Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals feel the same way about adding Palmer, who at 33 may not be what he once was, but still appears to have something left in the tank.Last season, which was his first full campaign in Oakland, Palmer completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was also picked off 14 times.Those numbers are decent, and they’d be a far cry from what the team has received from the position over the last three seasons. So, the organization will not only go into the new season with the usual optimism that surrounds a new coaching staff, but also that of a new quarterback who has been to a pair of Pro Bowls in his career. Palmer said he is excited to work with coaches like Bruce Arians and Tom Moore, who are each known for their innovative offensive minds, as well as throw passes to a receiver of Larry Fitzgerald’s caliber.“The trickle down effect you get from a guy like Larry makes average receivers really good and really good receivers great,” Palmer said. “I’m going to learn a lot from Larry. “I’ve already started watching film on him; I’m starting to watch every single ball thrown his way and trying to see what he does really well, and maybe some things he can improve on and areas I can help him improve, because I know he’s the type of guy that’s always looking to improve.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Carson Palmer, AZ Cardinals QB That right there is what this move is all about, for both Palmer and the Cardinals. Because while Palmer was productive in Oakland, he did not do a lot of winning. And the Cardinals, well, they’ve struggled in large part because of inadequate play from the quarterback position.If all goes according to plan, both sides should get what they’re looking for out of this arrangement.And if the union is not successful, it will not be due to a lack of effort or preparation from the quarterback.“I know that we’re not blessed to play this game for very long and you have to take advantage of every opportunity,” he said. “You have to be a gym rat, you have to be studying film, you have to be improving.“Because if you’re not, there’s too many guys out there who want to play in this league and want to play for this organization and this team that want your job.” – / 11 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals have a starting quarterback. And, unlike the last few seasons, he has a track record of success.Carson Palmer, whom the team acquired from the Oakland Raiders via a trade Tuesday, told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf the opportunity to come to Arizona was a “no-brainer.”“You start thinking of the coaching staff they’ve put together and the players they’ve drafted and the players they’ve signed in free agency,” he said, adding that the locale being close to his west coast roots also played a role. “It made too much sense from every angle, really.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
YouTube users are now watching more than 6 billion hours of video each month on the Google-owned video site, according to company stats. In an official blog post, YouTube said the figure was up 50% year-on-year and was the equivalent of every person on earth tuning into the site for almost an hour per month.The news coincided with YouTube’s Brandcast event for advertisers in New York, where DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that his company had acquired teen-focused YouTube network AwesomenessTV.“DreamWorks Animation’s major announcement underscores a shift in consumer behaviour, and now, Nielsen has further amplified this point by concluding that YouTube reaches more US adults ages 18-34 than any cable network,” said Robert Kyncl, Vice President and global head of content partnerships for YouTube.YouTube also recently announced that it had hit a milestone 1 billion unique visitors per month.
Smithsonian Channel will make all of its orignal productions in 4K from now on and is eyeing a 4K channel launch, according to Smithsonian Networks’ executive vice president, David Royle.Speaking on a 4K Ultra HD panel at MIPCOM, Royle predicted that a lot of 4K content will start to appear on over-the-top services, but said cable and the satellite operators cannot afford to sit by.“They’re going to have to rise to this challenge and the cable operators in particular do not want to be left in the situation they were [in] with HD where satellite moved much more quickly,” said Royle.“We are going to see, I think, first in the United States specialised channels starting up on places like Comcast, DirecTV and they will be coming to channels like us to contribute programming to them – that is a likely model to start. But I just genuinely believe it won’t be long before we’re launching a 4K channel.”Royle likened the current mood in Cannes as regards 4K content to 2006/2007 when HD content was “just beginning to get going” and said that Smithsonian had made a definite decision to be at the forefront of 4K, just as it was for HD.“We really see ourselves moving very rapidly into all 4K. All our orignal productions from now on will be in 4K,” said Royle.Asked whether the US-based Smithsonian Channel planned to launch internationally, Royle said he hoped that the network would launch in Europe “soon” without giving further details.“Our first venture abroad was into Canada – it was a co-venture with Blue Ant – but we certainly hope to [start] moving into Europe and elsewhere. Watch this space.”Also speaking on the same panel, Anthony Geffen, the CEO and executive producer of Atlantic Productions, urged broadcasters in the UK to “step up the the plate” in terms of 4K in the same way as Smithsonian.Geffen said that though 4K TV sales are now rapidly increasing “unless people see 4K stuff on there, they’re not going to get excited about it.” Atlantic is currently working on a number of 4K projects including the forthcoming David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef.Cosetta Lagani, the head of the Sky 3D channel at Sky Italia, said on the same panel that the channel continues to grow and now has some 430,000 subscribers, and claimed that 4K will not be a substitute for 3D.“They are not necessarily one an alternative for the other – they can offer a different experience put together so that every customer can choose the experience that they likes more,” she said.