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Posts from — May 2015

How independent is Prasar Bharati?

With Veena Jain being asked to report to the I&B Ministry rather than the Prasar Bharati CEO, the pubcaster’s independent functioning has come into question again.

Hathway Cable & Datacom FY15 EBITDA drops 16%; carriage revenue up 9%

Payout to TV channels has jumped 22% and consolidated net loss has widened. 0.43 mn STBs have been deployed in FY15.

Delhi cops crack down on TV signal piracy

Delhi Police found illegal tapping and unauthorised uploading of live content of TV channels on pirated websites.This is the first occasion when an internet-pirate has been caught red-handed in India.

Eros FY15 net up 23.7% to Rs 247.1 crore

Eros released 64 films, including 44 Hindi and 20 Tamil/Telugu films, as against 69 films in FY14 (37 Hindi, 30 Tamil/Telugu and 2 regional language films).

Big Magic Ganga claims 60% viewership share as per BARC data

MUMBAI: Regional entertainment channel Big Magic Ganga claims that it has strengthened its position at the top slot amongst regional channels of Bihar, Jharkhand and the Purvanchal region. As per BARC data (wk 20), the channel states that it continues …

Sepp Blatter re-elected as FIFA president for fifth term

“For the next four years I will be in command of this boat called FIFA and we will bring it back ashore, we will bring it back to the beach,” Blatter said.

DD News to launch weekly show ‘Good News India’

DD also plans to start a news capsule with 15 important news headlines. ‘5 minute 15 Khabrein’ will kickstart on 1 June where 15 news headlines in a package of five minutes will be shown eight times every day.

Veena Jain appointed DG (News) of Doordarshan

Veena Jain, additional director general for news at AIR, has been elevated to the post of DG (News) of Doordarshan. She will also officiate as officer on special duty in the MIB for new and social media.

Hathway Cable & Datacom FY15 Highlights

Hathway’s consolidated EBITDA stood at Rs 259.9 crore in FY15, down 16% from the year-ago period. EBITDA without activation, however, was up 21% to Rs 177.5 crore in FY15. The MSO has 8.5 mn digital subscribers out of its total cable TV universe of 11.8 mn.

Broadcom enables South Korean broadcaster to deploy first ultra HD STB

KT Skylife has deployed the world’s first ultra HD STB built on Broadcom’s single-chip HEVC 4K/ultra HD satellite solution, the BCM7376.