Archives 2014

December 2014
Digital trends that will endure
BS, Dec 31, 2014
Curated made-for-mobile content, audience-based media buying, niche social media communities are what marketers should know. Read more...
 
Live TV coverage of anti-terror ops may be banned
Mint (PTI), Dec 31, 2014
Live coverage of anti-terror operations by television channels is likely to be banned soon as the home ministry has asked the information and broadcasting ministry to amend the rules to stop such telecast. Citing the unpleasant experience during 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks when news channels broadcast National Security Guard (NSG) operations live, the home ministry told the I&B ministry to amend the Programme Code under the Cable Television Network Rules so that no terror-related operation is telecast live in future. Read more...
 
118 journalists killed in 2014; Pakistan, Syria deadliest: IFJ
Mint (AFP), Dec 31, 2014
One hundred and eighteen journalists and media staff were killed around the world in 2014, with Pakistan and Syria the deadliest countries, the International Federation of Journalists said Wednesday. The IFJ said those killed, 13 more than in 2013, were either targeted for their work or caught in the cross-fire while another 17 died in accidents or natural disasters while on assignment. It renewed its call to governments to “make the protection of journalists their priority”. Journalists are “targeted not only to restrict the free flow of information, but increasingly as leverage to secure huge ransoms and political concessions through sheer violence,” IFJ president Jim Boumelha said in a statement. Read more...
 
Disney’s Maker Studios said to craft ‘Star Wars’ series for Web
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 31, 2014
Maker Studios, the Web video network owned by Walt Disney Co., will produce short-form shows about everything from Star Wars fashion to games to help its new parent promote the next film in the space-adventure series. Maker, the largest operator of channels on YouTube, has secured sponsors to help fund the shows, said people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Read more...
 
Explained: What is net neutrality and how Airtel almost broke it
India Today, Dec 30, 2014
In the last few days there has been a lot of talk around the concept of net neutrality. It started after Airtel announced plan to charge 3G and 2G data subscribers extra for internet calls - often dubbed VoIP calls - made using apps like Skype and Viber. While Airtel has put the plan on hold for now, the move sparked a debate around the concept of net neutrality. Read more...
 
ISL was watched by 429 million on TV according to TAM data
ET (PTI), Dec 30, 2014
An aggregate of 429 million viewers (TAM data CS4+ extrapolated to the universe using a standard conversion factor) watched the inaugural Hero Indian Super League football tournament live on their TV screens, making it the second most-watched sport in the country after cricket. The league cut across demographic boundaries and captured the imagination of a diverse fanbase, with women and children accounting for 57 percent of the 429 million viewers. Read more...
 
Bharti Airtel drops plan to charge more for voice calls but startups still worry
ET, Dec 30, 2014
Despite dropping plans to charge more for voice calls on services such as Skype and Viber that pass through its network, Bharti Airtel continues to draw flak from India's startup community. Technology entrepreneurs are concerned that India's largest mobile-phone operator could once again violate net neutrality and introduce differential pricing for internet access. Read more...
 
The uncovering
Mint, Dec 30, 2014
Stars played out their body politics in 2014 while we watched with sucked-in abs. One of the most unforgettable editions of Granta magazine I have ever read is called The Body. In the way that Granta assimilates a narrative, this collection too has essays, photographs and shorter articles. It is a series of searing pieces on sex, the body politic, stories of people who live by their bodies and for them, or how the body can go from being your lifesaver to your worst foe. Read more...
 
Pakistan’s answer to terrorism: show only good news at bedtime
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 30, 2014
Pakistan has a new weapon in its fight against terrorism. Good behavior norms by the media. A parliamentary panel has endorsed a list of 46 guidelines for television and print media, including censoring live reporting and setting up editorial boards to vet “each and every news, image, breaking news,” according to a statement on the parliament’s website. To aid the psycho-social development of children the panel says “it’s a bad idea to speak against the country’s security apparatus,” and recommends showing “good news first and if possible before bedtime.” Read more...
 
Official Chinese media blames Google over Gmail suspension
Mint (PTI), Dec 30, 2014
US Internet giant Google Inc.’s failure to obey Chinese law is to be blamed for the suspension of its popular email service, a state-run daily on Tuesday said after the last indirect means to access Gmail was apparently blocked. “China welcomes the firm to do business on the prerequisite that it obeys Chinese law. However, Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law, resulting in conflict,” an editorial in the Global Times said. “The issue at heart is to what extent Google is willing to obey Chinese law, on which China’s attitude is steadfast,” the article titled “Gmail glitch fuels unnecessary speculation” said. The world’s biggest email service, Gmail has been largely inaccessible from within China since the run-up to the 25th anniversary in June of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protests. Its services accessed though VPN (Virtual Private Network) via Internet servers abroad to skip China’s massive surveillance firewalls were also barred by the government in recent days. Google has maintained a delicate relationship with China since it withdrew from the Chinese mainland in 2010. Read more...
 
‘The Interview’ said to be top-selling 2014 film on Google play
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 30, 2014
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.’s ‘The Interview,’ which earned $15 million in online sales and rentals through Saturday, ranks as the top-grossing movie of the year for Google Inc., a spokeswoman for the Internet company said. The tally on Google Play and YouTube, Xbox and other Web outlets, dwarfs the $2.8 million the Seth Rogen comedy took in this weekend in cinemas. ‘This is the End,’ Rogen’s directorial debut, generated $20.7 million in its opening weekend in 2013. Google declined to provide actual sales, according to the spokeswoman, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be named. The sales, an online record for Culver City, California- based Sony Pictures, will partly mitigate financial damage caused by the so-called Guardians of Peace, the cyberterrorists who broke into the company’s computers and released confidential corporate and personnel information. The studio spent an estimated $80 million making and marketing the film. Read more...
 
Ajit Balakrishnan: The Great War, online
BS, Dec 29, 2014
The telecom, the internet, the media industry worldwide is currently organised not that differently from 1914 Europe. Europe then had its Great Powers - Great Britain, France, Russia - not unlike the Great Powers of the world internet - Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, who dominate every country in the world, with the exception of China. Facebook owns WhatsApp and Microsoft owns Skype, the two services that are at the centre of the current "net neutrality battle". Read more...
 
Media planning is not about commodity buying anymore: Avinash Kaul
BS, Dec 29, 2014
What started in 2007 - seemingly like an isolated crash in the US housing market - blew into a global recession by 2009. India, too, was affected by falling demand; the popular sentiment was to hold back on the cash spends. There were new industries that came in with the optimism of 2008 and some old ones that were wiped out. And while so much was changing, what didn't reduce was the consumers' engagement with the Indian media and entertainment sector. Read more...
 
Scale doesn't ipso facto translate into an ability to make better content: David Haslingden
BS, Dec 29, 2014
Successful global media companies will morph into local media companies, David Haslingden tells Vanita Kohli-Khandekar. Read more...
 
Measurement continues to be a challenge in digital media: Barry Cupples
BS, Dec 29, 2014
Digital is so dynamic that measurement is not keeping pace, Barry Cupples tells Vanita Kohli-Khandekar. Read more...
 
Marketers in India spend more on print than on television
ET, Dec 29, 2014
Marketers in India are spending more on print than on television, according to the latest FICCI-KPMG India Media and Entertainment Report 2014. Advertising spend on print was higher in 2013 as well, and according to the report, print will remain ahead of television at least till 2018. Read more...
 
2014: TRAI gave recommendations for cross-media ownership, DTH guidelines, Spectrum pricing
Daily Excelsior (Agencies), Dec 29, 2014
It was a busy year for Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in 2014 giving its recommendations on crucial issues like cross-media ownership, DTH licensing guidelines and platform services channels besides pricing of Spectrum for the proposed auction in the 900 and 1,800 megahertz bands. Read more...
 
Flipkart’s aggressive plans in 2015
Mint, Dec 29, 2014
India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart Ltd plans to invest in or acquire 15-20 companies in 2015 as it seeks to add to its own offerings and also build a venture capital firm-like portfolio of investments, three people familiar with the matter said. Flipkart is in talks to buy a large stake in mobile advertising firm AdIQuity Technologies Pvt. Ltd, two of the three people said. Flipkart may also pick up a stake in marketplace and auctions start-up WeHive Technologies Pvt. Ltd, the two said. All the people spoke on condition of anonymity. Flipkart declined comment. Read more...
 
Sony bulls look beyond hackings to lucrative turnaround play
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 29, 2014
It may not be as far-fetched as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) dispatching a celebrity tabloid show host and his producer to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Yet a 43% rally in the shares of money-losing Sony Corp. is pretty remarkable. Sony has delivered a one-year return that’s on par with that of Apple Inc. and is one of the top performing stocks in Japan in 2014, easily beating gains of about 9% in Japan’s Nikkei 225 and Topix benchmark indexes. This is the same Sony that’s forecasting to lose 230 billion yen ($1.9 billion) for the fiscal year that ends in March 2015. Sony Pictures Entertainment, meanwhile, has had sensitive corporate emails and film properties hacked and publicized, much to the embarrassment of top executives. Even so, 65% of the Sony analysts tracked by Bloomberg continue to have buy ratings on the stock and have an average 12-month share-price estimate of 2,804 yen. That’s 9.5% higher than the stock’s latest close. Read more...
 
Sony’s ‘The Interview’ movie earns $15 million in online sales
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 29, 2014
“The Interview” earned more than $15 million in online sales in its first four days of distribution as Sony Corp. bypassed a wide theater release amid concerns from major cinema chains about threats of violence. The movie, a farce about a plot to kill North Korea’s leader, was rented or purchased online more than 2 million times from 24 December through 27 December, Sony Pictures Entertainment said in a statement on Sunday. Apple Inc. separately began offering the comedy on its iTunes Store on Sunday, expanding the online reach. Sony first made the movie available beginning 24 December on Google Inc.’s Play and YouTube Movies along with Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox video console and www.seetheinterview.com, a website sponsored by Sony. Read more...
 
Authors turn up their noses at Amazon’s subscription service
Mint (The New York Times), Dec 29, 2014
Authors are upset with Amazon. Again. For much of the last year, mainstream novelists were furious that Amazon was discouraging the sale of some titles in its confrontation with the publisher Hachette over e-books. Now self-published writers, who owe much of their audience to the retailer’s publishing platform, are unhappy. One problem is too much competition. Read more...
 
Make apps, e-tailing presence work harder
BS, Dec 28, 2014
Getting digital consumers to commit to a long-term relationship is not easy. Digital media is transforming consumer's relationship with a brand through the stages of brand awareness, consideration, evaluation, purchase and use. Accenture recently surveyed 600 consumers in a report titled, Charming the digital consumer: Priorities for today's marketer, to understand their behaviour and relationship with a brand. Read more...
 
Spot Light | 2014 in advertising
Mint, Dec 27, 2014
I have been in the advertising business for 25 years now. Until around last year, the annual journey was like any other. The expectation barometer barely flickering. Sure, there were new ideas. But most were in the same imagination pool where my fish plopped. No strong themes to follow. This year, however, the journey changed. The road is new. The sights are new. Not just whipped up by social media or technology, but by all kinds of things. I know the journey ahead will deal new cards faster than we can shuffle. Here are themes that stood out for me in 2014, and will squarely poke 2015 in its eyes. Read more...
 
Love and longing on the net
BS, Dec 27, 2014
The year coming to its close got me wondering. Who would be the most celebrated person of the year? Many names crossed my mind. And I settled upon one: Myself. The internet had allowed me to live a different life under different circumstances in a different world. And I looked every bit the rock star of my teenage fantasies. Much as I was in control of my virtual world, I knew I was part of a subculture comprising wackos and lonely people who said and did what they liked - uncensored, unregulated, and outside of society's norms. It was as shocking as it was innovative. Read more...
 
Airtel move to charge VoIP calls not illegal: TRAI chief Rahul Khullar
Indian Express, Dec 27, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman, Rahul Khullar does not see any illegality in Bharti Airtel’s move to charge customers a higher rate for making voice calls from its network using apps like Skype, Viber etc than what it charges for surfing. In an exclusive interview, Khullar, while agreeing that the move is against the principle of net neutrality, said that so far there is no policy or regulatory framework in the country which says that net neutrality should be maintained. Read more...
 
COAI complains to Trai about net telephony, WhatsApp
ToI, Dec 27, 2014
The fight between mobile operators and over-the-top (OTT) players such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber is intensifying. Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has filed a complaint with telecom regulator Trai, making a series of allegations against OTT players, ranging from running operations without licences and permissions to doing business without following the security norms. Read more...
 
Sony’s ‘The Interview’ takes in $1 million on christmas day
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 27, 2014
“The Interview” took in more than $1 million in ticket sales on Christmas Day, as the Sony Pictures comedy filled US theaters in limited release without incident following threats of violence. The movie, which opened in more than 300 locations, was also available for rent and purchase at Google Play and other websites. It topped the charts of two online marketplaces, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox video store and YouTube’s movie store. Filmgoers made a point to see “The Interview” on the big screen after major cinema chains dropped the movie because computer hackers linked by the FBI to North Korea threatened to attack theaters that showed it. Read more...
 
These 3 Companies Are Major Beneficiaries Of The Cord-Cutting Movement
Business Insider, Dec 27, 2014
Revenue for digital video services like Netflix and Hulu has taken off in the last decade: It started picking up in 2007 with the introduction of the modern smartphone, but it started really taking off in 2010, the same year Apple introduced the iPad. The beneficiaries of those new device categories, however, were the big distributors of that digital content - Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. Read more...
 
Court allows Aereo to auction TV streaming technology assets
Reuters, Dec 27, 2014
A bankruptcy court has allowed defunct video streaming company Aereo Inc to auction its TV streaming technology assets, according to court papers published on Friday. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday that Aereo could sell its assets, after the company reached an agreement with broadcasters over the sale process. These broadcasters include CBS Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC, Walt Disney Co's ABC and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox. Read more...
 
Sony film mess reflects a major gadgets-entertainment gap
Mint (AP), Dec 26, 2014
Sony’s iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it’s apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for. The stolid silence of Sony’s Tokyo headquarters over the hoopla surrounding Sony Pictures Entertainment’s The Interview underscores the longstanding divide between the Japanese parent company and its US-led and -run motion pictures subsidiary, successor to Columbia Pictures. Read more...
 
Why Twitter is a polarizing platform
Mint, Dec 25, 2014
In his 2012 book Patriots and Partisans, historian Ramachandra Guha wrote a lengthy harangue about Internet trolls. Using numerous conversations over email and letters, Guha pointed out the general disdain for diversity of opinions among his correspondents. Guha found support from several others in India’s public life who have been at the receiving end of vitriolic abuse for holding an opinion that may differ from the views of the majority, or from that of a vocal minority. Over the past few years, such abuse has shifted from personal email conversations to public platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Read more...
 
Political parties launch radio ad blitz ahead of Delhi elections
Mint, Dec 25, 2014
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have joined battle in earnest on FM radio channels, airing ads attacking each other, as they seek to woo voters in Delhi before the Election Commission sets the dates for polls to the state assembly. The pre-election ad blitz is music to the ears of executives at private radio channels, which expect to earn up to Rs.20 crore from the commercials. Read more...
 
‘The Interview’ review: Much less compelling than the events it inspired
Mint, Dec 25, 2014
It’s hard to know what I would have made of The Interview if I had watched it months ago, before the scheduled release of the movie provoked a massive cyber-attack that prompted an international affair. Instead, I spent two hours this Christmas Eve watching James Franco shift his eyebrows into overdrive, grappling for the true meaning of a sophomoric comedy. This is what all the fuss was about? Read more...
 
Sony puts ‘The Interview’ on YouTube, other digital platforms
Mint (Reuters), Dec 25, 2014
“The Interview,” the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to US consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut after hacker threats prevented its wide release on Christmas day. The film was available for rental on Google Inc’s YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Read more...
 
NEC technology estimates infrastructure damage using video images
BS (ANI), Dec 25, 2014
The NEC Corporation has developed the world's first technology capable of measuring and estimating internal deterioration of road bridges and other types of infrastructure based on video images of the surface taken by camera. The technology uses NEC's unique, world-class video and image processing technology to capture, measure and analyze surface vibrations in road bridges and other types of infrastructure, to enable internal deterioration, from issues such as cracks, flaking or cavities, to be estimated. This will make it possible to detect deteriorating infrastructure at an earlier stage and prioritize repairs more efficiently. Read more...
 
Google fibre services in India soon
HBL, Dec 24, 2014
Internet giant Google is in talks with the IT Ministry to roll out optical fibre-based broadband services as part of the Digital India programme. Google plans to roll out a fibre network in a small area as a showcase project. According to top officials in the IT Ministry, the discussions are at an initial stage. “We are keen to partner a company like Google in furthering the Digital India plan. Modalities have to be worked out,” the official said. One of the issues being discussed is whether Google can be allowed to do the project without having to acquire a telecom licence. Read more...
 
'Mobile & internet most crucial components in brand marketers' toolkit'
ET, Dec 24, 2014
With all the time we spend on it and the buzz around its potential, it's easy to believe that mobile and internet together are the two most crucial components in the toolkit of the brand marketer today. But lean back from that screen a little and you will realise that the reality is somewhat different. Firstly, the approximately 800 million mobile phones in the country are actually mobile 'subscription' penetration figures. The number of unique mobile phone 'users' stands at about 349 million, only about 27 per cent of India. Secondly, smartphone penetration in the country is a mere 11 per cent. Thirdly, of the 1.25 billion people in India, only one-fifth use the internet (across any device). Read more...
 
Sony to release ‘The Interview’ in more than 200 theaters
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 24, 2014
Sony Pictures will release “The Interview” in more than 200 theaters on Christmas Day, reversing an earlier decision not to show the picture on that date amid threats of violence. Sony will screen the Seth Rogen-directed movie at the Alamo Drafthouse chain, based in Austin, Texas, and the Plaza Theater in Atlanta. Laemmle Theaters said on Twitter it will screen the comedy about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at its North Hollywood location beginning 31 December. The studio provided the theater count in an e-mail. Read more...
 
My media wish list for Santa Claus
BS, Dec 23, 2014
Reporting on the Rs 83,000-crore Indian media and entertainment industry over the last 14 years has been a joy. But with every passing year, its opaqueness, the lack of data and, therefore, the inability to analyse it, like other industries, is exasperating. Read more...
 
Bournvita Quiz Contest to move off from TV to digital space
BS (PTI), Dec 23, 2014
The country's oldest running quiz Bournvita Quiz Contest will shift to digital interface from December 25, making a transition from television medium after ruling the space for last 40 years. The digital version of the show has been created especially for YouTube and will enable audience inter-activity and engagement by allowing viewers to play along during the show, Mondelez India Foods, which was earlier known as Cadbury India, said in a statement. Read more...
 
Sebi analyst norms: Media exemption under a cloud
BS, Dec 23, 2014
An exemption to mediapersons from registration under the new research analyst regulations, as stated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) earlier, is now under a cloud. Earlier this month, Sebi had released a set of answers to FAQs (frequently asked questions) on the new regulations. In these, it had said journalists would have to follow the regulations, but were exempt from registration. Read more...
 
Media exemption from Sebi's analyst norms might be invalid
BS, Dec 23, 2014
The research analyst regulations released recently by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is likely to cover journalists as well. A registration exemption for mediapersons, mentioned by the regulator earlier, might not be valid under law. In a set of answers to FAQs (frequently asked questions) on the new regulations, Sebi had said these rules would also cover journalists, who would be exempt from registration. Read more...
 
Assembly Elections Results 2014: The joke may be on TV channels
FirstPost, Dec 23, 2014
The joke may be on the TV channels this time when it comes to covering counting trends in J&K and Jharkhand, says our editor-in-chief R Jagannathan. Each channel has been flashing widely divergent numbers on the leads of various parties, suggesting that each one is getting different feeds at different points of time. It could also be an indicator of slim margins. Read more...
 
Cable Operators Threaten Blackout Demanding Revision of Fee Structure
New Indian Express, Dec 23, 2014
Seventy lakh households subscribing to Arasu Cable may face blackout as last mile cable operators threaten to go on stir on January 24 demanding revision of cable subscription structure from Rs 70 to Rs 150. Read more...
 
City set for new round of cable wars
Bangalore Mirror, Dec 23, 2014
It seems another set of cable wars has erupted across Bengaluru, with viewers complaining of channels being blocked. Read more...
 
YouTube challenger lets music fans call the shots
Mint (The New York Times), Dec 23, 2014
Five years ago Yoni Bloch, an Israeli rock star, wanted to make a music video that would let viewers choose what happened as the story unfolded. But the technology did not exist, so Bloch and his band members developed it themselves and shot the video for $2,000. That technology is now the basis for Interlude, a company Bloch helped start in 2010 that has joined the ranks of YouTube’s challengers. Read more...
 
Digital gets a seat at the CxO table
BS, Dec 22, 2014
In the last 10 months, there has been a series of developments in Indian advertising pertaining to digital, pushing it from the periphery to the centre of senior management tables at agencies. Read more...
 
Games consoles using more power than ever
Deccan Herald (NYT), Dec 22, 2014
The mayhem will be fictional but the electricity needed to run the consoles, engineers point out, will be real and greater than ever, according to the engineers at the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit utility consortium based in Palo Alto, California. After the consortium’s engineers in Knoxville, Tennessee, conducted product testing, they found that unlike other new electricity-using products, like light bulbs and air-conditioners, which become more energy-frugal every year, game consoles take more and more. Read more...
 
Battle to control Internet services in city
The Hindu, Dec 21, 2014
In the battle to control Internet services in the city, the tussle between local cable operators and large broadband service providers has seen a trail of accusations, cut cables and police complaints. Broadband operators such as ACT Broadband, Hathway, G Broadband, and Bangalore Broadband Network Ltd. (BBNL) have reported that their lines have been cut allegedly by local cable operators in areas including Jeevan Bima Nagar, Indiranagar, Koramangala, Vijayanagar, Yelahanka, Lakkasandra, and Jayanagar. Read more...
 
Russia sees harsh crackdown on independent media
ToI (AP), Dec 21, 2014
The Dozhd news channel, whose editor-in-chief Zygar was given a Committee to Protect Journalists award last month, rose to prominence in 2011 with its coverage of the mass protests against President Vladimir Putin — which state-owned television largely ignored. As other Russian television channels have grown increasingly subservient this year, providing propaganda backing for the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and Russia's aggressive policy toward Ukraine, Dozhd didn't follow the lead — and is now paying for it. Read more...
 
Social media amplified the fear about imported Ebola case
Mint, Dec 19, 2014
Social media drove the fear of Ebola in countries like the US, which saw a few imported cases in October, as opposed to the West African countries where social media presence was lower but where the Ebola epidemic raged, says a study to be published on 27 December in medical journal The Lancet. Read more...
 
Balaji Telefilms to enter American television market with Indus Media deal
Mint, Dec 19, 2014
Television and film production company, Balaji Telefilms Ltd on Thursday announced that it is entering the American television market by signing an American television series production deal with Indus Media, the firm said in filing to BSE. The deal will see Balaji secure rights to the TV series ‘Brown Nation’, a satirical comedy based on the lives of Indian Americans, the firm said. This will be the first series under the new deal and is being planned for release in early 2015. Balaji has been scouting for collaborations with international players to produce content for various locations across media platforms and this will be an important step to reach out to a diverse audience, the firm said in the filing. Read more...
 
Village broadband plan bound to fail, says Trai chief
ToI, Dec 19, 2014
The government's ambitious national broadband plan to connect as many as 2.5 lakh villages through optic fibre came in for sharp criticism from telecom regulator Rahul Khullar, who termed the move as "impossible" to implement and something that is bound to "fail". Read more...
 
Broadband connectivity key to rural development
Indian Express, Dec 19, 2014
The availability of a robust and reliable broadband connectivity is most critical for the successful implementation of some of the key social sector schemes and programmes in rural areas by the Central and State governments on e-governance, education, health, employment and financial inclusion. The benefits of the broadband connectivity to the rural population are immense with the convergence of voice, data and video. We will have the children studying in e-classes with state of the art audio-visual content and able guidance of better quality instructors from centralised locations (district/ state headquarters), assisted by local teachers and guides who will also learn in the process. Read more...
 
'Digital India' will be a game changer for India, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
BS (ANI), Dec 19, 2014
Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday that 'Digital India' will be a game changer for the country and it will have a cascading effect to change the entire system. Chairing the Consultative Committee Meeting attached to his Ministry where all the Members of the Committee had appreciated the way that the Digital India' Programme has been conceived, Prasad informed the members that about seven lakh kilometers of cable for broadband is proposed to be laid in the next three years as against 10 lakh kilometers laid in the country so far. Read more...
 
Facebook sees further decline in usage among teenagers in 2014
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 19, 2014
Facebook Inc. is getting less and less cool, at least among teens. A report on Friday by Frank N. Magid Associates Inc. found that the portion of 13-17-year-old social-media users in the US on Facebook slipped to 88% this year from 94% in 2013 and 95% in 2012. In the same period, Twitter Inc. and messaging applications rose in popularity in that age group, the study showed. The Menlo Park, California-based company first warned a year ago that teens weren’t using its website as often as before. Read more...
 
Colosceum, Ormax Media look to crowdsource entertainment ideas
Mint, Dec 18, 2014
Content of the people, by the people, for the people. Coming soon to a television screen near you. In the first instance of crowdsourcing entertainment ideas from India’s television viewers, Colosceum Media Pvt. Ltd, a content producer, has tied up with Ormax Media Pvt. Ltd, a media insights firm to make fiction shows ideated by viewers. Ormax has conducted a six-month survey across 15 cities, in an attempt to create such original content. Read more...
 
Only infrastructure won't build Digital India, says Khullar
BS, Dec 18, 2014
The government needs to revisit the broadband plans and think of alternatives if it wants to build 'Digital India' ensuring broadband connectivity for all, Rahul Khullar, chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Thursday. Read more...
 
Jagran Prakashan to acquire Radio City
BS, Dec 18, 2014
Jagran Prakashan Limited (JPL), which publishes 12 newspapers including its flagship brand Dainik Jagran, is set to enter the radio space with the acquisition of Media Broadcast Private Limited (MBPL)'s Radio City 91.1 FM. The JPL board, which approved the acquisition on Tuesday, informed the exchanges that the deal would be funded by internal accruals. The investment is partly for purchase of equity and partly for replacement of loans of sellers. Read more...
 
India's largest, oldest press printing Gita shuts shop
IndiaTV News (IANS), Dec 18, 2014
India's most authentic, biggest, trusted and sustained connect for the Hindu devout with its rich past of religious literature is faced with a strike and indefinite closure. Headquartered in eastern Uttar Pradesh and publishing religious works since 1923, the Gita Press has shut down indefinitely owing to labour unrest. The indefinite closure comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been gifting the Gita to foreign leaders and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has pitched for declaring it a "national scripture". Read more...
 
GE to launch breakdancing documentary for streaming devices
Reuters, Dec 18, 2014
U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric Co (GE.N) plans to release its first feature film through video streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV in a marketing effort that raises the bar for sponsored content. "Shake the Dust" is a documentary about breakdancing and how the movement has united people across the world. Executive-produced by the rap star Nas, it will make its debut on December 24 through a partnership with the music video platform Vevo. Read more...
 
For Bahl, it's 18 all over again
BS, Dec 17, 2014
The warning tape across the glass frontage is intact but the new office in its bright primary colours and contemporary furniture - the very epitome of office chic - is up and running. Someone is receiving explicit instructions on how to write a piece on the Delhi Police chief (no surprises, it's related to the live issue of women's safety after the Uber rape case). Only Raghav Bahl, seated in a spare but interestingly furnished glass cabin, looks relatively under-employed. Deceptively so, since he's aiming for a March/April launch of thequint.com, a mobile-first news service that will mark his Second Coming, so to speak, in the media world. Read more...
 
Indian companies ill-equipped to tackle fraud in virtual world: report
Mint, Dec 17, 2014
Companies in India are ill-equipped to tackle crimes committed in the virtual world such as e-commerce, social media, cloud computing, virtual and cryptocurrency frauds, the Deloitte India Fraud Survey Report said on Tuesday. A rise in corporate fraud over the next two years could outpace corporate India’s efforts to mitigate it, the report said. Read more...
 
Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches
Mint (AP), Dec 17, 2014
Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google Inc. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of 2014’s fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the March disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the ice bucket challenge, an Internet video craze to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game “Flappy Bird,” bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie “Frozen” and the Winter Olympics in Russia. Read more...
 
The art of the travel writer: Q&A with Paul Theroux
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 17, 2014
There are some people you’ve never met but feel you’ve known forever. You’re familiar with them through their work, their actions, their thoughts and their observations. Author Paul Theroux is one such person for me. I was a 19 year-old when I first picked up a copy of The Great Railway Bazaar, perhaps Theroux’s best known work of travel writing. Yes, I read it on board a train, and no, I have sadly not traveled around the world on trains like he did…at least, not yet. I found the book equal parts inspiring and frightening: The idea of traveling by yourself, meeting new people every day and not knowing what would happen next was very appealing. Read more...
 
Sony Pictures: The Data Breach And How The Criminals Won
Forbes, Dec 17, 2014
There are times when I’m simply gobsmacked at the nonsense that transpires in the course of a day. Today sadly, fear uncertainty and doubt won the day over common sense. There has been a lot of press generated about the Sony Pictures breach. Make no mistake about it, this is as bad as I’ve ever seen publicly. Let’s start off with what we know, Sony Pictures had their digital pants yanked down around their ankles. Like I’ve said before, I really feel bad for the IT staff that have to recover from this fiasco. What we don’t actually know is, who was behind this attack. There has been plenty of rumour and conjecture but, lets face it, no hard evidence. Call me old fashioned but, I would love to see some facts. Read more...
 
Facebook's India user base grows to 112 million
ET (PTI), Dec 16, 2014
Growing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world's largest social network platform Facebook expand its userbase in India to 112 million -- the second largest after the US. US-based Facebook, which had about 100 million users in April this year, saw its monthly active users (MAUs) base touching 112 million at the end of September. The number of daily active users (DAUs) from India now stands at 52 million. Read more...
 
Government plans to roll out WiFi in top 25 cities by June 2015
ET (PTI), Dec 16, 2014
Government is looking for a speedy roll out of wifi services at select public places in top 25 cities with population of over 10 lakh by June 2015. "Government has plans to empanel 3-4 wifi service provider for speedy roll out of wifi hotspots across top 25 cities in the country by June 2015. The services will be available at select public places within these cities," according to an official source. The project is part of Digital India programme under which the government aims to cover cities with population of over 1 million and tourist destinations with wifi services by December 2015. Read more...
 
Curbs on free speech cause for concern: report
Mint, Dec 16, 2014
For the first time since January, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has started collecting data on attacks on the media as a separate category. At least 85 attacks were recorded this year. In addition, there were three attacks on other citizens, ten cases of threats and three of harassment. While more details are awaited on these attacks, the Hoot’s Free Speech Tracker has details of 18 instances of attacks and 12 instances of threats recorded this year. Of these, 15 attacks and nine threats were directed at the media, including a police assault on journalists covering news events, the sand mafia attacking an environmental journalist, separate instances of a petrol bomb and gunshots fired on the homes of journalists and reports of journalists being used as human shields in Kashmir. Defamation cases and legal notices threatening defamation had a chilling effect on freedom of expression with 21 instances being recorded through the year, an increase from the two cases in 2012 and seven in 2013. Read more...
 
IRCTC tops overall search, Modi leads politicians tally: Google
Mint (PTI), Dec 16, 2014
Lok Sabha elections this year, which saw extensive use of various digital platforms for political campaigns, has topped the list of trending topics this year in India, search engine giant Google said on Tuesday. According to Google India’s annual “Year in Search” (YIS), other top trends on the website included Fifa World Cup 2014, iPhone 6, GATE 2015 and Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi was also the most searched politician this year, coming ahead of Bollywood biggies like Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. This is for the first time a politician has gained more search popularity than entertainment celebrities, Google said. In terms of top searches across categories, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) topped the list, followed by Flipkart, State Bank of India Online, Snapdeal and PNR Status. Read more...
 
Bengali film industry losing viewers, says report
Mint, Dec 15, 2014
Almost 54% of film viewers in Kolkata have not visited theatres in the last one year to watch a Bengali film, despite proliferation of multiplexes, says a report produced by market research firm IMRB International. To revive the floundering fortunes of the Bengali movie industry, the report suggests creating more engaging content, converting single-screen cinemas to miniplexes, increased use of the digital platform for promotion and distribution, and reaching out to the Bengali diaspora. Read more...
 
Jagran Group to acquire Radio City
Mint, Dec 16, 2014
Jagran Prakashan Ltd on Tuesday announced that it will enter the radio industry by buying Music Broadcast Pvt. Ltd. The deal is estimated to be worth some Rs.500 crore, according to a person familiar with the development who declined to be named. Music Broadcast runs 20 radio stations in seven states under the brand Radio City. Music Broadcast’s 2013-14 revenues were Rs.161.8 crore, and for the first half of 2014-15, the company has shown a 28% growth in advertisement revenues, Jagran said. Read more...
 
India's trouble with monitoring of social media continues
BS, Dec 16, 2014
The tussle between law enforcement agencies and social media companies over sharing of information resurfaced with the Bengaluru police summoning the head of Twitter India. The latest dissatisfaction was over the microblogging site’s responses to police queries following the arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who was using a pro-ISIS Twitter handle @ShamiWitness from Bengaluru. Though later on Monday the city police said Twitter had started responding to their queries, the problem still looms large. Read more...
 
ED attaches assets of Jagan's media house
BS, Dec 16, 2014
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday made a provisional attachment of Rs 47-crore worth of properties, including the plant and machinery and buildings of  Telugu newspaper Sakshi as well as the television channel of the same name, promoted by YSR Congress Party President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. These properties pertain to Jagati Publications Limited, Janani Infrastructure Private Limited and Indira Television Limited. Read more...
 
Speaker mulls stopping of live TV coverage of Assam Assembly
BS (PTI), Dec 15, 2014
Assam Assembly Speaker Pranab Kumar Gogoi today said he is considering to stop live TV coverage of House proceedings after opposition AIUDF staged a walkout with their adjournment motion over an issue not accepted by the Chair. Witnessing unruly scenes at the beginning of the Zero Hour on the first day of the Winter Session of the Assembly, the Speaker said, "Many of you (MLAs) are playing to gallery and behave in such way for publicity." Terming such behaviour as unfortunate, Gogoi said, "The members behave to get noticed during live TV coverage. I am now thinking to stop live TV coverage from inside the House." Read more...
 
Ditto TV partners with Hull.io to power customer engagement
ToI, Dec 16, 2014
Ditto TV, India's first OTT (Over-The-Top) TV distribution platform from Zee New Media, the digital arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has announced its partnership with the unified customer engagement platform, Hull to strengthen its customer engagement activities. Read more...
 
Advocate booked for comments on social media
ToI, Dec 15, 2014
A day after an FIR was lodged against a Kurla-based advocate for allegedly posting defamatory comments against a minority community in a social networking site, police are yet to make any arrests. Police said the advocate had denied making the post and they are taking the help of the cyber cell to crack the case. The post has been blocked by the site after the police made a request. On Saturday a huge mob had laid siege to the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg (RAK) police station to protest against the post and demanding the arrest of advocate Vijay Gaikwad who allegedly made it. The complainant in the case, advocate Moin Khan, is on the friend's list of Gaikwad. Read more...
 
Why TV stars find it so hard to make it big in Bollywood
HT, Dec 15, 2014
For decades now, many have considered television a stepping stone to Bollywood. As a result, the big screen has seen several imports from the tube over the years. While initially, TV stars looking for their big break would mostly do supporting roles in films, that trend seems to have taken a backseat of late. The new generation of TV actors is now aiming to bag lead roles in movies, and many, such as Barun Sobti, have even succeeded. Manish Paul, Jay Bhanushali, Karan Kundra, Karanvir Bohra, Hussain Kuwajerwala and Sara Khan are some of the TV actors who have all made their Bollywood debuts with lead roles. However, the common thread linking these films, unfortunately, seems to be the fact that they haven't performed too well at the box office. Read more...
 
Trai may suggest spectrum usage fee on internet service providers
ET, Dec 15, 2014
India's telecom regulator could recommend levying a fee on internet service providers for using airwaves, as is done in case of mobile phone operators, a move that will make broadband more expensive for consumers as it will push up costs for companies such as Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) could unveil a roadmap early next year for levying a spectrum usage charge or SUC on internet service providers, a senior Trai official told ET. Read more...
 
Nepali TV talent show seeks the civil servant with the X-factor
Mint (Reuters), Dec 15, 2014
A Nepali talent show is in the final stages of finding a star who doesn’t need to sing, dance or act—but has the X-factor when it comes to honesty in their job in the civil service. The competition, Integrity Idol, is searching for the most honest civil servant as part of a campaign to promote greater integrity among bureaucrats in the Himalayan republic and tackle a perception of rampant corruption in government offices. Read more...
 
Sony asks media to destroy data as Sharpton meeting looms
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 15, 2014
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. requested news outlets stop disclosing material from a devastating computer hack as its studio chief made plans to meet a civil-rights leader after the exposure of a racially tinged e-mail exchange. Media companies should destroy the stolen information and will be held responsible for damages from its publication, attorney David Boies wrote to news organizations, including Bloomberg News and the New York Times, in a 14 December letter. Read more...
 
Google says death threats don’t trump copyright law on YouTube
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 15, 2014
An actress who says she got death threats over a performance used in an anti-Islam YouTube clip has made enemies of Google Inc. and Hollywood, which say her bid to erase it from the Internet is making “Swiss cheese” of US copyright law. The owner of the world’s largest search engine, the California Broadcasters Association and the American Civil Liberties Union all foresee dire consequences if a US appeals court doesn’t overturn a first-of-its-kind ruling giving actress Cindy Lee Garcia a copyright interest in her performance. Read more...
 
Sony urges media groups to delete hacked data
ToI (AFP), Dec 15, 2014
Sony Entertainment pressed media outlets on Sunday against using data that hackers may have leaked about the studio. In the letter sent to groups including The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter, lawyer David Boies said the "stolen information" must be destroyed and should not make it to publication. The studio "does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information," Boies wrote in the three-page letter. Read more...
 
UK imams unite against online extremists
BS (PTI), Dec 14, 2014
Ten leading imams in the UK have joined hands to counter online Islamist extremist propaganda that has led to a number of British Muslims being recruited by the dreaded Islamic State (IS) militant group. The imams -- from some of the notorious recruiting grounds for IS -- condemned Internet companies for letting the web become a "safe haven" for terrorists. The religious leaders represent cities such as London, Leicester, Leeds, Lancashire, the West Midlands and Buckinghamshire. Read more...
 
Use social media, but exercise caution, govt tells bureaucrats
ToI (IANS), Dec 14, 2014
The NarendraModi government may have been encouraging its officials to use social media in disseminating information about its policies and programmes, but it also wants them to exercise caution in view of the heightened threat of cyber snooping. In its Dec 5 order, the home ministry instructed its officials to use social media, but with restraint. They were asked to not to use for official purposes email service providers which have their servers located outside India. Read more...
 
Bengaluru-based Mehdi behind IS social media account: report
Mint, Dec 13, 2014
An investigation by a British news channel on Friday revealed a Bengaluru-based individual named Mehdi was allegedly operating an influential Islamic State social media account, @ShamiWitness, on microblogging website Twitter. Social media, most notably Twitter, has been a key battleground for the terrorist group, with its followers often using the microblogging site for propaganda, recruitment, communication, and soliciting support for its activities. Read more...
 
Neuroscience and ad spending
Mint, Dec 11, 2014
The choice model most marketers stick to is AIDA, an abbreviation of: attract attention, attain interest, create desire, get action. AIDA is an old model. It was first formulated by E. St. Elmo Lewis in 1898 and then popularized by Edward Strong in 1925. In a book called Theories of Selling, Strong explained that AIDA identifies the “four states of consciousness which must pass through the mind of the prospect before he will buy”. AIDA’s problem is not its age, of course. The real trouble is that neuroscience research has demonstrated that we make almost all our choices subconsciously—the exact opposite of what AIDA proposes and most marketers implicitly assume. Read more...
 
The ascent of media men
Mint, Dec 11, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not given to gushing, least of all about a journalist. But he outdid himself last week when he waxed eloquent about how television personality Rajat Sharma—a man who had no electricity in his home when he was growing up—was an example of how far people can come in this country. Modi talked of how remarkably different Sharma’s interviewing style was from that of other journalists, how consistent Sharma’s behaviour with politicians was, and how grateful he himself was for a chance to thank a man who gave him such a terrific platform when he was fighting an election. Two enduring media personalities were in focus last fortnight and it is tempting to use their respective career trajectories to understand the limits of journalistic possibility in contemporary India. Read more...
 
Indian Army has a new challenge: Misinformation on social media
ToI (PTI), Dec 11, 2014
Battling a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army now has to fight with a new problem of misinformation campaign on social media which appears to be a tough challenge. It all began with Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda admitting to the "mistake" by his personnel in killing of two civilians in Kashmir last month. This led to a slew of reactions and Hooda had to write to his men saying "not to fall prey" to print, electronic and social media opinions. Read more...
 
Google launches app that brings live channels to Android TV
FirstPost, Dec 11, 2014
Google has launched a new app on the Google Play Store that allows users to watch live television on their Android TV devices. The app, called Live Channels for Android TV, will allow users to watch movies, sports and TV shows from various channels from built-in tuners and IP-based tuners. It will show instantly on Android TV devices. Read more...
 
TV IS OVER: Mobile Is Demoting TV To The Status Of Newspapers In Viewers And Ad Money
Business Insider, Dec 11, 2014
About 26% of customers who call US cable TV companies request "internet only" service, according to a survey of those calls by mobile advertising technology company Marchex. Of those customers, at least 60% actually end up getting internet-only service, Marchex says. Read more...
 
Sony limits media access to ‘Interview’ premiere after hacking
Mint (Reuters), Dec 11, 2014
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. plans to roll out the red carpet for the Thursday premiere of “The Interview,” but the stars of the controversial comedy about North Korea will not face the customary glare of TV news cameras. The studio said on Wednesday that only still photographers and a Sony video team will document arrivals at the event, stopping reporters from asking Seth Rogen and James Franco about a massive cyber attack at Sony that some speculate is linked to the film. Read more...
 
Pennsylvania lawmakers ask for quick approval of Comcast merger with TWC
Reuters, Dec 11, 2014
Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators urged regulators on Thursday to approve "as soon as possible" Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable, saying there were many potential benefits from the proposed tie-up that is opposed by some consumer groups and rival companies. Read more...
 
Panel for air wave base price higher than Trai's
ToI, Dec 10, 2014
The inter-ministerial Telecom Commission paved the way for spectrum auctions in February next year, clearing higher reserve prices for sale of frequencies in 800MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz bands against that suggested by sectoral regulator Trai. Read more...
 
DoT wants clarity that telecom users can move consumer courts
BS (PTI), Dec 10, 2014
The DoT wants the proposed amendment to the consumer protection law to clarify that consumer courts can settle disputes between telecom operators and their customers. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is working on amendment to Consumer Protection Act 1986. Read more...
 
Instagram to delete more spam as user count passes Twitter
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 10, 2014
Instagram, the photo-sharing mobile application, now has more users than Twitter Inc., and will improve the quality of its service by deleting fake accounts. Instagram, owned by Menlo Park, California-based Facebook Inc., said on Wednesday that its monthly active users rose to 300 million this month from 200 million in March, not counting spammers. That exceeds the 284 million users Twitter said it had in October. Read more...
 
Media regulation - The noose tightens
BS, Dec 9, 2014
In August this year, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the broadcast regulator, came out with a paper that had recommendations on "Issues relating to media ownership". In six years this is the fourth such paper that Trai has brought out on the request of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the apex regulatory authority for the Rs 83,000-crore media and entertainment industry in India. Read more...
 
Karnataka govt services now on your fingertips
BS, Dec 9, 2014
People of Karnataka have a reason to cheer. Thanks to Karnataka MobileOne, they can now access around 4,500 services, both public and private, at their fingertips. President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday launched the multi-mode mobile governance platform of the Karnataka government, a pioneering initiative in India for delivery of citizens’ services. “This unique initiative...signals a new era in governance,” Pranab Mukherjee said during his inaugural address. Read more...
 
Delhi rape case brings back world media focus on Uber
BS, Dec 9, 2014
Last weekend’s rape in Delhi by a Uber taxi driver has once again raised the issue of women’s safety in the national capital. However, as the perpetrator was working for rideshare and taxi service, Uber, the spotlight is now on the company which is facing intense scrutiny in India, having already garnered a rather unsavoury reputation in other countries. Read more...
 
Not funny
BS, Dec 9, 2014
If the trigger hadn't been so sad, this suggestion would be downright funny. The general outrage over the latest incident of sexual assault on a young executive in a private cab has quite expectedly spilled over to the social media with netizens demanding answers from a lax government and administration. Read more...
 
Average multiplex ticket prices rise, even as footfalls decline
Mint, Dec 9, 2014
Multiplex firms have been steadily raising their average ticket prices (ATP) for movies while focusing on earnings from food and beverages (F&B) in order to protect revenue growth from sluggish footfalls. ATPs at both PVR Ltd and Inox Leisure Ltd—the two largest multiplex firms—have seen an increase in the first half of the current fiscal year. Read more...
 
Delhi HC sends documentary on Muzaffarnagar riots to CBFC for review
Mint (PTI), Dec 9, 2014
The Delhi high court on Tuesday sent a documentary on Muzaffarnagar riots back to the censor board for reviewing the film to see if a certificate for its public screening can be granted by deleting any scene found objectionable by it. Justice Vibhu Bakhru directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to pass a “speaking order” by giving reasons for any portion of the documentary—‘En Dino Muzaffarnagar’—that it finds objectionable. Read more...
 
Tweeting together, staying together
Mint (NYT), Dec 9, 2014
For many couples, technology is a double-edged sword. The “his” and “hers” towels have been replaced by smartphones that allow people to stay tethered all day, whether it’s to share shopping lists or heart-shaped emoji. But those same couples get into tiffs when one person pulls out a cellphone at dinner or clicks on the iPad before bed, forgoing pillow talk for Twitter. Read more...
 
Hollywood tracks social media chatter to target hit films
Mint (The New York Times), Dec 9, 2014
Hollywood has long relied on consumer surveys to answer a question about soon-to-arrive movies: To what degree have marketing materials made a film a must-see? It used to be easy for studios to use that data, provided roughly a month before release, to improve ticket sales for a film’s opening—a creative tweak to an ad, for instance, or more male-focused TV spots. But movie campaigns have grown considerably longer and more complex. Now, by the time the old tracking system kicks in, studios say they can do little more than brace for impact: Consumers have already made up their minds. Read more...
 
F1’s social media season
Mint, Dec 9, 2014
It has been a successful year for the Mercedes team—they won the Formula One (F1) Drivers’ championship with Lewis Hamilton, and the Constructors’ Championship as well. Now they have finished on top yet again, this time in the rat race of social media reach. Read more...
 
Two more Telangana channels face curbs
Deccan Chronicle, Dec 8, 2014
After ABN Andhra Jyothi and TV9 channels, a few more Seemandhra channels are facing blockade in Telangana state. There were complaints that some multiple system operators (MSOs) have stopped broadcasting ETV-Andhra Pradesh and Sakshi news channels since Sunday. Read more...
 
Youth look to make waves with careers in radio, TV
The Hindu, Dec 8, 2014
In what seems to be an emerging trend, many youngsters are eyeing television anchoring and radio jockeying as careers. With the launch of new television channels, opportunities are aplenty for those who are fresh out of college. Many youngsters, branching away from their field of study, have made a career out of anchoring and hosting events. Read more...
 
Trai recommendations on 3G spectrum may be out by early January
ET (PTI), Dec 8, 2014
Sectoral regulator Trai is expected to give recommendations for base price and valuation of 3G spectrum by early January as the government plans to auction the airwaves along with 2G sale scheduled in February. "There is an open house discussion on December 22 on the issue and the recommendations can be out by the first two weeks of January or earlier," a source in Trai said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has issued a consultation paper on valuation and reserve price of spectrum in 2100 MHz band, used for 3G services, on December 2. Read more...
 
Karnataka to approach Centre to start cable TV network
ToI, Dec 7, 2014
The state government will make a foray in to cable television services if the union government permits it, minister for information and public relations Roshan Baig said here on Sunday. In an informal chat with reporters here, Baig said there are complaints that cable TV operators collect around Rs 400-500 from each household for providing cable TV connection as of now and that people are saddled with unnecessary channels. Read more...
 
Number of TV channels rises by 37 in one year
Zee News (PTI), Dec 7, 2014
Mushrooming of private TV channels continued in the past year, with their number rising from 784 in December to 821 by the beginning of this month. According to latest official data, as on November 30, there are 404 permitted news and current affairs channels in the country and 417 non-news and current affairs channels. In all, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has now allowed 821 TV channels in both categories to function in the country. Read more...
 
Facebook can help tackle campus emergency
Zee News (IANS), Dec 7, 2014
Social networking sites like Facebook may be used when an emergency situation arises to help students as well as keeping those not directly involved in the situation informed about the incident, a study said. Since students remain connected to Facebook most of the time, it is easier to alert them via Facebook about any emergency situation. The same insights might be applied in the business environment too. Read more...
 
We Can’t Trust Uber
The New York Times, Dec 7, 2014
UBER, the popular car-service app that allows you to hail a cab from your smartphone, shows your assigned car as a moving dot on a map as it makes its way toward you. It’s reassuring, especially as you wait on a rainy street corner. Less reassuring, though, was the apparent threat from a senior vice president of Uber to spend “a million dollars” looking into the personal lives of journalists who wrote critically about Uber. The problem wasn’t just that a representative of a powerful corporation was contemplating opposition research on reporters; the problem was that Uber already had sensitive data on journalists who used it for rides. Read more...
 
Nepal stops telecast of satirical TV show’s episode on Modi
The Hindu (PTI), Dec 6, 2014
Nepal’s national channel has stopped the broadcast of a popular satirical TV show’s episode on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the country twice in the past four months. Nepal Television (NTV) withdrew the 576th episode of Tito Satya (bitter truth) on Thursday. Read more...
 
The many distractions of homeland
Mint, Dec 5, 2014
I am back in India after a long time and I cannot wait to catch up on reruns of Arnab’s serial. You haven’t seen it? It is that daily soap in English but with the refreshingly high emotional content of vernacular entertainment. It is exciting stuff. The storyline often surprises and people the audience were convinced were dead in a previous episode (mainly Congressmen) are suddenly written back into the script. There is always a fine sermon. I can’t remember the show’s precise name but I think it is “The autocrat at the breakfast table”. Read more...
 
In move to speed up digitisation, govt assents to home-grown CAS
HBL, Dec 5, 2014
India will soon have its first home-grown conditional access system (CAS) for television viewing, a move that will bring down the cost of set-top boxes and boost the Centre’s aim of completing cable TV digitisation. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has approved a proposal by Bengaluru-based ByDesign India to develop an Indian conditional access system for a total project cost of about ₹30 crore. Read more...
 
Warned two TV channels in last three years over superstition: Govt
Zee News (PTI), Dec 5, 2014
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has in the last three years issued warnings to two TV channels and issued advisories on at least four occasions regarding programmes that promote superstition and blind belief. An advisory was issued to a channel in September 2011 over telecast of programme showing superstition and blind belief, said I&B Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore in a written reply to Lok Sabha. Read more...
 
This Huge New Group Wants To Kill The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Once And For All
Business Insider, Dec 5, 2014
A new group called StopMegaComcast is out to stop Comcast's $45 billion deal to purchase Time Warner Cable, which was announced in February. The StopMegaComcast coalition, which was officially announced on Wednesday, is made up of 15 groups that have previously come out against the deal. Members include Comcast competitor Dish Network, as well as interest groups like The Consumer Federation Of America and the Parents Television Council. Read more...
 
India sees biggest improvement in Internet freedom: Report
Mint (PTI), Dec 4, 2014
Relaxation of restrictions on Internet access and content has helped India register the biggest improvement in Internet freedom this year compared to its global counterparts, a report said on Thursday. According to the report “Freedom on the Net 2014”, very few countries registered any gain in Internet freedom compared to the previous year. “The year’s biggest improvement occurred in India, where authorities relaxed restrictions on access and content that had been imposed in 2013 to help quell rioting in North-Eastern states,” the report said. Internet freedom around the world, however, has declined for the fourth consecutive year. Read more...
 
TV goes into macho men mode with Pukaar, Maharakshak Aryan
ToI, Dec 4, 2014
Move over saas bahu serials and love stories that finally graduate into saas bahu serials, the men are back on television and in a macho avatar. While some of these men will be seen on weekends, others are coming on weekdays to break the clutter of the usual fare dished out on television. Here's a lowdown on all about them. Read more...
 
US court hears dispute over Google digital project
IndiaTV News (AP), Dec 4, 2014
An Authors Guild lawyer urged a federal appeals court in Manhattan on Wednesday to force Google to reward authors for including their books in the world’s largest digital library. Attorney Paul Smith told a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals there was no evidence that Google Inc.’s project helps authors sell books. But he said there was plenty of proof that Google is violating copyright laws. Read more...
 
Americans Watching Less TV, Streaming More: Report
NDTV (AP), Dec 4, 2014
Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says. That's bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well. Read more...
 
China orders further crackdown on domestic media
Mint (Reuters), Dec 4, 2014
China has ordered a further crackdown on its domestic media, telling news organisations to sack illegally recruited employees and close local offices if they have too many of them, state news agency Xinhua reported. State media has been the key vehicle for party propaganda, but reforms over the past decade have allowed greater commercialisation and some increase in editorial independence. But China media watchers say corruption has become a problem, with blackmail a widespread practice in the domestic press and journalists being susceptible to bribes. Read more...
 
BARRY DILLER: TV Is Going To Be Completely Different In 5 To 10 Years
Business Insider, Dec 4, 2014
IAC chairman Barry Diller thinks the cable and satellite TV model is headed for a big shakeup in the next five to 10 years. Speaking at Business Insider's IGNITION conference Wednesday, Diller said negotiations between cable/satellite companies and content providers will eventually reach the point where it doesn't make economic sense for customers to buy bundled viewing packages. Read more...
 
Yet More Evidence That Advertisers Are Pulling Money Out Of TV
Business Insider, Dec 4, 2014
There is yet more quantifiable evidence advertisers are switching off from TV. Data from The Standard Media Index - which claims to pull 80% of US advertising agency spend from the booking systems of five of the six global media global media holding groups, as well as some independent agencies - shows that television ad spending showed a "considerable drop" in October, and was down 9% on the same period last year. Read more...
 
Bhopal Gas Tragedy | The media’s role in the aftermath
Mint, Dec 3, 2014
In the 30 years since the Bhopal gas leak disaster, Indian media has not minced words in pinning blame for the continuing plight of the survivors. But what about the media’s responsibility? What role did it play in reporting the events and what effect did it have on the outcomes? As part of its current series on the world’s worst industrial accident, Mint analysed reports in English and Hindi newspapers in the first week of December 1984. Read more...
 
Delhi HC pulls up I&B ministry over astrology-based TV shows
Mint (PTI), Dec 3, 2014
The Delhi high court on Wednesday pulled up the information and broadcasting ministry for failing to regulate astrology-based shows on television. A division bench of chief justice G. Rohini and justice R.S. Endlaw, which was hearing a petition filed by NGO Sai Lok Kalyan Sanstha, asked the ministry, “What is the procedure which you follow to look into complaints? These are not mere advertisements, these are programs. You are telling us about cable TV regulations, what about DTH?” “We will pass appropriate orders,” the bench said. Read more...
 
SVG Media acquires SeventyNine, NetworkPlay
Mint, Dec 3, 2014
Digital media network company SVG Media Pvt. Ltd on Wednesday said it had acquired mobile video technology platform SeventyNine and performance display platform NetworkPlay from Germany-based printing and publishing firm Gruner + Jahr AG & Co. KG, a unit of the Bertelsmann Group. Read more...
 
Mazdoor Union stalls shoot of 2 TV shows over pending compensation
Mid-day, Dec 3, 2014
The members of Allied Mazdoor Union called for non-cooperation on the sets of two TV shows on Tuesday allegedly as the production house concerned was delaying payment of compensation to the bereaved family of worker Abdul Samad. The worker died in a road accident six months ago during an outdoor shoot. He is survived by his mother, wife and daughter aged nine. Read more...
 
Intel 'Digital Skills for India Program' to train 5 million by 2015-end
IndiaTV News (IANS), Dec 3, 2014
US-based chipmaker Intel Tuesday said it will work with the Indian government through its 'Digital Skills for India' program to help 5 million people by the end of 2015. Intel India will also work with Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) to build capacity by imparting digital literacy training to key resource persons in the first 1,000 Panchayats under the National Optic Fiber Network roll-out in India. Read more...
 
The mobile is the message
BS, Dec 3, 2014
The government at the Centre is known for its penchant for using social media and mobile platform to communicate with the people. And now, the state government seems to be doing something similar. Read more...
 
Twitter unveils improved tools to report harassment
BS (Reuters), Dec 3, 2014
Twitter announced on Tuesday improvements to simplify the way users report abuse and harassment on the social media platform. The company said it will now require less information from users flagging inappropriate content and that it will be easier to submit tweets and accounts for review, even when wrongful behaviour is simply observed and not received directly. Read more...
 
The TV Industry As We Know It May Really, Finally Be Entering A Death Spiral
Business Insider, Dec 3, 2014
In the past 6 months, something has changed with the TV industry, according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. On stage at our IGNITION conference, Armstrong said he recently heard from an advertiser who said he got a rebate for his TV ad budget because the ads weren't going to be filled. The advertiser needed to spend the extra money digitally as quickly as possible. It's unclear if this was just a one time blip, or start of something different. Armstrong seemed to believe it was the start of a big change. He thinks digital video advertising is finally starting to suck dollars from TV advertising. Read more...
 
FCC restarts clock on Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV mergers
Reuters, Dec 3, 2014
U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday restarted its informal 180-day countdown to review the proposed mergers between Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, and AT&T Inc and DirecTV. The FCC's self-imposed, non-binding "shot clock" will restart at Day 70 for the AT&T-DirecTV merger and Day 85 for the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, the agency said. The agency had paused the clock on the reviews as it figured out how to properly consider and allow the public to review sensitive documents related to agreements with media companies. Read more...
 
Narendra Modi criticizes Indian media over interviews
Mint (PTI), Dec 2, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday criticized the media for interviews where questions are asked with the apparent aim of getting answers that are sometimes “pre-decided”. “In interviews, this is our experience. We have to reply at every roundabout and nook and corner. In most of the interviews, the person asking questions has already decided on the answers. He will not let you go unless you give him the answer he wants. Once you have given the answer they want, they lose interest in you,” Modi said. Read more...
 
Trai Seeks Views on Draft Tariff Order for Analog TV Systems
NDTV (PTI), Dec 2, 2014
In the draft tariff order, Trai has prescribed that broadcasters should mandatorily offer all their channels on a-la-carte basis though they are also free to offer bouquets. It has also favoured the continuation of the existing mechanism to regulate wholesale tariff, in the draft order. Read more...
 
Saradha Group gone, www. saradhagroup.biz web site still remains
ET (PTI), Dec 2, 2014
The Saradha Group went bust over a year ago but its web site, which lured unsuspecting poor people into investing in its chit fund schemes and deprived them of their hard-earned savings, still exists. The website www. saradhagroup.biz can be accessed on the Internet. It begins with a message: "Saradha Group of companies has brought in a new renaissance for better development of the country. We always give more importance for the development of the community, along with education and social upgradation. We give priority to moral values." Read more...
 
Exfinity Tech Fund, backed by TV Mohandas Pai and Balakrishnan V, pumps $1.5 mn into video-streaming provider
FE, Dec 2, 2014
Promoted by IT industry veterans, Exfinity Technology Fund on Monday announced an investment of $1.5 million (Rs 9 crore) in Bangalore-based video streaming solutions provider RiverSilica Technologies. Read more...
 
Free speech in the age of facebook and gangsta rap
Mint (Bloomberg), Dec 2, 2014
Free speech doesn’t permit you to make a true threat against the safety of another person. But what’s a true threat? Is it enough that a reasonable listener would consider the threat real? Or do you have to mean it? The US Supreme Court has considered this First Amendment question in the past, but now it’s taking it up in the age of Facebook and gangsta rap—and the answer may well be different to fit a different era. Read more...
 
Lu Wei: China's gregarious and direct web doorkeeper
BS (The New York Times News Service), Dec 2, 2014
When a major Chinese-American Internet conference convenes in Washington on Tuesday, a middle-aged Communist Party propaganda chief will be seated amid a room full of tech industry executives, American officials and web luminaries. The chief, Lu Wei, might look like the odd man out, but he is certain to command attention. As China's new Internet czar, he is the doorkeeper for American Internet companies to the lucrative China market, as well as the ambassador of an assertive new policy in which China claims the right to block websites, censor content and track users within its borders. For the Americans, it may present a tricky balancing act, but for Lu, it is his moment, and one those who know him expect that he will take full advantage of. Read more...
 
The wide gap between social issues and social media
Mint, Dec 1, 2014
Three-and-a-half months after the launch of the Digital India initiative, there is a feeling of directionlessness in many sections of the government, companies and the community of activists about how to implement the ambitious programme and make the best of it. Read more...
 
Marathi media exploits opportunities to focus on regional insecurities
Mint, Dec 1, 2014
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, Dr Samuel Johnson remarked about 250 years ago. Now, he would describe parochialism just the same way. And no one knows how to stoke such sentiments as much as our television channels. So, when Kirit Solanki, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament from Ahmedabad (West) demanded that the Western Railways (WR) headquarters be shifted from Mumbai to his city during zero hour in the Lok Sabha on Friday, the Marathi media pounced. Channels started hollering as if the Union government led by a Gujarati Prime Minister had already decided to shift the headquarters to his home state with immediate effect. Read more...
 
Shekhar Gupta’s Mediascape to launch TV, digital, print products
Mint, Dec 1, 2014
Editor-turned entrepreneur Shekhar Gupta is gearing up to launch products for television, digital and print media under his company, Mediascape Pvt. Ltd. Gupta, who was editor-in-chief of The Indian Express for 15 years, quit the Viveck Goenka-owned newspaper in June and briefly joined the India Today group as its vice-chairman, before moving into an advisory role at the company. Read more...
 
The art of the amateur online review
Mint (The New York Times), Dec 1, 2014
As a consumer, Vásquez was annoyed by the pushy tactics. But as a linguist who studies the language of online reviews, she was intrigued. Back in 2009, Vásquez had begun studying hotel reviews on TripAdvisor, drawn to the narrative detail that some reviewers chose to include. “People were complaining about their experience, and some were really funny and also very writerly,” she said. Wondering whether other reviews also tried to entertain as well as inform, she analysed 1,000 reviews of hotels, restaurants, movies, consumer products and recipes from five sites: Yelp, TripAdvisor, Amazon, Epicurious and Netflix. Read more...
 
The great online war: Mobile version
BS, Dec 1, 2014
The ubiquitous mobile phone is going to become the next big battle ground in online commerce given that 100 per cent of India's incremental internet traffic is currently flowing through mobile devices. Little wonder, Flipkart's Mausam Bhatt, senior director, mobile commerce and digital marketing, Bengaluru area, believes mobile commerce is not in the future but right here. Read more...
 
Govt's media managers set to turn news makers
BS, Dec 1, 2014
The Press Information Bureau (PIB), the government wing for dissemination of information to the media, is undergoing a massive revamp - its online functioning will be strengthened through a wide social media presence, refurbished interactive website, instant mass communication and real-time updates. Read more...
 
E-tailers don't 'like' Facebook axe on unpaid ad campaigns
BS, Dec 1, 2014
Facebook's new policy, to come into effect from January, is set to hurt e-commerce companies and start-up businesses in India. The Mark Zuckerberg-led social media platform has decided to reduce overly promotional posts in newsfeeds and filter out unpaid marketing campaigns, widely used by Indian e-commerce companies and start-ups. Read more...
 
History re-tweets itself
BS, Dec 1, 2014
Tom Standage's Writing on the Wall starts from the premise that social media is not something new. Ancient Roman towns' houses' walls bustled with written messages the same way as Facebook's walls do today. Read more...
 
TRAI seeks views on draft tariff order for analog TV systems
ET (PTI), Dec 1, 2014
Broadcasting sector regulator TRAI has come out with a draft tariff order for non-addressable cable or analog TV systems and sought views from the public and the industry. In the draft tariff order, TRAI has prescribed that broadcasters should mandatorily offer all their channels on a-la-carte basis though they are also free to offer bouquets. Read more...
 
TN cable operators intensify DAS licence demand
The Hindu, Dec 1, 2014
Cable TV operators in the State have threatened to walk out of Arasu Cable network if the State government fails to obtain a digital addressable system (DAS) licence from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting within 15 days. Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, D.G.V.P. Sekar, chief coordinator, Federation of Cable TV Associations of Tamil Nadu, said if Arasu Cable did not obtain the licence, the operators would form limited companies, obtain licences and set up control rooms in all 32 districts. Read more...
 
Mainstream and social media in Kashmir
Rising Kashmir, Dec 1, 2014
After the announcement of elections, political parties in Kashmir both from the separatist and mainstream camps started their boycott and vote banking campaigns on different social media. It is due to impact of social networking sites that Kashmir police detained five youth for promoting election boycott campaign on Facebook. According to a police statement the action against such elements will continue as most of these people are being continuously identified. Read more...
 
Sony Pictures Movies Leak Online
Forbes, Dec 1, 2014
When first news broke on the data breach there was a listing released of files that had been allegedly purloined. My first thought was that this list was all that the attackers were able to make off with. Based on the events that took place over the weekend it appears that my worst fears are playing out. Now they have released 5 films to BitTorrent sites. This serves to rub salt in the wounds of an already battered company. Their intellectual property has been posted for the world to see and take. I would imagine that the MPAA lawyers will be swinging into action in short order. The problem here is that the damage has been done. It is impossible to stuff the genie back in the bottle. Read more...
November 2014
Multiple social channels help Indian car brands
BS, Nov 30, 2014
Among passenger car manufacturers, most of the Indian players have a dedicated social channel for each car brand. This is in sharp contrast to their global counterparts, which usually have a single social channel for India that led to the low owned-media buzz. Read more...
 
IFFI's Talkathon initiative on Social Media Innovative for Global Connect: Rajyavardhan Rathore
BS, Nov 30, 2014
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Rajyavardhan Rathore has said that the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was an endeavour to understand the various social and cultural ethos through the eyes of cinema. The Festival of films went beyond language, boundaries and connected people with one another. The entire film architecture involving different aspects connected the audience with one another. IFFI-2014 as a platform had succeeded in achieving this objective. The Minister stated this while speaking at the closing ceremony of 45th International Film Festival of India at Panaji, Goa. Read more...
 
Prasar Bharti CEO and I&B secretary contradict each other before parliamentary panel
ToI, Nov 29, 2014
The last meeting of the parliamentary committee on information technology held before the House opened for the winter session turned out to be an embarrassment for the government with two top functionaries from I&B ministry taking completely differing views on the functioning of Prasar Bharti. Read more...
 
Congress falls back on social media after being 'blanked out'
BS, Nov 29, 2014
Six months after its electoral debacle, the Congress has been compelled to use social media to get its message across to the people. Livid at the "poor coverage" of the Congress as an opposition party by television channels and newspapers, and the swamping of electronic channels by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress has been forced to recalibrate its communication strategy. Read more...
 
Credibility major challenge for media, says Narendra Modi
Mint (PTI), Nov 29, 2014
Modi said “the media faces immense challenge in a fast-moving society like ours. Earlier, we got news once in 24 hours but now we get at least 24 news in one minute and the challenge is to be trusted and remain credible”. Credibility is a major challenge for the media as, he said, “merely reading the news is not enough but one has to read between the lines to ascertain whether it is credible”. “Had we ever seen earlier any signboard at any shop saying ‘pure ghee available here?’ But now we see such things. Similarly, media, too, has taken to promotion in a big way with slogans like ‘saccha (true) khabar and tez (fast) khabar, which makes one wary about its veracity,” Modi said. Read more...
 
SC stays Delhi high court order on Comedy Central ban
Mint, Nov 28, 2014
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Delhi high court’s decision directing Comedy Central to go off air for six days starting 12.01am on 26 November. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit issued a notice to the central government on Viacom 18’s plea challenging the constitutional validity of certain sections of the Cable Television Networks Act. Read more...
 
CNBC, Telegraph and Independent hacked by pro-Assad group
Mint (Bloomberg), Nov 28, 2014
Several news websites, including CNBC and Britain’s Telegraph, have been hacked by a group identifying itself as the Syrian Electronic Army. Other media organizations affected include CBC News, the UK-based Independent, the London Evening Standard and the New York Daily News, according to reports on the companies’ websites and Twitter accounts. Read more...
 
Utility rules brands' mobile app worlds
BS, Nov 27, 2014
Apps developed by media agencies would play a key role as mobile advertising spends increase from the current Rs 475 crore. A look at a few of them Read more...
 
Media should apologise to UP CM for Badaun reporting: Azam Khan
BS (PTI), Nov 27, 2014
With the CBI ruling out rape and murder in the Badaun case, Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan today demanded that the media apologise to the state chief minister over its 'irresponsible' coverage of the incident. The UP government had drawn severe flak after the bodies of the cousins were found hanging from a tree, with the families alleging that they were gangraped and murdered. However, after a six-month probe the CBI today said that the probe had concluded that the girls had committed suicide and that there was no sexual assault. Read more...
 
Facebook threats to go to court
BS (Bloomberg), Nov 27, 2014
Anthony Elonis went to prison after writing Facebook messages suggesting he might kill his wife. Now his case is before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will consider for the first time how free-speech rights apply on social media. Elonis, who cites singer Eminem as an inspiration, says his messages were rap lyrics that weren't intended as threats and deserve protection as speech. Read more...
 
A new wave of digital formats
Livemint, Nov 27, 2014
Management consulting firm Bain and Co.’s global study titled Generation #hashtag: A new wave of content for the age of Digital Natives claims that a third wave of media formats and business models is taking the centrestage. It includes unbundled, long and short-form content streamed at will and monetized through subscriptions, micro-transactions and advertising solutions. Read more...
 
Brace for steeper cable bills from January
ToI, Nov 27, 2014
Two hikes in two months. And a third hike hanging in balance. That's what is in store for cable television households. While the November cable bill will be substantially higher than that of October, the December bill will be steeper still. And the January bill may go up further if multi-system operators decide to pass the 12.5% hike announced by broadcasters in January 2015 to subscribers. Read more...
 
Talking Media Saradha’s media legacy
Mint, Nov 27, 2014
When the history of media and business in Indian politics is written, the saga unfolding in West Bengal should make for a colourful chapter. A media empire that grew rapidly and started collapsing, just as rapidly, in April 2013, will feature prominently in this history. Behind the media empire, of course, was a shady finance company whose demise set the dominoes tumbling. Since then, there have been several developments. Read more...
 
The European Parliament just endorsed the breakup of Google
Vox, Nov 27, 2014
Google has been under scrutiny from European regulators since at least 2010. That's when the European Commission announced it was launching an investigation of the search giant's business practices. To prove that a company has broken competition laws, European regulators must prove that a company has a dominant position in the market, and that it has abused its dominance. Read more...
 
Neutral net needed
BS, Nov 26, 2014
The American Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is currently locked in a fierce debate about the concept of net neutrality. Should internet access be mandated along the common carrier principle somewhat like electricity grids, voice telephony and gas pipelines? If net access is deemed to be a common-carrier utility, American internet service providers would continue to operate much as they now do, without possessing leeway to selectively speed up, or throttle data on their networks. On the other hand, if internet service providers, or ISPs, are not deemed common carriers, they would have the right to selectively speed up, or slow data, and this would allow them to devise more ways to charge for content-based services. Read more...
 
MSM-Discovery, last of broadcast JVs, ends on Jan 1
BS, Nov 26, 2014
The last of the broadcast distribution joint ventures (JV) in India will cease to exist in the new year. One Alliance, the distribution JV set up 12 years ago between Multi Screen Media (MSM) and Discovery Network, will be dissolved with effect from January 1, 2015. The two parted ways partly because the new regulations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) have made it difficult for such JVs to function. In February this year, Trai mandated that distributors cannot bundle channels from different broadcasters while selling content to various platforms such as cable operators and direct-to-home (DTH) entities. Read more...
 
Punjab: ABP Sanjha ceases operations
HT, Nov 26, 2014
Failure to get access to cable TV carriage by the leading operator in Punjab has claimed another new channel as victim. Punjabi news channel ABP Sanjha announced to cease operations on Wednesday evening, affecting 200 employees. Management of the channel, a part of the Anandabazar Patrika group that runs leading channels including ABP News in Hindi, cited the virtual blackout as the primary reason for the shutdown. Read more...
 
India fastest growing smartphone market in Asia Pacific: IDC
Mint, Nov 26, 2014
India became the fastest-growing market for smartphones in Asia-Pacific in the three months ended 30 September, following festive demand, said a report by research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) released on Wednesday. Read more...
 
Dearth of spectrum can jeopardise Digital India programme: GSMA
Jagran, Nov 26, 2014
Dearth of telecom spectrum in the upcoming auction can jeopardise the Narendra Modi government's Digital India plan, the London-based GSM Association (GSMA) has warned Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Read more...
 
TV news channels blocked in Karnataka over sting against a controversial minister DK Shivakumar
Mail Today, Nov 26, 2014
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah denied any role of the state government in the issue.Two news channels - TV9 Kannada and News 9 (English) - have been taken off air by cable television operators across Karnataka allegedly at the behest of the Karnataka government for sensationalising crime-related events and for performing sting operations on one of its controversial ministers. Read more...
 
Old TV frequencies can be turned into free 'super WiFi'
ET (PTI), Nov 26, 2014
Old television frequencies can be used to create free-to-use, wide-range WiFi, scientists say. Old television frequencies are becoming available for other uses around the world due to a switch from analogue to digital transmission. Scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany suggest that governments should sack plans to auction off old television frequencies to the highest bidder - usually mobile phone networks - and instead use the bandwidth for free super-frequency WiFi. Read more...
 
TV Frequencies May Be Able to Deliver Wi-Fi Internet in the Future
NDTV (IANS), Nov 26, 2014
German scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have proposed to make some TV frequencies available free of cost and use them to extend existing wireless networks (Wi-Fi) instead of using the frequencies for mobile communications. The low-range TV frequencies are highly suited for penetrating obstacles such as walls. Read more...
 
Google pushed to extend ‘forgotten’ requests beyond its EU Sites
Mint (Bloomberg), Nov 26, 2014
Google Inc. will have to change its practice and apply the right to be forgotten to its websites beyond the European Union (EU) under rules drafted by the EU’s data protection chiefs. “All the extensions are included, including the .com,” Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, head of the EU group of 28 privacy watchdogs, told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday. Data protection regulators after a two-day meeting issued the guidelines, which will push the Mountain View, California- based company to apply privacy requests from EU residents to its primary Google.com site in the US. Read more...
 
After dumping PC business, Sony plans to kill TV and mobile phone line-ups
FirstPost (Reuters), Nov 26, 2014
Japan’s loss-making Sony plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years. Having lost ground to nimbler rivals like Apple and Samsung in consumer electronics, Sony said on Tuesday its goal for TV and smartphones is to turn a profit, even if sales slide as much as 30 percent. Read more...
 
Tarun Tejpal dumped: Moral victory or vigilante dominion?
BS, Nov 25, 2014
Ordinary folk on Twitter have managed to do what even Bollywood's reigning queen Deepika Padukone couldn't - browbeat the monolithic Times of India into reluctant submission. The country's premier news organization had to rescind its invite to Tehelka founder and rape accused Tarun Tejpal after a rumpus on the micro blogging website over his participation in the publication's literary carnival. Tejpal was scheduled to take part in a panel discussion titled "The Tyranny of Power" before he was dumped for the "extraneous noise" his involvement had managed to create. Read more...
 
The making of Indian cinema's ecosystem
BS, Nov 25, 2014
Ten years ago, there was no way six unknown guys with four unknown films would have been considered seriously in an industry dominated by big talent and producers. But at National Film Development Corporation or NFDC's Film Bazaar, which concluded in Goa earlier this week, Kanvass blended beautifully. There was an entire cavalcade of new actors, directors, writers and producers hawking their films. While popular makers such as Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar yapped about cinema at a concurrent Knowledge Series, the real business was happening in the screening rooms, where dozens of films were being screened to woo sales agents, distributors, festival directors and foreign channels. Read more...
 
Trai examining Bharti Airtel's special deals on Facebook and WhatsApp
ET, Nov 25, 2014
Bharti Airtel's data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp for fixed but nominal amounts are being examined by the telecom regulator to determine whether they amount to "preferential access" for such services, an issue at the heart of the debate on net neutrality, a concept recently backed by US President Barack Obama. "We will soon ask Airtel to explain how these packages have been worked out — whether it amounts to blocking equal access to other content providers on the bandwidth," a senior official at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India told ET. The industry refers to such services as over-the-top (OTT) applications. Read more...
 
New Television Channel to be Launched
New Indian Express, Nov 25, 2014
‘Flowers’, a new TV channel, will be officially launched in February 2015. The entertainment channel, with media person R Sreekandan Nair at the helm, has been included in the first phase of the Media City project. Read more...
 
Star Sports bags Bundesliga broadcast rights
Mint, Nov 25, 2014
Star Sports has won the India rights to broadcast the Bundesliga, the German football league, for five years starting from the 2015-16 season, according to four people familiar with the development. DFL Sports Enterprises, the media rights distribution arm of the Bundesliga, is selling the broadcast rights at a much higher price than approximately $300,000 a year that Neo Sports pays, the people said, requesting anonymity. Read more...
 
SC refuses early hearing of Viacom 18’s plea against Comedy Central ban
Mint, Nov 25, 2014
The Supreme Court on Tuesday didn’t allow early hearing of an appeal filed by English entertainment channel Comedy Central, which is set to be taken off air for 6 days from 12.01am on 26 November. Read more...
 
Comedy Central to go off-air for 6 days
Mint, Nov 25, 2014
Entertainment channel Comedy Central will have to go off air from 12.01am on 26 November for six days after the Delhi high court upheld a ban imposed on it for broadcasting offensive content. Finding Viacom 18 had “abused the faith reposed in it under the self-regulatory regime” in the broadcasting industry, a bench of chief justice G. Rohini and Rajiv Sahai Endlaw upheld the 10-day ban on Viacom 18’s Comedy Central channel in May last year. Read more...
 
Sony does not plan to renew Fifa sponsorship contract
Mint (Reuters), Nov 25, 2014
Sony Corp. does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa), the governing body for world soccer, as the Japanese electronics maker needs to prioritize its restructuring efforts, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Read more...
 
Reliance Digital TV, Vedic Maths Forum to teach maths on TV
The Hindu (IANS), Nov 25, 2014
In a bid to foster tele-education, Reliance Digital TV on Tuesday announced its partnership with The Vedic Maths Forum of India to provide mathematics teaching on television, a company statement said. The new channel “The World of Vedic Maths” will be available on Channel #559 on Reliance DTH at just Rs.112 on a pay-per-subscription basis for a period of five weeks, the statement added. Read more...
 
Canada telecom regulator starts review of fixed-line services
Reuters, Nov 25, 2014
Canada's telecom regulator began the last of three major policy reviews on Monday as it seeks to strike a balance between ensuring consumers have broad access to new technologies while avoiding rules that would discourage investment. Read more...
 
Social sharing
BS, Nov 24, 2014
Facebook, whether organic or paid, is the most popular social network for marketers this holiday season. In fact, social media is used by 70 per cent of marketers, finds an Experian survey. Read more...
 
TV report stings BSP, pandemonium in Uttarakhand assembly
HT, Nov 24, 2014
The district administration Kathua has sealed the illegal cable television channel M/S City NewsChannel for violation of Cable Television (Regulation) Act 1995, Cable TV Rules 1994, Cinematography Act 1952 and Copyright Act, apart from violation of directions issued by Election Commission of India. Read more...
 
Cable TV channel sealed in Kathua
Kashmir Times, Nov 23, 2014
The district administration Kathua has sealed the illegal cable television channel M/S City NewsChannel for violation of Cable Television (Regulation) Act 1995, Cable TV Rules 1994, Cinematography Act 1952 and Copyright Act, apart from violation of directions issued by Election Commission of India. Read more...
 
Government likely to carry out Phase III expansion of FM radio
ET (PTI), Nov 23, 2014
Government intends to carry out Phase III expansion of FM radio hopefully in the current financial year to rake in more revenue, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said today. The I and B ministry and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) are considering aspects related to this process, he said. Read more...
 
Rs 5.5-cr service tax notice against Asian Academy of Film and TV, others
FE (PTI), Nov 23, 2014
The Finance Ministry has slapped a notice against Noida-based film training institutes demanding Rs 5.5 crore for allegedly evading service tax. The show-cause notice has been issued against Asian Academy of Film and TV (AAFT), Asian School of Media Studies (ASMS), Asian Business School (ABS) and Asian School of Communication (ASC) by the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), official sources said. All these institutes are run under the aegis of Marwah Studios. Read more...
 
Directors and Producers of Indian Panorama Opening Films in the 45th IFFI Interact with the Media
BS, Nov 22, 2014
Paresh Mokashi, director of 'Elizabeth Ekadashi', opening feature film of Indian Panorama, Nittin Keni the producer of the film, Shabnam Sukhdev, the director of 'The Last Adieu', opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama and V. S. Kundu, Director General, Films Division interacted with the media today at the 45th IFFI. Read more...
 
We make media buying & selling more transparent: Saurabh Bhatia
BS, Nov 22, 2014
Can a software driven trading platform for mobile devices change the way advertisers and media buyers and media owners do business? Vdopia, a Silicon Valley based (privately held) company that operating out of five countries is hoping for just that with the Asia Pacific launch of Chocolate earlier this month. Vanita Kohli-Khandekar spoke to Saurabh Bhatia, CEO, Vdopia. Read more...
 
Sitharaman asks media to refrain from commodification of women
BS (PTI), Nov 22, 2014
Criticising the way women are portrayed as a 'commodity' in the media, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today called for self-regulation and urged stakeholders to exercise freedom of choice with a certain sense of discretion. Read more...
 
Indian Panorama Jury Meets Media at 45th IFFI 26 of 181 Feature Films and 15 of Over 100 Non-Feature Films Selected: Jury
BS, Nov 21, 2014
Indian Panorama Jury met Media here today. Addressing the press conference, ShriA.K. Bir, Chairman Feature Films made the opening statement about the panorama selection process. He said that jury members had very absorbing and engaging discussions. Films are either uprooted from the reality or are imprisoned in the reality but Jury's endeavor has been to select the films free from reality exploring the truth beyond. The merit of the film based on three basic criteria of creative virtue, emotive dynamics and nature of authenticity was onmind to ensure the exploration of truth and simplicity. Read more...
 
After Raising $100 To Blow Up The TV Industry, Aereo Files For Bankruptcy
Business Insider, Nov 21, 2014
Aereo, a startup that raised ~$100 million in venture funding, has filed for bankruptcy. The company's plan was to change the way we watch TV. It was delivering broadcast TV through the internet. To do this without permission from TV companies, it thought it found a legal loophole that involved using antennas. It turns out, Aereo had no legal loophole. The Supreme Court said the company was operating illegally. Read more...
 
What Happens Now That The Most Important Startup Trying To Change TV Forever Is Bankrupt?
Business Insider, Nov 21, 2014
Aereo, a startup that raised $100 million to revolutionize the way we watch TV, has filed for bankruptcy. This isn't because users didn't like Aereo. It's because the big TV networks sued Aereo all the way to the Supreme Court and Aereo lost. Aereo let you stream live network TV over the internet to your PC, phone, tablet, and some set-top boxes like Roku. It used tiny antennas that pulled in network TV from over the air and piped it through the internet to your device. Read more...
 
Dolby Institute interested in setting up centre in India
BS, Nov 20, 2014
Dolby Laboratories, the US-based company specialising in audio noise reduction and technology for sound design and engineering, has brought its Dolby Institute initiative to India. The institute is conducting a series of interactions and workshops across film and television institutes, film studios and broadcast networks such as Epic and STAR India. Read more...
 
Most films are now shot in Delhi, only TV shows are shot in Mumbai
ToI, Nov 20, 2014
Delhi's bylanes and wide roads have turned into sets for many a movie shoot recently, and the upsurge in film shoots in the capital is no coincidence. At a recent event in the city, actor Anupam Kher said that these days, very few Bollywood films are shot in Mumbai, and the filmmakers are looking for locations elsewhere. He also added that Delhi needs to have its infrastructure in place to facilitate film shootings. Anupam said, "Most of our shooting is happening in Delhi. Read more...
 
Ekta Kapoor says she is immune to TV ratings
HT, Nov 20, 2014
After making many popular shows on Indian television, producer Ekta Kapoor has learnt not to get bothered by TRP ratings. With multiple shows running simultaneously, she tries not to get too bogged down by ratings. “Numbers are a part of our lives and we can’t run away from them. But it doesn’t mean that it makes me happy or sad. Regardless of it, I work harder and push harder, because at the end of the day, if a show does well, it gives so many people jobs…and for me, that is very important,” says Ekta. Read more...
 
Trai recommends online registration system for 'platform services' by DPOs
BT (PTI), Nov 20, 2014
To create a regulatory framework for platform services offered by Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs), the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended that Information and Broadcast Ministry should establish a simple online registration system for such services. In recommendations, released on Wednesday, the broadcasting sector regulator said that unlike private satellite TV channels, which are regulated under guidelines, neither the platform services nor channels distributed by ground-based broadcasters are presently subject to any specific regulations or guidelines. Read more...
 
PCI appoints panel to probe attack on mediapersons in Hisar
BS (PTI), Nov 19, 2014
A fact-finding committee has been set up by the Press Council of India (PCI) to look into the attack on media persons by police personnel in Hisar district during clashes that erupted at the ashram of controversial 'godman' Rampal. In an order issued today, PCI chairperson Justice Markandey Katju said that he had considered reports about the attack yesterday on mediapersons by the police in which several journalists were beaten up and their equipment broken. Read more...
 
BuzzFeed in partnership with WeChat
Mint, Nov 19, 2014
Social news and entertainment site BuzzFeed Inc on Wednesday announced a content partnership with China-based messaging company WeChat, as it seeks to expand its distribution platform. The partnership is the media company’s first major collaboration with an international messaging application. Read more...
 
Video games, e-commerce booming in Middle East, North Africa: Study
ET (AFP), Nov 19, 2014
Video game and e-commerce markets are growing "exponentially" across the Middle East and North Africa, driven by the mobile revolution and new youth-produced content, according to a study. The gaming market is expected to nearly triple in size, from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $4.4 billion in 2022, said the study conducted by consulting firm Strategy& and the Abu Dhabi media regulatory body twofour54. Read more...
 
Why India can’t have its BBC
ToI, Nov 18, 2014
Why can’t India have its own BBC? This question pops up at fairly regular intervals, especially in ‘cocktail circuits’, where the rather provincial presentation of Doordarshan comes up. It also features in media discourses, with the obvious innuendo that Prasar Bharati – along with Akashvani and Doordarshan – is not fulfilling its mandate as an autonomous body in the same spirit as BBC. Let us get into the facts and gain some clarity. Read more...
 
Muzzling the media: 'AMU behaving like an ostrich'
ToI, Nov 18, 2014
A day after TOI nailed AMU VC Zameeruddin Shah's lie that he did not call for a ban of this paper in the campus by putting out the link to a video in which he is seen to be saying, "Times of India Aligarh Muslim University mein nahi ayega", outrage poured in over his sexist comment about allowing girls in the library and his heavy-handed attack on press freedom after his comment was reported. Read more...
 
5 Trends That Will Change How You Use Social Media in 2015
Time, Nov 18, 2014
This year started with a death sentence for Facebook. In January, a research company called Global Web Index published a study showing that Facebook had lost nearly one-third of its U.S. teen users in the last year. Headlines pronounced the network “dead and buried.” Fast forward to the present and Facebook is reporting record growth. The company earned $2.96 billion in ad revenue in the third quarter of 2013, up 64 percent from just a year ago. More impressively, the network has added more than 100 million monthly active users in the last year. Read more...
 
Here's The Full Conversation I Had With Mark Cuban About The Future Of The Internet
Business Insider, Nov 18, 2014
Without getting too complicated, Obama and other net neutrality advocates believe all traffic on the internet should be treated equally. Rich companies shouldn't be allowed to pay for faster access to customers because that gives them an unfair advantage over tiny startups that may have a superior product. Read more...
 
China's internet TV sites in $1 bln battle for foreign shows
Reuters, Nov 18, 2014
China's big internet-TV companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on foreign TV shows and films in a battle to attract users and advertisers, but risk bumping up against regulators protecting the domestic TV and film industry. Read more...
 
Ajit Balakrishnan: The internet's next step
BS, Nov 17, 2014
It has always been a source of wonder for me that when internet technology first burst on the scene in the mid-1990s its first impact was felt in the media industry and not in, for example, in manufacturing or distribution. This path is a little different from the path other technologies have historically taken. Read more...
 
I do not think every 'big' movie needs to cost a bomb: Rajkumar Hirani
BS, Nov 17, 2014
As he gears up for the release of PK, his next big movie, on December 19, writer-editor-director-producer Rajkumar Hirani is busy and excited. The 51-year-old is running between final dub sessions and interviews for the upcoming flick. He has a great record till date, as director for  Munnabhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots, all hits. With PK, Hirani has also turned producer. Amid the turmoil, he chats with Urvi Malvania about PK, the Rs 100-crore phenomenon and how the sector has changed since the Munnabhai days. Read more...
 
Print media has been a great enabler of citizen's rights: Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
BS, Nov 16, 2014
Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting has said that the success of Indian democracy owed much to the independent and responsible press which had played a crucial role in educating and empowering the masses. Journalists have acted like soldiers utilizing the weapons of pen and newspaper columns. The Minister stated this while delivering his address at a function to commemorate National Press Day organized by Press Council of India here today. Read more...
 
Big T's fall
BS, Nov 16, 2014
Middelhoff, nick-named "Big T" after the supposed size of his ego, was once a poster child for the media industry's exuberance. As chief executive of Bertelsmann, he turned the family owned media group inside out between 1998 and 2002. His biggest success at the time was a joint venture with AOL Europe and the later sale of Bertelsmann's stake in the venture for a hefty profit. The 1998 takeover of US publishing group Random House also turned Bertelsmann into the world's largest publisher of English-language books. But Middelhoff eventually fell out with the group's patriarch Reinhard Mohn, who later bemoaned that "vain managers are selfish and difficult to sway." Read more...
 
Facebook to curb promotional posts on user timelines
Mint (AFP), Nov 15, 2014
Facebook on Friday said it is making moves to reduce the number of promotional posts that pop up in timelines, in response to users’ demands for fewer advertisements. Beginning in January, people should start seeing fewer posts in news feeds urging them to do things such as buy products, download applications or enter sweepstakes, according to the leading social media titan. Read more...
 
Jadoo TV: Media groups to take fight to US courts
ToI, Nov 14, 2014
Media groups, who had lodged a complaint against online TV channel streaming portal Jadoo TV with the Central Crime Station (CCS) for illegally broadcasting their TV channels in various countries, have decided to approach courts in the United States as the two prime offenders are residents of that country. Read more...
 
No one-night stands, supernatural stories on TV, movies, say Chinese censors
ToI, Nov 14, 2014
China's media censors have ruled against depicting stories with scenes of one-night stands and extramarital affairs in movies and television shows. The censors have cracked down on the showing of porn in all forms, and have also targeted the showing of stories based on supernatural cases. Read more...
 
Tihar inmates up in arms against TV channel with ‘superstitious, violent’ content
The Hindu, Nov 14, 2014
The prisoners had requested the jail authorities to stop the telecast of the channel as they felt its shows promoted violence and superstition. The authorities readily accepted their request and removed the same from the bouquet of channels the inmates are offered. Read more...
 
YouTube's Young Audience Is Making It A Major Rival To TV
Business Insider, Nov 14, 2014
YouTube's reach among millennials is huge. The site attracts more adults aged 18 to 34 than any single cable TV network, according to Nielsen. It was also rated by millennials as the top place to watch content, ahead of digital and TV properties like Facebook and ESPN. Read more...
 
Priorities for Mr Jaitley
Mint, Nov 13, 2014
We suddenly have a new part-time information and broadcasting (I&B) minister, a new minister of state, a new chairperson for Prasar Bharati, and a new joint secretary for broadcasting at the ministry as well. But new beginnings are helpful only if the right issues are on the table. Arun Jaitley kicked off his second stint in I&B by chairing a meeting with members of the parliamentary consultative committee attached to the ministry. Read more...
 
AAP, BJP score in the battle of party websites
Mint, Nov 13, 2014
The BJP website ask users to join the party either by signing a membership form or calling the toll free number. The Internet is the window to the world and in the case of political parties. it is their window to their voters. Capturing the attention of netizens of India has been a top priority of India’s political parties, which used big data analytics and social media extensively in the campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Read more...
 
YouTube debuts subscription music service
Mint (AFP), Nov 13, 2014
YouTube on Wednesday introduced a long-rumoured subscription music video service with ad-free access to tunes in a challenge to Spotify, Pandora, Apple Inc. and others. YouTube Music Key launched in a test, or beta, mode, in Britain, Spain, Italy, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, and the US with free trial periods, and introductory monthly fees of $7.99. Read more...
 
Dead wrong
BS, Nov 13, 2014
The competitiveness of the electronic news media and the demands of its 24X7 news cycle have become so acute that incorrect news can go viral in a matter of hours. Read more...
 
DQE launches two YouTube channels
BS, Nov 13, 2014
DQ Entertainment ( International) Limited (DQE), an entertainment production and distribution company, has launched two YouTube channels- Power Kids and Tiny Toonz- as a part of its new digital media strategy. Read more...
 
Net Neutrality Isn't Doom For The Cable Companies
Business Insider, Nov 13, 2014
Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he would like the FCC to reclassify internet service providers as "common carriers," which would make them much more like a utility provider under the eyes of the law. Currently, they're classified as "information service" providers, which means they are not held to the high standards for providing access of what's known as a common carrier (like a gas or electric company). Read more...
 
Facebook's D'Arcy on how to advertise on the social network
ET, Nov 12, 2014
Twenty-first century nightmares are made up of your Facebook News Feed, your dad and the comment he just left on a particularly incriminating photo of you posted by a Friend after a night of abject debauchery. Read more...
 
The central issue is of regulating the media: A.P. Shah
Mint, Nov 12, 2014
With the Indian legal framework in a state of flux, the Law Commission is busier than ever. The commission is working on a range of issues including repeal of obsolete laws, disentangling the nexus of politics and media, and reworking judicial procedures. Read more...
 
Dear Lutyens' reporters, welcome to the club
BS, Nov 12, 2014
There is a widespread lament by the reporting community that intensely covered the four-five square miles of Lutyens’ Delhi. Their sources have ditched them or have stopped talking. In some cases, the sources themselves have been ditched by the new government. New sources are hard to come by, especially if you cannot speak Gujarati. It is a National crisis. Read more...
 
Digitally correct
BS, Nov 12, 2014
Later in the day, the Press Information Bureau put out a breathless release to announce the prime minister's Instagram debut. Read more...
 
Insta-PM
BS, Nov 12, 2014
Narendra Modi may not be particularly enamoured of the mainstream media but he has embraced social media with wholehearted enthusiasm. The prime minister already communicates to the world at large via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Flickr, among others. On Wednesday, he added to his social media repertoire by joining Instagram, the online mobile photo-and video-sharing link. Read more...
 
Watching TV could help detect leading cause of blindness
BS (PTI), Nov 12, 2014
One of the leading causes of blindness worldwide could be detected by how our eyes respond to watching TV, according to a new study. The study led by researchers at the City University London found that diseases such as glaucoma could be identified by looking at maps of people's eye movements while they watched a film. Read more...
 
DD news not government propaganda now — interference has declined: A Surya Prakash
ToI Blogs, Nov 12, 2014
A Surya Prakash is Prasar Bharati’s new chairperson. Speaking with Himanshi Dhawan, Prakash discussed DD’s priorities, challenges — and being right-wing versus left-wing. Read more...
 
Swachh Internet: Modi Govt To Block Adult Websites
Business Insider, Nov 12, 2014
It might not be an easy task but the Narendra Modi government has taken up the onus of cleansing the online content available in India. The government intends to create a list of porn websites and ask Internet service providers (ISPs) to block them. Read more...
 
NDA government splurges on Swachh Bharat ad campaign
Mint, Nov 11, 2014
In a little over a month, the government has spent nearly Rs.40 crore on advertising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India mission. The programme, launched by Modi on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October, has already cost 23.5% of the total advertising budget of Rs.170 crore allocated to the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) for this fiscal year, said a person familiar with the expenditure on the campaign. Read more...
 
Arnab Goswami, the meme for our times
Mint, Nov 11, 2014
It’s fair to say that anything and everything Times NOW editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami does turns viral. No Indian news anchor has quite captured the public imagination the way Goswami has. The undeniable decibel levels that have come to typify his shows have only risen. These shows have unintendely redefined news media language as we know it, mainstreaming words such as “unmissable” and “outrage”. Read more...
 
The Hong Kong media diary
BS, Nov 11, 2014
The dejà vu was strong. At my third media conference (over four years) in Hong Kong the sequence of events seemed predictable. The CASBAA Convention in the last week of October is an annual event organised by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia or CASBAA. It is a logistical marvel that reflects the city in which it is set. Read more...
 
Hotels now allowed to tap DTH, MSO & cable operators directly
BS, Nov 11, 2014
The hospitality industry may save some extra bucks following a recent directive from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Hotels will now have the freedom to choose from different distribution platforms such as direct to home (DTH) broadcasting and cable TV . Earlier, they were dependent only on broadcasters for television channels they could offer their guests. Read more...
 
Social media played a role in party victory in UP: Mulayam
BS (PTI), Nov 11, 2014
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said that social media played a pivotal role in the party's victory in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a seminar on 'social media: boon or bane' organised by Indian Federation of Working Journalists, he said that no political party could make progress by ignoring social media. "Akhilesh Yadav is heading a majority government in Uttar Pradesh and social media had played a pivotal role in this success," he said. Read more...
 
CNN to suspend service in Russia
BS (AFP/PTI), Nov 11, 2014
CNN has said it was suspending broadcasting in Russia 'in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation', which aim to tighten control on independent news media. A statement from CNN International parent Turner International, which is part of the Time Warner conglomerate, offered no specific timetable, but the Tass news agency reported earlier that broadcasts would cease as of December 31. Read more...
 
I&B Minister Arun Jaitley stresses on importance of digitisation of cable TV sector
ET (PTI), Nov 11, 2014
Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley today emphasised the importance of digitisation of the cable TV sector to ensure better service, wider choice of content and transparency within the subscriber base. Jaitley chaired the first meeting of the Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss the issue related to implementation of Phase III and Phase IV of the digitisation of cable TV sector during which he expressed his views. Read more...
 
The relevance of a media agency has never been stronger: Vishnu Mohan
BS, Nov 10, 2014
The relevance of a media agency has never before been as strong. If you are defining it as a trading agency that buys and sells media, the question is relevant. Technology has impacted consumer behaviour. Earlier you had to come up with a wonderful product and then sell. Now the starting point is one person and his consumption and million touch points in his life. It has become more complex. Read more...
 
India’s first genre-specific Hindi entertainment channel, The EPIC Channel, to go on air
ToI, Nov 10, 2014
After much anticipation, The EPIC channel nears the date of its launch and is all set to hit your television screens on November 19, 2014 at 9 pm. Spearheaded by Mahesh Samat, Managing Director, The EPIC Television Networks Pvt. Ltd., this is the first genre specific Hindi entertainment channel that will showcase content based on Indian history, mythology and folklore in a uniquely contemporary format. Read more...
 
Mass campaigns and the role of analytics
BS, Nov 10, 2014
While the power of social media is not lost upon many, only a few are using this channel in an effective manner. Effective use of social media can help achieve extraordinary reach, response and resonance at a fraction of cost of traditional channels. Using certain advanced analytical tools and techniques, marketers can gain valuable insights on elements that can contribute to effective marketing and customer oriented campaigns through social media. Read more...
 
Digital distraction: Peek into children’s theatre reveals tales of declining interest
ToI, Nov 9, 2014
Growing preference of the young generation towards the digital world over live forms of entertainment such as drama is slowly affecting the fortunes of children's theatre industry. Fewer slots were taken up for staging children's plays in Marathi this season in the city's two auditoriums compared to last year. Experts warn this digital invasion could pose a huge challenge for the survival of the age-old industry. Read more...
 
Microsoft to use ‘white space’ tech for free internet in India
HT, Nov 9, 2014
Microsoft India is ready with a plan to provide free last-mile internet connectivity across the country. It proposes to use the “white space” – the unused spectrum between two TV channels – to provide free connectivity to large sections of the Indian population. Read more...
 
Touchy Indians try to cut online risk to religion, reputation
BS, Nov 8, 2014
Lack of clarity in the legal system combined with the inability of the law-enforcement agencies has prompted the Indian goverment to seek user information on Facebook - and other social media - with the aim to restrict access or block content. India is second, after the US, in seeking such information. Read more...
 
Prasar Bharati must stand on its own feet on way to autonomy: A. Surya Prakash
Mint (PTI), Nov 8, 2014
Prasar Bharati must generate more revenues, monetize its assets and “stand on its own feet” on way to achieving full autonomy and financial independence, says its new chairperson, A. Surya Prakash. Read more...
 
The new cool: Watch online or mobile content on your TV with this palm-sized dongle
FirstPost, Nov 7, 2014
Teewe, a year-old Bangalore-based start-up which is trying to change the kind of content we watch on television, will soon launch its second batch of devices in the market exclusively through Snapdeal. The sleek, palm-sized device can play any content from any of the user’s storage device, such as laptop, desktop and mobile, wirelessly on their television. Cool, right? Read more...
 
EC pulls up home ministry over anti-Sikh riot compensation issue
Mint (PTI), Nov 7, 2014
The Election Commission (EC) pulled up the home ministry on Friday over the news that it had announced fresh compensation for 1984 riot victims, questioning why it had not denied the media reports if no decision had been taken in this regard as claimed by the government. Read more...
 
Important to get vernacular content online: Piyush Mathur
Mint, Nov 6, 2014
Piyush Mathur, president of India for Nielsen, was in Delhi to attend the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) India Economic Forum as a speaker on the topic Digital divide: Enablers vs Aspirational. In an interview, Mathur spoke about overcoming the digital divide, enabling Internet in rural India through customized benefits and that the first big digital battle being fought online is e-commerce. Read more...
 
Print media adds fewer new publications in FY14
Mint, Nov 6, 2014
India has close to 100,000 registered magazines and newspapers and at least one-fifth of these are functional, an indication of the continued vibrancy of print in a market seen around the world as one of the medium’s last bastions. Sure, TV has already overtaken print in terms of advertising revenue and the digital medium is making its presence felt although it is still small. Read more...
 
Spectrum norms to be in place before next auction: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Mint, Nov 6, 2014
The much-awaited telecom spectrum trading and sharing guidelines will be in place before the next auction slated to begin in February, communications and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday at a discussion at the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum. Read more...
 
Media giants ride streaming, cable fees past ad uncertainty
Reuters, Nov 6, 2014
Major media companies have become far less dependent on the cyclical advertising market, reporting another strong quarter of profits boosted by checks written by streaming services such as Netlfix Inc and fees from cable operators. Time Warner Inc, CBS Corp and Twenty-First Century Fox each reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations for the September quarter, even as advertising showed pockets of weakness. Read more...
 
The Era Of TV's Media Dominance Will Come To An End In 2016 - Here's The Evidence
Business Insider, Nov 6, 2014
The death knell for the primacy of TV advertising has been ringing for some time, but we now know when to arrange the funeral: 2016. That is the year researchers at Forrester predict US advertisers will spend more on digital advertising than TV ads. Email marketing, social media, display advertising and search marketing combined will be growing at a combine annual growth rate of 30% by then (up from 24% in 2014.) Read more...
 
Brands go social to enhance capabilities, woo customers
ET, Nov 5, 2014
It was a simple brief from the Swiss headquartered Nestle when it asked its digital agency to help build a digital culture in the organisation. The outcome has been the DAT (Digital Acceleration Team), established by Maxus at the multinational's corporate office in Gurgaon. Read more...
 
Ban on TV9 lifted partially in Telangana
HBL, Nov 5, 2014
The ban on telecast of TV9 programmes in Telangana has been partially lifted and all the cable TV distributors under Hathway network have resumed telecasting the programmes. The ban on ABN Andhra Jyothy, however, is still continuing. Hathway has a majority share in the cable TV network in the State, followed by the Siti Cable network that is yet to revive the telecast of TV9 programmes. Read more...
 
General election to Legislative Assemblies of Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir, 2014 - Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of RP Act, 1951 and Section 133 of the J&K RP Act, 1957
BS, Nov 5, 2014
Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. Read more...
 
Karnataka Home Minister faults media for projecting Bengaluru as 'rape city'
BS (PTI), Nov 5, 2014
Facing heat over increasing sexual assaults of minor girls in schools, Karnataka Home Minister K J George today waded into a controversy as he blamed the media for highlighting "only such news" and projecting Bengaluru as "a rape city" to increase TRP ratings. Read more...
 
US online ad spending to exceed TV advertising by 2019
DNA (ANI), Nov 5, 2014
Online ad spending in the United States may take over TV advertising by 2016 and reach US $103 billion dollars as compared to US $86 billion on TV by 2019, according to a report by market researcher Forrester. In all, digital ads by 2019 will account for 36% of all ad spending, above 30% for TV, said the report. Read more...
 
India leads Facebook’s global list for content restriction
Mint (AFP), Nov 5, 2014
Facebook restricted access to almost 5,000 pieces of content from India during the first six months of 2014 following requests by government agencies, a report by the social networking giant said. The company on Tuesday released its third “Government Requests Report” — an aggregation of every appeal made by governments across the world for user data, individual accounts and content restrictions. Read more...
 
Saudi Arabia shuts office of TV channel for fomenting sectarian tension
Reuters, Nov 5, 2014
Saudi Arabia has closed down the offices of a religious television channel accused of fomenting sectarian tension, after at least eight people were killed in an attack on Shi'ite Muslims marking a major religious anniversary. Wesal TV has long been accused of broadcasting programmes against Shi'ite Muslims, a minority that lives in the eastern and southwestern areas of mainly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia. Read more...
 
Woman conned out of life savings by fake TV contest
Mid-day, Nov 4, 2014
Many people dream of winning a television contest and the windfall that is sure to follow, but for a woman in Khed, winning such a contest cost her all her life savings. Required to identify celebrities from pictures displayed on the screen, the victim sent a text message correctly identifying the actress Lisa Ray. But before she could collect her Rs 12.5 lakh SUV or the gold and cash prize that was promised to her, she had to pay Rs 1.02 in road tax, she was informed. Read more...
 
Amplifying content smartly
BS, Nov 3, 2014
Content marketing is the freshly awakened giant, and consumers are flocking to brands that have engaging content to support their marketing. However, the media has had great, engaging content at its heart for centuries. Here are tips for marketers on how the media amplifies its content to reach the widest possible audience - focusing on a very personal case study where an article published in 5,000-copy magazine became a talking point. Read more...
 
Gogoi to take part in live TV phone-in prog on rural issues
BS (PTI), Nov 3, 2014
A live phone-in interactive programme 'Raijor Padulit Raijor Sarkar' featuring Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be telecast by Door Darshan Kendra, Guwahati on November 9 between 6 pm and 6:30 pm. According to an official release today, the 30-minute programme will be initially a monthly one. Read more...
 
KSS ties up with Sony Corp to bring in 4K cinema technology
BS (PTI), Nov 3, 2014
Digital media and entertainment company, KSS Ltd today announced its entry into 4K space and has joined hands with Hong Kong-based Sony Corporation to bring in the 4K cinema technology. Also KSS has set up a target to install 3,000 4K cinema screens over next 2-3 years, the company said in a statement here. Read more...
 
Social alarm clocks with a twist
Mint, Nov 3, 2014
Not a morning person? Hate the mundane alarm clock in your phone? Nothing can get you out of that bed? Here are some social alarm clock apps that use audio and video messages, music or gaming, and get your friends and even strangers to give you a wake-up call. Read more...
 
Google offers Hindi voice search, to add regional languages soon
Mint (PTI), Nov 3, 2014
Aimed at bringing 300 million people online, search giant Google Inc. has partnered content providers like ABP News and Amar Ujala, along with government agency, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) to make regional content available on Internet. Read more...
 
Algorithmic filtering, censorship on Twitter, Facebook?
Mint, Nov 1, 2014
The ‘#Twitter India’ tag was abuzz with protest tweets such as these that streamed in from early morning on 1 November, following suspension of some accounts by microblogging site Twitter.com. The buzz grew when the co-author of Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India Rupa Subramanya protested early morning on Twitter that her account was suspended. What also irked her was that she was being asked to “change her behaviour”. Read more...
 
Twitter plans to do part of MIT Media Lab’s LSM research in India
Mint, Nov 1, 2014
Twitter Inc. plans to use India as a base to develop some of the new technologies for media and analytics capabilities that it plans to create as a part of research at the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), the creation of which it announced with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab on 1 October. Read more...
October 2014
Viewers are running to DD from noise on private news channels: A. Surya Prakash
Mint, Oct 31, 2014
A. Surya Prakash, consulting editor at the English daily Pioneer and a fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, was appointed the chairman of Prasar Bharati earlier this week. In an interview at the Prasar Bharati office in New Delhi, he spoke of autonomy for Doordarshan and turning DD News into a top-class news channel. Read more...
 
Tribunal orders MSOs to air TV9 channel
ToI, Oct 31, 2014
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed the multiple system operators (MSOs) of Telangana to resume the broadcast of TV9 channel within a week. Read more...
 
Journalism, seriously?
HBL, Oct 31, 2014
A generation of Delhi Journalists have become what can be called Opinionators — they can terminate you with their opinions and they will be back. Comment columns in op-ed pages are now largely reduced to Opinionators arguing against each other. As soon as one is published, it is uploaded and then re-upped (sic) every few hours on Twitter, so more people can join in. Camp loyalties are constantly under surveillance and followers chime in expectedly with appropriate words of approval or criticism. The next day, a counterpoint is published in another paper or blog and all of it resumes all over again. This goes on for a week, by which time each side is convinced they have triumphed. Forward and onward then, to the next Opinion. Read more...
 
Are you sleeping with your smartphone?
BS (IANS), Oct 31, 2014
According to a latest survey by California-based QR Code Press magazine, 53 percent of respondents said they regularly took their smartphones with them when they went to bed.A considerable number of people take their smartphones with them to bed - some even holding them in their hands as they dream, said a survey. Read more...
 
ASCI upholds complaints against 84 misleading ads
ET (PTI), Oct 31, 2014
Advertising industry watchdog ASCI upheld complaints against 84 campaigns in August for misleading ads, including those of Honda Car India, Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motors, eBay, TataSky and HUL. According to the Customer Complaints Council (CCC) of ASCI (Advertising Standard Council of India), it received 95 complaints during the month and a maximum 41 complaints of misleading ads were upheld from the personal and healthcare category. Read more...
 
Tweet success
BS, Oct 30, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's affinity for social media and the new government's push to adopt it seems to have paid off. This week, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) sent out a self-congratulatory message to the effect that the number of followers of its Twitter handle had crossed 3,00,000 and it said the bulk of the additions came in the last three months. Read more...
 
Staffers stream in
BS, Oct 30, 2014
The current government's extreme focus on social media has also transformed PIB. From sending occasional updates to journalists, it is now required to send live feeds. Read more...
 
Can 4G be a game-changer?
FE, Oct 30, 2014
The rapid growth of mobile telephony over the last decade has been a huge success story, primarily driven by private sector players and consumer adoption of new technologies. With just over a million mobile subscribers in 1999, representing a teledensity of 3%, Trai data shows that the mobile subscriber count as of March 2014 stood at 900 million, a teledensity of a whopping 72%. This revolution has had a significant impact on the lives of Indian consumers. These 900 million consumers are no longer just end-users of mobile technologies, they are playing a major role in shaping the future of the industry. Read more...
 
Passive data: mine your digital biz
Mint, Oct 30, 2014
Nearly everyone has a digital footprint—the trail of so-called “passive data” that is produced when you engage in any online interaction, such as with branded content on social media, or perform any digital transaction, like purchasing something with a credit card. A few seconds ago, you may have generated passive data by clicking on a link to read this article. Passive data, as the name suggests, is not generated consciously; it is a byproduct of our everyday technological existence. As a result, this information—and its intrinsic monetary value—often goes unnoticed by Internet users. Read more...
 
Media and politics in Haryana
Mint, Oct 30, 2014
Less than two years ago, the man who heads the media conglomerate which controls Zee TV and the DNA newspaper was under pressure, to put it mildly. Subhash Chandra was handling a counter-attack from Haryana’s Congress politician-industrialist Naveen Jindal whom his channels had begun to investigate after he had been implicated in the case of alleged irregularities in coal block allocations. After Zee News and its business counterpart began to do stories on the coal blocks allocated to him, Jindal had a sting operation done on the channel’s editors, and sued the media house for extortion. Read more...
 
TDSAT asks MSOs to lift blockade of TV9 in a week
HBL, Oct 30, 2014
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has asked the MSOs (Multiple system operators) to resume the broadcast of TV9 channel within a week (from October 29). Acting on a complaint by the TV channel that has been blocked out in Telangana for about four months, Aftab Alam, Chairperson, and Kuldip Singh, Member, of TDSAT, has asked the Telangana State Government to ensure smooth broadcast of the channel by the MSOs without any untoward incidents. Read more...
 
Cyclone Hudhud effect: Vizag TV blackout continues
Deccan Chronicle, Oct 30, 2014
Restoration works are just halfway through after the cyclone caused extensive damage to infrastructure of Multi-System Operators and cable television networks. It’s the same case with Direct to Home services as the cyclone damaged innumerable household DTH antennas in the city. The DTH companies, meanwhile, are working at a snail’s pace, restoring the dishes. And, all of them are charging customers for antenna repairs and replacements. Read more...
 
Kevin Spacey: Netflix Made A LOT Of Money On 'House Of Cards'
Business Insider, Oct 30, 2014
On Wednesday, actor Kevin Spacey gave an inspiring, funny, and f-bomb-filled talk about how big data is changing the world at a conference hosted by IBM in Las Vegas. Spacey was there thanks to his breakout Netflix hit, "House of Cards," and he offered a number of interesting insights about it. For instance, he said that when promoting shows, Netflix tailors its trailers to individual viewers. If you watch a lot of Kevin Spacey movies, your clip will feature a lot of Spacey. If you watch a lot of action flicks, your clip will feature action sequences. That's the kind of the thing that can't be done on regular TV or cable. Read more...
 
Time Warner Cable reports fall in video subscribers
Reuters, Oct 30, 2014
Time Warner Cable Inc, the second-largest U.S. cable TV operator, lost more residential video customers in the third quarter than in the preceding quarter. Read more...
 
Jostling for Eyeballs
Business Today, Nov 9, 2014 (Issue date)
During the recent Navaratri festivities, a character in a popular fiction show on Star Plus, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, was shown shopping online for gifts for her family. She buys a piece of jewellery for her daughter from Amazon, the online retailer. She goes on to educate her daughter about the various facets of online shopping - ease of shopping, cash on delivery and so on. All this was woven into the script of the show. Read more...
 
How Mr Modi has outplayed the media
BS, Oct 29, 2014
The Diwali Milan made some wonder as to whether the prime minister's approach to the Fourth Estate is changing and, if so, does it need to. The likely answer is no. An early assessment of the government's media strategy of tweets and press handouts is that it has succeeded spectacularly. One-way communication works when you run a tightly controlled government where bureaucrats and ministers are cautioned not to speak to the press out of turn - or indeed not to speak to the press at all. Read more...
 
Government initiated innovative approaches to reach out to the people through multiple media platforms: Prakash Javadekar
BS, Oct 29, 2014
Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information & Broadcasting has said that the Government had initiated innovative approaches in reaching out to the people through multiple media platforms. The endeavour was to address the communication needs, to enter into a dialogue with different cross-sections of the society and address the aspirations of young people. The Minister stated this while launching the free News SMS service of AIR News Services Division in four Indian languages viz. Assamese, Gujarati, Tamil and Malayalam here today. Read more...
 
32-year-old man held for posting false info about Aamir's TV show Satyamev Jayate 2
India Today (PTI), Oct 29, 2014
Aamir KhanMumbai Police on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old Rajasthan man for allegedly publishing "offensive and false information" about actor Aamir Khan and his TV show Satyamev Jayate 2 online. Yuvraj Singh Shaktawat, who is from Udaipur, was arrested and a 170-page chargesheet in the case was filed in a court. The accused, who had allegedly posted offensive comments on speakingtree.com, was later granted bail by the court. Read more...
 
A. Surya Prakash appointed chairman of Prasar Bharti
Mint, Oct 29, 2014
The government on Tuesday appointed A. Surya Prakash, consulting editor of the Pioneer and a distinguished fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation as chairman of Prasar Bharti for a period of three years. The appointment fills a post that fell vacant after Mrinal Pande, a journalist and former editor of the Hindi language daily Hindustan, finished her term on 30 April. Read more...
 
Disney’s Marvel maps out plans for superhero films through 2019
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 29, 2014
Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel unveiled a slate of nine superhero films that will take the studio through mid-2019, adding two more “Avengers” and projects based on black and female comic-book characters. The Black Panther, an African tribal chief created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, was the first black superhero in a mainstream American comic. Read more...
 
U.S. regulators to vote on treating Internet TV like cable
Reuters, Oct 29, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission in coming weeks will vote on whether Internet TV should have the same access to television programming as cable and satellite TV providers, which could shake up competition in the video industry. Read more...
 
Doordarshan revamps advertising sales team
Mint, Oct 28, 2014
State broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) has revamped its advertising sales team as it seeks to increase its ad revenue by 15-20% this year, two of its officials said. The broadcaster operated by Prasar Bharti has appointed three officials to its ad sales team— Tauquir Zaidi, national sales head; Aum Tiwari, regional sales head (west); and Gunjan Varshney, regional sales head (north)—over the past one month. Read more...
 
Customer service impacts consumer spending: Survey
Mint, Oct 28, 2014
Customer service continues to drive choices of Indian consumers, many of whom gladly shell out more for better service, a global survey conducted by financial services company American Express found. The Customer Global Service Barometer 2014 conducted across 1,000 individuals indicated that Indian consumers were willing to pay more for brands that match their level of service. Read more...
 
Withdraw black out of TV 9 and ABN: Press Council committee tells Telangana Govt
The Hindu, Oct 28, 2014
The three member committee set up by the Press Council of India (PCI) to probe the threats to media in Telangana has asked the state government to immediately take steps to ensure that the Multiple Systems Operators (MSOs) withdraw their ‘illegal blackout’ of TV 9 and ABN Andhra Jyothy in the interest of the freedom of the media and people’s right to know as enshrined in the Constitution. Read more...
 
The venom online
BS, Oct 28, 2014
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and others have done us a world of good - by making communication cheaper, easier, quicker. But it has also brought out the worst in humanity - voyeurism, hatred, bile, slapdash opinions, intolerance. Never has the need for instant gratification of every little feeling been so easy. And never have so many millions of people gratified themselves, emotionally, intellectually and morally with such abandon and so publicly - without checking facts, without bothering with right or wrong and without worrying about the harm they may be causing someone else. It is a bit like the hippie culture of the mid-sixties - let it all hang out, man. Read more...
 
Google data seems to suggest waning interest in new 'bull market'
BS, Oct 28, 2014
If Google search data are anything to go by, interest in the new Indian bull market may be on the wane after the post-election euphoria on Dalal Street. The average number of queries for the key phrase ‘bull market’ declined from a peak of 1,000 a month in May and June to 880 three months later, an analysis of Indian Google searches shows. By comparison, the average number of searches for ‘bear market’ rose during the same period — from 320 in May, June and July to 390 in August and September. The number reflects a cumulative average for the search phrase over a 12-month period. Read more...
 
How Facebook is changing the way you consume news
BS (The NYT News Service), Oct 28, 2014
Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy. Marra's team designs the code that drives Facebook's News Feed - the stream of updates, photographs, videos and stories that users see. He is also fast becoming one of the most influential people in the news business. Facebook now has a fifth of the world - about 1.3 billion people - logging on at least monthly. It drives up to 20 per cent of traffic to news sites, according to figures from the analytics company SimpleReach. On mobile devices, the fastest-growing source of readers, the percentage is even higher, SimpleReach says, and continues to increase. Read more...
 
Star India announces new tariff structure
BS, Oct 27, 2014
Broadcast network Star India announceda new incentive based tariff structure for its multi system operator (MSO) partners in order to further transparency in dealings. In an industry first, Star has introduced a new tariff structure with cable platforms based on uniform pricing instead of bilaterally negotiated deals. Read more...
 
Customer service as important in online interaction: Survey
BS, Oct 27, 2014
With the number of people shopping online increasing exponentially, having a customer-focused online presence has become an imperative for companies, the results of a survey by American Express, 2014 global customer service barometer, show. According to the survey, many people now prefer using company websites and social media for customer service-related queries. However, for complex issues, many prefer having a human interaction. Read more...
 
Creativity has to be a means to an end: Carter Murray
BS, Oct 27, 2014
Technology should be used not to serve creativity but to work with creativity to solve a client brief, otherwise it's self-serving, Carter Murray tells Devina Joshi. Read more...
 
HC judge slaps contempt charge against entire editorial staff for ‘false’ report
ToI, Oct 27, 2014
Taking strong exception to a legal news magazine's "mischievous and outrageous allegations" against his son, a Delhi high court judge has initiated contempt proceedings against the entire editorial staff of the periodical and gagged both print and electronic media from circulating the 'false' story. Read more...
 
All India Radio launches WhatsApp number for overseas listeners
DNA, Oct 27, 2014
According to news reports, All India Radio (AIR) will use its existing Whatsapp number and will ensure there is no compatibility issue regarding network services and overseas listeners can send in their song request for ‘Suraj Ke Sath Sath’ and ‘Shaam Suhaani’ on the number. Read more...
 
Super Mario creator flirts with film, games still true love
Mint (Reuters), Oct 27, 2014
Super Mario Bros creator Shigeru Miyamoto has produced some of the world’s biggest video game hits over the past three decades, and now he has added film producer to his long list of credits. Miyamoto unveiled his latest project, “PIKMIN Short Movies”, at the Tokyo International Film Festival over the weekend —a 3D short-animation film based on Nintendo game characters of the same name. Read more...
 
Cable TV Operators Begin Restoration Work in Visakhapatnam
New Indian Express, Oct 26, 2014
There is a severe pressure on the cable TV operators to resume operations with the power being restored in most parts of the city. Since the day Hudhud cut through the city like an invisible knife on October 12, the cable television network has remained in a shambles like all other infrastructural facilities. The loss sustained by cable TV operators is estimated to be Rs 100 crore. Read more...
 
Hero ISL is most watched tournament on TV after IPL
BS, Oct 25, 2014
STAR India's bet on non-cricket sports seems to be paying with the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) recording a reach of 74.7 million on its launch day and a cumulative reach of 170.6 million in the first week. These reach figures are second only to the annual twenty-20 tournament of the Indian Premier League (IPL). These are aggregated reach numbers across eight channels - STAR Sports 2 (English), STAR Sports 3 (Hindi), STAR Sports HD 2 (English), STAR Gold (Hindi), STAR Utsav (Hindi), Asianet Movies (Malayalam), Jalsha Movies (Bengali) and Suvarna Plus (Kannada). Read more...
 
'Welcome goodbye to formalities'
BS, Oct 25, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked the entire length of the area under the shamiana, about the size of half a football field, shaking hands with each one of more than 400 journalists gathered at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters on Saturday. And, he patiently indulged several of them when they posed to click 'selfies' with him. The occasion was 'Diwali Milan', or a get-together of senior BJP leaders with mediapersons, including many top editors; and Modi suggested that his government's days keeping the media at an arm's length might be over. Read more...
 
Narendra Modi praises media in first press event as prime minister
Mint (AFP), Oct 25, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to journalists on Saturday for the first time since taking office, aiming to mend his rocky relations with the press. The right-wing leader, whose Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in a landslide election in May, has never given a press conference and prefers using state media as well as his huge Facebook and Twitter following to communicate with the masses. But in an apparent break from the approach passed on by his predecessors -- who similarly shunned regular media interactions — he addressed more than 200 journalists at BJP headquarters in New Delhi, pledging to meet them more often. Read more...
 
Burger King creates social media buzz before India debut
Mint, Oct 24, 2014
American fast food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc. is using social media network Facebook to publicise its planned launch in the capital of a country its competitor McDonald’s Corp. entered about two decades ago. “India, here we come! First stop – New Delhi!,” the company said in a message on its Facebook page. According to people familiar with the company’s India plans, the first store is likely to open by November in New Delhi, where the brand has picked locations such as Select Citywalk Mall in Saket and Connaught Place in Central Delhi. Read more...
 
US broadcasters win preliminary injunction against Chet Kanojia’s Aereo
TOI Tech & Agencies, Oct 24, 2014
A New York federal judge on Thursday barred embattled video streaming company Aereo from transmitting the programs of television broadcasters as they are being shown, blocking its bid to operate like a traditional cable system. The ruling was another win for major broadcasters, whose copyrights the US Supreme Court said Aereo, founded by Indian-American tech entrepreneur Chet Kanojia, violated in retransmitting the programming to subscribers' devices via the internet. Read more...
 
Advertisers Are Moving Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Away From TV
Business Insider, Oct 24, 2014
Advertisers are committing hundreds of millions of dollars less to cable TV networks for the first time since the 2009/10 season, according to a report released this week from the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB), as published by Variety. Several brands and advertising agencies - including Omnicom and Mondelez -have been speaking up in recent weeks about the emerging shift from TV advertising to digital media, but now here's some quantifiable evidence that shift is real and already happening. Read more...
 
Social media cannot replace traditional journalism, it complements it: James Montgomery
BS, Oct 23, 2014
James Montgomery, controller of digital and technology for BBC Global News, speaks to Vanita Kohli-Khandekar on how the BBC looks at the online space. Read more...
 
ISL must look beyond the razzmatazz
Mint, Oct 22, 2014
Launched with fanfare and the avowed mission of popularizing football outside its traditional bastions in India, the Indian Super League (ISL) followed a predicable trajectory in terms of stadium attendance in the first week. The matches staged in traditional football pockets such as Kolkata, Guwahati and Goa drew almost full houses (including the 65,000 who turned out to watch the inaugural game in Kolkata’s refurbished 70,000-capacity Salt Lake Stadium). But in spite of the presence of Italy’s 2006 World Cup winner and former global star Alessandro Del Piero in their side, Delhi Dynamos’ home tie against FC Pune City in the cricket-obsessed national capital could attract only 16,500 spectators to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Read more...
 
4 in 10 Internet users victim of online harassment: report
Mint, Oct 22, 2014
Four in 10 Internet users have been victims of online harassment in varying degrees of severity, with young women in the age group of 18-24 experiencing particularly severe forms, including being sexually harassed, physically threatened, deliberately embarrassed and being called offensive names, according to a survey report by PewResearch. Read more...
 
Wait gets longer for cable TV viewers
The Hindu, Oct 21, 2014
Cyclone Hudhud has caused extensive damage to installations and external cables. Five MSOs in the city themselves might have incurred a loss of at least Rs.10 crore due to loss of cable and collapse of 16-ft dish antennae. Read more...
 
IGNOU launches web-based radio and TV channels
India Today, Oct 21, 2014
According to IGNOU officials, the new virtual channels seek to help web citizens and specially those who are enrolled in IGNOU. The channels will provide audio-video programmes based on the course-curriculum. Also, these channels will enable students to interact in real time with academic experts from various streams. Read more...
 
Airtel-Samsung debut Integrated Digital TV in India
ET, Oct 21, 2014
The Direct-To-Home (DTH) service unit of Sunil Mittal-driven Bharti AirtelBSE -0.35 % on Tuesday launched Integrated Digital TV (iDTV) in partnership with Samsung, which the two companies claim to be first in the country. The partnership will allow Samsung's range of SmartDirect TVs to come with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without installing an external set-top-box (STB), companies said in a joint statement issued Tuesday. Read more...
 
Prakash Javadekar frowns upon ban on TV channels
ToI, Oct 21, 2014
Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday hit out at some state governments for imposing ban on a couple of TV channels. Javadekar, who did not name the states, said such bans were against democratic principles and eroded press freedom. "There are two to three states who have imposed such bans so that these channels are not available on cable networks... The media houses are even threatened," he said. Read more...
 
EC proposes making paid news an electoral offence
Mint (PTI), Oct 21, 2014
Seeking to provide a level-playing field for parties in elections, the Election Commission has proposed making paid news an electoral offence to provide a strong deterrent in a bid to stamp out the menace. It also wants a ceiling on the campaign expenditure of political parties that is used as a ruse to pump in unlimited resources. Read more...
 
Pakistan suspends licence of anti-govt TV channel
Mint (Reuters), Oct 21, 2014
Pakistan has suspended the licence of a fiercely anti-government television news channel, the state media regulator said, in a move criticised strongly by Amnesty International as politically motivated and unjustified. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said it had suspended ARY News, a private channel, for 15 days for airing a talk show which it said “maligned” the court system. Read more...
 
Nielsen, Adobe to measure online TV across multiple devices
Reuters, Oct 21, 2014
Nielsen and Adobe Systems Inc announced an alliance on Tuesday that aims to measure the viewership of digital video across all Internet-connected platforms including TVs, smart phones and tablets as the television ecosystem undergoes dramatic change. The move for Nielsen, which dominates traditional TV ratings and Adobe, which has troves of data on how people watch videos through the Internet, underscores how quickly the landscape is shifting. Read more...
 
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.
The Daily Beast, Oct 21, 2014
Two rival drug cartels in Tamaulipas, the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, have final say over what gets printed or broadcast in the local media. By necessity the people of the state increasingly have turned to social media to share information about organized crime and its infiltration of the government. They are referred to as citizen journalists and have received international attention for their innovative use of sites like Facebook and Twitter to defy the imposition of the blackout. Read more...
 
The average Fox News or MSNBC viewer is less ideological than the average NPR listener
Vox, Oct 21, 2014
A cluster of talk radio and internet media sources like Breitbart and The Rush Limbaugh Show have the most conservative audiences. And there's a variety of outlets and programs with very liberal audiences, from NPR to Al Jazeera America to Slate and the New Yorker. Read more...
 
Ajit Balakrishnan: The right to be forgotten
BS, Oct 20, 2014
The coming of the internet has made it infinitely easier for us citizens to communicate with each other; we can do that by email, through social media posts, through apps on phones - and from what we can see, citizens worldwide seem to be spending much of their day doing just that. But the way the internet is organised has also made it infinitely easier for governments to tap into this vast information flow. This is because information flow on the internet is concentrated at a few telecom companies, email providers and social media networks. Read more...
 
Digital World Governance through citizen participation @ social media
Mint, Oct 20, 2014
In the last couple of years, various social media initiatives, like using Facebook, have come up where government agencies have shown proactive interest to engage with citizens. These include Gurgaon Police, Delhi Police and Mumbai Police. In addition, there are mobile apps for Metro rail timings, bus timings and their position, public grievances and so on. However, there is one such example that I wanted to share, which could be seen as standardized institutionalization of the usage of Facebook by government agencies in a municipal area. This is Kanpur city, district Kanpur Nagar; population 3 million. Read more...
 
Telecom Commission defers imposing 8% licence fee on ISPs
ToI (PTI), Oct 20, 2014
The Telecom Commission has deferred a proposal on imposing an annual licence fee of 8% on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as this could lead to a hike in internet charges and impact the government's ambitious Digital India project. Read more...
 
Narendra Modi chooses state media to get message out
Mint (Reuters), Oct 20, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has anointed India’s state-backed broadcaster as his media brand of choice, helping shield his government from tough questions and prompting private news outlets to complain that they are being kept out of the loop. Starchy and unpolished, Doordarshan News and All India Radio (AIR) were not the obvious choice for a government that took power in May after a high-octane election campaign that used special effects to beam Modi’s image to rallies across the nation. Read more...
 
The ad agencies behind BJP’s successful campaign
Mint, Oct 19, 2014
Advertising agencies Soho Square, Ogilvy and Mather, and media buying agency Madison World—the media team that helped Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweep to power in the Lok Sabha elections with the biggest election victory in 30 years— have delivered once again with the party set to form governments in Haryana and Maharashtra, where assembly elections were held earlier this month. The BJP’s focus during the elections was on governance, growth and corruption during the 15-year rule by the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition in Maharashtra. Read more...
 
Snapchat to start rolling out ads that aren’t ‘totally rude’
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 18, 2014
Snapchat Inc. will start showing advertisements to its users, taking a step toward justifying the $10 billion valuation investors have placed on the startup. Unlike other social-media providers, Snapchat won’t be putting ads in people’s feeds, which “would be totally rude,” the company said in a blog post on Friday. The Los Angeles-based company, which makes an app for sharing disappearing photos, also said it won’t use members’ data to more effectively target the ads, which debut this weekend. Read more...
 
U.S. DOJ digs into Comcast's Internet reach in merger review
Reuters, Oct 18, 2014
The leverage a bigger Comcast Corp could wield over Internet access nationally is one of the key issues U.S. antitrust regulators are discussing in meetings about the proposed merger with cable rival Time Warner Cable Inc, according to sources who have attended such meetings. Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), who could block the $45 billion merger plan, have held numerous confidential meetings with Comcast's competitors, partners, interest groups and other stakeholders. Read more...
 
Why Skype is skipping India
HBL, Oct 17, 2014
Microsoft’s announcement that it is shutting down its voice calls originating from Skype applications to devices connected to telecom (landline/mobile) networks within India is startling. This, when Google and Whatsapp are trying to extend their services from pure play Internet Telephony to voice calls to devices on the telecom network. Read more...
 
TV most important platform for news, info in Pakistan
FirstPost (PTI), Oct 17, 2014
Television rules the media domain in Pakistan with more than three-fourths of adult population relying on it for news and information, according to a recent US survey. "Television is by far the most important platform for news and information. "We see that even when power is in short supply, people still find a way to watch," William Bell, director of audience insights at the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) said. Read more...
 
New Twitter feature allows users to listen to music
BS (PTI), Oct 17, 2014
Twitter will now allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines for the first time, the microblogging site has said. The social networking site has added a new feature to allow its users to listen music directly from the twitter stream on mobile devices. "The world's most influential musicians and media producers already share unique audio content through Twitter every day. Today we're introducing a new way for you to experience audio directly on Twitter," Twitter said in a blog post. Read more...
 
HBO standalone product risks alienating cable, satellite cos
Reuters, Oct 17, 2014
Time Warner Inc's decision to make its prized HBO channel available to people who don't subscribe to Pay TV may delight such "cord cutters" but will likely crank up tensions with cable and satellite TV service providers. By going over-the-top - media lingo for being able to watch TV with only a broadband connection - HBO has paved the way for a rocky period of negotiations with cable and satellite companies - with issues of pricing and distribution likely to loom large. Read more...
 
Google Just Confirmed It's Coming After TV's Money
Business Insider, Oct 17, 2014
Over the past two years Google's YouTube has held "Brand Cast" and "New Front" events across the world, showcasing its brightest content, throwing a glitzy party, and then holding negotiations with the world's biggest brands and ad agencies in the hope of securing millions of dollars in advertising commitments. Brand Cast and New Fronts mimic the "upfront" events TV broadcasters have run for decades, where they too hold fancy events for advertisers and media buyers, which tend to be in the Spring to showcase their most attractive programming in the Fall. The idea is to create a short, sharp window for advertising sales in which advertisers feel forced to lock in the best deals they can. Read more...
 
Six billion reasons why investors are interested in e-commerce in India
Mint, Oct 16, 2014
Newspapers on Thursday were abuzz with Softbank Corp.’s estimated $600 million investment in Snapdeal.com, an Indian e-commerce site run by Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, a story originally reported by Mint on 18 September. The investment comes after Flipkart India Pvt. Ltd, which runs Flipkart.com, raised $1 billion. Subsequently, Amazon.com Inc announced that it would invest $2 billion in its Indian arm over the years. So, why is everyone bullish on e-commerce in India? On Thursday, consulting firm Gartner Inc said the Indian e-commerce market is projected to reach $6 billion in value of goods sold in 2015, a 70% spike in revenue over 2014, making the country the fastest growing e-commerce market in Asia-Pacific region. Read more...
 
Facebook creates ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters
Mint (AP), Oct 16, 2014
Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called “Safety Check,” will be available worldwide to the social network’s 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic “feature” phones many people still use to access Facebook, especially in developing countries. Read more...
 
India’s money makers embrace social media as tweets move markets
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 16, 2014
While monitoring social media is nothing new for investors, it has become all but indispensable for followers of India’s $1.5 trillion stock market after Modi transformed the way official policy is announced by the oil and finance ministries. The government now uses the network more than any other globally, according to Twitter Inc.’s own data. Read more...
 
Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world
Mint (Reuters), Oct 16, 2014
China, the world’s second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries, now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution. Industry players at the Frankfurt Book Fair said they had observed a change in Chinese exhibitors’ focus from acquiring foreign rights to selling the products of China’s developing publishing sector. With sales volumes of nearly $18 billion, China is the largest buyer of rights and licences for books published overseas. Now Chinese publishers, most state controlled, are jumping aboard their government’s “Go Out” policy instituted in 1999 to promote Chinese investment abroad. Read more...
 
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: 'Internet TV Is Going To Be Everything In A Couple Years'
Business Insider, Oct 16, 2014
Netflix stock was tanking after third quarter earnings showed the streaming service delivered fewer subscribers than expected. During Netflix's Q3 earnings call, CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings made the case for online streaming saying "internet TV is going to be everything in a couple years." Read more...
 
HBO to offer stand-alone web subscription in US next year
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 15, 2014
While the number of US households that pay for broadband but not TV has climbed to 10 million and is still growing, half of those homes do pay for a streaming service online, he said. “These consumers have no access to HBO,” Plepler said at Time Warner’s investor meeting in New York on Wednesday. “That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. In 2015, we will launch a stand-alone over-the-top HBO service in the United States.” Read more...
 
Sri Lanka restricts foreigners, media access to northern province
Mint (AFP), Oct 15, 2014
Sri Lanka’s defence ministry on Wednesday announced new curbs on foreigners, including journalists, visiting the island’s former war zone and said the action was to protect “national security”. Foreign passport-holders will require approval from the defence ministry if they want to travel to the battle-scarred northern province, military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said. Read more...
 
China blocks BBC website amid Hong Kong protests
Mint (AFP), Oct 15, 2014
The BBC’s website was blocked in China on Wednesday, one day after a video of Hong Kong police beating and kicking a pro-democracy protester began circulating online. The move appears to be the first time the British broadcaster’s website has been completely blocked in China since December 2010, when it was inaccessible for days ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Read more...
 
Time Warner to launch HBO as streaming broadband service
Reuters, Oct 15, 2014
Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N) HBO will launch a standalone online streaming service next year to make hit shows such as "Game of Thrones" available to people who do not subscribe to cable television. The move to take HBO "over-the-top" - media jargon that means consumers can watch the channel with only a broadband connection - is a significant milestone for a channel long dependent on cable distributors. It could be a further catalyst spurring more people to dump their cable subscriptions by cutting the cord. Read more...
 
The Tamilian view of independent news
BS, Oct 14, 2014
News7Tamil, a "global" Tamil news channel will be launched on October 19. It adds to the babble of 135-odd news channels (the largest such number in the world) that India has. In the normal course, this column would have ignored it. But News7Tamil claims to be "India's first editorial board driven news channel." A seven-member editorial board will act as a "Firewall between editors and owners," says R Bhagwan Singh, executive editor, Deccan Chronicle. "There have been serious breaches in edit policy (generally)," says Nick Walshe, a former Al Jazeera and BBC man and launch consultant to news broadcasters. Walshe and Singh are part of the board that includes editor Rajesh Sundaram and activist and poetess Meena Kandaswamy among others. Read more...
 
Now real-time banking on social media
Mint, Oct 14, 2014
If mobile was the buzzword of banks till now, social media appears to be the new way of giving customers more bang for the buck. Not just by mining customer sentiment, improving their personal branding with Facebook ‘likes’ or tweets, but also by allowing real-time banking and money transfers on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Read more...
 
RailTel internet service to be available to public soon
The Hindu, Oct 14, 2014
RailTel Corporation of India Limited’s broadband internet service using fibre optic cable will soon be available to the public in Coimbatore. The Corporation’s officials were in the city a few days ago to talk to Arasu Cabel TV Corporation officials and cable TV operators to explore the possibility of a tie-up. According to a release from the district administration and T.R. Kirubanandan, manager (Network) of RailTel, the meeting was to explain the technology, the speed the customers could enjoy by availing themselves of the internet service from fibre optic cables, the business model the Corporation had developed and what they needed to do to deliver the service to end users. Read more...
 
Centre for multi-pronged strategy to popularise 'cleanliness'
BS (PTI), Oct 14, 2014
The Centre has called for a multi-pronged communication strategy to turn Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Clean India Mission into a mass movement, especially through media. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has sought the I&B Ministry's help in spreading the message of cleanliness among millions of people through popular shows on radio, TV and cable during prime time duration. Read more...
 
More British teenagers shunning TV for tablets
ET (IANS), Oct 13, 2014
Tablets have replaced television sets as far as British teenagers are concerned with six in 10 children using a tablet at home - a 50 per cent increase from 2013, a survey found. With more than one-third of young people aged five to 15 owning their own tablets, the number of children with televisions in their rooms has fallen by a third in five years, according to a global research survey conducted by Ofcom. The researchers found that 11 percent of children aged three and four have their own tablet - up from three percent last year. Read more...
 
Universal Studios to launch first China theme park in Beijing
Reuters, Oct 13, 2014
Universal Studios said on Monday it had a sealed an agreement to open a $3.3 billion theme park in Beijing, the culmination of a 13-year effort to enter China's fast-growing entertainment market. U.S. theme park operators are rushing to build in China, which has few high quality parks but where park revenues have been growing rapidly as city dwellers spend more on entertainment and travel. Read more...
 
One paper by Nobel Prize winner Jean Tirole that every internet user should know
Vox, Oct 13, 2014
Jean Tirole, the French economist who won the Nobel Prize today, is known for the breadth and scope of his work across a number of fields. The Royal Swedish Academy specifically cited his work on competition and anti-trust issues as prizeworthy. But I think many people will be most interested in his 2002 paper "Platform Competition in Two-Sided Markets," co-authored with Jean-Charles Rochet. Among other things, the paper offers a powerful explanation of why so many leading internet companies — most prominently Google and Facebook — don't charge for their products. Read more...
 
The power of social
BS, Oct 13, 2014
The customer is always right. If there had been any doubt about the truth of that adage, social networking has eliminated it completely. While delivering a satisfying experience has always been important, social networks make it more vital than ever. In a very short time, social networks have fundamentally changed the way many customers expect to interact with businesses. Read more...
 
Social networking going the e-com way?
BS, Oct 13, 2014
That Facebook and Twitter dominate social media is no surprise. From introducing ad formats, to promoted posts for brands to engagement with consumers, the two have constantly worked to stay relevant to a restless digital population while successfully monetising the platform. Now they are looking to upgrade brands from plain vanilla engagement to actual sales and ROI (return on investment). To this end, Facebook placed a 'buy' button in its news feed to test out consumer reaction in July this year. Twitter followed suit in September. Read more...
 
Discovery is here, there, everywhere
Deccan Herald, Oct 13, 2014
On Independence Day in 1995, Discovery channel beamed its first programme into India. Nineteen years later, the network has grown to offer a bouquet of 11 channels providing feeds in five languages. Carving out a niche for itself, it rose to become one of the “most popular” channels in some of the poorest regions of the country than state broadcaster Doordarshan. With exquisite programmes ranging from wildlife to history to travel to lifestyle to science, the Discovery network now reaches out to some 240 million Indian households, which is a whopping 37.5 per cent of its subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more...
 
Media after Modi: Married to the mob
BS, Oct 10, 2014
Never has the Indian media - at least the English-speaking media - managed to so spectacularly lose control of the national conversation. With a few notable exceptions, many of them independent journalists, the media appears to have given up any pretence at directing news editing and trying to arrive as close to truth as possible. It is behaving, instead, like a school of herring, flashing from one point to another, changing direction in a split second - millions of individuals reacting like one single organism twitching in response to some stimulus. Read more...
 
Why Germans Are Afraid of Google
The New York Times, Oct 10, 2014
In Berlin, Sigmar Gabriel, the vice chancellor and economics minister, is investigating whether Germany can classify Google as a vital part of the country’s infrastructure, and thus make it subject to heavy state regulation. Google is often spoken of in dark terms around cafes and biergartens. People regularly call it the Octopus. Even a figure as dominant in the global economy as Mathias Döpfner, the chief executive of Springer, Germany’s largest publishing house, said he was “afraid of Google.” Read more...
 
Fox, Apollo finalize deal for TV production joint venture
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 10, 2014
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. and Apollo Global Management LLC announced a final agreement on Friday to combine Endemol NV, Shine Group Ltd. and Core Media Group into a joint venture. The companies also confirmed that Elisabeth Murdoch will leave her father’s company again once Shine, the TV production business she founded and sold to Fox, becomes part of the venture. Read more...
 
Nielsen admits its past six months of TV ratings are wrong
Vox, Oct 10, 2014
Nielsen, the company that calculates the ratings networks and advertisers use to set advertising rates for television shows, found a mistake in its calculations Monday that calls into question all of the numbers it has reported since March. This error is a big one for Nielsen because the Nielsen ratings essentially determine the fate of television shows: they affect which shows get renewed and how much ads sell for. It's potentially a huge credibility blow to the company at a time when its statistical sampling-based method seems increasingly outdated in light of modern technology. Read more...
 
Facebook, Twitter And Google Are Banding Together To Steal Ad Money From Broadcast TV
Business Insider, Oct 10, 2014
Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL and five other big names in digital media in the UK are rallying together next week as they bid to steal share of advertising dollars from TV broadcasters - by replicating the same tactic TV broadcasters use to sign huge "upfront" deals with advertisers. They're hoping to shift tens of millions in spending their way. Read more...
 
Carl Icahn thinks Apple should make TV sets
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 9, 2014
Activist investor Carl Icahn says it’s time for Apple Inc. to get into the business of making TVs. In an open letter on Thursday to chief executive officer Tim Cook that focused on the need for more share repurchases, Icahn also said there’s “good reason to expect” Apple to introduce an UltraHD television in fiscal 2016. Read more...
 
Media exposure and voter behaviour
Mint, Oct 9, 2014
Does media exposure today feed into voter behaviour tomorrow? As we emerge from another Narendra Modi-centred television blitz over the last fortnight, and head into another set of elections, it might be pertinent to look at recent research from Lokniti-CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies). The research explores the link between media exposure and voting behaviour based on election studies done by the centre since 1996. Read more...
 
Media exposure and voter behaviour
Mint, Oct 9, 2014
Does media exposure today feed into voter behaviour tomorrow? As we emerge from another Narendra Modi-centred television blitz over the last fortnight, and head into another set of elections, it might be pertinent to look at recent research from Lokniti-CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies). The research explores the link between media exposure and voting behaviour based on election studies done by the centre since 1996. Read more...
 
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg would like more Indian users on the Internet
Mint, Oct 9, 2014
With riffs on the Mars mission and the famed Indian IT outsourcing story, and marrying the objectives of Internet.org, the project his company and a clutch of others launched in August last year, with India’s ambitious Digital India mission, Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg hinted at ways his company could take the Internet to the “more than billion people who are still not connected”. Read more...
 
Online community networking for 'Swachh Bharat' launched 1,70,000 citizens already joined the national online circle Urban Development Ministry ropes in social media organization 'LocalCircles'
BS, Oct 9, 2014
Seeking to convert 'Swachh Bharat Mission' into a 'Jan Andolan', the Ministry of Urban Development has enabled an online platform to enable the citizens network with each other locally and at national level to collectively take up cleanliness activities. In this regard, the Ministry is taking the help of 'LocalCircles', a community social media platform. A national circle, 'Swachh Bharat' has been launched and already 1,70,000 citizens have joined this circle. Read more...
 
Maharashtra polls: Parties take social media route to woo voters
BS (PTI), Oct 9, 2014
Taking a cue from the success of BJP's online campaign in Lok Sabha election, the other parties have opened up their war chest to spend on social media to expand the reach of their mass contact campaign for the Maharashtra Assembly polls. The NCP, staring at a massive anti-incumbency factor, is using the platform of social media to showcase the development work done by it in 15 years of power in the state. "We have realised that social media is the best way to reach out to youths, who account for nearly 55% of India's population. NCP has started using this medium extensively now to reach out to our voters," party's chief media co-ordinator Ravikant Varpe told PTI. Read more...
 
Exponential growth potential for Facebook in India: Zuckerberg
ToI (PTI), Oct 9, 2014
Seeing exponential growth potential for Facebook in India, its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg today said he will discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ways to connect villages with the digital world. The CEO of the California-headquartered firm, who is on his first visit to India, said he is excited to help the government in its ambitious Digital India programme. Read more...
 
I&B moots facility to switch operator without changing set top box
IE, Oct 9, 2014
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday suggested that TV viewers should have the facility of switching cable service operators without changing the set to boxes. Addressing the first meeting of Task Force for Cable Digitization (Phase III and Phase IV), he proposed “interoperability” of the set top boxes (STBs) whereby customers could change their service providers by putting in a new card instead of buying new STBs. Read more...
 
Govt to kickstart next phase of cable TV digitization: Javadekar
The Hindu, Oct 8, 2014
The Centre is mulling to complete the third phase of digitization of cable television by 2015. Addressing a press conference at Vigyan Bhavan in New Dehi, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, said the Indian cable TV digitization is the biggest such exercise in the world. "It will change the face of Indian television," he added. The fourth phase of digitization is expected to happen in 2016. Around 12 to 15 crore of TV sets are expected to be benefitted from this mammoth exercise. Read more...
 
Govt mulling to exempt Free to Air channels from 12 min ad-cap
ET (PTI), Oct 8, 2014
Free to Air channels may soon get relief as the Government is mulling a rule change which would allow them to show more advertisements than the present ad-cap of 12 minutes per hour. "We are taking a decision....that Free to Air (FTA) channels should be exempt from the restriction of the 12 minutes ad-cap," Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said here today. The Minister, however, indicated that for Pay Channels the existing limit of 12 minutes per hour of advertisements would continue and suggested that the proposed rule change could become a sort of incentive for them to turn FTA. Read more...
 
The rise of conferences on women’s empowerment
Mint (The New York Times), Oct 8, 2014
Conferences promoting women’s empowerment are on the rise and haven’t had this kind of cachet since the feminist movement encouraged consciousness-raising groups in the 1970s. This time, however, the booster sessions are not being run by friends in their living rooms, but by media companies looking to align themselves with a generation of working women—and corporate sponsors—eager to celebrate their achievements and push for new career heights. Read more...
 
Washington Post regains its place at the table
Mint (The New York Times), Oct 7, 2014
Nothing in God’s creation is ever as good as it once was, but The Washington Post is coming pretty close. The once-embattled newspaper is in the middle of a great run, turning out the kind of reporting that journalists—and readers—live for. That includes coverage that played a role in the resignation of the director of the Secret Service and investigative work that eventually led to the conviction of a former governor of Virginia on corruption charges. Read more...
 
The Death Of Network TV Approaches: Apple, Pepsi And McD's Told To Cut Millions From Their TV Budgets
Business Insider, Oct 7, 2014
Omnicom Group, the global media network that oversees more than $50 billion in annual adspend for clients such as Apple, Starbucks and Pepsi, is advising its clients to shift as much as 25% of their TV advertising budgets to online video. The move is an admission that traditional TV budgets are under direct attack from online sources. Previously, the ad business's official line was online video would grow alongside traditional TV. Now it seems that digital video is eating TV's lunch. Read more...
 
Big data can change marketing
BS, Oct 6, 2014
At a media seminar I attended recently in Delhi, one of the speakers concluded that customers are no longer just customers: they are unique combinations of data that can be sliced and diced and manipulated. I thought that was a dubious compliment to the shift taking place in the role of marketing within an organisation, thanks to the arrival of big data. Read more...
 
Flipkart's Big Billion Day faces consumer backlash on social media
BS, Oct 6, 2014
It was billed as India’s largest discount sale ever, but since e-commerce major Flipkart’s ‘Big Billion Day’ sale started at 8 a.m. Monday, it is being talked about across social media for all the wrong reasons. Several consumers claim that prices on the website were inflated over the past couple of days and therefore the discounts running today are not genuine. Consumers have also taken to social media to vent after they were unable to make purchases despite repeated attempts due to server errors. Additionally, consumers claim that offers advertised by Flipkart in the newspapers are not available on the website. Read more...
 
Indian companies using digital marketing for competitive advantage: Study
IndiaTV News (PTI), Oct 6, 2014
A growing number of marketers in India leverage digital marketing to increase their competitive advantage, a research by Adobe and CMO Council has revealed. According to the study, India leads in the confidence in digital marketing as a driver of competitive advantage. Ninety-six percent of the Indian marketers have high confidence in the ability of digital marketing to drive competitive advantage. It is among the highest in Asia-Pacific APAC with only Australia leading with 97 percent, the research said. Read more...
 
Doordarshan to telecast programmes in Europe, Middle East; broadcast TV on cellphones
ET, Oct 6, 2014
Doordarshan might be in the limelight for its controversial decision to telecast live RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's Vijaya Dashami address, but life for the national broadcaster is only set to become more exciting with the Narendra Modi government's increasing emphasis on state run media. For starters, the broadcaster's 30-year-old dream of going global may finally come true in January next year when it will be beamed free of cost to 120 million homes East, say I&B ministry officials. After the Maharashtra polls, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar will hold the first inter-ministerial meeting of secretaries of ministries of external affairs, information and broadcasting, tourism, culture, and home affairs to finalise the content to be delivered to these countries. Read more...
 
New York Times apologises for cartoon on India’s Mars mission
Mint (PTI), Oct 6, 2014
Days after it published an offensive cartoon mocking India’s successful Mars mission, The New York Times on Monday apologised saying it was not trying to “impugn” India but was highlighting that space programmes are no longer the exclusive domain of rich, Western countries. “A large number of readers have complained about a recent editorial cartoon in The International New York Times, about India’s foray into space exploration. The intent of the cartoonist, Heng Kim Song, was to highlight how space exploration is no longer the exclusive domain of rich, Western countries,” Andrew Rosenthal, NYT’s editorial page editor said in a Facebook post. Read more...
 
Disney, Time Warner renew NBA TV deals through 2025
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 6, 2014
Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. renewed their contracts to carry National Basketball Association (NBA) games through the 2024-25 season, locking in the coveted live sports programming before other networks could bid. The NBA will receive about twice as much in fees as in the prior contracts, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the terms are private. Time Warner’s TNT and Disney’s ESPN and ABC networks currently pay the NBA about $930 million a year combined in a deal that was set to expire at the end of 2015-2016 season. Read more...
 
Spammers beware, Facebook reports suing spammers for total 2 billion dollars
BS (ANI), Oct 5, 2014
Social media giant Facebook has reportedly obtained a whopping total of 2 billion dollars in legal judgments against spammers trying to take advantage of the website. Facebook revealed in a blog post that they utilize these channels when possible to remind would-be offenders that we will fight back to prevent abuse on our platform. Facebook appears to be focused on spammers who sell fake Likes, generally to businesses interested in boosting their popularity. Read more...
 
Social media policy for journalists lags in India
BS, Oct 4, 2014
Leading news organisations of the country, Bennett and Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) and Kasturi & Sons Ltd, released their social media diktats over the past one month and caused much debate. The policies are aimed at regulating the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter by journalists on their rolls. While some called the guidelines necessary, since the medium is new and evolving, others cried hoarse over their 'restrictive' mandates. Read more...
 
Facebook vow on research is short on the particulars
BS (The NYT News Service), Oct 4, 2014
Facebook said on Thursday that future research on its 1.3 billion users would be subjected to greater internal scrutiny from top managers, particularly if it focused on "deeply personal topics" or specific groups of people. The company - which suffered a black eye this summer from a study in which it used its prominent news feed feature to manipulate the emotions of some users without telling them - also said it would train all of its engineers in research ethics. Read more...
 
RSS chief’s speech shown on Doordarshan, stirring controversy
Mint, Oct 3, 2014
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday addressed a special programme in Nagpur in Maharashtra to mark the Hindu festival of Dussehra. The speech was telecast on state broadcaster Doordarshan (DD), drawing much flak from opposition parties Congress and Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM. “We are dreaming of a Bharat where whatever diversity is there, in our ways, our lives, we will accept each others’ differences,” the 64-year-old Bhagwat said. “In mutual goodwill and love, we have to accept one another.” Hindu nationalist RSS is the ideological parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its headquarters are based in Nagpur city. Read more...
 
'Mobile wallet adoption to remain low unless withdrawals okayed'
ToI, Oct 3, 2014
The first wave of telco-backed payments banks is slated to charge up India's mobile banking turf but explosive growth in mobile money transactions, mirroring the Africa experience, won't happen unless the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allows direct cash withdrawals under mobile wallet services, leveraging the countrywide reach of telecom retail networks, mobile operators and sector analysts told ET. If India's central bank agrees, a migrant construction worker in Delhi would, typically, be able to send cash directly from his mobile wallet to a brother in Bihar's backwoods, who in turn, would collect the cash at his nearest mobile retail point, even if there is no bank or ATM in the vicinity. Read more...
 
DoT ropes in ISRO scientists to explore use of satellite for broadband
HBL, Oct 3, 2014
The Department of Telecom has roped in top scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation to remove bottlenecks for the use of satellite technologies in improving penetration of voice telephony and broadband in the country. DoT and ISRO scientists have already have one round of meeting to discuss issues such as capacity addition, pricing and changes in policy required to facilitate satellite-based communications, especially in regions that are remotely located. Read more...
 
Google Is Working On A Gigantic, Shape-Shifting TV Screen That You Can Rearrange Like Legos
Business Insider, Oct 3, 2014
If you're sick of flat screen or curved TV screens, Google may be working on something you might be interested in. The company is reportedly building a modular TV screen that can be rearranged into different shapes and sizes, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google is said to be developing a display comprised of smaller screens that plug together like Legos to form a single image. These modular pieces would allow you to change the size and shape of the screen, three people familiar with the matter reportedly told the Journal. Read more...
 
Over the top
BS, Oct 2, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to the United States was marred by news reporting that was excessively fawning. Coverage was, in fact, reminiscent of the bad old days of state-controlled media, when the nightly news bulletin on Doordarshan was little more than a paean of praise to Rajiv Gandhi or Indira Gandhi. In fact, the saturation coverage was so disproportionate to the actual scope or achievements of the prime minister's visit that it was embarrassing. Read more...
 
The rot in media and entertainment
BS, Oct 2, 2014
The distribution team of a broadcaster colludes with multi-system operators and local cable operators to overcharge carriage fees, taking a cut on the amount. Ad agencies and production houses collude with talent managers, inflate talent costs and take a cut. Programming houses claim they pay bribes to get shows approved from broadcasters. Cuts on film-acquisition rights are common. And, corruption in media buying has reached another level - almost every media brand says it has bribed a planner or buyer at some point to ensure its brand is included in a plan. Read more...
 
Competition panel imposes Rs2.83 crore penalty on Super Cassettes Industries
Mint, Oct 2, 2014
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Wednesday said that it has imposed a penalty of Rs2.83 crore on Super Cassettes Industries Ltd for abusing its dominant position. The final order was passed on information filed by HT Media Ltd, the CCI said. “The Commission found Super Cassettes Industries Ltd to be in dominant position in the relevant market of licensing of Bollywood music to private FM radio stations for broadcast in India,” the CCI said in its release. “The Commission held Super Cassettes Industries Ltd in contravention of the provisions of section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Competition Act, 2002 for imposing unfair conditions of Minimum Commitment Charges (MCC) upon the private FM Stations in its existing agreements,” the release further said. Read more...
 
Facebook changes real-name policy, allows aliases
Mint (Reuters), Oct 2, 2014
Facebook Inc said it would change its policy requiring users to go by their real names on the social network, following outrage over the locking of hundreds of accounts, including a number belonging to drag queens using their stage names. Facebook’s product chief, Christopher Cox, apologized in a post on Wednesday and said the affected users could go back to using their aliases. Read more...
 
Mint ends partnership with The Wall Street Journal
BS, Oct 1, 2014
Business daily Mint, jointly owned by HT Media and The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), decided to end their seven-year partnership, under which the US-based paper had provided editorial content to the Indian newspaper. WSJ said its content would now be only available on its website. Read more...
 
New York Times to lose 100 newsroom jobs in companywide cuts
Mint (Bloomberg), Oct 1, 2014
New York Times Co plans to cut jobs across the company, including about 100 positions in the newsroom, to help boost long-term profitability as digital businesses have struggled to make up for the declines in print. The publisher disclosed plans for the buyouts and layoffs in a regulatory filing on Wednesday, saying the reductions “are necessary to control our costs and to allow us to continue to invest in the digital future of The New York Times.” Read more...
 
U.S. regulators look into treating Internet TV like cable
Reuters, Oct 1, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in how it regulates Internet TV, potentially putting it on the same footing as traditional cable and satellite television, an FCC official familiar with the idea said on Tuesday. If formalized and approved, the change would help Internet TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish Network Corp , Sony Corp and Verizon Communications Inc , compete with traditional pay-TV for digital rights to major network programming. Read more...
September 2014
Mary Kom and lessons in tolerance
BS, Sep 30, 2014
The reviews and social media were united in trashing Chopra and the film. Every major newspaper and trade publication went into a froth about Chopra being cast as Kom. Going by the tirade that preceded and followed the film's release, a Manipuri should have been cast as Mary Kom. These arguments keep coming up for various films. They don't hold good - for three reasons. Read more...
 
Ten social networks that failed or died
Mint, Sep 30, 2014
The social network space is littered with the carcasses of many former Orkuts. Read more...
 
Yahoo restricted in China as Hong Kong protests spur new control
Mint (Bloomberg), Sep 30, 2014
Users trying to access Yahoo! Inc.’s main website from mainland China faced disrupted service on Tuesday as the government sought to restrict the flow of information amid student-led protests in Hong Kong. The www.yahoo.com site was inaccessible in some parts of the country, according to Greatfire.org, a group that monitors Internet censorship. The pattern suggested a “man-in-the-middle attack,” in which an attacker intercepts data that Internet users exchange with Yahoo’s servers, the group said. Read more...
 
Literary lions join protest against Amazon
Mint (The New York Times), Sep 30, 2014
The authors are uniting. Last spring, when Amazon.com Inc. began discouraging customers from buying books published by Hachette, the writers grumbled that they were pawns in the retailer’s contract negotiations over e-book prices. During the summer, they banded together and publicly protested Amazon’s actions. Now, hundreds of other writers, including some of the world’s most distinguished, are joining the coalition. Read more...
 
Canada's TV watchdog to ignore Netflix, Google after data denial
Reuters, Sep 30, 2014
Canada's broadcast regulator said on Monday it will ignore evidence from Internet-based video providers Netflix Inc and Google Inc when making new rules for television after the companies refused to hand over some data. In a terse exchange at a regulatory hearing earlier this month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) demanded Netflix provide details about its Canadian operations or risk losing its exemption from rules that govern domestic broadcast distributors. Read more...
 
India is not ready for paywalls: Raghav Bahl
BS, Sep 29, 2014
“We are looking at creating a digital news platform. It will not have any legacy distribution like, say, newspapers or television… those are legacy products. It will be on mobile, it will be on the web, it will be on social media. It will be news plus content like technology, health, entertainment - the full menu, but created for and distributed through purely digital platforms. That's the trend around the world where a lot of the content consumption is moving on to digital devices.” Read more...
 
Personal care keen to shore up earned media
BS, Sep 29, 2014
In the personal care segment, most of the social media buzz is on brand-owned channels. In other words, the buzz requires push from the brand. Most of the brands are not yet very high on earned media but have stepped up efforts to spur conversations. Read more...
 
Socializing with a virtual wallet
Mint, Sep 29, 2014
From barter system to online payments, modes of payment and transferring money have seen many innovations. One of the more recent additions to the line is a product by payments solutions company Oxigen Services (India) Pvt. Ltd. Through its mobile wallet, Oxigen wallet, users can transfer money to anyone through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Google+ and WeChat, among others. Money can be sent even if the receiver does not have an Oxigen wallet. Read more...
 
Instagram reportedly blocked in China amid Hong Kong protests
Mint (Reuters), Sep 29, 2014
Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc., has been blocked in China, according to numerous reports, including from Hong Kong-based reporters with the New York Times. The company did not immediately return requests for confirmation. Read more...
 
‘New Yorker’ magazine’s covers shift from polite to provocative
Mint (The New York Times), Sep 29, 2014
A few weeks ago, as scandals engulfed the National Football League (NFL) in the US, The New Yorker magazine’s cover showed a player being chased down the field by police officers. During the height of the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, last month, its cover depicted protesters with their hands raised, illuminated by the harsh glare of floodlights. And earlier this year, as the Winter Olympics got underway in Sochi, Russia, the cover lampooned Vladimir Putin as a figure skater being assessed by five judges—all of them Putin. Those three images, among others, signal a shift in The New Yorker’s cover art toward the topical and provocative. Read more...
 
The unrepentant bootlegger
Mint (The New York Times), Sep 29, 2014
Early in the morning of June 30, 2010, Hana Beshara woke to a sharp rapping on the door of her condo in East Brunswick, New Jersey. “I heard a bang-bang-bang,” she said. “I’m thinking it’s, like, Amazon.” It wasn’t a delivery. It was a team of federal agents from the US department of homeland security, wearing bulletproof jackets and carrying guns. She sank into her couch and watched as they went through her belongings, confiscating files, her flat-screen TV, several computers and cellphones, her PlayStation 3—anything with a hard drive. Beshara was one of the founders of a site called NinjaVideo, which at the time was one of the most popular places online to illegally stream and download TV shows and movies. At its peak, the site attracted 2.6 million visitors a day and had around 60,000 registered members, many of whom visited the website’s community section to discuss topics as diverse as philosophy, parenting and politics. Read more...
 
BBC tried to steal from 'archives': Iran state TV
Zee News (PTI), Sep 29, 2014
Iranian state television has accused the BBC of trying to steal "artistic, historic and cultural documents" from government archives in the Islamic Republic. The BBC had no immediate comment on the claim, coming in a report aired today, though Iran has a history of accusing the British broadcaster as operating as a cover for spies and dissidents. Read more...
 
Facebook to test internet beaming drones in 2015
BS (PTI), Sep 28, 2014
Facebook plans to start testing its internet-carrying solar-powered drones in 2015, with the ultimate aim of getting two-thirds of the global population online. Mark Zuckerberg had unveiled Facebook's Connectivity Lab and its partnership with the Internet.Org project in March this year. The initiative seeks to use solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicles to beam internet down to the two thirds of the global population who are not yet connected, according to 'Gizmag'. Read more...
 
This is why you should not watch TV for long hours
Deccan Chronicle (ANI), Sep 28, 2014
A new research has revealed that the long hours spent on watching Television should be limited in order to avoid gaining weight. According to the draft health advice on obesity, people should take TV-free days or set two-hour limits on the amount of time spent sitting in front of screens that makes people inactive and eat more, the Guardian reported. Read more...
 
TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai roughed up outside Madison Square
Mint (PTI), Sep 28, 2014
Leading TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai was on Sunday roughed up apprently by pro-Narendra Modi supporters outside the Madison Square Garden, shortly before the Prime Minister’s address. The news created quite a buzz on social networking site Twitter after @JFK_America posted, “Mob of people attacking an Indian journalist for being critical of Modi on the past. Read more...
 
Trai Recommendations on Spectrum Pricing Likely by October-end: Report
NDTV (PTI), Sep 28, 2014
Telecom regulator Trai is likely to come out with recommendations on spectrum pricing for the next round of auction by the end of next month. "The recommendations are likely to come by the end of October," a source in Trai said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in August had started the consultation process for the next round of auctions for spectrum held by mobile operators - Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and RCom - as some of their licences are set to expire in 2015-16. Read more...
 
Hoax Busted: Facebook to Charge Users $2.99 per Month from 1 November, is Fake
International Business Times, Sep 28, 2014
Many on social media were taken in by a completely false news that claimed that starting  1 November, all Facebook users will have to pay $2.99 per month. The almost believable hoax was started by a satirical portal, National Report. The report stated that the decision was announced at a press conference that beginning 1 November, the social media giant will start charging members $2.99 per month to use services that users currently enjoy for free. Read more...
 
Caste and conservatism in our TV serials
Mint, Sep 27, 2014
Are we a nation that sees some castes as more attractive than others? The answer is of course yes. Even the lower castes will admit this through practice and it’s a subject for serious academic study. Sociologist M.N. Srinivas (whose house is down the lane from mine) called this Sankritization—the process by which a lower caste adopted the practices of a caste above it. The question then produced is: Do we see other castes as being off-putting? And I would say yes to that also. Read more...
 
Information & Broadcasting Ministry to involve stakeholders of Media & Entertainment Industry for a widespread Multi-media campaign on Swacch Bharat
BS, Sep 26, 2014
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting held a meeting with the stakeholders of Media & Entertainment Industry on Swacch Bharat Mission here today. The stakeholders of the Industry included representatives of News Broadcasters Association (NBA), Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), representatives of FM radio, community radio, Digital Media, Entertainment channels and National Broadcasters including the Public Broadcaster. Read more...
 
Print in India is a remarkable story: Ravi Dhariwal
Mint, Sep 26, 2014
Ravi Dhariwal , chief executive officer (publishing) of Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL), publishers of The Times of India and The Economic Times (ET), oversees $1.1 billion (around Rs.6,775 crore today) print media business, which makes a profit of $300 million a year. Retiring in March 2015, Dhariwal is keen to start his own venture, probably in media, “if a PE or an industrialist” gives him “lots of money”. (PE is short for private equity). “I have one more inning left in me,” says Dhariwal, who worked at Hindustan Lever Ltd and PepsiCo International for 12 years each and spent the next 13 years expanding BCCL’s newspapers. Read more...
 
Does Internet-based media impact voting?
Mint, Sep 26, 2014
The Lok Sabha elections earlier this year witnessed extensive use of the Internet by political parties and candidates. A large number of political analysts believe that the Internet and social media played an important role in shaping the electorate’s choice. With assembly elections for the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana round the corner, the role played by Internet-based media in the political process has once again come to the spotlight. Read more...
 
Google fires back at News Corp; defends search, piracy practices
Mint (Reuters), Sep 26, 2014
Google Inc. hit back at News Corp. on Thursday for calling it a platform for piracy and an “unaccountable bureaucracy,” in a point-by-point rebuttal that stressed the Internet search company’s commitment to fighting online crime. In Google’s official blog, Rachel Whetstone, head of global communications, defended the company’s practices while taking a jab at News Corp-owned British tabloid The Sun. In the post titled “Dear Rupert,” referring to News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, Whetstone said Google has invested tens of millions of dollars to battle piracy on its YouTube video website and removed 222 million web pages from its search engine last year due to copyright infringement. Read more...
 
Six movie, TV companies get permission to use drones for filming
HT (Reuters), Sep 26, 2014
US aviation regulators loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones on Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the small, remotely piloted aircraft to shoot scenes on closed sets. The Federal Aviation Administration said it would allow filming with drones provided the aircraft weigh 55 pounds (25 kg) or less, are used within sight of the remote pilot, who must hold a private pilot's license, and are flown under 400 feet (120 metres) in altitude, among other restrictions. Read more...
 
Climate for media not exactly balmy
Mint, Sep 25, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become a serial newsmaker who keeps journalists busy, reporters and analysts alike. His energy is such a welcome change from the United Progressive Alliance’s nothing-is-happening stasis that even the soreness over not being taken on his trips abroad has worn off and the big news guys are all investing in despatching their reporters and crews to cover his US tour. The hyperactivity is helping to mask the concomitants—a ruling party whose normally communicative politicians have lost their tongues, and a body of ministers who now only communicate at press conferences. And again, if you check out the Press Information Bureau’s news releases, each day’s big newsmaker is usually Modi. Read more...
 
National Herald to be relaunched soon
Mint, Sep 25, 2014
The National Herald, the Congress party newspaper that was the voice of India’s independence movement, is likely to be relaunched in October after a gap of six years, according to two people close to the development, who declined to be named. Veteran journalist Suman Dubey, a close friend of the Gandhi family, is being consulted on the project. Read more...
 
Comcast accuses Discovery of 'extortionate demands'
Reuters, Sep 25, 2014
Media company Discovery Communications Inc demanded business concessions as a condition for not opposing Comcast Corp's bid for Time Warner Cable Inc, Comcast told U.S. regulators in a filing on Tuesday. "Such extortionate demands are patently improper," Comcast said in a summary of the filing. "As the self-proclaimed '#1 Pay-TV Programmer in the World,' Discovery does not need additional regulatory help to succeed in the marketplace." Read more...
 
Private telcos can play big role in Digital India retail rollout: Ravi Shankar Prasad
ET, Sep 24, 2014
The telecom regulator has rued India's dismal broadband penetration and questioned the telecom department's decision to only involve state-owned telecom companies to implement the Rs 21,000 crore national optic fibre network (NOFN) project that is already running three years behind schedule. In a consultation paper titled 'Delivering Broadband Quickly', unveiled Wednesday, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has also invited industry feedback on a relevant "timeframe for auctioning spectrum in the 700 MHz band," to offer the most efficient airwaves to telcos for boosting India's poor broadband penetration. Read more...
 
Soon, you can own radio, TV, film digital content from govt archives
The Free Press Journal, Sep 24, 2014
For those on a trip down nostalgia lane, a plan is on the anvil, wherein one can own digital audio and video content from the government’s treasure-trove of archives. While this would be music to the ears of entertainment buffs, the move is seen helping state broadcasters turn around their fortunes. Read more...
 
Hello Ello, Goodbye Facebook: Social media network without ads woos US users
FirstPost (The Daily Dot), Sep 24, 2014
While WhatsApp hasn't been flooded with ads for now and it looks unlikely in the future, a new social media website called Ello, which has been created by California-based artist and designer Paul Budnitz, is premised on the no advertisers policy. Ello is invite-only for now and according to this post on TheDailyDot is also attracting several members of the LGBT community. The website's homepage says the idea is to not treat the user as a product and to keep user data and privacy safe. Read more...
 
Indian govt second highest seeker of internet users' private info, says Google
BS, Sep 23, 2014
There's some unsettling news for internet users in India. The Indian government is among the top five governments across the globe requesting search giant Google for data on users. According to Google's 10th Transparency Report, when it comes to user accounts for which information was requested, the government of India ranked second in the world. Read more...
 
Telecom M&A guidelines need to be reworked: TRAI chairman Rahul Khullar
ET, Sep 23, 2014
The telecom regulator on Monday was critical of mergers and acquisitions guidelines that didn't facilitate much needed consolidation. "DoT (Department of Telecommunications) issued some M&A guidelines. These guidelines are a non-starter and no M&A can take place within those guidelines," said Rahul Khullar, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Read more...
 
State EC turns its eye on social media
Pune Mirror, Sep 23, 2014
It is no longer going to be as easy as uploading a campaign update on an official online account and getting hundreds of 'shares' — political candidates have reason to be on their toes, with the state Election Commission (EC) deciding to closely track social media updates as Assembly polls approach. Read more...
 
Google suffers as China tightens control on Internet
Mint (The New York Times), Sep 23, 2014
Google Inc.’s problems in China just got worse. As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business. Read more...
 
Social listening for market intelligence
BS, Sep 22, 2014
Of all the windows through which a business can peer into an audience, social media seems most enticing. The breadth of subjects, range of observations, and, above all, the ability to connect and draw inferences make social analytics hugely exciting for anyone who is interested in understanding and influencing past, present and potential customers, employees, or even investors. As individuals leave traces of their activities - personal, social and professional - on the internet, they allow an unprecedented view into their lives, thoughts, influences and preferences. Read more...
 
Why a journalist should run your brand
BS, Sep 22, 2014
Marketers and journalists will fundamentally disagree on the best way to create content. Marketers and PR professionals are hard-wired to put the product/company first. Journalists put the consumer first. For this reason alone - but several more - journalists should be in the box seat when it comes to running a newsroom - be it for the media or a brand. Read more...
 
'Same news content in 2 or more papers will be considered as paid news'
Deccan Herald, Sep 22, 2014
A news item with same content and similar pictures appearing in two or more newspapers in favour of any candidate contesting the assembly elections in Haryana will be treated as "paid news", District Electoral Officer- cum-Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi said here today. Read more...
 
Ruin the end of every TV show and movie with Netflix's new spoiler site
Vox, Sep 22, 2014
There are people in the world who hate joy and want to ruin every show for themselves and maybe even for you. These are the people that told you every plot twist in the fifth season of The Good Wife. They casually mentioned how Breaking Bad ended over dinner. They probably even blabbed about who shot whom at the end of Reservoir Dogs while you were just trying to walk your dog. What's crazier than the fact that these people are still alive and also find love and happiness? There are people who like it when these people ruin things for them!  And for those crazy people, Netflix has given us all a gift: an entire site of spoilers! Read more...
 
Where do the most people go for TV online? YouTube
CNet, Sep 22, 2014
Netflix calls itself the world's leading Internet television network, but as is often the case, who's leading really depends on whom you ask. Frank N. Magid Associates, a research and consulting firm, asked 2,400 people to check off a list of online sources they use to watch TV shows, and found the most common response -- with 38 percent of respondents -- was YouTube. Read more...
 
The insanity that fuels our news
Mint, Sep 20, 2014
I finished writing my book on India this week and thought I should read the newspapers to find out the latest. What have I missed in the time that I’ve been away? The thing that struck me after I read a few dailies was that the news in India has stopped making sense. Read more...
 
Govt must formulate a national media policy urgently: Rahul Khullar
Mint, Sep 20, 2014
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman Rahul Khullar on Saturday said the government must urgently formulate a national media policy. “Government, state governments and their organs have no business to be in the broadcasting and distribution space and it is my considered view that the government needs to announce this as an integral part of its national media policy,” said Khullar while delivering his address at a media conference hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Read more...
 
Prasar Bharati plans broadcast TV on cellphones from 2015
Mint (PTI), Sep 20, 2014
Public Broadcaster Doordarshan plans to start broadcasting directly a bouquet of 20 free-to-air channels in partnership with private media houses on mobile phones from next year. “At present you have choice of dish, cable and antenna. The fourth choice that will come up is digital antenna, which will offer bouquet of 20 free channels on TV this year and next year on mobile,” Prasar Bharati chief executive officer Jawhar Sircar told reporters on sidelines of a CII event. Read more...
 
I&B ministry wants more govt news to be given to DD, AIR
Mint (PTI), Sep 20, 2014
The information and broadcasting ministry has asked all ministries and departments to be more forthcoming in sharing news and advertisements with public broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) for wider dissemination considering the fact that they reach the remotest of the places. Read more...
 
DTH, digital cable penetration to drive TV growth: Report
BS, Sep 20, 2014
A gradual acceleration in pay TV (television) penetration will drive major growth for the television sector in five years, aided by the digitisation of cable TV in India, according to the latest Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-PricewaterhouseCoopers report on the media and entertainment sector in India. It was released here on Friday. Read more...
 
AIADMK walkout over cable TV fudge
The Hindu, Sep 19, 2014
MLAs belonging to the opposition AIADMK on Thursday staged a walkout from the Puducherry Assembly to register their protest against the government’s failure to collect arrears from cable TV operators in Puducherry for the last several years. Read more...
 
This music startup has Google's India MD tuning in
ET, Sep 19, 2014
If you can relate to the feeling of playing the exasperated DJ to your guests' endless song requests at house parties, a simple new app called Jammup is the answer to all your problems. Created by Mumbai-based startup Adonta Mobility Solutions, the app turns a smartphone into a jukebox by compiling the music in your phone into a playlist and making it available to all your friends, who can access it once they sign into your phone 'jukebox' through the app. Read more...
 
Epic TV gets licence approval from I&B Ministry
BS, Sep 19, 2014
The wait is finally over for ex-Disney India head Mahesh Samat's genre specific high definition Hindi entertainment channel Epic TV. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has finally sanctioned the channel's licence after a year long wait. Read more...
 
Hinduja Ventures to start offering HITS from January next year
BS (PTI), Sep 19, 2014
Hinduja Ventures will start offering its Headend-In-The-Sky (HITS) for TV viewing from January next year and looks for a nationwide presence. "We would launch the HITS service by January next year. It would have a pan-India service," Hinduja Ventures Group Chief Executive Officer (Media) Tony D'silva told PTI. On being asked about the tariffs, he said it would be decided by the local cable operator, Hinduja Ventures (HVL) would only provide technical support. Read more...
 
Digitisation of Cable TV sector on track: Javadekar
HBL (PTI), Sep 19, 2014
The government’s initiative of digitising the Cable TV sector is on track and the third phase of the Digitisation drive will be completed by 2015 while the fourth phase by 2016, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. “Digitisation is on track and we are going to complete the third phase in (20)15 and fourth phase in (20)16. That’s what our committment is,” he said. Read more...
 
News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case
Mint (AP), Sep 18, 2014
The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google’s protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. Read more...
 
Quote, unquote, no quote
BS, Sep 18, 2014
"Please don't quote me" has been a standard request of bureaucrats talking off the record to journalists since time immemorial. But the frequency with which officials under the Narendra Modi government make this request has risen phenomenally in the last three months or so. The flow of information, however, has not increased proportionally. Read more...
 
I&B Ministry Notifies Extension Of Cable Networks’ Digitisation By 2 Years
Businessworld, Sep 18, 2014
The Union ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) formally notified on Wednesday (18 September), the extension of Digital Access System (DAS) implementation to 31 December 2015 for Phase III towns and areas, while Phase IV, that covers most of rural India, has been pushed back to 31 December 2016. In the original rollout plan, the target for Phase III completion was 30 September, 2014 and for Phase IV, the original date was 31 December, 2014. Read more...
 
Indian Newspaper Society expresses objection to KCR’s media remark
Deccan Chronicle (PTI), Sep 18, 2014
In the wake of reported comments made by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao with regard to the media, the Indian Newspaper Society said it would resist any efforts made to intimidate or harass its member publications. Read more...
 
Rajagopalachari’s ‘Swarajya’ to be relaunched soon
Mint, Sep 17, 2014
Swarajya, a 58-year-old liberal magazine founded by freedom fighter and India’s last Governor-general C. Rajagopalachari, which became famous for arguing the case for the Indian political Right, is being revived after 34 years. Kovai Media, a company registered in Coimbatore, will revive the magazine in both online and print versions. While the digital daily called Swarajyamag.com will see its beta version being launched in the next few days, the print version will be launched as a monthly in January 2015. Read more...
 
PwC report upbeat on media, entertainment sector prospects
Mint, Sep 17, 2014
The Indian entertainment and media industry generated Rs.1.12 trillion in revenue in 2013, an increase of 19% over the previous year with television being the biggest revenue contributor, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report released on Tuesday. Revenue from TV— including both subscription and advertising—increased 15% to Rs.42,000 crore in 2013 from Rs.36,600 crore in the previous year. The growth was led by an increase in subscription revenue, driven by the ongoing process of digitization. Read more...
 
Indian entertainment industry to be worth 2,272 billion by 2018: Report
ToI, Sep 17, 2014
The entertainment and media industry is expected to reach Rs 2,272 billion by 2018 growth at a compound annual growth rate of 15 per cent, according to a PwC-CII report released on Tuesday. The Indian E&M industry generated Rs 1,120 billion in revenue in 2013, an increase of 19 per cent over the previous year. The largest segment, India's television industry, continued its strong growth momentum with revenue increasing from Rs 366 billion in 2012 to Rs 420 billion in 2013, representing year-on-year growth of about 15 per cent. Read more...
 
Media reaping profits from Internet: study
BS (AFP), Sep 17, 2014
The Internet is no longer draining profits from media and entertainment companies, which have learned to make online services pay, a new study shows. The study by Ernst & Young released yesterday found that media and entertainment companies "are continuing to increase their lead as one of the most profitable industries" with profit margins of around 28 per cent. Read more...
 
Media Pie: Internet Displaces Print As No.2 In India
Businessworld, Sep 16, 2014
In a significant shift in the share of eyeballs among various media platforms in India,  Internet access overtook the old but powerful print medium as the second largest segment, contributing 22 per cent to the overall media & entertainment (M&E) sector in 2013. A survey released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday (16 September) estimated the revenue generated by the E&M industry in 2013 at Rs 112,044 crore, a growth of 19 per cent over the previous year. Read more...
 
To stay afloat, magazines embrace a digital future
BS, Sep 16, 2014
This might well be the death knell for city magazines - at least in the print medium. Time Out is the latest amongst a long list of magazines that have either shut shop or gone online. Apart from Bombay in Mumbai, there used to be Calcutta Skyline in Kolkata and Talk in Bangalore. New Delhi had as many as three: Capitalist, City Limits (from the Outlook group) and First City. While city magazines did well from the late 1970s, the last few years have been tough on them for reasons such as rising operational costs and decreasing advertising revenues, the consumption of city-centric 'niche' content either moving online or being eaten up by the newspaper supplements, all leading to plunging subscription and readership. Read more...
 
Vanita Kohli-Khandekar: What India watches on TV
BS, Sep 16, 2014
A new television rating system in the making will have more than 20,000 homes, against 9,650 currently, going to 50,000 in four years. It will use watermarking so that delayed viewing data or that across devices can be captured. It will also use an open source software so that the ramp up to 50,000 happens faster without the hassle of proprietary technology. The meters to measure viewership will be made in India with an Intel chip. And you could see the data live, if you wanted to, as a user. Read more...
 
Naaptol eyes global footprint in TV shopping
BS, Sep 16, 2014
Naaptol, the second biggest player in the TV shopping, is taking its presence to foreign markets. According to its management, the company will launch its business in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh soon. Manu Agarwal, founder and chief executive, Naaptol said, "Though there is enough room for growth in India, we are keen on the neighbouring markets where a large number of Indians live. We may either set up our own business or partner with local players. The discussions are at preliminary stages." Read more...
 
Facebook users face more risk of social media scams, says study
BS (PTI), Sep 16, 2014
Habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing attacks by criminals, an Indian-origin researcher has found. This is likely because users automatically respond to requests without considering how they are connected with those sending the requests, how long they have known them, or who else is connected with them, researchers said. Read more...
 
The best TV settings for different types of contents
Mint, Sep 16, 2014
The out-of-the-box picture settings for any LED or LCD television aren’t always ideal for the lighting in a typical living room. Most television makers ship with default settings that are tuned for in-store displays. For viewing at home, you need to consider eye comfort, viewing distance, etc. Most users, however, don’t make the necessary adjustments suited to their room. To improve the picture reproduction, change the settings to suit the kind of viewing you often do. Read more...
 
Abdul Basit wants India to allow Pak entertainment TV channels
ToI (ANI), Sep 16, 2014
Buoyed by increasing popularity of Zindagi TV channels exclusively showing Pakistsoaps and family serials, Pakistan has approached Indian authorities to allow more of its entertainment channels to relay their programmes to the Indian audience. Read more...
 
Mind The Gap
Businessworld, Sep 15, 2014
In a 2010 study by Harvard Business Publishing, an overwhelming 88 per cent of top Indian companies cited “gaps in leadership practice” as their top challenge in coming years. The 2012 Manpower Group Talent Shortage Survey, a global survey of employers, reported that 48 percent of respondents based in India had difficulty finding qualified candidates for their senior managerial positions. A Booz & Company forecast in a recent in-depth analysis of India’s top 500 companies that by 2017, 15 to 18 per cent of leadership positions in those companies will be unfilled —or will be filled by people underprepared for the jobs. This implies that companies will be missing almost one of every five leaders they need, putting both potential growth opportunities and the continuity of existing business operations at risk. Read more...
 
Maran brothers feel the heat as cable TV war intensifies
Deccan Herald, Sep 15, 2014
For long, media barons, Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi Maran, have ruled over one of the biggest media empires of India spanning more than 30 television channels in four languages covering over 95 million households. After losing power and influence at the Centre and in Chennai, they may now be down but certainly not out as they got a breather from Madras high court on the Centre’s diktat that would have crippled their empire. The interesting battle promises to churn out more surprises as the brothers are known to be shrewd operators who can swim against the current without getting wet. Read more...
 
Are TV ads tackling social issues merely made to garner attention?
Mid-day, Sep 14, 2014
There are times when advertising takes a stand on burning social issues. Then, there are instances where they stir up a hornet’s nest. Is Indian advertising truly responsible or does it simply tackle social issues to garner eyeballs? Read more...
 
'Many companies rejecting job applicants due to social media posts'
BS (PTI), Sep 14, 2014
Social media has emerged as a major background-check tool for employers and nearly 68% of them decide against hiring a person after finding negative details about the candidates, a survey has found. According to a survey by job site CareerBuilder India, as many as 59% employers are currently using social media to research on job candidates, while another 33% are planning to access the platform soon. Read more...
 
1 in 5 US college students addicted to smartphones
BS (PTI), Sep 14, 2014
One in five college students in the US rate themselves as totally dependent on their smartphones, with more than half admitting they use their device as a way of escaping from problems or relieving a bad mood, a new study has found. Researchers, including those from the Alabama State University, surveyed a representative sample of 404 undergraduate students from a public university in the US about their smartphone dependency. Read more...
 
Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg asks BSNL, BBNL to jointly ensure meeting NOFN deadline
ET, Sep 13, 2014
Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg has asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam and Bharat Broadband Networks to maximise their coordination to ensure that the Rs 21,000-crore national optic fibre network (NOFN) rollout is concluded by the March 2016 deadline mandated by the Prime Minister's Office. Garg said BSNL and BBNL "need to find solutions jointly" as the NOFN project is being directly monitored by the prime minister, and "no excuses for any slipups will be accepted", according to the minutes of a recent DoT review meeting with BSNL circle heads, seen by ET. Read more...
 
Twitter improves users' language skills: Study
BS (IANS), Sep 13, 2014
Expressing your thoughts and views in 140 characters on Twitter may actually be improving your language skills, shows a new study. To prove this, researchers looked at the top 100 most commonly used words on Twitter. Out of the 100 most used words, only two were shortened "RT" (shortened for re-tweet) and "u" (shortened for you). Read more...
 
PowerMin puts media under lens; entry, meetings restricted
BS, Sep 12, 2014
Efforts to streamline dissemination of information from government offices seem to have reached a different level altogether. Now, the office of Piyush Goyal, minister for coal, power and renewable energy, has put its corridors under surveillance, following an "unpleasant encounter with a media person". On Monday, a journalist sat through a closed-door meeting between Goyal and state power ministers, in the guise of an event manager. Read more...
 
Twitter speeds up partnership deal with TV channels to drive user growth in India
ET, Sep 12, 2014
Twitter is speeding up its partnerships with television channels in India as part of a strategy to drive user growth in one of the company's fastestexpanding markets. The company also launched its Amplify product, which helps networks monetise content, last month with Star Sports and Vodafone. Television partnerships are a key way in which the company is looking to monetise its user base globally. Read more...
 
Department of Telecommunications, Trai oppose move to extend cable TV digitisation deadline
ET, Sep 12, 2014
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the sector regulator have opposed a proposed move to extend the deadline for cable TV digitisation, saying the step can hurt the government's ambitious Digital India programme. In a letter to Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary to the Prime Minister, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman Rahul Khullar said extending the timeline of the third and fourth phases to the end of 2015 and 2016, respectively, will be a major setback to the efforts of providing broadband services to all Indians. Read more...
 
European Union clears Rupert Murdoch's Sky pay-TV deals
ET (AFP), Sep 12, 2014
The European Commission today cleared the key deals in tycoon Rupert Murdoch's plan to create a pan-European pay-TV giant. The Commission, the European Union's executive arm, said it would allow BSkyB, which is 39 percent owned by Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, to buy Fox's total rights to Sky Italia and its 57.4-percent interest in Sky Deutschland. Read more...
 
Sony drops to 6th on ratings list
BS, Sep 11, 2014
After just two weeks at the fourth position on the ratings chart, Multi Screen Media (MSM)’s flagship general entertainment channel (GEC) Sony Entertainment Television has slipped two slots to number six. While STAR India’s second GEC brand, Life OK, reclaimed the fourth spot on the charts, MSM’s SAB TV was fifth. Read more...
 
Talking Media Regulator versus broadcaster
Mint, Sep 11, 2014
The best way to never actually get media regulation on the ground is to announce a new bright idea every month. India has a flourishing industry of regulatory intent at this point. The number of those chipping in with their contributions is at an all-time high. Last week a source obligingly leaked to a business paper and a business channel the news that this government is now contemplating a return to the idea of a Communications Convergence Bill, which an earlier Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had floated. The department of telecom is apparently working on an overarching regulator for telecom and broadcasting, which could be called the Communications Commission, to oversee licensing and regulation and institute an appellate tribunal. Meanwhile, the regulator which does exist today for telecom and broadcasting (and has an appellate tribunal to boot) had just last month released a raft of policy recommendations, squarely invading the territories of media ownership and content, at the specific request, it said, of the information and broadcasting ministry. Read more...
 
PIL seeking ban on ‘Finding Fanny’ release quashed
Mint, Sep 11, 2014
The Delhi high court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by Nandini Tiwari and non-governmental organization Jai Jagriti Foundation, seeking a ban on the theatre release of Finding Fanny, starring Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor. Terming “fanny” a vulgar slang, the petition had alleged it would adversely impact impressionable children and asked for the word to be removed from the title of the film. Read more...
 
Disney, Fox said to consider joining Sony’s Internet TV
Mint (Bloomberg), Sep 11, 2014
Walt Disney Co and 21st Century Fox Inc are in discussions to supply Sony Corp with programming for its planned Internet-based TV service, according to people familiar with the conversations. Disney and Fox would join Viacom Inc, which said on Wednesday it will provide 22 networks, the first time the media company, headed by chairman Sumner Redstone, has made its shows available for a Web-based service. The deal covers live and on-demand programming, Viacom and Sony said in a statement. Read more...
 
KCR takes flak for threatening reporters
Mint, Sep 10, 2014
A threatening remark made by Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, against protesting journalists of two Telugu language television channels drew flak on Wednesday from opposition parties. Journalists of Tv9 and Andhra Jyoti news channels have been staging protests at different locations of the newly formed state against a ban imposed on their channels by multi-system operators (MSO), or cable operators who provide cable TV connections to households outside metros. On Tuesday, when journalists of the two media houses held placards at Rao’s meetings in Warangal town, he launched a tirade against the “anti-Telangana channels”. Rao said the two media houses have been discriminating against Telangana culture, thereby demeaning its people. The Telangana government, he said, would not tolerate this attitude. Read more...
 
KCR warns media: TV channels insulting Telangana will be buried 10 feet under the earth
India Today, Sep 10, 2014
TV channels insulting Telangana will be buried 10 feet under the earth, says Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday threatened to bury the media "ten feet under the earth" if they continue to insult the newly-carved out state. Rao, at loggerheads with the Andhra Pradesh government over disbursement of assets and liabilities of the undivided state, also demanded that Telangana "must be respected". Read more...
 
Facebook’s $200 billion value is a fairy tale
Mint (Bloomberg), Sep 10, 2014
When the social network bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, listicles of how else it could have spent that money proliferated: GQ suggested 82.5 million bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue; CNN, the UN’s annual aid budget (Facebook Inc. would have had $6 billion left over). Now that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is worth more than $200 billion—$201.55 billion at the time of this writing—it’s time for people to amuse themselves with that shallow math again. My favourite comparison—now making the rounds on Twitter Inc.—is with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crown jewels, oil producer Rosneft Oao, natural gas monopoly Gazprom Oao and state-owned lender Sberbank. Their combined market cap is $202.3 billion, meaning that Russia’s vaunted energy wealth plus its financial power is worth about as much as a company with 7,000 employees that had just $7.8 billion in sales last year, compared with Gazprom’s $165 billion. The comparison is pointless for a number of reasons, including the political factor and the old economy vs. new economy divide, but it’s inspiring: 10 years of bold innovation using little except your brainpower and some silicon chips can make you wealthier than building infrastructure for decades and having hundreds of thousands of people run it. It’s a fairy tale with a moral almost everyone—with the possible exception of Putin—likes. What worries me, though, is Facebook’s inexplicable advantage over its new economy peers. Read more...
 
Fox loses bid to halt TV monitoring service
Reuters, Sep 10, 2014
Fox News cannot stop a media monitoring service from recording snippets of its broadcasts and offering them to clients, some of which use them to criticize the network, a New York federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Fox, which is owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, sued TVEyes Inc for copyright infringement in 2013, calling it a "parasitic" service that was leeching profits from its considerable investments in producing content for its cable channels. Read more...
 
Towards an equitable policy on Community Radio
The Hindu, Sep 9, 2014
India is host to about 170 community radio stations spread across the length and breadth of the country. The movement for community broadcasting had its roots in the late 1990s when activists and community members worked together to leverage a crucial 1995 Supreme Court judgment declaring airwaves to be public property. After a decade of sustained advocacy, the government opened up community broadcasting to educational institutions in 2003-04. Two years later, on November 16, 2006, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting released guidelines on community radio – opening up the airwaves to non-profit organizations and Krishi Vigyan Kendras, in addition to educational institutions. Read more...
 
Telugu TV anchor arrested for blackmailing college with sting video
India Today, Sep 9, 2014
A TV anchor, known for his crime shows on several Telugu channels, was reportedly arrested on Monday by the Andhra Pradesh Police for allegedly demanding Rs.5 crore from the management of a dental college to stop the telecast of a sting video. Reports said Harshavardhan was arrested in Eluru for blackmailing the management of a dental college there with a sting video on the alleged irregularities in the institution. Police said the anchor wanted some money in advance and the remaining in cash later. When he reportedly refused to settle for a smaller amount, the college decided to approach the police. Read more...
 
Twitter’s new Buy button marks its e-commerce push
Mint, Sep 9, 2014
On Monday evening a Twitter executive revealed that the company is testing a ‘buy’ button which will enable users to shop directly from a tweet. It has partnered with online payment solutions company Stripe Inc. to save a shopper’s payment details. “For a small percentage of U.S. users (that will grow over time), some Tweets from our test partners will feature a “Buy” button, letting you buy directly from the Tweet,” the Twitter blog announced. Read more...
 
EBay’s PayPal unit to start accepting bitcoin payments
Mint (Bloomberg), Sep 9, 2014
EBay Inc.’s PayPal service will start accepting bitcoins, opening up the world’s second-biggest Internet payment network to virtual currency transactions. “Today we’re announcing PayPal’s first foray into bitcoin,” Bill Ready, the chief of eBay’s Braintree unit, said at Techcrunch’s Disrupt SF conference on Tuesday. “Over the coming months we’ll allow our merchants to accept bitcoin. On the consumer side it will be a sleek experience.” Read more...
 
Twitter testing ‘buy’ button as e-commerce plans take shape
Mint (Bloomberg), Sep 9, 2014
For Twitter Inc., a tweet will soon be more than a form of communication or an ad—it will be an invitation to buy. The San Francisco-based microblogging company is testing a “buy” button so consumers can purchase directly from tweets posted on its service. Twitter is partnering with payments company Stripe Inc. to save a person’s credit-card information so users can make a purchase with just a couple of clicks, Nathan Hubbard, Twitter’s head of commerce, said in an interview. The feature is the first step in a larger strategy to engage Twitter users so they spontaneously shop alongside updates from people they follow. Read more...
 
Older adults swapping TV for digital videos
ToI (NYT News Service), Sep 9, 2014
Digital video may be most popular with children and young adults, but it increasingly is being embraced by viewers of an older set. People 50 to 64 years old watched an average of 19 minutes a day of digital video during the second quarter of 2014, up from 11 minutes a day during the same period last year, according to a Nielsen report being released on Monday. Read more...
 
UK Culture Minister to look into allowing free TV to charge re-transmission fees
Reuters, Sep 9, 2014
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said on Tuesday he would examine whether Britain's so-called public service broadcasters like ITV should be allowed to charge cable and satellite operators to carry their transmissions. Channels from the publicly funded BBC and commercial PSBs are currently carried for no fee on the platforms of cable company Virgin Media and satellite broadcaster BSkyB , under rules that ITV and Channel 4 want changed. Read more...
 
Leveraging social media
BS, Sep 8, 2014
In India's Rs 2,65,000-crore retail sector small businesses looking to drive volumes with the right consumer engagement programme in the shortest possible time window must turn to social media marketing. At least two recent surveys point in this direction. Read more...
 
Know your brand's influencers
BS, Sep 8, 2014
If you grow your brand advocacy, you grow your business. Such a simple rule, yet brands tend to lose their way when it comes to advocacy marketing. Steve Knox, senior advisor, The Boston Consulting Group, cited a Havas Media study at the India Strategy Leadership Summit 2014 organised by BCG, which states, "If 70 per cent of the brands disappeared, consumers wouldn't feel very much affected." This highlights the need for brands to be reinforced, and, hence, the solution lies in advocacy. Read more...
 
Communications Bill proposes to overhaul telecom sector
Mint, Sep 8, 2014
The Communications Bill that the government is working on will overhaul the way the telecom sector is currently regulated. The draft legislation proposes to reduce the government’s role in economic regulation and instead focus on issues such as security, morality, public safety, disaster management and ensuring that there is adequate competition and optimal usage of spectrum, a limited natural resource, according to a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) presentation, reviewed by Mint. The new Bill aims to repeal all four laws that govern the telecom sector currently. These include the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885; the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933; the Telegraph Wires (unlawful possession) Act, 1950, and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act of 1997, according to the presentation. Other laws that will be modified include the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 and Information Technology Act 2000. The Bill will be finalised by the end of November after which the public consultation and inter ministerial consultation should be completed by the end of June next year, a senior Department of Telecommunications official said. Read more...
 
Twitter working on a ‘buy’ button on tweets
Mint (Reuters), Sep 8, 2014
Twitter Inc. is testing a “buy” button in some tweets that allows a mobile user to buy directly from a tweet. A small percentage of US users will be able to see the “buy” button from Monday, Twitter wrote in a blog post. Read more...
 
Government orders probe into DD Kashir, hiring of consultants
ToI, Sep 8, 2014
Prasar Bharati is under the scanner with the I&B ministry ordering a series of probes including one on DD Kashir and another on the number of consultants hired by the public broadcaster. Ministry sources said there have been several complaints by private producers of serials and documentaries on the inordinate delay in commissioning fresh programming for DD Kashir and Urdu channels, prompting the government to demand a report. Read more...
 
Government advertising sees 39% fall in April-July
Mint, Sep 6, 2014
Government spending on advertising fell 39% in April-July from a year earlier, in the process denting the revenue of media companies that had already been reeling under the effects of the economic downturn. Total ad expenditure by the government in the four months declined to Rs.132.7 crore from Rs.218 crore in the year-ago period across print, television and radio, according to data from the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity. Read more...
 
Facebook ready to spend billions to bring whole world online - Zuckerberg
Reuters, Sep 6, 2014
Facebook Inc (FB.O) is prepared to spend billions of dollars to reach its goal of bringing the Internet to everyone on the planet, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday. "What we really care about is connecting everyone in the world," Zuckerberg said at an event in Mexico City hosted by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. "Even if it means that Facebook has to spend billions of dollars over the next decade making this happen, I believe that over the long term its gonna be a good thing for us and for the world." Read more...
 
Kal Cables can continue to distribute TV channels, rules Madras High Court
HBL, Sep 5, 2014
Cable TV distributor Sumangali Cable Vision can continue to distribute TV channels to its subscribers ruled the Madras High Court today. Justice V Ramasubramanian in his ruling has set aside the order of the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry cancelling its licence to the multi system operator (MSO) Kal Cables (owner of SCV) on the grounds that the Union Home Ministry has not given it security clearance. “I hold that the impugned orders are liable to be set aside. Accordingly, the writ petitions are allowed and the impugned orders are set aside,” he said. Read more...
 
Madras HC slams Centre for different approaches on action against security clearance
BS, Sep 5, 2014
In its order setting aside the order of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) which asked Kal Cables to switch off transmission for not getting security clearance from Home Ministry, the Madras High Court has questioned the rationale of the government in acting against a Multi System Operator (MSO) while the same was not applied against a group of several Satellite Commercial Television Channels promoted by the same promoters. Read more...
 
With KBC's millions, Sony soars to number four on TAM ranking
BS, Sep 5, 2014
Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian adaptation of who Wants to Be a Millionaire by Freemantle, debuted with a bang in its eighth season, raking in viewership of 8.96 million for its grand premiere episode. This was the highest rated show in the week under consideration (August 17-23, 2014). The show outdid shows like Diya Aur Baati Hum (Star Plus), Jodha Akbar (Zee Tv) and Kumkum Bhagya (Zee TV). Read more...
 
Online retailers eye digital wallets
Mint, Sep 5, 2014
With increasing use of mobile phones to shop online, payment companies and e-tailers are planning to launch digital wallets to offer consumers a convenient and comparatively faster way to pay as well as reduce their own dependence on sales linked to cash on delivery (COD). The daily deals website Groupon and the TV shopping channel HomeShop18 have already introduced digital wallets via third parties while other firms such as Flipkart, Jabong and ShopClues plan to launch them soon. Read more...
 
Indian law only determines the situations where privacy will be afforded legal protection
Mint, Sep 5, 2014
After the massive leak on 3 August involving nude pictures of many Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande, celebrities are confronted with a serious copyright issue. Celebrities who have accepted that the photos are real are trying to get them off the internet claiming that their copyright belongs to them. What are the legal consequences if the leak had happened in India. Read more...
 
Govt to rope in pvt bodies for OFC connectivity
ToI, Sep 5, 2014
The government has decided to expedite the optical fibre cable (OFC) connectivity to roll out its digitization program in the country. In order to achieve the target, the telecom department has decided to rope in private agencies for OFC connectivity on turnkey basis in 50,000 villages. So far, it was being implemented by three central PSUs. Read more...
 
In Patan, TV is a teacher and motivator
ToI, Sep 5, 2014
Class VI students of the government school in Zazam, a small village in Patan district near the Greater Rann of Kutch, pull out their mathematics textbooks. There is no teacher in class. A student checks several cables and the teacher comes alive on the wall-mounted TV. Students start their lesson on right-angled triangles. This experiment is the brainchild of Maulik Patel (30) a cluster resource centre coordinator for the Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training in Patan. Patel has employed TVs as teachers in four government schools. Here, two-thirds of primary teachers' positions are vacant leading to high dropout rates. This use of technology in education has featured in the 100 Innovations in Education project by IIM-A. Read more...
 
PIL in Bombay HC seeks censoring authority for TV channels
ToI (PTI), Sep 5, 2014
The Bombay High Court yesterday issued notice to the Union Government seeking its response to a public interest litigation against obscenity and violence in the films and other programmes on TV in violation of the Cinematograph Act. The bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka sought government's reply by October 7. Petitioner Pratibha Nathani, a college lecturer, has demanded that a regulatory authority be appointed to regulate the content of programmes aired by TV channels. Advocate Mukesh Vashi, her lawyer, said the Centre should increase the strength of the Central Board of Film Certification for prior censoring of TV programmes including music videos, serials and movies. Read more...
 
Broadband Via Arasu Cable in a Month or Two
New Indian Express, Sep 5, 2014
The Tamil Nadu government is taking steps to provide affordable broadband Internet access to subscribers through cable TV connection. In an announcement during the Assembly session in August, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had declared that Arasu Cable, which was providing cable TV connections at Rs 70 a month to its 70 lakh subscribers across the State, would also provide broadband Internet access. Read more...
 
Microsoft, publishers try to stop 'catastrophic' Google EU deal
Reuters, Sep 5, 2014
Google's antitrust deal with EU regulators was criticised by Microsoft and other competitors in a last-ditch attempt to influence European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia before he leaves office at the end of October. The Competition Commissioner is preparing to decide whether to wrap up the case or hand it over to his successor when his mandate ends, after spending three years examining whether Google squeezes out rival services in online search results. Read more...
 
Arasu to offer broadband partnering with Railtel
BS, Sep 4, 2014
Tamil Nadu government-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd will start offering broadband services to its customers in collaboration with Railtel Corporation of India. The project, in pilot stage now, would be rolled out in the next few months, said a senior government official. Read more...
 
PMO wants cable TV, broadband projects speeded up
HBL, Sep 4, 2014
The Prime Minister’s Office has directed the Telecom Department and the regulator to speed up the implementation of cable TV digitisation programme and the national optical fibre network project. These two projects are crucial to achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India plan. The basic requirement for the Digital India plan is availability of Internet. Read more...
 
Tracking terror through websites
Mint, Sep 4, 2014
Late on 3 September, the Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri released a 55-minute video, in which he declared that the terrorist organization would launch a branch in the Indian subcontinent. While in the past, terror groups resorted to old-fashioned videotaped messages, sent via chosen couriers, in recent times they too have started using the social media for their propoganda purposes. A day earlier, on Tuesday, the Islamic State (IS) released a video, which showed the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Read more...
 
TV journalist held on charges of militant links
The Hindu, Sep 4, 2014
The Assam Police arrested television journalist Jaikhlong Brahma, who works for a Guwahati-based private news channel News Live, in Kokrajhar town on Tuesday night on charges of “providing information to the extremists about the movement of security forces in advance and instigating the cadres of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (Songbijit) to indulge in violent activities such as killing of innocent persons, sources or informers. Read more...
 
Telangana state MSOs told to resume transmission
Deccan Chronicle, Sep 4, 2014
Taking a strong view of blacklisting of some channels in Telangana, the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Wednesday directed the Telangana state government and Multi-System Operators (MSOs) to resume transmission of a popular news channel without any delay. The TDSAT lambasted both MSOs in the state and the home secretary for “disconnecting” the signals of TV9 on an “unreasonable and notional grounds”. While hearing the matter, the Tribunal termed the blacklisting as an “unnecessary punishment” for TV9 and against the interest of lawful business practices. Read more...
 
Online ad market in India likely to grow 30% in FY15
Mint, Sep 3, 2014
The online advertising market in India is projected to grow 30% in the current fiscal year as advertisers warm up to the more measurable nature of the digital medium that helps brands understand their advertising campaign’s popularity and success in real time. The total value of the online advertising market in India is expected to increase to Rs.3,575 crore in the year ending 31 March from Rs.2,750 crore in the year earlier, according to the latest Digital Advertising in India report, jointly published by lobby group Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International, a market researcher. Read more...
 
Nude photos scandal: what just ‘fappened’
Mint, Sep 3, 2014
On Sunday, a user posted a cache of nude, private images (approximately 200), of female celebrities on anonymous message boards AnonIB and 4chan. The post included images of Hollywood actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and singer Rihanna among others. The posts later found their way to the popular link-sharing site Reddit, with the images uploaded to Imgur – a photo-upload site commonly used by its users (Redditors). The photographs were allegedly sold by the user, who claims to be a “collector” for Bitcoin. The hack was initially believed to be a breach of Apple’s data sync service iCloud and its “Find my iPhone” feature, but in a statement on Tuesday, the tech giant after its internal investigation said that the hack was a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions”. Read more...
 
How Jennifer Lawrence’s account was hacked
Mint, Sep 3, 2014
It was Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna and Selena Gomez and a hundred other celebs. But it could quite easily have been you and me, for no one is really safe when it comes to a hacking attack. On August 31, the internet was rocked by a celebrity leak scandal with nude pictures of over 101 Hollywood celebrities hitting the world wide web. The bust involved bitcoins, hackers and celebrities raised a perfect internet storm. It was first posted on a photo board platform 4Chan where users can post anonymously. It is till now not clear who uploaded the pictures or how it happened but one thing common to all the celebrities is that they all are users of iCloud, the Apple cloud service. Read more...
 
Trai proposals may thwart media growth
BS, Sep 3, 2014
"It will kill the media," says Abhinav Shrivastava, an associate with the law offices of Nandan Kamath in Bangalore. He is talking of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's recent recommendation on corporate ownership of media organisations. "By restricting corporate ownership, you will be clamping down on the sector's ability to raise funds as a whole," says Shrivastava. "On the face of it, Trai's recommendation looks untenable," adds Chinmayi Arun, assistant professor, National Law University, Delhi. Read more...
 
Maharashtra Congress to follow aggressive media campaign
BS, Sep 3, 2014
Once bitten twice shy. The ruling Congress in Maharashtra is burning midnight oil to work out a comprehensive advertisement and public relations campaign for the ensuing Assembly election slated for October. Leading agencies, including Crayons, Percept, Amex  Nixen, Paramin and Network, have made an elaborate presentation on party's media blitzkrieg strategy before a high level panel comprising Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, senior ministers and state party leaders. Read more...
 
Social media assists in public policies: Shashi Tharoor
ET, Sep 3, 2014
Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that social media plays a key role in forming public policies and facilitate a two-way dialogue between the government and citizens. Tharoor, a two-time parliamentarian has more than 2.3-million Twitter followers and over 260,000 Facebook likes, had become among the first Indian politicians to leverage social platforms for communication. Read more...
 
Channel 10 quiz show under lens
ToI, Sep 3, 2014
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is focusing on a quiz programme, 'Ek Phone Ek Lakh', which used to be telecast on Channel 10 on Sundays, to find out if Saradha money was siphoned through it. Saradha group spent a huge amount on this show that was hosted by MP Kunal Ghosh. The sleuths are checking if a top politician had been on the sets of the programme at his request. Read more...
 
Prakash Javadekar allays fears on Prasar Bharti autonomy
ToI, Sep 3, 2014
Allaying concerns on Prasar Bharati's lack of autonomy, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said there is no need for the Prasar Bharati CEO to write letters as he held regular meetings with all media heads. Describing his morning tete-a-tete as "chai pe charcha" --a take-off from PM Narendra Modi's successful election campaign--Javadekar said chiefs of Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan, All India Radio, Press Information Bureau, Registrar of Newspapers and Directorate of Visual Publicity met him every day for a chat and all issues were discussed. Read more...
 
The good news on IRS 2013
BS, Sep 2, 2014
After almost two years without any readership numbers, nobody appears to be happy to see them back. There were no hoops of joy from publishers or advertisers when the Media Research Users Council (MRUC), which owns the Indian Readership Survey (IRS), lifted the abeyance on the data on August 20. The heads of four major industry bodies - the Indian Newspaper Society, Audit Bureau of Circulations, Readership Studies Council of India and MRUC - made this decision after an extensive revalidation process cleared the data. The announcement has been largely greeted with silence by the publishing industry. Read more...
 
HC reserves orders
BS (PTI), Sep 2, 2014
Madras High Court today reserved orders on the petitions filed by Sun Group-owned Kal Cables Private Limited challenging the circular issued by the I & B Ministry cancelling the firm's permanent registration to operate as MSO under Digital Addressable System. After hearing arguments submitted by Senior Counsel P.S.Raman and ARL Sunderasan for Kal Cables and G.Rajagopalan for Central Government,Justice V.Ramasubramanian reserved orders on two different pleas filed by Kal Cables. Read more...
 
Champion or pawn: What does your firm want?
Mint, Sep 2, 2014
Two years ago, as part of its social media strategy, HarperCollins Publishers India Pvt. Ltd asked its editors to use their personal social media accounts to tweet and post about the books they were working on. There was a social media training session at their office in Noida, Uttar Pradesh; that is how Karthika V.K., publisher and chief editor of HarperCollins Publishers India, who has been with the company for eight years, became active on Facebook and Twitter. Today, she has over 2,847 followers on her Twitter account and around 4,637 friends on Facebook. Together, that makes 7,484 possible readers, not all of whom may have been connected directly with the publisher earlier. Read more...
 
Pritish Nandy hopes to do a Netflix in India with Ogle
Mint, Sep 2, 2014
Pritish Nandy, chairman of Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd (PNC), a media company, has an ambitious plan. With a proprietary online streaming media product called Ogle, he hopes to give users in India a service similar to that provided overseas by Netflix Inc., Hulu.com and Amazon.com’s Instant Video. Ogle, said Nandy in a recent interview, can stream high quality content on any device, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or television, even on slow Internet connections, thanks to its compression technology. He has been selectively inviting people to test the content on their networks for the last three months and hopes to officially launch the service by year-end with a bouquet of about 150 television shows and over 1,000 English movies. Read more...
 
Government goes regional to push Jan Dhan Yojna
Mint, Sep 2, 2014
Last week, Indian banks opened around 15 million accounts in one day, when the government launched its ambitious Jan Dhan Yojana campaign, a financial inclusion programme. Behind that success was a campaign that could well serve as a template on how the new National Democratic Alliance government will likely promote its programmes. The financial inclusion campaign, for instance, was backed by a media campaign in print, TV, radio, and billboards, and in multiple languages, said Shekar Swamy, chief executive officer at RK Swamy BBDO, the agency that carried out media duties for the Jan Dhan Yojna scheme. There were print ads in 13 languages, he said in an interview, and TV and radio ads in 10. Read more...
 
Eros International inks partnership with Home Cable Network
FE, Sep 2, 2014
Eros International Media Ltd today announced the launch of a partnership between Home Cable Network and online entertainment service provider ErosNow. This subscription-based broadband streaming service will enable Home Cable Network’s customers to view their favorite content from Eros’ library of films and music on multiple devices like smart-TVs, PCs, laptops, tablets and mobiles. Read more...
 
Telugu TV channel booked for airing video of the snake gang threatening their victim
Deccan Chronicle, Sep 2, 2014
The Cyberabad police’s cyber crime unit has booked a case against a Telugu TV channel for airing a video of the snake gang threatening their victim. The video is suspected to have been recorded by the gang using their mobile phone while assaulting the victim. The police has also booked a case against a journalist who shared the video using his Whatsapp account. However, the cops are yet to take action against two big TV channels who copied the video and aired it during their news bulletins. Read more...
 
High-action TV shows lead to more snacking: study
Reuters Health, Sep 2, 2014
Watching high-energy TV programs might make watching calories harder, a new study suggests. With snacks freely available, young adults watching an action movie ate almost twice as much food as those watching an interview show, the researchers found. Those watching the action movie ate more even if the sound was turned off. Read more...
 
I&B ministry asks TV news channel to comply with norms
OneIndia, Sep 1, 2014
The Information and Broadcasting ministry has asked a TV news channel to strictly comply with norms after it came to its notice that certain disturbing visuals were telecast by it. Issuing a warning over the matter, the ministry said it had found that the channel had telecast news bulletins carrying extremely disturbing visuals of dead bodies and injured persons. Read more...
 
Sony Pal- A New Channel Aimed At Women
Business Insider, Sep 1, 2014
It seems that the GEC spectrum in India is on an expansion spree. The magic of Zee's channel Zindagi hasn't even settled yet and we already have a new channel in the making. This time, Sony TV has come up with a new channel, and has named it as Pal, the Hindi word for a moment. Multi Screen Media, the company that owns Sony entertainment television and all its sister channels, has made this channel as a tribute to women, and this is evident from the promos of all the shows and the channel itself. Read more...
 
Four reasons why your next gadget should be a game console
HT, Sep 1, 2014
Never mind the naysayers who say video games are only either for children or for those who never grew out of their teenage years. Take a look around and you'll see video games everywhere, from the pages of your social networking site to that 'all-in-one' smart phone of yours, to the tablet and even to that trusty old PC of yours. But most casual gamers stop short of buying a console because of a few preset notions. Make no mistake: modern gaming systems have evolved many fold since they were first introduced about two decades ago, and can now even interact with the other gadgets in your living room or your pocket. No longer mere self-contained boxes, most devices can easily be synced to be part of a larger multimedia ecosystem. So if you own a smart phone, a HD set top box or a tablet , your console will become you living room hub, the tool through which all your entertainment needs can be fulfilled. Read more...
 
Apparent Hollywood hack attack nabs Lawrence, Rihanna, other stars’ nude pix
Mint (AFP), Sep 1, 2014
Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna were circulated on social media on Sunday, in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported. Word of the images began spreading early Sunday, amid reports that the photos had been obtained by hacking iCloud accounts, Mashable and other media reported. The leaked photos prompted angry reactions from the stars who had been exposed. Read more...
 
How Middle East channels are mocking Islamic State militants with satire
FirstPost (Associated Press), Sep 1, 2014
The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realising he's fired it backward at his leader. The "Looney Tunes"-style cartoon targeting the Islamic State group comes after its militants have swept across large swaths of Syria and Iraq, declaring their own self-styled caliphate while conducting mass shootings of their prisoners. The group cheers its advances and beheadings in slickly produced Internet videos. In response, television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticise the group and its claims of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting the group's battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of its claims and chip away at the fear some have that the Islamic militants are unstoppable. Read more...
 
EU regulators to decide on Facebook, WhatsApp deal by October 3
ET (Reuters), Sep 1, 2014
European Union anti-trust regulators will decide by October 3 whether to clear world No. 1 online social network Facebook's $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, the European Commission said on Monday. Facebook requested EU approval last week, the Commission's website showed. The EU competition watchdog can either clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. Read more...
August 2014
Google Glass app detects human emotions in real time
Mint (PTI), Aug 31, 2014
German scientists have developed a software for Google Glass to measure human emotions by analysing their facial expressions, in addition to gauging a person’s age and detecting gender. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits adapted its Shore real-time face detection and analysis software to work with Google Glass, the first app of its kind. With the aid of Glass’ integrated camera, the app detects people’s faces and determines their emotions by analysing their facial expressions. Read more...
 
Why the newspaper feels like an anachronism
Mint, Aug 30, 2014
The era of the newspaper is over. For the first time, Indian newspapers have registered decaying readership. A survey in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the latest one for 2013 show this for the top three English dailies. The Times Of India has fallen from 7.6 million to 7.2 million readers, the Hindustan Times is up from 3.8 million to 4.3 million while The Hindu is down from 2.1 million to 1.4 million. This is fine and English readership has been more or less stagnant for a long time. The hammer blow has come in languages. In 2013, Dainik Jagran was 15.5 million (down from 16.3 million), Hindustan was 14.2 million (up from 12.2 million) and Dainik Bhaskar was 12.8 million (down from 14.4 million). In every language, from Malayalam to Gujarati and Marathi to Bengali, readership is down sharply. In my opinion it has peaked and is in permanent decline. Read more...
 
SC seeks govt reply on PIL challenging powers of IT Act
Mint, Aug 30, 2014
The Supreme Court on Friday asked for the central government’s response in a writ petition filed by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) challenging the arbitrary powers that the Information Technology (IT) Act confers on the government to remove user-generated content. This is not the first time that the amended provisions of the IT Act 2000 and the IT (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 have been challenged. The rules were released by the government in April 2011, and laid down detailed procedures for regulation of intermediaries and online content. Read more...
 
Govt to release short video clip to highlight 100 days' achievements
BS, Aug 30, 2014
The Narendra Modi government is planning to highlight its achievements in the first 100 days in office through a video clip of seven to eight minutes. The clip is part of a media campaign that is to be unveiled on Saturday. "Earlier, it was decided that all ministries and departments will prepare short video clips on their achievements in the first 100 days; but later, it was made optional due to shortage of time," said a senior government official. Read more...
 
Sun TV group's TV transmission business in a fix
BS (IANS), Aug 29, 2014
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday filed a charge sheet in a Delhi court against the Maran brothers and Sun Direct TV, the company which offers DTH service to around nine million subscribers. The charge sheet, booking them for criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the Aircel-Maxis deal, was filed before special CBI Judge O.P. Saini, who will hear the matter Sep 11. The matter relates to sale of mobile telephony operator Aircel to Maxis, owned by T. Ananda Krishnan, in 2006 wherein Aircel's original owner C. Sivasankaran had alleged that he was pressured to sell as his firm was denied licences. The CBI has alleged quid pro quo saying that in return, the Malaysian company invested around Rs.650 crore in Sun Direct, owned by the Maran family. Read more...
 
Media important part of Sebi's surveillance mechanism: Sinha
BS (PTI), Aug 29, 2014
While probing manipulators in the capital markets space, some officials at regulator Sebi have got a specific job that they do very seriously -- that is reading media reports to get leads on possible irregularities. Scanning of news reports has been integrated into Sebi's surveillance and market intelligence systems, while necessary follow-up action is flagged off to the concerned departments or authorities whenever anything suspicious comes to the fore. Read more...
 
Facebook rolls out ‘bandwidth targeting’ for advertisers
Mint (PTI), Aug 28, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook Corp. has rolled out a new “bandwidth targeting” feature globally for advertisers to help them reach people based on the type of network. The move is especially relevant in emerging countries like India, where limited data plans and feature phones are common. Read more...
 
Centre cancels licence of Maran-owned Kal Cables
BS, Aug 28, 2014
The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has cancelled the licence for Kal Cables Private Limited, promoted by DK Enterprises and Mallika Maran, mother of former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran. Dayanidhi's brother Kalanithi, is promoter of Sun TV Network. The multi system operator (MSO) provides cable television network services with a digital addressable system (DAS) here. Read more...
 
Image management
BS, Aug 28, 2014
It is well established that the current government is extremely conscious of its media image. So much so that press officers attached to all ministries and departments have taken to preparing not only the usual compilation of media clippings of news items concerning their bailiwicks, but also providing a brief account of what the news items mean for the government's image. Read more...
 
Talking Media James Foley and conflict reporting
Mint, Aug 27, 2014
When you are in a country where there is little sustained conflict reporting, it is difficult to comprehend what drives a freelance reporter like James Foley, who was executed last week in Syria. There is a small tribe of such reporters in those countries—Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Afghanistan—who do it though there isn’t that much money in freelance conflict journalism. And very little risk coverage. More than the grisly video put out by ISIS, another Foley video brings home the total vulnerability of a journalist drawn inexorably to the world’s theatres of long-running violence. It has to be seen to understand the conflicting reasons of head and heart, which drive people like him to head repeatedly for war zones. Read more...
 
No (online) threat to newspapers yet: Rahul Khullar
BS, Aug 27, 2014
Earlier this month, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) put out a paper with recommendations on 'Issues relating to media ownership'. The paper talks about private treaties, paid news, privacy, corporate and political ownership, among other hurdles to having a plural and independent news media. Chairman Rahul Khullar talks to Vanita Kohli-Khandekar about these issues. Read more...
 
Govt redefines rules to deal with media
BS, Aug 27, 2014
On August 13, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) took to Twitter at 4.21 pm to announce, "Price of petrol will be reduced from midnight of 14/15 August 2014 in the range of Rs 1.89-2.38 (Rs 2.18/litre at Delhi)." That the minister took to social media to announce the steepest decline in petrol prices in 11 months itself marks a first. That he did so 30 hours before the revised price became effective was also unprecedented. A fuel price revision had never before been announced through social media. This is but one illustration of how the new Narendra Modi-led government has rewritten the rules of media engagement and communication in these 100 days of office. Read more...
 
The new news
BS, Aug 27, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping wants a press that's "strong, influential and credible". The last one of those attributes is the hardest to achieve, but the most important - and could even help reboot markets. Investors responded narrowly to plans to nurture heftier homegrown media groups. They have pushed up shares of state mouthpieces People.cn and Shanghai Xinhua Media by over 30 per cent since Xi's announcement on August 18. Read more...
 
Expenditure on digital ads to surpass TV in U.S. by 2017: Magna Global
BS (ANI), Aug 27, 2014
Expenditure on digital advertising would exceed Television ad spending in the United States in 2017, predicts Magna Global in its recent forecast on Tuesday. Magna Global has also predicted the largest U.S. ad profit in a decade for 2015 after raising its projection for the year. Read more...
 
Karnataka government mulls ban on private TV cameras inside Assembly
IT (PTI), Aug 27, 2014
In a move seen as an attempt at clipping the wings of the media, Karnataka government is mulling a ban on allowing private television cameras inside the Assembly when the House is in session. "There is a proposal to start our own channel on the lines of Lok Sabha TV, once we have our channel obviously other private cameras won't be allowed," Karnataka legislative Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa told PTI. Read more...
 
Eros, Viacom18 Motion Pictures reach enterinternational distribution pact
BS, Aug 26, 2014
Film studios Eros International MediaLimited and Viacom18 Motion Pictures have joined hands through an international distribution agreement. The deal includes four-films, the first of which is the upcoming Priyanka Chopra starrer biopic on Mary Kom - directed by Omung Kumar. The film will be released internatioanlly in 250 screens on September 5. Read more...
 
Fareed Zakaria highlights mysteries of plagiarism
Mint, Aug 26, 2014
Journalism has only a few capital crimes—offences where a single instance can kill your career. In fact, plagiarizing and making up quotes or facts are the only two I can think of. They often get lumped in together, but as I’ve been reading and thinking about the accusations of plagiarism against Fareed Zakaria, the differences between them have loomed large. Making up facts or quotes is pretty clearly a crime against the reader, and possibly against the subject, depending on whether the quotes make them sound bad. Read more...
 
Times group, The Hindu's social media autocracy: Here's why it's counter-productive
FirstPost, Aug 26, 2014
The relationship between mainstream media and social media has been complicated, to say the least. Social media, widely perceived as having ended the hegemony of mainstream media, now finds the latter expanding its reach through some clever use of Twitter, Facebook and more. So journalists, columnists and media houses are investing a fair amount of time on their social media strategy, the Times Group appears to have taken the efforts to a new extreme. According to a report on Quartz,  Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL), India's biggest media conglomerate that publishes leading English dailies including The Times of India and The Economic Times apart from a host of magazines and pull-outs, has introduced a contract forbidding employees to share news-related links on their personal social media accounts. Read more...
 
Telangana Cong leaders want party to have own TV channel, newspaper
Indian Express, Aug 26, 2014
Telangana Congress leaders want the party to own a television channel, a newspaper and set up a strong social media cell to popularise its achievements. The suggestion was made at the party’s Telangana unit here on Monday where the leaders discussed how the Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress Party and Telangana Rashtra Samiti utilised services of TV channels and newspapers affiliated to them in the run-up to the elections. The Congress, on the other hand, failed to electorally benefit from its actions like implementing welfare schemes. Read more...
 
Policy Bars Karnataka's Plan to Enter Cable Services
New Indian Express, Aug 26, 2014
The state government’s plan of entering the cable television network services, citing high tariff charged by private cable TV operators, may come to a naught. The Central policy does not allow state governments or any other Central or state bodies to broadcast or enter into distribution of cable TV channels through regulated and licensed technologies like terrestrial, cable or satellite systems. Read more...
 
Rethinking the media plan
BS, Aug 25, 2014
In another era, every marketer worth his salt would work relentlessly to crack that great creative insight that could then be amplified across media starting with a burst on television. Then he would drive his agency to integrate the creative thought across above-the-line and below-the-line media in a forceful way. That was more or less the standard approach to media planning half a decade ago, before the grand arrival of digital and social media into the mainstream. Post the Lehman collapse, as the world began to turn upside down and advertising dollars became hard to come by, corporations and their agencies began looking at the digital media in right earnest. Read more...
 
Centre’s media monitoring plan in jeopardy
The Asian Age, Aug 25, 2014
The government’s media monitoring plan is in jeopardy as the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre, working under the Union information and broadcasting ministry does not have adequate monitoring facilities for the requisite number of channels being beamed at Indian viewers. It is understood that several channels and service providers have not supplied the government with the demodulators to decrypt and demodulate channel broadcast signals so that they can be monitored effectively. Read more...
 
Mahuaa TV raised Rs 1,724 crore in loans through deception
ToI, Aug 25, 2014
Investigations into how Bhojpuri channel Mahuaa TV — one of the biggest bank loan defaulters -- raised hundreds of crores from PSU banks reveal that almost everyone seemed to have dipped into the cash pot of India's banks, or at the least, feigned willful ignorance as every norm was broken. Along with it, there was forgery and fraud. The details are startling. Through five companies, Mahuaa TV's promoters raised Rs 1,724 crore from 14 nationalized banks. Read more...
 
Google aims to create ‘global brain’
The Hindu (PTI), Aug 25, 2014
Google is building the largest storage of information in human history — a knowledge base that autonomously gathers and merges data from across the web to provide unprecedented access to all facts about the world. The search giant is building Knowledge Vault, a system that stores information so that machines as well as people can read it. Google’s existing knowledge base, called Knowledge Graph, relies on crowdsourcing to expand its information. Read more...
 
Final TV showdown in Scotland's independence debate looms before vote
Reuters, Aug 25, 2014
Scotland's future will be debated in a final TV showdown on Monday just weeks before a historic independence referendum with the pro-breakaway camp, behind in the polls, looking for a game-changing performance from its leader. As voting day, Sept. 18, draws nearer, polls show that the campaign to sever Scotland's 307-year union with England and leave the United Kingdom is trailing in the polls, as it generally has been from the start. Read more...
 
Corporate ad budgets to rise 30% this festive season
BS (PTI), Aug 24, 2014
With an eye on festive demand, corporates are gearing up to spend about 25-30% more this year on advertising and firms selling consumer durables, electronics and automobiles are expected to take lead in the busy season that starts with Navratras, according to Assocham. Read more...
 
Raiders of the lost art: Pro Kabaddi’s TV success in has been refreshingly unexpected
Indian Express, Aug 24, 2014
On its own, kabaddi provides a lot of action to keep the viewer interested. But the sharp camera angles have magnified the moves, making it look rather super-human at times, and the brightly-lit playing arena along with the over-enthusiastic presenters have enhanced the experience. And the results have been encouraging. According to the estimates provided by the organisers, the first eight days of the league attracted an unprecedented 72.5 million viewers. The biggest challenge for the PKL organisers though will be to ensure the league’s sustainability. Read more...
 
TRAI will present consultation paper on broadband services soon
Deccan Chronicle (PTI), Aug 24, 2014
The telecom regulator TRAI will invite views of public on issues related to roll out of broadband in the country by end of next month. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is also planning to issue a consultation paper to discuss regulatory framework around Over-the-top (OTT) players like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, WeChat etc. The OTT players facilitate free calls and messaging services, making it affordable for consumers to use them. Telecom subscribers are required to pay only internet charges to their operators for using OTT services. Read more...
 
Government considering extending deadline of digitization drive
India TV News (PTI), Aug 24, 2014
In a bid to allow more time to domestic manufacturers of Set Top Boxes (STB) to meet the demands of digitization of cable television systems, the government is considering extending the deadline of the drive. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is considering extending the deadline for Phase III of digitization to December 2015 and the deadline for the Phase IV, under which the entire country would be covered, to December 2016, a source said. Read more...
 
China targets own operating system to take on likes of Microsoft, Google
ToI (Reuters), Aug 24, 2014
China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cybersecurity. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Microsoft's Windows and Google's mobile operating system Android. Read more...
 
Govt tells broadcasters not to air ads that violate ASCI code
Mint, Aug 22, 2014
Broadcasters cannot air advertisements that violate the code set by Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the information and broadcasting ministry has said in an advisory. The ministry has compiled a list of over 40 advertisements that made false claims and violated the provision of code for self-regulation as well as provisions under Drug and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. These include products from telemarketing and teleshopping companies that guarantee remedies for being overweight, baldness, wrinkles, joint pains and other health problems as well as those that offer consumers magical solutions to their financial problems. Read more...
 
James Foley’s execution reveals the changing business of war coverage
Mint (Reuters), Aug 22, 2014
A chilling video showing the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamist militants marks the second time an American reporter has been beheaded by captors overseas, echoing the murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. While Pearl worked for one of the largest news organizations in the world, Foley was on assignment for GlobalPost, an online news startup with about 28 full-time staffers that is trying to survive as a small, independent outlet. The contrast underscores the changes that have been buffeting the news business, which in recent years has seen big staff reductions and fewer journalistic resources devoted to international coverage, including wars. At least 20 US newspapers that once maintained bureaus abroad, including The Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, have closed bureaus and scaled back foreign coverage, according to Pew Research Centre. On the evening newscasts at the major US networks ABC, NBC and CBS, the number of minutes dedicated to overseas coverage is less than half of what it was in the late 1980s, Pew reported. Read more...
 
Doctors condemn TV channel anchor
Deccan Chronicle, Aug 22, 2014
The Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association (TNGDA) has taken exception to  Gopinath, anchor on Vijay TV’s show, Neeya Naana, for portraying the comprehensive medical health check-up conducted by hospitals as a sham and an attempt by doctors to mint money. Read more...
 
Huffington Post partners with Times group to launch India edition
Mint, Aug 21, 2014
Online news aggregator Huffington Post of the US has signed a deal with the Times group to launch an Indian edition of the website, the two companies said in a statement on Thursday. The website is set for launch later this year. The English-language website will bring together Huffington Post’s news and blogging platform and Times group’s local expertise and reach, the companies said while announcing the partnership. Read more...
 
Release of Indira Gandhi assassination film blocked
Mint (AFP), Aug 21, 2014
India on Thursday blocked the release of a controversial film on the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi after calls grew for it to be banned for glorifying her killers. Kaum De Heere, which translates to “Diamonds of the Community” was scheduled for release on Friday. It tells the story of Gandhi’s Sikh bodyguards who shot the prime minister dead in 1984 apparently in revenge for Operation Bluestar that killed hundreds of Sikhs. Read more...
 
Twitter caught in censorship dilemma over graphic images
Mint (Bloomberg), Aug 21, 2014
Twitter Inc. decided last year to make images more prominent on its site. Now, the social network is finding itself caught between being an open forum and patrolling for inappropriate content. Read more...
 
A handle on information
BS, Aug 21, 2014
The Press Information Bureau (PIB), the government's publicity department, has been a diligent partner in Narendra Modi's efforts to communicate via the social media. On Wednesday, for instance, it dutifully tweeted details of Modi's speech in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, on its handle @PIB_India. Read more...
 
Has YouTube become the bastion for homegrown indie artists?
Digit, Aug 21, 2014
If you have been following Internet and social networking of late, you might have seen more Indian viral content on social networks. Have the Indians finally started to tap services such as YouTube? How does it benefit indie artists? Read more...
 
Modi Govt clears digital India, mobile project for naxal-hit areas
India TV News, Aug 21, 2014
The Cabinet has approved the Digital India project aimed at deploying information technology and communication networks in government departments and in the remotest parts of the country. It seeks to connect all gram panchayats by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy. The Programme, which would be implemented in a phased manner by 2019, is estimated to cost about Rs 113,000 crore. The project was unveiled in the Budget and is being directly monitored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read more...
 
Q&A: Nimrat Kaur Joins the Cast of U.S. TV Show ‘Homeland’
WSJ Blog, Aug 21, 2014
Nimrat Kaur’s portrayal of a lonely, middle-class housewife in “The Lunchbox” in 2013 turned her into a critical darling and a name to watch in alternative Indian cinema. Her next appearance, however, won’t be a Bollywood film. Ms. Kaur said she will be joining the cast of the hugely popular U.S. television show “Homeland” starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Read more...
 
Swimming away from 'sea of sameness,' U.S. network FX tests TV waters
Reuters, Aug 21, 2014
Television cable network FX revels in its minimalist slogan "Fearless," but it could also opt for "It's OK To Fail," "We Have A Long Way To Go," and "Not For Everybody's Taste." FX is hard to sum up these days. Even John Landgraf, chief executive of the network owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, says he cannot "cleanly and simply articulate the FX brand." The basic cable outlet made waves a decade ago as a scrappy purveyor of edgy and somewhat outrageous shows such as 2003's "Nip/Tuck," but now stands out for some of the most acclaimed and innovative work in the flourishing U.S. television industry. Read more...
 
Voluntary abeyance on Indian Readership Survey 2013 lifted
Mint, Aug 20, 2014
After the revalidation exercise and independent audit of the findings of the Indian Readership Survey 2013, Media Research Users Council (MRUC) said in a statement that the voluntary abeyance on the findings has been lifted with effect from 20 August. MRUC is the industry body that oversees the readership survey along with RSCI or Readership Studies Council of India. The statement issued by MRUC said that the decision to lift the voluntary abeyance placed on IRS was taken unanimously by the chairmen of MRUC, RSCI, the Audit Bureau of Circulation and the president of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS). Read more...
 
Doordarshan launches TV show 'Zindagi Dot Com' on e-governance plan
ToI (PTI), Aug 20, 2014
With the aim of spreading awareness about national e-governance plan, Doordarshan has launched a television series "Zindagi Dot Com". The series, produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in 39 episodes, was launched on August 17 and will be telecast every Sunday at 10 AM on Doordarshan’s national network and will repeat its telcast on DD Bharati every Monday at 8.30 PM, an official statement said today. Read more...
 
Traditional sport gets TV makeover, new lease of life
ToI, Aug 20, 2014
While city slickers may not know too much about the Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi and Puneri Paltan, people in Mangalore, Mysore, Hubli and other smaller towns across the state are keenly following the exploits of these Pro Kabaddi League teams. Read more...
 
InMobi says Indians willing to pay for digital goods like stickers, games
ET, Aug 20, 2014
Indians, who have known to be averse to spending on digital products, are likely to loosen their purse strings for products priced between Rs 71- Rs 129, according to a report by mobile ad network InMobi. Stickers, virtual currency, games accounted for more than a third of the in-app purchases, said the report based on a one-month survey of 455 smartphone users on their ad network. Read more...
 
Tamil TV Channel to be launched on 24th August
ToI, Aug 20, 2014
Vendhar TV, a new Tamil Satellite TV Channel, to be commercially launched on 24th August 2014 for entertaining Tamil viewers of all age-groups and gender to the fullest. The 24 x7 free General Entertainment Channel can be viewed all over India and in countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi, Kuwait, and Dubai. The relay is to reach every home through Arasu Cable, SCV Cable TV, Airtel DTH & Videocon D2H Platforms. Read more...
 
Google is a friendlier frenemy now, more in India: Martin Sorrell
Mint, Aug 19, 2014
Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the world’s largest communications services group WPP, has served in that role ever since he founded the company in 1985. That was the time when the World Wide Web was in its infancy, and till even 12 years back, WPP’s digital turnover was hardly anything to talk about. Today, however, WPP earns more than $6 billion out of its nearly $18 billion annual revenue from digital media, and Sorrell hopes to take this figure to 40-45% in the next five years. Read more...
 
‘Katiyabaaz’ and the art of documentary marketing
Mint, Aug 19, 2014
How do you market a documentary about power theft? One way could be to put the man who steals the power into the spotlight. That’s the approach taken by the marketing team behind Katiyabaaz, directed by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar and exploring electricity theft in Kanpur. Read more...
 
Trai's take on media ownership
BS, Aug 19, 2014
The news media market in India was fairly placid till 2003 when the first surge in TV came. In 2005, investment norms in print were liberalised further. Soon the market was on fire with private investors gung-ho about the hunger for news in this (then) fast-growing, chatty economy and the advertising it would attract. By 2012, however, it was clear that something was wrong. At over 135 news channels, about a third owned by politicians and real estate guys, the news TV market is a nightmare. Read more...
 
Invest in real friendships
Mint, Aug 18, 2014
My close friends keep me grounded, help me stay centred, remind me of what is important and make me laugh, a lot. Good friends are a necessity, particularly in the times we live in. Our everyday lives are hectic, filled with physical and emotional stresses that we increasingly have to deal with in isolation. Social media has taken over our lives and while that means we are connected to more people and have more friends than ever before, we aren’t necessarily connecting with our friends meaningfully. Read more...
 
Prasar Bharati policies ‘old, incorrect’: Jawhar Sircar
Mint (PTI), Aug 18, 2014
Policies framed by the Prasar Bharati are “old and incorrect” and need to be reviewed, according to the public broadcaster’s chief executive officer, Jawhar Sircar. Sircar was referring to media reports about the All India Radio’s “sacking” of 100 casual radio jockeys (RJ), above 35 years old, working at two Kolkata stations FM Rainbow and FM Gold—earlier this month with a communique from the AIR director-general (DG). Read more...
 
Saradha scam: ED interrogates actor Aparna Sen
Mint, Aug 18, 2014
The Enforcement Directorate or ED on Monday questioned noted actor and director Aparna Sen for several hours as part of its probe into the affairs of the now defunct Saradha Group—one of eastern India’s biggest deposit-taking enterprises, which went bust in early 2013. Sen used to edit Paroma, a women’s magazine published by the Saradha Group. Read more...
 
America's cartoon cat Garfield gets TV makeover in Indonesia
Reuters, Aug 18, 2014
The comic strip cat Garfield was created in America, but the animated television series based on the famous Jim Davis cartoon character is produced at a sprawling studio on the Indonesian resort island of Batam. Infinite Studios started in 1997 as a film post-production company with 13 people. In part building on the success of Garfield, it has diversified into creating its own content production as well as animation and visual effects, with facilities that employ 200 people in Indonesia and Singapore. Read more...
 
Facebook adds 'Satire' tag to fun articles
BS (IANS), Aug 17, 2014
For those who like parody news outlet The Onion and post those fun articles on Facebook, the social media website is going to add a "satire" tag with their news feed. Read more...
 
STAR Plus to renew shows line-up to attract youth
BS, Aug 16, 2014
STAR Plus, the flagship general entertainment channel (GEC) of STAR India, is set to overhaul its programming. Many shows would be replaced by new ones. "We are looking at a renewed programming line-up. We want to position the channel to include the youth. The content will indicate a more aspirational positioning. The process will start over the next three to four weeks," says Gaurav Banerjee, general manager, Star Plus. Read more...
 
Prasar Bharati: Where is the money for programming?
Mint, Aug 15, 2014
In 2011-12, the operational cost of distributing Doordarshan’s signal was Rs.723 crore. Of this, 88% was spent on terrestrial distribution, which reached 8% of the audience. Only 7% of the cost went towards reaching the 53% of the audience in cable and satellite households. And only 6% went towards reaching the 37% in direct-to-home, or DTH, households. Read more...
 
Trai proposals to affect regional media firms
Mint, Aug 14, 2014
A single media company should not be allowed to dominate a language market—the market for print media and television in a particular language—as per new proposals put forward by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Trai on Tuesday proposed restrictions on cross-media ownership if a media company has dominance across print and television—Trai calls it horizontal dominance. To formulate rules for cross-media ownership, Trai looked at only the news and current affairs genres—both critical and relevant to plurality and diversity of viewpoints. Read more...
 
Supreme Court dismisses petition against Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’
Mint, Aug 14, 2014
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition seeking ban on the release of Aamir Khan starrer PK, which has a poster with Khan standing nude with just a transistor radio covering his vitals. A three-judge bench of chief justice of India R.M. Lodha and justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman said that “Indian society is mature” (enough) to know what’s entertainment and what’s not. “If you don’t like (it), don’t watch,” chief justice Lodha told the petitioner. Read more...
 
Big Ganga to start flowing tomorrow
BS, Aug 14, 2014
As the Ganga is making big headlines, courtesy the Modi government, at least one television channel is taking inspiration from the name of the holy river. Big Magic Bihar and Jharkhand, run by Reliance Broadcast Network Limited (RBNL), will be donning a new identity - Big Ganga - from the Independence Day (tomorrow). The channel, which holds a 31 per cent market share in the Hindi belt (UP, Bihar, Jharkhand) among the regional players, will also enter Eastern UP or the Purvanchal region. Read more...
 
From Mughal-e-Azam to the multiplex: How cinema post Independence changed us
FirstPost, Aug 14, 2014
When we are mourning every rupee in the three hundred rupees we spent to watch say a film like Humshakals, or quietly switching on the TV when they start airing Amar Akbar Antony for the millionth time, we don't really stop and ponder how parts of our lives are tied to films. At least for many of us. But the way we have engaged with our films since Independence has changed dramatically. Here's how. Read more...
 
Punitive, protective powers sought for media regulator
Mint, Aug 13, 2014
Trai has recommended that the media regulator hear complaints, investigate them and have punitive powers. “The media regulator shall inter alia entertain complaints on ‘paid news’, private treaties, issues related to editorial independence, etc; investigate the complaints and shall have the power to impose and enforce an appropriate regime of penalties,” the report said. “The above recommendations, once implemented, will address the immediate objective of curbing unhealthy media practices.” The regulator will have the power to protect journalists, said Rahul Khullar, chairman of Trai. “All journalists and not just editors, require protection. In case there is interference in their work by the media owner, they can go to the regulator and complain,” he said. “He will investigate and penalise. He will have the power to punish.” This is not the first time that the idea of a single regulatory body for print and broadcasting has been mooted. Read more...
 
Trai: Belling the media cat
Mint, Aug 13, 2014
The media is a cat nobody wants to bell, certainly not information and broadcasting ministers. Two of them in the last six years have carefully tossed the ball into the lap of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), which was made the regulator for broadcast media some years ago. The regulator was being asked to make policy recommendations, which isn’t really its job. But when it did so, the United Progressive Alliance government dithered. Trai made recommendations on media ownership in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Nothing happened. Read more...
 
PIL filed in Supreme Court to ban Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK’
Mint (PTI), Aug 13, 2014
The controversy surrounding the release of poster of film “PK” showing Aamir Khan standing semi-nude with a radio has reached the Supreme Court with a public interest litigation (PIL) filed seeking ban on release of the film. The petition, filed by All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front, will be taken up on Thursday by the apex court. Read more...
 
Direct To Home players seek further reduction in licence fee
The Hindu, Aug 13, 2014
Direct To Home (DTH) service providers have sought further reduction in licence fee to make their operations viable even as most of them have found the recent Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations favourable. Read more...
 
Snapchat third most popular social app among millennials
BS (IANS), Aug 13, 2014
The messaging app Snapchat has left Twitter behind to become the third most used social media app among the millennial group - 18 to 34 year olds. Almost a third of the 18 to 24-year-olds now use Snapchat, compared to 23.8% of Twitter app users, said the latest Mobile Metrix report by US internet analytics company comScore. Facebook is still the most popular social media app with 75.6% people using it, followed by Instagram with 43.1% users. Read more...
 
'Race 2' TV premiere: HC asks CBFC to re-certify film
Deccan Chronicle (PTI), Aug 13, 2014
The Delhi High Court today asked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to re-certify the 2013 Bollywood film "Race 2" before it is premiered on satellite television on a PIL against alleged exhibition of nudity and vulgarity in the movie. Read more...
 
China TV series on Deng stirs questions on political openness
FirstPost (Reuters), Aug 13, 2014
China's state television is airing a serial on late leader Deng Xiaoping, a rare portrayal of a top politician that state media have trumpeted as a sign the Communist Party is easing its grip on officials' sensitive legacies. The 48-part drama series chronicles a period between 1976 and 1984, when Deng began pushing China toward market reforms that ignited its transition into the world's second largest economy. Read more...
 
How public broadcasting is missing its audience
Mint, Aug 12, 2014
A study that took in districts that included Kalahandi and Kandhamal in Odisha, Dantewada and Bastar in Chhattisgarh, Tapi in the Dangs in Gujarat, Adilabad in Telangana and Krishna in Andhra Pradesh found that the unmet, felt need for public service programming are several. Agriculture, health, vocational training, tutorials for youth and children, employment information, and serials with positive values are among them. These are not on offer on most private channels. Read more...
 
Prasar Bharati: Programme, demand mismatch
Mint, Aug 12, 2014
The Modi government is going to examine the continuing relevance of Prasar Bharati, the country’s public service broadcaster, according to people in the new administration. Perhaps the question to ask is whether public broadcasting is still relevant in India. The country is saturated with television but has a poor human development index ranking. It spends Rs.3,600 crore a year on the public broadcaster, but the poorest segments of its population list several unmet information needs. Agriculture, health and education-based programming, for instance, are quantitatively low in Doordarshan’s priorities, but ranked high among expressed viewership needs. Read more...
 
Trai proposes ownership curbs, independent regulator for media
Mint, Aug 12, 2014
India’s telecom and media regulator on Tuesday recommended an independent regulator for the media, barring political parties and government departments from entering either broadcasting or TV distribution (through cable and direct-to-home, or DTH, TV), and suggested a formula for calculating “media dominance” that will likely affect at least some media companies in some markets. The recommendations and suggestions—it is up to the government to accept them—are likely to prove controversial and immediately provoked an adverse reaction from Big Media. Read more...
 
Trai suggests restriction on pol parties, corporates in media
BS (PTI), Aug 12, 2014
In an attempt to ensure plurality of news and views, broadcast regulator Trai today suggested restriction on political bodies and corporates entering the television and newspaper business. It also recommended a single independent media regulatory authority comprising predominantly of eminent non-media persons for TV and print media to check and impose penalties for "paid news", "private treaties" and issues related to "editorial independence". Read more...
 
Deutsche Welle deal gives DD access to 120 million homes abroad: Jawhar Sircar
BS, Aug 12, 2014
China has CCTV, the UK has BBC, Japan has NHK World and Qatar has Al Jazeera. India's Doordarshan, however, has never stepped abroad, despite being a tax-funded broadcaster. Earlier this month, the Rs 1,553-crore Prasar Bharati Corporation, which runs DD and All India Radio, signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's public service broadcaster, for the distribution of the DD India channel on the Hotbird-13B satellite. The reciprocal distribution of DW-TV will be on Doordarshan's Free Dish. Vanita Kohli-Khandekar speaks to Jawhar Sircar, chief executive of Prasar Bharati, on what the move means. Read more...
 
Twitter patient on revenue from India
BS, Aug 12, 2014
For micro-blogging site Twitter, the past couple of years in India have been encouraging. The California-headquartered company has not only seen more Indians coming to its platform, it has also seen engagement and conversation on various subjects going up manifold. "It may sound unusual, but as a company we are patient on revenue" said Rishi Jaitly, market director, Twitter India. Twitter has seen a 600 per cent increase in conversations on politics on its platform in India and a ten-fold increase in mentions of political figures and political parties over the past year. Read more...
 
Stop TV serials portraying women in bad light: BSP member
The Free Press Journal (PTI), Aug 12, 2014
A BSP member today demanded in Rajya Sabha that television serials portraying women in bad light should be stopped as they are having a negative influence on society. Initiating a discussion on the working of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Satish Chandra Misra said serials are often showing women hatching conspiracies in family and are a force of destablisation. “It has a bad impact on mind. This should be stopped,” Misra said. Read more...
 
Mahesh Bhatt's unreleased film 'Udaan' becomes a TV show
DNA (PTI), Aug 12, 2014
Mahesh Bhatt's film on bonded labour could not release but the filmmaker-producer says he has utilised the concept for a new TV show Udaan. The show is a heart-warming story of a free-spirited young girl and it talks about the social issue of bonded labour which is still rampant in some places of our country. Read more...
 
Why telcos charging for WhatsApp, Skype services a bad idea
FE, Aug 11, 2014
In a price-sensitive market like India, a WhatsApp user could scale back her usage if she is made to pay for it—exactly why telcos’ revenue from SMSs is falling as smartphone sales increase. The same logic holds for the VoIP services also. Such reduction in usage would mean that the ARPU from spectrum-fed data services of the telcos—which is growing at the moment—will start falling or stagnate. So, for telcos, it would be akin to killing the proverbial goose that lays golden eggs. Read more...
 
MSOs in TS to continue boycott of 2 news channels
The Hindu, Aug 11, 2014
The Telangana Multiple System Operators (MSOs) on Monday decided to continue blockade of TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyothi news channels and also planned to meet the Information & Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar to explain the reasons behind their decision. Read more...
 
Arasu Cable TV to offer broadband and internet services
The Hindu, Aug 11, 2014
The state-owned Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited (TACTV) will provide broadband and internet services at cheaper rate, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Monday. Read more...
 
A step forward in spectrum sharing
HBL, Aug 11, 2014
By allowing scarce spectrum to be pooled by operators (though restricted to two now), TRAI has allowed them to take advantages of spectral efficiency and trunking gain offered by larger spectrum blocks. India is the only country in the world with an extreme spectrum fragmentation and an awfully small average spectrum holding per operator in a licensed service area of 3.5-6.2 MHz in any of the 800, 900, 1,800 and 2,100 MHz bands. With such little spectrum (compared to global norms) doled out by the Government, the recommendations are a welcome step for the industry. Read more...
 
Welcome to the omni-channel marketplace
BS, Aug 11, 2014
In an earlier era, retailers had a single platform or channel to hawk their wares - their premises. A customer went to their premises, or the shop, when it chose to open and bought what they wanted/needed on the spot for cash. Then, they took the goods away or had their purchases home-delivered, after which the retailer ordered replacement stock. Now we have moved to a situation where we can shop with the same retailer through different channels - the physical store, online, via a mobile phone or through social media. And though the channels are different, customers expect a consistent level of service and environment through the journey. Read more...
 
High-performing charities
BS, Aug 11, 2014
Even as many charities consider social media to be an important channel to deliver on their communications and fund-raising goals, only a few incorporate it as a core strategy to engage with new communities. According to a new report from Grant Thornton, 'Growing communities: How charity leaders govern social media globally to thrive online', there is a real need for Board-level understanding of social media. This is true both in developed and developing countries alike. For instance, in India, social media is largely seen as an operational tool used for fund-raising and attracting volunteers by a small population of large to mid-size charities. Read more...
 
Social media portals do not provide fake account data: Govt
BS (PTI), Aug 11, 2014
Social media websites do not provide authentic data on the number of fake or duplicate accounts to the government, Parliament was informed today. There have been complaints made by people in the past about fake accounts created in their name on social media sites, which is used with a malicious intent, Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. Read more...
 
Science centre to setup digital planetarium
ToI, Aug 11, 2014
With a view to creating awareness about celestial bodies among Patnaites, the local Shrikrishna Science Centre (SSC) is all set to establish a new digital planetarium on its premises. The planetarium is likely to become functional by the end of current year. The digital planetarium will have a customized video display facility, unlike the existing Indira Gandhi Planetarium. The centrally air-conditioned facility will have a seating capacity of around 55 persons, with dolby-digital sound quality and a photo gallery depicting celestial bodies. Read more...
 
MSM pins hopes on Sony Pal to win over women
BS, Aug 10, 2014
Multi Screen Media (MSM) has made another move to scale up its popularity among core general entertainment TV audience - women across cities of all sizes. The network that runs channels like Sony Entertainment Television (Sony), Max, SAB TV and Sony Pix, has added a Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC), Sony Pal, to its bouquet. This will be its third GEC, after Sony in 1995 and Sab TV that it acquired in 2005. Read more...
 
Amazon-Hachette ebook battle takes a literary twist
Mint (Reuters), Aug 10, 2014
The plot of the Amazon-Hachette battle over ebook prices just acquired a strange literary twist. Amazon is asking readers to help in its running dispute with the Hachette Book Group by emailing Hachette’s chief executive officer (CEO). But it may have missed the mark when it picked on English writer George Orwell to make its point. Read more...
 
Why end of favorite TV serials are akin to death of loved ones for fans
ANI, Aug 10, 2014
A new consumer research has demonstrated that the fans of famous TV series that have ended, express their grief and pain in a similar way to the mourning the death of a "real" loved one. Read more...
 
In trial run, BARC to install meters to gauge TV viewing data from next week
Mint, Aug 9, 2014
Starting next week, audience measurement meters will be installed in some 22,000 houses across India to capture the viewership habits of television watchers—part of an exercise to put in place a transparent and reliable television ratings system. Read more...
 
Media should have penal provisions for irresponsible reporting: Javadekar
BS, Aug 9, 2014
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday described the Press Council of India as a "toothless wonder." Stressing on the need for media to develop "self-mechanisms (that) should have provision for penal action for irresponsible reporting", he said no freedom comes without responsibility. Read more...
 
Facebook 'colour change' virus is back
ET (IANS), Aug 8, 2014
Have you tried to change the colour scheme of your Facebook profile lately? Beware of virus attack as a "colour change" malware is back and has already affected over 10,000 people around the world. The malware has been fixed by Facebook repeatedly but it has resurfaced again, reports added. Read more...
 
Don’t tweet stories from others, ‘The Hindu’ tells its reporters
Mint, Aug 8, 2014
In a note sent to its employees on Thursday, The Hindu urged its journalists to exercise restraint while tweeting or sharing news stories from other competing news publications, a move obviously aimed at ensuring they do not contribute to the traffic of these sites in any way. Read more...
 
Carry all channels as per norms: Prakash Javadekar to Multi-System Operators
ET (PTI), Aug 8, 2014
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today asked Multi-System Operators (MSOs) to ensure that they carry TV channels as per the norms, including the mandatory Doordarshan channels. In a meeting here, Javadekar told the MSOs that the norms should be followed regarding carrying of channels and added that the ministry would take action in case of violations. Read more...
 
All those tweets…
Mint, Aug 7, 2014
Lots of bright journalists from the top newspapers were tweeting from Nepal. They all sounded like each other; worse, they sounded no different from the official tweets. Everybody was reporting news as it happened. You cannot do more than that anyway unless you have a real scoop which can be compressed into 140 characters. In assessing claims that Twitter has changed the way politics is practised and the way journalists function, we need to remember the following: Twitter wants to grow its market in garrulous India. Thereafter the keyword for the microblogging site is, monetize. Read more...
 
Times Internet to launch digital version of Ad Age in India
Mint, Aug 7, 2014
Times Internet Ltd has tied up with American publishing house Crain Communications to launch the digital version of Advertising Age (Ad Age) in India, the two companies said on Thursday. Times Internet is the digital arm of media company Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL). Founded in 1930, Ad Age delivers advertising, marketing and media news through various platforms including a weekly print product. The New York based-Ad Age is among the leading global media and marketing magazines known for its original rankings on global marketers, media companies and its annual agency report. Its parent Crain Communications brings out other trade publications such as Autoweek and TelevisionWeek. Read more...
 
Google making encryption a search ranking factor
Mint (Reuters), Aug 7, 2014
Google Inc. said it is encouraging website developers to make their sites secure for visitors by using site encryption as one of the factors to determine search ranking. The company is urging website developers to adopt HTTPS, a form of website encryption that secures data send over the Web, to protect user data from hackers. Read more...
 
Consultation starts for next round of spectrum auction: TRAI
BS (IANS), Aug 7, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Thursday started the consultation process for the next round of spectrum auction for the telecom operators whose airwaves licence is expiring in 2015-16, an official statement said here. The consultation process will help determine the reserve price of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum, expected to be auctioned in February, 2015. Eighteen out of 22 circles across the country will go for auction. Read more...
 
Sangh Parivar social media campaign convinces BJP to concede to Rahul Gandhi's demand
BS, Aug 7, 2014
The Sangh Parivar believes it has led an effective social media campaign to highlight the 'truth' of the recent incidents of communal violence, including an alleged gangrape in Meerut, and is of the view that the government should agree to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's demand for a discussion in Lok Sabha on the increase in communal violence in recent months. Read more...
 
Mean mode
BS, Aug 7, 2014
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin is known for setting strict ground rules at media briefings. One of the rules is that a journalist can ask only one question. Read more...
 
Google and Barnes & Noble unite to take on Amazon with cheaper delivery of books service
ET (NYT), Aug 7, 2014
Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle their mutual rival Amazon, zeroing in on a service that Amazon has long dominated: the fast, cheap delivery of books. Starting Thursday, book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to get same-day deliveries from local Barnes & Noble stores through Google Shopping Express, Google's fledgling online shopping and delivery service. Read more...
 
Britons spend longer on mobile gadgets and TV than sleeping: Ofcom
Reuters, Aug 7, 2014
Britons now spend more time using smartphones and tablets, watching television and listening to the radio than they do sleeping, thanks to the availability of broadband in the home and on the move, regulator Ofcom said on Thursday. Consuming media and communicating takes 11 hours and 7 minutes out of an average Briton's day, a jump of more than two hours since 2010, from 8 hours and 48 minutes, it said. Read more...
 
YouTube becomes integral part of media buying: Gautam Anand
Mint, Aug 6, 2014
Gautam Anand, YouTube’s Asia Pacific director for content and operations, was in India to meet the most popular cooking talent on YouTube as food made it to the top five popular categories for the video sharing site in the country. On the sidelines of the event, he spoke about the emergence of user-generated content in India, the online video ecosystem and the impact of YouTube on traditional advertising. Read more...
 
Cartoonist Pran, creator of iconic Chacha Chaudhary, dead
Mint (PTI), Aug 6, 2014
In 1969, Pran sketched Chacha Chaudhary for the Hindi magazine Lotpot, which made him famous. “Pran was making small cartoons for newspapers when I first contacted him in 1981. At that time there were no Indian comics, it was all reproductions of foreign titles. For the last 35 years we have been the sole publisher of his cartoons,” said Rai. With a career spanning over five decades, Pran employed a simple style of art and sense of humour to create a family of characters like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman and Channi Chachi, which are regularly published in Indian magazines. Read more...
 
Digitization of TV in metros leads quantum jump in entertainment tax collection: Government
Jagran Post, Aug 6, 2014
Preliminary data received from the entertainment tax authorities shows there has been a quantum jump in tax collection from cities where digitization of TV has been implemented, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said on Wednesday. Read more...
 
Dream Theatre enters content syndication deal with Hungama TV
HBL, Aug 6, 2014
Kids franchise and toy brand Pokémon is making a comeback in India with its launch on Hungama TV. The show is being syndicated by Dream Theatre to Hungama TV, marking its foray in content syndication. Dream Theatre will also handle the licensing and merchandising portfolio for Pokémon in India and South Asia. Read more...
 
Rupert Murdoch's Fox abandons Time Warner takeover bid
Reuters, Aug 6, 2014
Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox decided to pull its $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc on Tuesday, abandoning plans to create one of the world's largest media conglomerates. The surprise announcement appeared to cut short what many investors had viewed as an inevitable battle of attrition over a deal that would have joined two of Hollywood's biggest studios and TV networks from TNT to Fox News. Read more...
 
Doordarshan to expand international presence to Europe, Africa
Mint, Aug 5, 2014
State broadcaster Prasar Bharati on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German public service broadcaster Deutsche Welle, in a bid to expand the reach of Doordarshan India (DD India) into Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Read more...
 
Disintermediation of the media
BS, Aug 5, 2014
India's mainstream media is understandably upset over the manner in which the Narendra Modi government has chosen to engage with it. There is no doubt that the terms of engagement between the mainstream media (print and electronic) and the Modi government have changed quite significantly. And since the media is acknowledged to be an important pillar in a democracy, such a change needs to be analysed and placed in perspective. No assessment of the Modi government will be complete without a proper understanding of this particular relationship and its implications for governance. Read more...
 
The irony of online metrics
BS, Aug 5, 2014
The rise of the internet is finally hitting English newspapers. Their readership grew by less than one per cent in the last available survey. Based on revenues, Google's YouTube is probably among the larger broadcasters in India. Online media is changing the status quo within the Rs 83,000-crore media and entertainment industry, and becoming critical for growth. Why, then, does it lag TV and print in one key area - metrics? Read more...
 
New Trai proposals don’t amuse media, entertainment sector
FE, Aug 5, 2014
The recently issued recommendations for direct to home (DTH) companies by market regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) threaten to send the Rs 91,800-crore media and entertainment sector into a tail-spin, as it seeks to curb monopolies and restrict cross-holdings in distribution platforms. Read more...
 
Private bandwidth retailers may offer broadband services
ET, Aug 5, 2014
The government plans to involve private operators as bandwidth retailers to handle broadband services delivery over the upcoming national optic fibre network (NOFN), which will take high-speed internet to India's hinterlands. Read more...
 
Airtel hikes fixed-line broadband tariffs by up to 40% in phases
BS, Aug 5, 2014
Over the past six months, Bharti Airtel, the country's largest cellular operator and also the largest private operator of fixed-line broadband, has increased rental charges for its fixed-line broadband services by up to 40% in certain plans. Read more...
 
Trai floats plan to put fee on free apps, including WhatsApp and Viber
BT (Mail Today), Aug 5, 2014
Trai on Monday said a seminar will be organised on Tuesday on regulatory framework for OTT services that aims to provide a platform to exchange the views on key issues related to OTT such as new developments in OTT, impact of OTT on telecom services providers and their counter measures, legal and regulatory framework for OTT. Following the seminar, Trai would come up with a discussion paper on OTT players, said a Trai official. However, the telecom regulator is unlikely to pose any major restrictions on OTT players. Read more...
 
Gannett to spin off newspapers as it focuses on TV
Reuters, Aug 5, 2014
In a widely expected move, Gannett joined the ranks of News Corp, Time Warner Inc and Tribune Media , which have all jettisoned print businesses as newspapers and magazines face unprecedented challenges with declines in advertising revenue and readership. Read more...
 
Scotland's pro-independence camp betting on TV debate to win votes
Reuters, Aug 5, 2014
Supporters of Scottish independence are hoping leader Alex Salmond's performance in a U.S.-style television debate on Tuesday can boost their campaign, which is lagging in opinion polls. With just over six weeks to go before Scots vote on whether to break Scotland's 307-year union with England, the "No" campaign holds a steady and substantial lead over the "Yes" camp. However, some polls suggest that as many as a quarter of Scotland's 4 million voters remain undecided. The television debate, the first of the campaign, pits Salmond, fast-talking leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, against Alistair Darling, the head of the "Better Together" campaign. Read more...
 
A Web guerrilla breaking news from the jungle
Mint (NYT), Aug 4, 2014
Greenwald, 47, is a lawyer turned journalist—first blogging on his own, then for Salon, then The Guardian— turned Pulitzer Prize winner and author of multiple books. He is now in the midst of building First Look Media, a digital news site funded by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. For all its challenges—the monkeys and dogs have daily throw-downs and some of the spiders are large and remarkably deadly—the location suits him, the eternal guerrilla fighting from the mountains. When cable television calls, he races down the hill to a satellite facility, suit coat and tie on top, sandals and shorts on the bottom. Read more...
 
‘TimeOut’ shuts all three print editions due to recurring losses
Mint, Aug 4, 2014
Entertainment and lifestyle magazine TimeOut, run by Time Out Group Ltd, has decided to shut its print editions in India because of recurring losses. The fortnightly magazine, which is published by Essar Group company Paprika Media Pvt. Ltd in India, said it would go digital starting October. The magazine had three print editions including Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Read more...
 
DD's Kisan TV channel: Govt brainstorms programme ideas
BS (PTI), Aug 4, 2014
Quiz shows for farmers, a bottoms-up approach involving agriculturists, inviting programming suggestions from general public, are some of the ideas that came up at a brainstorming session held by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for Doordarshan's Kisan TV channel. Read more...
 
The mobile broadband revolution
BS, Aug 4, 2014
Yes, we have entered the data age, which will allow us to access any service anytime, anywhere. More and more people today are using digital services like social media, gaming, banking, ticketing, shopping to name a few. All these diverse user needs put unique demands on networks both in terms of speed and quality of service which shapes the consumer from the networks. Read more...
 
Managing social media is not a child's play; goof-ups can hurt brands badly
ET, Aug 4, 2014
Brands around the world, from Europe to America to India, have made several faux pas on social media in recent times, and in many cases they pay a big price by losing customers. Experts say many brands take social media too casually. Read more...
 
Heroes meet a soapy death on prime time TV
ToI, Aug 4, 2014
Reel death of the male/female protagonist on a prime time TV show since then is a run-of-the-mill trick that showmakers/producers fall back on when the lead actor decides to quit the show! In recent times as many as 12 lead protagonists have been "killed" off for varying reasons— the script needs a dramatic twist, lead characters' starry tantrums, protagonists refusing to add grey to their hair etc, etc. Is lack of a strong storyline/content leading to the death of characters for the makers? Read more...
 
How Facebook is taking on TV ads
Mint (NYT), Aug 3, 2014
With its trove of knowledge about the likes, histories and social connections of its 1.3 billion users worldwide, Facebook executives argue, it can help advertisers reach exactly the right audience and measure the impact of their ads—while also, like TV, conveying a broad brand message. Facebook, which made $1.5 billion in profit on $7.9 billion in revenue last year, sees particular value in promoting its TV-like qualities, given that advertisers spend $200 billion a year on that medium. Read more...
 
33 Zee channels go off Hathway
ToI, Aug 3, 2014
More than 2.5 lakh cable homes in Kolkata have been unable to tune into the Zee bouquet of channels after Zee Turner, the distribution arm of Zee and distribution agent of Turner channels, switched off feed to the multi-system operator (MSO) for defaulting on payment and refusing to comply with industry norms. The 33 channels have been taken blanked out of Hathway's nationwide network, affecting nearly 25 lakh cable homes across the country. Read more...
 
Comedy serial 'F.I.R.' completes 8 years
IBN Live, Aug 1, 2014
Comical TV series 'F.I.R.', about lady inspector Chandramukhi Chautala and her adept team of police officers solving criminal cases with a funny twist, has completed a successful stint of eight years on Indian television. The cast and crew is ecstatic. Read more...
 
Raise subscription fee, say cable TV operators in Madurai
The Hindu, Aug 1, 2014
Members of Tamilaga Cable TV Operators’ Welfare Association submitted a petition to officials at the Collectorate here (Madurai) stating that the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation should revise its subscription fees and help them. In the petition, the members had stated that with the meagre subscription of Rs.70 a month paid by each household, they could not meet the high electricity cost and other overheads. Read more...
 
The misplaced Facebook furore
Mint, Aug 1, 2014
There has been a lot of fuss lately about the psychological experiment that Facebook conducted on nearly 700,000 of its users. In order to gauge how people’s Facebook “News Feeds” affect their moods, the company temporarily implemented a new algorithm to display slightly more positive messages to some users, and slightly gloomier ones to others. As it turns out, people’s posts shifted to reflect the tone of their friends’ posts. But the furore missed some of the most interesting questions, focusing (as usual) on Facebook’s tone-deafness (as usual). Nobody seemed interested in the obvious question of whether the findings reflected a genuine shift in mood, or simply a desire—conscious or unconscious—to fit in. Read more...
July 2014
What farmers are looking for on Kisan TV
HBL, Jul 31, 2014
At a time when the changing scenario in agriculture sector requires training, education and maximum use of technology, farmers feel that the proposed Kisan TV channel should focus on these issues. Read more...
 
Film producers to launch TV channel
The Hindu, Jul 31, 2014
Soon a round-the-clock movie channel managed by the Kerala Film Producers Association will enter the television air space. A meeting of the producers held here on Wednesday decided to launch the channel within three months. The decision came after entertainment television channels refused to buy satellite rights of movies citing poor quality and high rates for the rights, especially those with superstars in lead roles. Many producers were left in the lurch by the stance. Read more...
 
Smaller e-commerce sites eye traditional media amid online ad frenzy
Mint, Jul 31, 2014
As Amazon India, Flipkart India Pvt. Ltd and Snapdeal outspend each other in grabbing advertising spots on the Internet, online ad rates are increasing sharply, in a boost to Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. and prompting smaller e-commerce sites to shift some of their marketing budgets towards traditional media. Read more...
 
Twitter’s Dick Costolo sees India turning into key business market in five years
Mint, Jul 31, 2014
Despite 33% of its revenue coming from non-US markets, India doesn’t figure in the list of major revenue earners for microblogging company Twitter Inc. But Dick Costolo, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) and the man who, over the last four years, has steered its efforts to monetize its 271 million monthly user base, is working rapidly to change that. In an interview with Mint a day after the company’s shares jumped 35% to $51.20 on the New York Stock Exchange, following better-than-expected second quarter results—a 124% jump in quarterly revenue to $312 million—Costolo said, “There’s never been a better time than the last quarter for an Indian to be on Twitter—from the Lok Sabha election and how Narendra Modi won the #TwitterElection; to all the major cricket tournaments that integrated extensively with Twitter such as the Indian Premiere League and ICC World T20”. Read more...
 
A Small Town in Tennessee Has The Big Cable Companies Terrified
Business Insider, Jul 31, 2014
While the nation's (US) largest internet service providers have been making lots of noise recently, the country's fastest network has stayed quiet, just like the Tennessee town it services. The small, southern city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, boasts internet speeds up to a whopping gigabit per second, thanks to a local municipal fiber internet network, and has since last year. That's the same speed as Google Fiber, only there's no legacy tech giant pumping technology into the project. Read more...
 
The TV Industry Says 'Apple Has Bit Off More Than It Can Chew'
Business Insider, Jul 31, 2014
Apple has lofty plans for Apple TV. But according to a new report from Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati of The Information, those plans aren't going so well and Apple's plans to revolutionize TV with a new set-top box have been stalled. Read more...
 
Cable operators appeal to CM to help end stand-off
New Indian Express, Jul 31, 2014
The bonhomie that was there between Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation and cable operators seems to have ended, with the cable operators alleging that the State-owned corporation’s monopoly is eating away their livelihood. The Arasu Cable TV Corporation (ACTVC) had sent a notice on June 6 to 15,000 operators demanding subscription money and threatening legal proceedings if they failed to do. This, however, was set aside by the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court. Since then, the Corporation and the cable operators have been locked in a stand-off, which the latter say only Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will be able to resolve. Read more...
 
Tension in Bareilly after protests against objectionable post
BS (PTI), Jul 31, 2014
Tension gripped old city area here when a group of persons indulged in stone pelting and arson demanding action against two youths for allegedly posting objectionable content on a social networking site, hurting religious sentiments. Read more...
 
Walt Disney's India bet hinges on cricket, films & TV
ET, Jul 30, 2014
The business mix in the Indian Walt Disney Company is different from the Brazilian, Chinese or Japanese Disney, and is driven by the local regulations, infrastructure, economic development and consumer habits. The Chinese Walt Disney operates in a very media-restricted market and hence it has been built through consumer products. Read more...
 
Amazon says lower e-book prices benefit authors, publishers
Mint (Reuters), Jul 30, 2014
In a blog post on the Amazon site authored by the “Amazon books team”, the e-commerce giant said e-books were very price sensitive. Based on a review of many titles, Amazon argued that e-book priced at $9.99 sold 1.74 times as many copies as one sold at $14.99, generating 16% more revenue. It said keeping prices low saved money for consumers while authors would get higher royalties and 74% more readers with publishers also getting more money. Read more...
 
Stop press
BS, Jul 30, 2014
The foundation day ceremony of Indian Council of Agriculture Research is usually an occasion for the media to meet agriculture scientists and talk about their work. But this year, in keeping with this regime's policy, no invitation was sent to media houses except the Press Trust of India, Doordarshan, All India Radio and the Press Information Bureau. Read more...
 
Trai Publishes Information Paper on Impact of EMF Radiation
NDTV, Jul 30, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Wednesday published an information paper on growing public concern about possible health hazards from Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) exposures from mobile phones or their base stations. The sector regulator said in the study: "More studies have to be undertaken, especially so India-specific studies. And until those studies are completed and results validated, we need to be careful on how we approach EMF radiation." Read more...
 
Will literary adaptations make a comeback on TV?
ToI, Jul 29, 2014
Picture this. Taking from the children's fiction Miyan Fuski written by the famous author Jivram Joshi to Sharad Thakkar's Doctor Ni Diary, Himanshi Shelat's literary works and Madhu Rye's masterpieces have found many directors present the small screen adaptations. In fact, Gujarati literature also inspired many Hindi TV shows too. Aatish Kapadia's Resham Dank, Taarak Mehta's Taarak Mehta Na Undha Chashmah and Varsha Adalja's Retpankhi are some of the examples. Read more...
 
Govt turns to crowdsourcing to give its ads a makeover
Mint, Jul 29, 2014
After seeking ideas from ordinary citizens on how to improve the concept of governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is tapping the public for suggestions to pep up staid government advertising. For India’s 68th Independence Day next month, for instance, the National Democratic Alliance government is asking people to offer suggestions on the kind of message they want to hear from the government. Read more...
 
Two nabbed for stealing DTH hard disks
The Hindu, Jul 29, 2014
The Delhi Police Crime Branch have arrested two men for allegedly stealing in-built hard disks from DTH devices installed at households across the Capital. The arrested men have admitted to have stolen 77 hard disks from 54 houses by posing as employees of the operators, said the police. Each stolen device fetched them Rs.1,750. Read more...
 
Crime pays on TV
BS, Jul 28, 2014
It is not just the news headlines which narrate the tale of a crime these days. The Hindi general entertainment channels (GECs) do so too, and have found a success formula in crime-based shows. Networks like Multi Screen Media, Viacom18 and Star India have been dishing out crime-based programmes in different formats, almost always meeting with success. Read more...
 
India’s pay-TV market to grow 11% by 2018: MPA report
Mint, Jul 28, 2014
India’s pay-TV industry will grow from $7.4 billion in revenue in 2013 to $12.3 billion by 2018, clocking an average annual growth rate of 11%. By 2023, India’s pay-TV industry will generate approximately $16.4 billion in revenue. The projections have been made by Hong Kong-based global media research and consulting firm Media Partners Asia (MPA) in its new report titled India Pay-TV and Broadband—Future Trends. Read more...
 
The Big Data challenge for auto firms
Mint, Jul 28, 2014
The sales and marketing team at India’s largest sports utility vehicle maker began monitoring Facebook posts, YouTube videos and tweets that involved the XUV500, and used the feedback and analysis to eventually launch a variant of the vehicle that was stripped of certain features to make it more affordable. The launch of the cheaper variant helped the company boost sales. Read more...
 
HBO pushes Web expansion as Jeff Bewkes battles Murdoch takeover bid
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 28, 2014
Jeff Bewkes is looking to the Internet to accelerate growth at his prized TV network, HBO, as he seeks to demonstrate to investors that Time Warner Inc. is worth more on its own than with Rupert Murdoch. Read more...
 
Rupert Murdoch to sell Europe pay-TV stakes to BSkyB
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 28, 2014
BSkyB will use £2.07 billion in cash and a stake in National Geographic Channel to pay for 100% of Sky Italia. The deal will give Murdoch ammunition as the 83-year-old weighs how much he can increase an $85-a-share bid for Time Warner without jeopardizing New York-based Fox’s investment-grade rating. Read more...
 
India a huge force in shaping global digital future: Mozilla
India TV News (PTI), Jul 28, 2014
As the internet penetration gains more strength, India is headed to be a huge force in shaping the digital future of the world, a top official of Mozilla Foundation, makers of Firefox web browser has said. Read more...
 
U.S. FCC needs better data on TV stations' shared deals -watchdog
Reuters, Jul 28, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission may have problems ensuring that its regulations on shared arrangements by TV stations meet the agency's goals on competition and diversity because "it lacks basic data," the U.S. government watchdog said on Monday. Read more...
 
Govt plans media campaign to attract FDI
Mint (PTI), Jul 27, 2014
The commerce and industry ministry is planning a media campaign—print, electronic and social—to sell India as an attractive investment destination. Read more...
 
Facebook launches bookmarking feature ‘save’
Mint (PTI), Jul 27, 2014
Facebook Inc. has launched a new tool that lets users store links from news feed and Facebook pages for places, events, movies, TV shows, and music to a list where they can view them later. With “save”, users can indicate that they want to bookmark content to revisit later. Read more...
 
Television is a better medium than films to connect with the viewers
ToI, Jul 27, 2014
A much-loved, talented and award winning dubbing artiste, actress and writer, Bhagyalakshmi effortlessly dons versatile roles. While she has had a great stint in the movie industry, she became a household name through her stint on TV as a talk show host. Her show Manassiloru Mazhavillu on Kairali TV crossed 450 episodes and people even began looking up to her as a counsellor, Bhagyalakshmi says, and now she is planning new shows with unique premises. Read more...
 
TV actors' social media popularity decides their film career!
ToI, Jul 27, 2014
TV actor Himmanshoo Ashok Malhotra recently told us, "It's become a necessity for TV actors to be active on social networking sites. Filmmakers tend to look at the number of followers you have on Twitter or likes on Facebook to determine your popularity. They think that the number of followers you have on Twitter translates into the number of tickets the film will sell." Based on this, we decided to ask a few actors whether this theory holds true. Read more...
 
When media mergers limit more than competition
BS (NYT), Jul 26, 2014
The much-admired Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black may be rolling in his grave at the prospect of a merger between 21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc, which would reduce control of the major Hollywood studios to five owners, from six, and major television producers to four, from five. Read more...
 
Background TV can be bad for kids: Study
ToI (PTI), Jul 26, 2014
Background television can divert a child's attention from play and learning, according to a new study. University of Iowa researchers examined the impact of television and parenting on children's social and emotional development. They found that background television - when the TV is on in a room where a child is doing something other than watching - can divert a child's attention from play and learning. Read more...
 
Time Warner dares Murdoch to stretch bid beyond what he can pay
Mint (Reuters), Jul 25, 2014
Time Warner Inc.’s board is daring Rupert Murdoch to make an offer he can’t afford. In rejecting an $85-per-share takeover bid by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. last week, Time Warner said its own growth plan is superior to any proposal that 21st Century Fox is in a position to offer. Read more...
 
Rupert Murdoch agrees to sell Italy, German pay-TV stakes to BSkyB
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 25, 2014
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. agreed to sell its pay-TV businesses in Italy and Germany for £4.97 billion ($8.3 billion) in cash plus assets, gaining funds to raise an $80 billion takeover bid for Time Warner Inc. Read more...
 
40% of WC's desi TV audience were women
ToI, Jul 25, 2014
The recently concluded FIFA world cup saw Indian women lap up football like never before with more than 40% of the overall television viewership coming from female audiences. The month-long tournament, one of the biggest sporting events in the world, saw 55 million Indians tune in to watch the matches, out of which 32 million were male while 23 million were women, according to data made available to TOI by the official broadcaster of the tournament Sony Six, sourced from TAM. Read more...
 
House moves privilege motion against TV channel, human rights activist
Imphal Free Press, Jul 25, 2014
The Manipur Assembly has today decided to move a privilege motion against the private TV channel “Impact TV” for derogatory comments against the State MLAs made by a speaker on the channel’s programme “Manung Hutna.” Opposition leader Oinam MLA Dr I Ibohalbi of AITC moved a breach of privilege motion against the editor of the TV channel and Human Rights Alert executive director Babloo Loitongbam. Read more...
 
NDTV shares spurt 20% on takeover buzz, Trai norms
BS, Jul 24, 2014
Market players said the stock soared on persistent buzz in the market of it being an acquisition target of a leading corporate house. Positive sentiment following the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai) recommendations for direct-to-home operators (DTH) also helped NDTV and other news media stocks such as TV Today and Zee Media, said analysts. Read more...
 
Pvt TV channels may be banned in both Karnataka Houses
ToI, Jul 24, 2014
The Karnataka government may resurrect an old proposal to launch its own TV channel. The trigger is said to be the negative publicity chief minister Siddaramaiah has been getting of late, with footage of his dozing in the legislative assembly and losing his cool to queries about rape incidents. Read more...
 
Eye on assembly poll, BJP to roll out film-TV union
ToI, Jul 24, 2014
The burgeoning entertainment sector has over the past decade triggered large-scale migration to the city (Mumbai) from other states, especially the north Indian ones. It is this teeming population which the BJP wants to tap ahead of the election. Read more...
 
Trai demands licence extension of DTH operators
ToI, Jul 24, 2014
Broadcast regulator Trai has recommended extension of licence period of direct-to-home (DTH) operators from 10 years to 20 years, while proposing bringing down fees to 8% of the adjusted gross revenue. Read more...
 
Operators seek formal agreements with Arasu Cable
The Hindu, Jul 24, 2014
A section of cable operators affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation want the government-run setup to enter into formal agreements with them as mandated by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India). They have also urged the Arasu Cable officials to facilitate a meeting with the Chief Minister to highlight the challenges they face. Read more...
 
Govt blocks two channels for defamatory content
Real Time News, Jul 24, 2014
The ministry of information and broadcasting has imposed a one-day ban on transmission of two Assamese news channels, DY 365 TV and News Time Assam, for carrying a story alleging wrong relationship between an MLA and two young girls, including a minor. Read more...
 
Google under fire from regulators over response to EU privacy ruling
Mint (Reuters), Jul 24, 2014
Google’s handling of “right to be forgotten” requests from European citizens will come under fire from the continent’s privacy watchdogs on Thursday, after the search engine restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only. European data protection authorities are meeting representatives of Google, Microsoft, which operates the Bing search engine, and Yahoo to discuss the implementation of the landmark ruling from Europe’s top court upholding people’s right to request that outdated links be removed from Internet search results. Read more...
 
Wall Street Journal takes computers offline after hacking
Mint (AFP), Jul 23, 2014
The Wall Street Journal took some of its computers housing news graphics offline after they were hacked, publisher Dow Jones & Co. said. People familiar with the matter told the Journal that the move was intended to isolate any possible attacks. Read more...
 
DTH operators complain to Centre about jammers disrupting service
FirstPost (PTI), Jul 23, 2014
Direct-to-Home (DTH) television operators have sought Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention to sort out the issue of alleged disruption of their services by local cable operators using jammers. In a letter to Singh, they have also raised security concerns as the jammers could be used to disrupt signals of facilities being used by the government. Read more...
 
Tackling private censorship in media
Mint, Jul 23, 2014
State censorship of mainstream media is now passè. No government, at least in our country, has much stomach for it. There is just too much media around, always looking for something to shriek or tweet about. But there is a new beast that the squeamish among us will need to confront even as we are still being coy about its existence. As media ownership passes into many kinds of hands, the sensitivities of corporate and political owners are posing a growing threat to unencumbered reporting. It is a recognized phenomenon in other parts of the world, and goes by the nomenclature of private censorship. Read more...
 
Trai recommendation on media control and ownership by August
Mint (PTI), Jul 23, 2014
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will come up with its recommendation on media control and ownership by end of August. “In another two weeks, it must be out. Give me a little more time...but definitely before end of August,” Trai chairman Rahul Khullar told reporters in reply to a query on expected time for releasing recommendation on media control and ownership. Read more...
 
Vanita Kohli-Khandekar: Welcoming FDI in news
BS, Jul 22, 2014
Ever since Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar took over in May this year, there has been talk of raising the FDI limit in news media, from 26 to 49 per cent and maybe 100 per cent. In retail, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and telecom among other sectors, strategic foreign investment has brought three benefits - better technology, processes and training, more jobs and better returns. Read more...
 
Union Budget: Media and entertainment industry waiting to exhale
FE, Jul 22, 2014
The Union Budget 2014 has left most in the R91,800-crore media and entertainment sector disappointed. The overall growth for the sector has been erratic for the first few months of 2014, and muted for most of 2013, because of the slowdown in the Indian economy. Most media and entertainment companies were expecting significant changes with this Union Budget and had huge expectations from the new regime, be it the push for cable digitisation, de-regulation in pricing of channels, tax waivers or implementation of new foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, as per the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). However, in his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitly opted to maintain the existing status quo, and proposed no major shifts. Read more...
 
Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices
Mint (Reuters), Jul 22, 2014
Italy’s data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant’s privacy practices. Regulators in several European nations including Italy began a joint inquiry last year after Google consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one, combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. It gave users no means to opt out. Read more...
 
Time Warner moves to thwart Rupert Murdoch bid with change to bylaws
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 22, 2014
Time Warner Inc.’s board took its first concrete step to fend off Rupert Murdoch’s unwanted takeover offer by eliminating a provision in its bylaws that let shareholders call special meetings. The amendment by Time Warner’s board removes a method investors could have used to pressure the company to sell. Read more...
 
India to investigate corruption in healthcare after TV sting operation
Reuters, Jul 22, 2014
India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV news channel. Hindi news channel News Nation TV showed laboratories in the national capital offering commissions as high as 50 percent to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centers. Read more...
 
Direct-to-home players accuse cable operators of jamming signals, approach Mumbai police commissioner
ToI, Jul 21, 2014
If direct-to-home (DTH) operators are to believed, monsoon may not be the only reason for poor signal complaints across the city. DTH operators have complained to the police, as well as state and central authorities, that "some elements were disrupting their signals by illegally installing jammers". But local cable operators, who seem to have been indirectly blamed, termed the complaint a ploy. Read more...
 
Media and the messages
BS, Jul 21, 2014
The National Democratic Alliance government's informal media gag has already sunk in with officials who would talk to journalists openly when the United Progressive Alliance was in power. But officials in charge of communication in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) have gone to the other extreme. Read more...
 
Anna University Moots DTH Route to Reach Engineering Students
New Indian Express, Jul 21, 2014
Soon, engineering students across the State can learn complex technical subjects from the comfort of their living rooms, as Anna University is planning to launch a direct-to-home (DTH) channel, through which education contents will be telecast. Read more...
 
Pay-TV market to generate $280 bn revenue in 2014: ABI Research
Telecom Lead (ABI Research), Jul 21, 2014
Pay-TV market will generate service revenue of $280.4 billion in 2014 and user base will surpass 936.4 million, said ABI Research. Emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific and Latin America will have a higher growth rate than mature markets in the years to come. Read more...
 
Facebook to challenge Amazon soon?
HBL (PTI), Jul 20, 2014
After making billions connect socially on its network, Facebook is testing a new feature designed to let users buy products directly from ads and posts on its news feed. “With this feature, people on desktop or mobile can click the ‘Buy’ call-to-action button on ads and Page posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook,” the post reads. Read more...
 
Anti-social budgeting
BS, Jul 20, 2014
The current government is known to be fairly open-handed when it comes to approving requests for funds for programmes involving the social media, which is perceived to have played a significant role in bringing it to power. But it is noticeably less so when it comes to expenditure on social gatherings. Read more...
 
Murdoch says outdated laws bar him from buying Tribune
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 19, 2014
Rupert Murdoch said antiquated media ownership laws are preventing him from getting his hands on Tribune Co., the owner of the Los Angeles Times. Sorry can’t buy Trib group or LA Times — cross-ownership laws from another age still in place, Murdoch wrote in a tweet on Friday, referring to US government restrictions that forbid ownership of TV stations and newspapers in the same market. Read more...
 
Forbes sells majority stake to Hong Kong group, family remains
BS (Reuters), Jul 19, 2014
Forbes magazine's publisher agreed to sell a majority stake to a group of international investors for an undisclosed sum, Forbes Media said on Friday, capping an eight-month hunt for a buyer for the company. The Forbes family, which founded the magazine 97 years ago, is retaining a "significant" interest in the company and remains an active part of management, Forbes Media said in a statement. Read more...
 
Murdoch is pouncing on Time Warner while rivals are distracted
BS (Reuters), Jul 18, 2014
Rupert Murdoch looks to have been canny in his $80 billion takeover approach to Time Warner Inc , cornering the media giant at a time when potential "white knight" bidders are busy absorbing their own large deals. The absence of potential counter-bidders leaves Time Warner's investors with a dilemma. They can either engage with Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to negotiate a higher price, or play for time and wait until there are more potential buyers available. Read more...
 
Amazon starts $9.99-a-month service for unlimited e-books
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 18, 2014
Amazon.com Inc. introduced a $9.99- a-month service for unlimited Kindle e-book downloads, letting customers devour books like they binge on TV services like Netflix Inc. and Amazon Prime. Kindle Unlimited includes more than 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of audiobooks from Audible Inc, Amazon said on Friday in a statement. Read more...
 
Reliance Jio does not need captive content
Mint, Jul 17, 2014
Even when Reliance Industries bought out promoter Raghav Bahl and took over media conglomerate Network18 Media and Investments Ltd, speculation had been rife about how this would fit into its business plans because Network18’s various properties would provide content for the telecom business. In his speech at the company’s annual general meeting, Ambani did refer to the acquisition but did not call it a content play, merely dubbing it “one aspect of the digital services play” aimed at differentiating and strengthening its “4G business at the unique intersects of telecom, Web and digital commerce, and the media through a suite of premier digital properties.” Read more...
 
Hike FDI limit in news broadcasting, abolish Wage Board Act: Ficci
Mint, Jul 17, 2014
In a meeting with minister of state for information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Tuesday, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) lobby group asked the government to raise the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in news broadcasting as well as in the FM radio sector. The present FDI limit in news channels and FM radio is 26%. A Ficci delegation also asked the minister to abolish the Wage Board Act for newspaper publishers that sets down what both working journalists and non-journalist employees should be paid. Read more...
 
BJP looks for ways to keep cadre busy
Mint, Jul 17, 2014
Tens of thousands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cadre deployed to mobilise voters through social media during the general election have little to do now that the party has won, worrying party leaders who want to keep them busy. The BJP’s cadre made full use of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to build the image of their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during the Lok Sabha election campaign. At the height of the campaign, nearly 87,000 of the BJP cadre would flood Twitter handles every day, praising Modi and telling people not to vote for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party. Now the party is worried that if these young Modi supporters get frustrated due to a lack of work, they might even try to hurt the party’s image on social media. Read more...
 
Fox and Time Warner need each other in TV today
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 17, 2014
As Time Warner shares climb to dizzying heights in response to the news—what investor doesn’t love a mega-merger?—it’s worth noticing how we got here. Murdoch’s plan makes sense, and Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner’s whip-smart chief executive officer, will eventually find a partner. Why? Because even very powerful programmers such as Time Warner need increased heft to deal with the ever-more-concentrated US distribution market. Read more...
 
Time Warner win would make Murdoch US media king
BS (Reuters), Jul 17, 2014
Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc made an audacious offer for Time Warner Inc that if it succeeds would transform the American media landscape and cement the 83-year-old's status as the most powerful magnate in US media and entertainment. Read more...
 
BBC News to cut 400 jobs in austerity drive
Mint (AFP), Jul 17, 2014
The BBC said on Thursday it will cut 415 jobs from its news department in the latest cost-cutting measures by the world’s largest public broadcaster. Read more...
 
Media sector to have a moderate start this year
BS, Jul 17, 2014
While it ended FY14 on a high, the media sector is expected to get off to a moderate start this financial year. After a robust Q4 FY14, thanks to election spends on advertising across platforms, media entities might see slightly lower ad revenue growth at 12 to 14 per cent. In case of advertising on television and print media, the ad revenues were impacted by the model code of conduct coming into force in the run-up to the elections. Read more...
 
UP govt to constitute committee for journalists
BS (PTI), Jul 17, 2014
The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to constitute a committee to resolve problems being faced by journalists, including security for them during coverage of events, officials said. Read more...
 
Trending error
BS, Jul 17, 2014
Social media may be the trendy new communication tool of choice for ministers in the National Democratic Alliance, but excessive reliance on it can cause problems too. Read more...
 
In free TV, broadcasters find the next big thing
BS, Jul 16, 2014
There are, by some estimates, over 300 free channels in India - just over a third of all channels available. They account for 7 per cent of the time spent on television in the country, and attract advertisements worth Rs 1,300 crore. (The total television advertising pie, according to a study done by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and KPMG, is Rs 13,500 crore). But this is expected to grow rapidly in the days to come. Read more...
 
NCRB started to collect data on attack on media: Govt
BS (PTI), Jul 16, 2014
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has begun collecting and maintaining specific data relating to attacks on media since January this year, the government said today. Read more...
 
Maharashtra CPI to harness power of social media
BS (PTI), Jul 16, 2014
Inspired by the role of social media in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the Maharashtra unit of CPI has decided to launch a social media network linking party workers. Read more...
 
Prakash Javadekar restricts private FM radio stations to AIR news
Mint, Jul 16, 2014
Minister for information and broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday ruled out any immediate permission to carry private news on FM radio stations, contrary to his earlier promises of looking into the matter “positively”—a move that came as a surprise downer to private FM stations expecting that they would be allowed to broadcast news. Read more...
 
TRAI's tariff order for commercial subscribers of cable TV
ET (PTI), Jul 16, 2014
Commercial establishments which specifically charge clients on account of showing TV programmes will now have to pay tariff according to terms mutually agreed with the broadcaster. In an order notified by it, broadcasting regulator TRAI, however, held that commercial establishments which do not specifically charge customers on account of showing TV programmes will be treated like ordinary subscribers and will pay on per television set basis. Read more...
 
In quest for HBO, Murdoch bids for whole of Time Warner
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 16, 2014
Rupert Murdoch wants HBO so badly, he’s willing to buy all of Time Warner Inc. to get it. HBO is one of the main reasons, along with rights to sports programming and international content distribution, that Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc offered $85 a share for Time Warner, said a person familiar with the matter. Read more...
 
Death of comics’ Archie meant to be ‘inspirational’
Mint (Reuters), Jul 16, 2014
Archie Andrews, the redheaded American teenager in the “Archie” comic book series, will die taking a bullet protecting his gay friend in the issue that comes out on Wednesday. But the death of the character who made his comic book debut more than 70 years ago is not meant to be a sob story, Archie Comics publisher and co-chief executive officer Jon Goldwater said on Tuesday. Read more...
 
Network18 founder Raghav Bahl plans to launch digital news outlet
Mint, Jul 15, 2014
Raghav Bahl, 51, the founder of Network18 Media and Investments Ltd, who exited after Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) decided in May to convert its debentures in the group into shares and take control, says he loves news too much, and will launch a digital news outlet that would complement his former company’s offerings. Read more...
 
Universal Music, Qyuki to jointly develop new music-based content
Mint, Jul 15, 2014
Universal Music Group, along with its affiliated music publishing entity Universal Music Publishing Group, on Tuesday entered into a “unique strategic collaboration” with Qyuki.com, a music-focused website founded by musician A.R. Rahman and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. Qyuki and Universal will jointly develop new music-based content. Read more...
 
China’s Alibaba sets entertainment deal with Lionsgate
Mint (AFP), Jul 15, 2014
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and US-based entertainment company Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (Lionsgate) on Tuesday announced plans for a movie and television streaming service in mainland China, as the Chinese Internet giant expands beyond its e-commerce core. Read more...
 
Social media shows priorities of cyber user from Budget
BS, Jul 14, 2014
With all eyes on the Union Budget 2014-15, people took to social media to express their likes and dislikes. According to a study conducted by Crisil, that shows sharp differences in the topics that interest different categories of people and various geographic regions. Read more...
 
Environmental media relations in the 21st century
BS, Jul 14, 2014
Unprecedented shifts in communications technologies are substantially changing the discipline of media relations. This is true across the board, but has a particular impact on the communication of sustainability and environmental issues, where businesses are under greater public and NGO scrutiny than ever. Read more...
 
Facebook to track users' TV habits
LA Times, Jul 14, 2014
Beginning this fall, when Facebook users watch a TV show on a cellphone or tablet, Facebook will probably know about it. The social network will scan its databases and send the age and gender of the viewer to Nielsen, the TV ratings measurement company, to help advertisers learn more about the audience watching shows online. Read more...
 
German firm Da Vinci Media set to unveil edutainment channel for kids
HBL, Jul 14, 2014
German media company Da Vinci Media GmbH, which plans to roll out an edutainment channel in India later this year, wants to tap the opportunities thrown open by digitisation of cable TV services and the growing demand for diversified content here. The company expects to shortly get its licence from the Government to operate its channel, called Da Vinci Learning. The edutainment channel is targeted at kids in the 6-12 years age group and aims to offer knowledge-based programmes in an engaging manner. Read more...
 
World Cup was biggest social media event ever - Facebook
Reuters, Jul 14, 2014
Brazil's World Cup was the biggest social media event on record involving 350 million Facebook Inc users worldwide, the company claimed on Monday, as it made strides into the so-called "real-time" market dominated by Twitter. People increasingly are using social networking to comment on global events seen on television, like the month-long soccer tournament won by Germany on Sunday. Figures obtained by Reuters showed that the 350 million users generated a record Facebook "conversation" with 3 billion posts, comments and likes. Read more...
 
Women in media facing problems: Kalpana Sharma
BS (PTI), Jul 13, 2014
Well-known columnist Kalpana Sharma today said many women journalists were scared to reveal the harassments faced by them within their organisations due to the fear of losing their jobs. Speaking at a two-day national workshop on 'Women in Media' organised by Kerala Press Academy and Network of Women in Media, she said many media houses were yet to set up committees to deal with sexual harassment complaints. Read more...
 
Social media lessons for brands as shampoo ad slip-up goes viral
Mint, Jul 13, 2014
On Saturday, Delhi-based photographer Naina Redhu expressed shock over an advertisement plugging Procter and Gamble (P&G) Home Products Ltd’s shampoo brand Pantene, using the social networking site Twitter to vent her ire. Her permission had been sought for publishing her pictures, but she hadn’t been told that it would feature a page-long interview that she had never conducted with the actor Katrina Kaif. Read more...
 
Apple refutes China state TV concerns on iPhone security risk
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 13, 2014
Apple Inc. assured Chinese customers that location tracking on its iPhone can’t be used to identify activity of individuals, a day after China’s state-owned television broadcaster said the software poses a security risk. Read more...
 
How to digitally avoid taking it to the grave
BS (NYT), Jul 12, 2014
You may keep documents online or use email as a catch-all for paperless receipts, insurance information or financial transactions. And don't forget the photos, videos and musings left behind at social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn et al. So how do you make sure all that information - protected by who knows how many passwords - is handled the way you would like after you're gone? Two words: Plan ahead. Read more...
 
Star India set to buy ‘Screen’ from Indian Express
Mint, Jul 12, 2014
Publisher Indian Express Ltd is selling Screen , a weekly broadsheet that covers the movie and entertainment industry, to media mogul Rupert Murdoch ’s Star India Pvt. Ltd in a transaction that also includes the annual Screen Awards, said a person familiar with the development. The deal, likely to be announced soon, is worth close to Rs.30 crore, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Read more...
 
Not blocked TV channels: Telangana
Deccan Chronicle, Jul 12, 2014
The TRS government has informed the Centre that it had no role in the blocking of some TV channels in the state. Read more...
 
Apples’s iPhone poses a security concern: China state media
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 11, 2014
China’s state-owned national television broadcaster said a feature of Apple Inc.’s iPhone software that tracks user locations poses a security concern. The function can collect data and may result in a leak of state secrets, China Central Television reported, citing Ma Ding, head of the online security institute at People’s Public Security University of China. Read more...
 
SoundCloud music service said to near deals with record labels
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 11, 2014
The largest record labels are closing in on a deal for a stake in buzzy digital-music service SoundCloud Ltd, in exchange for an agreement not to sue the startup for copyright violations, according to people with knowledge of the plans. SoundCloud, a Berlin-based company with more than 250 million listeners a month, is negotiating with Universal Music Group Inc., Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group Corp. for licenses to continue playing songs from the biggest labels and avoid potential legal disputes, said people familiar with the talks. Read more...
 
RTI query challenges TV episode on death faked in 11/7 train blasts
ToI, Jul 11, 2014
An RTI query on the fatalities in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts has "discredited" a "true story" featured on a popular reality TV show that depicted the distress of a man "whose girlfriend faked her death in the blasts". Read more...
 
China tells reporters to work within state media
BS (AP/PTI), Jul 11, 2014
Chinese regulators have banned the country's journalists from sharing information they have obtained on the job with overseas media or publishing it in any venue, such as blogging sites, outside the media they are employed, in a move that critics say will further stifle press freedom and curb the influence of social media. The regulations, which were detailed in a June 30 document but released this week, come at a time when Chinese journalists have been accused of using their positions to blackmail. Read more...
 
Budget 2014: Online, mobile ads may face service tax
Mint, Jul 10, 2014
Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday proposed to levy a service tax on online and mobile ads, attempting to broaden the tax base, as he unveiled the maiden budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Such advertisements have until now been part of a so-called negative list that specified the services on which no tax was payable. “It is necessary to prune the negative list and exemptions to the extent possible,” Jaitley said. Read more...
 
Budget 2014: Govt allocates Rs100 cr for community radio
Mint, Jul 10, 2014
A network of 600 community radio stations (CRS) in the country have been allocated Rs100 crore in the Union budget to encourage local community voices. “So far around 400 permissions for setting up of community radio stations have been issued. To encourage the growth in this sector, a new plan scheme is being taken up with an allocation of Rs100 crore. This scheme would support about 600 new and existing community radio stations,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday presenting the budget. Read more...
 
New KBC ad campaign takes on racial discrimination
Mint, Jul 10, 2014
The ad campaign for Sony’s new season of the popular game show, by Leo Burnett India emerged out of a simple insight, that the key things that viewers took away and remembered from the show were the contestants and their stories, rather than the exact prize money won by them. Hence came about the idea, “Yahan sirf paise nahin, dil bhi jeete jate hai” (Not just money, hearts are also won here). Read more...
 
‘Google It’ becomes ‘Hide It’ in wake of right to be forgotten
Mint (Bloomberg), Jul 10, 2014
Google is synonymous with seeking information. Now Google Inc. is struggling with a new rule: Hide it. The world’s biggest search-engine company is grappling with how to apply a European Union court decision that said citizens have a so-called right to be forgotten when Internet searches throw up results that are inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive. Read more...
 
Tribune Digital Ventures to buy out What’s On India
Mint, Jul 10, 2014
Tribune Digital Ventures, the technology and innovation arm of US-based multimedia firm Tribune Company Inc., is buying out What’s On India Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai-based television guidance firm, senior officials of the company said on Wednesday. The transaction, valued at $27 million (Rs.161 crore), will allow Tribune to diversify its revenue steam and strengthen its foothold in India. Read more...
 
Kisan TV for farmers, funds for community radios
HBL, Jul 10, 2014
In a bid to provide real-time information to farmers on farming techniques and organic farming among others issues , the government plans to launch Kisan TV this year. It has decided to set aside a sum of ₹100 crore for this channel. Read more...
 
Ruskin Bond’s novel ‘Maharani’ to be adapted for TV show
The Hindu, Jul 10, 2014
Doordarshan’s popular TV show ‘Ek Tha Rusty’s’ next several episodes will be based on the 2012 Bond novel which portrays a spoilt, selfish, beautiful widow of the Maharajah of Mastipur. Read more...
 
TRS objects to Prakash Javadekar threat on MSOs
Deccan Chronicle, Jul 10, 2014
The TRS took strong objection to Union information minister Prakash Javadekar’s threat to cancel the licence of MSOs on the issue of blocking two Telugu TV channels to protest against anti-Telangana tirade. Read more...
 
Talking Media Dumbing down at budget time
Mint, Jul 9, 2014
The logic of 24-hour news is that if you come in at any point and watch for a bit, you will at least catch the main points. But here, you can surf across channels on a rail budget day and not get a single general news channel that is listing out the main points ever so frequently. Not even any of the three public broadcasters. Unlike the American editor above, I am not convinced our TV newsrooms are smarter than before. Read more...
 
I&B ministry grants permission for 795 news and non-news channels
Mint (PTI), Jul 9, 2014
A total of 795 television channels have been granted permission by information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry to uplink from the country in the news and non-news categories while 235 applications were still pending for inter-ministerial clearances, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Read more...
 
I&B Min grants permission for 795 news channels
BS (PTI), Jul 9, 2014
A total of 795 television channels have been granted permission by Information and Broadcasting ministry to uplink from the country in the news and non-news categories while 235 applications were still pending for inter-ministerial clearances, Lok Sabha was informed today. Read more...
 
Carlos Slim bows to Mexico telecoms reform
ToI (Reuters), Jul 9, 2014
Billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil has said that it is ready to divest assets in an unprecedented step to cut its market share in Mexican telecoms below 50% and escape the burden of tougher regulations. The company, which controls some 70% of Mexico's mobile market and 80% of the fixed line business, said in a statement its board had decided to sell assets to another company that could boost investment in the sector. Read more...
 
Will Budget Help India Realise Its Broadband Dream?
Businessworld, Jul 9, 2014
Sometime in 2011, in an effort to improve India's teledensity and enable ubiquitious access to the internet for rural India, the government rolled out the ambitious National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) to provide Broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh village Panchayats. This was expected to be completed in 2014 but till earlier this year, only pilot projects in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura had been completed. Read more...
 
Vanita Kohli-Khandekar: Getting on with TV digitisation
BS, Jul 8, 2014
Has digitisation slowed down, stalled or derailed? That is the sense one gets at industry forums or while talking to people within. At a Frost & Sullivan summit on television last month, the lead panel discussion was a tiringly familiar litany of all that is wrong with the way digitisation is being attempted in India. Read more...
 
Sony gets court order to block FIFA content in 200 websites
BS, Jul 8, 2014
Multi Screen Media (MSM), the company that runs sports channel Sony Six and holds the exclusive media rights for the FIFA World Cup in the Indian sub-continent, has secured a court order to block content over 200 websites relating to the ongoing World Cup Football matches. Read more...
 
In finite mode: Limited episode TV shows come to India
Mid-day, Jul 8, 2014
Looks like finally there is going to be some respite from the never-ending saas-bahu sagas that have been dominating the small screen. Winds of change have been blowing slowly with the programming line-up getting out of a soap rut and veering towards fiction-based shows. There is a story all right and, more importantly, a finite end. Read more...
 
Journalists protest in Hyderabad over blocking of channels
Zee News (PTI), Jul 8, 2014
Journalists of two Telugu news channels, accompanied by members of different organisations of the fraternity, took to the streets here on Monday protesting against the blocking of their telecast in Telangana for the past three weeks and demanding immediate lifting of the ban. Read more...
 
Broadband push raises hopes
Mint, Jul 7, 2014
Right to Broadband!” Say again, please. The department of telecom (DoT) is reportedly working on a National Broadband Policy and a Right to Broadband (RTB) to be rolled out in 100 days. The policy aims at high-speed Internet access as a basic right. India already has Right to Information (RTI) and Right to Education (RTE), but no Right to Health. The government reportedly wants to focus on higher broadband penetration as well as convergence of various access and delivery technologies. How timely is this proposed policy focus? Read more...
 
Social media trends for marketers
BS, Jul 7, 2014
The use of visual content (infographics and memes) is set to increase over the next year - 70 per cent of marketers plan to increase their use of these content forms, says a social media marketing report. Read more...
 
More than one-third of ad spends misses target
BS, Jul 7, 2014
Consider this: Of the Rs 30,000-crore total annual advertising, nearly Rs 9,000-crore worth of ad money simply misses achieving its intended objective. In other words, upto 30 per cent of ad and media spends are lost or wasted during advertising, according to a new study, '7 Steps to Unlocking Marketing Effectiveness' by market research company, Nielsen. The study compiled from data collected over two to three years of ad and marketing spends of brands across categories in India, says that the global average of media wastage is between 15 and 30 per cent. India's media wastage is clearly at the upper end of this spectrum. What is leading to spends missing the mark by such a large margin? Read more...
 
Marissa's revenge: Yahoo!, Google, and the future of TV
BS, Jul 7, 2014
Marissa Mayer left Google and took the reins at Yahoo two years ago this summer. Her first two years have focused on rebuilding the organisation, shifting the product focus from PC to mobile, and unlocking the enormous value of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Rumour now has it that Marissa is turning her attention to video, putting the final touches on a YouTube clone to launch in the next few months. Why is online video critical to Yahoo's future, and what does its recent move tell us about the future of TV? Read more...
 
Wearable gadgets could become next ad frontier
BS (Bloomberg), Jul 7, 2014
Even before wearable technology gains widespread popularity, advertising companies are devising ways to deliver marketing messages directly to people who don watches, glasses and headgear that double as computers. Read more...
 
Big ED In The Chair
Outlook, Issue date - Jul 14, 2014
One of the most sinister exchanges in the Niira Radia tapes takes place past 11 pm on June 10, 2009. The then PR diva is having a tense conversation with Manoj Modi, the right-hand man of India’s most powerful businessman, Mukesh Ambani. The top management of conglomerate Reliance Industries—a client of Radia’s PR firm—is upset, very upset. Business magazine Forbes India (published by the then Raghav Bahl-promoted Network 18) had committed, according to the Ambanis, a grave transgression. An irreverent column on the rich and famous, which went by the moniker Insnider, had taken a light-hearted swipe at the children of the RIL chairman. Read more...
 
Govt to bring in 24-hour TV channel for farmers
ToI (PTI), Jul 6, 2014
Farmers will soon have a 24-hour TV channel dedicated to agriculture and related issues, providing the farming community with information related to aspects like weather forecast and seeds. To be named 'DD Kisan', the government and the Prasar Bharati are working on finalising the plans for launching the channel at the earliest. Read more...
 
Nick plans to grow up fast
BS, Jul 6, 2014
On Sunday, July 6, Akshat Singh, the youngest contestant in Viacom18's Hindi general entertainment channel Colors' dance show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, would have been seen by its TV audience in an animated cum live-action dance performance. He had two other characters dancing with him -Nick's Motu and Patlu, from the kids channel's second locally-made show. It is the latest in cross-pollination that Viacom18's kids franchise, Nickelodeon, is using to catch its 'screenager' audience. Read more...
 
Like for like
BS, Jul 6, 2014
What do Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have in common? Well, both posted pictures of their meeting on Thursday on their respective timelines on Facebook, almost at the same time in the afternoon. Read more...
 
Acche din for media deals? Not really
BS, Jul 5, 2014
Is it raining deals in the Rs 83,000-crore Indian media and entertainment (M&E) sector? And, are the Ambani brothers turning out to be the biggest movers and shakers? Funnily enough, no, if one goes by an analysis by VCCEdge, a data service from VCCircle. "Private equity investments into the sector have slowed noticeably," says P V Sahad, founder and editor, VCCircle. Though it looks like mergers and acquisitions are rising, Sahad says it is only the RIL-Network18 deal, which totals well over Rs 3,300 crore, which is skewing the analysis. Read more...
 
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India holds meet on broadcast tariff for commercial subscribers
ET (PTI), Jul 4, 2014
Broadcasting sector regulator TRAI today held consultations with various stakeholders on tariff issues related to broadcasting and cable TV services for commercial subscribers. Among the issues discussed were the definition as to who exactly is a commercial subscriber and the manner of categorisation of such subscribers. Apart from these, the manner of offering broadcast and cable TV services to commercial subscribers and the tariffs were also discussed. Read more...
 
Google hit by 70,000 ‘right to be forgotten’ requests
Mint (AFP), Jul 4, 2014
Google hit by 70,000 ‘right to be forgotten’ requests Reports in Europe late Thursday indicated that Google restored some deleted Guardian story links to search results, indicating that it was refining the right-to-be-forgotten process on the go. Read more...
 
Cable TV network to increase broadband penetration
BS, Jul 4, 2014
According to a recent discussion in the Department of Telecommunications, the Centre is planning to create a policy framework for broadband services providers, permitting them to get into franchisee agreements with cable TV service providers in rural areas. Read more...
 
Modi effect: UP logs on to Twitter, Facebook for governance
BS, Jul 4, 2014
Close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg in New Delhi and dwelling upon the importance of social media in governance, Uttar Pradesh has followed suit. The state government has decided to use popular social media platforms viz. Twitter and Facebook to propagate public welfare schemes and create more awareness about them. Read more...
 
Modi to Sandberg: Facebook can be governance tool
BS, Jul 4, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday discussed with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg about possible ways to use social media platforms for better governance. Modi, the most followed political figure on Facebook after US President Barack Obama, with 19 million followers, said in a post: “Being an avid user of social media myself, I talked about ways through which a platform such as Facebook could be used for governance and better interaction between the people and government.” Read more...
 
Will Raghav Bahl return to Network18 board?
Mint, Jul 3, 2014
There is a strong buzz among Network18 employees that Raghav Bahl, the company’s founder who resigned on 29 May after Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd took control of the media conglomerate, will return as a director. The announcement is to be made at a board meeting scheduled for 7 July at Network18 Media and Investments Ltd, according to two employees of the media company, who declined to be identified. Read more...
 
Google ‘forgets’ stories on BBC, UK newspaper sites
Mint (AFP), Jul 3, 2014
Google has restricted access to a BBC blog posting and several British newspaper stories under a legal ruling granting people a right to be “forgotten” in search engines, it emerged on Thursday. BBC economics editor Robert Peston complained that Google had “killed this example of my journalism” after being informed that a 2007 posting about former Merrill Lynch chairman Stan O’Neal had been removed from certain searches in Europe. Read more...
 
Media and entertainment sector may see more deals: EY survey
Mint, Jul 3, 2014
India is among the top five destinations for global media and entertainment (M&E) firms—for entry as well as diversification—according to a recent survey conducted by consultancy firm EY for the 10th Capital Confidence Barometer: Media and Entertainment. Read more...
 
TV advertisement shows Sikhs as vibrant part of US' cultural tapestry
ET (PTI), Jul 3, 2014
A 30-second ad featuring Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia along side the images of Sikhs around the US is being telecast by a leading cable here to show the community as a vibrant part of America's cultural tapestry and stop turban wearing people from becoming a target of hatred. Read more...
 
UK data regulator probes Facebook over psychological experiment
Mint (Reuters), Jul 2, 2014
The information commissioner’s office (ICO) in the UK is investigating whether Facebook Inc. broke data protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on users of the social network, the Financial Times reported. The data regulator is probing the experiment and plans to ask Facebook questions, the newspaper reported. It was too early to tell exactly what part of the law Facebook may have infringed, the FT quoted a spokesperson for the ICO as saying. Read more...
 
Narendra Modi draws Twitter, Facebook deeper into government
Mint (Reuters), Jul 2, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has permitted Twitter unprecedented access to his administration in a drive to put social media at the heart of government, the US Internet company said. Modi deployed an army of supporters over Twitter and Facebook during his successful election campaign. He has put both the microblogging site and Facebook at the centre of his government’s media and research strategies since taking office a month ago and has asked ministers and lawmakers to follow suit. Read more...
 
Too much TV tied to premature death
Reuters (Journal of the American Heart Association), Jul 2, 2014
Not all sitting is the same, according to a new study from Spain that found adults who watch three or more hours of TV per day may double their risk of early death compared to those who watch less. Read more...
 
Indians spend less on cereals, more on proteins, durables and entertainment
IE, Jul 2, 2014
The average urban Indian keeps 12 per cent of her monthly non-food budget for education, 10 per cent for medicines and 11 per cent for transport. Her rural sister spends a little less on education and transport but spends much more, 14 per cent for medical needs, the latest data on consumption pattern of households brought out by the government shows. Read more...
 
RMW and Prime Focus merge global film and media svcs
BS, Jul 2, 2014
Anil Ambani's Reliance Media Works (RMW) and global media and entertainment industry services provider Prime Focus Ltd. (PFL) have merged their global film and media services business. Read more...
 
Sandberg sees Facebook as new age alternative to TV
HT, Jul 2, 2014
Is Facebook the 21st Century answer to prime-time television? The chief operating officer of the world’s most popular social networking company almost builds a case to suggest that. “I view and desire that Facebook is the best place to connect and communicate,” Sheryl Sandberg told journalists in New Delhi on a three-day tour of India, which she describes as the most important market for the company outside of its native US. Read more...
 
Facebook tinkers with users' emotions in news feed experiment
BS (NYT), Jul 1, 2014
Facebook routinely adjusts its users' news feeds - testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear - often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creating a more alluring and useful product. But last week, Facebook revealed that it had manipulated the news feeds of over half a million randomly selected users to change the number of positive and negative posts they saw. It was part of a psychological study to examine how emotions can be spread on social media. Read more...
 
RIP Orkut! Google to shut down website on 30 September
Mint (PTI), Jul 1, 2014
Orkut, Google Inc.’s first social networking site, will cease to exist after September, with the Internet giant deciding to shut down the service launched 10 years ago. Google said it will shut down Orkut, which is very popular in India and Brazil, on 30 September. Read more...
 
I&B Minister's letter to Telangana CM on channel blackout
BS (PTI), Jul 1, 2014
A news channel of Telangana has complained that it has been blacked out in the state, prompting Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar to write to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao seeking his intervention in the matter. Read more...
 
TV18 launches CNBC BAJAR, India’s 1st Gujarati biz channel
Moneycontrol, Jul 1, 2014
From small-time traders to business leaders, the Gujarati community is India’s most dynamic business community. Born entrepreneurs and risk takers, they have been driving the Indian economy with their ambition and putting India on the global business map. It has always been a part of their DNA to give birth to pioneering business ideas, capitalize on opportunities and create a glorious future. It is for this community that we are launching CNBC BAJAR, India’s first Gujarati Business Channel- A channel that speaks the real language of business. Read more...
June 2014
STAR Plus leads the charts but it's ZEE that rakes in the moolah
BS, Jun 30, 2014
STAR Plus has ruled television ratings in the general entertainment channel (GEC) space for three years with some of the top-rated serials like Diya Aur Baati Hum and Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara. And a close look at the charts suggests STAR India’s primary GEC is in no hurry to vacate the numero-uno spot. However, even as STAR India has chosen the growth-and-innovation strategy to maintain its leadership in ratings, rival ZEE Entertainment network, despite a much smaller revenue, has focused on higher margins and posted a higher net profit. Read more...
 
Pay and productivity
BS, Jun 30, 2014
As an industry we have moved away from the commission-based remuneration model (where the client paid the agency a percentage of the total media spends on the campaign executed by the creative partners) to a retainer model (where the client pays the agency a pre-decided amount on an annual basis). With the new media landscape and the increasing importance of media agnostic integrated communication ideas, the dice is loaded in favour of the retainer model that drives brand ownership, value creation and collaboration. Read more...
 
The growing cult of personalisation
BS, Jun 30, 2014
The age of mobility and digitisation gave us soaring spires and enlightenment, while the industrial age accompanied smoke stacks with mass production. And now with globalisation, we are entering a new era - of mass personalisation of products and services. This has put tremendous power in the hands of the consumer who is now very genuinely the king. Read more...
 
To help Modi gauge public mood, I&B Min watching social media
BS (PTI), Jun 30, 2014
To keep Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed about the mood of the nation, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has begun sending his office an analysis of the latest trends on social media. Sources said the ‘social media wing’ of the I&B ministry has been tasked with monitoring the latest trends as reflected on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Read more...
 
Digitisation: signals not clear yet for cable operators
HBL, Jun 30, 2014
A year into the implementation of digitisation and the cable and broadcast sector sees no clarity in getting its system in place. Although carriage fees have seen a reduction of 15 per cent after the first two phases of digitisation, the delay in implementing other phases has ensured that the promised jump in subscription revenues and average revenue per user has not materialised, according to Multi System Operators (MSO). Read more...
 
After Supreme Court Ruling, Aereo's Rivals in TV Streaming Seize Opening
NDTV (NYT), Jun 30, 2014
The (US) television establishment still has much to worry about after its Supreme Court victory Wednesday over Aereo, the digital startup that had threatened to upend the economics of the media business. "Television is a castle filled with money," said Rishad Tobaccowala, chief strategy and innovation officer at Vivaki, the Publicis Groupe's digital marketing unit. "People are trying to get into that castle and take some money." Read more...
 
Facebook manipulated users emotions in secret study: report
Mint (AFP), Jun 29, 2014
A study detailing how Facebook Inc. secretly manipulated the news feed of some 700,000 users to study “emotional contagion” has prompted anger on social media. For one week in 2012 Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into user news feeds to study how this affected their mood. The study, conducted by researchers affiliated with Facebook, Cornell University, and the University of California at San Francisco, appeared in the 17 June edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more...
 
BJP asks its MPs to tread carefully on social media
BS (PTI), Jun 29, 2014
The impact and reach of social media emerged as the main point of discussion today in the workshop for first-time BJP MPs with several of them seeking the party's help in using online communication tools, even as RSS joined the deliberations. Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar addressed the MPs on social media and media-related issues and told him how to cultivate these platforms to spread their message. Read more...
 
BJP video extols PM's 30 days in office
BS, Jun 29, 2014
In a five-and-a-half-minute video released on social media on Thursday afternoon, the Bharatiya Janata Party listed various steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his first 30 days in office. These included early-morning wake-up calls to ministers, ensuring there was no nepotism in the council of ministers, surprise visits to government offices and bureaucrats being given the freedom to work and the confidence to take decisions. Read more...
 
'Another two years for 4G technology to take off in India'
ET (IANS), Jun 29, 2014
It has been quite some time that the Indian telecom industry is talking about the fourth generation (4G) technology but is the market and the subscribers ready for it? Experts feel it will take another couple of years for 4G to gain steam and become a mass product and the ecosystem around it to mature. Read more...
 
Indian American's Internet TV startup Aereo suspends service
ToI (PTI), Jun 29, 2014
An Indian-American innovator's video streaming service that sought to provide an alternative to traditional TV broadcasters has suspended operations, three days after the US Supreme Court ruled that it violated copyright laws. Read more...
 
Facebook modified news feeds of 689k users for a week
India Today, Jun 29, 2014
A research paper by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published a report which claims that Facebook altered the news feeds of more than 600,000 users for a week without their knowledge to see the impact of positive and negative posts on their feed. Read more...
 
Blocking channels undemocratic, say scribe bodies
The Hindu, Jun 28, 2014
Senior journalists called for a dialogue between the managements of TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyoti and the Multi System Operators (MSOs) to amicably settle the issue of the blocking of these channels in the Telangana area, even as they made it clear that the MSO action was ‘undemocratic’ and would set a ‘dangerous trend’ in the future. Read more...
 
Cable blackout in 15,000 homes
ToI, Jun 28, 2014
Nearly 40 channels — including popular ones like Star TV, Zee TV, Star Jalsha, Zee Bangla, ETC Bangla and Colours — have been blanked out of 15,000 homes in Behala and adjoining areas following an alleged bid in the cable TV industry to drive a multi-service operator out of business. Read more...
 
Govt to classify set-top boxes as telecom equipment to spur production
IE, Jun 28, 2014
Aiming to make the indigenous manufacture of set-top boxes (STBs) a financially viable proposition for their manufacturers, the NDA government — following a little nudge from the Prime Minister’s Office — is all set to classify STBs as Telecom Network Equipment, a move that will exempt STBs from various taxes and duties, bringing down prices, which the government hopes to pass on to consumers. Read more...
 
Around the world with Bollywood
Mint, Jun 27, 2014
Bollywood is in serious globe-trotting mode, popping up in previously unexplored places, settling down for good in established centres such as the Arab belt, the UK, Canada and the US, and revisiting markets that had gone dry over the years. A game that used to be in the hands of independent distributors is being increasingly controlled by A-lister entities such as Yash Raj Films, Eros International Plc, Disney India, B4U, Fox Star Studios and Big Pictures. Read more...
 
China financing Burundi's switch to digital-regulator
Reuters, Jun 27, 2014
China is financing a $40 million project to help Burundi switch to digital broadcasting from analogue by June 2015, according to the small east African nation's telecom regulator. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set June 2015 as the deadline for the migration to switch off analogue broadcasts in several regions of the world, including Africa. China has funded roads and other infrastructure projects in Burundi, a poor landlocked country that relies heavily on tea and coffee exports. Read more...
 
After Aereo, What's Next for Internet TV?
New Indian Express (AP), Jun 27, 2014
The (US) Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone. Americans are still fed up with huge channel bundles, high prices, poor service and the lack of ability to watch all their shows on all their devices. That's part of why Aereo was attractive: It offered a few dozen local broadcast channels and the Bloomberg TV financial channel on multiple devices for just $8 a month. Industry watchers say the pay TV business must continue to evolve to win over unhappy customers, even if the nation's top court said grabbing signals from the airwaves and distributing them online without content-owner permission isn't the way. Read more...
 
Bombay high court adjourns IRS data case to 7 July
Mint, Jun 26, 2014
The Bombay high court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of a plea filed by HT Media Ltd, publisher of the Hindustan Times and Mint newspapers, challenging the decision of the managing committee of the Readership Survey Council of India and the Media Research Users Council (MRUC) to keep the findings of the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2013 in abeyance till 31 March after some media groups questioned the findings of the survey and demanded its withdrawal. The court will hear the case on 7 July. Read more...
 
PMO Facebook page hits 3m ‘likes’ in first month, hints at future of governance
Zee News, Jun 26, 2014
Recently, Modi even gave directions to his ministers to supervise the presence of ministries on social networking sites. Modi has told the ministries to entrust joint secretary level officers with the job of updating the Facebook and Twitter accounts at least in every 15 days. PMO India, the official Facebook page of Prime Minister of India, was made on May 27 and registered more than 4 lakh ‘likes’ in just four days. A month after its launch, the official Facebook page of the PMO has attracted over 3.04 million ‘likes’ and more than 6.84 lakh users are talking about it. Read more...
 
Indian women have control over the TV remote: Croma survey
BS (PTI), Jun 26, 2014
Indian women not just rule the roost at home but have control over the TV remote as well says a Croma survey. Read more...
 
Telecom subscribers up by 2.81 mn in April: TRAI
BS (IANS), Jun 26, 2014
The number of telecom subscribers in India went up by 2.81 million in April, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said Thursday. The total number of telecom subscribers stood at 935.81 million at the end of April, the data showed. Read more...
 
Watching TV for three or more hours everyday can cause premature death, says study
India Today (IANS), Jun 26, 2014
If you watch television for three hours or more everyday, you may die prematurely. A new study by the American Heart Association conducted a study on 13,284 young Spanish university graduates to find out the link between three kinds of stationary behaviour abd risk of death: computer accessing, watching television and viewing television, Xinhua reported. Read more...
 
‘NRI’s digital TV start-up illegal’
ToI, Jun 26, 2014
In a landmark ruling with profound consequences for newer media technology, the US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the start-up streaming service Aereo, founded by Indian-American tech entrepreneur Chet Kanojia, was violating copyright laws by capturing signals mid-air with its thumb-sized antennas and delivering them to subscribers for a fee. Read more...
 
Sony to buy Britain’s CSC media group in TV network push
Mint (Reuters), Jun 26, 2014
Sony Corp’s movie and TV unit will snap up Britain’s CSC media network, adding to a string of acquisitions by the Japanese company to shift its focus from movies to higher-margin television programming. Read more...
 
Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court
Reuters, Jun 26, 2014
Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet. In a decision that could crimp consumers' hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc, a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law by using tiny antennas to broadcast TV content online to paying subscribers. Wednesday's 6-3 decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, is a victory for traditional broadcasters such as CBS Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC, Walt Disney Co's ABC, and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox. Read more...
 
Consultation on media laws paper extended
Mint, Jun 25, 2014
The Law Commission of India has extended the last date for feedback on its media laws consultation paper to 15 August, an official at the commission said on condition of anonymity. The consultation paper, which was released in May, covers a wide range of issues including paid news, opinion polls, social media, ownership of media, trial by media and decriminalizing defamation. Read more...
 
Talking Media Switched off channels, stranded students
Mint, Jun 25, 2014
Two Gyandarshan channels run by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and two others run by Indian Institutes of Technology and the University Grants Commission were switched off the satellite they were on by the Indian Space Research Organisation, leaving some 3 million plus registered open university students and lakhs of school students without the 24-hour education telecasts and radio programmes they have been receiving since 2000. Only the Times of India bothered to write about it. And nobody has even picked up from it. Delhi’s 200,000 college aspirants and the tiny subset of that which aspires’s to admission in St Stephen’s College are what count in our media universe. A fifth of all students enrolled in higher education study through open learning institutions; they are the faceless millions doing correspondence courses. They learn out of their homes and the closest they would get to supplementary curricular material are the Gyandarshan and Gyanvani telecasts and broadcasts. (the latter is a radio channel accessible over DTH to those who get Gyandarshan1.) Gyandarshan1 was a must carry channel for every TV platform in the country, cable or DTH, until it disappeared from all platforms on 4 June. Read more...
 
Aereo survival imperiled as court rules copyrights violated
Mint (Bloomberg), Jun 25, 2014
The US Supreme Court dealt what is likely to be a fatal blow to Aereo Inc and its dream of transforming the television industry, ruling that the Barry Diller-backed Internet startup is violating broadcasters’ copyrights. The 6-3 ruling is a triumph for broadcast companies, including Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, 21st Century Fox Inc, Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and CBS Corp. They said Aereo was threatening the underpinnings of the industry by selling programming online without paying licensing fees. Aereo sought to give consumers a new way to watch broadcast TV without buying the packages offered by cable and satellite companies. Read more...
 
Now That Aereo Is Dead, Here Are The Best Ways To Watch TV Without Paying For Cable
Business Insider, Jun 25, 2014
Aereo, a TV streaming service, was declared illegal by the Supreme Court. Aereo charged $8 a month to stream broadcast stations like CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. It also gave users an option to DVR shows from those networks. It would have been a decent alternative to paying for TV if it were legal. Now that it's toast, what can you do if you're a consumer who wants to see TV but doesn't want to pay a giant monthly bill? Read more...
 
AT&T tells lawmakers DirecTV deal won't guarantee lower prices
Reuters, Jun 25, 2014
The chief executives of the No. 2 wireless carrier and the largest U.S. satellite TV service provider testified about their proposed $48.5 billion deal at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and said the scale the merger would allow them to save on the high costs of negotiating rights to video content. But there were some tough reactions in Washington. "I am very, very skeptical as a senator, not just as a consumer," senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said at a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel. Blumenthal asked AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson whether he could commit to pass on the savings from lower content fees to consumers dollar-for-dollar. "No sir, I can't," Stephenson said, but added he hoped the merger would result in slower price increases for consumers. Read more...
 
Small broadcasters most affected by Trai's regulation: Rajesh Kaul
BT, Jun 24, 2014
The Trai regulation against content aggregators bundling and selling channels of more than one network has led to the closure of content aggregation companies such as MediaPro (which was a joint venture between Star India and Zee Entertainment). More recently, Walt Disney India dissolved its partnership with IndiaCast, which is the distribution arm of Viacom 18. Walt Disney will now has to take care of its own distribution. In contrast, TheOneAlliance, the distribution arm of Multi Screen Media, which also distributes the Discovery bouquet of channels, has announced that it has no intention of dissolving its alliance. Rajesh Kaul, President, TheOneAlliance, explains why to BUSINESS TODAY. Read more...
 
The Reliance-Network18 affair
BS, Jun 24, 2014
Last month, control of Raghav Bahl's Rs 2,692-crore Network18 was passed on totally to the Independent Media Trust (IMT). It is controlled by the Rs 401,302-crore Reliance Industries (RIL), which Mukesh Ambani heads. In 2012, IMT funded the merger of a debt-ridden Network18 and Ramoji Rao's Ushodaya Enterprises, which owns ETV. Since then, the speculation on a takeover by Reliance and its ramifications has been endless. Read more...
 
Audience is the king: TV channels drop hosts who can’t impress
HT, Jun 24, 2014
The contests might rigged, but the fate of reality show hosts sure seems to be in the hands of audiences. Or so reveals the new trend of TV show anchors going off screen overnight after  -negative feedback from viewers. Read more...
 
What's the hash? Why hashtags for TV shows matter
ET (AP), Jun 24, 2014
(In the US) During fresh episodes of ``Pretty Little Liars,'' the marketing and publicity teams at ABC Family huddle in a conference room to tweet live with fans. So do cast members and the show's producers from where and when they can _ and the dialogue often pays off. Nielsen's Twitter tracking division said ``PLL'' is the top-tweeted show and ranked No. 1 for the week of June 16-22. Read more...
 
Broadband network target for FY15 likely to be halved, USOF tells Ravi Shankar Prasad
ET, Jun 24, 2014
The central government may be preparing to declare broadband connectivity a fundamental right, but the key project for taking high-speed internet to the hinterlands, national optic fibre network, is running far behind its target. The Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF), which is funding the national optic fibre network (NOFN) project, has informed telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that the broadband coverage target for 2014-15 "will be halved", an official said. Read more...
 
Media-wary HRD minister
BS, Jun 24, 2014
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani has made it a point to keep the media at arm's length ever since the controversy over her educational qualifications erupted. In fact, Irani has, till date, not had a formal press meet. Read more...
 
TRAI starts consultation process on unregulated services
ET (PTI), Jun 23, 2014
Broadcasting sector regulator TRAI has begun a consultation process to create a regulatory framework for certain specific services that are provided by cable TV, DTH and IPTV operators on their platforms which they do not obtain from broadcasters and are presently largely unregulated. In its consultation paper, TRAI explained that TV channel distribution platforms like cable operators, Multi-System operators, Direct to Home (DTH), Headend in the Sky (HITS) or IPTV primarily re-transmit TV channels permitted by I&B Ministry. Read more...
 
Cable TV digitisation fails to identify no of viewers: Report
BS (PTI), Jun 23, 2014
Digitisation of cable television in India has been unable to achieve the desired result of identifying actual number of viewers with local operators not following a key step of filling cable access form (CAF), according to a study by consulting firm Deloitte. The cable operators, in a haste to install STBs (set top boxes) have overlooked a crucial step that of filling in the cable access form (CAF) before it, the report said. Read more...
 
Inside the Network18 takeover
Mint, Jun 23, 2014
“I am quitting,” Bahl said. “Reliance wants to take over.” The words hung over the meeting; silence reigned for a while. “Why?” someone asked. “They want to take over,” replied Bahl. “They are completely within their rights to do it. So I have decided to move on. They made an offer that I could continue as a minority shareholder, but I have decided to exit.” Two days later, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) announced that it would spend Rs.4,000 crore to take complete control of Network18, the company Bahl founded in 1993, in the biggest takeover in India’s media industry and followed it up with an open offer to the public. Read more...
 
MSM Motion Pictures announces their next venture 'PIKU'
BS, Jun 23, 2014
Multi Screen Media India PVT Ltd's film production arm MSM Motion Pictures will be joining hands with Saraswati Entertainment Creations Limited (SECL) and Shoojit Sircarand Ronnie Lahiri's Rising Sun Films for their next feature film 'Piku'. Read more...
 
Extra caution
BS, Jun 23, 2014
Once accessible even without prior appointment, officials in the ministry of urban development are now shying away from the media. When a journalist presented her visiting card recently, the personal secretary of a senior official nodded regretfully: “Media not allowed.” Read more...
 
World Where mobile breaks barriers
BS, Jun 22, 2014
If you travel across Gondwana, you can find mobile phones in single-digit numbers per village. Mobiles are mostly switched off or used only to make calls and hardly used to receive calls. Many areas do not receive electricity to charge phones or are not covered by mobile signals. In some places, there are fixed spots for charging phones and identified areas where signals are available. In the past few years, Gondwana, its people and the Gondi language have become the subject of an in-depth exploration for Shubhranshu Chowdhary. Many know Chowdhary as the former BBC journalist who runs CGnet Swara, a website which beams the voices of Gondis. Read more...
 
Pakistan bans, imposes fine on 2 channels
Deccan Chronicle (PTI), Jun 22, 2014
Pakistan has temporarily banned two private television channels, including one of the Geo TV network, and imposed a fine of Rs 10 million on them for airing blasphemous content and ridiculing the judiciary. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the official media watchdog, suspended the licences of Geo Entertainment for 30 days and ARY News for 15 days for overstepping the laws of the state regulator. Read more...
 
Kisan TV channel likely to be launched soon
HBL (PTI), Jun 22, 2014
Doordarshan could soon launch a channel devoted exclusively to farmers and agriculture with public broadcaster Prasar Bharati actively considering such a proposal. It is learnt that consultations are already underway for the launch of a 24-hour agriculture-based channel which could leverage the expertise Doordarshan has in creating programmes for farmers and rural audiences and telecast them to a wider audience. Read more...
 
Ambani calls for lasting reforms
BS, Jun 20, 2014
India will become a digital superpower in the coming years, according to Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries (RIL). Speaking at the 106th annual general meeting of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) in Mumbai on Thursday, Ambani said India’s growth was unstoppable as the middle class now had solid discretionary income, which attracted investment from across the world. “India now has the power to drive the sub-continent,” he said. Read more...
 
Indian music gets 10% revenue from caller tunes abroad
BS, Jun 21, 2014
Just as Indian films have started making their presence felt on the foreign box office, Indian film content and music is catching on among mobile subscribers of international telecom operators. The Indian music sector earns eight-10 per cent of its revenue by providing content to global telecom companies. A FICCI-KPMG media and entertainment report pegs the Indian music sector at Rs 960 crore. Read more...
 
Media freedom curtailed during UPA regime: Javadekar
Mint (PTI), Jun 21, 2014
Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday that “Emergency mindset” continued during the UPA regime that curtailed media freedom in the country. “After I became the I&B minister, I was reviewing pending files in my ministry. I noticed that while many TV channels had got permissions to start operations, one proposal had been rejected... I checked the home ministry’s report to find out the cause... I was shocked to see that the channel’s proposal was rejected because one of the director’s father was an RSS member,” Javadekar said, speaking to reporters at a function. Read more...
 
World Cup television coverage breaks viewing records: FIFA
Mint (Reuters), Jun 21, 2014
Japan’s clash against Ivory Coast was one of the most viewed games of the 2014 World Cup so far as television coverage shattered a host of records during the first round of group matches, FIFA said on Friday. As many as 34.1 million viewers in Japan watched the team’s 2-1 defeat by the Ivorians on the NHK channel at 10 am local time, while 42.9 million in Brazil saw the hosts beat Croatia 3-1 in the tournament’s opener on TV Globo. Read more...
 
Javadekar open to non-AIR news on FM radio
BS, Jun 20, 2014
Following a close-door interaction with 35-odd chief executives and other senior executives from the media and entertainment sector spanning almost two hours Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, promised a stable policy regime with transparency and a time-bound mechanism to redress issues affecting the sector. Read more...
 
Sony Six moves Delhi HC over infringement of Fifa streaming rights
Mint (PTI), Jun 20, 2014
MSM Satellite Pvt. Ltd, which owns Sony Six, the authorized broadcaster for Fifa World Cup 2014, on Friday moved the Delhi high court contending its exclusive rights to stream matches of the tournament on the internet are being infringed by certain websites. Read more...
 
Advisory on social media for Hindi-speaking states only: MHA
Mint, Jun 20, 2014
The government said on Friday that an order pertaining to the use of Hindi on social media was only applicable to Hindi-speaking states, moving to defuse a potential controversy. Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said the government circular of 27 May was based on an earlier circular of 10 March, when the present Bharatiya Janata Party-led government was not in power. Read more...
 
Google considering investment in new subsea cable -WSJ
Reuters (WSJ), Jun 20, 2014
Google Inc is considering an investment in a new cable across the Pacific Ocean, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter. The move comes as technology companies send an increasing amount of traffic across private networks, the report said. Read more...
 
Broadcast secy: FM radio auctions may begin in Oct, conclude by Dec
Free Press Journal, Jun 20, 2014
The FM radio auction is likely to start by October and will most likely be completed by December, information and broadcasting secretary Bimal Julka said. Julka said the process of selection of the e-auctioneer is underway, and will over likely by month-end. “We are already working on the e-auctioneer, and expect to finish the process by the end of the month. I think we should begin the actual auctions in October and the process should be over by December,” Julka said at a media industry event where information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar was also present. Read more...
 
National Press Centre Vs National Media Centre: A tale of two regimes
BS, Jun 19, 2014
It's yet another tale of changing regimes and taking credit for a work. The state-of-the-art National Media Centre (NMC), inaugurated by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 24 last year, got a new addition to its façade on Tuesday. The entrance to the NMC now sports a black stone stating the "foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 5, 2001". At that time, it was called the National Press Centre. Incidentally, the plaque carrying Manmohan's name was mounted on a moveable stand and used to be placed at the reception area. Now, it has been removed. Read more...
 
Mobile problem
BS, Jun 19, 2014
A leading tyre company was rocked recently when a raunchy video featuring its dealers and foreign dancers made its way into the social media. The video, shot in Madhya Pradesh, was taken at a dealers' party organised by the company in a five-star hotel. Read more...
 
CPJ expresses concern over new restrictions on journalists in China
BS (PTI), Jun 19, 2014
A US-based media watchdog has expressed concern over the new restrictions imposed on journalists in China, saying it undermines the role of media. "The restrictions made public today are part of a much larger government crackdown aimed at suppressing criticism of any subject deemed harmful by the government of President Xi Jinping to its own interests," Bob Dietz, Asia program coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), alleged. "It effectively undermines the watchdog role of the media by threatening to punish any journalist or media organisation reporting news that has not been approved by the government," he said. Read more...
 
Private FM radio may be allowed to broadcast news
Mint (PTI), Jun 19, 2014
Government on Thursday indicated it may allow private FM radio to broadcast news with channels having an option of picking content from “three-four” sources and not just the All India Radio bulletins as proposed earlier. Read more...
 
China to spend $163 mln a year to support movie industry
Reuters, Jun 19, 2014
The Chinese government will spend 1 billion yuan ($163 million) a year to support the domestic movie industry, including producing films and funding the construction of digital cinemas, state media said on Thursday. The money will go to help produce five to 10 films a year and build the cinemas mostly in the poorer centre and west of the country, the official Xinhua news agency said. Read more...
 
I&B ministry committed to helping turn media industry worth $100 billion in 10 years: Javdekar
ToI, Jun 19, 2014
In his first major interaction with the top decision makers in the media industry, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javdekar endorsed the vision of turning the industry into $100 billion worth in a decade and said the government would be a "partner in progress". Javdekar made the commitment at the CII CEOs roundtable on media and entertainment. Read more...
 
Reliance Communications' unit starts work on $200 million Mumbai-Singapore undersea cable
ET, Jun 19, 2014
A Reliance Communications' unit Thursday said that it has started work on a Mumbai to Singapore undersea cable which will cost about $200 million (Rs 1200 crore), a quarter of which will be spent by the company and rest by three more partners. Read more...
 
Javadekar Asks TV Channels to Mull How Viewers Can Benefit
New Indian Express (PTI), Jun 19, 2014
Pointing to the increase in revenue base of TV channels due to digitisation drive, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today asked broadcasters to think of ways in which this could benefit the viewers possibly by a cut in subscription. Speaking at a 'CEOs Roundtable on Media & Entertainment' organised by CII here, Javadekar said that as a "trade-off" for the benefits to the broadcasting industry because of digitisation, the government wants it to think how the consumer can gain. Read more...
 
Watching violence on TV may alter your brain
Deccan Chronicle (PTI), Jun 19, 2014
Young adult men who watch more violence on television show indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning, according to a new study. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine used psychological testing and MRI scans to measure mental abilities and volume of brain regions in 65 healthy males with normal IQ between the age of 18 and 29. Read more...
 
Taj Television to distribute Zee, Turner channels
Mint, Jun 18, 2014
Taj Television India Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), will distribute over 47 leading television channels belonging to ZEEL, Zee Media Corp. Ltd and Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. The agency will also distribute Zindagi, a recently-launched general entertainment channel. Read more...
 
North Indian invasion on the south silver-screen
Deccan Chronicle, Jun 18, 2014
The dubbed Malayalam versions of popular Hindi television shows such as Balika Vadhu and Saraswatichandra have found themselves a niche audience in Kerala. With the exception of bhakthi serials, local television artistes aren’t too happy about dubbed Hindi serials eating into their already limited screen space. Read more...
 
DTH companies seek relief from multiple taxes
BS, Jun 18, 2014
With the change in government at the Centre, direct-to-home (DTH) operators are hopeful of getting some respite from the multi-layer taxes they have to pay. On behalf of the six private DTH players, Dish TV has appealed to finance minister Arun Jaitley and information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar for an audience to discuss the issue. Read more...
 
U.S. Senate panel scolds TV's Dr. Oz over diet claims
Reuters, Jun 18, 2014
A U.S. Senate panel probing bogus diet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task on Tuesday for touting weight-loss products on his syndicated television show. Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, the chairwoman of the Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, said Oz had a role in perpetuating weight-loss fraud through his show. Read more...
 
Facebook challenges TV for brand dollars with smarter campaigns
ET (Reuters), Jun 17, 2014
Lacking the millions of dollars it costs to broadcast a Super Bowl ad, Britain's Newcastle Brown Ale gate-crashed the biggest advertising event in the United States by creating an archetypal big budget campaign that it never intended to run on television. The Heineken-owned brand's beer commercials, which poked fun at the marketing tactics of rivals advertising in the American football championship game, ran on Facebook and Google's YouTube instead. Read more...
 
Cablemen block TV9, ABN Andhra Jyothy
Deccan Chronicle, Jun 17, 2014
Telangana Cable TV operators have decided to halt the transmission of TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyothy channels in T-state indefinitely for allegedly attacking the T-language and dialect and for insulting the T-Assembly and its legislators besides broadcasting malicious propaganda against the T-government. Read more...
 
Content on YouTube show hackers selling stolen credit cards
Mint (Bloomberg), Jun 17, 2014
A review of content on Google Inc.’s YouTube service turned up dozens of videos selling stolen credit card data, according to an Internet-safety research group trying to shed more light on an $18 billion illicit industry. Read more...
 
Apple settles e-books antitrust case with states, consumers
Mint (Bloomberg), Jun 17, 2014
Apple Inc. reached a settlement with US states and consumers seeking damages over the company’s fixing of electronic book prices, avoiding a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims. Read more...
 
Ajit Balakrishnan: So, what's news?
BS, Jun 16, 2014
At no time in recent history have journalists and journalism been as much of a threatened species as they are today. This is true irrespective of whether they work for a daily newspaper or a magazine, a news radio station or a news TV channel, or even a news website - in New York, London, Paris, Mumbai or Delhi. Read more...
 
What is new age marketing?
Mint, Jun 16, 2014
Ever thought of reaching out to truck drivers in UP and Bihar through WhatsApp? While conventional thinking says you need to use billboards because they drive on highways, or advertise in the vernacular press, or release television ads that they watch in dhabas, ‘new age marketing’ says you need to go beyond and see what else they own, says Karthik Srinivasan, national lead, Social@Ogilvy at Ogilvy and Mather. Read more...
 
Marketers prefer YouTube, Pinterest over Facebook
BS (Strategist), Jun 16, 2014
According to a report by Social Media Examiner, there is growing trend towards using (or planning to use) visual content on more traditional platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and an uptake in using visually-based platforms such as Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram. Read more...
 
Iranian veil site gets half million 'likes' and state TV rebuke
Reuters, Jun 16, 2014
When Masih Alinejad posted a picture of herself online jumping in the air in a sunny, tree-lined London street, the journalist hoped to cheer up readers weary of her stories of grim human rights cases in her native Iran. She did not expect what followed: a Facebook phenomenon that gained half a million followers in a month and scathing, personal criticism by Iranian state television, accusing her of drug addiction, perversion and insanity. Read more...
 
New technology shows who is using your data online
ET (PTI), Jun 15, 2014
MIT researchers have developed a new technology that tracks how your private data is used online. Researchers in the Decentralized Information Group (DIG) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are developing a protocol they call "HTTP with Accountability," or HTTPA, which will automatically monitor the transmission of private data and allow the data owner to examine how it's being used. Read more...
 
Film and Television Institute of India to guide police in making videos against social media menace
DNA, Jun 15, 2014
Devising an innovative way to beat the rising menace of social media and cyber crime in spreading communal tensions, city police have decided to circulate positive messages by videos and posters of their own as well as screen them in theatres across the city (Pune). Read more...
 
Beware! Facebook is Always Watching You
Indiatimes (Reuters), Jun 14, 2014
While Facebook has long maintained internal profiles of users based on the comments they make and the posts that they "like" within its social network, the company will now flesh out those profiles with information based on some of the external websites and mobile apps its members use, a move that could further inflame concerns about how it treats personal privacy. Read more...
 
TRS chief takes on TV channel, Telugu daily
The Hindu, Jun 14, 2014
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao took a serious objection to a programme beamed in TV9 news channel, which he said, had crossed all limits of decency and had, in fact, used abusive and derogatory language against the elected members of the Telangana Legislative Assembly. He said such reportage warranted moving a privilege motion in the House. Read more...
 
Govt kickstarts work on broadband connectivity to villages
ToI, Jun 13, 2014
Moving ahead with its plans of creating a "broadband highway" across the country, the inter-ministerial telecom commission approved a revised strategy for kickstarting the ambitious National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) that plans to provide broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through nearly 6 lakh km of optic fibre by March, 2017. Read more...
 
Indian Readership Survey foxes media industry
ET, Jun 13, 2014
Much has been written about anomalies in the 2013 round of the IRS, India's largest and only readership survey, the findings of which are currently barred from release by a Delhi High Court order. For the uninitiated, here are the highlights — readership of most newspapers is less than their circulation; publications are fast vanishing from their strongholds; and there are large chunks of "readers" in the survey who claim to be "illiterates". Read more...
 
‘Telangana should have a TV channel of its own’
The Hindu, Jun 13, 2014
The Telangana Television Development Forum on Thursday urged the government to start a new channel to help local talent showcase its potential and mirror the history, culture and traditions of the new State. Read more...
 
Entertainment tax for only one TV set per home now
IE, Jun 13, 2014
The revenue department Thursday brought in an amendment to the Maharashtra Entertainment Tax Act 2014, allowing those owning more than one set-top box and TV set in their homes to pay the entertainment tax just once. While the tax levied in Mumbai is Rs 45 per month, it is Rs 30 and Rs 15 for smaller towns and rural areas, respectively. Read more...
 
Trai Seeks Views on Broadcasting and Cable TV 'Commercial Subscriber' Tariffs
NDTV (PTI), Jun 12, 2014
Broadcasting sector regulator Trai has initiated a consultation process to discuss with stakeholders tariff issues related to broadcasting and cable TV services for "commercial subscribers". Read more...
 
‘Modi played a key role in expansion of Twitter in India’
The Hindu (PTI), Jun 12, 2014
Describing the just concluded Lok Sabha elections as a microcosm of the best of Twitter in India, the social media giant has now set the ambitious target of reaching out to every citizen of the country. In the just concluded elections, wherein Twitter very often became the source of news for millions of people, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading from the front, Twitter experienced a phenomenal growth. Read more...
 
New crackdown on media in Sri Lanka
The Hindu (AFP), Jun 12, 2014
Sri Lankan media rights activists on Wednesday accused the government of a new crackdown against reporters. Dozens of pro-government supporters broke up an investigative journalism training workshop at the weekend, said Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) which organised the training. Read more...
 
AT&T defends DirecTV deal to U.S. regulators
Reuters, Jun 12, 2014
AT&T Inc's acquisition of DirecTV would offer consumers access to video in a variety of media and give the company scale to compete with larger cable competitors, AT&T told U.S. regulators on Wednesday. AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier, outlined why its proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of the largest U.S. satellite TV provider would benefit consumers in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, which will examine whether the merger is in the public interest. Read more...
 
Media ownership blues
Mint, Jun 11, 2014
The past fortnight has been an educative one. It underscored the triumph of media proprietors over media stars and demonstrated that the latter are dispensable, and that owning a stake is no protection. Investors have the ambition to become owners and will move in at the right time. Similarly, media owners have succession plans. Read more...
 
Trai suggests dual tariffs for commercial cable TV
Mint, Jun 11, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Wednesday suggested dual tariffs in cable television services for commercial establishments like hotels, hospitals and malls. Read more...
 
Indian youth find Twitter ‘complex’ to use: TCS survey
Mint (PTI), Jun 11, 2014
The social media savvy Indian youth stays hooked onto Facebook for hours, but it is Twitter’s “complexity” that has hampered popularity of the microblogging site, a survey by India’s largest software services firm, Tata Consultancy Services, said on Wednesday. Read more...
 
Ahmedabad teenagers top the charts in social media usage
FE (PTI), Jun 11, 2014
As per a latest 'GenY Survey' done by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) across 14 Indian cities, Ahmedabad's school-going teenagers emerged as 'hyper connected', as they topped the charts in using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and relatives. The survey concluded that Facebook usage in Ahmedabad city by teenagers is among the highest in the country. Read more...
 
Media-darling Infosys fights bad press
BS, Jun 11, 2014
Infosys, the country's second biggest information technology company, going through a troubled leadership transition, has sent legal notices to three Indian newspapers for the first time in its history since seven entrepreneurs, including N R Narayana Murthy, set it up. Read more...
 
Cable TV operators fleece consumers
ToI, Jun 11, 2014
Out of the 1,117 local cable operators in Madurai about 40% violate the government norms on tariff. They collect exorbitant fare from consumers for new cable connection as well as for monthly subscription. Moreover, consumers are not provided proper receipt for payment, said residents here. Read more...
 
Plan your digital detox
Mint, Jun 10, 2014
Digital detox is not a new concept. The US, with its penchant for creating “days” for everything, has even come up with the National Day of Unplugging—a 24-hour period starting from sundown on the first Friday of March to sundown of Saturday. This is the fifth year of the project run by the non-profit Reboot, which aims to get people to “embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest”.  Read more...
 
Mobile and social media drive regional language content
BS, Jun 9, 2014
Google, though was the first internet platform to offer Hindi translation to its users as early as 2007, Facebook took to Hindi in 2009 and Twitter allowed users to upload and read feeds in Hindi in 2011, it is only now that users are actually using Hindi more. Experts are saying this is primarily due to increase penetration of mobile phones and access of social media. Adoption and use of local languages is key for internet adoption in the country. The reason being, the literacy rate in India is 76%. Of this only 10% speak and write English. Remaining 66% are literate in their local languages. Read more...
 
Social media should unite rather than divide: Javadekar
BS (PTI), Jun 9, 2014
Freedom of speech comes with responsibility and activities on social media should unite rather than divide, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said today against the backdrop of murder of an techie in Pune. "Freedom of speech & expression comes with responsibility. #SocialMedia activities should b(e) for Unity & Peace;Never for dividing Society," Javadekar tweeted. Read more...
 
Government should not control media: Prakash Javadekar
Mint (PTI), Jun 9, 2014
Information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar believes that government should not exercise control over media, days after he remarked that he was “philosophically” or “ideologically” willing to work towards the abolition of I&B ministry. Read more...
 
Ajit Pawar wants social media banned, RR Patil says no such plans
Mint, Jun 9, 2014
Maharashtra deputy chief minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, Ajit Pawar, on Monday called for a ban on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter and instant messaging service WhatsApp “on the lines of China”. However, his senior party colleague and home minister R.R. Patil stepped in to say the government had no such plans. Read more...
 
As challenges for magazines persist, Time begins anew
Mint (Reuters), Jun 9, 2014
Time Inc., the magazine company that is home to People, Sports Illustrated and Time, will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday as print-based companies face serious hurdles. Led by chief executive Joe Ripp, Time is spinning off from its parent Time Warner Inc. and will operate as a stand-alone public company no longer buffered by its lucrative cousins, pay-TV channel HBO or movie studio Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Read more...
 
Fifa World Cup marketing on digital overdrive
Mint, Jun 9, 2014
As you pull out of the Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, neatly arranged billboards lined one after another come into sight. The city will host the opening ceremony of the World Cup, as well as the opening game and a semi-final down the line. But the 30km drive from the airport to the city centre features only eight billboards related to the tournament. There is a reason for this absence of traditional advertisement, and to understand that, you need to go online. Viral videos, static digital banners and box advertisements, contests, cola promotions, insurance offers and footballers asking you to start banking with the best in Brazil bombard you. Read more...
 
Govt looking to enact law to stop attacks on press: Prakash Javadekar
Mint (PTI), Jun 8, 2014
The Narendra Modi government at the Centre is committed towards ensuring a free press and will look into the possibility of introducing a central law to prevent attacks on journalists, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said here. Read more...
 
Google and Facebook must meet privacy rules: EU
Deccan Chronicle (Reuters), Jun 8, 2014
Companies based outside the European Union must meet Europe's data protection rules, ministers agreed on Friday, although governments remain divided over how to enforce them on companies operating across the bloc. The agreement to force Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to abide by EU-wide rules is a first step in a wider reform package to tighten privacy laws - an issue that has gained prominence following revelations of US spying in Europe. Vodafone's disclosure on Friday of the extent of telephone call surveillance in European countries showed the practice is not limited to the United States. Read more...
 
Govt to restructure Doordarshan along BBC lines: Javadekar
Mint (Reuters), Jun 7, 2014
India’s new government sought to ease concerns that freedom of expression is under threat on Saturday, promising to strengthen the independence of the state-run broadcaster and to consider allowing more foreign investment in Indian media. Read more...
 
Pak suspends Geo TV over spy agency row
HT, Jun 6, 2014
Pakistan has suspended the licence of its premier news channel, Geo News, for 15 days and imposed a Rs. 1-crore fine, at a time when the channel's detractors had demanded for it to be shut down. On Friday, broadcast media regulator Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) announced its decision. Read more...
 
June 18 deadline for removing illegal cables
The Hindu, Jun 6, 2014
The Chennai Corporation has sent notices to all cable TV operators and internet service providers, directing them to fix tags supplied after registering themselves with the civic body. Service providers have received tokens from the Chennai Corporation for 2,000 km of cables to be tagged. Services offered through illegal cables of telecom service providers and cable TV operators are likely to be disrupted after June 18 in a number of neighbourhoods. Read more...
 
Amid bad press, SP appoints 6 new spokespersons
IE, Jun 6, 2014
The Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to appoint a team of six leaders to represent the state government on various issues before print and electronic media. Read more...
 
The political economy of the mainstream media
Mint, Jun 5, 2014
The role of the media in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in India has been widely debated. Each political group believes that reportage, in general, is skewed in favour of the rival group. Even when there is a fair amount of press freedom, the government may manipulate the press by maintaining a patronage relationship with the media. It is, therefore, important to understand the underlying mechanism of media slant and its impact on political outcomes. Read more...
 
Right to be forgotten poses a legal dilemma in India
Mint, Jun 5, 2014
Medianama.com has become perhaps the first Indian website to be asked by an individual to remove a link, failing which the user would approach Google Inc. to delete the link under the “right to be forgotten” provision granted by a European court. There’s one hitch: India doesn’t have any legal provision to entertain or process such request. In his request to the media website, the individual cited a landmark 13 May judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU), which said users could ask search engines like Google or Bing to remove links to web pages that contain information about them. Read more...
 
Jayalalithaa seeks DAS license for Arasu Cable TV
BS, Jun 5, 2014
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has sought the central government to review the matter related to issuance of Digital Addressable System (DAS) license to the State-run Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV). She also alleged that the previous UPA government did not issue the license "only to facilitate particular private business interests, as other licenses were issued at the same time". Read more...
 
Servers abroad used to make offensive Facebook posts, says Mumbai cyber crime investigation cell
ToI, Jun 5, 2014
Investigators probing the objectionable posts on a social networking site that led to widespread protests in Mumbai and Pune have found that they were made using proxy servers in certain foreign countries. But cyber experts told the police that posts could have originated in India and routed through various locations abroad to mislead the police. The cyber crime investigation cell, which took over the probe into the objectionable pictures of warrior king Shivaji and late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray posted on Facebook, traced the IP addresses of the computers to Saudi Arabia and Romania, said sources. Read more...
 
Google launches Street View in Greece
ToI (AP), Jun 5, 2014
Google launched its Street View map service in Greece on Thursday after winning approval from the country's privacy authority, which had blocked the ground-level map application five years ago. Company officials said the service went live after "extensive and detailed" negotiations with the country's Data Protection Authority, which last year lifted objections made to the project in 2009. Read more...
 
Chinese media calls for ‘severe punishment’ for Google, Apple, US tech firms
Mint (Reuters), Jun 4, 2014
Chinese state media lashed out at Google Inc., Apple Inc. and other US technology companies on Wednesday, calling on Beijing “to punish severely the pawns” of the US government for monitoring China and stealing secrets. US companies such as Yahoo Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. threaten the cyber security of China and its Internet users, said the People’s Daily on its microblog, in comments echoed on the front page of the English-language China Daily. Read more...
 
With a mobile billion users, Facebook hopes for the next big surge from India
ET, Jun 4, 2014
On Facebook, India's user base is second only to the US having touched 100-million in April this year; and it seems likely to steal a lead in the future. No surprise then, that the brand has big plans for India where it's seen a magical rise from an 8 million user base when it started operations in 2010. Read more...
 
TV coverage of environment news less than one percent
BS (IANS), Jun 3, 2014
There is a dearth of environment coverage on Indian TV channels with the coverage since 2009 showing a sharp decline, said a study ahead of World Environment Day June 5. Read more...
 
Shekhar Gupta named vice-chairman of India Today Group
Mint, Jun 3, 2014
Journalist Shekhar Gupta has been appointed vice-chairman and editor-in-chief at India Today Group after resigning from The Indian Express newspaper. Read more...
 
Turkey lifts block on access to YouTube - official
Reuters, Jun 3, 2014
Turkey's telecoms regulator removed an official order blocking access to YouTube (GOOGL.O) from its website on Tuesday after the country's top court ruled last week that the ban was a breach of human rights. The video-sharing website will be accessible in Turkey later on Tuesday, an official at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office told Reuters. "As the Constitutional Court verdict was received today, YouTube will be open to access later today." Read more...
 
Goafest turns into a media-fest
BS, Jun 3, 2014
It was too obvious to miss. Creative agency professionals, who have been the heart and soul of Goafest through the years, were virtually absent at this year's edition. And, the absence was not restricted to the few big names who officially opted to give the festival a miss. It was felt across agencies and echelons, from senior to junior. Instead, the people who marked their presence firmly at this year's fest were from media, digital and public relations agencies and the broadcaster fraternity. Even on the second and third days of the festival, when the creative crowd was expected to troop in, there were hardly any to be seen. Read more...
 
BSNL offers Facebook access on mobiles without internet
ToI (PTI), Jun 3, 2014
State-run BSNL has launched a service wherein its mobile customers will be able to access Facebook without any internet or data connectivity. Users will be charged Rs 4, Rs 10 and Rs 20 for 3 days, weekly and monthly plans, respectively. Read more...
 
What India's media and entertainment industry wants from Narendra Modi?
FE, Jun 3, 2014
WITH the world’s largest democracy ushering in a new government, the Rs 91,800 crore media and entertainment industry in India is pinning renewed hopes on the new regime, and clamouring for change, be it the push for cable digitisation, de-regulation in pricing of channels, tax waivers or implementation of new foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, as per the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Read more...
 
India, China to boost ties in films, TV content
HBL, Jun 3, 2014
India and China are looking to enhance bilateral co-operation in the field of films, TV serials and new age media. In this regard, a Chinese delegation led by Jiang Jianguo, Party Secretary and Vice-Minister for SAPPRFT (State Administration for Press, Publicity, Radio, and Film & TV), met Bimal Julka, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting, on Tuesday. Read more...
 
FM stations may get to air news from any source
ToI, Jun 3, 2014
There is a growing buzz in the information & broadcasting ministry about allowing private FM radio stations to air news bulletins and current affairs programmes that are sourced not just from AIR but from any bonafide news source. Read more...
 
I&B minister calls for indigenization of set-top boxes to create jobs
ToI, Jun 3, 2014
In a step that could boost employment generation and small industry, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that efforts will be made to encourage indigenization of set-top boxes. About 12 crore set-top boxes will be required in the next six months for analog TV sets across the country to shift to digital ones. Javadekar said that he was planning to take up the issue with the ministries of finance, commerce and micro, small and medium enterprises ministry. Read more...
 
HUL to shift focus to rural markets, innovation and digital media
BS, Jun 3, 2014
HUL's strategy is evident in its just-released annual report. "Rural continues to be a key area of focus. During the (2013-14) year, we reached out to 8,500 villages across India, with an ambition to improve the health and hygiene of children, through school contact and mohalla (neighbourhood) programmes. Also, we significantly stepped up investment in digital media, which is expected to be the media channel of the future," the report said. Read more...
 
Three advertising myths busted
BS (Strategist), Jun 2, 2014
Political campaigning in India has traditionally been stereotypical, dominated by candidate speeches, posters and slogans. The year 2014 was different. Campaigns for the 16th Lok Sabha elections saw politicians turn into brands, and marketing efforts picking up cues from the FMCG category. We take a look back at the most trending topic of the year so far to identify the top three advertising myths that were busted in the run up to the 2014 elections. Read more...
 
Broadcasters say they are left in dark over D-Day TV costs
Reuters, Jun 2, 2014
An international group of commercial broadcasters and global news agencies complained on Monday about access to this week's 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, fearing heavy costs to secure access to images. France will on Friday host the United States' Barack Obama, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Russia's Vladimir Putin and other world leaders for a day of events around the beaches of Normandy, where Allied troops in 1944 mounted history's largest amphibious assault to speed the end of World War Two. Read more...
 
FIFA expects World Cup to break TV records
Reuters, Jun 2, 2014
The World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil this month, is set for a record global television audience thanks to new technology and fan-friendly scheduling, FIFA’s television director Niclas Ericson told Reuters on Monday. The quadrennial tournament is the world's biggest sporting event and some matches, including the final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, will be broadcast in ultra high definition for the first time. Read more...
 
BARC inks pact with Prime Focus
Mint, Jun 2, 2014
Moving a step closer to establishing an alternative audience measurement system, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) announced that it had appointed Prime Focus Technologies, a subsidiary of Prime Focus Ltd, to provide a play-out monitoring system to power one of the world’s largest audience measurement programmes. Read more...
 
Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief of ‘The Indian Express’, resigns
Mint, Jun 2, 2014
Shekhar Gupta resigned on Monday after 15 years as the editor-in-chief of The Indian Express newspaper. “Goodbye notes can be heartwarming or heartbreaking. On a rare occasion they can be both. This is one such. It is time for me to say goodbyes at the Express—for the second time. The first was exactly at the same time of the year in 1983 when most of you were not born yet,” Gupta wrote in an email to employees of the Express Group. Read more...
 
China disrupts Google services ahead of Tiananmen anniversary
Mint (Reuters), Jun 2, 2014
Google Inc. services are being disrupted in China ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a censorship watchdog said on Monday. GreatFire.org said in a blog post that the government appeared to have begun targeting Google’s main search engine and Gmail, among many other services, since at least last week, making them inaccessible to many users in China. Read more...
 
Reliance Jio may offer free TV content to its data users
ET, Jun 2, 2014
Reliance Jio is expected to launch telecom services by November and is in the process of tying up infrastructure arrangements. When that happens, subscribers to Reliance Jio's fourth-generation services may have to only pay for their data connection while accessing the TV content free, giving it a pricing edge over rivals whose subscribers would need pay for similar content, one of the people said. Read more...
 
Two Billion YouTube Views And Counting for 'Gangnam Style'
NDTV (AFP), Jun 2, 2014
The wildly popular "Gangnam Style" music video cemented its place on Saturday as one of the defining soundtracks of the digital age, smashing through the two billion barrier on YouTube. The infectious and satirical mega-hit by South Korean pop star Psy became a worldwide sensation, fueling a South Korean "K-Pop" trend after it was first uploaded to the popular video sharing platform in July 2012. Read more...
 
Govt seeking inputs on 100% FDI in news media: Javadekar
BS (ANI), Jun 1, 2014
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that his ministry is seeking inputs on whether 100% Foreign Direct Investment should be allowed in news media. "The Central Government is collecting views of various stakeholders in the matter relating to allowing 100% FDI in news media. We want to take the views of all the stakeholders before we take a final decision," said Javadekar while speaking to media here. The FDI in news and current affairs media is only 26%, while in the non-news media it is 100%. Read more...
 
Centre examining nod for news on FM radio
Mint (PTI), Jun 1, 2014
Union information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that the Centre is considering to allow privately-owned FM radio channels to start their own news broadcast. “Why should FM channels be banned from broadcasting news? The Centre is considering to allow privately-owned FM radio channels to start their own news broadcast,” Javadekar told reporters here on Saturday. Read more...
May 2014
Cross ownership in media a matter of debate: I&B Minister
BS (PTI), May 31, 2014
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar today said the cross ownership in media was "a matter of debate" and the government was seeking views of all stakeholders on it. Read more...
 
Meira Kumar sacks Lok Sabha TV CEO on her last day in office
The Hindu, May 31, 2014
The 15th Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who continued to hold the position till the appointment of Kamal Nath as the Pro term Speaker on Friday afternoon, has ended the tenure of Lok Sabha Television Chief Executive Rajiv Mishra. A notification issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat dated May 30 said the Speaker has `limited the tenure’ of Mr. Mishra till May 31. Read more...
 
Reliance Takes Over Network18: Is This The Death Of Media Independence?
Forbes, May 30, 2014
Network18′s CEO, CFO and COO quit in the days preceding Thursday’s announcement. Earlier today the company’s founder and managing director Raghav Bahl and his wife, a director at the company, announced their exit as well, while there are strong rumors doing the rounds that the news division’s top editorial team too is on its way out. Indian newspaper Mint cited a few employees who described the situation as a “hostile” takeover. Read more...
 
RIL makes open offer for 22% stake in Network18
Mint, May 30, 2014
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) moved quickly to consolidate its hold on Network 18 Media and Investments Ltd on Friday with an open offer to shareholders, just a day after announcing that it would spend Rs.4,000 crore to take complete control of the company. Read more...
 
‘Satyamev Jayate’ goes to China
Mint, May 30, 2014
Rupert Murdoch-owned Star India Pvt. Ltd is selling the rights to broadcast its critically acclaimed and popular show Satyamev Jayate, hosted by movie actor Aamir Khan, to a media company in China, chief executive officer Uday Shankar said on Friday. Read more...
 
Broadcasting for the poor
Mint, May 29, 2014
Not surprisingly the media has begun to chirrup about how the new dispensation will use social media. But for a prime minister who says that his government will be for the poor, the bigger opportunity surely lies in how purposefully he decides to use public broadcasting. Given the scale of the transformation required to genuinely impact lives at the bottom of the income ladder, its importance can hardly be overestimated. Two questions arise at the start. Does public broadcasting have to be created in the public sector? And, can the poor be fobbed off any more with drab television? Read more...
 
Irani for Early Launch of DTH Educational Channels
New Indian Express (PTI), May 29, 2014
HRD Minister Smriti Irani is understood to have favoured early launch of the proposed 50 DTH educational channels, a project initiated during the UPA regime. Evincing keen interest about the project during a briefing, she is reported to have suggested to the officials to launch by the end of this year these channels which will broadcast educational content live unlike the programmes aired in Gyan Darshan. Read more...
 
RIL to acquire control of Network18
BS, May 29, 2014
The Board of Reliance Industries Limited RIL today approved funding of upto Rs 4,000 crore to Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which RIL is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network 18 Media & Investments Limited (NW18) including its subsidiary TV18 Broadcast Limited (TV18). Open offers would be made consequent to the acquisition. Read more...
 
U.S. should reject Comcast-TWC merger - NY Times editorial
Reuters (NY Times Editorial), May 27, 2014
U.S. regulators should challenge the proposed $45 billion merger of the two largest American cable providers, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, the New York Times said in an editorial in Tuesday's newspaper. Read more...
 
Geo TV, Jang group apologise to ISI
BS (PTI), May 27, 2014
Geo TV network and Jang media group today tendered apology to Pakistan's armed forces and the ISI for hurling allegations on its chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam over the assassination attempt on leading anchor Hamid Mir. Read more...
 
Aamir Khan’s unreleased film to be released on TV
IE (BollywoodHungama), May 27, 2014
The news that has been the talk of the town lately is about the release of an Aamir Khan’s unreleased film, the difference being that, this time it’s not getting released on the silver screens, but on TV! Read more...
 
Europe's order to mute Google angers US
ET, May 25, 2014
Europe's moves to rein in Google including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy. But across the Atlantic, the idea that users should be able to edit Google search results in the name of privacy is being slammed as weird and difficult to enforce at best and a crackdown on free speech at worst. Read more...
 
TV industry wants facilities in Telangana
The Hindu, May 25, 2014
With the ‘Appointed Date’ approaching, the television fraternity has decided to close ranks and approach Telangana Chief Minister-elect K. Chandrasekhara Rao for support to strengthen the industry here. Representatives from all the crafts of TV have formed a federation and plan to meet Mr. Rao with request for a series of steps to help the industry. Read more...
 
TV viewership on 16 May: Who won the battle?
Mint, May 23, 2014
For most TV news channels on Thursday, they were the news, with viewership data for 16 May, counting day, becoming available. Times Now, part of the Times Group, and Aaj Tak, part of the India Today Group were the top English and Hindi news channels respectively, although rivals CNN-IBN and ABP News claimed they were No.1. At stake in the counting-day coverage were bragging rights and, to a limited extent, advertising revenue, although ratings tend to be just one of the factors considered by advertisers, who also look beyond ratings on a single day. Advertisers are believed to have spent Rs.150 crore across news channels on 16 May, according to media buyers. The viewership data for counting day wasn’t very different from what it usually is. Read more...
 
TV stations back on air in Thailand
The Hindu, May 23, 2014
Television stations came back on air in Thailand on Friday for the first time since the coup. Read more...
 
Next generation of gaming consoles could fit in your pocket
PC World, May 23, 2014
For decades, the decision makers in video games have put their focus on the console business. PC games have ebbed and flowed over time, but the console cash cow has remained the place to be for what's known in the industry as "AAA" game franchises--Assassin's Creed, Grand Theft Auto and Need for Speed. But that's changing. The rise of mobile gaming and the proliferation of free-to-play games on PC, mobile, and consoles has ushered in a transition that could very well spell the death knell for the traditional oversized box that sits beneath your HD TV. And that means new opportunities for game developers and gamers alike. Read more...
 
Facebook product director furious at Facebook’s effect on news
VOX, May 22, 2014
The trend toward Facebook being the home page for the internet isn't all bad. Facebook drives a lot of traffic to a lot of stories. Some of those stories are very serious (like the over 6,300 people who shared my short guide to Capital in the 21st Century) and some of them are great-but-not-super-important like the jeans story. And some of the stories are garbage. Read more...
 
Independent music labels slam YouTube streaming plans
ToI (AFP), May 22, 2014
The independent music community on Thursday hit out at YouTube over proposals for a subscription music streaming service, which the Silicon Valley giant is expected to launch soon. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation that represents the global independent music community, issued a statement slamming YouTube's reported plans to block the content of members who do not sign a new agreement for the service as "unnecessary and indefensible". Read more...
 
Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on astrology-based TV shows
The Hindu, May 22, 2014
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Centre’s response on a plea filed by an NGO seeking to regulate programmes based on astrology on television. Read more...
 
Inside Reliance Jio’s plans for telecom, information, entertainment
Mint, May 22, 2014
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd will launch its services in the next six to eight months, two RIL executives familiar with the company’s plans said, asking not to be identified. The picture that emerges from Mint’s reporting is of a strategy that will leverage the use of advanced technologies to deliver high-speed data, combined with content and applications designed to appeal to individual and corporate customers. The picture is also strongly reminiscent of the so-called triple play (communication, information, entertainment) model Reliance Infocomm touted when it was launched by RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani before it went to his younger brother Anil Ambani under a family settlement and became Reliance Communications. Read more...
 
DoT mulls sector revamp, to make communications a lifeline
Mint, May 22, 2014
The department of telecommunications (DoT) is looking at a complete overhaul of the regulatory framework that governs the Indian telecom sector, including a new umbrella legislation to encompass the several laws governing the sector, and a spectrum management policy that will ensure efficient and optimal usage of the scarce resource. The proposals were part of a DoT presentation made to the cabinet secretary on Tuesday, in the run-up to the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government taking over in the coming weeks. Read more...
 
TV picture looks fuzzy for consumers in AT&T-DirecTV deal
Reuters, May 22, 2014
(US telecom MNC) AT&T Inc's planned takeover of DirecTV has been touted as a deal that will redefine video and broadband, but translating that to reality for a potential 70 million subscribers could take a while. Read more...
 
Expect advertising revenues to grow 11-12% this year: Zee
Moneycontrol (CNBC-TV18), May 21, 2014
Several analysts have held out hope that with the ongoing digitization in the country, media stocks are poised for a major bull run in the next few years. But in the face of a weak economy, revenue growth at least for now has been sluggish. In an interview with Zee Entertainment Enterprises MD and CEO Punit Geonka, CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan discussed the company’s growth prospects over the medium term and challenges that the industry as a whole faces. Read more...
 
Twitter Tool Developed to Map the World's Moods
NDTV (AFP), May 20, 2014
Australian researchers unveiled on Tuesday a Twitter tool to map moods around the world in real-time to help improve the allocation of mental health services. The online tool, called "We Feel", analyses up to 32,000 tweets per minute about 10 percent of all English-language tweets for 600 words that are then linked to emotions such as love, joy, surprise, anger, sadness and fear. Read more...
 
Ballooning Pakistan blasphemy charges engulf television stations
Reuters, May 20, 2014
Pakistan's biggest television station said it was ramping up security on Tuesday after it became the object of dozens of blasphemy accusations for playing a song during an interview with an actress. Geo Television is scrubbing logos off its vans and limiting staff movements after receiving scores of threats over allegedly blasphemous content, said channel president Imran Aslam. Read more...
 
Pay-TV market size rises 5% to $221 billion in 2013: Infonetics Research
Telecom Lead, May 20, 2014
The global pay-TV market size including cable and satellite TV, telecom IPTV increased 5 percent to $221 billion in 2013, said Infonetics Research. Read more...
 
Comcast and Time Warner are America's biggest cable companies — and the least popular
VOX, May 20, 2014
Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the least popular internet and television providers in America, according to a new survey from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. Read more...
 
Why Everyone Hates Their TV And Internet Service Providers
Business Insider, May 20, 2014
Subscription TV and internet service providers, typically the worst-rated industries by consumers, see customer satisfaction ratings dip even lower this year, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index annual report on the telecommunications and information sector. Read more...
 
AT&T's DirecTV deal opens era of competition with Mexico's Carlos Slim
FE (Reuters), May 20, 2014
For a generation, AT&T and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's telephone business stood side by side and grew to become giants of the industry north and south of the Rio Grande. Now, AT&T Inc's planned $48.5 billion purchase of U.S. satellite provider DirecTV is severing a connection with Slim that goes back to 1990, and turning them into competitors. Read more...
 
News Broadcasting Standards Authority turns down Naveen Jindal plea against Zee TV
ET (PTI), May 19, 2014
The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has declined industrialist Naveen Jindal's plea for restricting Zee TV from airing news reports against him and his company. In an order, the NBSA -- an independent body set up by the News Broadcasters Association -- said it would not entertain the complaint as the matter was already pending before Delhi High Court. Read more...
 
Losing the TV battle but winning the electoral war
The Hindu, May 19, 2014
Was television media’s coverage of political parties a barometer of their actual popularity, or did it overplay or underplay select leaders? The numbers show that the coverage for the Aam Admi Party was the most disproportionate to its actual popularity, and most unfair to the AIADMK. Read more...
 
TV recycling a hazard for Delhi
ToI, May 19, 2014
As LCDs and LEDs are fast replacing the old-fashioned cathode ray tube monitors, the capital is faced with a huge health risk. Both the informal e-waste recyclers working at the CRT recycling hubs of Yamuna Vihar, Seelampur and Mustafabad and the end-users of products made from the glass are in danger of developing ailments from exposure to the material. Read more...
 
AT&T Makes Bet On Video With $48.5 Bn DirecTV Bid
Businessworld (Reuters), May 19, 2014
AT&T Inc plans to pay $48.5 billion to buy DirecTV, in the latest sign that the wireless industry and the U.S. television market are set to converge as customers consume more video on their mobile devices. Read more...
 
TV Subtitles Used to Create Literacy in India
WSJ Blogs, May 19, 2014
In 1996, a Cornell University graduate student from India took a VCR break from working on his dissertation to watch Pedro Almodóvar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Struggling with the comedy’s rapid-fire Spanish, the student, Brij Kothari, wished for subtitles in the same language: If he could read along in Spanish, he felt sure his proficiency would improve. This prompted another thought: If viewers back home in India could watch Bollywood musicals with Hindi subtitles, would it help them learn to read their own language? Read more...
 
How Chinese officials 'like' banned Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
ET (AFP), May 18, 2014
China's Communist authorities ban their own people from accessing major global social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. But when it comes to self-promotion they are increasingly keen users themselves. The official news agency Xinhua, the Communist Party's official mouthpiece the People's Daily, and state broadcaster CCTV all have Twitter accounts, as do a host of city and provincial authorities. Read more...
 
Geo TV Owner Booked for Blasphemy in Pak
Outlook, May 18, 2014
Pakistan police today registered a criminal case against against Geo TV owner Mir Shakeel-ur Rehman and Jang media group for showing a programme that allegedly contained blasphemous content, an official said. Read more...
 
Relativity Media ties up with Laxmi Mittal’s Bollywood network B4U
Mint, May 17, 2014
Relativity Media and B4U will create a new pay television channel in India focused on Hollywood content in both English and Hindi, and launch RelaTV a digital streaming technology platform to deliver compelling short and long-form content to Indian consumers. Read more...
 
Airtel mobile TV app to provide free access to news channels
BS (PTI), May 16, 2014
Telecom major Airtel on Thursday announced to provide access all available news channels for free through its mobile phone application Pocket TV. Read more...
 
People Who Dump Pay TV End Up Using 7X More Bandwidth Than Average
Business Insider, May 16, 2014
(In the US) People who are "cord cutters" are bandwidth hogs according to new data from Sandvine, via Re/Code. People who are looking at dumping paying for TV end up watching video through the internet which takes up a lot of bandwidth. Read more...
 
Not just politicos, May 16 big counting day for TV channels, too
DNA, May 15, 2014
News channels on television are getting ready to vie with each other as the election results day draws closer. The made-for-TV general elections of 2014 are destined to see a huge spike in viewership and ad rates on May 16, when the election results are declared. "More than 20 news channels will fight a fierce battle on the day. The results of this battle within the battle may have a long-lasting impact on our news television economy," says Shailesh Kapoor, television insights specialist and CEO of Ormax Media, adding that it has emerged as the most promoted date by far in the recent television history. Read more...
 
TV channels have a lot at stake on 16 May
Mint, May 15, 2014
From mounting majestic sets with multiple cameras and giant touch screens for interactive graphics to hosting celebrity panellists and beaming holograms of their reporters from distant locations, news broadcasters are pulling out all the stops for the finale to the 16th general elections on Friday. That’s the day vote-counting takes place after a gruelling nine-phase election spread over a little more than a month, and the nation will know which political formation will govern it for the next five years. Read more...
 
Channels deny space for low-budget films
ToI, May 15, 2014
Forget bifurcation, the Telugu film industry is in the throes of a new crisis which may well lead to a drastic reduction in the number of films being produced. Two television channels — MAA and Gemini — have practically stopped buying satellite rights of low-budget films and even those which have well-known stars. The competition is the acquire the rights of only those films which do well in the box office or have big stars with an assured fan base/audience. According to sources, the producers are now approaching newly-launched film channels like ETV and ZEE to sell the rights of their films. Read more...
 
Google gets take-down requests after European court ruling
Reuters, May 15, 2014
Google Inc is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe's top court ruled that subjects have the "right to be forgotten," a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The world's No. 1 Internet search company has yet to figure out how to handle an expected flood of requests after Tuesday's ruling, said the source, who is not authorized to speak on the record about the issue. Read more...
 
Bollywood and TV come to a stand still
Deccan Chronicle, May 14, 2014
On Monday night, the members of Allied Mazdoor Union and a production manager of Balaji Telefilms got into a fight over labour timings. The tussle led to a huge aftermath and the union took an overnight decision to halt all shoots in Mumbai on Tuesday morning. Read more...
 
Has Sony given up on the dream of 4K OLED TVs?
ToI (TechRadar), May 14, 2014
OLED TV development remains a cash-hungry black hole so it's not hugely surprising to hear that Sony might have turned its back on it. It makes some business sense for Sony because it's currently doing quite well with its LCD TVs and 4K products after years of heavy losses. But for those of us praying for a new dawn in ultimate yet affordable picture quality, it would be a tragic shame. Read more...
 
LED TV maker Vu Technologies goes online to sell more and cheaper too
HBL, May 14, 2014
Vu Technologies, makers of LED televisions and commercial display panels under the brand Vu, has tied up with online retailers such as Amazon, Ebay, Flipkart, Snapdeal and HomeShop18 to sell its products. Devita Saraf, Chief Executive and Design Head, Vu Technologies, says the company chose to expand its marketing through the online platform as expanding the physical retail chain “is quite a task and also jacks up the retail price of the products by 35-40 per cent”. Read more...
 
Two Mega Deals Are About To Make Paid TV A Lot Worse
Business Insider, May 14, 2014
According to multiple news reports from publications like Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg, AT&T is trying to buy DirecTV for about $100 per share, or the equivalent of about $50 billion. That's $5 billion more than what Comcast wants to pay for Time Warner Cable. If DirecTV accepts the offer, we should get official word within about two weeks. But the AT&T deal is arguably more dangerous for proponents of competition in paid TV and a free and open internet than the Comcast deal. That's because it'd be counter to the biggest reason why Comcast thinks its acquisition of Time Warner Cable is legal. Read more...
 
Telecom subscribers rise to 933 million: Trai
ET (PTI), May 12, 2014
Driven by mobile connections, the country's telecom industry added over one million users in March, taking the total number of subscribers to 933 million, as per latest data released by telecom regulator TRAI. Read more...
 
FIFA World Cup comes two years too early for Samsung, LG UHD TVs
FE (Reuters), May 12, 2014
Soccer fans who have splashed out on top-of-the-range ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs in time for the FIFA World Cup next month may not get to watch any matches in the new format. Only three matches will be filmed in UHD, which boasts resolution four times higher than the full HD standard. That is because even in Japan, where the format was invented, few broadcasters have the ability to transmit the large amount of data required for UHD over conventional broadcast satellites. Read more...
 
BSkyB in talks to unite Murdoch's pay-TV businesses in Europe
Reuters, May 12, 2014
Britain's largest pay-TV company BSkyB is in talks to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, a 10 billion euro deal that would realize Rupert Murdoch's long-held ambition to combine his European TV interests in a single business. The potential tie-up would create a broadcaster with 20 million subscribers and more clout to deal with growing competition from rivals such as BT in sport as well as online groups like Netflix in movies and blockbuster TV shows. Read more...
 
China's Alibaba registers film company in Hong Kong
Reuters, May 12, 2014
China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has registered a film company in Hong Kong, according to a regulatory filing, as the world's biggest e-commerce firm ratchets up its media businesses. The company, Alibaba Pictures Group, was previously registered in April as Alibaba Films Group before changing its name later in the month. Read more...
 
A TV distribution platform for anytime, anywhere content
Mint, May 12, 2014
Zee Entertainment, which is already a content producer, broadcaster and distributor, conceived the idea of Ditto TV to address the shift in consumer habits when it comes to viewing television and video content. It is aimed at the population in villages where there are frequent power cuts but has a mobile network, households where there is one TV but each family member wants to watch different shows, and for people on the go. Read more...
 
Revealed: How TV news channels prepare for prime-time panel discussions
Mid-Day, May 11, 2014
Every night, you see an array of faces on every news channel – talking, arguing, shouting, screeching. Somewhere,there’s a point to be made, an issue to be discussed, a stand to be taken. The entire world’s eyes are on India’s ongoing elections – the world’s largest such exercise – and all our eyes are on news channels. It’s been more than six months since parties kicked off their campaigns. Party representatives and journalists dissect speeches, take apart rhetoric and analyse implications of statements 9 pm onwards on every news show. While tensions run high on camera, behind it, Aakash Kumar smiles away to himself. It means he has done his job well. Read more...
 
DD's Modi interview: Prasar again writes to I&B Ministry
India TV News (PTI), May 11, 2014
Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has again sought an assurance from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry that its reccommendations would not be ignored if an inquiry is held into the controversial editing of Doordarshan’s Narendra Modi interview. Read more...
 
Comcast Defends Proposed Time Warner Cable Merger at US House Hearing
NDTV (AFP), May 9, 2014
Comcast Thursday defended its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable at a House of Representatives hearing as critics said the mega-merger would create a behemoth that would stifle competition. Comcast vice president David Cohen told a House panel the goal of the merger is to provide a "significantly improved customer experience," thanks to the increased ability of the new giant to invest in key technologies to advance service. Read more...
 
This Is The Thing That People Hate About Paying For TV More Than Anything
Business Insider, May 9, 2014
(In the US) we have more channels than ever as part of our pay-TV packages. Yet, we're watching the same exact number of channels, according to Nielsen. Read more...
 
Journalists in Jordan fight on live TV talk show
ToI (AP), May 8, 2014
Two journalists in Jordan having a televised debate about the civil war in neighboring Syria literally turned — and overturned — the table on each other during an on-air brawl. Read more...
 
Why China is all set to dominate 4K TV
ToI (TechRadar), May 8, 2014
Ultra HD 4K TVs are being touted as the next big thing, but it's a resolution revolution that's going to be largely fought not in Europe or the North America, but in China. Read more...
 
Modi got most prime-time coverage: study
The Hindu, May 8, 2014
Prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party got more than a third of all prime-time television coverage during this Lok Sabha election, significantly higher than any other politician and party. Read more...
 
Doordarshan got cold feet, stalled TV show on Mahatma’s killing
ToI, May 8, 2014
The Modi interview wasn't Doordarshan's first attempt at self-censorship. The national broadcaster developed cold feet recently over a docu-drama on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi which focused on Nathuram Godse's trial when the Prasar Bharati board expressed concerns that it was likely to be "inflammatory'' in nature. Read more...
 
TV celebs open up about new contract that binds them to a show for 3 years
ToI, May 8, 2014
In a recent development in the television industry, Cine and Television Artists Association (CINTAA) and Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC) have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), which if implemented, will ensure that no lead actor can quit a show before three years. Read more...
 
Now, online TV channel devoted only to cats
DNA (ANI), May 7, 2014
There is good news for cat lovers, as there's now an online TV channel devoted entirely to cats. Read more...
 
Affordability, high speed net to drive Mobile TV across India
DNA, May 7, 2014
How will you react if you will get to watch your favourite football or cricket match live on your mobile screen for Rs 2 or even free? Oh! you do not believe it! Well this is soon going to be a reality and not only for matches but across TV genre - live as well as recorded, very soon with ultra high-speed internet making its way into the country. Read more...
 
TV actor held for molesting woman student at his academy
IE, May 7, 2014
A 27-year-old TV actor, who also runs an acting academy in Outer Delhi’s Rohini, Sector-7, was arrested on Monday after one of his students accused him of molesting her over a period of time. A case of molestation and criminal intimidation was registered against him after the woman lodged a police complaint in this regard. Read more...
 
From 2 States, to Ek Hasina Thi and soon, Rajinikanth's Kochadaiiyaan, TV shows, movies take battle to IPL 7
FE, May 6, 2014
Unlike previous years, television channels and movie production houses this year are launching new programmes and films like 2 States, Ek hasina Thi and waiting in wings is the much-anticipated, Rajinikanth's Kochadaiiyaan, in the midst of the Indian Premier League (IPL 7) season confident that they have a loyal audience for their shows. Read more...
 
Mealtime TV viewing during pregnancy may turn kids obese
BS (IANS), May 6, 2014
If you do not want your kids to grow up obese, stay away from viewing television during mealtime even before they are born, a study suggested. Pregnant women who remain glued to the television sets while eating are more inclined to sit in front of the television while feeding their infants, the study noted. Read more...
 
Ten TV shows lined up post IPL
ToI, May 6, 2014
Television is gearing up to launch 10 fiction and non-fiction shows post Indian Premiere League (IPL), which will conclude on June 1. Read more...
 
CMOs may soon outpace CIOs in technology spending
Mint, May 6, 2014
Not too long ago, Julie Woods-Moss, the marketing head of Tata Communications Ltd, flew to New York to take part in a one-day course to learn JavaScript, a scripting language used to build web pages. During the course, conducted by a software training institute called Decoded, she even managed to build a mobile app. Woods-Moss, one among the 25 chief marketing officers (CMOs) to attend the programme, did so, she says, because “without having a profound knowledge of technology, it will be hard for CMOs to get along with the IT (information technology) team”. Read more...
 
Why Indian TV shows are always politically correct
HT, May 5, 2014
The West Wing, Scandal, Good Wife, House Of Cards — while shows in the west have often touched upon politics, Indian TV has stayed away. Of course, there have been shows like Ji Mantriji, Pradhan Mantri, 24 and Samvidhaan, but these are few and far between. Read more...
 
Moviefone will add broadcast and on-demand TV information
ToI (NYT), May 5, 2014
Imagine you are home on the sofa or even on vacation with an iPad, and you suddenly feel like starting the third season of "Breaking Bad." You figure it is probably available on some digital service. But how do you quickly sort through the Netflix-Amazon Prime-iTunes-Google Play-VOD-Hulu Plus thicket to find it? Read more...
 
Buying a new TV? 7 things you must know
ToI, May 4, 2014
It's vacation time for the kids, and with the ongoing IPL matches, and even the upcoming FIFA World Cup, you're probably in the market for a new television set. Well, here's a quick primer to help you buy one that's just right for you... Read more...
 
Comedian-in-chief Obama targets US TV networks at media bash
BS (PTI), May 4, 2014
American cable TV news networks like CNN were a target of President Barack Obama's wit as he let loose a series of zingers at journalists assembled for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Read more...
 
Exclusive - Comcast nears deal to stream EA games to TVs: sources
Reuters, May 3, 2014
Comcast Corp may soon allow customers using its cloud-connected X1 cable box system to buy games from Electronic Arts Inc through their televisions, according to five sources briefed on the plans. Such a partnership would come as the cable company seeks to protect its turf against a new wave of challengers. Read more...
 
Amazon keen on getting digital content right
The Hindu, May 2, 2014
A year into its India journey, global e-commerce retailer and e-reading device maker, Amazon, says that getting publishers to work seriously on India-specific pricing and working with them to get more content digitised is on the company’s “shortest current list of priorities”. Read more...
 
Prime time TV’s all-new blockbuster brigade
ToI, May 2, 2014
Creating a loyal fan base and delivering the promise of great content seems to have reaped good dividend for certain Hindi fiction shows that have weathered (and almost demolished) competition on the same time band. TV shows Madhubala... Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke, Sasural Simar Ka, Bade Acche Laggte Hain et al have crossed the proverbial 500 episode mark and are still going strong. The frontrunners of TV shows which stood strong with impressive TVTs across respective time bands are shows like Balika Vadhu, Taarak Mehta K Ooltah Chashma, FIR, Pavitra Rishta, CID and Uttaran as they are slowly inching towards creating more benchmarks as they emerge as strong brands of the prime time band. Read more...
 
India slips in the global rankings for freedom of the press
ToI, May 1, 2014
India has slipped down the global rankings for freedom of the press, thanks to what The Annual Index of Media Freedom called "increased interference in content by media owners in the run-up to the 2014 elections". Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade with India ranked 78th and belonging to countries with "partially free media". Read more...
April 2014
Anti-smoking TV ads using anger more persuasive to viewers
BS (ANI), Apr 30, 2014
Researchers have said anti-smoking television advertisements that appeal to viewers' emotions are more persuasive when they use anger rather than sadness. Read more...
 
Pay hike demanded for tv channel employees
BS (PTI), Apr 29, 2014
The Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) today demanded pay hike for journalists and non-journalists in privately owned television channels. Appreciating the recent verdict of the Supreme Court to implement the Majithia Wage Board recommendations for journalists and non-journalists of newspapers and news agencies from this month, EMFA in a statement here called for due benefits to television employees like their counterparts in the print media. Read more...
 
Microsoft set to air original TV shows on Xbox consoles
HBL, Apr 29, 2014
Microsoft in June will begin airing original television shows on Xbox consoles as it continues a quest to anchor the boxes at the heart of home entertainment. Xbox Originals programmes ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries and live events will air with interactive features taking advantage of video game console capabilities, according to Microsoft. Read more...
 
Mobile TV brands tune their antenna
BS, Apr 28, 2014
As Aereo makes waves in the US and awaits its Supreme Court's judgement, media companies in India are trying their hand at capturing the demand for TV on handheld devices. From broadcasters, aggregators to direct-to-home (DTH) players, all have been raising their mobile TV pitch. Read more...
 
Four US TV shows ordered off Chinese websites
ToI (AP), Apr 28, 2014
Chinese authorities have ordered video streaming websites in the country to stop showing four popular American TV shows, including "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Good Wife," representatives from two sites said on Sunday. The move suggests government attention is intensifying on the online streaming industry, which is freer than state television and China's cinemas to show foreign productions and other content and has stretched the boundaries of what can be seen in the country. Read more...
 
TV in UK is heavily regulated, in a good way: Jonathan Thompson
BS, Apr 26, 2014
As the Indian television sector stares at a stalling digitisation process, Digital UK offers a model worth looking at. Chief Executive Jonathan Thompson spoke to Vanita Kohli-Khandekar in London recently. Read more...
 
The Looming Threat Of 'Online Television'
Businessworld, Apr 25, 2014
How big are 'Over-the-Top' (OTT) video services that use broadband connections rather than cable or satellite to deliver video programmes? Broadcasters assembled in Bali for the Asia-Pacific Pay TV Broadcasters Summit (APOS 2014) saw both announcements and debates. Announcements revealed that traditional broadcasters were now increasingly exploring launching their content through online services; and that these OTT services are beginning to be seen as complimentary rather than competitive to traditional TV broadcasting. On the other hand, there was the threat too of rogue OTT operators using broadband to deliver pirated content that could eat away as much as 25 percent of Pay TV's revenues. Read more...
 
Google Wants Advertisers To Spend All Their Money Online, But Most Of Its Own Ad Budget Goes To TV
Business Insider, Apr 25, 2014
Of the many companies trying to convince marketing executives to spend their money on the internet instead of on television, none is more invested than Google. The company currently controls a whopping 40% of the U.S. digital advertising market, and it has spent the past year going to great lengths to show media buyers that its YouTube platform is a superior marketing vehicle than cable. Read more...
 
Free TV? And with just a stamp-sized antenna?
BS, Apr 25, 2014
An India-born entrepreneur and his pathbreaking innovation are up against the laws in the United States. The case in the US Supreme Court is as much a commentary on the pace with which technology changes as it is about corporate protectionism. Well, the man is 43-year old Chaitanya Kanojia, more popularly known in the US media as Chet Kanojia. Read more...
 
Bollywood takes digital route to blockbuster destination
BT, Apr 24, 2014
Revolver Rani, the first film produced by the former Viacom 18 Motion Pictures COO, Vikram Malhotra, under his own banner, Abunduntia Entertainment, will hit the screens this Friday. Apart from the usual advertising and promotional activities on various traditional media platforms such as TV, print and outdoor, the company has invested a fair bit on promotional activities on various digital platforms to get the younger audience to watch the film. Read more...
 
US regulators to propose new net neutrality rules next month
Mint, Apr 24, 2014
US regulators are expected to vote on 15 May on a new set of so-called “net neutrality” rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers’ access to legal Internet content. The rules from the Federal Communications Commission, which released its framework in February, are expected to ensure network operators disclose how they manage Internet traffic and do not block any content on the Web. The proposed rules are also expected to allow Internet providers to negotiate agreements with content providers on delivery of traffic to users as long as the deals they strike are “commercially reasonable,” according to an FCC spokesman. Read more...
 
Apple TV getting ready for prime time
HT (AFP), Apr 24, 2014
The next-generation miniature set-top-box, which could be unveiled as early as this June, looks set to feature Siri-like voice commands and games console features and is set to become a serious Apple product in its own right. The hockey-puck-sized device that plugs into the back of a television set and connects to the internet, launches dedicated apps and enables the streaming of content from other Apple products, be they Macs, iPhones or iPads, has until now been described as just an interesting hobby by the company. But all of that is set to change. Read more...
 
Amazon grabs rights for some HBO TV shows, but no Game Of Thrones
Firstpost, Apr 24, 2014
Amazon.com’s streaming video service will offer some older shows from premium-cable channel HBO starting next month, a deal that intensifies both companies’ competition with subscription-video service Netflix. This is the first time HBO, owned by Time Warner, has licensed its award-winning programming to an online subscription streaming service, the companies said in a statement on Wednesday. Read more...
 
India Leads Expansion Of Pay TV Markets In Asia
Businessworld, Apr 24, 2014
Television companies across Asia assembled in the resort island of Bali to discuss and debate how to move beyond the region's 52-per cent pay-TV penetration rate against a backdrop of slowing subscriber gains. Media Partners Asia (MPA), a media consultancy and monitoring group, that organises this Asia Pacific Operators Summit every year, said just 26 million new pay TV subscribers were enrolled in 2013, the lowest annual growth rate since 2007. Read more...
 
BBC's Top Gear apologizes after Indian-origin actress sues it for racist remark
ToI (IANS), Apr 24, 2014
British television series Top Gear's producer has apologized for broadcasting a "light-hearted" joke by its host Jeremy Clarkson that sparked a complaint of racism by an Indina-origin actress, media reported on Wednesday. Read more...
 
Microsoft, AOL lure advertisers with TV-style shows
ToI (Reuters), Apr 24, 2014
Technology powerhouses like Microsoft and AOL are flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV network-style shows before advertisers at an annual digital content showcase in New York next week. With an eye on the big bucks such shows can command, Microsoft will trot out a soccer reality show called "Every Street United." Sony's digital network Crackle will serve up Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and AOL is presenting a documentary drama about five New Yorkers called "Connected." Read more...
 
Indian-American takes on top US broadcasters in Supreme Court
BS (PTI), Apr 23, 2014
In a "David vs Goliath" battle in the US Supreme Court, an Indian-American innovator has been challenged by major American broadcasters like CBS and Fox for coming out with a cost-effective broadcasting technology. Bhopal-born Chaitanya Kanojia, the founder and CEO of a groundbreaking online TV platform 'Aereo', has developed proprietary cloud-based antenna and DVR technology that allows consumers to watch live or recorded HD broadcast television on virtually any type of Internet-connected device. Read more...
 
TRAI may soon set a 'minimum download speed' for mobile Internet
IBN (PTI), Apr 23, 2014
Sick of dead slow internet connection on mobile? Relief is on the way as regulator TRAI will soon fix the minimum download speed the telecom operators will have to deliver for wireless data services. Read more...
 
EC to scan TV channels for prompt action
ABP News (PTI), Apr 23, 2014
The Election Commission will monitor six TV news channels, besides reviewing complaints through e-mail to the CEO, to deal with incidents promptly in coordination with the district magistrates during the second phase poll in West Bengal tomorrow. Read more...
 
Pakistan set to lift YouTube ban
BS (ANI), Apr 22, 2014
Pakistan's YouTube ban might soon be lifted as the Senate's functional committee on Human Rights approved a resolution that seeks to unblock the popular video-sharing website in the country. Read more...
 
Talk, Play, Assist: Startups design gadgets for 'internet of things' space
ET, Apr 22, 2014
Shoes, rings and watches are now not just fashion accessories but aids that enhance mobility for the blind, improve gaming experiences and control smartphones and other household devices. These devices, which can be operated with a few flicks of the finger or taps of the toe, are some of the newest offerings from young companies in the 'internet of things' space, where machines are designed to communicate with one another. Read more...
 
Netflix voices concerns about merger deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable
Telecom Lead, Apr 22, 2014
Netflix, a video streaming service provider, has voiced its concerns about the proposed $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, saying the united entity would control the high speed Internet market in the U.S. Read more...
 
Mesh network: A spy-proof, secure alternative to internet
ToI (NYT News Service), Apr 22, 2014
A group of academics and computer enthusiasts who took part in the 2011 uprising in Tunisia that overthrew a government deeply invested in digital surveillance have helped their town become a test case for an alternative: a physically separate, local network made up of cleverly programmed antennas scattered about on rooftops. Read more...
 
Echo of 1984 Betamax landmark in U.S. high court Aereo TV fight
Reuters, Apr 20, 2014
Thirty years ago, the big media companies went to the high court to block Sony Corp's Betamax video recorder. This time, their lawyers are lined up against Aereo Inc, a two-year-old service that streams TV channels online. Read more...
 
Melodramatic crime-based soaps take over the small screen
Mail Today, Apr 19, 2014
Crime shows never had it so good on Indian television. The programming pattern of each channel is slowly incorporating more shows that involve sensational stories of crime and murder. Read more...
 
Ministry seeks deals with agencies, TV channels to stop data leaks
ToI, Apr 17, 2014
Unable to prevent data leaks, the ministry of statistics and programme implementation has now approached television channels and news agencies to enter into a memorandum of understanding so that key economic statistics are released together and no one breaks the embargo. Read more...
 
Proof That Netflix Is Destroying Cable TV
Business Insider, Apr 17, 2014
A new report from consumer data company Experian suggests that online video content services like Netflix are pulling people away from cable television. After surveying more than 24,000 U.S. adults, Experian found that households with a Netflix or Hulu subscription were nearly three times as likely not to have a cable subscription than the average household. In total, 6.5% of Experian's surveyed households did not subscribe to cable in 2013, up from 4.5% in 2010. Read more...
 
National awards: Ship of Theseus wins best film, Jolly LLB best Hindi film
HT, Apr 16, 2014
Anand Gandhi's Ship Of Theseus has been adjudged as the best feature film for the 61st National Film Awards, while Hansal Mehta has been named for best direction for the movie Shahid. The winners were announced here on Wednesday. Read more...
 
Google, Facebook look to skies to spread Internet
NDTV (AFP), Apr 16, 2014
The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners of the world may be through the skies. That is the message from US tech giants seeking to spread the online gospel to hard-to-reach regions. Read more...
 
Online spoofs: Parties battle it out in virtual world
NDTV (PTI), Apr 16, 2014
As political temperatures rise, the new-age warriors of Congress and BJP are fighting pitched battles on the worldwide web, sparing not a single opportunity to take a dig at rivals and deliver their messages to the Internet-savvy 'gen next'. Even though both parties deny spoofing each other's TV advertisements online, the spoofs seem to be undeniably the work of the rival party. Read more...
 
Khatron Ke Khiladi as a 3D interactive game now
IT (PTI), Apr 16, 2014
Makers of the television-based action-adventure show 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' announced the launch of a 3D interactive game, which would be available for free download on iOS and Android platforms. Read more...
 
Tobacco on TV tied to adult smoking rates
Reuters, Apr 16, 2014
Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study. Read more...
 
DoT plans bidding with 2,100 MHz of 3G spectrum and 800 MHz of CDMA airwaves post elections
Mail Today, Apr 15, 2014
After the successful last round of 2G airwaves auctions this year, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) plans yet another round of bidding with 2,100 MHz of 3G spectrum and 800 MHz of CDMA airwaves post elections. The highest decision-making body of the telecom sector, the Telecom Commission (TC), is expected to meet soon to kick-start the process for the next round of auctions. Read more...
 
Ad council pulls up TV commercials for encouraging unsafe practices
DNA, Apr 15, 2014
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan's stone throwing act in a television commercial (TVC) for candy brand 'Kachha Mango Bite' by Parle Products has been pulled up by the Consumer Complaints Council of the Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI). Read more...
 
As Internet penetration soars, digital universe seen at 44 tn GB by 2020: EMC
FE (PTI), Apr 14, 2014
With growing Internet penetration and data usage, digital universe is poised to touch 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020, against 4.4 trillion gigabytes in 2013, and emerging markets would account for 60 per cent of that, says a report. Read more...
 
Amazon, Flipkart investing heavily on TV ads during IPL
ET, Apr 14, 2014
Companies, including Amazon India, Flipkart and Go Daddy, have invested heavily in IPL7, confirmed Rohit Gupta, president of Multi Screen Media, the official broadcaster of the tournament. Multi Screen Media will have nine presenting and associate sponsors for this season of IPL. Read more...
 
TRAI likely to study how WhatsApp, Viber & Co have impacted telecom revenues
Firstpost, Apr 14, 2014
The rise of messaging and VOIP apps has pleased users and given them a lot of choice, but not everyone is happy, with telcos starting to make noise against the rampant adoption of these services. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) too is expected come out with discussion paper that looks at the impact of Over-The-Top (OTT) players such as WhatsApp, Viber and Skype on Indian mobile service providers’ revenues according to a report. The purpose of this paper is to explore the possible direction that the mobile industry in India might take thanks to these OTT players. Read more...
 
BJP's advertisement plan may cost a whopping Rs. 5,000 cr
HT, Apr 13, 2014
Pick up any newspaper, switch on any TV channel, drive down any main street or tune into any FM channel and chances are that you will be bombarded with advertisements exhorting you to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The tab? Media buyers and sources close to the BJP’s campaign said the party could end up spending about Rs. 5,000 crore by May 12, when the last phase of polling takes place. Read more...
 
MediaPro becomes history as Zee, Star India end distribution joint venture
BT, Apr 12, 2014
Broadcasters Star India and Zee Entertainment have decided to call off the 50:50 distribution joint venture that they had inked in 2010. When the two rivals joined hands, digitisation was a far cry and their one- point agenda was to break the monopoly of the cable operators who held broadcasters to ransom charging them arbitrarily high carriage fees to carry their channels on their analog networks. Almost 15 to 20 per cent of their revenues went towards carriage fees, and the duo backed by their content might were determined to get better bargaining power. Read more...
 
More than 67 lakh mobile connections operational in JK
Rising Kashmir, Apr 12, 2014
As the valley is proving to be an attraction for various cellular operators of India–with more than 67 lakh mobile connections operational, the trend has badly affected the landline service, making it less appealing and less in number. Read more...
 
Regulation and elections expected to drive ad revenues of media
BS, Apr 12, 2014
The media sector is expected to post a healthy growth in advertising revenues for 2013-14 because of new rules for television and the general elections. Read more...
 
Small screen, tall order: A slew of promising TV shows coming this year
Mid-day, Apr 12, 2014
An interesting bunch of TV shows are slated to go on air this year with TV channels gearing up to launch them. Thankfully, they aren’t saas-bahu sagas... Read more...
 
Dish TV to be a Thing of the Past?
New Indian Express, Apr 11, 2014
Everything we do is inherently connected to the internet nowadays. We access it through our Smart phones, laptops, tablets and computers. But technology has even routed the same to our Smart TVs. With laptops and Smart TVs serving just as good as the traditional television set up, more and more seem to be opting for this. Read more...
 
US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast TV for the first time
IBN (AP), Apr 11, 2014
For the first time, US Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. Read more...
 
When Doordarshan was the only candidate
HT, Apr 11, 2014
Many of us remember watching "Chupke Chupke", "Baaton Baaton Mein" and, of course, the quintessential Indian election movie, "Aandhi", that was rumoured to be based loosely on the life of the late prime minister Indira Gandhi. Read more...
 
Star Sports fumes as Hathway remove channels from its packages
FE (PTI), Apr 9, 2014
A full blown war of words is out between Star Sports and Raheja group-owned multi-system operator Hathway after the latter removed signals of channels of the global sports broadcaster from its packages and offering it for the more expensive pick and choose option. Read more...
 
Lights, action: tech giants rush into original TV
HT (AFP), Apr 9, 2014
Following the success of Netflix and a fresh push by Amazon in online video, the latest players looking to get into the gold rush may be Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL, among others. Read more...
 
79% feel TV is best medium to consume news: Zee News poll
Zee News, Apr 8, 2014
Majority of the people in this country feel that television was the best way for them to know about what was happening in the arena of news. Read more...
 
Channels asked to be sensitive in portraying differently abled
BS (PTI), Apr 4, 2014
On complaints against TV channels for inappropriate portrayal of people with disabilities, Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), the self-regulatory body for non-news channels, has asked the broadcasters to be sensitive in depicting differently abled people. In an advisory, the BCCC said that adequate protection is necessary to avoid content which may be distasteful, harmful and offensive to persons with disabilities. Read more...
 
Luring TV subscribers with online media services
FE, Apr 3, 2014
The news from the Indian pavilion at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC) at Barcelona, Spain is that the mobile operators are exasperated at the emergence of unregulated over-the-top (OTT) players such as WhatsApp that are eating in to their network capacity and earning more value than they themselves could derive. Some CEOs even went to the extent of jurisdictional regulation over the OTT players! Instead of complaining, it is time that the telcos join the bandwagon of the internet players and try to leverage the open internet platform as much as they can. Read more...
 
YouTube sees money in gaming-related content
NDTV (Reuters), Apr 2, 2014
To imagine how YouTube might one day become a money-spinner for content producers, consider the power of the irreverent video gamer and online star PewDiePie over his young, free-spending audience. Each time the wildly popular YouTube impresario has donned Razer headphones in one of the many zany videos that feature him playing games, the product has sold out. Read more...
 
HC stays ASCI order against airing of ‘internet baby’ ad
FE (PTI), Apr 2, 2014
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed operation of the Advertising Standards Council of India's (ASCI) order that asked Sistema Shyam Teleservices not to air after April 7 an advertisement which the company claims to depict the speed of its internet service. Read more...
 
Comcast: Business services is sweet spot in Time Warner Cable deal
Reuters, Apr 2, 2014
Selling Internet and phone service to businesses is hardly the sexiest part of the cable industry, but it has got a definite allure for the architects of the $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The two companies' sales to businesses of broadband Internet, voice lines and network services already total more than $5 billion, with the growth rate of 20 percent or more expected to be kept up at both the companies' business units. Read more...
 
Cutting TV time improves kids' sleep, academics and behavior
BS (ANI), Apr 1, 2014
Researchers have said that kids get more sleep, do better in school, behave better and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV. Douglas Gentile, lead author and an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State, said that when parents are involved it has a powerful protective effect across a wide range of different areas that they probably never would have expected to see, asserted that however, parents aren't likely to notice that putting limits on the children's media is having these effects seven months later. Read more...
 
Trai allows 27.5% rate rise by cable operators
BS, Apr 1, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has allowed a 27.5 per cent rise in the rates charged by cable operators in places where digitisation has not been completed. The rise could be passed to consumers who continue to use analogue cable television. However, the regulator has also informed the entire rise will not be imposed at once since consumers may find the increase too drastic. Hence, in the first phase, starting Tuesday, the cable subscription rate will be increased 15 per cent. The second instalment for the inflation-linked increase would be made from January 1 through a separate order. Read more...
March 2014
Analogue cable TV rates to be hiked in two phases
HBL, Mar 31, 2014
Analogue cable TV rates can be hiked in two phases, according to a notification issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday. The regulator said the price increase was based on inflation-linked adjustments. While a 15 per cent hike in both wholesale and retail levels of non-addressable cable tariffs will be effective April 1, another round of hike of 12.5 per cent will be undertaken from January 2015. These inflation-linked hikes could not be introduced in the last five years as the matter was pending with the Supreme Court, TRAI added. Read more...
 
Facebook cracking down on fake ‘likes’ in poll season
Mint, Mar 31, 2014
With politicians boosting their social media presence in the election season using fake online followers, Facebook has started cracking down on fraudulent accounts showing suspiciously high number of ‘likes’. Data from the Facebook team show that close to 52,000 pages exist for politicians and political parties in India. Of them 60 are verified pages. “We’re always focused on maintaining the integrity of our site, but we’ve placed an increased focus on abuse from fake accounts recently,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed response. Read more...
 
Watching TV tied to poor snacking habits, heart disease risk
FE (PTI), Mar 31, 2014
Middle school kids who watch TV for over two hours each day are more likely to consume junk food and have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, a new study has found. Researchers found that middle schoolers who watch TV for long hours had poorer food choices and increased cardiovascular risk even when compared to those who spend an equal amount of time on the computer or playing video games. Read more...
 
Facebook to use satellites, drones to spread the Web worldwide
IE (Reuters), Mar 29, 2014
Facebook Inc is harnessing satellite, drone and other technology as part of an ambitious and costly effort to beam Internet connectivity to people in underdeveloped parts of the world. Read more...
 
I&B Ministry seeks Rs 2k cr in licence fee from 6 DTH cos
ET, Mar 28, 2014
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked six DTH operators, including market leaders Tata Sky and Dish TV, to pay over Rs 2,000 crore, which the ministry said they collectively owe to the government in lieu of the licence fee. The ministry sent demand notices on Friday to Tata Sky, Dish TV, Sun Direct, Airtel Digital TV, Reliance Digital TV and Videocon D2H, asking them to pay up the sum within 15 days. This followed a ministry-ordered independent audit of the accounts of the six operators. Read more...
 
Online retailers like Flipkart, Jabong and Quikr spending massively on television ads
ET, Mar 28, 2014
Top e-commerce companies in India, which on an average spent a measly 10 lakh each on advertising in 2010-2011, have increased it to anywhere between Rs 25-75 crore, said a top official at one of India's leading media buying and planning agencies. Some of the biggest spenders in the space include Olx, Flipkart, Quikr, Snapdeal, Jabong and Myntra, that hold a meaty portion of the estimated Rs 18,000-crore online retail industry, the person said. Read more...
 
Time Warner Cable rates targeted by 'professional' hagglers
Reuters, Mar 28, 2014
Time Warner Cable customers looking to lower their bills would be able to hire "professional negotiators," to squeeze discounts out of the cable provider under a trial service being offered by Yipit, a New York-based daily deals startup. Yipit sent out an email on Thursday to a small group of people on its distribution list directing them to a link to submit their Time Warner Cable account information. Then Yipit said it would have employees who are "professional negotiators" try to haggle for better rates with the cable company. Read more...
 
Live TV Streaming Startup Aereo Is Hosed If It Loses Its Big Supreme Court Case
Business Insider, Mar 27, 2014
On April 22, the company is going to have a chance to argue its case to the Supreme Court. In an interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this week, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia responded to questions about the company's plans if it loses the case with a shockingly honest answer: "No. There is no plan. We believe in our merit and we do think it's the right thing. Progress is important. The mission of this company was to try to create an open platform, to try to wedge the system open a little bit. And if we don't succeed in that despite our best efforts, good law on our side and the merits of our case, it will be a tragedy but it is what it is." Read more...
 
Americans take dim view of Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal
ET (Reuters), Mar 26, 2014
A majority of Americans are skeptical about the proposed merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, and they are not convinced the U.S. government is doing enough to prevent monopolies generally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Wednesday. The poll found that 52 percent of those surveyed believed that mergers such as the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal result in less competition and are bad for consumers, while 22 percent believe they allow cable and internet providers to be more efficient and provide better service to consumers. Read more...
 
BARC conducts technical workshops watermark technology and embedders
BS, Mar 24, 2014
The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) conducted technical workshops across the country for broadcast engineers from 18-21 March to enable deeper understanding of the watermark technology. This helped in understanding the deployment of the future watermarked system at the Broadcaster end. The workshop was conducted by technical experts from BARC's technical partners, France based Mediametrie. Watermarking technology inserts a mark inaudible to the human ear into programs. Read more...
 
Technology, Entertainment, Design turns 30 with new chapter of 'ideas worth spreading'
ET (AFP), Mar 22, 2014
TED turns 30 years old with a mind-sizzling mix of intrigue, wonder and passion in the renowned gathering's new home in Canada. A conference born in California in 1984 that grew into a global forum for heady "ideas worth spreading" ended Friday after gazing thoughtfully at the past and looking optimistically ahead. Read more...
 
Top six technology executives meet Barack Obama to discuss surveillance issue
ET (PTI), Mar 22, 2014
US President Barack Obama has met six technology executives to discuss government surveillance and privacy concerns, amid fears that NSA spying is undermining one of the country's most vital industries. During the meeting, Obama reiterated his commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep the US safe, the White House said. Read more...
 
Google Chromecast hits Europe, with a new way to watch TV
ToI (AFP), Mar 19, 2014
Gone are the days of squinting at your smartphone as you try to make out what is happening in your favourite film. On Wednesday, eight months after the American release, Google launched its latest innovation — Chromecast — in Europe and Canada, a small device the size of a finger which allows you to transfer online video content from a mobile device onto an HD television. According to the internet giant, the device has done well in the US, with "millions" sold to date, although it has not revealed a precise figure. Read more...
 
Excess TV, video games bad for kids' brains
ToI (IANS), Mar 19, 2014
Is your kid hooked to watching TV or playing electronic games? It may affect his/her well-being in early childhood - including mental health factors like risk for developing emotional problems - a study warns. Moreover, less monitoring of a child's media use has been linked with a higher body mass index (BMI) in the child at age 7. Monitoring children's electronic media use may help mitigate some of the adverse outcomes later in life, it suggests. Read more...
 
Google takes consumers' wrists to next frontier with Android watch
Reuters, Mar 19, 2014
Voice-controlled smartwatches that track heart rates and connect to phones and tablets will debut later this year as Google Inc partners with electronics, technology and fashion companies to take consumers to the next promised frontier in computing. Read more...
 
EC ropes in mediapersons to monitor paid news on TV, radio
IE, Mar 19, 2014
To keep a check on paid news in electronic media and radio in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, and to identify uncertified advertisements of political nature, the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) set up by the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer has enlisted mediapersons for viewing television programmes and listening to FM channels. Lawyers are also part of the committee. Read more...
 
SWaCH gains national fame on Aamir’s show, yet to find local support
IE, Mar 17, 2014
City based workers’ cooperative, SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling) — which keeps Pune city clean by collecting tonnes of waste daily — gained national fame on Sunday when its work was highlighted in Aamir Khan’s reality TV show Satyamev Jayate. Read more...
 
IBM brings in analytics to Bollywood
ToI, Mar 17, 2014
Arindam Chaudhuri brought management principles, including pre-production audience surveys, to Bollywood filmmaking and thought he would have a guaranteed hit with his first film Rok Sako To Rok Lo in 2004. The film bombed at the box office. That was ten years ago. Since then, analytics technologies have advanced phenomenally. And now IBM has brought these technologies to Bollywood and argues that filmmakers do not any longer have to depend only on their creative instincts and gut feel to ensure success at the box office. Some good data crunching, it says, can provide significant insights that can supplement the creative mind. Read more...
 
Two-pronged approach by TV channels
The Hindu, Mar 16, 2014
The countdown for creation of Telangana State has also triggered feverish activity in the Telugu television channel industry. Talk is that entertainment, news and current affairs channels are exploring possibilities of catering separately to both the States. The industry at present is rife with speculations on different channels working with blueprints to create separate channels for Telangana and Andhra States. Though the general entertainment channels offering serials, movies and song and dance, could take some time to have a separate offering for the two States, news and current affairs channels are seriously considering separate networks to be launched at the earliest. Read more...
 
Facebook unveils video ads to court TV's market
ToI (Bloomberg), Mar 14, 2014
Facebook is releasing its long-awaited video-advertising product today, as the world's largest social network moves to diversify its revenue by tapping into television-marketing budgets. Read more...
 
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says US government threat to internet
ToI, Mar 14, 2014
In a strongly-worded post, Mark Zuckerberg on Friday hit out at the US government over the alleged surveillance and monitoring of web users by the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more...
 
At The Zee Group, Son Punit Has Taken the Baton From Subhash Chandra
Forbes India, Mar 14, 2014
Start, scale up, hand it over, start another one: That is a one-line descriptor for Subhash Chandra, head of the $2.5 billion Essel Group. Never afraid to grow new businesses from scratch, he is apparently itching for a new project now, at the age of 63. Read more...
 
Ficci Frames: Digital and television screens can co-exist
BS, Mar 14, 2014
While all the industry stalwarts agreed that growth of digital media (social media websites and mobile internet) was much higher than that of traditional news media such as television and print, they believed the major shift in advertising revenues is sometime away. Read more...
 
Broadcast min in talks to free DTH spectrum, ease TV licensing
The Free Press Journal, Mar 13, 2014
Ministry of information and broadcasting is in talks with other ministries to free spectrum for direct to home broadcasting services and to expedite process of granting of broadcasting licences, Secretary Bimal Julka said at the annual FICCI Frames conference. Read more...
 
FICCI FRAMES 2014: Indian Media Industry Contributes 0.5% Of GDP
IndiaTimes, Mar 13, 2014
The Indian motion picture and television industry is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors, contributing USD 8.1 billion (c. INR 50,000 Cr.) to the country’s economy, equating to 0.5% of GDP, in 2013, according to a new report launched on March 12. The sector also supports a significant 1.8 million (18.8 lac) jobs. Read more...
 
Media Debates On Ethics At ‘Frames’ Conclave
Businessworld, Mar 12, 2014
It was significant that two media veterans took diametrically opposed positions on the status of media in India on Wednesday (12 March). Uday Shankar, CEO of Star TV, said while the Indian media had been resisting and growing despite the pressure tactics of government, the government was keen to have a pliant media. He came out strongly against state governments attempting to run media organisations, including businesses such as cable distribution. Read more...
 
DD's Freedish steps up its TV game
BS, Mar 10, 2014
It doesn't have a brand name anyone remembers, neither a call centre nor an electronic programming guide and no fancy marketing campaign. Yet in its 10th year, DD Direct Plus, recently renamed DD's Freedish, has become India's largest direct-to-home, or DTH, service. At an estimated 18 million homes, it is bigger than Zee's Dish TV or Tata Sky. Read more...
 
National Geographic Channel Is Most Liked On Facebook
Business of Cinema, Mar 10, 2014
National Geographic Channel has become the most liked television channel on Facebook in India. With more than 6.6 million (66 lacs) likes and around 0.6 million (6 lacs) people talking about it, the National Geographic Channel Facebook Page is currently the most interactive page on Facebook amongst all general entertainment channel’s, infotainment and news channels, thus making it the leading infotainment channel. National Geographic Channel has established itself as the most liked television channel on Facebook. Read more...
 
New TV Show inspired by Facebook page
India TV News, Mar 9, 2014
"I F-ing Love Science", a new show that will hit the Science Channel, is inspired by the popular Facebook page. Read more...
 
Media & entertainment industry achieves 12% growth in 2013: Report
HBL, Mar 5, 2014
Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry grew by around 12 per cent in 2013, according to the annual FICCI-KPMG report. The economic slowdown had a negative impact on the advertising revenue dependent sectors, such as TV and print. The rupee depreciation also affected print, cable and DTH companies adversely, but helped export-oriented sectors such as animation and VFX to some degree. Read more...
 
Smart Selling On The Idiot Box
BT, Mar 2, 2014
In a way, branded content is a more evolved form of advertising. This is because it takes the association between advertisers and content producers to a whole new level. The simplest way an advertiser can promote its products, if it doesn't want to buy ad spots, is to place its brands within a TV show. A more clever way is to integrate the brand with the show's script so that actors use the product and talk about it. Read more...
February 2014
After TV sting, India Today group suspends opinion polls by C-Voter
FE (PTI), Feb 26, 2014
The India Today Group tonight suspended all opinion polls being carried out by C-Voter polling agency for it in the wake of allegations levelled in a sting operation on the conduct of some of the agencies. A TV news channel News Express earlier in the day claimed that a sting operation conducted by it had revealed that some of the agencies which conduct opinion polls before elections are willing to tweak their findings for money. Read more...
 
How the DoT killed an Indian Facebook
FE, Feb 24, 2014
In December 2012, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) under Rahul Khullar sent a recommendation to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to allow the deployment of a small band in the 1900 MHz spectrum for a dedicated intra-net platform for universities. Read more...
 
BBC head defends license fee as critical for quality
Reuters, Feb 24, 2014
The head of the BBC, Tony Hall, will defend the British broadcaster's use of a license fee paid by the public this week as a debate over funding escalates following a spate of scandals over mismanagement and waste at the corporation. Hall, who took over as director general at the BBC last April, will use a speech in Oxford on Wednesday to dismiss calls by some critics for the 3.7 billion pound ($6 billion) a year license fee to be shared with other broadcasters. Read more...
 
Set top box market in India to grow at 29.3% by 2015: Study
BS (ANI), Feb 24, 2014
The Set Top Box (STB) market in India is reportedly said to grow at an annual growth rate of 29.3 percent by 2015, a new study has revealed. A study by Frost and Sullivan has found that the total market consumption for STB was 23.52 M units in 2013 and is expected to reach volumes of 39.4 M units by next year. Read more...
 
Google prepares 34-city push for ultra-fast Fiber service
BS (Reuters), Feb 21, 2014
Google Inc is exploring a major expansion of its super-fast "Fiber" TV and Internet service, which could extend the nascent network to 34 more US cities and pose a competitive threat to home broadband providers. Read more...
 
Film and Television Institute of India may remodel all TV courses
ToI, Feb 21, 2014
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is expected to restructure all its one-year television courses into two-year certificate programmes. The certificate course in feature film scriptwriting is also likely to be turned into a two-year programme from the next academic year. Read more...
 
Cancel licences of TV channels doing ‘business of extortion’: Navin Jindal
IE, Feb 21, 2014
A strong demand for cancellation of licences of those TV channels which are in the “business of extortion” by giving ‘paid news’ was made by a Congress member in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Navin Jindal said that licence of running a TV channel was being used by some as “licence for extortion” and sought that licences of channels, who make its wrong use, should be withdrawn. The industrialist-politician, who is involved in a dispute with a TV channel for alleged attempted extortion, said the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had set up an inter-ministerial committee over a year back on the issue. Read more...
 
Trai recommends lower bandwidth for FM radio broadcast
Mint, Feb 21, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Thursday recommended a lower minimum channel spacing of 400KHz for FM radio broadcast, as against 800KHz now, to allow for more radio stations. This is a part of the recommendations issued by the telecom and broadcast regulator on the migration of FM radio operators from phase II to phase III. The second phase of FM radio broadcasting in India was launched in July 2005, under which 221 radio channels were added to the then operational 21 stations, which were also migrated from phase I to phase II. In the third phase of radio auctions, 839 channels will be added across 294 cities. Read more...
 
21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World
Shareable, Feb 20, 2014
Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. Here are 21 innovations that will help make it happen. Read more...
 
IRS 2013 kept in abeyance
The Hindu, Feb 20, 2014
The Indian Readership Survey 2013 on newspapers has been kept in abeyance by its publisher, the Media Research Users Council, until March 31, 2014. All subscribers and members have been asked by MRUC to hold off usage of the study until it is re-validated. Read more...
 
Internet subscribers in India touch 238.71 million in 2013
IBN (PTI), Feb 19, 2014
India's Internet population rose to 238.71 million last year helped by growing number of users especially in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Communication and IT Milind Deora said: "As per the Census of India 2011, 9.4 per cent of households of India have access to computers and 3.1 per cent of households have Internet." Read more...
 
Apple TV Is Starting To Sound More Like Hulu Than A Cable Replacement
Business Insider, Feb 19, 2014
While the Apple TV as we know it today - a little black box powered by a modified version of iOS - was introduced back in 2010, it was quickly labeled as a "hobby" so that the tech press wouldn't tear it apart for not being the game-changer everyone was hoping for. What everyone really wanted was an actual big-screen TV from Apple that would have high margins, a new kind of interface, and ad-free viewing of all the television and movie content you could want. While many shot down the first idea (TVs just don't usually have high profit margins), there's been ample evidence that Apple is trying hard to tackle the TV's interface and consumption model. Read more...
 
Where Is Information Still Not Free?
Slate, Feb 19, 2014
Billions of people still live under regimes that severely restrict the press and the Web. That’s the lesson of a map recently released by a press freedom advocacy group, highlighting the worst countries in the world for information freedom. Read more...
 
Blackout or not, TV goes on the blink
The Telegraph, Feb 18, 2014
As Lok Sabha TV today went on the blink, the ticker scrolling across the screen first said “House Adjourned” even as discussions were on. A while later, it said “Live from Lok Sabha shortly” but proceedings never went live till the bill was passed and the House adjourned. For many journalists, it was a throwback to olden days when TV anchors had to bank on reporters in the press gallery for inputs on House proceedings. Read more...
 
400-plus news channels of India come under attack for sensationalism
Real Time News, Feb 17, 2014
With many news channels turning into ‘noise channels’ in their race for TRPs, media and communication professionals need to introspect over the need for responsible communication, experts at a conclave said. Participating in deliberations in the two-day Global Communication Conclave that concluded last night here, media and communication professionals raised questions relating to journalistic ethics and corporate and public relation professionals pressures on media to garner space. Read more...
 
Facebook to face enormous challenge of retaining users
BS (ANI), Feb 17, 2014
According to the New York Post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg's brainchild needs to prove that it could continue to grow despite the possibility that it has already begun to saturate its most fertile marketplaces while facing stiff competition in key foreign centers. However, Facebook's early dominance on the Internet's social networking zone is clearly diminishing with rivals like Twitter and LinkedIn fast taking charge. Read more...
 
Slow television starts to pick up speed
ToI (The Independent), Feb 16, 2014
Characterized by hour upon hour of continuous coverage by fixed cameras on one subject, Slow TV has been championed by NRK 2, Norway's equivalent of BBC 2. It all began in 2009, when a live broadcast of a seven-hour train trip from Oslo to Bergen attracted an audience of one million — or 20% of Norway's population. As if to prove that this wasn't a freak statistical blip swollen by trainspotters, there followed the even longer broadcast of a cruise ship sailing Norway's fjord-heavy west coast. More than half the country tuned in to this 134-hour epic. Read more...
 
The surprising friendship between cricket and military technology
HT, Feb 16, 2014
Technology has all but taken over the way we engage with cricket (and life, one might argue). Whether it is to catch up with the score of the latest IPL league match or to analyse the batting technique of the man expected to replace Rahul Dravid as the mainstay of the test team, we have to turn to various technologies to keep us updated. That’s not all. A seemingly unrelated (to cricket) aspect of our everyday news bulletins is the mechanics of war. Read more...
 
Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs?
ET (NYT), Feb 16, 2014
Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs? Does it exacerbate income inequality? Does it boost economic growth and productivity - without creating the jobs that ought to come with economic growth? Last month I gave space to a book titled "Who Owns the Future?" by the computer scientist Jaron Lanier. His answer was an unequivocal yes. He tellingly compared the great photography company of the analog age, Kodak, with the hot photography company of the moment, Instagram. At its peak, Kodak employed 140,000 people; Instagram had only 13 employees when it was bought by Facebook (for $1 billion!) in 2012. Read more...
 
Comcast's $45 Billion Purchase Of Time Warner Cable Is Trouble For Apple TV
Business Insider, Feb 16, 2014
The Journal and Bloomberg both said Apple was partnering with Time Warner Cable to deliver video content to users. Apple TV would add a nice layer of user interface to Time Warner's video stream. However, just hours after the reports broke, a much bigger story involving the TV industry hit. Comcast was planning to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in an all-stock deal. Read more...
 
Reporters without Borders: 'Security interests threaten press freedom'
Deutsche Welle, Feb 12, 2014
United States army soldier Bradley Manning was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison in the US for violating the country's Espionage Act. Former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, is convinced if he stands trial in his home country that he will not receive a fair hearing. The subtext is clear: whoever provides journalists with politically sensitive information and classified documents has to factor in a severe punishment should they be caught. Media-rights watchdog, Reporters without Borders, draws this conclusion in its 2014 Press Freedom Index which was released on Wednesday (12.02.2014). Read more...
 
TRAI ruling hits content aggregators
BT, Feb 12, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recent regulation disallowing content aggregators from making bulk deals with cable operators is an obvious response to the increasing discontent of the cable operator community with such deals. Content aggregators are companies which represent groups of broadcasters. Cable operators have been complaining of a monopolistic situation, where the content aggregators have been arm-twisting them into signing deals which are unviable for them. Read more...
 
Delhi high court stays cross-holding rule on TV rating agencies
Mint, Feb 12, 2014
Offering temporary relief to Kantar Media and TAM Media Research Pvt. Ltd, the Delhi high court on Wednesday stayed a contentious provision in guidelines related to television viewership measurement until the court takes a final decision. New government guidelines, announced on 16 January, prevent any single company or entity from having paid-up equity in excess of 10% simultaneously in both rating agencies and broadcasters, advertisers or advertising agencies. The rules have to be implemented by 15 February. Read more...
 
Making Radio future-proof
HT, Feb 12, 2014
Over the years, advancement of radio technology and diversified programming have dramatically impacted the audience. What else has changed? Read more...
 
TV channels sponsored by Ambani helpless, cannot report about his corruption: Arvind Kejriwal
DNA (ANI), Feb 11, 2014
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said there are a few channels that were directly sponsored by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and they could not report against him. He requested the channels which did not fall under this category to stand up for the public and stop acts of increasing corruption that has resulted in the rise of gas prices. Read more...
 
Elections to raise advertising growth this year: GroupM
BS, Feb 11, 2014
Generous advertising by political parties is expected to raise growth of the ad & media sector this year. In its annual forecast, GroupM, the country’s largest media agency, has said overall advertising growth will stand at 11.6 per cent this year, against 10 per cent last year; the sector, currently pegged at Rs 38,597 crore, will stand at Rs 43,065 crore by the year-end. Read more...
 
Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings
The Hindu, Feb 8, 2014
Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn’t happen. Read more...
 
Tata Sky details Everywhere TV usage patterns
ThinkDigit, Feb 7, 2014
According to the data shared, Everywhere TV seems to have generated the maximum interest in North India, with 33% of the subscribers being based out of this part of the country. At 32%, the users based in the Western region of the country are also fairly active. Maharashtra, as a state alone, holds 23% of that demographic. Delhi sees just 13% share of North India’s figures, indicating to wider growth outside the capital city. South India seems to have given the Everywhere TV service a rather tepid response, with just 10% of the users based in Karnataka and 9% in Tamil Nadu. Read more...
 
Zee Media launches Zee Kalinga in Odisha
Odisha Diary, Feb 6, 2014
Zee News Media Corp (ZMCL) has launched Odia language Zee Kalinga to tap viewers in the state of Odisha. Zee Kalinga replaces Telugu language Zee 24 Gantalu which discontinued its operations in November 2013 as Zee News found the Andhra Pradesh market to be a highly competitive market. In January this year, ZMCL decided to move into Odisha with Zee Kalinga. The channel has been in preparation since six months and all it had to do was to apply to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) for converting its news licence from one channel to another. The approval from the MIB came through in January this year. Read more...
 
One billion TV-centric connected devices now in homes
CIOL, Feb 6, 2014
The global installed base of TV-centric connected devices surpassed 1 billion units in 2013 and will exceed 2 billion units by 2017, driven by smart TV, IP-enabled set top boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players and low cost digital media adapters, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. Read more...
 
Centre to cap market share of cable TV
FE, Feb 6, 2014
IN a move that is bound to ruffle feathers of many political parties from the Akali Dal in Punjab to the DMK in Tamil Nadu the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has decided to cap at 50 per cent the market share of multi-system operators (MSO) engaged in cable TV distribution. Read more...
 
Applications for 243 new TV channels at various stages of clearance
ET, Feb 6, 2014
Applications for 243 new TV channels are at various stages of clearance, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said today. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, I&B Minister Manish Tewari said that at present there are 389 news and current affairs channels and 398 non-news and current affairs channels. Read more...
 
UAE's Etisalat, Star TV in distribution tie-up
BS (IANS), Feb 6, 2014
In a bid to attract expatriate Indian viewers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), e-vision -- a subsidiary of Etisalat, the Gulf nation's leading telecom services provider -- has partnered with Star TV to offer 17 new channels as part of its eLife TV Choice Asian Basic package. Read more...
 
Prasar Bharati: The costly white elephant
Mint, Feb 6, 2014
The Sam Pitroda committee report on Prasar Bharati, which came out last fortnight, is unequivocal on one point. If you continue with business as usual at India’s public service broadcaster, it will only hurtle further down the path to expensive irrelevance. When a new government comes in this summer, it will have to sooner or later decide how much good money it wants to continue wasting on this behemoth. Read more...
 
Much ado about readership numbers
Mint, Feb 6, 2014
There will be discrepancies because of what is measured (familiarity, to put it bluntly) and how it is measured (with no effort to validate the readership), but that’s the way readership surveys are conducted. Not surprisingly, most readership surveys are influenced by such factors such as the age of a publication (the results of most readership studies show a distinct legacy effect). Indeed, many of the issues over which 18 publishers have rejected IRS 2013, the first to be done under the aegis of a new body, and conducted by a new research agency (Nielsen India) using a new methodology, are not new. Yes, I know the old IRS and the new one aren’t really comparable but a mere avowal of that is not going to make anyone stop comparing the two. Read more...
 
What Has Become of Business Journalism?
The New Yorker, Feb 5, 2014
Business reporters are supposed to make the complex worlds of finance and commerce intelligible to non-experts. But business journalism generally failed to predict the looming credit collapse, although a few reporters warned of its arrival. Critical stories by Michael Hudson, of the Roanoke Times and the Wall Street Journal, and Gillian Tett, of the Financial Times, drowned in a vat of glimmering C.E.O. profiles and analyst chatter. Business reporters missed opportunities to investigate abusive lending, negligent rating agencies, and dodgy derivatives trading. To critics, they were complicit in the financial crisis and the recession that followed. Read more...
 
I&B Ministry suggests TV channels to focus more on North-East
Jagran, Feb 5, 2014
In the wake of commotion generated over the killing of a student from Arunachal Pradesh, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked various private channels to produce more programmes on North-East. Read more...
 
News publishers ask MRUC to withdraw Indian Readership Survey
Mint, Feb 4, 2014
India runs the risk of having to do without readership data, the currency by which advertisers pick publications in which they advertise, with several publications unhappy with the findings of the latest readership survey—a new one designed to weed out the imperfections of old survey—demanding its immediate withdrawal. The sequence of events is similar to what happened with television ratings in India, with several TV channels not happy with their ratings demanding a change in methodology. Read more...
 
Gujarat continues to whip up impressive TRPs on prime time TV
ToI, Feb 2, 2014
Shows set against Gujarati background continue to rule the roost and grab impressive eyeballs, even in the first few weeks of January 2014, while viewership numbers of other shows have been fluctuating much like the sensex in the past few months. Read more...
 
TRAI hopeful of full cable TV digitisation
The Hindu, Feb 1, 2014
Cable TV operators on Friday inundated the offices of multi-system operators (MSO) with bulk submissions of Consumer Application Forms (CAF) used as proof that the switch from analog to digital signals have been made. Sources in the multi-system operators offices said that though a bulk of submissions came in only late on Friday evening, they are unlikely to cut off signals without doing a last round of compilations and entering the CAFs to the ‘subscriber management system’ database. Read more...
January 2014
Facebook looks to nab Twitter's 'second screen' crown
IBN (Reuters), Jan 31, 2014
The Super Bowl is the biggest stage for a broader battle that has intensified over the past year between the two behemoths of social media. By dominating online chatter during events such as the American football game, each company hopes to attract users and advertisers and capture a slice of the $70 billion spent annually on US television advertising. Both companies can serve up new ads in real time and can target specific audiences. Read more...
 
Plea to take TV serial on Buddha off the air
The Hindu, Jan 31, 2014
Buddha, a serial being telecast on Zee TV, hurts Buddhists’ sentiments and it should immediately be taken off the air, says a petition in the Bombay High Court. Read more...
 
Twitter on Airtel Digital TV - A good start, with a lot of potential
ThinkDigit, Jan 30, 2014
Airtel recently announced the first-of-its-kind integration called 'Twitter on TV' which shows Live Twitter feed on your TV. It's a unique service because it is available via the Airtel Digital TV direct to home (DTH) set top box that brings you Live TV and does not require your television to fall under the Smart TV category. It doesn't even require Internet connectivity. Read more...
 
Now, mature TV slot for ‘A’ films?
ToI, Jan 30, 2014
If members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) have their way, there will be a 'mature' slot on satellite television. in a meeting on Wednesday with secretary of information and broadcasting ministry Bimal Julka, the board members asked for the introduction of the special slot. Read more...
 
Trai suggests outright transfer of purchased spectrum, bars leasing
BS, Jan 29, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday cleared the working guidelines for spectrum trading, allowing cellular operators to buy and sell spectrum. However, it has recommended leasing of airwaves be barred, for now. Read more...
 
Delhi HC declines Kantar Media’s plea on TV rating guidelines
Mint, Jan 29, 2014
The Delhi high court (HC) on Wednesday declined to grant a stay on the government’s recent guidelines on television viewership ratings. Read more...
 
Telecom Commission suggests three spectrum fee options
The Hindu, Jan 25, 2014
The Telecom Commission, on Saturday, recommended three options for levying annual spectrum charges on telecom operators, which would be considered by the Empowered Group of Ministers at its meeting on Monday. Read more...
 
Facebook 'Could Lose 80% Of Users By 2017'
Yahoo (SKY News), Jan 23, 2014
Interest in Facebook has peaked and the social network could lose up to 80% of its users by 2017, researchers say. Academics at Princeton University used theories on the spread of disease combined with Google Trends data on searches for Facebook to predict the demise of the world's largest social network. Read more...
 
Not a worm’s eye view
Mint, Jan 23, 2014
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is doing something unsettling to the media in the capital city. It is making some of us discover just how pro-establishment our own instincts are. The primacy of law and order, the need to maintain the sanctity of Republic Day rituals, the framing of the confrontation adopted by AAP this week as anarchy versus governance—all of this has been unquestioningly subscribed to by both the TV anchor fraternity and the English newspaper edit writers. Read more...
 
Kantar Media takes govt to court over TV ratings guidelines
Mint, Jan 22, 2014
Kantar Media, the WPP company which has 50% stake in TAM Media Research Pvt. Ltd, has taken the Indian government to court over new policy guidelines for television ratings agencies. Read more...
 
Sony to take on Star in the sports broadcasting space
BS, Jan 22, 2014
With the company bagging a number of rights including the lucrative Pepsi Indian Premiere League (IPL), FIFA World cup 2014 and 2018, Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Total Non-Stop Action (TNA), The Australian Open Tennis Championship, The NBA, The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as well as The Indian Open Super Series and The India Open Grand Prix Gold in badminton, it could emerge on top in the domestic broadcasting space in the next few months, feel experts. Read more...
 
BARC set to roll out TV ratings in October
DNA, Jan 21, 2014
Television audience measurement company Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) has got on board Mediametrie of France for key technology services and licensing for its proposed television (TV) audience measurement system in India. With this tie-up, BARC is set to hit the market with its TV ratings starting October this year. Read more...
 
TRAI lays down final deadlines for entry of subscriber details in subscriber management systems
CIOL, Jan 21, 2014
Following the successful roll-out of the Digital Addressable Cable TV System (DAS) in the Metros, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been rigorously monitoring the implementation of DAS in the 38 cities notified under Phase-II of its implementation. The cut off date for implementation of DAS in the Phase -II cities was 31st March 2013. Read more...
 
Is TV more violent than ever?
CNN, Jan 20, 2014
The issue of violence on TV has been stirring buzz due in part to the recent release of a study by the Parents Television Council which stated that "some of the most violent TV-14-rated shows on broadcast TV have similar levels and types of violence as TV-MA-rated cable TV shows." Whether such violence is for shock value or just part of good storytelling depends on who you ask. Read more...
 
Kantar’s Eric Salama: Wouldn’t be good for TV ratings collapse in India
Firstpost, Jan 20, 2014
TAM is once again caught between a rock and a hard place. This time, it's because of the new guidelines on TV ratings agencies that were approved by the Union cabinet last week. Among other things, the guidelines mandate that no investor can have more than 10 percent equity holding in both ratings agencies and a broadcast or advertising company. Remember, TAM is a 50:50 Joint Venture between WPP-owned Kantar and Nielsen. Here, Kantar's CEO Eric Salama talks to Storyboard editor Anant Rangaswami on what's in store for the company and how it plans to address this issue. Read more...
 
Planting an antenna on network TV's turf
NDTV (The New York Times), Jan 20, 2014
When the case of American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo comes before the Supreme Court in April, it will feature two American archetypes in a battle that could upend the television industry. In one corner will be broadcast networks like ABC, NBC and CBS, powerful companies that have been fixtures in American living rooms for decades, and the conduit for collective national experiences like presidential elections, walks on the moon and the Super Bowl. In the other corner is Chet Kanojia, a 43-year old immigrant from India, who as an outsider saw a system that most took for granted and who knew he could build a better mousetrap, or at least a different one. Aereo, Kanojia's 2-year-old company, has figured out how to grab over-the-air television signals and stream them to subscribers on the Internet. It is an invention that could topple titans. Read more...
 
No end in sight to TV ratings guidelines row
Mint, Jan 17, 2014
Broadcasting and advertising executives requested the ministry of information and broadcasting to defer implementing the recently approved guidelines for television rating agencies by six months, even as India’s information and broadcasting minister said there was no question of a postponement. The new guidelines if implemented immediately would render the sole rating agency in the country, Tam Media Research, ineligible to operate, they said. Read more...
 
Media barred from reporting on former SC judge
HT, Jan 16, 2014
The Delhi high court on Thursday barred media outlets from further reporting the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a former law intern against National Green Tribunal chairman justice Swatanter Kumar, except “fair reporting” of court cases on the issue. Justice Manmohan Singh said that the ban on reporting was a “temporary measure”, which will remain in force till the next date of hearing on February 24. Read more...
 
Reliance Broadcast ends joint venture with CBS Studios
ET, Jan 16, 2014
Reliance Broadcast Network (RBNL) has dissolved its joint venture with the Los Angeles-based CBS Studios International after shutting down Big CBS Prime, Big CBS Love and Big CBS Spark -- three channels the company had launched in India between 2010 and 2011. Read more...
 
Cable TV could soon get costlier
ToI, Jan 16, 2014
Your monthly cable TV bill may increase from Rs 250 per connection to Rs 300 soon. But calculating a bill based on one's choice of channels over and above government taxes will get easier for consumers in the state, where set-top boxes have been installed. Read more...
 
Uttar Pradesh blacks out TV channels for criticizing Akhilesh govt
ToI, Jan 14, 2014
Within days of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's open attack on the media for its "negative coverage of Saifai Mahotsav", two new channels - Times Now and India News - were unplugged by cable operators, some of who confessed that they were acting on an informal government orders. Read more...
 
Sony plans tests for Internet-based television programming
The Washington Post, Jan 12, 2014
Sony Corp. will begin testing an Internet-based pay-television service in the United States this year, bringing live and on-demand programming to TVs and its PlayStation game consoles. The product will make it easy for consumers to switch between live and Web-based programs, Andrew House, head of Sony Computer Entertainment, said at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Tokyo-based company will also test a video-game streaming service for the PlayStation, smartphones and TVs. Read more...
 
Will India Dial into 4G in 2014?
Forbes India, Jan 9, 2014
While over 200 4G deployments have taken place worldwide, BWA has not yet taken off in India. Why? Let us consider three factors: The demand for high-speed data in India, what has been done so far, and the options to scale up 4G going forward. Read more...
 
New norms for TV rating agencies may hurt TAM: experts
Mint, Jan 10, 2014
Guidelines approved by the cabinet to govern the functioning of television rating agencies have the potential to disrupt the system of measuring TV viewership, but in the long term will help bring greater transparency and accuracy to the process of monitoring and rating broadcasters, industry executives and experts said on Friday. Read more...
 
BARC may emerge winner after govt's decision to regulate TV rating agency
BS, Jan 10, 2014
The government’s decision on Thursday, to regulate TV rating agencies in the country, is expected to help a rating agency set up by the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) emerge as the leading rating agency in the country, says industry experts. Read more...
 
Mute the TV by pointing your finger
FE (PTI), Jan 10, 2014
Soon you will be able to mute your TV by putting your finger to your lips and switch off appliances by merely pointing at them! A new software-based gesture technology developed by a Israel-based company enables consumers to control home appliances from a distance just by pointing at them. The software called PointSwitch works with standard 2D cameras, including webcams, Mashable reported. Read more...
 
Little Eye Labs's technology will help Facebook to improve apps, mobile environment
ET, Jan 9, 2014
Bangalore-based Little Eye Labs has become the first Indian firm to be bought by Facebook, going from creation to acquisition in less than 18 months. Read more...
 
Guidelines approved for regulating TV rating agencies
HBL, Jan 9, 2014
The Cabinet on Thursday gave its approval to a comprehensive framework that will regulate TV rating agencies in the country. The move is expected to bring in transparency in the measurement of television ratings that determine the number of eyeballs garnered by TV channels. Read more...
 
TV viewership ratings to come under govt’s scanner
IE, Jan 8, 2014
In a clampdown on TV rating agencies, the government has decided to direct them to get officially registered with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, significantly broad-base the size of the sample households used by them for the viewership surveys and submit the detailed methodology of the assessment mechanism followed by them to the government. Read more...
 
Questions that the mainstream media ignored in 2013
Moneylife, Jan 7, 2014
While news channels are outraged about something or the other every weeknight, here are some of the issues the media ignored in 2013. Read more...
 
I&B Ministry clarifies on news broadcasts by private FMs
The Hindu, Jan 7, 2014
Amid reports in a section of the media that the Government was reconsidering its policy that disallows news programmes on private FM channels, Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Bimal Julka on Tuesday said no decision as such had been taken as yet. According to Mr. Julka, the policy was being looked at in the wake of the Supreme Court’s notice to the Centre on a public interest writ petition challenging the validity of the provisions of the Policy Guidelines and the Grant of Permission Agreements framed by the Centre which prohibit private FM radio and community radio stations from broadcasting their own news and current affairs programmes on the same footing as private television and print media. Read more...
 
Resolutions we need from Indian TV
HT, Jan 6, 2014
Now that the new year has begun, it is time that the television industry too made some resolutions. And tried to stick to them as well. Here are some pointers on what they could start with. Read more...
 
Notice to three DTH operators for not showing mandatory channels
ET (PTI), Jan 5, 2014
The Information and Broadcasting ministry has issued showcause notices to three private Direct To Home (DTH) operators for not showing all the 24 mandatory channels to their subscribers. Read more...
 
Facebook faces suit for data mining 'private' messages
ET (AFP), Jan 3, 2014
Facebook has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the social networking behemoth gleans data from purportedly private messages, in violation of users' rights. Two plaintiffs claim the site scans private correspondence between users for links to third-party websites, sharing that information with the likes of "advertisers, marketers and other data aggregators." The suit accuses Facebook of violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and California privacy laws. Read more...
 
N.P. Singh takes over as CEO at Multi-Screen Media
Mint, Jan 3, 2014
Multi-Screen Media Pvt. Ltd (MSML), which runs channels such as Sony Entertainment Television (SET), SAB TV, AXN and MAX, on Friday announced the elevation of chief operating officer N.P. Singh to the post of chief executive officer (CEO). Singh will take over from current CEO Man Jit Singh with immediate effect, with the latter returning to being a non-executive chairman of MSML and moving back to Los Angeles to assume other responsibilities. Read more...
 
Distortions in news broadcasting
Mint, Jan 3, 2014
There are several threats to the future of India’s news broadcasting industry, which generates a minuscule Rs.2,000 crore in advertising a year between a little over 410 national and regional level television channels. While the sector’s financial vulnerability has been a concern, the bigger worry is the rise of Jimmy Jib journalism, poor editorial quality and corporate ownership of news media. Read more...
 
Reliance Jio tries out TV services on 4G network
HBL, Jan 3, 2014
In addition to telecom services Reliance Jio is looking to offer television channels on its fourth generation (4G) broadband network. As part of the entertainment bouquet, the company is planning live TV and Video-on-Demand, with HD viewing experience. It also includes Catch-up TV, which eliminates the need for recording programmes. Read more...
 
DD’s vision
The Hindu, Jan 2, 2014
Doordarshan Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram, begins its 30th year this week. The pioneers rewind to the days of Malayalam’s first TV channel. Read more...
 
SC issues notice to Centre on regulation of broadcast media
ET (PTI), Jan 2, 2014
The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre on a PIL seeking establishment of an independent regulatory authority to govern broadcast media. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam also sought response from News Broadcasters Association, Association of Radio Operators for India and Advertising Standards Council of India. Read more...
 
India to have 155 mn mobile Internet users by March: IAMAI
ET (PTI), Jan 1, 2014
The number of users accessing the web on their mobile handsets in India is expected to reach 155 million by March this year, according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Read more...
 
LinkedIn, Pinterest more popular than Twitter: Study
ET (Reuters), Jan 1, 2014
More US adults use LinkedIn andPinterest than Twitter, but that website attracts a greater proportion of blacks and young adults than do its social media peers, a Pew Research Center study released on Monday showed. Read more...
 
Recommendations on new DTH licences this month, says TRAI
BS (PTI), Jan 1, 2014
Telecom and broadcasting regulator TRAI expects to come up with its recommendations on new Direct-To-Home (DTH) licences this month. Read more...