TRAI RULES: Broadcasters announce 300+ channel packs, Star highest at 72, TV18, Zee at 50

An analysis of over 300 channel packs and plans announced by prominent broadcasters like Star, Zee Entertainment, Sony, Sun TV and TV18 under new TRAI tariff rules reveals that Star has the highest number of such packs. The company, which has only 43 pay channels, has managed to create a whopping 72 packs and plans […]

TRAI PLANS: Channel prices cut as negotiations drag on with DTH, cable cos

Even as cable and DTH companies prepare to pull most of the expensive channels out of their base packs from December 29 over pricing issues, three broadcasters — Times Network, TV18 and Zee Entertainment — have reduced or rationalized their channel prices and packs. While Times Network has cut the price of 10 out of […]

LIST: Zee Entertainment announces channel packs for Hindi, Marathi & other markets

Zee Entertainment, one of India’s top three broadcasting companies, has unveiled new channel packs ahead of the TRAI deadline on December 29 to switch to a new tariff scheme. The packs, which include news channels from sister company Zee Media, are designed to push’s Zee’s offerings into maximum households. As such, the company does not […]

FULL LIST: 332 pay channels, 500 FTA declared under TRAI plan

With the December 29 deadline for the implementation of the new TRAI rules drawing near, an analysis of the 332 channels that have already declared their prices indicates that Star India is the most expensive, followed by Zee and Sony. Scroll down to see the full list of pay and FTA channels available on most […]

Star, Zee lists new channel prices on website ahead of Dec 29 deadline

Zee Entertainment and Star India, two of India’s biggest broadcasters, have come out with introductory web-pages on the upcoming TRAI tariff change coming into effect on December 29. The prices were already available to DTH and cable companies as part of pro-forma legal agreements. However, the opening of the webpages indicates that these rates are more […]

New TRAI Tariff for DTH & Cable: List of channels priced Rs 5 or less

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is in the process of enforcing a new tariff scheme for cable and DTH networks in India. The system was supposed to ensure greater consumer choice by making channels available at cheap rates and ridding the networks of junk channels. The new tariff scheme — aimed at dismantling ‘bundling’ […]

Zee Keralam launch date fixed for Nov 26

Zee Keralam, the Malayalam channel from India’s second biggest TV broadcasting company, will launch in exactly ten days on Nov 26, the company has revealed. Zee will compete with Malayalam offerings from Star India, Sun Network and local channels like Flowers and Amrita. The group, which entered the adjoining Telugu and Tamil markets over the […]

Zee5 added to NetRange Smart TV app store

Zee5, the content app from the Zee Group, has joined the NetRange, an app store found on televisions manufactured by global TV makers such as Philips, Grundig, HiSense, Thomson, Skyworth, Sharp and TCL. With this, the Zee5 app will become instantly available on lakhs of smart TVs across the world. “The ZEE5 app will be […]

Zee Entertainment to spend heavily on ZEE5, add 4,100 films, 60 webseries

Zee Entertainment Enterprises, the largest Indian broadcasting company, said it plans to raise the number of exclusive movies on its entertainment app ZEE5 to 3,000 as it races to become the No.1 provider of digital content in India. The 3,000 exclusive movies would make the platform one of the biggest, if not the biggest, repository […]

Zee Entertainment continues bounce from demonetization, Q4 ad sales up 24%

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, the largest Indian-owned media company, reported a strong quarter of advertisement growth in Jan-Mar, benefiting from a bounce-back from the lows of demonetization last year. Advertising revenue for the Jan-Mar quarter rose 24% on year to Rs 1,050 cr. With this, full-year advertising revenue growth has recovered to 14.5%. Subscription revenue […]

Star India issues disconnection notice to Videocon D2h

Star India, which recently won the rights to the Indian Premier League by offering to pay a whopping Rs 16,348 cr over five years, has issued a disconnection notice to Videocon D2h DTH service. This follows a similar warning issued to users of Tata Sky and Airtel Digital — India’s biggest TV content distributors by […]

REVEALED: Upcoming channels from Star India, Zee Entertainment & Sun TV

Trademark filings have given a peek into dozens of upcoming channels planned by broadcasting companies such as Star India, Zee Entertainment and Sun TV. According to trademark filing data made available by, Zee Entertainment is planning to launch around a dozen new channels, while Star India is planning around ten new launches and Sun […]

Zee Entertainment confirms MIB complaint against Den Networks

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of the Zee Group, confirmed that it has filed a complaint against Den Networks. It said the complaint referred to violations of the provisions of the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, various Digital Addressable System rules and the Copyright Act. “Such action by the company is in the […]

Zee Entertainment reports a 30% jump in India ad sales due to demonetization

Zee Entertainment Enterprises, the country’s largest listed media company, reported a whopping 30% jump in advertising sales in India as the comparison period of last year was hit by demonetization. Domestic advertising revenue was at Rs 11,373 mn (Rs 1,137 cr) on a like to like basis, excluding the sports business that was sold to […]

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 […]

Sun TV continues slow ad growth trend, but subscription fees jump

Chennai-based Sun TV continued to report decent overall growth in the July-September quarter as well, but advertising sales continued to lag behind peers such as Zee Entertainment. The company has been ‘suffering from’ poor advertisement growth in the last couple of years, even as players like Zee Entertainment have reported double digit year-on-year improvements. The […]

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 in the market at […]

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 take mainstream channels […]

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 […]

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 […]