's Headlines Archives - 2011
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Headlines in the month of May
* BJP drags Sun TV into 'pay-off' controversy
* Ratnagairi cable op arrested for unauthorised telecast of Ten Cricket
* Bhojpuri KBC to kick off on Mahuaa TV on 6 June
* TV Today FY’11 net slips 60% on slow rev growth
* Vijay TV announces 5th edition of Tamil cinema awards
* NBA plans India growth with Times Internet deal
* SES, Wananchi to launch DTH lineup in East Africa
* Own announces wedding show ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’
* AXN to cook up new beat with 'The Kitchen Musical'
* China wakes up to animation dream with $690 mn facility
* Four channels to telecast Celebrity Cricket League matches
* YouTube to air India-West Indies series
( 31 May 2011 )
* UTV's verticals profitable in FY'11, movie dominates
* TV18 news biz turns net positive in FY’11
* IBN18 Q4 standalone net loss at Rs 110 mn, rev up 25%
* Maiden fiscal profit for Viacom18, net at Rs 850 mn
* Uefa Champions League final is richest ever: MasterCard study
* Gamespot Entertainment runs cricket carnival on
* PTC Punjabi launches in Canada on Rogers cable
* MTV goes heavy on original programming in Latin America
* Cablevision's proposal on retransmission to FCC
* BBC Worldwide Channels ups two in programming team
* RBNL, RTL ink JV for thematic channels
( 30 May 2011 )
* Big FM posts operating profit of Rs 23 mn
* Reliance Broadcast's TV biz operating loss for H2 at Rs 125.16 mn
* HBO, Summit Entertainment in output agreement
* Revenue opportunity from fibre-based broadband services is $32 billion: Study
* NBC Universal announces game based on TV show ‘House’
* BBC announces new drama commissions following Bafta success
* Sony reports $3.1 bn loss in fiscal
* Comcast forms venture fund
* ESPN US launches iPad app
* Penthouse contracts additional 3D capacity on Astra
( 28 May 2011 )
* Zee News Q4 net up 221% at Rs 66.5 mn
* TTSL launches music website for music downloads for Tata Photon Plus users
* Anna Kournikova joins NBC's reality show 'The Biggest Loser'
* Sony to spend Rs 80 mn for marketing X Factor
* PrimoItalia launches 150 online TV channels in Italy
( 27 May 2011 )
* UTV Movies expands reach in East Africa
* Sun TV's net up 36% to Rs 7.72 bn
* Neo Sports acquires Badminton World Federation rights from Total Sports Asia
* CCI to look into Zee Turner, Star Den alliance
* IMG, Ravi Krishnan part ways
* UK, French broadcasters take lead in European OTT video market: Kagan
* Animal Planet kicks off 'Taking On Tyson' from 6 June
* Book on the inside world of ESPN
* DD to regain lost glory and emerge as top channel: Soni
* Star World Juke Box launches on Facebook
* PFT appoints Radhika Chinai as VP Media Processing Services
* Tips files case against makers of YPD
* Foxtel bids $2 billion for rival Austar takeover
* Own celebrates final episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'
* Star, Zee merge distribution biz in equal JV
( 26 May 2011 )
* UTV signs movie syndication deals worth $1 million
* India to help Afghanistan in area of broadcasting
* Zee TV to launch Saregamapa Li’l Champs on 3 June
* Discovery Turbo launches 'Desert Car Kings' on 25 May
* HBO, WB to air “Making Of The Hangover Part II”
* Twitter snaps up TweetDeck for $40 million
( 25 May 2011 )
* Balaji Telefilms Q4 net loss at Rs 11.5 mn
* Tata Sky offers Marathi channels free
* Big Magic to launch on-ground game show Khiladi No. 1
* Sakal introduces weekly financial supplement Posiview
* Radio Mirchi FY’11 net up 192% to Rs 522 mn
* Shemaroo acquires entire audio catalogue of Pen India
* NBC Universal to have ‘Despicable Me’ attraction at theme park in Orlando
* Disney Media Distribution unveils slate at upfront event
* DD awards to be given away on 25 May
* WWE plans India expansion, gets Rukin to head
* Star, Zee in talks to share distribution
( 24 May 2011 )
* Dish TV eyes net profit & 3.5 mn subs in FY '12
* VCL launches marketing tool ePuppet for Tata Motors
* IPTV subscriptions to cross 70 mn by 2014: Kagan
* Fox kicks off new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' on 26 May
* Percept appoints Archana Trasy as COO - Intellectual Properties
* Discovery's new show features a mentalist
* BBC Worldwide announces new factual commissions
* Al Gore, News Corp in war of words over 'Current'
( 23 May 2011 )
* Top 5 MSOs rake in Rs 13.5 bn as carriage income
* Pehla ties up with Sun, launches two new packages
* Broadcom launches new product for HD viewing
* BT selects Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive to support broadband expansion
* Luther returns to the BBC
* Schmidt is Cannes Lions 2011 Media Person of the Year
* Global Eagle Acquisition raises $190 mn for media biz
* GSAT-8 launched successfully
* Dick Ebersol resigns as NBC Sports Group chairman
* Janson Media acquires worldwide rights to docu ‘Crossing Borders’
* Fox unveils eight shows during upfront presentation
* CBS’ primetime schedule for 2011-12
* Ten Sports renews Uefa football telecast rights till 2015
( 21 May 2011 )
* WWIL narrows net loss in FY’11
* Netflix in multi-year deal with Miramax
* SES Astra in deal with Telekom Srbija
* Marathi newspaper Lokmat redesigned
* Liberty Media offers to buy out Barnes & Noble for $ 1.02 bn
* BBC Films unveils upcoming slate at Cannes
* Simmons inducted into Factual Entertainment Hall of Fame
* DD to telecast live the launch of GSAT-8
( 20 May 2011 )
* Yahoo! acquires 5to1 for $28 million
* Den plans to invest Rs 1.75 bn in FY’12
* Linkedin pushes valuation to $4.25 bn
* Donald Trump to host ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
* 3D TVs set to grow by 500% this year
* Zee Cafe to air 'Huge' from 21 May
* RBNL appoints Ramita Chaudhuri as biz head for Big Magic
* Subhadip Bhattacharyya joins as Ten Sports head of distribution
* ABC unveils 13 shows during upfront presentation
* ESPN X Games expands franchise globally
( 19 May 2011 )
* I&B warns against mediators for new TV channel applications
* Harsha Bhogale to blog for Samsonite
* T-Series unveils devotional phone
* AT&T upgrades U-verse Total Home DVR
* NBC showcases 12 new shows during upfront presentation
* CBeebies introduces new friends at bedtime
* Star kicks off 6th season of 'How I Met Your Mother' on 20 May
* NTT DoCoMo unveils 24 mobile devices
* Intex launches Mini Home Cinema for ‘Disc Free’ HD portable entertainment
* Nikon presents the 3rd season of 'Nat Geo Moment Awards'
( 18 May 2011 )
* Fever FM posts strong revenue growth in FY'11
* Dabangg dominates nominees for AXN Action Awards
* Vodafone Casa TV launches Star channels in Portugal
* Natpe to honour Lifetime’s ‘Coming Home’ at Pitchcon 2011
* Online TV show Jay Hind! goes international with BLTN
* India ready to launch ICT services on mobile
* Banff 2011 to debate on future of TV in digital age
* Liberty part of Wanachi Group’s new investors
* TLC to start cooking ‘Rude Boy Food’ from 21 May
( 17 May 2011 )
* Sun TV shares take a beating on Jaya's rise
* Den eyes 20% revenue growth from cable in FY’12
* Launch of Gsat-8 delayed by a day
* Endemol forays into film production
* Dish Network appoints Joseph Clayton as CEO
* Lokmat Media to boost presence in Maharashtra
* Fox History and Entertainment rebrands as Fox History and Traveller
* Pace tops STB market in 2010
* 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' to launch customised AOL Homepage
* BBC's central mission to support UK's online exercise: Thompson
* InMobi says 80% Asian mobile web users opt for shopping on the go
( 16 May 2011 )
* Ortel has fund requirement of Rs 850 mn from IPO
* Disney ties up with MultiChoice, launches channel in Africa
* Live India, Mi Marathi post losses as revenue crawls
* Mobango launches cricket apps
* Lupe Fiasco to perform at 2011 MTV Movie Awards
* NBC begins upfront orders
* Ashton Kutcher close to replacing Sheen in ‘Two and a Half Men’ for CBS
* RTL Q1 results paint mixed picture in Europe
* Samaranch most influential sports executive, Manu lone Indian in top 10: Survey
* Nick Baker searches for weird creatures on Animal Planet
* News Corp ups stake in Rotana Media to 14.53%
* ABC tops ‘Must Keep’ TV brand survey in the US
( 14 May 2011 )
* SeaChange powers IPTV for multi-screen video in Turkey
* Motorola Mobility acquires SunUp Digital Systems
* Discovery Channel chronicles disasters in Japan
( 13 May 2011 )
* Indian C&S ad market to surpass China by 2017: MPA
* Hathway has no fund-raising plan via equity
* NDTV Good Times launches India's Most Haunted
* YouTube in deal with Sony, Universal and Warner
* Jill Grinda is Casbaa VP
* Spike TV acquires six unscripted reality pilots
* Fox renews 'Family Guy', 'The Cleveland Show'
* FCC official Baker set to join Comcast Corporation
* Mumbai Indians posts Rs 154.2 mn loss in FY'11
* NHNZ signs footage deal with National Geographic
* 10 per cent growth in Indian participation at CommunicAsia
( 12 May 2011 )
* Approval for FDI in LLP firms excludes print media
* Reliance Digital TV to offer 250 channels in HD
* IndusInd Media FY'11 net up 93% at Rs 643.6 mn
* Govt denies move to control content on Internet
* WWI launches Media and Communication school
* Cartoon Network launches augmented reality app
* Thailand's TrueVisions selects NDS
* Apollo to acquire entertainment content owner CKx
* Hoodlum teams up with 3 Arts Entertainment
* Uplinking of events of sensitive nature may get stricter
* Zapak launches AdverGame in India for multiple DTH players
( 11 May 2011 )
* No censor board for television: IBF
* Hathway Cable FY’11 revenue up 20% to Rs 8.8 bn
* DQ Entertainment FY’11 net up 14.5% to Rs 305.48 mn
* Discovery launches Bengali feed
* Microsoft set to acquire Skype for $ 8.5 billion
* Autodesk’s TinkerBox comes to iPhone, iPod touch
* Casbaa adds three corporates
* Belgium’s MobiStar TV offers subscribers access to Cannes Film Festival
* 3-D TV sees strong boost in 2011
* Peter Ligouri is Own interim CEO
( 10 May 2011 )
* Miditech, Talpa to bring 'The Voice' format to India
* 3 regions to account for 91% of Tablet unit shipments in 2015: Study
* Academy of Television Arts and Sciences renews 8-year Primetime Emmy deal with US networks
* Shemaroo sets up movie channel on YouTube
* Radio One turns Ebidta positive in FY’11
* News Corp Q3 net income drops to $1.06 bn
* Viacom in deal with Endemol for women network
* SPE’s channel One launches in Cambodia
* Comcast launches personal 4G/3G mobile hotspot
* Nitin Vaidya joins Star India as biz head - Hindi channels
* Hathway to launch HD service in June
( 9 May 2011 )
* IBF, NBA committed to self-regulation without Govt interference
* Contempt notice to Subroto Roy on Sahara Samay reporter's action
* Nick readies original non-mytho content
* ET Now launches BNSN – The Game
* Network18 promoter group to infuse Rs 3 bn
* US cable ops lose 2 mn subscribers in 2010
* CBS reports Q1 net earnings of $202 million
* NBA star Brandon Jennings to visit India in promoting basketball
* MTV Networks chairman, CEO Judy McGrath to step down
* Ofcom announces new Content Board members
* Coke Studio@MTV’ debuts in India
* Bellamy is Discovery Intl creative director, head of production and development
* BBC Comedy teams up with Laughs In The Park to host outdoor comedy event
* Comcast Q1 revenue up 31% to $12.1 bn
* Comic Con Express takes place in Mumbai in October
* Time Warner Q1 revenue up 6% to $6.7 billion
( 7 May 2011 )
* Naaptol launches android app
* Censor board for television in the offing
* Sameer Nair quits Imagine TV; Saha takes interim charge
( 6 May 2011 )
* Airtel Digital TV adds 3.07 million subs in FY’11
* FIPB defers UT Starcom proposal
* Robb Report debuts in India
* Asianet Communications appoints John Brittas as business head
* 3net kicks off Sportumentary series ‘Bulletproof’
* US Christian evangelistic network gets FIPB nod to launch channel in India
* MTV US kicks off ‘The Electric Barbarellas’
* HBO releases app for Apple’s iPad, iPhone & iPod touch in US
* Casbaa board gets three new members
* Seagate unveils hard drive featuring one terabyte per platter
* CommunicAsia2011 sees interest from first-time exhibitors
( 5 May 2011 )
* IBF, NBA accept govt as final tier in case of complaints
* Natpe to return to Miami next year
* Zapak launches Crazy Kart 2 MMOG
* Akai launches smallest led TV set in India
* The Apprentice returns to the BBC on 10 May
* Nat Geo to air specials on Osama Bin Laden
* Zee Cinema launches in Indonesia
( 4 May 2011 )
* NDTV beats market forecast, Q4 revenue up 25%
* BroadcastAsia 2011 expects 5% jump in participation
* Now Star One to have 'Maha Episodes' on weekend
* Task force under Takru to oversee digitisation of cable sector
* Magical Elves founders to deliver keynote at Banff TV Festival
* Sourav Ganguly back in IPL, to play for Pune Warriors
* RBNL appoints Mirchandani as biz head - Television
( 3 May 2011 )
* IBF approves content code for non-news channels
* Langoor enters India, to set up R&D centre in Bangalore
( 2 May 2011 )
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