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Thumbs Down R u Getting?
Posted by: Arjun - 03-09-2009, 07:18 PM - Forum: DD Direct Plus (DD Free Dish) - Replies (32)

Jaihind Tv, Kairali TV & Mega TV Not Getting From Today Why?????? Confusedmithicide: Angry

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Smile Vyas Tv Fta
Posted by: Arjun - 03-09-2009, 07:13 PM - Forum: DD Direct Plus (DD Free Dish) - Replies (4)

Now This Time Vyas Tv Fta Njoy :downswords: :protarget:

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  BSNL to extend its 3G facility to 700 more cities
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 04:55 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

The state-run telecom behemoth, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), is all set to roll its 3G operations in 700 cities across north and east India by June and in the south by July.

According to sources, the services would be launched in east and west Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam.

The company plan to cover over 700 cities in the next three months and the net outflow towards launching this service will be around Rs 2,700-crore.

Presently, BSNL has 42-million mobile subscribers, which it wants to increase to about 60-million in the country by March 2010.

It may noted that private players, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone-Essar, Idea Cellular and Reliance are still waiting for spectrum allocation process to roll out 3G services in the country.

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  TRAI mulls DTH prices regulation
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 04:47 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought the opinion from various stakeholders, including players and citizen organisations, on whether direct-to-home (DTH) prices should be regulated like the cable and satellite (C&S) industry. The regulator had earlier specified a cap on C&S subscription charges.

Viewers in the Conditional Access System (CAS) areas pay a fixed amount per channel for receiving digital TV signals through a set-top box. The rent of the set-top box is also capped. The regulator has sought the industry's viewpoint on whether a similar cap should be imposed on DTH companies.

In a consultation paper, the regulator has also asked for viewpoints on whether the DTH subscribers should get to choose among individual channels, rather than being offered a bouquet of channels. Another issue is imposition of a ceiling on the carriage fee the broadcasters pay to the DTH operators.

TRAI pointed out that there are no laws currently to govern additional interactive services on the DTH platform, such as movie-on-demand and gaming. It said if these services are recognised as another TV channel, then DTH companies would be contravening regulations.

Therefore, TRAI has sought opinions on how these services should be classified and regulated so that the DTH service providers are not in violation of laws while taking care of subscribers' interest.

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  ACT TV commits Rs 450 crore to launch Interactive TV service
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 03:24 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

ACT Television commits Rs 450 crore to launch Interactive TV service for the first time in Bengaluru

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ACT Television, a premier Multi System Operator (MSO) headquartered in Bengaluru has recently announced the launch of ACT Interactive TV service in the city of Bengaluru, with an investment of Rs 450 crore. With this launch, ACT becomes the first player to have introduced the Interactive TV service in Bengaluru. ACT has utilised the most advanced R&D expertise and technology with aesthetics and performance to transform the face of television in India with this new IPTV service.

Set to revolutionise the Indian television market, Interactive TV is a system that delivers better than digital content services to subscribers using Internet protocol over a broadband connection in a closed network infrastructure. Interactive TV is also known as triple play service which allows television broadcasting, high-speed internet connection and telephony.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Sunder Raju, MD, ACT Television said, “India is one of the largest cable markets in the world and has tremendous potential. After going through intense R&D with the help of our technology group, we are very excited to be the first company to launch this revolutionary IPTV service in Bengaluru. Our aim is to provide our customers with the finest, most reliable and cutting-edge interactive TV service which is the future of the Indian television market.”

He added further, “ACT Interactive TV will turn a television set into a convergence device. A viewer can watch his favourite TV channels, get movies of their choice at the click of a button from a huge library, with over 4000 films across three languages have been licensed, watch millions of videos available on the internet, record one program while watching another, pause & play live TV and connect various devices in the house to view images stored on them. Soon they will be able to play multi-user games, send emails and voicemails from their TV sets, conduct online shopping, education and banking using a compact remote.

ACT will provide numerous features that will be available from the launch itself like Internet Videos, True Movies on Demand, pause & play live TV, record a program while watching another and Media Centre. Internet video is a service wherein, mere typing in the desired video name in the Search bar of the soft screen Key Pad, within Internet, will enable the user to watch all the related videos immediately without having to wait for hours to download them. True Movie on Demand is an exclusive feature which not only lets users watch all kinds of DVD quality movies and other favourite videos, but will also allow the users to watch these videos whenever they want, just at a click of the button. Over 4000 film titles in 3 languages have been licensed and the number is expected to grow. Media Centre feature allows users to transfer videos, photos and music directly from another gadget like a PC, camera, pen drive, etc onto the television set.

This is not all; ACT plans to add features like Catch-up TV, which automatically records programs of the last 90 days from all the channels, E Shopping, a feature will help the user to virtually navigate through the entire store while sitting on the sofa at home, Online Education, Video on Phone, Travelogues, astrology, city info, news, stock and weather updates, cooking programs etc to its array of offerings soon. Online Education will bring interactive educational content in collaboration with leading educationists.

With a mission to be the most admired in-home entertainment, education and interactive services company, ACT has identified and tied-up with the requisite technology partners including Oracle, Siemens, Cisco, etc.

The price structure is perhaps the most attractive feature of this next generation ACT IPTV as it gives choice and flexibility to customers. The cost will completely depend upon the services a customer subscribes for. A customer can avail of IPTV services an economical rate of Rs 300 a month.

ACT is as of now in its initial phase of launching Interactive TV service. Currently, ACT has test launched the IPTV service in Bengaluru, with the roll out happening in various phases. Subsequently, the IPTV service will be rolled out in other cities which have ACT’s presence like Indore and Nellore and then to other cities in India.

ACT has been funded by IVFA (India Value Fund Advisors), which is a premier private equity investment fund focused on mid-sized firms in India.

ACT began its operations initially by launching its digital cable service in Bengaluru, Indore and Nellore. Besides these cities, they are planning on expanding their cable digital services further in South and Central India. Besides IPTV, ACT has various service offerings under its domain like Digital Cable and Broadband Internet.

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  Brand Rahman goes sky-high
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 02:11 PM - Forum: Entertainment - No Replies

Mumbai: Winning two Academy Awards has reportedly pitchforked AR Rahman's brand value to a skyrocketing Rs10 crore. Sources in the industry are saying that the Indian composer and musician has recently bagged an offer from Apple for this sum, which insiders indicate is around Rs 8 crore more than what he was getting previously.

A source says, "It is being hugely gossiped in the circuit that Rahman is being offered by international companies a sum of something around Rs 10 crore. He certainly has become the most sought-after celeb in the ad world if he is getting such a high figure.
The Oscars are the reason behind this."

However, a close aide of Rahman states, "This news is highly speculative. It is true that Rahman is associated with Apple, but that's because T Selvakumar (who is the managing director of Rahman's KM Music Conservatory) is associated with Apple. "
After Hrs checked in with some head-honchos on the impact 'Brand Rahman' will now have...

Says Sagar Mahabaleshwar, national creative director, Rediffusion DYR, "I can't say how much impact this win will have on Indian brand endorsements, but certainly his recall value in the international market will go up."

Anirban Das Blah, CEO, Globosport, feels, "Frankly, I think that Rahman is not that much into the endorsements business. Many marketers have approached him with huge sums of endorsement fees in crores of rupees, but he simply refused to accept it because he didn't feel for the brand. The fact is that his Oscar win will hardly make a difference to a housewife who lives in a village few hours from Mumbai. Oscars don't represent the real Indian sentiment. Moreover, Rahman is not Shah Rukh Khan. So it will be useless for the brand if it has to reach the masses."

However, Yudhajit Dutta, director, Mindscape talent management, adds, "Indians have always aspired to win an Oscar. When you have someone who has already got it, then certainly marketers will be looking to cash in on this. The recall of his existing endorsements will certainly see a boost."

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  Trai explores tariff regulation options in DTH sector
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 02:09 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

New Delhi: Following the Punjab and Haryana high court’s order and the requests of DTH operators, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has started talks on the need and dynamics of tariff regulation in the DTH sector. It has also sought views on issues related to providing value-added services (movie-on-demand, pay-per-view), interactive services like active learning and active stories and providing radio channels on DTH platform.

The regulator has invited comments from the stakeholders on whether there is a need for fixing a tariff and whether tariff should be regulated only between broadcasters and DTH players or should also consider how DTH players charge the consumers. Trai has not issued any formal tariff order for DTH services till now. However, it had earlier held that the broadcasters will carry their channels to the DTH operators at 50% of the rates at which they offer the same to the non-CAS cable TV platform. In a recent consultation paper floated by Trai, it has once again sought comments on the relationship between price points that broadcasters offer their channels to analogue and digital mode distributors of content. Trai also wants to explore whether the prices that DTH operators charge their consumers can be fixed only in terms of maximum retail price and whether the prices at which broadcasters charge their channels or bouquet to DTH operators should have any connection with what DTH operators charge their consumers.

Trai already determines the ceiling prices of pay channels for cable operators in CAS areas. The regulator is now exploring whether this rate chart can also serve as a rate chart for the DTH operators. Additionally, it is also analysing whether DTH operators should be mandated to provide a basic package of free to air channels, offer pay channels on a-la-carte (individual, not bouquet) basis to the subscribers and provide option of renting out set-top boxes to subscribers, like cable operators are obliged to. The DTH players have no such obligations so far.

Trai has also sought views on whether carriage fees should come under regulation and a ceiling on the same should be prescribed. Carriage fees are charges that DTH operators and other distributors of content, charge from the broadcasters to carry their channels vis-à-vis other channels, in the face of limited bandwidth at their disposal. The previous such calls by Trai to regulate carriage fees had met stiff resistance from distributors.

On value added and interactive services like active learning, Trai has sought to know whether they should be treated as independent broadcast channels. However, according to existing rules, no DTH service provider can beam channels or include television broadcast which has not been registered by the government for being viewed within the territory of India. Calling them broadcast channels will make their status illegal unless a special provision is carved out for them. The regulator is also looking at whether DTH operators should be allowed to advertise exclusively on their platform and whether they should be allowed to carry radio, including paid services like satellite radio.

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  Rang de Basanti to be screened at SAARC Film Festival
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 02:06 PM - Forum: Entertainment - No Replies

Dubai (PTI): Bollywood director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Rang De Basanti and Pakistani movie Khuda Ke Liye directed by Shoaib Mansoor will be the star attractions at the ongoing SAARC Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.

The festival will also feature a film from Bangladesh - AHA, Caravan from Nepal and Sri Lankan movie Nisalgira and Samanala Thatu.

All the movies to be screened during the fest will be subtitled in English and Arabic.

The five-day-event, which started on Saturday has been organised by the embassies of the SAARC nations - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka - in UAE.

Being organised in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH), this is going to be the first South Asian regional film festival to be hosted in the country. It will culminate on March 11.

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  ‘Black’ on ETV Out of the box
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 02:05 PM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

It is one of those concepts that rarely come visiting Telugu television. There are comedies, tragedies and socials, but very rarely are shows that come up with a touching fare that is sensitively conceived and efficiently handled. One such show happens to be ‘Black’ on ETV.

It is a musical show with a difference. It just does not generate sonorous notes and lyrical content like other shows, but comes with a difference as it strikes a chord with the colour of darkness. Anchored by Jhansi, the show has 18 visually-challenged contestants from across the State singing their heart out to reach the finals.

And as they render their songs, the show comes alive with a richness that is just heart warming. The show is judged by actress Laya and B.V. Mohankrishna, himself a visually-challenged and a renowned artist.

“We shot profiles of the contestants including interviews of their family members and no expense has been spared by the channel for the show,” says Muralidhar Kesari, programme director, who has been behind shows such as ‘J for Jhansi’, ‘Yahoo’ and ‘Smile Raja Smile’ apart from handling documentaries on missile technology for DRDO. On her part, the anchor Jhansi has been using costumes that have some shade of black colour.

Good camera work

Apart from presentation and participation, the show is not to be missed for the richly created set and camera work. The 20-episode show has already completed 11 episodes and Muralidhar is looking at coming out with similar a concept with all child participants.

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  Spain into Davis Cup quarters
Posted by: Sathish - 03-09-2009, 12:51 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Defending champions Spain ensured their place in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup at the expense of Serbia.

Holding a 2-1 advantage from the first day's play in Benidorm, in a tie that was held up for 24 hours due to stormy weather, Rafael Nadal overcame Novak Djokovic in the fourth rubber to give the Spanish an unassailable lead.

The world number one was in ruthless mood as he stormed to a 6-4 6-4 6-1 victory over Djokovic in just under two-and-a-half hours, during which he forced six breaks of serve.

In contrast, world number three Djokovic managed just a single break - in the opening set - as he once again struggled to match Nadal on clay.

David Ferrer then completed a 4-1 success for Spain in the afternoon, routing Viktor Troicki 6-0 6-3 in just 54 minutes in the final singles match.

Russia joined Spain in the last eight when they claimed a 3-1 lead over Romania in Sibiu.

Although the hosts had given themselves a lifeline with victory in yesterday's doubles, Dmitry Tursunov battled back from two sets down to beat Victor Hanescu 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the fourth rubber and send the Russians through.

Germany also opened up a 3-1 advantage over neighbours Austria to ensure a safe passage into the last eight for the third year in succession.

Nicolas Kiefer was the hero for the Germans in the fourth rubber, with three breaks helping the world number 33 record a 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 6-4 success over Jurgen Melzer.

Radek Stepanek enjoyed a straight-sets victory over Gilles Simon to steer the Czech Republic through to the quarter-finals at the expense of France.

Stepanek dominated two tie-breaks to see off the world number eight 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 7-6 (7/0) in the first singles match of the day.

Croatia completed a 5-0 whitewash over Chile today as Roko Karanusic claimed a 7-5 6-3 win over Guillermo Hormazabal before Ivo Karlovic beat Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-3 7-6 (7/4).

Victory for Mario Ancic and Marin Cilic in yesterday's doubles had already seen the 2005 champions through in Poric.

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