Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kurt Warner will not be entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.No, the player who threw 208 touchdown passes for the St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals will watch as the Class of 2016, which includes Brett Favre, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel is enshrined in Canton, Ohio.Maybe one day, Warner will get the call and have his very own bust. Until then, he will remain near the top of most lists that talk about the best players who are not in the Hall of Fame, and probably should be. Top Stories 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Add in the teams he took to the Super Bowl and yeah, no one would argue if he was inducted. – / 21 (AP Photo) Recently, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert ranked 10 players who he thinks should be in the Hall of Fame, and Warner came in at No. 2 behind only Terrell Owens.Warner was his team’s primary starter (as defined by starting more than half of its games) in only eight seasons, so his cumulative statistics fall short of most modern-day Hall of Fame quarterbacks. (He ranks No. 35 in league history in touchdown passes and No. 36 in yards.) But Warner made those seasons count. Most notably, he is one of only three quarterbacks to take two teams to the Super Bowl. That those franchises — the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals — were previously, and at times subsequently, moribund should not be forgotten. Finally, he was arguably the most accurate quarterback of his generation, and one of the best in league history. Warner has the NFL’s second-best career completion percentage (65.5) among quarterbacks with at least 100 starts.Warner’s case is indeed legitimate.Though his career did not last as long as some of the other all-time greats, he did throw for 32,344 yards and 208 touchdowns with just 128 interceptions. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time First Team All-Pro selection, an MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
[photo: Chihiro Saito] The bakery balcony on the west-side of Crafts III is sheltered from the wind and the maintenance crew is installing triangular shades.More to come. A very large parachute was folded in half and strong ropes have been tied to the lines. The parachute will be mounted above the stage and connected to the finger panels around the East Crescent, to shade participants in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Scaffolding has been erected on the stage for parachute installation, but the weather turned cold today and very windy. Dark clouds sailed in and we had a little bit of rain. The parachute was rolled up and stored in the back of the stage for installation tomorrow or Friday. April 11, 2012Many things are happening in preparation for this years Bluegrass Festival. Additional parking has been marked out.
While IPTV services once comprised basic video-on-demand offerings, a number of providers are now looking to offer more advanced applications.According to Stephen Petheram, Microsoft Mediaroom’s (IBC Topaz) director of media services for EMEA and APAC, operators are looking to applications to differentiate their services from their rivals: “TV applications are seen as a key competitive advantage for IPTV operators, enabling them to deliver new and exciting interactive experiences,” says Petheram.Microsoft developed the Mediaroom Presentation Framework to help operators develop various personalised services. “New ways to converge and connect are constantly being developed and consumers expect to be able to access media in a number of ways. Service providers need to make sure that the TV is at the centre of this experience,” says Petheram. Consumers are showing an appetite for on-demand viewing across all platforms and Petheram believes IPTV operators should develop applications to drive consumer interest in this area.For Richard Baker, vice-president of sales and marketing at ANT, operators are showing strong interest in portal services, such as widgets and walled garden applications covering various content. “These applications and services help increase ARPU and reduce churn for operators, while presenting an opportunity to differentiate from the competition,” he says. ANT launched the ANT Academy this year, which aims to bring digital TV developers together to create applications to run on its Galio platform, and developed an online resource that provides forums, sample code and technical specs to help members develop to the company’s standards-based platform.Tandberg’s (IBC 1.D61) IPTV business development director Alan Delaney argues that a standards-based, open environment drives down cost and lead times of developing IPTV services. He points to the company’s OpenStream digital services platform: “OpenStream is based on open, published interfaces, which means operators can deploy using VOD servers, networks, billing systems, client applications, conditional access systems and other system components of their own choice.”Applicatons provider Accedo Broadband’s (IBC IP126) CEO Michael Lantz believes the current economic situation means that using applications to generate customer loyalty and increase revenues is becoming increasingly relevant. “At this time of recession, it important to actually be able to prove the value of an application to the end user or to the service provider. Applications have to either generate revenue directly or stimulate loyalty and reduce churn.” At IBC, Accedo will launch a range of high-definition games for IPTV operators, which Lantz says are the first full HD games available for IPTV.ActiveVideo Networks (IBC 5.B46) provides cloud-based interactive TV platforms and applications. Edgar Villalpando, senior vice-president of marketing, says service providers realise that web video viewing on the PC is eroding their market share and the value propositions of their video bundles. “They’re investing more time and money finding ways that the can generate new revenue from PC viewing or, better yet, give subscribers the experience they desire at the TV.” The company helps operators to deliver applications from games and home-shopping to user-generated content.A corollary of offering advanced applications to users is that they need to be able to interact with the screen. Remote control specialist Ruwido (IBC 1.D68) develops various solutions to make the process easier. “Our focus is on the new forms of interaction techniques that will be used in the living room in the near future,” says Dr Regina Bernhaupt, head of user experience research. The company believes so strongly in the future of interactivity that it has created a “usability lab devoted to developing solutions that “allow us to understand the real needs of the user”, according to Bernhaupt. “We want to bring people closer to the product, and bring people closer together,” she says. The company has developed a “social communication solution” that allows people to communicate whilst watching TV that it will show at IBC.