More than 5,000 staff members of Texas A&M University (TAMU) picked up the phone this week to hear an unexpected voice on the other end: Hollywood icon Lily Tomlin was on the line pleading for their support in urging TAMU President Michael Young to end the school’s muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on dogs.In the message, the Grace and Frankie star points out that 35 years of these cruel tests have failed to produce a cure or even a treatment to reverse symptoms of MD in human sufferers.“Texas A&M deliberately breeds golden retrievers and other dogs to have a debilitating form of canine muscular dystrophy …[and many] of these dogs suffer premature and agonizing deaths,” Tomlin says in the recording. “Others endure lives of misery and struggle to swallow and even breathe.” She goes on to urge everyone to take action against this abuse: “Please call or e-mail President Young today and tell him, ‘Enough is enough.’”Video footage obtained by PETA shows dogs suffering from MD who were caged, sometimes alone, in barren metal cells in TAMU’s labs. Their swollen tongues and weakened jaw muscles made it difficult for them to swallow even thin gruel, and strings of drool hung from their mouths. Those who didn’t exhibit symptoms but who carried the gene for MD were used for breeding more dogs to experiment on. The video shows these dogs frantically pacing and gnawing in frustration on the bars of cramped, barren cages.PETA’s efforts to end these tests have received support from patients afflicted with MD, scientists — who have criticized the experiments’ inapplicability to human patients — and public figures, including, in addition to Tomlin, Miami Dolphins quarterback and TAMU alumnus Ryan Tannehill and commentator Bill Maher, who called the university “dogs’ worst enemy.”
TV technology company Motive Television has launched Video2Go, a new software offering that it says provides broadcasters and pay TV operators with a low-cost way of delivering services to iPads and other devices.Video2Go delivers pre-prepared content to set-top boxes or other devices in the home, which can then be transferred, initially to iPads, via a ‘home cloud’ environment, with no need for transcoding within the set-top. Video2Go can be bought as a standalone product or as a complement to Motive’s existing TV Anytime technology, which enables broadcasters to deliver on-demand services via one-way networks.Len Fertig, CEO of Motive, said that Video2Go would enable broadcasters and operators to stream or download recorded content to iPads via an app. Motive already provides TV Anywhere, a software platform that delivers content to other screens but which requires greater processing power in the set-top.
Russian cable operator Akado has added educational channel Da Vinci to its line-up.Business operations group vice-president Sergey Nazarov said that the addition of Da Vince made Akado’s kids package as comprehensive as any on the market.