01 October 2023 10:06



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TV9 Network, India’s largest television news network, is pleased to announce a collaboration with Samsung TV Plus India to extend its reach into the thriving world of Connected TV (CTV).

This partnership reinforces TV9 Network's commitment to delivering trustworthy news content to an ever-expanding audience base through the dynamic platform of Connected TVs.

As part of this collaboration, TV9 Network will make its mark on Samsung TV Plus India, Samsung Electronics' free ad-supported streaming TV service. Samsung Smart TV users will now have the opportunity to access TV9 Network's top-notch news channels, including TV9 Bharatvarsh, TV9 Telugu, TV9 Kannada, and its latest offering in the English news genre, News9 Live, one of the pillars of the network’s futuristic news offering, News9 Mediaverse.

The move into FAST underscores TV9 Network's dedication to meeting its viewers where they are, and Connected TV represents a burgeoning medium for content consumption in India. According to industry reports, the number of CTVs in use is projected to rise from the current 22-25 million to 40 million by 2025. By collaborating with Samsung TV Plus India, TV9 Network aims to leverage the potential of CTV and strengthen its presence on the platform, with plans to introduce additional regional news channels in the near future.

Commenting on this significant development, Raktim Das, Chief Growth Officer at TV9 Network, said, “This marks a pivotal moment in our journey to provide high-quality news content to an even wider audience. In this rapidly evolving media landscape, it's essential to engage with our viewers through their preferred platforms. With the rapid growth of CTVs, the partnership with Samsung TV Plus takes on paramount importance to us. We are starting with our flagship regional channels and plan to roll out more regional channels, reaffirming our status as a leading news network catering to diverse linguistic regions. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with Samsung TV Plus as we expand our channel offerings.”

“Samsung TV Plus is excited to welcome TV9 Network to our platform. We are committed to offering our users a rich and diverse array of news content for free. This collaboration with TV9 Network aligns perfectly with our mission to provide top-quality content to our viewers, all for free,” said Kunal Mehta, Head of Partnerships at Samsung TV Plus India.

Samsung TV Plus, Samsung's 100% free ad-supported streaming TV service (FAST), offers viewers access to more than 100 live TV channels in India, as well as thousands of movies and shows available live and on-demand for free, across millions of Samsung Smart TVs in India.

This partnership promises to enhance the viewing experience for audiences by combining TV9 Network's journalistic excellence with Samsung TV Plus India’s commitment to providing a diverse range of local and global news.

Saturday, 23 September 2023 00:00

Stellar lineup of ARIA Award nominees revealed

The countdown to Australian music’s night of nights begins

Genesis Owusu leads with seven nominations

Dom Dolla, G Flip and Troye Sivan achieve six nominations each

Budjerah and DMA’S score five nominations each

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Kylie Minogue and The Teskey Brothers each land four nominations

Amy Shark, Brad Cox, Cub Sport, Dan Sultan, Matt Corby and Peach PRC nominated for three ARIA Awards a piece

Australian music’s biggest night of the year is almost here, with an all-star lineup of local and international nominees announced today. This year, artists will be celebrated across 29 categories with the winners crowned on Wednesday, 15 November at The Hordern Pavilion on Gadigal land.

In a celebration of excellence in Australian music over the past year, the refreshed and revamped 2023 ARIA Awards will showcase the achievements of the best in our homegrown music community as well as the 2023 inductee to the ARIA Hall of Fame: Jet.

For the first time, the ARIA Awards will go live to air at 5.00pm AEDT on Stan. The live stream will be followed by a free-to-air broadcast across the Nine Network at 7.30pm AEDT with performances and moments available on the @ARIA.official YouTube channel.

Live from30pm AEDT: Red Carpet on @ARIA.official YouTube channel

Live from00pm AEDT: the 2023 ARIA Awards in full on Stan

30pm AEDT: the 2023 ARIA Awards on Nine and streamed outside of Australia on YouTube

Local superstar Genesis Owusu is closing a huge year with seven ARIA Award nominations for his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed album STRUGGLER, claiming nominations for Album Of The Year, Best Hip Hop/Rap Release, Best Independent Release presented by PPCA, Best Solo Artist, Best Video presented by YouTube (Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore), Engineer – Best Engineered Release (Simon Cohen, Dave Hammer), and Producer – Best Produced Release presented by Neumann (Andrew Klippel and Dave Hammer). With over 93 million streams and glowing endorsements from fans around the world, Owusu continues to impress with his exciting creative production and the biggest shows yet, here and globally.

Cementing themselves among the hottest Australian artists across the international music landscape are G Flip, Dom Dolla and Troye Sivan with six ARIA Award nominations each.

All three artists will compete for Best Solo Artist alongside Budjerah, Dan Sultan, Genesis Owusu, Jen Cloher, Kylie Minogue, Meg Mac and The Kid LAROI.

G Flip has ushered in a bold new era with sophomore album DRUMMER, securing their status as a force of nature after a year of rapid global audience growth. This year, they are nominated for Album of the Year, Best Australian Live Act, Best Independent Release presented by PPCA, Best Rock Album, Best Solo Artist and Best Video presented by YouTube (Kyle Caulfield).

Hailed as “the perfect popstar” by TIME thanks to his hit single Rush, Troye Sivan has firmly established himself as a global icon in the world of pop music and fashion. Sivan is nominated for Best Pop Release, Best Solo Artist, Song of the Year presented by YouTube, Engineer – Best Engineered Release (Styalz Fuego), Producer – Best Produced Release presented by Neumann (Styalz Fuego) and Best Dance/Electronic Release (PNAU and Troye Sivan).

Coming off a huge year after Eat Your Man, his collaboration with Grammy Award-winning pop icon Nelly Furtado, Dom Dolla scores six nominations for Best Australian Live Act, Best Solo Artist, Engineer – Best Engineered Release, Producer – Best Produced Release presented by Neumann, Best Dance/Electronic (MK and Dom Dolla) and Song of the Year presented by YouTube (MK and Dom Dolla).

This year the ARIA Awards will celebrate the 50th anniversary of global hip hop, showcasing this exciting genre and its history in Australia as well as this year’s five nominees for Best Hip Hop/Rap Release: Genesis Owusu with STRUGGLER, KAHUKX’s NOTHING TO SOMETHING, Kerser with A Gift & A Kers, ONEFOUR Ft. CG on Comma’s, and Tkay Maidza & Flume for Silent Assassin.

After winning back-to-back ARIA Awards in 2021 and 2022, and hard on the heels of supporting international star Ed Sheeran on his 2023 Australian Tour, Budjerah earns five nominations: Best Australian Live Act, Best Pop Release, Best Solo Artist, Song of the Year presented by YouTube and Best Video presented by YouTube (Murli Dhir; Made in Katana Studios).

This year, DMA’S are nominated for Album of the Year, Best Australian Live Act, Best Group presented by Stan, Best Rock Album and Best Video presented by YouTube (Joel Burrows). Their album How Many Dreams? was released to critical acclaim in March 2023 and marked the band's highest chart debuts to date, including #2 on the ARIA Albums Chart and #3 on the UK Official Chart.

Australia's pop princess Kylie Minogue lands four nominations: Best Independent Release presented by PPCA, Best Pop Release, Best Solo Artist and Song of the Year presented by YouTube. Kylie introduced her 16th studio album, Tension, with the smash hit Padam Padam, which has amassed over 17 million views on YouTube since it premiered in May.

The stats on King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s colourful career continue to stack up, as the band secures a total of four nominations: Best Group presented by Stan, Best Rock Album, Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album, Best Video presented by YouTube (Spod).

Acclaimed 2020 Grammy nominees, The Teskey Brothers, have amassed a legion of fans around the world with their timeless soulful recordings and stunning live shows. This year they land four nominations: Album of the Year, Best Blues and Roots Album, Best Group presented by Stan, Engineer – Best Engineered Release (Eric J Dubowsky, Sam Teskey, Wayne Connolly).

ARIA CEO, Annabelle Herd, said: “The countdown to this year’s ARIA Awards is officially on, and we’re absolutely thrilled to congratulate this year’s nominees, who represent the best of the best in Australia across a really wide range of artists from various genres and communities. With over 60% of this year’s nominees coming from independent labels, we’re excited to celebrate success stories from across the Australian music industry, and showcase exactly what we’ve got to the rest of the country and the world. Congratulations again to everyone nominated, we can’t wait to celebrate with you in November.”

NSW Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy and Minister for Jobs and Tourism, John Graham, said: “As NSW’s first Minister for Music, I am thrilled to join ARIA in congratulating all the nominees for the 2023 ARIA Awards. Every year these awards grow and showcase the incredible home-grown talent found in this country. We are determined to bring music back across NSW, and I want to thank ARIA for the leadership they have shown in supporting the music industry.”

Manager, Music Content Partnerships, YouTube Australia & New Zealand, Marion Goodman-Briand, Said: “I'm thrilled to see the incredible lineup of Australian artists nominated for the 2023 ARIA Awards! We cannot wait to celebrate these homegrown musicians and share their music with new fans around the world on YouTube. People are already getting to know their names through the globally live-streamed nominations announcement on the ARIAs YouTube channel -- if you missed it, you can catch-up now."

Friday, 01 September 2023 00:00

The ARIA Awards return 15 November 2023

Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is thrilled to announce the ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube will return Wednesday, 15 November to celebrate a year of Australian music with a refreshed look and feel.

The ARIA Awards will premiere live on Stan at 5pm AEDT for the first time in Australian history. The live stream will be followed by a free-to-air broadcast across the Nine Network at 7.30pm AEDT with performances and moments available on-demand on the @ARIA.official YouTube channel.

Live from 1.30pm AEDT: red carpet on YouTube
Live from 5pm AEDT: the 2023 ARIA Awards in full on Stan
7.30pm AEDT: the 2023 ARIA Awards on Nine and broadcast globally on YouTube

The 37th annual ARIA Awards will be held at The Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, on Gadigal land, for the second year running. Since 1924, the iconic live music venue has hosted many of the world’s leading acts including Amy Shark, The Kid LAROI, Arctic Monkeys, AC/DC, Billie Eilish, Cold Chisel, Coldplay, Crowded House, David Bowie, Flume, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, Thelma Plum, INXS, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, Troye Sivan, The Killers, DMA’s and The Veronicas.

This year, the ARIA Awards celebrates its fifth year in partnership with YouTube, proudly showcasing the achievements of Australian music on a global scale with last year’s awards clocking over 1.7 million views on the platform. The Awards have reached a total of 29 million views over the duration of the partnership. For all the pre-show excitement, YouTube will also live stream the red carpet globally.

ARIA CEO, Annabelle Herd, “Since 1987, the ARIA Awards have represented the pinnacle of achievement in Australian music. The incredible releases over the last 12 months prove there's no shortage of world-class talent on our shores, and 15 November is our opportunity to showcase a year of amazing Australian music to the world. We’re thrilled to be back at the Hordern and broadcasting a spectacular show across Stan, Nine and Youtube that will make Aussies proud of our outstanding artists and their achievements. A huge thank you to our partners and everyone involved for backing Aus music and helping to put it on the global stage for another year.”

Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said: "We are extremely excited to announce that Stan will be home to the live broadcast of the 2023 ARIA Awards. Stan is committed to supporting local content and being the live broadcaster of music's night of nights is a fantastic opportunity to spotlight Australia's amazing local artists. Featuring performances from some of the biggest names in the industry, the ARIA Awards are a momentous occasion to showcase the breadth of musical talent in our country and it is an honour to be able to celebrate the Australian music industry on Stan."

9Network's Director of Programming and 9Now, Hamish Turner: "The 9Network are thrilled to again be broadcasting the ARIA Awards, showcasing its brilliant performances and awarding some of the biggest and best names in the industry. We are excited to celebrate and honor the incredible talents of the Australian music industry".

Singer-songwriter and ARIA Award nominee Gretta Ray, said "I’m so excited for the upcoming 2023 ARIA Awards. This event holds a special place in my heart, not just as a celebration of incredible music and artists, but also as a moment to connect with fellow musicians and fans who share the same passion. The ARIA Awards are a recognition of the hard work, creativity, and dedication that goes into making music, and being a part of it is truly an honour.”

Google Australia Managing Director, Melanie Silva, said on behalf of YouTube: "I'm incredibly proud to say we are back for a fifth year, partnering with ARIA to spotlight and celebrate Australian music. Local artists are making world-class music and we want to help it be discovered and heard by people everywhere, so this November, we'll once again take the ARIA Awards to the world stage on YouTube. We'll also stream all the glamour and excitement of the red carpet. I've officially started counting down the days and can't wait to celebrate all the nominees soon."

Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy and Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said, “As the state’s first Minister for Music, I am delighted to welcome the ARIA’s back to the Hordern Pavilion. Sydney is already the centre of much of the recorded music industry, but we want to make music a bigger part of our state’s story. I want to thank ARIA for their advocacy for the industry.”

The 2023 ARIA Awards event team is:

Production: Roving Enterprises
Executive Producer: Craig Campbell
Event Producers: Second Sunday
Public Relations: Twofold Media
Red Carpet: Twofold Media
Sponsorship: White Noise Agency

More announcements for the 2023 ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube are coming very soon.

Zee One elevates Bollywood entertainment on Samsung TV Plus in Germany

In an exciting development for television enthusiasts across the United Kingdom, Zee Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of four channels on Freeview Connected. With this expansion, Zee Entertainment aims to offer a diverse range of content to cater to the varied tastes of viewers, all accessible through Freeview's extensive platform. Now, viewers can enjoy Zest, Zing, Zee World, and Zee Punjabi, enhancing their entertainment experience on Freeview Connected Channel No. 278.

Zee Entertainment's channels offer a wide array of content, ranging from lifestyle and entertainment to drama and regional programming. With Zee Zest, viewers can indulge in lifestyle and food shows that explore various culinary delights and travel experiences. Zing brings the latest in music, Bollywood, and youth culture. Zee World offers a captivating selection of drama series and telenovelas dubbed in English, while Zee Punjabi caters to the vibrant Punjabi-speaking community with a mix of cultural and entertainment content.

Punit Misra, President Content & International Markets, expressed his enthusiasm for this milestone, saying, "At Zee Entertainment, we are committed to providing our viewers with the best in entertainment. The launch of our channels on Freeview marks a significant step forward in our mission to reach a wider audience in the UK. We are excited to bring our diverse content to UK viewers and believe that our channels will resonate with the multicultural fabric of this great nation."

Ashok Namboodiri, Chief Business Officer, Zee International Business, shared his thoughts on this expansion, saying, "The UK has always been an important market for Zee Entertainment, and we are delighted to collaborate with Freeview to offer our channels to a broader audience. This partnership aligns with our vision of making our content accessible to viewers worldwide. We look forward to entertaining and engaging the UK audience with our unique programming."

Zee Entertainment Enterprises is a global media and entertainment powerhouse, recognized for its diverse content offerings that resonate with audiences across the globe. With a strong commitment to creativity and quality, Zee Entertainment Enterprises has consistently set new benchmarks in the entertainment industry.

Prepare to embark on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride of masti, pyaar and wholesome entertainment as the iconic Bhaijaan himself graces screens with the World Television Premiere of ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ this Saturday, 23rd September at 8PM on Zee Cinema.

This much-anticipated film, directed by Farhad Samji, promises to captivate audiences with its larger-than-life action sequences, light-hearted drama, and compelling storyline that celebrates the bonds of family and beyond.

Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is more than just a movie; it's an emotion for Hindi movie fans, a feeling that transcends boundaries of North or South. The film sees Pooja Hegde in the lead, sharing unmatchable chemistry with Salman Khan, along with a talented cast including Venkatesh, Bhumika Chawla, Raghav Juyal, Siddharth Nigam, Jassie Gill, Shehnaaz Gill, Palak Tiwari, and Vinali Bhatnagar who join them in this celebration of love & family. The film also sees Salman Khan and Bhagyashree aka the iconic Prem and Suman sharing screen space together after 34 years as Bhagyashree makes a special appearance in a way that can melt your hearts away. In addition to this, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan also boasts of mesmerizing music that works wonders for the film, including the chart-topping hit "Naiyo Lagda" by Himesh Reshammiya, “Yentamma” and foot-tapping "Billi Billi”, featuring an extended ensemble cast.

Talking about the World Television Premiere of the film, Salman Khan said, "When I first heard the script of 'Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan,' I was immediately drawn to it. Bhaijaan's character is one that I connected with on a personal level. His love for his brothers and the lengths he goes to protect his to be in laws and their entire family struck a chord with me. Who does that in today’s day and time? The film is also filled with laughter, emotion, and action, and I believe it's a complete entertainer. Farhad Samji has done a fantastic job directing this film, bringing us all together and I'm excited for the audience to experience this rollercoaster of emotions with us."

Farhad Samji said, "Creating 'Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan' has been a labor of love for me. This film allowed me to explore a unique blend of romance, emotion and action, and I couldn't have asked for a better cast to bring these characters to life. We've put our hearts and souls into this project, and I'm confident that the audience of the nation will connect with the story and characters on a deep level. I'm thrilled about the World Television Premiere, and I hope viewers of Zee Cinema enjoy this cinematic journey as much as we enjoyed making it"

Set in the heartland of India, ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ is a story of an honest man who can go to any length to protect his family and loved ones. The story revolves around four brothers - Salman Khan being the eldest, and a self-appointed vigilante committed to keeping the society crime-free who stays away from any romantic relationship. Complications ensue when he does find a potential partner. What follows next is a series of events that will leave you with a smile on your face, warmth in your heart and adrenaline in your soul!

Don't miss the World Television Premiere of Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan on Saturday, 23rd September at 8:00 PM, exclusively on Zee Cinema

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