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OpenView HD now in over half a million homes

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

OpenView HD surpassed half a million activated households on Tuesday.

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Platco Digital’s Managing Director Patrick Conroy says, “500 000 active OpenView HD set-top boxes is significant because the platform now has at least 2 million viewers. The more popular channels include e.tv HD, eMovies Plus, DaVinci Learning, Glow TV and our new addition to the OpenView HD bouquet Trace Sport Stars.”

 

OpenView HD will be celebrating its 3rd birthday in October and will be announcing the launch of a new channel to celebrate this.

 

Conroy adds, “The mix of content including educational, children and entertainment programming is appealing to our target market. First time buyers of multi-channel television are enjoying the choice that the platform offers.”

 

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Cost of data holding back adoption of internet TV

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In a recent consumer survey commissioned by ShowMax, the most common reason cited for not signing up to internet TV services is the cost of data. The amount of data needed to stream TV shows and movies can be one gigabyte (GB) per hour or more. To help manage this, ShowMax has introduced bandwidth capping functionality that can reduce data consumption by as much as 75%. ShowMax has also introduced a bandwidth calculator to help customers estimate how much data they need.

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“We knew anecdotally that people were worried about internet costs, but the results of the survey were stark. Forty percent of respondents said the main reason they don’t use internet TV services is the high cost of data. Twice as many people chose this over the next most common concern, which was not understanding how to set up internet TV,” said Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer at ShowMax.

 

ShowMax has been actively addressing the data cost challenge, first by introducing the ability to download TV shows and movies to take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots, and now by introducing user-selectable bandwidth capping on most of its apps. Subscribers can select either a low bandwidth cap of 0.3 GB/hr, a medium cap of 0.7 GB/hr, or leave usage uncapped.

 

Watching five hours per week, which is enough for 15 episodes of The Big Bang Theory or 7 episodes of Suits, the maximum amount of data used would be as follows:

 

 

Low bandwidth cap (0.3 GB/hr):   1.5 GB / week

Medium bandwidth cap (0.7 GB/hr):  3.5 GB / week

Uncapped (1.4 GB/hr):    7.1 GB / week

 

The low usage setting equates to a resolution of 360p, the medium equates to standard definition 480p, while uncapped can deliver up to 720p high definition. All ShowMax apps feature dynamic streaming with active monitoring of the connection speed and automatic adjustment of resolution to the make the most of the available bandwidth, up to the selected cap.

 

 

To help estimate data usage, ShowMax has created a bandwidth calculator. Simply choose the required quality level and the number of hours watched per week, and the calculator gives an estimate of weekly and monthly data usage. The calculator is accessible here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/go/bandwidth-calculator.

 

 

“We purposefully made bandwidth capping applicable at the individual app level rather than have a blanket setting for the account. This way, it’s possible to chose a lower usage cap for smaller screens – perhaps for the kids watching cartoons on a tablet – while still having the full HD experience on a big screen TV.

 

 

“The data cost challenge is greater in Africa than almost anywhere else and ShowMax has been at the forefront of tackling this, first with downloads and now with bandwidth capping. The key to success in Africa is tailoring your service to local needs,” concludes Ernst.

 

 

ShowMax apps are available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Apple TV (4th generation), and selected Samsung and LG smart TVs. ShowMax apps support both AirPlay and Chromecast. The service can also be viewed on laptop and desktop computers via web browser.

 

 

Bandwidth capping settings can be accessed either via the settings / app preferences menu on most apps, or by using the settings button on the play bar if connecting via a web browser.

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Lindelani Mkhize Presents Ignite

Posted by radio On August - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In celebration of his 50th birthday, music industry pioneer, Lindelani Mkhize is proud to announce his partnership with Joburg Theatre and ATTV Productions for the inaugural musical production titled, “Ignite” – an initiative set to kindle the music industry whilst providing world class entertainment.

 

mkziFollowing two decades of musical achievements, it can be said that Lindelani Mkhize has lived a life that’s been ignited with passion and sheer dedication to his craft; making him a household name in the music fraternity.

 

IGNITE is a two – day state of the art production aimed at showcasing South Africa’s undiscovered or “little known” musical talent across music genres. From Friday, 2 September to Saturday, 3 September, the Mandela @ Joburg Theatre will be abuzz with the musical sounds of South Africa’s hidden melodic talent.

 

“I have always believed that our country is home to an amazing pool of talent and IGNITE is an extension of that belief. I’m so excited that our partners share my sentiment and through this initiative, we hope to ignite talent and promote a culture of unconventional collaborations. We are creating a platform for undiscovered talent”, commented Lindelani Mkhize.

 

Lindelani Mkhize is a man who wears many musical hats; widely known for his extraordinary contribution to the SA music industry, he’s best known as the founder and conductor of South Africa’s successful gospel music ensemble, MTN Joyous Celebration, music producer, record label executive, a judge on South Africa’s popular television music shows such as, ‘I want to sing Gospel’ and ‘Clash of the choirs’ and now – IGNITE.

 

“The three-hour production promises to take music enthusiasts on an unforgettable musical experience and journey rich with colour and flavour coupled with the creative use of the latest technology to enhance the performances which incorporate a six-piece band, brass and a double quartet string section.

Whilst most of the featured talent has been identified by Mkhize, he has left a spot or two open for other hopefuls who will have to try their luck through an online platform.

 

Tickets to the two-day run go on sale on Friday 15 July at a cost of R180 to R400.

 

Book by telephone on 0861 670 670, online at www.webtickets.co.za or www.joburgtheatre.com and in person at the Joburg Theatre box office.

 

Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at www.webtickets.co.za/pnpoutlets.aspx)

 

Patrons can also book online and pay at any Pick N Pay store

 

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Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition is back with a bang with its 2016 theme Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised. This year the conference’s theme is looking back to when music was censored in South Africa by the apartheid government while it also looks forward to how this creative industry shouldn’t go through the same situation again in this democracy. The conference will therefore also look at SABC’s policy of 90% South African music in detail. Legends & young musicians with other local & international industry players will gather at the SABC from the 7th -10th September for the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition 2016!

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Moshito 2016 – Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised has great topics (please see below) to benefit the new talent and those who are already doing business in the music industry in South Africa & internationally. It will attempt to answer and unpack some of the industry issues when Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition kicks off the 2016 instalment on 08 September.

Facilitated by Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole, speakers will include Moshito ambassador and SAMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Roger Lucey, whose musical career was abruptly cut short by the apartheid the Security Police in the early 80s. Joining him on the panel will be Paul Erasmus, a South African Security Police officer who testified to the TRC; as well as artists Carlos Djedje and Jah Seed among others. It promises to make for a fascinating peep into the recent history of SA’s music industry.

Moving things into the era of freedom of choice and closing off Day One will be the topic Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate). eNCA’s  Nontobeko Sibisi will lead the discussion as facilitator, where music big wigs will clarify the confusion that often come with the release and distribution of indie products/artists through major record labels among other issues. Catch speakers Velile Sithole (Native Rhythms), Thabiso Khati (Cashtime Life), DJ Tira (Afrotainment), Sipho Dlamini (Universal Music) and a host of other gurus and executives from both multinational and independent labels.

In the context of South Africa with its multiplicity of ethnic groups and indigenous sound representation, how does 90% local music translate into airplay? This is the question posed under the topic Airplay for What? On Day Two, 09 September.

Rap star Reason, artist activist Eugene Mthethwa, SAMRO’s Rev. Abe Sibiya, prolific singers Sibongile Khumalo and Zonke, the prolific Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, 999 Music’s Arthur Mafokate, and Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole will be speakers interrogating the current state of affairs in SA music in relation to the history-making 90% local content.

But being part of a global village means growing beyond local content and boarders. Hence the topic Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas is one of the most crucial of the conference, also on Day Two.

“The gathering of the grandest music markets from Africa and beyond!” is how Moshito describes this magnificent convention. “This platform is about sharing best practice, challenges and successes. The Dos and Don’ts in managing, promoting and hosting a music markets,” said Sithole.

Moshito Deputy Chairperson Mandla Maseko will be the facilitator, and speakers will include Sonya Mazumdar from EarthSync (India), Morocco Festival Director Matt Sonzala (USA), Brahim El Mazned of Visa for Music (Morocco), as well as delegates from Uganda, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Kenya, France, Seychelles, Poland and South Africa.

There are over 100 panellists participating in over 12 topics – 5 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 2 workshops, 1 music managers meeting, as well as demo and music showcases!

The full list of Moshito 2015’s riveting topic line up is as follows:

DAY 1: 08 September

 

Topic ONE: Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised

Topic TWO: Live Events & Production

Topic THREE: Traditional Music Beyond Boarders

Topic FOUR: Music Manager’s Forum Roundtable Discussion (Artist Managers Must Understand Their Role is Now Business Development)

Topic FIVE: Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate)

 

DAY 2: 09 September

Topic SIX: Let Your Music Speak:  Demo Presentations

Topic SEVEN: YFM Slot

Topic EIGHT: Airplay for What?

Topic NINE: Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas (Hosted by Africa Music Forum)

Topic TEN: Searching for that Platinum Artist: The hits and misses of an A &R (Artist & Repertoire) manager

Topic ELEVEN: Pitch Perfect Performance

Integrating the Body and Voice “Human Musical Instrument” for authentic and optimal performance. Communicating THIS performance to a captivated audience

Topic TWELVE: Conference Wrap Up

For some of the richest music knowledge this side of the continent and a chance to meet the fascinating and successful people in this industry, make sure you don’t miss this year’s Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition!

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5FM warms up for Joburg & CT Live Loud

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The station announced, in June the return of Joburg Live Loud and the addition of Cape Live Loud this September. In the run up to the biggest station events of the year, 5FM will host live events with some of the 5FM DJs and featured acts in Gauteng and Cape Town.

5fmjhbKicking off this weekend, Jimmy Nevis takes over Root 44 Market in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 13 August from 1pm. Jimmy is just one of the performers at Cape Town Live Loud on 24 September at Kenilworth Racecourse.

 

On Saturday, 20 August rapper Emtee and A Reece head to 1 Fox in Johannesburg followed by The Parlotones at Market @ The Sheds in Pretoria on Saturday, 27 August. And on Saturday, 17 September, Dirty Skirts will perform at V an A Food Market.

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For more information on the events and the line-up, visit http://liveloud.5fm.co.za/liveloud/.

Check out our video on YouTube for Joburg and Cape Town Live Loud, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6eegWpNZ78

 

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Corporate Durban filled out the ICC this morning to hear four influential South Africans share their wisdom at the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast in association with East Coast Radio*.  East Coast Breakfast’s Darren Maule hosted hundreds of women from all spheres of business who enjoyed a morning of networking and key strategic insights and learnings at one of the most anticipated events on the KwaZulu-Natal corporate calendar.

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East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu, welcomed the more than 800 guests and introduced the #Wonderwomen theme. “Women’s month is not simply a month to recognise the achievements of individual phenomenal women – it is a time when we in the media hold the mirror up to the everyday women who have been, through circumstances, forced to rise up well beyond capacity.”

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IT guru, Stafford Masie kicked off the power presentations, drawing attention to the fact that the notion of driving businesses in a masculine way is a thing of the past and that technology is playing a leading role in driving this. “Women are not equal. Women are better!” The former Google Africa boss and self-confessed serial entrepreneur tapped into his knowledge as a technology futurist to highlight that as much as the world today is about technology, it is about humanity. Masie has been involved in several leading-edge technology start-ups. He has played a significant role in the open software arena and is responsible for global partnerships and corporate tech strategy in Latin America, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Europe.

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Head of FNB Innovations, Yolande Steyn, dished up honesty with a dash of pragmatism, in her account of the challenges, trials and tribulations as a woman in business. The industrial engineer has extensive experience in product development and strategic project management and has played an integral role in consulting, mobile telecommunications, software development, mobile money and innovations. Yolande’s advice to all Wonderwomen of KZN: “We should never underestimate our own resilience and our ability to overcome pretty much anything. Every time you think your problems are bad, just take a look around and you’ll find people who are dealing with much worse.”

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“Wonderwoman exists in each and every one of us!” Ndalo Media CEO and award-winning media personality, Khanyi Dhlomo, packed a powerful punch with her inspiring story of her journey to get in touch with her inner Wonderwoman and shared how she brings these superhero qualities in everything she does. “The challenge is breaking down the boundary between who we are, what we believe and what we do. The work we do needs to be aligned with our purpose. At the end of the day, we are all Wonderwomen!”

 

Humour, a magnetic personality and strategic food for thought make for a formidable combination and that’s exactly what entrepreneur, Vusi Thembekwyo, delivered when he wrapped up the morning. Using humour and personal anecdotes, he encouraged women to boldly charter new waters. “Men have had it easy for a really long time. Women have far greater odds to go up against when they want to build lives, build businesses, build careers so I stand before you with a sense of humility knowing that I’m speaking to an audience of powerful people who face odd who, I as a man, would never understand.” Vusi highlighted the changes evident in business today, why those changes are happening  and what we need to do, as professionals and business people, to be able to compete in the new world.

 

The morning wrapped up with invaluable take-home lessons, loads of inspiration and the establishment of new contacts and networks.

 

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MTV Base celebrates women

Posted by radio On August - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

More than 60 years ago, South Africa adopted the Women’s Charter to ensure fair representation, employment and equal treatment for women.

 

In 2016, MTV Base (322) has invited a panel of influential young women to participate in a special episode of MTV Base Roundtable: What Women Want, to discuss whether the Women’s Charter has lived up to its promise and if South African women have achieved the equality they sought.

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To ensure relevance in the roundtable forum, MTV Base conducted a research questionnaire with young South African women highlighting the importance of the three different topic points.

 

MTV Base Roundtable: What Women Want premieres on MTV Base (322) on Saturday 13 August at 15:00 CAT.

 

Well-known TV and radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu facilitates the What Women Want panel discussion between celebrated musicians Thandiswa Mazwai and Moneoa, presenter Refilwe Modiselle, actress Nomzamo Mbatha and TV personality Mome.

 

Commented Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa: “Youth activism is a critical reality in modern day Africa. The Women’s Charter was a landmark piece of legislation in its day and it’s important that we continue weigh up its success in today’s world against the massive efforts envisaged by inspirational figures such as Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Albertina Sisulu and Helen Joseph. It appears there is still a long way to go when it comes to addressing inequalities.”

 

Continued Twala: “Shot at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, the MTV Base Roudtable is a 44-minute special that addresses a wide range of issues based around three core topics affecting contemporary young women on the continent: family, work and social. The panel explores subjects such as inequality in the workplace, unequal pay, and discrimination on leadership positions, sexual harassment and the role of women who oppress other women.”

 

The panel also addresses a number of social ills that take place within family structures, which erode the dignity of women through patriarchy entrenched in religion, traditions, gender roles, sexual abuse and other expectations imposed on women.

 

The discussion also focuses on social injustices women are faced with in their daily lives – how they should dress to avoid rape, dealing with harassment and disrespect, the judgement and labelling of women who stand up for themselves, date rape and “corrective” rape.

 

Tune into MTV Base Roundtable: What Women Want on MTV Base (322) on Saturday 13 August at 15:00 CAT.

 

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Popular radio personality and social entrepreneur, Clarence Ford is a man of many words that he puts into action. Having begun his radio career 26 years ago in Namibia for that country’s national station, he has since become a much-loved and trusted voice on South African airwaves, first at Highveld between 2001 and 2002, Good Hope FM until 2007 and thereafter P4 Radio which is today HeartFM.

 

Clarence Ford _LeisureFin founderThrough radio, Clarence came into contact with his other passion – community upliftment – and has since played an integral role in many community interventions such as enabling 15 Paternoster youth the chance to earn certificates from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has raised over R1 million for deserving schools and charities and has also had the rare opportunity of interviewing a South African icon, Nelson Mandela, three times, as well as broadcasting “live” from Melbourne Australia for the Aids Impact Conference.

 

While building his radio brand he also simultaneously branched out into business and founded initiatives in the nature, music and travel industries. Among these are the North Sea Jazz Festival – Cape Town, The Love Jazz Cruise, Jazz on the Rocks in Tietie’s Bay, Jazz on the Rocks Plettenberg Bay, The One World – Festival of Healing in the Arboretum in Paarl and a Tri-Nations South East Asia Golf Challenge. This was achieved in partnership with Camissa Solutions, an events, travel and tourism agency. All events in the Camissa stable have profoundly impacted the host communities with youth and the poorest of the poor becoming beneficiaries of the endeavors. Host communities enjoy significant economic impact and skills exchange as a result. Similar initiatives have also been extended to Tietie’s Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Paarl and Clanwilliam with more communities in Ford’s sights for the future.

 

His latest venture is LeisureFin, an accredited travel financier and booking agent. Through a recent partnership with Nedbank, it offers eligible South Africans access to competitively-priced finance to partially or in full fund travel locally or abroad. Launched in an effort to assist middle-class South Africans discover the world around them, visit family or friends overseas or fulfil their bucket list, it offers clients an end-to-end solution of trusted travel agent and financier in one.

 

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New community radio station, Sunshine Radio 100.6FM, has hit the airwaves on the West Coast, Swartland and Cape Metropole. Broadcasting from Yzerfontein and Riebeek Kasteel, the station aims to fill a gap in the market for 35+ audiences.

 

20160722-IMG_6015Says well-known radio personality and one of the founders, Allan Barnard: “The station boasts a selection of well-known presenters with big personalities who have cut their teeth at some of South Africa’s best-loved stations, as well as a few fresh new voices.

We hope to fill the airwaves with the most memorable and entertaining radio, which includes up-to-the-minute news and actuality to complement our music programming.”

 

Barnard adds that their music mix is based on ‘remember radio’. “It will be a nostalgic blend of light contemporary tunes and retro chic recordings from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Of course we’ll give equal preference to South African and international artists.  Whether it’s a past hit or a potential hit, chances are you’ll hear it on Sunshine Radio 100.6FM.”

 

Broadcasting in both English and Afrikaans, Barnard continues that they are inspired by countryside living, wide-open spaces and the stories that define the West Coast and Swartland. “We’re privileged to broadcast from this region because we can draw inspiration from the rich tapestry of people, places, tastes and sounds that make up the daily fabric of life out here where the living is still easy.”

 

General Manager, Elmarie Mostert, adds that their broadcast reach extends to a combined region of more than 100 000 km² that is home to almost two million unique and diverse listeners. She continues: “From Vredenburg to Langebaan, Blouberg to Malmesbury, Stellenbosch to Wolseley and Somerset West to Cape Town CBD, Sunshine Radio 100.6FM will always be there to keep you company.”

 

Mostert continues that they hope to build strong relationships with advertisers and sponsors. “We hope to shake up the Western Cape radio landscape, delivering a unique audience to our sponsors and clients via the airwaves and the web on www.sunshineradio.co.za. Our advertising rates are affordable and fair, and we have some very exciting launch packages and long-term deals. The first advertisers on board now will get preferential deals in the future.”

 

Barnard concludes: “We’re confident that we’ve assembled an experienced and formidable team which will be complemented with a group of young, energetic and fresh talent. Our team has the required skills, passion and commitment to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the station. And of course more hits, more entertainment, more fun and more sunshine!”

 

 

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Making science and maths fun with ECR

Posted by radio On July - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Darren Maule and the entire East Coast Breakfast team broadcasted live from the Sithokozile Secondary School in KwaDukuza last friday, as part of an initiative to make learning science and maths fun.

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The early morning chill was forgotten as a buzz of excitement took over. The outside broadcast saw East Coast Breakfast teaming up with the NGO,  Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME), and MAHLE  (an automotive component manufacturer specialising in air conditioning and engine cooling products)  to encourage more pupils to become engineers by sparking their interest in science and maths.

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During the three hour live broadcast, Darren and co-host Keri Miller, were involved in fun,  interactive sessions with the pupils designed at celebrating science and maths. Durban artist, Ewok, entertained the schoolchildren with a special science rap that he made up on the spot.

 

Matric 12 pupil, Andile Mthembu, got high-fives all around when he got all 10 questions correct in the special science-themed edition of The Grand Challenge. Andile won R2000 for his effort!

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In another exercise, groups of pupils were given random materials and had to use their knowledge of science and maths to make a functional radiator and a sky rocket. Needless to say, they triumphed!

 

“This day has been a great success,” says Sithokozile Secondary School principal, Raphael Mtheku.

“My boys and girls have learnt a great deal. It was heart-warming to see how excited the girls were at tackling the radiator challenge and the boys building a sky rocket! Our school is a physical science, mathematics and a commerce school. These are the streams we encourage children to pursue since there is such a huge shortage of engineers in South Africa. We hold extra classes on Saturdays to help pupils improve their performance in science and maths. This morning’s live broadcast, experiments and fun exercises have definitely excited and enthused our learners so they will work hard in physical science and mathematics.”

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Darren, a genuine science boffin, echoed the principal’s words, saying “It’s really so empowering to be here encouraging and moulding the future minds of our country and showing them how cool – and important – science and maths are in our everyday lives. Our future engineers are right here. We just need to keep proving to them that science and maths are fun!”

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