's Headlines Archives - 2006
Headlines in the month of February

FIPB clears Sun TV's preferential allotment proposal

* Bush's visit to India: US media present in full strength
* Nimbus, EchoStar sign North America cricket deal
* Zenith, Neptuno extend co-production deal on 'King Arthur's Disasters'
* Moving Picture renews contract for Zoom's 'Popkorn'
* Disney, Sky expand agreement to unveil two UK channels
* AOL chief first recipient of Intl Emmy Pioneer Prize

Union Budget: FM lifts customs duty on set top boxes

* News Corp brings Mobizzo; MTV, CBS in cell phone deals
( 28 Feb 2006 )

Prasar Bharati revenues on the upswing: Economic Survey


Sahara, DD ad sales revenues for England series to gross Rs 2.9 billion


MSN & SifyMax to stream Union budget 2006-2007 live


Best commuters may soon have FM on buses

* Stage set for 9th LIC Zee Cine Awards 2006
* Frames to look at cinema exhibition business in India
* BBC Governors outline changes to complaints process

Star denies Phoenix pullout report

* Nick US explores American kids living in Japan
* EM.Ent deal with intl b'casters for Fifa mascot series
* Jeff Corwin goes on a quest on Animal Planet

4 mn viewers go interactive for BBC's Winter Olympics

* Bluestreak, PacketVideo deliver interactive mobile TV application for Orange France
* 'Passion Recut' takes centrestage on Star Movies
* Hungama targets pre-school kids with new series 'The Dragon'
* Bloomberg publishes guide to global media law
* TWI director William D. Sinrich calls it quits
* Ted Turner to step down from Time Warner

Americans prefer b'cast television as a source for news

* ‘Lost In Time’ episode gets 'SpongeBob Squarepants' its highest ratings ever
( 27 Feb 2006 )

Motorola acquires Kreatel Communications

* NDTV launches 'Fight for Jessica Lal' SMS campaign
* Nimbus signs on Sahara as India telecast partner for England series
* Verizon brings Disney content to FiOS TV line-up

'Desperate Housewives' to launch in Latin America

* WWE returns to NBC after 13 years
* Viacom, CBS deliver mixed results
* Independent Spirit Awards to air in 65 countries
* Sports content to boost revenue for European mobile operators: report
* BBC triumphs at Royal TV Society Journalism awards
* AXN to air drama show 'House'

ABC looks to grow brand through science fiction

* Nimbus, DD in terrestrial telecast deal
( 25 Feb 2006 )
* Assam lad Saha winner of Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2005

Filmy to air mega movies Sarkar and No Entry

* K Sera Sera to set up subsidiary in Dubai
* Mauj Telecom receives $ 10 million VC funding
* Philips to transfer its CryptoWorks Conditional Access activities to Irdeto
* Dan Rivers is CNN's Bangkok correspondent
* Endemol's turnover jumps by 5.8 per cent in 2005
* Cricket: Nimbus in deal with Sky

'Harry Potter' film crosses $600 mn globally

* Football delivers strong ratings for ESS South East Asia
( 24 Feb 2006 )

Indian version of Sesame Street to debut June-July

* India one of fastest growing mrkts for eBay: Whitman
* Isro plans satellite for mobile television
* Fremantle bags multi-media deals for 'The Apprentice'
* FremantleMedia in development deal with Absolutely

Zee Café bids adieu to 'Friends' seasons

* Inox debuts on the BSE; scrip closes at Rs 174
* Nimbus claims t'cast deals done, no names yet
* Sony's English movie channel Pix launching on 1 April
* Red Bee Media builds HD Playout Solution
* The future of publishing lies in user generated content
* Siti channel goes for a makeover; new look & logo

Fox to launch My Network TV in September

* Sun, Adlabs surrender FM frequencies
( 23 Feb 2006 )

Telcos pitch for a broad convergence law

* Color Chips plans up to $10 million GDR issue

Belgacom targets IPTV customers with SupportSoft solution

* Bhutan's BBS TV expands operations
* NBC's 'Conviction' debut episode on iTunes prior to TV broadcast
* 'CSI' beats 'Lost', 'Desperate Housewives' in FTA mrkt

Colette Chestnut is MTV US executive VP, CFO

* Inox IPO oversubscribed; to be listed on 23 February
* Chu is Nat Geo Ventures VP business development
* US actress arrested in fake TV show scam
* Banff World TV Festival joins NHK for award in HD
* Britain's intl TV event BBC Showcase celebrates 30 yrs
* MIPDOC 'Trailblazers' recognises documentaries

Sunrise Broadband Colorado in manufacturing deal with Taiwan's Corona Tech

* Exim Bank agrees to lend Crest $7 million
( 22 Feb 2006 )

Karnataka cable ops oppose NGN migration

* Turner India enters theme parks biz
* US studios sue Samsung Electronics
* Sahara One remains upbeat on 'Buniyaad'
* develops new applications for Qualcomm Brew
* BBC One brings musical reality 'Just the Two of Us'
* UTV pumps in Rs 240 million into animation

Heavyweight keynote speaker roster for MIPTV 2006

* Nimbus shuts out Sky, series on PPV in UK
( 21 Feb 2006 )

Ten Sports retains US Open telecast rights

* TGILC revamped with a Pak angle
* Rajat Sharma's India TV sports a new look
* Isro-EADS Astrium alliance signed
* NCTA to celebrate the success of cable in the US
* MTV Intl creative president Brent Hansen calls it a day
* Eutelsat's first half revenue up 6.4 per cent

LCD sets drive sale of consumer electronics: GfK study

* WWE looks to fight online counterfeit sales
* The History Chnl US demystifies 'Secrets Of The Koran'
* World Rally Championship global TV audience up 44%
( 20 Feb 2006 )
* AIR DG Singh elected VP of C’wealth B’cast Asscn
* Zee tipped to be Nimbus' telecast partner; uncertainty in the UK
* Zee Sports to telecast 2006 Dubai Women’s Open
* Star News rolls out budget programmes
* Lagardere, Vivendi strike pay- TV deal
* ESPN Star Sports to showcase soccer show 'Kick Off'
* Zoom to launch channel driver 'Banungi Main..'

Disney US to launch new JoJo Series

* VH1, IFilm add interactivity to Web Junk initiative
* NBC extends the sitcom 'The Office'
* Icahn announces deal with Time Warner
* America's Next Top Model' gathering momentum in US
* Jakks Pacific, MGM Consumer Products sign licensing agreement for 'Rocky'
* Singapore’s MediaCorp starts IPTV trial

Google, BBC America sign deal for 'Footballer's Wives'

* Disney ropes in Michelle Kwan as celebrity representative and spokesperson
* Discovery to 'Rendezvous' in Indian cities
* Banff TV festival, CTV to host documentary competition
( 18 Feb 2006 )
* Telecast partner to be announced 22 Feb: Thawani
* Satcom industry thrusts competition in India
* Assam cable operators black out TV news channels
* Animax to woo teens with three new shows

Nimbus wins India cricket for $ 612m

* Capita bags BBC's ten year HR outsourcing contract
* Discovery Europe expands mobile offerings through Wap portal
* Bainbridge to lead BBC's digital marketing initiatives
( 17 Feb 2006 )
* OpenTV chief: India embraces new tech faster
* DD, NDTV, CBS win Commonwealth B’cast awards
* IBF exhorts govt to remove service, fringe benefit taxes
* Zee-Shiv Sena issue over Gaurav Awards skit resolved
* Star One's Menon now heading Star Vijay
* FBC and Bunim-Murray ink deal for format shows
* India rights bids submitted, 9 in fray

Deep secrets of American housewives exposed: survey

* Zee Studio to premiere Oscar foreign film nominees
* Trudy announces publishing license from Sesame Workshop
* Doordarshan chooses USVO'S anti-piracy solution
* Tata Sky partners with Thomson for STBs
* MTV US News & Docs to launch three new series
* 'Dora The Explorer' wins Toy of the Year award at American International Toy Fair
* King Kong is coming to TV exclusively on Turner in 2008

Fox to premiere new reality game show 'Unan1mous'

* Disney, Cisco Systems, Intel invest in MovieBeam
* India CDMA base up by 30%: CDG report
* Paul McGuire named SVP, communications of The CW
( 16 Feb 2006 )
* Zee Trendz to telecast Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant
* Channel [V] to launch Get Gorgeous-3 on 6 March
* ETC Music names Ashish Chakravorty as biz head
* NDTV Profit close to breakeven: Roy
* Discovery to showcase 'Beyond Tomorrow'
* 112 mn viewers watch NBC's Olympics weekend
* Awaaz to air special programmes on budget 2006
* Sun TV Ltd. files for IPO

BBC Worldwide signs deals for kids show 'Charlie and Lola' in Asia

* NBC ups the stakes on game show 'Deal Or No Deal'
* AXN calls for Asian 'Amazing Race' entries
* Govt open to FM radio phase 3
* NDTV gets uplink ok for metro-centric channel
* Swisscom Mobile is the first firm to acquire live mobile rights for 2006 Fifa WC
* Sport & tec conference London to look at HD challenges
* Frames to look at the future of the print media

BBC plans online interactive initiative Climate Chaos

* MTV boosts mobile offerings in Europe with IFilm
* Il Divo to perform Fifa WC song 'Time of Our Lives'
* Discovery US plans brand push through airport stores
( 15 Feb 2006 )
* Dasmunshi to open C’wealth Broadcast Asscn meet
* K Sera Sera fixes IPO price band at Rs 64 - Rs 70
* Star's corp affairs president Atroley quits
* IPTV poised to give cable & satellite television a run for their money: US Study
* Zone Vision to launch new reality channel on BSkyB
* MobiTV announces unified network solution for mobile broadcast

Broadcom announces VideoCore mobile multimedia processor support for Microsoft Windows Media Video

* Star Sports to telecast Airtel Cup live in Hindi
* Virgin Mobile first to offer live digital mobile TV with BT Movio
* BT, Endemol team up for next-generation TV
( 14 Feb 2006 )
* K Sera Sera to enter capital market on 16 February
* Pokemon & Zingy tie up to launch downloadable mobile content
* UTStarcom associates with China Telecom for IPTV
* Mattel launches Barbie as Rapunzel Wedding Doll
* Sahara clears stake sale to Times
* Sony to impart tec knowledge at Whistling Woods Intl
* Nominations for 33rd Daytime Emmies announced
* THC US unveils evidence of Titanic's final moments
* FCC moots a la carte model for pay-TV platforms
* Viacom's Freston to address Ficci Frames
* Sony BMG Music announces management realignment
* 'American Idol' beats out Grammys in the ratings
* Openwave Systems to support Mobile TV technology
* Digital convergence- substance replaces hype: Report
* US public broadcaster MHz launches Worldview
* Broadband, IP-based television provides opportunities for US cable, telecom, firms
* Nortel, Vodafone to demonstrate 3G evolution
* Nick US comes out with first mini operetta for pre schoolers
* Oprah to launch radio channel on XM Satellite Radio

BBC's 'Top of the Pops' heads to Italy

* DirecTV expands HD offering with TNT
* Indian Telly Awards recognise excellence on and behind the TV
* B'casters say cricket rights tender price too high
( 13 Feb 2006 )
* HC lifts stay on cricket scores via SMS
* Sena threat on Gaurav telecast: Zee stands firm
* Vh1 to air 'Celeb Love Trilogy' from 12 to 14 February
* ETV & ETV2 switched to pay mode
* Disney launches global campaign for Winnie the Pooh's 80th anniversary
* Animax to launch 'Emma - A Victorian Romance' on 14 February
* Warner looks to take digital distribution of entertainment in Europe to next level
* BBC launches online campaign to hunt comedy talent
* VOD not impacting TV viewing in the US: Study
* BBC's sitcom 'The Office' to get a French flavour
* Steve McMahon joins ESS for football analysis
* 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit' returns to Disney from NBC
* Orange strikes mobile deal with BBC Worldwide

NBC to cross promote Olympics & 'The Apprentice'

* Bangladesh unveils Children's TV Foundation
( 11 Feb 2006 )
* GV Films, Dynamic Infradevelopers JV for $1 bn project
* Tdsat rules for Dish TV in case against MTV
* BCCI to issue fresh tender; floor price $ 450 mn
* Asianet explores history with new serial Pazhassi Raja
* AOL film downloads services launches in UK
* NTT DoCoMo and Nippon TV in mobile TV partnership
* TV18, Jagran in JV to run Channel7
( 10 Feb 2006 )
* Zee Cafe, Zee Trendz to present Seventen Cover Girl Hunt
* Fifth 'Harry Potter' movie goes into production
* Teletubbies celebrates 10 years in 2007
* News Corp Q2 profit triples; Star TV operating income up by 43%
* Zoom's 'Kuoni Hot Spots' & 'Love Bites' to air from 12 February
* India examining new techs like mobile b'cast:I&B minister
* Bennett, Coleman eyes small stake in Sahara One
* India can become a manufacturing hub for flat screens
* Endemol & Star team up for 'Laughter Challenge'
* Mukta Arts ties up with Ultra for 'Iqbal' DVD release
* Star One launches 4 shows in 'Fantastic Friday' band
* Cartoon Network to premiere 'Camp Lazlo' on 12 February
* BES Expo 2006 kicks off in capital
* Nimbus bags BCCI TV production contract
* Telly star Kuljeet Randhawa commits suicide
* Tandberg Television acquires IP video delivery solutions provider SkyStream
* BVT nabs 5 Emmy nods at Daytime Emmy nominations
* FremantleMedia takes the 'The IT Crowd' online, mobile
* Endemol Intl inks deal with Zone Vision in Japan
* Senior level promotions at Nickelodeon Television
( 9 Feb 2006 )
* SC stumps DD's lunch break 'Fourth Umpire'
* B'dband connections touch 1 mn; mobile users nearing 81 mn
* Zee-Turner moves Tdsat against Hathway
* SecureMedia & IBM team to offer biz solutions to IPTV industry
* Showtime, Apple offer cable programming on iTunes
* Fifa hosts conference for new media coverage of World Cup
* Bush proposes cuts in US public television
* US President proposes a $300mn budget for the FCC
* Iran, US, Russia get negative ratings in BBC World Service poll
* Endemol, KPN ink JV for cross-media exploitation of TV content
* Airborne takes anime series 'Robotech' to mobile phones
* MTV Korea MD HK Choi leaves
* BBC Magazines to launch first pre-school weekly
* AL Jazeera Intl appoints Phillips as European correspondent
* KBC offers a window to the world of Korean content
* ABC Radio to merge with Citadel Broadcasting
* AXN claims strong ratings for 'CSI Miami' in Singapore & HK
* Panamsat's new service offers intl content for US platforms
* BBC Worldwide channel's director Wayne Dunsford calls it quits
* Disney reports marginal two per cent rise in revenue
* HBO boosts original series franchise with 'Rome'
( 8 Feb 2006 )
* Wipro to set up digital TV middleware facility in Kochi
* Korean companies gung ho on digital multimedia broadcasting
* 'Sa Re Ga...' to continue in a new format
* Disney Channel promotes Bonnett; makes new appointments
* BBC's kids channel CBBC names Deverell as controller
* Shalimar in talks with Zee Gujarati for film promotion
* Intelsat to offer satellite bandwidth to MediaFLO
* Cricket mrktg tender to be re-issued
* Star World India to telecast 'Luxury Unveiled'
* NBC Univ enters Olympics deals with DirecTV, Dish
* BBC Worldwide signs on O'Hare series The Secret Show
( 7 Feb 2006 )
* Star, Coda meet over Tata Sky push in colonies
* Sony shuffles prime time, 'Idol' at 9 pm
* NBC set to launch online TV series
* Zee Gaurav awards presented
* ESPN Star Sports effects time changes for three shows
* Endemol sets up shop in Poland
* SpongeBob gets medieval in 'Lost in Time'
* DirecTV selects Harmonic's MPEG-4 AVC digital video solutions
* Al Jazeera Intl names Rageh Omaar to host 'Witness'
* Murdoch to launch business channel by end-2006
* Bollywood dominates Zoom's latest 'Red Hot' lists
( 6 Feb 2006 )
* Zee bags India rights for 20-20 World cricket classic
* FM round 2: Govt to add Rs 11 bn to kitty
* Hyderabad DD Kendra wins World Bank award
* Malayalam infotainment channel Jai Hind targets April launch
* ESPN Star Sports clinches RBS rugby tournament
* IPTV to drive revenues for mobile carriers: Study
* Star Movies' 'Oscar Fever' to feature 'The Pianist'
* AOL, Charter ink broadband marketing partnership
* FremantleMedia to distribute 'The IT Crowd'
* Al-Jazeera plans to launch multi-lingual services
* ATN Canada to t'cast India-Pak ODI pay- per- view live
* Scientific-Atlanta shareholders ok acquisition by Cisco
* MGM names Pryor as Corporate Communications EVP
* Vivendi to acquire Matsushita's entire Universal stake
( 3Feb 2006 )
* CNN-IBN to launch celeb show 'Being'
* Star One slots detective serial 'Don' for Friday 9 pm
* DreamWorks begins new dist deal with Paramount Pic.
* Korean Broadcasting Commission to showcase Digital Multimedia Broadcasting in BES Expo
* Eva Longoria to host & produce ABC's Alma Awards
* BBC's reality serial 'Call Centre' to air 12 February
* Reality TV unveils premiere line up for February
* Sling Media raises $46.6 million, Liberty & EchoStar take part
* Nortel, Huawei in JV for broadband access market
* Moving Picture signs co-production deal for Dutch film
* TV Korea Showcase to be held in Mumbai on 7 February
* Isro and EADS to build Eutelsat satellite
* Davidov joins National Geographic Television and Film
( 2 Feb 2006 )
* Times Now to explore value-added opportunities
* 'CSI: Miami' season three tops ratings in Asia
* Jagran fixes its share offer price at Rs 320
* Paramount completes acquisition of DreamWorks SKG
* Zee readies a Bengali news channel
* Briteny Spears to guest star on 'Will and Grace'
* Nat Geo Intl forms deal with Rainbow for HD content
* Delaying video competition costs consumers $8.2 bn p.a
* Turner Latin America launches with Omneon Spectrum
* Medialink launches broadband direct-to-consumer distribution platform
* Star News returns with 'Kyunki Yeh Meri Jeb Hai'
* Hathway enters Chandigarh and Mohali
* Comcast, Time Warner's Adelphia buy cleared by FTC
* Powerful Greetings introduces Disney-themed line in 2006
* Pakistan Cricket Board plans to launch TV channel
* Korean mobile TV technology T-DMB set to enter India
* CNN Intl to unveil new look, feel on 6 February
* Animal Planet covers animals living on the 'Equator'
* Warner Bros. Television promotes Brett A Paul
* BBC News announces senior editorial appointments
* HBO to showcase the third 'Austin Powers' film
* MTV World to produce its first live music show
* Golden Globe Awards adds animation category
* History Channel US unveils multimedia offerings
* BBC World Service launches IndiaOnline initiative
( 1 Feb 2006 )
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