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Madras HC admits plea against Arasu”s cable operations

December 13, 2007

The Madras high court on Tuesday admitted a petition challenging the notification of the government-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation inviting tenders for leasing multi system operators (MSO) to conduct cable TV business in Chennai and elsewhere in Tamil Nadu.

Admitting the petition, the first bench comprising chief justice A. P. Shah and V. Ramasubramanian posted the case to December 18 for further hearing. The government cable TV company is being seen as a weapon to demolish the near-monopoly of Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV) of the Maran brothers following their fallout with granduncle and chief minister M. Karunanidhi.

The petitioner, advocate R. Suresh Kumar contended that Arasu’s notification on November 30 this year was “illegal and ultra vires of the provisions of the Cable TV Network Act and Cable TV Network Rules 1994 insofar as it sought to call for tenders for the lease of MSO’s in Chennai in violation of the license conditions under rule 11 of the CTVN rules.”

Seeking an interim injunction against the notification, Suresh Kumar alleged that the state government was indulging in “illegal forbidden matters relating to exploitation of the cable TV network through leasing without undertaking the task (of MSO) on its own.”

This attempt was to “create a monopoly and prevent the existing operators in the Cable TV network both in Chennai and outside from carrying out a viable business.” The corporation was incorporated following a decision taken by the government on August 13 under the Companies Act, 1956 with the object of starting cable TV operations as MSO in Chennai and outside the city.

He claimed that MSO license was granted only to Hathway Cable & Data Com private Ltd, Indusin Media Communication Ltd and Kal Cables Pvt. Ltd in Chennai. Of them only the first and third were in operation.

The corporation was not legally authorised or competent to carry on the Cable TV network business without a license, he said.


Sun TV launches radio station in Indore

December 10, 2007

Sun TV Network has announced that its FM radio station at Indore was launched today, December 10 through its subsidiary, Kal Radio Ltd. This station, under the brand S FM can be heard on 93.5 MHz frequency.sfm

With the launch of this station, the total number of FM stations of the company goes up to 16 as it already operates FM stations at Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar, Tirupati, Madurai, Tuticorin, Lucknow, Bhopal, Pondicherry and Kozhikode.

Sun TV hold licences for 45 FM Radio Stations across India, and will be one of the largest radio broadcasters in India, when all the remaining 29 stations becomes operational.

Sun’s SFM launches at Kozhikode

December 8, 2007

Sun TV’s SFM is launching at Kozhikode in Calicut through its subsidiary Kal Radio. After the launch, its total number of SFM stations will go up to 15 across India.

SFM is already operational in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Madurai, Tuticorin, Lucknow and Bhopal among others.

Sun expects to launch its station in Pondicherry soon.

The company will launch 30 more stations to be present in 45 stations all over India.

TDSAT appoints mediator in Tata Sky-Sun TV pricing row

December 8, 2007

Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has appointed one of its former members to mediate between Direct-to-Home operator Tata Sky and broadcaster Sun TV after the two companies failed to resolve differences over pricing of channels.

During the proceedings at the TDSAT, counsels appearing for Sun TV said that the agreement drafted between the two sides would have to be reworked due to the new interconnection regulations issued by the sector regulator TRAI, a report by PTI said.

Thiswas objected by the Tata Sky counsel, who stated that Sun TV should respect TDSAT’s earlier directions. The tribunal had in August this year disposed of the case and asked the two sides to settle their dispute.

At that time, they had informed that the issue between them has been resolved and submitted a paper having a list of channels to be offered by Tata Sky in its entry packages in the southern states. Despite that, differences between them over signing an agreement remained and both of them filed separate execution applications before TDSAT, the PTI report says.

Responding to the execution applications filed by Tata Sky and Sun TV, TDSAT has appointed its ex-member Lt Gen D P Sehgal to mediate between the warring sides.

TDSAT Chairman Justice Arun Kumar directed the DTH operator and the broadcaster to hand over all relevant papers and documents to Sehgal, who retired only a few months ago. The tribunal also made it clear that Sehgal was free to fix his fee for that job and both the parties would pay in equal share.

Sun TV launches radio station in Puducherry

December 4, 2007

Sun TV Network has announced that its FM radio station at Puducherry would be launch on December 4 through its subsidiary, Kal Radio Ltd. This station, under the brand S FM can be heard on 93.5 MHz frequency in Puducherry.

With the launch of this station, the total number of FM stations of the company goes up to 14 as it already operates FM stations at Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar, Tirupati, Madurai, Tuticorin, Lucknow and Bhopal.

Sun TV hold licences for 45 FM Radio Stations across India, and will be one of the largest radio broadcasters in India when all the remaining 31 stations becomes operational.

K Balachander’s sitcom bright with characteristic humour

December 4, 2007

Indraja, who is playing the lead role of Anitha in this television comedy is in her ‘mallu’ avatar, begging Jayakodi (played by Renuka) to give her space in the house.

TV Vardharajan aka Chinna Vardhu is playing Jayakodi’s father, who is against Anitha entering into his home. The entire scene is a comedy, since Chinna Vardhu (who is always recounting anecdotes and concerns) is accusing her, to make sure that she does not come into the house. The entire setup looks chaotic with wires and cables everywhere.

A huge number of lights hang from the ceiling, but the cinematographer still manages to avoid all clutter. While K Balachander still directs each and every step of the shoot himself, he walks in the shot and shouts cut! And action! Several times. The point to note here is that his enthusiasm and energy levels are the same.

While Jayakodi repeats his dialogues called out by the assistant director, Anitha does an extempore. KB is watching the progress on a small screen and monitors, while the scene is being shot. “Indraja was a good find for this role. She is a talented actor. The original movie Naan Avan Illai, was based on the comedy, revolving around a man. This serial(of the same name) is based on a woman,” says KB. Refusing to divulge more details on the plot, KB goes back to concentrating on the shot.

Meanwhile Ravi Raghavendra who plays a constable and Jayakodi’s husband is waiting inside the room for his shot. “It’s a funny couple. She(Jayakodi) is a popular lawyer and I am just a constable. In this scene, Anitha is pretending to be in distress and I bring her home. From there on starts the war between the father-in-law and me.”

Back to the scene, Anitha is pleading with Jayakodi in her Malayali accent, “Jeycha, naa elle vela senja (I will do all the work).” Chinna Vardhu, the loudest of them all says, “This weekly comedy is good. It gives more scope for perfection. Incidentally, I was introduced by KB sir in 1994.” Gopu Babu, who has also written the dialogues of the film Baba, has written the dialogues for this serial. Also present on the set is Viswan, who has been called in to help and guide Indraja perfect her Malayalam accent.

The actors now take a break after KB has approved the successful completion of the scene. While the settings are changed in the same room, KB is being briefed by the assistant director on the next shot.

Don’t the actors throw tantrums on the set? KB replies, “I am a strict disciplinarian on my sets and no one dare do that. Everybody respects my age and experience – so no one behaves badly. Generally anyone who does such ‘drama’ is thrown out of the sets.”

Politics & Promotion go hand-in-hand in South India

November 27, 2007

In this media driven age, where perception is the only reality; it’s only fitting that the last of the acknowledged Promotion takes precedence over all else. Politicians ranging from Mahatma Gandhi to Sharad Pawar have always invested in the print media; and all major political parties already boast of their own newspapers & magazines as mouthpieces. But now, Television is emerging as the new promotion phenomena amidst these sons-of-the soil in south India.

Take Sun TV for example, it’s the second largest TV network across the country. Started by Kalanidhi Maran, son of the late Union Minister Murasoli Maran and nephew of politician Karunanidhi; Sun TV was till recently, the voice of DMK (before Maran and Karunanidhi had a fallout recently). Even the headquarters of Sun TV are located within the DMK party headquarters in Chennai and the propaganda was done very cleverly. In 2001, when Karunanidhi was arrested at midnight, Sun TV showed visuals of Karunanidhi being roughed up; used wisely during the next elections.

Similarly, Jaya TV (run by Jayalalitha), is the alleged mouthpiece of AIADMK. Not surprising that both have been routinely spitting venom against each other. During the 2006 state assembly elections, if there were live campaigns after 8pm on Sun TV; Jaya TV screened special documentaries depicting Jayalalitha’s achievements. Though Jaya TV could not match Sun, both technically and penetration wise, it put up a tough fight. Now, ever since relations between Maran and Karunanidhi have soured, the DMK is busy flaunting its new mouthpiece ‘Kalaingar TV’.

PMK’s Makkal TV, DMK’s ‘Kalaingar TV’ & the Congress’ Mega TV and Vasanth TV all are gung-ho with political ambitions. The best part is that you can easily reach your target group’s living room; and slowly but steadily mould their thinking via an ostensibly neutral source. And if your channel really clicks, you additionally have a moolah minting machine at your disposal.

Agrees Rajat Sinha, media planner in a leading agency, “If you have a channel of your own, you can leverage a lot of in house synergies and it definitely becomes easy and more effective to promote your products and services.”

If you thought that the trend was limited to Tamil Nadu, think again. Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka are other states where launching television channels, promoted by party supporters is in vogue. In Kerala, ‘Kairali channel’ the mouthpiece of Communist Party of India (Marxist) had so far been the sole channel in this genre; until recently, when Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee launched its ‘Jaihind’. Overwhelmed by the response, the state Congress wing is planning another channel launch in Karnataka soon.

Not to be left behind, Karnataka’s CM, HD Karunaswamy too launched his own channel called ‘Kannada Kasturi’. In Andra Pradesh, the CM’s son, YS Jaganmohan Reddy has launched a Telugu news channel Indira TV. Apart from that there are VTV, Hyderabad TV and Telangana TV launched very recently. The trend has gradually begun to percolate across the rest of the country too. OTV in Orissa, PTC and Channel one in Punjab, and Total TV are a few other channels, backed by various politically aligned promoters.

Talks on for Zee, Sun rights for IPTV

November 25, 2007

BSNL, Reliance Communications draw up big plans to cash in on the boom

The IOL deal is expected to trigger IPTV boom for BSNL in Karnataka

IPTV service provides see huge potential

in tier-II cities

BANGALORE: Bharath Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) and Reliance Communications Ltd. are gearing to cater for the needs of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) subscribers in Karnataka.

BSNL Karnataka will be the nodal circle for signing agreements with all IPTV service providers. BSNL is a key node for broadband protocol in India.

Service provider India Online (IOL) is the franchisee for IPTV. It is negotiating with Zee and Sun TV for securing rights to their bouquet of channels. Once this happens the demand for BSNL IPTV will double in the State — from a monthly enquiry of 600 connections to 1,200 connections, said Chief General Manager of the BSNL Karnataka Circle T.S. Kuppuswamy.

Mr. Kuppuswamy told TV Today that multi-pay channel bouquets would have to come to IPTV which would multiply the business prospects of the franchisee.

Mr. Kuppuswamy said the IPTV provided the advantage of video on demand to the customers. This meant the customer of IPTV had an entire range of services, including basic telephony, internet browsing, television in addition to the video-on-demand. He said the BSNL had to give the customer a dedicated bandwidth only for the video-on-demand. The value added features such as pay channels, tele-education and health consultation would be part of IPTV. The present BSNL network was capable of streaming all these services to the end user and the quality of sound and picture was assured, he said.

Reliance Communications and Microsoft had announced a strategic partnership to deliver IPTV. With Karnataka having the requisite infrastructure in place for IPTV, service providers were now concentrating on Bangalore and tier-II cities such as Mangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Hubli-Dharwad and Gulburga.

In addition to video-on-demand, Reliance Communications planned to offer digital video recording (DVR), instant channel changing, and personal media sharing. IPTV subscribers would be able to watch popular standard definition (SD) content as well as high definition (HD) content — for the first time in India, said the company. The service would be launched by March 2008.

According to president of Home and Enterprise Business of Reliance Communications Prakash Bajpai, Reliance Communication had kept in readiness the integrated (wireless and wire line) and convergent (voice, data and video) digital network that were capable of supporting services covering over 13,000 towns and 5,00,000 villages.

Reliance Communication owned and operated internet protocol enabled connectivity infrastructure, comprising 1,65,000 km of fibre optic cable systems in India, the U.S., Europe, West Asia and the Asia Pacific region, he said.

Big Battle : Sun Tv vs Kalaingar Tv

November 7, 2007

The channel war between Sun TV and Kalaignar TV took a heated turn on Sunday when both channels engaged in an all out competition to garner the maximum number of viewers.

Sun TV, on one hand telecast an hourlong programme at 11 am, pertaining to the recently held Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, which saw the participation of CM Karunanidhi, Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan etc., Interestingly, the rights to telecast the programme were vested with Kalaignar TV, which in retaliation telecast the Vijay-starrer Ghilli at 11 am, for which the rights are said to be with Sun TV.

It all began when the news announcing the airing of the State awards was flashed across Sun TV from 9 am onwards on Sunday. It surprised most viewers who had not seen any ads pertaining to it and were unaware of it being on the program schedule.

It came as a rude shock for Kalaignar TV, because they had slotted the same programme albeit for a four-hour duration on Diwali. As an immediate damage control measure, Kalaignar TV unexpectedly telecast Ghilli at 11 am despite having other programmes scheduled for that slot. The channel did this after being informed by their sources of Sun TV’s plans to screen Ghilli on Diwali.

But, when Sun TV concluded their programme after an hour, Kalaignar TV abruptly put an end to the telecast of Ghilli and continued with their programmes as per schedule. Sources close to A. M. Ratnam, who produced Ghilli confirmed that only Sun TV held the telecast rights to the film. They also revealed that the problem started a week back when Kalaignar TV found that Sun TV intended to telecast Kamal’s Vettayadu Vilayadu on Diwali.

According to sources, since the film released only last year, Kalaignar TV objected to this citing rules with regard to telecast of films starring major actors. They also filed a complaint with the Producers Council, headed by Ramanarayanan, the CEO of Kalaignar TV.

When Manickam Narayanan, the producer of Vettayadu Vilayadu was contacted, he said that although he had sold the film’s telecast rights to Sun TV, he was not aware about its telecasting date.

He adds, “The date of telecast is decided by the Distributors Federation, which acts as per their whim and fancy without even considering the producers. They can fix any time frame for any film.”

He refused to comment further on the issue. Despite several attempts, no official spokesperson was available for comment regarding the channels’ future course of action.

– Tv Today Team