Friday, 1 June 2012

June 2012

1/6/12 -- 10th meeting of Task Force for Implementation of Digitalisation of Cable TV held under the Chairmanship of Mr Rajiv Takru.

Four schemes finalised during the Eleventh Plan by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry have now been shifted to the 12th Plan because of tardy progress in getting approvals of the Planning Commission, noted the standing committee for IT.
Hathway Cable & Datacom launched a Hindi music channel, Hathway Music, on its digital cable network in Bangalore.
Chairman, Task Force of I & B ministry called all MSO(I) to know about the progress of digitalization.
Chairman, Task Force of I & B ministry called all MSO to know about the progress of digitalization.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal put off to 25 August the hearing of a petition by InCable against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) tariff order after being informed that the Government has deferred the sunset date for cable digital addressable systems by four months.
RBNL has created a hybrid channel.The channel, Big Magic International, will launch in Canada and then move on to other international markets like the US, Middle East and Australia.
TRAI issued a clarification that The Tariff order and Regulations issued for DAS have come into force from the date of its publication in the official Gazette and not from the day when analog is switched off.
In the press release dated 20th June12, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has stated that “All the TRAI regulations for DAS will come into effect from 01st November, 2012”.
Bowing to pressure from the LCOs & MSOs and some state governments, the Government decided to defer the date of cable digital addressable systems (DAS) to 1 November in the first phase covering four metros.
Cable & Satellite (C&S) and Internet sectors are continuing robust growth in reach compared to the sequential quarter, whereas radio and cinema are dipping. As per the IRS 2012 Q1 data, C&S reach has gone up by 12.4 per cent CAGR in the last three quarters and Internet by 47.3 per cent.
All India Radio and Doordarshan have 30 per cent of their posts unfilled, according to a Parliamentary Committee report.
The Government has decided to commence e-auctions for Phase III of FM radio from December this year.
I&B minister Ambika Soni met the stakeholder to discuss the digitalisaion preparation.
Deccan Chronicle Holdings (DHL), the parent company of IPL franchise Deccan Chargers, is exploring possibilities of selling the franchise.
Sony Pictures increased its stake to 94% in MSM thus taking full control of MSM.
A Parliamentary Committee has urged the information and Broadcasting ministry to take speedy steps to recover the dues that content producers and media agencies owe to Doordarshan.
The Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012 passed by Parliament has come into effect declaring authors as owners of the copyright.
UTV launched its Bollywood channel UTV STARS in the UK market.
The Indian Broadcasting Foundation has advised its members to stop telecast of programmes relating to persons like Nirmal Baba as this promotes superstition.
Content Media Corporation has acquired a 50 per cent stake in New York-based production company Jigsaw Productions.
A Parliamentary Committee has criticised the I&B Ministry for not doing adequate preparatory work before embarking upon schemes to increase the capacity of Doordarshan’s free-to-air direct-to-home platform DD Direct Plus.
Supporting Community Movement in India" has been conceived to provide grants to Community Radio Stations in the range of `100,000 to `1.5 million depending on the purpose for which the grant is sought.
The Walt Disney Company and News Corporation have decided to call off their Asian sports broadcasting joint venture ESPN Star Sports 16 years after it was formed.
WWIL announced that it will share Carriage Revenue with Cable Operator of Mumbai, Delhi & Kolkata in DAS.
ESPN Star Sports (ESS) will deliver round-the-clock coverage on the London 2012 Olympic Games from 27 July to 12 August 2012, offering live coverage to Indian sports fans. Out of the three channels, ESPN will focus on Indian athletes.
ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has renewed the ECB rights for seven years. The deal, will runs from 2013 to 2019.
Neo Cricket will begin its journey as an all sports channel under the new name of Neo Prime.
NGC Network (India) has got the FIPB nod for uplinking and downlinking television channels through internal accruals.
10th meeting of Task Force for Implementation of Digitalisation of Cable TV held under the Chairmanship of Mr Rajiv Takru.


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