A wave of new channels hit the air space
Adding to the trail of television channels, couch potatoes now have four new ones to surf through all day long. From sports and eclectic films, the telly just got more exciting with the count reaching 832.
Star Movies Select HD
Star India head, Kevin Vaz, says the unique proposition of 365 days and 365 stories was drawn based on a gap that exists in the category. “The 9 pm prime time slot will follow up on our promise of 365 fresh titles for 365 days. We will have over 30 premieres in the year and seven of 10 Oscar winning premieres,” he says. You can expect films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fault in Our Stars, Boyhood, and Birdman.
This one shifts focus to international football. Starting this Sunday, they will broadcast the FA Community Shield, followed by The Emirates FA Cup matches all year. They also bring friendly games, the Italian Serie A Championship until 2018, Euro and World Cup qualifiers and COPA America. There will also be UFC, cricket, wrestling and in-depth post-game highlights.
Viacom18 has got a licence from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the launch of the tentatively named Bandhan, expected to fill in gaps in the Hindi entertainment space. While there is no clarity on content, it is expected to be general entertainment with the odds tipping in favour of it being a film channel.
Times Network showcases must-watch Hollywood films in HD here. “The difference from other channels comes from one key element – the library spans eras and genres, meaning that we are not compartmentalising the movies into genres like Oscar winners, thrillers or dramas,” says Vivek Srivastava, head of entertainment and English movies cluster, elaborating that what you will watch, are movies they call ‘The Gold Class of Hollywood’. Fight Club, Argo, Les Miserables, J Edgar, Syriana and LA Confidential are some of the titles that will be showcased on MN+.