Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kalakapovadhu Yaaru Juniors

Kalakapovadhu Yaaru Juniors will be launched on October 4. And the second round of auditions for this comedy talent show for children, will be held on September 26 at Dr. M.G.R. Janaki Matriculation School, 103 A, Arcot Road, Vadapalani, from 8 a.m. onwards. Children in the age group of 5-15 will be given an opportunity to showcase their talent at comedy and witty dialogue.

They will be judged on the basis of their creative stand-up comedy acts, mimicry and the confidence to face the stage without fear. The children have to be present with their parents/guardian. Bio-data, a photograph and age proof certificate are essential for participation.

Vijay TV - Sundays @ 7 PM from October 4th, 2009

Ayudha Puja Specials

Vijay TV offers a four-day treat for this year's Ayudha Puja.

On Sunday 27th Septmeber, 2009

7.00 AM ‘Bhakti Special’
A discourse on the significance of Ayudha Pooja and Vijayadasami.

9.00 AM ‘Sirappu Pattimandram’
with Prof. Abdul Kaadar as the judge.

10.00 AM ‘Amman TRY Andha Kaalam Indha Kaalam Special.’
Host Leoni takes you on a satirical journey of songs and the topic is ‘Kalviya? Selvama? Veerama?’

11.00 AM ‘Kunguma Poovum Konjum Pooravum’
which has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja and new comers Ramakrishnan, Tananya and Vishal in the lead roles.

2.30 PM ‘Ungalil Oruvan Ulaganayagan’,
an interaction with Kamal Haasan. He will answer viewers’ questions on his latest film ‘Unnaipol Oruvan.’

On Vijayadasami day (Monday) - 28th September, 2009

7.00 AM ‘Bhakti special’

8.00 AM ‘Aanmiga Pattimandram’,
Topic being ‘Avatars – are they saving mankind or destroying it?’

9.00 AM ‘Ayudha Ezhuthu’,
a fun-filled show where the leading TV personalities such as Haarthi, Priya, Dotty, Sai Pramodhitha, Pandi, Kutty Pooja, Kavitha, Aishwarya and Nethran project the greatness of the Tamil language.

10.00 AM ‘Neeya Naana’,
Gopinath will moderate a discussion on ‘Today’s Teachers - Are they professional or not?’

11.00 AM ‘Mathi Yosi’
where actors from different reality shows will come together for a mega celebration.

1.00 PM ‘Vijay Record’
where many talented artists from various walks of life will be showcased.

2.00 PM Prabhu Dheva’s Wanted
director-actor Prabhu Dheva and producer Boney Kapoor share their thoughts and special moments on the making of the Hindi film that stars Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia.

On all the four days (September 25, 26, 27 and 28),
8.00 PM Ayudha Puja special ‘Aachi Boys vs. Girls Season 2’.
Popular faces Raghav and Preetha, Satish, Suhasini, Priyadarsini, Guna, DD, Deepak, Saipromodhitha, Mani, Priya, Michael, Hema, Ram Krithika, Rinson, Santhoshi and Vandana will participate in duet round, group round, concept round and solo. Judges Meena and Shaam will give away special prizes.

9.00 PM ‘Tata Docomo Anu Alavum Bayamillai’
special on Actors Keerthi Chawla, Monika, Tejashree, Abinayashree and Lakshaya will perform some daring stunts which will be monitored by Anu Haasan.

Another Vijay TV ???

Looks like there is another new channel, Vijay TV, which is not Star Vijay, is gonna start in the near future by Illayathalapathy Vijay. He had also got the license under his father's name S A Chandrasekar to make it out. Captain's TV, yes Captain Vijayakanth, the cheif of MDMK gonna start a TV channel soon and already he got the license to start a TV channel and another one in this race is Newspaper Dinathanthi. They launched their TV channel named Polimer yesterday in Chennai.

In Tamizh regional television channels most of them are being promoted by the politicians and obviously they attract their fans/party members with this. I knew people who change their set top boxes for some particular political channel.

Sun Vs Zee @ Subramaniapuram

Sun TV and Zee Tamizh channel is on a big fight this Ayudha Pooja special programs. I remember seeing promotional videos being put on Zee Tamil last month itself for the Subramaniapuram film.. this film particularly being a super hit in the last year and much was expected from Zee TV. In a suddent twist for last two weeks Sun TV had also promoting for the same film at the same time in its channel. So, now its Subramaniapuram in both Sun TV and Zee tamizh on September 28th, 2009 at 6 PM. Guess who gets more TRP rating ???

I think this clearly shows the competition between the channels and someone should have gracefully left the competition...but given the film's success its very difficult for either of them to leave it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Boys Vs Girls getting bored..

These days Boys Vs Girls season 2 is getting bored.. I am not watching this show regularly.. I just see when I browse through the channels. I was not so keen on Boys Vs Girls season 1 even but this time I thought it will be better but :(... do you guys like this show ?? what do you guys think about the show ?

I see that there are many contestants in the show and they got to bring the numbers down. The show had become like a teasing show rather than the dance talent show. After every performance both the team members tease the opponent's performance. Shivakarthikeyan and Balaji's humour is really good but I think its been little too much for a dance realty show and so called "South India's biggest dance realty show". Also, the judges these days started supporting for their gender team but there are loads of politics in the decisions that are being done. I dont think this way would ever change given the fact that the judges are changing ;)

Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum

We have been seeing lot of promotional video for the film Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum few months back in Vijay TV and now the film itself is out in the channel this month. I was expecting this to happen soon because most of the times this happens. They promote for some small budget films and they telecast it soon. So as this film even.. Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum is set to be screened in Vijay TV on september 27, 2009 at 11 AM. Dont miss it.

Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum
Sunday, 27th September, 2009
11 AM

6.98 mn Broadband subscribers in August

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has announced that the total broadband subscribers in India have increased to 6.98 million in August as against 6.80 million in July. Thus, in the month of August, 0.18 million new customers subscribed to high speed connectivity, showing a growth of 2.65 per cent over the previous month. On-year-on-year basis, internet subscribers has grown from 4.73 million in 2008 to 6.98 million in 2009, an addition of 2.25 million. Meanwhile, Trai has also announced that the total telephone connections (wireline and wireless) have reached to 494.07 million subscribers as compared to 479.07 million in July 2009.

With this growth, the overall tele-density has reached 42.27 per cent at the end of August 2009. The subscriber base in wireless segment has increased from 441.66 million in July this year to 456.74 million at the end of August at a monthly growth rate of 3.42 per cent. A total of 15.08 million wireless subscribers have been added during the month. The wireline segment has declined from 37.41 million in July to 37.33 million at the end of August, making a decrease of 0.09 million subscribers.


Recall Round to follow..

This week in the Anu alavum bayam illai it will be recall round.. yeah Vijay TV is back again with their RECALL stratergy that they follow in any realty show... I also think that all these realty shows have more than 2 contestants in the finals which should not be the ideal scenario in any game. lets leave that apart.. but with Santhoshi getting eliminated in the last week's show it is now left with VJ Pooja and Tarika in the finals list. This week's recall round will choose one contestant and that contestant will be joining Pooja,Tarika with the finals list.

Who has the chance ?

With the current scenario Santhoshi has more chance to get into the final round because she is the one who got eliminated last and she had got more experience in doing tasks. But, if this task is in water she has little trouble completing the same faster. Sandra is out earlier itself after she fell unconscious but this time she might prove that she is very brave. Aarthi is also good with her will power and she had proved herself few times but anything with water she definitely has loads of trouble. Kutti Pooja is even a contender but I am not sure how well she could cope up with all the tasks. Finally, ujjaini... she had not done any task so no comments on her chance until we see something really being done.

Whats up with Freestyle Round ??

This week in the Airtel Super Singer Junior 2 it is freestyle round where the contestants will sing their favourite song. The top 25 contestants who are into this main level of the competition and facing the main level super judges are really very tensed but they are giving a very good performances. I think the top 20 will be really good and there will be a very tough competition between them there on. I think this being the first round there will not be any elimination ;) most probable thing that would happen in any new level of the competition in any realty show.

Whos in Freestyle round ?

The top 25 contestants are there in the show this week with Divya anchoring the show alone.. i will write a separate post on her anchoring the show. The main level super judges Malgudi Shuba, Chitra and Mano - all are bang on and their comments are superb. To be frank this is the best judging panel that the Vijay TV had ever brought :).. they dont hurt the contestants and also praise for their performance.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Eeram Sirappu parvai, 20-09-2009

Eeram Sirappu parvai, September 20th, 2009

Santhoshi Eliminated..

Santhoshi was eliminated in the Anu alavum bayam illai show last week.. it was the semifinals in the show and there was real tough competition between the 3 contestants Santhoshi, VJ Pooja and Tarika. I first thought it would be Santhoshi to get eliminated because other two were doing an extra ordinary effort in their tasks. But, it was a very close fight between Tarika and Santhoshi.. all 3 contestants completed their task and Pooja was clear finalists since she completed the tasks in lesser time. Tarika and Santhoshi had a small task to be completed and winner of that will be a direct finalist and the other will be eliminated. Both of them did their task and it was Tarika who was better than Snathoshi.. it was 10 seconds and 7 seconds taken by them. Anu finally announced that she was disappointed seeing Santhoshi eliminated but there is going to be a recall round which will have all the 5 eliminated contestant and one amongst them will be selected for the finals.

Speaking English..

In Neeya Naana it was an interesting topic to speak on.. it was the debate between the people who know & speak english and people who dont know english but try to speak. The show started really funny with the people saying what they thin about the opposide side. Then came to what nick name they use for people who speak in english... from Peter, Elizabeth, Vetti Scene and so on.. I think it was earlier that theere was differentiation in people when they speak english but now this differentiation is not much but still there are some in schools and colleges. Difenitely it takes time for the people who had not studied in english medium school and they try hard to speak in english. It was an great moment when that person who was shown the door during his interview when he doesnt know english spoke in the show in english. Although his english was not fluent, I think he has achieved what he had thought of.

I thought there was reason in both the sides and they were really rite. But sometimes on the non-speaking english side, there was some inferiority complex kinda feeling that makes them to get angry when they see people who speak in english. "One Pomogranate please", "Opportunity" was quite funny..When special guests came in it was a boost for the non-speaking side when his points were really true.. It was an enjoyable show..

Eram - Sirappu parvai

Vijay TV had been having special programs whenever good movies gets released. this time it was with the film Eeram produced by director Shankar. The movie had its audio launch with Superstar Rajnikanth being the special guest in the launching event. This audio release show was also telecasted by Vijay TV. Yesterday it was the special program on the movie after it had been released with the interviews of the film makers and the actors. I will post the video of this show soon.

Here comes the judges of SS Jr 2

The much awaited main judges for the Airtel Super Singer Junior 2 is here.. it will be playback singers Chitra, Mano and Malgudi Shubha to judge the show from now and I guess they will continue till the end of the show as the Super Singer 2008 judges were. There was very much hype being given to the main level judges and I think the hype is worth for these 3 excellent singers and judges. From this week in the show it will be the main level of the competition with the top 25 contestants.

All the 3 judges are very straight forward and they praise the contestants for their performances. Also, we will not see any partiality or politics in this season given the judges. So... it is going to be a fun filled season. Presence of Mano in the show will have loads of fun.. he tends to crack jokes and makes the place very lively. I still remember the way he was judging in one of the episode in Super Singer 2008 when Chinmayi was asking him few stuffs to do. From the promotional video it looks like Mano continues to do that. Chitra and Shuba - we have seen them praising the contestant and one good thing about these judges is, they dont really hurt anyone when they speak which we dont find in many of the realty shows.

Be ready to see the rocking performances of the kids and rocking judging by the judges - Mano, Chitra and Shubha....'s first for Tata Photon Plus

Star Network has extended its roadblock initiatives from television to the online video space. Star Player, Star Network's online video destination, has partnered with Tata Teleservices to run a five-day roadblock campaign in September for Tata Photon Plus. Beginning 22 September, the campaign will have a Tata Photon Plus pre-roll featured on all videos played on Star Player throughout the duration. media2win is the online advertising agency handling the Tata Photon Plus account.

Says Tata Teleservices marketing communication - VP Trivikram Thakore, "The purpose of advertising is to create awareness among those who represent your consumption audience. One can do this through a slow burn approach which still has some probability attached to it or a high impact approach where you take up all possible advertising space to ensure visibility for 100 per cent of your potential consumers. The roadblock on enables us to reach out to our consumption audience at the right place and time." Adds media2win COO Namrata Balwani, "Contextual relevance is the key to any form of brand advertising. Star Player has content that requires hi-speed video streaming and Tata Photon Plus is a hi-speed wireless internet access
device suited for such needs. We found synergy in doing a week long roadblock to reach consumers and create impact."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

DTH players eye festive season to grow subs with special offers

Locked in intense fight for subscriber growth, the DTH operators have come out with special discount offers and packs for the festive season. And why not? Last Diwali season saw the addition of a million direct-to-home (DTH) subscribers. Airtel Digital TV, the last DTH entrant and the first to come out with festive offers, has tweaked its value and economy packs for south and non south regions, while the cost correction has been made for their ultra pack. The DTH operator has also launched offers for traders to get a big lift in subscribers this season.

"We launched in October last year and missed the festive season. This year we are making efforts to grab the lead share," says Airtel Digital TV marketing head Sugato Banerji. Market leader Dish TV is offering all channels at the price of 'Silver pack'. It will also give cash back of Rs 1,000 to every tenth customer. Says Dish TV COO Salil Kapoor, "Our promotional offers over the last few months have been much appreciated which can be seen in our growing subscriber base. Our customers enjoy a bouquet of 185 channels at Rs 125 and to make this festive occasion more colorful and bright every 10th customer is assured Rs 1000 as cash back."

Dish TV is also offering three months Platinum/South Platinum pack, Colors, UTV Pack and set-top box for Rs 1,990. The other offers are three months Gold/South Gold, Colors, UTV Pack and STB at Rs 1950 and three months Silver/South Silver, UTV Pack and STB at Rs 1890. Dish TV will charge Rs 200 extra for installation. The offer is not valid in Uttar Pradesh (because of high entertainment tax) and Kerala.

Sun Direct, the fastest growing DTH operator in terms of subscribers, has announced free subscription packs for a limited period in various schemes. Says Sun Direct COO Tony D' Silva, "Diwali being one of the most important festivals in India, Sun Direct is delighted to offer enhanced TV viewing quality to its customers." For the 'Non South Package' (Hindi basic/ Oriya basic / Bengali basic and J&K basic pack), the new subscribers can get six months subscription in price of four months (Rs 525). The 10-month subscription is coming for a price of seven months (Rs 925). Among the 'South Packs' (Tamil basic / Malayalam basic / Kannada basic / Telugu basic), subscribers for a four-month scheme of Rs 440 are given two more months without any charge. On a nine-month subscription pack of Rs 990, three months extra subscription is being offered free.

Sun Direct offers eight basic packs and 41 add on packages ranging from Rs six to Rs 300. The basic packages have over 130 channels. With lowest Arpu (Avrage revenue per user) of Rs 83, Sun Direct charges an installation fee of Rs 1,250 from customers.

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