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  DHX Media inks deal with Nickelodeon to air ‘Dorg Van Dango’ in 170+ markets..
Posted by: nairrk - 02-12-2019, 08:44 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

DHX Media inks deal with Nickelodeon to air ‘Dorg Van Dango’ in 170+ markets including India

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MUMBAI: DHX Media, a global children’s content and brands company, has signed an agreement with Nickelodeon International to telecast its original kid’s series ‘Dorg Van Dango’ in 170+ territories in 2020.

Under the agreement, Dorg Van Dango will air exclusively on Nickelodeon International’s channels, including in the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Spain, Central Eastern Europe, Poland, Israel, Latin America, Asia (excluding China), India, the Middle East and North Africa. Commissioning broadcaster Family Channel will air the new series in Canada.

Production on the series is underway at DHX Media’s Vancouver studio. ‘Dorg Van Dango’ is expected to roll out internationally in 2020.

A brand new animated comedy for six to 11-year-olds, Dorg Van Dango (52 x 11’) follows the adventures of Dorg, a normal kid, living in the very normal town of Normill. That is, until he meets THE MAGICALS: Jet Lazor, the super-cool unicorn; Patronella, an ancient witch; RD, a curious alien; and Yooki, an eerie ghost. They are all escapees from Area 51 and are in desperate need of help and refuge. To have them blend in with the citizens of Normill, Dorg disguises them as teenagers and hides them in the basement in the local shopping mall. With his new best friends attempting to help navigate life’s challenges, Dorg’s world just got a whole lot less normal and a lot more fun.

Dorg Van Dango is based on an original idea by Fabian Erlinghäuser (Song of the Sea, Moone Boy) and Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner, The Secret of Kells) and is developed and produced with assistance from Fís Éirean/Screen Ireland and Creative Europe.

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  North East-focussed channel DD Arunaprabha inaugurated by PM Modi
Posted by: nairrk - 02-12-2019, 08:41 AM - Forum: DD Direct Plus (DD Free Dish) - No Replies

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MUMBAI: DD Arunaprabha, the 24th satellite channel from public broadcaster Doordarshan’s stable, has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The North East India focussed channel will showcase the rich tradition and diversity of local culture.

Not only will it help integrate North-East with the country, but will also bring alive the magnificence of North-East by airing content sensitive to the needs and aspirations of local population including news, travelogues, mythological shows, documentaries, magazines, telefilms, reality shows, and daily shows.

The playout facility and the earth stations established at DDK Itanagar will ensure seamless transmission of DD Arunprabha. It is equipped with state of the art facilities, including a Digital Satellite News Gathering unit to provide live coverage from remote locations, for a 24×7 telecast.

Modi expressed hope that the channel will act as an ambassador of the culture of the state and will familiarize people across India with the beauty and the culture of the State.

He also laid the foundation stone of Film and Television Institute (FTI) and several other projects in the state. Talking about the Film and Television Institute to be developed in Jollang-Rakap (Jote), he said that it will not only give new avenues and opportunities to the youngsters but will also be a boost for the expression of the culture of the State.

The permanent campus of Film and Television Institute will come up at Jote, Papum Pare, Arunachal Pradesh. This is the third Film and Television Institute of Ministry of I&B, the first two being FTII Pune and SRFTI Kolkata. It is the first Film and Television Institute of entire North-East.

The project, to be constructed at around 20 km from Itanagar, has been approved for construction at a total estimated cost of Rs. 204.32 crore. To be executed by CPWD, it is expected that the project will be completed in 25 months’ time.

It will have an integrated campus comprising of Administrative Block, Class Room Block, Class Room Theatre, Academic Staff Block, Library, Preview Theatre, Mini Theatre, Shooting Floor, Digital Block, Sound Studio, Canteen and Recreation, Residential Quarters, Boys Hostel, Girls Hostel, Transit Accommodation and Guest House with other supportive structures like Electrical Sub-station, Pump-room, Sump, Filtration Plant, Sewerage Treatment Plant etc.

The campus will be constructed with organic design philosophy, ensuring minimum disturbance to natural topography. National Building Code 2016 Norms, Accessible India Campaign Features, and other statutory norms will be followed in construction. It will be a state of the art modern campus with several Green Features including Sewage Treatment Plant of 150 kilometres per day capacity to ensure a zero discharge building, 300 KW solar panels, energy efficient air conditioning plants, street lighting with LED lamps, rainwater harvesting, energy efficient light fixtures with sensors etc.

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  ABP News Network launches weekend youth debate show
Posted by: nairrk - 02-12-2019, 08:39 AM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: ABP News Network has launched a weekend youth debate show ‘2019 Ke Joshilay’ which will be held across key colleges of India. The show, which went on-air from 9th February, is aired every Saturday between 8-9 pm with a repeat telecast on Sunday between 10-11 am.

This unique platform is designed for the country’s youth to debate, discuss and deliberate ideas with key politicians from various political parties on the same stage. The show is hosted by renowned anchor Sumit Awasthi.

The first episode has captured the sentiments of the students of Miranda House, New Delhi followed by IIT Kanpur, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management – Pune, Mithibai College – Mumbai, ITM Gwalior, and Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Professional Management and Technology – Raipur. The show will be further expanding its footprints and will be organised across famous colleges in different parts of the country.

ABP News Network CEO Avinash Pandey said, “As the countdown for general elections has begun, we are targeting the first-time voters who are instrumental in keeping #deskkorakheyaagey. ‘2019 Ke Joshilay’ is a unique concept that has been designed by ABP News to gauge the sentiments of India’s youth before the General Elections – 2019. In a dynamic country like India, youth has been an active participant in shaping and deciding the future of the country. This platform will be an ideal start to exchange dialogue between youth and politicians and their mutual expectations from each other.”

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  ZEE5, Gaana partner to offer free subscriptions to each other’s users
Posted by: nairrk - 02-11-2019, 07:31 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

MUMBAI: Video on demand (VoD) platform ZEE5 and music streaming platform Gaana have partnered to offer each other’s users free access to their platforms. Users of both the platforms will benefit from the rich content library of ZEE5 comprising movies, original shows, and TV shows and the vast of Gaana’s music library of more than 30 million songs.

ZEE5 will bundle a month’s subscription of Gaana with its own monthly subscription and Gaana’s subscribers can also avail ZEE5 for free. ZEE5 and Gaana would be promoting this limited-period offer on their platforms as a part of a joint campaign.

ZEE5 India Business Head Manish Aggarwal said, “OTT as an entertainment option is mostly consumed by people on the go. This, combined with seamless music experience, will make the subscriber’s travel experience just perfect. We are establishing ZEE5 as the go-to destination for digital entertainment and associating with Gaana will give audiences yet another reason to subscribe to the platform.”

Gaana CEO Prashan Agarwal said, “We have always strived to add incremental value to the lives of our subscribers. Associating with ZEE5 is a win-win for our 80 million strong user-base and Zee5’s rapidly increasing viewership as they’ll now be able to experience double entertainment while subscribing to a single service.”

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  MIB urges TV channels to carry programmes with sign language interpretation
Posted by: nairrk - 02-11-2019, 07:26 PM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has urged all private TV channels to enable sign language interpretation in their programmes for the benefit of differently abled people.

In a letter to all TV channels, the ministry stated that the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DoEPwD) had raised concerns in the past regarding formulation of Accessible lndia Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) for achieving universal accessibility for persons with disabilities (PwDs) which had stressed that access to TV programmes for many persons with disabilities is denied due to lack of assistive technology.

“All TV channels, News Broadcasters Association (NBA), lndian Broadcasting Foundation (lBF) and Association of Regional Television Broadcasters of lndia (ARTBI) are requested to carry the same language captions and audio description along with the programmes and news reports by TV channels for accessing by differently abled people,” the ministry said in the letter.

It also stated that the media has always been in the forefront of taking up important issues/causes including those for the welfare of the disadvantaged sections of the society and in the recent past, Republic Day Parade with commentary/ lndependence Day ceremony was carried with sign language interpretation for the benefit of differently abled people.

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  Vodafone Rs 351 FRC offers unlimited calling, 56 days validity and more
Posted by: nairrk - 02-11-2019, 04:59 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Vodafone has introduced a new first recharge (FRC) prepaid recharge plan for new subscribers. Priced at Rs 351, the Vodafone plan comes with unlimited local and national calling without any FUP, and SMS benefits which include 100 local and national SMS daily. The plan comes with 56 days validity, and does not include any data benefits.

Users who want to avail data benefits will have to separately recharge with data top-up plans. As reported by TelecomTalk, the plan also includes Vodafone Play subscription where users can watch live TV, movies and videos without any extra cost. Talking about data, users can recharge with Rs 98 plan which offers 3GB 2G/3G/4G data with a validity of 28 days. There is also Rs 49 recharge which offers 1GB data and 28 days validity.

Recently, Vodafone also launched a couple of prepaid plans with the first one priced at Rs 119 offering unlimited local and national calling without any FUP, and 28 days validity. The plan also includes 1GB data, which is applicable throughout the validity. The company also introduced Rs 209 and Rs 479 prepaid plans offering up to 8.4GB additional data.

There are two yearly prepaid plans that users can opt for. The first one is priced at Rs 1,699, whereas the other one is priced at Rs 1,999. Both plans offer 365 days validity, unlimited calling without any FUP and 100 daily SMS. The only difference is that Rs 1,699 plan offers 1GB daily data, whereas the Rs 1,999 plan offers 1.5GB daily data.

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  Tata Sky now offers 3 year warranty on new STBs
Posted by: nairrk - 02-11-2019, 01:40 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

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Tata Sky has revised its warranty terms and conditions after the new guidelines from TRAI. Consumers will now get three year warranty on Tata Sky DTH set-top-boxes. The company has noted (via TelecomTalk) that every new activation or subscriber will get the new three years warranty offer, although the warranty terms and conditions will differ for the first year and second year onwards.

After the new DTH and Cable TV guidelines from TRAI, all service providers introduced new channel pricing in accordance with TRAi’s norms from February 1. Tata Sky, which is one of the largest DTH operators in India, also announced package pricing slightly later than Dish TV and Airtel Digital TV because of the ongoing tussle with the regulator.

It recently introduced all-new HD Add On/Mini Packs at for its subscribers as well. These pack start from Rs 5 and there are a total of 21 packs comprising of both HD and SD channels. These have been priced differently as per their genre of entertainment. Out of the 21 new Add On packs launched by Tata Sky, most are SD packs and only nine of them are HD packs.

In terms of pricing, the HD Add On/Mini packs introduced by Tata Sky are Music HD, Cricket Hindi HD, Cricket English HD, Knowledge & Lifestyle Mini HD, Knowledge & Lifestyle HD, English Entertainment HD, English Movies Mini HD, Kids Mini HD, and Kids HD.

Tata Sky will charge monthly for all these new packs, and the pricing mentioned on Tata Sky’s website is inclusive of all taxes. Other than the nine HD Add On packs, the pricing for SD packs has also been listed on the service provider’s website. Interestingly, the Tata Sky Cricket Hindi HD pack priced at Rs 42 and the standard Cricket Hindi pack costs same. As per report, Tata Sky is also calling these Add On packs as Tata Sky Mini packs now.

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  Airtel revises Rs 119 prepaid plan; offers unlimited calls, 28 days validity and more
Posted by: nairrk - 02-10-2019, 02:26 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has just revised it Rs 119 prepaid plan to offer less data benefits for its customers. This comes in a streak of other changes that the Indian telecom operator has been making which go against the benefit of the customers and include removing talk time recharges. Previously, Airtel used to offer 2GB of data along with unlimited voice calling to its users for Rs 99. These benefits were moved to Rs 119 prepaid plan and Airtel essentially increased the price of the plan by Rs 20. Like many other plans from the company, this Rs 119 prepaid plan is a segmented offer and the benefits vary with every user. For instance, the company offer the best benefit to those who use their Airtel SIM as a secondary connection or a temporary one.

According to Telecom Talk, the company is now decreasing the data benefits of this plan to 1GB 2G/3G/4G data with unlimited voice calling and 300 SMSs 28/14 days validity. This seems to have been done to fall in line with Vodafone which has recently introduced a Rs 119 plan that offers 1GB of data benefit for 28 days.

Airtel Rs 119 Prepaid Plan: Benefits and Details
The revised Rs 119 prepaid plan from Bharti Airtel is available as a segmented offer in all the 22 telecom circles. Airtel used to offer two types of benefit with this plan which. The Rs 119 prepaid plan now offers 1GB of 4G/3G/2G data, unlimited voice calling without any FUP limit and 300 SMS for a period of 28 days.

The same plan is also available in the open market and offers 1GB of 4G/3G/2G data along with unlimited local, STD and national roaming calls and 300 SMS for 14 days. The validity and data benefit varies for every user under this segmented tariff plan. The report adds that only a minimum number of Airtel prepaid customers are getting this plan for 28 days and the open market benefits apply only for 14 days. This new plan is available for recharge via My Airtel app and through the company website.


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  &pictures to premiere Indo-China war film ‘Paltan’ on 10 Feb
Posted by: nairrk - 02-09-2019, 03:07 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: &pictures is all to premiere war-based film ‘Paltan’ on 10th February at 8 pm. The film highlights the hard-hitting truth of India’s relations with China, and how it is essential to acknowledge that China is enormous power in world politics.

Directed by J. P. Dutta, the war-based movie features an ensemble cast that consists of Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Harshvardhan Rane, Esha Gupta, and Sonal Chauhan. The film unveils the untold story of the 1967 clash between Nathu La and Cho La.

The movie narrates the story of Major General (Jackie Shroff), Lt Col. Rai Singh (Arjun Rampal) and Major Bishen Singh (Sonu Sood). The younger lot consists of Maj. Harbhajan Singh (Harshvardhan Rane) and Capt. Prithvi Singh Dagar (Gurmeet Singh Choudhary) and how the battalion together fought and defeated the Chinese at the line of control between India and China at Nathu La pass in 1965.

The story takes the viewers through the various ups and downs that the battalion faced while they stood guard and fought for their motherland. As the story progresses, the viewers get a sneak peek into the lives of the soldiers and the emotional turmoil they are faced with.

Speaking on the channel premiere and when asked about roping in 300 personnel, director J.P. Dutta said, “The movie focuses on the action and existential angst that our soldiers faced during the wartime. Who better than the real army officers themselves to showcase the true emotions? The ministry of defense was very supportive throughout the making and to shoot with real army men as part of our own crew helped us a lot. In no time, they all gelled with us and even helped the actors get into the skin of their characters. From training them to hold the real guns properly to aping army character traits, the real army personnel helped us, and I am hugely grateful to them.”

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  Romedy Now launches #LoveIsInTheStories with Penguin Random House India
Posted by: nairrk - 02-09-2019, 03:05 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

MUMBAI: English entertainment and movie channel Romedy Now is launching a month-long Valentine’s Day property #LoveIsInTheStories in partnership with Penguin Random House India (PRHI). The digital series will celebrate this season of love, by connecting the world of books and movies, through the unifying theme of storytelling.

Starting 9th February, this property will bring together romance authors – Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar and Novoneel Chakraborty to narrate stories of love, in this initiative.

While their written word has been read, and loved by millions, for the first time ever, they can be seen and heard, bringing their inimitable styles to narrate stories for their fans. Hosted on the Facebook Page of Romedy Now, each author will narrate a story on why we should first love ourselves, their favourite movie from V – Day line up on Romedy Now, a quick synopsis of their latest book and a very special session on their own love story.

Commenting on the initiative, Times Network executive VP, head entertainment cluster Vivek Srivastava said, “Romedy Now has always narrated the ‘Love. Laugh. Live’ stories by bringing the best of rom-coms to our viewers. We are extremely delighted to partner with Penguin Random House India (PRHI) for #LoveIsInTheStories, a unique celebration of movie and books. I hope this one of a kind initiative will bring forth the essence of storytelling instrumented through the most sought after romance novelists in the country.”

As a part of the series, Romedy Now will host a special Valentine’s Day contest on channel’s social media handles encouraging fans to share their ‘#LoveYourself’ stories. Each author will pick their most favourite story from among the entries and the selected can win an incomparable experience of spending quality time with the author.

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