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  TRAI Issues Directions to Broadcasters as Well as Cable TV And DTH Operators..
Posted by: nairrk - 11 hours ago - Forum: Television News - No Replies

TRAI Issues Directions to Broadcasters as Well as Cable TV And DTH Operators on Channel Genres And Listing

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued new directions for all Cable and Direct to Home (DTH) operators regarding the listing of channels in the electronic program guide, also known as EPG, on their platforms. This is a reaffirmation of the new guidelines for cable TV and DTH, as introduced by the new tariff order which became applicable on February 1, though has been extended till the end of March to allow for a smooth transition of all subscribers across India to the new tariff plans.

The new directions clearly state that all broadcasters (such as Star India, Sony Pictures Network and TV18) need to declare the genre of each channel they offer to the cable and DTH platforms. This means that every broadcaster has to specify which genre each channel is categorized as a part of—for instance, General Entertainment, Infotainment, Kids, Movies, Sports, News and Current Affairs or Miscellaneous.

The regulator has also clarified that all distributors such as cable TV and DTH operators, such as TataSky, Airtel Digital TV, Sun Direct, Hathway and Den, need to place the channels in the EPG along with other channels of its genre, as declared by the broadcasters. These channels need to be placed consecutively. At no point should any operator list the same channel more than once in their EPG—this means each channel should only have one logical channel number (LCN) in their EPG, and not multiple LCNs.

All cable TV and DTH operators are required to assign a channel number for each channel they distribute on their platform, and once the channel number is assigned, this cannot be altered for a period of one year from the date of assignment. However, TRAI has clarified that if the broadcaster alters the genre of the channel at any point during that time, then the operators can also change the placement of the channel to match the new genre.

What the guidelines don’t clarify at the moment is what happens to the ‘services’ that DTH and cable TV operators tend to offer, which are available for access by pressing a special button on the remote control for the set top box (STB).

The new guidelines are a part of the new tariff regime for broadcasters, cable TV and DTH operators to follow, and these dictate the pricing of the channels by the broadcasters, as well as the subscription packages and the network capacity fee (NCF) which the operators are allowed to offer to users.


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  Star Movies, Star Movies Select HD to air Oscar nominated, winning films till Feb end
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 07:34 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: English movie channels Star Movies and Star Movies Select HD will be airing Oscar nominated and winning movies in the lead up to the Oscar The 91st Academy Awards and till the end of February.

The two channels will air The 91st Academy Awards on 25 February at 5:30 am with a repeat at 8:30 pm. The broadcaster is running a #HappyOscarsToYou campaign to promote the event.

During weekdays, the two channels will be showcasing the best of Oscars nominated movies every day at 7 pm. The weekends are dedicated to some of the best Oscar-winning Blockbusters on Saturdays at 7 pm.

This year the Star Movies campaign is all about India cheering for the Oscars with movie fans wishing the Academy and their favourite nominees for the big day. #HappyOscarsToYou is a multimedia campaign across print, radio, TV and digital.

As a part of this activity, @StarMoviesIndia social media pages (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) has become a platform for fans to wish their favourite Oscar nominees. On the day of the Oscars, Star Movies will also be asking the viewers to host the Oscars right from their living room by capturing the best moments and tweeting with #HappyOscarsToYou and #Oscars

The broadcaster noted that the Academy Awards have a 91-year-old history of honouring the world’s finest. Star Movies has been the official home of the Oscars in India for over 20 years. Films such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘The Favourite’ securing nominations in the Best Picture category.

‘Period. End of Sentence’ a 26-minute film which features the real PadMan from India is nominated in the Documentary (Short Subject) category and for the first time ever a Marvel movie ‘Black Panther’ has been nominated for Best Picture and it is also the first comic book-based movie to be nominated in the Best Picture category. The Oscars has a mix in store for movie fans this year said the broadcaster.


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  Star introduces six new bouquet packs, plans to launch Star Sports 1 Bangla by Mar
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 10:28 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Broadcaster Star India has introduced six new packs under the new pricing regime and has disclosed plans to launch Star Sports 1 Bangla on or before 31st March.

The six new packs include Bengali Hindi Premium, Bengali Hindi Premium HD, English Mini, English Mini HD, English Premium, and English Premium HD.

The Bengali Hindi Premium and Bengali Hindi Premium HD packs are priced at Rs 85 and Rs 130 respectively. The two bouquets have Bengali, Hindi, English entertainment and movie channels apart from sports and infotainment channels.

The English Mini Pack priced Rs 20 comprises of channels like Star Movies, Star World, and Fox Life. The English Mini HD has HD versions of Star Movies, Star World, and Fox Life and is priced at Rs 35.

The English Premium and English Premium HD packs have English entertainment/movies, sports and infotainment channels. The English Premium SD pack is priced at Rs 49 while the English Premium HD Pack is priced at Rs 85.

Star has also revealed that Star Sports 1 Bangla will launch on or before 31st March and will be available at Rs 19. This will be the third regional sports channel in the recent past after Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Kannada.

With the launch of Star Sports 1 Bangla, the broadcaster will have 37 SD channels including 11 SD sports channels. It also owns 27 HD channels including five sports HD channels.

With the launch of six new bouquet packs, Star has 78 bouquet packs across English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. The broadcaster has two type of packs Value and Premium in both SD and HD in each language.


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  4 channels added & 1 Channel removed by ADTV
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 09:35 AM - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - No Replies

Channel removed:

Ch.797: Cauvery News


Channels Added:

Ch.330: Sahara Samay
Ch.332: Sahara Samay Rajasthan
Ch.333: Sahara Samay UP
Ch.340: Sahara Samay Bihar

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  History TV18’s unscripted series ‘Road Hauks’ to premiere on 23 Feb
Posted by: nairrk - 02-21-2019, 07:19 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: History TV18 will premiere its new unscripted series ‘Road Hauks’ on 23rd February at 6 pm. The show follows the creation of custom off-road vehicles that pay homage to the past while still maintaining a modern, rugged look.

Kenny Hauk and his crew of expert mechanics and fabricators at Hauk Designs are history buffs who pride themselves on the ability to make builds that are both historic and have high-horsepower.

Hauk began his business out of his parents’ garage and has grown the company into a world-renowned off-road automotive shop. The team’s inspiration for vehicles has no limits. From a Colt .45 handgun to a steam locomotive to a Viking battering ram, they transform all eras of history into their builds.

Hauk executes his designs with the help of his team including lead mechanic Rick, lead fabricator Rob, mechanic Clint, operations manager Justin, technician Josh Moe, and his wife and part owner Vianna.

In the premiere episode, the crew transforms a 2007 Jeep Wrangler body into a World War II fighter plane-inspired off-road vehicle. Steering yokes, an aircraft aluminum body, and thousands of rivets help make this jeep look like a fighter jet with a build of a modern monster truck.


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  BSNL revises Rs 349 prepaid plan, now offers 64 days validity
Posted by: nairrk - 02-21-2019, 06:53 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

BSNL has revised its prepaid plan of Rs 349. The plan now comes with more validity from its day of recharge.

Telecom Talk reports that BSNL now offers 64 days of validity. Previously, the BSNL Rs 349 plan offered 54 days of validity. Alongside the validity revision, BSNL also confirmed that the Rs 349 plan now ships with 3.2GB daily data as part of the company’s Additional Data offer.

The BSNL Rs 349 prepaid plan initially offered benefits for 70 days, but later on, it was reduced to 54 days. However, the company has now increased its validity to 64 days. This plan also offers unlimited voice calls (excludes Delhi and Mumbai circles), 3.2GB data per day and 100 SMSes per day for 64 days. The total data benefits being offered by this plan are 204.8GB. After exhausting daily data, the speed throttles down to 40 Kbps.

BSNL is currently running an Additional data offer under which it offers 2.2GB additional daily data over the existing data benefit of the plan. The additional data offer is valid until April 30, 2019 and its changes will be effective across India

BSNL recently revised Rs 98 prepaid plan under which the telco offers a daily data usage of 2GB at high speeds post which the speeds will come down to 80 kbps. There are no call benefits with the Rs 98 plan and users will have to make do with their usual call rates when using this recharge pack. After the revision, the plan will also offer Eros Now subscription to the users.


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  Star Jalsha revamps brand identity, launches two new weekend shows
Posted by: nairrk - 02-21-2019, 02:57 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: Star Jalsha has recently revamped its brand identity. The brand refresh encapsulates four brand visions that promises to create a more ‘Bold’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Rooted’ and ‘Full of Life’ approach to content showcasing, making it more contemporary and youthful than ever.

With the revamp of its brand vision, the channel will also launch ‘Happy Weekend’. This 2-hour-long entertainment package will introduce two new shows from 24th February namely, ‘Ebar Jombe Moja’, airing every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30 pm followed by ‘Thakumar Jhuli’ airing every Saturday and Sunday, 9.30 pm.

In its enhanced image, along with the theme ‘NijeyPaltale, Sob Paltabey’, the channel is set to offer a host of new content and evolution amongst existing content that will appeal to the family, telling stories of inspiring characters who make change possible.

Showcasing talent galore is ‘Ebar Jombe Moja’, a non- fiction show with the kids. The talent competition will witness kids presenting skits and performances, with a happy twist, for the judges and audience. Hosted by Rohan, of Bhojo Gobindo fame, the show will have popular kids of Bengali Television paired with kids next door. The eminent panel of judges will include Tollywood’s terrific trio: renowned actress Subhashree Ganguly, singer cum composer Shilajit Majumdar and actor cum comedian Biswanath Basu.

The show is being produced by none other than Subhankar Chattopadhyay whose production house Subhankar Chattopadhyay Production has given viewers the blockbuster event of the year Jalsha 10 e 10 and who have produced many successful non-fictions for Star Jalsha like Bhyabachaka and Amra Na Ora. Ebar Jombe Moja will air every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30 pm.

On the other hand, ‘Thakumar Jhuli’ will take viewers on a trip down memory lane that will showcase the magic and mysteries of our favorite literary heroes, one will reminisce their childhood and get mystified with the adventures and story of Laal Kamal Neel Kamal, BudduBhutum, PatalKanyaManimala to name a few. The show comes from the house of Max Entertainment, with Subrata Roy is at the helm of things who have enthralled our viewers with shows like Debi Chaudhurani and MahapeethTarapeeth which are currently on air and running successfully. Thakumar Jhuli will air every Saturday and Sunday, 9.30 pm.

Star Jalsha and Jalsha Movies EVP & Channel Head Sagnik Ghosh said, “This transition aims to create a more progressive, energetic and bold view of the future that manifests our core belief ‘ChaloPaltai’. We will start this journey with ‘Happy Weekend’ – where we are extremely excited to introduce ‘Ebar Jombe Moja’ and ‘Thakumar Jhuli’, which would be a delightful concoction of nostalgia and entertainment.”


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  Colors ventures into weekday afternoon programming with ‘Kitchen Champion’
Posted by: nairrk - 02-21-2019, 09:25 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: In a landmark move, Hindi GEC Colors is all set to revive the dormant weekday afternoon programming with the launch of a new cooking show ‘Kitchen Champion’. Produced by Dreams Vault Media, the show will premiere on 25th February and will air every Monday to Friday at 1:30 pm.

To be hosted by Arjun Bijlani and featuring celebrities like Karanvir Bohra, Surbhi Jyoti, Rashmi Desai, Debina Bonnerjee and many more – this ultimate cook-off between celebs to win the coveted title of ‘Kitchen Champion’ will be judged by children.

A fun battle and some refreshing dishes, ‘Kitchen Champion’ is all about seeing our favourite celebs donning the hat of chefs and whipping up the most delicious cuisines featuring the ‘ingredient of the day’. But winning the title will be no easy task as they have to impress the most critical judges ever – a jury of children. The pocket-sized critics will give their expert opinions and judge every dish extensively until they determine the ultimate ‘Kitchen Champion’.

Speaking at the launch event, Viacom18 Head – Hindi Mass Entertainment and Kids TV Network Nina Elavia Jaipuria said, “We have run successful seasons of Kitchen Champion in the past and the show enjoys tremendous brand recall even today. Cookery shows have a charm of their own and this being our homegrown property was the ideal content for the afternoon time band. Through this show the idea is to encourage family members to find cooking therapeutic and a happy way to spend time together, thereby enabling us to promote cohesive viewing.”

Viacom18 Chief Content Officer, Hindi Mass Entertainment Manisha Sharma said, “We are delighted to bring back a popular show with television stars in the kitchen and this time we have the experts to judge. Our very own kids who will add lots of masala, tadka and entertainment to make a dish called kitchen champions specially for our afternoon audience.”

Dreams Vault Media Producer Arvind Rao said, “Kitchen Champion is a one-of-its-kind cook-off competition with fun games at its heart. This culinary-reality game show offers audiences the unique opportunity to see their favourite celebs try to master a skill that they’re not really known for cooking. With some help from their family members, our guest celebs will cook up some restaurant quality dishes. With access to every possible kitchen equipment and ingredient they can dream of, our celebs have to hero the ‘ingredient of the day’ and impress the critical jury of children.”


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  MIB grants six new TV licences in non-news category
Posted by: nairrk - 02-21-2019, 09:23 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has granted licence to six new TV channels between January and February. All the six new licences are under the non-news category.

G-Next Media has obtained the approval for three channels namely PTC Music, PTC Punjabi Gold and PTC Simran. Skystar Entertainment, which owns and operates Skystar Movies, has received two new licences Skystar Bangla and Skystar Telugu.

ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has received approval for licence under the name Zee Classic. Incidentally, ZEEL had shutdown Zee Classic last year and launched Zee Bollywood in its place.

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Earlier, the ministry had processed 16 new TV channel licences in November and December 2018.

Star India had received four new TV channel licences including Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Movies Kids, and Star Movies Kids HD. Eenadu Television had got the approval to launch ETV Abhiruchi HD, ETV Cinema HD, ETV Life HD, and ETV Plus HD.

ZEEL had received licences for Zee Malayalam and Zee Malayalam HD while Cinema 24×7, a company owned by e-commerce and TV shopping company Naaptol, had received licences under the name NT8 and NT9.

It is pertinent to note that ZEEL had launched its Malayalam GEC Zee Keralam SD and HD under different licences

Delhi-based ad agency Graphisads had got the approval to launch P Plus and PTunes. Box Cinemedia Services and ARG Outlier Media had got the licences to launch Box Cinema and Republic TV Bharat respectively.

As on date, the ministry has permitted 889 private satellite TV channels. The ministry has cancelled 194 TV channel licences.


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  BSNL announces Rs 298 prepaid plan to take on Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Airtel
Posted by: nairrk - 02-20-2019, 12:13 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

BSNL, the state-owned telecom operator, is once again challenging the incumbent players and Reliance Jio in India’s competitive telecom space. The company has launched a new prepaid plan priced at Rs 298 offering both calling and data benefits. The plan will challenge a prepaid pack from Reliance Jio, which is priced at Rs 297. The new plan from BSNL is part of an ongoing effort to retain subscribers and stay competitive in the market. The operator also recently revised its postpaid plans and extended free daily data offer till April 30 to attract more customers.

BSNL Rs 298 Prepaid Plan: Here is what it offers
The new Rs 298 prepaid plan is being introduced by BSNL as a special tariff voucher, reports Telecom Talk. The plan comes with a validity of 54 days and customers get unlimited calling benefits including local, national and roaming calls. It also comes bundled with 1GB data per day or a total of 54GB data during the validity period. Once the FUP limit is exhausted, BSNL will limit the speed to 40kbps. The plan also offers 100 SMS per day and comes bundled with subscription to Eros Now, which will let users watch free content.

BSNL Rs 298 Prepaid Plan: How it stacks up against Reliance Jio and Vodafone
With this new Rs 298 STV prepaid pack, BSNL is competing with Reliance Jio, which offers a prepaid plan priced at Rs 299. With its Rs 299 plan, Reliance Jio offers a total of 84GB data for a period of 28 days. The plan comes with 3GB data per day, unlimited calls, 100 SMS per day and subscription to Jio apps. It also offers 4G only data network whereas BSNL’s network is limited to 3G and 2G.

Vodafone, on the other hand, offers a bonus card priced at Rs 255 which offers truly unlimited local, STD and roaming calls within the country. It also offers 2GB data per day and 100 SMS per day for a period of 28 days. Customers also get free subscription to Vodafone Play apps. Airtel offers a Rs 249 plan with 2GB data per day, unlimited calls, 100 SMS per day with a validity of 28 days.


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