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  Dish TV 12 months recharge offers 1 month free service and a set-top-box swap
Posted by: nairrk - 12-20-2019, 12:38 PM - Forum: Dish TV India - No Replies

Amidst a possible merger with Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV is now offering extra service of 30 days to users who recharge with the same channel pack for 12 months straight. Meaning, if a Dish TV user chooses the same channel pack consecutively for 12 months, without making any changes, the DTH operator will offer the package for one extra month for free. This would get the total to 13 months of service for the price of 12.

D2H, which is owned by Dish TV is also offering a similar long-term recharge offer for its customers. All DTH operators removed their actual long-term channel packs after TRAI’s new tariff system. The new regime made Cable and DTH operators gradually get rid of the long-term packs. The brands decided to offer lucrative long-term recharge offers to reel in customers for longer stints. Hence, Dish TV is providing customers with a month of free service along with a set-top box swap service for free.

Other Dish TV long-term recharge offers
Besides the 12 months offer, customers who recharge for 3 months in a row with the same channel packs, will get 7 days of free service. Similarly, users who recharge without modifying their packs for 6 months will get 15 days of free service.

What’s the free set-top box swap offer?
When a set-top box gets old, it may start seeing some performance issues. Set-top boxes may also get faulty for other reasons. In such cases, getting the set-top box replaced is the only option left to customers. This usually costs quite a bit. Hence, for Dish TV customers who have recharged for 12 months in a row with the same pack, a free set-top box swap is also offered.

Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV offer similar deals
Tata Sky is also offering a similar offer to customers. Those who do a yearly recharge one full month subscription for free. Meanwhile, Airtel Digital TV offer will you the 12th month free on recharging the same channel pack for 11 months.


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  Sony Max to premiere action thriller ‘Batla House’ on 25 Dec
Posted by: nairrk - 12-19-2019, 11:18 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: John Abraham-starrer action thriller ‘Batla House’ is all set to premiere on Hindi movie channel Sony Max. Also starring Nora Fatehi and Mrunal Thakur the movie will be showcased on 25th December 2019 at 12 pm.

Inspired by real-life events, the story of the film ‘Batla House’ is based on the aftermath of the Batla House encounter case that took place in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar in 2008. What begins as an encounter of 4 students, who DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav (John Abraham) believes are part of an underground terrorist group, results in the death of the inspector KK Varma who was leading the case.

After a tumultuous series of events where the entire nation was against DCP Kumar who was mentally traumatized by the encounter, the story leads up to a climactic court hearing of whether the encounter was a fake activity planned out by the DCP or a real one.

Directed by Nikkhil Advani and written by Ritesh Shah, ‘Batla House’ received rave reviews from several popular critics across India for Joan Abraham’s incredible portrayal of a super cop.

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  Airtel Xstream Box is now available at a discounted price
Posted by: nairrk - 12-19-2019, 09:35 AM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - Replies (1)

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Bharti Airtel is currently offering a discount on its Android powered Xstream Box in India. The company is offering a discount in Delhi NCR circle.

With this, the Xstream Box is now available at a price tag of Rs 2,249. To recall, the streaming box was launched in India at a price tag of Rs 3,999. This reflects a price cut of Rs 1,750. Customers can avail this offer from Airtel Thanks application. Users can go to the application and select on Xstream Thanks offer and select their city. After this, users need to verify their mobile number. Once all the steps are completed, users will require to enter the address for installation.

Moving on, customers who want this offer, need to select an Airtel bundle plan of Rs 699 instead of Rs 360. The Rs 699 plan offers a host of interesting benefits. To start with, users will get 154 channels including 54 HD channels. Customers will also get complimentary access to all Xstream apps.

The Xstream Box comes runs on Android 9 Pie OS and combines both satellite TV and OTT content together through a single device. Along with the benefits offered to Xstream Stick users, Xstream Box will bring users the option to choose from 500 plus TV channels, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and Airtel Store.

The Airtel Xstream Box features WiFi and Bluetooth for connectivity and offers a built-in Chromecast option. There’s a universal remote that features Google Assistant based voice search and dedicated keys for launching Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.


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  Govt launches National Broadband Mission
Posted by: nairrk - 12-19-2019, 07:50 AM - Forum: Mobiles and General Telecom News - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched National Broadband Mission aimed at providing broadband access to all villages by 2022.

Addressing the gathering after launching the National Broadband Mission (NBM) at an event, Prasad said that the National Broadband Mission is to fulfill all aspirations of the people and enables fast track growth of digital communication infrastructure. He also launched the Logo of the NBM, a Booklet on this occasion.

The vision of the NBM is to fast track growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all.

Some of the objectives of the Mission which is structured with a strong emphasis on the three principles of universality, affordability, and quality are:

>Broadband access to all villages by 2022

>Facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and especially in rural and remote areas

>Laying of incremental 30 lakhs route km of Optical Fiber Cable and increase in tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of the population by 2024

>Significantly improve quality of services for mobile and internet

>Develop innovative implementation models for Right of Way (RoW) and to work with States/UTs for having consistent policies pertaining to expansion of digital infrastructure including for RoW approvals required for laying of OFC

>Develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) to measure the availability of digital communications infrastructure and conducive policy ecosystem within a State/UT.

>Creation of a digital fiber map of the Digital Communications network and infrastructure, including Optical Fiber Cables and Towers, across the country

>Investment from stakeholders of USD 100 billion (Rs 7 Lakh Crore) including Rs 70,000 crore from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)

>Address policy and regulatory changes required to accelerate the expansion and creation of digital infrastructure and services

>Work with all stakeholders including the concerned Ministries / Departments/ Agencies, and Ministry of Finance, for enabling investments for the Mission


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  ‘Dream Girl’, ‘Bharat’ all set for TV premiere on 21 Dec
Posted by: nairrk - 12-17-2019, 11:08 PM - Forum: Television Programs - Replies (1)

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MUMBAI: ZEEL-owned Hindi movie channels Zee Cinema and &pictures are all set to premiere ‘Dream Girl’ and ‘Bharat’ respectively. Zee Cinema will air the television premiere of ‘Dream Girl’ on 21st December at 9 pm while ‘Bharat’ will premiere on &pictures on 21st December at 8 pm.

Dream Girl is a comedy film directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures. In the film, Ayushmann Khurrana plays a cross-gender actor whose female voice impersonation begets attention from others. Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, and Vijay Raaz feature in supporting roles.

Raaj Shaandilyaa’s Dream Girl revolves around a fun, talented and unemployed, Karam who is desperately looking out for a job so that he can repay his father’s debt. One day, he comes across a flyer promising employment, but it turns out to be a job at a ‘friendship call-centre’, which pairs lonely men with attractive female voices.

Trying to impress the employer, he answers the phone, improvises a coquettish character named Pooja due to which he gets the job. Soon, Pooja’s voice begins attracting a host of admirers like a cop (Vijay Raaz), an ardent teenager (Raj Bhansali) and a Brahmachari (Abhishek Banerjee) and becomes their dream girl. On the other hand, Karam meets and falls in love with Mahi Rajput (Nushrat Bharucha) who is unaware of Karam’s shenanigans as Pooja.

Bharat is a drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan under the banners Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films and T-Series.[Image: Bharat-550x309.jpg]

The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff. It traces India’s post-independence history from the perspective of a common man and follows his life from the age of 8 to 70.

Based on the 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father, principal photography for Bharat began in April 2018. Filled with endless drama, romance, comedy, and thrill, the movie traces the extraordinary journey of Bharat over the course of several decades as he navigates the ups and downs of his life while living every moment to its blockbuster potential.

A heart-warming story that traces Bharat’s journey post his separation from his father Gautam (Jackie Shroff) and sister Gudiya (Tabu) during the Indo-Pak partition in 1947 as a child. With the hope that someday their family will reunite, Bharat keeps the promise made to his father of looking after his family.

Bharat takes up every opportunity that comes his way to fulfill the needs of his family. During his journey, he finds a best friend in Vilayti (Sunil Grover) who stands by him through thick and thin and comes across Kumud Raina aka Madam Sir (Katrina Kaif) who becomes the love of his life. Witness this extraordinary journey of Bharat as he comes across various instances in his lifetime to achieve his dreams.


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  ZEEL’s Punjabi GEC to debut on 13 Jan with nine original shows
Posted by: nairrk - 12-17-2019, 11:05 PM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Media conglomerate ZEEL’s Punjabi entertainment channel Zee Punjabi is scheduled to go on air on the auspicious day of Lohri dated 13th January 2020. With its unique brand promise, ‘Jazba Kar Vakhon Da’ – the spirit to make the Vadde Sapne come true, Zee Punjabi’s full range of robust content endeavours to be the jazbaa that pole-vaults people to their extraordinary dreams.

The channel will have five fiction shows, four non-fiction shows, movies, music and more. The channel will also have a local version of music reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa to be mentored by Gurdas Mann.

Zee Punjabi will be available across all major cable, DTH, Free Dish, and digital platforms starting 13th January 2020. The channel will also be available on ZEEL’s digital and mobile entertainment platform, ZEE5.

Commenting on the much-awaited launch of its first GEC in the region, ZEEL Cluster Head – North, West and Premium Channels Amit Shah said Punjab has a significantly low time spent despite the highest TV penetration (88%) in the country. That, he said, is a factor of not having dedicated Punjabi content that does justice to the region and the culture.

“Zee Punjabi is being launched by understanding the viewer’s need gap; for a culture that is so powerful, Punjab definitely needs its own authentic Punjabi channel. Intensive consumer work in the market has helped us understand the potential and craft the strategy for our content and brand. We are certain the audiences will resonate with the stories and fall in love with the characters,” he noted.

Speaking of the launch, Zee Punjabi Business Head Rahul Rao said, “We look forward to bring shows that are inspired from the region and its culture. Punjabis have a jazba and junoon which is very unique to them and our content is a reflection of that spirit. We have a strong line up of stories with themes familiar to Punjab, characters that people will fall in love with and faces like Gurdas Mann, Jazzy B, Jaidev Kumar, Sonu Kakkar and Sara Gurpal who are respected here! With over 20 hours of original content every week and a strong line up of World TV Premieres every month, we are certain of being wholeheartedly accepted by the Punjabi audiences.”

Along with the stories and characters inspired from the land, the philosophy of ‘Jazbaa Kar Vakhon Da’ is also brought alive with the visual identity. The logo is a reflection of inner radiance and colours from the sunrise palette signifying the hope, the diler Jigraa and optimism of Punjab. The colour of fuschia magenta is an ode to their welcoming and warm nature and the gold captures their chakachaund zindagi and the junoon to take on the world.

The patterns of the timeless Phulkari rendered with a modern twist siginifies their strength that comes from their roots and the Bhaichaara within the community. This is juxtaposed with cascading spirals to connote their journey to their Vadde Sapne.

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  BSNL reduces validity of Rs 186, Rs 187 and other prepaid plans
Posted by: nairrk - 12-16-2019, 06:12 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

BSNL has reduced the validity of several prepaid plans in Kerala. The revised plans include prepaid plans of Rs 186, Rs 187, Rs 153, Rs 118 and so on. All these plans have been updated with reduced validity now.

Starting with the Rs 118 prepaid plan, it’s now offering benefits for just 21 days in Kerala circle, reports Telecom Talk. In other circles, the Rs 118 plan comes with 28 days validity and it offers 0.5GB data per day, 250 minutes of voice calling every day and 100 SMSes per day.

BSNL Rs 186 and Rs 187 prepaid plans now come with 24 days validity in Kerala. However, the same plan is valid for 28 days in other circles. They offer benefits of 3GB data per day, unlimited voice calling with 250 minutes cap and 100 SMSes per day.

The Rs 153 plan now comes with a validity of 21 days in Kerala circle as against its earlier validity of 28 days. This plan offers 1.5GB of data per day, unlimited calling to any network and 100 SMS per day.

BSNL recently revised Rs 29 and Rs 47 prepaid plans. The company also removed Rs 7, Rs 9 and Rs 192 prepaid plans from some of its circle.

BSNL Rs 29 prepaid plan now comes with reduced validity from seven days to five days. The pack offers unlimited calls along with 1GB of data and 300 SMS. The Rs 47, pack now offers seven days of validity against its nine of validity that was offered earlier. The pack offers unlimited voice calls along with 1GB of data for the entire validity period.

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  TRAI's mobile number portability rules are now live: Here’s what you need to know!
Posted by: nairrk - 12-16-2019, 06:09 PM - Forum: Mobiles and General Telecom News - No Replies

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has introduced new guidelines for the mobile number portability (MNP) India. The new rules are applicable from today onwards.

Under the new rules, the mobile number porting process will be completed within 3 to 5 days. Previously, the process used to take 15 days to port a mobile number from one operator to another. TRAI has also revealed that users need to pay Rs 6.46 for each porting request.

New Guidelines

The regulator has revealed some guidelines for MNP. To start with, users will have to use the active connection for at least 90 days. Postpaid users will have to clear all the outstanding dues as per their billing cycle.

Furthermore, users will not be eligible for portability if they have already made a request to change the ownership of the mobile number. "There should not be any pending contractual obligations to be fulfilled by the subscriber as per the exit clause provided in the subscriber agreement," TRAI said in a statement.

How to port a number?
The process is fairly simple. Users who are looking to port their mobile number can send an SMS with ‘PORT’ followed by a space and the ten-digit mobile number to 1900. Users will then get a Unique Porting Code (UPC) through an SMS, which is valid for four days. Users then need to go to the nearest customer service centre of the operator they want to port and fill the Customer Acquisition Form (CAF) and Porting Form and provide the UPC code.

Users have to make the necessary payment for porting along with requisite KYC documents. Once the documents and forms are submitted, users will get a new SIM, which will be activated within three days. However, in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and North-East areas, it will take 15 working days.

The process is the same for postpaid customers. Users can also withdraw the porting request by sending a CANCEL followed by space and the mobile number to 1900. However, it is important to note that withdrawing the porting request should be made within 24 hours of submitting the request.


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  &flix to premiere ‘Miss Bala’ on 22 Dec
Posted by: nairrk - 12-16-2019, 01:48 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: &flix, the destination for the biggest Hollywood hits, brings you the #FlixFirstPremiere of ‘Miss Bala’ – a story of how two girls face their biggest nightmare.

Premiering this 22nd December at 1 pm and 9 pm, ‘Miss Bala’ sees Gina Rodriguez, who plays Gloria, in a new avatar. Directed by multiple award nominee Catherine Hardwicke, the film is based on a 2011 Mexican film with the same name. The movie also stars Ismael Cruz Córdova, who plays Suzu and Anthony Mackie, who plays Jimmy.

The film opens with Gloria, as she drives to Tijuana, Mexico to visit her best friend (Suzu) who is competing in the local ‘Miss Tijuana’ beauty pageant. During a night out, her friend is abducted, and Gloria soon finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA, and a charismatic yet ruthless cartel kingpin.

Finding the power, she never knew she had, Gloria plays one organization against the other, as she seeks to rescue her friend. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Will she be able to save her friend?


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  Sony Sab launches ‘Khushiyon Wala New Year’ contest
Posted by: nairrk - 12-14-2019, 06:48 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Hindi GEC Sony Sab is giving 100 fans an opportunity to get closer to their families through their exciting ‘Khushiyon Wala New Year’ contest. Sony SAB’s initiative is also the channel’s way of thanking its fans who have loved and supported all their shows year after year.

To participate in the contest, fans need to share their stories on why they want to be with their families this year either by text, audio or video message on Whatsapp number +91 7039883366, out of which 100 most compelling stories will be eligible for return air tickets to their home town.

Earlier this year, Sony SAB launched its new brand proposition ‘Khushiyon Waali Feeling’ which truly reflects the nature of the shows on the channel. To drive this initiative further and take this philosophy to the fans – Sony Sab will run the on-air contest from 11th December to 25th December 2019.

Sony Sab business head Neeraj Vyas said, “At Sony Sab we proudly call ourselves ‘happiness enablers’ as our philosophy from the simple insight that when people are happy, it makes the world a better place. We are extremely overwhelmed with the response from fans for our shows and we believe they have been one of the key factors behind our success this year. This initiative will help us connect with our audiences on a much deeper level and spread more Khushiyon Wali Feeling this New Year.”

Today, Sony Sab showcases a strong line up of shows such as Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Aladdin- Naam Toh Suna Hoga, Tenali Rama and Jijaji Chhat Per Hain. Strengthening its programming even further, the channel launched two new path-breaking shows this year: Baalveer Returns and Tera Kya Hoga Alia. Sony Sab has some notable milestones coming up as its super entertainer show Jijaji Chhat Per Hain completed 500 episodes in December this year.


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