India’s telecom major Bharti Airtel and Ghana’s Millicom International Cellular have reached a deal to combine their operations in Ghana. Now, Airtel and Millicom will have equal ownership and governance rights in the JV, which will have revenues of around $300 million.
Bomanbridge Media and Passion Distribution and Gamingzone Entertainment (GZE) have partnered to distribute TV’s first live Esports reality format series ‘GAMERZ’. As part of the agreement, Bomanbridge Media will distribute the format in Asia Pacific, while Passion Distribution will be distributing across the rest of the world including Australia and New Zealand.
Original series are the USP of globally popular Over the top (OTT) platform Netflix. Now the OTT major is planning to increase its local content and aims to release five to six originals a year in India. This was said by Erik Barmack, Netflix international original series VP at the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.
The direct to home (DTH) operator Reliance Digital TV has been asked by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to pay Rs.7.5 crore in two instalments to Antrix Corporation to avoid transponder suspension.
On 11 October, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha and Vice-President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has directed a time-bound review of manpower requirement of Rajya Sabha TV for it rationalization.
Doordarshan has been asked by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to suspend e-auctioning of slots on DD Free Dish, which were bought by private broadcasters on DD Free Dish until further notice. The Ministry will review the channel slot auction process on free-to-air direct-to-home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish.
Microsoft has said that it will soon add an update for its Skype chat app that will have built-in support for its digital assistant Cortana. Cortana "will be gradually rolled out" for Skype on both Android and iOS platforms, starting with the US.
On 11 October, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the last dates for receiving comments on Unsolicited Commercial Communication paper. Now stakeholders can send their comments and counter-comments by November 9 and November 16. Earlier, it was October 12 and October 26.
The mandatory digitization in many countries is fuelling the STB growth all over the world. The developing countries such as Argentina, Brazil, China, and India are doing lots of work in the direction of digitization. According to market research firm Technavio’srecent global set-top box (STB) market report, emerging markets offer opportunities for growth to vendors as the developed countries have reached saturation.
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