India


Disney+ launches in India on April 3

Following something of a last-minute pause, Disney will push ahead with the launch of Disney+ in India on April 3. The streamer was meant to launch on March 29 to coincide with the start of the 2020 IPL season, but its rollout was ‘briefly paused’ as the league was put on an indefinite holding pattern. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hotstar surpasses 400 million app downloads

Disney-owned Indian streamer Hotstar has hit its latest milestone of 400 million app downloads.  The company said that it had registered double the installs and three times the growth in consumption year-over-year, making it one of the most downloaded apps in India. This is underlined by Hotstar saying it registered 555 installs per minute in […]

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 […]

ZEE5 bolsters product and tech teams with key appointments

Indian VOD platform ZEE5 Global has strengthened its product and tech teams. The appointments come as the company says it is looking to “aggressively scale up operations across international markets.” The company currently serves over 76 million users globally. Rahul Vaz (pictured right) has been hired to head up the product team while Vinay Patodia […]

Indian government considering censorship of online streamers

Streamers like Netflix and Amazon are facing the threat of censorship in India, claims a new report. According to government sources cited by Reuters, the Indian government is considering censorship of content on streaming platforms, with film and TV certification bodies already moderating public content in the country. The consideration follows a number of court […]

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 […]

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