Television

RTL-Reliance Broadcast terminate Big RTL Thrill joint venture

MUMBAI: First CBS exited from its three channel joint venture with the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd (RBNL) late last year. Now the RTL Group and RBNL have decided not to continue with the joint venture that the two had set up to run the male-skewed action channel Big RTL Thrill.  RBNL has stepped in and bought out RTL’s holding as a consequence.

 

RTL – owned by German media behemoth Bertelsmann -  had got into bed with RBNL in May 2011, with the Big RTL Thrill channel launching in November  2012. The content for the same had been acquired from international production majors such as FremantleMedia, Endemol, Red Bull, along with a library of international action films. Amongst the key shows which ran on the channel figured:  Fear Factor, Cobra 11, Criss Angel, Wipe Out and Baywatch.

 

Just three years later, the two broke up with RBNL buying out the Luxembourg-based entertainment network’s holding. The transaction was completed in May.

 

With the parting of ways, RBNL has dropped RTL from the channel’s name calling it simply Big Thrill. All the international content on Big Thrill will be dropped and replaced by locally produced programming as the licensing deals come to an end. Big Thrill will give company to the other RBNL  regional Big Magic channels which are targeted at Bihar, Jaharkand and Punjab.

 

RTL sources acknowledged – in international media - the contribution of RBNL in understanding the Asian market. And they said that they would now be focusing on their Singapore-based partnership with CBS Studios International – RTL CBS Entertainment Network. The two got together in August 2013 to launch two thematic channels in English and local languages and distributed in up to 29 Asian markets including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

The first channel named RTL CBS Entertainment rolled out last year with general entertainment hits such as RTL Group’s The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Celebrity Apprentice as well as CBS’s Elementary, Under the Dome, Late Show with David Letterman and Entertainment Tonight.

 

The second branded RTL CBS Extreme launched in March 2014 with a menu consisting of action adventure, reality series and extreme sports. Programming included  Fear Factor, Red Bull, NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0.  The venture has access to first-run shows and library titles from RTL Group’s content arm, FremantleMedia, and from CBS, which owns America’s number one network, and a vast catalogue of more than 70,000 hours of programming.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/24/Untitled-1.jpg?itok=uUuTMLCE
Uri reaction: Zee considers dropping Pak shows from Zindagi

It makes sense, nationalism-wise. But, does it make sense, business-wise? An unexpected yet ideal tweet by media baron Subhash Chandra has catalysed a hot debate whether film actors from a hostile country should be allowed to earn millions working in the Indian film industry. His tweet follows in...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/24/non-%20tv.jpg?itok=UVXFUvEj
Non-news temporary uplinking approvals in 15 days

NEW DELHI: Applications from all non-news (general entertainment) television companies for temporary uplinking permission from the Government should be made at least 15 days prior to the scheduled events.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/23/Untitled-1_33.jpg?itok=XD1Juft_
DD allocates Rs 4.5 lakh for handloom programmes

Six kendras of Doordarshan will receive a total amount of Rs 4.5 lakh for telecast of programmes relating to National Handloom Day celebrated by the Textiles Ministry last month. The decision to reimburse the six stations for varying amounts was taken yesterday (22 September 2016).

Television TV Channels Terrestrial
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/22/Untitled-1_38.jpg?itok=ZbBkHH8h
Star Gold to air Dishoom on 25 Sept

Star Gold announces the World Television Premiere of one of the biggest hits of the year - Dishoom starring Varun Dhawan, John Abraham, and Jacqueline Fernandes, directed by Rohit Dhawan.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/22/Untitled-1_37.jpg?itok=BPSmaShG
DD media partner of Ziro Festival

Doordarshan is the media partner of the Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM) commencing today at the remote Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh.

Television TV Channels Terrestrial
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/22/BARC_1.jpg?itok=tIWSy6so
Comedy Central, Movies Now, Discovery, Living Foodz ruled in BARC week 37

The English entertainment genre was dominated by Comedy Central whereas Movie Now retained the top position in the English movies’ genre. According to the week 37 ratings data of Broadcast Audience Research Data (BARC) India, Discovery Channel continued to rule the infotainment space. Living Foodz...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/22/Untitled-1_35.jpg?itok=LvV7yatt
Venkatramani new NBA president

ABP News Network CEO Ashok Venkatramani has been elected as the new president of News Broadcasters Association (NBA). Venkatramani was earlier the vice president and director on the board of NBA India.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/22/BARC_0.jpg?itok=tlEVnlIO
Sony TV garners positive rating; Colors replaces Zee TV in U+R market

Unlike other weeks, week 37 witnessed developments in terms of ratings and position. Though Star Plus continued to dominate the Hindi GEC (U+R) market but Colors this week replaced Zee TV at number two. On the other hand, Sony Entertainment Television saw a rise in ratings in Urban HSM market and...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/22/Untitled-1_23.jpg?itok=dSTnE7rX
Channel ratings: Genre leaders continue to dominate

Times network shone this week with Times Now as the undisputed leader in the English News space and ET Now dominated the English business news genre. According to week 37 of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) all India data, in the Hindi news genre, Aaj Tak continued to lead whereas CNBC...

Television TV Channels Viewership

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories