The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry may endorse the self-regulation by the OTT and live-streaming platforms. Leading OTT players have already agreed to a code of self-regulation.
To spread its footprints in SAARC countries, the ZEEL owned OTT platform ZEE5 has come up with special campaigns for Bangladesh and Pakistan.
In the recent suggestions given by the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), one major thing was that all OTT providers offering live TV channels must carry all DD channels too.
To put its OTT platform Hotstar at the top, Star India is planning to invest Rs. 120 crore in content generation exclusively for it. The original content can help Hotstar to compete well against rivals such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which are investing heavily into local and original content in India.
To offer its content to a larger audience base, the content aggregator and distributor Shemaroo Entertainment has partnered with IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd. (IMCL).
Imdb.com, the leading film website, has started IMDb Freedive, which is a free streaming video channel available in the US. IMDb Freedive is an ad-supported channel, and enables customers to watch TV shows including ‘Fringe’ & ‘Heroes’.
The global OTT giant Netflix has announced it 36% of its content slate will be non-English. And 46 per cent will originate from outside the US and Canada. Also, as per the latest report from Ampere Analysis, the company is eying local content highly in Europe and Asia with a focus on non-English originals.
On 7 January, the I&B minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore assured that the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) will not bring social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter under its purview.
To make social media rules more industry friendly, the IT ministry will soon call a meeting of legal experts and those advocating privacy. They will discuss proposed changes in social media rules, amid concerns over privacy and free speech. The meeting may take place on 5 January.
Clearing confusion and rumour on bringing any law to regulate online media, on January 1, the central government categorically denied it. It was responding to a question posed by Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi whether the government is working to introduce a legislation to codify web media and news portals.
The subscribers of Gaana.com can now play their favourite music with their friends. The leading music streaming service Gaana has launched a new feature PartyHub which can enable subscribers to curate a personalised playlist with help of their friends for parties and get-togethers.
The global giant in video streaming Netflix will open its India Head Quarter at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai. It has leased the office space spread over two floors in commercial tower Godrej BKC from promoters of D'décor Home Fabrics. This is 1.5 lakh sq ft office space in the BKC.
In a bid to engage its subscribers and add new ones, the JioCinema app by Reliance Jio has partnered with global media giant Disney. The partnership will enable Jio to provide a dedicated section on Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucas films and entertainment to its over 250 million subscribers.
To bring in new subscribers, the Ekta Kapoor owned OTT platform ALTBalaji has launched a consumer brand campaign called ‘Tyohar Entertainment Ka’, through it the OTT player is introducing special offers for users across Delhi NCR and Pune from 21 December 2018 to 3 January 2019.
The sports lovers who are also on micro blogging platform Twitter will get video highlight updates of the FA Cup. The Football Association has partnered with Twitter to create a DM Bot to deliver FA Cup video highlights in 10 markets globally including India.
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