14 June 2018 | Volume 70 - Issue No: 71   Facebook Twitter YouTube YouTube
iWorld | PPV
Comcast makes sweet $65 bn offer for Fox's entertainment assts

Let the games begin. That's the clarion call that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has given by making an offer of $65 billion to acquire the Murdoch-owned Fox entertainment assets. Priced at $35 a share, the Comcast "superior" offer is at a 19 per cent premium over what Disney's Bob Iger  made last year at $28 per share or $52.4 billion in an all-stock transaction.
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Regulators | I&B Ministry
ISRO/DoS relent on use of foreign satellites; MIB starts processing applications
India's Department of Space, overseeing the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has eased up on its hitherto hard stance on Indian TV channels and teleports using foreign satellites' capacity --- if the Indian customer has a long-term contract.
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iWorld | OTT
Global OTT subs to cross 265 mn by '22: Park Associates
The number of households worldwide with an OTT video service subscription will exceed 265 million by 2022. The popularity of over-the-top (OTT) video services, such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu has driven a steady increase in adoption of smart TVs and streaming media players since 2010,
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Cable TV | MSO
Hathway plans to seed 2.5 lakh high definition set top boxes in FY19
Going along the lines of FY18, broadband and cable TV service provider Hathway Cable and Datacom is planning a Capex of Rs 310 crore in FY19. In addition to that, it plans to seed 2.5 lakh high definition (HD) set top boxes (STB) in FY19. The company had 2.16 lakh HD subscribers at the end of March 2018.
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MAM | Media and Advertising
DoIt Talent Ventures appoints Priya Garodia Shah as business head
DoIt Talent Ventures, a talent management firm, has appointed Priya Garodia Shah as the business head for entertainment and culinary. Led by Darshana Bhalla and Radha Kapoor Khanna, the company marked its entry into the Indian market in April this year.
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- Airtel, Jio to battle for supremacy with fibre-to-home broadband services
- News Digest: Labour reforms, Airtel-Jio battle, FIFA World Cup, and more
  Source: BS
- Airtel plans Rs 24,000 crore capex in FY19 to stay ahead in the 4G game
  Source: ET
- Faster internet: Land along highways, rail tracks may be reserved for telecom infra
  Source: Financial Express
- Are young Indians going from TV to online content?
  Source: Livemint
- CNN's Jeff Zucker Is Said to Renew Contract Through '20 Election
  Source: Bloomberg Quint
- TRAI's broadband-via-public Wi-Fi network initiative panned by operators' association
  Source: The Hindu Businessline
- Egypt says will 'oblige' FIFA to let it broadcast World Cup games
  Source: New Indian Express
- Paul Dacre warns against softening Daily Mail's Brexit stance
- Radio industry needs to reflect UK's diversity – media regulator

Source: The Guardian

- Millie Bobby Brown Leaves Twitter After Becoming Homophobic Meme
- Columbia Records Names Shahendra Ohneswere Senior VP of Content Development

Source: Variety

- Microsoft gives Office a refreshed look and feel
- Netflix is adding an interactive 'Minecraft' story to its lineup, denies entry into gaming

Source: Techcrunch

- Americans Say Goodbye to VCRs, Hello to Streaming
- Some Major TV Groups Push FCC for Right to Keep, Transfer UHF Discount

Source: Broadcasting Cable

- Comcast makes formal $65B bid for Fox, confidently includes massive breakup fee
- What comes next for AT&T now that the Time Warner merger is approved

Source: Fierce Cable

- Fox Says Board Will Review Comcast Offer
- Starks FCC Nomination Hearing Set

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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'Distribution has always been the challenge for broadcasters'
Television | TV Channels
MTV urges the youth, "Donate Karo. Phir Show Off Karo"
Television | TV Channels
IIFA 2018 continues its partnership with India's No.1 premium Hindi Entertainment channel, COLORS
MAM | Marketing
Vodafone Sparks Football Fervor on MyVodafone App
MAM | Media and Advertising
Fevi kwik & Swiggy win big at Star Re.Imagine awards for best IPL campaigns
MAM | Marketing
Vivo launches official song for FIFA World Cup 2018
MAM | Marketing
Virat Kohli gets cheeky about his beard insurance in new campaign
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