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March 2019


Leading MSO & Headend-in-the-sky (HITS) company IndusInd Media & Communications Limited (IMCL) has partnered with One Take Media Co (OTMC) to launch Korean Language channel K-World, in India. This will be part of their subscription-based services which are available to all InDigital CATV subscribers across India. OTMC offers more than 200 Hours of content dubbed in Hindi.

One Take Media already runs 14 services across IMCL's InDigital and NXT Digital platforms like Hollywood Movies, Bhojpuri films, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu movies, kids nursery rhymes, animated movies, animated series & Celebrity Chef cooking shows. Other unique services also include Hollywood and South Indian movies dubbed in Hindi.

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Sri Lanka will launch its first satellite in April.

RAAVANA-1 is a research satellite built by 2 Sri Lankan students from the University of Peradeniya and the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies. It is 1,000 cubic cm in size & weighs 1.1 kg.

According to the Sri Lankan media, RAAVANA-1 was handed over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on February 18 and will be launched to the International Space Station on April 17, through the assistance of Cygnus-1, an US spacecraft.

The satellite has 5 missions, including capturing pictures of Sri Lanka & its surrounding regions.

The RAAVANA-1 is expected to orbit 400 km above the earth & has a lifespan of 18 months.

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The MIB has granted 6 new satellite TV channel licenses between January & February 2019. All 6 are in the non-news category.

G-Next Media received an approval for 3 channels namely PTC Music, PTC Punjabi Gold and PTC Simran.

Skystar Entertainment, which owns and operates Skystar Movies, has received 2 new licences Skystar Bangla and Skystar Telugu.

ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) received a licence for 'Zee Classic.' Incidentally, ZEEL had shutdown Zee Classic last year and launched Zee Bollywood in its place.

The MIB had issued 16 new TV channel licences in November and December 2018.

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Auctions for radio frequencies for the third batch of phase III, which have been delayed for the longest time, could flop unless the government lowers prices or even shift to revenue share. Auctions for the second batch were held in October 2016 and drew a lukewarm response.

Most of the stations on offer in Phase III have a population of less than five lakh and are located mainly in the North-Eastern states and in Jammu and Kashmir.

Radio operators say the reserve prices are too high whereas the markets on offer are small which means the costs would be disproportionately higher.

FM broadcasters instead want more FM stations in major cities. More than 40 FM stations can be accommodated, but the government has sold rights to 10 or less in most cities.

The top 10 cities in India account for around 60% of the radio industry's revenues of ₹ 2,580 crore in 2016-17 as these markets fetch 10x advertising rates than the smaller towns. Ad rates in Kanpur and Lucknow are as low as ₹ 250 to ₹ 660 per 10 second slot compared with ₹ 1,150-1,900 in Delhi or Mumbai.

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Tata Sky, Sun Direct & Dish TV now offer more than 100 FTA channels within their Basic Service Tier, for the initial Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of ₹ 130 per month (excluding taxes).

However, all charges, including additional NCF (₹ + Tax per block of 20 Channels) continue to apply for SD & HD channels.

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The national elections are a bonanza time for news channels. many companies have applied more than 6 months ago, but are still to receive a go-ahead.

According to MIB data, new license applications for 5 news and 1 non-new channel are 'under-consideration.'

Financially troubled Sahara Television has applied for a Telugu news channel: Bharat Today, on 26 December 2018.

Mavis Satcom had applied for a Tamil news channel named Jaya TV on 2 January 2019.

The application from 'Asianet News Tamil' has been pending since 26 July 2018.

LCGC Broadcasting India's 30th October 2018 application to launch Telugu news channels 6TV and 6TV Telangana are still pending.

Siddharth TV is a non-news application in Odia by Sidharth Broadcast dated 14th September 2018.

Jesus Entertainment's application for Tamil channel 'Yahova TV' has been pending since 8 August 2016.

Most applications to the MIB for licenses, including DAS MSO, teleport, uplink & downlink licenses are now to be submitted via the web portal

After submitting the online application, the broadcasters are required to submit some documents through offline mode.

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₹ 1054 CR FOR PB

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the MIB's proposal for Prasar Bharati's "Broadcasting Infrastructure & Network Development Scheme."

It will cost ₹ 1054.52 crore over 3 years, from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Out of ₹ 1054.52 crore, an amount of ₹ 435.04 crore is approved for the continuing schemes of All India Radio (AIR) and an amount of ₹ 619.48 Crore is approved for the schemes of Doordarshan.

The amounts will be spent for modernisation of existing equipment/ facilities in studios, Digital Terrestrial Transmitters (DTTs) at 19 locations, 15 DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) Vans & Upgradation of 12 Earth Stations.

1,50,000 DTH sets will be distributed free to help people in the border, remote, tribal and LWE areas to watch FreeDish.

AIR will receive funds for FM expansion at 206 places & digitalisation of studios at 127 locations. 10 KW FM transmitters will be set up along Indo-Nepal & J&K Borders

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Arunachal Pradesh got its own dedicated 24x7 TV channel, DD Arunprabha, on 9 February 2019.

The channel was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) in Itanagar on Saturday. He also inaugurated an airport in Itanagar on the same day.

These projects are part of the government's focus for the development of the North-east region through its "Act East Policy", which aims at reducing the isolation of the region.

"Arunprabha channel will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a digital satellite news-gathering unit to provide live coverage from remote areas, for 24x7 telecast," information and broadcasting (I&B) secretary Amit Khare said.

The ₹ 60 crore project is part of the ₹ 1,054.52 crore fund approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday for Prasar Bharati's broadcasting infrastructure and network development.

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The TDSAT has granted interim relief to Kapil Sibal backed TV news channel to change its name from Harvest TV to Tiranga TV.

The channel operated by Veecon Media and Broadcasting Pvt Ltd, had 2 year right to use the name Harvest TV. That permission expired on 31 January 2018. Veecon had permission from the I&B Ministry to use the name and logo 'Harvest TV' & has been pursuing its case with the I&B Ministry for the change of name since September 2017.

Kerala-based Christian devotional channel Harvest TV, owned by Bibi George Chacko, has accused Veecon of "riding on the goodwill and reputation of Harvest TV" by using its name and logo.

Tiranga TV has undertaken not to use the colours of the national flg in its logo, as it may be against the relevant provisions of 1950 Act and Flag Code, 2002.

TDSAT said in its order, "Without expressing any final opinion on the issue noticed above, we are of the considered view that the name Tiranga itself is not covered by the Schedule of 1950 Act nor is subject matter of Flag Code. However, this may not strictly apply to the use of the three colors which is there in the emblem of Tiranga TV."

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