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News Corp buys Bangalore-based media software firm GyanMatrix

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp announced yet another acquisition in India with the agreement to purchase Bangalore-based GyanMatrix Services Private Limited.The company, which provides software solutions for media and publishing companies, will be renamed News Technology Services, and be significantly scaled up.The News Corp team came in touch with the Gyan

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Facebook joins Election Commission’s ‘No Voter Left Behind’ campaign

Social network Facebook said it has tied up with the Election Commission of India to remind Indians to register themselves to vote."Starting from 1st July till 4th July, the voter registration reminder will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote," Facebook said, on a

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ALTBalaji joins Amazon’s Fire TV platform

ALTBalaji, the video app from Indian film and television content producer Balaji Telefilms, has joined the Amazon Fire TV platform, joining around 5,200 apps already on the platform.The e-retailer launched its video device in India two months ago at Rs 3,999 -- slightly costlier than the competing product from Google,

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Sun TV could benefit from RCom’s financial troubles

Sun Direct, the DTH arm of Sun TV, could end up benefiting from the financial troubles faced by Anil Ambani Group's Reliance Communications.Speaking to media yesterday, Reliance Communications top honchos said the company was looking at various ways to reduce debt, including a sale of its DTH business.However, DTH services

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Times Group introduces ‘exclusive’ content online for subscribers

Times Group, India's largest media group, has taken a step towards what may eventually be a paid model for online news by introducing 'exclusive' content for registered users.For now, registration and membership is free. Users can sign in using their Facebook or Google IDs, without having to type a single word.PAID

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Zee launches ‘nationalist’ news channel Hindustan with no TRP obsession

Zee Media Ltd, the news broadcasting company of the Essel Group, has launched Zee Hindustan, a self-described 'nationalist' Hindi news channel.Most Indian news channels are 'nationalist' already, and it is unclear how the new venture from the media house plans to be sufficiently different."Indian Television Industry will witness the new

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Zee Entertainment slashes channel prices ahead of TRAI regulation

Zee Entertainment, one of the four big broadcasting groups of India, has become the first player to bring its channel prices in line with an upcoming regulation issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.Zee's new tariff card prices its channels a fraction of what they are being sold for

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Airtel Digital increases HD channels to take on Tata Sky

Airtel Digital has bounced back into reckoning in fast growing high-definition DTH market by adding capacity from the newly launched SES-9 satellite and could emerge a strong challenger to Tata Sky in coming days.The SES-9 satellite was launched last year and new transponders were made available to Airtel earlier this year.Over

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Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV launching this weekend

Republic TV, the English-language television channel headed by journalist Arnab Goswami will go on air on several cable and DTH platforms in India starting Friday evening.Official confirmation came from Dish TV, India's oldest DTH platform, which confirmed that the channel will be made available starting from Saturday.Subscribers of Dish TV

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Republic TV will be nationalist, pro-military & global – Arnab Goswami

Republic TV, the upcoming news channel, will be staunchly nationalist and pro-military, and will attempt to bring back 'balance' into a media dominated by a small set of academics and intellectuals in the capital, going by the comments of Arnab Goswami, the head of the channel."All Indians should be pro military and pro

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Tata Sky starts testing Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV, launch tomorrow?

Arnab Goswami's Republic TV's is reported to be readying for its launch next week, with DTH operator Tata Sky starting test transmission of the channel.The channel is expected to carry the number 616, and be officially available from 10 PM on Friday, May 5.UPDATE: The channel will be launched this

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Zee Entertainment takes Bollywood to Mexico with new channel

Zee Entertainment Enterprises entered the Latin American market with the launch of its Spanish-language Bollywood movie channel, Zee Mundo in Mexico and Ecuador.The channel offers Bollywood movies, telenovelas and series. Other countries in the region will be addressed in coming months, the company indicated.ZEE is the first-ever Indian broadcaster to

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Anil Ambani group relaunches Bigflix to take on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

The Anil Ambani Group has relaunched Bigflix, the homegrown competitor to Netflix, with an expanded focus covering regional language content as well as an eye on audiences outside India.The service will have 2000 HD movies in nine Indian languages to start with, the group said.These languages are Hindi, Telugu,

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Working Reliance Jio ‘DTH’ video uploaded by Gujarat-based test user

A video of a working Reliance Jio 'DTH' TV has been leaked by a Gujarat-based Youtube user, even as Airtel unveiled its own 'Internet TV' today.The Youtube user demonstrates a working set-top-box, complete with HD channels and various other features. Even though the uploader calls it Jio DTH, there is

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Ortel Communications slashes broadband tariff as Reliance Jio threat looms

With the prospect of the entry of Reliance Jio into the cable and broadband market, Ortel Communications -- the largest cable network in Orissa and an emerging player in neighboring states, has slashed its broadband rates.The company has removed all its sub-1 Mbps plans and replaced them with plans having

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