Viacom18 to launch HD regional channels in India

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor



Viacom18 has announced that it’s regional channels in India will be going HD.

The general entertainment channels – Colors Kannada, Colors Marathi and Colors Bangla will become the first regional general entertainment channels in these markets.

Colors Kannada HD will be present on platforms including Siti cable network, Den networks limited, Hathway cable & datacom Pvt Ltd, Kable First India Pvt Ltd, Indusind Media and Communications ltd, E-infrastructure and entertainment (India) pvt ltd, Bhima riddhi digital systems and V4 media among others that offer HD services in Karnataka. Colors Marathi HD is being launched on Airtel and Tata Sky initially and will be rolled out on all other platforms, both direct to home and cable, thereafter.
Colors Bangla will be available across all MSOs where DAS has been implemented over platforms such as Cable and DTH.

Announcing the launch of the HD channels, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 said, ���When we brought the regional GECs under the Colors umbrella, we committed to raising the bar on regional content. This philosophy saw us attain pole position in the Kannada market, become a strong leader in the Marathi market and build up the connect with our Bengali viewers. Interestingly, during this period, the regional markets have seen tremendous growth in consumer lifestyles. With the HD launch of our regional channels, we are once again raising the bar by provisioning for the premium viewing experience that the markets now crave.�۝

Ravish Kumar ��� Project Head, Colors Kannada, Colors Bangla and Colors Odiya said: ���We strive to offer varied content to our viewers without compromising on excellence – be it powerful storytelling, high production values, international reality formats, festival programming or movie premieres. Our aim is to delight audiences�۪ everyday with an entertaining and cohesive television viewing experience and launching HD channels is yet another pioneering step in that direction.�۝

Anuj Poddar ��� Project Head, Colors Marathi and Colors Gujarati elaborated saying: ���Colors Marathi has consistently innovated and redefined the entertainment landscape for Marathi audiences with its varied bouquet of shows and big scale events, while yet staying true to the roots of its culture. We are yet again playing a pioneering role and upping the ante by being the first to provide viewers with High Definition viewing experience.�۝