India


ErosNow partners with Microsoft for ‘next generation’ online video platform

South Asian OTT Eros Now has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to build what it says is a “next generation online video platform” on Microsoft Azure for consumers across the globe.  As of March, Eros Now has 18.8 million paid subscribers and 154.7 million registered users. This represented a 138% increase in paid subscribers over […]

India to hit 500m OTT subs in next five years

India is set to become the second-largest OTT market in the world over the next five years. A new study from Indian OTT platform Eros Now and KPMG in India projects that the country will have more than 500 million online video subscribers by 2023. This would make it second only to China in terms […]

Dish TV India turns to Broadpeak technology for OTT service Watcho

Satellite pay TV operator Dish TV India has turned to France’s Broadpeak to provide technology for its OTT service, Watcho. Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery mediator and BkS350 origin and packaging server are enabling Watcho to deliver its offering of over 100 channels and thousands of hours of library content, including live, on-demand, time-shift TV, and […]

No plans to sell stake, says Bharti Airtel

Indian telco Bhari Airtel has said that there was no proposal to sell a stake in the company. The declaration was made in response to a report from local news outlet Business Standard that Japanese investment firm SoftBank was eyeing a stake in the telco. In a statement made to the National Stock Exchange on […]

Indian OTT TV groups join forces to co-create originals and take on rivals

Operators of two Indian OTT TV services have combined forces to co-create original content and compete more effectively with the likes of Netflix and other rival services in the market. Streaming service ALTBalaji and ZEE5 have teamed up to co-produce 60 originals that will be aired across both platforms. The Hindi-language titles will be available […]

Video content budgets in key Asian markets climb

Video content budgets across India, Korea and Southeast Asia climbed 12% in 2018 to reach US$10 billion, according to the latest edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics, published by Media Partners Asia. The 12% increase, up from 8% in 2017, highlights rising competition for audiences and production talent, especially in India and Korea. Together, India […]

Indian MX Player launches Fire TV and Android TV apps

Times Internet-owned MX Player has announced its launch on Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. The launch of the app on the platforms will mark the first time that MX Player will be available away from smartphones.  Karan Bedi, CEO, MX Player said: “With entertainment at the core of our product, our vision is to […]

Netflix confirms launch of mobile-only plan in India

Netflix has officially announced the launch of a mobile-only streaming plan. The cheaper offering is set to launch in India during Q3 and will initially be aimed at developing markets. It follows testing of a cheaper plan earlier this year in select countries. With this plan, customers will have the full Netflix library, but it […]

Netflix subs up almost 200% in South Korea

Subscriptions to Netflix in South Korea have risen by 192% year-over-year. According to smartphone app service market research company Wiseapp, subscriber numbers in the country have nearly tripled to reach 1.84 million. This is a significant increase when compared with June 2018’s subscriber count of 630,000. The majority (38%) of South Korean Netflix subscribers are […]

Star Sports renews Premier League rights in India

Indian broadcaster Star Sports has been awarded exclusive broadcast rights to the Premier League in the country for three seasons from 2019/20 to 2021/22. The broadcaster, which already shows the competition, has renewed its contract to air 250 Premier League matches throughout each season live across the network and beam all 380 matches live on […]

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