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Sony Corp, AOL plans to combine TV channels in India

06-July-2001
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Sony Corp, AOL plans to combine TV channels in India

Sony Corp and AOL Time Warner Inc., are planning to combine their television channels in India. If this deal comes through, it will threaten their biggest competitors, News Corp'’ STAR TV and Zee Telefilms Limited.

The executives of both AOL and Sony are now trying to figure out how to resolve issues like, who would manage the partnership etc. While AOL declined to comment, Sony Entertainment Televisions chief executive, Kunal Dasgupta, confirmed about the meeting with AOL, as well as Walt Disney Co.

Sony is one of the world’s largest makers of Hindi-language programming. In India it runs Sony Entertainment Television, the second most popular general entertainment cable television channel, plus action channel AXN and Sony Max.

The U.S. based AOL Tim Warner, the world’s largest media company, has news channel CNN, the Cartoon Network and movie channel HBO on cable in India.

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