Disney hires Google exec to head Disney+ Hotstar

Disney has raided Google for its new head of Indian streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar. Sajith Sivanandan becomes EVP and head of Disney+ Hotstar, reporting into Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s international content and operations group, and K Madhavan, president of India’s Disney Star. Sajith Sivanandan Sivanandan’s remit includes oversight of all Disney+ Hotstar business in […]

DTH down in India

DTH services in India saw total subscribers drop by 1.6 million in the first quarter of 2022.  According to The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), pay DTH has at a total active subscriber base of around 66.92 million in March 2022. This was down from 68.52 million in December 2021. There were four pay […]

Measat-3d and GSat-24 lofted by Arianespace

An Ariane 5 launcher has successfully lofted geostationary satellites for Malaysia’s Measat and  the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) that will provide broadband and TV services over their respective regions. The Measat-3d and GSat-24 satellites were successfully launched by Arianespace from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana. Measat-3d, to be […]

Hits TV joins Airtel Digital TV in India

Asian classic TV channel Hits has launched on India’s Airtel Digital TV service as Airtel Hits HD.  The channel, owned by Rewind Networks, which features a selection of Hollywood television content from the 60s to the early 2000s, will be available on Channel 167 on Airtel Digital TV and will be aired in HD with English subtitles. Shows aired on […]

Indian pay TV market takes a dip

The Indian pay TV market lost almost a million subscribers in the third quarter of 2021. According to new statistics published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the DTH sector ended Q3 with a total active subscriber base of around 68.89 million. This was down from 69.86 million at the end of Q2 […]

Indian government in plan to take 36% stake in Vodafone Idea

The Indian government could soon take a 35.8% stake in the country’s troubled number three telco Vodafone Idea. The heavily indebted company’s board this week approved a plan initiated by the government to convert interest owned to the state into equity. Under the plan proposed, the government would forego interest on payments due to it […]

Sony Pictures Networks India to merge with Zee Entertainment

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has struck a deal to take control of Indian media giant Zee Entertainment. SPNI and Zee Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) have signed up to an exclusive, non-binding agreement to combine both companies’ linear networks, digital assets, production operations and programme libraries. The combined company would be a publicly listed company in […]

APAC set for strong SVOD growth

The Asia Pacific region is set for strong growth in subscription video-on-demand take-up over the next five years, with China contributing the bulk of subscribers, and Disney+’s strong growth in the Indian market boosting the success of subscription services across the region, according to a new report. The Asia Pacific region as a whole will […]

Indian media and entertainment market to exceed $23 billion by 2023

The Indian media and entertainment sector is expected to rapidly increase this year with a value of INR1.73 trillion (US$23.7 billion). According to a new FICCI-EY report, the M&E sector in India is expected to reach INR 2.23 trillion (US$30.6 billion) by 2023 at a CAGR of 17%. TV is expected to remain the largest […]

Indian government agency calls police on Netflix’s Bombay Begums

A government agency in India which represents child rights has called on police in the country to investigate a new Netflix show. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) alleges that the Netflix series Bombay Begums, a series released last week about five women from various walks of life in the titular city, […]

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