July 2019


The NXT Digital HITS platform has added 16 new Value Added Services (VAS) that have been created by (ex Videocon d2h CEO) Anil Khera's One Take Media Co (OTMC).

The VAS includes Hollywood English Movies, Kids, Cooking, K World, K Pop and Many more.

The services will offer NXT Digital viewers additional content, and partnering networks can earn additional revenues.

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The I&B ministry has granted Star India permission to rename Movies OK channel to Star Gold 2.

In March, Star India received a licence for its Star Gold 2 HD channel.

Earlier, it had also got the approval to rename Star Movies Kids and Star Movies Kids HD to Star Sports 1 Bangla and Star Sports 1 Marathi.

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Sanjeev Kapoor promoted Turmeric Vision's FoodFood channel will turn Free-To-Air (FTA) from 11th July.

The channel wants to increase its reach by going FTA. "We are going FTA from 11th July as we want to increase our reach and target more viewers," Sanjeev Kapoor told the press. "In terms of viewership, the food category is doing pretty well. The viewership, however, is concentrated in metros. The category will grow if the distribution related issues get sorted," Kapoor added.

FoodFood would have liked to join DD Free Dish, which would provide it an additional reach of 35 million (mostly non metro) homes. "However, the reserve price of DD Free Dish is too high for a niche category like food. Unlike devotion, Prasar Bharati has not reserved slots for niche channels," he explained.

Without confirming a launch schedule, Kapoor confirmed his plan to launch FoodFood Tamil, sometime in the future.

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Bharti Telemedia, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel that offers DTH, is facing anti-profiteering proceedings over prices of its services under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

The National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA), will soon declare its verdict.

The investigation is based on a customer complaint that prices of its services were not reduced after GST.

Airtel DTH maintains that its tax burden, on the contrary, increased from 15% to 18% on account of service tax for the company under the GST regime. The total tax paid by the company pre-GST era included 15% service tax and 10%-25% entertainment tax, which varied from state to state. The entertainment tax got subsumed with the GST in July 2017.

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The MIB has advised all private satellite TV channels to consider displaying the castings or credits or titles of Hindi and for regional TV serials in their respective regional languages.

"To promote Indian languages, we are asking TV channels to also give titles in their programmes in the Indian language in which they broadcast," Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said.

The MIB said it has noticed that several Hindi and regional language TV channels display the castings or credits or titles only in English.

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The MIB has sent an advisory to TV channels to "desist from showing children in a vulgar and indecent manner on dance reality shows."

The advisory further stated, "The gestures, dialogues and dance moves performed by the kids appear to be suggestive and obscene for their age."

The dance performances of some kids from a dance reality show were brought to the notice of the I&B ministry after viewers complained that the dance moves appeared to be obscene for the kids' ages.

In 2012, the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) also issued an advisory on "Sexualisation of Children in TV shows", asking all Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) member channels to "refrain from featuring children below the age of 12 years in any situation that has sexual or adult overtones."

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An Arianespace rocket successfully placed 2 satellites into their geostationary transfer orbits on June 20.

DirecTV's T-16 craft was the first to be released, followed by Eutelsat's 7C, just 28 minutes later.

DirecTV T-16 was built by Airbus, and has a lifetime of at least 15 years and Eutelsat 7C was a Maxar-built satellite and has a similar life-span. Eutelsat 7C is an all-electric satellite and will take about four months to reach its target orbital slot.

DirecTV has yet to be specify where its craft will be placed. Eutelsat 7C will be co-located with its 7B satellite at 7 degrees East, with the 7A craft then expected to relocate to another orbital position.

DirecTV USA is the world's largest DTH platform. The company has declared this will be its last satellite to ever launch. DirecTV has already launched android STBs to deliver its channels live via broadband, making DTH satellite transmissions obsolete.

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The I&B ministry is distributing 30,000 FreeDish STBs, free-of-charge to persons in Kashmir.

The drive was launched by Kashmir's Governor Satya Pal Malik distributing some of the free STBs at a function held at SKICC, Srinagar.

On the occasion, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, who was present as Guest of Honour, launched the Signature tune of DD Kashir composed by Rahul Sharma which resonates with the cultural ethos of the State.

The 30,000 free STB were bought through a tender process won by Velankani Electronics Pvt. Ltd.

All STBs are MPEG-4 with built in iCAS, enabling them to receive both, MPEG-2 & MPEG-4 FreeDish Ku band signals.

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"Nation Live" TV channel's head Ishika Singh and editor Anuj Shukla were arrested on June 8, and premises sealed, two days after it had aired allegedly controversial content defaming Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

During a debate on "Nation Live" on June 6, a woman had allegedly made defamatory statements against Adityanath, the police said. "This could have led to a possible law and order situation," Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna said.

The I&B ministry has also served notice on the channel's parent company - Bharat Hydel Projects Pvt Ltd. In Feb 2011 the channel was approved under the name "Network 10." The ministry says it has not approved any name change for this channel.

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