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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 […]

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 […]