The leading streaming platform MX Player will now be available on Amazon Fire TV Stick and Android TV.
On 19 July, the telecom regulator TRAI issued a consultation paper on KYC of DTH STBs, inviting suggestions on the desirability of Know Your Customer (KYC) for set-top boxes after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry sought its recommendations on the issue.
Those employing children in film and TV related activities may face action, as the Union Labour and Employment Ministry has raised its concern over violations of child labour rules in film and television and asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ensure “strict compliance” by the industry with the norms on working conditions for children, as well as the inclusion of mandatory disclaimers when they appear on screen.
Taking strong steps against porn portals, the Government of Pakistan has blocked 8 lakh websites. The information was given by the chairman of Pakistan Telecom Authority Major General (retd) Aamir Azim Bajwa to the standing committee of information and telecom affairs.
The extremely popular in India, the short video social media platform TikTok may face troubles as the PMO has asked the IT Ministry to keep a watch on the Chinese app after numerous complaints.
As per a report by market research firm techARC, OTT platforms have totally invaded and occupied the minds and hearts of smartphone users in India; 79% such users in India are using these apps for entertainment.
On 18 July, the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) directed all existing multi system operators (MSOs) as well as fresh applicants of MSO licences to submit affidavits pledging that they would carry all 24 DD Channels, besides Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels on their network.
Preeti Puri Sharma, who was overseeing Star India’s development and delivery of strategic communication plans, managing the external voice of the company with the media and driving publicity to support the organisation’s products and services across lines of businesses, has resigned.
Rohan Tyagi has been appointed as marketing head for India by the Chinese company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, Helo, and Vigo Video.
Matrubharti Vishesh, a new Gujrati OTT content platform has made its debut on 17 July. The app was launched by Matrubharti, a regional language based content start-up based at Ahmedabad.
As per BARC rating, post the cricket world cup 2019, Star Sports 1 Hindi’s weekly impressions has come down to 110.5 crore in week 28. In previous week, it was 150.7 crore. Despite fall in impression, Star Sports 1 Hindi has retained its position as the top pay channel across genres. Star Maa and Zee TV have swapped positions while the rest of the table remained unchanged.
Times Network has promoted Jagdish Mulchandani as Chief Operating Officer & Executive President. He will now be responsible for setting scalable distribution opportunities in both international & domestic markets and will continue to oversee overall Operations and Finance related strategy.
&xplorHD, the premium Hindi movie channel from the house of ZEEL, has made its debut on 17 July.
To address the issue of price sensitive Indian markets, the global video streaming platform Netflix is planning to launch lower-priced mobile-screen plans in India. The speculations were widely reported in media. However, the same has now been confirmed by Netflix.
The global leader in OTT segment, Netflix registered domestic subscriber loss for the first time in the last eight years. In Q2 of 2019, Netflix also added nearly 2 million fewer international customers than projected which was 5 million.
Renuka Ramnath, who is designated as independent director, has been appointed as an additional director by leading media group TV18 Broadcast Ltd.
As per Netflix ISP Speed Index rankings of June 2019, 7 Star Digital has become the fastest broadband service in the country with 3.54 Mbps. It was followed by Spectranet with 3.50 Mbps, and Jio GigaFiber with 3.49 Mbps.
DishTV and d2h will now provide special content for their elderly viewers. The value added service, ‘Ayushmaan Active’ was launched in association with Dominiche Productions. This will be exclusively available on both the platforms for 45 days.
The popular short video social media platform, Tik Tok’s parent company ByteDance is planning to invest in Indian content market to expand its reach and cash in on the booming OTT markets.
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