Media & Entertainment

Mobile VAS


Premium music services on mobile devices

India has the second largest number of mobile phone users in the world. The penetration of mobile phones reaches into the remotest parts of the country. In this cutthroat industry, telecom operators make their products attractive by offering a bouquet of Value-Added Services (VAS), including music and radio options on the phone. However, given the cluttered marketplace that is Mobile VAS in India, operators are constantly on the lookout for newer innovations and more user-friendly and engaging entertainment solutions.

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest telecom companies, sought to enhance their VAS offering with a premium quality music service. Regular mobile music services comprised short playlists with minimal curation and high repetition that led to monotony, listener fatigue and, inevitably, loss of listenership. It was in bridging this gap between ideas and outcome that Timbre Media’s expertise came to the fore.

Our music solutions can be adapted to any content requirement – genre-specific music, language-based playlists and/or radio stations, customer requests, Top 40, retro hits – you name it, we make it.
Our creative team – once the eclectic and diverse WorldSpace India content team – consists of music experts who are acknowledged trendsetters in intelligent music programming. It was observed that music listeners who use VAS generally do not have access to radio. To fill the lacuna of creative music programming, along with pre-programmed playlists, we decided to incorporate live radio stations that carried the WorldSpace branding. Regular listeners who tired of repetitive playlists would appreciate the spontaneity of radio and its larger library of songs. A high quality radio service would also ensure a loyal listener base.

With eleven live radio stations on offer, the service grew very popular and quickly attained a large, loyal listenership, helping the operator gain traction in an intensely competitive market. This was a best-in-class radio service that set benchmarks. Timbre Media’s VAS solution has now been implemented on other leading mobile platforms across India.


Internet Radio


Bespoke music 24×7

The defining feature of our age is the ubiquity of the internet. We rely upon constant connectivity for all our needs from trying to remember that song from that film to making informed choices about ‘things that matter’. It is then the logical next step for ‘radio’ to graduate to its 21st century home – the internet.

Intel, one of the world’s most successful technology companies, tasked Timbre Media with creating a radio service for its retail customers. This service was to be offered as a high quality add-on to the bevy of premium products offered by Intel to its customers. The challenge before us was to identify the musical tastes of the prospective audience about whom there was no definite data.

Considering the low threshold music listeners have for music services, it was essential that we had the audience hooked from the get go. This music service would have to be implemented on personal computers, laptops, tablets, phones and other devices from the client that had access to data services. The most effective solution was an Internet Radio service that could be accessed by all the devices that deployed the client’s hardware.

Timbre conceptualized that the best way to hook an audience was to provide them with the already established and well-remembered concept of multi-genre programming of WorldSpace, the trademark to which is held by us. Leveraging our expertise in radio services and the WorldSpace brand, Timbre Media designed radio stations with multiple on-demand playlists that covered the most popular genres of music in India – Bollywood, Hindi classics, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali etc. This Internet Radio service, with 10 unique, high-quality stations and music that is exclusive to Timbre Media, has proven very popular with the client as well as listeners and continues to enjoy a growing listenership.


DTH Services


Bespoke radio on your TV

Gone are the days when television sets are only for watching television. In a true reflection of the zeitgeist, a TV set is more than just a TV – we can rent films directly to watch; we can play games on them; we can stream online content on them. And now, we can also listen to the radio on TV, thanks to the efforts of Timbre Media.

Among the many new frontiers Timbre Media has explored and thrived in, television is the latest. Our client Airtel DTH planned to augment its services by offering a best-in-class, one-of-its-kind music/radio service, thereby setting themselves apart as premium and exclusive from other DTH service-providers who merely offered public/FM radio on their services. Timbre Media’s well-tested expertise in creating playlists across a wide range of languages and genres, appealing to the connoisseur and the casual listener alike, makes it the perfect choice for a set-up such as this. Timbre Media’s content team has been largely drawn from the erstwhile WorldSpace India team, a very popular subscription-based radio service, with a large and loyal fan base to this day. Timbre still holds the rights for the WorldSpace Satellite Radio brand in India, a unique service that offered music and infotainment stations across 40 genres as diverse as Classic Rock and Bhojpuri and New Age Spirituality. As an established trendsetter in multi-genre programming, the Timbre Team took to this task like the proverbial duck to water. This is was the return of the much beloved and much missed WorldSpace – same team, same music, same spirit, just a different address.

This DTH-service being country-wide, the Timbre team and Airtel collated data on the customer base around various variables like location, language, &c. Based on these statistics, we concluded that 11 language-based radio stations would be implemented on the Airtel DTH set-top box – a pragmatic move to cut additional costs that the customer would incur for a separate receiver. These stations were packaged under the familiar brand names of WorldSpace’s radio stations, with the same meticulous programming that the original WorldSpace stations were famous for. The release of the service has proven very popular not only with old loyalists of WorldSpace but also a new set of listeners discovering this excellently curated music service.

With this latest entry into the DTH market, Timbre Media has embarked upon its new journey of presenting customers a superior, WorldSpace-like music experience and making the television set an all-in-one entertainment unit.

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Fm Radio Consultancy


Cutting edge music programming

Radio is the original mobile medium. It is ubiquitous and has perfected the science of reaching out to and connecting with very specific audiences. There is no better medium to get your music, or your message, across to the masses. Whatever the parameter you choose- demography, geography, language, age, genre etc. radio sets the benchmark in connecting with audiences. In a diverse country hungry for entertainment interspersed with intelligent, relevant information, radio stations have successfully embedded themselves into our popular culture. With this medium only set to grow at an increasingly rapid pace, Timbre Media provides vital assistance and guidance to people and organisations looking to venture into this exciting, fast paced and highly rewarding industry.

What Timbre Media offers in this space

Timbre Media has successfully conceptualized, developed and implemented radio stations, both FM and community radio, across India and the Middle East. Timbre Media’s content and operations teams include recognized and award-winning professionals with a wealth of experience in the diverse music and broadcast environments in the radio industry across India. We offer consultation on programming, content strategies, production, PD coaching and mentoring and talent development.

The Timbre Experience

FM radio stations are a key component of entertainment media. Drive time radio shows draw substantial listenership and radio jockeys enjoy a large following. But, this thriving radio industry makes for an intensely competitive market where the players pursue innovation and differentiation.

An FM radio client in the Middle East wanted to launch its own station. They approached Timbre Media for help in devising effective strategies for

  • Content
  • Broadcasting operations
  • Launch of the radio station

The client wanted to target a specific audience, the immigrant Malayali residents of the Middle East. The new station had multiple challenges: establishing itself against very experienced competitors, differentiating itself in a saturated market and generating revenue.

Timbre Media’s radio experts aimed to set the station apart from the competition. The music played on-air was distinctive, casting a wider net. Besides chartbusters and classics, the playlists now included hits from the preceding decades handpicked by Timbre’s music experts. In keeping with the changing tastes of the Malayali immigrant, the station also included the latest Tamil and Hindi film music, two genres that are very popular with the target demographic.

The shows would include news and anecdotes from around the web, in keeping with an audience that is active on social media. Tighter editorial control on non-music content placed a premium on informative entertainment over fillers. Celebrity RJs were hired to ensure the very best voice talent would engage, interact with and entertain the listeners. The station’s sound design was worked on extensively to ensure it rivalled the very best contemporary radio imaging on par with the most popular international radio stations, marking the radio station out as decidedly upscale. The station staff was trained by Timbre Media in all aspects of programming and broadcast operations.

The station, Radio Red, went on-air in Dubai three months after the first meeting with the client. It has been remarkably successful and the new content has received particularly positive feedback. Very importantly, the client’s radio station has now established its own unmistakable identity as a leader and game changer.

Timbre Media also has facilities to run your station remotely for you. With a host of voice talent as well as state of the art recording studios and production facilities, Timbre Media is equipped to churn out cutting edge music programming with the fastest turn-around times.

Timbre Media also has facilities to run your station remotely for you. With a host of voice talent as well as state of the art recording studios and production facilities, Timbre Media is equipped to churn out cutting edge music programming with the fastest turn-around times.

Get in touch with us at contactus@timbremedia.in


Audiobooks


Bring stories to life

Going for a run? Commuting to work? Stuck in interminable traffic jams? Then why not have Dickens transport you to Victorian London or RK Narayan to Malgudi or learn a new language! We aim to fit in as much as possible in the little time we have available. It’s no surprise then that audiobooks are proving so popular.

The award-winning Indian publishing house DC Books was expanding with a special focus on audiobooks for children. They wanted the stories to come alive, with state of the art sound design and evocative narration that would give flight to a child’s imagination – world class products they could take international. Timbre Media’s extensive database of voice artistes including award-winning documentary narrators, singers, and theatre artistes meant we could pick just the right voices that were proficient with Indian intonation while retaining a neutral accent, in order to appeal to the global market. Our intensive audio production enhanced the storytelling. Some audiobooks took over 100 hours to produce and included

  • Innovative sound effects
  • Music for every mood, action and event in each of the stories
  • Separate music motifs for every story
  • Voice processing to communicate & differentiate the various characters in the stories; distinctive attributes for each of the characters

Upon completion, the audiobooks received acclaim on par with the best in class products. The books are now available on leading international audiobook platforms like Audible. In a market brimming with children’s audiobooks, Timbre Media’s products distinguish themselves as a carefully crafted, one-of-a-kind audiobook collection, unmatched in listener experience.