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Yearender

Hindi movie channels revisit acquisition strategy in 2014

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Insane pricing of films and lower ratings of some of the blockbusters on television kept broadcasters away from acquiring new films on most occasions in 2014. The second movie channels of the main broadcasters grew while ad revenue for the genre grew at 10-15%.

2014: A newsy year for news broadcasters

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Mukesh Ambani taking control of TV18 Broadcast, high-profile exits, new channel launches and revenue gains from elections marked the TV news genre in 2014. India TV and IBN7 also took a new positioning.

Strategic steps Disney’s kids network took in 2014

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Disney India consolidated the position of Disney Channel and Hungama, reinvigorated Disney XD through Marvel content, and expanded the distribution footprint of Disney Junior.

Leagues and big events light up 2014 for sportscasters

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2014 was a defining year for sports broadcasters in India. The year saw the launch of five new leagues with the big one being the Indian Super League. Celebs and corporate honchos joined sports leagues. There was also heavy action on the acquisition front.

2014 a year of gains for Viacom18’s Nick and Sonic

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For Viacom18 EVP of kids cluster Nina Elavia Jaipuria, 2014 has been a happy year. Nick delivered strong performance on the back of its local franchises while action channel Sonic saw some uptick in viewership which in turn set the cash registers ringing.

2014 saw re-rating of multiplex valuations

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2014 saw three big mergers—Satyam Delhi, Fun Republic and Big Cinemas, each more expensive than the other. 2015 will test the wave post consolidation. From screen count, the game would now move to ‘quality of screen’.

2014: The year of big films

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The three Khan movies breached the Rs 200 crore mark. While in 2013 Deepika Padukone emerged as the strongest actress of Bollywood with four super hit films under her belt, 2014 belonged to the male actors. TVP brings to you a quick look back at the hits and misses of 2014.

Deal at the fag end of 2014 ignites the FM radio sector

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Although the radio industry has been on a steady ascent over the past 12 months, the first half of 2014 saw little action. Jagran Prakashan acquired Radio City towards the end of the year, setting the tone for future deals in the sector.

2014: The year of new launches in Hindi GEC

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For the Hindi general entertainment genre, 2014 has proved to be a momentous year. Four channels were launched in the space, three of them being in the pay TV mode. Higher investments were made in fiction and the top order was more settled.

Media mergers and deals in 2014

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The last leg of the year, the month of December, could easily be considered as the busiest month with a host of deals, acquisitions and IPO plans.