LiveU HEVC Broadcast Units will use the AT&T 5G Network for Mobile Video Production
DALLAS, May 1, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Broadcasters, production crews, and sports organizations must deliver breaking news and live events quickly and efficiently. 5G offers the potential to transform behind-the-scenes video operations, expand broadcast production capabilities and deliver the next generation of entertainment options. AT&T* and LiveU are working together to bring 5G to LiveU's HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) bonding portable transmission solutions. We will test the real-world impact and performance enhancements 5G technology can have on live broadcast video production using LiveU HEVC portable broadcast units.
LiveU provides reliable live video streaming solutions for TV, mobile, online and social media for newsgathering, live sports and events coverage in more than 130 countries. The combination of HEVC bonding and 5G capabilities is intended to allow LiveU's global customer base to take advantage of higher speeds and lower latency in the field and promises enhanced features for future LiveU video solutions.
From backpacks to smartphones, and satellite/cellular hybrid to antenna video solutions, LiveU enables content creators to capture, manage and distribute high-quality, live broadcasts on the go from virtually anywhere. LiveU HEVC portable units currently use a patented technology that bonds multiple cellular networks together for video transport including AT&T's 4G LTE network. In addition, they offer other transport technologies such as Wi-Fi and satellite.
"In a world of 24-hour news cycles, getting breaking news quickly to audiences is imperative," said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. "By teaming up with LiveU to trial 5G with their portable HEVC broadcast units, we will learn how we can help broadcasters increase production capabilities and expand possibilities for future innovations - as well as help them create compelling new engagement models with consumers. Just imagine the possibility of broadcasters being able to live stream breaking news in 8K or in an AR/VR 360 format over mobile 5G."
"We see 5G as a critical advancement for the broadcast industry disrupting the way breaking news, live sports, and other live events are produced. We anticipate the technology will bring more capabilities to our customers such as multiple channels of audio, multi camera productions from a single portable transmission solution, 4K streaming, and high-quality video return," said Avi Cohen, chief operations officer and co-founder, LiveU. "AT&T is a strong global leader with a focused approach on delivering high-quality solutions that meet the evolving needs of consumers and content creators. Collaborating with AT&T demonstrates LiveU's commitment to providing our customers with unique features and solutions that take advantage of all the possibilities that 5G enables."
AT&T and LiveU plan to explore using 5G capabilities in the AT&T Foundry to enhance the capture and delivery of live video content.
"The LU600 HEVC unit delivers the highest video quality and bitrate in the market, fastest file transfer, and lowest delay. Combined with the higher capacity and speeds of 5G, the technologies are poised to further disrupt the broadcast industry," added Cohen.
Premium Cotton, Linen and Eco-Friendly Lyocell Products Make it Easy for Men to Dress Well
NEW YORK, April 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Charles Tyrwhitt, a British menswear brand, today unveiled its 2019 Summer Collection with new business casual wardrobe essentials. Offering a range of products including shirts, suits, jackets, blazers, pants, shoes and accessories, Charles Tyrwhitt produces premium and affordable menswear with a touch of British style.
Now available in US retail stores and on CTShirts.com, Charles Tyrwhitt's 2019 Summer Collection provides light and comfortable options that are both practical for warm weather and up to date with the latest in business style trends. The collection's three core fabrics – Tyrwhitt Cool Cotton, wrinkle-resistant Linen, and eco-friendly Lyocell – provide comfort and flexibility in summer weather and feature a variety of products, including button-down shirts, jackets, pants and polos.
"Over the last 12 months, we've seen a steady increase in men embracing modern business casual as more organizations relax the traditional dress code, so this became a key focus for our 2019 Summer Collection," said Spencer Riley, Head of Product Design for Charles Tyrwhitt. "Whether it's the 'Made in the Sun' Italian Linen jacket, the breathable Tyrwhitt Cool shirts or the Lyocell performance pants, this collection is equally at home in the boardroom and at a rooftop bar, making it easy for men to dress well and keep cool."
Tyrwhitt Cool shirts are made with new, innovative 100% cotton fabric specifically treated to wick away moisture for a cool, dry and comfortable feeling:
Soft-Washed Non-Iron Tyrwhitt Cool Shirt – This quick drying, lightweight and soft-to-the-touch shirt has Charles Tyrwhitt's signature non-iron finish. In 100% cotton poplin fabric, the shirt is smooth and exceptionally breathable. Soft-washed for a relaxed, casual feel, it is available in both long and short sleeves. ($69.00)
Aircool Polo Shirt – A classic polo shirt with fabric-finishing technology to draw away moisture, it is knitted to a clean jacquard texture weave with natural stretch. Charles Tyrwhitt offers three vibrant summer colors with an updated collar for a clean aesthetic. ($55.00)
Charles Tyrwhitt linen products are soft and lightweight, while also allowing air flow to the body:
Italian Linen Jacket – This jacket is made from 100% linen, woven in Italy at solar-energy powered mill Nova Fields and tailored to a soft construction. Designed to look sharp with a relaxed fit, it is lightweight and breathable with its natural shoulder line and canvas. Available in Charles Tyrwhitt slim fit, the jacket comes in mid blue and olive. ($399.00)
Easy-Care Linen Pants – These pants have the cool, breezy benefits of linen with the added convenience of Charles Tyrwhitt's easy-care finish – they are durable, easy to iron and have enhanced wrinkle recovery to maintain a clean and crease-free look. With a slim fit leg and pre-washed fabric for a soft feel and added comfort, these pants are permeable and highly absorbent, which allows moisture to evaporate quickly, providing a cool, airy feel. ($89.00)
The Business Casual Non-Iron Cotton Linen Shirt – Made from two of the most breathable fabrics – 76% cotton and 24% linen – these shirts are lightweight and woven specially to create natural stretch for perfect fit, comfort and movement. With a linen feel, the non-iron finish prevents wrinkles and is ready to wear after washing and hanging for a hassle-free morning routine. Styled with no front pocket and a softer collar lining, it is available in slim and extra slim fit and comes in white, blue, blue stripe and red stripe. ($69.00)
New to the Charles Tyrwhitt collection, Lyocell is an eco-friendly fiber produced from wood pulp harvested from sustainably managed forest.
Natural Performance Pants – Made from a blend of cotton, lyocell and elastane for stretch, comfort and temperature regulation, the Natural Performance Pants are a business causal must-have. These pants are soft, durable and cut to a slimmer, more tapered fit for a refined, contemporary shape. A curved stretch waistband provides added comfort and ease of movement during wear, making them our most comfortable pants to date. ($119.00)
Tencel Linen Casual Shirt – Perfect for the summer months, these shirts are crafted from 100% natural fibers for breathability and a soft feel. The combination of Tencel and linen creates a casual shirt with a marvelous drape for both a sophisticated appearance and comfort. It is made up of 53% Tencel and 47% linen, making it less prone to creasing than pure linen or a cotton-linen blend. ($69.00)
Charles Tyrwhitt's 2019 Summer Collection, full of quality menswear items at affordable prices and a hint of British charm, is available today. Imagery can be found here.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Leads the Luxury Travel Evolution with Announcement of a New Custom Private Jet
The reimagined Four Seasons Private Jet further enhances the in-flight experience for an elevated take on five-star service in the sky
TORONTO, April 23, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, unveils plans for an all-new Four Seasons Private Jet that will take flight in early 2021, evoking the bygone glamour of air travel coupled with thoughtful, guest-centric design.
A new A321LR aircraft, part of the new Airbus NEO family, is being fully customised by Four Seasons and tailored to the continually evolving vision of its industry-first Private Jet experience. The concepts embodied in the current Four Seasons Jet with its luxurious comforts and amenities, are being taken to the next level with even more space for Private Jet guests and staff to mix and mingle, or simply relax and enjoy the ride.
"The Four Seasons Private Jet experience defines modern luxury air travel, encouraging meaningful connections between people and places while delivering a seamless and highly personalised journey," says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "Building on the tremendous success of our Private Jet program to date, with consistent sell outs, waitlists, and near perfect guest satisfaction rates, our drive to continuously innovate and push the conventional limits of travel has led to this new opportunity to experience Four Seasons like never before."
An Interactive Flight Experience
Built to replace the current aircraft, the new Four Seasons Private Jet will offer an even more modern, enriching and interactive flight experience thanks to meticulous construction and thoughtful Four Seasons design.
Offering the widest and tallest cabin in its class, key features include a new spacious lounge area that invites socialising among guests, and also becomes the stage for a series of Four Seasons artisans to showcase their talents and craft in interactive workshops. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Four Seasons master chefs and mixologists, wellness experts and arts and culture aficionados for an enriching in-flight experience.
With only 48 custom handcrafted seats designed by Optimares, with leather from Italian producer Poltrona Frau, the spacious interior will also allow guests to socialise more easily while seated. New purpose-built personal ottomans at each seat will encourage interaction and comfortable face-to-face connections. With every detail under consideration, lavatories are also being expanded for added comfort and flexibility, reflecting a more residential style.
The Evolution of Luxury Travel
"When designing the new Four Seasons Private Jet, we were inspired by the glamour and prestige of air travel in times past, when every flight was a special occasion," says Dana Kalczak, Four Seasons Vice President, Design. "With a laser focus on comfort and functionality, our aim is to create an environment that encourages spontaneous social interaction between everyone on board, reinforcing the power of connection."
The on-board Four Seasons Executive Chef will enjoy an expanded galley area in which to prepare menus that are inspired by the journey itself, with the opportunity for spur-of-the-moment culinary surprises along the way.
The Executive Chef is joined by a full complement of dedicated Four Seasons staff, including a Four Seasons Concierge, Director of Guest Experience, Physician, and Four Seasons-trained in-flight crew, ensuring an elevated and highly-personal experience that guests have come to expect from Four Seasons.
What Isn't Changing?
Four Seasons Private Jet guests will continue to enjoy the ultimate freedom of travelling worry-free, knowing that every step of the journey - from the accommodations and trip itinerary to the highly exclusive excursions and local recommendations, will be looked after with the attention to detail, exceptional quality and caring service for which Four Seasons is renowned. Since launching the hospitality industry's first fully branded and customised private jet in 2015, the Four Seasons Private Jet experience has transported hundreds of guests on bespoke journeys around the world, opening doors to extraordinary adventures and memorable destinations, while staying in complete comfort and luxury with Four Seasons along the way.
Travellers interested in booking the luxury adventure of a lifetime are invited to visit fourseasons.com/privatejet for a closer look at the exclusive journeys on offer in some of the world's most captivating destinations. All-new itineraries aboard the new Four Seasons Jet are currently in development and will also be unveiled in 2019.
Welcome to the new Four Seasons Private Jet.
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 9, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- TaxSlayer, a leading online and professional tax and financial company, is reminding America's taxpayers that the deadline to file for tax year 2018 is just days away. To be considered on time, returns must be submitted to the IRS no later than midnight on April 15th.
People have their reasons for filing late in the season but waiting until the last minute is not without risk. For taxpayers with a tax liability, missing the due date means owing late filing penalties and interest. For those expecting a refund, it means additional time without the money they deserve.
"Simple mistakes are easy to commit under pressure and can cause your refund to be delayed," says Nicole Lapin, personal finance expert and New York Times best-selling author. "Avoid tax-panic at the deadline and get pumped to fight for your money now."
Filing an extension may be the answer for taxpayers that need a little extra time to get their documents in order. An extension allows taxpayers an additional six-months to file their return. But the IRS still expects taxpayers to pay their tax bill by the April deadline to avoid interest and penalties.
Tips for Filing Last-Minute
As tax season draws to a close, time is of the essence for anyone who hasn't filed already. Lapin has a few essential tips to help these individuals save time and ensure accuracy on their return.
1. Get organized.
"You should have all of your forms and tax documents in hand by the end of February or mid-March at the latest. The sooner you file, the faster you can enjoy your refund," says Lapin "and the sooner you can check taxes off your to-do list."
2. File online.
"Filing your taxes doesn't have to consume you. TaxSlayer makes the process quick and easy to understand, and you'll know if your return was accepted within just 48 hours," says Lapin.
3. Avoid rushed mistakes.
"The tax laws changed this year. That means you could be eligible for more tax breaks than you realize," Lapin says. "Be thorough when you are entering your tax information. It's your money – you deserve every dollar."
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Strong Overall Sell-Through Rate of 90%, with Competition Seen Across All Categories
35,000+ Visitors, 4,331 Lots Sold, 28 Records, 20 Auctions in Just 6 Days; Sales Attract New Generation of Buyers
HONG KONG, April 3, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) Spring 2019 Hong Kong auction series concluded today with a grand total of $482 million, exceeding the pre-sale high estimate for the series $300-428 million* and establishing the second highest total in company history, second only to Sotheby's landmark 40th anniversary sale total in Autumn 2013. The sales were marked by healthy activity across all categories and from all corners of Asia, with a strong combined sell-through rate of 90%.
"These superb results are up on what were already very strong results last spring, despite the fact that the estimates were lower than a year ago," commented Tad Smith, Sotheby's CEO, adding "our excellent performance against low estimate is a clear indicator of the health of the market in Asia and bodes very well for our important upcoming May auctions in New York."
Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby's Asia, said: "With all eyes firmly fixed on our Hong Kong sales for this first indicative season, I think we can say that the Asian market did not disappoint. Our total follows what was already a record year for Sotheby's in Asia, with this season's results now sitting among the top results we have ever achieved here in Hong Kong – a testament to the fact that, when you get it right, collectors from across Asia remain ready to go the extra mile."
Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby's Asia, said: "When building the sales for these big seasons, we try to keep our finger firmly on the pulse of our collectors so as to understand, not only what they want right now, but also where their interests are taking them, so our offerings reflect both where the market is and where it is going. That is why we are bringing an ever-more diverse range of material to Hong Kong, along with an ever-wider range of possibilities for collectors to engage with us. This, for me, is what is so exciting about these seasons – they are not only a data point for the Asian market, they are also testimony to the excitement, and opportunity, that exists within it."
KEY STATISTICS AT A GLANCE
WINE SALES TOTAL HK$273 MILLION / US$35 MILLION