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TVP Special

Sony to power sports biz with 11 channels, new branding and Sachin Tendulkar

SPNI has re-branded Ten Sports channels as Sony Ten to unify the sports network under the mother brand. It has dedicated a channel each for cricket, football, fight sports and best of international sports. Two new HD channels are launched in addition to a Hindi sports channel. Sachin is made brand ambassador.

TV18’s Q1 revenue impacted by GST

TV18’s Q1 consolidated revenue grew just 4% YoY to Rs 628 cr. Entertainment revenues were aided by strong performance in niche genres.

21st Century Fox in talks with Tata group to up stake in Tata Sky

21st Century Fox is in talks with the Tata group to up its stake in Tata Sky, a JV DTH company where it owns nearly 30% stake. The new development comes in the wake of the Tata group and Bharti Airtel reportedly holding exploratory talks to evaluate a broader alliance involving their telecom, overseas cable and enterprise services, and DTH businesses.

Hotstar beefs up premium offering with CBS deal

Hotstar is scaling up its premium subscription-based offering as it takes on global giants Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. After HBO, ABC and Fox shows, Star has inked a deal with CBS to bring the US cable brand Showtime to India.

Net pay active DTH subs up 1.5% to 63.61 mn in March quarter

Airtel Digital TV takes its share to 21% of total active subscriber base, up 1% from earlier quarter. Sun Direct falls by a percentage point to 9%. Share of other 4 DTH ops remains unchanged. Dish TV leads pack.

DD Freedish earns Rs 85 cr from sale of 11 slots; Star buys two new slots

Winners of slots on DD Freedish are Zee News, Zee Hindustan and News18 India in news category, and Star Utsav, Zee Anmol, Rishtey, B4U Music, Bhojpuri Cinema and Housefull Movies in non-news category. Apart from this, Star has won two additional slots.

Net active DTH subs grew 12% to 62.65 mn in 2016

Total active subscriber base of six private DTH ops grew 12% in CY2016 to 62.65 mn from 55.98 mn in the previous year.

GST and what a cable TV operator needs to do

The industry guide is meant to assist LCOs in understanding the issues relating to GST. It provides information pertaining to the requirement and procedure for registration under the GST.

Siddharth Roy Kapur launches production house with multiple projects

After resigning from Disney India to start his own venture, Siddharth Roy Kapur has launched his own production house, Roy Kapur Films.

Ekta Kapoor on owning IP rights, TV content and ALTBalaji

Ekta Kapoor says it is difficult for production houses to keep IP rights for the TV shows they create. She also talks about TV economics, digital content and the progress ALTBalaji has made.