TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 2:09
BSE closes points 46.34 up on Jan 162K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 46.34 up on Jan 162K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 46.34 points up to stand at 28,121.89. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.65 points up to stand at 8,513.80. SUNTV and Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.04% and 9.09% along with TV18 BROADCAST and SUZLON with an increase of 8.12% and 7.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYPR with a decrease of 4.92% and 4.49% along with JETAIRWAYS and Welspun Corp LTD. with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.12% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 35.42 points at 19,342.32 while the banking sector is down 1.89 points at 22,021.41 and the reality sector is up 8.44 points at 1,619.87. The Indian currency is up 0.05% at Rs 62.03 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 46.34 points up to stand at 28,121.89. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.65 points up to stand at 8,513.80. SUNTV and Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.04% and 9.09% along with TV18 BROADCAST and SUZLON with an increase of 8.12% and 7.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYPR with a decrease of 4.92% and 4.49% along with JETAIRWAYS and Welspun Corp LTD. with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.12% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 35.42 points at 19,342.32 while the banking sector is down 1.89 points at 22,021.41 and the reality sector is up 8.44 points at 1,619.87. The Indian currency is up 0.05% at Rs 62.03 per dollar.
As fears of the demonetisation-led slowdown to the Indian economy eased and quarterly earnings of auto and certain FMCG companies seemed shrugging off any major worry from the demand perspective, stock markets rebounded sharply, with the benchmark indices BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty attaining pre-demonetisation levels last week. ITC, 30 other stocks hit 52-week high on Friday; is it pre-budget rally?The Sensex jumped 847.96 points, or 3.14 percent, to settle at 27,882.46, while The NSE Nifty 50 index rallied by 291.90 points or 3.50 per cent to settle at 8,641.25.As markets gained strength in the run up to a pre-budget rally, for the first time after the note ban on November 8 and Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election on November 9, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were also seen convincingly buying Indian equities.However, the next lies an all-important action-packed week, which investors will be eyeing with bated breath. Budget 2017: On Wednesday (February 1), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his fourth Union Budget and on Tuesday (January 31), the Economic Survey will be tabled. Even though the consensus remains that it will be a populist Budget, markets do expect the finance minister to respect the self-committed fiscal deficit to GDP target of 3.3-3.4 percent for FY 2017-18.Among other measures expected from the Budget are an upward revision of the exemption threshold for personal income tax, as well as a reduction in corporate tax rates; a road map for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST); an increase in capital spending and other steps to boost consumption. However, markets are likely to get unnerved if the government introduces or reclassifies the definition of long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax or increases the securities transaction tax (STT).GAAR clarification: On Monday, Markets are likely to positively react to the Central Board of Direct Taxes’ clarification that the General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR) will not be invoked against those foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) who can prove their main purpose is not to obtain tax benefits by locating in a certain jurisdiction. FOMC Meet: The two-day US Federal Market Open Committee (FOMC) meeting is scheduled for January 31 and February 1 and investors will be watching for the Committee’s outlook for the US economy and interest rates in 2017. At the same time, reactions to US President Trump’s decision to ban entry of citizens of seven Muslim countries into the US will be keenly watched. Facebook and Google CEOs have reacted adversely to Trump’s move. However, Indian IT companies are expected to be affected immediately.Additionally, the next round of corporate results will also decide the near-term trend of the markets. Heavyweights like Housing lender HDFC, Grasim, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, ICICI Bank and ONGC will come up with their quarterly numbers the next week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Maharashtra’s Wardha on April 1, 2019. The brightening prospects of Prime Minister Modi’s return to power and global cues are making FY20 a ‘buy on dips’ market.Twitter/BJPFollowing a record-setting March, the markets opened the financial year 2019-20 (FY20) on Monday with a strong bullish show confirming the technical view of FY20 as a ‘buy on dips’ market. The general elections whose results are due in the second half of May might induce some volatility, but experts consider the bullish theme to remain through the first half the year.Observers reckon that the prospects of the return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Delhi have brightened with the failure of the main opposition Congress party led by its president Rahul Gandhi to attract major alliance partners. Opinion polls by different agencies have given a clear edge to the BJP and the return of a stable government. Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala, apart from his traditional Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, has added to the market conviction that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is not gaining traction in the BJP-dominated states in North India.A set of global cues including the receding clouds of trade war escalation between the US and China and lessening Brexit confusion is helping global indices and the Indian markets. Wall Street ended the March quarter on a strong note with S&P 500 posting its best quarterly gain since 2009, rising over 13 per cent. The Dow Jones rose 11.2 per cent posting its biggest quarterly rise since 2013, while the Nasdaq soared 16.5 per cent in its best quarter since 2012, a Reuters report said.A reflection of the general global sentiment was on the show on Monday when the Bombay Stock Exchange’s 30-share benchmark Sensex had a strong gap-up opening and set a new high after hitting a lifetime high of 39,028 points surpassing its previous high of 38,989 registered on August 29, 2018. Nifty50 has also been hovering near the record high of 11,760 after making an intra-day high of 11,738 points.Banking stocks continued their strong show from March into April with Nifty Bank registering a new high of 30,646 points in morning trade with Bank of Baroda, whose amalgamation with Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank created the second largest lender in terms of network and customer base, newly recapitalized Punjab National Bank (PNB), and ICICI Bank. China’s President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. The receding fears of a US-China trade war are helping to buoy global markets and Indian sentiment.Thomas Peter – Pool/Getty ImagesThe spread of the rally across sectors after a gap-up opening to the week points to the market strength that could support a continued rally even in this election quarter, according to some experts. The strong show of banking stocks is believed to be an indication of the market’s optimism of another rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India, whose monetary policy committee is set to meet next week.Market sources attribute the buoyancy to huge buying interest from foreign institutional investors (FII) in the cash segment. FIIs turned net buyers in the quarter with the infusion of more funds, market data show, with fresh fund infusion continuing through the last two consecutive months of the last fiscal year. March alone accounted for a net infusion of Rs 45,981 crore including a net Rs 33,980 crore in equities and Rs 12,001 crore in debt, according to data published by PTI. In February, the overseas players pumped in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crore in capital markets.
Law minister Anisul Huq.The government has rejected the rationales cited in the Supreme Court’s verdict on 16th constitutional amendment, says law minister Anisul Huq.In his formal reaction to the SC judgement at a media briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat on Thursday, he said that a decision on whether the government will legally challenge the verdict would be taken after thorough scrutiny of the verdict text.Read more:CJ’s political remarks in 16th amendment verdict hurt, grieve, damage AL: Khasru“We’re still considering whether a judicial review [petition] should be filed,” he said.The law minister alleged that the arguments and observations made by the chief justice in the verdict were not based on “fact in issues”.“[Some of the] observations of the chief justice are simply not logical; they are emotionally charged and reflect a vindictive attitude,” said the law minister.Read more:‘No scope for debate on SC verdict in parliament’He added that the government would take initiative to expunge the ‘objectionable matters’ in the judgement.The minister, in response to a query, however, said the government would not use politics to counter the court verdict.He rejected the court’s arguments that the 16th amendment, which gave parliament the power to remove judges for any misconduct and incompetence, had in any way hampered the independence of the judiciary.Read more: AL in discomfort over court verdict, latest dev“Parliament was not in a power contest with the judiciary by making provision for the parliament to remove judges. Rather independence of the judiciary was strengthened,” the minister claimed.Anisul Huq also expressed reservations about chief justice SK Sinha’s observation that “no nation – no country is made of, or by one person”.“Although Bangabandhu was in the Pakistan jail, the war of liberation was fought under his leadership and thus the country became independent,” the law minister said.Read more:Not falling into govt or opposition trap: CJThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on 3 July this year scrapped the 16th amendment and restored the Supreme Judicial Council and the full text of the verdict was released 1 August, stirring a huge debate over which of the state organ is sovereign – is it the legislature or the judiciary.The AL-led 10th parliament on 17 September 2014 unanimously passed the Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Bill restoring its power to remove Supreme Court judges on the grounds of misconduct or incapacity, scrapping the existing constitutional provisions for the Supreme Judicial Council inquiry into such allegations.Read more: Judiciary’s arm can’t reach parliament: ALThe country’s main opposition political party – Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – has hailed the court verdict and is accusing the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) of standing against the judiciary.Earlier on Wednesday, the Law Commission chairman and former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque observed that the 16th amendment verdict has effectively removed the judges’ accountability to the people.Following the Supreme Court verdict that stripped off parliament’s power to remove judges, he said, it ‘seems to me that Bangladesh is no longer a People’s Republic’; rather it becomes a ‘Judges’ Republic of Bangladesh’.Read more:As if it’s judges’ Republic, says ex-CJ Khairul Haque
Pictured above: CNN host Anderson Cooper Facebook has committed to funding some of the news programs for at least one year (a rep says the deal terms vary in length), but the parties aren’t disclosing what the company is paying for them. The shows will be available in an exclusive window on Facebook Watch. An exec at one partner said the company was quick to approve to their budget request for one of the shows. “They are willing to pay more to work with partners they trust,” said the exec, who requested anonymity because terms of the deals with Facebook are private.Over the years, Facebook’s relationship with publishers has been prickly, including recent frustration with its changes to News Feed to deprioritize content from media partners in favor of users’ friends posts. Rupert Murdoch earlier this year complained about the company’s approach to news specifically, saying Facebook should pay content providers in the way cable TV companies pay networks.“It was important to us that there was a fair value exchange, which there hasn’t always been,” said Andrew Morse, CNN’s EVP and GM of CNN Digital Worldwide.CNN’s original program for Facebook Watch, “Anderson Cooper Full Circle,” will go live weekday evenings at 6:25 p.m. ET. Broadcast from the “AC360” newsroom in New York, the program will feature the CNN host delivering a daily news dispatch, and engaging Facebook users directly through live polls and integrated conversations. The plans also call for Cooper to interview newsmakers live on the show.Morse declined to discuss CNN’s financial arrangement for the show, but he said, “Facebook has made a serious commitment, and they have made a significant minimum guarantee. For us to produce a program with Anderson Cooper every day brings tremendous value to their platform.”Also bullish on Facebook’s new push is Jason Ehrich, Fox News’ senior VP of audience development and partnerships. The news channel is launching “Fox News Update,” a twice-daily news report that Ehrich said will be fast-paced, with each segment running 3-5 minutes. “This feels like the natural evolution” of FNC’s partnership with the company. “They seem very committed to making Watch a success.” The Facebook-funded news announcement also comes after it has been accused failing to do enough to stop the spread of “fake news” — particularly during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, when Russian-linked disinformation campaigns used Facebook to target American voters. This week, Facebook is in the process of shutting off the Trending news topics section that has appeared in the News Feed. The company said the Trending feature had low usage, but it also drew criticism of political bias.“We’ve talked a lot over the last six months over the quality of news on Facebook,” Brown said. “This is another investment in quality journalism on Facebook.”Brown characterized the news programming for Facebook Watch as an “experiment”: “They don’t know if it’s going to work, we don’t if it’s going to work. We’re going to find out together.” She emphasized the news organizations will have “full editorial control” over the content.In picking the first seven partners, Brown said the goal was to get a diverse set of viewpoints and a range of formats. “Given this is our first step into this, we wanted to have a diverse slate of shows that could deliver different things,” she said. Brown expects Facebook eventually to fund more than a dozen news shows.For now, the Facebook-funded news initiative is focused on U.S.-based news outlets. That’s driven by the fact that Facebook Watch is currently available only in the U.S., stocked with hundreds of scripted and unscripted shows (some paid for by the company).There will be ad breaks in some of the news programming on Facebook Watch. “Over the long term, we’d love to get these shows to self-sustainable levels,” said Brown.In the past, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has remarked that Facebook is a technology company — not a media company. Asked whether Facebook is now in fact a media company, given that it’s paying for a growing slate of content, Brown responded, “Having worked for big media companies, I don’t think Facebook is a media company. But are we responsible for the media on Facebook? Yes.” Popular on Variety After going through the fake-news wringer, Facebook is shelling out money on original news content. The strategy is partly aimed at driving up viewing on its Facebook Watch platform — but it also is supposed to demonstrate the social-media giant’s commitment to funding trustworthy journalism.The initial shows, fully funded by Facebook, come from seven partners: TV news orgs ABC News, CNN, Fox News Channel, and Univision; local news publisher Advance Local; and digital media companies ATTN: and Mic. They’re slated to roll out on Facebook Watch this summer. The mix includes live breaking news, daily news briefings, and weekly, longer-form series.The initiative is led by Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships, a former CNN host and NBC News reporter who joined the company in January 2017. “They’re not just cutting up TV and putting it on Facebook,” Brown said. “This is to engage people around news, taking advantage of Facebook’s features.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Here’s an overview of the initial funded news shows for Facebook Watch:ABC News “On Location” (working title): Daily news show with reports from correspondents worldwide and top headlines. ABC News live news streams also will be featured in a breaking-news area of the Facebook Watch news section.Advance Local “Chasing Corruption”: Weekly series from Alabama Media Group, hosted by Ian Hoppe and AL.com’s Reckon team, who speak with investigative journalists who have uncovered stories of conspiracy, bribery, fraud and other crimes.ATTN: “Undivided ATTN:”: Weekly explainer breaking big topics in 3-5 minute episodes hosted by a rotating cast of social influencers.CNN’s “Anderson Cooper Full Circle”: Daily briefing on weekdays featuring Anderson Cooper and a roster of guests.Fox News “Fox News Update”: FNC chief news anchor Shepard Smith will host each weekday afternoon and Carley Shimkus will present the morning segment, while Abby Huntsman will deliver the headlines once each morning over the weekend.Mic “Mic Dispatch”: Twice-weekly show will profile “the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs.” Each episode will include two field-reported dispatches of 5-6 minutes each.Univision “Real America with Jorge Ramos”: In the weekly show, the anchor will travel across the U.S. to speak with immigrants of diverse backgrounds, targeted not only at Latinos but mainstream English-speaking audiences. Univision will also broadcast “Noticiero Univision Edición Digital,” an interactive Spanish-language news broadcast at noon ET daily on Watch.In other news-related features, Facebook is testing a “breaking news” label with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia along with breaking-news notifications. It also has a beta version of a dedicated section on Facebook called “Today In” to provide news from local publishers and updates from local officials and organizations.
Rama Theater Natya Vidya (RATNAV) will perform ‘Thakur Zalim’, ‘Sultana’ and ‘Giraftari’ from November 19 till 21 at the Shriram Center.The first play ‘Thakur Jalim Singh’ is a folk story of a cruel, dominating king who was only interested to expand his kingdom through war. But at the end surrenders his empire to a saint for two drops of water, who preaches him about the reality of life. The second drama ‘Sultana’ is a story of Sultana of Rajasthan, where his father was having his marriage with a man of old age, unlike Sultana raised her voice in front of everyone. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRegarding the third performance titled, ‘Giraftari’, Rama Pandey, CEO of RATNAV said that this story is an adaptation of the popular novel ‘The Trial’ by 20th-century well-known author Franz Kafka. This is the story of a man of the present time and based in Delhi who is alienated in society. The story is an actual depiction of a common man in Indian society in today’s political scenario. Rama Pandey said that this is a foundation for the preservation of tradition oral arts of India. “We are working to promote, protect and give education through theatre play,” she added. Talking about the intricate elements used in the plays, she elaborated saying, “We are using a fusion of dying Indian oral and folk form in the play and to present the play we are using ‘Keerat’ from Rajasthan and Tasha, Dhol and Nafiri instruments from the street of Delhi.”
Scripps Networks Interactive’s Food Network has launched in Turkey.The SD and HD service has launched on the D-Smart platform and will reach 700,000 of the pay TV operator’s subscribers.The channel is DSmart’s Extended Basic tier and the HD version will be carried on an exclusive basis. The carriage deal follows an exclusive agreement inked late last year for Scripps’ Travel Channel HD.Food Network is a joint venture with Chellomedia in the EMEA region and Turkish deal was brokered by Louise Cottrell at Chello Zone.The channel operator said it is in the throes of localising the Turkish Food Network, which will also carry the services international programming and titles include Reza’s African Kitchen, Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.“It’s great to see Scripps further expand its global footprint in such an important international territory,” said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps EMEA. “Food Network’s unique lifestyle programming will be an excellent addition to D-Smart’s channel line-up.”
Some 63% of people experience problems with their broadband, while 45% claim they suffer slow download speeds, according to a new report by UK consumer body, Which?. The study highlights poor speeds and bad customer service, and comes as Which? campaigns for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ‘Give us Broadband Speed Guaranteed’ so that customers get the speed and service they pay for.Which? claims that 58% of people who report slow download speeds experience this “frequently or all the time”.Meanwhile, 27% of people who reported a loss of service that was later resolved had to wait two days for this to happen, with 11% having to wait a week or more.“We also found three in 10 (31%) who contacted their provider with a problem said they did not get a resolution at all, a quarter of those who did get a resolution (25%) were dissatisfied with how long it took, and one in five (20%) said they contacted their ISP three times or more to resolve a problem,” said Which?The consumer organisation is now calling on broadband providers to issue customers with written speed estimates at the start of a contract, allow people to exit contracts without penalty if speeds aren’t met, and to refund people for a loss of service.“The internet is an essential part of modern life, yet millions of us are getting frustratingly slow speeds and having to wait days to get reconnected when things go wrong. It’s less superfast broadband, more super slow service from companies who are expecting people to pay for speeds they may never get,” said Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd.
Liberty Global intends “at some point to have [its] entire European digital footprint operating on a common platform and perhaps a common UI”, according to president and CEO Mike Fries.Liberty Global CEO, Mike FriesSpeaking to analysts after Liberty announced its Q3 results, Fries said that the company was “heading towards a common video platform everywhere in Europe, which has massive benefits from the point of view of product innovation, time-to-market, procurement benefits and costs”, despite its recent renewal of a deal with TiVo, which provides the software behind Virgin Media’s TV platform in the UK. For the rest of Europe, Cisco is deploying the RDK-powered Horizon platform.Also speaking on the analyst call, outgoing Liberty Global CTO Balan Nair, who is to take over as CEO of Liberty’s soon-to-be-spun-off Latin American operation, said that Liberty had “restructured” how it paid for TiVo to maintain its software on existing boxes in the UK and had also extended its existing intellectual property licensing deal with Rovi to cover TiVo IP across Europe and Latin America. He said the deal was a “good win-win” for both Liberty and TiVo.Virgin Media became the first Liberty Global unit to launch the group’s new unified set-top platform the EOS box, last year. The box is named the V6 in the UK. Unlike other Liberty Global companies, which use Horizon, Virgin is providing an updated version of its existing TiVo interface on the box.Speaking on the analyst call, Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge said that the company was “well placed with the product we have at the moment”. He said Virgin was benefiting from synergies from using the EOS box and said it would continue with its “customer-focused strategy” and “make decisions going forward as we see necessary”.