Viacom acquires Indian channels stake

Viacom has paid INR9.4 billion (€133 million) for a 50% stake in Indian regional entertainment channels operator Prism TV. Prism owns a bouquet of networks comprising ETV Marathi, ETV Kannada, ETV Bangla, ETV Oriya and ETV Gujarati. These were recently rebranded under the COLORS umbrella, the Hindi entertainment brand that Viacom jointly owns with the […]

Pace turns in strong performance

TV technology and set-top provider Pace has turned in an improved operating profit on lower revenue in its first half results, reporting adjusted EBITA of US$118 million (€108 million), up 11% on revenue of US$1.078 billion, down 5.3%. Profit after tax was up 54.2% to US$85.4 million. Pace, which is in the process of being […]

Netflix reportedly eyeing Indian launch

A report in India suggests SVoD platform Netflix will launch in the Asian territory before 2016. Citing unnamed sources, the Times of India reported the US-based platform had “firmed up plans” to enter territory, a move that was concerning local DTH players. Should Netflix launch in India, it would be the second American-owned SVOD service […]

Microsoft launches high-end TV dongle in India

Microsoft has partnered with Mumbai-based electronics firm iBall to launch a high-end “PC-on-a-stick” HDMI device in India.  The iBall Splendo is designed to convert a user’s TV into a “fully functional PC and a smart TV”, comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard set, runs on Windows 8.1 and will retail at INR8,999 (€125). “The iBall […]

Emerging markets to drive satellite pay TV growth

Growth in emerging markets will help push the number of satellite pay TV homes globally up by over 60 million between now and 2020, according to a report by Digital TV Research. According to Digital TV Research, satellite pay TV homes will grow to 265 million by 2020, up from 203 million at the end […]

Netflix rival Hooq to launch in India

Sony, Warner Bros. and Singtel-backed SVoD service Hooq is about to launch in India one of the international markets where Netflix has yet to roll out. Hooq was announced in January, at which point the three partners outlined plans to launch in Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Thailand. It has already launched in the Philippines […]

Tata Sky chooses Elemental for 4K service

Indian DTH provider Tata Sky is using technology provider Elemental’s sofrtware encoding platform to to process 4K live linear content in HEVC/H.265 for delivery to its 4K set-top boxes.  Tata Sky, jointly owned by Tata Group and 21st Century Fox, launched its 4K service in advance of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 tournament currently […]

Tata Sky partners with Ericsson to bring 4K to India

Indian direct-to-home (DTH) operator, Tata Sky, has partnered with Ericsson to launch what the pair claim is the first commercial 4K video service in the subcontinent. Announcing the deal at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson said will provide HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) compression technology to support 4K distribution using the high resolution 1080P50 […]

Times of India eyes European TV opportunities

Times Television Network, the TV arm of newspaper publisher The Times of India Group, is looking at broadcasting opportunities in Europe, according to head of international business Naveen Chandra. Speaking at the GS Summit in Saint Petersburg, Chandra, who oversees the international operations at Times Television Network, confirmed that the firm aims to expand into […]

Eurosport secures Indian Super League rights

Eurosport has secured the pan-European rights to the first season of Indian Super League football. The channel will broadcast 16 matches of the opening season between October 12 and the December 20 final on Eurosport 2.  Internationalex-professional players, such as France’s David Trezeguet and Nicolas Anelka, England’s David James and Sweden’s Freddie Ljungberg, will participate […]