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Multiplex association seeks waiver of rent till industry recuperates

In a letter to all the landlords and mall developers, the MAI, which represents over 18 multiplex chains covering 600 properties and over 2,900 screens, noted that with zero revenues, its members have virtually “no ability” to pay any rent or CAM dues or meet their other fixed overheads.

Blast from the past: Virus themed books, movies, music

Humanity fighting against a global calamity has been a favourite genre among filmmakers, especially those in Hollywood. As the reel life appears to have become almost real, many old movies themed around epidemics and pandemics have regained popularity.Inspired by the 2002 SARS outbreak and the 2009 swine flu pandemic, the 2011 film by Steven Soderbergh was about the spread of a deadly virus that originated in China.Nine years later, the film has resurfaced in the public psyche and appears to have achieved cult status. On January 28, within 10 days of the first reported case of coronavirus in the US, Contagion rose from oblivion and found itself among the top 10 movies on iTunes’ movie rental chart in America. As of March 31, the movie ranked 11th among the top rented movies on iTunes Store in India.

Netflix donates Rs 7.5 crore to help daily wage workers in India

Streaming platform Netflix on Saturday announced that it will contribute Rs 7.5 crore to Producers Guild of India (PGI) Relief Fund to help daily wage earners in the entertainment industry in the country.

Airtel expands content deal with CuriosityStream to cover DTH service

Launched by John Hendricks, the founder of Discovery Channel, CuriosityStream lets viewers explore their passions and discover new ones thousands of films and series covering space, art, volcanoes, history, travel, cars, architecture, dinosaurs and more. The CuriosityStream TV channel on Airtel Digital TV will showcase exclusive originals, series and features.

Covid-19 impact: TV consumption reached a historic high of 1.2 trillion minutes in a week

During March 21st-27th (week 12) the first week of the lockdown, India’s total TV consumption grew by 37% to cross 1.21 trillion minutes, highest ever in the history of Indian television as per a joint report by TV viewership monitoring agency BARC India and Nielsen.

Work & entertainment at home lift demand for data centres

One week into the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, data centres have seen demand for internet bandwidth surge as people either work from home or resort to video streaming for entertainment.

Sony renews WWE rights in India for 5 years

As part of the deal, SPN will have the rights to air RAW, SmackDown, NXT, as well as WWE pay-per-view specials, live on its sports and digital platforms. The partnership will also provide SPN the rights to WWE Network, which hosts thousands of hours of content to be made available to audiences in India exclusively through SonyLIV, SPN’s video streaming service.

ET POWER ICONS 2020 - CELEBRATES THE ICONS OF NAMMA BENGALURU

The city’s top personalities recently came together to celebrate success, innovation, service and commitment at the prestigious ET Power Icons 2020. The gala...

Mandatory for cable operators to carry 25 DD, RS and LS TV channels: I&B Ministry

"All MSOs and cable operators are accordingly directed to mandatorily carry these channels. Any violation shall invite such action as provided in the Cable TV Act and the Rules framed there under as well as the terms and conditions stipulated in the MSO permission, as the case may be," the advisory said.

Remembering Asterix co-creator and illustrator Albert Uderzo

Asterix fans across the world will immediately recognise the opening lines of their favourite comic that was co-created and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, who died on March 24.Here is a look at the life and work of the beloved French illustrator:

Time spent on watching TV, with smartphone rises as people stay indoors: BARC data

Time spent on watching TV, with smartphone rises as people stay indoors: BARC data

​​ For the week between March 14 to March 20, there was a 6 per cent increase in the reach of the television, while the average time per user went up by 2 per cent, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India said in a statement.

Myth or Truth? Radio is more an in-house medium than transit

Myth or Truth? Radio is more an in-house medium than transit

That’s the truth! Radio is still more an in-house medium than transit. Shocked? We’ll let the numbers speak for themselves. As per the IRS Q3, 2019 India’s ...

Video streaming services like Netflix, Hotstar suspend HD streaming on cellular networks

Video streaming services like Netflix, Hotstar suspend HD streaming on cellular networks

The digital services also decided to lower the bitrates to 480p, which will put less stress on telecom networks as India goes under 21-day lockdown and people are confined to their homes. This has caused an unprecedented surge in mobile internet consumption.

Events, entertainment industry says Covid-19 hit 60 million livelihoods; seeks urgent government help

Events, entertainment industry says Covid-19 hit 60 million livelihoods; seeks urgent government help

The association claims that of the 60 million staff, 10 million have been directly impacted, and their livelihood is at risk as all major national events are postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Music Industry hit hard by Coronavirus; smaller labels face existential threat

Music Industry hit hard by Coronavirus; smaller labels face existential threat

The Indian Music Industry (IMI) said that its members have started to suffer on account of drastically reduced cashflows as film releases have been stalled and public performances revenues have dried due to cancelled music events and F&B outlets being shut.

Coronavirus: Cinema operators seek exemption on taxes, loan moratorium for one year

Coronavirus: Cinema operators seek exemption on taxes, loan moratorium for one year

Cinema exhibitors have also asked for a waiver of the minimum demand charges on electricity by several discoms, said Multiplex Association of India (MAI) in a statement.

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