In the ‘Game of Thrones’ (GoT) episode 4 leak case, Maharashtra Police has arrested four people who were involved in the dissemination of the material regarding the HBO's flagship show. The episode was scheduled to be broadcast in US on 6th August and in India on 7th August. Star India has the digital rights of the episode.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had issued the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Regulations 2009 (8 of 2009) dated 23rd Sep 2009 laying down the basic business process framework for implementation of MNP in the country. In a continuous endeavour to make MNP process more subscriber friendly, based on feedback from the stakeholders and its own analysis, TRAI has issued various Directions and amendments to the MNP regulations. The present consultation on amendment of MNP regulations is also a part of the same process.
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Discovery Communications both are trying to bid for the upcoming auction of media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The CPI (M) Polit Bureau, party’s highest decision making body, has expressed angst at the refusal by Doordarshan and All India Radio to broadcast Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s Independence Day speech.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has warned against any censorship by cable TV companies, saying action would be taken against Fastway or any other organisation indulging in such activity. He was responding to questions from mediapersons at a press conference held on 14th August. The Chief Minister reiterated his promise of a level playing field for all, and said while his government would not indulge in political vendetta, it would take strict action against any media or cable organisation found engaged in censorship of any channel or information.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has a new Minister, Ms Smriti Irani, a veteran from the television industry who understands the sector well. Let’s hope she initiates some innovative steps to make the environment in the Industry better. At present, in spite of our country doing well on the economic front, our industry is mired with court battles between the stakeholders and the regulator TRAI holding up the regulatory process for which efforts were on since 2003.
Another top level cabinet Minister is set to leave his Ministry as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has nominated Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Minister M Venkaiah Naidu as its candidate for the post of Vice President of India. Naidu was picked up on July 17 by PM Modi and Amit Shah and his candidature was approved by the NDA.
With Sun Direct reporting its first full fiscal net profit in July 2017, the majority of India’s DTH industry has moved out of the red. However, ARPU has not risen substantially and remains a cause for concern. Additionally, India’s telecom regulator, TRAI numbers indicate subscriber additions have halved over the past 12 months while the inactive subscriber ratio lingers around the 40% mark. In rural Indian TV homes, Free-to-Air DTH services continue to gain ground, both in users and in carriage fees from broadcasters. Despite positive effects of GST, if subscriber additions and ARPUs remain flat, what option does that leave DTH companies to grow?
NXT Digital, the newest addition to the Hinduja Group of companies is moving ahead with the successful implementation of NXT Digital’s digital delivery platform across India in the Headend in the Sky (HITS) platform for complete cable digitalization. NXT Digital’s project ensures its viewers get uninterrupted wo rld class viewing experience at the best value for money price in the market.
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