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Foxtel and JB Hi-Fi bring the Foxtel Now box to stores nationally

Media Release: Thursday February 22, 2018

Foxtel and JB Hi-Fi bring the

Foxtel Now box to stores nationally

Foxtel’s new streaming device makes its retail debut bringing customers a simple way to stream Foxtel Now to their TV

Foxtel today announced that its recently launched Foxtel Now box is expanding its availability as it hits JB Hi-Fi stores nationwide. With over 190 JB Hi-Fi stores nationally, it is now easier than ever to pick up Foxtel’s affordable and easy to use streaming device, which offers a flexible way to enjoy the best streamed entertainment from Foxtel. The Foxtel Now box is now available at JB Hi-Fi stores or online at www.jbhifi.com.au for $99.

The news comes as a host of new drama is set to air from Hollywood heavyweights HBO and FX plus Foxtel’s own original series starting with the return season of hit zombie drama The Walking Dead on 26 February, followed in March by the sixth season of The Americans. April brings viewers the highly anticipated second season of sci-fi epic Westworld along with Into the Badlands. Foxtel’s upcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock and season six of prison drama Wentworth follow soon after. Foxtel Now subscribers can enjoy the latest episodes and catch up on past full seasons On Demand.

Foxtel Now also gives sports fans instant access to an incredible line up of local and international sports including every game of the NRL, AFL, WAFL, F1, V8s, A-League, Super Rugby and more, live, ad-break free and in HD.

The Foxtel Now box, is a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD^ along with free-to-air channels via a built-in free-to-air tuner#. It also includes access to SVOD app Stan** as well as free-to-air streaming apps, ABC iview, PLUS7 and tenplay.

The box features built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV. The Foxtel Now box offers customers access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps.

Andy Lark, Foxtel CMO, said, “We were thrilled to bring subscribers a new way to stream Foxtel Now when we launched our Foxtel Now box late last year as part of our efforts to make accessing our award-winning streamed content smoother than ever. Today we’re also making getting your hands on a Foxtel Now box even easier and we are excited to see it hit the shelves at one of Australia’s premier lifestyle electronics retailers, JB H-Fi.”

Foxtel Now is Foxtel’s SVOD service, offering an affordable and flexible way to sign up and stream Foxtel, instantly, in HD^, live and on demand. Foxtel Now features flexible bundles so customers can sign up to Foxtel’s incredible content with the ability to cancel at any time.

Foxtel Now offers five entry level packs to match viewers’ interests including Drama and Pop packs priced at $15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each.

Foxtel Now’s Movies pack is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel’s incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month.

Foxtel Now comes with a two-week free trial. For more information visit: www.foxtelnow.com.au

The Foxtel Now box is also available directly from Foxtel at www.foxtelnow.com.au or via Foxtel’s eBay store for $99.

Mt Stromlo Observatory projects Cassini crashing into Saturn with Epson

 

Mt Stromlo Observatory projects Cassini crashing into Saturn with Epson

SYDNEY, 13 February 2018 – Mt Stromlo Observatory has been in operation for over 100 years – from studying the Sun to discovering what most of the Universe is made up of. In 2003, most of the Observatory was destroyed in the Canberra bushfires and the visitor center was closed. In 2015, Dr. Brad Tucker launched a quest to rebuild the Visitor Centre and for that, in part, he turned to Epson and their projectors.

Tucker explained, “The project involved completing the rebuilding from the fire damage, creating a space to host the public and showcase the great work we are doing. As part of the project, I wanted to be able to have the functionally to display projections that we have created – traveling around Mars and through space, the ability to show 3D visualizations of our research and also a high-quality projector for showing our great images and hosting the public for talks and events. A projector this versatile and one that would also have enough resolution to be visible with lights and other displays on had to be good and to find it I reached out to Epson.”

The Epson team helped Tucker find the best projectors and integrated them as part of a sponsorship program. Currently, Mt Stromlo Observatory uses a range of Epson G-series projectors.

Tucker continued, “Upon learning our requirements of what we wanted it for, and our budget, Epson put together a recommendation and package that we could afford and use. They could have supplied lower quality and cheaper models, but they did not want us to compromise on quality or have our images suffer.”

During the winter months, Mt Stromlo Observatory runs monthly public nights where the public comes up for stargazing and talks inside the visitor center, also now seen via Epson projectors.

Tucker added, “We get around 1,000 – 1,200 people for each public night. Two different Noble Prize winners have used the Epson projectors, we have also shown a movie about the deployment of NASA’s new James Webb Telescope and even the scientists behind the movie Interstellar showed how they created the visualizations for the movie on our Epson projectors. You do not want something like Interstellar to be shown on a low-resolution projector – this is why the Epson projectors are perfect for the job.”

Earlier this year, the observatory started planning for the end of the Cassini–Huygens mission, commonly called Cassini, a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency to send a probe to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings and natural satellites.

Tucker continued, “The issue we kept running into was that too many people wanted to attend and we could not fit them all inside. At the same time, we were in discussion with Epson about a permanent outside projection solution on the Particle Physics tower at the main ANU campus. After those tests, I realized the perfect solution for the end of Cassini was an outside projection on our large telescope dome. Once again Epson without hesitation offered to bring down their EB-L25000UNL 25,000 lumens laser projector capable of projecting on a 50 square meter curved dome so all attendees could see the end of Cassini. It was this that allowed us to share with the public the final moments of the mission as it crashed into Saturn. We also streamed it inside on one of our Epson G-series projectors.”

Dr. Brad Tucker is clearly passionate about his work and the work of Mt Stromlo Observatory, a passion that also extends to his Epson projectors. He concluded, “Epson not only has appreciated the need to showcase images and visualizations with excellent resolution, they understand that research, education, and engaging with the public are important aspects and are willing to help. Not many companies do that nowadays.”

Picture credit:
Epson projectors in use at Mt Stromlo Observatory

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About Epson and Epson Australia
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables, and robotics. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 80,000 employees in 86 companies around the world and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
global.epson.com

Epson Australia offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Epson is the market leader in Australia and worldwide in sales of projectors for the home, office, and education. Established in 1983 Epson Australia is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
www.epson.com.au

Foxtel commemorates Heath Ledger with dedicated Pop Up Movie channel in January

Media Release: Friday December 15, 2017

Heath Ledger Pop Up Movie Channel

From Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21

Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Now

On the eve of the 10th Anniversary of Heath Ledger’s passing, Foxtel Movies announced today it will commemorate the renowned Australian acting legend with a dedicated Heath Ledger Pop Up movie channel in January.

From 6am Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21 the Heath Ledger Pop Up movie channel will showcase Ledger’s collection of work with 17 of his most popular and critically-acclaimed films. Determined to steer clear of the stereotype of being a “young hunk” in Hollywood and nothing more, Ledger played a hugely diverse assortment of roles from Jimmy in Two Hands to Patrick in 10 Things I Hate About You, Ennis in Brokeback Mountain, and his Oscar-winning role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. The Heath Ledger Pop Up channel on Foxtel Movies will also include the 2017 documentary I Am Heath Ledger.

The Heath Ledger Pop Up channel will be available in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400 which is home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive Pop Up movie events. All the Heath Ledger Pop Upmovies will be available to watch from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed on demand via Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

The following films will be featured in the three-day Pop Up event:

Two Hands (1999): 19 year old strip club promoter Jimmy (Heath Ledger) gets an offer he can’t refuse from a local crime lord. But, after being robbed of a $10,000 package while out for delivery, all of a sudden he is on the run from the dangerous gang who are now after him.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999): Adapted from William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, Cameron learns that the only way he could ever have the chance to date the beautiful sophomore Bianca Stratford, is if he found someone for her irritable older sister Kat. He chooses to pair her with hunky, bad-boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), but will Patrick ever be able to win Kat’s heart?

 

The Patriot (2000): After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) enlists in the army to defend America against the British, he reluctantly returns to his old life to protect his son and his family from British autocracy.

 

A Knight’s Tale (2001): After his master dies, a peasant squire (Heath Ledger), fuelled by his desire for food and glory, and creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

 

Monster’s Ball (2001) Hank Grotowski is a prison guard. He works with his son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), and lives at home with his racist father, Buck. Lawrence Musgrove has just been executed and a horrible tragedy has happened at home. Now, Hank has just met Leticia, a young black woman and they quickly fall in love to ease each other’s pains.

 

The Four Feathers (2002): A British officer resigns from the forces right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancée give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he’s actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honour.

 

Ned Kelly (2003): An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

 

The Order (2003):  Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of a secret order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death.

 

Brokeback Mountain (2005): Two men meet when they both find work sheep-herding on Brokeback Mountain. One cold night they find themselves sharing a tent, where the root of their relationship develops. As their lives continue, whether they are together or apart, they will never forget where it all started.

 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

 

Lords of Dogtown (2005):  Anti-hero and social outsider “Skip” (Heath Ledger) owns a surf shop in Venice, California or “Dogtown”. Set in the sprawling urban decay of Southern California in the early 1970s, Skip recruits local boys to form a skateboarding team called the “Z-Boys” who turn the sport skateboarding into a worldwide phenomenon.

 

Casanova (2005): Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a certain Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

 

Candy (2006): When Candy falls in love with young aspiring poet Dan (Heath Ledger), and gets wrapped up in his fast-paced, drug filled lifestyle, harmless fun turns into painful misery. As the two continue to spiral downwards, life gets harder and drugs seem to be the only relief.

 

I’m Not There (2007): Reflections on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters personify a different aspect of the musician’s life and work.

 

The Dark Knight (2008): When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice in the two time Oscar-winning movie.

 

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (2009): In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the “Imaginarium”, an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true.

I Am Heath Ledger (2017): Feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.

For more information, please visit foxtelmovies.com.au.

About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic media companies and home to award winning local drama plus the widest choice in live sport, hit international TV and movies and a host of complete TV seasons. Foxtel believes in the importance of telling Australian stories, and its ongoing commitment to creating the best in Australian programming has garnered numerous industry awards for its Foxtel Original productions. Foxtel has helped put Australian talent on the world stage with highly acclaimed international exports and it proudly invests in the people who help tell those stories by employing thousands of Australians directly and indirectly across Australia’s creative industry.  It has also pioneered advancements in entertainment technology with the iQ3 set top box; the Foxtel app for mobile devices; streaming service, Foxtel Now and Foxtel broadband, home phone and entertainment bundles. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel

Media Release: Thursday December 14, 2017

 

BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel

From Saturday, December 30 to Tuesday, January 2

Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Now

 

** Please click here to view promo **

There’s no better way to finish off the year than with a BEST OF 2017 dedicated Foxtel Movies Pop Up channel. Sit back, relax and enjoy your holidays with some of the most memorable, award-winning and popular films from this year airing on the Foxtel Movies Pop Up channel from Saturday December 30 at 6am over New Year and finishing on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

The BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel is your chance to see 47 of the greatest films released on Foxtel in 2017 from all genres including comedy, drama, action, thriller, romance, science fiction and crime or re-watch your favourites and brush up on your film knowledge from the past year.

The stand-out collection from the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up includes action films Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDoctor StrangeJason BourneThe AccountantBatman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice; award-winning dramas La La LandHacksaw RidgeLionManchester By The Sea; suspenseful thrillers The Girl on the TrainSplitPatriots Day; and hilarious comedies Eddie The EagleMike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Why Him?

Additional titles shown over the New Year as part of the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up include Arrival, AlliedDirty GrandpaThe BossCaptain America: Civil War, Central IntelligenceThe Huntsman: Winter’s WarFifty Shades DarkerPassengersLondon Has FallenLifeThe Legend Of TarzanLogan, and so many more.

The BEST OF 2017 Pop Up channel will be available in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400. Channel 400 is home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive Pop Up movie events.

 

All the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up movies will also be available to watch from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now. For a full list of films, please visit www.foxtel.com.au/tvguide.

About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic media companies and home to award winning local drama plus the widest choice in live sport, hit international TV and movies and a host of complete TV seasons. Foxtel believes in the importance of telling Australian stories, and its ongoing commitment to creating the best in Australian programming has garnered numerous industry awards for its Foxtel Original productions. Foxtel has helped put Australian talent on the world stage with highly acclaimed international exports and it proudly invests in the people who help tell those stories by employing thousands of Australians directly and indirectly across Australia’s creative industry.  It has also pioneered advancements in entertainment technology with the iQ3 set top box; the Foxtel app for mobile devices; streaming service, Foxtel Now and Foxtel broadband, home phone and entertainment bundles. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

Epson releases 4 new robots

Epson releases 4 new robots
Includes autonomous dual-arm robot and three new industrial robots

SYDNEY, 14 December 2017 – Epson has commercialised a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot named the WorkSense W-01 that will expand the scope of automated production.

In recent years, manufacturers’ needs have grown more diverse with demand for products fluctuating sharply and a growing necessity to flexibly accommodate small-lot production and just-in-time (JIT) production. Industrial robots are conventionally installed in a fixed location on a line to perform a given task. The WorkSense W-01, however, was developed for easy mobility so that it can be wheeled from place to place to perform assembly, transport, and other tasks. The features described below enable the robot to automate production tasks that previously defied automation.

To watch a video that showcases the features of the WorkSense W-01 video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNxN-zZGUIQ&feature=youtu.be

Seeing
The robot is equipped with 4 head-unit cameras and 2 arm-mounted cameras that give the robot human-like vision, enabling it to accurately detect an object’s position and orientation in three-dimensional space. And even if the location of objects and obstacles changes, the robot is able to independently “see” and determine their position.

Sensing
The robot arms are outfitted with Epson’s highly sensitive, precision force sensors, which are already available on sale. The robot is thus able to perform delicate assembly, transport, and other tasks that require human-like force control to avoid damaging objects. Multipurpose hands that can grasp, grip, and clamp objects of various shapes and sizes are included as standard end-of-arm tooling. They can manipulate tools and jigs that were designed for humans.
Thinking
The robot is able to accurately detect the position and orientation of objects in three-dimensional space, so even if the robot is relocated, it can immediately start work—with no programming change required. This gives the robot the ability to flexibly adapt to sudden changes in production. So, for example, it can be wheeled to different locations to perform different tasks every day, if need be. The robot independently decides the path and orientation of its 7-axis arms and is able to avoid obstacles.
Working
The robot’s two 7-axis arms move like human arms. The dual arms move independently from one another to allow the robot to perform tasks that a single-arm robot cannot, such as tightening a screw in a component with one arm while holding the component in place with the other.The WorkSense brand name was coined to represent the concept of a robot that sees, senses, thinks, and works. With its WorkSense robot, Epson is targeting market segments where demand for small-lot production and JIT production are particularly high, such as automotive parts production.

Yoshifumi Yoshida, chief operating officer of Epson’s Robotics Solutions Operations Division, says, “Epson’s Corporate Vision expresses a strong commitment to driving robotics innovation. We are refining our core technologies that combine sensors and smart features, as well as our efficient, compact, and precision technologies, with the aim of realising a future in which robots are widely used to serve and support people. We see the WorkSense W-01, which harnesses the power of Epson’s deep portfolio of technology, as bringing us one step closer to bringing about such a future.”

Epson has also developed prototypes of three new models of industrial robots, the vertically articulated N6 and VT6 robots and the T6 SCARA robot, to meet the wide-ranging needs of manufacturers.

■ N6
Epson’s N series of compact 6-axis robots is capable of performing tasks in tight spaces more efficiently than earlier robots thanks to a uniquely engineered “folding” arm. The N6, which will join the N2 in the N series, was developed to meet the needs of customers who want to transport relatively heavy objects and transport objects over a wide area. Floor-mounted, the N6 has a
6-kg payload capacity and an arm length of 1,000 mm, both considerably larger than the N2. The N6 is ideal for tasks such as loading and unloading electronic components and automotive parts to and from test equipment or shelving and removing medical products. It can reach a wide range of places such as high and low shelves using a smaller installation footprint than earlier 6-axis robots. These features will enable the robot to increase productivity and the efficiency with which factory space is used.

■ VT6
Engineered for maximum usability and a low total cost of ownership (TCO), the 6-axis VT6 is built to automate simple, repetitive material handling tasks that humans find tedious. Manufacturers have been reluctant to automate material handling tasks that add little value because of the expense and trouble involved in building production lines. Epson is bringing down this barrier with the affordably priced and easy to install VT6. Drawing on the miniature controller technology it developed for its T series of SCARA robots, Epson equipped this entry-level robot with a built-in controller. Among the many possible uses for this robot are machine tending applications in which components or workpieces are loaded into and unloaded from test equipment.

■ T6
Equipped with a built-in controller, the T series of SCARA robots are designed for installation simplicity and maximum usability. They are ideal for automating simple material handling tasks. The T6 has doubled the payload capacity (6 kg) of Epson’s T3 robot and thus can transport larger, heavier objects. This robot can be outfitted with heavy end-effectors, such as dual end-effectors that can hold two objects at once, to help manufacturers increase factory productivity.

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

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About Epson and Epson Australia

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a line-up that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 80,000 employees in 86 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
www.global.epson.com

Epson Australia offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Epson is the market leader in Australia and worldwide in sales of projectors for the home, office and education. Established in 1983 Epson Australia is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
www.epson.com.au

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