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Discovery acquires FoodFood network from Sanjeev Kapoor Celebrity chef and promoter of India’s FoodFood Sanjeev Kapoor has agreed to relinquish

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    Discovery acquires FoodFood network from Sanjeev Kapoor

    Celebrity chef and promoter of India’s FoodFood Sanjeev Kapoor has agreed to relinquish his majority share in the TV channel and its operator Turmeric Vision to Discovery Communications.

    foodfoodnetwork logoDiscovery says its undisclosed investment in FoodFood is part of a strategy to “deepen and expand its presence in India to grow audience share across all screens”, and to complement existing female and lifestyle brands TLC and ID.

    With Sanjeev Kapoor remaining as the network’s star, Discovery says it will also continue to support FoodFood’s focus on local programming and products.

    “Discovery’s investment in FoodFood further boosts our presence in this important market and broadens our portfolio by adding a category of content that people love. We are excited to partner with the exceptionally talented team, including culinary guru Sanjeev Kapoor, who singlehandedly revolutionised the food television genre in India. Sanjeev’s creative flair and personality combined with Discovery’s content and operational expertise is the perfect recipe for FoodFood’s evolution,” said Arthur Bastings, president & MD, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.

    “We look forward to deepening FoodFood’s engagement, particularly in digital, and widening its community outside of India,” he added.

    Sanjeev Kapoor, promoter, Turmeric Vision Private Limited, said: “FoodFood is widely admired for its highly relevant, topical, varied, entertaining and delectable programming. I am delighted to become a part of the Discovery family and I am confident that this partnership will strengthen FoodFood’s reach and affinity with consumers, advertisers and distributors.”

    Kapoor will remain a minority shareholder in the TV network, which launched in 2011.

    The deal is expected to close in the coming weeks, subject to regulatory approvals.

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    IPL 2016 reaches 317MN Indian pay-TV homes

    Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India has reached a cumulative total of 317 million pay-TV homes for its Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket coverage during the past four weeks.

    ipl2016Airing on the Sony Max, Sony SIX and Sony ESPN channels, VIVO IPL 2016 has hit a new high for audience levels in India for a sporting event, SPN claims.

    TV audience levels for coverage of IPL season nine grew by 45% on its opening week, according to data from India’s Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC).

    In the IPL’s fourth week, Sony MAX stood at 601 GVM in prime time and surpassed the entire Hindi movie genre (which gained 549 GVM), across both urban and rural areas of India. Sony SIX and Sony ESPN combined recorded 245 GVM and surpassed the entire sports genre, which stood at 37 GVM, the TV ratings company found.

    Overall, Sun TV regained top spot across all genres for week 18 of BARC All India data, pushing Sony Max to second position. Star Plus followed Sony Max in third, and Colors was the fourth most watched channel of the week.

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    BBC spared wholesale changes in UK Government review

    The assault that many feared the UK Government was about to mount on the BBC in a far-reaching review of the corporation in its operation and funding will not be realised.

    BBCMuch to the relief of the BBC and the media industry in general, but much to the consternation of right-wing politicians, the reviews announced in a White Paper released by UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, will see major changes in how BBC is governed but guarantees the security of the licence fee for the next 11 years.

    The UK Government says that its new framework allows the BBC to focus on high quality, distinctive content which adheres to the Reithian values of informing, educating and entertaining while also serving all audiences. Whittingdale asserted that the new guidelines enhance its independence whilst also making it ‘much more effective and accountable’ in its governance and regulation.

    With regard to the latter, the BBC Trust, the body responsible for ensuring licence fee payers gain value for money, will be abolished and replaced by a new, unitary board consisting of between 12-14 members. In contrast to the previous BBC Governors and BBC Trust, where appointments were made under the public appointments system, the BBC will be responsible for appointing at least half of the board members. Worryingly the UK Government will appoint the remainder.

    In another key development, UK broadcast regulator Ofcom will become the external independent regulator of the BBC.

    Commenting on the White Paper, A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction Whittingdale said: “We have taken on board extensive views and evidence from those who watch and listen to the BBC - those who love it, those who can be frustrated by it and those who feel underserved by it. These reforms will embolden the BBC to take risks, to create confidently and unashamedly the highest quality, distinctive content for all audiences. It will provide the foundations for a stronger, more independent, more distinctive BBC that will inform, educate and entertain for many years to come.”

    Responding on behalf of the BBC, Director General Tony Hall said the White Paper affirms the importance of the BBC to the public and to the creative industries, and will provide the BBC with long-term stability and a strong foundation to continue to inform, educate and entertain the entire British public.

    He added: “This White Paper delivers a mandate for the strong, creative BBC the public believe in. A BBC that will be good for the creative industries - and most importantly of all, for Britain. There has been a big debate about the future of the BBC. Searching questions have been asked about its role and its place in the UK. That’s right and healthy, and I welcome that debate. At the end, we have an 11-year charter, a licence fee guaranteed for 11 years, and an endorsement of the scale and scope of what the BBC does today. The White Paper reaffirms our mission to inform, educate and entertain all audiences on television, on radio and online.”

    Despite Hall broadly agreeing with the reforms, he stressed that the BBC’s view of how the new unitary board would be appointed differs from that held in government. “We have an honest disagreement with the government on this. I do not believe that the appointments proposals for the new unitary board are yet right,” Hall remarked. “It is vital for the future of the BBC that its independence is fully preserved ... It is important that the implementation of the White Paper’s proposals are done in a proportionate way to ensure the BBC’s creativity is enhanced and not diminished. We would not support the addition of red tape and box-ticking.”

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    Millennials have love/hate relationship with online video ads

    Millennials are more than twice as likely to share ads they like and 23% more likely to enjoy ads they find relevant but are also the demographic most likely to install ad blockers, says research from Unruly.

    unruly millennial 13 May 2016 The global study from the video ad tech company found that with global spending powers of $2.45 trillion, millennials are one of the most highly sought-after advertising demographics.

    Yet while, just like with other surveys,Unruly found millennials are more likely to enjoy and share video ads than any other Internet users, they are also the generation most likely to install ad blockers and put video ads on mute. The digital-native age group is turned off by poor quality advertising, with 93% considering ad blocking software in the future. Nearly three-fifths say they use ad blockers because they feel they see too many ads, half complain that they see the same ads over and over again. A further 43.1% feel ‘creeped out’ by ads which follow them around the Web and four-fifths will mute a brand’s video ads, the demographic most likely to do so.

    The survey also found that millennials demand authenticity from brands, and three-quarters lose trust in a brand if an ad feels fake. Yet on the upside, 27% said that they are more likely to feel happy and 25% more likely to feel inspired when watching video ads than average.

    “For advertisers wanting to connect with millennials, this is a high-risk, high-reward demographic. millennials are digital-first trendsetters,” explained Unruly Co-CEO Sarah Wood. “Get it right with this uber-connected audience and you have the potential to unlock widespread reach and powerful advocacy. Get it wrong and they are unforgiving: if you appear inauthentic or interrupt them with ads, they will actively avoid your brand. [millennials are] looking to clean up their online experiences by installing ad blockers. This presents a great opportunity for the advertisers who take the time to create content that cuts through to engage and inspire.”

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    SeaChange begins fightback as it swoops for DCC Labs

    Attempting to enhance its set-top and multiscreen device software development capabilities, SeaChange International has acquired set-top box (STB) and device developer and integrator DCC Labs.

    DC 13 May 2016Part-owned by 7bulls.com, the Warsaw-based DCC Labs develops and optimises new and legacy digital TV services on STBs, mobile devices and smart TVs for systems integrators and TV operators and over-the-top (OTT) providers. It also delivers digital TV software stacks for services and optimises the entire vertical stack across all software layers.

    In 2015, SeaChange engaged DCC Labs to support a major set-top development project for a large European cable operator, resulting in deployment of a user interface and an RDK 2.1-based home video gateway.

    In the takeover deal, SeaChange has paid approximately $8 million in cash and stock. DCC Labs is expected to contribute an additional several million dollars of revenue annually to SeaChange who is in the middle of a corporate restructure as it attempts to stem a series of losses and return to profitability. The transaction is expected to be accretive in fiscal 2017, as well as provide an anticipated one-year payback through synergies and cost savings that SeaChange claims that it will begin to realise immediately. The transaction also includes a lock-up provision for the SeaChange stock that unwinds over a three-year period.

    “Through our successful collaboration in the field, SeaChange determined that DCC Labs' experience and strengths are exceptionally well-aligned with our strategy to operate more efficiently and rapidly roll out high-value, front-end product innovations,” said recently appointed SeaChange CEO Ed Terino. “SeaChange is now better positioned to serve the global RDK licensee community, as well as fulfilling service providers' growing desire to focus on a select set of vendors to support their video infrastructure from the back-end all the way through to set-tops, mobile devices and the subscriber experience.”

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    Viasat launches first Ultra HD channel in the Nordics

    Nordic pay-TV operator MTG’s Viasat pay-TV division is to launch what it says is the world’s first Ultra HD sports channel to be broadcast via satellite.

    MTG 14 May 2016The Viasat Ultra HD channel will be launched after the summer in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland via an SES-5 satellite operating at 5 degrees East.

    Viasat customers equipped with a Samsung Ultra HD set top box, plus a new TV-module to be launched during the summer, will be able to experience a number of sports events, including selected live Champions League matches, and other content from MTG's portfolio, specially produced in Ultra HD. The channel will initially be available to all Viasat satellite customers with sports channels in their package.

    “It’s great that real Ultra HD content now is being produced and that sport is leading the way,” said Bartek Gudowski, chief technology officer of MTG Broadcasting. “The picture quality is amazing and brings a wonderful experience of being so close to the action. We are really excited to be the first out in the Nordics, and look forward to building on this successful partnership with Samsung and SES to bring even more Ultra HD content to our customers over time.”

    With the addition of Viasat Ultra HD, the SES Ultra HD channel portfolio now comes to a total of 24, including test channels and regional versions. This represents 46% of all channels broadcast in this format via satellite worldwide. SES also boasts that it transmits 27% of all HD/Ultra HD satellite channels worldwide.

    “Viasat has been relying on SES services to broadcast its approximately 230 channels for more than 20 years,” said SES chief commercial officer Ferdinand Kayser. “As sports have always been predicted to be a key driver for Ultra HD, we are very pleased to take this important step together with Viasat to drive the next generation viewing experience forward. With more and more Ultra HD channels expected in the future, satellite will remain the optimal infrastructure to deliver this new and substantially improved viewing experience.”

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    Adult Swim aims for big splash among millennials with multi-platform slate

    Editor | 14 May 2016


    Adult Swim, the Turner division that is claimed to be US basic cable's leading home, has announced two new slates of programming in advance of the Turner Upfront 2016 presentation.

    adult swim 14 May 2016The channel regards itself as having a unique approach to content development and having a voice that resonates with its audience. It believes that it has now not only crafted a robust and diverse slate for its top-rated cable network but also for its digital domain AdultSwim.com. As regards digital, Adult Swim has generated double-digit growth across multiple platforms and mobile gaming, including a +97% increase in web and app usage.

    The new Adult Swim slate will see returning original hits Rick and Morty, The Venture Bros and The Eric Andre Show to be joined by new on-air programming, including Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special; live-action series Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace and Dream Corp, LLC from John Krasinski; a new comedy special from Brett Gelman; and the return of Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack. Adult Swim also continues its successful collaboration with creator Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty) on a new pilot project, Art Prison.

    The company also says that it will be extending viewing hours beyond their linear programming through AdultSwim.com, following its fans across multiple platforms by introducing new original programming for streaming. A new slate of original content created by members of the Adult Swim staff now includes such weekday shows as Stupid Morning Bullshit, Williams Street Swap Shop, Call of Karaoke and Development Meeting. These shows join popular anime fan show Toonami: Pre-Flight and FishCenter.

    “Adult Swim is a one of a kind destination that simply knows its audience,” said Christina Miller, president and general manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. “[We] have always found new and interesting ways to produce and distribute content that can’t be found anywhere else.”

    “Adult Swim has developed a relationship with millennials like no other media brand,” added Donna Speciale, president of Turner Ad Sales. “That connection is a key access point for advertisers who want to use an authentic voice across custom, branded content and partnerships rich with direct to fan experiences.”

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    Ultra Fiesta strengthens TV and social media presence

    Editor | 14 May 2016


    The latest iteration of the Ultra Fiesta multi-platform entertainment network in the Latino music industry has been declared a success by owner Olympusat.

    ULtra FIesta 14 May 2016Owned and operated by Olympusat, Ultra Fiesta is distributed throughout the US and Puerto Rico across Verizon FiOS TV, Charter Communications, Choice Cable and Claro TV.

    The event is claimed to be one of the most popular multi-platform entertainment networks for the ever-more critical Latino community in the US, a key demographic given that one in every five Americans aged 18 to 30 is of Hispanic descent. This audience uses live television events and social media to drive its footprint and spark high levels of audience involvement.

    Olympusat says that reaching young Latinos across platforms is about understanding their passions and unique consumption habits. “We have grown to become one of the main sources of information about the trends across all Latin music genres,” commented Ultra Fiesta, host, producer and manager Luis Jairala. “Our goal is to continue acquiring the newest video clips, interviewing the most famous artists, and covering the most popular events. And we are planning more activities on social media.”

    The 2016 show highlighted the work of internationally renowned actress and singer Thalía whose duet with Colombian singer Maluma was on rotation in Ultra Fiesta, and featured on VMC, a Spanish-language music TV network offered by Olympusat in standard definition.

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    Sky Sports scores Premier League ratings hat-trick

    Editor | 14 May 2016


    Money certainly talks when it comes to English Premier League (EPL) football ratings as Sky Sports has revealed that for the third successive season it has shown 49 of the 50 most watched matches.

    sky sports 14 MayThe season may have lacked a thrilling dénouement at both the top and bottom but it bore witness to Leicester City’s incredible title win. Over the three seasons, Sky has backed the money truck up to the EPL’s doors to gain premier rights to the most exciting, if not the most technically proficient, football league in the world. Of the 200 biggest and most watched Premier League matches over the past three seasons, 194 of them have been on Sky Sports. Additionally, the top 100 in that time have been live on Sky Sports.

    “No one will ever forget this season and Sky Sports has offered the complete story from start to finish,” commented Sky Sports head of football Gary Hughes. “Sky Sports is the first choice for football fans, and things are only going to get better next season with even more matches, even more top picks and even more drama.”

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    NBC Universal inks content deal with Prime

    Editor | 14 May 2016


    As the action at La Croisette in Cannes heats up, Prime Entertainment Group has announced that at the festival it has signed a major content deal with NBC Universal for the series Ultimate Countdown.

    Prime countdown 14 May 2016The 16x45’ series is said to be one of the best ranking shows in the market today with high production values, covering varied topics through programmes including Most Outrageous Divas, Sexiest Movie Scenes, Best Celebrity Arrests and The most impressive Body Transformations. It already runs on channels such as ABS-CBN, SONY, POLSAT, SIC Portugal, E! Germany and Movies Now India.

    Prime has acquired the show for E! Asia, the television channel that features entertainment-related programming, reality television, Hollywood gossip and news. It will be aired in over 40 countries in the Asian continent including Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

    “We are working a lot with the NBC Universal Networks in all territories,” commented Prime Entertainment Group managing director David Freydt. “Our show Ultimate Countdown was already on E! Germany and it's great that now E! Asia is picking it up.


 

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