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September 2017



PANESAR TO HEAD DSPORT

Discovery has hired former CEO of Hathway's Digitals video business - TS Panesar has been hired by Discovery to head DSport in India.

Prior to Hathway, Panesar was with Star India.

Discovery's Sports channel DSports telecast the fifth edition of the Audi Cup 2017, in August.

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JAIL & FINE FOR MISLEADING CELEBRITY ENDORSERS

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution has recommended a fine of ₹ 10 Lakhs & imprisonment up to 2 years or both for first time offence and fine of ₹ 50 Lakhs & imprisonment for 5 years for the second-time offence for celebrity endorsers.

The recommendations are under the Consumer Protection Bill 2015, minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public distribution C R Chaudhary told the Parliament.

The Department of Consumer Affairs has launched a portal "Grievance against Misleading Advertisement (GAMA)" where consumers can lodge their complaints against a misleading advertisement.

A total of 4438 complaints have been received since March 2015 through this portal. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) processes these complaints. If a complaint is upheld, ASCI takes it up with the company concerned. If corrective action is not taken, the complaint is sent to the government for action.


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SINGTEL OPPOSES AIRTEL-TATA DEAL

Singapore's SingTel, which is the largest investor in Bharti Airtel, has raised concerns over the proposed merger of Airtel's DTH with TataSky.

SingTel raised concerns of Airtel assuming Tata's debt of ₹ 30,000 Crores.

Shortly thereafter, Airtel withdrew from merger talks which are now reported to be going on between Tatas & Reliance JIO.


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KAJOL BACK ON PB BOARD

Film actress Kajol, has managed to save herself from being evicted from the Prasar Bharati Board, after she skipped 4 consecutive meetings.

Kajol pleaded that she had missed these meetings "due to prior professional commitments and also due to a family emergency on medical grounds through most of this year." Her plea was accepted by the Prasar Bharati Board.

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30K FREE RECEIVERS

The I&B Minister of state confirmed to parliament that 30,000 FreeDish DTH receiver sets will be distributed in tribal, remote and border areas, in consultation with state governments.

His response was to a question on distribution of FreeDish receivers in Naxalhit areas.

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34 NEW MSO LICENCESS

The MIB issued 34 MSO licences between 13 June and 31 July.

During the same period, 15 applications were cancelled due to failure to submit missing documents.

Five licences were granted to MSOs from Andhra Pradesh & 4 from West Bengal.

Gujarat & Odisha MSOs received 3 licences each.

Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh received 2 licences each. Assam, Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Tamil Nadu each received 1 licence.

The MIB has also granted provisional registration to Punjab-based MSO Godfather Communication in compliance with the Punjab and Haryana High Court's order. The MSO's provisional licence was cancelled in 2013 due to denial of security clearance. However, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the cancellation.

A total of 1,455 MSO licenses have been granted. There are only 2 Provisional Registrations: to Arasu Cable and Godfather.

A total of 66 licences/applications have either been cancelled or closed.

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CONTENT COMPLAINT MECH SOON

Minister of State for I&B R Rathore assured the parliament that the government will soon was formalise a complaint redressal mechanism against objectionable and obscene content on television, as dictated by the Supreme Court in January 2017.

He however stated that a said that there would be no pre-censorship.

The complaint redressal mechanism will specify the period in which a complaint can be filed, the concerned statutory authority which shall adjudicate, appellate and other redressal mechanisms.

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GTPL HATHWAY TO USE TVKEY

GTPL Hathway plans to license the use of "TVKey" from Nagra & Samsung.

TVkey is a Conditional Access Syetem (CAS) which Samsung and some other TV manufacturers build into their TV sets.

The arrangement will give GTPL Hathway subscribers easy hassle free access to DAS TV channels, without the use on an external STB.

Samsung plans to build in TVKey into its new TV sets, sold in India, in the near future.

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STAR INDIA CONFIRMS 'GAME OF THRONES' LEAK

The fourth episode of HBO's popular series 'Game of Thrones 7, which was due to release globally on 6 August, was leaked online on 4 August.

Star India, HBO's India distributor, issued a statement accepting that the compromise took place from their end. Star India confirmed it was a separate hack from the one that happened earlier this week.

The screen shots all carried the 'Star India' watermark, with 'for internal viewing only.' hence the source of the leak was undeniable.

"This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of 'Game of Thrones Season 7', earlier this afternoon. We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner's end to swiftly determine the cause. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action," read the statement.

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SONY PAL: FREE OR PAY CHANNEL?

The TDSAT has asked Sony Pictures Networks India not to disconnect signals to Videocon d2h, provided the DTH operator pays up ₹ 27.80 crore within a week.

Sony has claimed the DTH operator owes it ₹ 57.56 crore. Videocon d2h, however, has contended that the amount is ₹ 27.8 crore.

Videocon d2h'S key contention is that Sony provides Sony Pal free of charge to Doordarshan's DTH platform FreeDish. Therefore, on the basis of provisions in the relevant regulation, the broadcaster is under legal obligation not to discriminate and to provide this channel free of cost to the DTH operator as well.

The TDSAT has asked Sony to file its reply within 4 weeks & Videocon d2h's rejoinder, if any, be filed within 2 weeks thereafter.

The matter has been listed before the tribunal of registrar on 15 September to ensure completion of pleadings and framing issues.


FREEDISH: 104 CHANNELS DELAYED

Star India has issued disconnection notice to Reliance Digital TV (DTH) for non-payment of dues.

As required by law, Star India has issued a public notice in the press, stating that its signal will be discontinued within 21 days if pending dues are not paid.


SCOD18 TO PAY ₹ 1.9 CR TO ZEEL

The new I&B Minister Smriti Irani admitted to the Rajya Sabha that though FreeDish had upgraded its infrastructure to deliver an additional 24 MPEG-4 iCAS e n c r y p t e d channels, the STB rollout promised by March 2017, had been delayed. A new time line was not committed by the minister. D o o r d a r s h a n has identified 5 Indian STB manufacturers to offer the iCAS FreeDish MPEG- 4 STBs.

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