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Star Utsav Movies to be available only on DD’s Freedish (DD Directplus); launch on 28 May


Star Utsav Movies to be only on DD’s Freedish; launch on 28 May

Star India will officially launch its free-to-air (FTA) Hindi movie channel Star Utsav Movies on 28 May.

The channel, targeted primarily at rural markets, will be available exclusively on Doordarshan’s free direct-to-home (DTH) platform Freedish. Star Gold, Movies OK, Star Gold HD and Star Utsav Movies general manager Hemal Jhaveri said there was a need gap in the rural market.

“With the advent of BARC, rural markets took the center stage with more than half the TV viewership coming from the heartland. Our analysis indicated that there was a clear need gap in this category since 25% of the total viewership came from movies, but the Hindi movie genre share is a miniscule 5%. This is because of the unavailability of good content on the existing Hindi movie channels in the FTA space.

“An extensive research undertaken to unravel the rural psyche shed light on the key usage and behavior patterns.This has been the cornerstone for all acquisition, programming and marketing inputs on this new channel offering. What made this research unique and accurate was that it was tailor-made for each respondent surveyed based on their viewing behavior, which was captured using close circuit cameras positioned in their homes.”

Jhaveri said that Star Utsav Movies stands apart as a truly rural offering because it has been designed with the rural viewer in mind. “The insights from research gave us a rich perspective on triggers that dictate the viewer’s approach towards life and his entertainment needs. ‘Har Din Utsav’ as a promise is an indication of our endeavor to give our viewers a reason to celebrate every day with the biggest and best stars on the channel,” he stated. To drive reach and awareness for the new channel, a multi-media launch campaign has already kick-started.

The channel will leverage the might of Star India to rapidly build awareness. Along with a comprehensive high-impact TV plan, the promotion includes a high-octane radio plan and unique brand experiences for viewers across villages in key markets. “The rural markets are the last important frontier, and we believe Star Utsav Movies will empower both the consumer and the advertiser,” Jhaveri asserted.



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  1. Good.thank god that this time rural population kept in mind.
    But one thing should be clear that villagers also want good content.

  2. Right said virat

  3. Excellent, Well Done DD !!

    40% Hindi speaking population gets 100% additional channel
    60% Regional language speaking population gets Nothing(0% additional channel).

    DD is biased and favors only Hindi. DD completely discriminates,neglect and ignore Regional channel like Assami,Bengali,Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam,Gujarati..etc.

    This is BIG injustice to regional languages.

  4. Rural viewers welcome starutsav movie if being good entertainment channel, also following interest of viewers.

  5. Thanks chanchlesh.

  6. No updates about 27 e auction.
    24 ghante ho gaye.

  7. Star utsav movies ki aid vid pid sent kro please

  8. sir 28.5 par dth kese set kare band kon sa he

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