India


Verizon and Amazon eyeing US$4 billion stake in Vodafone Idea, claims report

Verizon and Amazon are reportedly eyeing a joint investment of US$4 billion in struggling Indian telco Vodafone Idea. Vodafone Idea, the joint-venture of British telco Vodafone and India’s Aditya Birla Group, is one of the three largest telcos in the country by subscriber count, but owes the Indian government’s Department of Telecom (DoT) INR500 billion […]

India’s Fastway taps Synamedia for converged headend

India’s fifth largest MSO Fastway Transmissions has tapped Synamedia to provide its converged headend. Fastway is the first provider in India to go live with Synamedia’s Converged Headend solution, according to the technology company. According to Synamedia, the deployment will allow Fastway to bring together its video service and IP workflows to deliver a broadcast-quality […]

Disney+ Hotstar expected to generate US$900 million in India alone by 2025

Disney+ Hotstar, the recently rebranded version of the Star India streamer, is set to become the second highest revenue earning video platform in India by 2025. According to new figures from Media Partners Asia, the SVOD acquired by Disney as a part of the US$71 merger with 20th Century Fox, will see its revenue grow […]

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 […]