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Saturday, September 27, 2014

YuppTV to raise Rs 120 cr for expansion, acquisition

YuppTV, the US-based over-the-top (OTT) content player that distributes TV channels through the Internet, will raise $20 million (Rs 120 crore) in the second round funding in the next three months. The company is in talks with the private equity players and it hopes to complete the process in three months.

Serial entrepreneur and founder of the testing tools firm AppLabs Sashi Reddi invested $2.5 million (about Rs. 16 crore) to pick 10 per cent in the firm, promoted by Uday Reddy. Prior to that, it got $5, 00,000 from family rounds to build the firm.

“We will use the proceeds from the second round to increase our customer base, with a focus in the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Part of the funds would also go to acquiring a niche player,” Uday told Business Line here.

With an Indian arm located in Hyderabad, the company conducts research in content distribution technologies. It employs 145 people

The firm, which mostly serves the Indian Diaspora in the US, first found the serious need for Indian television content while working in the Caribbean area for Nortel. With a subscribe base of about 80 lakhs including about one lakh paid users, the firm distributes about 200 channels in 12 Indian languages and English.
It made revenues of $10-11 million last year ended December 2013.

“Our technological solutions help you to access the content you missed to watch from our cloud storage. Our development team works on improving the content distribution platform and creation of apps (applications) that work on different mobile operating systems,” Uday said.

Media Player
The company has recently launched YuppTV Media Player that allows the users to switch from one gadget to another yet continue to watch the same programme.
Uday said there was a significant change in the customer preferences. “Watching TV is no longer a linear, top-down distribution of content. “Content distribution will become more and more driven by consumers,” he said. www.yupptv.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

YuppTV launches ‘Sun TV Network’ channels in UK and Europe



Hyderabad, 17th September, 2014: As part of its constant endeavor to lead the market and offer top-notch content to viewers across the world, YuppTV today announced the launch of a host of popular channels of the prestigious Sun TV Network on YuppTV to millions of eager TV viewers in the UK and Europe Region.

Taking its mission of enabling worldwide accessibility to Indian and International TV channels on the internet, YuppTV will now offer the best of the network’s offerings in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada, for viewership in UK and across Europe. Tamil Channels of the Network, include Sun TV, K TV, Sun Music and Adithya TV. Telugu Channels, as part of the package will comprise of Gemini TV, Gemini Comedy and Gemini Movies. Malayalam Channels, which will be available across are Surya TV and Kiran TV. The Kannada channel, which can be viewed, is Udaya TV.

Announcing the launch, Mr. Uday Reddy, CEO of YuppTV said, “Sun TV Network is among Asia's largest and most liked television networks owning the most popular channels in the South of India. We are pleased that the channels will now offer the most excellent to Indian audiences in the UK and across Europe. The Sun TV Network adds strength to our increasing spectrum of channels and this launch is indeed the most awaited by the UK and Europe audiences. The premium content we are offering to the viewers across the world continues to grow and expand in its scope as we add leading channels to our repertoire. This launch, we trust, will be the source of much pleasure to viewers across these regions.”


Asia’s popular Sun TV Network, owns a variety of television channels and radio stations in multiple languages covering all Indian states. Its flagship channel is Sun TV, the first fully privately owned Tamil offering in India. Today, Sun TV Network broadcasts a range of shows including soap operas, game shows, movies, Comedy, newscasts, and entertainment programs. Many of its shows are super hits and it has earned a special place in homes and hearts of audiences.


About YuppTV

YuppTV has grown into the world’s leading over-the-top (OTT) content player for South Asian Content, live TV, Catch-up TV, and on-demand Movie Solutions. It is an eight-year-old company with its headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and having branch offices in the USA and India.

YuppTV delivers more than 200 TV Channels, 4500 videos (daily), unlimited Movies, Live Events and a lot more, to the six screens for Video content consumption i.e. Connected TVs, Internet STBs, Smart Blu-ray players, PCs, Smart Phones and Tablets. The service currently has one of the industry’s highest content usages per subscriber.

The mission of the company is to make it simple and instant for Broadcasters to deliver live TV and Catch-up TV anytime and anywhere in the world to any internet enabled device.
To know more, please visit www.yupptv.com

Thursday, August 28, 2014

YuppTV launches ‘Manorama News’ and ‘Mazhavil Manorama’ for International Viewers



HYDERABAD, August 26, 2014: In its endeavor to make live TV reach viewers across the globe, YuppTV today touched greater heights by launching the most watched Malayalam Channels of Manorama News and Mazhavil Manorama for viewers worldwide as paid channels with the exception of Singapore.

Audiences worldwide especially from Kerala will now be able to enjoy Manorama's unbeatable news coverage as well as wide choice of entertainment programs on Mazhavil Manorama. This included reality shows, tele serials and dramas, movies, music and more, giving the Malayali community all over world an enduring connection with their beloved homeland.

Coming from the giants in Malayalam Media, Manorama News enjoys massive viewership and is one of the most widely watched and highest rated TV News Channels in Kerala. Mazhavil Manorama also has a vast fan following for its unrivaled entertainment and bringing highly popular programmes, television serials, reality shows, comedy shows, and Malayalam movies all in picture perfect clarity and High Definition telecasts.

Speaking about the launch, Mr. Anil George, CEO of MM TV said “watching our Channels going Live worldwide on YuppTV gives us unlimited mileage and the excitement and thrill of viewership by global audience. We are eager to reach out to Malayali communities across the world, with better news coverage and entertainment programmes, which will no doubt gives them utmost viewing pleasure and pride. YuppTV has yet again proved, its commitment, superiority and technological excellence in making it possible for hundreds of viewers of Indian TV channels to view from anywhere in the world. Kudos to YuppTV”

Announcing the launch, Mr. Uday Reddy, CEO of YuppTV said, “We are thrilled to launch Kerala’s leading and most watched Malayalam Channels of Manorama News and Mazhavil Manorama for TV viewers worldwide, giving audiences across the world access to the channels’ premium content. It is our constant endeavor to lead the market and offer top-notch Indian and international content to viewers across the world. We are sure Malayalam TV viewers across the world will make the most of this bonanza of entertainment.”

About YuppTV

YuppTV is a global leader in providing converged OTT (over the top) live TV, Catch- up TV, along with on-demand Movie Solutions. It is a six-year-old company with its headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and having branch offices in the USA and India.

The company through its platform YuppTV is the leading OTT player delivering more than 180+ Indian TV Channels, more than 4500 videos (daily), Movies, Live Events and a lot more, to the six screens for Video content consumption i.e. Connected TVs, Internet STBs, Smart Bluray players, PCs, Smart Phones and Tablets. The service currently has one of the industry’s highest content usages per subscriber.

The mission of the company is to make it simple and instant for Broadcasters to deliver live TV and VOD anytime and anywhere in the world to any internet enabled device.
To know more, please visit www.yupptv.com

Saturday, August 23, 2014

YuppTV Launches ETV Telugu for viewers in the US




HYDERABAD, August  22, 2014:  TV viewers in the United  States will  now have further reason to rejoice - YuppTV has outdone itself once again, by bringing the most popular and prestigious  Telugu Channel ETV on YuppTV.

As a favorite channel of the Telugu diaspora in the US, it had an enormous fan following when available on YuppTV earlier.  ETV is back again and is one of the most sought after paid channels included in the Telugu package offered to US customers by YuppTV. With ETV in the bouquet, YuppTV becomes the most dominant provider of Telugu content to the US region.

TV viewers in the United States can now have the benefit of watching ETV with its most comprehensive coverage on current affairs and its host of entertainment programmes. YuppTV has endeavored to bring this channel once again to US viewers, thus enabling them to opt for a comprehensive Telugu package that covers all the important Telugu channels being aired in India today.  Now US viewers can stay completely updated, without feeling deprived of any key coverage, news bulletins or entertainment. It is one more step towards bringing the world onto one platform, another commendable move by a global leader, in proving their commitment to the customer.

Talking about the launch, Uday Reddy, CEO, YuppTV said, “By offering ETV, we have become the dominant provider of Telugu content in the US Region. It is for the benefit and pleasure of thousands of Telugu viewers in the US that we have gone this extra mile to bring ETV back on YuppTV. Our aim is to give viewers a 360-degree experience and we will not compromise on any front, to deliver on our promise. We are sure that TV viewers in the US will welcome this new launch with enthusiasm. We are happy to give them the channels of their choice and trust that they enjoy every viewing moment.”

A leader, pioneer and innovator, Yupp TV recently launched its very own streaming player. Using the compact and portable Wi-Fi enabled player, viewers will now be able to access more than 180 channels worldwide in 10+ languages apart from a library of unlimited movies. Content will be made available as Live TV, Catch-up TV, TV Shows, and movies in 1080p High Definition (HD) quality to subscribers, turning normal TVs to smart TVs. Bidding goodbye to commitments users can enjoy hassle-free services backed by easy registration and high quality 24/7 customer service.

YuppTV continues to be among the world’s leading Over-the-top (OTT) content players, delivering more than 180 Indian television channels worldwide in 11 languages that comprise Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Oriya and Assamese to its viewers.


About YuppTV
YuppTV has grown into the world’s leading over-the-top (OTT) content player for South Asian Content, live TV, Catch-up TV, and on-demand Movie Solutions. It is a six-year-old company with its headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and having branch offices in the USA and India.
YuppTV delivers more than 180 TV Channels, more than 4500 videos (daily), Movies, Live Events and a lot more, to the six screens for Video content consumption i.e. Connected TVs, Internet STBs, Smart Blu-ray players, PCs, Smart Phones and Tablets. The service currently has one of the industry’s highest content usages per subscriber.
The mission of the company is to make it simple and instant for Broadcasters to deliver live TV and Catch-up TV anytime and anywhere in the world to any internet enabled device.
To know more, please visit www.yupptv.com