Australian pre-school series ‘Bluey’ makes a comeback with set two of series one

Australia’s smash hit kids’ series Bluey returns to CBeebies on 5 August with its second set of the first series. This multi-award-winning pre-school series continues to follow everyone’s favourite animated Blue Heeler dog, Bluey, as she brings the positive outcomes of imaginative play into her daily adventures together with her parents, sister Bingo, friends, and neighbours. As mum Chilli heads back to work at airport security and dad Bandit balances working from home and caring for his playful daughters, this show celebrates the positive father figure and evolving parenting roles all while highlighting the precious realities of modern family life.

The series takes a funny and honest look at modern family life, celebrating how imaginative play helps shape healthy children and cultivate their creativity. In addition, Bluey celebrates the joyful simplicity found in family life, role play, and imagination.

Bluey has scooped up multiple awards, such as the International Emmy Kids Award in the prestigious Preschool Category in 2020, and its second AACTA Awards for Best Children’s Program that same year. The accolades continue in 2021, with Bluey winning four Kidscreen Awards in February.

You can catch CBeebies on the following channels:

Tata Sky-DTH (Channel 687), Sun Direct-DTH (Channel 538), IMCL Cable & Hits: Channel 439 (Cable) and Channel 918 (Hits), Fastway Cable (Channel 390), SITI Networks Hyderabad (Channel 454), Aadhar Digital Vision (Channel 278), Akshaya Diginet Cable Vision (Channel 304), Kal Cable (Channel 510), UCN Network Cable (Channel 194)

‘Bahubali: The Lost Legends’ S5 premiering on Tata Sky Fun Learn

Owing to the growing popularity of the Graphic India’s animated series, Bahubali: The Lost Legends S4, Pay TV platform, Tata Sky will be premiering season five on Tata Sky Fun Learn.

This thrilling and adventurous fifth season will be a treat for kids and animation admirers for its subscribers who enjoyed the fourth season immensely. Based on the blockbuster movie franchise, Baahubali, this animated series has earned millions of fans worldwide. The fifth season has 16 episodes and is available in English and Hindi.

The synopsis goes: Proving his worth to the kingdom of Mahishmati and fighting his enemies, Baahubali begins his expedition to Japan (Nippon) with Kattapa and Bhallaladeva. The new season uncovers hidden mysteries of the land while fighting some of the deadliest samurai and ninja warriors. Baahubali brings peace and unites the country by giving the legendary sword to its righteous owner who will rule the country. From fighting a war in Nippon to saving the innocent or uncovering the sinister plans of Bijjaladeva to get rid of his nephew, Baahubali stands strong throughout the season that further shapes him as a legendary Hero.

The animated series is premiering on channel number 688 everyday at 6pm only on Tata Sky Fun Learn. The service is also available on Tata Sky Mobile App under Live TV section. 


Tata Sky partners with Technicolor to move its Set-Top Box manufacturing to India

Strengthening the ‘Make in India’ ambition with most subscribers, one of India’s leading DTH players, Tata Sky, has joined hands with Technicolor to develop Set-Top Boxes for the Indian market that will be manufactured and distributed within the country. 

Commenting on this occasion, Tata Sky MD and CEO Harit Nagpal said, “As the world adjusts with the rapid changes emerging due to the recent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tata Sky and Technicolor Connected Home are realigning production of a group of set-top boxes (STBs) to India by early 2021.”

The shift in production and supply chain operations, according to the two companies, will streamline the manufacture and delivery of STBs to consumers in India, and further strengthen the longstanding collaboration that has been in place between Technicolor and Tata Sky. 

“Working with Tata Sky to move set-top box production to India will better serve this important market. It is yet another example of Technicolor’s best-in-class supply chain, which remains flexible and adaptable. This is especially valuable in volatile situations, such as those created by COVID-19. Our supply chain capabilities have proven to be a strategic asset as we offer multiple options to our customers. We remain committed to minimising risk and total cost of ownership for services providers around the world,” added Technicolor Connected Home president Luis Martinez-Amago. 

Tata Sky partners with ShemarooMe to offer varied content to its customers

Content distribution and Pay TV platform, Tata Sky has inked a deal with content creator Shemaroo Entertainment, to offer premium content to its customers. 

With this partnership, a wide array of entertaining content across genres, will be available on Tata Sky Binge through the ShemarooMe app. Tata Sky Binge, Tata Sky’s unique OTT platform, aggregates premium content from different streaming services on a single-user interface with easier content discoverability and a superior viewing experience.

Commenting on the partnership, Tata Sky chief commercial and content officer Pallavi Puri said, “At Tata Sky, we are always endeavouring to expand our content offerings and present best in class entertainment choices to our viewers. We have always believed in creating an enhanced and agile ecosystem of entertainment and our OTT aggregator platform, Tata Sky Binge has been a step towards that direction. To that end our partnership with ShemarooMe will not only help their content reach a wider set of audience but also give our Tata Sky Binge subscribers an even richer bouquet of quality content to choose from.”

This collaboration will enable Tata Sky Binge subscribers access to the wide content library of ShemarooMe, with over 15,000+ hours of multi-genre, multi-regional content including Bollywood premieres, Bollywood classics, Kids, devotional, comedy and regional content spanning over 3700+ titles.

ShemarooMe Kids houses a number of popular kids shows, movies, such as Bal Ganesh, The Legend of Devi Durga, Return of Hanuman, Ghatotkacha, The Legend of Buddha, Singhasan Battisi, Tales of Akbar Birbal, Tales of Vikram Betaal, Pangaa Gang, bal Ganesh 2, Tales of Panchatantra and more. Apart from that, the OTT service also has kids rhymes in several regional languages besides Hindi and English. 

Shemaroo Entertainment COO Kranti Gada added on the collaboration, “We at Shemaroo always believe in delivering the best of entertainment to our audiences in the most preferred format and mediums. Our latest association and longstanding relationship with Tata Sky is a testimony to the same promise where together we will be delivering top notch entertainment through the most consumer centric value proposition and user-focused technologies. We are elated to partner with like-minded brands that resonate our ideologies and help us enhance end to end viewing experience for the consumers.”

Tata Sky subscribers can now enjoy content from ShemarooMe along with already-existing OTT apps on the Tata Sky Binge platform, including  Disney+Hotstar, ZEE5, SunNXT, Eros Now and Hungama Play, through a single subscription fee of Rs 249 per month. It also includes a free three-month trial of Amazon Prime membership and an Amazon Firestick-Tata Sky Edition to enjoy the large screen content experience.

ShemarooMe content can also be accessed on the Tata Sky Binge App via the Tata Sky Binge+ hybrid Android Set top box.


Bombay HC to give judgement on NTO 2.0 amendment case in a couple of days

The Bombay High Court has reserved the judgment in the case of the new tariff order amendments (NTO 2.0) as the hearing ended on Thursday, 5 March. While there’s ambiguity lingering in the ecosystem, the court is expected to give its judgment in a couple of days.

According to sources close to the development, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) cited the judgment by Justice Nariman of Supreme Court delivered in 2018 and judgment of Delhi HC from 2007 to support that it has full right to regulate broadcasters. TRAI alleged that regulating bouquet formation and discounts prescribed in the NTO 2.0 is important because broadcasters use the same to push unwanted channels to consumers and are only interested in increasing their advertisement revenue.

On the other hand, broadcasters argued that bouquets help to make large number of channels cheaper for consumers and also attempted to prove that due to competition from streaming services and telcos, regulation for broadcast TV ought to be reduced. As LCOs filed an independent writ petition asking for stay, they also argued that any attempt by TRAI to bring down NCF will kill their business.

As none of the high courts pronounced any clear order on interim relief, the amended regime came into play from 1 March. Among the DPOs, Tata Sky, Airtel, Dish TV, Siti Cable and IMCL have implemented NTO 2.0 and reduced their NCF.

Shemaroo extends contract for cartoon series’ ‘Moorkhistan’ for Tata Sky

Shemaroo Entertainment has extended the contract with noted writer and comic artist, Sukhwant Kalsi regarding his fun IP Moorkhistan, a series of cartoon strips for Tata Sky.

“My first contract was for two years 2017-2019, and the renewed contract is for another year, 2019-2020,” Kalsi told Animation Xpress. 

Kalsi is also the writer of the upcoming 3D animated show, Johny Lever based on the legendary Bollywood comedian, Johnny Lever. He also co-owns the IP with the production house, Yolo Media. 

Commenting on the inception of Moorkhistan, Kalsi said, “I created Moorkhistan 32 years ago for the cartoon column of children’s magazine, Nanhey Samrat which I have also been editing since 1988. The idea behind Moorkhistan was to create a fun world, the land of ‘idiots’ where only intelligent people live. It’s a non-political show and has been largely accepted by all age groups of readers, audience as this is something that kids haven’t seen till date and the concept is unique and unexplored. It’s very popular on social media and I am in talks with a few prestigious production houses of the animation industry, who wish to acquire the rights and create animated series out of it.”

Moorkhistan cartoons got great responses in both print and digital media. The official Facebook page has more than 10,500 followers. The cartoon strips are circulated daily by Kalsi himself on WhatsApp which gets viral in no time. On Tata Sky too, its viewership is in millions. 

Moorkhistan cartoon characters are also quite popular in the merchandising space, given its posters are already available on amazon. Further publication of books, T-shirts and prank gadgets of Moorkhistan are in the pipeline.

Moorkistan has also been appreciated and advocated by well known comedians like johnny Lever, Sunil Pal, Raju Srivastav, Ahsaan Qureshi, Sudesh Lehri, Upasan Singh and other industry people.

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