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  • 11-Jan-2010 | Ashish Sinha

    Asci upholds Tata Sky's complaint against Airtel's DTH campaign

    The competition among the half a dozen rival direct-to-home (DTH) operators in the country has once again spilled over to the advertising arena. The Advertising Standards Council of India (Asci) has upheld a complaint by Tata Sky against rival ...

  • 05-Jan-2010 | Aminah Sheikh & Ashish Sinha

    3 Idiots makes B'wood history

    Rakes in Rs 240 crore in 10 days.

  • 04-Jan-2010 | Ashish Sinha

    India to have 100-mn cable homes this year

    This means, the number of cable homes in the country has doubled in less than six years — phenomenal growth of the Rs 24,000-crore television industry. Also, the number of television-owning households has gone up to 134 million, a 9 per cent ...

  • 29-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    DTH cos may charge premium rates from advertisers in '10

    Advertisers may have to pay 10-15 per cent extra for using the direct-to-home (DTH) platform by early next year. Five of the six DTH players have begun measuring the viewing habits of their 17 million-plus subscribers and plan to monetise it by ...

  • 22-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    WWIL targets townships for HITS expansion

    With a clear strategy of targeting the 20 million-plus television consumers residing in townships and residential campuses of various government and public sector undertakings, Wire & Wireless India Ltd (WWIL), the country’s first ...

  • 17-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    India Inc for national media policy

    The creation of a single national media policy and a single-window clearance for companies involved in the media and entertainment sector will give required fillip to the domestic media industry, says India Inc.

  • 17-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Bollywood eyes private equity as banks go slow

    EXIM Bank and IDBI are said to be cautious while financing films, prompting producers to tap PE players and investors like the Dar Capital group.

  • 14-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    I&B to check financials of radio firms

    In what may be a first for the private FM radio industry, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) may soon examine the financial details of leading companies to get a measure of financial losses, operational expenditure and other ...

  • 11-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    STAR India buys exclusive rights for Paa, Wanted

    In order to give a boost to its almost stagnant ratings, STAR Plus, the number two Hindi entertainment channel, is betting big on Bollywood films. Within past few weeks, STAR India has picked up exclusive satellite rights for blockbusters, including ...

  • 10-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Acquisition cost of Bollywood films falls 30-60%

    Broadcasters are increasingly opting for non-exclusive rights of films this year.

  • 08-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    UK Co to hire Indians for CWG 2010 telecast

    SIS Live, the British television production company with rights to produce coverage for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010 for Doordarshan, plans to hire 20 per cent of its proposed 1,200 workforce from India to cover the games in the High Definition ...

  • 05-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    News broadcasters oppose amendment of copyright laws

    The issue of proposed amendments to the existing Copyright Act, 1957, is becoming a flash point between broadcasters and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), with news broadcasters asking the government to take them into confidence ...

  • 02-Dec-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    DIPP bats for higher FDI cap in broadcasting sector

    In a move aimed at rationalising foreign direct investment (FDI) in various areas of the broadcasting sector, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has proposed to increase the FDI cap for direct-to-home (DTH) services, uplinking ...

  • 30-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Revised Copyright Act to pinch broadcasters' pockets

    Broadcasters may be forced to shell out Rs 1-1.5 lakh for every song that is sung by the contestants in musical talent hunt shows like Indian Idol or Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, and they are not liking it at all.

  • 28-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Bollywood worried over Dubai debt crisis

    Dubai’s debt woes have got Bollywood producers and distributors worried as the city is a significant contributor in the West Asian market for Hindi films.

  • 28-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Haryana cable TV operators get respite on proposed licensing regime

    The 1,000-odd cable television operators in Haryana say they got some respite from the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the new licensing policy proposed for them by the state government.

  • 27-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Haryana cable TV operators get respite for now on proposed licensing regime

    The 1,000-odd cable television operators in Haryana say they got some respite from the Punjab and Haryana High Court today on the new licencing policy proposed for them by the state government.

  • 27-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Broadcasters ask govt to clear all DAVP dues

    The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), the apex body of all broadcasters in the country, has urged the government to clear dues worth over Rs 55 crore for airing television commercials of various ministries and departments.

  • 27-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Now, access Gmail, Facebook on cable TV

    New technology allows access to webpages without internet.

  • 25-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    FM operators seek 5-year extension of radio licence

    Under pressure from investors and promoters over mounting financial losses, several radio companies have asked the government to extend their existing 10-year radio licences (2006 to 2015) by another five years (till 2020) before announcing the ...

  • 22-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    HITS to hurt biz: Cable operators

    Say may have to sell out as new policy gives no sops for upgrading technology.

  • 11-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Hathway gets FIPB nod for more foreign equity

    The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has approved a proposal from Hathway Cable & Datacom, a leading television cable distribution company, for bringing in foreign direct investments of Rs 16.65 crore after its proposed initial public ...

  • 10-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    Haryana govt to impose licence-raj for cable TV

    The government of Haryana will shortly do what the information and broadcasting ministry had tried to introduce for years by taking a decision to auction three-year licences to run cable operations in every city and town in the state.

  • 08-Nov-2009 | Ashish Sinha

    DTH sparks new row between producers and multiplexes

    A new battlefront has opened between multiplexes and big banner production and distribution houses. Ignoring the revenue concerns of the multiplexes, Reliance Big Pictures, Percept Pictures, UTV Movies and Dharma Productions want to release their ...

  • 07-Nov-2009 | Surajeet Das Gupta & Ashish Sinha

    Stop 'treaty shopping' denials for FDI: FIPB tells revenue dept

    The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has pulled up the department of revenue for rejecting all foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals in which funds are routed through Mauritius and said it has taken a conscious policy decision to ...