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Dish TV has started renegotiating with broadcasters to bring content costs down. The argument put forward is that broadcasters are offering free to air content on DD Freedish and also on OTT platforms. The company has, in fact, managed to reduce content costs with one major broadcaster.
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Zee TV is launching ‘Jeet Gayi Toh Piyaa Morre', an Indian interpretation of 'Beauty and the Beast', from 21 August. The series will...

Republic TV led the genre with 1.124 mn impressions, closely followed by Times Now with 1.117 mn impressions.

TVF has tied up with telecom operator Airtel to launch internet's first live reality show 'Airtel Connected Live'.
Star India is rebranding its second Hindi GEC Life OK as Star Bharat. The rechristened channel, which is likely to be free to air (FTA), will be available on Doordarshan’s free DTH platform...
Dish TV’s ARPU saw a rebound in Q1 after dipping to a new low in the preceding quarter while net subscriber additions improved. Approximate net synergies from Dish TV-Videocon d2h merger expected...

Fixing cracks in Agra’s digital driveway

Fixing cracks in Agra’s digital driveway
Agra is one of the worst digital addressable system (DAS) markets in India. Consumer ARPU (average revenue per user) is miserably low, multi-system operators (MSOs) were fighting against each other till September 2014, and local cable operators (LCOs) have not focused on increasing cable TV rates....
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James Murdoch indicates disciplined bid for cricket rights with an eye on EBITDA targets

James Murdoch talks on Star’s cricket portfolio, new rights, EBITDA target, Hotstar and Tata Sky. “We're well on track for our targets in India...

Tata Sky less dependent on equity infusion due to capex moderation and healthy cash accruals

Tata Sky’s dependence on equity infusion from the promoters has reduced significantly with capital expenditure intensity moderating, cash accruals...
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Videocon d2h Q1 net subscriber adds slow, ARPU almost flat QoQ

Videocon d2h Q1 net subscriber adds slow, ARPU almost flat QoQ

Videocon d2h has reported Q1 net profit of Rs 1.2 cr while net subscriber additions and ARPU have remained almost flat. Content cost was 42% of revenue compared to 42.5% in the trailing quarter.