Friday, October 12, 2007

Why slow and why replace?

Looks like the LBN channel expansion slowed down after the introduction of "Ten Sports" back in August. The only exception was that a Saudi Channel replaced "Channel News Asia" for this Ramazan season. This brings up the question of why replace?

Since LBN is operating on cable based methods they have no bandwidth restrictions on their distribution systems. However we feel that it may be a lack of receiving equipment or maybe they need new distribution equipment just in order to expand further that lead them to replace instead of just add another.

So LBN has Animax, BBC World and a host of other channels in the pipeline which begs the question, why have they not introduced them yet? This may be due above reasons or just that they are still negotiating with the content providers.

Please keep us updated on the latest regarding LBN as the days progress.


star said...

Kalaignar TV to launch 2 Tamil channels

Kalaignar TV is coming out with two more 24-hour Tamil channels, a music channel named Isai Aruvi and a news channel Kalaignar News.

The music channel will be aired from mid-November and the news channel from December. The company earlier planned to start the news channel on November 14. "It would be a seven-day per week news channel in Tamil language covering all types of general news, business news and other news both national and international," the media firm had said in a communique to the Bombay Stock Exchange earlier.

Sharad Kumar, Director, Kalaignar TV said, "The music channel will air nonstop hits and will be on the lines of 24 hour music channels that have proven content, expect we are adding one more segment for the old but popular film songs. The news channel has an expert team in place. Reality shows will also be aired on the news channel."

The company had also signed a two year agreement with the Singapore government-owned TV 12 for exporting content to Vasantham Central, a free-to-air channel airing programmes for the Indian community there. The firm is targeting similar tie-ups with broadcasters in Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji, the UK and the US.

Raj TV Network, which telecasts on two widely viewed channels Raj TV and Raj Digital Plus,' posted a revenue of Rs 38.64 crore for the 2006-07 fiscal, an increase of 22.64 per cent from the previous year.

star said...

Kalaignar TV focus is on Tamil Nadu

The latest entrant to the Tamil free-to-air television channel scene, Kalaignar TV, will keep its focus firmly on Tamil Nadu, said Sharad Kumar, its Managing Director. "Currently, the focus will be on Tamil. My next task is to get the music channel up, which I hope will happen in 30 days," he said.

Kalaignar will launch two more channels – one exclusively for news and another for music. Test runs for the music channel will begin three weeks from now. He said he hoped to launch the News channel on January 15. "After this, it depends on what direction the leader gives," he said when asked if Kalaignar TV would be launching channels in other languages.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi took an active interest in the channel and was posted of developments every day. "He does give his suggestions but never at any point of time does he impose anything. Mr. Kumar said Mr. Karunanidhi always asked him to 'come out with something good.' Mr. Kumar controls the technology part of the operations. Ramanarayanan and Amrithum take care of the editorial part.

Mr. Kumar, who had earlier been with Sun TV, was into the construction business when the Kalaignar TV offer came. He says that he agreed to it immediately because it was a tremendous challenge to get up a quality channel in a short span of time.

Kalaignar TV has not taken a decision on providing a direct-to-home service, he said and added that there was no talk so far on the matter. For now, the TV had made available its signals to DTH providers TATA Sky and Dish; had signed an MoU with Reliance and is in talks with Videocon. The only one left out is DD Bharati. Going abroad is "on the cards" so that Tamils there too could watch the channel. "We have started dialogues with Singapore, Malaysia, U.K. Once we stabilise here…it is easy to talk [to them]."

star said...

Airtel chooses Israeli firm for IPTV services

India's largest private telco, Airtel Broadband & Telephone Services, has chosen Israeli firm Optibase's IPTV encoding platforms for its planned IPTV service offerings, a company release here said. Bharti Airtel is currently undertaking IPTV trials in a thousand households and is planning to launch its IPTV services in the last quarter of the current calendar year, the Optibase announcement said.

The Israeli advanced digital video service provider's carrier grade TV streaming platforms, incorporated in UTStarcom IP-based end-to-end networking solution, will be utilised by Bharti Airtel to supply high-quality H.264 video, it said. Optibase has also installed video over IP solutions for other major Indian service providers like Aksh Optifibre Ltd and Time Broadband Services Pvt Ltd (TBSL).

The deal is likely to enable Indian service providers to attract new customers and preserve current ones with a cost effective combination of top quality picture resolution at low bit rates.

hellbreez said...

Srilakvahini Satellite has teamed up with LBN Satellite to give their customers better choice of channels. Srilakvahini which started just ten months ago has covered most of the country, Srilakvahini's Director Jayathisha Tennakoon said.

Srilakvahini has been a satellite provider to more than 140 countries and now it expands to Australia due to the high demand in the country. Srilakvahini is a Sri Lankan channel, also produced by Sri Lankans. Srilakvahini is presently connected through Thai com satellite which gives them a chance to communicate throughout the world. Srilakvahini has joined hands with LBN so that all Sri Lankans also could enjoy this channel.

'Our main objective is to make all Sri Lankans in other countries feel at home by joining Srilakvahini,' Srilakvahini Director Rohan Pieries said. He also said that it's a pride for them as their staff members are all Sri Lankan citizens. They have a range of programmes for every person to enjoy.

They do not charge monthly rentals as it is a free channel. Srilakvahini has one of the largest coverage from Sri Lanka to the world. They have covered many countries such as, Asia, Europe, Middle-East, African countries, Russian Federation and Australia.

They hope to expand their channel throughout the world and extend channel hours, to 24 hours.

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