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TVP Special

Demonetisation, regulation to impact growth in India’s TV sector: Discovery’s David Zaslav

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Ad recovery in India after demonetisation will take longer than expected, Discovery Networks prez and CEO David Zaslav said. “There’s a govt regulation regime that looks like it may be coming in India. That’s going to put a damper on a lot of the growth that was assumed to be coming out of there. The good news for us is that’s going to have a very minimal effect on us,” he noted.

ALT Balaji to soon launch 32 new shows

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ALT Balaji is gearing up to launch 32 new shows in various Indian languages. It has registered two mn downloads and paying subscribers from 75+ countries in less than two weeks of its launch.

Pro Kabaddi League most popular non-cricket property with 61% viewership share: BARC

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Pro Kabaddi League is the most popular non-cricket property in India with a viewership share of 61% followed by the Indian Super League at 16% share, according to a BARC India study titled ‘Rise of Indian Sports Leagues’.

Dish TV–Videocon d2h merger proposal clears main hurdle; Competition Commission gives nod

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CCI was the main hurdle to cross as the combined entity would become the largest DTH company in India with a market share of 45%.

IPL impacts prime-time show launches on Hindi GECs in April; Star Plus creates afternoon band

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Hindi GECs were low on new prime-time shows in April due to start of IPL. Most important development was introduction of afternoon band by Star Plus, a slot long abandoned by Hindi GECs.

Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV to be available on Hotstar, Jio TV

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With 135 mn downloads, Hotstar is the biggest OTT platform in India. The launch of Republic TV will plug in a gap in Hotstar’s portfolio, which is news. Incidentally, Star and Jio are also among eight founding sponsor partners of Republic TV.

Viacom18 to enter Tamil market with launch of Colors Tamil in Q4 of 2017    UPDATED

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Time is ripe for Viacom18 to enter the Tamil market as MIB has given a provisional DAS licence to Arasu. TN is the biggest regional ad market worth Rs 1700–1800 cr. It has the second-highest number of TV households after Maharashtra, as per BARC India universe study.

PAC seeks probe into allocation of satellite capacity to private DTH ops

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Public Accounts Committee has called for probe into alleged wrongdoings by DoS in allocating satellite capacity to private DTH ops.

Star could earn ad rev of Rs 250 cr from Champions Trophy; spoils to be impacted if India walks out

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Even though it kicks off just a few days after the conclusion of the cash-rich IPL, the Champions Trophy cricket tourney is expected to fetch broadcaster Star Sports advertising revenue of Rs 250 cr. Nissan, Airtel, Oppo and Cricbuzz have so far come on board as advertisers.

C&S market for movies could have inflationary impact due to OTT aggression

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With OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix upping their content game in India, the cable & satellite market for movies could have an inflationary impact. The contribution from C&S would grow at a CAGR of 5.7%, according to KPMG estimates.