16Feb Sheppard holds first meeting as chair of Financial Services Committee State Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, presides over his first meeting as chair of the House Financial Services Committee.State Rep. Jason Sheppard on Wednesday presided over his first meeting as chair of the House Financial Services Committee.The meeting included presentations by the Michigan Bankers Association and the Michigan Credit Union League and Affiliates.“I greatly appreciate the information that was shared with me and my fellow committee members today,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “We learned about the great services banks and credit unions provide to our communities, as well as issues that the financial services industry are facing — including cyber security threats.”Sheppard also welcomed two local members of the financial industry who served as special guests for the presentations, H. Douglas Chaffin, president and CEO of Monroe Bank & Trust, and Mike Newman, president and CEO of Monroe County Community Credit Union.“I’ve known Mr. Chaffin and Mr. Newman for many years,” Sheppard said. “I look forward to working with them on the policy concerns and suggestions they discussed during the committee meeting.”### Categories: Sheppard News
SSIMWAVE, a specialist in perceptual video-quality measurement, has made two sales appointments in a bid to expand its global market presence.Carlos Hernandez has been appointed vice president of sales, international, and joins SSIMWAVE after more than a dozen years with Sandvine.Brent Ross joins as director of sales, having previously held sales position with Imagine Communications and Digital Rapids.“SSIMWAVE is building on our Emmy Award winning DNA to tackle one of the media industry’s greatest challenges: ensuring consistent video experience quality in a fragmented video environment,” said Steve McCartney, president of SSIMWAVE.“Carlos and Brent both were eager to join SSIMWAVE because they share our vision of building a company whose solutions ensure optimal video experiences for viewers and drive customer satisfaction for media companies.”
WarnerMedia’s forthcoming SVOD service will be launched as a single-tier offering at a price point somewhere between Disney+ and Netflix, according to analyst outfit MoffettNathanson, reporting on a meeting it recently had with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.WarnerMedia’s properties include FriendsWhile specific details remain scant, the analyst company said that the WarnerMedia service “appears to be” a single-tier offering that will lean on the HBO brand but will not be named HBO itself, and could be offered as part of a bundle for HBO customers via established distribution partners.According to MoffettNathanson, the WarnerMedia service will combine the existing HBO streaming offering with some Warner Bros TV and film library content.The analyst outfit said that WarnerMedia may also consider launching an advertising-supported version of the service at a lower price point, similar to Hulu’s basic service.