DD FreeDish Auction To Resume In February, Different Reserve Prices For GEC, News & Regional Channels | 16 January 2019

Almost eighteen months after it put off its last e-auction for Doordarshan’s FreeDish, Prasar Bharati has now announced its 38th e-auction for 11 February with differential reserve prices for general entertainment, news and regional channels. After the auction slated for 22 August 2017 was put off as the public service broadcaster wanted to revise its policy, some aspirant channels had…

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Government Plans Education Channel With Video Lessons On New Concepts

Education Channel

The school education department in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited (TACTV) is expected to launch a new channel on January 15 to improve the academic knowledge of the students and inculcate moral values. Named ‘Education Channel’, it will be available on the channel number 200. A source involved in the project said, “We are planning…

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TRAI In Favour Of Upgrading Audience Measurement Method Seeks Views Of Stakeholders

Audience Measurement Method

India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) wants to update and possibly revise its existing TV audience measurement and ratings system.  TRAI has issued a consultation paper for stakeholder comments on the existing Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) rules, and whether the process needs revision. TRAI has indicated that while most users are happy with BARC there are suggestions that it needs…

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TRAI’s Special Leave Petition in Supreme Court Seeking Clarification on 15% Bouquet Discount Cap Today Dismissed as Withdrawn

The special leave petition (SLP) filed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India seeking clarifications on the 15% bouquet discount cap last month was today dismissed as withdrawn in the Supreme Court. Court was of the opinion that the clarification should have been sought earlier while the matter was being argued, point towards the delay. TRAI also failed to obtain…

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Growth Prospects And Revenue of Media & Entertainment Sector in 2019

Media & Entertainment Sector in 2019

Media Sector Q3FY19 Preview – Healthy revenue growth across companies; margin prospects – A mix bag. We expect Q3FY19 to be healthy for most of the media companies led by seasonality due to festive season and increased Govt. ad spends led by elections. TV segment and exhibition are expected to outperform due to better ad. Growth prospects and healthy Box…

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New Broadcasting Framework To Restructure The Business Of Television

Business Of Television

In a judgement that will have far reaching implications on the Indian broadcast industry, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea from Star India, paving the way for the implementation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s new tariff order for the broadcast sector. With a go-ahead from SC, TRAI will now be able to enforce the tariff order and interconnect…

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