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BIG CBS Networks Enters Distribution Deal with SCOD-18 & Home Cable

April 13, 2011

BIG CBS Networks Pvt. Ltd., the joint venture between, Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. and Us’s, CBS Studios International, announced the signing of the deal with SCOD-18& Home Cable – a company operated by a consortium of Mumbai’s cable operators, has launched its own digital and analog cable services, to further strengthen its distribution network in one of the most relevant markets of Mumbai. With effect to this alliance, the channel has further strengthened the distribution network to vast populace of relevant households. �

SCOD-18 & Home Cable customers can now enjoy the latest, freshest and hottest shows on BIG CBS Prime with hit shows like NCIS, Bellator, Survivor and BIG CBS LOVE with shows like Oprah Winfrey, America’s Next Top Model, Rachel Ray straight from the US. Further, the network’s soon to be launched channel BIG CBS SPARK will also be available on this platform.

Speaking on the occasion, Arup Gopikrishna, Vice President Distribution said, “BIG CBS Prime in a short span of time has managed to slide up to number 3 position and BIG CBS Love is also grabbing eyeballs. With a strong distribution network we want to reach the Channel to all relevant audiences who seek near live, international English entertainment. We are excited to reach the customers of SCOD 18 world class entertainment in their homes.”

CBS PRIME is already available across over 30 Million HH’s in all major digital cable and DTH platforms like Hathway, In Cable , Digi Cable, DEN, 7 Star, WWIL, ICC, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital, Videocon D2H , Airtel Digital TV and now on SCOD-18 & Home Cable. It is also available across many MSOs in smaller centers on their Digital networks, covering overall over 400 cable networks.

TIMES NOW scales new heights on the Obama visit day

December 8, 2010

On the day that US President Barack Obama arrived in India, the country trusted TIMES NOW, India’s No.1 24-hr English news channel to get the facts that mattered. On a day when all eyes were glued to the Television sets, viewers followed the Obama on TIMES NOW for everything from economic agenda to strategic affairs.

TIMES NOW garnered the highest relative viewership share of 31% as compared to 25% of CNN-IBN and 23% of NDTV 24X7 as per the data released by TAM TG: CS Male 25+ AB, Market: All India 1mn+ on 6th November, 2010

Commenting on the viewership garnered by the channel, Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief, TIMES NOW said, “Our wide lead shows that viewers appreciated our straight forward and honest analysis of the core issues around the Obama visit. From the line on Pakistan to the UN Security Council seat support, we were way ahead with the news and analysis. The numbers reflect that.”

NDTV expands reach of its channels in Australia

December 8, 2010


NDTV is expanding its reach in Australia. The company has signed a distribution deal with Australian subscription TV provider FetchTV for the carriage of its three channels.

As a part of the deal, NDTV 24×7, NDTV India and NDTV Good Times will be available on the FetchTV platform in Australia.

NDTV head – distribution and affiliate sales Rahul Sood said, “With India firmly on the global stage, there is a need to reach out to the broader audiences looking to keep abreast with events unfolding in the region.”

NDTV 24×7 will be available in the base pack of FetchTV, along with channels like CNBC Australia, BBC World News, Fox Sports News and other international news channels.

NDTV India and NDTV Good Times will be available along with the bouquet of all other Indian channels.

FetchTV provides access to digital free-to-air channels, subscription channels, video on-demand and interactive content via an unmetered broadband connection.

FetchTV CEO Scott Lorson said, “FetchTV is committed to providing quality programming options for Australia’s diverse population and the inclusion of channels from South Asia is just the beginning. We will continue to introduce multicultural programming to cater for Australia’s diverse range of cultural backgrounds.”

English Sony entertainment channel set for UK debut

December 8, 2010


A new Sony entertainment channel is close to agreeing a launch on Sky Digital, according to reports.

Sony Pictures Television will combine general programming with films from its back catalogue on the new channel.

Broadcast understands the company is in the latter stages of negotiations over channel 157, a slot previously held by Film 24, which went into liquidation several months ago.

The Asian general entertainment equivalent, Sony Entertainment Television Asia has been available in the UK since 1996.

Animal Planet to air Michael Jackson and Bubbles on 31 October

October 18, 2010

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The dancing machine Michael Jackson shared a very special relationship with his once-confidante Bubbles – which became the world’s most famous chimpanzee after accompanying Jackson on his meteoric rise to the top but subsequently disappeared from the public eye in the mid 90s.

Animal Planet will air a special programme on the close relationship between the two in Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story chronicling the unseen footage and untold stories, revealed through those who witnessed their friendship throughout the years.

Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story premieres on 31 October at 9 pm on Animal Planet. The programme repeats on 1 November at 4 pm.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president & general manager India Rahul Johri said, “Animal Planet connects viewers to the natural world through captivating characters and stories that inform, entertain and celebrate the wildlife on our planet. Offering intrigue relationships, unscripted drama, pet entertainment, and gripping encounters, Animal Planet is dedicated to mankind’s eternal
fascination with the creatures that share our world.”

When millions of mourners flocked to Jackson’s memorial service in July 2009, the world reflected on all the eccentricities of a creative genius. Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers in the world and the biggest global artist of all time. Adoring fans worshipped him, but Jackson was desperately isolated and lonely. He craved love and
affection, but found solace with an unlikely and trusted companion – a chimpanzee named Bubbles.
Bubbles wore designer clothes, flew first class and made appearances on TV talk shows. The chimp rocked the world’s media and even learned how to moon walk. He joined Michael on his 1987 ‘Bad’ tour of Japan and on other trips around the world. Bubbles became the world’s most famous pet, and for six years they were inseparable, both in public and in private. Their lives seemed to mirror each other: Michael
Jackson the man who never had a childhood and Bubbles, the chimp who grew up almost human. With all the discussion surrounding the shocking death of Michael Jackson, people wondered whatever happened to his beloved chimpanzee, Bubbles. For 20 years Bubbles fate remained a mystery until now.

This revealing story talks to those who witnessed the relationship first hand, including Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson, and explores the complex psychology behind Michael Jackson’s devotion to his chimp and other animals. It also highlights the path Bubbles’ life took once he hit adolescence and when the celebrity could no longer care for him, to where he is now more than 20 years later.

ITV Studios launches Granada TV in Hong Kong

September 11, 2010

Granada TV, the popular GEC of UK based ITV Studios Global Entertainment has forayed in the broadcasting space of Hong Kong on platform of PCCW’s Now TV. With this, the TV viewers of Hong Kong will get to see the qualitative programming of Granada TV which is produced by internationally established production facilities of its parent company ITV.

The channel covers vast genres of programming serving drama, comedy, reality based programs, talk shows and many others. Programs available to Now TV viewers include Dancing on Ice; I’m A Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here! and Popstar to Operastar.

ITV Studios global entertainment regional director Asia James Ross says, “This latest launch cements Granada TV’s reputation as the fastest growing entertainment channel in Asia. Hong Kong has always been a priority market for Granada TV.”

PCCW executive VP of TV and new media Janice Lee says, “Now TV strives to deliver the most diversified and entertaining programming in Hong Kong. The addition of Granada TV aligns with our strategy to continuously offer more choices in quality content to viewers and to escalate the level of enjoyment.”

Granada Television produces hard-hitting documentary series, Granada was producing programmes for an international audience, such as The Stars Look Down (1974), Laurence Olivier Presents (1976–78), Brideshead Revisited (1981), the multi-award-winning Disappearing World series (between 1969 and 1993) and, from 1984 on, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Ten Network partners with CBS Studios to launch new channel

September 2, 2010

After much talked about deal between India’s Reliance Broadcast Network and US broadcaster CBS Studios International, the latter (CBS) has joined hands with Australian broadcaster Ten Network. The duo will soon launch a new digital channel ‘ELEVEN’ by next year.

The Australian partner has announced this in a statement. Ten is the second free-to-air broadcaster in Australia to announce details of its third digital offering. The structure of partnership share will be of a two third-one third pattern i.e. Ten Network will hold majority of two third equity stake and CBS will possess the rest One third share.

“The joint venture will ensure long term continuity of this prolific US content pipeline, underpinning the sustainability of ELEVEN and also delivering continued supply of high quality international programming for TEN,” Ten chief executive Grant Blackley said in a statement.

This is the second channel launching by Ten Networks after flaunting ‘ONE’ last year. It was a dedicated sport channel. Now ‘Eleven’ will focus on young viewers with programming content catering to their entertainment needs.

Ten said ELEVEN would target the ‘distinctly youthful’ market and features programs such as Futurama, The Cleveland Show, Supernatural, Stargate, Dexter and Smallville, The Office, Nurse Jackie and 90210.

However, permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board is still to be approved for the official launch of the channel.

AXN Beyond to foray in Malaysia from month end on Astro

September 2, 2010

Malaysian TV viewers will be facilitated with AXN Beyond channel from the end of this month. The launching date has been set as August 30th. Beyond is the prime channel from Sony Pictures Entertainment stable in Asia Pacific region.

Currently the channel is available in 18 countries including Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau and Thailand. The channel will now entertain Malaysian viewers with programs that are out of the ordinary content, like in the fantasy, horror and paranormal genre.

Malaysia’s Astro All Asia Networks has been identified as the platform for the availability pof the channel. The channel will be telecast in High definition format.

GM Ricky Ow (Senior VP SPE Networks, Asia) tells, “With AXN Beyond HD, we are once again introducing our flagship style of quality entertainment to Malaysia, where viewers will be able to get top quality, extensive and appealing content. We believe that the AXN Beyond programming will appeal to a wide range of demographics, and with it being offered in HD, it will be especially popular with the younger, tech-savvy core audience of 18-35 year olds.”

Serials like Andromeda, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hex, Fear Itself, Impact, Invasion, Moonlight, Mysterious ways etc. are quite popular among viewers. Apart from them Magic shows David Blaine and popular blockbuster movies from Hollywood will be of great interest to the viewers.

Zee Studio in marketing for push for Godfather

August 21, 2010

Zee Studio, which is airing The Godfather trilogy on Saturdays at 9 pm, has kicked off a campaign.

To pull the younger audience to this Hollywood cult Trilogy, Zee Studio has created a Godfather Face Book page where it is running two contests – Godfather Confessions – Trivia and Post your Godfather Picture.

In Godfather Confessions – Trivia, users will post onto the wall or in the notes section.

In Post your Godfather Picture, users can post their suited up ‘God fatherly’ pictures to get a prize.

Zee Studio is promoting the property off air to build appointment viewership via Sms Godfather Trivia Questions campaign. Questions posted on TV during films have to be answered correctly to win prizes.

Zee Studio has specially branded God Father Buses plying across Mumbai. It has also tied up with a Radio Channel to promote the “Ride The God Father bus”.

In extension to the campaign, a month long theatre slides and Translites in all major Theatre chains in Metros are done. OOH Media has also been tapped to promote the Trilogy.

Zee Studio plans to continue showcasing crime movies in this time band, after it has exhausted the trilogy.

AXN Beyond launches in Malaysia on 30 August

August 21, 2010

ony pictures Entertainment (SPE) Networks’s new channel, AXN Beyond, will be launched in Malaysia on 30 August 2010.

This completes the network’s footprint in Southeast Asia, having already launched in key territories like Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.
AXN Beyond, a spin-off from the action oriented AXN, will be made available in high definition (HD) on the Astro B.yond platform. It will provide viewers in Malaysia the widest spectrum of genres from one destination. Ranging from mystery and suspense, fantasy and science-fiction, paranormal and supernatural, to fashion and design and lifestyle and romance, AXN Beyond HD provides varied content through an extensive range of programming including drama, variety, reality, sitcom, dramedy, entertainment talk shows, features and movies.

SPE Networks – Asia senior VP, GM Ricky Ow, says, “With AXN Beyond HD, we are once again introducing our flagship style of quality entertainment to Malaysia, where viewers will be able to get top quality, extensive and appealing content. We believe that the AXN Beyond programming will appeal to a wide range of demographics, and with it being offered in HD, it will be especially popular with the younger, tech-savvy core audience of 18-35 year-olds.”