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Friday
Oct312014

Verizon and Extreme Networks Team with Seahawks to Enhance Fan Experience at CenturyLink Field

Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) announced today significant enhancements to the wireless network at CenturyLink Field to provide fans with free open access to Wi-Fi.

Working with Verizon and CenturyLink, Extreme Networks (Nasdaq: EXTR), the Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider of the NFL, installed its acclaimed high-density Wi-Fi and Purview analytics systems at CenturyLink Field prior to the 2014 NFL season in conjunction with this initiative. Now tens of thousands of Seahawks’ fans can enjoy their wireless devices, social media and pictures throughout the game as connecting to their apps and the Internet is both fast and simple. 

In addition to implementing Wi-Fi and enhancing in-stadium connectivity, 12 individuals will be on site as part of the in-stadium Wi-Fi Certified Coach Program – a uniquely developed service offered by Extreme Networks to support fans at venues that have deployed high density Wi-Fi. These individuals provide technical assistance and educate fans about Wi-Fi usage and game day mobile offerings such as the Verizon NFL Mobile app and the Seahawks’ team app.

“The Seahawks are excited to work with Verizon and Extreme Networks to bring the best Wi-Fi solution to our fans at CenturyLink Field,” said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin. “By enhancing connectivity throughout the entire stadium, it allows us to offer new mobile app features such as live video streaming, and ‘Eye of the Hawk’. This allows fans to select live feeds from around the stadium along with coverage of live on-the-field action from multiple camera angles, replays and game highlights.”

As part of Verizon’s relationship with the Seahawks, the south end zone restaurant has been transformed into the Verizon Lounge, a state-of-the-art sports bar and restaurant. The Verizon Lounge also serves as the location for the Seahawks’ postgame radio show. Verizon installed 36 charging stations in the lounge and throughout the stadium to provide fans with the ability to stay in touch on game day.

“Seahawks fans deserve a championship-caliber wireless experience on game day, and now they have two WiFi options, plus XLTE network enhancements in-stadium and in-the neighborhood for greater reliability,” said Bobby Morrison, Verizon Wireless President for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.      

 “An immersive and connected fan experience at games continues to be a significant goal for the NFL. We are marching into the future of stadiums and technology and through Extreme Networks and Verizon, the Seahawks will be able to provide an engaging experience for their dedicated fans,” said Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Senior Vice President and CIO of the NFL.

The Extreme Networks Wi-Fi system is designed to support high density requirements, including high-speed connections for streaming content and uploading photos, support of social engagement, support of in-venue mobile application delivery for value added services and to promote efficient delivery of multicast video with unicast-like performance and reliability.

“At Extreme Networks, we strive to provide fans with unwavering wireless connectivity enhancing the game day experience. In today’s multi-device environment, it is imperative that fans can access, view and download the content that matters most to them, from instant replays to scores around the NFL,” said Norman Rice, senior vice president of corporate development for Extreme Networks. “Through our relationship with the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink and Verizon, we deliver pervasive connectivity resulting in an incredible experience.” 

Access to the stadium Wi-Fi can be found at VerizonWifi for Verizon customers. The same level of Wi-Fi can be found at CenturyLinkFieldWiFi for non-Verizon customers.

About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) is setting a new standard for superior customer experience by delivering network-powered innovation and market leading service and support. The company delivers high-performance switching and routing products for data center and core-to-edge networks, wired/wireless LAN access, and unified network management and control. Our award-winning solutions include software-defined networking (SDN), cloud and high-density Wi-Fi, BYOD and enterprise mobility, identity access management and security. Extreme Networks is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has more than 12,000 customers in over 80 countries. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.extremenetworks.com.

Monday
Oct272014

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Merge for 10 Stadium Shows in 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 27, 2014) – Anticipation for the summer of 2015 just hit record highs as Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney have announced that their tours will collide for 10 stadium shows next summer.  The first shows to go on sale for the unprecedented pairing are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015 and San Francisco's Levi’s Stadium on May 2, 2015.  More on-sale information and special guests will be revealed over the coming weeks.

“We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney says. “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us!”

“Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums,” added Aldean.  “When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice.  We have a real friendship.  Don’t get me wrong…that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it easy to follow me every night…he’s gonna have to work for it harder than he ever has before!”

5/2/15: San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium

5/16/15: Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium

6/20/15: Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field

6/27/15: Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field

7/18/15: Minneapolis, MN, Target Field

7/25/15: Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl

8/1/15: Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium

8/8/15: Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High

8/15/15: E. Rutherford, NJ, MetLifeStadium

8/28/15: Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium

The Aldean Army and Chesney’s No Shoes Nation are both known for their ability to work hard and play harder. With a strong commitment to living in the moment, these shows are destined to be a once-in-lifetime pairing – and everything summer, friends and music are meant to embrace.

Chesney, whose The Big Revival marked his 13th No. 1 Country Album debut, already topped the Billboard Country Songs chart for two weeks with “American Kids” -- and “Til It’s Gone,” the follow-up, was at No. 18 with a bullet on release date.

Jason Aldean, whose Old Boots, New Dirt debuted at No. one on Billboard’s Top 200 Album charts earlier this month, is known for his high-intensity shows, his sense of true grit and songs that capture the way his fans genuinely live their lives. The most downloaded male country artist in history and two-time Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year is also currently sitting at the No. one spot on country radio charts with lead single “Burnin’ It Down.”

 

Thursday
Oct232014

One Direction Announce European And North American Dates For The Worldwide 'On The Road Again 2015' Stadium Tour

SEATTLE (OCT. 23, 2014) – Global superstars One Direction today announced additional dates for the highly anticipated ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 stadium tour, which will see the band perform in Australia, Japan and South East Asia in support their new album FOUR (to be released Nov. 17). The North American tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on July 9, 2015 at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, Cali. The full 17-city North American tour includes stops in East Rutherford, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Seattle, amongst others. Additional dates for the European and North American legs go on sale on November 1 at www.livenation.com.

Niall comments “We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans - they make it possible for us to play in these incredible places and continue to surprise us every day with their unwavering support.”

Fans will have access to a pre-sale by visiting the band’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Citi® is the official credit card of the ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 North American tour. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Friday, Oct. 24 through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com.

The music video for the band’s lead single ‘Steal My Girl’ premieres globally on Friday, Oct. 24. The outlandish video, filmed in Palmdale, CA, is directed by Benjamin and Gabe Turner and features a cameo from Hollywood legend Danny Devito. The video will premiere on VEVO at 8:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. BST.

With a staggering 94 number ones and over 46 million records sold, in just four short years, One Direction have gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. As the band's song writing becomes more personal with each record, FOUR is set to be their most stunning yet. The album follows the global success of their huge sell out WHERE WE ARE stadium tour and the 3D film documentary THIS IS US. Fans also had the opportunity to relive this summers’ tour with the release of their second film WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM, which broke records as the biggest ever Event Cinema audience across one weekend. The WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM DVD will be released on Dec. 2. Add all this to their 3 billion YouTube views, 109 million combined Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans and it’s clear that Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn genuinely are a worldwide phenomenon. 

FOUR will be released globally on Nov. 17, 2014 via Syco/Columbia Records. Fans can receive the band's first single “Steal My Girl” instantly if they pre-order the deluxe album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/1DFouriTdlx.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015EUROPEAN ANDNORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
All dates and venues below subject to change.

EUROPE
6/10/15 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion
6/13/15 Brussels, Belgium – King Baudouin Stadium
6/16/15 Horsens, Denmark – CASA Arena
6/19/15 Oslo, Norway – Ullevaal Stadion
6/23/15 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium
6/27/15 Helsinki, Finland – Olympiastadion

NORTH AMERICA
7/9/15 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
7/11/15 San Francisco, CA – Levi's Stadium (on sale Nov. 14)
7/15/15 Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
7/26/15 Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium
7/28/15 Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
7/31/15 Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
8/2/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
8/5/15 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
8/8/15 Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium
8/18/15 Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium
8/23/15 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
8/25/15 Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
8/27/15 Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium
8/29/15 Detroit, MI – Ford Field
9/1/15 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
9/3/15 Buffalo, NY – Ralph Wilson Stadium
9/12/15 Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium

Join the conversation:  #OnTheRoadAgain1D

For more info visit
http://www.onedirectionmusic.com   
http://www.columbiarecords.com
http://www.livenation.com

ONE DIRECTION CONTACT:
Mike Navarra / Columbia Records
Mike.Navarra@sonymusic.com / 310 272 2167

LIVE NATION CONTACT:
Victor Trevino / victortrevino@livenation.com

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

About COLUMBIA RECORDS
One of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, Columbia Records is home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. 

SYCO ENTERTAINMENT
Syco Entertainment is one of the world’s leading music, film and television production companies. Responsible for the most successful global TV and music franchises in the world, Syco is the most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music being the UK’s number 1 music label for sales and A&R. Syco is label-home for such diverse international recording artists as Labrinth, One Direction, Susan Boyle, Sam Bailey, Little Mix, Il Divo, Fifth Harmony, Ella Henderson and Alex & Sierra. Syco's Television assets include the global hit franchises “The X Factor” and “Got Talent.” The Got Talent format is now officially the world’s most successful reality TV format, breaking the Guinness World Records title for the highest number of adaptations, having been commissioned in an impressive 66 territories worldwide, which has now already risen to 63. America’s Got Talent airs in 193 countries worldwide and was the #1 summer reality series of 2013, maintaining the leadership position it has held with NBC for the last four seasons. The finale of the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 had a peak audience of 12.7 million and a 50% audience share with the show maintaining its position as the UK’s top-rated Entertainment series.  Local versions of “The X Factor” are commissioned in 49 countries and around the world “The X Factor” is now watched by more than a half billion people. Artists discovered by the “X Factor” worldwide have sold more than 160 million records with The X Factor format creating more international stars than any other TV competition singing format  - including the world’s biggest selling artists One Direction who were put together by mentor Simon Cowell on The X Factor (UK) in 2010. In 2013 Syco produced its first movie (directed by Morgan Spurlock) the global box office hit “One Direction: This Is Us with Sony Pictures; an international all access look at life on the road with music phenomenon One Direction. Syco Entertainment have recently announced a development partnership Animal Logic (Lego, Great Gatsby, Happy Feet) to create music-based animated and hybrid animation-live action films with their first project, set for release in 2016, being developed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. A groundbreaking new music show “Ultimate DJ” was announced by SFX, T-Mobile and Syco in April of 2014. The Syco-created competition series revolves around the booming electronic music culture, showcasing and cultivating fresh new EMC DJ/producer talent and creative event production skills.

Wednesday
Mar262014

Lorde ricochets from intimate to intimidating | Concert review

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

I didn’t show up to WaMu theater expecting to see Lorde deliver a rote, boilerplate performance, but at the same time, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a pop show that heartfelt.

It was the story she told toward the end of her set that did it. She was introducing “Ribs” one of the softer tracks on her debut album “Pure Heroine,” out last September.

“I’m going to tell you about this song,” she said.

She wrote it in February of last year, after her parents left town and she threw a massive house party. There was almost something mature in doing that — in filling a house with friends — she continued. “But once you do something that is adult, are you in that world forever? That concept is always keeping me up at night.”

I don’t know if she’s done that spiel at every stop on the tour. I don’t care. Impromptu or not, she made it abundantly clear in the space of a few sentences that she’s more emotionally candid than 98% of her more aged pop music counterparts.

Oh, and the music was great too.

There’s been some press about her live songs trending darker. That was definitely the case much of the time. The opener, “Glory and Gore” felt twice as fierce live, propelled by live drumming that gave many of her other songs (like “Buzzcut Season” and “Team”) a rock anthem texture last night.

Plus, she really seemed to dig the in-person percussion. Every time some nifty drumming coincided with a break between verses, she was dancing like someone possessed. She has a twitchy, manic dancing style reminiscent of the girl in the Exorcist, except it’s a good thing.

Other songs like “Tennis Court” and “Ribs” stayed truer to the atmosphere of J.D. Salinger-esque melancholy she cultivates on her album.

But my favorite cuts were the dark ones, the ones where she slowed the songs down, or plunged the bass into industrial electronica territory. Her version of “Royals” ceased to be a radio single and became an earnest declaration of independence from rockstar materialism.  “Easy,” her song with producer Son Lux, fused choppy drums, gothic synths, and nightmarish vocal distortion. These two were the most original cuts from the performance, and are hopefully portents of her future recorded sound.

The lighting and set design were expert too, building slowly from classy to flashy. Lorde performed the opener alone on stage, her black dress blending with a matte black curtain behind her. Overhead only a chandelier. The curtain lifted after that, revealing her two-piece band on drums, keys, and programmed beats.

Over the next hour, the set gradually began to explode with a rainbow of strobe lights slightly biased toward blues and purples, and a glorious 3-panel video projection system ensconced in a giant gold picture frame behind the stage. It helped to escalate the performance over time, taking it from intimate to intimidating and back again in a heartbeat.

Let me get cheesy one final time and discuss the audience. The front man for Lo-Fang, the opener, called us “the politest people in America,” and we earned that title. I was surprised to discover that the show was seated, but most people, and especially the vast passels of teenage girls with their parents, were respectful.

It was good to see so many youth amped about a musician that’s actually be worthy of being a role model. At one point, Lorde told the audience, “I noticed you’ve got seats — don’t use them.” Almost no one did.

Monday
Sep232013

AT&T enhances gameday mobile broadband coverage at CenturyLink Field

New 4G LTE Distributed Antenna System Provides Additional Cellular Capacity for Customers on Gamedays

SEATTLE, WA Sept. 12, 2013 —As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced wireless devices and services, AT&T* has expanded its mobile Internet coverage at CenturyLink Field by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the customer experience throughout the facility.

A DAS installation consists of multiple strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s wireless network coverage throughout CenturyLink Field, providing for more efficient management of cellular capacity in heavily-trafficked areas, such as sports venues.  DAS has the ability to provide enhanced, consistent cellular coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations – terrain, building construction, etc. – or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience.

The CenturyLink Field DAS installation is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add more than 1,000 DAS nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as more than 10,000 macro cell sites, and deploy more than 40,000 small cells, to increase the density of its wireless network.

“We would like to thank AT&T, our contracted service provider, for implementing a neutral hosted DAS with the opportunity for all willing carriers to participate” said Chip Suttles, Vice President of Technology. “Increased connectivity is in line with our objectives to enhance the fan experience for Seahawks and Sounders FC fans”.

“When our customers head out to the stadium to cheer on the home team, we want them to have a great network experience throughout the game,” said Bob Bass, Washington President, AT&T. “With initiatives like Project VIP, we’re continuing to invest in the network, and providing enhanced cellular coverage at CenturyLink Field is just one way that we’re investing in Washington.”

DAS technology helps improve the mobile Internet experience by shortening the distance a request must travel. The additional capacity also is expected to help improve call reliability, boost data traffic capacity and enable more consistent network access to help customers make the most of their AT&T devices.

These investments help to ensure that Washington residents continue to enjoy the best possible experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go.  The great performance of AT&T’s 4G LTE network continues to be validated:

  • AT&T has the fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network.**  According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.
  • Meanwhile, our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests – the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall.  PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.***
  • And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – sweeping the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.****

In addition, RootMetrics® has awarded AT&T for strongest overall call, text, and data performance in 66 of 125 national markets from January through June of this year *****

Across Washington, AT&T’s 2013 investments have resulted in expansion and enhancement of our 4G LTE network, which provides ultra-fast speeds.  AT&T 4G LTE is now available in in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $250 million in its wireless and wired network in Washington.  The investment resulted in activation of 4G LTE in multiple cities and towns throughout Washington, including Aberdeen, Anacortes, Bellingham, Bremerton, Burley, Camano Island, Centralia, Ephrata, Everett Gig Harbor, Kent, Longview, Moses Lake, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Othello, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Port Townsend, Pullman, Shelton, Silverdale Spokane, Tacoma, the Tri-Cities area, Vancouver, Whidbey Island, Winslow and Yakima.  Nationwide, more than 225 million Americans have access to AT&T 4G LTE service. 

AT&T’s focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network****** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 402,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into its wireless and wireline networks across the country. By year-end 2013, AT&T expects to cover nearly 270 million people and 400 markets with its 4G LTE network.  Since 2008, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. “Investment Heroes.”

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Washington or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.  For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Speed claim based on comparison of national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds for AndroidTM and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. Reliability claim compares data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G speeds not available everywhere.

*** PCWorld/TechHive, May 23, 2013, “AT&T clocks best overall speeds with 3G/4G combo”

**** PC Magazine, June 17, 2013; http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp

***** Visit rootmetrics.com for more details. Performance rankings of four national wireless carriers rely on scores calculated from random samples. AT&T ranked highest or shared the highest ranking for overall performance in 66 of 125 markets tested, January-June 2013. Your experiences may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of AT&T.

****** A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.