14 September 2018 | Volume 70 - Issue No: 49   Facebook Twitter YouTube YouTube
Television | TV Channels
Digitisation leading to higher HD adoption in India

High definition (HD) TV channels started launching in India years ago but it was only when digitisation happened on a large scale that the adoption of channels grew. According to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), the total HD count in India has increased to 83 channels currently from 59 channels in 2016, witnessing a growth of 41 per cent since 2016.
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iWorld | Telecom
BSNL sees speed spike in latest Netflix ISP ranking
The streaming giant Netflix has released its monthly ISP Speed index data where India's BSNL saw a noteworthy speed jump. The state-owned telco company's average speed rose to 2 Mbps, up from 1.66 Mbps in July. Along with the speed spike, it also rose one spot according to the ranking. Other than BSNL, rankings of Hathway and D-Vois have also improved but the speed spike is not much notable.
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iWorld | OTT
Netflix could lose subscribers if it starts running ads
Netflix users enjoy watching ad-free seamless content. The subscription-based video on demand service recently confirmed that it tested the idea of inserting promos for its shows and movies between episodes of existing programmes. A recent study found that if Netflix content includes ad, it could cost it the overall number of subscribers.
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Regulators | Supreme Court
Trai vs. Star case: next SC hearing on Sept. 18
The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing of Star India's petition against TRAI tariff and inter-connect order to 18 September 2018 due to insufficient time. This is the fourth time in this month that the hearing has been deferred. Despite the impending ruling, several broadcasters have already published their RIOs.
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- Criticising government costing broadcasters in Maldives
- Rhea Chakraborty opts out of Sooraj Pancholi's "Satellite Shankar"
  Source: BS
- Trai decides to reduce scope of regulation for WhatsApp, Skype
  Source: Live Mint
- DoT seeks to reduce litigations with telcos; up to Rs 80,000 crore stuck in disputes
  Source: BT
- Reliance Jio confirms TRAI penalty over certain service parameters
  Source: ET Telecom
- IFFI to introduce sports film section this year
  Source: TOI
- Turkey fines TV channel for Pink's video with dancing of 'homosexual nature'
  Source: Reuters
- India to launch two UK satellites on Sunday
  Source: ET
- Network performance in Bhopal, Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai: TRAI reveals
  Source: Telecomlead
- EU copyright law may force tech giants to pay billions to publishers
- Breitbart leaks video of Google executives' candid reaction to Trump victory

Source: The Guardian

- Samantha Bee's Trivia App Clocks 50,000 Downloads in 24 Hours, Struggles Under Load
- Inside Disney's StudioLab, Where the Company Tests and Previews Cutting-Edge Technology

Source: Variety

- Former Uber exec alleges ex-PR chief 'destroyed his reputation'
- Twitch hires head of diversity and inclusion

Source: Techcrunch

- John Legend to Coach on 'The Voice' Next Spring
- College Kids Give Passing Grade to Live TV: Comcast

Source: Broadcasting Cable

- Hulu is adding Discovery's channels to its VOD, live TV services
- BBC's U.S. streaming service BritBox reaches 400K subscribers

Source: Fierce Video

- Zodiac places MediaKind's MediaFirst on any set-top
- Beenius/Tango Luxembourg cooperation bears fruit

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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Jasdeep Pannu talks about ESPN India's digital play
iWorld | OTT
Tinder becomes top-grossing app on Android and launches Top Picks in India
MAM | Marketing
Fork Media and Ziff Davis announce Mashable India
Regulators | MIB
MIB orders CVR Health to go off air for code violation
Television | TV Channels
SonyLIV's amplified focus on English content portfolio
Regulators | Supreme Court
Trai vs. Star case: next SC hearing on Sept. 18
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