NDTV rejigs Taboola deal, to get up to $100 mn over 10 years

NDTV, India’s oldest English-language broadcaster still in existence, said it signed a deal with content promoter Taboola that can generate as much as Rs 750 cr or $100 mn for the company over the next ten years, provided NDTV is able to maintain its traffic growth. Taboola is famous for its paid recommendation engine that […]

Reliance Industries ‘categorically denies’ any interest in BT

Reliance Industries said it wants to ‘categorically deny’ any plans to bid for British wired services operator BT. “We categorically deny any intent to bid for the UK telecoms group, BT, formerly British Telecom, as reported in the article titled “Reliance Mulling Bid for UK’s Telco BT Group” published in The Economic Times dated November […]

Hero MotoCorp to stick to scooters in major EV push in March

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest maker of motorized two-wheelers, said it will start its EV journey in March with a scooter developed fully in-house, but said current technology and battery prices prohibit the launch of electric motorcycles aimed at the mass market. The company has already announced that it would launch an electric vehicle in […]

Rising input costs, monsoon dampen Birla Corp’s Q2 earnings

The 102-year-old Birla Corporation, one of the oldest companies in India and one of its largest cement and jute producers, said the sharp rise seen in commodity prices in recent months and an extended monsoon hurt its margins during the Jul-Sep period. The company’s operating profit or EBITDA — a measure of profit that excludes […]

Dish TV to hold AGM this month as YES Bank fight lingers

In an unexpected announcement, Dish TV India Ltd, one of India’s largest TV channel distribution platforms, said its board of directors have called the company’s annual general meeting on the last day of this month. The announcement is unexpected given that the board had, a week ago, decided to seek government approval to postpone the […]

Dish TV says YES Bank cannot sell Dish shares

Adding another dimension to the legal battle over the impending extraordinary general meeting called by Dish TV’s largest shareholder YES Bank, the DTH operator said a local office of Uttar Pradesh Police has asked the company to ensure that YES Bank does not deal in or liquidate its Dish TV shares, pending an investigation by […]

KPIT Tech in tie-up with German auto parts giant

Two weeks after announcing that it plans to invest more and more in developing ‘computer controlled vehicle technology’, Pune-based embedded software company KPIT Technologies has announced a tie-up with ZF, a €33 billion German automobile technology provider. KPIT Tech said it will develop software for next-generation, automated vehicles with ZF, which is based in Munich […]

Biocon’s insulin glargine approved by US pharmacy benefits manager

Biocon subsidiary Biocon Biologics Limited (BBL) said its insulin substitute Insulin Glargine has been included by Express Scripts — a prominent ‘pharmacy benefits manager’ in the US — in its National Preferred Formulary. Pharmacy benefits manager, as the name implies, is a kind of outsourced service provider that manages pharmacy benefits extended to employees by […]

GTPL Android box coming in two weeks, soft-launch done

GTPL Hathway, one of the country’s largest cable feed providers, said it plans to launch its Android box by the end of this month or early next month. “The hybrid box has been soft launched,” said Managing Director Anirudhsinh Jadeja. “There are around 1,500 boxes in the market.” The box was originally set to be […]

GTPL expands broadband via LCOs; revenue up 10% in 3 months

GTPL Hathway, the No.2 cable feed provider and No.6 wired internet provider in India, has started providing internet services through local cable TV operators or LCOs outside its home market of Gujarat. The strategy, as well as a spurt in demand for high-speed internet, helped it report a 10% sequential growth in broadband revenue in […]

Streaming revenue push Saregama profits to record levels

Saregama, India’s largest record label and an emerging force in the digital video space, looks all set to breach its pre-COVID revenue and profit numbers in the current financial year due to rising demand for streaming music. The company’s operating revenue had set a record in the year 2018-19 at Rs 544.7 cr, but declined […]

Mobile ad firm Affle gets two more US patents

Affle, which helps companies increase the effectiveness of their digital ads, said it received two more patents from the US, taking its total US patents to six. Patent 11157952 is using blockchain to create and store a list of fraud IPs and publishers to reduce scams in digital advertising. The technology creates an “immutable decentralized […]

Reliance Industries’ purchase of polysilicon maker: A mega step to dominate Indian solar market

Reliance Industries has made a strategic acquisition in the form a Norway-based maker of solar-grade polysilicon at a cost $777 million (Rs 5,880 cr) from its Chinese owner. REC Solar Holdings has three manufacturing facilities – two in Norway for making solar grade polysilicon and one in Singapore making PV cells and modules. The 25-year-old […]

Vakrangee to spin off IT business, listed separately

Vakrangee Ltd said it would spin off its IT services business into a separate, listed entity. The company’s mainstay business of franchising Vakrangee Kendras, as well as its BharatEasy app, will remain with the current listed entity known as Vakrangee Ltd. The company said it was doing so as both businesses have evolved into very […]

Persistent Systems to give ESOPs to 80% of employees

Pune-based Persistent Systems, one of India’s niche software and services companies, said it has decided to overhaul its employee stock options plan to make it “one of the most inclusive” in the global IT services industry. The new plan, it said, will cover around 80% of its global employee base. The company, which focuses on […]