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Dish TV to distribute Real Lifestyle’s food channel FOOD first

April 13, 2011

Alva Brothers owned Real Lifestyle Network has joined hands with Dish TV in order to distribute its premier offering, FOOD first – a 24×7 English language channel dedicated to food and food related entertainmen, on DTH platform.

FOOD first, a pay channel, will now be available on channel 460 on Dish TV network in addition to select digital and analogue cable networks across the country. FOOD first will cater mobile English speaking viewers of age group 18+ .

Speaking on the announcement, Manisha Tripathi, Business Head – Real Lifestyle Broadcasting Pvt. Ltd. said, “FOOD first promises to be an exciting destination for all food lovers with its entertaining programmes made with world class production values showcasing some of the best and most renowned culinary talent from India and around the world. The viewers can enjoy the most recent programmes hosted by the international culinary icon Gordon Ramsay, see an enchanting journey through Spanish cuisine with Hollywood star and foodie Gwyneth Paltrow and her celebrity friends.”

She further added, “We are extremely happy to partner with Dish TV as it enables the reach of FOOD first to over 10 million relevant viewers across the country, offering them the best in FOOD entertainment from around the world and India.”

Commenting on the tie-up, Salil Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer, Dish TV said, “As the market leaders and innovators, Dish TV has delivered many firsts to its ten million plus subscribers. With FOOD first, our subscribers can embark on an entertaining gastronomic journey with some of best chefs and renowned celebrities. This association reflects our commitment to offer world class TV viewing experience to our customers.”

FOOD first will present some of the best food focused programmes shot in high-definition, featuring the biggest names in the world of food. To the viewer, FOOD first promises to be a highly entertaining experience of the world through food.

Network18 puts The Indian Film Company on sale; Roptonal Limited likely buyer

October 18, 2010

In a recent announcement, Network18 Media & Investment has indicated about a possible sale of The Indian Film Company (TIFC), which is London based Films production company. The possible buyers are Roptonal Limited, Cyprus, a subsidiary of Viacom 18 Media Private Limited.

Network 18 has declared of accepting a purchase proposal for TIFC from Roptonal at a price of 115.56 pence. Network18 had made an open offer at 40 pence per share to up its stake to 80.4 per cent in TIFC.

The board of directors of Roptonal Limited, Cyprus, a subsidiary of Viacom 18 Media Private Ltd, has made an offer for the issued share capital of TIFC, Network18 Media said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Network18 Media & Investments Limited, which together with certain affiliates owns 80.4 per cent of the voting shares in TIFC, has considered this offer beneficial to its shareholders and has given an irrevocable undertaking to accept the offer, the filing said.

The latest move of Network18 is speculated to have been taken under the company’s strategy of consolidation of its entertainment businesses with Viacom18’s same ventures.

However, prior to this, in the month of July also, the company indicated towards the possible acquisition of TIFC.

Cinepolis to fuel in Rs. 1500 crore for expansion in India

October 18, 2010

With a motive of expanding its empire to around 40 Indian cities, the digital multiplex chain for films Cinepolis holds plans of fuelling in Rs. 1500 crores to open about 500 screens in these cities. The whole investment will be implemented in steps by the year 2016.

The Mexico based international film exhibitor that runs the megaplex format of cinema complexes plans to open a similar format in India with each megaplex featuring about 14 screens in a single complex. Each screen would be of 8,000 sq ft area.

“We plan to revolutionise the megaplex concept in India by providing international standards of movie viewing. Our plan is to open about 500 screens across the country and build the megaplexes in malls only.” A top company official said.

Authorities grant more air time to Tamil programs in Malaysia

September 11, 2010

Acquiring more flexible approach towards audience of Indian origin, Malaysian authorities have allowed more air time to the Tamil programs on TV and Radio channels. This decision will facilitate 1.7 million ethnic Indians in Malaysia.

Malaysia’s information, communication, arts and culture ministry agreed to allocate more screening time for Tamil programmes on Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) from next year.

RTM is the state-run broadcaster that also operates TV1 and TV2 networks.

The plea for more time for Tamil programmes was pursued by the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), Tamil Nesan newspaper reported.

MIC Youth Information Chief S. Subramaniam met RTM’s broadcasting deputy director Nor Hayati Ismail in this regard. In this meeting, it was decided that at least three hours a day would be reserved for Tamil programs.

PoLL of D’ Month

August 11, 2010

INX Media rechristens company name to “9X Media”

August 10, 2010

Continuing with its restructuring process, INX Media Pvt Ltd has been rechristened to “9X Media Pvt Ltd.”. The Company houses the popular music channel 9XM and the Hindi general entertainment channel 9X.

With change in name the company; INX Media has also unveiled a new vibrant logo to complement the new name. “The change of name is in line with the Company’s strategy to tap new media initiatives including Licensing and Merchandising for 9XM’s popular characters – Bade-Chote and Bheegi Billi,” says 9X Media in a press statement.

Remarking over the new announcements, Bhupendra Makhi, Chief Financial Officer, 9X Media Pvt. Ltd. said, “The new identity of the Company is part of the restructuring process to consolidate our resources and further strengthen 9XM, which is the leading Hindi music channel in India. We also plan to aggressively tap new avenues in the media and entertainment sector and expand our existing network.”

Alongside 9X Media has announced its foray in the merchandising business. It has partnered with Kids Media India Pvt. Ltd (KMI) to create a full licensing & merchandising program around the 9XM’s popular characters – Bade-Chote and Bheegi Billi by extending them into the product & promotional licensing space in India.

9X Media Pvt. Ltd. has also strengthen the existing team and has undertaken many unique initiatives for 9XM such as the live streaming service on its website – and also a complete vibrant on-screen look for the Channel. The music channel of the company has recently witness a surge in competition with the launch of music channel from Sri Adhikari Brothers Company, Mastii.

Alva Bros to buyback Turner’s stakes in Real

August 3, 2010

The Alva brothers have signed a term sheet to buyback Turner’s 50 percent stakes in Real Global Broadcasting (RGB). After Turner’s acquisition of NDTV Imagine, Alva Brothers and Turner have parted ways.

Match Box Films, a wholly owned subsidiary of RGB, will also be entirely owned by Alva Brothers Entertainment. Nikhil and Niret Alva, have also repurchased Turner’s 29 per cent in Miditech to take full control of the company.

Turner International had acquired 29 percent stake in Miditech for Rs 850 million in a composite deal but after the failure of Real, the flagship GEC of the joint venture, Turner had acquired another NDTV’s GEC NDTV Imagine. Now, the company is planning to re-launch the Real along with other premium English channels.

264 applications for new TV channels await I&B nod

August 3, 2010

Broadcasters have a big appetite to beam in India. A total of 264 applications for new television channels are pending with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, according to data provided till 23 July.

No date can be given for disposal of pending applications, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting CM Jatua said.

The I&B Ministry can grant permission only after necessary clearances from the Home Ministry, the Department of Space, and the Department of Revenue are obtained.
Jatua said while there was no ban on receipt of applications, there had been a short period between 18 January and 31 March when applications were suspended following a reference made to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to examine whether there should be any ceiling on the number of channels that could be permitted in the country.

However, the ban had been lifted since the Trai report was taking time.

Trai has since given its report and recommended there should be no ceiling, even as it has laid down certain guidelines for approval of the channels.

Jatua assured that all the 164 private television channels which had received permission before 2 December 2005 to uplink will be considered for renewal if they apply for fresh registration by 11 November this year for downlinking into the country and pay registration fee of Rs 500,000 for the next five years.
Since these channels had been uplinked before the Uplinking and Downlinking Guidelines were approved by the Government in November 2005, it had been decided under a notification of 11 May 2006 to treat these 164 channels as registered, while those that applied after 2 December 2005 have been seeking registration in accordance with the Downlinking Guidelines.

It has been decided by the Ministry that the period of registration would be taken as five years from the date of approval of the Guidelines, 11 November 2005.

The list includes all the major channels of Zee, ETV, TV Today group, Sun, NDTV, Sahara Samay, Tara and Gemini.

DD Urdu to get commissioned shows soon: Jatua

August 3, 2010

After running readymade programmes acquired from various producers since it commenced four years earlier, Doordarshan’s DD Urdu is now ready to have commissioned shows, Parliament was informed on Monday.

The pubcaster has already placed an advertisement in the newspapers and on its website for commissioning the programmes from established production houses.

DD Sources told us that apart from some programmes which were fixed fixtures on the channel, there was no upper limit on the number of programmes to be commissioned.

These programmes will be in all categories except news, the sources confirmed.

The channel, launched on 15 August 2006, is transmitted in digital mode both in C-Band and Ku-Band (DTH), Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting C M Jatua said.

The channel is telecast on INSAT 4A Satellite and has also been brought on the Digital Video Broadcast – Hand-held (DVB-H) mode.

It has also been included for mandatory carriage by all cable operators and multi-satellite operators in all states and union territories.

The channel has allotted a daily slot to the Maulana Azad National Urdu University for the telecast of informative and educational programmes produced by its Media Research Institute after a five-year MoU that continues till 2012.

DD Urdu presently telecasts a fresh band from 5 pm to 11 pm which is then repeated.

The channel has been riddled by a number of controversies. Initially, it had been found that blank tapes had been submitted by producers who had failed to complete the shooting of their 13-episode series when the channel was first launched. Later, there were complaints of lack of trained staff.

Once Again! Thanks !

June 15, 2010

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