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Disney+ unveils price point, two-year global expansion

Disney has given investors a first glimpse into its new SVOD service, which is to launch on 12 November with a “rapid” global expansion planned within the next two years. The Mouse House’s long-anticipated Investor Day in Burbank, California, included extensive presentations on Hulu, Hotstar, ESPN+ and Disney+ from execs including chairman and CEO Bob […]

Amazon strikes overall deal with Handmaid’s Tale director

Amazon has struck an overall deal with The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano. Morano, who made history as the first woman to win both an Emmy and Director Guild Award for a drama for her work on the Hulu programme, will create original series for the SVOD. Morano’s credits include feature films I Think We’re […]

Netflix ‘far behind’ in the Indian OTT market

Netflix is “far behind” other players in the Indian over-the-top video market, ranking fifth in terms of user numbers behind local and international rivals, according to new research. Hong Kong-headquartered analysis firm Counterpoint said that local providers Hotstar and Voot ranked first and second respectively in the Indian market, followed by Amazon Prime Video in […]

Asian prodcos: OTT’s golden moment

Golden Karavan’s Apoorva Bakshi and Jeff Sagansky talk to Kaltrina Bylykbashi about why India needs a new production company that aims to serve emerging OTT players in the territory. The emergence on India’s newest OTT production company, Golden Karavan, comes with the steep rise in take-up of streaming services in the territory and the understanding […]

CBS takes Showtime to India

CBS and India’s premium streaming platform, Hotstar, have agreed a licensing and trademark agreement to bring Showtime to the region. The agreement will provide Hotstar Premium subscribers in India access to Showtime series such as the new comedy SMILF, stand-up comedy drama I’m Dying Up Here, the limited series Escape at Dannermora and the new […]

Fox not keen on D2C, but Hulu-type services ‘key’

Direct-to-consumer services may not be a necessary part of the distribution mix for 21st Century Fox, according to CEO James Murdoch. However, more control of the user experience via new OTT distribution platforms like Hulu, which Fox partly owns, and own-branded, but pay TV authenticated multiscreen apps will be “a dimension of competition that is […]

Star becomes ‘India’s home of HBO’

21st Century Fox-owned pay TV service Star India has become the latest local ‘home of HBO’ after an agreement with the US-based premium television provider. As of January 1, 2016, Star’s English-language networks and digital platform Hotstar will become the exclusive broadcaster of all HBO programming, including Game of Thrones, Veep (pictured) and True Detective. […]

Netflix eyes Indian launch

A report in India suggests SVOD platform Netflix will launch in the Asian territory before 2016. Citing unnamed sources, the Times of India reported the US-based platform had “firmed up plans” to enter territory, a move that was concerning local DTH players. Should House of Cards distributor Netflix launch in India, it would be the […]