KidsCo Announces India Deal With NDTV

KidsCo, the international children’s channel, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) to represent the channel across India. NDTV will market KidsCo’s content across all its digital platforms, cable TV and DTH channels.

The deal follows the channel’s strategic expansion across Asia, including recent launches in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia. NDTV will be marketing KidsCo programming including Sonic Underground, The Wiggles, Ned’s Newt, Rescue Heroes and Nalong Fly to the Sky alongside original programming such as Boo & Me, Boo’s Sanctuary and Jass Time!.

Paul Robinson, CEO at KidsCo said: “India is a key market for us as we continue our global expansion plan. We are really excited about adding NDTV to our existing partners as it understands that education is at the very top of the agenda for us and has historically built solid relationships with platforms who share this vision. The shows we will be offering are in keeping with our international audience and we anticipate great results.” (more…)

NDTV Announced Financial Results For The Quarter Ended June 30, 2010

For the quarter ending June 30th, 2010

–Losses Cut: Consolidated loss has come down from Rs. 83 crores in Q1 FY 10 to Rs. 31 crores in FY 11. The company is in the process of transition both in its structure and in its sales and marketing arrangements. This transition process is moving towards to completion and future results should reflect this process coming to an end.

–Lower Interest Cost: Interest cost has been brought down substantially from Rs. 18 crores in Q1 FY 10 to Rs. 5 crores in Q1 FY 11.

–Subscription Income: The subscription income has gone up 22% YoY (Rs. 9.5 crores in Q1 FY 10 to Rs. 11.6 crores in Q1 FY 11) on the back of increased DTH penetration. (more…)

Scripps Networks Interactive And NDTV End Discussions on Strategic Partnership

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (SNI 46.05, -0.44, -0.95%) and NDTV Group have ended discussions that would have established a strategic partnership between the two companies to operate lifestyle television networks in India.

The two companies had announced a definitive agreement on the partnership in November, but were unable to come to terms on specifics of the transaction. Discussions ended on Monday. (more…)

Ndtv Financial Results: Q3, FY 09-10

-         Successful restructuring of the Group

-         Acquisition of NBCU’s indirect stake of 26% in the subsidiary, NDTV Networks PLC

-         Repurchase of the US$ 100 Million Step up Coupon Bonds due 2012 for a negotiated price of US$ 72.4 Million

-         Crucial stake sale agreement with Time Warner for NDTV Imagine Ltd

-         Sale of majority stake in NDTV Lifestyle ltd to Scripps

-         Major Cost efficiencies lead to substantial improvement in operating results

Result Highlights (NDTV Standalone)

For the quarter ending December 31st, 2009

Ø      NDTV’s revenues from operations for Q3 FY‘10 were at Rs 84.98 crores as compared to Rs 82.46 crores for the same quarter of the previous year.

Ø      EBITDA has greatly improved from a negative of Rs 4.54 crores in the same quarter, previous year, to a positive of Rs 9.8 crores in the current quarter.

Ø      Improved efficiency in operations has resulted in the company containing its net losses to Rs 1.66 crores compared to a net loss of Rs 17.48 crores for the same quarter of the previous year.

Ø      Operating expenditure for Q3, FY 10 has come down by as much as 13.10 % from Rs 87.13 crores in the same quarter previous year to Rs 75.71 crores for the current quarter.

Result Highlights (NDTV Consolidated)

Ø      NDTV’s consolidated income from operations for Q3, FY10 at Rs 167.06 crores was 28.78 % higher compared to Rs 129.72 crores for Q3, FY 09.

Ø      Increase in income & significant cost savings resulted in positive EBITDA for Q3, at Rs 86.18 crores compared to a negative EBITDA of Rs 93.78 crores for Q3, FY 09.

Ø      Net Profit for Q3, FY 10 at Rs 74.10 crores compared to a net loss of Rs 120.80 crores for the same quarter of the previous year.

RESTRUCTURING

Ø      This quarter has been a momentous one for the NDTV Group.

Ø      The buyback of NBC Universal’s 26% indirect stake in NDTV Networks Plc gave NDTV the opportunity to look for investors in its non-news verticals.

Ø      The repurchase of the US$ 100 Million Step up Coupon Bonds due 2012 for US$ 72.4 Million has allowed the Group to significantly reduce its outstanding borrowings and also cut down on its interest burden. NDTV was also freed from the undertaking to provide a $ 40 million guarantee to the bond-holders. Most importantly, all restrictions and covenants that came with the bonds were removed.

Ø      This period also saw the company entering into a strategic alliance with Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and internet in the United States. The transaction will result in Scripps Networks Interactive acquiring 69% of NDTV Lifestyle ltd on a fully diluted basis for US$ 55 Million.

Ø      The Group also entered into an agreement with Turner Asia Pacific Ventures, Inc for the sale of most of its stake in NDTV Imagine Ltd for a total transaction value of USD 117 Million, involving a sale of 92% of NDTV Imagine on a fully diluted basis for a consideration of USD 67 Million together with the subscription to fresh shares in Imagine by Turner Asia Pacific Ventures for USD 50 Million.

BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

Ø      NDTV 24×7 is the clear leader in the English News space as clearly established by the recent Neilsen UMAR survey which showed that the channel was the most watched with over 60% viewership.

Ø      NDTV 24×7 won the Best News Channel award given by the Indian Television Academy(ITA).

Ø      NDTV announced the first ever Right to Information (RTI) Awards in association with Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) to acknowledge those who have displayed exemplary commitment to the RTI Act in a ceremony held on December 1, 2009 in Delhi.

Ø      NDTV India, the group Hindi News channel improved its ratings and is widely recognized as India’s most credible Hindi News Channel.

Ø      NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards ceremony was held in Mumbai in the month of October, 2009 to acknowledge the most dynamic Indian organizations & best business leaders.

Ø      In the Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards ceremony, held in Mumbai on 1st December 2009, NDTV 24×7 won the award Best Mini-Series – Born Wild: Out of Africa (Swati Thyagarajan). NDTV Good Times won three awards at the same event – Best Lifestyle Channel, Best Lifestyle Show – Spectacular Spas for Men(Arun Thapar) & Best Travel-Based Show – No Big Deal(Devika Anand & Neha Dixit).

Ø      We the People, hosted by Barkha Dutt, was adjudged as the Best Talk Show in Asia at the Asian Television Awards 2009.

Ø      Four of NDTV’s leading journalists – Sreenivasan Jain, Nidhi Razdan, Swati Thyagarajan and Umashankar Singh – won theRamnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Ø      NDTV Worldwide and Beximco Group, the  largest private sector industrial conglomerate in Bangladesh which also manages the leading publication, The Independent, have come together to launch a 24 hour news and current affairs channel in Bangladesh, Independent Television.

Ø      Ndtv.com crossed the 100 million page view mark for the first time in the month of December, 09.

Ø      NDTV Social – a portal to connect NDTV journalists and anchors with viewers – was launched during the quarter. This is the first time anywhere in the world a media group has integrated its anchors, presenters, programmes and content into the social stream.

Ndtv Convergence Launches Hindi Wap Portal

New Delhi, December 16, 2009: NDTV Convergence today announced the launch of m.ndtvkhabar.com: its Hindi WAP portal. The portal has been developed by Los Angeles-based July Systems, which has also developed NDTV Active, the English WAP property of the media house.
M.ndvkhabar.com brings on board news from the world of politics, sports, business and entertainment, as well as photo galleries and features. It draws on the content strengths of www. NDTVkhabar.com, NDTV’s Hindi web portal, and NDTV India, the Hindi news channel. It will enable users to interact with the NDTV brand and stay in touch with the latest news, information and favourite shows anytime and anywhere.
The launch comes close on the heels of the recent revamp of NDTV Active, which has generated enthusiastic user response to its simplified design and enhanced content.
Vikram Chandra, CEO, NDTV Networks said, “We are very excited about the launch of m.ndtvkhabar.com. Having been among the forerunners in the space of mobile news and infotainment content, we are keen to extend the reach of the triple-screen play to a wider audience. The Indian telecom tale is poised for massive growth in the coming months and years, and we are sure that a large part of this success will be driven by the consumers of Indian language content. With the ever increasing penetration of GPRS services, including in lower-end handsets and with highly competitive tariffs, mobile VAS cannot be limited to the English-speaking audience any more. And with 3G services all set to storm the Indian telecom sector, for us, the innovations are only just beginning”.
Rajesh Reddy, CEO, July Systems said, “July Systems and NDTV continue their partnership of innovation in the Mobile internet space as we launch NDTV Khabar in Hindi. July is committed to enabling media brands engage directly with their consumers through the mobile medium in regional languages of their choice across all handsets in the market. July’s robust Mi Platfrom is key to mass market adoption which in turn is critical for attracting advertising dollars on mobile”.
NDTV Convergence will continue to enhance m.ndvkhabar.com in the weeks to come, and the immediate plans include rich video offerings, Hindi fiction and user interactivity in the form of polls and contests. These efforts are in line with the most successful features of Active.
About NDTV Convergence:
NDTV Convergence Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of NDTV Networks Plc, is the digital arm of the NDTV Group.  The company manages the flagship portal of the Group www.ndtv.com along with other web properties including but not limited to www.ndtvprofit.com, www.ndtvkhabar.com, www.ndtvgoodtimes.com, www.ndtvmovies.com , www.ndtvtravels.com. The Convergence portfolio also includes NDTV Active, and m.ndtvkhabar.com, the WAP portals of the group. The Company also develops exclusive content for cross media platforms such as Internet, mobiles, ITV and IPTV. The bouquet covers an entire gamut of news, travel, entertainment, shopping, health, gadgets. The company also has a short code presence through its brand NDTV mobile – 56388.

New Delhi, December 16, 2009: NDTV Convergence today announced the launch of m.ndtvkhabar.com: its Hindi WAP portal. The portal has been developed by Los Angeles-based July Systems, which has also developed NDTV Active, the English WAP property of the media house.

M.ndvkhabar.com brings on board news from the world of politics, sports, business and entertainment, as well as photo galleries and features. It draws on the content strengths of www. NDTVkhabar.com, NDTV’s Hindi web portal, and NDTV India, the Hindi news channel. It will enable users to interact with the NDTV brand and stay in touch with the latest news, information and favourite shows anytime and anywhere.

The launch comes close on the heels of the recent revamp of NDTV Active, which has generated enthusiastic user response to its simplified design and enhanced content.

Vikram Chandra, CEO, NDTV Networks said, “We are very excited about the launch of m.ndtvkhabar.com. Having been among the forerunners in the space of mobile news and infotainment content, we are keen to extend the reach of the triple-screen play to a wider audience. The Indian telecom tale is poised for massive growth in the coming months and years, and we are sure that a large part of this success will be driven by the consumers of Indian language content. With the ever increasing penetration of GPRS services, including in lower-end handsets and with highly competitive tariffs, mobile VAS cannot be limited to the English-speaking audience any more. And with 3G services all set to storm the Indian telecom sector, for us, the innovations are only just beginning”.

Rajesh Reddy, CEO, July Systems said, “July Systems and NDTV continue their partnership of innovation in the Mobile internet space as we launch NDTV Khabar in Hindi. July is committed to enabling media brands engage directly with their consumers through the mobile medium in regional languages of their choice across all handsets in the market. July’s robust Mi Platfrom is key to mass market adoption which in turn is critical for attracting advertising dollars on mobile”.

NDTV Convergence will continue to enhance m.ndvkhabar.com in the weeks to come, and the immediate plans include rich video offerings, Hindi fiction and user interactivity in the form of polls and contests. These efforts are in line with the most successful features of Active.

About NDTV Convergence:

NDTV Convergence Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of NDTV Networks Plc, is the digital arm of the NDTV Group.  The company manages the flagship portal of the Group www.ndtv.com along with other web properties including but not limited to www.ndtvprofit.com, www.ndtvkhabar.com, www.ndtvgoodtimes.com, www.ndtvmovies.com , www.ndtvtravels.com. The Convergence portfolio also includes NDTV Active, and m.ndtvkhabar.com, the WAP portals of the group. The Company also develops exclusive content for cross media platforms such as Internet, mobiles, ITV and IPTV. The bouquet covers an entire gamut of news, travel, entertainment, shopping, health, gadgets. The company also has a short code presence through its brand NDTV mobile – 56388.

Ndtv Hindu Goes Big!

Extends its reach beyond Chennai, across India

7th September 09, New Delhi: Already making headlines with its zooming viewership, NDTV HINDU has done it again. Chennai’s own news and features channel is now on the DTH platform – Reliance BIG TV. Which means, now you can watch NDTV HINDU anywhere in India!

“With this development, we have now been able to bring Chennai to the non-resident Chennaite who can now know what’s happening in his backyard even if he isn’t there physically.”says Rajiv Lulla, CEO of NDTV HINDU.

“At Reliance BIG TV, it has always been a conscious effort to continually bring the best to our customers. We are extremely pleased to now offer the coming together of two exceptionally reputed brands in the media business – NDTV & The Hindu Group. NDTV HINDU is Chennai’s first and only city-specific English news and entertainment channel and we hope to satiate a wider audience,” said Sanjay Behl, CEO, Reliance BIG TV.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Reliance BIG TV in our continuous effort to make the channel available across a broader spectrum of audiences. BIG TV subscribers can now get to keep themselves updated on Chennai and TN on NDTV HINDU from anywhere across the country,” said Rahul Sood, Head – Distribution & Affiliate Sales of NDTV.

Reliance BIG TV is already on the fast track, increasing its presence across the country. And NDTV HINDU’s association with Reliance BIG TV means an increasingly wider reach for the channel too, which is great news for viewers and advertisers alike.

Watch NDTV HINDU bring Chennai as it happens, to India!

NDTV Hindu is now available on Reliance BIG TV on Channel no. 459. To subscribe, SMS BIGTV to 55454 or call 1800 200 9001.

NDTV Convergence partners with Vdopia for Tubaah.com and NDTVprofit.com

Vdopia has partnered with NDTV Convergence to power video advertising on Tubaah.com, the largest repository of NDTV video content and on NDTV profit.com for live feed of business news. The feed covers live action from BSE, NSE and also acts as a platform for companies to give their public results, growth rate, net profit etc.

According to reports from E&Y and AC Nielsen, online video advertisement market is set to grow exponentially at 300 percent in 2009 and has 85 percent higher brand recall compared with 54 percent for the same ad on television. The launch of an exclusive video site (tubaah.com) by NDTV Network reinforces the fact that users are watching videos anytime; anywhere and broadband speeds have matured in India. Today, advertisers are re planning their online budget and are benefitting from the online Video advertisement medium by getting higher ROIs than TV advertising. Incidentally, NDTV.com also happens to be the world’s first site to launch Vdopia’s dynamic skin branding with Product Placement.  This technology allows the video player skin to change dynamically and allowing advertisers to target online video consumers with contextual, interactive advertising for every second of the video being watched by the user.

According to Sanjay Trehan, CEO, NDTV Convergence Ltd., “We were able to seize the opportunity in the emerging video advertising space in India… We have been in a strategic partnership with Vdopia for the last one year and see tremendous growth in Online Video advertising in the coming years. Vdopia has great product and technology and we are working with them on numerous other projects and innovations in this space.

Saurabh Bhatia, Chief Business Officer, Vdopia commented “The launch of Tubaah.com and NDTV profit feed has been another industry achievement and I congratulate them for being the industry leader in news and entertainment section. It has been a very beneficial year for online video AD sales and we have seen over 10 times growth in the video consumption among users. We started our partnership with NDTV with one site and now we are powering premium videos on 8 different NDTV channels including Tubaah.com, NDTV Profit, NDTV Cricket, NDTV 24X7, NDTV India, Metro Nation, NDTV Travel.com and NDTV Good Times. Vdopia has worked closely with NDTV and has managed to generate huge revenues through online video ad sales utilizing the combined strength of video ad inventory. During the past 1-year, over 100 brand campaigns have advertised on NDTV videos through Vdopia.

About NDTV Convergence Ltd.

NDTV Convergence Ltd., a subsidiary of NDTV Networks Plc, is a leading web 2.0 company. The company develops exclusive content for cross media platforms such as Internet, mobiles, ITV and IPTV. NDTV Convergence Ltd operates India’s No. 1 Television news website www.ndtv.com along with other leading verticals, namely, NDTVProfit.com, Cricketndtv.com, NDTVImagine.com, NDTVAuto.com, NDTVMovies.com, NDTVMusic.com, NDTVTutor.com, NDTVKhabar.com, NDTVClassifieds.com and other sites. The bouquet covers an entire gamut of news and beyond news encompassing recipes, travel, entertainment, shopping, books, health, gadgets and special features.

 
About Vdopia, Inc.

 
Vdopia is the world’s largest premium video advertising network and technology provider for targeting the most responsive and affluent audiences across devices. Vdopia helps major brands and advertisers effectively deliver premium video advertising alongside premium content. Vdopia was founded by Stanford and IIT graduates with extensive technology and media experience with companies, including Time Warner, HP, Nvidia and others. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the company has sales and development offices inSan Jose, CA,New York, NY, and Mumbai and Gurgaon,India.  
 
The already highly profitable company is backed by such respected international investors as Nexus Capital. Vdopia counts influential advisors such as Deepak Bhagat, who has held senior leadership roles at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard, and Rajeev Motwani, who has been on the advisory boards of Google and Facebook and is a professor of computer science at Stanford University.

NDTV LAUNCHES PRODUCTION GROUP ‘REDDOT PRODUCTIONS’

20 April, 2009, New Delhi: NDTV announces the launch of its independent production group ‘RedDot Productions’.The production house will create and design content for television and interactive media.

 

With over 5000 hours of active programming under its belt and a talent pool of highly experienced producers and technical crew, RedDot Productions will offer a whole array of services like- Documentaries, Corporate Films, Advertiser-driven Audio-Visuals, Media Consultancy, Learning Aids, Spots & PSAS, Training Modules and various genres of television programming ranging from Travel, Lifestyle, Youth oriented and Reality based shows, at competitive prices. 

 

Commenting on the launch, Dr. Prannoy Roy, Chairman, NDTV Group, said,”RedDot is a team of NDTV’s most creative and talented people. It will be producing shows not only for all our channels, but also for other non-NDTV channels. With this launch, RedDot aims at leading the country with path breaking shows and create new standards that will bring world class production qualities to India.

 

Sharing her views, Richa Sahai, Creative Head, RedDot Productions, added, “RedDot Productions will broaden the scope of what NDTV is known for within India and overseas. It will be a return to NDTV’s roots and core values of being a lean, efficient set-up run by a team of creative individuals producing high quality programming.”

 

RedDot Productions’ core team comes with an experience of over a decade in various genres of programming including Reality shows, Game shows, Magazine format shows, Lifestyle, Political Satire and Fiction. Apart from theNDTV group, the team has previous work experience with organisations such as Discovery Travel & Living, BBC, ESPN, Star Plus, Sony, Pogo, Zoom and Doordarshan.

NDTV Convergence and Quikr Partner to Launch NDTVClassifieds.com

New Delhi, February 11 2009: NDTV Convergence and Quikr.com, backed by Matrix Partners India and invested in by eBay Inc., have partnered to launch NDTVClassifieds.com.

 

NDTVClassifieds.com is a simple, easy-to-use, and free classifieds website where users can search for various services online. Available on the site already are, services like; buy or sell a used car, rent an apartment, buy or sell property, sell old furniture, laptops or mobiles. Other than these, users can find flat mates, paying guest accommodation, tiffin services, car pool and also recruitments for small businesses.

 

Currently available in 18 cities in India, including – Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Kochi, Mysore & Pune, NDTV and Quikr have plans to launch the service in various other cities shortly. In coming months, they would also be launching new categories and features based on consumer feedback and insights.

 

Commenting on this partnership, Sanjay Trehan, CEO, NDTV Convergence said, “Leveraging the wide network that already exists on our site, NDTV.com, classifieds was a natural extension. Keeping ‘Globalization’ as the basic premise for this association, we are looking forward to providing a valuable service to our users. We are extremely glad to have found Quikr as a partner who shares the same vision, enabling us to engage and serve our audiences better. ”

 

Jiby Thomas, Co-Founder & VP-Marketing, Quikr.com, said “Quikr.com offers a classifieds website which is for the people by the people — making lives easier for individuals by helping them find, buy and sell a variety of products and services through a simple, easy-to-use format. This partnership with NDTV.com and its user community helps us extend our platform to a different set of users who would appreciate its benefits and simplicity.”

 

About NDTV Convergence


NDTV Convergence Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of NDTV Networks Plc, is a leading web 2.0 company. The company develops exclusive content for cross media platforms such as Internet, mobiles, ITV and IPTV.NDTV Convergence Ltd operates India’s no 1 Television news website www.ndtv.com along with other leading verticals, namely, NDTV Profit, NDTV Good Times, NDTVMovies, NDTVMusic, NDTVJobs, NDTVTravels, NDTV Auto, NDTV Classifieds and NDTV Imagine. The bouquet covers an entire gamut of news and beyond news encompassing recipes, travel, entertainment, shopping, books, health, gadgets and special features. The company also has a short code presence through its brand NDTV mobile – 56388 (in India), 63880 (in UK) and 6388 (in UAE) and an IVR platform with 5056388.

 

About Quikr India

 

Quikr India is backed by Matrix Partners India and invested in by eBay Inc. Quikr is a free, city based, community classifieds website which enables people in the same city to meet, trade, share ideas, and help each other out in areas such as household goods, cars & bikes, services, real estate, jobs, matrimonial and more. Quikr as the name suggests captures the simplicity of use and features the website is built on. Quikr is currently available in 18 cities across India to address different needs of the local community in these cities by connecting people in a simple and convenient way.

 

For further information, contact:


NDTV                                                                Comma Consulting

Priyadarshani Kaul                                    Joyeeta Mitra

Tel: +011-41577777                                Tel: +919910084274   

Email: Priyadarshanik@ndtv.com                Email :jmitra@comma.in                         

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