Commenting on the new channel, Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group & ZEE said, “Zee Media’s new Global English News Channel – WION, will look to offer a seamless experience to empower, educate and energise our discerning viewers. Inspired by the Group’s motto, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam-The World is My Family”, WION aptly stands for ‘World is One News’ and will give a global view of the world with a South Asian lens.”
WION’s target audience is Generation Z, not in terms of age, but in terms of values, beliefs and attitude. A generation that is global, social, visual and tech savvy.
WION is a mobile/digital first platform and later will be an international television channel. The news content will be available to audiences at their convenience, on their preferred screens. The network will use technology to bring in user-generated content, it is the audience’s voice that will define WION. Its news gathering teams will be equipped with mobile technology for an ‘anytime-anywhere’ live approach.
Sharing more details on the news network, Rohit Gandhi, Editor-in-Chief – English News Broadcast and Related Content said, “With WION, we will meet the aspirations of 2 billion South Asians by delivering a global News network reflecting a South Asian world perspective. It’s high time for South Asian reporting from front lines, war zones and prominent global capitals.”
“While a TV channel is the face of this mobile-first start-up, our newsgathering, reporting, production and publishing processes are an ambitious leap into a multiscreen future. We aim to disrupt conventional ways of thinking about news and set a new template for storytelling across platforms,” Gandhi further added.
WION will have bureaus across the globe. Using a mix of young and seasoned journalists with diverse nationalities, WION will dare to be on the forefront of what’s happening today in thought-provoking ways.
The site has a brand new interactive interface equipped with a refreshed look, easy navigation and a de-cluttered, responsive experience on mobile, tablet and desktop screens. The website has a new feature called ‘Downloadables’ that includes fun wallpapers and masks of prominent Pogo characters.
Speaking about the relaunch, Siddharth Jain, Managing Director, Turner India, said, “Today’s generation of kids expect their favorite brand and shows to be accessible on multiple platforms and screens. Pogo’s newly revamped website offers our fans an enhanced and totally immersive experience with a rich universe of content and interactivity, wherever and whenever they want to be engaged.”
Another new feature is the ability to watch exclusive short clips of Odd Bods prior to telecast on the channel. In addition, the website will have more content for popular shows Mighty Raju, Tom and Jerry, Mr. Bean and Looney Tunes.
In conjunction with the revamp, Pogo.tv will host a month long, fun-filled interactive championship in association with upcoming T20 World Cup and Indian Premier League for sports enthusiasts. Participants will stand a chance to win prizes such as gaming consoles, PSPs and merchandise.
Through the new website and other recent innovations, Pogo continues to deepen its engagement with fans. Pogo has many other new announcements lined up for this year – watch this space to find out more.
Commenting on the 360 degree marketing promotion, Ruchir Tiwari, Business Head, Zee Hindi Movie Cluster said, “The channel has always gone beyond the usual with innovative shows and content. For the latest offering, ‘The Golden Years 1950 – 1975, A musical journey with Javed Akhtar’ we will entertain and engage audience through various platforms i.e. radio, television and experiential marketing. These routes will enable us to reach out to various touch points and take the audience on a soulful journey.”
Zee Classic has also made other innovative partnerships across media platforms to make the show accessible to more and more people. The channel partnered with the retro radio station Big FM for special segments which is airing songs from yesteryears aided by untold stories and trivia about the music. A robust digital campaign encompassing platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Miss Malini amongst others is also active.
Speaking about the new show, Swati Mohan, Business Head, Fox Networks Group said, “We know the pulse of the young Urban spenders, the Indian youth that make up our core audience. They celebrate their roots, while at the same time have a great appetite for new experiences and perspectives; and this season of Sound Trek promises to be all that and more. With this new season, Fox Life is experimenting with new age styles of music. Through the years, Sound Trek has inspired artists to create great music, and audiences to re-discover these classics.”
Some Popular songs being revisited in Sound Trek 3 are Dum Maaro Dum, Chura Liya, Roop Tera Mastana, Piya Tu Ab toh Aaja , Bahon Mein ChaleAao, Yeh Ladka Hai Allah, Hungama Ho Gaya, O Mere Dilke Chain, Tum jo mil gaye ho, Aajki raat koi aaneko hai and Duniya Mein Logon Ko.
Sound Trek will showcasea mix of styles, cultures and personalities by capturing the musical journey of UdayBenegal, Benny Dayal,Taufiq Qureshi, Voctronica: India’s first All-Vocal Ensemble and many new bands and performers such as Hipnotribe, Your Chin, SkaVengers and Su Real.
At third spot was Zee TV with 631579 GVTs, up from last week’s 626362 GVTs, followed by sister channel Zee Anmol with 548303 GVTs. Sony Pal witnessed hike in terms of both viewership and ranking. It climbed to fifth spot with 518422 GVTs.
Star Utsav returned to sixth position with 509582 GVTs, followed by Life OK and Rishtey with 469661 and 412257 GVTs, respectively. Sony Sab climbed to ninth spot with 391520 GVTs, while sistern channel Sony Entertainment returned to tenth spot with 301805 GVTs.
Micromax Asia Cup T20 2016 Live – Bangladesh vs India – Final on DD National claim the throne with 22056 GVTs. Colors Naagin stood strong at second spot with 19579 GVTs, followed by Star Plus’ Saath Nibhaana Saathiya with 12822 GVTs.
Star Plus’s Ye Hai Mohabbatein stood at fourth position with 12462 GVTs and Zee TV’s Kumkum Bhaya occupied fifth position with 12383 GVTs.
With 87008 GVTs, Aaj Tak topped the chart once again. India TV remained at second spot with 71704 GVTs, followed by ABP News with 53433 GVTs.
India News climbed to fourth position with 51864 GVTs, while Zee News slipped to fifth spot with 49982 GVTs.
Zee Cinema witnessed huge hike in terms of both viewership and ranking. It jumped from third spot in week 9 to top position with 404638 GVTs, up from last week’s 291551 GVTs.
Last week’s topper Sony Max slipped to second position with 367916 GVTs, followed by Star Gold with 344070 GVTs. Movies OK and &pictures remained at fourth and fifth position with 231288 and 197989 GVTs, respectively.
Star Sports claimed the throne with 322173 GVTs, while sister channel and last week’s topper Star Sports 3 slipped to second spot with 236640 GVTs.
Ten Sports remained at third spot with 108053 GVTs, followed by Star Sports 2 with 104354 GVTs. Ten Cricket stood at fifth spot with 36707 GVTs.
Mastiii maintained its lead with 102979 GVTs. B4U Music remaiend at second spot with 88114 GVTs, followed by Sony Mix with 86887 GVTs.
9XM stood at fourth spot with 78708 GVTs, while Bindass Play occupied fifth position with 36467 GVTs, surpassed 9X Jalwa.
With 77946 GVTs, Nick led the chart once again, followed by Pogo TV with 74796 GVTs. Disney Channel climbed to third spot with 58329 GVTs.
Cartoon Network slipped to fourth position with 56442 GVTs, while Hungama stood at fifth spot with 53974 GVTs.
MTV topped the chart once again with 13565 GVTs. Zing stood at secon position with 11440 GVTs, followed by Bindass and Zoom with 10357 and 8778 GVTs, respectively. Channel V remained at fifth spot with 4530 GVTs.
History TV18 claimed the throne with 4768 GVTs, while last week’s topper Discovery Channel slipped to second spot with 4694 GVTs.
National Geographic Channel stood strong at third position with 3636 GVTs, followed by Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild with 3434 and 1571 GVTs, respectively.
Star World occupied fourth spot with 117 GVTs, while Colors Infinity SD stood at fifth position with 79 GVTs.
Times Now maintained its lead position with 470 GVTs, India Today TV climbed to second spot with 254 GVTs, while NDTV 24×7 slipped to third position with 181 GVTs.
CNN IBN remained at fourth spot with 160 GVTs and News9 returned to fifth position with 106 GVTs.
CNBC TV18 continued to lead with 927 GVTs. ET Now remained at second spot with 341 GVTs, followed by NDTV Profit and NDTV Prime with 56 GVTs. Bloomberg stood at fourth spot with 35 GVTs.
With 3320 GVTs, Star Movies claimed the throne, while last week’s topper Movies Now slipped to second spot with 3279 GVTs. Sony Pix climbed to third spot with 1673 GVTs, followed by HBO and Zee Studio with 1457 and 1056 GVTs, respectively.
Zee Talkies remained at third position with 70868 GVTs. Star Parvah stood at fourth spot with 40848 GVTs, followed by Fakt Marathi with 30647 GVTs.
Star Jalsha continued to lead with 222379 GVTs, followed by Zee Bangla and Jalsha Movies with 147368 and 64376 GVTs, respectively.
Zee Bangla Cinema occupied fourth spot with 33548 and Colors Bangla stood at fifth position with 32863 GVTs.
Big Ganga led the chart once again with 21571 GVTs, while Bhojpuri Cinema stood strong at second spot with 11796 GVTs.
Dangal TV climbed to third position with 7924 GVTs, followed by Dabangg with 7477 GVTs. Oscar Movies Bhojpuri surpassed ETV Bihar Jharkhand and climbed to fifth spot with 2402 GVTs.
Sarthak TV stood strong at top spot with 97452 GVTs, followed by Tarang TV and Odhisha TV with 50064 and 16447 GVTs, respectively.
Colors Oriya remained at fourth position with 15923 GVTs, while Prarthana returned to fifth spot with 8050 GVTs.
Sun TV topped the chart once again with 932750 GVTs. KTV remained at second spot with 248390 GVTs, followed by Star Vijay and Zee Tamil with 183536 and 79540 GVTs, respectively. J Movie occupied fifth position with 75100 GVTs.
With 449647 GVTs, ETv Telugu continued to lead, followed by Zee Telugu with 408059 GVTs. Maa TV stood strong at third spot with 386333 GVTs. Gemini TV occupied fourth position with 327406 GVTs, while sister channel Gemini Movies remained at fifth spot with 200401 GVTs.
Colors Kannada maintained its lead with 279049 GVTs. Survana remained at second spot with 201153 GVTs. Zee Kannada remained at third position with 149027 GVTs.
Udaya Movies occupied fourth spot with 134729 GVTs, followed by Udaya TV with 133376 GVTs.
Asianet stood strong at top position with 304181 GVTs, followed by Mazhavil Manorama with 86761 GVTs. Flowers TV returned to third spot with 71764 GVTs, while Surya TV slipped to fourth position with 62969 GVTs. Asianet Movies remained at fifth spot with 56269 GVTs.
Ten Sports has partnered UBA to broadcast 5 seasons of the League. Season 2 will have a minimum of 36 Live matches with International quality HD production. Broadcast veterans Paul Crane and Victor Howell will lead the broadcast coverage for Season 2 on Ten Sports.
Announcing the deal, Rajesh Sethi, Global CEO, Ten Sports said: “We are delighted to partner with UBA for India’s first Professional Basketball League. I am confident that UBA will change the face of Indian professional Basketball forever. There is a lot of participation in Basketball among younger audiences and through the UBA, Ten Sports will offer the best of Indian Baskbetball to our viewers. With increased opportunity to take up the sport professionally and with the training camps, we will see more talent coming through the ranks which will enhance the quality of play. Ten Sports will offer the best of programming on UBA through LIVE broadcasts, studio and wrap-around shows and other educational content.”
The opening for Season 2 of the UBA was held in Pune and broadcast Live on Ten Sports Network channels. The league will span over a month, kicking off in Pune and then moving to Hyderabad for the playoffs and the semi-finals. The league will culminate with a best of 3 games final from 1st to 3rd April at the Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad.
The UBA Pro League sees participation from eight franchisees – Bengaluru Beast, Chennai Slam, Delhi Capitals, Haryana Gold, Hyderabad Sky, Mumbai Challengers, Pune Peshwas and Punjab Steelers. Chennai Slam was the winner of Season 1 defeating Pune Peshwas in the final. Nine top players from Season 1 were taken to the USA for a training camp where they trained among present and former NBA stars.
Matches are broadcast Live on Ten Action and Ten HD on 2 slots – 16:30 hours and 19:00 hours.
Announcing the show, Shruti Verma Singh, Head, Channel Strategy and Brand, NDTV Prime said “2016 promises to be the year of the Social Unicorn! These “for profit” social enterprises also work towards long term social impact. NDTV Prime is proud to have incubated and given form to an idea that celebrates promotes and puts social entrepreneurs on the same platform with powerful Investors. The Real Deal is a game changer.”
The contestants will be coached by Aditi Shrivastava, Head, Intellecap Impact Investment Network and Deborah Keller, Manager, Artha Initiative.
Judging these social entrepreneurs are Amar Singh, CEO &Founder Clove Dental; Audrey Selian, Director, Artha Initiative; Jayesh Parekh, Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures; Radha Kapoor, Founder and Director of the Indian School of Design and Innovation; and Kartik Desai, Principal, Asha Impact. The jury will be the impact investors on the show.
Starting from 25th March, the show will be hosted by by Shikha Uberoi, a former tennis player and now Co-Founder, Indi.com India and she is also the Creator and Executive Producer of the show. The show will be telecasted on every Friday at 9PM.
Speaking about the show, Uberoi, said, “Social change and mainstream entertainment should not be mutually exclusive. What better way to debut with The Real Deal which brings together two of India’s hottest issues, social change and entrepreneurship. I wanted to create an active and dynamic show which got right to the solutions versus groaning about problems hence, real solutions. In order for India to reach her potential our brilliant social entrepreneurs need to reach theirs and for that they need investment with real money. This show is about struggle and triumph and winning the ultimate deal which not only benefits a single entrepreneur and their enterprise but potentially, the entire country hence, The Real Deal.”
The show will also see actor and Social Entrepreneur Kunal Kapoor as an expert revealing some facts and figures towards the end of each episode.
Starting from 23rd March,Sony ESPN will broadcast ESPN FC daily from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30PM and it will run for 24minutes with 4 segments.
The show’s format coupled with an expert panel of football veterans to power unmatched content on television for ardent football fans and general audiences alike. Leading the show, host Dan Thomas will be joined by Craig Burley (ex-Chelsea, Derby and Celtic midfielder), ShakaHislop (ex- West Ham, Newcastle and Portsmouth goalkeeper), Steve Nicol (Liverpool legend) and many more former football greats.
Adding a fresh dimension, ESPN FC website journalists Gabriel Marcotti and Sid Lowe will also join the ex-players to provide analysis, opinion and insight on the top European leagues.
The SPN sports cluster portfolio of live football programming comprises a line-up which includes show such as the LaLiga BBVA, Serie A TIM, Emirates FA Cup, UEFA EURO 2016, Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, FIFA U-17 World Cup, European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup™, 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and COPA America 2015 positioning it as the ‘Home of Football’.
The current population of India is 1.2 billion and out of estimated 253 million households there are around 64 per cent i.e. approximately 148.3 million have TV sets in 2015. The number of subscription TV households is estimated to grow by 1.9 per cent CAGR to reach 160 million by 2019.
Pay TV penetration is also very high in India, it is estimated that approximately 92 per cent or around 148 million households are the subscribers of pay TV in India. Pay TV household grew at CAGR of 4 per cent from 2012-2015.
On the other side, DTH penetration grew at CAGR of 10 per cent and there are 53 million households subscribing to the DTH services. The share of DTH subscribers grew from 26 per cent in 2012 to 36 per cent in 2015 and is expected to reach 41 per cent by 2019.
Report further stated that in past three years, the numbers of transponders contracted by DTH operators have gone up from 73 to 78. The share of transponders supplied by foreign operators has gone up to 75 per cent as ISRO/Antrix has not been able to meet the need through domestic launches.
The revenue of Indian TV industry is estimated to surpass $10 billion by 2017-18, growing by 13.78 per cent. The DTH share of pay TV households is expected to grow to 38 per cent by 2019 from the current 32 per cent.
TV advertising grew by 15.4 per cent in 2014 to reach $2.96 billion and its estimated to grow by 12.2 per cent CAGR and will touch $5.27 billion mark by 2020.
Star Utsav remained at sixth spot with 492293 GVTs. Life OK stood at seventh position with 487474 GVTs, followed by Rishtey and Sony Sab with 450993 and 390053 GVTs, respectively. Sony Entertainment occupied tenth position with 298307 GVTs.
Colors’ Naagin claimed the throne with 20164 GVTs. ICC World T20 India 2016 Live – S10 – India vs New Zealand on DD National stood at second spot with 17192 GVTs.
Zee TV’s Kumkum Bhagya occupied third position with 14464 GVTs, followed by Star Plus’ Saath Nibhaana Saathiya with 12066 GVTs. Star Plus’ Ye Hai Mohabbatein stood at fifth spot with 11875 GVTs.
Aaj Tak maintained its lead with 79605 GVTs, while India TV remained at second spot with 72602 GVTs. India News climbed to third position with 58344 GVTs, whereas ABP News slipped to fourth position with 48198 GVTs. News Nation stood strong at fifth spot with 45567 GVTs.
Zee Cinema stood strong at top spot with 433900 GVTs. Star Gold climbed to second position with 335637 GVTs, while Sony Max slipped to third spot with 329907 GVTs. Movies Ok and &pictures remained at fourth and fifth spots with 191072 and 187834 GVTs, respectively.
With 408361 GVTs, Star Sports retained its lead position, followed by sister channel Star Sports 3 with 391976 GVTs. Ten Sports remained at third position with 120217 GVTs, followed by Star Sports 2 with 74808 GVTs. Sony Six climbed to fifth spot with 29865 GVTs, surpassed Ten Cricket.
Mastiii topped the chart once again with 104018 GVTs, followed by B4U Music and Sony Mix with 91712 and 79905 GVTs, respectively. 9XM remained at third spot with 75840 GVTs and Bindass Play occupied fifth position with 36438 GVTs.
Nick continued to lead with 81322 GVTs. Pogo TV stood strong at second spot with 78603 GVTs, followed by Disney Channel and Cartoon Network with 64638 and 56542 GVTs, respectively. Hungama remained at fifth position with 54574 GVTs.
Once again, MTV led the chart with 14045 GVTs. Zing retained its second position with 10376 GVTs, followed by Bindass with 10190 GVTs. Zoon stood at fourth position with 8981 GVTs and Channel V occupied fifth spot with 5505 GVTs.
Discovery Channel claimed the throne with 4873 GVTs, while last week’s topper History TV18 slipped to second position with 4656 GVTs. National Geographic Channel stood strong at third position with 3158 GVTs, followed by Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild with 2902 and 1683 GVTs, respectively.
Times Now continued to lead with 290 GVTs, followed by India Today TV and NDTV 24×7 with 251 and 122 GVTs, respectively. News9 climbed to fourth spot with 116 GVTs, while CNN IBN slipped to fifth position with 111 GVTs.
CNBC TV18 topped the chart once again with 268 GVTs. ET Now stood at second position with 238 GVTs, followed by NDTV Profit and NDTV Prime with 58 GVTs. Bloomberg TV occupied fifth position with 17 GVTs.
Movie Now claimed the throne with 4143 GVTs, while last week’s topper Star Movies slipped to second spot with 2344 GVTs. Zee Studio climbed to third position with 1727 GVTs, while Sony Pix and HBO slipped to fourth and fifth spots with 1513 and 1475 GVTs, respectively.
With 219892 GVTs, Star Jalsha maintained its lead, followed by Zee Bangla and Jalsha Movies with 143283 and 57647 GVTs, respectively. Zee Bangla Cinema remained at fourth spot with 33785 GVTs and Colors Bangla stood at fifth position with 30582 GVTs
Big Ganga continued to lead with 20514 GVTs, while rival Bhojpuri Cinema stood strong at second spot with 10367 GVTs. Dangal TV remained at third position with 7765 GVTs, followed by Dabangg with 7494 GVTs. ETV Bihar Jharkhand remained at fifth spot with 3110 GVTs.
Sarthak TV stood strong at top spot with 117979 GVTs. Tarang TV remained at second position with 49625 GVTs. Colors Oriya climbed to third spot with 15447 GVTs, while Odhisha TV slipped to fourth position with 12324 GVTs. Alankar TV surpassed Parathana TV and claimed fifth spot with 6669 GVTs.
With 902222 GVTs, Sun TV led the chart once again, followed by KTV and Star Vijay with 243557 and 178720 GVTs, respectively. Zee Tamil stood strong at fourth spot with 88776 GVTs, while Polimer returned to fifth position with 71059 GVTs.
ETV Telugu maintained its lead with 431543 GVTs. Zee Telugu remained at second spot with 427286 GVTs, followed by Maa TV with 401335 GVTs. Gemini TV occupied fifth position with 272817 GVTs, followed by Gemini Movies with 168861 GVTs.
Colors Kannada topped the chart once again with 226437 GVTs, followed by Survana with 160662 GVTs. Zee Kannada stood at third position with 14410 GVTs. Sister channels UdayaMovies and Udaya TV occupied fourth and fifth spots with 134610 and 114486 GVTs, respectively.
Asianet continued to lead with 340747 GVTs, followed by Mazhavil Manorama with 90603 GVTs. Flowers TV remained at third spot with 70323 GVTs, while Surya TV occupied fourth position with 54468 GVTs. Asianet Movies stood at fifth spot with 49204 GVTs.
Commenting on the re-branding of the channel bouquet, Rajesh Sethi, Global CEO, Ten Sports Network, said, “As a sports network, we have been continuously providing high quality sports programming from across the world, for our viewers. Our rebranding effort signals the start of a new era, a contemporary and energized approach to how the network views its sport sphere, with maximum excitement and engagement for its viewers.”
Ten Sports Network’s logo as well as the individual channel logos, have been designed keeping in mind the elements of action and dynamism, as well as immediacy and the spirit to achieve. These powerful thoughts behind the logos point to the Italic nature of the fonts used. The flame has been an intrinsic part of Ten Sports’ identity since inception and it has consciously been retained to maintain a connection with viewers, even while it is now surrounded by the new and dynamic network and individual channel fonts.
“As we bring across a variety of sports and sportainment for our viewers from across the world, at times it becomes a hurdle to allocate content to a particular sports-specific channel. In order to break free from sports-specific channels, we are taking the numeric route. We strive to bring international-quality sports to our viewers and we want them to watch sports as it is consumed internationally with numeric-based channels. It is our endeavour to ‘Never Stop’ delivering sporting action to our fans,” added Sethi.
Post rebranding, the network will be spreading content amongst all the channels. Ten1 will focus on WWE Weekly Shows and Specials, Ten 2 on UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup and other football content, as well as US Open, Moto GP and Tour de France, while Ten 3’s primary focus will be Cricket from South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Among the HD channels, Ten1 1 HD will broadcast the best of content from across the Ten Sports Network’s SD Channels while Ten Golf HD will primarily showcase premium golf content including the European tour, Asian Tour, Rider Cup and US PGA Championship.
As a part of its rebranding, Ten Sports Network will also roll out a brand new logo for Tensports.com. It will showcase extensive live sports content with a special focus on Video-On-Demand.
The live streaming will include football content from UEFA Champions League and Europa League, including matches that are not broadcast on TV, as well as content from Ligue 1, I-League, Cricket from across the five boards, Tennis, Golf, Moto GP multi-angle feeds and much more.The brand refresh will also be accompanied by a new programming rollout which will be developed via insights from new media and fan involvement to the greatest extent.
MIB informed in an official release said that there are 869 private satellite TV channels that have valid permission. Out of which 402 are news and current affairs channels, whereas 467 channels are non-news and current affairs channels.
Out of 755 permitted uplink TV channels from India and also downlink to India, 380 are news channels and 375 are non-news.
Likewise, there are only 20 TV channels which have permission for uplink from India but not permitted to downlink in India, which includes 7 news channels and 13 non-news genre.
Out of 94 TV channels which have permission to only downlink into India, 15 are news channels and rest 79 are from non-news category.