India


Sony Pictures Networks India to merge with Zee Entertainment

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has struck a deal to take control of Indian media giant Zee Entertainment. SPNI and Zee Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) have signed up to an exclusive, non-binding agreement to combine both companies’ linear networks, digital assets, production operations and programme libraries. The combined company would be a publicly listed company in […]

APAC set for strong SVOD growth

The Asia Pacific region is set for strong growth in subscription video-on-demand take-up over the next five years, with China contributing the bulk of subscribers, and Disney+’s strong growth in the Indian market boosting the success of subscription services across the region, according to a new report. The Asia Pacific region as a whole will […]

Indian media and entertainment market to exceed $23 billion by 2023

The Indian media and entertainment sector is expected to rapidly increase this year with a value of INR1.73 trillion (US$23.7 billion). According to a new FICCI-EY report, the M&E sector in India is expected to reach INR 2.23 trillion (US$30.6 billion) by 2023 at a CAGR of 17%. TV is expected to remain the largest […]

Indian government agency calls police on Netflix’s Bombay Begums

A government agency in India which represents child rights has called on police in the country to investigate a new Netflix show. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) alleges that the Netflix series Bombay Begums, a series released last week about five women from various walks of life in the titular city, […]

Fears over streaming content as Indian Supreme Court rules in favour of screening mechanism

India is heading towards increased scrutiny of content on streaming services, with the country’s Supreme Court ruling in favour of a screening mechanism. Foreign streaming services have been in the crosshairs of the government for some time due to their ability to air free of censorship. Netflix faced calls for censorship over its series A […]

Omdia: India to see acceleration in consolidation and content spend

The pay TV and OTT video businesses in India are both set for likely consolidation as competition intensifies, while factors including the closure of the country’s cinemas and massive investment in content are likely to see OTT boom according to a report by DTVE sister research outfit Omdia. Report author Constantinos Papavassilopoulos points out that […]

ZEE5 taps XroadMedia for personalisation

Indian streamer ZEE5 has tapped search and recommendation specialist XroadMedia to enhance personalisation of its video-on-demand offerings and social media services. ZEE5 will put to use XroadMedia’s back-end solution, Ncanto, to provide content discovery, recommendations and personalization to its users. XroadMedia’s technology will also be deployed to scale up HiPi, ZEE5’s new short-form-video platform. Since HiPi’s […]

Netflix facing censorship calls in India over A Suitable Boy

Netflix is facing calls for censorship in India. The news comes a week after the Indian government announced that streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video would be placed under the regulatory supervision of the country’s ministry of information and broadcasting. On Sunday, an Indian state asked police to investigate the Netflix series A […]

Netflix launches StreamFest free weekend in India

In its latest attempts to attract users in India, Netflix will offer prospective users a free weekend at the beginning of December. The company, calling the weekend of December 5-6 ‘StreamFest, will allow non-subscribers access to its entire catalogue – ranging from acquired content to original series and movies. All users need to hand over […]

Biggest IPL ever sees 383 billion minutes watched in major boost for Disney in India

The 2020 iteration of the Indian Premier League attracted record audiences and a significant boost for Disney-owned Star India. The competition, which had been delayed twice, was hosted as a special edition in the United Arab Emirates over a two month period which wrapped up last week. According to figures released by the Broadcast Audience […]

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