BIGFlix.com inks pact with BookMyShow.com

BIGFlix.com inks pact with BookMyShow.comReliance Big Entertainment arm BIGFlix.com, India's largest Video on Demand and DVD Rental service, has entered into partnership with BookMyShow.com, India’s premier Entertainment ticketing website, to offer movie rental services at your doorstep. 

Under the arrangement, all bookmyshow.com users will offer a free BIGFlix.com membership, which will be valid for a period 14 days. The customer will be able to rent and watch unlimited movies of his choice from a catalogue of around 20,000 BIGFlix.com titles through the entire period of 14 days. 

Universal Pictures to sell its ‘Rogue Pictures’ label

Universal Pictures to sell its ‘Rogue Pictures’ label

Relativity Media LLC, longtime financing partner of Rogue Pictures, is considering the purchase of the horror and thriller film label for as much as $150 million. Talks are on for Relativity to acquire Rogue’s brand, catalog and upcoming releases, clearly indicating Relativity’s intention of getting deeper into the film production business.

Balaji Telefilms in legal muddle over KSBKBT

Balaji Telefilms has received a notice for termination of sourcing content and telecasting of one of its highly popular weekly serials – ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ (KSBKBT) – being aired on Star Plus. The notice comes from SGL Entertainment, a part of the Star Group.

Along with KSBKBT, Balaji is producing five other currently running programs for the Star Group. In addition, the company produces two programs for 9X, one for Zee TV, and is also producing two programs for NDTV Imagine, which will be launched in this quarter.

SGL opines that the termination of the highly rated serial is in breach of contractual obligations owed by the Star Group to the company. It added that it will pursue all legal remedies available to it regarding the issue.

Balaji Telefilms stock hits 52-week-low as Star arm stops ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’

Balaji Telefilms stock hits 52-week-low as Star arm stops ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’

Balaji Telefilms, India's leading entertainment content provider has informed that SGL Entertainment Ltd, part of broadcaster Star group, has terminated sourcing and will stop telecasting TV serial 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' from Nov. 10.

Bharti Airtel inks ‘Tech-Deal’ with Infosys for its DTH TV Service

Bharti Airtel inks ‘Tech-Deal’ with Infosys for its DTH TV ServiceBharti Airtel, India's leading integrated telecom company, has entered into an innovation and technology partnership with IT giant Infosys Technologies Ltd (Infosys), to offer cutting-edge interactive applications to the customers of Airtel digital TV - its DTH TV service.

As part of its Digital Convergence Platform, Infosys will provide a suite of products including devices, application servers and interactive applications that will concentrate on providing an enhanced digital lifestyle to Airtel digital TV customers.

Moser Baer opens new digital processing unit in Chennai

Moser Baer opens new digital processing unit in ChennaiMoser Baer, world's second largest manufacturer of Optical Storage media, has set up a modern digital video processing facility in Chennai. 

The newly opened facility provides real-time video restoration of content, apart from audio restoration, editing, graphics, content repurposing and high quality and high throughput DVD compression and authoring services. 

Tata Sky rolls out ‘Tata Sky+’, a set-top box with PVR Technology

Tata Sky rolls out ‘Tata Sky+’, a set-top box with PVR TechnologyTata Sky Ltd., the JV between the TATA Group and STAR, has finally launched Personal Video Recorder technology in the market with the name of ‘Tata Sky+’. 
With the launch, Tata Sky becomes the first company to bring this technology in the country. 

The Tata Sky+ digicomp has MPEG 4 technology, a hard disk and an in-built personal video recorder (PVR). The box has ability to record up to 45 hours of live entertainment.

BSNL to launch IPTV services in Himachal next month

BSNL to launch IPTV services in Himachal next monthPublic Sector communication company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is all geared up to launch Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in Himachal Pradesh by next month.

According to the sources, Shimla will become one of the first few cities in India to have BSNL's IPTV service. The company is presently giving final touches to its software system for launching. 

Bharti to launch DTH Services christened ‘Airtel Digital TV’ from Oct 9

Bharti to launch DTH Services christened ‘Airtel Digital TV’ from Oct 9Country's largest cellular operator Bharti Airtel has informed that it would launch direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television service christened 'Airtel digital TV' initially in 62 cities from October 9, 2008.

The company claims that Airtel digital TV uses the latest MPEG4 standard with DVB S2 technology, which translates into exceptional picture clarity and consistent high quality audio for the customer. 

In addition Airtel digital TV also uses 20% larger dish antenna that offers better performance during rain.

SMS GupShup gets funding worth $ 11 million from Helion, Charles Ventures

SMS GupShup gets funding worth $ 11 million from Helion, Charles VenturesSMS GupShup, the world’s largest and fastest-growing mobile community platform, has notified that it has received investment of US$11 million from Helion Ventures and Charles River Ventures.

The move will enable SMS GupShup to innovate faster and deliver great products to consumers, advertisers and enterprises.

The company intends to use funds for business growth, product development and increased sales and marketing.

ICICI Bank launches ‘ICICI ACTIVE’ on Dish TV Platform

ICICI Bank launches ‘ICICI ACTIVE’ on Dish TV PlatformICICI Bank, India’s second largest lender, in association with Dish TV, India’s first direct to home(DTH) entertainment service provider has launched Interactive Banking Service “ICICI ACTIVE”. 

The latest move will facilitate Dish TV viewers to access information on ICICI Bank products and services, from the convenience of their homes. 

Through latest launched customer friendly service, Dish TV viewers will be able to get information about different types of ICICI Bank accounts and deposits that suits their need. 

Fox Star Studios manages to clinch multiple-film deal with Vipul Shah

Fox Star Studios, a joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and Star, has entered into a multiple-film deal with Indian producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah, whose latest film 'Singh is Kinng' became the top-grosser Indian film of all times.

Under the agreement, the VFX (visual effects) films will be supported by a team of top visual effects directors from Hollywood and supervised by Fox’s multiple award-winning in-house visual effects team.

Further, the pact includes development and production of a visual effects-driven fantasy action movie, a romantic comedy and a first look deal on Shah's future projects.

Bharti plans to soft launch DTH Services by next month

Bharti plans to soft launch DTH Services by next monthBharti Telemedia, the DTH license holder company of Bharti Airtel, is likely to soft launch its direct-to-home service in the first week of October.

According to sources, the company is hoping to get an FIPB approval before the launch, which is slated to launch DTH services on October 8. However, the company will officially launch its DTH service by the end of this year.

FXLabs Studios launches Country’ first homemade arcade game 'Dance Challenge'

FXLabs Studios, the leading end-to-end gaming company in India, has launched newly developed arcade game 'Dance Challenge', the first of its kind game with exclusive Indian content.

The kiosk will facilitate gamers to play with game either through the console keys or through an exclusive metal dance pad, which comes along with the game arcade.

The kiosk is controlled with a dance pad or with keys and four arrows pointing in each direction. The arrows on the screen would scroll or overlap. When they overlap, the player has to click the corresponding arrow on the dance pad or on the key, while listening to the lively music.

Star India, CJ Home to launch a new ‘Home Shopping Channel’ in the Country

Television broadcaster Star India Pvt. Ltd and South Korea’s CJ Home Shopping Ltd have formed a joint venture company, christened Star CJ Network India to launch 24/7 home shopping television channel in the country.

Under the arrangement, Star India will run the proposed channel while CJ Home Shopping will provide the backend support such as providing a host of products, tie-ups with local brands among others.

Both partners are expected to invest in around $2 million (about Rs 9 crore) towards uplinking and downlinking of the proposed channel.

Raj Television has no short term plans to enter into print media business

Raj Television Network has clarified that at present the company does not have any proposal to foray into print media business. However, the company may look at the proposal in the long-term.

According to the company, this is the long term objective, but at present, the company doesn't have any proposal in hand.

But in near future, if the fund are required, then the company may to dilute 5-10% of equity to private equity players to meet the future fund requirements, depending on the market conditions.

Earlier, a financial daily had reported that Raj Television was planning to foray into print media, and was open to acquiring a Tamil newspaper.

Shemaroo Entertainment inks partnership deal with IMA

Shemaroo Entertainment, a leading entertainment conglomerate, has entered into a partnership deal with the Israel Mobile and Communication Association (IMA), to explore new business opportunities in India along with IMA's member companies.

Established in 2002, IMA - the nucleus of the Israeli communications industry, represents the spirit, innovation and expertise of over 100 of the country's finest communications professionals. The organization serves as an innovation hub and their portfolio of companies offer a huge number of VAS solutions along with infrastructure, network efficiency and optimization solutions.

Beijing Olympics most watched event in U.S. TV history

NBC LogoWashington, August 27 : NBC''s round-the-clock coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics has been declared the most watched event in U. S. TV history.

Statistics released by Nielsen Media Research show that the coverage reached 214 million viewers.

The study also revealed that Michael Phelps'' acquisition of a record eight gold medals, the triumph of the itty-bitty Chinese women''s gymnastics team and the U. S. "Redeem Team''s" total domination over all comers in basketball helped the Beijing games surpass the previously most-watched event of all time—the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Indian Government flags green signal to guidelines of IPTV Services

IPTVThe Indian government has finally approved new guidelines for the provision of IPTV services, which will allow broadcasters to provide content to IPTV service providers across the country.

Apart from this, the cabinet also approved an amendment to policy guidelines for the down-linking of television channels, which will allow IPTV operators to demand that broadcasters provide them with content at par with cable and satellite TV operators.

ADAG to rechristen Adlabs along with Reliance Entertainment

Reliance - Anil Dhirubhai Ambani GroupAnil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) has decided to re-brand all its ventures in the entertainment industry under the "big" umbrella, to make Reliance Big Entertainment a success.

The group plans to rechristen its media and entertainment arm, Reliance Entertainment, which will now be called as ‘Reliance Big Entertainment’.

The company will begin with Adlabs multiplexes across the country, which will called 'Big Cinema' after modification.

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