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A Taste of India Pop-Up Weekend on Foxtel Movies

Media Release: Thursday, 15 November, 2018

A Taste of India Pop-Up Weekend
on Foxtel Movies
Watch live or stream on FoxFlicks
From 6.00am Saturday 1 December – Sunday 2 December

To view A Taste of India pop-up promo click here

Foxtel Movies is paying homage to all things Indian across its A Taste of India pop-up weekend from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 2 December, with 48 hours of back to back Indian themed movie titles screening live and streaming On Demand.

Inspired by the land of dreams, aspirations, food and love that is Bollywood, the special Foxtel Movies pop-up weekend will share the movies that showcase the most entertaining stories and most stunning visuals from India.

From the epic Slumdog Millionaire (Dev Patel, Freida Pinto) and Life of Pi, to Wes Anderson’s cult classic The Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) and the worldwide celebrated The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Judy Dench, Bill Nighy), clear your weekend plans and enjoy a line-up of films that will make you want to travel to India.

UnIndian shot in Sydney Australia with cricketer Brett Lee , Bride & Prejudice from director Gurinder Chadha, the British epic A Passage to India, the romantic Indian film The Lunchbox, the New York set The Guru (Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham) and recent musical comedy Basmati Blues with Brie Larson round out what is set to be an event that celebrates the mystery, diversity and passion of India.

Foxtel Movies’ line-up of Indian inspired titles will screen back-to-back across the exclusive A Taste of India pop-up channel with all titles available to stream On Demand via Foxtel Now and FoxFlicks (titles available on A Taste of India playlist until February 1, 2019).

-Brad

Epson commits to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Epson commits to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

SYDNEY, 15 November 2018 – Epson has committed the company to be consistent with the realisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. As part of this effort, Epson created “Key CSR Themes,” a materiality matrix that identifies important initiatives for addressing social issues. Epson examined the relationship between its initiatives and the 169 targets of the 17 SDGs to identify the SDGs that intersect with Epson’s initiatives

President of Seiko Epson Corporation Minoru Usui said, “Epson is using its original efficient, compact, and precision technologies and initiatives as vehicles to drive innovations that will enrich the world and make it a better place. Our goals are the same as those of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. Epson is creating new value by looking hard at solutions to social issues, understanding the expectations that society has of us, and then providing products and services that far exceed those expectations. We at Epson are committed to the development of sustainable societies through the four areas of innovation identified in the Epson 25 Corporate Vision.”

Epson confirmed that its initiatives support the achievement of the 13 SDGs below mapped out in the matrix below earlier this year1.

Epson believes that the growth strategies it has outlined in the Epson 25 Corporate Vision will help to achieve the SDGs. Specifically, the company will solve social issues and help to realise a sustainable society by driving innovations in four areas and executing environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives that support the realisation of the Management Philosophy.

What are Sustainable Development Goals?
“Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was adopted in 2015 at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which was attended by more than 150 world leaders. This agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity that includes a declaration and a set of 17 goals and 169 targets for sustainable development.

Click here for more SDG details: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

This matrix is subject to change depending on future business developments.

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Epson SDG graphics

Follow Epson on social media:
Facebook: @EpsonAustralia
Twitter: @EpsonAust
Instagram: @EpsonAust

-Brad

The epic final season of Game of Thrones to premiere in April 2019

Media Release: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The epic final season of Game of Thrones
to premiere in April 2019

It was announced today the eighth and final season of HBO’s global television phenomenon Game of Thrones will make its triumphant return in April 2019.

The epic finale season, consisting of six episodes, will stream and screen in Australia exclusively on FOX SHOWCASE, Foxtel’s premium On Demand drama destination, express from the US in April.

Over the past seven seasons, Game of Thrones has become a cultural icon, attracting record viewers and critical acclaim worldwide. The series garnered nine wins at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and the show stands as the most Emmy-winning primetime scripted series ever, with a record 47 awards.

Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin, created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and fuelled by storylines that have gone beyond the narratives set forth in those novels, Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy continents of Westeros and Essos, where summers can span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

The Game of Thrones cast includes Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel and Isaac Hempstead Wright.

For viewers wanting to catch up on all seven seasons of Game of Thrones, every episode is currently available to stream through Foxtel On Demand on internet-connected iQ set-top-boxes and on streaming service Foxtel Now.
-Brad

UTS chooses Sony projection solution for Skills Acquisition and Motor Learning Lab Sony VPL-FHZ120L projector

UTS chooses Sony projection solution for Skills Acquisition and Motor Learning Lab
Sony VPL-FHZ120L projector

Sydney, 14 November 2018 – Recently the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust (SCG Trust), came together in an exciting partnership to develop the new Rugby Australia Building at the Moore Park sporting precinct in Sydney. Part of the fit-out of this state-of-the-art new facility included a Skills Acquisition and Motor Learning Lab – a testing facility specifically for invasion games such as football, rugby and basketball. The brief for the audio-visual system in this space was to deliver a large screen that displays life-like images and videos while also being able to absorb impact from balls being projected towards and to bring all of this together they chose a Sony VPL-FHZ120L projector.

Manager, AVS Solutions Planning & Design, UTS Alex Ruch explained, “The main requirements were a laser projector that delivers a vibrant, contrast-rich picture which could be mounted relatively close to the screen so people in the training facility would not be standing in the light path. The projection surface, at 280” wide, is the largest single screen at UTS, and the room gets a lot of natural daylight, so a projector with a very high light output was required. When all the evaluations were complete the Sony VPL-FHZ120L projector was clearly the best choice for the facility.”

To select the most suitable projector for the space, Alex and his team organised a comparison and evaluation of several high-brightness projectors. The comparison took place in the actual space where the projector was to be installed.

Alex continued, “The Sony VPL-FHZ120L, with its 12,000 lumen of light output and 3LCD chip, convinced the judges, the end user, the AV Solution Designer and the Project Manager with its vibrant, lifelike picture. There was good contrast even with the natural light affecting the screen.”

The team at UTS use the new Sony projector connected to a laptop. They are a diverse bunch including researchers and teachers in sport and exercise science, from UTS’s Faculty of Health, all of whom display virtual playing fields from various ball sports on the custom screen. Students or players then shoot balls against the screen and camera measures how precise their aim is against the target being displayed.

Alex added, “The Faculty of Health needed a large screen that would allow students and sport partners to improve decision making in a lifelike environment. That meant the screen needed to be very large, to provide a player with a natural horizontal field of view of about 110 degrees. In addition, the screen needed to be able to take the impact of balls being hit with high speed. Such a screen had never been deployed in Australia. In fact, market research carried out by UTS’s AV Solutions team resulted in mostly negative responses from vendors, raising initial concerns about the feasibility of the solution.”

With that said, clever outside-the-box thinking by the UTS team delivered the concept of custom-made gym padding as a projection surface.

Alex said, “Together with a company specialising in the gym padding, UTS’ AV Solution Designer developed a 280” padded screen that could absorb the energy of high-speed balls. The last piece of the puzzle was a high-brightness projector to complement that solution and that’s where the Sony VPL-FHZ120L came in.”

The sport and exercise scientists in the Moore Park facility have reached out to several stakeholders within the Australian sports scene, and everyone who has visited the space has been impressed with the size of the custom screen and picture quality of the new Sony VPL-FHZ120L projector.

Alex Ruch concluded, “ The Sony VPL-FHZ120L projector performs very well indeed and uniquely, the facility is now the only space in Australia where sports skills can be developed indoors in this way, with the ability to display content on such a large, padded surface.”

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The new Sony VPL-FHZ120L projector at UTS’ unique Skills Acquisition and Motor Learning Lab in Moore Park

-Brad

FUJIFILM sees sizeable increase in LTO storage tape usage since introduction of LTO-7 Type M

FUJIFILM sees sizeable increase in LTO storage tape usage since introduction of LTO-7 Type M

SYDNEY, 13 November 2018 – FUJIFILM has reported a sizeable increase in the use of LTO tape storage media since the development and introduction of LTO-7 Type M, the native 9TB LTO tape created by converting a standard native
6TB LTO-7 tape.

FUJIFILM Australia sales manager for recording media Jeff Brown explained, “You can now convert a standard 6TB LTO-7 tape and make it act like a 9TB LTO-8 in one easy step. To do this you simply take a FUJIFILM LTO-7 Ultrium and initialise it in an LTO-8 drive within an automation environment that supports the LTO Type M standard. The tape then immediately becomes native 9TB.”

The new cartridge that’s been created is called an LTO-7 Type M cartridge and uses an automation bar code label ending with “M8”.

According to Brown there are a couple of technicalities that potential LTO-7 converters need to be aware of too as he explained, “LTO-7 Type M cartridges can only be created from new, unused FUJIFILM LTO-7 media and once a cartridge is initialised as 9TB Type M it may not be changed back to a 6TB LTO-7 cartridge.”

He also mentioned that LTO-7 Type M cartridges are only initialised to Type M in an LTO-8 drive within a tape library that has been configured to initialise cartridges with a M8 bar code to Type M, in other words LTO-7 drives are not capable of reading LTO-7 Type M cartridges.

With this in mind Brown’s customers and users of FUJIFILM LTO tapes have taken to LTO-7 Type M in significant numbers.

He concluded, “We have seen a major spike in sales and usage of LTO-7 tapes as more and more users now convert them to LTO-7 Type M. In short, LTO-7 Type M provides cost effective, trouble free and reliable native 9TB storage. It’s another excellent LTO storage option and it’s available now.”

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FUJIFILM LTO-7 Ultrium tape

-Brad

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