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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-10

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  • [01] Obama visit of 'immense importance' for Greece and Europe, gov't sources say
  • [02] Time spent watching TV and videos on mobile devices among Greek youths rose to 63% in 2016

  • [01] Obama visit of 'immense importance' for Greece and Europe, gov't sources say

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Greece on November 15-16 was an event of immense importance for Greece and for Europe, government sources noted on Thursday. The sources criticised what they called a stance of "blind opposition" adopted by New Democracy in seeking to downplay the importance of a visit that gave active support to Greece and had global reach.

    The United States and especially Barack Obama have adopted a stance supportive of Greek positions on a series of crucial issues, the sources pointed out, including on debt relief for Greece that was crucial for its transition to a period of growth and prosperity. Regarding the Cyprus issue, also, for the first time in years the groundwork had been laid for the various sides to agree on a substantive, truly just and viable solution, they pointed out, while also highlighting the visit's significance for Greece's foreign policy agenda and its goals to promote peace and stability in the region.

    President Obama's keynote speech from the hill overlooking the Acropolis had historic significance, the government sources pointed out, given that the leader of the U.S. "is selecting the place where democracy was born to deliver his last public speech to an international audience before handing the baton to the new president Trump."

    "A speech that will underline the legacy of the defence of progressive values on a global scale and will be a universal message in support of the universal human values of democracy, social justice, and respect for human rights. At the same time, it will highlight the principled stance, based on humanism and solidarity, shown by the government and the Greek people toward refugees and migrants," the sources said.

    "However much some people might like to downplay, if possible, the significance of the U.S. President's visit, the reality is that this visit gives active support for Greece and is at the same time an event of global reach," they said.

    "Unfortunately, the main opposition chooses to adopt such an attitude. It would be pettiness if it were not, in reality, another incidence of blind opposition that invests only in chaos and disaster. ND does not want the failure of the government but of the country. It wants to provoke destabilisation, the derailing of the programme and the failure of the negotiations on the debt. Its strategy is to implement a harsh austerity programme that it wants to blame on the present government. This is the 4th memorandum that it seeks to implement, offering it in exchange for the settlement of Greece's debt," the sources added.

    [02] Time spent watching TV and videos on mobile devices among Greek youths rose to 63% in 2016

    The amount of time dedicated to watching television and videos through mobile devices in for teenagers aged between 16-19 Greece rose to 63 percent in 2016, according to the annual study by Ericsson ConsumerLab TV & Media Report.

    Based on interviews with 30,000 individuals in 24 countries, statistically representing the views of 1.1 billion people, the Ericsson ConsumerLab TV and Media Report 2016 is the largest study of its kind into TV viewing habits. In Greece, the statistic sample corresponds to 5 million consumers.

    Thirty percent of consumers in the country state they're very interested in mobile data programs that provide unlimited streaming time for videos, versus 40 percent on a global level.

    According to the report, Greek consumers spend 18 minutes per day searching for content while TV and video viewing on demand through mobile devices show a significant increase, despite the fact that consumers are still struggling with content search.

    The average percentage of content consumption in any form, including television, video, via fixed internet, theater and cinema, reached 53 euros per household in Greece. The corresponding figure in the U.S. reaches 186 dollars per household.

    Watching video on demand reached 42 percent, similarly to the global rate, with 34 hours of watching on average per week. Among millennials (ages 16-34), the percentage rises to 52 percent, with the corresponding global percentage being 50 percent.

    Another 53 percent of viewers in Greece watch YouTube on a daily basis, which jumps to 86 percent on the weekly basis.

    Bingeing is changing the game: Watching many episodes of a TV series has become a main characteristic of the TV and video watching experience in Greece, with 75 percent of respondents saying they have binged on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, when the world average totals 71 percent. The rate rises to 86 percent for the ages 16-34 (millennials), following global trends.

    Interviews were undertaken with consumers aged 16-69 across 24 markets: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and the US. All respondents have a broadband Internet connection at home and watch TV and video at least once a week. Almost all use the Internet on a daily basis.

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