sabgroupSri Adhikari Brothers Television Network Ltd and Pantel Technologies have entered into an understanding to jointly create a bouquet of over 20 channels comprising diverse genres such as entertainment, kids, infotainment, mythological, and movies. Pantel Technologies recently acquired the business of Reliance Big DTH, from the Anil Ambani group.

Sab Group’s release to the BSE stated that “the varied product offering will strengthen the business of Reliance DTH Big TV and will give a leg up to the largest FTA (free-to-air) network in India. FTA channels have shown an upsurge with all the leading broadcasters showing keen interest in the FTA product offering.”

zeetamizhZee Tamil has announced the world television premiere of critically-acclaimed Maragadha Naanayam - the fantasy-comedy-thriller film that features Aadhi Pinisetty and Nikki Galrani. Written and directed by ARK Saravan, the movie is a blend of suspense, comedy and drama and is a perfect dose of entertainment for the weekend. Maragadha Naanayam will be aired on December 17 at 4 pm on Zee Tamil.

vijaytvPopular entertainment channel Vijay TV has bagged the satellite rights of Udhayanidhi Stalin's upcoming film Nimir. The channel posted on its micro-blogging page, ""Super happy and proud to be associated with @Udhaystalin's #Nimir..

The actor-producer's upcoming film is a comedy-drama directed by Priyadarshan. The star cast includes Namitha Pramod ,Parvatii Nair, Samuthirakani and MS Bhaskar. Music for the film is by Darbuka Siva & Ajaneesh Loknath and cinematography is by NK Ekambaram. The Tamil version has been shot in Tenkasi. The film will be distributed by Udhayanidhi Stalin's Red Giant Movies. The post production work of the film is on in full swing and the release date is expected to be announced soon.

ibcbakthiA new TV-channel from London Tamil Media Ltd. will soon emerge. The new channel will be a spiritual channel about Hinduism, and will be named IBC Bakthi. The channel will offer a variety of Hinduism related programmes, live transmissions of Hindu festivals, astrology etc. The channel will be available through, Lebara Play IPTV platform and through other platforms.

heerutv showsOuch! India's content syndication executives are yelping in pain. Sri Lanka’s (SL) finance & mass media minister Mangala Samaraweera, earlier this month, issued a set of regulations which increases the levy that the government will be imposing on imported dubbed teledramas, films and commercial programmes to SLRs 150,000 from SLRs 90,000 earlier.

The idea behind the move: push local creativity and production and ensure the propagation of the emerald isle’s culture and values.

The country’s creative community – including film and TV producers, actors - has for long been lobbying the government to levy a higher import tax on content.

Says a media observer: “The Sri Lankan market accounts for around six to seven per cent of Indian broadcasters and distributors global exports of TV and audiovisual content. With this 60 per cent tax imposition, broadcasters there are definitely going to take a hard look at their expense sheets and probably halve their imports. And this will impact exports from India which are likely also to fall.”


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