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  • Airtel Digital to buy 10% stake in Tata Group-led Ferbine

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel's wholly-owned subsidiary Airtel Digital is all set to buy 10 per cent in Tata Group’s Ferbine Pvt Ltd for Rs 50,000 cash.

    With this, the telecom major has joined the race to own a stake in the pan-India umbrella entity (PUE) which has been formed to rival the National Payments Council of India (NPCI).

    “The investee company has been incorporated on 18 January 2021 to make an application to Reserve Bank Of India for the PUE license. The main business of the company would be to operate a pan-India umbrella entity for retail payment systems, as would be allowed/ licensed by RBI, subject to approval of the PUE application,” Airtel said in a notice to the National Stock Exchange of India on Friday.

  • New GEC shows rollout to boost advertisers’ sentiments?

    MUMBAI: Although Bigg Boss 14 couldn't garner the expected TRPs, it has been in the news ever since its launch. The controversial reality show concluded on 21 February after three months of regaling viewers with high drama and antics. The marquee property will be replaced by dance reality series Dance Deewane 3, with Madhuri Dixit, Tushar Kalia and Dharmesh presiding as judges. Raghav Juyal has replaced Arjun Bijlani as the host of the dance reality show, which will premiere on 27 February.

    The channel’s new fiction serial Bawara Dil, premiered on 22 February at 10.30 pm, the latest in a string of fiction offerings post-lockdown; this includes Ishq Me Marjawaan2, Namak Issk Ka, Pinjara Khubsurti Ka and Molkki.

  • 52nd DD Free Dish Auction: Why news slots are touching sky-high prices

    It has always been expensive for news broadcasters to be on DD Free Dish, but at the 52nd e-auction of MPEG2, the bids went bigger than ever before.

    As per highly placed sources, the news bucket has already pooled in close to Rs 150 crore in the week-long auction. Apparently, another slot will be up for grabs at the final round of auction on Saturday and the news broadcasters who haven’t managed to secure a slot already are ready to go all out on the last available slot as being on the platform is of utmost importance in terms of viewership and reach for the category.

  • GTPL Hathway looks to expand cable TV subs by over 50% in 3 years

    KOLKATA: The debate surrounding the future of cable operators in India has become more pressing in the wake of the Covid2019 crisis, which spurred the growth of over-the-top platforms and emergence of deep-pocket content aggregators. Despite the challenges in the present ecosystem, GTPL Hathway is looking at growing its cable TV subscriber base by more than 50 per cent in the next three years to reach a base of 12 million subscriber base, the company revealed in the Q3 FY21 earnings call.

    To reach its three-year vision, it is relying on a two-pronged strategy, a combination of “push and pull”. GTPL Hathway cable TV head and chief strategy officer Piyush Pankaj said that MSOs have followed the push strategy till date by giving the schemes, benefits to partner LCOs and asking them to bring the customer back from the DTH, from the ground. On the other side, the pull strategy reaches customers directly or relies on advertisements, Pankaj explained. As a part of the second method, it plans to offer schemes directly to consumers and pay TV users it wants to convert from DTH to the cable business side.

  • Karnataka HC directs action against TV, cable operators over issue of hanging cables

    NEW DELHI: The Karnataka high court has directed the state government authorities and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to take action against private internet, television and cable operators responsible for dangling electric, telephone and TV cables in the state capital.

    "Such pictures (of dangling wires) are common to all cities in India... How are you going to take action?" remarked the two-judge bench, as reported by Bar and Bench.

    The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Amruthesh NP who sought directions to authorities to take action against illegal, dangling cable TV, internet, and electric wires in the state citing the danger posed by the same to the public at large.

  • Sony SAB brings back its popular show in a new avatar, ‘Jijaji Chhat Parr Koii Hai’

    Sony SAB’s ‘Jijaji Chhat Parr Hai’ returns in a brand new avatar with an intriguing new title ‘Jijaji Chhat Parr Koii Hai’. While the Jijaji family returns to Sony SAB, this time, their world is full of spook, which is bound to send chills down your spine all while you enjoy your daily guffaws! It will be aired from March 8 at 10 pm every Monday to Friday.

    Jijaji Chhat Parr Koii Hai promises a classic tale of an age-old family feud between the Jaldirams and Jindals over their claims on the ancestral property. While the property feud stirs the rivalry between the families, there is a mystery that walks the halls of this pushtaini haveli. Adding to the hilarious conflict is the constant conflict between Jaldiram and Jindal over the shared space their businesses occupy – a restaurant and a garage.

  • ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ to premiere on MN+

    Premium HD English movie channel MN+ from Times Network, which shows the Gold Class of Hollywood Movies, will air the Indian Television premiere of ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ on Sunday February 28, at 1 pm and 9 pm.

    An adaption of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel with the same title, the movie, directed by ‘Before Sunrise’ fame Richard Linklater and starring Oscar awardee Cate Blanchett, is a candid story from the frontlines of motherhood, based on the character of Bernadette Fox.

  • India will account for 76% of the Disney+ base in APAC and 40% of revenues this year: MPA

    According to the recent data revealed by Media Partners Asia (MPA), India will account for 76% of the Disney+ base in APAC and 40% of revenues this year.

    Disney+ will end 2021 with $1.2 billion in revenues from 66 million paying subs across APAC. As of 2020, Disney+ had 32 million APAC subs, generating $500 million in subscription and advertising (India only) revenues. Per MPA, Disney+ Hotstar, available in India and Indonesia with expansion planned to other APAC markets, will have 59 million customers this year. The service delivers sports and local and regional entertainment alongside the Disney+ franchises and additional U.S. fare.

    MPA notes that Disney+’s gains outside of India will be driven by Indonesia and Australia/New Zealand, in addition to new launches in Korea, Malaysia and Thailand. Disney+ in APAC will have about 16 million customers by year-end, with revenues at some $700 million. In order to generate sustained growth in Korea, Indonesia and Japan, investments in local content and a focus on telco and distribution alliances will be key.

  • Discovery India smaller part of international story, says JB Perrette

    MUMBAI: It’s been nearly a year since factual programming major Discovery launched its streaming offering in India. So how are Discovery and Discovery+ doing here? Especially considering that India CEO Megha Tata will be completing her second year as its head honcho come March 2021.

    The megacorp’s president & CEO – Discovery Networks International JB Perrette gave an indication in an investor call yesterday while presenting its latest financials for the year and fourth quarter ended 31 December 2020.

  • What’s in store for TV news in the West Bengal assembly polls

    NEW DELHI: West Bengal has turned into a veritable battleground now; as the state gears up for its 17th assembly elections, the political heat in the state is unprecedented. The outcome of the three-cornered fight between Trinamool Congress (TMC), BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) and the alliance of Congress and Leftwill have a significant impact on politics across the country. It will also set the tone for other state elections that are slated to happen throughout the year. 

    The upcoming polls have fired up news television networks in the state, for the past few months saw Republic Network and TV9 Network joining the fray with their own Bangla-language channels. More established players like ABP Ananda, Zee 24 Ghanta, and the regional giants have also created a robust content strategy that will span the run up to election day and the results, expected to happen in April-May. The ad market is also reacting fast to the developments, and despite the absence of BARC viewership data to rely on, advertisers are eagerly putting their monies on election coverage specials, several industry experts told However, regional channels will be winning big when it comes to viewership during the polls.