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Videocon d2h has partnered interactive TV games creator Visiware International to launch a gaming channel Playin’ TV for its HD Smart Connect subscribers.
The HD Smart Connect STB converts any existing TV into a Smart TV besides showing 650 channels and services in HD and SD. The connected STB allows users to browse content from applications residing in the box.
Broadcasters have given a cold shoulder to DD Freedish’s 32nd e-auction due to the increase in reserve price to Rs 8 crore. This was the first time that DD Freedish had invited only non-news channels to bid for vacant slots.
Dish TV has got approval of SEBI for proposed merger with Videocon d2h and is awaiting clearance from Competition Commission of India. Approvals from National Company Law Tribunal and stock exchanges will also have to be obtained.
Dish TV has asked all its distributors and trade partners to migrate their registration to the GST regime. Company said 75% of its distributors and trade partners have migrated to GST regime.
DD Freedish will upgrade to 250 channels in the next two years. It will also have the capability of carrying HD channels, Rajyavardhan Rathore said.
There is a committed demand from the DTH service providers for 68 more transponders, said I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu. Requirement has been increasing with increase in demand for HD channels. Until 31 Mar, number of transponders in use for DTH stood at 104.
Airtel Digital TV has launched Internet TV, a hybrid STB that will allow users to watch Netflix and YouTube videos along with a bouquet of over 500 satellite TV channels. It also comes with access to Google Play Store, allowing users to download their favourite apps, content and games on to their TV.
Ad rates for FTA channels could double in 2017. DD Freedish has also seen strong growth. How is the rise of FTA channels going to impact the industry?
MIB has asked DoS to block the signals of Asia Broadcast Satellite, which is beaming in India without licence from the ministry. The satellite operator is running a free DTH platform on the lines of Doordarshan’s Freedish.
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