Digital Media

UYoung launches preschool streamer
2:00 pm PDT 24/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Chinese family media and entertainment company UYoung has launched an educational SVoD service for preschool children. The goal of the platform is to expand the reach of its production and distribution catalogue, while helping kids in the region learn English. UKids, aimed at preschoolers will offer subscribers a library of curated content chosen for its educational value, ranging from STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), nature and arts and crafts titles through to socio-emotional programming. Its catalogue features more than 3,000 … Read More

Amazon Prime Video to launch new series ‘Paatal Lok’ on 15 May
1:00 pm PDT 24/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon Prime Video has revealed the logo and announced the launch date of its new original series, Paatal Lok.  Produced by Clean Slate Films, Paatal Lok marks the digital debut of popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma as a producer. The animated teaser gives us a peek into a seemingly peaceful world that nurses a dormant, dark and dangerous underbelly ‘Paatal Lok’ (literally translating to ‘Hell’).   View this post on Instagram   From the underbelly comes a crime thriller that … Read More

Netflix to premiere ‘Pokémon Journeys’ in the US Netflix on 12 June
11:00 am PDT 24/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix and The Pokémon Company International announced that upcoming seasons of the Pokémon animated series will premiere exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. The agreement will make Netflix the sole home for future episodes of the show, beginning with the first 12 episodes of Pokémon Journeys on June 12. The new episodes will join a wide slection of the other past seasons of the show currently on Netflix, along with the recent movie, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back — Evolution, which … Read More

Amazon Prime Video’s latest original series ‘Upload’ provides a sneak peek into 2033
7:00 pm PDT 23/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon Prime Video is all set to launch its latest anticipated International original series Upload. Created by Emmy-Award winning writer Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), Upload is a quirky sci-fi comedy, set to launch on 1 May, 2020 in India and around the world in more than 200 countries and territories. Set in the future, Upload traces the time when technological advancements such as hologram phones, 3D food printers and automated grocery stores are the norm, and humans … Read More

#WhenAtHome: Book adaptations on OTT platforms that are binge-watch worthy
6:00 pm PDT 23/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” -George R.R. Martin For all the nerdy bookworms out there like me, today’s a special day as we celebrate World Book Day, that too coinciding with the death anniversary of master dramatist, William Shakespeare and Oscar winning director and writer Satyajit Ray. Completely resonating with Martin’s quote, I have found true solace in the world between two covers, with black words on white … Read More

Netflix earns 15.77 mn subscribers in Q1; expects to provide quality content in 2020-2021 despite COVID disruption
4:00 pm PDT 23/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

Netflix has witnessed a massive increase in its subscriber growth with 15.77 million paid subscribers in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020. Contributing to this 23 per cent jump in subscriber growth in comparison to that of last year, is the worldwide lockdown imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was earlier expected by the platform that the subscriber growth would be 7 million. The streaming giant has also seen a 110 per cent increase in time spent with a 50.71 … Read More

HBO Max to launch next month with 10,000 hours of content
11:00 am PDT 23/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Media’s new streaming service combining HBO with Warner Bros. movies and Turner TV shows, HBO Max, will launch on 27 May. AT&T has also now revealed its initial programming slate for the new service, which includes over 10,000 hours of content from both the HBO service and past and present titles from Warner Bros., in addition to a selection of original programming. HBO Max is promising a modest slate of original programming at its premiere, including a scripted comedy … Read More

Data Sciences division of DAN India launches OTT planner Dentsu Marketing Cloud Video+
8:00 pm PDT 22/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The Data Sciences division of the Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) India, has launched DMC Video+ (Dentsu Marketing Cloud Video+), a tool that provides an agnostic approach towards planning and buying on over-the-top (OTT) platforms. DMC Video+ is the first holistic product catering to planning and buying OTT audiences within the ecosystem. Speaking about the launch, Isobar South Asia Group MD Shamsuddin Jasani said, “The Indian OTT ecosystem is hyper-competitive and has attracted varying types of players, each of whom offers … Read More

Warner Bros.’ animated feature, ‘Scoob!’ to skip theatrical release
1:00 pm PDT 22/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The beloved and very popular dog, Scooby, along with his master and master’s friends will take us on adventures through digital medium. Warner Bros.’ Scoob!, an animated film based on Scooby-Doo characters, will skip its planned theatrical release and instead launch on digital rental services in May. The animated feature was originally set to open on 15 May in theaters. Scoob! will be available for a 48-hour rental PVOD period for U.S. $19.99. The decision to drastically alter release plans … Read More

ZEE5 names Rajeev Dhal as chief revenue officer
11:00 am PDT 22/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Homegrown OTT platform, ZEE5 has brought on board Rajeev Dhal as its chief revenue officer in order to boost its advertising sales and operations vertical. In his new role, Dhal will report to ZEE5 India CEO Tarun Katial. He will be responsible for achieving and delivering the revenue growth through Advertising Sales and Operations for ZEE5 India. His appointment emphasises the company’s commitment to invest in its leadership talent to foster continued growth, especially in the realm of digital revenue.   … Read More

Watcho, OTT platform from Dish TV, sees 50 per cent rise in content consumption
12:00 pm PDT 21/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

DTH company Dish TV India has launched a variety of short format, original content on its OTT platform Watcho due to the increase in the viewing needs of their customers.  Over the last month, Watcho has witnessed a 50 per cent surge in content consumption, leading to a steep hike in their subscriber base and adding one million new subscribers in a month bringing it up to 3.0 million.  The streaming platform has also seen a rise in the time … Read More

Snapdeal forays into OTT space with Hungama Play
6:00 pm PDT 20/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Snapdeal has forayed into the Indian OTT game by joining hands with VOD platform Hungama Play.  Under this deal, Hungama Play will offer video-streaming service to Snapdeal users who can order essentials while enjoying videos from the app.   Commenting on the partnership, Hungama Digital Media COO Siddhartha Roy stated, “Our association with Snapdeal enables us to offer users wholesome entertainment led by an incredible library of short-format videos, movies, TV shows and Hungama Originals. We are certain that the content … Read More