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  History TV18 to premiere ‘Dakshineswar: Legends of Kali’ on 25 Oct
Posted by: nairrk - 10-21-2019, 11:01 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: HistoryTV18 presents an hour-long documentary about the fearsome, mysterious yet benevolent Goddess Kali, Her devotees, festival and great temple. Titled ‘Dakshineswar: Legends of Kali’, the documentary will premiere on 25th October at 8 pm.

The film is rich in facts and provides insights into mythology, its powerful symbolism, and present-day relevance, especially about the representation and position of women in Indian society.

With ‘Dakshineswar: Legends of Kali,’ HistoryTV18 creates a definitive one-hour that shines a light on the mythology and mystique of the fearsome Kali. The clutter-breaking film, available in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, aims to interpret and showcase the abiding faith in the ancient tradition of Shakti, in 21st Century India.

In doing so, the film delves into surrounding themes of feminism, egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and pluralism, as well as issues of identity and belief that bridge the gap between social and economic class, caste, religion, and gender.

A+E Networks | TV18 MD and Network18 CEO Avinash Kaul said, “At HistoryTV18, we believe in telling stories that are engaging as well as relevant for our viewers. In keeping with our commitment to raising the bar with each original production, ‘Dakshineswar: Legends of Kali’ is an absolutely compelling story, told exceedingly well.”

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  Vodafone rolls out new Rs 30 plan for low-value customers
Posted by: nairrk - 10-21-2019, 06:53 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Vodafone has added a new prepaid pack to its full talk-time tariff lineup. The new prepaid pack costs Rs 30 and is now available in select circles, claims a report. The Vodafone Rs 30 pack is one of the few recently launched full talk time tariff plans, which customer often buy to extend the validity on their number to prevent the blocking of incoming calls. The low-value prepaid packs also give impetus to the company’s efforts to retain and add customers.

Vodafone’s new Rs 30 pack does not offer any other benefits. The customer is provided with just the talk time for a validity of 28 days. According to a report by Telecom Talk, the Vodafone Rs 30 tariff plan is available in circles including Mumbai, Kerala, and Karnataka for now. However, the report also says the plan could be rolled out in other circles as well. The Vodafone website does not reflect the changes in the prepaid pack lineup, neither does the MyVodafone app. However, the report mentions that the pack is available for select customers inside third-party apps such as Paytm and PhonePe.

There is a Rs 20 tariff and a Rs 40 plan that give the customer full talk time without additional benefits. However, Vodafone has an ‘All Rounder’ plan worth Rs 35 that offers customers with Internet data over and above talk time. The customer gets a talk time of Rs 26 and 100MB of 4G/3G/2G data for a validity of 28 days. It is also one of the ‘recommended’ plans on the Vodafone website, which makes the Rs 30 plan a little less convincing. However, for people not willing to pay Rs 35 may as well go for the Rs 30 plan.

While the telcos are crying foul over the government’s apathy over the telecom industry, they are also engaged in a neck and neck war that has caused a shutdown of many operators in the country. Now limited to just a few companies, the fight for the highest ARPU has miffed the customers, thanks to the dollops of benefits rolled out by Reliance Jio. The telcos brought data and voice combo plan to the mainstream, but it did not churn out expected profits, forcing leading telecom companies to discontinue incoming validity on inactive numbers.

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  Hathway to launch ‘Celebration Packs’ at lower price points between Rs 200-230
Posted by: nairrk - 10-21-2019, 06:50 PM - Forum: Cable TV and FM Radio Services - No Replies

MUMBAI: Multi system operator (MSO) Hathway Digital will be launching customised pack offerings for its customers in order to ensure that consumers can reap the benefits of the new regulatory regime.

In the spirit of festive season, and in the light of reduction in a-la-carte prices by some of the Broadcasters of their channels, Hathway is launching various ‘Celebration Packs’ at lower price points between Rs 200 to Rs 230 for giving maximum value to its consumers thereby bringing consumer delight. These packs are based on extensive market feedback from LCOs and customers over past six months.

The MSO further stated that it would continue to keep innovating and offering better services to all its consumers and LCO partners.

Hathway noted that the average number of transactions per subscriber post the implementation of the new framework is 5 per month. This, it stated, speaks volumes about the freedom of choice now available to the consumer under the new framework.

The company stated that its local cable operator (LCO) partners are embracing technology in a big way to enable consumers to choose a channel as per their wish. As of today thousands of our LCOs are offering online payment options to their consumers to enable hassle-free recharge and instant activation experience, it added.

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  Reliance Jio All-In-One Plans Start at Rs 222 Which Includes Bundled Non-Jio Calls
Posted by: nairrk - 10-21-2019, 06:30 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Reliance Jio All-In-One Plans Start at Rs 222 Which Includes Bundled Non-Jio Calls

Reliance Jio has fired another shot in the telecom battles with rival operators including Airtel and Vodafone Idea. The company has announced new All-In-One plans for the Jio mobile users in India. The prices for these start at Rs 222 per month and included as a part of the tariff are unlimited Jio-to-Jio voice calls, bundled calls to other mobile operators as well as data.

The All-In-One plans start at Rs 222 per month and this includes 2GB of daily 4G data, unlimited calls to other Jio numbers across India, as well as 1000 minutes of voice calls to other mobile networks and unlimited SMSes. Jio says “every Rs 111 additional payment over base plan provides 1-month extra service”. This basically means the Jio All-In-One plan costs Rs 333 for 2 months and Rs 444 for three months—with the Jio user paying Rs 222 for the first month and Rs 111 for the subsequent months.

If you are already on Jio’s existing 2GB per day data plan, the cost for the same over three months works out to Rs 448. Instead, switching to the All-In-One plan brings the bill over the period of three months to Rs 444 and also includes 1000 minutes of calls to other mobile networks which would have otherwise been worth Rs 80 additionally, according to Jio. If we are to consider the same comparison over a period of two months, the cost of the All-In-One plan is Rs 333 as against Rs 396 of the earlier plan.

If you are currently subscribed to Jio’s existing 1.5GB data per day plan, the benefits include the 1000 minutes of calls outside the Jio network which would otherwise cost Rs 80, as well as extra GB’s of data at Re. 1 per GB—the customer is paying Rs 45 to get 42GB data as against the existing 3 month plan which costs Rs 399.

In comparison, Airtel has a Rs 249 per month tariff plan that bundles unlimited local + STD + roaming calls as well as 2GB data per day with a validity of 28 days. The cost of this plan over a period of two months is Rs 498 and over three months would work out to Rs 747. Vodafone Idea has a Rs 229 plan that bundles unlimited local + STD + roaming calls as well as 2GB data per day with a validity of 28 days. This would cost Rs 458 over two months and Rs 687 over three months.

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  ZEEL on course to launch four regional channels: Punit Goenka
Posted by: nairrk - 10-21-2019, 10:21 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Media conglomerate ZEEL is on course to launch four regional language channels. These include regional movie channels in Kannada, Tamil, and Bhojpuri besides a Punjabi channel.

The company has already acquired a large number of films for the regional movie channels due to which its inventory has increased to Rs 4305.9 crore as on 30th September compared to Rs 3850.5 crore till 30th March 2019.

“We are on track for the launch of new regional channels in line with our annual plans,” ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka told analysts during the Q2 earnings conference call.

On the increase in inventory during the quarter, Goenka explained that these inventories have accumulated as the company has not launched the channels yet.

“And therefore, it got passed into the P&L as the [sitting agreement]. So I had a plan to launch a Kannada movie channel, a Tamil movie channel, a Bhojpuri movie channel and a Punjabi channel. Four channels are still not launched from which are accumulated in a lot of libraries,” he added.

Queried about the impact on ad revenue, Goenka said ZEEL has grown at 2% despite the fact that the TV industry has seen a de-growth of 4%. He further stated that the festive season itself will drive some amount of advertising growth for the industry.

“We are seeing — and I don’t mean so much more for the industry than for us, because given our network share and given our consolidated market positioning gives us far better leverage to negotiate with the advertisers,” he noted.

Goenka conceded that ZEEL‘s network share has seen a drop due to the conversion free to air (FTA) channels to pay. “Yes. It’s largely on account of that. There may be some movement in the listing portfolio, but that will be miniscule. In fact, the FTA channel contributed for more than 2% of viewership share for the network. So it was actually prior to that even a 20%-plus, so which is now at 18.5%.”

On the issue of reduction in the a-la-carte price of key channels, Goenka clarified that it is a promotional activity and is not a change in perpetuity. In any case, any promotional activity cannot be for more than three months as per the new tariff order. He also pointed out that the bouquet pricing remains unchanged.

“The total number of à la carte channel penetration in our country for us, which is less than 10%, so I don’t see a major impact on our revenues. Only it should help us increase reach, if at all, and therefore higher pricing revenues,” Goenka sated/

He also stated that out of ZEE5‘s 8.9 million daily active users, as much as 95% plus are from India. The platform’s user base is skewed in favour of the female audience in the 18-28 age bracket. “So I think the split last when I saw was about 57% skewed to females and 43% to males which is very familiar to what is on television.”

After rolling out ZEE5 in APAC and the MENA region, the next target is to launch in the UK and Europe and then finally the US at the end.

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  Reliance Jio eliminates two Sachet Packs for prepaid customers: All you need to know
Posted by: nairrk - 10-20-2019, 02:17 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Reliance Jio has eliminated two of its Sachet packs, including Rs 19 and Rs 52. This news comes after the telecom operator unveiled IUC prepaid plans with extra data benefits. With the removal of the sachet packs, the company’s combo prepaid plans now start from Rs 98. With this IUC Top-up plan, you get 2GB of 4G data, unlimited voice call (Jio to Jio) and SMS benefits for a period of 28 days.

Reliance Jio‘s IUC plans start from Rs 10 and go all the way up to Rs 1,000. It is important to note that these top-up packs will sit over and above the regular Jio prepaid recharge plans. Reliance Jio has already listed its new IUC plans with extra data benefits. To compensate for the cost of additional IUC top-ups, Jio is giving free additional 1GB of data for every 10-rupee spent.

The Rs 10 top-up voucher ships with 124 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers along with 1GB free additional data. There is also a Rs 20 voucher that offers 249 minutes of calls, coupled with 2GB of data. The Rs 50 voucher bundles 656 minutes of calls to other networks. You also get an additional 5GB of data with this plan. The Rs 100 top-up voucher gives 1362 minutes of calls along with 10GB of extra data.

Besides, the two Sachet packs used to offer customers free and unlimited local, STD calls. Voice call on roaming was also free. The Rs 19 Sachet pack was launched with a validity period of one day. It offers 150MB of 4G data, and 20 SMSes as well. This pack also offered a complimentary subscription to Jio suite of apps. The Rs 52 Sachet pack provided you with 1.05GB of 4G data. The validity of this plan was seven days. The SMS limit with this pack was 70 and the complimentary subscription to Jio Apps was also applicable, Telecomtalk reports.

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  ZEE5 to launch psychological thriller ‘Bhram’ on 24 Oct
Posted by: nairrk - 10-19-2019, 07:51 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

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MUMBAI: Video streaming platform ZEE5 will launch a psychological thriller ‘Bhram‘ on 24th October. The series is written by K Hari Kumar and is directed by Sangeeth Sivan and stars Kalki Koechlin in the lead along with Sanjay Suir, Bhumika Chawla, Eijaz Khan.

The genre of psychological thrillers is rarely tapped into, owing to its complexity and the extreme efforts needed to pull it off successfully. ZEE5 isn’t one to back down from making daring and new content and with ‘Bhram’ they plan to open the doors to this genre given how it is one of the most followed themes.

Bhram is the story of a novelist essayed by Kalki Koechlin, who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how she goes through the many eccentric emotions while pursuing a story

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  Sony Max goes from strength to strength as it completes 20 years
Posted by: nairrk - 10-18-2019, 11:00 PM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

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MUMBAI: As it celebrates the 20th anniversary this October, Sony Pictures Networks India’s (SPNI) Hindi movie channel Sony Max continues to grow from strength to strength.

Having pioneered the trend to showcase the best of Indian Cinema, Sony Max over the years has continued to grow from screening some of the best sporting and entertainment properties and iconic movies that have touched a million hearts. Since its inception in 1999, Sony Max has been enthralling movie lovers that has seen the channel emerge as the undisputed leader for more than 150 weeks now.

Sony Max’s 20-year anniversary campaign celebrated 20 glorious years of entertaining movie lovers in India highlighting its brand essence ‘Deewana Bana De’. The campaign – Yeh Hai Desh Ki Deewangi celebrated the spirit of millions of cinema fans whose passion and enthusiasm for movies make them special and larger than life. The campaign aired at 20:20 hours on 20th July 2019 and has garnered positive response across popular social media platforms.

The channel claims that innovation has been at the core of its undisputed leadership. Apart from bringing popular and beloved Bollywood titles, Sony Max said it has been a pioneer in bringing South dubbed Indian cult films to our homes including the uber-successful Bahubali series, blockbuster movies of the year – KGF, Kanchana 3, Yevadu and many more.

Understanding the needs of a rapidly evolving audience and the environment Sony Max also launched ‘Filmykaant’ – which is credited as television world’s first-ever artificial intelligence (AI) Chat Bot in India to create meaningful conversations with the audience by embracing new technologies. Fans simply had to log on to the Sony Max Facebook messenger and chat with Filmykaant, to find answers to trivia from the world of Hindi Cinema.

Sony Max is also credited with pioneering surround-sound content to engage viewers in the form of Extraaa Shots which showcased little-known anecdotes about popular films and well-loved movie stars with behind the scenes content. The channel also reimagined entertainment with short-format segments and shows such as Bittu Bak Bak and Max Fully Deewaney.

Taking this creative thought forward Sony Max also introduced innovations such as comedy fillers with memorable characters such as Producer Champaklal and Dr Pran Lele to give audiences enough reason to have a hearty laugh in between super-hit movies.

Along with being the go-to place for cinema, Sony Max also earned its stripes by showcasing the biggest sporting events India has ever seen including the ICC Cricket World Cups and 10 seasons of the cricketing phenomenon that changed India’s sporting landscape forever – Indian Premier League. Sony MAX transformed the way sporting content was consumed with various innovations including the memorable and popular, Extraaa Innings T20, which made the league much more than a cricketing tournament, turning it into a passion and obsession amongst cricket fans as well as those who didn’t watch cricket!

Sony Sab, Pal and Sony Max movie cluster business head Neeraj Vyas said, “We are extremely proud today as Sony Max completes 20 glorious years on Indian television. The television industry, the viewership patterns as well as the audience has changed drastically in the past 20 years. But Sony Max has thrived and retained its crown despite this changing landscape. We have consistently added value to the lives of our viewers by providing them the best of film entertainment and carefully curated content. From iconic films to the latest hits, Sony Max offers a wide bouquet of content suited for every member of the family.”

Sony Sab, Pal and Sony Max Movie Cluster Head – Marketing & Communication Vaishali Sharma said, “The campaign ‘Ye Hai Desh Ki Deewangi’ that we had launched earlier this year captures every Bollywood cinephiles’ emotion wholesomely and celebrates our glorious 2 decades. We are extremely grateful that cinema has been the language of the masses and we are here to deliver the same. This celebration is not only for Sony Max but also for movie enthusiasts everywhere and we will continue to grow the fandom by giving everyone a bite of Indian cinema’s best work. ”

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  HBO’s Watchmen set to premiere on Hotstar Premium on 21 Oct
Posted by: nairrk - 10-18-2019, 10:57 PM - Forum: Television Programs - No Replies

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MUMBAI: HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ is set to premiere on Hotstar Premium starting 21st October. Watchmen is a series that embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name.

Starring Academy Award-Winning cast Jeremy Irons and Regina King alongside Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen explores the complexities of society while examining different real issues across time periods.

Damon Lindelof, Creator & Executive Producer, “Watchmen examines how we, as a society, feel about Heroes – most notably people who wear masks and fight crime. Our show honors the graphic novel without making it necessary to have read it in order to understand this new story.”

The series takes place in an alternate contemporary reality in the United States, in which superheroes and masked vigilantes were outlawed due to their violent methods, but some of them gather around to start a revolution while others attempt to stop it. It questions the notion of heroes and tries to connect the dots between a fictional take of real events.

Nicole Kassell, Director and Executive Producer added, “It really explores the complexities of who you are when you wear a mask, who you are when you’re not wearing a mask. Watchmen just grabs you and takes you on this wicked ride”.

Watchmen reunites creator Damon Lindelof with Regina King who leads the cast as Angela Abar – a character who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons as the aging and imperious Lord of a British Manor; Don Johnson as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.

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  Tata Sky set-top-box prices slashed by up to Rs 300
Posted by: nairrk - 10-18-2019, 06:29 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky set-top-box price cut detailed
The basic one “Tata Sky SD” was available for Rs 1,399. After Rs 300 price cut, it will now be selling for Rs 1,099, TelcomTalk reports. It offers DVD quality picture, and CD-quality audio.

The other one is the “Tata Sky HD” which was available for Rs 1,499. It will now set you back by Rs 1,299 after Rs 200 price cut. The HD set-top-box offers 1080i video quality, 16:9 aspect ratio, along with Dolby Digital Surround Sound. With a lot of people having flat panel TV, going for an HD set-top-box will be recommended. As TelecomTalk notes, the discounted prices will be applicable through the Diwali season.

Tata Sky reduces popular channel pricing
Several broadcasters like Zee, Sony and Star India have reduced channel pricing by up to Rs 7. The reduced pricing is no applicable on all channels, but on select, popular ones. For instance, Zee TV, Zee Marathi, Zee Bangla, Zee Telugu, Zee Kannada and Zee Sarthak that used to cost Rs 19 per month, have now been reduced to Rs 12.

Talking about savings, if users were opting for any of the above 4 channels, they would pay a total of Rs 76. After the reduction, they will now pay Rs 48, which is a saving of Rs 28 on a monthly basis. Other channels with price cut include Star Plus from Star India, some channels from Sony, and Colors Kannada and Colors from Viacom18.

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