Airtel bundles streamers in new all-in-one entertainment plans

Indian operator Airtel has announced the launch of three new all-in-one plans to suit the needs of the increasingly digital local market. The plans combine broadband with access to a range of OTT services and over 350 channels with Airtel 4K Xstream Box. The core difference in price for the plans comes down to broadband […]

Hits TV joins Airtel Digital TV in India

Asian classic TV channel Hits has launched on India’s Airtel Digital TV service as Airtel Hits HD.  The channel, owned by Rewind Networks, which features a selection of Hollywood television content from the 60s to the early 2000s, will be available on Channel 167 on Airtel Digital TV and will be aired in HD with English subtitles. Shows aired on […]

Amazon launches ultra low-cost mobile-only Prime Video plan in India

Amazon has launched a Prime Video-only mobile offer in India. The low-cost bundle is being launched in partnership with Indian telco Airtel and will offer a mobile-only, single-user, SD package for INR89 (€1) per month. The already cheap tier will also include 6GB of mobile data per month via Airtel, with the first month for […]

Airtel selects Irdeto for content delivery security

Indian telco service provider Airtel has announced a deal with Irdeto to deliver content on its new Airtel Xstream 4K Hybrid Box.  The new STB, based on Android 9.0, brings satellite TV and OTT content together on a single device, with an experience secured by Irdeto Cloaked CA. The new hybrid box is a part […]

Star India outbids Facebook for Indian cricket rights

21st Century Fox-owned Star India has successfully bid €2.15 billion for global Indian cricket rights, fending off competition from 14 other bidders including Facebook and Disney’s BAMTech. Star India has secured global media and digital broadcast rights for Indian Premier League cricket for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022, after submitting a winning bid […]

Ericsson strikes raft of content deals for Nuvu SVOD platform

Ericsson has acquired over 2,500 hours of content through a raft of deals for the Nuvu subscription video-on-demand service it launched earlier year. Ericsson has acquired content from a range of international distributors including Viacom – with content from BET and Nickelodeon – MGM, CBS, Al Jazeera, DHX Media and Mattel. Titles acquired include Hawaii […]

Orange in talks to take over Airtel units in Africa

Orange and  Bharti Airtel International, the Dutch-based subsidiary of the Indian telecom giant, have entered into exclusive talks on the sale of Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo and Sierra Leone to Orange. Orange said there was “no certainty of any binding agreement as a result of these discussions”.