The Nashik Zilla Cable Operator Association (NZCOA) has filed an application in the Bombay High Court seeking an extension of digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III deadline. The deadline for DAS Phase III is 31 December and the government has ruled out extending the deadline.
Friday, 18 December 2015
DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment andEntertainment One form Amblin Partners New Venture
Steven Spielberg, Principal Partner, DreamWorks Studios, Jeff Skoll, Chairman, Participant Media, Anil Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Group and Darren Throop, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One (eOne) announced on 16 December the formation of Amblin Partners, a new film, television and digital content creation company.
Discovery Channel presents RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, a special programme featuring U.S. President Barack Obama trekking through the Alaskan wilderness with survival expert Bear Grylls while on a visit to observe the effects of climate change on the area.
Speaking at a press conference on the Copyright Amendment Bill sponsored by the Hong Kong Copyright Alliance, CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros has expressed support for immediate passage of the Bill, but without the three Committee Stage Amendments, describing them as “unacceptable”, suggesting they would create huge loopholes in copyright protection.
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. announced the appointment of Prashant Butani as Senior Sales Director – South Asia.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has informed all broadcasting companies that it would hold an ‘Open House Meeting’ on 21 December from 11:00 am to 12 noon in the chamber of Neeti Sarkar, Director (BC), Room No. 664, ‘A’ Wing, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
Thursday, 17 December 2015
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted new provisional licences to 15 multi-system operators (MSOs).
Disney's Consumer Products business in India has signed approximately 50 brands for associations with the latest Hollywood big-budget film Star Wars — the Force Awakens, slated to release in India on 25 December.
Life OK, Hindi general entertainment channel has appointed Rakesh Jain as head of fiction group.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has dismissed 14 petitions by Media Pro Enterprise India, Mumbai against cable operators as “there is no material on record even to show what were the dues, if any, of the respondents on the date their respective agreements came to end.”
Digital movie distribution firms K Sera Sera (KSS Ltd) and United Mediaworks Ltd have decided to merge their operations to form a joint venture called KSSUMW Digital to become the third largest player of the country.
Colors, along with Balaji Telefilms and Marinating Films, will put together the new season of the Box Cricket League (BCL). The sports reality show which had its previous season showcased on the MSM network, will have a line-up of over 200 top celebrities and will be telecast on Colors and Colors HD from February 28 2016, every Sunday at 4.30 pm, with a repeat telecast on Rishtey.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting held a meeting of the Task Force on 11th Dec 2015 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in the run up to the cut-off date of 31st Dec 2015 for Phase III of cable TV Digitisation. In the morning of the same day, a meeting was held with the Multi System Operators (MSOs) also which was attended by over 120 MSOs from all over the country.
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Cable Television services in Mysuru, Karnataka have complained that cable television service providers refused to issue a receipt for the monthly subscription fee they collect. Also many popular channels were taken off from the packages on their whims.
Telecom industry blamed delay in getting clearances from the authorities for installation of mobile towers and increasing data usage by subscribers for the call drop problem.
The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) upheld complaints against 54 out of 84 advertisements in September 2015.
Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, announced its membership in the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), an independent media and entertainment trade association formed to foster the adoption of standards to facilitate the broadcast and media industry’s transition from SDI to IP. A founding member of AIMS, Imagine Communications is a leading proponent of the advancement of the industry to an agile and cost-efficient technology foundation that promotes the development, standardization and adoption of open protocols for media over IP.
The favourite channel for kids in India, Discovery Kids continues to deliver on its promise of SMART FUN through the launch of DISCOVERY KIDS JOY EXPRESS. Discovery Kids has partnered with Rapid Metro Gurgaon Limited to create a unique touch point for kids to have fun while they learn on-board DISCOVERY KIDS JOY EXPRESS.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
City-based Sunny Digital Home Entertainment Pvt Ltd a DAS registered MSO from Hyderabad announced the launch of its operations on 7 December. The company plans to private advanced technology triple play services for its viewers in South India. It will offer Multi screen, multi-service & app-based access to a world of content and services as seen in developed markets.
On 9 December, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has finally decided to propose a standard interconnection agreement (SIA) that could be followed as a draft model. Earlier, the sector regulator had said that it would be best left for market forces to sort out interconnection agreements between the MSOs and the LCOs. This has been done after disputes related to interconnection between MSOs and LCOs were on the rise and digitization has not succeeded the way it was expected even after four years of implementation. After The Bombay HC asked TRAI to intervene and resolve the issues, TRAI has held several meetings with MSOs and LCOs and only after that decided to draft a standard interconnect agreement.