Phil Liggett remembers the early days of Tour de France coverage in the United States, which would involve him traveling to Paris at the end of a stage, recording voiceovers all night and then rejoining the circuit for the next stage.Those days, though, are ancient history. The Tour has been aired live in the U.S. since 2001 with Liggett providing play-by-play. The coverage has also evolved to include pre-race and nightly highlight shows.The NBC Sports Group will air more than 350 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports Gold online streaming package. Despite the challenges of live coverage, Liggett said it is a lot easier compared to the weekend highlight shows that used to be the only way to view it.“There is nothing that beats doing it live,” said Liggett, who will be covering his 47th Tour when it begins Saturday. “Sitting in the commentary box is like being in a 727. You can’t wait to take off and see where things land at the end of a stage.”As technology has evolved, broadcasters have found it easier to add new elements. This year’s Tour will include cameras on the bike of up to eight riders that can transmit live. They have been tested the past four years, but would only show footage at the completion of a stage.Cameras can be mounted under the rider’s saddle and on the front under the handlebar. The cameras could provide additional insight into late-race moves or crashes.Steve Porino will also have a camera focused on him as he reports during each stage while traveling aboard a motorcycle on the course.Commentator Christian Vande Velde will ride several key stages in advance, wearing special raptor sunglasses to preview critical course points. The sunglasses will also show Vande Velde’s speed, how much energy he is using and the rate of pedaling. The sunglasses utilize the same technology U.S. fighter pilots have in the visors of their helmets for telemetry.NBC will also use a virtual graphics Telestrator, which will produce augmented reality graphics that will allow commentators to move around and analyze cyclists. Depending on its use, it is the type of technology that could be extended to coverage of other sports.Joel Felicio, who is the coordinating producer for NBC, said planning for the Tour begins in October. Most of the video that Felicio uses comes from France TV Sport, which provides the main feed, but his challenge each year is figuring out how to introduce new elements to the broadcast.Felicio also has a challenge that few others have, which is producing live broadcasts from 21 different locations.“There’s trying to figure out commercials, when to go to commentary and using different elements but not missing the key move. There’s also trying to keep everyone interested for six hours,” he said.This will be the first Tour since 1985 that Liggett has not done with Paul Sherwen by his side. Sherwen died Dec. 2 at age 62 due to heart failure. Bob Roll moves into the commentary box along with Jens Voigt, who competed in the Tour from 1998 through 2014Chris Horner, who competed in the Tour seven times, will also debut as an analyst. Horner is the most recent American Grand Tour champion after capturing the Tour of Spain in 2013.“I think this is the most open race in years,” Liggett said. “There are a lot of young riders that have the potential of this being one of the best Tours in recent memory.”By: Joe Reedy, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Claude Puel is optimistic Leicester City can spoil the party of the much improved Manchester United currently on a nine-game unbeaten run.Leicester have created major upsets in their last three games against the Premier League’s top six – beating Chelsea and Manchester City and drawing with leaders Liverpool on Wednesday.However, the Foxes boss is confident his side can end the run of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.“They are on a nine-game unbeaten run with many [eight] wins but Liverpool also was a team without losing a lot of points at home, but we showed a lot of quality,” said Puel via Sky.“It was the same against Chelsea and against (Manchester) City. I don’t say we can make an upset all the time against the big teams but it will be a good challenge. I think we play a good game against big teams.“I hope, to show these good qualities against United. We know we can make a difference.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“If we can give a good feeling, a good spirit and a good attitude on the pitch, we can give our best all the time on Sunday and it would be fantastic if we can give a reward to our fans because at home we did not perform well enough. Against United, it would be perfect.”Claude Puel has picked up a very respectable 15 points from his 15 matches against the “big 6” as #lcfc manager…Played – 15Won – 4Drew – 3Lost – 8Points – 15 pic.twitter.com/LHFLHElFhV— The LCFC Stat Man 📈 (@TheLCFCStatMan) January 31, 2019 read more
New Delhi, March 21 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 16.78 points up to stand at 21,756.87. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 10.10 points up to stand at 6,493.20. HDIL and Bosch were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.95% and 4.78% along with Suzlon Energy and Hindustan Copper Ltd. with an increase of 4.72% and 4.61% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Mphasis and Indian Oil Corporation with a decrease of 3.62% and 3.26% along with Mangalore Refinery and Gujarat Mineral with a decrease of 3.13% and 2.82% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 106.10 points at 12,749.95 while the banking sector is up 84.38 points at 13,810.25 and the realty sector is up 23.29 points at 1,368.29. The Indian currency is up 0.51% at Rs 61.03 per dollar. read more
Maruti SuzukiReutersIndia’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India has increased prices of its entire product range by up to Rs 8,000 with immediate effect. The Indo-Japanese outfit hiked prices in the range of Rs 1,500 to Rs 8,014 (ex-showroom Delhi) across models.Also read: 2017 Maruti Suzuki WagonR launched; gets new VXi+ variantThe hike in car prices is because of increase in commodity, transportation and administrative costs, a company statement said. Maruti Suzuki currently sells a range of models from hatchback Alto 800 to premium crossover S-Cross at a price bracket of Rs 2.45 lakh and Rs 12.03 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The New Delhi-based marquee had hiked the prices of its compact SUV Vitara Brezza by Rs 20,000 and premium hatchback Baleno by Rs 10,000 in August 2016. It also increased prices on a select range of models between Rs 1,500 and Rs 5,000.Carmakers like Hyundai, Tata Renault, Tata and Volkswagen have already increased prices of vehicles from January 1. The prices of Volkswagen models have been increased by up to three percent depending on the model, while the price hike of Mercedes-Benz is about two percent. Toyota hiked the prices in the range of three percent, while the prices of Tata vehicles went up in the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000, depending on the model.Hyundai India has increased the prices by up to Rs 1 lakh. The prices of Honda vehicles have gone up by three percent. Chevrolet and Isuzu Motors have also increased prices from January 1. Popular domestic UV maker Mahindra and Mahindra increased prices of its vehicles from January 2017 by up to Rs 26,500. read more
Citation: Bend-it e-books get real with EPD in factory mode (2012, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-bend-it-e-books-real-epd-factory.html The company press release says the plastic EPD will be supplied to companies in China followed by completed products for release in Europe in early April. What’s more, some reports Thursday said the plastic displays were already being shipped to factories in China with target dates for completed products in April to debut in Europe. There was no word yet about any timetable being set for America. The report said it had begun producing six-inch e-ink panels on a plastic substrate for a Chinese-based ODM (original design manufacturer), for an end product with a release date of April, and that the end product would be in Europe.The company credits its production-ready success to a “manufacturing breakthrough” surmounting obstacles with temperatures over 350 degrees in LCD manufacturing. LG Display said its plastic EPD can maintain “strong durability” in high temperatures.The key talking point is “bendable.” The black and white electronic-ink product can bend at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen. This is an e-ink plastic screen that is 0.7mm thick, weighs 14g, and has slim protective film. The company’s comments regarding these details are that the product achieves “a super slim” thickness of 0.7mm which is one-third slimmer than existing glass EPD; and its weight of 14g is more than one-half lighter.The company maintains that this will help “greatly popularize” the e-book market,” in the words of Sang Duck Yeo, who heads operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED division. The panel features an XGA 1024 by 768-pixel resolution. LG assures that the new screen offers a paper-compatible reading experience. The company says that “As EPD gets thinner, lighter, and more durable with the introduction of plastic EPD, e-books will be able to offer certain unique benefits compared to smart devices and tablets, including reduced eye fatigue and more efficient electricity consumption in addition to lower prices.” While thin and light, the display was subjected to extensive stress testing of the display, said LG. Testers dropped it from a height of five feet and they whacked it with a urethane mallet. They said there was no breakage and no scratches. This might become a key selling point with LG’s plastic product, considering the dismay of some e-reader owners in the past who praise their e-readers for being light and easy on the eyes but also report disappointment over cracked or scratched screens. LG Display claims world’s thinnest TV panel This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Correction: 0.7mm thick (PhysOrg.com) — LG Display has set the production clock ticking for a plastic EPD (electronic paper display) product which in turn is expected to set e-book marketability fast-forward. In an announcement Thursday, Korea-based LG Display, which manufactures thin film transistor liquid crystal display, said it has already started up mass production of EPD for e-books. That leaves little guesswork as to the form factor and no suspicions that LG Display might instead be sending out vapor about a futuristic project that is still in R&D. © 2012 PhysOrg.com Explore further read more
Prakash Jha and Ajay Devgn are producing multiple films with the actor and director bringing out a sequel to Gangaajal with a female protagonist. Devgn played the lead in hit 2003 original, which was inspired by the blinding incident in Bhagalpur in 1979 and 1980.Jha, who has collaborated with the actor on films like Dil Kya Kare, Gangaajal, Apaharan, Raajneeti and Satyagraha, said Devgn is his mascot. ‘As a filmmaker life long in your career you keep looking for a mascot and Ajay Devgn is the one for me. He gave me hope and faith and we continued to grow with each other.