Posts Tagged ‘Big tv’

Reliance-CBS announces the launch of 3 channels by year end

August 21, 2010

Big CBS Networks Pvt. Ltd., the newly constituted joint venture in collaboration with Reliance Broadcasting Network and US major CBS Studios International has announced the launch of three general entertainment channels by the end of year 2010.

Big CBS Prime, Big CBS Spark (youth centric) and Big CBS Love (woman centric) channels will cater to the entertainment needs of English speaking viewers of the country. The channels are expected to roll out in the fourth quarter of 2010 fiscal.

The joint venture with Reliance marks CBS Studios International’s second significant launch of international channels in key markets this year.

“The English GEC space is still small and the market is ripe enough for a new player like us. We are looking at an upper SEC audience as a potential to build and grow the market.” said Tarun Katial (CEO, Reliance Broadcast Network).

The channels will be paid and the company is banking on the subscription based growth to be available for DTH players. Besides Reliance owned DTH company, these channels are also likely to be available for subscription for other DTH players.

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.

Reliance Big TV may cancel IPL DTH deal

February 1, 2009


Reliance Big TV, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) direct-to-home (DTH) venture, which has bagged the official DTH partnership for the T20 cricket Indian Premier League (IPL) with a bid of $ 31.16 million for four years, has decided that it will not go ahead with the proposed deal, if the broadcast rights for the league are given to its competitor.

“We at Big TV, have been talking with the IPL officials since October last year on the issue of being offered only the DTH rights, while the TV rights are going to others. This is an unfair business practice and is adequately not acceptable to us, hence we may hold back.” an senior ADAG official, who did not wish to be named, said to us.

“Negotiations are still on with the BCCI though, and a final decision on our stand will be announced by the first week of February. However, the ADA Group is keen on being involved with IPL in a big way in the future.”, the official adds.

In August 2008, Big TV outbid the other contender Airtel Digital TV, which had put in a bid of $ 30.28 million for the same number of years. The tender for the DTH partner was held on August 08 and only Big TV and Airtel Digital TV bid for it.

Lalit Modi, chairman and commissioner, IPL, could not be contacted for his comments, at the time of filing of this report.

Meanwhile, title sponsor DLF has made it clear that it’s not pulling out of the Twenty20 extravaganza for the next four years.

Big TV head Arun Kapoor quits

November 8, 2008
After a short stint, Big TV president Arun Kapoor has quit the organisation.

Prior to joining Reliance ADAG’s DTH venture in July, Kapoor was working as CEO of Zee Group’s DTH Dish TV.

Kapoor came into the DTH arena after spending years in the telecom sector. He was the CEO for Hutchison Essar South Ltd’s Punjab Circle.
Big TV claims to have touched 500,000 subscribers within 50 days of launch.

Videocon to launch DTH by October-end; plans to invest Rs 10 bn in 2 years

July 20, 2008
Videocon Group will launch its direct-to-home (DTH) service by October-end and plans to invest Rs 10 billion in the venture over two years.
Bharat Business Channel Ltd , the company which will launch the DTH service, has signed up with SingTel for six Ku-band transponders. The DTH venture is being headed by Anil Khera who was earlier in charge of Videocon’s Sansui and Kelvinator brands.
“We have taken six Ku-band transponders on SingTel’s ST-1 satellite. We are investing Rs 10 billion over two years and are launching the DTH service by October-end,” Khera tells will operate its DTH service under the D2H brand. The company will use MPEG-4 compression technology and plans to kick off the service with 200 channels.

Videocon will manufacture the set-top boxes (STBs) at its Aurangabad factory. It will use Irdeto’s encryption technology.

The uplinking will be at Greater Noida, adds Khera.

Reliance ADAG’s Big Tv and Bharti are also preparing to launch their DTH service this year. While Dish TV is the current market leader with 3.3 million subscribers, Tata Sky has over two million and Sun Direct one million.

Big Entertainment has big plans for 2008-2009

March 28, 2008

The pieces are surely falling into places to complete the jigsaw puzzle. It’s over the next 1-2 years that you will realise the grand media blueprint of Anil Ambani’s.

“Many of the pieces that we have been working on for the last two years (like Zapak, BigAdda, Bigflicks, and Big 92.7FM) are now connecting together,” reveals Rajesh Sawhney, CEO, Reliance Big Entertainment. He adds that the next three years will be significant for bringing about the revolution that ‘Big’ has planned.

So, what does this vision entail? In the first place, it’s about focusing on three areas – movies, radio and internet. The second plank is to enter areas that have potential, but are either in unorganised hands or have just taken off. The third foundation is to grow locally, and later make noises globally. The fourth is to be prepared for a convergent India, bound to happen soon. In effect, Big Entertainment may emerge as the next News Corp, with Anil Ambani as the Rupert Murdoch in waiting.

Let us first take a look at the way in which the Indian media industry is likely to grow in the near future. By 2011, it is poised to touch the magical figure of Rs 1 trillion with a CAGR of 18% (as per the 2007 FICCI-PWC report). Even if he manages to capture about 10-15 % of the total potential, Sawhney can create a global-sized conglomerate. Big Entertainment has a vertical presence from multiplexes and exhibition spaces to processing, content creation, animation studio, to visual effects.

As Nikhil Vora, Media Analyst, SSKI India, points out, “With better realisations, reduced leakages and multiple revenue streams, the Indian film industry may register 17% CAGR over 2006-10.”

“We believe it will outgrow GDP and opportunities will not only be in Bollywood but also in regional cinema and animation,” explains Sawhney. But different tactics are being employed in each arena. The animation model is not outsourcing-led, but IT-centric. The plan is for the company to make 6-7 movies targeting the Indian audience over the next three years and also look at opportunities internationally. In addition, they are also keenly eyeing the home video market, which currently, constitutes about 6-7% of the total movie pie. And if you look at Hollywood, it comprises the single largest revenue source (30-35%) of any movie.

On the broadcasting side, Sawhney hopes to participate in the next round of radio bidding and more than double the number of stations to 100. “I believe radio is a huge growth opportunity and this has been vindicated in the acceptance of this medium by listeners and advertisers in 2007.” Another area to watch out for is the Internet. What has happened in mobile in the last five years will be witnessed in broadband.

Reliance Entertainment has applied to the ministry of information and broadcasting to launch 20 news and non-news television channels. Reliance is looking to launch five general entertainment channels and five movie channels as well as music, lifestyle and news channels.

Names for each individual channel are being worked out by the company. The Hindi movie channel is likely to be first off the block, around July. Reliance Entertainment plans to feature well-known and popular Bollywood movies on this channel.

Concludes a leading media analyst, “Big Entertainment is scaling up very aggressively. They are thronging every segment of the Indian media space. Trust me, there is much more to look forward to in 2008.”