Digital Media

#WhenAtHome: Gripping thrillers you can watch online during COVID lockdown
8:00 pm PDT 13/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The country is trying its best to cope up with the Covid-19 pandemic, with a few states like Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab and West Bengal already extending the lockdown till 30 April. Meanwhile people are quarantined to their homes for almost a month now, looking out for newer ways of indoor entertainment to keep them engaged. Naturally, TV and online VOD consumption have seen a significant rise, growing upto some manifolds. Today, we list five gripping Indian web series on OTT … Read More

Netflix adds ‘Hello Ninja’ to its new animated titles for April
11:00 am PDT 13/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The April schedule of Netflix looks packed, with many new entries making way along with the already popular ones geared up for second seasons.  Whether you’re looking for a new mockumentary sitcom, another true crime docu-series, or an animated movie for your kids, the streaming service has something for everybody. Animated series Hello Ninja is returning to Netflix for a second season on 24 April. The show will premiere 10 all-new episodes featuring ninja heroes exploring new worlds and squaring off against … Read More

VOD consumption increases by 12 per cent in COVID disruption week three : BARC report
7:00 pm PDT 11/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The country is trying hard to grapple with the exponential rise of COVID-19 positive cases and might extend the lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. Every sector is badly hit and the M&E sector is no exception. Everybody is coping with the ‘new normal’ by locking themselves up at home. Due to this unprecedented situation, The OTT industry has seen a major spike in consumption patterns and so has TV viewing. In the third part of the report … Read More

hoichoi brings Live TV through FTA channels on its app and website
6:00 pm PDT 11/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

hoichoi has announced a Live TV section on its app and website. The Bengali streaming platform has inked a deal with a certain ‘Free-To-Air (FTA) Channels’ that will simultaneously broadcast on hoichoi. However, hoichoi has gone a notch higher to create its own segment- ‘hoichoi Channels’ which will have chosen curated content from hoichoi’s vast library of movies and shows where the user will not have to discover or search a specific content. This segment is differentiated by genres; an … Read More

ALTBalaji, Annamitra Foundation and Impact Guru join hands to feed underprivileged during lockdown
4:00 pm PDT 11/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown challenges at every sector possible in the country. Under the effects of the lockdown which might extend further, the daily wage earners, labourers and the underprivileged are the worst affected lot, and are struggling to make ends meet. To provide a helping hand in this crisis situation, ALTBalaji has initiated a fundraising campaign, ‘One Meal at aTime’ for the distribution of food to the needy. The OTT platform has partnered with Impact Guru to support Annamrita Foundation, … Read More

Disney celebrates 25th anniversary of ‘A Goofy Movie’ with a virtual viewing party
2:00 pm PDT 11/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The ’90s animated adventure, A Goofy Movie has become a classic in the two plus decades since it came out in 1995. It served as a big-screen spin-off of Disney’s hit animated series Goof Troop. The show saw Goofy as a single dad raising his mischievous son, Max. But when that show ended its run in 1993, Disney saw the potential in a movie centered on Goofy and Max’s relationship. The movie was a moderate hit during its initial release, … Read More

Disney announces live-action remake for ‘Robin Hood’
11:00 am PDT 11/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney is adding to its live-action remake list, with its 1973 classic animated film Robin Hood getting a remake to go straight to Disney Plus. Based on the classic film, the story focuses on Robin Hood, portrayed as a fox, as he fights against Prince John’s excessive taxation of the animals of Sherwood forest alongside such classical characters as Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Helming the project is director Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting). Also … Read More

ZEEL puts in Rs. 522 Cr in SugarBox to extend its position beyond OTT and AdTech
4:00 pm PDT 10/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) has decided to invest Rs. 522 crore in Margo Networks’ SugarBox to synthesize its position beyond OTT and AdTech.  SugarBox is a first-of-its-kind hyperlocal data distribution platform that provides internet services in areas of poor or no connectivity, by installing CDN Edge servers at key places of interest (POIs), which users can connect to over a local Wi-Fi network. Its POIs include public transport, public places, rural areas, hotels and co-living spaces, malls, and more where … Read More

Disney+ Hotstar boasts of eight million subscribers in less than a week!
6:00 pm PDT 09/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney+ is going strong in the OTT business, as it has announced to have over 50 million subscribers of which Disney+Hotstar has nearly eight million.  This news comes after Disney+ launched in conjunction with Hotstar on 3 April in the country, which is just six days! Five-year-old Hotstar is the most popular on-demand streaming service in India with more than 300 million users. The service and its operator, Indian network Star India, were taken up by Disney as part of its … Read More

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi makes a quiet entry in the Indian OTT space
4:00 pm PDT 09/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Without much humdrum, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short video streaming service Quibi forayed into the Indian OTT landscape on 6 April.  Launched amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the $1.75 billion-funded, Quibi (short for Quick bites) has a price of Rs 699/month for the ad-free service and is available for consumption only on smartphones. Interested viewers can download it from the Google Play stores and the Apple store and try it free for 90 days before the monthly fee is charged. (The US version … Read More

MX Player inks content deal with Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Television India
1:00 pm PDT 06/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Global stories with universal values and dubbing international films in local languages find large audiences in India. Understanding the growing need and preferences of the discerning viewer, MX Player is expanding on their brand promise of ‘Everytainment’ and becomes the the first Indian AVOD platform to ink a content deal with international studios like Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Television India. The titles available from the Paramount Pictures catalogue are Transformers: The Last Knight, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, G.I … Read More

ALTBalaji is one of the top three grossing OTT apps on Google Play Store
5:00 pm PDT 03/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

With limited entertainment options at hand as the world is at standstill, people who are confined to their homes, are falling back on OTT platforms to get some entertainment during their quarantine. Keeping the entertainment quotient high, ALTBalaji has provided a diverse bouquet of originals to keep its audience hooked. Now, the OTT platform/app has become one of the top three grossing apps in the OTT category on the Google Play Store, indicating almost 80 per cent audience. Owing to … Read More