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  Star Sports offers two hours of daily programming in the lead up to IPL 2018
Posted by: nairrk - 3 hours ago - Forum: Sports Channels - No Replies

MUMBAI: Sports broadcaster Star Sports has said that it will offer two hours of dedicated content daily leading up to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. This translates to 60 hours of programming per month. The IPL 2018 will be held from 4 April to 31 May.

The programming will be aired in two time bands, morning 9 to 10 am and evening 10 to 11 pm. The morning time band features shows like Gameplan, IPL highlights, and Show repeats while the evening time band has shows like Knight Club, Super Kings Show, Cricket Countdown, and IPL Highlights & Show.

As a lead-up to the IPL 2018, engaging, action packed content such as team documentaries, player banter and talk shows will also be a regular feature on the Star Sports network.

IPL 2018 Retention telecast was the beginning of the six month programming calender which was followed by Election Se Selection marketing campaign featuring Virender Sehwag, leading up to the IPL 2018 Player Auction. The 11th edition of the auctions received an overwhelming response from fans and was viewed by a 46.5 million people across the Star Sports network.

In addition to watching IPL in Hindi and English, Star will offer IPL 2018 in four regional languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali.

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  Vodafone offers unlimited calls, 1GB data per day with Rs 158 prepaid plan
Posted by: nairrk - 3 hours ago - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Vodafone India has announced a new prepaid plan of Rs 158 to give a competition to the likes of Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular. The new pack is available for Vodafone subscribers in Kerala and it comes loaded with some interesting features.

Under the Rs 158 prepaid plan, Vodafone users will get unlimited local and STD voice calls along with free national roaming calls, reports TelecomTalk. However, there is a daily cap of 250 minutes per day and 1000 minutes per week. Further, users will get 1GB of 4G data per day and it is valid for 28 days, thus making a grand total of 28GB of data per month. Sadly, unlike other telecom operator plans, this one does not come with free SMSes.

Along with this, the brand has also introduced Rs 151 plan in some circles of Kerala, which offers above-mentioned benefits. It is important to note that both the packs are meant for Kerala circle and there is no information whether the packs will be available in other circles or not.

The pack is in direct competition with Airtel’s Rs 149 plan, though the plan from Airtel is a bit cheaper than Vodafone. The company is now offering 1GB of 4G data per day as against 1GB of data for 28 days earlier.

Users will get 28GB of 4G data which can be consumed in 28 days. Apart from this, consumers will get unlimited local and STD calls along with 100 SMSes. However, Airtel has put a daily cap of 250 minutes and a weekly cap of 1000 minutes. Additionally, outgoing and incoming is free on national roaming.\

Reliance Jio, on the other hand, has recently slashed the price of Rs 199 and it is now available at a price of Rs 149. Under this offer, Jio users get 1.5 GB of 4G data per day with a validity of 28 days, making a grand total of 42GB of 4G data.

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  NXT Tamil renamed as ''Colors Tamil'' (Ch.778 in ADTV)
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 07:46 PM - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - No Replies

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  SVF to produce Bengali adaptation of ‘The Boy Who Moved Christmas’
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 07:03 PM - Forum: Entertainment - No Replies

[Image: tw2uah8.jpg]MUMBAI: Content production house SVF is producing the Bengali adaptation of ‘The Boy who moved Christmas’ inspired by the true Canadian story of a child cancer victim.

Christened as ‘Uma’, the Bengali film is being directed by eminent filmmaker Srijit Mukherji with ace actors Jisshu Sengupta, Anjan Dutt, Anirban Bhattacharya and Rudranil Ghosh playing prominent characters. This film will also mark the debut of Jisshu Sengupta’s daughter Sara Sengupta playing the title role of Uma. The film is at the post-production stage and is expected to release in June this year.

The film has been adapted from the real-life story of Canadian boy Evan Leversage after his hometown St. George staged a spectacular Christmas celebration with lights, parade, and artificial snow two months before 25 December 2015 to make sure that the seven-year-old boy suffering from an incurable brain tumour witnessed the last Christmas of his life. Leversage’s story had attracted the attention of people from different parts of the world, with Hollywood celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Ashton Kutcher pitching in.

SVF’s Uma is a story about a young girl (raised in Austria) battling a terminal disease, a father struggling to make his daughter’s dream come true and a director with a past haunting him. Father Himadri makes an all-out effort to take Uma to Kolkata to fulfill her last desire to see Durga Puja before her life slips away, even if it means setting up a false Durga Puja, the most celebrated Bengali festival.

The film is all about searing emotions wracking the characters, including the father-daughter duo, something that will truly inspire the viewers while keeping them on the edge of their seats.

“When I read about Evan Leversage, I was moved to tears. It was hard to imagine what had motivated the people of St. George to come together and move forward Christmas—all for this child. I wanted to capture this rare act of humanity on celluloid so the inspirational story reaches a bigger audience cutting across geographical boundaries,” said director Srijit Mukherji, the maker of such critically acclaimed films as Autograph, Baishey Srabon, Jaatishwar, Zulfiqar and Rajkahini, who contacted Leversage’s mother, Nicole Wellwood, and informed her of the decision to base a movie on the story of her son’s last Christmas.

Mahendra Soni, Co-founder, and Director, SVF said “This is a truly touching and inspirational story and Uma will capture it for the audience in Bengal and elsewhere in the country. Moreover, it is being directed by a filmmaker as accomplished as Srijit Mukherji. We, at SVF, believe in promoting and producing path-breaking films that often sets the trend and I have no doubt in my mind that this film will touch people’s heart everywhere on earth, breaking the language and cultural barriers.”

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  FYI TV18 to premiere ‘Iron Chef Gauntlet’ on 19 Feb
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 06:59 PM - Forum: (English / Hindi) Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment Channels - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Lifestyle entertainment channel FYI TV18 is premiering ‘Iron Chef Gauntlet’, a battle of top chefs to win the ultimate culinary title, on 19 February. The show will air every Monday at 10 pm.

‘Iron Chef Gauntlet’ is a reboot of ‘Iron Chef America’ and combines elements of ‘The Next Iron Chef’. The show features the seven ‘Iron Chef Wannabes’ fight for the ultimate culinary title. In each of the first five episodes, the challengers compete in two rounds. The first one being a themed challenge judged by Brown, who determines the chefs who finish on top and at the bottom.

Following this, the contestants take up a secret ingredient challenge, where the winner of the first round chooses a competitor to face off with the least successful chef of the first round. From peppers to cheese, the secret ingredient could be just about anything. A rotating panel of judges then determines which of the two cooks goes home at the end of the second round.

The last chef remaining in the group goes into the sixth episode where the contestant has to run through a gauntlet of Iron Chefs, including Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, and Micheal Symon. If the finalist scores more points than the Iron Chefs combined, he or she joins the coveted ranks of Iron Chefs. Despite the scrutiny, there is a risk of not finding an Iron Chef at all.

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  Sony Max to premiere ‘Tumhari Sulu’ on 25 Feb
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 06:55 PM - Forum: (English / Hindi) Music & Movie Channels - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Hindi movie channel Sony Max is all set give a sneak peek into the lives of middle-class suburban Indian households with the world television premiere of ‘Tumhari Sulu’ on 25th February at 12 noon.

Directed by Suresh Triveni, Tumhari Sulu is a slice of life story of a middle-aged housewife, Sulochana Dubey who lives happily ever after with her husband Ashok and a son in a middle-class locality in Mumbai.

Sulu is an enthusiastic independent woman who is all ready to give up her freedom for the sake of her family. In amidst of her day-to-day life, she ends up at a radio station after which her life turns into a roller-coaster ride as she gets an offer to become an RJ. Her decision to take up the job brings a drastic change in her life as she has to balance between her overnight fame and her domestic demands towards the family.

Commenting on the film, Vidya Balan said, “Tumhari Sulu is a slice of life film but personally I feel it’s a happy film. Is about a woman called Sulu who is always happy under all circumstances? She is always smiling; always happy she has just got this lovely attitude towards life. It’s also about a middle-class family who is very happy with where they are in life, of course, they have dreams but for them what is important is little things in life.”

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  Hotstar reduces annual subscription plan; now available at Rs 1,200
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 06:48 PM - Forum: IPTV - No Replies

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In a bid to rival Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, homegrown streaming service, Hotstar has axed the price of its annual subscription plan. The new plan costs Rs 1,200 for one-year of subscription. However, if you look at the effective per month pricing, it comes down to Rs 100/month, which means you save nearly 50 percent on the yearly package as Hotstar’s standard monthly plan costs Rs 199.

If you want to sign up for the new Hotstar plan, you can head to hotstar.com or install the Hotstar app. You can use Paytm account or debit or credit cards to make the payment for the yearly subscription. As part of the subscription, you get access to high-quality, ad-free content that includes American shows, Hollywood/Bollywood movies, live sports, and Indian TV shows.

In comparison, Amazon Prime Video offers a cheaper yearly subscription which is priced at Rs 999, while Netflix charges the most with plans starting at Rs 500 per month. The key difference between these services is the kind of content they offer.

As Gadgets 360 reports, Hotstar’s latest price cut is not the cheapest yearly subscription it has offered in the past. In August, the same Rs 1,200/year was announced as part of a special offer. A separate nine-month plan was on offer at Rs 999. Hotstar dropped the yearly plan to Rs 696 in October last year.

The current plans on Hotstar start at Rs 199/month. If you are a new subscriber, you will get first-month free access to all the content. This plan can be canceled anytime as the billing is on a per month basis. You can choose to buy the same plan each month as per requirement. Here there will be no recurring charges. For three months, the plan is available at a reduced price of Rs 498. It is non-refundable and offers no free trial. You can save Rs 300 if you go for the Rs 894 plan, which is valid for six months. Sadly, there is no free trial on this plan as well.

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  Idea launches Rs 109 pack with 1GB data, unlimited calling
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 12:55 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

The data war does not seem to stop between telco operators. Now Idea Cellular has announced a Rs 109 pack for prepaid users. The new plan is listed on the company’s website and also available on My Idea app.

Under this new Rs 109 pack, Idea is offering its customers 1GB 4G/3G/2GB data and unlimited local/STD calls and incoming roaming calls. The new pack carries a validity of 14 days.

However, there is a cap on the free calls. Users will get only 250 minutes per day and 1,000 minutes a week and one cannot call more than 100 unique users in a week. Once the limit is exhausted, then users need to pay 1 paisa per second for calls.

The new plan is similar to Idea Cellular’s Rs 93 plan which has a validity for ten days. The new Rs 109 plan offers the same benefits for 14 days.

The pack is available for users in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bihar and Jharkhand, Gujarat, Haryana, and Karnataka.

With this, Idea is competing with Airtel Rs 93 plan and Reliance Jio Rs 98 plan. Bharti Airtel has recently revised its Rs 93 prepaid pack. Airtel plan comes with 1GB 4G/3G data, unlimited local/STD calls, incoming roaming calls and 100 SMS/day with a validity of 28 days.

Reliance Jio also recently revised its Rs 98 plan by extending the validity. The Jio Rs 98 pack offers 2GB 3G/4G data, unlimited calling and 300 SMSes for 28 days.

If we compare all three plans, Idea is still behind Reliance Jio, and Bharti Airtel as both the operators are offering benefits for 28 days as compared to Idea's 14 days.

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  Comedy: No laughing matter for Hindi GECs
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 10:38 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Despite being the second most popular content category on Hindi GECs after dramas, the demand for comedy content outstrips supply. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that comedy is in short supply on mainline Hindi GECs.

Currently, the demand for comedy content in Hindi speaking markets is being fulfilled by channels like Sony SAB and Big Magic, which are positioned as light-hearted family entertainment channels. Fiction comedy is the main staple of these channels.

The mainline Hindi GECs, on the hand, are pre-occupied with non-fiction comedy content comprising mainly stand-up comedy shows like ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ on Sony Entertainment Television (SET), and The Great Indian Laughter Challenge on Star Plus.

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  Jivi partners Reliance Jio to launch VoLTE smartphone at an effective price of Rs 699
Posted by: nairrk - 02-18-2018, 12:00 PM - Forum: Mobiles and General Telecom News - No Replies

NEW DELHI: Home bred handset maker Jivi mobiles has joined hands with Reliance Jio to launch a 4G VoLTE smartphone at an effective price of Rs 699.

The smartphone is bundled with 44 cashback vouchers of Rs 50 each with the first recharge of Rs 198 or Rs 299 with unlimited local and STD voice calls, 56 GB and 84 GB high speed data and subscription to Jio Apps at an effective price of Rs 148 and Rs 249 respectively.

"With the percolation of 4g technology to the rural geographies and impeding demand of smartphones it is imperative for brand like us to understand the changing needs of the customers and come out with the products which can yield demographic dividends,"said Pankaj Anand, CEO, Jivi Mobiles. "Association with Reliance Jio is a right step towards achieving our vision to provide better communication solutions,"

Recently, Reliance Jio came up with a cashback offer of Rs 2200 through 'Jio Football Offer,'on brands like LYF,Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola, Micromax, Huawei, Nokia, 10.or, Blackberry, Asus, Panasonic, LG, Intex, Alcatel, Comio, Celkon, Swipe, Ziox, Zen, iVoomi and Centric.

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