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Negative view for India’s broadcasters: Fitch

... term through the introduction of mandatory cable TV digitisation, the agency adds. Radio phase III auctions are also thought to be a positive in the long term view of the industry. Worsened credit profiles ...


GTPL takes majority holding in Assam-based MSO

Gujarat Telelinks (GTPL) has taken a 51% stake in the Assam-based multi system operator (MSO) V&S as part of its expansion plans in north east India. The latter operator has a cable TV network ...


Hathway cuts Q4 loss for cable operations

Indian multi system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable and Datacom has recorded a standalone net loss for the three months to 30 March to just under INR 68 million, compared with an INR 175.48 million loss in ...


Broadcasters slam restrictions on TV ads

... no jurisdiction in the subject. Advertising is governed by the Cable and Satellite Act and the appropriate authority is the ministry of information and broadcasting. The regulator is overstepping its brief," ...


Fastway hooks up with Conax for digital TV platform

Punjab-based multi-system operator (MSO) Fastway Transmissions is upgrading to a Conax Contago broadcast platform to help smooth the transition to cable digitisation in Northern India. The digital ...


Hathway Cable & Datacom elevates K Jayaraman as vice chairman

Cable network Hathway Cable & Datacom has appointed K Jayaraman as vice chairman of the board of directors. Consequently he ceases to be the managing director and CEO of the company with immediate ...


Guidelines agreed for India's TV ratings agencies

... should be technology-neutral and capture data across multiple platforms, including cable, direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, and terrestrial TV. A minimum audience measurement panel size of 20,000 must be ...


New Punjabi TV channel from Reliance, CBS joint venture

... from CBS dubbed in Punjabi, as well as Punjabi music and local programmes in Punjabi. The region has a large affluent base, with 78% television and 88% cable and satellite penetration, according to the ...


Hindi music channel Khushboo TV to launch in August

India's Creative Channel Advertising and Marketing is to launch a free-to-air Hindi music channel, Khushboo TV. Initially, it will be available on cable and satellite connections, but it could be extended ...


History helps grow factual entertainment genre in India

... Investigation Network and Lifetime. Now reaching over 40 million homes in India, History is available from multi system operators Hathway Cable, In Cable, DEN Networks, and direct to home (DTH) via Tata ...


Indian media revenues to soar to $25bn by 2015

... cable TV network provides further opportunity for the broadcast industry. However, the Indian average revenue per user (ARPU) remains among the lowest in the world, while signal piracy is rampant in ...


Call for rise in foreign funding cap for India’s news broadcasters

... should be given a three year moratorium – in line with both the schedule to digitise India's cable network, and a recommendation from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India in 2008. The ...


Tata Sky to raise $50MN through share sale

... estimates that India's DTH players accumulated $1.5 billion last year, with revenues expected to treble to over $5 billion by 2020, thanks largely to the mandatory digitisation of India's cable TV networks. ...


Canada's ATN adds Doordarshan to its Asian bouquet

... DD News, DD Bharti, DD Urdu and DD Sports will all now be carried by ATN, which now hopes to attract new subscribers who can access the channels via cable, satellite and IPTV platforms across Canada. "In ...


TRAI to examine cross media ownership

... have horizontal integration, which Varma has asked to be looked into. Vertical cross ownership is also to be examined, where TV channel owners have branched out into distribution platforms, such as cable ...


Strong Q1 performance from Reliance Broadcast Network

... entertainment channel BIG Magic is now distributed across the Hindi-speaking markets, and has been made available on all the major direct-to-home and digital cable TV platforms. Furthermore, Big Magic ...


India braced for DTH merger between Reliance and Sun

... crowded in India, with six private DTH platforms serving over 55 million subscribers, and the ongoing digitisation of the country's vast cable TV network providing further competition. Sun Direct has ...


India's media sector records 12% growth in 2013

India's nationwide cable television digitisation programme helped spur a 12% growth in the country's media and entertainment (M&E) industry in 2013, according to a new report from FICCI-KPMG. The ...


Tata Sky unveils HBO HD channels

... with cable TV providers Hathway, GTPL, Manthan Digital, ABS Star Digital, DDC, JPR Network, Den Satellite (Mumbai) and Seven Star Digital.  ...


Global Takeoff to launch Indian OTT video service

... direct-to-home (DTH) satellite or cable TV platforms. Internet speeds will remain a challenge to the new service in India for the first year after launch, though with greater broadband deployment and ...