India


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 […]

New regulatory regime for streamers in India could herald clampdown

The Indian government is to place streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video under the regulatory supervision of the country’s ministry of information and broadcasting in a move that observers believe could presage a crackdown on content deemed unsuitable – or politically unacceptable – by the ruling Bharatiya Janata party. Video streaming platforms […]

YouTube launches mobile-focused Shorts in India

YouTube has launched YouTube Shorts, a new format aimed at creators of short mobile phone videos of 15 seconds or less, with a beta trial in India. YouTube said it was launching an early version of the product with a few creation tools to test the concept. Creation tools include a multi-segment camera feature to […]

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 […]