Round-up: Whiley triumphs and Fulham edge closer to Rolan deal

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Ickenham’s Jordanne Whiley won her fourth successive Wimbledon ladies wheelchair doubles title as she and Yui Kamiji stormed back from a set behind to beat second seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot.The 25-year-old was beaten at the first hurdle in the singles by De Groot earlier in the week but claimed revenge and her ninth Grand Slam doubles crown in front of a delighted crowd on court three.They had witnessed a superb 37-shot rally in the fifth game of the opening set, which was taken 6-2 by the Dutch pair.But Whiley and Kamiji won eight of the first nine points of the second set to seal an early break, which they momentarily lost midway through the set but regained immediately. Fulham close to striker dealEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham are close to completing the signing of Diego Rolan from Bordeaux.The Whites have agreed a £5m deal with the French club for the 24-year-old striker.Rolan is in London to meet with Fulham, who are hoping to convince him to join despite reports of Premier League interest in the Uruguay international.He is yet to receive a serious offer from a top-flight club but reports say Newcastle are interested. Van Ginkel loan deal agreedEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea and PSV Eindhoven have reached an agreement for Marco van Ginkel to return to the Dutch club on another season-long loan.West London Sport recently revealed that PSV were looking to take the Netherlands international on loan again.Van Ginkel, 24, has been at PSV during the past two seasons. Smith ready to recall JotaJota will be available for Brentford’s friendly at Oxford United on Wednesday if there is still no offer for him by then, according to boss Dean Smith.Jota missed a second pre-season game for the Bees, this time against Lausanne on Saturday, because his future at the club remains uncertain.West London Sport revealed last week that Jota would not play in the friendly at Aldershot because of an imminent bid expected from a Premier League club.That bid did not materialise and Smith said: “If nobody comes in with this imminent bid, which we were told about, he will be available for the Oxford United game.“We have had that chat and he will be happy to do so.”West London Sport revealed last month that Jota was of interest to Everton, West Ham and Newcastle, while newly-promoted Huddersfield have since also shown an interest. Stones defender lands Wednesday trialWealdstone defender Ciaron Brown has been handed a trial by Sheffield Wednesday.The 20-year-old has attracted interest from League clubs since he joined the Stones from Bedfont Sports last August.Brown can play at centre back and left-back and impressed in the run-in to last season.Stones manager Gordon Bartlett said: “We have a great pedigree at Wealdstone of bringing young players on and moving them up to the pro ranks and Ciaron is more than capable of making the step up having made consistent progress.“I’m sure that he will do well in whatever the future holds and we will never hold a player back.” Hall nursing injuryEmbed from Getty ImagesGrant Hall missed QPR’s friendly at Peterborough because of tendonitis.Hall’s conditon will be assessed in the next 48 hours after he was withdrawn from the squad on the eve of Saturday’s game.Jordan Cousins and Sean Goss also missed the match and defender Joel Lynch, who has been nursing a knock, featured after coming through a fitness test.Cousins is being slowly eased back after a long-term thigh problem, while Goss was also left out on the advice of the Rangers medical staff.“We’ve had Hally pulled out yesterday and I almost didn’t have Lynchy as well,” manager Ian Holloway explained.“We’ve protected Jordan and Gossy we’ve protected as well. Jordan has worked so hard during the summer to get himself fit.”Jamie Mackie, Jack Robinson, Ebere Eze and Charlie Owens scored QPR’s goals as they won 4-2 in a 120-minute match at London Road. Holloway admits 120-minute game stretched squadEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway admitted agreeing to play a 120-minute friendly at Peterborough ended up stretching QPR’s squad to the limit.The idea of two 60-minute halves – effectively two separate games – was initially suggested by Posh director of football Barry Fry.Rangers were happy to agree, but when three players were withdrawn from the squad, manager Holloway had to make late changes to his plans.In addition, QPR’s Under-23s played Wycombe and a Rangers XI visited amateur side Bovingdon on the same day.Holloway said: “What we got wrong, and I’ll admit it, is that we also had an Under-23s game and another game, so we had to fulfil four fixtures.“When Barry first mentioned it it was fine because you can prepare for it, but we’ve since had a few injuries.“But I’m delighted. It’s good for them (the players) and it’s good for our fans as well to see everything.” Chelsea Ladies sign Swedish defenderEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea Ladies have signed Sweden international Magdalena Eriksson from Linköpings.The 23-year-old left-sided defender has signed a two-year contract and will wear the number 16 shirt. Middlesex beatenEmbed from Getty ImagesBeleaguered Middlesex captain Brendon McCullum failed yet again with the bat as his side were thrashed by Somerset in the T20 Blast at Uxbridge.The former New Zealand star, who has now mustered only 36 runs in four T20 games, presided over a second comprehensive Middlesex defeat in the space of three days.And this latest loss – by 21 runs – came against a Somerset side who had not succeeded in winning any of their previous 10 fixtures in the competition.last_img read more

Hulu on the iPad? Not as Easy as it Sounds

first_imgIn a recent interview, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar told technology reporter Om Malik that his company was “very bullish” on mobile, even going so far as to say “we will embrace every device.” That’s a funny statement, considering that the company has been touting that same sentiment for years but has yet to launch anything for mobile, be it an app or simply a mobile-ready streaming site. Now, with the launch of the iPad just around the corner, the rumors of an iPhone/iPad Hulu app are rising up again. But there’s a bigger mobile web than just the one accessible via Apple products, and that may be what Hulu has its eye on now. “We don’t think about one device only,” Kilar said. However, going mobile is going to be a challenge for Hulu. And it’s not as simple as re-encoding a few videos, no matter what you may have heard. Problem A: Hulu’s Business Model Needs WorkThe fact that Hulu exists at all is somewhat of an amazement. Through tenuous connections with major studios, the collaborative, experimental effort to bring streaming TV to web (and make it profitable) has managed to attract a number of users in the U.S. Although the audience size varies widely depending on who’s counting, the company has managed to become a household name thanks to eye-catching commercials on NBC featuring actors from the network’s top shows. But there’s a problem facing Hulu: in-video advertising is, apparently, not as profitable as once hoped. In fact, it’s just too expensive, says Marc Ruxin, the Chief Innovation Officer for ad agency network McCann Worldgroup. Hulu has been aware of this problem, though, and has been hinting towards the launch of a subscription service, with News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch telling an investor conference last fall that the company, was looking at “adding subscription services and pay per view” options. Through the subscription model, Hulu could potentially generate enough revenue to keep the studios happy and maybe even encourage them to offer up more programming. Unfortunately, the subscription model has yet to launch and the profits from video ads have been far too lean for some Hulu participants. Recently, for example, Viacom pulled two of the top shows – The Daily Show and the Colbert Report – from the site, claiming that they simply weren’t earning enough money via the advertising model currently in place. Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman said that “on the current economic model for Hulu, there’s just not much in it for us to continue at this time.”And so the situation degrades.So what is Hulu doing now? It’s trying to attract more viewers to its site with the launch of “If I Can Dream,” an original series that premiered earlier this month. The fact that they’re now making the foray into this sort of online programming is somewhat worrying. After all, if hit video webisodes alone made for a profitable service, then YouTube would have achieved profitability ages ago, instead of (maybe) getting there this year, five years post-launch. Let’s face it, original programming is a bonus for Hulu users, but it’s not going to take the place of hot shows like the now-departed Comedy Central fare.Problem B: Will Apple Allow a Hulu App on the iPhone/iPad?Another problem? Hulu has been planning to delay its iPhone app launch until a subscription model was in place, according to earlier reports. But with the biggest names pulling out, subscriptions could be a harder sell. Still, even if Hulu was able to make subscriptions happen, there are no guarantees that Apple would ever allow them into the iTunes store, especially considering they’re offering a competing product. (See: Google Voice banishment from the iPhone, for example). Meanwhile, Hulu’s online site doesn’t work in the iPhone’s web browser because it was built in Flash. If Apple rejects the Hulu app from iTunes, the company’s other option is encoding all their site’s content in H.264 and make that available via HTML5, the new web language that offers streaming video sans plugin. Since this has already been done, a Hulu app could launch a player on the iPhone or iPad, if, of course, Apple allowed them to do so. If not, then a mobile site would have to be built in HTML5 – video controls, overall UI, advertisements and all. That’s no simple process.What’s Hulu Doing Now? So is this the plan Hulu has decided on now? It’s hard to know for sure. Like Apple, the company is incredibly secretive about their plans and product roadmap, often refusing to respond to calls and emails entirely, even to say “no comment.” And yet, the Hulu iPhone app exists. We’ve spoken to someone who’s seen it…but that was ages ago. For all we know, iPhone/iPad app plans have since been scrapped to work on a new solution that works around any potential Apple restrictions. But sources inside Hulu have clammed up lately, meaning they’re either building something top, top secret…or perhaps nothing at all. We hope it’s the former, because frankly, an iPad without Hulu is a sad, sad affair. But will we ever see a real app? At this point, we’re not holding our breath. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img sarah perez Tags:#Apple#NYT#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more