Archive for the ‘Global’ Category

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.
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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.

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US gets Star Majha and Star Ananda on Globosat platform

September 11, 2010

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Facilitating the Bengali and Marathi diaspora of India residing in the United States with GECs of their own language, Media Content and Communications Services has launched Star Majha and Star Ananda there.

MCCS, the company which regulates channels of Star bouquet in India has identified Globosat Entertainment (GEN-I) as the official distributor for these two channels in Canada and US.

“We are happy to launch Star Ananda and Star Majha in the US through our associates GEN-I. Both the channels have always been ambitious, innovative, and trend setters and after consolidating the leadership in India, we have decided to take the brands to the world. The US has a sizeable Bengali and Marathi population who want to be in regular touch with their roots. Star Ananda and Star Majha will definitely be able to fill this gap,” said MCCS CEO Ashok Venkatramani.

Both Star Ananda and Star Majha will be available on Dish Network across USA. “Star Ananda, the 67th South Asian channel in our bouquet, further entrenches us as the leader in South Asian television entertainment space”, said Dish Network VP, international programming Chris Kuelling.

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.

DD-AIR digitization 1st Phase to cost Rs.15.28bn

September 2, 2010

The first phase of digitization of Prasar Bharti’s two wings Doordarshan and All India Radio requires an amount of Rs. 15.28 billion. This first phase will last till year 2013. Out of this amount, Rs.6.2 billion will be spent on DD and the rest Rs.9.08 billion will be allotted to AIR. Reports indiantelevision.com.

A total of 40 transmitters will undergo digitization in this first phase. Along with this, digitization of 70MW transmitters of AIR will also be done in this phase. Replacement of 34 old FM transmitters, setting up of 130 new digital compatible transmitters, 9 short wave transmitters and 98 studio centres will be done.

Year 2017 has been set as the completion year for the digitization process of both DD and AIR

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.”

Discovery adds another $89 million to Oprah Winfrey Network

August 21, 2010

Oprah Winfrey Network, the joint venture between Discovery Communications and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Inc. is going to get an additional amount of $89 million from Discovery. With this Discovery will increase its investment in the JV.

Discovery’s new investment will be in the form of a revolving loan from Discovery and/or debt financing from a third party lender to OWN.

The amendment allows the joint venture to be granted the right to pursue the distribution of OWN in the United Kingdom and Canada. The parties also agreed to launch OWN on or before 1 January next year.

As per the agreement, Oprah Winfrey will devote more time to this joint venture and would make her presence in more shows.

DCTP holds plan of launching its own channel

August 21, 2010

CTP, a German company indulged in TV production activities is all set to roll out its own 24 hours Television channel on the occasion of next New Year. The channel will telecast qualitative content on topics of society, history, culture and science.

The channel will be accompanied by an extensive on-demand offer through which viewers will be able to obtain more in-depth information on the topics covered by the TV programs.

Topics or issues will be approached from different perspectives in a detailed way in program blocks lasting several hours single.
The productions shown on DCTP.TV will be provided both by DCTP and by partners such as Spiegel TV, Süddeutsche Zeitung TV, NZZ TV and BBC Worldwide. The free-to-air channel aims to finance through advertising and sponsoring.

‘Channel One’: new name to be acquired by Virgin 1

August 10, 2010

Virgin 1, the channel which started in the year 2007 is on its way to acquire new name, ‘Channel One’. The channel will be rebranded with new logo and new on-off air branding on September 3rd.

Also, the channel is going to revamp its website as mychannelone.com. To inform about the rebranding and name change, the channel will telecast a series of on-air promos and announcements.

Channel One will be broadcast on the same channel numbers on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media as Virgin1 and the schedule and programming stays the same, made up of US imports and original content. The broadcaster has just acquired the UK digital terrestrial rights for US science-fiction series V.

Virgin 1 was recently acquired by BSkyB for £160m. The channel later was placed by the owning company under the banner of The Living TV Group.

News Corp to sell its STAR China’s TV business to China Media Capital

August 10, 2010

News Corp, the international media conglomerate spearheaded by Rupert Murdoch, is hiving off its STAR China’s TV business to China Media Capital (CMC). In an announcement News Corp mentions of signing an agreement with CMC wherein latter will acquire controlling stake in News Corporation’s Xing Kong, Xing Kong International, Channel [V] Mainland China along with its Fortune Star Chinese movie library.

CMC is China’s first private equity fund with a focus on investment in the media industry. The company was formed in 2009 and is backed by China’s second leading media firm Shanghai Media Group. The agreement with News Corporation represents CMC’s first investment project.

Xing Kong and Xing Kong International are general entertainment channels while Channel [V] Mainland Channel is a popular music brand among the youth audiences. The Fortune Star Chinese movie library has a total of 757 Chinese-language titles, a number of which have worldwide perpetual rights. The content reaches Chinese communities across the globe.

James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive, Europe and Asia, News Corporation, said, “The agreement with CMC recognises the value we have created in Star China and enables us to continue to grow it for the future.”

The move is indicative of News Corp’s gradual movement out of China. During all these years the company has come across several complications in operating in the China’s tightly controlled media environment. In 2009 News Corp shifted its scaled down its operations in Hong Kong and shifted focus on operations in the Indian region. The move was seen to be in similar direction at that time.

Other terms of deal and financials were not disclosed.

Virgin Media to sell 50% stake in UKTV; will now focus on core businesses

August 10, 2010

Just a month after selling its content division VMTV to BSkyB, Virgin Media is all set to sell its 50% stake in UKTV. The unit is a profitable broadcaster but now Virgin is in mood to concentrate completely on core verticals of its business such as Cable services, telephony and distribution of TV content.

In the bouquet of UKTV there are channels such as Gold, Good Food, Watch, Blighty, Yesterday, Eden and Dave. In the second quarter of this year, the company received income of £7.1m from UKTV.

Virgin is believed to be working on the sale of UKTV, a 50:50 joint venture with BBC Worldwide, which Virgin values at a total of about £700m – £350m for its stake.