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India’s Sun TV launches action film channels for regional audience

The Sun TV Network is launching four action movie channels for pay-TV audiences in Southern India on 4 January. Running without advertising, the new 24 hour channels comprise Sun Action in Tamil, Gemini ...


India loses $1.4bn to pirates as Asia-Pacific pay-TV base grows 12%

... the sum of those in the rest of the world, according to SNL Kagan. Furthermore, there has been double digit growth in TV advertising revenues for India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines ...


Golden Globe, Grammy Awards to be screened by VH1 India

... and even mobile as a medium for advertising," Ferzad Palia, channel head, VH1 is quoted as saying in Exchange4Media. "Along with that, we would also be doing some on-ground activities and run a contest ...


FDI increase to take heat off India’s cable operators

A government proposal to increase the foreign direct investment (FDI) levels in the cable and direct to home (DTH) TV sector from 49% to 74% has been circulated to different ministries, according to Indiantelevision.com. ...


Indian media revenues to soar to $25bn by 2015

India's media and entertainment (M&E) industry registered revenues of US$163 billion in 2010; a figure which is forecast to leap to over $25 billion in the coming four years, according to a new report ...


9X unveils Marathi music channel

... move, reported by Indiantelevision.com, follows the late August launch of a Punjabi music channel by 9X Media, owned by private equity company New Silk Route. The Marathi television advertising market ...


SAFF Championship to be televised by India’s Ten Sports

All 15 matches of the upcoming South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship are to be broadcast live in India on TenAction+, following a TV rights deal reached between TenSports and World Sport ...


India’s Idea launches ‘affordable’ smartphones

Idea Cellular has announced a range of Android-based smartphones starting at INR 5,850 (84 euro) aimed at kick starting uptake of 3G mobile services in India, including the operator's Idea TV package. ...


Initial delay to India’s INR 40,000 crore TV digitisation plan

The digitisation of India's vast cable television network, now due to begin two months after originally planned, is predicted to require investment of up to INR 40,000 crore, according to the Press Trust ...


India’s Associated Broadcasting Company to have new owners

New investors are to purchase an 80% controlling stake in the Hyderabad-based Associated Broadcasting Company (ABCL), which runs the TV9 network of regional news channels – according to The Times of India. ...


Taj extends TV rights deal for Zimbabwe Cricket

Taj Television, owner of South Asian channels Ten Sports and Ten Cricket, has extended its global television rights deal with Zimbabwe Cricket until 2019. Zimbabwe, which had a self-imposed exile of ...


BIG Magic to screen kids TV talent show from Hindi heartland

... our first big reality show, we would be promoting our show through BIG FM and BIG Magic. Along with that, we have targeted local print media, cable, SMS pushes and banners for advertising. We have spent ...


Yahoo! India launches premium video channel

... this year of Yahoo! India's Movieplex platform, an online destination for full-length movies, which are free to viewers and funded by advertising. "Yahoo! is the biggest web portal in the country with ...


Tata Sky’s new VOD platform supplied by Ericsson

The video on demand (VOD) download platform announced on 5 December by Indian direct to home (DTH) satellite TV operator Tata Sky is being provided by Ericsson. It is one of the first deployments based ...


AsiaSat 4 to deliver three Assamese TV channels

Assam-based Pride East Entertainments is leasing C-band capacity on AsiaSat 4 to serve audiences in North East India and across the subcontinent with three free-to-air satellite TV channels. The 24 ...


Reliance Broadcast to launch new HD channel

...  Subscription revenue for the premium network is also expected to rise 15% by January 2012, buoyed by more viewers seeking the new content BIG CBS has acquired, he added. Advertising currently provides ...


Sun TV launches Malayalam children’s channel

... across cable TV networks and on the Sun Direct direct to home (DTH) satellite platform. It will also reportedly be available in Asia, Europe, the Gulf and the US. As well as on air and print advertising, ...


Pakistan requests India lifts film and TV ban

Pakistan has asked India to lift the ban on Pakistani films and satellite television channels in order to facilitate trade in the entertainment sector between the neighbouring south Asian nations. Tariq ...


Parliamentary approval for India’s cable digitisation bill

... (HITS) which will help cable operators, she said, adding that digitisation will provide a true picture of broadcasters’ subscriber base and thus reduce their dependence on advertising. Currently, cable ...


Hathway launches HDTV offer in four cities

Hathway has become India's first national multi system operator (MSO) to provide a high definition (HD) TV service for its digital subscribers, rolling out the service in the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, ...