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Developments in the digital ecosystem today

By Trisha Jalan and Sneha Johari A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem: ACT Fibernet has expanded to Lucknow, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. T-Series will start producing web series and web films, this venture will be headed by Vinod... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Video, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Social Media, Insurance, Whatsapp, Policy, Regulation, Flipkart


Q3FY19: ALTBalaji now has 13.1 million subscribers, 4.6 million monthly users

Balaji Telefilms’ OTT service ALTBalaji added 4.2 million subscribers for the quarter ended 31 December 2018, bringing its total subscriber count to 13.1 million subscribers (as on February 6). The streaming service reported 4.6 million monthly active users (as on February 6) as compared to 2.3... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Internet, Earnings, Streaming, Ott, Balaji Telefilms, ALTbalaji, Earnings Dec-18


Prague's fake weed shops

Weed is not legal in Prague, but that doesn't stop grifters from ripping off naive tourists. In this episode of Honest Guide, you'll learn about these places (and also the fact that most absinthe sold in Prague is fake, too.)
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Prague, Grifts


Delhi HC dismisses petition seeking licensing and regulation of OTT platforms

The Delhi HC has dismissed a petition filed by Justice for Rights Foundation, a Delhi based NGO, which asked for the regulation of online streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, reports The Indian Express. The HC said that online streaming platforms did not need to acquire a... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Government, Censorship, Policy, Regulation, Streaming, Content, Delhi, NGO, Intermediary Liability, Ott, Freedom Of Expression, Delhi HC, HC


Crowdfunding a suitcase that becomes a closet

Every year or two, I embark on a round of crazy book-tour travel where I change cities every day for weeks on end (35 cities in 45 days on two continents in 2017!), and I'm on a perennial quest for a piece of luggage that is fuss-free: I want to stumble exhausted into my room, late at night, and in a few seconds access everything I need to go to sleep and then get out the next morning. I'm fond of hanging compression shelves and rolling chests-of-drawers, but this crowdfunder for Solgaard's...
Tags: Travel, Videos, Gadgets, Video, News, Crowdfunding, Youtube, Solgaard


Eros Now has 13M paid subscribers in Q3FY19; now at 128M registered users

Eros Now now has 13 million paid subscribers for the quarter ended 31 December 2018, up from 10 million in the previous quarter. Paid subscribers have more than doubled from just 5 million subscribers a year ago. It also has 128 million registered users across 135 countries including in India. Eros... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Internet, India, Earnings, Streaming, Ott, Eros International, OTT Services, Eros Now, Earnings Dec-18


Zee Entertainment looking to sell 20-25% stake, 20% in ZEE5: report

Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) is looking to sell a 20-25% stake to a strategic partner, reports Business Standard. It will also look at hiving off a 20% stake in ZEE5, the streaming platform, according to BS’ sources. According to the report, the company is in talks with 3 ‘prospective... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Internet, Streaming, Content, Zee, Zeel, Zee Entertainment, Zee Entertainment Enterprises ZEEL, Zee5


Shemaroo’s digital revenues at Rs 42.6 Cr for Q3FY19

Shemaroo’s digital media revenues stood at Rs 42.6 crore for Q3FY19, up 28.7% YoY and up from Rs 33.1 crore in the same quarter last year. Revenues from traditional media stood at Rs 106.3 crore, up 6.8% YoY and from Rs 99.5 crore in the same quarter last year. Total income from operations was Rs... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Media, Entertainment, Internet, Earnings, Streaming, Content, Shemaroo, Earnings Dec-18


The regulation of OTT services: What ZEE5, ALTBalaji and STAR India said in their submissions

In this report, we outline what streaming services ZEE5, ALTBalaji and STAR India said about TRAI’s public consultation on the regulation of OTT services. OTT Service Providers are abbreviated to only OTTs in the report. Some of these points have been edited and paraphrased. Note: STAR... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, Streaming, Content, Trai, Ott, Star India, ALTbalaji, Zee5, OTT regulation, OTT Service Providers


Why Netflix joining the MPAA is a big deal

Netflix has joined the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), reports the Hollywood Reporter. Netflix is the first streaming service to join the entertainment industry’s lobbying group whose members are Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, Hollywood, News, Films, Netflix, Mpaa, Streaming, Content, Motion Picture Association of America MPAA, Online Vs Offline, Hollywood Reporter Netflix


Giving the hecklers the veto: On the self regulatory code that Netflix, STAR, Jio and others have signed

The Internet and Mobile Association of India’s Self-Regulation of “Online Curated Content Providers” is an exercise in trying to set up norms for what should and shouldn’t be seen as responsible content online. While it is completely legitimate for a few content providers,... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Netflix, Views, IAMAI, Mobile Association of India, Jio, Hotstar, Online content regulation, OTT regulation


Netflix added 7 million paid members outside the US in Q4FY19

Netflix now has 139 million memberships worldwide, 9 million more than it had last quarter, and 29 million more than what it had at the beginning of 2018. Of the new paid subscriptions, 1.5 million came from the US and the remaining 7.3 million came from outside the US. The company also has 2... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Internet, US, Netflix, Earnings, Streaming, Content, Platforms, Ott, Earnings December 18, Earnings Dec-18


IAMAI’s regulatory code for OTT platforms outlining principles and seeking a creation of grievance redressal; will it lead to self-censorship?

With the aim to provide a regulatory code for video streaming platforms, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has released a document called “Code of best practices for online curated content providers.” OTT platforms such as Netflix, Hotstar, Voot, Zee5, Arre, SonyLIV,... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Government, Censorship, Policy, Regulation, Content, Ott, IAMAI, Mobile Association of India IAMAI, OTT platform


State intervention in the development of Digital India – Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia

by Sidharth Chopra and Nandita Saikia There has never been a time when technological change has not been accompanied by resistance to it. Change, whether one thinks that it is progress or not, has the tendency to disturb the status quo, and to leave those who most benefited from the status quo... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Video, Technology, Legal, News, Internet, Policy, Regulation, Content, Bar, Digital India, Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia, Sidharth Chopra Nandita Saikia


Momspresso Bharat to offer Indic language content services

Pregnancy and parenting website Momspresso has launched Momspresso Bharat, a digital services agency which will provide Indic language audio, video and text content in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. This will start off with the company’s (user generated content)... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Platform, Digital Media, Content, User Generated Content, Digital Agency, Indic, Momspresso, Momspresso Bharat


Netflix hires Spencer Neumann as new CFO

Netflix has hired Spencer Neumann as its chief financial officer, just two days after he was fired as CFO from American video game company Activision Blizzard. Neumann replaces David Wells, who announced his departure in August last year. Wells had served as CFO since 2010.   Activision Blizzard... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, Internet, Netflix, Streaming, Wells, David Wells, Industry Moves, Spencer Neumann, Activision Blizzard Neumann


Updated: After Xiaomi, Eros Now ties-up with Axiata in Indonesia

Update on December 14, 2018: Eros Now will offer its  content library on Indonesia’s telco XL Axiata’s plug and play router XL Home. Eros Now is available  at a monthly subscription of Indonesian rupiah 26,000 ($1.79) and an annual subscription of Indonesian rupiah 260,000 ($17.93).... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Internet, Indonesia, Video Streaming, Xiaomi, Axiata, Ott, Eros, Eros Now


Crowdfund campaign for a 500-kilometer walk across rural Japan

In January 2019, Peter Orosz plans to live broadcast his snowy trek across the Japanese island of Shikoku. He will also produce a printed field report. The story is that last year I walked 2,700 miles from one end of Japan to the other, and now I will go back to walk the most interesting 300 miles in the winter, then write and print a large format Field Report about it. You will also be able to follow it live on YouTube and Instagram. It costs $45 to support the expedition, for which you get a ...
Tags: Travel, Video, Japan, News, Shikoku, Alan Booth, Peter Orosz


Viacom18 and TV18 content now on new Thai streaming service ‘Bflix’

Media distribution company IndiaCast has signed a content partnership with Thai broadcast company JKN Media to distribute Viacom18 and TV18’s content on JKN’s new OTT platform ‘Bflix’ in Thailand. The content will be dubbed in Thai. Bflix is expected to launch in 2019 and will be available in... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, Television, News, Internet, Thailand, Streaming, Broadcasting, Viacom 18, Network18, IndiaCast, TV18, JKN Media, JKN, Bflix


Swati Shetty, Netflix’s India head of content, to step down

Swati Shetty, who headed the content operations for Netflix India, has stepped down from her role, reports Variety. The company said that it is placing more emphasis on India, and the role should be fulfilled from Mumbai, and not Los Angeles, where Shetty is currently based out of. “It’s a pity she... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Internet, India, Los Angeles, Netflix, Streaming, Mumbai, Netflix India, Shetty, Industry Moves, Swati Shetty, Swati Shetty Netflix


SonyLIV content now bundled to ACT Fibernet users

Internet service provider ACT Fibernet has partnered with SonyLIV through which ACT’s customers can “directly” subscribe to SonyLIV at an additional cost of Rs 99 per month. MediaNama has reached out to SonyLIV for more details and will update the story when we hear from them.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Internet, Broadband, Streaming, Ott, Medianama, Fibernet, OTT platform, SonyLIV


Vodafone-Idea merger could improve data upload speeds: OpenSignal

By Nikhil Cariappa The merger between Vodafone and Idea could improve upload speeds for their subscribers, Open Signal, said in a blog. In its latest report titled ‘Mobile Network Experience Report’. OpenSignal mapped telecom operators across 22 circles in India from January to October 2018.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Internet, India, Vodafone, Telecom, 4G, Airtel, Jio, BSNL, Open Signal, Vodafone Idea, Nikhil Cariappa


YuppTV’s new setup box to stream and broadcast content

By Nikhil Cariappa YuppTV, the over the top (OTT) content provider for South Asian programmes, has launched a hybrid set top box which supports content from OTT, as well as traditional digital video broadcasting-cable (DVB-C) and internet-protocol television (IPTV) media. YuppTV has also partnered... ...
Tags: Travel, Video, Television, News, Streaming, Iptv, Isp, Ott, YuppTV, 7 Star, DVB-C, MSOs, Nikhil Cariappa YuppTV


Facebook introduces ads for Indian video creators

Facebook has now introduced monetization tools like ad breaks to all qualifying video content creators in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam and English for Indian content creators, reports Economic Times. Ad breaks can only be included in videos longer than 3 minutes Creators can choose their own ad... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Video, News, Internet, Advertising, Social Media, Content, Malayalam, Monetisation


The human and financial cost to summit Mount Everest is staggering

Everest isn't the most difficult mountain in the world to climb, but it is one of the most expensive. The individual cost of getting one's athletic ass to the top of the mountain range is between $40,000-$130,000. Most of this cheddar gets thrown at logistics. It takes a lot of money for a mountain outfitter to set up multiple camps at varying altitudes along the route to the top of the world. It takes considerably less money to hire the ludicrously underpaid Sherpa guides to set it all up an...
Tags: Travel, Post, Video, News, Everest, Nepal, Climbing, Tourism, Mount Everest, Climbers, Roof of the World, Sherpa people


Reggae is now on UNESCO's list of protected cultural heritage

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) has just added reggae music to its list of more than 300 practices and expressions of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" for safeguarding. From UNESCO: Having originated within a cultural space that was home to marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the Reggae music of Jamaica is an amalgam of numerous musical influences, including earlier Jamaican forms as well as Caribbean, North American and Latin...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Unesco, Jamaica, Reggae, North America, Caribbean North, Western Kingston


YouTube to take Originals out of paywall in 2019

YouTube is looking to bring out all of its original programming from behind the paywall starting next year, reports Variety. The platform’s strategy will also shift to celebrity and creator driven content, although scripted shows will continue be to produced as well, adds the publication.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Entertainment, Internet, Youtube, Video Streaming, Streaming, Subscription, Streaming Platforms, YouTube Premium


ByteDance to broadcast NBA content through TikTok and other apps

ByteDance, a content platform has entered into multi-year partnership with the National Basketball Associaton (NBA). ByteDance will share NBA highlights, behind-the-scene videos, photos and news in and outside China through AI driven video platforms owned by ByteDance – Tik Tok (aka Douyin),... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Video, News, Internet, China, Nba, Content, Partnership, Ott, Bytedance, Tiktok, National Basketball Associaton NBA


Amazon Prime drops Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba from its original shows

Two of the four co-founders of All India Bakchod (AIB) – Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba – will not be a part of Prime Originals Comicstaan 2 and Gormint, reports Reuters. Bhat was held responsible for his inaction in complaints of sexual harassment against writer-comedian Utsav... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Video, News, Internet, Video Streaming, Amazon Prime, Streaming, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, OTT platform, Tanmay Bhat, All India Bakchod, Gursimran Khamba, All India Bakchod AIB Tanmay Bhat, Comicstaan


Wandering the Faroe Islands – The Land Born of the Mist

Never let anyone tell you that the Faroe Islands are the same as Iceland, Norway or Scotland. They’re a unique destination with its own raw drama that is unlike anything I’ve had the delight of exploring previously. The footage in this video was taken over 5 days in early August 2018 on a road trip a friend. We had wonderful weather and the opportunity to explore most of the Faroe Island’s main sights. We got lucky and were able to visit Mykines and to catch it during brilliant weather. Photo...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Photography, Video, Scotland, Drone, Nature, Unesco, Tourism, Backpacking, Dji, Sony, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Tricks, Scandinavia



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