Former England captain Alastair Cook got a guard of honour from Virat Kohli’s Indian team in the fifth and final Test at The Oval on Friday.Cook is playing his final Test match for England after which he will retire from international cricket, a decision which he took earlier this week.England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat against India in the final Test of the five-match series.As Cook came out on the ground, he got a guard of honour from the visiting side, at the end of which he shook hands with captain Kohli in a touching gesture.India vs England 5th Test, Day 1 Updates | ScorecardFans have also come out in full support for Cook dressed in chef uniforms.Read – Cook cried while informing England teammates of retirementCook earlier revealed that he broke down while announcing his retirement to his teammates and it was only after a joke from Moeen Ali that the English dressing room went back to being normal.After spending more than a decade in international cricket, Cook announced his retirement on Monday saying “there is nothing left in the tank” but on Wednesday, he cleared the air that burn-out was not the reason for him saying goodbye to his playing career.Cook was a gentleman and a great ambassador for the game: Michael ClarkeCook also revealed that he had told Root about his plans of retiring ahead of the Southampton Test even though he informed the rest of his teammates after their 60-run win over India.advertisement Alastair Cook gets a guard of honour by the Indian cricket team (AP Photo)England have already won the five-match series against India after taking an unassailable 3-1 lead with their win at Southampton.Cook, who made his debut for England in 2006, will bow out as the sixth highest run-scorer in Test history. He has so far amassed 12254 runs in 160 Tests at an average of 44.88 with 32 hundreds and 56 half-centuries. He is the only active player in the 10,000-run club in the longest format.Also Read – Cook thanks Graham Gooch, Barmy Army after announcing retirementCook’s final Test at The Oval is his 159th consecutive game in the longest format, the longest such streak in all international cricket. He missed just one Test in his entire career (vs India in Mumbai, 2006) that too because of a stomach bug.Cook also led England for more than four years and was the country’s 79th captain in the longest format before handing over the reins to Joe Root in February last year.Thanks for all the memories: Vaughan, Laxman pay tribute to Alastair CookHe was England’s longest-serving Test captain having led in 59 matches. He is tied with Andrew Strauss with 24 wins, the second most for England behind Michael Vaughan, but also has the unfortunate record of losing the most Tests as England captain with 22.Interestingly, last year he had handed over the captaincy to Root after England’s 4-0 Test series loss against India in 2016 and now has decided to bid adieu to international after England avenged that defeat under his successor.What a reception! https://t.co/IroJonUcBW#ThankYouChef #EngvInd pic.twitter.com/DqsOjr5sQ2England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 7, 2018
Finnish telco Elisa is to use Agama Technologies’ DTV Monitoring Solution to provide quality assurance for its EpicTV over-the-top TV service.Elisa, which serves about 3.6 million consumer and corporate customers in the Nordic countries, the Baltics and Russia, launched OTT extreme sports service EpicTV across iPads, Android tablets and smartphones, PCs and connected TVs last year.“As a leading provider of high-quality TV services we are committed to meet and exceed our viewers’ high expectations, both for our traditional TV services in Finland and for our pioneering multinational OTT service,” said Jarkko Järvinen, EpicTV’s chief engineer and senior development manager at Elisa. “One vital part of this is, of course, to really be able to ensure the delivered service quality to all our customers, and for this critical mission we turned to Agama, which has video service quality assurance as its core business and field of expertise, and a solution that perfectly matches our needs and requirements.”
Discovery Communications has signed a content partnership deal with WASU Digital TV Media Group for WASU’s new pay-TV channel Qiu Suo.Under the deal, Discovery will provide factual and lifestyle programming and act as channel and content consultant to WASU for Qiu Suo, which launched in China on March 16.Qiu Suo, which translates as “quest for knowledge,” has a target audience of adults aged 25 through 54 years old and will air Discovery programming including The Big Brain Theory, Tanked and Bear Grylls series Man vs Wild.“This content partnership with WASU complements Discovery’s 20-year history of providing high quality, nonfiction programming to the Chinese market,” said JB Perrette, president, Discovery Networks International.“Through WASU’s new channel, Qiu Suo, Chinese viewers now have 24/7 access to the best of Discovery’s factual and lifestyle programming.”Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific’s president and managing director, Arjan Hoekstra hailed the deal as a “significant milestone for Discovery’s business in China.””The new channel will introduce millions of Chinese viewers to some of Discovery’s best content and, building on the success of our existing business in China, paves the way for the next phase of growth for Discovery in one of the world’s fastest growing economies,” added Hoekstra.
German PlayStation 4 users will now be able to watch live TV through their games console by accessing the Magine TV streaming service.Magine becomes Sony’s first live TV partner for PlayStation in Germany, offering channels like RTL, Sat.1, ProSieben, VOX, ARD HD and ZDF HD through its OTT service.“We are very pleased to be able to offer PlayStation’s large community in Germany great live TV content directly from the PlayStation 4 console,” said Magine CEO, Ambuj Goyal“We hope this partnership with Sony PlayStation in Germany will be the start of a long successful relation also in other countries using Magine’s global video platform.”Fabian Koba, business development director, Sony Interactive Entertainment, said: “We are delighted to welcome Magine TV as another exciting service on our platform and to complement our video service portfolio with its live TV content.“Particularly we are proud to offer Magine TV’s ‘Basic Plus’ package exclusively to all of our PlayStation Plus members, featuring nine additional TV channels – with no extra cost.”Magine will exhibit at IBC at hall 14, stand N20.