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Disney pauses Indian rollout as coronavirus delays IPL season

Despite seeing successful launches in a number of European countries, Disney has postponed the launch of Disney+ in India.  The service was initially set to launch in the country on March 29 via Disney-owned Hotstar, but a spokesperson has confirmed that the rollout has been ‘briefly paused’. The launch was meant to coincide with the […]

Indian TV shipments hit record high of 15 million

TV shipments in India hit a record high of 15 million units in 2019, representing a year-over-year increase of 15%. According to Counterpoint, this growth was mainly driven by budget smart TVs with 32-inch TVs as the most popular category. The report points out that affordability is key with sub-US$150 price bands being the most […]

Discovery Plus streaming service launching in India

Discovery is launching streaming service Discovery Plus in India, priced at INR299 (€3.65) a year as an introductory offer. The initial phase of the launch will see the app made available to about 25 million consumers in major cities. The service will make content across multiple genres available in eight languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, […]

India to be third largest SVOD market by end of 2020

The growth in affordable smartphones, cheaper mobile data and faster internet access will see India have the third most SVOD subscribers in any country worldwide by the end of 2020. According to Futuresource, these factors will see India behind only China and the US by the end of the year and expected to reach 95 […]

Disney+ goes live for ‘small number’ of Hotstar users in India

Disney has quietly launched Disney+ in India ahead of its scheduled March 29 release. The service comes via Disney-owned streamer Hotstar, with the app being updated to Disney+ Hotstar earlier this week. The updated app features a new logo and colour theme, though this is yet to be reflected on Hotstar’s website. Now, 18 days […]

Netflix launches ultra-low-cost promotion in India

Netflix has launched an ultra-cheap one month trial for new customers in India.  As part of a promotional offer, select new customers will be able to use the streamer for INR5 (€0.06) for their first month. Following this trial, the users will then be able to select from the INR199 (€2.55) mobile plan, the INR499 […]

The Q India comes to Airtel Xstream

Youth broadcaster QYou Media has signed a deal with Bharti Airtel to bring The Q India to its Airtel Xstream service.  Airtel Xstream is a converged digital entertainment experience that offers a catalogue of live TV channels, movies, TV shows, and more across 14 languages. The company said that the service is part of its […]

Hulu Japan announces tech deal with NPAW

SVOD Hulu Japan has announced a partnership with Nice People At Work (NPAW) to improve its platform performance and user engagement.  NPAW is a global video intelligence and analytics company. It charts the likes of Norigin, Telefonica and Ooyala amongst its customers. Not to be confused with the American streamer of the same name, Disney […]

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 […]