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  Sci-fi thriller series ‘Skyfire’ to stream on ZEE5 from 22 May
Posted by: nairrk - 05-15-2019, 02:22 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

MUMBAI: After successfully releasing three original shows based on book adaptations, video-on-demand (VoD) platform ZEE5 is all set to release its next original web series ‘Skyfire’ which is adapted from the bestselling book ‘Skyfire’ by author Aroon Raman. The web series premieres 22nd May on ZEE5.

The OTT platform said that the eight-episode show is a first-of-its-kind sci-fi thriller in the Indian OTT space. It highlights the ecological disruption created by man and the aftermath humanity will face in the form of natural calamities.

Starring Prateik Babbar, Sonal Chauhan, Jisshu Sengupta, Jatin Goswami, and Shataf Figar, it deals with the poignant issue of the deteriorating weather conditions today and highlights how #EndIsNear.

Recently, ZEE5 India announced eight new book adaptations including Aroon Raman’s ‘Skyfire’, ‘The Wise Man Said’ – Priya Kumar, ‘Hutatma’ – Meena Deshpande, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s historical novels – Tungabhadrar Teere and Kaler Mandira, ‘Mission to Pakistan’ – Late Maloy Krishna Dhar, ‘Karkatkranti’ – Indranil Sanyal and ‘Seven Days Without You’ – Anmol Rana.

Each of these best sellers have been written by renowned authors and the adaptions include stories across genres with each book being carefully handpicked.

Created by award-winning producer Shabina Khan, ‘Skyfire’ revolves around the unforeseen case of a boy from the slum disappearing, his search leads a historian and a journalist to strange and seemingly unrelated incidents, including warnings of natural calamities.

Commenting on the announcement, ZEE5 India programming head Aparna Acharekar said, “We are tapping into a new genre and adding sci-fi to our content library. The book by Aroon Raman is extremely engaging and our endeavour was to transcend the same literary magic on screen. The crux of the story is important and of high relevance today. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the teaser and promo released as a lead up to the premiere and we are looking forward to the launch this month.”


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  Movies Now to air superhero movies as part of its month-long festival
Posted by: nairrk - 05-15-2019, 07:03 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: English movie channel Movies Now will be airing superhero movies during a month-long festival titled ‘Superhero Month’. The month-long festival across multi-platforms will give viewers a chance to revive their childhood dreams of becoming a superhero.

Further, the channel through its ‘Superhero Costume Contest’ offers an opportunity to bring out the Superhero in all of us by designing one’s own Superhero Costumes and submit their entries #MNSuperheroSuit on the channel’s social media pages till 2nd June. Movies Now will not only bring the winning costume to life but also the selected winner will receive a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

Giving consumers an ultimate chance to unleash their inner superhero, Movies Now in association with Hard Rock Café will host Super Hero Weekend @ HRC in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi & Gurugram starting 18th May.

Introducing a mammoth – Superhero Burger with Movies Now Superhero Burger Challenge, the channel brings to its a consumer experience to feast like a Superhero. The participants who can finish the entire burger under eight minutes will be conferred the Movies Now – Home to Super Heroes Badge of Honour.

With Superhero, Fun Day Weekends @ HRC across locations, Movies Now has also curated a line-up of pop up activities and fun games that test participant’s superhero powers like strength, intelligence, agility, and speed.


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  Viacom18 acquires TV rights for Hindi version of Rajnikanth’s ‘Petta’
Posted by: nairrk - 05-15-2019, 07:02 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Viacom18’s Hindi movie channel Colors Cineplex has acquired South Indian Superstar Rajnikanth’s blockbuster film, Petta. The Karthik Subbaraj directed potboiler has been one of this year’s biggest hits, raking up Rs 250 crore at the world box office.

The film stars Superstar Rajinikanth with an ensemble cast including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, M. Sasikumar, Bobby Simha, Sananth Reddy, Megha Akash, and Malavika Mohanan and will premiere on Colors Cineplex on Saturday, 18th May 2019 at 7.30 pm.

Speaking about the acquisition, Colors Cineplex business head Rohan Lavsi said, “Superstar Rajnikanth’s appeal is a national phenomenon and as we look to scale our movie library for our viewers, we believe his latest blockbuster will be a natural fit in our bouquet. Petta has gone on to become one of the biggest hits in the Indian film industry this year and we are confident that it will recreate that magic on Colors Cineplex when we air its World Television Premiere.”

An emotional potboiler ‘Petta’ traces the story of hostel warden Kaali (Rajnikanth) who, in a bid to save Anwar, his best friend’s son, stands up against the local goons. However, everything goes haywire when he is forced to face his past. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of the baddie, Singaar Singh, while Vijay Sethupathi plays Singaar’s son Jithu.

Colors Cineplex has planned a 360-degree marketing campaign ahead of the premiere. On television, the promos are being played on 25+ channels across genres. A digital campaign has also been planned followed by promos showcase across 2200+ cinema theatres – multiplexes and single screens in key Hindi speaking markets with the release of Student of the Year 2.

In its new and revamped avatar, Colors Cineplex has acquired films like Brahmastra, Student of the Year 2, RAW, Drive, The Body, Thackeray, Fraud Saiyaan and many more. The line-up also includes Hindi dubbed version of blockbuster regional films like Bharat ane nenu (Telugu), Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and Kaatru Veliyidai (Tamil), Kadaikutty Singam (Tamil), Kavacham (Telugu), Junga (Tamil), Charlie Chaplin (Tamil), Yajamana (Kannada) and Seetharam Kalyana (Kannada).


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  Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) with triple cameras, pop-up selfie camera announced
Posted by: nairrk - 05-14-2019, 07:05 PM - Forum: Mobiles and General Telecom News - No Replies

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Recently, the Huawei P Smart Z made its debut with a pop-up selfie camera setup. Now, Huawei has silently launched another phone with an elevating selfie camera. The latest Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) has been spotted on the company’s official website. It is a sequel to the last year’s Huawei Y9 Prime (2018). The newly-launched device features a two-tone back design.

Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) features, specifications
The Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) is listed on Huawei’s official website with a 6.59-inch full-HD+ display along with 391ppi pixel density. The panel operates at 1080×2340 pixels resolution. It is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, which is accompanied by ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. The handset will be available in two variants, which includes 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 4GB/128GB.

The latest phone from Huawei will ship with EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box. In terms of optics, there is a triple-camera setup at the back. This comprises of a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture for depth-sensing. The front houses a 16-megapixel pop-up shooter for capturing selfies.

It is also equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security purpose. As per the listing, the Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) is backed by a 4,000mAh battery. It will be available for purchase in three color options, which include Black, Green, and Blue. At the moment, the global pricing and availability details of the Huawei Y9 Prime (2019) are still under wraps. But, the device is expected to go on sale soon since it is officially listed on Huawei’s website.

Besides, Huawei’s P Smart Z smartphone was also spotted on Amazon Italy’s website. The handset is reportedly priced at €280 (approximately Rs 21,800). The highlight of the phone is its pop-up selfie camera, a large display, and the affordable price tag. It offers a 6.59-inch LCD display without any notch. The P Smart Z houses a Kirin 710F SoC along with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.


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  Tata Sky reportedly launches 6 semi-annual packs, prices start at Rs 2,007
Posted by: nairrk - 05-14-2019, 06:58 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - Replies (1)

Tata Sky has reportedly announced six new semi-annual packs for the consumers on its DTH platform. Unlike annual 12-month subscription packs, these new semi-annual packs only come with six months of lock-in period, and will only be available for the corporate connections and not to regular consumers.

The popular DTH service provider has initially brought these semi-annual packs priced between Rs 2,007 and Rs 2,840. The starting Rs 2,007 plan is the Gujarati Hindi Basic Semi-Annual Pack, which would include popular Gujarati and Hindi channels selected by Tata Sky. The same will also be available in HD, priced at Rs 2,698. The operator is also offering a new Hindi Basic Semi-Annual Pack for corporate users at Rs 2,008, and Hindi Basic HD Semi-Annual Pack at Rs 2,836, reported TelecomTalk.

Similarly, other regional language packs are also launched by the DTH operator. The pack in Marathi starts at Rs 2,029. As per the report, Tata Sky’s Marathi Hindi Basic Semi-Annual Pack for six months will cost subscribers Rs 2,029. The same pack in HD will cost them Rs 2,840. The service provider recently launched few new Lite packs for all subscribers, with ‘Gujarati Lite’ plan, which was priced at Rs 146 after tax. The pack bundled 66 channels and it was also made available in HD with 68 channels.

Previously, Tata Sky had unveiled some smart channel packs in different regional languages. These packs included a Hindi smart plan for Rs 249, Punjabi smart plan was made available for Rs 249, Gujarati smart plan will cost you Rs 249, Bengali smart plan for Rs 220, Odia smart plan for Rs 211, Marathi smart plan is priced at Rs 206 and Telugu Smart plan can be purchased for Rs 249, Tamil smart plan is available for Rs 249, Kannada smart plan can be obtained for Rs 249 and the Malayalam smart plan cost Rs 249.


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  Doordarshan partners with Amazon India to launch online souvenir store
Posted by: nairrk - 05-14-2019, 12:52 PM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Public broadcaster Doordarshan has launched an online souvenir store in partnership with Amazon India. DD Souvenir gallery was started on 21 June 2018. The online store will sell branded articles like cups, T-shirts and water bottles.

The development makes Doordarshan India’s first broadcaster to start a souvenir store. The pubcaster believes that the online souvenir store will not only strengthen the relationship with viewers but also help in establishing Doordarshan brand value.

It also noted that the souvenirs will also introduce DD’s memorabilia to the younger generation as the channel of India. DD also believes that the online souvenir store will help to re-establish the brand value of Doordarshan as ‘The channel of India’.

Doordarshan is the first broadcaster to have its souvenirs available online. The current line of merchandise that is available at include T-shirts, coffee mugs and sippers are available with the tagline ‘I am in your DNA, I am your Doordarshan’.

Speaking at the launch, Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash said, “This is one of the brilliant initiatives that Doordarshan has undertaken to connect with not only its loyal audience of generations who have stood by DD over the years but also the youth of India to continue being a part of the Public Broadcaster’s family.”

Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said, “Connecting with new-age digital India is the vision for Doordarshan as they are the torch bearers of tomorrow’s growth in our country. This initiative helps us establish the fact that Doordarshan has been the channel of, by and for the citizens of India and they can further nurture this relationship through the souvenirs.”

Doordarshan DG Supriya Sahu stated, “Several initiatives have been taken to re-establish brand Doordarshan. It is indeed heartwarming to announce one more such initiative, the launch of DD’s Souvenir Store at Amazon India’s marketplace.”

Speaking about the launch, Amazon India VP seller services Gopal Pillai said, “At Amazon, the selection is one of the key pillars of our strategy. We are committed to ensuring that Amazon offers the widest and the most unique selection to our customers. Today, we are very excited to launch Doordarshan souvenirs on our marketplace.”


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  WhatsApp beta for Android brings redesigned emojis: All you need to know
Posted by: nairrk - 05-14-2019, 09:50 AM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

WhatsApp is back again with a new update. The popular messaging platform has rolled out a new Android beta update, which brings redesigned 155 emojis. WhatsApp users can access the new Emojis layout for 155 emojis from 2.19.139 Android version of the app. Wabetainfo reported that the layout will be available for WhatsApp users in the next Google Play Stable release.

The Facebook-owned company will also release the update for the web version of WhatsApp. A few months ago, the cited source had revealed that “WhatsApp worked to improve the layout of 357 emojis in the 2.18.384 beta update, and 21 emojis in the 2.19.21 version.” Now, WhatsApp has improved the design for 155 emojis with the latest 2.19.139 update. The source has also shared a few images of the new and old emojis.

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As you can see, WhatsApp has not completely redesigned all emojis. It seems that the messaging service has fully redesigned a few emojis, and has just made some minor changes to other emojis. Besides, the same Android beta version also adds the Night mode compatibility for the chats list, as per the report. This feature is soon expected to hit WhatsApp apps.

“The Night Mode feature is not available yet. WhatsApp is working on the feature in this update in order to ensure the best bug-free experience for you, before the release for everyone,” the cited source said. Separately, the company is also expected to soon add animated WhatsApp stickers to its platform. The same source earlier reported that this will be rolled out to both Android as well as iOS platforms.

Furthermore, the messaging app is also said to offer stickers notification preview option soon to WhatsApp users. This feature was reportedly spotted in WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.130 update. As the name suggests, with this feature, one will be able to preview a WhatsApp message with a sticker in the notification bar itself. The “Frequently forwarded messages” feature is also pending, which is also expected to debut soon.


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  Get Flat 15% discount at The Beer Cafe
Posted by: Rdev - 05-13-2019, 03:09 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky in association with The Beer Cafe brings you a handsome discount. Great offers that you can't be missed. Recharge your Tata Sky DTH at with minimum Rs.100 and Get Flat 15% discount at The Beer Cafe. This offer is valid till 30-Jun-19.

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  Get Aarogyam Online Offer with 84 parameters at Rs. 1650/- at Thyrocare
Posted by: Rdev - 05-13-2019, 03:08 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky in association with Thyrocare brings you a handsome discount. Great offers that you can't be missed. Recharge your Tata Sky DTH at with minimum Rs.300 and Get Aarogyam Online Offer with 84 parameters at Rs. 1650/- at Thyrocare. This offer is valid till 30-Jun-19.

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  Get Flat 25% off on hotel bookings at Treebo
Posted by: Rdev - 05-13-2019, 03:07 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky in association with Treebo brings you a handsome discount. Great offers that you can't be missed. Recharge your Tata Sky DTH at with minimum Rs.100 and Get Flat 25% off on hotel bookings at Treebo. This offer is valid till 30-Jun-19.

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