's Headlines Archives - 2011
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Headlines in the month of October
* F1 can help in promoting Indian brands globally: Assocham
* Press Council chief wants TV to be under its ambit
* BCCI rejects new sports bill
* Production under way on season 2 of TNT's 'Falling Skies'
* Miramax launches media immersion programme with Doha Film Institute
* Target Entertainment founder, CEO Alison Rayson steps down
* FIC Spain acquires Spanish pay TV channel Viajar
* DirecTV files FCC complaint against Fox
* SPT's One now available on Mio TV
(31 October 2011 )
* 9X to launch Marathi music channel Jhakaas on 31 October
* Digitisation ordinance expected to be notified following presidential clearance
* French Open tennis Grand Slam moves from BBC to ITV in the UK
* David Wertheimer is Fox president, digital
* KPMG India, NHK join Casbaa
* FX picks up Charlie Sheen's sitcom Anger Management
* Discovery Intl commissions Nutopia to produce docu series
* The CW, Hulu in five-year licensing agreement
* Viz Media partners Japan's Animate And Libre Publishing for graphic novel line
* 'Man vs Wild' returns for 6th season on Discovery
* New Batman video game sells 4.6 mn units worldwide in one week
(29 October 2011 )
* Golf to go the IPL way, Louis Philippe sponsors richest domestic event
* News Express now available on DD Direct Plus
* Al Jazeera to launch sports news channel on 1 November
* IDPA signs MoU with DD to air documentaries and short fiction
* Hidden Reflex adds 9 live TV channels to its Epic browser
* Suvarna takes second season of reality show to Andaman Islands
* Vivek Bahl is Turner chief content officer
(28 October 2011 )
* News channels approach I&B over F1 coverage issue
* Cabinet clears wage board recommendations for journalists
* Creation of National Optical Fibre Network for broadband connectivity gets Cabinet nod
* Netflix will land in the UK & Ireland next year
* WrestleMania makes $62 mn for Atlanta
* 'The Office' debuts on iTunes
* Mattel acquires Hit Entertainment for $680 mn
* Laricheva is BBC Worldwide Channels VP for commercial development
* Abbey Home Media inks JV with Channel 5
* Crime and Investigation launches in Middle East
* NBC unwraps festive holiday programming for 2011
* Reliance ICC T20I team rankings launched
* BECIL's FY'11 high points
* Aine Healy to head Prime Focus Technologies in UK
(25 October 2011 )
* From revenue head to CEO
* Jagran Q2 net dips 17.5% as expenses surge
* Colors, CNBCTV18 Prime & History Channel now in HD
* Times TV Network launches its 3 channels in UAE
* US consumers embracing various video platforms: Nielsen
* WSJ to launch German language digital offering
* Den ups Sharma to CEO, Azhar is COO
* Hulu Plus coming to Nintendo
* Fox bags Fifa TV rights from 2015-2022 for the US
* Radio-Canada, France Televisions Distribution in content partnership
* News Corp must be a principled company: Rupert Murdoch
* India has 115 community radio stations operational
(24 October 2011 )
* Star engages Aamir Khan in India's widest TV show launch
* UTV Action in major movie syndication deal with WB
* Radio One exploring new investors ahead of Phase III
* m4e AG is new licensing agent for Little Princess
* UK's retransmission fees is least favourable in developed world
* BSkyB quarter revenue up 9% to £1.6 bn
* BBC Worldwide to complete sale of BBC Magazines' assets
* Pogo to premiere original movie 'Mayanagri' on Diwali
* Star World acquires rights for slew of shows
* Multiscreen users avoid TV ads: Study
(22 October 2011 )
* Fever FM swings into operating loss in Q2
* I&B asks BCCI to ensure AIR gets cricket commentary
* Spike TV partners with technology trade show
* Suvarna to run grand finale of obesity reality show over two days
* Barkha to head NDTV's editorial board, Sonia to oversee ethics committee
* Natpe looking at boosting Indian presence
* Animal Planet to kick off 'Saved' from 14 November
* Jon Gruden extends contract with ESPN for 5 years
(21 October 2011 )
* Reliance Entertainment buys stake in Talenthouse, forms India JV
* Mumbai Fighters sign up boxer Akhil Kumar
* WWIL narrows Q2 net loss, expects to break-even soon
* Kapil Gupta is Prime Focus Technologies VP Program Management
* ESPN Star Sports acquires broadcast rights of Hong Kong Cricket Sixes for 3 years
* Connected TV grows in popularity in US & Europe: Study
* Leightronix enhances video server with multi-zone playback capabilities
* MTV partners Hungama to launch mobile DJ service
* Banff reshapes categories for 2012 content event
* 'Young Apprentice' to return to BBC One this year
* Lionsgate centralises TV biz, gets Lawrence Szabo as EVP
* A+E Networks in major broadcast deals worldwide
(20 October 2011 )
* Zee to simulcast Miss World
* Forex losses upset Dish TV's march to profitability
* Zee News Ltd posts 19.5% ad rev growth in shaky environment
* Zoom launches hunt for bold & beautiful anchor
* Casbaa reveals speaker lineup for convention
* Reckitt Benckiser launches online games
* Uefa's media rights deals
* Mattel close to buying Hit Entertainment
* Murdochs could face challenging time when shareholders meet on Friday
* Proposed sports bill revised to reduce govt interference
(19 October 2011 )
* Zeel's bearish outlook on ad market in FY'12
* Nimbus refuses to share feed with AIR, Soni to take up issue with BCCI
* BloombergUTV launches alarm app for BlackBerry Playbook
* Darsh Digital selects NDS for digital cable
* SC questions UP govt on granting tax exemption to F1 event
* Samsung partners BigFlix to launch VoD app for smart devices
* Ofcom lists out new guidance for pre-watershed content
* Uday Varma returns to I&B as secretary
* Malaysia sews 16 deals worth $70 mn at Mipcom
* Million Dollar Mind Game' kicks off on ABC on 23 Oct
(18 October 2011 )
* Zeel Q2 net up 26.7% amid flat revenue
* Govt's transparency code for TV quiz shows
* Neo's programme facelift coinciding with India-England series
* CBeebies joins Verizon's Fios TV channel lineup
* BBC condemns verdict against its Tajikistan correspondent
* Zee Café to up its laughter quotient with new show
* DVRs in 44% of US TV homes
* NBC offers Twitter followers a first look at ‘Grimm’
* EMI sale gets tepid response from bidders
* Pakistanis buy Indian DTH connections illegally
(17 October 2011 )
* DD's DTH expansion will not need new satellite
* Balaji Telefilms reduces Q2 net loss to Rs 7 mn
* Sun TV names Malayalam kids channel Kochu TV
* Bloomberg UTV readies for season 2 of 'The Pitch'
* JAK Communications selects NDS for digital TV platform
* Issues sorted out to make India a hub for printing sector: Soni
* Warner Bros TV Group in deal with Netflix for CW programming
* Trace Sports HD to launch in Thailand
* HBO US renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for 3rd season
* Ten Sports gets Qipco British Champions Day license
(15 October 2011 )
* IPL 5.0 to kick off on 4 April
* BBC iPlayer app for iPad launched in Finland, Sweden & Demark
* Neo Sports, DD tussle over delay in telecast
* DQE stitches acquisition and distribution deals at Mipcom
* Hulu not to pursue sale proceedings
* FIH to announce TV rights deal in time for Champions Challenge
(14 October 2011 )
* Top 3 MSOs need Rs 5.5 bn to fund first phase of digitisation
* Cable stocks surge on digitisation ordinance
* Spectrum audit and spectrum pooling under consideration: Milind Deora
* Disney Channel gears up to launch season 2 of Art Attack
* Home2US renews capacity agreement with SES
* Ashvini Yardi quits as Colors programming head
* Government's digital plot
* Cabinet nod on ordinance on digitisation
* DD's DTH not to have rev loss in lease out operations
* Conax's unified solution for TV and broadband content distribution
* Unified licensing system covers convergence of technologies
(13 October 2011 )
* Big CBS to launch HD channel this quarter
* A tough digital road for cable
* Sahara buys 42.5% stake in Mallya's Force India for $100 mn
* Technicolor strengthens production team
* Star Plus launches app for iPhone, iPad
* Discovery, BBC to co-produce series 'History Of The World'
* Times Internet expands sports portfolio with EPL rights
* Sky Italia crosses 5 mn subscriber mark
* 93 companies to exhibit at Scat 2011
* Rabe to be Bertelsmann chairman & CEO from 1 January 2012
(12 October 2011 )
* Pay TV holds promise; fragmentation, tech and high capex are hurdles: Punit Goenka
* Uday Varma tipped to return to I&B as Secretary
* Hathway Cable needs Rs 7 bn funding for digitisation
* Ambika Soni placates irate broadcasters
* Zee Americas ups Sameer Targe to GM South Asian biz unit
* Tata Sky adds ESPN to take HD channels to eight
* India to have 1.2 mn HD subscribers on DTH by fiscal-end
* ICC Test championship likely to be delayed to 2017
* Disney CEO Iger to step down in 2015
* Motorola in deal with China's Henan Cable
* Fox orders two more seasons of 'The Simpsons'
* Jean-Briac Perrette is Discovery chief digital officer
(11 October 2011 )
* RIL in talks to acquire content from UTV for telecom ops
* Sun TV shares bounce back after steep fall
* Ordinance soon for changes in Prasar Bharati Act
* Stage set for India Digital Pay-TV Summit
* Miditech to bring Telefe’s Argentinean formats to India
* I&B, NBA at loggerheads on renewal of licensing norms
* YouTube launches online film rental service in UK
* Arvind Kumar to remain in I&B Ministry until further orders
* Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh no more
(10 October 2011 )
* Govt not to renew licence of TV channels who violate content code
* Disney to take full control of Indiagames
* EMI, Time Warner pull out of honeymoon
* UTV Stars partners People magazine for show
* Sab launches in FTA market in New York Metro and Dallas
* Vivendi likely to team up with Polish firm to acquire TVN
* QED Connect to snap up Kaleidoscope Venture Capital
* Sky Brasil selects Oracle system for billing & rev management
* BBC's digital innovation fund gets new thrust
* Intelsat 18 successfully launched
* Govt stiffens entry norms for new TV channels
(8 October 2011 )
* Zee Cinema to celebrate Big B’s birthday from 8 to 11 October
* Dina Thanthi promoters to buy Metronation for Rs 150 mn
* HBO expands reach of BabyFirst to more Asian countries
* GetIt selects AdLift for India market
(7 October 2011 )
* SAI & AIFF sign pact to develop JLN Stadium as football hub
* Affle secures Rs 500 mn funding from D2 Communications
* UTV Bindass launches Superstud mobile app
* Carlyle acquires 9% stake in India Infoline
* Veria Living sells 2 shows to South Africa’s Saffron TV at Mipcom
* AXN brings back Minute to Win for Indian audiences
* Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju is new Press Council chairman
(5 October 2011 )
* Intel invests in What's-On-India
* Prime Focus ups stake in UK subsidiary
* Star World brings Terranova to Indian viewers
* Komli to use Jivox's interactive video platform in Apac
* Ten Sports bags broadcast rights for I-League
* Star Movies to take viewers to Hollywood premieres
* Ten Sports renews rights for Uefa till 2015
* SES secures contract with Channel 4 on Astra 1N
* ESS to telecast Lanco International Super Series from 20-23 Oct
(4 October 2011 )
* Facebook launches new analytics tool
* UTV Indiagames, SRK launch social game based on Ra.One

KyaZoonga, Universal Music announce strategic partnership

* Zee's sports biz to turnaround by FY'14
* Jawhar Sircar to hold additional charge as I&B secretary
* IRS Q2: C&S reach up 15%, cinema drops
* Toei Animation to highlight ‘Toriko’ at Mipcom 2011
* BBC Three looks at joblessness in new series
* BBC Worldwide sells Frozen Planet to international broadcasters
* Rive Gauche TV sells 100 hours of content to Turkey
* MDA simplifies funding to woo foreign investors
* Ofcom lists out new guidance for pre-watershed content
( 3 October 2011 )
* Broadcast Bill kept in limbo to judge efficacy of self-regulation
* TV news coverage of corruption issues up 11 times: CMS study
* Fremantlemedia Enterprises opens Dubai office
* Fox International Channels launches food channel in the Netherlands
* Beyonce's Crazy in Love tops VH1's 100 greatest songs
* Programme, ad codes adequate to deal with complaints: Govt
* Colors' gameplan to regain 2nd spot
* Prabhu Chawla now on FM radio with Teekhi Baat
* Tata Sky launches special offers for HD subs
* National frequency allocation plan for radio comes into force
* CAT seeks govt response on Prasar Bharati union de-recognition petition
( 1 October 2011 )
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