Comigo, today announced that ChitramTV, a leading German service provider that offers Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam language content to viewers in Germany and the U.K., has chosen an Android™-based set-top box (STB) solution from Comigo to offer advanced personalization, as well as interactive and social capabilities, to the TV screen. Comigo's STB solution enables ChitramTV customers to stream a wide variety of enriched content, including linear channels, VOD, and catch-up TV, enhancing their engagement with the service.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
MEASAT Satellite Systems, supplier of satellite communication services to broadcasters, DTH companies and telcos announced today that Alex Tan had been appointed as Senior Sales Director – Broadcast Sales. Alex is moving from his previous role as Senior Sales Director, Telecoms & VAS – Asia Pacific.
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Targeted for smartphones, tablets and 4KTV screens, the solution combines Neotion’s DVBeacon platform and Broadpeak’s nanoCDN system so that Eutelsat’s SmartLNB and DTH operators can deliver live OTT TV channels and interactive services.
Independent film production company Crystal Sky Pictures has taken the Ultra HD plunge in a global licensing agreement with NanoTech Entertainment.
ABS announced the appointment of Rajiv Khattar as the President – South Asia. In this newly created role, Rajiv will be responsible for business development and sales for this market.
Themed as ‘Connecting India’, 23rd Convergence India 2015 Expo, largest South Asian platform for Telecom, Broadcast and Digital Media, came to an end with an overwhelming response from the industry, trade visitors and participating exhibitors.
MIB issues Information Memorandum (IM) for conduct of e-auction of First Batch of Private FM Radio Phase III Channels
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued the Information Memorandum (IM) for e-auction of 135 channels of Private FM Radio in 69 existing cities of Phase II in the first batch. It was issued in continuation of the Union Cabinet’s approval on 16.01.2015 for conduct of FM Phase-Ill auctions for these channels and migration (renewal) of Private FM Radio licenses from Phase-II to Phase-III.
A Special Court handling CBI cases on 22 January remanded till February 4 to judicial custody an aide of former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and two others over misuse of telephone lines at Maran’s residence during his term in office. They have been lodged in the Puzhal central prison in Chennai.
Telecom and broadcast regulator TRAI said non-commercial use of DTH services by the central and state governments for educational purposes should be done through the Prasar Bharati.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry announced the appointment of Bollywood producer Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chief to replace Leela Samson who resigned accusing the ministry of "interference, coercion and corruption".
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has reiterated that applications for temporary uplinking permissions must be submitted at least 15 days prior to the proposed starting date of uplinking.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted five new TV channel licences including four non-news channels and one news channel.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory on 19 January that it had received the request from the hearing impaired to ‘help them connect meaningfully with this important National Day.’
Online market player Snapdeal has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with DEN, India's television distribution company, to launch a TV Commerce channel ‘DEN Snapdeal TV shop'.
Cloud Vision Networks has confirmed its participation at Convergence India 2015, one of the largest technology exhibitions to be held from January 21st – 23rd, 2015 in New Delhi.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Xperio Labs Ltd. announced its participation at Convergence India 2015, one of the largest technology expositions to be held in New Delhi from January 21st - 23rd 2015.
Monday, 19 January 2015
After 17 years at BBC, executive vice president of advertising sales, Asia and ANZ Sunita Rajan is joining CNN International Commercial’s executive team as the head of Advertising Sales in Asia Pacific region under Chief Commercial Officer Rani R Raad.
Albis Technologies announced that it will team up with SPB TV, one of the world's leading providers of end-to-end OTT, IPTV, and mobile TV solutions for video content delivery to multiscreen devices, at CSTB 2015 held Jan. 27-29, in Moscow at booth 4-515A. During the show, Albis Technologies will demonstrate complete integration between its SceneGate™ 9090 set-top boxes (STBs) and SPB TV's Multiscreen Solution, enabling telco and Internet service providers to deliver a game-changing television experience and increase their revenue streams.
The SCTE™, the Society for Broadband Professionals, has teamed up again with ANGA, the Association of German Cable Operators, to provide bursaries to 20 individuals for the ANGA COM 2015 conference and exhibition, which takes place from 9-11 June in Cologne, Germany. Each winner will each receive prepaid flight and hotel accommodation for three nights courtesy of the SCTE and entrance to the entire conference courtesy of ANGA.
Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising management and video infrastructure solutions serving global TV networks, broadcast stations, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD), governments and enterprise markets, is showcasing a range of broadcast and content solutions at Convergence India 2015 (21-23 January, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India) that focus on the shift from today’s proprietary hardware architectures to the future world of IP-enabled, software-defined technologies.
Amagi Media Labs, India’s largest ad network, has raised its next round of investment from Premji Invest, the family office of Wipro’s chairman, Azim Premji and a continuing investment from Mayfield Fund. The investment represents a significant milestone for a company that has witnessed impressive growth over the past few years.
The government has approved 18 new FM Radio Channels in the eight North-Eastern States and 15 new FM Radio Channels in J&K. Announcing this Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh hailed it as a New Year gift for the border States of Jammu & Kashmir and North-East.
The Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has said that in the last two decades, the conventional contours of the issues pertaining to Freedom and Responsibility of Media had changed due to changes in the nature and content of media and the definition of news. News in the electronic media today was being defined by what the camera could capture. In the current paradigm, technology had become a driving force for these changes. The impact of technology was profound as information dissemination was taking place 24x7 across different technological tools and media platforms including the digital space. Shri Jaitley stated this while delivering the delivering the first Justice J. S. Verma Memorial lecture on the ‘Freedom & Responsibility of Media’ organized by the News Broadcasters Association at New Delhi on 18 January 2015.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Discovery Communications has made two new executive appointments that will further strengthen the company’s global sports expertise and strategy. While Jean-Thierry Augustin has been named president, sports strategy & development in a newly created position at Discovery Networks International, Peter Hutton has been appointed chief executive officer of Eurosport.
Network18 has appointed A P Parigi as its Group CEO, effective from January 29, 2015. He will be taking from B Saikumar who had quit the company along with Network18 group COO Ajay Chacko and Network18 group CFO RDS Bawa, just prior to the RIL acquisition in May this year and will be based in Mumbai.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Reliance Media Works (RMWL) has acquired 16.10 per cent additional stake with Prime Focus promoters at the end of mandatory open offer. Both have jointly acquired 4.8 million shares in the merged VFX and media services giant for approximately Rs 2.50 billion.
Fierce competition and consumer pressure is giving a boost to over-the-top (OTT) content volumes, intensifying the demand for video transcoders globally. With media and entertainment companies looking to deliver OTT multiscreen offerings at par with traditional primary screen content, both in terms of volume and quality of experience, they are investing significantly in digital content workflows and multi-screen transcoders. As industry focus shifts from delivery to monetization, product differentiation will hinge on speed, quality, density, operating cost, flexibility and future-proof architectures.
Delhi High Court on 13 January stayed a government order directing Colors TV to run a scroll apologising for the content shown on the show ‘Fear Factor: Khatron ke Khiladi’, saying the Centre’s view that the programme was not in good taste was “subjective”.
Friday, 9 January 2015
Amagi, the leader in cloud-based broadcast infrastructure announced a full-fledged deployment of its CLOUDPORT Edge Playout servers for Magic of Cinema (MOC), a 24x7 Free-to-Air movie channel across 17 digital cable platforms.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
According to a report published in the Hindu Business Line, Broadcom Corp, the US-based chipmaker, has pledged support to India’s ambitious move of developing its first home-grown Conditional Access System (CAS) for cable television.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted permanent registration to 11 new multi-system operators (MSOs) between 8 November 2014 and 5 January 2015 for operating in digital addressable system (DAS)-notified areas.
I&B Ministry has extended the cut-off date for multi-system operator (MSO) registration for Phase III of digital addressable system (DAS) to 6 February 2015.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Cisco’s cloud-based offerings are gaining traction in the broadband multi-channel sector. Following its confirmation of a partnership with Kabel Deutschland, Cisco and Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States have entered into a strategic agreement through which Cisco will supply key products in support of Charter’s breakthrough next-generation video solution.
Monday, 5 January 2015
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approached the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for a nine-month extension of the national broadband project rollout deadline to December 2016, citing delayed procurement of key devices that will carry voice, data and video signals over a countrywide fibre-optic network at very high speeds.
ALi Corporation, a leading Set-Top Box (STB) chipset solution provider, announced a hardware-assisted DRM solution integrating Microsoft PlayReady Porting Kit 2.5 on ALi’s M3733 platform. The strategic collaboration between ALi and Microsoft PlayReady delivers a highly secure DRM solution utilizing a unique combination of hardware and software security for a revolutionary level of protection not available in pure software solutions.
Changhong, a China based STB and broadband products provider announced 15 Millions Pay TV STBs were shipped to India till Dec, 2014. “We are glad to announce till Dec end 2014 we had shipped more than 15M STBs to India since we entered into this market.” Said Mr Richard Cheng Li, Senior Vice Present of Sichuan Changhong Network Technologies Co., Ltd.
Saturday, 3 January 2015
Care World TV, the seven-year-old health and fitness television channel has been launched in the United States of America (USA) to become the world's largest global health care television channel. Top media professional, Lal Dadlaney has been roped in to set up and launch the channel in the US.
The men who lead India to the Mars has hung his boots after a long stint of 42 years in the Indian Space Industry K Radhakrishnan retires as Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 31 December after having set many milestones including India’s successful mission to Mars last year.
In a bid to expand its offerings in the country Amazon India may start offering music, movie and video streaming services later this year besides debuting its Prime subscription service. The company is currently evaluating the feasibility of such services while building up a content library, which would be a critical element of Amazon Prime. This is considered to be a part of its global expansion strategy.
The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on 3 January 2015 approved a project that envisages providing state-of-the-art optical fiber network in the state and internet connection to 12 million homes.