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Headlines in the month of Oct
 
*Walt Disney brings Mickey and Minnie to India
*Pix to launch film review show 'Chicks On Flicks next wk'
*SLC to lose $3mn over England tour cancellation
*Latkar is Saam Marathi chief producer
*Star Pravah to launch on 24 November
*Transmission trouble from Wimax deployments: Casbaa
*Star Den, MSM Discovery obtain stay on Arasu Cable issue
( 31 Oct 2008 )
*Pogo announces nominees for Pogo Amazing Kids Awards 2008
*Channel [V] to kick off game show on 31 October
*Raj TV unveils devotional programming for November
*FCC expresses concern at trend of pay-TV rate hike
*ITV to remake eight Agatha Christie films
*TiVo partners Netflix for streaming films & TV episodes
*Star World to launch Shark from 5 November
*Sun TV Q2 net up 35% at Rs 1 billion
*Jennifer Lopez in deal with Universal Media Studios
*Mitsubishi launches laser-powered TV set
*NDTV to distribute Granada TV in India and South Asia
*Thumbplay launches digital music store in beta
( 30 Oct 2008 )
*JimJam to launch in Singapore on Starhub
*Deccan Chargers mandates KPMG to find suitor, eyes $250 mn valuation
*Zune, Univision Online launch music download offering
*NewsX ties up with A1GP as exclusive media partner
*Sun launches FM station in Siliguri
*Disney-ABC TV offers Legend of the Seeker on iTunes
*TV Today Q2 net up to Rs 75.77 million
*Toei Animation to participate in Dubai's licensing fair
*Broadcom acquires AMD’s digital TV biz at reduced price
*BBC puts out tender for audience services
*Lionsgate to launch two channels in Asia
*Discovery to launch channel on Freeview in the UK
*UTV Q2 net up 86% at Rs 176 million
*Global Cricket Ventures bags Champions T20 site rights
*ICL suspends Chris Cairns, Dinesh Mongia
*DTH spurs India's digital pay-TV growth: Casbaa
*Zee US head Subramanian quits; Bhattacharya takes charge
( 29 Oct 2008 )
*Adlabs Films Q2 net loss at Rs 207.7 million
*Balaji Telefilms Q2 slips 31% to Rs 181 million
*Zee News to invest $5 mn in UP news channel
*CNBC TV18 lines up special shows on Prithvi Theatre Fest
*Prasar Bharati to restore 5 channels on DD Direct: Tdsat
*Creative Eye Q2 net up at Rs 6.5 million
*TV18 Q2 net loss at Rs 245.57 million
*Web18 plans private placement for over Rs 2 bn
*BBC iPlayer can be accessed via Sky's online TV service
*BBC's show 'Natural World' celebrates 25 years
*BBC Worldwide sells fashion format show to Magnolia
*Consumers to spend less on pay-TV channels in UK
*National Film Board of Canada announces DVD, TV deals
*Sony to launch Meet Mila De Rabba on 3 November
*Nick in hunt for a 'Toon Jockey'
*Zapak goes global with launch in Ukraine
( 25 Oct 2008 )
*CAG pulls up MIB over advance payment to Becil
*Dish TV Q2 net loss at Rs 1.54 billion
*Centre joins NGO to launch community radio in Madhya Pradesh
*ESS ropes in AR Rahman for official anthem of Champions League T20
*Broadcasters seek FCC's comment on technical report
*Hinduja Ventures HY'09 up 8% at Rs 319 million
*Australia plans regional Twenty20 league with other boards
*Govt shouldn't regulate indecent speech on TV: Chernin
*Disney kicks off third season of Camp Rock
*Balaji Telefilms ropes in Punnet Kinra as group CEO
( 24 Oct 2008 )
*MTV sets up new division for celebrity content
*Zee News Q2 net up at Rs 114.7 million
*Tdsat directs MSM Discovery to provide a la carte channels to Sun Direct
*Sahara One Media Q2 net sales up at Rs 1.03 bn
*Worldspace slows down plans in India, taps new revenue streams
*DD to gear up for Commonwealth Games coverage: Sharma
*Dish TV launches Bhakti Active for subscribers
*Hungama TV unveils Pyjama Contest based on mythological shows
*9X to launch reality show Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1 on 2 November
*MIB warns Star One for violation in programme telecast two years back
*Fake sting operation victim withdraws defamation case against Live India
( 23 Oct 2008 )
*Trai recommends government to cancel ESPN licence: Sharma
*News Corp reorganises mobile content biz
*Disney to air The Cheetah Girls One World on 28 October
*Tdsat directs Tata Sky to pay Neo Sports on RIO rates
*Total Sports Asia to box for Muay Thai TV
*ETC Networks Q2 operating profit at Rs 55.8 million
*ESS to air award function to felicitate T20 players
*Sun Direct launches DTH service in Delhi; eyes 3 mn subscribers by FY'09
*Globecast, Chunghwa Telecom to deliver World Games from Taiwan
*Sky Italia bags rights for 2016 Olympics
*Spice launches musical handset Spice S-580
*Comcast launches Style on Starhub, New Media Group
*Gideon Bierer is MTV executive VP digital media
*Nat Geo, Channel 4 to continue 'In The Womb' franchise
*Comcast signs raft of deals in Asia Pacific
( 22 Oct 2008 )
*Star Den channels available to WWIL for HITS at RIO rates
*Trai extends date for views on media ownership to 10 November
*NDTV Good Times unveils programming line-up for Diwali
*Government develops tool kits to fight cyber crimes
*Zeel Q2 net profit up 84 % at Rs 1.78 billion
*Motorola launches Motoming A1600 in India
*WWIL Q2 net loss at Rs 219.7 million
*Oprah Winfrey show to air in Spain
*Champions League Twenty20 makes senior appointments
*Zee Talkies launches blockbuster slot 'Talkies Premiere'
*Carl Icahn increases stake in Lions Gate to 9%
*Nickelodeon buys Iron Kid from BRB International
( 21 Oct 2008 )
*Intel awards Digicable for creating virtualised IT infrastructure
*IPL to conduct third auction in February 2009
*Zee News to launch regional channel in UP
*THQ launches The Naked Brothers Band video game in US
*LG launches 3 designer series in ultra slim TV segment
*Casbaa adds two corporate members
*Big TV crosses 500,000 subscription mark; targets 5 mn in first year
*BBC sees big boost in radio listenership
*BBC to launch knowledge branded block on Science TV in South Korea
*West Indies to host World Twenty20 event in 2010
*Comedy Central creates live entertainment division
*Bebo to boost original content in 2009
*Balaji Telefilms moves court against Star on 'Kyunki'
*News Corp well positioned to meet economic downturn: Murdoch
*Anand Sharma gets additional charge of I&B ministry
*Star's Marathi GEC to be called Star Pravah
( 20 Oct 2008 )
*Media scrips take a knock as Sensex hits below 10K
*Neo targets Rs 1.5 bn subscription revenue in Fy'09
*9.6 mn US TV homes not prepared for the digital switch
*US publishing companies join Nokia Media Network
*US networks offer HD content on iTunes
*Nickelodeon appoints Metcalfe as VP of international home entertainment
*MTV, CNN team up for concert to support war veterans
*Science Channel makes Brink available for distribution
*MDA, Beach House & Lonely Planet tie up for TV series
*Toei Animation Europe to launch new website version of One Piece
*Time Warner ups stake in Sci Entertainment to 16%
*NBC Universal to trim costs by $500 million
*BBC Worldwide inks deal with New Zealand broadcasters
*ScreenWest, MDA partner for cross-media projects
*Video games sales in US fall 7% in September: Study
( 18 Oct 2008 )
*SC rejects Ortel's plea on cable monopoly in Orissa
*DQ Ent. confers Lifetime Achievement Award to Goscinny
*Compact Disc to set up studio in Vietnam, gets $10 mn debt from iMedia Ventures
*Nick to air Stuart Little on 19 October
*Fox, Mark Burnett to produce game show Rouletter
*Total Sports Asia raises $15 mn from Nectar Capital
( 17 Oct 2008 )
*IMD shortlists 3 TV networks for weather channel
*Lenovo to 'get closer' to the Indian consumer
*Nickelodeon to premiere new TV movie of Dora
*Big TV slashes entry price to Rs 1490
*Times Group's Virgin Radio loses 5% listeners
*Chinese team to examine co-operation in media space
*Champions League T20 announces fresh dates
*Disney Latin America signs multiple deals at Mipcom
*Big FM to bring back Raju Srivastav for Diwali
*BBC to air special show to assess global financial crisis
*Zee 24 Taas to award 11 Marathi achievers
*Amrita TV to launch reality show Super Talent
( 16 Oct 2008 )
*ICC's Champions Trophy to clash with Champions T20 in 2009
*Channel 9 cable ops arrested for pirated telecast of Neo
*Star Cricket launches slew of Cricket programmes
*BBC signs deals for download from BBC iPlayer
*NDS showcases digital pay TV solutions at Scat
*BBC Worldwide announces global sales for 'In the Night Garden'
*Disney-ABC-ESPN signs VoD deal for films with Kabel Plus
*Disney-ABC-ESPN TV signs content deal with Antena 3
*Voom HD, Infinite Frameworks sign HDTV prodn deal
*17th edition of Scat kicks off in Mumbai
*Andrew Lack is Bloomberg LP multimedia CEO
*DTL ties up with Taj Mahal Hotel for new local show
*UTV World Movies to kick off 'World Movies This Week'
*IPL to meet on second edition in Bangkok
*Walt Disney to release 3D film BOLT on 21 November
*Bharti partners with Infosys for DTH service
( 15 Oct 2008 )
*DD to launch music reality show The Big Band
*Ixia launches iSimcity in Bangalore
*DD to telecast report on former Assam militant group
*Tata Sky launches PVR service, eyes 8 mn subscribers by FY'12
*NBC Universal to invest in NDTV's movie biz
*Intelsat in pact with Mobil Satellite Technologies
*Analog Devices launches high bandwidth video switches
*DQ Entertainment to co-produce Little Prince for Rs 1.2 bn
*International Emmy nominations announced
*Disney-ABC-ESPN TV, Portugal’s Sonaecom ink VoD deal
*Disney-ABC-ESPN TV, Prima TV enter into multi-genre deal
*Disney inks deal with Microsoft for 2 comedy series
( 14 Oct 2008 )
*Cartoon Network to develop 5 animation shorts from India
*Cartoon Network, Pogo line up special shows for Diwali
*Zeel launches Tamil channel Zee Tamizh
*Nat Geo, Imagenation Abu Dhabi in $100 mn deal for films
*CNBC-TV18, Lufthansa to launch All For This One Moment
*9.9 Media gets $7.5 mn funding from Helion & TVS Shriram
*Zee Marathi to premiere 3rd season of Eka Peksha Ek
*Disney ABC TV, Canada's CityTV conclude 'Ugly Betty' deal
*Endemol to showcase finished shows at Mipcom
*IAAF signs TV rights deal for China
*CBeebies unveils media pre-school quiz show 'Kerwhizz'
*Banff World TV Fest to add sports award to competition
*Tony Ageh is BBC controller of archive development
*Disney ABC TV in content deal with Poland's TVP
*Property TV launches in Dubai
*John Lau is Star president for China and Taiwan
*Rush launches on Germany's Eutelsat Kabelkiosk
*Priyaranjan Dasmunsi admitted to AIIMS
*Zeel in rejig mode, Nitin Vaidya made COO - National Channels
( 13 Oct 2008 )
*Media stocks take a pounding as Sensex plunges
*WWIL to invest in acquisition, loan repayment
*Redstone is selling 20% stake in Viacom, CBS
*Star One to launch reality show Pehchaan Kaun
*IPL: Sri Lanka Cricket to meet BCCI on 18 October
*Obama buys 30 minute slots on NBC and CBS
*Tata Interactive Systems eyes animation biz
*Portfolio Ent. inks deals with multiple broadcasters
*Comcast offers low-cost DTV solutions to consumers
*Kit acquires IPTV solutions provider Visual Connection
*Orange launches five cinema and TV series channels
*Turner, MGM to produce Pink Panther series for Cartoon Network
*Spike TV orders pilot on Irish mob from MGM
*ITV Global Entertainment in output deal with Blink Films
*FIVB, IMG Sports Media enter into four-year deal
*Soccerex 2008 to debate on media rights for football
*Music baron Ratan Jain is president of AMPTPP
*Sony Pictures to showcase new content
*Toel Animation sells shows to channels ahead of Mipcom
*Shemaroo to focus on films and animation at Mipcom
*BBC to beef up online presence for Russian audiences
( 11 Oct 2008 )
*Sahara One to launch Kaisi Lagi Lagan on 13 October
*Colors grabs 2nd spot with 250 GRPs
*Channel 4 dumps plans to launch digital radio stations
*Colosceum to acquire formats at Mipcom
*Mipcom to screen TBSL’s ‘Hot Gossip Bollywood’
*Sri Lanka Cricket playing for $70 mn BCCI bailout
*Zee acquires 21 films from UTV
*BabyFirstTV assigns Summit Entertainment to distribute DVDs
*Sri Lanka Cricket allows players to take part in the IPL
*ICL announces prize money corpus of Rs 137 million
*Saam TV channel head Sanjay Dabke quits
( 10 Oct 2008 )
*Asianet’s Telugu channel Sitara launches on 9 October
*I&B urges IBF, NBA to exercise restraint in content selection
*DTL's new local show to showcase Asian lifestyles
*Indian govt officials join Casbaa conference
*Disney Consumer Products launches Wall.E merchandise
*Star World to kick off 'Friday Night Lights' from 10 October
*Jump Games launches mobile game based on Manchester United football club
*You Telecom sets up first training academy for cable TV operators
*Zee Turner appoints Sanjay Bhasin as digital sales head
*Cox launches Star Plus and Sony in US
*Subhash Chandra meets ICC president Morgan over ICL recognition
*Tiscali teams with Cisco for launch of IPTV service in Italy
*BBC creates two strategic forums
( 8 Oct 2008 )
*ICL sews telecast deals with international broadcasters
*Den should get ETV channels: Tdsat
*Max to unveil Umeed se Dugna film festival from 13 October
*SMS GupShup gets $11 million private equity funding
*Indian Music Industry trains police officers to curb piracy
*Disney launches Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray Disc
*Dish Network to pay TiVo $104 million as damages
*Dish TV fixes rights issue price at Rs 22
*Amrita TV unveils special lineup for Dussehra
*Airtel to launch DTH service from 9 October
( 7 Oct 2008 )
*Colors now available on ‘World On-Demand’ IPTV platform
*Star Plus to wrap up Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii on 9 October
*Media stocks melts down as Sensex nosedives 725 points
*Obama, McCain to answer kiddie questions on Nick
*Bruce Gillmer is MTV Intl senior VP talent, music
*Nokia launches 'Comes With Music' digital entertainment service
*Ramana Voices FM 90.4, a community radio station with a difference, launches in Bangalore
*NCPA ties up with Big Tree Entertainment to offer online ticketing
*BBC HD makes its European debut
*Pyramid Saimira to develop game for US-based company
( 6 Oct 2008 )
*Palme-India showcases professional audio and lighting equipment
*SET beefs up weekday primetime act to not lose Hindi GEC race
*Zee Studio to air Merchant Ivory Film Festival
*American Idol runner up to act in Nick’s iCarly
*BBC to launch six new YouTube channels
*Greg Drebin is Warner Bros Intl TV Distribution senior VP, branded services - programming and marketing
*Star Cricket's new show looks at cricket academies
*NGC spruces programming, 3 new shows in Oct
*Star makes senior appointments in Taiwan and Hong Kong
*Tdsat asks Discovery to provide Sun Digital channels on a la carte basis
*Fifa to present mobile media rights strategy for South Africa at Soccerex 2008
*Neo to usher in 24-hour ‘Crickethon’ for India-Australia series
*Philips Test Centre adopts Tektronix for new test lab in Bangalore
*Interim wage increase for newspaper employees from Jan 2008
*Consumers want control and networking of digital devices, services: Accenture Study
( 4 Oct 2008 )
*Walt Disney's open offer for UTV Software to begin on Oct 8
*GEC space sees competition for second spot; Balika Vadhu tops programming chart
*NBA’s News Broadcasting Standards (Disputes Redressal) Authority begins operation
*Govt to spend Rs 4.63 billion for covering Commonwealth games
*Tdsat: Tata Sky to pay Rs 20 mn to Neo Sports
*Freescale GPON triple play device wins IEC InfoVision Award
*Sag panel recommends strike vote to the board
*ITN CEO Mark Wood to quit
*NDTV gets board nod to demerge news business
*Disney Consumer Products unveils Roadside Romeo merchandise
*BBC World News' Travel India begins airing 3 October
*TV strike ends, work resumes on third day
( 3 Oct 2008 )
*Samsung unveils multimedia phone Innov8
*Funding drying up for DTH and MSOs
*Digital Summit debates on future of Cable, DTH and IPTV
*NDTV Profit to launch Policy with Patnaik on 7 October
*HK Disneyland clears USD 425 million loan
*Media E2E appoints Myleeta Aga as head of content
*Government to increase DTH FDI from 49 to 74 per cent
*Zee News to telecast special shows on Navratri
*Content king, but distribution crucial for channels
*Telecom Italia selects Cisco, Adobe for delivery of Web TV' services
*CNN Intl opens its third editorial operation in Mumbai
*Indian television and cable industry on a growth path for digitalisation
*TV industry grinds to a halt
* Success for BroadcastAsia2008
( 1 Oct 2008 )
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