Archives 2013

December 2013
Facebook is 'dead and buried' for young people: Study
BS (PTI), Dec 31, 2013
Facebook is “dead and buried” for young people in the UK, who are moving on to “cooler things”, according to a major study of social media. Professor Daniel Miller is one of team of eight ethnographic researchers based at University College London who are working on a study across seven countries including India, China, Brazil and the UK to examine social media trends. Miller said the social networking site was “simply not cool any more”. Read more...
 
All India Radio to go TV-like for election coverage
BS (IANS), Dec 30, 2013
With general elections just a few months away, All India Radio (AIR) is making plans to give out election-related news,results, analyses and comments, and even tweets, to compete with TV news channels. AIR's first attempt at directly linking four regional stations for live phone-ins during the assembly election results Dec 8 proved a huge hit. Now it is gearing up to replicate the success on a bigger scale for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, AIR director general (news) Archana Dutta stated. Read more...
 
Brands made social media work harder
BS, Dec 30, 2013
Chief marketing officers have spoken about engagement online for years now, even as wary CEOs have listened on. This year has seen an increasing number of them going beyond their social media listening. They are making the buzz on the Internet work for them. Read more...
 
DTH operators battle to woo mobile TV viewers
FE, Dec 29, 2013
Around 1 million DTH subscribers are already logging on to their smartphones and tablets to watch the DTH feed. The six private DTH companies — Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Sun Direct, Videocon D2H and Reliance Digital — have either launched applications for smartphones and tablets or are on the verge of doing so to engage and interact with not only their own subscriber base but also with new smartphone and tablet users. Read more...
 
New media makes giant strides
HBL, Dec 28, 2013
For the world at large, advertising is a profession that parties round the year. But when this writer called up a host of ad professionals for this year-end roundup, expecting them to be away at some exotic location, most said they were at work. Read more...
 
2014 trends in pay TV industry in South Asia
CIOL, Dec 27, 2013
Coupled with a rapid digitalisation of cable TV, Asia Pacific will also see penetration increase from 44 percent in 2012 to 90 percent in 2018, or up by 440 million homes between 2012 and 2018. A report by Emkay shows that out of the above digital penetration in the region, 55 million are on DTH and 85mn more on digital cable will come from India alone. Going forward in 2014, challenges are abound, and pay TV operators are expected to tackle this dynamic industry in 2014. Read more...
 
A silver lining for the small screen
HBL, Dec 27, 2013
The television industry came to the forefront with the entry of players such as Star TV, Zee TV and Sun TV into the Indian homes in the early nineties. From a handful of terrestrial channels two decades ago, now there are over 850 active channels — across languages and categories such as general entertainment, music, movies, news, infotainment and sports. Read more...
 
Wider reach makes TV key for 2014 elections
Mint, Dec 26, 2013
In the year ended last 31 March, close to 16.4 million television sets were sold in rural India. Of these, about 5.6 million were liquid-crystal display TVs, according to the Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA). If the trend continues, by March of 2014, the number of television sets sold in rural India—which accounts for two-thirds of the country’s population—this financial year will be 17 million, according to CEAMA estimates. The increased importance of broadcasting media can also be attributed to the burgeoning satellite TV connections in the country. According to TAM Media Research, an audience measurement company, the number of cable and satellite TV-owning households in the country ballooned from 90 million to 126 million between 2009 and 2012. Read more...
 
E-books reading the minds of reader to learn what they crave
ET (NYT), Dec 26, 2013
Last week, Smashwords made a deal to put 225,000 books on Scribd, a digital library here that unveiled a reading subscription service in October. Many of Smashwords' books are already on Oyster, a New York-based subscription startup that also began in the fall. The move to exploit reading data is one aspect of how consumer analytics is making its way into every corner of the culture. Amazon and Barnes & Noble collect vast amounts of information from their e-readers but keep it proprietary. Now the startups - which also includes Entitle, a North Carolina-based company - are hoping to profit by telling all. Read more...
 
Internet users may face more privacy threats as marketers aggressively collect information
ET, Dec 26, 2013
Someone is quietly profiling your every move online: snooping around what you tweet or scribble on FB or even scanning your emails to friends and family. If that sounds suspiciously close to stalking, marketers have a more polite name for the practice: mapping. While not a new phenomenon in India, it has become more critical given the growing importance of social media marketing and increasing numbers of internet users. Chances are it could intensify in 2014. Marketers, who were earlier scratching the surface of social media marketing, are now peeling back the layers for a more nuanced understanding of people and their behaviour on the internet. Some of the leading players in the space in India include Google, Yahoo, Vizury, Ozone Media, and Tyroo. Read more...
 
I&B writes to MHA on broadcasters' security clearance demand
Zee News (PTI), Dec 25, 2013
Supporting a key demand of the broadcasting industry, the I&B Ministry has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs suggesting that security clearance given to broadcasters be made valid for the entire duration of their licence. The I&B ministry made the suggestion after it received a clarification from the MHA that the security clearance given to broadcasters at the time of allotting them licence to run a channel was valid for only three years. Presently, broadcasting licenses are given to companies for a period of ten years. MHA had said that the security clearance would be reviewed after every three years. Read more...
 
TV digitisation: Below expectations, eyeing the next phase
BS, Dec 25, 2013
One year into the implementation of digitisation, the cable and broadcast sector is still trying to iron out the creases and get systems in place. The delay in implementation of the various phases of digitisation has meant the promised jump in subscription revenues and average revenue per user (ARPU) has not materialised. Read more...
 
Dish TV: Strategy on track, gains priced in
BS, Dec 25, 2013
The Dish TV stock has gained 50 per cent since the start of September, on the back of plans by the direct-to-home (DTH) operator to improve its margins through lower content costs and higher carriage revenues. Further, on the subscriber addition front, while the first two phases of digitisation have not yielded much for DTH players, they are expected to benefit from the later phases. Read more...
 
Centre approves 45 new news channels
BS, Dec 24, 2013
The Centre has approved licences to 45 new news and entertainment channels. STAR, Sony, Viacom and Zee were among the broadcasters that secured licences to start channels. Read more...
 
Italy approves ‘Google Tax’ for Internet companies
Mint, Dec 24, 2013
Italy’s Parliament on Tuesday passed a new measure on Web advertising, the so-called Google tax, which will require Italian companies to purchase their Internet ads from locally registered companies, instead of from units based in havens such as Ireland, Luxembourg and Bermuda. The tax has stirred controversy, with some lawyers saying it probably violates European Union laws regarding non-discrimination over commercial activity and could be subject to legal challenges. Read more...
 
How Google sold management to its engineers
HBL, Dec 24, 2013
A few years into the company’s life, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wondered whether Google needed any managers at all. In 2002 they experimented with a completely flat organisation, eliminating engineering managers. That experiment lasted only a few months. And as the company grew, the founders soon realised that managers contributed in many important ways. Read more...
 
French broadcast watchdog targets YouTube, Dailymotion
ET (AFP), Dec 23, 2013
France's CSA broadcasting authority said today it wants to target video-sharing sites like YouTube and Dailymotion to force them to contribute to financing French culture. Read more...
 
Heavy Internet users show symptoms of addiction
ET (PTI), Dec 23, 2013
Young adults who are heavy users of the Internet may also exhibit signs of addiction, scientists, including Indian-origin researchers, have found. Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences compared Internet usage with measures of addiction. Read more...
 
Global Government censorship requests rise 68%: Google
HBL, Dec 20, 2013
Governments around the world are becoming more aggressive in asking Google to remove or censor content from its services, the web search giant said in a Transparency Report issued on Thursday. Read more...
 
News Corp acquires social media tool Storyful
Reuters, Dec 20, 2013
News Corp on Friday made its first acquisition as a stand-alone company with the $25 million purchase of social news tool Storyful. Founded in 2008 and based in Dublin, Ireland, Storyful verifies and manages the rights holders of news and videos on social media platforms such as Twitter in real time. Read more...
 
Digital TV subscribers to start getting monthly bills
HBL, Dec 20, 2013
Leading multi-system operators (MSOs) have said that digital TV subscribers will soon start getting monthly bills through their cable operators, according to the broadcast and telecom regulator's direction. Read more...
 
I&B Ministry to pump in Rs 3,500 cr for Prasar Bharati
HBL, Dec 20, 2013
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will invest Rs 3,500 crore on upgrading Prasar Bharati’s broadcast infrastructure and network development, especially in border areas. The proposal has been recommended by the Expenditure Finance Committee and is up for approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). These funds will be used to strengthen the transmission in the border areas by augmenting the broadcast infrastructure so as to counter anti-terrorist activities, among other initiatives. Read more...
 
Madras HC rules in favour of Arasu Corporation in dispute with TRAI
BS, Dec 20, 2013
The Madras High Court has today allowed a petition filed by the State-run Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited seeking to restrain Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) from taking any action to switch of the analogue cable TV signal in Chennai Metropoltain area while its application for DAS (digital addressable system) license is pending with the central government. Read more...
 
Spain watchdog fines Google for privacy 'violations'
ET (AFP), Dec 20, 2013
Spain's data protection watchdog ordered US Internet giant Google on Thursday to pay a 900,000-euro fine for "serious violations" of users' privacy. The Spanish Data Protection Agency accused the popular search provider of "illegal processing of personal data" obtained from users of various services such as Google email accounts. "Google unlawfully collects and processes personal information" of users, the agency said in a statement. "The agency considers that Google seriously violates the right to the protection of personal data." Read more...
 
Soon, TV to be teaching aid for university students
BS (IANS), Dec 19, 2013
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed Thursday could come as a boon to students in India enrolled for courses at colleges and universities. The Department of Higher Education, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Thursday signed with Prasar Bharti the MoU on the launch of 50 Direct-to-Home (DTH) channels, with content that will be provided by institutes of higher education like the Indian Institute of Technology, Consortium for Educational Communication and its media centres, the Indira Gandhi National Open University and state open universities and central universities. Read more...
 
Arasu Cable seeks stay on digitisation
BS, Dec 19, 2013
State-run Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited has filed a petition with the Madras High Court seeking to restrain the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) from taking any action against it. The move come against the backdrop of Trai’s announcement on Dec 10 that transmission of analog signals in Chennai metro was illegal and digitisation had to implemented immediately. Read more...
 
Sunburn music fest in Goa expecting 1.4 lakh footfall
ET (PTI), Dec 19, 2013
Organisers of Sunburn festival are expecting 1.4 lakh music revelers to participate in this year's edition of the music event which would be held at Vagator, a beach village in North Goa. Read more...
 
Viacom 18 to launch second entertainment channel Rishtey in January
ET, Dec 19, 2013
Viacom 18 is all set to go live with its second general entertainment channel (GEC), Rishtey, in January 2014. The new GEC, which has been airing free to air since last week in a soft launch, will go live with the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) around Republic Day. Read more...
 
News as a genre is struggling: Ashok Venkatramani
Mint, Dec 19, 2013
Ashok Venkatramani, chief executive officer of Media Content and Communications Services (India) Pvt. Ltd (MCCS), a unit of ABP that owns the TV channel, shares the strategy behind rebranding the company’s Hindi, Bangla and Marathi news channels, as well as the current state of broadcast media in the country. Read more...
 
Interim relief for broadcasters in ad cap ruling
FE, Dec 18, 2013
Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India (Trai) from taking any coercive action against broadcasters over a regulation that limits advertisements on news and general entertainment channels to 12 minutes per hour. Read more...
 
Airtel's mobile TV viewership soars 400%
ToI, Dec 17, 2013
Mobile television registered a 400% growth rate in viewership for the country's largest telco as more Indians watched TV on the go, said an annual study by Bharti Airtel, which maps consumer trends over mobiles. With an increasing number of bigger screened smartphones being sold at cheaper prices and data charges being lowered substantially this year, most telcos saw frenetic growth in internet over mobile. Read more...
 
Too much TV, a good thing
HBL, Dec 17, 2013
News is more an ordered account of what a worldview should be like. In that sense, all newspapers develop a baritone when they speak. Hindi news, on the other hand, is more a breathless account of reality as it unfolds. But in recent elections, both English and Hindi news channels repeated and amplified the news. It is story-telling at its best, television as spectacle. Read more...
 
Good news on TV
Mint, Dec 16, 2013
Globally much smaller markets than India have taken anywhere between five and 10 years to digitise. The process of digitisation began when direct-to-home (DTH) TV first came to India in 2003, but it was mandated only in 2011. Since then, essentially in two years, between 20 million and 21 million homes out of a total of 153 million have been digitised. Add those homes that are already digital, thanks to cable TV or DTH, and more than 70 million - or just about half of Indian TV homes - are now digital. Read more...
 
Media censorship, surveillance rose in India in 2013: report
Mint, Dec 16, 2013
More journalists were killed and attempts to censor the media increased across the country this year, said a report titled ‘Free Speech in India 2013’ from the media affairs website, the Hoot. Read more...
 
TV advertising is fiction. There is no analytics in it: Srikanth Kakani & Preetesh Chouhan
BS, Dec 16, 2013
How do you know if a TV ad is seen by the audience? You don't know, but in digital you know. Television may be a popular platform for advertisements, but I will not believe it unless analytics or data support the claim. TV advertising is fiction, because there's no analytics to support what it claims. People think it works, but probably it does not work even 10 per cent of what people give it a credit for. Yes, it's a bold statement to make, but it's true. Read more...
 
Digitall order
HBL, Dec 13, 2013
More than half of the Indian marketers surveyed were convinced that digital marketing helped create a more customer-centric and responsive organisation and 45 per cent said it also creates a brand differentiator. In the 2012 survey, only 20 per cent believed it could be a brand differentiator then. Read more...
 
Bringing Silicon Valley's Accelerator Model to the Media Sector
Entrepreneur, Dec 11, 2013
Savvy 'treps know that where there's change, there's opportunity. And perhaps no segment of American business life has been exposed to more change than traditional media outlets. That's where Matter Ventures, a San Francisco-based VC firm, sees promise. Through partnerships with nonprofit groups, the company looks to incubate new entrepreneurial ideas in journalism, social media and other forms of public-space communication. Read more...
 
Tribunal dismisses NBA appeal on ad cap
Mint, Dec 11, 2013
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by news and music broadcasters to stop the implementation of a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) rule that limits television advertisements to 12 minutes per hour. Read more...
 
Sony signs up Warner, hopes to up market share to 25%
BS, Dec 11, 2013
Sony Music Entertainment India has entered a strategic licensing deal with Warner Music Group that will arm it with added muscle-power in the Indian music industry. It will become the representative of Warner Music's recording artists' releases and labels in India, Sri Lanka and the other SAARC countries. The deal allows Sony Music to make Warner's catalogue available to consumers through physical sales, digital download, streaming  and a variety of mobile services. Read more...
 
PMO minister V Narayanasamy blames media, CBI, judiciary for country's woes
ET, Dec 11, 2013
Minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office, V Narayanasamy, on Tuesday said the country "is going down" because of the ballyhoo about corruption created by media "which itself is corrupt", the CBI which has "no corporate knowledge" but hounds even honest industrialists, and the judiciary which gets swayed by media trials and doesn't want public perceptions to go against it. Read more...
 
Google likely to launch Nexus TV early next year
Jagran, Dec 10, 2013
The nexus TV is believed to provide many facilities that all the contemporaries fail to deliver. According to reports, it will run on Google’s Android operating system that may also stream videos from YouTube along with a collection of diverse video games. Currently, there is no information about the protocol that video games will follow in order to get a spot on this device. Read more...
 
DTH operators should provide inter-operability of STBs, says TRAI Chairman
ET (PTI), Dec 10, 2013
Direct to Home (DTH) operators should provide their consumers either commercial or technical inter-operability of set top boxes, TRAI chairman Rahul Khullar today said. He told DTH operators that their set top boxes (STB) should be technically inter-operable, which means that a consumer, if he wishes to change his service provider, can use the same equipment. Read more...
 
Facebook joins NYU for new artificial intelligence lab
HBL (PTI), Dec 10, 2013
Facebook has unveiled plans on a partnership with New York University for a new centre for artificial intelligence, aimed at harnessing the huge social network’s massive trove of data. The California-based tech giant named Professor Yann LeCun of NYU’s Centre for Data Science to head up the project. Read more...
 
Mainstream campaigns increase TV usage of online players
BS, Dec 9, 2013
If we look at the composition of the service sector as an advertising category on television between 2011 and 2013, the growing importance of online shopping becomes clear. This category together with tele-shopping, has knocked off DTH (direct-to-home) service providers and real estate/property players from the top two slots in the pecking order. Read more...
 
FBI can spy on you through your webcam without triggering the indicator light... and has had the technology for several years
Daily Mail, Dec 9, 2013
The US government has been able to secretly spy on its citizens through their computer’s webcams for several years, it has been revealed. The FBI has long been able to activate a computer’s camera without triggering the ‘recording light’ to let the owner know the webcam is on, a former assistant director of its tech division has said. Read more...
 
U.S. tech companies call for more controls on surveillance
Reuters, Dec 9, 2013
Eight major U.S. web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call on Monday for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furor over online surveillance. In an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress, the companies said recent revelations showed the balance had tipped too far in favor of the state in many countries and away from the individual. Read more...
 
Watch TV in a whole new way with ultra high-definition
FE, Dec 9, 2013
Technology has made a remarkable impact on almost every aspect of our lives, and the idiot box is set to experience it first hand. Television makers are promoting a new technology these days. It’s called ultra high-definition (UHD) or 4K, and televisions armed with this technology offer very sharp picture quality and a good colour contrast to produce mesmerising images. Earlier, televisions with big screens such as 84-inch came with this technology; nowadays TV makers such as LG, Samsung have introduced it in their 55-inch and 65-inch offerings in order to capture a wider customer base. Read more...
 
TDSAT has no power to examine Trai rules: SC
BS, Dec 7, 2013
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had no power to examine and decide questions on the regulations set by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Challenging the regulations was in the jurisdiction of high courts. Read more...
 
Kings of sting operations Cobrapost, Gulail, Media Sarkar low on credibility, prefer "non-profit" status
ET, Dec 7, 2013
Proprietors of Cobrapost, Gulail and Media Sarkar - three such media outlets in the news of late - say being a commercial enterprise is no more an option in the face of drying funds and hence the move to a non-profit structure where they can solicit tax-free donations. However, according to legal experts, the transition can also make them less transparent. And many media professionals ET spoke to - not all of whom were willing to speak on record - said media ventures that make exposes their stated mission need to be seen as transparent themselves. Read more...
 
Print media being undermined by web: Jeremy O’Grady
Mint, Dec 6, 2013
The print media faces the threat of a “thinning out of authority” from proliferating web-based and electronic media, says Jeremy O’Grady, editor-in-chief of the British news and current affairs magazine The Week. Newspapers need to give their readers “something slightly different” and magazines should find a niche, said Grady, who was in New Delhi to attend the HT Leadership Summit. Read more...
 
British paper 'The Sun' tempts 100,000 over online paywall
ET, Dec 6, 2013
The digital version of The Sun, Britain's most popular tabloid newspaper, attracted more than 100,000 subscribers in the four months since it started charging for online content, publisher News UK said on Friday. Newspaper groups are looking to develop additional revenue streams from online publishing to counter falling print circulations and tough advertising markets, but The Sun is the first mass-audience British tabloid to put all of its online content behind a paywall. Read more...
 
YuppTV launches live broadcasting service
HBL, Dec 6, 2013
YuppTV, over the top live TV and video on demand solutions provider, on Thursday launched a new live worldwide broadcasting service aimed at delivering video streaming services to all devices that can be connected to the Internet. This enables viewers not to miss out on any event happening anytime and anywhere across the world. Read more...
 
We are not at the crossroads of print and digital, says Lonely Planet COO
HBL, Dec 6, 2013
Though BBC Worldwide sold the iconic travel brand Lonely Planet to US-based NC2 Media for $75 million, less than half the price of its earlier buy, for Daniel Houghton, the 25-year-old Chief Operating Officer at Lonely Planet, it is just the beginning of an exciting journey, one in which he is keen to marry the travel information and guidebook company with the limitless potential of 21st century digital technology. Read more...
 
Internet firms step up war on spying
BS (The New York Times News Service), Dec 6, 2013
For big Internet outfits, it is no longer enough to have a fast-loading smartphone app or cool messaging service. In the era of Edward J Snowden and his revelations of mass government surveillance, companies are competing to show users how well their data is protected from prying eyes, with billions of dollars in revenue hanging in the balance. On Thursday, Microsoft will be the latest technology company to announce plans to shield its services from outside surveillance. It is in the process of adding state-of-the-art encryption features to various consumer services and internally at its data centres. Read more...
 
Twitter pushes deeper into targeted advertising
ET (AFP), Dec 6, 2013
Twitter on Thursday launched a new form of targeted advertising, allowing companies to deliver "promoted tweets" to customers who show interest in the brand through Web browsing. The new service called "tailored audiences," is now available globally, as "a new way for advertisers to define your own groups of existing and potential customers, and connect with them on Twitter with relevant messages," the company said. Read more...
 
Idiot box, now mobile
Weekend Life, HBL, Dec 6, 2013
Ten years ago, the idea of watching television on a cell phone was something that fascinated tech-lovers to no end. Some early smart devices did have the features, but then the concept of smartphones really hadn’t caught on. Skip to the time smartphones became the big thing, and we saw video consumption on mobile devices reach new heights. Live television had started catching on in some countries, but definitely not in India. Read more...
 
Xbox One goes further than PlayStation, comes close to TV set-top box
India Today (AP), Dec 5, 2013
The Xbox One won't quite replace your TV set-top box, but it comes awfully close. The latest game console from Microsoft takes a big leap toward being the main entertainment hub in your living room. It gives you a program guide for browsing what's on TV and what's highlighted in apps such as Netflix and Amazon. You can listen to music and view photos stored on Microsoft's SkyDrive service. You can make Skype video calls. Read more...
 
Facebook phases in ‘unfollow’ button
Mint (Reuters), Dec 4, 2013
Facebook Inc has replaced its “hide all” button with the more succinct “unfollow,” letting users block all messages and posts from selected friends. Read more...
 
Newsweek to bring back print edition next year
HBL (PTI), Dec 4, 2013
US current affairs magazine Newsweek, which had ceased publication last year to focus on its Web site, plans to bring back the print edition early next year. Read more...
 
Apple buys social media analytics firm Topsy Labs
BBC, Dec 3, 2013
Topsy is one of the few firms to have access to Twitter's entire data stream. It has recently created a searchable database of all tweets sent - more than 400 billion - since Twitter's launch. Apple did not say how much it paid for the firm, but the Wall Street Journal which first reported the story put the figure at around $200m (£122m). Read more...
 
Facebook making it easier for users to access news
Times of Oman (AFP), Dec 3, 2013
Facebook is boosting its efforts to put more news in its News Feed. That is, real news from the news media, rather than status updates from friends. The world's biggest social network, cognizant of its growing importance for discovering news, said in a blog post on Monday that it is revising the way it delivers information to its billion-plus users. Read more...
 
Entertainment battle moves to the web
BS, Dec 3, 2013
The who's who of the Rs 83,000-crore Indian media and entertainment industry is back online, and with gusto. The growth in mobile devices coupled with an improving bandwidth has liberated millions of Indians. This in turn has led to an explosion in online video consumption in one of the world's largest internet markets. From liftmen and security guards to college students - more than 227 million Indians are online. They could be watching films, cricket matches, TV shows, yoga and cookery lessons, among other things, on their mobiles, laptops, tablets, phablets et cetera. According to comScore, a digital anyalytics company, more than 59 million people went to one video site or the other in November 2013. The actual figure is larger as the comScore sample doesn't yet include mobile devices. Read more...
 
Status of permitted private satellite TV channels in India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Dec 2, 2013
Permitted Private Satellite TV Channels in India: 784
News and Current Affairs Channels: 389
Non-News and Current Affairs Channels: 395
Read more...
 
Comcast tests new ad tech to help networks capture binge viewers
Reuters, Dec 2, 2013
As people get used to catching up on or binging on older episodes of shows through online services like Netflix and Hulu, cable companies and TV networks are plying viewers with past episodes from current seasons that can be watched on demand through their cable set-top boxes. Read more...
 
Facebook in talks for its first acquisition in India
BS, Dec 2, 2013
Social networking giant Facebook is in talks to acquire Bangalore-based product start-up Little Eye Labs. Sources close to the development said the deal was expected to be announced in the next few weeks. Read more...
 
Global electronics market 2018 forecasts for six sectors
CIOL, Dec 2, 2013
Among the sectors, Analog & Digital TV accounts for nearly 32.3 percent of the overall market share followed by Personal Computers at 25.5 percent holding the second position. Global market for Consumer Electronics especially in Tablet will record strong hold over the next five years driven by raising demand in fast-growth market in Asian and other emerging countries. Read more...
 
Digital, promotions can influence $20 bn in sales
BS, Dec 1, 2013
According to market analysts, using promotions can influence $10 billion (Rs 62,000 crore) in sales. For FMCG products, promotions influenced 34 per cent of shoppers to make a bigger purchase than planned, and four in 10 shopped for groceries earlier than anticipated. Across a variety of food categories, on average, more than half the shoppers purchased a different product than usual due to promotions. Read more...
 
Tube, tweets and trends
Mid-day, Dec 1, 2013
There are several players on the social media platform. However, needless to mention, the fastest mode of communication to allow this difference is Twitter. And it’s not just restricted to youth anymore. So much so that Nielsen recently did a study and found a co-relation between people tweeting about a certain TV show and its relative rating. After all, a lot of families today have increasingly started to combine TV viewing with the use of information networks to discuss and deliberate what they have watched as well as what they missed. This is particularly the case in the Indian context while watching daily soaps, reality shows and sports tournaments beamed live on their TV sets. Read more...
November 2013
Petition on TV channel regulation: SC issues notices to govt, media bodies
Mint, Nov 30, 2013
A bench headed by chief justice P. Sathasivam issued notices to the ministries of information and broadcasting, law and justice, and information technology in response to an item of public interest litigation (PIL) that sought the court’s intervention to bring TV channels under a regulatory framework. Filed by a civil society body called Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, the petition claims that while the print media is regulated, there is no regulatory body or censorship for TV channels. Read more...
 
BARC approves Mediametrie as partner for audience measurement
Mint, Nov 30, 2013
The Broadcast Audience Research Council has approved Mediametrie, a French audience measurement company as its technology partner in a board meeting held on Saturday. However the official deal between the two entities is expected to take place early next week. Read more...
 
The digital marketers
Mint, Nov 24, 2013
At Myntra.com, the founder’s values and beliefs are expressed in a three-dimensional way, through space allocation and visual communication. At Vserv.mobi, the founder’s commitment to the mobile domain is constantly reinforced through online and offline touch points. Some lessons for all marketers, regardless of domain. Read more...
 
Groupon India to launch services in Goa in Jan 2014
The Hindu Business Line, Nov 24, 2013
It offers deals across three categories, including local services which is the main category and offers deals on restaurants, spas, saloons, dentists healthcare etc, than there is product category and the third is travel. Read more...
 
TV market competition intensifying: ITU
IANS, Nov 21, 2013
In a new report, the ITU said over 55 percent of households with a TV in the world now is receiving a digital signal compared with just 30 percent in 2008. The report notes that traditional multi-channel TV platforms, such as cable and direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, are facing increasing competition from IPTV service providers and even digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels. Read more...
 
Indian mobile users prefer ads to be stimulating
The Hindu Business Line, Nov 15, 2013
Smartphone and tablet users in India feel ideal mobile advertisements should be informative, creatively eye-catching and enhance their social standing, a survey by Internet giant Yahoo and global media and marketing services firm Mindshare revealed. Read more...
 
The new jungle drums
The Hindu, Sunday Magazine, Nov 12, 2013
The phone call that Bunkar made is part of a unique cell phone-based social media networking system called CGNetSwara, which operates inside sensitive territory termed ‘Maoist areas’. Set up by former BBC journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary, CGNetSwara gives the Adivasi Gonds of central India a voice that reflects their interests, their local news and events. Read more...