Television

Viacom18 ditches FTA in UK, now entirely pay

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2017/10/17/Anuj%20Gandhi.jpg?itok=wBS6P7Wb

MUMBAI: With the launch of its two channels, MTV Beats and Colors Rishtey, on Virgin Media Viacom18 has transitioned from free-to-air (FTA) to entirely paid platform. Viacom18’s channels will now only be available with a subscription on Sky and Virgin Media.

Talking about leaving the Freeview platform, IndiaCast Media Distribution group CEO Anuj Gandhi says, "We are currently steering our business in a new direction in Europe and have decided to go pay and as a result, current channels will no longer be available on any free to air mode but will continue to be available on paid platforms.”

The company gained significant viewership via Freeview, which reaches 11 million homes untapped by pay TV. Freeview contributed to 10 percent of its eyeballs in the UK. Rishtey and Colors at times received as high as 41 percent viewership contribution from it.

Viacom18 channels on Virgin Media are in the mix pack which reaches to over 2.7 million subscribers. The growth is expected to be in line with Virgin’s growth forecasts.

Viacom18 has a mix content strategy for its UK consumers. Curated programmes from India make up the bulk of its content while a tiny part is local programming. “Viacom18 is exploring further investments in local programming which will happen in the next fiscal, " he reveals.

On the advertising front, 90 percent comes from UK based companies. It has three sets of distinct advertisers. First - the local ethnic home-grown businesses, second - the mainstream multinationals and third is Indian companies that export to NRI audiences.

Advertisers are clamoring to get airtime especially during Big Boss. "As a matter of fact, all our channels currently are utilising 100 percent of the available inventory and we are not even in our peak season, he adds.

The buzz-creating idea of Viacom18 is to make sense to three categories of people living in UK – the first generation, their children/youth who have less exposure of content being produced in India as they have a variety of options to choose from and last one being people who have moved here in last few years as an intra company transfer or project based.

While keeping the three categories in mind, Gandhi says that sometimes even small trade or local event associations give a higher ROI as compared to a high profile above-the-line campaign.

Selecting the right marketing mix is crucial when you are in a niche market. That said, even the language used for communication will ensure success or failure.

Viacom 18 partnered with Virgin Media in April 2011 to launch its General Entertainment Channel, Colors, on the cable platform. Colors has been available on Sky since January 2010. When launched, Colors was included in Virgin Media's new Asian Mela bundle which comprised 11 TV channels, including ARY Digital, B4U Movies, B4U Music, SET Asia, MAX, Star Plus, Star News, Zee Cinema, Zee Punjabi, Zee TV and Colors TV, along with popular Asian radio station Sunrise Radio and priced at £11 a month.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/14/travel.jpg?itok=R0H1aNTr
Travelxp 4K announces its Denmark launch on Waoo

MUMBAI: Expanding its reach in European countries, Travelxp 4K strengthens its reach in the Scandinavian country, Denmark now. Starting 01 September 2019, Travelxp’s premium shows are available to the audience on Waoo TV on Channel number 134. Among the recent launches of Travelxp include the...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/14/abhishek.jpg?itok=zPr4vWTp
Abhishek Dutta appointed as network head for Cartoon Network and POGO in South Asia

MUMBAI: Abhishek Dutta has been named Senior Director and Network Head -Kids, overseeing Cartoon Network and POGO in South Asia. Based in Mumbai, his responsibilities include programming, channel operations, acquisitions and promotions, as well as the content direction for the two brands.

Television TV Channels Kids
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/14/colors.jpg?itok=3yolvWub
Viacom18 launches Har Din Diwali campaign with exclusive pricing for COLORS & COLORS Kannada

Spreading the cheer this festive season, Viacom18 announces a-la-carte price for its flagship Hindi GEC COLORS and Kannada GEC COLORS Kannada at Rs 12/month each.  In line with this special festive price, Viacom18 is launching a consumer awareness campaign ‘Har Din Diwali’ encouraging viewers to...

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/14/amazon.jpg?itok=ca4q-ezU
BARC week 40: Amazon, Flipkart’s festive season sales make them the top two brands

The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India has released its data for top advertisers and brands for the period between 28 September 2019 and 4 October 2019. The data reflects top 10 advertiser and brands across genre on Indian television, including OOH screen, (U+R): 2+, Individuals NCCS...

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/12/barc.jpg?itok=06IbAd09
BARC week 40: No changes in Marathi and South GEC space

MUMBAI: In week 40 of BARC India ratings, no changes were observed in Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam space. In Bhojpuri space, Bhojpuri Cinema took the leading position and B4U which was leading last week has slipped to second position. In Bhojpuri space, Bhojpuri Cinema, B4U...

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/12/spider.jpg?itok=wEvm7VUj
Explore the Spider-verse with the &pictures Hindi premiere of ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ on 12th October at 8 pm

MUMBAI: Imagine, one morning you get up to discover that you have special powers like a superhero. Sounds interesting right! Well, similar is the story of a young lad Miles Morales who is stunned on finding out about his spider like abilities. But just when he thinks that he is the only one with...

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/12/Zee.jpg?itok=pKLKs3DQ
Marking its 27th Anniversary, Zee announces attractive Festive Bonanza Offer on its leading entertainment channels

MUMBAI: The television industry has successfully managed to transition to the New Tariff Order (NTO) regime. Zee, as the leading television network of the country has collaborated extensively with industry players to ensure a smooth transition. To mark its 27th Anniversary, Zee has taken yet...

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/12/2.jpg?itok=y-LjTNSW
BARC week 40: Star Plus slips to third position, SET continues to lead in urban market

In the week 40 of BARC India ratings, the leading Hindi GEC Star Plus slipped to third position, last week the channel was seen at second position but the channel continues to hold first position on pay platform. In the urban market, Sony Entertainment Television and Colors were seen at first and...

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/10/12/star-india.jpg?itok=6GbY0IlJ
Star India announces festive offer for a-la-carte channels

In keeping with the festive spirit, Star India announces ‘Tyohar ka Upahar’, a promotional offer for its 16 a-la-carte channels including its popular channels -- Star Plus, Maa TV, Star Jalsha, Vijay, Asianet and Hungama TV. The festive offer prices will be available with immediate effect.

Television TV Channels GECs

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories