In a time where Tamil radio and TV-channels from Europe have ceased satellite transmission and gone online as webradio and IPTV-channels, a new Tamil TV channel has launched on Eurobird 9A (9 degree East). The channel is Tamilan TV from India and it has started on 11881, Vertical, SR 27500 and fec 2/3. The channel is available free-to-air. Currently only IBC Tamil TV, IBC Tamil Radio, Athavan TV, Athavan Radio, Star Vijay TV, NLM TV, Angel TV and Holy God TV are available on satellite in Europe.
The Zee Group’s much anticipated new digital platform ZEE5 (Z5) has finally launched, a few months down the brand refresh that was given to media behemoth’s entertainment channels. Offering everything from Indian and international original content, movies, TV shows, music, live TV and health and lifestyle content, Z5 gives viewers the opportunity to pick their entertainment from 11 browsing (and content) languages—English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati and Punjabi.
There’s news for Sivakarthikeyan fans. Sun TV has bagged the broadcast rights of Sivakarthikeyan’s upcoming film. The channel posted on its micro-blogging page, “@SunTV buys the broadcast rights of @Siva_Kartikeyan’s upcoming movie directed by #RRavikumar.”
The actor’s next is a sci-fi project directed by R Ravikumar of Indru Netru Naalai fame.
In spite of stringent levies on imported content, the popularity of Indian shows is seeing an upward trend in the Sri Lankan market. Indian soaps have resonated well with audiences in the island nation, courtesy the flashier nature of the content in contrast to the rural and simple lifestyle-based Sri Lankan shows.
Knowing the threat from Indian shores, the country’s creative community–film and TV producers and actors–have for long been lobbying with the government to levy a higher import tax on content. An industry expert talking to Indiantelevision.com said that it is not economically viable to import Indian shows for the Sri Lanka market.