In its mission to achieve its target of 25 billion digital transactions by March 2018, the Government is working on a strategy to promote cashless transactions, and is looking at ways to make digital payments cheaper than cash, and also digitise recurring payments, such as utility bill payments and recharges.
Airtel may be in trouble regarding its Payment Bank, as the Aadhaar-issuing body, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has sent notices to Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank over its retailers allegedly opening payments bank accounts without taking "informed consent" of customers who go for Aadhaar-based mobile SIM verification.
The new HD channel, Living Foodz, a lifestyle channel, has been launched on Sep 22. The new channel offers international shows that integrate the best of lifestyle, food and travel in innovative formats.
The DD viewers could not watch the cricket Indo-Oz match as private DTH operators and MSOs blocked the national broadcaster following an SC order. Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Vempati wrote on Twitter after he got queries from angry consumers, “Saw reactions from viewers on why DD National signal is not available on private DTH platforms and cable operators during cricket match. Due to Supreme Court verdict, matches where rights are shared with Prasar Bharati will be available only on DD FreeDish & Terrestrial.”
The sports broadcasting business of Zee Entertainment Enterprises has been bought by Sony for $366.32 million, paying $18.68 million less than the original deal price. Sony had already paid $330 million in the first phase of its acquisition of ZEEL’s sports broadcasting business. Last year, Sony had and ZEEL had signed an agreement to buy the latter’s sports broadcasting business for $385 million (Rs 2578 crore).
Star India is on the winning spree. After bidding successfully for the IPL rights, now it has bagged the rights of 69th Emmy Awards. Kew Media Group has signed broadcast rights to the 69th Emmy Awards to 200 countries, including Star India. Available as a three-hour special, plus a one-hour pre-show, the 69th Emmy Awards celebrates the best in US television in multiplatform, prime-time and late night programming. Airing on CBS in the US, the 69th Emmy Awards will also broadcast around the world via multiple deals with Kew Media Group. Pan-territory acquisitions signed for both the awards and pre-show include Star India (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan).
Sony Entertainment Television (SET) is planning to launch a new sub-brand called ‘SET Originals’, which will be launched by the end of 2017. The proposed sub-brand will provide viewers with premium content featuring home-grown formats. The brand will showcase programmes that are high in production value a nd deal with unexplored subjects. It will also act as a platform for upcoming producers and directors to feature their shows.
Freeedish is in fact helping private channels to reach wider audience and capitalize on larger viewer base for advertisements. Star India’s strategy of rebranding Life OK as Star Bharat and distributing it on Freedish, Doordarshan’s subscription-free DTH platform, has started to pay off. After a good start in its launch week, Star Bharat has climbed to the second spot in the Hindi GEC hierarchy in two BARC-defined markets. Just in its second-week run, Star Bharat, which has original shows and some old Life OK programmes, has raced past established brands like Colors, Zee TV and Star Plus in the urban + rural Hindi-speaking market. The channel has also stood second in the rural Hindi-speaking market (HSM).
The advertisements propagating Government policy programmes like Make in India, BetiBachaoBetiPadhao and Swacch Bharat Abhiyanhave made the government as one of the top 10 advertisers on TV, according to BARC data.
To spread the message of cleanliness and to promote the Swachh Bharat campaign, the I&B Ministry has asked TV channels and FM stations to give space to the mission. President Ram Nath Kovindhas launched the campaign, “Swachhta Hi Seva”in Kanpur on 15 September which will end on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti.
The newly appointed Vice President of the country, M Venkaiah Naidu demanded a professional and expenditure audit of the Rajya Sabha TV as he pitched for framing an action plan to expand the channel’s reach, a source said. The Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) is owned and operated by the upper house of Parliament. Naidu is the chairman of the Rajya Sabha. During a one-and-a-half-hour-long review of the Rajya Sabha TV, Naidu made queries regarding reach of the channel, manpower utilisation, expenditure under various heads, mandate of the channel and its content, the source said.
This is an age of video content. In a recently dramatic IPL bidding, Facebook lost the bid to Star India despite its Rs 3,900-cr offer, yet it indicatesits video ambitions.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) is planning to launch its premium English movie channel &Privé HD on 24 September. ‘Moonlight’ will be the first film with this launch. &Privé HD is expected to give a tough competition to Star Movies Select HD from Star India, Sony Le Plex HD from Sony Pictures Networks India and MN+ from Times Network.
A total of 19 TV channel licences have been cancelled by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) between 1 August and 5 September. Now, the total number of cancelled licences so far this year stands at 216.
A total of 10 new TV channel licenses have been issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) between 10 August and 5 September. Naaptol got 7 licenses. Only one license was issued in September. Cinema 24×7, a company linked to TV shopping and e-commerce company Naaptol, got seven non-news uplinkinglicences. Naaptol owns and operates six home shopping channels, namely Naaptol Blue, Naaptol Tamil, Naaptol Telugu, Naaptol Kannada, Naaptol Malayalam, and Naaptol Bangla. It also runs Hindi movie channels Cinema TV and Vaa Movies.
The industry has witnessed the biggest media bidding as behemoth Star India acquired the IPL’s global broadcasting and digital rights for a consolidated sum of Rs 16, 347.5 crore for five years. The rights includethe 11th edition of IPL 2018. Now Star has become the proud owner of the BCCI’s global media rights, ICC and the IPL; the BCCI rights will come to end in March 2018.
On 1st September, the Delhi High Court gave a breather to the troubled NDTV by upholding the findings of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT). The Court said that NDTV Ltd was entitled for income tax deductions on television news software produced and exported by it.
Sun TV Network, television broadcaster is going to shut down its Kannada news channel ‘Udaya News’ in the next couple of months as the channel is facing, viewership share of Udaya News is relatively low but the broadcaster is planning to convert it into another genre. It is one of the oldest Kannada news channel in Karnataka that is operating for the past 19 years by the company. Currently, Sun TV has only six channels in Kannada — Chintu TV, Udaya Music, Udaya TV, Udaya Movies, Udaya Comedy, and Udaya News.
In its tenth year, the IPL is an enterprise worth Rs 34,000 crore and has posted a 26 per cent increase in its overall business from Rs 27,000 crore last year. Franchisee valuation of the league also jumps by 34% clocking an annual growth rate of 13.9%.
On August 22 when verdict on the triple talaq was being given, almost all media outlets jumped the gun, wrongly reporting that the Supreme Court had upheld the constitutional validity of the Muslim divorce practice of triple talaq, or instant divorce.
No right click