India’s No. 1 television news channel with over 250 million viewers, Aaj Tak announced the launch of India’s first Hindi HD news channel-Aaj Tak HD. Reinforcing its 18 year legacy of being a pioneer, Aaj Tak marks another milestone by ushering in the future through the HD avatar. Aaj Tak HD will be powered by rich exclusives, superior picture and audio quality, lesser ad breaks, making it the preferred news destination.
The HD channel will be different from its SD sibling as it will be powered by exclusive stories and fewer ad breaks. The fewer ad breaks will come as a respite for viewers who are bombarded with too many ads. As per a TRAI report, Hindi news channels air anywhere between 12 and 25 minutes of ads during a clock hour in the primetime.
Mr Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India Today Group, speaking on the launch said, “Time and Information are the real currencies of this digital age. We have created Aaj Tak HD to give the viewer the best value on both these counts. Aaj Tak HD has been designed in a way that there will be smaller ad breaks and much more news content than you will find anywhere else. Let me assure you that Aaj Tak HD is not just about High Definition audio-video. This is about High Definition content and more of it. As a market leader with Aaj Tak, we have always been Sabse Tez, and now with Aaj Tak HD we won’t be just Sabse Tez but also Sabse Zyada.”
Aaj Tak has had many firsts to its name, being the first to use 3 D augmented reality graphics during UP elections, first to use drone camera, first to launch election express – the only LIVE and on the move newsroom and by becoming the first Hindi news channel to beat GEC channels on coverage. The brand has always been in the forefront of pioneering new technologies and offering differentiated viewing experience to its customers. The launch of the HD channel will strengthen the company’s competitive positioning and will consolidate its leadership in the Hindi speaking belt.
Aaj Tak is the leading channel in both urban and rural Hindi Speaking Markets not only as per BARC but also as per IRS data. With HD variant, Aaj Tak will also go on to attract the best and affluent Hindi viewer profile.