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July 2019



AMBANI EXITS HOMESHOP18

Mukesh Ambani controlled Network18 along with other investors have sold a majority stake in TV home shopping channel HomeShop18 to SkyBlue Buildwell. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

SkyBlue Buildwell now holds 82.6% stake in HomeShop18.

With this investment, HomeShop18 has ceased to be a subsidiary of NW18 HSN Holdings Plc and an associate of Network18 Media & Investments. The company is in the process of changing its corporate as well as the brand name.

HomeShop18 is India's first 24-hour TV shopping channel, launched in 2008.

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BENGALI KIDS CHANNEL LAUNCHED

Bengali kids channel - "Rongeen TV" was launched on 12th June. It is India's first kids' channel in Bengali. The FTA channel is downlinked from Insat-4A @ 83.0 degrees East.

Animated shows are quite popular in the Bangla market with make Bengali GECs airing for kids.

According to a BARC India report, kids' TV viewership in India has grown 31% in the past 5 years, compared to a 27% growth in the overall TV universe.

The share of cartoons/animation in total kids' viewership has jumped to 89% in 2017 against 71% in 2012 while the share of feature films and live action has declined to 8% and 2% respectively in 2017 from 18% and 11% in 2012.


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ZEEL PLANS 3 REGIONAL MOVIE CHANNELS

ZEEL plans to launch 3 new regional movie channels in the near term. Specific details have not been released.

Speaking with analysts, ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka said "Our broadcast business offers 8 Hindi movie channels and 5 regional movie channels. We are now set to expand our regional movie business further and we intend to launch 3 new movie channels."


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TV-9 SALE VALUE ₹ 500 CR

The TV-9 stake sale dispute is accelerating in court.

Former TV9 CEO and Editor-inchief Ravi Prakash has told the Telangana High Court that the total value of the TV9 stake sale deal was ₹ 500 crore of which ₹ 206 crore was paid through cheque while the remaining amount was paid in cash through offshore hawala networks.

Prakash's counsel Diljit Singh Ahluwalia has claimed that his client was being harassed after he made a complaint to CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) about the alleged hawala transaction.

The disclosure was made by Ravi Prakash's council, when applying for anticipatory bail.



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MALAYSIA SHIELDS ZAKIR NAIK

Malaysia has refused to extradite Peace TV owner to India.

The Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said his country has the right not to extradite Naik, since Naik believes he would not be accorded justice in India.

"Indian agencies are desperately trying to pin something on me. Some charges, any charges. Which is why when terror charges did not work with the Interpol, they've moved on to money laundering...." said Naik in a statement.

Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India. He is also facing probe both in India and Bangladesh in connection with the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016. The two suspects in the terror attack had claimed that they were inspired by Naik's radical preaching.

In addition, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a prosecution complaint against Naik, who is believed to be in Malaysia, on money laundering charges on December 22, 2016.

A total amount of ₹ 193.06 crore has been identified as "proceeds of crime." The directorate has also attached properties of Naik worth ₹ 50.46 crore.

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DOORDARSHAN DOING WELL

Doordarshan is doing well, on all fronts, and is on a growth path, according to Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati. He was speaking on his completion of 2 years in office.

Revenues from FreeDish have put DD on a firm financial footing.

In April, Doordarshan turned profitable after recording the highest revenue in the past 5 years. Doordarshan's gross revenue rose to ₹ 1113.7 crore and net revenue to ₹ 943.8 crore in the year 2018-19.

DD News has emerged a one of the country's most watched news channels - both before and after the elections.

DD presence on the internet too has leap-frogged. "A key highlight is the digital footprint of Prasar Bharati that saw more than 250 active social media handles and more than 70 active YouTube channels in multiple languages," Vempati told the press.

DD National and DD News crossed the million-plus subscribers' milestone on YouTube in addition to DD Archives and PB Sports crossing 100k subscribers. "The public service broadcaster has made itself digitally relevant to the youth of a new India," he said.

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EPIC TV PLANS MUSIC CHANNEL

IN10 Media, the parent company of Epic TV, has declared its plan to launch a youth-centric music channel, "Showbox".

Showbox targets Tier 2 & 3 cities & will offer music in Hindi, Punjabi, Haryanvi, and Bhojpuri. Besides music, the channel will also include Bollywood news, latest movie trailers, etc.

Showbox CEO Rajiee M. Shinde said, "There is a huge demand for music and entertainment content in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets. Television penetration in these markets is rising, and an average viewer spends 3.5 hours a day watching music channels on television. We felt there is a need for a platform that delivers local music in a great audiovisual format. With the launch of a versatile platform like Showbox, we will be able to address this segment."

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LICENSE FOR STAR SPORTS-1 MALAYALAM

On 20 May, Star India received approval from the MIB to launch Star Sports-1 in Malayalam.

This is part of Star Sports plan to launch its Star Sport-1 channel in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, and Marathi.

Star Sports 1 Bangla launched on 5th March (@ ₹ 19) using the Star Movies Kids license.

Star Sports 1 Marathi is yet to launch. it will use the license earlier granted to Star Movies Kids HD, which has shut down.

The Star Sports network comprises of 16 channels including 5 in HD. It operates channels in 6 languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Bangla.

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MAHARASHTRA ELEC TO REMOVE CATV CABLES

Following electrocution of a cable operator, the Maharashtra State Electric Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL) head office has directed the field officers to immediately remove cable television wires from distribution power cables, transformers, distribution point (DP) boxes, etc. The officers have been asked to ensure that no such wires are hung over power equipment, in the future.

Communication cables fixed by Mahanet after taking permission from the company will be permitted.

Public notices warning operators & citizens not to use MSEDCL infrastructure for fixing cables, have been issued.

Strict action will be taken against Deputy Executive Engineers (DEEs) or EEs for any CATV cables on MSEDCL equipment.

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COLORS GUJARATI CINEMA LAUNCHED

Viacom18 launched the country's first Gujarati movie channel - Colors Gujarati Cinema on 1st June.

The channel claims a library of over 300 titles.

Priced at ₹ 1, the channel is a part of the Colors Wala Value+ Pack.

Commenting on the launch, Viacom18 group CEO, MD Sudhanshu Vats said, "Over the last 2 years, our regional cluster has grown at a CAGR of 36.5% in viewership and 22% in revenue. Gujarat represents a unique opportunity for us as we can leverage our regional GEC Colors Gujarati's strong 43% market share position and capture current whitespace in the market - movie broadcast."

Viacom18 head regional TV network Ravish Kumar said the aim is to have the regional channels account for 50% of Viacom18's revenues.

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BARC ON LANDING PAGE

The Broadcasters Audience Research Council (BARC) India has informed its subscribers that it has temporarily reverted to the earlier process of filtering out outliers (abnormal reach figures) from the landing page, from week 23 onwards, following representation from the industry.

BARC India is unable to separately identify landing page viewership.

The impact will be more pronounced for smaller viewership channels like English news, business news.

The TDSAT has rejected TRAI's orders that the Landing Page cannot be offered for a carriage fee.

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KAMYAB TV TO PAY ANTRIX

The TDSAT has directed Odia GEC Kamyab TV, to commit to a specific time schedule for the payment of its self-confirmed dues of ₹ 3.98 crores to Antrix Corporation.

The tribunal said Kamyab TV's offer to pay ₹ 1 crore upfront was inadequate it committed to a specific time schedule for the payment of the entire ₹ 3.98 crores.

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AIRTEL DTH INCHES UP

Airtel Digital TV (DTH) added 391,000 net subscribers in Q4, FY19. It had added 222,000 net subscribers in Q3 FY19.

ARPU increased marginally to ₹ 233, from ₹ 228.

It closed FY19 with a net subscriber base of 15.39 million (up 2.6%).

Q4 revenue from digital TV services increased by ₹ 92.1 crore to ₹ 1050.6 crore.

Currently, Airtel DTH offers 635 channels including 80 HD channels, 5 international channels, and 3 interactive services.

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TATASKY: NO MULTI-TV DISCOUNT

Tata Sky has discontinued its multi-TV plans from Jun 15. TRAI's New Tariff Order does not allow any multibox discounts on pay channels. DTH & cable TV networks can only discount the Network Capacity Fee (NCF) charged per connection.

All Tata Sky STBs - even those in the same household are now billed independently.

A Tata Sky representative confirmed "If you do not change your packs of secondary boxes, then post 15th June your prices of each box will be same as that of primary box price."

Consumers must now select channels / packs for each box independently, control monthly subscriptions.

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