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  ZEE5 marks Valentine’s Day with ‘Kedarnath’ premiere
Posted by: nairrk - 02-15-2019, 08:51 AM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

MUMBAI: Over the top (OTT) platform ZEE5 has premiered recently released film ‘Kedarnath’ today on the platform. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the film stars talented actors Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput in lead roles. The theatrical release of the film opened with fantastic numbers and received a great response across audiences.

Kedarnath is the journey of two individuals who dare to fall in love but become prey to an inhumane destiny.

ZEE5 India business head Manish Aggarwal said, “It was a conscious decision to premiere 2018’s biggest love story on Valentine’s Day. We at ZEE5 are constantly bringing blockbuster films for our subscribers and our World Digital Premiere line-up has been expanding ever since. Not only restricted to a bunch of recent arrivals, but ZEE5 offers a wide collection of vintage, cult-classic romantic films to binge on. We strongly believe that love doesn’t come with an expiry date, hence, on the platform, we have curated love stories across eras for a wider audience appeal.”

This February, ZEE5 endeavors to celebrate love with a wide array of romantic classics like Dream Girl and Karz to blockbusters of 90s and beyond like ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Socha Na Tha’, ‘Pardes’, ‘Taal’, ‘Namaste England’, ‘Manmarziyaan’, and ‘Dhadak’, to name a few.


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  ALTBalaji’s high school web drama ‘PuncchBeat’ begins streaming
Posted by: nairrk - 02-15-2019, 08:49 AM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Over the top (OTT) platform ALTBalaji has started streaming high school web drama ‘PuncchBeat’ starting today. Viewers can binge-watch 13 episodes of the drama which is based on the students of Rosewood High Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the country.

Home ground of the elites, the school is popular for nurturing champions in fields like boxing and dancing and its disciplined ways. Famous for its heritage and disciplined ways, the new semester at Rosewood High looks to be one where rebels will be formed, and a lot of rules will be broken.

Teen sensation Priyank Sharma and the charming Harshita Gaur, will play the lead, along with the debutants Siddharth Sharma and Khushi Joshi. The youth drama also sees industry veterans Sameer Soni and Niki Walia playing pivotal roles along with debutants Nikhil Bhambri, Sindhuja Turlapati, Krishna Kaul and Kajol Tyagi.

Filled with romance, drama and a lot of fun, the latest offering has captured extremely riveting emotions and relationships that the particular age group goes through. The story revolves around two protagonists, Rahat (Priyank) and Ranbir (Siddharth), who understand the true meaning of friendship, love, and family through their individual complicated journeys.

The coming of age school drama between the two dives into the mayhem between two brothers, one legitimate and the other one a ‘bastard’ and how they realise that life is all about acceptance and finding one’s identity.

Speaking about the web series, producer and creator Vikas Gupta says, “Excitement on the show has been at an all-time high ever since ALTBalaji announced the series followed by the trailer launch, prom night celebration and the college festival promotions. All of which has been possible due to the immense faith in our web series and I am sure that it will resonate with the younger generation today while giving a nostalgic feeling to the others. Everyone involved in the project has put their heart and soul in this and I am sure the audiences will love it.”


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  Monthly DTH bills to go down as Sun Direct and Tata Sky do away with network charges
Posted by: nairrk - 02-14-2019, 12:42 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

TRAI recently introduced new framework for cable and DTH operators, after which, subscribers now need to choose channels they wish to watch, and only pay for that. While the idea is good, the implementation is where things get confusing for many. In fact, after the new DTH rules, the monthly bills have gone up, and the NCF (network capacity fee) has been the culprit.

To minimize the burden, Tata Sky and Sun Direct have reportedly done away with network charges, which will surely make monthly DTH bills cheaper. Sun Direct has revoked the NCF charges for all the channels. This means, subscribers will get access to all free to air (FTA) channels for Rs 153 (Rs 130 fee + 18 percent GST), TelecomTalk reports.

While other DTH operators charge NCF of Rs 20 per 25 channels over and above the FTA channels, Sun Direct has waved that off. If you choose 100 FTA channels, and 10 paid channels (Rs 5 each), you will end up paying Rs 203.

The breakdown is simple, Rs 153 for FTA channels, and Rs 50 for the 10 paid channels. When NCF was levied, the same would have costed you Rs 223. There are channels that are priced at Rs 2, there are ones that are priced at Rs 5, some priced at Rs 19, and so on. Sun Direct also has curated packs, where Kannada DPO Pack 2, for instance, gives you 207 channels for just Rs 224 per month, plus taxes. Similarly, there are other packs that you can choose too.

Similarly, Tata Sky has also introduced a similar offer, but unlike Sun Direct, it has revoked NCF for select channels. Before the offer, 213 channels costed us Rs 882, but it now costs Rs 867. Yes, it is not a big difference like Sun Direct, but it sure does help save some money.


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  History TV18’s ‘Battle Factory’ focuses on manufacturing of frontline gear..
Posted by: nairrk - 02-14-2019, 08:49 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

History TV18’s ‘Battle Factory’ focuses on manufacturing of frontline gear used in battle

MUMBAI: History TV18 is all set to roll out its new finite weekend series. The channel will be premiering its new finite show ‘Battle Factory’ on February 16, 2019, every Saturday & Sunday at 9.30 PM. The Battle Factory’ will show how raw materials become finished products ready for combat.

A 14 part series will give the viewers an understanding of how are soldiers’ ballistic helmets, sniper camouflage suits, forest firefighters’ high-tech ‘dragon eggs’ and more actually made?

Each episode is a story in itself, which will excite the viewer for its very format of never-before-seen factories that are secretive and kept hush-hush. It gives you a preview of the engineering mastery that goes into making the bullet-proof helmets, fuel bladders and Zippo lighters.

Every item’s manufacturing process is shot using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques for a look and feel that really brings the machines and process to life. ‘Battle Factory’ gives unprecedented access and reveals how these items are manufactured right before the viewers’ eyes.

The programme also tells the viewer how there is no room for errors when lives are at stake along with intricate details on how these factories manufacture some of the ultra-modern vital gear armies around the world.


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  MX Player to launch original series ‘Hey Prabhu’ on 20 Feb
Posted by: nairrk - 02-14-2019, 08:47 AM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Times Internet-owned over the top (OTT) platform MX Player is set to launch its original series ‘Hey Prabhu’ on 20th February. Starring Rajat Barmecha, Achint Kaur, Sheeba Chaddha, Ritu Raj Singh, Parul Gulati and Prynca Talukdar in pivotal roles, the series is being directed by Shashanka Ghosh.

Speaking at the launch, Director Shashanka Ghosh said, “Hey Prabhu is a lighthearted take on the psyche of the millennials and what keeps them ticking on a daily basis. In a world that’s largely virtual, the series talks about real-life problems that this breed of youngsters battle – be it on the home front or at work. With comedy as a backdrop – the show highlights the complexity of both, the little as well as the big problems.”

Talking about his role, Rajat Barmecha said, “Tarun is the antithesis of the quintessential Sharma ji ka ladka. On the work front, he excels with the understanding of social media and delivers above expectation but on the personal front, he doesn’t seem able to deal with the mess his life is in. He is a millennial who has issues that many may deem unnecessary but are very real to him. I hope the audiences enjoy the series as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Parul Gulati further added saying, “Every character in the show fits in to add an element that is integral to the story. This is the story of every millennial and I am certain it’s going to resonate with one and all in a very unexpected way. It was fun to shoot with such a talented bunch for Hey Prabhu. I can’t wait for the show to go live on the 20th February.”

Tarun is the quintessential millennial – his life is an open book, chapter and verse on the internet (in fact, he’s a twitter god), he likes women but runs away from commitment and he craves attention. On the surface, Tarun Prabhu represents all things cool with a fun fashion sense, a sexy man bun and an “I-Don’t-Give-A-Damn-Attitude”…But what happens when he must learn to navigate the offline troubles of his first “job”, moving out of his parent’s home AND a newly discovered case of erectile dysfunction?


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  Big broadcasters to pull-out channels from DD Free Dish
Posted by: nairrk - 02-14-2019, 08:45 AM - Forum: DD Direct Plus (DD Free Dish) - No Replies

MUMBAI: The four big broadcasters will be pulling out their channels from Prasar Bharati’s free direct to home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish from 1st March, Dish TV chairman, and managing director (CMD) Jawahar Goel has said.

Goel further stated that the decision has been taken collectively by leading broadcasters Star India, ZEEL, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), and IndiaCast Media Distribution, which distributes TV18 and Viacom18 channels.

“Zee, Star, Sony, and Viacom18 have decided to withdraw their channels from the platform from 1st March. They have decided not to go on that platform. So, all these channels will not be there on DD Free Dish. That is why you must have seen that in a-la-carte they are no more a free channel,” Goel told analysts during the company’s earnings conference call.

The four broadcasters distribute Hindi entertainment and movie channels on Free Dish, which reaches an estimated 30 million homes. These channels air repeat content that are first premiered on the pay channels.

These include erstwhile free to air (FTA) channels like Star Utsav, Zee Anmol, and Rishtey in Hindi GEC genre and Sony Wah, Star Utsav Movies, and Zee Anmol Cinema.

In certain cases, even pay channels are being distributed on distributed on Free Dish. These include Hindi GECs Star Bharat, Sony Pal, and Hindi movie channel Rishtey Cineplex.

It is pertinent to note that the four broadcast networks have converted their FTA channels to pay in the new pricing regime of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The reason for turning FTA channels to pay is that the TRAI regulations bar mixing of pay and FTA channels in a bouquet.

The issue of distributing pay channels on DD Free Dish has also been a bone of content between Dish TV and pay broadcasters. The DTH player has filed petitions in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) seeking a refund for pay broadcasters.

The TRAI had recently said that it is seized of the matter. TRAI chairman RS Sharma, in an interview to Business Standard, had said that the new regulatory framework doesn’t apply to DD Free Dish as it is not a pay-TV platform.

Dish TV’s contention is that there should be parity in terms of nature (pay or FTA) of the channel offering. The broadcasters have argued that DD Free Dish doesn’t collect subscription, therefore, they cannot ask the DTH platform to pay for carrying the pay channels.

Interestingly, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati had come out with new policy guidelines for auctioning slots on DD Free Dish last month. The pubcaster has devised reserve price for different genres based on the commercial potential.

Five buckets have been created for e-auction of MPEG2 slots. At Rs 15 crore, the highest reserve is for Hindi GECs and teleshopping channels under Bucket A+.

The Bucket A has been dedicated for Hindi movie channels with a reserve price of Rs 12 crore. The Bucket B comprises of Hindi music, sports besides Bhojpuri GEC and movie channels and has a reserve price of Rs 10 crore.

The English, Hindi, and Punjabi news channels are under Bucket C with a reserve price of Rs 7 crore. The Bucket D comprises of all other genres with a reserve price of Rs 6 crore.

The auction of 56 MPEG2 slots on Free Dish is currently under process. The e-auction began on 11th February.

With the pay broadcasters pulling out of DD Free Dish, it is believed that Prasar Bharati will find it hard to mobilise enough revenue from the auction of slots as the high reserve price will make Free Dish slots out of reach for smaller broadcasters.

The four leading broadcasters have 11 channels on DD Free Dish. These include Star’s Star Utsav, Star Bharat, Star Utsav Movies, Star Sports First; Sony’s Sony Pal, Sony Wah; Viacom18’s Rishtey, Rishtey Cineplex, MTV Beats; and ZEEL’s Zee Anmol, Zee Anmol Cinema.


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  Videocon D2h unveils a range of SD and HD add-on packs; prices start at Rs 7
Posted by: nairrk - 02-13-2019, 01:26 PM - Forum: Videocon D2H - Replies (3)

After TRAI’s implementation of new framework for DTH and cable operators, a lot has changed in India. You now need to choose your favorite channels individually, or go for broadcaster packs. Over and above the channel packs, you also need to pay NCF (network capacity fee), which makes TV watching in India slightly expensive. While TRAI has pushed the deadline to choose your favorite channels till March 31, DTH operators are doing their part by giving you a lot of options.

Videocon D2h has now added a range of SD and HD add-on packs, allowing you to opt for the one that best fits your needs. First reported by Telecom Talk, the new add-on packs start at Rs 7 and go all the way up to Rs 119 for SD (standard definition) channels. The HD (high-definition) add on packs, on the other hand, start at Rs 22 and go all the way up to Rs 208.

So, over and above the base pack, which gives you free to air channels for Rs 130, you can go for A La Carte option where you can individually pick single channels, or you can go for broadcaster bouquets. If that looks a little expensive to you, and has more channels that you may not end up watching, opting for add-on packs would be a good option.

As mentioned above, the add-on packs start at Rs 7 for SD channels where you get Mega Gujarati pack, which includes 4 channels – Zee 24 Kalak, News18 Gujarati, Colors Gujarati and CNBC Bajaaar. There is a best of Marathi with 5 channels priced at Rs 31, Mega Marathi priced at Rs 46, Mega Oriya for Rs 41, Mega Tamil with over 15 channels for Rs 84, and more. There is also Mega English pack with over 25 channels including HBO, AXN, Discovery, Romedy Now, Aminal Planet, and Comedy Central among others priced at Rs 119.

Moving on to HD channel add-on, the basic pack is priced at Rs 22, called Mega Kids, offers 7 channels. Then there is Best of Kannada HD with 9 HD channels priced at Rs 93, Premium Sports HD with 8 channels priced at Rs 120, and English Mega HD with over 25 channels priced at Rs 208. D2h notes that the lock in period for a period of 30 days, meaning, once the add-on pack is added, you cannot remove it before 30 days.

To select base pack and add-on packs, you can call the D2h customer care, or head over to, enter your mobile number (or subscriber ID) followed by the PIN (or OTP) to authenticate. Next, you can select the base pack, add-ons and any other pack that you want, and it will be activated in a few hours.


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  Airtel TV will return the remaining balance from its annual and semi-annual plans
Posted by: nairrk - 02-13-2019, 07:19 AM - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - No Replies

Airtel Digital TV will return the remaining balance from its annual and semi-annual plans

If you are an Airtel Digital TV subscriber and already paid for an annual or semi-annual plan before the recent changes in the pricing and packages of TV channels then you don’t need to worry. Airtel has just confirmed that it will be returning the remaining amount to subscribers. This move comes weeks after TRAI made mandatory changes to the pricing and the way users choose their TV channels. TRAI had initially set February 1, 2019, as the deadline for DTH and cable operators to migrate their subscribers to this new system.

As reported previously, some users are yet to migrate to this new TRAI mandated TV channel pack plans. As noted by TelecomTalk, the new TRAI mandated plans are good for customers as they allow television consumers to only select the plans that they are interested in instead of paying for everything. Additionally, the monthly fee that users will have to pay will “subsequently” be “proportional to the channels” that TV watchers are subscribed to providing them with ample amount of choice as well as savings.

According to the report, Airtel Digital TV users who pay on monthly-basis will find it easier to make the switch while long term plan subscribers will receive the remaining amount as a credit for future use. To clarify, if a user is subscribed to a long term plan where the current remaining credit is Rs 3,000 and the same user has opted to a Rs 200 monthly TRAI-mandated plan then the company will keep on deducting Rs 200 from the remaining Rs 3,000 every month.

This way Airtel Digital TV users with long terms plans will not have to worry about paying separately or having their money stuck in the limbo. This is important to note that Airtel is not the first to announce such move and Tata Sky has already announced such a move to make things easier for its subscribers. In case you have not subscribed to a TRAI-mandated plan then the company will automatically migrate you to the plan that is closest to your current plan.


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  Discovery Channel to launch four-part series ‘Planet Healers’ starting 8 Mar
Posted by: nairrk - 02-12-2019, 06:55 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel is launching a new four-part series called ‘Planet Healers’ starting 8th March every Friday at 8 pm with Jim Sarbh as the host, making his debut on Indian television. ‘Planet Healers’ is a first of its kind series featuring eight start-ups who are working tirelessly to find innovative solutions to environmental hazards that we face today.

Jim Sarbh will give the audience a deep dive into how these start-ups are focusing on complex and at the same time extremely important issues like unplanned urbanisation, electronic waste management, air pollution, and fuel recycling. He will also be seen playing an integral role in educating viewers about the current environmental concerns and will give a reality check on how these hazards are impacting our planet.

“I don’t believe in the separation between mankind and nature. Mankind is nature. It is only natural, that nature would find a way to heal itself, through mankind. I am excited by this Discovery’s new series ‘Planet Healers’ and the startups on it. Hope more people stretch their imaginations in the direction of conservation and preservation of our large, wonderful, home,” said host Jim Sarbh.


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  BBC to launch five new natural history programmes in next three years
Posted by: nairrk - 02-12-2019, 06:54 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: BBC has unveiled a series of natural history programmes that will help audiences globally to better understand the greatest issues affecting the planet. The British public broadcaster has said it will launch five new natural history programmes up to 2022.

The five new series include One Planet: Seven Worlds, Green Planet, Perfect Planet, Frozen Planet II, Planet Earth III, in the globally renowned Planet strand, which have proved hugely popular with audiences.

Since the launch of Planet Earth in 2006, the BBC Planet titles have become a huge global hit and over a billion people have watched Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II in the last 3 years. This new five-strong slate is expected to involve over 10,000 days of filming– and will tell a truly global story.

BBC Planet sits within BBC Earth, the global factual brand for BBC Studios. The BBC Earth brand is present in over 169 countries and across multiple platforms including branded channels, digital platforms, innovative AR and VR extensions, live events, cinema, and giant screen releases, publishing and ancillary products.

In Asia, the BBC Earth channel is available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It is available as a block in Japan on WOWOW and as joint-venture channel Sony BBC Earth in India.

BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore said, “The BBC is world famous for its natural history programming and these new series will raise the bar even higher. We know that audiences want shows that bring them the richest narratives, the best camerawork, and the highest quality production values and they look to us to deliver this.”

He further adds, “Viewers around the globe have been captivated by the incredible stories that the Planets series have told and now new technology allows us to explore even more of the natural world than ever before. These new series will look in depth at specific aspects of the natural world, giving revealing and sometimes surprising insights to animals and the habitats they live in. It’s our biggest ever commitment to natural history and one we are proud of.”

Natural History and Specialist Factual Head of Commissioning Tom McDonald said, “Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and most recently Dynasties reinvented landmark Natural History at BBC – delivering record-breaking global audiences & receiving awards around the world. These new titles reveal the scale of our ambitions in Natural History – with a rich and innovative pipeline of titles up to 2022: the biggest commitment we have ever made in the genre.”

“I am also delighted to be bringing the long-awaited Frozen Planet back to our screens a decade after the first series was on-air, and of course thrilled that Planet Earth will be back in the BBC’s centenary year. Both will continue our pledge to reveal not just the world’s greatest wonders and animal behaviour but reflect the very real challenges the natural world faces,” said McDonald.

One Planet: Seven Worlds will showcase the seven extraordinary continents created when incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust millions of years ago. This seven-part series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there. It will broadcast later this year.

Green Planet will be the first immersive portrayal of an unseen, interconnected world, full of remarkable new behaviour, emotional stories and surprising heroes in the plant world. This is Planet Earth from the perspective of plants. It will broadcast in 2021.

Perfect Planet will be a unique fusion of blue-chip natural history and earth sciences explaining how the living planet operates. This five-part series will show how the forces of nature – weather, ocean currents, solar energy, and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. It will broadcast in 2020.

Frozen Planet II will take audiences back to the wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctica. Ten years on from the original Frozen Planet, this series tells the complete story of the entire frozen quarter of our planet that’s locked in ice and blanketed in snow. It will broadcast in 2021.

Planet Earth III will be the most ambitious natural history landmark ever undertaken by the BBC. Combining the awe and wonder of the original Planet Earth, the new science and discoveries of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, and the immersive character-led storytelling of Dynasties, the series will take the ‘Planet Earth’ experience to new heights. It will broadcast in 2022.


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