's Headlines Archives - 2006
Headlines in the month of August
* Zee News goes interactive on Dish TV, sports to follow
* MTV launches Viacom Brand Solutions through Xbox 360
* Star India beefs up mobile audio service 'Voice'
* Broadcasters look set to move court against pay channel price ceiling in CAS
* Vijay TV announces 'fun & irreverent' Vijay Awards
* Crest secures $40 mn funding, Shaw to hold 15%
* Media Gateway acquires VOD distribution rights of A&E TV Networks across Middle East & North Africa
* Sahara One COO Bose quits; CEO Aditya takes control
* Trai fixes CAS pricing: Rs 5 per pay channel
* CAS: Govt populism may force low prices
( 31 August 2006 )
* HC seeks undertaking that only U, U/A movies will be aired
* UTV, Isro & Vigyan Prasar to produce quiz show for DD
* Sony sets out IPO plans; seeks controlling stake in Ten Sports
* Indiagames launches 'Games on Demand' with MTNL Tri-band
* Tata Sky, ESS introduce interactive telecast feature
* Zoom's 'Weekend Popkorn..' kicks off on 2 September
* NBC gets lukewarm Emmy ratings
* AOL improves upon music service
* Bangladesh Cricket Board to hammer out TV deal
* Discovery boosts India content with more variety
* China hopeful of offering mobile TV for 2008 Olympics
* SET SVP and prog head Anupama Mandloi quits
* Asianet completes one year in Singapore
* Vijay TV's 'Grandmaster' brings interactive segment
* Animax turns 24x7 in Malaysia; available on Astro
* Haber to distribute 'Most Shocking' globally
* ESS partners with Special Olympics
* Viacom takes full ownership of MTV Japan
* Siemens to showcase potential of IPTV, mobile TV at Berlin trade show
* Star World brings Jackie Chan on 'Rendezvous...'
* TV18 appoints Sify's Surya Mantha as Web18 CEO
* Zee Turner, Tata Sky spat reaches court
( 30 August 2006 )
* China key global growth market for sports TV services
* Buena Vista, Fujisankei to produce reality show for US
* Star gets FIPB approval for new channels, share transfer
* SPE Asia brings structural changes at AXN & Animax
* Hungama & TSeries release 'Don' music on itunes
* Media e2e ropes in Desai as VP-b'cast biz applications
* Zee TV ties up with Sifymax to conduct 'Zee Cinestar'
( 29 August 2006 )
* VSNL Intl to invest US$ 200 million in undersea cable
* TV18 plans to raise Rs 1 billion, HSBC gets mandate
* ABU, ILO & Bloomberg TV to host co-prodn workshops
* MTV to distribute video content via
* Meridian Mobile launches GSM phone in India
* 'Truthiness', 'Wikiality' are top TV buzzwords of 2006
* Robert Traub is Nick, Viacom Consumer Products senior VP, retail development
* Sony merges LCD TV with PC
* Century buys out partner in Pearl Media
* Asianet begins 14th anniv. festivities with Onam prog.
* Qualcomm single-chip solution doubles talk time
* News Corp looking to launch magazine for MySpace
* Samsung develops 70 inch LCD panel
* Alfred Haber to distribute 'Ultimate Blackjack Tour'
* Lachlan Murdoch buys stake in online DVD firm
* HBO, NBC lead winners circle at Emmy Awards
( 28 August 2006 )
* 'Banned' channels allowed to go on air; some operators await decoders
* Ten Sports announces US Open 2006 telecast schedule
* Balaji Telefilms takes co-production route for films; plans to enter distribution
* STMicroelectronics and China's Dahua Technology develop Cable/IP dual-mode STB
* Shemaroo releases 'Omkara' on DVD, VCD
* 422 million broadband homes by 2010: eMarketer
* Emmy Awards to pay tribute to Aaron Spelling
* Disney & Adlabs give family entertainment a 'Movie Magic' experience
* Asiasat sees HK $475 million sales till 30 June '06
* Asian American, Hispanic TV homes grow by 3.6% in US
* GoTV announces IPTV coverage of Emmy Awards
( 26 August 2006 )
* GBN IPO: Rs 708 mn for Hindi news & debt repaymet
* CNN-IBN to turn pay, likely to be priced Rs 5
* Isro renews MOU with AP on Sat-Com applications
* K'taka CM's wife promoted TV channel targets 1 November launch
* Busch Entertainment Corp & Sesame Workshop expand partnership
* MySpace founder to invest in Chinese internet market
* Worldwide mobile phone sales grew 18% in Q2 2006
* NGC commissions 'Seconds From Disaster' for 3rd time
* BBC UK announces a wedding themed reality show
* AIR's B Singh acting CEO of Prasar Bharati; Mandloi
officiating Doordarshan DG
* Online music sales in Europe to help reverse decline in music sales in 2010
* Tivo in deal with US cable TV firm Cox
* All India Radio scores among ABU Prizes 2006 finalists
* DTH: Trai supports interoperability, MDU tech
* 'American idol' winner Hicks sues record producer
* BBC announces prog strategy around 9/11 anniversary
* Star China renews SPTI’s game show Blackjack Bowling
* Star World concludes ‘Housewives’ season II on 27 Aug
* Trai poised to finish CAS-related work; price fixing of
pay & FTA channels next on the agenda
( 25 August 2006 )
* Ten Sports to air IAAF Golden League live on 25 Aug
* VSNL drops bandwith prices
* Tegic launches 'XT9' mobile platform in India
* NGC, Discovery to tackle terror theme in Sept
* Animax to premiere 'Appleseed' as movie of the month on 26 August
* Bharti Airtel inks $1 bn expansion deal with Ericsson
* Spice Telecom launches Kannada Wap portal
* Max promotes Champions Trophy with Gully Cricket
* Hungama launches third Captains Hunt; to search for leaders of tomorrow
* ESS extends Spanish soccer rights till 2009
* Amrita TV unveils Onam programme package
* Vertu Constellation touches base in India
* Luxury technology brand Vu sets up shop in India
* HC's U/A ok sees Sahara One, Filmy back on air
* Samsung targets 70% growth in digital media business
* JumpTV signs four more Indian channels
* Trai fixes revenue share for stakeholders; carriage fee to stay with MSOs
* Eros buys distribution rights for Aishwarya Rai’s 'Provoked'
( 24 August 2006 )
* HC includes DTH operators in adult movie ban ambit; slams cable blackout
* Trai issues regulations on quality of cable TV service
* GBN to hold 15 per cent in TV18's Web Holdings
* Radio Mirchi inaugurates new studio in Bangalore
* Sify promotes Sivaramakrishnan to president, portals
* Zee Telugu promotes Rasool Ali as business head
* Brand-comm 'webinar': Consumer insight best tool
* Zoom launches L'Oreal Paris Elite Model Look 2006
* SPTI's 'The Gong Show' format making strides in Asia
* Fox to stream content across many sites
* Gandolfini signs exclusive producing deal with HBO
* CNN adds 2 categories to CNN Young Journalist Award
* Nazara launches Dhoni cricket games for Qualcomm
* NGC and Thought Equity to deliver content online
* Gers promoted to GM FremantleMedia Licensing
* Casbaa gets a strong lineup for convention
* Ajay Jadeja, Sanjeev Kapoor to put on their dancing shoes on Sony
* Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures to part ways
* EMI Virgin takes web route to push 'Adult' Hilton video
* Web18 to acquire three internet companies
* Cisco Systems to acquire Arroyo Video Solutions
* Zee Kannada explores animation genre
* Sony Pictures Ent. acquires Grouper for $65 million
( 23 August 2006 )
* Disappearnce of Arab channels as no permission sought: Indian govt
* Star unveils interactive audio service 'Voice'
* Mumbai blackout ends; 9 channels still off
* China to start mobile TV trial in 2007
* Bahl sells 275,000 TV18 shares to Network 18 Fincap
* Sify promotes Sivaramakrishnan to prez of portal biz
* Sesame Workshop expands opportunities for kids to play with 'Sesame Street' friends
* 'Sons & Daughters' debuts on Star World on 24 August
* Mauj Telecom wins Red Herring Asia 100 Award
* MGM makes science fiction available on iTunes
* Tata Sky adds 4 channels & introduces Actve Games
* Mezzasalma to head TNS iTR audience measurement
* Sopranos star Gandolfini inks prodn deal with HBO
* MTV, Nick to take on larger role at Paramount
* Star donates US$1.1 million to Unicef's Tsunami Fund
( 22 August 2006 )
* 2 new DD satellite channels for North-East India mulled
* Zee scholarship to Kidzee L’il Champs winners
* Times Now to feature vision of 'Bangalore Tomorrow'
* Pix looks to grow further through original content
* Percept bags 3 BCCI deals for Malaysian tri-series
* DD to air 'Meeting a Milestone' on Ustad Bismillah Khan
* Mumbai cable TV shut as operators protest police clampdown
* China to announce terrestrial digital TV standard soon
* Ben appointed as official event mgmt. agency for IFFI
* Global net TV firm Internet Broadcast offers searchable global news broadcasts
* Webaroo introduces enhanced version of free mobile offline web
* Channel [V] appoints Anirban Bhattacharyya as EP
* Star World catches singer Michael Bublé in the act
* HBO dominates Creative Arts Emmys
* Zee TV International introduces Middle East band
* Star Gold launches 'Rang De Basanti Salaam'
( 21 August 2006 )
* Sahara One to spread global footprint; Filmy's US launch on 28 August
* Star World scans psychology of 'Criminal Minds' in Sept
* Qualcomm to acquire mobile software provider - Qualphone Inc for $18 million
* NGC US makes content available for download
* Christina, Beyonce set to zizzle at MTV Video Awards
* Mobily launches 3.5G wireless technology globally
* Rob Clark is FremantleMedia Worldwide Ent. Sr. Ex. VP
* Disney Channel rings in Teacher's Day celebrations
* BBC Worldwide appoints Christian Brent VP audiences
* Cable ops must carry channels operated by Parliament
* Amrita TV plans to enter feature film production
* Government defers decision on TV channels’ apology
( 19 August 2006 )
* SEBI paves way for ETC share buyback prog
* Radio Mirchi introduces new elements in 'Hello Delhi'
* Global Broadcast News announces Rs 1 billion IPO
* Balaji to foray into other genres; start Sharjah operations
* forms strategic partnership with Google
* Zone Reality acquires a spy show
* Web marketing firm Intralink launches Search Engine TV
* Pio TV, IPTV channel dedicated to Indian diaspora goes onstream
* Vijay TV youth show 'EQ' launches on 18 August
( 18 August 2006 )
* Star News to launch automobile show 'Top Speed'
* Pakistan lets private local channels air 6% Indian content
* TV18 VC funding to convergence cos, earmarks Rs 500m
* Star One readies its big ticket for 2006 'Nach Baliye 2'
* Worldspace India appoints Jain as CMO
* Indian content producers need to look closer at digital delivery
* Manorama News unveiled; 'varied content' USP
* Compelling content the key for mobile TV adoption
* Nimbus' channel named Neo Sports; Scott Ferguson to head international operations
* Fix basic tier rate above Rs 100: Cable ops to Trai
* AOL buys video game site GameDaily
( 17 August 2006 )
* Simpsons, Mickey face a ban in China
* Sesame Workshop promotes Schneiderman to manager of international TV distribution
* FIM, 20th Century to deliver TV shows for downloads
* SS Music attempts to grow 'younger' in its sixth year
* Al Jazeera ropes in ITV News' Ghosh as news anchor
* Sports TV forum Sportel Monaco sells 85% exhbn space
* NGC tremors and twists in September
* Fox to offer films for online download
* Disney reorganises global home entertainment division Buena Vista Home Entertainment
* Gamelot gets mobile game rights for ‘Lost’,‘Desperate’
* MTNL in IPTV deals with Aksh Optifibre, IOL Broadband
* MTV Intl launches film competition for Aids awareness
* Sharjah looking to host Twenty20 event next year
* ICC to call for rights bids for 2007-2015 in October
* Nat Geo commissions global special on 'Bin Laden’s Spy'
* BBC starts recruiting for upcoming Arabic TV service
* DD Urdu channel starts beaming
* Marketing rights for 2010 Fifa WC to reach Euro3 bn
* Government allays fears of media industry on Broadcast Bill
* Channel7 news channel renamed IBN7
* Sahara One comes under control of promoters
( 16 August 2006 )
* Animax goes all English from 15 August
* Zee, TV18, Balaji in top 500 Indian companies' list
* Study draws the ire of WWE chairman McMahon
* TNT kicks off broadband initiative DramaVision
* Jack Black to host 2006 MTV Video Music Awards
* ADAG-Reliance to focus on movie and radio ops
* VCL adds visual effects for Karan Johar's latest flick
* CBS to air '9/11' to mark fifth anniversary of attacks
* Discovery US launches a consumer mobile site
* MTV looks to stay ahead of digital curve in India
* Microsoft invites the world to create its own Xbox 360
* BBC sinks its teeth into Dracula
* Harris playout system help put Fashion TV Arabia on air
* Viacom's 2Q revenue up 24 per cent
( 14 August 2006 )
* Reliance Comm. to offer Asianet shows on mobile
* Fox' '24' earns top spot in's TV rankings
* History Channel to air 'Voices of Freedom' from 14 Aug
* TV channels undecided on apology scrolling
* Hindi movie channels to salute the spirit of freedom
* Consumer electronics firm TCL launches new range
* Total Sports Asia sets up shop in Dubai
* Viacom, Adobe ink deal to deliver web, mobile content
* NGCI to launch new channel Wild on b'band platform in HK
* 'Bose introduces a SoundDock product
* Animax to air animation movie block 'Ani-Flix' on Saturdays
* Americans’ love affair with TV & net flourishes
* For GenX, internet central in media consumption
( 12 August 2006 )
* Kirsten replaces Jones on Ten's 'Straight Drive'
* CNN-IBN and Channel7 line up shows for 15 August
* MCCS appoints Das as VP to create new revenue models
* Times Now and Zoom hop onto Dish TV
* Government waters down Broadcast Bill for feedback
* The Radio School looks to service booming FM sector
* 'MTV Hero Honda Roadies' kicks off its audition around
* Radio City inducts Rana Barua as south head
* Dish TV CEO Sunil Khanna resigns
* DTL unveils local production 'Great Indian Wedding'
* Trai meets broadcasters on CAS; channel MRPs to stay
( 11 August 2006 )
* Sony to launch 'Man Mein Hai Visshwas' on 18 Aug at 8 pm
* Samsung unveils 3-inch VGA resolution LCD for digicam
* Wenner acquires Disney's 50% stake in 'Us Weekly'
* Tata Sky and Zee Turner haggle on price
* Cable and DTH locked in advertising war
* SPE crosses $1 billion in domestic box office receipts
* Animax to sponsor World Cyber Games Asian Championship
* Symphony TV gives lifetime award to Malayalam poet
* Animax expands its presence in Hong Kong on Cable TV
* MTV buys Atom Entertainment for $200 million
* B4U Network bags two Bollywood concert deals
( 10 August 2006 )
* Cartoon Network to premier 'Krishna: The Birth' on Janmashtmi
* Walt Disney's Q3 net rises on TV, films & theme parks
* FremantleMedia expands sales catalogue
* National Geographic offers podcasts
* Sony appoints Balaji's Sikcand as chief creative director; announces other promotions
* Viacom looking to acquire social n'working site Bebo
* BBC, HBO to co-produce a crime thriller
* Punjab Government to pass anti-piracy bill in Sept
* News Corp net profit up 9% at $ 2.3 bn for 06 fiscal
* Print coverage influences TV viewership of sports
* Next-Gen tech drive growth in consumer telecom mkt
* DirecTV US 2Q revenues increase 12% to $3.3 bn
* Fox Interactive Media inks $900 mn deal with Google
( 9 August 2006 )
* Interoperability wouldn’t support VAS, interactivity: Kaushik
* K Sera Sera looks to launch music channel; eyes buyout of Jhankar
* Trai proposes tariff rate on STBs in CAS areas
* UTV Software inks agreement with Overbrook Ent. Inc
* 'Emerging India' series to air on NatGeo on 14 August
* 'Galli Galli Sim Sim' to launch on 15 August on Cartoon Network
* MTV Intl appoints Singh as dy GM emerging markets group
* Zee to strengthen 8 pm slot with 'Banno Main Teri Dulhann'
* Tata Sky launches no-tier DTH service; STB price Rs 3999, basic subscription Rs 200
* Extreme Sports Channel commisions new content series
( 8 August 2006 )
* Sahara One, Endemol present Super Star reality show
* It's Gauri vs Saloni as Star Plus slots KAA for 9:30 pm; to launch on 29 August
* Nikhil crowned as 'Airtel Super Singer' on Vijay TV
* Zee News seeks govt clearance on foreign shareholding
* US Consumer Electronics Show to host tech Emmies
* Apple integrates the iPod in US automobiles
* iTunes in Europe sells over 200 million songs
* Dish media campaign draws flak from cable operators
* Dish TV set to create niche channels to beat the competition
* TNS to set up Peoplemeter service in Philippines
* Third season of ‘Lost’ starts shooting in Hawai
* Google to distribute ad supported MTV content
* Discovery Networks (Asia) & Nokia select 10 Indians as semi-finalists for Mobile Filmakers 2006 Awards
* Zee Astitva Awards 2006 hails work of women in diverse fields
( 7 August 2006 )
* Delhiite Irfan Alam crowned Zee's 'Business Baazigar'
* Isro to launch Insat-4C replacement by July 2007
* W3C to hold summit on internationalisation of web
* Nick News explores the perils, pitfalls and pratfalls of adolescence
* 'Barnyard' uses Sun Technology for computer-generated animation
* Eutelsat's Hot Bird 8 broadcast satellite speeds into orbit
* DD to be available now in Canada, US
* Comcast SportsNet garners 16 Emmy nominations
* JumpTV launches Punjab Today and Balle Balle
* streaming trial provides Disney with consumer insights
* Global broadband households will more than double between 2005 and 2010: InStat
* IOC in $72mn deal with Korean broadcaster
( 5 August 2006 )
* Kareena Kapoor to host show on Zee Muzic
* Dish TV pumps up the volume on interactive services, marketing
* AIR expands news on FM Rainbow radio stations
* Lanka Tri-series: SC rules Ten Sports' need not share feed with DD
* CBS Television tests the water with 'Shark'
* ESS Asia MD Davis to speak at sports TV forum in China
* Time Warner 2Q revenue grows marginally
* AXN reaches over five million homes in Central Europe
* Cable TV to air CBFC certified film, music video
* IPTV subscriber base set for explosive growth
* Dish, Star DTH cases: SC declines interim order
( 4 August 2006 )
* Bahl sells 2,00,000 TV18 shares to Network 18 Fincap
* Get shaken & stirred on DT&L new series Cocktail Kings
* Filmy to launch Hollywood dub movie block
* MtvU to acquire online student newspaper network
* BSkyB launches Sky+ remote record service
* MIH Group taps Ashish Kashyap as CEO of India ops
* Mobile2win rolls out 'Anthony Kaun Hai' game
* Star offers to shake hands with Dish TV
* Time Warner to offer AOL service free-of-cost
* Ziff Davis in online, print media pact with Microsoft
* Haber inks distribution deals for 'Victoria's Secret'
( 3 August 2006 )
* Yahoo & Canaan Partners invest US$8.95 million in BharatMatrimony
* Screwvala's target for UTV: Rs 5 billion turnover by 2008
* Nick India GM and VP Hema Govindan resigns
* Verizon looks to break down the barriers of mobile music further
* Zee Sports comes out with cricket show '22 Yards'
* Sky, Netgear in broadband partnership in the UK
* 13 foreign channels off the air in Bangladesh
* CNN, Cartoon Network US content on iTunes
* showcases the power of citizen journalism
* AXN to launch 'Supernatural' on 3 August
* Crocs to debut Disney footwear
* UTV & DivX announce new content partnership
* ABC cancels Gibson's proposed show on the holocaust
* Castro is National Geographic TV VP operations
* Indiagames develops mobile game for NBC’s sitcom ‘The Office’
* Discovery US president McHale to step down in Dec
( 2 August 2006 )
* CAS switchover modalities will hit broadcasters, MSOs hard; Trai to have final say
* Matrix launches $150 mn consumer services risk capital fund
* DQ Entertainment in JV with French firm
* BBC News appoints Majumder as India correspondent
* Bollywood Fashion Award recognise Indo-American talent
* WahIndia to unveil Bollywood social networking site
* Eight Mumbai kids shortlisted at Hungama TV's 'John Aur Kaun?' auditions
* MIH Group forays into Indian internet & digital space
* I&B clears Rs 30 billion expansion plan for DD and AIR
* HCL taps Puri as SVP retail, media & ent North America
* Adelphia closes sale to Time Warner Cable & Comcast
* US adults with DVR's belong to upscale, print-oriented group
* AOL to launch new video portal
* Dopfner elected to join Time Warner Board of Directors
* Modavox forms strategic alliance with INDOlink
( 1 August 2006 )
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