Saturday, 29 November 2014
A total of 19 digital transmitters have been installed in 17 states including Delhi ‘to keep pace with the advancement in broadcasting industry in the world’, Parliament has been informed.
The owner of Pakistan’s biggest media group, Geo TV, along with actor Veena Malik and her husband, was sentenced to 26 years in prison by an anti-terrorism court for allegedly airing a blasphemous programme.
Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, commenced its two-day Enterprise ICT carnival 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pacific Place, Jakarta. Indonesia is one of the most dynamic market growths in Enterprise space. Through dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, Huawei is committed to serve as the most innovative and optimal partner for Indonesian enterprises, accelerating their ICT development and improving their operational efficiency. Having confidence in Huawei means our customers in Indonesia deserved 'A Better Way' to unleash the businesses to thrive in this digital age.
Friday, 28 November 2014
MEASAT Satellite Systems announced an agreement with Globecast to distribute top U.S. Network, HGTV, on MEASAT-3. HGTV will debut as the first regional channel dedicated to the growing home and lifestyle category in Asia. It is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the world’s leading producers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories.
Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU’s flagship annual ‘Measuring the Information Society Report’.
Old television frequencies are becoming available for other uses around the world due to a switch from analogue to digital transmission.
StarHub TV and Fashion One, the international channel for fashion, entertainment and lifestyle television jointly announce the launch of Fashion One on StarHub TV Channel 442 and StarHub TV Anywhere. The channel will hit the catwalk in high definition starting 4 December 2014. In addition, a free preview will be held from launch to 18 December 2014.
ID-Investigation Discovery, the first genre-specific Hindi entertainment channel is now available on basic pack of one of India’s leading DTH platforms, Tata Sky with immediate effect. All customers of TATA SKY can now watch ID on channel no. 135.
Hike in rates of Star TV group channels after it migrated to RIO agreement system is facing lot of protest from Cable Operators and MSOs.
There is no progress in the application of Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited for the MSO licence, if one goes by the reply given in Parliament by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore.
The Supreme Court stayed on 28 November, Delhi High Court’s decision to ban the transmission of entertainment channel Comedy Central for six days, beginning from 26 November 2014. The apex court also issued a notice to the Central government that challenges constitutional validity of certain sections in the Cable Television Networks Act based on Viacom18’s petition.
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Hariharan Mahadevan is the new chief financial officer (CFO) of TV 18 Broadcast.
The first of its kind 24-hour multi-genre channel “just for males” will beam into Indian homes from December 1st. Discovery has transformed its existing channel Discovery Turbo into a Premium English Entertainment Channel for Men expanding its content offering to reflect the new and emerging passions, desires and interests of the aspirational male audience.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Murdoch’s News Corp announced on 25 November, an investment of $30 million (Rs 186 crore) in a real estate website, PropTiger.com. The Portal was started by Dhruv Agarwal with two friends, Kartik Varma and Prashan Agarwal.
Justice Markandey Katju, known for his sharp comments on many actions of the government, will be replaced as Chairman of Press Council of India by ex-Supreme Court Judge C K Prasad. Justice Katju’s term ended on October 11.
Railway Stations of Agra, Ahmedabad and Varanasi will soon get the Wi-Fi hotspots. Russia's Sistema JFSC that operates under the MTS brand in India has partnered with the Indian Railways to create these Wi-Fi hotspots by the first quarter of 2015.
Children aged 11 to 15 watch half the amount of live TV and six times more short online video clips per day compared to adults, according to new research by Ofcom.
The UK broadcast regulator found that 11 to 15 year olds watch 1 hour and 32 minutes of live TV per day and 33 minutes of short online video clips, compared to 2 hours and 58 minutes of TV and five minutes of clips for adults.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
For participants of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, the finish line also meant heading towards Volini “Recovery Zone”. The 6,750 sq ft “Recovery Zone” at the finish line, had professional therapists and sports injury counselors tending to the tired muscles.
Reliance Digital TV announced on 25 November its partnership with The Vedic Maths Forum of India to provide premium mathematics teaching on television. The new channel—The World of Vedic Maths—will be available on Channel # 559 on Reliance DTH at just Rs 112, on a pay-per-subscription basis for a period of five weeks.
Monday, 24 November 2014
The Bengali TV lovers are in for some dose of entertainment. And attempting this is a 24 hours Bengali News channel Kolkata TV.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
The Narendra Modi-led government could merge two key broadband ventures into a jumbo Rs 60,000-crore project to speed up delivery of high-speed internet and government services to the common man under the ambitious Digital India drive. It is weighing the pros and cons of mandating Bharat Broadband Networks (BBNL) to implement the national broadband and government-to-citizen e-services projects as a single venture on a turnkey basis, said, a telecom official.
Times Internet (TIL), a premiere digital product company and the digital arm of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times of India Group, has added another partnership to its Times Global Partners (TGP) portfolio by inking a deal with Electus Digital, the digital creative and distribution arm of Electus. The strategic partnership for India includes Electus Digital websites CollegeHumor.com, Dorkly.com and WatchLOUD.com. The alliance was brokered by TGP, who will be responsible for growth and monetization of the three Electus Digital websites sites in India as part of the deal.
Times Television Network (TTN) has appointed Anup Vishwanathan as the marketing head of the English Entertainment cluster which includes channels such as Movies Now and Romedy Now.
TRAI has released 59th Amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order (TTO), 1999 on 21 November. TRAI decided to exempt internet service providers from the tariff reporting requirement during a financial year if the total number of its subscribers is less than ten thousand (<10,000) on the last day of the preceding financial year.
Former Department of Telecom (DoT) official Anil Kaushal is likely to be appointed as the new full-time member of TRAI with tenure of three years.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has decided to hold Task Force meeting for Phase III of Digital Addressable System (DAS) on second Wednesday of every month.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Service providers in Telecom Industry have long struggled to control operational costs and increase the speed of service delivery. Incremental networking technology cost reduction and marginal service delivery improvements have not led to dramatic cost savings or improved time to service launch. In fact, the exponential growth of function-specific networking devices in the past decade made matters worse.
Broadcasters are lucky as they continue to enjoy advertising on their channels as they wish the ad cap regulation of TRAI being sulyudice and not implements this time again the hearing has been adjourned to January 21, 2015 the Delhi High Court has no time for the hearing.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Video streaming service provider Netflix Inc said it would expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.
Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd said on 19 November it had made $300 million investment in online video provider iQiyi.
Mehraj Dube, Associate Editor at NDTV has resigned down from his job at NDTV to take charge as Assistant Vice President, Media at Reliance Industries.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has set the format of security clearance for new TV channels as well as those seeking fresh security clearances before renewal of permission for next 10 years.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has released on 19 November, its recommendations on the 'Regulatory Framework for Platform Services (PS)’.
In an ongoing case between LCOs of Nagpur and their MSO GTPL regarding hike in subscription fee paid every month, TDSAT ordered the LCOs to continue paying Rs 30/- per month per subscriber till the next hearing of the case on 10 December 2014.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Effective November 05, Puneet Kansal, who was a director in the Ministry of Power, has been appointed as Joint Secretary (Broadcasting II) in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB).
Discovery Channels survival series Dual Survivor is back with all new episodes in its exciting new season. The series will witness Cody, one of the world's foremost experts in self-reliance and living off the land and Joe Teti, a former Force Recon Marine and Army Special Forces soldier using their skills to devise extraordinary ways to survive. Their aim is to demonstrate, in their own way, how the right skills and some creative thinking can keep you alive in the remote corners of the world.
As per a PTI report, spectrum auction for mobile services is expected to start from February 23, a few days later than suggested by a ministerial group, according to official sources.
Amol Maheshwari has been appointed as National Sales Head of Bloomberg TV India. As a part of his new portfolio, Maheshwari will be responsible to drive the business development for the premium business news channel across India.
Amagi, the leader in cloud-based TV broadcast platforms has announced the opening of its sales and support office in Tokyo, Japan on November 17, 2014. The office will oversee Amagi’s progression into the Japanese TV broadcasting industry, giving TV networks in the region improved access to its path-breaking channel playout and monetization solutions.
The Supreme Court on 18 November refused to stay the trial in the 2G case relating to Indian Penal Code offences and under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against former Telecom Minister A. Raja and 18 others.
TRAI’s tariff order dated 16 July for commercial establishments TDSAT has been further adjourned to 12 December. The petition filed by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), Viacom 18 and MSM India challenging the tariff order amendment of 16 July came up for hearing on 18 November.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
News Broadcasters Association (NBA) vehemently condemns the brutal assault by policemen on journalists and cameramen who were covering the police action outside the ashram of self-styled godman Baba Rampal in Hisar, Haryana today.
Cable TV operators belonging to the Tamil Nadu Cable TV Operators Public Welfare Association (TCOA) are protesting against increase in monthly subscription for every cable TV connection from Rs. 70 to Rs. 150.
The Calcutta High Court has extended the interim stay on the cancellation of DigiCablecomm Services’ DAS Regulation for eight more weeks.
Amit Tripathi, COO, New Express has now joined Focus TV as COO and National Sales Head for Focus Bangla & Focus NE.
Rajshri Entertainment, the digital entertainment studio, has launched Peekaboo, a kids channel on digital media with HD animation content. The videos can be viewed across devices desktops, laptops, tablet computers and mobile phones.
Rightster, the cloud-based global video distribution and monetisation network that simplifies delivery to TV scale audiences in the complex online video market, announced a partnership with Lehren Networks, one of the most popular media and entertainment network devoted to India’s film industry, to manage its 77+ YouTube channels.
Monday, 17 November 2014
Infonetics Research said on 12 November that Google, IBM and Amazon lead the Cloud services market that the firm forecasts will reach $200 billion by 2018.
Enterprise networking vendor Cisco is investing $1.7 billion in India this year.
Friday, 14 November 2014
During its Council of Governors Meeting concluding the CASBAA Convention 2014, CASBAA announced the election of Frank Rittman of the Motion Picture Association to its Board of Directors.
Strengthening its mission towards self-regulation in advertising, Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA), of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, has officially partnered with Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) to augment the efforts on stopping misleading advertisements. The collaboration will see joint efforts to evaluate and pass strictures against the violators. The six priority sectors that would be covered are agriculture and food, health, education, housing, financial services and e-commerce.
Nokia Networks has bagged a 3G contract from Bharti Airtel that will help Airtel enhance its 3G network in the Mumbai, West Bengal and Bihar telecom circles using Nokia’s latest Single RAN (radio access network) Advanced platform. The deal includes an India-first dual band, dual carrier 3G-network implementation, refarming 900 MHz to complement Mumbai’s existing 3G network on 2100 MHz. This will enable higher throughput and thus improved 3G services for Bharti Airtel’s customers
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced an open house discussion to discuss Migration to IP based Networks on December 02, 2014. The discussion will be organised in India International Centre, New Delhi.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Veteran film and TV director Ravi Chopra is no more. He passed away on Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at the age of 68 following a lung ailment.
Aircel has launched 3G services in Mumbai, making the metro its third circle after Delhi and Rajasthan. The company, which does not hold 3G spectrum in the circle, had entered into an intra-circle roaming agreement (ICR) with Reliance Communications (RCom) to launch the services in Mumbai.
Broadcast Engineering Society (India) (BES (I)), celebrated National Public Service Broadcasting Day today at Constitution Club, New Delhi on 12 November 2014. Shri Kailash Satyarthi, the Noble Peace Prize Laureate 2014 from India was the Chief Guest.
‘Mahakoushal Cable Operators Sangh’ and Jabalpur Cable Operators Welfare Association of local cable operators protest against the new RIO (Reference Interconnect Offer) of Star TV channels in Jabalpur (MP) on 12 November 2014.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Cisco announced that SITI Cable, one of India’s leading cable TV multiple-system operators (MSO), has selected Cisco® DOCSIS 3.0 technology for the introduction of next-generation cable broadband services in the country. With DOCSIS 3.0 technology, SITI Cable will be offering its subscribers Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps, as well as high speed data networks and access to more content online compared with that offered by existing telecom Internet service providers (ISPs).
Harmonic the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure announced that the company has made significant investments in Encoding.com, the world's largest video transcoding service, and VJU, one of the first companies to provide cloud-enabled playout solutions to the broadcast and pay-TV industries. Having a financial stake in Encoding.com and VJU strengthens Harmonic's ability to offer highly flexible and scalable cloud-based services that provides amazing video quality and dramatically simplified cloud-based operations.
"To manage the complexity and enable the scalability of broadcast and multiscreen workflows, our customers are increasingly embracing flexible cloud technologies. Investing in Encoding.com and VJU, two key innovators in the cloud services market, aligns with Harmonic's strategic vision, enabling us to better support our customers' business and operational requirements," said Patrick Harshman, president and CEO, Harmonic. "With Encoding.com and VJU, Harmonic can deliver VOS™ technologies both on-premise and in the cloud, for seamless and highly elastic customer operations."
Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting today chaired the First meeting of the Consultative Committee of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to discuss the issue of Digitisation of Cable TV Network, Phase III and IV. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, MoS for Information & Broadcasting was also present in the meeting.
Welcoming the members, Shri Jaitley in his opening remarks emphasised the importance of the digitisation programme in providing better quality of service, wider choice of content and its important role in bringing about transparency within the subscriber base. As a process it had also brought about a change in the Broadcasting landscape as well as enabled broadband penetration within the country.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
As reported by Reuters, China's Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd said on November 4 it would spend $1 billion to expand its internet TV content as the world's third largest smartphone maker ramps up its push into the living room, and a market estimated to be worth $3 billion.
Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Airtel has partnered with Dubai based mobile satellite services provider Thuraya to launch its products and services in 12 African countries and tap the growing demand for communication services.
ALi Corporation, a leading Set-Top Box (STB) chipset solution provider, announced it will showcase a series of solutions specially tailored for African countries at AfricaCast 2014.
MEASAT Satellite Systems announced that customers on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite will now be able to benefit from additional cost savings given the successful test of 64APSK modulation on the satellite’s high-powered pan-African beam.
The Walt Disney Studios and Google Play are teaming up to allow Android users enjoy their Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collections across their devices through Disney Movies Anywhere.
The cloud-based movie service was launched February 2014 with Apple, enabling buyers of Disney movies to view them digitally on multiple Apple devices. As rival studios and consumer electronics groups have backed UltraViolet, Disney and Apple have preferred a more proprietary and contained cloud-based system limited to Apple’s store and devices.
TalkTalk has cut the cost of its TV, broadband and calls packages to half price for 12 months. TalkTalk’s Essentials TV package will now be £4.25 a month plus line rental, while Plus TV – TalkTalk’s YouView TV bundle – will be £9.25 a month plus line rental. The deal provides a saving of up to £190 over 18 months in comparison to BT’s equivalent packages, according to TalkTalk.
The new deal builds on a recent announcement that mobile now comes as standard for Plus TV, as TalkTalk has added a free mobile SIM worth £90 to the package, offering 100 minutes, 250 texts and 200Mb of data a month. Plus TV also includes seven Sky entertainment channels – such as Sky 1, Sky Living and Sky Sports News HQ – the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV through a YouView+ box, alongside totally unlimited broadband and anytime calls.
Discovery Communications has reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30th 2014.
Q3 revenues of $1,568 million increased $193 million, or 14, over the third quarter a year ago, as 32 per cent growth at International Networks was partially offset by a 1 per cent decline at US Networks, primarily due to additional revenues from licensing agreements in the prior year.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
WinMedia, a world leader in automation and content management software solutions for broadcasters, and Globecast, a leading-edge content contribution, preparation and distribution company, have signed a partnership agreement to integrate and distribute their state-of-the-art technologies.The tools to prepare, plan and playout the content encompassed in WinMedia solutionshave been combined withGlobecast’s powerful satellite delivery platform.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) announced the appointment of Sunil Buch as Chief Business Officer (CBO). Sunil will be responsible for the business deliverables critical to the organization via effective and quick implementation of prioritized strategic initiatives across the organization and will report in to Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEEL. In addition, Sunil will also head Network Marketing, Audience Content Research, Brand Activation & Identity Strategy.
A global leader and innovator of multi-screen video software worldwide, Envivio announced it has been selected as a finalist in this year’s prestigious Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition, an operator-reviewed awards program from the publishers of FierceWireless, FierceTelecom and FierceCable. Envivio was recognized as a finalist in the category of cloud services for its innovative, industry-leading product Envivio Nuage℠.
In the latest development on salary issue of Prasar Bharati, the Unions of various departments of All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD...
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Suni Arora, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting is retiring on 30th April and passing on the baton to Ajay Mittal a 1982 batch IAS of...
Viacom18 announced Saugato Bhowmik’s appointment as the head of its Integrated Network Solutions (INS) business unit. INS has been instru...
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Bharti Airtel has connected 38.47 million broadband connections till 31 March 2016.
An exact total of around Rs 36 crore is owed to 271 television channels by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity. DAVP also...