Digital Media

‘Punyakoti’ and Indian animation’s way ahead on Netflix
9:00 pm PDT 02/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

A few days ago we reported about Punyakoti, the first animated film in Sanskrit being taken up by Netflix. The animated film debuted on Tuesday, 31 March and is presently streaming on the platform. Given Netflix’s rich content library, Punyakoti’s addition to its slate has definitely given a boost to India’s independent animated content. Though it’s not a Netflix (Indian) original in animation like Mighty Little Bheem, streaming on the OTT platform will surely give Punyakoti the attention it as … Read More

ALTBalaji inks deal with Amazon Pay and Paytm for cashback offers
5:00 pm PDT 02/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Given the spike in content consumption during the COVID-19 disruption period, along with viewers’ preference for convenient online payment experiences, ALTBalaji has partnered with popular payment gateways Amazon Pay and Paytm to provide cashback offers. As part of the deal, Amazon Pay will offer 25 per cent cashback on ALTBalaji subscription whereas Paytm will offer a flat Rs. 20 cashback on the subscription. These offers are available for Android users in India. Through  these gateways, customers can enjoy quick and … Read More

Eros Now and BSNL extend existing partnership
4:00 pm PDT 02/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Eros Now has announced to have further expanded its existing partnership with telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), with a core focus of entertainment on demand consumption in Tier II and Tier III markets of India. Currently available with prepaid recharge packs offered by BSNL, Eros Now will launch three new BSNL special tariff voucher plans that will provide consumers access to a wide variety of online content. This bundled subscription vouchers further strengthens Eros Now’s reach through BSNL’s … Read More

Disney+ Hotstar going to be the second most expensive OTT platform in India
1:00 pm PDT 02/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Walt Disney is finally launching Disney+ in India through Hotstar tomorrow, 3 April. Hotstar has a very strong presence in the Indian OTT landscape with over 300 million MAUs (Monthly Active Users) and wide content library of daily soaps, Bollywood blockbusters and Hotstar Specials. With the launch of Disney+ in India, Hotstar has revised its subscription plans, increasing its annual subscription price to Rs. 1,499 in comparison to Rs. 999 earlier. With this, Disney+Hotstar will become the second most expensive OTT … Read More

IN10 Media signs content partnership deal with ZEE5 
6:00 pm PDT 01/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

IN10 Media has announced its two-channel content partnership deal with ZEE5. With this deal, ZEE5 will live stream IN10 Media’s infotainment channel EPIC TV, and a youth-centric, 24-hour music channel ShowBox. With the integration of both these linear television channels on ZEE5 app, users now can watch quality content from EPIC TV’s diverse tales about India, as well as ShowBox’s original and innovative musical programmes anytime, anywhere. Commenting on the deal, IN10 Media Syndication and Acquisition AVP Adita Jain said, … Read More

Spotify to bring its kids app to the US, Canada and France
5:00 pm PDT 01/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Spotify is offering parents quarantined at home a new way to keep their kids entertained. The company announced that it’s bringing Spotify Kids to the US, Canada, and France today. The ad-free iOS / Android app is only available to Spotify Premium Family subscribers and features content appropriate for kids ages three and older. The app which now has more than 8,000 songs, also features 60 hours of audiobooks and stories, as well as more bedtime content, like lullabies, calming … Read More

Disney+Hotstar to debut in India on 3 April
3:00 pm PDT 01/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

After deferring its launch originally from 29 March, Star India, owned by Walt Disney, has announced the launch of Disney+ via Hotstar on 3 April. The Indian OTT platform will be upgraded to Disney+Hotstar with a fresh new look, logo and an enhanced user interface. Earlier this month Hotstar rebranded its app with the Disney+Hotstar logo but withdrew it within 24 hours. Disney+ was supposed to debut in India in conjunction with IPL (Indian Premier League) which has been postponed … Read More

Disney+ doesn’t do justice to James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’
8:00 pm PDT 30/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney+ has let down James Cameron’s Avatar, a part of its streaming content slate.  The streaming service from the House of Mouse, that launched in November 2019 in the US,  acquired the bulk of Fox’s film and TV empire assets to carve out a large library in order to up their game in the competitive VOD space. Cameron’s Avatar franchise was described as the “crown jewels” of the Disney purchase. This record-breaking movie was the highest-grossing film of all time in … Read More

Disney+ to launch in France on 7 April
4:00 pm PDT 30/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

  Though the Coronavirus is continuing its grim journey across the world, people around the globe are trying to cope up with it. And Disney+, Disney’s streaming service has been no exception. After its recent launch in seven European countries, Disney+ will be launching in France on 7 April. “Still a little patience for our French fans, our Disney + streaming service is coming soon … but at the request of @GouvernementFR , we have agreed to postpone the launch … Read More

MX Player becomes the #1 entertainment app of 2019: FICCI report
12:00 pm PDT 30/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

MX Player has emerged as the #1 entertainment app in India, according to the annual FICCI EY Report on India’s Media and Entertainment Sector titled The Era of Consumer A.R.T.  The ranking is based on apps classified under entertainment categories on iOS and Google Play. The entertainment streaming app that launched in February 2019, has dominated the market in terms of Monthly Active Users (MAUs), followed by Hotstar, Tik Tok, BookMyShow, Jio TV, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, SonyLiv, Airtel TV, … Read More

Kross Komics app gives 500+ comics for free
6:00 pm PDT 27/03/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Social distancing, quarantining, isolation, house arrest are a few words we are hearing or reading almost everyday in recent times. But staying indoors is the best we can do to combat the virus. Of course it’s boring to stay home all the time, but there are a lot of things one can do. Play games, talk with family, cook together, do gardening, read books, paint, watch movies, call near and dear ones, share memes, go through old albums.  Many publications … Read More

Kids content and online VOD consumption keeping India hooked during COVID-19 lockdown: BARC India special report
5:00 pm PDT 27/03/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) India and Nielsen jointly launched today, 27 March, a special report- COVID-19 IMPACT: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE TV & SMARTPHONE LANDSCAPE, to understand the changes in consumption behaviours of TV and Smartphones, given the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. The Coronavirus outbreak has created an unprecedented situation and temporary slowdown all across the globe. With 21 days lockdown in place, as declared by PM Narendra Modi on 24 March, people of India have quarantined themselves at home till … Read More