Posts Tagged ‘DD HD’

Prasar Bharati challenges channels in Court for unauthorized CWG telecast

October 18, 2010

Doordarshan, the official broadcaster of the games has filed an injunction suit in the court against the channels and the organizing committee of the games cautioning them against the violation of copyright act.

Prasar Bharati, the regulatory body of Doordarshan channels and All India Radio has sent a ‘Prohibition of Unauthorised Telecast of CWG 2010’ notice to these challenges reminding them about the exclusivity of the broadcasting rights of Commonwealth games.

The regulator has taken this preventive measure to ensure the non–repetition of trespassing in its broadcasting rights and interests as it was done by private channels during the Beijing Olympics in the year 2008.

Prasar Bharati says it hired TAM Media Research Pvt. Ltd, the Mumbai-based television audience measurement agency, to track footage of the Olympics used by news channels and found some of the broadcasters used more than 17,000 seconds a day. The petition said Prasar Bharati is seeking damages of more than Rs. 5 crore from the two dozen-odd broadcasters.

Broadcasters say the terms of the CWG news access rules appear stringent. For instance, a three minute footage of the Games can be aired only once every three hours and not on more than three shows in a channel. The footage can be shown as part of a bulletin and no special programming on CWG can be created using it.

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DD starts Golden Anniversary celebrations with Rahman concert

August 13, 2009

Doordarshan (DD) will complete 50 years of transmission in September this year. Ambika Soni, the Information and Broadcasting Minister has flagged off the occasion by a curtain-raiser concert – ‘AR Rahman Unplugged’, which was a collaboration between DD and Phat Phish India.

In the concert, Rahman performed some of his compositions along with singers like Hariharan, Kailash Kher and Sadhana Sargam. Sivamani was also a part of this enthralling evening.

Aruna Sharma, director general, DD, says, “The show has all the hallmarks that one would associate with the musical genius – a delightful infusion of music, creativity, passion and individuality to mark this historic occasion of turning 50.”

From humble beginnings in 1959, when DD started with experimental telecast using a small transmitter and a makeshift studio, DD today operates more than 30 channels across India and an international channel abroad.

DD will soon commence HDTV transmissions on an experimental basis, followed by a commercial rollout, in time for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi in 2010. Thus, Indian television viewers will be able to watch the Commonwealth Games on HDTV ready televisions.

KR Harish, managing director, Phat Phish India, says, “We are happy to work with DD and bring in content that will not only kick start the golden jubilee celebration, but also usher in programming of scale richness that will start a new era on DD.”

DD’s year-long anniversary celebrations will mark a series of events across all centres, which will culminate with the 2010 Commonwealth Games next year.