SPN, Tata Sky continue to lock horns over channel drop

10 SPN channels, which have 97% viewership, are still available on Tata Sky, claim sources in Tata Sky. Sources in SPN say they are open to negotiations if Tata Sky is willing to renegotiate.

Naziya Alvi Rahman 1 week ago

A day after Sony Pictures Network (SPN) issued a statement condemning Tata Sky for choosing to drop 22 SPN channels from its subscription, sources in Tata Sky claimed that the channels dropped barely comprise 3 per cent viewership.

“Ten SPN channels that have 97 per cent viewership are still available on Tata Sky. It’s true that we have not renewed the contract with the network, but channels are available to our subscribers as we have bought them as per the Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) available with TRAI,” claimed a reliable source who did not wish to be quoted.

SPN, however, claims that the channels discontinued include the likes of Sony Earth and Sony Mix which, as per TRPs, are mostly among the top three channels in their respective categories.

Sources in Tata Sky confirmed that TV Today channels, which were affected by the move, were back on the platform by Wednesday noon.

Industry sources claim that the dispute between the two started sometime in July when ahead of the renewal of its three-year contract with Tata Sky, SPN sought a hike in its monthly rates considering an increase in the subscriber base of the former in last three years.

“Tata Sky’s subscriber base has increased from 10 million to 16 million in the last three years, which means increased consumption. On the basis of this, we sought a hike in our monthly payment. Also, we must clarify that we never increased our channel rates as that is not permissible under TRAI regulations,” said the SPN spokesperson.

However, the increased rates were not acceptable to Tata Sky, which in turn discontinued the contract. Following this, Sony sent a notice to Tata Sky, asking for discontinuation of its channels from its operating system. However, to resolve the crisis, Tata Sky switched to al carte consumption of SPN channels instead of buying the network’s bouquet comprising 35 odd channels.

Sources claim that the move will cause significant advertising loss to SPN, considering the drop of its 22 channels from the bouquet. 

Earlier this week, SPN termed Tata Sky’s move as an “unfortunate event”. In a statement, SPN said, “Tata Sky unilaterally chose to drop 22 SPN channels from its subscription, even though SPN has not increased the rates of its channels.”

The statement further reads, “SPN channels are leaders in their genres and the network one of the most popular in the country. By unilaterally dropping the channels, Tata Sky is depriving it's viewers of the opportunity to watch world class entertainment and live sporting action. Further, by compelling existing subscriber to give separate ‘missed’ calls even to continue watching the SPN channels they have already paid for, Tata Sky is not acting in the consumers’ interest.”

Meanwhile, sources in SPN claim they are open to negotiations if Tata Sky is willing to renegotiate.

Associate Editor, exchange4media, Mumbai As the editorial head for the website, Naziya covers media, advertising and marketing domains. Prior to joining the digital domain, she worked for 12 years with leading newspapers covering political, legal and crime beats.

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#MeToo allegations: Kwan asks Anirban Blah to 'step aside' from his duties

The decision followed a report published in an English daily on October 16

exchange4media News Service 15 hours ago

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Kwan has asked Founder Anirban Blah to “step aside from his duties, activities and responsibilities” at Kwan, its subsidiaries and affiliates with immediate effect after sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him under the #MeToo campaign.

The decision followed a report published in an English daily on October 16. Kwan, in a statement issued after the report, stated, “We fully support the #MeToo movement and deprecate and condemn those who have exploited women in any form.”

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Yash Raj Films fires Ashish Patil amid allegations of sexual misconduct

Patil, Vice President, Brand and Talent Management & Business and Creative Head at Yash Raj Films has been dismissed from his position after allegations of sexual misconduct

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Ashish Patil, Vice President, Brand and Talent Management & Business and Creative Head at Yash Raj Films, has been dismissed from his position, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and exploitation by an anonymous aspiring actress and model.

A tweet from Yash Raj Films' Twitter handle said:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the allegations against Patil Yash Raj Films issued a statement, emphasising that it does not tolerate any forms of sexual harassment or exploitation of women and that it would thoroughly investigate the matter. It has been reported that the woman is cooperating with the Internal Complaints Committee for the investigation.

The allegation against Patil is one of the latest to have emerged in the #MeToo wave which has swept the nation, thus revealing how pervasive the issue of sexual harassment is, particularly in the media industry.

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Zee Keralam will go live in the third quarter: Siju Prabhakaran

Eyeing Rs 650-700 crore Kerala market, Zee is all set to launch new GEC, Zee Keralam. This will be the network’s fifth channel in the region.

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Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) is all set to make its presence stronger in the southern region. The network will expand its footprint by entering the Kerala market with a GEC, Zee Keralam. This will be ZEEL’s fifth channel in the region.

Explaining the reasons behind the decision to expand in the southern market, Prathyusha Agarwal, Chief Marketing Officer, ZEEL, said, “South GECs is a larger universe with larger audience. It actually contributes 33 per cent viewership of the network and 23 per cent of the adex share. Hence, there is a scope to grow there.” The total adex in the Kerala market is estimated to be Rs 650-700 crore.

On average, South India spends over four hours on TV every day and a recent survey by BARC shows that 95 per cent homes in the region have a TV set. The number of TV-owning individuals in the five southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Kerala has seen a growth of 8 per cent (compared to 2016) to stand at 259 million. Over the years, the southern market has witnessed a robust growth and has seen several national channels setting foot in the market with regional content catering to this burgeoning television audience.

Recognizing the potential early on, ZEEL entered the Southern region in May 2005 with Zee Telugu, followed by Zee Kannada in 2006 and Zee Tamil in 2008.  Over the years, ZEE as a network has witnessed a 19.1 % viewership share (CY 18 YTD), and today boasts of being the fastest growing network in the Southern region, standing at a 31.8% growth over the last fiscal year.

Talking about Zee Keralam, Siju Prabhakaran, South Cluster Head, ZEEL, said that the channel will go live in the third quarter of the financial year.

According to Prabhakaran, Kerala is more accepting than other regional markets.

“Lot of exciting stuff is happening down south. We are on the journey of building of a lot of good channels and content. There will be challenges in any market that you enter because of competition from existing players, but the kind of content you put out makes the difference. Like, in the Tamil market, we grew from 4 per cent to 20 per cent. Compared to the Tamil market, Kerala is much more accepting. We feel we are now in a strong position to increase our portfolio of channels and going forward, we will be having more channel launches in Kannada and Telugu market also.”

He added, “Kerala contributes 3.70 per cent of national viewership. In Kerala, Malayalam GEC contributes 57 per cent of total viewership and GECs maintain a strong share of viewership across age groups. The market is also exceptional in consumption power with 81 per cent HHs in NCCS ABC, highest in the country. TV ownership in Kerala is at 90 per cent with almost everyone subscribing to pay channels.”

Zee Keralam will be launched with a strong line-up of content that is family-inclusive and culturally rooted to Kerala that will bring together generations, he said.

The programming line-up includes seven fiction shows, two non-fiction shows, one afternoon game show and one morning show. In addition, the channel has also conceptualized a cinema-based speed news show.

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Tata Sky-Sony Spat: Broadcaster’s GEC viewership remains unaffected, says BARC India Data

SPNI’s Hindi GEC viewership has in fact grown by 1.6 billion impressions  (prev. 4week avg) to 1.7 billion in week 40 of BARC data

Sonam Saini 21 hours ago

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On October 1, Sony Pictures Network India’s 22 channels were dropped by Tata Sky due to a snag in commercial negotiations. However, this does not seem to have dented viewership numbers on SPNI GECs. 

According to the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) data on October 1 i.e Monday, when the 22 Sony channels were dropped from Tata Sky DTH Service, there was a visible drop of 12 per cent in viewership of SPNI’s Hindi GEC channels (compared to the previous day). However, viewership recovered to a large extent by Friday, keeping the weekly viewership at similar levels to that of previous weeks.

If anything, SPNI’s Hindi GEC viewership has actually grown by 1.6 billion impressions  (prev. 4week avg) to 1.7 billion in week 40, says BARC data.

Tata Sky had also started a Missed call service for subscribers to reactivate Sony channels. As viewers availed the service, BARC India’s technology captured the return of viewers on the channel.

On the viewership numbers, Sony Pictures Network India spokesperson said, “We are delighted to see the growth trend of  viewership numbers of all SPN channels has been sustained. This demonstrates the strength of the network and reinforces our content strategy across all channels."

On October 12,  TDSAT rejected the relief sought by SPNI seeking Tata Sky to carry all their channels. The court order noted that the parties had been negotiating renewal of the previous contract of Rs 800 Cr, against which Sony was seeking Rs 1700 Cr, despite losing rights of IPL.

Sony issued a disconnection notice to Tata Sky on September 7, which was also published in newspapers on September 10 consequent to which Tata Sky proposed a RIO based agreement effective September 30 midnight for 10 channels which was accepted by Sony. Hence the court felt that reversing the current arrangement would not be in the interest of justice. The parties have been advised by the court to take four weeks and try and reach an agreement amongst themselves. The matter will be taken up again on November 19, 2018 to consider outcome of the negotiations.

The SPNI spokesperson mentioned that they are open to talks with Tata Sky, meanwhile the DTH platform mentioned that there is no update on the matter yet.  

 

 

 


 

Principal Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Sonam reports on the broadcast media and Out of Home (OOH) industry. She has worked across television and cable industry, and in the past has written for travel and lifestyle magazines.

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Q2FY19: Network18 posts 59% jump in EBITDA to Rs 92 crore

Advertising revenue for TV18 grew at 18 per cent YoY overall

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Network18 reported a 59 per cent jump in its operating EBITDA to Rs 92 crore in Q2FY19. The jump was driven by improved performance of regional channels (both news and entertainment), despite gestation losses of Colors Tamil and recent launch of Colors Kannada Cinema.

 

While headline operating revenue grew 9 per cent (on a comparable basis), revenue ex-movies grew 14 per cent year-on-year (YoY), underscoring tailwinds in broadcasting, the network said in a statement.


 

Highlights of Q2 as mentioned by the network:

 

The network stated that the industry’s ad environment has substantially improved compared to the previous year, though certain pockets of the market (mobiles, auto, colas, etc) are yet to resume advertising full throttle. Broad-based growth in regional markets and upcoming festive season are positives.

 

Broadcast subsidiary TV18 posted 17 per cent revenue growth ex-movies on a comparable basis:   

 

Advertising revenue for TV18 grew at 18 per cent YoY overall. Regional channels across news and entertainment drove viewership growth and ad-revenues for the portfolio, reducing the network’s dependence on national channels.   

 

Subscription revenue for the entire bouquet grew 16 per cent YoY. The network said they are in negotiations with two of India’s leading DTH players for long-term deals on terms commensurate with the strength of their channel bouquet.

 

The network claimed that TV18’s news bouquet (20 channels) is number one; News viewership share rose to 10.7 per cent:  The viewership share of the regional news cluster has risen further to 5.7 per cent, vs sub-2 per cent two years ago.   

 

Hindi news channel News18 India broke into the top two in urban HSM, driving revenues in tandem. Business news channels showed commendable growth amidst choppy markets.   

 

The network said that marketing campaigns around raising the profile of news channels and driving the News18 brand were undertaken. These continued to push viewership and mind-share.  

 

Regional news losses have shrunk sharply: Government/election-related ad-spends rose, substantially reducing the gestation losses of our multiple channels launched over FY15-17. The regional news + infotainment cluster slashed its operating losses by 70 per cent YoY to Rs 8 crore.  

 

Viacom18 bouquet’s (31 channels) share of entertainment viewership stood at 11.1 per cent: TV18’s entertainment bouquet revenue ex-movies grew 13 per cent. Regional entertainment channels have grown their viewership and monetization substantially across all geographies. FTA channels like Rishtey Cineplex and MTV Beats continued their strong performance in a fast growing segment.

 

Colors Kannada Cinema was launched in the last week of the quarter. The channel aims to solidify the network’s existing leadership in the Kannada market, and already has an existing library to bank upon.

 

Business-as-usual margins continued to rise:

 

A shift of some high-impact non-fiction programming towards the festive season in H2 was implemented to improve monetization, which impacted top line growth in Q2 but improved margins. Entertainment EBITDA includes operating loss of Rs 25 cr on account of new initiatives - Colors Tamil (launched in mid-Q4FY18) and Colors Kannada Cinema (launched recently). Adjusting for operating losses of new initiatives (i.e. launches made over past 4 quarters), BAU margins for entertainment grew to 12.1 per cent from 8.9 per cent in Q2FY18.

 

Network18 digital content properties reach 24 per cent of total news consumption audience:


Network18’s digital revenues from prime properties MoneyControl, News18 & Firstpost grew 12 per cent YoY to Rs 35 cr in Q2. The overall Network18 Digital, Print & Others revenue declined due to lower programming executed by 100 per cent-owned content producer Colosceum.  

 

BookMyShow completed US$ 100mn Series D funding: Entertainment ticketing platform BookMyShow raised Series D funding, adding TPG Growth as a new investor. Network18 also participated in the round, and remains the largest shareholder in BookMyShow.

 

HomeShop18 continued to face headwinds, led by competition from e-commerce and issues around vendor supplies. Due to the stress on the home-shopping category and resultant P&L pains, an impairment study was undertaken. Based on the same, an impairment loss of Rs 347 crore has been booked by Network18, which has been classified under “Exceptional Items” in the standalone P&L. This does not have any impact on the consolidated P&L.

 

Talking about the results, Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of Network18, said, “Our regional properties across news and entertainment have shown significant improvements in viewership and monetization, cementing our belief that vernacular content will be a key growth driver. We continue to see opportunities in the Indian media space; and aim to create segmented offerings to deepen our presence.

 

 

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Apart from Hathway, Mukesh Ambani in talks with other MSOs for GigaFiber launch

Service will offer ultra high-definition entertainment on large screen TV, multi-party video conferencing, virtual assistants and immersive experiences

Sonam Saini 1 day ago

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With an aim to reach 50 million homes across 1100 cities, Reliance Jio is exploring business opportunities with several MSOs in order to launch it's Gigafiber Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Service in India.

 

According to industry sources, Jio is also in initial talks with Fastway, Den Network and two subsidiaries of Hathway Group- GTPL Hathway and Hathway Bhawani.  

 

As per media reports, the deal between Hathway and Reliance Industries Limited could be at a valuation of Rs 2,500 crore.

 

We tried reaching out to Reliance Jio, GTPL Hathway, Fastway and Den Network for an official comment but they had not responded at the time of filing this story.

 

“Reliance Jio was facing problems to roll out it's broadband. Since these MSOs have good reach in particular regions, it will be easier for Jio to launch and reach their target audience,” said a senior industry executive.

 

On July 5, at Reliance Industries Limited’s 41st AGM, Mukesh D Ambani announced the launch of Jio Giga Fiber, an ultra-high speed fixed line broadband service, for homes and enterprises with a target to reach 50mn homes across 1100 cities. Jio Giga Fibre service will offer ultra high-definition entertainment on large screen TVs, multi-party video conferencing from your living room, voice-activated virtual assistants, virtual reality gaming, digital shopping and immersive experiences.

 

In May 2017, Jio had begun rolling out beta trials of the FTTH service at select locations in six cities — Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Vadodara.

Principal Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Sonam reports on the broadcast media and Out of Home (OOH) industry. She has worked across television and cable industry, and in the past has written for travel and lifestyle magazines.

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TDSAT gives SPN, Tata Sky four weeks to resolve issue among themselves

Matter to be taken up again on November 19, 2018 to consider outcome of negotiations

exchange4media News Service 4 days ago

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The TDSAT today rejected the relief sought by Sony Pictures Networks seeking Tata Sky to carry all their channels.

The court order noted that the parties had been negotiating renewal of the previous contract of Rs 800 Cr, against which Sony was seeking Rs 1700 Cr, despite losing rights of IPL.

Sony issued a disconnection notice to Tata Sky on September 7 which was also published in newspapers on September 10 consequent to which Tata Sky proposed a RIO based agreement effective September 30 midnight for 10 channels which was accepted by Sony. Hence the court felt that reversing the current arrangement would not be in the interest of justice. The parties have been advised by the court to take four weeks and try and reach an agreement amongst themselves.

The order stated, “The other interim prayer is to direct the parties to enter into negotiations for a period of at least four weeks. The prayer is with a view to enable the parties to enter into fresh negotiations so as to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement based on negotiations. Generally, this tribunal been giving such opportunity to the parties even when they have been availing signals on RIO terms. Hence, we direct both parties to sit across the table and try to work out a mutually acceptable negotiated agreement with a period of four weeks from today. If required, the parties may seek extension of this period. However, on careful consideration of the entire facts and circumstances, the interim prayer is declined.”

Further it mentioned, “In the view of above discussion, let this matter be listed under the same heading on November 19, 2018, for considering the outcome of the fresh round of negotiations which the parties are to carry out in the meantime. If required, the direction for reply etc, may be issued on the next date.”

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BARC 40: Colors Kannada, Asianet, Sun TV, Star Maa maintain their first spots

In the across genre category, SUN TV maintained its first position with over 1 billion impressions.

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The Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC) has released Week 40 data. In the across genre category, SUN TV maintained its first position with over 1 billion impressions. Star Maa came third in the same category with 809 million impressions. The top players in the South GEC, Colors Kannada, Asianet, Sun TV and Star Maa retained their top spots in Week 40 as well.

 

Kannada

The market leader in the Kannada GEC category Colors Kannada bagged the first spot with 486 million impressions followed by Zee Kannada with 416 million impressions. Udaya TV came at the third spot with 205 million impressions followed by Udaya movies with 175 million impressions. Star Suvarna bagged the fifth spot with 157 million impressions.

In the programme category, Colors Kannada bagged the first spot with Lakshmi Baaramma garnering 7 million impressions. Zee Kannada’s Comedy Khiladigalu Championship bagged the third spot with 5 million impressions. The second, fourth, and fifth spots were bagged by prime-time serials of Colors Kannada.

 

Malayalam

 The market leader in the Malayalam GEC space, Asianet bagged the first spot with 323 million impressions. Surya TV claimed the second spot with 90 million impressions followed by Flowers TV with 87 million impressions. Mazhavil Manorama came fourth with 84 million impressions followed by Asianet Movies with 79 million impressions.

 

The prime-time serials of Asianet bagged all top five positions in the programme category.

 

Tamil

The top player in Tamil GEC category SUN TV bagged the first spot with 985 million impressions followed by Star Vijay with 515 million impressions. Zee Tamil came third with 509 million impressions. KTV bagged the fourth spot with 347 million impressions followed by Sun Life with 91 million impressions.

 

Sun TV’s prime-time serials bagged the first five spots, with Naayagi claiming the first spot at 11 million impressions.

 

Telugu

Star Maa retained its first spot with 763 million impressions in Telugu GEC category followed by Zee Telugu with 505 million impressions. Gemini TV bagged the third spot with 472 million impressions. ETV Telugu bagged the fourth spot with 459 million impressions. Gemini Movies with 199 million impressions claimed the fifth spot.

 

Star Maa’s Karthika Deepam bagged the first spot in programme category with 12 million impressions.

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TRAI Tariff Order: Supreme Court to pronounce verdict after Dussehra

After several adjournments, the arguments finally concluded on October 11. The apex court has reserved its order.

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After several adjournments, the arguments in the case between TRAI and Star India on tariff order and interconnection regulation finally concluded in Supreme Court on October 11. The apex court Bench heard the arguments and reserved its order. The Bench is expected to announce the verdict after Dussehra.

Though, following the August 31 deadline set by TRAI for the implementation of the order, most major broadcasters have already published their Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) along with the Interconnection Agreement. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) was the first broadcaster that declared their ROI before the expiry of the deadline. Later, other big broadcasters like Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited, TV18 Broadcast Limited, Disney India, Turner International and Sun TV Network also declared their RIOs.

The RIO published by TV18 Broadcast Ltd reads, “This RIO shall be effective for the term commencing from 29-December-2018 (i.e., at the end of 180 days from the date of TRAI’s press release dated 3-July-2018, read with TRAI’s notifications dated 3-March-2017),”

Also, Zee, in line with the tariff order, announced multiple bouquets catering to consumers of different languages across India. All Zee channels will be available on a-la-carte basis, as required by the regulations, the broadcaster had said. However, Star India, which is one of the petitioners against TRAI tariff and interconnect order, is yet to file its RIO.

TRAI implemented the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations 2017 on July 3, 2018 after it was upheld by the Madras High Court with an exception. While bringing the order into effect , the TRAI had prescribed timelines for the stakeholders.

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TRAI Tariff order: Arguments concluded, SC likely to pronounce verdict in 15 days

The hearing of the matter pertaining to the TRAI tariff order and interconnection regulation saw several adjournments.

exchange4media News Service 5 days ago

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After a wait of over a month, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) vs Star India argument on tariff framework concluded in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Sources aware of the development informed exchange4media that the apex court Bench heard the arguments and reserved its order on Thursday. The bench is expected to announce the verdict within 15 days.

The hearing of the matter pertaining to the TRAI tariff order and interconnection regulation saw several adjournments.

On July 3, 2018, TRAI had implemented the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations 2017 after it was upheld by the Madras High Court with an exception. While bringing the order into effect, the TRAI had prescribed timelines for the stakeholders. The deadline for compliance was August 31, 2018.

Most of the major broadcasters have already published their Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) along with the Interconnection Agreement. Big broadcasters, including Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited and TV18 Broadcast Limited, have declared their RIOs.

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