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  ABCPL set to launch Hindi news channel TV9 Bharatvarsh in March
Posted by: nairrk - 02-17-2019, 09:29 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

[Image: BE9wcYa.jpg]MUMBAI: TV news broadcaster Associated Broadcasting Company Pvt Ltd (ABCPL) is all set to enter the Hindi news genre with its new channel TV9 Bharatvarsh, which is slated to launch next month.

This will be the second major launch in the Hindi news genre ahead of the big 2019 General Elections. Earlier, Republic Media Network had entered the Hindi news genre with the launch of Republic Bharat.

TV9 Bharatvarsh will enter the Hindi Satellite market with a well known team of strong journalists and presenters. The editorial team includes names like former India TV editor Hemant Sharma, former India TV managing editor Ajit Anjum, and Vinod Kapri.

The Hindi channel is all set to open up its largest news studio in the country, which will use the best of AR and VR technologies and BOT News Tracker in its presentation.

TV9 Bharatvarsh will aim to change the national television with its unique style of aggressive presentation blended with investigative journalism that will focus on the rights of the people.

“The Hindi channel will bring back issues that really matter and use the medium of television keeping the core values of humanity and people’s interests in the forefront. Unlike other Hindi News Channels TV9 Bharatvarsh will not promote superstitions like Astrology,” ABCPL director Clifford Pereira said in a statement.

In 2018, Srini Raju exited the company after selling his stake to a clutch of investors including promoters of Megha Engineering and MyHome Cement. The company was valued at Rs 456 crore for the transaction.

ABCPL was promoted by Ravi Prakash with seed capital from Srinivasa Raju through his investment firm iLabs Venture Capital Fund Pvt Ltd (iLabs) and Chintalapati Holdings Pvt Ltd (CHPL) in 2003. iLabs and CHPL held 17.63% and 71.06%, respectively, in ABCPL.

The company operates six channels (different languages) which are broadcast in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The company broadcasts the channel with the brand name of TV9, News9 and TV1.

ABCPL’s revenue grew 19% to Rs 159.96 crore in 9M FY18 compared to Rs 134.73 crore in 9M FY17. In line with increased revenue and lower interest expenses, profit before interest, lease, depreciation, and tax (PBILDT) margin and PAT margin improved significantly to 13.82% and 6.77% respectively during 9M FY18 as against 8.8% and 5.26% in the year-ago period.


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  TDSAT allows Veecon to use ‘Tiranga TV’ name for its English news channel
Posted by: nairrk - 02-16-2019, 09:12 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has allowed Veecon Media and Broadcasting to use the name ‘Tiranga TV’ for its newly launched English news channel Harvest TV News.

However, Veecon has decided not to use the colour saffron and green in its logo until the tribunal takes a final call on the matter. The tribunal stated that the use of Tiranga TV is an interim arrangement which will continue till further orders.

The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has argued that the name and logo of Tiranga TV will attract the provisions of Emblems And Names (Prevention Of Improper Use) Act, 1950, Flag Code of India, 2002 or the Trade Marks Act, 1999. These laws restrict the use of national emblems.

“Having considered the matter from all aspects, we are inclined to accept the submission and concession made by Mr. Sibal and accordingly we pass an interim direction that in case the petitioner chooses to change its name, it can, as an interim measure, use the name Tiranga TV, as submitted to the authorities but without using the saffron and green colors on the name and logo. This interim arrangement shall continue until further orders,” TDSAT said in its order.

Veecon is embroiled in a controversy over the name of the channel. While the original IP owners of the name Harvest TV have objected to Veecon using the name for its English news channel.

In its defense, Veecon has stated that its application for changing the name and logo of the channel to ‘Tiranga TV’ is pending with the MIB since September 2017.

Harvest TV News is being financed by Congress leader Kapil Sibal and has leading journalists like Barkha Dutt and Karan Thapar associated with it. The channel, which went live on 26th January, has been surrounded by controversies ever since it launched.

The MIB has been asked to file a reply within three weeks. Time for filing rejoinder, if required, shall be granted on the next date. The matter has been posted under the same head on 14th March instead of 5th March, as fixed earlier.

Veecon had filed an application on 7th February seeking an interim order/direction for the change of name and logo of its TV channel from ‘Harvest TV’ to ‘Tiranga TV’. The urgency expressed was on account of a notice from a Civil Court in a suit for injunction filed by the third party.

The tribunal noted that the name Tiranga itself is not covered by the Schedule of 1950 Act nor is the subject matter of Flag Code. However, this may not strictly apply to the use of the three colors which is there in the emblem of Tiranga TV.

The company had filed a petition in the tribunal after its name and logo change application filed on 26.9.2017 remained pending for a long time and in the meanwhile, it faced the threat of an injunction or possible injunction from a third entity to prohibit it from using the present name of ‘Harvest TV’.

In the earlier order, the tribunal had allowed it to use Harvest TV name till the MIB takes a decision on the name and logo change application of Veecon considering the fact that the channel operates in news and current affairs category.


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  Sony Sab’s ‘Baavle Utaavle’ to premiere on 18 Feb
Posted by: nairrk - 02-16-2019, 09:11 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: Hindi GEC Sony Sab will be launching its latest show ‘Baavle Utaavle’ on 18th February, every Monday to Friday at 10 pm. ‘Baavle Utaavle’ is a story of two young hearts Guddu and Funty, whose quest to satiate their physical desires is wrapped by the need to get married.

Produced by Rajan Shahi production house Director’s Kut, Baavle Utaavle gives a harmless yet humorous twist to topics like physical intimacy and coming of age that are often not acknowledged in Indian society. With a unique concept and strong storyline, this show is poised to catapult the prime-time television viewing experience for Sony SAB viewers.

Sony Sab, Pal business head Neeraj Vyas said, “At Sony Sab we are committed to fun and happiness and this is evident in our programming strategy. As part of our promise to bring fresh and unique content, we are set to launch Baavle Utaavle – a show that revolves around the coming of age of youngsters. It is the reflection of the lifestyle and mindset of young adults living in small towns; narrated through the journey of our lead couple.”

Kut Producer Director Rajan Shahi said, “Baavle Utaavle deals with topics which is that young adults in the country can relate to. It highlights some important aspects in their lives like curiosity towards marriage, desperation to meet their soulmate and the need for companionship. All of these aspects are beautifully communicated through the life of our two leads – Guddu and Funty, without being preachy.”

Set against the rustic backdrop of a Madhya Pradesh landscape Baavle Utaavle captures the quirks of society in a small town in India where there is a subtle acknowledgement that marriage fulfills the desire for physical intimacy and love follows later. In the show, the central characters are that of Guddu and Funty, two young adults played by Paras Arora and Shivani Badoni, who are obsessed with the idea of a romantic relationship and meeting their soulmates.

While Guddu desperately wants to be with a girl, he is aware of his responsibilities towards his family and believes in being a ‘one-woman-man’. On the other hand, Funty believes that a girl’s life begins only after she gets married and therefore has been praying for the arrival of her knight in shining armour.

Guddu and Funty’s desires start seeing the light of day when Guddu’s older brother, Brajesh Dhimole (Vaibhav Singh) gets married to Funty’s cousin, Sonarika (Mohita Srivastava). Their curiosity and a slight blunder takes them under the suhaag-raat bed of the newlywed couple. Though caught in an embarrassing situation, their life too changes as they fall in love with each other at first sight and decide to set off on a journey.

However, little did they know that falling in love is just the beginning! Guddu and Funty who are ignorant of the intricacies of marriage will encounter many speed breakers coming their way. Will they survive these hurdles on their way to lifelong companionship and become the ideal husband and wife for each other?


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  Prasar Bharati sells 40 DD Free Dish slots for Rs 394.49 cr under new policy
Posted by: nairrk - 02-16-2019, 09:09 AM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Prasar Bharati has mopped up Rs 394.49 crore from the sale of 40 MPEG2 slots during the 38th e-auction of DD Free Dish slots under the policy regime. This is a 30% jump from what Prasar Bharati earned from the sale of DD Free Dish slots under the previous regime.

However, 14 slots have fallen vacant as the pay broadcasters have decided to pull out their second rung Hindi entertainment and movie channels from the platform.

Had the pay broadcasters decided to continue their channels on the platform, the projected revenue for Prasar Bharati from the slot auctions would have been even more staggering.

The pay broadcasters have not totally deserted DD Free Dish with Star India, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), ZEEL, and Viacom18 picking up slots across genres.

“A total of 40 MPEG2 slots were successfully sold through the e-auction that saw participation in every bucket and intense competition in a couple of buckets. With this, the projected annual revenues from DD Free Dish from these 40 MPEG2 slots is estimated to be around Rs 395 crore which is nearly a 30% increase over the revenues likely from the earlier model,” Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar posted on his Twitter account.

He further stated that the language diversity on DD Free Dish has also seen an expansion with Marathi channels taking up slots in Bucket D. “Around 8 new channels have taken up slots in this e-auction across buckets and genres/languages,” he added.

Shekhar also said that Buckets B and C saw intense competition with 11 and 16 slots being taken up at premiums upwards of 6-10% over reserve price in Bucket B and between 16-28% over reserve price in Bucket C.

“The highest bid price in Bucket A+ was 15.05 cr, in Bucket A was 12.45 cr, in Bucket B was 10.95 cr and in Bucket C which saw the greatest competition it was 8.95 cr. Bucket D saw a highest of 6.1 cr,” he noted.


Under the new policy, Prasar Bharati has created five buckets for different genres with varying reserve price based on the commercial potential of the genre.

The A+ bucket comprising of Hindi GEC and home-shopping channels found only two takers in ZEE Entertainment’s Big Ganga and Dangal. The highest bucket price was Rs 15.05 crore on a reserve price of Rs 15 crore. The average slot price is Rs 15.25 crore.

The Bucket A with a reserve price of Rs 12 crore saw eight channels picking up slots. These channels included B4U Music, Enterr10, Indian Fashion TV, Maha Movie, Manoranjan TV, Movie House, NT8, and Sky Star Movies. The highest bid price of Bucket A was Rs 12.45 crore while the average slot price was Rs 12.4 crore.

The Bucket B saw a total of 11 slots being picked up at an average slot price of Rs 10.6 crore. The bucket reserved for music, sports, and Bhojpuri GEC/movie channels saw slots being taken up by Ashirwad, 9XM, B4U Music, Bhojpuri Cinema, Big Ganga, Dabangg, Mastiii, MTV Beats, Sony Mix, Star Sports First, and Zing.

The Bucket C, which was reserved for news & current affairs channels, saw the highest participation with 16 slots being sold to channels like Aaj Tak, Aaj Tak Tez, ABP News, India News, India TV, NDTV India, News 18 India, News18 Rajasthan, News 18 UP/UK, News 24, News Nation, News State UP/UK, Republic TV Bharat, Surya Samachar, Zee Hindustan, and Zee News.

The highest bid price in Bucket C was Rs 8.95 crore while the average slot price was Rs 8.15 crore. The reserve price for this bucket was Rs 8 crore.

Manoranjan Movies, Fakt Marathi, and T TV were the three channels that won slots in Bucket D category, which had a reserve price of Rs 6 crore. This bucket was for all other genres. The highest bucket price was Rs 6.1 crore while the average slot price was Rs 6.08 crore.

Prasar Bharati got the highest premium from Bucket C (16.4%) on the average slot price followed by Bucket B (6%), Bucket A (3.3%), Bucket D (1.3%), and Bucket A+ (0.16%).

Subject to completion of all formalities, the channels who have successfully bid for slots will come on air on DD Free Dish platform from 1st March. Consequently, the existing channels, which are on DD Free Dish platform on a pro-rata basis, will be off air after 28th February.


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  ZEE5 to launch 72 originals in six languages till March 2020
Posted by: nairrk - 02-16-2019, 09:07 AM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

MUMBAI: ZEEL-owned video on demand (VoD) platform ZEE5, which celebrated its first anniversary on 14th February, has revealed that it will launch 72 originals across six languages in the next one year till 2020. This includes shows across multiple genres and languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, and Malayalam.

ZEE5 unveiled the logos of 19 shows in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, and Malayalam. Out of the 19 shows that have been unveiled 11 are in Hindi while the rest are in the regional languages.

The Hindi shows include Rangbaaz Season 2, Karenjit Kaur Season 3 (with Sunny Leone), High Priestess (Amala Akkineni’s digital debut), Skyfire, The Final Call (starring Arjun Rampal and Sakshi Tanwar), Mystic Rose, The Sholay Girl (starring Bidita Baig), Mirror (a short film), 377 (starring Maanvi Gangroo and others), Poison (starring Arbaaz Khan, Freddy Daruwala, Tanuj Virwani), Bandit Queen

The Telugu shows which have been unveiled are ‘Ms Subbulakshmi’ (starring Lakshmi Manchu) and ‘G.O.D. – Gangs of Dharmapuri’ (starring Aditya). The Marathi shows include ‘Sex, Drugs and Theatre’ and ‘Hutatma’ (starring Anjali Patil, Vaibhav Tatvavadi & Abhay Mahajan).

The two Malayalam shows include ‘Aarpoo’ and ‘Porn Ok Please’. In Tamil, the logo of ‘Postman’ has been unveiled while the Bengali show is ‘Sharate Aaj’ (starring Parambrata Chatterjee, Payal Sarkar and Riddhi Sen).

To celebrate the anniversary, ZEE5 has launched a special 30% discount on both annual packs – all access Rs 999/- and regional Rs 499. This is applicable from 14th February to 31st March; in case subscribers pay via their Paytm account, they will get an additional 50% cash back on these rates.

ZEE5 Global- International Broadcast Business CEO Amit Goenka said, “It is a very proud moment indeed for us as we celebrate the first anniversary of ZEE5. A year in, we have seen how ZEE5 has, in fact, bolstered the network channels’ fanbase through its Before TV and catch-up content offerings. With its strong content library, the platform has established a niche for itself in the regional markets of our country – a space that has always remained a focus for us as a Group. In the next few years, we will be investing in ZEE5 to make it the most widely subscribed and viewed Indian entertainment app globally.”

ZEE5 India CEO Tarun Katial said, “This past year has been an enriching journey for each one of us who have been a part of it and being the fastest growing OTT platform in the country is a testimony to the continual efforts of the team and support from our partners. Since our launch in February 2018, we have achieved milestones not just on the Content front, but under multiple pillars including Partnerships and Technology. Our aim through all our initiatives has been to bring a seamless viewing experience for our subscribers, no matter where they are or what their preference is. The learnings have been immense, and from it we have emerged – stronger and bigger. In 2019, our aim is to outdo ourselves in terms of the concepts & shows and technology we drive through ZEE5 and the announcements today are proof that we are fully poised to take this on.”

Katial further said, “The regional markets is where the future of entertainment lies – our next viewers will come from there. We are cognizant of this and building an ecosystem to add more value to our stakeholders in these markets. To celebrate our first anniversary, we have a special offer for our subscribers as well.”


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  Australia tour of India 2019 - News, Schedule & Score updates
Posted by: nairrk - 02-16-2019, 08:44 AM - Forum: Sports Zone - Replies (1)

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  Vodafone Rs 649 postpaid plan: Offers 90GB data, iPhone upgrade program and more
Posted by: nairrk - 02-15-2019, 01:45 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Over the past few months, we have seen telcos come up with a number of new prepaid plans, while also revising a lot of their existing plans to offer better benefits. However, its been a long time since companies revised their postpaid offering. Now, Vodafone has added a new postpaid plan to its portfolio which offers a number of benefits worth Rs 11,498 to the users.

Spotted by TelecomTalk, the plan is called RED iPhone Forever, and is priced at Rs 649 per month. In terms of benefits, it includes unlimited local and national calling without any FUP. The plan also includes unlimited national roaming. Talking about data benefits, the plan includes 90GB monthly 2G/3G/4G data, along with data rollover option for up to 200GB.

Vodafone has also included complimentary 12 months subscription to Vodafone Play where uses can watch live TV and movies for free. Users also get one-year Amazon Prime subscription where they can get two-day deliveries for free, along with an access to content on Amazon Prime Video.

There is also iPhone Forever program, which is a part of postpaid plans above Rs 649. Say you happen to accidentally drop your iPhone, replacing the display, panel and anything else that got damaged would cost about Rs 15,000 or more. However, with the iPhone Forever program, you can get your iPhone repaired or replaced by paying a service handling fee of Rs 2,000 + GST.

Further there are buyback offers too, where you can replace your existing iPhone for a new iPhone. Eligible models for replacement, upgrade and repair include iPhone 5S and above, that have been purchased from authorized retailer and under 18 months. Smartphones over 18 months will not be eligible for replacement, but you can still get them repaired and upgraded. You can also avail pick-up and drop facility if you wish to avail the iPhone Forever program.


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  Airtel expands 4G network coverage in Mumbai
Posted by: nairrk - 02-15-2019, 12:10 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel Thursday said it has upgraded 4G network in Mumbai, with the deployment of ‘LTE 900 technology’ that will enhance indoor network coverage and improve network experience for customers. With the roll-out of 4G in the superior 900 MHz spectrum band, Airtel’s mobile network “will get additional high-speed data capacity to serve its customers”, the company said.

“More importantly, given the high propagation and reach of the 900 MHz spectrum, Airtel smartphone customers will enjoy improved 4G availability inside buildings – homes, offices and malls. It will also result in wider availability of Airtel 4G across Mumbai,” it added.

Airtel has over 8.4 million customers in Mumbai. The company has announced it will expand the network in Mumbai by rolling out 7,000 new mobile broadband sites and 400 Kilometres of fresh optical fiber during 2018-19 under its network transformation program Project Leap.

Besides, a recent Ookla report revealed that in Q3-Q4 2018, Airtel offered the fastest 4G speeds in India with an average of 11.23 Mbps, while Vodafone secured the second spot in offering the fastest 4G service with average speeds ranging at 9.13 Mbps. The third spot was bagged by Reliance Jio with an average speed of 7.11 Mbps. Additionally, another report revealed that Reliance Jio ranked first in terms of 4G availability in India.


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  After Tata Sky, Dish TV lists HD add-on packs in line with TRAI guidelines
Posted by: nairrk - 02-15-2019, 12:06 PM - Forum: Dish TV India - No Replies

Following the TRAI mandate, DTH service provider Dish TV has come up with new HD Add-on packs as well. As reported by TelecomTalk, Dish TV website now has a lot more HD add-on packs than before. After the new pricing and regulatory measures, Dish TV announced its new combo and add-on packs for the subscribers, and now the company has put up HD add-on bouquet pricing as well.

These add-on bouquet packs also include Bangla HD, Marathi HD, Tamil HD and more HD packs in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. Some of the HD combo packs includes English Movies HD, News HD, English Entertainment HD, Kids HD, Hindi Entertainment HD and more. Cricket fans also have option of selecting English Cricket HD pack at Rs 57.

Previously, Dish TV reportedly brought the SD add-on packs only. These have been available for quite some time now. After the new DTH and Cable TV guidelines from TRAI, all subscribers are now required to select their TV channel preferences from respective cable service provider platform. All DTH operators such as Dish TV, Tata Sky, and Airtel Digital TV have announced their channel packs and pricing for individual channels.

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In case of Dish TV, the operator hasn’t troubled customers for the channel selection. The service provider has moved to subscribers’ pack to computer generated pre-selected channel package. You have an option to from add on combos like other DTH operators over and above of FTA (free to air) Rs 153 base pack.


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  Star Plus to launch weekend fiction show ‘Divya Drishti’ on 23 Feb
Posted by: nairrk - 02-15-2019, 08:53 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Hindi GEC Star Plus will be launching its latest offering ’Divya Drishti’, a tale of 2 sisters that will be aired from 23rd February. The show will air during the weekend at 7 pm.

Blessed with the greatest gift of supremacy, the two sisters have one superpower each, which can change the course of events. Divya and Drishti played by Nyra Banerjee and Sana Sayyad have distinctive powers that make them special. However, destiny has other plans for them and they get separated in their childhood.

To be the most prevailing when it comes to their powers, they must be together. Hence, every full moon night, they set out on the journey to find each other. Akin to Lord Shiva, Drishti’s third eye which helps her with the future insights have been symbolizing her trait of foreseeing what will happen next. While they have inherited the quality of Shiv Bhakti and Aradhna, Drishti has been getting flashes leaving her confused as to what does this mean for her?

Produced by Fireworks Productions and Mukta Dhond, Divya Drishti, traces the life of twin sisters, Divya and Drishti, who have been separated by fate but the hope of reuniting with each other, keeps them going. Drishti who’s born with a superpower can see the impending forthcomings and Divya, on the other hand, can change them! As the two sisters try to reunite with each other on every full moon, there is a looming threat on them as their powers come together again.

On the other hand, is the wicked witch, Pishachini, who is equipped with a powerful dagger and has a hollow eye. Popular actress Sangita Ghosh will be seen as Pishachini. Drishti is haunted by malevolent visions of Pishachini who is after something. The mystery haunts Drishti, making her wonder if her god gift is really a boon or a mere jinx.

Talking about the show and concept, Co-Producer Mukta Dhond shares, “Divya Drishti is a really unique tale of 2 sisters with superpowers who will keep you at the edge of your seats. Where people are curious about what the future has in store for them, the protagonist Drishti can foresee the future while the other sister has the ability to change it. There are various other characters that add to the drama like Pishachini’s evilness and her quest to look for these sisters.”

B.P. Singh shared, “The audience is surely in for a visual delight with StarPlus’ latest offering – Divya Drishti. This is definitely distinctive in nature. Where everyone only wishes to have the power to see the future and change it, Divya and Drishti are blessed with these superpowers. The show will be an intrigue the audiences to know how the girls reunite and why is Pishachini behind them!’


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