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Q3FY19: NDTV Convergence reports Rs 40 Cr in revenue, 10M views on HOP

NDTV’s digital arm Convergence reported its highest quarterly revenue up till now – over Rs 40 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2018. Last quarter, the company had said that Convergence grew by 45% year-on-year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, Convergence saw 200 million unique... ...
Tags: Travel, Television, News, Media, Internet, Earnings, Broadcasting, NDTV, NDTV Convergence, Earnings Dec-18, NDTV.com


TV Today reports a 6.3% increase in revenues to Rs 199.4 Cr

TV Today reported standalone operational revenues of Rs 199.4 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, 6.3% higher year-on-year from Rs 187.5 crore, and 22% higher from Rs 163.2 crore in the preceding quarter. The company’s net profit also shot up to Rs 39.1 crore from Rs 29.5 crore in... ...
Tags: Travel, Television, News, Earnings, Broadcasting, India Today, Aaj Tak, TV Today, TV Today Network, Earnings Dec-18


Cabinet approves amendments to Cinematograph Act, adds anti-camcording clause

The Union Cabinet has approved the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s proposed amendments to the Cinematograph Act, reports NDTV. The report cited an official statement as saying that these amendments will increase industry revenues, create jobs, safeguard India’s National IP policy, and... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Cinema, Piracy, Broadcasting, Union Cabinet, NDTV, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


Q3FY19: DishTV launches OTT app ‘Watcho’ and streaming SMRT Stick

DishTV has launched its own OTT app called ‘Watcho’ in beta stage. DishTV had announced this over six months ago. The app appears to run on a freemium model – there’s a bracket of free content for streaming, and another bracket which is available only to paying subscribers. A... ...
Tags: Travel, TV, Television, News, Earnings, Streaming, Ott, Broadcasting, Videocon, Dish TV, DTH, Earnings Dec-18, SMRT Stick, Watcho


NDTV Group CFO Ravi Asawa quits

NDTV’s Ravi Asawa is no longer CFO of the company, as his 3-month notice period for resignation has come to an end today, per a BSE filing [pdf]. Asawa had announced his resignation in November, and has departed to “pursue other professional opportunities.” Asawa was appointed as... ...
Tags: Travel, TV, Television, News, Media, Broadcasting, NDTV, Industry Moves, Asawa, NDTV Group, Ravi Asawa


Cinematograph Act amendments blunt, disproportionate, and stifle fair dealing – SpicyIP

By Divij Joshi, Analyst, SpicyIP The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting recently published a draft amendment to the Indian Cinematograph Act of 1952, with the stated aim of countering film piracy. The draft amendment, to Section 7(4) of the Cinematograph Act reads – “Notwithstanding any law... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Media, Film, Government, Policy, Piracy, Broadcasting, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Divij Joshi


MIB’s proposed amendment to the Cinematograph Act addresses piracy

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has proposed amendments to the Cinematograph Act, 1952 to combat piracy and sought comments on the bill. It proposes inclusion of imprisonment of three years and a fine of upto Rs 10 lakhs for piracy attempts. The comments on the Draft Cinematograph Act... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Media, Film, Government, Policy, Piracy, Broadcasting, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry Of Information and Boradcasting


Viacom18 and TV18 content now on new Thai streaming service ‘Bflix’

Media distribution company IndiaCast has signed a content partnership with Thai broadcast company JKN Media to distribute Viacom18 and TV18’s content on JKN’s new OTT platform ‘Bflix’ in Thailand. The content will be dubbed in Thai. Bflix is expected to launch in 2019 and will be available in... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, Television, News, Internet, Thailand, Streaming, Broadcasting, Viacom 18, Network18, IndiaCast, TV18, JKN Media, JKN, Bflix


TRAI seeks comments on the TV audience measurement & ratings consultation paper

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper (pdf) on the ‘Review of Television Audience Measurement and Ratings in India’ earlier this month. In its statement, the TRAI said that it has suo-motu floated this paper because – “several... ...
Tags: Travel, Television, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Trai, Tam, Consultation, Broadcasting, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI, DTH, BARC, Mib, Review of Television Audience Measurement


L.A. Kings’ goodwill trip to China took months of planning

When last season ended, one arm of the Kings organization immediately began the search for a new coach, president and general manager. Another arm simultaneously launched into its own extensive project, planning the first ever NHL games in China. The Kings and Canucks leave for Shanghai on Sunday to begin a groundbreaking week in China that has been a long time in the making. Whether planning an excursion to the top of the 1,536-foot tall Oriental Pearl TV tower in Shanghai or calculating the id...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, Sports, Sport, Beijing, Things To Do, Soccer, Shanghai, Kings, Fifth Avenue, NHL, Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, Great Wall Of China, Broadcasting


Dish TV ties up with Disney India for kid’s portal ‘Disney Active’

Satellite TV provider Dish TV has partnered with Disney India to launch their ‘Disney Active’ entertainment portal.  The portal will offer content like e-books, games, audio-visual stories for children comprising of Disney characters among others. Disney Active is a paid subscription service priced at Rs 40 per month — it will be available for free till June 10, 2017. The service will be available as a standalone channel on Channel 966. The company has similar tie-ups with multiple content prov...
Tags: Travel, Google, TV, Television, News, Android TV, Disney, Airtel, Broadcasting, Videocon, Dish TV, DTH, Disney India, Hungama, Disney Active, Netflix Airtel


Shashi Shekhar Vempati to head Prasar Bharati as new CEO

Prasar Bharati, the government of India’s broadcasting unit has appointed Shashi Shekhar Vempati as its new CEO for a contract period of 5 years, reports Scroll. Vempati replaces temporary CEO Rajeev Singh, who was assigned the role in January. Vempati is a part-time member of Prasar Bharati and has been a board member since February last year. Prior to that, he headed Niti Central for 3 years as its CEO, which is a right-wing news portal that was shut down in February last year. Apart from thi...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Infosys, Broadcasting, Prasar Bharati, Rajeev Singh, Prasar Bharti, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Vempati, IIT Bombay Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Prasar Bharati ANI


Dish TV added 0.165M subscribers; Loss of Rs 28.3Cr in Q4FY17

Direct-to-home (DTH) operator Dish TV has added 0.165 million net subscribers during the quarter ended March 2017 (Q4 FY17), a drop from the 0.204 million subscribers it added last quarter. With this, Dish TV’s total number of subscribers now stands at 15.5 million. The company did not specify its average revenues per user, but added that demonetization affected its subscriber addition rate. “The initial growth momentum…in terms of subscriber additions, took a temporary but prolonged hit. The D...
Tags: Travel, TV, News, Tamil Nadu, Broadcasting, The Company, Goel, Dish TV, DTH, Earnings-Mar17, However Dish TV, Jawahar Goel CMD of Dish TV India, Dish TV Videocon


Why mobile news channel Go News is joining the National Broadcasters Association

Pankaj Pachauri’s mobile news platform Go News has joined the National Broadcasters Association (NBA), Exchange4Media reports. The NBA is an industry association whose members are usually large TV news channels. Pachauri said that Go News is the first digital news platform to join the NBA and that the membership rules had to be amended for his channel to be permitted to join. He told MediaNama that he joined Go News because he wanted to join the self-regulatory professional standards that the N...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Justice, Internet, Office, Nba, Broadcasting, NDTV, Manmohan Singh, Medianama, Pachauri, National Broadcasters Association, Go News, Pankaj Pachauri


DishTV Videocon D2H merger gets CCI approval; Competition in DTH

DishTV and Videocon D2H have received approval for their merger from the Competition Commission of India. Separately, shareholders in NASDAQ-listed Videocon D2H also gave the green light for the deal according to this SEC filing.  The merger deal is now pending approval from Indian courts is expected to receive final approval by second half of 2017. Once combined, DishTV will own a majority of 55% stake, while Videocon will have the remaining 45% in the combined entity, called Dish TV Videocon ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Television, News, Ipo, India, Netflix, Vodafone, SEC, Nasdaq, Iptv, Airtel, Broadcasting, EBITDA, Videocon, CCI


Videocon D2H to load Hungama Play into its STBs; Competition

Videocon’s DTH arm has partnered with Video-on-demand (VOD) service Hungama Play for content. With this partnership, content from Hungama Play app will now be integrated into Videocon D2H’s ‘HD Smart Connect’ Set Top Box (STB). Around 35,000 hours of video content from Hungama Live in 12 languages including movies, television series, kids shows, music videos, etc. will be made available on Videocon D2H. This is Videocon’s third such partnership for content as it looks to compete with the growin...
Tags: Travel, Google, Video, News, Android TV, Internet, Ipo, Netflix, Telecom, Airtel, Broadcasting, Videocon, STB, DTH, Sony LIV, Hungama Play


Airtel Internet TV integrates DTH with Android TV

(with inputs from Salman SH) Airtel today launched a DTH set-top-box (STB) with Android TV, preloaded with apps like Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, etc. This offering... ...
Tags: Travel, Android, News, Android TV, Internet, Telecom, Airtel, Broadcasting, STB, DTH, Airtel Internet TV, Netflix YouTube Google, Salman SH Airtel


Reliance Jio might launch its own set of DTH and IPTV services: reports

A set of unconfirmed leaks and reports suggests that Reliance Jio might soon enter the broadcast segment with its own set of DTH and IPTV... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Telecom, Iptv, Reliance Jio, Broadcasting, Jio, DTH


Cable TV, DTH, HITS operators should be allowed to share infra, says TRAI

Cable TV, Head In The Sky (HITS) and DTH operators holding a Multiple Service Operator (MSO) license should be allowed to share network infrastructure and... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Policy, Telecom, Hits, Cable Tv, Trai, Broadcasting, MSO, DTH


TRAI recommends allowing private players in Digital Terrestrial Television

India’s telecom regulator TRAI has recommended (pdf) allowing private players in the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) segment which currently remains exclusive to Doordarshan, the government-owned broadcasting service. A total of 7 DTT operators could be allowed in a licensed service area, while the maximum number of private players could be capped at 5 within the same area subject to availability of spectrum, TRAI added. Since private players are allowed in other broadcasting mediums like ...
Tags: Travel, TV, News, Internet, India, Trai, Broadcasting, DTT


TRAI proposes bringing DTH, Cable TV, HITS, IPTV operators under unified QoS framework

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper (pdf) seeking comments for developing a unified Quality of Service (QoS) framework for...
Tags: Travel, News, Policy, Telecom, Iptv, Hits, Cable Tv, Trai, Broadcasting, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI, TRAI1


TRAI recommends changes in interconnection policies between IPTV, HITS and cable operators

In a consultation paper (pdf), TRAI has recommended that standard interconnection agreements (SIA) and model interconnection agreements (MIA) be applied for revenue sharing between IPTV...
Tags: Travel, News, Policy, Telecom, Sia, Iptv, Hits, Cable Tv, Trai, Broadcasting, TRAI1


Snoopin’ on Snoopy: exploring Santa Rosa, Charles Schulz's hometown

Charlie Brown and Snoopy live on in the new Peanuts movie. And the spirit of the comic strip’s creator, Charles Schulz, survives in a museum in Santa Rosa – exactly the sort of town you’d expect to find these all-American heroesThe faithful recreation of Charles Schulz’s office, installed in the museum bearing his name at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California, is enough to make a lump form in your throat. Behind the desk and drawing board on which Schulz created one of the world’s most popul...
Tags: Travel, Books, Film, Peanuts, Culture, Mark Twain, Comics and graphic novels, Charlie Brown, United States Holidays, North And Central America Holidays, California Holidays, Broadcasting, Santa Rosa, Schulz, Snoopin, Santa Rosa Charles Schulz



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