YuppTV has announced the launch of Zee TV for the Singapore region. The leading general entertainment channel will be available in Hindi in Singapore, known to have a large population of Indians.
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
ZeeQ has announced India’s first-ever inter-school storytelling event ‘The Kahaani Express’ to provide children an exciting opportunity to use their imagination and bring out their creativity. The channel is reaching out to children from classes 2nd – 7th, in over 200 schools across 10 cities. Keeping in mind that the children are highly observant and imaginative, ZeeQ is looking at giving them a platform to express themselves.
TRAI extends submission date for comments on delinking of license for networks by way of VNO till 15 Jan
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which had issued a consultation paper on ‘Delinking of the license for networks from delivery of service by way of virtual network operators (VNO)’ on 5 December 2014 inviting comments by 5 January 2015.
Saturday, 27 December 2014
The Chief Operating Officer of Sun Network, Praveen C. (49), was arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on 26 December on charges of sexual harassment of a woman colleague. The CCB team picked up Praveen from his house at Anna Nagar.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning to review the freedom given to direct-to-home service providers in deciding subscription charges for high definition channels.
Friday, 26 December 2014
TRAI has conducted Audit and Assessment of Quality of Service being provided by the service providers through independent agencies for Cellular Mobile Telephone Services, Basic Services and Broadband Services.
The Delhi High Court on 24 December sought a response of the Centre (MIB) and six DTH operators on a PIL seeking to restrain direct-to-home (DTH) service providers from carrying any channel or value added service which are not registered with or permitted by the government.
Thursday, 25 December 2014
The government has tweaked some policy terms to speed up the rollout of Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. However, telecom operators have expressed reservations about the government's intent. They argue that putting up such public networks will require huge infrastructure and financial support. Contrary to the government's plan to cover 25 cities in entirety, telcos feel these spots can only be successful at select popular locations within the city.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to announce some "incentives" to BSNL and MTNL on December 25 ‘Good Governance Day’ in a bid to accelerate the revival of the two state-owned loss-making telecom firms.
Chinese device maker Huawei and Reliance Communications on 23 December partnered to offer 2GB of free 3G data on Huawei's new 3G Wi-Fi dongles and 3G Mi-Fi devices.
Snapdeal.com launched The Agri Store, a comprehensive online store offering access to farming and agriculture products for farmers across India.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
The Cable and Broadband Service Provider Hathway has launched a High Definition Personal Video Recorder (HD PVR). Hathway is the first national MSO to launch a HD PVR.
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Muvi Studio, a technology start-up in India launched their Video on Demand (VoD) platform for the worldwide entertainment industry. The platform is a one-of-its kind offering in the entertainment market which allows video content owners like movie and TV productions, TV channels and video content aggregators to launch their own-branded Video on demand (VoD) platform in just a few hours with a ZERO CapEx cost! Along with the launch of the platform Muvi Studio has also partnered with Maa Television Network, Hyderabad and ISKCON Television, Mumbai to launch their VoD platforms.
Monday, 22 December 2014
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has declined to stay hike of 27.5% in tariff of Cable TV services in Non-DAS areas and adjourned the case to 5 January 2015.
Sun Distribution Services (SDS), the agency distributing Sun TV Network channels has issued disconnection notice to multi-system operator (MSO) GTPL Hathway for non-signing of agreement in non-DAS (digital addressable system) areas.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Telecom operators can continue providing 3G roaming facility to mobile phone subscribers beyond their allotted zones through pacts with other service providers after the Supreme Court on 18 December turned down the Centre's plea to stay an appellate tribunal decision allowing them to provide the facility.
Veteran journalist and media personality, S Balasubramanian, Chairman, Vikatan group of publications passed away on December 19, 2014. He was 78.
Percept Sports and Entertainment appointed as Official Marketing Activation Agency of the 35th National Games
Percept Sports and Entertainment, the integrated Sports Management and Entertainment Company of Percept Limited, has been appointed as the Official Marketing Activation Agency of the 35th National Games, India's premier sporting event. The 35th Edition of the National Games will be held over a span of 15 days beginning from 31st January 2015 to 14th February 2015 in the staggeringly beautiful state of Kerala.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Volicon announced that it has collaborated with Adobe to enable an exceptionally rapid workflow for capturing aired content and making it instantly available in Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC video editing software. Using Volicon's Observer Media Intelligence Platform® along with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, broadcasters and other content producers can radically accelerate the repurposing of aired audio and video for rebroadcast, bringing breaking news promos, sports highlights, weather updates, and other timely pieces to air very quickly and simply.
Wohler Technologies announced the appointment of Kelly Fair as the vice president of sales, Wohler. In this role, Fair will take on responsibility for Wohler's baseband and stream-based products, including the company's acclaimed AMP2 Series audio and video monitors and MPEG Series transport stream monitoring and analysis systems. He will work alongside Craig Newbury, vice president of sales, Radiant Grid, the division of the company responsible for Wohler's file-based product portfolio.
BBC World Service has recently inked a deal with The Hindu Group for its Tamil-language content where the text content from the BBC Tamil website, www.bbctamil.com, will directly be available to users of the web version of The Hindu-Tamil.
Priyanka Chopra the bollywood actress has sealed a one-year TV development deal with ABC Television Studios of the US.
A production company known for its Saas-Bahu’ soaps Balaji Telefilms, has marked its foray into the American television market by inking an American television series production deal with Indus Media. This deal will see Balaji secure rights to the TV series Brown Nation, a satirical comedy based on the lives of Indian Americans.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific has announced that Toonami, its kids channel, is slated to launch in Thailand on January 14, 2015 and will be seen in 11 million households as a cable and satellite channel across the country.
Beginning in January 2015 Broadcast Solutions GmbH, German-based specialist in OB Vans and leading provider of broadcast and multimedia solutions, opens a new office in Bangkok. As Sales & Marketing manager and head of the subsidiary the company appointed Mr. Tevarit Dolorfino. For the company opening a new office in South East Asia is a logical step to foster its local customer relationships and to take a step forward in this vibrant area.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on 17 December released the new Government of India calendar 2015 ‘Clean India Green India’. The calendar seeks inspiration from PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Digital India’. While the theme of ‘Swachh Bharat’ was portrayed visually in the conventional mode, the Mobile Application of the Calendar reiterated the government’s vision of taking the idea of ‘Digital India’ forward. Jaitley stated this while releasing the official Calendar of the Government for the year 2015 along with its Digital version.
In another booster to India's space programme and braving major technological challenges, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully demonstrated its capability to launch its heaviest rocket GSLV-Mark III on 18 December from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Leading kid’s entertainment channel Nickelodeon hopes to start the New Year with a bang, by getting its popular animated property ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’ back on the channel. Also, ‘Pakdam Pakdai’, its other show, will shift to Sonic, thus setting the stage for the franchise’s journey towards creating new milestones.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
ITV Network has appointed Manoj Jagyasi as Business Head, Regional Channels.
Veteran journalist Shailesh Kumar has joined Focus News as the managing editor of its regional news channels.
Tata Docomo, a brand of Tata Teleservices Ltd, on 16 December launched advanced Photon Max Wi-Fi Duo data card priced at Rs 2899.
Google launched Hindi ads across the Google Display Network, in order to extend support to more languages around the World. It’s a part of Google’s Indic Language initiatives, announced in November 2014, which included the launch of the recent Indic Language Internet Alliance (ILA).
Ditto TV, the Over-The-Top TV distribution platform from Zee New Media, the digital arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has announced its partnership with the unified customer engagement platform, Hull to strengthen its customer engagement activities.
Vanitha TV won in three categories of the 11 UNICEF Awards for Children-Related programmes, for best discussion and documentary. The awards were given to the channels at a ceremony held by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS) here on 16 December.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) on 11 December issued a notice reminding broadcasters to submit details that need to be furnished for licence renewal. The MIB has directed broadcasting companies to submit details of company and board of directors by 26 December for security clearance before the renewal of permission for the next 10 years. Notice was issued on 19 November.
Doordarshan has launched a software-based application which will integrate its different operations, including billing and sales, which were earlier done manually.
Member of Telangana Cable TV Operators Welfare Association staged a ‘Maha Dharna’ on 14 December 2014 to protest against highhandedness of pay channels who are increasing their rates arbitrarily.
Taiwanese mobile chipmaker MediaTek is hoping to increase its market share in India with a slew of LTE chips to enable entry and mid-level 4G devices, which could fuel wider adoption of the high speed broadband technology in the country.
Reliance MediaWorks proposed transfer of entertainment business to Prime Focus has been cleared by fair trade regulator CCI, paving the way for one of the biggest deals in this sector in the country.
Monday, 15 December 2014
The payment collected in Jabalpur from Cable TV subscribers by the MSOs is far too high. This was stated by Cable Operators Welfare Association in Jabalpur in a meeting on 14 December 2014. Multi-System Operators have increased subscription rates 100% in a year, but the administration or TRAI has not taken any action against any MSO as stated by Cable Welfare Association.
Friday, 12 December 2014
YouTube has launched an offline feature in India as part of a larger initiative to make YouTube easier to enjoy on mobile devices, while lessening the burden of data for its growing base of mobile users. This is part of YouTube’s first release of its ad-supported offline feature on Android and iOS, which was announced earlier this year with the launch of Android One smartphones.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) aspires to strengthen its digital presence by creating brand solutions for clients on the digital platforms. ZEEL announced the appointment of Anjana Kshetry as Head - Brand Solutions, Zee Digital. In her new role, Anjana will report to Mr. Debashish Ghosh, Chief Knowledge Officer, Essel Group.
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Hindi news channel India News has launched its ‘fastest’ news bulletin that features 222 news stories in just 22 minutes. The news bulletin paraphrases all the big stories that are making headlines in the country in a niftier format. The bulletin will be aired everyday at 7 AM & 9 AM.
US-based news and blogging platform Huffington Post on 8 December launched its Indian edition in association with Times of India Group.
Telit wireless solutions enters into a strategic alliance with Thiagarajar Telekom Solutions Limited (TTSL)
Telit Wireless Solutions, a global enabler of the Internet of the Things (IoT) announced on 9 December that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Thiagarajar Telekom Solutions Limited (TTSL) to provide Telit customers antenna design & development and testing services. TTSL is India’s leading research-driven wireless design company offering state-of-the-art antenna design, RF component & system design and transmitter & receiver design services for a range of current and emergent wireless applications like space, defense, vehicular tracking and in-building solutions.
NETIA Strengthens Global Presence with Sales Manager Appointments in Western Europe and Middle East/Africa
NETIA today announced that Mathieu Poussin has been appointed to the new role of sales manager for the Middle East and Africa, and that Séverine Olivier will shift into his former position to serve as NETIA's sales manager for Western Europe. With these new appointments, NETIA reinforces both its global sales force and its ability to deliver its software solutions worldwide.
Envivio a leading provider of software-based video processing and delivery solutions, on 9 December announced a new option for its Guru™ head-end monitoring solution - - a new ‘service-oriented’ approach to monitoring that results in faster and more efficient troubleshooting of video delivery networks, including cable, IPTV, satellite and OTT.
Amagi, the leader in targeted TV advertising and cloud-based broadcast infrastructure has on 8 December announced the launch of its Ad monetization platforms that are uniquely designed for TV Networks whose satellite feeds cover countries outside its origin.
R K Arora, who was made the Group CEO in August 2014, has resigned from the post. He was responsible for strategic and operational management of the ITV Network and oversee the group’s diverse portfolio of assets spanning news broadcasting.
Airtel Digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service, has launched an innovative and easy to use Self-Care Application for television sets, a first-of-its kind by a DTH service provider. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative by a DTH service provider, where an app will enable customers with an Airtel Digital TV HD set-top-box to access their Airtel Digital TV account details real-time on their television sets, without the need to reach out to a customer support centre in its press release.
Monday, 8 December 2014
TRAI releases Consultation Paper on Delinking of the license for networks from delivery of services by way of VNO
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has on 5 December released a Consultation Paper on "Delinking of the license for networks from delivery of services by way of Virtual Network Operators (VNO)".
Times Television Network, a part of Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL) has been awarded three new licences by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) for news and current affairs channels.
19th online e-auction for filling up 4 vacant slots on Doordarshan’s direct-to-home Freedish platform will be conducted on 12th December, 2014.
Tata Sky, the leading Direct-to-home service provider in the country and UNICEF announced their joint initiative to promote quality learning in a protective environment using the 'Child-Friendly Schools and Systems' (CFSS) package.
According to latest official data by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as on 30 November 2014, the number of permitted satellite television channels has jumped to 821 by November 2014 end from 784 in December 2013.
Two broadcasters have sought exemption for their free-to-air news and current affairs channels from the 12-minute advertisement cap stipulated by TRAI and all such such representations will be considered on merit, according to Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
The government is considering setting up a Film and Television institute in the North East and consultations are on in this regard.
Karnataka state government is also planning to start its cable television services if the union government permits it. Minister for Information and Public Relations, Roshan Baig to reports in Bangaluru.
An FIR has been filed against Fastway MSO for illegally transmitting Taj Television channels form 15 July 2014 to 07 December 2014 in its network in Karnal in spite of TDSAT having directed it to file an undertaking that it shall not transmit any Taj Television channels in city of Karnal vide its order dated 13 August 2014.
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Thomson Video Networks Presenting France's First DTTV Demonstration for Delivery of Five HD Channels
This week, Thomson Video Networks is conducting France's first demonstration of high-quality video broadcast of five HD channels in a DTTV 24.8 Mbps multiplex, enabled by the company's industry-leading ViBE™ EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder and NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor. The demonstration, which began on Nov. 30 and will continue through Friday, Dec. 5, is being managed by the HD Forum at the NRJ main broadcasting facility in Paris.
Snapdeal.com launched a specialty online Rehab and Support Store to cater to the special needs of persons with disabilities.
India TV celebrated 21 years of India’s longest running Television show ‘Aap Ki Adalat with Rajat Sharma’ at a gathering of icons from politics, sports, business and spirituality in New Delhi on 2 December 2014. Star Plus was also part of the celebrations. The event will be simulcast on both the channels – India TV and Star Plus – on December 7 at 10 PM.
SVG Media, a Gurgaon-based digital media network company that runs Tyroo, DGM and Precision Match, on 3 December acquired mobile video technology platform Seventynine and digital agency Networkplay from Gruner+Jahr, one of Europe's largest printing and publishing firm based in Germany.
On 3 December, Information and Broadcasting Ministry was questioned by The Delhi High Court for failing to regulate astrology-based shows on television.
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. on 4 December announced the re-appointment of Jarod Lopez as Vice President – Broadcast.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Vivo Mobile will be entering India through a strategic marketing and communication partnership with Viacom 18 Integrated Network Solutions (INS), a division of Viacom18.
YuppTV has appointed Damon S Johnson as SVP Business Development. Johnson will lead the development of distribution partnerships and explore, and build new content and entertainment options for the over-the-top (OTT) internet TV market.
Monday, 1 December 2014
Oregan Networks, a specialist in pay-TV systems, has become a member of the RDK (Reference Design Kit), a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment from TV service providers, and announced a strategic intent to align its engineering expertise and services with RDK’s initiatives.
According to CASBAA’s recently updated Asia Pacific Multichannel TV Advertising 2015 book, the Asia Pacific now boasts 500,639,000 multichannel homes across the region. An annual compendium of regional facts and figures and advertising research culled from a variety of sources, the Asia Pacific Multichannel TV Advertising 2015 is updated every year to provide essential data for the region’s broadcasting industry.
Cable TV operators in the State have threatened to walk out of Arasu Cable network if the State government fails to obtain a digital addressable system (DAS) licence from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting within 15 days.