The e-commerce giant Amazon has launched its own digital wallet, Amazon Pay. To attract consumers, it offers 10% cash-back even on items returned.
Big FM radio has launched 4 new stations to cover the North-East states. The network launched three 92.7-frequency stations, one each in Agartala, Itanagar and Aizawl, and a 98.3-frequency station in Shillong. Big FM bought these frequencies at the FM Phase III auctions.
In its effort to impress today’s generation, Prasar Bharati owned Doordarshan is planning to change its iconic logo which has remained unaltered since its inception in 1959. Now, the broadcaster has called for entries from the public seeking a new logo design to improve the look. DD wants to create something youthful in a bid to tap the ‘children of liberalisation’ with its new logo.
According to Crisil Research, mobile data usage will grow a moderate 12% annually and touch 2-2.5 GB per user in the five fiscals through 2022. The report also added that the data usage will stabilize after 2022. It said from 2012 to 2017, India’s mobile data usage per subscriber rocketed at 80% annually to around 1.25 GB per month on increasing adoption of 3G and 4G services, free data offered by Reliance Jio, and a sharp 40% fall in tariffs in the past fiscal alone.
NDTV, which has been in trouble for some time, is planning to cut down on its expenditure and focus more on mobile journalism. The news broadcaster has already retrenched 60-70 staff including camerapersons who were the main species to face redundancy due to arrival of mobile journalists.
Red FM is planning to launch its new live music and comedy programme ‘Musicom’ across six cities; Kolkata (29 July), New Delhi (30 July), Mumbai (5 August), Chandigarh (6 August), Bangalore (12 August), Pune (13 August).
9X Media will soon become an entity of the Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL). Purchasing at a cost of Rs 170 crore, the deal is expected to realize ZEEL’s broader plan to build a strong vertical around music channels, music labels and film production across languages. 9X Media has a slew of music channels with an annual turnover of around Rs 170 crore.
Reliance Jio is planning to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to over 38000 technical and non-technical colleges in the country. The telcos has submitted a request at the Ministry of HRD, seeking approval.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) has completed acquisition of its subsidiary India Webportal, a digital property which operates websites such as India.com, Cricketcountry.com, Bollywoodlife.com, OnCars.in, BGR.in, Thehealthsite.com, Prepsure.com, Careerfundas.com, Travel.india.com and Video.india.com.
The first half of 2017 witnessed over 27,000 cyber security incidents which were reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the Minister of State for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on July 22.
The ad spends of the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) were Rs 1,286 crore during 2016–17, an 8.15% jump over the previous fiscal year, according to the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore.
The TV audience measurement body, BARC India will host multi-city road shows to make stakeholders aware about its newly launched EKAM brand. From July 31 to 2 August, the EKAM road shows will be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on the Right to Privacy. The apex court said that just the act of operating a device which uses fingerprints to unlock itself and allows the operator to store the impression and such actions, along with sharing of personal data by a large number of people on social network sites, makes defining breach of privacy a challenging task.
The newly launched English news channel, Republic TV successfully maintains its top position in Week 28, as per latest BARC data. Arnab Goswami-owned channel also registered good growth in viewership; it saw a 60.13% jump in weekly impressions to 1.39 million. Times Now’s weekly impressions expanded by a whopping 85.64% to 1.12 million. The other channels in the top 5 witnessed a decline in impressions. CNN- News18 dropped to No. 5 while India Today TV jumped to No. 3. NDTV 24×7 moved to the fourth position.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) is looking for small sized acquisitions; it has already bought 80% stake in tech start-up Margo Networks for Rs 75 crore and a 12.5% equity in Bangalore-based Tagos Design Innovations, an in-video discovery platform, for $2.5 million (Rs 16.15 crore).
To avoid congestion and use internet for free or almost negligible rates, users are keeping themselves awake, as many telcos are offering free net during so called ‘Happy Hours’ – midnight to 6 AM.
The new telecom entrant Reliance Jio will present Sony Entertainment Television’s upcoming ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC)-9th season. The program is coming after a 2-year gap, and will start in October. The series will be co-powered by Vivo Cameras and Mobile and Ching’s Secret.
Discovery Communications India’s newly launched sports channel DSport has reached a deal with Nodwin Gaming to showcase the flagship esports tournament in India– ESL India Premiership. As a part of the partnership, DSport will telecast 90 minutes of action everyday from July 19 to December end.
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