15 December 2018 | Volume 70 - Issue No: 27 Facebook Twitter YouTube YouTube

iWorld | OTT

Star India adopts Hotstar-only model in US, channels to go off cable TV from 5 January

There's a lot happening at Star India at the moment with its integration into the media and entertainment giant Disney underway. A crucial aspect of that arrangement played out on Thursday as president 21st Century Fox, Asia and chairman and CEO of Star India Uday Shankar was named chairman Star and Disney India, and president The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific as part of an international business unit restructuring.
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Television | TV Channels

Zee Anmol leads GEC urban in BARC week 49
Star Plus climbed to the second position from fourth position as compared to the previous week in the Hindi (U+R) genre in Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) data for week 49 of 2018. Star Plus and Big Magic interchanged their eighth and ninth positions in the rural market. Zee Anmol and Sony Pal swapped their eighth and ninth positions in the urban market.
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Television | TV Channels
Aaj Tak continues to lead amid elections in BARC week 49
Aaj Tak yet again stood on top in all the three Hindi news genres in BARC week 49. Republic TV continued to dominate the English news genre. Zee News took the third position in Hindi News (U+R) after replacing ABP News which slipped down to the fourth place.
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Television | TV Channels
Zee Hindustan turns anchor-less
The Zee Media Corporation Ltd, part of the Essel Group, today took a path-breaking step in television journalism by formally making its Hindi news channel Zee Hindustan anchor-less. Rajya Sabha MP and founder of Zee Dr Subhash Chandra said, "The anchors who appear on news channels often appear to give colour to a particular story.
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- Trai amends MNP regulations to ease, quicken the process of portability
- News digest: Loan recast norms, Trai's predatory pricing rule, and more
  Source: BS
- TDSAT quashes Trai's new predatory pricing rules in relief to Airtel, Vodafone Idea
  Source: Live Mint
- 90 percent of cable TV homes look set to miss December 29 deadline
  Source: TOI
- I&B to drop paid news regulation in draft Bill
  Source: Indian Express
- Dish TV Subscribers Will Not Be Able to Opt for Long Duration DTH Plans
  Source: Telecom Talk
- ISRO on a launching spree: GSAT-7A satellite for IAF to be launched on Dec 19
  Source: One India
- TRAI Revamps Rules to Make Number Portability Quicker, Simpler
  Source: News18
- Yahoo parent Verizon cuts value of media brands by $4.6bn
- Chris Froome: Team Sky is not finished yet despite sponsor pulling plug in 2019

Source: The Guardian

  How NPR Aims to Bring Transparency to Podcast Metrics
  IAS Taps Ex-Yahoo Sales Boss Lisa Utzschneider as CEO of Ad-Verification Firm

Source: Variety

  Payment service Toss becomes Korea's newest unicorn after raising $80M
  Dallas-based TXV Partners targets $50M for its debut fund

Source: Tech Crunch

  Comcast's Brian Roberts voted most powerful person in U.S. video for 2018
  Cable One is changing its name to Sparklight

Source: Fierce Video

  Verizon Brightens the Corners on Pay TV Platform with Fios TV One
  FCC Approves Plan for Freeing Up More 5G Spectrum

Source: Multichannel

Movies | Movies on mutiple platforms
Biopics & sports-based films help popularise sporting culture in India
"Sattar minute, sattar minute hai tumhare paas ... shayad tumhari zindagi ke sabse khaas sattar minute ... (Seventy minutes, seventy minutes is what you have ... may be the most important seventy minutes of your life..)".
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Movies | Hollywood
Special screening of Maharaja Duleep Hollywood biopic at Cannes
Even though no Indian feature film has been selected for the 70th Festival de Cannes this year, an award-winning historic film biopic on the poignant life story of the last King of Punjab - Maharajah Duleep Singh.
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Vidnet 2018| Fireside chat with Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair
Television | TV Channels
Bollywood in 2018: CNN-News18 Wraps-Up the Year with 'The Bollywood Roundtables' with Rajeev Masand
iWorld | OTT
Eros Now Expands its Presence in Indonesia Through Partnership with XL Home of XL Axiata
Television | TV Channels
Uday Shankar's meteoric rise from Star India to Disney APAC
Television | TV Channels
4 Star and 3 Zeel channels most watched across genres
Television | TV Channels
Aaj Tak HD hits airwaves, available on Tata Sky
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