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November 2018



NEO SHUTS DOWN CHANNELS

On 21 October NEO Sports Broadcast Pvt. Limited issued a public notice that it was shutting down both its Sports channels - 'NEO Sports & NEO Prime, after 21 days.

The broadcaster claimed "The channels may be made available thereafter in an upgraded (HD) and/or re-formatted form subject to regulatory or other relevant approvals, under fresh commercial terms and relevant contracts.

In 2012, the broadcaster lost its BCCI rights, due to default in payments. Thereafter, NEO Cricket was renamed NEO Prime, it would carry non-cricket content.

Neo Sports was launched on 1 October 2006.

Industry observers are doubtful if the company will relaunch any channels.

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0 DAS BUT 8 TV LICENSES ISSUED

Even though not a single DAS MSO license has been issued by the MIB in the past 19 months (with over 100 applications pending), 8 new TV downlinking licenses have been issued in September 2018.

Zee News (ZMCL) received 4 uplinking/downlinking licences for its channels: 1 Chennai, 1 Mumbai, 1 Kolkata & 1 Delhi.

Baba Ramdev's Vedic Broadcasting, which owns and operates Aastha and Aastha Bhajan channels, has received 3 additional non-news uplinking/downlinking licences for: Aastha Tamil, Aastha Telugu, and Aastha Kannada.

Disney Broadcasting India has also received a nonnews uplinking/downlinking licence under the name UTV HD.

The ministry has cancelled Sony Pictures Networks India's (SPNI) SAB Marathi licence since the same was surrendered by the broadcaster. SPNI launched its Marathi GEC Sony Marathi in August.

ZEEL also received approval to launch its Malayalam GEC Zee Keralam and Zee Keralam HD. The Zindagi and Zee Classic licences have been renamed Zee Keralam and Zee Keralam HD.

Currently there are 386 news and 483 non-news channels, yielding a total of 869 licensed TV channels in India.


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VERIMATRIX ON HATHWAY'S ANDROID STBS

Hathway has deployed Verimatrix cardless solution to secure its DVB android STBs.

To secure its Android TV deployment, it is essential for Hathway to have a separation between Pay-TV security processing and data from other applications. Verimatrix has prior experience providing the necessary isolation, including decryption, for Android TV using VCAS Ultra.

Incidentally, JIO has also deployed Verimatrix DRM to secure the Live TV and video it delivers to mobile phones.


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BARC STOPS ANALOG METRICS

The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India has stopped measuring analogue TV homes in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry from 1 November. The audience measurement body had stopped measuring analogue homes in rest of India from 1 July 2017.

BARC was measuring analogue homes in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry as the 2 states refused to follow the MIB's DAS deadline, due to the standoff between Arasu Cable TV Corporation and the centre.

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INDEPENDENT TV STATUS REPORT

The TDSAT has directed the Department of Telecom (DoT) & the I&B ministry to file a status report within 4 weeks regarding Independent TV, the DTH platform.

The original dispute is between Antrix Corporation & Independent TV regarding pending transponder rentals and disconnection of service.

DoT and MIB have been permitted to implead in the matter, after Independent TV said it did not object to the impleadment.

The status report will enable the TDSAT to know all developments between the petitioner and the concerned departments in respect of licence/ NOC from MIB and DoT respectively.

The TDSAT extended its 16 July interim order, providing interim relief to Independent TV.

The matter has been posted for hearing on 27 November.

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ASIANET NEWS FOR DEAF

Last month, the government urged News channels to make their new bulletins friendly for the hearing & speech impaired. About 1% of our population is hearing/speech impaired which denies them accessibility to the TV, especially news channels where the audio content is crucial.

Malayalam news channel Asianet News has taken the initiative and collaborated with National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISM) from where sign language specialists have been brought in as anchors.

As part of the sign language day on 23 September and for the week observed thereafter Asianet News has introduced sign language anchoring in select bulletins.

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TARIFF ORDER TO BOOST STB SALES

Catvision expects demand for STBs and digital Headends to increase significantly, once the TRAI's new tariff order is implemented. Increased revenues to the distribution chain, will spur investments.

For distribution platform operators (DPOs), content cost, which is the biggest expense, will be passed through directly to subscribers.

The DPOs will earn carriage fees and Network fees of ₹ 130 for 100 SD channels. DPOs also earn a 20% distribution fee on the price the subscriber pays for each pay channel.

Catvision plans to launch a slew of products this year that are competitive and also incorporate some streaming features like casting and search. Stand-alone streaming products are also under development.

The company has also established its own Multi Media Development Centre (MMDC), which designs and develops next-generation products for the industry.

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NEW VAS ON IMCL

Leading MSO & Headend In The Sky (HITS) platform IndusInd Media & Communications Limited (IMCL) has launched content from One Take Media (OTM), as a paid, Value Added Service (VAS).

OTM will provide ad-free and unique content that includes animated cartoons in Hindi, celebrity Chef based cooking shows, Songs, Bhojpuri films, Tamil and Telugu movies as well as Hollywood and South Indian movies dubbed in Hindi.

One Take Media (OTM) has been founded by former Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera. "After digitisation, digital cable platforms are all set for platform VAS services, just like DTH."

IMCL CEO Vynsley Fernandes added, "IMCL continues to be the driver in digital innovation and VAS is a step in that evolution."



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INDIA: MORE ONLINE THAN TV!

It will surprise most - according to the 'State of Online Video 2018' report from cloud service provider Limelight Networks - Indian mobile phone users spend more time watching video content on their phones than on their TV screens!

A Indian viewers watch an average of 8 hours 28 minutes of video content each week, significantly higher than the global average of 6 hours & 45 minutes.

According to the study, Indian TV viewers catch an average of 8 hours & 8 minutes of traditional TV broadcasts each week.

According to the report, the Indian consumers supplement traditional television with online video content. Nearly every online video consumer in India has a cable TV connection.

The State of Online Video report is based on responses from 5,000 consumers in India, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, the UK, and the US age 18 and older.

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