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  India DTH satellite a bright spot
Posted by: Sathish - 02-20-2009, 07:15 AM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

The worldwide market for pay-Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite television rose significantly in 2008, with an estimated 18% rise in subscriptions, reports market research specialist In-Stat. The primary reason for this increase was strong growth in the Indian market, which more than doubled to about 9 million subscribers at the end of 2008, the high-tech market research firm says.

"India now has five pay DTH satellite providers with a sixth expected to enter the market early in 2009," says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst. "Additionally, in the Asia/Pacific region, China is likely to introduce a pay DTH satellite service in 2009 or 2010, which will help sustain strong growth in Asia."

In-Stat’s numbers show:
• There will be nearly 200 million DTH pay-TV subscribers worldwide by 2012.
• Worldwide revenues will eclipse $142.7 billion by 2011.
• Eastern Europe had the strongest regional subscriber growth rate in 2008, with an increase of 63.5% over 2007.
• Subscribers in Russia more than doubled from year-end 2007 to mid-2008 to nearly 3.8 million.

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  Mumbai's Radio City 91.1 FM rides on 'Route No. 91.1 Fuket Mazaa'
Posted by: Sathish - 02-19-2009, 06:08 PM - Forum: Cable TV and FM Radio Services - No Replies

MUMBAI: Radio City 91.1 FM, Mumbai’s No.1 Radio station now gives its listeners a chance to experience its brand on ground with ‘Route No. 91.1 Fuket Mazaa’ -an innovative concept using a branded double decker bus which will run over the route no. 332, one of the busiest route of Mumbai from February 18 – February 20, 2009 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Steering the ride on Radio City’s ‘Route No. 91.1 Fuket Mazaa’, the RJs will conduct fun based activities during their travel to the destination. Any person entering the bus will not be charged for using the bus service on these 3 days! Not only this, the commuters will get a chance to win loads and loads of goodies as well!

Radio City RJs will make this journey special for the commuters with activities such as Radio City Fun seat: Baitho or Jeeto wherein every 2 hours the jock on the bus declares one seat as the Radio City Fun seat. The commuter on this seat will be treated like a king with special food dishes and goodies throughout his travel.

Agla stop kaunsa is another activity where the jock will question the traveler whether they know the next stop and the winners will be given gifts. Another contest will be Aage se Peeche tak – chal ke bataaoo…Nacho par mat giro. In Mumbai ka Radio City, a group of people need to sing ‘Mumbai ka Radio City 91.1’ wherever the bus starts or stops. And lastly, in the Song Request section, the RJ will be taking the song requests from the people traveling and play them on air. The RJ will also be carrying out live chats with the commuters throughout the journey.

Commenting on Route No. 91.1 Fuket Mazaa, Mr. Rana Barua, Executive Vice President and National Head – Programming and Marketing, Radio City 91.1FM said, ‘Our Innovative ideas have played an instrumental role in maintaining the no. 1 position in Mumbai. We at Radio City believe interactive concepts like these go a long way in building a strong brand experience. Mumbai’s double decker buses which are used by lakhs of commuters provide an excellent innovative platform for interactive brand connect.’

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  DTH service in country not exorbitantly priced: Govt
Posted by: Sathish - 02-19-2009, 05:27 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

New Delhi, Feb 19 : The government today denied the charges that in view of non-control over pricing of DTH channels, the existing service providers are charging exorbitant prices for the service.

In reply to a Rajya Sabha question, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Anand Sharma stated that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had informed that a comparison of entry level package prices of a few DTH operators with CAS offerings reveals that DTH pricing in the country are not exorbitant.

Citing an example of Dish TV, the Minister pointed out that their entry level package offering 110 channels and services, is priced at Rs 99 plus taxes. While the premium package of the same operator, offering 165 channels and services, is priced at Rs 275 plus taxes.

"Compared to these prices, a subscriber under the CAS regime pays a minimum of Rs 82 excluding taxes and Rs 5.35 for each Pay channel that the subscriber seeks to subscribe. In view of the above, the price offering in case of DTH services vis-a-vis CAS is not a wide variance," stated Sharma.

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  New Moderator
Posted by: arajapandi - 02-19-2009, 04:50 PM - Forum: Forum Announcements - Replies (208)

Hi Members/readers,

I am really happy to inform you all that I have appointed Pandian as new moderator for the Indian DTH Community Forums.

I hope the moderator do a great job, which I am extremely confident of!

So once again, Congratulations to the moderator!


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  "REAL" digital pay
Posted by: N.T.Pandian - 02-19-2009, 04:13 PM - Forum: Dish TV India - Replies (2)

REAL is the digital pay channel and will be distributed through the Zee Turner bouquet. REAL will also be available on Dish Tv onCh. no. 103

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  IPL loses out on $31.1 million deal
Posted by: Sathish - 02-19-2009, 03:48 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

With just over a month to go for its second season, the IPL has lost out on a US$ 31.16 million deal spread over four years because of a dispute between Sony, its broadcasters and prime sponsor, and Big TV, a direct-to-home (DTH) provider.

Big TV officials have confirmed that they are no longer with IPL and have cited contractual violations as the reason for the pullout. The reason for the dispute is a separate deal that Multi Screen Media Pvt Ltd (MMPL), which holds the IPL contract under the Sony umbrella, has signed with Airtel Digital TV, which is Big TV's rival.

IPL had signed the DTH deal last August with Big TV, which is owned by the Reliance Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group, primarily for on-ground advertising and visibility at match venues. But earlier this year, Sony, which bought the IPL's telecast rights along with World Sport Group for US$ 1.02 billion, struck an on-air advertising deal on its own with Airtel -- only Airtel's ads will be shown, in the DTH category, during IPL telecasts.

The IPL has now asked MMPL to clarify its position and the dispute has given rise to speculation that the IPL is reviewing its relations with Sony. In fact, matters took a curious twist today with reports emerging that Kunal Dasgupta, the chief executive of MMPL, had put in his papers.

However, Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, was quick to clarify that Dasgupta's departure has nothing to do with the aborted Big TV deal. "He was the first person to have believed in what we were doing and it is very sad for me to see him go," Modi told Cricinfo. "He will be surely missed." Sundar Raman, the IPL CEO, said the league is working for an early resolution to the dispute. "Sony are our broadcasters and another ground partner has raised a valid issue, for which we have asked for a clarification," Raman said.

Rohit Gupta, president, network sales, MMPL, dismissed suggestions that the ongoing dispute would affect Sony's long-term deal with IPL. "We are discussing the issue with the BCCI and we are confident it will be resolved," Gupta said.

However, Big TV officials are clear that they will revive their IPL deal only if all the original conditions are met. "According to our IPL deal, we had the first right of refusal for an on-air advertising deal," Sanjay Behl, group head, brand and marketing, Reliance Communication, told Cricinfo. "Sony did come to us with their on-air offer but awarded the contract to a rival before we could respond. We have pulled out of the IPL and will look at reviving the arrangement only if the original terms and conditions are adhered to."

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Video Om Shanti Om on 9X
Posted by: Arjun - 02-19-2009, 03:04 PM - Forum: DD Direct Plus (DD Free Dish) - No Replies

Om Shanti Om Movie on 9X Tv Channel at 8.30 Pm on Sunday 1st March 2009Heart

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  DEN Networks launches Digitelly music service
Posted by: Sathish - 02-19-2009, 12:57 PM - Forum: Cable TV and FM Radio Services - No Replies

DEN Networks Ltd, the cable distribution company promoted by Network 18's Sameer Manchanda and Raghav Behl, has launched a music service, called Digitelly, on its interactive channel. Currently, the service is available in Baroda, Surat, Kanpur, Bangalore and some cities in Karnataka.

DEN offers both analog and digital distribution of TV channels. On its digital network, it distributes Digitelly, available to 10 million subscribers. The viewers can interact with the music channel through a set top box.

The non-stop music channel is available in 10 genres such as new Hindi movie hits, old classics and old English classics. The music is also available in local languages such as Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Kannada and Tamil. The subscribers can get additional information about the songs through the channel.

Vikas Bali, president, DEN, says, "This is in tune with our promise to deliver wholesome entertainment to homes, which is not limited to channels alone but offers a suite of innovative and engaging interactive services."

In January 2008, Star India and DEN entered into a joint venture to exclusively distribute the 17 channels of Star India through cable, direct-to-home (DTH), IPTV and other platforms. The company is also seeking third party channels to add to its bouquet.

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  IPL: Sprite wins sponsorship for Kolkata Knight Riders
Posted by: Sathish - 02-19-2009, 12:55 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Coca-Cola India has won the sponsorship for Shah Rukh Khan's IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), despite PepsiCo's last minute revised bid on Tuesday evening. KKR has formalised a three-year sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola's clear lemon drink Sprite as the team's associate sponsor and pouring partner.

Venkatesh Kini, vice-president, marketing, Coca Cola India, says, "The success of IPL 2008 has taken the game to a new high. It provides Coca Cola India with a very exciting platform to connect with all its consumers. We are happy to bat with KKR as an associate sponsor and pouring partner."

As part of the deal, Coca-Cola's Sprite will get branding, promotion and pouring rights for the KKR team, and the brand will be featured on the players' apparel and helmets.

"With Sprite now on board, I am confident we will together provide more enhanced experiences to our fans and consumers, making the second season of IPL 2009 all the more action-packed and exciting," adds Jay Mehta, co-owner, KKR.

Sprite will have in-stadia presence and activation rights for all seven home matches at Eden Gardens. A multi-media communication plan involving mass media, in-stadia and in-market activation and digital platforms with brand Sprite is in the offing.

As per a TAM AdEx report for year '08, Shah Rukh leads the ranking of the country's top celebrity endorsers on television.

According to market research company AC Nielsen, Sprite has dislodged brand Pepsi to occupy the second slot in soft drink sales.

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  I&B Ministry to impose duty or cess on news channels?
Posted by: Sathish - 02-19-2009, 12:54 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry on Wednesday said it had no intention to control the news content of television channels, but can look into the their number space.

Minister of state for I&B Anand Sharma told members in the Lok Sabha that steps had been taken to sensitise the media on key issues involving security and safety of the country.

Favouring self-regulation by media houses in live coverage of sensitive incidents, the minister said, "There is no intention to control content of news."

Sharma ruled out any blanket ban on live coverage of sensitive incidents. He said self-regulation was the best option even as some members protested against the way live coverage of 26/11 terror attacks had helped terrorists and how reports of an ill-equipped Army had brought down the morale of the troops.

The I&B minister said in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, government had held several rounds of meetings with representatives of News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the Indian Broadcasters Federation (IBF), security agencies and defence forces.

"The NBA has drafted self-regulatory code of ethics and put in place emergency protocol to be followed during coverage of sensitive incidents," Sharma added.

However, though the I&B Ministry may not be keen on controlling the content on news channels, but a senior central government official raised a few eyebrows on Wednesday by suggesting that it was time to impose "some duty or cess" to curb the mushrooming of television channels.

Speaking at a panel discussion at the Ficci-Frames meet, Zohra Chatterji, joint secretary, I&B Ministry, opened up a pandora's box by asking the audience, "How many do we have these days? Some channels concoct news in their bid to gain higher TRPs. Is it not high time there is some duty or cess imposed, so that their growth can be curbed."

Recently, the government cleared up to 417 television channels, of which some 200 are devoted to news and current affairs, presently over 300 already exist.

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