RIL’s TV18 acquires majority control of Viacom18 for Rs 128 cr

Reliance Industries controlled media group TV18 Broadcast said it has acquired a controlling stake in Viacom 18, which operates channels such as Colors and Comedy Central in India. The joint venture was formed as a 50:50 partnership in 2007. However, because neither party had a controlling stake, TV18 Broadcast was prevented from showing the revenue […]

Balaji Telefilms ties up with Reliance Jio for content distribution

Balaji Telefilms, the television content producer header by Ekta Kapoor, said it has decided to make its digital content available on various content applications of Reliance Jio. So far, the most of the content was exclusive to Balaji Telefilm’s own app, ALTBalaji, which also competes with Jio’s apps. According to Google’s Play Store, the Android […]

Reliance Jio tests 4G-based TV broadcasting technology eMBMS

Lost in the details of the financial and technical data disclosed by Reliance Jio on its third-quarter performance was a tiny bullet point announcing that the company had broadcast a pan-India stream over eMBMS. eMBMS or enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service is a hybrid technology that tries to marry the traditional one-to-many broadcasting architecture used […]

After ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Par hain’, is it ‘Jijaji Chhat Par Hain’ for Edit II?

According to sources, Edit II Productions, which produces the massively successful Hindi comedy Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain for &TV, is likely to produce another comedy ‘Jijaji Chhat Par Hain‘, this time for SAB TV. &TV, for the record, is a brand of Zee Entetainment, while SAB TV is owned by Sony Pictures. Unlike Bhabhiji, which […]

Tata Elxsi to bring Unity gaming platform to enterprise

Tata Elxsi, the hardware design company from the Tata stable, has tied up with Unity Technologies to set up a center that will develop solutions based on the Unity visualization engine. The Unity platform is arguably the most widely used engine for developing mobile phone games and can also be used to develop 2D and […]

After Zee Entertainment, Sun TV slashes channel prices ahead of TRAI rules

After Zee Entertainment, it is the turn of Sun TV to slash its channel prices with effect from Sept 1 in anticipation of the implementation of new channel pricing rules by TRAI. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had, three months ago, announced that media companies and cable and DTH companies will no longer be […]

Airtel Digital launches first-of-its-kind Android set-top-box with advanced features

Airtel Digital TV launched what it called India’s first hybrid set-top-box with built-in Android and a host of advanced gaming and Internet functions at a price of Rs 4999. Customers can also get one year of free subscription by paying Rs 3,000 extra. It will be available online exclusively on Amazon India starting April 12, […]

Dish TV slashes basic pack rate to Rs 33/month to take on DD Free Dish

Dish TV, India’s oldest DTH operator, has unveiled an offer that is by the far the cheapest from any private operator in India. Under the new ‘DishTV Non-Stop Offer’, the company is offering a clutch of free-to-air channels to its subscribers for three years in return for a one-time payment of Rs 1,149. To compare, […]

New TRAI rules to hit Zee Entertaiment, Star, Sony and Sun TV

The regulator’s new rules on the pricing of television channels in India, which will come into effect in six months, will reduce the clout of big broadcasting companies such as Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Sony, Star India and Sun TV, while encouraging smaller media owners. So far, bigger groups enjoyed a key advantage — they could […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Quikr launches “Dazzlr”, an app for aspiring actors

Quikr, the online classifieds website, announced the launch of “Dazzlr” a talent discovery mobile application that brings together actors, casting professionals, directors and producers. Dazzlr is aimed at organizing casting and talent discovery that will address the needs of the film industry and it offers tailored solutions to cater to the unique needs of both […]

Mukta Arts opens up multiplexes in Panvel and Goregaon

Mukta Arts, an Indian production house, announced that they started a two screen cinema theater at Goregaon, Mumbai and three-screen property at Panvel in Raigad district, Maharashtra. It will total the company’s properties to 16 and screen counts to 43. The company, founded by film producer Subhash Ghai, started two theaters last month at Dehradun and […]

Wonderla water park opens in Hyderabad with promotional offers

Wonderla Holidays opened its Hyderabad Park for public preview, offering tickets at Rs 650 under a promotional scheme. The actual opening will take place on April 20. “Wonderia is now open for preview so that we can gear up for the big opening day. Almost 40 rides and attractions are now available for public to […]