Doordarshan has recorded faster growth than All India Radio (AIR) in FY17. The national broadcaster posted 9.5% growth in revenue during this period, while AIR grew by just 1.79%. DD’s revenue stood at Rs 827.51 crore in FY17 compared to Rs 755.79 crore a year ago. AIR, on the other hand, has reported revenue of Rs 455 crore in FY17, up from Rs 447.76 crore a year ago.
R.S. Sharma, Chairman, TRAI, said that country’s fixed-line broadband infrastructure is a matter of worry and needs much improvement. He also added that telcos should improve download speed.
The controversy-prone channel Republic TV is still ahead of channels of its genre, though its weekly impressions dropped 19.55% to 1.7 million impressions in Week 20. Times Now stands at number two, and was almost half of Republic TV’s weekly impressions. Times Now also saw a drop in its impressions as did the other three channels in the top 5. NDTV 24×7 fell to the bottom of the table. India Today TV recovered to grab the No. 3 position. CNN News18 too moved up to the 4th position.
On 26th May, Tata Sky added half a dozen new channels. The direct-to-home (DTH) operator has already added 5 HD channels some time back. The list of new channel includes Hindi Khabar (channel no 583), Gulistan News (channel no 1179), FTV India (channel no 772), Care World (channel no 773), Digvijay 24×7 (channel no 1644) and Surya Comedy (channel no 1854).
On 25th May, the country’s telecom regulator TRAI has directed telecom operators to stop providing discriminatory tariffs to their subscribers of the same category and report all plans to it within seven days of their launch.
In the presence of Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) & Minister of State for Railways, Govt. of India., Inmarsat Satellite Gateway Inmarsat and its strategic partner BSNL, officially opened a new Indian GSPS Gateway, which will enable Indian government and private sector customers to access highly reliable satellite phone (satphone) services via Inmarsat’s 4th generation constellation.
Teleste, a leading provider of video and broadband technologies and related services, has revealed that it has completed deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 -compatible network products to a cable network upgrade project started in 2016 by DNA, Finland’s largest cable operator and the leading pay TV provider in both cable and terrestrial networks. The upgrade embraces 1500 cable network sites in Southern Finland and, as the recent capacity tests show, it redeems its promise of reliable, Gigabit-level broadband speeds to DNA’s customers within the region.
To hook kids to its shows, Amazon Prime Video has come up with a hit line-up of brand new shows and seasons. Started on 19 May, Amazon Prime Video first released new episodes of ‘Baahubali: The Lost Legends’. The list of new shows includes Atchoo’; ‘Astra Force’, featuring Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan; ‘Munki and Trunk’; and ‘Zak Storm’.
Big FM has launched a retro station (94.3 FM) in Lucknow on 23rd May. Recently, it added seven stations in Maharashtra, and its goal is to bring in a new wave of timeless Hindi music in the city by building on its distinctive and pioneering retro format on radio. Jolly LLB 2 famed actress Huma Qureshi launched 94.3 FM in Lucknow and flagged off ‘Studio on Wheels’, a RJ marathon in the city. The shooting of Jolly LLB2 was mostly done in this city.
The Union Cabinet has abolished the 25-year old Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Now the administrative ministries and departments will process applications for foreign direct investment (FDI) requiring government approval. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) will process the FDI applications related to the media and entertainment sector.
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