YuppTV has unveiled Freedocast Pro Device and Freedocast Live Streaming Platform that enable users to live stream videos instantly across several devices and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube Live. Yupp TV is a major internet-based video service provider.
Buoyed by the great response for its Prime Video, Amazon is gearing up to launch its popular TV streaming product to India even as it aggressively competes to lead the e-commerce sector in the world’s fastest-growing economy. Amazon Fire TV Stick, a competitor to Google’s Chromecast, Roku and many other streaming devices, is expected to launch in India at an introductory price of Rs 1,999 for existing Prime customers. For non-Prime subscribers, the Fire TV Stick may be priced at Rs 3,999. The Fire TV Stick could initially be sold on Amazon India, Croma and Reliance Digital Stores in select Indian cities. The Fire TV Box would be the next to follow in the slew of Amazon launches in India.
To capture Bengali markets, Amazon Prime Video has inked a long-term association with Kolkata-based production house Shree Venkatesh Films. Amazon Prime Video India will become the subscription video streaming home for films and upcoming releases of Shree Venkatesh Films. With this association, Prime members will have unlimited access to this globally acclaimed content.
Airtel Digital TV has launched Android powered Internet TV, a hybrid set-top box (STB) which is claimed to give users the best of online content along with a bouquet of over 500 satellite TV channels. It comes with preloaded Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Games, Airtel Movies. Customers can also access Google Play Store and download their favourite apps, content and games onto their TV.
Buoyed with its massive success in telecom sector, Reliance Jio is now gearing up to enter country’s cable television and Direct-to-Home (DTH) industry with its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services.
ACT Fibernet, India’s largest non-telco internet service provider (ISP) and third-largest ISP, will promote ALT Balaji, the digital platform of Balaji Telefilms. They have entered into a strategic partnership for the distribution of ALT Balaji’s video-on-demand (SVOD) service. As part of the association, ACT Fibernet’s customers will be able to subscribe to ALT Balaji’s SVOD service as part of their broadband package and pay for the service through a consolidated bill every month.
EditShare has presented Lightworks NLE version 14.0 on April 4. It sports a new look and has an extensive list of new features to benefit YouTubers and social marketers as well as indie and corporate video makers. EditShare is a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions.
Balaji Telefilms has tied up with Micromax and MobiKwik to capture OTT markets. Its subscription-based digital entertainment platform ALT Balaji will be launched on 16th April. ALT Balaji’s mobile platform will come pre-loaded with Micromax mobile handsets. The app will debut with six new shows and will be followed by a new show every 15 days.
Yupp TV has launched YuppTV Originals, its OTT platform. YuppTV Originals has been designed to offer high quality movie content as Uday Reddy, Founder and CEO of YuppTV has colaborated with Indian film producers for the total digital entertainment.
Malaysia becomes the second country to get BBC Worldwide’s BBC Player, which was first launched in Singapore last year. The multi-genre SVOD service is available exclusively to subscribers of Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s IPTV service, HyppTV, through an authenticated multi-genre Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVod) service. Hypp TV viewers will be able to watch BBC content anytime anywhere – online, as well as via an app on their smartphones and tablets. BBC Worldwide’s global brands, BBC First, BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies, will all be available alongside BBC World News.
Hulu and A+E Networks, a US media company, have reached an agreement which will bring all 6 original brands from the A+E Networks to Hulu’s new live TV streaming service. The deal adds live and on-demand streaming access to cable networks A&E, History, Lifetime, LMN, FYIM and Viceland to Hulu’s core package of more than 40 live channels, set to launch this spring. As a destination for storytelling through documentaries, reality and competition series, scripted programming and movies, the A+E Networks suite of channels brings instant access to series including History’s ‘Six’.
Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd. is an established Filmed Entertainment “Content House”, active in Content Ownership, Creation, Aggregation and Distribution with a large content. Shemaroo has inked a content licensing deal with Vuclip’s premium OTT video on demand service, Viu. It would display Shemaroo’s catalogue of contemporary full length Hindi movies like Sarkar, Black, Ishqiya, Traffic Signal, Bheja Fry 2, and The Dirty Picture can be enjoyed by subscribers of Viu which can be accessed from www.viu.com or by downloading Viu’s Android and iOS apps.
Ramoji Rao-owned Eenadu Television (ETV) has forged partnership with YuppTV, an Over-The-Top (OTT) content provider for South Asian Content for OTT platform; it is the inference of good response received by Eenadu’s flagship ETV Telugu, which was launched on YuppTV US in 2014. After the partnership deal between the two companies, Eenadu channels ETV Telugu, ETV Life, ETV Plus, ETV Cinema and ETV Abhiruchi will be available to YuppTV subscribers in the US market. Apart from this, Viewers can watch all the popular ETV Telugu shows such as ‘Padutha Teeyaga’, ‘Jabardasth’, ‘Extra Jabardasth’ and ‘Manasu Mamatha’ exclusively on YuppTV. The association will help ETV Telugu extend its offerings globally. As part of the association, fans of ETV will be able to access their favourite content on YuppTV app available on six screens including smart TVs/Blu-ray players, smart media players, PC, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles.
Expanding its portfolio, online video streaming platform Dekkho has tied up with Times Music for Bollywood, music videos and regional content. The collaboration will focus on effective content monetisation, marketing and promotional activities involving meet and greet with artists, fan shout-outs, social media promotions and live events, amongst others.
Balaji Telefilms Ltd. has invested ` 30.7 crore in its OTT venture and continues to add original and exclusive content in preparation for its launch. Testing of the services is on ahead of the commercial launch of ALT Balaji. The OTT platform is expected to launch in the exit quarter of this fiscal. The content library at launch will have six original shows and some curated content totaling over 200 hours of content.
“Analogue terrestrial services should be phased out” The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended allowing private players to provide Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). Another important recommendation is the introduction of DTT in three phases, starting with metro cities by 31st December 2019. Analogue terrestrial services should be phased out. TRAI has also suggested that the maximum number of DTT providers should be capped at five at a particular place, as per availability of spectrum. This could be one public broadcaster and four private broadcasters. TRAI stated that allowing private participation in DTT will bring in investments, spur innovation through differentiated content and develop ecosystem of DTT services. Further, allowing private players in terrestrial TV broadcasting space will ensure plurality and competition, benefiting the consumers.
One of the prominent player of OTT paltform YuppTV will be available now on TiVo Series 5 & 6 devices because it focuses on content from South Asia that has launched its app on TiVo devices. As TiVo is also used by many pay TV operators in the US and other parts of the world as their set-top box (STB), YuppTV would extend its reach to millions of households. The app is available on Mediacom’s TiVo device.
State-run BSNL is now making diligent changes to their services. The service provider has gone beyond its limits and adapting to the dynamic changes in the Indian telecom scene. Telecom Company of public sector, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will launch 1,000 high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots across the state of Kerala to address the challenges posed by its absence in the 4G data services, a top BSNL official has said. The project is being implemented in collaboration with equipment from Larsen & Toubro. R Mani, CGM of BSNL’s Kerala circle told reporters that the proposed hotspots would provide 4.5G speed and would be commissioned within a months’ time. Huge cost to buy the 4G spectrum was the hindrance for the state-run service provider to plunge into 4G services.
To retain itself in idustry the Dice Media has released a new video titled ‘Censor Virus: The New Plague’, in association with the BakkBenchers. The video is a satire on how freedom of speech in India usually gets censored. It chronicles what life would be if everyday conversations were censored just like in ‘reel life’. Dice Media, the premium video division of Pocket Aces plans to come out with around 400 videos and four web series. One of the four web series is a light drama revolving around three women aged 16, 23 and 35 years. Also coming up is a thriller series about a female drug lord. The company is set to launch its six-part web series ‘Rent.Con’, a comedy of errors.
Sony Liv has launched ‘YOLO’, the country’s first-ever web series in a regional language which is added its Over-the-top (OTT) service platform. Conceptualised and developed by Indian Magic Eye, ‘YOLO’ is centred around the coming-of-age story of four young adults—Choko, aka Shivraj Waichal, Sarika, aka Shivani Rangole, Rochak, aka Ruturaj Shinde, and Pari, aka Shashwati Pimplikar. The web series, which debuted on Jan 11, is directed by Sameer Vidwans.
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