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Tata Sky brings global content for Indians, premiering Gomorrah on 19 Mar

tata skyTata Sky announced the launch of its upcoming pop-up service by screening the first two episodes of Italian crime drama ‘Gomorrah’.

The TV series is based on the best-selling novel by Italian journalist Roberto Saviano which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and also inspired the 2008 film ‘Gomorrah’, that won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

World Series is an initiative that aims to showcase different global content from Italy, UK. Cuba, Norway, Czech Republic and South Korea on Indian screens exclusively for Tata Sky subscribers throughout the year, starting with Gomorrah.
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The series takes place in the suburbs of Naples, Italy and mainly focuses on the inside story of The Camora clans, the different relationships of gangsters and other organised crimes. The whole story is laid out through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzio, a henchman of Don Pietro Savastanno who is the head of the most powerful Camora clan in Naples.

Many of the scenes in the TV series are actually shot in real places in Italy showing real police confiscated buildings and houses that actually belonged to the mafia, although, the series is definitely more fictionalised than a documentary. Our initial impressions of Gomorrah can be defined as “looks lame and boring… Hey! It’s actually not bad”

Launching on March 19, ‘Gomorrah’ will be the first TV series on Tata Sky World Series and shall run for one month with English subtitles. On television, the pop-up service will run one episode a day along with previous episodes available throughout the day. Gomorrah will be available to all Tata Sky subscribers for a period of one month via Tata Sky’s Set-Top-Box & Tata Sky Mobile App at no additional cost.

However, representatives from Tata Sky also confirmed that you can still watch all of the 2 seasons on the first day itself with their Video On Demand (VoD) service which is already available on the Set-Top-Box as well as the Mobile & PC platform.

“We are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation by providing an assorted and rich array of content to our subscribers on platforms of their choice; be it the Set-Top-Box or the Tata Sky Mobile App. This new service will enable our subscribers to consume global content which otherwise would not have reached the Indian sub-continent through the conventional mediums of television. Gomorrah being the first of many international TV shows on Tata Sky World Series is a scintillating drama on the much-romanced Italian Mafia, that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”- Paolo Agostinelli, Chief Content & Business Development Officer, Tata Sky

Source: http://www.digit.in/general/tata-sky-world-series-announced-with-italian-series-gomorrah-34152.html

Airtel Digital TV launches ‘subscription video on demand’ service

Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of India’s largest telecommunications provider Bharti Airtel, today announced the launch of “BANGLA HITZ”, a subscription based video on demand (SVOD) service in Bengali.Airtel Digital TV

This ad free service is available at a nominal fee of Rs39/month and can be accessed on channel number 702 on Airtel Digital TV. To activate the service, Airtel Digital TV customers will have to give a missed call to 9109121232 or SMS ADD 702 to 54325

The new service will offer a whole new range of exclusive entertainment options in Bengali for Airtel DTH customers. This includes, a showcase of 7 unique Bengali Movies in a day, totaling upto 15-20 unique titles per week. The frequency will gradually be increased to 4 new premieres every month. Additionally, customers also gets access to some of the finest musical performances from the region via the huge music catalogue that comes with the service.

Commenting on the launch, S. Siram, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Digital TV, said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of our subscription video on demand services in Bengali. This service will give our users access to exclusive local entertainment content, right from the comfort of their homes. We will continue to focus on delivering compelling content for our customers and change the way customers view entertainment in India”.

Currently, in regional catalogue, Airtel Digital TV offers SVOD services in Gujarati, Tamil and Punjabi as well.

Source:http://www.voicendata.com/airtel-digital-tv-launches-subscription-video-on-demand-service-in-bengali/

Videocon d2h to Merge With Dish TV, Create New Entity

Videocon Group’s DTH arm Videocon d2h will merge with Essel Group-owned Dish TV in an all share deal to create a new entity – Dish TV Videocon Ltd.

Dish Tv and Videocon D2hDhoot brothers-owned Videocon will own 44.6 percent in the merged entity, while the billionaire Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group will have 55.4 percent stake.

“The Board of Directors of Dish TV and Videocon d2h Ltd today approved a scheme of arrangement for the amalgamation of Vd2h into Dish TV and the execution of definitive agreements in relation to such amalgamation,” said a joint statement issued by both the DTH operators.

The combined entity would be positioned as the leading DTH operator in the country. It had a revenue of Rs. 5,915.8 crores on a pro-forma basis for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.

Pursuant to the scheme, Dish TV Videocon will issue 857.791 million shares as consideration for the scheme and Videocon d2h shareholders shall be allotted 2.021 new shares of Dish TV Videocon for every one share held in Vd2h.

As per the scheme, Dish TV shareholders would be owning 1,066.861 million existing shares or 55.4 percent of Dish TV Videocon, with Vd2h shareholders owning 857.791 million new shares or 44.6 percent.

The transaction, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017, would be subject to regulatory approvals from various stakeholders such as SEBI, CCI, High Court of Bombay, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, stock exchanges as well as shareholders and creditors of both companies.

The merger would provide “better synergies and growth opportunities and enable” it to provide differentiated and superior service and become a more effective partner for TV content providers in India.

Dish TV CMD Jawahar L Goel said: “This transaction, that brings together two powerhouse brands of the cable and satellite industry in India, will provide us with a gateway to harness growth opportunities in an ultra competitive multi player environment”.

Videocon d2h Executive Chairman Saurabh Dhoot said: “Today we are very excited about this strategic combination to create a solid platform with decisive and proven leadership at the front…”

This would lead Dish TV Videocon to create value for all stakeholders, customers, employees and shareholders, he added.

According to the statement, the Essel Group firm would have an upper hand in Dish TV Videocon. “At the close of the proposed transaction, the current promoters of Dish TV shall continue as promoters of Dish TV Videocon,” the statement said.

It further added: “The Dish TV principals are also in discussion with the Vd2h principals to purchase some of the Vd2h principals’ shares in Dish TV Videocon post the amalgamation, details of which are likely to be finalised soon”.

After completion of the transaction, Dish TV Videocon shall continue to be listed on NSE and BSE in India and on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange in the form of GDRs.

“In the scheme, holders of Videocon d2h ADRs will receive their new shares in the form of GDRs, unless they elect to receive and hold new shares directly,” the statement said.

Source:http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/videocon-d2h-to-merge-with-dish-tv-create-new-entity-1624361

Tata Sky gear up plans to add 200 new channels with Ericsson’s AVP 4000 encoder

Tata Sky the leading DTH (Direct-to-Home) service provider in India,has announced on Friday that they are going to use Ericson’s AVP 4000 encoding platform to meet the complex video processing needs in transmitting HD content to viewers.

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The Ericsson AVP 4000 platform enables superior quality system encoding which will lower the transmission delay, thus adding much better reliability and flexibility.The encoding quality offer by the AVP 4000 lets the media organizations to efficiently utilize the bandwidth offerings.Lowering the transmission delay lets the viewer have high quality viewing experience.

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The encoding platform supports all encoding formats, and more can be added if required. The modular architecture allows for hot swapping of encoder modules. The platform can be used to overcome constraints in the available bandwidth. The platform supports deployment of multi-screen services. The device is powered by Ericsson’s programmable video chip.

 

With this technological advancement Tata Sky will be able to add 200(150 Standard Definition and 50 High Definition) new channels to its ever growing channel list of 471 channels (400+ SD & 71 HD) by the end of the year.

 

Now is never late to own a Tata Sky New connection and grab the future benefits now.Considering the quality of the channels and the services offered, Tata Sky undoubtedly tops the list of quality DTH providers in India.

 

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References : Tech.firstpost , Economic Times