10 cr people watch Hotstar on India-Pak match day

Hotstar, India’s largest premium streaming platform, said 15.6 million (1.6 cr) people used its video streaming app at the same time on June 16, when India played Pakistan in the ICC World Cup in England. In all, 10 cr people logged into the service some time during that day. This is a record for the […]

Saregama adds internet to Carvaan, now has online radio, podcasts

Saregama Carvaan, arguably the most successful digital audio product in India, has finally got internet connectivity, and along with it, support for online radio and podcasts. Carvaan 2.0 comes with support for Wifi, said its maker Saregama. “The pre-loaded 5000 songs continue to be accessed anytime without internet along with other features like FM/ AM, […]

TV to remain content king, despite growth in mobile apps: Survey

The number of smartphone users in India is expected to almost double by 2022 from 47 cr registered at the end of 2017, a joint study by ASSOCHAM and PwC said. Fueled by cheap data and the explosion of ‘over the top’ services, the total number of smartphones will hit 86 cr by 2022, which […]

Airtel takes aim at Youtube with ‘Wynk Tube’

Bharti Airtel has introduced a competitor to Youtube, which accounts for more than half of India’s mobile internet consumption, with the launch of Wynk Tube — a Youtube like app that will focus more on music and music videos. Unlike Youtube, which does not let its free users switch to an audio only mode, Wynk […]

TRAI cracks down on “free channel packs” under new tariff scheme

One of the key aspects of the new tariff order of the TRAI that came into effect from February 1 was the uniformity of pricing among channels. The distributor — a cable or DTH operator — had to charge the same network fee for any channel, irrespective of content or ownership. So, whether it was […]

TRAI TARIFF FALLOUT: Times Group leaves biggies Star, Zee & Sony far behind in English movies

Bennett, Coleman & Co, also known as Times Group, has emerged as the most successful provider in the English movie segment in the aftermath of new TRAI tariff order, upsetting the calculations of well established players like Star India and Zee Entertainment. According to data for the last week of March from Chrome Data Analytics […]

TRAI SCHEME: Tata Sky, Airtel, D2h launch new Multi TV plans

Three of the five paid DTH platforms in India — Tata Sky, Airtel Digital and D2h — have announced multi TV, or multiple connection, plans under the new TV channel tariff regime implemented by TRAI this month. The new schemes, which give discounts on a subscriber’s second, third and fourth connections at their home, were […]

TRAI PLANS: Star launches cheaper Sports, English channel packs

Cable and DTH users can now watch Star India’s sports and English channels at 30% lower cost as India’s largest broadcaster has introduced smaller, more affordable channel packs in these two genres. The move is seen as a reaction to the feedback given by the market to the company’s previous line up. Till now, Star […]

TRAI SCHEME: 85% users have chosen MSO packs – GTPL

85% of the customers who have shifted to tariff packs under TRAI’s new tariff plan have gone with packages created by the cable operator, said Aniruddhasinhji Jadeja, founder and MD of GTPL Hathway, one of India’s largest cable networks. Jadeja said, as of Feb 12, close to 30% of the total subscribers have been moved […]

TRAI RULES: Republic TV biggest gainer; Hindi entertainment channels biggest losers

Free-to-air English news channels like Republic TV and Al Jazeera have got a massive boost in their reach, while paid Hindi entertainment and movie channels have seen the biggest drop in reach after the implementation of the new TRAI tariff scheme, according to data from Chrome Data Analytics & Media, one of the world’s largest […]

Tata Sky Case: Delhi High Court pulls up TRAI for modifying roll-out plan midway

Delhi High Court, hearing a challenge by DTH and cable companies against TRAI’s new tariff scheme, today expressed its displeasure over regulator modifying tariff roll-out process of the new tariff system without even informing the court. Chief Justice Rajendra Menon asked the regulator to file an affidavit within a week explaining the latest changes to […]

Bad news for cable, DTH players: TRAI says long-duration packs must continue

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India today set the cat among the pigeons among cable and DTH operators by saying that customers should be given the option of continuing with their long duration packs if they so desire. This has potential negative implications for all operators, including Tata Sky, D2h and Airtel Digital, as all […]

TRAI gives extra time for selecting new packs; creates confusion among cable, DTH operators

The Telecom Regulatory Authority has given time till Mar 30 for those subscribers who have not exercised their choice under new TV channel plans. The cable and DTH providers have been told to move customers who fail to exercise their choice to a ‘best fit plan’ according to their channel choices and plan. It should […]