With 90 HD channels, Sun Direct set to overtake Tata Sky as No.1 HD DTH player

Sun Direct,  the DTH arm of Sun TV Network, could soon emerge as the No. 1 provider of HD TV channels in India, according to a distributor privy to the company’s plans. The DTH operator has recently acquired several transponders on a new satellite owned by the ISRO, the Indian space agency, next to its primary satellite Measat 3. India launched GSAT-15 with 24 Ku band transponders in late 2015. Each transponder can be used to beam 8-10 HD channels, but many DTH operators cram in as many as 16 HD…

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Sun Direct overtakes Dish TV, Videocon D2h in HD movie channels in English

Sun Direct, the DTH operator from the Sun TV group, has added several new High Definition channels over the last several days, and has now overtaken rivals Dish TV and Videocon D2h in terms of the number of English movie channels on its HD platform. The move comes more than a year after ISRO launched the GSAT 15, which promised to make more capacity available at the location at which Sun Direct is broadcasting from. GSAT-15, launched in late 2015, has 24 Ku band transponders, all of which can be used…

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Facebook biggest beneficiary of Reliance Jio free data

It’s common knowledge that Reliance Jio’s free data service has massively increased Internet usage in India, but a new report throws light on what categories have been benefited and which have not. The biggest beneficiary of the free data offer from Reliance Jio is — yes, you guessed it right — social media, which technically means Facebook for most people in India. According to a study by Smartapp, there has been an increase of 467% in usage of social media apps due to Jio’s preview services, now in their fifth…

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Is Reliance Jio DTH launching today? No, say sources

It was supposed to destroy the competition and unleash a new era in TV watching, but Reliance Jio’s DTH service has so far failed to turn up on the rumored launch date of Dec 15. As we had predicted last month, the company had no plans of launching any DTH service, and did not tie up with any satellite provider for leasing transponder capacity. Our checks with company and industry sources continue to indicate that there are no plans to launch a DTH service. In contrast, many prominent publications, including…

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India traffic to porn sites jumps 3-8% in November

Traffic from India to major pornographic websites in the world rose sharply in November. The numbers also reveal that Indians use the Internet for accessing pornographic content more often than globally. For example, according to similarweb.com, a website that collates monthly web analytics data, there were no pornographic websites included in the list of the top 22 websites in the world. The most popular website in the category, xvideos.com, is ranked No. 23 by traffic globally, while it is ranked at No. 9 in India. Globally, the website accounts for…

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Reliance Jio Impact: Online Advertising rates decline in India in November

4G operator Reliance Jio’s trial services, which started in earnest about three months ago, has disrupted the online ad industry by massively increasing the total inventory without a commensurate increase in ad budgets. INTERNET EXPLODES Today, Reliance Jio has 50 mln users who, on average use about 1 GB of data per day. This creates 50 mln GB of traffic per day — increasing the size of the Internet in India by several fold compared to what it was before September. For example, before Jio’s trials, there used to be around 150 mln…

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Anil Ambani Group sells 2 TV channels, 59 FM stations to Zee

Subash Chandra’s Zee Group is buying the general entertainment channels and FM radio business of the Anil Ambani group. Because of lock-in provisions, the acquisition of 59 FM radio licenses will be done in two stages. The FM channels are being broadcast under the brand “92.7 BIG FM”, reaching to 45 cities, 1200 towns and over 200 million people. It reaches out to around 43 million listeners per week and engages with a large number of national and local advertisers. Reliance Broadcast Network Limited shall be transferring the 45 operational…

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Anil Ambani group sells Big Magic, Ganga to Zee Entertainment

Zee Entertainment Enterprises said it is acquiring the General Entertainment Broadcasting Business of Reliance Big Broadcasting Private Limited, Big Magic Limited & Azalia Broadcast Private Limited, all part of Anil Ambani led Reliance Group. The TV Broadcasting business of Reliance Group Entities currently comprises two operational general entertainment channels — BIG Magic and BIG Ganga — and 4 other TV licenses. UPDATED STORY HERE Anil Ambani Group sells 2 TV channels, 59 FM stations to Zee BIG Magic is a Comedy channel catering to Hindi Speaking Markets. BIG Ganga is…

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Mukta Arts opens premium design school in India with ECV France

Mukta Arts said its subsidiary Whistling Woods International Ltd has opened its 8th school — Whistling Woods International School of Design — in association with ECV, a design school in France. The École de communication visuelle or ECV is a French private design school. The India school offers a Bachelor’s degree in visual communication and design, a three year programme, divided into six semesters. “The idea behind the school is to focus on making the students industry- ready through a style of training, which allows them to pursue further education at…

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Sorry, Reliance Jio is NOT launching DTH

In what is becoming something of a routine, yet another rumor has been spread that Reliance Jio is about to start a DTH service and you will be able to get all the channels at half the price that you currently pay. According to this, 350 TV channels will be offered at Rs 185 per month, which is half of the price that you have to pay for Airtel Digital, Tata Sky and so on. What’s more, there will be catch up and rewind feature as well. Is this true?…

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Amazon India to launch Prime video streaming service

Amazon, one of India’s top two online retailers, sent out a teaser today with a promise that Amazon Prime Video is coming soon to India. Prime video is a service like Netflix that streams TV shows, films and other content. The service was launched in the United States ten years ago. At present, Amazon Video is currently only available to residents of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Austria. It is possible that Amazon could also launch its Fire TV set-top-box in India as well. The video streaming…

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Balaji Telefilms launches new serial shot in Vienna on Star Plus

India’s leading television and film production company, Balaji Telefilms Limited said it launched its newest romantic love story, “Pardes Mein Hai Meraa Dil” on Star Plus. The show has a fresh cast and presentation and is shot abroad in picturesque Vienna, Austria. The cast includes Drashti Dhami and Arjun Bijlani who will be playing the leads on a television show after a long break. Ekta Kapoor – Joint Managing Director of Balaji Telefilms said, “This is a refreshing love story of two individuals brought together by a series of happy…

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Inox Multiplex starts operations at Mumbai’s Metro House Cinema

InoX Leisure Ltd said it launched the commercial operations at Mumbai’s iconic Metro House cinema. The new multiplex has 6 screens and 1491 seats. The multiplex operator had won the lease for the building a little more than a year ago. Metro House was shut in 2014, 79 years after it was opened. It was designed by Scottish architect Thomas Lamb in 1934 for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM. The property is owned by Metro Realty, which began renovating it in 2014. The property is being converted into a multi-storey shopping center-cum-multiplex….

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One-day ban on NDTV India put on hold – PTI sources

The Press Trust of India reported that the government of India has put on hold its earlier directive to take news channel NDTV India off-air for one day. Quoting unnamed sources, the news agency said the Information & Broadcasting ministry decided to put the move on hold. The move had been roundly condemned by media organizations, including the Editors’ Guild, arguably the most influential of them, as well as various press clubs across the country. The one-day ban was supposed to have come into effect from Nov 9. NDTV today…

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RCom to rebrand Reliance Digital TV as Chois HD?

Anil Ambani group’s Reliance Digital DTH may be rebranded to ‘Chois HD’, according to a twitter user, who also tweeted some photographs of the upcoming brand. Reliance Communications’ Reliance Digital is arguably the weakest candidate among the five private companies that compete in India’s DTH space. The DTH business is dominated Dish TV, Tata Sky, Videocon, Airtel Digital and Sun Direct, while Doordarshan’s Free Dish caters to the free DTH market. RCom’s DTH service has around 5 mln subscribers and an estimated 6% market share. A sale of Reliance Digital has…

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Naagin season 2 to launch on Saturday on Colors

Production house Balaji Telefilms Ltd said it will launch the second season of television soap Naagin on Colors this Saturday. Naagin 2 is a sequel to Naagin which was very successful in its first season on Colors. The serial is a biweekly, appearing for one hour from 8 pm to 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The key cast includes Karanvir Bohra and Mouni Roy. Naagin is a story of India’s most popular fantasy character: the ichchadhari naagin (a snake which can turn into any life form). It is a…

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Inox launches new multiplex at Rajkot

InoX Leisure Ltd said it launched a new multiplex cinema theatre at Mouje Nana Mava at Rajkot Gujarat today. The multiplex theatre has three screens with 411 seats. “By this new venture Inox is now present in 57 cities pan-India with 112 multiplexes. These multiplexes have 439 screens and total seating capacity of 1,12,444 seats,” said Inox. INOX Leisure Limited, launched in 2004, is the diversification venture of the Inox Group into entertainment. “Inox Leisure Ltd. will continue its expansion into places like Kolhapur, Coimbatore and Cuttack while adding new…

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Inox multiplex is now at Howrah, West Bengal

Multiplex theatre group InoX Leisure Ltd said it has launched its new multiplex cinema theatre at Rangoli mall at Howrah, West Bengal today. The multiplex theatre has three screens with 830 seats. “By this new venture Inox is now present in 57 cities pan-India with 110 multiplexes. These multiplexes have 432 screens and total seating capacity of 1,11,097 seats,” said Inox INOX Leisure Limited, launched in 2004, is the diversification venture of the Inox Group into entertainment. “Inox Leisure Ltd. will continue its expansion into places like Kolhapur, Coimbatore and…

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Zee Entertainment buys UAE-based FM station

Zee Entertainment Enterprises said it bought UAE-based Hum 106.2 FM, marking its first radio property. After being a pioneer with the launch of India’s first Hindi Satellite channel, Zee TV in 1992, Zee Entertainment was the first to launch a Bollywood TV channel, Zee Aflam in 2008 for the Arab audience as well introduce the Arab world to Hindi programs dubbed in Arabic with Zee Alwan in 2012. 106.2 Hum FM was previously owned and operated by Shamal Media Services. The station is a frequency originating from the emirate of…

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EROS, Phars Film tie up for Malayalam movie distribution

Film distributor Eros International Media said it has partnered with UAE’s film distribution and exhibition network Phars Film to jointly co-produce Malayalam films along with exploration of theatrical rights between the two entities. The deal licenses Eros to distribute all jointly produce Malayalam movies in India while Phars Films would present the same overseas where it enjoys a dominant market share. Sunil Lulla, Managing Director of Eros International Media Ltd said, “Eros continues to champion strong Content led regional cinema, and we have made Successful inroads in the Malayalam film industry. Our association with a prominent player like…

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