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.
TTN Tamil Oli (Tamil Television Network) was launched on Pongal day in 2001, where the first Tamil TV-channel in Europe, TRT Tamil Oli, was renamed and relaunched as TTN Tamil Oli. Since the launc, the channel was an important channel during the time where civil war was going on in Sri Lanka between the Sri Lankan Government forces and the Tamil freedom fighters, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).