Archive for the ‘DTH’ Category

Big CBS now available on Videocaon d2h

March 27, 2011

Big CBS Networks has signed a distribution deal with Videocon d2h to expand its channel’s reach further.

Big CBS Networks is a joint venture between Reliance Broadcast Network and CBS Studios International. It currently has its presence on Sun Direct and Reliance Digital.

Big Broadcasting COO Ashutosh said that the deal was perfectly timed. He also added that the company wished that it would strengthen its DTH distribution platform through the alliance.

Videocon Group Director Saurabh Dhoot said that with the new channel on board, Videocon d2h customers could now get the best of choice content of some of the biggest US based shows, direct into their living room.

Disney Movies Now Available On-Demand To Dish TV Subscribers in India

December 8, 2010

Disney Media Distribution India has extended its strategic partnership with Dish TV to bring Disney’s portfolio of world-class movies on-demand to subscribers of Dish TV, one of Asia’s largest Direct-To-Home satellite television providers.

Dish TV subscribers can now enjoy a range of current and library live-action and animated features on a pay-per-view basis. These movies will be available to Dish TV subscribers across India in a choice of up to four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

The selection of movies includes the two latest billion-dollar box-office hits “Alice in Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3;” as well as recent favorites “Prince of Persia” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. Over the next few months, viewers can also look forward to enjoying highly anticipated releases from Disney such as “TRON: Legacy” and “Tangled”. In addition, a number of evergreen blockbuster library titles will also be made available to Dish TV subscribers.

“Our alliance with Disney is in line with our goal to offer world class and superior content to our nine million subscribers,” said Salil Kapoor, COO, Dish TV. “We offer the largest number of movies on our platform and it is our constant endeavor to present the latest and best of Hollywood & Bollywood movies. There is a huge fan following of Disney movies in India and we are pleased to offer our subscribers healthy and wholesome entertainment. Movie On Demand today has undoubtedly emerged as one of the popular mediums to enjoy movies in the theatre like experience with true digital picture quality ordered at convenience.”

“We are committed to leveraging exciting technologies to deepen our reach with audiences across India. Through this partnership, we are pleased to build on our strategic association with Dish TV, to create yet another exciting touch point for kids and families, to access our world class content, at their own convenience,” said Raju Venkataraman, Vice President and General Manager, Disney Media Distribution India.

Dish TV offers six Movie On Demand (MOD) channels, which include four Premier Hindi on demand channels offering the latest Bollywood / Hindi blockbusters, one English Movie channel bringing the latest Hollywood blockbusters and one Hindi MOD Non Stop channel.

Disney Media Distribution licenses features from the Walt Disney Studios to linear television channels and on-demand digital media platforms across the world. The Walt Disney Studios is one of the leading Hollywood based movie studios which produces and distributes motion pictures globally from the Walt Disney Pictures, the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, DisneyNature, Touchstone Pictures as well as Marvel.

Dish TV touches 8mn milestone; targets 10mn landmark

September 2, 2010

Dish TV, country’s prominent player in DTH segment has overlapped 8 million subscribers milestone by adding one million new customers in past 6 months. The latest development has been informed by the company to BSE in a recent filing.

The growth on the front of Dish TV has also provided an idea about the Indian TV viewers’ preference in choosing the platform. Dish TV has registered a growth of 57% as compared to the last fiscal. Dish TV had closed last fiscal with 6.9 million subscribers, adding 1.8 million users during the year.

Dish TV, has managed to retain its premier position in Indian broadcasting space since it started its operations in the year 2004-05. Shares of Dish TV India gained Rs. 0.4, or 0.8%, to trade at Rs. 50.60. The total volume of shares traded was 246,064 at the BSE.

With this overwhelming success, Dish TV has exclaimed that now it has plans to add 3 million more subscribers in the current fiscal. If it gets real, the company would possess a giant subscriber base of 10 million in next year, more than any other player in the domain.

Till now, Indian market holds seven DTH players including Tata Sky, Airtel DTH, DD Direct, Sun Direct, Videocon d2h, Reliance Big TV and Dish TV.

Videocon d2h offering maximum number of channels in DTH space

September 2, 2010

Videocon d2h, the direct to home service consumer electronics manufacturer Videocon has a total of 266 channels in its stable. With this, the operator claims of offering the maximum number of channels in the broadcasting space.

The provider is emphasizing on regional channels to grab more and more market share. At the moment, it is providing channels in major different Indian languages such as Bengali, Oriya, Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi.

Videocon d2h is providing 10 channels in Marathi, 19 channels in Tamil, 18 in Telugu, 14 in Malayalam, 13 in Kannada, 13 in Bengali, six in Oriya and seven in Punjabi.

Along with this, the company has also come up with a new Active Bhakti music video channel and two regional devotional audio channels in Marathi and Bengali under its Active Music Space platform.

Airtel Digital TV expands its bouquet to 215 with addition of 5 more channels

August 21, 2010

The DTH wing of Bharti Airtel, Airtel Digital TV has expanded the ambit of its umbrella up to the number 215 by adding 5 new channels to its existing stable of channels.

PTC Chakde (Punjabi), Zee 24 Taas (Marathi), Saam TV (Marathi), Zee Chattisgarh (Hindi) and Zee Classic (Hindi) are the five channels which have been added.

Now Airtel DTH offers free regional channels of the choice to the new customers. A subscriber can now to watch National Geographic in Telegu.

Sugato Banerji (Chief Marketing Officer, DTH-Bharti Airtel) said while making this announcement, “The latest additions to our channel portfolio are part of our endeavour to incorporate customer preferences across genres, categories. One of the key reasons for Airtel digital TV’s proliferation into the mass markets has been our focus on localization-entertainment for customers in their favourite language, genre. ‘My Entertainment in My Language’ is a proposition that is helping us establish the richness, width of our offerings in TV households that look forward to a blend of national and regional content in any part of the country they happen to be in.”

Besides, in addition to the Regional channels that are part of their base Tariff Pack, Airtel digital TV customers get to have the rest of the Regional channels of their choice, on that Pack free for life. Customers can choose their Regional Language Pack from a total of 8 Packs in Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi (2), Bengali and Punjabi.

TDSAT restricts Star DEN from distributing TV18 channels

August 3, 2010

TDSAT, the telecom and broadcast tribunal of the country ruling in favor of Television18 has restricted Star Den Media from distribution of its channels. Star Den is a joint venture between Star India and distributing firm Den Networks.

A TDSAT bench headed by Justice S. B. Sinha said, “Star Den is restrained from representing itself as an agent of Television18 with effect from August 13.” Going deeper into the matter, TV18 earlier had filed this petition seeking separation from Star Den that had the duties of marketing and distribution of group’s channels.

To actualize the termination, TV18 had issued a 30 days compulsory notice to Star Den for the dismissal of agreement. This action from TV18 was taken after feeling that the other party is treating its channels in a discriminatory way. Network 18 has already formed a joint venture with South-based broadcaster Sun TV, named Sun 18, to distribute its channels.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi put forward the case in favor of TV18 group in the court.

Neo Sports ties knot with OneAlliance for distribution

August 3, 2010

Neo Sports, the premium sports content broadcaster in the country has indulged in a partnership with TheOneAlliance for the distribution of its channels. Neo offers Neo Cricket and an all sport channel under its bouquet.

TheOneAlliance is the distribution unit of MSM Discovery which will offer both these channels for the whole three years on both cable and HITS platform. The agreement will come in existence from 1st of September.

“We are the only distribution platform which offers the best of channels in all genres including sports. We will be distributing the Neo channels on analogue and digital cable and HITS platform,” says Rajesh Kaul (President, MSM Discovery).

TheOneAlliance has in its family channels like Sony, Max, Sab, Pix, AXN, Discovery, Discovery Travel and Living, Animal Planet, Aaj Tak, NDTV 24X7, NDTV India and NDTV Profit.

DEN Networks jumps in Kerala’s broadcasting space with ‘Digitelly’

August 3, 2010

DEN Networks Limited has forayed into Kerala state’s broadcasting space with its digital cable services ‘Digitelly’. The cable TV network company has its presence across Indian Territory.

DEN Networks had recently brought its IPO in market to fetch some amount for its advancement and expansion. The company has plans of expansion of its digital network through distribution channels in some more states.

“Digitelly brings a suite of innovative and engaging interactive services like games, blog.telly (a unique and latest micro blogging services provided only on DEN Digital platform) and will soon launch an interactive 24X7 music service with 10 genres.” S.N. Sharma (President, DEN) said this during a press conference.

People of districts like Mallapuram, Thrishur, Palakkad, Alappuzha, Thiruvanthpuram, Kochi, Kannur and Kottayam will be facilitated with this service of DEN.

Reliance Big TV adds two interactive services

August 3, 2010

Reliance Big TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) service provider under Reliance Communications, has added two new interactive services, iHolidays and iMall, to its existing bouquet of iServices.

Big TV has partnered with online travel portals for iHolidays and retail brand JPearls for the iMall service. With these new introductions, the total number of interactive services on Big TV now sum up to seven.

Reliance Big TV SVP Umesh Rao said, “Going forward, we plan to build significant momentum in the VAS space. We are committed to bringing in enriched and differentiated content to delight our subscribers.”

With iHolidays, subscribers will be able to search, view and book their holiday packages, the best deals on international and domestic hotels at affordable and discounted prices.

Dish TV eyes growth in South with special offers for Karnataka and Kerala

August 3, 2010

In a bid to grow the number of subscribers from the south, and more specifically from Karnataka, Dish TV today announced a slew of subscription packs that will allow a subscriber to ‘mix and match’ the channels that he or she wants to view and optimise the payout for the DTH service from Dish TV.

The DTH player will also be announcing an Oonam special offer for Kerala tomorrow, said Dish TV COO Salil Kapoor.

Among the four southern states, Karnataka with 30 districts, is unique because Dish TV’s insights from a study indicate that almost every 200 kilometers or so, the language spoken and the consumed content changes. In the other three southern states, it is the local language along one other language content that is consumed.

Karnataka shares a border with Maharashtra in the north and northwest and hence in a number of districts, Marathi is consumed along with Kannada.

In the eastern part of the state, Telugu is consumed in a number of districts that share a boundary with that state, while southern Karnataka shares boundaries with Tamil Nadu and Kerala where Tamil and Malayalam respectively are also consumed. In a number of districts Urdu is also consumed along with Kannada.

According to Dish TV estimates, the current number of DTH subscribers in India are to almost double and grow at the rate of 10 million per year over this fiscal and the next one. The player had earlier announced that it was targeting 2.5 million new subscriptions for the current fiscal.

Currently, the South contributes 22 per cent and Karnataka is about 7 per cent to Dish TV’s subscription base of 7.66 million. Dish TV hopes to grow the numbers from the South to 25 per cent, with an appropriate contribution to the growth from Karnataka.