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HC – Watch Oscar presentation live on Star TV

February 1, 2008

Star Television India Private Limited has got the high court nod to telecast the Oscar Awards Presentation Ceremony live on their channels on February 24 along with all the clippings of the nominated films although it does not have the certificate from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

A division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice J.P. Devdhar permitted the telecast of the Oscar ceremony live on Star network on a petition filed by its Senior Vice-president Sameer Rao.

Star filed a notice of motion seeking permanent permission to telecast the Oscars live with the nominated movie clippings although it does not have the appropriate certification from the CBFC. The channel contended that they had moved the application apprehending adverse effect of the live telecast where the nominated films’ clippings will also be shown.

On November 21, 2005, the high court had restrained satellite television channels from beaming movies or programmes without obtaining certification from the censor board.

The order was passed on a public interest petition by social activist and St Xavier’s College lecturer Pratibha Naithani. The channel contended that they had the exclusive rights to telecast the show. Since the show was live, it was not in their control to monitor the clippings telecast.

Besides, all the films nominated for the Oscars have not been released in India, and hence there was no way that they would have acquired a CBFC certification. According to the petition, Star holds exclusive rights since 1999 to beam Oscars live.

In 2007, there were 1.02 million television viewers who watched the Oscars live and 2.49 million viewers watched the repeat telecast the same night, this shows the popularity of the show, states the application.

Tata Sky plans to bring more interactive channels

December 10, 2007

Tata Sky Limited, the DTH joint venture between the Tata Group and Star, will introduce more interactive services on its platform.

To make Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service more popular and acceptable, the company has already launched eight interactive channels, which include education, games, cooking, quizzes, astrology and sports.

Vikram Mehra, Chief marketing officer, Tata Sky, said the company has crossed a subscription base of 1 million within a year of its launch. “We hope to increase the subscription to 1.5 million by this December-end. Going by the present growth rate of the industry, we are confident that our subscription base will cross the 8million mark by 2012.”

“We are offering a bouquet of 140 channels to our customers. It has been our constant endeavour to make television viewing a wholesome experience for the entire family. Our aim is to convert the television viewing habit and make the medium more interactive for the entire family,” Mehra said.

Mehra said the company would introduce more educational interactive programmes. It will launch educational programmes for students over 12 years of age and develop additional channels for kids. Presently, the company is offering interactive services free of cost. He said the company would charge a nominal fee for select services in future.

Tata Sky is also planning to introduce ‘movie-on-demand’ in the South Indian languages. On the arrival of the new players like Sun Network, Reliance and Bharti in the DTH space, Mehra said, the present cable market is estimated at 70-75 million and the market is large enough to accommodate more players.