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Special Report

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 of $500 mn EBITDA next year and thereafter. So, no, we don’t have any plans to do anything complicated with cricket rights that would jeopardise that. When we see any new rights come up, we approach them in a disciplined way,” he says.

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 improving and the company turning profitable at the net level.

ZEEL’s purchase of 9X Media, valuations and impact on music TV genre

ZEEL will buy 9X Media for around Rs 170 crore as part of a broader plan to build a strong vertical around music channels, music labels and film production across languages. Sister company ZMCL will have FM radio biz. The deal is attractive on valuation terms as the price is one-time 9X Media’s sales. Will it lead to more deals in the space? How will it impact the music TV genre?

Star Utsav sets new record on DD Freedish with Rs 8.4 cr bid in 36th e-auction

Star Utsav’s bid of Rs 8.4 cr is the highest amount paid by any channel for buying a slot on Freedish. Star India had acquired two more slots for Rs 8.3 cr and Rs 8.2 cr. In the news category, News18 India was the highest bidder at Rs 6.7 cr.

Will Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV merge?

After the merger pact between Dish TV and Videocon d2h, it is the turn of Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV to explore the possibility of a deal. Will they merge? What are the complexities of such a deal?

Star to launch India’s first private FTA sports channel

The FTA sports channel, named Star Sports First, is likely to launch before the beginning of the Pro Kabaddi League. It will be on DD Freedish. Since the majority of Freedish subscribers reside in HSM, Star Sports First will be in Hindi.

Sun Direct, Astro, Reliance Digital TV and the sniffing of a deal

If a deal is to be hatched, Reliance Digital TV will necessarily have to move to Sun Direct. How will Sun Direct benefit from the deal? What are the clouds that still darken the prospects of a deal?

ZEEL’s subscription revenue scenario

After unloading its sports broadcasting biz to Sony, ZEEL will see its subscription revenue come under some pressure but the positive feature is that collections from DAS Phase III and IV areas will see growth in future. In FY17, ZEEL received Rs 231.3 cr from Dish TV, up 26% YoY. Siti Networks contributed Rs 70.7 cr, up 4.6% from Rs 67.6 cr in FY16.

Hathway’s video biz CEO TS Panesar quits

Hathway video biz CEO TS Panesar has resigned. He departs at a time when the cable TV biz has been transferred to a wholly owned subsidiary while the broadband operations is in the parent company. He introduced several changes, brought in processes and launched VAS. His successor will live in a new period of the company’s journey and face new challenges.

Subhash Chandra defines ZEEL’s value proposition as ‘A to Zee of content leadership’

ZEEL chairman Subhash Chandra defines the value proposition of the company as the ‘A to Zee of content leadership’. A testimony to Chandra’s assertion is that the company’s revenue and EBITDA have grown by 16% and 21% CAGR respectively over the last five years. Revenue has grown to Rs 6,434.2 crore in FY17 while EBITDA margin is at 29.9%.