's Headlines Archives - 2006
Headlines in the month of May
* Zee to launch 'Johny Aala Re' on 5 June at 10 pm
* Star One plans revival in Mumbai
* NDTV Profit launches new show 'World Business'
* Al Jazeera International ropes in veteran scribe Helal
* Xinhua China acquires HDTV editing technology
* BroadcastAsia2006 to focus on the digital journey
* Disney ties up with CinemaNow to offer films online
* Star Movies caught in 'The Triangle' over the weekend
* MatrixStream introduces internet based IPTV encoders
* MGM to consolidate home entertainment biz with Fox
* FremantleMedia reports big business for 'Falcon Beach'
* Cable TV channel sues Time Warner, Comcast
* CNN to report on Asia’s pollution crisis
* Zee, ethnic channels in the US form an association
* Gearhouse prepares for Fifa with Tektronix equipment
* Yahoo!'s Fifa WC site got six mn visits in April
* Fifa World Cup to kick in  1.1 billion in profits
( 31 May 2006 )
* Pyramid Saimira in expansion mode, plans Hindi foray
* Microsoft, PBS create website for AIDS understanding
* Steve Waugh to host a reality TV show
* PBS Kids selects first-ever live host of new preschool block
* BSG to manage mobile call volume during Fifa WC
* Govt mulls USO Fund for Prasar Bharati
* ETC Music promotes Acharya as VP programming
* BBC World to go pay from 15 June
* TNS to launch online access panels in Malaysia, Thailand
* Nat Geo Kids appoints Vermeulen as head of sales
* Cellcast's Bid2Win receives 1mn bids in first week
* Dish TV to come down hard on pirating cable ops
* Is China Mobile buying out Millicom Intl?
* Doordarshan unveils mobile, digital initiatives
( 30 May 2006 )
* Animax Asia to target youth with new image
* Zee News weaves programming around Fifa World Cup
* Radio City to launch in Hyderabad on 30 May
* Zoom ropes in former Channel [V] hand Bala as COO
* TV18 to hive off internet biz; net up 112%
* Cingular Wireless sets SMS record for ‘American Idol’
* Disney TV movie becomes fastest selling DVD title
* BBC online, radio stations go interactive with Fifa Cup
* 3G operator in UK to launch mobile World Cup TV show
* Dion to make appearance on NBC’s ‘Deal Or No Deal’
* Nick US to make the summer sizzle with TV movies
* WWE to bring ECW brand to Sci Fi Channel in the US
* Arqiva to supply BBC with digital transmission services
( 29 May 2006 )
* mFormation plans expansion in India
* DD's DTH to expand bouquet to 50 channels in June
* Star News launches news bulletin 'Satyameva Jayate'
* US Justice Dept. clears Intelsat-PanAmSat merger
* Stage set for launch of Thaicom 5, Satmex 6 satellites
* Diddy to produce dance show for MTV
* Murdoch's 'The Times' to launch US edition
* TV Today announces 29 May launch of Dilli Aaj Tak
( 27 May 2006 )
* Digital Cinema Show discusses business & tech aspects
* Digital cinema to take low-cost route in India
* Doordarshan invests Rs 300 million on Indian classics
* 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' becomes number 1 DVD of 2006
* Al Jazeera International sees delay in launch
* FtvS becomes entertainment studio for HarperCollins
* TDSAT bar on DTH cos carrying Star channels
* Stephen Carter to step down as Ofcom CEO
* 'Fanaa' no show: Fun Cinemas deny rift with Yash Raj
* Rogers and adidas Canada to bring Fifa to Toronto
* Sky & BT win 'near-live' Premiership rights
* Qualcomm launches first universal mobile TV chip
( 26 May 2006 )
* Intel invests Rs 300 mn in Real Image
* Yahoo!, eBay form strategic partnership
* Quick-start, long-play internet television arrives with Zattoo P2P IPTV
* 63% in Gujarat want 'Fanna': Star-A C Nielsen survey
* Cinema India Expo 2006 kicks off in Mumbai
* BVITV inks multiple deals at Los Angeles Screenings
* Cell users worldwide prefer GSM: study
* Pix lines up an array of movies in June
* America crowns Taylor Hicks its fifth 'Idol'
* Internet access at work & home increases: study
* TV now switches in as baby-sitter: Kaiser study
* AEIM To honour Wright with 'Hall of Fame Award'
( 25 May 2006 )
* ESPN, Airtel tie-up for Fifa WC on mobile phones
* For Yashraj, only Fanaa's TV strategy on track
* Zee Sports in deal with Ten to air French Open
* Kangaroo Media & Formula One ink programming deal
* SA adds HD encoding to support Fifa video project
* GarageGames launches B.I.G Competition on 5 June
* Patent infringement procedure against Nokia initiated
* OpenTV & MC3 team up for Play Platinum TV channel
* WDIG and Shanda to bring Disney content to China's online game market
* Fortune Star sells remake rights of 'A Better...'
* BVITV & Tohokushinsha ink TV broadcast agreement
* 'American Idol' finale live on Star World 25 May, 9 am
* Alcatel, IBM, Microsoft collaborate for IPTV
* HC raps government on CAS delay; next hearing 5 July
( 24 May 2006 )
* Sahara One's 'Sati' to launch on 29 May at 8 pm
* Sybase honoured at the 2006 SIIA Codie Awards
* Mukta Arts invests Rs 500 mn in Whistling Woods
* Tata Sky begins publicity, trade activities
* ON World predicts 100 mn mobile VOIP users by 2011
* Avaya provides converged comm network for Fifa
* MTV Movie Awards '06: Gnarls Barkley also to perform
* Mainland China, Taiwan's exports of broadband products up 55% in 2006
* Ubisoft and Touchstone team up to create 'Lost' game
* TiVo launches new Guru Guide recommendations
* CBS to sell Paramount Parks to Cedar Fair for $1.24 b
* BVITV & WOWOW ink new distribution agreements
( 23 May 2006 )
* Prime Focus chalk IPO plans; price band Rs 450-500
* BVITV showcases 7 new & 10 return series at upfront
* Intel Capital exteds Wimax investments worldwide
* Manic Monday: Media scrips join Sensex free fall
* Star kickstarts triple play mission with 7827 expansion
* Cannes Diary: Adlabs lounge gives indies a leg up
* Premiere selects NDS MediaHighway solution
* FID closes Latin American deals as La Screenings begin
* Fremantle scoops Hew Award for 'Punk:Attitude'
* Prasar Bharati financial rejig awaits GoM nod
* Govt. yet to move on KS Sarma replacement
( 22 May 2006 )
* Chandra to transfer foreign holdings
* Sunstone does sale for three flicks
* Animator Gitanjali Rao's Cannes adventure
* 'Provoked' parties on with Aishwarya Rai
* Goa officials study Cannes festival
* CII throws producers networking party at Cannes
* Karan Johar revs it up in Cannes
* Disney Publishing Worldwide names Hampton as president
* Arbitron, CBS Radio ink agreement for ratings services
* Ted Turner bids adieu to Time Warner
( 20 May 2006 )
* Media stocks plunge as Sensex sheds 452 points
* ABC, Fox up on Upfront, CBS flat, NBC to drop: report
* Star Group Q3 revenue up 14% to $123 million
* BBC newsreaders overpaid: Jack Straw
* Nokia wins GSM expansion deal with Sichuan Unicom
* Star Plus announces prime time serial 'Viraasat' launch
* ABC online shows record three million viewers
* RVBS launches online Fifa game for Philips
* RAPA awards to be held on 20 May
* Amaru inks deal with Sony Pics TV International for VOD rights in Singapore
* China plans nationwide launch of digital cable
* Delhi Aaj Tak sets 29 May as launch date
* MTV Movie Awards 2006 to exploit various screens
( 19 May 2006 )
* CNN's daily audience base up 35%: Pax survey
* Star One in truce with cable operators in Mumbai
* Subhash Chandra meets US senators on Capitol Hill
* MTV India forays into films; spoofs 'Dhoom'
* Tdsat favours ESPN in dues dispute with ICC
* Benoit Runel appointed MD of BKN New Media
* BMI Film & TV Awards honour film & TV composers
* Star Group & PCCW to explore IPTV pay-TV business
* TV18 to launch home shopping network, SAIF to fund
* MTV & Nickelodeon to launch in New Zealand on Sky TV
* CBS' Gold Rush explores 'real-life cross media platform'
* Eros Intl to dilute 15-20 %, raise $100 million in float
( 18 May 2006 )
* 'Da Vinci Code' entertainment not theology: Tom Hanks
* Sahara to take FCCB route for raising $50 million
* BBC World to unveil themed series 'Emerging Giants'
* Pogo comes alive with more new original programming
* Microsoft India develops Office Communicator Mobile
* ABC introduces new series to its Fall 06-07 schedule
* VH1 premieres 'SuperGroup' on 21 May
( 17 May 2006 )
* GV Films plans to buy a channel, raise up to $300 mn
* Zee TV tightens hold on 2nd spot in prime time
* Pix acquires 47 episodes of 'Inside the Actors Studio'
* India, China to propel APac b'band revenue to $55 bn
* Orb Network, MeeVee partner for interactive TV search
* SAARC nations ready plan for calamity info exchange
* MTV to explore internet and MVAS markets in China
* ND SatCom forms JV with Grintex Communications Ltd
* Zee Sports to telecast Italian Open 2006 live
* HK's PCCW to broadcast real-time TV over 3G network
* NBC introduces new programming schedule for its 06-07
* 9.2 mn Indians to seek jobs online by 2006-07: IAMAI
* Tri-Vision US V-chip patent licensed to Humax
* PBS and Discovery Education partner to distribute PBS programs to schools
* Fox, Burger King bring hit shows to
* Paul Yanover appointed MD and EVP of Disney Online
( 16 May 2006 )
* Lamhas sets up teleport facility in Mumbai
* Miditech wins 2 Rapa awards for 'Deal Ya No...' & 'MAD'
* Prasar Bharati financial rejig near completion
* Nimbus to launch 3 sports channels, raises $ 30 million
* MTV, Microsoft launch digital music service Urge
* Prasar Bharati to beef up DD, AIR news operations
* Doordarshan launches SMS based news service
* Music industry loses 50% share due to piracy: Dasmunsi
* Cartoon Network’s Beyblade Championship in Mumbai sees more than 1500 kids participate
* BBC World Service audiences hit record levels
* MGM to honour director Oliver Stone at Cannes
* Discovery, Nokia team for 2nd Mobile FilmMakers Awards
* Uefa wins case against streaming sites
* Broadband applications in the US put networked homes on a strong growth trajectory
* Nike expecting 3 mn kids to participate in Joga3 Futsal
* Coruscant Tec launches ‘Shiri’ comic strips on R-World
* Viacom to launch Comedy Central in Germany next year
* NBC’s new reality show celebrates American talent
* Vh1 brings music fest 'Vh1 Rock Rules' from 18 May
* Social networking sites grow by 47% year on year
* Electronic album, interactive s/w launched for Fifa WC
* Discovery Intl’s quarterly revenue up 21 %
( 15 May 2006 )
* US IPTV firm Kasenna appoints Kumar Shah as CEO
* Chandra to pump in Rs 7.5 billion into WWIL, Dish
* 'Dance Revolution' to debut on CBS in September
* Time Warner buys Liberty Media's Court TV for $735 mn
* I&B minister to hold CAS review meeting
* BBC re-launches online search engine
* Discovery cracks the Da Vinci Code this month
* BBC, HBO to collaborate on 'Tsunami' drama
* Asiasat selects Zenith rocket for Asiasat 5 launch
* Disney signs VoD deal in Germany
* Dasmunsi launches Laxmi Goel's book 'Pehal'
* Weume Infosys bags mobile rights for Fifa WC
* I&B ministry helpless on high music royalty
( 13 May 2006 )
* Ortel plans to raise Rs 600-700 million
* Peace Arch Ent & Genius reach US distribution deal
* MTV2 plans to launch in India
* Dish TV appeals to govt against MTV, Nick
* Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products appoints Offutt as SVP entertainment products
* Mumbai to host 3-day seminar on digital cinema
* Star World to air Gillette football show
* Viacom's Q1 revenues up 12 per cent to $2.37 bn
* Dewberry triumphs on BBC’s version of 'Apprentice'
* HBO kicks off final season ‘Sex and the City’ on 14 May
* Endemol announces good results in US, UK & Italy for Q1
* Fifa signs deal for official World Cup melody
* TV channels can still seek downlink OK: Govt
( 12 May 2006 )
* Star channels back on cable networks in Kolkata
* ECB launches broadband TV channel
* Star India buys world satellite rights to 3 PNC films
* Zoom, Reliance in interactive deal for Glam Awards
* WorldSpace names Armstrong & Brown as Co-COO
* Worldspace Q12006 revenues up 35% to $3.5 million
* Worldspace satellite radio to launch in Italy
* Big Fish Games & Midway tie up with Vh1 games
* News Corp Q3 profit up; India drives Star's ad revenue
* I&B to bring Optical Disc Law to counter piracy
* Yahoo joins forces with Telemundo for new website
* UTV readies four multi-genre shows on various channels
* Brightcove to deliver broadband content to TiVo subscribers
* Zee expands South presence with Zee Kannada launch
* Delhi Aaj Tak likely to launch mid-May
* 14 more TV channels apply for downlink okay
( 11 May 2006 )
* VSNL buys out 7 Star's cable internet business
* Jaya TV obtains clearance for news channel
* Qualcomm, BSkyB to conduct MediaFlo tech. trial
* Comcast, launch new job search channel
* 'Nick News' with Linda Ellerbee turns 15
* Fox makes ‘24’, ‘The Shield’ available on iTunes
* 'Will & Grace' series finale available on DVD soon
* Playhouse Disney launches 'Mickey Mouse Clubhouse'
* Walt Disney 2Q earnings climb 19 per cent
* Al Jazeera Intl lines-up sports magazine 'Sportsworld'
* MTV Germany to continue broadcasting 'Popetown'
* Tata Sky ties-up with Humax for set-top-boxes
* TiVo in deal with Brightcove to offer Web TV
* Balaji's V Devarajan joins Adlabs Films as CFO
* Disney and Optus to launch Disney Connection in Australia
* BBC launches free HD broadcasts
* Time Warner plans job cuts at AOL
* ESS gets World Rally Championship rights
* USA Network, WWE to produce movies
( 10 May 2006 )
* 41 TV channels apply for downlinking in India
* Weston launches DTH ready TV 'SAT 20'
* Balaji Telefilms Q4 net at Rs 155 million
* Sab pitches 'Twinkle…' in the tough 9 pm slot
* Zee Sports to air Qatar Telecom German Open 2006
* Viacom completes sale of DreamWorks film library
* 694 mn people use internet worldwide: Survey
* Time Warner Telecom delivers data, internet and voice solutions to Inoveris
* Zee Cafe presents new reality show 'The Cut'
* Warner Bros. associates with BitTorrent to distribute movies, TV shows
* Microsoft awarded US patent for Interactive TV Chat
* Windies tour: SC bars DD from coercing Ten Sports on feed share
( 9 May 2006 )
* VSNL to buy Indian ISP for Rs 750 million
* Sky News' head Nick Pollard to quit in September
* Radio Mirchi felicitates Mother's Day on 14 May
* NDS to deploy solutions to Romania's Boom TV DTH
* 2 days for downlink deadline: TV channels slumber on
* Kiefer Sutherland plans to make ‘24’ into a movie
* Amrita TV shines at Kerala state TV awards
* Zee Cafe to launch three comedy shows
* BBC's Grade emphasises quality delivery at low price
* Electronic Entertainment Expo begins on 9 May at LA
* Brand Access Forum US to kick off from 8 May
* TV producer elley to be honoured at Vision Awards
* Black Sabbath song tops VH1’s list of best metal songs
* Universal Studios creates mobile division
* BBC Worldwide appoints new management team in Hong Kong
* Sahara One bags telecast rights of Rockstars 2006 concert
* Activision gets license from MGM for Bond games
* Star Chinese Movies invests in high definition content
* Destiny’s Child, Korn triumph at MTV Asia Awards
( 8 May 2006 )
* BSkyB to share EPL TV rights with Setanta; total bids hit £ 1.7 billion
* DTL to premier reality show 'Hell's Kitchen'
* NGC to launch 'Nat Geo Reveals' on 14 May
* Microsoft India launches Electronic Programming Guide
* McDonald's & Warner Home Video introduce new live action home entertainment DVDs
* Intel, NDS to work on protected WiMax-based TV multicast
* Disney completes Pixar acquisition
* MTV greenlights global show 'Meet Or Delete'
* Women's network Oxygen follows an unconventional path
* Julia Thompson is SPTI UK entertainment director
* CNN to examine sleep and dreams
* Bertelsmann reports strong growth in Q1 revenues
* AXN introduces the concept of 'Elite Weekends'
* Asiasat contracts Space Systems to build Asiasat 5
* AOL signs deal with Clearwire for broadband
( 6 May 2006 )
* Cellcast to simulcast Bid2Win on Sony, Sahara, Zee Punjabi and Zoom
* NGC unveils 'Planet Football' this month
* Windies tour: Ten moves SC against Prasar Bharati
* Television Eighteen to split stock
* Bachchan felicitates Chiranjeevi in Zee Telugu event
* Zee Sports to t'cast National Football League final leg
* ARY Digital to broadcast Big B films for Pakistani audience
* WorldSpace launches in Goa, Jaipur, Nagpur, Trivandrum
* Vijay explores talk show genre with 'Neeya? Naana?'
* FIH sets up expert panel to enhance TV profile
* 'Sesame Street' to launch in Northern Ireland
* CBS launches broadband television n'work 'Innertube'
* MSN partners Reveille and Be Jane for MSN Originals
* ATI, Nokia in strategic partnership for mobile multimedia technology
* Playboy reports first quarter profit
* Fifa partner Avaya finishes key phase of network test
( 5 May 2006 )
* Zee Kannada to launch on 11 May
* 'Prithviraj Chauhan' launch set for 12 May; Star in marketing overdrive
* Optibase provides SmartVideo to Verizon & Cingular cell users in US
* Miditech inks deal with Strix TV for 40 shows
* Business TV pioneer Louis Rukeyser passes away
* BSkyB 3Q net up by 8 per cent to $277.5 million
* Crutchfield creates website ahead of Fifa for Spaniards
* Hollywood lost $6.1 bn to piracy in 2005: study
* Govt ultimatum to channels on downlink norms
( 4 May 2006 )
* TV most preferred news medium for Indians: survey
* Time Warner reports marginal revenue growth of 1%
* Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin to visit India
* MMG set to acquire Taiwan media firm for $1.2 billion
* Pix to air first series in June
* Microsoft beats Google to win account
* Former I&B minister Mahajan dead
* BBC publishes Statements of Programme Policy
* Endemol US signs game show deals with ABC, NBC, Fox
* MTV launches broadband and mobile community platform in Korea
* Dave Sibley is MTV Australia MD
* Channel refusal: Dish moves TDSAT against Star
* MTV annual presentation looks at industry needs
* Pepsi launches cell portal 'Pepsi Globe Smart Client'
* Sony lines up new afternoon fare from 15 May
* 2006 Fifa World Cup to air live on Sky and TVNZ
( 3 May 2006 )
* Adhikari Brothers post net profit of Rs 65.7 million
* PWC releases nominations for Idea IIFA Awards 2006
* ESS kicks off a month of finals in May
* SC ruling gives FM lifeline to Millenium Broadcasting
* The Kitchen scouts for Indian distribution companies
* Maldives appeals for Fifa World Cup b'cast on FTA TV
* Reality TV strengthens focus on true stories
* Fox Interactive Media buys Newroo Inc. &
* Seminar on intl formats takes place in Spain in June
* Countdown begins for Dubai IIFA Weekend
* Al Jazeera hires Gopalan & MacDonald for KL centre
* Zee Sports to air AFC Cup matches
* Podtech show to see social media's impact on marketing
* Buena Vista Games to create and publish video game property Spectrobes
* Comcast acquires Susquehanna Communications
* MTV US unveils student-developed viral video game
* Juniper Networks to host conference call webcast on IPTV
* Eutelsat reports marginal revenue growth
* BBC Magazines to sell Origin Publishing
* Jessica Alba to host MTV Movie Awards
* Zoom rolls out red carpet for 'Glam Awards'
* Sahara, DD ad sales revenues for England series gross Rs 2 billion
* Creative Eye forays into sports marketing
( 2 May 2006 )
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