Kalanithi Maran , founder of Sun TV Network , has stepped down from the day-to-day affairs of the company by appointing K Vijaykumar as the company's MD. Maran will don the role of executive chairman with immediate effect.

In a regulatory filing, Sun TV said its board had approved the appointment of R Ravivenkatesh as non-executive independent director. Kaveri Kalanithi, wife of Kalanithi Maran, has been appointed as executive director of the company.

C Praveen, the present senior vice president of the company, has been appointed as chief operating officer (COO) with immediate effect. Vijaykumar has been a trusted lieutenant of Kalanithi as head of operations at Udaya TV, the group's Kannada channel. Praveen was with Surya TV before this elevation.
 
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Samachar Plus, a new regional news channel, from Best News Company is set to launch in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand from May 1. The tagline of the channel will be ‘Khabar wahi jo humne kahi’.

Best News Company plans to cover Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand first and then move to Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar. In the second phase, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi-NCR will be targeted. The channel will be head-quartered in Noida and bureau offices will operate from Lucknow and Dehradun.

Talking to e4media about the launch, Amitabh Agnihotry, Managing Editor, Samachar Plus said, “We are penetrating into these regions with positive journalism in an attempt to become the voice of the people.”

The company is looking at OOH and digital medium to promote the new channel. Billboards have been put up at many prominent places in both the states and a webpage has been created for its promotion.




 
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Multi Screen Media (MSM), which runs Sony Entertainment Television in India, will be launching its sports channel Six on 7 April.

The channel will feature UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) mixed martial arts, FA Cup football, NBA and highlights from the Indian Premier League (IPL). The current season of IPL is shown live and exclusive on MSM's SET MAX from 4 April-27 May. In addition to UFC and cricket, Six will show football, badminton and basketball – sports aimed in particular at the youth market, according to the broadcaster. Interestingly just few days before MSM lost out to ESS (ESPN-Star Sports) for the rights to air BCCI-hosted cricket matches played in India over the next six years. MSM already owns the broadcast rights to the IPL, New Zealand cricket, FA Cup football, and NBA basketball.

"We are excited to launch our new premium sports entertainment channel – Six. The channel will launch with the key driver property being UFC Mixed Martial Arts and the best of the first four seasons of the DLF IPL," said Man Jit Singh, chief executive, Multi Screen Media.

"This latest offering from our bouquet reiterates our commitment to bring the best in every genre to young audiences. Six is aimed at the informed and empowered youth of the country who are enthusiastic to adopt new sports. We are confident that Six will be the premier sports channel and stand out by fulfilling its promise to cater to the twin passions of the country – sports and entertainment," he said.

NP Singh, chief operating officer, MSM added: "Six will skew younger, catering to India's appetite for Indian and the counterpart international sports leagues. Six will provide a platform for Indian athletes to showcase their talent and will fuel India's aspirations to excel globally. We will invest in new sports; sports that the new-age 'India on the move' youth want to watch and follow."

Six will be the 11th sports channel in India after Star Sports, ESPN, Star Cricket - the 50:50 joint venture between Walt Disney and News Corporation; the Zee-owned Taj TV with its Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action+, Ten Golf; Neo's Neo Cricket, Neo Sports; and the state-owned DD Sports.

In addition to Six, MSM runs Sony TV, SAB TV, Set Max, Sony Pix, AXN, Animax and the Sony Mix music channel.

Channel Logo from Sonysix.com

 
PEPPERS, an entertainment television has just launched its offerings on the mobile platform making it the first regional channel in India to be streamed on mobile phones.

With its innovative content and youthful aura, it has built a large viewership base and this is a new initiative to move closer. PEPPERS, youthful Tamil Satellite Entertainment channel is now available on mobile phones at http://m.pepperstv.com    

"With this launch, Entertainment becomes handy for all and you can carry it. PEPPERS is the first regional channel to usher TV viewers in a new way to watch programmes on their mobile. Now you don’t have to miss any of your favourite programs. We are extremely passionate about delivering the most sought-after entertainment content to the excitement of our ever increasing viewership, converging the Media, Entertainment and Gadget for a 360-degree enjoyment," said M Nachiappan, creative and managing director of Peppers Media Pvt Ltd.

PEPPERS TV can be watched on Apple iOS Based devices, Blackberry, Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Other Windows, Androids and Symbian OS based devices. This will allow viewers to catch their favourite programs anywhere in the world, making it a truly global experience.

PEPPERS TV uses single channel multi-bit rate Transcoding technology to bring viewers an enhanced user experience on the mobile. The high end Satellite Content Capture uses optimized Satellite Feed and Transcodes this for Multiple Bitrates and pushes the feed to CDN for Delivery providing wonderfully clear visuals and audio.

The dynamic technology employed uses the components of single video source, multibit rate encode, multisource delivery technology, leveraged over Akamai’s global CDN Cloud Network Partnership for world class video delivery. PEPPERS TV is also being streamed on the web at http://www.pepperstv.com    . The crystal clear experience makes viewing a pleasure. With mobile and web streaming, PEPPERS TV has gone beyond geographical boundaries to truly turn in the heat!

PEPPERS Entertainment Television is a Tamil entertainment channel targeted at the youth and young at heart and seeks to redefine entertainment. It brings wholesome entertainment that blends together fun, interactivity, entertainment, talent and knowledge in the right proportion. A fresh upbeat approach with innovative programming is winning the hearts of youth. Chennai Pattinam, Paadal Pirantha Kadhai, Dhinam Dhinam Darisanam, Nizhalum Nijamum are few worth mentioning among many of its popular programmes. 


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There are as many as 14 television channels from Pakistan out of a list of 25 channels which security agencies in the Government have identified as illegal.

The agencies have said that the content of some of these channels is not conducive to the security environment in the country and is a potential security hazard.

Parliament was informed that out of the other 11, there are two from Nepal (one identified as Nepal, and the other as Kantipur), and one channel each from Bangladesh (NTV Bangladesh), Maldives (TV Maldives), Bhutan (Bhutan Broadcasting Service), and there is a UK-based channel, Ahmedia Channel.

Other channels from Arab countries are Peace TV from Dubai, Saudi TV, and Al Jazeera News.

The Pakistani channels are PTV, PTV Home, PTV World, Geo TV, Dawn, Express, Waqat, Q TV, Madni TV, Noor TV, Hadi TV, Aaj, Filmax and STV.

The nationality of two channels has not been disclosed: ARY TV and XYZ TV.

According to Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting C M Jatua, amendments have been made in the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 to tackle illegal channels, making their transmission a cognizable offence. Another amendment to the same bill in this regard had been introduced in the Lok Sabha in December and is awaiting approval of Parliament. 

Authorised officers have been appointed in all states to deal with complaints against cable operators carrying these channels, Jatua said.


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Indian Music Industry (IMI), the umbrella organisation of the music industry, has won a crucial battle in its war against piracy with the Calcutta High Court directing 11 internet service providers (ISPs) to block illegal music websites.

List of 104 Music Sites That The Indian Music Industry Wants Blocked
1. 22beats.com
2. absongs.com
3. apniisp.com
4. apunkabollywood.com
5. bollyextreme.com
6. bollymaza.com
7. bollywood-hits.com
8. bollywoodmp4.com
9. bollywoodstop.com
10. coolgoose.com
11. dacoolsite.com
12. desibajao.net/desihits.net
13. desifunda.net
14. desisong.com
15. dhakdhakradio.com
16. downloadming.com
17. freeindisongs.com
18. funmaza.com
19. gogrumogru.com/songs.ind.in
20. karachimag.com
21. koolfree.com
22. lovepaki.com
23. mastmag.com
24. mobraja.com
25. mp3fundoo.com
26. mp3paradice.com
27. musicduniya.com
28. musiqbuzz.com
29. muskurahat.com
30. netmasty.com
31. pakfellows.com
32. paktimes.com
33. playlist.pk
34. punjabcentral.com
35. radioreloaded.com
36. radiorhythmz.fm
37. radiorocking.com
38. rkmania.com
39. songbox.pk
40. songsinn.com
41. songsnonstop.com
42. songsrack.com
43. songsrip.com
44. songzila.com
45. topupmp3.com
46. town67.com
47. 100india.com
48. musicindiaonline.com
49. aflatune.com
50. bharatlover.com
51. cckerala.com
52. centralmusiq.com
53. chimatamusic.com
54. desimusic.com
55. desishock.net
56. dhool.com
57. dishant.com
58. filmicafe.com
59. filmimusic.com
60. fun1001.com
61. hindimirchi.com
62. sunomusic.com
63. telugufm.com
64. yolike.com
65. andhravilas.com
66. smashits.com
67. songdad.com
68. songslover.net
69. ragalahari.com
70. rameshmusic.com
71. freeplaymp3songdownload.com
72. freefundoo.com
73. desijammers.com
74. thenisai.com
75. mp3feelings.com
76. mazafm.com/hindimirchi.com
77. kjyesudas.com
78. jaanfm.com
79. gr8click.com
80. funscrape.com
81. chirkutonorkut.com
82. tamilmaalai.com
83. tamilkey.info
84. vmusiq.com
85. sevanthi.com
86. tamilwire.com
87. a2ztamilsongs.com
88. mymaza.com
89. germantamilan.com
90. 123music.mobi
91. desiden.mobi
92. longmp3.mobi
93. krazywap.com
94. mobile-zon.com
95. mymp3.mobi
96. samwep.com
97. spicyfm.com
98. wapindia.net
99. wapmaza.mobi
100. waprocks.in
101. mobidreamz.com
102. waptamil.net
103. zinkwap.com
104. songs.pk
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Here is a technical comparison of the HD Digital Video Recorders of all DTH providers.

 
The following list gives you the details of customer contact info for all the DTH service providers in India. All DTH listed as per alphabetical order

AIRTEL DIGITAL TV
TOLL FREE: 1800 102 8080
TOLLED: North: 0124 4448080
East: 033 44448080
West: 020 44448080
South: 080 44448080
WEBSITE: http://www.airtel.in/digitaltv      
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/Airtel.In      
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/airtelindia      
EMAIL: digitalTV@airtel.in

Ajai Puri, CEO
Bharti Teletech Pvt. Ltd. Plot no-4,
Sec-20, Phase-1, Udyog Vihar
Gurgaon 122 001
Ph. : 0124 4244294 
Fax : 0124 4244282
M : 9958590000

Airtel Presence
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/bhartiairtelltd      
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/Airtel_Presence      
EMAIL: airtelpresence@in.airtel.com
DIRECT CONTACT: http://www.airtel.in/airtelpresence      
NOTE: They Solve all airtel related issues(DTH,Landline/Broadband,Mobile)
DD DIRECT PLUS
WEBSITE: http://www.ddinews.gov.in/DTH/DDDIRECT        

M.C.Aggarwal
Room no-531 A, Doordarshan Bhawan,
Copernicus Marg, New Delhi-110001
Mob: 9818394454 Tel: 011-23383396  

DISH TV
TOLL FREE: 1860-180-3474 (Only BSNL/MTNL lines)
TOLLED: 0120-2550000 (All phone lines),
Northern India: 011 -60013474
Southern India: 044 -60013474
Eastern India: 033 -60013474
Western India: 022 -60013474
Dish TV for vehicles: 09711443366
WEBSITE: http://www.dishtv.in      
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/dishtvindia      
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Dishtv_India      
EMAIL: customercare@dishtv.in
SMS: DISHTV to 57575

Salil Kapoor, CEO
FC-19 Sec-16A Filmcity,
Noida-201301 Tel: 95120-2599391/ 2599555
salil_kapoor@dishtv.in

RELIANCE DIGITAL TV
TOLL FREE: All India (except North East states and J&K) :
1860 200 6666
1800 200 9001
TOLLED: Assam: 9864098888
Other North East States: 9863098888
Jammu & Kashmir: 0191-2475018
WEBSITE: http://www.reliancedigitaltv.com      
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/RelianceDigitalTV      
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/reliancedtv      
EMAIL: customercare@reliancedigitaltv.com

Sanjay Behl, CEO
A 202, 6 Auranzeb Road New Delhi-110011
Tel: 011-30321100/30321122
Fax: 011-30321101
Email:sanjay.behl@relianceada.com

SUN DIRECT
WEBSITE: http://www.sundirect.in      
CUSTOMER CARE: http://www.sundirect.in/customer-care.php      

Tony D’Silva, CEO
93, Kodambakkam High Road,
Chennai-34
Tel: 040-8204236/8242237
tony@sundirect.in

TATASKY
TOLL FREE: 1860 425 6633 (MTNL/BSNL lines)
TOLLED: Western India: 020 6600 6633
Northern India: 0172 6600 6633
North East: 0361 6000 6633
Southern & Eastern India: 040 6600 6633
WEBSITE: http://www.tatasky.com/      
EMAIL: help@tatasky.com
SMS: BUY to 56633

Harit Nagpal CEO
3rd floor Bombay dying AO Building,
Pandurang Pudhkar Marg, Worli,
Mumbai-400025
Tel: 022-66133000

VIDEOCON D2H
TOLLED: 09082099999
WEBSITE: http://www.videocond2h.com      
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/videocond2h      
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/videocon_d2h      
EMAIL: customercare@d2h.com

Anil Khera, CEO
Bharat Business Channel Limited
5th Floor, A wing, Corporate Centre,
Opp Hotel Vits, Andheri Kurla Road,
Andheri (East), Mumbai-400 059
 
In order to receive good signal quality from the Satellites aligning the Dish Antenna in the right direction is very important.
But not many know that we could actually calculate the direction at which the Dish has to be mounted using a trigonometric formula. These values are called as the Azimuth angle and the Elevation angle. Now lets see what these angle mean.

Azimuth Angle:
Azimuth refers to the rotation of the whole antenna around a vertical axis. It is the side to side angle. Azimuth is the turning of your satellite dish East and West or Left & Right.  This is the same as your compass reading.  Make sure when you look on your compass for the proper degree, that your compass is away from your satellite dish, because metal can affect the reading on your compass. Typically you loosen the main mount bracket and swing the whole dish all the way around in a 360° degree circle.

Elevation Angle:
Elevation refers to the angle between the dish pointing direction, directly towards the satellite, and the local horizontal plane. It is the up-down angle. Elevation is how high up the signal is coming from. You can usually measure your elevation based on the degree markings on the back bracket of your satellite dish antenna. Make sure you don't tighten the bolts too much to leave room for play in case you need to fine tune your antenna with your signal meter. Once you fine tune to the highest possible signal, you can tighten the elevation bolts.  When your dish is pointed at low elevation angles, below 5 deg at C band and 10 deg at Ku band, the path through the atmosphere is longer and the signals are degraded by rain attenuation and rain thermal noise. Scintillation also occurs, particularly in hot humid weather. This causes increases and decreases in the signal level frequently.

Now the formula:
Elevation = ATAN((COS(ACOS(L * COS(S-N))) - 0.1512) / SIN(ACOS(COS(L) * COS(S-N))))
Azimuth = ACOS(-TAN(L)/(TAN(ACOS(COS(L)*COS(S-N)))))
where,
L is the Latitude of your city in North
N is the Longitude of your city in  East
S is the Satellite's Longitude in East

For those who are not familiar with Trigonometry, go to the Tools Page to find a java script calculator to calculate the angles easily. 

    Madhan

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