's Headlines Archives - 2006
Headlines in the month of March
* MTV Networks Asia & Motorola to launch digital entertainment platform 'Mobbed'
* Adlabs allots shares to Reliance Land
* launches webisode for Star Plus soap 'Pyaar Ke Do Naam...Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam'
* gets facelift; to offer free access to video
* Zee to acquire 60% stake in Venus
* BBC News journalists b'cast live news via broadband
* CAS: MSOs propose a rollout plan to govt.
* Sahara One firms up Hindi music channel launch timeline
* Ten Sports' Poddar is new Zee Turner CEO
* Amitabh Srivastava quits Walt Disney India
* MGM to launch new media division
* AZN to air Asian American animation show
* CCCL puts TV production firm Celador up for sale
* BBC viewers can download tardisodes of 'Dr. Who'
* Diamond Phillips to guest star on 'Law And Order'
( 31 Mar 2006 )
* Liberty eyeing investment in Indian cable company
* 'LOTR' producer to float visual effects JV
* Zee rejig to improve bottomline: Chandra
* Star News' 3rd anniversary launches interactive service
* Discovery Travel & Living's new interactive series '5 Takes' starts 5 April
* Zee Café to launch more local shows
* Al Jazeera Intl. ropes in two former CNN journalists
* Animal Planet, WWF to present eco-reality series
* BBC Worldwide to launch for non-UK users
* CCTV to air its version of "The Apprentice" in May
* Endemol rolls out comedy format in Germany
* CASBAA, PCTA sign anti-piracy agreement
* Mobile to dominate on day 4 of MIPTV
* Industrious Kid work towards making blogging safe for kids
* NASA, HDNet announce HDTV broadcast partnership
( 30 Mar 2006 )
* Kids' channels lineup fanfare for summer
* FM radio ops form panel on music rights, infra issues
* Dish TV MD Sunil Gupta on way out
* Zee to buy out Broadband Pacenet
* Essel Propack acquires Tacpro & Avalon Medical
* Zee Telefilms creates 3 new business entities; to list them
* Esha News introduces Archives system for broadcasters
* CNN viewed by 14 % more people each week: PAX
* BBC leads the Bafta list of television nominations
* Tom Online, Titan Sports join forces on FIFA coverage
* Euro1080 acquires HDTV cinema exhibition license for 2006 Fifa World Cup
* Global b'band consumption of sports content expected to increase by 25%
* BBC to have an Easter parade in the UK
* Mobile video in US to become a $501 mn biz by 2010
* Stephen Reverand moves from Discovery US to Nat Geo
* Maxim looks to penetrate the wireless space
* ‘Desperate...’ to be made into a computer game
* Pix to launch in April with a variety of films
* TV anytime, anywhere with Sony's LF-PK1
* Nickelodeon is No 1 cable network in the US for 11th year
* Animal Planet announces search for Hero of the Year
* SifyMax is webcasting Lakme Fashion Week
* Globo TV Sports sells Brazilian football package to CCTV
* Distraction Formats is bringing comedies to MIPTV
* CNN doc looks at the final days of Pope John Paul II
* NDTV, Genpact to outsource M&E services
* BBC World’s new show looks at famous Asian personalities
* Star World to air Kanye West concert tonight
* Discovery US gets 12 Parents Choice Awards
( 29 Mar 2006 )
* Hathway launches digital cable in Hyderabad
* BCCI calls for tenders for 'neutral venue' media rights
* Biz Baazigar winner assured VC funding
* K Sera Sera to pump in Rs 2.5 billion for 20 movies
* Blooming Kids Software releases 29 new educational programs for kids with special needs
* Govt proposing to set up separate disputes tribunal for broadcast content
* MTV to premiere new Red Hot Chilli Peppers video
( 28 Mar 2006 )
* No final solution on CAS rollout; call for channel MRPs
* HBO Asia's James Marturano retires; Chua to replace
* SaharaOne TV changes logo, on-air identity
* Oz-SA batting blitz ODI gets ESPN eyeballs
* Pogo lines up rib-tickling fare this April
* Dic Entertainment debuts new animated TV series 'Horseland' at MipTV
* Casbaa for converged regulatory environment in HK
* Funky Formats to showcase five new shows at MipTV
* History Channel US looks at 10 days that changed US
* NGC US' global special reveals 'Lost Gospel of Judas'
* Nintendo president challenges developers to create bold games
* Aishwarya Rai sizzles on AXN
* Nick US' Dora takes a trip down memory lane
* Discovery's revenue grows by 13 per cent
* ABU delivers excellent results for C'wealth Games
( 27 Mar 2006 )
* Sun TV sets IPO price band at Rs 730- 875
* E-City Digital plans to invest Rs 1 bn
* CNBC's 'Industry Vector' series spells relevance of tech
* Dic Entertainment re-acquires the rights of over 750 half hour of animated properties from Disney
* Sky confirms HDTV launch in May
* Globecast delivers ESPN Classic to the UK via satellite
* 'The Simpsons' to have live title sequence
* It is a 'Windfall' for NBC this summer
* MTV Video Music Awards returns to New York in August
* Asia still a sport specific television market: Sportel
( 25 Mar 2006 )
* Go for the young, but be alive to the downside
* Nickelodeon inks first-ever Japanese development deals
* MTV, 'Rolling Stone' team for reality series
* Despite technology, content will remain king
* Print media - survival of the fittest
* IL&FS acquires 26% in E-City Ent. for Rs 1 billion
* Mobile phone ent is about making dead time alive
* Mobile players need to work together to grow biz
* Warner Bros. TV Group ups Karen Miller as SVP
* SaharaOne to telecast England-Rajasthan Prez cricket
* Sportel Asia attracts 658 participants
* US network Lifetime to do women's research project
* HBO US signs multi-project deal with Simmons, Lathan
* FremantleMedia launches 'The X Factor' in the Mid East
* BBC to show World Cup, Wimbledon in HD
( 24 Mar 2006 )
* Wake up call for broadcasters: Jain, Kalle
* IPTV still at seeding stage
* Myriad channel require delivery to many touch points
* Ready for the future or face customer desertion: Chandra
* Hopeline success in FM private radio Phase II
* Zee to rejig; mulls Siti Cable hive-off
* Star pact with Harrah’s, Keppel for Caesars Singapore
* Hollywood's perception of Bollywood: Amritraj
* Govt turns down IBF plea on downlink norm
* Essel, Intel partner on digital content
* Zee looks for a winner in Rs 110 mn 'Business Baazigar'
* Viacom to sell DreamWorks film library for $900 million
* Eric Freeman named Walt Disney Internet Group vice president technology
* Warner Bros. promotes Jim Noonan to SVP
* MIPTV day two to have keynotes by Burnett, Miller
* Intl talents to host Interactive Emmy Awards at MipTV
( 23 Mar 2006 )
* HAF awards announced
* Endemol India upbeat as 'Fear Factor' opens well
* 'Create high impact content to unite audiences & then monetise': Nair
* TV industry needs to address structural issues to absorb capital
* Decision on CAS appeal post 27 March: Arora
* Hong Kong Music Fair kicks off
* Cable ops push for SAARC Electronic Media Asscn.
* Intl firms must localise, creative evenness is vital
* IT, Ent. industries complement each other: Premji
* UK's Jowell emphasize Indo-UK film treaty
* Studio vs independent filmmaker; debate
* Convergence 2006: tech & trends galore
* Ashok Amritraj to form JV with animation firm
* Home video segment to boost biz revenues
* Subscription revenues to touch Rs 306 bn in 2010
* Viacom to co-produce films in India: Freston
* BBC outlines online strategy
* Al Jazeera to host intl television production festival
* Talent show targeted by Chinese regulators
* I&B finalizing terms of law on broadcast regulator
* Adlabs forms SPV for radio business
* MIPTV opts 24 finalists for 'Content 360' competition
* Maharashtra Budget; tax on cable TV up by 50%
( 22 Mar 2006 )
* Trai’s Baijal ends tenure; Misra likely successor
* Ten Sports to telecast Players Championship
* Dasmunsi threatens action against chnls over sting op
* Microsoft to power Deutsche Telekom's IPTV initiative
* SC grants interim stay in Fame Adlabs ent. tax issue
* Hong Kong Entertainment Expo gala kicks off
* FremantleMedia's Carter to give keynote at MipTV
* NDS, SES Americom tie up to offer IPTV sol. for telcos
* Trai to review interconnect norms; issues consultation paper
* Verizon, CBS reach programming deal on FiOS TV
* MTV multi-platform debut in Canada from 21 March
* VOOM HD Networks unveils HD gaming channel
* Discovery Chnl content to be preloaded in Nokia sets
* BBC Japan to go off air from 30 April
( 21 Mar 2006 )
* Trai urges unified licensing to spur NexGen networks
* Trai moots Rs 50 million entry fee for convergence licence
* IAMAI appoints Mittal as chairman, Ray as president
* NBC Universal signs deal with UK VOD firm FilmFlex
* Spacetoon targets Oct. launch of kids channel
* Caracol, Funky to showacse interactive telenovela
* 'The Kitchen' will travel to MIPTV
* 10th edition of Filmart kicks off in Hong Kong
* Huge economic impact in Japan from World Cups
* Dentsu, Infront win Fifa broadcast marketing rights
* Zee Studio to showcase 'The Celestial Shaolin Nites'
* Intelsat appoints Jeffrey P Freimark as CFO
* Fun Technologies acquires WorldWinner for $23 mn
* NBC to make webisodes for sitcom 'The Office'
* Tim Bowen is Sony BMG Music Entertainment COO
* CBS' reality show 'Rock Star' returns
* 'Apprentice' fans in US to receive text messages
* Endemol inks deal with Channel 4 for 'Deal or No Deal'
( 20 Mar 2006 )
* Discovery US launches broadband educational service
* Shemaroo anti-piracy raids yields Rs 3 million booty
* Media firms must adapt to technology change: Murdoch
* BBC Magazines to launch girls' lifestyle magazine 'Amy'
* Worldspace quarterly subscription revenue up by 160%
* CNN IBN deal part of CNN’s strategy: Cramer
* UK leads in digital television viewing: Ofcom
* Tandberg unveils next generation digital media solutions for IPTV market
* Sony's Pix to focus on 8, 10 pm time bands
* 'Fifi & The Flower Tots' to launch on Hungama TV on 20 March
* GRB Worldwide signs deal with BSkyB
* Jigalova-Ozkan appointed as Walt Disney Russia managing director
* Navstar Media to buy Beijing B'casting & TV Media Co
( 18 Mar 2006 )
* Three big MSOs work towards common pricing
* Marks is keynote speaker at Banff World TV Festival
* 'Get a life' with Discovery Travel and Living
* Jason Wells is SPTI senior VP, mobile entertainment
* BBC boosts coverage of MotoGP
* Salah Negm is BBC Arabic TV editor
* FM players to lobby for tax sops, music rights fee
* CNN once again has its ‘Eye on China’
* Kelly Clarkson to co-host MTV Asia Awards
* MyNetworkTV, Young B'casting enter agreement
* Kenny is Warner Bros. Digital Distribution president
* Animal Planet goes to the movies
* BBC current affairs veteran Robinson to call it a day
* Video shoots for AXN's 'The Amazing Race' applicants
( 17 Mar 2006 )
* Wireless to fuel broadband growth in India: seminar
* MTNL selects Time Broadband for IPTV
* Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka live on Ten Sports
* Discovery India to t'cast BBC Worldwide's soccer show
* Essar to build telecom site infrastructure for sharing with operators
* Channel [V] to premier Get Gorgeous-III on 16 March
* SifyMax launches city-centric broadband portal
* Sesame Workshop in talks with DD
* Shyam P S appointed as Buena Vista International (India) film production & acquisitions head
* George Lucas to make 3D TV series of Star Wars
* EuroNews launches on digital cable in Mexico
* Paramount premieres 'M:i:III' trailer across MTV Network
* Hungama TV organises 'Fireman Sam Saftey Show' for Mumbai kids
* Diddy inks reality cooking show deal with NBC
* NBC teams up with MSN for streaming Heist
* British government asks BBC to adapt to digital era
* FCC hits CBS with record fines for indecency
* Nickelodeon promotes Williams to senior vice president research and planning
* AOL and Warner Bros. to launch the first broadband television network In2TVo
* Sahara Urdu news channel to debut on 15 August
( 16 Mar 2006 )
* 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Ek Main Aur..' launch on 16 Mar
* FremantleMedia to showcase new formats at MipTV
* Telstra, Microsoft, Broadcast Australia plan live mobile TV demonstration
* Nimbus signs more global broadcasters for India cricket
* Zee TV to launch 'Business Baazigar' by month-end
* Rahul Johri promoted as SVP ad sales at Discovery
* Aditya Shastri quits UTV as motion pictures COO
* Bradford & Chua to speak at BroadcastAsia 2006
* Zee Network launches in Indonesia
* Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends season 2 premieres on Nick
* Discovery Comm launches online homework service
* Brown Shoe teams with Nickelodeon for new lines of kids' footwear
* Sci Fi to launch timeshifted channel on Sky Digital
* HBO series Six Feet Under to be aired on Bravo
* Intl Academy accepts entries for Intl Emmy Awards
( 14 Mar 2006 )
* Star News launches 'Ye Bharat Desh Hai Mera'
* HTMT to buy out Pacific Horizon's 1.23% stake in Hutch
* Hungama TV to launch new season of 'Doraemon' on Holi
* Star India split into two separate units under Nair, Mukerjea
* Nick to launch new show - 'Gili Gili Gappa' on Holi
* Sony animation film to release in Imax 3D also
* Nick celebrates 10th anniversary of 'Blue Clues'
* US TV’s health coverage leaves lots to be desired
* DD Direct Plus sets to be installed free of cost in low terrestrial density
* Disney Channel to air 'Finding Nemo' this summer
* MediaPost’s conference in the US looks at the efficacy of the net as a media solution
* TV Today to launch Delhi Aaj Tak
* India England series holds on to ratings
* Amazon talking to Hollywood studios for online film downloads
* Sahara One programming head Kumud Chowdhary quits
* Tata Sky signs Sun Microsystems for IT solutions & support
* Bloomberg TV increases distribution in Asia by 47%
* VH1 announces online pop culture exam
* Family movies rule in disappointing year for Hollywood
* Hallmark to build brand further in US with magazine
* Panamsat reports four per cent revenue growth
* MTV, MSN team for reality show created by students
( 13 Mar 2006 )
* Indian media Rs. 837 bn by 2010: Ficci
( 12 Mar 2006 )
* MSOs to go real low on STB rentals
* Asianet announces film award winners
* Tivo reports a 45 per cent growth in subscriptions
* PwC sees strong media M&A growth in US
* Winter Olympics exceeds expectations on Globosport
* Nick US to give multi million dollar push to non-linear entertainment platforms
* Tdsat directive on Dish TV: Deadline over, MTV mum
* T-Mobile acquires rights for 2006 football World Cup for seven European firms
* Shemaroo releases Lara's epic 400 innings on DVD, VCD
* Hong Kong to organise Entertainment Expo this month
* 'Harry Potter & Goblet ...' sells 5 m DVDs on 1st day
* FremantleMedia signs 7 deals for 'Man Stroke Woman'
* Discovery Asia gets FremantleMedia's Project Runaway
* ESS launches Hindi feed for English Premier League
* Cartoon Network goes live with 'Reanimated'
( 11 Mar 2006 )
* Telekom Malaysia acquires 49% stake in Spice Telecom
* Disney Channel rolls out on digital platforms in Korea
* Telcos warned to stay out of the content business at London IPTV Forum
* Cartoons to resurrect Chinese mythology
* File inter-connect deals: Trai to DTH ops
* Fox Interactive Media makes key mgmt appointments
* Disney Channel series to be offered in six languages on
* Madras HC admits PIL against minister Maran
* VH1's new series features top 100 toys
* BBC veteran Huw Edwards signs new five year deal
* Sports TV event Sportel partners Shanghai Media Group
* MTV Movie Awards to be held on 3 June
* Delhi HC orders Govt to implement CAS within four weeks
( 10 Mar 2006 )
* Shringar to foray into food court business
* Bangalore DD Kendra expects revenues to cross Rs 150 mn
* CITV & CASBAA to organise '06 China Sports TV Forum
* Channel7 to be renamed IBN-7
* NDS ropes in Serbia Broadband as first VideGuard Express customer
* Music maestros in a tête-à-tête on Radio City 91 FM
* Discovery Channel to air six part series 'Ten Ways'
* 179 channels being uplinked from India: I&B minister
* Walt Disney Internet Group signs distribution agreement
* Mobile TV & e-mail access most popular multimedia applications: Siemens AG survey
* MGM Studios fires up domestic theatrical dist. unit
( 9 Mar 2006 )
* Cricket: Finally, AIR gets Indo-England series
* Astro buys 26% in Hungama at $7m
* IMC to hold international communications convergence from 16 March
* ETC Punjabi to air live ETC Punjabi Music Awards 2006
* BBC, Newsweek tie up returns with World Challenge '06
* Zee TV to telecast 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' Holi special
* Star Movies to showcase 'Million Dollar Baby'
* Frames looks to go beyond linear TV networks
* MIPTV to honour Japanese production firm ToeI
* BBC UK special features human quadrupeds in Turkey
* Disney acquires rights to air 'Hanuman'
* Malayalam actor M S Trippunithara passes away
* launches ‘Newshound’ for Wap enabled mobile phones
* Tivo to travel wirelessly through Verizon deal
* MTV deal with T-Mobile looks to leverage mobile platforms in Europe
* CBS renews deals for 14 shows
* ESPN Intl to cover polo across multiple outlets
( 8 Mar 2006 )
* Dalmiya accuses BCCI of foul play over TV rights
* UP miscreants attack, burn CNN-IBN vehicle
* Hungama TV takes second position in kids channel genre
* Frames to examine different financing options for entertainment industry
* Asianet launches prime time soap 'Swarnamayooram'
* earthTV launches on Malaysian broadcaster TV3
* BBC Worldwide strikes movie deal with South African channel
* BBC’s re-tendering process for its outsourced financial services enters next phase
* Post BellSouth acquisition, AT&T to cut jobs
* NGC to offer viewers amazing moments
* Will Smith shares his views on AXN's 'The Man's World'
* Reliance Infocomm retains Intec for BSS/OSS solutions
* BBC's new show looks at the emotive world of the fertility industry
* NBC Universal looks to target women better with online acquisition
* BBC Hindi, Webdunia to have online journalism sessions
* Reality TV exceeds 1 million subscription mark in Japan
* Oscar ratings 'Crash' 8% on ABC in the US
( 7 Mar 2006 )
* 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' powers Zee to new heights
* India cricket: Pehla-Ten Sports bag Mideast territory
* DD deploys digi watermarking to combat piracy
* WorldSpace launches Fox Sports Radio
* Reliance Communications lists on BSE and NSE
* Consumers are welcoming Google, Yahoo! into TV arena
* Cartoon Network, Pogo line up new shoes, movies for March
* China to launch its first direct broadcasting satellite
* eWAN1 global IPTV service to launch in 36 languages including Urdu
* Jakks Pacific signs licensing agreement for 'It's Happy Bunny'
* Nine Network's t'cast plan for Commonwealth Games
* Amino adds Firefox browser to IPTV offering
* AT&T set to buy BellSouth for $67 billion
* US to 've new 'Idol-like' TV show for instrumentalists
* HBO to air hits Collateral, Mystic River & Ray
* Astro likely to pick up 26 % stake in Hungama TV
* Telephoto Ent. to enter construction and multiplex biz
* Interworld Digital enters into television production
* ART brings FIFA Cup live on Pehla, FirstNet & Al Awael
( 6 Mar 2006 )
* BT beefs up broadband accross the UK
* Viacom to counter News Corp.'s
* Al Jazeera Intl earmarks India as important mkt
* Singapore aims to be world's 1st totally wireless country by 2015
* FM: Small players form consortium
* BVITV ensures Oscars' worldwide reach with new deals
* MyNetworkTV, Sinclair enter into affiliate agreement
* Children's programs are 'wolves in sheep's clothing': Parents Television Council, US
* Rick Feldman to continue as NATPE president, CEO
* Marketing Interactive calls for entries for award show
* Britons still prefer reading to TV: BBC Raw survey
* HBO signs comedian Cook to multi-project deal
* Discovery acquires variety of shows from BBC W'wide
* Pakraman 1, 2, 3... fatigue setting in?
* Ivanka Trump joins her father on 'The Apprentice'
( 4 Mar 2006 )
* Sony strengthens Fridays; adds new shows, reshuffles programming
* Telephoto Ent. to buy out AGS Properties
* DD revenues Rs 5860 million till January 2006
* Asianet Film Awards 2006 scheduled for 19 March
* Chennai lad's 'Leafy' story wins grand prize in Disney's 'Start Your Story Contest'
* Sky Italia brings iTV version of 'Who Wants To Be...?'
* Zee Muzic celebrates Women's Day with Karan Johar
* Tivo launches new parental control tools
* 'The West Wing' alumni to reprise roles for finals
* Star World brings 'Desperate Housewives' season 2
* DirecTV signs deal for Viacom's new jazz channel
* Zoom unveils weekly 'Maximum Style'
( 3 Mar 2006 )
* DTH growing, but cable TV to hold sway in India: MPA
* Smart Technologies launches Bridgit conferencing software 3.0 with VoIP
* Senior netizens well adapted to Internet: IAMAI
* Hungama TV launches character crawls across Mumbai malls
* Maxis shareholders approve acquisition of Aircel
* Nick strengthens NickToons block; launches 'Trollz'
* Cartoon Network to expand 'Get Animated' healthy lifestyles initiative through celebrity endorsements
* AOL launches web 'sweeps' contest aimed at women
* Ten Sports signs an exclusive deal with US PGA tour
* Warner Bros. Consumer Products extends partnership with Hallmark
* HBO Asia to launch commercial free movie channels
* India pay TV mkt to be $7billion+ by 2010: MPA
* Miditech looks to do English lifestyle shows
( 2 Mar 2006 )
* Cricket: Sahara One encrypts signals
* Disney donates $2.5 mn toward building of Martin Luther King, Jr. national memorial
* DD-1 to launch 'Aur Ek Kahani..' on 20 March
* Sky, Disney Media Networks, The Walt Disney Studios team up for HDTV and legal broadband movie downloads
* Banff to focus on digital media with sister event next
* Star Movies adds 30 mts pre-show to Oscars coverage
* BT and Cartoon Network team up for next-generation TV
* Nimbus signs Geo for Pak, ARY for Europe
* Delphis to take HDTV doc 'Black Coffee' to Mip TV
* Hit Entertainment enters the race for Uk kids brand Chorion
* CBS brings back online extension of ‘The Amazing Race’
* Animation experts to look at India's role at Frames
* Rainbow, iD Distribution ink deals in China & Thailand
* FremantleMedia to bring 'Prehistoric Park' at MipTV '06
* Shanghai Telecom rolls out IPTV with Tandberg
* Discovery T&L focuses on 'Incredible India'
* Worldwide mobile phone sales up by 21% in 2005
* Star World looks at circumstances around Diana’s death
* Viper acquires new equipment for services expansion
* Sony, Warner announce major deal for online gaming
* UK has over 10 mn broadband connections: Ofcom
* Moving Picture doc. to debut on HBO
* NBC Universal signs deal for telenovela development
* AOL takes fight against phishing gangs to court
( 1 Mar 2006 )
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