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News Vishwaroopam - DTH update ( Viswaroopam on DTH a week after theatre release)

(29 Dec 2012, 11:05 PM)Viki Wrote: Breaking 1st - Vishwaroopam will be available on TATA Sky as well.

In the latest development on the broadcasting of Kamal Haasan's new movie, Vishwaroopam, on the DTH platform before its theatrical release, Tata Sky has agreed to join the five other major DTH players to air the movie, said Haasan. With this, all the six private DTH players in the country would be airing the movie a day prior to the theatre release.

Haasan, the movie’s actor-cum-producer-cum-director, has said that he had been in talks with Tata Sky for some time and the deal was not through since there were some issues which has to be solved, “in order to maintain the ecosystem.”

Addressing a gathering of press members and various stakeholders in the film industry last night, Haasan said, “Some hours ago, Tata Sky also agreed to show the premiere and now the movie will be aired through the six DTH service providers.”

Read More: http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=497253
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sun direct will telecast both in HD and SD format.
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SUN Direct

Tamil HD - 967
Tamil SD - 107
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(01 Jan 2013, 02:32 AM)sivkr Wrote: sun direct will telecast both in HD and SD format.

(01 Jan 2013, 10:00 AM)Viki Wrote: SUN Direct

Tamil HD - 967
Tamil SD - 107

That's great to know... Sun Direct telecasting the movie in HD format as well. At Rs. 1000 , watching movie in HD format looks reasonable for more than 3 family members ... Hope every DTH follow the same.

Kamal Haasan is up against protests by theatre owners ever since he decided to release his forthcoming film 'Vishwaroopam' on DTH (direct-to-home) platform ahead of its release in theatres. 'Vishwaroopam' will be premiered at 9.30 p.m. on six DTH platforms January 10, a day before its release in theatres Jan 11. It will be available on Airtel, Sun Direct, Dish TV, Videocon, Big TV and Tata Sky.

"You can't ask a farmer to stop farming just because he said 'no' to traditional ploughing and 'yes' to tractor. I consider myself a farmer in this case, because DTH is my tractor and since I've adapted to change, I request not to be stopped from farming," says Kamal.

'Vishwaroopam' is written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan -- he also plays the lead role. The film also features Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose and Shekhar Kapur in prominent roles.

"The film will be screened on January 10 in all six DTH platforms. The digital video recorder (DVR) will be disabled by all DTH providers to ensure there is no piracy," added Kamal.

theatre owners in TN only opposing kamals move. Throughout india producers will follow this for sure. Theater owners in other states are not opposing.

in TN Coimbatore , Salem , Erode theatre owners are with Kamal , mainly Chennai theatre owners are opposing...

any new tech. will receive this kind of response only. But for sure it will be accepted on longer run. Its inevitable.

People said computers will take away human jobs. Even mobiles, internet and satellite tv received many opposition. But can we imagine life without these things today.
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Vishwaroopam will have to stand in queue for theatre release

R. Ravikumar

Screens in Tamil Nadu full on January 11, when the release is scheduled

Chennai, Jan. 2:
Kamal Haasan’s mega movie Vishwaroopam seems to be in a fix now, as it may not get to cinema halls in Chennai, North Arcot, South Arcot, Chengalpattu, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Salem, Cuddalore and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

“Even if theatre owners are agreeable” to screen the film, theatres are not available on that date, said an industry source.

“There is absolutely no theatres available in Chennai for January 11 release of Vishwaroopam, as all of them have signed up for two other Tamil films — Alex Pandian and Kanna, Laddu Thinna Aasaiya — and a Telugu film, due for release around same time,” said a theatre owner and an active member of the association of Tamil Nadu theatre owners.


According to him, besides Chennai, in other centres, too, not many theatres are free to screen Vishwaroopam as they are blocked by these two Tamil movies. And in some theatres, the recently released movies such as Thuppakki and Kumki are running to full houses, and continue to run well beyond January 11, he explained.

Usually, ‘A’ and ‘B’ centres are the major catchments for Kamal Haasan’s films. Now, since most screens in these centres are already blocked for other films, “Kamal Haasan may have to reconsider Vishwaroopam’s release date,” said a film industry pundit.

Actor and film-maker Kamal Haasan, however, stands his ground that Vishwaroopam will be premiered on the direct-to-home platform on January 10 despite protest from various theatre owners, and will be released in theatres the next day. In some advertisements, it is reconfirmed that the movie is scheduled for theatre release on January 11.

In a recent press conference, he said the movie will be premiered on the direct-to-home platform through all the six players — Dish, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital, AirTel Digital TV and Videocon D2H, adding that the next day, the movie will be released in at least 400 screens across Tamil Nadu. The DTH players, too, have started rolling out advertisements in electronic and print media.

According to Abirami Ramanathan, President, Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Federation, a final decision was due to be taken in the federation’s meeting on January 3 in Tiruchi.


Chennai: Amid stiff opposition to the release of his movie 'Vishwaroopam' on Direct-To-Home (DTH) format, actor Kamal Haasan today complained to police he has been receiving threats that the movie would be pirated and power supply to the cinemas screening it will be suspended.

"I have been receiving threats that the film will be pirated and electricity supply to the theatres which have decided to telecast it will be suspended. Since these are against the law, I preferred to lodge a complaint with Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order)", Mr Haasan told reporters in Chennai.

The 58-year-old actor, also the movie's director, sought the state government's help and met Home Secretary R Rajagopal, sources said.

The Rs 90 crore movie landed in controversy after the actor decided to release it on DTH platform on January 10, a day ahead of its release in cinemas.

Though several theatre associations, including Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association and Madurai- Ramanathapuram United Film Distributors, threatened not to screen the movie, Mr Haasan said the film will be released across 390 theatres.

He described the move as an "evolutionary growth" and insisted it was the "way to go forward".

Actor Kamal Haasan tells police he is being threatened

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