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Special Report

112 TV channel licences hanging fire with the MIB


MIB is sitting on 112 TV channel licence applications that are pending for approval. As many as 71 firms have applied for licences. The oldest application is dated 11 January 2010 while the latest one is dated 3 March 2017.

DTH subscriber adds slow in FY17 due to demonetisation and absence of Cricket WC


DTH industry will add fewer subscribers this fiscal than the preceding year due to demonetisation and the absence of the Twenty20 WC. The six private DTH ops are expected to end FY17 with an addition of 9.5 mn gross subscribers as against 11.3 mn a year ago.

Sun TV to launch five channels, shut down four ad-free channels


Sun TV Network is shutting down six channels including four ad-free action movie channels and replacing them with new channels in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada language. It has got the MIB approval. The TRAI has also approved the pricing of the new channels.

MIB grants 4 TV channel licences in Feb


MIB has issued four TV channel licences in Feb. They are given to 3 companies including MSM Worldwide Factual Media, AETN18 Media and Shreya Broadcasting.

Videocon d2h’s new STB to connect OTT players; deal inked with Netflix


Netflix has signed a deal with Videocon d2h to be available to the DTH operator’s subscribers through its soon-to-be launched integrated STBs.

Removal of genre-wise price cap and other changes in TRAI’s new tariff order


TRAI removes genre-wise price cap on channels which it had suggested in draft order. But pricing of a channel forming part of a bouquet is capped at Rs 19 per month (excluding taxes). Differential pricing of channels based on geographical areas done away with. However, if a broadcaster wants to offer a lower price for a channel in a particular geographical area, he can do so. In order to overcome misconception, TRAI has decided to do away with categorisation of channels as premium channels.

MIB cancelled 13 TV channel licences in January


The MIB cancelled the licence of 13 TV channels, including 8 news and 5 non-news channels, in January. The companies whose TV channel licences were cancelled include Triveni Media, Neon Solution, NDTV Ltd, Pompash Fiscal Services and Satlon Enterprise.

MIB issues 3 TV channel licences in Jan, Star gets nod to launch Star Suvarna HD


Star India subsidiary Asianet Communications gets MIB nod to launch HD version of Star Suvarna. MIB grants two more TV channel licences in Jan. Total no. of permitted private TV channels in India stands at 889.

104 pay non-news channels aired ads beyond 12 minutes per hour in Jun–Sep: TRAI


TRAI has found 104 pay non-news channels to be airing more than 12 minutes of ads on an average per hour during 7 pm–10 pm during quarter ended 25 Sep 2016. Along with 23 pay news channels, there are 127 channels that are showing ads in excess of the 12-minute ad cap rule that is being currently contested by broadcasters in the court. The 104 non-news channels aired 14.15 minutes of ads on average.

New competition in infotainment genre as Sony BBC Earth readies to launch on 6 Mar


Get ready for serious competition in the infotainment genre. Sony BBC Earth will launch on 6 March with the promise to bring in premium factual content. The channel will have both SD and HD versions. It will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.