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  Tata Sky now offering reduced pricing on Zee, Sony, Colors and other popular channels
Posted by: nairrk - 3 hours ago - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

The landscape of DTH and cable TV completely changed when TRAI implemented the new tariff regime. According to the new guidelines, users have to pay for every channel the want to watch. This has increased their monthly cable and DTH bills, thanks to Network Capacity Fees (NCF), along with other additional charges and taxes. Broadcasters have recently reduced their channel pricing, and operators like Tata Sky are passing the benefits to the users. Here is all you need to know.

Tata Sky offering reduced pricing on channel packs
Several broadcasters like Zee, Sony and Star India have reduced channel pricing by up to Rs 7. The reduced pricing is no applicable on all channels, but on select, popular ones. For instance, Zee TV, Zee Marathi, Zee Bangla, Zee Telugu, Zee Kannada and Zee Sarthak that used to cost Rs 19 per month, have now been reduced to Rs 12, TelecomTalk reports.

The new pricing is only applicable on SD channels. HD channel pricing remains the same as before. Tata Sky users can go ahead and choose channel packs from web or Tata Sky Mobile app. Talking about savings, if users were opting for any of the above 4 channels, they would pay a total of Rs 76. After the reduction, they will now pay Rs 48, which is a saving of Rs 28 on a monthly basis. Other channels with price cut include Star Plus from Star India, some channels from Sony, and Colors Kannada and Colors from Viacom18.

Tata Sky to discontinue video-on-demand service soon
Tata Sky has announced plans to discontinue its video-on-demand service on October 31. The company has asked customers to transition to mobile apps and web services. The operator has reportedly launched a new Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) feature in place of outgoing VOD service.

With TVOD service, Tata Sky subscribers will be able to watch the movies on the go through the mobile app or using Binge service. It will also be available on the web at The Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) service lets customers rent a movie. There is an option called “Premium Movies on Rent” and a trail of all the available movies will appear. Tata Sky customers can also purchase premium movies using the mobile app for Android.


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  Hotstar to premiere digital-first movie ‘Chhappad Phaad Ke’ on 18 Oct
Posted by: nairrk - 8 hours ago - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Video streaming platform Hotstar is all set to launch premiere digital-first movie ‘Chhappad Phaad Ke’ on 18th October. The film will be launched under the Hotstar Specials label and will be available to Hotstar VIP subscribers.

Produced by Yoodlee Films from the house of Saregama, whose repertoire includes some of the most critically acclaimed films in recent times, the first of these movies is titled ‘Chhappad Phaad Ke’ – a dark comedy with a commentary on our value-systems. Starring Vinay Pathak, Ayesha Raza, Siddharth Menon and Sheetal Thakur, the movie has been directed by Sameer Hemant Joshi.

Hotstar chief product officer Varun Narang said, “At Hotstar, it has been our constant endeavour to create meaningful and thought-provoking content that raises the bar on our storytelling prowess. With the latest addition of digital-first films to our Hotstar Specials’ label, movie lovers will now be able to enjoy high concept stories – anytime, anywhere.”

Saregama VP Films and Television and one of the producers of the film Siddharth Anand Kumar said, “Chhappad Phaad Ke marks the start of Yoodlee Films’ association with Hotstar, in providing them meaningful cinematic content for the platform for audiences all over. This falls in line with our continuing commitment to make powerful stories translate on screen, that at once be entertaining and socially relevant.”

Chhappad Phaad Ke revolves around the Gupchup family, a living template of Indian middle-class household living in Pune. Everything about their life was ordinary, until the extraordinary day when they discover a bag full of unclaimed money. Locked in a bag and hidden behind layers of clothes, this unused stash of money manages to emanate its vicious tentacles to engulf and tear the basic fabric of this everyday family.


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  HBO ropes in four advertisers for ‘Aquaman’ premiere
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 02:09 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: English movie channel HBO has roped in four advertisers for ‘Aquaman’ premiere on 20th October at 1 pm with a repeat telecast at 5 pm and 9 pm. The movie premiere is co-powered by Samsung Galaxy A70s with as Special Partner, Allen Solly Jeans as Fashion Partner, and Fitbit as Associate Sponsor.

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

The film was directed by James Wan from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall and stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.

In the film, Aquaman sets out to lead the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, replacing his half-brother, King Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.


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  Airtel to waive rental charges of select users in Jammu and Kashmir
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 09:38 AM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Airtel to waive rental charges of select users in Jammu and Kashmir for service suspension phase

Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said it has resumed postpaid mobile services in Jammu & Kashmir and will waive postpaid plan rental charges during the service suspension phase for its ‘Airtel Thanks’ customers. ‘Airtel Thanks’ is an exclusive rewards programme by the telecom operator based on the monthly spends. “As per the guidelines of the authorities, Airtel has resumed postpaid mobile services in Jammu & Kashmir.

As a special gesture, the company is waiving off postpaid plan rental charges for the service suspension phase for Airtel Thanks customers,” Airtel said in a statement.

Eligible customers will be duly notified, it added. “Airtel remains fully committed to Jammu & Kashmir and will continue to invest in the state to bring world-class telecom and digital services to its customers,” the company said.

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  Amazon Prime Video to launch first-of-its-kind comedy travelogue on 18 Oct
Posted by: nairrk - 10-15-2019, 06:37 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Amazon Prime Video will launch first-of-its-kind comedy travelogue ‘Jestination Unknown’ on 18th October across 200 countries and territories. The Unscripted Amazon Original Series features six episodes starring India’s funny man, Vir Das and a group of his comedian friends, who embark on a journey across the country to find an answer to the question plaguing every Indian comic, “What does India find funny?”

The Amazon Original Series also features top Indian comedians, namely, Anu Menon, Ashwin Mushran, Raj Sharma, Amogh Ranadive, Manan Desai, Amit Tandon, Shruti Seth, Suresh Menon, and Rohini Ramanathan as they accompany Vir on his travels.

Amazon Prime Video to launch first-of-its-kind comedy travelogue on 18 OctThe show follows Vir Das, along with his set of friends, through Jodhpur to explore the history of jesters, Patiala where they discover comedy of clichés, Lucknow as a destination of hasya kavis, Mysore for its idiosyncratic comedy, Kumarakom where comedy after tragedy is explored and Leh – to discover what makes people from the harshest region of the country laugh.

Speaking about their latest Amazon Original offering, Amazon Prime Video India Director and Head, Content Vijay Subramaniam said, “Reality shows are very popular in India and that too across a variety of genres. At Amazon, we want to experiment with exciting new formats in the reality genre for customers while working with top content creators and talent. With Jestination Unknown, we aim to find out what kind of comedy tickles the funny bone of Indians across the country and we are excited to offer a unique concept through Jestination Unknown to our viewers.”

Vir Das, comedian, host and also the producer of the show said, “If you head out into the world beyond your comfort zone to find out what the people there find funny, take some crazy friends along, you’re going to experience India in a way you never did before. That’s what show is about …the madness of India leading to the madness on stage and we’re thrilled to partner with Amazon Prime Video to make Jestination Unknown and show to the world the things that make India so unique.”

Vir Das travels across India with his friends to answer the question: “What does India find funny?” The clubs and pubs of India’s metros are only a part of the answer. The people of India have laughed at kings, foreigners, neighbors, and more importantly, themselves. In a time when jokes are considered offensive, what if India answered otherwise? To explore this, different sets of comedians travel to various parts of the country to explore the local comedy culture. In Patiala, they explore comedy and clichés. In Lucknow, the hasya kavis give a masterclass. In Jodhpur, the city welcomes new jesters. In Mysore, a Mysore joke is written. In Kumarakom, comedy after tragedy is explored. In Leh, even the people in the harshest region of the country love to laugh.


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  Star Sports launches regional campaign for ISL with Kerala Blasters
Posted by: nairrk - 10-15-2019, 06:35 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

[Image: Kalpanthukaliyude-pooram-cover-160x90.jpg]MUMBAI: Star Sports has launched a regional campaign with Indian Super League (ISL) club Kerala Blasters. Titled ‘Kalpanthukaliyude pooram!’, the Kerala Blasters commercial is part of Star Sports’ larger campaign #TrueLove, which celebrates the fans’ love for the sport.

Kerala Blasters FC is known for its fan following and home support where the stadium is a sea of yellow on matchdays. Their fans continue to believe to clinch their maiden title.

The commercial features players like Sahal Abdul Samad (midfielders) and Rehenesh TP (goalkeeper) looking forward to their fan support and asking them to come, cheer and watch them play.

A season of #TrueLove, fans will be enthralled and can catch all the 90 league matches of Hero ISL season 6 on the Star Sports Network in seven-languages across 6 sports channels, Hotstar and Jio TV.

The ISL will be telecast on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Bangla, Jalsha Movies, Jalsha Movies HD and Asianet Plus.

The first match of the sixth season will be a clash between two-time finalists, Kerala Blasters and two-time champions ATK. With the appointment of new coach Eelco Schattorie and forward Bartholomew Ogbeche, Blasters will begin with a positive mindset to win the season opener on 20th October.


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  &Privé HD brings ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ to India
Posted by: nairrk - 10-15-2019, 06:32 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: &Privé HD is all set to premiere ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ on 19th October at 1 pm and 9 pm. Having never witnessed a theatrical release in India, the movie is being premiered Privé Premiere.

Written and Directed by The Academy Award Winner Barry Jenkins, the movie has won accolades from the cross-section of media and critics, alike.

The movie features Golden Globe Nominee Stephan James who essays the role of Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt, The Academy Award Winner Regina King who portrays Sharon River, Kiki Lane as Tish Rivers and Colman Domingo as Joseph Rivers.

Set in the early 70s in Harlem, the movie resonates with the life of two young passionate lovers. A Daughter and Mother-to-be Tish vividly revisits the passion, respect, and trust that connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt AKA Fonny.

The happy life of this madly-in-love couple takes an unexpected turn when Fonny is charged with a crime by a racist cop when all he was trying to do was protect a woman from harassment. Amidst this scuffle, the dilemma about their unborn child and an unjust world is right in front of them. But the real question is, is love enough to triumph over the injustice of a cruel world?


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  Sony Max set to premiere ‘Malaal’ on 19 Oct
Posted by: nairrk - 10-15-2019, 06:29 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Hindi movie channel Sony Max is all set to premiere of the ‘Malaal’ on 19th October at 8 pm.

It is a story of two very different individuals from contrasting worlds falling in love with each other against all odds. The film showcases the stark difference in their personalities and unravels a journey that strikes a chord with everyone who has ever fallen in love.

Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Mahaveer Jain, and T-Series, ‘Malaal’ marks the Bollywood debuts of Sharmin Segal along with Meezaan Jaffrey, who has also previously assisted Bhansali in Padmaavat.

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  Hotstar VIP premieres ‘Yehh Jaadu Hai Jinn Ka’ ahead of TV
Posted by: nairrk - 10-15-2019, 10:30 AM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Star Plus’ new fiction show ‘Yehh Jaadu Hai Jinn Ka’ has premiered on Star India’s premium VoD service Hotstar VIP before its TV airing. The show will air on Star Plus starting 14th October, Monday-Friday at 8:30 pm on Star Plus.

The first episode of the magical love story is now streaming on Hotstar VIP, days before its TV premiere. The magical fairy-tale features popular television actors Vikram Singh Chauhan and Aditi Sharma in the lead roles.

He lives under the dark shadows of a djinn while she is blessed with angelic qualities. What turns with Aman and Roshni’s lives take when the two entangle in a magical love story?

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  SPNI drops a-la-carte price of its three premier channels
Posted by: nairrk - 10-15-2019, 10:28 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has become the latest to announce a reduction in the price of its premier entertainment channels. As part of ‘Ab India aur bhi Happy’ festive offer, the a-la-carte price of Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Sony Sab and Sony Max has been reduced to Rs 12 from Rs 19.

SPNI is the fourth broadcaster after Star India, ZEEL and Viacom18 to reduce the a-la-carte price of its premier channels.

In the wake of TRAI’s revised guidelines on TV channel tariffs, SPNI had launched a comprehensive consumer education campaign, #RishtaPakkaSamjho with Amitabh Bachchan to empower consumers to make an informed choice of the various pricing options, either on an à-la-carte basis or a combination/bouquet. This campaign successfully addressed the viewer’s concerns and dilemmas on channel subscription costs and maximum retail packs.

SPNI MD & CEO NP Singh said, “We are grateful to the viewers that our premier entertainment channels are leaders in their respective genres. It is our constant endeavour to provide quality entertainment at a great value. This festive offer includes our highly rated marquee prime time content. Our intent through this initiative is to contribute towards and complement the festive spirit.”


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