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Indian regulator imposes new price caps and rules on pay TV providers

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has instituted new rules that mean cable and DTH pay TV subscribers in the country will pay less to add à la carte channels to their basic packages. From March, the regulated base retransmission package offered by pay TV providers will include 200 channels for INR130 (€1.60), up […]

Asian streamer Viu quits Indian market

Viu, the video streaming service owned by Hong Kong-based PCCW Media, has decided to fold its Indian operation. The Indian market has become a hotly contested OTT market, with Western and other Asian streamers undercutting one another in an attempt to catch up with the Disney-owned market leader Hotstar.  A Redseer report from July estimated […]

Netflix increases Indian focus with three dramas from Viacom18 Studios

Netflix has partnered with Tipping Point, the digital content unit of Viacom18 Studios, to produce three new series in India. Jamtara – Sabka Number Aayegacentres on the conflicts that emerge after a small town is named as India’s phishing capital; Sheis about an undercover cop who discovers her sexuality and breaks stereotypes while taking on […]

China pulls Arsenal match following star’s controversial tweets

CCTV, the Chinese state broadcaster, did not air the English Premier League game between Arsenal and Manchester City on December 15 following controversial posts on social media from Arsenal player Mesut Özil.  The German Özil posted criticism of China’s persecution of Uighur Muslims. Writing about the Chinese-controlled Xinjiang, the player said: “Qurans are burned, mosques […]

Netflix plans big boost to content spend in India

Netflix is on track to spend INR30 billion (€380 million) on producing and licensing content for the Indian market over the coming year, according to the streaming giant’s CEO Reed Hastings. Hastings, speaking at the HT Leadership Summit in the Indian capital, said that viewers in India would be able to see “a lot of […]

Netflix ramps up Korean content; signs breakthrough deal with Aardman

SVOD streaming platform Netflix has unveiled a three-year production and distribution agreement with leading South Korean producer/broadcaster CJ ENM. Under the terms of the deal, CJ ENM-owned Studio Dragon will produce original series that Netflix will offer to its subscribers around the world. The new deal extends a partnership between the two which has already […]

US, China, South Korea and Spain top global Gigabit league

Gigabit internet is now available to an estimated 354 million people in 51 countries, accounting for 5% of the global population, according to research commissioned by network quality assurance specialist Viavi.  According to the research, the US is the global Gigabit leader, with Gigabit internet available to 68.5 million people, up four million since August […]

Discovery planning Indian D Plus streamer for 2020 launch

Discovery is launching an Indian streaming service next year, building on its success with a local news aggregation giant.  As reported by Digital TV Europe’s sister site, TBI, it is understood that the service will be called D Plus and has evolved out of a partnership between Discovery and Indian news aggregation service DailyHunt. Backed by […]

Indian courts uphold €12 billion telco demand from government

Indian courts have upheld a demand from the government’s Department of Telecom (DoT) that demands INR920 billion (€11.67 billion) from Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea. The DoT had demanded the money due to overdue levies and interest – with the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) being the point of contention in the case that […]

Indian government considering censorship of online streamers

Streamers like Netflix and Amazon are facing the threat of censorship in India, claims a new report. According to government sources cited by Reuters, the Indian government is considering censorship of content on streaming platforms, with film and TV certification bodies already moderating public content in the country. The consideration follows a number of court […]