Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Srilakvahini ties up with LBN

Local Satellite Channel Srilakvahini have tied up with LBN in order to make their channel available on LBN's pay television platform. This channel which operates for approximately 12 hours hopes to extend transmission to 24 hours. In addition they are hoping to extend transmissions to cover the entire globe.

We are unable to confirm whether Srilakvahini is now available on LBN however the agreements to do so have been put in place.

The Daily News (17th Oct 07) : Srilakvahini-LBN satellite tie-up for better choice

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star said...

Indian digital TV growth boosting broadcasters

India's pay-TV broadcasters are seeing the fruits of a booming digital TV sector, with both subscription revenues and advertising revenues rising fast.

Zee Entertainment Enterprises, operator of the popular Zee TV, Zee Sports and Zee Cinema channels among others, on October 23 reported revenues up 14% to Rs3,986 million for the quarter to the end of September 2007 compared with the same period the previous year. Subscription revenues rose 10% to Rs,625 million and advertising revenues were up 28% to Rs2,195 million.

Subhash Chandra, Zee's chairman, said: "The Indian television industry is going through a very interesting phase of transformation from analogue to digital, which has positive implication for all the players in the media value chain. We are confident that the Zee Entertainment would be a big beneficiary of this change through unlocking of its revenue potential."

Another broadcaster, NDTV, which launched four channels in India during the quarter, saw revenues rise 46% to Rs670 million.

Sky-rocketing revenues are one reason even new entrants are attacking the sector with vigour. Ex-Star India executive Peter Mukerjea's new project, INX Media, has set aside Rs700 million for marketing for its suite of 12 channels, the first two of which, Hindi general entertainment service 9X and music channel 9XM are due to launch in mid-November.

And UTV's V&S Broadcasting, which recently launched youth-oriented channel Bindass and film channel Bindass Movies, will launch another service, World Movies by the end of the year, with another three channels planned by March 2008 and a further three to follow. The company has a reported budget of Rs5,500-6,500 million for the channels.

India's broadcasters are eyeing the growing cable and satellite subscriptions. Zee's sister DTH company, Dish TV, reported subscription growth of 54% for the quarter – 278,000 additions compared with 180,000 in the previous quarter. Revenues are rising quickly in tandem, up 19% over the previous quarter at Rs700 million. - © Rapid TV News 2007

star said...

Bharti to launch IPTV in Delhi NCR

Telecom major Bharti plans to initially launch its IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) service in Delhi and the NCR region. The company will position it as a premium service which is likely to be priced on the higher side.

Bharti Airtel GM (IPTV) Puneet Garg said: "We have launched our pilot service in Gurgaon. We would be launching them in stages. Initially, we will target Delhi & the NCR region and study consumer response before we launch pan-India." He added that the company's DTH services would be launched across the country simultaneously.

star said...

Scat tradeshow to focus on digital cable

The 16th edition of Scat, the tradeshow for the cable and satellite industry, will focus on digital cable TV and fibre optics.The event runs from 25-27 October at the World Trade Centre in Mumbai.

Over 100 companies will exhibit products at the event. They include Tandberg, D-Link, Paras Electronics, Ortel, Scientific Atlanta, Catvision Products, Beetel. The focus this time will rest on digital cable TV and fibre optics.

This is because a lot of cable TV networks are migrating to fibre and digital cable. The cable retail market is large with over 20,000 cable headends and over 40,000 cable operators. There is thus a wide market for all levels of products ranging from SA-Barco to Chinese and local brands.

The organisers note that digital cable television's penetration is growing with 150 channels being rolled out in more than 25 cities before the end of the year. 50 new channels will be launched in the next two years. IPTV has already launched which means competition for the cable operators to upgrade their services and infrastruture.

As of now, there are over 3.5 million Indian DTH subscribers. Over five million FTA (free-to-air) Ku-band homes view DD Direct+. There is also a large emerging demand for DTH distribution equipment from multi-storied residential complexes in the metro cities. A renewed demand is also coming for RG-6 and RG-11 coax for DTH distribution.

star said...

Korean co to make set-top boxes for Tata Sky

Chennai: To keep pace with the demand, direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Sky has entered into an agreement to buy set-top boxes from Korean manufacturer Kaon Media, which will set up a manufacturing unit in Uttaranchal catering exclusively to Tata Sky, said Vikram Kaushik, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tata Sky Ltd.

The unit is likely to go "on stream" next month, he said without sharing how many set-top boxes (STBs) the facility could produce. This would be the company's third dedicated STB manufacturing facility after Thomson Electronics and Humax's units in Pune and Noida. However, about 90 per cent of components are imported.

"We have been facing a slight STB supply crunch in recent months. With Diwali nearing, we do not want to take any chances," Kaushik said during an interaction with media persons of The Hindu group. About 40 per cent of all television sales in the country happen during Diwali. Tata Sky is offering discounts on subscription depending on the size of televisions people buy this Diwali. For example, those buying a 21- inch television would get a 21 per cent discount on a Tata Sky subscription.

The company recently made available a collection of art films by directors like Akira Kurosawa on its movie-on-demand section and plans to add more such content in future including newly released Indian films.

About 10 per cent of Tata Sky's over 10 lakh users use its movie-on-demand and interactive television features.

When asked how DTH would impact the cable television business in India, he said DTH would not kill cable. "Nowhere in the world has DTH wiped out cable. India has about 7.5 crore cable connections. As DTH gains ground, these will have to become more efficient, providing more value," he said. Digitisation would be a way to do this, however, cable operators would have to invest heavily in such a venture, he said. The US cable industry spent about $90 billion (about Rs 3.60 lakh crore) over 10 years to upgrade to digital cable.

The addressable market for DTH in India is estimated to be about 7.2 crore households and by 2010, about 3 crore of these are expected to be DTH subscribers.

star said...

Infinium joins DTH race

NEW DELHI: Infinium Ltd, an Ahmedabad-based turnkey solutions provider for satellite and broadband network connectivity, has joined the race to offer DTH service.

If it gets the nod, it will be the eighth DTH player. In most other countries,there are only one or two players.According to information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry sources, Infinium's application is being examined by the government.

Currently, there are three DTH operators — Dish TV, promoted by Essel Group, TataSky (a joint venture between the Tatas and the Star group) and DD Direct Plus (of Prasar Bharati).Reliance Communications, Bharti and Sun TV also have got the clearance to offer DTH services.

While Sun and Reliance are expected to launch their services by the end of this year, Bharti is scheduled to launch it early next year. Bharat Business of the Videocon group was issued a letter of intent (LoI) recently.There were at least two more applicants - Noida Software Technology Park Ltd (NSTPL) and Essel Shyam Communications-but neither are in the race any longer.

While the government is believed to have rejected the NSTPL application for not paying the entry fee, Essel Shyam didn't pursue its application as the group already had Dish TV going.An analyst report prepared by Kotak group has pointed out that the entry of more players would coincide with potentially aggressive pricing strategies in the DTH space.

The report has added that "DTH subscriber volumes would grow strongly over the next several years, led by rising affordability".Recently, Dish TV CEO Arun Kumar Kapoor told DNA Money that "there's room for 4-5 DTH players in the country".

By 2015, 40% of the pay TV universe (cable TV and DTH) are likely to be DTH users, significantly up from around 5% now, according to industry projections.At present, Dish TV, with 2.3 million subscribers, and TataSky, with around a million users, are the only two pay DTH platforms in the country. Prasar Bharati's DD Direct Plus, with around 2 million subscribers, is a free-to-air platform.

star said...

INX new channel

New Delhi, (PTI): Media house INX Group, promoted by Indrani Mukerjea, has taken on-board, Ekta Kapoor and Smriti Irani, the on-screen Tulsi-as it prepares to take on Star, Zee and Sony in the general entertainment category with its new Hindi channel to be launched in November.

Apart from the soap opera queens, INX has also signed up quiz master, Siddharth Basu, who will be doing his first ever fiction show.

"We are coming up with our music channel and general entertainment channel in a couple of weeks," Peter Mukerjea, CSO of the company, told PTI.

The news channel would come later, he added.INX, which plans to launch nine channels by 2008, has already started trial run of its music channel - 9XM.Mukerjea, who played a key role in the rise of 'Star TV' in India, is taking off from some of the old formula, as INX gears-up to face competition from existing players.

The show from Ekta Kapoor would retain the 'K' character. However, the storyline would be more realistic and incorporate contemporaneity. Smriti Irani is coming out with a family drama that promises to be more entertaining.

On the distribution front, sources said the group has already tied up with DTH player, Tata Sky, to carry all its new channels, while the agreement with Essel Group-promoted DTH service provider, DishTV, is yet to materialise.

The news channel - 9XNews would be launched in the first quarter of 2008, while the rest of the channels would come subsequently.

When asked if the company is facing any regulatory hurdles, Peter said, "There is nothing like that... our plans are firmly on track."

However, he declined to specify the investments which the company is making to launch the new channels.

The entertainment company INX Media has been financed by some of the world's leading investors including Asia Investment firm Temasek Holdings via Duneam Investments, New Silk Route, New Vemon, Kotak and SREI Group.

Indrani Mukerjea would be the chairperson of INX News, while Vir Sanghvi would be the CEO and Editorial head of the news channel

star said...

Sun TV Q2 net up 67% at Rs 802 million

Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun TV Network has posted a net profit of Rs 801.60 million for the quarter ended 30 September, up 67 per cent from Rs 479.60 million a year ago.

Total income at Rs 2.09 billion almost doubled from the year-ago period (Rs 1.06 billion for the quarter ended 30 September 2006).

The petition for amalgamation of the erstwhile Gemini TV Pvt Ltd (GTPL) and the satellite television business of Udaya TV Pvt Ltd (UTP) was sanctioned by the High Court of Judicature at Madras on 29 March 2007, with an appointed date of 1 April 2006.

Since the financial results for the quarter ended 30 September include those of GTPL and the demerged undertaking of UTPL, they are not comparable with the corresponding quarter which does not include the same.

As against the total projected utilisation of Rs 5.72 billion (net of issue expenses) from the initial public offering (IPO) funds, Sun has utilised Rs 3.1 billion towards capitalisation of subsidiaries, Rs 69 million towards construction of own corporate office and Rs 205 million towards purchase of new equipment and up-gradation of existing equipment.

Shares of Sun fell 3.31 per cent on Wednesday to close at Rs 325.50 on the BSE.

star said...

Now, Srilakvahini replaced the MAX TV on LBN DIGITAL line.

LBN will get more decorders with in few days & thereafter add more channels in their DIGITAL line. Channels which will be added are as follows :

1) BBC
2) RAJ TV
3) FTV
4) ANIMAX
5) WIN TV
6) ZEE SPORTS
7) CHANNEL V
8) MAX TV
9) HALLMARK
10)MEGA TV

mad_roker said...

lbn alredy showing hallmark by replacing srilakwahini. pls retune your decoder to get the channel

star said...

Now, Hallmark channel available on LBN digital line. Srilakvahini was removed & replaced with Hallmark.

Nujith said...

LBN has now included "Hallmark" channel for the digital premium clients. Srlakvahini channel is no more.

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