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T-Series to create original web series for its YouTube channel

Movie and music content company T-Series is set to take a plunge into digital content production. The company, which has made its mark in music acquisition and film production, will be producing web-series and short films for its official YouTube channel T-Series.

Balaji reports gross billing of Rs 3.2 cr from ALTBalaji in Q2; total investments in digital biz at Rs 125.2 cr

Balaji Telefilms’ video on demand (VoD) service ALTBalaji, which launched on 16 April, has reported gross billing of Rs 3.2 crore for the quarter ended 30 September. Gross billing is total collections in the year.

Reliance Digital TV gets a new lease of life following RCom-Veecon deal

Direct to home (DTH) operator Reliance Digital TV has got a second lease of life after Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delhi-based Veecon Media and Television to sell its DTH business to the latter.

Star eyes regional sports channels in more languages

Star India is planning to launch regional sports channels in at least three to four languages including Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, and Marathi. The broadcaster intends to launch sports channel in one more language by the end of the year. It plans to launch sports channels in a couple of more languages ideally before the IPL.

Will festive season turn around sluggish ad growth?

Industry experts share their views on the ad expenditure scenario and caution that the picture may not be too bright. If the mood does not pick up during the festive season, then 2017 could well be a single-digit growth year.

Why Siddharth Kumar Tewary is excited about ‘Porus’ and his 10-year journey as a TV content producer

Swastik Productions started with a show called ‘Ambar Dhara’ and now boasts of holding the IP rights to ‘Porus’. Promoter Siddharth Tewary is excited about his mega show ‘Porus’ and his 10-year journey as a TV content producer. Here is why.

Star India pumps Rs 1,233 crore into Hotstar to take on global OTT giants

Star India has injected Rs 1,233 crore into its digital arm Novi Digital over the last six months. The fund infusion was through a rights issue. Novi Digital runs streaming platforms Hotstar and Starsports.com.

Fiction content cost on OTT nearly twice that of TV: Balaji Telefilms

On an average, fiction content of 20-30 minutes on digital can cost anywhere between Rs 1.2-1.5 mn, Balaji Telefilms said. This is nearly twice as high as content cost on television, the company added.

Viu to offer four new originals by Dec end

Viu is aiming to ramp up its content line-up with the launch of four new original shows by the end of December. The four shows will be bi-lingual focusing on the Hindi- and Telugu-speaking markets. The first series to launch is the social media thriller titled ‘Social’.

Balaji Telefilms’ growth strategy in wake of OTT launch

Balaji Telefilms wants to own IP rights of the content that it produces. It seeks to bolster TV biz by pushing weekend fiction format and capitalising on Doordarshan slots. Plan is also to up content for ALTBalaji and other digital platforms. Move will be to retain and get better terms on syndication and remake rights.