Kollywood strike begins tomorrow, no new releases scheduled

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Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018

Kollywood strike begins tomorrow, no new releases scheduled

After the talks between the souths Indian film industries and Digital Service Providers (DSPs) failed recently, no new south Indian film will release from tomorrow. They are certain to go in for a shutdown from next week in protest against DSPs and their monopolistic ways. This will be the third time in less than a year that we will witness the Tamil film industry go on strike.

The south Indian film industries have claimed that the Visual Projection Fee demanded by DSPs like Qube and UFO are too high and eat into their profits.DSP so deliver content straight to theatres via satellite for digital projection.

The industries are demanding that these companies lower the rate at which they provide their service. For a regional film, the DSP charges around Rs 22000 per screen to the producer.

This includes the cost of hiring and delivery of content via digital distribution in theatres.The DSPs and theatres make their money by sharing advertisement revenue from the screens, but that amount is not shared with the producers. Their other demands include that on-screen advertising be confined to eight minutes and for two film trailers to be screened along with the main film.

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