Saturday, 30 May 2015
A 1984 Indian Information Service officer, Veena Jain has been appointed as Director General (DG) of News in Doordarshan. In addition to DG, she has been asked to hold the charge as officer on special duty in the Ministry for New Media Wing and Social Media Cell.
Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) Company has elevated Jae H. Chang to the post of Vice President, Sales.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, at a meeting with state IT ministers in New Delhi, said, seven states namely Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal have proposed their own broadband network model under Rs 72,000 crore BharatNet prorgamme.
Friday, 29 May 2015
Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has given approval to Jagran Prakashan, India's leading media and communications group to acquire Radio City.
After a month since its inception, BARC India has decided to roll out Individual Ratings Data starting with week 21 (Saturday, 23 May to Friday, 29 May). This data will be released on every Thursday, starting from 4th June.
Two television channels namely ABC News and Voice of Nation have surrendered their TV channel licences to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), a source said.
Discovery Family Channel (DFC), an American digital cable and satellite TV channel is launching its own YouTube portal for its ‘Kids Kuts’ classic film series.
TataSky, a DTH operator has decided to drop its plan for an IPO and now the company will raise INR18 billion by selling 25 per cent stake to Private Equity investors.
The telecom Ministry reported that National Optical Fibre Network’s committee has estimated an increase in NOFN project to Rs 72,778 crore from Rs 20,000 crore.
American commercial broadcast television and radio network, CBS is expected to sign a deal with Apple TV for online distribution.
BARC India has released its ratings for fifth week, which is week 20 of the year (May 16 – May 22, 2015) for Hindi General Entertainment Channels (GECs) and this week Star Plus gained ratings while Colors lost ratings. Life OK and Zee TV saw minor declines, Sab TV increased marginally.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has warned broadcasters and multi-system operators (MSOs) to sign their interconnect agreements for Phase III of digital addressable system (DAS) by 21 June otherwise Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will intervene to decide terms and conditions which may not be favourable to both stakeholders.
TV Today has decided to file a new writ petition in Delhi High Court in relation to sell Oye FM to Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL). This deal has been denied by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) already.
nexGTv, a Digivive’s application that offers users with wholesome entertainment across multi-screen devices, has acquired the exclusive telecast rights for 114th edition of French Open 2015.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has asked the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) to take a fresh look on the request of Noida Software Technology Park Ltd’s (NSTPL) to assign its headend-in-the-sky (HITS) licence as security for bank loan.
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Dish TV has started its services in Sri Lanka with the offering of 47 channels in various genres for LKR 249 (Sri Lankan rupee) per month (plus taxes). These include 13 Sinhalese channels, six Tamil channels, four devotional channels, two English news channels and a clutch of Indian channels, among others.
Singapore-based HOOQ, a joint venture (JV) between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros, is starting its video service in India with a monthly subscription fee of Rs 199 by June 2015.
The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has filed an application in the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against the Federation of Hotels & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) as its members are not taking signals directly from broadcasters.
Headlines Today, which was launched in 2003 has finally become India Today. A spokespersons from the channel said ‘India Today’ news channel has been treated as a fresh channel and not a re-branding of Headlines Today as it sports a completely new look as compared to any other news channel in the country.
Ericsson, a communication technology and services firm is eyeing 15 per cent of the marketshare in TV and media in India by 2017, as per company's top executive.
Charter Communications, American cable telecommunications company has agreed on 26 May to buy Time Warner Cable for $78.7 billion.
To make this summer holidays more fun and memorable, Discovery kids is all set to bring its most popular animated character KISNA to Delhi and Mumbai. Kids get a chance to meet KISNA between May 23 to June 11 at various malls and amusement parks in both the cities.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on 26 May launched Doordarshan’s Kisan TV channel and called for increasing food-grain productivity from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare. Addressing a gathering of farmers at New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan on the launch of Kisan TV channel which is dedicated exclusively to farmers, the Prime Minister also called for making the "Tehsil" the unit of agricultural planning and development.
Monday, 25 May 2015
New Delhi, May25, 2015: Making the summer holidays more fun and memorable, Discovery Kids is all set to bring its most popular animated character KISNA to Delhi and Mumbai. Kids get a chance to meet KISNA between May 23 to June 11 at various malls and amusement parks in both the cities.
Telecom Ministry, in its preliminary enquiry found that Airtel's Zero and the Facebook-Reliance Communications’ internet.org are against the spirit of net neutrality.
9X Media is planning to launch its Bangla music channel this fiscal. It will have a pure-play format.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment have launched three new webst for kids namely ScoobyDoo.com, LooneyTunes.com and DCKids.com.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Vserv, a smart data platform for mobile marketing is entering in commerce solution space. It will now provide an end-to-end solution i.e from the discovery of customers to the transaction of services for telcos and DTH operators.
ET Now has elevated Sandeep Gurumurthi as Executive Editor. He has replaced R Sridharan.
ALi Corporation, a leading Set-Top Box (STB) chipset provider, today announced an IP Set-top-box integrating Mware middleware on ALi’s M3912 platform. The strategic collaboration between ALi and Mware delivers a turnkey end-to-end operation solution.
Frost & Sullivan, the global of the “Digital Enterprise Transformation Summit 2015” on June 18th at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Findings from digital content delivery specialist Limelight Networks demonstrate a clear shift in video consumption trends led by Millennials. Among the findings, the research reveals that, under the right circumstances, 90 per cent of consumers are open to “cutting the cord” and cancelling their cable and pay-TV subscriptions in favour of over-the-top (OTT) video services such as HBO Now and Hulu.
A vast majority of Americans would prefer to assemble their own pay TV channels rather than subscribe to packages that include dozens or hundreds of networks, according to the findings of a new Reuters/Ipsos poll which challenges traditional television distribution.
Global shipments of of OTT STBs sold at retail – including Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku boxes – will overtake shipments of IPTV STBs used for pay-TV services in 2015, according to a new report from information and insight source IHS. In 2015, 31 million retail OTT STBs will be shipped, compared to 30 million IPTV STBs shipped by telcos.
“OTT STBs were initially written off as a temporary measure for consumers to bring OTT video to TV screens,” said Daniel Simmons, director of connected home research at IHS Technology. “It was assumed that Smart TVs, Blu-Ray disc players and gaming consoles would eventually take the place of STB devices; however, while consumer adoption of smart devices has grown considerably, OTT STBs have still managed to flourish.”
One in three say they would rather lose a finger than go without a connection to the internet, according to a survey of 2,500 UK residents by broadband, TV and mobile comparison site Cable.co.uk.
When asked if they had to live their life without either one of their fingers or their internet connection which would they choose, one in three (29 per cent) said they would rather lose a finger, while a further 25 per cent claim they couldn’t decide between the two.
Friday, 8 May 2015
A report from tech research company Technavio draws attention towards the increasing popularity of 4K TVs, which is presenting growth opportunities for broadcast and media organisations worldwide.
John Malone’s Liberty Global saw its Q1 revenues numbers decline 1.5 per cent to $4.51 billion (€4bn) and not helped by higher churn in Germany and a net gain of a “decidedly weak” 35,000 subs according to analysts at investment bank Jefferies. In particular the analysts pointed out that Germany had suffered losses in housing association connections.
TiVo – which recently acquired certain assets of outlawed and bankrupt OTA service Aereo – has released the findings of an in-depth survey of Over The Air (OTA) TV consumers revealing that a materially higher percentage of cord cutters are coming from former satellite TV service subscribers.
Monday, 4 May 2015
Windows-based tablets continued to grab more market share from competitor-branded tablets by Apple and Google in the first quarter of 2015. Total Tablet shipments reached 51.8 million units in Q1 2015, down 9 per cent from 56.7 million in Q1 2014, according to preliminary data by Strategy Analytics’ Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies (TTS) service report.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Ekta Kapoor-led production house Balaji Telefilms and Entertainment company Oyeeee M...
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million. The longtime publisher, The Washin...
Star Sports recently initiated a criminal proceeding against the leading MSO of Gujarat, Gujarat Telelink Private Limited (GTPL) Hathway....
SES has announced that the Philippine direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV provider Global Satellite (GSAT) has contracted its fourth transp...
US-based news and blogging platform Huffington Post on 8 December launched its Indian edition in association with Times of India Group. ...
During its Council of Governors Meeting concluding the CASBAA Convention 2014, CASBAA announced the election of Frank Rittman of the Moti...
Suni Arora, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting is retiring on 30th April and passing on the baton to Ajay Mittal a 1982 batch IAS of...
Viacom18 announced Saugato Bhowmik’s appointment as the head of its Integrated Network Solutions (INS) business unit. INS has been instru...
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. to launch a premiere movie channel, &pictures. Launching this month, the channel is touted as Indi...
Bharti Airtel has connected 38.47 million broadband connections till 31 March 2016.
An exact total of around Rs 36 crore is owed to 271 television channels by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity. DAVP also...