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  Rajasthan Royals launches Royals Diva hunt
Posted by: Sathish - 02-23-2009, 07:27 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Rajasthan Royals (RR), the Emerging Media owned Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, is organising a nationwide contest to hunt for 'the face of Rajasthan Royals', called the Royals Diva, in partnership with SMS GupShup.

SMS GupShup, a mobile community, is the team's SMS, WAP and web community platform partner. Through the mobile community, fans can participate on a real-time basis in quizzes, contests, games and win interesting prizes. The franchise has kick-started contests such as Royals Diva, Kaptano Ke Kaptan, Boundary Ke Baadshah, Toss ka Boss and Googly-Shugly.

Royals Diva is a nationwide hunt, whereas the remaining contests focus on fans in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Some contests have terms and conditions such as age limits and limitations on the number of winners. For example, in Toss Ka Boss, only one winner will be selected per match.

The contest is targeted at women in the age group of 18-22 years. The winner will be selected by Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and will be featured in the Halla Bol video. The winner will also lead the cheerleading squad of the team during the matches.

Raghu Iyer, chief marketing officer, Rajasthan Royals, says, "By becoming a member of the Royals community, our fans will gain complete access of being a part of the Royals family and will be treated to exclusive information from time to time. It is yet another initiative from our side to bring our fans and the team up close and personal."

"SMS GupShup is powerful platform for teams and brands to form interactive communities for direct consumer engagement through the ubiquitous mobile platform. Rajasthan Royals fans across the world will now enjoy never-before access to their favorite team, and will have many interesting ways to engage with the team and other fans," adds Beerud Sheth, CEO, SMS GupShup.

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  BCCI-ICL to meet in Johannesburg to sort out 'rebel' tag
Posted by: Sathish - 02-23-2009, 07:26 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet on Monday in Johannesburg, where BCCI and Indian Cricket League (ICL) officials will once again come face to face for the umpteenth time to discuss the 'rebel' fate of the ICL. The only difference this time around is that the cards won't be held so close to the chest as had been the case all along.

Shashank Manohar, president, BCCI and Himanshu Mody, chief executive, ICL, will sit across the table, while it is not sure if Subhash Chandra, chairman, Essel Group will be a part of the proceedings and discuss what can be done to bring an end to the impasse plaguing the game for two years now.

David Morgan, president, ICC will negotiate, while James Sutherland, CEO, Cricket Australia will also attend the meeting. Morgan has been in touch with the ICL, trying to gauge how they will react to what are apparently concrete suggestions the BCCI has in mind.

Until now, it had been a case of ICL meeting BCCI with loads of expectations and in turn BCCI pouring cold water on everything that was brought to the table. Monday's meeting, however, could be different. If those monitoring the developments are to be believed, then Johannesburg is where the BCCI will be ready for a positive dialogue with ICL for the first time.

That is precisely the reason why Manohar, a known hardliner, has personally taken the all important flight to South Africa. The first indications came in Perth last month when the daggers were withdrawn and a truce appeared on the horizon. That ICC wanted BCCI to draw a roadmap to peace was the reason why things had to be postponed until this Johannesburg meeting.

In all likelihood, BCCI may put forth certain conditions which the ICL, left with little choice, would have to follow. The conditions include BCCI asking the ICL to immediately call off all its privately-sponsored T20 League. That, say sources, is agreeable to Zee who have already called off their World Cricket Series.

After all, they also have to consider that with the market being so harsh and feeble, it is quite difficult an affair to sustain the show. Secondly, the BCCI wants the Zee Group to take charge of a few of its junior level tournaments along with other events like the recently announced corporate cricket league.

Tournaments like the inter-school Polly Umrigar Trophy (u-16) and the inter-state Vijay Merchant Trophy (u-16) are tournaments are a few that sources talked about as examples. In turn, BCCI might offer ICL with a stake in one of the IPL teams or remove the tag of Zee being a blacklisted company when it comes to future telecast rights.

For the record, Nimbus' four year deal with BCCI for telecast and production rights comes to an end in 2010.

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  New offer
Posted by: N.T.Pandian - 02-23-2009, 07:23 PM - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - No Replies

Now you can enjoy VALUE PACK absolutely FREE for 3 months at just RS. 2000 including installation charges

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  Arasu Cable Corporation infrastructure goes to SCV
Posted by: Sathish - 02-23-2009, 07:23 PM - Forum: Cable TV and FM Radio Services - No Replies

The infrastructure created at a cost of Rs 128 crore for the Tamil Nadu state-run Arasu Cable TV Corporation (ACC) will end up in Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV) hands of the Maran brothers, according to local operators in Chennai.

The Tamil Nadu government launched the ACC on July 15 last year to provide inexpensive television fare to the people in direct competition with SCV after the fallout between the Marans and chief minister M Karunanidhi's family.

The government promised to fix Rs 100 as the fee per connection which would include some pay channels apart from the free to air channels. Control rooms with digital modulators were set up in Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Vellore and Coimbatore.

However, SCV refused to offer Sun TV Network's bouquet of channels to ACC, which then filed a case with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Though TRAI ruled in Arasu's favour directing SCV to offer the Sun TV channels, local operators associated with ACC are dismayed that the government has not taken any initiative to get the Sun TV package till date.

Now after the patch-up in the CM's family, sources said the government was thinking of issuing tenders for auctioning the infrastructure and the minimum tender amount was likely to be fixed at Rs 10 crore.

An office bearer of the ACC' Association in the southern region reportedly said that this would only benefit SCV against whom no other multiple system operators would come forward to compete for the infrastructure at the four centres.

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  BSNL launches 3G pan India
Posted by: N.T.Pandian - 02-23-2009, 07:01 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

CHENNAI: By the 27th of this month, mobile telephony will enter its third generation (3G) in 12 cities in India, courtesy the state owned
telecom service provider BSNL.

Union minister for communication and IT A Raja launched BSNL's 3G services pan India, from Chennai, on Sunday, by making the first video call to TN chief minister M Karunanidhi.

The PSU was awarded one block of 2*5 MHz 3G spectrum in all telecom circles in the country, six months before, without participating in the auction, at a price equal to the winning bids in the respective circles, in the auctions to be held before March 31st.

"Considering the need for faster penetration of 3G, and the need for telecom access to rual areas, the Government policy will allow telecom infrastructure sharing between commercial telcos as well as infrastructure providers," Mr.Raja said. DoT also plans enable mobile number portability (MNP) in major cities by August, and in other towns by end of this year. Bids have been invited of providing MNP switches.

On the occasion, BSNL also launched its India Golden 50 tariff scheme, where, by increasing the pulse duration for all calls to 120 s, the tariffs have been have been reduced by 50-80%. Presently, a pulse is calculated at 90 s for national calls to other networks and 60 s within network.

"Besides upgrading mobile data speeds to 2 mbps from the present 144 kbps, we will also offer video screening of calls, video on demand, mobile surveillance, Live TV, movie downloads etc on our 3G platform," BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal said. For this, the company will scale up tie-ups with its existing content providers. However, the telco will not be providing its previously launched IPTV service, which has garnered 5000 subscribers, on 3G.

"We plan to operate 5 million lines spanning all district headquarters and important towns by end of this year at an investment of Rs.2700 crore," Mr Goyal said. "We expect 5% of our 2G subscribers to migrate to 3G." The company expects a revenue addition of Rs 500-1000 crore by this customer addition, and a 20% revenue augmentation by infrastructure sharing.

BSNL has tied up with Nokia, Sony and Samsung for handset bundling, the cheapest of which is priced at Rs.7000. Voice tariff schemes begin from a fixed monthly charge of Rs.350 for prepaid, and Rs 500 for postpaid. Data subscriptions are available starting Rs 250. The company has tied up with Micromax and Huawei for offering laptop data cards at prices ranging form Rs 3800 to 6000. "Trials are on to launch mobile banking on our 2G and 3G platforms," Mr Goyal said.

The Economic Times

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  Steve Bucknor to retire from umpiring
Posted by: N.T.Pandian - 02-23-2009, 05:06 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Steve Bucknor to retire from umpiring.
he is an Great umpire.but for india he is very bad

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  Pay-per-view waiting to hit pay dirt
Posted by: Sathish - 02-23-2009, 11:48 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MEDIA: The world over, it relies on adult content. Shorn of that, pay-per-view television is striving to come of age in India

If you are a Tata Sky user, the song Ringa Ringa must be ringing in your ears. It began the moment you switched on, as the direct-to-home service provider ran an incessant campaign for Oscar-nominated Slumdog Millionaire, which it aired on its pay-per-view platform, Showcase, for three days ending Sunday. The film was available for Rs 25 for an entire day and could be watched in Hindi or English.

Zee Networks’ DTH platform Dish TV will soon premiere Dev D, Bollywood’s latest take on Sharat Chandra’s obsessed alcoholic, Devdas, through its Movie-on-Demand. In the past few weeks, Dish TV has telecast films less than six months old, such as Fashion, A Wednesday and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Tata Sky’s chief marketing officer Vikram Mehra says his DTH platform, too, has shown Oye Lucky.

Clearly, pay-per-view is the new name of the game for DTH operators. “We are getting aggressive on our pay-per-view service. We have brought fresh Hindi titles as well as high-profile English films for our viewers,” says Mehra.

Adds Deepak Srivastava, CEO, DTH, Bharti Airtel: “To offer differentiated content to our viewers, we have tied up with several leading Indian and international studios like Warner Brothers, UTV Movies and Percept Picture Company.”

With so many DTH players in the market, pricing is no longer a differentiator. “The DTH industry, incurring huge losses for subsidising its product and services, needs content differentiation in terms of pay-per-view and other value-added services to woo subscribers,” says Salil Kapoor, chief operating officer of Dish TV. Besides, PPV — for which most DTH operators charge between Rs 25 and Rs 100 per subscriber — is expected to improve a company’s average revenue per user, or ARPU.

Cable is able
Interestingly, like DTH operators, cable companies, too, are gearing up to launch PPV services — where television content is bought to be viewed once or for a fixed period. Since PPV requires a digital box, Hindujas’ cable network, InCable, has already done test trials of its PPV service in homes which have taken its set top box. DEN Networks, a Network18 enterprise, is ready to launch its PPV service.

Digicable promoter Jagjit Singh Kohli says his cable network will start its PPV service in a couple of months. “We will brand it and it will be closer to ‘video-on-demand’ than PPV, the difference being that we could run our film on 20 slots and a viewer can catch it on another channel even if he misses 10 minutes of it,” he explains.

However, the real potential of PPV does not lie in films alone. “The world over, PPV is driven by events and sports, apart from films,” says an InCable spokesperson. Cable industry experts say PPV could be monetised by cable and DTH to generate revenue out of high-profile music concerts, awards functions and sports events. In developed markets, almost 70 per cent of PPV is adult content.

Bean counting
Monetising adult content may be a distant dream for Indian DTH and cable platforms. Even other than that, several glitches remain. For a start, the content industry needs to organise itself to determine a clear window for the digital television (DTH and cable) premieres. “Should pay-per-view premieres of films be allowed three-four weeks later or six months later? The value proposition is not clear and content owners need to organise themselves,” says Vikas Bali, president, digital initiatives and corporate strategy at DEN Networks.

Content providers must also operate on a revenue-share basis, rather than the prevalent system of minimum guarantee. “Minimum guarantees are not viable as it is not clear how many subscribers would opt for the PPV service,” says the Incable executive. A former DTH executive says that currently the PPV conversion is barely between one and two per cent. That is not all. A major portion, almost 30 per cent of the revenue that a PPV film generates, goes towards taxes.

Yet, DTH and cable operators are not fazed. Bali of DEN, for instance, is tweaking the PPV model a bit to offer a host of films, rather than push just a couple of titles at a time. “In India, pirated films are shown on cable for free. So, I do not expect people to pay Rs 50 for a new film on DTH, despite its DVD quality. We are creating a subscription model where we will show 20-30 films for a fixed sum. So, we will get a much wider subscriber base,” he says.

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  India: DTH players pay record fees
Posted by: Sathish - 02-23-2009, 11:46 AM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

India’s DTH operators paid Rs346 million (US$7 million) in licence fees for 2008, up from just Rs20 million in 2004.

The DTH licence fee is currently 10% of each operator’s gross annual revenues, although the government is considering lowering the fee to 6%, it was revealed last week.

Dish TV, as the leading operator paid the most, at Rs147 million. Tata Sky paid Rs131 million, Sun Direct Rs66 million and Big TV just under Rs2 million.

Last week, the information and broadcasting secretary, Sushma Singh, told a local conference that a reduction in the fee from 10% to 6% was on the cards. The DTH operators have been lobbying for a reduction with costs spiralling as each seeks to have a competitive advantage over rivals.

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  Nine Oscars for India
Posted by: Sathish - 02-23-2009, 11:43 AM - Forum: The Lounge Forum - Replies (1)

India has got 9 Oscars, 8 for Slumdog Millionaire and 1 for Smile Pinki.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

1. Best Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle
2. Best Director - Danny Boyle
3. Best Film Editing - Chris Dickens
4. Best Sound Mixing - Resul Pokutty
5. Best Picture - Slumdog Millionaire
6. Best Music (Song) - A.R.Rahman (Jai Ho)
7. Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Simon Beaufoy
8. Best Music (Score) - A.R.Rahman

SMILE PINKI

Best Doumentary Short Subject - Smile Pinki

Heartiest Congrats to all of the Winners...

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  Sun Direct added new TV & Radio Channels
Posted by: Sathish - 02-22-2009, 10:56 PM - Forum: Sun Direct - Replies (1)

Hi Friends,

Sun Direct has added new channels. Enjoy Smile

TV Channels

175 Saakshi TV
329 Zee Smile
468 Australia Network
575 IBN Lokmat
587 Total TV
590 Azad News
591 PBC TV
709 Zee Jagran

Radio Channels

904 Telugu 90's
905 Telugu Latest
906 Malayalam Classic
907 Malayalam Latest
908 Malayalam 90's
909 Kannada Latest
910 Kannada Classic

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