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  ZEE5 Global unveils content in 5 international languages
Posted by: nairrk - 3 hours ago - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

ZEE5 Global has today announced that it will offer its content now in 17 languages, with the addition of 5 international languages Malay, Thai, Bahasa, German and Russian, with more languages to come in time. The announcement was made by Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer-ZEE5 Global at APOS 2019 (Asia Pacific Video Operators Summit) in Bali, Indonesia during her session on ‘INDIA: OTT DRIVES BORDERLESS AMBITION’.

Archana Anand also unveiled ZEE5’s campaign ‘Extreme Emotion’ bringing to life the extreme passion, drama and action depicted in Indian entertainment content that makes it so well loved globally. From the over the top, intense drama scenes to the extreme romance, the excessive comedy and the fast-paced fight scenes, the campaign captures the very essence of all.

ZEE5 can be downloaded from Google Play Store/ iOS App Store and is also on www.ZEE5.com. The app is also available on Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.

The huge love for Bollywood and Indian TV Shows is not restricted to Indians or even South Asians abroad; it goes across audiences and borders. To make the best of Indian content easily accessible, to not only South Asians but also mainstream audiences across the globe, ZEE5 Global has announced the availability of its content now in 17 languages.

Commenting on the announcement, Amit Goenka, CEO, ZEE International and Z5 Global said, “With the introduction of these new languages, ZEE5 further accelerates its drive to be a truly global player. As we move forward with our global expansion, we will continue to not only strengthen and expand our content catalogue but also add on new languages as well. This will not only open up the platform to a much wider, mainstream audience but also enable us to quickly expand our partnerships across the globe.”

Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said, “India is extremely vibrant and colourful. Here, each emotion is lived and expressed to the fullest, and our movies and stories resonate this vibrancy. The best of these movies and stories is what we bring to you on ZEE5. As story tellers, it is our job to tell great stories and share them with audiences who will enjoy them irrespective of where they are or what language they speak. With our content now also being available in Thai, Bahasa, Malay, Russian and German, we look forward to forging even deeper connects with our audiences in these markets.”

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  Vodafone rolls out Rs 139 prepaid plan with unlimited calling, 2GB data
Posted by: nairrk - 3 hours ago - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Days after announcing a partnership with SonyLIV to offer users access to videos, TV shows and movies, Vodafone has launched a new prepaid plan for the budget-minded users. The new plan is offered at a recharge of Rs 139 and is positioned between the Rs 129 prepaid plan and Rs 159 prepaid pack.

The new Rs 139 Prepaid plan comes with a validity of 28 days offering unlimited voice calling to any network during the course of its validity. The plan also offers 2GB of 4G/3G data and 100 SMSes per day for 28 days. Additionally, the plan enables free live TV viewing through the Vodafone Play app for the same duration.

Vodafone Rs 139 prepaid plan

The Rs 139 prepaid plan, as we checked, has been made available in Delhi/NCR, UP East, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

Vodafone previously offered the Rs 129 prepaid plan with unlimited calling, 1.5GB 3G/4G data and 100 SMS per day for a period of 28 days. There’s also a Rs 159 prepaid plan which offers 1GB data per day with unlimited voice calling and 100 SMS per day.

Recently, the operator launched a ‘Filmy Recharge’ prepaid plan of Rs 16 which comes with a validity of just one day. The plan will offer 1GB 2G/3G/4G data to the subscribers for a day though there are no calling or SMS benefits attached to it. Vodafone also launched the Rs 999 Prepaid plan offering 12GB data, unlimited voice calling and 100 SMS per day for 365 days.

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  Tata Sky introduces personalised content recommendations using ThinkAnalytics
Posted by: nairrk - 4 hours ago - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

MUMBAI: Tata Sky has introduced a new feature that enables personalised content recommendation on Tata Sky Mobile App (iOS/Android) and watch.tatasky.com. Tata Sky is using personalised content discovery and recommendations from ThinkAnalytics.

Tata Sky chose the ThinkAnalytics solution to enable an experience where users can quickly and easily find content online and on mobile devices, boosting overall viewer engagement. The experience is personalized through the use of ThinkAnalytics’ AI and machine learning technologies and based on the subscriber’s previous viewing behavior.

The ThinkAnalytics recommendation engine now helps subscribers discover content based on the genres, language and even cast preferences based on his or her last visit to the platform. Also important to Tata Sky was ThinkAnalytics’ proven ability to scale to the operator’s base of millions of users, as well as its track record in helping video service providers boost engagement and loyalty.

Tata Sky Mobile App and watch.tatasky.com give subscribers access to 400+ live channels and over 5,000 TV and movie titles on their laptops and iOS/Android mobile devices.

ThinkAnalytics CTO Peter Docherty commented, “Tata Sky is using our enhanced metadata management solution and viewer behavior analysis to differentiate its OTT offering and demonstrate technology leadership in India. Not only do users now benefit from an experience tailored to their tastes, but we are helping Tata Sky’s business win with increased viewer engagement.”

Initially, in English, the service has planned support for additional languages in the future.

ThinkAnalytics is powering a variety of use cases including Personalised Banners, Channels For You, Live Now For You, Catch-up For You, Movies/Shows for You, and Trending Events based on the shows and channels users like to watch. There’s also ‘Don’t Miss’ which brings up episodes of the shows that are watched regularly so that the user never misses an episode of their favorite show.

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  Airtel renews long-term partnership with Synamedia to enhance digital TV offerings
Posted by: nairrk - 6 hours ago - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - No Replies

MUMBAI: Bharti Airtel’s direct to home (DTH) arm Airtel Digital TV has renewed its long-term partnership with video software provider Synamedia. The new multi-year contract builds on Airtel’s 12-year partnership with Synamedia and the two firms’ shared focus on driving digital TV innovation while protecting content and revenues.

This extended contract will see Synamedia working closely with Airtel on enhancements to its multi-lingual EPG and additional features and functionality that will boost the overall experience for Airtel’s video customers.

Airtel will continue to use Synamedia VideoGuard to safeguard its investments in live sports, news, entertainment and other premium content delivered to its 16 million DTH subscribers, and manage and monetise premium experiences on set-top boxes (STBs) using Synamedia’s Foundation platform. This allows Airtel to roll out new premium services to customers without compromising on security.

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  Sony Yay! doubles down on its efforts to expand presence in kids genre
Posted by: nairrk - 6 hours ago - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: Having completed two years, Sony Pictures Networks India’s (SPNI) kids channel Sony Yay! is doubling down on its efforts to expand its viewership share in the genre.

In terms of the pecking order, Sony Yay! is in the sixth position on an all-India basis in the genre with 8.5% share. The channel hopes to move up the ladder and has lined up over 100 hours of fresh content for the summer period.

The content includes 13 movies which comprise nearly 20% of the channel’s FPC. The broadcaster has scaled down its original shows to four compared to the six it had earlier.

The feline duo of ‘Sab Jholmaal Hai’ has been integrated into the show ‘Honey Bunny’ which has now been renamed ‘Honey Bunny Ka Jholmaal’. The other three key shows for the channel are ‘KickO And Super Speedo’, ‘Guru Aur Bhole’ and ‘Paap-O-Meter’.

The broadcaster is making a concerted push towards digital through content on SonyLIV based on its show characters. It also revived its YouTube channel in the latter part of 2018 and claims to have received a strong response.

On the distribution front, it is looking to launch its feed in the US and Canada sometime in July-August. It is also in conversations to launch in the UK. It also has a deal in place with Netflix for some content.

SPNI business head kids genre Leena Lele Dutta noted that the strategy of having seven language feeds has paid off and it is in a solid position in Maharashtra, West Bengal and Kerala. She noted that on all India basis, it has overtaken older players like Cartoon Network.

She is confident of cracking the top five but concedes that dislodging Nickelodeon from its number one position will be quite a task. In FY20, the aim is to be two times in what it does compared to the past whether it is content, engagement, or platforms. This includes going deeper into characters, themes whether its comedy, slapstick.

“We have gotten into a production pipeline with many animation studios and have extended our bank of writers. We have kind of made sure that whatever content we put out there is novel, new and speaks to the kids. It is the width, depth and content mix that is our focus,” Leena stated.

Talking about the scaling down of original shows, she noted, “We had launched the channel with six shows. Two fell off the shelf and we are going ahead with four. We did a focus group and we saw clear traction of the four shows that have stuck with viewers.”

As part of its summer strategy, the channel launched new episodes of ‘Guru Aur Bhole’ in mid-March. In mid-April, the channel launched ‘Honey Bunny Ka Jholmaal’. The channel has new episodes from 10:30 am -3 pm every day. During the weekend, the channel has six movies. ‘KickO And Super Speedo’ will come back with fresh episodes and movies from 15 May.

“We are looking at ‘Honey Bunny Ka Jholmaal’ to aggregate GRPs while we expect ‘KickO And Super Speedo’ to create impact by giving them prime slots in the day. We end the summer with fresh episodes and movies from ‘Guru Aur Bhole’. We have not only added fresh content and new episodes on longer hours we have extended the offering for the child from the second half of March to the second half of June. This is our summer gamut,” she averred.

She said that in the first year the bank of movies on Sony Yay! was negligible. But now almost 20% of the FPC is made up of movies. She said that the shows that also have movies lend themselves to longer content. ‘KickO And Super Speedo’ was already a 22 minute an episode show. It needs time for the story to be told, evolved. Meanwhile ‘Honey Bunny’ which is an 11-minute episode could be extended into a 45-minute movie by adding situations, slapstick humour.

Sony Yay! Will launch six ‘Honey Bunny Ki Jholmaal’ movies, four ‘KickO And Super Speedo’ movies and three ‘Guru Aur Bhole’ movies.

“The promise is to have a movie every weekend. We made a conscious decision to get into long formats of the show just to increase the stickiness of the show and our characters. Our market share is 8.5% as of last week,” she stated.

Talking about the digital strategy, Leena stated that the channel is curating content on digital. It has revived its YouTube channel in November. The channel has a subscriber base of 600,000.

This summer, Sony Yay! is doing a whole lot of activation with SonyLIV wherein long and short formats will rest over there. Some of it will be behind a paywall. There will be a gaming zone and a Club Yay! resting on SonyLIV.

On the advertising front, the kids as a genre has become increasingly important for the advertiser due to the pester power that the kid has in the family. “Overall the inventory for the kids genre has risen by almost 20% if you compare the recently concluded fiscal with the previous fiscal. I don’t think that the rates have depleted and so I am sure that the ad pie has increased,” Leena noted.

Due to its growth in reach, Sony Yay! has seen a lot of new brands coming on-board like ed-tech, automobile, FMCG, and gaming.

She also said that the broadcaster is working on a non-exclusive basis with animation studios. So ‘Guru Aur Bhole’ is being animated in two studios. ‘Honey Bunny Ka Jholmaal’ is getting animated in three studios. This is how the broadcaster is getting the volumes also coming.

Sony Yay! has a plethora of initiatives planned to keep kids engaged with their favourite toons across India. Malls in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, and Kochi, will allow kids to meet their favourite YAY toons up-close and personal. Sony YAY! van activation across India to more than 115 cities, will ensure that the fun-filled characters meet and play with as many young fans.

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  Airtel Digital TV partners with Zee Theatre to launch VoD service ‘Spotlight’
Posted by: nairrk - 7 hours ago - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - No Replies

MUMBAI: Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of Bharti Airtel, and Zee Theatre, the popular theatre segment of ZEEL, launched ‘Spotlight’ – a video on demand (VoD) channel that will air the best of Indian plays by popular theatre groups from across the country.

‘Spotlight – Asli Manch, Asli Kahaniya’ will air on channel no 191 as a Subscription based Video on Demand (SVOD) service and will be available to customers for free for the first 10days. Post the trial period, customers will have to pay Rs 75 per month for the channel.

With this, Airtel’s Digital TV platform with its strong customer base will offer Indian theatre a wider market reach in India as customers watch their favourite plays from the biggest playwrights come alive right in their homes.

Viewers can watch over 100 plays in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, and English, across a wide variety of genre, ranging from classic to thriller, to comedy which will be brought to life by renowned artists such as Varun Badola, Sonali Kulkarni, Ira Dubey, and Vikram Gokhale. Some of the popular plays that will be available to customers on the new channel are Choker Bali, Ma Retire Hoti Hai, Vaastav, Sakubai, and Janpath Kiss.

Bharti Airtel Product Manager – DTH Richa Kalra said, “At Airtel, we are always innovating for newer ways to delight our customers. Today, we are excited to add Theatre to our video-on-demand content portfolio and offer a wider genre of entertainment to our customers. With this partnership with Zee, we aim to offer a wider reach for the rich culture of Indian theatre.”

Commenting on the occasion, ZEEL Chief Creative Officer – Special Projects Shailja Kejriwal said, “Theatre is our national heritage that is cherished across the country; however, some of our finest and most pertinent plays seldom reach beyond a few cities. At Zee Theatre we aim to bring the most revered and relevant plays to every Indian household. The partnership with Airtel Digital TV further reinforces this desire to celebrate the heritage of Indian theatre.

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  Sun Direct added 2 mn gross subs in first 10 months of FY19
Posted by: nairrk - 7 hours ago - Forum: Sun Direct - No Replies

MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) operator Sun Direct has added two million gross subscribers during the first 10 months of the financial year 2018-19.

During the period 10M FY19, the DTH operator’s activation income registered moderate 5% growth on an annualised basis during. Subscription income registered significant growth at 19%. Gross subscriber addition during the period was 20 lakh (2 million).

While customer acquisition has been healthy in the past, the company had witnessed high churn in the customer base mainly due to a lower number of channels offered.

Sun Direct has been focusing its operations primarily in the Southern region with the share of South India in the net subscriber base high at around 98%.

The DTH operator’s net profit for 9M FY19 has fallen to Rs 5.92 crore compared to Rs 45.27 crore in FY18. The net profit fell on account of increased subscriber acquisition cost and other costs.

The total income of Sun Direct grew by about 13% year-on-year from Rs. 1,215 crore in FY17 to Rs. 1,372 crore in FY18 mainly driven by growth in activation income. During FY18, the activation income grew by 53% on the back of gross subscriber acquisition of 18 lakhs (1.8 million), while the subscription income grew by about 11%.

Recently, Care Ratings had reaffirmed the long-term bank facilities of Sun Direct worth Rs 621.35 crore as CARE BBB+.

The agency had noted that the rating assigned to the bank facilities of Sun Direct TV continues to derive strength from vast experience of the promoters in the media industry, the company’s growing scale of operations albeit concentrated towards South India and significant growth in activation income in FY18.

The rating, however, remains constrained by elevated financial risk profile of the company on account of the accumulated losses in the past and increasing competition faced from its peers and other alternative technology platforms. Going forward, ability of Sun Direct to improve its market share and increase its Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) in a highly-competitive market would be key rating sensitivities.

The outlook is ‘Positive’ as CARE believes that, going forward, with additional transponder capacity Sun Direct is expected to sustain the growth in its net subscriber base and offer a wide array of channels which may aid in improving ARPUs and thereby generate higher cash accruals in the medium-term. The outlook may be revised to “Stable” if the Sun Direct is not able to generate envisaged cash accruals or if there is any adverse change in the regulatory or competitive environment.

Sun Direct uses 13 transponders out of which 9 transponders are from ‘MEASAT’ and 4 transponders from ‘GSAT’. Of the above, 1 transponder from ‘MEASAT’ was added during FY19. This along with addition of 7 transponders during FY18, has enabled the company to increase the number of SD channels offered to around 341 channels from 256 channels earlier and offer 67 HD channels.

Sun Direct is also shifting to HEVC encoding as against MPEG 4 encoding used earlier which will help the company broadcast higher number of channels within the existing bandwidth.

Care also noted that though the company started generating cash profits from FY13, it continued to incur losses till FY16. The promoters were providing financial support to the company by infusing equity in the past. The company had accumulated losses of Rs. 2,706.75 crore and hence net worth continues to remain negative as on 31st March 2018.

Sun Direct is promoted by Kalanithi Maran and his wife Kaveri Kalanithi. Together, the two hold 80% stake in Sun Direct. South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd (SAEHL), a 100% subsidiary of Astro All Asia Networks Plc (Astro), holds the remaining 20% stake. Astro is a leading DTH operator in Malaysia. Sun Direct started DTH TV services from December 2007, concentrating mainly in South India and expanded its services to the rest of India in September 2008.

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  Reliance Entertainment to produce Hindi remake of ‘The Girl On The Train’
Posted by: nairrk - 7 hours ago - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

MUMBAI: Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment is all set to produce the official Hindi remake of Paula Hawkins’ 2015 runaway bestseller, ‘The Girl On The Train’. The book was also adapted into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures and received a warm reception at the US box office.

Emily Blunt received a nomination for her performance at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a nomination for BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, in the film. The author-backed role in the official Hindi remake will star Parineeti Chopra, who steps into the shoes of an alcoholic divorcée, who becomes involved in a missing person’s investigation.

The psychological thriller will be produced by Reliance Entertainment, who have procured the rights of the book and the film and will be adapting it from an Indian storytelling perspective.

Reliance Entertainment Group CEO Shibasish Sarkar said, “Not only is ‘The Girl On The Train’, one of the best psychological thrillers but also a heartwarming story of the female protagonist and her discovery of life. We have procured the rights of the book and the film and will be adapting it from an Indian storytelling perspective. Amblin will be a partner in this film.”

“We are always pleased to work with our long-time partners at Reliance Entertainment to bring the best stories to audiences around the world. This Hindi-language adaptation of The Girl On The Train is a first for Amblin and a testament to Paula Hawkins’ incredible book and our 2016 film,” says Amblin Partners President and Co-CEO Jeff Small.

The still to be titled, the taut thriller will be directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, who will adapt the book keeping in mind the sensibilities and grit of the characters from the source.

Though details remain unknown at this juncture, Shibasish reveals, “The film is expected to go on floors around July 2019 and we expect to finish shooting by September. The film is entirely set in the UK and we are in the process of locking the location. We haven’t fixed a release date yet but it will be in 2020.”

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  History TV18 to air second season of ‘Crazy Wheels’ from 25 Apr
Posted by: nairrk - 7 hours ago - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: Infotainment channel History TV 18 is all set to bring back the all-new season of ‘Crazy Wheels’ from 25 April, airing every Thursday-Friday at 8 pm. Celebrity actor and dancer, Raghav Juyal, returns as the show’s host, bringing his own known brand of wacky commentary, taking the show to the next level.

For those who came in late, ‘Crazy Wheels’ has gathered the biggest, best, fastest, stupendously good, stupid comic accidents ever filmed and have put them together in a pacey series that has the ability to both stun you into silence and make you laugh out loud.

Popular host, Raghav Juyal, through his witty style commentary, relives the moments and brings his own brand of witty style to the show. Using his comic timing, he describes what could’ve possibly gone wrong while filming the videos that resulted in the maniacal instances being caught on camera.

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In its first season, the show saw a stellar performance reaching over 14 million people and rating as one of the channels best performing shows. What’s more, a user-generated Instagram contest reached over 2 million users and engaging with thousands of followers. The new season is slated to reach many more viewers on-air as well as on digital.

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  Zee Cinema to premiere musical drama ‘LoveYatri’ on 27 Apr
Posted by: nairrk - 7 hours ago - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: Hindi movie channel Zee Cinema will premiere musical romantic drama ‘LoveYatri’ on 27th April at 12 noon. Produced by Salman Khan Films, ‘LoveYatri’ marks the debut of Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain in lead roles along with Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Pratik Gandhi and Sajeel Parakh essaying pivotal characters.

A family drama, ‘LoveYatri’ takes the viewers through the vibrant city of Vadodara during the 9-day Navratri festival and introduces a simple yet intriguing love story. The film traces the lives of Sushrut a.k.a Susu (Aayush Sharma) and Manisha a.k.a Michelle (Warina Hussain) who fall for each other during Navratri.

Susu is written off as an unaspiring boy, whose only interest is to dance his life away. He constantly faces pressure from his family to find a ‘real’ job, while he dreams of opening his own garba academy.

Zee Cinema’s new brand philosophy ‘Seene Mein Cinema’ brings alive the story of people like Susu who are driven and passionate towards achieving the unachievable and accomplishing their dreams. On the other hand, Manisha a.k.a Michelle who is based out of the United Kingdom is at the top of her class, but she wishes to return to her motherland. Her father Sameer a.k.a Sam (Ronit Roy) reluctantly agrees.

Both Susu and Michelle meet during Navratri and Susu falls head over heels in love with her. As the story progresses, they both undergo many hurdles and misunderstandings as Sam is against the alliance. An unfortunate incident forces Michelle to return to the United Kingdom, leaving Susu heartbroken.

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