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COMCAST REBIDS FOR FOX
Comcast is keen to acquire Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, which seems to prefer to sell to Disney. A day after US Courts approved AT&T's vertical merger deal to acquire Time Warner, Comcast formally ........

STAR - ASIANET SPAT ESCALATES
IKerala based MSO - Asianet Digital Networks, has demanded that w.e.f. 1 April 2018, Star India renew /execute a fixed sum subscription fees agreement, on nondiscriminatory and reasonable rates ..........

TRAI TARIFF IMPLEMENTATION BY NOVEMBER 2018?
The TRAI declared "The Telecommunication (Broadcasting & Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017" on 3 March 2018..........

INDUSTRY PIONEERS - SIDDHARTHA SRIVASTAVA
Ever wondered how it all began - when & where was India's first cable TV service started? What was the name of India's first cable TV subscriber? Who were the pioneers who initiated this extraordinary revolution?.............

LOCAL CABLE CHANNELS BANNED BY TRAI TARIFF ORDER?
Local cable channels typically carry unique content generated locally. The content may include local news, coverage of local events such as school plays, festive gatherings etc. Sometimes local cable channels also carry pirated content such as movies etc.......….....

ISRO ALLOWS FOREIGN SATELLITE USE
Currently, about 80% of all Indian TV channels downlink from foreign satellites. Out of 725 active channels, only about 150 are on Indian satellites. A new report on 8 April revealed that ISRO had taken a hard stand and refused to approve any new downlink license........

TRAI RECOMMENDATIONS FOR UPLINKING & DOWNLINKING LICENSES
More than 100 licenses for new TV channels have been pending with the I&B ministry for over a year. In fact, the Modi government issued only 215 TV channel licences from June 2014 to December 2017. The MIB cancelled 67 TV channel licences in 2017. ........

FULL INTERNET TELEPHONY PERMITTED
In a long overdue development, DoT issued its "Clarification regarding Internet Telephony" on 19 June 2018. The circular states "... it is clarified that the said service is un-tethered from the underlying access network. Hence Internet Telephony service can be provided.......


FIFA WORLD CUP 2018
The FIFA World Cup 2018 is being held in Russia from 14 June till 15 July. Interest in soccer has increased in India. The Core audience are males under 34 years of age.................

JIO DOES WELL
Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio added 83 million net new subscribers during FY 2017-18, and at the end of the financial year March 2018, JIO had 186.6 million subscribers.........









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