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  Zee Telugu to premiere Rajanikanth-starrer ‘2.0’ on 13 April
Posted by: nairrk - 04-12-2019, 10:21 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Zee Telugu is all set to make this weekend a blockbuster one for its audience with the World Television premiere of super hit movie ‘2.0’. The movie starring Rajanikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson will be premiered on 13th April at 5.30 pm only on Zee Telugu and Zee Telugu HD.

Directed by Shankar and produced by A. Subaskaran, the movie is a perfect blend of sci-fi, horror and special effects and revolves around the theme of a wronged individual taking revenge on people.

The story of 2.0 begins with an old man committing suicide from the top of a mobile tower followed by a mysterious event of cellphones vanishing into the sky. The plot unravels as the reason behind the curious case of mobile phones starting to disappear is revealed to be Pakshiraju, (Akshay Kumar).

He is responsible for randomly killing people. Dr. Vasigaran (Rajnikanth) along with his robot Nila (Amy Jackson) are called for to solve this mystery and are the only hope for mankind against Pakshiraju. Dr. Vasigaran proposes to bring Chitti, the Robot to counter the evil powers of Pakshiraju and save the city.

The movie then follows to slowly disclose the facts on how Dr. Vasigaran fought the powers of the birdman and reveal the reason behind the birdman’s attack on mobile phones.

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  ABP News Network set to expand its presence in regional markets
Posted by: nairrk - 04-12-2019, 10:20 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: News broadcaster ABP News Network (ANN) is all set to expand its presence in the regional news market with the launch of new channels. The broadcaster has five new TV channel licences from the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) in recent.

ANN has received licences under the names ABP Andhra, ABP Ganga, ABP Kannada, ABP Sanjha and ABP Tamil. The news broadcaster will begin its expansion with the launch of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand focussed channel ABP Ganga. This channel is slated to launch on 15th April and will also be available on DD Free Dish.

The channel has also revived plans to launch a Punjabi news channel ABP Sanjha. The channel’s launch was shelved at the last minute more than five years. ABP Sanjha is available on digital platforms and has also launched in Canada.

For the first time, ANN will also be stepping into the Southern market. It is planning to launch channels for Tamil, Kannada and Telugu markets with ABP Andhra (Telugu), ABP Kannada, and ABP Tamil.

Currently, ANN’s footprint is restricted to Hindi heartland, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati with ABP News, ABP Majha, ABP Bengali, and ABP Asmita.

ABP Asmita was the first major launch by the company in seven and a half years after the launch of ABP Majha in 2007. It was also the first channel launch post Star’s exit from the company, which was earlier known as Media Content and Communications System (MCCS).

The company’s cost is expected to go up due to the launch of the new channel in the short-term. However, the company is also expecting additional revenue from the launch of the new channel.

As reported earlier by TelevisionPost.com, news broadcaster ABP News Network’s net profit for the fiscal ended 31st March 2018 has gone up 61% due to a strong performance by Hindi and Bengali news channels ABP News and ABP Ananda.

The company’s net profit has jumped to Rs 48.99 crore in FY18 from Rs 30.36 crore in the year ago period. The profit before interest lease depreciation and tax (PBILDT) was up at Rs 95.56 crore from Rs 79.77 crore.

The PBILDT margin witnessed improvement in FY18 on account of increase in ad rates in ABP News and ABP Ananda on account of their established position in their respective genres supported by a marginal reduction in operating losses incurred in new ventures.

Higher PBILDT level primarily coupled with a decline in the capital charge led to an improvement in the PAT margin in FY18. The cash accruals of the company remained satisfactory at Rs 66 crore vis-à-vis term debt repayment obligation of Rs 11.25 crore in FY18.

With an improvement in the profitability level of the company, the net-worth position of the company recovered. Strong cash-flow from established channels (ABP News and ABP Ananda) supported the loss from newer ventures, repayment of term debt and other obligation in FY18 and Q1 FY19.

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  Enter10 Bangla added by ADTV
Posted by: nairrk - 04-12-2019, 09:40 AM - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - No Replies

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  WhatsApp adds 'Ignore archived chats' feature to 2.19.101 Android beta version
Posted by: nairrk - 04-11-2019, 10:22 AM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

WhatsApp is back again with a new feature, which will change a few things and make your experience better. Now, the messaging service has added an ‘Ignore archived chats’ feature to 2.19.101 Android beta version. WhatsApp has just relabelled the old Vacation mode feature to the ‘Ignore archived chats’, and both offer similar features. “The feature was originally called Vacation Mode, but now its name is Ignore archived chats,” Wabetainfo reports.

The Facebook-owned company originally introduced this feature back in October 2018. Now, WhatsApp seems to be planning to add this feature. The vacation mode feature was unveiled so that users will be able to mute archived chats to remain archived until he/she unmutes or unarchives them. Currently, the messaging service automatically unarchives the archived chats when a user receives a new message from a friend or group.

WhatsApp is expected to soon roll out this feature as it will help those who want to keep their individual chats/groups chats archived to keep their conversations uncluttered. Once the feature will be officially released, you will be able to activate it from WhatsApp Notifications Settings menu. “Thanks to the Ignore archived chats feature, things are going to change soon for archived chats: when the feature is enabled from your WhatsApp Notification Settings, archived chats won’t be unarchived when new messages arrive,” the report mentioned.

Additionally, WhatsApp will also add a new Archived cell in the main Chats window, that will appear when you slide down the chats list. The newly added “Ignore archived chats” feature is not available yet. But the cited source revealed that the change is enabled by default and one can check it immediately by updating to the 2.19.101 beta. There could be a possibility that you might not witness this feature as it is still under development phase. “We don’t know when WhatsApp is going to enable the Ignore archived chats feature. They are surely going to roll out it in future,” the report stated.

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  Comedy Central launches #ChooserNotLoser campaign for elections
Posted by: nairrk - 04-11-2019, 08:57 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: This Election season English entertainment channel Comedy Central is running a campaign aimed at reminding viewers that in Indian democracy, we have the right to vote and choose our leader. And this reminder comes in the form of three satirical videos that aim at not only tickling the funny bone of viewers but also cajole them to realize their duty as a responsible citizen of our country.

Contrary to most election campaigns that aim to either encourage citizens to vote by applying an emotional or motivational overtone, Comedy Central presents them with a hard-hitting question, “Are you a Chooser or a Loser?” Urging viewers to understand the importance of their vote, that can eventually be the difference between someone who makes their decisions and one that’s made to live with the choices made by others.

Commenting on the campaign, Viacom18 head Youth, Music & English Entertainment Ferzad Palia said, “India is a young country, with nearly 15 million voters newly eligible for the upcoming general elections. Being a responsible brand that appeals and resonates with the country’s youth as well as other age-groups, Comedy Central adopted an approach that’s synonymous with its spirit to evangelize the importance of each vote. Driving the message through cleverly curated videos with a comic narrative yet an underlining powerful call to action, we hope to influence every citizen to go out and exercise their right to vote.”

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  Hotstar Premium to premiere ‘Game of Thrones’ S8 on 15 April
Posted by: nairrk - 04-10-2019, 07:25 AM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

MUMBAI: Hotstar Premium will be premiering ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 episode 1 along with US on 15th April at 6:30 am in India. Hotstar Premium gives its viewers the chance to watch the epic fantasy series which will stream first on Monday morning.

Will Jon split with Dany and team up with Cersei? Is Bran the real Night King? Will Jon kill Bran? What will be Viserion’s fate? Will the great war between the living and dead end everything? All these fan theories are a well guarded secret by the Night’s Watch. But remember, with the final season we can hope the secrets will be revealed.

Commenting on secrecy of the show, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) said, “I remember having a little braid in my hair and the hair and makeup team would be like, you cannot leave with that braid in your hair, we have to take it out. Because people will read into it and find some spoilers with just a braid. It’s crazy!”

Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), has a cryptic message for all the fans, “I think that it is the final season, so you would imagine we would move towards some resolution when it comes to the major questions.”

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  Nat Geo’s Oscar-winning docu ‘Free Solo’ set to hit theatres in India on 12 April
Posted by: nairrk - 04-10-2019, 07:22 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

[Image: Free-Solo-Inside.jpg]MUMBAI: National Geographic is all set to release its Oscar-winning documentary ‘Free Solo’ in theatres on 12th April in India. ‘Free Solo’, which won the Best Documentary at both the Oscars & the BAFTAs, will release across theatres on Friday across key metros such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and cities like Chandigarh.

From award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of the Oscar-shortlisted film ‘Meru’, ‘Free Solo’, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock – the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope.

The film is an edge-of-your-seat thriller and an inspiring story of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armour of invincibility he has built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin have beautifully captured deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

Commenting on ‘Free Solo’ being watched by Indian audiences, Alex Honnold, said, “When I know what I’m doing and I’m climbing well, then it feels meditative, kind of relaxing and beautiful. Jimmy and his crew did a really nice job setting up remote cameras and I was stoked that it’s going to result in some of the most remarkable footage. It’s amazing the way audiences have connected with the film and I feel extremely excited for the theatrical premiere of Free Solo in India by National Geographic. I really hope Indian audiences like it as much as the rest of the world.”

Commenting on the planned theatrical release, Star India President & Head-Consumer Strategy and Innovation Gayatri Yadav said, “For 131 years, National Geographic has been using the power of storytelling to inspire the explorer in all of us. With jaw dropping cinematography led by award winning directors, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Free Solo is another endeavour that represents the very best of National Geographic. The film is a deep and highly personal exploration of passion, drive, determination, unimaginable risk, love, and hair-raising adventure. Free Solo’s momentous global release has not only captured audience’s attention but has also set several box-office records in the US. We are excited with the launch of this Oscar winning film in India. With National Geographic led outstanding cinematography, we are hopeful that it would be able to capture Indian audience’s attention and continue to break records.”

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  New Tata Sky 'Lite' packs announced in regional languages: All you need to know
Posted by: nairrk - 04-09-2019, 06:39 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky has announced new Lite packs in regional languages. There are a total of four new Tata Sky regional packs, which includes Telugu Lite, Tamil Lite, Kannada Lite, and Bengali Lite. To begin with, the Telugu Lite pack will cost you Rs 46. But, the total cost of the pack is Rs 199 inclusive of NCF, pack charge, and taxes. With this pack, subscribers will get 17 channels. The same is also applied to other Lite packs.

The other Tamil Lite, Kannada Lite and Bengali Lite packs are also priced at Rs 46, but the total cost will be Rs 199 each. Additionally, with Tamil Lite, the DTH provider is offering customers ten channels. The Kannada Lite pack bundles 21 channels, while the Bengali Lite pack comes with eight channels, TelecomTalk reports.

Last month, Tata Sky unveiled new smart channel packs in different regional languages. The packs included a Hindi smart plan for Rs 249, Punjabi smart plan is 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.

Besides, the company also launched a few mini packs, which allowed a subscriber to add select channels from different genres without spending much from their pocket. The category reportedly includes a total of 27 packs dedicated to lifestyle channels, cricket channels, music channels, movies channels and more. Besides, Tata Sky is also offering subscribers channel packs curated from a single broadcaster, which includes Sony, Zee, Disney, NDTV, Discovery and more.

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  TVF plans to launch 20 originals including first feature film, regional shows in 2019
Posted by: nairrk - 04-09-2019, 12:27 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

MUMBAI: Digital entertainment platform The Viral Fever (TVF) is planning to launch 20 original shows across different genres. The platform is also looking to debut its first feature film apart from entering the regional space. TVF is planning to launch original content in Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati and Kannada.

TVF Originals CCO and Head Sameer Saxena said, “We plan to launch shows in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. We might do something in Gujarati as well. Our focus in terms of age has been 18-35 years, in terms of regions – across the country. We definitely want more audience based down South, so we are planning to do regional shows as well. The idea is to expand our audience base and get as many areas of the country to become our audience.”

Talking about the content plans, Saxena said that the platform will launch shows in thriller, drama and romantic genres. “We will also work with lot of OTT platforms, so we have a huge line up for this year. We will also be announcing TVF’s feature film,” he added.

TVF, he said, has always put the story first and everything else later. “We have never made a show because some other show of ours has worked; we have never tried to replicate the success of our previous show on a new show.”

TVF is all set to premiere the season 2 of Tripling in partnership with SonyLIV on 5th April. But unlike season 1 of Tripling, the second season will not be available on YouTube. Viewers can watch season 2 on TVF Play and SonyLIV only.

Saxena asserted that the move is part of TVF’s strategy. He said, “We did Partner with SonyLIV for Tripling Season 2 and second season is not going to go on YouTube. So that is a part of our strategy to work other OTT platforms as well. SonyLIV was an obvious choice for Tripling because their content is very family oriented which goes with the vibe of the show, since it’s a family show, it’s a show about siblings.”

On the reasons behind partnering SonyLIV, he said, “It makes sense to collaborate with a platform that has a lot of content in that space. And SonyLIV is the 2nd largest OTT platform in the country, so obviously with them the show will get a much wider reach. And it’s only going to help us take our story to the larger audience.”

TVF is collaborating with a lot of other OTT platforms. They partnered with Netflix for ‘Yeh Meri Family’, and collaborated with MX Player for ‘Immature’. “For all future shows that are in the pipeline, we are collaborating with other platforms as well and we will be making further announcements very soon,” he informed.

Sharing TVF’s business model, Saxena said, “it is mostly from advertisers and brands. Since everything we do is branded, from short-form videos to long-form videos that we make, most of the shows are branded. And we work with OTT platforms and license them our shows that we make. So that’s the model we work on.”

TVF Play, the company’s video on demand (VoD) service, will remain free. “We do have some plans but not right now, there’s nothing concrete as of now. We will continue to keep the medium free, at least TVF Play for right now. Maybe later we may switch to a subscription model but we don’t have plans to do that right now,” he explained.

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  BSNL debuts Rs 199, Rs 499 STV prepaid plans with 1GB daily data,..
Posted by: nairrk - 04-09-2019, 08:53 AM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

BSNL debuts Rs 199, Rs 499 STV prepaid plans with 1GB daily data, cricket scores as caller tunes

The IPL 2019 tournament is underway, and with an increasing users live streaming the T20 cricket matches on their smartphones, telcos are offering special prepaid plans that come with more data. State-run telecom operator, BSNL, has introduced two new prepaid STV plans priced at Rs 199 (Rs 201 for North) and Rs 499 with some interesting benefits.

Both plans offer unlimited local and national calling benefits. The plans also work in national roaming, and while BSNL does not have its network in Mumbai and Delhi, users will be able to take advantage of unlimited calling in these circles as well. As mentioned above, the highlight of these plans are that you get free cricket caller ring tone. So, every time someone calls you, they will be greeted with live cricket score.

In case you want to set other caller ring tone, you can do that too. All you need to do is dial 56700 from your BSNL mobile number. BSNL is giving users free unlimited song selection as well. The Rs 199 (and Rs 201) plans come with a validity of 28 days, whereas the Rs 499 plan comes with a validity of 90 days. Users also get 100 free local and national SMS daily.

Lastly, the plans also include 1GB daily high-speed 3G data. Both the plans were initially introduced in Chennai circle and now they have been extended to other circles as well. That’s not all the plan also includes cricket score SMS alerts that will be sent at every 15-20 minutes intervals.

BSNL has also recently started bundling free Eros Now subscription with select prepaid STVs. The STVs priced at Rs 78, Rs 98, and Rs 298 are eligible for this offer.

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