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* Sahara syndicates 60 movies to Star and Real
* T-Series drags Triveni Media to cour
* Trai rejects higher entry fee for internet telephony
* Disney to upload video on YouTube
* Mickey Mouse ears get redesigned for charity
* CNBC-TV18, Mint in content sharing deal
* Zee 24 Gantalu to officially launch on 2 April
* Star Movies to play out blockbusters after IPL matches
* Tata Indicom subscribers to get TV service on mobile
* Pix beefs up movie library ahead of IPL2
* Neelam Kapur to hold charge of principal DG in PIB
* Sony to mix comedy with cricket in ‘Comedy Circus 20-20’
* Ballantyne to distribute GDC's cinema server line in Americas
* Disney ABC-ESPN TV signs multi-year pact with M-Net
* NDS to tap Indian cable ops with special pricing; ties up with HCL
* Bob Neuhaus appointed as TNS global head finance
* Radio Indigo COO Jayyant Bhokare quits
* Real rolls out on Sun Direct from 1 April
( 31 March 2009 )
* ICL allows Pak, New Zealand players to leave
* Pearls Broadcasting launches Hindi news channel
* AXN Beyond, Sony to launch on HK pay-TV on 1 April
* NDS supplies solutions for AT&T Cruisecast service
* SeaChange, Sigma partner to boost on-demand TV advertising
* 9X to seek bliss from new Sai Baba show
* CNN launches search for world's best mobile phone filmmakers
* twofour54 ibtikar partners with 3Line Media to produce children series
* Trai extends date for views on DTH tariff regulation issues
* Will Smith, Jack Black triumph at Nick Kids Choice Awards
* Asiasat voted ‘Best Asian Satellite Carrier’ for 3rd time
* Jodhaa Akbar sweeps Mirchi music awards
* Shalom TV now available on Dish TV
* Seven FM radio stations slammed in Pakistan
* DQE to reincarnate 'The Jungle Book' with German broadcaster ZDF
* Network18 to provide Idea subscribers with news content
* BBC College of Comedy rides again
( 30 March 2009 )
* Nickelodeon to use NewTek's 3PLAY technology to replay footages at kids awards
* BSNL partners Hungama to launch digital music and game store
* UTV plans to own 49% in UTVi holding firm
* Xbox launches Party Mansion on gaming site Miniclip
* Yoursphere children social networking site launches in UK
* Lionsgate cuts jobs the second time
* Disney eyes equity in Hulu
* Filmstar Ravi Kishen joins Hamar TV as prez for Mumbai
* CCTV acquires TV rights for 2010 & 2012 Olympic games
* Former AOL chief Jon Miller to join News Corp
* DEN in talks to raise private equity; IL&FS pumps in $40 mn
( 28 March 2009 )
* Ten Sports pulls out ad on Neo’s complaint
* EMI digital president Douglas Merrill quits
* ESPN Star Sports gears up for Australian Grand Prix
* Rajasthan Royals ties up with South African team
* IPL 2 lists out eight playing venues in South Africa
* Zoom partners with July Systems for mobile internet service
* HD Radio launches 1,000 multicast stations
* NDTV plans to launch MetroNation Chennai in April
* Senecas acquires licence to operate commercial radio station
* Cartoon Network announces slate for 2009-10
* Breakthrough Films & Television appoints Lambur as animation division head
* Unilazer takes back pledged shares of UTV
* BBC appoints Jane Berthoud as radio comedy head
* UTV ups stake in broadcasting arm as valuation skids
( 27 March 2009 )
* Insite Digital launches Indiavoting.com
* CN Enterprises signs videogame publishing deal with
D3Publisher
* Zee Marathi gears up to launch 6th season of Saregamapa
* Nimbus plans to raise Rs 2.59 bn via preferential shares
* Maya sets up eighth animation training centre
* Paragi to continue as ENIL MD
* Sundance channel debuts in France
* Dish TV CEO Vinay Agarwal quits
* Sony goes local with Hanuman on PS2
* HT Media gets Delhi HC nod for demerger of radio biz from subsidiary
( 26 March 2009 )
* Shockwave.com launches online gaming service for adults
* Satlink expands to 12 simultaneous HD streams
* Global Trendz is exclusive license partner for Disney Baby & Disney Jeans
* Intelsat, RRsat ink deal to spread reach
* Nat Geo Wild HD debuts on 1 April
* Ten Sports to sponsor Sri Lanka's rugby team
* Prasar Bharati board reinstates Aruna Sharma as DG
* Disney Channel to experiment with Bollywood
* Sony keeps IPL TV rights; new deal is Rs 82 bn
* Heather Gupta to head Bindass and Bindass Movies
( 25 March 2009 )
* DW launches TV channel in India; looks for radio partners
* New DD1 series to expose designs of terrorists
* Aditya Infotech to distribute Corel products in India
* Mouse House to adapt The Stoneheart Trilogy for the big screen
* Pacnet ups stake in India JV
* Absolute Radio to sell Planet Rock's ads
* SeaChange helps Sakshi TV deploy DNxHD workflows
* South Africa is home for IPL 2
* DirecTV inks 4-year deal with NFL for $4 billion
* BSNL ties up with iChip; subsidises STBs for rural homes
* Star Plus debuts on AT&T U-verse TV
* Time Warner to snap up 31% in CME for $214.5 mn
( 24 March 2009 )
* Mipdoc 2009 to recognise seven trailblazers
* Broadcom launches hybrid IP STB
* Fox History & Entertainment to air Tudors from 27 March
* Compact Disc arm to set up gaming publishing studio in Jaipur
* Siva Ventures hires Swaminathan as prez
* Bollywood stars back IPL's move to go on with the game
* UM China boosts digital team with three appointments
* Nickelodeon to telecast Danny Phantom from 23 March
* Kolkata Knight Riders ropes in new players for IPL
* Zee's Telugu news channel to launch on 27 March
* Star-CJ to launch home shopping channel in 2nd half of 2009
* Shilpa Shetty saddened by Jade Goody's death
* IPL can go to other broadcasters for TV rights: HC
* Sanjay Behl to head Reliance's Big TV, IPTV
( 23 March 2009 )
* IPL seeks refuge in foreign land; England is likely shelter
* Elections score over IPL for Chidambaram
* Govt asks news channels not to air Kasab hearing clips
* Broadcom unveils cable STB solutions with DVB-C Tuners
* Ten Sports gets $39 mn waiver from PCB as India cancels tour
* Conax launches fingerprinting tech to protect content in India
* EC allocates time for poll broadcasts on DD, AIR
* Paws signs KMI for Garfield merchandise
* Shemaroo launches DVD on Pancham, Lata and Asha
* Sci Fi acquires Dollhouse, Knight Rider for UK
* Reliance ADAG floats TV production division
* Anil Kapoor to act in American TV
* Trai member Sawhney to take interim charge till new chairman is appointed
( 21 March 2009 )
* Star's Yeh Rishta gallops to top slot
* Pay cuts hit NewsX
* Ignitee uses social media to promote 'Jai Ho' campaign
* Rajasthan Royals, Bajaj Allianz settle amicably
* UTV Movies to telecast 'Mumbai Meri Jaan'
* Vivaki launches digital agency in Australia
* NE TV Group launches multi-lingual channel in south India
* WorldKids foundation to screen The Peace Tree
* Telecom majors suffocate growth of Vas market in India
* Endemol to produce comedy show 'Ladies Special' for Zee TV
* Competition to drive IPTV growth in India
* Hold IPL after the polls: Maharashtra DGP
* Star content and new media prez Ajay Vidyasagar quits
* BCCI, Sony talks fail at last round
( 20 March 2009 )
* IGN Entertainment appoints Chirs Ellis as VP, MD Intl
* NewsX signs two-year distribution deal Fams
* MySpace adds new functionality to MySpaceID
* Mewat to have a community radio station
* IPL: Sony, BCCI smoke the peace pipe
* VH1 gears up for the 4th season of 'Hip Hop Hustle'
* Channel [V] to roll out Launch Pad III from 20 March
* Govt pockets Rs 910 mn as income tax from IPL season1
* Nick gets innovative to celebrate SpongeBob's 10th anniversary
* Times Global Broadcasting plans to raise $50 mn via stake sale
* UTV Movies reaches US on DirecTV
* Radio sector to get Rs 500 mn boost from political advertising
( 19 March 2009 )
* 'Total Drama Island' to debut on Jetix from 21 March
* Catch Sab serials online at mypopkorn.com
* Endemol to produce 3 shows for Mi Marathi
* GlobeCast launches platform on AsiaSat 3S
* HBO bats recession with mega movies in IPL season 2
* US prez on Zee café's 'The Tonight Show'
* Regulatory framework should have space for all technologies
* Trai pushes for annual filing of interconnect agreements
* Digitalisation will drive up ARPUs
* Stakeholders rue delay in broadcast law in country
* Time Warner completes split of cable arm
* IPL fate after receiving states feedback: Chidambaram
* Ten Sports CEO steps down; Hutton elevated to COO
( 18 March 2009 )
* Trai issues norms for non-discriminatory access to content
* Virgin Media to replace Trouble with new Living channel
* Disney launches official community 'D23'
* Policy on HITS, phase III FM radio will be only after LS polls
* Isro to add 36 transponders in one year: Bhaskaranarayana
* Govt needs to have policy on new delivery technologies
* ITN appoints John Hardie as CEO
* Mega Reach to distribute CNEB channel
* DTH industry wants govt to cut down on taxes
* Moser Baer launches MP3 players
* Hearing over, Sony waits for HC verdict
* Star mobile entertainment head Viren Popli quits
* Film producers, distributors to shun multiplexes from 4 April
( 17 March 2009 )
* Amrita TV launches election-based show 'War Zone'
* BSNL ropes in Verimatrix technology for IPTV
* Bigadda in marketing tie up with Delhi Daredevils
* Big 92.7 FM sign 3-year-partnership deal with FDCI
* AOL backtracks from China once again
* Disney to launch Mickey Mouse Club House season2
* Discovery T&L to air Abba: The Mamma Mia! Story on 22 March
* No end in sight on IPL dates
* Sony gets time as IPL lands in court
* Indrajit Ray joins Balaji Tele as chief creative officer
* Big 92.7 FM Chennai takes the humour route
* Coca-Cola to woo customers with new digital initiative
* Radio Misty to get Ameen Sayani back in Geetmala ki chhaon mein show
* Z Channel to tap into direct satellite broadcast market
* ET Now strikes content deal with Reuters
( 16 March 2009 )
* Sony drags IPL to court over telecast rights
* Times Now unveils weekend lineup
* IPL organisers are ready with new dates
* Max ropes in slew of sponsors for IPL
* euronews to launch Turkish language version in 2010
* New Delhi to host 17th Convergence convention from 18 March
* US consumers want linear cable TV on the PC: Study
* Big TV puts ups service camps in Karnataka to woo subscribers
* Murdoch rejigs Fox's businesses
* Zee News Ltd to invest Rs 600 mn in Telugu and UP news channels
* Prasar Bharati waits for govt nod on global tender for Commonwealth Games
* Kids channel to be launched in Bangladesh
* DD to telecast 2008 DD Awards show on sunday
* Dish Network adds HD channels to its portfolio
* Maharashtra to have one more community radio station
* Zee Café to rock with pop icons
( 14 March 2009 )
* Times audience network, Bigadda team up for video content
* Komli Media launches Vizisense mediamix
* Star Plus to launch Sansaar on 15 March
* Cartoon Network to air Tom & Jerry: The Stress Busters & Animalia from 23 March
* Ministry asks IPL to rejig schedule one more time
* Choubey to end innings at Trai on 16 March
* OpenTV bullish on India, opens office in Mumbai
* Big 92.7 FM introduces 'Big ugadi music awards'
* Tim Armstrong is AOL's new chairman and CEO
* Star appoints Kaushik Ghosh as VP - sales
* Sirius XM Radio to push content on Apple's devices
( 13 March 2009 )
* Home Ministry to decide on IPL on Friday
* 'Aap ki kachehri' takes a break before 2nd series
* Excel releases '24' and 'Prison Break' on DVD
* Zee TV axes Naaginn
* BIGFlix appoints Pankaj Chandra as chief lead for online biz
* UTV Movies to screen 'Fashion' on 15 March
* Wild Pumpkin to license Toei Animation's Digimon in Aus, NZ
* Bharti Airtel will have Sanjay Kapoor as deputy CEO
* 9XM launches mobile site 'wap.9xm.in'
* Sab refreshes programming lineup
* DD to show preparation for Santosh trophy in Assam
* NGC gets govt approval for launch of 3 channels in India
* Raj TV plans to launch Kannada news channel in April
* South Africa may host Champions Trophy
* Trai sets new quality of service rules for DTH
* Hathway launches DVR service, prices STBs at Rs 9999
( 12 March 2009 )
* World internet premier of '13B' on BigFlix.com
* Guha to advise INX investors
* Nickelodeon to telecast 'The Penguins of Madagascar' from 28 March
* Stilton's 'A New Story To Tell' to debut at MIPTV
* UTVi ropes in Reliance Money for 'Ask Money'
* NDTV 24x7 to launch new show on 13 March
* IPL defies recession, contracted revenues up by Rs 17.25 bn
* Mukerjeas to step down from INX Media
* Four MSOs join Time Warner Cable for interactive
* Streamezzo launches digital radio on mobile
* BBC Trust to fix strategies for BBC Worldwide
* Disney-ABC signs multi-year VoD deal with Aksh
( 10 March 2009 )
* 34.38 mn viewers tune in for Oscar Awards
* The pink slip epidemic in Sony
* Discovery to air special film 'Super-30' on 14 March
* Disney XD to telecast new Spiderman Series from 23 March
* Star Plus replaces 'Kachehri' with 'Chehra' on 16 March
* Sun TV promoter Maran pledges 4.19% stake
* Amar Chitra Katha firm plans $15-20 million investment
* BBC draws guidelines for on-screen talent
* BBC Weather site dons a new look
* ZillonTV launches personalised TV service in the US
( 9 March 2009 )
* Radio stations celebrate Woman's Day with new initiatives
* Nickelodeon Africa expands to various platforms
* Zee TV rejigs programming, attacks 9 pm slot
* Fitch downgrades TV18
* Colors in party wear to woo cable ops
* International digital Emmy Awards nominees announced
* Gearhouse Broadcast to provide HD systems for ATP Masters
* ICC to use 'Hot Spot’ technology for SA-Australia Tests
* Detasad to use capacity in Intelsat's new satellite
* Cable sector in Europe grows 7% to touch  18.2 bn
* Liberty Media seals deal with Sirius
* Focus TV to launch on 8 March
* Supreme Court maintains status quo on cable TV tariff
* IPL survives security bouncer; Mumbai to host first match
* CNN-IBN to telecast All About the Money 3 from 7 March
* ICC seeks local partner sponsors for World T20
( 7 March 2009 )
* Tangent acquires digital agency 'Lateral'
* 'Sid the Science Kid' chooses broadcast partners to expand reach
* Amrita TV to telecast Matrubhumi Amrita Film Awards
* SintecMedia Launches 'OnAir PIVOT-NL'
* Trai for debate on DTH tariff regulation
* Sky adds 6 live channels on online platform Sky Player TV
* Sun Direct launches easy recharge plan
* Radio Mirchi presents Mirchi Music Awards
* MTG to launch 'Prima Cool' in Czech Republic
( 6 March 2009 )
* IPL presents new schedule to ministry
* MTV, Fremantlemedia to launch 'The Phone' on 21 April
* Maxus appoints Ben Shepherd as digital director
* NDTV shareholders to meet on 24 March on demerger issue
* Mahuaa channel now on Tata Sky
* Wild is Nat Geo TV director international development
* Google pays $6 million bonus to five top execs
* 'Jai Ho' readies to wrestle for political fame
* Colors to launch 'Nanhi Pari' in prime time on 9 March
* MTV to launch season 2 of Splitsvilla from 7 March
* ESS to telecast ICC Women’s World Cup from 7 March
* Disney's High School Musical 4 back to TV in 2010
* HIT Entertainment launches movie division
* EC bars broadcast of jingle on govt schemes on AIR
* Sony forays into regional TV with buy of Bengali movie channel
* Sony biz head Albert Almeida quits
( 5 March 2009 )
* Colors a step away from Star Plus, but...
* Nick to launch ‘Tak and the Power of Juju’ on 9 March
* Three MySpace executives quit to float new venture
* Gardner joins BBC Worldwide's US production studio
* Cinema Capital Venture Fund gets FIPB nod for Rs 500 million
* Pakistan likely to play Australia in England next year
* Nepal's first regional TV channel launched
* ESPN signs deal with Wizzard Media
* Mahuaa channel now on Dish TV
* Bhutan lifts ban on some TV channels
* Turner's new channel 'WB' to launch on 15 March
( 4 March 2009 )
* IPL hit by new googly
* DD to telecast special show on gir forests on 8 March
* GlobeCast to distribute AXN HD in APac
* Time Warner firms form new media alliance with Adobe
* Measat -3a satellite to launch in June
* EQD introduces HDTV line in the US
* Nickelodeon ships-off SpongeBob cooking game to Nintendo
* Comcast takes E! to Romania
* Zee Studio unveils two initiatives for Mumbai viewers
* TV Today to buyback shares at Rs 115 each
* Big 92.7 FM expands sales team with key appointments
* DQE in deal with French firm to produce 2D TV series
* M&A deals in US media sector touch $150.8 bn in 2008: PwC
( 3 March 2009 )
* CNN-IBN launches website for general election
* French Consulate General to organise cartoon film fest in Ho Chi Minh City
* IPL to adjust schedule for Lok Sabha elections
* BSNL expands 3G service to 11 cities
* Nat Geo to telecast 'Kingdom of the Blue Whale' on 8 March
* Etisalat, Tata Comm partner for ethernet in UAE
* Ex-Balaji creative head Nivedita Basu joins Colosceum Media
* BBC News tops at RTS Journalism awards
* Network18 promoter's Rs 2 bn infusion to pave way for further fund raising
* Real is available on Dish TV, Tata Sky
* WWE's Smackdown to show on Sweden's TV4 Sport
* Prime Focus to expand global biz, appoints marketing director
* Cinemax to use Microsoft's ERP solution
* TRAI issues guidelines on broadband service
* Govt gives nod to Chaudhary Devilal University for community radio
* Sony rejigs, puts more power behind Stringer
( 2 March 2009 )
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