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India's DTH capacity records 7% yearly growth

Satellite capacity for direct-to-home (DTH) TV now represents 32% of India's total commercial satellite capacity usage, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% between 2008 and 2013. A ...

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India's Star Sports 2 expands its DTH reach

Tata Sky and Sun Direct are the latest Indian direct-to-home (DTH) TV platforms to carry Star Sports 2, the newest sports channel from the ESPN Star Sports stable, following a new agreement with ESPN Software ...

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Videocon to step up set-top box production

India's Videocon Industries is to establish a new set-top box (STB) manufacturing facility by the end of 2014 with an annual capacity of one million units. Anirudh Dhoot, director, Videocon Industries, ...

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BIG RTL announces new VP

Vijay Koshy has been appointed vice president of Indian TV channel BIG RTL, the joint venture between Reliance Broadcast Network and Europe's RTL Group. Koshy, who has over 20 years' experience in ...

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Romedy Now from Times Television takes to the airwaves

Romedy Now, a new English-language romantic comedy TV channel from the Times Television Network, has begun transmission in India. With a theme of 'love and laughter' targeted at an audience of men ...

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Google in talks with Indian DTH operators

Google is discussing ways of bringing YouTube to Indian TV screens in collaboration with direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV providers, according to a senior executive. Google's global director of platform ...

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India's set-top box market to hit 29.3% CAGR

India's set-top box (STB) market is expected to reach 39.4 million units by 2015, up from 23.52 million in 2013, according to Frost & Sullivan. The introduction of high definition channels and ...

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Tata Sky adds ZeeQ to DTH bouquet

ZeeQ, the children’s channel from India’s Zee group, is now available on direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV platform Tata Sky as part of its Supreme Sports Kids’ package. Available in both English and ...

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Hindi News channel Jia to launch in India

Jia News, the latest Hindi TV news station to hit India's airwaves, is set to launch on 5 October. Founded and funded by chairman Rohan Jagdale, the channel will be based in Noida, with 16 bureaus, ...

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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 ...

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Indian MSO Den plans US$160 million share sale

Cable TV company Den Networks is to raise US$160 million by selling shares to institutional investors, as India embarks on the third phase of its nationwide cable TV digitisation programme. The Delhi-based ...

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Around half India's DTH subscriptions are inactive, says TRAI

The number of active subscribers to India's six private direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV platforms was just 56%, or 34.26 million, of the 60.71 million registered total at the end of September 2013, according ...

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Indian media industry to grow 18% to 2017

The digital transformation of India's media and entertainment sector will help it generate in excess of INR2.245 billion by 2017, according to a joint report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and industry ...

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MSO DEN appoints new broadband chief

Yugal Kishore Sharma has been appointed president, broadband by Indian cable TV giant DEN Networks to spearhead the cable company's double and triple-play media services. Sharma, who was previously ...

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Zee to launch regional channel for Rajasthan

Indian entertainment network Zee Media Corporation is to launch a new regional channel –Zee Rajasthan Plus – on 31 July, with a mix of entertainment and news programming. The launch will bring Zee's total ...

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India's Information and Broadcasting Secretary retires

Uday Kumar Varma, India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary, is to retire on 30 June 2013 after leading the drive to digitise India's vast cable TV network. "My tenure in the Ministry ...

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TRAI criticises Kolkata's delay in DAS implementation

Kolkata's cable TV operators have been reprimanded by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for their slow rate of conversion to digital addressable systems. A meeting held in the Indian ...

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Vishwaroopam DTH dispute rumbles on

... Dish, Videocon and Reliance were due to screen Vishwaroopam on 10 January, a day before the theatrical release. “We have received a complaint from Kamal Haasan against theatre associations trying to ...

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Vh1 India to show Golden Globe awards

Youth entertainment TV channel Vh1 is to air the 71st edition of the Golden Globe Awards on 13 January 2014 in India. The show, to be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will honour achievements in ...

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MSO Den completes preferential share allotment

Funds to enable digital cable roll-out and expansion have now been received by Indian multi-system operator (MSO) Den Networks following a preferential share allotment of INR6.9 billion (US$110.3 million) ...