Vidya Balan plays Shakuntala Devi with so much ease that you hate her smug, "I am correct?"
Since the lockdown came into effect, people are bingeing on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar
The war of words, at a time the entertainment industry faces crippling revenue losses following the coronavirus-forced lockdown, was triggered by Amazon Prime Video acquiring Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer "Gulabo Sitabo" and "Shakuntala Devi", with Vidya Balan in the title role of the mathematics whiz, for direct-to-digital premieres.
In a letter to Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash, COAI has said, "Due to lockdown/ quarantine measures in various parts of the country, a sudden surge in demand for online video streaming is also expected to rise substantially."
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Prime Video has around 40 stand-up comedy (Indian comics) specials on its platform.
Though concerns around possible censorship had prompted Netflix and Indian rival Hotstar to signs a self-regulation code in January, Amazon did not sign up and said 'the current laws are adequate'.
The national draft e-commerce policy brings over-the-top streaming services under the e-commerce arena. As the inventory-led model is barred for foreign-funded e-commerce firms, these OTTs won’t be able to stream original content – the key to their success.
Originals have always ruled the game of online video streaming, but Hotstar has competitors with deep pockets who aren’t sitting idle either.
With the rules of the game being redefined by the disruptors with formidable balance sheet, there is a potential downside risk to the business valuation of TV broadcasters
The over-the-top (OTT) space in India has seen a lot of action of late, with multiple major deals and announcements making headlines over the past few months.
The online streaming service will also have rights to films produced by Salman Khan Ventures.
(NASDAQ: AMZM) Amazon's first Indian Original Inside Edge broke multiple records in the first week of its launch as customers got hooked on to the Game behind the Game! From its launch on 10th July, it fast became the most watched title on Amazon Prime Video, catching the imagination of a cricket and entertainment loving nation. The new series has been an instant success, receiving an overall rating of 8.3 on IMDb.
Recognising the high potential for growth in India, and to overcome the pressure to localise content, the world’s largest video-on-demand services company - Netflix is planning to put up a production facility here.
It‘s a no brainer that people watch TV more than they shop online. Thus a Prime Video will bring an internet user on the Amazon India platform more often in a week.
Amazon said today it was extending its on-demand video streaming service to more than 200 countries, placing "The Grand Tour" and other shows in head-to-head global competition with "Narcos" and other Netflix hits.
"Prime Video, which is coming as an added benefit for Amazon Prime members in India, will be the exclusive subscription streaming partner for all upcoming TV episodes and TV movies of Green Gold Animation's popular Super Bheem, Chhota Bheem and Mighty Raju," it said in a statement.