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.

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. 

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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