December 2, 1998Nick repairing a hand rail in the construction zone.
Swedish cable operator Com Hem has launched Hemtelefon i Mobilen (Home Phone-Mobile), an app that can be installed on Android phones and iPhones that enables fixed phone calls to be received on mobiles.The service allows up to five mobile phones to be connected to the same home phone number. The app also enables Com Hem customers to benefit from lower call-rates from mobile phones at home, outside the home or internationally via WiFi.The app is avaialble free of charge from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Pre-school entertainment and learning app, Hopster, has closed a multi-million pound funding round led by existing investor, Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN).While details of the raise were not disclosed, Hopster founder and CEO, Nick Walters, said the company will use the money to “keep doing what we pledged: provide a safe, ad-free and nurturing digital environment for preschoolers.”Executive vice president of Sony Pictures Television’s Western Europe International Networks division, Kate Marsh, said SPTN’s investment in Hopster compliments its growing kids’ portfolio.“We recognise digital is a crucial element to our business, particularly in the kids’ market where tablets are the choice of device for our audience,” she said.Sony Picture Television Networks initially took a minority stake in Hopster in October 2016 and holds a seat on the company’s board. Its existing kids brands include POP, Tiny Pop, POP MAX and POP FUN.
BeoutQ, the allegedly Saudia Arabia-backed pirate TV network, has been slammed by members of the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee.In a parliamentary session on May 10, Jeremy Wright QC, DCMS secretary of state, responded to a question from Giles Watling MP, confirming that a number of UK government departments are “pursuing this matter” and that “the [UK] embassy in Riyadh is speaking to the Saudis on this subject”. BeoutQ has gained notoriety since its launch in 2017 for pirating hundreds of live sports events including the NFL SuperBowl, and English Premier League. “If we want to see good quality sport, we have to make sure that people are able to protect those rights so they can carry on delivering it to us; and those that are seeking to undermine those rights of course undermine that process,” Wright continued. “So that’s why we take an interest, it’s why we understand and sympathise with the concerns the Premier League and others have expressed and as I say there is activity underway.”UK networks, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, have all seen their content pirated by the network.The Chairman of the DCMS Committee, Mr Damian Collins MP, added to the discussion, saying that “the issue of beoutQ is straightforward piracy” and went on to question whether the Government was taking appropriate independent action by adding, “I’d be slightly concerned if our interest in this issue, and addressing it, is being balanced with other trade interests in the region”. The topic of beoutQ was first brought up in Parliament in April, with Alistair Carmichael MP, the former secretary of state for Scotland arguing that “[beoutQ’s] piracy is widespread across FIFA, UEFA, AFC, Premier League, LaLiga, and the Bundesliga; and the Government have got to work with intellectual property holders to protect sports. The Government have got to challenge their friends in Saudi Arabia and get them to take more action to protect the future of the sports and entertainment industries, and ensure that the football teams which we all love can continue to thrive.”Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO of beIN media group which has been one of the largest victims of beoutQ’s piracy in the Gulf region, said: “This latest development in the global fight against beoutQ is hugely significant, as it represents a critically important call from a Parliamentary Committee of MPs for the UK Government to intervene with the Saudi Government to stop the continued daily theft of valuable UK brands.”